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  • Danny Willett apologizes for brother's words about US fans

    September 28, 2016

    CHASKA, Minn. (AP) With stakes at the Ryder Cup so high, the players are under plenty of pressure. Danny Willett's focus faltered a bit Wednesday during practice at Hazeltine National Golf Club.This wasn't a case of rookie nerves, though.This was because, well, his brother has a big mouth.

  • Sorry Tiger, some things are only for players in Ryder Cup

    September 28, 2016

    CHASKA, Minn. (AP) The first awkward moment for Tiger Woods at the Ryder Cup came when he lined up to get into the U.S. team picture.Oops, sorry Tiger, only players are allowed.The second awkward moment came when he walked through a tunnel in the grandstands onto the No. 1 tee for a practice round. Instead of carrying a driver, he was holding a hot drink.

  • The Latest: Minnesota weather making Europeans feel at home

    September 28, 2016

    CHASKA, Minn. (AP) The Latest on the Ryder Cup (all times local):3:45 p.m.The Europeans are the visiting team at the Ryder Cup this year, but the weather for practice at Hazeltine National Club has felt a little like home, particularly for the team members from the British Isles. The conditions on Tuesday and Wednesday have been windy and gray, with the high temperature barely reaching 60 degrees.

  • The Latest: An XXXL-sized dose of motivation for Europeans

    September 28, 2016

    CHASKA, Minn. (AP) The Latest on the Ryder Cup (all times local):3 p.m.The motivational tug of war continues behind the scenes.After the U.S. team turned to Michael Phelps for its latest inspirational team talk, Europe countered with Paul O'Connell.

  • The Latest: Europeans disappointed by Willett's brother

    September 28, 2016

    CHASKA, Minn. (AP) The Latest on the Ryder Cup (all times local):---2:05 p.m.The Europeans are doing a little damage control after a colorful, humorous and crude essay written by team member Danny Willett's brother, about his excitement for the Ryder Cup and disdain for American golf fans creating what promises to be a partisan crowd at Hazeltine National Golf Club.

  • The Latest: US secret weapon at Ryder Cup: turkey sandwiches

    September 28, 2016

    CHASKA, Minn. (AP) The Latest on the Ryder Cup (all times local):1:25 p.m.You might think Davis Love III has enough to do during Ryder Cup week, even with five assistants helping him try to win one for the home team.On Wednesday, he added another responsibility to his role as U.S. captain: sandwich deliveryman.

  • Rose, Stenson will be valuable players for young Europe team

    September 28, 2016

    CHASKA, Minn. (AP) With half of the roster filled with Ryder Cup rookies, the value of the European veterans in golf's biennial international grudge match has only increased.Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson are just the type of tandem for the team to turn to.

  • The Latest: Rose 'all boxes ticked' for medical exemption

    September 28, 2016

    CHASKA, Minn. (AP) The Latest on the Ryder Cup (all times local):NoonEurope's Justin Rose says he ''wasn't bothered one bit'' that records showing he received a therapeutic-use exemption were published online by hackers seeking to embarrass some Olympic athletes.

  • The Latest: Change in groups for Day 2 of Ryder Cup practice

    September 28, 2016

    CHASKA, Minn. (AP) The Latest on the Ryder Cup (all times local):11:30 a.m.U.S. captain Davis Love III has left one of his groups alone for Wednesday's practice - Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed and Matt Kuchar. He inserted Ryder Cup rookie Brooks Koepka into the group of Jimmy Walker, Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler. And he took Zach Johnson and placed him with captain's pick Ryan Moore, J.B. Holmes and Brandt Snedeker.

  • Mickelson promises prepared US team at Ryder Cup

    September 28, 2016

    CHASKA, Minn. (AP) Two days before the Ryder Cup, Phil Mickelson went back 12 years to drive home a point that the Americans are prepared to play their best golf.And along the way, he disparaged yet another former captain.This time, his target was Hal Sutton.

  • Motivation doesn't always come on the course in Ryder Cup

    September 28, 2016

    CHASKA, Minn. (AP) The U.S. has done almost everything to try and win a Ryder Cup again, including having Tiger Woods on the team as an assistant captain.So maybe bringing in Michael Phelps for an inspirational speech wasn't too far of a stretch. Like Woods, he does know a little something about winning.

  • 'Nice guy' Fowler won't change in Ryder Cup matches

    September 27, 2016

    CHASKA, Minn. (AP) The first question Rickie Fowler was asked at the Ryder Cup was as good an indication as any of how his year has gone.''Can you talk a little about facial hair in golf and your view of it?''Fowler is one of golf's ''it'' boys, part of young generation of tour players who hang out and vacation together and are as knowledgeable about fashion as they are about flop shots. They're masterful at brand-building and are all over social media. They're comfortable in the spotlight, engaging and almost always in demand, even when they don't win consistently, which is another way of summing up Fowler's rocky season.

  • The Latest: Another victory for US in (Junior) Ryder Cup

    September 27, 2016

    CHASKA, Minn. (AP) The Latest on the Ryder Cup (all times local):6 p.m.The Americans are on a roll in the Ryder Cup.At least the juniors.The United States won the Junior Ryder Cup for the fifth straight time on Tuesday at Interlachen Country Club, 15+-8+. Eugene Hong's 1-up victory over Matias Honkala provided the Americans with the clinching point.

  • Final US pick Ryan Moore ready for Ryder Cup debut

    September 27, 2016

    CHASKA, Minn. (AP) Ryan Moore had just placed second in the Tour Championship, capping a strong weekend in Atlanta with a narrow playoff loss to Rory McIlroy , when he began to load up his gear in the parking lot about 45 minutes later, a flight home to Las Vegas with his family fast approaching.

  • McIlroy wants to return 'gift' of winning to Clarke

    September 27, 2016

    CHASKA, Minn. (AP) Rory McIlroy didn't think his 10th birthday could get any better.His father took him to Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland for the first time. He also received a new wedge with a rust finish, popular back in those days. And he was on the chipping green when he got perhaps the best gift of all.

  • The Latest: Woods gets harsh reminder he's not playing

    September 27, 2016

    CHASKA, Minn. (AP) The Latest on the Ryder Cup (all times local):4 p.m.Tiger Woods is new to this role as vice captain at the Ryder Cup. Or maybe he thought he was still playing.The American team gathered for its official photo on Tuesday, and Woods took his spot on the far left side of the back row. The person in charge of arranging the players pointed to the other side, so Woods went to the far right end of the players.

  • The Latest: Unflappable in pool, Phelps shaky on the tee

    September 27, 2016

    CHASKA, Minn. (AP) The Latest on the Ryder Cup (all times local):2:30 p.m.So much for all those Olympic races in the pool with a gold medal on the line. Michael Phelps says the most unnerving athletic moment of his life took place on land - teeing off at a celebrity tournament ahead of the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club.

  • LPGA to make stop in Indianapolis during 2017 season

    September 27, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The LPGA Tour will return to Indianapolis next season.The Indy Women in Tech Championship will be held Sept. 4-10 at Brickyard Crossing.The only other time this course, which runs next to and inside of Indianapolis Motor Speedway, hosted a women's tour event was 1968 when the 500 Ladies Classic was played in Indy.

  • It's Dustin Johnson's time to lead the Americans

    September 27, 2016

    CHASKA, Minn. (AP) Dustin Johnson made an exception to his rule of never watching golf on television, only because it was the Ryder Cup.''That was the only thing I missed,'' Johnson said.The best player this week at Hazeltine, he was nowhere to be found two years ago at Gleneagles.

  • The Latest: American plan revealing in practice groups

    September 27, 2016

    CHASKA, Minn. (AP) The Latest on the Ryder Cup (all times local):NoonThe Americans again are showing signs of a ''pod system'' that Paul Azinger made popular (and successful) in 2008, and Davis Love used in a modified way in 2012.For Tuesday's practice sessions, one foursome was Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed, Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar. Spieth and Reed were partners in 2014 at Gleneagles, while Johnson and Spieth were together at the Presidents Cup last year. Johnson and Kuchar were unbeaten in the 2012 matches at Medinah.

  • The Latest: McIlroy's watch on Central time before Ryder Cup

    September 27, 2016

    CHASKA, Minn. (AP) The Latest on the Ryder Cup (all times local):10:55 a.m.Not to worry - Rory McIlroy says he already has set his watch to the Central time zone.The last time the Ryder Cup was held on U.S. soil, McIlroy nearly missed his tee time on the final day at Medinah. He said he forgot that Chicago was on Central Daylight Time, and he required a police escort.

  • Europeans motivated by trying to beat 'best team' assembled

    September 27, 2016

    CHASKA, Minn. (AP) Davis Love III said he was only trying to illustrate why his U.S. team should play with more swagger in the Ryder Cup. His comments wound up providing plenty of fodder for the Europeans, and perhaps a little extra motivation they didn't even need.

  • Column: Ryder Cup a referendum on Mickelson

    September 27, 2016

    CHASKA, Minn. (AP) Phil Mickelson has been giving the Ryder Cup a lot of thought lately.Probably way too much thought, though that's nothing new. Tough not to overthink things when you're always the smartest guy on the first tee.In Ryder Cups past, that might have signaled trouble for a U.S. team that has often lost because it struggles to find a mental edge. In the latest version that begins this week in Minnesota, it may not matter simply because there's such a talent gap between the two teams.

  • Ryder Cup in home state for Lehman 'a dream come true'

    September 27, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Tom Lehman's golf career got off to a cold start.He grew up in Minnesota, after all, where youth sports in the spring are frequently affected by winters that aren't ready to quit.''Pretty brutal stuff,'' Lehman said. ''I remember one kid breaking his hand and not realizing it until the bus ride home. His hand was all swollen. He hit a root (with his swing), but it was so cold and his hands were so numb that he didn't know it.''

  • Arnold Palmer, the King with a personal touch

    September 26, 2016

    CHASKA, Minn. (AP) William McGirt took his wife and infant son to Arnold Palmer's office at Bay Hill, wanting nothing more than a photo.Palmer, as usual, gave him so much more.Any worries McGirt had about imposing on the King were put to rest as quickly as it took Palmer to reach over and take his son, Mac, out of his arms for the photo.

  • Homeowners look to cash in on Ryder Cup rentals

    September 26, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) It's hard to imagine a more prime location for an out-of-town Ryder Cup spectator to spend the night than Jason Wendlandt's two-bedroom home.It's 80 feet from the main entrance to Hazeltine National, the course in the Minneapolis suburb of Chaska that's hosting the prestigious international golf tournament this weekend. It's well inside the tight, extended security perimeter.

  • Arnold Palmer's legacy overshadows the Ryder Cup

    September 26, 2016

    CHASKA, Minn. (AP) The flag at half-staff over Hazeltine National was enough to take the edge off the Ryder Cup.Arnold Palmer occupied everyone's thoughts on Monday.''There's a hole in the game that can't be filled,'' Phil Mickelson said.Tributes poured in for Palmer, who died Sunday at age 87. Even as European players arrived from an overnight flight out of Heathrow Airport, any conversation about the Ryder Cup was secondary to their thoughts on the King.

  • For Golf Channel, Arnold Palmer coverage is personal

    September 26, 2016

    Arnold Palmer still had a parking spot outside his old office at Golf Channel, the network he co-founded more than two decades ago.On Monday, hours after the golfing great died at age 87, the space was filled with flowers, candles and pictures as rain poured down on the makeshift memorial at the Orlando, Florida, headquarters.

  • Passed over to play, Watson added to US team as vice captain

    September 26, 2016

    CHASKA, Minn. (AP) Bubba Watson will be at the Ryder Cup, even if it's not exactly the way he imagined it.U.S. captain Davis Love III announced Monday that Watson has been added to the team as a fifth vice captain. The two-time Masters champion and 7th-ranked player in the world competed as a player on the last three U.S. squads, and said at the start of the year that his goals were to play in both the Olympics and the Ryder Cup.

  • An empty playground: somber times and reflection for sports

    September 26, 2016

    It's supposed to be a place where we retreat from the realities of life, a place where we can immerse ourselves for a few hours in another world. Sports have always seemed to do that for us, even if the refuge they offer is temporary at best.Lately, though, the playground just hasn't been that much fun.

  • Palmer's impact: Grand Slam, endorsements, TV, private jets

    September 26, 2016

    CHASKA, Minn. (AP) Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth all chased the Grand Slam, golf's holy grail of winning all four majors in one year.Arnold Palmer is the one who created it.When he turned 50, it was Palmer who brought enthusiasm and credibility in 1980 to a fledgling circuit known then as the Senior PGA Tour. And it flourished because no one got tired of watching Arnie. Today, nine players who probably should be retired already have made at least million.

  • The Latest: Public ceremony for Palmer to be held Oct. 4

    September 26, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the death of Arnold Palmer (all times local):1:35 p.m.The family of Arnold Palmer is waiting until after the Ryder Cup this week for a public farewell.Alastair Johnston, the chief executive of Arnold Palmer Enterprises, said Monday at a news conference that a public ceremony to commemorate Palmer would be held at 11 a.m. on Oct. 4 at St. Vincent's College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.

  • Player remembers Palmer's 'dashing style' & 'knowing smile'

    September 26, 2016

    Gary Player remembers the many traits of Arnold Palmer: A fiercely competitive golfer who had a ''slashing, dashing'' style and didn't know when he was beaten.A man who could be ''difficult and demanding'' - Player said it was no secret that they had their differences. But Palmer was also a person blessed with ''charisma, charm and patience.''

  • Reaction to Arnold Palmer's death on Sunday

    September 26, 2016

    Reaction to the death of golf great Arnold Palmer on Sunday at age 87 in Pittsburgh:---''Arnold transcended the game of golf. He was more than a golfer or even great golfer. He was an icon. He was a legend. Arnold was someone who was a pioneer in his sport. He took the game from one level to a higher level, virtually by himself. Along the way, he had millions of adoring fans - Barbara and I among them. We were great competitors, who loved competing against each other, but we were always great friends along the way. Arnold always had my back, and I had his. We were always there for each other. That never changed. He was the king of our sport and always will be.'' - Jack Nicklaus

  • The Latest: Gary Player remembers 'slashing, dashing' Palmer

    September 26, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the death of Arnold Palmer (all times local):---11:10 a.m.Gary Player says he remembers the many traits of Arnold Palmer: A fiercely competitive golfer with a ''slashing, dashing style,'' a man who could be ''difficult and demanding,'' but also one with ''charisma, charm and patience.''

  • The Latest: Obama says Palmer was the American dream

    September 26, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the death of Arnold Palmer (all times local):---10:25 a.m.President Barack Obama says Arnold Palmer was ''the American dream come to life.''Obama praised the late golfer's rise from a humble start in Pennsylvania to ''superstardom'' around the world. He says Palmer did it with a grin that hinted he had another ''shot up his sleeve.''

  • Arnold Palmer, a golfing king with common touch, dies at 87

    September 26, 2016

    Arnold Palmer charged across the golf course and into America's living rooms with a go-for-broke style that made a country-club sport popular for the everyman. At ease with presidents and the public, he was on a first-name basis with both.He never lost that personal touch. That's what made him the King.

  • The Latest: European Tour pays tribute to Arnold Palmer

    September 26, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the death of Arnold Palmer (all times local):---5:40 a.m.The head of the European Tour has credited Arnold Palmer for making golf a truly international sport by playing the British Open in the early 1960s.Palmer, who won golf's oldest major in 1961 and 1962, died Sunday in Pittsburgh at the age of 87. Palmer first played the British Open in 1960, finishing runner-up in an appearance that invigorated a tournament which Americans had been ignoring for years.

  • British Open organizers pay tribute to Arnold Palmer

    September 26, 2016

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) Organizers of the British Open paid tribute to Arnold Palmer on Monday for his ''immeasurable'' contribution to golf's oldest major, a tournament that he won twice in the early 1960s and helped bring to international prominence.

  • McIlroy finally gets it done in FedEx Cup

    September 26, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) Hardly anything ever goes right for Rory McIlroy in the FedEx Cup.McIlroy won two straight FedEx Cup playoff events in 2012 and was the best player in golf only to watch Brandt Snedeker win the Tour Championship to beat him out of the million bonus. Two years ago, he again was the No. 1 seed and was tied for the 54-hole lead until Billy Horschel beat him at East Lake.

  • Column: A 'King' who never quit working on his own clubs

    September 26, 2016

    Arnold Palmer considered the question, fighting back a mischievous grin.This was in June 2016, and he was sitting in a golf cart behind his office just across the road from Latrobe Country Club, the Western Pennsylvania course Palmer grew up on as the son of the greens-keeper-club pro and later bought. Like much of the golfing public, he was trying to make sense of the U.S. Golf Association ruling that had nearly cost Dustin Johnson the title at nearby Oakmont Country Club a day earlier.

  • Some of Arnold Palmer's greatest wins

    September 26, 2016

    If there was a single swing that made him ''The King,'' the driver Arnold Palmer hit on the first hole at Cherry Hills was it.Trailing by seven heading into the final round of the 1960 U.S. Open - and angered by a sports writer who, during a lunch break, told him he had no chance at a comeback - Palmer pulled the persimmon wood out on the tee box of the downhill, 346-yard hole. Palmer lashed at the balata-covered ball, which flew through the thin air, into the rough for one small hop, then tumbled onto the green.

  • Goodbyes always came with tears for The King

    September 26, 2016

    A look at Arnold Palmer's farewell rounds at the Masters, U.S. Open and British Open:---MASTERS:Something didn't feel right. Six holes on a Saturday morning in front of a barely arriving crowd was no way for Arnold Palmer to close out his illustrious career at Augusta National.

  • Palmer's Place? Just about anywhere he liked

    September 26, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Arnold Palmer's western Pennsylvania roots ran deep.While his hometown of Latrobe helped the golfing legend bring a blue-collar charisma to a gentleman's game, it hardly limited him. The man credited with bringing his sport to the masses had no problem serving as its unofficial ambassador as well.

  • Arnold Palmer left hundreds of courses as part of his legacy

    September 25, 2016

    Few people did more to grow the game of golf than Arnold Palmer.Fewer did more to provide places to play it.The charismatic champion who died Sunday night of complications from heart problems was every bit as successful at designing courses as he was conquering them. From Palmer's first design in 1963, the back nine at his beloved boyhood course in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, to his recently completed project in Brazil, ''The King'' was instrumental in shaping the way people around the world enjoy the game.

  • What's in a name? For Arnold Palmer iced tea and lemonade

    September 25, 2016

    Raise a glass to celebrate the life of golf's ''King'' - and make it an Arnold Palmer.''I imagine that Arnold Palmer walks into a restaurant and they ask him what he's drinking, and he says, `What the hell do you think I'm drinking,''' comedian Will Arnett once cracked.

  • Ryan Moore becomes US Ryder Cup captain Love's last pick

    September 25, 2016

    Ryan Moore lost his bid to win the Tour Championship finale in extra holes, but picked up an important consolation prize: the fourth captain's pick and the last slot on the 12-man U.S. Ryder Cup team.The matches tee off in five days in Minnesota. U.S. captain Davis Love planned to make the announcement during halftime of ''Sunday Night Football,'' - just hours after Moore was beaten by a birdie from European Ryder Cup star Rory McIlroy on the fourth extra hole at East Lake Golf Club. But after the death of golfing great Arnold Palmer, he released the selection in a news release.

  • Reaction to Arnold Palmer's death Sunday

    September 26, 2016

    Reaction to golf great Arnold Palmer's death Sunday at age 87 in Pittsburgh:''At this point I don't know what happened, and I suppose it is not important what happened. What is important is that we just lost one of the incredible people in the game of golf and in all of sports. My friend-many people's friend-just wore out. I know he was in Pittsburgh trying to find out how to make himself better. That's what Arnold has always tried to do. He has always been a fighter and he never gave up on anything. He didn't give up even now. Maybe his body did, but I know Arnold's will and spirit did not.

  • Colin Montgomerie wins in British Columbia

    September 25, 2016

    VICTORIA, British Columbia (AP) Colin Montgomerie won the Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship on Sunday, outlasting Scott McCarron with a birdie on the third hole of a playoff.Montgomerie closed with a 4-under 67 to match McCarron at 15-under 198 at scenic Bear Mountain Resort, the first-year venue in the PGA Tour Champions event that was played in Hawaii from 2012-14.

  • Arnold Palmer dies at 87, made golf popular for masses

    September 26, 2016

    Arnold Palmer brought a country club sport to the masses with a hard-charging style, charisma and a commoner's touch. At ease with both presidents and the golfing public, and on a first-name basis with both, ''The King'' died Sunday in Pittsburgh. He was 87.

  • McIlroy the big winner at East Lake

    September 25, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) Rory McIlroy finally won the FedEx Cup when he least expected it.McIlroy was three shots behind with three holes to play Sunday in the Tour Championship. Nearly two hours later, he holed a 15-foot birdie putt on the fourth extra hole to win at East Lake in a playoff and claim the million FedEx Cup bonus.

  • Grayson Murray wins Web.com Tour event in Ohio

    September 25, 2016

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Grayson Murray won the Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship on Sunday and Cameron Smith and Kevin Tway wrapped up PGA Tour cards.Already guaranteed a PGA Tour card with an 18th-place finish on the Web.com Tour's regular-season money list, Murray closed with a 3-under 68 to beat Smith by a stroke in the third of four events in the Web.com Tour Finals. Tway tied for third with third-round leader Martin Flores.

  • Euro captain Clarke knows his way around a spotlight

    September 25, 2016

    Darren Clarke knows his way around a spotlight.Europe's Ryder Cup captain has won just one major, but like so many of his 21 other wins in some far-flung places, Clarke made sure it was memorable.Five years ago, playing in his 20th British Open at age 42, the burly Northern Irishman held off Americans Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson down the stretch at Royal St. Georges, then topped it with one of the more gracious tributes the old golf ground ever hosted.

  • French golfer Alexander Levy wins European Open in playoff

    September 25, 2016

    BAD GRIESBACH, Germany (AP) French golfer Alexander Levy wasted a four-shot lead but beat Ross Fisher of England in a playoff to win the shortened European Open on Sunday.Levy had bogeys on the 16th and the 18th and narrowly missed a birdie putt on the 17th to finish the day at 2-under 69 and 19-under overall.

  • Australia wins World Amateur Team Championship by 19 strokes

    September 24, 2016

    RIVIERA MAYA, Mexico (AP) Australia completed a runaway victory in the World Amateur Team Championship, beating England by 19 strokes Saturday and sweeping the top two individual spots.Australia won the Eisenhower Trophy for the fourth time, following victories in the biennial event in 1958, 1966 and 1996.

  • Scott McCarron takes 2-shot lead in PGA Tour Champions event

    September 24, 2016

    VICTORIA, British Columbia (AP) Scott McCarron eagled the par-5 12th and shot a 5-under 66 on Saturday to take a two-stroke lead in the Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship.The 51-year-old McCarron made an 8-foot putt for the eagle and added a birdie on the par-3 16th in chilly, overcast conditions at scenic Bear Mountain Resort, the first-year venue in the PGA Tour Champions event that was played in Hawaii from 2012-14.

  • Johnson, Chappell tied for Tour Championship lead

    September 24, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) Dustin Johnson overcame a double bogey with a birdie on the final hole Saturday for a 1-under 69 and a share of the lead going into the final round of the Tour Championship.Chappell trailed by as many as four shots on the front nine. He took the lead on the 17th hole with a 10-foot birdie as Johnson went from rough to rough to sand to a double bogey. Chappell shot a 68.

  • Levy takes 4-shot lead into European Open final round

    September 24, 2016

    BAD GRIESBACH, Germany (AP) French golfer Alexander Levy took a four-shot lead going into the third and final round of the European Open after the event was shortened to 54 holes on Saturday.Morning fog delayed the start of play again for the third day, forcing organizers to cut the event to three rounds.

  • Love calls US team 'best maybe ever assembled' in Ryder Cup

    September 24, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) U.S. captain Davis Love III referred to his Ryder Cup team as ''the best golf team maybe ever assembled,'' a surprising comment for two reasons.This was Davis Love, not exactly known for his brash comments.And the U.S. team isn't even assembled yet.

  • Johnny Miller: European Ryder Cup team is worst in years

    September 24, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) Johnny Miller doesn't agree with Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III that this U.S. team is the best ''maybe ever assembled.'' He still has a hunch the Americans finally will win, mainly because of the European team they are facing.''I do believe the Euros have got, at least on paper, the worst team they've had in many years,'' Miller said Saturday at the Tour Championship.

  • Koepka tired of hearing about Ryder Cup from Europe

    September 24, 2016

    Brooks Koepka already knows the sting of losing in the Ryder Cup.And he hasn't even played in one yet.The lone rookie on this American team, Koepka was keeping the wrong company during the last two losses. He was just starting his career on the Challenge Tour, coming off consecutive missed cuts in Kazakhstan and France when he broke through for a three-shot victory in the Catalunya Challenge in Spain.

  • US hopes a new model will change losing habits at Ryder Cup

    September 24, 2016

    Phil Mickelson kept hearing the wrong tone of cheers coming from the 18th green, one after another, until he realized the singles match he was on the verge of winning would not prevent Europe from capturing the Ryder Cup.This was 1995 at Oak Hill, where he went 3-0 in his debut at the most fervent, flag-waving, fanatical three days of golf.

  • RYDER CUP '16: Facts and figures for the 41st edition

    September 24, 2016

    CHASKA, Minn. (AP) Facts and figures for the Ryder Cup:Event: 41st Ryder Cup matches.Date: Sept. 30-Oct. 2.The course: Hazeltine National, which opened in 1962, was designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. and later enhanced by his son, Rees Jones. It has hosted the U.S. Open twice, the PGA Championship twice, the U.S. Women's Open twice, the U.S. Amateur, the U.S. Senior Open and the NCAA championship.

  • RYDER CUP '16: A hole-by-hole look at Hazeltine National

    September 24, 2016

    CHASKA, Minn. (AP) A hole-by-hole look at Hazeltine National, site of the 41st Ryder Cup matches on Sept. 30-Oct. 2:No. 1, 442 yards, par 4: On the card, this is nearly 50 yards shorter than it was for the 2009 PGA Championship. The landing area is squeezed by fairway bunkers. Scoring depends on whether the approach is on the right tier of the green, which could be the difference between a good birdie chance or a tough time lagging it close.

  • RYDER CUP '16: Rosters for European and American teams

    September 24, 2016

    CHASKA, Minn. (AP) Rosters for the 41st Ryder Cup matches, to be played Sept. 30-Oct. 2 at Hazeltine National. The United States still has one more captain's pick to make on Sunday night:EUROPECaptain: Darren ClarkeRafa Cabrera Bello, SpainMatt Fitzpatrick, England

  • RYDER CUP '16: A trivia quiz on the history of the Ryder Cup

    September 24, 2016

    How well do you know the Ryder Cup? Try this quiz:FRIDAY FOURSOMES1. Where did the Ryder Cup get its name?a. An English seed merchantb. An American rental truck companyc. Golf writer Bernard Darwin---2. Who was the oldest captain in Ryder Cup history?

  • RYDER CUP '16: Capsules of the American players at Hazeltine

    September 27, 2016

    CHASKA, Minn. (AP) A look at the U.S. team in the 41st Ryder Cup on Sept. 30-Oct. 2 at Hazeltine National in Chaska, Minnesota. Players are listed in the order they made the team.DUSTIN JOHNSONAge: 32.Ryder Cup record (2 teams): 4-3-0.World ranking: 2.

  • RYDER CUP '16: Capsules of the European players at Hazeltine

    September 27, 2016

    CHASKA, Minn. (AP) A look at the European team in the 41st Ryder Cup. Players are listed in the order they made the team.RORY MCILROYAge: 27.Country: Northern Ireland.Ryder Cup record (3 teams): 6-4-4.World ranking: 3.Career victories: 21.Majors: U.S. Open (2011), British Open (2014), PGA Championship (2012, 2014).

  • Love calls US team "best maybe ever assembled' in Ryder Cup

    September 24, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) U.S. captain Davis Love III referred to his Ryder Cup team as ''the best golf team maybe ever assembled,'' a surprising comment for two reasons.This was Davis Love, not exactly known for his brash comments.And the U.S. team isn't even assembled yet.

  • Australia running away with World Amateur Team Championship

    September 23, 2016

    RIVIERA MAYA, Mexico (AP) U.S. Amateur champion Curtis Luck shot a 9-under 63 on Friday to help Australia open a 16-stroke lead in the World Amateur Team Championship.After lagging behind teammates Cameron Davis and Harrison Endycott in the event that counts the two best scores from the three-man teams, Luck had nine birdies in a bogey-free round at Iberostar Playa Paraiso. Davis added a 68 for a round total of 13-under 131 and three-day total of 32-under 398 , one off the 54-hole record set by the United States in 2014.

  • Scott McCarron leads PGA Tour Champions event in Canada

    September 23, 2016

    VICTORIA, British Columbia (AP) Scott McCarron birdied five of the first six holes and finished with an 8-under 62 to take first-round lead Friday in the Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship.The 51-year-old McCarron birdied all four par-5 holes - Nos. 1, 12, 13 and 18 - in chilly conditions at Bear Mountain Resort, the first-year venue in the PGA Tour Champions event that was played in Hawaii from 2012-14.

  • Ridings, Flores share Web.com Tour Finals lead

    September 23, 2016

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Tag Ridings shot a 6-under 65 on Friday for a share of the second-round lead with Martin Flores in the Web.com Tour Finals' Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship.The 42-year-old Ridings was 52nd on the Web.com Tour regular-season money list and entered the third of four series events 36th in the race for 25 PGA Tour cards with ,493. Starting on No. 10, he had five birdies and a bogey on his first seven holes and added birdies on the two front-nine par 5s.

  • Johnson takes 1-shot lead at Tour Championship

    September 23, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) Dustin Johnson powered his way down the fairways and occasionally out of the brutal rough for a 3-under 67 to take a one-shot lead at the Tour Championship and move closer to the million FedEx Cup prize.If nothing else, Johnson all but eliminated anyone not among the top five trying to win the FedEx Cup. Jason Day took himself out of the mix by withdrawing because of more back issues.

  • Mickelson goes to a longer drive for Ryder Cup

    September 23, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) Phil Mickelson is making another equipment change ahead of the Ryder Cup, this one measured in inches.Mickelson played a practice round at Hazeltine National on Monday and realized he would need a different driver to handle a course that measures 7,628 yards on the card. So he went back to a longer driver for the Tour Championship after using a driver with a shaft that is 1 1/2 inches shorter than normal for him.

  • Jason Day withdraws from another playoff event

    September 23, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) Jason Day has withdrawn from the Tour Championship because of recurring back pain.It's the second straight FedEx Cup playoff event that the world's No. 1 player did not finish because of back pain. Day stopped midway through the final round of the BMW Championship. His agent said Friday at East Lake this was the same issue, and Day was withdrawing as a precaution.

  • Love says this US Ryder Cup team might be the best

    September 23, 2016

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III feels so good about the American team that he said Friday it might be the best ever.Love was speaking on Sirius/XM's ''Fairways of Life'' when he said the Americans at times try too hard to win the Ryder Cup. Love said they don't have to do anything ''superhuman.''

  • Alexander Levy takes big lead after incomplete round 2

    September 23, 2016

    BAD GRIESBACH, Germany (AP) Frenchman Alexander Levy set a course record and opened up a six-shot lead before fading light shortened the second round of the European Open on Friday.Levy will have to complete his round on the ninth hole on Saturday. Half the field will go out early Saturday for the second round, before the third round can start. Morning fog delayed start of play on both days so far.

  • Americans waiting, but not watching, before making last pick

    September 23, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) The Tour Championship is a lot tougher than it needs to be for Justin Thomas.He was among three players at Hazeltine - site of this year's Ryder Cup - on Monday, a clear signal that Thomas, Daniel Berger and Bubba Watson were being considered by Davis Love III as the final captain's pick to be announced Sunday night after the Tour Championship.

  • Australia takes big lead in World Amateur Team Championship

    September 22, 2016

    RIVIERA MAYA, Mexico (AP) Cameron Davis and Harrison Endycott each shot 5-under 66 on Thursday at Iberostar Playa Paraiso to help Australia take an eight-stroke lead in the World Amateur Team Championship.A stroke behind Scotland after the opening round at Iberostar Playa Paraiso, Australia had a 19-under 267 total - one off the 36-hole record set by the United States in 2012. The best two scores count in the total for the three-man teams, with U.S. Amateur champion Curtis Luck shooting a 71 to again lag behind his teammates.

  • South Korea's Whee Kim leads Web.com Tour Finals event

    September 22, 2016

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) South Korea's Whee Kim shot a 6-under 65 on Thursday to take the first-round lead in the Web.com Tour Finals' Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship .Kim had seven birdies and a bogey on Ohio State's Scarlet Course in the third of four events that will determine 25 PGA Tour cards. Kim is 35th on the series money list with ,975 in two events after finishing 127th in the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup standings.

  • Dustin Johnson keeps right on rolling at East Lake

    September 22, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) Dustin Johnson hit out of a bunker to 2 feet for birdie on his first hole and kept right on rolling to a 4-under 66 for a three-way tie of the lead Thursday at the Tour Championship.Hideki Matsuyama had six birdies and Kevin Chappell played bogey-free to join Johnson at 66 on a tough day for scoring at East Lake.

  • Dave Ryan wins US Senior Amateur at Old Warson

    September 22, 2016

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Dave Ryan won the U.S. Senior Amateur on Thursday for his first USGA championship, holding off Matthew Sughrue 2 up at Old Warson Country Club.The 62-year-old Ryan, from Taylorville, Illinois, beat two-time Senior Amateur champion Paul Simson in the round of 16 and two-time U.S. Mid-Amateur champion Tim Jackson in the semifinals in the event for players 55-and-older . Against Simson, Ryan had the third known hole-in-one on a par-4 hole in a USGA championship, acing the 270-yard 14th.

  • Ellen Port wins third US Senior Women's Amateur

    September 22, 2016

    WELLESLEY, Mass. (AP) Ellen Port won her third U.S. Senior Women's Amateur title and seventh USGA championship Thursday, beating Andrea Kraus 3 and 2 at Wellesley Country Club.The 55-year-old Port, from St. Louis, also won the event for players 50-and-over in 2012 and 2013 and the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur in 1995, 1996, 2000 and 2011. With seven USGA women's titles, she's tied for second place with Carol Semple Thompson and Anne Quast Sander, one behind JoAnne Gunderson Carner.

  • Bernd Wiesberger leads European Open by 2 strokes

    September 22, 2016

    BAD GRIESBACH, Germany (AP) Bernd Wiesberger shot nine birdies and one eagle to lead the European Open by two strokes after a shortened opening day on Thursday.Play started 3 hours, 25 minutes late because of fog, and some leading contenders did not complete the first round in fading light.

  • The long and short of why Johnson is tough to beat

    September 22, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) Dustin Johnson launched a drive on the practice range at East Lake and some 320 yards away, saw it take one hop off the green meshing on the fence. Not satisfied, he teed up another and let it fly, this one clearing the fence.This is what makes Johnson so appealing. But it's not what makes him so good.

  • Scotland leads World Amateur Team Championship

    September 21, 2016

    RIVIERA MAYA, Mexico (AP) Connor Syme shot a 6-under 6 to help Scotland take a one-stroke lead over Australia after the first round of the World Amateur Team Championship.Walker Cup player Grant Forrest added a 68 at Iberostar Playa Paraiso to give Scotland a 10-under 134 total, with only the best two scores counting for the three-man teams. Robert MacIntyre had a 69.

  • Ryan, Sughrue advance to US Senior Amateur final

    September 21, 2016

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Dave Ryan and Matthew Sughrue each won two matches Wednesday at Old Warson to reach the U.S. Senior Amateur final.The 62-year-old Ryan, from Taylorsville, Illinois, beat Michael Dunsmore of Poughkeepsie, New York, 5 and 3 in the quarterfinals and topped Tim Jackson of Germantown, Tennessee, 1 up in the semifinals.

  • Port, Kraus reach US Senior Women's Amateur final

    September 21, 2016

    WELLESLEY, Mass. (AP) Ellen Port moved into position for her third U.S. Senior Women's Amateur title and seventh USGA championship, winning two matches Wednesday on her 55th birthday - and 32nd anniversary of her father's death - to reach the final.

  • Vegas feels like million even if he likely won't win it

    September 21, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) Jhonattan Vegas doesn't have a realistic chance of claiming the million FedEx Cup bonus even if he wins the Tour Championship.It's having any chance at all that makes this season so remarkable.''Best year of my career so far,'' Vegas said Wednesday with as broad a smile as could be found at East Lake. ''It's just crazy to think of this from where we started.''

  • Finchem cites charity as reason to stay in North Carolina

    September 20, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) Commissioner Tim Finchem leaned on charity as a reason why he has no plans to relocate PGA Tour events from North Carolina over HB2, the so-called ''bathroom bill'' that limits protects for LGBT people.The NBA pulled the All-Star Game from Charlotte, while the NCAA said it would not hold the first and second rounds of the men's basketball tournament in North Carolina and the ACC relocated all its championships from the state.

  • One cup is stealing the spotlight away from the other

    September 20, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) Here's one argument against the notion that money is ruining golf: The PGA Tour is playing for million over the final month, and all anyone seems to care about is an exhibition that doesn't pay a dime.Maybe it would be different if the Americans had won the Ryder Cup more than twice over the last 20 years.

  • PGA Tour Champions to play alongside celebrities in Orlando

    September 20, 2016

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) PGA Tour Champions professionals will play alongside celebrities in the Diamond Resorts Invitational.The tour and Diamond Resorts Invitational said Tuesday that up to 30 senior players will compete in the 54-hole, modified stableford event Jan. 13-15 at Tranquilo Golf Club at Four Seasons Orlando.

  • PGA Tour Champions to play alongside celebrities

    September 20, 2016

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) PGA Tour Champions professionals will play alongside celebrities in the Diamond Resorts International.The tour and Diamond Resorts International said Tuesday that up to 30 senior players will compete in the 54-hole, modified stableford event Jan. 13-15 at Tranquilo Golf Club at Four Seasons Orlando.

  • Paul Broadhurst birdies 18th to win at Pebble Beach

    September 18, 2016

    PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) Paul Broadhurst birdied the par-5 18th at Pebble Beach on Sunday to win the PGA Tour Champions' Nature Valley First Tee Open.The Senior British Open winner at Carnoustie in July for his first victory on the 50-and-over tour, Broadhurst made a 6-foot birdie putt on 18 after running his first attempt past the hole.

  • Michael Thomson wins Boise Open to regain PGA Tour

    September 18, 2016

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) Michael Thomson won the Web.com Tour Finals' Albertson Boise Open on Sunday at Hillcrest Country Club to regain a PGA Tour card.Thompson finished with his second straight 7-under 64, birdieing five of the first seven holes on the back nine, for a three-stroke victory over Argentina's Miguel Angel Carballo.

  • Sorenstam has 'fair play' in mind ahead of 2017 Solheim Cup

    September 18, 2016

    EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France (AP) Golfing great Annika Sorenstam has a clear idea of what she expects from her players at next year's Solheim Cup in the United States.Although the 10-time Grand Slam winner demonstrated a huge competitive streak during her career, Sorenstam wants to avoid a repeat of the tension in last year's tournament in Germany, when Norwegian Suzann Pettersen infuriated American fans.

  • Home favorite Molinari claims historic 2nd Italian Open win

    September 18, 2016

    MONZA, Italy (AP) Home favorite Francesco Molinari withstood the pressure in a final-day battle with Danny Willett to claim a second victory at the Italian Open on Sunday.Molinari posted a final round of 65 to reach 22 under and become the first Italian to win a European Tour event twice.

  • Chun wins Evian Championship with major record round

    September 18, 2016

    EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France (AP) In Gee Chun clinched the Evian Championship in record-breaking style on Sunday, winning by four shots to secure her second major with the lowest ever 72-hole score in a major.The 22-year-old South Korean sank a difficult 10-feet putt to finish on 21 under, breaking the record for men and women of 20 co-held by Henrik Stenson and Jason Day. She bettered the women's record by two.

  • Kevin Sutherland leads at Pebble Beach

    September 17, 2016

    PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) Kevin Sutherland birdied four his last six holes at Pebble Beach for a 4-under 68 and the second-round lead in the PGA Tour Champions' Nature Valley First Tee Open.The 52-year-old Sutherland had an 8-under 135 total for a one-stroke lead over Paul Broadhurst, the Englishman who won the Senior British Open at Carnoustie in July.

  • Christine Song wins Symetra Tour event in Kansas

    September 17, 2016

    GARDEN CITY, Kan. (AP) LPGA Tour player Christine Song won the Garden City Charity Classic on Saturday for her fifth career Symetra Tour title.The 25-year-old Song, from Fullerton, California, closed with a 3-under 69 at Buffalo Dunes for a two-stroke victory over Thailand's Wichanee Meechai.

  • South Korea wins Women's World Amateur Team title

    September 17, 2016

    RIVIERA MAYA, Mexico (AP) Hye Jin Choi and Min Ji Park each shot 5-under 67 on Saturday to complete South Korea's record-tying 21-stroke victory in the Women's World Amateur Team Championships.South Korea won the Espirito Santo Trophy for the fourth time, following victories in 1996, 2010 and 2012.

  • Thompson, Stallings share Web.com Tour Finals lead in Boise

    September 17, 2016

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) Michael Thomson shot a 7-under 64 on Saturday for a share of the third-round lead with Scott Stallings in the Web.com Tour Finals' Albertson Boise Open.Stallings, a three-time winner on the PGA Tour, had a 66 to match Thompson at 16-under 197 at Hillcrest in the second of four events that will determine 25 PGA Tour cards for next season.

  • Chun in control at Evian Championship with record in sight

    September 17, 2016

    EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France (AP) South Korean In Gee Chun remains firmly on course for the second major of her career - and a possible golfing record - after posting a superb 6-under 65 in the third round of the Evian Championship on Saturday.Holding a four-shot lead over countrywoman Sung Hyun Park, Chun is at 19-under overall.

  • Paisley leads after 2nd round of rain-delayed Italian Open

    September 17, 2016

    MONZA, Italy (AP) Chris Paisley leads the Italian Open after the end of the rain-delayed second round on Saturday.Seeking his first European Tour win, Paisley shot an 8-under 63 to take a one-stroke lead into the third round later in the afternoon.After bad weather affected the first two days, Paisley had five holes to complete and made three birdies to move to 13 under overall. He's one shot ahead of Masters champion and fellow Englishman Danny Willett.

  • European caddie working for Americans in Ryder Cup

    September 17, 2016

    CARMEL, Ind. (AP) Ricky Elliott always hoped he could be in the Ryder Cup, the dream of any aspiring golfer from Portrush in Northern Ireland.He finally got there as a caddie, which is not unusual.Except that he'll be working for the other team.''I'll be getting plenty of good needle, but it's all in good fun,'' said Elliott, the caddie for American player Brooks Koepka for the last three years. ''Whenever I'm out here, I stay with Kenny (Comboy), Billy (Foster) and all the other European caddies because we have the same things in common. I still am European. When it comes down to the matches, might they be a little wary in the team meeting? You just don't know. But it's all about getting the cup back to this side of the pond.

  • Paul Broadhurst leads PGA Tour Champions at Pebble Beach

    September 16, 2016

    PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) Paul Broadhurst shot a 6-under 66 at Pebble Beach on Friday to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the PGA Tour Champions' Nature Valley First Tee Open.The 51-year-old Broadhurst won the Senior British Open at Carnoustie in July for his first victory on the 50-and-over tour. He won six times on the European Tour and played in the 1991 Ryder Cup.

  • Andrew "Beef" Johnson takes Boise Open lead

    September 16, 2016

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) Andrew Johnson shot an 8-under 63 on Friday to take a two-stroke lead in the Albertsons Boise Open, putting the bearded Englishmen in position to wrap up a PGA Tour card.Eighth in the British Open in July, Johnson had 10 birdies and two bogeys to reach 13-under 129 at Hillcrest in the second of four Web.com Tour Finals events.

  • South Korea opens 14-stroke lead in Mexico

    September 16, 2016

    RIVIERA MAYA, Mexico (AP) Hye Jin Choi shot a 4-under 68 on Friday to help push South Korea's lead to 14 strokes Friday in the Women's World Amateur Team Championships.Sixteen-year-old Min Ji Park added a 70 at Iberostar Playa Paraiso for a 19-under 413 total , with only the best two scores counting each day for the three-player teams. Hyun Kyung Park had a 71.

  • Chun takes 2-shot lead after 2 rounds of Evian Championship

    September 16, 2016

    EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France (AP) In Gee Chun posted a 5-under round of 66 to take a two-shot lead at the Evian Championship on Friday, keeping the 22-year-old South Korean on course for the second major of her career.Chun, the 2015 U.S. Women's Open champion, had a bogey on the fourth hole but otherwise played with great control, hitting six birdies in rainy and overcast conditions at the picturesque resort overlooking Lake Geneva.

  • An and Jamieson make moves at weather-delayed Italian Open

    September 16, 2016

    MONZA, Italy (AP) An Byeong-hun of South Korea and Scott Jamieson of Scotland moved within one shot of the lead as the weather-delayed first round of the Italian Open was completed on Friday.Shooting 6-under 65s, An and Jamieson tied for second with local favorite Francesco Molinari behind defending champion Rikard Karlberg of Sweden.

  • Sam Ryder, Adam Schenk, Keith Mitchell share Boise Open lead

    September 15, 2016

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) Sam Ryder, Adam Schenk and Keith Mitchell each shot 7-under 64 on Thursday to share the first-round lead in the Web.com Tour Finals' Albertsons Boise Open.Ryder birdied the first four holes and five of the first six at Hillcrest Country Club. The 26-year-old former Stetson player, 31st on the Web.com Tour regular-season money list, bogeyed the ninth, birdied the 12th and eagled the par-5 16th.

  • Stewart Hagestad rallies to win US Mid-Amateur

    September 15, 2016

    ELVERSON, Pa. (AP) Stewart Hagestad rallied to win the U.S. Mid-Amateur title Thursday, overcoming a late four-hole deficit and beating Scott Harvey with a 15-foot birdie putt on the first extra hole.Hagestad, the 25-year-old former Southern California player from Newport Beach, California, won four of the final five holes of regulation - all with birdies - and finished off Harvey on the par-3 37th with a spot in the Masters at stake at Stonewall Links.

  • South Korea leads Women's World Amateur Team Championships

    September 15, 2016

    RIVIERA MAYA, Mexico (AP) Min Ji Park shot a 4-under 68 on Thursday to help South Korea take a seven-stroke lead after the second round of the Women's World Amateur Team ChampionshipHye Jin Choi added a 69 at Mayakoba El Camaleon to give South Korea a 13-under 275 total, with only the best two scores counting each day for the three-player teams. Hyun Kyung Park had a 75.

  • Julia Potter wins second US Women's Mid-Amateur title

    September 15, 2016

    ERIE, Pa. (AP) Julia Potter won the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur for the second time in four years Thursday, beating Shannon Johnson 2 and 1 at The Kahkwa Club.Potter, a 28-year-old reinstated amateur from Indianapolis, also won the 2013 event for players 25 and older and finished second in 2014.

  • Karlberg leads Molinari in 1st round of Italian Open

    September 15, 2016

    MONZA, Italy (AP) Defending champion Rikard Karlberg of Sweden led local favorite Francesco Molinari by one stroke in the first round of the Italian Open on Thursday.Karlberg shot a 7-under 64 at the Golf Club Milano, next to Monza's Formula One circuit.

  • Chun & Park share lead at Evian Championship as Ko struggles

    September 15, 2016

    EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France (AP) South Koreans In Gee Chun and Sung Hyun Park birdied eight holes each as they carded 8-under rounds of 63 for a share of the lead in the first round of the Evian Championship on Thursday.In the fifth and final major of the season, New Zealander Lydia Ko's bid to defend her title - and clinch a third career major by the age of 19 - got off to a rocky start as she finished seven shots behind the co-leaders.

  • McDowell, Coughlin bound together by their charities

    September 15, 2016

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Tom Coughlin and Graeme McDowell share an Irish heritage and the highest achievement in their sports. One has a U.S. Open title and delivered the clinching point in the Ryder Cup, the other has two Super Bowl titles as coach of the New York Giants.

  • Texas-based Golfsmith seeks Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

    September 14, 2016

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Golfsmith International Holdings has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization.The Austin-based golf retailer announced the filing Wednesday in federal bankruptcy court in Delaware.The company, according to its website, is the largest specialty golf retailer in the world with 109 Golfsmith stores in the U.S. and 55 Golf Town stores in Canada.

  • 2014 champ Scott Harvey reaches US Mid-Amateur final

    September 14, 2016

    ELVERSON, Pa. (AP) Past champion Scott Harvey outlasted Dan Sullivan in 19 holes Wednesday to advance to the U.S. Mid-Amateur final at Stonewall Links.The 38-year-old Harvey, the 2014 winner from Greensboro, North Carolina, will face 25-year-old Stewart Hagestad of Newport Beach, California, in the 36-hole final with a Masters spot at stake.

  • Potter, Johnson advance to US Women's Mid-Amateur final

    September 14, 2016

    ERIE, Pa. (AP) Stroke-play medalists Julia Potter and Shannon Johnson each won two matches Wednesday at The Kahkwa Club to advance the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur final.Potter, a 28-year-old reinstated amateur from Indianapolis, won the 2013 event for players 25 and older and finished second in 2014.

  • Switzerland leads Women's World Amateur Team Championships

    September 14, 2016

    RIVIERA MAYA, Mexico (AP) Sisters Morgane and Kim Metraux combined for a 7-under 137 on Wednesday to give Switzerland a one-stroke lead over South Korea in the Women's World Amateur Team Championships .Morgane opened with a 68, and Kim shot 69 at Mayakoba El Camaleon. They are teammates at Florida State .

  • Teen star Lydia Ko eyes success at Evian and 3rd major title

    September 14, 2016

    EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France (AP) Defending champion Lydia Ko starts her bid for a third major title by the age of 19 at the Evian Championship, the final major of the season.But it will be hard to match her performance last year, let alone improve it.She became the youngest major champion in LPGA history with her six-shot triumph, sinking a 15-foot birdie putt to close with a final-round 63 for an LPGA record low last round by a winner at a major.

  • New golf event in Australia to combine stroke, match play

    September 14, 2016

    PERTH, Australia (AP) The PGA Tour of Australasia and European Tour will co-sanction a new tournament in Western Australia in February that will combine stroke play for three rounds and a 24-man match-play component over six holes on the final day.The Australasian Tour said Wednesday the World Super 6 Perth tournament, to be played at Perth's Lake Karrinyup Country Club from Feb. 16-19, will have a 36-hole cut as in regular tournaments. The leading 24 players after the third round will then advance to match play on Sunday, with a playoff to determine who moves on in case of ties.

  • Injured Ian Poulter gears up for Ryder Cup as a vice captain

    September 13, 2016

    Ian Poulter already can feel his heart pumping a little faster and his eyes getting a little wider, two indications that the Ryder Cup is almost here.There's just one difference this time.His hands will be on the wheel of a golf cart at Hazeltine instead of on a putter.

  • Ogilvy using career money exemption to get through bad patch

    September 13, 2016

    Geoff Ogilvy, winner of a U.S. Open and three World Golf Championships, failed to qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs just as his exemption from his eighth and most recent PGA Tour victory ran out.He thought about playing the Web.com Tour Finals and hasn't entirely ruled it out, though he skipped the first event and is not entered in the second. Instead, he plans to take a one-time exemption for top 50 on the career money list at age 39.

  • Love chooses Fowler, Holmes, Kuchar for Ryder Cup

    September 12, 2016

    CHASKA, Minn. (AP) When Davis Love III and the U.S. Ryder Cup team come to Hazeltine at the end of the month, they will be looking to avoid an unprecedented fourth straight defeat to the Europeans.The U.S. has spent two years planning and strategizing in hopes of turning the tide, and Love's first three captain's picks lean heavily on experience as they try to end the skid.

  • Johnson emerging as a force in golf with another big win

    September 12, 2016

    CARMEL, Ind. (AP) Dustin Johnson walked down a corridor of fans, trying to touch the dozens of outstretched hands on both sides until he extended both arms into a massive wing span to accommodate as many as he could. It seemed everyone wanted a piece of him at Crooked Stick.

  • Dana Finkelstein wins first Symetra Tour title

    September 11, 2016

    GARDEN CITY, Kan. (AP) Dana Finkelstein won the Symetra Tour's Garden City Charity Classic at Buffalo Dunes on Sunday to move into position for an LPGA Tour card.The 23-year-old former UNLV player closed with a 1-under 71 for a four-stroke victory , her first on the tour. She finished at 11-under 277 and earned ,500 to jump from 13th to fourth on the money list with ,282 with four events left. The final top 10 will earn LPGA Tour cards.

  • DeChambeau wrap up PGA Tour card with Web.com Finals win

    September 11, 2016

    BEACHWOOD, Ohio (AP) Bryson DeChambeau won the Web.com Tour Finals-opening DAP Championship on Sunday to wrap up a PGA Tour card for next season.The 22-year-old former SMU player beat Andres Gonzales with a par on the first hole of a playoff at Canterbury Golf Club. DeChambeau and Gonzales each birdied the 18th on the first extra trip down the par-4 hole, eliminating Nicholas Lindheim and Argentina's Julian Etulain.

  • Johnson polishes off a dominant victory

    September 11, 2016

    CARMEL, Ind. (AP) Dustin Johnson was powerful off the tee and relentless with the putter, closing with a 5-under 67 to win the BMW Championship by three shots and move to the top of the FedEx Cup.Paul Casey also closed with a 67 and it still wasn't enough. Casey made a 25-foot eagle putt on the 15th hole to briefly get within one shot, only for Johnson to make an 18-foot eagle on top of him.

  • Day withdraws from BMW Championship with back pain

    September 11, 2016

    CARMEL, Ind. (AP) Jason Day withdrew from the BMW Championship after eight holes on Sunday with back pain, making him ineligible for the Vardon Trophy.Day has a history of back issues, most recently at the Dell Match Play in the spring. The world's No. 1 player barely made it through the opening round when his back locked up on him and he considered pulling out. The back got better, and Day went on to win.

  • Dustin Johnson seizes control in BMW Championship

    September 10, 2016

    CARMEL, Ind. (AP) U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson ran off four birdies in his last five holes Saturday for a 4-under 68 and took a three-shot lead into the final round of the soggy BMW Championship.Paul Casey did his best to stay with him. Casey, coming off a runner-up finish last week in the FedEx Cup playoffs, matched two of Johnson's birdies during his late run for a bogey-free 68.

  • Bryson DeChambeau leads Web.com Tour Finals opener

    September 10, 2016

    BEACHWOOD, Ohio (AP) Bryson DeChambeau shot a 2-under 68 on Saturday to take three third-round lead in the Web.com Tour Finals-opening DAP Championship.DeChambeau, the 22-year-old former SMU player who swept the 2015 NCAA and U.S. Amateur titles, had an 8-under 202 total at Canterbury Golf Club.

  • Australian Scott Hend takes lead at 14-under in KLM Open

    September 10, 2016

    SPIJK, Netherlands (AP) Scott Hend picked up four shots in his last five holes to finish at 14 under and take a one-shot lead into the final round of the KLM Open on Saturday.The Australian eagled the par-5 15th and birdied the last, while Italian Nino Bertasio had a double-bogey seven on the 18th to slip to second place at 13 under. Bertasio bogeyed the final hole also on Friday when he had a chance to take the lead.

  • Dustin Johnson a big presence on a big golf course

    September 10, 2016

    CARMEL, Ind. (AP) Roberto Castro kept pouring in birdies and expanding his lead in the BMW Championship until he finished with another 7-under 65 and led by as many as five shots as the other players at Crooked Stick were finishing their rounds.By the end of the day, U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson had set the course record at 63 and was tied for the lead.

  • Zack Sucher tops leaderboard in Web.com Tour Finals opener

    September 9, 2016

    BEACHWOOD, Ohio (AP) Zack Sucher topped the DAP Championship leaderboard at 7 under Friday when second-round play was suspended because of darkness in the Web.com Tour Finals opener.Sucher bogeyed the par-5 16th hole and was playing the par-3 17th at Canterbury when play was stopped. The 29-year-old former UAB player, 38th on the Web.com Tour money list, finished the rain-delayed first round with a 65 on Friday morning.

  • Dustin Johnson sets course record and ties for lead at BMW

    September 9, 2016

    CARMEL, Ind. (AP) U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson made two eagles and set the course record at Crooked Stick with a 9-under 63 on Friday to share the 36- hole lead with Roberto Castro in the BMW Championship.Johnson didn't even realize he set the record until Crooked Stick golf director Tony Pancake told him on the way to the clubhouse.

  • Wiesberger takes 1-stroke lead after 2nd round of KLM Open

    September 9, 2016

    SPIJK, Netherlands (AP) Bernd Wiesberger of Austria shot his second straight 5-under 66 to take the lead Friday in the KLM Open, one shot ahead of playing partner Joost Luiten, who was one of three players tied for second.Wiesberger opened his round bogey, par, bogey, before recovering with four birdies on the front nine and three more coming home on The Dutch, which is hosting the tournament for the first time.

  • Castro takes first step in going home with a purpose

    September 9, 2016

    CARMEL, Ind. (AP) Regardless of how the BMW Championship turns out, Roberto Castro is headed home for Atlanta for the next few weeks.He wouldn't mind teeing it up at East Lake during his short break.Castro took a soggy step in that direction Thursday when he opened with a 7-under 65, giving him a one-shot lead among the 33 players who managed to finish the opening round at Crooked Stick because of the 3+-hour storm delay.

  • Castro beats the rain and leads at Crooked Stick

    September 8, 2016

    CARMEL, Ind. (AP) Roberto Castro was just as good before the rain as he was after the storms cleared and shot a 7-under 65 on Thursday for the temporary lead in the BMW Championship.Heavy rain delayed the opening round for 3 1/2 hours and changed Crooked Stick's greens from hard and fast to soft and accessible.

  • Bobby Wyatt leads Web.com Tour Finals opener

    September 8, 2016

    BEACHWOOD, Ohio (AP) Bobby Wyatt took a one-stroke lead over Bryson DeChambeau on Thursday in the rain-delayed DAP Championship, the inaugural tournament that opens the four-event Web.com Tour Finals.Wyatt closed with a birdie for a 7-under 63 at Canterbury Golf Club. DeChambeau, the former SMU player who swept the 2015 NCAA and U.S. Amateur titles, birdied the final two holes for a 64.

  • Ben Evans ahead by 1 in KLM Open with 6-under 65 in round 1

    September 8, 2016

    SPIJK, Netherlands (AP) Ben Evans shot five birdies in his first six holes and finished with a 6-under 65 and a one-shot lead in the opening round of the KLM Open on Thursday.''I need one good week to keep my tour card,'' said Evans, who is ranked 143 in the European Tour's season-long Race to Dubai. ''Hopefully that is this week.''

  • Dustin Johnson has gold in his pocket, an eye on the cash

    September 8, 2016

    CARMEL, Ind. (AP) Dustin Johnson has his own gold medal.It's actually a coin, a krugerrand from South Africa. And it's pure gold, unlike the medal Justin Rose won in Rio de Janeiro at the Olympics. A friend gave it to him, and Johnson was using it Wednesday during his pro-am at the BMW Championship.

  • Ryder Cup rookie Pieters pulls out of KLM Open

    September 8, 2016

    SPIJK, Netherlands (AP) Defending champion Thomas Pieters, a captain's pick in the European Ryder Cup team, pulled out of the KLM Open on Thursday after suffering an allergic reaction to a bee sting.The 24-year-old Belgian had been scheduled to play at The Dutch course in Spijk, but organizers said he would not tee off. His withdrawal came three weeks before the Ryder Cup starts at Hazeltine.

  • Johnson has gold in his pocket and an eye on the cash

    September 8, 2016

    CARMEL, Ind. (AP) Dustin Johnson has his own gold medal.It's actually a coin, a krugerrand from South Africa. And it's pure gold, unlike the medal Justin Rose won in Rio de Janeiro at the Olympics. A friend gave it to him, and Johnson was using it Wednesday during his pro-am at the BMW Championship.

  • McIlroy, Day trying to end PGA Tour season on high note

    September 7, 2016

    CARMEL, Ind. (AP) Rory McIlroy suddenly has new life in what had been a drab season.All it took was a phone call to British putting coach Phil Kenyon, a little work and a little patience, and a victory in the Deutsche Bank Championship that reminded McIlroy what had been sorely missing in his game.

  • Woods says he hopes to return next month

    September 7, 2016

    CARMEL, Ind. (AP) Out of golf for more than a year, Tiger Woods said Wednesday he hopes to play the first event of the PGA Tour season next month and could play as much as twice more before the end of the year.Woods said if his rehabilitation from back surgeries keeps going well, he would play the Safeway Open in Napa, California, on Oct. 10-13.

  • Stricker felt both sides of powerful Ryder Cup allure

    September 6, 2016

    NORTON, Mass. (AP) The Ryder Cup loss at Medinah is what accelerated Steve Stricker's plan to reduce his schedule after 2012.And it was the Ryder Cup that caused him to fill up his schedule again.Stricker was not planning to play in any of the FedEx Cup playoff events. His primary goal this year was to finish in the top 125 in the FedEx Cup so he would be eligible for The Players Championship and other tournaments that he enjoys playing.

  • 'Obvious' Ryder Cup picks might only be obvious to a few

    September 6, 2016

    NORTON, Mass. (AP) One week into the Ryder Cup auditions for the captain's picks, Davis Love III should have no trouble identifying the hot player.Trouble is, Rory McIlroy plays for the other team.The Deutsche Bank Championship, where McIlroy rediscovered his putting stroke, was the first of two big tournaments that essentially allow Love and the Americans to buy time so they can decide how to use three captain's picks that will be announced Monday.

  • McIlroy answers big questions in winning Deutsche Bank

    September 6, 2016

    NORTON, Mass. (AP) Rory McIlroy has built a record that would seem to make him immune from too much skepticism about his game.He already had four majors at age 25, including the U.S. Open scoring record (268) and the largest margin of victory (eight shots) in the PGA Championship. In the 30 years of the world ranking, Tiger Woods, Greg Norman and Nick Faldo are the only players who have spent more time at No. 1 than McIlroy.

  • McIlroy rallies from 6 behind to win Deutsche Bank

    September 5, 2016

    NORTON, Mass. (AP) Rory McIlroy rallied from six shots behind Monday and closed with a 6-under 65 to win the Deutsche Bank Championship for his first PGA Tour victory of the year.One week after working with a new putting coach and changing putters, results came quickly for McIlroy. He closed out the front nine with three straight birdies to take the lead and got up-and-down from a bunker for birdie on the final hole as a finishing touch.

  • Casey trying to end a long PGA Tour victory drought

    September 5, 2016

    NORTON, Mass. (AP) Paul Casey is going after his first PGA Tour victory in seven years at the Deutsche Bank Championship, and he has plenty of names behind him to consider in the Labor Day finish.Brian Harman is three shots behind. PGA champion Jimmy Walker is another shot back. Rory McIlroy, six shots behind, is still in the mix.

  • Paraguay's Carlos Franco wins Shaw Charity Classic

    September 4, 2016

    CALGARY, Alberta (AP) Paraguay's Carlos Franco rallied to win the Shaw Charity Classic on Sunday at chilly Canyon Meadows for his first PGA Tour Champions victory.Three strokes behind defending champion Jeff Maggert entering the round, the 51-year-old Franco shot his second straight 7-under 63 to beat Bernhard Langer and Michael Allen by two strokes.

  • Caroline Masson wins LPGA Manulife Classic for first title

    September 4, 2016

    CAMBRIDGE, Ontario (AP) Caroline Masson broke out of a star-filled pack Sunday to win the LPGA Manulife Classic for her first tour title.The 27-year-old German player rebounded from an opening double bogey to make nine birdies in a 5-under 67. She beat third-round leader Mi Hyang Lee, Minjee Lee and Solheim Cup teammate Karine Icher by a stroke, finishing at 16-under 272 at Whistle Bear.

  • Paul Casey eagles 18th for 3-shot lead at Deutsche Bank

    September 4, 2016

    NORTON, Mass. (AP) Paul Casey made a birdie and eagle over the last three holes Sunday for a 5-under 66 and a three-shot lead going into the Labor Day finish at the Deutsche Bank Championship.Casey hit his tee shot to 5 feet for birdie on the par-3 16th, and then drilled a fairway metal into the swirling wind on the par-5 18th, and it worked out perfectly. It landed just left of the green, caught a ridge and rolled to 30 inches for the eagle.

  • Nelly Korda wins first Symetra Tour title

    September 4, 2016

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) Nelly Korda won the Sioux Falls GreatLIFE Challenge on Sunday for her first Symetra Tour title.The 18-year-old Korda, the sister of LPGA Tour winner Jessica Korda and daughter of former tennis champion Petr Korda, closed with a 5-under 66 for a three-stroke victory at Willow Run.

  • Alex Noren wins European Masters in playoff with Scott Hend

    September 4, 2016

    CRANS-MONTANA, Switzerland (AP) Alex Noren of Sweden sank a 20-foot birdie putt on the first extra hole to beat Scott Hend of Australia in a playoff for the European Masters title on Sunday.Noren fired a 5-under round of 65 to be tied at 17 under with Hend, the overnight leader who carded a 66 on the Swiss Alps course.

  • Chappell in the lead at TPC Boston with another chance

    September 3, 2016

    NORTON, Mass. (AP) Kevin Chappell did just about everything right Saturday, even when making his lone bogey, on his way to a 7-under 64 that gave him a one-shot lead in the Deutsche Bank Championship and another chance at his first PGA Tour victory.

  • Defending champion Jeff Maggert takes Calgary lead

    September 3, 2016

    CALGARY, Alberta (AP) Defending champion Jeff Maggert shot his second straight 7-under 63 on Saturday to take a three-stroke lead in the PGA Tour Champions' Shaw Charity Classic.The 52-year-old Maggert parred the final three holes after making eight birdies and a bogey on the first 15 at Canyon Meadows. The three-time PGA Tour winner has five victories on the 50-and-over tour. He won four times last year, the first two majors in the Regions Tradition and U.S. Senior Open.

  • Jutanugarn 2 shots back in Canada in bid for 2nd hat trick

    September 3, 2016

    CAMBRIDGE, Ontario (AP) Ariya Jutanugarn shot a 6-under 66 on Saturday in the LPGA Manulife Classic, leaving her two strokes back in her bid win three straight events for the second time this season.The second-ranked Jutanugarn was chasing South Koreans Mi Hyang Lee and Hjo Joo Kim at Whistle Bear. Lee also had a 66 to top the leaderboard at 14-under 202, and Kim was a stroke back after a 68.

  • Rookie Langasque fires 63 to lead European Masters 2nd round

    September 2, 2016

    CRANS-MONTANA, Switzerland (AP) Tour newcomer Romain Langasque shot a 7-under 63 to take the clubhouse lead in the European Masters second round on Friday.The Frenchman moved to 9 under, one clear of Alex Noren of Sweden, who also had a 63 on a sunny day in the Swiss Alps.

  • Mickelson on a mission to win a tournament or Vardon Trophy

    September 2, 2016

    NORTON, Mass. (AP) Phil Mickelson rarely feels this much urgency when the majors are over.Not because of the Ryder Cup.Not even because of the million bonus for winning the FedEx Cup.''We can all throw out stats that are self-promoting,'' Mickelson said Thursday at the Deutsche Bank Championship. ''But this is the first time I've ever led the tour in scoring. That's a really good sign for me because the only statistic that matters is what you shoot. The fact I've led the tour in scoring but don't have a win would really validate ... all the things I've had going this year.

  • Chella Choi leads LPGA Manulife Classic in Canada

    September 1, 2016

    CAMBRIDGE, Ontario (AP) Chella Choi ended up on top of the LPGA Manulife Classic leaderboard Thursday at windy Whistle Bear when Belen Mozo unraveled with a closing triple bogey.Choi shot a 6-under 66, finishing with a birdie on the par-5 ninth.Mozo played the first 17 holes in 7 under before running into trouble on the par-4 18th. The Spaniard finished with a 68.

  • 2 cups at stake for the rest of September

    September 1, 2016

    NORTON, Mass. (AP) The Ryder Cup is a month away and Phil Mickelson already has identified a big problem with the American team.In the Boston area for the Deutsche Bank Championship, the eight automatic qualifiers had their first team session Wednesday night at Gillette Stadium. They were given a tour of the New England Patriots' home and heard an inspirational speech from Mike Eruzione, the captain of the 1980 hockey team that won Olympic gold.

  • Stenson has slight tear in right knee but plans to play

    September 1, 2016

    NORTON, Mass. (AP) British Open champion Henrik Stenson shot the lowest score in major championship history with a slight cartilage tear in his right knee.Stenson said Thursday that tests revealed the injury that dates to the U.S. Open in June. He had surgery last December, but this tear was in a slightly different spot. He also had cartilage surgery in his left knee in December 2011.

  • Stenson has slight tear in right knee, plans to play

    September 1, 2016

    NORTON, Mass. (AP) British Open champion Henrik Stenson says he has a slight tear in his right meniscus that causes discomfort when he walks, but not when he plays.Stenson withdrew after the first round of The Barclays last week with pain in his right knee. He had surgery in the offseason to repair his meniscus. Tests last week revealed a slight tear in a different spot in the right knee.

  • Willett shoots 65 to open European Masters title defense

    September 1, 2016

    CRANS-MONTANA, Switzerland (AP) Danny Willett of England, the Masters champion on both sides of the Atlantic, shot a 5-under 65 to be one stroke off the lead after the European Masters first round on Thursday.Willett began the defense of his title in the scenic Swiss Alps among nine players trailing joint leaders Paul Peterson of the United States, Frenchmen Gregory Havret and Mike Lorenzo-Vera, and Daniel Brooks of England.

  • EMC to be title sponsor of Boston playoff event in 2017

    September 1, 2016

    NORTON, Mass. (AP) The FedEx Cup will stay with four playoff events next year with EMC stepping in as title sponsor of Boston-area tournament.EMC has been involved with the tournament since its inception in 2003. The PGA Tour announced Thursday that the company will become title sponsor for 2017.

  • Thumb injury knocks Inbee Park from LPGA's final major

    September 1, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Olympic gold medalist Inbee Park has withdrawn from the LPGA Tour's final major of the year because her thumb needs more rehabilitation.She says her left thumb was put in a cast last week and her recovery time will force her to miss the Evian Championship in France on Sept. 15-18.

  • Streaking Ariya Jutanugarn puts driver in play in Canada

    August 31, 2016

    CAMBRIDGE, Ontario (AP) Ariya Jutanugarn is trying to complete another hat trick - and she's giving a misbehaving old friend another chance.Jutanugarn said she will use a driver in the LPGA Manulife Classic, the first time she has put the wild, but long club in play since winning the Kingsmill Championship in May for the second of third straight victories.

  • Rules experts trying to simplify the complex game of golf

    August 31, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) For the last five years, the top rules experts in golf have come together from around the world to study a jigsaw puzzle.That's what Thomas Pagel of the USGA refers to as the book more commonly known as the Rules of Golf.The purpose of these private meetings essentially is to break up the puzzle and start over so the rules make more sense, without losing sight of the tradition or ethos of a game with six centuries behind it. Sessions can last at least eight hours. The singular goal is to make the rules less complicated.

  • Hard Knox: Russell Knox out of Ryder Cup despite strong play

    August 30, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) A top European Tour official waited patiently as Russell Knox wrapped up his duties from winning a World Golf Championship. He wanted to introduce himself to Knox and share details on how to become a tour member.Ten months later, Knox had reason to feel like an outcast.

  • Spieth still trying to find secret to poa annua

    August 30, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Jordan Spieth never missed so many putts and felt so excited leaving a golf tournament.''I hit the ball so good,'' Spieth said as he signed autographs at Bethpage Black. ''I was Tiger Woods in 2000.''He signed another autograph, looked back and grinned.

  • Westwood, Kaymer, Pieters get captain's picks for Ryder Cup

    August 30, 2016

    Darren Clarke set up a WhatsApp messaging group with his Ryder Cup assistants to discuss which European players looked the best leading up to the deadline for his three captain's picks.The name of Thomas Pieters popped up more than any other.Hitting the best form of his career at just the right time, Pieters made it tough for Clarke to ignore him. He was selected Tuesday as one of Europe's three wild cards for next month's showdown with the United States at Hazeltine.

  • His Cup runneth over: Love has many choices for Ryder squad

    August 29, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III has four weeks to find four players to fill out his U.S. team, and there won't be a lack of information.And to hear him Monday morning, there won't be a lack of players.''Anybody in the top 100 has to be our radar because a guy could get hot the next two weeks and move himself to the Tour Championship and be in the running for the FedEx Cup,'' Love said. ''And I get to pick him on Sunday night.''

  • Reed gets off the bubble and into victory mode

    August 29, 2016

    FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) Patrick Reed occupied the eighth and final spot in the Ryder Cup standings going into the final qualifying event, which brought him the attention no one wants. He was the guy on the bubble, and most of the chatter was negative.

  • Ryan Brehm wins Web.com finale, earns PGA Tour card

    August 28, 2016

    NORTH PLAINS, Ore. (AP) Ryan Brehm won the Web.com Tour's regular-season ending WinCo Foods Portland Open on Sunday to earn a PGA Tour card.The 30-year-old former Michigan State coach made 4,000 to jump from 30th to fourth on the money list with 1,808 and earn a PGA Tour card as top-25 finisher.

  • Langer wins Boeing Classic playoff for 29th senior title

    August 28, 2016

    SNOQUALMIE, Wash. (AP) Bernhard Langer made a 3-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff with Woody Austin and Kevin Sutherland on Sunday to win the PGA Tour Champions' Boeing Classic for the second time.A day after his 59th birthday, Langer birdied the par-5 18th in regulation for a 5-under 67 to match Austin and Sutherland at 13-under 203 at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge. Austin also had a 67, and Sutherland shot 64.

  • Fowler plays his way off US Ryder Cup team

    August 28, 2016

    FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) Rickie Fowler lost the lead, the tournament and a guaranteed spot on the Ryder Cup team.Right when it looked as though Zach Johnson had played his way off the U.S. team, Fowler squandered a chance to earn the eighth and final automatic spot when he shot 39 on the back nine at The Barclays, capped off by two bogeys and a double bogey over his last four holes.

  • Ariya Jutanugarn wins in Canada for 5th LPGA Tour title

    August 28, 2016

    PRIDDIS, Alberta (AP) Ariya Jutanugarn ran away with the Canadian Pacific Women's Open on Sunday at chilly Priddis Greens for her LPGA Tour-leading fifth victory of the year.Nine days after withdrawing from the Rio Olympics because of a left knee injury, the 20-year-old Thai player made a 12-birdie putt on the final hole for a 6-under 66 and a four-stroke victory.

  • Reeds win Barclays, Fowler loses Ryder Cup spot

    August 28, 2016

    FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) Patrick Reed won The Barclays on Sunday to secure a clear shot at the million bonus in the FedEx Cup.Rickie Fowler threw away a sure spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup team.Reed rallied from an early two-shot deficit and built a big enough lead at Bethpage Black that some sloppy play at the end didn't matter. A bogey on the final hole gave him a 1-under 70 and a one-shot victory over Sean O'Hair and Emiliano Grillo.

  • Pieters takes 3rd European title with win in Denmark

    August 28, 2016

    FARSO, Denmark (AP) Thomas Pieters improved his chances of earning a captain's pick for the Ryder Cup by winning the Made in Denmark tournament on Sunday to claim his third European title.The Belgian, who was fourth in the Olympics, finished with three birdies for a 65 on the day and a 17-under total of 267 to beat Bradley Dredge by one stroke. The Welshman finished in style with a 30-foot birdie putt for 67.

  • Reed all about winning over Ryder Cup

    August 27, 2016

    FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) No one with a chance to make the U.S. team for the Ryder Cup wants to talk about it.Patrick Reed is getting to the point where he doesn't have to.The start of the FedEx Cup playoffs also was the end of Ryder Cup qualifying, and while five Americans already have clinched a spot on the team - Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson, Jimmy Walker and Brooks Koepka - the other three automatic spots were up for grabs at The Barclays.

  • Ariya Jutanugarn shoots 64 to take Canadian lead

    August 26, 2016

    PRIDDIS, Alberta (AP) Ariya Jutanugarn had five birdies in a six-hole stretch and shot an 8-under 64 on Friday to take a three-stroke lead in the Canadian Pacific Women's Open.A week after withdrawing from the Rio Olympics because of a left knee injury, the 20-year-old Thai star played 20 holes Friday at Priddis Greens. She bogeyed the par-5 18th for a 68 in the completion of the delayed first round, then made eight birdies in her bogey-free second round.

  • Gene Sauers, Kirk Triplett share Boeing Classic lead

    August 26, 2016

    SNOQUALMIE, Wash. (AP) U.S. Senior Open champion Gene Sauers eagled the par-5 18th hole Friday for a 7-under 65 and a share of the Boeing Classic lead with Kirk Triplett.Coming off his breakthrough victory two weeks ago in Ohio, the 54-year-old Sauers played the four par-5 holes in 5 under with the eagle and three birdies. He won three times on the PGA Tour.

  • Patrick Reed builds a 2-shot lead at Bethpage Black

    August 26, 2016

    FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) Patrick Reed had a fast start and hung on against tough Bethpage Black for a 3-under 68 and a two-shot lead in The Barclays.His spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup team is looking better with each round, and so are his prospects for getting his first victory of the year. He sandwiched a birdie around two bogeys at the end to keep his distance over Emiliano Grillo and Rickie Fowler, who each shot 69.

  • Spieth has no chance against Spelling Bee co-champion

    August 26, 2016

    FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) Jordan Spieth was no match for the National Spelling Bee co-champion - with spelling and, ultimately, with putting.Jairam Hathwar revealed after sharing the Spelling Bee title in May that he loved golf and that Spieth was his favorite player. Spieth invited the 13-year-old to The Barclays this week at Bethpage Black. His corporate sponsor, AT&T, arranged for a spelling contest on the green .

  • Dredge hits 66 to grab 3-shot lead in Denmark

    August 26, 2016

    FARSOE, Denmark (AP) Bradley Dredge hit five birdies in the front nine and finished with a 5-under 66 Friday as he surged to a three-shot lead amid windy conditions at the Made In Denmark tournament.The Welshman, runner-up in 2014, bogeyed the 13th before finishing the second round with a birdie and four pars.

  • Ryder Cup comes into view at FedEx Cup

    August 26, 2016

    FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) The FedEx Cup is all about the million bonus at the end of the four playoff events.For a dozen or so Americans, the only cup that matters now is one that doesn't pay a dime.The Ryder Cup couldn't be ignored Thursday.Patrick Reed shared the lead after the opening round at the Barclays. Rickie Fowler, J.B. Holmes and Kevin Chappell were among those one shot behind. All four of them are very much in the mix to make the U.S. team, with qualifying for the top eight spots ending after this week.

  • 3-time champ Lydia Ko shot behind Stephanie Meadow in Canada

    August 25, 2016

    PRIDDIS, Alberta (AP) Three-time champion Lydia Ko was back on the Canadian Pacific Women's Open leaderboard Thursday. Canadian star Brooke Henderson had a lot of catching up to do in the lightning-delayed first round.The top-ranked Ko shot a 5-under 67 at Priddis Greens in the round delayed for nearly three hours, leaving her a stroke behind leader Stephanie Meadow. The 18-year-old Henderson was even par through five holes with less than two hours of daylight left.

  • Stenson withdraws with pain in his knee

    August 25, 2016

    FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) British Open champion Henrik Stenson has withdrawn from The Barclays with pain his right knee.Stenson, who won the silver medal at the Olympics two weeks ago, opened with a 74 at Bethpage Black and felt enough discomfort in his knee that he thought it best to withdraw. Still to come for the 40-year-old Swede are three additional FedEx Cup playoff events and the Ryder Cup over the next five weeks.

  • With Couples out, but Daly's debut highlights Boeing Classic

    August 25, 2016

    SNOQUALMIE, Wash. (AP) For a change, Fred Couples won't be receiving the most attention and the largest galleries when the Boeing Classic tees off Friday at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge.The Seattle native is missing his hometown tournament for the second time since he joined the senior tour six years ago. Couples had to withdraw during the 2012 tournament, but didn't enter this year because of back problems that have sidelined him since February.

  • Injured Stegmaier withdraws from Barclays, ending his season

    August 25, 2016

    FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) Brett Stegmaier has withdrawn from The Barclays with a wrist injury, ending his season.In his first full season on the PGA Tour, the 33-year-old Stegmaier had three top 10s, including a runner-up finish in Las Vegas last October. He was at No. 101 in the FedEx Cup standings. The withdrawal means he will not be among the top 100 who advance to the next playoff event.

  • Reed, Laird share early lead at Barclays

    August 25, 2016

    FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) Patrick Reed didn't break anything Thursday except par.Two days after Reed broke the gavel during the ceremonial closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange, the American kept a clean card and shot 5-under 66 to share the early lead with Martin Laird at The Barclays.

  • Lewis flirts with 59, settles for 62 in Denmark

    August 25, 2016

    FARSO, Denmark (AP) Tom Lewis flirted with the first 59 in European Tour history Thursday. He had to settle for a 9-under 62 and a three-way tie at the Made In Denmark tournament.Lewis made three bogeys over his last five holes at Himmerland Golf and Spa Resort and shared the lead with Thomas Pieters and Joakim Lagergren.

  • Boeing agrees to stay with RBC Heritage through 2021

    August 25, 2016

    HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) The Boeing Co. is sticking around as presenting sponsor of the RBC Heritage on Hilton Head Island through 2021.The airline manufacturer and PGA Tour announced the extension on Thursday.Boeing has been presenting sponsor since 2011. Earlier this year, the Heritage Classic Foundation announced that RBC signed to back the event through 2023.

  • PGA Tour playoffs get start at The Barclays

    August 25, 2016

    FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) The top five players on the PGA Tour this season should be plenty rested going into the FedEx Cup playoffs.Most of them haven't played since the PGA Championship three weeks ago.That's because most of them didn't go to the Olympics.

  • Ko, Henderson set for Canadian Pacific Women's Open

    August 24, 2016

    PRIDDIS, Alberta (AP) Brooke Henderson is the face of Canadian golf. Lydia Ko is a big hit, too - and every bit as comfortable.''I feel when I come to Canada, it feels a lot like New Zealand, feels a lot like home,'' Ko said Wednesday, a day before the start of play in the Canadian Pacific Women's Open. ''Just even how they say `eh' at the end of sentences. A lot of people back at home say `eh,' too. ... Everyone has just been super welcoming, and I think that's the thing about it. ''

  • Playoffs begin with eye toward PGA Tour player of the year

    August 24, 2016

    FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) The Olympics are over. The Ryder Cup in on the horizon.In between is a million payoff for winning the FedEx Cup, a four-tournament series that starts Thursday at The Barclays. Still up for grabs is who becomes the favorite for PGA Tour player of the year.

  • McIlroy glad to be wrong about Olympic success

    August 24, 2016

    FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) This is one time Rory McIlroy says he was happy to be mistaken.McIlroy was among the top four players in the world who chose not to play in the Olympics, and the four-time major champion didn't help the cause when he said it was not his role to grow the game and that he would only watch ''the stuff that matters'' on television.

  • BC-AP Sport Preview Digest

    August 24, 2016

    Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Wednesday. A full Sports Digest will be sent by about 3 p.m. All times EDT:- NEW YORK - U.S. swimmer James Feigen apologized for the ''serious distraction'' he and three teammates caused at a gas station during the Rio Olympics, saying he omitted facts in his statement to police. SENT: 250 words, photos.

  • FedEx Cup begins, Ryder Cup qualifying ends

    August 23, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Darren Clarke got an extra week to start mulling over his three captain's picks for Europe in the Ryder Cup because the top nine already are set. Matthew Fitzpatrick finished fifth in the Czech Masters and locked up no worse than the final spot.

  • Park and Pak share legacy in South Korean women's golf

    August 23, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Se Ri Pak could hear the burst of noise from 500 yards away and it wasn't hard to figure out what was causing the commotion.Inbee Park had made one last birdie.Pak could hear it from the back of the 18th green at Olympic Golf Course. She was the team leader for South Korea at the Olympics, the player who inspired a nation that has become the most formidable in women's golf. Park with a gold medal around her neck only affirmed that.

  • Trish Johnson outlasts Juli Inkster in Legends playoff

    August 21, 2016

    FRENCH LICK, Ind. (AP) Trish Johnson beat Juli Inkster with a par on the sixth hole of a playoff Sunday in The Legends Championship.Johnson and Inkster each shot 1-under 71 to finish regulation at 5-under 139 on the Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort. The playoff was the longest in the history of the 16-year-old Legends Tour.

  • Laura Gonzalez Escallon wins Symetra Tour's PHC Classic

    August 21, 2016

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Belgium's Laura Gonzalez Escallon won the PHC Classic by a stroke Sunday for her second Symetra Tour title, hitting an 85-yard wedge to a foot for a birdie on the final hole.The 25-year-old former Purdue player finished with a 4-under 68 at Brown Deer Park for a 10-under 206 total in the rain-delayed event.

  • Brock Mackenzie wins 7-hole playoff in Ottawa

    August 21, 2016

    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) Brock Mackenzie won the National Capital Open in the longest playoff in the Mackenzie Tour's PGA Tour Canada-era Sunday, beating Spain's Samuel Del Val with a birdie on the seventh extra hole at rainy and windy Hylands Golf Club.

  • J.J. Spaun wins Web.com Tour's News Sentinel Open

    August 22, 2016

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) J.J. Spaun made a 12-foot birdie putt on the final hole for a record-setting victory Sunday in the Web.com Tour's News Sentinel Open.Already assured a PGA Tour card as a top-25 finisher on the money list, Spaun broke through at Fox Den on his 26th birthday for his first tour victory.

  • Si Woo Kim wins Wyndham Championship for 1st PGA Tour title

    August 21, 2016

    GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) Si Woo Kim won the Wyndham Championship by five strokes Sunday for his first PGA Tour title.The 21-year-old South Korean player closed with a 3-under 67 to finish at 21-under 259 at Sedgefield Country Club, tying the tournament 72-hole record set eight years ago by Carl Pettersson.

  • Australia's Luck wins US Amateur with stirring 8-hole run

    August 21, 2016

    BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. (AP) Curtis Luck was walking along the course, doing the math on how he'd turned a close U.S. Amateur final into a rout by winning eight holes in a row.It was hard for the 20-year-old Australian to process.''I think I started laughing, walking down the fairway,'' he said. ''I haven't heard of that, and I haven't seen it before. What an amazing thing to do while you're out in the final of the U.S. Amateur Championship.''

  • Fitzpatrick claims final spot for Europe's Ryder Cup team

    August 21, 2016

    Matthew Fitzpatrick of England nailed down the ninth and final automatic spot for Europe in the Ryder Cup on Sunday.Fitzpatrick finished fifth in the Czech Masters, giving him enough world points that no one can catch him when European qualifying ends next week in Denmark.

  • Paul Peterson wins Czech Masters for 1st European Tour win

    August 21, 2016

    VYSOKY UJEZD, Czech Republic (AP) Paul Peterson shot a 5-under 67 on Sunday to win the Czech Masters by one stroke and earn the American his first victory on the European Tour.In a close contest with defending champion Thomas Pieters of Belgium, Peterson took the decisive lead when he birdied the par-3 16th hole after a superb tee shot for a total 15-under 273 at the Albatross Golf Resort near Prague.

  • Si Woo Kim opens 3-stroke lead in Wyndham Championship

    August 20, 2016

    GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) Si Woo Kim followed his tournament-record 10-under 60 with a 64 on Saturday to increase his lead to three strokes in the Wyndham Championship.The 21-year-old South Korean player had an 18-under 192 total at Sedgefield, a stroke off the tournament 54-hole record set by Carl Pettersson in his 2008 victory.

  • Juli Inkster shares lead in The Legends Championship

    August 20, 2016

    FRENCH LICK, Ind. (AP) Defending champion Juli Inkster shot a 4-under 68 on Saturday for a share of the first-round lead in The Legends Championship with Becky Iverson and Trish Johnson.After losing a ball and making a bogey on the 14th, the 56-year-old Inkster made an 18-foot birdie putt on the 15th and a 4-footer on 18.

  • Luck, Dalke advance to US Amateur final

    August 20, 2016

    BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. (AP) Curtis Luck was in a fairway bunker about 135 yards from the hole, needing to get up and down from there to keep his U.S. Amateur run going.''I was kind of lucky I had a perfect distance and a perfect lie in the trap,'' he said. ''Managed to pick it cleanly and use the backstop.''

  • Defending champion Pieters takes sole lead at Czech Masters

    August 20, 2016

    VYSOKY UJEZD, Czech Republic (AP) Defending champion Thomas Pieters is by himself at the top of the Czech Masters leaderboard after shooting a 2-under 70 in Saturday's third round for a two-stroke lead.The Belgian began the round sharing the lead with Jeff Winther of Denmark but moved ahead after three birdies at the front nine and another birdie on the 10th.

  • Si Woo Kim shoots Wyndham-record 10-under 60 to take lead

    August 19, 2016

    GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) Si Woo Kim shot a tournament-record 10-under 60 on Friday at Sedgefield to take the second-round lead in the Wyndham Championship.Trying to become the second player this month to break 60 on the PGA Tour, the 21-year-old South Korean player slid a 50-foot birdie putt by the right edge on his final hole - the par-4 ninth. He drove into the left rough, costing himself a clean shot at the front pin position.

