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Last Updated on Friday, 17 April 2015 01:24 Friday, 17 April 2015 01:21
SHENZHEN, China (AP) — Huang Wenyi, a former laborer from China who didn’t start playing golf until he was 22, shot a 6-under 66 Thursday to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Shenzhen International.
The 34-year-old Huang had eight birdies to go along with two bogeys. He leads Felipe Aguilar, Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Byeong Hun An and Peter Uihlein by one at Genzon Golf Club.
Two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson (70) was four shots off the pace at 2 under.
Last Updated on Thursday, 16 April 2015 07:34 Thursday, 16 April 2015 07:22
BRISBANE, Australia (CP) — A golfer who was bitten on the leg by a crocodile while playing at an Australian tourist resort said Tuesday he was partly at fault for hitting his ball in the water and disturbing the aggressive reptile while it sunbaked.
John Lahiff, 75, had puncture wounds in his right calf after he was bitten by the 1.2-metre (4-foot) saltwater crocodile on Monday at the Palmer Sea Reef Golf Course in the tourist town of Port Douglas on Queensland state’s Great Barrier Reef, police said.
Lahiff told Australian Broadcasting Corp. from his Cairns Hospital bed that he had seen crocs on the course before and should have been more wary of them.
He was attacked after retrieving a ball from a water trap on the 11th hole.
Last Updated on Thursday, 16 April 2015 05:57 Thursday, 16 April 2015 05:44
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, South Carolina (Pete Iacobelli/AP) — Masters champion Jordan Spieth is back to work this week at the RBC Heritage Classic after two days celebrating his victory at Augusta National and being showered with attention.
Spieth arrived at Sea Pines Resort late Tuesday night after a media whirlwind in New York since tying Tiger Woods’ Masters record of 18-under 270 to capture the green jacket. The 21-year-old said it was a dizzying stretch with 26 appearances and interviews in 25 hours.
“It was a little crazy in New York having paparazzi know where we were going to eat dinner even though we never told anybody,” Spieth said.
Spieth doesn’t believe the success will change him. In fact, he said he upheld his commitment to the RBC Heritage in part to chase down Rory McIlroy for world No. 1.
Last Updated on Thursday, 16 April 2015 05:22 Thursday, 16 April 2015 05:10
KAPOLEI, Hawaii (Ann Miller/AP) — I.K. Kim started last and finished first in the first round of the Lotte Championship.
Kim birdied her final three holes and four of the last five for a 7-under 65 and a two-stroke lead.
Playing in the last group of the day off the 10th tee, Kim had eight birdies and one bogey in wind gusting to 25 mph at Ko Olina Golf Club. The South Korean player won the last of her three LPGA Tour titles in 2010.
Last Updated on Thursday, 16 April 2015 04:45 Wednesday, 15 April 2015 23:55
AUGUSTA, Georgia (Doug Ferguson/AP) — Jordan Spieth became the first player to reach 19-under par at any point during the Masters.
He just didn’t stay there.
On the final hole, he chipped too strong and missed a 5-foot par putt that would have put him alone in the Masters record book at 19-under 269. Instead, he shares the spot at 270 with Tiger Woods, who made a 4-foot par putt in 1997 to break the record held by Raymond Floyd (1976) and Jack Nicklaus (1965).
Asked if he was bothered by not making par, Spieth said, “A little bit.”
“I knew he had shot that,” Spieth said. “I didn’t know where I was at. I was so focused on this match I was playing with Justin (Rose).”
Not that he wasn’t trying.
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