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Hataoka earns LPGA Tour card

Nasa Hataoka earned an LPGA Tour berth on Sunday, making her eligible to play in the majority of tournaments on the U.S. women’s golf tour next season. The 17-year-old finished in a five-way tie for 14th place with a total score of 5-under-par 355 in the final stage of the ...

Matsuyama holds on to win third straight tournament

Dec 5, 2016

Matsuyama holds on to win third straight tournament

Hideki Matsuyama was only 5 when he first saw Tiger Woods, watching that 1997 Masters victory on videotape. Even sweeter was standing next to Woods in his Sunday red shirt to receive yet another trophy. Right now, the Japanese star can’t seem to lose. ...

Dec 4, 2016

Hataoka drops to fourth at LPGA qualifying school

Nasa Hataoka relinquished her lead and dropped to fourth in the qualifying school for the U.S. LPGA Tour on Saturday, shooting a 3-over-par 75 as she reached the final round. The 17-year-old had a rough day on the same par-72 course where she shot ...

Dec 3, 2016

Hataoka in first place in qualifying

Teen Nasa Hataoka shot a 3-under 69 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead after the third of five rounds in the LPGA Tour qualifying tournament. The 17-year-old Hataoka had four birdies and a bogey on the Jones Course to reach 14-under 202 at ...

Matsuyama tied for lead with Johnson; Tiger 6 back

Dec 3, 2016

Matsuyama tied for lead with Johnson; Tiger 6 back

Hideki Matsuyama, making the most of a hot putter, shot a five-under par 67 Friday to match U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson for the lead at the Hero World Challenge. Sixth-ranked Matsuyama, coming off three Asian triumphs in the past six weeks, moved even ...

Tiger makes long-awaited return to golf

Dec 2, 2016

Tiger makes long-awaited return to golf

Hardly looking like a player who had not competed in 466 days, Tiger Woods ran off three straight birdies with a variety of shots and was tied for the lead in the Hero World Challenge on Thursday as he approached the turn. Three shots ...

Dec 1, 2016

Hataoka starts strong in qualifying school

Teenager Nasa Hataoka got off to a strong start in her bid to earn a tour card on the U.S. LPGA Tour for next season, shooting a 4-under-par 68 on Wednesday for a tie for third place in the first round of the final ...

Matsuyama, Ishikawa finish sixth at golf World Cup

Nov 27, 2016

Matsuyama, Ishikawa finish sixth at golf World Cup

The Japanese pair of Hideki Matsuyama and Ryo Ishikawa finished in a tie for sixth at the ISPS Handa World Cup on Sunday, holing out of the tournament at 14 under and six strokes behind winners Thorbjorn Olesen and Soren Kjeldsen of Denmark. Starting ...

Matsuyama prepares for World Cup

Nov 23, 2016

Matsuyama prepares for World Cup

Japanese ace Hideki Matsuyama has already left his imprint on the World Cup, much to the despair of the course superintendent of host golf club Kingston Heath. Matsuyama spent so long on the practice putting green in stifling heat on Monday that his footmarks ...

Hataoka hoping to earn spot on U.S. LPGA Tour

Nov 19, 2016

Hataoka hoping to earn spot on U.S. LPGA Tour

Seventeen-year-old Nasa Hataoka headed the United States on Saturday ahead of her bid to qualify for the U.S. LPGA Tour for next season. Hataoka became the first amateur and youngest player to earn a victory in a major tournament on the Japan LPGA Tour ...

Nov 18, 2016

Iwata cards 7-under 65 in opening round at RSM Classic

Hiroshi Iwata shot a 7-under-par 65 on Thursday to earn a share of fourth place after the first round of the PGA’s RSM Classic. Iwata carded an eagle and five birdies against one bogey to equal the best score of the day on Seaside ...

Nov 13, 2016

Matsuyama takes title at Taiheiyo Masters

Hideki Matsuyama rewrote the tournament record for the lowest 72-hole stroke total by one with a 23-under-par 265, leading all four days en route to victory at the Taiheiyo Masters golf tournament Sunday. The seven-shot victory over South Korean Song Young-han at Taiheiyo Club ...