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February 14, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
It was as if the scoreboard was malfunctioning. The leaders at the Northern Trust Open were tracked with precision - every hole, every shot. Suddenly, a guy who barely had any business playing the tournament was threatening the course record. As word spread throughout Riviera Country Club, fans scampered to catch up to this birdie machine. So did the Golf Channel cameras, a pretty heady notion for a player all too often not ready for prime time. For Jason Allred, this was the round of his life.
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February 13, 2014 | From staff reports
Each year, the Northern Trust Open awards an exemption to a player in the name of Charlie Sifford, who broke the PGA Tour's color barrier in the early 1960s and won the 1969 Los Angeles Open at Rancho Park. Harold Varner III, a regular on the Web.com minor league tour, was the recipient this year, and the 23-year-old played well Thursday in only his second PGA Tour start. He shot a two-under 69 and is three shots off the lead. He also showed a sense of humor, if not a gift for gab. During a post-round media session, he was asked what he could say about himself.
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February 13, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
Growing among the magnolias and azaleas at the Masters this year will be a new story angle. It has two months to take root, so expect television to fertilize it freely. Kevin Stadler, half of the story, gave it a boost Thursday at Riviera. He shot a two-under-par 69, leaving him in a comfortable spot on the leaderboard of the Northern Trust Open and attracting a gathering of reporters that, for much of his career, has walked past him. He won his first PGA Tour tournament two weeks ago at the frat boy party in Scottsdale, Ariz., also known as the Waste Management Open.
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February 12, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
Ben Hogan won at Riviera Country Club. So did Byron Nelson and Sam Snead too, all before the Dodgers or Lakers ever showed up here. This is the week when Los Angeles shares its cherished course with the PGA Tour, and all that history and tradition generally matters little to the traveling circus. On Sunday, the golfers will pack their bags and head to the Arizona desert, another tournament in the books, another weekend of work done. It isn't like that for John Merrick. He grew up in Long Beach, went to UCLA, then moved back to Long Beach.
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January 18, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
Stop the presses. Patrick Reed made a bogey on his 14th hole Saturday during the Humana Challenge. But do not despair, all you Reed fans. He had already made an eagle on his seventh hole, No. 16. Along the way, just for fun, he sprinkled in eight birdies. Yes, the same golfer who shot 63 on Thursday and 63 on Friday did it again Saturday. The line now reads: 63-63-63 - 189. That's 27 under par. The expectation about the drama level for Sunday's final round, as golf competes for TV viewers with the NFL playoffs, is lots of yawns.
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January 17, 2014 | By Bill Dwyre
  For pro golfer Patrick Reed, Friday was Groundhog Day in the Southern California desert. He woke up to blue skies, warm temperatures, minimal wind and greens as smooth as a puppy's tummy. Again. So he went out and shot 63. Again. Reed, a 23-year-old Texan, leads the Humana Challenge by two shots. In most stops on the PGA tour, a 63-63 start that is 18 under par would have sent the rest of the guys off to call the airlines for early departure. After all, what's the use?
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November 16, 2013 | Wire reports
Lexi Thompson moved into position for her second victory in her last four starts, taking the third-round lead Saturday in the Lorena Ochoa Invitational at Guadalajara, Mexico. The 18-year-old Thompson shot a five-under 67 to reach 13-under 203 at Guadalajara Country Club. She had a one-stroke lead over South Korea's I.K. Kim. Thompson won the 2011 LPGA Navistar Classic at 16, and took the LPGA Malaysia last month for her second tour title. After opening with a 72, she had a 64 - the best round of the week in the 36-player event - Friday to pull within a stroke of second-round leaders Anna Nordqvist, So Yeon Ryu and Pornanong Phatlum.
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October 28, 2013 | By David Wharton
After waiting through thunderstorms and darkness, Ryan Moore wasted no time capturing the third PGA Tour title of his career with a playoff victory at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia. Moore defeated Gary Woodland on the first additional hole Monday morning, sinking a 5-foot putt for birdie. With the tour's new wraparound schedule, and the new season beginning in fall instead of January, the points from this tournament count toward next year's playoffs. "To get a win this early in the season, it's just incredible," Moore said.
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October 20, 2013 | Wire reports
Webb Simpson cruised to victory Sunday at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas, pulling away for a six-stroke win in the second event of the PGA Tour's new wraparound season. Winning for the first time since the 2012 U.S. Open, Simpson closed with a five-under-par 66 in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. He finished at 24-under 260 after opening with rounds of 64, 63 and 67 to take a four-stroke lead into the final round. Ryo Ishikawa and Jason Bohn tied for second.
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October 17, 2013 | Staff and wire reports
Nolan Ryan is leaving the Texas Rangers again, stepping away from his CEO role 20 years after ending his Hall of Fame career as a pitcher. In what the team had called a retirement, Ryan said Thursday that he is resigning as chief executive of the Rangers in a move effective at the end of this month. He is also selling his ownership stake in the team to co-chairmen Ray Davis and Bob Simpson . "It closes a chapter of my life in baseball," Ryan said. "I feel like it's time for me to move on to other things.
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