  • Michigan's Nick Carlson reaches US Amateur semifinals

    August 19, 2016

    BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. (AP) Michigan sophomore Nick Carlson advanced to the U.S. Amateur semifinals Friday in an unlikely hometown run at Oakland Hills.Carlson, from Hamilton, Michigan, beat Illinois junior Dylan Meyer of Evansville, Indiana, 3 and 1, taking the lead with a birdie chip-in on the par-4 14th that he celebrated with a running, double fight pump.

  • Former Travelers CEO Jay Fishman dies at 63 after ALS battle

    August 19, 2016

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Former Travelers Group insurance company chief executive Jay Fishman, who became a national advocate for research into Lou Gehrig's disease after being diagnosed with it, died at his home in New Jersey on Friday. He was 63.Fishman became CEO of Travelers' predecessor company in 1998 and assumed the same title after the merger of The St. Paul Cos. Inc. with Travelers Property Casualty Corp. in 2004.

  • Pieters and Winther share 2nd round lead at Czech Masters

    August 19, 2016

    VYSOKY UJEZD, Czech Republic (AP) Jeff Winther had an eagle on his way to a 6-under 66 and a share of the second round lead with defending champion Thomas Pieters of Belgium at the Czech Masters on Friday.The 28-year-old Dane, who has made only four cuts before on the European Tour, started the round with four birdies on the back nine before holing a 12-foot putt for the eagle on the par-5 first hole.

  • Michigan's Nick Carlson reaches US Amateur quarterfinals

    August 18, 2016

    BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. (AP) Michigan sophomore Nick Carlson won two matches on the 19th hole Thursday at Oakland Hills to advance to the U.S. Amateur quarterfinals.Carlson, from Hamilton, Michigan, beat British Amateur champion Scott Gregory of England in the morning round of 32, and topped Thailand's KK Limbhasut in the afternoon round of 16.

  • Rafa Cabrera Bello, Kevin Na share Wyndham Championship lead

    August 18, 2016

    GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) Rested after the Rio Olympics, Rafa Cabrera Bello shot a 7-under 63 on Thursday in the Wyndham Championship for a share of the first-round lead with Kevin Na.Cabrera Bello eagled the par-5 fifth and closed the bogey-free round with a birdie on Sedgefield's par-4 ninth. On Sunday, the 32-year-old Spaniard tied for fifth in Rio.

  • Park leads by 1 shot over Lewis in women's golf

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Stacy Lewis made 11 birdies on Thursday to match the low score at Olympic Golf Course with an 8-under 63, putting her right in the mix for a gold medal in women's golf.As well as a low score, Lewis had red shoulders by the end of a sunny day. She always wears short sleeves, but her Team USA uniform didn't fit.

  • Ryan Evans takes lead after 1st round of Czech Masters

    August 18, 2016

    VYSOKY UJEZD, Czech Republic (AP) Ryan Evans shot a 6-under 66 to take the first round lead at the Czech Masters on Thursday.The 29-year-old Englishman, who is seeking his first European Tour title, birdied the 18th to finish one stroke ahead of defending champion Thomas Pieters of Belgium and Peter Hanson of Sweden.

  • Golf tournament formerly at Trump resort unveils Mexico home

    August 17, 2016

    NAUCALPAN, Mexico (AP) A golf tournament yanked from a Florida resort owned by Donald Trump unveiled its new home in Mexico on Wednesday.Sponsor Grupo Salinas said the event will be held in March at the Chapultepec Golf Club outside Mexico City.The PGA Tour revealed in June that the World Golf Championship event was moving to Mexico after being at Trump National Doral in Miami since 2007. The announcement came nearly a year after the now Republican presidential nominee accused Mexican migrants of bringing drugs to the U.S. and being rapists.

  • Alex Smalley advances in US Amateur at Oakland Hills

    August 17, 2016

    BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. (AP) Qualifying medalist Alex Smalley rallied to beat Scott Harvey 2 and 1 on Wednesday in the first round of the U.S. Amateur at Oakland Hills.Smalley, the Duke sophomore from Wake Forest, North Carolina, finished off Harvey with a halve for par on the par-3 17th on the Donald Ross-designed South Course that Ben Hogan dubbed the ''The Monster'' in his 1951 U.S. Open victory.

  • Even without Woods, plenty at stake at Wyndham Championship

    August 17, 2016

    GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) There's still plenty at stake at the Wyndham Championship this year - even if some of the big names from last year aren't playing.Tiger Woods didn't return, sidelined by a back injury. And Davis Love III - a local favorite and three-time winner who had hip surgery last month - is only watching.

  • Day misses all but 1 hole of Olympic golf

    August 16, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Jason Day only watched one hole of golf from the Olympics, but at least he picked the right hole.Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson were never separated by more than a shot in the final round until Rose made birdie on the 18th hole to win the gold medal, with Matt Kuchar making a late run for 63 and the bronze.

  • Gene Sauers wins US Senior Open Championship.

    August 15, 2016

    UPPER ARLINGTON, Ohio (AP) Gene Sauers outlasted Miguel Angel Jimenez down the stretch Monday to win the U.S. Senior Open Championship.The 53-year-old Georgian won his first senior tournament after heavy rain delayed the final round for a day. He had three birdies and two bogeys for a 1-under 69 to beat Jimenez and Billy Mayfair by a stroke. He finished with a 3-under 277.

  • Day, Scott to play World Cup for Australia

    August 15, 2016

    Jason Day and Adam Scott will be playing for the Australian flag in the World Cup of Golf this November at Kingston Heath in Melbourne, Australia.Commitments were announced Monday just one day after golf made a strong return to the Olympics after a 112-year absence. Day and Scott, both among the top 10 in the world, did not play in the Rio Games.

  • Clariss Guce wins 2nd Symetra Tour title of year

    August 14, 2016

    FORSYTH, Ill. (AP) Clariss Guce moved into position to earn an LPGA Tour card for next season, winning the Decatur-Forsyth Classic on Sunday for her second Symetra Tour title of the year.The 26-year-old former Cal State Northridge player closed with a 1-under 71 for a two-stroke victory.

  • Canada's Mackenzie Hughes wins first Web.com Tour title

    August 14, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) Canada's Mackenzie Hughes won the Price Cutter Charity Championship on Sunday for his first Web.com Tour victory and a likely spot on the PGA Tour next season.The 25-year-old Hughes, a former Kent State player from Hamilton, Ontario, birdied the final hole in hot conditions at Highland Springs for a 6-under 66 and a one-stroke victory over Richy Werenski.

  • Ryan Moore wins John Deere Classic for 5th PGA Tour title

    August 14, 2016

    SILVIS, Ill. (AP) Ryan Moore won the John Deere Classic on Sunday for his fifth PGA Tour title, closing with a 4-under 67 for a two-stroke victory over Ben Martin.The 33-year-old Moore finished at 22-under 262 at TPC Deere Run, playing the final 46 holes without a bogey and making only one in 74 holes. He won for the first time since successfully defending his CIMB Classic title in Malaysia in 2014.

  • Heavy rain puts off final round of US Senior Open for a day

    August 14, 2016

    UPPER ARLINGTON, Ohio (AP) The final round of the U.S. Senior Open has been postponed because of heavy rain on Sunday.The USGA says it'll try to finish the tournament on Monday, although rain also is likely then, too. The first groups are scheduled to off at 7:30 a.m.

  • Golfer Robert Allenby arrested outside casino

    August 14, 2016

    SILVIS, Ill. (AP) Robert Allenby of Australia was arrested outside of a casino in Rock Island, Illinois early Saturday morning after missing the cut in the John Deere Classic, according to police department arrest reports.Allenby, 45, was arrested at about 2:30 a.m. outside Jumer's Casino and charged with disorderly conduct and criminal trespassing. His bond was set at ,500, WQAD-TV reported.

  • Ryan Moore finishes in dark, leads John Deere Classic

    August 13, 2016

    SILVIS, Ill. (AP) Ryan Moore shot two more rounds of 6-under 65 on Saturday to take the third-round lead in the John Deere Classic, finishing at 8:25 p.m. in nearly dark conditions.After opening Thursday with a 65, Moore never got on the course Friday in the tournament that finally got back on schedule Saturday when the players raced to finish before dark.

  • Rose positioned for golf's 1st Olympic gold medal in century

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson know what it's like to play next to each other on a big stage when it's all about flag and the gold prize.That was two years ago at the Ryder Cup, and they were undefeated as partners.They will be rivals Sunday, playing under their own flag, each pursuing golf's first Olympic gold medal since 1904.

  • Miguel Angel Jimenez grabs 3rd-round lead at US Senior Open

    August 13, 2016

    UPPER ARLINGTON, Ohio (AP) Miguel Angel Jimenez handled gusty winds and shot a 1-under 69 Saturday to grab the lead after the third round of the U.S. Senior Open Championship.Despite three bogeys on the windy back nine, the 52-year-old Spaniard finished as one of just four players under par for the day. He's at 3-under 207 through 54 holes at Scioto Country Club in suburban Columbus.

  • Precarious no more, PGA to build clubhouse in Connecticut

    August 13, 2016

    CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) The PGA Tour, which almost pulled out of Connecticut a decade ago, is making another major investment in its TPC River Highland's golf course, which last week was the site of the best score in tour history.The announcement was made in Hartford during the Travelers Championship tournament by PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem, who said the PGA would build a 32,000-square foot facility at the Cromwell course that will open before the pros tee off at the course in 2019.

  • Wesley Bryan leads rain-delayed John Deere Classic

    August 12, 2016

    SILVIS, Ill. (AP) Wesley Bryan took the lead in the rain-delayed John Deere Classic on Friday, five days after earning a PGA Tour card with his third Web.com Tour victory of the year.Bryan played 26 holes in 10 under Friday at TPC Deere Run, birdieing three of the final holes to finish off a first-round 66 and shooting a 64 in the second to reach 12-under 130.

  • Ohio State grad Sindelar leads US Senior Open after 2 rounds

    August 12, 2016

    UPPER ARLINGTON, Ohio (AP) Former Ohio State player Joey Sindelar shot a 4-under 66 on Friday to take the second-round in the U.S. Senior Open.One of four former Buckeyes in the field at Scioto Country Club in suburban Columbus, the 58-year-old Sindelar had five birdies Friday, including two in a row after a bogey on No. 5. He had a 5-under 135 total after opening with 69 on Thursday.

  • 13-year-old Lucy Li wins Junior PGA Championship

    August 12, 2016

    RUMFORD, R.I. (AP) Lucy Li won the Junior PGA Championship on Thursday at age 13, a year off LPGA Tour star Lexi Thompson's record in the event.Li, from Redwood, California, closed with a 2-under 69 in hot and windy conditions at Wannamoisett for a two-stroke victory. She finished at 7-under 206 in the rain-shortened event.

  • Fowler to play next week in Ryder Cup bid

    August 12, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Rickie Fowler isn't showing much of a game at the Olympics. He plans to give himself an additional chance to impress Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III by playing next week in the Wyndham Championship.Fowler let another good round get away Friday at Olympic Golf Course with three straight bogeys on the back nine that made him settle for a 71. He was tied for 50th in the 60-man field, 14 shots out of the lead with two rounds to play.

  • A wild ride puts Henrik Stenson in the mix at Olympic golf

    August 12, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) British Open champion Henrik Stenson is close enough to think about adding an Olympic gold medal to his silver claret jug.It just required a long and wild route to get himself into contention on Friday.Marcus Fraser of Australia got off to a quick start, stretched his lead to four shots at one point and wound up with a 2-under 69 for the 36-hole lead in the first Olympic golf competition since 1904. He had a one-shot lead over Thomas Pieters of Belgium, a former NCAA champion who closed with three straight birdies.

  • Bryan advances to PGA Tour with 3rd Web.com Tour win

    August 7, 2016

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) Wesley Bryan won the Digital Ally Open in a playoff Sunday to earn an immediate PGA Tour promotion as a three-time winner this season on the Web.com Tour.The 26-year-old former South Carolina player became the 21st three-time winner in a season in tour history and the 11th to earn a three-victory promotion. Also the winner of the Louisiana Open and El Bosque Mexico Championship, he will be fully exempt on the 2016-17 PGA Tour.

  • South Korea's Eun Jeong Seong wins US Women's Amateur

    August 7, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, Pa. (AP) South Korea's Eun Jeong Seong won the U.S. Women's Amateur on Sunday at Rolling Green to become the first player to win the event and U.S. Girls' Junior in the same year.The 16-year-old Seong outlasted Italy's Virginia Elena Carta 1 up in hot conditions in the 36-hole final, the first all-international championship match in 106 years.

  • 58! Furyk sets a PGA Tour record at Travelers

    August 7, 2016

    CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) Jim Furyk has a place in PGA Tour history all to himself with a new magic number in golf.Three years after Furyk became the sixth player on tour with a 59, he took it even lower Sunday in the Travelers Championship with a 12-under 58.

  • Joe Durant beats Miguel Angel Jimenez in Minnesota playoff

    August 7, 2016

    BLAINE, Minn. (AP) Joe Durant made a 10-foot eagle putt on the first hole of a playoff with Miguel Angel Jimenez on Sunday to win the PGA Tour Champions' 3M Championship.The 52-year-old Durant won on the par-5 18th after closing with a birdie on the hole in regulation for a 9-under 63. After a double bogey on the par-4 14th, Jimenez birdied the last four holes for a 67 to match Durant at 19-under 197 at TPC Twins Cities.

  • Knox wins Travelers after history-making 58 from Furyk.

    August 7, 2016

    CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) Russell Knox saved par with a 12-foot putt on the final hole to beat hometown favorite Jerry Kelly by a stroke Sunday in the Travelers Championship, hours after Jim Furyk shot the first 58 in PGA Tour history.Knox closed with a 2-under 68 for a 14-under 266 total at TPC River Highlands. The 31-year-old Scot won for the second time on the tour, following his breakthrough victory in China in November in the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions.

  • Berger shoots 62 to take lead after 3 rounds at Travelers

    August 6, 2016

    CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) Daniel Berger shot an 8-under par 62 on Saturday, two strokes off the course record, to take a three-stroke lead into the final round of the Travelers Championship.The 23-year-old Floridian made nine birdies, including seven on his final 10 holes Saturday, to finish with a 15-under par 195 after 54 holes.

  • Noren faces Wall in Paul Lawrie Match Play final

    August 6, 2016

    NORTH BERWICK, Scotland (AP) Alex Noren advanced to the Paul Lawrie Match Play final with a 3 and 2 defeat of James Morrison on Saturday.The Swede went 4 up after 7 holes at Archerfield before losing Nos. 9 and 10.Noren faces Anthony Wall in Sunday's final after the Englishman sank a tricky putt to beat countryman Oliver Fisher on the fourth playoff hole.

  • Noren faces Morrison after beating Carlsson in quarterfinals

    August 6, 2016

    NORTH BERWICK, Scotland (AP) Alex Noren edged closer to his second European Tour win in Scotland in the space of a month after beating compatriot Johan Carlsson in the quarterfinals of the Paul Lawrie Match Play on Saturday.The Swede pushed ahead early as he moved to 4 up after just 6 holes - including an eagle on No. 6.

  • Noren beats Carlsson in quarter finals

    August 6, 2016

    NORTH BERWICK, Scotland (AP) Alex Noren edged closer to his second European Tour win in Scotland in the space of a month after beating compatriot Johan Carlsson in the quarterfinals of the Paul Lawrie Match Play on Saturday.The Swede pushed ahead early as he moved to 4 up after just 6 holes. Carlsson was able to delay victory until the 16th hole, but finally went down 4 and 2 to Noren, who won the Scottish Open in July.

  • Seong, Carta advance to US Women's Amateur semifinals

    August 5, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, Pa. (AP) South Korea's Eun Jeong Seong and Italy's Virginia Elena Carta advanced to the all-international U.S. Women's Amateur semifinals Friday, keeping alive their bids for rare season sweeps.The 16-year-old Seong is trying to become the first player to win the event and U.S. Girls' Junior in the same season. The 19-year-old Carta - the oldest of the final four - is attempting to become the second player to win the tournament and NCAA individual title in the same year.

  • Glen Day leads 3M Championship at TPC Twin Cities

    August 5, 2016

    BLAINE, Minn. (AP) Monday qualifier Glen Day shot a 7-under 65 in perfect morning conditions Friday to take the first-round lead in the PGA Tour Champions' 3M Championship.Playing in the first group off the first tee at TPC Twin Cities, the 50-year-old Day had four straight late birdies in his bogey-free round. The 1999 MCI Classic winner on the PGA Tour, he tied for sixth on the senior tour in Mississippi in April and last month in Endicott, New York.

  • Van Aswegen leads bunched-up PGA field at Travelers

    August 5, 2016

    CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) South African Tyrone Van Aswegen shot a 66 Friday to move to 7-under par and into first place midway through the second round of the Travelers Championship.The 34-year-old, who is looking for his first PGA Tour win, followed up on his 67 Thursday with a second straight bogey-free round.

  • Fitzpatrick, Wood out of Paul Lawrie Match Play

    August 5, 2016

    NORTH BERWICK, Scotland (AP) Chris Wood and Matt Fitzpatrick were both eliminated from the Paul Lawrie Match Play on Friday, leaving their chances of competing for Europe at the Ryder Cup in the balance.Top-seeded Wood lost 2 and 1 to Daniel Brooks in the round of 32, before Fitzpatrick was beaten 4 and 3 by Alejandro Canizares in the last 16.

  • Fitzpatrick advances, Wood out of Paul Lawrie Match Play

    August 5, 2016

    NORTH BERWICK, Scotland (AP) Matt Fitzpatrick demonstrated more matchplay prowess ahead of a possible first appearance in the Ryder Cup in easing into the last 16 at the Paul Lawrie Match Play on Friday.Fitzpatrick followed up a 4-and-3 win over Thomas Bjorn in the first round on Thursday by beating fellow Englishman Matt Ford 6 and 5 in the round of 32.

  • Taylor, Loupe take early lead at Travelers Championship

    August 4, 2016

    CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) Americans Vaughn Taylor and Andrew Loupe shot 6-under 64s to take the early lead during the first round of the Travelers Championship in Connecticut.The 40-year-old Taylor, who won for the first time since 2005 at Pebble Beach earlier this year, strung together five consecutive birdies to shoot a 30 on the back nine.

  • Wood, Fitzpatrick advance at Paul Lawrie Match Play

    August 4, 2016

    NORTH BERWICK, Scotland (AP) English golfers Chris Wood and Matt Fitzpatrick secured easy first-round wins at the Paul Lawrie Match Play on Thursday as they look for a victory to cement a place in Europe's Ryder Cup team for the first time.Wood recovered from losing the first hole to Brett Rumford and won 4 and 3, while Fitzpatrick powered into a 6-up lead after nine holes before closing out a 4-and-3 win over Thomas Bjorn.

  • China's Muni He advances in US Women's Amateur

    August 3, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, Pa. (AP) China's Muni He made a 35-foot birdie putt on the 22nd hole to beat qualifying medalist Mariel Galdiano on Wednesday in the first round of the U.S. Women's Amateur.''My goal was really just to roll it near the hole because it's not an easy putt,'' He said. ''It's a pretty slopey putt and a very decent break, but I just kind of had a target in mind and putted it toward there and let it roll near the hole. It just happened to go in.''

  • Nike to get out of golf equipment business

    August 3, 2016

    Nike is getting out of the golf equipment business, a surprising announcement Wednesday that is sure to send Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and other players searching for new clubs and golf balls next season.Nike said it would stop making clubs, golf balls and golf bags, instead devoting its resources to shoes and apparel, longs its strength in the golf marketplace.

  • Nike is dropping its golf equipment business

    August 3, 2016

    BEAVERTON, Ore. (AP) Nike is dropping its golf equipment business to focus on shoes and apparel.The company said Wednesday that it will no longer make clubs, balls and bags.''We're committed to being the undisputed leader in golf footwear and apparel,'' Nike Brand President Trevor Edwards said in a statement. ''We will achieve this by investing in performance innovation for athletes and delivering sustainable profitable growth for Nike Golf.''

  • Travelers Championship to provide US Olympic golf preview

    August 3, 2016

    CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) Three-quarters of the U.S. men's Olympic golf team will be playing together in Connecticut this week.Bubba Watson, Patrick Reed and Matt Kuchar are scheduled to go out as a trio Thursday and Friday for the first two rounds of the Travelers Championship.

  • Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn wins Women's British Open

    July 31, 2016

    MILTON KEYNES, England (AP) Ariya Jutanugarn won the Women's British Open on Sunday at Woburn for her first major championship and fourth LPGA Tour victory of the year.The 20-year-old Thai player closed with an even-par 72 for a three-stroke victory over American Mo Martin and South Korea's Mirim Lee. Jutanugarn finished at 16-under 272 on the Marquess Course, the hilly, forest layout that is a big change from the usual seaside layouts in the tournament rotation.

  • Walker clings to 1-shot lead after 3rd round of PGA

    July 31, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) Jimmy Walker overcame a few wild tee shots with four birdies on the back nine for a 2-under 68 and a one-shot lead over defending champion Jason Day going into the final round of the rain-plagued PGA Championship.This already was shaping up as a major like no other.

  • The Latest: Day moves into lead at PGA Championship

    July 31, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) The Latest on the PGA Championship (all times local):11:30 a.m.The third round of the rain-delayed PGA Championship is finally over and second-round co-leader Jimmy Walker held a one-shot lead over defending champion Jason Day.

  • The Latest: Lift, clean and place rule to be used at PGA

    July 31, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) The Latest on the PGA Championship (all times local):8:40 a.m.The third and fourth rounds of the PGA Championship were going on simultaneously at Baltusrol Golf Club.Heavy rains forced the third round to be suspended Saturday with 10 golfers not ever having started their rounds.

  • The Latest: Play resumes at PGA Championship

    July 31, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) The Latest on the PGA Championship (all times local):7:50 a.m.About 17 hours after they were scheduled to tee off, co-leaders Jimmy Walker and Robert Streb started their third round of the PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club.

  • The marathon begins Sunday at PGA Championship

    July 31, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) The PGA Championship resumed Sunday with minimal odds that someone will be holding the Wanamaker Trophy by the end of the day.Severe storms halted the third round, meaning 10 players returned to Baltusrol having not even started the third round. That included Jimmy Walker and Robert Streb, tied for the lead at 9-under par.

  • Stephan Jaeger breaks another Web.com Tour record

    July 30, 2016

    HAYWARD, Calif. (AP) Stephan Jaeger broke yet another Web.com Tour record Saturday in the Ellie Mae Classic and shot a 6-under 64 at TPC Stonebrae to increase his lead to seven strokes.Two days after opening with a 12-under 58 to break the Web.com mark and match the lowest score on a substantial tour, the 27-year-old German player reached 23-under 187 to break the tour's 54-hole record for strokes and fall one short of the mark for relation to par.

  • The Latest: Play suspended for the day at PGA Championship

    July 30, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) The Latest on the PGA Championship (all times local):6:30 p.m.The third round of the PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club has been called for the day after nearly four hours of play being suspended by dangerous weather that included a lot of heavy rain.

  • Harrington makes move before rains sweep through Baltusrol

    July 30, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) His time seemed to have passed. He's ranked 150th in the world and almost surely won't be playing on Europe's Ryder Cup squad.His chances for making the FedEx Cup playoffs are in danger, too, particularly because he plans to stay at the Rio Olympics after playing in them.

  • Storms interrupt PGA Championship at Baltusrol

    July 30, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) The PGA Championship was halted because of thunderstorms Saturday, raising the possibility of a third straight Monday finish in a major at Baltusrol.Jimmy Walker and Robert Streb, tied for the lead at 9-under par, were 40 minutes from teeing off in the third round when clouds gathered, the sky rumbled and the horn sounded to suspend play. The course was pounded with rain, and more than two hours later, the round had not resumed.

  • Beem him up: Rich Beem makes PGA cut, still working TV

    July 30, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) Until a couple weeks ago, Rich Beem didn't know if he was going to play at the PGA Championship.Good thing he did.Beem shot a 69 in his opening round Thursday, his first sub-70 score in a major since 2006. The 45-year-old followed with a 71 Friday to make cut for the first time in the PGA Championship since 2012.

  • Ariya Jutanugarn takes Women's British Open lead

    July 30, 2016

    WOBURN, England (AP) Ariya Jutanugarn took the Women's British Open lead Saturday at tree-lined Woburn, nearly four months after blowing a late lead in the first major championship of the year.''I think I know how to play under pressure,'' the 20-year-old Thai player said. ''I know like what I have to focus and the only thing I have to is like focus on what is under my control.''

  • The Latest: Play suspended at PGA Championship

    July 30, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) The Latest on the PGA Championship (all times local):2:15 p.m.Play has been suspended in the third round of the PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club because of dangerous weather in the area.Co-leaders Jimmy Walker and Robert Streb had been scheduled to tee off at 2:55 p.m.

  • The Latest: Molinari closes with 6 birdies

    July 30, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) The Latest on the PGA Championship (all times local):1:30 p.m.Francesco Molinari knows how to close out a round of golf. The native of Italy birdied the final six holes in a 2-under 68 in the third round of the PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club. Molinari had two bogeys and a double-bogey before he started his birdie binge on No. 13. He birdied one par-3, three par-4s and two par-5s in his run.

  • The Latest: Mickelson makes a bold prediction

    July 30, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) The Latest on the PGA Championship (all times local):1:05 p.m.With the leaders still about two hours from teeing off in the third round of the PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club, the player drawing the biggest gallery was Phil Mickelson.

  • The Latest: Good start to third round of PGA Championship

    July 30, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) The Latest on the PGA Championship (all times local):None of the early starters to the third round of the PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club finished with a round worse than par. The first five pairings produced two 4-under 66s - Justin Rose and Charl Schwartzel - a 68 by Patton Kizzire, three 69s and four rounds of par 70.

  • The Latest: Streb still talk of the PGA

    July 30, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) The Latest on the PGA Championship (all times local):10:40 a.m.The third round of the PGA Championship is underway at Baltusrol Golf Club.The talk around the course was still about Robert Streb's second-round 63 that had him tied for the lead with Jimmy Walker. Streb became the 28th player to shoot a 63 in a major tournament. Greg Norman and Vijay Singh both did it twice.

  • Mickelson rallies to makes cut, McIlroy bogeys 18 to miss

    July 29, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) Phil Mickelson walked off the first green with a disgusted look on his face, as if he'd thrown away any shot at making the cut in the PGA Championship.A 7 on the opening par-4 hole will do that to you.''I think in the history of the PGA Championship, that's the worst start of any player's round,'' Mickelson said. ''I'd have to look that up.''

  • The Latest: Streb shoots 63 in PGA's second round

    July 29, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) The Latest on the PGA Championship (all times local):7:50 p.m.Robert Streb tied the major championship record with a 63 to move into a tie with Jimmy Walker for the lead in the second round of the PGA Championship.Streb had eight birdies and a bogey to become the 28th player to shoot a 63 in a major. It was the 30th time it has been accomplished. Streb is making his second PGA Championship appearance having finished 10th last year at Whistling Straits.

  • Stephan Jaeger follows record 58 with 65 on Web.com Tour

    July 29, 2016

    HAYWARD, Calif. (AP) Stephan Jaeger backed up his record 12-under 58 with a 65 on Friday, giving him a five-stroke lead halfway through the second round of the Web.com Tour's Ellie Mae Classic.The 27-year-old German player matched the lowest score ever on a substantial tour Thursday with the 58. Japan's Ryo Ishikawa also shot a 12-under 58 to win the 2010 Crowns on the Japan Tour. Jaeger broke the Web.com Tour record of 59 held by Notah Begay III, Doug Dunakey, Jason Gore, Will Wilcox and Russell Knox. Six players have shot 59 on the PGA Tour, and one on the PGA Tour Champions.

  • The Latest: Walker finishes 9 under after PGA's second round

    July 29, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) The Latest on the PGA Championship (all times local):6:55 p.m.Jimmy Walker, despite two adventurous closing holes, shot a 4-under-par 66 to take a three-shot lead in the second round of the PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club. He tied the PGA Championship record with his 131 total, a mark held by seven others, the most recent Jason Dufner when he won the PGA in 2013.

  • South Korea's Hye-jin Choi wins Canadian Women's Amateur

    July 29, 2016

    NEW MINAS, Nova Scotia (AP) South Korea's Hye-jin Choi won the Canadian Women's Amateur on Friday, closing with a 4-under 66 for a four-stroke victory.The 16-year-old Choi finished at 9-under 271 at Ken-Wo Golf Club. She earned exemptions into the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship and the LPGA Tour's two Canadian stops - the Canadian Pacific Women's Open and Manulife LPGA Classic.

  • Spieth at least has a chance in the final major, the PGA

    July 29, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) Jordan Spieth warmed up on the range, rode the side streets in a van to get to the 10th tee and was ready to go Friday in the PGA Championship when he had to stand around for nearly an hour because of a rain delay.No matter. He still came out firing.

  • Kaymer using Olympics as inspiration in PGA Championship

    July 29, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) The chance to compete at the Olympics can't come soon enough for Martin Kaymer.While the top four players in the world and 21 men overall will not be part of the Rio Games, the 31-year-old German has been thinking about it all summer.

  • The Latest: Walker takes lead in PGA's second round

    July 29, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) The Latest on the PGA Championship (all times local):5:15 p.m.First-round leader Jimmy Walker birdied Nos. 12 and 13 to move to 9 under and into the lead in the second round of the PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club.Walker, who opened with a 5-under 65, had four birdies in his first 13 holes without a bogey.

  • The Latest: Walker ties Grillo for lead in PGA second round

    July 29, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) The Latest on the PGA Championship (all times local):5 p.m.First-round leader Jimmy Walker birdied the par-3 12th to move to 8 under for a share of the lead in the second round of the PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club.Walker, who opened with a 5-under 65, had three birdies in his first 12 holes without a bogey.

  • Another major mistake in golf

    July 29, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) The cup was in the wrong place and it was too late for the PGA of America to change it.The location sheet for Friday's second round of the PGA Championship, which is provided to players to let them know where the pins will be that day, said the hole on No. 10 was on the left side of the green. Somehow it was actually on the right side, and the error wasn't caught until the first group of the day off No. 10 had already hit their second shots into the green.

  • Reed moves into contention at PGA

    July 29, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) The question stumped Patrick Reed and he asked for it to be repeated.Or maybe he was simply stunned that after shooting a second-round 65 to move into contention Friday at the PGA Championship, someone was asking him about his cockiness.

  • Mirim Lee leads Women's British Open, following 62 with 71

    July 29, 2016

    WOBURN, England (AP) Mirim Lee followed her opening 10-under 62 with a 71 on Friday in the Women's British Open, leaving her a stroke ahead entering the weekend at tree-lined Woburn Golf Club.A day after matching the tournament record and falling a stroke short of the major championship mark, the 25-year-old South Korean player had three birdies and two bogeys to reach 11-under 133.

  • The Latest: Grillo surprise leader in PGA's second round

    July 29, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) The Latest on the PGA Championship (all times local):4 p.m.Emiliano Grillo had a 4-under 32 for his opening nine in the second round of the PGA Championship, giving him a one-shot lead over first-round leader Jimmy Walker. A native of Argentina who is in his first full season on the PGA Tour, Grillo had four birdies without a bogey for his nine.

  • The Latest: Lefty has rough start to second round of PGA

    July 29, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) The Latest on the PGA Championship (all times local):2:55 p.m.No way Phil Mickelson wanted to start the second round of the PGA Championship like this.The left-hander, who started the day 1 over par, hit his drive so far left on No. 1 that its first bounce was on Shunpike Road and it appeared to hang a left on Baltusrol Drive.

  • The Latest: Mistake on No. 10

    July 29, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) The Latest on the PGA Championship (all times local):1:40 p.m.The hole wasn't where it was supposed to be.The second-round hole location sheet provided to the golfers for No. 10 listed the cup as being on the left side of the green when it was actually cut on the right side.

  • The Latest: Stenson ties for the lead at PGA

    July 29, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) The Latest on the PGA Championship (all times local):12:50 p.m.British Open champion Henrik Stenson had an eagle and two birdies in a four-hole span to move into a tie for the lead in the second round of the PGA Championship.Stenson eagled the par-5 18th and added birdies on Nos. 1 and 3, both par-4s, to move into a tie with first-round leader Jimmy Walker, who played in the afternoon wave at Baltusrol Golf Club.

  • The Latest: Reed changes into a tie for the lead at PGA

    July 29, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) The Latest on the PGA Championship (all times local):12:30 p.m.Patrick Reed, who has never finished higher than 30th in a PGA Championship, birdied the par-4 2nd hole to move into a tie for the lead with Jimmy Walker at Baltusrol Golf Club.

  • The Latest: Stenson eagles No. 18 to get to 3 under

    July 29, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) The Latest on the PGA Championship (all times local):12:00 p.m.British Open champion Henrik Stenson eagled the par-5 18th to cap an even first nine of 36 at the PGA Championship. That was Stenson's only red number so far as he bogeyed Nos. 12-13. He was at 3 under, two strokes behind first-round leader Jimmy Walker.

  • The Latest: Spieth makes a big move

    July 29, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) The Latest on the PGA Championship (all times local):11:30 a.m.Jordan Spieth, one of the favorites coming into the PGA Championship, shot a 4-under 32 on the back nine at Baltusrol Golf Club moving him one shot behind first-round leader Jimmy Walker.

  • The Latest: Woodland has down and up

    July 29, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) The Latest on the PGA Championship (all times local):11 a.m.Gary Woodland, one of the Tour's long hitters, went from his worst hole to his best in a hurry. Playing the front nine after a 1-under 35 on the back at Baltusrol Golf Club, Woodland had a triple-bogey 7 on No. 1. He didn't wait long to erase the bad feeling, holing out from the fairway for an eagle 2 on the 430-yard second. That put him at 3 over for the PGA Championship.

  • The Latest: Spieth off to good start in Round 2

    July 29, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) The Latest on the PGA Championship (all times local):10:40 a.m.Andrew ''Beef'' Johnston, the Englishman who has become a crowd favorite with his constant smile and bushy beard, moved into the Top Ten for the PGA Championship with a 2-under 34 on the back nine. Johnston, 88th in the world rankings, birdied both par-5s on the back nine at Baltusrol Golf Club and was 2 under, three shots off the lead.

  • The Latest: Round 2 of PGA resumes amid rain at Baltusrol

    July 29, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) The Latest on the PGA Championship (all times local):----9:25 a.m.The PGA championship has resumed after a delay of nearly an hour from rain.Baltustrol received an inch of rain overnight, and the rain was steady into Friday morning. Some of the fairways had too much water and play had to be stopped.

  • The Latest: Round 2 of PGA in the rain at Baltusrol

    July 29, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) The Latest on the PGA Championship (all times local):7:45 a.m.More than an inch of rain fell at Baltusrol overnight, and it kept right on falling as the second round began in the PGA Championship.Of greater concern to Dustin Johnson is the 12-shot gap between him and 18-hole leader Jimmy Walker. The first order of business for the U.S. Open champion is making the cut.

  • Round 2 of PGA in the rain at Baltusrol

    July 29, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) The weather matched the mood of Dustin Johnson and others trying to make up ground Friday in the PGA Championship.Jimmy Walker took a one-shot lead into the second round at Baltusrol and did not play until the afternoon. Johnson was the biggest surprise of the opening round when the U.S. Open champion had a pair of double bogeys and only one birdie on his way to a 77.

  • Looking at Friday in the PGA Championship

    July 29, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) When the first round of the PGA Championship was over there was plenty to talk about and a whole lot to look forward to.There was the heat - temperatures in the low 90s with no cooling breezes until late Thursday. There was the surprise leader in Jimmy Walker who posted a 5-under 65 in the morning and the shocking round of 77 from U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson and the rather surprising 74 from Rory McIlroy.

  • Stephan Jaeger shoots record 12-under 58 on Web.com Tour

    July 28, 2016

    HAYWARD, Calif. (AP) Stephan Jaeger shot a 12-under 58 on Thursday in the Web.com Tour's Ellie Mae Classic to match the lowest score in major tour play.The 27-year-old German player finished the round with a birdie on the par-5 18th at TPC Stonebrae.

  • PGA Championship Glance

    July 29, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) A brief look at the second round Friday of the PGA Championship:LEADING: Robert Streb shot the 30th round of 63 in a major to tie Jimmy Walker at 9-under-par 131.CHASING: Emiliano Grillo and Jason Day were at 133, with Henrik Stenson at 134.

  • Bad start for US Open champ Dustin Johnson with 77 in PGA

    July 28, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) Dustin Johnson looked nothing like a major champion Thursday in the opening round of the PGA.The U.S. Open winner shot 77, including three straight bogey 5s, two double bogeys, and a bogey 6 on the 18th hole that nearly everyone was birdieing.

  • The Latest: Chance for a great finish at Baltusrol

    July 28, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) The Latest on the PGA Championship (all times EDT):7:15 p.m.Baltusrol Golf Club is a rare course with par-5s as the two finishing holes. In the first round of the PGA Championship 18 players finished birdie-birdie or better on the closing holes.

  • The Latest: Walker holds first round lead

    July 28, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) The Latest on the PGA Championship (all times EDT):6:50 p.m.Jimmy Walker posted a 5-under 65 in the morning and it held up to give him the first round lead of the PGA Championship.Martin Kaymer, Emiliano Grillo and Ross Fisher were all one stroke back at Baltusrol Golf Club.

  • Lefty can't get it right in opening round of PGA

    July 28, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) Phil Mickelson won the PGA Championship the last time it was at Baltusrol in 2005. He played some of his best golf ever only 11 days ago at the British Open . And on Thursday, the New York-area crowd had his back even before he teed off.

  • The Latest: Kaymer right there

    July 28, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) The Latest on the PGA Championship (all times EDT):5:10 p.m.Martin Kaymer was within one stroke of the lead in the PGA Championship with three holes to play. The two-time major champion, who started on the back nine, followed a bogey at No. 2 with a birdie at No. 3 to get to 4 under, one shot behind Jimmy Walker, whose early 5-under 65 was standing up on the hot day at Baltusrol Golf Club.

  • McIlroy can't make a putt and now tries to make the cut

    July 28, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) Two holes into the final major of the year, Rory McIlroy was starting to lose patience.He missed a 10-foot birdie putt on his opening hole at No. 10 on Thursday. He hit another beautiful approach into the 11th hole at Baltusrol, 10 feet below the hole, and missed that. Even after Phil Mickelson and Jason Day had left the green, McIlroy stayed behind, looking at the cup from a different direction.

  • The Latest: Kaymer challenged for lead

    July 28, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) The Latest on the PGA Championship (all times EDT):4:10 p.m.Martin Kaymer, a two-time major champion, made a run at the lead in the first round of the PGA Championship. Kaymer had four birdies in a five-hole stretch to get to 4 under, one behind leader Jimmy Walker. But the 2010 PGA champion bogeyed No. 2 - he started on the back nine - and dropped to 3 under. Kaymer birdied Nos. 17 and 18 - Baltusrol's only par-5s.

  • The Latest: Walker had seen Baltusrol

    July 28, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) The Latest on the PGA Championship (all times EDT):3:40 p.m.Jimmy Walker didn't think he could handle Baltusrol the first time he saw it.He was a 21-year-old about to enter his senior year at Baylor when he played Baltusrol in the 2000 U.S. Amateur. ''I just remember it was a lot of golf course for me. It was tough,'' said Walker, who said he failed to advance to match play at the Amateur.

  • The Latest: Big names struggling at Baltusrol

    July 28, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) The Latest on the PGA Championship (all times EDT):3:15 p.m.The two most popular groups of the afternoon flight at the PGA Championship weren't exactly tearing up the course early in the first round.The ''first-name-only-necessary'' threesome of Sergio, Jordan and Bubba (it's Garcia, Spieth and Watson if you need the last names) had a total of two birdies through the first seven holes. Garcia had one on No. 2 and was at 1 under while Watson had the other on the same hole but was at 1 over, one shot better than Spieth.

  • Grillo continues strong play with 66 in PGA Championship

    July 28, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, Va. (AP) For some professional golfers this year, there are five majors.Emiliano Grillo certainly wants to win his first this week at the PGA Championship. Failing that, taking the first Olympic gold medal in the sport in 112 years would do just fine - especially for an Argentine playing in Brazil.

  • Mirim Lee leads Women's British Open after day 1

    July 28, 2016

    WOBURN, England (AP) Mirim Lee equaled the lowest-ever round at the Women's British Open by shooting a 10-under 62 Thursday to take the lead on the opening day.The South Korean had 10 birdies as she secured a three-stroke advantage over Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand, who carded a bogey-free round of 65 at Woburn Golf Club.

  • The Latest: Koepka returns with a 68

    July 28, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) The Latest on the PGA Championship (all times EDT):2:15 p.m.Brooks Koepka completed his first round since Sunday at the U.S. Open, and he was thrilled with a 68.Koepka had to pull out during the first round of the Bridgestone Invitational because of torn ligaments in his right ankle, and he probably wouldn't be playing this week except that it's the final major of the year. His ankle is taped and he is wearing a brace.

  • The Latest: Walker's 65 best of morning rounds

    July 28, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) The Latest on the PGA Championship (all times EDT):----1:55 p.m.Jimmy Walker had six birdies in a 5-under 65 to take the lead of the PGA Championship after the morning flight of 78 golfers. It tied Walker's career low round in a major.

  • The Latest: Hend and Taylor make 3 straight birdies

    July 28, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) The Latest on the PGA Championship (all times EDT):----12:50 p.m.Scott Hend and Vaughn Taylor had the first birdie runs of the PGA Championship and it was over the same three holes at Baltusrol Golf Club.Hend, a native of Australia who plays on the European Tour, birdied Nos. 13-15, all par-4s.

  • The Latest: No. 18 giving up plenty of strokes early

    July 28, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) The Latest on the PGA Championship (all times EDT):----11:30 a.m.The early starters off the back nine at Baltusrol Golf Club took advantage of the par-5 18th, a 554-yard hole. Of the 13 groups that started at No. 10 at the PGA Championship there were two eagles (Brooks Koepka and Lee Westwood in the same threesome) and 20 birdies.

  • The Latest: Walker off to fast start

    July 28, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) The Latest on the PGA Championship (all times EDT):----10:45 a.m.Jimmy Walker, who missed the cut in two of his last four PGA Tour events, birdied half of his first 10 holes to take an early lead at the PGA Championship. Walker, who has one Top Ten finish in five previous PGA Championships, made the turn at Baltusrol Golf Club in 4-under 32 and then birdied the par-4 1st hole to reach 5 under, two shots better than Rickie Fowler, Harris English and Paul Casey.

  • The Latest: Fowler starts with 3-under 33

    July 28, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) The Latest on the PGA Championship (all times EDT):----10:20 a.m.Rickie Fowler, looking to become the fourth first-time major champion this year, made the turn at 3-under 33, tying him for the early lead at the PGA Championship. Starting on the 10th hole at Baltusrol Golf Club, Fowler had four birdies and a bogey in his front nine. Tied with him at 3 under were Jimmy Walker and Brian Stuard.

  • The Latest: Early featured PGA group off to blah start

    July 28, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) The Latest on the PGA Championship (all times EDT):----9:40 a.m.The PGA Championships featured morning group of Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day didn't get off to a great start at Baltusrol Golf Club. Through their first four holes - they started on the back nine - Day, the defending champion, had the group's only birdie on the par-4 11th. Mickelson, who won the PGA Championship the last time it was played here, and McIlroy, a two-time PGA champion, both had a bogey in the opening holes.

  • The Latest: No. 11, an early birdie hole at Baltusrol

    July 28, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) The Latest on the PGA Championship (all times EDT):----8:50 a.m.Players starting on the back nine were attacking the 11th hole at Baltusrol. Of the first seven groups to play the 431-yard, par-4 hole, six golfers posted birdies. That included Rickie Fowler, who is playing with Ernie Els and Zach Johnson. Fowler's playing partners parred the hole.

  • The Latest: What score wins final major of the year?

    July 28, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) The Latest on the PGA Championship (all times EDT):7:55 a.m.No one had ever finished a major championship at 20-under par until Jason Day last year in the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits. And then it happened three majors later when Henrik Stenson matched him at Royal Troon two weeks ago at the British Open.

  • Final major of the year starts at Baltusrol

    July 28, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) The final major of the year began Thursday when New York club pro Mark Brown hit the opening tee shot in the PGA Championship.The PGA of America has a tradition of letting one of its 20 club pros in the field hit the first shot. The 49-year-old Brown is the head pro at Tam O'Shanter Golf Club in Brookville. He was a runner-up at the PGA Professional Championship in June.

  • Club pros get a taste of tour life at PGA Championship

    July 28, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) Jason Day and Jordan Spieth are at Baltusrol. So are 20 club pros, who for one week of the year get treated on equal ground as the best golfers in the world.They drive the same model Mercedes-Benz as courtesy cars. Lockers are in alphabetical order, and it doesn't matter if they give lessons or make millions in PGA Tour earnings. Club pros will have the same tee times as tour players when the PGA Championship starts Thursday.

  • Ko, Henderson well-rested for Ricoh Women's British Open

    July 27, 2016

    MILTON KEYNES, England (AP) Lydia Ko and Brooke Henderson got timely breaks before the Ricoh Women's British Open.Ko and Henderson were both off last week while many top players competed in the UL International Crown team matches in Illinois.The 19-year-old Ko visited France for a promotional event for her upcoming title defense in The Evian Championship and took some tourist time in London before arriving at Woburn Golf Club.

  • Clean-shaven Johnson goes for No. 1 at PGA

    July 27, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) Dustin Johnson apparently had high expectations after winning his first major at the U.S. Open.He didn't win the next major at Royal Troon and got rid of his beard.''I finished ninth at the British, so I shaved it,'' Johnson said Wednesday, the big smile indicating he went with a clean look for no specific reason.

  • The Latest: Sergio Garcia likes Baltusrol

    July 27, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) The Latest on the PGA Championship (all times EDT):4 p.m.Sergio Garcia always draws attention as the best player never to win a major and this week he tries to end the streak again and it will be on a course he likes.''I've taken a couple looks,'' he said of Baltusrol Golf Club. ''Course looks great. Very, very good shape. Obviously a couple new tees here and there from 2005. The lake on 18, obviously it's a little bit closer to the fairway than it used to be, but the course looks really, really good. Obviously I like what I see. Hoping to play nicely this week again and have a chance coming on the weekend.''

  • The Latest: PGA of America not moving 2017 tournament

    July 27, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) The Latest on the PGA Championship (all times EDT):2:30 p.m.The PGA of America has no plans to move next year's championship out of Charlotte despite the North Carolina law limiting protections for LGBT people.The tournament is scheduled for Quail Hollow, a regular spring stop on the PGA Tour.

  • The Latest: Clarke names another vice captain for Ryder Cup

    July 27, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) The Latest on the PGA Championship (all times EDT):1:50 p.m.European captain Darren Clarke has tapped Sam Torrance as his fifth and final vice captain for the Ryder Cup.Torrance was the winning captain at The Belfry in 2002. He played on eight European teams, and he won the clinching point in 1985 when Europe beat the Americans for the first time since between 1981 and 1995. He might be most famous for raising both arms in triumph when Europe won in 1985 for the first time since 1957.

  • Jason Day sees Baltusrol for the first time

    July 27, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) Jason Day's plan to defend his PGA Championship took a turn he wasn't expecting.It is rare for a player considered one of the favorites in a major not to see the golf course until the day before the tournament starts, but that's how the world's No. 1-ranked player will try to handle Baltusrol Golf Club, the site of this year's PGA Championship.

  • Where's the Beef? Everywhere at and around PGA Championship

    July 27, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) Andrew Johnston already has had a busy few days in the New York area. You know, pastrami at Katz's Deli, sampling burgers throughout Manhattan, and getting a taste of the fare from his newest sponsor, Arby's.He even worked behind the counter at the fast-food restaurant.

  • Baltusrol ready to host final major of the year

    July 27, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) Defending champion Jason Day got his first look at Baltusrol on Wednesday - one day before the start of the PGA Championship.Day is an example of how the Olympics have crowded the golf schedule this year. He went from the British Open to Toronto to defend his title in the Canadian Open, and now he plays the final major of the year.

  • Olympics present problem in US qualifying for Ryder Cup

    July 27, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) The Olympics has thrown another wrinkle into the golf schedule, this one affecting the American team for the Ryder Cup.The PGA Championship typically is the final event to earn one of the eight automatic qualifying spots, and then Davis Love III would have four captain's picks leading up to the Ryder Cup matches that start Sept. 30 at Hazeltine.

  • Stenson's search for perfection doesn't end with a major

    July 26, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) Henrik Stenson was baking in the hot sun of Baltusrol, chipping out of the thick grass in the short-game area until the bag of golf balls was nearly empty. One chip dropped into the cup on its last turn.''I would have thought that's the perfect way to end,'' caddie Gareth Lord said to him.

  • Mickelson not close to being over runner-up in British Open

    July 26, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) If you thought two weeks was enough time for Phil Mickelson to get over his second-place finish in the British Open duel with Henrik Stenson, guess again.Lefty said it's going to take a long time to get over the British Open, probably longer than any of his other excruciating losses in a major.

  • Baltusrol is last chance for 2016 major for McIlroy, Spieth

    July 26, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) Rory McIlroy took stock of his game and the shots required at Baltusrol and reached a most logical conclusion Tuesday. He believes the PGA Championship will be his best chance this year to win a major.He overlooked the obvious. It now is his only chance this year to win a major.

  • Celebrity golf fan arrested after touching Justin Timberlake

    July 26, 2016

    RENO, Nev. (AP) A California man was arrested for disorderly conduct after Justin Timberlake said he got too physical with him last weekend during the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship at Lake Tahoe, sheriff's officials said Tuesday.Keith Weglin, 29, of Sacramento, California, was booked into the county jail for the misdemeanor Saturday afternoon, posted 0 bail and was released late that night, Douglas County Undersheriff Paul Howell said.

  • Tahoe celebrity golf fan arrested after touching Timberlake

    July 26, 2016

    RENO, Nev. (AP) A California man was arrested for disorderly conduct after Justin Timberlake said he got too physical with him last weekend during the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship at Lake Tahoe.Sheriff's department officials said Tuesday 29-year-old Keith Weglin of Sacramento was booked into jail for the misdemeanor Saturday afternoon, posted 0 bail and was released late that night.

  • Masters champ Danny Willett eyes greener pastures at PGA

    July 26, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) Since winning the Masters, Danny Willett has taken his green jacket to Wimbledon, thrown out the first pitch at a New York Yankees game and enjoyed the celebrity that goes with being a major champion. Add in fatherhood and it's been a couple of fun months.

  • Instead of making history, Spieth trying to ignore it

    July 25, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) Jordan Spieth walked with purpose down the long corridor toward his locker, not stopping to look at the photos and scorecards that cover more than a century of golf history at Baltusrol.Maybe that was just as well.History has proven to be his toughest opponent this year, and it was bound to be a losing battle.

  • Nicholas Lindheim wins Web.com Tour's Utah Championship

    July 24, 2016

    LEHI, Utah (AP) Nicholas Lindheim won the Utah Championship on Sunday for his first Web.com Tour title and a likely spot next season on the PGA Tour.The 31-year-old Californian closed with a 3-under 69 at Thanksgiving Point to finish at 15-under 269 and beat playing partner J.J. Spaun by two strokes.

  • Mark Mulder successfully defends celebrity golf title

    July 24, 2016

    STATELINE, Nev. (AP) Mark Mulder rallied Sunday at Edgewood Tahoe to successfully defend his title in the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament.The former pitcher birdied seven of his first 13 holes and finished with a 29-point round for a five-point victory over Mardy Fish in the modified Stableford event. Players received six points for eagle, three for birdie, one for par, zero for bogey and minus-two for double bogey or worse.

  • Jhonattan Vegas rallies to win Canadian Open

    July 24, 2016

    OAKVILLE, Ontario (AP) Jhonattan Vegas rallied to win the Canadian Open on Sunday for his second PGA Tour victory, birdieing the final three holes at Glen Abbey for an 8-under 64 and one-stroke victory.The 29-year-old Venezuelan Olympic player began the day five strokes behind leader Brandt Snedeker and four behind U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson and Canadian amateur Jared du Toit.

  • Laura Gonzalez Escallon wins rain-shortened Symetra event

    July 24, 2016

    BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) Belgium's Laura Gonzalez Escallon won the FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship on Sunday for her first Symetra Tour title when rain washed out at the final round.Play began on time Sunday at 7:30 a.m., but was halted at 9:25 a.m. Rain and lightning continued through the early afternoon and play didn't resume.

  • Paul Broadhurst wins Senior British Open at Carnoustie

    July 24, 2016

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland (AP) Paul Broadhurst won the Senior British Open on Sunday at Carnoustie for his first senior major title, closing with a 4-under 68 for a two-stroke victory over Scott McCarron.The 50-year-old Broadhurst overcame an opening 75 to become the third English player to win a PGA Tour Champions major, joining Mark James and Roger Chapman. Broadhurst also is the first player to win the event in his debut since Fred Couples in 2012 at Turnberry.

  • South Korea, Japan advance in UL International Crown

    July 24, 2016

    GURNEE, Ill. (AP) South Korea completed a rain-delayed sweep of Australia in the UL International Crown on Sunday, and Japan won a three-team playoff for the final spot in the singles session.The pair of wins gave South Korea a Pool A-best eight points, just one back of England for the top spot. After Saturday's play was suspended due to thunderstorms, Sei Young Kim and So Yeon Ryu finished off a 3-and-2 victory over Australia's Karrie Webb and Rebecca Artis, and Amy Yang and In Gee Chun secured a 1-up win against Minjee Lee and Su Oh.

  • Former tennis player Mardy Fish leads Tahoe celebrity golf

    July 24, 2016

    STATELINE, Nev. (AP) Former tennis player Mardy Fish had a 28-point round Saturday to take a two-point lead over actor Jack Wagner in the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament.Fish shot a 3-under 69, making seven birdies and four bogeys at Edgewood Tahoe to reach 50 points in the modified Stableford event. Players receive six points for eagle, three for birdie, one for par, none for bogey and minus-two for double bogey or worse.

  • Former tennis player Mardy Fiush leads Tahoe celebrity golf

    July 23, 2016

    STATELINE, Nev. (AP) Former tennis player Mardy Fish had a 28-point round Saturday to take a two-point lead over actor Jack Wagner in the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament.Fish shot a 3-under 69, making seven birdies and four bogeys at Edgewood Tahoe to reach 50 points in the modified Stableford event. Players receive six points for eagle, three for birdie, one for par, none for bogey and minus-two for double bogey or worse.

  • Eun Jeong Seong wins second straight US Girls' Junior

    July 23, 2016

    PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) Eun Jeong Seong rallied to beat Andrea Lee 4 and 2 on Saturday in the U.S. Girls' Junior to become the first player to successfully defend the title since Hollis Stacy in 1971.The 16-year-old South Korean overcame an early five-hole deficit to join Stacy (1969, `70, `71), Judy Eller (1957 and `58) and Nancy Lopez (1972 and `74) as the only multiple winners. Admitting that she had not heard of Stacy, Seong noted, ''My mom was born in 1971.''

  • Australia's Min Woo Lee wins US Junior Amateur

    July 23, 2016

    OOLTEWAH, Tenn. (AP) Australia's Min Woo Lee waited out a 47-minute weather delay to hole the winning 3 1/2-foot birdie putt Saturday in the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship.The 17-year-old Lee beat 16-year-old Noah Goodwin of Corinth, Texas, 2 and 1 in the 36-hole final at The Honors Course. Lee became the first Australian winner and combined with older sister Minjee to become the first brother-sister tandem to win USGA junior championships. Minjee Lee won the 2012 U.S. Girls' Junior.

  • Snedeker leads amateur du Toit in Canadian Open

    July 23, 2016

    OAKVILLE, Ontario (AP) Brandt Snedeker overpowered the par-5 18th hole Saturday in the Canadian Open to take a one-stroke lead over Canadian amateur Jared du Toit.Snedeker hit a 378-yard drive and 121-yard approach to set a 7 1/2-foot eagle putt that he holed for a 6-under 66. He had five straight birdies on Nos. 2-6, bogeyed 11 and 15 and birdied the par-5 16th.

  • Charley Hull, England lead UL International Crown

    July 23, 2016

    GURNEE, Ill. (AP) Charley Hull and surprising England grabbed the lead in the UL International Crown on Saturday, and the United States advanced with a sweep against Japan.Hull, who missed Friday's four-ball session with a fever and trouble with her asthma, teamed with Melissa Reid for a 3-and-1 victory over sisters Ariya and Moriya Jutanugarn of Thailand. Holly Clyburn and Jodi Ewart Shadoff routed Pornanong Phatlum and Porani Chutichai 7 and 5, helping seventh-seeded England to a Pool B-best nine points.

  • Miguel Angel Jimenez opens lead in Senior British Open

    July 23, 2016

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland (AP) Miguel Angel Jimenez opened a four-stroke lead in the Senior British Open, missing matching the Carnoustie course record by a stroke Saturday with a 7-under 65.The 52-year-old Spaniard had a bogey-free round in wind at 6-12 mph on the mostly cloudy afternoon. He had an 11-under 205 total after opening 70-70.

  • Hull returns for England after being sidelined by illness

    July 23, 2016

    GURNEE, Ill. (AP) England's Charley Hull is playing in the UL International Crown after missing the second session because of asthma and fever.Hull joined partner Melissa Reid for the start of their match on Saturday against sisters Ariya and Moriya Jutanugarn of Thailand.

  • Jack Wagner leads celebrity golf event in Tahoe

    July 22, 2016

    STATELINE, Nev. (AP) Actor Jack Wagner had five birdies in a 27-point round Friday to take a three-point lead over former hockey player Mike Modano in the American Century Championship.The 56-year-old Wagner won the celebrity event in 2006 and 2011. He also had a bogey at Edgewood Tahoe in the modified Stableford event. Players receive six points for eagle, three for birdie, one for par, none for bogey and minus-2 for double bogey or worse.

  • Noah Goodwin, Min Woo Lee advance to US Junior Amateur final

    July 22, 2016

    OOLTEWAH, Tenn. (AP) Noah Goodwin outlasted John Pak with a conceded eagle on the 20th hole Friday to advance to the U.S. Junior Amateur championship match.The 16-year-old Goodwin, from Corinth, Texas, will face Australia's Min Woo Lee in the 36-hole final Saturday at The Honors Course.

  • Key anniversaries at the PGA Championship

    July 22, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) A look at key anniversaries in PGA Championship history:---100 years ago (1916): Jim Barnes of England won the inaugural PGA Championship at Siwanoy Country Club, coming from one hole behind with three to play for a 1-up victory over Jock Hutchison. He won 0 and the Wanamaker Trophy. All the semifinalists - Barnes, Hutchison, Walter Hagen and Willie MacFarlane went on to win majors. The PGA Championship, after its debut, was not played again until 1919 because of World War I.

  • Capsule of Baltusrol's history in the majors

    July 22, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) A capsule look at major championship held at Baltusrol, site of the 98th PGA Championship to be played July 28-31:Major: 2005 PGA Championship (Lower Course)Winner: Phil MickelsonScore: 276Margin: 1 shotRunner-up: Steve Elkington, Thomas Bjorn

  • PGA Championship, Hole by Hole

    July 22, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) A hole-by-hole look at the Lower Course at Baltusrol Golf Club, site of the 98th PGA Championship to be played July 28-31:No. 1, 478 yards, par 4: A tough test from the start on a par 5 for members that has been converted to a par 4. Shunpike Road runs along the left side and is out-of-bounds, while bunkers and a brook to the right make the landing area feel even tighter. A slight rise in the fairway hides the bottom of the pin on the approach. The green is relatively small, with bunkers on both sides.

  • Last major of the year in no time at all

    July 22, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) Jordan Spieth hit the reset button after the U.S. Open, a prudent decision to keep from looking in the rearview mirror.Gone was the burden of trying to repeat 2015 by winning the Masters and U.S. Open in the same year. This was all about looking ahead at two more majors, not so much to salvage the year but the chance to make it another great one. And now, even that is about to end.

  • Defending champ Seong, Lee reach US Girls' Junior final

    July 22, 2016

    PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) Defending champion Eun Jeong Seong of South Korea and American Andrea Lee each won twice Friday at Ridgewood to advance to the championship match in the U.S. Girls' Junior.The 16-year-old Seong beat China's Xinying Wang 3 and 2 in the morning quarterfinals and topped fellow South Korean player Yujeong Son 4 and 3 in the afternoon semifinals. Seong is trying to join Judy Eller (1957-1958) and Hollis Stacy (1969-1971) as the only players to win consecutive Girls' Juniors titles.

  • Joe Durant, Kohki Idoki share Senior British Open lead

    July 22, 2016

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland (AP) Joe Durant birdied the par-4 18th hole Friday for a 3-under 68 and a share of the Senior British Open lead with Kohki Idoki.The 52-year-old Durant birdied three of the first five holes on the back nine, the second two on the par-5 12th and 14th at Carnoustie Golf Links in 10-15 mph wind with some light rain.

  • United States, Australia rebound in UL International Crown

    July 22, 2016

    GURNEE, Ill. (AP) Lexi Thompson and Cristie Kerr helped the United States rebound on Friday in the UL International Crown, and Melissa Reid drew kudos for a gutsy effort while playing alone for England after her partner was sidelined by an illness.Thompson and Kerr routed Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn and Porani Chutichai 4 and 3 for the Americans' first two points after they were shut out in the first session of the LPGA event. The United States almost had a sweep, but Gerina Piller and Stacy Lewis each missed a birdie putt on 18, which halved their match against Moriya Jutanugarn and Pornanong Phatlum.

  • Inbee Park out of British Open to focus on recovery for Rio

    July 22, 2016

    LONDON (AP) Inbee Park will not defend her Women's British Open title after being forced to withdraw from next week's event as she continues her recovery from a left thumb injury.The South Korean says ''this has been an incredibly hard decision for me to make and the reason I've left it to the very last minute.''

  • LPGA's Hull of England sidelined by illness

    July 22, 2016

    GURNEE, Ill. (AP) Charley Hull has missed the start of her four-ball match in the LPGA's UL International Crown due to illness.Hull's absence left Melissa Reid playing for England by herself against Japan's Haru Nomura and Mika Miyazato. A spokeswoman for the LPGA says Hull can join Friday's match on the tee at any hole, but she wasn't sure if Hull would be able to play.

  • Australia's Lee beats medalist Vick in US Junior Amateur

    July 21, 2016

    OOLTEWAH, Tenn. (AP) Australia's Fred Lee beat stroke-play medalist Travis Vick of Houston 2 and 1 on Thursday to advance to the U.S. Junior Amateur quarterfinals.The 16-year-old Lee topped China's Ye Wocheng in the morning in the round of 32.''It definitely proves that my game is solid,'' Lee said. ''It showed out there today. I didn't miss many greens and I hit quite a few fairways.''

  • Travis Vick reaches US Junior Amateur quarterfinals

    July 21, 2016

    OOLTEWAH, Tenn. (AP) Stroke-play medalist Travis Vick advanced to the U.S. Junior Amateur quarterfinals, winning two matches Thursday at The Honors Course.The 16-year-old Vick, from Houston, routed Teddy Zinsner of Alexandria, Virginia, 6 and 5 in the morning, and beat Australia's Fred Lee 2 and 1 in the afternoon.

  • Dustin Johnson, Luke List share Canadian Open lead

    July 22, 2016

    OAKVILLE, Ontario (AP) Dustin Johnson started and finished the day tied with Luke List for the Canadian Open lead. The U.S. Open champion had to make up a lot of ground to do it.Johnson had a double bogey and two bogeys on his first holes Friday in windy conditions at sun-baked Glen Abbey. He rebounded with six birdies and had a late bogey in a 1-under 71.

  • Top-ranked amateur not rushing into pro golf career

    July 21, 2016

    Maverick McNealy sounds like a normal college student trying to figure out what he wants to do with his life.He just happens to be the top-ranked amateur golfer in the world.''I've been really blessed at Stanford to have two very awesome opportunities,'' said McNealy, who just finished his junior season with the Cardinal. ''I have a chance to get a world-class education and a chance to play for one of the best golf teams in the country. To be honest, I don't know what I want to do come next year.''

  • Defending champ Seong reaches US Girls' Junior quarters

    July 21, 2016

    PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) Defending champion Eun Jeong Seong of South Korea won two matches Thursday at Ridgewood Country Club to advance to the U.S. Girls' Junior quarterfinals.The 16-year-old Seong beat Taiwan's Yu Chiang Hou 2 and 1 in the morning, and topped Yu Sang Hou, also from Taiwan, 4 and 3 in the afternoon.

  • Woody Austin leads Senior British Open at Carnoustie

    July 21, 2016

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland (AP) Woody Austin made four birdies in a six-hole stretch on the back nine and finished with a 4-under 68 to take the first-round lead in the Senior British Open.The 52-year-old Austin rebounded from bogeys on Nos. 9 and 10 with birdies on 11, 12, 14 and 16. He has struggled after winning three times in four events this year on the PGA Tour Champions.

  • US swept by England on opening day of UL International Crown

    July 21, 2016

    GURNEE, Ill. (AP) The United States lost both of its four-ball matches to England while Yani Tseng helped Taiwan to a sweep of Australia on the opening day of the UL International Crown on Thursday.Lexi Thompson and Cristie Kerr lost 2-and-1 to Holly Clyburn and Jodi Ewart Shadoff, and Stacy Lewis and Gerina Piller were defeated by Charley Hull and Melissa Reid by the same score. Thompson, Kerr and Lewis also were on the American team that was swept on the first day of the inaugural event in 2014 and finished sixth.

  • Barkley: "Golf is fun until you hit somebody in the head"

    July 21, 2016

    RENO, Nev. (AP) Leave it to Charles Barkley to capsulize the challenges he and others will face atop the Sierra this weekend trying to keep their golf balls in the fairway, away from the galleries and out of the water during the 27th annual American Century Celebrity Golf Championship at Lake Tahoe.

  • Stroke-play medalist Travis Vick advances in US Junior

    July 20, 2016

    OOLTEWAH, Tenn. (AP) Stroke-play medalist Travis Vick held off Patrick Welch 2 and 1 on Wednesday in the first round of match play in the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship.The 16-year-old Vick, from Houston, lost three of four holes to take a 1-up lead to the par-5 17th, then hit a 4-iron approach to set up a winning two-putt birdie.

  • Defending champion Seong advances in US Girls' Junior

    July 20, 2016

    PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) Defending champion Eun Jeong Seong of South Korea won her opening match Wednesday in the U.S. Girls' Junior Championship, topping Katherine Muzi of Walnut, California, 5 and 4.''I didn't have a birdie today,'' the 16-year-old Seong said. ''But she made a couple mistakes today, which is how I won.''

  • David Hearn set for Canadian Open at Glen Abbey

    July 21, 2016

    OAKVILLE, Ontario (AP) David Hearn signed every hat, flag and ticket handed to him. He took off his sunglasses and put them behind his cap for every photo and asked the name of every young fan as he made his way off the 18th green at Glen Abbey on Wednesday at the Canadian Open pro-am.

  • 2018 UL International Crown set for South Korea

    July 20, 2016

    GURNEE, Ill. (AP) The 2018 UL International Crown will be played at Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea.The LPGA Tour announced the site Wednesday, a day before the start of play at the Merit Club in the biennial team match-play competition.Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea was the site of the 2015 Presidents Cup. The club is 40 miles west of Seoul in the Incheon Free Economic Zone.

  • RBC extends sponsorship with PGA Tour event through 2023

    July 20, 2016

    HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) RBC will remain the title sponsor of the PGA Tour event on Hilton Head Island through 2023.RBC, the PGA and the Heritage Classic Foundation announced the six-year contract extension Wednesday. The Canadian banking giant rescued the tournament in 2012 after officials used money from the foundation to host the tournament without a title sponsor in 2011 after Verizon pulled out. RBC Heritage tournament director Steve Wilmot says at this year's tournament the parties extended the agreement into 2017, hoping to reach a long-term agreement.

  • UL Crown first step on run-up to women's golf at Rio Games

    July 20, 2016

    GURNEE, Ill. (AP) Women's golf gets off to a running start this week on its return to the Olympics with the UL International Crown, a 32-player, eight-team event that could provide a preview to which nation rules the upcoming Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.

  • Tuesday's Sports in Brief

    July 20, 2016

    OLYMPICSLONDON (AP) With just over two weeks until the opening ceremony, Russia still doesn't know whether its athletes - all or even some - will be competing in the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. It may all come down to the lawyers.While the IOC decided to ban from the Rio Games all Russian Sports Ministry officials and other administrators implicated in allegations of a state-run doping program, it delayed a ruling on whether to take the unprecedented step of barring the entire Russian Olympic team.

  • PGA Championship, Field

    July 19, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) The 156-man field for the 98th PGA Championship, to be played July 28-31 at Baltusrol Golf Club. Players listed in the first category for which they are eligible:PGA CHAMPIONS: Jason Day, Rory McIlroy, Jason Dufner, Keegan Bradley, Martin Kaymer, Y.E. Yang, Padraig Harrington, Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh, Shaun Micheel, Rich Beem, David Toms, John Daly.

  • Tiger Woods out of PGA Championship as rehab continues

    July 19, 2016

    Tiger Woods withdrew from the PGA Championship, the first time he will go an entire year without playing a major.The decision, while not a surprise, also means he will go an entire PGA Tour season without playing.His agent, Mark Steinberg of Excel Sports Management, said in a text to The Associated Press on Tuesday that Woods will not play the remainder of the tour season as he continues to rehab following back surgeries. That would have amounted to only three more tournaments before the start of the FedEx Cup playoffs.

  • Mickelson likes a major where emphasis isn't on par

    July 19, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) Even during a week when the USGA didn't have a championship, it still came under scrutiny by way of comparisons.With a forecast of gusts topping 30 mph for the third round Saturday, the R&A finished its morning preparation of Royal Troon and decided not to cut or roll the putting surfaces in case the wind got out of hand. The greens were slower, though links putting surfaces typically are not fast.

  • Lefty chasing the other Nicklaus mark

    July 19, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) Tiger Woods isn't the only player chasing Jack Nicklaus in the majors.So is Phil Mickelson.Only one of them has been making progress over the last four years. That isn't necessarily good news for Mickelson, but it should be.Mickelson did everything right in the British Open, only to watch Henrik Stenson do just a little better.

  • Watson leads seven-person U.S. Olympic golf team

    July 18, 2016

    Two-time Masters winner Bubba Watson leads the seven-person contingent selected to represent the United States at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.The 37-year-old Watson, who claimed the coveted green jacket at the Masters in 2012 and 2014, is a nine-time PGA Tour winner and has represented the United States on three Ryder Cup teams (2010, 2012, 2014) and two Presidents Cup sides (2011, 2015).

  • Ko atop Rolex Rankings for 39th consecutive week

    July 18, 2016

    New Zealand teenager Lydia Ko extended her lead atop the Rolex Women's World Golf Rankings released Monday after she won the Marathon Classic for her fourth LPGA Tour victory of the season.Ko birdied the fourth playoff hole to win a playoff Sunday at the tournament in Sylvania, Ohio.

  • Troon trumps Turnberry with better golf

    July 18, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) Turnberry had the bigger stars. Troon had the better golf.That, along with 20 miles of Ayrshire coastline, might be all that separates two of the most compelling duels in 156 years of the British Open.To compare anything with the 1977 British Open used to be sacrosanct. For the last four decades, the ''Duel in the Sun'' was the gold standard for head-to-head battles in a major championship, which are rare. Jack Nicklaus was the best in golf with 14 majors, nearing the end of his prime at 37. Tom Watson was the emerging star, 10 years younger, who won his second major earlier that year by holding off Nicklaus to win the Masters.

  • Stenson, Mickelson forever linked after epic Open duel

    July 18, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) They walked off the 18th green together, arms wrapped around each other, forever linked by one of golf's greatest duels.Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson.No losers here, but only one winner.Stenson claimed the claret jug, a major champion for the first time at age 40. All it took was 10 birdies and a magnificent 8-under 63 in the closing round of the British Open.

  • Martin Flores wins first Web.com Tour title

    July 17, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) Martin Flores won the Lincoln Land Charity Championship on Sunday for his first Web.com Tour title to wrap up a PGA Tour card.The 34-year-old former Oklahoma player closed with a 4-under 67 for a two-stroke victory over Wesley Bryant, Jonathan Randolph, JT Poston and Casey Wittenberg.

  • Clariss Guce wins Symetra Tour event

    July 17, 2016

    ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) Clariss Guce won the Danielle Downey Credit Union Classic on Sunday for her first Symetra Tour title.Guce, from the Philippines, made a 12-foot birdie putt on the par-3 closing hole for a 5-under 67 and a one-stroke victory over Ally McDonald and Sophia Popov.

  • Lydia Ko outlasts Jutanugarn, Lee in Marathon playoff

    July 17, 2016

    SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) Lydia Ko outlasted Ariya Jutanugarn and Mirim Lee to win the Marathon Classic on Sunday for her fourth LPGA Tour victory of the season.The top-ranked Ko made a 10-foot birdie putt on the fourth extra hole after Jutanugarn and Lee ran into trouble on the par-5 18th.

  • Baddeley tops Kim on fourth playoff hole at Barbasol

    July 17, 2016

    OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) Aaron Baddeley made a 24-foot putt on the fourth hole of a playoff with Si Woo Kim to win the Barbasol Championship on Sunday at Grand National.Baddeley broke into a celebratory run off the green, tossed his club in the air and flung his cap back onto the green after his fourth PGA Tour victory. The Australian secured a two-year exemption and a spot in the PGA Championship, but not the Masters.

  • Stricker, Holmes best of the rest at the British Open

    July 17, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) Steve Stricker showed up at Royal Troon thinking this might be his last major championship. He can count on three more.The 49-year-old Stricker shot 2-under 69 to finish in fourth place at the British Open, securing a return to the Masters, a trip back for the British Open at Birkdale next year and a place at the PGA Championship in Baltusrol in less than two weeks.

  • Mickelson's best isn't good enough in epic Open finale

    July 17, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) Now, Phil Mickelson knows how Jack Nicklaus felt that day at Turnberry.Sometimes, you're just not good enough. Even when you play your best.Mickelson turned in what would normally go down as one of the greatest closing rounds in major championship history - a bogey-free, 6-under 65 at Royal Troon.

  • Stenson dedicates British Open win to pal who died of cancer

    July 17, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) Henrik Stenson ended his winner's speech on the 18th green at Royal Troon by dedicating his first major title to a close friend who died of cancer the day before the British Open started.''I feel like he has been with me all week - Mike, this one is for you,'' said an emotional Stenson as he raised the claret jug one more time and kissed it.

  • Stenson wins duel with Mickelson to claim British Open

    July 17, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) Henrik Stenson is the champion golfer of the year, thanks to a final round for the ages.He kept hitting the best shots of his life, one after another, and he needed each one to stay ahead of Phil Mickelson in a British Open duel that ranked among the best in major championship history.

  • The Latest: Henrik Stenson wins British Open for 1st major

    July 17, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) The Latest on the final round of the British Open (all times local):---6:30 p.m.After an epic duel at the British Open, Henrik Stenson has claimed his first major title.Stenson shot an 8-under 63 on Sunday to beat Phil Mickelson by three strokes, becoming the first man from Sweden to win one of golf's biggest events.

  • The Latest: Henrik Stenson poised to win first major title

    July 17, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) The Latest on the final round of the British Open (all times local):---6:20 p.m.Henrik Stenson is closing in on his first major title.The 40-year-old Swede has a two-shot lead over Phil Mickelson with one hole to play in regulation at the British Open.

  • Cancer survivor Southgate finishes in tears at British Open

    July 17, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) With his family watching, cancer survivor Matthew Southgate was in tears as he approached the 18th green at Royal Troon. A traumatic 12 months for the Englishman was ending on a high.Southgate was about to complete a final round of 2-under 69 that saw him finish tied for 12th at the British Open, a year to the week that he underwent surgery after being diagnosed with testicular cancer. At that point, he thought his golfing career was over.

  • The Latest: Stenson reclaims Open lead over Mickelson

    July 17, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) The Latest on the final round of the British Open (all times local):---5:40 p.m.Henrik Stenson has reclaimed the upper hand in his epic British Open duel with Phil Mickelson.Stenson rolled in an 18-foot birdie putt at the par-3 14th hole on Sunday to push his score to 17 under for the tournament.

  • The Latest: Cancer survivor Southgate in tears at Troon

    July 17, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) The Latest on the final round of the British Open (all times local):---5:10 p.m.With his family all around, cancer survivor Matthew Southgate was in tears as he approached the 18th green at Royal Troon. A traumatic 12 months for the Englishman was ending on a high.

  • The Latest: Stenson, Mickelson locked in memorable Open duel

    July 17, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) The Latest on the final round of the British Open (all times local):---4:35 p.m.Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson are locked in a memorable duel at Royal Troon.In what has turned into a two-man match for the claret jug, they are going at it shot for shot, taking aim at a British Open course that is suddenly ripe for the taking. The wind has died down, and the sun even broke through a clouds a few times Sunday.

  • The Latest: Pieters snaps club in 2, flings pieces in bush

    July 17, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) The Latest on the final round of the British Open (all times local):---4:25 p.m.''The Railway'' hole can prove to be a card-wrecker at Royal Troon. Just ask Thomas Pieters.The Belgian snapped his iron in two and flung both pieces in the nearby heather on the way to making a quintuple-bogey 9 at the 11th. He was 2-under for his final round at that point.

  • The Latest: Stenson, Mickelson dueling at Royal Troon

    July 17, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) The Latest on the final round of the British Open (all times local):---3:20 p.m.There already have been two lead changes in the first three holes of the British Open.Henrik Stenson began the final round Sunday with a one-shot lead, but gave it up with three-putt bogey at No. 1. Phil Mickelson spun his approach shot about two feet from the flag and tapped in for birdie and a one-stroke lead.

  • The Latest: Stenson, Mickelson tee off for Open showdown

    July 17, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) The Latest on the final round of the British Open (all times local):---2:35 p.m.The duel is on at the British Open.Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson teed off Sunday in the final group at Royal Troon, the sun breaking through the clouds just as they hit their opening shots along the Irish Sea.

  • The Latest: Spieth finally break par at the British Open

    July 17, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) The Latest on the final round of the British Open (all times local):---2:10 p.m.Jordan Spieth has snapped an unwanted streak at the British Open.The 22-year-old Texan had gone 10 straight rounds in major championships without breaking par. That run ended Sunday, when he shot a 3-under 68 in the final round at Royal Troon.

  • The Latest: Monty says he might try for another British Open

    July 17, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) The Latest on the final round of the British Open (all times local):---1:45 p.m.This was supposed to be a British Open farewell for Colin Montgomerie.Now the 53-year-old says he hopes to qualify again for golf's oldest major championship.

  • Stenson takes 1-stroke lead into final round of British Open

    July 17, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) Henrik Stenson takes a one-stroke lead into the final round of the British Open, looking to become the first male golfer from Sweden to win a major golf championship.On another cool, rainy day at Royal Troon, it looks like a two-man showdown. Stenson leads at 12-under 201, while 46-year-old American Phil Mickelson is at 202.

  • Jhonattan Vegas' lead cut to 3 strokes in rainy Alabama

    July 16, 2016

    OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) Jhonattan Vegas' lead was down to three strokes Saturday when rain finally stopped third-round play in the Barbasol Championship.Six shots ahead after a course-record 11-under 60 on Friday, Vegas was 1 over for the round and 16 under overall playing the par-4 14th when play was stopped on Grand National's Lake Course.

  • Travelers using PGA Tour stop to help former CEO battle ALS

    July 16, 2016

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Jay Fishman finds it more comfortable these days to use a wheelchair to get around, and has begun getting some help breathing from a portable ventilator.The former Travelers CEO says he's in ''the final innings'' of his battle with Lou Gehrig's disease, the terminal neurodegenerative condition also called ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. But Fishman says he has no plans to slow down.

  • Hyo Joo Kim takes 3-stroke lead in Marathon Classic

    July 16, 2016

    SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) Hyo Joo Kim had five birdies in a six-hole stretch and shot a 7-under 64 on Saturday at Highland Meadows to open a three-stroke lead in the Marathon Classic.Kim began the run on the par-4 fifth, parred the par-3 sixth, then ran off four straight on the par-5 seventh, par-3 eighth and par-4 ninth and 10th holes. The South Korean player added birdies on the par-3 14th and par-5 17th and parred the par-5 18th to finish at 15 under.

  • Haas on a major leaderboard, even if he's not in contention

    July 16, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) Even with six PGA Tour victories, Bill Haas knew his record in the majors was lacking.He had never contended. He never even had a top 10.Hass finally put together three solid rounds at Royal Troon, including a 2-under 69 on Saturday, and was in third place going into the final round of the British Open.

  • Mickelson fights to stay in contention at Royal Troon

    July 16, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) Phil Mickelson finally gave up the lead at the British Open. He knows he could have lost much more than that.''Today,'' Lefty said Saturday evening, just outside the clubhouse, ''could have been a day it got away from me.''Instead, a combination of good fortune, improvisation and typical short-game magic meant Mickelson will head into the final round just one shot behind Henrik Stenson at Royal Troon. A sixth major title is still within grasp of the People's Champion.

  • Where's the beef? Right on the British Open leaderboard

    July 16, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) Where's the beef at the British Open?Right there on the leaderboard.Andrew Johnston, a burly, bearded Englishman who answers to ''Beef,'' has become the fan favorite at Royal Troon with his brilliant shots and jovial demeanor over the first three rounds.

  • A look at the third round of the British Open

    July 16, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) A look at the third round Saturday in the British Open at Royal Troon Golf Club (all times EDT):LEADER: Henrik Stenson had a 2-under 69 and was at 12-under 201.CHALLENGER: Phil Mickelson shot 70 and was one stroke behind.CHASERS: Bill Haas (69) was six shots behind, followed by Andrew Johnston (70), with J.B. Holmes (69) eight shots back.

  • Stenson leads British Open, with Mickelson a shot back

    July 16, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson went toe-to-toe for four hours Saturday in the British Open, trading pivotal par saves and four lead changes in the cold wind and occasional rain at Royal Troon.And now they get to do it again, this time with the claret jug at stake.

  • The Latest: Stenson leads Lefty heading to final Open round

    July 16, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) The latest from the British Open (all times local):---7:25 p.m.Henrik Stenson will take a one-stroke lead to the final day of the British Open.After a riveting duel with Phil Mickelson in the last group of the third round, Stenson finished with a 3-under 68 that leaves him with a 12-under 201 total at Royal Troon on Saturday.

  • McIlroy snaps 3-wood in 2 pieces at British Open

    July 16, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) Rory McIlroy's 3-wood already wasn't in the best shape, so it had no chance when he chucked the club to the ground in frustration after a bad shot at the British Open.It snapped in two.Add it to the list of club-throwing episodes from one of the world's top golfers.

  • The Latest: Where's the beef? On the Open leaderboard

    July 16, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) The latest from the British Open (all times local):---6:35 p.m.Where's the beef?Check out the leaderboard at the British Open.Andrew Johnston, a burly, bearded Englishman who's been a big fan favorite at Royal Troon, shot a 1-under 70 on Saturday to pull within six shots of the leaders. The 27-year-old Johnston, whose nickname is ''Beef,'' is at 5-under 208 through three rounds, breaking par in all of them.

  • The Latest: Big scores for Johnson, Fowler at 'The Railway'

    July 16, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) The latest from the British Open (all times local):---5:55 p.m.The British Open ambitions of Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler were derailed at ''The Railway'' hole.Johnson moved to 5 under par and was in sight of Phil Mickelson and Henrik Stenson when he took a 7 on the 11th hole, which runs alongside a railway line.

  • The Latest: Phil Mickelson back leading by 1 stroke at Open

    July 16, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) The latest from the British Open (all times local):---5:25 p.m.Phil Mickelson makes the turn at the British Open still holding a one-stroke lead.Lefty is turning in another consistent performance in the windy conditions along the Irish Sea, rolling in a short birdie putt at No. 3 and making par at every other hole on the outward nine.

  • The Latest: Rory McIlroy breaks club after poor shot at Open

    July 16, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) The latest from the British Open (all times local):---5:05 p.m.Rory McIlroy is finishing up the third round of the British Open with only 13 clubs.After a poor shot at the 16th hole, McIlroy threw his 3-wood in disgust and broke off the head.

  • The Latest: Putter dooms Spieth at British Open

    July 16, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) The latest from the British Open (all times local):---4:55 p.m.The putter has really been Jordan Spieth's downfall at the British Open.After barely making the cut, Spieth got off to a blistering start in Saturday's third round with four birdies in the first seven holes.

  • The Latest: Stricker laments one bad hole at British Open

    July 16, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) The latest from the British Open (all times local):---4:35 p.m.Steve Stricker has really got to be kicking himself over one miserable hole in the British Open.The 49-year-old American turned in another fine round Saturday, shooting a 3-under 68 in cool, blustery conditions at Royal Troon.

  • The Latest: Mickelson surrenders lead at Royal Troon

    July 16, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) The latest from the British Open (all times local):---4:15 p.m.Phil Mickelson has surrendered the lead at Royal Troon.An errant drive at the 555-yard fourth hole forced Lefty to settle for a par. Henrik Stenson made a two-putt birdie at the par-5 hole, giving him the lead for the first time in the British Open.

  • The Latest: Leaders tee off in 3rd round of British Open

    July 16, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) The latest from the British Open (all times local):---3:30 p.m.The leaders have teed off in the third round of the British Open.On a cool, blustery day along the Irish Sea, Phil Mickelson starts out at 10 under and clinging to a one-stroke lead over Henrik Stenson. Given the conditions, it's going to be difficult for any player to go very low Saturday.

  • The Latest: Monty set for lonely last round at British Open

    July 16, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) The latest from the British Open (all times local):---1:25 p.m.Colin Montgomerie might play possibly his last round at a British Open all by himself.The 53-year-old Scotsman dropped to last place of those playing this weekend after shooting 41 on the back nine into the wind for 8-over 79 in the third round Saturday. He is 12 over par for the week at Royal Troon, his home club and where his father was club secretary.

  • The Latest: Spieth tries to make a move at Royal Troon

    July 16, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) The latest from the British Open (all times local):---10:45 a.m.Jordan Spieth is doing his best to get back in the mix at the British Open.Spieth made the cut with no room to spare at Royal Troon and began the third round 14 shots behind Phil Mickelson. He made four birdies in seven holes to get back to even par before a bogey on the ninth to go out in 33.

  • The Latest: Big wind and slow greens

    July 16, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) The latest from the British Open (all times local):---9:30 a.m.The wind is strong and the greens are slower for the third round of the British Open.Gusts already were approaching 20 mph (32 kph) when the third round began at Royal Troon, and they were expected to top 30 mph for most of the afternoon. That led the R&A to decide not to cut or roll the putting surfaces.

  • Mickelson leads with good golf and good side of draw

    July 16, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) The way Rory McIlroy is hitting the ball, he doesn't feel as though he should be eight shots behind 36-hole leader Phil Mickelson in the British Open. Blame that on the weather. McIlroy's side of the draw got the worst of it over the opening two rounds at Royal Troon.

  • Jackpot! Vegas has ace, shoots 60 in Barbasol Championship

    July 15, 2016

    OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) Jhonattan Vegas shot a course-record 11-under 60, making a hole-in-one, another eagle and two closing birdies Friday to take a six-stroke lead in the Barbasol Championship.The Venezuelan Olympic qualifier pumped his first after finishing with a 12-foot birdie putt on the par-4 ninth on Grand National's Lake Course. Tied for the first-round lead with Angel Cabrera after a 65, Vegas had a 17-under 125 total - a shot off the PGA Tour record for strokes in the first two rounds.

  • Lydia Ko shoot 66 for share of Marathon Classic lead

    July 15, 2016

    SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) Lydia Ko shot a 5-under 66 in windy conditions Friday for a share of the Marathon Classic lead with Hyo Joo Kim.The top-ranked Ko, the 2014 tournament winner, had six birdies and one bogey at Highland Meadows to match Kim at 8-under 134. Kim, tied for the first-round lead with Mirim Lee and Haru Nomura, had a 68.

  • At the British Open, it's all about the luck of the draw

    July 15, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) Jason Day went through four pairs of gloves, trying desperately to stay dry in the pounding rain. At one hole, he accounted for the howling wind by aiming his shot toward the Irish Sea.Call it the luck of the draw at the British Open.

  • Oosthuizen, Els, Lowry miss the cut at British Open

    July 15, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) With his cap on backward, Billy Horschel placed his ball on the tee and smashed his drive down No. 18 without even taking a practice swing.After the biggest second-round collapse in British Open history, the American might already have been thinking of home.

  • Column: Mickelson still People's Champ - but with a caveat

    July 15, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) As Phil Mickelson struts around Royal Troon, positioning himself to make a run at a sixth major championship, there's no doubt he remains the People's Champion.''Go get `em, Phil!'' they scream at every hole of the British Open. ''We love you, Phil!''

  • The Latest: Stricker's streak of pars ends with an 8

    July 15, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) The Latest on the British Open (all times local):---6:30 p.m.Steve Stricker began the second round with 14 consecutive pars to stay on the leaderboard. The 15th hole changed everything.He lost one ball. He nearly lost another. He had to hack out of the hay back into the fairway, and then hit his next shot back into the hay. When he finally tapped in, he had a quadruple-bogey 8 to fall back to even par for the tournament.

  • Keegan Bradley back on the leaderboard at a major

    July 15, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) Keegan Bradley finished a practice round at Royal Troon on Monday when he decided to play a prank. He climbed inside the massive leaderboard next to the 18th green, found the right letters and put his name on it.Coming into the British Open, that might have been the only way to see it.

