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  • Bowditch shoots 62, leaving Spieth 7 shots back at Nelson

    May 28, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) Steven Bowditch matched his career best with an 8-under 62 on Thursday in the AT&T Byron Nelson, leaving Jordan Spieth seven strokes back in the Masters champion's hometown event.Bowditch, the Australian also playing close to his home in the Dallas suburbs, made three putts of at least 24 feet while shooting 30 on the front nine. He had a two-stroke lead over another Texan, Jimmy Walker.

  • Stacy Lewis set for ShotRite LPGA Classic title defense

    May 28, 2015

    GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) Stacy Lewis has three more runner-up finishes in 10 starts this season on the LPGA Tour, the most stinging a playoff loss in the ANA Inspiration in the first major of the year.''I'm doing a lot of really good things right now,'' said Lewis, set to begin her title defense Friday in the ShotRite LPGA Classic. ''There's a couple of those tournaments I'd like to have won, but that's golf and it's getting harder and harder to win out here. There's some amazing players right now. I just got to keep doing what I'm doing because, obviously, there's nothing wrong with it.''

  • Wife, husband say they hit back-to-back holes-in-one

    May 28, 2015

    GRAND LEDGE, Mich. (AP) A wife and husband from Michigan say they both got a hole-in-one in consecutive shots at the same hole.Tony and Janet Blundy tell the Lansing State Journal (http://on.lsj.com/1AzT4iA ) that their aces came while golfing Sunday at Ledge Meadows Golf Course in Grand Ledge. The couple says Tony hit a hole-in-one first at the 16th hole, and Janet then equaled his feat.

  • Rory blown away on home turf, risks early exit at Irish Open

    May 28, 2015

    NEWCASTLE, Northern Ireland (AP) Rory McIlroy can't seem to perform in front of a home crowd.The Northern Ireland star looked bewildered as he shot a 9-over-par 80 - his worst score of the season - in Thursday's opening round of the Irish Open. He finished the morning at the bottom of the leaderboard, with half the field yet to tee off.

  • Stackhouse gives Stanford its first NCAA women's golf title

    May 28, 2015

    BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) Mariah Stackhouse rallied to beat Hayley Davis in 19 holes to give Stanford its first NCAA women's golf title, 3-2 over Baylor on Wednesday in the match-play final.Stackhouse, a junior from Riverdale, Georgia, won when Davis' 3-foot par putt missed to the right on the par-4 10th hole at The Concession Golf Club.

  • Stanford wins NCAA women's golf title

    May 28, 2015

    BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) Mariah Stackhouse rallied to beat Hayley Davis in 19 holes to give Stanford its first NCAA women's golf title, 3-2 over Baylor on Wednesday.Stackhouse, a junior from Riverdale, Georgia, won when Davis' 3-foot par putt missed to the right on the par-4 10th hole at The Concession Golf Club.

  • Masters champ Spieth home at Nelson, where he got 1st test

    May 28, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) Before he was the Masters champion, Jordan Spieth had already made the cut twice as a teenage amateur at the Byron Nelson.Spieth even missed his high school graduation ceremony while playing at TPC Four Seasons.This week, Spieth plays his ''home'' PGA Tour event for the first time since winning the green jacket. He's the favorite when the Nelson tees off Thursday as the rain-saturated course.

  • US Open the most democratic of majors

    May 28, 2015

    The names of golf's two oldest championships are similar, and so are the concepts.The British Open and the U.S. Open are open to anyone who wants to qualify. The difference between them, other than the 35 years of history and the turf on which golf is played, was evident Monday when the final exemptions were awarded through the world ranking.

  • McDowell plans a quiet approach for the US Open

    May 28, 2015

    Former U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell has heard some reports of Chambers Bay, everything from a massive drop in elevation on a par 3 to a fairway wider than a football field. Until his first practice round for the U.S. Open, he is reserving judgment. And even so, expect to hear very little from a guy who often has a lot to say.

  • Gustafson, McBride join Europe as Solheim Cup vice captains

    May 28, 2015

    LONDON (AP) European Solheim Cup captain Carin Koch has named Sophie Gustafson and Maria McBride as vice captains for this year's competition against the United States.The two join Annika Sorenstam as assistants to Koch, who is preparing for Europe's defense of the trophy at Golf Club St. Leon-Rot in Germany in September after its first ever away victory in Colorado in 2013.

  • Alabama's Emma Talley wins NCAA golf title

    May 28, 2015

    BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) Alabama's Emma Talley won the NCAA women's individual golf championship Monday to become the fifth player to win the title and the U.S. Women's Amateur.Talley holed an 8-foot birdie putt on the final hole after a weather delay for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke victory over Arkansas' Gaby Lopez and Duke's Leona Maguire.

  • France's Alexander Levy among 16 to qualify for US Open

    May 28, 2015

    SURREY, England (AP) Alexander Levy of France had rounds of 66-67 to earn one of 11 spots in the U.S. Open from the sectional qualifier Monday in England.One day after Levy slipped out of the top 60 in the world ranking that would have made him exempt for the U.S. Open, the Frenchman made 14 birdies on the Old and New courses at Walton Heath to lead all qualifiers.

  • Kirk makes par putt at 18 to win Colonial; Spieth 2nd again

    May 28, 2015

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) As Chris Kirk waited to putt on the 18th green, Jordan Spieth was watching nearby in anticipation of a possible playoff at Colonial.Kirk was also expecting a playoff. He just thought it would be with playing partner Brandt Snedeker and not Spieth, the local Masters champion who was within one stroke of Kirk's lead after draining a 20-foot birdie at No. 18 when finishing two groups earlier.

  • Clutch final par gives Kirk win at Colonial, denies Spieth

    May 28, 2015

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Chris Kirk made a par-saving 7-foot putt after an errant tee shot at the 18th hole, avoiding a playoff at Colonial and winning by a stroke Sunday for his fourth career PGA Tour victory.With a closing 4-under 66, Kirk got to 12-under 268, one ahead of Masters champion Jordan Spieth, playing partner Brandt Snedeker and Jason Bohn.

  • Colin Montgomerie wins Senior PGA Championship

    May 28, 2015

    FRENCH LICK, Ind. (AP) Colin Montgomerie answered two front-nine challenges with birdies, then pulled away, shooting a 3-under 69 on Sunday to win the Senior PGA Championship by four strokes.Montgomerie finished at 8-under 280 on The Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort to successfully defend his title and win for the third time in the last six senior major championships. The 51-year-old Scot won last year at Harbor Shores in Michigan, and also won the U.S. Senior Open in July in Oklahoma.

  • An wins the BMW PGA Championship by 6 shots

    May 28, 2015

    VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) Byeong Hun An shot a 7-under 65 to win the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth on Sunday with a tournament record total of 21 under.The South Korean made five birdies and an eagle in a bogey-free round to finish six strokes clear of Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand (69) and Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain (67).

  • Haruka Morita-WanyaoLu wins Symetra Classic

    May 28, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Haruka Morita-WanyaoLu won the Symetra Classic on Saturday for her Symetra Tour title, beating Canada's Augusta James with a birdie on the second hole of a playoff.Morita-WanyaoLu hit an 8-iron to 5 feet to set up her winning birdie on the par- 3 18th.

