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  1. Charley Hoffman takes lead in wind-swept Texas Open

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    SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Charley Hoffman took advantage of calmer afternoon conditions to take the first-round lead in the wind-swept Texas Open, shooting 5-under 67.

    Charley Hoffman takes advantage of calmer afternoon conditions for the lone bogey-free round in San Antonio.
  2. Ex-Gator Every repeats as Arnold Palmer winner at Bay Hill

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    ORLANDO — Matt Every had a tongue-in-cheek response when he heard Tiger Woods was not ready to play the Arnold Palmer Invitational this year. He said he told Woods, "Don't worry, man, I'll hold it down for you until you get back."

    The former Gator did that and more.

    Matt Every successfully defends his Arnold Palmer Invitational title for his second PGA Tour win and a second trip to the Masters. He shoots 6-under 66 for a one-shot win over Henrik Stenson.
  3. Stenson takes Arnold Palmer Invitational lead at Bay Hill

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    ORLANDO — Henrik Stenson of Sweden finished with another flourish at Bay Hill on Saturday and seized control of the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

    For the second straight day, Sweden’s Henrik Stenson plays the final four holes at Bay Hill in 4-under par.
  4. Hoffmann boosts lead with a flock of birdies

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    ORLANDO — Equipped with his first PGA Tour lead in 67 starts, Morgan Hoffmann played Friday like he wanted to keep it in the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

    The story line going into the weekend is simple: Can winless Morgan Hoffmann hold on?
  5. First-time leader Hoffmann highlights Day 1 of Arnold Palmer Invitational

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    ORLANDO — Morgan Hoffmann's day began with news that his 97-year-old grandmother died Thursday. It ended with his first lead on the PGA Tour.

  6. Sean O'Hair renews his confidence at Valspar Championship

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    PALM HARBOR — When Sean O'Hair won the 2008 PGA Tour event at Innisbrook, he was on top of the professional golf world. Seven years later, O'Hair needed a sponsor's exemption to get into this year's field of 144.

    Sean O’Hair, taking a drop at No. 18, ends up in a three-way playoff for the Valspar Championship. Though he loses, the 2008 champ says it’s good to see results from working harder at his game.
  7. Jordan Spieth's No. 1 dream isn't crazy

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    PALM HARBOR — He graduated in 2011. High school, that is.

    PALM HARBOR, FL - MARCH 15:  Jordan Spieth hits off the 18th tee during the final round of the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook Resort Copperhead Course on March 15, 2015 in Palm Harbor, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images) 527751469
  8. Jordan Spieth wins Valspar Championship in playoff

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    PALM HARBOR — As Jordan Spieth stood on the 13th tee of Innisbrook's Copperhead Course on Sunday, he trailed Ryan Moore by three shots. He figured it was time to start moving if he was going to get back into contention in the final round of the Valspar Championship.

    PALM HARBOR, FL - MARCH 15:  Jordan Spieth celebrates after his birdie putt on the third playoff hole to win the Valspar Championship at the Innisbrook Resort Copperhead Course on March 15, 2015 in Palm Harbor, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
  9. Ryan Moore takes Valspar Championship lead into final round

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    PALM HARBOR — Another day, another new leader at the Valspar Championship.

    “I stayed patient,” Ryan Moore says of crafting his 4-under 67 for the Round 3 lead at the Valspar Championship. “I kept hitting pretty good shots, kind of kept plodding along.”
  10. Positive thinking brings change for Derek Ernst's game

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    PALM HARBOR — Derek Ernst has no reason to have confidence in his game. He has missed six of seven cuts since January, and his best finish in 2015 is 67th at the Honda Classic two weeks ago.

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