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Matt Fitzpatrick shines in Hong Kong Open first round

England’s Matt Fitzpatrick believes he is right on track to erase his Dubai disappointment after an opening 66 in the Hong Kong Open. Fitzpatrick, 23, led by a shot at halfway in the defence of his DP World Tour Championship title last week, but struggled to a third round of 72 and eventually finished 12th. That was still his seventh straight top-15 finish since he won the Omega European Masters and a round containing six birdies and two bogeys at Fanling left him a shot behind leader SSP Chawrasia. “It’s…

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Paul Casey to play for Europe at EurAsia Cup

Paul Casey will represent Europe for the first time since 2008 after being selected as a wild card for EurAsia Cup. Casey recently announced he would be rejoining the European Tour for the 2018 season, making him available to play in future Ryder Cups for Europe. Thomas Bjorn, who will captain the European team for the Ryder Cup in Paris next year, will also lead Europe at the EurAsia Cup in Malaysia. He said picking Casey was a “no-brainer.” “He is a wonderful player with a lot of experience, and…

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‘Rusty’ Jordan Spieth ‘played pretty well’, unconcerned he’s seven off pace

3:26 AM ET Alex MalcolmESPN Close Alex Malcolm is a Melbourne-based sports journalist and broadcaster. He has been a long-time contributor to ESPNcricinfo and reported for the AFL website for four seasons. He has also worked as a television commentator calling Australian Rules Football, Athletics and Tennis for a number of networks. SYDNEY, Australia — Anxious. Nerves. Rusty. Not words that normally come from Jordan Spieth‘s mouth. But that’s what he felt during his opening one-under par 70 at the Australian Open that left him seven shots off the lead…

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Tiger Woods best he’s ever felt in three years, Jason Day says

2:21 AM ET Alex MalcolmESPN Close Alex Malcolm is a Melbourne-based sports journalist and broadcaster. He has been a long-time contributor to ESPNcricinfo and reported for the AFL website for four seasons. He has also worked as a television commentator calling Australian Rules Football, Athletics and Tennis for a number of networks. If the reports on the state of Tiger Woods‘ game are true, Jason Day says look out. Woods is set to make his long-awaited return at the Hero World Challenge next week in the Bahamas, and there has…

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Jason Day wants Jordan Spieth in an Australian Open shootout

SYDNEY, Australia — Give me Jordan, down the stretch, on Sunday! That’s the message from Jason Day for this week’s Australian Open, the local favourite playing the tournament for the first time since 2013, when he finished in a tie for sixth, 10 shots adrift of Rory McIlroy. One year later, Jordan Spieth made his first trip Down Under and walked away from The Australian Golf Club, the venue for this week’s tournament, with the Stonehaven Cup. The American followed that up with a runner’s-up finish in 2015 before reclaiming…

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Former No. 1 Jason Day tells us what he really thinks about travel, the Olympics and more

CHARLESTOWN, R.I. — Jason Day returns home to play in the Australian Open this week for the first time since 2013. The former No. 1-ranked player in the world explained why in a wide-ranging Q&A with ESPN.com recently at Shelter Harbor Golf Club, where he was doing promotional work for TaylorMade. Now that golf is essentially a year-round sport, how has that changed the process of testing new equipment, for instance? It makes it quite difficult. It is an all-year-round sport. After the tour ends for us, there’s usually a…

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Curtis Luck ‘little bit more comfortable’ after adversity on PGA Tour

12:24 AM ET Alex MalcolmESPN Close Alex Malcolm is a Melbourne-based sports journalist and broadcaster. He has been a long-time contributor to ESPNcricinfo and reported for the AFL website for four seasons. He has also worked as a television commentator calling Australian Rules Football, Athletics and Tennis for a number of networks. SYDNEY, Australia — Twelve months ago, Curtis Luck was among the hottest golf properties on the planet. After winning the US Amateur and Asia-Pacific Amateur championships in 2016 his schedule was plotted all the way to the 2017…

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Jake Owen to play Nashville event on sponsor’s exemption

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Country singer Jake Owen will play in the Web.com Tour’s Nashville Golf Open next May on a sponsor’s exemption. Owen, who has played in several PGA Tour pro-ams, will compete as an amateur. The exemption was announced Monday. The singer says he’s truly honored and knows how hard golfers work to play in these events. Singer Jake Owen, with Jordan Spieth at an awards show, has played in several PGA Tour pro-ams.┬áRick Diamond/ACM2015/Getty Images for dcp Owen says he can’t wait for May 21, when the event…

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Davis Love III to have hip replacement surgery Tuesday

Davis Love III wants to become the oldest winner in PGA Tour history, a goal that now will have to wait at least three months. Love, who turns 54 in April told reporters at the RSM Classic over the weekend that he will have hip replacement surgery on Tuesday. “I had a hip problem the last few years, and I had a hip resurfacing trying to avoid hip surgery because I’m a chicken,” he said, “but after playing [in Malaysia and at the Sanderson Farms tournament], I realized it was…

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Golf — Fall movers make an early splash on the PGA Tour wraparound season

Often derided, the fall events that make up the early part of the PGA Tour’s wrap-around schedule have concluded, leading to a six-week break through the holidays in which there will be no official events in which to earn FedEx Cup or Ryder Cup points or money-list earnings. But don’t tell those who prospered during this recent stretch that the tournaments that started with the Safeway Classic and ended with Sunday’s RSM Classic are not meaningful. That is hardly the case. The seven-week run accounts for 17.5 percent of the…

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