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  • Jordan Spieth has a lot to live up to in 2016. He won two majors, came up four shots shy of winning the other two and took the FedEx Cup. In total, he earned $22 million in on-course cash. 

    So what's another bit of added pressure for the 22-year-old?

    Spieth said Tuesday at the Australian Open in Sydney that he will treat the Olympic golf tournament in Rio de Janeiro like he would any of golf's four biggest tournaments. 

    “Winning a gold medal has got to be up there in my mind with a major championship,” he said. “I’ve been asked the question: green jacket or gold medal? But that’s not fair. I think next year I’m going to approach it as a fifth major and I’m going to prepare like it is. I’m going to go down there and take care of business.”

    The Texan is right. The four majors have been around way longer and have more importance to the long-term history of the sport than Olympic golf, which returns next year after a 112-year absence. Perhaps a more apropos line of questioning would be

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  • Rory McIlroy is done messing around with his career. It's all business from here.

    After winning the DP World Tour Championship and the European Tour's Race to Dubai for the third time in four years on Sunday, McIlroy, who has four worldwide wins in 2015, is looking to carry that winning momentum not only into next year but through the rest of the prime of his career.

    That renewed focus means eschewing things like playing soccer, an activity which, in July, cost McIlroy a title defense at the British Open and a realistic chance at contending at the PGA Championship. In the wake of McIlroy's injury and recovery, Jordan Spieth and Jason Day stepped up, both overtaking McIlroy in the Official World Golf Ranking.

    "I had a big lead in the world rankings and you see Jordan and Jason play the way they did. Fields are so deep, you can't let up at all," McIlroy told the BBC after his victory.

    "Tagging along with that, you know, this is my time to capitalize on my career. The next 10, 15 years is

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  • In the last PGA Tour event of the year, the final putt belonged to a guy who finally got his breakthrough win.

    Kevin Kisner is a champion on the PGA Tour, winning The RSM Classic by six shots in the final official event of the calendar year. A second consecutive 6-under 64 on the Seaside Course at Sea Island Resort on St. Simons Island, Ga., was more than enough to get off the schneid.

    Kisner, who calls Sea Island his temporary home, knocked on the door of his first win four times in 2015. He lost three sudden-death playoffs during the 2014-15 season, then, in his last start, was runner-up to breakthrough winner Russell Knox at the WGC-HSBC Champions.

    The South Carolina native, who opened with a three-shot edge, got off to a hot start, making five birdies against no bogeys on the front nine, establishing a large lead that let him play comfortable golf for his first PGA Tour win.

    Kevin Chappell finished alone in second at 16-under 266, while last week's winner, Graeme McDowell, was solo

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  • There were three big winners on Sunday on the LPGA Tour.

    Cristie Kerr won the actual golf tournament at hand, taking the CME Group Tour Championship at Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Fla., winning by a shot over Gerina Piller and Ha Na Jang at 17-under 271. Kerr's eagle 3 on the 17th hole gave her the winning edge and was the highlight of a Sunday 4-under 68.

    In a year where an 18-year-old and a 27-year-old dominated, Kerr, 38, defied the trend.

    "I think good golf is just good golf," she said. "It doesn't really matter what age it is. I think I proved that."

    Lydia Ko didn't win the tournament, but her final round of 72 left her at 11 under par and in a tie for seventh place. While she finished a shot behind Inbee Park, who finished in solo sixth, the result was good enough for Ko to win the LPGA's points-based Player of the Year award, the money title and, for the second year in a row, the Race to the CME Globe, the tour's season-long points race. With the CME Globe, Ko took home a $1

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  • Rory McIlroy is again the king of the European Tour. 

    McIlroy, who trailed three-time 2015 winner Andy Sullivan by a shot heading into Sunday's final round in Dubai, closed with a final round of 6-under 66 on the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates to win the DP World Tour Championship and the tour's season-long Race to Dubai for the third time in four years. 

    The final pairing of the 60-player field put on a show, both going out in 3-under 33. Both players made birdie on the 11th hole, with Sullivan maintaining his one-stroke edge. However, that was the last hole Sullivan would birdie, making pars into the house. McIlroy pulled level with a 30-foot birdie on the 12th and stretched the lead to two shots with birdies on the 14th and 15th. 

    However, what seemed to be a potential runaway halted quickly when McIlroy found the water with his tee shot at the par-3 17th. McIlroy found the green with his third shot, then drained an incredible bogey putt to hang on to a one-shot lead going to

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  • Peter Senior won his third Australian Masters title on Sunday in Melbourne, 20 years after taking his second gold jacket. 