  • Colin Montgomerie shoots 70 to take Senior PGA lead

    May 28, 2015

    FRENCH LICK, Ind. (AP) Defending champion Colin Montgomerie shot a 2-under 70 on Saturday on The Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort to take a three-shot lead in the Senior PGA Championship.Montgomerie birdied the par-4 18th to reach 2-under 211. The Scot won last year at Harbor Shores in Michigan, and also won the U.S. Senior Open in July in Oklahoma.

  • Na regains sole lead at Colonial, up by 1 into final round

    May 28, 2015

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Kevin Na regained sole possession of the lead with a late birdie Saturday at Colonial, taking a one-stroke lead over Ian Poulter into the final round.Na's 1-under 69 in the third round included a couple of bogeys. He is at 11-under 129 at a very damp Hogan's Alley.

  • Molinari, An tied for BMW PGA Championship lead

    May 28, 2015

    VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) Byeong Hun An shot a 5-under 67 Saturday to share the lead with Francesco Molinari after the third round of the BMW PGA Championship.The South Korean trailed Molinari by a shot after the second round but made seven birdies, including two in the last two holes, to equal the Italian's overall score of 14-under 202 going into the final day.

  • Jimenez sets European Tour hole-in-one record

    May 28, 2015

    VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) Miguel Angel Jimenez hit a record 10th hole-in-one on the European Tour during his third round at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth on Saturday.The Spaniard surpassed Colin Montgomerie's tally of nine when he holed his tee shot from 148 yards at the par-3 No. 2 at the European Tour's flagship event.

  • Tom Lehman starts fast, takes Senior PGA Championship lead

    May 28, 2015

    FRENCH LICK, Ind. (AP) Tom Lehman shot a 5-under 67 on Friday on the difficult Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort to take the second-round lead in the Senior PGA Championship.The 56-year-old Lehman birdied three of his first four holes and finished with six birdies and a bogey to reach 4 under. He had a one-stroke lead over playing partner Colin Montgomerie and Brian Henninger.

  • Giant hole forms at entrance of Missouri golf course

    May 28, 2015

    BRANSON, Mo. (AP) Geologists say a giant sinkhole near the driving range of a southwest Missouri golf course is fairly common because of the region's karst topography.The sinkhole consists of two adjacent sinkholes that appeared Friday morning near a pond at the entrance of the Top of the Rock Golf course near the resort town of Branson.

  • Kevin Na closes with 'good bogey,' leads wet Colonial

    May 28, 2015

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Kevin Na went without a bogey in the second round until his final hole Friday, finishing with a 4-under 66 for the lead halfway through soggy Colonial.Na had a 10-under 130 total for a two-stroke lead over Ian Poulter.Na had 26 bogey-free holes in a row until his tee shot at No. 18 went into a rain-swollen drainage culvert and was swept away by flowing water. He two-putted from 20 feet after his approach to the back side of the green for what he called a ''good bogey.''

  • Threat of storms means early 3-somes Saturday at Colonial

    May 28, 2015

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) The leaders at Colonial won't get to sleep late Saturday.Due to the expectation of inclement weather, including the possibility of severe storms Saturday afternoon, the PGA Tour said Friday that players in the third round will be grouped in threesomes instead of the normal twosomes and go off both tees Nos. 1 and 10.

  • Francesco Molinari leads by 2 after a round of 69

    May 28, 2015

    VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) Francesco Molinari recovered from two bogeys in his first three holes to shoot a 3-under 69 on Friday and retain a two-shot clubhouse lead in the second round of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.The Italian made five birdies, including three on the back nine, to reach 10-under in the European Tour's flagship event.

  • Closing birdie for Spieth to share Colonial 1st-round lead

    May 28, 2015

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Masters champion Jordan Spieth made a 20-foot birdie putt on the final hole with darkness falling Thursday, grabbing a share of the first-round lead in the rain-delayed Colonial.Spieth just missed the green on his approach at the 18th hole, and putted from off the back right fringe. The closing birdie shortly after 8 p.m. put him atop the leaderboard with Kevin Na, Boo Weekley and Ryo Ishikawa.

  • Massy Kuramoto leads Senior PGA Championship

    May 28, 2015

    FRENCH LICK, Ind. (AP) Massy Kuramoto had the only under-par round with a 1-under 71 on Thursday to take the first-round lead in the Senior PGA Championship in cool, damp conditions on the testy Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort.The 59-year-old Kuramoto, a 30-time winner on the Japan Tour, is the chairman of the PGA of Japan and plays on the side, something he does well enough to have won the 2014 Japan Senior Open.

  • McIlroy opens with 71, 4 shots behind Karlsson

    May 28, 2015

    VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) Rory McIlroy opened the defense of his BMW PGA Championship title on Thursday with a 1-under 71 that left him four strokes behind clubhouse leader Robert Karlsson.McIlroy says ''I felt like I left a couple of shots out there'' and that ''I did not do anything that good and there is definitely room for improvement over the next few days.''

  • Melissa Reid wins Turkish Airlines Ladies Open

    May 28, 2015

    BELEK, Turkey (AP) England's Melissa Reid won the Turkish Airlines Ladies Open on Wednesday, leading wire-to-wire for her fifth career Ladies European Tour victory.The 27-year-old Reid closed with an even-par 73 at Carya Golf Club for a four-stroke victory over France's Gwladys Nocera. Reid also won the 2010 tournament at National Golf Club.

  • Masters champ Jordan Spieth ready for majors-like homecoming

    May 28, 2015

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Jordan Spieth is back home in North Texas, where in consecutive weeks he will be introduced as the Masters champion to crowds filled with family and friends.Spieth tees off Thursday at historic Colonial, and then next week at the Byron Nelson Championship, where he twice made the cut as a teenage amateur. The Dallas native says he focuses on the two tournaments like they're major championships.

  • McIlroy back at the tournament that 'kick-started' his run

    May 28, 2015

    VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) Rory McIlroy is back at the tournament that ''kick-started'' his amazing run over the past 12 months.McIlroy defends his title this week at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, the flagship event of the European Tour. He won here in 2014 after failing to make the cut the previous two years.

  • Bubba taking big breaks before majors; no British for Shark

    May 28, 2015

    Bubba Watson has played only nine times this year, tied with Rory McIlroy for the fewest of any player among the top 75 on the PGA Tour money list.Watson played the Cadillac Championship at Doral and took off four weeks before the Masters. He is in the middle of a four-week break before showing up at the U.S. Open. The two-time Masters champion is simply trying to find the right balance to be a golfer, husband and father while keeping up his energy when he does play.

  • Thanks but no thanks: Golfers scoff at Chambers Bay warnings

    May 28, 2015

    Mike Davis hasn't caused this much consternation since he spoke at a PGA Tour players meeting about the evils of the long putter.Only this time, he was extolling the virtues of Chambers Bay.Maybe to a fault.The USGA's executive director hosted a preview of the mysterious U.S. Open course south of Seattle and suggested that even the best in golf will have little chance unless they arrive early and play often.

  • Patrick Reed withdraws from next 2 European Tour events

    May 28, 2015

    LONDON (AP) Patrick Reed says he has withdrawn from the PGA Championship at Wentworth and the Irish Open.The 25-year-old American was due to play at the European Tour's flagship event at Wentworth for the first time on Thursday before competing in Ireland next week at a tournament hosted by Rory McIlroy. But he now says he ''will not be able to travel overseas at this time.''

