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Schauffele wins gold, Sabbatini silver

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KAWAGOE, Japan (AP) Four feet between his golf ball and the cup was all that separated Xander Schauffele from an Olympic gold medal, and he couldn't help but let his mind wander.

For Schauffele, it would be as special as a major, the championships that have eluded him far too many times, most recently at the Masters. For his father, an Olympic medal to share after his own aspirations ended in a horrific car accident that cost him his left eye.

Schauffele bowed his head and closed his eyes to snap back into the present.


Gavins, Anannarukarn win at Ballymena

BALLYMENA, Northern Ireland (AP) England's Daniel Gavins overturned a seven-shot deficit to claim his first European Tour title at the World Invitational on Sunday, and Thailand's Pajaree Anannarukarn recovered from a triple bogey to win the women's tournament after a playoff.

Gavins carded a bogey-free, 5-under 65 in the final round at Ballymena to set the clubhouse target of 13-under par that none of the later starters proved able to match. Read More...

Sorenstam leads US Senior Women's Open

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) Annika Sorenstam shot an even-par 72 on Saturday to take a two-stroke lead into the final round of the U.S. Senior Women's Open.

The 50-year-old Sorenstam, a three-time U.S. Women's Open champion making her first appearance in the senior event, had an 8-under 208 total at Brooklawn Country Club. Husband Mike McGee is working as her caddie. Read More...

European Tour cancels Morocco events

The European Tour's Trophee Hassan II in Morocco in October has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Lalla Meryem Cup, the Ladies European Tour's event scheduled on the same Oct. 21-24 dates at the same Royal Golf Dar Es Salam club in Rabat was also canceled. Read More...

Rahm left to watching Olympics from home

KAWAGOE, Japan (AP) Men's golf began Thursday in the Olympics, and the No. 1 player in the world was nearly 6,000 miles away watching from home. Jon Rahm still can't believe he's not playing.

"I didn't think ever that I was not going to be there," Rahm said in a phone interview from his home in Scottsdale, Arizona. "I can't even tell you what happened." Read More...

Taiwan Swinging Skirts LPGA canceled

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) The LPGA Tour and the Swinging Skirts Golf Foundation canceled the Taiwan Swinging Skirts LPGA on Thursday because of ongoing travel and border restrictions and current health concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

The tournament was scheduled for Oct. 28-31 at Miramar Golf Country Club. Read More...

Champ fends off heat to win 3M Open

BLAINE, Minn. (AP) Cameron Champ was struggling mightily through the first half of this year, a frustrating series of performances that pointed him back to his state of mind more than any mechanical flaw.

Like many newlyweds, the 26-year-old was distracted by the delicate balance of passionately pursuing his career while still trying to carve out a healthy personal life at home. He found himself becoming much too upset by a bad round. Read More...

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