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The identity of the U.S. Open is that it’s a beautiful mess. If you’re not playing in it or trying to host it, it’s fun to revel in all the wailing, tension, and occasional incompetence. The last five years, however, have featured a mix of bad luck, poor timing, and outright mismanagement that has left many loud voices among the players completely fed up with the national championship, even to the point of a serious discussion of a boycott.

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Taichung, Taiwan—Local ace Sung Mao-Chang took charge with a six-under 66, going 2-up over erstwhile co-leader Tseng Tsu-Hao while Jay Bayron kept his hopes for a spot in the weekend play despite a 73 in the Daan TPGA Open at the Ching Chuan Kang Golf Club here yesterday.

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Los Angeles—One week out from his PGA Championship title defense at Bethpage Black, Brooks Koepka is tuning up his game at the US PGA Tour’s Byron Nelson in Dallas, Texas.

Koepka is making his fifth career start in the tournament, but his first since it moved to the course located in the southern outskirts of Dallas last year. 

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Tarlac – Finn Teemu Putkonen made up for his late meltdown in the previous round with a strong finish yesterday, birdying two of the last three holes to shoot an eagle-spiked 68 and snatch the third round lead from Guido Van der Valk in the ICTSI Luisita Championship here yesterday.

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Washington, United States—Tiger Woods, who made a stunning comeback from injury to win the Masters last month, is to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Donald Trump on Monday (Tuesday Manila time). 

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said Trump will bestow the award, the nation’s highest civilian honor, on the golfing great in the White House Rose Garden. 

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Augusta, United States—Tiger Woods enters the Masters confident he can capture his 15th major title and fifth green jacket after contending in the past two majors and ending a five-year victory drought.

The 14-time major winner rebounded from spinal fusion surgery to win his 80th career US PGA title in last year’s Tour Championship after threatening at the British Open and PGA Championship. 

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