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South Korean amateur Lee seals Masters spot

(Reuters) - South Korean amateur Lee Chang-woo sealed a spot at next year's U.S. Masters with a three-stroke triumph in the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship in northeast China on Sunday. The 19-year-old Lee, who finished tied for second alongside Rory McIlroy at last week's Korea Open, carded a final round one-under 70 for a three-under total at the Nanshan International Golf Club, well clear of Shohei Hasegawa of Japan.

Fernandez-Castano survives late scare to win in Shanghai

(Reuters) - Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano survived a late scare when he found two bunkers on the way to a double-bogey six on the last but the Spaniard had enough of a cushion to complete a one-stroke victory at the BMW Masters in Shanghai on Sunday. The 32-year-old teed off a stroke behind the leaders in the final round and gained six shots over 17 holes in a flawless display before his final hole struggles.

Golf: Upbeat McIlroy finds driving touch, Americans shine

Former world number one Rory McIlroy showed he was getting back to near his best as he made a solid start to the $7 million BMW Masters in testing, blustery conditions in Shanghai on Thursday. An upbeat McIlroy, who finished second in the Korea Open last week, was in the mood from the first tee, driving unerringly long and straight as he recorded four birdies and three bogeys in a first-round one-under par 71 to be firmly in contention.

Golf: Fowler says McIlroy will come back stronger

Rickie Fowler tipped Rory McIlroy on Wednesday to emerge stronger after his struggles this year as soon he regains his confidence on the golf course. The young American said he didn't doubt that McIlroy, the former world number one who slumped after taking up a lucrative equipment endorsement, would get back to his best. "I think he'll be fine," Fowler said of his 24-year-old contemporary, ahead of this week's $7 million CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur. "He's a great player and he's very talented. I know he had a good finish last week. Golf is a game of confidence.

Kang claims controversial Korea title, McIlroy tied second

(Reuters) - The Korea Open finished in bizarre circumstances on Sunday with Kang Sung-hoon celebrating a one-shot victory after a controversial penalty for Kim Hyung-tae and poor putting by Rory McIlroy ended their title hopes. Overnight leader Kim was on course for victory standing on the 17th tee but was told by an official he had been penalized two strokes for grounding a club in an area deemed to be a hazard on the 13th hole. The South Korean then bogeyed the 17th and could only par the 18th to miss out on the OneAsia title.

Kang Sung-hoon captures Korea Open golf title as McIlroy ends in second

CHEONAN, South Korea, Oct. 20 (Yonhap) -- South Korean Kang Sung-hoon captured the national men's golf championship here on Sunday, aided in part by penalty strokes imposed on his rival. Kang took the Kolon Korea Open at 4-under 280, after shooting a 2-under 69 at the par-71 Woo Jeong Hills Country Club in Cheonan, about 90 kilometers south of Seoul. He cashed in 300 million won ($US282,900) in the winner's check. Kang had also won the CJ Invitational, a domestic tour event hosted by the South Korean PGA Tour veteran Choi Kyoung-ju, a week earlier.

Golf: McIlroy finishes second at Korea Open with late surge

Former world number one Rory McIlroy made a belated charge to finish tied second at the Kolon Korean Open on Sunday. The two-time major champ shot a four-under 67 at the $1 million OneAsia event, held on the par-71 Woo Jeong Hills Country Club, south of Seoul. He put together his best round of the tournament with four birdies, one eagle and one bogey. The Northern Irish star ended in second place with four others at three-under 281, one stroke behind the champion Kang Sung-Hoon of South Korea.

S. Korean veteran opens first round lead at national golf championship

CHEONAN, South Korea, Oct. 17 (Yonhap) -- South Korean veteran Jang Ik-jae shot a 4-under 67 to open a one-stroke lead after the first round play at the Kolon Korea Open golf tournament here on Thursday. The 40-year-old enjoyed a bogey-free round that included an eagle on the par-4 10th hole, along with two birdies at the par-71 Woo Jeong Hills Country Club in Cheonan, 90 kilometers south of Seoul in South Chungcheong Province.

Golf: McIlroy seeks 'solace' and form at Korea Open

Troubled former world number one Rory McIlroy admitted he was "seeking solace" as he prepared to begin a lucrative three-week Asian swing at the Kolon Korea Open on Thursday. McIlroy competes at the $1 million OneAsia Tour event at Woo Jeong Hills Country Club, south of Seoul, having taken a month off since failing to qualify for the USPGA Tour Championship.

McIlroy tightlipped over Wozniacki, eyes 2013 win

By Narae Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - Rory McIlroy laid the blame for a winless 2013 on mental and mechanical issues on Tuesday, saying his struggles had nothing to do with an equipment switch, but the former world number one refused to open up on reports of a split with Caroline Wozniacki. McIlroy, speaking at a news conference in Seoul ahead of this week's Korea Open, deflected questions about his relationship with the Danish tennis player amid reports the high-profile pair had broken up.
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