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  • Dubuisson shares early lead at home French Open

    July 2, 2015

    PARIS (AP) Victor Dubuisson birdied three of his last seven holes to share the lead on 3-under 68 midway through the first round of his home French Open on Thursday.Dubuisson, one of 29 French players in the field, was tied with Austria's Bernd Wiesberger at Le Golf National - the course that will host the Ryder Cup in 2018.

  • Matt Dobyns wins PGA Professional

    July 1, 2015

    FLOURTOWN, Pa. (AP) Matt Dobyns won the PGA Professional National Championship for the second time in four years Wednesday to top the 20 qualifiers for the PGA Championship.Dobyns, the 37-year-old head pro at Fresh Meadow in Lake Success, New York, took advantage of playing partner Ben Polland's closing double bogey for a three-stroke swing and a one-shot victory at windy Philadelphia Cricket Club.

  • Golf organizations distance themselves from Trump

    July 1, 2015

    Donald Trump says the golf industry supports him because ''they know I'm right.'' Four leading golf organizations said he's wrong.The PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, USGA and PGA of America broke their silence Wednesday - but only briefly - to say that Trump's views on Mexican immigrants and his opinion that golf organizations are behind him are not accurate.

  • Woods returns to The Greenbrier Classic in West Virginia

    July 1, 2015

    WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) Tiger Woods is looking to avoid another dubious footnote at The Greenbrier Classic.When play gets started Thursday on the Old White TPC course in West Virginia, Woods will try to steer clear of missing the cut in consecutive tournaments.

  • Man pleads guilty to using Allenby's credit cards in Hawaii

    June 30, 2015

    HONOLULU (AP) A Hawaii man pleaded guilty Tuesday to using Robert Allenby's credit cards after the professional golfer said he was robbed and beaten in Honolulu.Allenby recounted a bizarre saga in January that involved having no memory of what happened for 2 1/2 hours after he left a Honolulu restaurant. He had missed the cut at the Sony Open and went to dinner, and said he later woke up in a park with a bloodied face.

  • Sturgeon, Polland share PGA Professional lead

    June 30, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Grant Sturgeon shot a 1-under 69 on Tuesday at Philadelphia Cricket Club for a share of the third-round lead with Ben Polland in the PGA Professional National Championship.Sturgeon, a PGA assistant pro at Winged Foot in Mamaroneck, New York, made a 15-foot par putt on the final hole on the Wissahickon Course to match Polland at 4-under 208.

  • Spieth cruising, but several big names have work left

    June 30, 2015

    Jordan Spieth already has accumulated the second-most FedEx Cup points in the regular season, and there's still two majors, a World Golf Championship and the John Deere Classic on his schedule before the playoffs begin.Spieth is at 3,128 points. Tiger Woods had 3,431 points going into the playoffs in 2009, the year the current model began. Woods had 3,059 points in 2013, the year he won five times. Spieth has won two majors and the Valspar Championship, and he was runner-up in the Texas Open and Houston Open. And while the PGA Tour is in the second year of its wraparound season, Spieth played only one event last fall. He earned 34 points at the HSBC Champions.

  • Goosen qualifies for British Open

    June 30, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) Two-time U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen made birdie on the first playoff hole to qualify for the British Open.Goosen shot 67-72 at Woburn to get into a three-for-one playoff for the final spot. Paul Dunne of Ireland was medalist at Woburn for the second straight year. He was joined by Robert Dinwiddie of England, who finally made it after 16 tries.

  • Golf halfway through year: Turnover at warp speed

    June 30, 2015

    The No. 1 player in golf already has three wins in 2015, including a World Golf Championship, and he has finished in the top 10 at both majors.Halfway through the year, however, Rory McIlroy is playing second fiddle.Remember the hype over McIlroy going for the career Grand Slam at the Masters? That was three months ago, and it seems like a lot longer. The attention has shifted to Jordan Spieth and his bid for an unprecedented sweep of the four majors in the same year. The real Grand Slam.

  • Ben Polland leads PGA Professional Championship

    June 29, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Ben Polland shot a 3-under 67 on Monday on The Philadelphia Cricket Club's Wissahickon Course to take a four-stroke lead in the 48th PGA Professional National Championship.The 24-year-old Polland is a PGA assistant professional at Deepdale in Manhasset, New York. He opened with a 4-under 68 on Sunday on Militia Hill Course and had a 7-under 135 total.

  • Golf's Peter Oosterhuis says he has early onset Alzheimer's

    June 29, 2015

    Former British golfer and CBS analyst Peter Oosterhuis says he has early onset Alzheimer's disease.The 67-year-old Oosterhuis went public with the news in Golf World's digital magazine Monday with hopes it can bring attention and raise money toward finding a cure.

  • Weekend Sports In Brief

    June 29, 2015

    NBACLEVELAND (AP) For the third time in six seasons, LeBron James is an unrestricted free agent.The difference this time is he has no plans to move again.The Cleveland star will not exercise a .6 million option on his contract for next season, a person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press on Sunday. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because neither the Cavaliers nor James were publicly discussing the process.

  • 5 tied for lead in PGA Professional

    June 28, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Kyle Voska, Ben Polland, Austin Peters, Shawn Warren and Shane Zywiec each shot 4-under 68 on Sunday at The Philadelphia Cricket Club's rain-softened Militia Hill Course to share the first-round lead in the PGA Professional National Championship.

  • Choi's fairway eagle leads to NW Arkansas Championship win

    June 28, 2015

    ROGERS, Ark. (AP) Na Yeon Choi eagled the par-4 16th hole from the fairway to take the lead and won the NW Arkansas Championship by two strokes Sunday for her ninth LPGA Tour title.Choi closed with a 2-under 69 to finish at 15-under 198.Choi's 8-iron from 142 yards on the 16th one-hopped into the hole to give her a one-shot lead over Stacy Lewis, the defending champion and local favorite. The South Korean player followed with another 8-iron to a foot on the par-3 17th, and closed with a par.

  • Watson wins Travelers Championship on 2nd playoff hole

    June 29, 2015

    CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) Bubba Watson needs two more wins to reach the goal he set for his career.The long-driving lefty made an 8-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole Sunday to outlast Paul Casey and win the Travelers Championship for the second time.

  • Jeff Maggert wins US Senior Open for 2nd senior major title

    June 28, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Jeff Maggert won the U.S. Senior Open on Sunday for his second major victory on the Champions Tour this year.Maggert shot a 5-under 65 at sun-drenched Del Paso Country Club, edging defending champion Colin Montgomerie by two strokes. Maggert made six birdies and one bogey to finish at 10-under 270.

  • Sweden's Dani Holmqvist wins first Symetra Tour title

    June 28, 2015

    HARRIS, Mich. (AP) Sweden's Dani Holmqvist won the Island Resort Championship on Sunday at Sweetgrass for her first Symetra Tour title.The former University of California player made a 6-foot par putt on the 18th hole for a 2-under 70 and a one-stroke victory over Canada's Samantha Richdale.

  • Rob Oppenheim wins Web.com Tour's Air Capital Classic

    June 28, 2015

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) Rob Oppenheim won the Air Capital Classic on Sunday for his first Web.com Tour title, closing with a 6-under 66 for a one-stroke victory over Andy Winings.The 35-year-old Oppenheim finished at 13-under 267 at Crestview Country Club. He eagled the par-5 14th and closed with four straight pars.

  • Pablo Larrazabal wins BMW International Open by 1 shot

    June 28, 2015

    MUNICH (AP) Pablo Larrazabal won the BMW International Open by one shot Sunday for his fourth European Tour title.The Spaniard, who also won the tournament in 2011, closed with a bogey-free 6-under 66 to finish with a 17-under 271 on the Eichenried Golf Club course.

  • Na Yeon Choi shoots 63 to take NW Arkansas Championship lead

    June 27, 2015

    ROGERS, Ark. (AP) Na Ye Choi matched her LPGA Tour career low with an 8-under 63 on Saturday to surge to the top of the leaderboard at 13 under in the NW Arkansas Championship.Choi, the South Korean player who won the season-opening Coates Golf Championship for her eighth LPGA Tour title, made a 45-foot eagle putt on the 18th hole for a back-nine 29.

  • Maggert, Langer share lead after 3rd round of US Senior Open

    June 27, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Bernhard Langer and Jeff Maggert shared the lead over a bunched field heading into the final round of the U.S. Senior Open.Langer shot a 2-under 68, and Maggert had a 70 on Saturday. They were at 5-under 205 for the championship at delightful Del Paso Country Club, where conditions cooled off after consecutive days above 100 degrees.

  • Rodgers shoots 63 to move into contention at Travelers

    June 27, 2015

    CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) Patrick Rodgers shot a 7-under 63 after barely making the cut to move within two shots of the lead at the Travelers Championship.The 22-year-old former Stanford star made his PGA Tour debut at this tournament a year ago.He played in the day's first group Saturday and is at 9 under with a round to go. He shot a bogey-free round. Five of his seven birdies came on the back nine, including two straight to finish.

  • England's James Morrison claims 2-stroke lead in Munich

    June 27, 2015

    MUNICH (AP) English golfer James Morrison shot a 5-under 67 to claim a two-stroke lead in the third round of the BMW International Open as overnight leader Rafa Cabrera-Bello dropped six off the pace on Saturday.Morrison, who began the day one stroke behind Cabrera-Bello, made six birdies and would be further ahead but for a bogey on the final hole. He was at 16-under 200 heading into Sunday's final round.

  • BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

    June 27, 2015

    Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Saturday. A full Sports Digest will be sent about 3 p.m. All times EDT:- Serena Williams heads to Wimbledon halfway to a Grand Slam, something last accomplished in tennis more than a quarter-century ago. If it were up to her, no one would notice.

  • Hur reaches 8 under to lead LPGA's NW Arkansas Championship

    June 26, 2015

    ROGERS, Ark. (AP) Mi Jung Hur birdied her final five holes to reach 8 under and top leaderboard Friday in the LPGA Tour's rain-hampered NW Arkansas Championship.Hur completed 14 holes before play was suspended because of darkness.Azahara Munoz birdied six of eight holes in a 6-under 65 for a share of the clubhouse lead. The Spaniard was tied with Brittany Lincicome and Anna Nordqvist at Pinnacle Country Club.

  • Farr-Kaye takes over Arizona State's women's golf program

    June 26, 2015

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Missy Farr-Kaye has been promoted to Arizona State's head women's golf coach.Athletic director Ray Anderson announced the move Friday.Farr-Kaye spent the past 13 seasons as an assistant coach and associate head coach under Melissa Luellen, who left the Sun Devils last week to coach Auburn,

  • Maggert, Fowler lead bunched US Senior Open by 1 stroke

    June 26, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Jeff Maggert and Peter Fowler have taken a one-stroke early lead over the bunched field midway through the second round of the U.S. Senior Open.Maggert shot a 65, and Fowler finished at 66 to move to 5 under on Friday at the Del Paso Country Club, where the temperature was expected to rise above 100 degrees for the second straight day.

  • Watson extends lead during morning round at Travelers

    June 26, 2015

    CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) Bubba Watson shot a 67 to extend his lead to three strokes midway through the second round of the Travelers Championship.Watson began the day with a two-stroke lead after an opening 62. He made three birdies Friday during a bogey-free round to enter weekend play at 11-under par. He says he was forced to play more conservatively because of the wind.

  • Mark O'Meara withdraws from US Senior Open with foot injury

    June 26, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Mark O'Meara has withdrawn from the U.S. Senior Open because of an injured right foot.O'Meara shot a 1-under 69 in Thursday's opening round. He had been scheduled to tee off Friday afternoon.O'Meara won the British Open and the Masters in 1998 and has 16 victories on the PGA Tour. He was competing in his eighth U.S. Senior Open.

  • Cabrera-Bello takes 1-stroke lead in Munich

    June 26, 2015

    MUNICH (AP) Rafa Cabrera-Bello of Spain shot a 5-under 67 for a one-stroke lead in the second round of the BMW International Open on Friday.Cabrera-Bello, who opened with a 65 Thursday for a three-way lead with Lasse Jensen of Denmark and Daniel Gaunt of England, made six birdies and a bogey, leaving him at 12-under 132 halfway through the European Tour event.

  • Well-rested Park returns at NW Arkansas Championship

    June 25, 2015

    ROGERS, Ark. (AP) Inbee Park used a well-timed week away from golf two years ago to set up a run of three straight victories on the LPGA Tour, including two major championships.The freshly anointed top-ranked women's player hopes a similar approach pays off again this week at the NW Arkansas Championship.

  • Tom Watson takes early lead at US Senior Open

    June 25, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Tom Watson took advantage of an early tee time to shoot a 4-under 66 and earn the clubhouse lead in the opening round of the U.S. Senior Open on Thursday.With the temperature expected to soar to 104 degrees in the afternoon, Watson worked through Del Paso Country Club before the scorching heat in California's capital city intensified. The eight-time major champion overcame a double bogey before the turn and had four birdies in his final nine holes.

  • Keegan Bradley tied for early lead at Travelers

    June 25, 2015

    CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) Keegan Bradley shot a 6-under 64 Thursday to tie for the lead midway through the first round of the Travelers Championship.Bradley was born in Vermont and considers the event outside Hartford to be one of his home tournaments.The 2011 PGA Championship winner opened on the 10th hole and shot a 31 on his front nine. He was tied with Seung-Yul Noh, who began his round with four consecutive birdie putts, and Brian Stuard, who shot a bogey-free opening round. Four golfers ended the morning rounds with 65.

  • England's Andrew Johnston takes early lead in Munich

    June 25, 2015

    MUNICH (AP) England's Andrew Johnston shot a 6-under 66 Thursday to take the clubhouse lead in the opening round of the BMW International Open.Johnston started with a bogey on the 10th hole but then carded seven birdies to finish one stroke ahead of a number of players with play still in progress at the Eichenried Golf Club.

  • US Senior Open should be a scorcher in Sacramento

    June 24, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) The biggest challenge facing the field at the U.S. Senior Open is to beat the heat and two timeless wonders who continue to find their way to the top of the leaderboard at major championships.Sweating out each could prove equally problematic.

  • Travelers offers cash, trophy, and winner's picture on M&Ms

    June 24, 2015

    CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) Golfers who made the cross-country trip from the U.S. Open to Connecticut to play in this week's Travelers Championship may have been enticed by the .4 million purse or the nice trophy, but what many really want is their face on a piece of candy.

  • British Open prize money soars, champion to win .8 million

    June 24, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The British Open champion at St. Andrews next month will win 1.15 million pounds (.8 million), an increase of 175,000 pounds (5,000) from 2014.The R&A announced on Wednesday that overall prize money for the third major of the year has soared by .42 million to almost million.

  • 9 spots to British Open available on PGA Tour this week

    June 23, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) Kevin Kisner had to wait until a week before the U.S. Open to find out for certain that he had a spot in the field at Chambers Bay.He'll have a little more time to prepare for the next major.As many as nine spots for the British Open are available this week at the Travelers Championship.

