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Canadian Adam Hadwin earns Masters’ trip with win at Valspar

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There were times he threatened to turn a golf course into a race track. In the end, however, one stroke was enough for Adam Hadwin. Hadwin, a 29-year-old from Moose Jaw, Canada, parred his final hole to edge American Patrick Cantlay. Cantlay had gotten back into the Valspar Tournament with birdies on five of six holes, but a bogey on the 16th did him in. Hadwin hit a shot into the water on No. 16 to lead to a double-bogey. He…

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Golf leaves Rio in better shape than when it arrived

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Adilson da Silva of Brazil hit the first shot that put golf back in the Olympics for the first time in more than a century. Inbee Park hit the final putt that capped off two weeks that could not have gone much better for a sport trying to make a good impression. Peter Dawson was on the first tee when it started and said he had a tear in his eye when it ended. “It exceeded my very best expectations,”…

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What to watch at the Rio games on Saturday

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Day 15 of the Rio Games features medal action in track and field, soccer, basketball, golf, boxing, volleyball and more. Here are some things to watch (all times local): TRACK AND FIELD Fresh off winning the 10 kilometer race in dramatic fashion, British standout Mo Farah is looking for his second double when the 5K sets off at 9:30 p.m. Farah won the 5K and 10K in London four years ago. South Africa’s Caster Semenya has dominated the 800 meters…

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What to watch at Rio games on Friday

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Day 14 of the Rio Games features medal action in track and field, soccer, wrestling, boxing, platform diving and more. Here are some things to watch (all times local): TRACK AND FIELD A day after winning another gold in the 200 meters, Usain Bolt will appear in what he’s said will be his final Olympic race. He’ll look to add to his medal stash as part of the Jamaican team in the 4×100 relay finals at 10:35 p.m. Bolt and Jamaica…

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Justin Rose leads Olympic golf; Bubba Watson in medal range

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Justin Rose is one round away from winning golf’s first Olympic gold medal in 112 years. Rose did a little shimmy when his 10-foot par putt on the final hole Saturday swirled in the back side of the cup for a 6-under 65, giving him a one-shot lead over British Open champion Henrik Stenson going into the final round – the medal round – at Olympic Golf Course. It’s not a two-man race, even if it felt like one. Rose…

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Golf returns to Olympics after 112 years

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Golf at the Olympic games will take some adjustment. Not just for the fans and viewers, but the players themselves. Brazil’s Adilson da Silva hit the first Olympic shot taken in 112 years early Thursday morning. His playing partner, Graham Dalaet of Canada hit the second. Just a week before leaving for Rio de Janeiro, Matt Kuchar was unaware of the format. He believed it was a team event instead of individuals playing for medals. “From my understanding, it was…

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South African Charl Schwartzel charges back to win Valspar

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Charl Schwartzel waited until the last possible minute to win the Valspar Championship Sunday evening. Schwartzel, down five strokes coming into the day, birdied three of the final six holes to force third-round leader Bill Haas into extra holes, then won on the first playoff hole. Schwartzel, a 31-year-old golfer from South Africa, shot a 67 for the day to catch Haas. He ha a 65-yard birdie putt on the 13th and a 25-footer on the 17th. “I thought the…

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