Golf

Golf-Ice-cool Ko aims to have fun at Mission Hills

RANCHO MIRAGE, California, April 1 - New Zealand's Lydia Ko has been exposed to increased expectation and much bigger crowds since becoming world number one but, so far, the 17-year-old is handling it all with remarkable poise.

Golf-Mission Hills fan Lewis targets a third major win

RANCHO MIRAGE, California, April 1 - Eight years ago, Stacy Lewis was an amateur when she tied for fifth at Mission Hills Country Club in the first women's major of the season, a tournament she has grown to love.

Golf-Korean Park back at happy hunting ground

RANCHO MIRAGE, California, April 1 - Park In-bee returns to one of her most successful venues for this week's ANA Inspiration at Mission Hills Country Club where two years ago she won her second major title with a "nearly perfect" display.

Golf-Woods plays 18 holes in practice at Augusta National

March 31 - The lingering 'will he play/won't he play?' scenario with Tiger Woods ahead of next week's Masters entered a new phase on Tuesday when the former world number one played a practice round at Augusta National.

Golf-Webb, Tseng not ready to concede spotlight to new breed

March 31 - As the LPGA focus turns to the glut of youthful talent, two former number ones are showing that women's golf is not exclusively a preserve of the very young.

Golf-Winners of the ANA Inspiration

March 31 - Winners of the ANA Inspiration, being played this week from April 2-5 at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California, since the inaugural edition in 1972 (U.S. unless stated):

PREVIEW-Golf-Ko's consistency a major topic at Mission Hills

RANCHO MIRAGE, California, March 31 - World number one Lydia Ko has yet to win a major title but the 17-year-old prodigy has already achieved so much in golf that she enters this week's ANA Inspiration envied by many of her rivals.

Golf-Korean LPGA dominance here to stay, say former players

March 31 - South Korean-born players have dominated the LPGA circuit this season, winning six of seven tournaments to date, and the juggernaut will be difficult to stop at this week's ANA Inspiration, the first major of the year.

Golf-Woods drops out of world's top 100

March 30 - Tiger Woods has dropped outside the top 100 in the world golf rankings for the first time since 1996.

Golf-World Rankings

March 30 (Infostrada Sports) - The World Rankings 1. (1) Rory McIlroy (Britain) 11.00 2. (2) Henrik Stenson (Sweden) 7.81 3. (3) Bubba Watson (U.S.) 7.57 4. (6) Jordan Spieth (U.S.) 6.90 5. (4) Jason Day (Australia) 6.50 6. (5) Adam Scott (Australia) 6.41 7. (9) Dustin Johnson (U.S.) 5.99 8. (8) Sergio Garcia (Spain) 5.86 9. (7) Jim Furyk (U.S.) 5.78 10. (13) Jimmy Walker (U.S.) 5.57 11. (10) Justin Rose (Britain

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