  • Couples withdraws due to back injury

    June 23, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Fred Couples has withdrawn from the U.S. Senior Open because of a back injury.The 55-year-old Couples has a long history of back trouble. He missed the cut at the Masters and has not played in the last two months. Couples also pulled out of qualifying earlier this month for the U.S. Open, held outside his hometown of Seattle.

  • Spieth might be best thing to happen to Chambers

    June 23, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The course that was built for a U.S. Open needs a makeover.And when that's finished, then it can fix the greens.Chambers Bay deserves another shot at hosting the U.S. Open for no other reason than the finish it produced. Jordan Spieth, with a big assist from Dustin Johnson, did more to put this course on the map than views of Puget Sound or the design of Robert Trent Jones Jr.

  • Chambers Bay makes quite the 1st impression at US Open

    June 22, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) Chambers Bay got a much needed watering Sunday night and in the early hours of Monday morning after Jordan Spieth was crowned the latest U.S. Open champion.Thanks to the shower from sprinklers on the dried out golf course, by Monday afternoon pockets of green started to return.

  • Se Ri Pak withdraws from US Women's Open

    June 22, 2015

    FAR HILLS, N.J. (AP) Se Ri Pak has withdrawn from the U.S. Women's Open next month at Lancaster Country Club.Pak was the first South Korean to the Women's Open and she inspired an entire nation. She won in 1998 at Blackwolf Run in Wisconsin in a playoff, and went on to a Hall of Fame career.

  • US Open Sunday viewership down from last West Coast event

    June 22, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) With Tiger Woods missing the cut, the U.S. Open's TV viewership for the final round was down 30 percent from the last time the tournament was on the West Coast.Sunday's coverage on Fox averaged 6.7 million viewers. That was down from 9.6 million when the U.S. Open was last played on the West Coast in 2012, which allows for the final holes to be played in prime time in much of the country. Woods still had an outside chance to contend going into the fourth round that year, though he got off to a slow Sunday start and was never a factor on the last day.

  • Local caddie Michael Greller savors Jordan Spieth's title

    June 22, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) Michael Greller once hauled two golf bags around Chambers Bay in the mornings, then did it again with another in the afternoon, just to make a couple hundred bucks.His payday this week will be a whole lot better.The local boy who caddied at the course when it first opened helped guide Jordan Spieth to the U.S. Open title Sunday, calmly helping him rebound from a disastrous double-bogey at No. 17 to make birdie on the closing hole for Spieth's second major championship.

  • The Latest: Warm weather greets final round of US Open

    June 21, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):8 a.m.The final round of the U.S. Open is under way at Chambers Bay, where Jordan Spieth could make history by following up his victory at the Masters with another major championship.

  • Spieth ready to add a second major to Masters title

    June 21, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) Jordan Spieth began the day as if he was going to run away with the U.S. Open.He ended it with in a logjam with three others who will have a lot to say Sunday about his chances of adding a second major to the Masters title he already owns.

  • Branden Grace tied for lead in final round of US Open

    June 20, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The last round that Branden Grace played at the U.S. Open before arriving at Chambers Bay this week was two years ago at Merion Golf Club near Philadelphia.He shot 83 and missed the cut.No wonder the affable South African had such a hard time wiping the smile from his face on Saturday. Grace survived the brutal conditions of the links-style course south of Seattle for an even-par 70 that left him at 4 under and tied for the lead entering the final round.

  • Day shoots 68, finishes at 4 under after 3rd round of Open

    June 20, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) Never has Jason Day played so well feeling so miserable.''I said to him `They might make a movie about that round.' It was pretty impressive,'' Day's caddie Colin Swatton said. ''It was up there with Tiger Woods playing with a broken leg and winning the U.S. Open. It's pretty impressive.''

  • The Latest: Spieth among leaders for final round of US Open

    June 20, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):7:35 p.m.Everyone will be chasing four front-runners in the final round of the U.S. Open.Masters champion Jordan Spieth missed a 12-footer for birdie on the finishing hole Saturday, leaving him 4 under for the championship. He is tied with Dustin Johnson, Branden Grace and Jason Day, who overcame a bout of vertigo to shoot a memorable 2-under 68 at Chambers Bay.

  • The Latest: Jason Day's caddie: 'It was a superhuman effort'

    June 20, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):7:15 p.m.Jason Day's caddie says he had reservations about his charge playing in the third round of the U.S. Open after his bout of vertigo the previous day.Then Colin Swatton watched Day shoot 2-under 68 on Saturday and called it ''a superhuman effort'' and the ''greatest round of golf I've ever watched.''

  • The Latest: Day: 'pretty groggy' from drugs for vertigo

    June 20, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):6:50 p.m.Jason Day says he felt ''pretty groggy'' from drugs given to him to treat vertigo in comments posted by the USGA after his 2-under 68 left him tied for the lead in the U.S. Open.

  • The Latest: Jason Day heads to motorhome after third round

    June 20, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):6:35 p.m.Jason Day declined to speak to reporters after his 2-under 68 left him tied for the lead at the U.S. Open, leaving player partner Kevin Kisner to answer questions about him.

  • The Latest: Jason Day shoots 68 to tie for US Open lead

    June 20, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):6:25 p.m.Jason Day made five birdies on the back nine Saturday and shot 2-under 68, moving into a tie for the lead at the U.S. Open one day after succumbing to vertigo.Day weathered a pair of bogeys on the front nine and seemed to steady himself on the back, making his first birdie on the par-4 10th. He made bogey at No. 11 before making four birdies in his final seven holes, the last of them generating a roar from the grandstand at No. 18.

  • Spieth tries to hang on as US Open cranks up pressure

    June 20, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) One day after he collapsed from a bout of vertigo, Jason Day was standing tall at the U.S. Open.Everyone else was hanging on at Chambers Bay.Day crashed to the ground as he finished his second round Friday, was treated at the course and hoped he could make it through the weekend. After a rugged front nine, the Australian poured in four birdies on the back nine and was one shot out of the lead.

  • The Latest: Cameron Smith living 'dream' at US Open

    June 20, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):6:10 p.m.Calling it a ''dream come true,'' 21-year-old Australian Cameron Smith will be in one of the final groups on Sunday at the U.S. Open.Smith came into the weekend even-par and shot 1-under 69 on Saturday, putting him within three shots of leaders Dustin Johnson and Branden Grace, who were still on the course.

  • The Latest: Lone fir at Chambers Bay casts defiant shadow

    June 20, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):5:50 p.m.The day is getting late and the shadow is getting long at Chambers Bay.Yes, shadow. Singular.There is only one tree on the entire course at the U.S. Open, a fir near the 12th green that doesn't really come into play. But with the sun starting to drop over Puget Sound, that lone fir cast its defiant shadow right over the hole as the leaders were putting.

  • The Latest: Lowery making US Open headlines with his game

    June 20, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):5:25 p.m.Shane Lowery is no doubt glad his game is making the headlines at this U.S. Open.The USGA tends to make its early groupings based on themes, such as putting the last three Masters together. But the organization irked many last year when it placed the husky Lowery in the same group with fellow heavyweights Kevin Stadler and Brendon de Jonge.

  • The Latest: Blaze near US Open sends plume of smoke into sky

    June 20, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):5:10 p.m.There is a thick plume of black smoke rising just north of Chambers Bay, providing an ominous backdrop to the third round of the U.S. Open.What appeared to be a warehouse near Narrows Marina in Tacoma caught fire Saturday. Fire trucks were attempting to douse the blaze, but it left a tower of black smoke climbing hundreds of feet into the sky.

  • The Latest: Jason Day still in contention at US Open

    June 20, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):5 p.m.Jason Day answered all those questioning whether he could continue in the U.S. Open, and is now raising a better question: Could he win it?Day collapsed after getting hit with vertigo late in Friday's second round. He needed medical attention and some thought he might not be able to continue this weekend.

  • The Latest: Joost is loose! Luiten rolling at US Open

    June 20, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):4:40 p.m.Joost Luiten spent his formative years in the Netherlands splitting his time between playing golf in the summer months and ski jumping in the winter.Then he fractured his elbow and nose and decided ski jumping was overrated.

  • The Latest: Louis Oosthuizen surprises himself with comeback

    June 20, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):4:20 p.m.Asked whether he gave himself a chance after shooting a 7-over 77 in the opening round of the U.S. Open, Louis Oosthuizen replied: ''Well, no.''At least he is honest.

  • Dottie Ardina leads Symetra Tour's event

    June 20, 2015

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Dottie Ardina birdied the final three holes Saturday in the Symetra Tour's Four Winds Invitational, leaving Canadian teen Brooke Henderson three strokes back.Ardina, from the Philippines, shot a 7-under 65 at Blackthorn to take a 10-under 134 total into the final round

  • The Latest: Birdies, bogeys a-plenty at Chambers Bay

    June 20, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):4:05 p.m.There are plenty of birdies to be had at Chambers Bay on Saturday.There are even more bogeys. And worse.After back-to-back birdies pushed him into the lead, Masters champion Jordan Spieth came right back with back-to-back bogeys. Playing partner Patrick Reed also has a pair of bogeys early on, while Dustin Johnson has three birdies and two bogeys in his first six holes.

  • The Latest: Charlie Beljan in contention at US Open

    June 20, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):3:50 p.m.A few years ago, Charlie Beljan had just shot 64 in the Children's Miracle Network Classic at Disney when he needed to be wheeled out of the scorer's tent and taken to the hospital.

  • The Latest: Jordan Spieth again off to hot start at US Open

    June 20, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):3:30 p.m.Jordan Spieth is one of the best on the PGA Tour when it comes to long putts, and it gave him a boost early in the third round of the U.S. Open.After hitting his approach to about 35 feet on the par-4 second, the Masters champion calmly rolled in the putt for birdie. Then on the par-3 third, he ran in another about the same length.

  • McIlroy can't make a move back into contention at US Open

    June 20, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) Rory McIlroy went out in 33 on Saturday and was 2 over for the tournament after his first nine holes, poised for a possible charge up the leaderboard at the U.S. Open.His inability to make putts on the back nine at Chambers Bay left McIlroy back where he started.

  • The Latest: The Great One watching Dustin Johnson at US Open

    June 20, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):2:50 p.m.Think playing in one of the final groups at the U.S. Open is pressure?Try doing it with your future father-in-law watching.Hockey Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky was following Dustin Johnson as he teed off for the third round at Chambers Bay on Saturday. Johnson is engaged to The Great One's daughter, Paulina, and the two of them have a baby boy, Tatum.

  • The Latest: McIlroy likens US Open greens to cauliflower

    June 20, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):2:25 p.m.Henrik Stenson expressed his displeasure with the bumpy greens at the U.S. Open on Friday, likening them to ''putting on broccoli.''On Saturday, Rory McIlroy went with another suggestion from the salad bar.

  • The Latest: Jason Day plays on after bout with vertigo

    June 20, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):2:10 p.m.Jason Day began his third round at the U.S. Open with a massive, sympathetic crowd following him around Chambers Bay, one day after collapsing because of vertigo.There was doubt whether Day would be able to play this weekend after falling on the ninth hole Friday, his final hole of the round. Day finished his round and signed his scorecard before he was treated by medical personnel at his on-site motorhome. He has dealt with vertigo for the past year.

  • Day tees off in 3rd round of US Open; bothered by dizziness

    June 20, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) Australian Jason Day has teed off in the third round of the U.S. Open about 24 hours after collapsing at the end of his second round due to vertigo.Day arrived on the practice range at Chambers Bay around 12:55 p.m. local time and proceeded to hit balls for 40 minutes. Day holed his second practice chip from about 25 yards and went through every club in his bag before taking a shuttle to the first tee.

  • The Latest: USGA exec Mike Davis defends Chambers Bay

    June 20, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):1:55 p.m.USGA executive director Mike Davis is coming to the defense of Chambers Bay, saying ''it wouldn't be a U.S. Open if there wasn't a little muttering.''Players, fans and pundits alike have ripped everything from the condition of the greens to the design of the course this week. But Davis, who was consulted throughout the design of the course, said Saturday the putting surfaces are ''better than they look.''

  • The Latest: Oosthuizen climbing into US Open contention

    June 20, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):1:45 p.m.Nobody is finding Chambers Bay easier than Louis Oosthuizen right now.The South African shot 77 in the opening round of the U.S. Open, struggling around with playing partners Tiger Woods and Rickie Fowler. But he bounced back with a 4-under 66 on Friday and had birdies on three of his first six holes in Saturday's third round.

  • The Latest: Mickelson struggling at difficult Chambers Bay

    June 20, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):1:20 p.m.There will be no weekend magic for Phil Mickelson at the U.S. Open.He was 3 over through two rounds but still within eight shots of the lead, and optimistic he could climb back into contention. But Mickelson had three straight bogeys early in his round and was 5 over at the turn Saturday to fall well off the pace.

  • The Latest: Condition of greens still focus of US Open

    June 20, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):12:40 p.m.There has been plenty of grumbling from players about the bumpiness of the greens at the U.S. Open, but that is often the case whenever the tournament comes to the West Course.

  • The Latest: Jordan Spieth arrives early for US Open round

    June 20, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):12:15 p.m.Jordan Spieth arrived at Chambers Bay more than three hours before his U.S. Open tee time.Spieth was on the practice green in anticipation of his third round before lunch, with more than a dozen groups still to tee off before him.

  • The Latest: Jason Day to try playing after bout of vertigo

    June 20, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):12 p.m.Jason Day will try to play the third round of the U.S. Open on Friday after collapsing with a case of vertigo on his final hole of the second round.Day was walking to his ball in a greenside bunker when he toppled over. He was still shaky as he finished the hole and received treatment from medical staffers at his on-site motorhome.

  • The Latest: Hecklers take aim at Sergio Garcia at US Open

    June 20, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):11:35 a.m.Sergio Garcia is not exactly feeling chummy with some of the fans at Chambers Bay.Playing early Saturday after barely making the cut, the fiery Spaniard has been pestered most of the way around the course in the third round of the U.S. Open.

  • The Latest: Rough conditions could await late Open starters

    June 20, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):11:15 a.m.Those with early tee times at the U.S. Open have taken advantage of easier conditions at Chambers Bay, the greens more receptive and the wind blowing a little more gently.

  • The Latest: Morgan Hoffman nearly holes out at US Open

    June 20, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):10:25 a.m.Morgan Hoffman nearly holed out for double eagle in the U.S. Open and didn't even know it.The eighth hole at Chambers Bay is so far up the hillside on the far side of the property that the gallery can't get there. It creates an eerie quiet for a major championship.

  • The Latest: Gary Player finds Chambers Bay all wet

    June 20, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):9:45 a.m.Unpleasant. Terrible. A tragedy.These were the words used to describe the U.S. Open by someone who isn't even playing.Gary Player used an appearance on Golf Channel to deliver a rant on Chambers Bay and the U.S. Open. He called it the most unpleasant tournament he's ever seen in his life and took a shot at the architect, Robert Trent Jones Jr. ''The man who designed this golf course had to have had one leg shorter than the other,'' he said.

