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Niemann wins Latin America Amateur with closing 63

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) - Joaquin Niemann wanted to make his last round as an amateur one of his best. He was so good Tuesday that he felt he could birdie every hole and closed with an 8-under 63 for a five-shot victory in the Latin America Amateur Championship.

And that means his amateur career is not over yet.

Next up for the 19-year-old from Chile: the Masters at Augusta National.

Niemann lived up to his No. 1 world amateur ranking by playing a five-hole stretch in 6-under par around the turn at Prince of Wales Country Club. That carried him to a stress-free victory over Alvaro Ortiz of Mexico, a runner-up in the Latin America Amateur for the second straight year.

By winning, Niemann earns a spot in the Masters and would be exempt into the final stage of qualifying for the U.S. Open and British Open. He won't be eligible for those exemptions because he plans to turn pro after the Masters.

"After I wake up, walking to my car I say to myself, 'Let's make our last round of golf as an amateur a good round.' That gave me a lot of foundation to shoot a low round," Niemann said. "Now I keep amateur until the Masters."

It was the third time in four years that a Chilean has won the Latin American America. Gana won in a playoff last year over Ortiz and Niemann in Panama City, and Matias Dominguez won in 2015 in Buenos Aires.

Niemann attended the Masters last year with Toto Gana, and he plans to return the favor by bringing Gana as a guest this year.

The previous three Latin America Amateur champions have failed to make the cut at the Masters, a trend that Niemann hopes to change.

"I feel ready," said Niemann, who qualified for the U.S. Open last year at Erin Hills and missed the cut.

Trailing by one shot to Ortiz to start the final round, Niemann tied for the lead with one fortuitous bounce. His drive on the reachable par-4 eighth hole caromed off a tree, through the bunker and onto the green to set up an eagle. They were tied going to the back nine, where Niemann took the lead with a birdie on No. 10, and then expanded his lead to three shots with a birdie at No. 11 as Ortiz made bogey. Niemann birdied two of the next three holes to pull away.

Niemann said he would have turned pro if he had earned status in the Tour qualifying tournament last year. Instead, he remained an amateur and received quite the payoff. He's going to Augusta National, where he hopes to play a practice round with Masters champion Sergio Garcia and perhaps Tiger Woods.

Winning numbers drawn in 'All or Nothing Day' game

ATLANTA (AP) _ The winning numbers in Tuesday afternoon's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's "All or Nothing Day" game were:


(two, four, six, nine, ten, eleven, thirteen, fifteen, sixteen, seventeen, twenty-one, twenty-four)

Real places in Oscar-nominated films from Dunkirk to Toronto

NEW YORK (AP) - From the beaches of France where "Dunkirk" took place to a historic Toronto theater where "Shape of Water" was filmed, fans can visit many of the real-world destinations depicted in this year's Oscar-nominated movies.


For the Italy depicted in "Call Me By Your Name," head to the town of Crema, about an hour from Milan in the northern Lombardy region. Actor Michael Stuhlbarg says the setting was "exquisitely beautiful. ... It was a character in the film."


At London's Churchill War Rooms museum , visitors can see the map room, cabinet room, Winston Churchill's bedroom and other locations depicted in the movie about Churchill's early days as prime minister during wartime. The museum was even visited by the movie's stars, Gary Oldman, who portrayed Churchill, and Lily James, who played his secretary. An exhibit called "Undercover: Life in Churchill's Bunker" shows how typists like James' character sometimes lived and worked there around the clock. The museum on King Charles Street is open daily (admission, $29).


The movie "Dunkirk" was filmed on location in the northern French port city where Allied soldiers were evacuated from the beaches in 1940 by a flotilla of more than 800 ships. Guided tours include sites like the beaches, the East Mole breakwater where most evacuations took place and the cemetery where some 800 soldiers are buried. Visitors may also tour the Musee Dunkerque 1940 when it reopens in April following renovations, or have tea on the Princess Elizabeth, a paddle steamer that made four trips as a rescue ship and is now a floating restaurant.


Tonya Harding is from Portland, Oregon, but the movie about her ill-fated skating career was shot mostly in Georgia, including at a rink where the public can skate: Duluth Ice Forum.


"Lady Bird" is set in Sacramento, California, hometown of director Greta Gerwig. Most of the interiors were filmed in Los Angeles, but The Sacramento Bee says Gerwig put some of her favorite Sacramento spots in the movie, including the McKinley Park rose garden, Fabulous 40s neighborhood and the river walk near Tower Bridge.


Where can you find the oceanic planet Ahch-To from "Star Wars: The Last Jedi"? On a remote island off Ireland's west coast, Skellig Michael. It's a UNESCO World Heritage site where an ancient Christian monastic order built stone beehive-shaped huts. Other "Star Wars" scenes were shot in Malin Head on the Inishowen Peninsula, County Donegal; Loop Head in County Clare; Ballyferriter in County Kerry; and Brow Head near Crookhaven, County Cork. Ireland's tourism agency promotes the destinations at .


