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Rory, Adam Have Contrasting Australian Open Starts

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 November 2014 06:28 Thursday, 27 November 2014 06:13

Rory McIlroy

Canadian Press

SYDNEY, Australia (Dennis Passa/AP) — Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott weren’t paired together for the first two rounds of the Australian Open because organizers wanted to split their marquee players among morning and afternoon groups for the spectators and television.

After the opening round, they’re also at opposite ends of the scoreboard.

McIlroy teed off in overcast conditions and finished with a 2-under 69 just as Scott was beginning his round — and not very well at that.

Scott’s tee shot on the first went into the woods and he made double-bogey as he shot 74 at The Australian Golf Club.

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Woods at 5-Year Mark of Thanksgiving Accident

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 November 2014 07:48 Wednesday, 26 November 2014 07:36

Tiger Woods

Canadian Press

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Any mention of golf during the week of Thanksgiving used to be about the Skins Game.

Now it’s hard not to think about Tiger Woods.

It was five years ago this week when his private life began to unravel. It still seems surreal to recall the breaking news scrolling along the bottom of the television that Woods had been "seriously injured" in a car accident outside his home. The injury wasn’t that serious. He was treated and released.

And while the tree his SUV struck did far more damage, it was the fire hydrant he first ran over that became a symbol of the before-and-after nature of his career.

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This Week in Golf

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 November 2014 01:25 Wednesday, 26 November 2014 01:00

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PGA TOUR OF AUSTRALASIA/ONEASIA TOUR

AUSTRALIAN OPEN

Site: Sydney.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: The Australian Golf Club (7,245 yards, par 70).

Purse: $1,074,600. Winner's share: $193,425.

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State Asks Work Be Halted On Olympic Golf Course

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 November 2014 00:57 Wednesday, 26 November 2014 00:41

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RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (Jenny Barchfield and Stephen Wade/AP) — Construction work on the golf course for the 2016 Olympics could be halted under a filing made by state prosecutors suing the city of Rio de Janeiro and the developer over environmental rules.

In a 27-page legal brief made public, prosecutors termed "laughable" proposals by the city and the course developer to modify the layout to reduce environmental impact.

A Rio judge began hearing the lawsuit two months ago. It was still not clear when he might make his decision. Thursday was a holiday in Rio.

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Stenson Retains World Tour Championship Title

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 November 2014 00:41 Tuesday, 25 November 2014 00:28

Henrik Stenson

Canadian Press

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (Bernie McGuire/AP) — Henrik Stenson birdied the last two holes to successfully defend his DP World Tour Championship title at the European Tour's season-ending event.

Stenson shot a final round 2-under 70 to win by two strokes with an overall 16-under 272 on the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates.

Three of Stenson's teammates on Europe's victorious Ryder Cup team — top-ranked Rory McIlroy (68), Victor Dubuisson (68) and Justin Rose (69) — shared second on 14-under 274.

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