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Retired professional golfer Jack Nicklaus looks at a Congressional Gold Medal which was presented to him during a ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 24, 2015. From left are, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, Nicklaus, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky.  (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Jack Nicklaus awarded congressional gold medal

- Associated Press

Congress on Tuesday awarded its highest civilian honor to golfing great Jack Nicklaus, who accepted the medal with a few tears, humility and humor.

Brandt Snedeker reacts after making a birdie on the fifth green of the Pebble Beach Golf Links during the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am golf tournament Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, in Pebble Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Brandt Snedeker breaks own record, wins AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am

- Associated Press

Coming off the worst season of his career, Brandt Snedeker’s mission was to become relevant again. He was eligible for only one major and none of the World Golf Championships, and he hated the idea of the world’s best players competing without him.

FILE - In this June 25, 2008, file photo, Billy Casper attends the Pro-Am round of the Buick Open in Grand Blanc, Mich. Casper, a prolific winner on the PGA Tour whose career was never fully appreciated in the era of the "Big Three," died Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, at his home in Utah. He was 83. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

Billy Casper, prolific PGA Tour winner, dies at 83

- Associated Press

Casper, one of the most prolific winners on the PGA Tour who was overshadowed at the height of his career by the “Big Three,” died Saturday at his home in Utah.

Tiger Woods takes a few one-arm swings during a fog delay while waiting to tee off during the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Tiger Woods withdraws because of tightness in lower back

- Associated Press

For the third time in his last eight PGA Tour events, Tiger Woods got into a cart in the middle of his round and was driven to the parking lot because of back pain. Most troubling about Thursday in the Farmers Insurance Open was he spoke only a week ago of feeling “great” physically, and this was only his second event of the year.

Tiger Woods acknowledges the crowd on the 16th hole during the first round of the Phoenix Open golf tournament, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Tiger Woods falls near bottom of leaderboard in first round of season

- Associated Press

In his first appearance at the TPC Scottsdale in 14 years — and only his second tournament in six months — Woods couldn’t hit the green with three chip shots and was near the bottom of the leaderboard until two key shots on the back nine salvaged a 2-over 73.

Tiger Woods tees off from the fourth hole during the final round of the Hero World Challenge golf tournament on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, in Windermere, Fla. (AP Photo/Willie J. Allen Jr.)

Tiger Woods ties for last but feels healthy in return to action

- Associated Press

Except for flu-like symptoms on Saturday, Woods said he went 72 holes without feeling any pain in his back. He had back surgery a week before the Masters, and then took off the last four months to strengthen his muscle structure.

Tiger Woods covers his face as he waits to putt on the fifth green during the second round of the Hero World Challenge golf tournament on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, in Windermere, Fla. (AP Photo/Willie J. Allen Jr.)

Tiger Woods’ struggles continue in return to action

- Associated Press

Woods is playing for the first time since Aug. 9 at the PGA Championship. He took nearly four months off to strengthen his muscle structure, and during the time away, he hired a new swing coach. His swing looks fine. His short game does not.

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Mirim Lee birdied all four par-5 holes and finished with a bogey-free 7-under 65 on Thursday to take the first-round lead in the Kia Classic.

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Frenchman Saddier leads Hassan II after 7-under 65

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Top-ranked Lydia Ko set for Kia Classic

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Ernie Els, of South Africa, tips his hat to the crowd,while walking up to the 18th green, during the second round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament in Orlando, Fla., Friday, March 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Els gets a tip and a compliment to end streak

- Associated Press

Ernie Els showed up at Bay Hill having missed the cut in four consecutive tournaments, the longest such streak of his career since 1993 when he missed the cut at the Honda Classic, Bay Hill, The Players Championship and the Benson & Hedges Open in England.