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Hendry gunning for three straight NZ PGA crowns

LINING UP ANOTHER TITLE: Two-time defending NZ PGA Championship winner Michael Hendry judges the line of a putt with his caddie at the Australian PGA Championship in December.

Michael Hendry is hoping to join Kel Nagle by becoming only the second golfer to win three straight NZ PGA Championships. 

Top-100 ranked Japanese golfer heads to NZ Open

TOP BILLING: Japan's Hiroshi Iwata, in action at the Sony Open in January, will be the NZ Open's highest-ranked entry since 2006 when he tees it up at The Hills later this month.

The NZ Open will have its highest ranked player since 2006 with confirmation Japan’s Hiroshi Iwata will tee up.

Journeyman pro retracts Woods drug test rumour

FIXING HIS GAME: Tiger Woods is taking a break from the PGA Tour after missing the cut and withdrawing from his first two tournaments this season.

Journeyman golfer Dan Olsen has retracting inflammatory allegations that Tiger Woods failed a drug test.

Harrington ends seven-year title drought

WINNER: Padraig Harrington has won the Honda Classic at PGA National.

Ireland golfer snaps seasons of struggle to claim victory in a playoff at the Honda Classic.

Ko's NZ win boosts lead as women's golf world No 1

ON THE UP: Lydia Ko's grip on women's golf's world No 1 ranking has strengthened after winning the NZ Women's Open at the weekend.

Suggestion of playing in NZ hurting Kiwi teen's world golf ranking comes to naught as lead increases.

'Go-Ko' T-shirts do a roaring trade

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - MARCH 01: Children show their support to Lydia Ko during day three of the ISPS Handa New Zealand Women's Open at Clearwater Golf Course on March 1, 2015 in Christchurch, New Zealand.  (Photo by Martin Hunter/Getty Images)

Teen golf sensation inspires young Kiwis to pick up a club, with 20,000 watching her at Clearwater.

PM pat gives Ko a 'little power' video

GOT THE POWER: Prime Minister John Key gives Kiwi golf world No 1 Lydia Ko a kiss after she won the NZ Women's Open at Clearwater, Christchurch.

Spurred on by John Key at the NZ Women's Open, Kiwi teen golf star jets off as world No 1, hungry for more.

Sullivan rises from the pack to win Jo'burg Open

British golfer Andy Sullivan on course at the Johannesburg Open.

Blistering front nine lays the platform for Briton's second European Tour win, at the Johannesburg Open.

Yang claims two stroke Thai Open victory

Thailand Open winner Amy Yang.

South Korea golfer holds off challenge of world No 3 with a three-under par final round to win LPGA Tour event.

NZ Women's Open looks into LPGA Tour move

PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE: NZ Golf CEO Dean Murphy.

Organisers investigating option of aligning themselves with women's golf's biggest tour, but money could prove an issue.

Ko cruises to NZ Women's Open victory

TOO GOOD: Lydia Ko celebrates with the silverware after clinching the NZ Women's Open crown yet again at the Clearwater club in Christchurch.

Kiwi golf star crowned NZ Women’s Open champ for second time in three years after strolling to victory in Christchurch.

As it happened: Ko wins NZ Women's Open

Women's golf world No 1 Lydia Ko on course at the NZ Women's Open at Clearwater, Christchurch.

Kiwi teen wins her second NZ Women's Open title, claiming a four-shot victory at Clearwater.

Harrington holds lead as PGA National play abandoned

Ireland golfer Padraig Harrington.

Ireland golfer in the lead at PGA National after play abandoned for the day because of severe rain.

Ko dominates Clearwater with course record 61

Women's golf world No 1 Lydia Ko.

Kiwi world No 1 hits 10 birdies and an eagle to seize the outright lead at the NZ Women's Open.

McIlroy misses the cut at PGA National

Rory McIlroy reacts after his drive on the 18th hole during the the second round of the Honda Classic at PGA National GC Champion Course.

Golf world No 1 suffers embarrassment, failing to progress in windy conditions at the Honda Classic.

