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Jason Day lights up The Australian Golf Club

3:23 AM ET Greg GrowdenESPN Rugby Close After more than 30 years with The Sydney Morning Herald and Fairfax Media in Australia, Greg Growden now writes exclusively online for ESPN. Never afraid to step on toes, you can expect plenty of compelling insight from one of Australia’s most renowned writers. Jason Day mastered the treacherous winds that gusted around The Australian Golf Club on Friday to charge up the Australian Open leaderboard to be seven shots ahead of his chief international rival, Jordan Spieth. Seven shots may sound like a…

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Matt Fitzpatrick shines in Hong Kong Open first round

England’s Matt Fitzpatrick believes he is right on track to erase his Dubai disappointment after an opening 66 in the Hong Kong Open. Fitzpatrick, 23, led by a shot at halfway in the defence of his DP World Tour Championship title last week, but struggled to a third round of 72 and eventually finished 12th. That was still his seventh straight top-15 finish since he won the Omega European Masters and a round containing six birdies and two bogeys at Fanling left him a shot behind leader SSP Chawrasia. “It’s…

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‘Rusty’ Jordan Spieth ‘played pretty well’, unconcerned he’s seven off pace

3:26 AM ET Alex MalcolmESPN Close Alex Malcolm is a Melbourne-based sports journalist and broadcaster. He has been a long-time contributor to ESPNcricinfo and reported for the AFL website for four seasons. He has also worked as a television commentator calling Australian Rules Football, Athletics and Tennis for a number of networks. SYDNEY, Australia — Anxious. Nerves. Rusty. Not words that normally come from Jordan Spieth‘s mouth. But that’s what he felt during his opening one-under par 70 at the Australian Open that left him seven shots off the lead…

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Tiger Woods best he’s ever felt in three years, Jason Day says

Nov 22, 2017 Alex MalcolmESPN Close Alex Malcolm is a Melbourne-based sports journalist and broadcaster. He has been a long-time contributor to ESPNcricinfo and reported for the AFL website for four seasons. He has also worked as a television commentator calling Australian Rules Football, Athletics and Tennis for a number of networks. If the reports on the state of Tiger Woods‘ game are true, Jason Day says look out. Woods is set to make his long-awaited return at the Hero World Challenge next week in the Bahamas, and there has…

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Australian Open seeks PGA Tour co-sanction

5:47 PM ET Alex MalcolmESPN Close Alex Malcolm is a Melbourne-based sports journalist and broadcaster. He has been a long-time contributor to ESPNcricinfo and reported for the AFL website for four seasons. He has also worked as a television commentator calling Australian Rules Football, Athletics and Tennis for a number of networks. Australian Open officials are working to have the tournament co-sanctioned, possibly by the PGA Tour, in order to provide a bigger prize-purse that will draw a deeper field in future years. Australia’s premier golf tournament in terms of…

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Jason Day wants Jordan Spieth in an Australian Open shootout

SYDNEY, Australia — Give me Jordan, down the stretch, on Sunday! That’s the message from Jason Day for this week’s Australian Open, the local favourite playing the tournament for the first time since 2013, when he finished in a tie for sixth, 10 shots adrift of Rory McIlroy. One year later, Jordan Spieth made his first trip Down Under and walked away from The Australian Golf Club, the venue for this week’s tournament, with the Stonehaven Cup. The American followed that up with a runner’s-up finish in 2015 before reclaiming…

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Former No. 1 Jason Day tells us what he really thinks about travel, the Olympics and more

CHARLESTOWN, R.I. — Jason Day returns home to play in the Australian Open this week for the first time since 2013. The former No. 1-ranked player in the world explained why in a wide-ranging Q&A with ESPN.com recently at Shelter Harbor Golf Club, where he was doing promotional work for TaylorMade. Now that golf is essentially a year-round sport, how has that changed the process of testing new equipment, for instance? It makes it quite difficult. It is an all-year-round sport. After the tour ends for us, there’s usually a…

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Curtis Luck ‘little bit more comfortable’ after adversity on PGA Tour

12:24 AM ET Alex MalcolmESPN Close Alex Malcolm is a Melbourne-based sports journalist and broadcaster. He has been a long-time contributor to ESPNcricinfo and reported for the AFL website for four seasons. He has also worked as a television commentator calling Australian Rules Football, Athletics and Tennis for a number of networks. SYDNEY, Australia — Twelve months ago, Curtis Luck was among the hottest golf properties on the planet. After winning the US Amateur and Asia-Pacific Amateur championships in 2016 his schedule was plotted all the way to the 2017…

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Jake Owen to play Nashville event on sponsor’s exemption

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Country singer Jake Owen will play in the Web.com Tour’s Nashville Golf Open next May on a sponsor’s exemption. Owen, who has played in several PGA Tour pro-ams, will compete as an amateur. The exemption was announced Monday. The singer says he’s truly honored and knows how hard golfers work to play in these events. Singer Jake Owen, with Jordan Spieth at an awards show, has played in several PGA Tour pro-ams.┬áRick Diamond/ACM2015/Getty Images for dcp Owen says he can’t wait for May 21, when the event…

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Davis Love III to have hip replacement surgery Tuesday

Davis Love III wants to become the oldest winner in PGA Tour history, a goal that now will have to wait at least three months. Love, who turns 54 in April told reporters at the RSM Classic over the weekend that he will have hip replacement surgery on Tuesday. “I had a hip problem the last few years, and I had a hip resurfacing trying to avoid hip surgery because I’m a chicken,” he said, “but after playing [in Malaysia and at the Sanderson Farms tournament], I realized it was…

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