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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.

FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 8, 2014 file photo, Tiger Woods winces after tee shot on the sixth hole during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky. The last time Tiger Woods was seen at a golf tournament was at the PGA Championship when he missed the cut. He returns this week at the Hero World Challenge in Windermere, Fla.  (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

Tiger Woods back on Tour for first time since PGA Championship

- Associated Press

Woods is playing in his Hero World Challenge, which starts Thursday in his old neighborhood of Isleworth. It will be his first competition since he missed the cut on Aug. 9 at the PGA Championship. He wanted to make sure his body was stronger.

John Daly, left, high fives with teammate Phil  Mickelson after Mickelson birdied the third hole to put their team up against Tiger Woods and Hank Kuehne at the Battle At the Bridges Monday Aug. 2, 2004 in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

John Daly: Woods or Mickelson should captain 2016 U.S. Ryder Cup team

Associated Press

“Phil Mickelson should be the next captain and play at Hazeltine. Phil seems to thrive on Ryder Cup competition, does well when he plays. He knows everything about the Ryder Cup, so maybe it should be him or Tiger who should be the next captain. We’ve had playing captains over the years, so why not in 2016?”

Bubba Watson of the U.S. celebrates after making an eagle from a bunker on the 18th hole during the final round of the HSBC Champions golf tournament at the Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai, China, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2014. Watson captured his first World Golf Championship. (AP Photo)

Bubba Watson takes Shanghai title after frenzied finish

- Associated Press

Watson closed with a 2-under 70, a score that doesn’t even begin to describe his wild ride — an eagle, birdie, par, bogey and double bogey filled his scorecard over the last five holes.

FILE - PGA of America President Ted Bishop speaks next to the Presidents Cup trophy at a news conference at City Hall in San Francisco, in this July 2, 2014 file photo. The PGA of America president referred to Ian Poulter as a little girl on two social media accounts Thursday evening Oct. 23, 2014 for his comments on Nick Faldo and Tom Watson as Ryder Cup captains.(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Ted Bishop resigns as PGA president

- Associated Press

Ted Bishop was ousted Friday as president of the PGA of America over a sexist tweet and Facebook post directed at Ian Poulter.

US team captain Tom Watson attends a press conference after Europe won the 2014 Ryder Cup golf tournament at Gleneagles, Scotland, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Tom Watson takes blame for U.S. Ryder Cup loss

- Associated Press

“I regret that my words may have made the players feel that I didn’t appreciate their commitment and dedication to winning the Ryder Cup,” Watson said in a statement issued Saturday through the PGA of America. “My intentions throughout my term as captain were both to inspire and to be honest.”

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- Associated Press

Defending champion Jimmy Walker one-putted his last 11 holes Saturday on his way to an 8-under 62 and a two-shot lead in the Sony Open.

Daniel Summerhays hits out of a bunker on the 11th green during the second round of the Sony Open golf tournament, Thursday, Jan, 16, 2015, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Hugh Gentry)

Kuchar, Simpson, Thomas tied for lead at Sony Open

- Associated Press

Webb Simpson was so determined to switch to a conventional putting style that he broke his belly putter over his knee so he could never use it again. He might be the most surprised of anyone to be tied for the lead Friday in the Sony Open.

Tourinho has 1-shot lead at Latin American Amateur

Associated Press

Andre Tourinho of Brazil had eight birdies in his round of 6-under 66, giving him a one-shot lead Friday going into the weekend of the Latin American Amateur with a Masters invitation on the line.

Webb Simpson follows his ball after teeing off on the 11th hole during the first round of the Sony Open golf tournament, Thursday, Jan, 15, 2015, in Honolulu, Hawaii.  (AP Photo/Hugh Gentry)

Simpson feels like a rookie again with short putter

- Associated Press

Webb Simpson had a hard time sleeping on the eve of his first PGA Tour event of the new year. He sounded like a rookie, not a former U.S. Open champion and member of the last two Ryder Cup teams.

Golf Capsules

- Associated Press

Webb Simpson was so determined to switch to a conventional putting style that he broke his belly putter over his knee so he could never use it again. He might be the most surprised of anyone to be tied for the lead Friday in the Sony Open.

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland tees off on the 14th hole during the first round of the Abu Dhabi Championship golf tournament in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Thursday Jan. 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

Kaymer lives up to 'King of Abu Dhabi' tag with 1st-round 64

- Associated Press

Martin Kaymer rekindled his fondness for the Abu Dhabi Championship by rolling in 10 birdies to shoot an 8-under 64 in the first round on Thursday, giving the German a one-stroke lead in an event he has won three times.

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- Associated Press

Webb Simpson made his debut with a conventional putter Thursday at the Sony Open and might have wished he had used one sooner.

Golfer Charles Howell all about fast start to new year

- Associated Press

The sun is shining and spirits are soaring at the Sony Open, the first full-field event of the year on the PGA Tour that seems to bring equal measures of optimism no matter how long a player has been around.

Jason Day, of Australia, waves to the gallery on the 17th green during the final round of the Tournament of Champions golf tournament, Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, in Kapalua, Hawaii.  (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)

Golfers barred from throwing items to fans at Phoenix Open

- Associated Press

The PGA Tour already has banned the caddie races on the infamous par-3 16th hole at the Phoenix Open. Next on the taboo list: tossing items to fans in the grandstands at golf's rowdiest hole.

Golf Glance

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