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- Former PGA pro retracts Woods ban claims
Former US PGA Tour player Dan Olsen on Monday retracted a claim that Tiger Woods has been suspended for a month after Woods' agent and tour officials strongly denied the statement. I want to apologize to Nike, the PGA Tour, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods and (tour commissioner) Tim Finchem," Olsen said in a statement released by WFVN radio station based in Lansing, Michigan website. Olsen, a teaching pro who last played a US PGA event at the 2011 PGA Championship, compared Woods to noted US disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong, who was stripped of seven Tour de France titles and admitted he took banned performance-enhancing substances.
- Harrington wins playoff to capture Honda Classic
Ireland's Padraig Harrington won his first US PGA title in seven years on Monday, defeating 21-year-old American rookie Daniel Berger in a playoff to capture the storm-hit Honda Classic. "The last nine holes I felt like a different person," Harrington said. Harrington found the water at the par-3 17th in regulation for a double bogey but sank a tension-packed 15-foot birdie putt at the par-5 18th hole to force the playoff, matching Berger on six-under 274 over 72 holes. Both began the playoff with pars at 18 and then at 17, Harrington put his 5-iron tee shot four feet from the cup while Berger found the water.
- Australia's Maxwell mocked for Kiwi 'choke' gesture
Australia's Glenn Maxwell was both mocked and praised Monday after video emerged of him making a 'choking' gesture just moments before Kane Williamson launched the giant six that won Saturday's World Cup clash for New Zealand. Maxwell, a controversial batsman dubbed 'The Big Show' by Australian media, was fielding in the deep when he turned to a section of the 40,000 crowd at Auckland's Eden Park and jokingly placed his hands around his throat to suggest that the home side were about to fail chasing their modest 152-run target. Maxwell scored just one in the game having made 66 in Australia's opening win over England, but he won some sympathy online with fans praising him for his interaction with the crowd.