  • Minjee Lee wins LPGA Tour's Kingsmill Championship

    May 28, 2015

    WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) Minjee Lee shook off a three-putt bogey on her first hole with two finishing pars and won the Kingsmill Championship by two shots Monday, her first victory on the LPGA Tour.Lee, an 18-year-old Australian, finished at 15-under 269. She surged into the lead on Sunday with a round highlighted by a five-hole stretch that she played in 5 under and returned to the Kingsmill Resort's River Course on Monday morning with a four-stroke lead.

  • McIlroy's 'boring' finish good enough to win at Wells Fargo

    May 28, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Rory McIlroy had one word to his play on the back nine Sunday at the Wells Fargo Championship.''Boring,'' the world's top-ranked golfer said with a laugh.That's sort of what it has come to when McIlroy is playing it at the top of his game. Few in the world can challenge him when he's driving the ball and putting the way he is right now.

  • Minjee Lee takes command at LPGA's Kingsmill Championship

    May 28, 2015

    WILLIAMSNURG, Va. (AP) Minjee Lee played a five-hole stretch in 5 under to open a four-stroke lead Sunday when final-round play was suspended because of darkness in the LPGA Tour's Kingsmill Championship.After making an eagle on the par-5 15th to cap the five-hole run, the 18-year-old Australian was on the par-4 16th when the horn sounded. She hit her approach to the green, but opted to mark the ball and finish the hole when play resumes at 7 a.m. Monday on Kingsmill Resort's River Course.

  • Jimin Kang wins Symetra Tour event

    May 28, 2015

    ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) South Korea's Jimin Kang won the Mission Health Wellness Classic on Sunday for her fourth career Symetra Tour title and first since 2004.The victory capped a comeback from an allergy problem two years ago that attacked her immune system and made it difficult to breathe and walk on her own.

  • Rod Pampling wins Web.Com Tour's BMW Charity Pro-Am

    May 28, 2015

    GREER, S.C. (AP) Australia's Rod Pampling won the Web.com Tour's BMW Charity Pro-Am on Sunday, finishing with a 5-under 66 for a 25-under 261 total.The 45-year-old Pampling opened with consecutive 9-under 63s at The Reserve at Lake Keowee and Green Valley Country Club and shot a 69 on Saturday at Thornblade Club - also the site of the final round.

  • McIlroy finishes at 21 under, wins Wells Fargo Championship

    May 28, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Rory McIlroy became the first two-time winner in the Wells Fargo Championship with a dominating seven-shot victory Sunday over Webb Simpson and Patrick Rodgers.The top-ranked McIlory closed with a 3-under 69 to finish at 21-under 267, shattering the tournament record by five strokes. He entered Sunday with a four-stroke lead over Simpson after a course-record 61 on Saturday.

  • Maggert beats Sutherland in playoff at Regions Tradition

    May 28, 2015

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Jeff Maggert won the Regions Tradition on Sunday for his first Champions Tour major title, beating Kevin Sutherland with a 3-foot par putt on the first hole of a playoff.Sutherland two-putted for bogey to set up Maggert for the winning shot on the 18th hole at Shoal Creek.

  • James Morrison of England wins Spanish Open by 4 shots

    May 28, 2015

    TERRASA, Spain (AP) James Morrison of England won the Spanish Open by four shots shooting a 3-under 69 in Sunday's final round.Morrison entered the day tied for the lead with David Howell and pulled away by hitting three birdies while not dropping a shot at the Real Club de Golf El Prat. He finished the tournament on a total of 10-under 278.

  • Pampling shoots 69 to keep lead in BMW Charity Pro-Am

    May 28, 2015

    GREER, S.C. (AP) Australia's Rod Pampling shot a 2-under 69 at Thornblade Club on Saturday to take a two-stroke lead into the final round of the Web.com Tour's BMW Charity Pro-Am.The 45-year-old Pampling had a 20-under 195 total. He opened with consecutive 9-under 63s at The Reserve at Lake Keowee and Green Valley Country Club to take a four-stroke lead.

  • France's Perrine Delacour leads Kingsmill Championship

    May 28, 2015

    WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) France's Perrine Delacour took advantage of Alison Lee's late two-hole meltdown to take the third-round lead Saturday in the Kingsmill Championship.The 21-year-old Delacour, winless in two seasons on the LPGA Tour, birdied three of the final five holes for a 4-under 67. She had an 11-under 202 total on Kingsmill Resort's River Course.

  • Jeff Maggert leads Champions Tour's Regions Tradition

    May 28, 2015

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Jeff Maggert birdied the final two holes in heavy rain for a 4-under 68 and sole possession of the lead Saturday after the third round of the Champions Tour's Regions Tradition.Maggert moved to 14 under with the strong finish after entering the day tied for the top spot with Kevin Sutherland at Shoal Creek. Sutherland was a stroke back. His birdie attempt on No. 18 missed by a couple of inches to set up a tap-in for a 69.

  • McIlroy shoots 31 on front, ties for lead at Wells Fargo

    May 28, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Rory McIlroy shot a 5-under 31 on the front nine Saturday to move into a tie for the lead at the Wells Fargo Championship. Phil Mickelson is just one shot behind in third-round play.McIlroy and Webb Simpson are both 12 under.Mickelson is one hole ahead of McIlroy on the course, making for some loud cheers from the crowd that others can't help but hear.

  • England's Morrison & Howell lead Spanish Open after 3 rounds

    May 28, 2015

    TERRASA, Spain (AP) English duo James Morrison and David Howell shared a two-shot lead of the Spanish Open after Saturday's third round.Morrison carded a 4-under 68 while Howell went 3-under 69 to leave both on a total of 7-under 209 entering Sunday's final round at the Real Club de Golf El Prat.

  • Mickelson sees results, within 3 shots of Wells Fargo lead

    May 28, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Phil Mickelson has been trying to tell everyone that'll listen he's not been playing poorly - he just hasn't been scoring well.''Right now nobody is turning 66s into 71s better than me,'' Mickelson joked.That all changed on Friday as Lefty made seven birdies and got that elusive 6-under 66 to put himself in contention heading into the weekend at the Wells Fargo Championship.

  • Pampling shoots second straight 63 to open 4-stroke lead

    May 28, 2015

    GREER, S.C. (AP) Australia's Rod Pampling shot his second straight 9-under 63 on Friday to open a four-stroke lead in the Web.com Tour's BMW Charity Pro-Am.The 45-year-old Pampling played Green Valley Country Club after opening at The Reserve at Lake Keowee. He will play Saturday at the Thornblade Club, also the site of the final round.

  • Alison Lee leads Kingsmill Championship

    May 28, 2015

    WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) Alison Lee shot a 4-under 67 on Friday to take a two-stroke lead in the LPGA Tour's Kingsmill Championship.The 20-year-old Lee, still a student at UCLA after turning pro in December, had a 9-under 133 total on Kingsmill Resort's River Course. She tied for fourth in the Kia Classic in March in California and has three top-25 finishes in her rookie season.

  • Sutherland, Maggert share Regions Tradition lead

    May 28, 2015

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Kevin Sutherland and Jeff Maggert both eagled the par-5 11th hole Friday and shared the second-round lead in the Regions Tradition at 10 under.Sutherland shot a 6-under 66 at Shoal Creek to catch up to Maggert, the opening-round leader in the first of the Champions Tour's five majors. Maggert birdied the final two holes for his second straight 67.

  • Edouard Espana of France leads Spanish Open after 2 rounds

    May 28, 2015

    TERRASA, Spain (AP) Edouard Espana of France shot a 3-under-69 Friday to take a one-shot lead after the second round of the Spanish Open.Espana made four birdies to go with one bogey despite strong winds sweeping the course near Barcelona, leaving him at 7-under 137 and one stroke ahead of Argentine Ricardo Gonzalez.

