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Post-Masters primer for 2018’s three remaining golf majors — ESPN golf

There is typically a big exhale after the Masters. A decompression period commences for many who competed at the year’s first major championship, the run-up having been long and exhausting. Given the time from the final major of the previous year until the Masters, the hype is considerable. For the past 11 years, the Players Championship has filled the big-tournament void between the Masters and U.S. Open. That will change in 2019, when the Players moves to March and the PGA Championship shifts from its traditional August date to May….

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Satoshi Kodaira rallies to win 3-hole playoff at RBC Heritage

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Satoshi Kodaira made a 25-foot birdie putt on the third playoff hole to defeat Si Woo Kim after coming from 6 shots behind in the final round of the RBC Heritage on Sunday for his first PGA Tour victory. Kodaira had finished off his round of 66 to get to 12-under par about an hour before Kim finished. Kodaira matched Kim with two pars on the 18th hole before rolling in his winning putt on the par-3 17th. Kim came up short on his 21-footer…

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Jon Rahm wins Open de Espana 2018 in Madrid

Jon Rahm spoke of his “hardest Sunday” after firing a closing 5-under-par 67 to win the Open de Espana in Madrid. The world No. 4 became the sixth Spaniard to win the tournament since it achieved European Tour status in 1972, finishing at 20 under overall and two shots clear of Ireland’s Paul Dunne. And Rahm — who follows the likes of Seve Ballesteros and Sergio Garcia in winning his home event — admitted that he found it difficult to handle the expectations placed on him. “I’m just happy to…

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Brooke Henderson wins Lotte Championship at Ko Olina for sixth LPGA Tour victory

KAPOLEI, Hawaii — For the final two days of the Lotte Championship, it was pretty clear that the only player who could beat Brooke Henderson was Brooke Henderson. She wasn’t about to let it happen Saturday at windy Ko Olina Golf Club, where she won by four shots. The Canadian was too talented, and she had some very important people to play for, dedicating her victory to the people involved in the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team bus crash in Saskatchewan. Looking for his second victory in three weeks, Ian…

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Steve Flesch wins 1st PGA Tour Champions title in 38-hole day

DULUTH, Ga. — Steve Flesch needed 38 holes Saturday to win the Mitsubishi Electric Classic for his first PGA Tour Champions victory. The 50-year-old Flesch won with a birdie on the second hole of a playoff with Scott Parel at TPC Sugarloaf in the event completed a day early because of forecast rain and lightning. Bernhard Langer dropped out on the first extra hole. “You never know if you’re ever going to win again,” Flesch said. “Honestly, it’s been harder than I anticipated winning on this tour. The guys are…

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Brooke Henderson settles for 1-shot lead at Lotte Championship in Hawaii

KAPOLEI, Hawaii — Brooke Henderson kept giving herself chances to run away from the field Friday at the Lotte Championship. Instead, she had to be satisfied with barely hanging onto the lead. After two nearly flawless, bogey-free days at windy Ko Olina Golf Club, the 20-year-old Canadian looked all too human in a frustrating third round that saw the wind switch directions. Then again, so did nearly every other player. Henderson will take a one-stroke advantage over 2014 Women’s British Open champ Mo Martin, whose eagle on the 13th kept…

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Kelly Kraft hits a bird in flight at RBC Heritage, misses cut after double-bogey

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Kelly Kraft got a birdie, just not the one he wanted at the RBC Heritage. By shooting a career-best 7-under 64, Bryson DeChambeau moved into a one-stroke lead entering the third round at the RBC Heritage Classic in Hilton Head. Kraft’s ball hit a bird in flight on the par-3 14th hole, and the ball dropped into the water in front of the green. Kraft made double bogey and finished at 1-over par on Harbour Town Golf Links, missing the cut by a stroke. Kraft…

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Bryson DeChambeau takes one-shot lead at RBC Heritage Classic

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Bryson DeChambeau shot a career-best 7-under 64 on Friday to take the lead into the weekend at the RBC Heritage Classic. DeChambeau’s first event as a pro was at Harbour Town Golf Links in 2016. Two years later, he posted his lowest score ever on the PGA Tour to get to 10-under 132, one ahead of red-hot Ian Poulter and Si Woo Kim. Poulter showed he’s not done playing high-level golf with a bogey-free 64. Kim, the Players Championship winner, had a 65 that included…

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Open de Espana – Paul Dunne leads after second round in Spain

Ireland’s Paul Dunne is in pole position to claim a second European Tour title after establishing a healthy lead at the halfway stage of the Open de Espana. Dunne, who held off Rory McIlroy to win the British Masters at Close House in October, carded nine birdies and two bogeys to add a 65 to his opening 66 at the Centro Nacional de Golf near Madrid. At 13 under par, Dunne leads by three shots from Spain’s Nacho Elvira, England’s Callum Shinkwin and Australia’s Brett Rumford, with world No. 4…

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Brooke Henderson takes Lotte Championship lead at Ko Olina Golf Club

KAPOLEI, Hawaii — Brooke Henderson remained bogey-free Thursday to take the second-round lead in the Lotte Championship. Rory Sabbatini shot a 7-under 64 for his lowest round ever at Harbour Town Golf Links and a 2-stroke lead Thursday in the RBC Heritage, with top-ranked Dustin Johnson five shots behind. After finishing tied for 32nd at the Masters, Tiger Woods has officially filed his entry to play in the U.S. Open for the first time since 2015. 1 Related Henderson, the 20-year-old Canadian ranked 14th in the world, birdied four of…

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