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Reaching No. 1 a big deal for Koepka

Brooks Koepka of the United States poses with his trophy after winning the CJ Cup PGA golf tournament at Nine Bridges on Jeju Island, South Korea, Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018. (Park Ji-ho/Yonhap via AP)

Reaching No. 1 in the world felt even sweeter to Brooks Koepka because of how he got there.

Golf is about winning, and the world ranking is merely a result of that. For all the math involved in a formula that tries to measure performance over two years, it's a lot easier to understand when the new No. 1 is posing with a trophy.

Dustin Johnson knows that feeling. So does Rory McIlroy.

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Garcia wins rain-shortened Spain event

SOTOGRANDE, Spain (AP) Sergio Garcia won his third Andalucia Valderrama Masters on Monday, finishing the rain-shortened European Tour event four shots ahead of Shane Lowry.

Garcia shot a 2-under 69 for a 12-under 201 total in the 54-hole tournament at the Real Club Valderrama in southern Spain. Lowry shot a 66 in the final round. Read More...

Kang wins LPGA Shanghai by 2 strokes

SHANGHAI (AP) Danielle Kang shot a 3-under 69 on Sunday to win the LPGA Shanghai by two strokes for her second career title.

Kang, who started the final round one stroke off the lead, offset a lone bogey on the par-5 fourth hole with four birdies after the turn to finish at 13-under 275 and hold off a late charge by Lydia Ko, who had the day's lowest score of 66. Read More...

Austin wins Champions playoff opener

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Woody Austin knew Bernhard Langer was lurking throughout the final nine holes, and he did just enough to hold him off.

Austin shot a 3-under 69 for a one-stroke victory Sunday in the PGA Tour Champions' playoff-opening Dominion Energy Charity Classic. Read More...

NBC hires Azinger to replace Miller

NBC Sports is hiring Paul Azinger as its lead golf analyst with hopes he can deliver his own brand of sharp, candid observations that made Johnny Miller such a strong presence in the broadcast booth for three decades.

Miller's last tournament will be the Waste Management Phoenix Open the first weekend in February. Read More...

Davies wins Senior LPGA Championship

FRENCH LICK, Ind. (AP) Laura Davies won the Senior LPGA Championship on Wednesday at chilly and windy French Lick Resort to sweep the two senior major events of the year.

Davies birdied the final hole for a 2-under 70 and a four-stroke victory over Helen Alfredsson and Silvia Cavalleri. Still active on the LPGA Tour, the 55-year-old Englishwoman won the inaugural U.S. Senior Women's Open by 10 strokes in July at Chicago Golf Club. Read More...

Lahiri has hectic travel to Malaysia

The strength of field for the CIMB Classic was the same as it was last year, with one exception that Anirban Lahiri nearly found out the hard way.

Lahiri had gone to Malaysia the previous five years and he noted that the field - with the top 60 players available from the FedEx Cup - had always gone below 100. Lahiri finished last year at No. 99 and figured there was nothing to worry about. Read More...

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