  • A US Open of birdies, bogeys and mind games at Chambers Bay

    June 20, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) Phil Mickelson staggered off Chambers Bay after a 74 that put a big dent in his chances to finally win a U.S. Open. He was eight shots behind and had little hope but to hit the gas in a major where neutral is often the best gear.

  • The Latest: 3rd round of US Open begins at Chambers Bay

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):8 a.m.Nick Hardy began the third round of the U.S. Open on Saturday about 10 hours after finishing his second, and one has to wonder if he got any sleep at all.He was probably busy receiving ''thank-you'' text messages.

  • US Open, Box Score

    July 1, 2015

    Friday=At Chambers Bay=University Place, Wash.=Purse: million=Yardage: 7,497; Par: 70 (35-35)=Second Round=?Player ?.DD..FH..GR..PT.Eagles.Birdies.Pars.Bogeys.Other?Jordan Spieth ?288..10..14..21....0......6.....10.....1.....1?Patrick Reed ?315..12..13..23....1......5....6.....6.....0

  • The Latest: Second round at US Open in the books

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):9:10 p.m.The second round of the U.S. Open is over, and 15 guys can thank Nick Hardy - playing in the final group of the day - for a bogey that will allow them to play this weekend.

  • US Open Glance

    June 21, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) A glance at Saturday's third round of the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay (all times EDT):Leading: Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson, Jason Day and Branden Grace, tied at 4-under 206.Big rally: Louis Oosthuizen was among four players who were four shots behind. Oosthuizen opened with a 77. No one since World War II has started with a higher score and gone on to win the U.S. Open.

  • The Latest: Patrick Reed takes shots at US Open course setup

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):8:45 p.m.Henrik Stenson criticized the conditions at the U.S. Open but not the course setup.He left that for Patrick Reed.The co-leader of the U.S. Open called the hole location at the 18th on Friday a ''Mickey Mouse location'' in part because of its position in the extreme front left, and in part because it came at the end of a 525-yard par-4 that played at a 604-yard par-5 the previous day.

  • Kaymer, Fowler among big names headed home from US Open

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) Martin Kaymer was in trouble when he arrived at the 10th hole during the second round of the U.S. Open. Then the situation got much worse for the defending champion.From the middle of the fairway, Kaymer missed his second shot badly to the right, leading to a triple bogey.

  • The Latest: Henrik Stenson lashes out at US Open conditions

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):8:30 p.m.Henrik Stenson lashed out at the condition of Chambers Bay after struggling on the hard, fast and bumpy greens to a 4-over 74 in the second round of the U.S. Open.

  • The Latest: Masters champ Spieth heads to weekend on top

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):8:10 p.m.Masters champion Jordan Spieth will be in the final group on the weekend at the U.S. Open.Trying to become the first player to win the first two legs of the Grand Slam since Tiger Woods, Spieth navigated Chambers Bay on Friday to a 3-under 67. He is 5 under for the championship, tied with Patrick Reed and a shot ahead of Brandon Grace and Dustin Johnson.

  • The Latest: Mickelson not counting himself out of US Open

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):7:55 p.m.Phil Mickelson isn't counting himself out of the U.S. Open just yet.After following an opening 1-under 69 with a round of 74 on Friday, the six-time runner-up was nine shots back of leader Patrick Reed. But that also means Mickelson will go out early on Saturday, when conditions are ripe for scoring, well before the leaders.

  • The Latest: Big names struggling to finish at US Open

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):7:45 p.m.Some big names struggled toward the finish on Day 2 of the U.S. Open.First-round co-leader Dustin Johnson got to 7 under for a while, but bogeys at Nos. 14, 17 and 18 dropped him two shots behind leader Patrick Reed.

  • The Latest: Jason Day diagnosed with vertigo at US Open

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):6:55 p.m.After succumbing to a bout of dizziness, Jason Day said in a statement issued by his agent that he hopes to play this weekend at the U.S. Open.Day was on the par-3 ninth, his final hole, when he toppled over. He managed to finish out the hole and sign his scorecard, and then was taken for medical examination. He was diagnosed with a case of vertigo, an issue that Day has dealt with in the past.

  • Jason Day overcome by vertigo while contending at US Open

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) Jason Day was overcome by dizziness and collapsed on his final hole at the U.S. Open on Friday, raising doubt about whether he will be able to continue this weekend.Day, who has dealt with vertigo in the past, was 3 under for the championship when he was approaching his ball in the greenside bunker on the ninth hole, his last of the second round.

  • The Latest: Cameron Smith makes weekend at US Open

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):Jason Day is hardly the only Australian on the leaderboard at the U.S. Open.There are the other usual big names, such as Adam Scott and Geoff Ogilvy, within striking distance of the lead. Then there is the less-well-known, 21-year-old Cameron Smith, who posted back-to-back rounds of even-par 70 to ensure he'll be playing on the weekend.

  • Par was more than just a number at 18

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) For some players who were at Chambers Bay for the U.S. Amateur five years ago, the one concern was a forward tee would be used on the 18th hole to make a par 4 in the U.S. Open. That's what the USGA did Friday, and the results were predictable.

  • Column: A bit of good in another awful day for Tiger Woods

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) Something good finally happened to Tiger Woods at the U.S. Open on Friday.He found a golf ball.It took some digging, but Woods is getting used to that. Still, he seemed a bit startled when someone's long lost Titleist popped off his club as he took a practice swing in the deep rough off the third fairway.

  • The Latest: Johnson at 6 under headed to back 9

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):5:20 p.m.First round co-leader Dustin Johnson is at 6 under heading to the back nine in the second round of the U.S. Open on Friday.Johnson made an early bogey, but rebounded with birdies at Nos. 4, 7 and 8 before bogeying the par-3 ninth and shooting 35 on the front nine.

  • The Latest: Moore return won't include contending for major

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):4:45 p.m.So much for the feel-good story of Ryan Moore coming home and contending for his first major.He'll be a spectator for the weekend.Moore shot a 74 on Friday and finished his two days at 9 over. The native of Puyallup, Washington, just a few miles from Chambers Bay, made bogey on four of the first five holes to start his second nine.

  • The Latest: Fox and Fox Sports 1 get big numbers for Day 1

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):4:15 p.m.The U.S. Open's new TV deal boosted its viewership for the first round.The 11 hours of live coverage on Fox Sports 1 and Fox on Thursday averaged 2 million viewers. That's the most since the 2002 tournament at Bethpage.

  • Spieth sets the target at Chambers Bay

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) One major apparently isn't enough to satisfy Masters champion Jordan Spieth.Spieth set the target Friday at Chambers Bay by surging into the lead with birdies, overcoming a double bogey that tested his patience and closing with a birdie during a chaotic final hole. He wound up with a 3-under 67 and a one-shot lead among the early finishers.

  • The Latest: Jason Day being treated after collapsing

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):3:50 p.m.Jason Day's agent has released a statement regarding Day's collapse at the end of his round on Friday.''Jason is being treated on site at Chambers Bay, after feeling dizzy near the end of his round,'' Day's agent Bud Martin said. ''We will provide more information later today after getting through the medical evaluation process. Jason wants to express his appreciation for all the good wishes from so many fans and friends.''

  • The Latest: Spieth would prefer if 18th not played as par-4

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):3:15 p.m.Jordan Spieth would prefer if the 18th at Chambers Bay was never again played as a par-4.Spieth knows he must get past that anger. It's likely to be a par-4 again sometime this weekend.

  • Following groups at this US Open a nearly impossible task

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) This U.S. Open is all about distance, and it has nothing to do with how far it is from tee to green at Chambers Bay.With dunes and mounds creating isolated stretches, fans are struggling to see their favorite players up close.

  • The Latest: Cut line coming into focus at US Open

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):2:50 p.m.As the second wave of players hit the course at Chambers Bay, those hovering just over par were suddenly very wary of the cut line to play the weekend at the U.S. Open.

  • The Latest: Spieth leads, Tiger heads home from US Open

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):2:25 p.m.Jordan Spieth is in the lead and Tiger Woods is headed home, while nobody is certain whether Jason Day will be able to continue this weekend at the U.S. Open.Spieth shot 3-under 67 to reach 5 under for the championship on Friday. The Masters champ had a few shaky moments toward the end before a birdie at the par-3 ninth, his finishing hole.

  • Jason Day overcome by dizziness at US Open

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) Jason Day was overcome by dizziness and collapsed on his final hole at the U.S. Open on Friday, raising doubt about whether he will be able to continue this weekend.Day, who has dealt with vertigo in the past, was 3 under for the championship when he was approaching his ball in the greenside bunker on the ninth hole, his last of the second round.

  • The Latest: Jason Day overcome by dizziness at US Open

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):1:50 p.m.Jason Day fell while walking to his last hole of the second round of the U.S. Open Thursday, apparently overcome by dizziness.The three-time PGA Tour winner has been dealing with symptoms of vertigo for a while.

  • Jason Day needs medical attention at US Open

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) Jason Day needed medical attention after collapsing as he was wrapping up his second round at the U.S. Open.The three-time PGA Tour winner, who has been dealing with symptoms of vertigo for a while, was 3 under for the championship when he was approaching the 9th green, his last hole of the day.

  • The Latest: Colin Montgomerie: USGA getting its revenge

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):1:30 p.m.Colin Montgomerie figures Mike Davis is getting his revenge.After several players posted low scores in the opening round of the U.S. Open, the USGA official in charge of setting up Chambers Bay ramped up the difficulty. While there were still birdies to be found Friday, it took a little bit of looking.

  • The Latest: Jamie Lovemark says Chambers Bay will toughen up

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):1 p.m.Jamie Lovemark expects Chambers Bay to toughen up again Friday afternoon.Lovemark followed his even-par 70 in the opening round of the U.S. Open with a 68 to move into contention. He took advantage of cool temperatures, little breeze and receptive greens to shoot 3-under 33 on the front before a late bogey left him 2 under.

  • The Latest: Safety trumping pedestrian access at US Open

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):12:25 p.m.Chambers Bay was not built with pedestrian access as a priority.The USGA is hearing about it, too.Fans have been grumbling the first two days of the U.S. Open about the difficulty in following groups. But the USGA says the unique dunes and slick fescue has made safety more important than good vantage points.

  • The Latest: 'Featured group' Fox team offers comedic relief

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):12:15 p.m.Joe Buck and Greg Norman anchoring U.S. Open coverage for Fox caused plenty of headlines, but the ''featured group'' coverage team has stolen the show.Led by Tim Brando with analysis from Mark Brooks, Buddy Marucci and Natalie Gulbis, the team has followed one group each day. On Friday, it was Jason Day, Jordan Spieth and Justin Rose.

  • The Latest: Rickie Fowler taking US Open struggles in stride

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):11:55 a.m.Give Rickie Fowler credit for taking his struggles in stride.The winner of The Players Championship arrived at Chambers Bay for his early tee time in Friday's second round dressed head to toe in royal blue. He was standing near the practice green when Masters champion Jordan Spieth approached him.

  • The Latest: Summerhays, Finau making Utah proud at US Open

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):11:45 a.m.Daniel Summerhays and Tony Finau are posting two of Friday's best rounds at the U.S. Open.Never heard of them? You're probably not from Utah.Summerhays, the nephew of Champions Tour player Bruce Summerhays, grew up in the town of Fruit Heights. Finau grew up in the Rose Park area of Salt Lake City. Both have put down roots in their home state, too.

  • The Latest: Jason Day makes memorable birdie in US Open

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):11:15 a.m.Jason Day made quite the birdie to start his second nine in the U.S. Open.After making the turn in 1 under, Day hit his approach into a greenside bunker at the par-5 first hole. He had a simple lie but hit it much too hard, and the ball picked up speed only as it rolled past the hole and down a steep bank, finally stopping 50 yards away.

  • The Latest: Double bogey dumps Spieth from US Open lead

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):10:55 a.m.Chambers Bay finally bit back at Jordan Spieth.After making three birdies on his first eight holes to take the U.S. Open lead Friday, the Masters champ hit into a fairway bunker at the long par-4 18th.

  • The Latest: Amateur Brian Campbell in US Open contention

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):10:20 a.m.Amateur Brian Campbell briefly moved into a tie for the lead at the U.S. Open on Friday.The accompanying roar was probably from the folks at the USGA.The caretaker of the sport in the U.S. has always sought to highlight amateurism in its national championship. It is part of the reason there are fewer exemptions than in other major championships, including the British Open, and more opportunities to qualify.

  • The Latest: Length, layout make US Open test of fitness

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):9:45 a.m.Fitness could play a role in the U.S. Open by Sunday.Players and their caddies walked about nine miles in the opening round on Thursday, and they weren't exactly the kind of miles you might find on a traditionally flat links course.

  • The Latest: Jamie Lovemark solves tough seventh at US Open

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):9:30 a.m.The toughest hole at Chambers Bay is the 515-yard, par-4 seventh, which has tall fescue to the left, a wide waste bunker on the right and an uphill climb to the green.

  • The Latest: Patience once again a virtue at US Open

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):9:05 a.m.Get ready for another long, long day at the U.S. Open.It is almost inevitable at the national championship, considering the size of the 156-player field and its typically brutal conditions. But rounds stretched more than 5 1/2 hours on Thursday for a number of reasons unique to Chambers Bay.

  • The Latest: Older generation in contention at US Open

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):8:45 a.m.Much of the focus at the U.S. Open this week has been on golf's latest generation, the 20-something stars such as Rory McIlroy and Jason Spieth.Turns out the geriatric generation is having its say.

  • The Latest: Big-name players feed off each other at US Open

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):8:05 a.m.It is commonplace for big names to play together, particularly at majors. It makes it easier for fans on the course to see the stars and it helps simplify the television broadcast.

  • The Latest: USGA switches pars on 2 holes at US Open

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):7:30 a.m.Let's hope Robert Streb knows where he's going.When he showed up Sunday, he wasn't aware of a back tee on No. 1 that allows it to be played as a par 5. That's the case for the second round Friday.

  • The Latest: Round 2 of US Open underway at Chambers Bay

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):7 a.m.With winds at a standstill and a slight mist rolling off Puget Sound, the second round of the U.S. Open got underway at Chambers Bay just south of Seattle on Friday.Dustin Johnson and Henrik Stenson had the lead at 5 under after the opening round, though both of them played in the morning Thursday. The wind kicked up, greens hardened and conditions changed dramatically by the time the second wave teed off in the afternoon.

  • Rumble on the rails part of soundtrack to this US Open

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The number is around 60, give or take, with a rumble that is part of the soundtrack to an already unique U.S. Open.About half the time, it comes from the north behind the 15th green and near the 16th tee where the one tree at Chambers Bay stands guard. The other half, from the south near the 18th tee. And in between, it's unavoidable for those playing either the 16th or 17th holes.

