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Key putts late give Henley 2-shot lead

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HONOLULU (AP) Russell Henley had the lowest 36-hole score of his career on a course where he won his first PGA Tour event, and he knew better to expect everything to fall into place.

He did just enough Saturday in the Sony Open, particularly over the final hour when he made key putts for birdie, par and one bogey.

That led to a 3-under 67 and a two-shot lead over Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama, who took only 25 putts and isn't quite sure how some of them went in. Matsuyama had a 63, his 12th consecutive round in the 60s this season dating to the CJ Cup in Las Vegas.


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...

Matsuyama inspiring Japan's rising stars

HONOLULU (AP) The Monday morning of the first Japan Golf Tour event of the year was no time to be anywhere except in front of a television.

That's where Takumi Kanaya and Keita Nakajima could be found in Nagoya last April, each captivated by images of Hideki Matsuyama winning the Masters to become the first Japanese player in a green jacket. 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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