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Brandt Snedeker leads at Silverado; Phil Mickelson 3 strokes back

Brandt Snedeker birdied the final two holes for a 7-under 65 and a three-stroke lead over Phil Mickelson and two others in the PGA Tour’s season-opening Safeway Open in Napa, California. Playing alongside Hall of Famer Fred Couples, Snedeker had eight birdies and a bogey on the North Course at Silverado Resort and Spa.

Prugh has chance to crack Top 125, entry in The Barclays

It’s that time of the year on the PGA Tour. The race is on to finish in the top 125 on the FedEx Cup points list, which guarantees entry into The Barclays in late August, the first of four tournaments that determine the Cup champion.

Alex Prugh in hot pursuit of FedEx playoffs

The race is on to finish in the top 125 on the FedEx Cup points list, which guarantees entry into The Barclays in late August, the first of four tournaments that determine the Cup champion. Spokane’s Alex Prugh entered the week at No. 130.

Pro Golfers showcase talent, wit in fundraiser

The Showcase, which combined a Keith Urban concert and a few days of golf and fundraisers, generated at least $1.3 million for the Community Cancer Fund, more than doubling the $550,000 check from last year’s inaugural event in Coeur d'Alene.

In brief: Titleholder Bernhard Langer in 8-way tie for lead at Senior British Open

GOLF: Two albatross twos were recorded on the same hole on a memorable opening day at the Senior British Open in Sunningdale, England, where defending champion Bernhard Langer finished in an eight-way tie for the lead at 5-under-par 65 on Thursday. Langer tops the leaderboard alongside Americans Michael Allen, Bart Bryant, Marco Dawson, Jeff Sluman and Lee Janzen, Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez, and China’s Lianwei Zhang, playing in only his third senior tournament after turning 50 in May.

In brief: Tiger Woods four strokes back after shooting 66 at Greenbrier

Golf: Tiger Woods has rebounded from a dismal U.S. Open with a 4-under-par 66 in the opening round of The Greenbrier Classic in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. Helped by Thursday’s morning rain that softened the Old White TPC course, Woods posted his lowest score of the season and matched his best in relation to par.

In brief: Hawks beat Heat, clinch top seed in East

NBA: DeMarre Carroll scored 24 points and the Atlanta Hawks clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs with a 99-86 victory over the visiting Miami Heat. The Hawks wrapped up the No. 1 seed and home-court advantage in the conference playoffs when Brooklyn beat Cleveland 106-98.

Victory just in nick of time for Snedeker

Brandt Snedeker broke his own scoring record and won the AT&T Pebble Beach (California) National Pro-Am for the second time in three years. Snedeker played bogey-free in the final round Sunday and left the mistakes to everyone else. He closed with a 5-under 67 and a three-shot victory over Nick Watney, and the timing could not have been better.

In brief: Brandt Snedeker, Matt Jones share lead at Pebble

Golf: Enjoying the best weather Pebble Beach has to offer is one thing. Brandt Snedeker knew he had to take advantage of it with his golf clubs, too. Snedeker played bogey-free at Spyglass Hill in abundant sunshine and warmth Friday for a 5-under 67 to share the 36-hole lead with Matt Jones in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am at Pebble Beach, California. Jones had a 66 at Spyglass.

In brief: John Daly, Alex Prugh on Pebble Beach leaderboard

Golf: Sunshine is always a pleasant surprise at Pebble Beach, California, and Thursday brought a real stunner: John Daly was near the top of the leaderboard. With his best opening round on the PGA Tour in nearly 10 years, Daly kept a clean card at Pebble Beach on a magnificent day along the Monterey Peninsula for a 7-under-par 65, leaving him one shot behind J.B. Holmes and Justin Hicks in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

Day turns near disaster into win at Torrey Pines

Two feet away from chipping into the water, Jason Day turned a good break into a big win Sunday in the Farmers Insurance Open when he won a four-man playoff with a par on the second extra hole at tough Torrey Pines in San Diego. Day’s gamble in regulation looked as if it might backfire when he went long of the green on the par-5 18th, and his chip out of deep rough raced down the hill, over the front of the green and was headed for the water when it stopped at the hazard line. He got up-and-down for par and a 2-under 70.

Fathauer wins; Prugh earns card

Derek Fathauer won the season-ending Tour Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, to top the four-event Tour Finals money list and earn a full PGA Tour exemption. Fathauer finished with a 2-under 68 for a one-stroke victory over Zac Blair. The 28-year-old former Louisville player earned $180,000 for his first professional victory to push his Finals total to $250,133.