Rory McIlroy shot a three-under 68 to earn a share of the lead at the Genesis Invitational on Saturday.

The Northern Irishman produced four birdies and a bogey to move into a three-way tie for first at the Riviera Country Club in California.

Overnight leader Matt Kuchar let his two-stroke advantage slip in a third-round 70 that included a run of three bogeys in four holes.

Adam Scott, the 2005 champion and two-time runner-up, joins McIlroy and Kuchar atop the leaderboard at 10 under after making six birdies en route to an impressive 67, backing up the blistering 64 he fired on Friday.

Russell Henley (68) and Harold Varner III (69) are a shot behind the leaders, while 2017 winner Dustin Johnson (67) sits alongside Joel Dahmen (66) at eight under.

Defending champion J.B. Holmes carded a disappointing 76 to slip out of contention.

McIlroy, the world number one, will hope to emerge from a competitive field with a 19th PGA Tour victory and first in 2020.

"You just have to worry about yourself," he told a news conference.

"Concentrate on what you're doing, do it well. Set yourself a target. Don't think about anyone else and if that's good enough at the end of the day, then great.

"If not, then someone has just played better than you. Hats off to them."

Matt Kuchar is two shots clear at the halfway mark of the Genesis Invitational, while Rory McIlroy remains in contention.

Having opened with a 64, Kuchar carded a two-under 69 to move into nine under at the Riviera Country Club in California on Friday.

The American mixed four birdies with two bogeys and sits ahead of McIlroy (67), Harold Varner III (68) and Wyndham Clark (68).

McIlroy, the world number one, produced another fine round, which included six birdies and two bogeys.

The Northern Irishman capitalised on the three par-fives – the first, 11th and 17th holes – by birdieing each.

It is a congested chasing pack, with Sung Kang (67), Adam Scott (64), Vaughn Taylor (67) and Russell Henley (69) tied for fifth at six under.

The 2005 champion and a two-time runner-up, Scott's round was the day's best as the Australian holed seven birdies – including four on his final six holes.

Tiger Woods, whose foundation hosts the tournament, battled to a two-over 73 to fall back to a tie for 45th.

The 15-time major champion is joined at even par by Jordan Spieth (70) and Brooks Koepka (73).

Dustin Johnson is in a far better position after shooting a five-under 66 that lifted him into a share of 11th place alongside nine others, including defending champion J.B. Holmes (69).

The European Tour has announced the Maybank Championship and the China Open have been postponed due to the coronavirus.

Both tournaments were set to be held in Asia during April, though it is still hoped they may be rescheduled for later in the season.

The Saujana Golf and Country Club in Kuala Lumpur was to host the Maybank Championship from April 16-19, a week before the China Open at Genzon Golf Club.

"The well-being of our players, spectators and staff is always our absolute priority," Keith Pelley, chief executive of the European Tour, said in a statement.

"While it is therefore regrettable that the Maybank Championship and China Open have been postponed, we feel this is the correct course of action at this time.

"We are currently investigating alternative dates for both events."

The outbreak of the coronavirus - given the name Covid-19 - has caused the postponement of several major sporting events, including Formula One's Chinese Grand Prix.

The World Athletics Indoor Championships in Nanjing will now take place next year instead, while domestic football at all levels in China has been halted in order to help control the spread of the virus.

However, Tokyo 2020 organisers remain confident the Olympic Games will go ahead as planned.

Matt Kuchar earned a three-stroke lead after the opening round of the Genesis Invitational, where Tiger Woods started hot but faded.

American golfer Kuchar carded a seven-under-par 64 to set the early pace at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades on Thursday.

Kuchar – who was part of Tiger Woods' triumphant Presidents Cup team in Melbourne in December – is without a solo victory since the 2019 Sony Open in Hawaii more than a year ago.

But Kuchar made a strong start in California, where the nine-time PGA Tour champion was bogey-free as he holed seven birdies to top the leaderboard ahead of Lee Kyoung-hoon, Russell Henley, Wyndham Clark, Adam Schenk and Harold Varner III.

It is a star-studded field for the invitational event – one of only five tournaments given that status by the PGA Tour – and four-time major champion Rory McIlroy is in contention.

World number one McIlroy recorded two eagles, a pair of bogeys and a birdie for a three-under-par 68 on day one.

