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Noren Savoring Hottest Stretch Of His Career

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 October 2016 18:57 Tuesday, 18 October 2016 18:45

Alex NorenCanadian Press

(Steve Douglas/AP) — The hottest stretch of Alex Noren’s career has come a few weeks too late.

If only two of his three European Tour wins since early July hadn’t arrived after the qualification period for the Ryder Cup ended and Darren Clarke had selected his captain’s picks.

“I wasn’t on their minds,” Noren says.



Steele Rallies To Win PGA Tour Season Opener At Safeway Open

Last Updated on Monday, 17 October 2016 06:33 Monday, 17 October 2016 06:22

Brendan SteeleCanadian Press

NAPA, California (Doug Ferguson/AP) — Right when Brendan Steele thought he might have a chance to win at Silverado, all he could think about was how he lost.

A year ago, Steele had a 54-hole lead in the PGA Tour’s season opener when he made a sloppy bogey on the 12th hole, shot 40 on the back nine and threw it away. He was two shots behind in the final round of the Safeway Open with little room for error when he three-putted No. 12 for bogey and figured he was done.

“I thought that was it for me,” Steele said. “I thought I would have to do something special. Last year, I tried not to make mistakes.”

This time, he made birdies.



Ciganda Beats Lee In LPGA Tour Playoff In South Korea

Last Updated on Sunday, 16 October 2016 18:17 Sunday, 16 October 2016 18:12

Carlota CigandaCanadian Press

INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — Carlota Ciganda overcame an early five-stroke deficit, blew a late five-stroke lead and needed a big break to get in a playoff in the rainy LPGA KEB HanaBank Championship.

The 26-year-old Spaniard then left Alison Lee in tears, beating the American on the first extra hole for her first LPGA Tour title. Ciganda made a 6-foot birdie putt after Lee’s birdie chip from the rough off the back edge missed a half-inch to the right.

“I was just trying to stay in the present and hit as best I could,” Ciganda said. “In the end, it was so close. I think I was the lucky one today and I’m very happy.”



Noren Wins British Masters For 3rd European Title This Year

Last Updated on Sunday, 16 October 2016 18:12 Sunday, 16 October 2016 18:08

Alex NorenCanadian Press

WATFORD, England (AP) — Alex Noren of Sweden held his nerve at the British Masters to claim a third European Tour title in his last eight tournaments.

Noren carded a final round of 69 at The Grove to finish on 18-under 266, two shots ahead of Bernd Wiesberger (67), with Lee Westwood (67) a shot further back in third.

Ranked 110th after missing the cut in the Irish Open in May, Noren will be 18th in Monday’s updated standings after adding Sunday’s triumph — and the first prize of 500,000 pounds ($608,000) — to victories in the Scottish Open and European Masters.



Doug Garwood Wins First PGA Tour Champions Title

Last Updated on Sunday, 16 October 2016 18:08 Sunday, 16 October 2016 18:03

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CARY, North Carolina (AP) — Doug Garwood ran away with the SAS Championship for his first PGA Tour Champions title, closing with an 8-under 64 for a four-stroke victory.

The 53-year-old Garwood won in his 44th start on the 50-and-over tour . He finished at 16-under 200 in the regular-season finale at Prestonwood Country Club.

“It hasn’t really settled in yet,” Garwood said. “Someone asked me last week when my last tournament win was and I blanked, I couldn’t think of one, so now I won’t have so much trouble. Feels great. It was a great day, played well. Beat a champion in Bernhard Langer, and Larry Mize in my group.”

Langer, two strokes ahead of Garwood and Mize entering the day, had a 70 to finish second.



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