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Long wins Desert Classic for 1st title

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LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) Adam Long bounced around golf's backwoods for years, winning only a lone Hooters Tour event. Now, he's headed to the Masters as a PGA Tour winner.

Long won the Desert Classic on Sunday at PGA West, beating Hall of Famer Phil Mickelson and Adam Hadwin by a stroke with a 14-foot birdie putt on the final hole after a 6-iron approach from an awkward stance.

"In some ways it's been a little bit of a roller-coaster, but it's been a steady improvement throughout my career," Long said. "I've played in pretty much most tours around the world that there are and just kind of steadily progressed.

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Ji overcomes elements to win LPGA opener

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Eun-Hee Ji of South Korea left the mistakes to everyone else down the stretch in the LPGA Tour season opener.

Ji managed a strong wind and temperatures in the 50s on Sunday by making three birdies on the back nine to pull away and close with a 1-under 70, giving her a two-shot victory in the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions. Read More...

Lowry holds on to claim Abu Dhabi title

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Shane Lowry made birdie on the last hole to finish off a wire-to-wire victory in the Abu Dhabi Championship.

If only it were that simple. Read More...

Ortiz finally earns spot in Masters

LA ROMANA, Dominican Republic (AP) Right when it looked as though Alvaro Ortiz of Mexico would endure more heartache at the Latin American Amateur Championship, he delivered his best shots and finally earned a trip to the Masters.

A runner-up each of the last two years, Ortiz hammered a 3-wood into the wind to set up a 20-foot eagle and a share of the lead, and he finished with two birdies for a 6-under 66 and a two-shot victory Sunday. Read More...

Win puts Janewattananond in British Open

SINGAPORE (AP) Jazz Janewattananond shot a final-round 65 on Sunday to win the Singapore Open and qualify for this year's British Open.

The Thai player carded seven birdies over the Serapong Course at Sentosa Golf Club to finish at 18-under 266, two strokes ahead of Yoshinori Fujimoto (68) and Paul Casey (65), who had already secured his place at Royal Portrush. Read More...

Lehman rallies to win Champions opener

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) Tom Lehman rallied to win the PGA Tour Champions' season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship on Saturday, taking advantage of David Toms' closing three-putt bogey.

The 59-year-old Lehman closed with his second straight 7-under 65 for a one-stroke victory over Toms. Read More...

Woods to start his year at Torrey Pines

SAN DIEGO (AP) Tiger Woods is starting another year at Torrey Pines, this time with higher expectations.

Woods announced Wednesday that he will play in the Farmers Insurance Open next week. He has won the tournament seven times, and Torrey Pines is where he won the U.S. Open in 2008. Read More...

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