  • Key hole at US Open

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) A look at the key hole in the first round of the U.S. Open:HOLE: 18YARDAGE: 604PAR: 5STROKE AVERAGE: 4.95RANK: 16thKEY FACT: Henrik Stenson made birdie on his final hole to move into a tie for the lead with Dustin Johnson. Tiger Woods made bogey to finish with an 80, his worst opening round ever on the PGA Tour.

  • Glance at the US Open

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) A glance at Thursday's first round of the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay:Leading: Dustin Johnson and Henrik Stenson, who both shot 5-under 65.Just behind: Patrick Reed is a shot back at 66, while Matt Kuchar, Ben Martin and amateur Brian Campbell were another shot back at 67.

  • Another day, another round in the 80s for Tiger Woods

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The U.S. Open used to be the place Tiger Woods showed why he was the best.On Thursday, the tournament exposed him at his worst.Another round full of miscues and flat-out bad shots. Another time signing a scorecard he wouldn't have dreamed possible in his prime.

  • Amateurs show well on 1st day of US Open at Chambers Bay

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The closest comparison amateur Ollie Schniederjans could come close to what he experienced in the first round of the U.S. Open on Thursday was getting to play in the Scottish Open a year ago.On that Saturday in Scotland, Schniederjans played at the same times as groups featuring Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson with big crowds all around.

  • The Latest: Plenty of surprises in opening round of US Open

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):8:45 p.m.The opening round of the U.S. Open is complete.Dustin Johnson and Henrik Stenson are feeling good, their rounds of 5-under 65 in the morning holding up as conditions became tougher in the afternoon.

  • The Latest: Woods shoots 80 in opening round of US Open

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):8:10 p.m.Tiger Woods didn't beat many people in the opening round of the U.S. Open.He got the better of at least one.''At least I kicked Rickie's butt,'' Woods said with a forced smile.

  • The Latest: Scores soar during afternoon at US Open

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):7:30 p.m.The scores continue to soar during the afternoon at the U.S. Open, where greens have gotten firm and fast and a stiff wind has picked up speed along Puget Sound.Most of the red numbers posted during the opening round Thursday were played in the morning, when the undulating putting surfaces were slower and more receptive. But there have been precious few good rounds among the afternoon wave of players.

  • The Latest: Fowler finally steps up at US Open

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):7:05 p.mRickie Fowler finally stepped up at the U.S. Open.In a manner of speaking.Fowler's approach shot was headed for the bunker on the par-4 16th hole late in his first round Thursday when it came to rest on one of the wooden steps, which are supposed to help players get to the bottom of the waste areas but also come into play.

  • The Latest: Tiger Woods continues collapse at US Open

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):6:50 p.m.If the old adage about auto racing is true - that fans relish the wrecks - then longtime NASCAR broadcaster Fox must have loved Tiger Woods on Thursday night.In its first year with the U.S. Open, and in primetime no less, Fox made sure to show every shot taken by the three-time champion. And there were plenty of them.

  • Bring a ladder and some sunscreen to see this US Open

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) If Amy Mickelson wants to see her husband win his first U.S. Open, she might think about bringing a ladder.Make sure it has a USGA logo on it, too. Everything else at Chambers Bay does, from the soft pretzels to the garbage cans to the grandstands where people waited in long lines Thursday in hopes of actually getting glimpse of someone hitting a little white ball.

  • The Latest: Amateur Brian Campbell among US Open leaders

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):5:50 p.m.Brian Campbell is climbing the leaderboard at the U.S. Open.The cool amateur from California had four birdies in a bogey-free back nine on Thursday. He headed to the front nine just a stroke behind the leading trio of Henrik Stenson and Dustin Johnson, both in the clubhouse, and Ben Martin.

  • The Latest: Woods, Fowler, Oosthuizen asked to speed up

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):5:30 p.m.Tiger Woods, Rickie Fowler and Louis Oosthuizen were asked to pick up their pace by rules official Mark Russell after a sizeable gap opened between them and the group ahead.

  • The Latest: Woodland treated at hospital after US Open round

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):5:10 p.m.Gary Woodland was taken to Tacoma General Hospital and treated for dehydration after he shot 4-over 74 in the opening round of the U.S. Open on Thursday.Woodland's agent, Mark Steinberg, said in a statement that Woodland had been under the weather since Sunday. He received IV fluids before his round but still felt ill afterward, and tests at the hospital confirmed that Woodland has a virus.

  • Woodland admitted to hospital after 1st round of US Open

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) Gary Woodland has been admitted to a local hospital and diagnosed with a virus after playing in the first round of the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay.Woodland's agent, Mark Steinberg, said in a statement Thursday afternoon that Woodland had been admitted to Tacoma General Hospital.

  • The Latest: Tiger's trials continue at US Open

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):4:50 p.m.Tiger's trials continue at the U.S. Open.After bogeys on four of his first six holes, Tiger Woods hit into the deep fescue far to the right of the eighth fairway. When he took a big hack at his next shot, he let go of the club and it flew like an unbalanced boomerang and landed about 15 yards behind him.

  • Mickelson makes early bid at another US Open chance

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) Phil Mickelson poured in his fourth birdie on the 11th, taking that giant step toward the hole as he pumped his left fist. His name was atop the leaderboard Thursday at the U.S. Open, and it looked as though he wasn't going anywhere.

  • The Latest: Camilo Villegas has eventful US Open start

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):4:10 p.m.Nobody has had a more eventful first three holes at the U.S. Open than Camilo Villegas.The Colombian started on the back side with a pair of birdies Thursday, then hit into a greenside bunker on the short, par-4 12th. That's when things turned downright silly.

  • Stenson, Johnson share early lead in US Open at Chambers Bay

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The first time Henrik Stenson saw Chambers Bay, he walked the course without playing it. The Swede did just fine with clubs in his hand Thursday in a rousing start to the U.S. Open.Stenson birdied three of his last four holes for a 5-under 65, his lowest score in the U.S. Open, to share the lead with Dustin Johnson among the early starters.

  • The Latest: Gary Player reflects on career grand slam

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):3:50 p.m.It's an exclusive club of players that have completed the modern career grand slam by winning each of golf's four major championships.Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods are in it. So are Ben Hogan and Gene Sarazan.

  • The Latest: Sergio Garcia unhappy with US Open greens

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):3:25 p.m.The greens at Chambers Bay are a bit patchy, a bit bumpy. They certainly don't resemble the verdant, flawless putting surfaces that you might find at Augusta National.

  • The Latest: Tiger starts bogey-bogey at US Open

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):3 p.m.Tiger Woods had made bogey on the opening hole in eight of his last nine events.Make it nine out of 10.After dumping his approach shot into the high fescue short of the green at the par-4 first at Chambers Bay on Thursday, Woods hacked out and made bogey to start his U.S. Open.

  • The Latest: Caddie casualties: US Open layout takes its toll

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):2:40 p.m.Henrik Stenson's caddie had one goal at the U.S. Open this week: Don't fall.Now he's walking around with a cast on his wrist.The treacherous terrain got the best of Gareth Lord during a practice round Wednesday when he fell on the 16th tee box. Lord wound up getting his wrist trapped under the bag, and Stenson said ''it might be broken and stuff in there, or just torn ligaments and stuff.''

  • Rory McIlroy struggles to 72 in 1st round of US Open

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) Count Rory McIlroy among those who failed to figure out the bumpy, bouncy speed of the greens of Chambers Bay on the first day of the U.S. Open.''It was frustrating, especially how I felt I hit the ball from tee to green,'' McIlroy said after shooting a 2 over 72 in the first round on Thursday. ''I thought I drove the ball great, I thought I hit my iron shots very, very well. ... I felt like I gave myself enough chances out there to convert a few and then had a couple of (shorter) putts on the last few holes there. I definitely thought it was a day where you could shoot under par and I didn't take advantage of that.''

  • The Latest: Bubba Watson: 'I'm not going to pout'

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):2:20 p.m.Bubba Watson insists that he wasn't perturbed by the pace of play.Known for his rather short temper, Watson had to wait to hit his approach shot to No. 18 during the first round of the US Open on Thursday. When he went left, he muttered loud enough for the cameras: ''Waiting 30 minutes. This is pathetic.''

  • The Latest: Dustin Johnson shoots opening 65 at US Open

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):1:40 p.m.Dustin Johnson missed his first bogey-free round in the U.S. Open by inches.He still posted a 5-under 65 to match Henrik Stenson and lead the morning wave of players.

  • The Latest: Phil in hunt after first round of US Open

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):1:05 p.m.Phil Mickelson opened with a 1-under 69 at the U.S. Open on Thursday as he tries to complete the career grand slam by winning the tournament that has frustrated him most.

  • The Latest: Michael Putnam finishes first round of US Open

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):12:35 p.m.Michael Putnam played the first official round at Chambers Bay. Now he's finished off the first round of the U.S. Open, a round of 70 that he capped with a birdie on No. 18.

  • The Latest: Toot, toot! Trains provide soundtrack to US Open

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):12 p.m.One of the unique aspects of Chambers Bay is the train tracks running along the shore line and next to the golf course.Unique is one way to look at it. Annoying may be another.

  • The Latest: Gary Player offers sobering assessment of golf

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):11:25 a.m.Gary Player offered some sobering words on the state of golf Thursday.The nine-time major winner said during the first round of the U.S. Open that the game is in ''dire straits.'' Player reflected that ''we're getting less and less players, you can buy a course for a dollar if you take over the debt - which nobody does. We're desperately running out of water.''

  • The Latest: Links-like play already showing up in US Open

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):11:05 a.m.Golf purists have spent the week arguing that Chambers Bay is not a true links course, yet the first round of the U.S. Open is producing play reminiscent of St. Andrews or Royal County Down.

  • The Latest: Vantage points tough to find at Chambers Bay

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):10:30 a.m.Chambers Bay is not exactly a spectator-friendly course, even though it was built with the U.S. Open in mind.Sure, there are massive grandstands and plenty of perches for fans. But huge sand dunes also obscure many views. Tricky footing will lead to plenty of twisted ankles. Squishy paths of sand are difficult to plod through. And the layout is sometimes so disorienting that several players and caddies got hopelessly lost earlier in the week as they tried to make their way around.

  • The Latest: Will big hitters have advantage at US Open?

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):10 a.m.It's a painful existence to be Dustin Johnson's golf ball.The big hitter leads the PGA Tour in driving distance with an average of 317 yards, his mammoth tee shots always generating a collective gasp from the crowd. But that average might increase a tick or two at the U.S. Open, where the dried out fescue in the fairway can produce some big-time roll.

  • The Latest: 15-year-old fights tears teeing off at US Open

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):9:30 a.m.Unable to wipe a smile from his face all week, Cole Hammer had to brush away a tear on Thursday as the 15-year-old from Houston prepared to tee off in the U.S. Open.

  • The Latest: Mickelson takes early lead in US Open

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):9 a.m.Phil Mickelson was among the first players to embrace the quirks of Chambers Bay.No wonder: He's already in red figures.The six-time U.S. Open runner-up birdied two of his first five holes Thursday, quickly moving to the top of the leaderboard. Mickelson also hit a sweeping draw out of knee-high fescue at the par-4 fourth hole, eventually making par out of a tee shot that could have been much worse.

  • The Latest: WALL-E following Phil at Chambers Bay?

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):8:20 a.m.Don't look over your shoulder, Phil.WALL-E is right on your heels.A four-wheel robot with a camera strapped atop that bore a striking resemblance to the robot from the animated film followed Phil Mickelson's group at Chambers Bay on Thursday.

  • The Latest: First hole par 4 today, could be par 5 later

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):8 a.m.One of the big questions players had about the U.S. Open this week is how Mike Davis, the USGA executive director responsible for setting up Chambers Bay, would lay out a course with seemingly infinite possibilities.

  • The Latest: US Open begins in Pacific Northwest

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The latest from the U.S. Open (all times local):7:15 a.m.With calm breezes blowing off the Puget Sound, the U.S. Open began Thursday just when Michael Putnam teed off at Chambers Bay south of Seattle.It won't take long before the big names get going.

  • Think you've seen everything at US Open? Think again

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) Not a day has gone by at this U.S. Open without seeing something new on the young course at Chambers Bay.A practice range that should have felt like a ghost town late Wednesday afternoon suddenly came to life when Tiger Woods arrived just as everyone was starting to leave. The grandstands were packed and photographers and TV crews crowded about.

  • A long walk awaits at Chambers Bay

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) These might be some of the longest rounds in the U.S. Open, and it won't all be down to slow play.Chambers Bay is a long hike even without clubs.USGA executive director Mike Davis set the time par at 4 hours, 45 minutes, which is not close to what anyone is expecting a threesome to get around in for 18 holes. Time par is merely used as a gauge to determine if a group that falls out of position (such as an entire hole behind) should be warned for slow play.

  • Rose brimming with confidence in search of his 2nd US Open

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) Justin Rose was a 17-year-old amateur with no expectations when he somehow found a way to compete on the final day in the British Open.He was 32 when he finally won his first major championship, outlasting Phil Mickelson two years ago in the U.S. Open at Merion outside of Philadelphia.

  • North Dakota duo helps make up another quirky US Open field

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) All that separated Tom Hoge and Josh Persons growing up was five years and a few miles, which wouldn't be so odd if their hometown was Dallas or Los Angeles or somewhere in Florida.It's downright bizarre when you consider the pair of U.S. Open rookies are from Fargo.

  • Chambers Bay looks like a links golf course, but it's not

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) When Chambers Bay first opened, one of promotional tags for the course was the opportunity to play, ''Pure Links Golf.''It made perfect sense.The course sat on the edge of a large body of water, was made entirely of fescue grass and had just one tree on the property.

  • Most important figure at US Open not even playing

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The name has become as common at this U.S. Open as Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods.And Mike Davis isn't even playing.Davis is the head of the USGA and the man largely responsible for this major championship coming to Chambers Bay. More than that, however, he might be responsible for just how hard it will play.

  • Defending champion Martin Kaymer forgotten man at US Open

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) Rarely has a two-time major winner and defending U.S. Open champion walked down a fairway in such as relative anonymity as Martin Kaymer did Tuesday afternoon at Chambers Bay.The crowd that turned out early to see Masters winner Jordan Spieth practice alongside Tiger Woods had departed. The fans clamoring to see top-ranked Rory McIlroy had left. The gallery that had greeted Rickie Fowler and Phil Mickelson on the first tee had thinned out.

  • Another award for Nicklaus family, this time Barbara

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) Jack Nicklaus was able to keep the secret for two weeks, which according to his wife, Barbara, is quite the accomplishment.''You have to know that in our family we have a motto that we don't tell Jack anything that we don't want the world to know,'' Barbara Nicklaus said.

