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Stormy weather sends Joburg Open into fifth day

Shubhankar Sharma will have to wait until Monday to try to seal his first European Tour win after storms in South Africa sent the Joburg Open into a fifth day. The Indian will take a four-shot lead into the extra day, with his final act on Sunday putting a solid tee-shot on to the par three eighth green before play was suspended at 1300 local time. He had already made birdies on the second and sixth at that point to get to 22 under and lead the way from charging…

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Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry tie Steve Stricker and Sean O’Hair for QBE Shootout lead

NAPLES, Fla. — Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry shot an 8-under 64 in modified alternate shot and shared the lead Saturday with Steve Stricker and Sean O’Hair going into the final round of the QBE Shootout. McDowell (Northern Ireland) and Lowry (Ireland), the only international players among the 12 teams at Tiburon Golf Club, began to erase a five-shot deficit with an eagle and birdie on the opening two holes and they dropped only one shot all day in blustery conditions. Stricker and O’Hair started the back nine with a…

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Tommy Horton, English Ryder Cup player, dies at 76

GROUVILLE, Jersey — Tommy Horton, the Englishman who played in two Ryder Cups and won four times on the European Tour, died Thursday. He was 76. Horton became ill at the Annual General Meeting at the Royal Jersey Golf Club on Thursday night and died soon after at a hospital. “It is with great sadness that I inform you that our former Head Professional and Honorary Life Member, Tommy Horton passed away last night,” club captain Robbie Messervy said in an email to members. “Tommy arrived at the club to…

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Steve Stricker, Sean O’Hair take QBE Shootout lead

NAPLES, Fla. — Steve Stricker and Sean O’Hair shot a 15-under 57 in scramble play Friday to take the first-round lead in the QBE Shootout. The 50-year-old Stricker, the winning U.S. Presidents Cup captain in October, chipped in for birdie on the par-4 18th. They also eagled the par-5 17th in gusty conditions at Tiburon Gold Club. “It’s a really good pairing,” Stricker said. “He hits it so far down the fairway that it gives us the ability to go in there with some really short irons. At times, I…

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Rory McIlroy to play 7 events in lead-up to Masters

Rory McIlroy suggested he would play a heavy schedule in early 2018 in an attempt to be fully ready for the Masters in April. And he is sticking to the plan, based on the seven-event run he announced Friday that includes two European Tour events in the Middle East followed by five on the PGA Tour. Interestingly, McIlroy is not scheduled to play in either of the World Golf Championship events — the Mexico Championship and the Dell Technologies Match Play Championship. He could add those tournaments at a later…

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Keenan Davidse leads in front of home crowd in Johannesburg

12:04 PM ET ESPN staff Keenan Davidse shot an impressive 8-under opening round of 63 to move a shot clear of the chasing pack at the Johannesburg Open in South Africa. Randpark Golf Club hosts the final European Tour event of the year and it was home favourite Davidse who defied the wind to best effect as he picked up three birdies through the opening five holes. Davidse, 28, was quick to recover from a dropped shot on the sixth and went on to make further gains on the eighth,…

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Sergio Garcia voted as European Tour’s golfer of the year

VIRGINIA WATER, England — Sergio Garcia has been voted the European Tour’s golfer of the year after claiming his first major title at the Masters and winning two more events in 2017. The 37-year-old Spaniard, who also got married in July, says, “I think both on and off the golf course, it has been a unique and unbelievable year, and one that I will definitely remember my whole life.” Garcia held off Ryder Cup teammate Justin Rose to win at Augusta in his 74th appearance at a major. He also…

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Louis Oosthuizen withdraws from European Tour’s Joburg Open after injuring fingers

Louis Oosthuizen won’t be playing in this week’s European Tour event, and the South African golfer has a freak injury to thank. While traveling to Johannesburg for the Joburg Open, Oosthuizen jammed two fingers on his left hand between two airport luggage trolleys. The Sunshine Tour, which co-sponsors the tour with the European Tour, tweeted a look at Oosthuizen’s injured fingers. Ouch. pic.twitter.com/bmLP9sHFNu — Sunshine Tour (@Sunshine_Tour) December 6, 2017 He withdrew from the final European Tour event of 2017 on Wednesday. “This morning is even worse than it was…

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PGA Tour golfer Morgan Hoffman diagnosed with muscular dystrophy

PGA Tour professional Morgan Hoffmann has been diagnosed with muscular dystrophy, he revealed in a lengthy post to The Players’ Tribune on Monday. In the first-person article, Hoffmann, 28, wrote that he first started noticing a deterioration in his right pectoral muscle back in 2011. After five years of misdiagnoses and tests, it was determined last year that he has the incurable disease. “In my case, my muscular dystrophy is currently causing my right and left pecs to atrophy,” he revealed. “Where the disease will attack next, I’m not sure….

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PGA Tour golfer Morgan Hoffmann diagnosed with muscular dystrophy

PGA Tour professional Morgan Hoffmann has been diagnosed with muscular dystrophy, he revealed in a lengthy post to The Players’ Tribune on Monday. In the first-person article, Hoffmann, 28, wrote that he first started noticing a deterioration in his right pectoral muscle back in 2011. After five years of misdiagnoses and tests, it was determined last year that he has the incurable disease. “In my case, my muscular dystrophy is currently causing my right and left pecs to atrophy,” he revealed. “Where the disease will attack next, I’m not sure….

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