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Willett narrowly earns spot in Masters (The Associated Press)
LONDON (AP) -- Danny Willett of England is going to the Masters for the first time with a little help from the world ranking formula.

4 tied for lead in Dubai Open (The Associated Press)

Jbe Kruger of South Africa, wearing black ribbons as a sign of his respect to the former South African President Nelson Mandela, reacts after finishing the 18th hole during the day two match of the 2013 Hong Kong Open golf tournament in Hong Kong, Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- South Africa's Jbe Kruger had a hole-in-one and shot an 8-under 64 on Saturday for a share of the third-round lead in the Asian Tour's season-ending Dubai Open.




PGA: Golfer, 103, may be oldest to record hole in one (The Associated Press)
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) -- A 103-year-old Florida golfer may have made history as the oldest person to record a hole in one.

India's Shiv Kapur leads Dubai Open (The Associated Press)
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- India's Shiv Kapur holed out from the fairway for eagle on the par-4 first hole and finished with a 6-under 66 on Friday for a share of Dubai Open lead.

'Celtic Tiger' McIlroy emerges dominant in 2014 (Reuters)

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland watches his shot from the second tee during the final round of the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai November 23, 2014. REUTERS/Nikhil Monteiro

By Mark Lamport-Stokes LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A year to forget for an injury-plagued Tiger Woods was savored sweetly by Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy after the 'Celtic Tiger' won two majors in 2014 to regain his status as the game's leading player. McIlroy ended a stellar campaign with four victories and five runner-up spots in 23 starts worldwide, embellishing his credentials as a genuine golfing great in what many regard as a handover of the 'Tiger' torch to usher in a new 'Rory' era. ...




No mega events but plenty on the sporting menu in 2015 (Reuters)
By Nick Mulvenney SYDNEY (Reuters) - The lack of an Olympics or a soccer World Cup deprives 2015 of a single global focus for sports fans but a rich calendar of international events has more than enough world class action to satiate even the most refined palate. Tens of millions of cricket obsessives in South Asia will ensure plenty of eyeballs on the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, while rugby's equivalent is among many contenders for the title of the world's third biggest tournament. The Tour de France, with a worldwide TV audience of 3. ...

Australian Open goes back to The Australian course (The Associated Press)
SYDNEY (AP) -- American Jordan Spieth will have an opportunity to defend his Australian Open title next year on the same course he won the tournament on three weeks ago.

Australia's Richardson leads Dubai Open (The Associated Press)
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Australia's Kalem Richardson shot a 6-under 66 on Thursday to take the first-round lead in the Asian Tour's season-ending Dubai Open.