Amy Yang takes 1 shot lead after second round at LPGA Thailand (February 25, 2017)
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CHONBURI, Thailand -- Amy Yang of South Korea fired a 67 for a one-shot advantage over Shanshan Feng of China and local hope Ariya Jutanugarn after the delayed halfway stage of the $1.6 million LPGA Thailand at the Siam Country Club Pattaya Old Course on Saturday.

Rain and unplayable course conditions saw the unfinished second round postponed to Saturday. Yang, the 2015 champion and world No. 11, had six birdies and a bogey on the seventh hole to head into the weekend rounds on 11-under 133.

"I was hitting it pretty good again. I was hitting solid, near the pin, and making some putts out there," said Yang, who like Jutanugarn had to play 36 holes in the same day. "Tough part was staying cool on the course, especially (as) we have to play another 18."

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Ryan Palmer, Wesley Bryan share one-shot lead in Honda Classic (February 25, 2017)
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Ryan Palmer said he endured "hard times" when he took four months off to be with his wife, Jennifer, who was diagnosed with Stage 2 cancer in July. Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Ryan Palmer has reason to believe that better days are ahead -- with his golf game and at home.

Palmer made seven birdies Friday on another day of ideal scoring conditions at PGA National for a 5-under 65 that gave him a share of the lead with PGA Tour rookie Wesley Bryan (67) going into the weekend at the Honda Classic.

Rickie Fowler was a shot back after his second 66, and Anirban Lahiri was another stroke behind after a 68.

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 Angelo Que hopes to ride the momentum of his runaway triumph at Anvaya last week although he would be heading to next week’s $400,000 Solaire Philippine Open with a different approach given the makeup of The Country Club layout, refurbished to world-class standard. MANNY MARCELO

MANILA, Philippines - Angelo Que hopes to ride the momentum of his runaway triumph at Anvaya last week although he would be heading to next week’s $400,000 Solaire Philippine Open with a different approach given the makeup of The Country Club layout, refurbished to world-class standard.

‘I’m pretty excited about the Philippine Open,” said Que, who romped off with a nine-stroke win over Japanese Toru Nakajima at the ICTSI Anvaya Cove Invitational last week, making him one of the marked players in the country’s premier championship set March 2-5.

“The (Anvaya) win was a big confidence-boost but I’ll be playing with a different mindset at TCC because it’s long,” said Que, a three-time winner on the Asian Tour, including the Philippine Open at Wack Wack in 2008.

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Rory McIlroy says he has been intrigued by Donald Trump's rise to power in U.S. politics. Warren Little/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy says he would be focusing on his children rather than golf if he was Tiger Woods, and has great sympathy with the 14-time major champion who continues to struggle with a back injury.

The Northern Irishman -- who is on his way back from the fractured rib which has sidelined him since early January -- claimed it was sad that one of golf's greats could no longer perform at the peak of his powers.

"I never thought I would say this, but I felt sorry for him," McIlroy told The Guardian.

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 Golf - WGC-HSBC Champions Golf Tournament - Shanghai, China - 27/10/16. Martin Kaymer of Germany in action. REUTERS/Aly Song

Martin Kaymer chipped in for birdie at the 17th then birdied the last to move within one stroke of the lead after Thursday's opening round of the Honda Classic at PGA National in Palm Springs Gardens, Florida.

The rousing finish by the German, playing his first U.S. event of the year, lifted him to a five-under-par 65, one stroke behind American rookies Cody Gribble and Wesley Bryan on a course softened by rain on Wednesday.

Anirban Lahiri of India joined Kaymer at 65 by rolling in a 24-foot putt for eagle on the par-five 18th.

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Pat Perez doesn't think Tiger Woods plays again this year (February 24, 2017)
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Tiger Woods didn't play last week and won't play this week. Nezar Balout/AFP/Getty Images

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Fellow PGA Tour pro and fellow junior golf rival Pat Perez said on a radio show that he doesn't believe Tiger Woods will play again this season.

The 14-time major champion, whose status is again unknown due to back problems, is skipping this week's Honda Classic near his hometown, and his return to competitive golf is unknown.

"He knows he can't beat anybody,'' Perez said earlier this week on his SiriusXM PGA Tour radio show, which is co-hosted by ESPN.com's Michael Collins. "He knows it. The guy shot 77 [on Feb. 2 during the first round of the Dubai Desert Classic]. That guy can't shoot 77. What does he do the next day? Ah, my back's gone. He knows he can't beat anybody. I told you!

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English duo Aaron Rai and Paul Waring carded matching rounds of 65 before bad weather forced play to be suspended in the first round of the Joburg Open.

Playing just the third European Tour event of his career, Rai fired seven birdies in a flawless round on the East Course at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington, with Waring recording nine birdies and two bogeys.

That left the pair two shots behind clubhouse leader Paul Peterson, the left-handed American completing a brilliant 62 on the West Course before heavy rain, on an already saturated course, forced play to be abandoned for the day.

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