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  • Gerina Piller takes 2-stroke lead in home event in Texas

    April 30, 2016

    IRVING, Texas (AP) Gerina Piller took a two-stroke lead Saturday in the LPGA Tour's Volunteers of America Texas Shootout, putting her in position for a breakthrough victory in her home event.Winless in 123 career starts, the 31-year-old Piller shot a bogey-free 4-under 67 to reach 14-under 199 at Las Colinas Country Club.

  • Stuard takes one-shot lead at wet Zurich Classic

    April 30, 2016

    AVONDALE, La. (AP) Brian Stuard completed his second straight bogey-free round to take a one-shot lead in the waterlogged Zurich Classic.Stuard played just six holes Saturday, completing his second round with a 4-under 68 to reach 12 under at TPC Louisiana. Jamie Landmark and Jhonattan Vegas were tied for second. They finished the second round Friday.

  • Lucas Bjerregaard, Felipe Aguilar share lead at China Open

    April 30, 2016

    BEIJING (AP) Lucas Bjerregaard of Denmark fired a 7-under-par 65 to join Felipe Aguilar of Chile atop the China Open leaderboard after the third round on Saturday.Bjerregaard started strong with an eagle on the par-4 No. 3 and added five birdies. Aguilar carded a 67 for a combined 16-under 200, and a two-shot lead over four others.

  • Lovemark, Vegas top Zurich Classic leaderboard

    April 29, 2016

    AVONDALE, La. (AP) Jamie Lovemark and Jhonattan Vegas shared the Zurich Classic lead at 11 under Friday when second-round play was suspended because of darkness.Lovemark had a 27-hole day at hot and humid TPC Louisiana, completing a 5-under 67 in the first round and adding a 66 in the second in the event that fell behind schedule Thursday with a long rain delay.

  • Home game: Gerina Piller leads in stormy Texas

    April 29, 2016

    IRVING, Texas (AP) Gerina Piller made herself right at home Friday in the LPGA Tour's Volunteers of America Texas Shootout, shooting a 6-under 65 to take the lead in the suspended second round.The long-hitting U.S. Solheim Cup player lives in Plano, about 20 miles from Las Colinas Country Club. She birdied three of the final five holes in her bogey-free round to reach 10-under 132.

  • Aguilar leads China Open 2nd round when play suspended

    April 29, 2016

    BEIJING (AP) Felipe Aguilar of Chile shot a 7-under 65 in the second round of the China Open to take a one-stroke lead before play was suspended because of a thunderstorm on Friday.Aguilar, seeking his first European Tour win in two years, fired seven birdies to be 11 under overall, one stroke ahead of Alex Noren of Sweden and Bernd Wiesberger of Austria.

  • Brian Stuard shoots 64 to take Zurich Classic lead

    April 28, 2016

    AVONDALE, La. (AP) Brian Stuard shot an 8-under 64 on Thursday to top the leaderboard in the suspended first round of the Zurich Classic.The 33-year-old Stuard had only 21 putts in his bogey-free round at TPC Louisiana, finishing his final hole after a rain delay of nearly five hours. He's winless on the PGA Tour.

  • Mi Jung Hur tops South Korean-dominated leaderboard

    April 28, 2016

    IRVING, Texas (AP) Mi Jung Hur topped the South Korean-dominated leaderboard Thursday in the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout, opening with a 5-under 66 in breezy conditions.Hur made five straight birdies on the 15th to the first hole. The two-time LPGA Tour winner bogeyed the par-4 fifth and rebounded with a birdie on the par-4 eighth.

  • Otto leads by 2 at 9 under after 1st round of China Open

    April 28, 2016

    BEIJING (AP) Hennie Otto had seven birdies and an eagle in an opening round of 63 on Thursday to lead the China Open at 9 under.It was Otto's lowest round in a European Tour event since he won the 2014 Italian Open.The 39-year-old South African started on the 10th and had three birdies before turning in 33, then added birdies at the 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 7th before chipping in for eagle on the par-5 8th.

  • Kaufman aims to feed off fan support at Zurich Classic

    April 27, 2016

    AVONDALE, La. (AP) Fresh off his impressive showing at the Masters, PGA Tour rookie and former LSU golfer Smylie Kaufman is preparing for another heaping of fanfare at the Zurich Classic.''This is definitely a home game for me,'' Kaufman said.In terms of fan support, that is.

  • If they build a golf course, will they come to Olympics?

    April 26, 2016

    Building the new golf course in Rio de Janeiro in time for the Olympics once was considered the biggest obstacle.Now there's a new problem facing golf - getting the stars to play it.The perception is worse than reality. It's not like golf won't have its best players in Rio the first full week in August because Jordan Spieth, Jason Day and Rory McIlroy have said they're going, and they're the best three players in the world.

  • Woods making progress toward a return; no date set

    April 26, 2016

    Tiger Woods registered for the U.S. Open, which was more procedure than pronouncement. Three weeks later, he played five holes during the official opening of the golf course he designed outside Houston. The next step is returning to competition, for which the timeframe remains unknown.

  • Schwartzel becomes 4th major champion to skip Olympics

    April 25, 2016

    Charl Schwartzel of South Africa is the latest player to drop out of the Olympics, making him the fourth major champion in the last two weeks to decide against being part of golf's return after a 112-year absence.Ty Votaw, the PGA Tour's chief spokesman and vice president of the International Golf Federation, said Monday that Schwartzel notified officials late last week. The former Masters champion moved into a strong qualifying position when former British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen cited family and scheduling issues for withdrawing.

  • McIlroy will skip WGC event for Open de France in June

    April 25, 2016

    PARIS (AP) Rory McIlroy will skip the Bridgestone Invitational and instead play at the French Open, a boost for the European Tour during a crowded summer schedule caused by the Olympics.McIlroy won the Bridgestone Invitational two years ago, and he failed to defend his title in the World Golf Championship last year while recovering from ruptured ankle ligaments.

  • Japan's Haru Nomura wins Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic

    April 24, 2016

    DALY CITY, Calif. (AP) Haru Nomura held on in strong wind to win the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic on Sunday for her second LPGA Tour victory of the year.The 23-year-old Japanese player closed with a 1-over 73 in wind gusting to 35 mph at Lake Merced to finish at 9-under 279 and beat South Africa's Lee-Anne Pace by four strokes.

  • South Korea's Lee Soo-min wins Shenzhen International

    April 24, 2016

    SHENZHEN, China (AP) South Korea's Lee Soo-min pulled away in a Monday finish to win the rain-interrupted Shenzhen International for his first European Tour victory.The 22-year-old Lee completed a 1-under 71 at Genzon Golf Club for a two-stroke victory. He birdied the par-3 16th, eagled the par-5 17th and bogeyed the par-4 18th to finish at 16-under 272.

  • Altomare outlasts Broch Larsen in Symetra Tour playoff

    April 24, 2016

    SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) Brittany Altomare won the Guardian Retirement Championship on Sunday at windy Sara Bay, beating Denmark's Nicole Broch Larsen with a birdie on the fifth hole of a playoff.Altomare closed with a 2-under 70 to match Broch Larsen at even-par 70. Broch Larsen had a 75.

  • Wesley Bryan wins Web.com Tour event in Mexico

    April 24, 2016

    LEON, Mexico (AP) Wesley Bryan won the El Bosque Mexico Championship on Sunday for his second Web.com Tour title of the year, shooting a 5-under 67 for a four-stroke victory.Bryan finished at 19-under 269 at El Bosque and earned 7,000 to jump from second to first on the money list with 0,820. The top 25 at the end of the regular season will earn PGA Tour cards.

  • Woody Austin, Michael Allen win Legends of Golf

    April 24, 2016

    RIDGEDALE, Mo. (AP) Woody Austin and Michael Allen won the PGA Tour Champions' Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge on Sunday, giving Austin two straight victories and three in the last four events on the 50-and-over tour.Austin and Allen birdied the final hole for a one-stroke victory over David Frost and Roger Chapman.

  • Charley Hoffman birdies final hole to win Texas Open

    April 24, 2016

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) Charley Hoffman made a 9-foot birdie putt on the final to win the Valero Texas Open on Sunday.The 39-year-old Hoffman closed with a 3-under 69 at TPC San Antonio for a one-stroke victory over Patrick Reed. Hoffman finished at 12-under 276 and earned ,116,000 for his fourth PGA Tour victory.

  • Michelle Wie withdraws because of neck spasms

    April 24, 2016

    DALY CITY, Calif. (AP) Michelle Wie withdrew from the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic on Sunday because of neck spasms after playing the first 15 holes in 11 over.Wie was 16 over at Lake Merced after opening with rounds of 73, 73 and 75.She's winless since the 2014 U.S. Women's Open and hasn't had a top-10 finish in 33 events. Last year, she struggled with left hip and ankle injuries. In 2014, she fought a stress fracture in her right hand.

  • Final round of Shenzhen event postponed due to thunderstorms

    April 24, 2016

    SHENZHEN, China (AP) Lee Slattery of Britain held a one-stroke lead on Sunday when the final round of the Shenzhen International was postponed due to thunderstorms.Slattery had turned in a 34 and was on the 10th fairway when Sunday's round was suspended. Overnight leader Lee Soo-min, Alexander Levy and Callum Shinkwin were on the ninth fairway in the final group behind Slattery.

  • Japan's Haru Nomura leads Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic

    April 23, 2016

    DALY CITY, Calif. (AP) Haru Nomura shot a 1-under 71 in cool and breezy conditions Saturday at Lake Merced to maintain a three-stroke lead in the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic.The 23-year-old Japanese player had three birdies and two bogeys to take a 10-under 206 total into the final round. She won the Australian Women's Open in February, pulling away to beat top-ranked Lydia Ko by three strokes for her first LPGA Tour title.

  • US beats Britain and Ireland 29-7 in Concession Cup

    April 23, 2016

    BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) The United States won 13 of 18 singles points Saturday to rout Britain and Ireland 29-7 in the Concession Cup golf matches for mid-amateur, senior and super-senior players.U.S. captain Vinny Giles, Jim Holtgrieve, Tim Jackson, Scott Harvey, Patrick Christovich, Brady Exber, Doug Hanzel, Mike McCoy and Chip Lutz were undefeated in the three-day event at The Concession Golf Club.

  • Woody Austin, Michael Allen take Legends lead

    April 23, 2016

    RIDGEDALE, Mo. (AP) Woody Austin and Michael Allen shot a 12-under 59 in better-ball play Saturday to take the second-round lead in the PGA Tour Champions' Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge.Austin and Allen played Buffalo Ridge's Springs Course after opening with a 5-under 49 on the par-3 Top of the Rock course. Austin won the Mitsubishi Electric Classic last week in a playoff in Georgia for his second victory in the last three events on the 50-and-over tour.

  • Ricky Barnes takes 1-stroke lead in Valero Texas Open

    April 23, 2016

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) Ricky Barnes shot a 5-under 67 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead in the Valero Texas Open in a bid for his first PGA Tour victory.Winless in 221 starts with a career-best runner-up finish in the 2009 U.S. Open, the 35-year-old Barnes had an 11-under 205 total at TPC San Antonio. He closed with a bogey after a wild drive near a cactus bush on the par-5 18th.

  • Shinkwin shoots a 62 but Lee still leads at Shenzhen event

    April 23, 2016

    SHENZHEN, China (AP) Callum Shinkwin of England shot a 62 to close within two strokes of Lee Soo-min, who still leads after another weather-curtailed day at the Shenzhen International.After six hours were lost to bad weather over the first two days, bad light brought an early end to the third day with Lee leading at 14-under after 11 holes in the third round.

  • Japan's Haru Nomura take 3-shot lead in Swinging Skirts

    April 22, 2016

    DALY CITY, Calif. (AP) Haru Nomura shot a 2-under 70 on Friday at Lake Merced to take the second-round lead in the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic.The 23-year-old Japanese player had a 9-under 135 total for a three-stroke lead over South Koreans So Yeon Ryu and Na Yeon Choi and Australia's Minjee Lee.

  • Brendan Steele takes 3-lead in Texas Open

    April 22, 2016

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) Brendan Steele completed an 8-under 64 in the morning and shot a 70 in the second round Friday to take a three-stroke lead in the Texas Open.The winner five years ago at TPC San Antonio for his lone tour title, Steele had a 10-under 134 total. Play was suspended because of darkness with 13 players left on the course.

  • Langer, Lehman shoot better-ball 60 to take Legends lead

    April 22, 2016

    RIDGEDALE, Mo. (AP) Bernhard Langer and Tom Lehman teamed to shoot an 11-under 60 in better-ball play Friday to take the first-round lead in the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge.Langer and Lehman had a 7-under 28 on the front nine on Buffalo Ridge's Springs Course and added four birdies on the back nine. They teamed to win the 2009 event in Georgia.

  • Inbee Park sidelined by left thumb injury

    April 22, 2016

    DALY CITY, Calif. (AP) Inbee Park said Friday that she is taking a month off because of a thumb injury, pushing back her LPGA Hall of Fame qualification.The second-ranked Park withdrew from the Swinging Skirts Classic this week because of a ligament injury in her left thumb. She hopes to return to play late next month in the Kingsmill Championship.

  • Lee takes 3-shot lead at rainy Shenzhen International

    April 22, 2016

    SHENZHEN, China (AP) Lee Soo-min shot a 7-under 65 Friday to take a three-stroke lead on the rain-interrupted second day of Shenzhen International.Lee, who is playing in his sixth European Tour event, recorded seven birdies to get 13-under 131. Joost Luiten (66) was in second place as nearly six hours of play was lost over two separate rain stoppages. Thirty-five players were unable to start their second rounds.

  • Steele tops Texas Open leaderboard when 1st round goes dark

    April 21, 2016

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) Brendan Steele topped the Texas Open leaderboard at 8 under through 13 holes Thursday when the first round was suspended because of darkness.Steele, whose only PGA Tour victory came in the tournament five years ago, was unable to finish the opening round after play was delayed for 3 1/2 hours because of morning rain.

  • So Yeon Ryu shoots 63 to take early lead in Swinging Skirts

    April 21, 2016

    DALY CITY, Calif. (AP) So Yeon Ryu shot a tournament-record 9-under 63 on Thursday to take the early first-round lead in the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic.Playing in the first group of the day off the 10th tee, the South Korean player had seven birdies in an eight-hole stretch on the back nine and added two more on the front nine at Lake Merced.

  • Oosthuizen latest top golfer to pull out of Rio Olympics

    April 21, 2016

    Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa won't be taking part in golf's return to the Olympics this year, the third major champion to withdraw in the last week as the deadline nears to confirm participation.Oosthuizen, who won the 2010 British Open at St. Andrews is No. 12 in the world, said Thursday he was pulling out because of family and scheduling issues.

  • Levy, Lee lead at Shenzhen when 1st-round suspended

    April 21, 2016

    SHENZHEN, China (AP) Alexander Levy and Lee Soo-min opened with 6-under 66s and held the first-round lead when play was suspended Thursday at the Shenzhen International.Levy, the 2014 China Open champion, started with a birdie on the 10th hole and turned in 31 after an eagle on the 17th and a birdie on the 18th. He opened his second nine with another birdie.

  • Levy leads at Shenzhen when 1st-round suspended

    April 21, 2016

    SHENZHEN, China (AP) Alexander Levy opened with a 6-under 66 and held the first-round lead when play was suspended Thursday at the Shenzhen International.The 25-year-old Frenchman, the 2014 China Open champion, started with a birdie on the 10th hole and turned in 31 after an eagle on the 17th and a birdie on the 18th. He opened his second nine with another birdie.

  • Top-ranked Ko looking for three-peat at Swinging Skirts

    April 20, 2016

    DALY CITY, Calif. (AP) Lydia Ko hopes to celebrate her 19th birthday Sunday with yet another victory in the Swinging Skirts Classic.Set to begin play Thursday at Lake Merced, the top-ranked Ko won the event the last two years.''I can't believe it's already my third year on the tour,'' Ko said Wednesday. ''I feel like I'm getting old. There are girls younger than me. Last year and the year before, everybody was older. I feel like everything is changing really quickly.''

  • Adam Scott opts against competing at Olympics in Rio

    April 19, 2016

    SYDNEY (AP) Adam Scott has opted against competing at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in August.The 2013 Masters champion issued a statement, published by the PGA of Australia on Wednesday, confirming he'd be unavailable for golf's return to the Olympics for the first time since 1904.

  • Need help with game? Nicklaus mentors the next generation

    April 19, 2016

    Justin Thomas could sense his expectations getting higher and his game going nowhere.He was coming off a strong rookie year in 2015, contending a half-dozen times before breaking through for his first PGA Tour victory in Malaysia in October. But then he started the new year in a rut, and Thomas knew just what to do - no matter how awkward it might have seemed.

  • Tour looking at how to distribute FedEx Cup points

    April 19, 2016

    The money list is getting plenty of attention at PGA Tour headquarters this year.The tour's policy board last month finally voted to eliminate the money list for exempt status for the following season. The top 125 have been fully exempt since 1983, and if the latest proposal is ratified at the June board meeting, only the top 125 in the FedEx Cup standings will be fully exempt after the 2016-17 season.

  • Branden Grace seeking bigger things after RBC Heritage title

    April 18, 2016

    HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) Branden Grace could not wait to win on the PGA Tour. And now he's looking for more - much more.The 27-year-old South African rallied past Luke Donald at the RBC Heritage on Sunday for his 11th victory worldwide, but first on tour. He says the win gives him security and confidence that he can compete for the top trophies in the game, starting in June at the U.S. Open.

  • Austin shoots 64, beats Short in playoff to win Mitsubishi

    April 17, 2016

    DULUTH, Ga. (AP) Woody Austin tied the tournament record with an 8-under 64 and beat Wes Short Jr. with a par on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff Sunday in the PGA Tour Champions' Mitsubishi Electric Classic.The 52-year-old Austin has two victories in the last three events on the 50-and-over tour, also winning in Tucson, Arizona, last month. He won the 2013 Sanderson Farms Championship at age 49 for the last of his four PGA Tour titles.

  • Branden Grace wins RBC Heritage for first PGA Tour title

    April 17, 2016

    HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) Branden Grace shot a 5-under 66 to overtake Luke Donald and win the RBC Heritage on Sunday for his first PGA Tour title and 11th worldwide victory.Three shots behind Donald entering the day, Grace moved to the top with four birdies on his first six holes. The South African pulled three shots in front of Donald after birdies on the 12th and 13 holes.

  • Sweden's Madelene Sagstrom wins Symetra Tour event

    April 17, 2016

    FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) Madelene Sagstrom won the Chico's Patty Berg Memorial on Sunday at Cypress Lake for her first Symetra Tour title, and Lorie Kane took the Legends Tour event.The 23-year-old Sagstrom, the Southeastern Conference player of the year last season at LSU, closed with a 3-over 75 in strong wind for a one-stroke victory. She earned ,000 to take the season money lead with ,914, breaking the ,000 mark in a tour-record three events.

  • Good Day: World's top-ranked golfer finishes strong

    April 17, 2016

    HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) Jason Day was back to looking like the world's top-ranked golfer as he wrapped up the RBC Heritage, following up a season-worst 79 in the third round with a 3-under 68 on Sunday.Day now starts a welcome week off after a remarkable - and grueling - run of tournament golf that included victories at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the WGC-Dell Match Play before a tie for 10th last week at the Masters.

  • Johnston wins Spanish Open for 1st European Tour title

    April 17, 2016

    SOTOGRANDE, Spain (AP) Andrew Johnston of England shot a 1-under 70 at Valderrama on Sunday to win the Spanish Open for his first European Tour victory.Johnston finished with a 1-over 285 for the tournament, one shot ahead of Joost Luiten of the Netherlands and two shots in front of tournament host Sergio Garcia, who made a great charge with a 4-under 67, the best round of the day.

  • Minjee Lee shoots 64 to win LPGA Tour's Lotte Championship

    April 16, 2016

    KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) Minjee Lee won the Lotte Championship on Saturday for her second LPGA Tour title, closing with an 8-under 64 for a one-stroke victory.The 19-year-old Australian played a seven-hole stretch in 6 under with a chip-in eagle on the par-5 13th and four birdies. She rebounded from a third-round 74 to finish at 16-under 272 at Ko Olina.

  • Short shoots 67 to take lead in Mitsubishi Electric Classic

    April 16, 2016

    DULUTH, Ga. (AP) Wes Short Jr. shot a 5-under 67 on Saturday in the PGA Tour Champions' Mitsubishi Electric Classic to take a lead into the final round for the first time in a PGA Tour-sanctioned event.Short had a 7-under 137 total at TPC Sugarloaf for a one-shot advantage over Colin Montgomerie, Todd Hamilton and Mark O'Meara. Montgomerie shot 66, Hamilton 69, and O'Meara 70. Miguel Angel Jimenez, the 2014 winner, was 5 under after a 67.

  • Luke Donald soars, Jason Day falters at Harbour Town

    April 16, 2016

    HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) Luke Donald shot a 2-under 69 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead in the RBC Heritage on Saturday, while top-ranked Jason Day had a season-worst 79 to fall nine shots back with one round left.Day, tied for the lead entering the round, has won two of his past three PGA Tour events and figured to contend at Harbour Town. Instead, the Australian made eight bogeys and a double bogey.

  • Lorenzo-Vera leads Spanish Open by 1 shot after 3 rounds

    April 16, 2016

    SOTOGRANDE, Spain (AP) Mike Lorenzo-Vera of France shot a par-71 and took over the lead of the Spanish Open on Saturday going into the final round.The new leader, who has never won on the European Tour, eagled the 17th hole to build a two-shot advantage, but a bogey on his last left him one stroke ahead of a trio including Martin Kaymer (71), Joost Luiten of the Netherlands (70), and Andrew Johnston of England (74).

  • Katie Burnett chips in on 18th to take LPGA Tour lead

    April 15, 2016

    KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) Katie Burnett chipped in for birdie on the par-4 18th Friday for a 5-under 67 and a one-stroke lead in the Lotte Championship.Winless in 59 career starts on the LPGA Tour, the 26-year-old Georgia player had a bogey-free round to take a 13-under 203 total into the final round at Ko Olina.

  • Watson shoots 68, shares lead in Mitsubishi Electric Classic

    April 15, 2016

    DULUTH, Ga. (AP) Tom Watson was in position to make PGA Tour Champions history after shooting a 4-under 68 on Friday for a share of the first-round lead with Tom Byrum and Mark O'Meara in the Mitsubishi Electric Classic.A week after making his final appearance in the Masters, the 66-year-old Watson is trying to become the oldest winner on the 50-and-over tour. Mike Fetchick set the mark in the 1985 Hilton Head Seniors International on his 63rd birthday. That fact surprised Watson, who said ''Thanks for putting the pressure on me.''

  • Larrazabal takes 2-shot lead at Spanish Open

    April 15, 2016

    VALDERRAMA, Spain (AP) Pablo Larrazabal shot a par-71 in the second round through heavy winds to take a two-shot lead at the Spanish Open on Friday.The Spaniard had four birdies but also a bogey on the second hole, followed by a 6 on the par-3 third after he hit the bunker.

  • Top-ranked Day shoots 69 in 2nd round at RBC Heritage

    April 15, 2016

    HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) Top-ranked Jason Day is tied for the lead halfway through the second round of the RBC Heritage after shooting a 2-under 69 on Friday.Day is tied with Kevin Chappell at 6-under par. First-round co-leader Luke Donald, who just began his round, is a shot back.

  • Su-Yeon Jang takes lead halfway through 2nd round in Hawaii

    April 14, 2016

    KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) Su-Yeon Jang shot a 6-under 66 on Thursday at windy Ko Olina to top the leaderboard halfway through the second round of the LPGA Tour's Lotte Championship.Jang, the 21-year-old South Korean player who got in the field on a sponsor exemption, is coming off a victory last week on the Korean LPGA. She had a 7-under 137 total in her second LPGA Tour start.

  • Donald, Grace share 1st-round lead at RBC Heritage

    April 14, 2016

    HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) Former world No. 1 Luke Donald came back strong Thursday in the RBC Heritage after missing the Masters for the first time since 2004, shooting a 5-under 66 for a share the first-round lead with Branden Grace.The current top-ranked player, Jason Day, looked as if he'd make it a trio on top, but settled for a 67 after taking an unplayable lie in a bunker at Harbour Towns' closing, lighthouse hole and making his lone bogey.

  • Alexander Levy of France leads Spanish Open by 1 after R1

    April 14, 2016

    VALDERRAMA, Spain (AP) Alexander Levy of France shot a 5-under 66 for a one-shot lead over a group of four including defending champion James Morrison of England after the first round of the Spanish Open on Thursday.Levy, a two-time European Tour winner, opened with a birdie at the 10th at the southwestern Valderrama course, and consolidated his lead with six more in a nine-hole spread, but mixed that with two bogeys.

  • Minjee Lee, Moriya Jutanugarn share early lead in Hawaii

    April 13, 2016

    KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) Australia's Minjee Lee birdied her final hole Wednesday for a 4-under 68 and a share of the early first-round lead with Thailand's Moriya Jutanugarn in the LPGA Tour's Lotte Championship.In wind gusting to 30 mph at Ko Olina Golf Club, only nine players broke par in the morning wave.

  • Bohn's Back: PGA golfer returns to game after heart attack

    April 13, 2016

    HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) Jason Bohn laughed with his playing partners Wednesday after leaving the second green with an eagle-3 at the RBC Heritage pro-am.Thoughts of his stunning heart attack two months earlier were the furthest thing from his mind.

  • Major champion Singh no longer planning on Olympics

    April 13, 2016

    HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) Vijay Singh said Wednesday he's no longer planning to play in the Olympic golf tournament this summer.Singh, the 53-year-old three-time major champion, said he had hoped to compete for Fiji when the sport returned to the Rio Games later this year. However, Singh said the Olympic tournament came at a bad time when he would rather be working on tour to improve his game.

  • Clarke has spring in step to start Ryder Cup trophy tour

    April 12, 2016

    PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) Darren Clarke launched the Ryder Cup trophy tour from Royal Portrush Golf Club in his native Northern Ireland on Tuesday, and the European captain had a spring in his step.No wonder, considering the performance of the continent's players at the Masters last week.

  • Willett's jacket: A Masters won as much as it was lost

    April 11, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) A big deficit. A collapse that was painful to watch. An Englishman in a green jacket who might not get his due.Nick Faldo has seen this all before.On Sunday, it was Danny Willett who hit all the right shots to win the Masters.''We all go out there and try and play good golf, and at the end of the day, someone has got to win the golf tournament,'' Willett said in Butler Cabin as Jordan Spieth, his face still awash in shock, looked on. ''And, fortunately enough, today was my day.''

  • Jordan Spieth: Where does he go after epic Masters meltdown?

    April 11, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Where does Jordan Spieth go from here?He could have been sailing along on the second act to one of the greatest years in golf history. Instead, the young Texan left Augusta shaking his head, and trying to figure out how to shake off one of the most epic collapses in the history of the game.

  • Willett leads strong showing by Englishmen at the Masters

    April 10, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Well done, Englishmen.Sheffield's Danny Willett on Sunday joined three-time winner Nick Faldo as the only Englishmen to capture a Masters championship. It was a huge day for several of his countrymen, too.Residents or natives of England comprised half of the top 10 at Augusta National. Lee Westwood tied Texan Jordan Spieth for second with a 2-under 286, three shots behind Willett. Paul Casey was fourth at 1 under, while Matthew Fitzpatrick was in a three-way tie for seventh.

  • Westwood gets back on track with strong Masters performance

    April 10, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Lee Westwood will probably go down as one of the most obscure runner-ups in major golf history.This Masters will be remembered for Jordan Spieth's collapse and Danny Willett's improbable victory.That's not what Westwood will take from it.

  • Column: Spieth's masterful miss 'Should have played a draw'

    April 10, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Golf has seen bigger collapses. Some were probably tougher to watch.''I can't imagine that was fun for anyone to experience, other than maybe Danny's team,'' Jordan Spieth said when it was over, with a nod to eventual winner Danny Willett.

  • Langer, Kaufman go down in Masters collapses for all ages

    April 10, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Bernhard Langer looked every bit of his 58 years while he worked his way around Augusta National, searching for answers that never came.Smylie Kaufman looked all of 24 during an equally dreadful day.No ID necessary. Sunday at the Masters was a train wreck for young and old alike.

  • Spieth joins history of final-day Masters collapses

    April 10, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Jordan Spieth's Masters meltdown on the back nine was hardly the first at Augusta National.It's not even the worst, considering the 22-year-old still had a chance going into the final few holes even after a quadruple bogey on No. 12 completed a six-shot drop-off. Danny Willett never gave him or anyone else an opening. Spieth finished with a 73 and a 2-under 286, three shots behind Willett.

  • Willett wins the Masters after shocking Spieth collapse

    April 10, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Danny Willett in a green jacket was hard to believe considering he wasn't even sure he could play the Masters two weeks ago.Jordan Spieth was even more stunned.Nine holes away from history, the defending Masters champion threw it all away in a collapse around Amen Corner that was shocking even by Augusta National standards. He played the opening three holes of the back nine in 6 over par, including a quadruple bogey at the 12th.

  • The Latest: Willett wins the Masters after Spieth collapses

    April 10, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest from the final round of the Masters on Sunday (all times local):---7:25 p.m.Jordan Spieth has carried out one of the most shattering duties of his young career.After collapsing on the back side, Spieth slipped the green jacket on new Masters champion Danny Willett.

  • The Latest: Willett leading, Spieth needs birdie-birdie

    April 10, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest from the final round of the Masters on Sunday (all times local):---6:45 p.m.Jordan Spieth needs to birdie the final two holes at the Masters to force a playoff with Danny Willett.Willett is already in the clubhouse with a 5-under 283 after closing with a 67.

  • The Latest: Willett leading, shoots 67; Spieth surging back

    April 10, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest from the final round of the Masters on Sunday (all times local):---6:30 p.m.Danny Willett has done all he can do at the Masters.Now, he'll have to wait to see if it's enough to become one of the most unlikely Masters champions.

  • The Latest: Willett heads to 18 at Masters with 2-shot lead

    April 10, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest from the final round of the Masters on Sunday (all times local):---6:20 p.m.Danny Willett is heading to the final hole of the Masters with a two-stroke lead.No one saw this coming.Jordan Spieth made the turn with a commanding five-shot advantage, seemingly a shoe-in for his second straight green jacket. But the 22-year-old Texan totally fell apart in less than an hour, dumping two balls in the water at No. 12 for a quadruple-bogey 7.

  • The Latest: Spieth falls out of lead with quadruple-bogey 7

    April 10, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest from the final round of the Masters on Sunday (all times local):---5:45 p.m.Jordan Spieth has totally collapsed at the Masters.It only took three holes.Spieth made the turn with a commanding five-stroke lead, having closed the front side with four straight birdies. Then, extending his Jekyll-and-Hyde performances of the last two rounds, he bogeyed the next two holes before dumping two balls into Rae's Creek at the par-3 12th hole.

  • Canada's Samantha Richdale wins Symetra Tour event

    April 10, 2016

    LAKE WALES, Fla. (AP) Canada's Samantha Richdale won the Symetra Tour's Florida's Natural Charity Classic on Sunday, closing with a 3-under 69 for a one-stroke victory.The 32-year-old British Columbia player had a 7-under 209 total at Lake Wales Country Club and earned ,250 to take the money lead with ,250. She won for the fourth time on the tour and the first time since August 2009.

  • With the kiss! Oosthuizen banks in day's 3rd ace at No. 16

    April 10, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) By the time Louis Oosthuizen reached the 16th tee box at the Masters on Sunday, holes-in-one were a dime a dozen.So, Oosthuizen gave 'em an ace with a kiss.The South African joined Shane Lowry and Davis Love III in the hole-in-one club at 16 but put his own special spin on it. Oosthuizen's tee shot landed to the right of the hole, trickled down the slope, then caressed off the ball that J.B. Holmes had hit onto the green moments earlier.

  • The Latest: Third Masters hole-in-one at No. 16 on the day

    April 10, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest from the final round of the Masters on Sunday (all times local):---5:15 p.m.Make it a trifecta of holes-in-one at the 16th hole.For the first time ever, there have been three aces at one hole in a Masters round. Louis Oosthuizen added to the roars on the back side of the course, hitting a shot that actually ricocheted off J.B. Holmes' ball and still managed to drop into the cup.

  • Spieth in control with a Masters victory in sight

    April 10, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Jordan Spieth closed out the front nine with four straight birdies to build a five-shot lead going into the final stretch of the Masters.A victory would make him the fourth player to win back-to-back, and the first player ever to win wire-to-wire in successive years.

  • Canada's Brad Fritsch wins first Web.com Tour title

    April 10, 2016

    CARTAGENA, Colombia (AP) Canada's Brad Fritsch won the Servientrega Championship on Sunday for his first Web.com Tour title, beating Ollie Schniederjans with a par on the first hole of a playoff.The 38-year-old Fritsch shot a 1-under 71 to match Schniederjans at 11-under 277 at TPC Cartagena at Karibana. Fritsch earned 6,000.

  • The Latest: Jordan Spieth in command at the Masters

    April 10, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest from the final round of the Masters on Sunday (all times local):---5:05 p.m.It might be time to start measuring Jordan Spieth for another green jacket.The defending Masters champion has pulled out to a commanding five-stroke lead with four straight birdies to close the front side, including a 20-foot putt at No. 9.

  • The Latest: DeChambeau ends last event as amateur at 5 over

    April 10, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest from the final round of the Masters on Sunday (all times local):---5 p.m.Bryson DeChambeau finishes as the low amateur after his third even-par round at Augusta National.DeChambeau, the reigning U.S. Amateur and NCAA champion, birdied two of his final four holes. That includes the 18, where he had a pair of errant tee shots en route to a triple bogey on Friday.

  • The Latest: Fitzpatrick shoots best round of Masters weekend

    April 10, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest from the final round of the Masters on Sunday (all times local):---4:45 p.m.England's Matthew Fitzpatrick has turned in the best round of the weekend at the Masters.The 21-year-old birdied four of the last five holes for a 5-under 67 that pushed him onto the Augusta National leaderboard.

  • The Latest: Lee Westwood makes a charge at Augusta National

    April 10, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest from the final round of the Masters on Sunday (all times local):---4:25 p.m.Lee Westwood is trying to get in the mix at the Masters.The 42-year-old, who is 0 for 71 in the majors, made birdie on No. 9 to finish the front side in 34 and move into red numbers, at 1 under.

  • The Latest: Langer, Matsuyama fall back at the Masters

    April 10, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest from the final round of the Masters on Sunday (all times local):---4:05 p.m.Remember when Bernhard Langer and Hideki Matsuyama were two shots behind Jordan Spieth at the Masters?That was so two hours ago.Playing in the second-to-last group at Augusta National, Langer and Matsuyama have both gotten off to rough starts and fallen off the leaderboard.

  • The Latest: Spieth extends his lead at Masters to 3 shots

    April 10, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest from the final round of the Masters on Sunday (all times local):---3:50 p.m.Suddenly, Jordan Spieth has some breathing room at the Masters.After starting the day with only a one-shot lead, Spieth pushed his edge to three strokes with a nifty par save at the par-3 fourth hole. He got a fortuitous bounce out of the pine trees on his tee shot, chipped 12 feet past the flag and made a testy putt coming back to keep his score at 4 under.

  • The Latest: Love with another hole-in-one at the Masters

    April 10, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest from the final round of the Masters on Sunday (all times local):---3:35 p.m.Next, it was Davis Love III's turn to bring No. 16 to its knees.Only about 20 minutes after Shane Lowry aced the 16th hole at Augusta National, Love followed him up with another ace.

  • The Latest: Bernhard Langer off to poor start at the Masters

    April 10, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest from the final round of the Masters on Sunday (all times local):---3:30 p.m.Bernhard Langer's hopes of becoming the oldest major champion in golf history have taken a huge blow early in the final round.The 58-year-old German took a double-bogey 6 at the third hole, the shortest par-4 on the course. He came short with his second shot, rolled it through the green, and then chipped past the flag before missing the bogey putt coming back.

  • The Latest: Shane Lowry makes a hole-in-one at the Masters

    April 10, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest from the final round of the Masters on Sunday (all times local):---3:10 p.m.Shane Lowry has made a hole-in-one at the Masters.The bearded, 29-year-old Irishman aced the 170-yard 16th hole with an 8-iron. The ball hopped three times on the green and curled back to the left before dropping into the hole.

  • The Latest: Kaufman misses chance to tie for Masters lead

    April 10, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest from the final round of the Masters on Sunday (all times local):---3 p.m.Smylie Kaufman missed a prime chance to claim a share of the Masters lead.Playing in the final group, the 24-year-old Alabamian stuck his second shot within 4 feet of the flag, only to lip out the birdie putt. That left Kaufman one shot behind leader Jordan Spieth, who also made a par at No. 1 with a two-putt from 30 feet.

  • The Latest: Spieth tees off seeking 2nd straight Masters win

    April 10, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest from the final round of the Masters on Sunday (all times local):---2:45 p.m.Jordan Spieth has teed off in the Masters, looking to become the youngest two-time winner in tournament history.The 22-year-old Spieth had held the outright lead at Augusta National in an unprecedented seven straight rounds, but he'll have his work cut out for him on the final day. Smylie Kaufman is only one shot back and five other players are within three strokes of the lead.

  • The Latest: McIlroy opens final round with 2 a bogey,

    April 10, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest from the final round of the Masters on Sunday (all times local):---2:25 p.m.While Jordan Spieth wraps up his warm-up on the driving range, Rory McIlroy is on the course at the Masters - and running into trouble.McIlroy found two bunkers on the second hole and settled for a par, to go with a bogey on the first hole.

  • The Latest: Scores could go low at Masters, winds calm down

    April 10, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest from the final round of the Masters on Sunday (all times local):---11:20 a.m.The wind shouldn't bedevil the field quite so much in the final round of the Masters.Perhaps that will mean lower scores.It's sunny and a brisk 50 degrees, but winds are a relatively calm 9 mph. The forecast calls for significant relief from the heavy winds that have wreaked havoc on some shots - including a sudden gust that pushed Billy Horschel's potential eagle putt on 15 into the water on Saturday that led to a bogey.

  • A late slip leaves Spieth facing a long Sunday at Masters

    April 10, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Jordan Spieth couldn't fight the feeling he should be hitting 3-wood when he lined up his tee shot on the 17th tee box at the Masters. He hit driver anyway.What ensued over the next half hour promises to turn Sunday into a much different experience than he enjoyed last year at Augusta National.

  • Column: McIlroy losing ground to Spieth in rivalry

    April 9, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) A year ago, the Masters was supposed to belong to Rory McIlroy. Then Jordan Spieth cut in line.This year, the Texan didn't bother saying ''excuse me.'' He simply shoved McIlroy out of his way.The two went off as the final pair on a blustery Saturday afternoon separated by a single shot and came back five apart, They were playing together for the first time in a final group at a major. It would have ended even worse for the Northern Irishman had Spieth not tripped himself up at the end, making bogey-double bogey on the last two holes.

  • Smylie Kaufman surprising Masters contender - to some

    April 9, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Smylie Kaufman still lives at his parents' Alabama home, has a loyal following at tournaments that often consists of mom or dad and has eaten dinner every night this week at his family's Augusta rental.He plays the Masters on Xbox, but now Kaufman is challenging at the actual Augusta National. Seriously.

  • Matsuyama looks to become first Japanese major champion

    April 9, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) In Japan, women's golf is more popular than the men's game.Hideki Matsuyama wants to change that.The 24-year-old will go to the final round of the Masters just two shots off the lead after shooting an even-par 72 on Saturday, giving him a shot at becoming the first male Japanese player to win one of golf's biggest championships.

  • Spieth stumbles but still keeps Masters lead

    April 9, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) What looked to be another march to the Masters for Jordan Spieth suddenly turned into a walk on the wild side Saturday.Ultimately, Spieth was still in the lead for the seventh straight round at Augusta National, one round away from another green jacket.

  • The Latest: Spieth's lead trimmed to 1 after double on 18

    April 9, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest from the third round of the Masters on Saturday (all times local):---7:30 p.m.Jordan Spieth finished the third round of the Masters with a bogey and a double-bogey and will head into Sunday with only a one-shot lead.Spieth shot 1-over 73 to finish at 3 under for the tournament. That's one ahead of Masters rookie Smylie Kaufman.

  • One for the ages: At 58, Langer is a Masters contender

    April 9, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) On the 30th anniversary of Jack Nicklaus' final Masters victory, another ageless blond is making a run at the green jacket.This one would be even more remarkable.Fifty-eight-year-old Bernhard Langer used all his wits and guile to shoot a 2-under 70 on another challenging day at Augusta National, giving himself a shot Sunday at becoming the oldest major champion in golf history.

  • The Latest: Matsuyama, Kaufman and Langer close on Spieth

    April 9, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest from the third round of the Masters on Saturday (all times local):---6:15 p.m.Hideki Matsuyama surged up the leaderboard at Augusta National, refusing to let gusts near 30 mph throw him off his game.Smylie Kaufman wasn't far behind, and Bernhard Langer looked like the player who won both of the first of his two green jackets more than 30 years ago.

  • Wind at Augusta taketh, then takes some more

    April 9, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Billy Horschel felt blown away.His second shot Saturday on No. 15 at the Masters came to rest 10 paces onto the green. He marked the ball, put it back down and took his time sizing up the putt. Suddenly, a gust of wind kicked up. The ball rolled down a slope, off the false front and plunked back into the pond.

  • The Latest: Wind blasts Horschel's ball into water on 15

    April 9, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest from the third round of the Masters on Saturday (all times local):---4:40 p.m.A sudden blast of wind turned Billy Horschel's birdie shot into a bogey after a gust pushed his ball into the water.Horschel had marked his ball on the 15th green and then was preparing for the putt when it started rolling toward a slope and dropped into the water while he watched helplessly.

  • The Latest: Spieth uses good bounce to keep McIlroy at bay

    April 9, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest from the third round of the Masters on Saturday (all times local):---4:21 p.m.Leader Jordan Spieth took advantage of a favorable bounce at No. 4 to keep Rory McIlroy at bay and remain one of the few golfers in the third round at par or better.

  • The Latest: Spieth and McIlroy on the course, par 1st hole

    April 9, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest from the third round of the Masters on Saturday (all times local):---3:05 p.m.Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy both have parred the first hole.The day's final pairing teed off with Spieth holding a one-stroke lead over McIlroy, who's seeking to complete the career Grand Slam.

  • The Latest: Bernhard Langer, 58 and still rolling at Masters

    April 9, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest from the third round of the Masters on Saturday (all times local):---2:45 p.m.Bernhard Langer is the oldest player still competing at the Masters this weekend, and at the moment he's also the hottest.The 58-year-old Langer is 2 under through five holes. Only three other players are under par in the round so far.

  • The Latest: Watson with another disappointing Masters round

    April 9, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest from the third round of the Masters on Saturday (all times local):---2 p.m.Two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson has already finished up his day at Augusta National.The first player off on a cool morning and paired with a marker, Watson struggled to a 4-over 76 in the breezy conditions. That left him at 10-over 226 for the tournament and on pace for his worst performance in eight Master appearances.

  • Faldo shows the way on coming from behind at the Masters

    April 9, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) No lead is too safe at the Masters. No deficit is too daunting.And no one can appreciate that more than Nick Faldo.Twenty years ago, Faldo won his third green jacket in what remains the greatest collapse in major championship history over the final 18 holes. Six shots behind going into the final round, Faldo closed with a 67 that will never get enough credit because Greg Norman shot a 78.

  • The Latest: Players struggling to break par at windy Augusta

    April 9, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest from the third round of the Masters on Saturday (all times local):---1 p.m.How tough are conditions at Augusta National? The players on the course are a cumulative 56-over par in the third round.Looking more like a British Open, even on a sunny day with temperatures in the 60s, the Masters is posing quite a test for those who made it to the weekend. The wind is blowing at close to 20 mph, with gusts approaching 30 mph.

  • The Latest: Spieth starts Day 2 in stiffening breezes

    April 8, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest from the second round of the Masters on Friday (all times local):---1:05 p.m.Masters leader Jordan Spieth started his second round in conditions better-suited to flying a kite than playing golf.With steady 10-mph breezes from the west raking across Augusta National, Spieth's opening 66 looks even better than when he posted it, since nearly every golfer on the leaderboard Thursday and already out on the course has dropped shots.

  • The Latest: Things are looking up for Els - a bit

    April 8, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest from the second round of the Masters on Friday (all times local):---12:40 p.m.Things are looking up a bit for Ernie Els.Sure, he three-putted for double bogey on the first hole - a significant improvement from Thursday's six-putt and quintuple-bogey 9. But on Friday, Els went a more respectable 1 over for the rest of the front nine. That included two more bogeys and a birdie on the par-5 No. 8 after a 17-foot putt, a nice make after all those struggles with his short game.

  • The Latest: An eclectic pack takes off in pursuit of Spieth

    April 8, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest from the second round of the Masters on Friday (all times local):---11:55 a.m.A Spaniard, a Kiwi and Scott Piercy walk onto a golf course ... and there is your closest pursuers of first-round leader Jordan Spieth at Augusta National on Day 2.

  • The Latest: For his next act, Els three-putts on No. 1

    April 8, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest from the second round of the Masters on Friday (all times local):---10:30 a.m.If he's a glass-half-full guy, Ernie Els could say he's taking baby steps.On Friday, he only needed three putts to finish the first hole.Els' nightmare on No. 1 continued into Round 2 of the Masters. He made double-bogey, which included clocking a fan on an errant approach shot, then a miss from inside of 4 feet.

  • The Latest: Lee birdies early as race to catch Spieth begins

    April 8, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest from the second round of the Masters on Friday (all times local):---10:12 a.m.Danny Lee signaled ''Game On!'' by making birdie at No. 2 as the chase to catch defending champion and first-round leader Jordan Spieth began in earnest. Lee and Ian Poulter were the only players among the top 10 on the leaderboard and on the course in a strong morning breeze.

  • The Latest: It's cut day at the Masters, all eyes on Watson

    April 8, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest from the second round of the Masters on Friday (all times local):---8:55 a.m.The second round of the Masters has started with two questions looming. Who can catch Jordan Spieth, and who will get two more days to try?The top 50 and ties, and anyone within 10 shots of the lead, make the cut at Augusta National. All eyes will be on 66-year-old Tom Watson playing in his final Masters. Watson knows he can't win a green jacket, but he would love to say farewell on Sunday instead of Friday. He opened with a 74. The oldest player to make the cut in the Masters is Tommy Aaron, who was 63 when he played all four rounds in 2000.

  • Pack again chasing Jordan Spieth at Masters

    April 8, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) A pack of lesser-known players is pursuing Jordan Spieth at the Masters, and some other big names are lurking not too far behind.Danny Lee and Shane Lowry - surprisingly tied for second two strokes behind Spieth's 6-under 66 - get a couple hours head start in Friday's second round before Spieth resumes his attack on Augusta National just before 1 p.m. World No. 1 Jason Day, who struggled on the back nine Thursday to fall six strokes behind Spieth, will be back on the course around 10 a.m.

  • Big 3: Day goes sour on 15, 16, 17 at Masters

    April 7, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Big Three for Jason Day on Thursday: 15, 16 and 17.Had any of those holes gone better, golf's Big Three would all be on the first page of the Masters leaderboard.But Day went bogey-triple bogey-bogey on those three holes, dropping five shots down the stretch to finish the day at even-par 72.

  • Key hole at the Masters

    April 10, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) A look at the key hole Sunday in the fourth round of the Masters:HOLE: 12YARDAGE: 151PAR: 3STROKE AVERAGE: 3.368RANK: 2KEY FACT: After leading by five strokes at the turn, Jordan Spieth was coming off two straight bogeys when he went to No. 12, the shortest and most famous hole on the course. He dumped his tee shot into Rae's Creek, went to the drop zone and plopped another one into the water. Then, on his third swing and fifth shot, he flew one into the bunker behind the green, leading to a quadruple-bogey 7. Just like that, he went from the lead to three shots behind eventual winner Danny Willett.

  • Masters at a glance

    April 10, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) A brief look at the final round of the Masters on Sunday:CHAMPION: Danny Willett (67) at 5-under 283.RUNNERS-UP: Jordan Spieth (73) and Lee Westwood (69) finished three shots behind.LOW AMATEUR: Bryson DeChambeau tied for 21st and was low amateur.

  • The Latest: Euro invasion - Lowry leads pack chasing Spieth

    April 7, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest on the opening round of play at the Masters on Thursday. (all times local):---8:22 p.m.Jordan Spieth went bogey-free in the first round en route to a 6-under 66, opening defense of his championship in convincing fashion. The rest of the leaderboard was packed with international players, reminiscent of mid-1980s and '90s, when U.S. golfers like Spieth had to fend off challenges from all over.

