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McIlroy is leading the money list by about $565,000 over Justin Rose, who has at least three tournaments left to reach his minimum 13 events.

A year ago, Donald thought he had the money title wrapped up until Webb Simpson was runner-up at the McGladrey Classic to go ahead of him. Donald entered Disney, and ran off six straight birdies on the back nine Sunday to win the tournament and wrap up the money title.


OCHOA RETURNS: Lorena Ochoa returns to competition this week in the Ladies Open of France, which starts Thursday at Chantaco Golf Club.

The 30-year-old Mexican retired from full-time golf in April 2010. She is playing on the request of Lacoste, the title sponsor of the tournament. Ochoa was supposed to play a year ago, but she was pregnant. Her son, Pedro, now is 9 months old.

“They’ve been very good to me being my sponsor for so long, so I’m happy to be here,” Ochoa said. “I’m going to try my best. I don’t practice anymore and I’m very relaxed in Mexico. My life is very different right now, so I’m just going to try my best and have a good week and enjoy the crowd and the kids, if they come to watch us.”


FREDDIE’S PULSE: There was pause for concern during the Ryder Cup when U.S. assistant captain Fred Couples was seen getting his blood pressure checked by paramedics in the middle of the day.

Turns out it was just a joke.

“I was walking by that area from the 11th green to the 12th tee where the EMTs are,” Couples said. “I said to them, `Save any lives today?’ And they said they weren’t very busy so I wanted to give them something to do.”

He asked them to check his blood pressure. When he ran into them Saturday, a tradition had been established and they did it again.

PGA of America officials checked it out when they learned about the photo, and Couples couldn’t figure out what the fuss was all about. Once he realized what had happened, he couldn’t stop grinning.

“Look at me,” he said Sunday, spreading both arms out to the side. “I mean, I could die tomorrow, who knows? But I’m a model of health, aren’t I?”


MICKELSON ON THE MARK: The lasting image of Phil Mickelson at the Ryder Cup was giving Justin Rose a thumbs-up and approving nod after each of the big putts Rose made on the last three holes to beat him.

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