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Apr 5, 2016

Olympic golf champions get free pass to majors

When golf returns to the Olympics in Rio, the winners will receive more than a gold medal. They’ll also get a free pass to all the major championships. The governing bodies for men’s and women’s golf announced the exemptions Monday at Augusta National, adding ...

Miyazato collapses as Ko wins second major

Apr 4, 2016

Miyazato collapses as Ko wins second major

Ai Miyazato suffered a final-round meltdown and finished tied for 18th as New Zealand’s world No. 1 Lydia Ko became the youngest two-time major champion with victory at the ANA Inspiration on Sunday. Miyazato started the day in title contention two strokes off the ...

Miyazato falls behind leader Thompson at ANA Inspiration

Apr 3, 2016

Miyazato falls behind leader Thompson at ANA Inspiration

Ai Miyazato surrendered her share of the lead after carding a 1-under-par 71 in the third round of the ANA Inspiration in Rancho Mirage, California, on Saturday. The former world No. 1 had two birdies and a bogey at Mission Hills Country Club but ...

Miyazato in tie for lead at ANA Inspiration

Apr 2, 2016

Miyazato in tie for lead at ANA Inspiration

Ai Miyazato maintained her share of the lead as a surging Lexi Thompson used length and strength to join her atop the ANA Inspiration leaderboard Friday. Miyazato, who was tied for the first-round lead with Azahara Munoz, followed her opening 67 with a 70. ...

Woods decides to not participate in Masters

Apr 2, 2016

Woods decides to not participate in Masters

Tiger Woods is going to Augusta National next week — to eat, not play. Woods made official Friday night what most observers figured all along. Recovery from two back surgeries last year has not progressed to the point where he is ready to tee ...

Apr 1, 2016

Miyazato tied for ANA Inspiration lead

Ai Miyazato birdied four of the first six holes and shot a 5-under 67 in perfect morning conditions Thursday to take the early lead in the ANA Inspiration. In the afternoon, Azahara Munoz was so concerned about the water fronting the par-5 18th green ...

Miyazato finishes third after Kia final flourish

Mar 28, 2016

Miyazato finishes third after Kia final flourish

Ai Miyazato fired a sizzling final round of 6-under-par 66 to finish third at the Kia Classic on Sunday. The former world No. 1 started the day in 15th place but reeled off seven birdies against a lone bogey at the Aviara Golf Club ...

Mar 27, 2016

Day takes Spieth's No. 1 ranking

Jordan Spieth lost his match. Then he lost his No. 1 ranking. Jason Day assured a return to the top of the world ranking Saturday when he advanced to the semifinals of the Dell Match Play. His reward is to face Rory McIlroy, who ...

Mar 26, 2016

Miyazato slips to ninth

Ai Miyazato, who was among the four overnight co-leaders, struggled in windy conditions and dropped to ninth with a 5-under-par 139 total, five strokes off the pace after the second round of the Kia Classic on Friday. Miyazato got off to a bogey-free start ...

Mar 25, 2016

Miyazato tied for Kia Classic lead

Former world No. 1 Ai Miyazato shot a 5-under-par 67 to grab a share of the first-round lead at the Kia Classic on Thursday. Miyazato had an eagle on the 10th and also made three birdies in a flawless round at the Aviara Golf ...

Kim matches Sorenstam's scoring record

Mar 21, 2016

Kim matches Sorenstam's scoring record

Kim Sei-young turned an anticipated Sunday shootout into a record-tying blowout. The 23-year-old South Korean player matched Annika Sorenstam’s LPGA Tour scoring record of 27 under, closing with a 10-under 62 at Desert Ridge for a five-stroke victory in the JTBC Founders Cup. “It’s ...

South Korean legend Pak to retire at end of LPGA season

Mar 18, 2016

South Korean legend Pak to retire at end of LPGA season

Pak Se-ri is retiring after the season, ending a Hall of Fame career that inspired a wave of South Korean players who followed her to the LPGA Tour. The 38-year-old Pak broke the news Thursday after opening with a 3-under 69 in the JTBC ...