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Westwood surges clear in Malaysia as Larrazabal dives for cover

(Reuters) - Lee Westwood surged four shots clear at the halfway stage of the European Tour's Malaysian Open on Friday after an eventful second round where Spain's Pablo Larrazabal was forced to dive into a lake to avoid a swarm of hornets. The former world number one Englishman took his two-day total to 13-under after a six-under-par 66 and put himself in prime position to end an almost two-year trophy drought. Filipino Antonio Lascuna and Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts were his nearest challengers at nine-under.

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.

Golf: Spieth, Blixt match Watson for Masters lead

Bubba Watson took a bogey at the par-3 16th to fall into a tie with first-time Masters starters Jordan Spieth and Jonas Blixt late in Saturday's third round at Augusta National. Watson began the back nine with a birdie and followed with five pars but missed a short putt at 16 to stand on five-under par with two holes remaining. Spieth, a 20-year-old American, birdied 14 and 15 and stood on five-under with one hole remaining while Sweden's Blixt birdied 15 and 16 to stand on five-under with two holes to play.

Golf: Blixt, Walker two back to lead Masters rookies

Sweden's Jonas Blixt and Americans Kevin Stadler and Jimmy Walker led a record 24 first-time Masters players by firing two-under par 70s to finish two strokes off the lead Thursday. Not since Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979 has a Masters rookie won the green jacket on his first try, but a fistful of hopefuls put themselves in the early hunt with a solid start at Augusta National. Blixt, who could become the first Swedish man to win a major title, birdied the third hole and then twice followed bogeys with back-to-back birdies to complete the front nine.

Golf: Aussie Bowditch holds on to capture Texas Open

Australia's Steven Bowditch claimed his maiden win on the US PGA tour on Sunday, carding a four-over 76 for a one-shot victory in the Texas Open. The 30-year-old Bowditch tapped in a short bogey putt on the par-five 18th to seal the win over runners-up Will MacKenzie and Daniel Summerhays. The victory earns him a trip to the Masters where his Aussie compatriot Adam Scott is the defending champion.

Golf: Kerr seizes share of Kia Classic lead

Cristie Kerr drained two birdies in her first six holes en route to a two-under 70 to grab a share of the lead after the third round of the Kia Classic on Saturday. Lizette Salas is the co-leader with fellow American Kerr after posting a three-under 69 to reach 10-under 206 in the LPGA Tour event at the Park Hyatt Aviara Golf Club in Carlsbad, California. Salas is seeking her first win on the American Tour. "I have been hitting it pretty fine. I am an adrenaline player, once I get it going I get confident," said veteran Kerr, who is aiming for her 17th US title.

Australian leader Bowditch in new territory in Texas

(Reuters) - Australian Steven Bowditch found himself in unfamiliar territory, leading after the second round of the $6.2 million Texas Open on Friday. Bowditch, buoyed by an early eagle, frittered away a couple of strokes with a double-bogey at his final hole at the TPC San Antonio, but his 67 left him with an eight-under total of 136, one stroke ahead of Americans Chad Collins (66) and Andrew Loupe (70).

Golf: Korean-born Kiwi charges at Puerto Rico Open

New Zealand's Danny Lee fired three consecutive birdies on both the front and back nines Saturday to pull within a stroke of leader Chesson Hadley at the Puerto Rico Open. Hadley shot a bogey-free 67, five-under par, that left the American on 16-under 200 for 54 holes at the $3.5 million (2.5m euros) US PGA Tour event. But Lee, a South Korean-born Kiwi, charged into contention with a 66 to stand on 201, one stroke ahead of Americans Jonathan Byrd and Jason Gore with Sweden's Carl Pettersson and Americans David Toms and Jerry Kelly on 203.

Golf: Korean-born Kiwi charges at Puerto Rico Open

New Zealand's Danny Lee fired three consecutive birdies on both the front and back nines Saturday to pull within a stroke of leader Chesson Hadley at the Puerto Rico Open. Hadley shot a bogey-free 67, five-under par, that left the American on 16-under 200 for 54 holes at the $3.5 million (2.5m euros) US PGA Tour event. But Lee, a South Korean-born Kiwi, charged into contention with a 66 to stand on 201, one stroke ahead of Americans Jonathan Byrd and Jason Gore with Sweden's Carl Pettersson and Americans David Toms and Jerry Kelly on 203.

Golf: Korean-born Kiwi charges at Puerto Rico Open

New Zealand's Danny Lee fired three consecutive birdies on both the front and back nines Saturday to pull within a stroke of leader Chesson Hadley at the Puerto Rico Open. Hadley shot a bogey-free 67, five-under par, that left the American on 16-under 200 for 54 holes at the $3.5 million (2.5m euros) US PGA Tour event. But Lee, a South Korean-born Kiwi, charged into contention with a 66 to stand on 201, one stroke ahead of Americans Jonathan Byrd and Jason Gore with Sweden's Carl Pettersson and Americans David Toms and Jerry Kelly on 203.
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