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Poulter, Casey Share Lead at Rain-Delayed Honda Classic

Last Updated on Sunday, 01 March 2015 19:27 Sunday, 01 March 2015 19:01

Ian PoulterCanadian Press

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida (Doug Ferguson/AP) — Ian Poulter didn’t realize he had a three-shot lead in the Honda Classic, only that he was playing well enough to feel like he was in control of his game and the tournament.

One shank changed everything Sunday.

“That just came out of left field,” Poulter said.

His next tee shot that splashed down in the water left of the fairway made it even worse.

“It was a bit of a body blow,” he said.

What had been a marathon day at soggy PGA National suddenly turned into a sprint-to-the-finish on Monday morning when the final round was to resume. Poulter lost command of the Honda Classic, but he didn’t lose his place atop the leaderboard.

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South Korea’s Amy Yang Wins Honda LPGA Thailand

Last Updated on Sunday, 01 March 2015 18:59 Sunday, 01 March 2015 18:48

Amy YangCanadian Press

CHONBURI, Thailand (AP) — South Korea’s Amy Yang won the Honda LPGA Thailand for her second LPGA Tour title, finishing with a 3-under 69 for a two-stroke victory over American Stacy Lewis and two others.

Yang broke a tie with Lewis with a three-stroke swing on the par-4 15th. Yang made a short birdie putt on the hole, and Lewis had a double bogey after blasting a 67-yard wedge shot over the green. Yang bogeyed No. 16 and closed with two pars to finish at 15-under 273 on Siam Country Club’s Pattaya Old Course.

“I don’t know what just happened,” Yang said. “I still can’t believe I did it today.”

The 25-year-old Yang is projected to jump from 16th to 11th in the world ranking.

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Andy Sullivan Wins Joburg Open for 2nd Title This Year

Last Updated on Sunday, 01 March 2015 18:46 Sunday, 01 March 2015 18:36

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JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) — Andy Sullivan won his second European Tour title in South Africa in just over a month after closing with a 6-under 66 for a 17-under total and a two-shot victory at the Joburg Open.

Sullivan’s second European win came in the same city as his first after he won the South African Open in Johannesburg in January.

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Top-Ranked Lydia Ko Wins New Zealand Women’s Open

Last Updated on Sunday, 01 March 2015 18:34 Sunday, 01 March 2015 15:51

Lydia KoCanadian Press

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Top-ranked Lydia Ko won the New Zealand Women’s Open for her second straight victory.

The 17-year-old New Zealander, the Women’s Australian Open winner last week for her sixth LPGA Tour title, closed with a 1-under 70 at Clearwater for a four-stroke victory.

“I really wanted to win in front of such great crowds,” Ko said. “This is probably the biggest crowd I’ve seen. It’s always cool winning on home ground. We were walking up 16 and (playing partner Giulia Sergas) said ‘They like you.’ I said, ‘Well, it’s home.’”

She has 10 worldwide victories in professional events, also winning at Clearwater as an amateur in 2013.

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Herman Leads, While McIlroy Stumbles at Honda Classic

Last Updated on Friday, 27 February 2015 08:30 Friday, 27 February 2015 08:22

Jim HermanCanadian Press

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida (Doug Ferguson/AP) — Playing in America for the first time this year, Rory McIlroy’s first shot was a 2-iron out of play.

A relentless wind with gusts that approached 35 mph provided a rude welcome to just about everyone Thursday at the Honda Classic except for Jim Herman, who somehow made it around PGA National without a bogey for a 5-under 65 and a one-shot lead.

McIlroy managed to salvage a tough day with by holing a 30-foot birdie putt and two-putting for birdie on the 18th hole for a 3-over 73. It was his highest opening-round score to par since a 3-over 74 at The Barclays seven months ago. And he didn’t seem too bothered.

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