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Donald defends Honda title at new venue

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SYDNEY (AP) On the eve of the Australian Open - and their first tournament together since September - Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott were doing their best Wednesday to sound like a mutual admiration society.

Shortly after they played off the same tee in a pro-am at The Australian Golf Club, McIlroy credited Scott with giving him the confidence to have the 2014 that he's had - two majors and winner of the European Tour's Race to Dubai. And those are just the highlights.

McIlroy won last year's Australian Open with a birdie on the 18th hole at Royal Sydney, relegating Scott to second. While Scott has jokingly referred to McIlroy in the meantime as a "thorn in my side," he says the Northern Irishman "has inspired me to work harder."


Rio wins Olympic course legal battle

SAO PAULO (AP) A Rio de Janeiro judge has denied a request from prosecutors to halt construction of the Olympic golf course because of environmental concerns, curtailing fears that the venue won't be ready in time for test events.

Judge Eduardo Antonio Klausner said in his decision on Wednesday that there is "no new fact justifying ... a halt in the implementation of the golf course for the Olympics." Read More...

Woods at 5-year mark of holiday accident

(AP) -- Any mention of golf during the week of Thanksgiving used to be about the Skins Game.

Now it's hard not to think about Tiger Woods. Read More...

More seeds planted for global tour

(AP) -- The PGA Tour has small circuits in Latin America, Canada and China. Commissioner Tim Finchem spoke in 2010 about golf heading toward a "world tour," even though he wasn't sure what it would look like or when it would all come together.

It's worth paying attention to the activity of players over the last month. Read More...

Lewis sweeps 3 biggest LPGA awards

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) Stacy Lewis became the first American in 21 years to sweep the three biggest awards on the LPGA Tour, which she considered more valuable than a $1 million bonus.

Lewis closed with a 1-under 71 in the CME Group Tour Championship on Sunday, tied for ninth in the LPGA Tour finale. But it was enough for her to win LPGA Tour player of the year for the second time in three seasons. She also won the Vare Trophy for the lowest scoring average and the money title. Read More...

Ko wins LPGA finale, claims $1M bonus

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) New Zealand teenager Lydia Ko was an instant millionaire even before she went into a three-way playoff Sunday in the CME Group Tour Championship.

She finished off her rookie season in style.

Stenson repeats as World Tour champion

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Henrik Stenson birdied the last two holes Sunday to successfully defend his DP World Tour Championship title at the European Tour's season-ending event.

Stenson shot a final round 2-under 70 to win by two strokes with an overall 16-under 272 on the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates. Read More...

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