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  1. Martin Laird leads Phoenix Open

    Golf

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Martin Laird watched the ball disappear into the cup on the par-3 16th hole and put some elbow grease into his fist pump.

    Martin Laird birdies the 9th hole on his way to 3-under 68 and a three-shot lead after the Phoenix Open’s third round.
  2. Lydia Ko finishes second in LPGA tourney, becomes youngest world No. 1

    Golf

    OCALA — During a closing stretch that featured one of the most tumultuous final hours in recent LPGA Tour history, teen wunderkind Lydia Ko faced a series of tough predicaments. But a query that came after the final round gave her the biggest pause of all.

    Lydia Ko, above, is second at the Coates Golf Championship in Ocala to Na Yeon Choi.
  3. Tiger Woods has worst round ever, 82, at Phoenix Open

    Golf

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Tiger Woods never had shot a score this high in his 1,267 official rounds as a pro.

    Tiger Woods grimaces after missing a putt on the par-4 10th during his 11-over 82 in the second round of the Phoenix Open. He did par this hole.
  4. Lydia Ko takes LPGA lead in Ocala, eyes history

    Golf

    OCALA — Lydia Ko is one round from potentially making golf history.

  5. Tiger Woods tumbles at Phoenix Open

    Pga

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Tiger Woods helped attract a record, raucous crowd to the Phoenix Open on Thursday, the first big event in a week that concludes with the Super Bowl.

  6. South Korean Jang opens 4-shot lead at LPGA in Ocala

    Lpga

    OCALA — Ha Na Jang went from qualifier to leader in just a few days at the LPGA season opener.

    And it surprised no one.

  7. Three tied for lead after opening round of Coates Golf Championship

    Golf

    OCALA — Jessica Korda pulled a hand warmer out of each jacket pocket, showing just how cold she was during the opening round of the LPGA opener.

    Jessica Korda battles through chilly, windy conditions to shoot 6-under 66 in Ocala.
  8. Wie confident as LPGA Tour opens season in Ocala

    Golf

    OCALA — Well-rested and healthy, Michelle Wie is ready to get back to work.

    Michelle Wie says she is “very excited for this year,’’ with her main goals to be consistent and stay healthy.
  9. Bill Haas wins Humana Challenge

    Golf

    LA QUINTA, Calif. — Bill Haas pulled ahead with a 20-foot birdie putt on the par-4 16th hole and parred the final two holes for a one-stroke victory Sunday in the Humana Challenge.

  10. Four share lead at Humana Challenge

    Golf

    LA QUINTA, Calif. — Matt Kuchar's ball crashed into the rocks at the foot of the Santa Rosa Mountains and shot sideways into the All-American Canal.

    Two-time heart transplant recipient Erik Compton shares the Humana Challenge lead.

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