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FILE - In this May 6, 2018, file photo, Jason Day poses with, from left to right, his daughter Lucy, son Dash and wife Ellie after winning the Wells Fargo Championship golf tournament at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C. Day says he wants to get back to No. 1 and still devote time to his family. (AP Photo/Jason E. Miczek, File) **FILE**

Jason Day eyes return to No. 1, even if it costs him sleep

- Associated Press

Jason Day wants to get back to No. 1 in the world, and he’s willing to lose sleep over it. Day knows the cost of being the best golfer on the planet because he already reached that summit.

Tiger Woods of the US places the cover of a water sprinkler as he jokes with Patrick Reed, center, and Jordan Spieth, right, during a practice round of the Ryder Cup at Le Golf National in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, outside Paris, France, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. The 42nd Ryder Cup will be held in France from Sept. 28-30, 2018 at Le Golf National. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Americans confident of win on European soil at Ryder Cup

- Associated Press

Jim Furyk has spent four days watching his team play loose and confident, two key ingredients he hopes will allow the Americans to end 25 years without winning the Ryder Cup away from home.

Jordan Spieth of the US, Patrick Reed, Tiger Woods and Justin Thomas, from left, walk to the 18th green during a practice round for the Ryder Cup at Le Golf National in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, outside Paris, France, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018. The 42nd Ryder Cup will be held in France from Sept. 28-30, 2018 at Le Golf National. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

American stars seek European success in the Ryder Cup

- Associated Press

The American team at the Ryder Cup is one of the strongest ever. It features nine players who have combined to win 31 major championships, nearly half of those by Tiger Woods, who signaled his return last week by winning the Tour Championship.

Tiger Woods hits from the third tee during the final round of the Tour Championship golf tournament Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis) **FILE**

SNYDER: Tiger Woods still worthy of emulation, admiration

Neither marketing executives, pro golfers nor golf fans, imagined Woods would go through everything he’s endured to wind up again in the winner’s circle at age 42 after a five-year drought. None of us is Tiger Woods. And I’m not sure, notwithstanding his fortune, we’d want to be.

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FILE - In this July 15, 2018, file photo, Steve Stricker hits on the ninth fairway during the final round of the John Deere Classic golf tournament, in Silvis, Ill.  Stricker, who is about to turn 52, is not ready for a fulltime schedule on the PGA Tour Champions.(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Stricker looking to play more on PGA Tour this year

- Associated Press

Steve Stricker came to Hawaii for two weeks of work, just like the old days, but with a twist. Instead of starting at the winners-only field at Kapalua and then going over to the Sony Open, he started at the Sony Open and heads to the winners-only field on the Big Island for the PGA Tour Champions opener.

Matt Kuchar reacts to making a birdie putt on the first green during the third round of the Sony Open golf tournament Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Kuchar leads Sony Open by 2 shots

- Associated Press

Matt Kuchar made it look easy Saturday in the Sony Open. With no bogeys on his card, it even felt easy to him.

Stewart Cink reacts after saving par on the 18th green during the second round of the Sony Open PGA Tour golf event, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Top of golf now belongs to youth

- Associated Press

Leave it to the oldest rookie to best illustrate how the PGA Tour has become such a young man's game.

Matt Kuchar putts on the 13th green during the second round of the Sony Open PGA Tour golf event, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Matt Kuchar takes 1-shot lead at Sony Open

- Associated Press

The easygoing vibe in Hawaii is a perfect fit for Matt Kuchar, who spends as much as a month at a time on the islands when his schedule allows.

Rory Sabbatini watches his shot from 10th tee during the first round of the Sony Open PGA Tour golf event, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, at the Waialae Country Club in Honolulu, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Rory Sabbatini now playing for Slovakia

- Associated Press

Rory Sabbatini has been playing the Sony Open the last 20 years, and this one was different before he hit a shot.

Jordan Spieth watches his putt on the first green during the pro-am round of the Sony Open golf event, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, at the Waialae Country Club in Honolulu, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Spieth looks at fresh start and last year's progress

- Associated Press

Jordan Spieth showed up in Hawaii three years ago hopeful that a new year would be more of a continuation than a fresh start. Back then, he was coming off two majors, five victories, the FedEx Cup and he was No. 1 in the world.

Stephen Curry's PGA Tour event scrapped

Associated Press

The PGA Tour has pulled the plug on a new tournament hosted by Stephen Curry with time running short and details ranging from the golf course to sponsorship that could not be pulled together.

FILE - In this June 13, 2014, file photo, Chris Thompson lines up a putts on the 12th hole during the second round of the U.S. Open golf tournament in Pinehurst, N.C. The Sony Open really is paradise for Thompson, who could have swam to Hawaii faster than it took him to reach the PGA Tour. He turned pro in 1999. Twenty years later, he finally is teeing it up along with the elite in golf. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

The long road to PGA Tour for 42-year-old rookie

- Associated Press

Considering the long road he traveled and the setbacks that followed, it's hard to imagine anyone at the Sony Open who appreciates this island paradise more than Chris Thompson. He could have swum to Hawaii in less time than it took him to reach the PGA Tour.

Patton Kizzire plays his shot from the second tee during the third round of the Tournament of Champions golf event, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, at Kapalua Plantation Course in Kapalua, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Kizzire's tour education includes a tough round with Woods

- Associated Press

Patton Kizzire took longer than expected to reach the PGA Tour, but he figures every step was a learning experience. That includes his first victory, which came at Mayakoba, his six-hole playoff win at the Sony Open last year and even one of the more embarrassing moments last year.