  • Danny Lee enjoys triumphant return to Masters

    April 7, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Danny Lee made sure his return to the Masters was worth the wait.The South Korea-born Lee shot a 4-under 68 in Thursday's first round at Augusta National to finish the day in a second-place tie with Shane Lowry, two shots behind defending champion Jordan Spieth.

  • Big debacle for Big Easy: A 6-putt 9 to start the Masters

    April 7, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Ernie Els was 2 feet from a par to start the Masters.Twenty-four measly inches.Then, the unimaginable happened.One miss. And another. And another. And another. And another.Finally, on his sixth putt - a one-handed swat that showed his total disgust - Els finished off a quintuple-bogey 9 that essentially ruined any hope of contending for a green jacket on the very first hole Thursday.

  • The Latest: Day's day takes nosedive with triple at 16th

    April 7, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest on the opening round of play at the Masters on Thursday. (all times local):---6:12 p.m.Jason Day dropped precipitously out of first-day contention at Augusta National after dumping his tee shot into the drink alongside the par-3 16th green. The world's top-ranked player was closing in on clubhouse leader and defending champion Jordan Spieth after a 31 on the front.

  • Spieth's gamble pays off on No. 11 at Masters

    April 7, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The shot was so risky that Jordan Spieth's caddie practically begged him not to try it Thursday in the Masters.A great shot always beats a bad decision.''That was one of the best shots I've ever hit in tournament competition given where it was,'' Spieth said of his escape from the pine trees on the 11th hole. ''And I was laughing afterwards. That's how dumb the decision was, and pulled it off.''

  • One more go-round: Watson stays in range of the Masters cut

    April 7, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Tom Watson walked up to his tee shot on the 18th fairway, sized up his approach, reached into his bag and pulled the cover off his 3-wood.That, golf fans, is why Watson is saying goodbye to the Masters after this week.''I had 205 yards to the front of the green, and they're 60 yards ahead of me on the hill,'' Watson said of the others in his threesome, Lee Westwood and Charley Hoffman. ''And ... Westwood's caddie said there are people who hit it 40 yards past Lee on that hill. It's a game of length. I used to play it when I was a kid.''

  • The Latest: Fast start puts Lowry up there with Spieth, Day

    April 7, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest on the opening round of play at the Masters on Thursday. (all times local):---4:30 p.m.Shane Lowry's fast start places him right up there with stars Jordan Spieth and Jason Day at the Masters so far.Lowry birdied holes 2-5 and is 5-under through nine holes. He made a 13-foot birdie putt on No. 4 and followed that with a 17-footer on the next hole. Defending champion Spieth took the lead into the clubhouse at 6 under.

  • Give him a 10: Big debacle for Big Easy at start of Masters

    April 7, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Ernie Els was 2 feet from a par to start the Masters.Twenty-four measly inches.Then, the unimaginable happened.One miss. And another. And another. And another. And another. And another.Finally, on his seventh putt - a one-handed swat that showed his total disgust - Els finished off a sextuple-bogey 10 that essentially ruined any hope of contending for a green jacket on the very first hole Thursday.

  • Fowler down, up and then down again in 1st round at Masters

    April 7, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Rickie Fowler's latest pursuit of a major championship got off to a rocky start.Fowler opened the Masters with an 8-over 80 on Thursday as he tries to shed that label of best player without a major title. He recovered from an opening double bogey with three birdies in four holes.

  • The Latest: Spieth shoots 6-under, Els 6-over on 1st hole

    April 7, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest on the opening round of play at the Masters on Thursday. (all times local):---3:08 p.m.The leaders don't usually get paired together until the weekend at the Masters, but defending champ Justin Spieth and Englishman Paul Casey took matters into their own hands in Thursday's opening round.

  • The Latest: Spieth 5-under for day, Els 6-over on 1st hole

    April 7, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest on the opening round of play at the Masters on Thursday. (all times local):---3:08 p.m.The leaders don't usually get paired together until the weekend at the Masters, but defending champ Justin Spieth and Englishman Paul Casey took matters into their own hands in Thursday's opening round.

  • The Latest: Ernie Els 7 putts from 2 feet on 1st hole

    April 7, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest on the opening round of play at the Masters on Thursday. (all times local):---1:50 p.m.Ernie Els has made Masters history - and not in a good way.He opened with a 10 on the Par 4 first hole. Els seven-putted - yes, SEVEN - from 2 feet.

  • The Latest: Fowler triple bogeys, his rough start continues

    April 7, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest on the opening round of play at the Masters on Thursday. (all times local):---1:25 p.m.Rickie Fowler is having a roller coaster opening round at the Masters in pursuit of his first major title, including a triple bogey.After starting with a double bogey, Fowler recovered with three birdies. Then came the triple on No. 13.

  • The Latest: Casey catches Spieth on back nine - momentarily

    April 7, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest on the opening round of play at the Masters on Thursday. (all times local):---12:55 p.m.Paul Casey joined Jordan Spieth on top of the Masters' leaderboard at 3-under - momentarily.Casey caught his playing partner with a long birdie putt at No. 10, prompting a celebratory fist pump. But Spieth quickly responded with his own birdie on the same hole to move to 4-under.

  • The Latest: Spieth picks up where he left off at Masters

    April 7, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest on the opening round of play at the Masters on Thursday. (all times local):---11:55 a.m.Jordan Spieth is picking up where he left off at the Masters.The defending champion has the early lead after making three birdies on the first eight holes, including a 10-footer at the par-3 sixth. England's Paul Casey and Daniel Berger are at 2-under par.

  • The Latest: Johnson, Wiesberger tied for early Masters lead

    April 7, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest on the opening round of play at the Masters on Thursday. (all times local):---11:25 a.m.Zach Johnson and Bernd Wiesberger are tied for the lead at the Masters.Johnson, who won the green jacket in 2007 and added another major title at last year's British Open, rolled in two straight birdies to join the Austrian in the top spot. The second of those was especially impressive, after Johnson overshot the green with his approach shot at No. 7. He rolled in a treacherous downhill putt off the fringe to push his score to 2-under par.

  • The Latest: Fowler bounces back from tough start at Masters

    April 7, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest on the opening round of play at the Masters on Thursday. (all times local):---10:55 a.m.Rickie Fowler has bounced back from a tough start at Augusta National.After hitting his opening tee shot into the trees and taking a double-bogey, Fowler made birdies on three of the next four holes to push his score under par.

  • The Latest: Tom Watson among early leaders at the Masters

    April 7, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest on the opening round of play at the Masters on Thursday. (all times local):---10:35 a.m.Playing in his final Masters, 66-year-old Tom Watson is atop the leaderboard in the early going at Augusta National.Watson, a two-time Masters winner, birdied the third hole and is among six players at 1 under.

  • Palmer helps start the Masters without hitting a shot

    April 7, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The most meaningful start to this Masters was a ceremonial tee shot that wasn't even hit.Arnold Palmer was on the tee Thursday morning.That was enough.Palmer, the four-time Masters champion known in the golfing world simply as ''The King,'' rode a cart out to the first tee at Augusta National, offering that familiar wink and a thumbs-up. He watched Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player hit their shots to officially begin the 80th Masters.

  • The Latest: Rickie Fowler off to rough start at the Masters

    April 7, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest on the opening round of play at the Masters on Thursday. (all times local):---10 a.m.Rickie Fowler is off to a rough start in pursuit of his first major championship.Fowler made a double-bogey 6 on the first hole of the Masters. His trouble began with a drive into the trees right of the fairway, and he ricocheted his next shot off a tree.

  • The Latest: Defending champ Spieth tees off at the Masters

    April 7, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest on the opening round of play at the Masters on Thursday. (all times local):---9:48 a.m.Defending champion Jordan Spieth has teed off at Augusta National.The 22-year-old Spieth became the second-youngest Masters winner with his dominating 18-under performance a year ago. Now he's trying to become only the fourth back-to-back champion in tournament history.

  • Masters begins with ceremonial tee shots by Nicklaus, Player

    April 7, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Masters is underway after a pair of ceremonial tee shots from Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player.Eighty-six-year-old Arnold Palmer watched from a chair at the first tee, deciding not to take a swing this year because of health issues. So it was left to Nicklaus and Player to hit the shots that traditionally begin the first major championship of the year.

  • Masters begins with ceremonial tee shows by Nicklaus, Player

    April 7, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Masters is underway after a pair of ceremonial tee shots from Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player.Eighty-six-year-old Arnold Palmer watched from a chair at the first tee, deciding not to take a swing this year because of health issues. So it was left to Nicklaus and Player to hit the shots that traditionally begin the first major championship of the year.

  • Nicklaus talks the 6 toughest shots at Augusta National

    April 7, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Augusta National has a mystique as the only major championship played on the same golf course every year.That doesn't mean there are any mysteries to playing well.Just ask six-time Masters champion Jack Nicklaus.''It's not going to blow you apart,'' Nicklaus said. ''Sure, you can hit a bad shot off in the trees. Most golf courses are that way. But the game of golf is played by making sure you don't screw up the tough shots. Get by them and take advantage where you can take advantage. If you're doing that, you're not mentally torn up all day long.''

  • Spieth will defend his Masters title with a new driver

    April 6, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Jordan Spieth will defend his Masters title with a new driver on Thursday.Spieth says his driver cracked on Wednesday.He showed up at the Golf Writers Association of America dinner still wearing his golf clothes because he had been practicing with a new driver until it was time to collect his player of the year award.

  • Can you top this? No hole-in-1 for reigning champ Spieth

    April 6, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) It's not often - if ever - that a Masters champion gets booed on the grounds of Augusta National.Jordan Spieth knew he had it coming.He was the unlucky third man up on the fourth hole of the par-3 contest Wednesday. The first two players, Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler, each made holes-in-one.

  • Watson's says making cut not enough, so time to say 'Adios'

    April 6, 2016

    Tom Watson's to-do list at the Masters has changed plenty over four decades, but it usually ended with the same goal: a major championship.On the eve of his last competitive go-round at Augusta National, the 66-year-old, two-time winner finally acknowledged a much more modest plan.

  • Fun is Par-3 for the course at annual Masters prelude

    April 6, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Jason Day didn't have time to ponder his putt as he clambered up a hill to the first green at Augusta National.He was too busy keeping his ''caddie'' moving.''You've got it, you've got it,'' Day said, urging his son along. Three-year-old Dash Day made it to the top and through all nine holes at the Masters' annual, mostly-for-fun Par-3 contest. So did Daddy and Mommy.

  • Inside the ropes: Toledo bags himself a week of Masters fun

    April 6, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Esteban Toledo is hardly the first pro golfer willing to do just about anything to get inside the ropes at the Masters.What sets him apart is what he was willing to do once he got there.The 53-year-old from Mexico, who never qualified during any of his 21 years playing on the PGA Tour, is working as a caddie this week, carrying clubs for his longtime buddy, 1988 Masters champion Sandy Lyle.

  • Day a favorite at Masters, where he once thought of quitting

    April 6, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Jason Day was lurking just outside Augusta National Golf Club, wondering if he wanted to go in.The game just wasn't fun anymore.Even though he was set to play in his first Masters in 2011, Day thought it might be time to do something else.

  • Top 3 players at Masters stick with coaches from their youth

    April 6, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The smell of turpentine takes Rory McIlroy back to his roots.At the golf course where McIlroy grew up in Northern Ireland, there were certain times of the day when juniors were not allowed to play. So the 6-year-old would hang out in a tiny room behind the counter at Holywood Golf Club and pester Michael Bannon, the pro who taught him the game.

  • Like the azaleas, skipping balls on 16 a Masters tradition

    April 6, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The chants start as soon as each group has finished teeing off at the 16th hole.''Skip! Skip! Skip!''At staid ol' Augusta National, this is the closest thing to a party.''The fans get pretty irate when they don't skip the ball,'' said Masters patron Dave Goldbach of Buffalo, sipping on a beer as the final groups came through in the fading sunlight of Tuesday's practice round.

  • Spieth the host with the most nerves at Champions Dinner

    April 5, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Masters champion Jordan Spieth expected the nerves to hit long before he is announced on the first tee Thursday.Spieth had to host the Champions Dinner on Tuesday night, a great honor for any golfer, but a bit daunting for a 22-year-old in a room that included greats like Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Ben Crenshaw.

  • Nicklaus: Tiger isn't done just yet

    April 5, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Jack Nicklaus says he thinks Tiger Woods will win again. After seeing him a few weeks ago, Nicklaus is surprised Woods isn't playing the Masters this week.Woods is missing the Masters for the second time in three years as he recovers from two surgeries on his back last year. He has not played since a tie for 10th in the Wyndham Championship in August, and he has not won since Firestone in August 2013.

  • Masters mad scientist: Amateur's unusual clubs and swing

    April 5, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Bryson DeChambeau is the only golfer at the Masters with a set of irons that are all the same length. The last guy to try that was none other than Bobby Jones, the club's co-founder.DeChambeau is a U.S. Amateur champion - like Jones was once - and the 22-year-old rookie's debut may be the most anticipated since Jordan Spieth's a couple years ago. DeChambeau also won the NCAA title last year, a double accomplished previously by only Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Ryan Moore.

  • Spieth relying on experience in bid for Masters repeat

    April 5, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Packing for a three-week road trip reminded Jordan Spieth that winning the Masters wasn't as easy as he made it look.Driving down Magnolia Lane made it all seem possible again.Among the clothes he packed was the green jacket that had been hanging in his closet at home in Dallas for much of the year. Only the current Masters champion is allowed to take it with him from Augusta National.

  • McIlroy brings a new approach to his quest for Grand Slam

    April 5, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Rory McIlroy stood on the 17th green, waving his arms this way and that.Then he feigned a jump shot for England's Matthew Fitzpatrick, recreating the NCAA men's basketball championship game from the night before.''He was explaining what happened,'' Fitzpatrick said after they wrapped up their Masters practice round Tuesday. ''It was an exciting finish, apparently.''

  • Craig Wood, a study in major championship heartache

    April 5, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Dustin Johnson already knows plenty of heartache in the majors.He just doesn't know Craig Wood.Johnson stared blankly when asked if he had ever heard the name, which is understandable. It has been 75 years since Wood won the Masters. His name also gets mentioned on the rare occasion when someone wins the Masters and U.S. Open in the same year. Woods did it in 1941. Only five others are on the list.

  • Taylor improbably returns to Augusta with a new appreciation

    April 5, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The last time Vaughn Taylor was at Augusta National, he needed a ticket to get through the gates.With his career in shambles, he had just about given up on the idea of returning to the Masters as a player.So, he attended with his young son.

  • Olympic champions will receive more than a gold medal in Rio

    April 4, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) When golf returns to the Olympics in Rio, the winners will receive more than a gold medal.They'll also get a free pass to all the major championships.The governing bodies for men's and women's golf announced the exemptions Monday at Augusta National, adding a little extra incentive for the Olympic champions.

  • Big 3 of best without a major hope to change that at Masters

    April 4, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The modern ''Big Three'' have won five of the last six majors going into the Masters.The other ''Big Three'' can only hope they are next.That would be the trio of top players - Dustin Johnson, Henrik Stenson and Rickie Fowler - who have done everything right over the past several years except for those four weeks that define careers.

  • Trump thinks his former teaching pro will do well at Masters

    April 4, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) An invitation to the Masters might be only the second-best offer Jim Herman got this week.Less than 24 hours after winning the Shell Open, Donald J. Trump joked that Herman, a former assistant golf pro at one of his resorts, might be considered for a cabinet-level post in a new Trump administration.

  • Nicklaus' son rides shotgun on amazing 1986 Masters victory

    April 4, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Jack Nicklaus II tried to keep it as simple as possible as a caddie: Keep the clubs clean, get the right yardage and let his father do the rest.That was 30 years ago.The oldest son of Jack Nicklaus wound up riding shotgun for one of the greatest rides in Augusta National history.

  • Fred Couples out of the Masters with bad back

    April 4, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Fred Couples is out of the Masters because of acute back pain - the first Masters the 56-year-old former champion has missed since 1994.Couples won the green jacket in 1992 and remains relevant at Augusta National. He shared the 36-hole lead in 2012 and was one shot behind going into the weekend in 2013.

  • Ko wins ANA, taking advantage of Jutanugarn's meltdown

    April 4, 2016

    RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) Lydia Ko was thinking about style points when she took the traditional victory leap into Poppie's Pond late Sunday afternoon at Mission Hills.''Hey, hopefully this jump is cool enough,'' she thought.It was. And so was the 18-year-old New Zealander in the tense final hour of the ANA Inspiration.

  • 5 of the biggest routs in Masters history

    April 4, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Jordan Spieth won the Masters by four shots last year, and he made it seem easy.He became the first wire-to-wire winner since Raymond Floyd in 1976. Perhaps even more telling was that Spieth was the first Masters champion since Craig Wood in 1941 to never let anyone closer than three shots of his lead after the opening round.

  • China, Australia grab last spots in International Crown

    April 3, 2016

    RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) Australia edged Sweden by eight points Sunday for the final spot in the LPGA Tour's eight-team UL International Crown this summer in Illinois.China also wrapped up the seventh position for the July 21-24 event at the Merit Club outside Chicago.

  • Ko wins ANA, taking advantage of Jutanugarn's late collapse

    April 3, 2016

    RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) Lydia Ko took advantage of Ariya Jutanugarn's late collapse to win the ANA Inspiration on Sunday for her second straight major victory and second LPGA Tour win a row.The top-ranked Ko hit an 88-yard wedge shot to a foot on the par-5 18th to set up her winning birdie - and an unlikely victory leap into Poppie's Pond. She closed with a 3-under 69 to finish at 12 under.

  • Valenzuela, O'Sullivan low amateurs at ANA Inspiration

    April 3, 2016

    RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) Albane Valenzuela and Hannah O'Sullivan shared low amateurs honors Sunday in the ANA Inspiration.The 18-year-old Valenzuela, from Switzerland, closed with a 4-over 76. O'Sullivan, also 18, had a 77 to match Valenzuela at 5-over 293. The only amateurs to make the cut at Mission Hills, they tied for 65th in the LPGA Tour's first major championship of the season.

  • Herman wins Houston Open to get into the Masters

    April 3, 2016

    HUMBLE, Texas (AP) Jim Herman picked the right time for his first PGA Tour victory. He closed with a 4-under 68 on Sunday to win the Shell Houston Open and earn his first trip to the Masters.Herman chipped in for birdie on the par-3 16th hole to take the lead. He finished with two solid pars and beat Henrik Stenson by one shot.

  • Jimenez shoots 64 to win Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic

    April 3, 2016

    SAUCIER, Miss. (AP) Miguel Angel Jimenez shot an 8-under 64 to win the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic by two strokes on Sunday.Jimenez started the day in third place, three shots behind the leader Scott Dunlap. But the 52-year-old from Spain took control on the tournament's final day thanks to a bogey-free round that included four straight birdies from No. 10 to No. 13.

  • Andrew Svoboda wins Web.com Tour's Brazil Champions

    April 3, 2016

    SAO PAULO (AP) Andrew Svoboda rallied to win the Web.com Tour's Brazil Champions on Sunday, closing with a birdie to overcome a one-stroke deficit to Bhavik Patel.Svoboda birdied the par-4 18th for a 4-under 67, and Patel closed with a bogey to finish a stroke back in his second event since returning for a doping suspension and hip injury.

  • A putt to remember for a California teen at Augusta

    April 3, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Ty Griggs' favorite memory of the Masters was Adam Scott making a birdie putt on the 18th hole that led to him winning the green jacket.''That putt was sweet,'' Griggs said.Even sweeter was the putt the 13-year-old Griggs made Sunday, a 15-footer on the same green that Scott made his in 2013. For Griggs, the stakes felt just as high. With a crowd surrounding the 18th green, the California teen holed the putt and won the Boys 12-13 age group in the Drive, Chip & Putt national finals at Augusta National.

  • A high golf IQ: Jordan Spieth scores with plenty of smarts

    April 2, 2016

    Jordan Spieth was on the right side of the fairway at Albany Golf Club in the Bahamas, trying to figure out his next shot. He remembered the grass being a little thin on the left side, so any shot hit too hard in that direction was likely to run through into the scrub and dunes.

  • Long & short: Thompson, Miyazato share ANA Inspiration lead

    April 2, 2016

    RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) Lexi Thompson and Ai Miyazato share the ANA Inspiration lead and the final tee time Saturday at Mission Hills. That's about all they have in common.Thompson is 6 feet tall and one of the LPGA Tour's longest and most aggressive players. The 5-foot-2 Miyazato is as short off the tee as she is in stature.

  • Charley Hoffman leads by 1 at Houston Open

    April 1, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) Charley Hoffman had a 2-under 70 for a one-shot lead over Jamie Lovemark at the Houston Open on Friday.Lovemark was a former NCAA champion seeking his first PGA Tour title after having his career affected by back surgery. He was one of four players to shoot the day's low score, 68, under conditions that worsened as the afternoon went on, which helped protect Hoffman from the field.

  • Woods says he won't play the Masters

    April 1, 2016

    Tiger Woods is going to Augusta National next week - to eat, not play.Woods made it official Friday night what most observers figured all along. Recovery from two back surgeries last year has not progressed to the point where he is ready to tee it up at the Masters. It will be the second time in the past three years that the four-time champion has not played the Masters.

  • Column: As Tiger fades away, let's not forget his greatness

    April 1, 2016

    The azaleas are blooming, the pollen is swirling, and green sport coats are about to be in vogue for one whole week.Yet something is missing at this dawning of spring.Tiger Woods.On cue, he announced Friday night he won't be playing next week at Augusta National, but that's beside the point. It's not like he would've been a Masters contender, anyway, not with a broken-down body that has kept him off the course for more than seven months.

  • Lexi Thompson takes early 2nd-round lead in ANA Inspiration

    April 1, 2016

    RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) Lexi Thompson birdied the final hole for a 4-under 68 and the clubhouse lead Friday halfway through the second round of the ANA Inspiration.The 21-year-old American holed a 30-foot putt on the par-5 18th to reach 7 under at Mission Hills in the LPGA Tour's first major championship of the year. She won the 2014 event.

  • Augusta National holes 10, 11 and 12 are toughest

    April 1, 2016

    A hole-by-hole look at Augusta National, site of the 80th Masters to be played April 7-10, with famous shots played at each one, the average score and where each hole ranks in difficulty since 1934:No. 1, 445 yards, par 4 (Tea Olive): This slight dogleg right plays uphill and has a deep bunker requiring a 317-yard carry off the tee. The bunker has a tongue in the left side, so anything that enters the front of the bunker might be blocked by the lip. A bunker is left of the green, which falls off sharply at the back and to the right.

  • Key anniversaries for Masters include Norman's 1996 collapse

    April 1, 2016

    A look at some of the anniversaries this year at the Masters:75 years ago (1941): Craig Wood went wire-to-wire to win his first major, and it was a long time coming. Wood was on the wrong end of Gene Sarazen making an albatross on the 15th hole in 1935 and winning a playoff. He lost in a playoff in the 1933 British Open, and went two 18-hole playoffs with Byron Nelson before losing the 1939 U.S. Open. He also lost in 38 holes to Paul Runyan in the 1934 PGA Championship. Not this time. He opened with a 66 for a five-shot lead and didn't let anyone closer than three shots the rest of the way. No one matched that feat until Jordan Spieth last year.

  • Rain pushes PGA Tour Champions 1st round to Saturday

    April 1, 2016

    SAUCIER, Miss. (AP) The opening round of the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic has been moved to Saturday because of heavy rain in south Mississippi at Fallen Oak.The players will tee off at 7 a.m. Central on Saturday with the second round scheduled to begin about 12:30 p.m.

  • MASTERS '16: Facts & figures for the Masters Tournament

    April 1, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Facts and figures for the Masters:Tournament: The 80th Masters.Dates: April 7-10.Site: Augusta National Golf Club.Length: 7,435 yards.Par: 36-36-72.Purse: To be determined ( million in 2015).Field: 90 (84 professionals, six amateurs).

  • Who knows Masters trivia? Not Spieth and McIlroy

    April 1, 2016

    Andy North is a two-time U.S. Open champion and analyst for ESPN at the Masters. Here are his answers for the AP's Masters trivia quiz. Incorrect answers are capitalized.1. Jack Nicklaus2. Mike Weir3. 154. Fruitland Nurseries5. BEN HOGAN (Correct answer: Gene Sarazen)

  • Can you beat Spieth and McIlroy at Masters trivia?

    April 1, 2016

    How well do you know the history of the Masters? Try this quiz:FRONT NINE (3 points each)1. Who has won the most Masters?a.) Tiger Woodsb.) Jack Nicklausc.) Arnold Palmer---2. Name the first left-handed player to win the Masters.a.) Phil Mickelsonb.) Bob Charles

  • Masters contenders led by favorites Day, Spieth and McIlroy

    April 1, 2016

    JASON DAYAge: 28.Country: Australia.World ranking: 1.Worldwide victories: 10.Majors: PGA Championship (2015).Masters moment: Losing a two-shot lead with three holes to play in 2013.Backspin: Coming off victories in the Arnold Palmer Invitational and Dell Match Play, he has taken over as a leading candidate to win a green jacket. Twice a runner-up at Augusta, but still haunted by 2013 when he had a two-shot lead on the 16th tee and made two straight bogeys. Tiger Woods in 2001 was the last player to win two straight tournaments going into the Masters and capture the green jacket.

  • The stars are aligned as anticipation builds for the Masters

    April 1, 2016

    The opening line in a book David Owen wrote 17 years ago about the Masters captures why the anticipation for the first major at Augusta National.''The modern golf season never ends, but it does begin.''That rings particularly true this year.The fall is forgotten. The preliminaries are over. For some, the Masters could not get here soon enough.

  • Resurgent Ai Miyazato tied for lead in ANA Inspiration

    April 1, 2016

    RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) Ai Miyazato rediscovered her game last week. On Thursday, the 30-year-old Japanese player found herself at the top of a major championship leaderboard at the ANA Inspiration.''I was kind of struggling the last couple years,'' Miyazato said. ''It was really hard.''

  • Hoffman starts strong at Shell Houston Open

    March 31, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) Charley Hoffman birdied half the holes on the Golf Club of Houston course Thursday and had just a single bogey to shoot an 8-under-par 64 and take the first-round lead of the Shell Houston Open.Hoffman birdied the first four holes of his back nine, then added another birdie on No. 8. That broke him out of what had been a four-way tie for first with Dustin Johnson, Roberto Castro and Scott Brown, who all shot 65s.

  • Brooke Henderson opens with 1-over 73 in ANA Inspiration

    March 31, 2016

    RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) Brooke Henderson had by far the most fans following her around for the first round of the ANA Inspiration on Thursday.The 18-year-old Canadian is still getting used to the support.''It's super cool,'' Henderson said. ''Every round it seems there are more fans and not only just from Canada. Though there is a huge Canadian crowd out here this week.''

  • Japan's Ai Miyazato takes early lead in ANA Inspiration

    March 31, 2016

    RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) Ai Miyazato birdied four of the first six holes and shot a 5-under 67 in perfect morning conditions Thursday to take the early lead in the ANA Inspiration.Miyazato closed with a birdie on the par-5 18th at Mission Hills to pull a stroke ahead of fellow Japanese player Shiho Oyama, Scotland's Catriona Matthew and South Africa's Lee-Anne Pace after the morning session.

  • BC-Masters Previews Digest,ADVISORY

    March 31, 2016

    A look at the preview material running for the weekend of April 2-3 in advance of the Masters, which runs April 7-10.GLF--MASTERSDavid Owen's opening line in his book on the Masters says, ''The modern golf season never ends, but it does begin.'' That rings particularly true this year. The prelimaries are over. For some, the Masters could not get here soon enough. Defending champion Jordan Spieth opened the year with an eight-shot win. Jason Day won twice in a row against two of the strongest fields to return to No. 1 in the world. Adam Scott won in back-to-back weeks in Florida. Bubba Watson has won. Rory McIlroy appears to be hitting his stride. Seven of the top 14 players in the world already have won this year, with a showdown looming amid azaleas and dogwoods at Augusta National.

  • Players to watch in the LPGA Tour's ANA Inspiration

    March 31, 2016

    RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) Players to watch in the ANA Inspiration, the first of the five major championships in women's golf. Play begins Thursday at Mission Hills.LYDIA KOAge: 18Country: New Zealand.World ranking: 1.LPGA Tour victories: 11.Major victories: 1 (2015 Evian Championship).

  • Houston: last step for Spieth before defending Masters crown

    March 30, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) Jordan Spieth is so excited about returning to Augusta National next week to defend his Masters championship that just thinking about it makes him feel like doing pushups.First things first. Spieth believes a strong showing in the Shell Houston Open, which starts Thursday, could have a significant impact on how well he plays in this season's first major championship. It certainly did last year.

  • Not enough rough to change strategy at ANA Inspiration

    March 30, 2016

    RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) The rough is up a bit at the ANA Inspiration, though not enough to force the long-hitters to play it safe in the major championship.''No, no, not really,'' 2014 winner Lexi Thompson said.Defending champion Brittany Lincicome planned to blast away, too.

  • Annika Sorenstam named 2017 European Solheim Cup captain

    March 30, 2016

    RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) Annika Sorenstam will captain the European Solheim Cup team next year in Des Moines, Iowa.The Ladies European Tour unveiled the selection at the ANA Inspiration on Wednesday, a day before the start of the major championship. The matches against the United States are Aug. 18-20, 2017, at Des Moines Golf and Country Club.

  • Day, Fowler to join defending champ Rose at Zurich Classic

    March 30, 2016

    AVONDALE, La. (AP) Zurich Classic organizers say world No. 1 player Jason Day and fifth-ranked Rickie Fowler will be among defending champion Justin Rose's challengers in this year's PGA Tour stop in New Orleans.Rose, who joined the tournament's opening media event by video conference from his home in the Bahamas, says players are becoming increasingly comfortable with the Pete Dye-designed course at the TPC Louisiana and that the million purse makes it very attractive.

  • Australian Masters won't be played this year, officials say

    March 30, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Tournament organizers say the Australian Masters won't be played this year, calling into question the future of the tournament first held in 1979.David Rollo, a vice-president of tournament organizers IMG, said in a statement Wednesday that ''the company is in the process of reimaging (the tournament). The Australian Masters will not be played in 2016, IMG will unveil its new plans for the event in the coming months.''

  • Houston no longer has a problem

    March 29, 2016

    Tiger Woods has never played the week before the Masters, and it's hard to argue with the results. He has won it four times.Then again, he was better than everyone else.Phil Mickelson is the opposite. He prefers to play the week before the Masters to get into a competitive spirit, and it has worked out pretty well for him, too. Along with his three green jackets, Lefty has six other finishes in the top three.

  • Woods' foundation to run PGA Tour event at Riviera

    March 29, 2016

    Tiger Woods is going back to the PGA Tour event at Riviera for the first time since 2006.The Tiger Woods Foundation will become the host organization that runs the tournament, which has Hyundai Motor America as the new title sponsor. The PGA Tour said Tuesday that Woods will be the tournament host and become actively involved in the tournament.

  • Match Play format change still leaves meaningless matches

    March 29, 2016

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The latest format for the Dell Match Play was intended to create more possibilities going into the final day of group matches.It generated a little more confusion, though the numbers would suggest a slight improvement.From the 64-man field, 22 players already were eliminated before the final day of round-robin matches. That's the same number as a year ago.

  • Jason Day on a roll heading to the Masters

    March 28, 2016

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The fortunes of Jason Day turned as quickly as the biggest match he faced in winning the Dell Match Play.Just two weeks ago, he arrived at the Arnold Palmer Invitational without having won in six months and showing few signs that he was ready to crank up that fearsome combination of long ball and short game.

  • No. 1 Lydia Ko wins Kia Classic for 11th LPGA Tour title

    March 27, 2016

    CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) Lydia Ko won the Kia Classic on Sunday at Aviara, reaffirming her position as the top player in the world heading into the first major championship of the season.Ko birdied the final three holes for her third straight 5-under 67 and a four-stroke victory over second-ranked Inbee Park.

  • Gary Planos, popular tournament host at Kapalua, dies

    March 27, 2016

    KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) Gary Planos, who started out as a bag boy at Kapalua and became a favorite tournament host among PGA Tour players when he ran the Tournament of Champions, has died. He was 62.Kapalua officials said Planos was found Saturday morning in the home where he lived the last 25 years. No cause of death was given.

  • Day gets the No. 1 ranking and the Match Play title

    March 27, 2016

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Everyone around him was telling Jason Day to withdraw from the Dell Match Play and not risk further injury to his back.Day knew he was playing well enough to win and wanted to stick it out.The decision paid off in more ways than he could imagine.

  • Tony Finau wins Puerto Rico Open in playoff

    March 27, 2016

    RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico (AP) Tony Finau won the Puerto Rico Open on Sunday at windy Coco Beach for his first PGA Tour title, beating Steve Marino with a birdie on the third hole of a playoff.The 23-year-old Finau won with his third straight birdie on the par-5 18th, blasting out of the back bunker to 3 feet. Marino was just off the back edge of the green in two, but left his putt from the fringe 4 1/2 short and missed his birdie try to the right.

  • Day outlasts McIlroy to reach final of Match Play

    March 27, 2016

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) In a match that lived up its billing, Jason Day made a 12-foot par on the 18th hole Sunday to outlast Rory McIlroy and reach the final of the Dell Match Play.Assured of going to No. 1 in the world, Day now gets a shot at the trophy. He faced Louis Oosthuizen, a 4-and-3 winner over Rafa Cabrera Bello, in the championship match Sunday afternoon. Day was trying to join Tiger Woods and Geoff Ogilvy has the only multiple winners of this event.

  • Finchem gets 1-year contract extension, plans to leave early

    March 27, 2016

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Tim Finchem has signed on for one more year as the PGA Tour commissioner, even though he plans to leave at the end of this year.Finchem's contract was to expire on June 1. The PGA Tour board recently gave him an extension until June 2017 that he said would allow him more time to work on projects to develop more structure to the worldwide nature of golf.

  • Top-ranked Lydia Ko takes 3-shot lead in Kia Classic

    March 26, 2016

    CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) Top-ranked Lydia Ko made three straight birdies early on the back nine Saturday in the Kia Classic and finished with a 5-under 67 to take a three-stroke lead.Ko birdied Nos. 11-13 and closed with five straight pars to reach 14-under 202 at Aviara in the final event before the major ANA Inspiration next week in Rancho Mirage.

  • Ian Poulter shoots 68 to take Puerto Rico Open lead

    March 26, 2016

    RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico (AP) Ian Poulter shot a 4-under 68 on Saturday at windy Coco Beach to take the third-round lead in the PGA Tour's Puerto Rico Open.Playing the event for the first time after failing to qualify for the Match Play tournament in Texas, Poulter had an 11-under 205 total. The Englishman bogeyed the par-4 13th and rebounded with birdies on the par-5 15th and par-3 16th. He's winless since the 2012 World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions in China.

  • Spieth loses match and No. 1 ranking at Match Play

    March 26, 2016

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The Dell Match Play has produced a semifinal that is almost bigger than Texas.Even without Jordan Spieth.Jason Day powered his way to two victories Saturday to assure that he will return to No. 1 in the world.But this is no time to celebrate. His reward is a semifinal showdown against defending champion Rory McIlroy, who ran his unbeaten streak to 12 matches and needs two more to join Tiger Woods as the only back-to-back winners. This is only the second time the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds have met in the semifinals since the Match Play began in 1999. They are the last two winners of this event.

  • Spieth loses his swing and heads home from Match Play

    March 26, 2016

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Jordan Spieth felt it on the practice range, and he said it on the golf course.Behind in a match for the first time all week, Spieth went from a fairway bunker on the right to the gallery on the left at the par-5 sixth hole. He hit wedge 12 feet left of the hole and then turned to caddie Michael Greller and said, ''I just have no control right now.''

  • Spieth ousted at Match Play in Texas as Day, McIlroy move on

    March 26, 2016

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Jordan Spieth never found his swing and never had a chance Saturday in the Dell Match Play.Louis Oosthuizen didn't trail or make nearly as many mistakes in a 4-and-2 victory that sent Spieth home and disappointed the Texas gallery that bundled up in burnt orange on a crisp morning to see the world's No. 1 player and former Longhorn star.

  • Spieth ousted at Match Play as Day, McIlroy move on

    March 26, 2016

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Jordan Spieth never found his swing and never had a chance Saturday in the Dell Match Play.Louis Oosthuizen didn't trail or make nearly as many mistakes in a 4-and-2 victory that sent Spieth home and disappointed the Texas gallery that bundled up in burnt orange on a crisp morning to see the world's No. 1 player and former Longhorn star.

  • Big 3 reach round of 16 in Match Play

    March 26, 2016

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The most fickle tournament in golf was no match for the so-called modern version of the Big Three.Jordan Spieth, Jason Day and Rory McIlroy all reached the round of 16 in the Dell Match Play, which on paper would not seem like that great of a feat. But consider that it hasn't happened in 10 years, when the top three players in the world ranking were Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh and Retief Goosen.

  • Jenny Shins shoots 65 to take Kia Classic lead

    March 25, 2016

    CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) Jenny Shin took the lead Friday in the LPGA Tour's Kia Classic, a stroke ahead of top-ranked Lydia Ko and Brittany Lang.Shin birdied five of her first eight holes and had a 7-under 65 to reach 10-under 134 at Aviara in the final event before the major ANA Inspiration next week in Rancho Mirage. The 23-year-old South Korean player is winless on the LPGA Tour.

  • Spieth, McIlroy, Day advance to weekend in Match Play

    March 25, 2016

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Jordan Spieth had water on his left and a solid wall of fans on his right on his way to another comfortable victory in the Dell Match Play.The former Longhorn gave the Texas fans what they wanted.And when the wild round-robin session ended Friday, they got much more than that.

  • Friday duels: McIlroy wins, Lefty loses at Dell Match Play

    March 25, 2016

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The knockout stage at the Dell Match Play started a day early.The pressure was already cranked up to high Friday in win-or-go-home matches that saw defending champion Rory McIlroy pushed through a 20-hole grinder and Phil Mickelson sent home in a rout.

  • Rafael Compos holds onto lead at home in Puerto Rico Open

    March 25, 2016

    RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico (AP) Rafael Compos held onto the lead in front of his home fans in the PGA Tour's Puerto Rico Open, shooting a 1-under 71 in windy conditions Friday.The 27-year-old Compos had a 9-under 135 total at Coco Beach for a one-stroke lead. One of two players to play in all nine editions of the event, he opened with a 64 on Thursday.

  • McIlroy, Day advance in different manners at Match Play

    March 25, 2016

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Rory McIlroy had to go 20 holes. Jason Day only played six. Both advanced Friday to the round of 16 in the Dell Match Play that is loaded with Americans and a Texan who feels right at home.Jordan Spieth got off to another quick start and sailed into the round of 16 with a 3-and-2 victory over Justin Thomas. The No. 1 player in the world also is the top crowd pleaser at Austin Country Club, where he used to qualify for matches during his brief time wearing the burnt orange of the Texas Longhorns.

  • Berger withdraws from Dell Match Play with wrist injury

    March 25, 2016

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Daniel Berger withdrew from the Dell Match Play before teeing off on his final round Friday because of a left wrist injury suffered on the 18th hole the previous day.The severity of Berger's injury wasn't immediately disclosed, but he had said withdrawing was a possibility with the Masters just two weeks away.

  • Casey withdraws from the Dell Match Play because of illness

    March 25, 2016

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Paul Casey withdrew from the Dell Match Play early in his match Friday with Jason Day because of illness.The decision pushes Day into Saturday's elimination round of 16 and gives him critical rest after hurting his back late in his opening match on Wednesday.

  • Jason Day wins his match and hurts his back

    March 24, 2016

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Jason Day has been exchanging text messages with Tiger Woods on all things golf, so perhaps he could lean on Woods for his latest issue.A bad back.Day never saw it coming in the Dell Match Play. One minute he was tapping in for par to keep his 3-up lead over Graeme McDowell, and a minute later he was reaching toward his lower back. The pain was far more obvious on his tee shot at the 16th when Day let the driver fall from his hands as he grabbed his back and grimaced. He climbed gingerly into a bunker, and grabbed his thighs and took a knee as the match was ending.

  • Kia's Aviara offers all-around test ahead of first major

    March 23, 2016

    CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) Aviara Golf Club has little in common with the Mission Hills course the players will face next week in the ANA Inspiration.The Kia Classic is still a good all-around tuneup for the first major of the year.''You have to have an entire game here,'' said Cristie Kerr, set to begin her title defense Thursday. ''You need to drive it straight, you need to be accurate with your irons and you need to have great speed and green-reading ability on these greens. The greens are severe and very quick, so you have to have a total game here.''

  • Jordan Spieth off to good start in Austin return

    March 23, 2016

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The top-ranked player in the world and No. 1 seed in the Dell Match Play, Jordan Spieth still needed a boost after a recent dip in form.He got a good one Wednesday with a 3-and-2 victory over Jamie Donaldson in their round-robin opener at Austin Country Club.

  • Jason Day tweaks back in victory at Match Play

    March 23, 2016

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Jason Day was 3 up with four holes to play, an ideal start to the Dell Match Play that included five birdies and hardly any stress.And then he felt his back tighten on a tee shot at the 15th hole.It stung so badly on his next tee shot that Day grabbed his back and winced. He stepped gingerly into a bunker. When his short par was conceded, he took a knee. Exactly what happened was not entirely clear because Day immediately sought treatment and left without speaking. But with a long week ahead of him at Austin Country Club, and the Masters just two weeks away, this victory surely felt hollow.

  • Watney to sit out rest of the year with ailing back

    March 22, 2016

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) A month break to let his back heal has turned into much longer for Nick Watney, who says he is done for the rest of the season.Watney, whose six PGA Tour victories include a World Golf Championship and a FedEx Cup playoff event, has a herniated disc in his lower back. He thought the best-case scenario would be to return toward the end of the Florida swing, except that it's not getting better.

  • Spieth back at his old college home for Match Play

    March 22, 2016

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Dustin Johnson had driver in hand on the eighth hole when he said what has been a common refrain at the Dell Match Play.''Where do I go?''Golf's most unpredictable tournament adds a new dimension this week by moving to Austin Country Club, which has never hosted the world's best players. That excludes Jordan Spieth, though he was only 18 and a long way from being No. 1 in the world.

  • Belgian attacks put big week in perspective for Pieters

    March 22, 2016

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) An important week of golf for Thomas Pieters quickly turned into a somber one for the 24-year-old Belgian.''It was just one of the worst days to wake up,'' he said Wednesday.His phone was buzzing before dawn. Everyone who called wanted to know the obvious: Was his family OK? Pieters spent the next four hours talking to his family in Antwerp and texting friends in Brussels, where two bombs in the airport and another at a subway station killed at least 31 and wounded nearly 200 others.

  • McIlroy's last chance for a win before the Masters

    March 22, 2016

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The Masters is two weeks away, and all the best players are winning.Except for one.''I'd love to win before Augusta,'' Rory McIlroy said. ''And this is my last chance to do that.''He is the defending champion at the Dell Match Play, which any other week would seem to be in his favor. The nature of that victory - not to mention it was at Harding Park in San Francisco and not Austin Country Club - would explain that's not the case.

  • Spieth gets longtime friend Thomas in Match Play group

    March 21, 2016

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Defending champion Rory McIlroy will face a player he knows very little about in the Dell Match Play.Jordan Spieth knows one of his opponents all too well.Spieth, the former Texas Longhorn and crowd favorite at Austin Country Club, wound up in the same group as longtime friend Justin Thomas.

  • A patient Jason Day wins at Bay Hill

    March 21, 2016

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) As aggressive as Jason Day looks with a golf club in his hand, his success is geared around patience. That's what carried him to a one-shot victory in the Arnold Palmer Invitational and put him on the cusp of returning to No. 1 in the world.

  • Sei Young Kim matches Sorenstam's LPGA Tour scoring record

    March 21, 2016

    PHOENIX (AP) Sei Young Kim grew up watching Annika Sorenstam on TV. On Sunday, Sorenstam tuned in to see the South Korean player take a run at one of her records.The 23-year-old Kim ended up matching Sorenstam's LPGA Tour scoring mark of 27 under, closing with a 10-under 62 at Desert Ridge for a five-stroke victory in the JTBC Founders Cup.

  • Kim matches Sorenstam's LPGA Tour scoring record at 27 under

    March 20, 2016

    PHOENIX (AP) Sei Young Kim matched Annika Sorenstam's LPGA Tour scoring record of 27 under, closing with a 10-under 62 on Sunday at Desert Ridge for a five-stroke victory in the JTBC Founders Cup.Sorenstam set the mark in 2001 at nearby Moon Valley, shooting a record 59 in the second round. Kim also matched the tournament record of 62 set Thursday by Mi Hyang Lee.

  • Woody Austin wins PGA Tour Champions event in Tucson

    March 20, 2016

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Woody Austin holed out for eagle from a greenside bunker on the par-5 15th and held on to win the Tucson Conquistadores Classic on Sunday for his first PGA Tour Champions title.The 52-year-old Austin bogeyed the par-4 final hole after driving left into the water and ended up beating Jim Carter by a stroke on Omni Tucson National's Catalina Course.

  • Wesley Bryan wins Web.com Tour's Louisiana Open

    March 20, 2016

    BROUSSARD, La. (AP) Wesley Bryan won the Chitimacha Louisiana Open on Sunday for his first Web.com Tour title, closing with a 3-under 68 for a one-stroke victory.The 25-year-old former South Carolina player birdied the par-4 17th and closed with a par in cool, windy conditions at Le Triomphe. He finished at 14-under 270 and earned ,000.

  • Day's wild ride ends with a Bay Hill victory

    March 20, 2016

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Jason Day turned his fortunes quickly with a birdie and a clutch par save from the bunker on the final two holes to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Sunday.Day closed with a 2-under 70 for a one-shot victory over Kevin Chappell, who looked as if he would finally win in his 150th career start.

  • Chawrasia wins Indian Open after four 2nd-place finishes

    March 20, 2016

    NEW DELHI (AP) India's SSP Chawrasia pulled off a two-shot win over defending champion Anirban Lahiri and Korea's Jeunghun Wang with a birdie on the final hole Sunday at the US.66 million Hero Indian Open.Chawrasia shot 71 for a 15-under-par 273, two better than Lahiri (69) and Wang (68). It was his third European Tour win and the fourth on Asian Tour. Lahiri, the reigning Asian Tour No. 1, missed his birdie attempt on the final hole while Chawrasia struck a third shot from the rough that landed within three feet of the cup at the Delhi Golf Club.

  • Aussie Tim Hart loses bid for 59, and the tournament

    March 20, 2016

    TOOWOOMBA, Australia (AP) Tim Hart needed a bogey on the final hole to shoot 59 for what would have been a two-shot victory on the PGA Tour of Australasia. He lost the magic number - and the tournament.Hart hit out-of-bounds and made triple bogey Sunday on the par-4 closing hole at City Golf Club, giving him a 9-under 61. It was still enough to get into a playoff, but David Klein of Germany made birdie on the first extra hole to win the Coca-Cola Queensland PGA Championship.

  • Kim stumbles late, setting up Sunday shootout in the desert

    March 19, 2016

    PHOENIX (AP) Sei Young Kim stumbled late Saturday afternoon in the JTBC Founders Cup, handing the lead to Eun-Hee Ji and putting Stacy Lewis, Lydia Ko and many others in far better position than they expected.Three strokes ahead after an eagle on the par-4 13th, Kim bogeyed the par-4 16th and par-3 17th and finished with a 2-under 70 to drop into a tie for second with Lewis - a stroke behind Ji.

  • Scott Verplank takes PGA Tour Champions lead in Tucson

    March 19, 2016

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Scott Verplank shot his second straight 6-under 66 on Saturday to take the second-round lead in the PGA Tour Champions' Tucson Conquistadores Classic.The 51-year-old Verplank birdied five of the first six holes and seven of the first 10 in perfect conditions on Omni Tucson National's Catalina Course. He bogeyed the par-3 12th, failing to get up-and-down from a greenside bunker, and closed with six consecutive pars.

  • Day keeps the lead in the rain at Bay Hill

    March 19, 2016

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Jason Day survived bursts of rain and a few bogeys for a 2-under 70 to keep his two-shot lead Saturday in the Arnold Palmer Invitational.The starting times were moved forward to avoid a forecast of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Players still had to cope with occasionally heavy rain, though Bay Hill held up nicely and so did the 28-year-old Australian.

  • Thomas Pieters' long road taking him to Rio for Olympics

    March 19, 2016

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Thomas Pieters has a game that travels. Coming from Belgium and its limited golf heritage, he didn't have much of a choice.Jordan Spieth once found that out for himself.Pieters already had established his credentials by winning the NCAA title at Riviera as a sophomore at Illinois in 2012. That summer, he was in Ireland for the European Amateur and had to cross seven time zones to get to Denver in time for the U.S. Amateur at Cherry Hills. It was such a tight squeeze that Pieters didn't have time to see the golf course.

