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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.

Spieth looking to avoid having extra week off

NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa.—Easily overlooked in golf this week is that other “cup,” the one more about finances than flags.

Jordan Spieth sure hasn't forgotten about the FedEx Cup.

One year after he was in the mix for the $10-million bonus until the final hour at East Lake in Atlanta, Spieth simply is trying to make sure he has a tee time at the Tour Championship.