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Tiger-Phil aims to draw on pay-per-view

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The winner between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson might be the least relevant aspect of their Friday night match in Las Vegas.

Far more compelling was the outcome of a 72-hole exhibition played over two courses for an obscene amount of money - Harry Vardon received nearly seven times more than what he had won from his one-shot victory over Willie Park Jr. in the 1898 British Open.

That next summer, Vardon and Park played an exhibition billed by the British press as the greatest golf competition ever. Vardon won 100 British pounds with his 2-up advantage at North Berwick before 10,000 spectators, and another 100 pounds for completing the 11-and-10 rout at his home course of Ganton.


Poulter nudged Hatton for World Cup spot

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Ian Poulter is an unabashed fan of the sandbelt courses of southeast Melbourne. So it came as no surprise that he gave England's highest-ranked player at the World Cup of Golf, Tyrrell Hatton, a gentle nudge that he'd like to be on the England team.

Poulter and Hatton are among the favorites when the tournament starts Thursday at Metropolitan, one of famed sandbelt courses that includes Royal Melbourne and Kingston Heath, which hosted the World Cup in 2016. Royal Melbourne was the venue in 2013. Read More...

Singh, PGA settle anti-doping lawsuit

Vijay Singh has settled his lawsuit against the PGA Tour over how it investigated his use of deer antler spray, ending more than five years of litigation less than a week before the case was to go to trial in New York.

Terms of the settled announced Tuesday were not disclosed. Read More...

Nicklaus-Palmer still golf's top rivalry

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) Jack Nicklaus says if he were in a high-stakes match in Las Vegas in his prime, the most compelling opponent would be Arnold Palmer. Never mind that he considers his toughest rival to be Tom Watson. Or that he finished runner-up to Lee Trevino in majors four times in seven years.

With apologies to the super-hyped exhibition between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson on pay-per-view, any talk of rivalries in golf starts with Nicklaus and Palmer. Read More...

Europe names Davies Solheim vice-captain

LONDON (AP) British golfer Laura Davies will be one of Europe's three vice-captains next year at the Solheim Cup.

Europe captain Catriona Matthew chose Davies to join vice-captains Suzann Pettersen and Kathryn Imrie for the competition at the Gleneagles course in Scotland in September. Read More...

PGA announces new tournament in Japan

TOKYO (AP) The PGA Tour will hold its first official tournament in Japan. And the main sponsor of next year's event, Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, is describing it as a kind of "moonshot" for golf in his country.

Maezawa should know.

Vic Open both LPGA, European next year

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Golf Australia says the 2019 Vic Open, which features both men and women playing simultaneously, will be co-sanctioned by the LPGA Tour.

The men's portion of the tournament has already been announced to be on the European Tour next year. Read More...

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