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Molinari holds off McIlroy to win BMW

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VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) Francesco Molinari's path to the biggest win of his career at the BMW PGA Championship was drama-free until he sized up his approach to the 72nd hole.

Rory McIlroy, his closest rival three strokes back, had just hit to 20 feet to set up an eagle chance. Molinari was between clubs for his third shot and faced a delicate wedge over the water protecting Wentworth's pretty 18th green.

His ball landed short of the pin and span back toward the water. The spectators held their collective breath - so did Molinari - but it came to rest on the fringe, just short of trouble.


McIlroy fades, game 'not quite there'

VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) Even as he took apart Wentworth with one of his best rounds of 2018, Rory McIlroy knew something wasn't quite right.

"There was still enough loose shots in that first 36 holes to know that, OK, it's not quite there," McIlroy said of the three-shot lead he held going into the weekend at the BMW PGA Championship. Read More...

Rose takes 4 shot lead at Colonial

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) While Justin Rose felt good about his four-stroke lead after three rounds at Colonial, he wasn't yet counting down the holes left in the Fort Worth Invitational.

"I think I've won and lost actually from four ahead, so I've got experience both ways," Rose said after shooting a 4-under 66 on Saturday to get to 14 under. "Just shows you can't get ahead of yourself." Read More...

McCarron, Petrovic lead at Senior PGA

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) Scott McCarron has been in the final group on Sunday six times in the last two years with four wins, including a major championship.

For Tim Petrovic, it will be something new in his first full year as a senior. Read More...

Minjee Lee up 2 shots on pregnant Lewis

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) In-Kyung Kim began her round with a flurry of birdies, and Stacy Lewis - playing five months' pregnant - closed hers out in similar fashion.

They both still have work to do if they're going to catch Minjee Lee, whose steady consistency has been enough so far. Read More...

Akiyoshi in British Open with Mizuno win

IBARAKI, Japan (AP) Shota Akiyoshi of Japan shot a 2-under-par 70 on Sunday to win the Mizuno Open and qualify for the British Open.

Akiyoshi offset three bogeys with five birdies at the Royal Golf Club in Ibaraki, Japan, to finish 1 under overall and secure his first ever tournament win on the Japan Golf Tour. Read More...

LPGA, BMW team for South Korea event

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) The LPGA Tour and BMW Group Korea have reached an agreement for a South Korean tournament that will start next year.

LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan and BMW Group Korea Chairman Hyo Joon Kim announced Wednesday that the first event will be played in October 2019 at LPGA International Busan, the tour's first golf facility outside the United States. Read More...

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