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McIlroy sputters, but recovers for opening 66 at PGA

Rory McIlroy sputters, but then steps on the gas for opening 66 at PGA Championship

Rory McIlroy was looking golden at the turn, posting a 3-under 32. And then a ball out of bounds at 10. A short par miss at 11. But, instead of spiraling out of control, McIlroy got back on track to post a 5-under 66.

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Tiger sets deal for new game with Zynga

Tiger Woods sets deal for new game with Zynga

Tiger Woods is back in the video-game business after an announcement by Zynga, the social gaming company, on Thursday after Woods' round and markets closed.

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5 Things: Palmer shares PGA lead; Mickelson rallies

5 Things: Ryan Palmer shares PGA lead; Phil Mickelson rallies; more

Lee Westwood, Kevin Chappell and Ryan Palmer share the lead after 18 holes at the PGA Championship, while stars Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods head in opposite directions on Thursday.

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Club pro highlights scarce at PGA Championship

Club pro highlights scarce in PGA Championship 1st round at Valhalla

At Valhalla, traditionally benign as a PGA Championship venue, Thursday's lengthy list of players under par included no club professionals. Steve Schneiter came the closest; with a 1-over 72.

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Tracker: Westwood among co-leaders; McIlroy lurks

Tracker: Lee Westwood among 1st-round co-leaders; Rory McIlroy lurks at PGA Championship

Rory McIlroy seeks his fourth major title as Lee Westwood has taken an early share of the lead and Tiger Woods has put last week's back injury behind him. Recap the PGA Championship first round here!

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Oh advances to teen-heavy U.S. Women's Am quarters

Su-Hyun Oh among seven teens advancing to U.S. Women's Amateur quarterfinals

Su-Hyun Oh, 18, and seven others, including six other teenagers, advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2014 U.S. Women's Amateur. Oh's victory, a 9-and-8 rout of Emma Talley, was the biggest win in the event since 2005.

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Wie withdraws from Meijer LPGA Classic

Michelle Wie withdraws from brand-new LPGA event, the Meijer LPGA Classic due to a hand injury

Michelle Wie withdrew from the Meijer LPGA Classic on Thursday, citing a hand injury.

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Jason Dufner WDs from PGA with neck pain

Jason Dufner withdraws from PGA Championship with neck pain, won't play again until healthy

Jason Dufner withdrew after 10 holes of his opening round Thursday at the PGA Championship, citing neck pain, and said he won't play again until healthy.

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Westwood leads PGA with 65, lifts Ryder Cup hopes

Lee Westwood leads PGA Championship with 65 and boosts Ryder Cup hopes

After a 63 on Sunday at Bridgestone, Lee Westwood remained hot with a 6-under 65 that gave him a share of the clubhouse lead at the 2014 PGA Championship.

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My Bag: Lee Westwood, PGA Championship

My Bag: Lee Westwood, PGA Championship

Here is a complete list of the clubs Lee Westwood is using at the 2014 PGA Championship.

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Rude: State of Tiger's game still in disarray

Rude: State of Tiger Woods' game continues to be in disarray

Tiger Woods didn't do a good job of convincing anyone that he is healthy and ready to compete at the highest of levels, posting an erratic 3-over 74 that left more questions than answers.

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New Zealand’s James Beale wins Canadian Amateur

New Zealand’s James Beale wins Canadian Amateur in playoff at Elmhurst Golf and Country Club in Winnipeg

Seventy-two holes wasn’t enough to determine the Canadian Amateur Championship. It took an extra three holes, but James Beale of New Zealand walked away the champion on Thursday.

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PGA notes: News of Kuchar's flight ruins Kuchars' flight

PGA notes: News of Kuchar's flight ruins Kuchars' flight

Matt Kuchar's withdrawal due to back spasms catches en-route father by surprise. Meanwhile, Ian Poulter fires 3-under 68 to get into early contention.

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Putter finally heats up for Chappell at Valhalla

Putter finally heats up for Kevin Chappell (65) at PGA Championship

Kevin Chappell has struggled to find the first page of the leaderboard this season, so his 6-under 65 Thursday at the PGA Championship even surprised the UCLA product himself.

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Consistent Furyk again in the mix at Valhalla

Playing consistent golf, Jim Furyk again in the mix at Valhalla

Jim Furyk has re-established himself as a consistent contender this season, and now after Thursday's 66 in the first round of the PGA Championship, the 44-year-old is once again in the mix at Valhalla.

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Club pros Helminen, Broce stand out at PGA

Club pros start slow at PGA, but Ryan Helminen, Jamie Broce stand out

It wasn’t a particularly stellar start to the 96th PGA Championship from the 20 club professionals in the field, but there were some highlights.

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Notes: Koga's long odds; Talley's tough draw; more

Notes: Eimi Koga's long odds; Emma Talley's tough draw; more at U.S. Women's Amateur

Eimi Koga, a first-timer at the U.S. Women’s Amateur, will have her work cut out in the Round of 16 against the best player in college golf, Alison Lee. But the slender Koga, an 18-year-old Hawaiian, is used to overcoming the odds.

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Fowler's major turnaround continues at Valhalla

Rickie Fowler's major turnaround continues at PGA Championship

Rickie Fowler can officially treat 2014 as a breakout season, as his play in the major championships has shown the maturation of now what can be considered a two-dimensional star.

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Player to watch at U.S. Amateur: Bradley Neil

Player to watch at U.S. Amateur: Bradley Neil: The British Amateur champ will be playing in his first USGA championship at AAC

Bradley Neil won this year's British Amateur Championship, but how will he fare in his first USGA Championship, the U.S. Amateur, at Atlanta Athletic Club?

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Quick hits: Tiger & Phil's front nine in Instagram

Quick hits: Tiger & Phil's front nine in Instagram

Throngs of fans lined the fairways early Thursday morning, following the marquee group of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Padraig Harrington. Here is their first nine through our Instagram feed.

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Kuchar WDs from PGA citing back spasms

Matt Kuchar WDs from PGA Championship at Valhalla citing back spasms

Matt Kuchar withdrew from the PGA Championship Thursday morning, citing back spasms.

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SCORES: PGA Championship

SCORES: PGA Championship

Follow the live leaderboard from the 2014 PGA Championship at Valhalla in Louisville, Ky.

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Quick hits: Weather might be an issue at Valhalla

Quick hits: Weather might be an issue at Valhalla

There might be an advantage to playing early on Thursday at the PGA Championship, as Mother Nature might wreak some havoc this afternoon.

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A look at the PGA Championship prize money at Valhalla

A look at the PGA Championship prize money at Valhalla

The 96th PGA Championship offers the largest purse of the four majors, with the winner going home with $1.8 million. Here is a breakdown of what each place will receive on Sunday at Valhalla.