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Alvarez claims strokeplay crown

IN FORM: Wellington's Julianne Alvarez.

Julianne Alvarez has stormed home in the New Zealand women's strokeplay championship.

Kiwi Ko closes in on LPGA record

Kiwi golfer Lydia Ko tees off at the second hole during her third round of the LPGA Kia Classic in Carlsbad, California.

Lydia Ko has extended her LPGA Tour under-par streak to 27 rounds at the Kia Classic in California.

Walker takes four-shot lead at windy Texas Open

American Jimmy Walker has opened up a four-shot lead at the Texas Open in San Antonio in blustery conditions.

American Jimmy Walker held firm, shooting a three-under-par 69 to open up a four-shot lead at the Texas Open.

Woods set to fall outside world's top 100 golfers

Former World No 1 Tiger Woods posted an 82 at the Phoenix Open in January, his worst round as a professional.

Former world No 1 Tiger Woods will drop outside the top 100 in the rankings next week for the first time in more than 18 years.

Koh takes narrow lead into final round

TITLE HOPES: Tae Koh leads heading into the final round of the New Zealand Men’s Stroke Play

Aucklander Tae Koh has one round to go in his quest for the national title.

Jimmy Walker one ahead in San Antonio

SHORT GAME: Jimmy Walker has stacked up the birdies to take the lead in Texas.

Three late birdies lift Jimmy Walker into the lead as Baddely and Hoffman share second at Texas Open.

Ko three shots off lead

KO PRO: Lydia Ko has turned her game around to come within three shots of the lead at the Kia Classic.

World number one Lydia Ko is now only three shots from the lead in California tournament.

Tiger Woods pulls out again

NONE WOOD: Tiger Woods pulled out of one tournament, missed the cut for another, now he's skipping one.

Wildly off-form Tiger Woods is in doubt for the US Masters after skipping Houston Open.

Walker one up in Texas

HOT SHOT: Jimmy Walker has a one-shot lead at his home tournament in San Antonio.

American Jimmy Walker seizes an early one-shot lead in the second round of the Texas Open.

In-form Ko third after opening round in California

STILL GOING STRONG: Kiwi golfer Lydia Ko shot a opening round 67 at the LPGA Tour's Kia Classic.

World No 1 Kiwi fires bogey free opening round 67 at LPGA Tour’s Kia Classic in California.

McDowell pulls out of Texas Open with Masters in mind

RESTING UP: Graeme McDowell withdrew from the Texas Open in San Antonio after nine holes due to injury.

Graeme McDowell withdrew from the opening round of the Texas Open after nine holes because of a nagging left ankle injury.

Tiger Woods just '50/50' to play at the US Masters

IN DOUBT: Tiger Woods was last seen on the PGA Tour in early February, withdrawing from the Farmers Insurance Open after 11 holes with a tight back, which could keep him out of next month's Masters.

Good friend of Tiger Woods rates his chances of taking part in next month's Masters as "50-50".

Pro Tip: Three-step drill to load up your backswing

STEP THREE: See (right) how the hips have turned through to a full finish position where the line across the hips is at 90 degrees to where the player began the swing. Anything less commonly causes the ball to have cut-spin imparted upon it. Start to the right of the intended target and stay there or, in an attempt to save the shot from finishing right of target, flip the wrists to close the clubface and impart anti-clockwise spin to bring it back onto the target. This flicking of the wrists causes a loss of power, a de-lofting of the clubface (causing a lower ball flight) and often a raking hook that will finish to the left of the fairway or green. Narrowing your stance will assist the knees to ‘kiss’ at the end of the golf swing, making it easier to achieve the correct hip rotation to complete the downswing.

This drill using a rod will improve your ability to coil/load on your backswing.

Lydia Ko's hold on No 1 ranking loosens further

STILL THE ONE: Lydia Ko's lead at No 1 in the world golf rankings has shrunk after finishing sixth in Phoenix.

Lydia Ko has extended her reign at the top of women’s golf to eight weeks, though the chasing pack is closing in on the New Zealand teenager.

Stenson blames officials for his poor putting

NEAR MISS: Sweden's Henrik Stenson three-putted the 15th and 16th holes at Bay Hill to gift the title to American Matt Every.

