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  1. Jimmy Brandt wins 'Big Break Myrtle Beach' for Valspar spot

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    PALM HARBOR — Jimmy Brandt has known since late June that he earned a spot in next year's Valspar Championship PGA Tour event at Innisbrook. On Tuesday night, after the final episode of the Golf Channel's Big Break Myrtle Beach aired, he could finally accept congratulations.

    Jimmy Brandt earns a sponsor’s exemption to next March’s PGA Tour event at Innisbrook.
  2. Colin Montgomerie: Rory McIlroy better than Tiger Woods ever was

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    Rory McIlroy is better now than Tiger Woods ever was at his peak … well, at least according to Colin Montgomerie.

  3. Tampa Bay Times' all-Tampa Bay golf teams

    Preps

    Pinellas Boys Golfer of the Year: Blake Dyer, Sr., St. Petersburg

    All six Times’ golfers of the year reached the state tournament. They are, from left, St. Petersburg’s Blake Dyer, Freedom’s Terese Romeo, Sunlake’s Kelly Harris, Newsome’s Tyler Bakich, Mitchell’s Mike Spinger and Osceola’s Haydyn Gibson.
  4. Lydia Ko wins $1 million after capturing LPGA Tour finale

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    NAPLES — New Zealand teenager Lydia Ko was an instant millionaire even before she went into a three-way playoff Sunday in the CME Group Tour Championship.

    Lydia Ko earns a $1M bonus on top of the $500,000 for winning in Naples.
  5. Competition gets tenser at LPGA finale

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    NAPLES — Julieta Granada kept in front of a growing pack of challengers Saturday with 2-under 70 and a one-shot lead in the CME Globe Tour Championship, one part of what was shaping up as a tense conclusion to the LPGA Tour season.

  6. Michelle Wie moves into contention at LPGA finale

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    NAPLES — On a tough day that only rewarded the best shots, Michelle Wie holed out for eagle on her way to 5-under 67 that moved her up high enough on the leaderboard Friday at the CME Group Tour Championship to get into position for a $1 million bonus.

  7. Stacy Lewis edges ahead in race to LPGA's $1 million bonus

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    NAPLES — Stacy Lewis was three shots out of the lead Thursday and one step closer to the largest payoff in women's golf at the CME Group Tour Championship.

  8. Christina Kim wins first LPGA title in nine years

    Golf

    MEXICO CITY — Christina Kim won the Lorena Ochoa Invitational on Sunday for her first LPGA Tour title in nine years, beating Shanshan Feng in a playoff after blowing a five-stroke lead in the final round.

    Christina Kim beats Shanshan Feng in a playoff at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational.
  9. Christina Kim increases lead at Lorena Ochoa Invitational

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    MEXICO CITY — Christina Kim shot 4-under 68 on Saturday to increase her lead to five strokes in the Lorena Ochoa Invitational.

  10. Christina Kim keeps lead at LPGA's Lorena Ochoa Invitational

    Golf

    MEXICO CITY — Christina Kim shot 3-under 69 Friday to maintain a one-stroke lead in the Lorena Ochoa Invitational.

    TOP AREA COURSES

     

    If you want to find a public golf course in the Tampa Bay area, check out 'Tampa Bay Golf Tour'. It features over 60 courses in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco and Hernando counties.

     

    DREAM 18

     

    Wouldn't it be great to play a course made up of the best holes from our top area courses? We gave it a shot. It's called the Dream 18. Get an up-close view through a multimedia report featuring photos and descriptions of each hole as well as audio from Times staff writer Rodney Page.