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Tiger Woods, Lindsey Vonn End Relationship

Last Updated on Monday, 04 May 2015 00:46 Monday, 04 May 2015 00:32

Tiger Woods and Lindsey VonnCanadian Press

SAN FRANCISCO, California (Doug Ferguson/AP) — Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn are no longer a power couple in American sports.

Golf’s biggest star and the Olympic ski champion said Sunday they were breaking up after more than two years. But in ending their relationship, both were in complete harmony in their separate announcements on social media, citing busy lives and times they will always “cherish.”

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McIlroy Rolls Into Quarterfinals of Match Play

Last Updated on Saturday, 02 May 2015 15:27 Saturday, 02 May 2015 15:22

Rory McIlroyCanadian Press

SAN FRANCISCO, California (Doug Ferguson/AP) — Rory McIlroy finally got his game in order and made short work of Hideki Matsuyama to roll into the quarterfinals of the Match Play Championship.

McIlroy, who made only four birdies in narrowly getting out of group play, ran off four birdies in eight holes for a 5-up lead, and the Japanese star could never recover. Next up for McIlroy was Paul Casey, who held off a late comeback by Charl Schwartzel.

“Definitely the best I’ve played scoring-wise,” McIlroy said. “I was able to take advantage of some of the good shots I was hitting today.”

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Bradley, Jimenez in Heated Exchange at Match Play

Last Updated on Saturday, 02 May 2015 15:22 Saturday, 02 May 2015 15:14

Keegan BradleyCanadian Press

SAN FRANCISCO, California (Doug Ferguson/AP) — A meaningless match sure didn’t look like one when Keegan Bradley and Miguel Angel Jimenez got into a nose-to-nose argument in the Match Play Championship.

Both players, already eliminated from reaching the weekend, were on the 18th hole when Jimenez questioned a drop Bradley received. Bradley’s caddie, Steve “Pepsi” Hale, got involved and Jimenez told him to shut up.

“You don’t tell me to shut up,” Hale said.

Bradley took exception, got in the face of the Spaniard and told him, “You don’t tell my caddie to shut up.”

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Thompson Ricochets to Share of LPGA Tour Lead with Park; Henderson Tied for 3rd

Last Updated on Saturday, 02 May 2015 15:14 Saturday, 02 May 2015 14:57

Lexi ThompsonCanadian Press

IRVING, Texas (Stephen Hawkins/AP) — Long-hitting Lexi Thompson was going for the green in two with her approach on the 18th hole. She got there with a fortunate ricochet, and grabbed a share of the lead in the LPGA’s North Texas Shootout.

Thompson hit a screamer well left of the green on the closing par 5 in the third round. The ball struck the front facing of a grandstand and ricocheted onto the green, skimming just over the top of a bunker.

“I wouldn’t say I was trying to nail that grandstand,” Thompson said with a chuckle after the long two-putt birdie to close a round of 3-under 68.

Thompson shared the lead at 9-under 204 with 2013 North Texas winner Inbee Park, who finished a round of 69 with a more conventional birdie at No. 18. Park hit her third-shot approach inside a foot.

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Dawson, Allen Lead Insperity Invitational

Last Updated on Saturday, 02 May 2015 14:54 Saturday, 02 May 2015 14:47

Michael AllenTHE WOODLANDS, Texas — Marco Dawson and Michael Allen each shot 6-under 66 on Friday to share the first-round lead in the Insperity Invitational.

The 51-year-old Dawson had seven birdies and a bogey at The Woodlands Country Club. He won the Tucson Conquistadores Classic in March in Arizona for his first victory on the Champions Tour.

“I don’t know that I feel any different as far as playing,” Dawson said. “I don’t take any more chances than I used to before I won. That was then. This is just a new week. You still have to play, make the putts.”

The 56-year-old Allen also had seven birdies and a bogey. He won twice last season.

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