  • McIlroy within 1 shot of lead at Wells Fargo Championship

    May 28, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Rory McIlroy fired a 5-under 67 to pull within one shot of the early second-round lead at the Wells Fargo Championship.McIlroy trailed Martin Flores and newcomer Patrick Rodgers, who were at 8-under 136 after 36 holes.First-round leader Robert Streb, who started the day 7 under, and Phil Mickelson had just teed off.

  • Rory McIlroy happy with play after 1st round at Wells Fargo

    May 28, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Rory McIlroy wasn't going to let one bad shot ruin his round.The world's No. 1 knows he's perfectly capable of making up ground on the competition with 54 holes remaining in the Wells Fargo Championship.''If I can play the same sort of golf and get rid of the mistakes it will be close this week,'' McIlroy said Thursday after an opening-round 70 for a 2-under par.

  • France's Joanna Klatten leads Kingsmill Championship

    May 28, 2015

    WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) France's Joanna Klatten had five birdies in a six-hole stretch and finished with a 6-under 65 on Thursday to take the first-round lead in the LPGA Tour's Kingsmill Championship.Klatten birdied Nos. 3-6 and 8 and closed with a par on No. 9 on Kingsmill Resort's River Course. The 30-year-old former Georgia State player is winless in 27 career events on the LPGA Tour.

  • Jeff Maggert takes 1-stroke lead at Regions Tradition

    May 28, 2015

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Jeff Maggert birdied three of the final four holes Thursday for a 5-under 67 and a one-stroke lead over Kevin Sutherland after the first round of the Regions Tradition at Shoal Creek.Maggert held onto the lead at the first of the Champions Tour's five majors despite a bogey on No. 18. Sutherland had six birdies and two bogeys before parring the final five holes.

  • Trevor Fisher leads Spanish Open by 1 after opening round

    May 28, 2015

    TERRASA, Spain (AP) Trevor Fisher of South Africa led the Spanish Open by one shot after the opening round on Thursday.His eight birdies were spoiled only by a bogey in his 7-under-par 65 at Real Club de Golf El Prat.Fisher, who won his first European Tour title in March at the Africa Open, said he ''hit one or two loose shots'' but felt he ''putted really well.''

  • Streb races to early lead at Wells Fargo Championship

    May 28, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Robert Streb opened with a 7-under 65 for the early lead at the Wells Fargo Championship. Phil Mickelson faded after a fast start.Streb tied for 30th at The Players Championship last week. On Thursday, he played a bogey-free round on a cool morning. Top-ranked Rory McIlroy teed off as Streb was finishing his round.

  • Liu, Mitsunaga win US Women's Amateur 4-Ball

    May 28, 2015

    BANDON, Ore. (AP) Mika Liu and Rinko Mitsunaga won the inaugural U.S. Women's Amateur Four-Ball title Wednesday at Bandon Dunes, beating fellow teens Hannah O'Sullivan and Robynn Ree 4 and 3.The 16-year-old Liu, from Beverly Hills, California, and 18-year-old Mitsunaga, from Roswell, Georgia, were 8 under for 15 holes on the Pacific Dunes course. Liu had six birdies in a seven-hole stretch on the front nine, and Mitsunaga holed out from 88 yards for eagle on the par-5 12th.

  • Defending champ likes Shoal Creek's 'come get me' layout

    May 28, 2015

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Shoal Creek is Kenny Perry's kind of golf course, and it showed last year.Perry returns to the scenic suburban Birmingham course for the Regions Tradition starting Thursday, seeking to defend his championship in the first of the Champions Tour's five majors. For him, the lush trees all along the 7,145-yard, par-72 layout add more than a pleasant view.

  • Twice-spurned Kisner looks to break through at Wells Fargo

    May 28, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Kevin Kisner expects to be in contention to win his first PGA Tour event this week at the Wells Fargo Championship.''If I keep playing the way I'm playing,'' Kisner says, ''I'm going to win one sooner or later.''Kisner has lost in a sudden death playoff in two of the last three tournaments, including last week at The Players Championship when Ricky Fowler capped an improbable comeback with a winning birdie putt on No. 17 at TPC Sawgrass.

  • The bubble watch begins for summer Opens

    May 28, 2015

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) The U.S. Open is a month before the British Open.Qualifying through the world ranking is in a different order.The British Open takes the top 50 in the world ranking that is published after next week, and with two tournaments left, a few players have some work to do.

  • Tiger Woods writes letter to boy with stuttering problem

    May 28, 2015

    WILTON, Conn. (AP) A boy who was bullied for stuttering received strong encouragement from someone else who once struggled with his speech - Tiger Woods.Golf Digest published the letter from Woods on its website Tuesday.''I know what it's like to be different and to sometimes not fit in,'' Woods wrote. ''I also stuttered as a child and I would talk to my dog and he would sit there and listen until he fell asleep. I also took a class for two years to help me, and I finally learned to stop.''

  • Fowler's game catching up to the quality of the person

    May 28, 2015

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Rickie Fowler walked into a restaurant wearing a beanie pulled down over his ears. The look was not unusual for someone his age.It was the location. He was in the tropical warmth of Hawaii.All eyes were on him - especially the young people - when he removed his cap and all that hair spilled out. After dinner, he stopped by to chat with a PGA Tour rules official and was introduced to the others at the table, including a teenage girl. Too shy to ask for a photo, the girl tweeted about her chance meeting. Moments later, her eyes widened as she stared at her phone.

  • John Daly's fiancee seeks dismissal of ex-wife's lawsuit

    May 28, 2015

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) Professional golfer John Daly's fiancee says his ex-wife shouldn't be allowed to sue her over accusations that she broke up their marriage.Sherrie Allison Miller is suing Anna Cladakis - who also is Daly's caddie - under a provision known as ''alienation of affection.'' That law, in effect in only six states including Mississippi, would allow Miller to collect damages from Cladakis if she can prove the two had a sexual relationship while Miller was still married to Daly.

  • Daly's fiancee seeks dismissal of ex-wife's lawsuit

    May 28, 2015

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) The fiancee of professional golfer John Daly is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to throw out a lawsuit that blames her for breaking up his previous marriage.In February, the Mississippi Supreme Court gave the green light to Sherrie Allison Miller to pursue damages against Anna Cladakis, claiming alienation of affection.

  • Players Championship TV rating 3rd-highest Sunday in decade

    May 28, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Rickie Fowler's remarkable rally and playoff victory gave The Players Championship its third-highest Sunday preliminary rating in the last decade.According to The Nielsen Company, the overnight rating was 3.9, up 60 percent from a year ago. The rating peaked at 6.0 from 7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., when Fowler outlasted Sergio Garcia and Kevin Kisner in a three-hole playoff, followed by one hole of sudden death.

  • Henderson gets exemption to another LPGA major

    May 28, 2015

    RYE, N.Y. (AP) Canadian teen Brooke Henderson will play her first LPGA major as a pro in the KPMG Women's PGA Championship.The tournament on Monday announced the 17-year-old Henderson has received a sponsor's exemption. The major will be played June 11-14 at Westchester Country Club.