  • Fowler hoping for major breakthrough after misses in 2014

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) Rickie Fowler knows the blueprint he would like to follow for the U.S. Open.Martin Kaymer laid it out a year ago when he won The Players Championship in May and followed up with a U.S. Open title a month later.''I'd love to go do the same as he did last year. And I really feel comfortable on this golf course,'' Fowler said on Tuesday. ''I love playing links golf. I've played well in the British Open overseas. And being that I have played well in the U.S. Open, I feel like putting the two together with the links style and U.S. Open setup could turn out to be a great week.''

  • Mickelson arrives at US Open still seeking elusive title

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) Phil Mickelson loped off the first tee at Chambers Bay early Tuesday, the morning sun still hidden within a slate-gray sky, when two women with snow-white hair squealed in delight.''Oh, there he is!'' one said to the other, just out of his earshot. ''He's so close!''

  • For a 15-year-old Texan, an early taste of a tough test

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) He wasn't old enough to drive a car and could barely see over the steering wheel, anyway. The 15-year-old was devoted to golf, and even though he had never so much as entered a USGA event, he tried to qualify for the U.S. Open to see how his game stacked up.

  • Tiger's story is getting old, yet he keeps repeating it

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) The questions come less often, largely because the story is getting old.Or maybe it's just that no one really believes anymore, even Tiger Woods himself.The downfall of the greatest player of his time can be measured in any number of ways, whether it's his current ranking of 195th in the world or the 85 Woods shot just a few weeks ago in a Memorial tournament he has won five times.

  • McIlroy feels at home on Chambers Bay and world ranking

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) Rory McIlroy didn't fare so well the last time he played links golf. He shot an 80 at Royal County Down in the Irish Open, missed his second straight cut, returned to his home in Florida and spent four days of practice to get back to his style of golf.

  • Inventive is just one word used to describe US Open course

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) Jordan Spieth didn't take long when asked for one word to describe a U.S. Open course where trains rumble loudly by, holes can change from one par to another, and players sometimes search for little white markings to see if they're actually on a green.

  • Day's observations about Tiger; Janzen returns to US Open

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) Jason Day played yet another practice round with Tiger Woods on Monday at the U.S. Open. He thinks Woods is close to be a dominant again, although he added one caveat.And it's a big caveat.''Tell you what, if he could get on the fairway, he'd probably be back to where he was,'' Day said. ''His iron play is just ridiculous how good it is right now. It's really special. The driver and the 3-wood ... the 3-wood is OK, the driver gets a little wide sometimes. But I think that's the biggest thing for him right now is to really kind of get on the fairway. His short game looks pretty good.''

  • Masters behind him, Spieth looking for next goal

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) Jordan Spieth was home last week in Dallas when he slipped into his green jacket from Augusta National.It was not a special occasion for the Masters champion.''Just kind of felt like it,'' he said Monday with a grin. ''Why wouldn't I put it on, to be honest with you?''

  • Moore the hometown favorite at Chambers Bay

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) Ryan Moore drove to the golf course Monday morning to continue preparing for the U.S. Open and could not shake how different it felt.He's played in countless major championships, finishing in the top 20 six times at the four biggest events in golf. Yet this morning's arrival at Chambers Bay had an odd feeling because the previous majors hadn't been a mere 15 or so miles from where Moore grew up.

  • The courtship of Chambers Bay at US Open

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) Robert Streb walked off the third green at Chambers Bay, looked both directions and headed left down a dirt path toward Puget Sound.Wrong way.He walked back up the hill and stood in front of a large sign that showed a map of the course, arms crossed as he tried to figure out one of the many mysteries about this U.S. course. In this case, it was a simple question - where was No. 4?

  • Fabian Gomez wins his 1st career PGA Tour title at St. Jude

    July 1, 2015

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Winning the first PGA Tour title of his career at the St. Jude Classic isn't enough to earn Fabian Gomez a trip to the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay.Being fully exempt through the 2016-17 season is more than enough.''Winning a tournament is a big thing because you have two-year exemption and after that probably play a little less stressful every week and not thinking too much `Keep your card,' you know,'' Gomez said Sunday after winning the St. Jude Classic. ''Just only win another tournament.''

  • Inbee Park wins 3rd straight Women's PGA Championship

    July 1, 2015

    HARRISON, N.Y. (AP) Inbee Park left no doubt at the Women's PGA Championship that she is the top player in women's golf - and one of the best ever.The 26-year-old Park won the event for the third straight time Sunday, regained the No. 1 ranking, surpassed idol Se Ri Pak for the most majors by a South Korean player with six, and tied the LPGA Tour record for the lowest score in a major in relation to par at 19 under.

  • Montgomerie checks out OK for chest pains at senior tourney

    July 1, 2015

    BELMONT, Mass. (AP) Champions Tour points leader Colin Montgomerie checked out OK after heading to the hospital with chest pains during the Senior Players Championship.Montgomerie said he felt the pains at the end of the third round on Saturday. He went to Massachusetts General Hospital on Sunday morning and was cleared by doctors in time to make it back to the Belmont Country Club for his 1:09 p.m. tee time.

  • Langer coasts to victory in Senior Players Championship

    July 1, 2015

    BELMONT, Mass. (AP) Bernhard Langer has won the Senior Players Championship for the second year in a row. It's his fifth major on the Champions Tour.The two-time Masters winner shot a 3-under-par 68 in the final round on Sunday to finish at minus-19. That's six strokes ahead of Kirk Triplett, who shot 64 to vault into second place at minus-13.

  • Inbee Park wins third consecutive Women's PGA Championship

    July 1, 2015

    HARRISON, N.Y. (AP) Inbee Park shot a final round 68 and finished at 19-under par to win the KPMG Women's PGA Championship for the third consecutive year and retake the No. 1 ranking in women's golf.The 26-year-old from South Korea made five birdies and shot a bogey-free round at the Westchester Country Club, finishing the tournament five strokes ahead of 22-year-old countrywoman Sei Young Kim.

  • Shane Bertsch wins Rust-Oleum Championship

    July 1, 2015

    WESTLAKE, Ohio (AP) Shane Bertsch won the Rust-Oleum Championship on Sunday for his third career Web.com Tour title, beating Lucas Lee by a stroke at Lakewood Country Club.The 45-year-old Bertsch closed with a bogey-free 5-under 66. He had four birdies in a five-hole stretch on the front nine and added another on the par-4 13th before a rain delay.

  • Fabian Gomez wins 1st PGA Tour title at St. Jude Classic

    July 1, 2015

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Fabian Gomez of Argentina won his first PGA Tour title Sunday at the St. Jude Classic, beating England's Greg Owen by four strokes.Gomez, 36, started the round tied with Owen atop the leaderboard at 9 under with 23 players within four strokes. Gomez shot 4-under 66 for a 267 total for the win. He carded a five birdie-one bogey round for his first PGA title in his 70th start in a season already featuring three top 25s.

  • Jimin Kang wins rain-shortened Symetra Tour event

    July 1, 2015

    DECATUR, Ill. (AP) South Korea's Jimin Kang won the Symetra Tour's Decatur-Forsyth Classic on Sunday when rain washed out the final two rounds.Kang shot an 8-under 64 on Friday at Hickory Point. The 35-year-old former Arizona State player earned ,500, though it doesn't count on the money list because the event that was declared unofficial after only one round was completed.

  • Wood comes from 5 strokes behind to win Lyoness Open

    July 1, 2015

    ATZENBRUGG, Austria (AP) Chris Wood came from five strokes behind to win the Lyoness Open on Sunday for his second European Tour title.The Englishman had a bogey-free round of 5-under 67 to finish on 15-under 273, two strokes clear of Rafa Cabrera-Bello of Spain.

  • Low expectations as Fox gets a crack at Tiger

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) New to golf broadcasting, Fox Sports also gets its first crack at Tiger Woods. And the two primary voices at the U.S. Open, including Greg Norman, don't have high expectations for him at Chambers Bay.That's not alarming.

  • Fabian Gomez of Argentina targeting 1st PGA win at St. Jude

    July 1, 2015

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Fabian Gomez counts Jose Coceres as a mentor and has played many rounds with fellow Argentinian Angel Cabrera. He's also had a piece of a 54-hole lead on the PGA Tour before and wound up tied for second with Jordan Spieth.Now Gomez has his chance Sunday to see if he can win his first PGA title at the St. Jude Classic.

  • Owen, Gomez each shoot 67 to take 54-hole lead at St. Jude

    July 1, 2015

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Englishman Greg Owen and Fabian Gomez of Argentina each shot a 3-under 67 Saturday to share a one-stroke lead after 54 holes at the St. Jude Classic.The wind kept everyone guessing from shot to shot on a hectic day at TPC Southwind where as many as six players had a piece of the lead at some point during the third round.

  • Langer coasts into 4th round at Senior Players Championship

    July 1, 2015

    BELMONT, Mass. (AP) Bernhard Langer shot a 4-under 67 in the third round of the Senior Players Championship on Saturday to open an eight-stroke lead heading into the final day.Russ Cochran was even for the day and in second in the third Champions Tour major of the year at 8 under. Scott Verplank shot a 66 in the third round to move into a four-way tie for third at the 6,812-yard, par-71 Belmont Country Club. He was tied with Colin Montgomerie, Jeff Hart and Guy Boros.

  • Sei Young Kim leads in third round at Westchester

    July 1, 2015

    HARRISON, N.Y. (AP) Sei Young Kim birdied her first two holes and had a one-stroke lead over two-time champion Inbee Park midway through the third round at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship.The 22-year old is trying to win her first major after already capturing two titles this season in the Bahamas and Hawaii.

  • Women's PGA Championship heading to Seattle area for 2016

    July 1, 2015

    HARRISON, N.Y. (AP) The Women's PGA Championship will be played for the first time in the Pacific Northwest next year.Tournament officials announced Saturday that the Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Washington, has been chosen to host the 2016 KPMG Women's PGA Championship.

  • Bourdy takes 2-stroke lead into final round of Lyoness Open

    July 1, 2015

    ATZENBRUGG, Austria (AP) Gregory Bourdy of France carded a 69 to maintain his lead at the Lyoness Open Saturday, two strokes clear of Spain's Rafa Cabrera-Bello and five ahead of England's Chris Wood.Bourdy, eyeing his fifth European Tour win and the first since the Wales Open two years ago, had four birdies to go 15-under 201.

  • Brooks Koepka learning quickly with 36-hole lead at St. Jude

    July 1, 2015

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Brooks Koepka knows he has lot to learn about the PGA Tour, and the former All-American at Florida State is proving to be a very quick study.Koepka shot a 3-under 67 Friday to turn a lead he shared with two others after 18 holes into a solo lead by a stroke after the second round Friday at the St. Jude Classic. It's just his second time with at least a piece of the 36-hole lead on the PGA Tour, and puts him halfway to what could be his second career title and second since the start of February.

  • From drones to distances, Fox takes tech to US Open coverage

    July 1, 2015

    Producing a golf tournament has a certain rhythm to it. The telecast cuts from hole to hole, often joining a player just as he is about to hit a shot.That timing is being upended for this year's U.S. Open, and new broadcaster Fox is imposing that on itself.

  • Brooks Koepka shoots 3-under 67 for 36-hole lead at St. Jude

    July 1, 2015

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Brooks Koepka is tuning up quite nicely for the U.S. Open at the event he added at the deadline.Koepka, who had a share of the lead after the first round, shot a 3-under 67 Friday to lead the St. Jude Classic by a stroke after 36 holes. He turned in a four birdie-one bogey round for a 9-under 131.

  • Sei Young Kim shoots 5-under 68 for lead in Westchester

    July 1, 2015

    HARRISON, N.Y. (AP) Sei Young Kim of South Korea eagled the 15th hole for a 5-under 68 Friday to take a one-shot lead after the second round of the KPMG Women's PGA Championship, the second major of the season.Kim overtook Hall of Famer Karrie Webb, who birdied the 18th for a 71. Two-time defending champion Inbee Park (68) joined Webb a stroke back.

  • US Open trivia quiz

    July 1, 2015

    How well do you know the U.S. Open? Try this trivia quiz:FRONT NINE (5 points each)1. Who holds the largest margin of victory at the U.S. Open?a.) Rory McIlroyb.) Tiger Woodsc.) Willie Smith2. Where was the first U.S. Open played?a.) Shinnecock Hills

  • US Open hole by hole

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) A hole-by-hole look at Chambers Bay, site of the 115th U.S. Open to be played June 18-21:No. 1, 496-598 yards, par 4-5: For the first time in U.S. Open history, a hole will have a different par depending on the round. As a par 5, the fairway is plenty generous off the tee and should be reachable in two depending on the wind strength and direction off Puget Sound. As a par 4, the landing area is much tighter and the green will be more difficult to hold with a mid-iron. The USGA expects the scoring average to be roughly similar regardless of par.

  • Langer's 2nd 65 gives him 4-shot lead at Senior Players

    July 1, 2015

    BELMONT, Mass. (AP) Bernhard Langer shot his second consecutive 6-under-par 65 Friday to extend his lead to four shots halfway through the Senior Players Championship.Langer sank a 40-foot birdie putt on 16 in a round in which he hit 17 greens in regulation at Belmont Country Club. He's seeking to become the first repeat winner of the major event since Arnold Palmer in 1984-85.

  • US Open at a glance

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) Facts and figures for the 115th U.S. Open golf championship:Dates: June 18-21.Site: Chambers Bay.The course: Chambers Bay is a public course located south of Seattle along the Puget Sound on what used to be a sand and gravel pit that first was mined in the late 19th century. Once the mining stopped in 2001, the county decided to use the land for recreation, including a golf course built specifically to attract a U.S. Open. Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed the course, a majestic site played among dunes with severe elevation changes, a sandy base and fescue grass that requires less water and allows the ball to roll faster. The USGA plans to change par on two holes - Nos. 1 and 18 - which will play as either a par 4 or a par 5, though each round the course will play to a par 70.

  • Spieth caddie's homecoming, a journey that's hard to believe

    July 1, 2015

    Michael Greller thought he had the perfect summer job.The sixth-grade math teacher signed up as a caddie in 2007 at Chambers Bay, a new golf course on the edge of Puget Sound, where he made between and 0 a bag.The previous summer, Greller got hooked on this hobby when he was watching the U.S. Amateur Public Links at Gold Mountain, his home course near Seattle, and he noticed a college kid who didn't have a caddie. Greller offered to work for free.

  • Promoting PGA, rested McIlroy readies for US Open

    July 1, 2015

    KOHLER, Wis. (AP) Rory McIlroy needed a break after missing the cut two straight weeks.Returning to the site of what McIlroy considers one of his breakthrough tournaments - the 2010 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits - might give the world's top-ranked golfer an extra confidence boost going into next week's U.S. Open at Chambers Bay in Washington.

  • Karrie Webb shoots 2-under 71 at Women's PGA championship

    July 1, 2015

    HARRISON, N.Y. (AP) Hall of Famer Karrie Webb birdied the 18th hole for a 2-under-par 71 to take the early lead at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship, the second major of the season.The 40-year-old Webb, who has won seven majors, finished at 7-under 139 Friday after the second round at the Westchester Country Club.

