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Thomas takes huge lead into final round of Sony Open LOS ANGELES: Justin Thomas is doing just about everything right at the Sony Open as he fired a bogey-free five-under 65 in the third round Saturday to extend his lead to seven strokes.A day after setting the USPGA Tour's 36-hole scoring record, Justin Thomas continued to roll at the Waialae Country Club course in Honolulu.Thomas reached 22 under 188 to equal the lowest 54-hole total in PGA history. "I felt like I managed my day really well to shoot five under," Thomas said. "I was really happy to be bogey free. That was a big goal of mine."I had a couple of saves, I was putting the ball in position off the tee."Combine his first bogey-free round of the tournament with a rare 59 on Thursday and a 64 on Friday and it adds up to a seemingly insurmountable seven-shot lead over fellow American Zach Johnson.No player in history of ...

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Pain-hit Nadal not giving up on Grand Slam dream MELBOURNE: Rafael Nadal on Sunday revealed his battle against chronic pain but said he was hopeful of keeping his Grand Slam career alive as he launches his partnership with new coach Carlos Moya.Injury-hit Nadal, 30, said he hadn't played without pain for years but that he remained optimistic of challenging for big titles again.When asked if he was free of pain and injuries, the Spaniard smiled ruefully and said: "I am not injured, no. Pain-free ...

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I'm no favourite, insists hotly tipped Pliskova MELBOURNE: Karolina Pliskova is seen as a dangerous floater heading into this week's Australian Open and she says it is the tournament that offers the best chance for a maiden Grand Slam title.The tall and tattooed Czech star had a stellar 2016, beating Serena Williams to reach the US Open final before falling to world number one Angelique Kerber.Her scintillating form has continued this year with victory at the lead-up Brisbane International, propelling her to ...

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McIlroy trails leader Storm by three in SA Open JOHANNESBURG: World number two Rory McIlroy remained in hot pursuit of the South African Open title Saturday after a third-round 67 left him second, three shots behind leader Graeme Storm. Englishman Storm also carded a five-under 67 at Glendower Golf Club in Johannesburg for a total of 199 with McIlroy from Northern Ireland on 202 in the European Tour event.South African Jbe Kruger carded a 69 and Englishman Jordan Smith a 66 to share third ...

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Tears as Muller grabs first title with Sydney win SYDNEY: Luxembourg's Gilles Muller broke through for his first career ATP World Tour title with a straight sets win over Britain's Daniel Evans in the Sydney International final on Saturday.Left-hander Muller, 33, one of the Tour's biggest servers, finished too strongly for the 67th-ranked Evans, winning 7-6 (7/5), 6-2 in 88 minutes.He finally claimed a title after 17 years on the circuit with his victory continuing his impressive record of consistency in Sydney after reaching ...

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Golf: McIlroy defies back pain to stay in SA Open hunt JOHANNESBURG: World number two Rory McIlroy defied severe back pain to fire a second-round 68 Friday and trail South African Open leader Graeme Storm by three shots. McIlroy admitted after his rollercoaster trek around the Glendower Golf Club near Johannesburg that he considered withdrawing from the European Tour event."I thought about pulling out before teeing off today (Friday)," the 27-year-old from Northern Ireland told reporters."I tweaked my back somehow and was not very comfortable playing ...

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Konta crushes Radwanska to win Sydney title SYDNEY: Britain's Johanna Konta overpowered Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4 6-2 in a one-sided victory in the final of the Sydney International on Friday to claim her second career WTA title. The Sydney-born world number 10 reached the semi-finals at the Australian Open last year and will be a major threat again next week going by her form in this week's warm-up.The 25-year-old had lost both her previous meetings with 2013 champion Radwanska but simply brushed aside ...