McIlroy headlines a group of 10 players tied for seventh, including Jason Day and Patrick Reed.

Woods is a stroke further back after the 15-time major winner faltered following a bright start in his pursuit of a maiden Genesis Invitational trophy.

The American superstar made an eagle on his first hole, opening a tournament with an eagle for just the second time since 2003 – the fourth of his career at Riviera.

Woods holed two birdies on a flawless front nine before fading after the turn, with the veteran bogeying twice – including the last for a two-under-par 69.

Los Angeles Lakers great Kobe Bryant – who tragically died in a helicopter crash along with his 13-year-old daughter Giannia and seven other victims last month – was honoured around the course.

From a flag in Lakers colours and with Bryant's number eight, to Brooks Koepka sporting headcovers inspired by the five-time NBA champion.

Former world number one Koepka, reigning champion J.B. Holmes and Justin Rose are among the players at two under, while the likes of 2018 winner Dustin Johnson, two-time champion Phil Mickelson, three-time victor Bubba Watson and Jordan Spieth ended the day one over the card.

Tiger Woods has "delved into the details" after receiving an approach from the Premier Golf League.

A newly proposed schedule that would rival the PGA Tour, the Premier Golf League wants to stage an 18-event season that sees each tournament played over 54 holes, rather than 72.

There would be a team element involved too, with the 48 competitors split into groups of four. Total prize money will reportedly be $240million (£185m).

Speaking ahead of the Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club, Woods confirmed he and his team are looking into the potential plans that would see the world's best playing together on a regular basis.

"My team's been aware of it and we've delved into the details of it and trying to figure it out just like everyone else,'' Woods told the media.

"We've been down this road before with World Golf Championships and other events being started. There's a lot of information that we're still looking at and whether it's reality or not, but just like everybody else, we're looking into it.

"I think just like all events, you're trying to get the top players to play more collectively. It's one of the reasons why we instituted the World Golf Championships, because we were only getting the top players together five times a year: the four majors and the Players.

"We wanted to showcase the top players on more than just those occasions.

"So, this is a natural evolution, whether or not things like this are going to happen, but ideas like this are going to happen going forward, whether it's now or any other time in the future."

Woods is tournament host for the Genesis Invitational this week but has yet to win the tournament in 12 previous attempts.

Nick Taylor closed out his first PGA Tour win in over five years with a four-stroke wire-to-wire victory at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am on Sunday.

The Canadian carded a two-under 70 in windy conditions in the final round in California to finish at 19 under.

Taylor – the first Canadian to win wire-to-wire since 1960 – secured his second PGA Tour victory and first since November 2014, when he won the Sanderson Farms Championship.

An eagle at the par-five sixth hole set up Taylor's round and he managed to close out a win despite two bogeys and a double bogey on the back nine.

Kevin Streelman (68) ended up in second after Phil Mickelson struggled late in his final round on the way to a two-over 74.

Mickelson, the defending champion and a five-time winner of the event, bogeyed three of his final seven holes to finish at 14 under and in third.

The five-time major champion also made history – his 30th consecutive season with a top-10 finish.

Jason Day, who was also in contention heading into Sunday, posted a three-over 75 to finish at 11 under, his round including four birdies, five bogeys and a double bogey.

A five-under 67, belonging to Jordan Spieth, was the best round of the day as the American climbed the leaderboard to finish tied for ninth.

Maverick McNealy (68), Daniel Berger (69), Matt Jones (72) and Charl Schwartzel (72) were tied for fifth at nine under.

Min Woo Lee secured his maiden European Tour title with a two-stroke victory at the Vic Open on Sunday.

The Australian, 21, carded a four-under 68 in the final round at 13th Beach Golf Links in Barwon Heads.

Lee finished at 19 under at the European Tour and PGA Tour of Australasia tournament, two shots clear of Ryan Fox (64).

He fired four rounds in the 60s at the event, mixing five birdies with a bogey on Sunday.

Fox produced the best round of the day with his eight-under 64, but he fell short.

Robin Sciot-Siegrist (68), Marcus Fraser (70) and Travis Smyth (70) finished tied for third at 14 under.

Nick Taylor will take a one-stroke lead into the Pebble Beach Pro-Am final round, with Phil Mickelson and Jason Day his nearest challengers.

Taylor, who fired an opening-round 63, carded a three-under 69 at Spyglass Hill Golf Course on Saturday to move into 17 under.