  • Prime-time viewing for Woods, Spieth at US Open

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) Tiger Woods and Masters champion Jordan Spieth will start the U.S. Open on prime-time TV.Spieth was placed in the same group as Jason Day and Justin Rose for the opening two rounds next week at Chambers Bay. They will tee off at 5:17 p.m. EDT as Fox Sports makes its debut in major championship golf.

  • What to watch for at the US Open

    July 1, 2015

    And to think only 15 years ago, gravel was being mined from a pit that is now a public course hosting the 115th U.S. Open.The star attraction of this championship is Chambers Bay, the Robert Trent Jones Jr. design with wild changes in elevation, stunning views of Puget Sound and - get this - no rough around the greens.

  • Chambers Bay ready for eyes of world to see unique layout

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) For the students at the nearby high school, it was simply known as the ''Sand Pit,'' the landmark two miles down the road where they would run as part of gym class.For the passengers on the train between Seattle and Portland, Oregon, it was a moment to look out the other windows of the train car and take in the waters of Puget Sound. Looking the opposite direction meant staring into the teeth of the ugly old gravel and sand quarry hugging the shoreline.

  • US Open gets a new look for 115th edition

    July 1, 2015

    So much is brand new about America's oldest golf championship.Not to worry. The U.S. Open hasn't lost its reputation as the toughest test in golf. And it's still the most democratic of the majors, with more than half the field - including a pair of two-time champions - having to go through qualifying.

  • Russian golfer Pavlov scores single-hole 17 at Lyoness Open

    July 1, 2015

    ATZENBRUGG, Austria (AP) Russian golfer Andrey Pavlov needed 17 strokes on a single hole in excellent weather conditions at the Lyoness Open on Friday, tying for the second worse score on the European Tour.On the par-5 first, Pavlov found the water on six attempts. The Diamond Country Club course is known for its many water hazards.

  • Adding St. Jude as Open tuneup good move for Brooks Koepka

    July 1, 2015

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) With the U.S. Open looming next week, Brooks Koepka wanted a final chance to tune up his game and added the St. Jude Classic to his schedule at the last minute.Good thing he did.Koepka matched his low score this year shooting a 6-under 64 that gave him a share of the lead with Ryan Palmer and Greg Owen after the opening round Thursday at TPC Southwind.

  • Palmer, Koepka, Owen shoot 64s for lead at St. Jude Classic

    July 1, 2015

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Ryan Palmer, Brooks Koepka and Greg Owen each shot 6-under 64 Thursday for a three-way tie atop the leaderboard after the opening round of the St. Jude Classic.Palmer, a three-time PGA Tour winner, turned in a bogey-free round with six birdies in the afternoon to join Koepka and Owen atop the leaderboard.

  • Shin shoots bogey-free 66, leads Women's PGA Championship

    July 1, 2015

    HARRISON, N.Y. (AP) South Korean Jenny Shin shot a bogey-free, 7-under-66 Thursday for a one-stroke lead after the opening round at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship, the second major of the season.Canadian teenager Brooke Henderson bogeyed the final hole to drop a shot back after Shin birdied the 18th at the Westchester Country Club.

  • Langer ties course record, leads Senior Players Championship

    July 1, 2015

    BELMONT, Mass. (AP) Bernhard Langer wasn't sure what to expect from unfamiliar confines on Thursday, but that didn't keep him from making history.The two-time Masters champion shot four birdies on the final five holes to tie a course record with a 6-under-par 65 in the first round of the Senior Players Championship.

  • Brittany Lincicome shoots 70 at Westchester

    July 1, 2015

    HARRISON, N.Y. (AP) Brittany Lincicome had a late surge with an eagle and birdie to join a large group at 3-under 70 among the early starters in the KPMG Women's PGA Championship.Lincicome, who won the first LPGA major of the year at the ANA Inspiration, made an eagle on the par-5 15th hole and followed with a birdie at Westchester Country Club. She was joined in large group at 70 that included Lexi Thompson and Cristie Kerr.

  • Key anniversaries at the US Open

    July 1, 2015

    A look at some of the anniversaries at the US Open this year:100 years ago (1915): A four-time U.S. Amateur champion, Jerome Travers won his only U.S. Open title with a 73-76 final day to hold off Tom McNamara by one shot at Baltusrol. It was the second time in three years an amateur had won the U.S. Open. Walter Hagen was the defending champion and finished nine shots behind. A short time after his victory, Travers announced his retirement from competition and never played another U.S. Open. Baltusrol was never the same, either. Three years later, it was torn up by course architect A.W. Tillinghast, who then created what is now the Upper and Lower courses.

  • US OPEN '15: The field for the 115th US Open at Chambers Bay

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) Players who are exempt or have qualified for the 115th U.S. Open, to be played June 18-21 at Chambers Bay. Players listed only in first category for which they are eligible. The rest of the field will be filled by the top 60 in world on June 15 and from an alternate list from qualifying. (a-amateur).

  • US Open player capsules

    July 1, 2015

    A capsule look at 15 top players in the U.S. Open, to be played June 18-21 at Chambers Bay (listed in predicted order of finish):JIM FURYKAge: 45Country: United States.World ranking: 3.Worldwide wins: 20.Majors: US Open (2003).US Open memory: The good - winning at Olympia Fields, the perfect tribute on Father's Day to his only coach, father Mike. The bad - being in the best position to win at Olympic Club in 2012 until a snap-hook on the 16th hole when confused by the USGA moving up the tees.

  • Bourdy holds 2-stroke lead after opening day of Lyoness Open

    July 1, 2015

    ATZENBRUGG, Austria (AP) Gregory Bourdy of France carded a bogey-free 7-under 65 to take a two-stroke lead on a warm and sunny opening day of the Lyoness Open on Thursday.Bourdy, who missed just one green, hit four birdies on the front nine and seven in total to go two strokes clear of a group of four: England's Chris Wood and Robert Dinwiddie, Spain's Carlos Del Moral and Germany's Maximilian Kiefer.

  • Dustin Johnson withdraws after 9 holes at St. Jude Classic

    July 1, 2015

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Dustin Johnson has withdrawn after nine holes of the St. Jude Open because of illness.Johnson came into the event he won in 2012 ranked seventh in the world, the highest of any player in the field at the final tuneup for the U.S. Open, but he started off with three straight bogeys starting at No. 10 at TPC Southwind on Thursday.

  • Pettersen, defending champ Park lead field in LPGA major

    July 1, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Suzann Pettersen is coming off a win in Canada with new coach Butch Harmon and looking for her third major title at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship.She'll be paired with two-time defending champion Inbee Park and Lexi Thompson on Thursday at the Westchester Country Club. The tournament, run by the PGA of America for the first time, is the second of the LPGA Tour's five major championships.

  • St. Jude Classic offers up final test before US Open

    July 1, 2015

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) TPC Southwind looks nothing like Chambers Bay, leaving the St. Jude Classic to offer only that final chance at honing a swing or putting stroke under the mental pressure of competition.That's more than enough for the likes of Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Retief Goosen and Graeme McDowell at a course where par is a good score.

  • Montgomerie, Calcavecchia bring plenty of putters to Boston

    July 1, 2015

    BELMONT, Mass. (AP) Local pro shops had better be stocked up on putters for the Senior Players Championship, the third Champions Tour major of the season.Colin Montgomerie said he has used seven different putters in his last eight rounds, including a win in the Senior PGA Championship that gave him his third Champions Tour major victory. And Mark Calcavecchia is coming off a win in the Principal Charity Classic after picking up an off-the-rack putter at a local sporting goods store.

  • Nicklaus talks Tiger, but questions change to what's wrong

    July 1, 2015

    DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) Jack Nicklaus gets asked more about Tiger Woods than he ever did about the golf ball.The only difference is the nature of the question.For the longest time, it used to be, ''Do you think Tiger will break your record in the majors?'' Now it has become, ''What's wrong with Tiger?''

  • Perry ends career as a slow learner; amateurs in US Open

    July 1, 2015

    DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) One more putt would have given Kenny Perry two extra days on the PGA Tour, though it wouldn't have changed a thing.He wanted the Memorial to be his final PGA Tour event, and whether that ended on Friday or Sunday was irrelevant.The Memorial was the first of his 14 career victories in 1991, and it proved that he belonged among the best players. Even so, he never imagined playing nearly 30 years without ever losing his card until he was on the Champions Tour.

  • Putnam earns a trip home to Chambers Bay for US Open

    July 1, 2015

    One day made up for five straight weeks of lousy golf for Michael Putnam. He's going home to Chambers Bay for the U.S. Open.Putnam lives just over a mile from Chambers Bay, south of Seattle. He played the first official round when the course off Puget Sound opened in 2007 with hopes of attracting a U.S. Open. And on Monday, he put together rounds of 68-64 to lead the toughest of 10 sectional qualifiers around the country.

  • Luke Donald back in the US Open the hard way

    July 1, 2015

    Forced back to U.S. Open qualifying for the first 11 years, Luke Donald responded with a 68 in his second round Monday to earn a spot at Chambers Bay next week.On a long day of eight 36-hole qualifiers across the country, Donald chose his home course - The Bear's Club - in the Florida qualifier and had rounds of 72-68 to avoid a playoff by one shot. The former No. 1 player in the world tied for medalist honors with Jack Maguire of Florida State and Andrew Pope.

  • Janzen makes his way back to US Open

    July 1, 2015

    Two-time champion Lee Janzen finally made it back to the U.S. Open on Monday from one of eight 36-hole qualifiers across the country.Janzen had scores of 69-68 at Old Oaks and Century to earn the first of four spots available in the sectional qualifier in New York. The other three qualifiers were Jamie Lovemark, Pat Wilson and Rich Berberian Jr.

  • Johnny Miller: 'Dream come true' to broadcast British Open

    July 1, 2015

    Johnny Miller can't wait to get back in the broadcast booth for a major championship where he won with a great closing round.Only he will be at Royal Birkdale, not Oakmont.Miller said Monday he was thrilled the R&A selected NBC Sports Group as its U.S. television partner for the British Open starting in 2017. NBC agreed to a 12-year deal, getting back to the majors and giving Golf Channel its first live coverage of a men's major on the weekday rounds.

  • Miller says 'dream come true' to broadcast British Open

    July 1, 2015

    Johnny Miller can't wait to get back in the broadcast booth for a major championship where he won with a great closing round.Only he will be at Royal Birkdale, not Oakmont.Miller says he was thrilled that NBC Sports Group has the U.S. television rights for the British Open starting in 2017. NBC agreed to a 12-year deal with the R&A. That means Golf Channel gets its first live men's major for the weekday rounds.

  • British Open to move to NBC starting in 2017

    July 1, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The British Open will move to NBC Sports Group for U.S. television coverage starting in 2017.The network announced the 12-year deal with the R&A on Monday.The R&A is wrapping up an eight-year contract with ESPN.The new agreement returns the British Open to traditional network television with coverage on NBC. NBCUniversal-owned Golf Channel will also broadcast part of the tournament, the first time it will air a men's major live.

  • Lingmerth doesn't crack and wins the Memorial

    July 1, 2015

    DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) David Lingmerth stood over a short par putt on the third playoff hole at the Memorial and finally knew exactly what it meant.An hour earlier, he looked like a winner when he signed for a 3-under 69 and watched on TV as Justin Rose hit a shank out of a bunker that plunked a spectator in the head and left him 55 yards short of the pin in a nasty lie. Rose needed to make par or Lingmerth would win.

  • Tyler Aldridge wins inaugural Greater Dallas Open

    July 1, 2015

    LEWISVILLE, Texas (AP) Tyler Aldridge won the inaugural Greater Dallas Open on Sunday for his first Web.com Tour title, closing with a 4-under 68 for a two-stroke victory.The 30-year-old Aldridge, a former Boise State player from Caldwell, Idaho, finished at 23-under 265 at The Lakes at Castle Hills. He earned ,000.

  • Calcavecchia wins Champions Tour event in Iowa

    July 1, 2015

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Mark Calcavecchia won the Principal Charity Classic on Sunday for his third career Champions Tour title, closing with a 3-under 69 for a one-stroke victory over Joe Durant and Brian Henninger.Calcavecchia, who missed the cut in the Senior PGA Championship two weeks ago, never trailed during the final round at the Wakonda Club. The 13-time PGA Tour winner finished at 12-under 204.

  • Lingmerth goes the distance and more to win Memorial

    July 1, 2015

    DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) David Lingmerth outlasted Justin Rose in a three-hole playoff at Muirfield Village and won his first PGA Tour event at the Memorial.Lingmerth earned every bit of that handshake with tournament host Jack Nicklaus.He holed a 10-foot putt to match pars with Rose on the 18th on the first extra hole. He got up-and-down from a bunker on the 18th to extend the playoff. And he finally won at No. 10 with a putt just inside 5 feet for another par.

  • Suzann Pettersen wins Manulife LPGA Classic

    July 1, 2015

    CAMBRIDGE, Ontario (AP) Suzann Pettersen birdied two of the last three holes to win the Manulife LPGA Classic on Sunday for her 15th LPGA Tour victory and first since October 2013.Pettersen closed with a 3-under 69 in windy conditions for a one-stroke victory over Brittany Lang at Whistle Bear Golf Club.

  • Madeleine Sheils wins first Symetra Tour title

    July 1, 2015

    BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) Madeleine Sheils won the FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship by two strokes Sunday for her first Symetra Tour title.Sheils birdied two of the last four holes for a bogey-free 4-under 68 and a 10-under 206 total at Battle Creek Country Club.

  • John Derr, longtime golf journalist, dies at 97

    July 1, 2015

    PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) John Derr, who reported from the Masters a record 62 times and broadcast from the 15th green when it first was on television, died of an apparent heart attack, his daughter said Sunday. He was 97.Cricket Gentry said her father watched American Pharoah win the Belmont Stakes to capture the Triple Crown. She went to his house after the race Saturday evening and found him in his chair in front of the TV.

  • Sweden's Alexander Noren wins Nordea Masters by 4 shots

    July 1, 2015

    MALMO, Sweden (AP) Alexander Noren clinched his second Nordea Masters title on Sunday, shooting a 1-under 71 to finish four shots ahead of last week's Irish Open winner Soren Kjeldsen of Denmark.The 32-year-old Swede easily protected his two-shot overnight lead, finishing with a 12-under total of 276. Kjeldsen also shot a final-round 71.

  • Tiger Woods humbled, but not in panic, over his 85

    July 1, 2015

    DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) One day after the worst score of his career, Tiger Woods played the final round of the Memorial just like it was any other Sunday.He wore his red shirt. He played at the same pace. He tossed blades of grass in the air to judge the wind and crouched to read important putts. The only difference was he played as a single. He even removed a flagstick by himself when his caddie was busy raking a bunker.

