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Garcia cards 66, sits 2 back in Portugal

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VILAMOURA, Portugal (AP) Sergio Garcia shot a 5-under 66 and was two strokes off the first-round lead at the Portugal Masters on Thursday as the Spanish golfer looked to find some form in his final event before next week's Ryder Cup.

He is one of four wild-card selections by European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn, who kept faith with the 2017 Masters champion despite Garcia only having one top-10 finish since April.

English pair Eddie Pepperell and Matt Wallace, who both missed out on a pick from Bjorn, shared the lead after bogey-free rounds of 64 at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course.

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US aims to end drought on European soil

Another trip across the Atlantic turned into another failure for the Americans in the Ryder Cup. At least on paper.

What emerged that Sunday night after their 16+-11+ loss to Europe four years ago in Scotland was enough frustration, mainly from Phil Mickelson, to overhaul a broken system. It brought Mickelson and Tiger Woods closer together in the search for a winning formula. It led to players having more input in picking their captain and forming their team. The hope was that it would create more continuity. Read More...

Woods proud to be back at East Lake

ATLANTA (AP) Tiger Woods is facing long odds of capturing the FedEx Cup and the $10 million bonus.

That's all relative this year. Read More...

Iowa State holds vigil for slain golfer

AMES, Iowa (AP) Teammates and others who knew an Iowa State University student-athlete who was killed this week while playing golf near the campus shared stories about her and lit candles in her memory.

The vigil Wednesday evening to remember 22-year-old Celia Barquin Arozamena drew a large crowd north of the Campanile, a bell tower on the Ames campus. Several speakers, including women's golf coach Christie Martens, talked about the star golfer from Spain. Read More...

FedEx Cup to offer $15M to 2019 winner

ATLANTA (AP) The bonus pool for the PGA Tour postseason doubles next year to $70 million in a revamped system that gives a head start to top players at the Tour Championship and pays $15 million to the FedEx Cup champion.

PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan said Tuesday the changes were designed to make the FedEx Cup finale easier for fans to understand and to avoid the potential for separate winners of the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup. Read More...

Congressional to host Ryder Cup in 2036

The PGA of America is bringing its biggest championships to Congressional over the next two decades.

Nearly three months after the PGA Tour ended another run outside golf-rich Washington, the PGA of America announced an agreement for the club to host the Women's PGA Championship twice, the Senior PGA Championship twice, the PGA Championship (2031) and the Ryder Cup (2036). Read More...

Stanford wins Evian for 1st major title

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France (AP) In her 18th year on tour, after a wild and tearful final few holes, Angela Stanford became a major tournament champion Sunday.

It was a long journey to an unlikely one-shot victory at the Evian Championship for a player who believed as a rookie in 2001 that major titles would come sooner than her 40th birthday - and probably not in France. Read More...

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