  • Golf's new guard: Fowler's win bolsters PGA Tour's future

    May 28, 2015

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Tiger Woods walked off the 18th green in his Sunday red shirt before players in the final few groups even sat down for lunch.This constitutes progress for Woods.And for golf.Never mind that only four other players had a worse score than Woods in The Players Championship. It was the first time in 18 months that Woods completed 72 holes in consecutive starts, and only the sixth time during that period that he was even seen in his red shirt.

  • California desert golf tournament gets new title sponsor

    May 28, 2015

    LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) The PGA Tour has another title sponsor and some stability for its tournament long known as the Bob Hope Classic.The tour said Monday that CareerBuilder has agreed to a six-year contract to be the title sponsor. The CareerBuilder Challenge will be Jan. 21-24 next year, the first tournament on the mainland in 2016.

  • Bethune-Cookman women win PGA Minority title

    May 28, 2015

    PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) Jennifer Hide shot a 2-under 70 on Sunday and Bethune-Cookman won the PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship women's title for the record fourth straight year and 12th time overall.The Wildcats had a 16-over 880 total at PGA Golf Club to finish 33 strokes ahead of second-place Houston-Victoria.

  • Garcia gets heckled at Players, comes up short in playoff

    May 28, 2015

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Being in contention at The Players Championship was nothing new for Sergio Garcia.Neither was the heckling.But it sure seemed louder and more obnoxious than normal for the Spaniard during the three-man, three-hole playoff Sunday.

  • Rickie Fowler delivers major performance to win Players

    May 28, 2015

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) The latest survey was unanimous, not anonymous. Rickie Fowler can deliver the goods.Facing a five-shot deficit with six holes to play, Fowler produced the greatest finish in the 34-year history of the TPC Sawgrass. In a three-man playoff on three of the most visually intimidating holes in golf, he never backed down.

  • Mexico's Alejandra Llaneza wins Symetra Tour event

    May 28, 2015

    GREENWOOD, S.C. (AP) Mexico's Alejandra Llaneza birdied the final hole Sunday for a one-stroke victory in the Symetra Tour's Self Regional Healthcare Foundation Women's Health Classic.The 26-year-old Llaneza is the third Mexican winner in Symetra Tour history, following Lorena Ochoa and Violeta Retamoza. Ochoa won three times in 2002, and Retamoza had a victory in 2007.

  • China's Shanshan Feng wins LET event in Shanghai

    May 28, 2015

    SHANGHAI (AP) China's Shanshan Feng won the Ladies European Tour's Buick Championship by six strokes Sunday at Shanghai Qizhong Garden.Feng closed with a 2-under 70 in windy conditions to finish at 17-under 271. She's projected to jump from fifth to fourth in the world ranking.

  • Woods has worst 72-hole performance at Players

    May 28, 2015

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Tiger Woods swung driver on the seventh hole and it went right down the middle.His driver, not the golf ball.This wasn't a fit of disgust Sunday at The Players Championship, rather one of those times where Woods feels trapped between the old swing he is trying to forget and the new one he is trying to build. He let the club go after impact, and it traveled some 15 feet. The golf ball went 275 yards, offline and near the face of a bunker.

  • George Coetzee wins Mauritius Open

    May 28, 2015

    BEL OMBRE, Mauritius (AP) George Coetzee beat Thorbjorn Olesen on the second playoff hole to win the Mauritius Open on Sunday.Overnight leader Coetzee had a trio of birdies at the par-5 18th hole - one at the end of the final round and two in the playoff - to clinch his third European Tour title.

  • Bethune-Cookman, Alabama State top PGA Minority Collegiate

    May 28, 2015

    PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) Jennifer Hide shot a 1-under 71 to help three-time defending women's champion Bethune-Cookman open a 24-stroke lead in the PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship.The Wildcats had a 13-over 589 total at PGA Golf Club. They are seeking their 12th title.

  • Despite putting woes, Garcia moves up leaderboard at Players

    May 28, 2015

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Sergio Garcia brought three putters to The Players Championship.He has one in the bag, one in the house and one in the trash - and no plans to rearrange them.Despite struggling on the Bermuda greens - he has 86 putts through three rounds - Garcia is once again in the hunt heading into the final round at the TPC Sawgrass. The Spaniard shot a 5-under 67 in the third round Saturday, moving to 8 under and sitting two strokes behind leader Chris Kirk.

  • Kirk nudges in front of crowded leaderboard at Players

    May 28, 2015

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Kevin Na dropped his club and placed his hands on his hips as he watched his tee shot, certain that it was going to come up short of the island. Disappointment gave way to an embarrassed smile when he saw the ball settle 6 feet next to the flag.

  • Woods goes wrong direction at Sawgrass

    May 28, 2015

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Tiger Woods felt he needed one good round to close the gap on the leaders at The Players Championship.He went the other way Saturday.Woods twice made double bogey on par 5s and wound up with a 3-over 75, his worst score at the TPC Sawgrass in eight years. He was at 3-over 219 and needed a good final round to avoid his worst finish at The Players.

  • Coetzee opens 1-shot lead at Mauritius Open

    May 28, 2015

    BEL OMBRE, Mauritius (AP) George Coetzee holed out from the fairway for an eagle Saturday on the way to a 6-under 65 and a one-shot lead after the third round of the Mauritius Open.Living up to his status as the highest-ranked player at the tournament, the South African added four birdies to that eagle on No. 7 to move to 11-under 202 overall. He moved clear of compatriot Thomas Aiken (68) and overnight leader Thorbjorn Olesen (70).

  • Rickie Fowler in the hunt again at Players Championship

    May 28, 2015

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Rickie Fowler has been on both ends of the scoreboard at The Players Championship.He was the runner-up in 2012 and an also-ran in four other appearances.Those wide-ranging experiences at TPC Sawgrass have Fowler feeling a little confident but far from cocky heading into the weekend.

  • Kuchar shows off backhand at 17, misses cut at Players

    May 28, 2015

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Matt Kuchar was lucky his ball stayed up and unlucky where it ended up.Kuchar overshot the par-3 17th at the TPC Sawgrass in the second round of The Players Championship, but instead of landing in the lagoon that surrounds the island green, the ball came to rest near a wooden plank along the path to the green.

  • Kuchar shows off back hand at 17, misses cut at Players

    May 28, 2015

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Matt Kuchar was lucky his ball stayed up and unlucky where it ended up.Kuchar overshot the par-3 17th at the TPC Sawgrass in the second round of The Players Championship, but instead of landing in the lagoon that surrounds the island green, the ball came to rest near a wooden plank along the path to the green.

  • Bethune-Cookman, Florida A&M top PGA Minority Collegiate

    May 28, 2015

    PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) Mackenzie Butler shot an even-par-72 on Friday to help three-time defending champion Bethune-Cookman take the women's lead in the PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship.Bethune-Cookman had a 7-over 295 total for an eight-stroke lead over Houston-Victoria.

  • Na, Kelly share lead at Players Championship

    May 28, 2015

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Much like his entire career, Jerry Kelly was just another player on the golf course Friday at The Players Championship.Tiger Woods kept the biggest gallery wondering how much longer they would see him when he flirted with missing the cut until he delivered a moment rarely seen of late. He made a putt that mattered, a 10-foot birdie that allowed him to stick around for two more days.

  • Woods celebrates a big putt and a chance to play

    May 28, 2015

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Tiger Woods punched the air with his fist when he rolled in a 10-foot birdie putt on his final hole, and then gave another punch when he snatched the ball from the cup. It's been awhile since he made a putt that mattered.

