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Woods cards 65, shares lead at East Lake

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ATLANTA (AP) The crowd at East Lake was larger and louder than it has been in five years, which was the last time Tiger Woods was at the Tour Championship.

It was no coincidence.

Woods played one of his best rounds of the year in his return to the FedEx Cup finale and caused the biggest cheer of a sun-baked Thursday afternoon by making an eagle putt from just over 25 feet on the par-5 18th for a 5-under 65 and a share of the lead with Rickie Fowler.

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Garcia dedicates round to slain golfer

VILAMOURA, Portugal (AP) Sergio Garcia dedicated his round Thursday in the Portugal Masters to the Spanish women's college golfer killed in Iowa.

Celia Barquin Arozamena, the Big 12 champion this year for Iowa State, was found stabbed to death Monday. Read More...

Paisley shoots 61 for Web.com lead

ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. (AP) Chris Paisley birdied four of the last five holes for a 10-under 61 and the first-round lead Thursday in the season-ending Web.com Tour Championship.

The South African Open winner in January for his first European Tour title, Paisley played the back nine first at Atlantic Beach Country Club, holing a bunker shot for an eagle on the par-5 18th. On the front nine, he birdied the par-3 fifth and finished with three straight birdies. Read More...

US aims to end drought on European soil

Another trip across the Atlantic turned into another failure for the Americans in the Ryder Cup. At least on paper.

What emerged that Sunday night after their 16+-11+ loss to Europe four years ago in Scotland was enough frustration, mainly from Phil Mickelson, to overhaul a broken system. It brought Mickelson and Tiger Woods closer together in the search for a winning formula. It led to players having more input in picking their captain and forming their team. The hope was that it would create more continuity. Read More...

Family of alleged killer 'devastated'

AMES, Iowa (AP) Relatives of the 22-year-old Iowa man charged in the stabbing death of a top amateur golfer from Spain say they're "devastated by the tragedy."

Collin Richards' family released a statement Thursday saying their "thoughts and prayers" are with the family and friends of Iowa State University student Celia Barquin Arozamena, whose body was found Monday in a golf course pond. Read More...

Iowa State holds vigil for slain golfer

AMES, Iowa (AP) Teammates and others who knew an Iowa State University student-athlete who was killed this week while playing golf near the campus shared stories about her and lit candles in her memory.

The vigil Wednesday evening to remember 22-year-old Celia Barquin Arozamena drew a large crowd north of the Campanile, a bell tower on the Ames campus. Several speakers, including women's golf coach Christie Martens, talked about the star golfer from Spain. Read More...

FedEx Cup to offer $15M to 2019 winner

ATLANTA (AP) The bonus pool for the PGA Tour postseason doubles next year to $70 million in a revamped system that gives a head start to top players at the Tour Championship and pays $15 million to the FedEx Cup champion.

PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan said Tuesday the changes were designed to make the FedEx Cup finale easier for fans to understand and to avoid the potential for separate winners of the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup. Read More...

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