  • Australia's Pilkadaris leads Indian Open by 3 after 2 rounds

    March 18, 2016

    NEW DELHI (AP) Australian golfer Terry Pilkadaris cut loose with nine birdies in a round of 8-under 64 for a three-shot lead going into the weekend at the Indian Open on Friday.Trailing him on 10-under totals after 36 holes were India's Shiv Shankar Prasad Chawrasia (67), and Spain's Nacho Elvira (68).

  • Olazabal to skip Masters for health reasons

    March 18, 2016

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Two-time Masters champion Jose Maria Olazabal will not play in the Masters for health reasons that have kept him from competing for an entire year.He did not specify his health problems on Friday, only that tests show ''some improvement.''

  • Day not ready to panic, opens with 66 at Bay Hill

    March 18, 2016

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Jason Day hasn't played enough tournaments this year for anyone to worry about him.Even so, his golf hasn't been very inspiring.After a three-month break at the end of last year, in which his only drama was when wife Ellie was plowed over LeBron James going after a loose ball at a Cleveland Cavaliers game, Day finished 15 shots behind Jordan Spieth at Kapalua, then took two weeks off and missed the cut at Torrey Pines while battling the flu. Two weeks later, finished eight shots back at Pebble Beach, took another two-week break, and was seven back at Doral.

  • South Korean golfer Se Ri Pak retiring after season

    March 18, 2016

    PHOENIX (AP) Se Ri Pak is leaving the LPGA Tour at the end of the season. She's hopes she can continue to inspire and mentor South Korean players for generations to come.''It's pretty hard to make decision to be retiring, but it's a time for me to be,'' Pak said. ''At the same time, I learned a lot and I'm trying to share all my skills and all these dreams. So that's where I plan to be the next step of my life. I just want to make dreams come true.''

  • 9 under after 9 holes, Mi Hyang Lee shoots 62 in Founder Cup

    March 17, 2016

    PHOENIX (AP) Mi Hyang Lee shot a tournament-record 10-under 62 on Thursday in the JTBC Founders Cup after playing her first nine holes in 9 under.On a day when fellow South Korean player Se Ri Pak announced she will retire at the end of the season, Lee threatened to shoot the second 59 in LPGA Tour history after opening with an eagle and seven birdies on the back nine.

  • South Korean golfer Se Ri Pak, 38, retiring after season

    March 17, 2016

    PHOENIX (AP) Se Ri Pak is retiring after the season, ending a Hall of Fame career that inspired a wave of South Korean players who followed her to the LPGA Tour.The 38-year-old Pak broke the news Thursday after opening with a 3-under 69 in the JTBC Founders Cup.

  • Chun withdraws from Kia Classic because of back injury

    March 17, 2016

    CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) U.S. Women's Open champion In Gee Chun has withdrawn from the Kia Classic next week at Aviara because of a back injury suffered in an airport accident in Singapore.Chun pulled out of the tournament Wednesday night.She was injured before the Singapore event two weeks ago when fellow South Korean player Ha Na Jang's father dropped a hard-case suitcase that tumbled down an escalator and struck Chun in the lower back.

  • Adam Scott part of early lead at Bay Hill

    March 17, 2016

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Adam Scott wasn't at his best Thursday in the Arnold Palmer Invitational. These days, that's still enough to be in the lead.Scott twice made par putts of about 10 feet, and he made an 8-foot eagle putt on the par-5 16th at Bay Hill on his way to a 5-under 67 and a share of the early lead with Marc Leishman, Brendan Steele, Henrik Stenson and Troy Merritt.

  • Arnold Palmer Invitational, the tournament fit for a King

    March 15, 2016

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) A golf cart driving onto the practice range and parking behind players to watch them swing isn't typically met with this kind of enthusiasm.Unless the guy behind the wheel in his pink shirt is Arnold Palmer.This was late Monday afternoon at Bay Hill, and these are Palmer's people - tour players at work on the range. They came over to say hello, some to introduce themselves. The Arnold Palmer Invitational enters its 38th year with one noticeable difference.

  • Last tee time can be toughest on PGA Tour

    March 15, 2016

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Even though Sam Saunders has had only one close call at winning on the PGA Tour, he has felt the pressure of playing the final hole.In his last two PGA Tour starts, Saunders has gone into the dangerous part of the course with no room for error as he tries to make the cut. He made it through the ''Bear Trap'' at PGA National with four straight pars in the Honda Classic. And he closed with two tough par saves last week at the Valspar Championship.

  • Palmer to skip opening tee shot at Masters

    March 15, 2016

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Arnold Palmer will be on the first tee to help start the Masters this year - but without his golf clubs.Palmer said Tuesday he has told Augusta National that he will not be hitting the ceremonial tee shot next month, a role the four-time Masters champion had taken on since 2007. Jack Nicklaus joined him in 2010 and Gary Player, the other member of the ''Big Three,'' was added in 2012.

  • Watson goes to Bay Hill to explain why he's not playing

    March 15, 2016

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Bubba Watson was dressed to play golf Tuesday at Bay Hill. Except he's not playing the Arnold Palmer Invitational.Watson decided to pull out late last week after feeling a little tightness in his lower left back. The two-time Masters champion felt he needed another week of rest, and needed to the tell Palmer in person.

  • Fame is making Spieth's fish bowl seem even smaller

    March 14, 2016

    PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) This was always going to be a challenging year for Jordan Spieth, and not just on the golf course.Spieth knew it would be tough to repeat the results of a year in which he won the Masters and U.S. Open, chased a Grand Slam and won the FedEx Cup to cash in on the most lucrative season ( million) in golf. And he knew there would be scrutiny over every round, even before the majors began.

  • With help from his dad, Schwartzel back on winning path

    March 14, 2016

    PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) The winner of the Valspar Championship needed help with his swing and sought out his father, the only coach he ever had.That turned out to be Charl Schwartzel, not Bill Haas.Schwartzel wound up beating Haas at Innisbrook, and the two players had more in common in their 72-hole score that landed them in a playoff.

  • McCoy puts on a show to remember at Innisbrook

    March 13, 2016

    PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) Georgia senior Lee McCoy grew up at Innisbrook and lost track of the number of times he has played the Copperhead course.Sunday was an experience right out of his dreams at the Valspar Championship.He walked up the 18th fairway with Jordan Spieth at his side and thousands of people lining both sides of the fairway and packed onto the terraces of the corporate tents. They were cheering for him. And so was Spieth.

  • Schwartzel rallies and beats Haas in a playoff

    March 13, 2016

    PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) Charl Schwartzel closed with a 4-under 67 for the best score of the final round Sunday, and then beat Bill Haas on the first extra hole of a playoff in the Valspar Championship.Schwartzel holed a 65-foot birdie putt on the 13th and a 25-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole to reach 7-under 277.

  • South Korea's Lee Jung-Min wins World Ladies Championship

    March 13, 2016

    HAINAN, China (AP) Lee Jung-Min won the World Ladies Championship on Sunday, beating fellow South Korean players Lee Seung-Hyun, Kim Bo-Kyung and Ji Han Sol in rainy conditions at Mission Hills.Lee Jung-Min closed with a 6-under 66 for a 9-under 279 total on the Olazabal Course in the event sanctioned by the European, Korean and Chinese tours.

  • Hend holds off local challenger to win Thailand Classic

    March 13, 2016

    HUA HIN, Thailand (AP) Scott Hend of Australia shot a final-round 68 to beat Piya Swangarunporn of Thailand by a stroke to win the Thailand Classic at the Black Mountain Golf Course on Sunday.Hend rolled in five birdies against one bogey for an overall total of 18-under-par 270 to win his second European Tour event.

  • Haas builds 1-shot lead at Innisbrook

    March 12, 2016

    PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) Bill Haas had a second straight 4-under 67 and built a one-shot lead over Graham DeLaet of Canada going into the final round of the Valspar Championship.Jordan Spieth was still in the hunt, but just barely. The defending champion got going on the back nine Saturday at Innisbrook and shot 68 to wind up six shots behind.

  • Hend shoots 70 to retain lead in Thailand Classic

    March 12, 2016

    HUA HIN, Thailand (AP) Scott Hend of Australia shot a 70 to retain the lead after the third round of the Thailand Classic on the par-72 Black Mountain Golf Course.The 43-year-old Hend produced five birdies for a three day total of 14 under-par 202 to take a two-shot advantage Saturday over Peter Uihlein of the United States.

  • Spieth makes the cut and now chases the lead at Innisbrook

    March 12, 2016

    PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) Jordan Spieth felt as though he could finally breathe easy.Needing a good round to make the cut at the Valspar Championship, he followed a bogey on the opening hole - the easiest at Innisbrook - with five birdies, three of them from just off the green and the last one a chip-in from 35 feet away on the 15th.

  • MacKenzie gets break with weather and early lead

    March 11, 2016

    PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) Will MacKenzie leaned on his putter Friday morning for a 4-under 67 to take the early lead in the second round of the Valspar Championship.MacKenzie's side of the draw appeared to have an advantage. The wind calmed late on Thursday, and there was little more than a strong breeze Friday morning. It began to pick up right when Jordan Spieth and late starters went out in the afternoon.

  • Hend takes share of lead with Edberg at Thailand Classic

    March 11, 2016

    HUA HIN, Thailand (AP) Scott Hend took a share of the lead alongside Pelle Edberg by shooting an 8-under 64 Friday in the second round of the Thailand Classic.The Australian, who was the runner-up last year, is tied with Edberg at 12-under 132 overall. He had six birdies and an eagle at the Black Mountain Golf Course

  • Spieth sets out to try to make the cut at Valspar

    March 11, 2016

    PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) Jordan Spieth should have a good idea what it will take to make the cut in the Valspar Championship.The last time the world's No. 1 player competed against a full field, Spieth opened with a 79 on Thursday afternoon at Riviera for his worst start ever on the PGA Tour. He returned the next morning and could only try to shoot the lowest score he could and hope that it would be enough. He didn't, and it wasn't.

  • Spieth opens with a 76, in danger of missing the cut

    March 10, 2016

    PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) Jordan Spieth rolled in a 12-foot birdie putt on his third hole Thursday at the Valspar Championship, just what he needed to settle down after a bogey-bogey start as the defending champion.''Started 20 minutes too early today,'' he said.

  • Bradley, Duke take early Valspar lead; Spieth in trouble

    March 10, 2016

    PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) Keegan Bradley and Ken Duke handled the strong wind at Innisbrook for a 4-under 67 and the early lead Thursday in the Valspar Championship.Jordan Spieth struggled from the start and could be headed for another missed cut.The Copperhead course at Innisbrook is a hard test even in calm conditions. The wind was howling from the opening tee shot, and it showed in the scores. Only four players from the early starters managed to break 70.

  • Uihlein leads by a shot after 1st round of Thailand Classic

    March 10, 2016

    HUA HIN, Thailand (AP) Peter Uihlein hit nine birdies and a bogey in an 8-under 64 to take a one-stroke lead over Pelle Edberg on Thursday in the first round of the Thailand Classic.The American started his round on the 10th hole with two straight birdies before losing a stroke on the 12th. He went on to card seven more birdies at the Black Mountain Golf Course.

  • Spieth looking for another big run starting at Innisbrook

    March 10, 2016

    PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) Of the five PGA Tour events Jordan Spieth won last year, the Valspar Championship gets overlooked.His wire-to-wire victory at the Masters was the most significant because of the 36-hole record he broke, the 72-hole record he tied (previously held by Tiger Woods) and the green jacket over his shoulders. The U.S. Open defined his season and his pursuit of the Grand Slam. The John Deere Classic was right before he headed to St. Andrews. And the Tour Championship gave him the FedEx Cup and the million bonus.

  • Valspar extends title sponsorship at Innisbrook

    March 9, 2016

    PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) The PGA Tour event at Innisbrook has gone by six names since it began in 2000, and while it has four title sponsors since then, it held a unique distinction as never having a sponsor that renewed its contract.That changed on Wednesday when Minneapolis-based Valspar Corp. extended its contract through 2020. The original deal was to end next year.

  • Spieth looking to dial back the expectations

    March 10, 2016

    PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) Jordan Spieth feels his game is in about the same spot as last year going into the Valspar Championship, which turned out to be the start of big run that carried him all the way to a green jacket.The difference is that eight-shot victory to start the year in Hawaii, and the expectations that came along with it.

  • Final week to qualify for Match Play

    March 8, 2016

    PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) Gary Woodland has one week to avoid making the wrong kind of history in the Dell Match Play.In the 16 years since the Match Play made its debut, no runner-up has ever failed to qualify for the 64-man field the following year.The field will be determined by the world ranking after this week. Match Play starts on March 23 at Austin (Texas) Country Club.

  • When discussing golf's best, consider Branden Grace

    March 8, 2016

    PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) Branden Grace held his arms about 3 feet apart to describe a relic he found during a recent trip home to South Africa.It was his first golf club.''We lived on a farm outside Pretoria and I was ball crazy. A rugby ball, soccer ball, tennis ball, golf ball, anything I could do,'' Grace said. ''So my dad cut down this 3-iron. We were fortunate. We had a sheep dog. So every time I would hit the ball, the dog would retrieve it. I told my dad, `It would have been nice if you had cut down a wedge.' That 3-iron was hard to hit.''

  • Olympic golf test event takes place in Rio de Janeiro

    March 8, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Olympic golf test event is under way in Rio de Janeiro, although only low-ranking Brazilian players are taking part.Nine Brazilians - five men and four women - are playing the course after the PGA Tour was unable to persuade any of the world's top players to participate. Alexandre Rocha, the top-ranked men's player at No. 588, teed off the stroke-play exhibition match on Tuesday morning.

  • Bubba Watson finds trouble on 18th tee, finishes 2nd

    March 6, 2016

    DORAL, Fla. (AP) No one has been better at Doral over the last five years than Bubba Watson.And he has no wins on the Blue Monster to show for that record.Watson was second in 2012, second again in 2014 - going on to win the Masters in each of those years, incidentally - and was third at Doral last year. Another second-place got added to the resume Sunday, his final round of 4-under 68 leaving him at 11 under for the week and one shot behind Cadillac Championship winner Adam Scott.

  • Scott captures Cadillac Championship for 2nd straight win

    March 6, 2016

    DORAL, Fla. (AP) Adam Scott has won his second consecutive tournament, making four birdies in his first five holes on the back nine at Doral to help him rally and win the Cadillac Championship by one shot over Bubba Watson.Scott shot 69 on Sunday on Doral's Blue Monster and finished the week at 12-under 276, scrambling for a wild par on the 18th to clinch the win. He also won last week at The Honda Classic.

  • Trump arrives by helicopter at Cadillac Championship

    March 6, 2016

    DORAL, Fla. (AP) Donald Trump's helicopter landed on the course bearing his name, and before long, the Republican presidential front-runner was busy autographing a woman's shirt, driving a golf cart through throngs of screaming fans and boasting about how he hosts one of the elite golf tournaments in the world.

  • 'Hey, it's just golf': Bowditch posts a Sunday 84 at Doral

    March 6, 2016

    DORAL, Fla. (AP) Steven Bowditch tapped in for par to end his week at the Cadillac Championship, then walked off the 18th green with a smile as those in the grandstand applauded his effort.There were four people clapping.''Hey, it's just golf,'' Bowditch said with a shrug.

  • Ha Na Jang takes LPGA Singapore title by 4 strokes

    March 6, 2016

    SINGAPORE (AP) South Korea's Ha Na Jang enhanced her growing reputation as one of the hottest players on the LPGA Tour by winning the HSBC Women's Champions tournament by four strokes on Sunday.Playing like a seasoned veteran, the 23-year-old South Korean fired six birdies and an eagle in a brilliant final round of 7-under 65 to finish at 19-under at Singapore's Sentosa Golf Club.

  • Juli Inkster tied for lead in Legends Tour opener

    March 5, 2016

    SUN CITY WEST, Ariz. (AP) Hall of Famer Juli Inkster shot a 4-under 68 on Saturday for a share of the first-round lead in the Legends Tour's season-opening Walgreens Charity Classic.The 55-year-old Inkster was tied with Wendy Doolan, Lisa Grimes and Christa Johnson in the 36-hole event at Grandview Golf Course.

  • Fowler's struggles on No. 3 continue at Doral

    March 5, 2016

    DORAL, Fla. (AP) Rickie Fowler is not going to list the third hole at Doral as one of his favorites anytime soon.It's keeping him from being in the thick of contention at the Cadillac Championship.Fowler put two balls in the water on the 433-yard hole Saturday, leading to a quadruple-bogey 8. He made four birdies and 11 pars the rest of the way, finishing at 1-under 71 for the day and getting to 4 under for the tournament - eight shots behind leader Rory McIlroy.

  • McIlroy in control at Cadillac Championship, leading by 3

    March 5, 2016

    DORAL, Fla. (AP) Rory McIlroy has a three-shot lead after three rounds of the Cadillac Championship, his 4-under round of 68 on Saturday getting him to 12 under for the tournament.McIlroy was bogey-free on Saturday, and hasn't dropped a shot in any of his last 34 holes on Doral's Blue Monster.

  • Trump says he's coming to Cadillac Championship on Sunday

    March 5, 2016

    DORAL, Fla. (AP) Donald Trump has nothing listed on his official schedule of presidential campaign events on Sunday, so he's going to watch the final round of the Cadillac Championship.After all, it's on his course.Trump National Doral is the site of the event, and his name is everywhere - on the cocktail napkins, on the garbage cans, even in giant gold letters on the side of the main entrance to the facility. The caps with his ''Make America Great Again'' slogan are on sale in the gift shop for , or less than the ones with his golf course's logo. There's even a Trump Lounge, not far from the 18th green.

  • Jang takes 1-stroke lead into last round at LPGA Singapore

    March 5, 2016

    SINGAPORE (AP) South Korea's Ha Na Jang shot a flawless 4-under 68 on Saturday to grab a one-stroke lead heading into the final round of the HSBC Women's Champions tournament.Chasing her second LPGA title this year, the 23-year-old racked up four birdies and her second straight bogey-free round to lead the tournament on 12-under 204 at the Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore.

  • McIlroy's putting change already working well

    March 4, 2016

    DORAL, Fla. (AP) Rory McIlroy's left-hand-low putting style was something he was considering switching to for a while before he took the plunge this week at the Cadillac Championship.The reason he hesitated, he said, was he didn't want to be accused of mimicking Jordan Spieth.

  • PGA, LPGA Tours to work together on marketing, TV

    March 4, 2016

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) The PGA Tour and LPGA Tour have formed a strategic alliance that will cover scheduling, marketing, television coverage and possibly a joint tournament.The tours made the announcement Friday and say there's no formal financial investment or transfer of control.

  • Scott leads, McIlroy, Johnson chase at Cadillac Championship

    March 4, 2016

    DORAL, Fla. (AP) Adam Scott shot a 6-under 66 Friday, moving to 10 under for the tournament and giving him a two-shot lead over Rory McIlroy and defending champion Dustin Johnson at the midway point of the Cadillac Championship.Scott made eight birdies, including three straight on holes 15, 16 and 17 to strengthen his grip on the lead.

  • Lee sees her way to share of lead

    March 3, 2016

    SINGAPORE (AP) Australian teenager Minjee Lee, seeing things clearer than ever after a chance visit to an optometrist, took a share of the lead with Taiwan's Candie Kung at the LPGA's Women's Champions tournament in Singapore on Thursday.Lee made four birdies and an eagle in her opening round of 5-under 67 to join Kung at the top of the leaderboard on a windy day at the Sentosa Golf Club.

  • Lee sees her way to top of leaderboard

    March 3, 2016

    SINGAPORE (AP) Australian teenager Minjee Lee, seeing things clearer than ever after a chance visit to an optometrist, grabbed a share of the lead with Taiwan's Candie Kung at the LPGA's Women's Champions tournament in Singapore on Thursday.Lee made four birdies and an eagle in her opening round of 5-under 67 to join Kung at the top of the leaderboard on a windy day at the Sentosa Golf Club.

  • 11-year-old hits hole-in-one on 1st shot on Woods course

    March 3, 2016

    MONTGOMERY, Texas (AP) An 11-year-old from Corpus Christi had a day he'll never forget on the golf course - and it happened with Tiger Woods watching.Woods was on hand for the opening Wednesday of The Playgrounds at Bluejack National, which he helped design.

  • Column: Players avoiding Rio as if Olympic golf is bad idea

    March 2, 2016

    The plane was ready, so that wasn't the issue.PGA Commissioner Tim Finchem had a free charter lined up for the best players in the world to jet down to Brazil, play 18, and head back home. The occasion was a test event for the new Olympic sport on a golf course built specifically for the games in August.

  • Spieth, Day, McIlroy featured group at Cadillac Championship

    March 2, 2016

    DORAL, Fla. (AP) Jordan Spieth, Jason Day and Rory McIlroy are the top three players in the world golf rankings, which assures them of absolutely nothing this week.Doral hasn't been overly kind to any of them.Spieth has been over par in five of his eight rounds there over the last two years, Day has posted two rounds in the 60s in his last 16 attempts at the Blue Monster, and McIlroy - who won at Doral as a 9-year-old - casually tossed his 3-iron into the water after a bad shot last year, a fairly strong indicator of how he would assess his play.

  • McIlroy's simple answer on Trump drama: 'I'm no American'

    March 2, 2016

    DORAL, Fla. (AP) Rory McIlroy used three words to try to diffuse a question about Donald Trump's presidential campaign and how it affects a World Golf Championship played at a Trump-owned golf course.''I'm not American,'' McIlroy said as the room broke into laughter and some applause.

  • Rory McIlroy switches to cross-handed putting grip

    March 2, 2016

    DORAL, Fla. (AP) Rory McIlroy is shaking up his putting technique by going to a cross-handed grip for the Cadillac Championship, and he plans to stick with it.McIlroy posted a video on Instagram that showed him putting with the left hand low, and then he confirmed Wednesday in his news conference that it was worth a try. He said he typically practices that way to make sure he keeps the right hand from influencing the putting stroke.

  • McIlroy switches to cross-handed putting grip

    March 2, 2016

    DORAL, Fla. (AP) Rory McIlroy is shaking up his putting technique by going to a cross-handed grip for the Cadillac Championship, and he plans to stick with it.McIlroy posted a video on Instagram of him putting with the left hand low, then confirmed in his news conference that it was worth a try. He said he typically practices that way to make sure he keeps the right hand from influencing the putting stroke.

  • Woods says he's feeling better, but no plan for return yet

    March 2, 2016

    DORAL, Fla. (AP) Tiger Woods says he continues to feel better, though the 14-time major champion remains unsure when he can return to competitive golf.Woods released a statement Wednesday saying he has been chipping and putting at home in Florida as his recovery from back surgeries progresses, and that he and his son, Charlie, are competing in three-hole chipping contests.

  • Stenson cites scheduling in not going to Match Play

    March 1, 2016

    DORAL, Fla. (AP) Henrik Stenson says he is not going to the Dell Match Play later this month, mainly because of where it falls on the schedule.Making the decision all the more easier is that Stenson doesn't care for the new format.''There was always the chance one or two guys would miss due to the schedule,'' Stenson said Tuesday.

  • Nicklaus says Augusta National has done well getting longer

    March 1, 2016

    DORAL, Fla. (AP) Jack Nicklaus once joked that if Augusta National kept expanding its golf course that ''pretty soon we'll be teeing off downtown somewhere.'' He never mentioned anything about teeing off from a different golf course.Whether that happens remains to be seen, but the 13th hole is getting a lot of attention ahead of the Masters.

  • The distraction at Trump Doral is whether the PGA Tour stays

    March 1, 2016

    DORAL, Fla. (AP) Donald Trump was a distraction at golf tournaments even before he was running for president.Go back 15 years when the LPGA Tour's final event was held at Trump International in West Palm Beach. It was bad enough that Trump walked down the middle of the fairways like he owned the place (which he did). In the second round, Karrie Webb hit a tee shot on the par-3 seventh that was short of the green and tumbling toward the water when light rough held it up.

  • Tiger Woods keeps everyone guessing

    February 29, 2016

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) Adam Scott knew the only way for him to remain relevant was to win golf tournaments.Tiger Woods has it far easier. All he had to do was hit one shot in a simulator.The Honda Classic did not lack for activity, even without the beer-drinking bozos leaning over the railing of grandstands on the 17th hole to shout at Sergio Garcia that the Spaniard should ''go back to the European Tour'' and at Adam Scott to put ''two more (balls) in the water.''

  • Scott relevant again because of win, not putter

    February 29, 2016

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) Adam Scott seemed like the only person who wasn't worried about the 35-inch length of his putter.Scott was far more concerned that he had gone 36 tournaments over 21 months without winning anywhere in the world, the longest drought of his career. Nearly two years removed from No. 1 in the world, he was on the verge of falling out of the top 20 when he began his first big stretch of golf leading into the Masters.

  • Scott outlasts Garcia to win the Honda Classic

    February 28, 2016

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) Adam Scott closed with an even-par 70 on Sunday to win the Honda Classic in just his third start since a new rule banning the stroke used for the long putter that he had the past five years.Scott calmly rolled in a 30-inch par putt for a one-shot victory over Sergio Garcia.

  • Thompson wins LPGA Thailand for seventh career title

    February 28, 2016

    CHONBURI, Thailand (AP) American Lexi Thompson won her seventh LPGA title after a final-round 68 that completed a six-stroke victory over In Gee Chun of South Korea in the final round of the LPGA Thailand at the par-72 course at the Siam Country Club on Sunday.

  • Oosthuizen wins in first Australian tournament appearance

    February 28, 2016

    PERTH, Australia (AP) Louis Oosthuizen made his first tournament appearance in Australia a winning one, shooting a 1-under 71 for a one-stroke victory at the Perth International on Sunday.The former British Open champion, who led by three strokes going into the final round, finished with a 16-under total of 272 in the tournament sanctioned by the European and Australasian PGA tours.

  • Jiyai Shin wins Australian Ladies Masters by 3 strokes

    February 28, 2016

    GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) Former No. 1 Jiyai Shin has added the Australian Ladies Masters to her career victory total after shooting a 4-under 69 for a three-stroke win Sunday at Royal Pines.The South Korean, who has twice won the Women's British Open, led by two strokes after the third round and completed a 14-under total of 278. England's Holly Clyburn shot a closing 70 to finish in second place.

  • Scott, Garcia tied at Honda Classic after wild day

    February 27, 2016

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) Adam Scott hit two balls into the water on one hole and still shot 66. He still managed to share the lead Saturday with Sergio Garcia in the Honda Classic.A bizarre, breezy afternoon at PGA National ended with Scott and Garcia (67) sharing a four-shot lead going into the final round. Garcia made birdie on the 18th hole to join Scott at 9-under 201.

  • Golfer Jason Bohn has stent inserted for major blockage

    February 27, 2016

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) Golfer Jason Bohn tells NBC Sports that what was reported as a mild heart attack turned out to be much more.The 42-year-old golfer had a stent inserted Saturday for what he says was 99 percent blockage of a major artery. In a text exchange with the network, Bohn says the blockage was in his left anterior descending artery - known as the ''widow maker'' because it could lead to a major heart attack.

  • Thompson shoots 8-under 64 to lead LPGA Thailand

    February 27, 2016

    CHONBURI, Thailand (AP) Lexi Thompson shot an 8-under 64 Saturday in the third round of the LPGA Thailand to establish a four-stroke lead over Korean In Gee Chun at Siam Country Club.The fourth-ranked American fired nine birdies - against a lone bogey on the 16th - for an overall 16-under 200.

  • Oosthuizen takes 3-round lead at Perth International

    February 27, 2016

    PERTH, Australia (AP) Former British Open winner Louis Oosthuizen shot a 5-under 67 Saturday to take a three-stroke lead after three rounds of the Perth International.Oosthuizen, making his first tournament appearance in Australia, had a 54-hole total of 15-under 201 on the Lake Karrinyup Cointry Club course.

  • Shin takes 2-stroke lead into final round of Ladies Masters

    February 27, 2016

    GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) South Korea's Jiyai Shin shot a 2-under 71 for one of the few sub-par rounds of the day in post-cyclonic winds Saturday to take a two-stroke lead after three rounds of the Australian Ladies Masters.Strong winds from last week's Cyclone Winston in the South Pacific buffeted the Royal Pines course, and only nine of 75 players shot under-par rounds.

  • Rickie Fowler is on a roll at Honda Classic

    February 27, 2016

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) Rickie Fowler didn't need a course record at PGA National. The 36-hole lead will do just fine.Fowler appears to be recovering nicely from the Phoenix Open and a finish that had him choking back tears. In his last PGA Tour appearance, he had a two-shot lead with two holes to play and wound up losing in a playoff to Hideki Matsuyama by hitting two tee shots into the water on the 17th hole at TPC Scottsdale, the last one in the playoff.

  • PGA golfer Jason Bohn suffers mild heart attack at Honda

    February 26, 2016

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) PGA Tour officials say Jason Bohn suffered a mild heart attack after the second round Friday at the Honda Classic.The tour says Bohn complained of chest pains after his round and went to see a medical staff at PGA National. He was taken by ambulance to Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, where tests revealed a mild heart attack.

  • Nicklaus preaches preparation at Ryder Cup dinner

    February 26, 2016

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) Jack Nicklaus hosted Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III and 22 players for dinner in his home and spoke about how to prepare for big tournaments, a most appropriate topic.The Ryder Cup is only six months away.''We talked a little bit about preparing for major championships or for Ryder Cups, and so we all learned something for sure,'' Love said.

  • Rickie Fowler takes the lead at Honda Classic

    February 26, 2016

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) Rickie Fowler kept bogeys off his card for the second straight round Friday for a 4-under 66 and the early lead in the Honda Classic.In some respects, it was identical to Fowler's opening round - no bogeys, a 66 and another tough par save on No. 10.

  • Defending champ Yang leads in Thailand by 1 after 2nd round

    February 26, 2016

    CHONBURI, Thailand (AP) Defending champion Amy Yang carded a 3-under 69 to lead by one halfway through the LPGA Thailand on Friday.Yang trailed first-round leader Lexi Thompson by two before teeing off at Siam Country Club, then had consecutive bogeys on Nos. 5 and 6, but rallied with four birdies, including on the par-3 12th.

  • Sergio Garcia turns it around and shares Honda Classic lead

    February 26, 2016

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) The Honda Classic is the latest example of the how golf can be so hard to predict.It was colder Thursday morning for the opening round in Florida than it was any day at Pebble Beach two weeks ago. Sergio Garcia, that guy who couldn't drive, chip or putt on his way to missing the cut at Riviera last week? He was the same one who shot 5-under 65 to share the lead with Michael Thompson.

  • Larsen, Lennarth take 2nd-round lead at Ladies Masters

    February 26, 2016

    GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) Nicole Broch Larsen of Denmark and Sweden's Camilla Lennarth took a two-stroke, second-round lead Friday at the Australian Ladies Masters.Lennarth shot her second consecutive 5-under 68 while Broch Larsen, thanks to a chip-in eagle on the final hole, carded a 69 for two-round totals of 10-under 136 at Royal Pines.

  • Lennarth has early 2nd-round lead at Ladies Masters

    February 26, 2016

    GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) Camilla Lennarth of Sweden shot her second consecutive 5-under 68 to take the second-round clubhouse lead at the Australian Ladies Masters on Friday.Lennarth, starting on the 10th hole at Royal Pines, had four birdies on her final nine, including the eighth and ninth, and had a 36-hole total of 10-under 136.

  • American Uihlein has clubhouse lead at Perth International

    February 25, 2016

    PERTH, Australia (AP) Overnight leader Peter Uihlein of the United States shot a 4-under 68 to take a two-stroke clubhouse lead at the Perth International during Friday's second round.Uihlein, who birdied his final two holes after starting on the back nine, had a two-round total of 11-under 133 and a two-shot advantage over Australia's Rhein Gibson, who also shot 68.

  • Scott sends a long putter to retired R&A chief

    February 25, 2016

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) Adam Scott still has a collection of long putters that he used over the last five years. Some he keeps at his home in the Bahamas, a few others he keeps in Australia. And one was a playful gift for the man largely responsible for Scott having to abandon the club.

  • Mickelson in mix, with wind a big player at Honda Classic

    February 25, 2016

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) A combination of the wind and PGA National made this a rude welcome to the Florida swing.Shane Lowry, David Lingmerth and George McNeill shared the early lead at 3-under 67 on Thursday, and they had to work hard for it in gusts that approached 30 mph on a course that is difficult even in calm conditions.

  • Lexi Thompson takes 1st-round lead at LPGA Thailand

    February 25, 2016

    CHONBURI, Thailand (AP) Lexi Thompson had two eagles in an 8-under 64 Thursday to take a one-stroke lead over Q Baek at the LPGA Tour's Thailand tournament.Amy Yang, the defending champion, shot 66 and was two strokes behind after the first round. Two golfers were tied for fourth after opening 68s - Azahara Munoz and Jenny Shin.

  • Honda Classic kicks off Florida swing with subplots and wind

    February 25, 2016

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) Rory McIlroy has a love-hate relationship with the Honda Classic, and lately it's been the latter.McIlroy won in 2012 by holding off a late charge from Tiger Woods, and the victory propelled McIlroy to No. 1 in the world. A year later, he already was 7-over par through eight holes of the second round when he walked to the parking lot, later saying his wisdom tooth was bothering him.

  • Henderson shares 1st-round lead at Australian Ladies Masters

    February 25, 2016

    GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) Brooke Henderson birdied her first three holes and the final one Thursday for a 6-under 67 and a share of the first-round lead at the Australian Ladies Masters.The 18-year-old Canadian, at No. 11 the highest-ranked player in the field, started on the back nine at Royal Pines. She had seven birdies overall and her only bogey came on the par-4 sixth.

  • India's Kapur shares 1st-round lead at Perth International

    February 25, 2016

    PERTH, Australia (AP) India's Shiv Kapur and Romain Wattel of France shot 6-under 66s Thursday to share the early first-round lead at the Perth International.Australian Brett Rumford and Northern Ireland's Cormac Sharvin were among those two strokes behind after 68s on the Lake Karrinyup Country Club course.

  • Henderson tied for early lead at Australian Ladies Masters

    February 25, 2016

    GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) Brooke Henderson birdied her first three holes and the final one Thursday for a 6-under 67 and a share of the early first-round lead at the Australian Ladies Masters.The 18-year-old Canadian, at No. 11 the highest-ranked player in the field, started on the back nine at Royal Pines. She had seven birdies overall and her only bogey came on the par-4 sixth.

  • Honda Classic a new start and a chance for redemption

    February 24, 2016

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) A missed tee shot by Rickie Fowler. A missed putt by Phil Mickelson. A missed opportunity for Rory McIlroy.All three had great chances to win in the last tournament they played. All three are eager to get back to work at the Honda Classic at a time of the year when each tournament presents a strong test and each week gets them closer to the first major of the year at Augusta National.

  • Tiger Woods posts video to rebut rumors of his demise

    February 24, 2016

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) Tiger Woods posted a video of him swinging a 9-iron in a golf simulator on Wednesday to shoot down rumors on social media that suggested his recovery from back surgeries had worsened to the point he could not even sit in a chair.

  • Australian Ladies Masters fighting to survive after 27 years

    February 24, 2016

    GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) Australian Ladies Masters promoter Bob Tuohy says he's struggling to keep the tournament afloat after 27 years.The tournament, which has been played at Royal Pines since 1992 and has a list of former champions that includes Karrie Webb and Annika Sorenstam, begins Thursday with No. 11 Brooke Henderson as its top-ranked player. It is sanctioned by the Australian and Ladies European Tour.

  • No stress? That's a big worry for Padraig Harrington

    February 23, 2016

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) For all the emotional stress of trying to win a golf tournament, Padraig Harrington can't seem to live without it.Consider the Honda Classic.A year ago, Harrington charged his way into the lead with four straight birdies, only to dump a 5-iron into the water and make double bogey on the par-3 17th hole to fall one shot behind. Right when it looked as though he had thrown away the tournament, Harrington made a 15-foot birdie putt to get into a playoff. Two holes later on the 17th, he hit another 5-iron to 3 feet that sewed up the victory.

  • 6 weeks left for players to qualify for Masters

    February 23, 2016

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) Whether the road to the Masters started at Riviera (Rory McIlroy), PGA National (Rickie Fowler) or Doral (Jordan Spieth), qualifying for the most restricted field of the majors starts with the Florida swing.Last year ended with 89 players having earned invitations to Augusta National. Seven weeks into the new year, the number is likely to be unchanged.

  • Bubba Watson more concerned with his head than his swing

    February 22, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The swing has always come easily to Bubba Watson.He hits a golf ball with so much natural ability combined with such an unorthodox style that it piqued the curiosity of Tiger Woods when Watson first got on the PGA Tour, and even now it's enough to cause his peers to stop and watch on the practice range.

  • Watson walks to his own beat - and wins

    February 22, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) For someone who says he gets nervous around big crowds, Bubba Watson loves to be in big company.He started the week by taking his 3-year-old son to see Justin Bieber, and it ended with Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry sending him a text just a few minutes before Watson teed off in the final round of the Northern Trust Open.

  • Erynne Lee wins Symetra Tour's opening IOA Championship

    February 21, 2016

    BEAUMONT, Calif. (AP) Erynne Lee won the Symetra Tour's season-opening IOA Championship on Sunday, making an eagle on the par-5 16th and closing with a 7-under 65 for a one-stroke victory.The 23-year-old former UCLA player was making her first start on the tour. She finished at 11-under 205 at Tukwet Canyon Golf Club at Morongo and earned ,000.

  • Watson rallies for another win at Riviera

    February 21, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Bubba Watson rallied with two late birdies and closed with a 3-under 68 on Sunday to win the Northern Trust Open.Watson trailed Jason Kokrak by two shots with four holes to play at Riviera. Kokrak, going for his first PGA Tour victory, made bogey on the 15th and struggled to make par the next two holes. Watson made a 5-foot birdie putt on the 16th, two-putted for birdie on the 17th and closed with a par for a one-shot victory.

  • Australian Marcus Fraser wins inaugural Malaysian tournament

    February 21, 2016

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) Australian Marcus Fraser made a curling 18-foot putt for par on the final hole Sunday for a 3-under 68 to win the inaugural Maybank Championship Malaysia by two strokes over Lee Soo-min of South Korea.Fraser trailed third-round leader Lee throughout the final round at Royal Selangor Golf Club before taking advantage of Lee's late collapse to claim a third European Tour victory in the event co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour.

  • Japan's Nomura wins Women's Australian Open by 3 strokes

    February 21, 2016

    ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) Hawaii-based Japanese player Haru Nomura won her first LPGA tournament in her 72nd start, shooting a closing 7-under 65 on Sunday to win the Women's Australian Open by three strokes.Nomura, who was tied for the lead with two others going into the final round at The Grange's West course, finished with a 16-under total of 272.

  • Bubba Watson works his way into the lead at Riviera

    February 20, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Bubba Watson saved par from near a concession stand right of the 18th green Saturday and shot a 4-under 67 to build a one-shot lead in the Northern Trust Open at Riviera.Watson will be going for his second victory in three years at Riviera, except there is no shortage of stars trying to catch him.

  • Holman shoots 6-under 65 for 2-shot lead in Kuala Lumpur

    February 19, 2016

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) Australia's Nathan Holman shot a 6-under 65 on Friday to take a two-stroke lead after the second round of the Maybank Championship Malaysia at the Royal Selangor Golf Club.Holman, who had an opening round of 64, had seven birdies to reach 13-under at the halfway mark. Richard Bland of England also shot 65 on Friday to stay within two shots of the lead.

  • Villegas opens with a 63, Spieth tumbles to a 79 at Riviera

    February 19, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) For Camilo Villegas, who has not made a cut all year, the opening round of the Northern Trust Open was a day to savor.For Jordan Spieth, the No. 1 player in the world, it was a day to forget.Villegas ran off four straight birdies on the back nine, and one more would have tied the course record at Riviera. Instead, his chip nearly went in and he missed the 4-foot par putt for an 8-under 63 and a three-shot lead.

  • Clyburn, Matthew lead early into 2nd round of Women's Open

    February 18, 2016

    ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) England's Holly Clyburn shot a 7-under 65 Friday to move to 8-under 136 and into a tie for the clubhouse lead during the second round of the Women's Australian Open.Clyburn and Scotland's Catriona Matthew (69) held a one-stroke edge over Germany's Caroline Masson, who shot 71. Another stroke back at 6-under after a 71 was five-time champion Karrie Webb.

  • Jordan Spieth shoots 79, worst start ever on PGA Tour

    February 18, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Jordan Spieth never saw this coming - his worst start on the PGA Tour on one of his favorite courses.Spieth dropped six shots over the last seven holes Thursday at Riviera, capping it off with a three-putt double bogey from 8 feet for an 8-over 79 in the Northern Trust Open. It was his worst score since an 80 in the third round of the 2014 Tour Championship.

  • Spieth shoot 79, worst start ever on PGA Tour

    February 18, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Jordan Spieth never saw this coming - his worst start on the PGA Tour on one of his favorite courses.Spieth dropped six shots over the last seven holes Thursday at Riviera, capping it off with a three-putt double bogey from 8 feet for an 8-over 79 in the Northern Trust Open. It was his worst score since an 80 in the third round of the 2014 Tour Championship.

  • Danielson gives it the old college try at Riviera

    February 18, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Illinois senior Charlie Danielson already had a dream week even before the Northern Trust Open started Thursday.He won the collegiate qualifier Monday to earn a spot in his first PGA Tour event. He played a practice round with former Illini golfers Steve Stricker and Scott Langley. He saw Jordan Spieth at his hotel. He rode an elevator with Adam Scott.

  • Watson takes early lead at Riviera; McIlroy 1 behind

    February 18, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Bubba Watson showed how much he loves Riviera by opening with a 5-under 66 for a three-way share of the lead among the early starters in the Northern Trust Open.A steady rain overnight stopped when the round began Thursday, though the course was slightly softer.

  • Holman shoots 7-under 64 for 1-shot lead in Malaysia

    February 18, 2016

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) Nathan Holman of Australia shot a 7-under 64 to take a one-stroke lead Thursday after the opening round of the inaugural Maybank Championship Malaysia at the Royal Selangor Golf Club.England's Danny Willett and Angelo Que of the Philippines were among a group of players one shot back at 65.

  • Riviera brings out the stars

    February 18, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Adam Scott wanted to add a West Coast event to his schedule, and it made sense to go from Hawaii to San Diego at the start of the year. Instead, he went from Hawaii to his home in the Bahamas, and then flew out to the Northern Trust Open this week before heading back east for the Florida Swing.

  • Ko has 70, 7 behind SooBin Kim at Women's Australian Open

    February 17, 2016

    ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) South Korean SooBin Kim shot a 9-under 63 onThursday to leave defending champion and top-ranked Lydia Ko seven strokes behind at the Women's Australian Open.Kim's bogey-free opening round came after starting on the 10th hole of The Grange's West course. She had a three-stroke clubhouse lead over American Casey Grice with most of the afternoon groups, including five-time champion Karrie Webb, on the course.

  • McIlroy begins his road to the Masters

    February 17, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) For Rory McIlroy, the road to the Masters starts on the other side of the country.McIlroy is playing the Northern Trust Open for the first time because of all he has heard about Riviera. It's the start of a big stretch. McIlroy is playing five of the next six weeks, and he is looking to regain his No. 1 ranking along with completing the career Grand Slam at Augusta.

  • Tiger Woods Foundation looking at possible link with Riviera

    February 16, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Tiger Woods got caught in the rain without an umbrella, shot a 74 and made the cut on the number at Riviera. He withdrew the next day with the flu and hasn't been back. That was 10 years ago.That's not to suggest Riviera has seen the last of Woods.

  • After all these years, Riviera holds its own against best

    February 16, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The PGA Tour at Riviera is must-see TV for Lanny Wadkins because it's personal.The most prominent nickname for Riviera remains ''Hogan's Alley'' from when Ben Hogan won three times in two years, capping it off with the 1948 U.S. Open. Wadkins, however, has his own slice of history on the fabled course off Sunset Boulevard.

  • AP source: McIlroy and Fowler set for primetime match

    February 15, 2016

    For the first time in more than a decade, golf is getting another prime-time exhibition. Except this one will be live - under the lights.Quicken Loans is finalizing details for a match involving Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler a week before the U.S Open, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Monday.

  • Mickelson leaves Pebble with optimism and disappointment

    February 15, 2016

    PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) The 5-foot birdie putt to force a playoff at Pebble Beach spun out of the left edge of the cup, and Phil Mickelson couldn't believe it. He bent over and braced himself, the left hand on his knee and the right hand on top of the putter.

  • Vaughn Taylor wins Pebble Beach in a script out of Hollywood

    February 15, 2016

    PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) The celebrity portion of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am was supposed to end on Saturday. And then came a script right out of Hollywood, starring Vaughn Taylor as himself.His victory over Phil Mickelson - also playing himself in this drama by the sea - sounds like pure fiction.

  • Taylor rallies to win Pebble Beach for 1st win in a decade

    February 14, 2016

    PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) Vaughn Taylor closed with a 7-under 65 on Sunday and won the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am when Phil Mickelson missed a short birdie putt on the 18th hole.It was a stunning conclusion for both.Taylor hasn't won in more than a decade. He hasn't had a full PGA Tour card since 2012 and just returned from South America on the Web.com Tour. Now the longtime resident of Augusta, Georgia, gets into the Masters for the first time since 2008.

  • Bernhard Langer wins PGA Tour Champions' Chubb Classic

    February 14, 2016

    NAPLES, Fla. (AP) Bernhard Langer won the Chubb Classic on Sunday for his 26th PGA Champions Tour title, closing with a 1-over 73 for a three-stroke victory.Seven strokes ahead after opening with rounds of 62 and 66, the 58-year-old German star finished at 15 under 201 at TwinEagles. He also won in 2011 and 2013, was second in 2012 and tied for second in 2014.

  • Schwartzel races away to win Tshwane Open by 8 shots

    February 14, 2016

    PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) Charl Schwartzel raced away from the rest of the field to win the European Tour's Tshwane Open by eight shots on Sunday as he closed with a 7-under 63 to finish 16 under par.Schwartzel, who held a one-shot lead heading into the final round, had seven birdies and an eagle to cruise to victory and his second tour title this season. The former U.S. Masters champion finished with four birdies in his last seven holes for his runaway victory at Pretoria Country Club.

  • Unfazed by quake, Lydia Ko wins New Zealand Women's Open

    February 14, 2016

    CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) Unfazed by an earthquake just before she teed off, top-ranked Lydia Ko won the New Zealand Women's Open for the third time in four years Sunday.The magnitude 5.7 quake rattled the area about 10 minutes before Ko began play. She started the round on time and play wasn't interrupted by the quake.

  • Top-ranked Lydia Ko wins New Zealand Women's Open

    February 13, 2016

    CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) Top-ranked Lydia Ko won the New Zealand Women's Open for the third time in four years Sunday, closing with a 2-under 70 for a two-stroke victory.The 18-year-old South Korean-born New Zealander finished at 10-under 206 at Clearwater Golf Club. She also won the national championship in 2013 and 2015.

  • Mickelson takes the lead at Pebble Beach

    February 13, 2016

    PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) Phil Mickelson handled a strong ocean breeze and firm greens for a 6-under 66 on Saturday to take the lead going into the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.It's the first time Mickelson has had the 54-hole lead on the PGA Tour since the 2013 U.S. Open, and he hasn't won since the 2013 British Open at Muirfield. He will be going for a record-tying fifth victory in the Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

  • Bernhard Langer opens 7-stroke lead in Chubb Classic

    February 13, 2016

    NAPLES, Fla. (AP) Bernhard Langer followed his opening 10-under 62 with a 66 on Saturday to increase his lead to seven strokes in the PGA Tour Champions' Chubb Classic at TwinEagles.The 58-year-old German star's lead is the largest in the event after 36 holes. At 16-under 128, he's closing in on the tournament-record 20-under total that he set in 2011 and Kenny Perry matched in 2012.

  • Schwartzel has 1-shot lead after 3 rounds of Tshwane Open

    February 13, 2016

    PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) Charl Schwartzel will take a one-shot lead into the final round of the Tshwane Open after a 66 took him to 9 under par overall on Saturday.The former U.S. Masters champion had three birdies and an eagle in the third round at Pretoria Country Club. His bogey on the last hole was his first dropped shot since the opening round.

  • Mickelson's round stalls, Kang's does not

    February 13, 2016

    PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) The back nine didn't go according to plan for Phil Mickelson during the second round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, and the par-3 14th hole at Monterey Peninsula served as the best illustration.Mickelson's tee shot was a laser that covered the flag, and as it descended toward the green, Mickelson began talking to his golf ball.

  • Lydia Ko leads New Zealand Women's Open by 1 stroke

    February 13, 2016

    CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) Lydia Ko took a one-stroke lead into the final round of the New Zealand Women's Open after shooting a 5-under 67 Saturday.The South Korean-born New Zealander, who is defending her national title, started the day in a tie for fifth after an opening 69. On Saturday, she had six birdies and a bogey which moved her one shot ahead of Justine Dreher of France, who shot 70.

