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Molinari voted Euro Tour player of year

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VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) Francesco Molinari has been voted as the European Tour golfer of the year for 2018, capping a year in which he won his first major title and produced a historic performance at the Ryder Cup.

Molinari became the first Italian to win the British Open after his triumph at Carnoustie, and finished the season as the Race to Dubai champion for the first time.

At the Ryder Cup outside Paris, he became the first European to win all five points from his five matches against the United States.

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Oosthuizen wins 1st South African title

JOHANNESBURG (AP) Louis Oosthuizen won his first title at the South African Open on Sunday, running away from his challengers with a final-round 67 for a six-shot victory.

Oosthuizen led from the front on the final day at Randpark Golf Course and although his three-shot overnight lead was cut to one after three holes, he surged back for a ninth European Tour win and first in nearly three years. The South African finished on 18-under 266. Read More...

Kizzire and Harman win QBE Shootout

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) Patton Kizzire and Brian Harman won the QBE Shootout on Sunday, eagling the par-5 17th and closing with a par for a one-stroke victory over Graeme McDowell and Emiliano Grillo.

Kizzire and Harman shot an 11-under 61 in the better-ball final round to finish at 30 under at Tiburon Golf Club. They opened with a 59 in the first-round scramble and had a 66 on Saturday in modified alternate shot. Read More...

Woods discusses pre-Presidents Cup sched

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) U.S. captain Tiger Woods will have discussions with golf officials in Melbourne on how to best prepare his team for the 2019 Presidents Cup next December at Royal Melbourne.

Woods, in Melbourne for a promotional visit, said the talks later Thursday would focus on the options of the Americans playing his Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, coming to Melbourne the week prior for practice with sand-belt techniques, or playing the Australian Open as the lead-up event at The Australian in Sydney. Read More...

PGA of America to move HQ to Texas

FRISCO, Texas (AP) The PGA of America is leaving Florida for a $520 million development in the Dallas area that will include a 500-room hotel, a massive conference center and two golf courses that will bring major championships back to Texas.

The decision Tuesday followed approval of an incentives package by the Frisco City Council and other government entities. The move is not expected until the summer of 2022, about the time the two golf courses, a 9-hole short course and practice areas are to be finished. Read More...

Rahm outlasts Finau, Stenson in Bahamas

NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) Jon Rahm broke into tears when he beat Tiger Woods in the Ryder Cup, the most meaningful moment of his career.

Sunday wasn't bad either, not with Woods handing him the trophy after Rahm turned a potential shootout into a runaway victory on the back nine in the Bahamas to end his year by winning the Hero World Challenge. Read More...

Smith defends Australian Open title

GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) Cameron Smith shot a final-round 70 to successfully defend his Australian PGA title with a two-stroke victory over Marc Leishman on Sunday.

Smith finished with a 16-under par total of 272. Leishman closed with a 69. Read More...

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