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Donald defends Honda title at new venue

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Tiger Woods helped attract a record, raucous crowd to the Phoenix Open on Thursday, the first big event in a week that concludes with the Super Bowl.

They didn't see much of a game - at least not from Woods.

In his first appearance at the TPC Scottsdale in 14 years - and only his second tournament in six months - Woods couldn't hit the green with three chip shots and was near the bottom of the leaderboard until two key shots on the back nine salvaged a 2-over 73.

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McIlroy shoots 66, 2 back at Dubai

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Bernd Wiesberger made seven birdies on his last 10 holes Thursday to take a one-shot lead after the first round of the Dubai Desert Classic.

The 29-year-old Austrian took full advantage of the good playing conditions at the Emirates Golf Club to shoot a bogey-free 8-under 64. He made five straight birdies from the 13th hole before finishing with a par. Read More...

Qualifier Jang leads by 4 at LPGA opener

OCALA, Fla. (AP) Ha Na Jang went from qualifier to leader in just a few days at the LPGA season opener.

And it surprised no one. Read More...

Galleries mostly quiet for Allenby

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Robert Allenby feared the worst Thursday at the Phoenix Open in his first round since his mysterious misadventure in Hawaii.

Two days after saying he was preparing mentally for one of the toughest weeks of his life, Allenby drew only a few boos and comments on the rowdy par-3 16th stadium hole and the crowded 18th. He had mostly quiet, apathetic galleries in his round of 1-under 70. Read More...

Mickelson rallies to shoot 69 in Phoenix

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Phil Mickelson played the final 11 holes in 5 under to salvage a 2-under 69 on Thursday in the first round of the Phoenix Open.

The three-time champion bogeyed his first hole - the par-4 10th - after driving left into a hospitality tent. He had a double bogey on the par-5 15th, driving left into the water and hitting his approach in the water in front of the green. Read More...

Ex-British Open winner Nagle dies at 94

SYDNEY (AP) Kel Nagle, a former British Open winner, U.S. Open runner-up and a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, has died. He was 94.

The PGA of Australia said in a statement Thursday that Nagle, who won the British Open at St. Andrews in 1960, its centenary year, died overnight at a Sydney hospital. It did not give a cause of death. Read More...

Royal Troon to review male-only policy

TROON, Scotland (AP) Royal Troon Golf Club, the host of the 2016 British Open, says it will review its male-only membership policy.

A statement on Tuesday says Troon will "shortly undertake a comprehensive review" which will allow it "to consider the most appropriate membership policy for the future." Read More...

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