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Spieth sets bar high at Australian Open

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Jordan Spieth has another tough act to follow at the Australian Open.

Spieth won the tournament in 2014 in his first appearance Down Under when it was played at The Australian Golf Club in Sydney. He won it again in 2016 in a playoff at Royal Sydney, a year after finishing tied for second with Adam Scott and a shot behind winner Matt Jones at The Australian.

Beginning Thursday at The Australian, Spieth will attempt to make it three Australian Open titles in four appearances. Jason Day, playing back home in Australia for the first time in four years, is his major opponent.

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Fleetwood crowned Race to Dubai champ

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Tommy Fleetwood won the Race to Dubai and the right to be called the top golfer in Europe after a tense battle with Justin Rose that was ultimately decided on the final green of the season on Sunday.

Rose, seemingly in cruise control after 11 holes as he opened up a one-shot lead atop of the leaderboard on 19-under par, then wobbled and made bogeys on the 12th, 14th and 16th holes on the Earth course of Jumeirah Golf Estates. Read More...

Thompson misses out on year of dominance

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) Lexi Thompson doesn't have two long months to ponder how her season ended.

She gets two weeks. Read More...

Ko endures 1st season without LPGA win

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) Lydia Ko blasted out from in front of the steep edge of a bunker and raised her arms playfully when it dropped for par. She ended the first round of the CME Group Tour Championship one shot out of the lead, and she looked like the Ko of old.

Her comments immediately after the round spoke to what kind of year it was. Read More...

Cook wins RSM Classic, earns Masters bid

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) Austin Cook was chased by proven PGA Tour winners all day at the RSM Classic.

Now the Arkansas player is one of them. Read More...

Thompson fades as Jutanugarn wins finale

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) Lexi Thompson never had a putt so short that was potentially worth so much.

She had a one-shot lead when she settled over a 2-foot par putt on the final hole Sunday at the CME Group Tour Championship. A victory would be worth $500,000 in prize money and $1 million in a bonus. She would win LPGA player of the year and the Vare Trophy for the lowest scoring average. Read More...

Country singer to play Nashville event

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Country singer Jake Owen will play in the Web.com Tour's Nashville Golf Open next May on a sponsor's exemption.

Owen, who has played in several PGA Tour pro-ams, will compete as an amateur. The exemption was announced Monday. Read More...

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