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Ian Woosnam Wins Champion Tour’s Insperity Invitational

Last Updated on Monday, 04 May 2015 00:20 Monday, 04 May 2015 00:08

Ian WoosnamCanadian Press

THE WOODLANDS, Texas (AP) — Ian Woosnam made a 30-foot birdie putt in a playoff to win the Insperity Invitational for his first Champions Tour title.

Woosnam, the 57-year-old Welshman playing on a sponsor exemption, beat Kenny Perry and Tom Lehman on the first extra hole at The Woodlands Country Club. The 1991 Masters champion was making his 36th start on the 50-and-over tour.

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Smylie Kaufman Wins 1st Web.com Tour Title

Last Updated on Monday, 04 May 2015 00:08 Sunday, 03 May 2015 23:59

Smylie KaufmanCanadian Press

NEWBURGH, Indiana (AP) — Rookie Smylie Kaufman won the United Leasing Championship by five strokes for his first Web.com Tour title.

Kaufman, the 23-year-old former LSU player from Birmingham, Alabama, had two double bogeys on the back nine in a closing 1-over 73 to finish at 10-under 278 at Victoria National. He matched the course record with a 64 on Saturday to take a four-stroke lead into the final round.

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McIlroy in a Fight With Casey Until Darkness Gets in the Way

Last Updated on Sunday, 03 May 2015 09:03 Sunday, 03 May 2015 08:53

Rory McIlroyCanadian Press

SAN FRANCISCO, California (AP) — Those weren’t boxing gloves Rory McIlroy was wearing, they were thick hand-warmers. In the Pacific chill and approaching darkness, the world’s No. 1 player had every reason to feel like he was in a fight of his own in the Match Play Championship against Paul Casey.

It was a no-decision.

McIlroy missed from 12 feet on the 18th hole. Casey had a chance to win on the second extra hole when his 18-foot putt stopped one turn short. McIlroy, moving in for the knockout, missed from 6 feet on the third extra hole.

Barely able to see, McIlroy and Casey were forced to return Sunday morning at TPC Harding Park to see who made it to the semifinals.

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McIlroy Rolls Into Quarterfinals of Match Play

Last Updated on Saturday, 02 May 2015 15:27 Saturday, 02 May 2015 15:22

Rory McIlroyCanadian Press

SAN FRANCISCO, California (Doug Ferguson/AP) — Rory McIlroy finally got his game in order and made short work of Hideki Matsuyama to roll into the quarterfinals of the Match Play Championship.

McIlroy, who made only four birdies in narrowly getting out of group play, ran off four birdies in eight holes for a 5-up lead, and the Japanese star could never recover. Next up for McIlroy was Paul Casey, who held off a late comeback by Charl Schwartzel.

“Definitely the best I’ve played scoring-wise,” McIlroy said. “I was able to take advantage of some of the good shots I was hitting today.”

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Bradley, Jimenez in Heated Exchange at Match Play

Last Updated on Saturday, 02 May 2015 15:22 Saturday, 02 May 2015 15:14

Keegan BradleyCanadian Press

SAN FRANCISCO, California (Doug Ferguson/AP) — A meaningless match sure didn’t look like one when Keegan Bradley and Miguel Angel Jimenez got into a nose-to-nose argument in the Match Play Championship.

Both players, already eliminated from reaching the weekend, were on the 18th hole when Jimenez questioned a drop Bradley received. Bradley’s caddie, Steve “Pepsi” Hale, got involved and Jimenez told him to shut up.

“You don’t tell me to shut up,” Hale said.

Bradley took exception, got in the face of the Spaniard and told him, “You don’t tell my caddie to shut up.”

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