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McIlroy making comeback in Abu Dhabi

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ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) After a long layoff from golf, Rory McIlroy has some newfound sympathy for Tiger Woods.

The 28-year-old Northern Irishman is making a comeback at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship after ending his season early last year. He has not played a round since the final day of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on Oct. 8.

McIlroy, a four-time major champion who has slipped to No. 11 in the world rankings, last won the Tour Championship on the PGA Tour in September 2016. He injured a rib in his first outing of 2017 - at the South African Open - and felt its after-effects throughout the year.

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Palmer eager for 2018 after trying year

HONOLULU (AP) Ryan Palmer couldn't wait for 2018 to arrive.

It began with an up-and-down week at the Sony Open - a 64 sandwiched between a pair of 71s, and a tie for 58th - though his mood was decidedly steadier. Palmer was in good spirits when he arrived and nothing on the scorecard was going to change that. Read More...

Kizzire wins Sony Open in 6-hole playoff

HONOLULU (AP) Patton Kizzire figured he was in for a long day when his putting stroke wasn't up to his standards.

He just wasn't expecting the Sony Open to go this long. Read More...

Golf Channel cameramen walk out on work

HONOLULU (AP) Union workers for video and audio production at Golf Channel events walked out Sunday over stalled contract negotiations, leading to limited coverage of the final round at the Sony Open and two other events in the Bahamas and Florida.

Golf Channel said it has been negotiating an agreement for nine months with International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, a union for tournament technicians at golf tournaments, such as the camera crew. Read More...

Paisley wins SA Cup for first Euro title

JOHANNESBURG (AP) With his wife as his caddie, Chris Paisley beat the challenge of home favorite Branden Grace to win the South African Open by three shots on Sunday and claim a first European Tour title.

Ahead by one overnight, Paisley increased the gap at the top with a final-round 6-under-par 66 at Glendower Golf Club in Johannesburg to finish 21 under overall. The Englishman made six birdies and didn't drop a shot in a flawless finish on the way to his breakthrough win on the tour. Read More...

Rising Kizzire making up for lost time

HONOLULU (AP) Patton Kizzire never lost his cool even in the midst of a wild week on Oahu he won't soon forget.

He woke up Saturday morning to a push alert about a ballistic missile strike on Hawaii that turned out to be a false alarm. Read More...

Europe beats Asia to win EurAsia Cup

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) Europe retained the EurAsia Cup after putting on a sensational showing on the final day to tame Asia 14 to 10, courtesy of eight wins in the 12 singles matches on Sunday.

Asia had led by a slim margin coming into the individual play, but they were soundly beaten by the Europeans, who are using the match play tournament as a dress rehearsal for the Ryder Cup later this year. Read More...

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