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Donald defends Honda title at new venue

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(AP) -- Tiger Woods is hosting another tournament, this one for recreational golfers on courses that include Merion and Congressional, and a gem north of Boston that a century ago was reputed to be the toughest U.S. Open course.

The Tiger Woods Foundation, which has seven learning centers and funds the Earl Woods Scholarship Program, has been raising money primarily through five events. There's the Tiger Jam in Las Vegas (a charity concert and poker night) and the Tiger Woods Invitational (a private tournament for donors at Pebble Beach). The foundation also benefits from the Quicken Loans National and Deutsche Bank Championship on the PGA Tour, and his 18-man World Challenge in December.

The latest venture is called the Tiger Woods Charity Playoffs. It's an amateur golf series that stretches over five months on eight golf courses, and it rewards the best players and fundraisers with a final event in Orlando, Fla., at the end of the year.

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Dawson to retire as R&A chief executive

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) Peter Dawson is to retire next year as chief executive of The R&A after 16 years with the governing body in charge of the Rules of Golf and organizing the British Open.

The R&A says Tuesday that Dawson will step down in September 2015. He will also be also leaving his role as secretary of Royal and Ancient Golf Club, the 2,400-member club whose headquarters overlook the Old Course at St. Andrews. Read More...

Wie looking to build on last week's win

DALY CITY, Calif. (AP) A beaming Michelle Wie explained her oversized visor as a necessary new addition after recently discovering wrinkles at age 24, then good-naturedly defended her unique, hunched-over putting stroke because Jack Nicklaus uses it.

Improved sun protection and short game aside, Wie is riding high after a comeback win in her home state of Hawaii last week. Now, she returns to familiar ground in the Bay Area looking to build on her first LPGA Tour victory in nearly four years when she competes in the inaugural Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic - just up the freeway from her alma mater, Stanford. Read More...

Pinehurst No. 2 ready for both US opens

PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) Pinehurst No. 2 is ready for its double dip of U.S. opens.

In less than two months, it will host the U.S. Open and U.S. Women's Open in consecutive weeks. Read More...

Kuchar takes Heritage with chip-in on 18

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) Matt Kuchar knew his next victory was coming, he just wasn't sure when.

He figured it might be at the Texas Open three weeks back when he finished two shots behind winner Steven Bowditch. Kuchar expected it would be the Houston Open a week later when he led down the stretch before being stung on Matt Jones' 42-yard chip-in on the first playoff hole. Read More...

Westwood pulls away for Malaysia victory

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) Lee Westwood ended a two-year winless drought with a seven-shot victory at the Malaysian Open on Sunday.

After a four-hour delay due to the threat of lightning in the middle of the final round, Westwood went on to shoot a 4-under par 68 to complete an 18-under 270 at the Kuala Lumpur Country Club course for his 36th career victory. Read More...

Jimenez wins Champions debut in style

DULUTH, Ga. (AP) Miguel Angel Jimenez quickly shifted his focus back to the Ryder Cup after winning his first Champions Tour event.

Jimenez held off Bernhard Langer to win the Greater Gwinnett Championship on Sunday, becoming only the third player to lead from start to finish in his debut on the 50-and-over tour. Read More...

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