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Rory McIlroy not ready to just hand Ryder Cup to United States

Rory McIlroy said the task will be tougher than many believe for the United States to prevail this fall at the Ryder Cup, despite a convincing American victory in 2016 and a strong cast of young stars. “It won’t be as easy as they think it’s going to be,” McIlroy said Tuesday in Abu Dhabi in advance of this week’s European Tour event, where he will make his 2018 debut. “The Americans are very strong,” said McIlroy, who is from Northern Ireland and has played in four Ryder Cups for…

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Rory McIlroy believes his next win is ‘not far away’ after a good rest period

Rory McIlroy feels a first win since Sept. 2016 is “not far away” as he prepares to make his competitive comeback in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. McIlroy has a remarkable record in Abu Dhabi with four second place finishes, two thirds and a fifth in his last eight starts, but missed last year’s event with the rib injury which disrupted his entire season. The four-time major winner called an early end to his winless campaign, just the second of his professional career, in October, but has been practising hard…

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Patton Kizzire overcomes James Hahn in 6-hole Sony Open playoff

HONOLULU — Patton Kizzire outlasted James Hahn in six extra holes to win the Sony Open to become the first multiple winner on the PGA Tour this season. Kizzire, who won the OHL Classic in Mexico last fall, closed with a 2-under 68. That turned out to be the easy part. Hahn shot 62 in the final round Sunday and got into a playoff with Kizzire at 17-under 263. They matched two pars and two birdies on the par-5 18th. They matched pars when they went to the par-3 17th….

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Blayne Barber’s caddie Cory Gilmer suffers critical head injury after fall

HONOLULU — Blayne Barber‘s caddie was in critical condition with swelling in his brain from falling on his head Saturday at a Honolulu restaurant. Barber tweeted an update about his caddie, Cory Gilmer, on Sunday. Small improvement this morning for Cory. Still in a critical stage but asked about his friends, said his last name, and asked the nurse to pray today. He’s got a long way to go but continue to pray! Specifically that the swelling would go down in his brain. — Blayne Barber™ (@BlayneBarberAU) January 14, 2018…

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Scott Parel beats Scott Dunlap in playoff to win Diamond Resorts Invitational

ORLANDO, Fla. — Scott Parel beat fellow PGA Tour Champions player Scott Dunlap on the first hole of a playoff Sunday to complete a wire-to-wire victory in the Diamond Resorts Invitational. The 52-year-old Parel won the 32-player professional division with a par on the extra hole, the 203-yard 18th at Tranquilo Golf Club. Dunlap hit a fat shot short into water and made a double bogey. In regulation, Dunlap made an 8-foot birdie putt for three points, and Parel failed to get up-and-down and made a bogey to fall into…

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Golf Channel cameramen walk out on coverage amid Sony Open

HONOLULU — Union workers for video and audio production at Golf Channel events walked out Sunday over stalled contract negotiations, leading to limited coverage of the final round at the Sony Open and two other events in the Bahamas and Florida. Charles Howell III, Marc Leishman and other golfers participating in the Sony Open in Hawaii describe their responses and reactions to Saturday’s false alarm missile alert. Golf Channel said it has been negotiating an agreement for nine months with International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, a union for tournament…

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Tom Hoge takes a 1-shot lead on wild day at Sony Open

HONOLULU — A false missile alert didn’t bother Tom Hoge, and he was just as steady on the golf course Saturday in his round of 6-under 64 to take a one-shot lead at the Sony Open. Hoge got up-and-down from 40 yards away for birdie on the par-5 18th to take his first 54-hole lead on the PGA Tour. Charles Howell III, Marc Leishman and other golfers participating in the Sony Open in Hawaii describe their responses and reactions to Saturday’s false alarm missile alert. If there was uncertainty about…

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False alarm on missile creates uneasy moment at Sony Open in Hawaii

HONOLULU — Charles Howell III was eating breakfast in his hotel when the restaurant at the Kahala started buzzing. Everyone had their phones. Everyone received the same push alert. “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.” “All the alarms went off at the same time,” Howell said. “It got everyone’s attention. I didn’t know what to do. We all stared at each other. It kind of shows you the world we live in now. Your whole life can change in a second.” Amid…

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Chris Paisley holds slender lead ahead of South Africa Open final round

England’s Chris Paisley will take a one-shot lead into the final day of the BMW SA Open, but pre-tournament favourite Branden Grace is hot on his heels after a storming finish to round three. Chasing his first European Tour title, Paisley carded a third round of 70 at Glendower Golf Club to finish 15 under par, with Grace just a shot behind after a 66. Grace’s chances looked to be fading fast when a bogey on the ninth left him six shots off the pace, but the 29-year-old South African…

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Asia late show on day two of EurAsia Cup ensures slender lead

2:40 AM ET ESPN staff Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment Asia will head into Sunday’s EurAsia Cup games with a 6½-5½ overall lead over Europe after staging a rally on the second day in Malaysia. Thomas Bjorn‘s European were quickly out of the blocks following Friday’s disappointments and reeled off three early points before being pegged back by a trio of afternoon defeats. Race to Dubai champion Tommy Fleetwood and Ryder Cup veteran Henrik Stenson were first to notch with a 3 and 2 win over Anirban…

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