The movie about The Washington Post's coverage of the Pentagon Papers was mostly filmed outside of Washington. A building in White Plains, New York, stood in for the newspaper building, and Brooklyn, New York, subbed for some shots of Washington's Georgetown neighborhood, according to Destination DC, Washington's tourism agency. You can, of course, see the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, and you can see the exterior of the American Stock Exchange building in New York, though it's no longer in use. You can also stay in the room where the actual Watergate break-in took place, known as Scandal Room 214 at the Watergate Hotel . The movie's final scene depicts the discovery of the burglary of the Democratic National Committee headquarters there, which led to the Watergate scandal.


The old movie theater featured in "The Shape of Water" is in Toronto. Auditorium scenes were filmed at the Elgin, a theater that opened in 1913 at 189 Yonge St. and is today part of a Canadian National Historic Site. Tours offered Thursdays at 5 p.m., Saturdays at 11 a.m. ($12 cash, check website for occasional cancellations). The marquee shown in the movie is Massey Hall, 178 Victoria St.


Ebbing is a fictional place. The movie was shot in North Carolina, and North Carolina is promoting a three-day itinerary to filming locations in Sylva, Dillsboro, Black Mountain, Asheville and Maggie Valley in the western part of the state.


A few other locations for film mavens:

-"Get Out" was filmed in Fairhope, Alabama.

-Parts of "Mudbound" were filmed in St. James Parish, Louisiana.

-Locations for "All the Money in the World" included, among other places, the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, London, which stood in as J. Paul Getty's residence, and Castel Sant'Angelo in Rome and Bracciano, outside Rome, according to tourism representatives for those countries. Rome's Capitoline museum is mentioned in a pivotal scene where Michelle Williams' character seeks to sell a figurine. None of the film was shot at the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades, California, according to a Villa spokeswoman, but various objects collected by Getty are on view there.

-"The Florida Project," about a spunky little girl growing up amid impoverished families at a motel in the shadow of Disney World, probably won't lead too many visitors to stay at the Magic Castle Inn and Suites in Kissimmee, Florida. Rooms are only $39 but TripAdvisor reviews are not good.


Associated Press Writers Jake Coyle in New York and Elaine Ganley in Paris contributed to this story.

Winning numbers drawn in 'Georgia FIVE Midday' game

ATLANTA (AP) _ The winning numbers in Tuesday afternoon's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's "Georgia FIVE Midday" game were:


(two, zero, eight, six, four)

Winning numbers drawn in 'Cash 4 Midday' game

ATLANTA (AP) _ The winning numbers in Tuesday afternoon's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's "Cash 4 Midday" game were:


(one, zero, nine, one)

Winning numbers drawn in 'Cash 3 Midday' game

ATLANTA (AP) _ The winning numbers in Tuesday afternoon's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's "Cash 3 Midday" game were:


(five, four, nine)

Police: 1 man dead in Georgia shooting, suspect at large

DUBLIN, Ga. (AP) - Police say a shooting in Georgia has left one man dead.

Dublin Police Chief Tim Chatman tells news outlets that an argument between 18-year-old Daylan Hall and Kemon O'Neil turned deadly Monday afternoon, resulting in Hall's shooting. Chatman says a witness told police that O'Neil fired once, before fleeing.

Police have arrested two suspects who were with O'Neil, but O'Neil is still at large.

No further information has been released.

Zach Johnson optimistic about game after 2 years without win

HONOLULU (AP) - For more than a decade, Zach Johnson has held what amounts to an annual two-day summit to inspect every part of his game, figure out what needs to get better and make a plan going forward. He referred to the most recent meeting as the best one yet.

Johnson failed to reach the Tour Championship for the second straight year. He went a second straight season without winning, dating to his 2015 British Open title at St. Andrews. He was not at the Presidents Cup, ending a streak of five consecutive teams.

"I was frustrated because I thought my game was better," Johnson said. "What was good was that everyone threw it on the table. We mulled it over and said, 'OK, this is what we're going to do."

For all the stats that were analyzed, what stood out the most was that Johnson felt he wasn't as disciplined with his practice time and his focus. He did not describe any sense of urgency from going two years without a victory or failing to get to the FedEx Cup finale, though it raised questions.

"As a competitor, doubts creep in. 'Am I going to do it again? Do I need to make changes?'" he said. "It goes back to the basics. I have to do what I do well. Truth be told, what I'm practicing now is more on my strengths than my weaknesses. You know what you've got. Use it. It can work."

Another aspect of that meeting - and this surprised him - was that Johnson found he had become too emotional on the golf course. Not only was he getting frustrated when his game was not going well, he said he was getting overly excited over a good round, even a good shot.

"The emotion of this game is not necessary until the 73rd hole, after the tournament is over," Johnson said.

Even so, he had to contain some excitement leaving his two-day meeting last fall that included everyone involved with his game - swing, mental and fitness coaches, statisticians, his wife and caddie, friends that hold him accountable, even his financial adviser.

Johnson has high hopes for this year, and he was so eager to get going he played three times in the fall, finishing in the top 25 in all of them. He started this year with a pair of top 20s in the Sony Open and CareerBuilder Challenge.