  • Calcavecchia grabs 1-shot Champions Tour lead in Iowa

    July 1, 2015

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Mark Calcavecchia made a 15-foot birdie putt on the final hole Saturday for a 4-under 68 and a one-stroke lead heading into the final round of the Champions Tour's Principal Charity Classic.Calcavecchia had a 9-under 135 total at Wakonda Club. The 54-year-old Calcavecchia has two victories on the 50-and-over tour after winning 13 times on the PGA Tour, including the 1989 British Open.

  • Rose surges to 3-shot lead at Memorial; Woods with an 85

    July 1, 2015

    DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) Justin Rose made an early surge Saturday at the Memorial, just like so many other players. He's the only one who kept going on his way to a 6-under 66 that gave him a three-shot lead.Rose missed only one green on the back nine as he started to pull away.

  • Pettersen takes 1-stroke lead in Manulife LPGA Classic

    July 1, 2015

    CAMBRIDGE, Ontario (AP) Suzann Pettersen took a one-stroke lead Saturday in the Manulife LPGA Classic, making an eagle and four birdies on the first 11 holes and closing with seven pars for a 6-under 66.Pettersen had a 19-under 197 total at Whistle Bear Golf Club. Bothered by a shoulder injury this season, the 34-year-old Norwegian player won the last of her 14 LPGA Tour titles in 2013.

  • Noren takes round-3 lead, Stenson surges in Nordea Masters

    July 1, 2015

    MALMO, Sweden (AP) Swedish golfer Alex Noren carded a 5-under-par 67 to take a two-shot lead of the Nordea Masters in the third round on Saturday, while local favorite Henrik Stenson flew up 28 places to lie five shots back.Noren, whose victory here in 2011 was his third and last on the European Tour, birdied four of his first five holes. He has three top-10s this year, including runner-up at the Dubai Desert Classic to Rory McIlroy.

  • Tiger Woods shoots worst round of career, 85, at Memorial

    July 1, 2015

    DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) Tiger Woods hit a new low with a career high.Right when it looked as though Woods was slowly making some semblance of progress, he posted an 85 on Saturday at the Memorial for the worst score of his career. It was three shots higher than the 82 he shot in the second round of the Phoenix Open in January, which led to him taking a two-month break from competition until he could get his game in order.

  • Tiger Woods has worst round of his career, 85, at Memorial

    July 1, 2015

    DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) Tiger Woods hit a new low with the highest score of his career Saturday - an 85 at the Memorial.Woods ended his front nine with back-to-back double bogeys. Needing a par to avoid the worst score of his career, he hooked his tee shot into the water, flubbed two chips and ended with a quadruple-bogey 8.

  • The new standard for Tiger: Weekend golf

    July 1, 2015

    DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) Tiger Woods needed to be at his best at Muirfield Village, a position he had been in so many times before at the Memorial Except this wasn't Sunday with a trophy on the line and host Jack Nicklaus waiting behind the 18th green This was Friday.

  • Pete Weber wins PBA Senior US Open

    July 1, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Pete Weber won the PBA Senior U.S. Open on Friday night to join fellow Hall of Famer Norm Duke as the only players to win U.S. Open titles on both the PBA and PBA50 tours.The 53-year-old Weber, from St. Ann, Missouri, beat Eric Forkel of Henderson, Nevada, 224-212, in the title match at the Suncoast Bowling Center. Weber won a record five U.S. Open titles on the PBA Tour.

  • Pettersen, Uribe lead in Manulife LPGA Classic

    July 1, 2015

    CAMBRIDGE, Ontario (AP) Suzann Pettersen shot a 7-under 65 on Friday for a share of the second-round lead with Mariajo Uribe in the Manulife LPGA Classic.Pettersen had seven birdies in a 10-hole stretch at Whistle Bear Golf Club.''If you hit all the fairways you're going to give yourself a lot of chances with your irons,'' Pettersen said. ''The par 5s are very scoreable. You just have to try and take care of business on those and if you can squeeze in a birdie or two, or three on the rest of the holes, you're in a good position. I felt like I did that today.''

  • Billy Andrade, Jose Coceres share Champions Tour lead

    July 1, 2015

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Bill Andrade and Argentina's Jose Coceres share the first-round lead at 6-under 66 on Friday in the Champions Tour's Principal Charity Classic.Andrade had seven birdies and a three-putt bogey on No. 14 at Wakonda Club. The four-time PGA Tour winner teamed with Joe Duran to win the Legends of Golf in April for his first Champions Tour title.

  • Lingmerth has early Memorial lead, with Dufner right behind

    July 1, 2015

    DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) Jason Dufner made a 3 on a par 5 and a 5 on a par 3. That was before he made a hole-in-one.A wild back nine sparked Dufner to a 5-under 67 on Friday and left him one shot behind David Lingmerth of Sweden midway through the second round of the Memorial. Lingmerth had a bogey-free 65 and already has 14 birdies over two rounds at soft Muirfield Village.

  • Amateur Kinhult keeps share of lead at Nordea Masters

    July 1, 2015

    MALMO, Sweden (AP) Amateur golfer Marcus Kinhult of Sweden held on to a share of the lead of the Nordea Masters after a 4-under 68 in the second round Friday.The 18-year-old Kinhult made his only bogey of the day on the sixth hole but bounced back with a birdie on the seventh. He is tied with fellow Swede Jens Dantorp (68) on 9-under 135.

  • Bo Van Pelt: From fan to co-leader at Muirfield Village

    July 1, 2015

    DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) Bo Van Pelt experienced his first big disappointment in golf at Muirfield Village.''I remember I tried to get Greg Norman's autograph,'' Van Pelt said. ''He was No. 1 in the world, and I couldn't get it. And I said something not very nice to him. That was my buddies' fault. They said I would say anything, but I did. I was 13, trying to impress. He was the only autograph I really wanted.''

  • Cheyenne Woods, niece of Tiger, sets course record

    July 1, 2015

    CAMBRIDGE, Ontario (AP) Rookie Cheyenne Woods tied a course record with a 9-under 63 as she took the early lead at the Manulife LPGA Classic on Thursday.The niece of PGA star Tiger Woods shares the record at Whistle Bear Golf Club with Matt Bettencourt and Jon Mills, who both shot 63 at the Canadian PGA Championship in 2005.

  • 4-way tie at Memorial as Woods struggles to stay in game

    July 1, 2015

    DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) Tiger Woods stuck with a swing that wasn't working and settled into a long week at the Memorial.And maybe a long year.Woods had to scramble on the front nine to salvage a 1-over 73 in the opening round Thursday. It was respectable, but still nowhere near the four-way tie for the lead among the early starters.

  • Swedish amateur shares 3-way lead at Nordea Masters

    July 1, 2015

    MALMO, Sweden (AP) Swedish amateur Marcus Kinhult was in a three-way tie for the lead after the opening day of the Nordea Masters on 5-under-par 67 on Thursday.Countryman Jens Dantorp and England's Chris Paisley were with him, one stroke ahead of nine golfers on 4 under.

  • US Open on the mind of some - but not all - at Memorial

    July 1, 2015

    DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) Tiger Woods spent two days at Chambers Bay getting his first look at the U.S. Open course. Phil Mickelson was south of Seattle last week, starting his preparations for the only major he's never won.The U.S. Open course is so new and can be set up so many different ways that it's prudent for players to spend more time at Chambers Bay than they might for other courses like Oakmont or Pebble Beach or Winged Foot.

  • Thinking he was an underachiever made Nicklaus better

    July 1, 2015

    DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) Jack Nicklaus won 18 professional majors and 73 times on the PGA Tour, which is why he often is referred to as golf's greatest champion. And he's not sure he lived up to his talent.''I think I underachieved all my life,'' Nicklaus said Wednesday at the Memorial. ''I think that's why I got better.''

  • LSU wins NCAA golf title, beating Southern California 4-1

    July 1, 2015

    BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) Ben Taylor made a tricky 8-foot par putt on the 18th hole Wednesday to give LSU its first NCAA golf championship in 60 years.The Tigers beat Southern California 4-1 at The Concession Golf Club for their fifth team title and first since 1955.

  • Tiger Woods starts a busy stretch with Memorial

    July 1, 2015

    DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) Tiger Woods hasn't been this busy on the golf course all year. And the tournament hasn't even started.Woods spent two days at Chambers Bay to start his preparations for the U.S. Open. Then he flew straight to Ohio for the pro-am Wednesday at the Memorial, a tournament he has won a record five times.

  • Tiger Woods plays 2nd practice round at Chambers Bay

    July 1, 2015

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) Tiger Woods has played a second practice round at Chambers Bay in preparations for the U.S. Open in two weeks.Woods was on the course Tuesday morning under cloudy skies and occasional showers. Woods arrived in the area Sunday night and his practice round on Monday drew curious spectators to the hills overlooking the waterside golf course along Puget Sound. Woods' visit happened to come on the two cloudiest days in the last couple of weeks.

  • Southern California, LSU reach NCAA golf final

    July 1, 2015

    BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) Eric Sugimoto beat Nick Hardy 3 and 1 to lift Southern California past Illinois on Tuesday in the NCAA semifinals.Southern California will play LSU in the final Wednesday at The Concession Golf Club. Southern California beat Illinois 3-1-1, and LSU topped Georgia 3-1-1.

  • Kendall trying to pull double duty in US Opens

    July 1, 2015

    DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) Skip Kendall already has been through 36 holes of qualifying for the U.S. Open, and he still has another 36 holes to go.The 50-year-old is pulling double duty this year.Kendall, who earned over million in 13 full seasons on the PGA Tour without ever winning, had a busy May even though he officially played one tournament. He tied for 34th in the Senior PGA Championship in Indiana.

  • Steve Stricker content with his semi-retirement

    July 1, 2015

    DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) The last time Steve Stricker had to qualify for a U.S. Open he was trying to rejuvenate his career.He started the 2006 season at No. 338 in the world ranking and without full PGA Tour status. He missed only one cut in the five tournaments he was able to play, which he considered progress. And then at a 36-hole qualifier that offered only two spots, Stricker made it with rounds of 65-64.

  • SMU's Bryson DeChambeau wins NCAA golf title

    July 1, 2015

    BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) SMU's Bryson DeChambeau won the NCAA individual golf title Monday and Illinois topped the eight team match-play qualifiers.DeChambeau closed with a 1-under 71 for a one-stroke victory over Washington's Pan Cheng-Tsung at The Concession Golf Club. DeChambeau finished at 8-under 280.

  • Stricker to host Champions Tour stop in Wisconsin

    July 1, 2015

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) Steve Stricker is busily preparing for a Champions Tour event in 2016 that he won't even be eligible to play.That's how much it means to him to get a regular professional golf date back in his home state of Wisconsin.The PGA announced on Monday that its Champions Tour will stop at the University of Wisconsin's University Ridge Course in Madison starting in June 2016. Stricker will serve as host of the American Family Insurance Championship.

  • Adam Scott to use caddie Steve Williams for summer

    July 1, 2015

    NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) Adam Scott has split with his new caddie and for now is going back to his old one - Steve Williams.Scott says he persuaded Williams to join him for the U.S. Open, British Open, Bridgestone Invitational and PGA Championship.Scott tied for fourth at Doral and has been struggling since. He has missed two cuts and has not finished better than a tie for 24th. That was at the Colonial, and he then fired caddie Mike Kerr.

  • Twice in Texas: Bowditch wins Nelson for 2nd career victory

    July 1, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) Steven Bowditch certainly has a Texas trend going in his career. The Australian will stop short of calling it a Tour trend.''I'm obviously not at the superstar level,'' Bowditch said, trying to explain how he went from eight missed cuts this season and a disqualification a week earlier at Colonial to winning the AT&T Byron Nelson on Sunday. ''I just go out there and do my best and hopefully every now and then I get a chance to win.''

  • SMU's Dechambeau leads NCAA in suspended 3rd round

    July 1, 2015

    BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) SMU's Bryson Dechambeau shot an even-par 72 on Sunday to top the NCAA leaderboard when third-round play was suspended for the day because of lightning.Dechambeau had a 7-under 209 title at The Concession Golf Club.Alabama-Birmingham's Paul Dunne was a stroke back after a 69.

  • Kyle Thompson wins Rex Hospital Open for 3rd time

    July 1, 2015

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Kyle Thompson became the first player in Web.com Tour history to win an event three times, taking the Rex Hospital Open in a playoff Sunday.Thompson also won at TPC Wakefield Plantation in 2007 and 2011.The 36-year-old former South Carolina player, making his second start of the season, won with a birdie on the second hole of a playoff with Patton Kizzire and Miguel Angel Carballo.

  • Bowditch shoots 64, rolls to Nelson win at adopted home

    July 1, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) Steven Bowditch rode his best birdie binge on the PGA Tour to a 5-under 64 and a four-shot victory Sunday in the AT&T Byron Nelson, winning in the Australian's adopted home for his second career title - both in Texas.Bowditch, who got married at the resort next to the TPC Four Seasons five years after attempting suicide at his Dallas home while battling depression in 2006, had 27 birdies while becoming the seventh player to lead all four rounds of the event. He finished at 18-under 259 on the rain-altered layout.

  • Anna Nordqvist wins ShopRite LPGA Classic

    July 1, 2015

    GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) Anna Nordqvist birdied the 16th and 17th holes to break out of the pack and went on to win the ShopRite LPGA Classic by a stroke Sunday.With her mother visiting from Sweden, the 27-year-old Nordqvist closed with a 2-under 69 in windy conditions to finish at 8-under 205 at Stockton Seaview's Bay Course.

  • Denmark's Soren Kjeldsen wins Irish Open in 3-way playoff

    July 1, 2015

    NEWCASTLE, Northern Ireland (AP) Soren Kjeldsen of Denmark won the Irish Open in a three-way playoff Sunday after his short winning putt on the first extra hole just barely managed to avoid lipping out.Kjeldsen entered the final round with a two-stroke lead, but shot a 5-over 76 to finish tied with Eddie Pepperell of England (69) and Bernd Wiesberger of Austria (73). All scored a 2-under total of 282 on the wind-swept, rain-battered Royal County Down, where just five of the 156 competitors finished the tournament under par.

  • SMU's Dechambeau tops NCAA leaderboard

    July 1, 2015

    BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) SMU's Bryson Dechambeau shot a 5-under 67 on Saturday to top the NCAA leaderboard, and Southern California opened a three-stroke lead in the team standings.Dechambeau eagled the par-5 third hole and had five birdies and two bogeys to finish two rounds at 7-under 137 at The Concession Golf Club.

  • Morgan Pressel keeps lead in ShopRite LPGA Classic

    July 1, 2015

    GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) Morgan Pressel kept her patience Saturday despite a steady breeze and greens that grew bumpy in the afternoon, shooting a 2-under 69 to maintain a one-stroke lead in the ShopRite LPGA Classic.Pressel had three birdies and a bogey to reach 7-under 135 on Stockton Seaview's Bay Course. The 27-year-old American won the last of her two LPGA Tour victories in 2008.

