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Chris Kirk wins Colonial

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- The final round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial began with a three-hour rain delay Sunday.

The wait was worth it for Chris Kirk.

Kirk made a 7-foot par putt on the 18th hole to avoid a potential playoff to win the tournament title. He shot a final-day 66 to finish at 12 under 268.

The sun replaced the rain in...Read more

Spieth rallies, Na maintains lead after three rounds at Crowne Plaza

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- Fans arrived earlier than normal because of the change of schedule and to see if Masters champion Jordan Spieth could put together a recovery round Saturday at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.

With the forecast calling for severe thunderstorms in the afternoon, the PGA Tour implemented an early start with golfers ...Read more

Crowne Plaza will have early start for Saturday's third round

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- Because forecasts call for inclement weather, the PGA Tour will implement an early start for Saturday's third round at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.

Golfers who survive the 36-hole cut will tee off in threesomes, starting at 7 a.m., at No. 1 and No. 10. The final groups are expected to begin Saturday's round at...Read more

Kevin Na takes second-round lead at Crowne Plaza

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A fresh round of rain, along with a flood of errant shots through the Horrible Horseshoe, swept Masters champion Jordan Spieth off the Friday leaderboard at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.

But the soggy conditions, combined with a fresh approach on the greens, worked well for Kevin Na and Ian Poulter.

Na shot a 66 to move into sole ...Read more

Spieth shares first-round lead in rain-delayed Crowne Plaza Invitational

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- Jordan Spieth's 19-foot birdie on his final hole gave him a 6-under-par 64 and a four-way share of the first-round lead at the rain-delayed Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Thursday.

Former event champion Boo Weekley, along with Kevin Na and Ryo Ishikawa, also shot 64.

Spieth has been the focal point all week leading ...Read more

Colonial course may be vulnerable to record-setting scores

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Recent drought-busting rains in North Texas have filled reservoirs, rivers and lakes to capacity and beyond. Soggy ground conditions rule most local landscapes.

Maintenance crews at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial are working long hours to make the layout for this week's PGA Tour event in Fort Worth, Texas an exception to that rule. ...Read more

Rory McIlroy cruises in record-shattering Wells Fargo Championship

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World No. 1 Rory McIlroy overwhelmed the field and became the first two-time champion of the Wells Fargo Championship on Sunday at Quail Hollow Club.

McIlroy shot a 3-under 69 Sunday for a tournament record-breaking 21-under total. That was seven shots better than Charlotte's Webb Simpson and Patrick Rodgers, who tied for second at 14 under.

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McIlroy takes control at Wells Fargo Championship after record-breaking round

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- When Rory McIlroy knocked in an 8-foot putt for birdie on the par-3 13th hole at Quail Hollow Club on Saturday, he allowed an enticing thought to enter his head.

"Fifty-nine was in my mind," he said.

At that point, McIlroy was 8-under par, rolling in just about everything and well on his way toward the best round in Wells ...Read more

Webb Simpson, Robert Streb share Wells Fargo Championship lead

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Webb Simpson has managed to fit a few rounds of golf in between birthday parties this week. So far, so good.

Simpson, whose home is next to the seventh tee at Quail Hollow Club, is tied with first-round leader Robert Streb for the second-round lead at the Wells Fargo Championship.

It would have been a busy week for Simpson ...Read more

Robert Streb leads Wells Fargo after first round

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There are some older guys keeping wary eyes on the PGA Tour's crop of new young stars.

The Wells Fargo Championship has its share of both this week at Quail Hollow Club. One of the young phenoms -- Patrick Reed, 24 -- is tied for second behind Robert Streb after Thursday's first round.

One of the veterans, Charlotte-resident Webb Simpson, a ...Read more

Despite frustrating losses, Phil Mickelson's love for Quail Hollow never stronger

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A golfer's relationship with a golf course can be complicated.

Take Phil Mickelson, who, after missing the cut at The Players Championship last week, wondered aloud how he had ever won at TPC Sawgrass before.

Mickelson is having similar thoughts at the Wells Fargo Championship, which begins at Quail Hollow Club on Thursday.

Only this time ...Read more

Webb Simpson readies for Wells Fargo Championship after making clean break with belly putter

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Webb Simpson is all in with his new, standard-length putter.

He'd better be. His old putter is permanently out of commission, on display -- in two pieces -- in the trophy case of his home course at Quail Hollow Club.

That's because long anchor putters such as the one Simpson used to win the U.S. Open and three other PGA Tour events, will be ...Read more

McIlroy wins three matches Sunday for match-play title

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Already firmly established as the world's best golfer, Rory McIlroy achieved a rare feat in winning his 17th professional title Sunday, a day before his 26th birthday.

McIlroy captured the WGC-Cadillac Match Play at TPC-Harding Park, his first victory in California, by winning three matches in one day to pocket the $1.57 ...Read more

LPGA's latest teen star ready to shine for earthquake victims

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IRVING, Texas -- The meteoric rise of a teen phenom is nothing new in women's professional sports, including the LPGA Tour.

But the defining digits for Lydia Ko, 18, are on a different level than those posted by rising stars from yesteryear as the world's top-ranked female golfer prepares to make her debut in a Dallas-Fort Worth tour stop.

Ko ...Read more

Tiger Woods won't play in Charlotte's Wells Fargo Championship

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Tiger Woods won't play in next month's Wells Fargo Championship at Charlotte's Quail Hollow Club, a tournament spokesman confirmed Wednesday.

It's possible that a temporary date change for the tournament might have cost the tournament Woods. Normally played during the first week of May (this week), the tournament was moved back two weeks to ...Read more

Rory McIlroy gets tough Match Play draw

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SAN FRANCISCO--Rory McIlroy, the world's No. 1 golfer, drew three tough American opponents during group selection for the WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship that begins Wednesday at TPC Harding Park.

In Monday morning's tiered blind draw, McIlroy's Group 1 was filled out by U.S. standouts Billy Horschel, Brandt Snedeker and Jason Dufner. ...Read more

Furyk wins 2nd RBC Heritage title, topping Kisner in playoff

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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Jim Furyk fired an 8-under-par 63 -- the lowest score ever by a winner of the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing -- then topped Kevin Kisner with a birdie on the second hole of a playoff to capture his second tartan jacket and his first PGA Tour title since 2010.

Kisner, seeking his first PGA Tour win, closed with a 7-...Read more

Merritt maintains lead at RBC Heritage; Kuchar, Todd inch closer

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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- A day after toppling the Harbour Town Golf Links course record, journeyman Troy Merritt inched closer to his first PGA Tour title at the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing. A double bogey on the eighth hole was the only blemish on his round of 2-under-par 69. He is 14 under for the tournament.

And more importantly, the...Read more

Merritt leads after sizzling round, Spieth charges into contention at RBC Heritage

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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Troy Merritt saw the quality players on the leaderboard behind him and kept pushing for one more birdie, and then another.

When his final putt fell, a birdie on the 18th hole, Merritt learned for the first time that his 10-under-par 61 matched a course record at Harbour Town Golf Links. He is 12 under, good for a ...Read more

McDowell finds bright spot in tough year, tied for Heritage lead after Round 1

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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Perhaps all you need to know about Graeme McDowell's tough year is that his best finish is a tie for 52nd last week at Augusta National Golf Club, a place he loves but a course that repels his game.

He needed a morsel, some motivation to keep his head down and stick to the process. He found a bright spot in a ...Read more