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Dustin Johnson Goes To No. 1 With Big Win At Riviera

Last Updated on Monday, 20 February 2017 08:59 Sunday, 19 February 2017 22:12

Dustin JohnsonCanadian Press

LOS ANGELES, California (Doug Ferguson/AP) — Dustin Johnson’s raw talent and a trophy case that keeps growing allowed him to believe he was the best player in golf.

Now he can say it.

Even if he doesn’t understand the math involved with being No. 1.

Johnson extended a remarkable run, which began with his first major at the U.S. Open last summer, with a five-shot victory in the Genesis Open that was never in doubt. That elevated the 32-year-old American to No. 1 in the world for the first time.

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Andrew Putnam Wins Web.com Tour Event In Panama

Last Updated on Sunday, 19 February 2017 22:11 Sunday, 19 February 2017 22:03

Andrew PutnamCanadian Press

PANAMA CITY, Panama (AP) — Andrew Putnam won the Panama Claro Championship for his second Web.com Tour title, beating Chris Baker with an 18-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff.

Putnam closed with a 2-under 68 to match Baker (66) at 13-under 267 at Panama Golf Club.

The 28-year-old former Pepperdine player earned $112,500 to take the money lead with $171,100. The top 25 at the end of the regular season will earn PGA Tour cards for next season.

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Fred Couples Wins Chubb Classic For 12th Senior Title

Last Updated on Sunday, 19 February 2017 21:36 Sunday, 19 February 2017 21:28

Fred CouplesCanadian Press

NAPLES, Florida (AP) — Fred Couples won the Chubb Classic for his 12th PGA Tour Champions title and first since 2014, rallying to beat Miguel Angel Jimenez at TwinEagles.

The 57-year-old Couples shot a bogey-free 5-under 67 to finish at 16-under 200 on the Talon Course, three strokes ahead of second-round leader Jimenez.

“It’s never easy to win a golf tournament,” Couples said. “This is a good course. You have to hit a lot of good shots.”

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Rumford Wins World Super 6 Title, Regains European Tour Card; Connelly Falls In Round 2

Last Updated on Monday, 20 February 2017 15:19 Sunday, 19 February 2017 21:13

altCanadian Press

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Brett Rumford beat Phachara Khongwatmai of Thailand 2 and 1 in the final round of match play to claim the first World Super 6 tournament title near where he grew up in West Australia.

Rumford led by five strokes at 17-under 199 after 54 holes of stroke play in the experimental golf tournament at Lake Karrinyup Country Club in Western Australia, which is being sanctioned by the European, Asian and Australasian tours.

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Why No Tiger Woods Is No Longer Such A Big Problem

Last Updated on Friday, 17 February 2017 06:30 Thursday, 16 February 2017 21:04

Tiger WoodsCanadian Press

LOS ANGELES, California (Doug Ferguson/AP) — Tiger Woods skipped his hometown tournament for the first time in 2002 to recover from remnants of a virus. That prompted a Los Angeles Times columnist to ask an annoying question to players at Riviera.

Why would anyone come out to watch if Tiger isn’t playing?

Among the victims that day were defending champion Robert Allenby (“Then don’t come — go home”) and two-time Riviera champion Fred Couples (“That’s crazy. That’s the most ridiculous question I have ever heard”).

The irritation was understandable.

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