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Kuchar skeptical about PGA players needing overseas releases

HONOLULU (AP) — Matt Kuchar is not up to speed on the PGA Tour’s guideline for granting releases to play in a conflicting events, mainly because it has never been an issue for him.

Not that he doesn’t love to travel. Kuchar played the Scottish Open and Dutch Open during his first full year on tour 20 years ago. Since then, he has played in Singapore and Fiji, Abu Dhabi and France. Only four years ago, he played three regular European tour events.

The PGA Tour guideline states players “ordinarily” get three releases for every 15 times they play on the PGA Tour. Kuchar has never needed . . .

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Kapalua means time for Rahm and Cantlay to get back to work

KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) — The sweeping views of the Pacific beyond the lush landscape of Kapalua put the soul at ease and can make the first PGA Tour event of the year feel like part work, part vacation.

Patrick Cantlay and Jon Rahm have had enough of the latter.

Rahm, the No. 1 player in the world, will have gone 83 days since he last hit a shot that counted when he tees off Thursday in the Sentry Tournament of Champions.

He shot 74 to miss the cut in the Andalucia Masters three weeks after the Ryder Cup and was so fried that he said, “This is the first time in my . . .

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Furyk recovers from rough start to win US Senior Open by 3

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Jim Furyk recovered from a rough start Sunday in the final round of the U.S. Senior Open to hold off Retief Goosen and Mike Weir by three strokes.

Making his debut in the event, Furyk closed with a 1-over 71 to become the eighth player to win both the U.S. Open and Senior Open, joining the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino, Billy Casper and Gary Player.

Furyk finished at 7-under 273 at Omaha Country Club. He won the regular Open in 2003, is a 17-time winner on the PGA Tour and won his first two PGA Tour Champions events upon . . .

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Glover with a 64 at John Deere ends 10 years without a win

SILVIS, Ill. (AP) — Lucas Glover made his third straight birdie and knew winning the John Deere Classic was in reach with a one-shot lead and four holes to go.

But this was not the time to be thinking about ending 10 years without a PGA Tour trophy. Conditions were too soft and pure. There were too many birdies to be made, and too many players behind him.

“Push, push, push,” Glover said. “And I think that kept me from getting complacent, kept me from getting too nervy, because . . .

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South Africa’s Higgo wins Palmetto Championship at Congaree

RIDGELAND, S.C. (AP) — Garrick Higgo’s day began with a call from South African golfing great Gary Player. It ended in triumph just like so many of Player’s Sundays did in his Hall of Fame career.

The 22-year-old Higgo won the Palmetto Championship at Congaree for his first career victory on the PGA Tour, taking the tournament after leader Chesson Hadley squandered a two-shot lead with bogeys on his final three holes.

The 85-year-old Player told his rising, young countryman not to worry about trailing leader Chesson Hadley by . . .

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Mickelson tries to focus at Colonial after historic PGA win

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Phil Mickelson allowed himself to get distracted for a couple of days after his victory at the PGA Championship, taking some time to relish the historic achievement of becoming the oldest player to win a major.

“Because when I’m doing it, I’m not fully aware because I’m so in the moment,” Mickelson said Wednesday.

Now Lefty is trying to get his focus back on playing. Only four days after raising the Wanamaker Trophy, after not winning on the PGA Tour in more than two years, the 50-year-old Mickelson is set to . . .

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