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McIlroy trying to play 'controlled' game

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Rory McIlroy made it something of a ritual to write his goals for the season on the back of his boarding pass on the flight to the Middle East for his first tournament of the year.

Gone, though, are the days when he might jot down the name and number of tournaments he wanted to win.

For McIlroy, it's now about smaller objectives that are more in his control. And to see the bigger picture, he's used the player he has called his hero growing up, Tiger Woods, as a benchmark.

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Matsuyama rallies from 5 down, wins Sony

HONOLULU (AP) Five shots behind at the turn, Hideki Matsuyama figured all he could do was keep his head down and try to stay in the game Sunday in the Sony Open.

And when he finally looked up, he couldn't see one of the best shots of his career. Read More...

PGA to join LPGA in majors money boost?

HONOLULU (AP) The U.S. Women's Open is nearly doubling its prize money to $10 million, an announcement that was celebrated across golf and genders.

The LPGA Tour this week starts its 73rd season of running a league all on its own, and no one begrudges the players finally getting paid big money for its biggest major, or the plan for them to play at storied courses. Read More...

Golf goes to Netflix, has competition

HONOLULU (AP) Formula One racing got a huge boost in interest in North America through the Netflix series "Drive to Survive."

Netflix now is expanding to a documentary series on golf, with the PGA Tour and the organizers of the four major championships granting access for a behind-the-scenes look. Among those who have signed up (without pay) to participate are multiple major champions like Jordan Spieth, Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson and Collin Morikawa. Also on the list are Max Homa and Joel Dahmen, who have revealed their personalities through various social media. Read More...

Kuchar skeptical about 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. Read More...

Morgan wins Australian PGA, breaks mark

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) Jed Morgan has made his fourth tournament as a professional a memorable one.

Morgan dominated his rivals at the Australian PGA championship to shoot a final-round 3-under 69 and win the tournament at his home Royal Queensland Golf Club by 11 strokes. Read More...

Watson to be honorary Masters starter

Six years after Tom Watson played the Masters for the 43rd time, the two-time champion returns in April to hit the ceremonial tee shot alongside Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player.

Watson, who held off Nicklaus in his Masters victories in 1977 and 1981, becomes the 11th player to be an honorary starter dating to 1963. Read More...

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