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Stacy Lewis Sweeps 3 Biggest LPGA Awards

Last Updated on Monday, 24 November 2014 00:49 Monday, 24 November 2014 00:45

Stacy Lewis

Canadian Press

NAPLES, Florida (Doug Ferguson/AP) — Stacy Lewis became the first American in 21 years to sweep the three biggest awards on the LPGA Tour, which she considered more valuable than a $1 million bonus.

Lewis closed with a 1-under 71 in the CME Group Tour Championship on Sunday, tied for ninth in the LPGA Tour finale. But it was enough for her to win LPGA Tour player of the year for the second time in three seasons. She also won the Vare Trophy for the lowest scoring average and the money title.

The last American to sweep the awards was Betsy King in 1993.

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Tiger Hires Texas-based Como as Coach

Last Updated on Monday, 24 November 2014 00:43 Monday, 24 November 2014 00:37

Tiger Woods

Canadian Press

NAPLES, Florida (Doug Ferguson/AP) — Tiger Woods has hired a swing consultant as he prepares to return to competition.

Woods announced on Twitter that Dallas-based Chris Como, a specialist in biomechanics of the golf swing, will be working and consulting with him. Woods did not identify Como as his swing coach.

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McIlroy Returns to Take 1st Round Lead in Dubai

Last Updated on Friday, 21 November 2014 04:45 Friday, 21 November 2014 04:43

Rory McIlroy

Canadian Press

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Top-ranked Rory McIlroy returned from a six-week absence to shoot a 6-under 66 for a share of the lead on the first day of the season-ending DP World Tour Championship.

McIlroy birdied four of his opening five holes and then two of the last four to join Irishman Shane Lowry at the top of the leaderboard at the Earth Course at Jumeriah Estates Resort.

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Scott Opens With 1-Over 73 at Australian Masters

Last Updated on Friday, 21 November 2014 04:42 Friday, 21 November 2014 04:35

Adam Scott

Canadian Press

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Defending champion Adam Scott struggled in the blustery conditions at Metropolitan Golf Club for a 1-over 73, six strokes behind a group of four of his countrymen who led the Australian Masters by a stroke after the first round.

Scott, who won the Masters the past two years at other sand-belt courses — Royal Melbourne and Kingston Heath — began play on the back nine Thursday and shot 38, including a double-bogey on the 18th after his approach found a bunker. But an eagle on the par-5 sixth helped move him back up the leaderboard.

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Love Thinks Ryder Cup Has Too Many People Involved

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 November 2014 18:14 Thursday, 20 November 2014 18:09

Davis Love III

Canadian Press

NAPLES, Florida (Doug Ferguson/AP) — One of the messages Davis Love III wants to bring to the 11-member Ryder Cup Task Force is that it has gotten too big.

He said the amount of scheduled time at the Ryder Cup is about double what the Americans spend at the Presidents Cup, which is understandable because the Ryder Cup gets about double the interest.

What really concerns him is the size of the team party.

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