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Simpson shoots 7-under 65 for RSM lead

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ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) Webb Simpson birdied seven of his last 10 holes at the Plantation Course on Thursday for a 7-under 65 and the first-round lead in the RSM Classic, the final PGA Tour event of the year.

The top-ranked player in the field at No. 12, Simpson is coming off a six-week break since tying for seventh in Las Vegas.

"I only have a week off before Tiger's tournament and we leave from there for the Presidents Cup, so I've had my time off," Simpson said. "I've been home a lot lately, so it's nice to get back at it."

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Rahm opens with 66 in Race to Dubai

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Out of the running for the Race to Dubai title, Rory McIlroy still forced his way onto center stage at the season-ending World Tour Championship on Thursday by producing one of his greatest shots of the year.

McIlroy flushed a 3-wood from 291 yards with his second shot at the par-5 18th hole on the Earth Course, the ball settling five feet from the cup. He rolled in the eagle putt for an 8-under 64, leaving the second-ranked McIlroy a stroke off the lead held by ailing Frenchman Mike Lorenzo-Vera. Read More...

Sei Young Kim opens with 2-shot lead

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) Sei Young Kim set a goal of winning three times this year on the LPGA Tour, and she’s down to her last chance.

Reaching the goal would pay off big at the CME Group Tour Championship. Read More...

Koepka withdraws from Presidents Cup

Brooks Koepka’s knee injury is bad enough that he withdrew from the Presidents Cup three weeks before it begins.

Koepka, the No. 1 player in the world who led all qualifiers for the American team, said Wednesday the injury he suffered Oct. 18 at the CJ Cup in South Korea is not recovering well enough for him to complete Dec. 12-15 at Royal Melbourne in Australia. Read More...

Whan inks extension as LPGA commissioner

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) Mike Whan pulled the LPGA Tour out of a deep hole when he took over as a commissioner nine years ago, and he’s not finished yet.

Whan has signed what the LPGA described only as a long-term contract extension that keeps him in charge as women’s golf tries to expand its exposure through a new television deal being negotiated. Read More...

Kupcho’s successful year comes to an end

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) The goal for Jennifer Kupcho was to get to the CME Group Tour Championship. Now that she’s here, a big part of her can’t wait for it to end.

Even for a 22-year-old fresh out of college, Kupcho has every reason to be worn out. Read More...

Todd wins Mayakoba for 2nd title in row

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico (AP) Two tournaments, two victories.

They didn't make Brendon Todd forget about the dark years, when he had the full yips so bad he didn't know where the ball was going and made only two cuts in 35 events he played over three years. Read More...

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