Wanting to return among the elite in golf, Graeme McDowell mapped out a plan last fall. He figured out how many ranking points he would need to get back into the top five in the world.
On current form and on a very familiar golf course, the two top-ranked players in the World Cup _ Adam Scott and Matt Kuchar _ are heavy favorites for individual honors when play begins Thursday at Royal Melbourne.
Australia's Adam Scott says he believes he can follow Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson in becoming a dominant player at The Masters after his breakthrough win at Augusta last year.
Joost Luiten was first alternate at the British Open, and he wasn't very happy when Peter Hanson played only five holes before he withdrew with a bad back. Hanson knew he couldn't finish the tournament. He felt he had to tee off so it would count as a start toward the minimum 15 required to remain a PGA Tour member.
Shohei Hasegawa of Japan and Lee Chang-woo of South Korea battled 25 mph gusts and temperatures in the mid-50s to share the lead going into the final two rounds of the Asia-Pacific Amateur.