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  • The PGA Tour heads to the Monterey Peninsula in northern California this week for the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Pebble Beach Golf Links headlines a three-course rotation, while a 156-professional field plays their tournament concurrently with a pro-am competition. 

    Jordan Spieth and Jason Day headline the field, while Brandt Snedeker defends this title for the second time in three years.

    Here are our top five players for this week:

    1.  Jordan Spieth -- He's the best on the planet and great in this event. He's been T-4 and T-7 here the last two years, and his scoring average is best among players with at least 30 rounds in this event.

    2. Brandt Snedeker -- Two-time champion here, defending champion and a winner at Torrey Pines. Started the year T3-P2-1. Not bad.

    3. Dustin Johnson -- Two-time winner here, although one came in 54-hole fashion. Been in the top 10 the last two years here and off to a pretty solid start overall.

    4. Phil Mickelson -- Four-time champion here and

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  • Annika Sorenstam has thrown her name in the hat to become the next European Solheim Ryder Cup captain.

    “I would love to be the European Solheim Cup captain and 2017 has been my goal for years,” Sorenstam said, according to Golf Channel. “We officially put my name in, and we’ll see what happens.”

    Were she to get the nod from the Ladies European Tour -- and there's no reason to believe she wouldn't -- then Sorenstam would take over from fellow Swede Carin Koch, who was captain last September when her European charges lost a four-point final-day lead to fall to the U.S. in Germany by a 14.5-13.5 count. Sorenstam was an assistant captain on that team.

    A Sorenstam captaincy would set up a match-up next year at Des Moines Golf & Country Club in Iowa against returning victorious U.S. captain Juli Inkster. 

    Sorenstam, who won 72 LPGA titles including 10 major championships in her career, played in eight Solheim Cup matches. She faced off against Inkster twice, but just once in a one-on-one

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  • The PGA Tour is changing up the schedule of its Latin America-based developmental tour in response to the spreading Zika virus.

    PGA Tour Latinoamerica officials notified players last Friday that the Guatemala Open and Honduras Open have been moved deeper into the spring. According to Golf Channel, the Guatemala Stella Artois Open has been moved from March 10-13 to April 28-May 1, while the Honduras Open will now be played May 5-8, up from March 3-6. 

    The next PGA Tour Latinoamerica events are the 69 Avianca Colombia Open, to be played Feb. 25-28, and Panama Classic from March 17-20.

    The Tour season opened in Latin America, with back-to-back events in Panama, then Colombia. The PGA Tour couldn't alter the schedule, released just weeks before the season began, in time to move the event.

    The PGA Tour will continue to monitor the situation, with the Puerto Rico Open played in March and the playing another Latin America swing in Brazil, Colombia and Mexico from the last week

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  • Standing on the tee of the driveable par-4 17th at TPC Scottsdale, Rickie Fowler had a two-shot lead with two holes to play.

    Rather than lay up and play for a pair of closing pars that may be good enough to win, Fowler chose to drive the green. He didn't feel he could carry a critical fairway bunker with his 3-wood, so he took out his driver. He smoked it. It landed on a downslope some 30 yards in front of the green and took off like a rocket, through the green and into the water hazard in back of the hole. 

    All of a sudden, Fowler's aggressive play didn't seem like the right one. He made bogey and fell into a tie with Hideki Matsuyama, one of his Sunday playing partners, who made 3 on No. 17.

    Both players made dramatic birdies on the 18th hole and went to sudden death at 14-under 270.

    After three extra holes couldn't settle the matter, the pair returned to the 17th. For Fowler, it was deja vu all over again. He tugged his drive left and found the water hazard. After flexing some

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  • With a 15-foot birdie on the final hole of the tournament, Danny Willett won the Omega Dubai Desert Classic by a shot over Andy Sullivan and Rafa Cabrera-Bello. 

    Willett shot 3-under 69 at Emirates Golf Club in the United Arab Emirates, good enough to hang on to the one-shot edge he had over the Spaniard to start the final round.

    The Englishman came to the final hole needing the birdie to avoid a playoff after both Sullivan and Cabrera-Bello made 4 on the closing par 5 to post 18-under 270. Willett holed a left-to-right swinger and delivered a fist pump knowing he had won for the fourth time on the European Tour.

    "You'd love to win by five or six every time you win, but when you win in that fashion, it does feel that little bit extra special," Willett said after the round.

