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Donald defends Honda title at new venue

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Henrik Stenson birdied two of his closing three holes to seize a two-shot lead over Rory McIlroy and two others in the second round of the World Tour Championship on Friday.

Stenson's 6-under-par 66 put him at 10 under overall in his bid to defend a title for the first time.

The top-ranked McIlroy (70), Scotland's Richie Ramsay (69) and England's Danny Willett (67) were tied for second on 8 under at Jumeirah Estates.

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Scott pulls 4 back at Aussie Masters

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Adam Scott moved in the right direction Saturday at the Australian Masters, shooting a 1-under 71 to pull to within four strokes of the lead as he attempts to win the tournament for the third consecutive year.

Scott got some help from gusty winds that affected the last few groups. He trailed by six when he finished, but an hour later, Paul Spargo, playing in the final group, was the leader after a 71 and a 54-hole total of 8-under 208. Read More...

Wie moves into contention for $1M bonus

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) Michelle Wie suddenly is in a position to consider a million ways how a great year can get even better.

On a tough day that only rewarded the best shots, Wie holed out for eagle with a pitching wedge on her way to a 5-under 67 that moved her up high enough on the leaderboard Friday at the CME Group Tour Championship to get into position for a $1 million bonus. Read More...

Janzen takes 2-shot lead at Pebble Beach

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) Lee Janzen shot a 4-under 68 on Friday at Pebble Beach for a two-stroke lead over Andrew Putnam after two rounds of the Callaway Pebble Beach Invitational.

Janzen, a two-time U.S. Open winner, is at 11-under 133. Read More...

State files to stop work on Rio course

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Construction work on the golf course for the 2016 Olympics could be halted under a filing made by state prosecutors suing the city of Rio de Janeiro and the developer over environmental rules.

In a 27-page legal brief made public late Wednesday, prosecutors termed "laughable" proposals by the city and the course developer to modify the layout to reduce environmental impact. Read More...

Woods rips Golf Digest parody by Jenkins

(AP) -- Tiger Woods criticized Hall of Fame golf writer Dan Jenkins on Tuesday for a parody in which Jenkins fakes an interview with him and covers topics from his reputation as a bad tipper to his failed marriage to his six-year drought in the majors.

The online headline of the Golf Digest column is "My (Fake) Interview with Tiger," with an asterisk to add, "Or how it plays out in my mind." The print edition of the magazine has "fake" in parentheses on the cover, but not in the headline above the column. Read More...

Love: US Ryder Cup 'team' too big

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) One of the messages Davis Love III wants to bring to the 11-member Ryder Cup Task Force is that it has gotten too big.

He said the amount of scheduled time at the Ryder Cup is about double what the Americans spend at the Presidents Cup, which is understandable because the Ryder Cup gets about double the interest. Read More...

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