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Fowler rules HSBC meet

Abu Dhabi — Rickie Fowler won his fourth title since May last year, producing magical shots en route to clinching the $2.7 million Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship on Sunday. The world No. 6 had taken the outright lead when third round play was completed early Sunday morning, and then protected his lead with solid play and pulling off crunch shots when needed most. He finished with a three-under par 69 round for a four-day tally of 16-under par 272, one better than long-hitting Belgian Thomas Pieters, who closed with a five-under par 67. World No. 3 Rory McIlroy (68) made an eagle on the 18th hole and world number five Henrik Stenson (67) made three birdies in his last four holes to finish on 14-under par 274, but that was never going …

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Inter-school nat’l finals start today

Qualifiers from 42 schools all over the country compete in the national finals of the ICTSI-JGFP starting today at the Player course of the Orchard Golf and Country Club in Dasmariñas, Cavite. Seeing action in the 36-hole event backed by the International Container Terminal Services, Inc. and organized by the Junior Golf Foundation of the Philippines are 140 participants making up the survivors of various qualifiers in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. There are eight schools from the Visayas and four from Mindanao in the field dominated by 30 schools in Luzon, making it one of the biggest legs in the jungolf calendar of events also supported by Philippine Golf Foundation, Philippine Airlines and Inquirer Golf. To be disputed are the team and individual awards in the Seniors, Juniors, Aspirants 1 and Aspirants 2 …

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Spieth stays grounded

Honolulu  —  To compare Jordan Spieth with Tiger Woods is not a mistake because Spieth does it all the time. That’s what keeps him grounded. And don’t be shy about throwing Phil Mickelson into that conversation. Spieth thinks a lot about Lefty, too. As he walked toward a Maui sunset with a lei around his neck and the silver trophy in his hand from an eight-shot victory in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, Spieth was asked what kept him from getting a big head. It would be hard to fault him. In the last 10 months, the 22-year-old Texan has won the Masters and the U.S. Open, pursued the calendar Grand Slam like no one before, crossed $20 million in career PGA Tour earnings and established himself as No. 1 in the world. He has …

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Spieth starts year with rousing win in Hawaii

Kapalua, Hawaii — Jordan Spieth claimed his seventh PGA Tour title, routing the field to win the Tournament of Champions and match Tiger Woods for the most career wins before the age of 23. The 22-year-old Texan fired a closing round of six-under 6 on Sunday, capping an incredible week of precision golf to win by eight strokes. He finished at 30-under 262, becoming just the second player in history to hit that magic 30 number. It may be his first USPGA Tour tournament of 2016, but Spieth has picked up right where he left off last year when he won two majors and five titles. He also finished runner-up at the PGA Championship and fourth at the British Open. The reigning Masters and US Open champion is pleased with his start to the …

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Spieth pads lead to 5 after shooting a 65

Los Angeles — World No. 1 Jordan Spieth is showing no sign of rust, closing with an eagle Saturday to extend his lead to five shots at the US PGA Tour Tournament of Champions. The 22-year-old Texan continued his brilliant putting in the third round, firing an eight-under 65 to reach 24-under 195 at the Plantation Course at Kapalua. “I was glad to get that last putt into the hole to give me a confidence boost for tomorrow,” Spieth said. “This is as far under par as I have ever been after 54 holes.” Spieth is well positioned for his seventh US PGA Tour title which would equal the total that Tiger Woods achieved before turning 23. Horton Smith, who won 14 times from 1928-30, is the only other golfer to have more victories before …

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Spieth, Day resume rivalry in Hawaii

Kapalua, United States — World No. 1 Jordan Spieth and Filipino-Australian superstar Jason Day will resume their thrilling rivalry on Thursday as the first PGA Tour event of 2016 tees off in Hawaii at the $5.9-million Hyundai Tournament of Champions. Spieth launches his 2016 campaign determined to extend his scintillating run of form from last season, when he won the Masters and the US Open, finished fourth in the British Open and second in the US PGA Championship. The Texan arrived in Hawaii relaxed after a three-week break – and revealed he is not attaching any significance to the advent of the new year. “I'm not even thinking of it as a new year,” Spieth told reporters. “I'm just thinking that we had a three-week break and we're just continuing to hopefully stay …

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Tabuena gets boost before playing in PGA Tour

On the strength of his conquest of the Philippine Open last month, fast-rising Miguel Tabuena has been voted as Hilton Asian Tour Golfer of the Month (December 2015). “Winning the Philippine Open was a huge victory for my career last month,” said the 21-year-old Tabuena. “And knowing that I’ve won the Hilton Asian Tour Golfer of the Month has given me the motivation to do even better now,” he said. Tabuena’s triumph made him the first Filipino since 2008 to capture top honors in a foreign-flavored Philippine Open, which is the country’s most prestigious event. “I’m happy that my hard work has not gone unnoticed by my fans and I’ll continue to work harder in 2016. Without God, none of my success would be possible and I can't wait to see what He has …

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