  • Kang flirts with 59 and doesn't even know it

    February 12, 2016

    PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) Sung Kang of South Korea had to scramble for par on the last hole Friday to set the course record at Monterey Peninsula with an 11-under 60. It gave him a share of the lead with Hiroshi Iwata, with Phil Mickelson in contention again at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

  • Langer shoots 62 to take 4-stroke lead in Chubb Classic

    February 12, 2016

    NAPLES, Fla. (AP) Bernhard Langer shot a 10-under 62 on Friday to take a four-stroke lead in the PGA Tour Champions' Chubb Classic at TwinEagles.Langer made 11 birdies, including five straight birdies from Nos. 3-7 and Nos. 14-18. Using a long putter, he made a 35-footer on No. 9 and a 40-footer on No. 17.

  • Schwartzel on the charge at Tswhane Open

    February 12, 2016

    PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) Charl Schwartzel made a charge up the leaderboard at the Tshwane Open, going 6 under through 17 holes of his second round before bad weather brought players off the course on Friday.Schwartzel had four birdies and an eagle to move to 5 under overall and two shots behind clubhouse leader and South African compatriot Anthony Michael.

  • Wading into Golfapalooza: the Phoenix Open's 16th hole

    February 12, 2016

    SCOTTDALE, Ariz. (AP) John Huh studied the shot from every angle before crouching behind his ball for a last look.''It doesn't break!'' a fan yelled from the bleachers.Huh then stepped to the ball and stroked a putt he thought to be true. Instead of curling into the hole, the ball held its line, spreading a grimace across Huh's face.

  • Justin Rose - and Timberlake - make a good impression

    February 12, 2016

    PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am can be a tough place for a player to make his debut because of three courses that are different except for the views along the California coast. Justin Rose managed to play Pebble Beach and Monterey Peninsula ahead of the opening round.

  • Larsen leads New Zealand Women's Open, Lydia Ko 3 behind

    February 12, 2016

    CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) Top-ranked Lydia Ko shot a 3-under 69 on Friday and was three shots off the lead and in a tie for fifth place after the first round of the New Zealand Women's Open.The 18-year-old South Korean-born New Zealander, defending her national title, sank a 20-foot put on the 18th hole for the fifth birdie of an opening round which also included two bogeys and left her within reach of the lead held by Norway's Nicole Broch Larsen at Clearwater Golf Club.

  • Chez Reavie takes the lead at Pebble Beach

    February 11, 2016

    PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) Chez Reavie enjoyed the pure weather almost as much as watching putts go in. He opened with an 8-under 63 at Monterey Peninsula to take the lead Thursday after one round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.Some of the biggest stars had to settle for simply enjoying the sunshine.

  • Jordan Spieth: the target inside and outside the ropes

    February 9, 2016

    PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) Jordan Spieth had to work his way through about 100 people who blocked his path to the first tee at Pebble Beach. They held out tournament tickets, caps, glossy photos and Masters flags for him to sign, and some asked him to stop for pictures.

  • 17th trumps 16th at Phoenix Open in Matsuyama's playoff win

    February 8, 2016

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) The par-3 16th hole is the centerpiece of the golf extravaganza known as the Waste Management Phoenix Open.Unfortunately for the 20,000 fans who packed the rowdy stadium hole at TPC Scottsdale, the action was just getting started late Sunday afternoon when the final group moved on to the 17th tee.

  • Hideki Matsuyama beats Rickie Fowler in Phoenix Open playoff

    February 7, 2016

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Rickie Fowler hit two balls into the water on the par-4 17th hole to give Hideki Matsuyama an unexpected victory Sunday in the Waste Management Phoenix Open.After blowing a two-shot lead on the 317-yard hole in regulation when he blasted a driver through the green and into the water, Fowler pulled a 5-wood into the lake on the fourth hole of a playoff to set up the deciding bogey. Matsuyama birdied the hole in regulation and two-putted for par from 6 feet in the playoff.

  • Esteban Toledo bests Billy Andrade in Champions tour playoff

    February 7, 2016

    BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) Esteban Toledo parred the third playoff hole Sunday to win the Allianz Championship over Billy Andrade on a cold, windy day at Broken Sound Club.Toledo made a 4-foot par putt after Andrade's 5-foot par try lipped out on the par-4 17th hole. Three of Toledo's four PGA Tour Champions titles have come in playoffs. Toledo (67) and Andrade (68) finished at 11-under 205.

  • Sebastian Munoz wins hometown Club Colombia Championship

    February 7, 2016

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) Sebastian Munoz won his hometown Club Colombia Championship on Sunday for his first Web.com Tour victory, two-putting for birdie from 45 feet on the par-5 18th for a one-stroke victory.Playing on a sponsor exemption, Munoz became the first Colombian winner in the history of the tour.

  • Willett wins Dubai Desert Classic with birdie putt on 18th

    February 7, 2016

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Danny Willett of England sank a birdie putt from 15 feet on the final hole to win the Dubai Desert Classic title by one shot on Sunday.Fellow Englishman Andy Sullivan (68) and Spain's Rafael Cabrera-Bello (69) set the clubhouse pace for overnight leader Willett, who protected his slim advantage with a 3-under round of 69.

  • Danny Lee takes Phoenix Open lead in front of record crowd

    February 6, 2016

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Danny Lee took the lead Saturday in the Waste Management Phoenix Open in front of the largest crowd in golf history.With an estimated 201,003 fans packing TPC Scottsdale's Stadium Course, Lee shot a 4-under 67 to move three strokes ahead of Rickie Fowler and Hideki Matsuyama.

  • Phoenix Open draws estimated 201,003 fans to break record

    February 6, 2016

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Waste Management Phoenix Open drew an estimated 201,003 fans Saturday at TPC Scottsdale to break the tournament and golf record.The previous largest crowd at the Stadium Course was 189,722 in 2014. The tournament also set a day record Friday at 160,415.

  • Pavin takes 1-shot lead into final round on Champions tour

    February 6, 2016

    BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) Corey Pavin birdied his last hole Saturday to shoot a 4-under 68 and take a one-shot lead over Tom Lehman into the final round of the Allianz Championship.Pavin's only win in 111 starts on the PGA Tour Champions came at the 2012 Allianz. He is at 10-under 134 after two trips around The Old Course at Broken Sound Club.

  • Olympic Club gets another US Open, this time for women

    February 6, 2016

    SAN DIEGO (AP) The Olympic Club is getting another U.S. Open, this one for women.The USGA announced Saturday that Olympic Club will host the U.S. Women's Open in 2021. The San Francisco club has hosted the U.S. Open five times, most recently in 2012 when Webb Simpson won.

  • Ko, Jang try to take their duel the distance in Florida

    February 6, 2016

    OCALA, Fla. (AP) Lydia Ko shot a 5-under 67 on Saturday morning to share the lead with Ha Na Jang going into the afternoon final round at the Coates Golf Championship.Ko and Jang had to return to play 12 holes to finish the third round of the rain-delayed event. Both made birdie on the par-5 18th and were at 11-under 205 at Golden Ocala. Jang had a 68.

  • Willett leads in Dubai after third round

    February 6, 2016

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Danny Willett shot a second successive round of seven-under par 65 to enjoy a one-shot advantage on top of the Dubai Desert Classic leaderboard after the third round Saturday.The Englishman, who made a gallant attempt to win the European Tour number one crown but eventually finished second to Rory McIlroy in the Race to Dubai, moved to 16-under par for the tournament, with 2012 champion Rafael Cabrera-Bello in second place at 15-under with his third consecutive round of 67.

  • James Hahn has fun, shoots 65 to take Phoenix Open lead

    February 6, 2016

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) James Hahn left his tee shot short and right on the par-3 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale, drawing boos from the rowdy fans on the stadium hole.Naturally, he felt obligated to drop and give them 10 pushups.''They came out to watch the gun show, so I popped them out right there on the tee box,'' Hahn said.

  • James Hahn shoots bogey-free 65 to take Phoenix Open lead

    February 5, 2016

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) James Hahn shot a bogey-free 6-under 65 on Friday to take the lead in the suspended second round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open.Hahn had a 10-under 132 total on TPC Scottsdale's Stadium Course to enter the weekend a stroke ahead of Rickie Fowler and Danny Lee. Fowler birdied his final hole for a 68, and Lee had a 66.

  • Bobcat on prowl for birdies at Phoenix Open golf tournament

    February 5, 2016

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) A large bobcat was on the prowl for birdies at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.The bobcat sauntered between the first and second holes Friday afternoon, seemingly comfortable not far from the fans who packed the grounds on TPC Scottsdale's Stadium Course.

  • Harold Varner III dons Panthers jersey, dabs way down 16th

    February 5, 2016

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Harold Varner III drew the ire of the rowdy fans on the 16th hole Friday in the Waste Management Phoenix Open when he put on a Carolina Panthers jersey and dabbed his way to the green.After hitting his tee shot through the green on the stadium par-3 hole, Varner donned the No. 1 jersey and repeatedly egged on the jeering crowd with dab moves mimicking quarterback Cam Newton's celebrations. The Panthers routed the Arizona Cardinals two weeks ago to reach the Super Bowl.

  • Pavin, Hamilton share 1st-round lead on PGA Tour Champions

    February 5, 2016

    BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) Former major champions Corey Pavin and Todd Hamilton shot 6-under 66s in blustery conditions Friday to share the first-round lead in the Allianz Championship.Pavin won the 1995 U.S. Open among his 15 PGA Tour titles. He made four birdies in a five-hole stretch on The Old Course despite 20-mph winds and temperatures in the 50s at the start of the PGA Tour Champions event.

  • Watson likes everything about Phoenix Open - except course

    February 5, 2016

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Bubba Watson repeated that he doesn't like TPC Scottsdale's Stadium Course. He also said he loves everything else about the Waste Management Phoenix Open.''I will have to say, I have to apologize,'' Watson said Friday, two days after criticizing the renovated course and saying he was only playing the tournament out of loyalty to his sponsors.

  • Jang leads by 1 at halfway point of LPGA Tour

    February 5, 2016

    OCALA, Fla. (AP) Lydia Ko returned Friday morning for a 15-foot birdie putt to finish the second round of the Coates Golf Championship. Three putts later, she was out of the lead.Ha Na Jang played her entire second round in the rain-delayed LPGA Tour event in frigid conditions for central Florida. Jang was steady with 15 pars, two birdies and a double bogey on the 13th hole. It added to an even-par 72 and a one-shot lead over Haru Nomura and Ko at the halfway point.

  • Els moves into contention in Dubai; McIlroy just makes cut

    February 5, 2016

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Ernie Els surged into contention Friday at the Dubai Desert Classic, while Rory McIlroy struggled just to make the cut.The 46-year-old Els, who has dropped to 205th in the world after struggling with yips over the past year, shot a 5-under 67 to move to within one shot of the lead at the halfway stage of a tournament he has won three times.

  • Rickie Fowler brings style and substance to Phoenix Open

    February 5, 2016

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Waste Management Phoenix Open is a bit out there by PGA Tour standards. So is Rickie Fowler.As comfortable in a motocross race as a golf tournament as a kid in California, Fowler was as fashion-forward as ever in high tops and jogger pants Thursday in front of more than 100,000 fans at TPC Scottsdale.

  • Ricky Fowler brings style and substance to Phoenix Open

    February 5, 2016

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Waste Management Phoenix Open is a bit out there by PGA Tour standards. So is Rickie Fowler.As comfortable in a motocross race as a golf tournament as a kid in California, Fowler was as fashion-forward as ever in high tops and jogger pants Thursday in front of more than 100,000 fans at TPC Scottsdale.

  • Fowler, Lowry, Matsuyama share Phoenix Open lead at 65

    February 4, 2016

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Rickie Fowler, Shane Lowry and Hideki Matsuyama shared the lead at 6-under 65 on Thursday in the suspended first round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open.After an hour-long frost delay at chilly TPC Scottsdale, Fowler played the first six holes in 5 under.

  • Ko catches up to lead before rain hits LPGA

    February 4, 2016

    OCALA, Fla. (AP) Lydia Ko played enough golf Thursday to catch up to the lead, but not enough to finish the rain-delayed second round of the Coates Golf Championship.Ko was 4-under par for the round and had a 15-foot birdie putt on the ninth hole at Golden Ocala when the horn sounded to stop play because of thunderstorms in the area. Ko, the No. 1 player in women's golf making her 2016 debut, was 7 under for the tournament. She was tied with Ha Na Jang, who opened with a 65 and was not scheduled to tee off until Thursday afternoon.

  • McIlroy shoots 4-under 68 in 1st round in Dubai

    February 4, 2016

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Rory McIlroy started the defense of his Dubai Desert Classic title with a bogey but battled back to post a 4-under 68 on Thursday, leaving him two shots off the lead.McIlroy bogeyed two of the easiest holes on the course - the par-5 10th, which was his first hole, and the driveable par-4 second - but also had six birdies to put him close behind leader Alex Noren of Sweden.

  • Dave Renwick, top Scottish caddie, dies of cancer at 62

    February 4, 2016

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Dave Renwick, the Scottish caddie who worked for three major champions and was on the bag for Vijay Singh's greatest season, has died of stomach cancer. He was 62.The European Tour announced his death Thursday at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic. It passed out black ribbons for players, caddies and officials to wear in his honor.

  • Bubba Watson on TPC Scottsdale: 'I don't like it at all.'

    February 3, 2016

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Bubba Watson took a big swing at TPC Scottsdale's Stadium Course - with his mouth, not his driver.''I don't like it,'' Watson said Wednesday, a day before the start of the Waste Management Phoenix Open. ''I'm not going to PC it. I don't like it at all.''

  • Lydia Ko opens season, 4 shots behind Ha Na Jang in Ocala

    February 3, 2016

    OCALA, Fla. (AP) Top-ranked Lydia Ko shot a 3-under 69 on Wednesday in the Coates Golf Championship in her first round of the season, leaving her four strokes behind leader Ha Na Jang.The 18-year-old Ko closed with a birdie on the par-5 18th, her fourth birdie on the back nine on the Golden Ocala course that features some tributes to holes at Augusta National, St. Andrews and others.

  • Furyk opts for wrist surgery, will miss 3 months and Masters

    February 2, 2016

    SAN DIEGO (AP) Jim Furyk was No. 7 in the world, No. 9 in the FedEx Cup standings and already assured a spot on the Presidents Cup team when he tied for fourth in the Deutsche Bank Championship for his seventh top 10 of the year.That was Sept. 6, and that was the last tournament he finished.

  • Jim Furyk opts for wrist surgery, will miss 3 months

    February 2, 2016

    SAN DIEGO (AP) Jim Furyk was No. 7 in the world, No. 9 in the FedEx Cup standings and already assured a spot on the Presidents Cup team when he tied for fourth in the Deutsche Bank Championship for his seventh top 10 of the year.That was Sept. 6, and that was the last tournament he finished.

  • In hindsight, the perfect ending for Brandt Snedeker

    February 2, 2016

    SAN DIEGO (AP) Nothing brings out hindsight in golf like the weather.One year when the Match Play was in Arizona, the opening round was delayed by snow that covered Dove Mountain. And while it took five hours the next day for the snow to clear, PGA Tour officials told players to be at the course in the morning in case it melted earlier.

  • A perfect storm works out perfectly for Snedeker

    February 2, 2016

    SAN DIEGO (AP) Brandt Snedeker now has four PGA Tour victories in which he started at least five shots out of the lead in the final round. The Farmers Insurance Open followed the script of his previous comeback except for one big difference.Snedeker spent more time watching the weather report than the leaderboard.

  • Snedeker winds up a winner at Torrey Pines

    February 1, 2016

    SAN DIEGO (AP) Brandt Snedeker wound up winning the Farmers Insurance Open on Monday without hitting a shot.Snedeker closed with a 3-under 69 in nasty wind and rain on Sunday. There was some question whether his lead would hold when the final round at Torrey Pines was suspended because of the conditions.

  • ON THE TEE: Snedeker has great round and needs help

    February 1, 2016

    SAN DIEGO (AP) Brandt Snedeker signed his card, tried to explain how he put together a 3-under 69 in the toughest conditions this side of Britain and then went on Twitter to express one last wish.''Weather looks perfect to me outside!!''That's because he was inside. And he was done. And while he wasn't in the lead at the Farmers Insurance Open, it looked as though that would only be a matter of time considering wind gusts that consistently topped 40 mph and occasional rain that made it feel even worse Sunday.

  • After long world tour, Spieth vows never again

    January 31, 2016

    SINGAPORE (AP) After waiting an extra day just to play one shot, Jordan Spieth finally headed home to the United States on Monday, vowing to never again attempt a globetrotting tour like the one he's just completed.Spieth had been booked to fly back to Texas on Sunday evening but had to remain in Southeast Asia another night after a thunderstorm delayed the end of the Singapore Open with the world number one only needing to putt out on the 18th hole.

  • Song hangs on to beat Spieth by a stroke at Singapore Open

    January 31, 2016

    SINGAPORE (AP) Jordan Spieth finished runner-up at the Singapore Open on Monday after South Korea's Song Young-han held his nerve to beat the fast-finishing world number one by a single stroke.Among 13 players back at Sentosa Golf Club at the break of dawn after Sunday's final round was suspended because of a thunderstorm, Spieth sank a five-foot birdie putt on the last hole, where he had marked his ball overnight, completing a final round of 5-under 66 to finish at 11-under 273.

  • Ryan Palmer wins Web.com Tour opener in Panama

    January 31, 2016

    PANAMA CITY (AP) Ryan Armour won the Web.com Tour's season-opening Panama Claro Championship on Sunday for his first victory in 217 career starts.The 40-year-old former Ohio State player closed with a 6-under 64 for a three-stroke victory over Kyle Thompson. Armour finished at 12-under 268 at Panama Golf Club.

  • Snedeker closes with 69, then waits to see if it's enough

    January 31, 2016

    SAN DIEGO (AP) Brandt Snedeker closed with a 3-under 69 on Sunday in raging weather at Torrey Pines, and then had to wait to see if it would be enough to win the Farmers Insurance Open.And that could take another day.The final round was suspended for the third time because of gusts that topped 40 mph. Jimmy Walker was at 7-under par and led by one shot over Snedeker and K.J. Choi. Walker and Choi still had eight holes to play.

  • Hyo Joo Kim wins LPGA Tour opener in the Bahamas

    January 31, 2016

    PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) Hyo Joo Kim won the season-opening Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic on Sunday, relegating Stacy Lewis to yet another second-place finish.Kim rebounded from a bogey on the 16th hole with a 9-foot birdie putt on the par-3 17th and closed with a par for a two-stroke victory over Lewis, 2015 champion Sei Young Kim and Anna Nordqvist.

  • Singapore Open held over to Monday due to rain

    January 31, 2016

    SINGAPORE (AP) Southeast Asia's fickle weather forced the organizers of the Singapore Open to delay the completion of the final round until Monday, just as Jordan Spieth was making a late charge for the title.Trailing by two shots at 10 under but still with a chance of winning, Spieth was just about to attempt a five-foot birdie putt on the final hole on Sunday when the weather suddenly turned foul and officials ordered play be stopped because of lightning strikes in the area.

  • Spieth loses more ground on final day at Singapore Open

    January 30, 2016

    SINGAPORE (AP) Jordan Spieth's woes with the putter continued to stall his momentum at the Singapore Open on Sunday as he fell five shots off the lead heading into the final round.Returning to the Sentosa Golf Club shortly after sunrise to finish his third round due to rain delays on previous days, the world's top ranked player missed his par putt on the 17th green, where he had marked his ball overnight, to drop back to 5-under for the tournament.

  • Choi, Brown tied for lead at Torrey Pines

    January 30, 2016

    SAN DIEGO (AP) K.J. Choi one-putted his last six holes Saturday to salvage an even-par 72 and a share of the lead with Scott Brown going into the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open.Choi made three birdies and saved par three times down the stretch.

  • Hull, Nordqvist share lead in Bahamas; Jang aces par 4

    January 30, 2016

    PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) Charley Hull and Anna Nordqvist shared the lead Saturday in the season-opening Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic, and Ha Na Jang had the first hole-in-one on a par 4 in tour history.Hull made a 10-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th to match European Solheim Cup teammate Nordqvist at 12-under 207 in breezy but calmer conditions at the Ocean Club. The 19-year-old Hull, from England, had a 4-under 69. Nordqvist, from Sweden, also birdied the 18th for a 68.

  • Golf analyst Mark Rolfing say cancer '100 percent gone'

    January 30, 2016

    SAN DIEGO (AP) NBC Sports and Golf Channel analyst Mark Rolfing says tests show his rare form of cancer is now ''100 percent gone.''Rolfing was diagnosed last summer with Stage 4 salivary gland cancer. He went through six weeks of proton radiation, which is aimed at a small target on his face to avoid damage to the mouth and brain. Rolfing managed to return to work in his home state for three Hawaii tournaments this month.

  • Grace successfully defends Qatar Masters title

    January 30, 2016

    DOHA, Qatar (AP) Branden Grace successfully defended his Qatar Masters title on Saturday, becoming the first player to do so since the tournament began in 1998.The South African shot a 3-under 69 on another wind-swept day at Doha Golf Club to win the second leg of the European Tour's so-called ''Desert Swing'' by two shots over Spain's Rafael Cabrera-Bello (70) and Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen (71).

  • Spieth closer to lead after marathon day in Singapore

    January 30, 2016

    SINGAPORE (AP) Jordan Spieth inched closer to the top of the leaderboard after a long and frustrating day for the American at the weather-hit Singapore Open on Saturday.Despite not playing his best in the sweltering humidity of Southeast Asia, the top-ranked Spieth kept himself in contention by ending the third day just three shots off the pace at the Sentosa Golf Club.

  • ON THE TEE: Woodland trying to overcome the perils of golf

    January 30, 2016

    SAN DIEGO (AP) Gary Woodland is among the most athletic players on the PGA Tour, with a history to back it up.He played on a traveling baseball team as a teenager in Kansas until his father suggested he narrow the number of sports he played. Woodland wasn't about to give up on basketball, and he wound up going to Washburn. His biggest thrill remains an appearance in Allen Fieldhouse to play the Kansas Jayhawks.

  • Spieth makes mixed start to marathon day at Singapore Open

    January 29, 2016

    SINGAPORE (AP) Jordan Spieth made three birdies in his last nine holes to get himself within four strokes of the lead after the weather-delayed second round of the Singapore Open on Saturday.Spieth followed up his opening round 67 with a 1-under 70 to reach the halfway stage at 5-under, four shots behind South Korea's Song Young-han, who finished his second round on Friday, before play was abandoned because of a tropical thunderstorm.

  • Woodland, Choi tied for lead at Torrey Pines

    January 29, 2016

    SAN DIEGO (AP) Phil Mickelson had to leave the golf course to play one of his shots at Torrey Pines, an early sign of the mass exodus Friday in the Farmers Insurance Open.By closing with three straight bogeys on the easier North Course, Mickelson missed the cut.

  • Khang, Hull, Nomura tied for lead in LPGA Tour opener

    January 29, 2016

    PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) Megan Khang shot a 5-under 68 in windy conditions Friday for a share of the lead in the season-opening Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic, her first event as an LPGA Tour member.The 18-year-old Khang eagled the par-5 fourth hole and had four birdies and a bogey to match England's Charley Hull and Japan's Haru Nomura at 8-under 138 at the Ocean Club. Khang, from Rockland, Massachusetts, tied for sixth at Q-school in December to earn a tour card.

  • Lawrie taking 2-shot leading into Qatar Masters final round

    January 29, 2016

    DOHA, Qatar (AP) Paul Lawrie earned a two-shot lead at a windy Doha Golf Club on Friday to close in on an unprecedented third Qatar Masters title.The overnight leader started the third round with 13 straight pars before making his first birdie on the 14th hole, then picked up another shot on the par-5 18th to finish at 2-under-par 70.

  • Spieth falls behind at stormy Singapore Open

    January 29, 2016

    SINGAPORE (AP) Jordan Spieth slipped five shots off the lead at the Singapore Open on Friday when an electrical storm forced second-round play to be abandoned.Spieth was lurking just one shot off the pace after his opening round at Sentosa Country Club, but suddenly found himself five strokes behind and tied for sixth place after Song Young-han of South Korea capitalized on his early start to beat the arrival of the foul weather and post an 8-under 63 to go to the clubhouse leading at 9 under.

  • Brown makes his birdies on tougher South for share of lead

    January 29, 2016

    SAN DIEGO (AP) The scorecard for Scott Brown was not unusual for the Farmers Insurance Open. After a rugged start, he took advantage of the par 5s and ran off eight birdies over his last 11 holes to grab a share of the lead at Torrey Pines.Only he did this on the South Course.

  • Brown handles South to share early lead at Torrey Pines

    January 28, 2016

    SAN DIEGO (AP) Scott Brown birdied his last two holes for a 6-under 66 and a share of the lead Thursday in the Farmers Insurance Open.Only it felt much better for Brown. He played on the tough South Course at Torrey Pines, which was 2 1/2 strokes harder than the North Course where Andrew Loupe shot his 66 in the opening round.

  • Michelle Wie stung by bee in LPGA Tour opener in Bahamas

    January 28, 2016

    PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) Michelle Wie was stung by a bee Thursday in the season-opening Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic, and second-ranked Inbee Park withdrew because of back pain after the second-worst round of her LPGA Tour career.Wie was stung on the hand on the 16th hole, her seventh of the day at the Ocean Club. She had three bogeys on her back nine and finished with a 3-over 76 to fall eight strokes behind leaders Paula Creamer, Charley Hull, Alison Lee, Ashlan Ramsey, Catriona Matthew, Mika Miyazato and Haru Nomura.

  • Putting tip works for Lawrie at Qatar Masters

    January 28, 2016

    DOHA, Qatar (AP) Paul Lawrie benefited from a putting tip off a friend in shooting a 6-under 66 at the Qatar Masters, giving the former British Open champion a one-shot lead after the second round on Thursday.The 47-year-old Lawrie followed up a first-round 67 to move to 11-under par, a stroke clear of Nicolas Colsaerts (68).

  • Day hopeful of defending title at Torrey Pines

    January 28, 2016

    SAN DIEGO (AP) The best season of Jason Day's career began at the Farmers Insurance Open when he won a four-man playoff, the first of his five victories that for a brief time took him to No. 1 in the world.Before he can defend his title, however, Day has to get to the first tee.

  • Spieth takes early share of lead at Singapore Open

    January 28, 2016

    SINGAPORE (AP) A good night's sleep and a helping hand from his manager was all Jordan Spieth needed to get back in the swing of things on the latest leg of his globe-trotting tour.The world's top-ranked player had arrived at the Singapore Open exhausted and complaining of fatigue after playing in the Middle East last week, but Spieth looked revitalized as he grabbed a share of third place in Thursday's opening round.

  • Mickelson admonishes Aussie teen for embellishment

    January 27, 2016

    SAN DIEGO (AP) Phil Mickelson admonished 17-year-old Ryan Ruffels for ''high school stuff'' on the eve of Australian's debut on the PGA Tour.Don't talk about wagers. And don't embellish the story.''I met him a month ago, and we played for the first time,'' Mickelson said Wednesday at the Farmers Insurance Open. ''He's young, and he's got some things to learn.''

  • Mickelson's homecoming at Torrey brings mixed memories

    January 27, 2016

    SAN DIEGO (AP) The best thing about Phil Mickelson playing at Torrey Pines is that it's his hometown event on the PGA Tour, and he is treated accordingly.These days, that might be the only thing that appeals to him.Yes, Mickelson is a three-time winner of what is now called the Farmers Insurance Open. But the last of those three victories was 15 years ago, before Rees Jones got his hands on the South Course at Torrey Pines to bulk it up for the U.S. Open.

  • Azinger replaces Norman as lead golf announcer for Fox

    January 27, 2016

    SAN DIEGO (AP) Paul Azinger has been selected as the lead golf analyst for Fox Sports as it enters the second year of televising the U.S. Open and other USGA championships.Fox confirmed Wednesday that Azinger is replacing Greg Norman.Fox signed a 12-year deal with the USGA that started last year, and the first big test was the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay. Among the criticism of the broadcast was Norman going flat during the decisive moment when Dustin Johnson three-putted from 12 feet on the last hole for Jordan Spieth to win his second straight major.

  • Oosthuizen shares lead with Larrazabal in Qatar

    January 27, 2016

    DOHA, Qatar (AP) Louis Oosthuizen made another fast start to his first tournament of the year, shooting a 7-under 65 in the first round of the Qatar Masters to share the lead with Pablo Larrazabal on Wednesday.The 2010 British Open champion has won his first event of the calendar year in four of the last five years, and in Qatar he rolled in seven birdies in a bogey-free round.

  • Sources: Azinger to be announced as lead announcer for Fox

    January 26, 2016

    SAN DIEGO (AP) Paul Azinger has been selected as the lead golf analyst for Fox Sports as it enters the second year of televising the U.S. Open and other USGA championships.Two people informed of the decision say Azinger is replacing Greg Norman. They spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday on condition of anonymity because Fox was still working out the final details of his contract.

  • Paul Dunne, another member of the Class of 2011

    January 26, 2016

    SAN DIEGO (AP) The high school class of 2011 has another member this week at the Farmers Insurance Open, although Paul Dunne is different from the others.For starters, he's from Ireland.And it's not like he grew up playing junior golf against Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Emiliano Grillo, Daniel Berger or the others.

  • The next generational shift in golf might be on TV

    January 26, 2016

    SAN DIEGO (AP) Peter Kostis went to the Ryder Cup as a swing coach and left with a broadcasting career.USA Network televised the 1989 matches when no one else wanted the Ryder Cup. Jim Simpson was the lead announcer. Gary McCord, Ben Wright and journalist Don Wade were part of the reporting crew.

  • Oosthuizen, Grace look to maintain South African domination

    January 26, 2016

    South Africans have won three of the five European Tour events in the 2016 season, and two more of the country's players seem strong candidates for a victory at the Qatar Masters.Former Open champion Louis Oosthuizen tees up for the first time in 2016 after a seven-week break and will look to continue his remarkable record of results in the opening event of a calendar year.

  • Jordan Spieth's international tour continues in Singapore

    January 26, 2016

    SINGAPORE (AP) Jordan Spieth's worldwide golf adventure continues this week at the Singapore Open, where he says the weather reminds him a bit of his home state of Texas.Spieth arrived in Singapore on Monday after an eight-hour flight from Abu Dhabi, where he finished tied for fifth, five strokes behind winner Rickie Fowler in the Abu Dhabi Championship, and said he was exhausted.

  • Fowler eyes major to merit inclusion in golf's elite

    January 25, 2016

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Golf's new ''Big Three'' has been around for only a few months, and already there's talk of the exclusive group being expanded.Rickie Fowler is back in the conversation after his fourth worldwide victory in the last nine months, over a stellar field at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

  • Jason Dufner wins playoff in CareerBuilder Challenge

    January 25, 2016

    LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) Jason Dufner got the big trophy. PGA West's TPC Stadium Course was a winner, too.Dropped from what is now called the CareerBuilder Challenge after its 1987 debut, the Pete Dye-designed course was a little more user-friendly and as theatrical as ever in its return.

  • Globe-trotter Spieth 'beat up, mentally and physically'

    January 24, 2016

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Jordan Spieth's globe-trotting days are over, at least for the foreseeable future.Golf's top-ranked player has been on a worldwide tour over the past three months, playing in South Korea, China, Australia, Bahamas, Hawaii and in Abu Dhabi this week. It doesn't stop there, either - he's competing in Singapore next week on the Asian Tour before returning to the United States.

  • Fowler leads by 2 shots after 3rd-round 65 in Abu Dhabi

    January 24, 2016

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Rickie Fowler birdied three of the remaining seven holes in his third round Sunday to break free of a congested leading group and take a two-shot lead at the Abu Dhabi Championship.Fowler shot a 7-under 65 to move to 13-under par, and was in good shape for his fourth victory in nine months.

  • Duffy Waldorf wins PGA Tour Champions opener in Hawaii

    January 23, 2016

    KAUPULEHU-KONA, Hawaii (AP) Duffy Waldorf made a 20-foot birdie putt on the final hole to beat Tom Lehman by a stroke Saturday in the PGA Tour Champions' season-opening Mitsubishi Electric ChampionshipThe 53-year-old Waldorf shot a 6-under 66 to finish at 18-under 198 at Hualalai Golf Course in his first appearance in the event for major champions from the last five years, tournament winners the last two seasons and sponsor invitees.

  • Jason Dufner shoots 64 to take 2-shot lead in CareerBuilder

    January 23, 2016

    LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) Jason Dufner birdied seven of his final nine holes Saturday at La Quinta Country Club to take a two-stroke lead in the CareerBuilder Challenge.Dufner finished with an 8-under 64 to reach 23-under 193 with one round left at PGA West's TPC Stadium Course. He opened with a 64 on Thursday on the Nicklaus Tournament Course for a share of the lead and had a 65 on Friday on the Stadium Course to take a one-stroke advantage.

  • Li hopeful accidental start in golf leads to Olympics

    January 23, 2016

    HONOLULU (AP) Li Haotong is no stranger to the big stage, even as a 20-year-old from China who never had any intention of playing golf.The year that Tiger Woods competed in China for the first time at the 2005 HSBC Champions, Li's father had a friend who wanted his own son to start training in golf. Li agreed to tag along for the first lesson.

  • More 9th-tee drama for Spieth in Abu Dhabi

    January 23, 2016

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Jordan Spieth has experienced some drama on the ninth tee at the Abu Dhabi Championship this week.It was there where he received a warning for slow play on Thursday. The following day, he hooked a drive into the backside of a spectator walking alongside the edge of a large lake.

  • McIlroy, Fowler in 5-way tie for lead in Abu Dhabi

    January 23, 2016

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler were part of a five-way tie for the lead at the Abu Dhabi Championship after Andy Sullivan made a triple-bogey in fading light to relinquish a two-shot advantage late in a fog-affected third round on Saturday.

  • British Open consider shorts in practice rounds after 2016

    January 23, 2016

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) Organizers of the British Open say they will consider allowing players to wear shorts in practice rounds after this year's tournament.The European Tour this week voted unanimously in favor of letting its players wear shorts in pro-ams and practice rounds. The new policy took effect immediately, starting at the Abu Dhabi Championship.

  • McIlroy back in mix in Dhabi after birdie-eagle finish

    January 23, 2016

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Rory McIlroy ended a frustrating second round with a birdie-eagle finish after landing approach shots inside two feet to move back into contention at the Abu Dhabi Championship on Saturday.The stunning conclusion to a weather-hit round that McIlroy described as ''pretty average'' left him tied for second with American amateur Bryson DeChambeau (72), two shots behind England's Andy Sullivan.

  • Play starts in Abu Dhabi after another delay for morning fog

    January 23, 2016

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Play has started at the Abu Dhabi Championship on Saturday after a delay of nearly three hours because of morning fog.The marquee group of top-ranked Jordan Spieth (3 under), Rory McIlroy (5 under) and Rickie Fowler (5 under) still has five holes to play in their second rounds. American amateur Bryson DeChambeau has nine holes to play and is one shot off the clubhouse lead held by England's Andy Sullivan at 10-under 134.

  • Ready or not, Phil Mickelson to face Stadium Course

    January 23, 2016

    LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) Phil Mickelson was in high school the only other time PGA West's TPC Stadium Course was used in what is now called the CareerBuilder Challenge.Ready or not after a long layoff and swing changes, Lefty had a prime Saturday tee time on the Pete Dye-designed course that was dropped from the tournament rotation after its 1987 debut.

  • Duffy Waldorf leads Champions Tour opener in Hawaii

    January 22, 2016

    KAUPULEHU-KONA, Hawaii (AP) Duffy Waldorf shot a 7-under 65 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead in the in the PGA Tour Champions' season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship.Waldorf had a bogey-free round at Hualalai Golf Course to reach 12-under 132.

  • Jason Dufner shoots 65 to take CareerBuilder Challenge lead

    January 22, 2016

    LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) Jason Dufner patiently worked his way around PGA West's TPC Stadium Course on Friday to take the lead in the CareerBuilder Challenge.Dufner shot a 7-under 65, matching the best round of the first two days on the difficult course that is being used in the tournament for the first time since 1987. Jamie Lovemark was a stroke back after a 65 on the adjacent Nicklaus Tournament Course.

  • Ryder Cup, not flight to space, appeals to Sullivan in 2016

    January 22, 2016

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) A flight to space in 2016 doesn't appeal to Andy Sullivan. For the English golfer, this year is mostly about one lofty ambition - getting in Europe's Ryder Cup team.And he's going about it in the right way.Sullivan has caught the eye of European captain Darren Clarke at the Abu Dhabi Championship this week, shooting 5-under 67s in the first and second rounds playing alongside the Northern Irishman to set the clubhouse target at 10 under. It continues Sullivan's good form from last week when he won three points from three matches for Clarke in Europe's big win over Asia in the EurAsia Cup in Malaysia.

  • Adam Hadwin shoots 66 at difficult Stadium Course

    January 22, 2016

    LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) Jason Dufner, Jerry Kelly, Jeff Overton and Anirban Lahiri had the lowest scores in the first round of the CareerBuilder Challenge. Adam Hadwin had as good of a round, if not better.Hadwin opened with a 6-under 66 on Thursday on PGA West's TPC Stadium Course, a number that left the Canadian two strokes back on the leaderboard - and two shots ahead of what he would have taken entering the day.

  • 2nd round in Abu Dhabi makes belated start after fog

    January 22, 2016

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) The start of the second round of the Abu Dhabi Championship was delayed by nearly three hours because of fog.Play began at 10.05 a.m. local time (0705 GMT). It is likely the second round will carry over to Saturday.

  • Joe Durant leads PGA Tour Champions' opener

    January 21, 2016

    KAUPULEHU-KONA, Hawaii (AP) Joe Durant shot a 7-under 65 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead in the PGA Tour Champions' season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship.The 51-year-old Durant had nine birdies and two bogeys at Hualalai Golf Course. He teamed with Billy Andrade last year to win the Legends of Golf for his first title on the 50-and-over tour.

  • Mickelson, Stadium Course return strong at CareerBuilder

    January 21, 2016

    LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) Phil Mickelson returned from a long layoff with a big mid-round run. PGA West's TPC Stadium Course came back strong, too, Thursday in the CareerBuilder Challenge.Mickelson played a seven-hole stretch in 6 under at La Quinta Country Club, holing out for eagle on the par-4 eighth with a shot that spun back 15 feet. He chipped in on the next hole and added another birdie on 11, but made two late bogeys and finished with a 4-under 68 in his first start since the Presidents Cup in October.

  • McIlroy upstages Spieth in Abu Dhabi; US amateur takes lead

    January 21, 2016

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Jordan Spieth was aggrieved at being given a warning for slow play, and complained that his tee shots were ''short and crooked.''But after his opening round of the Abu Dhabi Championship on Thursday, the top-ranked Spieth's biggest concern might just be the sublime form of his playing partner.

  • 'The Golf Scientist' tames Abu Dhabi field with unique style

    January 21, 2016

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Bryson DeChambeau was still in high school when he told his father: ''I think I can change the game of golf.''On Thursday, he was comparing his trailblazing qualities to those of Albert Einstein and George Washington, and calling himself ''The Golf Scientist.''

  • McIlroy upstages Spieth with 1st-round 66 in Abu Dhabi

    January 21, 2016

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Rory McIlroy began 2016 with a masterful display of driving to set up a 6-under 66 at the Abu Dhabi Championship, upstaging top-ranked playing partner Jordan Spieth in the first round on Thursday.McIlroy was two strokes behind early leader Bryson DeChambeau (64), the U.S. Amateur champion, after rolling in eight birdies in his first appearance after two months off, during which he underwent laser eye surgery.

  • Mickelson, PGA West's Stadium Course back after long layoffs

    January 20, 2016

    LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) Phil Mickelson is back after a long layoff. So is PGA West's TPC Stadium Course.The 45-year-old Mickelson is making his first start since the Presidents Cup in October, while the Stadium Course is back in the CareerBuilder Challenge rotation after nearly 30 years.

  • Hyundai reaches deal as title sponsor PGA Tour's LA event

    January 20, 2016

    FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. (AP) Hyundai has reached a deal to become the title sponsor of the PGA Tour event at Riviera Country Club, following Northern Trust's decision to shift from the Los Angeles tournament to the FedEx Cup playoff opener in the New York/New Jersey area.

  • Short game: European Tour allows shorts in practice, pro-ams

    January 20, 2016

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Golfers on the European Tour have a new item of clothing to pack in their suitcases.The tour said Wednesday it will allow players to wear shorts during practice rounds and pro-ams after the policy was passed unanimously by a tournament committee in Abu Dhabi.

  • Top-ranked Spieth, No. 3 McIlroy collide in Abu Dhabi

    January 20, 2016

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) The latest stop for Jordan Spieth on his tour of the golfing world is the Middle East and an eagerly anticipated head to head with Rory McIlroy at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship this week.It seems that two of the sport's biggest names have clashed before the first tee shot has even been struck.

  • McIlroy expects better short game, putting after eye surgery

    January 20, 2016

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Rory McIlroy expects his short game and putting to be better this year after undergoing laser eye surgery during his two-month break from competitive golf.''It's definitely made things just that little bit sharper, maybe within 50 meters or so,'' McIlroy said Wednesday ahead of his first tournament of 2016 at the Abu Dhabi Championship. ''I feel like I've always been a decent green reader, but maybe not quite as good as I could be. So that was one of the reasons why I took this step.''

  • Spieth's top goal in 2016: Winning the Ryder Cup with US

    January 20, 2016

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Forget the majors, forget an Olympic gold medal: Jordan Spieth's big goal in 2016 is winning the Ryder Cup with the United States.''We're tired of hearing about changes that need to be made. We're tired of hearing about the past,'' the top-ranked Spieth said Wednesday, adopting a fierce tone. ''And we're ready to believe in a younger, more hungry team going forward.''

  • European Tour: Players can wear shorts in practice, pro-ams

    January 20, 2016

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Golfers on the European Tour have a new item of clothing to pack in their suitcases.The tour will allow players to wear shorts during practice rounds and pro-ams after the policy was passed unanimously by a tournament committee in Abu Dhabi late Tuesday.

  • Olympic golf test event needs players in Rio

    January 19, 2016

    HONOLULU (AP) With golf joining the Olympics for the first time since 1904, the PGA Tour is trying to put together a test event for the new course in Rio de Janeiro.The tour is having a tough time finding anyone to go because of the crowded 2016 schedule.

  • Even the world's best golfers envy parts of others' game

    January 19, 2016

    HONOLULU (AP) Jimmy Walker does not like to talk about another player's game when they are in the same group except for when ''Good shot'' is warranted. So he had to hold his tongue last summer while playing with Justin Rose.''He drove it so good, on a rope. I was like ... wow,'' Walker said. ''I waited two days and I said, `Justin, I don't give out compliments very often, but I've never seen anyone drive the golf ball as good as you did the last two days.'''

  • Northern Trust to shift title sponsorship from LA to NY

    January 19, 2016

    HONOLULU (AP) Northern Trust is moving its title sponsorship on the PGA Tour from Los Angeles to New York and will become the opening FedEx Cup playoff event next year, which could create a small domino effect of sponsors.Barclays has decided not to renew its title sponsorship after 12 years in the New York area. Starting in 2017, the FedEx Cup playoff's first event will be called The Northern Trust. It will keep the previous courses, starting with Glen Oaks in 2017 and rotating among Ridgewood, Plainfield, Liberty National and Bethpage Black.

  • Donaldson picks up chainsaw injury, misses Abu Dhabi event

    January 18, 2016

    LONDON (AP) Welsh golfer Jamie Donaldson looks set to miss this week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship after tangling with a chainsaw and picking up a severe finger injury.Donaldson, who scored the decisive point as Europe defeated the United States at the 2014 Ryder Cup, posted a graphic photo on Twitter of what seemed to be a laceration to the little finger on his left hand.

  • From caddie games to Sony Open winner for Fabian Gomez

    January 18, 2016

    HONOLULU (AP) Some of the toughest battles Fabian Gomez ever faced were with the other caddies he grew up with in Argentina.Money didn't come easily. He got by on about per round as a caddie in Resistencia, and he mowed lawns to earn extra cash. Cutting grass paid more. But it was those games with the other caddies that helped prepare him for moments like Sunday in the Sony Open.

  • Reports: Norman to be replaced at Fox Sports

    January 18, 2016

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Greg Norman is no longer part of the golf team for Fox Sports, according to published reports.Golfweek Magazine and Golf.com reported Sunday night that the two-time major champion is being replaced for next year. Fox Sports last year started a 12-year contract with the USGA that includes the U.S. Open, U.S. Women's Open and its other championships.

  • Gomez wins Sony Open in a playoff over Snedeker

    January 17, 2016

    HONOLULU (AP) Fabian Gomez of Argentina closed with two birdies for an 8-under 62, and then made his 11th birdie of the day on the second playoff hole to beat Brandt Snedeker on Sunday in the Sony Open.Gomez won for the second time on the PGA Tour, and this one was much tougher.

  • Paul Chaplet wins Latin America Amateur, spot in Masters

    January 17, 2016

    LA ROMANA, Dominican Republic (AP) Six years after Paul Chaplet first touched a golf club, the 16-year-old from Costa Rica is going to the Masters.Chaplet closed with a 2-under 70 on Sunday to win the Latin American Amateur, earning an exemption to Augusta National in April and a spot in the final stage of qualifying for the U.S. Open and British Open.

  • The history of the secondary cut starts at Sony Open

    January 17, 2016

    HONOLULU (AP) Until this year, the Sony Open did not hold many fond memories for Brandt Snedeker.He made his PGA Tour debut as a rookie in 2007 and missed the cut by seven shots. He returned the following year, shot 68-72 at Waialae to make the cut, walked into the scoring trailer and was told he would not have a tee time the next day.

  • Haydn Porteous wins maiden Euro Tour title at Joburg Open

    January 17, 2016

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) Haydn Porteous kept his nerve to go bogey-free through the final round Sunday and win the Joburg Open by two shots for his first European Tour title.The South African finished with a 3-under 69 for an 18-under total of 269 at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club. He pushed clear of a three-way tie for the lead overnight for his breakthrough win.

  • Europe dominates singles, boosts win margin in EurAsia Cup

    January 17, 2016

    SHAH ALAM, Malaysia (AP) Europe dominated Sunday's singles matches 9-1/2 to 2-1/2 to comfortably win the EurAsia Cup.The second edition of the trans-continental team event ended with a lopsided 18-1/2 to 5-1/2 score in favor of the visitors at Glenmarie Golf and Country Club.

  • Snedeker, Blair tied for lead at Sony Open

    January 16, 2016

    HONOLULU (AP) Zac Blair missed a 2-foot birdie putt on his final hole Saturday and had to settle for a share of the lead with Brandt Snedeker.Blair drilled a 3-wood into the par-5 closing hole at Waialae to just over 40 feet, lagged it short and pulled the short birdie. He still had a 6-under 64 and will have a good shot at his first PGA Tour victory.

  • Mardy Fish wins Diamond Resorts Invitational

    January 16, 2016

    WINDERMERE, Fla. (AP) Former tennis player Mardy Fish won the Diamond Resorts Invitational on Sunday, easily holding off former pitcher Rick Rhoden in the modified Stableford event for celebrity athletes and entertainers.Players received six points for eagle, three for birdie, one for par, zero for bogey and minus-2 for double bogey and higher in the inaugural event at Golden Bear Club at Keene's Point.

  • Wall, Lombard, Porteous share lead at Joburg Open

    January 16, 2016

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) Anthony Wall has a chance at his second European Tour title and first in 16 years when he heads into the final round of the Joburg Open as part of a three-way tie for the lead.England's Wall and South Africans Zander Lombard and Haydn Porteous were on 15-under-par 200 on Saturday after three rounds at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club.

  • Bertinotti takes 1-shot lead at Latin American Amateur

    January 16, 2016

    LA ROMANA, Dominican Republic (AP) Gaston Bertinotti of Argentina shot 3-under 69 on Saturday to take a one-shot lead in the Latin America Amateur Championship, leaving him one round away from playing in this year's Masters.Bertinotti, a junior at Campbell University in South Carolina, was at 5-under 211 at the Casa De Campo's Teeth of the Dog course.

  • Kevin Kisner paid his dues to get to paradise

    January 16, 2016

    HONOLULU (AP) Kevin Kisner can get used to this kind of living, and this kind of playing.He was one shot out of the lead through two rounds of the Sony Open, his fourth straight PGA Tour event where he has been in the final group going into the weekend. Later that afternoon, he was headed back to a hotel on Waikiki Beach to sit at the pool with his wife and 18-month-old daughter.

  • Europe dominates 2nd day to lead Asia 9 to 3

    January 16, 2016

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) Europe dominated the second day of the EurAsia Cup to lead Asia 9 to 3 at a sunny Glenmarie Golf & Country Club on Saturday.''We do not want to be complacent, but there's no harm in feeling confident and trying to win by a big margin,'' Lee Westwood said. ''We dominated the first two days and hopefully we will dominate the singles on the final day as well.''

