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Golf Channel cameramen walk out on coverage amid Sony Open

HONOLULU — Union workers for video and audio production at Golf Channel events walked out Sunday over stalled contract negotiations, leading to limited coverage of the final round at the Sony Open and two other events in the Bahamas and Florida. Charles Howell III, Marc Leishman and other golfers participating in the Sony Open in Hawaii describe their responses and reactions to Saturday’s false alarm missile alert. Golf Channel said it has been negotiating an agreement for nine months with International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, a union for tournament…

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Tom Hoge takes a 1-shot lead on wild day at Sony Open

HONOLULU — Tom Hoge was too caught up watching college basketball in his hotel room to be bothered with a push alert — a false alarm, as it turned out — that a ballistic missile was headed toward Hawaii. He showed a steady hand on the golf course, too, even as the leaderboard at the Sony Open became increasingly crowded. Hoge finished off a 6-under 64 by holing a 40-foot birdie putt at the par-3 17th, and then hitting a 40-yard bunker shot to within 3 feet for a birdie…

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False alarm on missile creates uneasy moment at Sony Open in Hawaii

HONOLULU — Charles Howell III was eating breakfast in his hotel when the restaurant at the Kahala started buzzing. Everyone had their phones. Everyone received the same push alert. “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.” “All the alarms went off at the same time,” Howell said. “It got everyone’s attention. I didn’t know what to do. We all stared at each other. It kind of shows you the world we live in now. Your whole life can change in a second.” The…

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Chris Paisley holds slender lead ahead of South Africa Open final round

England’s Chris Paisley will take a one-shot lead into the final day of the BMW SA Open, but pre-tournament favourite Branden Grace is hot on his heels after a storming finish to round three. Chasing his first European Tour title, Paisley carded a third round of 70 at Glendower Golf Club to finish 15 under par, with Grace just a shot behind after a 66. Grace’s chances looked to be fading fast when a bogey on the ninth left him six shots off the pace, but the 29-year-old South African…

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Asia late show on day two of EurAsia Cup ensures slender lead

2:40 AM ET ESPN staff Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment Asia will head into Sunday’s EurAsia Cup games with a 6½-5½ overall lead over Europe after staging a rally on the second day in Malaysia. Thomas Bjorn‘s European were quickly out of the blocks following Friday’s disappointments and reeled off three early points before being pegged back by a trio of afternoon defeats. Race to Dubai champion Tommy Fleetwood and Ryder Cup veteran Henrik Stenson were first to notch with a 3 and 2 win over Anirban…

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Brian Harman takes three-shot lead at Sony Open

HONOLULU — Different islands, vastly different golf courses, same good play from Brian Harman. One week after Harman shared the 36-hole lead at Kapalua, he ran off three straight birdies and closed with a 15-foot eagle putt for a 7-under 63 and a three-shot lead going into the weekend at the Sony Open. Harman was at 13-under 127, and no one could catch him on Friday afternoon. Chris Kirk, who shared the 18-hole lead with Harman, opened by pitching in from 25 yards for eagle on No. 10. He ended…

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Rory McIlroy says he has a heart irregularity

The rib injury that marred his 2017 golf season is fine, but Rory McIlroy revealed Friday that he learned of another health issue — a heart irregularity. McIlroy, 28, disclosed the problem during an interview with The (London) Telegraph in Dubai, where he has been preparing for his return to competition after a nearly fourth-month break. “The rib’s fine, no problems whatsoever — I had an MRI scan on my thoracic spin and all was OK,” McIlroy told the newspaper. “But I’ve got a bit of an irregularity with my…

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Chris Kirk, Zach Johnson lead Sony Open, Jordan Spieth takes late tumble

HONOLULU — Zach Johnson and Chris Kirk each made seven birdies and shared the lead in the Sony Open. Jordan Spieth made eight birdies and for the second straight year walked away from Waialae Country Club amazed that he could be six shots behind. A year ago, it was because Justin Thomas shot 59 playing in the same group. On Thursday, it was one hole. Spieth hit four trees with four shots on the par-4 eighth hole — his 17th of the opening round. He wound up with a quadruple-bogey…

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ESPN Golf Jimmy Walker recovering Lyme disease Sony Open

This week’s Sony Open in Hawaii is a special place for Jimmy Walker. It is where he has won two of his six PGA Tour titles, including in 2014 when he began to solidify himself as an emerging player with his second win and three years ago when he triumphed by nine strokes. But even a trip to the tropical locale of Oahu — along with those good vibes that surround the Waialae Country Club — cannot wipe away Walker’s struggles over the past year and how difficult life has…

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PGA Tour veteran Brad Fritsch gets three-month suspension for PEDs

Veteran PGA Tour player Brad Fritsch received a three-month suspension for violating the organization’s ban on the use of performance-enhancing substances. The tour announced Tuesday that Fritsch, 40, self-reported the anti-doping violation when he learned he had taken a supplement with an ingredient that is on the banned list. Fritsch reported the violation in November, after he had failed to advance through the second stage of Web.com Tour qualifying. His suspension will be lifted at the end of February. Brad Fritsch drew a three-month suspension after self-reporting a PED violation Keyur…

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