Kiwi golfing sensation Joshua Bai takes out US Kids World Junior Championships

Joshua Bai is the first Kiwi golfer to win silverware at the US Kids World Championship at Pinehurst in North Carolina.

The 11-year-old Aucklander is the first New Zealander to win a title at the tournament at Pinehurst in North Carolina. Source: 1 NEWS

It's a tournament that's featured such names as PGA Tour stars Justin Thomas and Patrick Reed, and women's Major winner Lexi Thompson.

The 11-year-old Kiwi crushed the field winning by four shots with a nine-under par total for three rounds in the under 11 category.

Bai plays at Auckland club Akarana, he's a key member of their senior pennants team.

He has a three handicap and is in the top one per cent of the country, an incredible feat for a kid that only picked up a golf club five years ago.

"Well when I first hit my first golf ball I liked it so I just kept on playing," said Bai.

"My lowest score around here is 69."

The young golfing star has big dreams and aspirations, saying he would love to one day win the US Masters tournament.


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Watch: Tiger Woods fires sensational eagle on final hole to share lead at Tour Championship

Tiger Woods has enjoyed a vintage performance to take a share of the clubhouse lead midway through the first round of the Tour Championship in Atlanta.

Woods sent fans into a frenzy when he reached the par-5 18th in two shots at East Lake Golf Club before draining a 27-foot eagle putt to post a five-under- par 65 today.

The two-time Tour Championship winner sits atop the leaderboard at five under alongside Rickie Fowler (65).

With play still underway, the duo hold a one-shot lead over Gary Woodland (66) at four under.

Woods opened his round with a bogey but fought back with two front-nine birdies.

He then turned it up on the back nine, with birdies at the 12th and 13th holes setting the stage for his final-hole eagle.

"I hit so many quality shots all day, whether it was tee to green or it was putts," Woods said after his round.

"I didn't really mis-hit a single shot today and I felt I had a lot of control over my shots. The only hard part was getting my speed on the greens."

Jason Day leads the three-man Australian contingent and he's two under the card courtesy of a solid 68.

Fellow Queenslander Cameron Smith carded an even-par 70, while Marc Leishman is three shots further back after he carded a 73.

The Tour Championship is a 30-man tournament and the final event of the FedEx Cup play-offs.

The 42-year-old shot an eight-metre eagle putt to card five-under par 65 in the first round of the PGA event in Atlanta. Source: SKY


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Lydia Ko plays round of the day at Evian Championship, sneaks into top 10

A remarkable final round has seen Kiwi golfer Lydia Ko sneak into the top 10 at the Evian Championship at Evians-les-Bains, in France.

Beginning her day at -4 for the tournament, Ko began with a bang, with a birdie on the first hole followed by another on the fifth.

A bogey on the seventh was quickly corrected with another birdie on the ninth, giving Ko -2 for her front nine, sitting at -6 for the tournament.

A blemish free back nine, including birdies on the 13th and 17th holes saw Ko leap 11 places, sitting in a tie for 10th to finish her tournament.

The Kiwi finished four shots behind the leader, Angela Stafford of the USA, who came in at -12 to take the title for 2018.

BEDMINSTER, NJ - JULY 13:  Lydia Ko of New Zealand watches her tee shot on the fourth hole during the first round of the US Women's Open Championship at Trump National Golf Course on July 13, 2017 in Bedminster, New Jersey.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
Lydia Ko of New Zealand watches her tee shot. Source: Getty


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Lydia Ko drops out of top 30 after second round at Evian Championship

Kiwi golfer Lydia Ko's second round at this year's Evian Championship hasn't gone to plan, leaving her outside of the top 30 and sitting well back of the leading group in France.

After a first round score of +1 in Evian-les-Bains, Ko needed a bright start to have any chance of clawing her way back into contention.

Starting her second round on the back nine, Ko was playing catch up almost immediately, with a double bogey on the second hole pushing her score out to +3.

A birdie on the 16th though saw her finish her first nine holes at +1 for the round.

On the back nine, Ko began to save faced, with back to back birdies on the sixth and seventh holes seeing her back to even par for the tournament, and -1 for the day.

The Kiwi trails the leading group, containing Amy Olson and Mo Martin of the USA, South Korea's Mi Hyang Lee and Puerto Rico's Maria Torres by eight shots.

Lydia Ko, of New Zealand, hits on the ninth hole during the second round of the KPMG Women's PGA Championship golf tournament at Kemper Lakes Golf Club in Kildeer, Ill., Friday, June 29, 2018. (AP Photo/David Banks)
Lydia Ko. Source: Associated Press


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Watch: US golfer busts out traditional Polynesian dance after being selected for Ryder Cup

Tony Finau decided to celebrate his selection as the final member of the US Ryder Cup team the best way he knew - with a traditional Polynesian dance.

Finau took to the stage at an event for the foundation named after him the day after he found out he was picked.

"A day you make the @RyderCupUSA team is a day you feel like dancing!" he said on social media.

Finau, who is of Samoan and Tongan decent, has enjoyed a successful year despite not winning a single tournament, ranking third in the FedEx Cup standings.

The 28-year-old has earned more than US$5 million this season with just next week's Tour Championship in Atlanta left on the calender.


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