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Golf: Players get their heads around 'wraparound' season

The US PGA Tour's new "wraparound" schedule has made it harder to figure just where an off-season event like Tiger Woods' World Challenge fits in. Tournament host Woods and first-round leader Zach Johnson are keeping it simple by still considering it a springboard to 2014. "To me, I'm still on the old calendar, so to me this is the end of the year," 14-time major champion Woods said after posting a first-round 71 that left him four behind Johnson on Thursday. The PGA Tour's 2013-2014 season officially opened with the Open in October.

Woods eyes emotional Sherwood farewell

By Mark Lamport-Stokes THOUSAND OAKS, California (Reuters) - Tiger Woods has prepared for an emotional Sunday when his World Challenge golf tournament, which has raised over $25 million for his foundation, will end a successful run of 14 years in California. Every December, an elite field has assembled at the picturesque Sherwood Country Club, nestled in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains, to compete in the Woods-hosted event which will relocate to Florida for next year.

Kirk in command at Sea Island, Simpson lurks

(Reuters) - American Chris Kirk took control of the McGladrey Classic on Friday while world number 19 Webb Simpson was among a pack of four golfers in the clubhouse one shot back before darkness halted second round action. Kirk fired a second consecutive four-under 66 that gave him an eight-under 132 total on the Seaside layout at Sea Island, Georgia, where 18 players were still on the course when darkness halted proceedings for a second straight day.

Golf: McGladrey Classic scores

Leading scores on Thursday in the fog-delayed first round of the USPGA $5.5 million McGladrey Classic (Round halted by darkness, to resume Friday. USA unless noted, par-70): 63 Briny Baird, Brian Gay 65 - Webb Simpson, Kevin Kisner, Noh Seung-Yul (KOR), Kevin Chappell 66 - Scott Langley, Scott Brown, Chris Kirk, Jonathan Byrd, John Senden (AUS), Camilo Villegas (COL), Will MacKenzie

Woods heralds return with spectacular Turkey photoshoot

By Tony Jimenez ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Tiger Woods features in a strokeplay event for the first time in six weeks at the Turkish Airlines Open starting on Thursday and will herald his return by taking part in a spectacular Bosphorus Bridge photoshoot. The world number one is due to arrive in Istanbul by helicopter on Tuesday before becoming the first golfer to hit balls from East to West on the iconic bridge that separates the continents of Europe and Asia.

British Open spots up for grabs in Australia under new system

(Reuters) - Three slots at next year's British Open will be up for grabs at the Australian Open in November as part of a new qualifying system for golf's oldest major championship. The 'Open Qualifying Series', comprising 14 events on different tours around the world, will replace the previous system of staging 36-hole international qualifying tournaments.

Golf: Practice makes perfect for Moore at CIMB Classic

Ryan Moore defeated Gary Woodland in a play-off to win the storm-hit CIMB Classic in Malaysia Monday, crediting a recent four-week break aimed at polishing his game. The two Americans, who were tied on 14-under-par after four rounds on Sunday, were forced to wait overnight for the sudden-death play-off after tournament organisers ran out of time and daylight because of lightning delays. But Moore made short work of it with a birdie on the first hole at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club, a par-five.

Golf: Bradley fades in Malaysia, Mickelson in hunt

Keegan Bradley crumbled in the Malaysian heat to shoot a 76 Saturday and drop to three shots off the pace, while fellow American Phil Mickelson recovered to stay in the hunt. Bradley had seized a four-shot lead on day two of the CIMB Classic on Friday with pinpoint accurate shots in the $7 million PGA Tour event in Malaysia. With just one round left on the narrow Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club course, Ryan Moore returned to the top of the leaderboard, where he was joined by fellow American Chris Stroud.

Golf: Former US Open champ Simpson grabs Las Vegas lead

Webb Simpson, seeking his first US PGA Tour win since his 2012 US Open triumph, fired an eight-under 63 on Friday to take a four-shot halfway lead in the Shriners' Hospitals Open. Webb had nine birdies and one bogey at TPC Summerlin, where his 15-under total of 127 put him four shots in front of a group of five players. American JJ Henry, who held the first-round lead with a sparkling 60, carded an even-par 71 to join the bunch on 131, which also included Australian John Senden (66) and Americans Jeff Overton (68), Chesson Hadley (66) and Jason Bohn (64).

Golf: Koepka stretches Open lead

Brooks Koepka fired a four-under 67 on Saturday to take his lead to two strokes after three rounds of the Open, where he's seeking a first US PGA Tour title. The 23-year-old, who has European Tour status after winning three times this year on Europe's Challenge Tour developmental circuit, had six birdies and two bogeys to build a 54-hole total of 15-under 198, two strokes in front of George McNeill and Jason Kokrak. Kokrak carded a 68 while McNeill climbed the leaderboard with a course-record equaling nine-under par 62 for 200.
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