Still to be determined is where it leads. Johnson might be the best proof that there is room for guys who don't blast it 300-plus yards off the tee. He has 12 victories, including major titles at Augusta and St. Andrews. He has played nine times in the Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup.

He'd like to be part of the next one, especially after watching the last one from home.

"I haven't missed many in my career, and it stinks," Johnson said. "It was hard in a good way. My mindset was, 'This is my team.' I'm not on the team, but it's my team. ... Once you're part of that team, you're always on the team. I hope I get many more opportunities."


LPGA OPENER: The LPGA Tour season begins Thursday in the Bahamas, three weeks after the PGA Tour began in Hawaii. The concept of PGA Tour and LPGA Tour winners starting the year together at Kapalua lost traction last year, though it has not been ruled out.

"I think that's something we're still interested in," PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan said.

That starts, however, with Wisconsin-based Sentry Insurance, which took over as title sponsor this year at Kapalua. The focus was on Sentry getting through the first year, so whether it would be interested in hosting two tours was not even a topic.

"That's something that we'll continue to talk about as we go down the road," Monahan said. "And we'll continue to talk to the LPGA about it - if not here, how do we accomplish this at one of our tournaments?"

Monahan says he has spoken with LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan and "I would like to think that we'll get there at some point."

The only mixed events have been the Three-Tour Challenge in Las Vegas (PGA, LPGA, PGA Tour Champions), the Diamond Resorts Invitational (LPGA, PGA Tour Champions, celebrities) and the now-defunct J.C. Penney Classic, a mixed-team event back when there was a full plate of unofficial events in the offseason. Monahan said a mixed event for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo was discussed but didn't work out.

"We talked about the J.C. Penney format. That was a great event," Monahan said. "I think the reason discussions along those lines haven't progressed is because we've been focused on either this event (Kapalua) or different opportunities over that one. But that might be something that we do pursue."

There were 22 winners on the LPGA Tour. There was a 34-man winners-only field at Kapalua this year. Monahan said while the Sentry Tournament of Champions is not the only prospect, it is the most logical opportunity.


RAHM'S OUTLOOK: Jon Rahm's passion is on full display on the golf course. He developed a more introspective side in the summer after his sophomore year at Arizona State, and he believes it allowed his career to blossom.

"A lot of people make the mistake that golf is their life. I was one of those people," Rahm said in an interview at Kapalua. "I do get mad on the golf course. When I'm done playing, one hour after, it's over. It's gone. I allow myself to be frustrated at the mistakes. After that, life moves on."

So he made a list of why he should be thankful and all the people who have helped him along the way.

"You realize how many people you have in your life," he said. "That makes you smile. There are so many things to be happy about. And once you separate them, it's better. I did that in the summer of 2014, and that's when my career really took off. The happier I am in life, the better golfer I will be, instead of thinking the better golf I play, the happier I will be. You can play great golf and be unhappy. It's what you do in life that's going to make you happy."


GWAA AWARDS: Billy Payne, who retired last year as chairman of Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters, has been selected for the William D. Richardson Award for outstanding contributions to golf by the Golf Writers Association of America.

Payne, who promoted golf worldwide by helping launch the Asian Amateur and Latin American Amateur championships, will receive the award April 4 in Augusta.

The GWAA also voted Stacy Lewis as winner of the Ben Hogan Award for overcoming a serious illness or physical disability, and Ernie Els for the ASAP Sports/Jim Murray Award for his cooperation with the media.


DIVOTS: Bernhard Langer tied for 16th in his title defense at the PGA Tour Champions opener in Hawaii. It was his worst finish since Langer tied for 18th in the U.S. Senior Open last July. ... In his preliminary spring schedule, Justin Rose left the Dell Technologies Match Play off his list for the second straight year. ... The last time Phil Mickelson missed the cut in his first start of the year was in 2009 at the Phoenix Open. He went on to match a career best with four victories that year. ... During his three-month break, Rory McIlroy and his wife took a road trip around Italy in a 1950s Mercedes convertible. ... Ryan Palmer earned 38 FedEx Cup points last week with his tie for 20th, more than enough for him to fulfill a minor medical extension and have full privileges the rest of the season.


STAT OF THE WEEK: Of the 83 players who have finished runner-up to Tiger Woods around the world, 18 of them are at the Farmers Insurance Open.


FINAL WORD: "I want to go places in the game." - Tommy Fleetwood.

77-year-old woman, 53-year-old son found dead in Georgia

OGLETHORPE, Ga. (AP) - A mother and son have been found dead in Georgia.

GBI Special Agent Terry Howard told WMAZ-TV that the victims found Friday at a home in Oglethorpe are 77-year-old Ruthe Bracknell and 53-year-old Mark Abbott. They both lived at the home

No cause of death information has yet been released. Howard says it could take a while for autopsy results to come in.

Authorities are referring to the case as a death investigation.


Information from: WMAZ-TV,

GA Lottery

ATLANTA (AP) _ These Georgia lotteries were drawn Tuesday:


(two, three, four, eight, nine, ten, eleven, thirteen, seventeen, eighteen, nineteen, twenty-two)

Estimated jackpot: $63 million

Estimated jackpot: $92 million

Mega Millions


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