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Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 March 2015 07:45 Wednesday, 04 March 2015 05:21

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WORLD GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS

CADILLAC CHAMPIONSHIP

Site: Doral, Florida.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: Trump National Doral, Blue Monster (7,528 yards, par 72).

Purse: $9.25 million. Winner's share: $1.57 million.

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British Open Host Royal St. George’s to Allow Female Members

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 March 2015 04:51 Wednesday, 04 March 2015 04:41

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KENT, England (Steve Douglas/AP) — One of the three clubs on the British Open rota with a male-only membership policy has voted to allow female members for the first time.

Royal St. George’s, which last hosted golf’s oldest major in 2011, said more than 81 percent of the club’s full members took part in a ballot, and 90 percent voted in favor of women being eligible for membership.

“It is extremely good news going forward,” Tim Checketts, club secretary of Royal St. George’s, told The Associated Press.

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Harrington Wins the Honda Classic in a Playoff

Last Updated on Monday, 02 March 2015 22:36 Monday, 02 March 2015 21:32

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PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida (Doug Ferguson/AP) — Whether he was piling up majors or playing so poorly that he lost his PGA Tour card, Padraig Harrington never wavered from one goal in golf. Just get him anywhere near the lead with nine holes to play, and he would happily take his chances.

His caddie, Ronan Flood, reminded him of that Monday morning in the Honda Classic when Harrington was four shots behind at the turn.

“He said, ‘Look, would you have taken this on Thursday?’ And I said, ‘Yes, that’s what you want,’” Harrington said. “You want to be in contention with nine holes to go, because anything can happen coming down the stretch. And it did.”

Not even Harrington could have written the script to his playoff victory at rain-soaked PGA National.

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Poulter, Casey Share Lead at Rain-Delayed Honda Classic

Last Updated on Sunday, 01 March 2015 19:27 Sunday, 01 March 2015 19:01

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PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida (Doug Ferguson/AP) — Ian Poulter didn’t realize he had a three-shot lead in the Honda Classic, only that he was playing well enough to feel like he was in control of his game and the tournament.

One shank changed everything Sunday.

“That just came out of left field,” Poulter said.

His next tee shot that splashed down in the water left of the fairway made it even worse.

“It was a bit of a body blow,” he said.

What had been a marathon day at soggy PGA National suddenly turned into a sprint-to-the-finish on Monday morning when the final round was to resume. Poulter lost command of the Honda Classic, but he didn’t lose his place atop the leaderboard.

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South Korea’s Amy Yang Wins Honda LPGA Thailand

Last Updated on Sunday, 01 March 2015 18:59 Sunday, 01 March 2015 18:48

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CHONBURI, Thailand (AP) — South Korea’s Amy Yang won the Honda LPGA Thailand for her second LPGA Tour title, finishing with a 3-under 69 for a two-stroke victory over American Stacy Lewis and two others.

Yang broke a tie with Lewis with a three-stroke swing on the par-4 15th. Yang made a short birdie putt on the hole, and Lewis had a double bogey after blasting a 67-yard wedge shot over the green. Yang bogeyed No. 16 and closed with two pars to finish at 15-under 273 on Siam Country Club’s Pattaya Old Course.

“I don’t know what just happened,” Yang said. “I still can’t believe I did it today.”

The 25-year-old Yang is projected to jump from 16th to 11th in the world ranking.

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