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Announced: By the PGA Tour, that an unofficial Tour event will be held in Puerto Rico in March to support recovery efforts on the island after Hurricane Maria. The event, which is expected to feature Tour players, other athletes and celebrities, will replace the Puerto Rico Open, which the Tour said would return to the calendar in 2019. The benefit event will be played at TPC Dorado Beach, just west of San Juan on the northern coast, at a date to be determined.

Withdrew: From an Asian Tour satellite event, Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who clinched a spot in the Masters via the Official World Golf Ranking. Aphibarnrat, who is ranked No. 51, was projected to move to 49th provided that he did not play this week. However, he qualified for the Boonchu Ruangkit Championship. Aphibarnrat, 28, of Thailand, would have needed a top-10 finish to guarantee a spot in the Masters, which invites players ranked among the top 50 in the OWGR at the end of the year. He cited a back injury in withdrawing before the first round in Pak Chong, Thailand. Aphibarnrat has played in one Masters, in 2016, when he tied for 15th.

Rejected: By the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, a claim by Old White Charities Inc. that a group of insurers breached a contract by not covering payouts for two holes-in-one during the first round of the 2015 Greenbrier Classic. George McNeill and Justin Thomas aced the 137-yard, par-3 18th hole, prompting payouts of $100 for the first ace and $500 for the second by Greenbrier Resort owner Jim Justice to each fan seated around the green at Old White TPC in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. The payments totaled nearly $200,000. The Richmond, Va., court ruled that the policy covered only holes that were at least 170 yards long.