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    Padraig Harrington shot 8-under 64 on Thursday in the first competitive round at the new Texas headquarters of the PGA of America for a two-shot lead at the Senior PGA Championship. The 51-year-old Irishman made a long birdie putt on the par-4 second hole and chipped in for another birdie at 10. He hit his approach to about two feet on the par-4 16th and got up and down from the fringe behind the green for birdie at the par-5 18th.

      So much for the Block party at Colonial. California club pro Michael Block had a dream week at the PGA Championship when he made a hole-in-one and tied for 15th. He came back to reality in the Charles Schwab Challenge. Block had three double bogeys on the last four holes and shot 81. He in last place in the 120-man field. 

        The PGA Tour's "Block Party" is still going with Michael Block playing at Colonial after tying for 15th at last week's PGA Championship. The club pro from California will tee up for the first round Thursday at the Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas. The 120-player field also includes local favorites Scott Scheffler and Jordan Spieth. Scheffler, the No. 1 player in the world, was the runner-up in the major last week and at Colonial last year to Sam Burns. Block is in on a sponsor's exemption and says he's glad he hasn't come to reality yet about what's happening.

          Justin Leonard is seeking his first PGA Tour Champions victory close to his old Texas home in the Senior PGA Championship. The tournament marks the debut of the signature course for the new headquarters of the PGA of America in Frisco. The suburb is about 30 miles north of Dallas. Leonard grew up in Dallas before moving to Colorado and then Florida. Ryder Cup veteran Darren Clarke sees that major international event coming to the PGA Frisco's Ranch Fields East course. The course is set to host the PGA Championship in 2027 and 2034.

            Brooks Koepka now has five major championships with his two-shot win at the PGA Championship. That's one major for LIV Golf. No one is keeping score that way, least of all Koepka. He says it should boost the Saudi-funded rival league. Certainly it should put to rest the notion that playing for guaranteed riches has taken off the edge to compete. That was never the case with Koepka. He only wanted to be healthy. He was every bit of that at Oak Hill. Koepka becomes the 20th play in golf history to win at least five majors.

              Viktor Hovland endured another near miss at a major at the PGA Championship. The 25-year-old finished in a tie for second behind winner Brooks Koepka following a 2-under 68 that left him at 7 under for the tournament. Hovland's chances at catching Koepka disappeared when a shot out of a fairway bunker on the 16th hole plugged into the lip. He double-bogeyed the hole but salvaged a runner-up finish when he birdied the 18th. 

                Brooks Koepka is a major champion again. Gone are those injuries that led to doubt whether he was still part of golf's elite. Koepka won the PGA Championship at Oak Hill by closing with a 67 and winning by two shots over Scotties Scheffler and Viktor Hovland. He now has won the PGA Championship three times. And it was his fifth major title.

                The PGA Championship was plenty tough at rainy Oak Hill and so was Brooks Koepka. He shot 66 and takes a one-shot lead over Viktor Hovland and Corey Conners going into the final round. Koepka had the low score for the second straight round. He still needed some help from Conners. The Canadian lost the lead when his bunker shot on the 16th plugged into the lip and led to double bogey. 

                Scottie Scheffler is part of a three-way tie for the lead going into the weekend at the PGA Championship. Oak Hill over two days has provided a little of everything — freezing temperatures, warm wind and rain. It also has unlimited possibilities on the weekend. Nine players are under par. Eighteen players are separated by five shots. Bryson DeChambeau is two back. Brooks Koepka ran off birdies on rain-softened greens for a 66 to get within three. Rory McIlroy was stunned to be only five behind the way he's hitting the ball. Rain is in the forecast for Saturday.

                Bryson DeChambeau is the leading the frost-delayed PGA Championship. It's been more than a year since DeChambeau was the incredible bulk who tried to overpower golf courses. Now he's slimmer and feels healthy. That much is evident with his 66 at Oak Hill. That gives DeChambeau a one-shot lead over Scottie Scheffler, Dustin Johnson and Corey Conners among those who finished. Thirty players have to finish the round Friday. Eric Cole is at 5 under and has four holes to complete. Johnson was tied for the lead until making his only bogey on the final hole.

                Bryson DeChambeau is the leading the frost-delayed PGA Championship. It's been more than a year since DeChambeau was the incredible bulk who tried to overpower golf courses. Now he's slimmer and feels healthy. That much is evident with his 66 at Oak Hill. That gives DeChambeau a one-shot lead over Scottie Scheffler and Corey Conners among the early starters. The first round is unlikely to finish on Thursday because of a two-hour delay for frost in the morning. DeChambeau warmed up nicely. He hasn't won in more than two years. He still swings hard, but he's keeping it in play.

                A Florida judge has sided with superstar golfer Tiger Woods in a legal dispute with his ex-girlfriend. Judge Elizabeth Metzger rejected late Wednesday an attempt by Erica Herman to throw out her nondisclosure agreement with Woods. Metzger called Herman's allegation that was a victim of sexual harassment "vague and threadbare."

