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Golf: Pak shares LPGA lead with Ryu, Kim

Hall-of-Famer Pak Se-Ri and fellow South Koreans Ryu So-Yeon and Kim Hyo-Joo shared the lead on Wednesday after a windy first round of the LPGA Lotte Championship. The Korean trio all carded four-under par 68s at Ko Olina Golf Club, where steady winds of about 15 miles per hour (24.14 Km) were punctuated by gusts of more than 30 mph (48.28 Km/h). The top trio were one stroke in front of Japan's Ayako Uehara, whose 69 put her one shot in front of a group of five players sharing fifth place that included world number one Park In-Bee.

LPGA tourney in S. Korea expands to four rounds

SEOUL, April 17 (Yonhap) -- The only LPGA Tour event held each year in South Korea will expand from three rounds to four rounds starting this year, organizers said on Thursday. The LPGA KEB·HanaBank Championship will be played over 72 holes on the par-72 Ocean Course at Sky72 Golf Club in Incheon, west of Seoul, from Oct. 16 to 19, organizers said in a statement. The purse will also increase from US$1.9 million to $2 million.

Golf: LPGA Lotte Championship scores

Leading first-round scores on Wednesday in the $1.7 million US LPGA Lotte Championship (USA unless noted, x-denotes amateur, par-72): 68 - Kim Hyo-Joo (KOR), Pak Se-Ri (KOR), Ryu So-Yeon (KOR) 69 - Ayako Uehara (JPN) 70 - Amy Anderson, Jang Ha-Na (KOR), x-Lee So-Young (KOR), Park In-Bee (KOR), Michelle Wie 71 - Christel Boeljon (NED), Katie M. Burnett, Pornanong Phatlum (THA), Lindsey Wright (AUS)

Golf: Spieth seeks to shake off Masters disappointment

Jordan Spieth will try to shake off the disappointment of his Sunday fade at the Masters when he tees it up on Thursday at the US PGA Tour's Heritage. The 20-year-old Texan had a two-stroke lead with 11 holes remaining at Augusta National on Sunday, but finished with a level-par 72 that left him tied for second with Jonas Blixt behind Bubba Watson in the year's first major. "It definitely left me stinging," Spieth said. "And it definitely left me hungry and ready to play golf again."

Golf: Players Championship adopts three-hole playoff

The Players Championship is abandoning its sudden-death playoff and switching to a three-hole aggregate playoff in a move that further separates the elite event from other US PGA Tour stops. The plan will go into effect for this year's tournament at TPC Sawgrass in May. Should the final round come down to a playoff, it will take place at holes 16, 17 and 18.

Golf: Park resumes quest for first win of 2014

South Korea's Park In-Bee hopes to celebrate a year atop the women's golf world rankings with her first victory of 2014 in the LPGA Lotte Championship this week. "Obviously the time has gone really fast," Park said. "This was the week I took over the number one spot last year, and a lot of things happened since this week last year.

Golf: Westwood, Oosthuizen headline field in Malaysia

Lee Westwood and Louis Oosthuizen head a trio of former Malaysian Open champions gunning for the title again just days after making weekend runs at the prestigious Masters tournament. England's Westwood and South Africa's Oosthuizen fell short at the Masters but put in respectable showings, while Thailand's Asian Tour stalwart Thongchai Jaidee, a two-time champ in Malaysia, also made the cut at Augusta National Golf Club.

Lackluster finish to 78th Masters after rich early promise

By Mark Lamport-Stokes AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) - The 78th Masters began as one of the most wide open in decades, but it will not go down as a classic after a surprisingly Lackluster finish on Sunday when Bubba Watson clinched his second green jacket. The roars for which the year's first major is famous never materialized on the back nine, mainly due to a scarcity of birdies and eagles, and Watson ultimately eased to victory by three shots.

Why cry? What makes winners like golfer Bubba Watson weep tears of joy?

When golfer Bubba Watson won his first major tournament — the 2012 Masters — the shaggy-haired Floridian dropped his head on his caddy's shoulder and sobbed. On Sunday when Watson claimed his second green jacket at Augusta National, his caddy's shoulder was again subjected to a drenching. Tiger Woods, one of the fiercest competitors in sports, wept profusely after winning the 2006 British Open. Fellow golfer Fred Couples hid his face behind his visor when he lost complete control in a TV interview after winning the 2003 Shell Houston Open.

First 50-plus winner of a major could be around the corner

By Tony Jimenez AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) - The outstanding displays by veteran trio Miguel Angel Jimenez, Bernhard Langer and Fred Couples at the 78th Masters suggest that a 50-something major champion could be just around the corner. American Julius Boros is the oldest winner of a 'Big Four' event, having triumphed in the 1968 U.S. PGA Championship at the age of 48, but his record has been in danger of falling several times in recent years.
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