  • New year for Snedeker, old season for Kisner

    January 16, 2016

    HONOLULU (AP) This is a new year for Brandt Snedeker, and an old season for Kevin Kisner.Snedeker's final official tournament of 2015 was a trip to the Australian PGA Championship and a small dent in his pride. He opened with an 84 and followed with a 75. Working on a new setup with swing coach Butch Harmon, the results have come quicker than he might have imagined.

  • Mardy Fish leads Diamond Resorts Invitational

    January 15, 2016

    WINDERMERE, Fla. (AP) Former tennis player Mardy Fish scored 30 points Friday in the inaugural Diamond Resorts Invitational to take a nine-point lead after the second round of the modified Stableford event for celebrity athletes and entertainers.Players receive six points for eagle, three for birdie, one for par, zero for bogey and minus-2 for double bogey and higher.

  • Snedeker sets the target at Waialae

    January 15, 2016

    HONOLULU (AP) Brandt Snedeker had a 5-under 65 and never came seriously close to a bogey Friday to build a one-shot lead midway through the second round of the Sony Open.Snedeker, playing Waialae for the first time in eight years, was at 12-under 128.

  • Colombia's Nicolas Echavarria leads Latin American Amateur

    January 15, 2016

    LA ROMANA, Dominican Republic (AP) Colombia's Nicolas Echavarria shot a 7-under 65 on Friday to take a three-stroke lead after the second round of the Latin American Amateur Championship.The winner Sunday will receive a spot in the Masters and the U.S. Amateur and British Amateur.

  • Champions Tour selects Sherwood CC for season-ending event

    January 15, 2016

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) The Champions Tour will stage the first of three season-ending events in the new Charles Schwab Cup playoffs at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, California.The tour said Thursday the PowerShares QQQ Championship will be played Oct. 28-30. The club located outside Los Angeles also will play host in 2017 and 2018.

  • McGowan opens 3-shot lead at Euro Tour's Joburg Open

    January 15, 2016

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) Ross McGowan opened a three-shot lead after two rounds of the European Tour's Joburg Open following a sizzling 9-under 62 on Friday.The Englishman, who regained his place on the tour this season, fired six birdies and two eagles on the par-71 West Course at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington to go 14 under for the tournament. That followed his 5-under 67 on the East Course in the opening round.

  • Europe lead Asia by 3 points in EurAsia Cup after first day

    January 15, 2016

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) Europe grabbed a good lead over Asia in the EurAsia Cup by 4 1/2 to 1 1/2 after the opening day at Glenmarie Golf & Country Club on Friday.Bernd Wiesberger and Ian Poulter notched five birdies and an eagle to beat Anirban Lahiri and Wang Jeung-hun 4 and 3 in the first fourballs match, then Kristoffer Broberg and Ross Fischer doubled that advantage.

  • Singh tries to find his old head and his old form

    January 15, 2016

    HONOLULU (AP) To look at his scorecard, it would appear Vijay Singh relied heavily on his putter in the first round of the Sony Open. He made birdie putts from 50 feet, 30 feet and two from 20 feet. To listen to the big Fijian, his opening round had more to do with a book.

  • Vijay Singh tied for early lead at Waialae

    January 14, 2016

    HONOLULU (AP) Vijay Singh opened with a 7-under 63 and a share of the early lead Thursday in the Sony Open, showing why at 52 he doesn't spend a lot of time with players his own age.Singh played bogey-free in gorgeous weather and mild wind at Waialae. He finished with two birdies to join Ricky Barnes and Morgan Hoffmann atop the leaderboard among those who played in the morning.

  • Ortiz, Miranda share Latin American Amateur lead

    January 14, 2016

    LA ROMANA, Dominican Republic (AP) Mexico's Alvaro Ortiz and Ecuador's Jose Andres Miranda shared the first-round lead at 4-under 68 on Thursday in the Latin American Amateur Championship.The winner Sunday will receive a spot in the Masters and the U.S. Amateur and British Amateur.

  • Bret Saberhagen leads Diamond Resorts Invitational

    January 14, 2016

    WINDERMERE, Fla. (AP) Two-time Cy Young Award winner Bret Saberhagen scored 25 points Thursday in the Diamond Resorts Invitational to take a two-point lead in the modified Stableford event for celebrity athletes and entertainers.Players receive six points for eagle, three for birdie, one for par, zero for bogey and minus-2 for double bogey and higher.

  • Justin Walters leads Joburg Open by 1 shot

    January 14, 2016

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) Justin Walters made birdie on the last hole to take a one-shot lead after the first round of the European Tour's Joburg Open on Thursday.The South African made his sixth birdie of the day on No. 18 for a 7-under 65 on the East Course at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington. That gave Walters a narrow advantage over six men tied for second on 6 under.

  • Walker going for rare 3-peat at Sony Open

    January 14, 2016

    HONOLULU (AP) Jimmy Walker is trying to join some exclusive company at the Sony Open.In his lifetime - Walker turns 37 on Saturday - only four players have won the same PGA Tour event three times in a row. Tom Watson did it at the Byron Nelson Classic. Stuart Appleby did it at Kapalua. Steve Stricker won three in a row at the John Deere Classic. Tiger Woods did it on six occasions.

  • Spieth signs major endorsement with Coca-Cola

    January 13, 2016

    HONOLULU (AP) Jordan Spieth has an endorsement with another major company, signing on with Coca-Cola as a brand ambassador.Coca-Cola announced Wednesday a multiyear partnership with Spieth in which the world's No. 1 player will be used in television advertising, digital and social media, packaging, point-of-sale and other areas. He also will be promoting the company's Dasani brand of water.

  • Steve Stricker feeling rejuvenated about the new year

    January 13, 2016

    HONOLULU (AP) Steve Stricker decided three years ago to start cutting back on his schedule. Now he can't wait to get started.That's why he left Wisconsin for the California desert the day after Christmas for six days of hard work, followed by a trip to the North Shore of Oahu for a week of work and play before starting his season at the Sony Open.

  • Clark hopes to have solution for long putter

    January 12, 2016

    HONOLULU (AP) Tim Clark hopes he has found the solution to the anchoring ban for longer putter, even if it makes it feel as though he is starting over.''I feel like this is my rookie season because I don't know what to expect,'' Clark said Tuesday at the Sony Open.

  • Spieth beats winners-only field, and now faces Rory McIlroy

    January 12, 2016

    HONOLULU (AP) Fresh off an eight-shot victory, Jordan Spieth gets one week of rest before stepping back into spotlight. He leaves this weekend for the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship and his first meeting of the year with Rory McIlroy.''I didn't know he was playing. I'll probably withdraw now,'' Spieth jokingly said Tuesday during a conference call for the Valspar Championship.

  • Europeans using EurAsia Cup to prepare for Ryder Cup

    January 12, 2016

    Europe captain Darren Clarke was keen to stress that the Ryder Cup in September wasn't in his thoughts heading into the second edition of the EurAsia Cup this week.''There's no Ryder Cup stuff going on in the back of my mind,'' Clarke said on Tuesday.

  • Spieth uses Tiger comparisons to stay grounded

    January 12, 2016

    HONOLULU (AP) To compare Jordan Spieth with Tiger Woods is not a mistake because Spieth does it all the time.That's what keeps him grounded.And don't be shy about throwing Phil Mickelson into that conversation. Spieth thinks a lot about Lefty, too.As he walked toward a Maui sunset with a lei around his neck and the silver trophy in his hand from an eight-shot victory in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, Spieth was asked what kept him from getting a big head.

  • Robert Allenby seeking to put 'nightmare' behind him

    January 11, 2016

    KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) Robert Allenby returned to paradise with hopes of putting a nightmare behind him.Allenby has missed the Sony Open only three times in his 17 years on the PGA Tour, and this would have been an acceptable occasion to miss. He went from victim of what he first described as a robbery and kidnapping to the butt of jokes over a bizarre night in Honolulu that left him with a bloodied forehead and no memory of what happened.

  • Spieth sends statement as big as his 8-shot win

    January 11, 2016

    KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) Jordan Spieth went on Twitter in the final hour of 2015 to say, ''Would rather this year not end.''Maybe it never did.Coming off a blockbuster year including the Masters, U.S. Open, five victories and the FedEx Cup, Spieth delivered a statement Sunday in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions by crushing the winners-only field at Kapalua for an eight-shot victory.

  • Spieth opens the new year in style with win at Kapalua

    January 10, 2016

    KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) Jordan Spieth brought his old form to the new year and had no trouble winning the Hyundai Tournament of Champions on Sunday.Staked to a five-shot lead, Spieth made two straight birdies around the turn at Kapalua to restore his margin, and he spent the rest of the afternoon soaking up the views of surf and sun on Maui.

  • Kapalua can be the start of great things to come

    January 10, 2016

    KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) The stars are back at Kapalua, and perhaps this is where the brightest will shine again.The Hyundai Tournament of Champions first moved to the Plantation Course on the western tip of Maui in 1999, and while the tournament was lacking in Sunday drama at times, it served as a harbinger in the early years for great seasons that followed.

  • Brandon Stone claims maiden Euro Tour win at SA Open

    January 10, 2016

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) Brandon Stone won the South African Open on Sunday for his maiden European Tour title, becoming the youngest player to win the event since it joined the tour schedule in 1997.The 22-year-old South African finished with a roller-coaster round of 71 that had seven birdies and also six bogeys, but it was still enough for a two-shot win over fellow home player Christiaan Bezuidenhout.

  • Spieth with another big finish leads by 5 at Kapalua

    January 9, 2016

    KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) Sharp as ever in the first PGA Tour event of the year, Jordan Spieth capped off the third round Saturday with a 10-foot eagle putt for an 8-under 65. He had a five-shot lead over Brooks Koepka going into the final day at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

  • Stone & Brooks share lead at South African Open

    January 9, 2016

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) Brandon Stone and Daniel Brooks share the lead at the European Tour's South African Open after the third round was suspended because of approaching thunderstorms and the threat of lightning on Saturday.Englishman Brooks was already one of the players who had to get up early to complete their second rounds because of similar stormy weather and a suspension on the second day in Johannesburg. He was 1 under for the day through nine holes to be 10 under overall.

  • Padraig Harrington has his own definition of a good year

    January 9, 2016

    KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) Padraig Harrington describes 2015 with words like ''grind'' and ''tough.'' It was not what he would refer to as a great year, and it doesn't sound like someone who is part of the most elite PGA Tour event of the year at Kapalua.

  • Spieth knows the math and pursues rare territory

    January 9, 2016

    KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) Even with only three semesters of college before he decided to try to make a living playing golf, Jordan Spieth is good at math.With four birdies and a pair of tough pars on the final six holes Friday in the Hyundai Tournament of Championship, he shot a 9-under 64 to build a four-shot lead in the first PGA Tour event of the year. More startling was the total score - 16-under 130.

  • Spieth opens up a 4-shot lead at Kapalua

    January 8, 2016

    KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) Jordan Spieth chipped in for eagle and ended his day with a birdie that dropped on the last turn. It gave him a 9-under 64 for a four-shot lead in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions on Friday.The first PGA Tour event of the year feels a lot like last year. Spieth is making putts. Spieth is chipping in. And everything seems to go his way, like the putt on the final hole that left him smiling.

  • Allenby returns to Sony Open

    January 8, 2016

    KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) Robert Allenby is returning to the Sony Open and hopeful of a better outcome - on and off the golf course.Allenby still doesn't know what happened last year the night he missed the cut, a bizarre tale that left him with a bloodied scrape on his forehead and a black eye. The story gained traction because of a photo he posted to Facebook to let his children know what had happened. He was robbed of his credit cards and cellphone.

  • Donated Augusta National member green jacket sold in Houston

    January 8, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) An Augusta National Golf Club green jacket from the 1960s donated to a Houston charity in a bundle of clothes has sold for thousands of dollars to a Pennsylvania car dealer.The Guild Shop sold the jacket Friday following media stories about the highly collectible item.

  • Kevin Kisner is ready to build on a breakthrough year

    January 8, 2016

    KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) Kevin Kisner has a motto for 2016 that surely is unlike that of any other player on the PGA Tour.Don't be Ronda Rousey.''Make sure we don't do so many commercials, get caught up in celebrity and then get knocked out in the second round,'' his swing coach, John Tillery, said with a laugh. The reference was to the UFC women's bantamweight title fight in Australia two months ago when Rousey was floored by a kick to the head by Holly Holm.

  • Grace's charge at SA Open halted by stormy weather

    January 8, 2016

    GAUTENG, South Africa (AP) Branden Grace's charge up the leaderboard at the SA Open was halted by stormy weather Friday with play abandoned midway through the second round.The South African was tied for the lead with Keith Horne at 8 under, after going through 11 holes in 5 under, when play was called off for the day at Glendower Golf Club because of the threat of lightning.

  • Spieth and Reed bring out the best in each other

    January 8, 2016

    KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) - Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed competed against each other in junior golf, each beat the other in a playoff on the PGA Tour, were partners in the Ryder Cup and played in the last group of the U.S. Open on the weekend last year.

  • Reed begins title defense at Kapalua with a 65

    January 7, 2016

    KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) Patrick Reed had three eagle attempts Thursday and made the last one for an 8-under 65 and a one-shot lead over Jordan Spieth in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.Reed is the defending champion at Kapalua and has top 10s in his last six tournaments around the world.

  • Van Zyl tops South African-dominated leaderboard at SA Open

    January 7, 2016

    GAUTENG, South Africa (AP) Jaco van Zyl shot a 7-under 65 Thursday to top a South African-dominated leaderboard in the first round of the SA Open, the European Tour's first event of 2016.Van Zyl maintained the form that put him in ties for eighth and 13th at the season-opening Alfred Dunhill Championship and Nedbank Golf Challenge before Christmas, hitting six birdies and an eagle.

  • Knox knows Laettner - and his place as PGA Tour winner

    January 7, 2016

    KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) Russell Knox knows he is in good company at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions because only PGA Tour winners are at Kapalua.That wasn't always the case, though Knox can be forgiven.Years ago, when the 30-year-old Scot was still grinding in golf's minor leagues, a friend who looked after Fred Funk's home in Florida invited Knox over for a few beers and to watch a fight on pay-per-view. Funk's house had everything, including a pingpong table, and Knox was playing when another guest arrived.

  • New year begins with strongest field in 10 years

    January 7, 2016

    KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) The Plantation Course at Kapalua was considered the ideal start to the PGA Tour.The idyllic setting on the west end of Maui made it feel like a working vacation, and the generous fairways - some 80 yards wide on some hole - were nearly impossible to miss even for players who were trying to shake off rust from their long winter's nap.

  • Day has his own act to follow at Kapalua

    January 6, 2016

    KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) Jordan Spieth isn't the only player who starts a new year with a tough act to follow.Jason Day had a monster year in golf with five wins and his first major championship. His hopes for 2016 are to win as often as he can, return to No. 1 and become the dominant player in golf.

  • Day said he had another bout with vertigo at St. Andrews

    January 6, 2016

    KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) Jason Day fought through symptoms of vertigo to share the 54-hole lead at the U.S. Open in one of gutsiest rounds of the year.But that wasn't the end of his vertigo.Day revealed Wednesday that he had another bout with vertigo during the seven holes he played Saturday in the weather-delayed British Open at St. Andrews.

  • World Cup to be held at Kingston Heath

    January 6, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The World Cup of Golf is going to Kingston Heath in November.Officials announced late last year that the two-man team event would be going to Melbourne, and the assumption was that it would return to Royal Melbourne. Instead, it will go to a course that is among the best in the fabled Sandbelt.

  • Irish golfer Christy O'Connor Jr dies at 67

    January 6, 2016

    LONDON (AP) Christy O'Connor Jr., the Irish golfer who produced the shot of his career to help Europe retain the Ryder Cup in 1989, has died. He was 67.O'Connor died in his sleep while on holiday in Tenerife in Spain's Canary Islands, the European Tour said on Wednesday.

  • Spieth coming off a big year and looking to improve

    January 5, 2016

    KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) Jordan Spieth had an answer for anyone curious about what he will do for an encore.''Doesn't an encore mean that the show is then over?'' he said Tuesday.The 22-year-old Texan hopes that will be the case. He has been described as having an old head on a young body, and that much was evident going into the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. Spieth says he looked at areas where he can improve. He also realizes the golfing public will measure him against what he did in 2015 instead of whatever he does this year.

  • Lingering soreness in wrist keeps Furyk from Kapalua

    January 5, 2016

    KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) Jim Furyk wanted nothing more than to be in Kapalua for the start of the new year on the PGA Tour. His left wrist refused to cooperate.Furyk hasn't played since he walked off the course in the first round of the BMW Championship on Sept. 17 with what turned out to be a bone bruise on his wrist. He wound up missing the Presidents Cup, and took the rest of the year off to make sure it was fully healed.

  • A new year on the PGA Tour raises 5 questions

    January 5, 2016

    KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) Jordan Spieth spent the first official practice day of the new year in good company.As he rolled putts at Kapalua, his teenage sister Ellie sat next to him on the practice green and watched until she reclined on her back and took in the warmth of the Hawaii sun. Few tournaments are more relaxing than the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, and that's just what golf needs.

  • Zach Johnson among 8 players moving to PXG

    January 4, 2016

    KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) Bob Parsons conducts business to an extreme, and that now includes golf clubs.The people he hired to build his golf clubs have no limitations and no deadlines. Money is no object, either, and that better be the case for the consumers. Parsons, the billionaire founder of GoDaddy, is selling his PXG clubs at about ,000 for the entire set.

  • Woods turns 40 and heads into uncertain future

    December 30, 2015

    Ten days after Tiger Woods turned 24, he picked up his 16th career PGA Tour victory by beating Ernie Els in an epic battle at Kapalua.More than winning his fifth straight PGA Tour event - the longest streak since 1953 - it was how he won. They matched eagles on the 18th in regulation and birdies in the playoff, and then Woods ended it on the second extra hole with a 40-foot birdie putt that was downhill, into the grain and broke hard to the left.

  • PGA Tour widening gap in world ranking points

    December 29, 2015

    European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley laid out ambitious plans with hopes of becoming a ''viable alternative'' to the PGA Tour.That starts with an increase in prize money, and he went so far as to say that it would make more sense for the European Tour's flagship event to be the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai ( million purse) instead of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth ( million purse) because of the money.

  • A year in golf: Tales from the tour

    December 29, 2015

    No one knows for sure when Tiger Woods will compete again, and that includes Woods. Still, there were indications earlier this month he wasn't ready to retire.Woods watched from a golf cart at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas. He also spent time in the TV booth, as he often does during his tournament. Woods might not always have a lot to offer in an interview, but he's a natural talking about golf. He is so good in the booth that someone jokingly suggested perhaps he should replace Johnny Miller when he's done playing.

  • Major moments, major shots for 2015

    December 22, 2015

    Jason Day's drive. Jordan Spieth's flop shot. Zach Johnson's putt.Major championships produce shots that can be more memorable than the winner holding the trophy. Zach Johnson with a claret jug? The more lasting image from the British Open was Johnson holding his crouch and slowly clenching his fist on the 18th green at St. Andrews.

  • 1-hole adjustments in match play could lead to a big margin

    December 22, 2015

    The biggest blowout in the Match Play Championship was Tiger Woods winning every hole on the front nine and closing out Stephen Ames, 9 and 8, at La Costa in 2006. This was two days after Ames, the No. 64 seed, jokingly said anything can happen in match play, ''especially where he's hitting the ball.''

  • American Pharoah, Curry and Spieth up for AP Male Athlete

    December 21, 2015

    Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, NBA MVP Stephen Curry and Masters and U.S. Open champ Jordan Spieth are the leading candidates for The Associated Press 2015 Male Athlete of the Year award.The AP announced the top three vote-getters Monday, and the winner will be announced Saturday.

  • Masters field at 89 going into next year

    December 21, 2015

    Lee Westwood did his part in Thailand. The math took care of the rest, and he's going to the Masters.Westwood, who tied for second two weeks ago in the Thailand Golf Championship, will move up one spot to No. 50 next week in the final world ranking of the year, assuring him a place in the field at Augusta National in April.

  • Juli Inkster returns as Solheim Cup captain

    December 18, 2015

    Juli Inkster said being the U.S. Solheim Cup captain was one of the biggest thrills of her career.And now she gets to do it again.Inkster was introduced as captain Friday during a surprise announcement at Des Moines Country Club, the Iowa course that will host the 2017 matches. She is the fourth American to be captain a second time, and she will try to join Judy Rankin as the only captain of two winning teams.

  • Broadcaster Mark Rolfing returns after scary cancer battle

    December 15, 2015

    Mark Rolfing could not imagine anything keeping him away from a golf tournament at Kapalua.Not even cancer.''I cannot believe how good it is to hear my voice,'' Rolfing said Monday evening, repeating a standard greeting. That voice was filled with so much enthusiasm it sounded as though it could have been coming from the television instead of a telephone.

  • Rome to host 2022 Ryder Cup

    December 14, 2015

    ROME (AP) The Ryder Cup is headed to Italy for the first time, with the Marco Simone club in Rome chosen Monday to host golf's biggest team event in 2022.Italy beat rival bids from Germany, Spain and Austria to secure hosting rights for the 44th edition of the biennial competition between Europe and the United States.

  • Lanny and Tucker Wadkins win Father/Son Challenge

    December 13, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Lanny and Tucker Wadkins won the PNC Father/Son Challenge on Sunday with an eagle on the first hole of a four-team playoff.Tucker made the 40-foot eagle putt on the par-5 18th at Ritz-Carlton Golf Club. The 23-year-old former University of Arizona player works in investor relations.

  • Donaldson wins Thailand Championship

    December 13, 2015

    CHONBURI, Thailand (AP) Jamie Donaldson won his first title of the year after beating Clement Sordet of France and defending champion Lee Westwood by three strokes in the final round of the Thailand Championship at the Amata Country Club on Sunday.The No. 68-ranked Donaldson rallied from two shots behind at the start of the day to shoot a final-round 65 that featured nine birdies and two bogeys for an overall 21-under-par 267 to win the title. The victory gives the Welshman one of four berths into next year's British Open.

  • Dufner-Snedeker teams wins Franklin Templeton Shootout

    December 12, 2015

    NAPLES, Fla. (AP) Jason Dufner felt his pairing with Brandt Snedeker would work out well, particularly in best ball.He was right.Dufner and Snedeker birdied the last two holes in best ball on Saturday and won the Franklin Templeton Shootout by two shots. The Dufner-Snedeker team finished at 30-under 186 at Tiburon Golf Club.

  • Vijay and Qass Singh shoot 59 to lead Father/Son Challenge

    December 12, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Vijay and Qass Singh eagled the par-5 18th hole for a 13-under 59 and a two-stroke lead Saturday in the PNC Father/Son Challenge scramble event.Vijay made the eagle putt after Qass hit a 6-iron from 189 yards to 15 feet.''I always enjoy playing with my dad,'' Qass said.

  • Bernhard Langer selected PGA Tour Champions player of year

    December 12, 2015

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Bernhard Langer won the Jack Nicklaus Award on Saturday as the PGA Tour Champions player of the year for the record fifth time.Langer also won the award in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2014. The 58-year-old German star successfully defended his Senior Players title in June in Massachusetts for his fifth senior major title and won in San Antonio in October for his 25th victory on the 50-and-over tour.

  • Asian Tour rookie from France leads in Thailand by 2 shots

    December 12, 2015

    CHONBURI, Thailand (AP) Clement Sordet of France produced an unblemished 9-under-par 63 to steal the lead from Jamie Donaldson of Wales by two strokes after the third round of the Thailand Golf Championship on Saturday.Sordet made seven birdies and eagled the par-5 15th hole for the outright lead, his first on the Asian Tour. Sordet turned pro this year after graduating from university in the United States, and usually competes on the European Tour's second-tier Challenge Tour.

  • Hoffman-Berger take 1-stroke lead at Shootout in Florida

    December 11, 2015

    NAPLES, Fla. (AP) Charley Hoffman and Daniel Berger had a one-stroke lead after Friday's second round of the Franklin Templeton ShootoutHoffman-Berger had birdies on the last three holes to finish 8 under for the day and 20-under 124 for the tournament. They led Brandt Snedeker and Jason Dufner and opening-day leaders Matt Kuchar and Harris English by a stroke.

  • Donaldson still leading after Thailand 2nd round by 2

    December 11, 2015

    CHONBURI, Thailand (AP) Jamie Donaldson of Wales leads the Thailand Championship into the weekend by two shots over Martin Kaymer after the second round on Friday.Donaldson carded a 4-under-par 68 to lie at 13 under in the Asian Tour event at Amata Spring Country Club.

  • Kuchar, English take 1-shot lead in Shootout in Florida

    December 10, 2015

    NAPLES, Fla. (AP) Matt Kuchar and Harris English made a run at the record in the first round of the Franklin Templeton Shootout.They're in the lead with a 14-under 58 at the Tiburon Golf Club. Billy Horschel-Hunter Mahan and Graeme McDowell-Gary Woodland are tied for second with 59s.

  • Donaldson opens with 63 to lead Thailand Championship by 3

    December 10, 2015

    CHONBURI, Thailand (AP) Jamie Donaldson of Wales enjoyed a sizzling opening round of 9-under-par 63 to take a three-stroke lead over three players including 2013 winner Sergio Garcia in the Thailand Championship on Thursday.Donaldson, who hasn't won in 16 months, birdied his first four holes and the last two at Amata Spring Country Club, and said, ''I couldn't really do things wrong.

  • Finchem not sure how much longer he'll stay commissioner

    December 8, 2015

    NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem jokingly said he was relieved to see Tiger Woods still alive after reading such gloomy reports from his press conference in the Bahamas about his back issues. Finchem didn't come away with a feeling that Woods was finished.

  • His back ailing, Woods is merely an onlooker - for now

    December 9, 2015

    NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) Jordan Spieth is used to having an audience on the golf course.Just not Tiger Woods.Spieth had just made bogey from the sand on the par-3 fifth hole at Albany Golf Club when he heard from the other side of the ropes, ''Don't worry. You'll get it back.''

  • Spieth gets 3 weeks to reflect on big year

    December 8, 2015

    NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) Jordan Spieth and his caddie shared the kind of hug on the 18th green normally seen only by winners.They were six shots behind when they finished the Hero World Challenge, and it was clear this moment wasn't about Sunday at Albany Golf Club. This was about the realization that the year was finally over, the kind of year a player never wants to end.

  • China's Simin Feng wins LPGA Tour Q-school

    December 7, 2015

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) China's Simin Feng completed a wire-to-wire victory in the LPGA Tour Qualifying Tournament on Sunday to regain a full exemption.The 20-year-old Feng closed with a 3-under 69 at LPGA International for an 18-under 342 total and a seven-stroke victory. The top 20 earned full cards, and Nos. 21-45 and ties received conditional status.

  • Watson wins World Challenge by 3 shots

    December 6, 2015

    NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) Bubba Watson wasn't even planning to play in the Hero World Challenge. He left no doubt Sunday who was going to win.With two quick birdies, Watson was never seriously challenged at Albany Golf Club and sailed home to a 6-under 66 for a three-shot victory over Patrick Reed.

  • Leishman wins by 6 strokes in Sun City

    December 6, 2015

    SUN CITY, South Africa (AP) Marc Leishman picked up his maiden European Tour title on Sunday as he won the Nedbank Challenge by six strokes.The Australian, who started the final round ahead of Henrik Stenson by one shot, carded a 5-under 67 to finish 19 under for the tournament and win .25 million.

  • Japan LPGA wins 6 singles matches to capture The Queens

    December 6, 2015

    NAGOYA, Japan (AP) Japan took six of 18 singles matches on Sunday to capture the inaugural Queens match-play tournament between teams from different women's golf tours,The Japan LPGA team went into the final round with an eight-point lead over the Korean LPGA, and Misuzu Narita got the home team off to a winning start with a 6 and 5 win over Europe's Catriona Matthew.

  • Holman wins Australian PGA championship in 3-way playoff

    December 6, 2015

    GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) Australian Nathan Holman parred the first hole of a three-way playoff with American Harold Varner III and South Africa's Dylan Frittelli to win the Australian PGA championship on Sunday.Holman, who shot a final-round 1-over 73, and Frittelli and Varner, who each shot 75s, finished with even-par totals of 288.

  • China's Simin Feng opens 5-shot lead in LPGA Tour Q-school

    December 5, 2015

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) China's Simin Feng shot a 3-under 69 on Saturday on the Hills Course to take a five-stroke lead into the final round of the LPGA Tour Qualifying Tournament.The 20-year-old Feng shot had a 15-under 272 total at LPGA International. The top 20 finishers Sunday will earn full LPGA Tour cards, and Nos. 21-45 and ties will receive conditional status.

  • Simin Feng opens 5-shot lead in LPGA Tour Q-school

    December 5, 2015

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) China's Simin Feng shot a 3-under 69 on Saturday on the Hills Course to take a five-stroke lead into the final round of the LPGA Tour Qualifying Tournament.The 20-year-old Feng shot had a 15-under 272 total at LPGA International. The top 20 finishers Sunday will earn full LPGA Tour cards, and Nos. 21-45 and ties will receive conditional status.

  • Watson ties course record and takes 2-shot lead in Bahamas

    December 5, 2015

    NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) Bubba Watson holed out with a 7-iron for eagle and tied the course record with a 9-under 63 Saturday to build a two-shot lead after three rounds at the Hero World Challenge.Watson tied the record at Albany Golf Club set 10 minutes earlier by Paul Casey, who made nine birdies in his first 13 holes before closing with five pars for his 63 that left him two shots behind.

  • Leishman leads Stenson by 1 after 3rd round at Sun City

    December 5, 2015

    SUN CITY, South Africa (AP) Marc Leishman birdied the last two holes to card a 6-under 66 and move into the lead on the third day of the Nedbank Challenge.The Australian started the day on 8-under par, trailing leader Henrik Stenson by three shots, but a strong back nine saw him close the day on 14 under to lead the Swede by one stroke.

  • A familiar wish list for Jordan Spieth

    December 5, 2015

    NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) What if Jordan Spieth could win only one tournament next year? He wasted no time with his answer.''The Masters,'' he said.That's true for a lot of players. However, Spieth already has a green jacket from his record-tying performance at Augusta National this year. It would seem he would prefer to win the British Open or the PGA Championship to get closer to the career Grand Slam. Or maybe even a gold medal from the Olympics because that only comes around once every four years, and for golf once in more than a century.

  • American Varner III shoots 66 to share Australian PGA lead

    December 5, 2015

    GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) American Harold Varner III shot a 6-under 66 Saturday to move into a three-way share of the lead after three rounds of the Australian PGA championship.Varner, who bounced his approach shot off the 18th-hole grandstand but scrambled to make par for the best round of the day, had a 54-hole total of 3-under 213.

  • Brandt Jobe wins Champions Tour Q-school

    December 4, 2015

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Brandt Jobe won the Champions Tour qualifying tournament Friday to earn one of five fully exempt spots next year, closing with a 2-under 69 for a one-stroke victory.Jobe, a six-time winner on the Japan Golf Tour, had an 18-under 266 total on TPC Scottsdale's Champions Course.

  • Simin Feng leads LPGA Tour Qualifying Tournament

    December 4, 2015

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) China's Simin Feng eagled the par-5 18th hole Friday to take a two-stroke lead after the third round of the LPGA Tour Qualifying Tournament.The 20-year-old Feng shot a 3-under 69 on LPGA International's Jones Course to reach 12-under 204.

  • Jordan Spieth in a 3-way tie for the lead in Bahamas

    December 4, 2015

    NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) Jordan Spieth rallied from a rugged start for a 6-under 66 on Friday that gave him a share of the lead with Jimmy Walker and Bill Haas going into the weekend at the Hero World Challenge.Spieth feels like he's on vacation in the Bahamas. On the golf course, it's all business.

  • Stenson takes 1-shot lead after 2nd round Nedbank Challenge

    December 4, 2015

    SUN CITY, South Africa (AP) Henrik Stenson made five birdies on his back nine to shoot a 5-under 67 Friday and take a one-shot lead after the second round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge.After bogeying three straight holes before a two-hour rain delay, the Swede came back out to pick up five shots between the 11th and 17th holes for an 11-under total of 133. Jaco van Zyl of South Africa was second after a 68, with American Robert Streb shooting the best round of the day for a 66 to sit another shot back in third.

  • Byeong-Hun An 1st Asian to win Rookie of the Year in Europe

    December 4, 2015

    VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) Byeong-Hun An of South Korea became the first Asian to win the rookie of the year award on the European Tour on Friday, a feat he hopes will inspire other golfers from his continent to play in Europe.The 24-year-old An won his first tour title at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth in May - finishing the flagship event with a record low score - and had top-four finishes in three of the four Final Series events, earning him a seventh-place finish in the Race to Dubai.

  • Soft wind, low scores and an ace by Jordan Spieth

    December 4, 2015

    NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) Jimmy Walker had reason to believe he was simply playing golf on vacation.He was at Albany Golf Club, located at the far end of New Providence island with a tropical feel even without views of the ocean. The air was warm. The breeze was gentle. And there was hardly anyone watching him play golf.

  • Sweden's Lingmerth leads Australian PGA by 1 stroke after 68

    December 4, 2015

    GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) David Lingmerth of Sweden shot a 4-under 68 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead after two rounds of the Australian PGA championship.Lingmerth had a 36-hole total of 3-under 141 on a Royal Pines course playing slightly easier than Thursday, when rain and gusting winds prevented all but six players from finishing under par in the European Tour co-sanctioned event.

  • Feng, Yang share LPGA Tour Qualifying Tournament lead

    December 3, 2015

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) China's Simin Feng and South Korea's Julie Yang shared the second-round lead at 9-under par Thursday in the LPGA Tour Qualifying Tournament.Feng had a 2-under 70 on LPGA International's Hills Course, and Yang shot a 69 on the Jones Course.

  • Casey part of 3-way tie for the lead at World Challenge

    December 3, 2015

    NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) Paul Casey is off to a good start in his final chance this year to get a victory.Casey made birdie on the 18th hole at Albany Golf Club on Thursday for a 6-under 66 and a share of the first-round lead with Jimmy Walker and Zach Johnson in the Hero World Challenge.

  • Stenson, Van Zyl shoot 6 under in 1st round to lead Sun City

    December 3, 2015

    SUN CITY, South Africa (AP) South African player Jaco van Zyl overcame the nerves attached to his Nedbank Golf Challenge debut to ensure some local representation at the top of the leaderboard as he closed the first round at Sun City level with Henrik Stenson.

  • Woods opens up on failed marriage, future in golf

    December 3, 2015

    NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) Tiger Woods says he has a ''fantastic'' relationship with his ex-wife and he has taken steps to explain to his two children what happened to their marriage.In a rare and extensive interview with Time magazine, Woods also shared the same sentiments about his future that he did Tuesday at the tournament he is hosting in the Bahamas. He still wants to play golf at the highest level, though he is resigned that it might not happen if the nerve damage in his back doesn't allow for it.

  • Spieth defends World Challenge title on a new course

    December 3, 2015

    NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) Jordan Spieth had good memories and a strong vibe when he showed up at the Hero World Challenge last year. It was held at Isleworth, where Spieth recorded an eight-shot victory for his first college title as a freshman at Texas.

  • Brandt Snedeker shoots 84 in opening round of Australian PGA

    December 3, 2015

    GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) Brandt Snedeker, the top-ranked player at the Australian PGA championship, shot a 12-over-par 84 in the opening round Thursday.Snedeker, ranked 38th and one of only three players in the top 100 at Royal Pines this week, was 7-over after five holes. Starting on the back nine, he had two bogeys, a double bogey and a triple bogey to start and made the turn in 9-over 45.

  • Brandt Jobe leads Champions Tour Q-school

    December 3, 2015

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Brandt Jobe shot a 5-under 66 on Thursday to increase his lead to two strokes in the Champions Tour qualifying tournament.The top-five finishers Friday will earn fully exempt status, and the next seven will be conditionally exempt. The top 30 finishers and ties will be eligible to compete for spots in open qualifiers.

  • Woods still a big presence at his tournament

    December 2, 2015

    NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem met with Tiger Woods on Wednesday and was happy to see him alive.''I kidded him because based on media reports I read before I came down here this morning, I thought he was actually dying. `Tiger, you're supposed to be dead.' I just saw him,'' Finchem said. ''He's alive.''

  • Song, Feng lead LPGA Tour Qualifying Tournament

    December 2, 2015

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Christine Song and China's Simin Feng each shot 7-under 65 on Wednesday to share the first-round lead in the LPGA Tour Qualifying Tournament.Song and Feng opened on LPGA International's Jones Course. South Korea's Julie Yang was third after a 66 on the Hills Course, and Cydney Clanton had a 67 on the Jones Course.

  • Spieth's big lesson on closing paid big dividends

    December 2, 2015

    NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) One year ago, Jordan Spieth had doubts that his game was good enough to close out tournaments.That's no longer the case.Spieth last year failed to convert three times when he had at least a share of the 54-hole lead, including the Masters and The Players Championship. He ended 2014 by going wire-to-wire in the Hero World Challenge at Isleworth.

  • Casey looking forward to a team uniform - in the Olympics

    December 1, 2015

    NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) Paul Casey would love nothing better than to wear a uniform and play for the flag in 2016.His motivation is Rio, not Hazeltine.''Not that I know,'' Casey said Tuesday with a smile, ''but I think we have until July 11.''He was talking about the cutoff for qualifying for the Olympics, and the 38-year-old from England has a good chance to qualify for the United Kingdom. Casey is No. 24 in the world ranking and currently behind Justin Rose (No. 5) and Danny Willett (No. 20). As steady as he has been playing, Casey is setting his target on the top 10. The UK can have as many as four players provided they are within the top 15 on July 11.

  • Jason Day, Jarrod Lyle honored with golf awards

    December 1, 2015

    GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) Jason Day has been named the winner of the inaugural Greg Norman Medal as Australia's best-performing international golfer while Jarrod Lyle was awarded the PGA Tour's Courage Award for his battle with cancer.Day, ranked No. 2 in the world, won five times on the U.S. PGA Tour this year, including his first major at the U.S. PGA Championship. Day, one of eight male and female nominees by the PGA of Australia, also finished tied for fourth at the British Open.

  • Tiger Woods has no timetable on healing or playing

    December 1, 2015

    NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) Tiger Woods painted a bleak picture Tuesday on when he can return to golf or even get back to doing anything more than just walking.Woods had two back surgeries in a span of 18 months followed by what he described only as another ''procedure'' in the same area in October. He has not started rehabilitation and does not know when his back will allow for that.

  • Memorable shots with every club in the bag

    December 1, 2015

    ALBANY, Bahamas (AP) Jordan Spieth hit a 3-wood from 281 yards. Zach Johnson hit a putt that traveled about 30 feet.Both resulted in a major championship.Every club in the bag had a story to tell in 2015, a year on the PGA Tour marked by big wins, clutch shots and frustration that golf so often produces. So here's a look back at some of the most memorable shots involving each club in the bag.

  • Diana Murphy nominated as USGA president

    November 30, 2015

    FAR HILLS, N.J. (AP) Diana Murphy has been nominated to a one-year term as president of the U.S. Golf Association.If elected, she would be the second woman to be president of the USGA. Judy Bell was president in 1996-97. Murphy's husband, Reg Murphy, was USGA president in 1994-95.

  • Schwartzel wins Euro Tour's Alfred Dunhill Championship

    November 29, 2015

    MALELANE, South Africa (AP) Charl Schwartzel eased to a four-shot victory at the Alfred Dunhill Championship on Sunday to become the third South African behind Ernie Els and Retief Goosen to win 10 European Tour titles.Schwartzel's fourth triumph at the Alfred Dunhill was ultimately comfortable as he finished with a 2-under 70 for a 15-under total of 273.

  • Jones overcomes some anxious moments to win Australian Open

    November 29, 2015

    SYDNEY (AP) Matt Jones talked about the ''stress and anxious moments'' during his final round at the Australian Open on Sunday.He wasn't exaggerating.Jones overcame a bogey, double-bogey and triple-bogey on the front nine Sunday to escape with a one-stroke victory in the 100th Australian Open after shooting a 2-over 73. Jones, who led defending champion Jordan Spieth by three strokes to begin the day, finished with a 72-hole total of 8-under 276.

  • Matt Jones wins Australian Open with closing 2-over 73

    November 29, 2015

    SYDNEY (AP) Matt Jones overcame a bogey, double-bogey and triple-bogey on the front nine Sunday to escape with a one-stroke victory at the Australian Open after shooting a 2-over 73.Jones, who led defending champion Jordan Spieth by three strokes to begin the day, finished with a 72-hole total of 8-under 276.

  • Rod Pampling shoots course-record 61 at Australian Open

    November 28, 2015

    SYDNEY (AP) Australian veteran Rod Pampling shot the round of his career on Sunday to break Jordan Spieth's course record at The Australian Golf Club with a 10-under 61 during the final round of the Australian Open.Spieth set the previous mark of 63 during the final round last year while winning the Australian Open by six strokes, with Pampling finishing runner-up. It was the first time the Jack Nicklaus-designed course had played at a par-71.

  • Schwartzel leads by 3 shots at Alfred Dunhill Championship

    November 28, 2015

    MALELANE, South Africa (AP) Charl Schwartzel will take a three-shot lead into the final round of the European Tour's season-opening Alfred Dunhill Championship after a 2-under 70 moved him to 13 under par on Saturday.Schwartzel has returned to form at one of his favorite tournaments, which he's won three times before.

  • Jones maintains lead at Australian Open, Spieth 3 behind

    November 28, 2015

    SYDNEY (AP) Matt Jones shot a 3-under 68 to hold a three-stroke advantage over a surging Jordan Spieth after the third round of the Australian Open on Saturday.Defending champion Spieth holed out with his shot from the fairway on the par-4 17th for an eagle, then had a tap-in birdie on 18 for a 67.

  • Schwartzel leads Euro Tour opener in South Africa

    November 27, 2015

    MALELANE, South Africa (AP) Charl Schwartzel shot a 5-under 67 Friday to open a five-shot lead after the second round of the European Tour's season-opening Alfred Dunhill Championship.Schwartzel, a three-time champion at Alfred Dunhill, made six birdies and a bogey for an 11-under total of 133 at the halfway point.

  • Spieth, Scott go in opposite directions at Australian Open

    November 27, 2015

    SYDNEY (AP) Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott went in opposite directions at the Australian Open on Friday while Matt Jones used home-course advantage to shoot a 3-under 68 and take a three-stroke lead after two rounds.Jones, a member at The Australian Golf Club, had a 36-hole total of 7-under 135 on a course that was playing only slightly easier after Thursday's brutal wind and heat when only 18 players broke par.

  • Jones' 68 gives him early 2nd-round lead at Australian Open

    November 26, 2015

    SYDNEY (AP) Matt Jones used home-course advantage to shoot a 4-under 68 Friday and take the early clubhouse lead during the second round of the Australian Open.Jones, who is a member at The Australian Golf Club, had a 36-hole total of 7-under 135 on a course that was playing easier after Thursday's brutal wind and heat when only 18 players broke par.

  • Scott slides down Australian Open leaderboard with 73

    November 27, 2015

    SYDNEY (AP) A ''flat'' and tired Adam Scott shot a 2-over 73 at the Australian Open on Friday, a round that allowed him to make the cut but likely did little to help him end his 2015 victory drought.Scott, playing for the sixth time in eight weeks, was right on the cutline when he finished his second round just before midday Friday, but he eventually was two inside the 4-over cut mark. He was tied for 34th and nine strokes behind second-round leader Matt Jones.

  • New Euro Tour season opens in South Africa, Basson leads

    November 26, 2015

    MALELANE, South Africa (AP) Christiaan Basson holds the clubhouse lead in the first round of the European Tour's season-opening Alfred Dunhill Championship, with play being suspended Thursday because of lightning.Charl Schwartzel is part of a tie for second.

  • Spieth, Scott shoot 71s at Australian Open, trail by 5 shots

    November 26, 2015

    SYDNEY (AP) Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott struggled to even-par 71s in the hot, windy opening round of the Australian Open on Thursday, leaving the top two-ranked players in the tournament five strokes behind little-known leader Lincoln Tighe.Spieth and Scott, tied for 19th with 11 others, were in good company. Australia's Tighe, with seven birdies and two bogeys, had a one-stroke lead after his 66, one of only 18 in the 156-player field who broke par at The Australian Golf Club.

  • Spieth finds going tough in 1st round of Australian Open

    November 26, 2015

    SYDNEY (AP) Last year, Jordan Spieth played what he called the best round of his life by shooting a record 8-under 63 to win the Australian Open by six strokes.A year later, under similarly tough conditions at the Australian Golf Club, the 22-year-old American, now a two-time major and Tour Championship winner, found the going much more difficult, shooting an even-par 71 that left him five strokes behind surprise first-round leader Lincoln Tighe of Australia.

  • Spieth has 71 at Australian Open, trails early leader by 5

    November 25, 2015

    SYDNEY (AP) Jordan Spieth birdied his opening hole and bogeyed his last during an even-par 71 Thursday that saw the defending champion trail early leader Lincoln Tighe by five strokes on a blustery, hot day at the Australian Open.In scorching hot, windy conditions, Spieth started on the 10th hole with a birdie, bogeyed a par-3 on each nine and finished with a 5 on the par-4 ninth at The Australian Golf Club.

  • Scott's 14-year title streak under threat as 2015 winds down

    November 25, 2015

    SYDNEY (AP) Adam Scott is without a tournament victory thus far in 2015, putting his 14-year record of winning at least one tournament a year in jeopardy going into this week's Australian Open.But Scott said Wednesday that his family life - he became a father in February - had nothing to do with it.

  • Adam Scott playing well ahead of Australian Open

    November 24, 2015

    SYDNEY (AP) Adam Scott said the Australian Golf Club, which will host the Australian Open beginning Thursday, might be in the best shape of any course he's played this year. His score in Wednesday's pro-am might have made him feel that way.Scott initially said after his pro-am round he had a ''bunch of birdies,'' but when told that one of his playing partners said that Scott had shot ''9 or 10 under'' on the par-71 course, Scott smiled and said: ''Yes, it was something like that, but I stopped counting because I didn't want to use them all today.''

  • LPGA team event moves to Merit Club near Chicago

    November 24, 2015

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) The LPGA Tour is moving the International Crown to the Merit Club outside Chicago next year.The match-play event among eight countries was to be held July 21-24 at Rich Harvest Farms in the southwestern Chicago suburbs. The LPGA didn't say why it was moving from the home of the 2009 Solheim Cup.

  • New stars to give Kapalua its strongest field in a decade

    November 24, 2015

    ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) The start of a new year on the PGA Tour at Kapalua lost some sizzle when Tiger Woods stopped going after 2005, which was four years after Phil Mickelson decided to go to Hawaii only for a vacation.And when the PGA Tour went to a wraparound season two years ago, the Hyundai Tournament of Champions was in an awkward spot. Yes, it was the first event of the year, but the season had started three months earlier.

  • A mixed message in Ryder Cup qualifying

    November 24, 2015

    ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) Davis Love III wore more than one hat at Sea Island, and sometimes he couldn't switch them fast enough.Love is the Ryder Cup captain, and he was part of the task force that decided Americans who competed in the fall start to the PGA Tour season should not get any Ryder Cup points. Love also is the tournament host of the RSM Classic, the final event of the fall.

  • Spieth gets all the tough questions at the Australian Open

    November 24, 2015

    SYDNEY (AP) Jordan Spieth must have thought he answered all the tough questions during a 30-minute media conference Tuesday that had to be cut off by Australian Open organizers.The most prying questions, though, came a few hours later from a group of about 60 kids during a junior clinic on the range at The Australian Golf Club, where Spieth will open play Thursday in defense of his 2014 title.

  • Count Jordan Spieth as a likely Rio Olympics starter in 2016

    November 24, 2015

    SYDNEY (AP) Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott, the two headliners at this week's Australian Open, have distinctly different excitement levels over next year's Rio Olympics golf tournament.While both agree a team competition would have been nice, Scott says he'll go if he can fit it into his schedule, and isn't very enthused. On Tuesday, however, Spieth said count him in unless he's injured or, by some miracle, the world's top-ranked golfer fails to qualify.

  • At 18, Lydia Ko's dominance may just be beginning

    November 23, 2015

    NAPLES, Fla. (AP) Lydia Ko had just been handed a million bonus for the second consecutive year, and the first thing she thought about buying with those newfound additional riches was a new phone.She's had a bunch. She keeps dropping them.''My mom doesn't like it,'' Ko said. ''Phones are expensive.''

  • Kisner steady rise finally leads to a trophy

    November 23, 2015

    ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) The question to Kevin Kisner sounded like a trap, even though it was grounded in truth.Does he feel like a player who is top 20 in the world?Hardly anyone knew Kisner going into this year. He tied for fourth at Sea Island a year ago for his best finish ever on the PGA Tour. He ended the year at No. 236 in the world. In three full PGA Tour seasons, he only kept his card once.

