Golf

Cameron Smith holds the champions trophy after the final round of the Sony Open PGA Tour golf event, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Matt York)
January 13, 2020 - 12:23 am
HONOLULU (AP) — Two weeks in Hawaii brought rain, unusually strong wind, playoffs and two players who thought victory was out of reach until the winner's lei was draped around their necks. Cameron Smith was the latest Sunday at the Sony Open. He might have been even more surprised than Justin...
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Corey Conners chips onto the ninth green during the Tournament of Champions pro-am golf event, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, at Kapalua Plantation Course in Kapalua, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Matt York)
January 10, 2020 - 11:44 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — Corey Conners returned to Hawaii this year with one notable difference. He knew he had a tee time. That's no small deal for Conners, a 28-year-old Canadian who didn't have a full PGA Tour card a year ago and wasn't sure where he could play, much less when. Now he is a PGA Tour...
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Brendan Steele acknowledges the gallery on the 16th green during the second round of the Sony Open PGA Tour golf event, Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Matt York)
January 10, 2020 - 5:31 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — Brendan Steele atoned for one bad swing with three straight birdies for a 4-under 66 that gave him a share of the early lead with Cameron Davis on another windy day at the Sony Open. The wind didn't fee quite as strong as the opening round. It still wasn't a breeze to play. Justin...
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FILE - In this April 5, 2019, file photo, Michelle Wie watches her tee shot on the 118th hole during the second round of the LPGA Tour ANA Inspiration golf tournament at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Wie is expecting her first child — a girl — this summer. The often-injured golfer announced the news Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, on Instagram. She married Jonnie West, the son of NBA great Jerry West, in August. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)
January 10, 2020 - 1:05 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — Michelle Wie always thought if she ever had children, that would be the end of her golf. Now she is more inspired than ever to return. Wie, who married Golden State Warriors executive Jonnie West in August, announced they are having their first child — a girl — this summer. “I do...
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Defending champion Matt Kuchar hits from the second tee during the Sony Open PGA Tour pro-am golf event, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Matt York)
January 08, 2020 - 3:47 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — Same state, new island, two courses that could not be more different. What hasn't changed between the two-week Hawaii swing on the PGA Tour is the wind, which is stronger than usual. The gusts approached 40 mph at Kapalua last week for the Sentry Tournament of Champions. It was...
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FILE - This Aug. 13, 2009 file photo shows Paul Azinger during the first round of the 91st PGA Championship at the Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn. Azinger says he turned down a chance to replace Ken Venturi at CBS after he won the Sony Open 20 years ago.(AP Photo/Charles Neibergall, File)
January 07, 2020 - 2:31 pm
KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) — Paul Azinger is a PGA champion long known as someone who says what he thinks, usually with some degree of clarity, which makes him a good fit as a TV analyst. And that's what he does now for NBC and at the U.S. Open for Fox. He could have started much sooner if not for 20...
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FILE - In this March 19, 2019, file photo, an iPad displays the types of bets that can be placed at the Golden 1 Center's Skyloft Predictive Gaming Lounge, in Sacramento, Calif. Professional sports leagues have found a way to cash in by selling their official data to gambling companies, making the case that the leagues are creating new products for gamblers to bet on. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
January 07, 2020 - 7:49 am
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Professional sports leagues struck out in their quest for a cut of sports betting money by claiming they needed payments to help protect the integrity of games. They also fumbled an attempt to claim a share of betting proceeds by saying the games are the intellectual...
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Xander Schauffele hits from the fourth fairway during third round of the Tournament of Champions golf event, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, at Kapalua Plantation Course in Kapalua, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Matt York)
January 04, 2020 - 7:05 pm
KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) — Xander Schauffele made his first bogey in 60 holes at Kapalua dating to his victory last year. He didn't feel as though he did anything special Saturday in the Sentry Tournament of Champions. As it turned out, he didn't have to. Schauffele overcame a pair of bogeys that cost...
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Dustin Johnson looks at his ball after missing his birdie putt on the 17th green during first round of the Tournament of Champions golf event, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, at Kapalua Plantation Course in Kapalua, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Matt York)
January 02, 2020 - 11:21 pm
KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) — J.B. Holmes played only two rounds in four months leading into the new year. He expected some rust at Kapalua, and it showed when he managed only two birdies in his opening round of 78. He can recover from that, especially in a 34-man field with no cut in the Sentry...
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Joaquin Niemann walks off the 18th green after making birdie during first round of the Tournament of Champions golf event, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, at Kapalua Plantation Course in Kapalua, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Matt York)
January 02, 2020 - 7:44 pm
KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) — Fresh off his Presidents Cup debut, Joaquin Niemann of Chile brought fresh confidence and plenty of form to Maui by opening the year with a 7-under 66 for a one-shot lead over Justin Thomas after the opening round Thursday at the Sentry Tournament of Champions. Niemann is one...
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