  • Kjeldsen, a little Dane with a big heart, an Open contender

    July 15, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) Just 18 months ago, Soren Kjeldsen was wondering how he'd survive in the world of golf's power hitters.He's 5-foot-7 (1.70 meters). Hits his drives 280 yards. He was approaching age 40 and had plummeted the world rankings. How was Kjeldsen supposed to compete in the modern game of ever-lengthening courses, against the likes of Dustin Johnson, Jason Day, and Rory McIlroy?

  • The Latest: McIlroy, Spieth go opposite directions

    July 15, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) The Latest on the British Open (all times local):---4:40 p.m.Rory McIlroy is making his move on the leaderboard at Royal Troon. So is Jordan Spieth, but they're going in opposite directions.McIlroy made back-to-back birdies to reach 5 under for the tournament through seven holes, five shots behind Phil Mickelson and in a tie for fifth. It was his third birdie of the day as the wind picked up.

  • Lefty on top: Mickelson maintains lead on rainy day at Troon

    July 15, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) On a rainy day at Royal Troon, Phil Mickelson finally ran into a bit of trouble.He still managed to stay out front in the British Open.After coming within a lipped-out putt of a major championship scoring record in the opening round, Mickelson had to scramble a bit to escape with a 2-under 69 on Friday.

  • The Latest: Stenson closes in on lead at British Open

    July 15, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) The Latest on the British Open (all times local):---2 p.m.Henrik Stenson is only one stroke behind Phil Mickelson at the British Open.Stenson shot a 6-under 65 for the lowest round of the morning starters and is 9 under. It was the Swedish player's lowest round in 12 Opens.

  • The Latest: Mickelson shoots 2-under 69 in 2nd round

    July 15, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) The Latest on the British Open (all times local):---1:15 p.m.Phil Mickelson almost aced the ''Postage Stamp,'' made his first bogeys of the week, and shot 2-under 69 to stay out in front at rainy Royal Troon.Mickelson walked off the 18th green at 10 under and with a two-shot lead over Henrik Stenson, who had three holes left in his second round. After making the turn in 33, Mickelson led by five shots but the 46-year-old American bogeyed Nos. 12 and 15.

  • Ben Curtis can only chuckle after dismal day at the Open

    July 15, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) Former British Open champion Ben Curtis managed a chuckle when he came off the course with a 10 on his scoreboard.He wasn't in such a good mood a few hours earlier, when he knocked his ball in three different bunkers on the way to a sextuple bogey.

  • French golfer's thoughts with victims of Nice attack

    July 15, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) French golfer Clement Sordet woke up at 4 a.m. on Friday to text messages asking if he was safe following the tragedy in his hometown of Nice.In fact, Sordet was on the west coast of Scotland for the British Open at Royal Troon, but his girlfriend, Marie, and her family were in Nice and celebrating Bastille Day when a truck plowed through revelers gathered along the Riviera city's waterfront promenade. At least 84 people were killed.

  • The Latest: Curtis wanted to 'jump in the ocean' after a 10

    July 15, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) The Latest on the British Open (all times local):---11:50 a.m.Ben Curtis visited three separate bunkers and came away with an ugly 10 at the third hole at Royal Troon.All in all, the 2003 champion at Royal St. George's had six shots in the sand, starting with taking three to get out of a fairway bunker after pushing his tee shot left. His fifth shot found the front-left greenside bunker. He took two shots to get the ball out, only to see it roll into another bunker in front of him.

  • The Latest: Sordet's thoughts with victims of Nice attack

    July 15, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) The Latest on the British Open (all times local):---11:30 a.m.French golfer Clement Sordet woke up at 4 a.m. on Friday to text messages asking if he was safe following the tragedy in his hometown of Nice.In fact, Sordet was in Scotland for the British Open at Royal Troon, but his girlfriend, Marie, and her family were in Nice and celebrating Bastille Day when a truck plowed through revelers gathered along the Riviera city's waterfront promenade. At least 84 people were killed.

  • Mickelson picks up where he left off at rainy Royal Troon

    July 15, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) The Latest on the British Open (all times local):---10:30 a.m.Phil Mickelson has picked right up where he left off in the opening round of the British Open.Mickelson nearly aced the famous ''Postage Stamp,'' his ball rolling right up next to the cup at the 123-yard eighth hole for a tap-in birdie.

  • Prayers for Nice as 2nd round begins at the British Open

    July 15, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) The French flag was at half-staff after the carnage in Nice, casting a somber mood on the second round of the British Open.Phil Mickelson began Friday with a three-stroke lead after shooting an 8-under 63 at Royal Troon, nearly becoming the first play to shoot 62 in a major championship. At the 18th hole, a 16-foot birdie putt lipped out of the cup, costing Lefty a truly historic round.

  • The Latest: What will Phil do next at British Open?

    July 15, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) The Latest on the British Open (all times local):---7:15 a.m.Phil Mickelson arrives at Royal Troon to a familiar question: What will he do next?He became the eighth player to begin a major championship with a 63, and Mickelson said it's never easy to follow that up the next day. History would agree. Of the seven previous players to open with a 63 in a major, only two of them managed to break par the next day. Greg Norman shot 69 in the second round of the 1996 Masters, and Raymond Floyd also shot 69 in the second round of the 1982 PGA Championship at Southern Hills.

  • A new day, new weather and old challenge for Mickelson

    July 15, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) Royal Troon doesn't look anything like Phil Mickelson remembers from his near-historic opening round in the British Open.Some 12 hours after Mickelson opened with a record-tying 63 for a three-shot lead, the sky was lead gray instead of blue. The sun was nowhere to be found. Most significantly, the wind was blowing from an entirely different direction.

  • Cabrera, Vegas share Barbasol Championship lead

    July 14, 2016

    OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) Angel Cabrera and Jhonattan Vegas dominated the par-5 holes in steamy conditions Thursday to share the Barbasol Championship.The 46-year-old Cabrera, from Argentina, eagled the par-5 13th on Grand National's Lake Course, holing a 60-footer from the fringe, and birdied the two other par 5s in a bogey-free 6-under 65.

  • Kim, Lee, Nomura share Marathon Classic lead.

    July 14, 2016

    SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) Hyo Joo Kim bogeyed her final hole Thursday for a 5-under 66 and a share of the Marathon Classic lead with fellow South Korean player Mirim Lee and Japan's Haru Nomura.Celebrating her 21st birthday, Kim had four birdies in a six-hole stretch on her second nine at Highland Meadows. She won the season-opening event in the Bahamas for her third career title.

  • Kaymer fronting European fightback at British Open

    July 14, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) Watch out America: Fronting the European fightback at the British Open is a player who knows how to get the job done at a major championship.Seeking the third leg of the career Grand Slam, former No. 1 Martin Kaymer broke up the U.S. hegemony atop the leaderboard at Royal Troon by shooting a bogey-free round of 5-under 66 on Thursday.

  • Key hole at the British Open

    July 15, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) A look at the key hole Friday in the second round of the British Open::HOLE: No. 8YARDAGE: 123PAR: 3STROKE AVERAGE: 3.05RANK: 11KEY FACT: Phil Mickelson came within a few inches on a hole-in-one and made birdie for the second straight day. Trouble arrived in the afternoon with the wind and rain. Nathan Holman took three to get out of the bunker and made 6. Shugo Imahira took a 7. There were 15 scores of double bogey or higher.

  • From Olympics to a 66, Patrick Reed having quite a road trip

    July 14, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) It's already been quite a road trip for Patrick Reed.He'd love to return home with the claret jug.Not long after arriving in Scotland, Reed learned he'll get a chance to play in the Olympics. Then, he went out and shot 66 Thursday in the opening round of the British Open.

  • Train wreck: 'Railway' hole derails top golfers at Troon

    July 14, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) Bill Haas struck his drive on the 11th hole, immediately flung his arm to the right, and asked his caddie: ''Am I gonna find that?''Next up was Charl Schwartzel, who leaked his tee shot even further right and onto a rail track adjacent to the fairway. Looking straight ahead, he shook his head and stuck out his right hand in a signal for another ball.

  • The Latest: Mickelson lamenting missed chance at history

    July 14, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) The Latest on the British Open (all times local):---7 p.m.Phil Mickelson is heartbroken, even after one of the greatest rounds in major championship history.Lefty shot an 8-under 63 in the opening round of the British Open on Thursday, but he'll long remember the lipped-out putt at the 18th hole that cost him a chance at history.

  • The Latest: Wood withdraws from British Open

    July 14, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) The Latest on the British Open (all times local):---6:45 p.m.Chris Wood of England has withdrawn from the British Open because of a recurrence of a neck injury.Wood withdrew after the 12th hole of his first round. He was 3 over par.

  • The Latest: Mickelson narrowly misses putt for 62

    July 14, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) The Latest on the British Open (all times local):---6:20 p.m.Phil Mickelson has become the 26th player in major championship history to shoot a 63.And he had reason to be disappointed.His 16-foot birdie putt on the final hole at Royal Troon caught the right lip and rode the edge of the cup without dropping. Mickelson stooped over and grabbed his knees in disbelief.

  • Fab Four missing from British Open leaderboard

    July 14, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) Rory McIlroy was never more thrilled to be playing the British Open.Thursday was his first round since he won the claret jug at Royal Liverpool two years ago because he had to sit out St. Andrews with an ankle injury. And finally, he was able to talk about his birdies - all five of them - instead of jabs at Olympic golf that caused such a stir earlier in the week.

  • The Latest: Mickelson tied for the lead and bogey-free

    July 14, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) The Latest on the British Open (all times local):---5 p.m.Americans occupy seven of the top eight spots on the leaderboard at Royal Troon, not surprising because they have won the British Open the last six times on this links.One name stands out, however.

  • The Latest: Stricker overcomes nerves for a 67

    July 14, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) The Latest on the British Open (all times local):---3:30 p.m.Steve Stricker was nervous when he teed off at Royal Troon, and it showed. He had to scramble for par on the first hole and took bogey on the next hole. But the 49-year-old American settled down and shot 67, one shot off the lead.

  • The Latest: McIlroy starts better than Spieth, Day at Troon

    July 14, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) The Latest on the British Open (all times local):---2:30 p.m.Three-quarters of golf's Big Four are back in the clubhouse on the first day at Royal Troon - and Rory McIlroy has fared better than Jordan Spieth and Jason Day.McIlroy, who won the British Open in 2014 and missed the defense of the claret jug last year because of injury, shot a 2-under 69 and was three strokes off early leader Patrick Reed.

  • Led by Patrick Reed, Americans rule again at Royal Troon

    July 14, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) On a gorgeous, sunny day along the Scottish coast, the Americans resumed their domination of Royal Troon.Patrick Reed took advantage of the benign conditions Thursday to start the British Open with a 5-under 66, leaving him one stroke ahead of Justin Thomas and 49-year-old Steve Stricker.

  • The Latest: Reed, Thomas extending US dominance at Troon

    July 14, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) The Latest on the British Open (all times local):---1 p.m.Americans are impressing once again at a British Open at Royal Troon.The last six Open champions at Troon have come from the United States, and Patrick Reed and Justin Thomas are extending the country's dominance after shooting the best two early rounds Thursday.

  • Montgomerie recovers from 1st-hole problems at British Open

    July 14, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) With his ball buried and up against the face of a pot bunker, Colin Montgomerie feared the worst after just two shots at the British Open.Montgomerie was given the honor of hitting the first tee shot Thursday at Royal Troon, his home club, in what likely will be his last Open. It was a proud moment for the 53-year-old Scotsman but things soon were looking bleak after his 6:35 a.m. start.

  • The Latest: Oosthuizen makes hole-in-1 at British Open

    July 14, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) The Latest on the British Open (all times local):---12:30 p.m.Louis Oosthuizen has made the first hole-in-one at the British Open.The 2010 champion from South Africa aced the par-3 No. 14 from 167 yards, his ball pitching in front of the hole and curling into the cup. He threw his arms up in celebration for what was his second hole-in-one at a major this year, after acing the 16th in the final round of the Masters.

  • The Latest: Monty feared worst after 1st hole at Troon

    July 14, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) The Latest on the British Open (all times local):---11:45 a.m.With his ball buried and up against the face of a pot bunker, Colin Montgomerie feared the worst after just two shots of his first round at the British Open.Montgomerie was given the honor of hitting the first tee shot at Royal Troon, his home club, in what likely will be his last Open. It was a proud moment for the 53-year-old Scotsman but things quickly turned sour.

  • The Latest: Monty shoots 71 to open what could be final Open

    July 14, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) The Latest on the British Open (all times local):---10:45 a.m.Colin Montgomerie has started what could be his final British Open with an even-par 71 at Royal Troon.The 53-year-old Scotsman was given the honor of hitting the opening tee shot at his home club Thursday, and he was greeted with a packed grandstand on a sunny morning.

  • The Latest: Thomas, Reed grab early lead at British Open

    July 14, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) The Latest on the British Open (all times local):---10:15 a.m.It's a morning for going low at Royal Troon. Justin Thomas and Patrick Reed are leading the way.The Americans took advantage of the sunny weather Thursday to shoot 5-under 31 on the front nine at the British Open.

  • The Latest: Montgomerie rallies from double bogey

    July 14, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) The Latest on the British Open (all times local):---8:30 a.m.Colin Montgomerie has recovered brilliantly from his double bogey to start the British Open.The 53-year-old Scot, playing in perhaps his last Open, caught a buried lie in pot bunker and began with a double bogey. But the scowl soon turned into a smile when Montgomerie ran off five birdies in seven holes to make the turn at 3-under par.

  • The Latest: No wind, abundant birdies at start of 145th Open

    July 14, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) The Latest on the British Open (all times local):---7:25 a.m.The Irish Sea was blue from abundant sunshine. The British Open leaderboard already was filled with red scores.With virtually no wind to start the 145th Open, the gentle outward nine at Royal Troon was living up to its reputation as the time to get birdies. There already were eight birdies in the first 21 holes completed, with Sanghee Lee of South Korea making birdie on the opening two holes.

  • Latest: No wind, abundant birdies at start of British Open

    July 14, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) The Latest on the British Open (all times local):---7:25 a.m.The Irish Sea was blue from abundant sunshine. The British Open leaderboard already was filled with red scores.With virtually no wind to start the 145th Open, the gentle outward nine at Royal Troon was living up to its reputation as the time to get birdies. There already were eight birdies in the first 21 holes completed, with Sanghee Lee of South Korea making birdie on the opening two holes.

  • Montgomerie gets the 145th Open started

    July 14, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) On the Royal Troon links where his father once served as the club secretary, Colin Montgomerie got the British Open started on Thursday morning by hitting the opening tee shot.Montgomerie, widely considered the best player to have never won a major, qualified at age 53 for what likely will be his last Open, and certainly his last at Royal Troon. The R&A chose him to be the first player to hit a shot on a gorgeous morning along the Irish Sea.

  • Robby Shelton happy to be back at Barbasol Championship

    July 13, 2016

    OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) Robby Shelton is happy to be back at the Barbasol Championship while the world's top players are off in Scotland at the British Open.Third last year while still in college at the University of Alabama, Shelton is making his second PGA Tour start as a professional. He missed the cut in the FedEx St. Jude Classic in his pro debut.

  • Chella Choi set for Marathon Classic title defense

    July 13, 2016

    SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) The commemorative sign on the main road outside Highland Meadows Golf Club reads ''Chella Choi Drive'' in honor of her breakthrough victory last year in the Marathon Classic.''I can't believe like it has been one year,'' Choi said. ''Can't believe. But I'm so excited come back to here. Everybody knows my name and everybody talks about my street.''

  • Tim Mickelson steps down as Arizona State's men golf coach

    July 13, 2016

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Tim Mickelson has stepped down as Arizona State's men's golf coach.''I have decided to pursue other business opportunities outside of the collegiate athletics world and therefore will not return to ASU this fall,'' Mickelson said in a statement Wednesday.

  • Enough Olympic talk: It's time for the British Open

    July 13, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) Jordan Spieth, going for the third leg of the career Grand Slam, spent more time talking about a golf course he will never see.The majority of his press conference was taken up with questions about the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and why he chose not to play. Spieth knew that was coming. It was only when he was leaving the room that the 22-year-old Texan smiled and said to no one in particular, ''Do we have a tournament this week?''

  • Tent City: Open campground spreads golf beyond the elites

    July 13, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) Rows and rows of tents cover a smooth, grassy field. Fathers and sons kick around a soccer ball. Others are simply lounging in their folding chairs, sipping on a beer and soaking up some rays.This might pass for a NASCAR infield.

  • Caddie drama for Dawson at 1st British Open

    July 13, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) Marco Dawson's first British Open is proving to be an eventful one.The 52-year-old Senior British Open champion reached the eighth green during his first practice round at Royal Troon on Tuesday when his caddie for the week, standing about 10 feet away, was knocked to the ground by an errant drive from Vijay Singh from the seventh tee.

  • Johnson's confidence shown through the smile, not words

    July 13, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) The smile spoke louder than anything Dustin Johnson had to say Wednesday at the British Open.His game has never been better. Just one month ago, Johnson was known as golf's best athlete who had won every year he has been on the PGA Tour - the longest streak since Tiger Woods - but who had everything go wrong in the majors.

  • Johnson says he would have played Olympics in Japan

    July 13, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) The Latest on the British Open (all times local):---4:10 p.m.Dustin Johnson is blaming it on Rio.The U.S. Open champion withdrew from the Olympics late last week because of concerns over the Zika virus. He says the PGA Tour did a good job informing him of risks and making him feel comfortable, but that his family's health was more important.

  • Lowry over Oakmont collapse, says he'll be stronger at Troon

    July 13, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) First there was frustration, then there were tears. Then there was the realization that his first major title could just be round the corner.Shane Lowry went through the whole gamut of emotions after throwing away a four-shot lead in the final round of U.S. Open last month. But in this most congested of golfing years, another big tournament is never far away and next up for the cuddly, always-smiling Irishman is the British Open at Royal Troon.

  • Trump-owned Turnberry still on British Open rotation

    July 13, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) The Latest on the British Open (all times local):---12:30 p.m.R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers made it clear Wednesday that Donald Trump-owned Turnberry is still part of the British Open rotation.He just doesn't know when.Slumbers said the Open has nine courses on its rotation, and that includes Turnberry.

  • Rose plans to make most of his Olympic experience

    July 13, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) The Latest on the British Open (all times local):---12:05 p.m.While 20 male golfers have pulled out of the Olympics, Justin Rose of England is planning to soak up as much of the atmosphere as possible in Rio de Janeiro.Rose intends to walk in the opening ceremony, stay a few days in the Olympic Village and catch some other events before he hits the course. He says he wants ''to take it all in.''

  • 2 more withdrawals from Olympics on eve of British Open

    July 13, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) On the final day of practice before the British Open, two more golfers pulled out of the Olympics but major champions Danny Willett and Justin Rose remained on board.Francesco Molinari of Italy withdrew because of family reasons without giving specifics. He will be replaced by Matteo Manassero, who tied for third in the Scottish Open last weekend.

  • Short in stature, Postage Stamp a real beast at Royal Troon

    July 13, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) Rory McIlroy felt the wrath of the Postage Stamp.Strange, too, since this par-3 hole is more in line with what you'd expect at the local muni, at least from a distance standpoint.''If you get greedy at all there ...,'' said Kevin Na, his voice fading off.

  • Aussie Peter Senior signing off on PGA Tour Champions

    July 12, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Australian golfer Peter Senior is quitting the PGA Tour Champions after seven seasons in which he failed to win a tournament.Golf Australia's website on Wednesday quoted his longtime coach, Gary Edwin, as saying Senior will retire to the Gold Coast south of Brisbane and quit touring because of injuries to both elbows.

  • The Latest: British Open caddie struck by ball, hospitalized

    July 12, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) The Latest on the British Open (all times local):---8:10 p.m.Marco Dawson's caddie has been taken to hospital after being hit on the head by a tee shot from Vijay Singh during a practice round at the British Open.The R&A, which organizes the British Open, said William Ciplinski's injuries were not serious and that he was talking and fully conscious before being transferred to hospital for overnight observation.

  • The Latest: Jason Day feels twinge in ribs, OK at Troon

    July 12, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) The Latest on the British Open (all times local):---7:30 p.m.Jason Day was about to hit his approach to No. 18 in a practice round at Royal Troon on Tuesday when he pulled out of the shot at the top of his backswing and grabbed his ribs.

  • Johnny Miller back calling the shots at a major he won

    July 12, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) After a one-year hiatus, Johnny Miller is back to calling the shots at a major that he won.But no one will be hearing about a 63 at Royal Troon.Miller developed into the most famous voice among golf analysts over the last two decades at NBC Sports. He was a perfect fit for the U.S. Open, which he famously won at Oakmont in 1973 with the first 63 in major championship history. But he was without a major last year when the USGA began its new 12-year deal with Fox.

  • Cancer survivor Southgate cherishing every second at Troon

    July 12, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) Matthew Southgate was laid up on his sofa during the 2015 British Open at St. Andrews, barely able to move following surgery for testicular cancer.Thankful to be alive, he initially figured his career as a European Tour pro was ''dead and buried.'' Doctors told him it would be a long process before he could even swing a club again.

  • The forgotten art of the victory speech in golf

    July 12, 2016

    SCOTLAND (AP) Nearly 20 years later, Justin Leonard still gets compliments for his British Open victory at Royal Troon.They don't remember any of the shots he played, only the words he said.''I get more comments about my speech than any shot I hit that week,'' Leonard said. ''I was so into the round I was playing that I never gave it a thought until we got done. We were about to walk out there and the press secretary handed me a couple of cards with names and stuff. Then it was `Thank you this' and `Thank you that,' I talked about my parents for a second and then it came over me.

  • Rory McIlroy: still a full-fledged member of Fab Four

    July 12, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) Rory McIlroy still considers himself a full-fledged member of the Fab Four.No chance he'll get kicked out of the group, certainly not without putting up quite a fight.As if to show he's still as relevant as ever among golf's elite players, even as he approaches the two-year mark since the last of his major titles, McIlroy pulled no punches Tuesday leading to the British Open at Royal Troon.

  • Willett busy enjoying perks of being major champion

    July 12, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) Perks come with being a major winner, as Danny Willett is discovering.Take last week, for example. The Masters champion started it in the Royal Box at Wimbledon watching Andy Murray and Roger Federer play, and ended it as a special guest at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. On Monday of British Open week, Willett was shooting penalty kicks at a soccer stadium near Royal Troon.

  • The Latest: McIlroy says golf needs stronger doping tests

    July 12, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) The Latest on the British Open (all times local):---2 p.m.Rory McIlroy says golf needs to get tougher in its drug-testing procedures if it ''wants to be seen as a mainstream sport.''McIlroy says the infrequent urine tests performed by golf's major governing bodies aren't nearly enough to root out any doping cheats who might be looking for an edge on the course. He says blood tests must become part of the regimen ''to get in line with the other sports that test more rigorously.''

  • The Latest: McIlroy not even sure he'll watch Olympic golf

    July 12, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) The Latest on the British Open (all times local):---1:30 p.m.Rory McIlroy has taken aim at Olympic golf, saying he's not even sure he'll watch it on television.McIlroy spoke Tuesday after a practice round for the British Open. He won't be playing in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, citing health concerns, and it's clear he's not a big fan of the sport even being part of the games for the first time since 1904.

  • The Latest: Spieth says skipping Rio was 'hardest decision'

    July 12, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) The Latest on the British Open (all times local):---12:15 p.m.Jordan Spieth calls his withdrawal from the Olympics ''probably the hardest decision I've ever had to make in my life.''Spieth says he's a huge supporter of Olympic golf and playing for the United States. But he says health concerns over the Zika virus led him to sit out the sport's return to the games for the first time since 1904.

  • The Latest: Willett will to take 'risk' to play at Olympics

    July 12, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) The Latest on the British Open (all times local):---NoonMasters champion Danny Willett says he's ''willing to take that little bit of risk'' and play at the Olympics because the likelihood of contracting the Zika virus is lessening every day.

  • The Latest: IOC: Golfers skipping Rio not in line with WHO

    July 12, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) The Latest on the British Open (all times local):---11:25 a.m.The International Olympic Committee says it ''respects'' the decision by several top golfers to skip the Rio de Janeiro Games because of the Zika virus.But the IOC and its president, Thomas Bach, are also pointing to the guidelines from the World Health Organization, which has not recommended any restrictions on travel to Rio. Also, the IOC says there is much less threat of contracting mosquito-borne viruses during the winter months in South America.

  • Open overshadowed by Spieth's withdrawal from Olympics

    July 12, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) The British Open has been overshadowed by the news of another big-name withdrawal from the Olympics.Two-time major champion Jordan Spieth dropped out on Monday, just before the deadline to set the 60-man field. Like others before him, he had cited concerns over the Zika virus.

  • Zach Johnson returns the claret jug; now, he wants it back

    July 11, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) Zach Johnson faced the inevitable rite that goes with being a British Open champion.After 51 weeks in possession of the claret jug, it was time to let it go Monday.''Not pleasant,'' he said, managing a weak smile.Now, Johnson wants to get it back.

  • Web.com tour event scheduled for Omaha next year

    July 11, 2016

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) A new Web.com Tour event has been scheduled for next year in Omaha, Nebraska.The PGA and Pinnacle Bank announced Monday that the Pinnacle Bank Championship will be played the week of July 17-23 at The Club at Indian Creek. The purse will be 0,000.

  • Dawson: Players over-reacting to Zika situation at Olympics

    July 11, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) The latest from the British Open (all times local to Scotland):6:30 p.m.The head of golf's world governing body says he believes there's been ''something of an overreaction to the Zika situation'' after Jordan Spieth became the latest high-profile player to withdraw from the Olympics.

  • Dubuisson and Kim also out of Rio, along with Spieth

    July 11, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) The latest from the British Open (all times local to Scotland):5:55 p.m.The field is set for the Rio Olympics. And Jordan Spieth isn't the only golfer to withdraw at the last minute.The International Golf Federation announced Monday that France's Victor Dubuisson and South Korea's K.T. Kim had also pulled out. No reason was given for their decision.

  • Proud Montgomerie welcomes world to family home at Troon

    July 11, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) The latest from the British Open (all times local to Scotland):5:05 p.m.Colin Montgomerie will wake at 4.30 a.m. on Thursday, make the short trip in the dark to Royal Troon and welcome the golfing world to his family home.In front of his 86-year-old father, Montgomerie will hit the first shot at the 145th - and possibly his last - British Open and then walk the links course he calls his own.

  • Spieth to skip the Olympics

    July 11, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) The latest from the British Open (all times local to Scotland):4:05 p.m.Jordan Spieth is out of the Olympics.International Golf Federation president Peter Dawson announced the decision at the British Open. Spieth had been strongly debating whether to go over the last three days before reaching his decision on Monday.

  • Golfer Jordan Spieth withdraws from Olympics

    July 11, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) Golfer Jordan Spieth withdraws from Olympics .

  • Todd Hamilton returns to Royal Troon for 1st time since 2004

    July 11, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) The latest from the British Open (all times local to Scotland):---3:45 p.m.Todd Hamilton is back at Royal Troon for the first time since his improbable British Open triumph a dozen years ago.Hamilton says he couldn't even remember how to get to the driving range, so he had to ask someone for directions.

  • Tiger Woods still having an impact at the British Open

    July 11, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) The latest from the British Open (all times local to Scotland):---3:30 p.m.Tiger Woods is sitting out the British Open.He's still having an impact on players such as Jason Day.The world's top-ranked golfer says he learned plenty of lessons on mental toughness and course management from Woods, a three-time Open champion who is notably absent from Royal Troon.

  • Day motivated by failure to get name on claret jug

    July 11, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) Jason Day is more motivated by failure than success, which helps explain how he reached No. 1 in the world.And it all started last year at the British Open.Day had never felt so calm in the midst of such raging emotion that being in contention at a major can bring. He had an innate sense that it would all work out in his favor, right up until the moment that it didn't.

  • Defending Open champ Zach Johnson turns in claret jug

    July 11, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) The latest from the British Open (all times local to Scotland):---1 p.m.Zach Johnson has turned in the claret jug.The defending British Open champion held the silver trophy for the past year after winning a three-man playoff at St. Andrews. He describes the turnover as a bittersweet moment, but one that he hopes will give him motivation going into this week's tournament at Royal Troon.

  • Montgomerie to hit opening shot at Royal Troon

    July 11, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) The latest from the British Open (all times local to Scotland):12:30 p.m.Colin Montgomerie gets to hit the opening tee shot at Royal Troon in what likely will be his final British Open.Montgomerie's father was a longtime secretary at Royal Troon, so this effectively is his home course on the Open rotation. The 53-year-old Scot went through final local qualifying to make it back to golf's oldest championship.

  • Penalty on Nordqvist delivers US Women's Open to Lang

    July 10, 2016

    SAN MARTIN, Calif. (AP) Brittany Lang won her first career major at the U.S. Women's Open when Anna Nordqvist touched the sand with her club in a bunker for a two-stroke penalty in the three-hole aggregate playoff on Sunday.The penalty occurred on the second hole of the playoff and was not delivered to the players until they were on the final hole after officials reviewed replays in the latest controversy at a USGA event. Lang sealed the win with a short par putt on the final playoff hole, while Nordqvist made bogey to lose by three shots.

  • Goydos hangs on to win Dick's Open on Champions Tour

    July 10, 2016

    ENDICOTT, N.Y. (AP) Paul Goydos shot a bogey-free 69 on Sunday to win the Dick's Sporting Goods Open.A birdie at the 17th hole gave Goydos a two-shot victory over Wes Short Jr. (69) as he finished at 14-under-par 202 for his third victory on the Champions Tour.

  • Rick Lamb wins Web.com Tour's LECOM Health Challenge

    July 10, 2016

    CLYMER, N.Y. (AP) Rick Lamb won the LECOM Health Challenge on Sunday for his first Web.com Tour title, birdieing the second hole of a four-man playoff.Lamb closed with a 9-under 63 to match Dominic Bozzelli, Rhein Gibson and Cheng Tsung Pan at 19-under 269 on Peek'n Peak's Upper Course. Bozzelli shot 66, Gibson 69, and Pan 68.

  • Field for the British Open

    July 10, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) Players who have qualified and are expected to compete at the British Open, which starts Thursday at Royal Troon (players listed only in the first category for which they are eligible).British Open champions aged 60 or under on July 17: Zach Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els, Darren Clarke, Louis Oosthuizen, Padraig Harrington, Todd Hamilton, Ben Curtis, David Duval, Paul Lawrie, Mark O'Meara, Justin Leonard, Tom Lehman, John Daly, Mark Calcavecchia, Sandy Lyle.

  • Noren wins Scottish Open for 5th European Tour victory

    July 10, 2016

    INVERNESS, Scotland (AP) Alex Noren held off his pursuers in the final round Sunday to win the Scottish Open by one shot for his fifth victory on the European Tour.The Swede shot 2-under 70 to finish on 14-under 274, with playing partner Tyrrell Hatton (69) the runner-up at Castle Stuart. Nicolas Colsaerts (66), Danny Lee (69) and Matteo Manassero (70) were two shots back.

  • Lydia Ko takes lead after 3rd round of US Women's Open

    July 9, 2016

    SAN MARTIN, Calif. (AP) World No. 1 Lydia Ko birdied the 18th hole to cap a 2-under 70 in the third round Saturday that put her in the lead of the U.S. Women's Open, bolstering her chance for her third major title in less than a year.The 19-year-old Ko became the youngest woman to win a major last year at the Evian Championship and followed that up by winning the ANA Inspiration this spring. Now she's in contention for her first U.S. Open title after failing to make the top 10 in her first four appearances.

  • Goydos, Riegger share 2nd-round lead on Champions Tour

    July 9, 2016

    ENDICOTT, N.Y. (AP) Paul Goydos shot a 6-under 66 on Saturday to forge a tie for the lead with John Riegger after two rounds of the Dick's Sporting Goods Open.Goydos made eagle at the par-4 16th hole and followed with a birdie at No. 17 to finish at 11-under 133 with Riegger, who shot 67.

  • Noren leads by 2 shots after 3 rounds of Scottish Open

    July 9, 2016

    INVERNESS, Scotland (AP) Alex Noren of Sweden birdied the last two holes to extend his lead to two shots at the Scottish Open on Saturday after a third round that ended in heavy rain at the Castle Stuart links.Noren shot a 4-under 68 to move to 12-under 204, two clear of Tyrrell Hatton of England (66) and Matteo Manassero of Italy (68).

  • Koepka out of British Open, replaced by Knost

    July 9, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) Brooks Koepka, the world's 16th-ranked player from the United States, has withdrawn from the British Open at Royal Troon next week.The R&A, which organizes the British Open, didn't give a reason on Saturday for Koepka's withdrawal. He pulled out of the Bridgestone Invitational last week with an ankle injury.

  • Martha Burk urges US Women's Open to leave Trump National

    July 9, 2016

    Martha Burk is back in golf, encouraging people to join a protest over the U.S. Women's Open being held next year at Trump National in New Jersey.She made the call for supporters in a blog for The Huffington Post on Friday.Burk rose to prominence in 2002 when she challenged Augusta National to end its discrimination by inviting a female member, suggesting it could become a problem at the Masters. The club chairman, Hootie Johnson, sent her a scathing reply that the club might one day have female members, but not ''at the point of a bayonet.''

  • PGA, Dick's Sporting Goods Open announce 3-year renewal

    July 9, 2016

    ENDICOTT, N.Y. (AP) The PGA and Dick's Sporting Goods have agreed to a three-year title sponsorship renewal of the Champions Tour event at En-Joie Golf Club.The company was founded in 1948 in nearby Binghamton, New York, and first signed as the title sponsor in 2007. Since then, the tournament has helped raise more than million for Broome County Community Charities.

  • Trivia quiz for the British Open, golf's oldest championship

    July 9, 2016

    How well do you know the British Open? Try this quiz:1. Who is the last non-American to win the British Open at Royal Troon?a.) Ian Baker-Finchb.) Gary Playerc.) Bobby Locke---2. Todd Hamilton saved par from 40 yards off the 18th green at Royal Troon to win a playoff over Ernie Els in 2004. What club did he use for the shot?

  • The Open, or British Open? Depends on who's talking

    July 9, 2016

    In the foreword to a book celebrating the 150-year anniversary of the oldest championship in golf, Arnold Palmer refers to the event as ''The Open Championship.'' In his autobiography, Palmer refers to the major he won twice as the ''British Open.''So which is it?

  • Golfer Dustin Johnson will not play in Olympics due to concerns about Zika virus

    July 9, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) Golfer Dustin Johnson will not play in Olympics due to concerns about Zika virus.

  • A look at previous British Opens at Royal Troon

    July 8, 2016

    A capsule look at the previous eight British Open championships held at Royal Troon:Year: 1923Winner: Arthur HaversRunner-up: Walter HagenWinning score: 295Prize money: 75 poundsRecap: Only 222 players entered the first British Open held at Troon. With several top Americans trying to track him down, 20-year-old Arthur Havers shot 73 in the third round to take a one-shot lead, and then closed with a 76 to hold off defending champion Walter Hagen. Gene Sarazen, the reigning U.S. Open champion, failed to qualify by a single shot.

  • Capsules of top contenders for British Open at Royal Troon

    July 8, 2016

    A capsule look at 10 top contenders for the British Open, to be played July 14-17 at Royal Troon in Scotland (listed in predicted order of finish):RORY MCILROYAGE: 27COUNTRY: Northern IrelandWORLD RANKING: 4WORLDWIDE VICTORIES: 19MAJORS: U.S. Open (2011), British Open (2014), PGA Championship (2012, 2014)

  • Key anniversaries at the British Open

    July 8, 2016

    A look at key anniversaries in British Open history:150 years ago (1866): Willie Park Sr. won his third British Open at Prestwick by posting the lowest scores of the opening two rounds (54-56) to build a five-shot lead. He closed with a 59 for a two-shot victory over his brother, David Park. Old Tom Morris finished fourth, while Young Tom Morris finished ninth in his second Open. Twelve players completed the championship. All of them were from Scotland. Park's first prize was 6 pounds.

  • A look at the British Open, hole by hole

    July 8, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) A hole-by-hole look of Royal Troon, site of the 145th British Open on July 14-17:No. 1, 367 yards, par 4: A gentle opening hole, especially with the prevailing wind at the player's back. There is out-of-bounds to the right and two bunkers on either side of the landing zone, assuming players hit iron off the tee. Some might try to drive the green in dry, favorable conditions. The green is slightly elevated with a narrow opening and surrounded by five bunkers.

  • Facts and figures for the British Open golf championship

    July 13, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) A brief look at the 145th British Open golf championship, which starts Thursday (all times EDT):Site: Royal Troon Golf ClubLength: 7,190 yardsPar: 36-35-71Field: 156 players (154 professionals, 2 amateurs).Prize money: 6.5 million pounds (.6 million)

  • Scott Dunlap shoots 8 under, leads at Dick's

    July 8, 2016

    ENDICOTT, N.Y. (AP) Scott Dunlap shot an 8-under-par 64 on Friday to take the first-round lead at the Dick's Sporting Goods Open.Dunlap began the round with a bogey at No. 1, then rallied with four birdies in a five-hole span before the turn at En-Joie Golf Club and reeled off five straight birdies to start the back nine. He leads Glen Day, Bart Bryant, and John Riegger, who were tied for second at 66.

  • Sung Hyun Park takes early clubhouse lead at US Women's Open

    July 8, 2016

    SAN MARTIN, Calif. (AP) Sung Hyun Park capitalized on the favorable morning scoring conditions, shooting a 6-under par 72 Friday to take the early clubhouse lead after the second round of the U.S. Women's Open.Park came from South Korea to her first U.S. Open mostly for the experience but now heads into the weekend in contention in just her fourth LPGA tournament of the year.

  • Burk calls for US Women's Open to leave Trump National

    July 8, 2016

    Martha Burk is back in golf, encouraging people to join a protest over the U.S. Women's Open being held next year at Trump National in New Jersey.She made the call for supporters in a blog for The Huffington Post on Friday.Burk rose to prominence in 2002 when she challenged Augusta National to end its discrimination by inviting a female member, suggesting it could become a problem at the Masters. The club chairman, Hootie Johnson, sent her a scathing reply that the club might one day have female members, but not ''at the point of a bayonet.''

  • Noren shoots 66, leads by 1 at Scottish Open

    July 8, 2016

    INVERNESS, Scotland (AP) Alex Noren of Sweden took advantage of calmer conditions to shoot a 6-under 66 and take a one-stroke lead at the Scottish Open, on a day of lower scoring in the second round Friday.Danny Lee of New Zealand (66) and Eddie Pepperell of England (67) were a shot behind Noren, who had an 8-under 136 total at Castle Stuart.

  • BRITISH OPEN: The American invasion of Royal Troon

    July 8, 2016

    None in the crowd of roughly 10,000 suspected that when Bobby Locke of South Africa tapped in for a two-shot victory and a record score in the British Open, he would be the last player from outside the United States to hoist the claret jug at Royal Troon.

  • Mirim Lee ties record with 8-under at US Women's Open

    July 7, 2016

    SAN MARTIN, Calif. (AP) Mirim Lee became the fifth golfer to shoot a round of 8-under par at the U.S. Women's Open on Thursday when she made 10 birdies on the way to a 64 to take the early lead at CordeValle.Lee is the first woman to shoot that much below par at the U.S. Open since Lorie Kane and Becky Iverson did it in the second round in 1999 at Old Waverly in Mississippi. The lowest total score in a round in U.S. Open history is a 63 by Helen Alfredsson in 1994 at the par-71 Indianwood in Michigan.

  • Hend, Aguilar share lead at Castle Stuart

    July 7, 2016

    INVERNESS, Scotland (AP) Scott Hend of Australia and Felipe Aguilar of Chile made it through blustery conditions and shot 3-under 69 to share the lead Thursday after the first round of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.Phil Mickelson wasn't so fortunate. The five-time major champion, a winner the last time the Scottish Open was held at Castle Stuart, made three bogeys on the par 5s and opened with a 76.

  • Jean Van de Velde to make Champions Tour debut

    July 7, 2016

    ENDICOTT, N.Y. (AP) It's been five years since Jean Van de Velde retired from professional golf. Now, two months after turning 50, he figures it's time for a comeback.That will come this weekend at the Dick's Sporting Goods Open on the PGA's senior circuit.

  • Ko, Henderson look to carry rivalry into US Women's Open

    July 6, 2016

    SAN MARTIN, Calif. (AP) There is very little separating the top two women's golfers in the world in Lydia Ko and Brooke Henderson.The two teenage sensations have won the past three majors heading into this week's U.S. Women's Open with the 19-year-old Ko taking two and the 18-year-old Henderson following last month with a thrilling playoff victory over Ko in the KPMG Women's PGA Championship in Washington that could set the stage for a heated rivalry for years to come.

  • Charles Howell to be out 4-5 weeks with medical procedure

    July 6, 2016

    TEQUESTA, Fla. (AP) Charles Howell III has removed his name from the alternate list at the British Open because of a medical procedure that will sideline him for about a month.With two more players withdrawing Wednesday, Howell would have been next in line for Royal Troon next week.

  • Stewart Cink withdraws from British Open

    July 6, 2016

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) Former champion Stewart Cink has withdrawn from the British Open next week at Royal Troon.The R&A, which organizes the British Open, didn't list a reason for Cink choosing not to play. The 2009 Open champion announced in the spring that his wife, Lisa, is battling breast cancer. He has played only two tournaments in the last three months.

  • Donald into British Open field after Van Zyl withdraws

    July 6, 2016

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) Former top-ranked player Luke Donald is in the field for the British Open at Royal Troon next week following the withdrawal of Jaco van Zyl.The R&A, which organizes the British Open, made the announcement Wednesday without giving a reason for Van Zyl's withdrawal.

  • Women's golf has the stage to itself this week

    July 5, 2016

    The stage is set for women's golf to finally get the attention it deserves.The U.S. Women's Open is the biggest prize on the LPGA Tour schedule and has been for years. It starts Thursday at CordeValle Golf Club, located among the vineyards a few hours south of San Francisco, only the third Women's Open to be played in California. No other major sporting events are scheduled for late afternoon this weekend, golf included. Devastating flooding forced the PGA Tour to cancel The Greenbrier Classic in West Virginia.

  • Kuchar's final putt could have Olympic ramifications

    July 5, 2016

    AKRON, Ohio (AP) Matt Kuchar finished with a 12-foot birdie at the Bridgestone Invitational, which had no bearing on the outcome but still had a few ramifications.Kuchar tied for third, so that putt was worth an additional 9,250. It cost Jordan Spieth enough world ranking points that Dustin Johnson moved ahead of him to No. 2 by the slimmest of margins.

  • Dustin Johnson: His golf game and easy smile speak volumes

    July 4, 2016

    AKRON, Ohio (AP) Dustin Johnson is not one for many words, and he really doesn't need to say much.The easy smile behind the beard says it all.If winning the U.S. Open champion wasn't enough, Johnson added his third World Golf Championship on Sunday, the first time he has won back to back.

  • Johnson makes winning look and sound simple

    July 4, 2016

    AKRON, Ohio (AP) Dustin Johnson is making golf sound as easy as he makes it look.There was nothing fancy about the way he went about his work Sunday in the Bridgestone Invitational, where he rallied from a three-shot deficit against the world's No. 1 player to win in his first start since capturing his first major at the U.S. Open.

  • Greg Chalmers wins Barracuda for first PGA Tour title

    July 3, 2016

    RENO, Nev. (AP) Greg Chalmers won the Barracuda Championship on Sunday at Montreux for his first PGA Tour title, eagling the final hole for a six-point victory in the modified Stableford scoring event.The 42-year-old Australian left-hander broke through in his 386th start after entering the week as the active player with the most events without a victory.

  • Henderson repeats as winner of Portland Classic

    July 3, 2016

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Defending champion Brooke Henderson survived some tense moments on the back nine on the way to a four-stroke victory Sunday at the LPGA Cambia Portland Classic.The second-ranked Henderson shot a 14-under 274 after a final round 71 at Columbia Edgewater Country Club, pulling away from American Stacy Lewis, who was 10-under after a 69.

  • Colombia's Paola Moreno wins Symetra Tour event

    July 3, 2016

    CANADIAN LAKES, Mich. (AP) Colombia's Paola Moreno won the Tullymore Classic on Sunday for her third career Symetra Tour title, closing with a 6-under 66 for a two-stroke victory.The 30-year-old former University of Southern California player finished at 12-under 204, capping her bogey-free round with a 20-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th.

  • Dustin Johnson rallies at Firestone for 2nd straight win

    July 3, 2016

    AKRON, Ohio (AP) In his first start since winning the U.S. Open, Dustin Johnson won another World Golf Championship on Sunday.Johnson ran off three birdies on the back nine at Firestone and closed with a 4-under 66 to win the Bridgestone Invitational. He was helped in part by a surprising collapse by Jason Day.

  • Jaidee wins French Open as McIlroy fails to mount late surge

    July 3, 2016

    SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand won the French Open by four strokes for his eighth victory on the European Tour, as Rory McIlroy failed to deliver a final-round surge on Sunday.Jaidee, who was the overnight leader, shot a 3-under 68 to finish on 11-under 273 at Le Golf National outside Paris, where the 2018 Ryder Cup will be staged. After his impressive display of front-running, he collected 0,000 for the biggest cheque of his career.

  • Greg Chalmers opens 6-point lead in Barracuda Championship

    July 2, 2016

    RENO, Nev. (AP) Greg Chalmers birdied five of the final six holes Saturday to increase his lead to six points in the Barracuda Championship, the PGA Tour's lone modified Stableford scoring event.The 42-year-old Australian had seven birdies and a bogey for a 15-point round and 39-point total at Montreux in the scoring system that awards eight points for double eagle, five points for eagle, two points for birdie and deducts a point for bogey and three points for double bogey or worse.

  • Henderson leads Portland Classic going into the final round

    July 2, 2016

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Defending champion Brooke Henderson continued her mastery of Columbia Edgewater Country Club, shooting a 70 Saturday to take a two-stroke lead after three rounds of the Cambia Portland Classic.The 18-year-old Canadian, who claimed her first LPGA Tour win a year ago in Portland, was at 13-under 203 heading into Sunday's final round. Henderson leads Colombia's Mariajo Uribe, who is 11-under after a 71.

  • Day, Piercy tied for lead at Bridgestone

    July 2, 2016

    AKRON, Ohio (AP) Jason Day hit only three fairways and still managed a 1-under 69 to share the lead Saturday with Scott Piercy at the Bridgestone Invitational.Day hoped to try to expand his one-shot lead at Firestone. Instead, he goes into the final round of this World Golf Championship in a tie with Piercy, who had a 67 and is coming off a runner-up finish in the U.S. Open.

  • Jaidee goes 2 shots clear of McIlroy and Wang at French Open

    July 2, 2016

    SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand posted a 3-under round of 68 on Saturday to move 8-under and take a two-shot lead heading into the final round of the French Open.Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy and South Korea's Wang Jeung-hun posted 1-under 70s, having been level with Jaidee and two other players overnight.

  • Stricker going to Scotland for 2 weeks for Opens

    July 2, 2016

    AKRON, Ohio (AP) Steve Stricker qualified for the British Open and wasn't sure if he was going to play in a major he had skipped since 2013.Now he's going to Scotland for two weeks.Stricker said early Saturday he would play the Scottish Open next week at Castle Stuart in Inverness before going down to Royal Troon for what could be his final appearance in golf's oldest championship.

  • Stricker to play 2 weeks in Scotland

    July 2, 2016

    AKRON, Ohio (AP) Steve Stricker stopped playing the British Open in 2013 to spend more time with his family. Now he's going over to Scotland for two weeks.Stricker earned a spot in the British Open three weeks ago when he tied for second in the FedEx St. Jude Classic, where four spots in the Open were available. Sunday at Royal Troon is his wedding anniversary, and he wasn't sure he would go.

  • Day poses with a trophy and now looks for another

    July 2, 2016

    AKRON, Ohio (AP) Jason Day had a one-shot lead at Firestone and already was posing with the trophy.Just not the Bridgestone Invitational trophy.The Cleveland Cavaliers had their gold NBA Finals trophy on display at various parts of the golf course on Friday, and Day couldn't resist getting a picture. The Australian to makes his home outside Columbus loves the Cavs, and he was seen courtside at a game last year. He was sitting next to his wife, Ellie, who suffered a mild concussion when she was body slammed by LeBron James when he chased after a loose ball.

  • Canada's Henderson and Sweden's Pettersen share lead

    July 1, 2016

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Defending champion Brooke Henderson and Sweden's Suzann Pettersen share the lead at 11-under 133 after Friday's second round of the LPGA Cambia Portland Classic.Pettersen shot the day's low score with an 8-under 64, while No. 2 Henderson, an 18-year-old Canadian who won her first LPGA Tour event last year in Portland, shot 68 at Columbia Edgewater.

  • Greg Chalmers leads Barracuda Championship in Reno

    July 1, 2016

    RENO, Nev. (AP) Greg Chalmers birdied five of his last eight holes Friday to take a two-point lead in the Barracuda Championship, the PGA Tour's only modified Stableford scoring event.The 42-year-old Australian had a 10-point round to reach 24 points at Montreux in the scoring system that awards eight points for double eagle, five points for an eagle, two points for a birdie and deducts a point for a bogey and three points for a double bogey or worse.

  • Jason Day takes the lead at Bridgestone Invitational

    July 1, 2016

    AKRON, Ohio (AP) Jason Day made a pair of late birdies on a windy afternoon at Firestone for a 1-under 69 and a one-shot lead in the Bridgestone Invitational.Day's objective was to get in the lead and expand it. He took care of the first part Friday, though the world's No. 1 player lost a chance at some separation with a three-putt bogey on the final hole.

  • I Tried It: Failing to get an elusive hole-in-one

    July 1, 2016

    PHOENIX (AP) The dimpled ball soared in a parabolic arc, landing 10 feet behind and a little right of the flagstick. Immense spin created by crisp contact pulled the ball back on the firm, tightly-mown grass, slope turning the ball toward the cup.This was it. After more than 160 swings over three rounds, we were finally going to witness a hole-in-one.

  • Woods to sit out British Open and miss another major

    July 1, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) Tiger Woods is out of the British Open, the first time he has sat out three majors in one year.The R&A announcement that the 14-time major champion has withdrawn was not a surprise. Woods has not played in nearly a year as he recovers from two back operations. He has given little indication when he will be healthy enough to return.

  • Royal Troon votes to admit female members

    July 1, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) Royal Troon voted overwhelmingly Friday to admit female members for the first time in the club's 138-year history.The vote at a special meeting came less than two weeks before the British Open is held at the Ayrshire links for the ninth time, eliminating what was likely to be a distraction as more of Britain's top links courses accept women.

  • Royal Troon Golf Club, host of this year's British Open, says members have voted overwhelming to admit female members

    July 1, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) Royal Troon Golf Club, host of this year's British Open, says members have voted overwhelming to admit female members.

  • Organizers say Tiger Woods has withdrawn from the British Open at Royal Troon

    July 1, 2016

    LONDON (AP) Organizers say Tiger Woods has withdrawn from the British Open at Royal Troon.

  • Rory McIlroy roars back to share 5-way lead at French Open

    July 1, 2016

    SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) Four-time major winner Rory McIlroy roared back into contention at the French Open on Friday, sinking six birdies in a 5-under round of 66 to join a five-way share of the lead.The Northern Irishman could have taken the overall lead at the Le Golf National course - which is hosting the 2018 Ryder Cup - but a poor tee shot on the 18th hole led to a bogey.

  • McGirt looking for the rare Ohio sweep

    July 1, 2016

    AKRON, Ohio (AP) William McGirt won his first PGA Tour event at the Memorial. Two hours up the road in Ohio and one month later, he had a three-shot lead after one round of the Bridgestone Invitational. It's a familiar theme, just a different character.

  • Defending champion Henderson takes Portland Classic lead

    June 30, 2016

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Defending champion Brooke Henderson shot a 7-under 65 on Thursday to take a two-stroke lead after the opening round of the LPGA Cambia Portland Classic on Thursday.Picking up where she left off from a year ago, when Henderson shot a 21-under 267 to win her first LPGA tournament, the 18-year-old Canadian hit 16 greens and made nine birdies on a warm, cloudless day at the 6,476-yard Columbia Edgewater course.

  • Laird takes the lead at Barracuda Championship

    June 30, 2016

    RENO, Nev. (AP) Martin Laird of Scotland piled up points with eight birdies on Thursday to take the first-round lead of the Barracuda Championship.Laird is familiar with high altitude at Montreux Golf and Country Club. He came over from Scotland to play at Colorado State, so the extra distance the golf ball flies was not much of an adjustment. His final birdie on the par-5 18th hole gave him 15 points, one point ahead of Gary Woodland, Camilo Villegas and Greg Chalmers.

  • McGirt goes low in Ohio, leads at Firestone

    June 30, 2016

    AKRON, Ohio (AP) William McGirt opened with a 6-under 64 for a three-shot lead in the Bridgestone Invitational as he goes for another victory in Ohio.McGirt broke through for his first PGA Tour victory last month at the Memorial. In his World Golf Championship debut, he made six birdies and finished off his round with a 45-foot par save.

  • Nicklaus to play in pro-am benefiting Detroit schools

    June 30, 2016

    DETROIT (AP) Jack Nicklaus will participate in a pro-am golf tournament to help raise money for Detroit schools.Cornerstone Schools said Thursday it hopes to bring in million from the tournament headlined by the golf great. The goal is million, aimed at increasing the number of students to 5,000 at the not-for-profit schools.

  • McIlroy battles with swing changes, shoots 71 at French Open

    June 30, 2016

    SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) In the midst of drastic changes to his swing, Rory McIlroy shot a level-par 71 at the French Open to lie five shots off the lead held by Lucas Bjerregaard after the first round on Thursday.McIlroy, currently in the spotlight because of his decision to skip the Olympics over concerns about the Zika virus, had four birdies and four bogeys around L'Albatros course at the Le Golf National, the 2018 Ryder Cup host.

  • Johnson gets back to work as a US Open champion

    June 30, 2016

    AKRON, Ohio (AP) Dustin Johnson was on the range at Firestone for an hour and was lucky if he hit more than a dozen shots.This would not be described as an intense practice session, for all the right reasons.It was Johnson's first public appearance since he left Oakmont with the U.S. Open trophy for his first major. He flew home to Florida that night, set the trophy on the kitchen table so it would be the first thing he saw when he came down the stairs and then headed to The Bahamas for a double celebration - winning a major and his birthday. He turned 32 last Wednesday.

  • Golf prodigy Mariah Stackhouse makes pro debut

    June 30, 2016

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Recently Mariah Stackhouse was flipping through some old photos, and she came across a few of herself playing golf when she was just a little kid.And it dawned on her that even though she's making her debut as a professional in the Portland Classic, she'd been working toward this goal for a long time.

  • Golf prodigy Mariah Stackhouse makes LPGA debut

    June 30, 2016

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Recently Mariah Stackhouse was flipping through some old photos, and she came across a few of herself playing golf when she was just a little kid.And it dawned on her that even though she's making her debut as a professional in the Portland Classic, she'd been working toward this goal for a long time.

  • Rich Berberian Jr. wins PGA Professional Championship

    June 29, 2016

    VERONA, N.Y. (AP) Rich Berberian Jr. rallied to win the PGA Professional Championship on Wednesday, holing a 30-foot birdie putt on the final hole for a one-stroke victory.The 28-year-old Berberian, a PGA assistant professional from Derry, New Hampshire, topped the 20 qualifiers for the PGA Championship next month at Baltusrol in New Jersey.

  • Johnson says Olympic meeting clears up some concerns on Rio

    June 29, 2016

    AKRON, Ohio (AP) U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson is planning to play in the Olympics, and he said a meeting with USA Golf helped clear up a few concerns.Johnson said the Zika virus was discussed only briefly. The meat of the meeting was about security.

  • The Latest: Golfer Bubba Watson plans to help flood victims

    June 29, 2016

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) The Latest on flooding that has devastated parts of West Virginia (all times local):6 p.m.Golfer Bubba Watson says he's dealt with hurricanes from his years of living in Florida. But he's never seen the type of destruction around his home like the recent floods in West Virginia.

  • Dustin Johnson equipped with a major and confidence

    June 29, 2016

    AKRON, Ohio (AP) The U.S. Open trophy was on the kitchen table in Dustin Johnson's home in South Florida. That was by design.''So when I came down the next morning, it was sitting right there,'' Johnson said Wednesday. ''Gave me a smile a little bit.''

  • Brooke Henderson looks to defend Portland Classic title

    June 29, 2016

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Brooke Henderson has come a long way since her win last year in Portland.Back then she didn't even have LPGA Tour status. She was a Monday qualifier for the Portland Classic, urged to try for a spot in the field by her older sister.

  • JR Smith sees US Open champion and takes a drive

    June 29, 2016

    AKRON, Ohio (AP) Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith showed off a pretty good shot Wednesday - not on the court, but on the practice range at Firestone Country Club.In the presence of the U.S. Open champion, no less. And yes, Smith was wearing a shirt.

  • The Latest: Brad Paisley donates 0K to W.Va. flood relief

    June 29, 2016

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) The Latest on flooding that has devastated parts of West Virginia (all times local):4:15 p.m.Singer Brad Paisley has started a crowdfunding website campaign to raise money for flood-relief efforts in his native West Virginia.Paisley, who was born in Glen Dale, donated 0,000 of his own money to kick-start a GoFundMe account with a goal of bringing in million.

  • Iconic West Virginia resort turns shelter for flood refugees

    June 29, 2016

    WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) It could be a month or two until an iconic West Virginia resort reopens after deadly, damaging floods, but its maimed championship golf course may not be ready for play much before the PGA Tour rolls through next July, resort owner Jim Justice said.

  • Omar Uresti opens 2-shot lead in PGA Professional

    June 28, 2016

    VERONA, N.Y. (AP) Former PGA Tour player Omar Uresti shot a 2-under 70 on Tuesday at Turning Stone to increase his lead to two strokes in the PGA Professional Championship.The top 20 after the final round Wednesday will earn spots next month in the PGA Championship at Baltusrol in New Jersey.

  • Webb running out of time for Olympic dream

    June 28, 2016

    AKRON, Ohio (AP) One of Karrie Webb's greatest thrills was carrying the Olympic torch on the eve of the Sydney Games in 2000. She had a cousin who played for the Australian women's basketball team in the 1984 Olympics, and she has been a huge fan since then.

  • Spieth facing long odds of a better year than '15

    June 28, 2016

    AKRON, Ohio (AP) Any other year, Jordan Spieth would feel this has been a very good season.Just not this year.At the halfway point of 2016, he already has two victories. One of them was an eight-shot runaway against a winners-only field at Kapalua. The other was even better, earning his first PGA Tour title in his home state when he birdied the last three holes at Colonial. He was in serious contention to win a major. He is approaching million in earnings in just six months.

  • Flood carves a path of destruction at historic resort

    June 28, 2016

    WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) At West Virginia's usually immaculate Greenbrier resort, the grandstands set up for a PGA tournament that was supposed to start the week of July Fourth now look out on a muddy, gouged-out golf course strewn with trash, tires, refrigerators and severed trees.

  • Montgomerie qualifies for British Open

    June 28, 2016

    IRVINE, Scotland (AP) Colin Montgomerie will play at the British Open for the first time since 2010 after qualifying for golf's oldest major on Tuesday.The 53-year-old Scot shot rounds of 66 and 71 to secure one of three places available from final qualifying at Gailes Links.

  • Billy Hurley III to skip British Open for sister's wedding

    June 28, 2016

    AKRON, Ohio (AP) Billy Hurley III wouldn't miss his sister's wedding for anything - not even the British Open.Hurley won for the first time on the PGA Tour on Sunday at the Quicken Loans National and earned a spot at Royal Troon. One problem: Saturday of the Open is the same day his sister, Megan, is getting married in Virginia.

  • Omar Uresti leads PGA Professional at Turning Stone

    June 27, 2016

    VERONA, N.Y. (AP) Former PGA Tour player Omar Uresti shot a 5-under 67 on Monday at Turning Stone to take the second-round lead in the PGA Professional ChampionshipThe final top 20 will earn spots next month in the PGA Championship at Baltusrol in New Jersey.

  • McDowell among 11 alternates added to British Open

    June 27, 2016

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) Graeme McDowell, Francesco Molinari and Ryan Palmer are among 11 alternates added to the field for the British Open.The R&A used the world ranking published Monday for its alternate list.Even though 21 spots remain available through qualifying on the PGA Tour, European Tour and local qualifying across Britain, those will not be enough to fill a 156-man field at Royal Troon on July 14-17.

  • LA event to be called Genesis Open

    June 27, 2016

    The PGA Tour event at Riviera in Los Angeles will be called the Genesis Open, the only title sponsor on tour to be known by a specific brand.Hyundai Motor America took over as sponsor in January of the PGA Tour's tournament in Los Angeles that dates to 1926. A month later, it designated the Tiger Woods Foundation as the host organization that will run the event. All that was missing, until Monday, was a name of the event.

  • Muirfield plans another vote on admitting female members

    June 27, 2016

    GULLANE, Scotland (AP) Muirfield intends to stage another vote on whether to admit female members after being stripped of its right to host the British Open.The Scottish club failed in May to get the two-thirds majority required of its membership to change its policy, drawing disapproval from across golf.

  • Craig Bowden, Ryan Helminen share PGA Professional lead

    June 26, 2016

    VERONA, N.Y. (AP) Craig Bowden and Ryan Helminen each shot 5-under 67 on Sunday at Turning Stone to share the first-round lead in the PGA Professional Championship.The final top 20 will earn spots next month in the PGA Championship at Baltusrol in New Jersey.

  • British Open spot goes to Reno after Greenbrier canceled

    June 26, 2016

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) A spot in the British Open will be offered to the leading finisher in this week's Barracuda Championship.That exemption was supposed to go to the leading player not already eligible at The Greenbrier Classic until the PGA Tour canceled the event because of deadly flooding in West Virginia.

  • Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong wins Symetra Tour event

    June 26, 2016

    HARRIS, Mich. (AP) Thailand's Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong won the Island Resort Championship on Sunday at Sweetgrass Golf Club for her second career Symetra Tour title.The 19-year-old Santiwiwatthanaphong closed with a 3-under 69 in windy conditions to finish at 6-under 210.

  • No. 1 Lydia Ko wins LPGA Tour's NW Arkansas Championship

    June 26, 2016

    ROGERS, Ark. (AP) Top-ranked Lydia Ko won the NW Arkansas Championship on Sunday for her third LPGA Tour victory of the year, closing with a 3-under 68 for a tournament-record 17-under total and a three-stroke victory.The 19-year-old New Zealander has 13 career LPGA Tour victories, also winning the Kia Classic and major ANA Inspiration in consecutive weeks in Southern California. She broke the previous tournament record by two strokes.

  • Ollie Schniederjans wins Webcom Tour event in Wichita

    June 26, 2016

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) Ollie Schniederjans won the Air Capital Classic on Sunday for his first Web.com Tour title, beating amateur Collin Morikawa and J.J. Spaun with a birdie on the second hole of a playoff.Schniederjans shot a 3-under 67 to match Morikawa and Spaun at 17-under 263 at Crestview Country Club.

  • Naval Academy grad Hurley wins Quicken Loans National

    June 26, 2016

    BETHESDA, Md. (AP) Naval Academy graduate Billy Hurley III won his home Quicken Loans National on Sunday for his first PGA Tour title, shooting a 2-under 69 at Congressional for a three-stroke victory.The 607th-ranked player broke through on the Blue Course to finish 17 under in Tiger Woods' annual tournament. Hurley held off multiple major champions Vijay Singh and Ernie Els and 21-year-old Jon Rahm.

  • Kirk Triplett rallies to win Champions event in Wisconsin

    June 26, 2016

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) Kirk Triplett made four straight birdies Sunday to win the PGA Tour Champions' inaugural American Family Insurance Championship.The 54-year-old Triplett shot a 7-under 65 in front of another large crowd at University Ridge to finish at 17-under 199, two strokes ahead of Bart Bryant and Mike Goodes. Triplett has five victories on the 50-and-over tour after winning three times on the PGA Tour.

  • Henrik Stenson wins BMW Open by 3 shots on long day

    June 26, 2016

    PULHEIM, Germany (AP) Henrik Stenson overcame four bogeys in the final round to earn his 10th European Tour title with a three-shot victory at the BMW International Open on Sunday.Stenson ended with 17 under to take his second title at the event after 2006, having finished as runner-up for the past two seasons. All the leaders had to play 36 holes on Sunday after rain washed out play the day before.

  • Ko matches course record with 62, shares NW Arkansas lead

    June 25, 2016

    ROGERS, Ark. (AP) Top-ranked Lydia Ko eagled the par-5 18th to tie the course record at 9-under 62 and take a share of the second-round lead Saturday in the LPGA Tour's NW Arkansas Championship.Ko matched Morgan Pressel at 15-under 128 at Pinnacle Country Club, tying the tournament 36-hole record set by Veronica Felibert in 2012.

  • Hurley takes 2-shot lead over Els in Quicken Loans National

    June 25, 2016

    BETHESDA, Md. (AP) Naval Academy graduate Billy Hurley III shot a 4-under 67 on Saturday to take a two-stroke lead over Ernie Els into the final round of the Quicken Loans National.Hurley had four birdies in the bogey-free round at Congressional to reach 15 under.

  • Jean-Francois Remesy takes Champions lead in Wisconsin

    June 25, 2016

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) Jean-Francois Remesy had two eagles and finished with an 8-under 64 on Saturday to take the second-round lead in the PGA Tour Champions' inaugural American Family Insurance Championship.The last alternate to get into the field after losing a playoff in a Monday qualifier, the 52-year-old Frenchman holed out for eagle from the fairway on the par-4 first and also eagled the par-5 11th. He had four birdies in the bogey-free round to reach 13-under 131 at University Ridge.

  • PGA Tour cancels Greenbrier Classic amid West Virginia flood

    June 25, 2016

    BETHESDA, Md. (AP) The PGA Tour canceled the Greenbrier Classic, scheduled for July 7-10, on Saturday because of devastating flooding in West Virginia.The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs has been was inundated with floodwater after heavy storms rolled into the state Thursday. Tour officials say the Old White TPC, the host course, suffered extensive damage and ''is beyond reasonable repair to conduct the tournament.''

  • Rain washes out 3rd round at BMW Open

    June 25, 2016

    PULHEIM, Germany (AP) Heavy rain washed out the third round of the BMW International Open on Saturday.None of the leaders got on the Golf Club Gut Laerchenhof course before play was halted at noon.Henrik Stenson, Raphael Jacquelin and Kiradech Aphibarnrat are at 11 under and will play 36 holes on Sunday.

  • Japan's Ayako Uehara shoots 62 to take NW Arkansas lead

    June 24, 2016

    ROGERS, Ark. (AP) Japan's Ayako Uehara matched the course record with a 9-under 62 on Friday to take the first-round lead in the LPGA Tour's NW Arkansas Championship.Uehara, who entered the event at Pinnacle Country Club ranked 214th in the world and without a top-10 finish this year, needed only 25 putts in her bogey-free round. She was 6 under on her final nine, birdieing the last two holes to best a 63 she shot in Malaysia in 2014.

  • Toledo, Sauers top PGA Tour Champions in Wisconsin

    June 24, 2016

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) Estaban Toledo and Gene Sauers each shot 9-under 63 on Friday to share the first-round lead in the PGA Tour Champions' inaugural American Family Insurance Championship.Toledo made five straight birdies on his first nine at University Ridge, added three more on Nos. 1, 2 and 4 and capped his bogey-free round with another on the par-5 ninth. The 53-year-old Mexican player won the Allianz Championship in February for his fourth senior title.

  • Trio leads BMW International after round 2, Willett out

    June 24, 2016

    PULHEIM, Germany (AP) Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand shot a day best 8 under 64 to join Raphael Jacquelin and Henrik Stenson at the top of the leaderboard after the second round of the BMW International Open on Friday.Aphibarnrat had seven birdies and an eagle on the par-5 No. 13 in his late charge as the three leaders finished at 11 under.

  • Vijay Singh shoots 66 to lead Quicken Loans National

    June 24, 2016

    BETHESDA, Md. (AP) Vijay Singh shot a 66 to move to 8 under through two rounds and take the lead Friday at the Quicken Loans National.Singh bounced back from two early bogeys, went on a stretch of eight birdies in 13 holes, then saved for bogey on the 18th with a memorable shot from the edge of the water. He went into the clubhouse at Congressional with a one-stroke lead over Jon Rahm, who had an afternoon tee time.

  • Lewis hopes for return to form at NW Arkansas Championship

    June 23, 2016

    ROGERS, Ark. (AP) Former world No. 1 Stacy Lewis has been busy since winning her last tournament two years ago, getting engaged and preparing for her upcoming wedding in August.The former Arkansas standout and two-time LPGA Player of the Year tries to get back into winning form this week when she returns to her college home for the NW Arkansas Championship at Pinnacle Country Club.

  • Raphael Jacquelin leads BMW International at 7 under

    June 23, 2016

    PULHEIM, Germany (AP) Raphael Jacquelin leads Oliver Fisher by one stroke after the opening round of the BMW International Open on Thursday.Jacquelin shot seven birdies to finish the day at seven under par 65 as some of the favorites struggled on the windy Golf Club Gut Laerchenhof outside Cologne.

  • Rain pushes back start of Tiger Woods' event in Maryland

    June 23, 2016

    BETHESDA, Md. (AP) Rain that began before dawn has pushed back the start of the first round of the Quicken Loans National.Storms delayed the first groups more than two hours. The first tee times were scheduled for 7 a.m. and got pushed back to 9:15.

  • Inbee Park withdraws from US Women's Open

    June 22, 2016

    SAN MARTIN, Calif. (AP) Inbee Park withdrew from the U.S. Women's Open on Wednesday because of a left thumb injury. The tournament is July 7-10 at CordeValle.The second-ranked South Korean player won the event in 2008 at Interlachen and 2013 at Sebonack. She has been fighting inflammation in the tendons and ligaments around her thumb. Park last played in the KPMG Women's PGA, the final event she needed to complete the 10-year requirement for the LPGA Hall of Fame.

  • Tiger Woods progressing in rehab, still won't set timeline

    June 22, 2016

    BETHESDA, Md. (AP) Tiger Woods can play soccer with kids and ride a bike but hasn't progressed far enough in his rehab to set a timeline on when he'll return to professional golf.Woods, who hasn't played on the PGA Tour in 10 months after two back surgeries last year, isn't yet able to play 36 holes a day and practice how he'd like. Before getting back, he said he'd have to play several days to show his body can handle the workload.

  • Tiger Woods calls Dustin Johnson's US Open fiasco 'awful'

    June 22, 2016

    BETHESDA, Md. (AP) Tiger Woods says the rules controversy that followed Dustin Johnson down the stretch at the U.S. Open was ''awful'' and wasn't fair to the eventual tournament champion or his fellow competitors.Woods was watching as USGA officials told Johnson at the 12th hole on Sunday that they'd decide after his final round whether to penalize him for his actions on the fifth green. Johnson had to play the final seven holes not knowing what his score was or how far ahead he was of the rest of the field.

  • Streaky Merritt hopes to get hot again at Quicken Loans

    June 22, 2016

    BETHESDA, Md. (AP) Troy Merritt is the defending champion at the Quicken Loans National, but that doesn't mean he gets friendly vibes from the golf course.Merritt shot 14 under par on the weekend last year at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club to break through for his first PGA Tour victory, beating Rickie Fowler by three shots.

  • Arnold Palmer still hitting balls, staying busy

    June 21, 2016

    LATROBE, Pa. (AP) Arnold Palmer didn't make a live television appearance at Bay Hill. For the first time, he didn't hit the ceremonial first tee shot at the Masters. He struggles with mobility, which kept him from attending the U.S. Open.Just don't get the idea Palmer is slowing down entirely.

  • Dustin Johnson's US Open win: right penalty, wrong delivery

    June 21, 2016

    OAKMONT, Pa. (AP) As different as they are, the Masters and U.S. Open had two things in common this year.First, and most peculiar, is that Lee Westwood played the final round with both champions - Danny Willett at Augusta National, Dustin Johnson at Oakmont. He now is everyone's favorite pairing for Sunday at Royal Troon unless the tee time is anywhere near the breakfast hour.

  • Fowler trying to get his game back at Quicken Loans National

    June 21, 2016

    BETHESDA, Md. (AP) Rickie Fowler made the most of missing the cut at the U.S. Open and hopes it pays dividends for him at the Quicken Loans National.The sixth-ranked player in the world has missed the cut in three consecutive tournaments, so on Sunday he went back to the drawing board with swing coach Butch Harmon, who helped revitalize his career before.

  • Major hurdle: Breaks finally fall Dustin Johnson's way

    June 20, 2016

    OAKMONT, Pa. (AP) Dustin Johnson already has shown he can take a punch. He also can take a joke.Four months ago, he was playing the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in his regular pairing with Jordan Spieth, good friends and complete opposites. At long last,

  • US Open: Johnson breaks a rule and his championship drought

    June 20, 2016

    OAKMONT, Pa. (AP) Dustin Johnson didn't understand the rule.But what he had to do? That was another story. The heartbreak of losing other major championships taught him well.Johnson kept his cool Sunday while facing a possible penalty for something he claimed he didn't do. He played steady down the stretch before hitting the 6-iron of his life on the final hole - from 192 yards out to 3 feet - to finally win a U.S. Open.

  • Column: Johnson wins one the USGA tries to take away

    June 19, 2016

    OAKMONT, Pa. (AP) Maybe Dustin Johnson is smarter than the average golfer after all.The whispers around golf were that the most powerful player in the game didn't have a head for the game. The prevailing wisdom - fueled by a pair of previous 18th-hole miscues - was that if he ever did win a major championship, someone else would have to give it to him.

  • Lowry "bitterly disappointed" after late US Open collapse

    June 19, 2016

    OAKMONT, Pa. (AP) Shane Lowry stood on the 18th green for an awards presentation at the U.S. Open, just how he planned.It's where Lowry stood, however, that will stick with the affable Irishman for a while. Maybe a long while.While Dustin Johnson donned the gold medal, held the trophy and got the kiss from the girl after exorcising some very real major championship meltdowns of his own while conquering Oakmont in the final round Sunday, Lowry rubbed his beard and tried to smile through the anguish.

  • Key hole at the US Open

    June 19, 2016

    OAKMONT, Pa. (AP) A look at the key hole Sunday at the U.S. Open:Hole: 9Par: 4Yardage: 477Rank: 2Scoring Average: 4.43Key fact: Winner Dustin Johnson, in the next-to-last pairing, took the lead for good with a birdie there and gained some breathing room when Shane Lowry, who teed off with the 54-hole lead, made a bogey behind him.

  • Landry, US Open's 'Cinderella boy' comes unglued in final

    June 19, 2016

    OAKMONT, Pa. (AP) Andrew Landry's opening drive rocketed into the right rough alongside the fairway. From there, his first approach shot nosedived into the left rough alongside the green.Somehow, things went downhill from there.By the time the final round was over, what began like a story line cribbed from the movie ''Caddyshack'' - ''Cinderella boy about to become the U.S. Open champion!'' - turned into an all-too-familiar, crash-and-burn tale from more than one final round of a major championship.

  • The Latest: Johnson wins US Open for his first major title

    June 19, 2016

    OAKMONT, Pa. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open golf championship (all times local:):8:05 p.m.Dustin Johnson has won the U.S. Open.Johnson took his first major championship in style, lacing a 6-iron to 5 feet on the 18th hole and making the putt for a final birdie. He made moot any possible penalty by the USGA for his ball moving on the fifth green.

  • Dustin Johnson wins U.S. Open at Oakmont for his first major title

    June 19, 2016

    OAKMONT, Pa. (AP) Dustin Johnson wins U.S. Open at Oakmont for his first major title.

  • The Latest: Johnson holds 3-shot lead with 1 to play

    June 19, 2016

    OAKMONT, Pa. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open golf championship (all times local:):7:50 p.m.Dustin Johnson has one hole between him and his first major championship.Johnson has a three-shot lead heading to the 18th tee, after his major challengers fell away on the back nine. He could still be penalized a shot by the USGA, though, for his ball moving on the green on the fifth hole.

  • James Driscoll wins Web.com Tour's Nashville Golf Open

    June 19, 2016

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) James Driscoll won the inaugural Nashville Golf Open on Sunday for his second Web.com Tour title, closing with a 5-under 67 for a three-stroke victory.The 38-year-old Driscoll finish at 19-under 269 at Nashville Golf & Athletic Club.

  • The Latest: Johnson holds 2-shot lead with 3 to play

    June 19, 2016

    OAKMONT, Pa. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open golf championship (all times local:)7:30 p.m.Dustin Johnson is holding on to a two-shot lead with three to play in the U.S. Open.That, of course, is pending USGA approval.Johnson still hasn't learned whether he will be penalized for his ball moving on the fifth green as he addressed it with his putter. USGA officials say it appears he caused it to move but say they will not rule on it until after talking to Johnson after the round.

  • The Latest: Rival players backing Johnson in rules issue

    June 19, 2016

    OAKMONT, Pa. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open golf championship (all times local:)7:05 p.m.Some of Dustin Johnson's fellow players are weighing in on a possible penalty against him for a ball that moved on the fifth green.Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler all sent out tweets calling the possible penalty ridiculous and laughable.

  • Jackie Stoelting wins second straight Symetra Tour event

    June 19, 2016

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Jackie Stoelting won consecutive Symetra Tour events for the second straight year Sunday, rallying to take the Four Winds Invitational by a stroke.Five strokes behind second-round leader Emily Tubert, Stoelting finished with a 5-under 67 for a 7-under 209 total at Blackthorn. She earned ,500 to jump from sixth to second on the money list with ,946, with the top 10 at the end of the season earning LPGA Tour cards.

  • The Latest: Leader Johnson waiting on ruling at US Open

    June 19, 2016

    OAKMONT, Pa. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open golf championship (all times local:)6:32 p.m.U.S. Open leader Dustin Johnson is heading down the back nine at Oakmont unsure of what to jot down as his score on the fifth hole.The USGA has told Johnson it will review what happened on the fifth green after Johnson completes the final round of the tournament later Sunday evening.

  • Spieth's US Open title defense runs off the rails early

    June 19, 2016

    OAKMONT, Pa. (AP) Jordan Spieth was just eight holes into the defense of his U.S. Open championship and already out of sorts when a near-perfect approach shot landed 15 feet past the flag, spun back and trickled into a bunker.''You've GOT to be kidding me!'' Spieth howled.

  • The Latest: Johnson 2 shots up at US Open

    June 19, 2016

    OAKMONT, Pa. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open golf championship (all times local:)6:21 p.m.Dustin Johnson's lead in the U.S. Open is up to two shots with the holes dwindling at Oakmont.Johnson is a 5-under par through 11 holes of the final round. That's two better than third-round leader Shane Lowry and resilient Scott Piercy, who were both at 3 under.

  • The Latest: Johnson moves into lead at US Open

    June 19, 2016

    OAKMONT, Pa. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open golf championship (all times local:)5:51 p.m.Dustin Johnson's first major title is nine holes away. Again.Johnson moved in front as the final round of the U.S. Open reached the back nine Sunday. Johnson had two birdies to get within striking distance of leader Shane Lowry, then jumped to the lead when he birdied the par-4 ninth and, Lowry, playing in the final group behind Johnson, bogeyed after missing the fairway.

  • The Latest: Spieth finishes well off pace at US Open

    June 19, 2016

    OAKMONT, Pa. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open golf championship (all times local:)5:35 p.m.No awkward awards ceremony for Jordan Spieth this time.The defending U.S. Open champion shot a 5-over 75 in the final round of the tournament at Oakmont on Sunday to finish at 9 over. That's his worst finish in a major in which he's made the cut since tying for 44th at the 2013 British Open.

  • Sei Young Kim wins Meijer LPGA Classic in playoff

    June 19, 2016

    BELMONT, Mich. (AP) Sei Young Kim won the Meijer LPGA Classic on Sunday for her second victory of the year, beating Carlota Ciganda with a birdie on the first hole of a playoff.After bogeying the 18th in regulation to drop into the playoff, the 23-year-old Kim rebounded on the par-4 hole in the playoff. She hit a 124-yard shot from the deep left rough - so deep that she momentarily lost her ball after looking away - ran onto the green and settled at 3 1/2 feet.

  • The Latest: Garcia to the rescue at US Open.

    June 19, 2016

    OAKMONT, Pa. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open golf championship (all times local:)5:10 p.m.Sergio Garcia collected not one birdie but two at the par-3 eighth in the final round of the U.S. Open.Garcia holed out from a greenside bunker to move to 2 under for the tournament and three shots behind leader Shane Lowry. The Spaniard, still in search of his first major championship, noticed a small bird on the ground as he was making his way off the green. He picked it up and handed it a volunteer.

  • The Latest: Lowry's lead down to 1 shot at the US Open.

    June 19, 2016

    OAKMONT, Pa. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open golf championship (all times local:)4:54 p.m.Shane Lowry's lead is down to a single stroke at the U.S. Open.The Irishman, who was up by three at the beginning of the final round, is 2 over through five holes and is just one shot up on Dustin Johnson. Lowry bogeyed the par-4 second after his approach flew into a bunker and dropped another shot on the par-4 fifth following an approach shot that also found the sand.

  • The Latest: Lowry's lead down to 2 shots at US Open

    June 19, 2016

    OAKMONT, Pa. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open golf championship (all times local):4:10 p.m.Shane Lowry's once-comfortable lead at the U.S. Open is down to two shots.The Irishman, in search of his first major championship, began the final round leading by four shots over Dustin Johnson and Andrew Landry before a bogey at the par-4 No. 2 hole coupled with a birdie by Johnson at same hole whittled Lowry's advantage to just two strokes.

  • The Latest: Finally, 'Game On,' as leader Lowry tees off

    June 19, 2016

    OAKMONT, Pa. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open golf championship (all times local):3:30 p.m.Leader Shane Lowry went off in the final group with Andrew Landry, a U.S. Open rookie ranked No. 624 in the world. Both were in pursuit of a first major.Lowry is 7 under, with a 4-shot lead over Landry and Dustin Johnson. Another shot back were Scott Piercy and Lee Westwood.

  • The Latest: Koepka hotter than weather at US Open

    June 19, 2016

    OAKMONT, Pa. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open golf championship (all times local):2:55 p.m.Brooks Koepka shot a sizzling 32 on his opening nine at Oakmont, then holed out with a wedge for eagle from the fairway at No. 10 - the most spectacular shot in an 8-under tear spanning eight holes. The move sent him to even-par, but still seven strokes behind leader Shane Lowry.

  • The Latest: Andrew Landry gets message of support

    June 19, 2016

    OAKMONT, Pa. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open golf championship (all times local):2 p.m.The top 10 players are exempt into the U.S. Open next year at Erin Hills. That would be a big deal to Andrew Landry if he doesn't produce the dream finish at Oakmont. Landry had to make it through two stages of qualifying just to get into his first major.

  • The Latest: Unknown Andrew Landry in last group at US Open

    June 19, 2016

    OAKMONT, Pa. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open golf championship (all times local):2 p.m.The top 10 players are exempt into the U.S. Open next year at Erin Hills. That would be a big deal to Andrew Landry if he doesn't produce the dream finish at Oakmont. Landry had to make it through two stages of qualifying just to get into his first major.

  • Oregon, Texas advance to NCAA championship final

    May 31, 2016

    EUGENE, Ore. (AP) Beau Hossler overcame an injury to his left shoulder while getting up-and-down from a bunker with his putter to close out his match Tuesday and send top-seeded Texas into the NCAA championship match against Oregon.Hossler, the best player on a Longhorns team ranked No. 1 in the country, first felt pain after a 4-iron on the 15th hole. The pain was so severe that he grimaced and couldn't finish his swing from the rough on the 17th hole when he was 2 up against Andrew Levitt of Southern California.

  • Mahan searching for his swing and looking for balance

    May 31, 2016

    DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) Hunter Mahan had a pair of shafts at his feet for alignment. His coach was at his side for one shot, stood behind him on the next shot and then he crouched to block the glare of the hot sun to study the video.At one point, Mahan dropped his club after an errant shot, and Sean Foley moved in for more instruction.

  • Coach Steve Desimone steps down after 37 years at Cal

    May 31, 2016

    Steve Desimone says he's the luckiest guy on the earth, having spent that last 37 years living a dream as the men's golf coach at California.However, the time has come for him to step aside and let someone else take over the program he created, nearly from scratch.

  • Oregon advances to semifinal of the NCAA championship

    May 31, 2016

    EUGENE, Ore. (AP) NCAA champion Aaron Wise won the anchor match Tuesday to help Oregon rally past defending champion LSU and into the semifinals of the NCAA championship.The Ducks trailed in all five matches at one point. They were up 2-1, with the fourth match in extra holes, when Wise beat Eric Ricard 3 and 2.

  • Approaching 50, golfer Steve Stricker is busier than ever

    May 31, 2016

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) Steve Stricker gets busier as he gets older.One of the PGA Tour's most respected players will be a vice captain for the U.S. team under Davis Love III at the Ryder Cup this year at Hazeltine. He'll be the captain for the U.S. squad for the Presidents Cup in 2017 at Liberty National.

  • US Open qualifying; flowers and chocolates for hit spectator

    May 31, 2016

    DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) This isn't necessarily the busiest time of the year for Jeff Hall, though it might be the most complicated.Hall is the managing director of rules and competition for the USGA, and as the final stage of qualifying gets going for the U.S. Open, his job is to crunch numbers to figure out how many spots to allocate Monday to the 10 qualifying sites across America.

  • Wise wins NCAA title as Oregon advances

    May 30, 2016

    EUGENE, Ore. (AP) Oregon sophomore Aaron Wise bounced back from a tee shot in the water with a birdie putt and a ferocious fist pump, closing with a 1-over 71 on Monday to win the NCAA title by two shots and give the Ducks a chance at the team championship.

  • Bourdy leads 13 qualifiers; Harrington falls out

    May 30, 2016

    SURREY, England (AP) Gregory Bourdy of France shot 67-68 at Walton Heath on Monday and led 13 players who earned spots at the U.S. Open qualifier in England.Three-time major champion Padraig Harrington seemed certain to join them until the Irishman finished bogey-bogey, three-putting the 18th green, to miss the playoff by one shot. This will be the third straight year Harrington misses the U.S. Open.

  • Oregon's Aaron Wise, Vanderbilt lead NCAA golf

    May 29, 2016

    EUGENE, Ore. (AP) Oregon's Aaron Wise shot a 6-under 64 on Sunday at Eugene Country Club to take the individual NCAA lead, while Vanderbilt remained atop the team standings.''To do it out here, with the greens rolling 13 (on the Stimpmeter) and the rough up, is pretty special,'' said Wise, a sophomore from Lake Elsinore, California, who will turn pro after the event.

  • World's top 3 golfers all coming off wins to Memorial

    May 29, 2016

    Jason Day, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy, the top three in the world golf ranking, are all going to Muirfield Village for the Memorial coming off victories.The second-ranked Spieth won Sunday at Colonial for his eighth PGA Tour victory and first in his home state of Texas.

  • Natalie Sheary wins first Symetra Tour title

    May 29, 2016

    BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) Natalie Sheary completed a wire-to-wire victory Sunday in the W.B. Mason Championship for her first Symetra Tour title in 88 career starts.The former Wake Forest player from West Hartford, Connecticut, closed with a 3-over 74 for a one-stroke victory over Marissa Steen.

  • Ariya Jutanugarn wins 3rd straight LPGA Tour title

    May 29, 2016

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Ariya Jutanugarn became the first player to win three straight LPGA Tour events in three years, closing with a 5-under 67 for a five-stroke victory Sunday in the Volvik Championship.The 20-year-old Jutanugarn is the first player since Inbee Park in 2013 to win three consecutive tournaments and the first ever to make their first three career victories consecutive.

  • Lone Star: Spieth's 8th PGA win is 1st in Texas, at Colonial

    May 29, 2016

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Jordan Spieth birdied his final three holes, chipping in from behind the 17th green and closing with a 34-foot putt, and shot a 5-under 65 on Sunday to win at Colonial for his first home state victory.It was the eighth career win for Spieth, the world's No. 2-ranked player, and came in his third tournament since blowing a five-stroke lead on the back nine last month when trying to win the Masters for the second year in a row. He will try to defend his U.S. Open title in three weeks.

  • Rocco Mediate wins Senior PGA Championship

    May 29, 2016

    BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) Rocco Mediate holed out from a greenside bunker for birdie on the par-3 17th to wrap up a record-setting, wire-to-wire victory Sunday in the Senior PGA Championship.Smoking cigars during the round, the 53-year-old Mediate closed with a 5-under 66 - holing a 15-footer for par on the last at Jack Nicklaus-designed Harbor Shores, for a three-stroke victory over two-time defending champion Colin Montgomerie.

  • Wood survives late wobble, wins BMW PGA Championship

    May 29, 2016

    VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) Chris Wood shot a front-nine 29 before overcoming a late run of bogeys to win the BMW PGA Championship for the biggest victory of his career on Sunday, as overnight leader Scott Hend imploded in the final round.Wood held a four-stroke lead after making birdie at No. 11, but dropped shots on Nos. 14, 16 and 17 to trim his advantage to one going down the last. He parred the par-5 No. 18 for a 3-under 69 and 9-under 279, finishing a shot clear of Rikard Karlberg (65).

  • European Tour chief: Changes must be made to Wentworth

    May 29, 2016

    VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) Significant improvements must be made to the West Course at Wentworth by its new Chinese owners if it is to continue hosting the European Tour's flagship event, the head of the tour said Sunday.Henrik Stenson and Ian Poulter are among the top Europeans not playing the BMW PGA Championship this week because of misgivings about the course, which include the perceived poor state of the greens. Masters champion Danny Willett is the only top-20 player competing.

