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Rahm, Thomas, Schenk share Farmers lead

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SAN DIEGO (AP) Top-ranked Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas made the birdies they needed to keep pace on the easier North Course at Torrey Pines on Thursday and shared the lead with hard-charging Adam Schenk after two rounds of the Farmers Insurance Open.

Schenk made eight straight birdies to shoot a career-low, 10-under 62, also on the North Course, and joined Rahm (65) and Thomas (63) at 13-under 131.

The 30-year-old Schenk, who grew up on an Indiana sod farm, started his impressive run of birdies on the fourth hole and ended it on No. 11. He also birdied Nos. 16 and 17 in his bogey-free round.


Ko builds on rise with 63, leads by 2

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) Lydia Ko keeps taking steps toward the top of women's golf again, making birdies on half of her holes for a 9-under 63 Thursday and a two-shot lead over Danielle Kang in the Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio.

Ko has been winning on the LPGA Tour for so long - she won her first title as a 15-year-old - that it's easy to forget she is only 24. Read More...

Hansen leads in Dubai as Morikawa fades

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Chip-ins from Rory McIlroy and Tyrrell Hatton fueled their surge into contention at the Dubai Desert Classic on Friday.

The player they'll try to catch over the weekend is Justin Harding, whose own spectacular shot in the second round came from much further out. Read More...

Sorenstam mulling US Women's Open return

After 13 years in retirement, Annika Sorenstam returned to competition last year. She made the cut in the Gainbridge LPGA, playing only because it was her home course of Lake Nona in Orlando, Florida. And then she won the U.S. Senior Women's Open.

That victory earned her a spot in the U.S. Women's Open this year, which is being played at Pine Needles Lodge in North Carolina. That's where she won her second straight Women's Open in 1996, an eight-shot victory. Read More...

Epson to sponsor LPGA developmental tour

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) The LPGA Tour has a new title sponsor for its developmental tour that will boost prize money, award $10,000 to each of the leading 10 players that graduate to the LPGA Tour and seek to eventually cut entry fees in half.

Epson America has a five-year deal with the LPGA Tour that runs through 2026. Read More...

Swafford eagles 16th for second AmEx win

LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) Hudson Swafford thought about his late father Sunday at PGA West in his second victory in The American Express in five years.

"I had a couple moments where I looked up and knew that he was following and knew that he was there," Swafford said. "I could just hear his voice saying, `Just be confident in what you're doing. You're playing great.' And he goes, 'Just play to win.'" Read More...

Kang wins LPGA opener after winless 2021

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Danielle Kang readily admits she, and her golf game, remain a constant work in progress. She spent much of the offseason finding a way to be "comfortable being uncomfortable." It seems to be working.

On a difficult championship test at Lake Nona Golf and Country Club, Kang ran off five birdies in a seven-hole stretch in the middle of her round, posted the low score Sunday at 4-under 68 and sprinted away to a three-shot victory at the season-opening Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions. Read More...

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