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McGirt cards 64, leads by 3 at Firestone

AKRON, Ohio (AP) Golf in Ohio must bring out the best in William McGirt.

One month after his first PGA Tour victory at the Memorial, McGirt looked just as good two hours up the road at the Bridgestone Invitational. In his World Golf Championship debut, he opened with six birdies and finished with a 45-foot par for a 6-under 64 and a three-shot lead. Read More...

Henderson grabs early lead in Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Defending champion Brooke Henderson shot a 7-under 65 on Thursday to take a two-stroke lead after the opening round of the LPGA Cambia Portland Classic on Thursday.

Picking up where she left off from a year ago, when Henderson shot a 21-under 267 to win her first LPGA tournament, the 18-year-old Canadian hit 16 greens and made nine birdies on a warm, cloudless day at the 6,476-yard Columbia Edgewater course. Read More...

Laird leads at Barracuda Championship

RENO, Nev. (AP) Martin Laird of Scotland made eight birdies to lead the Barracuda Championship on Thursday with more than just a PGA Tour victory on the line.

Because of the West Virginia floods that led to The Greenbrier Classic being canceled next week, a spot in the British Open has been transferred to the leading player not already eligible at the Barracuda Championship. Read More...

Nicklaus to play in charity pro-am

DETROIT (AP) Jack Nicklaus will participate in a pro-am golf tournament to help raise money for Detroit schools.

Cornerstone Schools said Thursday it hopes to bring in $3 million from the tournament headlined by the golf great. The goal is $50 million, aimed at increasing the number of students to 5,000 at the not-for-profit schools. Read More...

Villegas mulling Zika, job in Rio choice

RENO, Nev. (AP) Camilo Villegas of Colombia is weighing the Zika virus and his job in deciding whether to play in the Olympics.

Villegas said Thursday at the Barracuda Championship that he and his wife are trying to have children, and Zika is a concern. He also has his PGA Tour card to worry about. He is No. 142 in the FedEx Cup. Only the top 125 keep their cards. Read More...

McIlroy: No regrets on skipping Olympics

SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) Rory McIlroy has no regrets about deciding not to go to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics because of concerns over the Zika virus, saying he and other golfers do not consider Olympic golf to be the "pinnacle" of their sport compared to playing in majors.

"We dream of winning Claret Jugs and we dream of winning green jackets," the four-time major winner said Wednesday. "Whether that makes golf look insular in any way ... it's just the way it is." Read More...