  • Vanderbilt, Southern California's Justin Suh lead NCAA golf

    May 29, 2016

    EUGENE, Ore. (AP) Vanderbilt took a two-stroke lead in the NCAA tournament Saturday and Southern California freshman Justin Suh shot a 3-under 67 to top the individual standings.Vanderbilt shot an even-par 280 - with only four of the five players' scores counting in the team total - to reach 3-over 563 at Eugene Country Club. Matthias Schwab led the Commodores with a 68.

  • Jutanugarn eagles 18, takes 3rd-round lead in Ann Arbor

    May 28, 2016

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Ariya Jutanugarn made a 15-foot eagle putt on the par-5 18th hole Saturday at Travis Pointe to take a one-stroke lead in the Volvik Championship.Trying to become the first to win three straight LPGA Tour events since Inbee Park in 2013, the 20-year-old Jutanugarn shot a 1-over 73 to reach 10-under 206. She won three weeks ago in Alabama to become the first Thai winner in tour history and followed with a victory last week in Virginia.

  • Rocco Mediate hangs onto Senior PGA Championship lead

    May 28, 2016

    BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) Rocco Mediate shot an even-par 71 on Saturday in the Senior PGA Championship to take a two-stroke lead over two-time defending champion Colin Montgomerie into the final round.Four strokes ahead at a tournament-record 14 under entering the day, had three birdies and three bogeys - his first of the week - in the third round at Harbor Shores. He opened with a 62 to match the course and tournament records and had a 66 on Friday.

  • Hend eagles No 18 again, takes 1-shot lead at Wentworth

    May 28, 2016

    VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) Scott Hend of Australia eagled No. 18 for the second straight day to reclaim the lead at the end of a fluctuating third round of the BMW PGA Championship on Saturday, as Masters champion Danny Willett slipped down the leaderboard.

  • Piller, Simpson share lead after 2nd round at Colonial

    May 28, 2016

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Martin Piller made a short birdie putt on the 18th hole Saturday morning to finish the suspended second round at Colonial in a tie with Webb Simpson for the lead.Piller and Simpson were at 8-under 132. They were a stroke ahead of world's No. 2-ranked player Jordan Spieth, Colonial member Ryan Palmer, Bryce Molder and Kyle Reifers.

  • Bryce Molder leads in suspended second round at Colonial

    May 27, 2016

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Bryce Molder had a one-stroke lead with three holes to play Friday in the second round at Colonial when play was suspended because of darkness.At 9 under, Molder was a stroke ahead of Webb Simpson and two in front of Jordan Spieth, the world's No. 2-ranked player. Simpson and Spieth completed their second rounds at the Dean & Deluca Invitational.

  • Rocco Mediate opens 4-stroke lead in Senior PGA Championship

    May 27, 2016

    BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) Rocco Mediate stretched his Senior PGA Championship lead to four strokes Friday at Harbor Shores, birdieing the final two holes for a 5-under 66.The 53-year-old Mediate opened with a 62 on Thursday to tie the tournament and course records set by Kenny Perry in the 2012 final round on the Jack Nicklaus-designed layout. On Friday, Mediate started play on the 10th tee and birdied the par-4 16th and 18th. He added birdies on the par-5 fifth, par-4 eighth and par-5 ninth, leaving an eagle putt an inch short on the last.

  • Hat trick? Ariya Jutanugarn shoots 68 to take 2-shot lead

    May 27, 2016

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Ariya Jutanugarn remained in position for her third straight LPGA Tour victory, shooting a 4-under 68 on Friday to take a two-shot lead in the Volvik Championship.Jutanugarn had four back-nine birdies, including No. 18 when her approach went off a hospitality suite and landed in a greenside bunker 20 yards from the hole. Her sand shot set her up for a short putt and an 11-under 133 total.

  • Willett in 3-way share of 2nd-round lead at Wentworth

    May 27, 2016

    VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) Danny Willett made six birdies in a tournament-record 29 on the front nine at the BMW PGA Championship on Friday, setting up a 4-under 68 that gave the Masters champion a three-way share of the second-round lead.Scott Hend eagled the last for a 69 to tie Willett and Y.E. Yang (69) for the lead on 10-under 134 in the European Tour's flagship event at Wentworth.

  • Bjorn, Harrington, Lawrie picked as Ryder Cup vice captains

    May 27, 2016

    VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) European captain Darren Clarke has selected Thomas Bjorn, Padraig Harrington and Paul Lawrie as three of his vice captains for the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine.Bjorn (2010, `12) and Harrington (2014) have performed the role before. It will be the first time as vice captain for Lawrie, who played for the European team in 1999 and 2012.

  • More volunteers sought at Greenbrier Classic

    May 27, 2016

    WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) The Greenbrier Classic's free ticket giveaway has prompted officials to look for more volunteers to help this year's golf tournament run smoothly.Greenbrier owner Jim Justice says in a news release he'll hold a drawing in which one volunteer will win ,000 at the end of the tournament.

  • Bryce Molder shoots 64 to take lead at Colonial

    May 26, 2016

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Bryce Molder birdied six of his last nine holes for a 6-under 64 and a one-stroke lead Thursday after the first round of the Dean & Deluca Invitational at Colonial.Molder was in the first group of the day off the 10th tee, and was on the 16th green when play was stopped for 75 minutes because of rain and lightning. He completed his seventh of nine consecutive pars when play resumed, then had all of those birdies on the front nine.

  • Kim shoots 64, leads Jutanugarn by a shot on LPGA Tour

    May 26, 2016

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Christina Kim took advantage of favorable conditions Thursday morning, shooting an 8-under 64 to top the leaderboard in the inaugural Volvik Championship.Ariya Jutanugarn, coming off consecutive wins on the LPGA Tour, was a shot back after her morning round at Travis Pointe. The 20-year-old Jutanugarn is coming off a victory at the Kingsmill Championship after becoming the first Thai winner in tour history in Alabama.

  • Rocco Mediate ties course and Senior PGA record with 62

    May 26, 2016

    BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) Rocco Mediate played the first 13 holes in 9 under and closed with five pars for a 62 to match the Senior PGA Championship and Harbor Shore records Thursday.Taking advantage of greens softened by overnight rain, Mediate matched the marks set by Kenny Perry in the 2012 final round.

  • Yang, Hend, Luiten shoot 65s, share lead at Wentworth

    May 26, 2016

    VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) Y.E. Yang, Scott Hend and Joost Luiten shot 7-under 65s to share the lead after the first round of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth on Thursday.Danny Willett, the Masters champion and the only member of the world's top 20 competing in the tournament, was a stroke behind after a bogey-free 66 in good scoring conditions at the European Tour's headquarters.

  • Washington beats Stanford to win NCAA golf title

    May 25, 2016

    EUGENE, Ore. (AP) Julianne Alvarez had a 5-foot par putt on the 18th hole to give Washington its first NCAA golf title, a big moment for a freshman.It felt even bigger when she missed, sending another match against Stanford to extra holes.''She walked off and said, `I'm sorry,''' Washington coach Mary Lou Mulflur said. ''I said, `Sorry?' You have to play another hole. Coming back from where you're feeling bad to come through like this is just incredible.''

  • Race to Rio is intense among South Koreans on LPGA Tour

    May 25, 2016

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) The race to Rio is playing out all over the globe with athletes competing for coveted spots.On the LPGA Tour, the competition among a slew of talented South Korean players to compete in Olympic golf this summer is particularly intense.

  • Hailee Cooper, Kaitlyn Papp win US Women's Amateur 4-Ball

    May 25, 2016

    BOWLING GREEN, Fla. (AP) Hailee Cooper and Kaitlyn Papp won the U.S. Women's Amateur Four-Ball Championship on Wednesday at Streamsong Resort, outlasting 13-year-olds Angelina Kim and Brianna Navarrosa with a par on the first extra hole.''I still can't believe it,'' Cooper said. ''On the 19th green, it was kind of a realization like, `Wow, we just did it after all these holes we just played and after a tough match.'''

  • SMU's Ben Baxter, Andrew Buchanan win US Amateur 4-Ball

    May 25, 2016

    MAMARONECK, N.Y. (AP) SMU teammates Ben Baxter and Andrew Buchanan won the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship on Wednesday, beating Brandon Cigna and Ben Warnquist 3 and 2 at Winged Foot.The 20-year-old Baxter, from Flower Mound, Texas, and 21-year-old Buchanan, from Los Altos, California, entered the tournament with SMU was barred from postseason play for one year because of violations.

  • Langer goes for major record at Senior PGA

    May 25, 2016

    BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) Fresh off a landmark victory, Bernhard Langer tries to enter a league of his own at the Senior PGA Championship.Langer is coming off the 100th victory of his career - at a major, no less - when he won the Regions Tradition in Alabama. It was his sixth major championship as a senior, and he joined Jack Nicklaus as the only players to win four different majors on the PGA Tour Champions

  • Spieth feels much the same even with results much different

    May 25, 2016

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Jordan Spieth was the Masters champion with another victory and a couple of runner-up finishes when he got to Colonial last year, a few weeks before winning the U.S. Open.This time at Hogan's Alley, at the tournament now known as the Dean & Deluca Invitational, Spieth arrives with one win and his only runner-up finish this season coming after he squandered a five-stroke lead on the back nine when trying to defend his title at Augusta.

  • Stanford, Washington meet for NCAA women's title

    May 24, 2016

    EUGENE, Ore. (AP) Sarah Rhee had nothing to lose and wound up with an unlikely victory Tuesday that sent Washington to the final of the NCAA women's golf championship against defending champion Stanford.Washington trailed in three matches against UCLA, and Rhee was 3 down with three holes remaining against Louise Ridderstrom. The 18-year-old freshman birdied the next two holes, won the 18th hole with a par, and then holed a long bunker shot that slammed against the pin and dropped into the cup.

  • Filipino pair reach semifinals of Women's Amateur Four-Ball

    May 25, 2016

    BOWLING GREEN, Fla. (AP) Princess Mary Superal made a 10-foot birdie putt on the final hole to lead her Filipino team into the semifinals of the U.S. Women's Amateur Four-Ball on Tuesday.Superal and Pauline Del Rosario trailed for the first time all week at Streamsong Resort when Del Rosario made birdie on the tough par-3 16th to square the match. Superal's final birdie eliminated Madein Herr and Brynn Walker, who were trying to reach the semifinals for the second straight year.

  • Rank, Christovich reach semifinals of US Amateur Four-Ball

    May 24, 2016

    MAMARONECK, N.Y. (AP) Garrett Rank of Canada took his shot and scored big Tuesday, making a 6-foot birdie putt on the final hole as the NHL referee and partner Patrick Christovich advanced to the semifinals of the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball.Rank's putt defeated David Kocher and Connor Tendall, and it ended a long day at Winged Foot. Rank and Christovich, a real estate agent in New Orleans, had to play 39 holes in two matches. In the other, Christovich hit a 9-iron to birdie range on the par-3 third hole to win in 21 holes over the Phoenix duo of Ted Gray and Travis Milleman.

  • Stanford edges South Carolina to advance in NCAA

    May 24, 2016

    EUGENE, Ore. (AP) Mariah Stackhouse won three of four holes to start the back nine and delivered a clutch approach to wrap up a 2-up victory Tuesday as defending champion Stanford knocked off South Carolina and advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Women's golf championship.

  • Medals or mosquitoes? Zika still talk of Olympic golf

    May 24, 2016

    Olympic qualifying for golf ends in seven weeks, at which time players will have to determine if medals outweigh mosquitoes.For now, there is only concern.Rory McIlroy was the latest player to say Zika was in the back of his mind. In an interview with the BBC after his Irish Open victory, he said he has been reading up on the mosquito-borne virus, which has been linked to serious birth defects. McIlroy is engaged, and he said they might be starting a family in the next few years.

  • Russell Knox gaining confidence going into key stretch

    May 24, 2016

    Russell Knox needed results before he could find confidence, and now his confidence is soaring.Just over six months ago, Knox got in as an alternate for his first World Golf Championship, scrambled to secure a Chinese visa and wound up winning the HSBC Champions in Shanghai. He has become more visible since then, only partly because of his steady play.

  • Carta wins NCAA title as Duke advances

    May 23, 2016

    EUGENE, Ore. (AP) Duke freshman Virginia Elena Carta won the NCAA individual title Monday for her first college victory, closing with a 3-under 69 and an eight-shot victory.The Blue Devils were among the eight teams who advanced to match play, which starts Tuesday at Eugene Country Club.

  • Carter wins NCAA title as Duke advances

    May 23, 2016

    EUGENE, Ore. (AP) Duke freshman Virginia Elena Carter won the NCAA individual title Monday for her first college victory, closing with a 3-under 69 and an eight-shot victory.The Blue Devils were among the eight teams who advanced to match play, which starts Tuesday at Eugene Country Club.

  • Defending champs win opening round at US Amateur Four-Ball

    May 23, 2016

    MAMARONECK, N.Y. (AP) Defending champions Nathan Smith and Todd White ran off six birdies in a 10-hole stretch Monday and easily advanced to the round of 16 with a 6-and-5 victory in the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball.Smith and White next play Drew Allenspach and Matthew Van Zandt, who made five straight birdies to break open a tight match and defeated Tom Hart and Jonathan Marisco, 5 and 4, on the West Course at Winged Foot.

  • Filipino pair advance to round of 16 in Women's Four-Ball

    May 23, 2016

    BOWLING GREEN, Fla. (AP) Paulina Del Rosario and Princess Mary Superal of the Philippines seized control with a birdie on the par-3 10th and won their opening match, 3 and 2, in the U.S. Women's Amateur Four-Ball on Monday.The Filipino duo, who won the 36-hole qualifying at Streamsong Resort, never trailed against Mikayla Fitzpatrick and Alisa Snyder. They advance to the round of 16 against Hana Ku and Jordan Lippetz, who won in 19 holes over Kaitlin Milligan and Sydney Youngblood.

  • Donaldson narrowly gets into US Open at Oakmont

    May 23, 2016

    FAR HILLS, N.J. (AP) Jamie Donaldson's birdie-birdie finish to tie for 10th in the Irish Open moved him to No. 60 in the world and spared him from qualifying for the U.S. Open.The U.S. Open field for Oakmont on June 16-19 now is half-filled after 27 players earned exemptions from being in the top 60 this week. Sergio Garcia, at No. 12 after winning the AT&T Byron Nelson, was among the 27 players in the top 60 of this week's world ranking who weren't already eligible.

  • Duke freshman Carta, USC lead NCAA women's golf

    May 22, 2016

    EUGENE, Ore. (AP) Duke freshman Virginia Elena Carta opened a six-stroke lead Sunday in the NCAA women's golf tournament and Southern California topped the 15 team qualifiers.Carta, from Italy, shot a 6-under 66 at Eugene Country Club to reach 13-under 203 and break the 54-hole record of 9 under set by Grace Park of Arizona State in 1998 and matched by Jennifer Rosales of Southern California in 1998, Virada Nirapathpongporn of Duke in 2002 and Annie Park of USC in 2013.

  • Langer wins Regions Tradition for sixth major on senior tour

    May 22, 2016

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Bernhard Langer ran away with the Regions Tradition on Sunday for his sixth senior major and 27th PGA Tour Champions title.Langer birdied four of six holes starting on No. 12 to pull away for a six-stroke victory over Olin Browne. The 58-year-old German finished with a 5-under 67 at Greystone for a 17-under 271 total.

  • Garcia beats Koepka with par on first playoff hole at Nelson

    May 22, 2016

    IRVING, Texas (AP) Sergio Garcia made a par on the first playoff hole at the Byron Nelson on Sunday to beat Brooks Koepka for his ninth career PGA Tour victory, matching the late Seve Ballesteros for the most by a Spanish-born player.The 36-year-old Garcia shot 2-under 68, making six birdies and four bogeys, to get to 15-under 265. He was two groups ahead of the final pairing of hometown favorite Jordan Spieth and Koepka, who bogeyed the 14th and 15th holes and just missed a birdie chance at 18.

  • Richy Werenski wins Web.com Tour's BMW Charity Pro-Am

    May 22, 2016

    GREER, S.C. (AP) Richy Werenski won the BMW Charity Pro-Am on Sunday for his first Web.com Tour title, finishing with his second straight 6-under 65 for a two-stroke victory.Werenski, the 24-year-old former Georgia Tech player who won the Golf Channel's ''Big Break'' series last year, birdied the par-5 15th and 16th holes and closed with two pars at the Thornblade Club. He finished the three-course event at 21-under 265.

  • Ariya Jutanugarn wins 2nd in a row on the LPGA Tour

    May 22, 2016

    WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) Ariya Jutanugarn shot a nearly mistake-free 4-under 67 and won the Kingsmill Championship by one shot on Sunday, her second consecutive victory on the LPGA Tour.The 20-year-old, who became the first Thai winner in tour history two weeks ago in Alabama, gave up her lead briefly after an early bogey, but she played the final 16 holes in 5 under to keep at bay all the challengers needing her to falter. She finished with a 14-under 270 for four trips over Kingsmill's 6,347-yard River Course.

  • McIlroy hits eagle to clinch 1st win of season at Irish Open

    May 22, 2016

    STRAFFAN, Ireland (AP) Rory McIlroy struck an eagle on the final hole to clinch his first victory of the season Sunday at the Irish Open, his home tournament where he's famously struggled over the years.McIlroy's three-stroke victory over Scotland's Russell Knox and Bradley Dredge of Wales wasn't smooth sailing. But the third-ranked McIlroy prevailed with a 3-under 69, thanks to superior driving power that allowed him to birdie the K Club's first three par-5 holes - then demolish the competition with his final powerful approach shot.

  • Ariya Jutanugarn takes lead in Kingsmill Championship

    May 21, 2016

    WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) Ariya Jutanugarn moved into position for her second straight LPGA Tour victory Saturday, shooting a bogey-free 6-under 65 to take the third-round lead in the Kingsmill Championship.The 20-year-old Jutanugarn had three birdies in a four-hole stretch on the front nine on the soggy River Course and birdied three of the last six. She's coming off a victory two weeks ago in Alabama that made her the first Thai winner in LPGA Tour history.

  • Langer charges into Regions Tradition lead; Daly at 7 under

    May 21, 2016

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Bernhard Langer surged to a four-stroke lead Saturday in the Regions Tradition.A stroke behind leader Kenny Perry entering the round, Langer shot a 3-under 69 to move to 12-under 204 in the first PGA Tour Champions major of the year - while Perry and others stumbled at Greystone.

  • Koepka overcomes early bogeys, Spieth for lead at Nelson

    May 21, 2016

    IRVING, Texas (AP) Brooks Koepka overcame two early bogeys and the huge shadow of being in the same group with Jordan Spieth at home, shooting a 5-under 65 on Saturday to take the lead into the final round of the Byron Nelson.Kopeka was at 16-under 194 to match the best 54-hole score at the Nelson and put him two strokes ahead of Spieth.

  • Wearn wins in Georgia; Sagstrom breaks Symetra money record

    May 21, 2016

    MILTON, Ga. (AP) Laura Wearn won the Gosling's Dark `n Stormy Classic on Saturday for her first Symetra Tour title, and Sweden's Madelene Sagstrom was second to break the season money record.Wearn led after all three rounds, closing with an even-par 72 for a 6-under 210 total at Atlanta National Golf Club. She birdied the par-5 18th after dropping strokes on 12, 13 and 17.

  • McIlroy takes Irish Open lead on lightning-delayed 3rd day

    May 21, 2016

    STRAFFAN, Ireland (AP) Rory McIlroy could be on the cusp of his first Irish Open victory if the heavens permit him to finish.Lightning storms bedeviled Saturday's third round at the K Club. Tournament organizers suspended play for the night with McIlroy ready to tee off the 16th hole holding a three-stroke lead over Masters champion Danny Willett.

  • So Yeon Ryu shoots 64 to take Kingsmill Championship lead

    May 20, 2016

    WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) So Yeon Ryu had six birdies in an eight-hole stretch and shot a 7-under 64 on Friday to take the second-round lead in the Kingsmill Championship.Ranked 11th in the world but sixth in the race for the four spots on South Korea's Olympic team, Ryu opened with a bogey on the 10th hole, then used the birdie run to make the turn in 5-under 30.

  • Kenny Perry holds Regions Tradition lead by a stroke

    May 20, 2016

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Kenny Perry maintained a one-stroke lead over Bernhard Langer and Billy Andrade with a 2-under 70 in Friday's second round of the Regions Tradition.Perry followed a bogey-free opening round in the first of the year's five PGA Tour Champions majors with three birdies and a bogey at Greystone Golf and Country Club. The 2014 Regions Tradition winner at nearby Shoal Creek is at 10-under 134.

  • Back on top: Spieth tied for Nelson lead after his 2nd round

    May 20, 2016

    IRVING, Texas (AP) Jordan Spieth has completed his second round at the AT&T Byron Nelson with a share of the lead.Spieth shot a 5-under 65 on Friday to get to 11 under after his round. He was tied with Brooks Koepka, who shot a second-round 64.First-round co-leader Sergio Garcia was among those playing afternoon rounds at TPC Four Seasons.

  • Marc Warren cards 66, joins Willett in lead at Irish Open

    May 20, 2016

    STRAFFAN, Ireland (AP) Marc Warren shot a 6-under 66 Friday to join Danny Willett at the top of the leaderboard in the second round of the Irish Open.The Scot had seven birdies at the K Club, including a chip shot on the par-3 eighth. Warren and Willett (71) are both at 136 overall with half the field yet to finish.

  • Thursday's Sports in Brief

    May 20, 2016

    TENNISPARIS (AP) Roger Federer pulled out of the French Open on Thursday, ending his record of appearing in 65 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments dating back to 2000.The 17-time major champion, who had a knee operation this year but returned to play at the Monte Carlo Masters in early April, has been dealing with a back problem that has limited his schedule in recent weeks.

  • On Golf: Mickelson's latest high risk is off the golf course

    May 20, 2016

    Phil Mickelson never saw a shot he didn't think he could hit.Part of his massive popularity in golf is the high-risk nature with which he attacks the game. When he won his third Masters in 2010, the signature shot was a 6-iron between a gap in the Georgia pines that barely cleared a tiny tributary of Rae's creek and settled 5 feet from the hole.

  • In the dark: Spieth shoots 64, a shot back at Byron Nelson

    May 19, 2016

    IRVING, Texas (AP) Jordan Spieth finished off a 6-under 64 just before dark Thursday and was within a stroke of the lead when the first round of the AT&T Byron Nelson was suspended.Sergio Garcia, Danny Lee and Johnson Wagner all shot 63. Lee and Wagner, like Spieth, were just able to complete the round that started 2 1/2 hours late after early morning rain.

  • Mika Miyazato shoots 65 to take Kingsmill Championship lead

    May 19, 2016

    WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) Mika Miyazato 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 Kingsmill Championship.In tricky conditions on the rain-soaked River Course, the 26-year-old Japanese player closed her opening nine with the birdie run, dropped a stroke on the par-5 third and rebounded with birdies on the par-4 sixth and eighth holes. She won the 2012 Safeway Classic in Oregon for her lone tour title.

  • Kenny Perry takes Regions Tradition lead with opening 64

    May 19, 2016

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Kenny Perry birdied the final hole for an 8-under 64 and a two-stroke lead Thursday in the Regions Tradition, the first of five PGA Tour Champions majors.Bernhard Langer bogeyed No. 18 for a 66 to fall into a second-place tie with Gene Sauers at Greystone Golf and Country Club, hosting its first PGA Tour Champions event since 2005.

  • Phil Mickelson to forfeit nearly million in SEC case

    May 19, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The professional golfer Phil Mickelson has agreed to forfeit nearly million that the Securities and Exchange Commission said was unfairly earned on a tip from an insider trading scheme conducted by a former corporate director and a professional gambler.

  • The Latest: Phil Mickelson to repay million in SEC case

    May 19, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on an SEC insider trading case involving golfer Phil Mickelson (all times local):7:45 p.m.A Las Vegas gambler accused of orchestrating an insider trading scheme involving pro golfer Phil Mickelson posted a million bond to be freed from federal custody in Nevada ahead of a June 1 court date in U.S. District Court in New York.

  • Muirfield just latest club to face discrimination backlash

    May 19, 2016

    The backlash engulfing Muirfield isn't the first time discrimination issues have had a negative impact on a potential site for a major golf championship.Muirfield was removed from the rotation of British Open courses Thursday after club members decided not to invite female members. Muirfield had hosted its 16th British Open in 2013.

  • Golfer Phil Mickelson named in insider trading complaint

    May 19, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) The Securities and Exchange Commission has sued professional golfer Phil Mickelson, saying he profited from an insider trading scheme conducted by a former corporate director and a professional gambler.The SEC also alleged in its civil suit filed Thursday that a gambler named William Walters received tips and business information about Dean Foods Co. from former Dean Foods director Thomas Davis between 2008 and 2012.

  • Muirfield says 'no' to female members, off British Open list

    May 19, 2016

    Muirfield was stripped of its right to host the British Open after the Scottish club voted against admitting female members in a move that provoked sharp criticism from players and lawmakers Thursday.The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, which owns Muirfield, announced its decision to retain the club's male-only policy following a ballot of its members. A two-thirds majority was required for change. Out of 616 members who voted, 36 percent were against allowing women.

  • Rory McIlroy seeks elusive home win at soggy Irish Open

    May 19, 2016

    STRAFFAN, Ireland (AP) England's Ross Fisher and Germany's Martin Kaymer played through heavy morning rains Thursday as they shared the early Irish Open lead with opening rounds of 3-under 69.Tournament host Rory McIlroy, the world's No. 3-ranked player, was starting later in milder afternoon conditions at Ireland's K Club resort. Seeking his first victory of the season, the Northern Ireland native has rarely fared well at this tournament, missing the cut for the past three years.

  • British Open host Muirfield votes 'no' to female members

    May 19, 2016

    Muirfield will not be considered as a host of future British Open golf tournaments after the Scottish club voted against admitting women as members.The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, which owns Muirfield, announced its decision to retain the club's male-only policy following a ballot of its 750 members. A two-thirds majority was required for a change to take place, but 36 percent of members voted against allowing women.

  • Royal & Ancient will no longer hold British Open golf tournaments at clubs which refuse to admit female members

    May 19, 2016

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) Royal & Ancient will no longer hold British Open golf tournaments at clubs which refuse to admit female members.

  • BYU to start NCAA championships early to avoid Sunday play

    May 18, 2016

    The BYU women's golf team has been allowed to get an early start in the NCAA championships this week because of the Mormon school's longstanding stance against participating in athletic events on Sundays.BYU will play on Thursday through Saturday at the Eugene County Club in Oregon. The other 23 teams vying to advance to the round of eight will begin play in Eugene on Friday and wrap up Sunday. The top eight teams move on to match play next week.

  • PGA Tour Champions back at Greystone for Regions Tradition

    May 18, 2016

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) The PGA Tour Champions starts a stretch of major tournaments at a course that's quite familiar to some of the elder statesmen.The Regions Tradition starts Thursday in a move a few miles down the road from Shoal Creek to Greystone Golf and Country Club, where the senior circuit played the Bruno's Memorial Classic from 1992 to 2005. Now, John Daly, who turned 50 on April 28, joins the field for his second PGA Tour Champions event and first major.

  • Motivated Spieth back home at Nelson, his 1st PGA Tour event

    May 18, 2016

    IRVING, Texas (AP) Jordan Spieth is back home, at the tournament he and his father have hopped a fence to watch and at the TPC course where as a 16-year-old he played his first PGA Tour event.Now 22 and the No. 2 player in the world, Spieth has the same ranking he had going into the AT&T Byron Nelson last year - though he has since reached No. 1 and then fallen back to second behind Jason Day, who has won seven of his past 17 tournaments.

  • Jason Day in it for the long haul

    May 17, 2016

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) To see him now, it's hard to believe Jason Day had only one victory in his first six years on the PGA Tour.Then again, consider the start of the year.Day finished a combined 35 shots out of the lead in the three tournaments he finished. The other was Torrey Pines, where he was defending champion and missed the cut while coping with a nasty virus.

  • Golf, more golf: nearly 50 hours of live TV for British Open

    May 17, 2016

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Take the longest day in major championship golf and a network devoted exclusively to golf and the result is unprecedented coverage. NBC Sports and Golf Channel will combine to provide a record 49.5 hours of live coverage over four days from the British Open at Royal Troon.

  • Nearly 50 hours of live TV coverage planned for British Open

    May 17, 2016

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Take the longest day in major championship golf and a network devoted exclusively golf and the result is unprecedented coverage. NBC Sports and Golf Channel will combine to provide a record 49.5 hours of live coverage over four days from the British Open at Royal Troon.

  • Goosen receives special exemption to US Open

    May 17, 2016

    FAR HILLS, N.J. (AP) Two-time U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen has received a special exemption to this year's U.S. Open at Oakmont.Goosen is the first player to receive a special exemption from the USGA since Tom Watson and Vijay Singh were awarded spots to the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

  • Royal Troon consults members on allowing women to join club

    May 17, 2016

    TROON, Scotland (AP) Royal Troon Golf Club, the host of this year's British Open, is consulting members on whether its male-only membership policy should end.Troon says it has written to its 800 members ''seeking views on the issue of the admission of women members.''

  • Jason Day starting to draw comparisons with Tiger Woods

    May 16, 2016

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Nothing is good enough for Jason Day.He won The Players Championship for his seventh victory in the last 10 months, and all he could talk about was winning more. He is No. 1 in the world by an increasingly large margin over Jordan Spieth, and his points average is the highest of any player since Tiger Woods in the late summer of 2013.

  • Tiger says he is 'progressing nicely,' no date for return

    May 16, 2016

    BETHESDA, Md. (AP) Tiger Woods grimaced as he took three warmup swings after sitting in a chair for 30 minutes on a cool, blustery Monday morning at Congressional talking about his upcoming tournament. Hitting a ceremonial shot from a forward tee on the par-3 10th hole, he chunked his first attempt into the pond short of the green.

  • Day dominates best field in golf to win Players Championship

    May 16, 2016

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Jason Day had a crystal trophy at his side and a pacifier in his pocket.Only after he completed a wire-to-wire victory in The Players Championship did Day reveal that his 3-year-old son, Dash, had kept him up the night before with a stomach ailment. Exactly how the pacifier wound up in his pocket remained a mystery, though it was an illustration of his week at the TPC Sawgrass.

  • Trey Mullinax wins Rex Hospital Open for first Web.com title

    May 15, 2016

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Trey Mullinax won the Rex Hospital Open on Sunday for his first Web.com Tour title, shooting a 3-under 68 for a two-stroke victory.''It's just unreal. I can't believe it,'' Mullinax said.The 23-year-old former Alabama player finished at 14-under 270 at TPC Wakefield Plantation. He earned 7,000 to jump from 33rd to fourth on the money list with 4,486. The top 25 at the end of the regular season will earn PGA Tour cards for next season.

  • Day goes wire-to-wire to win Players Championship

    May 15, 2016

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Jason Day wanted to win The Players Championship so badly that he wasn't going to let anything stop him.Not the super slick greens that nearly derailed him Saturday. Not the three muffed chips that turned potential birdie into a unsettling bogey as he made the turn Sunday. And certainly not the best field in golf.

  • Erica Popson rallies to win Symetra Classic

    May 15, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Erica Popson won the Symetra Classic on Sunday for her first Symetra Tour title, rallying for a two-stroke victory.The 25-year-old former Tennessee player made a 6-foot birdie putt on the par-4 17th and parred the par-3 18th for a 2-under 70 and an 8-under 208 total at Raintree Country Club.

  • Knox goes from in the mix to in the water at island green

    May 14, 2016

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Russell Knox saw the flag on the front part of an island when he stood on the 17th tee, knowing another birdie would keep in the hunt Saturday at The Players Championship. Instead, he became the latest victim of the most notorious par 3 in golf.

  • Day sets 36-hole record, then hangs on at Players

    May 14, 2016

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Jason Day saw The Players Championship at its easiest and toughest, all in the span of nine hours Saturday on what felt like two golf courses.He set a record when it felt like a shootout.He was even stronger when the TPC Sawgrass turned into a battle for survival.

  • Kendall Dye shoots 7-under 65 to take Symetra Classic lead

    May 14, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Kendall Dye birdied the last three holes Saturday for a tournament-record 7-under 65 and a one-stroke lead in the Symetra Classic.Dye had nine birdies and two bogeys, one-putted the final five greens and finished with 24 putts. She had a 10-under 134 total at Raintree Country Club.

  • Fast greens leave players shocked, grumbling at Sawgrass

    May 14, 2016

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) So much for that soft, gentle TPC Sawgrass.The Players Championship turned into the test everyone expected all along - and then some - when a perfect storm of hot, dry and windy weather made the putting surfaces faster than they have been all week.

  • Jordan Spieth misses cut, tries to go easy on himself

    May 14, 2016

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Jordan Spieth finished with a 15-foot birdie putt, the kind he could have used on the previous two holes at The Players Championship in a failed bid to make the cut. He at least managed a smile before stepping inside the scoring room to sign his last card of a short week.

  • Rahman takes lead at Mauritius Open after Dodt's collapse

    May 14, 2016

    BEAU CHAMPS, Mauritius (AP) Siddikur Rahman shot 69 to lead the Mauritius Open after the third round on Saturday as overnight leader Andrew Dodt dropped seven shots on the back nine.Rahman was 7 under overall for a one-shot lead over Wang Jeung-hun at the Four Seasons Golf Club.

  • Day sets 36-hole record at The Players; Spieth misses cut

    May 14, 2016

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Jason Day set the 36-hole record Saturday morning at The Players Championship and built a four-shot lead going into the weekend of golf's richest tournament.Day rolled in a 15-foot birdie putt when he resumed the second round, and he finished by getting up-and-down from the front of the green on No. 18 for a 6-under 66. That put him at 15-under 129, breaking by one the record Greg Norman set at the TPC Sawgrass in 1994.

  • Top Irish golfer Christy O'Connor Sr. dies at 91

    May 14, 2016

    VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) Christy O'Connor Sr., the Irish golfer who played on 10 Ryder Cup teams and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame, died Saturday. He was 91.The European Tour confirmed his death.O'Connor won 24 times on the European Tour. He also played 15 times in what is now the World Cup, winning for Ireland in 1968 with Harry Bradshaw. He also won the PGA Seniors Championship in Europe six times.

  • Day is leading and won't let up at Players Championship

    May 14, 2016

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Jason Day has been practically flawless for two days at The Players Championship, and equally relentless.It's a frightening combination for the players trying to catch him.Coming out of a two-hour storm delay Friday that meant he wouldn't finish the second round, the 28-year-old Australian ended his long day by rolling in a 40-foot birdie putt down the ridge on the par-3 13th hole for a birdie. If that wasn't good enough, he hit a soft 5-iron from 190 yards into the wind that hit the middle of the green and rolled back toward the pin until it stopped 2 feet away for a tap-in birdie.

  • Jason Day has 3-shot lead in suspended Players Championship

    May 13, 2016

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) The sky was getting so dark that Jason Day could barely see the flag on the 14th hole, much less the small crowd that waited out a two-hour storm delay Friday at The Players Championship. The way he was playing, he sure could hear them.

  • Fowler needs help to make cut at Players Championship

    May 13, 2016

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Rickie Fowler figured it was about time someone won back-to-back at The Players Championship.But it probably won't be this year.One year after Fowler's unprecedented finish - birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie - and playoff victory, two double bogeys appeared to doom him. The second one came on Friday when he hit out of a bunker into the water on the 14th hole, and two more bogeys on the back nine left him too far back to do much about it.

  • BC-GLF--The Players Championship,ADVISORY

    May 13, 2016

    EDITORS:Second-round play in The Players Championship has resumed after a delay because of lightning.AP Sports

  • Will Wilcox makes hole-in-one on 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass

    May 13, 2016

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Will Wilcox brought his entire family to watch his debut in The Players Championship. With one shot on the most famous hole at the TPC Sawgrass, he had a memory of a lifetime and a celebration that fit the occasion.Wilcox made a hole-in-one on the island-green 17th hole, where no one had made an ace at The Players in 14 years.

  • More low rounds, record scores at The Players Championship

    May 13, 2016

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Colt Knost failed to birdie three of the par 5s and three-putted for bogey on the 18th hole, and he still tied the course record at 9-under 63. Rory McIlroy shot a 64, his best round by two shots at The Players Championship, and was furious walking off the golf course.

  • Andrew Dodt opens 3-shot lead at Mauritius Open

    May 13, 2016

    BEAU CHAMPS, Mauritius (AP) Andrew Dodt opened a three-shot lead at the Mauritius Open after putting together a solid 2-under 70 in the second round on Friday.The Australian extended his overnight advantage at Four Seasons Golf Club with five birdies to go 8 under overall. He had an adventurous back nine, with four of those birdies, a bogey, and a double-bogey seven on his way back in.

  • A turnaround for Jason Day at The Players Championship

    May 13, 2016

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) For all the talk about how Jordan Spieth would bounce back from his collapse at the Masters, Jason Day had his own score to settle at The Players Championship.His last round at the TPC Sawgrass was an 81, the highest score of the day, to miss the cut.

  • Lowry sets back-9 record with a 29 to turn fortunes

    May 12, 2016

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Shane Lowry was dreading the opening round of The Players Championship. He wound up in the record book.Lowry thrives on confidence, and he hasn't had much lately. And the practice rounds this week didn't help, particularly on Wednesday. The Irishman had what he described as a meltdown during the back nine and ''I almost wasn't looking forward to the week.''

  • Els watches putts drop and posts his best score at Players

    May 12, 2016

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Each tournament he plays takes Ernie Els further away from the Masters. Every round like the 6-under 66 he posted Thursday in The Players Championship brings hope that the worst is behind him.The most compelling meltdown from the Masters was Jordan Spieth hitting two shots into the water on the 12th hole on his way to a quadruple-bogey 7 that cost him the lead and eventually the tournament. Equally uncomfortable to watch was Els on his first hole.

  • Day ties course record at Sawgrass with 63 for the lead

    May 12, 2016

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) One birdie led to two more before Jason Day even hit his stride, and his round kept getting better until the world's No. 1 player was in the record book and in the lead Thursday at The Players Championship.He putted for birdie on every hole. His longest putt for par was 30 inches.

  • Australian Dodt leads by 2 after 1st round of Mauritius Open

    May 12, 2016

    BEAU CHAMPS, Mauritius (AP) Andrew Dodt began with back-to-back birdies and posted a 6-under 66 Thursday for the lead in the first round of the Mauritius Open.Dodt had six birdies and an eagle at the Ernie Els-designed Four Seasons Golf Club on the east coast of the Indian Ocean island. He has an early 2-shot advantage over Rashid Khan and Siddikur Rahman.

  • The guessing game - who wins? - begins at The Players

    May 12, 2016

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Jordan Spieth and Jason Day apparently couldn't wait to get started at The Players Championship. Both were on the Stadium Course at the TPC Sawgrass on Monday to play nine holes, and they've been at it ever since.Rory McIlroy showed up just after lunch on Wednesday and played nine holes.

  • Reifers a Players Championship rookie who took long road

    May 11, 2016

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Jordan Spieth referred to The Players Championship as one of the hardest tournaments to win.Kyle Reifers had no idea it would be this hard just to play in it.Reifers was among 25 players who gathered on the lawn Wednesday outside the TPC Sawgrass clubhouse, all of them presented as ''rookies'' because they are taking part in golf's richest tournament for the first time.

  • Spieth ready to move forward from Masters

    May 11, 2016

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Four weeks away from golf, Jordan Spieth feels like he is starting a brand new season.It's everyone else who is looking behind.The Players Championship is Spieth's first tournament since he lost a five-shot lead on the back nine at the Masters, most of that on the par-3 12th where he put two shots into the water and made a quadruple-bogey 7.

  • Jason Day trying to find comfort level with 3-wood

    May 10, 2016

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Jason Day, the PGA champion and No. 1 player in the world, revealed one weak area of his game.His 3-wood can make him nervous.''Everyone has an uncomfortable club in their bag. We just don't talk about it,'' Day said Tuesday. ''I'm OK with talking about it.''

  • Finchem not concerned over 5 players skipping Olympics

    May 10, 2016

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem doesn't believe that five players skipping the Olympics will hurt golf's chances for staying on the program beyond 2020.Golf returns to the Olympics this year in Rio for the first time since 1904. While it is set for 2020 in Tokyo, the International Olympic Committee will vote in 2017 whether the sport stays on the program beyond that.

  • A rusty Masters champion gets back to work

    May 10, 2016

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Masters champion Danny Willett has been away from golf for a month and has been working harder than ever.Not with his golf clubs but with a pen.The last box of some 200 yellow Masters flags arrived Tuesday for Willett to sign for players and charities, bringing the total to what manager Chubby Chandler estimated at just short of 1,000 since the 28-year-old from England slipped on a green jacket.

  • Sweden's Jesper Parnevik wins first PGA Tour Champions title

    May 8, 2016

    THE WOODLANDS, Texas (AP) Jesper Parnevik won the Insperity Invitational for his first PGA Tour Champions victory, shooting a 5-under 67 for a four-stroke victory Sunday.The 51-year-old Swede won in his 23rd career start on the 50-and-over tour. The five-time PGA Tour winner finished at 12-under 204 at The Woodlands Country Club.

  • Sweden's Madelene Sagstrom wins second Symetra Tour title

    May 8, 2016

    GREENWOOD, S.C. (AP) Madelene Sagstrom ran away with the Self Regional Healthcare Foundation Women's Health Classic on Sunday for her second Symetra Tour victory in the first five events of the season.The 23-year-old Swede won by six strokes, closing with a 2-over 74 to finish at 10-under 278 at The Links at Stoney Point. She earned ,500 to push her leading total to ,714 and join Cindy LaCrosse and Vicky Hurst as the only players in tour history to top ,000 in a season. LaCrosse finished with ,578 in 2010, and Hurst had ,107 in 2008.

  • Hahn beats Castro in playoff to win Wells Fargo Championship

    May 8, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) James Hahn beat Roberto Castro with a par on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff Sunday in the Wells Fargo Championship to snap a three-month slump.Hahn, who failed to make the cut in his previous eight tournaments and hadn't shot a round in the 60s since February, made a 4-foot putt on the par-4 18th to win his second career PGA Tour title.

  • Ariya Jutanugarn holds on in Alabama for first LPGA Tour win

    May 8, 2016

    PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) Ariya Jutanugarn held on for her first LPGA Tour title Sunday,closing with a 1-under 71 at the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic.The Thai player topped Amy Yang, Morgan Pressel and Stacy Lewis by one stroke after losing two shots off her third-round lead.

  • Wang Jeung-hun wins Trophee Hassan in playoff

    May 8, 2016

    RABAT, Morocco (AP) Wang Jeung-hun of South Korea won his first title on the European Tour after beating Nacho Elvira in a playoff at the second extra hole in the Trophee Hassan on Sunday.Wang produced three clutch putts on the 18th green, the first from 18 feet on the 72nd hole to force a playoff with the Spaniard. Wang (70) and Elvira (69) finished on 5-under 283.

  • Lexi Thompson wins World Ladies in Japan

    May 8, 2016

    IBARAKI, Japan (AP) Lexi Thompson won the World Ladies Championship Salonpas Cup on Sunday, closing with an even-par 72 for a two-stroke victory over Japan's Ayaka Watanabe.The long-hitting American finished at 13-under 275 at Ibaraki Golf Club in the Japan LPGA Tour major championship. She shot a 65 on Saturday to take a five-stroke lead into the final round.

  • Rickie Fowler shots 68 to take Wells Fargo lead

    May 7, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Rickie Fowler shot a 4-under 68 on Saturday to take the third-round lead in the Wells Fargo Championship.Fowler, the 2012 winner for his first PGA Tour victory, was 9 under. He had a one-stroke lead over Roberto Castro, with Justin Rose and James Hahn two strokes back.

  • Maggert, Parnevik lead; Daly 6 shots back in senior debut

    May 7, 2016

    THE WOODLANDS, Texas (AP) Local favorite Jeff Maggert and Jesper Parnevik shared the Insperity Invitational lead at 7 under Saturday, leaving John Daly six strokes back in his PGA Tour Champions debut.Maggert birdied the par-4 18th for a 3-under 69, and playing partner Parnevik had a bogey on the par-4 17th in a 68 at The Woodlands Country Club.

  • Jutanugarn takes LPGA Tour lead in Alabama with birdie run

    May 7, 2016

    PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) Ariya Jutanugarn birdied eight of the final nine holes Saturday to match the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic record at 9-under 63 and take a three-stroke lead.Seeking her first LPGA Tour victory, the 20-year-old Thai player had a 14-under 202 total.

  • Britain's Hanson seizes one-shot lead at Trophee Hassan II

    May 7, 2016

    RABAT, Morocco (AP) Britain's Chris Hanson earned a one-shot lead at the Trophee Hassan II with a 5-under 67 in the third round on Saturday to move to 6-under par overall.Hanson, who has never finished higher than 39th on the European Tour, carded five birdies and an eagle against two bogeys at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam.

  • Think mini golf looks easy? Try making money at it as a pro

    May 7, 2016

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Professional miniature-golf player Matt Male has already heard all the wisecracks about the windmills, pirate ships and waterfall hazards. So just save it.Male knows the jesting comes with the territory, and he's a pretty good sport about it. Earning esteem - and money - as an elite player in a sport many people don't regard as a real sport isn't an easy thing.

  • You think mini golf looks easy? Try making money at it

    May 6, 2016

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Professional miniature golf player Matt Male has already heard all the wisecracks about the windmills, pirate ships and waterfall hazards. So just save it.Male knows the drollery comes with the territory, though, and he's a pretty good sport about it. Earning esteem - and money - as an elite player in a sport many people don't regard as a real sport isn't an easy thing.

  • So Yeon Ryu shoots 65 to take LPGA Tour lead in Alabama

    May 6, 2016

    PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) So Yeon Ryu birdied five of her last eight holes for a bogey-free 7-under 65 and a two-stroke lead Friday in the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic.Ranked 10th in the world but sixth in the race for the four spots on South Korea's Olympic team, Ryu made three straight birdies on Nos. 2-4 and added two more on the par-4 sixth and par-5 eighth.

  • Loupe leads Wells Fargo; Mickelson, Fowler in hunt

    May 6, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Andrew Loupe took a 1-stroke lead over Roberto Castro at 8 under at the Wells Fargo Championship, while Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler were close behind heading into the weekend.Loupe shot a 1-under 71 on Friday, an up-and-down round with four birdies and three bogeys. Castro had a 66 for the best round of the day. He eagled No. 18, one of the toughest closing holes on the PGA Tour.

  • John Daly shoots 2-under 70 in PGA Tour Champions debut

    May 6, 2016

    THE WOODLANDS, Texas (AP) John Daly shot a 2-under 70 on Friday in his PGA Tour Champions debut, leaving him four strokes behind leader Mike Goodes in the Insperity Invitational.Daly had four birdies and two bogeys at The Woodlands Country Club, playing alongside friend Fuzzy Zoeller and Peter Jacobsen. The two-time major champion was tied for 12th. He turned 50 on April 28.

  • PGA player DQ'd after hitting himself in head with putter

    May 6, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) PGA Tour golfer Zac Blair has been disqualified from the Wells Fargo Championship after hitting himself in the head with his putter - and then using the bent club to finish out the hole.Blair smacked the putter against his head Friday after missing a birdie putt on the fifth hole.

  • Rookie Laporta leads Euro Tour's Trophee Hassan II by 1

    May 6, 2016

    RABAT, Morocco (AP) European Tour rookie Francesco Laporta opened a one-shot lead at the Trophee Hassan II with a 2-under 70 in the second round on Friday to move to 6-under par overall.Italy's Laporta, ranked No. 787, made a bogey and double-bogey in successive holes in his opening nine, but held it together coming home to go into the weekend with a slim advantage at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam.

  • Israel's Laetitia Beck takes LPGA Tour lead in Alabama

    May 5, 2016

    PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) Laetitia Beck took the first-round lead in the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic, dodging some of the wind Thursday morning in a bogey-free 7-under 65.The 24-year-old Beck, the first Israeli player to qualify for the LPGA Tour, was in the first group of the day off 10th tee. She birdied four of the final five holes on her opening nine in calmer conditions, and had three more - two on par 5s - on the windier second nine.

  • Golf tournament removes 'insensitive' tweet on Cinco de Mayo

    May 5, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Wells Fargo Championship deleted a photo posted on its official Twitter account of fans wearing sombreros and fake mustaches to celebrate Cinco de Mayo after it was deemed insensitive.Tournament spokesman Lee Patterson told The Associated Press in an email Thursday that ''our intention was to help fans celebrate Cinco de Mayo. We received some comments that we were being insensitive, which was never the tournament's intention. So, we took the image down.''

  • McIlroy, Fowler dodge ball with earplug thrown by spectator

    May 5, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) As if battling a rain-soaked course and gusting winds weren't difficult enough, playing partners Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler also had to dodge a golf ball with an earplug attached to it at the Wells Fargo Championship.A spectator threw the object just as Fowler was preparing to tee off on the sixth hole at Quail Hollow Club on Thursday.

  • 3 share 1st-round lead at Trophee Hassan

    May 5, 2016

    RABAT, Morocco (AP) Francesco Laporta of Italy, Thomas Linard of France and Jason Scrivener of Australia shot a 4-under 68 to share the lead on the first day of the Trophee Hassan II on Thursday.Five players, including Younes El Hassani of Morocco, were a shot behind on a day of tough conditions on the Red Course at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam.

  • Australia's Marc Leishman out of Rio Olympics consideration

    May 4, 2016

    Marc Leishman won't be playing golf for Australia at the Rio Olympics in August, citing concerns over the health of his family because of the mosquito-borne Zika virus.Leishman on Thursday joined a list of leading golfers who are skipping the Olympics, including countryman Adam Scott. His concern isn't about the schedule, though, or his feelings on golf's return to the Olympics after 112 years.

  • Se Ri Pak receives special exemption for US Women's Open

    May 4, 2016

    FAR HILLS, N.J. (AP) Retiring South Korean great Se Ri Pak has received a special exemption from the U.S. Golf Association to play in the U.S. Women's Open.The USGA announced the exemption Wednesday for the July 7-10 event at CordeValle in San Martin, California. Pak won the 1998 tournament at Blackwolf Run in a 20-hole playoff against amateur Jenny Chuasiriporn, a victory that inspired many young South Koreans players.

  • Lewis, Tamulis hoping for more LPGA Tour success in Alabama

    May 4, 2016

    PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) Stacy Lewis is hoping that making a much-needed putt will give her a boost going into a tournament where she's thrived in the past.Lewis made a 20-foot putt to finish her second round and made the cut last week in Texas. Now, the world's fourth-ranked player moves on to the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic, where she won in 2012 and finished second two years later on Capitol Hill's Senator Course, part of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail.

  • Spieth gets look at 'hardest test' during visit to Oakmont

    May 4, 2016

    OAKMONT, Pa. (AP) Jordan Spieth briefly weighed the request, then politely declined.Sorry, Spieth just doesn't feel comfortable posing with the U.S. Open Trophy he won last June at Chambers Bay. That was a year ago on the other side of the country. No need to tempt fate following his initial visit to Oakmont, which will host the national championship for the ninth time next month.

  • McIlroy aims for 1st PGA Tour win of year at Wells Fargo

    May 4, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Rory McIlroy is confident a return to one of his favorite golf courses will end his winless streak on the PGA Tour.It may be hard to fathom, but it's been a full year since the world's No. 3-ranked player last won on tour. McIlroy's last victory came here at the Wells Fargo Championship last May when he obliterated the field by seven shots to become the tournament's first two-time winner.

  • Spieth refreshed, ready to return following Masters meltdown

    May 3, 2016

    Jordan Spieth understands his meltdown at the end of the Masters will follow him. And three weeks later, Spieth's not quite ready to say he's over letting a five-shot lead in the final round morph into that awkward ceremony in the Butler Cabin that ended with him slipping the green jacket on Danny Willett following an ugly and very public collapse.

  • Cink to step away from golf as wife battles breast cancer

    May 3, 2016

    DULUTH, Ga. (AP) Former British Open champion Stewart Cink says he is taking a break from golf after learning his wife has breast cancer.Cink posted the news Tuesday on Twitter, saying the family is still in the process of figuring out ''what she is fighting, and the uncertainty is difficult.''

  • NBC and Golf Channel facing a busy summer of golf

    May 3, 2016

    The summer schedule for NBC and Golf Channel is not finalized, though this much is clear: There won't be another summer like this one from the number of big events to two premier tournaments that the networks have never broadcast.''We're fortunate enough to have a deep, talented bench,'' said Mike McCarley, president of Golf for NBC Sports Group. ''We've got a 12-week stretch of The Open Championship, the Olympics, the FedEx Cup playoffs and the Ryder Cup. It will be the busiest time we've ever had.''

  • John Daly at 50, and the senior circuit beckons

    May 3, 2016

    The celebration for John Daly began the day he became eligible for the PGA Tour Champions.Not just because he turned 50, rather the fact he made it to 50.''You know about that bet I had with Fuzzy, don't you?'' Daly said over the phone last week as he grilled his birthday dinner - pork chops and rice - at Cowboys Golf Club in Dallas. ''Fuzzy (Zoeller) said I'd never make it to 50. He said, `I'll give you 0,000 if you make it to 50.' I told him I'd have to take that bet. I told him I wouldn't be able to pay him if I was dead. I called him the other day and he said: `That's right. I do remember making that bet.'

  • Stuard takes Zurich Classic in playoff for 1st PGA win

    May 2, 2016

    AVONDALE, La. (AP) Brian Stuard beat Jamie Lovemark on the second hole of a playoff Monday to capture his first PGA Tour win at the water-logged Zurich Classic.Stuard never bogeyed a hole throughout the tournament on the long (7,425-yard), par-72 TPC Louisiana course, which was drenched with more than 4 1/2 inches of rain during the tournament. Weather delays on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday not only forced a Monday finish but also led officials to shorten the tournament to 54 holes.

  • Ireland's Seamus Power wins first Web.com Tour title

    May 1, 2016

    NEWBURGH, Ind. (AP) Seamus Power took advantage of the other leaders' late problems to win the United Leasing & Finance Championship on Sunday for his first Web.com Tour title.The 39-year-old Irish player closed with a bogey-free 5-under 67 at Victoria National to finish at 12-under 276. He birdied the par-4 17th and parred the par-4 18th.

  • Jenny Shin wins in Texas for first LPGA Tour title

    May 1, 2016

    IRVING, Texas (AP) Jenny Shin won the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout on Sunday for her first LPGA Tour victory, pulling away for a two-stroke victory at Las Colinas.Making her 133rd tour start, Shin closed with a 4-under 67 to finish at 14-under 270. The 23-year-old South Korean player went to high school in Torrance, California, and won the 2006 U.S. Girls' Junior.

  • Vegas, Stuard share lead in rain-delayed Zurich Classic

    May 1, 2016

    AVONDALE, La. (AP) Jhonattan Vegas birdied two of five holes he was able to play in the rain-delayed third round of the Zurich Classic on Sunday, giving him a share of the lead with Brian Stuard.Tournament officials said the event would be shortened to 54 holes and was slated to resume Monday morning.

  • Local favorite Li Haotong fires 64 to win China Open

    May 1, 2016

    BEIJING (AP) China's Li Haotong shot a bogey-free 8-under 64 on Sunday to win the China Open for his first European Tour title.The 20-year-old Li, who began the day two shots behind leaders Felipe Aguilar of Chile and Denmark's Lucas Bjerregaard, finished three strokes clear of runner-up Aguilar at 22-under 266.

  • Gerina Piller takes 2-stroke lead in home event in Texas

    April 30, 2016

    IRVING, Texas (AP) Gerina Piller took a two-stroke lead Saturday in the LPGA Tour's Volunteers of America Texas Shootout, putting her in position for a breakthrough victory in her home event.Winless in 123 career starts, the 31-year-old Piller shot a bogey-free 4-under 67 to reach 14-under 199 at Las Colinas Country Club.

  • Stuard takes one-shot lead at wet Zurich Classic

    April 30, 2016

    AVONDALE, La. (AP) Brian Stuard completed his second straight bogey-free round to take a one-shot lead in the waterlogged Zurich Classic.Stuard played just six holes Saturday, completing his second round with a 4-under 68 to reach 12 under at TPC Louisiana. Jamie Landmark and Jhonattan Vegas were tied for second. They finished the second round Friday.

  • Lucas Bjerregaard, Felipe Aguilar share lead at China Open

    April 30, 2016

    BEIJING (AP) Lucas Bjerregaard of Denmark fired a 7-under-par 65 to join Felipe Aguilar of Chile atop the China Open leaderboard after the third round on Saturday.Bjerregaard started strong with an eagle on the par-4 No. 3 and added five birdies. Aguilar carded a 67 for a combined 16-under 200, and a two-shot lead over four others.

  • Lovemark, Vegas top Zurich Classic leaderboard

    April 29, 2016

    AVONDALE, La. (AP) Jamie Lovemark and Jhonattan Vegas shared the Zurich Classic lead at 11 under Friday when second-round play was suspended because of darkness.Lovemark had a 27-hole day at hot and humid TPC Louisiana, completing a 5-under 67 in the first round and adding a 66 in the second in the event that fell behind schedule Thursday with a long rain delay.

  • Home game: Gerina Piller leads in stormy Texas

    April 29, 2016

    IRVING, Texas (AP) Gerina Piller made herself right at home Friday in the LPGA Tour's Volunteers of America Texas Shootout, shooting a 6-under 65 to take the lead in the suspended second round.The long-hitting U.S. Solheim Cup player lives in Plano, about 20 miles from Las Colinas Country Club. She birdied three of the final five holes in her bogey-free round to reach 10-under 132.

  • Aguilar leads China Open 2nd round when play suspended

    April 29, 2016

    BEIJING (AP) Felipe Aguilar of Chile shot a 7-under 65 in the second round of the China Open to take a one-stroke lead before play was suspended because of a thunderstorm on Friday.Aguilar, seeking his first European Tour win in two years, fired seven birdies to be 11 under overall, one stroke ahead of Alex Noren of Sweden and Bernd Wiesberger of Austria.

  • Brian Stuard shoots 64 to take Zurich Classic lead

    April 28, 2016

    AVONDALE, La. (AP) Brian Stuard shot an 8-under 64 on Thursday to top the leaderboard in the suspended first round of the Zurich Classic.The 33-year-old Stuard had only 21 putts in his bogey-free round at TPC Louisiana, finishing his final hole after a rain delay of nearly five hours. He's winless on the PGA Tour.

  • Mi Jung Hur tops South Korean-dominated leaderboard

    April 28, 2016

    IRVING, Texas (AP) Mi Jung Hur topped the South Korean-dominated leaderboard Thursday in the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout, opening with a 5-under 66 in breezy conditions.Hur made five straight birdies on the 15th to the first hole. The two-time LPGA Tour winner bogeyed the par-4 fifth and rebounded with a birdie on the par-4 eighth.

  • Otto leads by 2 at 9 under after 1st round of China Open

    April 28, 2016

    BEIJING (AP) Hennie Otto had seven birdies and an eagle in an opening round of 63 on Thursday to lead the China Open at 9 under.It was Otto's lowest round in a European Tour event since he won the 2014 Italian Open.The 39-year-old South African started on the 10th and had three birdies before turning in 33, then added birdies at the 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 7th before chipping in for eagle on the par-5 8th.

  • Kaufman aims to feed off fan support at Zurich Classic

    April 27, 2016

    AVONDALE, La. (AP) Fresh off his impressive showing at the Masters, PGA Tour rookie and former LSU golfer Smylie Kaufman is preparing for another heaping of fanfare at the Zurich Classic.''This is definitely a home game for me,'' Kaufman said.In terms of fan support, that is.

  • If they build a golf course, will they come to Olympics?

    April 26, 2016

    Building the new golf course in Rio de Janeiro in time for the Olympics once was considered the biggest obstacle.Now there's a new problem facing golf - getting the stars to play it.The perception is worse than reality. It's not like golf won't have its best players in Rio the first full week in August because Jordan Spieth, Jason Day and Rory McIlroy have said they're going, and they're the best three players in the world.

  • Woods making progress toward a return; no date set

    April 26, 2016

    Tiger Woods registered for the U.S. Open, which was more procedure than pronouncement. Three weeks later, he played five holes during the official opening of the golf course he designed outside Houston. The next step is returning to competition, for which the timeframe remains unknown.

  • Schwartzel becomes 4th major champion to skip Olympics

    April 25, 2016

    Charl Schwartzel of South Africa is the latest player to drop out of the Olympics, making him the fourth major champion in the last two weeks to decide against being part of golf's return after a 112-year absence.Ty Votaw, the PGA Tour's chief spokesman and vice president of the International Golf Federation, said Monday that Schwartzel notified officials late last week. The former Masters champion moved into a strong qualifying position when former British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen cited family and scheduling issues for withdrawing.

  • McIlroy will skip WGC event for Open de France in June

    April 25, 2016

    PARIS (AP) Rory McIlroy will skip the Bridgestone Invitational and instead play at the French Open, a boost for the European Tour during a crowded summer schedule caused by the Olympics.McIlroy won the Bridgestone Invitational two years ago, and he failed to defend his title in the World Golf Championship last year while recovering from ruptured ankle ligaments.

  • Japan's Haru Nomura wins Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic

    April 24, 2016

    DALY CITY, Calif. (AP) Haru Nomura held on in strong wind to win the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic on Sunday for her second LPGA Tour victory of the year.The 23-year-old Japanese player closed with a 1-over 73 in wind gusting to 35 mph at Lake Merced to finish at 9-under 279 and beat South Africa's Lee-Anne Pace by four strokes.

  • South Korea's Lee Soo-min wins Shenzhen International

    April 24, 2016

    SHENZHEN, China (AP) South Korea's Lee Soo-min pulled away in a Monday finish to win the rain-interrupted Shenzhen International for his first European Tour victory.The 22-year-old Lee completed a 1-under 71 at Genzon Golf Club for a two-stroke victory. He birdied the par-3 16th, eagled the par-5 17th and bogeyed the par-4 18th to finish at 16-under 272.

  • Altomare outlasts Broch Larsen in Symetra Tour playoff

    April 24, 2016

    SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) Brittany Altomare won the Guardian Retirement Championship on Sunday at windy Sara Bay, beating Denmark's Nicole Broch Larsen with a birdie on the fifth hole of a playoff.Altomare closed with a 2-under 70 to match Broch Larsen at even-par 70. Broch Larsen had a 75.

  • Wesley Bryan wins Web.com Tour event in Mexico

    April 24, 2016

    LEON, Mexico (AP) Wesley Bryan won the El Bosque Mexico Championship on Sunday for his second Web.com Tour title of the year, shooting a 5-under 67 for a four-stroke victory.Bryan finished at 19-under 269 at El Bosque and earned 7,000 to jump from second to first on the money list with 0,820. The top 25 at the end of the regular season will earn PGA Tour cards.

  • Woody Austin, Michael Allen win Legends of Golf

    April 24, 2016

    RIDGEDALE, Mo. (AP) Woody Austin and Michael Allen won the PGA Tour Champions' Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge on Sunday, giving Austin two straight victories and three in the last four events on the 50-and-over tour.Austin and Allen birdied the final hole for a one-stroke victory over David Frost and Roger Chapman.

  • Charley Hoffman birdies final hole to win Texas Open

    April 24, 2016

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) Charley Hoffman made a 9-foot birdie putt on the final to win the Valero Texas Open on Sunday.The 39-year-old Hoffman closed with a 3-under 69 at TPC San Antonio for a one-stroke victory over Patrick Reed. Hoffman finished at 12-under 276 and earned ,116,000 for his fourth PGA Tour victory.

  • Michelle Wie withdraws because of neck spasms

    April 24, 2016

    DALY CITY, Calif. (AP) Michelle Wie withdrew from the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic on Sunday because of neck spasms after playing the first 15 holes in 11 over.Wie was 16 over at Lake Merced after opening with rounds of 73, 73 and 75.She's winless since the 2014 U.S. Women's Open and hasn't had a top-10 finish in 33 events. Last year, she struggled with left hip and ankle injuries. In 2014, she fought a stress fracture in her right hand.

  • Final round of Shenzhen event postponed due to thunderstorms

    April 24, 2016

    SHENZHEN, China (AP) Lee Slattery of Britain held a one-stroke lead on Sunday when the final round of the Shenzhen International was postponed due to thunderstorms.Slattery had turned in a 34 and was on the 10th fairway when Sunday's round was suspended. Overnight leader Lee Soo-min, Alexander Levy and Callum Shinkwin were on the ninth fairway in the final group behind Slattery.

  • Japan's Haru Nomura leads Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic

    April 23, 2016

    DALY CITY, Calif. (AP) Haru Nomura shot a 1-under 71 in cool and breezy conditions Saturday at Lake Merced to maintain a three-stroke lead in the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic.The 23-year-old Japanese player had three birdies and two bogeys to take a 10-under 206 total into the final round. She won the Australian Women's Open in February, pulling away to beat top-ranked Lydia Ko by three strokes for her first LPGA Tour title.

  • US beats Britain and Ireland 29-7 in Concession Cup

    April 23, 2016

    BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) The United States won 13 of 18 singles points Saturday to rout Britain and Ireland 29-7 in the Concession Cup golf matches for mid-amateur, senior and super-senior players.U.S. captain Vinny Giles, Jim Holtgrieve, Tim Jackson, Scott Harvey, Patrick Christovich, Brady Exber, Doug Hanzel, Mike McCoy and Chip Lutz were undefeated in the three-day event at The Concession Golf Club.

  • Woody Austin, Michael Allen take Legends lead

    April 23, 2016

    RIDGEDALE, Mo. (AP) Woody Austin and Michael Allen shot a 12-under 59 in better-ball play Saturday to take the second-round lead in the PGA Tour Champions' Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge.Austin and Allen played Buffalo Ridge's Springs Course after opening with a 5-under 49 on the par-3 Top of the Rock course. Austin won the Mitsubishi Electric Classic last week in a playoff in Georgia for his second victory in the last three events on the 50-and-over tour.

  • Ricky Barnes takes 1-stroke lead in Valero Texas Open

    April 23, 2016

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) Ricky Barnes shot a 5-under 67 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead in the Valero Texas Open in a bid for his first PGA Tour victory.Winless in 221 starts with a career-best runner-up finish in the 2009 U.S. Open, the 35-year-old Barnes had an 11-under 205 total at TPC San Antonio. He closed with a bogey after a wild drive near a cactus bush on the par-5 18th.

  • Shinkwin shoots a 62 but Lee still leads at Shenzhen event

    April 23, 2016

    SHENZHEN, China (AP) Callum Shinkwin of England shot a 62 to close within two strokes of Lee Soo-min, who still leads after another weather-curtailed day at the Shenzhen International.After six hours were lost to bad weather over the first two days, bad light brought an early end to the third day with Lee leading at 14-under after 11 holes in the third round.

  • Japan's Haru Nomura take 3-shot lead in Swinging Skirts

    April 22, 2016

    DALY CITY, Calif. (AP) Haru Nomura shot a 2-under 70 on Friday at Lake Merced to take the second-round lead in the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic.The 23-year-old Japanese player had a 9-under 135 total for a three-stroke lead over South Koreans So Yeon Ryu and Na Yeon Choi and Australia's Minjee Lee.

  • Brendan Steele takes 3-lead in Texas Open

    April 22, 2016

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) Brendan Steele completed an 8-under 64 in the morning and shot a 70 in the second round Friday to take a three-stroke lead in the Texas Open.The winner five years ago at TPC San Antonio for his lone tour title, Steele had a 10-under 134 total. Play was suspended because of darkness with 13 players left on the course.

  • Langer, Lehman shoot better-ball 60 to take Legends lead

    April 22, 2016

    RIDGEDALE, Mo. (AP) Bernhard Langer and Tom Lehman teamed to shoot an 11-under 60 in better-ball play Friday to take the first-round lead in the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge.Langer and Lehman had a 7-under 28 on the front nine on Buffalo Ridge's Springs Course and added four birdies on the back nine. They teamed to win the 2009 event in Georgia.

  • Inbee Park sidelined by left thumb injury

    April 22, 2016

    DALY CITY, Calif. (AP) Inbee Park said Friday that she is taking a month off because of a thumb injury, pushing back her LPGA Hall of Fame qualification.The second-ranked Park withdrew from the Swinging Skirts Classic this week because of a ligament injury in her left thumb. She hopes to return to play late next month in the Kingsmill Championship.

  • Lee takes 3-shot lead at rainy Shenzhen International

    April 22, 2016

    SHENZHEN, China (AP) Lee Soo-min shot a 7-under 65 Friday to take a three-stroke lead on the rain-interrupted second day of Shenzhen International.Lee, who is playing in his sixth European Tour event, recorded seven birdies to get 13-under 131. Joost Luiten (66) was in second place as nearly six hours of play was lost over two separate rain stoppages. Thirty-five players were unable to start their second rounds.

  • Steele tops Texas Open leaderboard when 1st round goes dark

    April 21, 2016

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) Brendan Steele topped the Texas Open leaderboard at 8 under through 13 holes Thursday when the first round was suspended because of darkness.Steele, whose only PGA Tour victory came in the tournament five years ago, was unable to finish the opening round after play was delayed for 3 1/2 hours because of morning rain.

  • So Yeon Ryu shoots 63 to take early lead in Swinging Skirts

    April 21, 2016

    DALY CITY, Calif. (AP) So Yeon Ryu shot a tournament-record 9-under 63 on Thursday to take the early first-round lead in the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic.Playing in the first group of the day off the 10th tee, the South Korean player had seven birdies in an eight-hole stretch on the back nine and added two more on the front nine at Lake Merced.

  • Oosthuizen latest top golfer to pull out of Rio Olympics

    April 21, 2016

    Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa won't be taking part in golf's return to the Olympics this year, the third major champion to withdraw in the last week as the deadline nears to confirm participation.Oosthuizen, who won the 2010 British Open at St. Andrews is No. 12 in the world, said Thursday he was pulling out because of family and scheduling issues.

  • Levy, Lee lead at Shenzhen when 1st-round suspended

    April 21, 2016

    SHENZHEN, China (AP) Alexander Levy and Lee Soo-min opened with 6-under 66s and held the first-round lead when play was suspended Thursday at the Shenzhen International.Levy, the 2014 China Open champion, started with a birdie on the 10th hole and turned in 31 after an eagle on the 17th and a birdie on the 18th. He opened his second nine with another birdie.

  • Levy leads at Shenzhen when 1st-round suspended

    April 21, 2016

    SHENZHEN, China (AP) Alexander Levy opened with a 6-under 66 and held the first-round lead when play was suspended Thursday at the Shenzhen International.The 25-year-old Frenchman, the 2014 China Open champion, started with a birdie on the 10th hole and turned in 31 after an eagle on the 17th and a birdie on the 18th. He opened his second nine with another birdie.

  • Top-ranked Ko looking for three-peat at Swinging Skirts

    April 20, 2016

    DALY CITY, Calif. (AP) Lydia Ko hopes to celebrate her 19th birthday Sunday with yet another victory in the Swinging Skirts Classic.Set to begin play Thursday at Lake Merced, the top-ranked Ko won the event the last two years.''I can't believe it's already my third year on the tour,'' Ko said Wednesday. ''I feel like I'm getting old. There are girls younger than me. Last year and the year before, everybody was older. I feel like everything is changing really quickly.''

  • Adam Scott opts against competing at Olympics in Rio

    April 19, 2016

    SYDNEY (AP) Adam Scott has opted against competing at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in August.The 2013 Masters champion issued a statement, published by the PGA of Australia on Wednesday, confirming he'd be unavailable for golf's return to the Olympics for the first time since 1904.

  • Need help with game? Nicklaus mentors the next generation

    April 19, 2016

    Justin Thomas could sense his expectations getting higher and his game going nowhere.He was coming off a strong rookie year in 2015, contending a half-dozen times before breaking through for his first PGA Tour victory in Malaysia in October. But then he started the new year in a rut, and Thomas knew just what to do - no matter how awkward it might have seemed.

  • Tour looking at how to distribute FedEx Cup points

    April 19, 2016

    The money list is getting plenty of attention at PGA Tour headquarters this year.The tour's policy board last month finally voted to eliminate the money list for exempt status for the following season. The top 125 have been fully exempt since 1983, and if the latest proposal is ratified at the June board meeting, only the top 125 in the FedEx Cup standings will be fully exempt after the 2016-17 season.

  • Branden Grace seeking bigger things after RBC Heritage title

    April 18, 2016

    HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) Branden Grace could not wait to win on the PGA Tour. And now he's looking for more - much more.The 27-year-old South African rallied past Luke Donald at the RBC Heritage on Sunday for his 11th victory worldwide, but first on tour. He says the win gives him security and confidence that he can compete for the top trophies in the game, starting in June at the U.S. Open.

  • Austin shoots 64, beats Short in playoff to win Mitsubishi

    April 17, 2016

    DULUTH, Ga. (AP) Woody Austin tied the tournament record with an 8-under 64 and beat Wes Short Jr. with a par on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff Sunday in the PGA Tour Champions' Mitsubishi Electric Classic.The 52-year-old Austin has two victories in the last three events on the 50-and-over tour, also winning in Tucson, Arizona, last month. He won the 2013 Sanderson Farms Championship at age 49 for the last of his four PGA Tour titles.

  • Branden Grace wins RBC Heritage for first PGA Tour title

    April 17, 2016

    HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) Branden Grace shot a 5-under 66 to overtake Luke Donald and win the RBC Heritage on Sunday for his first PGA Tour title and 11th worldwide victory.Three shots behind Donald entering the day, Grace moved to the top with four birdies on his first six holes. The South African pulled three shots in front of Donald after birdies on the 12th and 13 holes.

  • Sweden's Madelene Sagstrom wins Symetra Tour event

    April 17, 2016

    FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) Madelene Sagstrom won the Chico's Patty Berg Memorial on Sunday at Cypress Lake for her first Symetra Tour title, and Lorie Kane took the Legends Tour event.The 23-year-old Sagstrom, the Southeastern Conference player of the year last season at LSU, closed with a 3-over 75 in strong wind for a one-stroke victory. She earned ,000 to take the season money lead with ,914, breaking the ,000 mark in a tour-record three events.

  • Good Day: World's top-ranked golfer finishes strong

    April 17, 2016

    HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) Jason Day was back to looking like the world's top-ranked golfer as he wrapped up the RBC Heritage, following up a season-worst 79 in the third round with a 3-under 68 on Sunday.Day now starts a welcome week off after a remarkable - and grueling - run of tournament golf that included victories at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the WGC-Dell Match Play before a tie for 10th last week at the Masters.

  • Johnston wins Spanish Open for 1st European Tour title

    April 17, 2016

    SOTOGRANDE, Spain (AP) Andrew Johnston of England shot a 1-under 70 at Valderrama on Sunday to win the Spanish Open for his first European Tour victory.Johnston finished with a 1-over 285 for the tournament, one shot ahead of Joost Luiten of the Netherlands and two shots in front of tournament host Sergio Garcia, who made a great charge with a 4-under 67, the best round of the day.

  • Minjee Lee shoots 64 to win LPGA Tour's Lotte Championship

    April 16, 2016

    KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) Minjee Lee won the Lotte Championship on Saturday for her second LPGA Tour title, closing with an 8-under 64 for a one-stroke victory.The 19-year-old Australian played a seven-hole stretch in 6 under with a chip-in eagle on the par-5 13th and four birdies. She rebounded from a third-round 74 to finish at 16-under 272 at Ko Olina.

  • Short shoots 67 to take lead in Mitsubishi Electric Classic

    April 16, 2016

    DULUTH, Ga. (AP) Wes Short Jr. shot a 5-under 67 on Saturday in the PGA Tour Champions' Mitsubishi Electric Classic to take a lead into the final round for the first time in a PGA Tour-sanctioned event.Short had a 7-under 137 total at TPC Sugarloaf for a one-shot advantage over Colin Montgomerie, Todd Hamilton and Mark O'Meara. Montgomerie shot 66, Hamilton 69, and O'Meara 70. Miguel Angel Jimenez, the 2014 winner, was 5 under after a 67.

  • Luke Donald soars, Jason Day falters at Harbour Town

    April 16, 2016

    HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) Luke Donald shot a 2-under 69 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead in the RBC Heritage on Saturday, while top-ranked Jason Day had a season-worst 79 to fall nine shots back with one round left.Day, tied for the lead entering the round, has won two of his past three PGA Tour events and figured to contend at Harbour Town. Instead, the Australian made eight bogeys and a double bogey.

  • Lorenzo-Vera leads Spanish Open by 1 shot after 3 rounds

    April 16, 2016

    SOTOGRANDE, Spain (AP) Mike Lorenzo-Vera of France shot a par-71 and took over the lead of the Spanish Open on Saturday going into the final round.The new leader, who has never won on the European Tour, eagled the 17th hole to build a two-shot advantage, but a bogey on his last left him one stroke ahead of a trio including Martin Kaymer (71), Joost Luiten of the Netherlands (70), and Andrew Johnston of England (74).

  • Katie Burnett chips in on 18th to take LPGA Tour lead

    April 15, 2016

    KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) Katie Burnett chipped in for birdie on the par-4 18th Friday for a 5-under 67 and a one-stroke lead in the Lotte Championship.Winless in 59 career starts on the LPGA Tour, the 26-year-old Georgia player had a bogey-free round to take a 13-under 203 total into the final round at Ko Olina.

  • Watson shoots 68, shares lead in Mitsubishi Electric Classic

    April 15, 2016

    DULUTH, Ga. (AP) Tom Watson was in position to make PGA Tour Champions history after shooting a 4-under 68 on Friday for a share of the first-round lead with Tom Byrum and Mark O'Meara in the Mitsubishi Electric Classic.A week after making his final appearance in the Masters, the 66-year-old Watson is trying to become the oldest winner on the 50-and-over tour. Mike Fetchick set the mark in the 1985 Hilton Head Seniors International on his 63rd birthday. That fact surprised Watson, who said ''Thanks for putting the pressure on me.''

  • Larrazabal takes 2-shot lead at Spanish Open

    April 15, 2016

    VALDERRAMA, Spain (AP) Pablo Larrazabal shot a par-71 in the second round through heavy winds to take a two-shot lead at the Spanish Open on Friday.The Spaniard had four birdies but also a bogey on the second hole, followed by a 6 on the par-3 third after he hit the bunker.

  • Top-ranked Day shoots 69 in 2nd round at RBC Heritage

    April 15, 2016

    HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) Top-ranked Jason Day is tied for the lead halfway through the second round of the RBC Heritage after shooting a 2-under 69 on Friday.Day is tied with Kevin Chappell at 6-under par. First-round co-leader Luke Donald, who just began his round, is a shot back.

  • Su-Yeon Jang takes lead halfway through 2nd round in Hawaii

    April 14, 2016

    KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) Su-Yeon Jang shot a 6-under 66 on Thursday at windy Ko Olina to top the leaderboard halfway through the second round of the LPGA Tour's Lotte Championship.Jang, the 21-year-old South Korean player who got in the field on a sponsor exemption, is coming off a victory last week on the Korean LPGA. She had a 7-under 137 total in her second LPGA Tour start.

  • Donald, Grace share 1st-round lead at RBC Heritage

    April 14, 2016

    HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) Former world No. 1 Luke Donald came back strong Thursday in the RBC Heritage after missing the Masters for the first time since 2004, shooting a 5-under 66 for a share the first-round lead with Branden Grace.The current top-ranked player, Jason Day, looked as if he'd make it a trio on top, but settled for a 67 after taking an unplayable lie in a bunker at Harbour Towns' closing, lighthouse hole and making his lone bogey.

  • Alexander Levy of France leads Spanish Open by 1 after R1

    April 14, 2016

    VALDERRAMA, Spain (AP) Alexander Levy of France shot a 5-under 66 for a one-shot lead over a group of four including defending champion James Morrison of England after the first round of the Spanish Open on Thursday.Levy, a two-time European Tour winner, opened with a birdie at the 10th at the southwestern Valderrama course, and consolidated his lead with six more in a nine-hole spread, but mixed that with two bogeys.

  • Minjee Lee, Moriya Jutanugarn share early lead in Hawaii

    April 13, 2016

    KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) Australia's Minjee Lee birdied her final hole Wednesday for a 4-under 68 and a share of the early first-round lead with Thailand's Moriya Jutanugarn in the LPGA Tour's Lotte Championship.In wind gusting to 30 mph at Ko Olina Golf Club, only nine players broke par in the morning wave.

  • Bohn's Back: PGA golfer returns to game after heart attack

    April 13, 2016

    HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) Jason Bohn laughed with his playing partners Wednesday after leaving the second green with an eagle-3 at the RBC Heritage pro-am.Thoughts of his stunning heart attack two months earlier were the furthest thing from his mind.

  • Major champion Singh no longer planning on Olympics

    April 13, 2016

    HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) Vijay Singh said Wednesday he's no longer planning to play in the Olympic golf tournament this summer.Singh, the 53-year-old three-time major champion, said he had hoped to compete for Fiji when the sport returned to the Rio Games later this year. However, Singh said the Olympic tournament came at a bad time when he would rather be working on tour to improve his game.

  • Clarke has spring in step to start Ryder Cup trophy tour

    April 12, 2016

    PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) Darren Clarke launched the Ryder Cup trophy tour from Royal Portrush Golf Club in his native Northern Ireland on Tuesday, and the European captain had a spring in his step.No wonder, considering the performance of the continent's players at the Masters last week.

  • Willett's jacket: A Masters won as much as it was lost

    April 11, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) A big deficit. A collapse that was painful to watch. An Englishman in a green jacket who might not get his due.Nick Faldo has seen this all before.On Sunday, it was Danny Willett who hit all the right shots to win the Masters.''We all go out there and try and play good golf, and at the end of the day, someone has got to win the golf tournament,'' Willett said in Butler Cabin as Jordan Spieth, his face still awash in shock, looked on. ''And, fortunately enough, today was my day.''

  • Jordan Spieth: Where does he go after epic Masters meltdown?

    April 11, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Where does Jordan Spieth go from here?He could have been sailing along on the second act to one of the greatest years in golf history. Instead, the young Texan left Augusta shaking his head, and trying to figure out how to shake off one of the most epic collapses in the history of the game.

  • Willett leads strong showing by Englishmen at the Masters

    April 10, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Well done, Englishmen.Sheffield's Danny Willett on Sunday joined three-time winner Nick Faldo as the only Englishmen to capture a Masters championship. It was a huge day for several of his countrymen, too.Residents or natives of England comprised half of the top 10 at Augusta National. Lee Westwood tied Texan Jordan Spieth for second with a 2-under 286, three shots behind Willett. Paul Casey was fourth at 1 under, while Matthew Fitzpatrick was in a three-way tie for seventh.

  • Westwood gets back on track with strong Masters performance

    April 10, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Lee Westwood will probably go down as one of the most obscure runner-ups in major golf history.This Masters will be remembered for Jordan Spieth's collapse and Danny Willett's improbable victory.That's not what Westwood will take from it.

  • Column: Spieth's masterful miss 'Should have played a draw'

    April 10, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Golf has seen bigger collapses. Some were probably tougher to watch.''I can't imagine that was fun for anyone to experience, other than maybe Danny's team,'' Jordan Spieth said when it was over, with a nod to eventual winner Danny Willett.

  • Langer, Kaufman go down in Masters collapses for all ages

    April 10, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Bernhard Langer looked every bit of his 58 years while he worked his way around Augusta National, searching for answers that never came.Smylie Kaufman looked all of 24 during an equally dreadful day.No ID necessary. Sunday at the Masters was a train wreck for young and old alike.

  • Spieth joins history of final-day Masters collapses

    April 10, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Jordan Spieth's Masters meltdown on the back nine was hardly the first at Augusta National.It's not even the worst, considering the 22-year-old still had a chance going into the final few holes even after a quadruple bogey on No. 12 completed a six-shot drop-off. Danny Willett never gave him or anyone else an opening. Spieth finished with a 73 and a 2-under 286, three shots behind Willett.

  • Willett wins the Masters after shocking Spieth collapse

    April 10, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Danny Willett in a green jacket was hard to believe considering he wasn't even sure he could play the Masters two weeks ago.Jordan Spieth was even more stunned.Nine holes away from history, the defending Masters champion threw it all away in a collapse around Amen Corner that was shocking even by Augusta National standards. He played the opening three holes of the back nine in 6 over par, including a quadruple bogey at the 12th.

  • The Latest: Willett wins the Masters after Spieth collapses

    April 10, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest from the final round of the Masters on Sunday (all times local):---7:25 p.m.Jordan Spieth has carried out one of the most shattering duties of his young career.After collapsing on the back side, Spieth slipped the green jacket on new Masters champion Danny Willett.

  • The Latest: Willett leading, Spieth needs birdie-birdie

    April 10, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest from the final round of the Masters on Sunday (all times local):---6:45 p.m.Jordan Spieth needs to birdie the final two holes at the Masters to force a playoff with Danny Willett.Willett is already in the clubhouse with a 5-under 283 after closing with a 67.

  • The Latest: Willett leading, shoots 67; Spieth surging back

    April 10, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest from the final round of the Masters on Sunday (all times local):---6:30 p.m.Danny Willett has done all he can do at the Masters.Now, he'll have to wait to see if it's enough to become one of the most unlikely Masters champions.

  • The Latest: Willett heads to 18 at Masters with 2-shot lead

    April 10, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest from the final round of the Masters on Sunday (all times local):---6:20 p.m.Danny Willett is heading to the final hole of the Masters with a two-stroke lead.No one saw this coming.Jordan Spieth made the turn with a commanding five-shot advantage, seemingly a shoe-in for his second straight green jacket. But the 22-year-old Texan totally fell apart in less than an hour, dumping two balls in the water at No. 12 for a quadruple-bogey 7.

  • The Latest: Spieth falls out of lead with quadruple-bogey 7

    April 10, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest from the final round of the Masters on Sunday (all times local):---5:45 p.m.Jordan Spieth has totally collapsed at the Masters.It only took three holes.Spieth made the turn with a commanding five-stroke lead, having closed the front side with four straight birdies. Then, extending his Jekyll-and-Hyde performances of the last two rounds, he bogeyed the next two holes before dumping two balls into Rae's Creek at the par-3 12th hole.

  • Canada's Samantha Richdale wins Symetra Tour event

    April 10, 2016

    LAKE WALES, Fla. (AP) Canada's Samantha Richdale won the Symetra Tour's Florida's Natural Charity Classic on Sunday, closing with a 3-under 69 for a one-stroke victory.The 32-year-old British Columbia player had a 7-under 209 total at Lake Wales Country Club and earned ,250 to take the money lead with ,250. She won for the fourth time on the tour and the first time since August 2009.

  • With the kiss! Oosthuizen banks in day's 3rd ace at No. 16

    April 10, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) By the time Louis Oosthuizen reached the 16th tee box at the Masters on Sunday, holes-in-one were a dime a dozen.So, Oosthuizen gave 'em an ace with a kiss.The South African joined Shane Lowry and Davis Love III in the hole-in-one club at 16 but put his own special spin on it. Oosthuizen's tee shot landed to the right of the hole, trickled down the slope, then caressed off the ball that J.B. Holmes had hit onto the green moments earlier.

  • The Latest: Third Masters hole-in-one at No. 16 on the day

    April 10, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest from the final round of the Masters on Sunday (all times local):---5:15 p.m.Make it a trifecta of holes-in-one at the 16th hole.For the first time ever, there have been three aces at one hole in a Masters round. Louis Oosthuizen added to the roars on the back side of the course, hitting a shot that actually ricocheted off J.B. Holmes' ball and still managed to drop into the cup.

  • Spieth in control with a Masters victory in sight

    April 10, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Jordan Spieth closed out the front nine with four straight birdies to build a five-shot lead going into the final stretch of the Masters.A victory would make him the fourth player to win back-to-back, and the first player ever to win wire-to-wire in successive years.

  • Canada's Brad Fritsch wins first Web.com Tour title

    April 10, 2016

    CARTAGENA, Colombia (AP) Canada's Brad Fritsch won the Servientrega Championship on Sunday for his first Web.com Tour title, beating Ollie Schniederjans with a par on the first hole of a playoff.The 38-year-old Fritsch shot a 1-under 71 to match Schniederjans at 11-under 277 at TPC Cartagena at Karibana. Fritsch earned 6,000.

  • The Latest: Jordan Spieth in command at the Masters

    April 10, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest from the final round of the Masters on Sunday (all times local):---5:05 p.m.It might be time to start measuring Jordan Spieth for another green jacket.The defending Masters champion has pulled out to a commanding five-stroke lead with four straight birdies to close the front side, including a 20-foot putt at No. 9.

  • The Latest: DeChambeau ends last event as amateur at 5 over

    April 10, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest from the final round of the Masters on Sunday (all times local):---5 p.m.Bryson DeChambeau finishes as the low amateur after his third even-par round at Augusta National.DeChambeau, the reigning U.S. Amateur and NCAA champion, birdied two of his final four holes. That includes the 18, where he had a pair of errant tee shots en route to a triple bogey on Friday.

  • The Latest: Fitzpatrick shoots best round of Masters weekend

    April 10, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest from the final round of the Masters on Sunday (all times local):---4:45 p.m.England's Matthew Fitzpatrick has turned in the best round of the weekend at the Masters.The 21-year-old birdied four of the last five holes for a 5-under 67 that pushed him onto the Augusta National leaderboard.

