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Westwood back in Middle East

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With the weather fairly miserable and golf courses closed during Britain's latest lockdown, Lee Westwood opted to fly out to the Middle East to do his preseason work ahead of a 28th year on the European Tour.

It might have felt like a homecoming.

It's a part of the world which served the 47-year-old Westwood pretty well in 2020, a stop-start year that opened with him winning the Abu Dhabi Championship in January for his 25th title on the tour and ended with him becoming - against the odds - Europe's No. 1 golfer for the third time in his career at the World Tour Championship in Dubai in December.

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Na wins Sony Open with late surge

The spoils at the Sony Open belonged to Kevin Na, a winner for the fourth straight season after coming from three shots behind with six holes to play for a one-shot victory with a birdie on the final hole.

The consolation prize belonged to Chris Kirk, and it felt like a win. Read More...

Kirk comes up 1 shot short in road back

HONOLULU (AP) The scene was familiar on the PGA Tour, except that it typically involves the winner. The Sony Open wasn't even over and Chris Kirk had reason to celebrate.

He was some 80 feet away to the right of the 18th green, the worst angle for a pin tucked to the right, but just enough room for a reasonable chance. Kirk's pitch was perfect, leading to a birdie that gave him a share of the lead after his fourth consecutive round of 65. Read More...

Ralph Lauren drops Thomas after slur

HONOLULU (AP) Ralph Lauren Corp. said Friday it is ending its sponsorship with Justin Thomas after he was heard muttering a homophobic slur to himself after missing a putt last week in Hawaii.

Thomas has worn the company's clothing since he turned pro. He has reached No. 1 in the world briefly on two occasions, won a major at age 24 and captured the FedEx Cup in 2017. Read More...

WGC moving from Mexico City to Florida

The World Golf Championship is moving from Mexico City to the Gulf Coast of Florida this year, a change driven by the COVID-19 pandemic that has put restrictions on travel and kept away spectators.

The PGA Tour sent a memo to players Friday informing them of the relocation for Feb. 25-28. It will be played at The Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, co-designed by Jack Nicklaus and Tony Jacklin. Read More...

2009 Masters champion Cabrera arrested

SAO PAULO (AP) Brazil's federal police arrested Argentine golfer Angel Cabrera on Thursday for extradition to his homeland to face charges for several crimes allegedly committed from 2016 to last year, two officers said.

Cabrera, who won both Masters and U.S. Open championships, was on Interpol's red code list. Read More...

No pro-am at Pebble Beach this year

The only stars at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am this year will be the players and the golf course.

The spike in COVID-19 cases in California led organizers to cancel the pro-am portion of a tournament with a long history of entertainers, celebrities and CEOs mixing with the pros on one of the most famous and picturesque landscapes in America. Read More...

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