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Matsuyama 2 back of Schauffele at Games

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KAWAGOE, Japan (AP) Coping with high expectations at home and low energy from his COVID-19 recovery, Hideki Matsuyama stayed on pace in his bid to add a gold medal in golf to his Masters green jacket.

Matsuyama holed a 5-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole Saturday morning and saved par from just off the 18th green to complete a 7-under 74 in the rain-delayed second round of the men's golf competition.

That left him two shots behind Xander Schauffele, the 27-year-old American whose grandparents still live in Japan. Between them is Carlos Ortiz of Mexico.


Sorenstam up 3 at US Senior Women's Open

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) Annika Sorenstam shot a 3-under 69, racing to finish before dark, to take a three-stroke lead Friday in the U.S. Senior Women's Open.

The 50-year-old Sorenstam, a three-time U.S. Women's Open champion making her first appearance in the senior event, birdied Nos. 7-9 to get to 8 under and closed with pars on Nos. 1 and 2 at Brooklawn Country Club. Read More...

Hillier, Talley lead World Invitational

BALLYMENA, Northern Ireland (AP) New Zealand golfer Daniel Hillier made the most of his tournament invite to claim the halfway lead in the World Invitational on Friday.

Hillier carded nine birdies and one bogey in a second round of 62 at Galgorm Castle to reach 11 under par, a shot ahead of overnight leader Jordan Smith, who followed his opening 62 at Galgorm with a 68 at Massereene Golf Club. Read More...

European Tour cancels Morocco events

The European Tour's Trophee Hassan II in Morocco in October has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Lalla Meryem Cup, the Ladies European Tour's event scheduled on the same Oct. 21-24 dates at the same Royal Golf Dar Es Salam club in Rabat was also canceled. Read More...

Rahm left to watching Olympics from home

KAWAGOE, Japan (AP) Men's golf began Thursday in the Olympics, and the No. 1 player in the world was nearly 6,000 miles away watching from home. Jon Rahm still can't believe he's not playing.

"I didn't think ever that I was not going to be there," Rahm said in a phone interview from his home in Scottsdale, Arizona. "I can't even tell you what happened." Read More...

Taiwan Swinging Skirts LPGA canceled

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) The LPGA Tour and the Swinging Skirts Golf Foundation canceled the Taiwan Swinging Skirts LPGA on Thursday because of ongoing travel and border restrictions and current health concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

The tournament was scheduled for Oct. 28-31 at Miramar Golf Country Club. Read More...

Champ fends off heat to win 3M Open

BLAINE, Minn. (AP) Cameron Champ was struggling mightily through the first half of this year, a frustrating series of performances that pointed him back to his state of mind more than any mechanical flaw.

Like many newlyweds, the 26-year-old was distracted by the delicate balance of passionately pursuing his career while still trying to carve out a healthy personal life at home. He found himself becoming much too upset by a bad round. Read More...

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