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Taylor leads Pebble Beach Pro-Am


PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) – Nick Taylor is the leader heading into the second round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.


Taylor opened with an eagle and closed with two birdies for an 8-under 63 on Thursday. That put him two shots ahead of Patrick Cantlay and Chase Seiffert, each of whom fired 66s on par-72 courses. Cantlay played Spyglass Hill and Seiffert was at Pebble Beach.


Most of the interest over three courses in the rotation was at Spyglass Hill, which featured Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson, along with five NFL quarterbacks that included Peyton Manning and his recently retired brother, Eli.




Sagstrom has 1-stroke lead after 2 rounds at LPGA’s Vic Open


BARWON HEADS, Australia (AP) – First-round leader Madelene Sagstrom held a one-stroke lead over American rival Ally McDonald after two rounds of the LPGA’s Vic Open in Australia.


The tournament features male and female professionals playing in alternate groups over two courses at the 13th Beach Golf Links.


Sagstrom shot a 5-under 67 on the Creek course for a two-round total of 13-under 132. McDonald shot an 8-under 65 on the Beach course. Robin Sciot-Siegrist shot an 8-under 64 to take a two-stroke lead over Travis Smyth in the men’s tournament. Sciot-Siegrist had a two-round total of 14-under 130.




Once is enough: Els says he’s done as Presidents Cup captain


PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) – Once is enough for Ernie Els as International captain in the Presidents Cup. Els tells the golf blog Morning Read that he will not return as captain in 2021 at Quail Hollow in North Carolina.


Els made several changes to try to change the International history at the matches. Tiger Woods led the U.S. to a close victory at Royal Melbourne in December.


Since the Presidents Cup began in 1994, the International team has beaten the Americans only once, in 1998. Els also thinks someone should not be captain more than once.




30 years after Tyson fight, Buster Douglas is ‘feeling good’
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Thirty years after his hard-fought victory against boxing titan Mike Tyson, Buster Douglas says he is feeling healthy and basking in the glory he says he was denied at the time.


The 59-year-old fighter will be celebrated at an anniversary gala Friday in his hometown of Columbus, Ohio, where he’ll raise money for programs that help others who face seemingly insurmountable challenges.


Douglas’ charity effort, 42 to 1, supports workforce development, diversity and soft skills training programs for at-risk youth.



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