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Matsuyama rallies from 5 down, wins Sony

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HONOLULU (AP) Five shots behind at the turn, Hideki Matsuyama figured all he could do was keep his head down and try to stay in the game Sunday in the Sony Open.

And when he finally looked up, he couldn't see one of the best shots of his career.

In a sudden-death playoff with Russell Henley, Matsuyama hit a 3-wood from 276 yards, right into the sun, and had no idea that it settled 3 feet away for eagle on the par-5 18th until he heard an enormous cheer from one of the largest galleries at Waialae.


Kuchar skeptical about overseas releases

HONOLULU (AP) Matt Kuchar is not up to speed on the PGA Tour's guideline for granting releases to play in a conflicting events, mainly because it has never been an issue for him.

Not that he doesn't love to travel. Kuchar played the Scottish Open and Dutch Open during his first full year on tour 20 years ago. Since then, he has played in Singapore and Fiji, Abu Dhabi and France. Only four years ago, he played three regular European tour events. Read More...

Morgan wins Australian PGA, breaks mark

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) Jed Morgan has made his fourth tournament as a professional a memorable one.

Morgan dominated his rivals at the Australian PGA championship to shoot a final-round 3-under 69 and win the tournament at his home Royal Queensland Golf Club by 11 strokes. Read More...

Watson to be honorary Masters starter

Six years after Tom Watson played the Masters for the 43rd time, the two-time champion returns in April to hit the ceremonial tee shot alongside Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player.

Watson, who held off Nicklaus in his Masters victories in 1977 and 1981, becomes the 11th player to be an honorary starter dating to 1963. Read More...

World, Australasian tours fortify links

VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) The DP World Tour - formerly known as the European Tour - strengthened its links with the PGA Tour of Australasia by announcing on Wednesday an extension of their partnership through 2026.

The deal will provide members of the Australasian tour more opportunities, such as two additional cards and further exemptions to compete on the rebranded World Tour, as well as an increase in prize money for some tournaments. Read More...

Players OK with Saudi-Pebble tradeoff

KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) Adam Scott was among the first batch of players the Saudi International announced as playing its Asian Tour event next month, and now he no longer is on the list.

The means he won't need a conflicting event release from the PGA Tour, nor will he be required to play the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am twice over the next three years, the stipulation for PGA Tour members going to Saudi Arabia. Read More...

Low scores show golf always evolving

KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) The scoreboard was filled with red numbers under par after the first round, all of them reaching double digits, the leading score at 59.

Soft and gentle Kapalua?

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