  • Leading trio intact with 2nd round complete at soggy Nelson

    July 1, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) Texan Jimmy Walker, Dallas-area resident Steven Bowditch and PGA Tour rookie Jon Curran are still the leaders after the completed second round at the AT&T Byron Nelson.Tony Finau and Joe Affrunti had a birdie apiece early Saturday to join a group at 8 under, a shot behind a leading trio that was finished before play was suspended by darkness Friday. Hometown star Jordan Spieth is three shots back.

  • McIlroy misses cut at Irish Open after even-par 2nd round

    July 1, 2015

    NEWCASTLE, Northern Ireland (AP) - Early exits are becoming a habit for Rory McIlroy, especially in his home country.The 26-year-old Northern Ireland native failed to make the Irish Open cut for the third straight year Friday, shooting an even-par 71 that failed to make up for an 80 in the opening round. It is the second straight week the world's top-ranked golfer failed to make the weekend, having exited early at the PGA Championship at Wentworth.

  • Denmark's Kjeldsen shoots 67, takes 2-stroke Irish Open lead

    July 1, 2015

    NEWCASTLE, Northern Ireland (AP) Soren Kjeldsen of Denmark shot a 4-under 67 to take a two-stroke lead Saturday in the third round of the Irish Open.The 40-year-old Kjeldsen used superior putting to break free of a six-way tie as gusting winds at Royal County Down sabotaged many players' short games.

  • Nelson delayed 3 hours by rainy weather for 2nd straight day

    July 1, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) The AT&T Byron Nelson will have at least a three-hour delay for the second straight day because of rainy weather.Another batch of storms Saturday morning pushed back the continuation of the second round until 11 a.m. Central time at the earliest.

  • Illinois takes lead in NCAA golf

    July 1, 2015

    BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) Illinois' Thomas Detry shot 4-under 68 for a share of the individual lead and the Illini topped the team standings Friday after the first round of the NCAA tournament.Detry was tied with South Florida's Claudio Correa. Duke's Jake Shuman and Georgia Tech's Anders Albertson were a stroke back at The Concession Golf Club.

  • Morgan Pressel leads ShopRite LPGA Classic

    July 1, 2015

    GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) Morgan Pressel closed with a birdie and an eagle for a 5-under 66 and a one-stroke lead Friday after the first round of the ShopRite LPGA Classic.The 27-year-old Pressel, seeking her first LPGA Tour win since 2008, held the advantage over Anna Nordqvist of Sweden, Alena Sharp of Canada, rookie Min Lee of Taiwan and American Ryann O'Toole on the Bay Course at Stockton Seaview, where the weather was near-perfect.

  • Spieth in contention after rain alters course at Nelson

    July 1, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) Jordan Spieth surged into contention on a day the Masters champion isn't sure he will see again at his hometown AT&T Byron Nelson.Spieth and every other early finisher within three shots of the lead had a birdie 2 on what was supposed to be the par-4 14th Friday. An overnight rain storm turned one of the signature holes at the saturated TPC Four Seasons into a pitch-and-putt par 3 at 105 yards.

  • Nelson begins after heavy rain on saturated TPC course

    July 1, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) The second round of the AT&T Byron Nelson has begun following a three-hour rain delay Friday after nearly 5 inches of rain fell overnight on the already-saturated TPC Four Seasons.The storm moved over the course starting about midnight Thursday after Steven Bowditch took a two-shot lead with an opening 8-under 62 that left Masters champion Jordan Spieth seven strokes off the lead in his hometown event.

  • Ramsay, Wiesberger share Irish Open lead as Rory risks cut

    July 1, 2015

    NEWCASTLE, Northern Ireland (AP) Scotland's Richie Ramsay and Austria's Bernd Wiesberger shared the early second-round lead Friday at the Irish Open, while Rory McIlroy faced an uphill struggle to make the cut.Ramsay was on target to match the club record of 66 at Royal County Down but narrowly bogeyed his final hole to finish 4 under for the day, and 3 under overall, just like Wiesberger. Ireland's Padraig Harrington was one shot back.

  • Nelson delayed after heavy rain on saturated TPC course

    July 1, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) The second round of the AT&T Byron Nelson will be delayed at least three hours after nearly 5 inches of rain fell overnight on the already-saturated TPC Four Seasons.The storm moved over the course starting about midnight Thursday after Steven Bowditch took a two-shot lead with an opening 8-under 62 that left Masters champion Jordan Spieth seven strokes off the lead in his hometown event.

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

    July 1, 2015

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

  • Stacy Lewis set for ShotRite LPGA Classic title defense

    July 1, 2015

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

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

    July 1, 2015

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

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

    July 1, 2015

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

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

    July 1, 2015

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

  • Stanford wins NCAA women's golf title

    July 1, 2015

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

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

    July 1, 2015

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

  • US Open the most democratic of majors

    July 1, 2015

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

  • McDowell plans a quiet approach for the US Open

    July 1, 2015

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

  • Gustafson, McBride join Europe as Solheim Cup vice captains

    July 1, 2015

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

  • Alabama's Emma Talley wins NCAA golf title

    July 1, 2015

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

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

    July 1, 2015

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

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

    July 1, 2015

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

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

    July 1, 2015

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

  • Colin Montgomerie wins Senior PGA Championship

    July 1, 2015

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

  • An wins the BMW PGA Championship by 6 shots

    July 1, 2015

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

  • Haruka Morita-WanyaoLu wins Symetra Classic

    July 1, 2015

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

  • Colin Montgomerie shoots 70 to take Senior PGA lead

    July 1, 2015

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

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

    July 1, 2015

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

  • Molinari, An tied for BMW PGA Championship lead

    July 1, 2015

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

  • Jimenez sets European Tour hole-in-one record

    July 1, 2015

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

  • Tom Lehman starts fast, takes Senior PGA Championship lead

    July 1, 2015

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

  • Giant hole forms at entrance of Missouri golf course

    July 1, 2015

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

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

    July 1, 2015

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

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

    July 1, 2015

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

  • Francesco Molinari leads by 2 after a round of 69

    July 1, 2015

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

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

    July 1, 2015

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

  • Massy Kuramoto leads Senior PGA Championship

    July 1, 2015

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

  • McIlroy opens with 71, 4 shots behind Karlsson

    July 1, 2015

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

  • Melissa Reid wins Turkish Airlines Ladies Open

    July 1, 2015

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

  • Masters champ Jordan Spieth ready for majors-like homecoming

    July 1, 2015

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

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

    July 1, 2015

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

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

    July 1, 2015

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

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

    July 1, 2015

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

  • Patrick Reed withdraws from next 2 European Tour events

    July 1, 2015

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

  • Minjee Lee wins LPGA Tour's Kingsmill Championship

    July 1, 2015

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

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

    July 1, 2015

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

  • Minjee Lee takes command at LPGA's Kingsmill Championship

    July 1, 2015

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

  • Jimin Kang wins Symetra Tour event

    July 1, 2015

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

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

    July 1, 2015

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

  • McIlroy finishes at 21 under, wins Wells Fargo Championship

    July 1, 2015

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

  • Maggert beats Sutherland in playoff at Regions Tradition

    July 1, 2015

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

  • James Morrison of England wins Spanish Open by 4 shots

    July 1, 2015

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

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

    July 1, 2015

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

  • France's Perrine Delacour leads Kingsmill Championship

    July 1, 2015

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

  • Jeff Maggert leads Champions Tour's Regions Tradition

    July 1, 2015

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

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

    July 1, 2015

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

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

    July 1, 2015

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

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

    July 1, 2015

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

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

    July 1, 2015

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

  • Alison Lee leads Kingsmill Championship

    July 1, 2015

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

  • Sutherland, Maggert share Regions Tradition lead

    July 1, 2015

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

  • Edouard Espana of France leads Spanish Open after 2 rounds

    July 1, 2015

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

  • McIlroy within 1 shot of lead at Wells Fargo Championship

    July 1, 2015

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

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

    July 1, 2015

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

  • France's Joanna Klatten leads Kingsmill Championship

    July 1, 2015

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

  • Jeff Maggert takes 1-stroke lead at Regions Tradition

    July 1, 2015

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

  • Trevor Fisher leads Spanish Open by 1 after opening round

    July 1, 2015

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

  • Streb races to early lead at Wells Fargo Championship

    July 1, 2015

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

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

    July 1, 2015

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

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

    July 1, 2015

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

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

    July 1, 2015

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

  • The bubble watch begins for summer Opens

    July 1, 2015

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

  • Tiger Woods writes letter to boy with stuttering problem

    July 1, 2015

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

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

    July 1, 2015

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

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

    July 1, 2015

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

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

    July 1, 2015

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

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

    July 1, 2015

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

  • Henderson gets exemption to another LPGA major

    July 1, 2015

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

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

    July 1, 2015

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

  • California desert golf tournament gets new title sponsor

    July 1, 2015

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

  • Bethune-Cookman women win PGA Minority title

    July 1, 2015

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

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

    July 1, 2015

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

  • Rickie Fowler delivers major performance to win Players

    July 1, 2015

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

  • Mexico's Alejandra Llaneza wins Symetra Tour event

    July 1, 2015

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

  • China's Shanshan Feng wins LET event in Shanghai

    July 1, 2015

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

  • Woods has worst 72-hole performance at Players

    July 1, 2015

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

  • George Coetzee wins Mauritius Open

    July 1, 2015

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

  • Bethune-Cookman, Alabama State top PGA Minority Collegiate

    July 1, 2015

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

  • Despite putting woes, Garcia moves up leaderboard at Players

    July 1, 2015

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

  • Kirk nudges in front of crowded leaderboard at Players

    July 1, 2015

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

  • Woods goes wrong direction at Sawgrass

    July 1, 2015

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

  • Coetzee opens 1-shot lead at Mauritius Open

    July 1, 2015

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

  • Rickie Fowler in the hunt again at Players Championship

    July 1, 2015

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

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

    July 1, 2015

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

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

    July 1, 2015

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

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

    July 1, 2015

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

  • Na, Kelly share lead at Players Championship

    July 1, 2015

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

  • Woods celebrates a big putt and a chance to play

    July 1, 2015

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

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

    July 1, 2015

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

  • Casey withdraws with illness

    July 1, 2015

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

  • Thorbjorn Olesen opens 1-shot lead at Mauritius Open

    July 1, 2015

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

  • McIlroy shows boring way never hurts at TPC Sawgrass

    July 1, 2015

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

  • McIlroy shores boring way never hurts at TPC Sawgrass

    July 1, 2015

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

  • Woods delivers highlight shot in opening round at Players

    July 1, 2015

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

  • Fowler wants to let clubs answer for most overrated

    July 1, 2015

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

  • Jordan Spieth sputters in star group at Players

    July 1, 2015

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

  • Darren Clarke stops after 11 holes at Players Championship

    July 1, 2015

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

  • Arkansas golfers charged with felony video voyeurism

    July 1, 2015

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

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

    July 1, 2015

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

  • McIlroy brings a different, conservative game to Sawgrass

    July 1, 2015

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

  • Brooke Henderson receives spot in Kingsmill Championship

    July 1, 2015

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

  • Walker Cup teammates Smith, White win Four-Ball

    July 1, 2015

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

  • Two German champions in field at Players

    July 1, 2015

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

  • McIlroy, Spieth linked closer now at Players Championship

    July 1, 2015

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

  • Walker Cup teammates advance to semifinals of Four-Ball

    July 1, 2015

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

  • Woods has memories of Peete, but never a meeting

    July 1, 2015

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

  • Players Championship should focus on what it is

    July 1, 2015

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

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

    July 1, 2015

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

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

    July 1, 2015

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

  • Stanford duo gets off to winning start

    July 1, 2015

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

  • McIlroy, Spieth together in opening 2 rounds of Players

    July 1, 2015

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

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

    July 1, 2015

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

  • McIlroy a winner with great play and a little luck

    July 1, 2015

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

  • Ian Woosnam wins Champions Tour's Insperity Invitational

    July 1, 2015

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

  • Smylie Kaufman wins first Web.com Tour title

    July 1, 2015

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

  • McIlroy top of the world at Match Play Championship

    July 1, 2015

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

  • Inbee Park wins North Texas Shootout for 2nd time

    July 1, 2015

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

  • Vonn says relationship with Woods is over

    July 1, 2015

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

  • McIlroy rallies to reach Match Play final against Woodland

    July 1, 2015

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

  • McIlroy advances to Match Play semifinals in San Francisco

    July 1, 2015

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

  • McIlroy moves to semifinals of Match Play

    July 1, 2015

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

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

    July 1, 2015

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

  • Michael Allen leads Champions Tour's Insperity Invitational

    July 1, 2015

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

  • McIlroy rolls into quarterfinals of Match Play

    July 1, 2015

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

  • Thompson ricochets to share of LPGA Tour lead with Park

    July 1, 2015

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

  • McIlroy rallies to advance in Match Play Championship

    July 1, 2015

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

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

    July 1, 2015

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

  • McIlroy rallies to survive, Spieth eliminated in Match Play

    July 1, 2015

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

  • Bradley, Jimenez in heated exchange at Match Play

    July 1, 2015

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

  • Brooke Henderson leads North Texas Shootout

    July 1, 2015

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

  • Westwood beats Spieth; Grace survives playoff in Match Play

    July 1, 2015

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

  • US Open winner Michael Campbell says he's quitting

    July 1, 2015

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

  • Marco Dawson, Michael Allen share Champions Tour lead

    July 1, 2015

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

  • PGA Championship returning to Ocean Course in 2021

    July 1, 2015

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

  • Spieth, McIlroy face elimination in Match Play

    July 1, 2015

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

  • Spieth makes a big adjustment on the greens

    July 1, 2015

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

  • Golf Capsules

    July 1, 2015

    DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) David Lingmerth didn't crack over the final two hours Sunday at the Memorial, outlasting Justin Rose with a par on the third playoff hole at Muirfield Village to win for the first time on the PGA Tour.Showing great resolve and little emotion, Lingmerth gave a soft fist pump when his putt just inside 5 feet on the 10th green dropped. He earned every bit of that handshake with tournament host Jack Nicklaus.

  • Lydia Ko struggles to 75, cut streak in jeopardy

    July 1, 2015

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

  • Fowler wins Thursday to secure spot Saturday in Match Play

    July 1, 2015

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

  • New format, same fickle Match Play tournament

    July 1, 2015

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

  • Lydia Ko donating earnings to Nepal relief effort

    July 1, 2015

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

  • Lydia Ko donating earnings to Napal relief effort

    July 1, 2015

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

  • Simpson gets a memory and 0 burger at Olympic

    July 1, 2015

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

  • Henderson gets another chance after qualifying in Texas

    July 1, 2015

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

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

    July 1, 2015

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

  • New look for Franklin Templeton Shootout

    December 10, 2014

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