The Canadian was one over through his first 10 holes in the third round, but finished with two birdies and an eagle at the par-five seventh.

Taylor is a shot ahead of Mickelson, the five-time winner and defending champion shooting a five-under 67 at Pebble Beach to be outright second.

The American mixed six birdies – holing from the bunker at 13 and chipping in at 14 – with a bogey to continue what has been a strong showing in California.

Day, a runner-up at the tournament in 2018, carded a two-under 70 at Spyglass Hill to be outright third at 14 under.

Matt Every (68) and Kevin Streelman (68) are tied for fourth at 11 under, a shot ahead of Peter Malnati (66).

Dustin Johnson could only manage an even-par 72 on Pebble Beach to be in a five-man tie for seventh at nine under.

Jordan Spieth, meanwhile, is well back at tied for 55th after a one-under 71 – his third consecutive round in the 70s.

Min Woo Lee took charge of the Vic Open with an eagle at the last after overnight leader Robin Sciot-Siegrist bogeyed six holes in high winds on Saturday.

A four-under 68 moved Australian Lee onto 15 under for the tournament, giving him a three-shot lead over compatriots Marcus Fraser and Travis Smyth.

The 21-year-old's elder sister Minjee Lee is a five-time winner on the LPGA Tour and sits five shots off leader Ayean Cho in the simultaneous women's event.

"It was probably one of the best rounds I've ever played regardless of score," Min Woo Lee told the European Tour.

"I've hit it pretty solid. There were a couple of shots that were bad but that happens in 50-kilometre winds so I'm pretty happy and should be proud of the way I played."

After signing for a flawless eight-under 64 on the Creek Course and consequently a two-shot lead on Friday, Sciot-Siegrist slipped to a four-way share of fourth on Saturday as he struggled to navigate high winds in the Beach Course.

The Frenchman reached the turn in 39 and finished his round in a four-over-par 76 – a score matched by Alejandro Canizares, who led after the opening round, and former U.S. Open winner Geoff Ogilvy – to fall five shots off the pace.

Smyth got himself back into contention with three birdies in his last four holes, having dropped five shots from the eighth to the 14th, while a bogey at the 17th denied Fraser sole ownership of second position.

Nick Taylor maintained his two-shot lead after the second round of the Pebble Beach Pro-Am on Friday.

Taylor carded a six-under-par 66 to improve to 14 under through 36 holes at the halfway stage of the PGA Tour tournament.

After opening with a 63 in California, Canadian and one-time Tour winner Taylor had seven birdies and a bogey to stay top of the leaderboard.

Taylor – playing Pebble Beach Golf Links – birdied his final two holes and four of his last five to keep former world number one Jason Day at bay.

Australian star Day was flawless on the Pebble Beach Golf Links, posting an eagle and six birdies in a bogey-free second-round 64.

Defending champion and five-time winner Phil Mickelson is three strokes off the pace.

Mickelson – on the Monterey Peninsula Country Club – shot a seven-under-par 64 to climb nine positions on the second day.

The five-time major champion said he "drove it like a stallion" in the opening round and Mickelson kept it going on Friday with an eagle, seven birdies and two bogeys.

Chris Baker (64) and Charl Schwartzel (66) are tied at 10 under, a shot ahead of Scott Piercy (66) and Dustin Johnson (65).

Jordan Spieth's struggles continued as the three-time major champion posted a 71 to fall 22 places into a tie for 66th.

Robin Sciot-Siegrist navigated tricky conditions to finish round two of the Vic Open with a two-shot lead.

Frenchman Sciot-Siegrist came through the windier afternoon conditions on the Creek Course at 13th Beach Golf Club with eight birdies in a flawless 64, moving onto 14 under for the tournament.

"It was a great round. It was similar to [Thursday], I played really good golf and putted really well. Overall just a very nice round and everything is going great," he told the European Tour.

"In general, I don't have many expectations. I'm just trying to do my job, like really do what I need to do on the course and during practice rounds and everything.

"When I'm playing, obviously there's pressure and everything, but I'm just trying to do my best and we'll see at the end.

"There's two more days, we're only halfway. I played really good golf, hopefully it continues like that."

Australian Travis Smyth is two strokes behind after a five-under 67 on the Beach Course, with a group consisting of Jed Morgan, Matthew Griffin, Jake McLeod and Min Woo Lee one further back.