  • The Latest: Lee Westwood makes a charge at Augusta National

    April 10, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest from the final round of the Masters on Sunday (all times local):---4:25 p.m.Lee Westwood is trying to get in the mix at the Masters.The 42-year-old, who is 0 for 71 in the majors, made birdie on No. 9 to finish the front side in 34 and move into red numbers, at 1 under.

  • The Latest: Langer, Matsuyama fall back at the Masters

    April 10, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest from the final round of the Masters on Sunday (all times local):---4:05 p.m.Remember when Bernhard Langer and Hideki Matsuyama were two shots behind Jordan Spieth at the Masters?That was so two hours ago.Playing in the second-to-last group at Augusta National, Langer and Matsuyama have both gotten off to rough starts and fallen off the leaderboard.

  • The Latest: Spieth extends his lead at Masters to 3 shots

    April 10, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest from the final round of the Masters on Sunday (all times local):---3:50 p.m.Suddenly, Jordan Spieth has some breathing room at the Masters.After starting the day with only a one-shot lead, Spieth pushed his edge to three strokes with a nifty par save at the par-3 fourth hole. He got a fortuitous bounce out of the pine trees on his tee shot, chipped 12 feet past the flag and made a testy putt coming back to keep his score at 4 under.

  • The Latest: Love with another hole-in-one at the Masters

    April 10, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest from the final round of the Masters on Sunday (all times local):---3:35 p.m.Next, it was Davis Love III's turn to bring No. 16 to its knees.Only about 20 minutes after Shane Lowry aced the 16th hole at Augusta National, Love followed him up with another ace.

  • The Latest: Bernhard Langer off to poor start at the Masters

    April 10, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest from the final round of the Masters on Sunday (all times local):---3:30 p.m.Bernhard Langer's hopes of becoming the oldest major champion in golf history have taken a huge blow early in the final round.The 58-year-old German took a double-bogey 6 at the third hole, the shortest par-4 on the course. He came short with his second shot, rolled it through the green, and then chipped past the flag before missing the bogey putt coming back.

  • The Latest: Shane Lowry makes a hole-in-one at the Masters

    April 10, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest from the final round of the Masters on Sunday (all times local):---3:10 p.m.Shane Lowry has made a hole-in-one at the Masters.The bearded, 29-year-old Irishman aced the 170-yard 16th hole with an 8-iron. The ball hopped three times on the green and curled back to the left before dropping into the hole.

  • The Latest: Kaufman misses chance to tie for Masters lead

    April 10, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest from the final round of the Masters on Sunday (all times local):---3 p.m.Smylie Kaufman missed a prime chance to claim a share of the Masters lead.Playing in the final group, the 24-year-old Alabamian stuck his second shot within 4 feet of the flag, only to lip out the birdie putt. That left Kaufman one shot behind leader Jordan Spieth, who also made a par at No. 1 with a two-putt from 30 feet.

  • The Latest: Spieth tees off seeking 2nd straight Masters win

    April 10, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest from the final round of the Masters on Sunday (all times local):---2:45 p.m.Jordan Spieth has teed off in the Masters, looking to become the youngest two-time winner in tournament history.The 22-year-old Spieth had held the outright lead at Augusta National in an unprecedented seven straight rounds, but he'll have his work cut out for him on the final day. Smylie Kaufman is only one shot back and five other players are within three strokes of the lead.

  • The Latest: McIlroy opens final round with 2 a bogey,

    April 10, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest from the final round of the Masters on Sunday (all times local):---2:25 p.m.While Jordan Spieth wraps up his warm-up on the driving range, Rory McIlroy is on the course at the Masters - and running into trouble.McIlroy found two bunkers on the second hole and settled for a par, to go with a bogey on the first hole.

  • The Latest: Scores could go low at Masters, winds calm down

    April 10, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest from the final round of the Masters on Sunday (all times local):---11:20 a.m.The wind shouldn't bedevil the field quite so much in the final round of the Masters.Perhaps that will mean lower scores.It's sunny and a brisk 50 degrees, but winds are a relatively calm 9 mph. The forecast calls for significant relief from the heavy winds that have wreaked havoc on some shots - including a sudden gust that pushed Billy Horschel's potential eagle putt on 15 into the water on Saturday that led to a bogey.

  • A late slip leaves Spieth facing a long Sunday at Masters

    April 10, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Jordan Spieth couldn't fight the feeling he should be hitting 3-wood when he lined up his tee shot on the 17th tee box at the Masters. He hit driver anyway.What ensued over the next half hour promises to turn Sunday into a much different experience than he enjoyed last year at Augusta National.

  • Column: McIlroy losing ground to Spieth in rivalry

    April 9, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) A year ago, the Masters was supposed to belong to Rory McIlroy. Then Jordan Spieth cut in line.This year, the Texan didn't bother saying ''excuse me.'' He simply shoved McIlroy out of his way.The two went off as the final pair on a blustery Saturday afternoon separated by a single shot and came back five apart, They were playing together for the first time in a final group at a major. It would have ended even worse for the Northern Irishman had Spieth not tripped himself up at the end, making bogey-double bogey on the last two holes.

  • Smylie Kaufman surprising Masters contender - to some

    April 9, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Smylie Kaufman still lives at his parents' Alabama home, has a loyal following at tournaments that often consists of mom or dad and has eaten dinner every night this week at his family's Augusta rental.He plays the Masters on Xbox, but now Kaufman is challenging at the actual Augusta National. Seriously.

  • Matsuyama looks to become first Japanese major champion

    April 9, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) In Japan, women's golf is more popular than the men's game.Hideki Matsuyama wants to change that.The 24-year-old will go to the final round of the Masters just two shots off the lead after shooting an even-par 72 on Saturday, giving him a shot at becoming the first male Japanese player to win one of golf's biggest championships.

  • Spieth stumbles but still keeps Masters lead

    April 9, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) What looked to be another march to the Masters for Jordan Spieth suddenly turned into a walk on the wild side Saturday.Ultimately, Spieth was still in the lead for the seventh straight round at Augusta National, one round away from another green jacket.

  • The Latest: Spieth's lead trimmed to 1 after double on 18

    April 9, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest from the third round of the Masters on Saturday (all times local):---7:30 p.m.Jordan Spieth finished the third round of the Masters with a bogey and a double-bogey and will head into Sunday with only a one-shot lead.Spieth shot 1-over 73 to finish at 3 under for the tournament. That's one ahead of Masters rookie Smylie Kaufman.

  • One for the ages: At 58, Langer is a Masters contender

    April 9, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) On the 30th anniversary of Jack Nicklaus' final Masters victory, another ageless blond is making a run at the green jacket.This one would be even more remarkable.Fifty-eight-year-old Bernhard Langer used all his wits and guile to shoot a 2-under 70 on another challenging day at Augusta National, giving himself a shot Sunday at becoming the oldest major champion in golf history.

  • The Latest: Matsuyama, Kaufman and Langer close on Spieth

    April 9, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest from the third round of the Masters on Saturday (all times local):---6:15 p.m.Hideki Matsuyama surged up the leaderboard at Augusta National, refusing to let gusts near 30 mph throw him off his game.Smylie Kaufman wasn't far behind, and Bernhard Langer looked like the player who won both of the first of his two green jackets more than 30 years ago.

  • Wind at Augusta taketh, then takes some more

    April 9, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Billy Horschel felt blown away.His second shot Saturday on No. 15 at the Masters came to rest 10 paces onto the green. He marked the ball, put it back down and took his time sizing up the putt. Suddenly, a gust of wind kicked up. The ball rolled down a slope, off the false front and plunked back into the pond.

  • The Latest: Wind blasts Horschel's ball into water on 15

    April 9, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest from the third round of the Masters on Saturday (all times local):---4:40 p.m.A sudden blast of wind turned Billy Horschel's birdie shot into a bogey after a gust pushed his ball into the water.Horschel had marked his ball on the 15th green and then was preparing for the putt when it started rolling toward a slope and dropped into the water while he watched helplessly.

  • The Latest: Spieth uses good bounce to keep McIlroy at bay

    April 9, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest from the third round of the Masters on Saturday (all times local):---4:21 p.m.Leader Jordan Spieth took advantage of a favorable bounce at No. 4 to keep Rory McIlroy at bay and remain one of the few golfers in the third round at par or better.

  • The Latest: Spieth and McIlroy on the course, par 1st hole

    April 9, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest from the third round of the Masters on Saturday (all times local):---3:05 p.m.Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy both have parred the first hole.The day's final pairing teed off with Spieth holding a one-stroke lead over McIlroy, who's seeking to complete the career Grand Slam.

  • The Latest: Bernhard Langer, 58 and still rolling at Masters

    April 9, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest from the third round of the Masters on Saturday (all times local):---2:45 p.m.Bernhard Langer is the oldest player still competing at the Masters this weekend, and at the moment he's also the hottest.The 58-year-old Langer is 2 under through five holes. Only three other players are under par in the round so far.

  • The Latest: Watson with another disappointing Masters round

    April 9, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest from the third round of the Masters on Saturday (all times local):---2 p.m.Two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson has already finished up his day at Augusta National.The first player off on a cool morning and paired with a marker, Watson struggled to a 4-over 76 in the breezy conditions. That left him at 10-over 226 for the tournament and on pace for his worst performance in eight Master appearances.

  • Faldo shows the way on coming from behind at the Masters

    April 9, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) No lead is too safe at the Masters. No deficit is too daunting.And no one can appreciate that more than Nick Faldo.Twenty years ago, Faldo won his third green jacket in what remains the greatest collapse in major championship history over the final 18 holes. Six shots behind going into the final round, Faldo closed with a 67 that will never get enough credit because Greg Norman shot a 78.

  • The Latest: Players struggling to break par at windy Augusta

    April 9, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest from the third round of the Masters on Saturday (all times local):---1 p.m.How tough are conditions at Augusta National? The players on the course are a cumulative 56-over par in the third round.Looking more like a British Open, even on a sunny day with temperatures in the 60s, the Masters is posing quite a test for those who made it to the weekend. The wind is blowing at close to 20 mph, with gusts approaching 30 mph.

  • The Latest: Spieth starts Day 2 in stiffening breezes

    April 8, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest from the second round of the Masters on Friday (all times local):---1:05 p.m.Masters leader Jordan Spieth started his second round in conditions better-suited to flying a kite than playing golf.With steady 10-mph breezes from the west raking across Augusta National, Spieth's opening 66 looks even better than when he posted it, since nearly every golfer on the leaderboard Thursday and already out on the course has dropped shots.

  • The Latest: Things are looking up for Els - a bit

    April 8, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest from the second round of the Masters on Friday (all times local):---12:40 p.m.Things are looking up a bit for Ernie Els.Sure, he three-putted for double bogey on the first hole - a significant improvement from Thursday's six-putt and quintuple-bogey 9. But on Friday, Els went a more respectable 1 over for the rest of the front nine. That included two more bogeys and a birdie on the par-5 No. 8 after a 17-foot putt, a nice make after all those struggles with his short game.

  • The Latest: An eclectic pack takes off in pursuit of Spieth

    April 8, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest from the second round of the Masters on Friday (all times local):---11:55 a.m.A Spaniard, a Kiwi and Scott Piercy walk onto a golf course ... and there is your closest pursuers of first-round leader Jordan Spieth at Augusta National on Day 2.

  • The Latest: For his next act, Els three-putts on No. 1

    April 8, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest from the second round of the Masters on Friday (all times local):---10:30 a.m.If he's a glass-half-full guy, Ernie Els could say he's taking baby steps.On Friday, he only needed three putts to finish the first hole.Els' nightmare on No. 1 continued into Round 2 of the Masters. He made double-bogey, which included clocking a fan on an errant approach shot, then a miss from inside of 4 feet.

  • The Latest: Lee birdies early as race to catch Spieth begins

    April 8, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest from the second round of the Masters on Friday (all times local):---10:12 a.m.Danny Lee signaled ''Game On!'' by making birdie at No. 2 as the chase to catch defending champion and first-round leader Jordan Spieth began in earnest. Lee and Ian Poulter were the only players among the top 10 on the leaderboard and on the course in a strong morning breeze.

  • The Latest: It's cut day at the Masters, all eyes on Watson

    April 8, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest from the second round of the Masters on Friday (all times local):---8:55 a.m.The second round of the Masters has started with two questions looming. Who can catch Jordan Spieth, and who will get two more days to try?The top 50 and ties, and anyone within 10 shots of the lead, make the cut at Augusta National. All eyes will be on 66-year-old Tom Watson playing in his final Masters. Watson knows he can't win a green jacket, but he would love to say farewell on Sunday instead of Friday. He opened with a 74. The oldest player to make the cut in the Masters is Tommy Aaron, who was 63 when he played all four rounds in 2000.

  • Pack again chasing Jordan Spieth at Masters

    April 8, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) A pack of lesser-known players is pursuing Jordan Spieth at the Masters, and some other big names are lurking not too far behind.Danny Lee and Shane Lowry - surprisingly tied for second two strokes behind Spieth's 6-under 66 - get a couple hours head start in Friday's second round before Spieth resumes his attack on Augusta National just before 1 p.m. World No. 1 Jason Day, who struggled on the back nine Thursday to fall six strokes behind Spieth, will be back on the course around 10 a.m.

  • Big 3: Day goes sour on 15, 16, 17 at Masters

    April 7, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Big Three for Jason Day on Thursday: 15, 16 and 17.Had any of those holes gone better, golf's Big Three would all be on the first page of the Masters leaderboard.But Day went bogey-triple bogey-bogey on those three holes, dropping five shots down the stretch to finish the day at even-par 72.

  • Key hole at the Masters

    April 10, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) A look at the key hole Sunday in the fourth round of the Masters:HOLE: 12YARDAGE: 151PAR: 3STROKE AVERAGE: 3.368RANK: 2KEY FACT: After leading by five strokes at the turn, Jordan Spieth was coming off two straight bogeys when he went to No. 12, the shortest and most famous hole on the course. He dumped his tee shot into Rae's Creek, went to the drop zone and plopped another one into the water. Then, on his third swing and fifth shot, he flew one into the bunker behind the green, leading to a quadruple-bogey 7. Just like that, he went from the lead to three shots behind eventual winner Danny Willett.

  • Masters at a glance

    April 10, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) A brief look at the final round of the Masters on Sunday:CHAMPION: Danny Willett (67) at 5-under 283.RUNNERS-UP: Jordan Spieth (73) and Lee Westwood (69) finished three shots behind.LOW AMATEUR: Bryson DeChambeau tied for 21st and was low amateur.

  • The Latest: Euro invasion - Lowry leads pack chasing Spieth

    April 7, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest on the opening round of play at the Masters on Thursday. (all times local):---8:22 p.m.Jordan Spieth went bogey-free in the first round en route to a 6-under 66, opening defense of his championship in convincing fashion. The rest of the leaderboard was packed with international players, reminiscent of mid-1980s and '90s, when U.S. golfers like Spieth had to fend off challenges from all over.

  • Danny Lee enjoys triumphant return to Masters

    April 7, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Danny Lee made sure his return to the Masters was worth the wait.The South Korea-born Lee shot a 4-under 68 in Thursday's first round at Augusta National to finish the day in a second-place tie with Shane Lowry, two shots behind defending champion Jordan Spieth.

  • Big debacle for Big Easy: A 6-putt 9 to start the Masters

    April 7, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Ernie Els was 2 feet from a par to start the Masters.Twenty-four measly inches.Then, the unimaginable happened.One miss. And another. And another. And another. And another.Finally, on his sixth putt - a one-handed swat that showed his total disgust - Els finished off a quintuple-bogey 9 that essentially ruined any hope of contending for a green jacket on the very first hole Thursday.

  • The Latest: Day's day takes nosedive with triple at 16th

    April 7, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest on the opening round of play at the Masters on Thursday. (all times local):---6:12 p.m.Jason Day dropped precipitously out of first-day contention at Augusta National after dumping his tee shot into the drink alongside the par-3 16th green. The world's top-ranked player was closing in on clubhouse leader and defending champion Jordan Spieth after a 31 on the front.

  • Spieth's gamble pays off on No. 11 at Masters

    April 7, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The shot was so risky that Jordan Spieth's caddie practically begged him not to try it Thursday in the Masters.A great shot always beats a bad decision.''That was one of the best shots I've ever hit in tournament competition given where it was,'' Spieth said of his escape from the pine trees on the 11th hole. ''And I was laughing afterwards. That's how dumb the decision was, and pulled it off.''

  • One more go-round: Watson stays in range of the Masters cut

    April 7, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Tom Watson walked up to his tee shot on the 18th fairway, sized up his approach, reached into his bag and pulled the cover off his 3-wood.That, golf fans, is why Watson is saying goodbye to the Masters after this week.''I had 205 yards to the front of the green, and they're 60 yards ahead of me on the hill,'' Watson said of the others in his threesome, Lee Westwood and Charley Hoffman. ''And ... Westwood's caddie said there are people who hit it 40 yards past Lee on that hill. It's a game of length. I used to play it when I was a kid.''

  • The Latest: Fast start puts Lowry up there with Spieth, Day

    April 7, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest on the opening round of play at the Masters on Thursday. (all times local):---4:30 p.m.Shane Lowry's fast start places him right up there with stars Jordan Spieth and Jason Day at the Masters so far.Lowry birdied holes 2-5 and is 5-under through nine holes. He made a 13-foot birdie putt on No. 4 and followed that with a 17-footer on the next hole. Defending champion Spieth took the lead into the clubhouse at 6 under.

  • Give him a 10: Big debacle for Big Easy at start of Masters

    April 7, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Ernie Els was 2 feet from a par to start the Masters.Twenty-four measly inches.Then, the unimaginable happened.One miss. And another. And another. And another. And another. And another.Finally, on his seventh putt - a one-handed swat that showed his total disgust - Els finished off a sextuple-bogey 10 that essentially ruined any hope of contending for a green jacket on the very first hole Thursday.

  • Fowler down, up and then down again in 1st round at Masters

    April 7, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Rickie Fowler's latest pursuit of a major championship got off to a rocky start.Fowler opened the Masters with an 8-over 80 on Thursday as he tries to shed that label of best player without a major title. He recovered from an opening double bogey with three birdies in four holes.

  • The Latest: Spieth shoots 6-under, Els 6-over on 1st hole

    April 7, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest on the opening round of play at the Masters on Thursday. (all times local):---3:08 p.m.The leaders don't usually get paired together until the weekend at the Masters, but defending champ Justin Spieth and Englishman Paul Casey took matters into their own hands in Thursday's opening round.

  • The Latest: Spieth 5-under for day, Els 6-over on 1st hole

    April 7, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest on the opening round of play at the Masters on Thursday. (all times local):---3:08 p.m.The leaders don't usually get paired together until the weekend at the Masters, but defending champ Justin Spieth and Englishman Paul Casey took matters into their own hands in Thursday's opening round.

  • The Latest: Ernie Els 7 putts from 2 feet on 1st hole

    April 7, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest on the opening round of play at the Masters on Thursday. (all times local):---1:50 p.m.Ernie Els has made Masters history - and not in a good way.He opened with a 10 on the Par 4 first hole. Els seven-putted - yes, SEVEN - from 2 feet.

  • The Latest: Fowler triple bogeys, his rough start continues

    April 7, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest on the opening round of play at the Masters on Thursday. (all times local):---1:25 p.m.Rickie Fowler is having a roller coaster opening round at the Masters in pursuit of his first major title, including a triple bogey.After starting with a double bogey, Fowler recovered with three birdies. Then came the triple on No. 13.

  • The Latest: Casey catches Spieth on back nine - momentarily

    April 7, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest on the opening round of play at the Masters on Thursday. (all times local):---12:55 p.m.Paul Casey joined Jordan Spieth on top of the Masters' leaderboard at 3-under - momentarily.Casey caught his playing partner with a long birdie putt at No. 10, prompting a celebratory fist pump. But Spieth quickly responded with his own birdie on the same hole to move to 4-under.

  • The Latest: Spieth picks up where he left off at Masters

    April 7, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest on the opening round of play at the Masters on Thursday. (all times local):---11:55 a.m.Jordan Spieth is picking up where he left off at the Masters.The defending champion has the early lead after making three birdies on the first eight holes, including a 10-footer at the par-3 sixth. England's Paul Casey and Daniel Berger are at 2-under par.

  • The Latest: Johnson, Wiesberger tied for early Masters lead

    April 7, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest on the opening round of play at the Masters on Thursday. (all times local):---11:25 a.m.Zach Johnson and Bernd Wiesberger are tied for the lead at the Masters.Johnson, who won the green jacket in 2007 and added another major title at last year's British Open, rolled in two straight birdies to join the Austrian in the top spot. The second of those was especially impressive, after Johnson overshot the green with his approach shot at No. 7. He rolled in a treacherous downhill putt off the fringe to push his score to 2-under par.

  • The Latest: Fowler bounces back from tough start at Masters

    April 7, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest on the opening round of play at the Masters on Thursday. (all times local):---10:55 a.m.Rickie Fowler has bounced back from a tough start at Augusta National.After hitting his opening tee shot into the trees and taking a double-bogey, Fowler made birdies on three of the next four holes to push his score under par.

  • The Latest: Tom Watson among early leaders at the Masters

    April 7, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest on the opening round of play at the Masters on Thursday. (all times local):---10:35 a.m.Playing in his final Masters, 66-year-old Tom Watson is atop the leaderboard in the early going at Augusta National.Watson, a two-time Masters winner, birdied the third hole and is among six players at 1 under.

  • Palmer helps start the Masters without hitting a shot

    April 7, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The most meaningful start to this Masters was a ceremonial tee shot that wasn't even hit.Arnold Palmer was on the tee Thursday morning.That was enough.Palmer, the four-time Masters champion known in the golfing world simply as ''The King,'' rode a cart out to the first tee at Augusta National, offering that familiar wink and a thumbs-up. He watched Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player hit their shots to officially begin the 80th Masters.

  • The Latest: Rickie Fowler off to rough start at the Masters

    April 7, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest on the opening round of play at the Masters on Thursday. (all times local):---10 a.m.Rickie Fowler is off to a rough start in pursuit of his first major championship.Fowler made a double-bogey 6 on the first hole of the Masters. His trouble began with a drive into the trees right of the fairway, and he ricocheted his next shot off a tree.

  • The Latest: Defending champ Spieth tees off at the Masters

    April 7, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest on the opening round of play at the Masters on Thursday. (all times local):---9:48 a.m.Defending champion Jordan Spieth has teed off at Augusta National.The 22-year-old Spieth became the second-youngest Masters winner with his dominating 18-under performance a year ago. Now he's trying to become only the fourth back-to-back champion in tournament history.

  • Masters begins with ceremonial tee shots by Nicklaus, Player

    April 7, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Masters is underway after a pair of ceremonial tee shots from Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player.Eighty-six-year-old Arnold Palmer watched from a chair at the first tee, deciding not to take a swing this year because of health issues. So it was left to Nicklaus and Player to hit the shots that traditionally begin the first major championship of the year.

  • Masters begins with ceremonial tee shows by Nicklaus, Player

    April 7, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Masters is underway after a pair of ceremonial tee shots from Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player.Eighty-six-year-old Arnold Palmer watched from a chair at the first tee, deciding not to take a swing this year because of health issues. So it was left to Nicklaus and Player to hit the shots that traditionally begin the first major championship of the year.

  • Nicklaus talks the 6 toughest shots at Augusta National

    April 7, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Augusta National has a mystique as the only major championship played on the same golf course every year.That doesn't mean there are any mysteries to playing well.Just ask six-time Masters champion Jack Nicklaus.''It's not going to blow you apart,'' Nicklaus said. ''Sure, you can hit a bad shot off in the trees. Most golf courses are that way. But the game of golf is played by making sure you don't screw up the tough shots. Get by them and take advantage where you can take advantage. If you're doing that, you're not mentally torn up all day long.''

  • Spieth will defend his Masters title with a new driver

    April 6, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Jordan Spieth will defend his Masters title with a new driver on Thursday.Spieth says his driver cracked on Wednesday.He showed up at the Golf Writers Association of America dinner still wearing his golf clothes because he had been practicing with a new driver until it was time to collect his player of the year award.

  • Can you top this? No hole-in-1 for reigning champ Spieth

    April 6, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) It's not often - if ever - that a Masters champion gets booed on the grounds of Augusta National.Jordan Spieth knew he had it coming.He was the unlucky third man up on the fourth hole of the par-3 contest Wednesday. The first two players, Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler, each made holes-in-one.

  • Watson's says making cut not enough, so time to say 'Adios'

    April 6, 2016

    Tom Watson's to-do list at the Masters has changed plenty over four decades, but it usually ended with the same goal: a major championship.On the eve of his last competitive go-round at Augusta National, the 66-year-old, two-time winner finally acknowledged a much more modest plan.

  • Fun is Par-3 for the course at annual Masters prelude

    April 6, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Jason Day didn't have time to ponder his putt as he clambered up a hill to the first green at Augusta National.He was too busy keeping his ''caddie'' moving.''You've got it, you've got it,'' Day said, urging his son along. Three-year-old Dash Day made it to the top and through all nine holes at the Masters' annual, mostly-for-fun Par-3 contest. So did Daddy and Mommy.

  • Inside the ropes: Toledo bags himself a week of Masters fun

    April 6, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Esteban Toledo is hardly the first pro golfer willing to do just about anything to get inside the ropes at the Masters.What sets him apart is what he was willing to do once he got there.The 53-year-old from Mexico, who never qualified during any of his 21 years playing on the PGA Tour, is working as a caddie this week, carrying clubs for his longtime buddy, 1988 Masters champion Sandy Lyle.

  • Day a favorite at Masters, where he once thought of quitting

    April 6, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Jason Day was lurking just outside Augusta National Golf Club, wondering if he wanted to go in.The game just wasn't fun anymore.Even though he was set to play in his first Masters in 2011, Day thought it might be time to do something else.

  • Top 3 players at Masters stick with coaches from their youth

    April 6, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The smell of turpentine takes Rory McIlroy back to his roots.At the golf course where McIlroy grew up in Northern Ireland, there were certain times of the day when juniors were not allowed to play. So the 6-year-old would hang out in a tiny room behind the counter at Holywood Golf Club and pester Michael Bannon, the pro who taught him the game.

  • Like the azaleas, skipping balls on 16 a Masters tradition

    April 6, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The chants start as soon as each group has finished teeing off at the 16th hole.''Skip! Skip! Skip!''At staid ol' Augusta National, this is the closest thing to a party.''The fans get pretty irate when they don't skip the ball,'' said Masters patron Dave Goldbach of Buffalo, sipping on a beer as the final groups came through in the fading sunlight of Tuesday's practice round.

  • Spieth the host with the most nerves at Champions Dinner

    April 5, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Masters champion Jordan Spieth expected the nerves to hit long before he is announced on the first tee Thursday.Spieth had to host the Champions Dinner on Tuesday night, a great honor for any golfer, but a bit daunting for a 22-year-old in a room that included greats like Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Ben Crenshaw.

  • Nicklaus: Tiger isn't done just yet

    April 5, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Jack Nicklaus says he thinks Tiger Woods will win again. After seeing him a few weeks ago, Nicklaus is surprised Woods isn't playing the Masters this week.Woods is missing the Masters for the second time in three years as he recovers from two surgeries on his back last year. He has not played since a tie for 10th in the Wyndham Championship in August, and he has not won since Firestone in August 2013.

  • Masters mad scientist: Amateur's unusual clubs and swing

    April 5, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Bryson DeChambeau is the only golfer at the Masters with a set of irons that are all the same length. The last guy to try that was none other than Bobby Jones, the club's co-founder.DeChambeau is a U.S. Amateur champion - like Jones was once - and the 22-year-old rookie's debut may be the most anticipated since Jordan Spieth's a couple years ago. DeChambeau also won the NCAA title last year, a double accomplished previously by only Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Ryan Moore.

  • Spieth relying on experience in bid for Masters repeat

    April 5, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Packing for a three-week road trip reminded Jordan Spieth that winning the Masters wasn't as easy as he made it look.Driving down Magnolia Lane made it all seem possible again.Among the clothes he packed was the green jacket that had been hanging in his closet at home in Dallas for much of the year. Only the current Masters champion is allowed to take it with him from Augusta National.

  • McIlroy brings a new approach to his quest for Grand Slam

    April 5, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Rory McIlroy stood on the 17th green, waving his arms this way and that.Then he feigned a jump shot for England's Matthew Fitzpatrick, recreating the NCAA men's basketball championship game from the night before.''He was explaining what happened,'' Fitzpatrick said after they wrapped up their Masters practice round Tuesday. ''It was an exciting finish, apparently.''

  • Craig Wood, a study in major championship heartache

    April 5, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Dustin Johnson already knows plenty of heartache in the majors.He just doesn't know Craig Wood.Johnson stared blankly when asked if he had ever heard the name, which is understandable. It has been 75 years since Wood won the Masters. His name also gets mentioned on the rare occasion when someone wins the Masters and U.S. Open in the same year. Woods did it in 1941. Only five others are on the list.

  • Taylor improbably returns to Augusta with a new appreciation

    April 5, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The last time Vaughn Taylor was at Augusta National, he needed a ticket to get through the gates.With his career in shambles, he had just about given up on the idea of returning to the Masters as a player.So, he attended with his young son.

  • Olympic champions will receive more than a gold medal in Rio

    April 4, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) When golf returns to the Olympics in Rio, the winners will receive more than a gold medal.They'll also get a free pass to all the major championships.The governing bodies for men's and women's golf announced the exemptions Monday at Augusta National, adding a little extra incentive for the Olympic champions.

  • Big 3 of best without a major hope to change that at Masters

    April 4, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The modern ''Big Three'' have won five of the last six majors going into the Masters.The other ''Big Three'' can only hope they are next.That would be the trio of top players - Dustin Johnson, Henrik Stenson and Rickie Fowler - who have done everything right over the past several years except for those four weeks that define careers.

  • Trump thinks his former teaching pro will do well at Masters

    April 4, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) An invitation to the Masters might be only the second-best offer Jim Herman got this week.Less than 24 hours after winning the Shell Open, Donald J. Trump joked that Herman, a former assistant golf pro at one of his resorts, might be considered for a cabinet-level post in a new Trump administration.

  • Nicklaus' son rides shotgun on amazing 1986 Masters victory

    April 4, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Jack Nicklaus II tried to keep it as simple as possible as a caddie: Keep the clubs clean, get the right yardage and let his father do the rest.That was 30 years ago.The oldest son of Jack Nicklaus wound up riding shotgun for one of the greatest rides in Augusta National history.

  • Fred Couples out of the Masters with bad back

    April 4, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Fred Couples is out of the Masters because of acute back pain - the first Masters the 56-year-old former champion has missed since 1994.Couples won the green jacket in 1992 and remains relevant at Augusta National. He shared the 36-hole lead in 2012 and was one shot behind going into the weekend in 2013.

  • Ko wins ANA, taking advantage of Jutanugarn's meltdown

    April 4, 2016

    RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) Lydia Ko was thinking about style points when she took the traditional victory leap into Poppie's Pond late Sunday afternoon at Mission Hills.''Hey, hopefully this jump is cool enough,'' she thought.It was. And so was the 18-year-old New Zealander in the tense final hour of the ANA Inspiration.

  • 5 of the biggest routs in Masters history

    April 4, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Jordan Spieth won the Masters by four shots last year, and he made it seem easy.He became the first wire-to-wire winner since Raymond Floyd in 1976. Perhaps even more telling was that Spieth was the first Masters champion since Craig Wood in 1941 to never let anyone closer than three shots of his lead after the opening round.

  • China, Australia grab last spots in International Crown

    April 3, 2016

    RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) Australia edged Sweden by eight points Sunday for the final spot in the LPGA Tour's eight-team UL International Crown this summer in Illinois.China also wrapped up the seventh position for the July 21-24 event at the Merit Club outside Chicago.

  • Ko wins ANA, taking advantage of Jutanugarn's late collapse

    April 3, 2016

    RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) Lydia Ko took advantage of Ariya Jutanugarn's late collapse to win the ANA Inspiration on Sunday for her second straight major victory and second LPGA Tour win a row.The top-ranked Ko hit an 88-yard wedge shot to a foot on the par-5 18th to set up her winning birdie - and an unlikely victory leap into Poppie's Pond. She closed with a 3-under 69 to finish at 12 under.

  • Valenzuela, O'Sullivan low amateurs at ANA Inspiration

    April 3, 2016

    RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) Albane Valenzuela and Hannah O'Sullivan shared low amateurs honors Sunday in the ANA Inspiration.The 18-year-old Valenzuela, from Switzerland, closed with a 4-over 76. O'Sullivan, also 18, had a 77 to match Valenzuela at 5-over 293. The only amateurs to make the cut at Mission Hills, they tied for 65th in the LPGA Tour's first major championship of the season.

  • Herman wins Houston Open to get into the Masters

    April 3, 2016

    HUMBLE, Texas (AP) Jim Herman picked the right time for his first PGA Tour victory. He closed with a 4-under 68 on Sunday to win the Shell Houston Open and earn his first trip to the Masters.Herman chipped in for birdie on the par-3 16th hole to take the lead. He finished with two solid pars and beat Henrik Stenson by one shot.

  • Jimenez shoots 64 to win Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic

    April 3, 2016

    SAUCIER, Miss. (AP) Miguel Angel Jimenez shot an 8-under 64 to win the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic by two strokes on Sunday.Jimenez started the day in third place, three shots behind the leader Scott Dunlap. But the 52-year-old from Spain took control on the tournament's final day thanks to a bogey-free round that included four straight birdies from No. 10 to No. 13.

  • Andrew Svoboda wins Web.com Tour's Brazil Champions

    April 3, 2016

    SAO PAULO (AP) Andrew Svoboda rallied to win the Web.com Tour's Brazil Champions on Sunday, closing with a birdie to overcome a one-stroke deficit to Bhavik Patel.Svoboda birdied the par-4 18th for a 4-under 67, and Patel closed with a bogey to finish a stroke back in his second event since returning for a doping suspension and hip injury.

  • A putt to remember for a California teen at Augusta

    April 3, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Ty Griggs' favorite memory of the Masters was Adam Scott making a birdie putt on the 18th hole that led to him winning the green jacket.''That putt was sweet,'' Griggs said.Even sweeter was the putt the 13-year-old Griggs made Sunday, a 15-footer on the same green that Scott made his in 2013. For Griggs, the stakes felt just as high. With a crowd surrounding the 18th green, the California teen holed the putt and won the Boys 12-13 age group in the Drive, Chip & Putt national finals at Augusta National.

  • A high golf IQ: Jordan Spieth scores with plenty of smarts

    April 2, 2016

    Jordan Spieth was on the right side of the fairway at Albany Golf Club in the Bahamas, trying to figure out his next shot. He remembered the grass being a little thin on the left side, so any shot hit too hard in that direction was likely to run through into the scrub and dunes.

  • Long & short: Thompson, Miyazato share ANA Inspiration lead

    April 2, 2016

    RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) Lexi Thompson and Ai Miyazato share the ANA Inspiration lead and the final tee time Saturday at Mission Hills. That's about all they have in common.Thompson is 6 feet tall and one of the LPGA Tour's longest and most aggressive players. The 5-foot-2 Miyazato is as short off the tee as she is in stature.

  • Charley Hoffman leads by 1 at Houston Open

    April 1, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) Charley Hoffman had a 2-under 70 for a one-shot lead over Jamie Lovemark at the Houston Open on Friday.Lovemark was a former NCAA champion seeking his first PGA Tour title after having his career affected by back surgery. He was one of four players to shoot the day's low score, 68, under conditions that worsened as the afternoon went on, which helped protect Hoffman from the field.

  • Woods says he won't play the Masters

    April 1, 2016

    Tiger Woods is going to Augusta National next week - to eat, not play.Woods made it official Friday night what most observers figured all along. Recovery from two back surgeries last year has not progressed to the point where he is ready to tee it up at the Masters. It will be the second time in the past three years that the four-time champion has not played the Masters.

  • Column: As Tiger fades away, let's not forget his greatness

    April 1, 2016

    The azaleas are blooming, the pollen is swirling, and green sport coats are about to be in vogue for one whole week.Yet something is missing at this dawning of spring.Tiger Woods.On cue, he announced Friday night he won't be playing next week at Augusta National, but that's beside the point. It's not like he would've been a Masters contender, anyway, not with a broken-down body that has kept him off the course for more than seven months.

  • Lexi Thompson takes early 2nd-round lead in ANA Inspiration

    April 1, 2016

    RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) Lexi Thompson birdied the final hole for a 4-under 68 and the clubhouse lead Friday halfway through the second round of the ANA Inspiration.The 21-year-old American holed a 30-foot putt on the par-5 18th to reach 7 under at Mission Hills in the LPGA Tour's first major championship of the year. She won the 2014 event.

  • Augusta National holes 10, 11 and 12 are toughest

    April 1, 2016

    A hole-by-hole look at Augusta National, site of the 80th Masters to be played April 7-10, with famous shots played at each one, the average score and where each hole ranks in difficulty since 1934:No. 1, 445 yards, par 4 (Tea Olive): This slight dogleg right plays uphill and has a deep bunker requiring a 317-yard carry off the tee. The bunker has a tongue in the left side, so anything that enters the front of the bunker might be blocked by the lip. A bunker is left of the green, which falls off sharply at the back and to the right.

  • Key anniversaries for Masters include Norman's 1996 collapse

    April 1, 2016

    A look at some of the anniversaries this year at the Masters:75 years ago (1941): Craig Wood went wire-to-wire to win his first major, and it was a long time coming. Wood was on the wrong end of Gene Sarazen making an albatross on the 15th hole in 1935 and winning a playoff. He lost in a playoff in the 1933 British Open, and went two 18-hole playoffs with Byron Nelson before losing the 1939 U.S. Open. He also lost in 38 holes to Paul Runyan in the 1934 PGA Championship. Not this time. He opened with a 66 for a five-shot lead and didn't let anyone closer than three shots the rest of the way. No one matched that feat until Jordan Spieth last year.

  • Rain pushes PGA Tour Champions 1st round to Saturday

    April 1, 2016

    SAUCIER, Miss. (AP) The opening round of the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic has been moved to Saturday because of heavy rain in south Mississippi at Fallen Oak.The players will tee off at 7 a.m. Central on Saturday with the second round scheduled to begin about 12:30 p.m.

  • MASTERS '16: Facts & figures for the Masters Tournament

    April 1, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Facts and figures for the Masters:Tournament: The 80th Masters.Dates: April 7-10.Site: Augusta National Golf Club.Length: 7,435 yards.Par: 36-36-72.Purse: To be determined ( million in 2015).Field: 90 (84 professionals, six amateurs).

  • Who knows Masters trivia? Not Spieth and McIlroy

    April 1, 2016

    Andy North is a two-time U.S. Open champion and analyst for ESPN at the Masters. Here are his answers for the AP's Masters trivia quiz. Incorrect answers are capitalized.1. Jack Nicklaus2. Mike Weir3. 154. Fruitland Nurseries5. BEN HOGAN (Correct answer: Gene Sarazen)

  • Can you beat Spieth and McIlroy at Masters trivia?

    April 1, 2016

    How well do you know the history of the Masters? Try this quiz:FRONT NINE (3 points each)1. Who has won the most Masters?a.) Tiger Woodsb.) Jack Nicklausc.) Arnold Palmer---2. Name the first left-handed player to win the Masters.a.) Phil Mickelsonb.) Bob Charles

  • Masters contenders led by favorites Day, Spieth and McIlroy

    April 1, 2016

    JASON DAYAge: 28.Country: Australia.World ranking: 1.Worldwide victories: 10.Majors: PGA Championship (2015).Masters moment: Losing a two-shot lead with three holes to play in 2013.Backspin: Coming off victories in the Arnold Palmer Invitational and Dell Match Play, he has taken over as a leading candidate to win a green jacket. Twice a runner-up at Augusta, but still haunted by 2013 when he had a two-shot lead on the 16th tee and made two straight bogeys. Tiger Woods in 2001 was the last player to win two straight tournaments going into the Masters and capture the green jacket.

  • The stars are aligned as anticipation builds for the Masters

    April 1, 2016

    The opening line in a book David Owen wrote 17 years ago about the Masters captures why the anticipation for the first major at Augusta National.''The modern golf season never ends, but it does begin.''That rings particularly true this year.The fall is forgotten. The preliminaries are over. For some, the Masters could not get here soon enough.

  • Resurgent Ai Miyazato tied for lead in ANA Inspiration

    April 1, 2016

    RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) Ai Miyazato rediscovered her game last week. On Thursday, the 30-year-old Japanese player found herself at the top of a major championship leaderboard at the ANA Inspiration.''I was kind of struggling the last couple years,'' Miyazato said. ''It was really hard.''

  • Hoffman starts strong at Shell Houston Open

    March 31, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) Charley Hoffman birdied half the holes on the Golf Club of Houston course Thursday and had just a single bogey to shoot an 8-under-par 64 and take the first-round lead of the Shell Houston Open.Hoffman birdied the first four holes of his back nine, then added another birdie on No. 8. That broke him out of what had been a four-way tie for first with Dustin Johnson, Roberto Castro and Scott Brown, who all shot 65s.

  • Brooke Henderson opens with 1-over 73 in ANA Inspiration

    March 31, 2016

    RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) Brooke Henderson had by far the most fans following her around for the first round of the ANA Inspiration on Thursday.The 18-year-old Canadian is still getting used to the support.''It's super cool,'' Henderson said. ''Every round it seems there are more fans and not only just from Canada. Though there is a huge Canadian crowd out here this week.''

  • Japan's Ai Miyazato takes early lead in ANA Inspiration

    March 31, 2016

    RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) Ai Miyazato birdied four of the first six holes and shot a 5-under 67 in perfect morning conditions Thursday to take the early lead in the ANA Inspiration.Miyazato closed with a birdie on the par-5 18th at Mission Hills to pull a stroke ahead of fellow Japanese player Shiho Oyama, Scotland's Catriona Matthew and South Africa's Lee-Anne Pace after the morning session.

  • BC-Masters Previews Digest,ADVISORY

    March 31, 2016

    A look at the preview material running for the weekend of April 2-3 in advance of the Masters, which runs April 7-10.GLF--MASTERSDavid Owen's opening line in his book on the Masters says, ''The modern golf season never ends, but it does begin.'' That rings particularly true this year. The prelimaries are over. For some, the Masters could not get here soon enough. Defending champion Jordan Spieth opened the year with an eight-shot win. Jason Day won twice in a row against two of the strongest fields to return to No. 1 in the world. Adam Scott won in back-to-back weeks in Florida. Bubba Watson has won. Rory McIlroy appears to be hitting his stride. Seven of the top 14 players in the world already have won this year, with a showdown looming amid azaleas and dogwoods at Augusta National.

  • Players to watch in the LPGA Tour's ANA Inspiration

    March 31, 2016

    RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) Players to watch in the ANA Inspiration, the first of the five major championships in women's golf. Play begins Thursday at Mission Hills.LYDIA KOAge: 18Country: New Zealand.World ranking: 1.LPGA Tour victories: 11.Major victories: 1 (2015 Evian Championship).

  • Houston: last step for Spieth before defending Masters crown

    March 30, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) Jordan Spieth is so excited about returning to Augusta National next week to defend his Masters championship that just thinking about it makes him feel like doing pushups.First things first. Spieth believes a strong showing in the Shell Houston Open, which starts Thursday, could have a significant impact on how well he plays in this season's first major championship. It certainly did last year.

  • Not enough rough to change strategy at ANA Inspiration

    March 30, 2016

    RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) The rough is up a bit at the ANA Inspiration, though not enough to force the long-hitters to play it safe in the major championship.''No, no, not really,'' 2014 winner Lexi Thompson said.Defending champion Brittany Lincicome planned to blast away, too.

  • Annika Sorenstam named 2017 European Solheim Cup captain

    March 30, 2016

    RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) Annika Sorenstam will captain the European Solheim Cup team next year in Des Moines, Iowa.The Ladies European Tour unveiled the selection at the ANA Inspiration on Wednesday, a day before the start of the major championship. The matches against the United States are Aug. 18-20, 2017, at Des Moines Golf and Country Club.

  • Day, Fowler to join defending champ Rose at Zurich Classic

    March 30, 2016

    AVONDALE, La. (AP) Zurich Classic organizers say world No. 1 player Jason Day and fifth-ranked Rickie Fowler will be among defending champion Justin Rose's challengers in this year's PGA Tour stop in New Orleans.Rose, who joined the tournament's opening media event by video conference from his home in the Bahamas, says players are becoming increasingly comfortable with the Pete Dye-designed course at the TPC Louisiana and that the million purse makes it very attractive.

  • Australian Masters won't be played this year, officials say

    March 30, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Tournament organizers say the Australian Masters won't be played this year, calling into question the future of the tournament first held in 1979.David Rollo, a vice-president of tournament organizers IMG, said in a statement Wednesday that ''the company is in the process of reimaging (the tournament). The Australian Masters will not be played in 2016, IMG will unveil its new plans for the event in the coming months.''

  • Houston no longer has a problem

    March 29, 2016

    Tiger Woods has never played the week before the Masters, and it's hard to argue with the results. He has won it four times.Then again, he was better than everyone else.Phil Mickelson is the opposite. He prefers to play the week before the Masters to get into a competitive spirit, and it has worked out pretty well for him, too. Along with his three green jackets, Lefty has six other finishes in the top three.

  • Woods' foundation to run PGA Tour event at Riviera

    March 29, 2016

    Tiger Woods is going back to the PGA Tour event at Riviera for the first time since 2006.The Tiger Woods Foundation will become the host organization that runs the tournament, which has Hyundai Motor America as the new title sponsor. The PGA Tour said Tuesday that Woods will be the tournament host and become actively involved in the tournament.

  • Match Play format change still leaves meaningless matches

    March 29, 2016

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The latest format for the Dell Match Play was intended to create more possibilities going into the final day of group matches.It generated a little more confusion, though the numbers would suggest a slight improvement.From the 64-man field, 22 players already were eliminated before the final day of round-robin matches. That's the same number as a year ago.

  • Jason Day on a roll heading to the Masters

    March 28, 2016

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The fortunes of Jason Day turned as quickly as the biggest match he faced in winning the Dell Match Play.Just two weeks ago, he arrived at the Arnold Palmer Invitational without having won in six months and showing few signs that he was ready to crank up that fearsome combination of long ball and short game.

  • No. 1 Lydia Ko wins Kia Classic for 11th LPGA Tour title

    March 27, 2016

    CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) Lydia Ko won the Kia Classic on Sunday at Aviara, reaffirming her position as the top player in the world heading into the first major championship of the season.Ko birdied the final three holes for her third straight 5-under 67 and a four-stroke victory over second-ranked Inbee Park.

  • Gary Planos, popular tournament host at Kapalua, dies

    March 27, 2016

    KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) Gary Planos, who started out as a bag boy at Kapalua and became a favorite tournament host among PGA Tour players when he ran the Tournament of Champions, has died. He was 62.Kapalua officials said Planos was found Saturday morning in the home where he lived the last 25 years. No cause of death was given.

  • Day gets the No. 1 ranking and the Match Play title

    March 27, 2016

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Everyone around him was telling Jason Day to withdraw from the Dell Match Play and not risk further injury to his back.Day knew he was playing well enough to win and wanted to stick it out.The decision paid off in more ways than he could imagine.

  • Tony Finau wins Puerto Rico Open in playoff

    March 27, 2016

    RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico (AP) Tony Finau won the Puerto Rico Open on Sunday at windy Coco Beach for his first PGA Tour title, beating Steve Marino with a birdie on the third hole of a playoff.The 23-year-old Finau won with his third straight birdie on the par-5 18th, blasting out of the back bunker to 3 feet. Marino was just off the back edge of the green in two, but left his putt from the fringe 4 1/2 short and missed his birdie try to the right.

  • Day outlasts McIlroy to reach final of Match Play

    March 27, 2016

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) In a match that lived up its billing, Jason Day made a 12-foot par on the 18th hole Sunday to outlast Rory McIlroy and reach the final of the Dell Match Play.Assured of going to No. 1 in the world, Day now gets a shot at the trophy. He faced Louis Oosthuizen, a 4-and-3 winner over Rafa Cabrera Bello, in the championship match Sunday afternoon. Day was trying to join Tiger Woods and Geoff Ogilvy has the only multiple winners of this event.

  • Finchem gets 1-year contract extension, plans to leave early

    March 27, 2016

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Tim Finchem has signed on for one more year as the PGA Tour commissioner, even though he plans to leave at the end of this year.Finchem's contract was to expire on June 1. The PGA Tour board recently gave him an extension until June 2017 that he said would allow him more time to work on projects to develop more structure to the worldwide nature of golf.

  • Top-ranked Lydia Ko takes 3-shot lead in Kia Classic

    March 26, 2016

    CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) Top-ranked Lydia Ko made three straight birdies early on the back nine Saturday in the Kia Classic and finished with a 5-under 67 to take a three-stroke lead.Ko birdied Nos. 11-13 and closed with five straight pars to reach 14-under 202 at Aviara in the final event before the major ANA Inspiration next week in Rancho Mirage.

  • Ian Poulter shoots 68 to take Puerto Rico Open lead

    March 26, 2016

    RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico (AP) Ian Poulter shot a 4-under 68 on Saturday at windy Coco Beach to take the third-round lead in the PGA Tour's Puerto Rico Open.Playing the event for the first time after failing to qualify for the Match Play tournament in Texas, Poulter had an 11-under 205 total. The Englishman bogeyed the par-4 13th and rebounded with birdies on the par-5 15th and par-3 16th. He's winless since the 2012 World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions in China.

  • Spieth loses match and No. 1 ranking at Match Play

    March 26, 2016

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The Dell Match Play has produced a semifinal that is almost bigger than Texas.Even without Jordan Spieth.Jason Day powered his way to two victories Saturday to assure that he will return to No. 1 in the world.But this is no time to celebrate. His reward is a semifinal showdown against defending champion Rory McIlroy, who ran his unbeaten streak to 12 matches and needs two more to join Tiger Woods as the only back-to-back winners. This is only the second time the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds have met in the semifinals since the Match Play began in 1999. They are the last two winners of this event.

  • Spieth loses his swing and heads home from Match Play

    March 26, 2016

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Jordan Spieth felt it on the practice range, and he said it on the golf course.Behind in a match for the first time all week, Spieth went from a fairway bunker on the right to the gallery on the left at the par-5 sixth hole. He hit wedge 12 feet left of the hole and then turned to caddie Michael Greller and said, ''I just have no control right now.''

  • Spieth ousted at Match Play in Texas as Day, McIlroy move on

    March 26, 2016

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Jordan Spieth never found his swing and never had a chance Saturday in the Dell Match Play.Louis Oosthuizen didn't trail or make nearly as many mistakes in a 4-and-2 victory that sent Spieth home and disappointed the Texas gallery that bundled up in burnt orange on a crisp morning to see the world's No. 1 player and former Longhorn star.

  • Spieth ousted at Match Play as Day, McIlroy move on

    March 26, 2016

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Jordan Spieth never found his swing and never had a chance Saturday in the Dell Match Play.Louis Oosthuizen didn't trail or make nearly as many mistakes in a 4-and-2 victory that sent Spieth home and disappointed the Texas gallery that bundled up in burnt orange on a crisp morning to see the world's No. 1 player and former Longhorn star.

  • Big 3 reach round of 16 in Match Play

    March 26, 2016

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The most fickle tournament in golf was no match for the so-called modern version of the Big Three.Jordan Spieth, Jason Day and Rory McIlroy all reached the round of 16 in the Dell Match Play, which on paper would not seem like that great of a feat. But consider that it hasn't happened in 10 years, when the top three players in the world ranking were Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh and Retief Goosen.

  • Jenny Shins shoots 65 to take Kia Classic lead

    March 25, 2016

    CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) Jenny Shin took the lead Friday in the LPGA Tour's Kia Classic, a stroke ahead of top-ranked Lydia Ko and Brittany Lang.Shin birdied five of her first eight holes and had a 7-under 65 to reach 10-under 134 at Aviara in the final event before the major ANA Inspiration next week in Rancho Mirage. The 23-year-old South Korean player is winless on the LPGA Tour.

  • Spieth, McIlroy, Day advance to weekend in Match Play

    March 25, 2016

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Jordan Spieth had water on his left and a solid wall of fans on his right on his way to another comfortable victory in the Dell Match Play.The former Longhorn gave the Texas fans what they wanted.And when the wild round-robin session ended Friday, they got much more than that.

  • Friday duels: McIlroy wins, Lefty loses at Dell Match Play

    March 25, 2016

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The knockout stage at the Dell Match Play started a day early.The pressure was already cranked up to high Friday in win-or-go-home matches that saw defending champion Rory McIlroy pushed through a 20-hole grinder and Phil Mickelson sent home in a rout.

  • Rafael Compos holds onto lead at home in Puerto Rico Open

    March 25, 2016

    RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico (AP) Rafael Compos held onto the lead in front of his home fans in the PGA Tour's Puerto Rico Open, shooting a 1-under 71 in windy conditions Friday.The 27-year-old Compos had a 9-under 135 total at Coco Beach for a one-stroke lead. One of two players to play in all nine editions of the event, he opened with a 64 on Thursday.

  • McIlroy, Day advance in different manners at Match Play

    March 25, 2016

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Rory McIlroy had to go 20 holes. Jason Day only played six. Both advanced Friday to the round of 16 in the Dell Match Play that is loaded with Americans and a Texan who feels right at home.Jordan Spieth got off to another quick start and sailed into the round of 16 with a 3-and-2 victory over Justin Thomas. The No. 1 player in the world also is the top crowd pleaser at Austin Country Club, where he used to qualify for matches during his brief time wearing the burnt orange of the Texas Longhorns.

  • Berger withdraws from Dell Match Play with wrist injury

    March 25, 2016

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Daniel Berger withdrew from the Dell Match Play before teeing off on his final round Friday because of a left wrist injury suffered on the 18th hole the previous day.The severity of Berger's injury wasn't immediately disclosed, but he had said withdrawing was a possibility with the Masters just two weeks away.

  • Casey withdraws from the Dell Match Play because of illness

    March 25, 2016

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Paul Casey withdrew from the Dell Match Play early in his match Friday with Jason Day because of illness.The decision pushes Day into Saturday's elimination round of 16 and gives him critical rest after hurting his back late in his opening match on Wednesday.

  • Jason Day wins his match and hurts his back

    March 24, 2016

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Jason Day has been exchanging text messages with Tiger Woods on all things golf, so perhaps he could lean on Woods for his latest issue.A bad back.Day never saw it coming in the Dell Match Play. One minute he was tapping in for par to keep his 3-up lead over Graeme McDowell, and a minute later he was reaching toward his lower back. The pain was far more obvious on his tee shot at the 16th when Day let the driver fall from his hands as he grabbed his back and grimaced. He climbed gingerly into a bunker, and grabbed his thighs and took a knee as the match was ending.

  • Kia's Aviara offers all-around test ahead of first major

    March 23, 2016

    CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) Aviara Golf Club has little in common with the Mission Hills course the players will face next week in the ANA Inspiration.The Kia Classic is still a good all-around tuneup for the first major of the year.''You have to have an entire game here,'' said Cristie Kerr, set to begin her title defense Thursday. ''You need to drive it straight, you need to be accurate with your irons and you need to have great speed and green-reading ability on these greens. The greens are severe and very quick, so you have to have a total game here.''

  • Jordan Spieth off to good start in Austin return

    March 23, 2016

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The top-ranked player in the world and No. 1 seed in the Dell Match Play, Jordan Spieth still needed a boost after a recent dip in form.He got a good one Wednesday with a 3-and-2 victory over Jamie Donaldson in their round-robin opener at Austin Country Club.

  • Jason Day tweaks back in victory at Match Play

    March 23, 2016

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Jason Day was 3 up with four holes to play, an ideal start to the Dell Match Play that included five birdies and hardly any stress.And then he felt his back tighten on a tee shot at the 15th hole.It stung so badly on his next tee shot that Day grabbed his back and winced. He stepped gingerly into a bunker. When his short par was conceded, he took a knee. Exactly what happened was not entirely clear because Day immediately sought treatment and left without speaking. But with a long week ahead of him at Austin Country Club, and the Masters just two weeks away, this victory surely felt hollow.

  • Watney to sit out rest of the year with ailing back

    March 22, 2016

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) A month break to let his back heal has turned into much longer for Nick Watney, who says he is done for the rest of the season.Watney, whose six PGA Tour victories include a World Golf Championship and a FedEx Cup playoff event, has a herniated disc in his lower back. He thought the best-case scenario would be to return toward the end of the Florida swing, except that it's not getting better.

  • Spieth back at his old college home for Match Play

    March 22, 2016

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Dustin Johnson had driver in hand on the eighth hole when he said what has been a common refrain at the Dell Match Play.''Where do I go?''Golf's most unpredictable tournament adds a new dimension this week by moving to Austin Country Club, which has never hosted the world's best players. That excludes Jordan Spieth, though he was only 18 and a long way from being No. 1 in the world.

  • Belgian attacks put big week in perspective for Pieters

    March 22, 2016

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) An important week of golf for Thomas Pieters quickly turned into a somber one for the 24-year-old Belgian.''It was just one of the worst days to wake up,'' he said Wednesday.His phone was buzzing before dawn. Everyone who called wanted to know the obvious: Was his family OK? Pieters spent the next four hours talking to his family in Antwerp and texting friends in Brussels, where two bombs in the airport and another at a subway station killed at least 31 and wounded nearly 200 others.

  • McIlroy's last chance for a win before the Masters

    March 22, 2016

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The Masters is two weeks away, and all the best players are winning.Except for one.''I'd love to win before Augusta,'' Rory McIlroy said. ''And this is my last chance to do that.''He is the defending champion at the Dell Match Play, which any other week would seem to be in his favor. The nature of that victory - not to mention it was at Harding Park in San Francisco and not Austin Country Club - would explain that's not the case.

  • Spieth gets longtime friend Thomas in Match Play group

    March 21, 2016

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Defending champion Rory McIlroy will face a player he knows very little about in the Dell Match Play.Jordan Spieth knows one of his opponents all too well.Spieth, the former Texas Longhorn and crowd favorite at Austin Country Club, wound up in the same group as longtime friend Justin Thomas.

  • A patient Jason Day wins at Bay Hill

    March 21, 2016

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) As aggressive as Jason Day looks with a golf club in his hand, his success is geared around patience. That's what carried him to a one-shot victory in the Arnold Palmer Invitational and put him on the cusp of returning to No. 1 in the world.

  • Sei Young Kim matches Sorenstam's LPGA Tour scoring record

    March 21, 2016

    PHOENIX (AP) Sei Young Kim grew up watching Annika Sorenstam on TV. On Sunday, Sorenstam tuned in to see the South Korean player take a run at one of her records.The 23-year-old Kim ended up matching Sorenstam's LPGA Tour scoring mark of 27 under, closing with a 10-under 62 at Desert Ridge for a five-stroke victory in the JTBC Founders Cup.

  • Kim matches Sorenstam's LPGA Tour scoring record at 27 under

    March 20, 2016

    PHOENIX (AP) Sei Young Kim matched Annika Sorenstam's LPGA Tour scoring record of 27 under, closing with a 10-under 62 on Sunday at Desert Ridge for a five-stroke victory in the JTBC Founders Cup.Sorenstam set the mark in 2001 at nearby Moon Valley, shooting a record 59 in the second round. Kim also matched the tournament record of 62 set Thursday by Mi Hyang Lee.

  • Woody Austin wins PGA Tour Champions event in Tucson

    March 20, 2016

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Woody Austin holed out for eagle from a greenside bunker on the par-5 15th and held on to win the Tucson Conquistadores Classic on Sunday for his first PGA Tour Champions title.The 52-year-old Austin bogeyed the par-4 final hole after driving left into the water and ended up beating Jim Carter by a stroke on Omni Tucson National's Catalina Course.

  • Wesley Bryan wins Web.com Tour's Louisiana Open

    March 20, 2016

    BROUSSARD, La. (AP) Wesley Bryan won the Chitimacha Louisiana Open on Sunday for his first Web.com Tour title, closing with a 3-under 68 for a one-stroke victory.The 25-year-old former South Carolina player birdied the par-4 17th and closed with a par in cool, windy conditions at Le Triomphe. He finished at 14-under 270 and earned ,000.

  • Day's wild ride ends with a Bay Hill victory

    March 20, 2016

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Jason Day turned his fortunes quickly with a birdie and a clutch par save from the bunker on the final two holes to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Sunday.Day closed with a 2-under 70 for a one-shot victory over Kevin Chappell, who looked as if he would finally win in his 150th career start.

  • Chawrasia wins Indian Open after four 2nd-place finishes

    March 20, 2016

    NEW DELHI (AP) India's SSP Chawrasia pulled off a two-shot win over defending champion Anirban Lahiri and Korea's Jeunghun Wang with a birdie on the final hole Sunday at the US.66 million Hero Indian Open.Chawrasia shot 71 for a 15-under-par 273, two better than Lahiri (69) and Wang (68). It was his third European Tour win and the fourth on Asian Tour. Lahiri, the reigning Asian Tour No. 1, missed his birdie attempt on the final hole while Chawrasia struck a third shot from the rough that landed within three feet of the cup at the Delhi Golf Club.

  • Aussie Tim Hart loses bid for 59, and the tournament

    March 20, 2016

    TOOWOOMBA, Australia (AP) Tim Hart needed a bogey on the final hole to shoot 59 for what would have been a two-shot victory on the PGA Tour of Australasia. He lost the magic number - and the tournament.Hart hit out-of-bounds and made triple bogey Sunday on the par-4 closing hole at City Golf Club, giving him a 9-under 61. It was still enough to get into a playoff, but David Klein of Germany made birdie on the first extra hole to win the Coca-Cola Queensland PGA Championship.

  • Kim stumbles late, setting up Sunday shootout in the desert

    March 19, 2016

    PHOENIX (AP) Sei Young Kim stumbled late Saturday afternoon in the JTBC Founders Cup, handing the lead to Eun-Hee Ji and putting Stacy Lewis, Lydia Ko and many others in far better position than they expected.Three strokes ahead after an eagle on the par-4 13th, Kim bogeyed the par-4 16th and par-3 17th and finished with a 2-under 70 to drop into a tie for second with Lewis - a stroke behind Ji.

  • Scott Verplank takes PGA Tour Champions lead in Tucson

    March 19, 2016

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Scott Verplank shot his second straight 6-under 66 on Saturday to take the second-round lead in the PGA Tour Champions' Tucson Conquistadores Classic.The 51-year-old Verplank birdied five of the first six holes and seven of the first 10 in perfect conditions on Omni Tucson National's Catalina Course. He bogeyed the par-3 12th, failing to get up-and-down from a greenside bunker, and closed with six consecutive pars.

  • Day keeps the lead in the rain at Bay Hill

    March 19, 2016

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Jason Day survived bursts of rain and a few bogeys for a 2-under 70 to keep his two-shot lead Saturday in the Arnold Palmer Invitational.The starting times were moved forward to avoid a forecast of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Players still had to cope with occasionally heavy rain, though Bay Hill held up nicely and so did the 28-year-old Australian.

  • Thomas Pieters' long road taking him to Rio for Olympics

    March 19, 2016

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Thomas Pieters has a game that travels. Coming from Belgium and its limited golf heritage, he didn't have much of a choice.Jordan Spieth once found that out for himself.Pieters already had established his credentials by winning the NCAA title at Riviera as a sophomore at Illinois in 2012. That summer, he was in Ireland for the European Amateur and had to cross seven time zones to get to Denver in time for the U.S. Amateur at Cherry Hills. It was such a tight squeeze that Pieters didn't have time to see the golf course.

  • Australia's Pilkadaris leads Indian Open by 3 after 2 rounds

    March 18, 2016

    NEW DELHI (AP) Australian golfer Terry Pilkadaris cut loose with nine birdies in a round of 8-under 64 for a three-shot lead going into the weekend at the Indian Open on Friday.Trailing him on 10-under totals after 36 holes were India's Shiv Shankar Prasad Chawrasia (67), and Spain's Nacho Elvira (68).

  • Olazabal to skip Masters for health reasons

    March 18, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Two-time Masters champion Jose Maria Olazabal will not play in the Masters for health reasons that have kept him from competing for an entire year.He did not specify his health problems on Friday, only that tests show ''some improvement.''

  • Day not ready to panic, opens with 66 at Bay Hill

    March 18, 2016

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Jason Day hasn't played enough tournaments this year for anyone to worry about him.Even so, his golf hasn't been very inspiring.After a three-month break at the end of last year, in which his only drama was when wife Ellie was plowed over LeBron James going after a loose ball at a Cleveland Cavaliers game, Day finished 15 shots behind Jordan Spieth at Kapalua, then took two weeks off and missed the cut at Torrey Pines while battling the flu. Two weeks later, finished eight shots back at Pebble Beach, took another two-week break, and was seven back at Doral.

  • South Korean golfer Se Ri Pak retiring after season

    March 18, 2016

    PHOENIX (AP) Se Ri Pak is leaving the LPGA Tour at the end of the season. She's hopes she can continue to inspire and mentor South Korean players for generations to come.''It's pretty hard to make decision to be retiring, but it's a time for me to be,'' Pak said. ''At the same time, I learned a lot and I'm trying to share all my skills and all these dreams. So that's where I plan to be the next step of my life. I just want to make dreams come true.''

  • 9 under after 9 holes, Mi Hyang Lee shoots 62 in Founder Cup

    March 17, 2016

    PHOENIX (AP) Mi Hyang Lee shot a tournament-record 10-under 62 on Thursday in the JTBC Founders Cup after playing her first nine holes in 9 under.On a day when fellow South Korean player Se Ri Pak announced she will retire at the end of the season, Lee threatened to shoot the second 59 in LPGA Tour history after opening with an eagle and seven birdies on the back nine.

  • South Korean golfer Se Ri Pak, 38, retiring after season

    March 17, 2016

    PHOENIX (AP) Se Ri Pak is retiring after the season, ending a Hall of Fame career that inspired a wave of South Korean players who followed her to the LPGA Tour.The 38-year-old Pak broke the news Thursday after opening with a 3-under 69 in the JTBC Founders Cup.

  • Chun withdraws from Kia Classic because of back injury

    March 17, 2016

    CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) U.S. Women's Open champion In Gee Chun has withdrawn from the Kia Classic next week at Aviara because of a back injury suffered in an airport accident in Singapore.Chun pulled out of the tournament Wednesday night.She was injured before the Singapore event two weeks ago when fellow South Korean player Ha Na Jang's father dropped a hard-case suitcase that tumbled down an escalator and struck Chun in the lower back.

  • Adam Scott part of early lead at Bay Hill

    March 17, 2016

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Adam Scott wasn't at his best Thursday in the Arnold Palmer Invitational. These days, that's still enough to be in the lead.Scott twice made par putts of about 10 feet, and he made an 8-foot eagle putt on the par-5 16th at Bay Hill on his way to a 5-under 67 and a share of the early lead with Marc Leishman, Brendan Steele, Henrik Stenson and Troy Merritt.

  • Arnold Palmer Invitational, the tournament fit for a King

    March 15, 2016

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) A golf cart driving onto the practice range and parking behind players to watch them swing isn't typically met with this kind of enthusiasm.Unless the guy behind the wheel in his pink shirt is Arnold Palmer.This was late Monday afternoon at Bay Hill, and these are Palmer's people - tour players at work on the range. They came over to say hello, some to introduce themselves. The Arnold Palmer Invitational enters its 38th year with one noticeable difference.

  • Last tee time can be toughest on PGA Tour

    March 15, 2016

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Even though Sam Saunders has had only one close call at winning on the PGA Tour, he has felt the pressure of playing the final hole.In his last two PGA Tour starts, Saunders has gone into the dangerous part of the course with no room for error as he tries to make the cut. He made it through the ''Bear Trap'' at PGA National with four straight pars in the Honda Classic. And he closed with two tough par saves last week at the Valspar Championship.

  • Palmer to skip opening tee shot at Masters

    March 15, 2016

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Arnold Palmer will be on the first tee to help start the Masters this year - but without his golf clubs.Palmer said Tuesday he has told Augusta National that he will not be hitting the ceremonial tee shot next month, a role the four-time Masters champion had taken on since 2007. Jack Nicklaus joined him in 2010 and Gary Player, the other member of the ''Big Three,'' was added in 2012.

  • Watson goes to Bay Hill to explain why he's not playing

    March 15, 2016

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Bubba Watson was dressed to play golf Tuesday at Bay Hill. Except he's not playing the Arnold Palmer Invitational.Watson decided to pull out late last week after feeling a little tightness in his lower left back. The two-time Masters champion felt he needed another week of rest, and needed to the tell Palmer in person.

  • Fame is making Spieth's fish bowl seem even smaller

    March 14, 2016

    PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) This was always going to be a challenging year for Jordan Spieth, and not just on the golf course.Spieth knew it would be tough to repeat the results of a year in which he won the Masters and U.S. Open, chased a Grand Slam and won the FedEx Cup to cash in on the most lucrative season ( million) in golf. And he knew there would be scrutiny over every round, even before the majors began.

  • With help from his dad, Schwartzel back on winning path

    March 14, 2016

    PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) The winner of the Valspar Championship needed help with his swing and sought out his father, the only coach he ever had.That turned out to be Charl Schwartzel, not Bill Haas.Schwartzel wound up beating Haas at Innisbrook, and the two players had more in common in their 72-hole score that landed them in a playoff.

  • McCoy puts on a show to remember at Innisbrook

    March 13, 2016

    PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) Georgia senior Lee McCoy grew up at Innisbrook and lost track of the number of times he has played the Copperhead course.Sunday was an experience right out of his dreams at the Valspar Championship.He walked up the 18th fairway with Jordan Spieth at his side and thousands of people lining both sides of the fairway and packed onto the terraces of the corporate tents. They were cheering for him. And so was Spieth.

  • Schwartzel rallies and beats Haas in a playoff

    March 13, 2016

    PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) Charl Schwartzel closed with a 4-under 67 for the best score of the final round Sunday, and then beat Bill Haas on the first extra hole of a playoff in the Valspar Championship.Schwartzel holed a 65-foot birdie putt on the 13th and a 25-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole to reach 7-under 277.

  • South Korea's Lee Jung-Min wins World Ladies Championship

    March 13, 2016

    HAINAN, China (AP) Lee Jung-Min won the World Ladies Championship on Sunday, beating fellow South Korean players Lee Seung-Hyun, Kim Bo-Kyung and Ji Han Sol in rainy conditions at Mission Hills.Lee Jung-Min closed with a 6-under 66 for a 9-under 279 total on the Olazabal Course in the event sanctioned by the European, Korean and Chinese tours.

  • Hend holds off local challenger to win Thailand Classic

    March 13, 2016

    HUA HIN, Thailand (AP) Scott Hend of Australia shot a final-round 68 to beat Piya Swangarunporn of Thailand by a stroke to win the Thailand Classic at the Black Mountain Golf Course on Sunday.Hend rolled in five birdies against one bogey for an overall total of 18-under-par 270 to win his second European Tour event.

  • Haas builds 1-shot lead at Innisbrook

    March 12, 2016

    PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) Bill Haas had a second straight 4-under 67 and built a one-shot lead over Graham DeLaet of Canada going into the final round of the Valspar Championship.Jordan Spieth was still in the hunt, but just barely. The defending champion got going on the back nine Saturday at Innisbrook and shot 68 to wind up six shots behind.

  • Hend shoots 70 to retain lead in Thailand Classic

    March 12, 2016

    HUA HIN, Thailand (AP) Scott Hend of Australia shot a 70 to retain the lead after the third round of the Thailand Classic on the par-72 Black Mountain Golf Course.The 43-year-old Hend produced five birdies for a three day total of 14 under-par 202 to take a two-shot advantage Saturday over Peter Uihlein of the United States.

  • Spieth makes the cut and now chases the lead at Innisbrook

    March 12, 2016

    PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) Jordan Spieth felt as though he could finally breathe easy.Needing a good round to make the cut at the Valspar Championship, he followed a bogey on the opening hole - the easiest at Innisbrook - with five birdies, three of them from just off the green and the last one a chip-in from 35 feet away on the 15th.

  • MacKenzie gets break with weather and early lead

    March 11, 2016

    PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) Will MacKenzie leaned on his putter Friday morning for a 4-under 67 to take the early lead in the second round of the Valspar Championship.MacKenzie's side of the draw appeared to have an advantage. The wind calmed late on Thursday, and there was little more than a strong breeze Friday morning. It began to pick up right when Jordan Spieth and late starters went out in the afternoon.

  • Hend takes share of lead with Edberg at Thailand Classic

    March 11, 2016

    HUA HIN, Thailand (AP) Scott Hend took a share of the lead alongside Pelle Edberg by shooting an 8-under 64 Friday in the second round of the Thailand Classic.The Australian, who was the runner-up last year, is tied with Edberg at 12-under 132 overall. He had six birdies and an eagle at the Black Mountain Golf Course

  • Spieth sets out to try to make the cut at Valspar

    March 11, 2016

    PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) Jordan Spieth should have a good idea what it will take to make the cut in the Valspar Championship.The last time the world's No. 1 player competed against a full field, Spieth opened with a 79 on Thursday afternoon at Riviera for his worst start ever on the PGA Tour. He returned the next morning and could only try to shoot the lowest score he could and hope that it would be enough. He didn't, and it wasn't.

  • Spieth opens with a 76, in danger of missing the cut

    March 10, 2016

    PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) Jordan Spieth rolled in a 12-foot birdie putt on his third hole Thursday at the Valspar Championship, just what he needed to settle down after a bogey-bogey start as the defending champion.''Started 20 minutes too early today,'' he said.

  • Bradley, Duke take early Valspar lead; Spieth in trouble

    March 10, 2016

    PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) Keegan Bradley and Ken Duke handled the strong wind at Innisbrook for a 4-under 67 and the early lead Thursday in the Valspar Championship.Jordan Spieth struggled from the start and could be headed for another missed cut.The Copperhead course at Innisbrook is a hard test even in calm conditions. The wind was howling from the opening tee shot, and it showed in the scores. Only four players from the early starters managed to break 70.

  • Uihlein leads by a shot after 1st round of Thailand Classic

    March 10, 2016

    HUA HIN, Thailand (AP) Peter Uihlein hit nine birdies and a bogey in an 8-under 64 to take a one-stroke lead over Pelle Edberg on Thursday in the first round of the Thailand Classic.The American started his round on the 10th hole with two straight birdies before losing a stroke on the 12th. He went on to card seven more birdies at the Black Mountain Golf Course.

  • Spieth looking for another big run starting at Innisbrook

    March 10, 2016

    PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) Of the five PGA Tour events Jordan Spieth won last year, the Valspar Championship gets overlooked.His wire-to-wire victory at the Masters was the most significant because of the 36-hole record he broke, the 72-hole record he tied (previously held by Tiger Woods) and the green jacket over his shoulders. The U.S. Open defined his season and his pursuit of the Grand Slam. The John Deere Classic was right before he headed to St. Andrews. And the Tour Championship gave him the FedEx Cup and the million bonus.

  • Valspar extends title sponsorship at Innisbrook

    March 9, 2016

    PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) The PGA Tour event at Innisbrook has gone by six names since it began in 2000, and while it has four title sponsors since then, it held a unique distinction as never having a sponsor that renewed its contract.That changed on Wednesday when Minneapolis-based Valspar Corp. extended its contract through 2020. The original deal was to end next year.

  • Spieth looking to dial back the expectations

    March 10, 2016

    PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) Jordan Spieth feels his game is in about the same spot as last year going into the Valspar Championship, which turned out to be the start of big run that carried him all the way to a green jacket.The difference is that eight-shot victory to start the year in Hawaii, and the expectations that came along with it.

  • Final week to qualify for Match Play

    March 8, 2016

    PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) Gary Woodland has one week to avoid making the wrong kind of history in the Dell Match Play.In the 16 years since the Match Play made its debut, no runner-up has ever failed to qualify for the 64-man field the following year.The field will be determined by the world ranking after this week. Match Play starts on March 23 at Austin (Texas) Country Club.

  • When discussing golf's best, consider Branden Grace

    March 8, 2016

    PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) Branden Grace held his arms about 3 feet apart to describe a relic he found during a recent trip home to South Africa.It was his first golf club.''We lived on a farm outside Pretoria and I was ball crazy. A rugby ball, soccer ball, tennis ball, golf ball, anything I could do,'' Grace said. ''So my dad cut down this 3-iron. We were fortunate. We had a sheep dog. So every time I would hit the ball, the dog would retrieve it. I told my dad, `It would have been nice if you had cut down a wedge.' That 3-iron was hard to hit.''

  • Olympic golf test event takes place in Rio de Janeiro

    March 8, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Olympic golf test event is under way in Rio de Janeiro, although only low-ranking Brazilian players are taking part.Nine Brazilians - five men and four women - are playing the course after the PGA Tour was unable to persuade any of the world's top players to participate. Alexandre Rocha, the top-ranked men's player at No. 588, teed off the stroke-play exhibition match on Tuesday morning.

  • Bubba Watson finds trouble on 18th tee, finishes 2nd

    March 6, 2016

    DORAL, Fla. (AP) No one has been better at Doral over the last five years than Bubba Watson.And he has no wins on the Blue Monster to show for that record.Watson was second in 2012, second again in 2014 - going on to win the Masters in each of those years, incidentally - and was third at Doral last year. Another second-place got added to the resume Sunday, his final round of 4-under 68 leaving him at 11 under for the week and one shot behind Cadillac Championship winner Adam Scott.

  • Scott captures Cadillac Championship for 2nd straight win

    March 6, 2016

    DORAL, Fla. (AP) Adam Scott has won his second consecutive tournament, making four birdies in his first five holes on the back nine at Doral to help him rally and win the Cadillac Championship by one shot over Bubba Watson.Scott shot 69 on Sunday on Doral's Blue Monster and finished the week at 12-under 276, scrambling for a wild par on the 18th to clinch the win. He also won last week at The Honda Classic.

  • Trump arrives by helicopter at Cadillac Championship

    March 6, 2016

    DORAL, Fla. (AP) Donald Trump's helicopter landed on the course bearing his name, and before long, the Republican presidential front-runner was busy autographing a woman's shirt, driving a golf cart through throngs of screaming fans and boasting about how he hosts one of the elite golf tournaments in the world.

  • 'Hey, it's just golf': Bowditch posts a Sunday 84 at Doral

    March 6, 2016

    DORAL, Fla. (AP) Steven Bowditch tapped in for par to end his week at the Cadillac Championship, then walked off the 18th green with a smile as those in the grandstand applauded his effort.There were four people clapping.''Hey, it's just golf,'' Bowditch said with a shrug.

  • Ha Na Jang takes LPGA Singapore title by 4 strokes

    March 6, 2016

    SINGAPORE (AP) South Korea's Ha Na Jang enhanced her growing reputation as one of the hottest players on the LPGA Tour by winning the HSBC Women's Champions tournament by four strokes on Sunday.Playing like a seasoned veteran, the 23-year-old South Korean fired six birdies and an eagle in a brilliant final round of 7-under 65 to finish at 19-under at Singapore's Sentosa Golf Club.

  • Juli Inkster tied for lead in Legends Tour opener

    March 5, 2016

    SUN CITY WEST, Ariz. (AP) Hall of Famer Juli Inkster shot a 4-under 68 on Saturday for a share of the first-round lead in the Legends Tour's season-opening Walgreens Charity Classic.The 55-year-old Inkster was tied with Wendy Doolan, Lisa Grimes and Christa Johnson in the 36-hole event at Grandview Golf Course.

  • Fowler's struggles on No. 3 continue at Doral

    March 5, 2016

    DORAL, Fla. (AP) Rickie Fowler is not going to list the third hole at Doral as one of his favorites anytime soon.It's keeping him from being in the thick of contention at the Cadillac Championship.Fowler put two balls in the water on the 433-yard hole Saturday, leading to a quadruple-bogey 8. He made four birdies and 11 pars the rest of the way, finishing at 1-under 71 for the day and getting to 4 under for the tournament - eight shots behind leader Rory McIlroy.

  • McIlroy in control at Cadillac Championship, leading by 3

    March 5, 2016

    DORAL, Fla. (AP) Rory McIlroy has a three-shot lead after three rounds of the Cadillac Championship, his 4-under round of 68 on Saturday getting him to 12 under for the tournament.McIlroy was bogey-free on Saturday, and hasn't dropped a shot in any of his last 34 holes on Doral's Blue Monster.

  • Trump says he's coming to Cadillac Championship on Sunday

    March 5, 2016

    DORAL, Fla. (AP) Donald Trump has nothing listed on his official schedule of presidential campaign events on Sunday, so he's going to watch the final round of the Cadillac Championship.After all, it's on his course.Trump National Doral is the site of the event, and his name is everywhere - on the cocktail napkins, on the garbage cans, even in giant gold letters on the side of the main entrance to the facility. The caps with his ''Make America Great Again'' slogan are on sale in the gift shop for , or less than the ones with his golf course's logo. There's even a Trump Lounge, not far from the 18th green.

  • Jang takes 1-stroke lead into last round at LPGA Singapore

    March 5, 2016

    SINGAPORE (AP) South Korea's Ha Na Jang shot a flawless 4-under 68 on Saturday to grab a one-stroke lead heading into the final round of the HSBC Women's Champions tournament.Chasing her second LPGA title this year, the 23-year-old racked up four birdies and her second straight bogey-free round to lead the tournament on 12-under 204 at the Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore.

  • McIlroy's putting change already working well

    March 4, 2016

    DORAL, Fla. (AP) Rory McIlroy's left-hand-low putting style was something he was considering switching to for a while before he took the plunge this week at the Cadillac Championship.The reason he hesitated, he said, was he didn't want to be accused of mimicking Jordan Spieth.

  • PGA, LPGA Tours to work together on marketing, TV

    March 4, 2016

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) The PGA Tour and LPGA Tour have formed a strategic alliance that will cover scheduling, marketing, television coverage and possibly a joint tournament.The tours made the announcement Friday and say there's no formal financial investment or transfer of control.

  • Scott leads, McIlroy, Johnson chase at Cadillac Championship

    March 4, 2016

    DORAL, Fla. (AP) Adam Scott shot a 6-under 66 Friday, moving to 10 under for the tournament and giving him a two-shot lead over Rory McIlroy and defending champion Dustin Johnson at the midway point of the Cadillac Championship.Scott made eight birdies, including three straight on holes 15, 16 and 17 to strengthen his grip on the lead.

  • Lee sees her way to share of lead

    March 3, 2016

    SINGAPORE (AP) Australian teenager Minjee Lee, seeing things clearer than ever after a chance visit to an optometrist, took a share of the lead with Taiwan's Candie Kung at the LPGA's Women's Champions tournament in Singapore on Thursday.Lee made four birdies and an eagle in her opening round of 5-under 67 to join Kung at the top of the leaderboard on a windy day at the Sentosa Golf Club.

  • Lee sees her way to top of leaderboard

    March 3, 2016

    SINGAPORE (AP) Australian teenager Minjee Lee, seeing things clearer than ever after a chance visit to an optometrist, grabbed a share of the lead with Taiwan's Candie Kung at the LPGA's Women's Champions tournament in Singapore on Thursday.Lee made four birdies and an eagle in her opening round of 5-under 67 to join Kung at the top of the leaderboard on a windy day at the Sentosa Golf Club.

  • 11-year-old hits hole-in-one on 1st shot on Woods course

    March 3, 2016

    MONTGOMERY, Texas (AP) An 11-year-old from Corpus Christi had a day he'll never forget on the golf course - and it happened with Tiger Woods watching.Woods was on hand for the opening Wednesday of The Playgrounds at Bluejack National, which he helped design.

  • Column: Players avoiding Rio as if Olympic golf is bad idea

    March 2, 2016

    The plane was ready, so that wasn't the issue.PGA Commissioner Tim Finchem had a free charter lined up for the best players in the world to jet down to Brazil, play 18, and head back home. The occasion was a test event for the new Olympic sport on a golf course built specifically for the games in August.

  • Spieth, Day, McIlroy featured group at Cadillac Championship

    March 2, 2016

    DORAL, Fla. (AP) Jordan Spieth, Jason Day and Rory McIlroy are the top three players in the world golf rankings, which assures them of absolutely nothing this week.Doral hasn't been overly kind to any of them.Spieth has been over par in five of his eight rounds there over the last two years, Day has posted two rounds in the 60s in his last 16 attempts at the Blue Monster, and McIlroy - who won at Doral as a 9-year-old - casually tossed his 3-iron into the water after a bad shot last year, a fairly strong indicator of how he would assess his play.

  • McIlroy's simple answer on Trump drama: 'I'm no American'

    March 2, 2016

    DORAL, Fla. (AP) Rory McIlroy used three words to try to diffuse a question about Donald Trump's presidential campaign and how it affects a World Golf Championship played at a Trump-owned golf course.''I'm not American,'' McIlroy said as the room broke into laughter and some applause.

  • Rory McIlroy switches to cross-handed putting grip

    March 2, 2016

    DORAL, Fla. (AP) Rory McIlroy is shaking up his putting technique by going to a cross-handed grip for the Cadillac Championship, and he plans to stick with it.McIlroy posted a video on Instagram that showed him putting with the left hand low, and then he confirmed Wednesday in his news conference that it was worth a try. He said he typically practices that way to make sure he keeps the right hand from influencing the putting stroke.

  • McIlroy switches to cross-handed putting grip

    March 2, 2016

    DORAL, Fla. (AP) Rory McIlroy is shaking up his putting technique by going to a cross-handed grip for the Cadillac Championship, and he plans to stick with it.McIlroy posted a video on Instagram of him putting with the left hand low, then confirmed in his news conference that it was worth a try. He said he typically practices that way to make sure he keeps the right hand from influencing the putting stroke.

  • Woods says he's feeling better, but no plan for return yet

    March 2, 2016

    DORAL, Fla. (AP) Tiger Woods says he continues to feel better, though the 14-time major champion remains unsure when he can return to competitive golf.Woods released a statement Wednesday saying he has been chipping and putting at home in Florida as his recovery from back surgeries progresses, and that he and his son, Charlie, are competing in three-hole chipping contests.

  • Stenson cites scheduling in not going to Match Play

    March 1, 2016

    DORAL, Fla. (AP) Henrik Stenson says he is not going to the Dell Match Play later this month, mainly because of where it falls on the schedule.Making the decision all the more easier is that Stenson doesn't care for the new format.''There was always the chance one or two guys would miss due to the schedule,'' Stenson said Tuesday.

  • Nicklaus says Augusta National has done well getting longer

    March 1, 2016

    DORAL, Fla. (AP) Jack Nicklaus once joked that if Augusta National kept expanding its golf course that ''pretty soon we'll be teeing off downtown somewhere.'' He never mentioned anything about teeing off from a different golf course.Whether that happens remains to be seen, but the 13th hole is getting a lot of attention ahead of the Masters.

  • The distraction at Trump Doral is whether the PGA Tour stays

    March 1, 2016

    DORAL, Fla. (AP) Donald Trump was a distraction at golf tournaments even before he was running for president.Go back 15 years when the LPGA Tour's final event was held at Trump International in West Palm Beach. It was bad enough that Trump walked down the middle of the fairways like he owned the place (which he did). In the second round, Karrie Webb hit a tee shot on the par-3 seventh that was short of the green and tumbling toward the water when light rough held it up.

  • Tiger Woods keeps everyone guessing

    February 29, 2016

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) Adam Scott knew the only way for him to remain relevant was to win golf tournaments.Tiger Woods has it far easier. All he had to do was hit one shot in a simulator.The Honda Classic did not lack for activity, even without the beer-drinking bozos leaning over the railing of grandstands on the 17th hole to shout at Sergio Garcia that the Spaniard should ''go back to the European Tour'' and at Adam Scott to put ''two more (balls) in the water.''

  • Scott relevant again because of win, not putter

    February 29, 2016

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) Adam Scott seemed like the only person who wasn't worried about the 35-inch length of his putter.Scott was far more concerned that he had gone 36 tournaments over 21 months without winning anywhere in the world, the longest drought of his career. Nearly two years removed from No. 1 in the world, he was on the verge of falling out of the top 20 when he began his first big stretch of golf leading into the Masters.

  • Scott outlasts Garcia to win the Honda Classic

    February 28, 2016

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) Adam Scott closed with an even-par 70 on Sunday to win the Honda Classic in just his third start since a new rule banning the stroke used for the long putter that he had the past five years.Scott calmly rolled in a 30-inch par putt for a one-shot victory over Sergio Garcia.

  • Thompson wins LPGA Thailand for seventh career title

    February 28, 2016

    CHONBURI, Thailand (AP) American Lexi Thompson won her seventh LPGA title after a final-round 68 that completed a six-stroke victory over In Gee Chun of South Korea in the final round of the LPGA Thailand at the par-72 course at the Siam Country Club on Sunday.

  • Oosthuizen wins in first Australian tournament appearance

    February 28, 2016

    PERTH, Australia (AP) Louis Oosthuizen made his first tournament appearance in Australia a winning one, shooting a 1-under 71 for a one-stroke victory at the Perth International on Sunday.The former British Open champion, who led by three strokes going into the final round, finished with a 16-under total of 272 in the tournament sanctioned by the European and Australasian PGA tours.

  • Jiyai Shin wins Australian Ladies Masters by 3 strokes

    February 28, 2016

    GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) Former No. 1 Jiyai Shin has added the Australian Ladies Masters to her career victory total after shooting a 4-under 69 for a three-stroke win Sunday at Royal Pines.The South Korean, who has twice won the Women's British Open, led by two strokes after the third round and completed a 14-under total of 278. England's Holly Clyburn shot a closing 70 to finish in second place.

