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Casey leads Johnson by 1 at Innisbrook

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PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) The final hour changed the dynamics of the Valspar Championship, just not the lead.

That still belongs to defending champion Paul Casey, and he saw only the upside of having his three-shot margin shrink to one, and going from a final round pairing with a player who is 0 for 195 on the PGA Tour to playing alongside the No. 1 player in the world.

On a Saturday at Innisbrook that began with all 70 players who made the cut still very much in the mix, Casey surged to a three-shot lead until a bogey on the 18th hole for a 3-under 68 that left him one shot ahead of Dustin Johnson.


Hend rallies to win Maybank in playoff

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) Scott Hend of Australia closed with a 5-under 67, had to wait nearly two hours to see if it would be good enough, and then made a 3-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to win the Maybank Championship on Sunday.

Hend was one shot ahead of overnight leader Nacho Elvira when the Spaniard needed a birdie on the par-5 18th to force a playoff. As he was hitting his short pitch, a loud clap of thunder caused him to hit the shot some 30 feet short. The storm led to a delay of 1 hour, 40 minutes, and Elvira returned to hole the birdie putt for a 70. Read More...

Liu shoots 65, goes up 1 at Founders Cup

PHOENIX (AP) Yu Liu got through a stressful final-group pairing Saturday to take the Founders Cup lead, outplaying top-ranked Sung Hyun Park. She'll have do it again Sunday, this time alongside Carlota Ciganda, to win her first LPGA Tour title.

Liu shot a 7-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead over Ciganda into the final round at low-scoring Desert Ridge, while Park struggled with bogeys and missed birdie chances to drop four shots behind, Read More...

Reed brings in Leadbetter to check swing

PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) Patrick Reed hasn't finished in the top 10 in nine starts this year, is three weeks away from defending his title in the Masters and was seen Friday morning working on the range with swing coach David Leadbetter.

Reed said it was simply a product of his coach, Kevin Kirk, not being at the Valspar Championship. Read More...

Garrigus gets 1st ban for drug of abuse

PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) Robert Garrigus became the first PGA Tour player suspended for a drug of abuse, saying on Twitter that he had a relapse with marijuana.

The tour announced Friday that the 41-year-old Garrigus, whose only PGA Tour victory was at Disney at the end of the 2010 season, has been suspended for three months under the conduct policy that applies to substances of abuse. Read More...

Ex-President Bush has ace at Nelson site

DALLAS (AP) Former President George W. Bush has made a hole-in-one at a Dallas course that will soon host his institute's Warrior Open honoring wounded U.S. military personnel.

A photo posted Wednesday on Bush's Instagram account shows the beaming 43rd U.S. president holding a golf ball on the par-3 12th green of Trinity Forest Golf Club. Read More...

Els names asst. Presidents Cup captains

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) International team captain Ernie Els has named K.J. Choi, Trevor Immelman and Mike Weir as his final three assistants for this year's Presidents Cup.

Els had already named Geoff Ogilvy as one of his assistant captains for the event at Royal Melbourne from Dec. 9-15. Read More...

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