Overnight leader Alejandro Canizares was unable to continue his strong start to the event, signing for a one-under 71 to slip to a six-way share of seventh that includes 2006 U.S. Open winner Geoff Ogilvy.

Nick Taylor earned a two-stroke lead after the opening round of the Pebble Beach Pro-Am on Thursday, while defending champion Phil Mickelson shot a 68.

Canadian golfer and one-time PGA Tour winner Taylor carded a bogey-free eight-under-par 63 in California.

Playing Monterey Peninsula Country Club, Taylor – who claimed his only title via the 2014 Sanderson Farms Championship – birdied his final two holes to move clear of Patrick Cantlay.

Taylor finished with six birdies and an eagle as American Cantlay navigated the Spyglass Hill Golf Course.

Cantlay posted a six-under-par 66 to be second alongside countryman Chase Seiffert, who played Pebble Beach Golf Links.

Mickelson's title defence opened with a four-under-par 68 on the Spyglass Hill Golf Course.

After enduring a difficult 2019 – missing nine cuts in 23 events – five-time major champion Mickelson impressed in round one on Thursday.

Mickelson only dropped one shot, holing five birdies, including his last three holes.

"I drove it like a stallion," five-time Pebble Beach Pro-Am champion Mickelson said. "Hit almost every fairway. And when you're doing that you can get aggressive and get after it."

Mickelson is tied for fourth alongside Charl Schwartzel, Greg Chalmers, Matthew NeSmith, Justin Suh, Matt Jones, Chez Reavie, Kevin Chappell, Jonathan Byrd, Jim Herman, Jason Day and Wyndham Clark.

Former world number one Dustin Johnson shot a first-round 69, while 2017 champion and three-time major winner Jordan Spieth carded a 70.

Alejandro Canizares made a stunning start to the Vic Open on Thursday, enjoying a clinical round of 63 to take a two-shot lead in Victoria.

After starting on the 10th, the Spaniard enjoyed a brilliant opening to move to four under par after just five holes.

A bogey at 16 brought Canizares back down to Earth, though he immediately responded with another gain on the 17th.

Another five birdies followed after the turn, including his final three holes, ensuring Canizares finished at nine under and with a two-shot cushion ahead of four Australians – Matthew Griffin, Jake McLeod, Travis Smyth and Justin Warren – all of whom enjoyed bogey-less rounds.

Former U.S. Open winner Geoff Ogilvy is four off the lead, with an eagle on the 18th setting him up nicely for a potential challenge over the weekend, and he is backing himself if he moves into contention.

"Certainly, I think there's an advantage at that end of the tournament, last nine holes, last round – that's an acquired skill," he said.

"The first few times you're in contention for a tournament, that's very difficult. Everyone butchers it and then you get good at it and that's not a skill I've forgotten, I don't think.

"So, if I can get myself in the mix, I'd think I'd have a chance. I don't think my name will look scary on a leaderboard, but I know I could hang in that situation.

"I can play golf anywhere and enjoy it, but the drug for me is the contention. When I wasn't getting that, that's why I didn't really want to play golf tournaments anymore.

"That's why you do it – the feeling. It's not really the winning, it's being in it."

Last year's victor David Law is tied for 30th on four under par.

Phil Mickelson revealed he would not accept a special exemption into this year's U.S. Open, saying it would be a "sympathy spot".

Mickelson, who turns 50 in June, endured a difficult 2019, missing nine cuts in 23 events to drop down the rankings.

The five-time major champion, still only missing a U.S. Open to complete a career Grand Slam, is ranked 72nd and needs to crack the top 60 leading into the event, or win the Masters, US PGA Championship or The Players Championship, or go through qualifying.

Mickelson, a six-time runner-up at the U.S. Open, said he wanted to earn his place at Winged Foot Golf Club in New York.

"I won't accept it so I'm either going to get in the field on my own or I'll have to try to qualify, I'm not going to take a special exemption," he told a news conference on Wednesday ahead of the Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

Asked why, the American responded: "I just won't."

Mickelson added: "They've never been an organisation that likes to give out special exemptions, I don't want a special exemption.

"I think I'll get into the tournament. If I get in, I deserve to be there and if I don't, I don't.

"I don't want a sympathy spot. If I am good enough to make it and qualify then I need to earn my spot there."

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