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Marc Warren shines to earn share of Portugal Masters lead

Scotland’s Marc Warren gave his chances of retaining his European Tour card a much-needed boost with a superb second round of 64 in the Portugal Masters. Warren carded five birdies and an eagle at Victoria Clube de Golfe to finish 11 under par alongside Denmark’s Lucas Bjerregaard, a shot behind halfway leader Nino Bertasio. After missing the cut in more than half his events this season, Warren began the week ranked 173rd in the Race to Dubai, with only the top 100 after the Valderrama Masters next month keeping full…

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Nicholas Lindheim, Matt Atkins share Web.com Tour lead

BEACHWOOD, Ohio — Nicholas Lindheim and Matt Atkins each shot 6-under 64 to share the first-round lead at the DAP Championship, the third of four events in the Web.com Tour Finals. Lindheim began his round by holing his second shot on the short par-4 10th hole at Canterbury Golf Club. He shot 6-under 29 on his first nine before coming home in even par. The event is the third of four tournaments that determine 25 PGA Tour cards. The series features the top 75 players from the Web.com regular-season money…

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Europe appoints Catriona Matthew as captain for 2019 Solheim Cup

LONDON — Catriona Matthew has been appointed as captain of Europe for the 2019 Solheim Cup, which will be staged in her native country of Scotland. The decision was announced on Thursday. The 48-year-old Matthew made her ninth Solheim Cup appearance as a player in Europe’s 16 1/2-11 1/2 loss to the United States in Iowa last month. She has won 22 points in her career, leaving her third on Europe’s all-time list. Matthew takes over from Annika Sorenstam, for whom she was a vice-captain this year before being called…

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Joost Luiten and George Coetzee share lead on Day 1 of Portugal Masters

Holland’s Joost Luiten bounced back from the disappointment of an early exit in defence of his KLM Open title to claim a share of the lead after day one of the Portugal Masters. Luiten carded seven birdies in a bogey-free 64 in Vilamoura which was matched by South Africa’s George Coetzee, with England’s Callum Shinkwin part of a five-strong group on six under par. “It was a tough week last week for me, missing the cut by one, but the good thing about golf is there’s always next week,” five-time…

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Quick 9 — Golf — Why the Tour Championship could benefit from a change of scenery

1. The Tour Championship anchor The season-ending Tour Championship has been played at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta every year the FedEx Cup has been in existence. It won’t move around anytime soon, but it should. In addition to the notion that the event can seem a bit flat at Bobby Jones’ home club, there is the very viable argument that moving it around the country does a service to golf fans and players and adds a bit of spice to what is supposed to be a huge culmination…

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Golf — How do you fix the Tour Championship?

Last year’s Tour Championship provided plenty of drama, with Rory McIlroy‘s playoff victory giving him not only the victory at East Lake but also the overall FedEx Cup title. So how could the PGA Tour possibly improve upon that? Our panel of golf experts tosses out a few ideas about how to spice things up a bit at the season finale. All 30 players in this week’s Tour Championship own a shot at the $10 million FedEx Cup bonus. But could the tournament use a fresh coat of paint?┬áTannen Maury/EPA…

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Why is 2017-18 PGA Tour season so long? It’s all about the players

ATLANTA — The PGA Tour released its 2017-18 schedule Tuesday, one that includes 50 tournaments in nine countries, if you count the Ryder Cup. It starts on Oct. 2 of this year, ends unofficially on Sept. 30 of next year and spans a total of 364 days. On the 365th day, they rest. Sure, there’s a six-week break at the end of this year, and with tournaments double-booked on five occasions, it’s hardly as if any players will be competing nonstop. But the immensity of the schedule alone is enough…

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Daily fantasy golf — Expert picks for the TOUR Championship

The FedEx Cup playoffs conclude this week as the best players of the 2016-17 season compete in the Tour Championship. Who will be crowned champ? Each of the 30 players in the field has a mathematical shot at winning the FedExCup, but only Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson, Marc Leishman and Jon Rahm control their own fates. A win by any of them at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta would seal the FedExCup victory. Our panel of FantasyGolfInsider experts have laid out the players they believe have a…

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Tournament hosted by Tiger Woods still has no sponsor

ATLANTA — The PGA Tour released its 49-tournament 2017-18 schedule on Tuesday, worth a record $363 million in total prize money, including two previously announced inaugural events and a recurring one which is still very much up in the air. Formerly known as the Quicken Loans Invitational, the tournament hosted by Tiger Woods in the Washington, D.C., area is currently without a title sponsor or host course, currently listed on the schedule as “The National” to be played June 28-July 1 at a still-unknown location. “We are in discussions with…

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Golf — Weekly 18 — Marc Leishman ready to shed “underrated” label?

A continuing story of perseverance, a developing story of dubiousness, a unique story of benevolence. This week’s edition of the Weekly 18 has all of ’em, starting with a story that almost never happened. 1. Even before his title contention at the Dell Technologies Championship two weeks ago and his victory at the BMW Championship on Sunday, the scuttlebutt within golf circles was that Marc Leishman just might be the world’s most underrated player. In fact, it’s a notion that has been suggested so much in recent weeks that it…

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