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Lydia Ko Turns Pro Next Month

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 October 2013 05:09 Thursday, 17 October 2013 04:53

Lydia Ko

Canadian Press

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (AP) — Amateur sensation Lydia Ko is turning pro and has asked the LPGA Tour to waive its age limit.

The 16-year-old from New Zealand already is a two-time winner on the LPGA Tour — both wins at the Canadian Women's Open — and last year became the youngest winner in LPGA history. She also contended at the Evian Championship last month in the year's fifth and final major championship.

The LPGA Tour confirmed that it received a petition from Ko asking that it waive its minimum age requirement of 18.

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Walker Wins, Koepka Crumbles at Frys.com Open

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 October 2013 03:21 Tuesday, 15 October 2013 02:50

Jimmy Walker

Canadian Press

Doug Ferguson

SAN MARTIN, California (AP) — Jimmy Walker finally won on the PGA Tour in his eighth year and 188th tournament, and with a little help from Brooks Koepka.

Tied for the lead with four holes to play Sunday, Walker rolled in a 6-foot birdie putt on the 15th hole to take the lead for good in the Frys.com Open. Three closing pars for a 5-under 66 turned out to be more than enough for the 34-year-old Texan to take home a trophy and plenty of perks.

Walker is going to the Masters for the first time, along with a trip to Maui for the Tournament of Championship. He also cracked the top 50 for the first time in his career.

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Lexi Thompson Wins LPGA Malaysia Event by Four

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 October 2013 02:28 Tuesday, 15 October 2013 02:20

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Canadian Press

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — American teenager Lexi Thompson shot a two under 69 to comfortably win the LPGA Malaysia, beating the field by four strokes.

The 18-year-old, who won her second career LPGA title and first of the season, finished on 19-under 265 to end the South Korean dominance at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.

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Adam Scott To Be Busy Down Under In November

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 October 2013 18:32 Wednesday, 09 October 2013 18:23

Adam Scott Presidents Cup

Canadian Press

SYDNEY (AP) — Masters champion Adam Scott has entered November's Australian Open at Royal Sydney, meaning he'll play at least three times in four weeks Down Under — and possibly all four.

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Man Pleads Guilty in Hole-in-One Prize Case

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 October 2013 01:21 Wednesday, 09 October 2013 01:13

Kevin Kolenda

Canadian Press

Mike Baker

SEATTLE, Washington (AP) — A businessman accused of failing to pay golfers for their hole-in-one prizes has pleaded guilty in Washington state to three felonies.

Kevin Kolenda, 55, of Norwalk, Conn., pleaded guilty Friday two counts of selling insurance without a license and one count of first-degree theft. He will be sentenced in the coming months, with each count having a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

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