  • Na returns to familiar spot; Woods does best to stick around

    May 28, 2015

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Kevin Na was in a familiar position Friday at The Players Championship. In some respects, so was Tiger Woods.Na spent his opening five holes trading birdies and bogeys before he settled into a solid round of 3-under 69 that gave him the lead among the early starters in the second round at the TPC Sawgrass. He had a two-shot lead over Branden Grace of South Africa and David Hearn of Canada.

  • Casey withdraws with illness

    May 28, 2015

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Paul Casey withdrew from The Players Championship on Friday because of an illness.For Casey, who opened with a 79, it was the second time in two tournaments that he was affected by illness. He had a stomach virus when he returned to Harding Park in San Francisco on Sunday morning to complete his quarterfinal match with Rory McIlroy.

  • Thorbjorn Olesen opens 1-shot lead at Mauritius Open

    May 28, 2015

    BEL OMBRE, Mauritius (AP) Thorbjorn Olesen made five birdies in six holes Friday on his way to a 3-under 68 and a one-shot lead after the second round of the Mauritius Open.Olesen's run from No. 4 to No. 9 propelled him to 9-under 133 overall at Heritage Golf Club on the Indian Ocean island. It's the Dane's first tournament in three months after hand surgery.

  • McIlroy shows boring way never hurts at TPC Sawgrass

    May 28, 2015

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Rory McIlroy finally figured out that playing conservatively would be the best way to attack the TPC Sawgrass.It was boring by his standards - 14 pars, a pair of birdies, an eagle and a bogey.Compared with all the other high-wire acts during the opening round at The Players Championship, that wasn't all bad. McIlroy pieced together a 3-under 69 Thursday that left him two shots behind a four-way tie for the lead.

  • McIlroy shores boring way never hurts at TPC Sawgrass

    May 28, 2015

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Rory McIlroy finally figured out that playing conservatively would be the best way to attack the TPC Sawgrass.It was boring by his standards - 14 pars, a pair of birdies, an eagle and a bogey.Compared with all the other high-wire acts during the opening round at The Players Championship, that wasn't all bad. McIlroy pieced together a 3-under 69 Thursday that left him two shots behind a four-way tie for the lead.

  • Woods delivers highlight shot in opening round at Players

    May 28, 2015

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) With his feet positioned near wooden planks and his ball resting on the fringe at the treacherous island green, Tiger Woods tried to decide between bellying his sand wedge and toeing his putter.He went with the iron.Good call. It resulted in Woods' most memorable - maybe even best - shot during the opening round at The Players Championship on Thursday.

  • Fowler wants to let clubs answer for most overrated

    May 28, 2015

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Rickie Fowler is typically upbeat no matter what score is on his card. He was all business Thursday after opening with a 3-under 69 in The Players Championship, especially when an anonymous survey was mentioned.The anonymous survey of PGA Tour players, which Sports Illustrated has conducted for years, had Fowler and Ian Poulter tied for most overrated player on tour. Each received 24 percent of the vote.

  • Jordan Spieth sputters in star group at Players

    May 28, 2015

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) For all the hype over Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth playing together, and the constant curiosity over Tiger Woods, one element at The Players Championship didn't change Thursday. The star was the golf course.Charley Hoffman had eight birdies in a round that showed the TPC Sawgrass can strike at any time. A triple bogey on his 10th hole turned a great day into a very good one. His 5-under 67 gave him a share of the lead with Hideki Matsuyama, David Hearn and Kevin Na.

  • Darren Clarke stops after 11 holes at Players Championship

    May 28, 2015

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Darren Clarke has withdrawn from The Players Championship because of an ailing left wrist.Clarke told the PGA Tour his wrist hurt while warming up and he tried to play. He was 10-over par through 11 holes Thursday when he decided to withdraw.

  • Arkansas golfers charged with felony video voyeurism

    May 28, 2015

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Arkansas golfers Taylor Moore and Nicolas Echavarria have been suspended indefinitely from competition following their arrests for allegedly taking sexually explicit photos of an intoxicated woman.Moore and Echavarria were arrested by Fayetteville police Wednesday and charged with felony video voyeurism.

  • 3 players tied for 1st-round lead at Mauritius Open

    May 28, 2015

    BEL OMBRE, Mauritius (AP) Thorbjorn Olesen, Wang Jeung-hun and Carlos Pigem all opened with a 6-under 65 Thursday for a share of the first-round lead at the inaugural Mauritius Open.The three were the early pacesetters on the Indian Ocean island in a new tournament shared by the European, Asian and South African golf tours.

  • McIlroy brings a different, conservative game to Sawgrass

    May 28, 2015

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Rory McIlroy turns into a different player when he tees it up at the TPC Sawgrass.It's not by choice.McIlroy found out quickly that his free-swinging power game isn't the best fit at The Players Championship. In three appearances, he never broke par. That's when he decided to scale back his game and play a bit more conservatively.

  • Brooke Henderson receives spot in Kingsmill Championship

    May 28, 2015

    WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) Brooke Henderson received the final sponsor exemption Wednesday to the LPGA Tour's Kingsmill Championship next week.The 17-year-old Canadian finished third two weeks ago in the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic in Daly City, California, and tied for 13th last week in the North Texas Shootout.

  • Walker Cup teammates Smith, White win Four-Ball

    May 28, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Walker Cup teammates Nathan Smith and Todd White won the inaugural U.S. Amateur Four-Ball on Wednesday, beating Sherrill Britt and Greg Earnhardt 7 and 5 in the championship match.Smith and White won the first four holes at Olympic Club, Britt and Earnhardt took the fourth with a birdie, and Smith and White birdied the sixth to regain their 4-up lead. Smith and White won Nos. 11 and 12 with pars and ended the match with a conceded birdie on the par-3 13th.

  • Two German champions in field at Players

    May 28, 2015

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Martin Kaymer was nervous the first time he met Bernhard Langer, the two-time Masters champion and Germany's greatest golfer. That was natural. Kaymer was a teenager playing the BMW International Open and saw Langer on the range.

  • McIlroy, Spieth linked closer now at Players Championship

    May 28, 2015

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Rory McIlroy remembers a 19-year-old Texan who was polished for his age and didn't appear to have a glaring weakness in his game. That was the Texas Open two years ago, the first time he played with Jordan Spieth.They are together again in The Players Championship under different circumstances.

  • Walker Cup teammates advance to semifinals of Four-Ball

    May 28, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Walker Cup teammates Nathan Smith and Todd White advanced to the semifinals of the inaugural U.S. Amateur Four-Ball on Tuesday by beating a pair of California brothers.Smith and White didn't lose a hole at Olympic Club in beating Jason Higton and Ryan Higton of Fresno in their quarterfinal match. They closed out the Higtons with a par on the 16th hole, 3 and 2.

  • Woods has memories of Peete, but never a meeting

    May 28, 2015

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Calvin Peete competed in The Players Championship for the last time a year before Tiger Woods turned pro.Woods said he never had a chance to meet him, though he was well aware of how Peete went from the vegetable fields to being a 12-time winner on the PGA Tour.

  • Players Championship should focus on what it is

    May 28, 2015

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) The criteria to be considered for the World Golf Hall of Fame smacks of yet another effort by the PGA Tour to make The Players Championship something it's not.Eligible players must have won 15 times on any of the six major tours around the world or win at least two of the following tournaments - The Masters, U.S. Open, The Open Championship, PGA Championship and The Players Championship.