    The win will move Willett inside the top 15 in the Official World Golf Ranking.

    For Sullivan, it's his second consecutive Dubai tournament where he finished runner-up. Sullivan

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  • A year after finishing runner-up at the Coates Golf Championship, Ha Na Jang finished one place better on Saturday at Golden Ocala Golf Club.

    Jang, who last week became the first player in LPGA history to make a par-4 ace, ended with two birdies in the final three holes to win by two strokes over Canadian teen Brooke Henderson at 11-under 277.

    As the final birdie putt fell, Jang whipped her putter around in a celebration she dubbed a Samurai twirl, modeled after a famous golf video of a man doing a similar celebration after a great drive. Jang was due for the chance to share that kind of emotion.

    “I can’t describe it,” she said. “I’m so happy. I cannot put it in my words.”

    The 23-year-old's playoff runner-up here a year ago, which she managed after Monday qualifying, was the first of four second-place finishes a year ago. She finished fourth last week in the 2016 season-opener in the Bahamas. She's been knocking on the door again and again. In

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  • Golf's greatest party continues to get bigger.

    Organizers of the Waste Management Phoenix Open announced a record crowd at TPC Scottsdale for the tournament's third round on Saturday. An estimated 201,003 fans came, setting the tournament's single-day record, which is also a record for professional golf.

    After the round, tournament leader Danny Lee, who shot 4-under 67 in front of that large crowd, was amazed by the figure.

    "Two-hundred thousand?" Lee asked when told of the attendance. "Wow!"

    Prior to Saturday, the tournament's largest single-day crowd was 189,722 in 2014. The tournament also set a day record Friday at 160,415. 

    The tournament is likely to break its weekly attendance record on Sunday. So far, an estimated 535,035 fans have come through the gates. Just 29,333 people have to show up for the final round to break the record of 564,368, set last year.

    Ryan Ballengee is a Yahoo Sports contributor. Find him on Facebook and Twitter.


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  • When he finished tied for third at the CareerBuilder Challenge two weeks ago, Phil Mickelson said he was probably a week away from having a chance to win.

    Maybe he was a week off on his prediction.

    The 45-year-old finds himself in contention at the Waste Management Phoenix Open after a third-round, bogey-free, 6-under 65 has him five shots off of the lead of Danny Lee, who is at 13-under 200. Mickelson moved up 31 spots on the leaderboard on Saturday, landing himself a spot in the next-to-last threesome for the final round.

    That's a way better position for Mickelson than last weekend at the weather-warped Farmers Insurance Open. He missed the cut and had the weekend off.

    Between Mickelson and Lee are Rickie Fowler and Hideki Matsuyama, tied for second at 10 under par and three in back of the lead, and Bryce Molder and Boo Weekley, who are 9 under par and tied for fourth.

    Mickelson, a three-time champion of this event including in 2013, didn't play perfect golf, but he managed to even

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  • Ian Poulter had just hit a great tee shot to the par-3 16th at TPC Scottsdale in Friday's second round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open. He had left himself 6 feet for birdie.

    So what does he do? He goes through his routine, gets the read, stands over the ball and...putts it one-handed?

    That's right, Poulter hit the putt with one hand and missed, befuddling the crowd on the famously raucous short hole. However, Poulter wasn't doing it just to mess with the fans. He was doing it because it had worked several times earlier in the round.

    Poulter probably started doing it in the first place because he was well off the projected cut line. No matter how he putted, the Englishman ultimately never got even close to making the cut on Friday. He finished at 4 over par for the two days and missed the weekend by four

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  • Two days after saying he didn't like changes to Waste Management Phoenix Open host TPC Scottsdale and that he only was playing in the event because three of his sponsors were nearby, Bubba Watson said he was sorry.

    "I used the wrong words," Watson said after a second consecutive 2-under 69 has him on the fringes of contention heading into the weekend.

    "I have nothing against the fans and the tournament. The fans have been great. I love coming here. I've lived here every winter for eight years. This is a beautiful place. And the reason why I'm here is because of the excitement around this golf tournament. The fans have been great."

    Watson heard it from the throng of fans at the tournament on Thursday and again on Friday. He was booed mercilessly ahead of his tee shot at the par-3 16th during both rounds. 

    The two-time Masters winner created this problem for himself when he was asked Wednesday what he liked about the Tom Weiskopf design, given Watson had been a runner-up each of the

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