Live: Lydia Ko in action on day three at Clearwater

SHOOTING FOR GLORY: Lydia Ko in action at the New Zealand Women's Open at Clearwater in Christchurch.

Join us for live updates as Lydia Ko tees off in her third round at the NZ Women's Open.

Top anniversary for American golfer Beth Allen

SPECIAL DAY: Beth Allen is looking for a memorable anniversary tomorrow by winning the New Zealand Open.

Tomorrow is a special day for American golfer Beth Allen but she would love to make it more special at the NZ Open.

Muir holds off Fox to win Brian Perry Classic

ON FIRE: Bay of Plenty rep Kieran Muir hit a four-under 68 to win the one-day pro-am tournament.

Kieran Muir held off a fast-finishing Ryan Fox to take out the Brian Perry Classic at the Hamilton Golf Club yesterday.

Ko let down by putting in first round of NZ Open

STAR ON SHOW: Lydia Ko was followed by a huge number of golf fans at Clearwater today.

The favourite for the NZ Women’s Open did everything other than make putts in the first round.

From Clearwater to Augusta for greenkeeper

COURSE MASTER: Clearwater golf course greenkeeper Sam Langrope takes a break from his mowing as Amelia Lewis tees off during a practice round before the New Zealand Open.

Christchurch's Sam Langrope will be one of only a handful of Kiwis at the Masters golf tournament in Augusta and probably the only one inside the ropes.

Live: Lydia Ko at Clearwater

AT HOME: Join us for live coverage from Clearwater as world No 1 Lydia Ko shoots for glory at the New Zealand Women's Open.

Join us for live updates as Lydia Ko tees off at the NZ Women's Open.

Huge roar greets Ko

Lydia Ko tees off at Clearwater in Christchurch.

There was a roar on the Clearwater Golf Course of the type reserved for holes in one. 

Journeyman leads in Florida, McIlroy struggles

EARLY LEADER: Jim Herman pulls driver from his bag on the eighth tee during his first round five-under at the Honda Classic.

American journeyman Jim Herman was the unlikely first round leader at the Honda Classic after shooting a five-under-par 65.

Bookies only have eyes for Lydia Ko at Open

BENCHMARK: Lydia Ko is a near unbackable $1.80 favourite to win her second Open in three years.

History and the nature of golf suggest Lydia Ko will not win the NZ Women's Open, but bookies disagree.

Golf's teen queens not intimidated by Ko

DYNAMIC DUO: Charley Hull of England was paired with Lydia Ko at last year's New Zealand Open and the duo also played the first two rounds of last week's Australian Open side by side.

Lydia Ko's playing partners say they're not intimidated by the world No 1 or playing in front of a large crowd at Clearwater.

Lydia Ko tweaks her swing ahead of NZ Open

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT: Lydia Ko has been working on her swing ahead of the New Zealand Open.

Lydia Ko has tweaked her swing to add some distance but there’s one area of her game that she will always place more importance on - putting.

Club Spotlight: Mornington Golf Club

After 98 years, Mornington Golf Club is still a test for golfers.

REVIEW: For a club that was nearly down and out, the Mornington Golf Club is beginning to prosper again..

Rory McIlroy relishing being the face of golf

STAR POWER: Rory McIlroy is happy to be the face of golf as the Masters looms large on the horizon.

World No 1 happy to be the face of golf as he eyes a career grand slam in 2015.

Lydia Ko full of confidence, on and off the course

COMING OF AGE: In front of 20-plus media, Kiwi golfing superstar Lydia Ko charmed her way through her 24-minute long press conference ahead of the NZ Women's Open.

The glasses are gone, but the change is much more. Kiwi golf star is now a confident, clever young woman.

Pressure and expectation no issue for Lydia Ko

WHAT PRESSURE?: Lydia Ko was all smiles in Christchurch yesterday, embracing her favouritism for the New Zealand Women’s Open which starts tomorrow.

World No 1 Kiwi teen says "it will be fun" when quizzed on overwhelming favouritism for NZ Open at Clearwater.

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