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Woods wins in return to Match Play

AUSTIN, Tex.—Six years later, the Dell Technologies Match Play was all too familiar for Tiger Woods.

He was on the cusp of losing his fourth-straight hole yesterday when Woods poured in a 10-foot par putt while Aaron Wise three-putted from 30 feet.

Just like that, momentum swung in his favour. Woods won three of the next six holes to take his opening match 3-and-1.

Pebble Beach no U.S. Open preview

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif.—Only four American courses have hosted a PGA Tour event and a major championship in the same year—a concept that USGA chief executive Mike Davis does not consider to be ideal.

One big exception is Pebble Beach.

“I think this is great,” Davis said yesterday as he walked down the 16th fairway.

“Because this is nothing like it will be [in] June.”

Top-ranked Rose wins tournament title

SAN DIEGO—Justin Rose missed a short birdie putt that felt like another bogey.

His three-shot lead was down to one through six holes of the Farmers Insurance Open—and the biggest battle was trying not to panic.

That's when he scratched a line on his scorecard after six holes, wanting to start his round from that moment forward.

He also gave himself a pep talk.

Kuchar first multiple winner of PGA season

HONOLULU—Matt Kuchar didn't have the start he wanted yesterday in the Sony Open—not with three bogeys in five holes after making just one through three rounds.

The finish was better than he could have imagined.

Kuchar seized control late in the round with back-to-back birdie putts, the second one on No. 16 prompting a rare show of emotion with a fist pump.