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Jin Young Ko's run of rounds in 60s ends

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BUSAN, South Korea (AP) Jin Young Ko missed extending an LPGA Tour scoring record in the rain while her South Korean compatriots packed the first round leaderboard of the BMW Ladies Championship on Thursday.

Ko had 14 straight rounds in the 60s, tying her with Annika Sorenstam (2005) and So Yeon Ryu (2015-17) for the most in tour history, going into the round. But Ko finished with a 1-under 71 after a birdie on the 18th hole at LPGA International Busan.

"I was able to tie with Annika and So Yeon because I worked hard every moment and I gave it my best every hole and every shot," Ko said. "This in itself is really meaningful, and really 14 consecutive rounds in the 60s is not easy. I worked hard a lot, and also you need a bit of luck as well."

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Iwata takes lead at Zozo in native Japan

CHIBA, Japan (AP) Japanese golfer Hiroshi Iwata shot a 7-under 63 Thursday to take the first-round lead at the PGA Tour's Zozo Championship.

Iwata had a one-stroke lead over Joaquin Niemann and 2021 Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama on the par-70, 7,041-yard Narashino Country Club course. Read More...

Winther grabs 1-shot lead in Mallorca

SANTA PONSA, Spain (AP) Jeff Winther shot an 8-under 62 to take a one-shot lead after the first round of the Mallorca Open on Thursday.

The Danish player had 10 birdies and two bogeys at the Santa Ponsa course. Read More...

McIlroy pulls away from Fowler at CJ Cup

LAS VEGAS (AP) Rory McIlroy felt as though he had been spinning his wheels for the last five months as he tried to get better and instead got nowhere. It took the Ryder Cup for him to realize what he had was always good enough.

McIlroy shifted into high gear in Las Vegas. Read More...

Janzen wins SAS in playoff with Jimenez

CARY, N.C. (AP) Lee Janzen made a 20-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff with Miguel Angel Jimenez on Sunday to win the PGA Tour Champions' SAS Championship.

"Crazy. I just need to get through this so I can have a moment to myself soon," Janzen said. "When you get in the heat of a tournament, it's emotional. Everything gets amped up." Read More...

Fitzpatrick rallies late to win in Spain

SOTOGRANDE, Spain (AP) Patience paid off for Matt Fitzpatrick at the tough Valderrama course in Spain on Sunday.

The Englishman made 15 straight pars then rallied with two birdies on his last three holes to win the Andalucia Masters by three shots. Read More...

USGA, R&A to limit length of clubs

The length of Phil Mickelson's driver he used in winning the PGA Championship won't be allowed. Bryson DeChambeau can only use a 48-inch driver when he's competing in Long Drive Association events.

Golf's governing bodies announced a new "model local rule" available Jan. 1 that would limit the maximum length of all clubs except the putter to 46 inches. Read More...

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