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3:54 PM ET Associated Press Alejandro Canizares overcame a slow start to card a 2-under 70 on Friday and keep his one-stroke lead after the second round of the Austrian Open. The Spaniard is 7 under overall, while former top-ranked Martin Kaymer (70) and John Catlin (70) share second place. Both Canizares and Kaymer are
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8:48 PM ET Associated Press KAPOLEI, Hawaii — Lydia Ko went low again, shooting a 9-under 63 at Kapolei Golf Club on Thursday to take a 3-stroke lead midway through the second round at the Lotte Championship. Ko, a two-time major champion who’s seeking her first win since 2018, is 24 under par her last
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7:04 PM ET ESPN News Services Hideki Matsuyama made history on Sunday as the first male golfer from Japan to win a major championship. Ten years after making a sterling debut as the best amateur at Augusta National, Matsuyama claimed the ultimate trophy with a victory in the Masters. Matsuyama, 29, closed with a 1-over
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1:07 AM ET Associated Press KAPOLEI, Hawaii — Fast finishes put Yuka Saso and Brittany Altomare at the top of the Lotte Championship leaderboard Wednesday morning with rounds of 8-under 64. No one caught them in ideal afternoon conditions at Kapolei Golf Club. Fourth-ranked Nelly Korda came closest, shooting a 65 that left her tied
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11:04 AM ET The PGA Tour is putting a retail sportsbook at TPC Scottsdale, one of golf’s most raucous environments. The PGA Tour announced Tuesday that DraftKings will operate the first-of-its-kind sportsbook at TPC Scottsdale and become the exclusive sports betting partner of the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Three locations at TPC Scottsdale are being
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Because as challenging as closing the deal on becoming the first Japanese-born male golfer to win a major championship clearly was during Sunday’s frenetic finish, now the shy, workman-like Matsuyama stands at the forefront of what one long-time Japanese golf business observer called “an epoch-making event.” Japan may comfortably stand as the world’s second largest
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8:33 PM ET AUGUSTA, Ga. — Xander Schauffele, perhaps the best golfer on the planet without a major championship victory, stood on the tee box at the par-3 16th in Sunday’s final round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club. Schauffele had just made four consecutive birdies to cut Hideki Matsuyama‘s lead to 2
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1:54 PM ET The PGA Tour will no longer require players and caddies who are fully vaccinated to take weekly COVID-19 tests at tournament sites as a condition of competition. The Tour sent a memo to players that was obtained by ESPN that lays out the broad details, with more information to come. “As the
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Hideki Matsuyama’s Masters triumph gave the golf-loving country of Japan its first-ever men’s major title. And the 29-year-old joined Y.E. Yang as the only Asian-born players to win a major. Though Matsuyama has been one of the best players in the world for a while, becoming a Masters champion will vault him into higher echelons
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12:54 AM ET Associated Press TOKYO — Led by Japan’s prime minister, the country celebrated golfer Hideki Matsuyama‘s victory in the Masters — the first Japanese player to win at Augusta National and pull on the famous green jacket. “It was really wonderful,” Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said with his country struggling to pull off
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SAN DIEGO — Through all of the logistical challenges that COVID-19 has created for professional golf tournaments, from safety protocols to testing to managing fans on-site, it appears that the two biggest events on the USGA’s calendar this year—both scheduled for California in June—are going to come down to a problem that few saw coming:
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6:39 AM ET The Masters came upon us quickly in 2021, with the previous installment having just ended only five months earlier and without another major championship between them. Dustin Johnson’s time with the green jacket was short, and Hideki Matsuyama lifted up a nation in winning this one. Here are a few things we
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