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An takes 1-stroke lead at Aussie Open

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SYDNEY (AP) Byeong Hun An overcame four-seasons-in-one-day type weather to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Australian Open.

The South Korean's eagle on the par-5 eighth hole, his second-last of the day, gave him a 5-under 67 on Thursday at The Lakes.

Australians Matt Jager and David Micheluzzi, an amateur, were tied for second with 68s.


McIlroy giving up Euro Tour membership

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Rory McIlroy is set to give up European Tour membership in 2019 to focus on the U.S. PGA Tour.

Just for the year, for now.

Jutanugarn looking to capture CME Globe

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) Ariya Jutanugarn is occasionally fearful on the golf course, which might seem peculiar given her resume.

She's already clinched the LPGA's player of the year award, her second in the last three seasons. She's already clinched the money title, also for the second time in three years. She's back to No. 1 in the world rankings, will almost certainly have the lowest scoring average on tour this year and finished in the top 10 more regularly than any of her fellow competitors. Read More...

Champ's career began with small favor

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) Cameron Champ was a freshman in high school and a graduate of The First Tee program, missing only the means to travel the country to play junior golf tournaments with hopes of getting noticed outside Northern California.

One phone call made a difference as big as some of his drives. Read More...

Westwood parts with longtime caddie

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) Lee Westwood and Matt Kuchar won last week, each ending four-plus years without winning on their home circuit. They also won without their regular caddies.

Kuchar used a local caddie at Mayakoba because he entered at the last minute and his regular looper, John Wood, had a previous engagement. Westwood used his girlfriend, Helen Storey, who previously caddied for him in Denmark. Read More...

LPGA announces changes to points race

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) The Race to the CME Globe will be more frantic starting next year, and the winner of the LPGA Tour's season-ending tournament is going to get considerably richer.

Tour and event officials announced Tuesday night that the CME Group Tour Championship's purse in 2019 will double to $5 million, with the winner getting $1.5 million - the largest first-place share in women's golf history. Read More...

Kuchar earns first PGA win since 2014

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico (AP) Matt Kuchar had gone four years, six months and three weeks since his last PGA Tour victory.

The last few holes Sunday at the Mayakoba Golf Classic must have felt just as long. Read More...

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