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Caddie Steve Williams to cut back on tournaments

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10:54 AM ET 11.23 | Adam Scott's caddie Steve Williams plans to cut down on his schedule after next year, slowly putting to an end a 35-year career carrying the golf bags of Raymond Floyd, Greg Norman and most successfully, Tiger Woods. Williams, who turns 50 in late December, said Saturday at Royal Melbourne, where Scott is playing in the World Cup, that 2014 will be his last full season with this year's Masters winner. From 2015, he'll work six or seven months of the year, basically from the Florida swing in March on the PGA Tour through to the Tour Championship in September. That will enable him to concentrate on his other love of car racing in his native New Zealand. Williams caddied for Woods for 12 years, winning 13 majors with the man who fired him in 2011. "It's one of the greatest jobs if you like golf, but it's not something I feel I want to do my whole life," Williams told The Associated Press in an interview.

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Tiger Woods believes Rory McIlroy will turn things around

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06:14 PM ET 10.29 | Rory McIlroy is running out of time to win a tournament in 2013, but Tiger Woods doesn't think it's time to panic. Woods recently spoke with Reuters about the 24-year-old McIlory, saying the young golfer's game is coming together. Woods also said the two competitors have forged a friendship. McIlroy was named the PGA Tour Player of the Year in 2012, and he led the Tour in earnings.

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Lexi Thompson wins LPGA Malaysia event

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04:45 PM ET 10.13 | American Lexi Thompson held off final-round challenges from Shanshan Feng and Suzann Pettersen to win the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia by a comfortable four-shot lead. The teenager, who's been hunting her second LPGA victory of the year, has been able to keep her head down and play consistent golf while hitting pay dirt at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club this weekend. Thompson shot four sub-par rounds and ended the tournament at an impressive 19 shots under par, well ahead of Shanshan Feng's second place 15-under.

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Henrik Stenson pads lead despite losing club

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10:34 AM ET 09.21 | This time, Henrik Stenson's golf bag contained less than a full complement of clubs for 18 holes, rather than just on the final hole. But who needs a complete set of sticks when you are faultlessly swinging whichever one you fetch? Minus his 4-wood, whose head caved in during warm-ups on Friday, Stenson added a four-under-par 66 to his first round of 64 at the Tour Championship. Halfway through, his lead is four strokes over Adam Scott, putting Stenson within sniffing distance of the tournament and the FedEx Cup points championships, which would enrich him by a combined $11.4 million. "I care more about the two trophies than I do the $11 million, that's for sure," Stenson said.

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Greg Norman: I was too stubborn to win more

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11:29 AM ET 08.24 | Though his Hall of Fame career took him to the top of the world ranking and included a pair of major wins, Greg Norman insists that his playing credentials would have been even more impressive if not for his mental approach on the course. "Quite honestly I was probably a little too stubborn," the Aussie explained to "CBS This Morning" in an interview Thursday when asked why he failed to "live up to" his potential during a career that included 20 PGA Tour wins, most notably the 1986 and 1993 British Opens. "I wanted to do things my way ... I was so set in my ways." Known for an aggressive approach inside the ropes, Norman's greatest defeat came at the 1996 Masters, when he squandered a six-shot lead in the final round and finished runner-up to Nick Faldo, who claimed his third green jacket that fateful Sunday. As he reflected, Norman admitted that a somewhat safer strategy may have, at times, paid dividends. "I played fairly aggressive golf. I believed in my ability ... there wasn't a shot I didn't love," he explained. "So I went for it most of the time instead of maybe scaling back a little bit and being a bit conservative."

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