                Oak Hill is tough enough in any conditions. Throw in biting colder temperatures on the eve of the PGA Championship and it was a reminder that this major figures to be a strong test. The good news for the 156 players is the weather will get warmer. Oak Hill figures to stay tough. Jordan Spieth says it's no different from a U.S. Open. The thick rough and penal bunkers are putting a premium on accuracy. The PGA Championship begins Thursday with 99 of the top 100 players in the world. Masters champion Jon Rahm is among the favorites.

                Jason Day's golf game is back on an upswing entering the PGA Championship fresh off winning the Byron Nelson last week. The victory was Day's first in five years and provides the latest hint in how the 35-year-old Australian has finally begun shedding back issues and concerns his career might be over. Day climbed to the top of the world rankings in 2015, when he won the PGA Championship, before a steady decline dropped him to 175th a little over a year ago. He's climbed back to No. 20 and enjoyed seven top-10 finishes in his past 16 tournaments.

                The start of the IndyCar season has been miserable for Meyer Shank Racing, which heads into the Indianapolis 500 ranked second to last in the standings among full-time organizations. But Indy is the place where the team hopes it can turn things around. Helio Castroneves and Simon Pagenaud have won a combined five Indy 500s, including Castroneves' record-tying fourth victory in 2021 while driving for Shank.


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                Zach Johnson cares mostly about group chemistry for his American team at the Ryder Cup. He wants camaraderie. What he doesn't know is whether LIV players like Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka are part of that picture. The Ryder Cup is four months away in Rome. Johnson will have six captain's picks. Dustin Johnson and Koepka are unlikely to earn one of the six automatic spots. Captain Zach says he know enough about LIV Golf and the courses they play to judge how well they are doing. Johnson and Koepka say they'd love to be part of the team.

                Marlene Hagge-Vossler has died at age 89. She was the last surviving member of the 13 women who founded the LPGA Tour in 1950. Hagge-Vossler was only 15 when she signed the incorporation papers to start the LPGA. She was hugely successful as an amateur. She was charismatic and glamorous. And as a professional, her 26 LPGA victories included the 1952 LPGA Championship. She was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2002. Her death Tuesday comes two months after the remaining LPGA founders were voted into the Hall of Fame for the 2024 induction.

                Club pro Braden Shattuck's long road back from a devastating car accident will end at the PGA Championship. Shattuck herniated several disks in his lower back in 2019 when getting hit while crossing an intersection in Florida. He was forced to take two years off from golf following the accident before rebuilding a new swing that helped him win the 2023 PGA Professional Championship to earn him a spot in the field at Oak Hill. Shattuck, who is from the Philadelphia suburbs, says he believes he can make the cut but is focusing on trying to enjoy the experience after his playing career nearly ended.

                Jon Rahm is playing some of his best golf and likes what he sees at the PGA Championship. Oak Hill has been restored to what Donald Ross intended. For the second major of the year, it's long and framed by thick grass. Rahm watched video of the last PGA Championship at Oak Hill in 2013. The course and conditions are different from what he faces this week. But he noticed how discipline and a good wedge game could go a long way. Rahm isn't ready to think about a Grand Slam this year. He just wants as many major championships as possible.

                Dustin Johnson has won another three-man playoff in LIV Golf. Johnson made a mess of the 10th hole with a triple bogey that cost him the lead at LIV Golf Tulsa. But he rallied with a birdie on the 18th for a 67 to join a playoff. Then he made a 15-foot birdie putt from the fringe to beat Cameron Smith and Branden Grace. 

                Jason Day has his first PGA Tour victory in five years at the Byron Nelson. The Australian shot a 9-under 62 for a one-shot victory over Austin Eckroat and Si Woo Kim. Hometown favorite Scottie Scheffler finished three shots back. Day broke a tie with Scheffler with a chip-in birdie at the par-4 12th. Day finished at 23 under playing on Mother's Day a little more than a year after losing his mom to cancer.

                Austin Eckroat and China's Marty Dou are seeking a first PGA Tour victory as they share the third-round lead at 16 under with Ryan Palmer at the Byron Nelson. Hometown favorite Scottie Scheffler is two shots back after faltering with a bogey on the par-5 18th. The Oklahoma-raised Eckroat shot 8-under 63. Dou had a 64 on his home course at the TPC Craig Ranch. Dou lives in the Dallas area. Palmer's eagle putt for the outright lead on 18 stopped just short.

                Dustin Johnson is in position for his second LIV Golf title. The two-time major champion shot a 63 with a bogey on his final hole. That gives him a two-shot lead over Branden Grace going into the final round of LIV Golf Tulsa. Grace followed his opening 61 with a 67. Bubba Watson was in third place after a 64. He's four shots behind. Johnson won the LIV Golf points title last year. But this year he has gotten off to a slow start. Johnson has not finished closer than five shots in the previous five LIV events this year.

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