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Charley Hoffman Takes Lead in Wind-Swept Texas Open

Last Updated on Friday, 27 March 2015 06:25 Friday, 27 March 2015 06:16

Charley HoffmanCanadian Press

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Tim Price/AP) — Charley Hoffman took advantage of calmer afternoon conditions to take the first-round lead in the wind-swept Texas Open, shooting a 5-under 67.

After wind gusts threatening 40 mph pummeled the morning starters, Hoffman faced steady 15 mph wind in the afternoon at TPC San Antonio. He had the lone bogey-free round, birdieing Nos. 2, 3, 9, 11 and 17.

The winner last year in Mexico at the start of the wraparound season, Hoffman has eight top-10 finishes in nine appearances in San Antonio. He was second in 2011 and third in 2013.

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Graeme McDowell Withdraws from Texas Open with Injury

Last Updated on Friday, 27 March 2015 06:16 Friday, 27 March 2015 06:04

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SAN ANTONIO, Texas (AP) — Graeme McDowell has withdrawn from the Texas Open after nine holes with a left ankle injury.

The 2010 U.S. Open winner from Northern Ireland told PGA Tour officials that his ankle had been giving him trouble for the past few weeks.

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Mirim Lee Leads LPGA Tour’s Kia Classic

Last Updated on Friday, 27 March 2015 06:04 Friday, 27 March 2015 05:52

Mirim LeeCanadian Press

CARLSBAD, California (AP) — Mirim Lee birdied all four par-5 holes and finished with a bogey-free 7-under 65 to take the first-round lead in the Kia Classic.

Lee took the outright lead with an 8-foot putt on the par-5 fifth — her 14th hole in her afternoon round at Aviara — and hit a wedge to 3 feet to set up her final birdie on the par-5 eighth. The 24-year-old South Korean player won LPGA Tour events last year in Michigan and China.

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Frenchman Saddier Leads Hassan II After 7-Under 65

Last Updated on Friday, 27 March 2015 05:51 Friday, 27 March 2015 05:45

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AGADIR, Morocco (AP) — Frenchman Adrien Saddier opened with an eagle and added five birdies in a 7-under round of 65 to lead Englishman Daniel Gaunt by one shot after the first round of the Trophee Hassan II.

Gaunt could have gone back to the clubhouse level with Saddier, or better, but bogeyed the 18th after birdies on the three previous holes.

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Tiger Woods Helps Launch Scholarship Fund Honoring Sifford

Last Updated on Friday, 27 March 2015 00:45 Friday, 27 March 2015 00:35

Tiger WoodsCanadian Press

PRINCESS ANNE, Maryland (AP) — Tiger Woods has donated $10,000 to launch a scholarship fund honoring Charlie Sifford, who broke the color barrier in golf as the first black PGA Tour member.

The University of Maryland-Eastern Shore announced the gift from Woods. The money will go toward need-based scholarships for minority students with an interest in golf.

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