  • Sleepless nights for Woods over Vonn split, father's death

    May 28, 2015

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Tiger Woods felt rusty and tired Tuesday at The Players Championship - rust because he has played one tournament in three months, fatigue because of his personal life.He said only part of that was breaking up with Lindsey Vonn.

  • Woods says Vonn split, father's death led to sleepless night

    May 28, 2015

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Tiger Woods says he hasn't been sleeping well because of what he calls a tough three days - his split with Lindsey Vonn and the anniversary of his father's death.Woods and the Olympic ski champion announced on Sunday they decided to end their relationship because of their hectic travel schedules. That was nine years to day that Woods' father, Earl, died.

  • Stanford duo gets off to winning start

    May 28, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Stanford teammates Maverick McNealy and Viraat Badhwar kept up their momentum from qualifying with a 6-and-4 victory to easily advance out of the first round of the inaugural U.S Amateur Four-Ball Championship.Badhwar and McNealy were medalists during weekend qualifying at The Olympic Club, just across the lake from where the Match Play Championship wrapped up on Sunday.

  • McIlroy, Spieth together in opening 2 rounds of Players

    May 28, 2015

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) The match that didn't happen in San Francisco will be available in stroke play at The Players Championship this week. Match Player winner Rory McIlroy and Masters champion Jordan Spieth are in the same group for the opening two rounds.

  • Rory McIlroy: Holding the top ranking, wearing the crown

    May 28, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Unless he changed his routine, Rory McIlroy started celebrating his 26th birthday on Monday by going to the website of the Official World Golf Ranking to see where he stood. It was neither a gift nor a surprise.Everyone knows he is No. 1.

  • McIlroy a winner with great play and a little luck

    May 28, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Rory McIlroy won a tournament as the No. 1 player in the world.Only at the Match Play Championship does this pass as newsworthy.In the 17-year history of golf's most unpredictable tournament, only one other player has gone undefeated over five days as the No. 1 seed. That was Tiger Woods, who did it three times, the last occasion seven years ago in the Arizona desert.

  • Ian Woosnam wins Champions Tour's Insperity Invitational

    May 28, 2015

    THE WOODLANDS, Texas (AP) Ian Woosnam made a 30-foot birdie putt in a playoff Sunday to win the Insperity Invitational for his first Champions Tour title.Woosnam, the 57-year-old Welshman playing on a sponsor exemption, beat Kenny Perry and Tom Lehman on the first extra hole at The Woodlands Country Club. The 1991 Masters champion was making his 36th start on the 50-and-over tour.

  • Smylie Kaufman wins first Web.com Tour title

    May 28, 2015

    NEWBURGH, Ind. (AP) Rookie Smylie Kaufman won the United Leasing Championship by five strokes Sunday for his first Web.com Tour title.Kaufman, the 23-year-old former LSU player from Birmingham, Alabama, had two double bogeys on the back nine in a closing 1-over 73 to finish at 10-under 278 at Victoria National. He matched the course record with a 64 on Saturday to take a four-stroke lead into the final round.

  • McIlroy top of the world at Match Play Championship

    May 28, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Rory McIlroy had to work harder than ever to win the Match Play Championship.No one ever had to play seven matches in five days, and McIlroy won them all in the new round-robin format. He had to beat three players on the same day, a first in the 17 years of this tournament. And three times, he stood on the 17th tee trailing.

  • Inbee Park wins North Texas Shootout for 2nd time

    May 28, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) Inbee Park won the LPGA Tour's North Texas Shootout for the second time in three years Sunday, closing with a bogey-free 6-under 65 for a three stroke victory.Park finished at 15-under 269 at Las Colinas for her second victory this year and 14th on the tour. The 26-year-old South Korean player, the HSBC Women's Champions winner in March in Singapore, earned 5,000 to push her career total to nearly .8 million.

  • Vonn says relationship with Woods is over

    May 28, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn are no longer a power couple in American sports.Golf's biggest star and the Olympic ski champion said Sunday they were breaking up after more than two years. But in ending their relationship, both were in complete harmony in their separate announcements on social media, citing busy lives and times they will always ''cherish.''

  • McIlroy rallies to reach Match Play final against Woodland

    May 28, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Needing another comeback, Rory McIlroy delivered another great finish Sunday to reach the final of the Match Play Championship.Trailing late for the third time in his last four matches, and with Jim Furyk applying enormous pressure, McIlroy went birdie-birdie-eagle for a 1-up victory that put the world's No. 1 player in the championship match for the second time in four years.

  • McIlroy advances to Match Play semifinals in San Francisco

    May 28, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Rory McIlroy needed two days and 22 holes to beat Paul Casey and advance to the semifinals of the Match Play Championship.Their quarterfinal match was suspended because of darkness, with both players squandering chances to win. On the final hole they played Saturday night, McIlroy missed a 6-foot birdie putt for the win.

  • McIlroy moves to semifinals of Match Play

    May 28, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Rory McIlroy advanced to the semifinals of the Match Play Championship in a match against Paul Casey that went 22 holes in two days.Returning in the morning chill Sunday, McIlroy hit a beautiful lag from 60 feet that set up a birdie on the par-5 first hole. Casey hit a 3-wood onto the green, except that it went just over the back into a sticky lie in the rough.

  • McIlroy in a fight with Casey until darkness gets in the way

    May 28, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Those weren't boxing gloves Rory McIlroy was wearing, they were thick hand-warmers. In the Pacific chill and approaching darkness, the world's No. 1 player had every reason to feel like he was in a fight of his own Saturday in the Match Play Championship against Paul Casey.

  • Michael Allen leads Champions Tour's Insperity Invitational

    May 28, 2015

    THE WOODLANDS, Texas (AP) Michael Allen birdied the final two holes for a 4-under 68 and a one-stroke lead Saturday after the second round of the Champions Tour's Insperity Invitational.Allen had a 10-under 134 total at The Woodlands Country Club. He has seven victories on the 50-and-over tour, winning twice last season.

  • McIlroy rolls into quarterfinals of Match Play

    May 28, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Rory McIlroy finally got his game in order and made short work of Hideki Matsuyama to roll into the quarterfinals of the Match Play Championship on Saturday.McIlroy, who made only four birdies in narrowly getting out of group play, ran off four birdies in eight holes for a 5-up lead, and the Japanese star could never recover. Next up for McIlroy was Paul Casey, who held off a late comeback by Charl Schwartzel.

  • Thompson ricochets to share of LPGA Tour lead with Park

    May 28, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) Lexi Thompson finished a round of 3-under 68 with a birdie after a fortunate ricochet Saturday to share the third-round lead with Inbee Park in the LPGA Tour's North Texas Shootout.The approach by the long-hitting Thompson at the par-5 18th was a screamer well left of the hole. But the ball struck the front facing of a temporary grandstand and ricocheted onto the green. That set up a long two-putt birdie to get to 9-under 204.

  • McIlroy rallies to advance in Match Play Championship

    May 28, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Rory McIlroy ran off three straight birdies to force overtime and outlast an old foe in the Match Play Championship, a performance that could be expected from the No. 1 player in the world.Everything else at TPC Harding Park provided a wild day even by Match Play standards.

  • Pete Brown, first black player to win PGA Tour event, dies

    May 28, 2015

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Pete Brown, the first black player to win a PGA Tour event, died Friday. He was 80.PGA Tour officials say Brown died in Augusta. Details on the cause of death weren't immediately available.Brown won the 1964 Waco Turner Open in Burneyville, Oklahoma, and the 1970 Andy Williams-San Diego Open.