  • Jeff Gove wins Pebble Beach Invitational

    November 22, 2015

    PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) Web.com Tour player Jeff Gove won the Pebble Beach Invitational on Sunday, birdieing the final two holes for a 6-under 66 and a two-shot victory over Champions Tour players Kevin Sutherland and Duffy Waldorf.Gove had seven birdies and a bogey at Pebble Beach to finish at 15-under 273 total.

  • Wie finishes a 2015 season filled with struggle

    November 22, 2015

    NAPLES, Fla. (AP) Michelle Wie's final stroke of the season was a long putt from just off the green, and when it dropped she couldn't wait to retrieve the ball from the cup.Her season, mercifully, was over.Wie hasn't won a tournament since the 2014 U.S. Women's Open, and wasn't even close this year. More than half the players on the LPGA Tour finished in the top 10 at least once this season, Wie not among them. She tied for 32nd at the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship that ended Sunday, capping her showing with a 5-under 67 that was her best round in weeks.

  • Kisner finally comes through in final event of PGA Tour year

    November 22, 2015

    ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) Kevin Kisner ended a year marked by runner-up finishes with his first PGA Tour victory Sunday at Sea Island.With the RSM Classic in his hands, Kisner ran with it. His three-shot lead turned into a six-shot lead at the turn, and he breezed home with a 6-under 64 to win by six shots over Kevin Chappell.

  • Kerr wins title, Ko takes million, Park going to Hall

    November 22, 2015

    NAPLES, Fla. (AP) Cristie Kerr won the tournament. Lydia Ko won million and became the player of the year. Inbee Park won the scoring title and is going to the LPGA's Hall of Fame.And just as the LPGA intended, the season-finale was brimming with drama until the very end.

  • McIlroy wins Race to Dubai with UAE title

    November 22, 2015

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Rory McIlroy survived a late scare and finished his frustrating season on a high, winning both the DP World Tour Championship and the Race to Dubai crown on Sunday.McIlroy got the better of overnight leader Andy Sullivan over the back nine to clinch the European Tour's season-ending tournament.

  • Senior the "senior" wins Australian Masters with closing 68

    November 22, 2015

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Peter Senior claimed his third Australian Masters title on Sunday and set another age record in his home country as the 56-year-old shot a final-round 3-under 68 for a two-stroke victory.The Champions Tour regular became the oldest player to win the Masters, three years after becoming the oldest to capture the Australian Open. He also won the Australian PGA, the third major Down Under, when he was 51.

  • Jeff Gove leads Pebble Beach Invitational

    November 21, 2015

    PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) Jeff Gove shot his third straight 3-under 69 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead over three players in the Pebble Beach Invitational.Gove, who will play next season on the Web.com Tour, eagled the sixth hole and had three birdies and two bogeys at Pebble Beach to reach 9-under 207.

  • Kerr, Jang share LPGA Tour lead, Ko in position for bonus

    November 21, 2015

    NAPLES, Fla. (AP) Cristie Kerr and Ha Na Jang shared the lead going into the final round of the LPGA Tour's season-ending CME Group Tour Championship, and Lydia Ko remained in control of the biggest year-end awards and a million bonus.Kerr shot a 4-under 67 on Saturday to match Jang at 13 under at Tiburon Golf Club. Jang had a 69.

  • Kisner shoots 64 and gets last shot at 1st win

    November 21, 2015

    ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) Kevin Kisner had a 6-under 64 in the RSM Classic to build a three-shot lead Saturday as he goes for his first win on the PGA Tour.Already a runner-up four times this year - three in a playoff - Kisner has never had a chance this good. He birdied his last three holes on the Seaside course to build some separation over Kevin Chappell and Graeme McDowell.

  • McIlroy closes to within 1 shot of lead in Dubai

    November 21, 2015

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Rory McIlroy shot the best round of the day to move within one shot of leader Andy Sullivan after the third round of the World Tour Championship on Saturday, which also puts him closer to the Race to Dubai title.McIlroy shot a 7-under 65 at Jumeirah Golf Estates to make up three shots on Sullivan (68) and go four strokes clear of Danny Willett, his closest challenger for the season-long Race to Dubai crown. Willett looked set to be even further back but made two birdies and an eagle on his last five holes for a 67.

  • Casey won't rejoin European Tour, ineligible for Ryder Cup

    November 21, 2015

    VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) English golfer Paul Casey has opted not to rejoin the European Tour for next season, meaning he will be ineligible for the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine in Minnesota.Casey, who is based mainly in Arizona, gave up his membership after deciding to concentrate on the PGA Tour in order to get back into the world's top 50.

  • A chance to break through at Sea Island

    November 21, 2015

    ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) Kevin Chappell is playing his 143rd event on the PGA Tour and looking for his first win.Kevin Kisner is 0 for 109.Both were in position to pick up their first victory going into the weekend in the RSM Classic at Sea Island. But their position is not as similar as it looks on paper.

  • Scott falters, Millar has 54-hole lead at Australian Masters

    November 21, 2015

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Matthew Millar overcame blustery winds to shoot a 3-under 68 - one of the best rounds of the day at Huntingdale - and take a one-stroke lead after three rounds at the Australian Masters.Adam Scott, who led after the first two rounds, bogeyed his opening hole and struggled all day for a 77 and was five strokes behind. He began and ended the back nine with consecutive bogeys on 10-11 and 17-18.

  • Scott falters, Millar has 3-round lead at Australian Masters

    November 21, 2015

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Matthew Millar overcame blustery winds to shoot a 3-under 68 - one of the best rounds of the day at Huntingdale - and take a one-stroke lead after three rounds at the Australian Masters.Adam Scott, who led after the first two rounds, bogeyed his opening hole and struggled all day for a 77 and was five strokes behind.

  • James Driscoll leads Pebble Beach Invitational

    November 20, 2015

    PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) James Driscoll birdied the final two holes Friday at Spyglass Hill for a 7-under 65 and a one-stroke lead over three players in the Pebble Beach Invitational.Driscoll, playing through a stomach illness, had a 7-under 137 total in the exhibition event. He played the past two seasons on the Web.com Tour after nearly a decade on the PGA Tour.

  • Jang leads Ko, and Icher giving France a reason for cheer

    November 20, 2015

    NAPLES, Fla. (AP) Ha Na Jang of South Korea shot a 7-under 65 and has a two-shot lead over New Zealand's Lydia Ko halfway through the CME Group Tour Championship.Jang had eight birdies and one bogey Friday to get to 10 under for the tournament. Ko survived giving back three shots within a two-hole span late in her round to stay in the mix. She remains in control of year-end honors, such as player of the year, the LPGA's scoring title and a million bonus.

  • Chappell builds 1-shot lead at Sea Island

    November 20, 2015

    ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) Kevin Chappell holed a 45-yard bunker shot for eagle on his way to a 5-under 65 and a one-shot lead in the RSM Classic at Sea Island.Chappell was trying to make sure his bunker shot reached the back of the green for a chance at birdie. It worked out perfectly at the par-5 15th on the Seaside Course.

  • LPGA purses rise to million for 33 events in 2016

    November 20, 2015

    NAPLES, Fla. (AP) Purses on the LPGA Tour will rise by million in 2016, and officials are aiming for a second event in China.The tour released next year's schedule on Friday, with 18 of the 33 official events held in the United States. Purse money will rise from .1 million to .1 million, a tournament has been added in Michigan and the LPGA will take a three-week break to accommodate the return of golf to the Olympics in August.

  • LPGA official purses rising to million in 2016

    November 20, 2015

    NAPLES, Fla. (AP) Purses on the LPGA Tour will rise by million in 2016, with the season starting in the Bahamas in January and ending again in Florida.The tour released next year's schedule on Friday. Official purse money is going up from .1 million this year to .1 million next season, and the tour will take three weeks off to accommodate the return of golf to the Olympics at Rio de Janeiro in August.

  • McIlroy leads Willett by 2 in Race to Dubai title

    November 20, 2015

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Race to Dubai leader Rory McIlroy achieved separation from main rival Danny Willett by two shots in the second round of the European Tour season finale on Friday.McIlroy, bidding to top the tour for the third time in four years, carded consecutive 68s to be at 8-under-par 136, four off Andy Sullivan's lead in the World Tour Championship.

  • Scott tied for lead after 36 holes of Australian Masters

    November 20, 2015

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Adam Scott bogeyed his final hole Friday for a 1-under 70 to share the lead with fellow Australian Peter Wilson after two rounds of the Australian Masters at Huntingdale.Scott and Wilson, who shot his second consecutive 67, had 36-hole totals of 8-under 134 on the southeast Melbourne sand-belt course where Scott lost two playoffs in 2002 and 2003.

  • A father's nerve and a son's high expectations at Sea Island

    November 20, 2015

    ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) There were times when Davis Love III and Davis Love IV made it seem like any other round of golf they have played at Sea Island.On the opening hole at the Seaside course, the 21-year-old son hit wedge toward the flag and his father pleaded, ''Go!'' until the ball settled about 10 feet below the hole. Love followed with a wedge of his own that landed just beyond the flag and stopped 5 feet away. ''Good shot, Dad,'' the son said.

  • Kim Welch leads Pebble Beach Invitational

    November 19, 2015

    PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) Kim Welch shot a 5-under 67 on Thursday at Pebble Beach to take a one-stroke lead over four men after the first round of the Pebble Beach Invitational.The long-hitting Welch played the Symetra Tour this season after two years on the LPGA Tour. Juli Inkster is the only woman to win the event, accomplishing the feat in 1990.

  • Kisner leads at Sea Island as Love & Son finish even

    November 19, 2015

    ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) Davis Love III and Davis Love IV did everything together Thursday at Sea Island.They have the same pre-shot routine. Both birdied the opening hole. Both wound up with an even-par 70. And both have a lot of work to do to make up ground on Kevin Kisner and his opening 7-under 65 at the RSM Classic.

  • Ernst takes LPGA lead, Kim grabs upper hand in bonus race

    November 19, 2015

    NAPLES, Fla. (AP) Austin Ernst has a one-shot lead after Thursday's opening round of the CME Group Tour Championship, and South Korean rookie Sei Young Kim has the early upper hand in the race for a million bonus.Ernst shot a 6-under 66 at Tiburon Golf Club, one shot better than South Korea's Mi Hyang Lee.

  • Lee, Pettersen say Solheim dustup no longer an issue

    November 19, 2015

    NAPLES, Fla. (AP) Alison Lee just got into a sorority at UCLA, is majoring in communications and has a professor who doesn't appreciate her skipping quizzes to play pro golf.Those topics, she likes talking about. The Solheim Cup, that's another story.

  • Dan Halldorson, Canadian who won on PGA Tour, dies at 63

    November 19, 2015

    OAKVILLE, Ontario (AP) Dan Halldorson, the Canadian who won the 1980 Pensacola Open for his lone PGA Tour title and played on two World Cup championship teams, has died. He was 63.Golf Canada and the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada said Thursday that Halldorson died Wednesday night, two days after he had a stroke at his home in Cambridge, Illinois.

  • McIlroy birdies last to pace Willett in Dubai 1st round

    November 19, 2015

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Rory McIlroy birdied his last hole to pace Danny Willett in their chase for the Race to Dubai trophy on the opening day of the World Tour Championship on Thursday.McIlroy chipped in from a greenside bunker on the 18th hole to card a 4-under-par 68, tied with English golfer Willett, two shots behind the four leaders.

  • Poulter, Fraser early leaders in European Tour finale

    November 19, 2015

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Ian Poulter and Marcus Fraser carded 6-under-par rounds of 66 each to be the clubhouse leaders halfway through the opening round of the World Tour Championship on Thursday.Poulter, world-ranked 50 and trying to stay there, went bogey-free on the Earth course at Jumeirah Golf Estates.

  • A win, a new restaurant and McDowell is all smiles

    November 19, 2015

    ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) Graeme McDowell wasn't even sure he would be eligible for The Players Championship going into his seventh season on the PGA Tour. His biggest concern was making sure he kept his card.One week changed everything in so many ways.

  • A homecoming for Tamulis at Tour Championship

    November 19, 2015

    NAPLES, Fla. (AP) A year ago at this time, Kris Tamulis went home.This year, she's home again.And she's much happier now.She was a first-time winner on the LPGA Tour this season - it took her 11 years and 186 starts to get that elusive first victory - and now she gets to end the season in Naples, the southwest Florida town where she grew up, went to high school and embarked on her golfing way.

  • Adam Scott has 7-under 64 to lead by 1 at Australian Masters

    November 19, 2015

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Adam Scott played what he called ''stress-free golf'' and birdied five of his final eight holes Thursday for a 7-under 64 and a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Australian Masters.Scott lost in playoffs in two previous appearances at Huntingdale Golf Club in 2002 and 2003. He has won the tournament at two other nearby sand-belt courses - in 2012 at Kingston Heath and 2013 at Royal Melbourne.

  • Adam Scott has 64 to take early lead at Australian Masters

    November 18, 2015

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Adam Scott birdied five of his final eight holes Thursday for a 7-under 64 and an early three-stroke lead at the Australian Masters.Scott lost in playoffs in two previous appearances at Huntingdale Golf Club in 2002 and 2003. He has won the tournament at two other nearby sand belt courses - in 2012 at Kingston Heath and 2013 at Royal Melbourne

  • Kia extends LPGA Tour event title sponsorship through 2018

    November 18, 2015

    CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) Kia Motors has extended its title sponsorship of the LPGA Tour event at Aviara Resort through 2018.Kia and LPGA Tour said Wednesday that the Kia Classic will be played March 24-27.The tournament moved to Aviara in 2013.

  • Johnson looking beyond final PGA Tour event of year

    November 18, 2015

    ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) Zach Johnson turns 40 next February, an age where it can be tempting to look back at how far he has come without taking his eyes off the road that could lead places he never imagined.He lost track of the miles he put on a car that took him to remote golf outposts in America with dreams of making it to the big leagues.

  • Woods to be vice captain at Ryder Cup

    November 18, 2015

    ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) Tiger Woods will be at the Ryder Cup next year. Still to be determined is whether he plays.U.S. captain Davis Love III said Wednesday that Woods, Jim Furyk and Steve Stricker will be vice captains for the 2016 matches at Hazeltine in Minnesota. It was part of an agreement with Europe to expand to a maximum of five vice captains.

  • LPGA finale has Ko, Park vying for the biggest prizes

    November 18, 2015

    NAPLES, Fla. (AP) Without question, it's a rivalry. Lydia Ko and Inbee Park are just choosing not to make it a heated one.All they're playing for this week at the LPGA Tour Championship is the No. 1 spot in the world rankings, the season's money crown, the yearlong scoring title and the tour's player of the year award. Oh, a potential payday of .5 million might be awaiting them as well. And Park could wrap up her eventual spot in the LPGA Hall of Fame.

  • Adam Scott may not play Olympics, criticizes format

    November 18, 2015

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Adam Scott reiterated on Wednesday that he's no certainty to play at the Rio Olympics next year if he qualifies, and also was critical of organizers for not including a team event.Scott, who begins play in the Australian Masters on Thursday at Huntingdale, is in line for Olympic selection alongside Jason Day in Australia's men's team when golf returns to the Olympics next August for the first time since 1904.

  • Adam Scott back at Huntingdale looking for elusive 1st win

    November 17, 2015

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) After two close calls at Huntingdale Golf Club, Adam Scott is back at the southeast Melbourne sandbelt course looking for a win in this week's Australian Masters.Scott won the Australian Masters at nearby Kingston Heath in 2012 and at Royal Melbourne in 2013, but he's lost in playoffs twice at Huntingdale - in 2002 and 2003.

  • Love is everywhere at Sea Island

    November 17, 2015

    ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) The first golf lesson Davis Love Jr. gave to his son was to swing hard and keep his feet on the ground.Davis Love III passed that down to his own son, using different equipment.''We had this little ball that he had to pull out of that big basket that was always at the grocery store,'' Love III said Tuesday. ''I would roll it to him and he would hit while it was rolling. Once he did it four or five times, we both got in trouble with (wife) Robin. But once I saw him do it, I said, `There is no better way to get hand-eye coordination and free up your swing.' He did some little things at a young age that really got him swinging free.

  • For Lewis, a win - not million - is goal for LPGA finale

    November 17, 2015

    NAPLES, Fla. (AP) If all goes right this week for Stacy Lewis, she'll wrap her arms around a million bonus at the end of the Tour Championship and close her up-and-down season on a decided upswing.Somehow, the money isn't in mind.''When you've had six runner-ups, you can block it out,'' Lewis said Tuesday.

  • Spieth heads to Australian Open; Park-Ko in LPGA showdown

    November 17, 2015

    ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) Jordan Spieth knows how to mix business with pleasure. His business is playing great golf. His pleasure is playing great golf courses.Spieth leaves this week for Down Under, where he defends his title Nov. 26-29 in Sydney at the Australian Open. The first stop is Melbourne and a chance to play the fabled sand belt courses. He has games lined up at Royal Melbourne and Kingston Heath.

  • McIlroy looking to end season on a high at WGC in Dubai

    November 17, 2015

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Rory McIlroy is planning to round off his season as the European number one with a winning performance at the DP World Tour Championship this week.Top of the standings, McIlroy is in pole position among seven players with a chance of winning the Race to Dubai on Sunday after the last event of the European Tour season at Jumeirah Golf Estates.

  • European Tour changes rules to help its US PGA players

    November 17, 2015

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) The European Tour is reducing the number of tournaments needed for players to maintain their membership from 13, a move designed to help those playing a full season on the U.S. PGA Tour.European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley said Tuesday the move follows ''significant dialogue with all of our players'' and that the five tournaments will exclude the four majors and the four World Golf Championships.

  • McDowell wins Mexico event in a playoff

    November 16, 2015

    PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico (AP) Graeme McDowell ended one of his worst years with one of his best shots. He hit an approach to 3 feet for a birdie on the 18th hole Monday to win the OHL Classic at Mayakoba in a three-man playoff.McDowell closed with a 66 to finish at 18-under 266 which he thought would be only good enough for second place.

  • McDowell, Knox tied in Mexico, head for Monday finish

    November 15, 2015

    PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico (AP) Russell Knox had six birdies in 11 holes and was tied with Graeme McDowell when the fourth round of the rain-delayed OHL Classic at Mayakoba was stopped Sunday.McDowell birdied the par-5 13th before it was too dark to continue. Knox was on the 13th hole.

  • Inbee Park wins LPGA Tour's Lorena Ochoa Invitational

    November 15, 2015

    MEXICO CITY (AP) Inbee Park won the Lorena Ochoa Invitational on Sunday, holding off Carlota Ciganda for her fifth victory of the season and 17th LPGA Tour title.The second-ranked South Korean star birdied the final two holes for a bogey-free 8-under 64 and a three-stroke victory over Ciganda in cloudy conditions at tree-lined Club de Golf Mexico.

  • Son of Davis Love III gets sponsor exemption to Sea Island

    November 15, 2015

    ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) The son of Davis Love III will make his PGA Tour debut next week at the tournament where his father is the host.Dru Love III - his given name is Davis Love IV - has received a sponsor exemption to the RSM Classic at Sea Island, the final PGA Tour event of the year.

  • Broberg wins BMW Masters title in playoff over Reed

    November 15, 2015

    SHANGHAI (AP) Kristoffer Broberg wasn't happy with his putting last week when he was practicing at home in Sweden, so he made an abrupt change. He looked in his coach's wife's bag and decided to give her putter a try.On Sunday, Broberg made the biggest putt of his career to beat Patrick Reed in a playoff to win the BMW Masters for his first European Tour title.

  • Broberg wins BMW Masters in playoff over Reed

    November 15, 2015

    SHANGHAI (AP) Sweden's Kristoffer Broberg sank a 10-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole against Patrick Reed to capture his first European Tour title at the BMW Masters on Sunday.Broberg and Reed both finished regulation at 17-under 271 after a momentum-shifting afternoon that saw five players briefly share the lead on the back nine. Both had a chance to clinch the win on the 18th hole in regulation, too, but left their birdie putts short from 10 feet out.

  • Play stopped in BMW Masters for moment of silence

    November 15, 2015

    SHANGHAI (AP) Play was halted on Sunday during the final round of the BMW Masters golf tournament in Shanghai to observe a moment of silence for the victims of Friday's terrorist attacks in Paris.At noon, tournament officials blew the horns on the course, normally used to halt play due to inclement weather, and all the players stopped momentarily, took off their hats and bowed their heads for a minute of silence.

  • Juli Inkster helps US beat World 26-22 in ISPS Handa Cup

    November 14, 2015

    SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) Juli Inkster beat Laura Davies 67-71 on Saturday to help the United States top the World team 26-22 in the Legends Tour's ISPS Handa Cup.Inkster teamed with Pat Hurst on Friday to win two matches and the United States took a 16-8 lead into the 10 singles matches at Palm Aire Country Club.

  • Derek Fathauer takes 1-shot lead in Mexico

    November 14, 2015

    PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico (AP) Derek Fathauer played bogey-free for another 6-under 66 on Saturday to build a one-shot lead over Jason Bohn going into the final round of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba.Bohn made a 25-foot eagle putt to take the lead on a rainy day at El Camaleon Golf Club, and he was still tied for the lead until a bogey on the 18th hole for a 65.

  • Thongchai Jaidee takes 1-shot lead at BMW Masters

    November 14, 2015

    SHANGHAI (AP) Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee shot a 6-under 66 on Saturday to take a one-shot lead into the final round of the BMW Masters.Thongchai had started the day three shots behind Lucas Bjerregaard of Denmark, but made five birdies on the front nine to move into a share of the lead and then two more on the back nine to card a 15-under 201 through 54 holes.

  • Inkster, Hurst help US take 16-8 lead in ISPS Handa Cup

    November 13, 2015

    SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) U.S. Solheim Cup captain Juli Inkster and assistant captain Pat Hurst teamed to win two nine-hole matches to help the United States take a 16-8 lead over the World team Friday in the Legends Tour's ISPS Handa Cup.Inkster and Hurst beat Lorie Kane and Catriona Matthew 31-34 in the morning four-ball matches, and routed Liselotte Neumann and Alicia Dibos 29-36 in the afternoon modified alternate-shot session.

  • Minjee Lee leads LPGA Tour's Lorena Ochoa Invitational

    November 13, 2015

    MEXICO CITY (AP) Minjee Lee shot her second straight 3-under 69 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead over four players in the LPGA Tour's Lorena Ochoa Invitational.The 19-year-old Australian player two-putted from 50 feet on the par-5 17th for the last of her six birdies at tree-lined Club de Golf Mexico. She won at Kingsmill in May for her first LPGA Tour title.

  • Graeme McDowell takes 1-shot lead in Mexico

    November 13, 2015

    PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico (AP) Graeme McDowell made seven birdies in an eight-hole stretch Friday and shot an 8-under 63 to take a one-shot lead in the OHL Classic at Mayakoba.McDowell closed out the back nine with three straight birdies, made a bogey on No. 1, and then bounced back with four straight birdies in the morning. He has played the first hole at El Camaleon Golf Club in 3 over for two days.

  • Bjerregaard shoots 66 to open 3-stroke lead at BMW Masters

    November 13, 2015

    SHANGHAI (AP) Lucas Bjerregaard is learning how to deal with the pressure of playing from the front, and closing in on a maiden European Tour title, too.The Dane heads into the weekend with a three-stroke lead at the BMW Masters after carding a 6-under 66 in Friday's second round.

  • Inbee Park leads LPGA Tour's Lorena Ochoa Invitational

    November 12, 2015

    MEXICO CITY (AP) Inbee Park made a 15-foot birdie putt on the final hole for a 4-under 68 and a one-stroke lead Thursday in the LPGA Tour's Lorena Ochoa Invitational.The second-ranked Park had seven birdies and three bogeys at tree-line Club de Golf Mexico. She's making her first start since withdrawing in China two weeks ago because of a cyst on her left middle finger. The South Korean star has four victories this season, winning two of the five majors.

  • Justin Leonard part of 4-way tie for lead in Mexico

    November 12, 2015

    PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico (AP) Justin Leonard got off to a quick start in what he expects to be his shortest season. He opened with a 6-under 65 on Thursday in the OHL Classic at Mayakoba and shared the lead with Aaron Baddeley, Shawn Stefani and Derek Fathauer.

  • Golf Channel to use caddies in broadcast at Sea Island

    November 12, 2015

    The caddies for Phil Mickelson and Matt Kuchar will carry a lighter load on the PGA Tour next week - microphones instead of golf bags.Golf Channel has hired Jim ''Bones'' Mackay and John Wood as part of its broadcast team for two days next week during the RSM Classic at Sea Island in Georgia. Mackay has been Mickelson's only caddie on the PGA Tour. Wood spent nine years with Hunter Mahan until leaving to work for Kuchar in 2016.

  • Golf Channel to use caddies in broadcast from at Sea Island

    November 12, 2015

    The caddies for Phil Mickelson and Matt Kuchar will carry a lighter load on the PGA Tour next week - microphones instead of golf bags.Golf Channel has hired Jim ''Bones'' Mackay and John Wood as part of its broadcast team for two days during the RSM Classic at Sea Island. Mackay has been Mickelson's only caddie on the PGA Tour. Wood spent nine years with Hunter Mahan until leaving to work for Kuchar in 2016.

  • Garcia leads drizzly BMW Masters by 1 stroke

    November 12, 2015

    SHANGHAI (AP) Sergio Garcia is winding down his European Tour season just as everyone else is gearing up for the grand finale, next week's DP World Tour Championship.Even though Garcia isn't playing next week and is already focusing on 2016, he still wants to wrap up this season on a strong note by taking the title this weekend at the BMW Masters in Shanghai.

  • LPGA event to move from Rich Harvest Farms

    November 11, 2015

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) The International Crown still plans to be in Chicago next year, just not at Rich Harvest Farms.The LPGA Tour and Rich Harvest Farms announced Wednesday that they have agreed to relocate the biennial event that features match play among eight countries.

  • Spieth, Fowler to play Abu Dhabi with McIlroy

    November 11, 2015

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Masters and U.S. Open champion Jordan Spieth completed his early-season Asia swing with Wednesday's announcement that he will play the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship in January.Abu Dhabi again will have a top-heavy field at the start of the year with Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler and Henrik Stenson among the top-ranked players Jan. 21-24 to kick off the European Tour's swing through the Middle East.

  • Nicklaus to return to Father-Son Challenge

    November 11, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Jack Nicklaus always said family was more important than golf. December is one time of the year he gets to do both.Nicklaus and his son, Gary, headline the 20-team field for the PNC Father-Son Challenge that will be played Dec. 12-13 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club. It will be the 14th time that Jack Nicklaus plays in the event, and the seventh time for Gary Nicklaus. They won in 1999.

  • Dustin Johnson starts junior event with eye toward China

    November 10, 2015

    SHANGHAI (AP) Dustin Johnson already is making a name for himself in China with his golf. He won the HSBC Champions two years ago, and was closing in on the lead Sunday until a bad break with his wedge. The ball hit the pin and caromed into the water on the par-5 eighth hole, turning a sure birdie into a double bogey.

  • Ryder Cup carrot dangled in front of Knox

    November 10, 2015

    SHANGHAI (AP) Russell Knox was the center of attention after winning the HSBC Champions, and not just with the sponsors.After his press conference, he posed with four flight attendants from Emirates Airlines. Next up was a photo with the owner and executive staff of Casillero del Diablo, which supplied the wine for the week.

  • Champions Tour to stage 1st leg of playoffs in Los Angeles

    November 9, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) The Champions Tour will stage the first leg of its playoffs at a new event in Los Angeles starting next year.The tour said Monday the PowerShares QQQ Championship will be played Oct. 24-30 at a site to be announced. Newly renovated Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks will host in 2017 and 2018.

  • Peter Malnati wins Sanderson Farms for 1st PGA Tour victory

    November 9, 2015

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) Peter Malnati won for the first time on the PGA Tour, closing with a 5-under 67 to capture the Sanderson Farms Championship.Malnati finished at 18 under in a rain-soaked tournament that was forced to complete play Monday. He was one shot behind going into the final round but closed with five birdies over his final 12 holes to beat William McGirt and David Toms by one stroke.

  • Knox goes from cart boy to World Golf Championship winner

    November 9, 2015

    SHANGHAI (AP) Russell Knox would appear to have all the ingredients to succeed in golf.But that would be skimming over the details.Knox grew up in Scotland, the home of golf, and he once competed for his country in a youth tournament, where he first saw Rory McIlroy. He came to Florida to play college golf and was among the top players on his team for four years. As for his wife? He met her at Marsh Landing Country Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

  • Andrade wins Champions Tour event, Langer takes season title

    November 8, 2015

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Billy Andrade won the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship on Sunday, beating Champions Tour points winner Bernhard Langer with a birdie on the first hole of a playoff.Andrade two-putted from the back fringe on the par-5 18th, holing a 2 1/2-footer for his third victory of the year on the 50-and-over tour.

  • Castro clings to 1-stroke lead at Sanderson Farms

    November 8, 2015

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) Roberto Castro clung to a one-stroke lead in the Sanderson Farms Championship after playing the first six holes in the suspended third round in 2-over par Sunday.Play was suspended because of darkness at the Country Club of Jackson and will resume Monday morning with the final round following immediately.

  • Russell Knox wins first PGA Tour title at HSBC Champions

    November 8, 2015

    SHANGHAI (AP) Russell Knox made an unexpected trip to Shanghai and left with a most surprising victory Sunday in the HSBC Champions.Knox became the first player to win a World Golf Championship in his debut when the 30-year-old from Scotland was flawless on the back nine of Sheshan International and closed with a 4-under 68 for a two-shot victory over Kevin Kisner.

  • Sun-Ju Ahn wins playoff in LPGA Tour's Toto Japan Classic

    November 8, 2015

    SHIMA, Japan (AP) Sun-Ju Ahn won the Toto Japan Classic on Sunday for her first LPGA Tour victory and 20th Japan LPGA title, beating fellow South Korean player Ji-Hee Lee and American Angela Stanford with a birdie on the first hole of a playoff.The 28-year-old Ahn closed with a 5-under 67 at Kintetsu Kashikojima to match Stanford and Lee at 16-under 200. Stanford also shot 67, and Lee had a 66.

  • Liselotte Neumann wins Legends Tour event

    November 7, 2015

    DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) Sweden's Liselotte Neumann shot her second straight 4-under 68 on Saturday for a three-stroke victory in the Legends Tour's Walgreens Charity Championship.The 49-year-old Neumann, from Sweden, has two senior victories and after winning 13 LPGA Tour titles.

  • Michael Allen holds onto lead in Champions Tour finale

    November 7, 2015

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Michael Allen held onto the lead Saturday in the Champions Tour's season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship, and playing partner Bernhard Langer pulled within a stroke to easily remain in position to take the points title.

  • Rain delays golf at Sanderson Farms, Castro holds lead

    November 7, 2015

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) Rain washed out all but 40 minutes of play Saturday in the Sanderson Farms Championship, further delaying the waterlogged event.Roberto Castro, who set the course record with a 10-under 62 in Thursday's opening round, holds a four-shot lead at 15 under through 36 holes. Bryce Molder (69) and Jhonattan Vegas (67) are tied for second at 11 under, with Patrick Rodgers (64), Michael Thompson (67), Brian Davis (69) and D.J. Trahan (67) tied for fourth at 10 under par at Country Club of Jackson.

  • 20-year-old Chinese player on the cusp of history at HSBC

    November 7, 2015

    SHANGHAI (AP) Li Haotong practically grew up with the HSBC Champions. He took part in its junior golf program, watching over the last decade as players like Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els competed at Sheshan International.And now the 20-year-old Li is one round away from a chance to win this World Golf Championship, which was nearly too much for him to digest Saturday.

  • Kisner holds 1-shot lead at HSBC as Li, Spieth make moves

    November 7, 2015

    SHANGHAI (AP) Even with two majors, five victories, a FedEx Cup title and over million in earnings this year, Jordan Spieth offered an honest appraisal about the final World Golf Championship of the year. He really didn't think he would have much of a chance in the HSBC Champions.

  • Jenny Shin takes lead in LPGA Tour's Toto Japan Classic

    November 7, 2015

    SHIMA, Japan (AP) Jenny Shin shot a 7-under 65 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead over fellow South Korean player Ha-Neul Kim in the LPGA Tour's Toto Japan Classic.Shin had her second straight bogey-free round at Kintetsu Kashikojima, reaching 13 under with a birdie on the par-3 17th and closing with a par. The 2006 U.S. Girls' Junior champion is winless in five seasons on the LPGA Tour.

  • Liselotte Neumann, Wendy Doolan share Legends Tour lead

    November 6, 2015

    DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) Liselotte Neumann and Wendy Doolan shared the lead at 4-under 68 on Friday in the Legends Tour's Walgreens Charity Championship.The 49-year-old Neumann, from Sweden, won 13 LPGA Tour titles.''My putting was good today,'' Neumann said. ''I didn't putt that well in the pro-am, but for some reason today, I could really see the lines well. I could always find that little spot about halfway to the hole that I could roll the ball over.''

  • Michael Allen leads Champions Tour finale

    November 6, 2015

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Michael Allen made a 30-foot eagle putt on the par-5 18th hole Friday to take a two-stroke lead over playing partner Bernhard Langer in the Champions Tour's season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship.Warned for slow play around the turn, Allen finished with a 6-under 64 for an 11-under 129 total on Desert Mountain's Cochise Course. The 56-year-old Scottsdale resident played the final six holes in 5 under with the eagle and three birdies.

  • Roberto Castro takes 4-stroke lead at Sanderson Farms

    November 6, 2015

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) Roberto Castro shot a 5-under 67 on Friday to take a four-stroke lead in the waterlogged Sanderson Farms Championship.Castro followed up his lowest score on the PGA Tour - a 10-under 62 on Thursday - with another impressive round. The highlight was an eagle on the par-4 eighth when his 122-yard shot with a pitching wedge spun back about 10 feet into the cup.

  • Kisner opens 2-shot lead on a course he barely knows

    November 6, 2015

    SHANGHAI (AP) Kevin Kisner kept up his impressive debut in China on Friday with a 6-under 66 that gave him a two-shot lead over Russell Knox going into the weekend at the HSBC Champions.Kisner never saw Sheshan International until the opening round because of a sore back. He still hasn't made a bogey.

  • Angela Stanford, Ryann O'Toole share lead in Japan

    November 6, 2015

    SHIMA, Japan (AP) Americans Angela Stanford and Ryann O'Toole shared the lead at 7-under 65 on Friday in the LPGA Tour's Toto Japan Classic.The 37-year-old Stanford had eight birdies and a bogey at Kintetsu Kashikojima in the event also sanctioned by the Japan LPGA. She has five LPGA Tour victories and played a key role in the United States' Solheim Cup comeback with a victory over Suzann Pettersen.

  • Castro shoots 62 to take two-shot lead at Sanderson Farms

    November 5, 2015

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) Roberto Castro shot a 10-under 62, his lowest score on the PGA Tour, to take a two-shot lead Thursday in the Sanderson Farms Championship.The 30-year-old Castro was consistent and avoided trouble all afternoon with a bogey-free round in nearly ideal conditions for low scores. He made 10 birdies - five on each nine at the Country Club of Jackson.

  • Bernhard Langer leads Champions Tour finale

    November 5, 2015

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Bernhard Langer left Colin Montgomerie and Jeff Maggert and everyone else behind Thursday in the Champions Tour's season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship.Langer shot a 7-under 63 on Desert Mountain's Cochise Course to take a two-stroke lead.

  • Scott says caddie's book won't be a distraction

    November 5, 2015

    SHANGHAI (AP) Adam Scott hasn't read caddie Steve Williams' book about Tiger Woods and doesn't expect it to be a distraction when Williams is working for him.''I haven't been lucky enough to get a copy. Must be in the mail still,'' Scott said Thursday after his opening round at the HSBC Champions. ''I don't know exactly what's in the book. As I said, I haven't read it. I think everyone knows probably what to expect.''

  • Grace opens with 63 to lead in Shanghai

    November 5, 2015

    SHANGHAI (AP) Rory McIlroy finally climbed out of bed 10 pounds lighter from a bout of food poisoning and made six birdies for a 68. Jordan Spieth returned from his longest break without touching his golf clubs. He also had six birdies in a round of 68. Both felt good about their start Thursday in the HSBC Champions.

  • Mickelson parts ways with swing coach Harmon

    November 4, 2015

    RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. (AP) Five-time major champion Phil Mickelson has decided to leave swing coach Butch Harmon after eight years.Mickelson said in a statement Wednesday to Golf.com that he has learned a great deal from Harmon since they began working together in 2007. Mickelson said at this time he needs to ''hear new ideas from a different perspective.''

  • 2 big trophies at stake in Champion Tour finale

    November 4, 2015

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Colin Montgomerie has only one big trophy to show for another strong season on the Champions Tour. The Scot has a chance to add two more this week at Desert Mountain.Montgomerie enters the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship with the lead in the Charles Schwab Cup points race - 39 ahead of Jeff Maggert and 66 in front of Bernhard Langer. All three are in position to take the season title with a victory in the 30-man tournament.

  • Kaufman, Taylor highlight Sanderson Farms field

    November 4, 2015

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) Smylie Kaufman didn't even make the Sanderson Farms Championship field last year, losing a playoff in the Monday qualifier and going home empty-handed.One year later, he's one of the favorites.The 23-year-old Kaufman won his first PGA Tour title two weeks ago in Las Vegas, closing with a 10-under 61 in the Shriners Hospital for Children Open.

  • Sanderson Farms to remain title golf sponsor through 2026

    November 4, 2015

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) Sanderson Farms has agreed to remain the title sponsor of Jackson's PGA Tour event through 2026.PGA Tour chief of operations Andy Pazder said during Wednesday's announcement that the commitment by Sanderson Farms through 2026 is the longest for a title sponsor on the PGA Tour.

  • Bubba has clubs, will travel around the world

    November 4, 2015

    SHANGHAI (AP) Bubba Watson is in China this week, Japan next week, and there's one more stop in Thailand before the year is over.Golf is more global than ever, and the two-time Masters champion wants to be part of it.''I wanted to win outside the U.S.,'' Watson said Wednesday on the eve of his title defense in the HSBC Champions. ''And after getting a taste of victory outside the U.S. here last year, I want to do that again. I'm going to try to do it again.''

  • Spieth armed with array of trophies and seeks more

    November 4, 2015

    SHANGHAI (AP) Jordan Spieth's description of his trophy collection from an amazing season brings to mind a scene in ''Caddyshack'' when Lacy Underall is at Ty Webb's house and keeps finding uncashed checks littered about the living room.There's a U.S. Open trophy in one corner of his bedroom. A green jacket in the closet. A crystal trophy from the Tour Championship over here. The FedEx Cup trophy over there. Trophies from the Valspar Championship and John Deere Classic. A bronze of Jack Nicklaus for PGA Tour player of the year.

  • Lahiri wearing 3 hats in this World Golf Championship

    November 4, 2015

    SHANGHAI (AP) One year after Anirban Lahiri made his debut in the World Golf Championships, progress is measured by how much is at stake in the HSBC Champions.He no longer is simply happy to be at Sheshan International alongside the world's top players.

  • McIlroy misses pro-am to recover from food poisoning

    November 4, 2015

    SHANGHAI (AP) Rory McIlroy spent another day in his hotel trying to recover from food poisoning ahead of the HSBC Champions.McIlroy showed up at Sheshan International on Wednesday with hopes of playing the pro-am. But after hitting a few shots on the range, he felt pain in his stomach and decided to stop. He thinks another day of rest will allow him to play in the opening round.

  • Spieth believes a great year does not mean a great new era

    November 3, 2015

    SHANGHAI (AP) Jordan Spieth wore a black tunic with red trim around the collar to take part in a Chinese drum ceremony late Tuesday afternoon just as the Shanghai skyline began to glow with lights behind him and three other top players.This was the traditional photo opportunity to kick off the HSBC Champions. One observer noted that Spieth had not dressed like that since graduation, which for him was only four years ago - from high school.

  • Europe contemplating change in golf membership policy

    November 3, 2015

    SHANGHAI (AP) The European Tour is contemplating what amounts to a level playing field for those who want to be considered global players.Typically, being a member of the two largest tours in golf requires a top 50 world ranking. That effectively assures the player of getting into the four majors and four World Golf Championships, which would be more than half of the minimum starts required on the PGA Tour (15) and European Tour (13).

  • Horschel withdraws from Shanghai event with a back injury

    November 3, 2015

    SHANGHAI (AP) Billy Horschel flew halfway around the world only to withdraw from the HSBC Champions with a sore back.A PGA Tour official said the injury was not considered serious.Horschel tweaked his back before leaving Florida for the final World Golf Championship of the year. The 2014 FedEx Cup champion gave it two days and tried to stretch it out on Tuesday before a practice round until deciding it was not worth risking hurting it more.

  • HSBC renews sponsorship across Asia, Europe

    November 2, 2015

    SHANGHAI (AP) HSBC is extending its golf sponsorship for five more years with the World Golf Championship event in Shanghai and the European Tour event in Abu Dhabi.Financial terms of the wide-ranging sponsorship were not disclosed Tuesday.The HSBC Champions, which starts Thursday, began in 2005 and was given WGC status in 2009. PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem says the prize money in 2016 will go up to .5 million, bringing it in line with the other American-based WGCs.

  • Duffy Waldorf wins Champions Tour's Toshiba Classic

    November 1, 2015

    NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) Duffy Waldorf won the Toshiba Classic on Sunday for his first Champions Tour title, birdieing the final hole for a 5-under 66 and a two-stroke victory.A day after matching the Newport Beach Country Club record with an 11-under 60, the 53-year-old former UCLA player had 10 birdies, five bogeys and only three pars in the final round.

  • Andy Mickelson wins PGA Assistant Championship

    November 1, 2015

    PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) Andy Mickelson won the PGA Assistant Championship on Sunday, closing with a 1-under 71 for a two-stroke victory on PGA Golf Club's Wanamaker Course.The 34-year-old Mickelson is a PGA apprentice at Mistwood Golf Club in Romeoville, Illinois. He finished at 16-under 272 after shooting 68-65-68 to take a two-stroke lead into the final round.

  • Dubuisson overtakes Van Zyl to win Turkish Airlines Open

    November 1, 2015

    ANTALYA, Turkey (AP) Victor Dubuisson of France made three late birdies to overtake Jaco Van Zyl and clinch his second Turkish Airlines Open title on Saturday, denying the South African a wire-to-wire victory.Van Zyl had led from the opening round and was two shots ahead of Dubuisson after birdies on the 13th and 14th. But the Frenchman responded with three birdies on the last four holes for a 6-under 66 while Van Zyl finished with four pars for a 67. That gave Dubuisson a one-shot victory with a 22-under 266 total and a second career European Tour title - after also winning here in 2011.

  • Caddie opens up on Tiger Woods' affairs in tell-all book

    November 1, 2015

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Tiger Woods' former caddie Steve Williams has described his anger and frustration at being ''hung out to dry'' by Woods' management when the golfer's infidelities were revealed in 2009, and says he was sometimes treated as a ''slave'' on the course.

  • McIlroy 1 shot behind leaders at Turkish Airlines Open

    October 31, 2015

    ANTALYA, Turkey (AP) Rory McIlroy shot a third straight 5-under 67 Saturday to move to within one stroke of the leaders after the third round of the Turkish Airlines Open.Jaco van Zyl of South Africa maintained a share of the lead after a 70 to sit tied with Victor Dubuisson (67) on 16-under 200.

  • Candie Kung, Sei Young Kim share lead in windy Blue Bay LPGA

    October 31, 2015

    HAINAN ISLAND, China (AP) Candie Kung was worn out after another difficult day at wind-battered and sun-baked Jian Lake Blue Bay.''As far as tomorrow, I would like just to simply survive the day,'' Kung said.She wasn't kidding.It has been so tough in the Blue Bay LPGA that the 34-year-old Taiwanese player and South Korea's Sei Young Kim topped the leaderboard Saturday at even par.

  • Thomas and Steele tied for lead at CIMB Classic

    October 31, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) Justin Thomas birdied the final two holes to shoot a 5-under 67 at the CIMB Classic on Saturday and a share of the lead with American compatriot Brendan Steele going into the final round of the PGA Tour's Malaysian event.

  • Andy Mickelson leads PGA Assistant Championship

    October 30, 2015

    PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) Andy Mickelson holed out for eagle from 78 yards on the par-4 eighth hole and finished with a 7-under 65 on Friday to take the second-round lead in the PGA Assistant Championship.Mickelson is the director of golf at Mistwood Golf Club in Romeoville, Illinois. He had an 11-under 133 total on PGA Golf Club's Wanamaker Course, the second-lowest two-day score in the history of the event.

  • Scott McCarron, Steve Pate share Champions Tour lead

    October 30, 2015

    NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) Former UCLA players Scott McCarron and Steve Pate shared the lead at 8-under 63 on Friday after the first round of the Champions Tour's Toshiba Classic.McCarron is making his eighth start on the tour after turning 50 in July. The three-time PGA Tour winner eagled the par-5 15th and had six birdies and an eagle at Newport Beach Country Club.

  • Woods has another procedure on his back

    October 31, 2015

    JUPITER, Fla. (AP) Tiger Woods says he had a follow-up procedure on his back to relieve discomfort.Charles Rich, the neurosurgeon who performed the procedure Wednesday in Utah, said on Woods' website that he was doing well and a full recovery was expected. He did not say what the procedure involved.

  • Van Zyl keeps lead at Turkish Airlines Open after 2nd round

    October 30, 2015

    ANTALYA, Turkey (AP) Jaco van Zyl held on to the lead at the Turkish Airlines Open by shooting a 3-under 69 in the second round Friday despite struggling on the back nine.Van Zyl shot a 61 in the first round and stretched his lead to as many as seven shots during the second round with five birdies on his first 10 holes. But he found the water twice for his first two bogeys of the week, letting English duo Richard Bland and Chris Wood close within two shots of his 14-under total of 130.

  • South Korea's Sei Young Kim leads windy Blue Bay LPGA

    October 30, 2015

    HAINAN ISLAND, China (AP) South Korea's Sei Young Kim took advantage of Chinese teen Lin Xi-yu's wind-blown collapse to take the lead Friday in the Blue Bay LPGA.Kim made a 3-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th for an even-par 72 in difficult conditions along the South China Sea at Jian Lake Blue Bay.

  • Thomas shoots course-record 61 to take CIMB Classic lead

    October 30, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) Justin Thomas had an eagle and nine birdies in shooting a course-record 61 at the CIMB Classic on Friday, taking the lead into the weekend at the PGA Tour's event in Malaysia.Thomas moved to 15-under 129 at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club for a one-stroke lead on American compatriot Brendan Steele, who shot a 63 and matched Thomas by having an eagle at the par-5 3rd hole.

  • Alan Morin leads PGA Assistant Championship

    October 29, 2015

    PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) Alan Morin shot a 6-under 66 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead in the PGA Assistant Championship at PGA Golf Club.Morin, a PGA assistant professional at The Falls Country Club in Lake Worth, Florida, has six birdies in a bogey-free round on the Wanamaker Course.

  • Van Zyl shoots 61 to take lead at Turkish Airlines Open

    October 29, 2015

    ANTALYA, Turkey (AP) Jaco van Zyl made nine birdies and an eagle for an 11-under 61 Thursday to take a three-shot lead after the first round of the Turkish Airlines Open.The South African's eagle came on the par-5 11th hole and he then added five birdies on the last six holes for a score that would have been a course record if not for preferred lies being used.

  • Public park vies for pro golf, sparking New Orleans debate

    October 29, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) Only 2 miles from the French Quarter, crews are carving a professional golf course into one of the nation's oldest and largest public parks amid outcry over the post-Katrina gentrification of New Orleans.The million course designed by prominent golf architect Rees Jones could be hosting the Zurich Classic, a PGA Tour event now held in across the river April, by 2020, if supporters get their way. Park officials are banking on attracting a lot of golfers, projecting 24,000 rounds of golf - at prices ranging between and 5 - will be played there after three years.

  • 2019 Solheim Cup to be held at Gleneagles in Scotland

    October 29, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The 2019 Solheim Cup in 2019 will be staged at Gleneagles after Scotland beat a rival bid from Sweden.The Ladies European Tour took the hosting decision after inspection visits of Gleneagles and Bro Hof Slott.The competition will be played on the PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles.

  • China's Lin Xi-yu takes lead in home LPGA Tour event

    October 29, 2015

    HAINAN ISLAND, China (AP) China's Lin Xi-yu took the lead Thursday in the windy Blue Bay LPGA, while Lydia Ko struggled in her first round since regaining the No. 1 spot in the world.With her family watching at the tour's lone event in China this season, the 19-year-old Lin shot a 5-under 67 in difficult conditions at Jian Lake Blue Bay. She had the lone bogey-free round on a day when only 10 of the 80 players broke par.

