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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Horses for Courses: Arnold Palmer Invitational

The new, condensed schedule has shifted the order of the Florida Swing, but for the second week running it will be TifEagle greens and sunny skies. The invitational field of 123 players will be surrounded by the legacies of Arnie’s Army at his Bay Hill Club and Lodge in Orlando. The champion will receive a THREE-YEAR exemption, 500 FedEx Cup points and $1.638 million of the $9.1 million prize pool, not to mention a gorgeous, red alpaca sweater! Bay Hill hosts for the 41st time and the Par-72 has been extended to its longest edition, 7,454 yards, for Rory McIlroy…

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Cougar Creek Golf Resort

Cougar Creek Golf Resort is testament to unreliability of rumours  By Gord Montgomery  PARKLAND COUNTY —With apologies to Edgar Allan Poe’s saying, “Believe nothing you hear and only half of what you see (read),” you can trust everything you are about to read (see) here in regard to the Cougar Creek Golf Resort. Despite some nasty rumours floating around, this rural track west of Edmonton is in good shape and only getting better as the weather warms, says Head Golf Professional Jake Behiels. After a winter that saw the dreaded freeze-thaw-freeze cycle repeat itself a few times, Cougar Creek did…

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Jagare Ridge holds its own in war against winter

Jagare Ridge holds its own in war against winter  While Superintendent Jim Shannon won’t come right out and say that his golf course came out on top of the grass misery this past winter handed out, others at Jagare Ridge, like Head Golf Professional Tyler Rumpel aren’t hesitant about speaking to the condition of the Edmonton track this spring. “The golf course is actually really good. We do have a few greens that are a little slow in spots but overall, the course is in excellent condition for the kind of winter we had,” said Rumpel. “We’ve been lucky for…

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Rose blooms all week at Colonial Country Club

Chasing a second victory of the season Justin Rose goes low four days in a row to comfortably take care of business in the ball-striking paradise that is historic Colonial Country Club. Welcome to the Monday Finish where the former U.S. Open champion held off the challenge from the current U.S. Open champion to become the fifth multiple winner of the 2017-18 FedExCup season as he cruised to a three-shot win. FIVE OBSERVATIONS 1. Rose – when he’s got his game clicking – is both awesome and annoying to watch. Awesome because the precision and skill with which he strikes…

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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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Masters Tournament, second round: Leaderboard, tee times, TV schedule

There are currently 15 players within four shots of Jordan Spieth’s lead after Round 1 at the Masters. (Getty Images) Jordan Spieth has held at least a share of the lead at Augusta National in nine of his 17 career starts. He is tied with Tiger Woods for the most leads or co-leads at the Masters Tournament since 1992. Spieth leads by two heading into Friday’s second round. The 24-year-old is the only player in the top 10 with a Green Jacket already. Rory McIlroy is just T4 and three back after Thursday in search of the career Grand Slam.…

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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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