A frustrated Henrik Stenson blames rules officials for his poor putting after he was put 'on the clock' at Bay Hills.

Ko shares sixth place at Founders Cup in Phoenix

CONSISTENT: Lydia Ko carded her third consecutive 69 to finish in a share of sixth place at the Founders Cup.

New Zealand’s world No 1 golfer Lydia Ko had to settle for a share of sixth place at the LPGA Tour's Founders Cup in Arizona.

Strokes of luck: Four holes-in-one in three weeks

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Ball clips ball to drop as an ace in an extraordinary run of four aces in just three weeks on a Timaru course.

Kiwi Lee finishes 17th in latest PGA Tour event

STRONG SHOWING: New Zealand's Danny Lee hits out of the bunker during his final round at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

New Zealand golfer Danny Lee finished in a tie for 17th at his latest stop on the PGA Tour.

McIlroy satisfied with final tourney before Masters

SOLID ROUND: Rory McIlroy shot a 70 in his final round to finish at 11-under at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Rory McIlroy was reasonably satisfied with his performance at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.

Michael Hendry takes Manawatu Classic by three

ON TARGET: Lawnmaster Golf Classic winner Michael Hendry lines up a putt during his second round at the Manawatu Golf Club.

Auckland pro Michael Hendry went wire-to-wire to win the Lawnmaster Golf Classic at the Manawatu Golf Club.

Ko four back going into final round of Founders Cup

IN THE MIX: Lydia Ko is four shots adrift of leader Hyo Joo Kim at the  LPGA Tour's Founders Cup in Arizona.

World No 1 Lydia Ko is four shots off the lead entering final round of LPGA Tour’s Founders Cup in Arizona.

Els cleared of possible rules violation at Bay Hill

IN THE CLEAR: South Africa's Ernie Els hits a shot during the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Four-times major winner Ernie Els questioned by officials for a possible rules violation before being cleared at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Henrik Stenson leads by two strokes at Bay Hill

HOT STREAK: Sweden's Henrik Stenson shot a six-under-par 66 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Swede Henrik Stenson picked up four shots in the final four holes to charge to a two-stroke lead at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Morgan Hoffmann leads, Danny Lee holds steady

ON FIRE: Kiwi golfer Danny Lee, centre, walks up the fairway with Morgan Hoffmann during the second round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando, Florida.

Morgan Hoffmann leads Arnold Palmer Invitational by three shots while Kiwi Danny Lee is tied for sixth.

Hendry leading the way at Lawnmaster Classic

OUT IN FRONT: Michael Hendry.

Auckland professional Michael Hendry shot his second 64 in a row to lead the Charles Tour event at the Manawatu Golf Club with to be 16-under par after two days played.

Six-under Ko tied for the LPGA lead in Phoenix

GOING LOW: Lydia Ko plays her second shot on the 12th hole during her six-under first round at the LPGA Founders Cup at Wildfire Golf Club.

Lydia Ko has fired a first-round 66 to lie in a share of the lead at the LPGA's JTBC Founders Cup.

Home cooking working for Hoffmann at Bay Hill

BAD TURNS GOOD: Morgan Hoffmann, who found out his grandmother had died before his round, shot a six-under 66 and a one-shot lead at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Morgan Hoffmann's day began with bad news. It ended with his first lead on the PGA Tour.

Ko plays around famous San Fran landmarks

LOCKED UP: Kiwi golf sensation was put behind bars at San Francisco's iconic Alcatraz Prison during a promotional shoot.

New Zealand teen golfing star Lydia Ko was placed in jail in San Francisco. Well, kinda.

Adam Scott one from the lead in US PGA event

IN CONTENTION:  Australia's Adam Scott is one shot off the lead at Bay Hill after shooting a 4-under 68.

Australian Adam Scott atones for a less-than-standard performance off the tee to sit one shot off the lead at Bay Hill.

Watson out of Arnie's tourney after friend's death

Tears from a champion: Bubba Watson celebrates on the 18th green.

Masters champion Bubba Watson withdraws from Arnold Palmer Invitational due to death of childhood friend.

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