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Jordan Spieth Struggles in 1st Round After Masters Win

Last Updated on Friday, 17 April 2015 06:08 Friday, 17 April 2015 05:51

Jordan SpiethCanadian Press

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, South Carolina (Pete Iacobelli/AP) — It’s been quite some time since Jordan Spieth had to explain a performance this poor.

The Masters champion had a post-Masters letdown in the opening round Thursday, shooting 3-over 74 to end his run of 16 straight rounds under par. He blamed it all on himself – and not the two-day celebratory media tour in New York this week.

“I didn’t drive the ball well, didn’t particularly strike my irons well. My chipping and putting weren’t there,” he said. “It was just an off day.”

And the sort of performance that stands in stark contrast with how Spieth played the past month. He won the Valspar Championship, finished second at the Texas Open and lost a playoff in the Houston Open before capturing the green jacket and his first major championship at Augusta National.

It was a lot to ask of anyone to come back just as strong, let alone a 21-year-old who hadn’t gone through it before.

“No excuses, I just didn’t have it,” he said.

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Sei Young Kim, I.K. Kim Share 2nd-Round Lead in Hawaii

Last Updated on Friday, 17 April 2015 05:25 Friday, 17 April 2015 05:13

Sei Young KimCanadian Press

KAPOLEI, Hawaii (Ann Miller/AP) — Sei Young Kim rode the wind and some major inspiration into a share of the lead in the second round of the Lotte Championship.

Kim shot her second straight 5-under 67 at breezy Ko Olina to catch first-round leader I.K. Kim at 10 under.

Sei Young Kim, the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic winner in February in her second start as an LPGA Tour member, began the round two strokes back. She bogeyed the opening hole, then rallied with four birdies before the turn and added three straight on her second nine.

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Huang Wenyi Leads by 1 Stroke at Shenzhen International

Last Updated on Friday, 17 April 2015 01:24 Friday, 17 April 2015 01:21

Huang WenyiCanadian Press

SHENZHEN, China (AP) — Huang Wenyi, a former laborer from China who didn’t start playing golf until he was 22, shot a 6-under 66 Thursday to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Shenzhen International.

The 34-year-old Huang had eight birdies to go along with two bogeys. He leads Felipe Aguilar, Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Byeong Hun An and Peter Uihlein by one at Genzon Golf Club.

Two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson (70) was four shots off the pace at 2 under.

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Australian Golfer Bitten on Leg by Crocodile Says It’s His Fault for Hitting Ball in the Water

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 April 2015 07:34 Thursday, 16 April 2015 07:22

John LahiffCanadian Press

BRISBANE, Australia (CP) — A golfer who was bitten on the leg by a crocodile while playing at an Australian tourist resort said Tuesday he was partly at fault for hitting his ball in the water and disturbing the aggressive reptile while it sunbaked.

John Lahiff, 75, had puncture wounds in his right calf after he was bitten by the 1.2-metre (4-foot) saltwater crocodile on Monday at the Palmer Sea Reef Golf Course in the tourist town of Port Douglas on Queensland state’s Great Barrier Reef, police said.

Lahiff told Australian Broadcasting Corp. from his Cairns Hospital bed that he had seen crocs on the course before and should have been more wary of them.

He was attacked after retrieving a ball from a water trap on the 11th hole.

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Masters Champ Jordan Spieth Back to Work at RBC Heritage

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 April 2015 05:57 Thursday, 16 April 2015 05:44

Jordan SpiethCanadian Press

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, South Carolina (Pete Iacobelli/AP) — Masters champion Jordan Spieth is back to work this week at the RBC Heritage Classic after two days celebrating his victory at Augusta National and being showered with attention.

Spieth arrived at Sea Pines Resort late Tuesday night after a media whirlwind in New York since tying Tiger Woods’ Masters record of 18-under 270 to capture the green jacket. The 21-year-old said it was a dizzying stretch with 26 appearances and interviews in 25 hours.

“It was a little crazy in New York having paparazzi know where we were going to eat dinner even though we never told anybody,” Spieth said.

Spieth doesn’t believe the success will change him. In fact, he said he upheld his commitment to the RBC Heritage in part to chase down Rory McIlroy for world No. 1.

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