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McIlroy giving up Euro Tour membership

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Rory McIlroy is set to give up European Tour membership in 2019 to focus on the U.S. PGA Tour.

Just for the year, for now.

McIlroy said on Tuesday at the World Tour Championship he intends to play only two full-field European Tour events in the first half of 2019 because of changes in the tournament schedule.

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Snedeker to make Australian Open return

SYDNEY (AP) Brandt Snedeker hasn't played the Australian Open since 2007 but the memory of his costly mistake in the final round hasn't faded.

Snedeker lost by a shot to Craig Parry when he called a penalty on himself on the 14th hole of the final round at The Australian Golf Club because the ball moved as he tried to shift some twigs around it. Read More...

Westwood parts with longtime caddie

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) Lee Westwood and Matt Kuchar won last week, each ending four-plus years without winning on their home circuit. They also won without their regular caddies.

Kuchar used a local caddie at Mayakoba because he entered at the last minute and his regular looper, John Wood, had a previous engagement. Westwood used his girlfriend, Helen Storey, who previously caddied for him in Denmark. Read More...

LPGA announces changes to points race

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) The Race to the CME Globe will be more frantic starting next year, and the winner of the LPGA Tour's season-ending tournament is going to get considerably richer.

Tour and event officials announced Tuesday night that the CME Group Tour Championship's purse in 2019 will double to $5 million, with the winner getting $1.5 million - the largest first-place share in women's golf history. Read More...

Kuchar earns first PGA win since 2014

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico (AP) Matt Kuchar had gone four years, six months and three weeks since his last PGA Tour victory.

The last few holes Sunday at the Mayakoba Golf Classic must have felt just as long. Read More...

Westwood surges to Nedbank title

SUN CITY, South Africa (AP) At times over the last 4 1/2 years Lee Westwood wondered if he'd ever win another tournament on the European Tour.

Westwood was finally back in the winner's circle on Sunday and it was in a familiar setting, clinching his third title at the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa by coming from behind to overhaul a three-shot deficit in the final round. Read More...

Singh rallies, Langer wins Schwab Cup

PHOENIX (AP) Bernhard Langer celebrated his fifth Charles Schwab Cup with his wife and friends, a glass of red wine in his hand.

He might consider sending the best bottle to Vijay Singh. Read More...

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