  • Scott, Garcia tied at Honda Classic after wild day

    February 27, 2016

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) Adam Scott hit two balls into the water on one hole and still shot 66. He still managed to share the lead Saturday with Sergio Garcia in the Honda Classic.A bizarre, breezy afternoon at PGA National ended with Scott and Garcia (67) sharing a four-shot lead going into the final round. Garcia made birdie on the 18th hole to join Scott at 9-under 201.

  • Golfer Jason Bohn has stent inserted for major blockage

    February 27, 2016

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) Golfer Jason Bohn tells NBC Sports that what was reported as a mild heart attack turned out to be much more.The 42-year-old golfer had a stent inserted Saturday for what he says was 99 percent blockage of a major artery. In a text exchange with the network, Bohn says the blockage was in his left anterior descending artery - known as the ''widow maker'' because it could lead to a major heart attack.

  • Thompson shoots 8-under 64 to lead LPGA Thailand

    February 27, 2016

    CHONBURI, Thailand (AP) Lexi Thompson shot an 8-under 64 Saturday in the third round of the LPGA Thailand to establish a four-stroke lead over Korean In Gee Chun at Siam Country Club.The fourth-ranked American fired nine birdies - against a lone bogey on the 16th - for an overall 16-under 200.

  • Oosthuizen takes 3-round lead at Perth International

    February 27, 2016

    PERTH, Australia (AP) Former British Open winner Louis Oosthuizen shot a 5-under 67 Saturday to take a three-stroke lead after three rounds of the Perth International.Oosthuizen, making his first tournament appearance in Australia, had a 54-hole total of 15-under 201 on the Lake Karrinyup Cointry Club course.

  • Shin takes 2-stroke lead into final round of Ladies Masters

    February 27, 2016

    GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) South Korea's Jiyai Shin shot a 2-under 71 for one of the few sub-par rounds of the day in post-cyclonic winds Saturday to take a two-stroke lead after three rounds of the Australian Ladies Masters.Strong winds from last week's Cyclone Winston in the South Pacific buffeted the Royal Pines course, and only nine of 75 players shot under-par rounds.

  • Rickie Fowler is on a roll at Honda Classic

    February 27, 2016

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) Rickie Fowler didn't need a course record at PGA National. The 36-hole lead will do just fine.Fowler appears to be recovering nicely from the Phoenix Open and a finish that had him choking back tears. In his last PGA Tour appearance, he had a two-shot lead with two holes to play and wound up losing in a playoff to Hideki Matsuyama by hitting two tee shots into the water on the 17th hole at TPC Scottsdale, the last one in the playoff.

  • PGA golfer Jason Bohn suffers mild heart attack at Honda

    February 26, 2016

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) PGA Tour officials say Jason Bohn suffered a mild heart attack after the second round Friday at the Honda Classic.The tour says Bohn complained of chest pains after his round and went to see a medical staff at PGA National. He was taken by ambulance to Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, where tests revealed a mild heart attack.

  • Nicklaus preaches preparation at Ryder Cup dinner

    February 26, 2016

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) Jack Nicklaus hosted Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III and 22 players for dinner in his home and spoke about how to prepare for big tournaments, a most appropriate topic.The Ryder Cup is only six months away.''We talked a little bit about preparing for major championships or for Ryder Cups, and so we all learned something for sure,'' Love said.

  • Rickie Fowler takes the lead at Honda Classic

    February 26, 2016

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) Rickie Fowler kept bogeys off his card for the second straight round Friday for a 4-under 66 and the early lead in the Honda Classic.In some respects, it was identical to Fowler's opening round - no bogeys, a 66 and another tough par save on No. 10.

  • Defending champ Yang leads in Thailand by 1 after 2nd round

    February 26, 2016

    CHONBURI, Thailand (AP) Defending champion Amy Yang carded a 3-under 69 to lead by one halfway through the LPGA Thailand on Friday.Yang trailed first-round leader Lexi Thompson by two before teeing off at Siam Country Club, then had consecutive bogeys on Nos. 5 and 6, but rallied with four birdies, including on the par-3 12th.

  • Sergio Garcia turns it around and shares Honda Classic lead

    February 26, 2016

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) The Honda Classic is the latest example of the how golf can be so hard to predict.It was colder Thursday morning for the opening round in Florida than it was any day at Pebble Beach two weeks ago. Sergio Garcia, that guy who couldn't drive, chip or putt on his way to missing the cut at Riviera last week? He was the same one who shot 5-under 65 to share the lead with Michael Thompson.

  • Larsen, Lennarth take 2nd-round lead at Ladies Masters

    February 26, 2016

    GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) Nicole Broch Larsen of Denmark and Sweden's Camilla Lennarth took a two-stroke, second-round lead Friday at the Australian Ladies Masters.Lennarth shot her second consecutive 5-under 68 while Broch Larsen, thanks to a chip-in eagle on the final hole, carded a 69 for two-round totals of 10-under 136 at Royal Pines.

  • Lennarth has early 2nd-round lead at Ladies Masters

    February 26, 2016

    GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) Camilla Lennarth of Sweden shot her second consecutive 5-under 68 to take the second-round clubhouse lead at the Australian Ladies Masters on Friday.Lennarth, starting on the 10th hole at Royal Pines, had four birdies on her final nine, including the eighth and ninth, and had a 36-hole total of 10-under 136.

  • American Uihlein has clubhouse lead at Perth International

    February 25, 2016

    PERTH, Australia (AP) Overnight leader Peter Uihlein of the United States shot a 4-under 68 to take a two-stroke clubhouse lead at the Perth International during Friday's second round.Uihlein, who birdied his final two holes after starting on the back nine, had a two-round total of 11-under 133 and a two-shot advantage over Australia's Rhein Gibson, who also shot 68.

  • Scott sends a long putter to retired R&A chief

    February 25, 2016

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) Adam Scott still has a collection of long putters that he used over the last five years. Some he keeps at his home in the Bahamas, a few others he keeps in Australia. And one was a playful gift for the man largely responsible for Scott having to abandon the club.

  • Mickelson in mix, with wind a big player at Honda Classic

    February 25, 2016

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) A combination of the wind and PGA National made this a rude welcome to the Florida swing.Shane Lowry, David Lingmerth and George McNeill shared the early lead at 3-under 67 on Thursday, and they had to work hard for it in gusts that approached 30 mph on a course that is difficult even in calm conditions.

  • Lexi Thompson takes 1st-round lead at LPGA Thailand

    February 25, 2016

    CHONBURI, Thailand (AP) Lexi Thompson had two eagles in an 8-under 64 Thursday to take a one-stroke lead over Q Baek at the LPGA Tour's Thailand tournament.Amy Yang, the defending champion, shot 66 and was two strokes behind after the first round. Two golfers were tied for fourth after opening 68s - Azahara Munoz and Jenny Shin.

  • Honda Classic kicks off Florida swing with subplots and wind

    February 25, 2016

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) Rory McIlroy has a love-hate relationship with the Honda Classic, and lately it's been the latter.McIlroy won in 2012 by holding off a late charge from Tiger Woods, and the victory propelled McIlroy to No. 1 in the world. A year later, he already was 7-over par through eight holes of the second round when he walked to the parking lot, later saying his wisdom tooth was bothering him.

  • Henderson shares 1st-round lead at Australian Ladies Masters

    February 25, 2016

    GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) Brooke Henderson birdied her first three holes and the final one Thursday for a 6-under 67 and a share of the first-round lead at the Australian Ladies Masters.The 18-year-old Canadian, at No. 11 the highest-ranked player in the field, started on the back nine at Royal Pines. She had seven birdies overall and her only bogey came on the par-4 sixth.

  • India's Kapur shares 1st-round lead at Perth International

    February 25, 2016

    PERTH, Australia (AP) India's Shiv Kapur and Romain Wattel of France shot 6-under 66s Thursday to share the early first-round lead at the Perth International.Australian Brett Rumford and Northern Ireland's Cormac Sharvin were among those two strokes behind after 68s on the Lake Karrinyup Country Club course.

  • Henderson tied for early lead at Australian Ladies Masters

    February 25, 2016

    GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) Brooke Henderson birdied her first three holes and the final one Thursday for a 6-under 67 and a share of the early first-round lead at the Australian Ladies Masters.The 18-year-old Canadian, at No. 11 the highest-ranked player in the field, started on the back nine at Royal Pines. She had seven birdies overall and her only bogey came on the par-4 sixth.

  • Honda Classic a new start and a chance for redemption

    February 24, 2016

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) A missed tee shot by Rickie Fowler. A missed putt by Phil Mickelson. A missed opportunity for Rory McIlroy.All three had great chances to win in the last tournament they played. All three are eager to get back to work at the Honda Classic at a time of the year when each tournament presents a strong test and each week gets them closer to the first major of the year at Augusta National.

  • Tiger Woods posts video to rebut rumors of his demise

    February 24, 2016

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) Tiger Woods posted a video of him swinging a 9-iron in a golf simulator on Wednesday to shoot down rumors on social media that suggested his recovery from back surgeries had worsened to the point he could not even sit in a chair.

  • Australian Ladies Masters fighting to survive after 27 years

    February 24, 2016

    GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) Australian Ladies Masters promoter Bob Tuohy says he's struggling to keep the tournament afloat after 27 years.The tournament, which has been played at Royal Pines since 1992 and has a list of former champions that includes Karrie Webb and Annika Sorenstam, begins Thursday with No. 11 Brooke Henderson as its top-ranked player. It is sanctioned by the Australian and Ladies European Tour.

  • No stress? That's a big worry for Padraig Harrington

    February 23, 2016

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) For all the emotional stress of trying to win a golf tournament, Padraig Harrington can't seem to live without it.Consider the Honda Classic.A year ago, Harrington charged his way into the lead with four straight birdies, only to dump a 5-iron into the water and make double bogey on the par-3 17th hole to fall one shot behind. Right when it looked as though he had thrown away the tournament, Harrington made a 15-foot birdie putt to get into a playoff. Two holes later on the 17th, he hit another 5-iron to 3 feet that sewed up the victory.

  • 6 weeks left for players to qualify for Masters

    February 23, 2016

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) Whether the road to the Masters started at Riviera (Rory McIlroy), PGA National (Rickie Fowler) or Doral (Jordan Spieth), qualifying for the most restricted field of the majors starts with the Florida swing.Last year ended with 89 players having earned invitations to Augusta National. Seven weeks into the new year, the number is likely to be unchanged.

  • Bubba Watson more concerned with his head than his swing

    February 22, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The swing has always come easily to Bubba Watson.He hits a golf ball with so much natural ability combined with such an unorthodox style that it piqued the curiosity of Tiger Woods when Watson first got on the PGA Tour, and even now it's enough to cause his peers to stop and watch on the practice range.

  • Watson walks to his own beat - and wins

    February 22, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) For someone who says he gets nervous around big crowds, Bubba Watson loves to be in big company.He started the week by taking his 3-year-old son to see Justin Bieber, and it ended with Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry sending him a text just a few minutes before Watson teed off in the final round of the Northern Trust Open.

  • Erynne Lee wins Symetra Tour's opening IOA Championship

    February 21, 2016

    BEAUMONT, Calif. (AP) Erynne Lee won the Symetra Tour's season-opening IOA Championship on Sunday, making an eagle on the par-5 16th and closing with a 7-under 65 for a one-stroke victory.The 23-year-old former UCLA player was making her first start on the tour. She finished at 11-under 205 at Tukwet Canyon Golf Club at Morongo and earned ,000.

  • Watson rallies for another win at Riviera

    February 21, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Bubba Watson rallied with two late birdies and closed with a 3-under 68 on Sunday to win the Northern Trust Open.Watson trailed Jason Kokrak by two shots with four holes to play at Riviera. Kokrak, going for his first PGA Tour victory, made bogey on the 15th and struggled to make par the next two holes. Watson made a 5-foot birdie putt on the 16th, two-putted for birdie on the 17th and closed with a par for a one-shot victory.

  • Australian Marcus Fraser wins inaugural Malaysian tournament

    February 21, 2016

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) Australian Marcus Fraser made a curling 18-foot putt for par on the final hole Sunday for a 3-under 68 to win the inaugural Maybank Championship Malaysia by two strokes over Lee Soo-min of South Korea.Fraser trailed third-round leader Lee throughout the final round at Royal Selangor Golf Club before taking advantage of Lee's late collapse to claim a third European Tour victory in the event co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour.

  • Japan's Nomura wins Women's Australian Open by 3 strokes

    February 21, 2016

    ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) Hawaii-based Japanese player Haru Nomura won her first LPGA tournament in her 72nd start, shooting a closing 7-under 65 on Sunday to win the Women's Australian Open by three strokes.Nomura, who was tied for the lead with two others going into the final round at The Grange's West course, finished with a 16-under total of 272.

  • Bubba Watson works his way into the lead at Riviera

    February 20, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Bubba Watson saved par from near a concession stand right of the 18th green Saturday and shot a 4-under 67 to build a one-shot lead in the Northern Trust Open at Riviera.Watson will be going for his second victory in three years at Riviera, except there is no shortage of stars trying to catch him.

  • Holman shoots 6-under 65 for 2-shot lead in Kuala Lumpur

    February 19, 2016

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) Australia's Nathan Holman shot a 6-under 65 on Friday to take a two-stroke lead after the second round of the Maybank Championship Malaysia at the Royal Selangor Golf Club.Holman, who had an opening round of 64, had seven birdies to reach 13-under at the halfway mark. Richard Bland of England also shot 65 on Friday to stay within two shots of the lead.

  • Villegas opens with a 63, Spieth tumbles to a 79 at Riviera

    February 19, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) For Camilo Villegas, who has not made a cut all year, the opening round of the Northern Trust Open was a day to savor.For Jordan Spieth, the No. 1 player in the world, it was a day to forget.Villegas ran off four straight birdies on the back nine, and one more would have tied the course record at Riviera. Instead, his chip nearly went in and he missed the 4-foot par putt for an 8-under 63 and a three-shot lead.

  • Clyburn, Matthew lead early into 2nd round of Women's Open

    February 18, 2016

    ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) England's Holly Clyburn shot a 7-under 65 Friday to move to 8-under 136 and into a tie for the clubhouse lead during the second round of the Women's Australian Open.Clyburn and Scotland's Catriona Matthew (69) held a one-stroke edge over Germany's Caroline Masson, who shot 71. Another stroke back at 6-under after a 71 was five-time champion Karrie Webb.

  • Jordan Spieth shoots 79, worst start ever on PGA Tour

    February 18, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Jordan Spieth never saw this coming - his worst start on the PGA Tour on one of his favorite courses.Spieth dropped six shots over the last seven holes Thursday at Riviera, capping it off with a three-putt double bogey from 8 feet for an 8-over 79 in the Northern Trust Open. It was his worst score since an 80 in the third round of the 2014 Tour Championship.

  • Spieth shoot 79, worst start ever on PGA Tour

    February 18, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Jordan Spieth never saw this coming - his worst start on the PGA Tour on one of his favorite courses.Spieth dropped six shots over the last seven holes Thursday at Riviera, capping it off with a three-putt double bogey from 8 feet for an 8-over 79 in the Northern Trust Open. It was his worst score since an 80 in the third round of the 2014 Tour Championship.

  • Danielson gives it the old college try at Riviera

    February 18, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Illinois senior Charlie Danielson already had a dream week even before the Northern Trust Open started Thursday.He won the collegiate qualifier Monday to earn a spot in his first PGA Tour event. He played a practice round with former Illini golfers Steve Stricker and Scott Langley. He saw Jordan Spieth at his hotel. He rode an elevator with Adam Scott.

  • Watson takes early lead at Riviera; McIlroy 1 behind

    February 18, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Bubba Watson showed how much he loves Riviera by opening with a 5-under 66 for a three-way share of the lead among the early starters in the Northern Trust Open.A steady rain overnight stopped when the round began Thursday, though the course was slightly softer.

  • Holman shoots 7-under 64 for 1-shot lead in Malaysia

    February 18, 2016

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) Nathan Holman of Australia shot a 7-under 64 to take a one-stroke lead Thursday after the opening round of the inaugural Maybank Championship Malaysia at the Royal Selangor Golf Club.England's Danny Willett and Angelo Que of the Philippines were among a group of players one shot back at 65.

  • Riviera brings out the stars

    February 18, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Adam Scott wanted to add a West Coast event to his schedule, and it made sense to go from Hawaii to San Diego at the start of the year. Instead, he went from Hawaii to his home in the Bahamas, and then flew out to the Northern Trust Open this week before heading back east for the Florida Swing.

  • Ko has 70, 7 behind SooBin Kim at Women's Australian Open

    February 17, 2016

    ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) South Korean SooBin Kim shot a 9-under 63 onThursday to leave defending champion and top-ranked Lydia Ko seven strokes behind at the Women's Australian Open.Kim's bogey-free opening round came after starting on the 10th hole of The Grange's West course. She had a three-stroke clubhouse lead over American Casey Grice with most of the afternoon groups, including five-time champion Karrie Webb, on the course.

  • McIlroy begins his road to the Masters

    February 17, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) For Rory McIlroy, the road to the Masters starts on the other side of the country.McIlroy is playing the Northern Trust Open for the first time because of all he has heard about Riviera. It's the start of a big stretch. McIlroy is playing five of the next six weeks, and he is looking to regain his No. 1 ranking along with completing the career Grand Slam at Augusta.

  • Tiger Woods Foundation looking at possible link with Riviera

    February 16, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Tiger Woods got caught in the rain without an umbrella, shot a 74 and made the cut on the number at Riviera. He withdrew the next day with the flu and hasn't been back. That was 10 years ago.That's not to suggest Riviera has seen the last of Woods.

  • After all these years, Riviera holds its own against best

    February 16, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The PGA Tour at Riviera is must-see TV for Lanny Wadkins because it's personal.The most prominent nickname for Riviera remains ''Hogan's Alley'' from when Ben Hogan won three times in two years, capping it off with the 1948 U.S. Open. Wadkins, however, has his own slice of history on the fabled course off Sunset Boulevard.

  • AP source: McIlroy and Fowler set for primetime match

    February 15, 2016

    For the first time in more than a decade, golf is getting another prime-time exhibition. Except this one will be live - under the lights.Quicken Loans is finalizing details for a match involving Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler a week before the U.S Open, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Monday.

  • Mickelson leaves Pebble with optimism and disappointment

    February 15, 2016

    PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) The 5-foot birdie putt to force a playoff at Pebble Beach spun out of the left edge of the cup, and Phil Mickelson couldn't believe it. He bent over and braced himself, the left hand on his knee and the right hand on top of the putter.

  • Vaughn Taylor wins Pebble Beach in a script out of Hollywood

    February 15, 2016

    PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) The celebrity portion of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am was supposed to end on Saturday. And then came a script right out of Hollywood, starring Vaughn Taylor as himself.His victory over Phil Mickelson - also playing himself in this drama by the sea - sounds like pure fiction.

  • Taylor rallies to win Pebble Beach for 1st win in a decade

    February 14, 2016

    PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) Vaughn Taylor closed with a 7-under 65 on Sunday and won the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am when Phil Mickelson missed a short birdie putt on the 18th hole.It was a stunning conclusion for both.Taylor hasn't won in more than a decade. He hasn't had a full PGA Tour card since 2012 and just returned from South America on the Web.com Tour. Now the longtime resident of Augusta, Georgia, gets into the Masters for the first time since 2008.

  • Bernhard Langer wins PGA Tour Champions' Chubb Classic

    February 14, 2016

    NAPLES, Fla. (AP) Bernhard Langer won the Chubb Classic on Sunday for his 26th PGA Champions Tour title, closing with a 1-over 73 for a three-stroke victory.Seven strokes ahead after opening with rounds of 62 and 66, the 58-year-old German star finished at 15 under 201 at TwinEagles. He also won in 2011 and 2013, was second in 2012 and tied for second in 2014.

  • Schwartzel races away to win Tshwane Open by 8 shots

    February 14, 2016

    PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) Charl Schwartzel raced away from the rest of the field to win the European Tour's Tshwane Open by eight shots on Sunday as he closed with a 7-under 63 to finish 16 under par.Schwartzel, who held a one-shot lead heading into the final round, had seven birdies and an eagle to cruise to victory and his second tour title this season. The former U.S. Masters champion finished with four birdies in his last seven holes for his runaway victory at Pretoria Country Club.

  • Unfazed by quake, Lydia Ko wins New Zealand Women's Open

    February 14, 2016

    CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) Unfazed by an earthquake just before she teed off, top-ranked Lydia Ko won the New Zealand Women's Open for the third time in four years Sunday.The magnitude 5.7 quake rattled the area about 10 minutes before Ko began play. She started the round on time and play wasn't interrupted by the quake.

  • Top-ranked Lydia Ko wins New Zealand Women's Open

    February 13, 2016

    CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) Top-ranked Lydia Ko won the New Zealand Women's Open for the third time in four years Sunday, closing with a 2-under 70 for a two-stroke victory.The 18-year-old South Korean-born New Zealander finished at 10-under 206 at Clearwater Golf Club. She also won the national championship in 2013 and 2015.

  • Mickelson takes the lead at Pebble Beach

    February 13, 2016

    PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) Phil Mickelson handled a strong ocean breeze and firm greens for a 6-under 66 on Saturday to take the lead going into the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.It's the first time Mickelson has had the 54-hole lead on the PGA Tour since the 2013 U.S. Open, and he hasn't won since the 2013 British Open at Muirfield. He will be going for a record-tying fifth victory in the Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

  • Bernhard Langer opens 7-stroke lead in Chubb Classic

    February 13, 2016

    NAPLES, Fla. (AP) Bernhard Langer followed his opening 10-under 62 with a 66 on Saturday to increase his lead to seven strokes in the PGA Tour Champions' Chubb Classic at TwinEagles.The 58-year-old German star's lead is the largest in the event after 36 holes. At 16-under 128, he's closing in on the tournament-record 20-under total that he set in 2011 and Kenny Perry matched in 2012.

  • Schwartzel has 1-shot lead after 3 rounds of Tshwane Open

    February 13, 2016

    PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) Charl Schwartzel will take a one-shot lead into the final round of the Tshwane Open after a 66 took him to 9 under par overall on Saturday.The former U.S. Masters champion had three birdies and an eagle in the third round at Pretoria Country Club. His bogey on the last hole was his first dropped shot since the opening round.

  • Mickelson's round stalls, Kang's does not

    February 13, 2016

    PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) The back nine didn't go according to plan for Phil Mickelson during the second round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, and the par-3 14th hole at Monterey Peninsula served as the best illustration.Mickelson's tee shot was a laser that covered the flag, and as it descended toward the green, Mickelson began talking to his golf ball.

  • Lydia Ko leads New Zealand Women's Open by 1 stroke

    February 13, 2016

    CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) Lydia Ko took a one-stroke lead into the final round of the New Zealand Women's Open after shooting a 5-under 67 Saturday.The South Korean-born New Zealander, who is defending her national title, started the day in a tie for fifth after an opening 69. On Saturday, she had six birdies and a bogey which moved her one shot ahead of Justine Dreher of France, who shot 70.

  • Kang flirts with 59 and doesn't even know it

    February 12, 2016

    PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) Sung Kang of South Korea had to scramble for par on the last hole Friday to set the course record at Monterey Peninsula with an 11-under 60. It gave him a share of the lead with Hiroshi Iwata, with Phil Mickelson in contention again at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

  • Langer shoots 62 to take 4-stroke lead in Chubb Classic

    February 12, 2016

    NAPLES, Fla. (AP) Bernhard Langer shot a 10-under 62 on Friday to take a four-stroke lead in the PGA Tour Champions' Chubb Classic at TwinEagles.Langer made 11 birdies, including five straight birdies from Nos. 3-7 and Nos. 14-18. Using a long putter, he made a 35-footer on No. 9 and a 40-footer on No. 17.

  • Schwartzel on the charge at Tswhane Open

    February 12, 2016

    PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) Charl Schwartzel made a charge up the leaderboard at the Tshwane Open, going 6 under through 17 holes of his second round before bad weather brought players off the course on Friday.Schwartzel had four birdies and an eagle to move to 5 under overall and two shots behind clubhouse leader and South African compatriot Anthony Michael.

  • Wading into Golfapalooza: the Phoenix Open's 16th hole

    February 12, 2016

    SCOTTDALE, Ariz. (AP) John Huh studied the shot from every angle before crouching behind his ball for a last look.''It doesn't break!'' a fan yelled from the bleachers.Huh then stepped to the ball and stroked a putt he thought to be true. Instead of curling into the hole, the ball held its line, spreading a grimace across Huh's face.

  • Justin Rose - and Timberlake - make a good impression

    February 12, 2016

    PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am can be a tough place for a player to make his debut because of three courses that are different except for the views along the California coast. Justin Rose managed to play Pebble Beach and Monterey Peninsula ahead of the opening round.

  • Larsen leads New Zealand Women's Open, Lydia Ko 3 behind

    February 12, 2016

    CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) Top-ranked Lydia Ko shot a 3-under 69 on Friday and was three shots off the lead and in a tie for fifth place after the first round of the New Zealand Women's Open.The 18-year-old South Korean-born New Zealander, defending her national title, sank a 20-foot put on the 18th hole for the fifth birdie of an opening round which also included two bogeys and left her within reach of the lead held by Norway's Nicole Broch Larsen at Clearwater Golf Club.

  • Chez Reavie takes the lead at Pebble Beach

    February 11, 2016

    PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) Chez Reavie enjoyed the pure weather almost as much as watching putts go in. He opened with an 8-under 63 at Monterey Peninsula to take the lead Thursday after one round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.Some of the biggest stars had to settle for simply enjoying the sunshine.

  • Jordan Spieth: the target inside and outside the ropes

    February 9, 2016

    PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) Jordan Spieth had to work his way through about 100 people who blocked his path to the first tee at Pebble Beach. They held out tournament tickets, caps, glossy photos and Masters flags for him to sign, and some asked him to stop for pictures.

  • 17th trumps 16th at Phoenix Open in Matsuyama's playoff win

    February 8, 2016

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) The par-3 16th hole is the centerpiece of the golf extravaganza known as the Waste Management Phoenix Open.Unfortunately for the 20,000 fans who packed the rowdy stadium hole at TPC Scottsdale, the action was just getting started late Sunday afternoon when the final group moved on to the 17th tee.

  • Hideki Matsuyama beats Rickie Fowler in Phoenix Open playoff

    February 7, 2016

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Rickie Fowler hit two balls into the water on the par-4 17th hole to give Hideki Matsuyama an unexpected victory Sunday in the Waste Management Phoenix Open.After blowing a two-shot lead on the 317-yard hole in regulation when he blasted a driver through the green and into the water, Fowler pulled a 5-wood into the lake on the fourth hole of a playoff to set up the deciding bogey. Matsuyama birdied the hole in regulation and two-putted for par from 6 feet in the playoff.

  • Esteban Toledo bests Billy Andrade in Champions tour playoff

    February 7, 2016

    BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) Esteban Toledo parred the third playoff hole Sunday to win the Allianz Championship over Billy Andrade on a cold, windy day at Broken Sound Club.Toledo made a 4-foot par putt after Andrade's 5-foot par try lipped out on the par-4 17th hole. Three of Toledo's four PGA Tour Champions titles have come in playoffs. Toledo (67) and Andrade (68) finished at 11-under 205.

  • Sebastian Munoz wins hometown Club Colombia Championship

    February 7, 2016

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) Sebastian Munoz won his hometown Club Colombia Championship on Sunday for his first Web.com Tour victory, two-putting for birdie from 45 feet on the par-5 18th for a one-stroke victory.Playing on a sponsor exemption, Munoz became the first Colombian winner in the history of the tour.

  • Willett wins Dubai Desert Classic with birdie putt on 18th

    February 7, 2016

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Danny Willett of England sank a birdie putt from 15 feet on the final hole to win the Dubai Desert Classic title by one shot on Sunday.Fellow Englishman Andy Sullivan (68) and Spain's Rafael Cabrera-Bello (69) set the clubhouse pace for overnight leader Willett, who protected his slim advantage with a 3-under round of 69.

  • Danny Lee takes Phoenix Open lead in front of record crowd

    February 6, 2016

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Danny Lee took the lead Saturday in the Waste Management Phoenix Open in front of the largest crowd in golf history.With an estimated 201,003 fans packing TPC Scottsdale's Stadium Course, Lee shot a 4-under 67 to move three strokes ahead of Rickie Fowler and Hideki Matsuyama.

  • Phoenix Open draws estimated 201,003 fans to break record

    February 6, 2016

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Waste Management Phoenix Open drew an estimated 201,003 fans Saturday at TPC Scottsdale to break the tournament and golf record.The previous largest crowd at the Stadium Course was 189,722 in 2014. The tournament also set a day record Friday at 160,415.

  • Pavin takes 1-shot lead into final round on Champions tour

    February 6, 2016

    BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) Corey Pavin birdied his last hole Saturday to shoot a 4-under 68 and take a one-shot lead over Tom Lehman into the final round of the Allianz Championship.Pavin's only win in 111 starts on the PGA Tour Champions came at the 2012 Allianz. He is at 10-under 134 after two trips around The Old Course at Broken Sound Club.

  • Olympic Club gets another US Open, this time for women

    February 6, 2016

    SAN DIEGO (AP) The Olympic Club is getting another U.S. Open, this one for women.The USGA announced Saturday that Olympic Club will host the U.S. Women's Open in 2021. The San Francisco club has hosted the U.S. Open five times, most recently in 2012 when Webb Simpson won.

  • Ko, Jang try to take their duel the distance in Florida

    February 6, 2016

    OCALA, Fla. (AP) Lydia Ko shot a 5-under 67 on Saturday morning to share the lead with Ha Na Jang going into the afternoon final round at the Coates Golf Championship.Ko and Jang had to return to play 12 holes to finish the third round of the rain-delayed event. Both made birdie on the par-5 18th and were at 11-under 205 at Golden Ocala. Jang had a 68.

  • Willett leads in Dubai after third round

    February 6, 2016

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Danny Willett shot a second successive round of seven-under par 65 to enjoy a one-shot advantage on top of the Dubai Desert Classic leaderboard after the third round Saturday.The Englishman, who made a gallant attempt to win the European Tour number one crown but eventually finished second to Rory McIlroy in the Race to Dubai, moved to 16-under par for the tournament, with 2012 champion Rafael Cabrera-Bello in second place at 15-under with his third consecutive round of 67.

  • James Hahn has fun, shoots 65 to take Phoenix Open lead

    February 6, 2016

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) James Hahn left his tee shot short and right on the par-3 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale, drawing boos from the rowdy fans on the stadium hole.Naturally, he felt obligated to drop and give them 10 pushups.''They came out to watch the gun show, so I popped them out right there on the tee box,'' Hahn said.

  • James Hahn shoots bogey-free 65 to take Phoenix Open lead

    February 5, 2016

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) James Hahn shot a bogey-free 6-under 65 on Friday to take the lead in the suspended second round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open.Hahn had a 10-under 132 total on TPC Scottsdale's Stadium Course to enter the weekend a stroke ahead of Rickie Fowler and Danny Lee. Fowler birdied his final hole for a 68, and Lee had a 66.

  • Bobcat on prowl for birdies at Phoenix Open golf tournament

    February 5, 2016

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) A large bobcat was on the prowl for birdies at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.The bobcat sauntered between the first and second holes Friday afternoon, seemingly comfortable not far from the fans who packed the grounds on TPC Scottsdale's Stadium Course.

  • Harold Varner III dons Panthers jersey, dabs way down 16th

    February 5, 2016

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Harold Varner III drew the ire of the rowdy fans on the 16th hole Friday in the Waste Management Phoenix Open when he put on a Carolina Panthers jersey and dabbed his way to the green.After hitting his tee shot through the green on the stadium par-3 hole, Varner donned the No. 1 jersey and repeatedly egged on the jeering crowd with dab moves mimicking quarterback Cam Newton's celebrations. The Panthers routed the Arizona Cardinals two weeks ago to reach the Super Bowl.

  • Pavin, Hamilton share 1st-round lead on PGA Tour Champions

    February 5, 2016

    BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) Former major champions Corey Pavin and Todd Hamilton shot 6-under 66s in blustery conditions Friday to share the first-round lead in the Allianz Championship.Pavin won the 1995 U.S. Open among his 15 PGA Tour titles. He made four birdies in a five-hole stretch on The Old Course despite 20-mph winds and temperatures in the 50s at the start of the PGA Tour Champions event.

  • Watson likes everything about Phoenix Open - except course

    February 5, 2016

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Bubba Watson repeated that he doesn't like TPC Scottsdale's Stadium Course. He also said he loves everything else about the Waste Management Phoenix Open.''I will have to say, I have to apologize,'' Watson said Friday, two days after criticizing the renovated course and saying he was only playing the tournament out of loyalty to his sponsors.

  • Jang leads by 1 at halfway point of LPGA Tour

    February 5, 2016

    OCALA, Fla. (AP) Lydia Ko returned Friday morning for a 15-foot birdie putt to finish the second round of the Coates Golf Championship. Three putts later, she was out of the lead.Ha Na Jang played her entire second round in the rain-delayed LPGA Tour event in frigid conditions for central Florida. Jang was steady with 15 pars, two birdies and a double bogey on the 13th hole. It added to an even-par 72 and a one-shot lead over Haru Nomura and Ko at the halfway point.

  • Els moves into contention in Dubai; McIlroy just makes cut

    February 5, 2016

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Ernie Els surged into contention Friday at the Dubai Desert Classic, while Rory McIlroy struggled just to make the cut.The 46-year-old Els, who has dropped to 205th in the world after struggling with yips over the past year, shot a 5-under 67 to move to within one shot of the lead at the halfway stage of a tournament he has won three times.

  • Rickie Fowler brings style and substance to Phoenix Open

    February 5, 2016

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Waste Management Phoenix Open is a bit out there by PGA Tour standards. So is Rickie Fowler.As comfortable in a motocross race as a golf tournament as a kid in California, Fowler was as fashion-forward as ever in high tops and jogger pants Thursday in front of more than 100,000 fans at TPC Scottsdale.

  • Ricky Fowler brings style and substance to Phoenix Open

    February 5, 2016

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Waste Management Phoenix Open is a bit out there by PGA Tour standards. So is Rickie Fowler.As comfortable in a motocross race as a golf tournament as a kid in California, Fowler was as fashion-forward as ever in high tops and jogger pants Thursday in front of more than 100,000 fans at TPC Scottsdale.

  • Fowler, Lowry, Matsuyama share Phoenix Open lead at 65

    February 4, 2016

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Rickie Fowler, Shane Lowry and Hideki Matsuyama shared the lead at 6-under 65 on Thursday in the suspended first round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open.After an hour-long frost delay at chilly TPC Scottsdale, Fowler played the first six holes in 5 under.

  • Ko catches up to lead before rain hits LPGA

    February 4, 2016

    OCALA, Fla. (AP) Lydia Ko played enough golf Thursday to catch up to the lead, but not enough to finish the rain-delayed second round of the Coates Golf Championship.Ko was 4-under par for the round and had a 15-foot birdie putt on the ninth hole at Golden Ocala when the horn sounded to stop play because of thunderstorms in the area. Ko, the No. 1 player in women's golf making her 2016 debut, was 7 under for the tournament. She was tied with Ha Na Jang, who opened with a 65 and was not scheduled to tee off until Thursday afternoon.

  • McIlroy shoots 4-under 68 in 1st round in Dubai

    February 4, 2016

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Rory McIlroy started the defense of his Dubai Desert Classic title with a bogey but battled back to post a 4-under 68 on Thursday, leaving him two shots off the lead.McIlroy bogeyed two of the easiest holes on the course - the par-5 10th, which was his first hole, and the driveable par-4 second - but also had six birdies to put him close behind leader Alex Noren of Sweden.

  • Dave Renwick, top Scottish caddie, dies of cancer at 62

    February 4, 2016

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Dave Renwick, the Scottish caddie who worked for three major champions and was on the bag for Vijay Singh's greatest season, has died of stomach cancer. He was 62.The European Tour announced his death Thursday at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic. It passed out black ribbons for players, caddies and officials to wear in his honor.

  • Bubba Watson on TPC Scottsdale: 'I don't like it at all.'

    February 3, 2016

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Bubba Watson took a big swing at TPC Scottsdale's Stadium Course - with his mouth, not his driver.''I don't like it,'' Watson said Wednesday, a day before the start of the Waste Management Phoenix Open. ''I'm not going to PC it. I don't like it at all.''

  • Lydia Ko opens season, 4 shots behind Ha Na Jang in Ocala

    February 3, 2016

    OCALA, Fla. (AP) Top-ranked Lydia Ko shot a 3-under 69 on Wednesday in the Coates Golf Championship in her first round of the season, leaving her four strokes behind leader Ha Na Jang.The 18-year-old Ko closed with a birdie on the par-5 18th, her fourth birdie on the back nine on the Golden Ocala course that features some tributes to holes at Augusta National, St. Andrews and others.

  • Furyk opts for wrist surgery, will miss 3 months and Masters

    February 2, 2016

    SAN DIEGO (AP) Jim Furyk was No. 7 in the world, No. 9 in the FedEx Cup standings and already assured a spot on the Presidents Cup team when he tied for fourth in the Deutsche Bank Championship for his seventh top 10 of the year.That was Sept. 6, and that was the last tournament he finished.

  • Jim Furyk opts for wrist surgery, will miss 3 months

    February 2, 2016

    SAN DIEGO (AP) Jim Furyk was No. 7 in the world, No. 9 in the FedEx Cup standings and already assured a spot on the Presidents Cup team when he tied for fourth in the Deutsche Bank Championship for his seventh top 10 of the year.That was Sept. 6, and that was the last tournament he finished.

  • In hindsight, the perfect ending for Brandt Snedeker

    February 2, 2016

    SAN DIEGO (AP) Nothing brings out hindsight in golf like the weather.One year when the Match Play was in Arizona, the opening round was delayed by snow that covered Dove Mountain. And while it took five hours the next day for the snow to clear, PGA Tour officials told players to be at the course in the morning in case it melted earlier.

  • A perfect storm works out perfectly for Snedeker

    February 2, 2016

    SAN DIEGO (AP) Brandt Snedeker now has four PGA Tour victories in which he started at least five shots out of the lead in the final round. The Farmers Insurance Open followed the script of his previous comeback except for one big difference.Snedeker spent more time watching the weather report than the leaderboard.

  • Snedeker winds up a winner at Torrey Pines

    February 1, 2016

    SAN DIEGO (AP) Brandt Snedeker wound up winning the Farmers Insurance Open on Monday without hitting a shot.Snedeker closed with a 3-under 69 in nasty wind and rain on Sunday. There was some question whether his lead would hold when the final round at Torrey Pines was suspended because of the conditions.

  • ON THE TEE: Snedeker has great round and needs help

    February 1, 2016

    SAN DIEGO (AP) Brandt Snedeker signed his card, tried to explain how he put together a 3-under 69 in the toughest conditions this side of Britain and then went on Twitter to express one last wish.''Weather looks perfect to me outside!!''That's because he was inside. And he was done. And while he wasn't in the lead at the Farmers Insurance Open, it looked as though that would only be a matter of time considering wind gusts that consistently topped 40 mph and occasional rain that made it feel even worse Sunday.

  • After long world tour, Spieth vows never again

    January 31, 2016

    SINGAPORE (AP) After waiting an extra day just to play one shot, Jordan Spieth finally headed home to the United States on Monday, vowing to never again attempt a globetrotting tour like the one he's just completed.Spieth had been booked to fly back to Texas on Sunday evening but had to remain in Southeast Asia another night after a thunderstorm delayed the end of the Singapore Open with the world number one only needing to putt out on the 18th hole.

  • Song hangs on to beat Spieth by a stroke at Singapore Open

    January 31, 2016

    SINGAPORE (AP) Jordan Spieth finished runner-up at the Singapore Open on Monday after South Korea's Song Young-han held his nerve to beat the fast-finishing world number one by a single stroke.Among 13 players back at Sentosa Golf Club at the break of dawn after Sunday's final round was suspended because of a thunderstorm, Spieth sank a five-foot birdie putt on the last hole, where he had marked his ball overnight, completing a final round of 5-under 66 to finish at 11-under 273.

  • Ryan Palmer wins Web.com Tour opener in Panama

    January 31, 2016

    PANAMA CITY (AP) Ryan Armour won the Web.com Tour's season-opening Panama Claro Championship on Sunday for his first victory in 217 career starts.The 40-year-old former Ohio State player closed with a 6-under 64 for a three-stroke victory over Kyle Thompson. Armour finished at 12-under 268 at Panama Golf Club.

  • Snedeker closes with 69, then waits to see if it's enough

    January 31, 2016

    SAN DIEGO (AP) Brandt Snedeker closed with a 3-under 69 on Sunday in raging weather at Torrey Pines, and then had to wait to see if it would be enough to win the Farmers Insurance Open.And that could take another day.The final round was suspended for the third time because of gusts that topped 40 mph. Jimmy Walker was at 7-under par and led by one shot over Snedeker and K.J. Choi. Walker and Choi still had eight holes to play.

  • Hyo Joo Kim wins LPGA Tour opener in the Bahamas

    January 31, 2016

    PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) Hyo Joo Kim won the season-opening Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic on Sunday, relegating Stacy Lewis to yet another second-place finish.Kim rebounded from a bogey on the 16th hole with a 9-foot birdie putt on the par-3 17th and closed with a par for a two-stroke victory over Lewis, 2015 champion Sei Young Kim and Anna Nordqvist.

  • Singapore Open held over to Monday due to rain

    January 31, 2016

    SINGAPORE (AP) Southeast Asia's fickle weather forced the organizers of the Singapore Open to delay the completion of the final round until Monday, just as Jordan Spieth was making a late charge for the title.Trailing by two shots at 10 under but still with a chance of winning, Spieth was just about to attempt a five-foot birdie putt on the final hole on Sunday when the weather suddenly turned foul and officials ordered play be stopped because of lightning strikes in the area.

  • Spieth loses more ground on final day at Singapore Open

    January 30, 2016

    SINGAPORE (AP) Jordan Spieth's woes with the putter continued to stall his momentum at the Singapore Open on Sunday as he fell five shots off the lead heading into the final round.Returning to the Sentosa Golf Club shortly after sunrise to finish his third round due to rain delays on previous days, the world's top ranked player missed his par putt on the 17th green, where he had marked his ball overnight, to drop back to 5-under for the tournament.

  • Choi, Brown tied for lead at Torrey Pines

    January 30, 2016

    SAN DIEGO (AP) K.J. Choi one-putted his last six holes Saturday to salvage an even-par 72 and a share of the lead with Scott Brown going into the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open.Choi made three birdies and saved par three times down the stretch.

  • Hull, Nordqvist share lead in Bahamas; Jang aces par 4

    January 30, 2016

    PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) Charley Hull and Anna Nordqvist shared the lead Saturday in the season-opening Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic, and Ha Na Jang had the first hole-in-one on a par 4 in tour history.Hull made a 10-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th to match European Solheim Cup teammate Nordqvist at 12-under 207 in breezy but calmer conditions at the Ocean Club. The 19-year-old Hull, from England, had a 4-under 69. Nordqvist, from Sweden, also birdied the 18th for a 68.

  • Golf analyst Mark Rolfing say cancer '100 percent gone'

    January 30, 2016

    SAN DIEGO (AP) NBC Sports and Golf Channel analyst Mark Rolfing says tests show his rare form of cancer is now ''100 percent gone.''Rolfing was diagnosed last summer with Stage 4 salivary gland cancer. He went through six weeks of proton radiation, which is aimed at a small target on his face to avoid damage to the mouth and brain. Rolfing managed to return to work in his home state for three Hawaii tournaments this month.

  • Grace successfully defends Qatar Masters title

    January 30, 2016

    DOHA, Qatar (AP) Branden Grace successfully defended his Qatar Masters title on Saturday, becoming the first player to do so since the tournament began in 1998.The South African shot a 3-under 69 on another wind-swept day at Doha Golf Club to win the second leg of the European Tour's so-called ''Desert Swing'' by two shots over Spain's Rafael Cabrera-Bello (70) and Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen (71).

  • Spieth closer to lead after marathon day in Singapore

    January 30, 2016

    SINGAPORE (AP) Jordan Spieth inched closer to the top of the leaderboard after a long and frustrating day for the American at the weather-hit Singapore Open on Saturday.Despite not playing his best in the sweltering humidity of Southeast Asia, the top-ranked Spieth kept himself in contention by ending the third day just three shots off the pace at the Sentosa Golf Club.

  • ON THE TEE: Woodland trying to overcome the perils of golf

    January 30, 2016

    SAN DIEGO (AP) Gary Woodland is among the most athletic players on the PGA Tour, with a history to back it up.He played on a traveling baseball team as a teenager in Kansas until his father suggested he narrow the number of sports he played. Woodland wasn't about to give up on basketball, and he wound up going to Washburn. His biggest thrill remains an appearance in Allen Fieldhouse to play the Kansas Jayhawks.

  • Spieth makes mixed start to marathon day at Singapore Open

    January 29, 2016

    SINGAPORE (AP) Jordan Spieth made three birdies in his last nine holes to get himself within four strokes of the lead after the weather-delayed second round of the Singapore Open on Saturday.Spieth followed up his opening round 67 with a 1-under 70 to reach the halfway stage at 5-under, four shots behind South Korea's Song Young-han, who finished his second round on Friday, before play was abandoned because of a tropical thunderstorm.

  • Woodland, Choi tied for lead at Torrey Pines

    January 29, 2016

    SAN DIEGO (AP) Phil Mickelson had to leave the golf course to play one of his shots at Torrey Pines, an early sign of the mass exodus Friday in the Farmers Insurance Open.By closing with three straight bogeys on the easier North Course, Mickelson missed the cut.

  • Khang, Hull, Nomura tied for lead in LPGA Tour opener

    January 29, 2016

    PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) Megan Khang shot a 5-under 68 in windy conditions Friday for a share of the lead in the season-opening Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic, her first event as an LPGA Tour member.The 18-year-old Khang eagled the par-5 fourth hole and had four birdies and a bogey to match England's Charley Hull and Japan's Haru Nomura at 8-under 138 at the Ocean Club. Khang, from Rockland, Massachusetts, tied for sixth at Q-school in December to earn a tour card.

  • Lawrie taking 2-shot leading into Qatar Masters final round

    January 29, 2016

    DOHA, Qatar (AP) Paul Lawrie earned a two-shot lead at a windy Doha Golf Club on Friday to close in on an unprecedented third Qatar Masters title.The overnight leader started the third round with 13 straight pars before making his first birdie on the 14th hole, then picked up another shot on the par-5 18th to finish at 2-under-par 70.

  • Spieth falls behind at stormy Singapore Open

    January 29, 2016

    SINGAPORE (AP) Jordan Spieth slipped five shots off the lead at the Singapore Open on Friday when an electrical storm forced second-round play to be abandoned.Spieth was lurking just one shot off the pace after his opening round at Sentosa Country Club, but suddenly found himself five strokes behind and tied for sixth place after Song Young-han of South Korea capitalized on his early start to beat the arrival of the foul weather and post an 8-under 63 to go to the clubhouse leading at 9 under.

  • Brown makes his birdies on tougher South for share of lead

    January 29, 2016

    SAN DIEGO (AP) The scorecard for Scott Brown was not unusual for the Farmers Insurance Open. After a rugged start, he took advantage of the par 5s and ran off eight birdies over his last 11 holes to grab a share of the lead at Torrey Pines.Only he did this on the South Course.

  • Brown handles South to share early lead at Torrey Pines

    January 28, 2016

    SAN DIEGO (AP) Scott Brown birdied his last two holes for a 6-under 66 and a share of the lead Thursday in the Farmers Insurance Open.Only it felt much better for Brown. He played on the tough South Course at Torrey Pines, which was 2 1/2 strokes harder than the North Course where Andrew Loupe shot his 66 in the opening round.

  • Michelle Wie stung by bee in LPGA Tour opener in Bahamas

    January 28, 2016

    PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) Michelle Wie was stung by a bee Thursday in the season-opening Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic, and second-ranked Inbee Park withdrew because of back pain after the second-worst round of her LPGA Tour career.Wie was stung on the hand on the 16th hole, her seventh of the day at the Ocean Club. She had three bogeys on her back nine and finished with a 3-over 76 to fall eight strokes behind leaders Paula Creamer, Charley Hull, Alison Lee, Ashlan Ramsey, Catriona Matthew, Mika Miyazato and Haru Nomura.

  • Putting tip works for Lawrie at Qatar Masters

    January 28, 2016

    DOHA, Qatar (AP) Paul Lawrie benefited from a putting tip off a friend in shooting a 6-under 66 at the Qatar Masters, giving the former British Open champion a one-shot lead after the second round on Thursday.The 47-year-old Lawrie followed up a first-round 67 to move to 11-under par, a stroke clear of Nicolas Colsaerts (68).

  • Day hopeful of defending title at Torrey Pines

    January 28, 2016

    SAN DIEGO (AP) The best season of Jason Day's career began at the Farmers Insurance Open when he won a four-man playoff, the first of his five victories that for a brief time took him to No. 1 in the world.Before he can defend his title, however, Day has to get to the first tee.

  • Spieth takes early share of lead at Singapore Open

    January 28, 2016

    SINGAPORE (AP) A good night's sleep and a helping hand from his manager was all Jordan Spieth needed to get back in the swing of things on the latest leg of his globe-trotting tour.The world's top-ranked player had arrived at the Singapore Open exhausted and complaining of fatigue after playing in the Middle East last week, but Spieth looked revitalized as he grabbed a share of third place in Thursday's opening round.

  • Mickelson admonishes Aussie teen for embellishment

    January 27, 2016

    SAN DIEGO (AP) Phil Mickelson admonished 17-year-old Ryan Ruffels for ''high school stuff'' on the eve of Australian's debut on the PGA Tour.Don't talk about wagers. And don't embellish the story.''I met him a month ago, and we played for the first time,'' Mickelson said Wednesday at the Farmers Insurance Open. ''He's young, and he's got some things to learn.''

  • Mickelson's homecoming at Torrey brings mixed memories

    January 27, 2016

    SAN DIEGO (AP) The best thing about Phil Mickelson playing at Torrey Pines is that it's his hometown event on the PGA Tour, and he is treated accordingly.These days, that might be the only thing that appeals to him.Yes, Mickelson is a three-time winner of what is now called the Farmers Insurance Open. But the last of those three victories was 15 years ago, before Rees Jones got his hands on the South Course at Torrey Pines to bulk it up for the U.S. Open.

  • Azinger replaces Norman as lead golf announcer for Fox

    January 27, 2016

    SAN DIEGO (AP) Paul Azinger has been selected as the lead golf analyst for Fox Sports as it enters the second year of televising the U.S. Open and other USGA championships.Fox confirmed Wednesday that Azinger is replacing Greg Norman.Fox signed a 12-year deal with the USGA that started last year, and the first big test was the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay. Among the criticism of the broadcast was Norman going flat during the decisive moment when Dustin Johnson three-putted from 12 feet on the last hole for Jordan Spieth to win his second straight major.

  • Oosthuizen shares lead with Larrazabal in Qatar

    January 27, 2016

    DOHA, Qatar (AP) Louis Oosthuizen made another fast start to his first tournament of the year, shooting a 7-under 65 in the first round of the Qatar Masters to share the lead with Pablo Larrazabal on Wednesday.The 2010 British Open champion has won his first event of the calendar year in four of the last five years, and in Qatar he rolled in seven birdies in a bogey-free round.

  • Sources: Azinger to be announced as lead announcer for Fox

    January 26, 2016

    SAN DIEGO (AP) Paul Azinger has been selected as the lead golf analyst for Fox Sports as it enters the second year of televising the U.S. Open and other USGA championships.Two people informed of the decision say Azinger is replacing Greg Norman. They spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday on condition of anonymity because Fox was still working out the final details of his contract.

  • Paul Dunne, another member of the Class of 2011

    January 26, 2016

    SAN DIEGO (AP) The high school class of 2011 has another member this week at the Farmers Insurance Open, although Paul Dunne is different from the others.For starters, he's from Ireland.And it's not like he grew up playing junior golf against Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Emiliano Grillo, Daniel Berger or the others.

  • The next generational shift in golf might be on TV

    January 26, 2016

    SAN DIEGO (AP) Peter Kostis went to the Ryder Cup as a swing coach and left with a broadcasting career.USA Network televised the 1989 matches when no one else wanted the Ryder Cup. Jim Simpson was the lead announcer. Gary McCord, Ben Wright and journalist Don Wade were part of the reporting crew.

  • Oosthuizen, Grace look to maintain South African domination

    January 26, 2016

    South Africans have won three of the five European Tour events in the 2016 season, and two more of the country's players seem strong candidates for a victory at the Qatar Masters.Former Open champion Louis Oosthuizen tees up for the first time in 2016 after a seven-week break and will look to continue his remarkable record of results in the opening event of a calendar year.

  • Jordan Spieth's international tour continues in Singapore

    January 26, 2016

    SINGAPORE (AP) Jordan Spieth's worldwide golf adventure continues this week at the Singapore Open, where he says the weather reminds him a bit of his home state of Texas.Spieth arrived in Singapore on Monday after an eight-hour flight from Abu Dhabi, where he finished tied for fifth, five strokes behind winner Rickie Fowler in the Abu Dhabi Championship, and said he was exhausted.

  • Fowler eyes major to merit inclusion in golf's elite

    January 25, 2016

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Golf's new ''Big Three'' has been around for only a few months, and already there's talk of the exclusive group being expanded.Rickie Fowler is back in the conversation after his fourth worldwide victory in the last nine months, over a stellar field at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

  • Jason Dufner wins playoff in CareerBuilder Challenge

    January 25, 2016

    LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) Jason Dufner got the big trophy. PGA West's TPC Stadium Course was a winner, too.Dropped from what is now called the CareerBuilder Challenge after its 1987 debut, the Pete Dye-designed course was a little more user-friendly and as theatrical as ever in its return.

  • Globe-trotter Spieth 'beat up, mentally and physically'

    January 24, 2016

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Jordan Spieth's globe-trotting days are over, at least for the foreseeable future.Golf's top-ranked player has been on a worldwide tour over the past three months, playing in South Korea, China, Australia, Bahamas, Hawaii and in Abu Dhabi this week. It doesn't stop there, either - he's competing in Singapore next week on the Asian Tour before returning to the United States.

  • Fowler leads by 2 shots after 3rd-round 65 in Abu Dhabi

    January 24, 2016

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Rickie Fowler birdied three of the remaining seven holes in his third round Sunday to break free of a congested leading group and take a two-shot lead at the Abu Dhabi Championship.Fowler shot a 7-under 65 to move to 13-under par, and was in good shape for his fourth victory in nine months.

  • Duffy Waldorf wins PGA Tour Champions opener in Hawaii

    January 23, 2016

    KAUPULEHU-KONA, Hawaii (AP) Duffy Waldorf made a 20-foot birdie putt on the final hole to beat Tom Lehman by a stroke Saturday in the PGA Tour Champions' season-opening Mitsubishi Electric ChampionshipThe 53-year-old Waldorf shot a 6-under 66 to finish at 18-under 198 at Hualalai Golf Course in his first appearance in the event for major champions from the last five years, tournament winners the last two seasons and sponsor invitees.

  • Jason Dufner shoots 64 to take 2-shot lead in CareerBuilder

    January 23, 2016

    LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) Jason Dufner birdied seven of his final nine holes Saturday at La Quinta Country Club to take a two-stroke lead in the CareerBuilder Challenge.Dufner finished with an 8-under 64 to reach 23-under 193 with one round left at PGA West's TPC Stadium Course. He opened with a 64 on Thursday on the Nicklaus Tournament Course for a share of the lead and had a 65 on Friday on the Stadium Course to take a one-stroke advantage.

  • Li hopeful accidental start in golf leads to Olympics

    January 23, 2016

    HONOLULU (AP) Li Haotong is no stranger to the big stage, even as a 20-year-old from China who never had any intention of playing golf.The year that Tiger Woods competed in China for the first time at the 2005 HSBC Champions, Li's father had a friend who wanted his own son to start training in golf. Li agreed to tag along for the first lesson.

  • More 9th-tee drama for Spieth in Abu Dhabi

    January 23, 2016

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Jordan Spieth has experienced some drama on the ninth tee at the Abu Dhabi Championship this week.It was there where he received a warning for slow play on Thursday. The following day, he hooked a drive into the backside of a spectator walking alongside the edge of a large lake.

  • McIlroy, Fowler in 5-way tie for lead in Abu Dhabi

    January 23, 2016

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler were part of a five-way tie for the lead at the Abu Dhabi Championship after Andy Sullivan made a triple-bogey in fading light to relinquish a two-shot advantage late in a fog-affected third round on Saturday.

  • British Open consider shorts in practice rounds after 2016

    January 23, 2016

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) Organizers of the British Open say they will consider allowing players to wear shorts in practice rounds after this year's tournament.The European Tour this week voted unanimously in favor of letting its players wear shorts in pro-ams and practice rounds. The new policy took effect immediately, starting at the Abu Dhabi Championship.

  • McIlroy back in mix in Dhabi after birdie-eagle finish

    January 23, 2016

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Rory McIlroy ended a frustrating second round with a birdie-eagle finish after landing approach shots inside two feet to move back into contention at the Abu Dhabi Championship on Saturday.The stunning conclusion to a weather-hit round that McIlroy described as ''pretty average'' left him tied for second with American amateur Bryson DeChambeau (72), two shots behind England's Andy Sullivan.

  • Play starts in Abu Dhabi after another delay for morning fog

    January 23, 2016

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Play has started at the Abu Dhabi Championship on Saturday after a delay of nearly three hours because of morning fog.The marquee group of top-ranked Jordan Spieth (3 under), Rory McIlroy (5 under) and Rickie Fowler (5 under) still has five holes to play in their second rounds. American amateur Bryson DeChambeau has nine holes to play and is one shot off the clubhouse lead held by England's Andy Sullivan at 10-under 134.

  • Ready or not, Phil Mickelson to face Stadium Course

    January 23, 2016

    LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) Phil Mickelson was in high school the only other time PGA West's TPC Stadium Course was used in what is now called the CareerBuilder Challenge.Ready or not after a long layoff and swing changes, Lefty had a prime Saturday tee time on the Pete Dye-designed course that was dropped from the tournament rotation after its 1987 debut.

  • Duffy Waldorf leads Champions Tour opener in Hawaii

    January 22, 2016

    KAUPULEHU-KONA, Hawaii (AP) Duffy Waldorf shot a 7-under 65 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead in the in the PGA Tour Champions' season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship.Waldorf had a bogey-free round at Hualalai Golf Course to reach 12-under 132.

  • Jason Dufner shoots 65 to take CareerBuilder Challenge lead

    January 22, 2016

    LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) Jason Dufner patiently worked his way around PGA West's TPC Stadium Course on Friday to take the lead in the CareerBuilder Challenge.Dufner shot a 7-under 65, matching the best round of the first two days on the difficult course that is being used in the tournament for the first time since 1987. Jamie Lovemark was a stroke back after a 65 on the adjacent Nicklaus Tournament Course.

  • Ryder Cup, not flight to space, appeals to Sullivan in 2016

    January 22, 2016

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) A flight to space in 2016 doesn't appeal to Andy Sullivan. For the English golfer, this year is mostly about one lofty ambition - getting in Europe's Ryder Cup team.And he's going about it in the right way.Sullivan has caught the eye of European captain Darren Clarke at the Abu Dhabi Championship this week, shooting 5-under 67s in the first and second rounds playing alongside the Northern Irishman to set the clubhouse target at 10 under. It continues Sullivan's good form from last week when he won three points from three matches for Clarke in Europe's big win over Asia in the EurAsia Cup in Malaysia.

  • Adam Hadwin shoots 66 at difficult Stadium Course

    January 22, 2016

    LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) Jason Dufner, Jerry Kelly, Jeff Overton and Anirban Lahiri had the lowest scores in the first round of the CareerBuilder Challenge. Adam Hadwin had as good of a round, if not better.Hadwin opened with a 6-under 66 on Thursday on PGA West's TPC Stadium Course, a number that left the Canadian two strokes back on the leaderboard - and two shots ahead of what he would have taken entering the day.

  • 2nd round in Abu Dhabi makes belated start after fog

    January 22, 2016

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) The start of the second round of the Abu Dhabi Championship was delayed by nearly three hours because of fog.Play began at 10.05 a.m. local time (0705 GMT). It is likely the second round will carry over to Saturday.

  • Joe Durant leads PGA Tour Champions' opener

    January 21, 2016

    KAUPULEHU-KONA, Hawaii (AP) Joe Durant shot a 7-under 65 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead in the PGA Tour Champions' season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship.The 51-year-old Durant had nine birdies and two bogeys at Hualalai Golf Course. He teamed with Billy Andrade last year to win the Legends of Golf for his first title on the 50-and-over tour.

  • Mickelson, Stadium Course return strong at CareerBuilder

    January 21, 2016

    LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) Phil Mickelson returned from a long layoff with a big mid-round run. PGA West's TPC Stadium Course came back strong, too, Thursday in the CareerBuilder Challenge.Mickelson played a seven-hole stretch in 6 under at La Quinta Country Club, holing out for eagle on the par-4 eighth with a shot that spun back 15 feet. He chipped in on the next hole and added another birdie on 11, but made two late bogeys and finished with a 4-under 68 in his first start since the Presidents Cup in October.

  • McIlroy upstages Spieth in Abu Dhabi; US amateur takes lead

    January 21, 2016

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Jordan Spieth was aggrieved at being given a warning for slow play, and complained that his tee shots were ''short and crooked.''But after his opening round of the Abu Dhabi Championship on Thursday, the top-ranked Spieth's biggest concern might just be the sublime form of his playing partner.

  • 'The Golf Scientist' tames Abu Dhabi field with unique style

    January 21, 2016

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Bryson DeChambeau was still in high school when he told his father: ''I think I can change the game of golf.''On Thursday, he was comparing his trailblazing qualities to those of Albert Einstein and George Washington, and calling himself ''The Golf Scientist.''

  • McIlroy upstages Spieth with 1st-round 66 in Abu Dhabi

    January 21, 2016

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Rory McIlroy began 2016 with a masterful display of driving to set up a 6-under 66 at the Abu Dhabi Championship, upstaging top-ranked playing partner Jordan Spieth in the first round on Thursday.McIlroy was two strokes behind early leader Bryson DeChambeau (64), the U.S. Amateur champion, after rolling in eight birdies in his first appearance after two months off, during which he underwent laser eye surgery.

  • Mickelson, PGA West's Stadium Course back after long layoffs

    January 20, 2016

    LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) Phil Mickelson is back after a long layoff. So is PGA West's TPC Stadium Course.The 45-year-old Mickelson is making his first start since the Presidents Cup in October, while the Stadium Course is back in the CareerBuilder Challenge rotation after nearly 30 years.

  • Hyundai reaches deal as title sponsor PGA Tour's LA event

    January 20, 2016

    FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. (AP) Hyundai has reached a deal to become the title sponsor of the PGA Tour event at Riviera Country Club, following Northern Trust's decision to shift from the Los Angeles tournament to the FedEx Cup playoff opener in the New York/New Jersey area.

  • Short game: European Tour allows shorts in practice, pro-ams

    January 20, 2016

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Golfers on the European Tour have a new item of clothing to pack in their suitcases.The tour said Wednesday it will allow players to wear shorts during practice rounds and pro-ams after the policy was passed unanimously by a tournament committee in Abu Dhabi.

  • Top-ranked Spieth, No. 3 McIlroy collide in Abu Dhabi

    January 20, 2016

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) The latest stop for Jordan Spieth on his tour of the golfing world is the Middle East and an eagerly anticipated head to head with Rory McIlroy at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship this week.It seems that two of the sport's biggest names have clashed before the first tee shot has even been struck.

  • McIlroy expects better short game, putting after eye surgery

    January 20, 2016

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Rory McIlroy expects his short game and putting to be better this year after undergoing laser eye surgery during his two-month break from competitive golf.''It's definitely made things just that little bit sharper, maybe within 50 meters or so,'' McIlroy said Wednesday ahead of his first tournament of 2016 at the Abu Dhabi Championship. ''I feel like I've always been a decent green reader, but maybe not quite as good as I could be. So that was one of the reasons why I took this step.''

  • Spieth's top goal in 2016: Winning the Ryder Cup with US

    January 20, 2016

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Forget the majors, forget an Olympic gold medal: Jordan Spieth's big goal in 2016 is winning the Ryder Cup with the United States.''We're tired of hearing about changes that need to be made. We're tired of hearing about the past,'' the top-ranked Spieth said Wednesday, adopting a fierce tone. ''And we're ready to believe in a younger, more hungry team going forward.''

  • European Tour: Players can wear shorts in practice, pro-ams

    January 20, 2016

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Golfers on the European Tour have a new item of clothing to pack in their suitcases.The tour will allow players to wear shorts during practice rounds and pro-ams after the policy was passed unanimously by a tournament committee in Abu Dhabi late Tuesday.

  • Olympic golf test event needs players in Rio

    January 19, 2016

    HONOLULU (AP) With golf joining the Olympics for the first time since 1904, the PGA Tour is trying to put together a test event for the new course in Rio de Janeiro.The tour is having a tough time finding anyone to go because of the crowded 2016 schedule.

  • Even the world's best golfers envy parts of others' game

    January 19, 2016

    HONOLULU (AP) Jimmy Walker does not like to talk about another player's game when they are in the same group except for when ''Good shot'' is warranted. So he had to hold his tongue last summer while playing with Justin Rose.''He drove it so good, on a rope. I was like ... wow,'' Walker said. ''I waited two days and I said, `Justin, I don't give out compliments very often, but I've never seen anyone drive the golf ball as good as you did the last two days.'''

  • Northern Trust to shift title sponsorship from LA to NY

    January 19, 2016

    HONOLULU (AP) Northern Trust is moving its title sponsorship on the PGA Tour from Los Angeles to New York and will become the opening FedEx Cup playoff event next year, which could create a small domino effect of sponsors.Barclays has decided not to renew its title sponsorship after 12 years in the New York area. Starting in 2017, the FedEx Cup playoff's first event will be called The Northern Trust. It will keep the previous courses, starting with Glen Oaks in 2017 and rotating among Ridgewood, Plainfield, Liberty National and Bethpage Black.

  • Donaldson picks up chainsaw injury, misses Abu Dhabi event

    January 18, 2016

    LONDON (AP) Welsh golfer Jamie Donaldson looks set to miss this week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship after tangling with a chainsaw and picking up a severe finger injury.Donaldson, who scored the decisive point as Europe defeated the United States at the 2014 Ryder Cup, posted a graphic photo on Twitter of what seemed to be a laceration to the little finger on his left hand.

  • From caddie games to Sony Open winner for Fabian Gomez

    January 18, 2016

    HONOLULU (AP) Some of the toughest battles Fabian Gomez ever faced were with the other caddies he grew up with in Argentina.Money didn't come easily. He got by on about per round as a caddie in Resistencia, and he mowed lawns to earn extra cash. Cutting grass paid more. But it was those games with the other caddies that helped prepare him for moments like Sunday in the Sony Open.

  • Reports: Norman to be replaced at Fox Sports

    January 18, 2016

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Greg Norman is no longer part of the golf team for Fox Sports, according to published reports.Golfweek Magazine and Golf.com reported Sunday night that the two-time major champion is being replaced for next year. Fox Sports last year started a 12-year contract with the USGA that includes the U.S. Open, U.S. Women's Open and its other championships.

  • Gomez wins Sony Open in a playoff over Snedeker

    January 17, 2016

    HONOLULU (AP) Fabian Gomez of Argentina closed with two birdies for an 8-under 62, and then made his 11th birdie of the day on the second playoff hole to beat Brandt Snedeker on Sunday in the Sony Open.Gomez won for the second time on the PGA Tour, and this one was much tougher.

  • Paul Chaplet wins Latin America Amateur, spot in Masters

    January 17, 2016

    LA ROMANA, Dominican Republic (AP) Six years after Paul Chaplet first touched a golf club, the 16-year-old from Costa Rica is going to the Masters.Chaplet closed with a 2-under 70 on Sunday to win the Latin American Amateur, earning an exemption to Augusta National in April and a spot in the final stage of qualifying for the U.S. Open and British Open.

  • The history of the secondary cut starts at Sony Open

    January 17, 2016

    HONOLULU (AP) Until this year, the Sony Open did not hold many fond memories for Brandt Snedeker.He made his PGA Tour debut as a rookie in 2007 and missed the cut by seven shots. He returned the following year, shot 68-72 at Waialae to make the cut, walked into the scoring trailer and was told he would not have a tee time the next day.

  • Haydn Porteous wins maiden Euro Tour title at Joburg Open

    January 17, 2016

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) Haydn Porteous kept his nerve to go bogey-free through the final round Sunday and win the Joburg Open by two shots for his first European Tour title.The South African finished with a 3-under 69 for an 18-under total of 269 at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club. He pushed clear of a three-way tie for the lead overnight for his breakthrough win.

  • Europe dominates singles, boosts win margin in EurAsia Cup

    January 17, 2016

    SHAH ALAM, Malaysia (AP) Europe dominated Sunday's singles matches 9-1/2 to 2-1/2 to comfortably win the EurAsia Cup.The second edition of the trans-continental team event ended with a lopsided 18-1/2 to 5-1/2 score in favor of the visitors at Glenmarie Golf and Country Club.

  • Snedeker, Blair tied for lead at Sony Open

    January 16, 2016

    HONOLULU (AP) Zac Blair missed a 2-foot birdie putt on his final hole Saturday and had to settle for a share of the lead with Brandt Snedeker.Blair drilled a 3-wood into the par-5 closing hole at Waialae to just over 40 feet, lagged it short and pulled the short birdie. He still had a 6-under 64 and will have a good shot at his first PGA Tour victory.

  • Mardy Fish wins Diamond Resorts Invitational

    January 16, 2016

    WINDERMERE, Fla. (AP) Former tennis player Mardy Fish won the Diamond Resorts Invitational on Sunday, easily holding off former pitcher Rick Rhoden in the modified Stableford event for celebrity athletes and entertainers.Players received six points for eagle, three for birdie, one for par, zero for bogey and minus-2 for double bogey and higher in the inaugural event at Golden Bear Club at Keene's Point.

  • Wall, Lombard, Porteous share lead at Joburg Open

    January 16, 2016

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) Anthony Wall has a chance at his second European Tour title and first in 16 years when he heads into the final round of the Joburg Open as part of a three-way tie for the lead.England's Wall and South Africans Zander Lombard and Haydn Porteous were on 15-under-par 200 on Saturday after three rounds at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club.

  • Bertinotti takes 1-shot lead at Latin American Amateur

    January 16, 2016

    LA ROMANA, Dominican Republic (AP) Gaston Bertinotti of Argentina shot 3-under 69 on Saturday to take a one-shot lead in the Latin America Amateur Championship, leaving him one round away from playing in this year's Masters.Bertinotti, a junior at Campbell University in South Carolina, was at 5-under 211 at the Casa De Campo's Teeth of the Dog course.

  • Kevin Kisner paid his dues to get to paradise

    January 16, 2016

    HONOLULU (AP) Kevin Kisner can get used to this kind of living, and this kind of playing.He was one shot out of the lead through two rounds of the Sony Open, his fourth straight PGA Tour event where he has been in the final group going into the weekend. Later that afternoon, he was headed back to a hotel on Waikiki Beach to sit at the pool with his wife and 18-month-old daughter.

  • Europe dominates 2nd day to lead Asia 9 to 3

    January 16, 2016

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) Europe dominated the second day of the EurAsia Cup to lead Asia 9 to 3 at a sunny Glenmarie Golf & Country Club on Saturday.''We do not want to be complacent, but there's no harm in feeling confident and trying to win by a big margin,'' Lee Westwood said. ''We dominated the first two days and hopefully we will dominate the singles on the final day as well.''

  • New year for Snedeker, old season for Kisner

    January 16, 2016

    HONOLULU (AP) This is a new year for Brandt Snedeker, and an old season for Kevin Kisner.Snedeker's final official tournament of 2015 was a trip to the Australian PGA Championship and a small dent in his pride. He opened with an 84 and followed with a 75. Working on a new setup with swing coach Butch Harmon, the results have come quicker than he might have imagined.

  • Mardy Fish leads Diamond Resorts Invitational

    January 15, 2016

    WINDERMERE, Fla. (AP) Former tennis player Mardy Fish scored 30 points Friday in the inaugural Diamond Resorts Invitational to take a nine-point lead after the second round of the modified Stableford event for celebrity athletes and entertainers.Players receive six points for eagle, three for birdie, one for par, zero for bogey and minus-2 for double bogey and higher.

  • Snedeker sets the target at Waialae

    January 15, 2016

    HONOLULU (AP) Brandt Snedeker had a 5-under 65 and never came seriously close to a bogey Friday to build a one-shot lead midway through the second round of the Sony Open.Snedeker, playing Waialae for the first time in eight years, was at 12-under 128.

  • Colombia's Nicolas Echavarria leads Latin American Amateur

    January 15, 2016

    LA ROMANA, Dominican Republic (AP) Colombia's Nicolas Echavarria shot a 7-under 65 on Friday to take a three-stroke lead after the second round of the Latin American Amateur Championship.The winner Sunday will receive a spot in the Masters and the U.S. Amateur and British Amateur.

  • Champions Tour selects Sherwood CC for season-ending event

    January 15, 2016

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) The Champions Tour will stage the first of three season-ending events in the new Charles Schwab Cup playoffs at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, California.The tour said Thursday the PowerShares QQQ Championship will be played Oct. 28-30. The club located outside Los Angeles also will play host in 2017 and 2018.

  • McGowan opens 3-shot lead at Euro Tour's Joburg Open

    January 15, 2016

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) Ross McGowan opened a three-shot lead after two rounds of the European Tour's Joburg Open following a sizzling 9-under 62 on Friday.The Englishman, who regained his place on the tour this season, fired six birdies and two eagles on the par-71 West Course at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington to go 14 under for the tournament. That followed his 5-under 67 on the East Course in the opening round.

  • Europe lead Asia by 3 points in EurAsia Cup after first day

    January 15, 2016

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) Europe grabbed a good lead over Asia in the EurAsia Cup by 4 1/2 to 1 1/2 after the opening day at Glenmarie Golf & Country Club on Friday.Bernd Wiesberger and Ian Poulter notched five birdies and an eagle to beat Anirban Lahiri and Wang Jeung-hun 4 and 3 in the first fourballs match, then Kristoffer Broberg and Ross Fischer doubled that advantage.

  • Singh tries to find his old head and his old form

    January 15, 2016

    HONOLULU (AP) To look at his scorecard, it would appear Vijay Singh relied heavily on his putter in the first round of the Sony Open. He made birdie putts from 50 feet, 30 feet and two from 20 feet. To listen to the big Fijian, his opening round had more to do with a book.

  • Vijay Singh tied for early lead at Waialae

    January 14, 2016

    HONOLULU (AP) Vijay Singh opened with a 7-under 63 and a share of the early lead Thursday in the Sony Open, showing why at 52 he doesn't spend a lot of time with players his own age.Singh played bogey-free in gorgeous weather and mild wind at Waialae. He finished with two birdies to join Ricky Barnes and Morgan Hoffmann atop the leaderboard among those who played in the morning.

  • Ortiz, Miranda share Latin American Amateur lead

    January 14, 2016

    LA ROMANA, Dominican Republic (AP) Mexico's Alvaro Ortiz and Ecuador's Jose Andres Miranda shared the first-round lead at 4-under 68 on Thursday in the Latin American Amateur Championship.The winner Sunday will receive a spot in the Masters and the U.S. Amateur and British Amateur.

  • Bret Saberhagen leads Diamond Resorts Invitational

    January 14, 2016

    WINDERMERE, Fla. (AP) Two-time Cy Young Award winner Bret Saberhagen scored 25 points Thursday in the Diamond Resorts Invitational to take a two-point lead in the modified Stableford event for celebrity athletes and entertainers.Players receive six points for eagle, three for birdie, one for par, zero for bogey and minus-2 for double bogey and higher.

  • Justin Walters leads Joburg Open by 1 shot

    January 14, 2016

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) Justin Walters made birdie on the last hole to take a one-shot lead after the first round of the European Tour's Joburg Open on Thursday.The South African made his sixth birdie of the day on No. 18 for a 7-under 65 on the East Course at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington. That gave Walters a narrow advantage over six men tied for second on 6 under.

  • Walker going for rare 3-peat at Sony Open

    January 14, 2016

    HONOLULU (AP) Jimmy Walker is trying to join some exclusive company at the Sony Open.In his lifetime - Walker turns 37 on Saturday - only four players have won the same PGA Tour event three times in a row. Tom Watson did it at the Byron Nelson Classic. Stuart Appleby did it at Kapalua. Steve Stricker won three in a row at the John Deere Classic. Tiger Woods did it on six occasions.

  • Spieth signs major endorsement with Coca-Cola

    January 13, 2016

    HONOLULU (AP) Jordan Spieth has an endorsement with another major company, signing on with Coca-Cola as a brand ambassador.Coca-Cola announced Wednesday a multiyear partnership with Spieth in which the world's No. 1 player will be used in television advertising, digital and social media, packaging, point-of-sale and other areas. He also will be promoting the company's Dasani brand of water.

  • Steve Stricker feeling rejuvenated about the new year

    January 13, 2016

    HONOLULU (AP) Steve Stricker decided three years ago to start cutting back on his schedule. Now he can't wait to get started.That's why he left Wisconsin for the California desert the day after Christmas for six days of hard work, followed by a trip to the North Shore of Oahu for a week of work and play before starting his season at the Sony Open.

  • Clark hopes to have solution for long putter

    January 12, 2016

    HONOLULU (AP) Tim Clark hopes he has found the solution to the anchoring ban for longer putter, even if it makes it feel as though he is starting over.''I feel like this is my rookie season because I don't know what to expect,'' Clark said Tuesday at the Sony Open.

  • Spieth beats winners-only field, and now faces Rory McIlroy

    January 12, 2016

    HONOLULU (AP) Fresh off an eight-shot victory, Jordan Spieth gets one week of rest before stepping back into spotlight. He leaves this weekend for the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship and his first meeting of the year with Rory McIlroy.''I didn't know he was playing. I'll probably withdraw now,'' Spieth jokingly said Tuesday during a conference call for the Valspar Championship.

  • Europeans using EurAsia Cup to prepare for Ryder Cup

    January 12, 2016

    Europe captain Darren Clarke was keen to stress that the Ryder Cup in September wasn't in his thoughts heading into the second edition of the EurAsia Cup this week.''There's no Ryder Cup stuff going on in the back of my mind,'' Clarke said on Tuesday.

  • Spieth uses Tiger comparisons to stay grounded

    January 12, 2016

    HONOLULU (AP) To compare Jordan Spieth with Tiger Woods is not a mistake because Spieth does it all the time.That's what keeps him grounded.And don't be shy about throwing Phil Mickelson into that conversation. Spieth thinks a lot about Lefty, too.As he walked toward a Maui sunset with a lei around his neck and the silver trophy in his hand from an eight-shot victory in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, Spieth was asked what kept him from getting a big head.

  • Robert Allenby seeking to put 'nightmare' behind him

    January 11, 2016

    KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) Robert Allenby returned to paradise with hopes of putting a nightmare behind him.Allenby has missed the Sony Open only three times in his 17 years on the PGA Tour, and this would have been an acceptable occasion to miss. He went from victim of what he first described as a robbery and kidnapping to the butt of jokes over a bizarre night in Honolulu that left him with a bloodied forehead and no memory of what happened.

  • Spieth sends statement as big as his 8-shot win

    January 11, 2016

    KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) Jordan Spieth went on Twitter in the final hour of 2015 to say, ''Would rather this year not end.''Maybe it never did.Coming off a blockbuster year including the Masters, U.S. Open, five victories and the FedEx Cup, Spieth delivered a statement Sunday in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions by crushing the winners-only field at Kapalua for an eight-shot victory.

  • Spieth opens the new year in style with win at Kapalua

    January 10, 2016

    KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) Jordan Spieth brought his old form to the new year and had no trouble winning the Hyundai Tournament of Champions on Sunday.Staked to a five-shot lead, Spieth made two straight birdies around the turn at Kapalua to restore his margin, and he spent the rest of the afternoon soaking up the views of surf and sun on Maui.

  • Kapalua can be the start of great things to come

    January 10, 2016

    KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) The stars are back at Kapalua, and perhaps this is where the brightest will shine again.The Hyundai Tournament of Champions first moved to the Plantation Course on the western tip of Maui in 1999, and while the tournament was lacking in Sunday drama at times, it served as a harbinger in the early years for great seasons that followed.

  • Brandon Stone claims maiden Euro Tour win at SA Open

    January 10, 2016

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) Brandon Stone won the South African Open on Sunday for his maiden European Tour title, becoming the youngest player to win the event since it joined the tour schedule in 1997.The 22-year-old South African finished with a roller-coaster round of 71 that had seven birdies and also six bogeys, but it was still enough for a two-shot win over fellow home player Christiaan Bezuidenhout.

  • Spieth with another big finish leads by 5 at Kapalua

    January 9, 2016

    KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) Sharp as ever in the first PGA Tour event of the year, Jordan Spieth capped off the third round Saturday with a 10-foot eagle putt for an 8-under 65. He had a five-shot lead over Brooks Koepka going into the final day at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

  • Stone & Brooks share lead at South African Open

    January 9, 2016

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) Brandon Stone and Daniel Brooks share the lead at the European Tour's South African Open after the third round was suspended because of approaching thunderstorms and the threat of lightning on Saturday.Englishman Brooks was already one of the players who had to get up early to complete their second rounds because of similar stormy weather and a suspension on the second day in Johannesburg. He was 1 under for the day through nine holes to be 10 under overall.

  • Padraig Harrington has his own definition of a good year

    January 9, 2016

    KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) Padraig Harrington describes 2015 with words like ''grind'' and ''tough.'' It was not what he would refer to as a great year, and it doesn't sound like someone who is part of the most elite PGA Tour event of the year at Kapalua.

  • Spieth knows the math and pursues rare territory

    January 9, 2016

    KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) Even with only three semesters of college before he decided to try to make a living playing golf, Jordan Spieth is good at math.With four birdies and a pair of tough pars on the final six holes Friday in the Hyundai Tournament of Championship, he shot a 9-under 64 to build a four-shot lead in the first PGA Tour event of the year. More startling was the total score - 16-under 130.

  • Spieth opens up a 4-shot lead at Kapalua

    January 8, 2016

    KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) Jordan Spieth chipped in for eagle and ended his day with a birdie that dropped on the last turn. It gave him a 9-under 64 for a four-shot lead in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions on Friday.The first PGA Tour event of the year feels a lot like last year. Spieth is making putts. Spieth is chipping in. And everything seems to go his way, like the putt on the final hole that left him smiling.

  • Allenby returns to Sony Open

    January 8, 2016

    KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) Robert Allenby is returning to the Sony Open and hopeful of a better outcome - on and off the golf course.Allenby still doesn't know what happened last year the night he missed the cut, a bizarre tale that left him with a bloodied scrape on his forehead and a black eye. The story gained traction because of a photo he posted to Facebook to let his children know what had happened. He was robbed of his credit cards and cellphone.

  • Donated Augusta National member green jacket sold in Houston

    January 8, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) An Augusta National Golf Club green jacket from the 1960s donated to a Houston charity in a bundle of clothes has sold for thousands of dollars to a Pennsylvania car dealer.The Guild Shop sold the jacket Friday following media stories about the highly collectible item.

  • Kevin Kisner is ready to build on a breakthrough year

    January 8, 2016

    KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) Kevin Kisner has a motto for 2016 that surely is unlike that of any other player on the PGA Tour.Don't be Ronda Rousey.''Make sure we don't do so many commercials, get caught up in celebrity and then get knocked out in the second round,'' his swing coach, John Tillery, said with a laugh. The reference was to the UFC women's bantamweight title fight in Australia two months ago when Rousey was floored by a kick to the head by Holly Holm.

  • Grace's charge at SA Open halted by stormy weather

    January 8, 2016

    GAUTENG, South Africa (AP) Branden Grace's charge up the leaderboard at the SA Open was halted by stormy weather Friday with play abandoned midway through the second round.The South African was tied for the lead with Keith Horne at 8 under, after going through 11 holes in 5 under, when play was called off for the day at Glendower Golf Club because of the threat of lightning.

  • Spieth and Reed bring out the best in each other

    January 8, 2016

    KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) - Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed competed against each other in junior golf, each beat the other in a playoff on the PGA Tour, were partners in the Ryder Cup and played in the last group of the U.S. Open on the weekend last year.

  • Reed begins title defense at Kapalua with a 65

    January 7, 2016

    KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) Patrick Reed had three eagle attempts Thursday and made the last one for an 8-under 65 and a one-shot lead over Jordan Spieth in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.Reed is the defending champion at Kapalua and has top 10s in his last six tournaments around the world.

  • Van Zyl tops South African-dominated leaderboard at SA Open

    January 7, 2016

    GAUTENG, South Africa (AP) Jaco van Zyl shot a 7-under 65 Thursday to top a South African-dominated leaderboard in the first round of the SA Open, the European Tour's first event of 2016.Van Zyl maintained the form that put him in ties for eighth and 13th at the season-opening Alfred Dunhill Championship and Nedbank Golf Challenge before Christmas, hitting six birdies and an eagle.

  • Knox knows Laettner - and his place as PGA Tour winner

    January 7, 2016

    KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) Russell Knox knows he is in good company at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions because only PGA Tour winners are at Kapalua.That wasn't always the case, though Knox can be forgiven.Years ago, when the 30-year-old Scot was still grinding in golf's minor leagues, a friend who looked after Fred Funk's home in Florida invited Knox over for a few beers and to watch a fight on pay-per-view. Funk's house had everything, including a pingpong table, and Knox was playing when another guest arrived.

  • New year begins with strongest field in 10 years

    January 7, 2016

    KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) The Plantation Course at Kapalua was considered the ideal start to the PGA Tour.The idyllic setting on the west end of Maui made it feel like a working vacation, and the generous fairways - some 80 yards wide on some hole - were nearly impossible to miss even for players who were trying to shake off rust from their long winter's nap.

  • Day has his own act to follow at Kapalua

    January 6, 2016

    KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) Jordan Spieth isn't the only player who starts a new year with a tough act to follow.Jason Day had a monster year in golf with five wins and his first major championship. His hopes for 2016 are to win as often as he can, return to No. 1 and become the dominant player in golf.

  • Day said he had another bout with vertigo at St. Andrews

    January 6, 2016

    KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) Jason Day fought through symptoms of vertigo to share the 54-hole lead at the U.S. Open in one of gutsiest rounds of the year.But that wasn't the end of his vertigo.Day revealed Wednesday that he had another bout with vertigo during the seven holes he played Saturday in the weather-delayed British Open at St. Andrews.

  • World Cup to be held at Kingston Heath

    January 6, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The World Cup of Golf is going to Kingston Heath in November.Officials announced late last year that the two-man team event would be going to Melbourne, and the assumption was that it would return to Royal Melbourne. Instead, it will go to a course that is among the best in the fabled Sandbelt.

  • Irish golfer Christy O'Connor Jr dies at 67

    January 6, 2016

    LONDON (AP) Christy O'Connor Jr., the Irish golfer who produced the shot of his career to help Europe retain the Ryder Cup in 1989, has died. He was 67.O'Connor died in his sleep while on holiday in Tenerife in Spain's Canary Islands, the European Tour said on Wednesday.

  • Spieth coming off a big year and looking to improve

    January 5, 2016

    KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) Jordan Spieth had an answer for anyone curious about what he will do for an encore.''Doesn't an encore mean that the show is then over?'' he said Tuesday.The 22-year-old Texan hopes that will be the case. He has been described as having an old head on a young body, and that much was evident going into the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. Spieth says he looked at areas where he can improve. He also realizes the golfing public will measure him against what he did in 2015 instead of whatever he does this year.

  • Lingering soreness in wrist keeps Furyk from Kapalua

    January 5, 2016

    KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) Jim Furyk wanted nothing more than to be in Kapalua for the start of the new year on the PGA Tour. His left wrist refused to cooperate.Furyk hasn't played since he walked off the course in the first round of the BMW Championship on Sept. 17 with what turned out to be a bone bruise on his wrist. He wound up missing the Presidents Cup, and took the rest of the year off to make sure it was fully healed.

  • A new year on the PGA Tour raises 5 questions

    January 5, 2016

    KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) Jordan Spieth spent the first official practice day of the new year in good company.As he rolled putts at Kapalua, his teenage sister Ellie sat next to him on the practice green and watched until she reclined on her back and took in the warmth of the Hawaii sun. Few tournaments are more relaxing than the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, and that's just what golf needs.

  • Zach Johnson among 8 players moving to PXG

    January 4, 2016

    KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) Bob Parsons conducts business to an extreme, and that now includes golf clubs.The people he hired to build his golf clubs have no limitations and no deadlines. Money is no object, either, and that better be the case for the consumers. Parsons, the billionaire founder of GoDaddy, is selling his PXG clubs at about ,000 for the entire set.

  • Woods turns 40 and heads into uncertain future

    December 30, 2015

    Ten days after Tiger Woods turned 24, he picked up his 16th career PGA Tour victory by beating Ernie Els in an epic battle at Kapalua.More than winning his fifth straight PGA Tour event - the longest streak since 1953 - it was how he won. They matched eagles on the 18th in regulation and birdies in the playoff, and then Woods ended it on the second extra hole with a 40-foot birdie putt that was downhill, into the grain and broke hard to the left.