  • Scott Piercy leads CIMB Classic with 1st-round 10-under 62

    October 29, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) Scott Piercy shot a 10-under 62 to take a three-stroke lead after the first round of the PGA Tour's CIMB Classic on Thursday.The American made 10 birdies at the Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club to pull away from Japan's Hideki Matsuyama, who had a 65.

  • Golf star Jordan Spieth gets mosaic tribute of balls, tees

    October 28, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) Downtown Dallas is the site of an unusual diamond in the rough: 24,152 golf balls on tees, arranged to show the likeness of hometown star golfer Jordan Spieth.Dallas-based AT&T Inc. showed off the tribute mosaic of the 22-year-old Spieth on Wednesday. The image in a downtown park shows Spieth wearing a cap and appearing to watch his shot off his backswing.

  • Koepka's loss is an Englishman's gain

    October 27, 2015

    Ben Evans did all he could to try to secure his European Tour card for next year when he closed with a 66-65 weekend and tied for 11th at the Hong Kong Open.The Englishman needed a little help, and it came from an unlikely source: Brooks Koepka.Evans narrowly missed his card by finishing 111th on the European Tour money list. His big break came when Koepka chose to give up his European membership. That removed him from the money list, and moved Evans up one spot.

  • McDowell leaving Asia for fresh start in an old year

    October 27, 2015

    Graeme McDowell is going on nine months without a top 10 on any tour, so he is eager to get this year behind him and start all over again.He gets to do both in a span of three weeks.Last week in Hong Kong, this week in Turkey, and that will be the end of his European Tour season.

  • New rules eliminate DQ for signing wrong card

    October 26, 2015

    Golfers no longer face automatic disqualification for two violations, including an incorrect scorecard, under the latest set of rules that reflect a little more leniency in handing out penalties.The Royal & Ancient Golf Club and U.S. Golf Association announced changes to the 2016 edition of the Rules of Golf, which is updated every four years.

  • Smylie Kaufman shoots 10-under 61 to win in Las Vegas

    October 25, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Smylie Kaufman won the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open on Sunday in his fifth PGA Tour start, shooting a 10-under 61 and waiting more than two hours to see if anyone could catch him.Kaufman played the final 11 holes in 9 under with an eagle and seven birdies. The 23-year-old former LSU player set up the eagle with a 3-wood drive to 15 feet on the par-4 15th and closed with a 20-foot birdie putt on the par-4 18th to post 16-under 268 at TPC Summerlin.

  • Rose holds off Bjerregaard to win Hong Kong Open

    October 25, 2015

    HONG KONG (AP) Justin Rose won his first European Tour title in 15 months Sunday, warding off a stubborn challenge from Lucas Bjerregaard of Denmark to win the Hong Kong Open by one shot.The Englishman, who started the final round even with Bjerregaard on 15 under and a four-shot lead over the field, carded an impressive two-under-par 68 for a 17-under 263. It was his eighth career title on the European Tour.

  • Lydia Ko wins LPGA Taiwan to regain No. 1 spot in world

    October 25, 2015

    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) Lydia Ko ran away with the LPGA Taiwan Championship on Sunday to regain the No. 1 spot in the world ranking.The 18-year-old New Zealander holed a 30-yard pitch for eagle on the par-5 12th and finished with a 7-under 65 in sunny, breezy conditions at Miramar for a nine-stroke victory.

  • Brett Stegmaier takes 1-shot lead in Las Vegas

    October 24, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Brett Stegmaier birdied the final hole for a 3-under 68 and a one-stroke lead Saturday in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.Making his fifth career PGA Tour start, Stegmaier rebounded from a bogey on the par-3 17th with a 13-foot birdie putt on the par-4 18th to reach 13-under 68. The 32-year-old former University of Florida player completed a second-round 66 on Saturday morning for a share of the lead.

  • Rose, Bjerregaard share 4-shot lead at Hong Kong Open

    October 24, 2015

    HONG KONG (AP) Justin Rose and Lucas Bjerregaard led the Hong Kong Open by four strokes after Saturday's third round.The Englishman and Dane were on 15-under 195 overall at Hong Kong Golf Club.Rose began the day with a one-shot lead over his Danish opponent, who never let him out of his sight. Bjerregaard twice nosed in front at the par-70 Fanling Course before settling for shared honors.

  • Lydia Ko takes 4-shot lead in LPGA Taiwan Championship

    October 24, 2015

    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) Lydia Ko took a four-stroke lead Saturday in the LPGA Taiwan Championship, putting the 18-year-old New Zealander in position to regain the top spot in the world ranking.Ko had four birdies in a five-hole stretch and closed with another birdie for a 5-under 67 in windy conditions at rain-soaked Miramar.

  • Brett Stegmaier tops Las Vegas leaderboard

    October 23, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Brett Stegmaier topped the leaderboard Friday in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in only his fifth career start on the PGA Tour.The 32-year-old former University of Florida player was 6 under for the round and 11 under overall with three holes left when second-round play was suspended because of darkness.

  • Rose grabs 1-shot lead after 2nd round of Hong Kong Open

    October 23, 2015

    HONG KONG (AP) Justin Rose shot a 4-under 66 to grab a one-shot lead after the second round of the Hong Kong Open on Friday despite making his first bogey of the tournament on the penultimate hole.Rose was on his way to a second straight error-free performance at the Fanling Course but bounced back from his late bogey with a birdie at the last hole to move to 9-under 131.

  • Ji Eun-hee maintains lead in LPGA Taiwan Championship

    October 23, 2015

    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) Ji Eun-hee took a one-stroke lead over Lydia Ko on Friday in the LPGA Taiwan Championship, overcoming back pain and a double bogey in windy and rainy conditions.The 29-year-old South Korean player finished with a 3-under 69 to reach 9-under 135 at Miramar. She made the double bogey on the par-5 sixth after hitting hooking her drive out of bounds, rallied with birdies on Nos. 9-11 and closed with seven straight pars.

  • Hearn, Hubbard, Thompson share Las Vegas lead

    October 22, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Canada's David Hearn birdied his final three holes in perfect morning conditions for a 7-under 64 and a share of the lead Thursday in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.Michael Thompson, Mark Hubbard and Tyler Aldridge also topped the leaderboard at TPC Summerlin. Aldridge had two holes left when first-round play was suspended because of darkness.

  • Pavan, Lu share 1st-round lead at Hong Kong Open

    October 22, 2015

    HONG KONG (AP) Andrea Pavan of Italy made four birdies on his last six holes to take a share of the lead after the first round of the Hong Kong Open with a 6-under 64.Pavan was tied with Lu Wei-chih of Taiwan, a stroke ahead of a trio that included Justin Rose of England. Rose made four birdies on the back nine in a bogey-free round at the Fanling Course and was tied with Taiwanese player Pan Cheng-tseung and Jeev Milka Singh of India.

  • South Korea's Ji Eun-hee leads LPGA Taiwan Championship

    October 22, 2015

    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) Ji Eun-hee shot a 6-under 66 in windy conditions Thursday to take a one-stroke lead in the LPGA Taiwan Championship.The 29-year-old South Korean player birdied five of her final seven holes at Miramar. She holed two chips and had only 23 putts.

  • Tim Burke wins World Long Drive Championship

    October 21, 2015

    THACKERVILLE, Okla. (AP) Tim Burke won the World Long Drive Championship for the second time in three years Wednesday night, beating Jeremy Easterly in the final with a 394-yard drive.The 6-foot-6 Burke, a former University of Miami pitcher from Orlando, Florida, earned 0,000 in the event at WinStar World Casino.

  • Change in criteria creates opportunity for 3 players

    October 20, 2015

    NAPA, Calif. (AP) The HSBC Champions made a significant change to its criteria this year, which was good news for Daniel Summerhays, Justin Thomas and Matt Jones.The World Golf Championship in Shanghai previously placed an emphasis on winning tournaments, taking 20 winners from PGA Tour events (based on the strength of the field) and 10 winners from the European Tour, along with winners from the other tours. The final category was the top 50 in the world ranking.

  • Woods says recovery will be 'long and tedious'

    October 20, 2015

    MEXICO CITY (AP) Tiger Woods has not started rehabilitation for a second back surgery he had a month ago, and he said Tuesday he would face another ''tedious and long'' process that suggests it might be awhile before he competes again.Woods last played at the Wyndham Champion on Aug. 23, where he tied for 10th for his best finish at a PGA Tour event in nearly two years.

  • Short offseason beats alternative of denying young players

    October 20, 2015

    NAPA, Calif. (AP) The PGA Tour went 17 days from when Jordan Spieth's putt ended one season until Will MacKenzie's tee shot started another.For Steven Bowditch, who played in the Presidents Cup, the offseason felt even shorter.''It was a 10-hour flight from Korea,'' Bowditch said.

  • Beem's decision allows Poulter to keep European Tour card

    October 20, 2015

    Rich Beem agreed Tuesday to give his spot in the Hong Kong Open to a player who would otherwise have lost his European Tour membership and been ineligible to play in the Ryder Cup next year. Under those circumstances, he said he would have made that sacrifice for any player.

  • Poulter gets late entry to keep European membership

    October 20, 2015

    HONG KONG (AP) With no time to spare, Ian Poulter was rushing from Florida to Hong Kong on Tuesday to keep his European Tour membership, and to save his chances of being eligible to play in the Ryder Cup next year.And he owes it all former PGA champion Rich Beem, who gave up his spot in the Hong Kong Open.

  • Royal Portrush to host British Open in 2019

    October 20, 2015

    PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) The British Open is heading across the Irish Sea for the first time in nearly 70 years, with Royal Portrush announced Tuesday as the 2019 venue for golf's oldest major championship.Royal Portrush staged the British Open in 1951, when Max Faulkner of England lifted the claret jug. That is the only time the event has been held outside England or Scotland.

  • Spieth named to headline Singapore Open's 2016 return

    October 20, 2015

    SINGAPORE (AP) Organizers say PGA Tour Player of the Year Jordan Spieth will headline the Singapore Open in January when the tournament returns after a three-year absence.Spieth, who won this year's Masters and U.S. Open, will be looking to join a list of big-name Singapore Open winners, including three-time title holder Adam Scott, Ian Poulter, Angel Cabrera and defending champion Matteo Manassero.

  • Sullivan wins Portugal Masters by 9 shots

    October 18, 2015

    VILAMOURA, Portugal (AP) Andy Sullivan of England easily won the Portugal Masters on Sunday after extending his lead to finish nine strokes ahead.Sullivan led the field from round one and had built a five-stroke lead as he entered the final round at the Oceanico Victoria course, which started late due to heavy overnight rain. He increased that margin by hitting five birdies for a flawless 5-under 66 to finish with a total of 23-under 261.

  • Lexi Thompson wins LPGA Tour event in South Korea

    October 18, 2015

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) Lexi Thompson broke out of a crowded pack Sunday to win the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship for her second victory of the year and sixth overall.The 20-year-old American closed with a 3-under 69 to beat Taiwan's Yani Tseng and South Korea's Sung Hyun Park by a stroke on Sky 72's Ocean Course.

  • Matt Kuchar wins Fiji International by 4 shots

    October 18, 2015

    SUVA, Australia (AP) American Matt Kuchar shot a second-straight three-under 69 on Sunday to ease to a four-stroke victory over Australia's Aron Price at the Fiji International.World No. 16 Kuchar had a total of 4-under 284 and was never further back than second place at the Natadolo Bay Golf Club, where the field was confronted with strong wind gusts over the opening two days.

  • Steele narrowly hangs onto lead at PGA Tour season opener

    October 17, 2015

    NAPA, Calif. (AP) Brendan Steele did just enough to keep the lead Saturday in the Frys.com Open.He just missed a chance to do a lot more.As one player after another was piling up birdies on the closing three-hole stretch at Silverado - eagle opportunities on each hole - Steele had to settle for three pars for a 3-under 69 and a one-shot lead over Andrew Loupe and Kevin Na.

  • Brad Lardon leads Senior PGA Professional

    October 17, 2015

    SEASIDE, Calif. (AP) Brad Lardon shot a 6-under 66 on the Bayonet Course on Saturday to take the third-round lead in the Senior PGA Professional National Championship.The 50-year-old Lardon is the PGA general manager at Texas A&M Golf Course in College Station. He had a 9-under 207 total.

  • Michael Allen, Scott McCarron share lead in San Antonio

    October 17, 2015

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) Defending champion Michael Allen shot a 3-under 69 on Saturday for a share of the lead with Scott McCarron in the Champions Tour's San Antonio Championship.McCarron also had a 69 to reach 6-under 138 on TPC San Antonio's AT&T Canyons Course.

  • Sullivan takes 5-shot lead into Portugal Masters final round

    October 17, 2015

    VILAMOURA, Portugal (AP) England's Andy Sullivan shot a 4-under 67 in windy conditions to take a five-shot lead into Sunday's final round at the Portugal Masters.Sullivan had six birdies in the third round on Saturday, when tee times were moved forward because of severe weather.

  • Lydia Ko, Sung Hyun Park share lead in South Korea

    October 17, 2015

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) Lydia Ko and Sung Hyun Park rebounded to top the crowded leaderboard Saturday in the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship.In position to take the top spot in the world, the second-ranked Ko overcame a double bogey with two late birdies in a 3-under 69. Park bounced back from a second-round 74 with a 67 to match Ko at 13 under 203 on Sky 72's Ocean Course.

  • Steele takes 2-shot lead into weekend at Silverado

    October 17, 2015

    NAPA, Calif. (AP) During his three-week offseason, Brendan Steele spent more time playing golf than practicing. That included some casual rounds with his buddies in which Steele was the one reaching of his wallet.Not to worry. He figures to get that back and more - a lot more - after a steady round of 2-under 70 to take a two-shot lead into the weekend at the Frys.com Open.

  • Kuchar leads Fiji International after 3 rounds

    October 17, 2015

    SUVA, Fiji (AP) American Matt Kuchar shot a three-under 69 on Saturday to maintain a two-stroke lead after three rounds of the Fiji International.The world No. 16 had his best round of the tournament at Natadolo Bay Golf Club to finish the third round as the only player under par at 1-under 215.

  • Mason, Starkjohann share lead in Senior PGA Professional

    October 16, 2015

    SEASIDE, Calif. (AP) James Mason shot a 3-under 69 for a share of the lead with Chris Starkjohann on Friday in the Senior PGA Professional National ChampionshipThe 64-year-old Mason is a PGA Life Member from Dillard, Georgia, who finished second last season. He holed out from 60 yards for eagle on the par-5 12th hole at Black Horse.

  • Steele survives tough day to keep lead at Silverado

    October 16, 2015

    NAPA, Calif. (AP) Brendan Steele did not feel much different about his game Friday except for his score. One thing that didn't change was his name atop the leaderboard at the Frys.com Open.Steele had to settle for pars on the closing three holes at Silverado that can produce birdies. He had a 2-under 70 - seven shots higher than the opening round - but all that mattered was a two-shot lead.

  • Wes Short Jr. leads Champions Tour event

    October 16, 2015

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) Wes Short Jr. birdied three of the last four holes Friday for a 5-under 67 and a one-stroke lead in the Champions Tour's San Antonio Championship.The 51-year-old former University of Texas player had seven birdies and two bogeys on TPC San Antonio's AT&T Canyons Course. He won the Quebec Championship last year for his lone victory on the 50-and-over tour and also won the PGA Tour's 2005 Las Vegas event.

  • Sullivan hits 7-under 64 to lead Portugal Masters

    October 16, 2015

    VILAMOURA, Portugal (AP) England's Andy Sullivan carded a 7-under 64 for a second straight day to take a three-shot lead at the Portugal Masters on Friday.Sullivan, who shared the overnight lead with Nicolas Colsaerts, hit seven birdies in a flawless second round at the Oceanico Victoria course for a 14-under total of 128.

  • Lydia Ko shoots 65 to take lead in South Korea

    October 16, 2015

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) Lydia Ko took advantage of Sung Hyun Park's struggles to take the lead Friday in the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship.The second-ranked Ko made an 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole for a 7-under 65 and a one-stroke lead over Lexi Thompson. Park followed her course-record 62 with a 74 to drop two shots behind.

  • Steele eager to get started, and it showed at Silverado

    October 16, 2015

    NAPA, Calif. (AP) Brendan Steele rolled in a 25-foot birdie putt, and then added two more birdies from about that range. It was a good start to the new PGA Tour season, and it did not get past the sarcastic humor wit of playing partner Steve Wheatcroft.

  • Kuchar leads Fiji International after 2nd round

    October 16, 2015

    SUVA, Fiji (AP) American Matt Kuchar shot an even-par 72 on Friday to take a two-stroke lead after the second round of the Fiji International.Kuchar, who started the day two shots off the lead, made his move with three birdies between No.14 and No.17. He had five birdies against five bogeys at the Natadolo Bay Golf Club.

  • Texas' Carl Cooper leads Senior PGA Professional

    October 15, 2015

    SEASIDE, Calif. (AP) Carl Cooper shot a 6-under 66 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead in the Senior PGA Professional National Championship.Cooper, the 54-year-old PGA teaching professional at Humble Golf Center outside Houston, had eight birdies and two bogeys on the Bayonet Course, the site of the final two rounds.

  • Steele gets his season off to an ideal start at Silverado

    October 15, 2015

    NAPA, Calif. (AP) Brendan Steele began the new PGA Tour season by making five straight birdies on his way to a 9-under 63 and the early lead in the Frys.com Open.Rory McIlroy is in between two seasons and opened with a 68.In ideal conditions Thursday at Silverado, Steele had no stress. The only green he missed was on the par-3 seventh, where he got up-and-down for birdie. He finished the back nine with five straight birdies for a 29 and cooled only slightly on the front nine.

  • Colsaerts and Sullivan lead Portugal Masters

    October 15, 2015

    VILAMOURA, Portugal (AP) Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium shot a seven-under-par 64 to claim a share of the lead after the first round of the Portugal Masters in Vilamoura on Thursday.The 32-year-old former Ryder Cup player shares the lead with Andy Sullivan of England, who matched Colsaerts' score after hitting eight birdies and one bogey.

  • PGA Tour season begins right after it ended

    October 15, 2015

    NAPA, Calif. (AP) The Frys.com Open is everything Rory McIlroy thought it would be.And the tournament hasn't even started.He knew nothing about Silverado Resort, which is hosting the PGA Tour season opener for the second year and is expected to stay here even longer, except that it was located in the middle California's most famous wine country.

  • Matt Kuchar 2nd after 1st round of Fiji International

    October 15, 2015

    SUVA, Fiji (AP) American Matt Kuchar shot a two-over 74 in blustery conditions Thursday to hold joint second-place after the first round of the Fiji International.The leaderboard at the jointly-sanctioned PGA Tour of Australasia and the OneAsia Tour event was dominated by Australian players.

  • Sung Hyun Park shoots 10-under 62 in South Korea

    October 15, 2015

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) South Korea's Sung Hyun Park shot a course-record 10-under 62 on Thursday to take a four-stroke lead in the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship.The 22-year-old Park birdied three of the last four holes after making six birdies in a seven-hole stretch in the middle of the round on Sky 72's Ocean Course.

  • Defending NCAA golf champ DeChambeau leaves SMU

    October 14, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) U.S. Amateur champion Bryson DeChambeau has left SMU after the NCAA imposed penalties against the men's golf team that would keep him from defending his NCAA individual title next summer.SMU officials confirmed Wednesday that the senior was no longer on the team.

  • McIlroy starts a new season before another season is over

    October 14, 2015

    NAPA, Calif. (AP) Rory McIlroy is starting a new season on one tour before he finishes another season on his other tour.McIlroy highlights the field at Silverado for the Frys.com Open, which kicks off the PGA Tour season that ended just three weeks ago. The four-time major champion is playing only as part of an agreement when he took part in an exhibition in Turkey three years ago. Tiger Woods also was supposed to play until he had a second back surgery.

  • Dottie Pepper back to full-time golf broadcasting with CBS

    October 14, 2015

    NAPA, Calif. (AP) CBS Sports filled a big void on its golf broadcasting team Wednesday by hiring Dottie Pepper, giving the network that covers the most PGA Tour events its first female voice.She replaces David Feherty, who left CBS to join NBC Sports.

  • Patrick Reed has clubs and will travel

    October 13, 2015

    NAPA, Calif. (AP) The Presidents Cup followed the end of a long season for Patrick Reed, and he still has a long way to go.Reed took up European Tour membership this year, and even with the Presidents Cup counting toward the minimum 13 events he must play, he is four short. That's why he is headed back to Asia next week to finish off his schedule.

  • Regular tour is a different tune from Ryder, Presidents Cups

    October 13, 2015

    NAPA, Calif. (AP) Those traveling, song-loving ''Fanatics'' at the Presidents Cup had no trouble finding the right tune for Branden Grace, with a slight change of lyrics.''Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, that saved his best for me.''That he did.

  • Sandra Spuzich, 1966 US Women's Open golf winner, dies

    October 12, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Sandra Spuzich, the 1966 U.S. Women's Open champion who won six other LPGA Tour titles, has died. She was 78.Conkle Funeral Homes and the U.S. Golf Association said Spuzich died Oct. 6 at her Indianapolis home.Spuzich won the Women's Open at Hazeltine in Minnesota for her first tour title, beating Carol Mann by a stroke. In 1982, Spuzich won the Corning Classic and Mary Kay Classic at age 45 to became the oldest player in LPGA Tour history to win twice in a season, a record that still stands.

  • British Open to move to NBC a year earlier, starting in 2016

    October 12, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) British Open broadcasts on NBC will start a year early, debuting in 2016.In June, NBC Sports Group announced a 12-year deal with the R&A for U.S. television coverage starting in 2017. ESPN was scheduled to air the tournament next July to complete an eight-year contract, but NBC said Monday it had negotiated with the R&A and ESPN to take over in '16. The original agreement will still go through 2028.

  • An exciting outcome in Presidents Cup, nothing more

    October 12, 2015

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) The best Presidents Cup in 10 years revealed exactly what the Americans need to do if they want to win the Ryder Cup.Lobby for an increase in points.The International team long believed that playing more matches gave the Americans an advantage because of their depth, and the fact this Presidents Cup wasn't decided until the final match suggests some truth to that.

  • A special moment for Jay and Bill Haas at Presidents Cup

    October 12, 2015

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) Jay Haas took a deep breath, trying to calm nerves he had only ever felt on the golf course while playing. His U.S. team was one point away from winning the Presidents Cup, and the final match added another layer of emotion.

  • Jackie Stoelting wins 2nd straight Symetra Tour title

    October 11, 2015

    LONGWOOD, Fla. (AP) Jackie Stoelting won the IOA Golf Classic on Sunday for her second straight Symetra Tour title, shooting her third 4-under 67 for a two-stroke victory.Finishing the season as a non-member on the Symetra Tour after struggling on the LPGA Tour, Stoelting won the El Dorado Shootout two weeks ago in Arkansas for her first tour title.

  • Tom Lehman wins SAS Championship with late burst

    October 11, 2015

    CARY, N.C. (AP) Tom Lehman had an eagle and three birdies in the final four holes Sunday to win the Champions Tour's SAS Championship.The 56-year-old Lehman birdied the par-4 15th and 16th, eagled the par-5 17th and birdied the par-4 18th for a 7-under 65 and a one-stroke victory over Joe Durant.

  • Fitzpatrick wins British Masters, his first pro title

    October 11, 2015

    WOBURN, England (AP) Matthew Fitzpatrick shot a 3-under 68 Sunday to win the British Masters by two shots for his first professional title.The 21-year-old Englishman shot five birdies in his final round to finish on a 15-under total of 269.Soren Kjeldsen of Denmark was jostling with Fitzpatrick at the top of the leaderboard, but he putted off the green on the par-5 15th when faced with an eagle opportunity from 30 feet.

  • Lahiri takes tough lesson from Presidents Cup

    October 11, 2015

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) Anirban Lahiri was seconds away from being the star in a dream debut at the Presidents Cup.The rest is a blur.His birdie putt just inside 4 feet rammed off the right side of the cup and spun out. His putter tumbled out of his hand and over his back. He stood on the 18th green with his hands clasped together, the tips of his fingers covering his mouth.

  • Unlikely stars, and another American win in Presidents Cup

    October 11, 2015

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) The final hour when both teams thought they had it won. The clutch putt that turned a rookie into the hero. The stubbed chip that made the local star cover his face with both hands as if he wanted to hide.The Presidents Cup, packed with raw emotion and endless nerves, was unlike any other over the last 10 years.

  • Presidents Cup, Capsules

    October 11, 2015

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) Capsules of the singles matches Sunday at the President Cup:Patrick Reed, United States, halved with Louis Oosthuizen, International.Oosthuizen delivered a clutch moment, but only after missing two putts that could have changed the outcome. Oosthuizen missed an 8-foot birdie putt on the 15th for a chance to take the lead. The match was all square when both players came up short on the 16th and chipped to about 4 feet. Oosthuizen missed, then Reed made to go 1 up. On the par-5 18th, however, Oosthuizen hit his second shot to 12 feet and made eagle to earn a half-point.

  • Jessica Korda wins LPGA Malaysia for 4th title

    October 11, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) Jessica Korda won the LPGA Malaysia on Sunday for her fourth tour title, closing with a 6-under 65 in sweltering conditions for a four-stroke victory.The 22-year-old American made five birdies in a seven-hole stretch that ended on the 10th, dropped a stroke on the par-4 11th and sealed it with birdies on the par-3 15th and 17th.

  • US holds on to win the Presidents Cup

    October 11, 2015

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) The United States held off an inspired rally Sunday to win the Presidents Cup for the sixth straight time, this one decided by the final match.The Americans got the winning point from Bill Haas, the son of U.S. captain Bill Haas, who won 2-up over an emotionally distraught Bae Sang-moon. Bae needed to win the final hole for the International team to share the cup, but he stubbed a chip.

  • Perry leads Champions Tour event by a shot in North Carolina

    October 10, 2015

    CARY, N.C. (AP) Kenny Perry shot a 4-under 68 on a cool and rainy Saturday to take a one-stroke lead after two rounds of the Champions Tour's SAS Championship.Perry is at 8 under and is followed by Joe Durant (68). Lee Janzen (68) and first-round leader Bernhard Langer (73) are at 6 under. Another stroke back are Tom Lehman (71) and John Riegger (72).

  • Fitzpatrick, Aphibarnrat tied for British Masters lead

    October 10, 2015

    WOBURN, England (AP) England's Matthew Fitzpatrick shot a 3-under 68 Saturday to maintain his place atop the British Masters leaderboard after the third round, but was joined in the lead by Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat.Fitzpatrick has led since day one, while Aphibarnrat shot a 67 to join him on a 12-under total of 201.

  • Presidents Cup finally has some drama, with US up by a point

    October 10, 2015

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) Whether it was the South African juggernaut of Branden Grace and Louis Oosthuizen, the inspired play of Bae Sang-moon in front of his home crowd or a format change that reduced the number of matches, the Presidents Cup is truly up for grabs for the first time in 10 years.

  • US clings to 1-point lead in Presidents Cup

    October 10, 2015

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) Branden Grace delivered two big shots in gathering darkness Saturday that kept the International team within one point of the Americans going into a final day at the Presidents Cup that finally has some drama.The Americans had a 9 1/2-8 1/2 lead with 12 singles matches remaining, the smallest margin going into Sunday in 10 years at this event.

  • Jessica Korda takes 2-shot lead in LPGA Malaysia

    October 10, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) Jessica Korda took a two-stroke lead Saturday in the LPGA Malaysia, shooting a bogey-free 6-under 65 in sweltering conditions.Korda missed a birdie chance on the par-4 18th when her 6-footer slid by on the left side, leaving the 22-year-old American at 12-under 201 at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club. Fellow American Stacy Lewis and South Korea's Ha Na Jang were tied for second.

  • Presidents Cup to return to Melbourne for 3rd time in 2019

    October 10, 2015

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) The Presidents Cup is headed back to Australia for the third time in 2019.PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem announced Saturday that Melbourne will be the host when the Presidents Cup next is played outside America. Royal Melbourne hosted the matches in 1998 and in 2011, and the fabled course is expected to be the venue for 2019 once details are worked out.

  • American rally keeps their slim lead in Presidents Cup

    October 10, 2015

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) Jordan Spieth made 7-foot putts on the final two holes to complete the biggest comeback all week and allow the Americans to escape with a split of the foursomes matches Saturday morning in the Presidents Cup.The Americans had a 7 1/2-6 1/2 lead going into the four matches of fourballs in the afternoon.

  • Bernhard Langer takes 2-shot lead in SAS Championship

    October 9, 2015

    CARY, N.C. (AP) Bernhard Langer shot a 7-under 65 in windy conditions Friday to take a two-stroke lead in the Champions Tour's SAS Championship.The 58-year-old German star had seven birdies in a bogey-free round at Prestonwood Country Club. He won the Senior Players Championship in June for his 24th victory on the 50-and-over tour.

  • Kjeldsen joins Fitzpatrick atop British Masters leaderboard

    October 9, 2015

    WOBURN, England (AP) Denmark's Soren Kjeldsen joined England's Matthew Fitzpatrick at the top of the British Masters leaderboard on Friday after both reached a 9-under total of 133 at the halfway stage.Kjeldsen, who won the Irish Open earlier this year, made a 3-under 68 in his second round, while Fitzpatrick, the sole leader on day one, shot a 2-under 69.

  • International issue: How to make peanut butter and jelly

    October 8, 2015

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) The Presidents Cup is being held in Asia for the first time, and one critical component got lost in translation.How to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.That's been a staple for years during long days of matches and even some practice rounds. But it took most of the week at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea for the food handlers to understand exactly what they wanted.

  • Alison Lee, Xi Yu Lin share lead in LPGA Malaysia

    October 8, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) Alison Lee shot a 6-under 65 on Thursday for a share of the first-round lead in the LPGA Malaysia, the first tour event since her emotional Solheim Cup debut.Lee birdied five of the first eight holes at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club, and added birdies on Nos. 12 and 14. The 20-year-old UCLA student bogeyed the par-3 17th and - after rain and lightning delayed play more than three hours - got up-and-down for par on the par-4 18th.

  • Presidents Cup Capsules

    October 10, 2015

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) Capsules of Saturday's matches at the Presidents Cup:FOURSOMESLouis Oosthuizen and Branden Grace, International, def. Patrick Reed and Rickie Fowler, United States, 3 and 2.The South African duo not only won their third straight match, they still haven't had to play the 17th and 18th holes in competition. They were 2 up through three holes, but the Americans hung in there and the match was all square through 10 holes. The International team seized control when Oosthuizen spun a wedge back to 3 feet on No. 14 for birdie and Fowler missed a 10-foot putt. International won the par-5 15th, and closed out the match when Oosthuizen made a 6-foot par on the 16th. It was the only match of the morning in which the Americans never led at any point.

  • Americans jump out to another lead in Presidents Cup

    October 8, 2015

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) Phil Mickelson and Zach Johnson won the only match that reached the 18th hole and finished off another dominant day for the Americans in the Presidents Cup on Thursday.The rest of the foursomes matches were not much of a contest, and the Americans built a 4-1 lead after the opening session.

  • Shirley, Greenlief reach US Women's Mid-Amateur final

    October 7, 2015

    CHOUDRANT, La. (AP) Defending champion Margaret Shirley reached the U.S Women's Mid-Amateur final for the record third straight year, winning twice Wednesday at Squire Creek to set up a match against Lauren Greenlief.The 29-year-old Shirley, from Roswell, Georgia, beat Ashley Tonore of Monroe, Louisiana, 3 and 2 in the morning quarterfinals, and topped Canada's Christina Proteau 2 and 1 in the afternoon semifinals.

  • Sammy Schmitz, Marc Dull advance to US Mid-Amateur final

    October 7, 2015

    VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) Sammy Schmitz and Marc Dull each won two matches Wednesday to advance to the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship final at John's Island Club.The winner of the 36-hole final Thursday will receive a spot in the Masters.The 35-year-old Schmitz, from Farmington, Minnesota, beat Joshua Irving of Dallas 4 and 3 in the morning quarterfinals, and edged Brad Wilder of Fort Wright, Kentucky, 1 up in the afternoon semifinals.

  • LPGA Volvik Championship set for May in Ann Arbor

    October 7, 2015

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) The LPGA Tour has added an event in Ann Arbor, Michigan.The tour said Wednesday that the LPGA Volvik Championship will played May 26-29 at Travis Pointe Country Club.Volvik signed a three-year deal as the title sponsor. The South Korean golf ball manufacturer has been the official sponsor of the LPGA Tour for the past five years.

  • Presidents Cup looks like the Ryder Cup only on paper

    October 7, 2015

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) Comparing the Presidents Cup to the Ryder Cup is like listening to a conversation between a Scot and an American.The words might be similar, but they sound nothing alike.The biggest difference with the Presidents Cup is an American team that is filled with smiles, not stress. And there's a reason for that. The Americans haven't lost in these matches since 1998, and the last four have not been particularly close.

  • Jim Furyk doesn't have clubs and still travels

    October 7, 2015

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) Jim Furyk showed how much the Presidents Cup meant to him. He came to South Korea without his golf clubs.Furyk easily qualified for the U.S. team, but he has a deep bone bruise in his left wrist. He missed the last two FedEx Cup playoff events to try to get ready for the Presidents Cup, and then decided on Friday he wouldn't be able to play. Captain Jay Haas asked if he wanted to be an assistant, and Furyk jumped on a plane.

  • Scott trying to fill the (Presidents) Cup

    October 7, 2015

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) Adam Scott has seven Presidents Cup logos on his bag to show how many teams he has made.Except for one tie, those cups are empty.No player symbolizes the futility of the International team more than Scott, simply because he has been around the longest. And no other player on the International team is more determined to end more than a decade of losing for the same reason.

  • Spieth, Dustin Johnson partners in Presidents Cup

    October 7, 2015

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson battled at Chambers Bay in the U.S. Open. They will be partners in South Korea at the Presidents Cup.U.S. captain Jay Haas saved Spieth and Johnson for the anchor match of foursomes Thursday when the Presidents Cup begins at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea. They will face Marc Leishman of Australia and Danny Lee of New Zealand.

  • Mickelson brings experience and emotion to Presidents Cup

    October 6, 2015

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) Phil Mickelson studied the line of the putt from both sides, and then he stood over an imaginary golf ball about halfway to the hole and gently swung his putter to make sure he had the right read.And it wasn't even his shot.

  • Dustin Johnson back on a team after 2-year absence

    October 6, 2015

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) Dustin Johnson hasn't lost a match while playing for the United States in nearly four years.Part of that is because he's very good.Any discussion about American talent in golf would have to include the 31-year-old Johnson, who has won in every PGA Tour season since he was a rookie in 2008 fresh out of Coastal Carolina. He has chased majors, falling short either by bad luck (Chambers Bay), a bad shot (Royal St. George's), bad golf (Pebble Beach) or a bad setup (bunkers at Whistling Straits).

  • Scott has busy finish to year, and maybe an early start

    October 6, 2015

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) With three months left in the year, Adam Scott is just getting warmed up.The Presidents Cup is the start of a busy stretch for the 35-year-old Australian, who will be playing seven of the next nine weeks in six countries on three continents, all but one of them counting toward the world ranking.

  • Presidents Cup debate still strong on number of matches

    October 6, 2015

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) The battle at the Presidents Cup began Tuesday even before the first match.U.S. captain Jay Haas still doesn't understand why the number of matches was reduced from 34 to 30 for this year's event, meaning he has to sit eight players over three days of team matches.

  • Scott making an early change to the short putter

    October 5, 2015

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) Adam Scott only has three months left before the method used for his long putter is banned.He saw no need to wait.Scott used a conventional putter for a practice round Monday at the Presidents Cup, and the 35-year-old Australian said this time he won't be going back. Scott spent the last five weeks practicing with the new putter and a cross-handed grip that feels as comfortable as the long putter he had used the last four years.

  • Argentina's Emiliano Grillo wins Web.com Tour Finals finale

    October 4, 2015

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Argentina's Emiliano Grillo made a 25-foot birdie putt on the final hole Sunday to win the Web.com Tour Finals-ending Web.Com Tour Championship.The 23-year-old Grillo beat Chez Reavie by a stroke in the last of the four events that replaced PGA Tour qualifying school, finishing with a 1-under 69 for a 14-under 266 total on TPC Sawgrass' Dye's Valley Course. Reavie had a chance to force a playoff, but missed a 15-foot birdie putt. He shot a 68.

  • Olesen wins Alfred Dunhill Links by 2 shots

    October 4, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) Thorbjorn Olesen overcame a shaky start Sunday to protect his overnight lead and win the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship by two shots.Olesen had a double bogey on the second hole and a bogey on the third but recovered for a 1-under 71 at St. Andrews to hold off a late charge by Brooks Koepka of the United States.

  • Jin Cheng wins weather-shortened Asia-Pacific Amateur

    October 4, 2015

    HONG KONG (AP) Third-round leader Jin Cheng of China won the Asia-Pacific Amateur championship without hitting a ball on Sunday after the fourth round was abandoned due to heavy rain and high winds at Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club.Jin, who led by two strokes after each of the first two rounds, had a 54-hole total of 11-under 199 to edge Australian amateur champion Cameron Davis and his countryman Ryan Ruffels by one stroke.

  • Argentina's Emiliano Grillo tops Web.com Tour Finals finale

    October 3, 2015

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Argentina's Emiliano Grillo shot a 3-under 67 on Saturday to take a two-stroke lead in the Web.com Tour Finals-ending Web.Com Tour Championship.The 23-year-old Grillo had a 13-under 197 total on TPC Sawgrass' Dye's Valley Course.

  • Olesen grabs 3-shot lead at Alfred Dunhill Links

    October 3, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark took a three-shot lead at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on Saturday after a 7-under 65 at St. Andrews in the third round.Olesen started with a bogey on the first hole but then had eight birdies the rest of the way - including four on the last five holes - for a 17-under 199 total.

  • Jin leads by 1 into final round of Asia-Pacific Amateur

    October 3, 2015

    HONG KONG (AP) Jin Cheng of China pitched to a half-foot on the par-5 18th and made birdie for a 1-under 69 to take a one-stroke lead over two Australians after three rounds of the typhoon-threatened Asia-Pacific Amateur on Saturday.Jin, who led after the opening two rounds, had a 54-hole total of 11-under 199 at Clearwater Bay. Australian amateur champion Cameron Davis and countryman Ryan Ruffels, the highest-ranked amateur in the field at No. 8, were one behind after 67s.

  • Argentina's Emiliano Grillo leads Web.com Tour Finals finale

    October 2, 2015

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Emiliano Grillo holed out from the fairway for an eagle on the par-4 18th hole Friday to take the lead in the Web.com Tour Finals-ending Web.Com Tour Championship.The 23-year-old player from Argentina finished with a 6-under 64 to reach 10-under 130 after two rounds on TPC Sawgrass' rain-soaked Dye's Valley Course.

  • Jim Furyk to miss Presidents Cup, replaced by JB Holmes

    October 2, 2015

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Jim Furyk's season ended earlier than he wanted Friday when he removed himself from the Presidents Cup because of a wrist injury that hasn't fully healed.Furyk was replaced by J.B. Holmes on the American team.''I did everything I could to try to heal it as fast as possible,'' Furyk said in a voicemail message. ''I tested the wrist pretty hard yesterday to see how it would respond and it's not 100 percent healed. I'm not able to play more than one day in a row and I'm feeling some pain because my wrist needed more time to heal.''

  • Furyk to miss Presidents Cup, replaced by Holmes

    October 2, 2015

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Jim Furyk decided Friday to remove himself from the U.S. team at the Presidents Cup because of a wrist injury.He was replaced by J.B. Holmes, who was 12th in the standings.Furyk withdrew from the BMW Championship because of a deep bone bruise in his left wrist, and he sat out the Tour Championship last week with hopes it would get better.

  • Thongchai takes a path like no other to Presidents Cup

    October 2, 2015

    One stick took away the dreams of Thongchai Jaidee. Another stick allowed him to go places he never imagined.The next stop on a journey that keeps getting better is the Presidents Cup, where Thongchai will be the first player from Thailand to compete in the matches.

  • Mullen, Wall share lead at Dunhill Links

    October 2, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) Jimmy Mullen and Anthony Wall shared a one-stroke lead after the second round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on Friday.Overnight co-leader Mullen, who is making his professional debut, added a 3-under 69 at St. Andrews to his opening 64 at Kingsbarns to finish 11 under alongside fellow Englishman Wall.

  • Jordan Spieth wins PGA Tour player of the year

    October 2, 2015

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Jordan Spieth was voted PGA Tour player of the year Friday, giving him a sweep of all the significant awards.The PGA Tour does not disclose how many votes Spieth received from the players, though the 22-year-old Texan removed any suspense last week with his four-shot victory in the Tour Championship to win the Fed Ex Cup.

  • Jin Cheng maintains 2-stroke lead at Asia-Pacific Amateur

    October 2, 2015

    HONG KONG (AP) First-round leader Jin Cheng of China maintained a two-stroke lead at the Asia-Pacific Amateur on Friday after a 2-under 68 in the second round at Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club.The 17-year-old Jin had a 36-hole total of 10-under 130. Takashi Ogiso of Japan shot 65 to sit in second place going into the weekend on the picturesque peninsula course that overlooks the South China Sea.

  • Hong-Kong-born Cheung on Asia-Pacific leaderboard with 64

    October 2, 2015

    HONG KONG (AP) Hong Kong-born Matthew Cheung moved up the leaderboard at the Asia-Pacific Amateur on Friday with a second-round 6-under 64 at wind-swept Clearwater Bay.Cheung, who was raised in Brisbane, Australia and attends Oklahoma City University, sat two strokes behind clubhouse leader She Zihan of China, who shot 66 Friday and had a two-round total of 7-under 133.

  • Presidents Cup Rosters

    October 1, 2015

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) Rosters for the Presidents Cup, to be played Oct. 8-11 at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea (c-captain's pick):INTERNATIONALCaptain: Nick Pricec-Sang-moon Bae, South Koreac-Steven Bowditch, AustraliaJason Day, AustraliaBranden Grace, South Africa

  • Presidents Cup, International capsules

    October 1, 2015

    A capsule look at the International team for the Presidents Cup, to be played Oct. 8-11 at Jack Nicklaus Club Korea in Incheon, South Korea. Listed in the order they made the team:JASON DAYAge: 27Country: AustraliaRanking: 2.Worldwide wins: 7.2015 wins: Farmers Insurance Open, RBC Canadian Open, PGA Championship, The Barclays, BMW Championship.

  • Presidents Cup, US capsules

    October 2, 2015

    A capsule look at the American team for the Presidents Cup, to be played Oct. 8-11 at Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea in Incheon, South Korea. Listed in the order they made the team:JORDAN SPIETHAge: 22.Ranking: 1.Worldwide wins: 8.2015 wins: Valspar Championship, Masters, U.S. Open, John Deere Classic, Tour Championship.

  • Best moments in 10 previous meetings of the Presidents Cup

    October 1, 2015

    The 10 best moments from the Presidents Cup, which will be played Oct. 8-11 at Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea in Incheon, South Korea:10. OH, CANADA: Mike Weir, at No. 20 in the standings, was a captain's pick for the 2007 Presidents Cup in Canada. Even though the Americans had a huge lead at Royal Montreal going into Sunday, the Canadian faced Tiger Woods with a nation watching. Weir made a birdie to square the match on the 17th. On the final hole, Woods' tee shot failed to clear the water on the left. It splashed down right in front of a pair of fans holding a Maple Leaf flag. The Americans won the cup. Weir won a match that felt almost as big.

  • Facts and figures for the 11th Presidents Cup

    October 2, 2015

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) Facts and figures for the 11th Presidents Cup matches:Teams: United States against an International team of players from everywhere but Europe.Dates: Oct. 8-11.Venue: Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea.Length: 7,380 yards.Par: 36-36-72.

  • Jin maintains 2-stroke lead at Asia-Pacific Amateur

    October 1, 2015

    HONG KONG (AP) Jin Cheng of China, who shot an 8-under 62, maintained his two-stroke lead at the Asia-Pacific Amateur after 27 golfers completed their first rounds on Friday morning.The 17-year-old Jin was among the early starters Thursday after a 90-minute thunderstorm delay at the Clearwater Bay course.

  • Rhein Gibson leads Web.com Tour Finals finale

    October 1, 2015

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Rhein Gibson shot a 7-under 63 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead in the Web.com Tour Finals-ending Web.Com Tour Championship.The Australian had eight birdies and a bogey on Dye's Valley Course at TPC Sawgrass.The tournament is the fourth and final event in the series for the top 75 players from the Web.com Tour money list, Nos. 126-200 in the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup standings and non-members who earned enough money to have placed in the top 200 had they been eligible to receive points. The top 25 players on the Web.com Tour regular-season money list earned PGA Tour cards. They are competing against each other for tour priority, with regular-season earnings counting in their totals. The other players are fighting for 25 cards based on series earnings.

  • Karen Garcia wins US Senior Women's Amateur

    October 1, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Karen Garcia rallied to win the U.S. Senior Women's Amateur on Thursday at Hillwood Country Club, taking the final two holes for a 1-up victory over Pamela Kuong.The 53-year-old Garcia, from Cool, California, rebounded after losing Nos. 14-16 to fall a hole down. She squared the match with a par on the par-17th and won with a par on the par-4 18th.

  • Chip Lutz finally wins US Senior Amateur

    October 1, 2015

    EGGS HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) Chip Lutz made his first trip to the final match pay off Thursday when he won the U.S. Senior Amateur over Tom Brandes.Lutz, a 60-year-old from Reading, Pennsylvania, won the opening hole with a par and never trailed at Hidden Creek Golf Club. He won, 5 and 3.

  • Mullen, Dunne take share of lead at Dunhill Links

    October 1, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) Jimmy Mullen and Paul Dunne both marked their professional debuts with an 8-under 64 to grab a share of the lead after the first round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.Mullen and Dunne went pro after helping Britain and Ireland beat the United States in the Walker Cup last month and had similar rounds, with each carding eight birdies and an eagle to go with two bogeys at Kingsbarns. They were tied with Kristoffer Broberg of Sweden, who had eight birdies in a flawless round at St. Andrews. The tournament is split between three courses, with players alternating between St. Andrews, Kingsbarns and Carnoustie.

  • Molinari heading back to Q-School after ending season early

    October 1, 2015

    ST. ANDREW'S, Scotland (AP) Former Ryder Cup player Edoardo Molinari will have to return to the European Tour qualifying school for the first time since 2008 after ending his season early.Molinari, who was part of the winning European team at Celtic Manor in 2010, pulled out of this week's Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in St. Andrew's.

  • Jin leads at Asia-Pacific Amateur with 8-under 62

    October 1, 2015

    HONG KONG (AP) Jin Cheng had four birdies and an eagle in a five-hole span on the way to a tournament-record 8-under 62 Thursday and a two-stroke lead after the weather-affected opening day of the Asia-Pacific Amateur.The 17-year-old Chinese player, among the early starters after a 90-minute lightning and rain delay at the par-70 Clearwater Bay course, birdied the 17th and eagled the 18th after starting on the 10th hole. He then birdied the first three holes on the front nine and added birdies on 5 and 7 before a five-foot par save on his last hole for his best career round.

  • Jin early leader at Asia-Pacific Amateur with 8-under 62

    October 1, 2015

    HONG KONG (AP) China's Jin Cheng had four birdies and an eagle in a five-hole stretch on the way to a tournament-record 8-under-par 62 on Thursday and the early first-round lead at the Asia-Pacific Amateur.Jin, among the early starters after a 90-minute lightning delay at Hong Kong's par-70 Clearwater Bay course, birdied the 17th and eagled the 18th after starting on the 10th hole. He then birdied the first three holes on the front nine and added birdies on 5 and 7 before a five-foot par save on his last hole for his best career round.

  • Caldabaugh advances in US Senior Women's Amateur

    September 30, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tama Caldabaugh advanced to the U.S. Senior Women's Amateur semifinals, beating Jane Fitzgerald 3 and 1 on Wednesday at Hillwood Country Club.The 51-year-old Caldabaugh, from Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, is a retired sales and marketing professional who fought ovarian cancer in 2013.

  • Chip Lutz, Tom Brandes reach US Senior Amateur final

    September 30, 2015

    EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) Chip Lutz and Tom Brandes advanced to the U.S. Senior Amateur final Wednesday at Hidden Creek Golf Club.The 60-year-old Lutz, from Reading, Pennsylvania, beat two-time U.S. Mid-Amateur champion Tim Jackson of Germantown, Tennessee, 1 up, and the 59-year-old Brandes, from Bellevue, Washington, topped former PGA Tour player Steven Liebler of Irmo, South Carolina, with a birdie on the 21st hole.

