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McIlroy, DeChambeau start Bay Hill well

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Bay Hill was bustling Thursday, just like golf before the pandemic. The fans were limited in numbers but they all wanted the same dose of entertainment provided by Rory McIlroy and Bryson DeChambeau.

First it was McIlroy, slowly feeling better about his game, and with good reason. Starting with a 55-foot putt on the par-3 second hole, he ran off five straight birdies for a share of the lead with Corey Conners in the Arnold Palmer Invitational at 6-under 66.

In the group behind McIlroy was DeChambeau, who has been contemplating a shot across the water to cut the 528-yard sixth hole down to size by going for the green. This was not the day with a slight breeze into his face, so the U.S. Open champion had some fun. He took out an iron, and then hit a conservative tee shot (309 yards) to the middle of the fairway.

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Nelly Korda outplays sister, shares lead

OCALA, Fla. (AP) Nelly Korda didn't miss a beat four days after her first LPGA Tour title on U.S. soil, outplaying her sister and the world's No. 1 player for a 5-under 67 to share the lead at the Drive On Championship.

Former NCAA champion Jennifer Kupcho managed a 67 despite playing most of the back nine with a migraine that blurs her vision. Austin Ernst also had a 67 at Golden Ocala. Read More...

Cops get black box data from Woods' SUV

LOS ANGELES (AP) Detectives are looking at data from the "black box" of Tiger Woods' SUV to get a clearer picture of what occurred during the Southern California rollover crash that seriously injured the golf star, authorities said Wednesday.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said traffic investigators executed a search warrant Monday to retrieve data from the device from the Genesis SUV that Woods was driving. Read More...

Woods comparisons continue for Morikawa

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) The red shirt for Collin Morikawa to wear on Sunday at the Workday Championship never arrived in time.

The comparisons with Tiger Woods keep coming up in other ways. Read More...

Grace wins Puerto Rico with eagle-birdie

RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico (AP) Branden Grace closed eagle-birdie Sunday to win the Puerto Rico Open, an emotional triumph following his father's January death after a month-long fight with the coronavirus.

Grace holed out from a greenside bunker for eagle on the par-4 17th and birdied the par-5 18th for a one-stroke victory over Jhonattan Vegas at windy Grand Reserve. Read More...

Sutherland overtakes Weir for Tucson win

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Kevin Sutherland was not really hitting it well, not making a whole lot putts, yet kept hanging around.

A chip-in birdie on Tucson National's 16th hole changed everything. Read More...

Strafaci, Thompson on US Walker Cup team

FAR HILLS, N.J. (AP) U.S. Amateur champion Tyler Strafaci and top-ranked amateur Davis Thompson are part of the 10-member U.S. team announced Monday that will try to retain the Walker Cup in May against Great Britain & Ireland.

The matches for amateurs will be May 8-9 at Seminole Golf Club in Juno Beach, Florida. Read More...

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