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Brendan Steele Takes 3-Lead in Texas Open

Last Updated on Saturday, 23 April 2016 00:58 Saturday, 23 April 2016 00:48

Brendan SteeleCanadian Press

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (AP) — Brendan Steele completed an 8-under 64 in the morning and shot a 70 in the second round to take a three-stroke lead in the Texas Open.

“You always want to keep going when you’re feeling good,” said Steele, who was 8 under through 13 holes Thursday when first-round play was stopped because of darkness. “The ball was going a long way in the afternoon. Really good conditions. … Come out this morning early and little bit colder and try to re-gather that momentum was a little bit different.”

The 2011 winner at TPC San Antonio for his lone tour title, Steele had a 10-under 134 total.

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Steele Tops Texas Open Leaderboard When 1st Round Goes Dark

Last Updated on Friday, 22 April 2016 09:12 Friday, 22 April 2016 09:02

Brendan SteeleCanadian Press

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (AP) — Brendan Steele topped the Texas Open leaderboard at 8 under through 13 holes when the first round was suspended because of darkness.

Steele, whose only PGA Tour victory came in the tournament five years ago, was unable to finish the opening round after play was delayed for 3 1/2 hours because of morning rain.

Among those who did finish, Charley Hoffman had a 6-under 66, a stroke ahead of Stuart Appleby and Peter Malnati.

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Masters Tournament Champion Danny Willett Joins PGA TOUR

Last Updated on Friday, 22 April 2016 00:01 Thursday, 21 April 2016 23:48

Danny WillettPONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida — The PGA TOUR announced that England’s Danny Willett has joined the PGA TOUR following his Masters Tournament victory. The 28-year-old will receive a five-year TOUR exemption that runs through the 2020-21 season along with 600 FedExCup points from his win in Augusta.

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This Week in Golf

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 April 2016 08:55 Thursday, 21 April 2016 08:18

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All Times Eastern

PGA TOUR

VALERO TEXAS OPEN

Site: San Antonio

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: TPC San Antonio (AT&T Oaks). Yards: 7,522. Par: 72.

Purse: $6.2 million (First Prize: $1.16 million).

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Need Help with Game? Nicklaus Mentors the Next Generation

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 April 2016 02:18 Wednesday, 20 April 2016 02:04

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(Doug Ferguson/AP) — Justin Thomas could sense his expectations getting higher and his game going nowhere.

He was coming off a strong rookie year in 2015, contending a half-dozen times before breaking through for his first PGA Tour victory in Malaysia in October. But then he started the new year in a rut, and Thomas knew just what to do — no matter how awkward it might have seemed.

He asked Jack Nicklaus if he could come over to his house to talk.

“Very weird,” Thomas said about making a call to the 76-year-old owner of 18 major championships. “I was nervous to do it, but it was the coolest thing when I first met him. We had lunch before I got in The Bear’s Club, and for someone of his status and how comfortable I felt around him, I give him a lot of credit for that. He didn’t try to intimidate me or make me feel uncomfortable. As soon as you’re around him, you’re not nervous. It really speaks to his character.”

Nicklaus designs and builds golf courses. His business enterprise includes everything from wine to ice cream. He is heavily involved in the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation. And in his latest role, he is a mentor to a burgeoning class of young golfers.

And he loves it.

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