  • PGA Tour widening gap in world ranking points

    December 29, 2015

    European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley laid out ambitious plans with hopes of becoming a ''viable alternative'' to the PGA Tour.That starts with an increase in prize money, and he went so far as to say that it would make more sense for the European Tour's flagship event to be the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai ( million purse) instead of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth ( million purse) because of the money.

  • A year in golf: Tales from the tour

    December 29, 2015

    No one knows for sure when Tiger Woods will compete again, and that includes Woods. Still, there were indications earlier this month he wasn't ready to retire.Woods watched from a golf cart at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas. He also spent time in the TV booth, as he often does during his tournament. Woods might not always have a lot to offer in an interview, but he's a natural talking about golf. He is so good in the booth that someone jokingly suggested perhaps he should replace Johnny Miller when he's done playing.

  • Major moments, major shots for 2015

    December 22, 2015

    Jason Day's drive. Jordan Spieth's flop shot. Zach Johnson's putt.Major championships produce shots that can be more memorable than the winner holding the trophy. Zach Johnson with a claret jug? The more lasting image from the British Open was Johnson holding his crouch and slowly clenching his fist on the 18th green at St. Andrews.

  • 1-hole adjustments in match play could lead to a big margin

    December 22, 2015

    The biggest blowout in the Match Play Championship was Tiger Woods winning every hole on the front nine and closing out Stephen Ames, 9 and 8, at La Costa in 2006. This was two days after Ames, the No. 64 seed, jokingly said anything can happen in match play, ''especially where he's hitting the ball.''

  • American Pharoah, Curry and Spieth up for AP Male Athlete

    December 21, 2015

    Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, NBA MVP Stephen Curry and Masters and U.S. Open champ Jordan Spieth are the leading candidates for The Associated Press 2015 Male Athlete of the Year award.The AP announced the top three vote-getters Monday, and the winner will be announced Saturday.

  • Masters field at 89 going into next year

    December 21, 2015

    Lee Westwood did his part in Thailand. The math took care of the rest, and he's going to the Masters.Westwood, who tied for second two weeks ago in the Thailand Golf Championship, will move up one spot to No. 50 next week in the final world ranking of the year, assuring him a place in the field at Augusta National in April.

  • Juli Inkster returns as Solheim Cup captain

    December 18, 2015

    Juli Inkster said being the U.S. Solheim Cup captain was one of the biggest thrills of her career.And now she gets to do it again.Inkster was introduced as captain Friday during a surprise announcement at Des Moines Country Club, the Iowa course that will host the 2017 matches. She is the fourth American to be captain a second time, and she will try to join Judy Rankin as the only captain of two winning teams.

  • Broadcaster Mark Rolfing returns after scary cancer battle

    December 15, 2015

    Mark Rolfing could not imagine anything keeping him away from a golf tournament at Kapalua.Not even cancer.''I cannot believe how good it is to hear my voice,'' Rolfing said Monday evening, repeating a standard greeting. That voice was filled with so much enthusiasm it sounded as though it could have been coming from the television instead of a telephone.

  • Rome to host 2022 Ryder Cup

    December 14, 2015

    ROME (AP) The Ryder Cup is headed to Italy for the first time, with the Marco Simone club in Rome chosen Monday to host golf's biggest team event in 2022.Italy beat rival bids from Germany, Spain and Austria to secure hosting rights for the 44th edition of the biennial competition between Europe and the United States.

  • Lanny and Tucker Wadkins win Father/Son Challenge

    December 13, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Lanny and Tucker Wadkins won the PNC Father/Son Challenge on Sunday with an eagle on the first hole of a four-team playoff.Tucker made the 40-foot eagle putt on the par-5 18th at Ritz-Carlton Golf Club. The 23-year-old former University of Arizona player works in investor relations.

  • Donaldson wins Thailand Championship

    December 13, 2015

    CHONBURI, Thailand (AP) Jamie Donaldson won his first title of the year after beating Clement Sordet of France and defending champion Lee Westwood by three strokes in the final round of the Thailand Championship at the Amata Country Club on Sunday.The No. 68-ranked Donaldson rallied from two shots behind at the start of the day to shoot a final-round 65 that featured nine birdies and two bogeys for an overall 21-under-par 267 to win the title. The victory gives the Welshman one of four berths into next year's British Open.

  • Dufner-Snedeker teams wins Franklin Templeton Shootout

    December 12, 2015

    NAPLES, Fla. (AP) Jason Dufner felt his pairing with Brandt Snedeker would work out well, particularly in best ball.He was right.Dufner and Snedeker birdied the last two holes in best ball on Saturday and won the Franklin Templeton Shootout by two shots. The Dufner-Snedeker team finished at 30-under 186 at Tiburon Golf Club.

  • Vijay and Qass Singh shoot 59 to lead Father/Son Challenge

    December 12, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Vijay and Qass Singh eagled the par-5 18th hole for a 13-under 59 and a two-stroke lead Saturday in the PNC Father/Son Challenge scramble event.Vijay made the eagle putt after Qass hit a 6-iron from 189 yards to 15 feet.''I always enjoy playing with my dad,'' Qass said.

  • Bernhard Langer selected PGA Tour Champions player of year

    December 12, 2015

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Bernhard Langer won the Jack Nicklaus Award on Saturday as the PGA Tour Champions player of the year for the record fifth time.Langer also won the award in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2014. The 58-year-old German star successfully defended his Senior Players title in June in Massachusetts for his fifth senior major title and won in San Antonio in October for his 25th victory on the 50-and-over tour.

  • Asian Tour rookie from France leads in Thailand by 2 shots

    December 12, 2015

    CHONBURI, Thailand (AP) Clement Sordet of France produced an unblemished 9-under-par 63 to steal the lead from Jamie Donaldson of Wales by two strokes after the third round of the Thailand Golf Championship on Saturday.Sordet made seven birdies and eagled the par-5 15th hole for the outright lead, his first on the Asian Tour. Sordet turned pro this year after graduating from university in the United States, and usually competes on the European Tour's second-tier Challenge Tour.

  • Hoffman-Berger take 1-stroke lead at Shootout in Florida

    December 11, 2015

    NAPLES, Fla. (AP) Charley Hoffman and Daniel Berger had a one-stroke lead after Friday's second round of the Franklin Templeton ShootoutHoffman-Berger had birdies on the last three holes to finish 8 under for the day and 20-under 124 for the tournament. They led Brandt Snedeker and Jason Dufner and opening-day leaders Matt Kuchar and Harris English by a stroke.

  • Donaldson still leading after Thailand 2nd round by 2

    December 11, 2015

    CHONBURI, Thailand (AP) Jamie Donaldson of Wales leads the Thailand Championship into the weekend by two shots over Martin Kaymer after the second round on Friday.Donaldson carded a 4-under-par 68 to lie at 13 under in the Asian Tour event at Amata Spring Country Club.

  • Kuchar, English take 1-shot lead in Shootout in Florida

    December 10, 2015

    NAPLES, Fla. (AP) Matt Kuchar and Harris English made a run at the record in the first round of the Franklin Templeton Shootout.They're in the lead with a 14-under 58 at the Tiburon Golf Club. Billy Horschel-Hunter Mahan and Graeme McDowell-Gary Woodland are tied for second with 59s.

  • Donaldson opens with 63 to lead Thailand Championship by 3

    December 10, 2015

    CHONBURI, Thailand (AP) Jamie Donaldson of Wales enjoyed a sizzling opening round of 9-under-par 63 to take a three-stroke lead over three players including 2013 winner Sergio Garcia in the Thailand Championship on Thursday.Donaldson, who hasn't won in 16 months, birdied his first four holes and the last two at Amata Spring Country Club, and said, ''I couldn't really do things wrong.

  • Finchem not sure how much longer he'll stay commissioner

    December 8, 2015

    NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem jokingly said he was relieved to see Tiger Woods still alive after reading such gloomy reports from his press conference in the Bahamas about his back issues. Finchem didn't come away with a feeling that Woods was finished.

  • His back ailing, Woods is merely an onlooker - for now

    December 9, 2015

    NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) Jordan Spieth is used to having an audience on the golf course.Just not Tiger Woods.Spieth had just made bogey from the sand on the par-3 fifth hole at Albany Golf Club when he heard from the other side of the ropes, ''Don't worry. You'll get it back.''

  • Spieth gets 3 weeks to reflect on big year

    December 8, 2015

    NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) Jordan Spieth and his caddie shared the kind of hug on the 18th green normally seen only by winners.They were six shots behind when they finished the Hero World Challenge, and it was clear this moment wasn't about Sunday at Albany Golf Club. This was about the realization that the year was finally over, the kind of year a player never wants to end.

  • China's Simin Feng wins LPGA Tour Q-school

    December 7, 2015

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) China's Simin Feng completed a wire-to-wire victory in the LPGA Tour Qualifying Tournament on Sunday to regain a full exemption.The 20-year-old Feng closed with a 3-under 69 at LPGA International for an 18-under 342 total and a seven-stroke victory. The top 20 earned full cards, and Nos. 21-45 and ties received conditional status.

  • Watson wins World Challenge by 3 shots

    December 6, 2015

    NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) Bubba Watson wasn't even planning to play in the Hero World Challenge. He left no doubt Sunday who was going to win.With two quick birdies, Watson was never seriously challenged at Albany Golf Club and sailed home to a 6-under 66 for a three-shot victory over Patrick Reed.

  • Leishman wins by 6 strokes in Sun City

    December 6, 2015

    SUN CITY, South Africa (AP) Marc Leishman picked up his maiden European Tour title on Sunday as he won the Nedbank Challenge by six strokes.The Australian, who started the final round ahead of Henrik Stenson by one shot, carded a 5-under 67 to finish 19 under for the tournament and win .25 million.

  • Japan LPGA wins 6 singles matches to capture The Queens

    December 6, 2015

    NAGOYA, Japan (AP) Japan took six of 18 singles matches on Sunday to capture the inaugural Queens match-play tournament between teams from different women's golf tours,The Japan LPGA team went into the final round with an eight-point lead over the Korean LPGA, and Misuzu Narita got the home team off to a winning start with a 6 and 5 win over Europe's Catriona Matthew.

  • Holman wins Australian PGA championship in 3-way playoff

    December 6, 2015

    GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) Australian Nathan Holman parred the first hole of a three-way playoff with American Harold Varner III and South Africa's Dylan Frittelli to win the Australian PGA championship on Sunday.Holman, who shot a final-round 1-over 73, and Frittelli and Varner, who each shot 75s, finished with even-par totals of 288.

  • China's Simin Feng opens 5-shot lead in LPGA Tour Q-school

    December 5, 2015

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) China's Simin Feng shot a 3-under 69 on Saturday on the Hills Course to take a five-stroke lead into the final round of the LPGA Tour Qualifying Tournament.The 20-year-old Feng shot had a 15-under 272 total at LPGA International. The top 20 finishers Sunday will earn full LPGA Tour cards, and Nos. 21-45 and ties will receive conditional status.

  • Simin Feng opens 5-shot lead in LPGA Tour Q-school

    December 5, 2015

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) China's Simin Feng shot a 3-under 69 on Saturday on the Hills Course to take a five-stroke lead into the final round of the LPGA Tour Qualifying Tournament.The 20-year-old Feng shot had a 15-under 272 total at LPGA International. The top 20 finishers Sunday will earn full LPGA Tour cards, and Nos. 21-45 and ties will receive conditional status.

  • Watson ties course record and takes 2-shot lead in Bahamas

    December 5, 2015

    NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) Bubba Watson holed out with a 7-iron for eagle and tied the course record with a 9-under 63 Saturday to build a two-shot lead after three rounds at the Hero World Challenge.Watson tied the record at Albany Golf Club set 10 minutes earlier by Paul Casey, who made nine birdies in his first 13 holes before closing with five pars for his 63 that left him two shots behind.

  • Leishman leads Stenson by 1 after 3rd round at Sun City

    December 5, 2015

    SUN CITY, South Africa (AP) Marc Leishman birdied the last two holes to card a 6-under 66 and move into the lead on the third day of the Nedbank Challenge.The Australian started the day on 8-under par, trailing leader Henrik Stenson by three shots, but a strong back nine saw him close the day on 14 under to lead the Swede by one stroke.

  • A familiar wish list for Jordan Spieth

    December 5, 2015

    NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) What if Jordan Spieth could win only one tournament next year? He wasted no time with his answer.''The Masters,'' he said.That's true for a lot of players. However, Spieth already has a green jacket from his record-tying performance at Augusta National this year. It would seem he would prefer to win the British Open or the PGA Championship to get closer to the career Grand Slam. Or maybe even a gold medal from the Olympics because that only comes around once every four years, and for golf once in more than a century.

  • American Varner III shoots 66 to share Australian PGA lead

    December 5, 2015

    GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) American Harold Varner III shot a 6-under 66 Saturday to move into a three-way share of the lead after three rounds of the Australian PGA championship.Varner, who bounced his approach shot off the 18th-hole grandstand but scrambled to make par for the best round of the day, had a 54-hole total of 3-under 213.

  • Brandt Jobe wins Champions Tour Q-school

    December 4, 2015

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Brandt Jobe won the Champions Tour qualifying tournament Friday to earn one of five fully exempt spots next year, closing with a 2-under 69 for a one-stroke victory.Jobe, a six-time winner on the Japan Golf Tour, had an 18-under 266 total on TPC Scottsdale's Champions Course.

  • Simin Feng leads LPGA Tour Qualifying Tournament

    December 4, 2015

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) China's Simin Feng eagled the par-5 18th hole Friday to take a two-stroke lead after the third round of the LPGA Tour Qualifying Tournament.The 20-year-old Feng shot a 3-under 69 on LPGA International's Jones Course to reach 12-under 204.

  • Jordan Spieth in a 3-way tie for the lead in Bahamas

    December 4, 2015

    NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) Jordan Spieth rallied from a rugged start for a 6-under 66 on Friday that gave him a share of the lead with Jimmy Walker and Bill Haas going into the weekend at the Hero World Challenge.Spieth feels like he's on vacation in the Bahamas. On the golf course, it's all business.

  • Stenson takes 1-shot lead after 2nd round Nedbank Challenge

    December 4, 2015

    SUN CITY, South Africa (AP) Henrik Stenson made five birdies on his back nine to shoot a 5-under 67 Friday and take a one-shot lead after the second round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge.After bogeying three straight holes before a two-hour rain delay, the Swede came back out to pick up five shots between the 11th and 17th holes for an 11-under total of 133. Jaco van Zyl of South Africa was second after a 68, with American Robert Streb shooting the best round of the day for a 66 to sit another shot back in third.

  • Byeong-Hun An 1st Asian to win Rookie of the Year in Europe

    December 4, 2015

    VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) Byeong-Hun An of South Korea became the first Asian to win the rookie of the year award on the European Tour on Friday, a feat he hopes will inspire other golfers from his continent to play in Europe.The 24-year-old An won his first tour title at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth in May - finishing the flagship event with a record low score - and had top-four finishes in three of the four Final Series events, earning him a seventh-place finish in the Race to Dubai.

  • Soft wind, low scores and an ace by Jordan Spieth

    December 4, 2015

    NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) Jimmy Walker had reason to believe he was simply playing golf on vacation.He was at Albany Golf Club, located at the far end of New Providence island with a tropical feel even without views of the ocean. The air was warm. The breeze was gentle. And there was hardly anyone watching him play golf.

  • Sweden's Lingmerth leads Australian PGA by 1 stroke after 68

    December 4, 2015

    GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) David Lingmerth of Sweden shot a 4-under 68 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead after two rounds of the Australian PGA championship.Lingmerth had a 36-hole total of 3-under 141 on a Royal Pines course playing slightly easier than Thursday, when rain and gusting winds prevented all but six players from finishing under par in the European Tour co-sanctioned event.

  • Feng, Yang share LPGA Tour Qualifying Tournament lead

    December 3, 2015

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) China's Simin Feng and South Korea's Julie Yang shared the second-round lead at 9-under par Thursday in the LPGA Tour Qualifying Tournament.Feng had a 2-under 70 on LPGA International's Hills Course, and Yang shot a 69 on the Jones Course.

  • Casey part of 3-way tie for the lead at World Challenge

    December 3, 2015

    NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) Paul Casey is off to a good start in his final chance this year to get a victory.Casey made birdie on the 18th hole at Albany Golf Club on Thursday for a 6-under 66 and a share of the first-round lead with Jimmy Walker and Zach Johnson in the Hero World Challenge.

  • Stenson, Van Zyl shoot 6 under in 1st round to lead Sun City

    December 3, 2015

    SUN CITY, South Africa (AP) South African player Jaco van Zyl overcame the nerves attached to his Nedbank Golf Challenge debut to ensure some local representation at the top of the leaderboard as he closed the first round at Sun City level with Henrik Stenson.

  • Woods opens up on failed marriage, future in golf

    December 3, 2015

    NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) Tiger Woods says he has a ''fantastic'' relationship with his ex-wife and he has taken steps to explain to his two children what happened to their marriage.In a rare and extensive interview with Time magazine, Woods also shared the same sentiments about his future that he did Tuesday at the tournament he is hosting in the Bahamas. He still wants to play golf at the highest level, though he is resigned that it might not happen if the nerve damage in his back doesn't allow for it.

  • Spieth defends World Challenge title on a new course

    December 3, 2015

    NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) Jordan Spieth had good memories and a strong vibe when he showed up at the Hero World Challenge last year. It was held at Isleworth, where Spieth recorded an eight-shot victory for his first college title as a freshman at Texas.

  • Brandt Snedeker shoots 84 in opening round of Australian PGA

    December 3, 2015

    GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) Brandt Snedeker, the top-ranked player at the Australian PGA championship, shot a 12-over-par 84 in the opening round Thursday.Snedeker, ranked 38th and one of only three players in the top 100 at Royal Pines this week, was 7-over after five holes. Starting on the back nine, he had two bogeys, a double bogey and a triple bogey to start and made the turn in 9-over 45.

  • Brandt Jobe leads Champions Tour Q-school

    December 3, 2015

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Brandt Jobe shot a 5-under 66 on Thursday to increase his lead to two strokes in the Champions Tour qualifying tournament.The top-five finishers Friday will earn fully exempt status, and the next seven will be conditionally exempt. The top 30 finishers and ties will be eligible to compete for spots in open qualifiers.

  • Woods still a big presence at his tournament

    December 2, 2015

    NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem met with Tiger Woods on Wednesday and was happy to see him alive.''I kidded him because based on media reports I read before I came down here this morning, I thought he was actually dying. `Tiger, you're supposed to be dead.' I just saw him,'' Finchem said. ''He's alive.''

  • Song, Feng lead LPGA Tour Qualifying Tournament

    December 2, 2015

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Christine Song and China's Simin Feng each shot 7-under 65 on Wednesday to share the first-round lead in the LPGA Tour Qualifying Tournament.Song and Feng opened on LPGA International's Jones Course. South Korea's Julie Yang was third after a 66 on the Hills Course, and Cydney Clanton had a 67 on the Jones Course.

  • Spieth's big lesson on closing paid big dividends

    December 2, 2015

    NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) One year ago, Jordan Spieth had doubts that his game was good enough to close out tournaments.That's no longer the case.Spieth last year failed to convert three times when he had at least a share of the 54-hole lead, including the Masters and The Players Championship. He ended 2014 by going wire-to-wire in the Hero World Challenge at Isleworth.

  • Casey looking forward to a team uniform - in the Olympics

    December 1, 2015

    NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) Paul Casey would love nothing better than to wear a uniform and play for the flag in 2016.His motivation is Rio, not Hazeltine.''Not that I know,'' Casey said Tuesday with a smile, ''but I think we have until July 11.''He was talking about the cutoff for qualifying for the Olympics, and the 38-year-old from England has a good chance to qualify for the United Kingdom. Casey is No. 24 in the world ranking and currently behind Justin Rose (No. 5) and Danny Willett (No. 20). As steady as he has been playing, Casey is setting his target on the top 10. The UK can have as many as four players provided they are within the top 15 on July 11.

  • Jason Day, Jarrod Lyle honored with golf awards

    December 1, 2015

    GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) Jason Day has been named the winner of the inaugural Greg Norman Medal as Australia's best-performing international golfer while Jarrod Lyle was awarded the PGA Tour's Courage Award for his battle with cancer.Day, ranked No. 2 in the world, won five times on the U.S. PGA Tour this year, including his first major at the U.S. PGA Championship. Day, one of eight male and female nominees by the PGA of Australia, also finished tied for fourth at the British Open.

  • Tiger Woods has no timetable on healing or playing

    December 1, 2015

    NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) Tiger Woods painted a bleak picture Tuesday on when he can return to golf or even get back to doing anything more than just walking.Woods had two back surgeries in a span of 18 months followed by what he described only as another ''procedure'' in the same area in October. He has not started rehabilitation and does not know when his back will allow for that.

  • Memorable shots with every club in the bag

    December 1, 2015

    ALBANY, Bahamas (AP) Jordan Spieth hit a 3-wood from 281 yards. Zach Johnson hit a putt that traveled about 30 feet.Both resulted in a major championship.Every club in the bag had a story to tell in 2015, a year on the PGA Tour marked by big wins, clutch shots and frustration that golf so often produces. So here's a look back at some of the most memorable shots involving each club in the bag.

  • Diana Murphy nominated as USGA president

    November 30, 2015

    FAR HILLS, N.J. (AP) Diana Murphy has been nominated to a one-year term as president of the U.S. Golf Association.If elected, she would be the second woman to be president of the USGA. Judy Bell was president in 1996-97. Murphy's husband, Reg Murphy, was USGA president in 1994-95.

  • Schwartzel wins Euro Tour's Alfred Dunhill Championship

    November 29, 2015

    MALELANE, South Africa (AP) Charl Schwartzel eased to a four-shot victory at the Alfred Dunhill Championship on Sunday to become the third South African behind Ernie Els and Retief Goosen to win 10 European Tour titles.Schwartzel's fourth triumph at the Alfred Dunhill was ultimately comfortable as he finished with a 2-under 70 for a 15-under total of 273.

  • Jones overcomes some anxious moments to win Australian Open

    November 29, 2015

    SYDNEY (AP) Matt Jones talked about the ''stress and anxious moments'' during his final round at the Australian Open on Sunday.He wasn't exaggerating.Jones overcame a bogey, double-bogey and triple-bogey on the front nine Sunday to escape with a one-stroke victory in the 100th Australian Open after shooting a 2-over 73. Jones, who led defending champion Jordan Spieth by three strokes to begin the day, finished with a 72-hole total of 8-under 276.

  • Matt Jones wins Australian Open with closing 2-over 73

    November 29, 2015

    SYDNEY (AP) Matt Jones overcame a bogey, double-bogey and triple-bogey on the front nine Sunday to escape with a one-stroke victory at the Australian Open after shooting a 2-over 73.Jones, who led defending champion Jordan Spieth by three strokes to begin the day, finished with a 72-hole total of 8-under 276.

  • Rod Pampling shoots course-record 61 at Australian Open

    November 28, 2015

    SYDNEY (AP) Australian veteran Rod Pampling shot the round of his career on Sunday to break Jordan Spieth's course record at The Australian Golf Club with a 10-under 61 during the final round of the Australian Open.Spieth set the previous mark of 63 during the final round last year while winning the Australian Open by six strokes, with Pampling finishing runner-up. It was the first time the Jack Nicklaus-designed course had played at a par-71.

  • Schwartzel leads by 3 shots at Alfred Dunhill Championship

    November 28, 2015

    MALELANE, South Africa (AP) Charl Schwartzel will take a three-shot lead into the final round of the European Tour's season-opening Alfred Dunhill Championship after a 2-under 70 moved him to 13 under par on Saturday.Schwartzel has returned to form at one of his favorite tournaments, which he's won three times before.

  • Jones maintains lead at Australian Open, Spieth 3 behind

    November 28, 2015

    SYDNEY (AP) Matt Jones shot a 3-under 68 to hold a three-stroke advantage over a surging Jordan Spieth after the third round of the Australian Open on Saturday.Defending champion Spieth holed out with his shot from the fairway on the par-4 17th for an eagle, then had a tap-in birdie on 18 for a 67.

  • Schwartzel leads Euro Tour opener in South Africa

    November 27, 2015

    MALELANE, South Africa (AP) Charl Schwartzel shot a 5-under 67 Friday to open a five-shot lead after the second round of the European Tour's season-opening Alfred Dunhill Championship.Schwartzel, a three-time champion at Alfred Dunhill, made six birdies and a bogey for an 11-under total of 133 at the halfway point.

  • Spieth, Scott go in opposite directions at Australian Open

    November 27, 2015

    SYDNEY (AP) Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott went in opposite directions at the Australian Open on Friday while Matt Jones used home-course advantage to shoot a 3-under 68 and take a three-stroke lead after two rounds.Jones, a member at The Australian Golf Club, had a 36-hole total of 7-under 135 on a course that was playing only slightly easier after Thursday's brutal wind and heat when only 18 players broke par.

  • Jones' 68 gives him early 2nd-round lead at Australian Open

    November 26, 2015

    SYDNEY (AP) Matt Jones used home-course advantage to shoot a 4-under 68 Friday and take the early clubhouse lead during the second round of the Australian Open.Jones, who is a member at The Australian Golf Club, had a 36-hole total of 7-under 135 on a course that was playing easier after Thursday's brutal wind and heat when only 18 players broke par.

  • Scott slides down Australian Open leaderboard with 73

    November 27, 2015

    SYDNEY (AP) A ''flat'' and tired Adam Scott shot a 2-over 73 at the Australian Open on Friday, a round that allowed him to make the cut but likely did little to help him end his 2015 victory drought.Scott, playing for the sixth time in eight weeks, was right on the cutline when he finished his second round just before midday Friday, but he eventually was two inside the 4-over cut mark. He was tied for 34th and nine strokes behind second-round leader Matt Jones.

  • New Euro Tour season opens in South Africa, Basson leads

    November 26, 2015

    MALELANE, South Africa (AP) Christiaan Basson holds the clubhouse lead in the first round of the European Tour's season-opening Alfred Dunhill Championship, with play being suspended Thursday because of lightning.Charl Schwartzel is part of a tie for second.

  • Spieth, Scott shoot 71s at Australian Open, trail by 5 shots

    November 26, 2015

    SYDNEY (AP) Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott struggled to even-par 71s in the hot, windy opening round of the Australian Open on Thursday, leaving the top two-ranked players in the tournament five strokes behind little-known leader Lincoln Tighe.Spieth and Scott, tied for 19th with 11 others, were in good company. Australia's Tighe, with seven birdies and two bogeys, had a one-stroke lead after his 66, one of only 18 in the 156-player field who broke par at The Australian Golf Club.

  • Spieth finds going tough in 1st round of Australian Open

    November 26, 2015

    SYDNEY (AP) Last year, Jordan Spieth played what he called the best round of his life by shooting a record 8-under 63 to win the Australian Open by six strokes.A year later, under similarly tough conditions at the Australian Golf Club, the 22-year-old American, now a two-time major and Tour Championship winner, found the going much more difficult, shooting an even-par 71 that left him five strokes behind surprise first-round leader Lincoln Tighe of Australia.

  • Spieth has 71 at Australian Open, trails early leader by 5

    November 25, 2015

    SYDNEY (AP) Jordan Spieth birdied his opening hole and bogeyed his last during an even-par 71 Thursday that saw the defending champion trail early leader Lincoln Tighe by five strokes on a blustery, hot day at the Australian Open.In scorching hot, windy conditions, Spieth started on the 10th hole with a birdie, bogeyed a par-3 on each nine and finished with a 5 on the par-4 ninth at The Australian Golf Club.

  • Scott's 14-year title streak under threat as 2015 winds down

    November 25, 2015

    SYDNEY (AP) Adam Scott is without a tournament victory thus far in 2015, putting his 14-year record of winning at least one tournament a year in jeopardy going into this week's Australian Open.But Scott said Wednesday that his family life - he became a father in February - had nothing to do with it.

  • Adam Scott playing well ahead of Australian Open

    November 24, 2015

    SYDNEY (AP) Adam Scott said the Australian Golf Club, which will host the Australian Open beginning Thursday, might be in the best shape of any course he's played this year. His score in Wednesday's pro-am might have made him feel that way.Scott initially said after his pro-am round he had a ''bunch of birdies,'' but when told that one of his playing partners said that Scott had shot ''9 or 10 under'' on the par-71 course, Scott smiled and said: ''Yes, it was something like that, but I stopped counting because I didn't want to use them all today.''

  • LPGA team event moves to Merit Club near Chicago

    November 24, 2015

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) The LPGA Tour is moving the International Crown to the Merit Club outside Chicago next year.The match-play event among eight countries was to be held July 21-24 at Rich Harvest Farms in the southwestern Chicago suburbs. The LPGA didn't say why it was moving from the home of the 2009 Solheim Cup.

  • New stars to give Kapalua its strongest field in a decade

    November 24, 2015

    ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) The start of a new year on the PGA Tour at Kapalua lost some sizzle when Tiger Woods stopped going after 2005, which was four years after Phil Mickelson decided to go to Hawaii only for a vacation.And when the PGA Tour went to a wraparound season two years ago, the Hyundai Tournament of Champions was in an awkward spot. Yes, it was the first event of the year, but the season had started three months earlier.

  • A mixed message in Ryder Cup qualifying

    November 24, 2015

    ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) Davis Love III wore more than one hat at Sea Island, and sometimes he couldn't switch them fast enough.Love is the Ryder Cup captain, and he was part of the task force that decided Americans who competed in the fall start to the PGA Tour season should not get any Ryder Cup points. Love also is the tournament host of the RSM Classic, the final event of the fall.

  • Spieth gets all the tough questions at the Australian Open

    November 24, 2015

    SYDNEY (AP) Jordan Spieth must have thought he answered all the tough questions during a 30-minute media conference Tuesday that had to be cut off by Australian Open organizers.The most prying questions, though, came a few hours later from a group of about 60 kids during a junior clinic on the range at The Australian Golf Club, where Spieth will open play Thursday in defense of his 2014 title.

  • Count Jordan Spieth as a likely Rio Olympics starter in 2016

    November 24, 2015

    SYDNEY (AP) Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott, the two headliners at this week's Australian Open, have distinctly different excitement levels over next year's Rio Olympics golf tournament.While both agree a team competition would have been nice, Scott says he'll go if he can fit it into his schedule, and isn't very enthused. On Tuesday, however, Spieth said count him in unless he's injured or, by some miracle, the world's top-ranked golfer fails to qualify.

  • At 18, Lydia Ko's dominance may just be beginning

    November 23, 2015

    NAPLES, Fla. (AP) Lydia Ko had just been handed a million bonus for the second consecutive year, and the first thing she thought about buying with those newfound additional riches was a new phone.She's had a bunch. She keeps dropping them.''My mom doesn't like it,'' Ko said. ''Phones are expensive.''

  • Kisner steady rise finally leads to a trophy

    November 23, 2015

    ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) The question to Kevin Kisner sounded like a trap, even though it was grounded in truth.Does he feel like a player who is top 20 in the world?Hardly anyone knew Kisner going into this year. He tied for fourth at Sea Island a year ago for his best finish ever on the PGA Tour. He ended the year at No. 236 in the world. In three full PGA Tour seasons, he only kept his card once.

  • Jeff Gove wins Pebble Beach Invitational

    November 22, 2015

    PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) Web.com Tour player Jeff Gove won the Pebble Beach Invitational on Sunday, birdieing the final two holes for a 6-under 66 and a two-shot victory over Champions Tour players Kevin Sutherland and Duffy Waldorf.Gove had seven birdies and a bogey at Pebble Beach to finish at 15-under 273 total.

  • Wie finishes a 2015 season filled with struggle

    November 22, 2015

    NAPLES, Fla. (AP) Michelle Wie's final stroke of the season was a long putt from just off the green, and when it dropped she couldn't wait to retrieve the ball from the cup.Her season, mercifully, was over.Wie hasn't won a tournament since the 2014 U.S. Women's Open, and wasn't even close this year. More than half the players on the LPGA Tour finished in the top 10 at least once this season, Wie not among them. She tied for 32nd at the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship that ended Sunday, capping her showing with a 5-under 67 that was her best round in weeks.

  • Kisner finally comes through in final event of PGA Tour year

    November 22, 2015

    ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) Kevin Kisner ended a year marked by runner-up finishes with his first PGA Tour victory Sunday at Sea Island.With the RSM Classic in his hands, Kisner ran with it. His three-shot lead turned into a six-shot lead at the turn, and he breezed home with a 6-under 64 to win by six shots over Kevin Chappell.

  • Kerr wins title, Ko takes million, Park going to Hall

    November 22, 2015

    NAPLES, Fla. (AP) Cristie Kerr won the tournament. Lydia Ko won million and became the player of the year. Inbee Park won the scoring title and is going to the LPGA's Hall of Fame.And just as the LPGA intended, the season-finale was brimming with drama until the very end.

  • McIlroy wins Race to Dubai with UAE title

    November 22, 2015

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Rory McIlroy survived a late scare and finished his frustrating season on a high, winning both the DP World Tour Championship and the Race to Dubai crown on Sunday.McIlroy got the better of overnight leader Andy Sullivan over the back nine to clinch the European Tour's season-ending tournament.

  • Senior the "senior" wins Australian Masters with closing 68

    November 22, 2015

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Peter Senior claimed his third Australian Masters title on Sunday and set another age record in his home country as the 56-year-old shot a final-round 3-under 68 for a two-stroke victory.The Champions Tour regular became the oldest player to win the Masters, three years after becoming the oldest to capture the Australian Open. He also won the Australian PGA, the third major Down Under, when he was 51.

  • Jeff Gove leads Pebble Beach Invitational

    November 21, 2015

    PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) Jeff Gove shot his third straight 3-under 69 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead over three players in the Pebble Beach Invitational.Gove, who will play next season on the Web.com Tour, eagled the sixth hole and had three birdies and two bogeys at Pebble Beach to reach 9-under 207.

  • Kerr, Jang share LPGA Tour lead, Ko in position for bonus

    November 21, 2015

    NAPLES, Fla. (AP) Cristie Kerr and Ha Na Jang shared the lead going into the final round of the LPGA Tour's season-ending CME Group Tour Championship, and Lydia Ko remained in control of the biggest year-end awards and a million bonus.Kerr shot a 4-under 67 on Saturday to match Jang at 13 under at Tiburon Golf Club. Jang had a 69.

  • Kisner shoots 64 and gets last shot at 1st win

    November 21, 2015

    ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) Kevin Kisner had a 6-under 64 in the RSM Classic to build a three-shot lead Saturday as he goes for his first win on the PGA Tour.Already a runner-up four times this year - three in a playoff - Kisner has never had a chance this good. He birdied his last three holes on the Seaside course to build some separation over Kevin Chappell and Graeme McDowell.

  • McIlroy closes to within 1 shot of lead in Dubai

    November 21, 2015

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Rory McIlroy shot the best round of the day to move within one shot of leader Andy Sullivan after the third round of the World Tour Championship on Saturday, which also puts him closer to the Race to Dubai title.McIlroy shot a 7-under 65 at Jumeirah Golf Estates to make up three shots on Sullivan (68) and go four strokes clear of Danny Willett, his closest challenger for the season-long Race to Dubai crown. Willett looked set to be even further back but made two birdies and an eagle on his last five holes for a 67.

  • Casey won't rejoin European Tour, ineligible for Ryder Cup

    November 21, 2015

    VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) English golfer Paul Casey has opted not to rejoin the European Tour for next season, meaning he will be ineligible for the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine in Minnesota.Casey, who is based mainly in Arizona, gave up his membership after deciding to concentrate on the PGA Tour in order to get back into the world's top 50.

  • A chance to break through at Sea Island

    November 21, 2015

    ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) Kevin Chappell is playing his 143rd event on the PGA Tour and looking for his first win.Kevin Kisner is 0 for 109.Both were in position to pick up their first victory going into the weekend in the RSM Classic at Sea Island. But their position is not as similar as it looks on paper.

  • Scott falters, Millar has 54-hole lead at Australian Masters

    November 21, 2015

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Matthew Millar overcame blustery winds to shoot a 3-under 68 - one of the best rounds of the day at Huntingdale - and take a one-stroke lead after three rounds at the Australian Masters.Adam Scott, who led after the first two rounds, bogeyed his opening hole and struggled all day for a 77 and was five strokes behind. He began and ended the back nine with consecutive bogeys on 10-11 and 17-18.

  • Scott falters, Millar has 3-round lead at Australian Masters

    November 21, 2015

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Matthew Millar overcame blustery winds to shoot a 3-under 68 - one of the best rounds of the day at Huntingdale - and take a one-stroke lead after three rounds at the Australian Masters.Adam Scott, who led after the first two rounds, bogeyed his opening hole and struggled all day for a 77 and was five strokes behind.

  • James Driscoll leads Pebble Beach Invitational

    November 20, 2015

    PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) James Driscoll birdied the final two holes Friday at Spyglass Hill for a 7-under 65 and a one-stroke lead over three players in the Pebble Beach Invitational.Driscoll, playing through a stomach illness, had a 7-under 137 total in the exhibition event. He played the past two seasons on the Web.com Tour after nearly a decade on the PGA Tour.

  • Jang leads Ko, and Icher giving France a reason for cheer

    November 20, 2015

    NAPLES, Fla. (AP) Ha Na Jang of South Korea shot a 7-under 65 and has a two-shot lead over New Zealand's Lydia Ko halfway through the CME Group Tour Championship.Jang had eight birdies and one bogey Friday to get to 10 under for the tournament. Ko survived giving back three shots within a two-hole span late in her round to stay in the mix. She remains in control of year-end honors, such as player of the year, the LPGA's scoring title and a million bonus.

  • Chappell builds 1-shot lead at Sea Island

    November 20, 2015

    ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) Kevin Chappell holed a 45-yard bunker shot for eagle on his way to a 5-under 65 and a one-shot lead in the RSM Classic at Sea Island.Chappell was trying to make sure his bunker shot reached the back of the green for a chance at birdie. It worked out perfectly at the par-5 15th on the Seaside Course.

  • LPGA purses rise to million for 33 events in 2016

    November 20, 2015

    NAPLES, Fla. (AP) Purses on the LPGA Tour will rise by million in 2016, and officials are aiming for a second event in China.The tour released next year's schedule on Friday, with 18 of the 33 official events held in the United States. Purse money will rise from .1 million to .1 million, a tournament has been added in Michigan and the LPGA will take a three-week break to accommodate the return of golf to the Olympics in August.

  • LPGA official purses rising to million in 2016

    November 20, 2015

    NAPLES, Fla. (AP) Purses on the LPGA Tour will rise by million in 2016, with the season starting in the Bahamas in January and ending again in Florida.The tour released next year's schedule on Friday. Official purse money is going up from .1 million this year to .1 million next season, and the tour will take three weeks off to accommodate the return of golf to the Olympics at Rio de Janeiro in August.

  • McIlroy leads Willett by 2 in Race to Dubai title

    November 20, 2015

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Race to Dubai leader Rory McIlroy achieved separation from main rival Danny Willett by two shots in the second round of the European Tour season finale on Friday.McIlroy, bidding to top the tour for the third time in four years, carded consecutive 68s to be at 8-under-par 136, four off Andy Sullivan's lead in the World Tour Championship.

  • Scott tied for lead after 36 holes of Australian Masters

    November 20, 2015

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Adam Scott bogeyed his final hole Friday for a 1-under 70 to share the lead with fellow Australian Peter Wilson after two rounds of the Australian Masters at Huntingdale.Scott and Wilson, who shot his second consecutive 67, had 36-hole totals of 8-under 134 on the southeast Melbourne sand-belt course where Scott lost two playoffs in 2002 and 2003.

  • A father's nerve and a son's high expectations at Sea Island

    November 20, 2015

    ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) There were times when Davis Love III and Davis Love IV made it seem like any other round of golf they have played at Sea Island.On the opening hole at the Seaside course, the 21-year-old son hit wedge toward the flag and his father pleaded, ''Go!'' until the ball settled about 10 feet below the hole. Love followed with a wedge of his own that landed just beyond the flag and stopped 5 feet away. ''Good shot, Dad,'' the son said.

  • Kim Welch leads Pebble Beach Invitational

    November 19, 2015

    PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) Kim Welch shot a 5-under 67 on Thursday at Pebble Beach to take a one-stroke lead over four men after the first round of the Pebble Beach Invitational.The long-hitting Welch played the Symetra Tour this season after two years on the LPGA Tour. Juli Inkster is the only woman to win the event, accomplishing the feat in 1990.

  • Kisner leads at Sea Island as Love & Son finish even

    November 19, 2015

    ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) Davis Love III and Davis Love IV did everything together Thursday at Sea Island.They have the same pre-shot routine. Both birdied the opening hole. Both wound up with an even-par 70. And both have a lot of work to do to make up ground on Kevin Kisner and his opening 7-under 65 at the RSM Classic.

  • Ernst takes LPGA lead, Kim grabs upper hand in bonus race

    November 19, 2015

    NAPLES, Fla. (AP) Austin Ernst has a one-shot lead after Thursday's opening round of the CME Group Tour Championship, and South Korean rookie Sei Young Kim has the early upper hand in the race for a million bonus.Ernst shot a 6-under 66 at Tiburon Golf Club, one shot better than South Korea's Mi Hyang Lee.

  • Lee, Pettersen say Solheim dustup no longer an issue

    November 19, 2015

    NAPLES, Fla. (AP) Alison Lee just got into a sorority at UCLA, is majoring in communications and has a professor who doesn't appreciate her skipping quizzes to play pro golf.Those topics, she likes talking about. The Solheim Cup, that's another story.

  • Dan Halldorson, Canadian who won on PGA Tour, dies at 63

    November 19, 2015

    OAKVILLE, Ontario (AP) Dan Halldorson, the Canadian who won the 1980 Pensacola Open for his lone PGA Tour title and played on two World Cup championship teams, has died. He was 63.Golf Canada and the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada said Thursday that Halldorson died Wednesday night, two days after he had a stroke at his home in Cambridge, Illinois.

  • McIlroy birdies last to pace Willett in Dubai 1st round

    November 19, 2015

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Rory McIlroy birdied his last hole to pace Danny Willett in their chase for the Race to Dubai trophy on the opening day of the World Tour Championship on Thursday.McIlroy chipped in from a greenside bunker on the 18th hole to card a 4-under-par 68, tied with English golfer Willett, two shots behind the four leaders.

  • Poulter, Fraser early leaders in European Tour finale

    November 19, 2015

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Ian Poulter and Marcus Fraser carded 6-under-par rounds of 66 each to be the clubhouse leaders halfway through the opening round of the World Tour Championship on Thursday.Poulter, world-ranked 50 and trying to stay there, went bogey-free on the Earth course at Jumeirah Golf Estates.

  • A win, a new restaurant and McDowell is all smiles

    November 19, 2015

    ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) Graeme McDowell wasn't even sure he would be eligible for The Players Championship going into his seventh season on the PGA Tour. His biggest concern was making sure he kept his card.One week changed everything in so many ways.

  • A homecoming for Tamulis at Tour Championship

    November 19, 2015

    NAPLES, Fla. (AP) A year ago at this time, Kris Tamulis went home.This year, she's home again.And she's much happier now.She was a first-time winner on the LPGA Tour this season - it took her 11 years and 186 starts to get that elusive first victory - and now she gets to end the season in Naples, the southwest Florida town where she grew up, went to high school and embarked on her golfing way.

  • Adam Scott has 7-under 64 to lead by 1 at Australian Masters

    November 19, 2015

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Adam Scott played what he called ''stress-free golf'' and birdied five of his final eight holes Thursday for a 7-under 64 and a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Australian Masters.Scott lost in playoffs in two previous appearances at Huntingdale Golf Club in 2002 and 2003. He has won the tournament at two other nearby sand-belt courses - in 2012 at Kingston Heath and 2013 at Royal Melbourne.

  • Adam Scott has 64 to take early lead at Australian Masters

    November 18, 2015

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Adam Scott birdied five of his final eight holes Thursday for a 7-under 64 and an early three-stroke lead at the Australian Masters.Scott lost in playoffs in two previous appearances at Huntingdale Golf Club in 2002 and 2003. He has won the tournament at two other nearby sand belt courses - in 2012 at Kingston Heath and 2013 at Royal Melbourne

  • Kia extends LPGA Tour event title sponsorship through 2018

    November 18, 2015

    CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) Kia Motors has extended its title sponsorship of the LPGA Tour event at Aviara Resort through 2018.Kia and LPGA Tour said Wednesday that the Kia Classic will be played March 24-27.The tournament moved to Aviara in 2013.

  • Johnson looking beyond final PGA Tour event of year

    November 18, 2015

    ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) Zach Johnson turns 40 next February, an age where it can be tempting to look back at how far he has come without taking his eyes off the road that could lead places he never imagined.He lost track of the miles he put on a car that took him to remote golf outposts in America with dreams of making it to the big leagues.

  • Woods to be vice captain at Ryder Cup

    November 18, 2015

    ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) Tiger Woods will be at the Ryder Cup next year. Still to be determined is whether he plays.U.S. captain Davis Love III said Wednesday that Woods, Jim Furyk and Steve Stricker will be vice captains for the 2016 matches at Hazeltine in Minnesota. It was part of an agreement with Europe to expand to a maximum of five vice captains.

  • LPGA finale has Ko, Park vying for the biggest prizes

    November 18, 2015

    NAPLES, Fla. (AP) Without question, it's a rivalry. Lydia Ko and Inbee Park are just choosing not to make it a heated one.All they're playing for this week at the LPGA Tour Championship is the No. 1 spot in the world rankings, the season's money crown, the yearlong scoring title and the tour's player of the year award. Oh, a potential payday of .5 million might be awaiting them as well. And Park could wrap up her eventual spot in the LPGA Hall of Fame.

  • Adam Scott may not play Olympics, criticizes format

    November 18, 2015

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Adam Scott reiterated on Wednesday that he's no certainty to play at the Rio Olympics next year if he qualifies, and also was critical of organizers for not including a team event.Scott, who begins play in the Australian Masters on Thursday at Huntingdale, is in line for Olympic selection alongside Jason Day in Australia's men's team when golf returns to the Olympics next August for the first time since 1904.

  • Adam Scott back at Huntingdale looking for elusive 1st win

    November 17, 2015

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) After two close calls at Huntingdale Golf Club, Adam Scott is back at the southeast Melbourne sandbelt course looking for a win in this week's Australian Masters.Scott won the Australian Masters at nearby Kingston Heath in 2012 and at Royal Melbourne in 2013, but he's lost in playoffs twice at Huntingdale - in 2002 and 2003.

  • Love is everywhere at Sea Island

    November 17, 2015

    ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) The first golf lesson Davis Love Jr. gave to his son was to swing hard and keep his feet on the ground.Davis Love III passed that down to his own son, using different equipment.''We had this little ball that he had to pull out of that big basket that was always at the grocery store,'' Love III said Tuesday. ''I would roll it to him and he would hit while it was rolling. Once he did it four or five times, we both got in trouble with (wife) Robin. But once I saw him do it, I said, `There is no better way to get hand-eye coordination and free up your swing.' He did some little things at a young age that really got him swinging free.

  • For Lewis, a win - not million - is goal for LPGA finale

    November 17, 2015

    NAPLES, Fla. (AP) If all goes right this week for Stacy Lewis, she'll wrap her arms around a million bonus at the end of the Tour Championship and close her up-and-down season on a decided upswing.Somehow, the money isn't in mind.''When you've had six runner-ups, you can block it out,'' Lewis said Tuesday.

  • Spieth heads to Australian Open; Park-Ko in LPGA showdown

    November 17, 2015

    ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) Jordan Spieth knows how to mix business with pleasure. His business is playing great golf. His pleasure is playing great golf courses.Spieth leaves this week for Down Under, where he defends his title Nov. 26-29 in Sydney at the Australian Open. The first stop is Melbourne and a chance to play the fabled sand belt courses. He has games lined up at Royal Melbourne and Kingston Heath.

  • McIlroy looking to end season on a high at WGC in Dubai

    November 17, 2015

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Rory McIlroy is planning to round off his season as the European number one with a winning performance at the DP World Tour Championship this week.Top of the standings, McIlroy is in pole position among seven players with a chance of winning the Race to Dubai on Sunday after the last event of the European Tour season at Jumeirah Golf Estates.

  • European Tour changes rules to help its US PGA players

    November 17, 2015

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) The European Tour is reducing the number of tournaments needed for players to maintain their membership from 13, a move designed to help those playing a full season on the U.S. PGA Tour.European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley said Tuesday the move follows ''significant dialogue with all of our players'' and that the five tournaments will exclude the four majors and the four World Golf Championships.

  • McDowell wins Mexico event in a playoff

    November 16, 2015

    PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico (AP) Graeme McDowell ended one of his worst years with one of his best shots. He hit an approach to 3 feet for a birdie on the 18th hole Monday to win the OHL Classic at Mayakoba in a three-man playoff.McDowell closed with a 66 to finish at 18-under 266 which he thought would be only good enough for second place.

  • McDowell, Knox tied in Mexico, head for Monday finish

    November 15, 2015

    PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico (AP) Russell Knox had six birdies in 11 holes and was tied with Graeme McDowell when the fourth round of the rain-delayed OHL Classic at Mayakoba was stopped Sunday.McDowell birdied the par-5 13th before it was too dark to continue. Knox was on the 13th hole.

  • Inbee Park wins LPGA Tour's Lorena Ochoa Invitational

    November 15, 2015

    MEXICO CITY (AP) Inbee Park won the Lorena Ochoa Invitational on Sunday, holding off Carlota Ciganda for her fifth victory of the season and 17th LPGA Tour title.The second-ranked South Korean star birdied the final two holes for a bogey-free 8-under 64 and a three-stroke victory over Ciganda in cloudy conditions at tree-lined Club de Golf Mexico.

  • Son of Davis Love III gets sponsor exemption to Sea Island

    November 15, 2015

    ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) The son of Davis Love III will make his PGA Tour debut next week at the tournament where his father is the host.Dru Love III - his given name is Davis Love IV - has received a sponsor exemption to the RSM Classic at Sea Island, the final PGA Tour event of the year.

  • Broberg wins BMW Masters title in playoff over Reed

    November 15, 2015

    SHANGHAI (AP) Kristoffer Broberg wasn't happy with his putting last week when he was practicing at home in Sweden, so he made an abrupt change. He looked in his coach's wife's bag and decided to give her putter a try.On Sunday, Broberg made the biggest putt of his career to beat Patrick Reed in a playoff to win the BMW Masters for his first European Tour title.

  • Broberg wins BMW Masters in playoff over Reed

    November 15, 2015

    SHANGHAI (AP) Sweden's Kristoffer Broberg sank a 10-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole against Patrick Reed to capture his first European Tour title at the BMW Masters on Sunday.Broberg and Reed both finished regulation at 17-under 271 after a momentum-shifting afternoon that saw five players briefly share the lead on the back nine. Both had a chance to clinch the win on the 18th hole in regulation, too, but left their birdie putts short from 10 feet out.

  • Play stopped in BMW Masters for moment of silence

    November 15, 2015

    SHANGHAI (AP) Play was halted on Sunday during the final round of the BMW Masters golf tournament in Shanghai to observe a moment of silence for the victims of Friday's terrorist attacks in Paris.At noon, tournament officials blew the horns on the course, normally used to halt play due to inclement weather, and all the players stopped momentarily, took off their hats and bowed their heads for a minute of silence.

  • Juli Inkster helps US beat World 26-22 in ISPS Handa Cup

    November 14, 2015

    SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) Juli Inkster beat Laura Davies 67-71 on Saturday to help the United States top the World team 26-22 in the Legends Tour's ISPS Handa Cup.Inkster teamed with Pat Hurst on Friday to win two matches and the United States took a 16-8 lead into the 10 singles matches at Palm Aire Country Club.

  • Derek Fathauer takes 1-shot lead in Mexico

    November 14, 2015

    PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico (AP) Derek Fathauer played bogey-free for another 6-under 66 on Saturday to build a one-shot lead over Jason Bohn going into the final round of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba.Bohn made a 25-foot eagle putt to take the lead on a rainy day at El Camaleon Golf Club, and he was still tied for the lead until a bogey on the 18th hole for a 65.

  • Thongchai Jaidee takes 1-shot lead at BMW Masters

    November 14, 2015

    SHANGHAI (AP) Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee shot a 6-under 66 on Saturday to take a one-shot lead into the final round of the BMW Masters.Thongchai had started the day three shots behind Lucas Bjerregaard of Denmark, but made five birdies on the front nine to move into a share of the lead and then two more on the back nine to card a 15-under 201 through 54 holes.

  • Inkster, Hurst help US take 16-8 lead in ISPS Handa Cup

    November 13, 2015

    SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) U.S. Solheim Cup captain Juli Inkster and assistant captain Pat Hurst teamed to win two nine-hole matches to help the United States take a 16-8 lead over the World team Friday in the Legends Tour's ISPS Handa Cup.Inkster and Hurst beat Lorie Kane and Catriona Matthew 31-34 in the morning four-ball matches, and routed Liselotte Neumann and Alicia Dibos 29-36 in the afternoon modified alternate-shot session.

  • Minjee Lee leads LPGA Tour's Lorena Ochoa Invitational

    November 13, 2015

    MEXICO CITY (AP) Minjee Lee shot her second straight 3-under 69 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead over four players in the LPGA Tour's Lorena Ochoa Invitational.The 19-year-old Australian player two-putted from 50 feet on the par-5 17th for the last of her six birdies at tree-lined Club de Golf Mexico. She won at Kingsmill in May for her first LPGA Tour title.

  • Graeme McDowell takes 1-shot lead in Mexico

    November 13, 2015

    PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico (AP) Graeme McDowell made seven birdies in an eight-hole stretch Friday and shot an 8-under 63 to take a one-shot lead in the OHL Classic at Mayakoba.McDowell closed out the back nine with three straight birdies, made a bogey on No. 1, and then bounced back with four straight birdies in the morning. He has played the first hole at El Camaleon Golf Club in 3 over for two days.

  • Bjerregaard shoots 66 to open 3-stroke lead at BMW Masters

    November 13, 2015

    SHANGHAI (AP) Lucas Bjerregaard is learning how to deal with the pressure of playing from the front, and closing in on a maiden European Tour title, too.The Dane heads into the weekend with a three-stroke lead at the BMW Masters after carding a 6-under 66 in Friday's second round.

  • Inbee Park leads LPGA Tour's Lorena Ochoa Invitational

    November 12, 2015

    MEXICO CITY (AP) Inbee Park made a 15-foot birdie putt on the final hole for a 4-under 68 and a one-stroke lead Thursday in the LPGA Tour's Lorena Ochoa Invitational.The second-ranked Park had seven birdies and three bogeys at tree-line Club de Golf Mexico. She's making her first start since withdrawing in China two weeks ago because of a cyst on her left middle finger. The South Korean star has four victories this season, winning two of the five majors.

  • Justin Leonard part of 4-way tie for lead in Mexico

    November 12, 2015

    PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico (AP) Justin Leonard got off to a quick start in what he expects to be his shortest season. He opened with a 6-under 65 on Thursday in the OHL Classic at Mayakoba and shared the lead with Aaron Baddeley, Shawn Stefani and Derek Fathauer.

  • Golf Channel to use caddies in broadcast at Sea Island

    November 12, 2015

    The caddies for Phil Mickelson and Matt Kuchar will carry a lighter load on the PGA Tour next week - microphones instead of golf bags.Golf Channel has hired Jim ''Bones'' Mackay and John Wood as part of its broadcast team for two days next week during the RSM Classic at Sea Island in Georgia. Mackay has been Mickelson's only caddie on the PGA Tour. Wood spent nine years with Hunter Mahan until leaving to work for Kuchar in 2016.

  • Golf Channel to use caddies in broadcast from at Sea Island

    November 12, 2015

    The caddies for Phil Mickelson and Matt Kuchar will carry a lighter load on the PGA Tour next week - microphones instead of golf bags.Golf Channel has hired Jim ''Bones'' Mackay and John Wood as part of its broadcast team for two days during the RSM Classic at Sea Island. Mackay has been Mickelson's only caddie on the PGA Tour. Wood spent nine years with Hunter Mahan until leaving to work for Kuchar in 2016.

  • Garcia leads drizzly BMW Masters by 1 stroke

    November 12, 2015

    SHANGHAI (AP) Sergio Garcia is winding down his European Tour season just as everyone else is gearing up for the grand finale, next week's DP World Tour Championship.Even though Garcia isn't playing next week and is already focusing on 2016, he still wants to wrap up this season on a strong note by taking the title this weekend at the BMW Masters in Shanghai.

  • LPGA event to move from Rich Harvest Farms

    November 11, 2015

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) The International Crown still plans to be in Chicago next year, just not at Rich Harvest Farms.The LPGA Tour and Rich Harvest Farms announced Wednesday that they have agreed to relocate the biennial event that features match play among eight countries.

  • Spieth, Fowler to play Abu Dhabi with McIlroy

    November 11, 2015

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Masters and U.S. Open champion Jordan Spieth completed his early-season Asia swing with Wednesday's announcement that he will play the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship in January.Abu Dhabi again will have a top-heavy field at the start of the year with Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler and Henrik Stenson among the top-ranked players Jan. 21-24 to kick off the European Tour's swing through the Middle East.

  • Nicklaus to return to Father-Son Challenge

    November 11, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Jack Nicklaus always said family was more important than golf. December is one time of the year he gets to do both.Nicklaus and his son, Gary, headline the 20-team field for the PNC Father-Son Challenge that will be played Dec. 12-13 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club. It will be the 14th time that Jack Nicklaus plays in the event, and the seventh time for Gary Nicklaus. They won in 1999.

  • Dustin Johnson starts junior event with eye toward China

    November 10, 2015

    SHANGHAI (AP) Dustin Johnson already is making a name for himself in China with his golf. He won the HSBC Champions two years ago, and was closing in on the lead Sunday until a bad break with his wedge. The ball hit the pin and caromed into the water on the par-5 eighth hole, turning a sure birdie into a double bogey.

  • Ryder Cup carrot dangled in front of Knox

    November 10, 2015

    SHANGHAI (AP) Russell Knox was the center of attention after winning the HSBC Champions, and not just with the sponsors.After his press conference, he posed with four flight attendants from Emirates Airlines. Next up was a photo with the owner and executive staff of Casillero del Diablo, which supplied the wine for the week.

  • Champions Tour to stage 1st leg of playoffs in Los Angeles

    November 9, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) The Champions Tour will stage the first leg of its playoffs at a new event in Los Angeles starting next year.The tour said Monday the PowerShares QQQ Championship will be played Oct. 24-30 at a site to be announced. Newly renovated Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks will host in 2017 and 2018.

  • Peter Malnati wins Sanderson Farms for 1st PGA Tour victory

    November 9, 2015

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) Peter Malnati won for the first time on the PGA Tour, closing with a 5-under 67 to capture the Sanderson Farms Championship.Malnati finished at 18 under in a rain-soaked tournament that was forced to complete play Monday. He was one shot behind going into the final round but closed with five birdies over his final 12 holes to beat William McGirt and David Toms by one stroke.

  • Knox goes from cart boy to World Golf Championship winner

    November 9, 2015

    SHANGHAI (AP) Russell Knox would appear to have all the ingredients to succeed in golf.But that would be skimming over the details.Knox grew up in Scotland, the home of golf, and he once competed for his country in a youth tournament, where he first saw Rory McIlroy. He came to Florida to play college golf and was among the top players on his team for four years. As for his wife? He met her at Marsh Landing Country Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

  • Andrade wins Champions Tour event, Langer takes season title

    November 8, 2015

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Billy Andrade won the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship on Sunday, beating Champions Tour points winner Bernhard Langer with a birdie on the first hole of a playoff.Andrade two-putted from the back fringe on the par-5 18th, holing a 2 1/2-footer for his third victory of the year on the 50-and-over tour.

  • Castro clings to 1-stroke lead at Sanderson Farms

    November 8, 2015

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) Roberto Castro clung to a one-stroke lead in the Sanderson Farms Championship after playing the first six holes in the suspended third round in 2-over par Sunday.Play was suspended because of darkness at the Country Club of Jackson and will resume Monday morning with the final round following immediately.

  • Russell Knox wins first PGA Tour title at HSBC Champions

    November 8, 2015

    SHANGHAI (AP) Russell Knox made an unexpected trip to Shanghai and left with a most surprising victory Sunday in the HSBC Champions.Knox became the first player to win a World Golf Championship in his debut when the 30-year-old from Scotland was flawless on the back nine of Sheshan International and closed with a 4-under 68 for a two-shot victory over Kevin Kisner.

  • Sun-Ju Ahn wins playoff in LPGA Tour's Toto Japan Classic

    November 8, 2015

    SHIMA, Japan (AP) Sun-Ju Ahn won the Toto Japan Classic on Sunday for her first LPGA Tour victory and 20th Japan LPGA title, beating fellow South Korean player Ji-Hee Lee and American Angela Stanford with a birdie on the first hole of a playoff.The 28-year-old Ahn closed with a 5-under 67 at Kintetsu Kashikojima to match Stanford and Lee at 16-under 200. Stanford also shot 67, and Lee had a 66.

  • Liselotte Neumann wins Legends Tour event

    November 7, 2015

    DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) Sweden's Liselotte Neumann shot her second straight 4-under 68 on Saturday for a three-stroke victory in the Legends Tour's Walgreens Charity Championship.The 49-year-old Neumann, from Sweden, has two senior victories and after winning 13 LPGA Tour titles.

  • Michael Allen holds onto lead in Champions Tour finale

    November 7, 2015

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Michael Allen held onto the lead Saturday in the Champions Tour's season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship, and playing partner Bernhard Langer pulled within a stroke to easily remain in position to take the points title.

  • Rain delays golf at Sanderson Farms, Castro holds lead

    November 7, 2015

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) Rain washed out all but 40 minutes of play Saturday in the Sanderson Farms Championship, further delaying the waterlogged event.Roberto Castro, who set the course record with a 10-under 62 in Thursday's opening round, holds a four-shot lead at 15 under through 36 holes. Bryce Molder (69) and Jhonattan Vegas (67) are tied for second at 11 under, with Patrick Rodgers (64), Michael Thompson (67), Brian Davis (69) and D.J. Trahan (67) tied for fourth at 10 under par at Country Club of Jackson.

  • 20-year-old Chinese player on the cusp of history at HSBC

    November 7, 2015

    SHANGHAI (AP) Li Haotong practically grew up with the HSBC Champions. He took part in its junior golf program, watching over the last decade as players like Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els competed at Sheshan International.And now the 20-year-old Li is one round away from a chance to win this World Golf Championship, which was nearly too much for him to digest Saturday.

  • Kisner holds 1-shot lead at HSBC as Li, Spieth make moves

    November 7, 2015

    SHANGHAI (AP) Even with two majors, five victories, a FedEx Cup title and over million in earnings this year, Jordan Spieth offered an honest appraisal about the final World Golf Championship of the year. He really didn't think he would have much of a chance in the HSBC Champions.

  • Jenny Shin takes lead in LPGA Tour's Toto Japan Classic

    November 7, 2015

    SHIMA, Japan (AP) Jenny Shin shot a 7-under 65 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead over fellow South Korean player Ha-Neul Kim in the LPGA Tour's Toto Japan Classic.Shin had her second straight bogey-free round at Kintetsu Kashikojima, reaching 13 under with a birdie on the par-3 17th and closing with a par. The 2006 U.S. Girls' Junior champion is winless in five seasons on the LPGA Tour.

  • Liselotte Neumann, Wendy Doolan share Legends Tour lead

    November 6, 2015

    DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) Liselotte Neumann and Wendy Doolan shared the lead at 4-under 68 on Friday in the Legends Tour's Walgreens Charity Championship.The 49-year-old Neumann, from Sweden, won 13 LPGA Tour titles.''My putting was good today,'' Neumann said. ''I didn't putt that well in the pro-am, but for some reason today, I could really see the lines well. I could always find that little spot about halfway to the hole that I could roll the ball over.''

  • Michael Allen leads Champions Tour finale

    November 6, 2015

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Michael Allen made a 30-foot eagle putt on the par-5 18th hole Friday to take a two-stroke lead over playing partner Bernhard Langer in the Champions Tour's season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship.Warned for slow play around the turn, Allen finished with a 6-under 64 for an 11-under 129 total on Desert Mountain's Cochise Course. The 56-year-old Scottsdale resident played the final six holes in 5 under with the eagle and three birdies.

  • Roberto Castro takes 4-stroke lead at Sanderson Farms

    November 6, 2015

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) Roberto Castro shot a 5-under 67 on Friday to take a four-stroke lead in the waterlogged Sanderson Farms Championship.Castro followed up his lowest score on the PGA Tour - a 10-under 62 on Thursday - with another impressive round. The highlight was an eagle on the par-4 eighth when his 122-yard shot with a pitching wedge spun back about 10 feet into the cup.

  • Kisner opens 2-shot lead on a course he barely knows

    November 6, 2015

    SHANGHAI (AP) Kevin Kisner kept up his impressive debut in China on Friday with a 6-under 66 that gave him a two-shot lead over Russell Knox going into the weekend at the HSBC Champions.Kisner never saw Sheshan International until the opening round because of a sore back. He still hasn't made a bogey.

  • Angela Stanford, Ryann O'Toole share lead in Japan

    November 6, 2015

    SHIMA, Japan (AP) Americans Angela Stanford and Ryann O'Toole shared the lead at 7-under 65 on Friday in the LPGA Tour's Toto Japan Classic.The 37-year-old Stanford had eight birdies and a bogey at Kintetsu Kashikojima in the event also sanctioned by the Japan LPGA. She has five LPGA Tour victories and played a key role in the United States' Solheim Cup comeback with a victory over Suzann Pettersen.

  • Castro shoots 62 to take two-shot lead at Sanderson Farms

    November 5, 2015

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) Roberto Castro shot a 10-under 62, his lowest score on the PGA Tour, to take a two-shot lead Thursday in the Sanderson Farms Championship.The 30-year-old Castro was consistent and avoided trouble all afternoon with a bogey-free round in nearly ideal conditions for low scores. He made 10 birdies - five on each nine at the Country Club of Jackson.

  • Bernhard Langer leads Champions Tour finale

    November 5, 2015

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Bernhard Langer left Colin Montgomerie and Jeff Maggert and everyone else behind Thursday in the Champions Tour's season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship.Langer shot a 7-under 63 on Desert Mountain's Cochise Course to take a two-stroke lead.

  • Scott says caddie's book won't be a distraction

    November 5, 2015

    SHANGHAI (AP) Adam Scott hasn't read caddie Steve Williams' book about Tiger Woods and doesn't expect it to be a distraction when Williams is working for him.''I haven't been lucky enough to get a copy. Must be in the mail still,'' Scott said Thursday after his opening round at the HSBC Champions. ''I don't know exactly what's in the book. As I said, I haven't read it. I think everyone knows probably what to expect.''

  • Grace opens with 63 to lead in Shanghai

    November 5, 2015

    SHANGHAI (AP) Rory McIlroy finally climbed out of bed 10 pounds lighter from a bout of food poisoning and made six birdies for a 68. Jordan Spieth returned from his longest break without touching his golf clubs. He also had six birdies in a round of 68. Both felt good about their start Thursday in the HSBC Champions.

  • Mickelson parts ways with swing coach Harmon

    November 4, 2015

    RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. (AP) Five-time major champion Phil Mickelson has decided to leave swing coach Butch Harmon after eight years.Mickelson said in a statement Wednesday to Golf.com that he has learned a great deal from Harmon since they began working together in 2007. Mickelson said at this time he needs to ''hear new ideas from a different perspective.''

  • 2 big trophies at stake in Champion Tour finale

    November 4, 2015

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Colin Montgomerie has only one big trophy to show for another strong season on the Champions Tour. The Scot has a chance to add two more this week at Desert Mountain.Montgomerie enters the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship with the lead in the Charles Schwab Cup points race - 39 ahead of Jeff Maggert and 66 in front of Bernhard Langer. All three are in position to take the season title with a victory in the 30-man tournament.

  • Kaufman, Taylor highlight Sanderson Farms field

    November 4, 2015

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) Smylie Kaufman didn't even make the Sanderson Farms Championship field last year, losing a playoff in the Monday qualifier and going home empty-handed.One year later, he's one of the favorites.The 23-year-old Kaufman won his first PGA Tour title two weeks ago in Las Vegas, closing with a 10-under 61 in the Shriners Hospital for Children Open.

  • Sanderson Farms to remain title golf sponsor through 2026

    November 4, 2015

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) Sanderson Farms has agreed to remain the title sponsor of Jackson's PGA Tour event through 2026.PGA Tour chief of operations Andy Pazder said during Wednesday's announcement that the commitment by Sanderson Farms through 2026 is the longest for a title sponsor on the PGA Tour.

  • Bubba has clubs, will travel around the world

    November 4, 2015

    SHANGHAI (AP) Bubba Watson is in China this week, Japan next week, and there's one more stop in Thailand before the year is over.Golf is more global than ever, and the two-time Masters champion wants to be part of it.''I wanted to win outside the U.S.,'' Watson said Wednesday on the eve of his title defense in the HSBC Champions. ''And after getting a taste of victory outside the U.S. here last year, I want to do that again. I'm going to try to do it again.''

  • Spieth armed with array of trophies and seeks more

    November 4, 2015

    SHANGHAI (AP) Jordan Spieth's description of his trophy collection from an amazing season brings to mind a scene in ''Caddyshack'' when Lacy Underall is at Ty Webb's house and keeps finding uncashed checks littered about the living room.There's a U.S. Open trophy in one corner of his bedroom. A green jacket in the closet. A crystal trophy from the Tour Championship over here. The FedEx Cup trophy over there. Trophies from the Valspar Championship and John Deere Classic. A bronze of Jack Nicklaus for PGA Tour player of the year.

  • Lahiri wearing 3 hats in this World Golf Championship

    November 4, 2015

    SHANGHAI (AP) One year after Anirban Lahiri made his debut in the World Golf Championships, progress is measured by how much is at stake in the HSBC Champions.He no longer is simply happy to be at Sheshan International alongside the world's top players.

  • McIlroy misses pro-am to recover from food poisoning

    November 4, 2015

    SHANGHAI (AP) Rory McIlroy spent another day in his hotel trying to recover from food poisoning ahead of the HSBC Champions.McIlroy showed up at Sheshan International on Wednesday with hopes of playing the pro-am. But after hitting a few shots on the range, he felt pain in his stomach and decided to stop. He thinks another day of rest will allow him to play in the opening round.

  • Spieth believes a great year does not mean a great new era

    November 3, 2015

    SHANGHAI (AP) Jordan Spieth wore a black tunic with red trim around the collar to take part in a Chinese drum ceremony late Tuesday afternoon just as the Shanghai skyline began to glow with lights behind him and three other top players.This was the traditional photo opportunity to kick off the HSBC Champions. One observer noted that Spieth had not dressed like that since graduation, which for him was only four years ago - from high school.

  • Europe contemplating change in golf membership policy

    November 3, 2015

    SHANGHAI (AP) The European Tour is contemplating what amounts to a level playing field for those who want to be considered global players.Typically, being a member of the two largest tours in golf requires a top 50 world ranking. That effectively assures the player of getting into the four majors and four World Golf Championships, which would be more than half of the minimum starts required on the PGA Tour (15) and European Tour (13).

  • Horschel withdraws from Shanghai event with a back injury

    November 3, 2015

    SHANGHAI (AP) Billy Horschel flew halfway around the world only to withdraw from the HSBC Champions with a sore back.A PGA Tour official said the injury was not considered serious.Horschel tweaked his back before leaving Florida for the final World Golf Championship of the year. The 2014 FedEx Cup champion gave it two days and tried to stretch it out on Tuesday before a practice round until deciding it was not worth risking hurting it more.

  • HSBC renews sponsorship across Asia, Europe

    November 2, 2015

    SHANGHAI (AP) HSBC is extending its golf sponsorship for five more years with the World Golf Championship event in Shanghai and the European Tour event in Abu Dhabi.Financial terms of the wide-ranging sponsorship were not disclosed Tuesday.The HSBC Champions, which starts Thursday, began in 2005 and was given WGC status in 2009. PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem says the prize money in 2016 will go up to .5 million, bringing it in line with the other American-based WGCs.

  • Duffy Waldorf wins Champions Tour's Toshiba Classic

    November 1, 2015

    NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) Duffy Waldorf won the Toshiba Classic on Sunday for his first Champions Tour title, birdieing the final hole for a 5-under 66 and a two-stroke victory.A day after matching the Newport Beach Country Club record with an 11-under 60, the 53-year-old former UCLA player had 10 birdies, five bogeys and only three pars in the final round.

  • Andy Mickelson wins PGA Assistant Championship

    November 1, 2015

    PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) Andy Mickelson won the PGA Assistant Championship on Sunday, closing with a 1-under 71 for a two-stroke victory on PGA Golf Club's Wanamaker Course.The 34-year-old Mickelson is a PGA apprentice at Mistwood Golf Club in Romeoville, Illinois. He finished at 16-under 272 after shooting 68-65-68 to take a two-stroke lead into the final round.

  • Dubuisson overtakes Van Zyl to win Turkish Airlines Open

    November 1, 2015

    ANTALYA, Turkey (AP) Victor Dubuisson of France made three late birdies to overtake Jaco Van Zyl and clinch his second Turkish Airlines Open title on Saturday, denying the South African a wire-to-wire victory.Van Zyl had led from the opening round and was two shots ahead of Dubuisson after birdies on the 13th and 14th. But the Frenchman responded with three birdies on the last four holes for a 6-under 66 while Van Zyl finished with four pars for a 67. That gave Dubuisson a one-shot victory with a 22-under 266 total and a second career European Tour title - after also winning here in 2011.

  • Caddie opens up on Tiger Woods' affairs in tell-all book

    November 1, 2015

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Tiger Woods' former caddie Steve Williams has described his anger and frustration at being ''hung out to dry'' by Woods' management when the golfer's infidelities were revealed in 2009, and says he was sometimes treated as a ''slave'' on the course.

  • McIlroy 1 shot behind leaders at Turkish Airlines Open

    October 31, 2015

    ANTALYA, Turkey (AP) Rory McIlroy shot a third straight 5-under 67 Saturday to move to within one stroke of the leaders after the third round of the Turkish Airlines Open.Jaco van Zyl of South Africa maintained a share of the lead after a 70 to sit tied with Victor Dubuisson (67) on 16-under 200.

  • Candie Kung, Sei Young Kim share lead in windy Blue Bay LPGA

    October 31, 2015

    HAINAN ISLAND, China (AP) Candie Kung was worn out after another difficult day at wind-battered and sun-baked Jian Lake Blue Bay.''As far as tomorrow, I would like just to simply survive the day,'' Kung said.She wasn't kidding.It has been so tough in the Blue Bay LPGA that the 34-year-old Taiwanese player and South Korea's Sei Young Kim topped the leaderboard Saturday at even par.

  • Thomas and Steele tied for lead at CIMB Classic

    October 31, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) Justin Thomas birdied the final two holes to shoot a 5-under 67 at the CIMB Classic on Saturday and a share of the lead with American compatriot Brendan Steele going into the final round of the PGA Tour's Malaysian event.

  • Andy Mickelson leads PGA Assistant Championship

    October 30, 2015

    PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) Andy Mickelson holed out for eagle from 78 yards on the par-4 eighth hole and finished with a 7-under 65 on Friday to take the second-round lead in the PGA Assistant Championship.Mickelson is the director of golf at Mistwood Golf Club in Romeoville, Illinois. He had an 11-under 133 total on PGA Golf Club's Wanamaker Course, the second-lowest two-day score in the history of the event.

  • Scott McCarron, Steve Pate share Champions Tour lead

    October 30, 2015

    NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) Former UCLA players Scott McCarron and Steve Pate shared the lead at 8-under 63 on Friday after the first round of the Champions Tour's Toshiba Classic.McCarron is making his eighth start on the tour after turning 50 in July. The three-time PGA Tour winner eagled the par-5 15th and had six birdies and an eagle at Newport Beach Country Club.

  • Woods has another procedure on his back

    October 31, 2015

    JUPITER, Fla. (AP) Tiger Woods says he had a follow-up procedure on his back to relieve discomfort.Charles Rich, the neurosurgeon who performed the procedure Wednesday in Utah, said on Woods' website that he was doing well and a full recovery was expected. He did not say what the procedure involved.

  • Van Zyl keeps lead at Turkish Airlines Open after 2nd round

    October 30, 2015

    ANTALYA, Turkey (AP) Jaco van Zyl held on to the lead at the Turkish Airlines Open by shooting a 3-under 69 in the second round Friday despite struggling on the back nine.Van Zyl shot a 61 in the first round and stretched his lead to as many as seven shots during the second round with five birdies on his first 10 holes. But he found the water twice for his first two bogeys of the week, letting English duo Richard Bland and Chris Wood close within two shots of his 14-under total of 130.

  • South Korea's Sei Young Kim leads windy Blue Bay LPGA

    October 30, 2015

    HAINAN ISLAND, China (AP) South Korea's Sei Young Kim took advantage of Chinese teen Lin Xi-yu's wind-blown collapse to take the lead Friday in the Blue Bay LPGA.Kim made a 3-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th for an even-par 72 in difficult conditions along the South China Sea at Jian Lake Blue Bay.

  • Thomas shoots course-record 61 to take CIMB Classic lead

    October 30, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) Justin Thomas had an eagle and nine birdies in shooting a course-record 61 at the CIMB Classic on Friday, taking the lead into the weekend at the PGA Tour's event in Malaysia.Thomas moved to 15-under 129 at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club for a one-stroke lead on American compatriot Brendan Steele, who shot a 63 and matched Thomas by having an eagle at the par-5 3rd hole.

  • Alan Morin leads PGA Assistant Championship

    October 29, 2015

    PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) Alan Morin shot a 6-under 66 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead in the PGA Assistant Championship at PGA Golf Club.Morin, a PGA assistant professional at The Falls Country Club in Lake Worth, Florida, has six birdies in a bogey-free round on the Wanamaker Course.

  • Van Zyl shoots 61 to take lead at Turkish Airlines Open

    October 29, 2015

    ANTALYA, Turkey (AP) Jaco van Zyl made nine birdies and an eagle for an 11-under 61 Thursday to take a three-shot lead after the first round of the Turkish Airlines Open.The South African's eagle came on the par-5 11th hole and he then added five birdies on the last six holes for a score that would have been a course record if not for preferred lies being used.

  • Public park vies for pro golf, sparking New Orleans debate

    October 29, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) Only 2 miles from the French Quarter, crews are carving a professional golf course into one of the nation's oldest and largest public parks amid outcry over the post-Katrina gentrification of New Orleans.The million course designed by prominent golf architect Rees Jones could be hosting the Zurich Classic, a PGA Tour event now held in across the river April, by 2020, if supporters get their way. Park officials are banking on attracting a lot of golfers, projecting 24,000 rounds of golf - at prices ranging between and 5 - will be played there after three years.

  • 2019 Solheim Cup to be held at Gleneagles in Scotland

    October 29, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The 2019 Solheim Cup in 2019 will be staged at Gleneagles after Scotland beat a rival bid from Sweden.The Ladies European Tour took the hosting decision after inspection visits of Gleneagles and Bro Hof Slott.The competition will be played on the PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles.

  • China's Lin Xi-yu takes lead in home LPGA Tour event

    October 29, 2015

    HAINAN ISLAND, China (AP) China's Lin Xi-yu took the lead Thursday in the windy Blue Bay LPGA, while Lydia Ko struggled in her first round since regaining the No. 1 spot in the world.With her family watching at the tour's lone event in China this season, the 19-year-old Lin shot a 5-under 67 in difficult conditions at Jian Lake Blue Bay. She had the lone bogey-free round on a day when only 10 of the 80 players broke par.

  • Scott Piercy leads CIMB Classic with 1st-round 10-under 62

    October 29, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) Scott Piercy shot a 10-under 62 to take a three-stroke lead after the first round of the PGA Tour's CIMB Classic on Thursday.The American made 10 birdies at the Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club to pull away from Japan's Hideki Matsuyama, who had a 65.

  • Golf star Jordan Spieth gets mosaic tribute of balls, tees

    October 28, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) Downtown Dallas is the site of an unusual diamond in the rough: 24,152 golf balls on tees, arranged to show the likeness of hometown star golfer Jordan Spieth.Dallas-based AT&T Inc. showed off the tribute mosaic of the 22-year-old Spieth on Wednesday. The image in a downtown park shows Spieth wearing a cap and appearing to watch his shot off his backswing.

  • Koepka's loss is an Englishman's gain

    October 27, 2015

    Ben Evans did all he could to try to secure his European Tour card for next year when he closed with a 66-65 weekend and tied for 11th at the Hong Kong Open.The Englishman needed a little help, and it came from an unlikely source: Brooks Koepka.Evans narrowly missed his card by finishing 111th on the European Tour money list. His big break came when Koepka chose to give up his European membership. That removed him from the money list, and moved Evans up one spot.

  • McDowell leaving Asia for fresh start in an old year

    October 27, 2015

    Graeme McDowell is going on nine months without a top 10 on any tour, so he is eager to get this year behind him and start all over again.He gets to do both in a span of three weeks.Last week in Hong Kong, this week in Turkey, and that will be the end of his European Tour season.

  • New rules eliminate DQ for signing wrong card

    October 26, 2015

    Golfers no longer face automatic disqualification for two violations, including an incorrect scorecard, under the latest set of rules that reflect a little more leniency in handing out penalties.The Royal & Ancient Golf Club and U.S. Golf Association announced changes to the 2016 edition of the Rules of Golf, which is updated every four years.

  • Smylie Kaufman shoots 10-under 61 to win in Las Vegas

    October 25, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Smylie Kaufman won the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open on Sunday in his fifth PGA Tour start, shooting a 10-under 61 and waiting more than two hours to see if anyone could catch him.Kaufman played the final 11 holes in 9 under with an eagle and seven birdies. The 23-year-old former LSU player set up the eagle with a 3-wood drive to 15 feet on the par-4 15th and closed with a 20-foot birdie putt on the par-4 18th to post 16-under 268 at TPC Summerlin.

  • Rose holds off Bjerregaard to win Hong Kong Open

    October 25, 2015

    HONG KONG (AP) Justin Rose won his first European Tour title in 15 months Sunday, warding off a stubborn challenge from Lucas Bjerregaard of Denmark to win the Hong Kong Open by one shot.The Englishman, who started the final round even with Bjerregaard on 15 under and a four-shot lead over the field, carded an impressive two-under-par 68 for a 17-under 263. It was his eighth career title on the European Tour.

  • Lydia Ko wins LPGA Taiwan to regain No. 1 spot in world

    October 25, 2015

    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) Lydia Ko ran away with the LPGA Taiwan Championship on Sunday to regain the No. 1 spot in the world ranking.The 18-year-old New Zealander holed a 30-yard pitch for eagle on the par-5 12th and finished with a 7-under 65 in sunny, breezy conditions at Miramar for a nine-stroke victory.

  • Brett Stegmaier takes 1-shot lead in Las Vegas

    October 24, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Brett Stegmaier birdied the final hole for a 3-under 68 and a one-stroke lead Saturday in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.Making his fifth career PGA Tour start, Stegmaier rebounded from a bogey on the par-3 17th with a 13-foot birdie putt on the par-4 18th to reach 13-under 68. The 32-year-old former University of Florida player completed a second-round 66 on Saturday morning for a share of the lead.

  • Rose, Bjerregaard share 4-shot lead at Hong Kong Open

    October 24, 2015

    HONG KONG (AP) Justin Rose and Lucas Bjerregaard led the Hong Kong Open by four strokes after Saturday's third round.The Englishman and Dane were on 15-under 195 overall at Hong Kong Golf Club.Rose began the day with a one-shot lead over his Danish opponent, who never let him out of his sight. Bjerregaard twice nosed in front at the par-70 Fanling Course before settling for shared honors.

  • Lydia Ko takes 4-shot lead in LPGA Taiwan Championship

    October 24, 2015

    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) Lydia Ko took a four-stroke lead Saturday in the LPGA Taiwan Championship, putting the 18-year-old New Zealander in position to regain the top spot in the world ranking.Ko had four birdies in a five-hole stretch and closed with another birdie for a 5-under 67 in windy conditions at rain-soaked Miramar.

  • Brett Stegmaier tops Las Vegas leaderboard

    October 23, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Brett Stegmaier topped the leaderboard Friday in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in only his fifth career start on the PGA Tour.The 32-year-old former University of Florida player was 6 under for the round and 11 under overall with three holes left when second-round play was suspended because of darkness.

  • Rose grabs 1-shot lead after 2nd round of Hong Kong Open

    October 23, 2015

    HONG KONG (AP) Justin Rose shot a 4-under 66 to grab a one-shot lead after the second round of the Hong Kong Open on Friday despite making his first bogey of the tournament on the penultimate hole.Rose was on his way to a second straight error-free performance at the Fanling Course but bounced back from his late bogey with a birdie at the last hole to move to 9-under 131.

  • Ji Eun-hee maintains lead in LPGA Taiwan Championship

    October 23, 2015

    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) Ji Eun-hee took a one-stroke lead over Lydia Ko on Friday in the LPGA Taiwan Championship, overcoming back pain and a double bogey in windy and rainy conditions.The 29-year-old South Korean player finished with a 3-under 69 to reach 9-under 135 at Miramar. She made the double bogey on the par-5 sixth after hitting hooking her drive out of bounds, rallied with birdies on Nos. 9-11 and closed with seven straight pars.

  • Hearn, Hubbard, Thompson share Las Vegas lead

    October 22, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Canada's David Hearn birdied his final three holes in perfect morning conditions for a 7-under 64 and a share of the lead Thursday in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.Michael Thompson, Mark Hubbard and Tyler Aldridge also topped the leaderboard at TPC Summerlin. Aldridge had two holes left when first-round play was suspended because of darkness.

  • Pavan, Lu share 1st-round lead at Hong Kong Open

    October 22, 2015

    HONG KONG (AP) Andrea Pavan of Italy made four birdies on his last six holes to take a share of the lead after the first round of the Hong Kong Open with a 6-under 64.Pavan was tied with Lu Wei-chih of Taiwan, a stroke ahead of a trio that included Justin Rose of England. Rose made four birdies on the back nine in a bogey-free round at the Fanling Course and was tied with Taiwanese player Pan Cheng-tseung and Jeev Milka Singh of India.

  • South Korea's Ji Eun-hee leads LPGA Taiwan Championship

    October 22, 2015

    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) Ji Eun-hee shot a 6-under 66 in windy conditions Thursday to take a one-stroke lead in the LPGA Taiwan Championship.The 29-year-old South Korean player birdied five of her final seven holes at Miramar. She holed two chips and had only 23 putts.

  • Tim Burke wins World Long Drive Championship

    October 21, 2015

    THACKERVILLE, Okla. (AP) Tim Burke won the World Long Drive Championship for the second time in three years Wednesday night, beating Jeremy Easterly in the final with a 394-yard drive.The 6-foot-6 Burke, a former University of Miami pitcher from Orlando, Florida, earned 0,000 in the event at WinStar World Casino.

  • Change in criteria creates opportunity for 3 players

    October 20, 2015

    NAPA, Calif. (AP) The HSBC Champions made a significant change to its criteria this year, which was good news for Daniel Summerhays, Justin Thomas and Matt Jones.The World Golf Championship in Shanghai previously placed an emphasis on winning tournaments, taking 20 winners from PGA Tour events (based on the strength of the field) and 10 winners from the European Tour, along with winners from the other tours. The final category was the top 50 in the world ranking.

  • Woods says recovery will be 'long and tedious'

    October 20, 2015

    MEXICO CITY (AP) Tiger Woods has not started rehabilitation for a second back surgery he had a month ago, and he said Tuesday he would face another ''tedious and long'' process that suggests it might be awhile before he competes again.Woods last played at the Wyndham Champion on Aug. 23, where he tied for 10th for his best finish at a PGA Tour event in nearly two years.

  • Short offseason beats alternative of denying young players

    October 20, 2015

    NAPA, Calif. (AP) The PGA Tour went 17 days from when Jordan Spieth's putt ended one season until Will MacKenzie's tee shot started another.For Steven Bowditch, who played in the Presidents Cup, the offseason felt even shorter.''It was a 10-hour flight from Korea,'' Bowditch said.

  • Beem's decision allows Poulter to keep European Tour card

    October 20, 2015

    Rich Beem agreed Tuesday to give his spot in the Hong Kong Open to a player who would otherwise have lost his European Tour membership and been ineligible to play in the Ryder Cup next year. Under those circumstances, he said he would have made that sacrifice for any player.

  • Poulter gets late entry to keep European membership

    October 20, 2015

    HONG KONG (AP) With no time to spare, Ian Poulter was rushing from Florida to Hong Kong on Tuesday to keep his European Tour membership, and to save his chances of being eligible to play in the Ryder Cup next year.And he owes it all former PGA champion Rich Beem, who gave up his spot in the Hong Kong Open.

  • Royal Portrush to host British Open in 2019

    October 20, 2015

    PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) The British Open is heading across the Irish Sea for the first time in nearly 70 years, with Royal Portrush announced Tuesday as the 2019 venue for golf's oldest major championship.Royal Portrush staged the British Open in 1951, when Max Faulkner of England lifted the claret jug. That is the only time the event has been held outside England or Scotland.

  • Spieth named to headline Singapore Open's 2016 return

    October 20, 2015

    SINGAPORE (AP) Organizers say PGA Tour Player of the Year Jordan Spieth will headline the Singapore Open in January when the tournament returns after a three-year absence.Spieth, who won this year's Masters and U.S. Open, will be looking to join a list of big-name Singapore Open winners, including three-time title holder Adam Scott, Ian Poulter, Angel Cabrera and defending champion Matteo Manassero.