  • McIlroy rallies to survive, Spieth eliminated in Match Play

    May 28, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The new Match Play Championship felt a lot like the old one Friday when one top seed after another began making plans to go home. Rory McIlroy kept some star power at TPC Harding Park with a comeback that shows why he is No. 1 in the world.

  • Bradley, Jimenez in heated exchange at Match Play

    May 28, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) A meaningless match sure didn't look like one Friday when Keegan Bradley and Miguel Angel Jimenez got into a nose-to-nose argument in the Match Play Championship.Both players, already eliminated from reaching the weekend, were on the 18th hole when Jimenez questioned a drop Bradley received. Bradley's caddie, Steve ''Pepsi'' Hale, got involved and Jimenez told him to shut up.

  • Brooke Henderson leads North Texas Shootout

    May 28, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) Brooke Henderson shot a 6-under 65 on Friday in the North Texas Shootout, giving the 17-year-old Canadian the lead going into the weekend for the second straight week on the LPGA Tour.Henderson had a bogey-free round to reach 8-under 134 total at Las Colinas, a stroke ahead of 2013 winner Inbee Park and 54-year-old Juli Inkster.

  • Westwood beats Spieth; Grace survives playoff in Match Play

    May 28, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Lee Westwood came up with two big shots and took down Masters champion Jordan Spieth on Friday as the new Match Play Championship felt like the old one.This was elimination day at TPC Harding Park - through matches, one sudden-death playoff and tiebreakers.

  • US Open winner Michael Campbell says he's quitting

    May 28, 2015

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Former U.S. Open champion Michael Campbell says he has lost the motivation to play top-level golf and is quitting to concentrate on teaching.The 46-year-old New Zealander, who won the Open at Pinehurst in 2005, told New Zealand's Radio Sport on Saturday that retiring was a hard decision but ''I have no complaints to walk away from the game that has given me such a wonderful life.''

  • Marco Dawson, Michael Allen share Champions Tour lead

    May 28, 2015

    THE WOODLANDS, Texas (AP) Marco Dawson and Michael Allen each shot 6-under 66 on Friday to share the first-round lead in the Champions Tour's Insperity Invitational.The 51-year-old Dawson had seven birdies and a bogey at The Woodlands Country Club. He won the Conquistadores Classic in March in Tucson, Arizona, for his first victory on the 50-and-over tour.

  • PGA Championship returning to Ocean Course in 2021

    May 28, 2015

    KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. (AP) The PGA Championship is returning to the Ocean Course in 2021, three decades after the seaside layout made its debut at the 1991 Ryder Cup.This will be the second time Pete Dye's course has hosted golf's final major - in 2012 Rory McIlroy won by eight shots.

  • Spieth, McIlroy face elimination in Match Play

    May 28, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Jordan Spieth was 2 down early in his match when he rolled in a 15-foot birdie putt on the sixth hole. That was the start of an amazing run in which the Masters champion one-putted the rest of the way until he beat Matt Every for another victory in the Match Play Championship.

  • Spieth makes a big adjustment on the greens

    May 28, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) A chat with his father and a couple of overtime matches that delayed the start of Jordan Spieth's second day at TPC Harding Park might have paid off Thursday in the Match Play Championship.The green are firm when they receive shots and they feel that way under foot. Spieth, however, said they are rolling slower that it would seem.

  • Golf Capsules

    May 28, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Rory McIlroy became the first two-time winner in the Wells Fargo Championship with a seven-shot victory Sunday over Webb Simpson and Patrick Rodgers.The top-ranked McIlory closed with a 3-under 69 to finish at 21-under 267 and break the tournament record by five strokes. He entered the day with a four-stroke lead after a course-record 61 on Saturday.

  • Lydia Ko struggles to 75, cut streak in jeopardy

    May 28, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) Lydia Ko had a triple bogey after losing a ball in a pine tree and dropped three more strokes on the next two holes Thursday to put her career-long LPGA Tour cuts streak in jeopardy in the North Texas Shootout.Ko finished with a 4-over 75 at Las Colinas, leaving the top-ranked New Zealander nine strokes behind leaders Juli Inkster, Cristie Kerr and Sydnee Michaels.

  • Fowler wins Thursday to secure spot Saturday in Match Play

    May 28, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Masters champion Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler were making putts from everywhere Thursday in the Match Play Championship.Fowler survived a tough match and already secured his spot for the weekend.Spieth rolled to another easy victory and still faces the prospect of going home on Friday.

  • New format, same fickle Match Play tournament

    May 28, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Rory McIlroy opened with a birdie and followed with 13 straight pars. That's not a card that usually advances in the Match Play Championship, and yet the world's No. 1 player wound up winning in 14 holes.Masters champion Jordan Spieth made seven birdies and had to go 16 holes.

  • Lydia Ko donating earnings to Nepal relief effort

    May 28, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) Lydia Ko is donating her earnings this week in the LPGA Tour's North Texas Shootout to the earthquake relief effort in Nepal.''We had a big one in New Zealand, too, a couple years ago, and it affected a lot of people,'' Ko said Wednesday ''Natural disasters you can't do much about. Sometimes it's hard to be prepared for it, so I thought, `Those people there, nice people and very innocent.' So, I wanted to give this tournament's earnings and donate it to them.''

  • Lydia Ko donating earnings to Napal relief effort

    May 28, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) Lydia Ko is donating her earnings this week in the LPGA Tour's North Texas Shootout to the earthquake relief effort in Nepal.''We had a big one in New Zealand, too, a couple years ago, and it affected a lot of people,'' Ko said Wednesday ''Natural disasters you can't do much about. Sometimes it's hard to be prepared for it, so I thought, `Those people there, nice people and very innocent.' So, I wanted to give this tournament's earnings and donate it to them.''

  • Simpson gets a memory and 0 burger at Olympic

    May 28, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Webb Simpson returned to The Olympic Club for a memory and he wound up with so much more.It was worth every penny.Olympic is across Lake Merced from Harding Park, where the Match Play Championship is being held this week. Simpson had not been back to Olympic since he won the 2012 U.S. Open with a par save from the side of the 18th green. He wasn't about to pass on the opportunity.

  • Henderson gets another chance after qualifying in Texas

    May 28, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) Brooke Henderson was so close to a playoff with the No. 1 player in the world just last weekend.Then after traveling overnight, napping in an airport and then on the plane, the 17-year-old Canadian had to endure a qualifying round spread over two days because of weather, then survive a playoff just to get into the field for this week's LPGA Tour stop in North Texas.

  • Spieth advances on a day of hand-wringing at Match Play

    May 28, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Even with a new format, the objective didn't change in the Match Play Championship.And neither did the emotions.Masters champion Jordan Spieth, still equipped with that sporty short game, made seven birdies in 16 holes and had an easy time against Mikko Ilonen of Finland. Rory McIlroy, the top seed, made only one birdie and had an even easier time in beating Jason Dufner.

  • New look for Franklin Templeton Shootout

    December 10, 2014

    NAPLES, Fla. (AP) - The Franklin Templeton Shootout has had a makeover.Greg Norman's tournament has a new format, course look and TV partner and will run from Thursday-Saturday instead of Friday-Sunday.After Matt Kuchar and Harris English took the suspense out of the final round last year by shooting a record 34-under 182 and winning by seven shots, Norman and tournament officials tweaked the format order from modified alternate shot, better ball and scramble to scramble, modified alternate shot and better ball.