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McIlroy shoots 69 on competitive comeback
Patience paid dividends for Rory McIlroy as he enjoyed a highly promising competitive comeback in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, where defending champion Tommy Fleetwood shared the lead after day one.

Rory McIlroy begins 2018 in Abu Dhabi with goal: 'I'd love to win again'
April might seem a ways off, but it has been several years since McIlroy has won a major. He's hoping for a victory early in 2018 to boost his confidence ahead of Augusta. Oh, he also shares a Tiger Woods story.

Rahm shoots 62 to capture CareerBuilder lead
Jon Rahm shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday in perfect conditions at La Quinta Country Club to take the first-round lead in the CareerBuilder Challenge.

Kelly, Sauers lead PGA Tour Champions opener
Fresh off a solid performance on Oahu, Jerry Kelly shot an 8-under 64 on the Big Island on Thursday to share the first-round lead at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

Garcia opens year with 66, leads in Singapore
Sergio Garcia, playing his first tournament of the new year, rebounded from an early bogey to sink four birdies and an eagle and finished at 5-under 66 to take a two-shot lead Thursday at the Singapore Open.

McIlroy not ready to hand Ryder Cup to U.S.
Rory McIlroy is not ready to hand the United States the next Ryder Cup despite a convincing win by the Americans in 2016.

PGA Tour confirms Colonial for '18 amid issues
With lingering questions about the status of Colonial's title sponsorship, the PGA Tour says the historic tournament will be played as scheduled in May.

LPGA Tour back to L.A. after 13-year absence
The LPGA is returning to Los Angeles after a 13-year absence with a $1.5 million tournament in April.

Barber's caddie critical after brain injury
Blayne Barber's caddie was in critical condition with swelling in his brain from falling on his head Saturday. Barber said Gilmer was in a Waikiki Beach restaurant when he suddenly collapsed and landed on his head.

Weekly 18: Golf's unusual week in Hawaii ends with lesson in perseverance
Patton Kizzire needed six extra holes to win the Sony Open, the second win in the past four starts for the late-blooming 31-year-old. Jason Sobel runs down a week in Hawaii that included a missile scare.

Fighting Lyme disease, Jimmy Walker finding a better place
It has been more than a year of feeling mostly "awful, awful," but a week ahead of his 39th birthday, the six-time PGA Tour winner feels strong enough to resume his golf career at the Sony Open in Hawaii -- where Walker has won twice.

From joke to reality: College in Nebraska recruits 61-year-old to golf team
Don Byers wasn't planning on going back to school. He's nearly four decades removed from his college days. But an offhand joke by Bellevue University's golf coach led to an unlikely union.

Weekly 18: Dustin Johnson just showed why he could be unstoppable
The world's top-ranked golfer made dominating a tournament look simple in Kapalua. Will DJ find that same gear in a major this year? Jason Sobel makes a prediction in this week's edition of the Weekly 18.

Will Justin Thomas repeat last year's magic? Can Tiger relive glory days?
Golf's biggest names will be looking to prove they're at the top of their game in 2018. Bob Harig runs down what's at stake.

Rickie Fowler, major champion? See who makes our 2018 Leap list
From Fowler to Xander Schauffele, Jason Sobel identifies which professional golfers are poised to jump to another level this year.

Woods catches two giant fish on birthday
Tiger Woods celebrated turning 42 on December 30 by making two enormous catches on a spearfishing trip, according to pictures on his social media accounts.

Handicapping golf's 2018 major venues, including a steamy final site
Augusta in April might be every golfer's dream, but will Bellerive in August be a sweltering PGA Championship nightmare? Bob Harig looks at every major course in next year's lineup.

2018 predictions sure to go wrong: Spieth, McIlroy will capture Grand Slam
A trio of golfers will most certainly join golf's most exclusive club, right? And no doubt Tiger will play like the Tiger of yesteryear. Hmmm. These are just a couple of our 2018 predictions.

Alternate shot: A brilliant and controversial year in golf
It was a breakthrough year for Sergio Garcia, but what will golf fans remember most from 2017? ESPN.com's Bob Harig and Jason Sobel debate the year's highs and lows.

PGA Tour rookies to watch in 2018 -- one sits third in FedEx Cup points
Austin Cook earned a spot in the Masters with his RSM Classic win last month, but the PGA Tour rookie isn't the only new name to learn in 2018.

After three decades of fan intervention, golf wisely changes course
Starting with Craig Stadler in 1987 and extending to Tiger Woods at the 2013 Masters and Lexi Thompson at this year's ANA Inspiration tournament, TV viewers impacted golf by calling in violations from home. In 2018, the witch hunt ends.

Golf fans no longer able to call in violations
Golf fans will no longer be able to call in or email possible rules violations they witness while watching broadcasts of tournaments on television.

Champion Sharma almost didn't play Joburg Open
India's Shubhankhar Sharma is glad he changed his mind and played in the Joburg Open, after overcoming a lengthy weather delay and a Monday finish to win the by three strokes at Randpark Golf Club.

So, really, why do we care about Tiger?
No matter his circumstance, Tiger Woods has captivated the golf world -- and has even drawn in those outside of the sport. What is it about Tiger that keeps pulling us in?

The latest version of Tiger Woods might be the greatest
The 41-year-old golfing icon is different in this latest comeback, and the remarkable transformation isn't about his game.

Tiger's return features three under-par rounds
Tiger Woods posted three under-par rounds at the Hero World Challenge, including a final-round 4-under 68 highlighted by an eagle and a half-dozen birdies.

There are good points from Tiger's return, and then there's reality
There is no doubt Tiger Woods had a successful and inspired return to competitive golf this past week. But let's not forget the bigger tests that await the 14-time major winner in the coming months.

Hero World Challenge 2017 schedule, results and Tiger coverage
Complete coverage and analysis from Tiger Woods' latest return to competitive golf, as he took part in the Hero World Challenge 2017 at Albany Golf Club in the Bahamas.

Tiger hype understandable, but not sustainable
Until Tiger Woods can recalibrate his expectations -- and the same goes for us fans -- don't expect anything to change this week at the Hero World Challenge.

Tiger's return doesn't mean he can play anywhere he wants
With Tiger coming back to play in his own tournament, the Hero World Challenge, we got to thinking: Where else will he be eligible to play in the coming year, assuming he's healthy?

Woods dubbed 'Messi of golf' by daughter
Asked by reporters if he considers himself to be "the Lionel Messi of Golf," Tiger Woods replied: "That's what my daughter said!"

Jason Day tells us what he really thinks
In a wide-ranging interview, former world No. 1 Jason Day shares his thoughts about golf becoming a year-round sport, the health of his back, having his family on tour, skipping the Olympics and more.

Fall movers make an early splash on the PGA Tour
Which players took the most advantage of the fall series of PGA Tour starts? And what does that mean for the rest of the 2017-18 season? Bob Harig examines the big winners early in the wraparound season.

Why changes to PGA Tour 'playoffs' can't come soon enough
The PGA Tour Champions crowning a one-win season champ is a cautionary tale for the PGA Tour. Plus, there's plenty of golf news to watch, including Rickie Fowler hitting $30 million and Shanshan Feng hitting No. 1.

Quick 9: What Tiger told the basketball coach
Tiger Woods dropped a good bit of news and a lot of insight in a surprisingly long and candid appearance on UConn women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma's podcast. Here's what we learned.

Nervy Shiv Kapur brings out his aggressive side to win big
After winning his second Asian Tour title of the year at the Panasonic Open on Sunday, golfer Shiv Kapur talks to ESPN about beating nerves and coming through with flying colours.

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