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Zach Johnson Wins British Open in 4-Hole Playoff

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 July 2015 01:02 Tuesday, 21 July 2015 00:13

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ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (Doug Ferguson/AP) — Zach Johnson cradled the silver claret jug in his arms. Jordan Spieth let it slip through his fingers.

Spieth was right where he wanted to be in his spirited bid for the Grand Slam — tied for the lead with two holes to go in the British Open, right after making a 50-foot birdie putt that made it feel as though he were destined to win at St. Andrews for his third straight major.

And he was still there at the very end, but only as a spectator.

The slam gone, Spieth graciously returned to the steps of the Royal & Ancient clubhouse to watch Johnson finish off a sterling performance of his own. Johnson rolled in a 30-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole that got him into a three-man playoff, and he outlasted Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman to win the British Open.



Spieth to Defend Title in Australian Open

Last Updated on Monday, 20 July 2015 23:30 Monday, 20 July 2015 23:19

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SYDNEY, Australia (AP) — Masters and U.S. Open champion Jordan Spieth says he will defend his Australian Open title at the end of November.

Spieth won last year by closing with a 63, and that turned out to be the starting point of his big run. Spieth produced a 10-shot victory the next week at the Hero World Challenge in Florida, and his four victories this year include two majors. He is No. 2 in the world.



Piercy Wins Barbasol Championship for 3rd PGA Tour Title

Last Updated on Sunday, 19 July 2015 20:24 Sunday, 19 July 2015 20:00

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OPELIKA, Alabama (John Zenor/AP) — Scott Piercy's surgically repaired elbow and his game seem to be in fine shape.

Piercy won the Barbasol Championship for his third PGA Tour title, closing with a 6-under 65 for a three-stroke victory.

He began the season on a major medical extension after surgery on his right elbow early last year. Piercy said that did spark initial fears about how he'd fare upon his return.

"I just knew it was a matter of time coming back and it's been a long road," he said. "My whole goal after coming back from surgery was to come back better. The way I played (Sunday) compared to my last two victories was a lot better. I struck the ball so well, so I'd say I'm kind of right where I imagined I would be."



Chella Choi Beats Ha Na Jang in Playoff in LPGA Marathon Classic

Last Updated on Sunday, 19 July 2015 19:59 Sunday, 19 July 2015 19:44

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SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) — Ji Leon Choi promised his daughter he would caddie for her until she won the LPGA Tour.

Chella Choi isn’t so sure she’s ready to break up the team after winning the Marathon Classic.

“My father wants to retire because we promise, but I don’t know,” Choi said. “We will talk later.”

The 24-year-old South Korean player broke through in her 157th start on the tour, beating compatriot Ha Na Jang with a birdie on the first hole of a playoff at Highland Meadows.



This Week in Golf

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 July 2015 19:47 Tuesday, 14 July 2015 19:27

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Site: St. Andrews, Scotland.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: St. Andrews Golf Club, Old Course (7,297 yards, par 72).

Purse: $9.8 million. Winner’s Share: $1.15 million.



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