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Braden Thornberry wins a U.S. Amateur match to remember at Riviera

By Mark Whicker|

Ricky Castillo, youngest player left in U.S. Amateur Championship field, reaches Round of 32

PACIFIC PALISADES >> It was no bother for Derek Castillo to be Ricky Castillo’s prideful older brother Wednesday. As the family gallery nervously moved hole by hole at Riviera Country Club during the first day of match play at the 1...

By Tom Hoffarth|

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    PGA Championship: Many praise the chance to wear shorts in practice

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. >> Lucas Glover walked off the 18th fairway at Quail Hollow still feeling slightly underdressed. He wasn’t alone. “I don’t recognize some of these guys out here, and I’m sure they probably don’t recognize me either,” Glover said. For the first time in its 99-year history, the PGA Championship allowed players to wear shorts during practice rounds this week, in part to combat the August heat in North Carolina.

    By Steve Reed The Associated Press|

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    El Rivino heads list of top-10 defunct courses in the Inland area

    The words aren’t synonyms, but they could be. El Rivino. Par-6. “I had never seen a par-6 before,” said longtime San Bernardino Golf Club pro Frank Hillpot, who worked at El Rivino from 2000 to 2002. “So it was definitely interesting.” Perhaps still one of the more well-known holes in the Inland Empire, the No. 1 hole at El Rivino Country Club and the entire course itself ranks as the top defunct course in the Inland area. As the game and...

    By Landon Negri lnegri@scng.com|

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    Pieters, Zach Johnson share lead at Bridgestone Invitational

    Thomas Pieters ended a roller-coaster round with a 30-foot birdie putt for a 4-under 66 that gave him a share of the lead with Zach Johnson going into the final round of the Bridgestone Invitational at Akron, Ohio. Pieters built a big lead early with five birdies on his opening eight holes at Firestone, only to run into trouble off the tee. He made only three pars over his last 11 holes and wound up with his best chance yet to win in America. Johnson, who hasn’t won since...

    By The Associated Press|

  • Golf

    Jimmy Walker shines despite rainy weather

    By The Associated Press Jimmy Walker endured rain delays of nearly five hours and shot a 5-under 65 on Friday to build a two-shot lead at the Bridgestone Invitational at Akron, Ohio. Walker finally saw some good results in a year marked by coping with Lyme disease and bouts of fatigue. The timing couldn’t be better for Walker, who defends his PGA Championship title next week. He made birdie from short range on both par 3s on the back nine at Firestone and finished...

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  • Golf

    Thomas Pieters takes 1-shot lead at Firestone

    Rory McIlroy had his best friend on the bag and his best start on American soil in 18 months. For Jordan Spieth, it was more of the same with two long putts and another comment filled with bravado directed at his caddie. Both of them opened with a 3-under 67 at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational, leaving them two shots behind Thomas Pieters of Belgium at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. Pieters, playing only for the sixth time since he challenged briefly at the Masters this...

    By The Associated Press|

  • Golf

    Birdie run gives Charley Hoffman third-round RBC lead

    Charley Hoffman birdied the final hole for a 7-under 65 on Saturday at Glen Abbey to take a one-stroke lead into the final round of the RBC Canadian Open at Oakville, Ontario. The 40-year-old Hoffman had six birdies in a seven-hole stretch that ended on No. 15, bogeyed the par-4 17th and rebounded with the two-putt birdie on the par-5 18th. Hoffman had a 17-under 199 total. He won the Texas Open last year for his fourth PGA Tour title. Kevin Chappell was second. He bogeyed...

    By The Associated Press|

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    Jordan Spieth’s big finish nets British Open championship

    SOUTHPORT, England >> During one of Jordan Spieth’s many low points Sunday in the British Open, his caddie reminded him of a photo from a Mexico beach holiday two weeks ago that showed him in All-Star company that included Michael Phelps and Michael Jordan. The message: “You belong in that group.” Spieth left little doubt with a closing performance that ranks among the greatest finishes in major championship history. Trailing for the first time...

    By Doug Ferguson The Associated Press|

  • Golf

    British Open: Branden Grace’s 62 a major accomplishment

    SOUTHPORT, England >> Branden Grace posted the lowest 18-hole score in 157 years and 422 major championships, and he didn’t even know it. He knocked in his short par putt on the final hole at Royal Birkdale for a 62 when his caddie, Zack Raswego, walked up to him and said, “You’re in the history books.” Grace didn’t know what he meant. The 29-year-old South African was so locked in on a flawless round Saturday at the British Open...

    By Doug Ferguson The Associated Press|

  • British Open Golf

    Jordan Spieth ups lead while Grace enjoys record round

    SOUTHPORT, England >> Jordan Spieth is one round away from the third leg of the career Grand Slam, and one year removed from a reminder that it won’t be easy. On the horizon is a chance to join Jack Nicklaus as the only players to win three different majors at age 23. In the past was his last time leading a major, when he let a five-shot lead get away from him on the back nine a year ago at Augusta National. All that mattered to him was the present. Spieth did...

    By Doug Ferguson The Associated Press|

  • British Open Golf

    A scolding, and a comeback, for Rory McIlroy

    SOUTHPORT, England >> Rory McIlroy didn’t need another scolding from his caddie or a reminder of what he had to do. By the time he arrived for his second round on a blustery day at Royal Birkdale, he had a good idea what this British Open is all about, and somewhat of an idea what he is all about. The day before, caddie J.P. Fitzgerald had to give him a good talking to on the sixth tee to remind him about both. “You’re Rory McIlroy, what are you...

    The Associated Press|

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