McIlroy wins THE PLAYERS Championship

Shoots final-round 2-under 70 to win by one shot over Furyk in dramatic finale at TPC Sawgrass   PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Rory McIlroy made two late birdies amid the wild theatrics of Sunday at THE PLAYERS Championship and closed with a 2-under 70. McIlroy, a former FedExCup champion, earned 600 FedExCup points, a $2.25 million check and is the proud owner of the redesigned PLAYERS trophy. McIlroy could not afford to make a mistake over the final hour because of Jim Furyk, 48, nearly pulled off a stunner. Furyk, one of the last players to get in…

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THE PLAYERS Championship, Round 1: Leaderboard, tee times, TV times

The Florida Swing continues as Round 1 gets underway today at THE PLAYERS Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach. Webb Simpson is the defending champion at TPC Sawgrass. Round 1 tee times Round 1 leaderboard HOW TO WATCH/LISTEN (ALL TIMES ET) TELEVISION: Thursday-Friday, 1-7 p.m. (Golf Channel). Saturday, 2-7 p.m. (NBC). Sunday, 1-6 p.m. (NBC). PGA TOUR LIVE: Thursday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.- 7 p.m. (Featured Groups). Saturday, 8:30 a.m.- 7 p.m. (Featured Groups). Sunday, 8 a.m.- 6 p.m. (Featured Groups). LIVE ON TWITTER: Thursday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. – approx. 8:30 a.m.; Saturday, 8:30 a.m. – approx. 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m. – approx. 9 a.m. RADIO: Thursday-Friday, 12-7 p.m.…

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Molinari cards final-round 64 to win Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard

ORLANDO – Francesco Molinari delivered another big moment on the 18th green at Bay Hill, without wearing a red shirt and leaving the flag stick in the cup. His 45-foot birdie putt capped off an 8-under 64 to come from five shots behind Sunday and win the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard. Molinari watched the birdie putt kiss off the pin and into the cup, and the normally reserved Italian raised his fist and hammered it down in celebration, knowing that would make him hard to beat. He started so far back that Molinari finished nearly two hours before…

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Leaders preparing for poor weather conditions Saturday at Augusta

Masters 36-hole leader Patrick Reed will have to battle tough conditions ahead on Moving Day. (Andrew Redington/Getty Images) AUGUSTA, Ga. – After two days of dry conditions and pleasant temperatures, the weather for Saturday’s third round of the Masters is expected to take a turn for the worse. Scattered showers in the morning, then heavy rain and possibly thunderstorms for the leaders in the afternoon. Oh, and throw in wind gusts to 20 mph. How much that will impact the leaderboard on Moving Day at Augusta National will be one of the intriguing storylines. Patrick Reed takes a two-shot lead…

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The First Look: Masters Tournament

THE TAKEAWAY Sergio gets it done, a playoff for the ages & Kuch’s ace Resurgent World Golf Championships winners Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson – both multiple Masters titleholders – join FedExCup leader Justin Thomas as the spotlight shines on Augusta National even hotter than most years. The gathering of elite names arriving off recent victories also includes Rory McIlroy, Paul Casey, Jason Day and Jon Rahm. Nor does that factor in world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, defending champion Sergio Garcia and a wild card with four green jackets – Tiger Woods. FIELD NOTES: The expected roster stands at 86…

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Hole by hole: The pros break down Augusta National

PGA TOUR players give their insider perspectives on each hole at Augusta National for the Masters. (Harry How/Getty Images) Augusta National Golf Club is familiar territory to golf fans, many of whom eagerly watch the year’s first major championship on television. A two-dimensional screen cannot accurately display the holes’ extreme elevation changes or the subtle slopes on the course’s famed putting surfaces. That’s why PGATOUR.COM asked the world’s best players to describe how they play Augusta National’s historic holes. We hope their insight will give you a deeper appreciation for this hallowed ground. THE MASTERS: Complete coverage | Players’ hole-by-hole descriptions | First-hand accounts of…

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‘Just enjoy the music’ in Woods’ impressive comeback

‘Just enjoy the music’ in Woods’ impressive comeback It’s tempting to forget how far Tiger has come in just a matter of weeks HIGHLIGHTS Tiger Woods drains a monster birdie putt on No. 17 at Valspar PALM HARBOR, Fla. – Buses were brought in from Miami and Orlando. Some 6,000 parking spaces were procured, and 160 portable toilets were added to the grounds. Extra server space was acquired to ensure the website could handle the increased traffic and the media center was doubled in size. These measures were all part of the 50-point checklist the Valspar Championship put into action…

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Bubba is Back!!!

Bubba is back Watson collects his third Genesis Open title and 10th TOUR win ROUND RECAPS Bubba Watson wins his third Genesis Open Bubba Watson continued his love affair with Riviera Country Club to claim his third Genesis Open and 10th PGA TOUR victory. Welcome to the Monday Finish where Watson went from NBA Celebrity All-Star to the shining star at Hogan’s Alley. FIVE OBSERVATIONS 1. Bubba Watson continues to bemuse and befuddle some folks with his personality, but one thing is clear… he can flat out play. Watson is an enigma wrapped in a riddle with plenty of idiosyncrasies…

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Patton Kizzire prevails in playoff to win Sony Open

Patton Kizzire prevails in playoff to win Sony Open January 15, 2018 By Ben Everill, PGATOUR.COM  SHARE ON ROUND RECAPS Patton Kizzire hangs on in playoff to win the Sony Open HONOLULU, Hawaii – Patton Kizzire craves being uncomfortable so it makes perfect sense he would win the Sony Open in Hawaii in a week where strange events were common place. With a false alarm for a missile strike, picketing television crews, a six-hole playoff and a good friend of the TOUR in the ICU in critical condition the week at Waialae Country Club was one for books. But ultimately it was…

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No. 1: Justin Thomas

INSIDE THE PGA TOUR The FedExCup champion also earns Player of the Year honors THE OVERVIEW By Ben Everill, PGATOUR.COM How much better can it get for Justin Thomas? That’s the biggest question posed towards our current FedExCup Champion and gives us plenty of reason to watch him closer than ever. His 2016-17 season was off the charts as Thomas won five times, including his maiden major championship and of course the season-long FedExCup. Oh, and he shot a 59 in Hawaii and a 63 at the U.S. Open. Given the benchmark is so high, how will he guard against…

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