  • Sullivan wins Portugal Masters by 9 shots

    October 18, 2015

    VILAMOURA, Portugal (AP) Andy Sullivan of England easily won the Portugal Masters on Sunday after extending his lead to finish nine strokes ahead.Sullivan led the field from round one and had built a five-stroke lead as he entered the final round at the Oceanico Victoria course, which started late due to heavy overnight rain. He increased that margin by hitting five birdies for a flawless 5-under 66 to finish with a total of 23-under 261.

  • Lexi Thompson wins LPGA Tour event in South Korea

    October 18, 2015

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) Lexi Thompson broke out of a crowded pack Sunday to win the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship for her second victory of the year and sixth overall.The 20-year-old American closed with a 3-under 69 to beat Taiwan's Yani Tseng and South Korea's Sung Hyun Park by a stroke on Sky 72's Ocean Course.

  • Matt Kuchar wins Fiji International by 4 shots

    October 18, 2015

    SUVA, Australia (AP) American Matt Kuchar shot a second-straight three-under 69 on Sunday to ease to a four-stroke victory over Australia's Aron Price at the Fiji International.World No. 16 Kuchar had a total of 4-under 284 and was never further back than second place at the Natadolo Bay Golf Club, where the field was confronted with strong wind gusts over the opening two days.

  • Steele narrowly hangs onto lead at PGA Tour season opener

    October 17, 2015

    NAPA, Calif. (AP) Brendan Steele did just enough to keep the lead Saturday in the Frys.com Open.He just missed a chance to do a lot more.As one player after another was piling up birdies on the closing three-hole stretch at Silverado - eagle opportunities on each hole - Steele had to settle for three pars for a 3-under 69 and a one-shot lead over Andrew Loupe and Kevin Na.

  • Brad Lardon leads Senior PGA Professional

    October 17, 2015

    SEASIDE, Calif. (AP) Brad Lardon shot a 6-under 66 on the Bayonet Course on Saturday to take the third-round lead in the Senior PGA Professional National Championship.The 50-year-old Lardon is the PGA general manager at Texas A&M Golf Course in College Station. He had a 9-under 207 total.

  • Michael Allen, Scott McCarron share lead in San Antonio

    October 17, 2015

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) Defending champion Michael Allen shot a 3-under 69 on Saturday for a share of the lead with Scott McCarron in the Champions Tour's San Antonio Championship.McCarron also had a 69 to reach 6-under 138 on TPC San Antonio's AT&T Canyons Course.

  • Sullivan takes 5-shot lead into Portugal Masters final round

    October 17, 2015

    VILAMOURA, Portugal (AP) England's Andy Sullivan shot a 4-under 67 in windy conditions to take a five-shot lead into Sunday's final round at the Portugal Masters.Sullivan had six birdies in the third round on Saturday, when tee times were moved forward because of severe weather.

  • Lydia Ko, Sung Hyun Park share lead in South Korea

    October 17, 2015

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) Lydia Ko and Sung Hyun Park rebounded to top the crowded leaderboard Saturday in the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship.In position to take the top spot in the world, the second-ranked Ko overcame a double bogey with two late birdies in a 3-under 69. Park bounced back from a second-round 74 with a 67 to match Ko at 13 under 203 on Sky 72's Ocean Course.

  • Steele takes 2-shot lead into weekend at Silverado

    October 17, 2015

    NAPA, Calif. (AP) During his three-week offseason, Brendan Steele spent more time playing golf than practicing. That included some casual rounds with his buddies in which Steele was the one reaching of his wallet.Not to worry. He figures to get that back and more - a lot more - after a steady round of 2-under 70 to take a two-shot lead into the weekend at the Frys.com Open.

  • Kuchar leads Fiji International after 3 rounds

    October 17, 2015

    SUVA, Fiji (AP) American Matt Kuchar shot a three-under 69 on Saturday to maintain a two-stroke lead after three rounds of the Fiji International.The world No. 16 had his best round of the tournament at Natadolo Bay Golf Club to finish the third round as the only player under par at 1-under 215.

  • Mason, Starkjohann share lead in Senior PGA Professional

    October 16, 2015

    SEASIDE, Calif. (AP) James Mason shot a 3-under 69 for a share of the lead with Chris Starkjohann on Friday in the Senior PGA Professional National ChampionshipThe 64-year-old Mason is a PGA Life Member from Dillard, Georgia, who finished second last season. He holed out from 60 yards for eagle on the par-5 12th hole at Black Horse.

  • Steele survives tough day to keep lead at Silverado

    October 16, 2015

    NAPA, Calif. (AP) Brendan Steele did not feel much different about his game Friday except for his score. One thing that didn't change was his name atop the leaderboard at the Frys.com Open.Steele had to settle for pars on the closing three holes at Silverado that can produce birdies. He had a 2-under 70 - seven shots higher than the opening round - but all that mattered was a two-shot lead.

  • Wes Short Jr. leads Champions Tour event

    October 16, 2015

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) Wes Short Jr. birdied three of the last four holes Friday for a 5-under 67 and a one-stroke lead in the Champions Tour's San Antonio Championship.The 51-year-old former University of Texas player had seven birdies and two bogeys on TPC San Antonio's AT&T Canyons Course. He won the Quebec Championship last year for his lone victory on the 50-and-over tour and also won the PGA Tour's 2005 Las Vegas event.

  • Sullivan hits 7-under 64 to lead Portugal Masters

    October 16, 2015

    VILAMOURA, Portugal (AP) England's Andy Sullivan carded a 7-under 64 for a second straight day to take a three-shot lead at the Portugal Masters on Friday.Sullivan, who shared the overnight lead with Nicolas Colsaerts, hit seven birdies in a flawless second round at the Oceanico Victoria course for a 14-under total of 128.

  • Lydia Ko shoots 65 to take lead in South Korea

    October 16, 2015

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) Lydia Ko took advantage of Sung Hyun Park's struggles to take the lead Friday in the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship.The second-ranked Ko made an 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole for a 7-under 65 and a one-stroke lead over Lexi Thompson. Park followed her course-record 62 with a 74 to drop two shots behind.

  • Steele eager to get started, and it showed at Silverado

    October 16, 2015

    NAPA, Calif. (AP) Brendan Steele rolled in a 25-foot birdie putt, and then added two more birdies from about that range. It was a good start to the new PGA Tour season, and it did not get past the sarcastic humor wit of playing partner Steve Wheatcroft.

  • Kuchar leads Fiji International after 2nd round

    October 16, 2015

    SUVA, Fiji (AP) American Matt Kuchar shot an even-par 72 on Friday to take a two-stroke lead after the second round of the Fiji International.Kuchar, who started the day two shots off the lead, made his move with three birdies between No.14 and No.17. He had five birdies against five bogeys at the Natadolo Bay Golf Club.

  • Texas' Carl Cooper leads Senior PGA Professional

    October 15, 2015

    SEASIDE, Calif. (AP) Carl Cooper shot a 6-under 66 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead in the Senior PGA Professional National Championship.Cooper, the 54-year-old PGA teaching professional at Humble Golf Center outside Houston, had eight birdies and two bogeys on the Bayonet Course, the site of the final two rounds.

  • Steele gets his season off to an ideal start at Silverado

    October 15, 2015

    NAPA, Calif. (AP) Brendan Steele began the new PGA Tour season by making five straight birdies on his way to a 9-under 63 and the early lead in the Frys.com Open.Rory McIlroy is in between two seasons and opened with a 68.In ideal conditions Thursday at Silverado, Steele had no stress. The only green he missed was on the par-3 seventh, where he got up-and-down for birdie. He finished the back nine with five straight birdies for a 29 and cooled only slightly on the front nine.

  • Colsaerts and Sullivan lead Portugal Masters

    October 15, 2015

    VILAMOURA, Portugal (AP) Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium shot a seven-under-par 64 to claim a share of the lead after the first round of the Portugal Masters in Vilamoura on Thursday.The 32-year-old former Ryder Cup player shares the lead with Andy Sullivan of England, who matched Colsaerts' score after hitting eight birdies and one bogey.

  • PGA Tour season begins right after it ended

    October 15, 2015

    NAPA, Calif. (AP) The Frys.com Open is everything Rory McIlroy thought it would be.And the tournament hasn't even started.He knew nothing about Silverado Resort, which is hosting the PGA Tour season opener for the second year and is expected to stay here even longer, except that it was located in the middle California's most famous wine country.

  • Matt Kuchar 2nd after 1st round of Fiji International

    October 15, 2015

    SUVA, Fiji (AP) American Matt Kuchar shot a two-over 74 in blustery conditions Thursday to hold joint second-place after the first round of the Fiji International.The leaderboard at the jointly-sanctioned PGA Tour of Australasia and the OneAsia Tour event was dominated by Australian players.

  • Sung Hyun Park shoots 10-under 62 in South Korea

    October 15, 2015

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) South Korea's Sung Hyun Park shot a course-record 10-under 62 on Thursday to take a four-stroke lead in the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship.The 22-year-old Park birdied three of the last four holes after making six birdies in a seven-hole stretch in the middle of the round on Sky 72's Ocean Course.

  • Defending NCAA golf champ DeChambeau leaves SMU

    October 14, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) U.S. Amateur champion Bryson DeChambeau has left SMU after the NCAA imposed penalties against the men's golf team that would keep him from defending his NCAA individual title next summer.SMU officials confirmed Wednesday that the senior was no longer on the team.

  • McIlroy starts a new season before another season is over

    October 14, 2015

    NAPA, Calif. (AP) Rory McIlroy is starting a new season on one tour before he finishes another season on his other tour.McIlroy highlights the field at Silverado for the Frys.com Open, which kicks off the PGA Tour season that ended just three weeks ago. The four-time major champion is playing only as part of an agreement when he took part in an exhibition in Turkey three years ago. Tiger Woods also was supposed to play until he had a second back surgery.

  • Dottie Pepper back to full-time golf broadcasting with CBS

    October 14, 2015

    NAPA, Calif. (AP) CBS Sports filled a big void on its golf broadcasting team Wednesday by hiring Dottie Pepper, giving the network that covers the most PGA Tour events its first female voice.She replaces David Feherty, who left CBS to join NBC Sports.

  • Patrick Reed has clubs and will travel

    October 13, 2015

    NAPA, Calif. (AP) The Presidents Cup followed the end of a long season for Patrick Reed, and he still has a long way to go.Reed took up European Tour membership this year, and even with the Presidents Cup counting toward the minimum 13 events he must play, he is four short. That's why he is headed back to Asia next week to finish off his schedule.

  • Regular tour is a different tune from Ryder, Presidents Cups

    October 13, 2015

    NAPA, Calif. (AP) Those traveling, song-loving ''Fanatics'' at the Presidents Cup had no trouble finding the right tune for Branden Grace, with a slight change of lyrics.''Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, that saved his best for me.''That he did.

  • Sandra Spuzich, 1966 US Women's Open golf winner, dies

    October 12, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Sandra Spuzich, the 1966 U.S. Women's Open champion who won six other LPGA Tour titles, has died. She was 78.Conkle Funeral Homes and the U.S. Golf Association said Spuzich died Oct. 6 at her Indianapolis home.Spuzich won the Women's Open at Hazeltine in Minnesota for her first tour title, beating Carol Mann by a stroke. In 1982, Spuzich won the Corning Classic and Mary Kay Classic at age 45 to became the oldest player in LPGA Tour history to win twice in a season, a record that still stands.

  • British Open to move to NBC a year earlier, starting in 2016

    October 12, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) British Open broadcasts on NBC will start a year early, debuting in 2016.In June, NBC Sports Group announced a 12-year deal with the R&A for U.S. television coverage starting in 2017. ESPN was scheduled to air the tournament next July to complete an eight-year contract, but NBC said Monday it had negotiated with the R&A and ESPN to take over in '16. The original agreement will still go through 2028.

  • An exciting outcome in Presidents Cup, nothing more

    October 12, 2015

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) The best Presidents Cup in 10 years revealed exactly what the Americans need to do if they want to win the Ryder Cup.Lobby for an increase in points.The International team long believed that playing more matches gave the Americans an advantage because of their depth, and the fact this Presidents Cup wasn't decided until the final match suggests some truth to that.

  • A special moment for Jay and Bill Haas at Presidents Cup

    October 12, 2015

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) Jay Haas took a deep breath, trying to calm nerves he had only ever felt on the golf course while playing. His U.S. team was one point away from winning the Presidents Cup, and the final match added another layer of emotion.

  • Jackie Stoelting wins 2nd straight Symetra Tour title

    October 11, 2015

    LONGWOOD, Fla. (AP) Jackie Stoelting won the IOA Golf Classic on Sunday for her second straight Symetra Tour title, shooting her third 4-under 67 for a two-stroke victory.Finishing the season as a non-member on the Symetra Tour after struggling on the LPGA Tour, Stoelting won the El Dorado Shootout two weeks ago in Arkansas for her first tour title.

  • Tom Lehman wins SAS Championship with late burst

    October 11, 2015

    CARY, N.C. (AP) Tom Lehman had an eagle and three birdies in the final four holes Sunday to win the Champions Tour's SAS Championship.The 56-year-old Lehman birdied the par-4 15th and 16th, eagled the par-5 17th and birdied the par-4 18th for a 7-under 65 and a one-stroke victory over Joe Durant.

  • Fitzpatrick wins British Masters, his first pro title

    October 11, 2015

    WOBURN, England (AP) Matthew Fitzpatrick shot a 3-under 68 Sunday to win the British Masters by two shots for his first professional title.The 21-year-old Englishman shot five birdies in his final round to finish on a 15-under total of 269.Soren Kjeldsen of Denmark was jostling with Fitzpatrick at the top of the leaderboard, but he putted off the green on the par-5 15th when faced with an eagle opportunity from 30 feet.

  • Lahiri takes tough lesson from Presidents Cup

    October 11, 2015

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) Anirban Lahiri was seconds away from being the star in a dream debut at the Presidents Cup.The rest is a blur.His birdie putt just inside 4 feet rammed off the right side of the cup and spun out. His putter tumbled out of his hand and over his back. He stood on the 18th green with his hands clasped together, the tips of his fingers covering his mouth.

  • Unlikely stars, and another American win in Presidents Cup

    October 11, 2015

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) The final hour when both teams thought they had it won. The clutch putt that turned a rookie into the hero. The stubbed chip that made the local star cover his face with both hands as if he wanted to hide.The Presidents Cup, packed with raw emotion and endless nerves, was unlike any other over the last 10 years.

  • Presidents Cup, Capsules

    October 11, 2015

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) Capsules of the singles matches Sunday at the President Cup:Patrick Reed, United States, halved with Louis Oosthuizen, International.Oosthuizen delivered a clutch moment, but only after missing two putts that could have changed the outcome. Oosthuizen missed an 8-foot birdie putt on the 15th for a chance to take the lead. The match was all square when both players came up short on the 16th and chipped to about 4 feet. Oosthuizen missed, then Reed made to go 1 up. On the par-5 18th, however, Oosthuizen hit his second shot to 12 feet and made eagle to earn a half-point.

  • Jessica Korda wins LPGA Malaysia for 4th title

    October 11, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) Jessica Korda won the LPGA Malaysia on Sunday for her fourth tour title, closing with a 6-under 65 in sweltering conditions for a four-stroke victory.The 22-year-old American made five birdies in a seven-hole stretch that ended on the 10th, dropped a stroke on the par-4 11th and sealed it with birdies on the par-3 15th and 17th.

  • US holds on to win the Presidents Cup

    October 11, 2015

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) The United States held off an inspired rally Sunday to win the Presidents Cup for the sixth straight time, this one decided by the final match.The Americans got the winning point from Bill Haas, the son of U.S. captain Bill Haas, who won 2-up over an emotionally distraught Bae Sang-moon. Bae needed to win the final hole for the International team to share the cup, but he stubbed a chip.

  • Perry leads Champions Tour event by a shot in North Carolina

    October 10, 2015

    CARY, N.C. (AP) Kenny Perry shot a 4-under 68 on a cool and rainy Saturday to take a one-stroke lead after two rounds of the Champions Tour's SAS Championship.Perry is at 8 under and is followed by Joe Durant (68). Lee Janzen (68) and first-round leader Bernhard Langer (73) are at 6 under. Another stroke back are Tom Lehman (71) and John Riegger (72).

  • Fitzpatrick, Aphibarnrat tied for British Masters lead

    October 10, 2015

    WOBURN, England (AP) England's Matthew Fitzpatrick shot a 3-under 68 Saturday to maintain his place atop the British Masters leaderboard after the third round, but was joined in the lead by Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat.Fitzpatrick has led since day one, while Aphibarnrat shot a 67 to join him on a 12-under total of 201.

  • Presidents Cup finally has some drama, with US up by a point

    October 10, 2015

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) Whether it was the South African juggernaut of Branden Grace and Louis Oosthuizen, the inspired play of Bae Sang-moon in front of his home crowd or a format change that reduced the number of matches, the Presidents Cup is truly up for grabs for the first time in 10 years.

  • US clings to 1-point lead in Presidents Cup

    October 10, 2015

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) Branden Grace delivered two big shots in gathering darkness Saturday that kept the International team within one point of the Americans going into a final day at the Presidents Cup that finally has some drama.The Americans had a 9 1/2-8 1/2 lead with 12 singles matches remaining, the smallest margin going into Sunday in 10 years at this event.

  • Jessica Korda takes 2-shot lead in LPGA Malaysia

    October 10, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) Jessica Korda took a two-stroke lead Saturday in the LPGA Malaysia, shooting a bogey-free 6-under 65 in sweltering conditions.Korda missed a birdie chance on the par-4 18th when her 6-footer slid by on the left side, leaving the 22-year-old American at 12-under 201 at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club. Fellow American Stacy Lewis and South Korea's Ha Na Jang were tied for second.

  • Presidents Cup to return to Melbourne for 3rd time in 2019

    October 10, 2015

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) The Presidents Cup is headed back to Australia for the third time in 2019.PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem announced Saturday that Melbourne will be the host when the Presidents Cup next is played outside America. Royal Melbourne hosted the matches in 1998 and in 2011, and the fabled course is expected to be the venue for 2019 once details are worked out.

  • American rally keeps their slim lead in Presidents Cup

    October 10, 2015

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) Jordan Spieth made 7-foot putts on the final two holes to complete the biggest comeback all week and allow the Americans to escape with a split of the foursomes matches Saturday morning in the Presidents Cup.The Americans had a 7 1/2-6 1/2 lead going into the four matches of fourballs in the afternoon.

  • Bernhard Langer takes 2-shot lead in SAS Championship

    October 9, 2015

    CARY, N.C. (AP) Bernhard Langer shot a 7-under 65 in windy conditions Friday to take a two-stroke lead in the Champions Tour's SAS Championship.The 58-year-old German star had seven birdies in a bogey-free round at Prestonwood Country Club. He won the Senior Players Championship in June for his 24th victory on the 50-and-over tour.

  • Kjeldsen joins Fitzpatrick atop British Masters leaderboard

    October 9, 2015

    WOBURN, England (AP) Denmark's Soren Kjeldsen joined England's Matthew Fitzpatrick at the top of the British Masters leaderboard on Friday after both reached a 9-under total of 133 at the halfway stage.Kjeldsen, who won the Irish Open earlier this year, made a 3-under 68 in his second round, while Fitzpatrick, the sole leader on day one, shot a 2-under 69.

  • International issue: How to make peanut butter and jelly

    October 8, 2015

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) The Presidents Cup is being held in Asia for the first time, and one critical component got lost in translation.How to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.That's been a staple for years during long days of matches and even some practice rounds. But it took most of the week at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea for the food handlers to understand exactly what they wanted.

  • Alison Lee, Xi Yu Lin share lead in LPGA Malaysia

    October 8, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) Alison Lee shot a 6-under 65 on Thursday for a share of the first-round lead in the LPGA Malaysia, the first tour event since her emotional Solheim Cup debut.Lee birdied five of the first eight holes at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club, and added birdies on Nos. 12 and 14. The 20-year-old UCLA student bogeyed the par-3 17th and - after rain and lightning delayed play more than three hours - got up-and-down for par on the par-4 18th.

  • Presidents Cup Capsules

    October 10, 2015

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) Capsules of Saturday's matches at the Presidents Cup:FOURSOMESLouis Oosthuizen and Branden Grace, International, def. Patrick Reed and Rickie Fowler, United States, 3 and 2.The South African duo not only won their third straight match, they still haven't had to play the 17th and 18th holes in competition. They were 2 up through three holes, but the Americans hung in there and the match was all square through 10 holes. The International team seized control when Oosthuizen spun a wedge back to 3 feet on No. 14 for birdie and Fowler missed a 10-foot putt. International won the par-5 15th, and closed out the match when Oosthuizen made a 6-foot par on the 16th. It was the only match of the morning in which the Americans never led at any point.

  • Americans jump out to another lead in Presidents Cup

    October 8, 2015

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) Phil Mickelson and Zach Johnson won the only match that reached the 18th hole and finished off another dominant day for the Americans in the Presidents Cup on Thursday.The rest of the foursomes matches were not much of a contest, and the Americans built a 4-1 lead after the opening session.

  • Shirley, Greenlief reach US Women's Mid-Amateur final

    October 7, 2015

    CHOUDRANT, La. (AP) Defending champion Margaret Shirley reached the U.S Women's Mid-Amateur final for the record third straight year, winning twice Wednesday at Squire Creek to set up a match against Lauren Greenlief.The 29-year-old Shirley, from Roswell, Georgia, beat Ashley Tonore of Monroe, Louisiana, 3 and 2 in the morning quarterfinals, and topped Canada's Christina Proteau 2 and 1 in the afternoon semifinals.

  • Sammy Schmitz, Marc Dull advance to US Mid-Amateur final

    October 7, 2015

    VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) Sammy Schmitz and Marc Dull each won two matches Wednesday to advance to the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship final at John's Island Club.The winner of the 36-hole final Thursday will receive a spot in the Masters.The 35-year-old Schmitz, from Farmington, Minnesota, beat Joshua Irving of Dallas 4 and 3 in the morning quarterfinals, and edged Brad Wilder of Fort Wright, Kentucky, 1 up in the afternoon semifinals.

  • LPGA Volvik Championship set for May in Ann Arbor

    October 7, 2015

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) The LPGA Tour has added an event in Ann Arbor, Michigan.The tour said Wednesday that the LPGA Volvik Championship will played May 26-29 at Travis Pointe Country Club.Volvik signed a three-year deal as the title sponsor. The South Korean golf ball manufacturer has been the official sponsor of the LPGA Tour for the past five years.

  • Presidents Cup looks like the Ryder Cup only on paper

    October 7, 2015

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) Comparing the Presidents Cup to the Ryder Cup is like listening to a conversation between a Scot and an American.The words might be similar, but they sound nothing alike.The biggest difference with the Presidents Cup is an American team that is filled with smiles, not stress. And there's a reason for that. The Americans haven't lost in these matches since 1998, and the last four have not been particularly close.

  • Jim Furyk doesn't have clubs and still travels

    October 7, 2015

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) Jim Furyk showed how much the Presidents Cup meant to him. He came to South Korea without his golf clubs.Furyk easily qualified for the U.S. team, but he has a deep bone bruise in his left wrist. He missed the last two FedEx Cup playoff events to try to get ready for the Presidents Cup, and then decided on Friday he wouldn't be able to play. Captain Jay Haas asked if he wanted to be an assistant, and Furyk jumped on a plane.

  • Scott trying to fill the (Presidents) Cup

    October 7, 2015

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) Adam Scott has seven Presidents Cup logos on his bag to show how many teams he has made.Except for one tie, those cups are empty.No player symbolizes the futility of the International team more than Scott, simply because he has been around the longest. And no other player on the International team is more determined to end more than a decade of losing for the same reason.

  • Spieth, Dustin Johnson partners in Presidents Cup

    October 7, 2015

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson battled at Chambers Bay in the U.S. Open. They will be partners in South Korea at the Presidents Cup.U.S. captain Jay Haas saved Spieth and Johnson for the anchor match of foursomes Thursday when the Presidents Cup begins at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea. They will face Marc Leishman of Australia and Danny Lee of New Zealand.

  • Mickelson brings experience and emotion to Presidents Cup

    October 6, 2015

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) Phil Mickelson studied the line of the putt from both sides, and then he stood over an imaginary golf ball about halfway to the hole and gently swung his putter to make sure he had the right read.And it wasn't even his shot.

  • Dustin Johnson back on a team after 2-year absence

    October 6, 2015

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) Dustin Johnson hasn't lost a match while playing for the United States in nearly four years.Part of that is because he's very good.Any discussion about American talent in golf would have to include the 31-year-old Johnson, who has won in every PGA Tour season since he was a rookie in 2008 fresh out of Coastal Carolina. He has chased majors, falling short either by bad luck (Chambers Bay), a bad shot (Royal St. George's), bad golf (Pebble Beach) or a bad setup (bunkers at Whistling Straits).

  • Scott has busy finish to year, and maybe an early start

    October 6, 2015

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) With three months left in the year, Adam Scott is just getting warmed up.The Presidents Cup is the start of a busy stretch for the 35-year-old Australian, who will be playing seven of the next nine weeks in six countries on three continents, all but one of them counting toward the world ranking.

  • Presidents Cup debate still strong on number of matches

    October 6, 2015

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) The battle at the Presidents Cup began Tuesday even before the first match.U.S. captain Jay Haas still doesn't understand why the number of matches was reduced from 34 to 30 for this year's event, meaning he has to sit eight players over three days of team matches.

  • Scott making an early change to the short putter

    October 5, 2015

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) Adam Scott only has three months left before the method used for his long putter is banned.He saw no need to wait.Scott used a conventional putter for a practice round Monday at the Presidents Cup, and the 35-year-old Australian said this time he won't be going back. Scott spent the last five weeks practicing with the new putter and a cross-handed grip that feels as comfortable as the long putter he had used the last four years.

  • Argentina's Emiliano Grillo wins Web.com Tour Finals finale

    October 4, 2015

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Argentina's Emiliano Grillo made a 25-foot birdie putt on the final hole Sunday to win the Web.com Tour Finals-ending Web.Com Tour Championship.The 23-year-old Grillo beat Chez Reavie by a stroke in the last of the four events that replaced PGA Tour qualifying school, finishing with a 1-under 69 for a 14-under 266 total on TPC Sawgrass' Dye's Valley Course. Reavie had a chance to force a playoff, but missed a 15-foot birdie putt. He shot a 68.

  • Olesen wins Alfred Dunhill Links by 2 shots

    October 4, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) Thorbjorn Olesen overcame a shaky start Sunday to protect his overnight lead and win the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship by two shots.Olesen had a double bogey on the second hole and a bogey on the third but recovered for a 1-under 71 at St. Andrews to hold off a late charge by Brooks Koepka of the United States.

  • Jin Cheng wins weather-shortened Asia-Pacific Amateur

    October 4, 2015

    HONG KONG (AP) Third-round leader Jin Cheng of China won the Asia-Pacific Amateur championship without hitting a ball on Sunday after the fourth round was abandoned due to heavy rain and high winds at Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club.Jin, who led by two strokes after each of the first two rounds, had a 54-hole total of 11-under 199 to edge Australian amateur champion Cameron Davis and his countryman Ryan Ruffels by one stroke.

  • Argentina's Emiliano Grillo tops Web.com Tour Finals finale

    October 3, 2015

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Argentina's Emiliano Grillo shot a 3-under 67 on Saturday to take a two-stroke lead in the Web.com Tour Finals-ending Web.Com Tour Championship.The 23-year-old Grillo had a 13-under 197 total on TPC Sawgrass' Dye's Valley Course.

  • Olesen grabs 3-shot lead at Alfred Dunhill Links

    October 3, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark took a three-shot lead at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on Saturday after a 7-under 65 at St. Andrews in the third round.Olesen started with a bogey on the first hole but then had eight birdies the rest of the way - including four on the last five holes - for a 17-under 199 total.

  • Jin leads by 1 into final round of Asia-Pacific Amateur

    October 3, 2015

    HONG KONG (AP) Jin Cheng of China pitched to a half-foot on the par-5 18th and made birdie for a 1-under 69 to take a one-stroke lead over two Australians after three rounds of the typhoon-threatened Asia-Pacific Amateur on Saturday.Jin, who led after the opening two rounds, had a 54-hole total of 11-under 199 at Clearwater Bay. Australian amateur champion Cameron Davis and countryman Ryan Ruffels, the highest-ranked amateur in the field at No. 8, were one behind after 67s.

  • Argentina's Emiliano Grillo leads Web.com Tour Finals finale

    October 2, 2015

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Emiliano Grillo holed out from the fairway for an eagle on the par-4 18th hole Friday to take the lead in the Web.com Tour Finals-ending Web.Com Tour Championship.The 23-year-old player from Argentina finished with a 6-under 64 to reach 10-under 130 after two rounds on TPC Sawgrass' rain-soaked Dye's Valley Course.

  • Jim Furyk to miss Presidents Cup, replaced by JB Holmes

    October 2, 2015

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Jim Furyk's season ended earlier than he wanted Friday when he removed himself from the Presidents Cup because of a wrist injury that hasn't fully healed.Furyk was replaced by J.B. Holmes on the American team.''I did everything I could to try to heal it as fast as possible,'' Furyk said in a voicemail message. ''I tested the wrist pretty hard yesterday to see how it would respond and it's not 100 percent healed. I'm not able to play more than one day in a row and I'm feeling some pain because my wrist needed more time to heal.''

  • Furyk to miss Presidents Cup, replaced by Holmes

    October 2, 2015

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Jim Furyk decided Friday to remove himself from the U.S. team at the Presidents Cup because of a wrist injury.He was replaced by J.B. Holmes, who was 12th in the standings.Furyk withdrew from the BMW Championship because of a deep bone bruise in his left wrist, and he sat out the Tour Championship last week with hopes it would get better.

  • Thongchai takes a path like no other to Presidents Cup

    October 2, 2015

    One stick took away the dreams of Thongchai Jaidee. Another stick allowed him to go places he never imagined.The next stop on a journey that keeps getting better is the Presidents Cup, where Thongchai will be the first player from Thailand to compete in the matches.

  • Mullen, Wall share lead at Dunhill Links

    October 2, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) Jimmy Mullen and Anthony Wall shared a one-stroke lead after the second round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on Friday.Overnight co-leader Mullen, who is making his professional debut, added a 3-under 69 at St. Andrews to his opening 64 at Kingsbarns to finish 11 under alongside fellow Englishman Wall.

  • Jordan Spieth wins PGA Tour player of the year

    October 2, 2015

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Jordan Spieth was voted PGA Tour player of the year Friday, giving him a sweep of all the significant awards.The PGA Tour does not disclose how many votes Spieth received from the players, though the 22-year-old Texan removed any suspense last week with his four-shot victory in the Tour Championship to win the Fed Ex Cup.

  • Jin Cheng maintains 2-stroke lead at Asia-Pacific Amateur

    October 2, 2015

    HONG KONG (AP) First-round leader Jin Cheng of China maintained a two-stroke lead at the Asia-Pacific Amateur on Friday after a 2-under 68 in the second round at Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club.The 17-year-old Jin had a 36-hole total of 10-under 130. Takashi Ogiso of Japan shot 65 to sit in second place going into the weekend on the picturesque peninsula course that overlooks the South China Sea.

  • Hong-Kong-born Cheung on Asia-Pacific leaderboard with 64

    October 2, 2015

    HONG KONG (AP) Hong Kong-born Matthew Cheung moved up the leaderboard at the Asia-Pacific Amateur on Friday with a second-round 6-under 64 at wind-swept Clearwater Bay.Cheung, who was raised in Brisbane, Australia and attends Oklahoma City University, sat two strokes behind clubhouse leader She Zihan of China, who shot 66 Friday and had a two-round total of 7-under 133.

  • Presidents Cup Rosters

    October 1, 2015

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) Rosters for the Presidents Cup, to be played Oct. 8-11 at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea (c-captain's pick):INTERNATIONALCaptain: Nick Pricec-Sang-moon Bae, South Koreac-Steven Bowditch, AustraliaJason Day, AustraliaBranden Grace, South Africa

  • Presidents Cup, International capsules

    October 1, 2015

    A capsule look at the International team for the Presidents Cup, to be played Oct. 8-11 at Jack Nicklaus Club Korea in Incheon, South Korea. Listed in the order they made the team:JASON DAYAge: 27Country: AustraliaRanking: 2.Worldwide wins: 7.2015 wins: Farmers Insurance Open, RBC Canadian Open, PGA Championship, The Barclays, BMW Championship.

  • Presidents Cup, US capsules

    October 2, 2015

    A capsule look at the American team for the Presidents Cup, to be played Oct. 8-11 at Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea in Incheon, South Korea. Listed in the order they made the team:JORDAN SPIETHAge: 22.Ranking: 1.Worldwide wins: 8.2015 wins: Valspar Championship, Masters, U.S. Open, John Deere Classic, Tour Championship.

  • Best moments in 10 previous meetings of the Presidents Cup

    October 1, 2015

    The 10 best moments from the Presidents Cup, which will be played Oct. 8-11 at Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea in Incheon, South Korea:10. OH, CANADA: Mike Weir, at No. 20 in the standings, was a captain's pick for the 2007 Presidents Cup in Canada. Even though the Americans had a huge lead at Royal Montreal going into Sunday, the Canadian faced Tiger Woods with a nation watching. Weir made a birdie to square the match on the 17th. On the final hole, Woods' tee shot failed to clear the water on the left. It splashed down right in front of a pair of fans holding a Maple Leaf flag. The Americans won the cup. Weir won a match that felt almost as big.

  • Facts and figures for the 11th Presidents Cup

    October 2, 2015

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) Facts and figures for the 11th Presidents Cup matches:Teams: United States against an International team of players from everywhere but Europe.Dates: Oct. 8-11.Venue: Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea.Length: 7,380 yards.Par: 36-36-72.

  • Jin maintains 2-stroke lead at Asia-Pacific Amateur

    October 1, 2015

    HONG KONG (AP) Jin Cheng of China, who shot an 8-under 62, maintained his two-stroke lead at the Asia-Pacific Amateur after 27 golfers completed their first rounds on Friday morning.The 17-year-old Jin was among the early starters Thursday after a 90-minute thunderstorm delay at the Clearwater Bay course.

  • Rhein Gibson leads Web.com Tour Finals finale

    October 1, 2015

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Rhein Gibson shot a 7-under 63 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead in the Web.com Tour Finals-ending Web.Com Tour Championship.The Australian had eight birdies and a bogey on Dye's Valley Course at TPC Sawgrass.The tournament is the fourth and final event in the series for the top 75 players from the Web.com Tour money list, Nos. 126-200 in the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup standings and non-members who earned enough money to have placed in the top 200 had they been eligible to receive points. The top 25 players on the Web.com Tour regular-season money list earned PGA Tour cards. They are competing against each other for tour priority, with regular-season earnings counting in their totals. The other players are fighting for 25 cards based on series earnings.

  • Karen Garcia wins US Senior Women's Amateur

    October 1, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Karen Garcia rallied to win the U.S. Senior Women's Amateur on Thursday at Hillwood Country Club, taking the final two holes for a 1-up victory over Pamela Kuong.The 53-year-old Garcia, from Cool, California, rebounded after losing Nos. 14-16 to fall a hole down. She squared the match with a par on the par-17th and won with a par on the par-4 18th.

  • Chip Lutz finally wins US Senior Amateur

    October 1, 2015

    EGGS HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) Chip Lutz made his first trip to the final match pay off Thursday when he won the U.S. Senior Amateur over Tom Brandes.Lutz, a 60-year-old from Reading, Pennsylvania, won the opening hole with a par and never trailed at Hidden Creek Golf Club. He won, 5 and 3.

  • Mullen, Dunne take share of lead at Dunhill Links

    October 1, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) Jimmy Mullen and Paul Dunne both marked their professional debuts with an 8-under 64 to grab a share of the lead after the first round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.Mullen and Dunne went pro after helping Britain and Ireland beat the United States in the Walker Cup last month and had similar rounds, with each carding eight birdies and an eagle to go with two bogeys at Kingsbarns. They were tied with Kristoffer Broberg of Sweden, who had eight birdies in a flawless round at St. Andrews. The tournament is split between three courses, with players alternating between St. Andrews, Kingsbarns and Carnoustie.

  • Molinari heading back to Q-School after ending season early

    October 1, 2015

    ST. ANDREW'S, Scotland (AP) Former Ryder Cup player Edoardo Molinari will have to return to the European Tour qualifying school for the first time since 2008 after ending his season early.Molinari, who was part of the winning European team at Celtic Manor in 2010, pulled out of this week's Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in St. Andrew's.

  • Jin leads at Asia-Pacific Amateur with 8-under 62

    October 1, 2015

    HONG KONG (AP) Jin Cheng had four birdies and an eagle in a five-hole span on the way to a tournament-record 8-under 62 Thursday and a two-stroke lead after the weather-affected opening day of the Asia-Pacific Amateur.The 17-year-old Chinese player, among the early starters after a 90-minute lightning and rain delay at the par-70 Clearwater Bay course, birdied the 17th and eagled the 18th after starting on the 10th hole. He then birdied the first three holes on the front nine and added birdies on 5 and 7 before a five-foot par save on his last hole for his best career round.

  • Jin early leader at Asia-Pacific Amateur with 8-under 62

    October 1, 2015

    HONG KONG (AP) China's Jin Cheng had four birdies and an eagle in a five-hole stretch on the way to a tournament-record 8-under-par 62 on Thursday and the early first-round lead at the Asia-Pacific Amateur.Jin, among the early starters after a 90-minute lightning delay at Hong Kong's par-70 Clearwater Bay course, birdied the 17th and eagled the 18th after starting on the 10th hole. He then birdied the first three holes on the front nine and added birdies on 5 and 7 before a five-foot par save on his last hole for his best career round.

  • Caldabaugh advances in US Senior Women's Amateur

    September 30, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tama Caldabaugh advanced to the U.S. Senior Women's Amateur semifinals, beating Jane Fitzgerald 3 and 1 on Wednesday at Hillwood Country Club.The 51-year-old Caldabaugh, from Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, is a retired sales and marketing professional who fought ovarian cancer in 2013.

  • Chip Lutz, Tom Brandes reach US Senior Amateur final

    September 30, 2015

    EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) Chip Lutz and Tom Brandes advanced to the U.S. Senior Amateur final Wednesday at Hidden Creek Golf Club.The 60-year-old Lutz, from Reading, Pennsylvania, beat two-time U.S. Mid-Amateur champion Tim Jackson of Germantown, Tennessee, 1 up, and the 59-year-old Brandes, from Bellevue, Washington, topped former PGA Tour player Steven Liebler of Irmo, South Carolina, with a birdie on the 21st hole.

  • PGA of America CEO says golf must concentrate on diversity

    September 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The chief executive officer of the PGA of America says golf must concentrate on diversity to compete for fans.Speaking at the Sports Diversity & Inclusion Symposium on Wednesday on Citi Field, Pete Bevacqua told the audience ''golf realizes it has to really make some fundamental changes and unbelievable progress in this area if the game is going to continue to be healthy.''

  • Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand wins European Open by 1 shot

    September 27, 2015

    BAD GRIESBACH, Germany (AP) Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand shot a bogey-free 67 to win the European Open by one shot on Sunday.Jaidee, the overnight leader, had four birdies to add to his rounds of 68, 68 and 64 for a 17-under 267 on the Bad Griesbach course in southeastern Germany.

  • Colin Montgomerie takes Champions Tour lead

    September 26, 2015

    PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) Colin Montgomerie settled for a one-stroke lead in the Champions Tour's First Tee Open after bogeying the final hole Saturday at Pebble Beach.The 52-year-old Scot finished with a 5-under 67, missing a 6-foot par putt on the par-5 18th to fall to 8-under 135. He opened with a 68 on Friday at par-71 Poppy Hills.

  • Roberto Castro leads Web.com Tour Finals event

    September 26, 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Roberto Castro shot a 3-under 68 on Saturday to take a two-stroke lead in the Web.com Tour Finals' Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship.Castro birdied the par-4 15th and 16th holes and closed with two pars to finish at 7-under 206 on Ohio State's Scarlet Course. The 30-year-old former Georgia Tech player has played the PGA Tour the last four seasons, but slipped to 188th in the FedEx Cup standings to drop into the series that replaced Q-school.

  • Spieth takes the lead at East Lake, 1 round from million

    September 26, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Jordan Spieth already has the best year in golf. He's one round away from having the richest year in golf history.Spieth battled through a tough, rainy Saturday at the Tour Championship and overtook Henrik Stenson with a 2-under 68. The Masters and U.S. Open champion saved par with a 20-foot putt on the 16th hole and took the lead for the first time with a 20-foot birdie on the 18th.

  • Jaidee seizes 1-stroke lead at European Open

    September 26, 2015

    BAD GRIESBACH, Germany (AP) Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand carded a 7-under 64 Saturday to take a one-stroke lead after the third round of the European Open.Jaidee had eight birdies and a bogey to add to his two rounds of 68. He climbed 14 places for a 13-under total of 200 in southeastern Germany.

  • Stenson leading, Spieth chasing at Tour Championship

    September 26, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Even before the FedEx Cup began, the Tour Championship was looked upon as an All-Star Game for golf.Throw in a million bonus, and it's shaping up that way at East Lake.Henrik Stenson got in trouble five times off the tee, only paid for it with two bogeys, and wound up with a 2-under 68. He is No. 4 in the FedEx Cup, meaning he 39-year-old Swede only has to win the Tour Championship to claim the richest payoff in golf.

  • Jesper Parnevik, Tom Byrum share Champions Tour lead

    September 25, 2015

    PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) Jesper Parnevik birdied three of his last four holes Friday at Poppy Hills for a share of the lead with Tom Byrum in the Champions Tour's First Tee Open.Parnevik had a 5-under 66. Byrum birdied the par-5 18th at Pebble Beach for a 5-under 67.

  • Martin Flores leads Web.com Tour Finals event

    September 24, 2016

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Martin Flores birdied five of the last seven holes for a 5-under 66 and a three-stroke lead Saturday in the Web.com Tour Finals' Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship.Already guaranteed a PGA Tour card with a fifth-place finish on the Web.com Tour's regular-season money list, the 34-year-old Flores rebounded from a bogey on No. 11 with birdies on the next four holes and closed with a birdie on 18. He had a 13-under 20 total on Ohio State's Scarlet Course.

  • Column: Golf's future in good hands with a new Big 3 (or 4)

    September 25, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) As Tiger Woods recovers from another operation on his increasingly creaky body, the Tour Championships goes on without him at soggy East Lake.No big deal.Tiger's era is over.It's time for everyone - fans, media, sponsors - to fully embrace the new vanguards of the game.

  • Stenson stretches lead at East Lake as Spieth makes a surge

    September 25, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Henrik Stenson overcame a few early mistakes in a Friday drizzle and shot 2-under 68 for a three-shot lead over Jordan Spieth going into the weekend of the Tour Championship.It was the sixth straight round under par at East Lake for Stenson. He has never left this course without seeing his name atop the leaderboard.

  • Storm, Fisher, Schwartzel tied for lead at European Open

    September 25, 2015

    BAD GRIESBACH, Germany (AP) Graeme Storm of England holed out for eagle on the back nine for a share of the lead at the halfway stage of the European Open on Friday.Storm also had three birdies and a bogey for a round of 67, joining compatriot Ross Fisher and South Africa's Charl Schwartzel at 10-under-par after the second day.

  • Stenson builds 2-shot lead in the blink of an eye

    September 25, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The word ''blink'' translates easily from English to Swedish.''Blinka,'' Henrik Stenson said. ''Just add an `a' to the end. Very simple.''It's become his buzz work at the Tour Championship, starting with a question earlier in the week when he was asked whether someone posting a low score made him blink.

  • Flores, Aragon share lead in Web.com Tour Finals event

    September 24, 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Martin Flores birdied his final hole for a 4-under 67 and a share of the first-round lead with Alex Aragon on Thursday in the Web.com Tour Finals' Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship.Flores and Aragon each had five birdies and a bogey on Ohio State's Scarlet Course.

  • Stenson feeling right at home at East Lake

    September 24, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Getting back to East Lake is the challenge for Henrik Stenson. Playing the course appears to be the easy part.Two years after a dominant victory to capture the FedEx Cup, Stenson was unstoppable for 12 holes until he settled for a 7-under 63 for a two-shot lead over Paul Casey in the opening round of the Tour Championship.

  • Oosthuizen out of Tour Championship with injury

    September 24, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Louis Oosthuizen withdrew from the Tour Championship after 13 holes because of soreness in his right hamstring.Oosthuizen was No. 29 in the FedEx Cup and had little chance of capturing the million bonus.The South African said he began having trouble with his hamstring Sunday and had treatment and rest before coming to East Lake. He only walked the course on Tuesday and Wednesday and felt fine in the opening round for about six holes. He felt his swing changing because of the leg on the 14th hole and decided to stop.

  • Hebert and Wiesberger lead European Open

    September 24, 2015

    BAD GRIESBACH, Germany (AP) Benjamin Hebert of France and Bernd Wiesberger of Austria shared the lead at seven-under-par after the opening day of the European Open on Thursday.Hebert fired eight birdies on the Bad Griesbach course and had a bogey on the seventh to finish the day at 64. Wiesberger had seven birdies and no bogeys to tie for the lead.

  • The chase begins for million at Tour Championship

    September 24, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Brandt Snedeker is finishing his ninth year on the PGA Tour, and he already has amassed more than million in earnings.He never really thought about the money and would only know his total if he took time to look it up.But there was one exception.

  • Big 3 battle for million at Tour Championship

    September 24, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The best three players in golf have combined to win 12 tournaments and over million this year, so the appeal of a million bonus for capturing the FedEx Cup might not be as great as simply winning the final showdown of the season.But there was a time when money mattered for Jason Day, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth.

  • Stenson can win million without winning a tournament

    September 22, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The last five winners of the FedEx Cup also won the Tour Championship. Vijay Singh in 2008 and Tiger Woods in 2009 are the only FedEx Cup champions who didn't win at East Lake.Henrik Stenson is in position to make his own brand of history this week - winning the FedEx Cup without winning a PGA Tour event all year.

  • Vote could reflect how players perceive FedEx Cup

    September 22, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) PGA Tour players might be voting on more than just their player of the year.Depending on how the Tour Championship unfolds this week at East Lake, the vote could also be a referendum on how they view the FedEx Cup.No one thought this would even be a contest a month ago when the most significant part of the golf schedule ended at the PGA Championship. Even with Jason Day finally breaking through for his first major title, this year was all about Jordan Spieth.

  • Furyk withdraws from Tour Championship

    September 22, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Jim Furyk has withdrawn from the Tour Championship because of a wrist injury and doesn't know if he can play the Presidents Cup.Furyk still gets the 2,000 paid to the last-place finisher in the 30-man field at East Lake, though the sum will not count on the official money list.

  • Golf's player of year vote could be referendum on FedEx Cup

    September 22, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) PGA Tour players might be voting on more than just their player of the year.Depending on how the Tour Championship unfolds this week at East Lake, the vote could also be a referendum on how they view the FedEx Cup.No one thought this would even be a contest a month ago when the most significant part of the golf schedule ended at the PGA Championship. Even with Jason Day finally breaking through for his first major title, this year was all about Jordan Spieth.

  • Solheim Cup joins list of dustups in international golf

    September 21, 2015

    U.S. captain Juli Inkster didn't want to see tattoos and red, white and blue face paint on her players at the Solheim Cup. She wanted them to view the competition in Germany over the weekend as a business trip, with none of the over-the-top displays of previous years.

  • Pettersen apologizes for controversial call in Solheim Cup

    September 21, 2015

    ST. LEON-ROT, Germany (AP) Suzann Pettersen apologized Monday for making the controversial call that left United States players fuming before their memorable victory in the Solheim Cup.Pettersen had demanded American rookie Alison Lee be penalized at the 17th hole of their morning fourball match for picking the ball up when she thought the putt was conceded.

  • Great Britain and Ireland wins PGA Cup

    September 20, 2015

    SAN MARTIN, Calif. (AP) Ireland's Niall Kearney beat Alan Morin 1 up to give Great Britain and Ireland its first PGA Cup victory on U.S. soil, a 13 1/2-12 1/2 decision Sunday at CordeValleGreat Britain and Ireland cut the Americans' series lead to 17-6-4 in the event for club professionals.

  • Vicky Hurst wins second Symetra Tour title of year

    September 20, 2015

    GARDEN CITY, Kan. (AP) Vicky Hurst locked up an LPGA Tour card for next season, winning the Garden City Charity Classic on Sunday for her second Symetra Tour title of the year.The 25-year-old Hurst, from Melbourne, Florida, closed with an even-par 72 for a two-stroke victory. She finished at 8-under 208 at Buffalo Dunes and earned ,000 to jump from 14th to fourth on the money list with ,058, more than enough to wrap a spot in the final top 10 for an LPGA Tour card.

  • Day wins BMW Championship on cruise control, moves to No. 1

    September 20, 2015

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) Jason Day won the BMW Championship on cruise control Sunday with a mostly stress-free final round of 2-under 69 that vaulted him into the top spot in the world ranking.The Australian zoomed out to a big lead by shooting 61 and 63 in the first two rounds at Conway Farms and was never seriously challenged after that. His 22-under total was the second-lowest on tour this year good for a six-shot victory over rookie Daniel Berger. Scott Piercy finished third, seven strokes back.

  • Europeans defend controversial call in Solheim Cup defeat

    September 20, 2015

    ST. LEON-ROT, Germany (AP) Despite making the call that ultimately proved the turning point for the Americans' memorable victory in the Solheim Cup, Suzann Pettersen feels she did the right thing.It was the Norwegian who demanded American rookie Alison Lee be penalized at the 17th hole of their morning fourball match for picking the ball up when she thought the putt had been conceded. The Americans were furious, and used that anger to engineer the biggest comeback in Solheim history, coming from four points down in the singles to clinch the victory.

  • Chez Reavie wins Web.com Tour Finals event

    September 20, 2015

    DAVIDSON, N.C. (AP) Chez Reavie won the Web.com Tour Finals' Small Business Connection Championship by a stroke Sunday to regain his PGA Tour card.Reavie, the 2008 Canadian Open winner, birdied the par-5 18th for a 6-under 66 and 15-under 273 total at River Run. The 33-year-old former Arizona State player earned 0,000 to push his series total to 3,000, more than enough to lock up a PGA Tour card. He tied for 10th last week in Indiana in the finals opener after finishing 166th in the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup standings.

  • Karlberg beats Kaymer in playoff to win Italian Open

    September 20, 2015

    MONZA, Italy (AP) Rikard Karlberg of Sweden beat Martin Kaymer in a sudden death playoff to win the Italian Open on Sunday for his first European Tour victory.On the second playoff hole at the par-4 18th, Karlberg sunk a birdie putt following an impressive second shot out of the rough.

  • US stages comeback to win Solheim Cup after disputed call

    September 20, 2015

    ST. LEON-ROT, Germany (AP) After being infuriated by a call they found unsportsmanlike, the Americans staged the biggest comeback in Solheim Cup history Saturday to wrest the trophy back from Europe.Paula Creamer defeated Germany's Sandra Gal to complete the turnaround and secure a 14 1/2-13 1/2 victory for the United States, which had trailed by four points going into the singles.

  • US stages remarkable comeback to win Solheim Cup

    September 20, 2015

    ST. LEON-ROT, Germany (AP) Paula Creamer defeated Germany's Sandra Gal to complete a remarkable comeback as United States won the Solheim Cup with a 14 1/2-13 1/2 victory over Europe on Sunday.Creamer made five birdies in 15 holes to win the final singles match 4 and 3 and give the U.S. its first title since 2009.

  • Europe takes 10-6 lead over US in controversial fashion

    September 20, 2015

    ST. LEON-ROT, Germany (AP) Charley Hull and Suzann Pettersen beat Alison Lee and Brittany Lincicome 2 up in controversial fashion at the Solheim Cup to give Europe a 10-6 lead over the United States going into Sunday's singles matches.Lee missed a short putt for a birdie on the 17th of their resumed fourball match and then picked up her ball under the assumption Europe had conceded - Hull was already walking toward the last hole - only for Pettersen to claim Europe hadn't conceded the short putt. The umpire intervened and Europe was awarded the hole.

  • Europe takes 10-6 lead over US going into Solheim singles

    September 20, 2015

    ST. LEON-ROT, Germany (AP) Charley Hull and Suzann Pettersen beat Alison Lee and Brittany Lincicome 2 up in controversial fashion at the Solheim Cup to give Europe a 10-6 lead over the United States going into Sunday's singles matches.Lee missed a short putt for a birdie on the 17th of their resumed fourball match and then picked up her ball under the assumption Europe had conceded - Hull was already walking toward the last hole - only for Pettersen to claim Europe hadn't conceded the short putt. The umpire intervened and Europe was awarded the hole.

  • Great Britain and Ireland ties US 8-8 in the PGA Cup

    September 19, 2015

    SAN MARTIN, Calif. (AP) Cameron Clark and Niall Kearney beat Sean Dougherty and Grant Sturgeon 2 and 1 in foursomes Saturday to help Great Britain and Ireland tie the United States 8-8 in the PGA Cup.The competition for club professionals will end Sunday at CordeValle with 10 singles matches.

  • Day runs in place at BMW, but still leads by 6 shots

    September 19, 2015

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) Jason Day shot a 2-under 69 at the BMW Championship, good enough to take a six-stroke lead into the final round.Instead of running away from the field, as he had in the first two rounds after shooting 61 and 63, Day spent most of Saturday running in place. He made his first bogey in 20 holes at the sixth, then piled on three more to offset a half-dozen birdies. He wasn't alone struggling to stay consistent in cool, windy conditions at Conway Farms.

  • Grillo, Axley tied for lead in Web.com Tour Finals event

    September 19, 2015

    DAVIDSON, N.C. (AP) Argentina's Emiliano Grillo shot a 4-under 68 on Saturday for a share of the third-round lead with Eric Axley in the Web.com Tour Finals' Small Business Connection Championship.Axley had a 70 to match Grillo at 14-under 202 at River Run.

  • Europe leads US 8-5 at Solheim Cup in Germany

    September 19, 2015

    ST. LEON-ROT, Germany (AP) Lexi Thompson and Cristie Kerr earned a point for the United States to trail Europe 8-5 in the Solheim Cup before the other fourball matches were suspended Saturday due to bad light.The American duo defeated Spanish pair Carlota Ciganda and Azahara Munoz 3 and 2 to reduce the Europeans' lead after a good morning for the home team.

  • Martin Kaymer moves into share of lead at Italian Open

    September 19, 2015

    MONZA, Italy (AP) Martin Kaymer opened with four straight birdies on his way to a 7-under 65 Saturday to grab a share of the lead after the third round of the Italian Open.The former top-ranked German had his lone bogey on the fifth but added another four birdies to sit tied with Jens Fahrbring of Sweden and Frenchman Romain Wattel atop the leaderboard with a 17-under total of 199.

  • Europe leads US 8-4 at Solheim Cup in Germany

    September 19, 2015

    ST. LEON-ROT, Germany (AP) Charley Hull and Suzann Pettersen recovered from 4 down to win 1 up against Americans Paula Creamer and Morgan Pressel on Saturday, helping Europe to a commanding 8-4 lead in the Solheim Cup.Creamer and Pressel were 4 up and comfortable after the 11th hole of their foursome match, but Hull and Pettersen birdied the next and finished with four straight birdies to give Europe huge momentum going into the afternoon's fourball matches.

  • Omar Uresti, Sean Dougherty lead US in PGA Cup

    September 18, 2015

    SAN MARTIN, Calif. (AP) Former PGA Tour player Omar Uresti and Sean Dougherty won two matches Friday to help the United States take a 4 1/2-3 1/2 lead over Great Britain and Ireland in the PGA Cup.Uresti and Dougherty beat Englishmen Lee Clarke and Paul Hendriksen 1 up for the Americans' lone point in the morning fourball matches at CordeValle in the competition for club professionals. The U.S. duo topped Ireland's Niall Kearney and England's Alex Wright 3 and 1 in the afternoon foursomes.

  • Tiger Woods has second microdiscectomy surgery on back

    September 18, 2015

    With his game ailing, Tiger Woods announced he underwent a second microdiscectomy surgery on his back.''This is certainly disappointing, but I'm a fighter,'' Woods said. ''I've been told I can make a full recovery, and I have no doubt that I will.''Woods made the announcement on his website - www.tigerwoods.com - and reported the microsurgical procedure - intended to relieve pain from a pinched nerve - was performed late Wednesday in Park City, Utah, by neurosurgeon Dr. Charles Rich. Woods pulled out of three events he planned to play this year and isn't expected to return to the tour until January at the earliest.

  • Bjerregaard, Fahrbring share halfway lead at Italian Open

    September 18, 2015

    MONZA, Italy (AP) Lucas Bjerregaard of Finland and Jens Fahrbring of Sweden shared a two-shot lead Friday after the second round of the Italian Open at Golf Club Milano.Fahrbring had nine birdies and shot an 8-under 64 to leave him at 13-under 131 at the halfway stage. He dropped a shot on the 13th, but birdied three of the next five holes.

  • Day finishes rain-shortened 1st round in lead with 61 at BMW

    September 18, 2015

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) With a chance to make history, Jason Day made par instead on the final hole of his rain-delayed first round for a career-best 61 and a four-shot lead at the BMW Championship.Day returned to Conway Farms early Friday needing to hole a 44-yard wedge shot from the rough for an eagle and a PGA Tour record-tying 59. His low-running pitch into the ninth green skidded to a stop 10 feet short of the cup. He then lipped out the birdie attempt.

  • Europe, US tied 2-2 at Solheim Cup in Germany

    September 18, 2015

    ST. LEON-ROT, Germany (AP) Europe and the United States were tied at 2-2 at the Solheim Cup following Friday morning's alternate-shot foursome matches at the St. Leon-Rot Golf Club in Germany.Morgan Pressel and Paula Creamer defeated Europe's top-ranked players, Anna Nordqvist of Sweden and Suzann Pettersen of Norway, 3 and 2 to secure the first point for the visitors.

  • Matches underway at Solheim Cup in Germany

    September 18, 2015

    ST. LEON-ROT, Germany (AP) Play at the Solheim Cup has begun with alternate-shot foursome matches on the course early Friday at the St. Leon-Rot Golf Club in Germany.Europe is going for three titles in a row in the competition, while the Unites States is hoping to win its first since 2009 and make up for its last defeat at home in 2013.

  • The Jason Day train rolls through Chicago

    September 18, 2015

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) Jason Day was in such a zone that he didn't even know the score.He nearly chipped in for eagle on his second straight hole and threw his head back in despair, perhaps expecting everything to go in Thursday at the BMW Championship. The birdie put Day at 10-under par with one hole remaining, and moments after he hit his tee shot on No. 9, the horn sounded to stop play because of thunderstorms.

  • Brett Stegmaier leads Web.com Tour Finals event

    September 18, 2015

    DAVIDSON, N.C. (AP) Brett Stegmaier shot a 4-under 68 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead after the second round of the Web.com Tour Finals' Small Business Connection Championship.The 32-year-old former University of Florida player had a 13-under 131 total at River Run. He had his second straight bogey-free round after opening with a 63 to take a two-stroke lead.

  • Furyk out of BMW with sore wrist, may miss next 2 events

    September 17, 2015

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) Jim Furyk's status for both the Tour Championship and the Presidents Cup were uncertain after a left wrist injury forced him to withdraw from the BMW Championship on Thursday after just six holes.''I'm very concerned,'' Furyk said. ''I have only two more events to finish out the season.

  • Jason Day builds big lead at BMW Championship

    September 17, 2015

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) Only the weather could stop Jason Day at the BMW Championship on Thursday.Day began his latest quest to reach No. 1 by holing out from a fairway bunker for eagle and powering his way to 10-under par through 17 holes. He hit a 346-yard drive with the wind at his back, and had 44 yards to the ninth green when play was stopped because of approaching storms. Day needed an eagle on his last hole for a 59.

  • Furyk withdraws from BMW after 6 holes with wrist injury

    September 17, 2015

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) Jim Furyk called it a day at the BMW Championship when a left wrist injury forced him off the course at Conway Farms after just six holes.Furyk, a former U.S. Open champion and the FedEx Cup champion in 2010, was 1-over par at the time. He's in ninth place in golf's playoff race and could return next week for the Tour Championship at East Lake in Atlanta. The top 30 players in the standings after the BMW advance to the season-ending event.

  • US, Europe vie for underdog status ahead of Solheim Cup

    September 17, 2015

    ST. LEON-ROT, Germany (AP) Going into the Solheim Cup, each team seems to be fighting for the status of underdog.The Europeans and Americans have both been trying to dampen expectations before the tournament gets underway Friday.It's the biggest prize in women's team golf and the U.S. can point out that Europe is playing at home and going for three in a row, having captured back-to-back titles for the first time in 2013.

  • Colsaerts makes 8 straight birdies to take lead in Italy

    September 17, 2015

    MONZA, Italy (AP) Nicolas Colsaerts equaled the European Tour record of eight birdies in a row Thursday on his way to an opening-round 9-under 63 to take the clubhouse lead at the Italian Open.The Belgian made a solid start on the back nine, parring his first four holes before five consecutive birdies from the 14th to the 18th saw him make the turn in 31.

  • TEEING IT UP: 3rd FedEx Cup playoff event

    September 17, 2015

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) This is one of those weeks where Jordan Spieth felt confident enough to make a guarantee.He wasn't talking golf. He was talking hotels.''When they ask what day I'm checking out I can say, `I'm checking out on Sunday.' It's nice,'' Spieth said.

  • O'Hair trying to turn good recovery into a great one

    September 16, 2015

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) The best remaining players on the PGA Tour are north of Chicago for the third straight tournament that features an .25 million purse and a chance to claim the million bonus for winning the FedEx Cup.The rest are in North Carolina for the second event in the Web.com Tour Finals, which offers a million purse and a chance to keep their jobs.

  • Spieth assured of a long hotel stay in Chicago

    September 15, 2015

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) Jordan Spieth has a green jacket, a U.S. Open trophy and an eye for photojournalism.Spieth has been the toast of golf for much of the year with his bid for the Grand Slam and eventually joining Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as the only players to finish in the top four at all four of the majors. But after missing consecutive cuts, he couldn't help but notice one difference in the coverage.

  • Jason Day finds the missing piece

    September 15, 2015

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) Two wins in seven years on the PGA Tour doesn't compute for a player with the talent and work ethic of Jason Day. It was simple enough to attribute his slow start to injuries, and that would be accurate with one stipulation.It wasn't all physical.

  • David Feherty to join NBC golf coverage

    September 15, 2015

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) David Feherty signed a contract with NBC Sports that will put him on the broadcast team with Johnny Miller, allow him to extend his popular ''Feherty'' series on Golf Channel and possibly lead to new ventures for golf's funnyman.

  • Annie Park wins 3rd Symetra Tour title of year

    September 13, 2015

    MAYETTA, Kan. (AP) Annie Park won the Prairie Band Casino & Resort Charity Classic on Sunday for her third victory in nine Symetra Tour starts this season.Park earned ,000 to jump from fourth to second on the money list with ,125, more than enough for a 2016 LPGA Tour card as a top-10 finisher.

  • Sweden's Norlander wins Web.com Tour Finals opener

    September 13, 2015

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) Sweden's Henrik Norlander won the Web.com Tour Finals-opening Hotel Fitness Championship on Sunday to wrap up a PGA Tour card.Norlander shot a course-record 10-under 62 at Sycamore Hills to beat Michael Thompson and third-round leader D.H. Lee by three strokes. The 28-year-old former Augusta State player finished at 19-under 269 and earned 0,000 after finishing 47th on the Web.com Tour's regular-season money list.

  • Britain and Ireland wins Walker Cup

    September 13, 2015

    LYTHAM ST ANNES, England (AP) Britain and Ireland regained the Walker Cup with the team's highest points total on Sunday, beating the United States 16.5 to 9.5 at Royal Lytham and St Annes.Leading 7-5 after the first day of the biennial amateur event, Britain and Ireland again won the morning foursomes 3-1 to lead 10-6.

  • Thomas Pieters wins KLM Open for 2nd European Tour title

    September 13, 2015

    ZANDVOORT, Netherlands (AP) Thomas Pieters of Belgium won his second European Tour title Sunday, two weeks after his first, by shooting a 5-under 65 to win the KLM Open by one shot as Lee Slattery faltered on the final hole.The 23-year-old Pieters, who won the Czech Masters on Aug. 30, parred the last four holes at the Kennemer Golf and Country Club to finish with a 19-under total of 261.

  • Ko wins Evian Championship to become youngest major champion

    September 13, 2015

    EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France (AP) Lydia Ko became the youngest major champion in LPGA Tour history at the Evian Championship on Sunday.The South Korean-born New Zealander closed with an 8-under 63 for a six-stroke victory over Lexi Thompson at the final major of the season.

  • Britain and Ireland takes 10-6 lead in Walker Cup

    September 13, 2015

    LYTHAM ST ANNES, England (AP) Britain and Ireland won the morning foursomes 3-1 for the second straight day in the Walker Cup to take a 10-6 lead over the United States on Sunday ahead of the afternoon singles.The hosts resumed the day with a 7-5 lead as Britain and Ireland bid to reclaim the trophy on the links of Royal Lytham and St Annes in northwest England.

  • South Korea's D.H. Lee leads Web.com Tour Finals opener

    September 12, 2015

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) South Korea's D.H. Lee shot a 6-under 66 on Saturday to take a three-stroke lead over India's Anirban Lahiri in the Web.com Tour Finals-opening Hotel Fitness Championship.Lee had seven birdies and a bogey to reach 15-under 201. He finished 15th on the Web.com Tour regular-season money list to earn a 2015-16 PGA Tour card and is playing the four-event series in a bid to improve his tour priority status.

  • Britain and Ireland takes 7-5 lead in Walker Cup

    September 12, 2015

    LYTHAM ST ANNES, England (AP) Britain and Ireland enjoyed a 7-5 lead over holders United States on Saturday after the first day of the 45th Walker Cup on the links of Royal Lytham and St Annes.The hosts led 3-1 after morning foursomes in northwest England of the biennial amateur event before the eight afternoon singles were shared, with each side winning three matches and the other two halved.

  • Lee leads Evian by 1 over Thompson going to final round

    September 12, 2015

    EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France (AP) Mi Hyang Lee retained the lead at the Evian Championship in difficult weather in the third round of the final major of the season on Saturday.Lee was paired with Morgan Pressel, and they went toe to toe until the par-4 18th hole, when the American double-bogeyed after landing her second shot into a pond.

  • Slattery, Cabrera-Bello shoot 63s to share KLM Open lead

    September 12, 2015

    ZANDVOORT, Netherlands (AP) Lee Slattery and Rafa Cabrera-Bello both shot a 7-under 63 Saturday to take the joint lead after the third round of the KLM Open on a day of low scoring.Cabrera-Bello was on track for a spectacular round after making six birdies and an eagle on the front nine, along with only his third bogey of the tournament, but the Spaniard could only manage a string of nine pars coming home.

  • Britain and Ireland take early lead in Walker Cup

    September 12, 2015

    LYTHAM ST ANNES, England (AP) The United States struggled in the windy conditions as Britain and Ireland took a 3-1 lead after the morning foursomes on the first day of the Walker Cup.English pairing Ashley Chesters and Jimmy Mullen claimed the first point for the home side with a 3 and 2 victory over Maverick McNealy and Hunter Stewart. Ireland's Cormac Sharvin and Scotland's Jack McDonald dominated Jordan Niebrugge and Robby Shelton, winning three of the first four holes en route to a 5 and 4 victory.

  • Jamie Lovemark leads Web.com Tour Finals opener

    September 11, 2015

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) Jamie Lovemark shot a bogey-free 6-under 66 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead over Anirban Lahiri in the Web.com Tour Finals-opening Hotel Fitness Championship.Lovemark finished 12th on the Web.com Tour regular-season money list to earn a 2015-16 PGA Tour card and is playing the four-event series in a bid to improve his tour priority status. The former Southern California player had an 11-under 133 total at Sycamore Hills.

  • US captain wants Walker Cup players to have 'fun'

    September 11, 2015

    LYTHAM ST ANNES, England (AP) United States captain John `Spider' Miller wants his team to have ''fun'' against Britain and Ireland in the 45th Walker Cup when the biennial amateur event starts Saturday.Playing on the Lancashire links at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club in north west England, the Americans are seeking to retain the trophy they won 17-9 at the National Golf Links of America in New York two years ago.

  • Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy to play Frys.com Open

    September 11, 2015

    NAPA, Calif. (AP) Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy will play in the PGA Tour's season-opening Frys.com Open next month at Silverado.Tournament officials confirmed Friday that Woods and McIlroy are set for the Oct. 15-18 tournament.Woods and McIlroy had agreed to play in the event by 2015 in a deal with the PGA Tour for releases for a 2012 exhibition event in Turkey.

  • Soren Kjeldsen takes 1-shot lead after 2nd round of KLM Open

    September 11, 2015

    ZANDVOORT, Netherlands (AP) Soren Kjeldsen shot his second consecutive round of 64 on Friday to take the lead with a 12-under 128 at the halfway stage of the KLM Open.The Dane shot a bogey-free round on another day of low scoring at the par-70 Kennemer Golf and Country Club. Kjeldsen is one shot ahead of Wade Ormsby of Australia - who followed his 61 on Thursday with a 68 - and England's David Horsey (66).

  • Lee has clubhouse lead at 9 under in Evian 2nd round

    September 11, 2015

    EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France (AP) Mi Hyang Lee was the sole leader at the Evian Championship midway through the second round on Friday while Morgan Pressel gave herself a chance of a second major win after making eight birdies.Lee, whose only victory on the U.S. LPGA Tour was at the 2014 Mizuno Classic, shot a 4-under-par 67 for a 9-under total of 133, one more than Pressel.

  • Gainey, Grillo share lead in Web.com Tour Finals opener

    September 10, 2015

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) Tommy Gainey and Argentina's Emiliano Grillo shared the first-round lead at 6-under 66 on Thursday in the Web.com Tour Finals-opening Hotel Fitness Championship.Gainey had an eagle, six birdies and two bogeys at Sycamore Hills. He's coming off a third-place finish in the regular-season finale in Portland, Oregon.

  • SMU's DeChambeau uses physics and irons for rare dual titles

    September 10, 2015

    Bryson DeChambeau is a physics major with a unique approach to golf, and a set of irons all cut to the same length.There is also the Ben Hogan-style cap the SMU senior wears when he plays, and the rare distinction that added him to a group of elite golfers: Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods and Ryan Moore.

  • Ormsby and Lawrie share KLM Open 1st-round lead at 9 under

    September 10, 2015

    ZANDVOORT, Netherlands (AP) Wade Ormsby blitzed the back nine on his way to a 9-under-par 61 at the KLM Open and joined Paul Lawrie in the first-round lead at the Kennemer Golf and Country Club on the Dutch North Sea coast on Thursday.The Australian fired six birdies on the last seven holes, including 16, 17 and 18, to surge up the leaderboard.

  • Thompson, Lee share lead of 5 under at Evian Championship

    September 10, 2015

    EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France (AP) Lexi Thompson picked up five shots in four holes in a 5-under 66 to claim a share of the lead with Mi Hyang Lee in the opening round of the Evian Championship on Thursday.The American got off to a superb start to the final major of the season at the picturesque resort above Lake Geneva, then managed to stay bogey-free.

  • PGA Championship to return to Oak Hill for 4th time

    September 9, 2015

    PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) The PGA Championship is returning to Oak Hill in 2023 for the fourth time.Jason Dufner won the PGA Championship when it was held two years ago at Oak Hill in Pittsford, N.Y. Shaun Micheel won the previous time in 2003 when he hit 7-iron within inches on the final hole to secure what turned out to be the only win of his career.

  • Inbee Park eyeing golf career Slam at Evian Championship

    September 9, 2015

    PARIS (AP) Serena Williams isn't the only woman in sight of a Grand Slam this weekend.Inbee Park can achieve a career Grand Slam in golf by winning the Evian Championship starting on Thursday near the French Alps.Park won the Evian on the edge of Lake Geneva in 2012, but it came a year before the U.S. LPGA Tour made it the fifth and final major on its calendar.

  • Mickelson given spot on US Presidents Cup team

    September 8, 2015

    Phil Mickelson kept alive a streak and earned a footnote in Presidents Cup history Tuesday when he was selected to play on his 21st consecutive U.S. team.Mickelson was No. 30 in the standings, the lowest of any player to be a captain's pick.U.S. captain Jay Haas also took his son, Bill Haas, though that was expected. Bill Haas won his sixth PGA Tour title this year, finished one shot out of a playoff at The Players Championship and was 11th in the standings. His father said he intended to take No. 11 regardless of who it was.

  • Price takes Sang-moon Bae for Korean matches

    September 8, 2015

    Sang-moon Bae is headed home to South Korea for his mandatory military service. But first he gets to play in the Presidents Cup.International team captain Nick Price selected Bae and Steven Bowditch to fill out his 12-man team that will try to end 17 years of losing against the Americans. The matches are Oct. 8-11 in South Korea.

  • Putting method gaining popularity, warrants a caution

    September 8, 2015

    NORTON, Mass. (AP) Ian Poulter and Kevin Chappell played together at the Deutsche Bank Championship, and their birdie putts on the par-5 second hole during the second round were significant mainly because of how they read the greens.Both use AimPoint Express, only Poulter had to do without on this occasion. He was just under 20 feet away. Chappell was about 12 feet away, and his marker was in the line of where Poulter ordinarily would have straddled the line of his own putt to feel the slope of the green.

  • In golf, being No. 1 does not mean being No. 1 that week

    September 8, 2015

    NORTON, Mass. (AP) Good news for the PGA Tour. The battle for No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking is so confounding that no one is complaining about all the points and projections of the FedEx Cup.Give it time. The FedEx Cup still has two tournaments left before it awards million to a player who might not have had the best year. Or might not win at all.

  • Lahiri, Thongchai hope to trailblaze at Presidents Cup

    September 8, 2015

    NEW DELHI (AP) Anirban Lahiri and Thongchai Jaidee hope their milestones as the first golfers from India and Thailand to be picked for the Presidents Cup inspire kids in their countries.They qualified on their world rankings, making the top 10 automatically on the International team.

  • Little Rickie keeps coming up big

    September 8, 2015

    NORTON, Mass. (AP) Four months ago, the question was whether Rickie Fowler was winning as much as he should.Three victories later, no one can question how he wins.At The Players Championship, he finished birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie and then won a three-hole playoff over Sergio Garcia and Kevin Kisner. Two months later, he made birdie on three of the last four holes for a one-shot victory over Matt Kuchar and Raphael Jacquelin.

  • No changes to Presidents Cup teams

    September 7, 2015

    NORTON, Mass. (AP) Chris Kirk made his first U.S. team and the International team will have three new players for the Presidents Cup.The Deutsche Bank Championship was the final qualifying event for determining 10 automatic spots on both teams. There were a few possibilities going into the final round Monday at the TPC Boston, but ultimately no changes.

  • Fowler rallies to win Deutsche Bank

    September 7, 2015

    NORTON, Mass. (AP) Rickie Fowler won the Deutsche Bank Championship with one big putt. Henrik Stenson might have lost it with one big mistake.Fowler rallied from two shots behind with five holes to play by making a 40-foot birdie putt on the 14th. He played flawless the rest of the way for a 3-under 68 and a one-shot victory Monday at the TPC Boston.

  • Slattery holds off Goya to win Russian Open by 1 shot

    September 6, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) Lee Slattery bounced back from an erratic start to shoot a 2-under 69 Sunday that was enough for a one-shot victory at the Russian Open.The Englishman entered the final round with the lead but two bogeys on the front nine left him temporarily two shots behind Argentina's Estanislao Goya. However, Slattery birdied three of his last eight holes, including a chip in from the rough on the 17th, while Goya bogeyed the 13th and 15th.

  • Hoffman has 63 to take early lead at TPC Boston

    September 5, 2015

    NORTON, Mass. (AP) Charley Hoffman had another low round at the Deutsche Bank Championship. This time, it didn't come with a trophy.Hoffman made birdie on half of the holes at the TPC Boston for an 8-under 63, giving him a three-shot lead among the early starters in the second round Saturday. Five years ago, Hoffman closed with a 62 when he won the Deutsche Bank.

  • Slattery takes 2-shot lead into Russian Open final round

    September 5, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) English golfer Lee Slattery recovered from a double bogey to move into a two-shot lead after the third round of the Russian Open on Saturday.After taking five shots on the par-three 11th, Slattery recovered with three birdies on the remaining holes to finish off a 4-under-par 67.

  • ON THE TEE: Most compelling race in Boston at the bottom

    September 5, 2015

    NORTON, Mass. (AP) For at least one day, the battle at the bottom was more compelling than the battle for No. 1 at the Deutsche Bank Championship.Whoever lands at No. 1 in the world ranking - Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth or Jason Day - won't be decided until after the traditional Labor Day finish at the TPC Boston. And even after the good (Day shot 68), pretty good (McIlroy shot 70) and the ugly (Spieth shot 75), the only number that matters is the math used for the ranking formula.

  • Alcohol, speed cited in crash that killed pro golfer's dad

    September 4, 2015

    AMARILLO, Texas (AP) Investigators say alcohol and speed were factors in a traffic accident in the Texas Panhandle that killed the 71-year-old father of PGA Tour player Ryan Palmer.Charles Franklin ''Butch'' Palmer of Amarillo died the night of Aug. 18 in the rollover of his sport utility vehicle on Loop 335 on the northeastern fringe of Amarillo. The Texas Department of Public Safety crash report obtained by the Amarillo Globe-News (http://bit.ly/1JUogHa ) didn't specify the amount of alcohol in Palmer's blood.

  • Day, Spieth rolling in opposite directions at TPC Boston

    September 4, 2015

    NORTON, Mass. (AP) Luke Donald took a big step toward advancing to the next FedEx Cup playoff event in Chicago. Jason Day took a small step toward No. 1 in the world.As for Jordan Spieth? He took another step in the wrong direction.Donald advanced to the second playoff event at the Deutsche Bank Championship, and then he managed blustery conditions at the TPC Boston on Friday for a 4-under 67 and a share of the lead with Colt Knost among the early starters.

  • Dredge leads at Russian Open

    September 4, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) Bradley Dredge shot 5-under 66 Friday to lead the Russian Open by one stroke at the halfway stage.The Welshman started the day tied for third but had a bogey-free second round for 10-under 132 overall after teeing off on a damp morning at the Skolkovo Golf Club outside Moscow.

  • No. 1 up for grabs at 2nd playoff event in Boston

    September 4, 2015

    NORTON, Mass. (AP) The second FedEx Cup playoff event is all about the Big Three.And the battle for No. 1.Rory McIlroy returned to No. 1 in the world even though he skipped opening playoff event last week at The Barclays. That's mostly about math, and an indication that McIlroy and Jordan Spieth are running nose-to-nose at the moment. Spieth has the easiest road back to No. 1 this week and likely only has to finish ahead of McIlroy.

  • Mickelson needing big week for chance at 21st straight team

    September 3, 2015

    NORTON, Mass. (AP) Phil Mickelson only realized a few days ago his proud streak of qualifying for 20 consecutive teams was over.Even if he were to win the Deutsche Bank Championship this week, he could not finish among the top 10 players who automatically qualify for the Presidents Cup team. That leaves him one important week to at least make an impression as a captain's pick.

  • NBC golf analyst Rolfing battling cancer

    September 3, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Television golf analyst Mark Rolfing has been diagnosed with salivary gland cancer and will not be part of the Golf Channel or NBC broadcast team for the rest of the year.Rolfing had surgery three weeks ago to remove a malignant growth from his left cheek area. He said Thursday he is starting a second phase of treatment at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston for this rare form of cancer.

  • Champions Tour adds playoff event in Richmond

    September 3, 2015

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) The Champions Tour will play an event in Richmond next season as part of the 50-and-over circuit's first playoffs.Sponsored by Dominion Resources, the Dominion Charity Classic will be played Nov. 4-6, 2016, on The Country Club of Virginia's James River Course. The tour said Thursday that the tournament will be the last event before the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship.

  • McIlroy says schedule more about mental than physical

    September 3, 2015

    NORTON, Mass. (AP) The European Tour went to great lengths to explain why Rory McIlroy is being allowed to compete in the season-ending Race to Dubai even though he won't reach the minimum 13 events when it ends with the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

  • Battle of the new 'Big 3' at Deutsche Bank

    September 3, 2015

    NORTON, Mass. (AP) Based more on current form than a mathematical formula, Jordan Spieth believes Jason Day is the No. 1 player in golf.Day is coming off a six-shot victory in the opening FedEx Cup playoff event. In his previous tournament, Day became the first player to finish 20-under par in a major when he won the PGA Championship. He has won three of his past four tournaments.

  • Jamieson, Gaunt lead on 1st day of Russian Open

    September 3, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) Scott Jamieson and Daniel Gaunt took a share of the lead at the Russian Open with 6-under 65s in Thursday's first round.Jamieson started his day at Skolkovo Golf Club with four straight birdies. Gaunt had an eagle on No. 12.Lee Slattery and Bradley Dredge (both 66) are tied for third place, one stroke ahead of a group of eight others, including Made in Denmark winner David Horsey.

  • Bubba Watson sits out pro-am with back strain

    September 3, 2015

    NORTON, Mass. (AP) Two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson skipped the Deutsche Bank Championship pro-am Thursday because of a mild back injury.Watson suffered a mild strain of his back during the weekend of The Barclays, where he finished third. His agent, Jens (pronounced YENTZ) Beck, says Watson received therapy the last few days. His trainer recommended one more day of rest as a precaution.

  • PGA cancels Grand Slam of Golf at Trump National in LA

    September 3, 2015

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) The PGA of America will not hold its Grand Slam of Golf for the major champions this year.The 36-hole exhibition was supposed to be played in October at Trump National in Los Angeles. The PGA and Donald Trump agreed that it would move away from Trump's course after he received criticism for his remarks about Mexican immigrants while launching his candidacy for U.S. president.

  • Bubble time for players trying to make Presidents Cup

    September 2, 2015

    NORTON, Mass. (AP) Bill Haas is grinding harder than ever in the FedEx Cup playoffs, only the immediate goal has nothing to do with a million bonus.He wants a chance to play for no money at all.Haas is No. 11 in the Presidents Cup standings. The Deutsche Bank Championship, which starts Friday, is the final event for the top 10 players to earn automatic spots on the U.S. team for the Oct. 8-11 matches in South Korea.

  • European Tour makes exception for McIlroy's injury

    September 2, 2015

    VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) Rory McIlroy will be able to compete in the Race to Dubai even though he will fall short of the minimum 13 tournaments required by the European Tour.Keith Pelley, the new chief executive of the European Tour, says he consulted with McIlroy and medical officials before agreeing to make an exception for the world's No. 1 player.

  • Players speak, Donald listens and minor changes to Doral

    September 1, 2015

    NORTON, Mass. (AP) Once among the most popular stops on the PGA Tour schedule, Trump National Doral had more players grumbling than ever. The complaints mainly were that the power players had too big an advantage.The tour was listening, and so was The Donald.

  • Playoff events for top players are practice until East Lake

    September 1, 2015

    NORTON, Mass. (AP) Jordan Spieth has missed three cuts on the PGA Tour this year, and The Barclays rated the most irritating for one reason.''Because it happened about an hour ago,'' he said.It was Spieth's first tournament as No. 1 in the world, and now he's No. 2. There was no reason to be bothered about that because the ranking could change next week, and the race for No. 1 could last for the rest of the year. Maybe even longer.

  • Jason Day wins The Barclays in another runaway

    August 31, 2015

    EDISON, N.J. (AP) Jason Day, so poor as a kid that he shopped at a store where he stuffed as much used clothing as he could into a bag for , is trying not to think about the potential of a million bonus for winning the FedEx Cup. That's still four weeks away.

  • With a 4th win, Jason Day creates a temporary Big 3

    August 31, 2015

    EDISON, N.J. (AP) Jordan Spieth was gone, but not forgotten, certainly not by Jason Day.In his debut as the No. 1 player in the world, Spieth had back-to-back rounds over par for the first time all year and missed the cut. He already was assured of losing the No. 1 ranking back to Rory McIlroy when Day put together a weekend at The Barclays that was even better when put into recent context.

  • Day wins The Barclays in another runaway

    August 31, 2015

    EDISON, N.J. (AP) Jason Day, so poor as a kid that he shopped at a store where he stuffed as much used clothing as he could into a bag for , is trying not to think about the potential of a million bonus for winning the FedEx Cup. That's still four weeks away.

  • Dicky Pride wins Web.com Tour's Portland Open

    August 30, 2015

    NORTH PLAINS, Ore. (AP) Dicky Pride won the Web.com Tour's Portland Open on Sunday and earned a PGA Tour card with a fifth-place finish on the regular-season money list.The 46-year-old Pride, 40th on the money list entering the week, earned 4,000 to push his season total to 3,057. He closed with a 4-under 67 for a three-stroke victory over Tim Herron.

  • Veteran Kris Tamulis nabs first LPGA Tour win

    August 30, 2015

    PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) Kris Tamulis won the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic on Sunday for her first LPGA Tour title.Tamulis played 29 holes Sunday in the twice-delayed tournament, the 186th of her LPGA Tour career. She finished a third-round 67 and closed with a 65 to beat Yani Tseng and Austin Ernst by a stroke.

  • Juli Inkster wins The Legends Championship

    August 30, 2015

    FRENCH LICK, Ind. (AP) U.S. Solheim Cup captain Juli Inkster won The Legends Championship on Sunday, finishing with a 4-under 68 for a two-stroke victory over Trish Johnson.''If a 55-year-old can win, they can, too,'' Inkster said about her Solheim Cup team that will face Europe in Germany on Sept. 18-20. ''This has been a tough year, and I'm really tired right now. I have an outing Tuesday in Detroit, then I'll be home for a week.''

  • Day wins in a blowout at Barclays

    August 30, 2015

    EDISON, N.J. (AP) Jason Day powered and putted his way to another blowout against a world-class field Sunday at The Barclays.Fresh off his first major at the PGA Championship, Day pulled away early and poured it on with three long birdie putts on the back nine at Plainfield for an 8-under 62 and a six-shot victory.

  • Trump makes an appearance at Barclays

    August 30, 2015

    EDISON, N.J. (AP) Jim Herman played in the group in front of Tiger Woods last week on the PGA Tour, giving him a little experience in coping with gallery noise behind him. Sunday at The Barclays was slightly different. It wasn't the size of the gallery, it was one person.

  • Maggert wins Dick's Sporting Goods Open, takes Schwab lead

    August 30, 2015

    ENDICOTT, N.Y. (AP) Jeff Maggert won the Dick's Sporting Goods Open on Sunday for his fourth Champions Tour victory of the year, closing with a 6-under 66 to beat Paul Goydos by two strokes.Maggert took the lead in the Charles Schwab Cup standings, 119 points ahead of Colin Montgomerie. Montgomerie skipped the tournament because of commitments in Europe.

  • Daly back on course a day after collapsing in Mississippi

    August 30, 2015

    CANTON, Miss. (AP) John Daly was out of the hospital and playing golf again Sunday less than 24 hours after he was stricken on the course with what he says was a collapsed lung.The two-time major champion was taken by ambulance to Baptist Medical Center on Saturday after he collapsed on the 18th tee during an outing at Deerfield Country Club. Daly said doctors ran tests and X-rays but found no other serious problems besides the lung.

  • Brian Harman makes 2 aces at Barclays

    August 30, 2015

    EDISON, N.J. (AP) Brian Harman made a hole-in-one twice Sunday in The Barclays, the first time that's happened on the PGA Tour in nine years.Harman hit a 7-iron from 184 yards on the third hole at Plainfield. On the final par 3, he hit 4-iron hybrid into the cup on the 14th hole. The last player with two aces in the same round was Yusaku Miyazato in the 2006 Reno-Tahoe Open.

  • Agent says John Daly is recovering from collapsed lung

    August 30, 2015

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) John Daly is out of the hospital and recovering from what his agent describes as a collapsed lung.The two-time major champion was taken to Baptist Medical Center on Saturday after he collapsed on the 18th tee during an outing at Deerfield Country Club. A friend at the hospital with Daly says doctors were checking his ribs and some fingers but his vital signs were good.

  • Pieters wins Czech Masters for 1st European Tour victory

    August 30, 2015

    VYSOKY UJEZD, Czech Republic (AP) Thomas Pieters shot a 3-under 69 on Sunday to win the Czech Masters by three strokes for his first European Tour victory.Pieters overcame a bad start with a double bogey on the third hole by making four birdies the rest of the way to hold off Pelle Edberg of Sweden. The 23-year-old Belgian finished with a 20-under 268 at the Albatross Golf course near Prague.

  • Daly collapses on course in Mississippi, taken to hospital

    August 29, 2015

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) John Daly collapsed near the end of a round of golf Saturday and was taken by ambulance to a hospital.The 49-year-old Daly was playing in a small, local tournament at Deerfield Golf Club in Jackson's northern suburbs.Daly's friend, Billy Allen, who was with Daly at the hospital, said the two-time major champion's vital signs were good but doctors were checking on possible injuries to his ribs and fingers.

  • Inkster, Davies, Johnson share lead in The Legends

    August 29, 2015

    FRENCH LICK, Ind. (AP) U.S. Solheim Cup captain Juli Inkster, Laura Davies and Trish Johnson shared the lead at 1-under 71 on Saturday after the first round of The Legends Championship.Rosie Jones, Lorie Kane, Wendy Doolan, Christa Johnson and Maggie Will were a stroke back in the 36-hole event in the difficult Pete Dye Course.

  • Ernst grabs lead at del