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Hatton outplays McIlroy, wins Abu Dhabi

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ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Englishman Tyrrell Hatton shot a sparkling 6-under par in the final round on Sunday to win the season-opening Abu Dhabi Championship by four strokes after overnight leader Rory McIlroy faded with an uninspired even-par 72 to drop into third.

Hatton carded a closing 66 to finish 18 under par and secure a sixth European Tour title, a victory that will go a long way towards securing a second Ryder Cup appearance in September.

Australia's Jason Scrivener recorded an eagle and five birdies in a back nine 29 to claim second place on 14 under, with McIlroy a shot further back following a disappointing final round.

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Kim holds on to win American Express

LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) Si Woo Kim left the Coachella Valley a year ago with his back aching again and his game in disarray.

The 25-year-old South Korean returned this week with a healthy back and a rock-solid mentality that didn't even waver when Patrick Cantlay threatened to run away with The American Express. Read More...

Korda wins playoff to take LPGA opener

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) For Jessica Korda, the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions was all about her ability to just hang in there.

Trailing by three shots headed to the back nine at Four Seasons Golf and Sports Club Orlando on Sunday, she first caught Danielle Kang with a late four-birdie burst to shoot 5-under 66, then won with a curling 30-footer for birdie on the first playoff hole. Read More...

Clarke wins 2nd Champions title in row

LA'UPULEHU-KONA, Hawaii (AP) Darren Clarke won the Mitsubishi Electric Championship by two strokes Saturday for his second straight PGA Tour Champions victory, playing the back nine in 6 under in a closing 8-under 64.

The 52-year-old former British Open winner from Northern Ireland started the back-nine run with birdies on Nos. 10-11, added two more on 13 and 14, made a 10-foot par save on 15 and birdied 16 and 17. He parred the 18th to cap the bogey-free round in the first event of the year. Read More...

Thomas to go through training after slur

Justin Thomas intends to go through an individual training program to "become a better person" after he was picked up uttering a homophobic slur under his breath when he missed a putt at a tournament in Hawaii this month.

Clothing brand Ralph Lauren ended its long-time sponsorship with Thomas following the incident two weeks ago, which the No. 3-ranked American golfer described as "humiliating and embarrassing and it's not me." Read More...

Woods recovering from fifth back surgery

Tiger Woods has suffered a setback with his back, disclosing Tuesday that he recently had a fifth surgery that will keep him from starting the year until after the West Coast Swing on the PGA Tour.

Woods will not play next week in the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, which he has won seven times, most recently in 2013. He also won the U.S. Open in 2008 at Torrey Pines, which hosts the U.S. Open again in June. Read More...

Trahan tests positive, withdraws from AE

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

D.J. Trahan has withdrawn from this week's PGA Tour event, The American Express, after testing positive for the coronavirus. He was replaced in the field by Michael Gellerman. Read More...

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