    With an 8-foot par putt on the final hole at Huntingdale Golf Club, the 56-year-old Aussie finished off a 3-under 68 that gave him a two-shot win over U.S. Amateur champion Bryson DeChambeau, John Senden and Andrew Evans.

    ''I'm getting a bit long in the tooth, but it's still amazing," said Senior. "It still hasn't sunk in yet. You don't expect to win these events anymore."

    Senior's 8-under 276 total was four better than 18- and 36-hole leader Adam Scott, whose Saturday 77 cost him the title. 

    "I think I played okay. It's kind of hard to know after yesterday's 77 left my head spinning a little bit because I just played so poorly," said Scott, the 2012 and '13 champion of this event, on Sunday. "(That was) some of the worst golf I've played this year and really disappointing. So, it was a big ask to be able to go low today."

    It was heartbreak for the second year in a

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  • It wasn't like father, like son on Friday at The RSM Classic.

    Tournament host Davis Love III shot his second-consecutive 70 at Sea Island Resort, which, on the Plantation Course he played was a 2-under score that got him to the weekend on the cut number when combined with his opening even-par 70 on the Seaside Course.

    Unfortunately, the 51-year-old Ryder Cup captain's son, Davis Love IV, nicknamed Dru, wasn't so fortunate. The father-son duo both opened with 70, but DL4 fell apart during the final seven holes on Friday to miss the cut. 

    It all started on the par-4 third, the group's 12th hole of the day. 

    “Today I wish I was caddying,” said papa Love. “I was tempted to do something to disrupt him, because he pulled 2-iron on 3 and it was too much club. He tried to hit a little dinky 2-iron in there and he pulled it over the green in a bad place.”

    Another bogey followed. Then Love IV played the final three holes in 5 over to go from 1 under on the day to signing for 4-over 76 and

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  • Despite a late 3-over stretch on Friday, Lydia Ko is in position to win both the CME Group Tour Championship and the Race to the CME Globe for the second year in a row.

    Ko shot 5-under 67 at Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Fla., to trail Ha Na Jang by two shots heading into the third round of the LPGA Tour's season finale. Jang, who finished tied for second with Ko in the season-opening Coates Golf Championship in Ocala, Fla., leads on 10-under 134 after a second-round 65. 

    The Kiwi came out tense on Thursday, perhaps aware all of the LPGA's season-long titles hung in the balance. However, she didn't play timidly early on Friday, going out in 4-under 32. Ko made the turn with two more birdies to reach 6 under on the round. The round turned sour with a double bogey on the par-4 15th and another dropped shot on the 16th. Ko rallied with birdies on the final two holes. 

    Looking back, Ko said she tried not to dwell on the bad stretch.

    "It wasn't ideal, but I just try and not think about it

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  • Martin Kaymer found a new kind of hazard on the final hole of his Friday second round at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, the European Tour's season-ending event. 

    The German went long with his second shot to the par-5 18th on the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates, with the ball caroming off the grandstand before coming to a halt, albeit inside the ropes. A couple of kids saw the ball land and, for some reason, thought it was fair game to pick up off the turf, so they both dived for it. 

    The difference between the European and PGA Tours is that there was really no one to intervene or stop the kids in the first place. 

    Regardless, Kaymer was allowed to replace his ball without penalty under the Rules of Golf. He went on to make par on the hole, shooting 1-under 71 to sit at 7 under par through 36 holes and trail leader Andy Sullivan by five shots.

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  • Rory McIlroy doesn't lead the European Tour's season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, but he's two ahead of Danny Willett, his nearest challenger for the tour's season-long Race to Dubai points title.

    McIlroy shot a second consecutive 4-under 68 on the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates to trail three-time 2015 winner Andy Sullivan by four shots heading into the weekend. 

    The Englishman Sullivan duplicated his opening 66 on Friday to lead Open winner Emiliano Grillo by a shot at 12 under par. Patrick Reed, carrying dual membership with the PGA Tour, is in third at 9-under 135.

    "It's absolutely awesome, to be leading after halfway in such a massive event, it's incredible," Sullivan said. "I'm just happy I'm doing it in front of my fans, so keep them happy for the weekend anyway."

    McIlroy is joined on 8 under with Thongchai Jaidee, who was in contention to win last week's BMW Masters in China, and Charl Schwartzel. The world No. 3 came into the season finale with a

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