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Scott Hend wins Maybank Championship in playoff

[ad_1] KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Scott Hend of Australia closed with a 5-under 67, had to wait nearly two hours to see if it would be good enough, and then made a 3-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to win the Maybank Championship on Sunday. Hend was one shot ahead of overnight leader Nacho Elvira when the Spaniard needed a birdie on the par-5 18th to force
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Casey holds 1-shot lead over Johnson at Innisbrook

[ad_1] PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) — Paul Casey was on the verge of building a comfortable lead Saturday until a bogey on the final hole for a 3-under 68 that cut his lead to one shot over Dustin Johnson in the Valspar Championship. Johnson, the world’s No. 1 player, had some say in the margin going into the final round at Innisbrook. From a narrow bunker right of the 18th
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Nacho Elvira edges closer to Maybank Championship title

[ad_1] KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Nacho Elvira took a big step towards clinching a first European Tour title after he fired a 6-under-par 66 for a two-shot advantage over David Lipsky after the third round at the Maybank Championship on Saturday. Elvira has been on song since the opening round where he joint-led the standings, and the Spaniard maintained that consistency with seven birdies to reach 13-under in sweltering
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Patrick Reed brings in Leadbetter to check on his swing

[ad_1] PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) — Patrick Reed hasn’t finished in the top 10 in nine starts this year, is three weeks away from defending his title in the Masters and was seen Friday morning working on the range with swing coach David Leadbetter. Reed said it was simply a product of his coach, Kevin Kirk, not being at the Valspar Championship. He said his wife, Justine, could tell the
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Robert Garrigus suspended for failed drug test

[ad_1] PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) — Robert Garrigus is the first PGA Tour player to be suspended for a drug of abuse. The tour announced Friday that Garrigus, whose only PGA Tour victory was at the end of the 2010 season, has been suspended for three months. Garrigus says on Twitter that he failed a drug test for marijuana. While legal in some states, it is on the banned substance
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Casey shares early lead in title defense at Innisbrook

[ad_1] PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) — Paul Casey managed all the par 5s and shot a 5-under 66 on Friday to share the early 36-hole lead in his bid to become the first back-to-back winner of the Valspar Championship. Casey holed a 30-foot eagle putt on the 599-yard fifth hole and had short birdie putts on the other par 5s at Innisbrook. He went bunker-to-bunker on his last hole for
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Pieters takes halfway lead at Maybank Championship

[ad_1] KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Ernie Els was two shots behind Maybank Championship leader Thomas Pieters on a crowded leaderboard after the second round on Friday. Els carded a 2-under-par 70 to reach 6 under at the European Tour event. There were 15 golfers within three shots of Pieters, who was at 8 under overall after a 69 he wasn’t pleased with. He bogeyed the par-4 second hole, and
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Na Yeon Choi shares Founders Cup lead in LPGA Tour return

[ad_1] PHOENIX (AP) — Na Yeon Choi had an unexpected share of the Founders Cup lead halfway through the first round Thursday in her return from a back injury. Choi shot a 7-under 65 at Desert Ridge in her first tournament round in 11 months. She joined Charlotte Thomas, Alana Uriell and Jin Young Ko atop the leaderboard in the event that honors the 13 women who founded the LPGA