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Ex-Dean Foods Co. executive Thomas Davis sentenced in Phil Mickelson case

NEW YORK — A former food company executive who admitted feeding inside information to an influential Las Vegas gambler linked to golfer Phil Mickelson was sentenced Thursday to two years in prison by a judge who said he was motivated by a desire to seem powerful rather than by greed. “This was a crime that enhanced his status as a peacock,” U.S. District Judge P. Kevin Castel said, ordering Dallas-based Dean Foods Co.’s ex-chairman Thomas Davis to pay nearly $9 million in restitution and to forfeit nearly $1 million for…

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Sergio Garcia Joost Luiten lead Andalucia Valderrama Masters round one

Tournament host Sergio Garcia claimed a share of the lead after the first round of his belated title defence at the Andalucia Valderrama Masters. Garcia, who won the last staging of the event in 2011, carded seven birdies and two bogeys in an opening 66 to finish 5 under alongside Holland’s Joost Luiten. Fellow Spaniard Pablo Larrazabal and England’s Robert Rock were a shot off the lead, but world No. 5 Jon Rahm struggled to a 3-over-par 74 in his first professional tournament on home soil. Masters champion Garcia started…

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Justin Thomas fires 63, takes early lead at CJ Cup in South Korea

JEJU, South Korea — Justin Thomas had two eagles on his front nine and finished with a 9-under 63 to take a 3-stroke lead Thursday after the first round of the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges, the first official PGA Tour tournament staged in South Korea. Thomas started with a bogey at No. 10 but made amends with eagles on the par-5 12th and 18th holes around four straight birdies on Nos. 14-17 to turn in 29. He added three more birdies and a bogey to hold his margin. “It…

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PGA Tour’s Barbasol Championship moving to Kentucky

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. — The PGA Tour is bringing a regular tournament to Kentucky for the first time in nearly 60 years. The Barbasol Championship is leaving Alabama next summer for the Keene Trace Golf Club just outside Lexington. The tournament is July 19-22 and is held the same week as The Open. As an opposite-field event, the winner does not get an invitation to the Masters, and the prize fund is $3.5 million — among the smaller purses on the tour. The tournament began in 2015 at the RTJ Trail’s…

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Quick 9 — Expect new Augusta National chairman Fred Ridley to uphold Bobby Jones’ legacy

1. The new chairman Fred Ridley remains the last U.S. Amateur champion to never turn pro, so long before he became an Augusta National member there was an obvious fascination with the great amateur golfer, Bobby Jones. Ridley never met Jones, but he did try to learn as much about him as possible, something that now serves him even better as this week he became the seventh chairman in Augusta National and Masters history. Jones retired from competitive golf at age 28 not long after winning the Grand Slam in…

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Golf — Deciphering what Tiger Woods revealed in his latest Twitter video

One swing does not a comeback make. But Tiger Woods’ return to the golf course had to start somewhere, and in recent days we’ve seen evidence — provided by none other than Tiger himself — that he is ready to get after it. What that exactly entails is difficult to decipher at this moment, although his agent, Mark Steinberg, said Woods is under no restrictions and that he will take it slowly and carefully. The fact, however, that Woods has been willing to let the world in, even briefly, with…

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Daily fantasy golf — Expert picks for The CJ Cup at Nine Bridges

A surprisingly strong field will make a trip around the world to battle for a surprisingly big prize pool at the inaugural CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges in South Korea this week. Our panel of ESPN and FantasyGolfInsider experts singled out the players they believe have the skills to succeed and provide big fantasy point totals. Picks to win Xander Schauffele The Tour Championship winner and PGA Tour Rookie of the Year started his second season well with a tie for third at the CIMB Classic and looks to carry…

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Tiger Woods gets doctor’s clearance to resume full golf activities

Six months after fusion surgery on his lower back kept him from swinging a golf club until recently, Tiger Woods has been cleared to resume full golf activity with no restrictions. Mark Steinberg, Woods’ agent, said Monday that the 14-time major champion met with the doctor who performed the surgery on April 19 for a checkup late last week. “He got a nice report and is allowed to proceed,” Steinberg said. “He can do as much as he needs to do. Tiger is going to take this very, very slowly….

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Fred Ridley takes over as Augusta National chairman

Fred Ridley officially took over as chairman of Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters on Monday, becoming the seventh person to hold the position in the club’s history dating to 1932. Ridley began his tenure as the club reopened for the fall after being closed since late May. Ridley cited club founders Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts — the club’s first chairman — in a statement he released. “Throughout my life, Bobby Jones has been my idol and role model,” Ridley said “I remember meeting Clifford Roberts during my…

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Pat Perez wins CIMB Classic by four strokes

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — American Pat Perez won the PGA Tour’s CIMB Classic, claiming a 4-shot victory over compatriot Keegan Bradley on Sunday at TPC Kuala Lumpur. Perez, 41, sealed his first title in almost a year despite carding a modest 3-under 69 in the final round, courtesy of a strong start with three birdies in the first four holes. He managed only to make par on the back nine but did enough to finish the tournament with a 24-under 264 to take home $1.26 million and 500 FedEx Cup…

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