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Spieth's 63 shares lead at Byron Nelson

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McKINNEY, Texas (AP) Jordan Spieth had his longest stretch all day of mere pars - a whopping four holes - on the besieged new home course of the AT&T Byron Nelson when the local favorite stepped over a 55-foot eagle putt on the par-5 18th.

Nothing but the bottom of the cup, and a share of the first-round lead with J.J. Spaun at 9-under 63 on a nearly wind-less Thursday.

Spieth, Spaun and plenty of others had little trouble with TPC Craig Ranch north of Dallas. There were 132 players in the field of 156 under par, with 94 of those in the 60s on the third venue in the past four Nelsons.


McIlroy has momentum heading into PGA

Rory McIlroy knows as well as anyone how quickly fortunes can change in golf.

Until winning at his happy hunting ground of Quail Hollow last week, McIlroy had gone 18 months without winning anywhere, the second-longest dry spell of his career. Now he's the betting favorite for the PGA Championship, which starts next Thursday at Kiawah Island. Read More...

MacIntyre among British Masters leaders

SUTTON COLDFIELD, England (AP) Robert MacIntyre started with five straight birdies and finished with another two to shoot a 6-under 66 Thursday and take a share of the lead after the second round of the British Masters.

MacIntyre was level with fellow Scotsman Calum Hill (70) and English veteran Richard Bland (69) on 7-under 137, with three players a shot behind - including 2018 winner Eddie Pepperell. Read More...

DJ withdraws from Nelson with knee issue

McKINNEY, Texas (AP) Dustin Johnson withdrew Monday from the AT&T Byron Nelson because of discomfort in his knee, one week before the second major of the year, the PGA Championship.

Johnson had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee to repair cartilage damage after the 2019 season, keeping him out for three months until the Presidents Cup. Read More...

COVID forces Spieth into longer break

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Jordan Spieth returns to competition after four weeks off following the Masters. That wasn't the plan.

COVID-19 wasn't part of the plan, either.

Travelers to welcome back fans

Dustin Johnson says it was surreal sinking the final putt to win last year's Travelers Championship with fewer than 40 spectators politely clapping instead of the thousands that usually fill the bowl surrounding the 18th green at TPC River Highlands.

The PGA Tour event in Connecticut was among the first sporting events in 2020 to resume in its normal spot following the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, but as a TV-only experience for fans. Read More...

Higgo matches Woods' record with 3rd win

TENERIFE, Spain (AP) Garrick Higgo matched Tiger Woods' record to become joint quickest to three tournament wins since 1990 with victory at the Canary Islands Championship on Sunday.

The 21-year-old South African had a hole-in-one on his way to a 7-under 64 that secured him his third European Tour title - and second in three weeks. Read More...

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