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Mickelson opens with 64 for 2-shot lead

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Phil Mickelson has gone nine months since he finished among the top 20, and it looks as though that streak is about to end at the Wells Fargo Championship.

The 50-year-old Mickelson kept his focus Thursday at Quail Hollow and blistered the course for a 7-under 64 to build a two-shot lead after the opening round. All but one of his eight birdies were inside about 5 feet.

Mickelson ran off five birdies in a six-hole stretch around the turn. He closed with two birdies and a superb par save on the par-4 ninth for his best score since a 63 in the second round of the Travelers Championship last June.

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McIlroy affirms opposition to new league

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Rory McIlroy returned to the site of his first PGA Tour victory and made it clear Wednesday that he is more interested in creating his place in history than chasing Saudi-backed money in a proposed super league.

Justin Thomas wasn't far behind in that line of thinking. Read More...

Clarke leads Regions by 1 after 66

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Darren Clarke took the lead Thursday in the Regions Tradition, opening with a 6-under 66 in the first of five PGA Tour Champions majors.

The 2011 British Open champion from Northern Ireland had a one-stroke lead over Stephen Ames and Jerry Kelly at Greystone Golf & Country Club. Read More...

Laporta opens with 62 in Canary Islands

TENERIFE, Spain (AP) Francesco Laporta shot a 9-under 62 for the lowest round of his European Tour career and a one-shot lead after the opening round of the Canary Islands Championship on Thursday.

The Italian had eight birdies, an eagle and only one bogey in his round at Golf Costa Adeje course. Read More...

Tavatanakit takes lead at LPGA Thailand

PATTAYA, Thailand (AP) Patty Tavatanakit finished with an eagle to take a three-stroke lead over Atthaya Thitikul at the halfway stage of the LPGA Thailand on Friday.

Tavatanakit moved 16 under at Siam Country Club after a 12-foot putt on the par-5 18th for back-to-back 64s. Despite no spectators because of the pandemic, Tavatanakit and 18-year-old Thitikul are playing under high home expectations. A Thai has never won this U.S. LPGA Tour event. Ariya Jutanugarn was second in 2013, and her sister Moriya Jutanugarn runner-up in 2018. Read More...

Detroit PGA event to have some fans

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:

The PGA Tour's Rocket Mortgage Classic will have some spectators this summer at Detroit Golf Club. Read More...

Only few spots remain for British Open

PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) The PGA Championship field will start to take shape after this week with the top 70 on a special PGA Tour money list getting into the field. For the U.S. Open, anyone not already eligible who doesn't crack the top 60 in the world ranking can go to one of 10 final qualifying sites in America.

The British Open feels more like a closed shop this year, though not by choice. Read More...

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