  • PGA of America CEO says golf must concentrate on diversity

    September 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The chief executive officer of the PGA of America says golf must concentrate on diversity to compete for fans.Speaking at the Sports Diversity & Inclusion Symposium on Wednesday on Citi Field, Pete Bevacqua told the audience ''golf realizes it has to really make some fundamental changes and unbelievable progress in this area if the game is going to continue to be healthy.''

  • Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand wins European Open by 1 shot

    September 27, 2015

    BAD GRIESBACH, Germany (AP) Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand shot a bogey-free 67 to win the European Open by one shot on Sunday.Jaidee, the overnight leader, had four birdies to add to his rounds of 68, 68 and 64 for a 17-under 267 on the Bad Griesbach course in southeastern Germany.

  • Colin Montgomerie takes Champions Tour lead

    September 26, 2015

    PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) Colin Montgomerie settled for a one-stroke lead in the Champions Tour's First Tee Open after bogeying the final hole Saturday at Pebble Beach.The 52-year-old Scot finished with a 5-under 67, missing a 6-foot par putt on the par-5 18th to fall to 8-under 135. He opened with a 68 on Friday at par-71 Poppy Hills.

  • Roberto Castro leads Web.com Tour Finals event

    September 26, 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Roberto Castro shot a 3-under 68 on Saturday to take a two-stroke lead in the Web.com Tour Finals' Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship.Castro birdied the par-4 15th and 16th holes and closed with two pars to finish at 7-under 206 on Ohio State's Scarlet Course. The 30-year-old former Georgia Tech player has played the PGA Tour the last four seasons, but slipped to 188th in the FedEx Cup standings to drop into the series that replaced Q-school.

  • Spieth takes the lead at East Lake, 1 round from million

    September 26, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Jordan Spieth already has the best year in golf. He's one round away from having the richest year in golf history.Spieth battled through a tough, rainy Saturday at the Tour Championship and overtook Henrik Stenson with a 2-under 68. The Masters and U.S. Open champion saved par with a 20-foot putt on the 16th hole and took the lead for the first time with a 20-foot birdie on the 18th.

  • Jaidee seizes 1-stroke lead at European Open

    September 26, 2015

    BAD GRIESBACH, Germany (AP) Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand carded a 7-under 64 Saturday to take a one-stroke lead after the third round of the European Open.Jaidee had eight birdies and a bogey to add to his two rounds of 68. He climbed 14 places for a 13-under total of 200 in southeastern Germany.

  • Stenson leading, Spieth chasing at Tour Championship

    September 26, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Even before the FedEx Cup began, the Tour Championship was looked upon as an All-Star Game for golf.Throw in a million bonus, and it's shaping up that way at East Lake.Henrik Stenson got in trouble five times off the tee, only paid for it with two bogeys, and wound up with a 2-under 68. He is No. 4 in the FedEx Cup, meaning he 39-year-old Swede only has to win the Tour Championship to claim the richest payoff in golf.

  • Jesper Parnevik, Tom Byrum share Champions Tour lead

    September 25, 2015

    PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) Jesper Parnevik birdied three of his last four holes Friday at Poppy Hills for a share of the lead with Tom Byrum in the Champions Tour's First Tee Open.Parnevik had a 5-under 66. Byrum birdied the par-5 18th at Pebble Beach for a 5-under 67.

  • Martin Flores leads Web.com Tour Finals event

    September 25, 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Martin Flores shot a 1-under 70 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead after the second round of the Web.com Tour Finals' Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship.Flores, tied for the first-round lead after a 67, had three birdies and two bogeys - all on the back nine - to reach 5-under 137 on Ohio State's difficult Scarlet Course.

  • Column: Golf's future in good hands with a new Big 3 (or 4)

    September 25, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) As Tiger Woods recovers from another operation on his increasingly creaky body, the Tour Championships goes on without him at soggy East Lake.No big deal.Tiger's era is over.It's time for everyone - fans, media, sponsors - to fully embrace the new vanguards of the game.

  • Stenson stretches lead at East Lake as Spieth makes a surge

    September 25, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Henrik Stenson overcame a few early mistakes in a Friday drizzle and shot 2-under 68 for a three-shot lead over Jordan Spieth going into the weekend of the Tour Championship.It was the sixth straight round under par at East Lake for Stenson. He has never left this course without seeing his name atop the leaderboard.

  • Storm, Fisher, Schwartzel tied for lead at European Open

    September 25, 2015

    BAD GRIESBACH, Germany (AP) Graeme Storm of England holed out for eagle on the back nine for a share of the lead at the halfway stage of the European Open on Friday.Storm also had three birdies and a bogey for a round of 67, joining compatriot Ross Fisher and South Africa's Charl Schwartzel at 10-under-par after the second day.

  • Stenson builds 2-shot lead in the blink of an eye

    September 25, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The word ''blink'' translates easily from English to Swedish.''Blinka,'' Henrik Stenson said. ''Just add an `a' to the end. Very simple.''It's become his buzz work at the Tour Championship, starting with a question earlier in the week when he was asked whether someone posting a low score made him blink.

  • Flores, Aragon share lead in Web.com Tour Finals event

    September 24, 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Martin Flores birdied his final hole for a 4-under 67 and a share of the first-round lead with Alex Aragon on Thursday in the Web.com Tour Finals' Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship.Flores and Aragon each had five birdies and a bogey on Ohio State's Scarlet Course.

  • Stenson feeling right at home at East Lake

    September 24, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Getting back to East Lake is the challenge for Henrik Stenson. Playing the course appears to be the easy part.Two years after a dominant victory to capture the FedEx Cup, Stenson was unstoppable for 12 holes until he settled for a 7-under 63 for a two-shot lead over Paul Casey in the opening round of the Tour Championship.

  • Oosthuizen out of Tour Championship with injury

    September 24, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Louis Oosthuizen withdrew from the Tour Championship after 13 holes because of soreness in his right hamstring.Oosthuizen was No. 29 in the FedEx Cup and had little chance of capturing the million bonus.The South African said he began having trouble with his hamstring Sunday and had treatment and rest before coming to East Lake. He only walked the course on Tuesday and Wednesday and felt fine in the opening round for about six holes. He felt his swing changing because of the leg on the 14th hole and decided to stop.

  • Hebert and Wiesberger lead European Open

    September 24, 2015

    BAD GRIESBACH, Germany (AP) Benjamin Hebert of France and Bernd Wiesberger of Austria shared the lead at seven-under-par after the opening day of the European Open on Thursday.Hebert fired eight birdies on the Bad Griesbach course and had a bogey on the seventh to finish the day at 64. Wiesberger had seven birdies and no bogeys to tie for the lead.

  • The chase begins for million at Tour Championship

    September 24, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Brandt Snedeker is finishing his ninth year on the PGA Tour, and he already has amassed more than million in earnings.He never really thought about the money and would only know his total if he took time to look it up.But there was one exception.

  • Big 3 battle for million at Tour Championship

    September 24, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The best three players in golf have combined to win 12 tournaments and over million this year, so the appeal of a million bonus for capturing the FedEx Cup might not be as great as simply winning the final showdown of the season.But there was a time when money mattered for Jason Day, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth.

  • Stenson can win million without winning a tournament

    September 22, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The last five winners of the FedEx Cup also won the Tour Championship. Vijay Singh in 2008 and Tiger Woods in 2009 are the only FedEx Cup champions who didn't win at East Lake.Henrik Stenson is in position to make his own brand of history this week - winning the FedEx Cup without winning a PGA Tour event all year.

  • Vote could reflect how players perceive FedEx Cup

    September 22, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) PGA Tour players might be voting on more than just their player of the year.Depending on how the Tour Championship unfolds this week at East Lake, the vote could also be a referendum on how they view the FedEx Cup.No one thought this would even be a contest a month ago when the most significant part of the golf schedule ended at the PGA Championship. Even with Jason Day finally breaking through for his first major title, this year was all about Jordan Spieth.

  • Furyk withdraws from Tour Championship

    September 22, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Jim Furyk has withdrawn from the Tour Championship because of a wrist injury and doesn't know if he can play the Presidents Cup.Furyk still gets the 2,000 paid to the last-place finisher in the 30-man field at East Lake, though the sum will not count on the official money list.

  • Golf's player of year vote could be referendum on FedEx Cup

    September 22, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) PGA Tour players might be voting on more than just their player of the year.Depending on how the Tour Championship unfolds this week at East Lake, the vote could also be a referendum on how they view the FedEx Cup.No one thought this would even be a contest a month ago when the most significant part of the golf schedule ended at the PGA Championship. Even with Jason Day finally breaking through for his first major title, this year was all about Jordan Spieth.

  • Solheim Cup joins list of dustups in international golf

    September 21, 2015

    U.S. captain Juli Inkster didn't want to see tattoos and red, white and blue face paint on her players at the Solheim Cup. She wanted them to view the competition in Germany over the weekend as a business trip, with none of the over-the-top displays of previous years.

  • Pettersen apologizes for controversial call in Solheim Cup

    September 21, 2015

    ST. LEON-ROT, Germany (AP) Suzann Pettersen apologized Monday for making the controversial call that left United States players fuming before their memorable victory in the Solheim Cup.Pettersen had demanded American rookie Alison Lee be penalized at the 17th hole of their morning fourball match for picking the ball up when she thought the putt was conceded.

  • Great Britain and Ireland wins PGA Cup

    September 20, 2015

    SAN MARTIN, Calif. (AP) Ireland's Niall Kearney beat Alan Morin 1 up to give Great Britain and Ireland its first PGA Cup victory on U.S. soil, a 13 1/2-12 1/2 decision Sunday at CordeValleGreat Britain and Ireland cut the Americans' series lead to 17-6-4 in the event for club professionals.

  • Vicky Hurst wins second Symetra Tour title of year

    September 20, 2015

    GARDEN CITY, Kan. (AP) Vicky Hurst locked up an LPGA Tour card for next season, winning the Garden City Charity Classic on Sunday for her second Symetra Tour title of the year.The 25-year-old Hurst, from Melbourne, Florida, closed with an even-par 72 for a two-stroke victory. She finished at 8-under 208 at Buffalo Dunes and earned ,000 to jump from 14th to fourth on the money list with ,058, more than enough to wrap a spot in the final top 10 for an LPGA Tour card.

  • Day wins BMW Championship on cruise control, moves to No. 1

    September 20, 2015

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) Jason Day won the BMW Championship on cruise control Sunday with a mostly stress-free final round of 2-under 69 that vaulted him into the top spot in the world ranking.The Australian zoomed out to a big lead by shooting 61 and 63 in the first two rounds at Conway Farms and was never seriously challenged after that. His 22-under total was the second-lowest on tour this year good for a six-shot victory over rookie Daniel Berger. Scott Piercy finished third, seven strokes back.

  • Europeans defend controversial call in Solheim Cup defeat

    September 20, 2015

    ST. LEON-ROT, Germany (AP) Despite making the call that ultimately proved the turning point for the Americans' memorable victory in the Solheim Cup, Suzann Pettersen feels she did the right thing.It was the Norwegian who demanded American rookie Alison Lee be penalized at the 17th hole of their morning fourball match for picking the ball up when she thought the putt had been conceded. The Americans were furious, and used that anger to engineer the biggest comeback in Solheim history, coming from four points down in the singles to clinch the victory.

  • Chez Reavie wins Web.com Tour Finals event

    September 20, 2015

    DAVIDSON, N.C. (AP) Chez Reavie won the Web.com Tour Finals' Small Business Connection Championship by a stroke Sunday to regain his PGA Tour card.Reavie, the 2008 Canadian Open winner, birdied the par-5 18th for a 6-under 66 and 15-under 273 total at River Run. The 33-year-old former Arizona State player earned 0,000 to push his series total to 3,000, more than enough to lock up a PGA Tour card. He tied for 10th last week in Indiana in the finals opener after finishing 166th in the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup standings.

  • Karlberg beats Kaymer in playoff to win Italian Open

    September 20, 2015

    MONZA, Italy (AP) Rikard Karlberg of Sweden beat Martin Kaymer in a sudden death playoff to win the Italian Open on Sunday for his first European Tour victory.On the second playoff hole at the par-4 18th, Karlberg sunk a birdie putt following an impressive second shot out of the rough.

  • US stages comeback to win Solheim Cup after disputed call

    September 20, 2015

    ST. LEON-ROT, Germany (AP) After being infuriated by a call they found unsportsmanlike, the Americans staged the biggest comeback in Solheim Cup history Saturday to wrest the trophy back from Europe.Paula Creamer defeated Germany's Sandra Gal to complete the turnaround and secure a 14 1/2-13 1/2 victory for the United States, which had trailed by four points going into the singles.

  • US stages remarkable comeback to win Solheim Cup

    September 20, 2015

    ST. LEON-ROT, Germany (AP) Paula Creamer defeated Germany's Sandra Gal to complete a remarkable comeback as United States won the Solheim Cup with a 14 1/2-13 1/2 victory over Europe on Sunday.Creamer made five birdies in 15 holes to win the final singles match 4 and 3 and give the U.S. its first title since 2009.

  • Europe takes 10-6 lead over US in controversial fashion

    September 20, 2015

    ST. LEON-ROT, Germany (AP) Charley Hull and Suzann Pettersen beat Alison Lee and Brittany Lincicome 2 up in controversial fashion at the Solheim Cup to give Europe a 10-6 lead over the United States going into Sunday's singles matches.Lee missed a short putt for a birdie on the 17th of their resumed fourball match and then picked up her ball under the assumption Europe had conceded - Hull was already walking toward the last hole - only for Pettersen to claim Europe hadn't conceded the short putt. The umpire intervened and Europe was awarded the hole.

  • Europe takes 10-6 lead over US going into Solheim singles

    September 20, 2015

    ST. LEON-ROT, Germany (AP) Charley Hull and Suzann Pettersen beat Alison Lee and Brittany Lincicome 2 up in controversial fashion at the Solheim Cup to give Europe a 10-6 lead over the United States going into Sunday's singles matches.Lee missed a short putt for a birdie on the 17th of their resumed fourball match and then picked up her ball under the assumption Europe had conceded - Hull was already walking toward the last hole - only for Pettersen to claim Europe hadn't conceded the short putt. The umpire intervened and Europe was awarded the hole.

  • Great Britain and Ireland ties US 8-8 in the PGA Cup

    September 19, 2015

    SAN MARTIN, Calif. (AP) Cameron Clark and Niall Kearney beat Sean Dougherty and Grant Sturgeon 2 and 1 in foursomes Saturday to help Great Britain and Ireland tie the United States 8-8 in the PGA Cup.The competition for club professionals will end Sunday at CordeValle with 10 singles matches.

  • Day runs in place at BMW, but still leads by 6 shots

    September 19, 2015

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) Jason Day shot a 2-under 69 at the BMW Championship, good enough to take a six-stroke lead into the final round.Instead of running away from the field, as he had in the first two rounds after shooting 61 and 63, Day spent most of Saturday running in place. He made his first bogey in 20 holes at the sixth, then piled on three more to offset a half-dozen birdies. He wasn't alone struggling to stay consistent in cool, windy conditions at Conway Farms.

  • Grillo, Axley tied for lead in Web.com Tour Finals event

    September 19, 2015

    DAVIDSON, N.C. (AP) Argentina's Emiliano Grillo shot a 4-under 68 on Saturday for a share of the third-round lead with Eric Axley in the Web.com Tour Finals' Small Business Connection Championship.Axley had a 70 to match Grillo at 14-under 202 at River Run.

  • Europe leads US 8-5 at Solheim Cup in Germany

    September 19, 2015

    ST. LEON-ROT, Germany (AP) Lexi Thompson and Cristie Kerr earned a point for the United States to trail Europe 8-5 in the Solheim Cup before the other fourball matches were suspended Saturday due to bad light.The American duo defeated Spanish pair Carlota Ciganda and Azahara Munoz 3 and 2 to reduce the Europeans' lead after a good morning for the home team.

  • Martin Kaymer moves into share of lead at Italian Open

    September 19, 2015

    MONZA, Italy (AP) Martin Kaymer opened with four straight birdies on his way to a 7-under 65 Saturday to grab a share of the lead after the third round of the Italian Open.The former top-ranked German had his lone bogey on the fifth but added another four birdies to sit tied with Jens Fahrbring of Sweden and Frenchman Romain Wattel atop the leaderboard with a 17-under total of 199.

  • Europe leads US 8-4 at Solheim Cup in Germany

    September 19, 2015

    ST. LEON-ROT, Germany (AP) Charley Hull and Suzann Pettersen recovered from 4 down to win 1 up against Americans Paula Creamer and Morgan Pressel on Saturday, helping Europe to a commanding 8-4 lead in the Solheim Cup.Creamer and Pressel were 4 up and comfortable after the 11th hole of their foursome match, but Hull and Pettersen birdied the next and finished with four straight birdies to give Europe huge momentum going into the afternoon's fourball matches.

  • Omar Uresti, Sean Dougherty lead US in PGA Cup

    September 18, 2015

    SAN MARTIN, Calif. (AP) Former PGA Tour player Omar Uresti and Sean Dougherty won two matches Friday to help the United States take a 4 1/2-3 1/2 lead over Great Britain and Ireland in the PGA Cup.Uresti and Dougherty beat Englishmen Lee Clarke and Paul Hendriksen 1 up for the Americans' lone point in the morning fourball matches at CordeValle in the competition for club professionals. The U.S. duo topped Ireland's Niall Kearney and England's Alex Wright 3 and 1 in the afternoon foursomes.

  • Tiger Woods has second microdiscectomy surgery on back

    September 18, 2015

    With his game ailing, Tiger Woods announced he underwent a second microdiscectomy surgery on his back.''This is certainly disappointing, but I'm a fighter,'' Woods said. ''I've been told I can make a full recovery, and I have no doubt that I will.''Woods made the announcement on his website - www.tigerwoods.com - and reported the microsurgical procedure - intended to relieve pain from a pinched nerve - was performed late Wednesday in Park City, Utah, by neurosurgeon Dr. Charles Rich. Woods pulled out of three events he planned to play this year and isn't expected to return to the tour until January at the earliest.

  • Bjerregaard, Fahrbring share halfway lead at Italian Open

    September 18, 2015

    MONZA, Italy (AP) Lucas Bjerregaard of Finland and Jens Fahrbring of Sweden shared a two-shot lead Friday after the second round of the Italian Open at Golf Club Milano.Fahrbring had nine birdies and shot an 8-under 64 to leave him at 13-under 131 at the halfway stage. He dropped a shot on the 13th, but birdied three of the next five holes.

  • Day finishes rain-shortened 1st round in lead with 61 at BMW

    September 18, 2015

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) With a chance to make history, Jason Day made par instead on the final hole of his rain-delayed first round for a career-best 61 and a four-shot lead at the BMW Championship.Day returned to Conway Farms early Friday needing to hole a 44-yard wedge shot from the rough for an eagle and a PGA Tour record-tying 59. His low-running pitch into the ninth green skidded to a stop 10 feet short of the cup. He then lipped out the birdie attempt.

  • Europe, US tied 2-2 at Solheim Cup in Germany

    September 18, 2015

    ST. LEON-ROT, Germany (AP) Europe and the United States were tied at 2-2 at the Solheim Cup following Friday morning's alternate-shot foursome matches at the St. Leon-Rot Golf Club in Germany.Morgan Pressel and Paula Creamer defeated Europe's top-ranked players, Anna Nordqvist of Sweden and Suzann Pettersen of Norway, 3 and 2 to secure the first point for the visitors.

  • Matches underway at Solheim Cup in Germany

    September 18, 2015

    ST. LEON-ROT, Germany (AP) Play at the Solheim Cup has begun with alternate-shot foursome matches on the course early Friday at the St. Leon-Rot Golf Club in Germany.Europe is going for three titles in a row in the competition, while the Unites States is hoping to win its first since 2009 and make up for its last defeat at home in 2013.

  • The Jason Day train rolls through Chicago

    September 18, 2015

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) Jason Day was in such a zone that he didn't even know the score.He nearly chipped in for eagle on his second straight hole and threw his head back in despair, perhaps expecting everything to go in Thursday at the BMW Championship. The birdie put Day at 10-under par with one hole remaining, and moments after he hit his tee shot on No. 9, the horn sounded to stop play because of thunderstorms.

  • Brett Stegmaier leads Web.com Tour Finals event

    September 18, 2015

    DAVIDSON, N.C. (AP) Brett Stegmaier shot a 4-under 68 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead after the second round of the Web.com Tour Finals' Small Business Connection Championship.The 32-year-old former University of Florida player had a 13-under 131 total at River Run. He had his second straight bogey-free round after opening with a 63 to take a two-stroke lead.

  • Furyk out of BMW with sore wrist, may miss next 2 events

    September 17, 2015

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) Jim Furyk's status for both the Tour Championship and the Presidents Cup were uncertain after a left wrist injury forced him to withdraw from the BMW Championship on Thursday after just six holes.''I'm very concerned,'' Furyk said. ''I have only two more events to finish out the season.

  • Jason Day builds big lead at BMW Championship

    September 17, 2015

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) Only the weather could stop Jason Day at the BMW Championship on Thursday.Day began his latest quest to reach No. 1 by holing out from a fairway bunker for eagle and powering his way to 10-under par through 17 holes. He hit a 346-yard drive with the wind at his back, and had 44 yards to the ninth green when play was stopped because of approaching storms. Day needed an eagle on his last hole for a 59.

  • Furyk withdraws from BMW after 6 holes with wrist injury

    September 17, 2015

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) Jim Furyk called it a day at the BMW Championship when a left wrist injury forced him off the course at Conway Farms after just six holes.Furyk, a former U.S. Open champion and the FedEx Cup champion in 2010, was 1-over par at the time. He's in ninth place in golf's playoff race and could return next week for the Tour Championship at East Lake in Atlanta. The top 30 players in the standings after the BMW advance to the season-ending event.

  • US, Europe vie for underdog status ahead of Solheim Cup

    September 17, 2015

    ST. LEON-ROT, Germany (AP) Going into the Solheim Cup, each team seems to be fighting for the status of underdog.The Europeans and Americans have both been trying to dampen expectations before the tournament gets underway Friday.It's the biggest prize in women's team golf and the U.S. can point out that Europe is playing at home and going for three in a row, having captured back-to-back titles for the first time in 2013.

  • Colsaerts makes 8 straight birdies to take lead in Italy

    September 17, 2015

    MONZA, Italy (AP) Nicolas Colsaerts equaled the European Tour record of eight birdies in a row Thursday on his way to an opening-round 9-under 63 to take the clubhouse lead at the Italian Open.The Belgian made a solid start on the back nine, parring his first four holes before five consecutive birdies from the 14th to the 18th saw him make the turn in 31.

  • TEEING IT UP: 3rd FedEx Cup playoff event

    September 17, 2015

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) This is one of those weeks where Jordan Spieth felt confident enough to make a guarantee.He wasn't talking golf. He was talking hotels.''When they ask what day I'm checking out I can say, `I'm checking out on Sunday.' It's nice,'' Spieth said.

  • O'Hair trying to turn good recovery into a great one

    September 16, 2015

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) The best remaining players on the PGA Tour are north of Chicago for the third straight tournament that features an .25 million purse and a chance to claim the million bonus for winning the FedEx Cup.The rest are in North Carolina for the second event in the Web.com Tour Finals, which offers a million purse and a chance to keep their jobs.

  • Spieth assured of a long hotel stay in Chicago

    September 15, 2015

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) Jordan Spieth has a green jacket, a U.S. Open trophy and an eye for photojournalism.Spieth has been the toast of golf for much of the year with his bid for the Grand Slam and eventually joining Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as the only players to finish in the top four at all four of the majors. But after missing consecutive cuts, he couldn't help but notice one difference in the coverage.

  • Jason Day finds the missing piece

    September 15, 2015

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) Two wins in seven years on the PGA Tour doesn't compute for a player with the talent and work ethic of Jason Day. It was simple enough to attribute his slow start to injuries, and that would be accurate with one stipulation.It wasn't all physical.

  • David Feherty to join NBC golf coverage

    September 15, 2015

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) David Feherty signed a contract with NBC Sports that will put him on the broadcast team with Johnny Miller, allow him to extend his popular ''Feherty'' series on Golf Channel and possibly lead to new ventures for golf's funnyman.

  • Annie Park wins 3rd Symetra Tour title of year

    September 13, 2015

    MAYETTA, Kan. (AP) Annie Park won the Prairie Band Casino & Resort Charity Classic on Sunday for her third victory in nine Symetra Tour starts this season.Park earned ,000 to jump from fourth to second on the money list with ,125, more than enough for a 2016 LPGA Tour card as a top-10 finisher.

  • Sweden's Norlander wins Web.com Tour Finals opener

    September 13, 2015

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) Sweden's Henrik Norlander won the Web.com Tour Finals-opening Hotel Fitness Championship on Sunday to wrap up a PGA Tour card.Norlander shot a course-record 10-under 62 at Sycamore Hills to beat Michael Thompson and third-round leader D.H. Lee by three strokes. The 28-year-old former Augusta State player finished at 19-under 269 and earned 0,000 after finishing 47th on the Web.com Tour's regular-season money list.

  • Britain and Ireland wins Walker Cup

    September 13, 2015

    LYTHAM ST ANNES, England (AP) Britain and Ireland regained the Walker Cup with the team's highest points total on Sunday, beating the United States 16.5 to 9.5 at Royal Lytham and St Annes.Leading 7-5 after the first day of the biennial amateur event, Britain and Ireland again won the morning foursomes 3-1 to lead 10-6.

  • Thomas Pieters wins KLM Open for 2nd European Tour title

    September 13, 2015

    ZANDVOORT, Netherlands (AP) Thomas Pieters of Belgium won his second European Tour title Sunday, two weeks after his first, by shooting a 5-under 65 to win the KLM Open by one shot as Lee Slattery faltered on the final hole.The 23-year-old Pieters, who won the Czech Masters on Aug. 30, parred the last four holes at the Kennemer Golf and Country Club to finish with a 19-under total of 261.

  • Ko wins Evian Championship to become youngest major champion

    September 13, 2015

    EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France (AP) Lydia Ko became the youngest major champion in LPGA Tour history at the Evian Championship on Sunday.The South Korean-born New Zealander closed with an 8-under 63 for a six-stroke victory over Lexi Thompson at the final major of the season.

  • Britain and Ireland takes 10-6 lead in Walker Cup

    September 13, 2015

    LYTHAM ST ANNES, England (AP) Britain and Ireland won the morning foursomes 3-1 for the second straight day in the Walker Cup to take a 10-6 lead over the United States on Sunday ahead of the afternoon singles.The hosts resumed the day with a 7-5 lead as Britain and Ireland bid to reclaim the trophy on the links of Royal Lytham and St Annes in northwest England.

  • South Korea's D.H. Lee leads Web.com Tour Finals opener

    September 12, 2015

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) South Korea's D.H. Lee shot a 6-under 66 on Saturday to take a three-stroke lead over India's Anirban Lahiri in the Web.com Tour Finals-opening Hotel Fitness Championship.Lee had seven birdies and a bogey to reach 15-under 201. He finished 15th on the Web.com Tour regular-season money list to earn a 2015-16 PGA Tour card and is playing the four-event series in a bid to improve his tour priority status.

  • Britain and Ireland takes 7-5 lead in Walker Cup

    September 12, 2015

    LYTHAM ST ANNES, England (AP) Britain and Ireland enjoyed a 7-5 lead over holders United States on Saturday after the first day of the 45th Walker Cup on the links of Royal Lytham and St Annes.The hosts led 3-1 after morning foursomes in northwest England of the biennial amateur event before the eight afternoon singles were shared, with each side winning three matches and the other two halved.

  • Lee leads Evian by 1 over Thompson going to final round

    September 12, 2015

    EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France (AP) Mi Hyang Lee retained the lead at the Evian Championship in difficult weather in the third round of the final major of the season on Saturday.Lee was paired with Morgan Pressel, and they went toe to toe until the par-4 18th hole, when the American double-bogeyed after landing her second shot into a pond.

  • Slattery, Cabrera-Bello shoot 63s to share KLM Open lead

    September 12, 2015

    ZANDVOORT, Netherlands (AP) Lee Slattery and Rafa Cabrera-Bello both shot a 7-under 63 Saturday to take the joint lead after the third round of the KLM Open on a day of low scoring.Cabrera-Bello was on track for a spectacular round after making six birdies and an eagle on the front nine, along with only his third bogey of the tournament, but the Spaniard could only manage a string of nine pars coming home.

  • Britain and Ireland take early lead in Walker Cup

    September 12, 2015

    LYTHAM ST ANNES, England (AP) The United States struggled in the windy conditions as Britain and Ireland took a 3-1 lead after the morning foursomes on the first day of the Walker Cup.English pairing Ashley Chesters and Jimmy Mullen claimed the first point for the home side with a 3 and 2 victory over Maverick McNealy and Hunter Stewart. Ireland's Cormac Sharvin and Scotland's Jack McDonald dominated Jordan Niebrugge and Robby Shelton, winning three of the first four holes en route to a 5 and 4 victory.

  • Jamie Lovemark leads Web.com Tour Finals opener

    September 11, 2015

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) Jamie Lovemark shot a bogey-free 6-under 66 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead over Anirban Lahiri in the Web.com Tour Finals-opening Hotel Fitness Championship.Lovemark finished 12th on the Web.com Tour regular-season money list to earn a 2015-16 PGA Tour card and is playing the four-event series in a bid to improve his tour priority status. The former Southern California player had an 11-under 133 total at Sycamore Hills.

  • US captain wants Walker Cup players to have 'fun'

    September 11, 2015

    LYTHAM ST ANNES, England (AP) United States captain John `Spider' Miller wants his team to have ''fun'' against Britain and Ireland in the 45th Walker Cup when the biennial amateur event starts Saturday.Playing on the Lancashire links at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club in north west England, the Americans are seeking to retain the trophy they won 17-9 at the National Golf Links of America in New York two years ago.

  • Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy to play Frys.com Open

    September 11, 2015

    NAPA, Calif. (AP) Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy will play in the PGA Tour's season-opening Frys.com Open next month at Silverado.Tournament officials confirmed Friday that Woods and McIlroy are set for the Oct. 15-18 tournament.Woods and McIlroy had agreed to play in the event by 2015 in a deal with the PGA Tour for releases for a 2012 exhibition event in Turkey.

  • Soren Kjeldsen takes 1-shot lead after 2nd round of KLM Open

    September 11, 2015

    ZANDVOORT, Netherlands (AP) Soren Kjeldsen shot his second consecutive round of 64 on Friday to take the lead with a 12-under 128 at the halfway stage of the KLM Open.The Dane shot a bogey-free round on another day of low scoring at the par-70 Kennemer Golf and Country Club. Kjeldsen is one shot ahead of Wade Ormsby of Australia - who followed his 61 on Thursday with a 68 - and England's David Horsey (66).

  • Lee has clubhouse lead at 9 under in Evian 2nd round

    September 11, 2015

    EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France (AP) Mi Hyang Lee was the sole leader at the Evian Championship midway through the second round on Friday while Morgan Pressel gave herself a chance of a second major win after making eight birdies.Lee, whose only victory on the U.S. LPGA Tour was at the 2014 Mizuno Classic, shot a 4-under-par 67 for a 9-under total of 133, one more than Pressel.

  • Gainey, Grillo share lead in Web.com Tour Finals opener

    September 10, 2015

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) Tommy Gainey and Argentina's Emiliano Grillo shared the first-round lead at 6-under 66 on Thursday in the Web.com Tour Finals-opening Hotel Fitness Championship.Gainey had an eagle, six birdies and two bogeys at Sycamore Hills. He's coming off a third-place finish in the regular-season finale in Portland, Oregon.

  • SMU's DeChambeau uses physics and irons for rare dual titles

    September 10, 2015

    Bryson DeChambeau is a physics major with a unique approach to golf, and a set of irons all cut to the same length.There is also the Ben Hogan-style cap the SMU senior wears when he plays, and the rare distinction that added him to a group of elite golfers: Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods and Ryan Moore.

  • Ormsby and Lawrie share KLM Open 1st-round lead at 9 under

    September 10, 2015

    ZANDVOORT, Netherlands (AP) Wade Ormsby blitzed the back nine on his way to a 9-under-par 61 at the KLM Open and joined Paul Lawrie in the first-round lead at the Kennemer Golf and Country Club on the Dutch North Sea coast on Thursday.The Australian fired six birdies on the last seven holes, including 16, 17 and 18, to surge up the leaderboard.

  • Thompson, Lee share lead of 5 under at Evian Championship

    September 10, 2015

    EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France (AP) Lexi Thompson picked up five shots in four holes in a 5-under 66 to claim a share of the lead with Mi Hyang Lee in the opening round of the Evian Championship on Thursday.The American got off to a superb start to the final major of the season at the picturesque resort above Lake Geneva, then managed to stay bogey-free.

  • PGA Championship to return to Oak Hill for 4th time

    September 9, 2015

    PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) The PGA Championship is returning to Oak Hill in 2023 for the fourth time.Jason Dufner won the PGA Championship when it was held two years ago at Oak Hill in Pittsford, N.Y. Shaun Micheel won the previous time in 2003 when he hit 7-iron within inches on the final hole to secure what turned out to be the only win of his career.

  • Inbee Park eyeing golf career Slam at Evian Championship

    September 9, 2015

    PARIS (AP) Serena Williams isn't the only woman in sight of a Grand Slam this weekend.Inbee Park can achieve a career Grand Slam in golf by winning the Evian Championship starting on Thursday near the French Alps.Park won the Evian on the edge of Lake Geneva in 2012, but it came a year before the U.S. LPGA Tour made it the fifth and final major on its calendar.

  • Mickelson given spot on US Presidents Cup team

    September 8, 2015

    Phil Mickelson kept alive a streak and earned a footnote in Presidents Cup history Tuesday when he was selected to play on his 21st consecutive U.S. team.Mickelson was No. 30 in the standings, the lowest of any player to be a captain's pick.U.S. captain Jay Haas also took his son, Bill Haas, though that was expected. Bill Haas won his sixth PGA Tour title this year, finished one shot out of a playoff at The Players Championship and was 11th in the standings. His father said he intended to take No. 11 regardless of who it was.

  • Price takes Sang-moon Bae for Korean matches

    September 8, 2015

    Sang-moon Bae is headed home to South Korea for his mandatory military service. But first he gets to play in the Presidents Cup.International team captain Nick Price selected Bae and Steven Bowditch to fill out his 12-man team that will try to end 17 years of losing against the Americans. The matches are Oct. 8-11 in South Korea.

  • Putting method gaining popularity, warrants a caution

    September 8, 2015

    NORTON, Mass. (AP) Ian Poulter and Kevin Chappell played together at the Deutsche Bank Championship, and their birdie putts on the par-5 second hole during the second round were significant mainly because of how they read the greens.Both use AimPoint Express, only Poulter had to do without on this occasion. He was just under 20 feet away. Chappell was about 12 feet away, and his marker was in the line of where Poulter ordinarily would have straddled the line of his own putt to feel the slope of the green.

  • In golf, being No. 1 does not mean being No. 1 that week

    September 8, 2015

    NORTON, Mass. (AP) Good news for the PGA Tour. The battle for No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking is so confounding that no one is complaining about all the points and projections of the FedEx Cup.Give it time. The FedEx Cup still has two tournaments left before it awards million to a player who might not have had the best year. Or might not win at all.

  • Lahiri, Thongchai hope to trailblaze at Presidents Cup

    September 8, 2015

    NEW DELHI (AP) Anirban Lahiri and Thongchai Jaidee hope their milestones as the first golfers from India and Thailand to be picked for the Presidents Cup inspire kids in their countries.They qualified on their world rankings, making the top 10 automatically on the International team.

  • Little Rickie keeps coming up big

    September 8, 2015

    NORTON, Mass. (AP) Four months ago, the question was whether Rickie Fowler was winning as much as he should.Three victories later, no one can question how he wins.At The Players Championship, he finished birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie and then won a three-hole playoff over Sergio Garcia and Kevin Kisner. Two months later, he made birdie on three of the last four holes for a one-shot victory over Matt Kuchar and Raphael Jacquelin.

  • No changes to Presidents Cup teams

    September 7, 2015

    NORTON, Mass. (AP) Chris Kirk made his first U.S. team and the International team will have three new players for the Presidents Cup.The Deutsche Bank Championship was the final qualifying event for determining 10 automatic spots on both teams. There were a few possibilities going into the final round Monday at the TPC Boston, but ultimately no changes.

  • Fowler rallies to win Deutsche Bank

    September 7, 2015

    NORTON, Mass. (AP) Rickie Fowler won the Deutsche Bank Championship with one big putt. Henrik Stenson might have lost it with one big mistake.Fowler rallied from two shots behind with five holes to play by making a 40-foot birdie putt on the 14th. He played flawless the rest of the way for a 3-under 68 and a one-shot victory Monday at the TPC Boston.

  • Slattery holds off Goya to win Russian Open by 1 shot

    September 6, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) Lee Slattery bounced back from an erratic start to shoot a 2-under 69 Sunday that was enough for a one-shot victory at the Russian Open.The Englishman entered the final round with the lead but two bogeys on the front nine left him temporarily two shots behind Argentina's Estanislao Goya. However, Slattery birdied three of his last eight holes, including a chip in from the rough on the 17th, while Goya bogeyed the 13th and 15th.

  • Hoffman has 63 to take early lead at TPC Boston

    September 5, 2015

    NORTON, Mass. (AP) Charley Hoffman had another low round at the Deutsche Bank Championship. This time, it didn't come with a trophy.Hoffman made birdie on half of the holes at the TPC Boston for an 8-under 63, giving him a three-shot lead among the early starters in the second round Saturday. Five years ago, Hoffman closed with a 62 when he won the Deutsche Bank.

  • Slattery takes 2-shot lead into Russian Open final round

    September 5, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) English golfer Lee Slattery recovered from a double bogey to move into a two-shot lead after the third round of the Russian Open on Saturday.After taking five shots on the par-three 11th, Slattery recovered with three birdies on the remaining holes to finish off a 4-under-par 67.

  • ON THE TEE: Most compelling race in Boston at the bottom

    September 5, 2015

    NORTON, Mass. (AP) For at least one day, the battle at the bottom was more compelling than the battle for No. 1 at the Deutsche Bank Championship.Whoever lands at No. 1 in the world ranking - Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth or Jason Day - won't be decided until after the traditional Labor Day finish at the TPC Boston. And even after the good (Day shot 68), pretty good (McIlroy shot 70) and the ugly (Spieth shot 75), the only number that matters is the math used for the ranking formula.

  • Alcohol, speed cited in crash that killed pro golfer's dad

    September 4, 2015

    AMARILLO, Texas (AP) Investigators say alcohol and speed were factors in a traffic accident in the Texas Panhandle that killed the 71-year-old father of PGA Tour player Ryan Palmer.Charles Franklin ''Butch'' Palmer of Amarillo died the night of Aug. 18 in the rollover of his sport utility vehicle on Loop 335 on the northeastern fringe of Amarillo. The Texas Department of Public Safety crash report obtained by the Amarillo Globe-News (http://bit.ly/1JUogHa ) didn't specify the amount of alcohol in Palmer's blood.

  • Day, Spieth rolling in opposite directions at TPC Boston

    September 4, 2015

    NORTON, Mass. (AP) Luke Donald took a big step toward advancing to the next FedEx Cup playoff event in Chicago. Jason Day took a small step toward No. 1 in the world.As for Jordan Spieth? He took another step in the wrong direction.Donald advanced to the second playoff event at the Deutsche Bank Championship, and then he managed blustery conditions at the TPC Boston on Friday for a 4-under 67 and a share of the lead with Colt Knost among the early starters.

  • Dredge leads at Russian Open

    September 4, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) Bradley Dredge shot 5-under 66 Friday to lead the Russian Open by one stroke at the halfway stage.The Welshman started the day tied for third but had a bogey-free second round for 10-under 132 overall after teeing off on a damp morning at the Skolkovo Golf Club outside Moscow.

  • No. 1 up for grabs at 2nd playoff event in Boston

    September 4, 2015

    NORTON, Mass. (AP) The second FedEx Cup playoff event is all about the Big Three.And the battle for No. 1.Rory McIlroy returned to No. 1 in the world even though he skipped opening playoff event last week at The Barclays. That's mostly about math, and an indication that McIlroy and Jordan Spieth are running nose-to-nose at the moment. Spieth has the easiest road back to No. 1 this week and likely only has to finish ahead of McIlroy.

  • Mickelson needing big week for chance at 21st straight team

    September 3, 2015

    NORTON, Mass. (AP) Phil Mickelson only realized a few days ago his proud streak of qualifying for 20 consecutive teams was over.Even if he were to win the Deutsche Bank Championship this week, he could not finish among the top 10 players who automatically qualify for the Presidents Cup team. That leaves him one important week to at least make an impression as a captain's pick.

  • NBC golf analyst Rolfing battling cancer

    September 3, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Television golf analyst Mark Rolfing has been diagnosed with salivary gland cancer and will not be part of the Golf Channel or NBC broadcast team for the rest of the year.Rolfing had surgery three weeks ago to remove a malignant growth from his left cheek area. He said Thursday he is starting a second phase of treatment at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston for this rare form of cancer.

  • Champions Tour adds playoff event in Richmond

    September 3, 2015

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) The Champions Tour will play an event in Richmond next season as part of the 50-and-over circuit's first playoffs.Sponsored by Dominion Resources, the Dominion Charity Classic will be played Nov. 4-6, 2016, on The Country Club of Virginia's James River Course. The tour said Thursday that the tournament will be the last event before the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship.

  • McIlroy says schedule more about mental than physical

    September 3, 2015

    NORTON, Mass. (AP) The European Tour went to great lengths to explain why Rory McIlroy is being allowed to compete in the season-ending Race to Dubai even though he won't reach the minimum 13 events when it ends with the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

  • Battle of the new 'Big 3' at Deutsche Bank

    September 3, 2015

    NORTON, Mass. (AP) Based more on current form than a mathematical formula, Jordan Spieth believes Jason Day is the No. 1 player in golf.Day is coming off a six-shot victory in the opening FedEx Cup playoff event. In his previous tournament, Day became the first player to finish 20-under par in a major when he won the PGA Championship. He has won three of his past four tournaments.

  • Jamieson, Gaunt lead on 1st day of Russian Open

    September 3, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) Scott Jamieson and Daniel Gaunt took a share of the lead at the Russian Open with 6-under 65s in Thursday's first round.Jamieson started his day at Skolkovo Golf Club with four straight birdies. Gaunt had an eagle on No. 12.Lee Slattery and Bradley Dredge (both 66) are tied for third place, one stroke ahead of a group of eight others, including Made in Denmark winner David Horsey.

  • Bubba Watson sits out pro-am with back strain

    September 3, 2015

    NORTON, Mass. (AP) Two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson skipped the Deutsche Bank Championship pro-am Thursday because of a mild back injury.Watson suffered a mild strain of his back during the weekend of The Barclays, where he finished third. His agent, Jens (pronounced YENTZ) Beck, says Watson received therapy the last few days. His trainer recommended one more day of rest as a precaution.

  • PGA cancels Grand Slam of Golf at Trump National in LA

    September 3, 2015

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) The PGA of America will not hold its Grand Slam of Golf for the major champions this year.The 36-hole exhibition was supposed to be played in October at Trump National in Los Angeles. The PGA and Donald Trump agreed that it would move away from Trump's course after he received criticism for his remarks about Mexican immigrants while launching his candidacy for U.S. president.

  • Bubble time for players trying to make Presidents Cup

    September 2, 2015

    NORTON, Mass. (AP) Bill Haas is grinding harder than ever in the FedEx Cup playoffs, only the immediate goal has nothing to do with a million bonus.He wants a chance to play for no money at all.Haas is No. 11 in the Presidents Cup standings. The Deutsche Bank Championship, which starts Friday, is the final event for the top 10 players to earn automatic spots on the U.S. team for the Oct. 8-11 matches in South Korea.

  • European Tour makes exception for McIlroy's injury

    September 2, 2015

    VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) Rory McIlroy will be able to compete in the Race to Dubai even though he will fall short of the minimum 13 tournaments required by the European Tour.Keith Pelley, the new chief executive of the European Tour, says he consulted with McIlroy and medical officials before agreeing to make an exception for the world's No. 1 player.

  • Players speak, Donald listens and minor changes to Doral

    September 1, 2015

    NORTON, Mass. (AP) Once among the most popular stops on the PGA Tour schedule, Trump National Doral had more players grumbling than ever. The complaints mainly were that the power players had too big an advantage.The tour was listening, and so was The Donald.

  • Playoff events for top players are practice until East Lake

    September 1, 2015

    NORTON, Mass. (AP) Jordan Spieth has missed three cuts on the PGA Tour this year, and The Barclays rated the most irritating for one reason.''Because it happened about an hour ago,'' he said.It was Spieth's first tournament as No. 1 in the world, and now he's No. 2. There was no reason to be bothered about that because the ranking could change next week, and the race for No. 1 could last for the rest of the year. Maybe even longer.

  • Jason Day wins The Barclays in another runaway

    August 31, 2015

    EDISON, N.J. (AP) Jason Day, so poor as a kid that he shopped at a store where he stuffed as much used clothing as he could into a bag for , is trying not to think about the potential of a million bonus for winning the FedEx Cup. That's still four weeks away.

  • With a 4th win, Jason Day creates a temporary Big 3

    August 31, 2015

    EDISON, N.J. (AP) Jordan Spieth was gone, but not forgotten, certainly not by Jason Day.In his debut as the No. 1 player in the world, Spieth had back-to-back rounds over par for the first time all year and missed the cut. He already was assured of losing the No. 1 ranking back to Rory McIlroy when Day put together a weekend at The Barclays that was even better when put into recent context.

  • Day wins The Barclays in another runaway

    August 31, 2015

    EDISON, N.J. (AP) Jason Day, so poor as a kid that he shopped at a store where he stuffed as much used clothing as he could into a bag for , is trying not to think about the potential of a million bonus for winning the FedEx Cup. That's still four weeks away.

  • Dicky Pride wins Web.com Tour's Portland Open

    August 30, 2015

    NORTH PLAINS, Ore. (AP) Dicky Pride won the Web.com Tour's Portland Open on Sunday and earned a PGA Tour card with a fifth-place finish on the regular-season money list.The 46-year-old Pride, 40th on the money list entering the week, earned 4,000 to push his season total to 3,057. He closed with a 4-under 67 for a three-stroke victory over Tim Herron.

  • Veteran Kris Tamulis nabs first LPGA Tour win

    August 30, 2015

    PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) Kris Tamulis won the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic on Sunday for her first LPGA Tour title.Tamulis played 29 holes Sunday in the twice-delayed tournament, the 186th of her LPGA Tour career. She finished a third-round 67 and closed with a 65 to beat Yani Tseng and Austin Ernst by a stroke.

  • Juli Inkster wins The Legends Championship

    August 30, 2015

    FRENCH LICK, Ind. (AP) U.S. Solheim Cup captain Juli Inkster won The Legends Championship on Sunday, finishing with a 4-under 68 for a two-stroke victory over Trish Johnson.''If a 55-year-old can win, they can, too,'' Inkster said about her Solheim Cup team that will face Europe in Germany on Sept. 18-20. ''This has been a tough year, and I'm really tired right now. I have an outing Tuesday in Detroit, then I'll be home for a week.''

  • Day wins in a blowout at Barclays

    August 30, 2015

    EDISON, N.J. (AP) Jason Day powered and putted his way to another blowout against a world-class field Sunday at The Barclays.Fresh off his first major at the PGA Championship, Day pulled away early and poured it on with three long birdie putts on the back nine at Plainfield for an 8-under 62 and a six-shot victory.

  • Trump makes an appearance at Barclays

    August 30, 2015

    EDISON, N.J. (AP) Jim Herman played in the group in front of Tiger Woods last week on the PGA Tour, giving him a little experience in coping with gallery noise behind him. Sunday at The Barclays was slightly different. It wasn't the size of the gallery, it was one person.

  • Maggert wins Dick's Sporting Goods Open, takes Schwab lead

    August 30, 2015

    ENDICOTT, N.Y. (AP) Jeff Maggert won the Dick's Sporting Goods Open on Sunday for his fourth Champions Tour victory of the year, closing with a 6-under 66 to beat Paul Goydos by two strokes.Maggert took the lead in the Charles Schwab Cup standings, 119 points ahead of Colin Montgomerie. Montgomerie skipped the tournament because of commitments in Europe.

  • Daly back on course a day after collapsing in Mississippi

    August 30, 2015

    CANTON, Miss. (AP) John Daly was out of the hospital and playing golf again Sunday less than 24 hours after he was stricken on the course with what he says was a collapsed lung.The two-time major champion was taken by ambulance to Baptist Medical Center on Saturday after he collapsed on the 18th tee during an outing at Deerfield Country Club. Daly said doctors ran tests and X-rays but found no other serious problems besides the lung.

  • Brian Harman makes 2 aces at Barclays

    August 30, 2015

    EDISON, N.J. (AP) Brian Harman made a hole-in-one twice Sunday in The Barclays, the first time that's happened on the PGA Tour in nine years.Harman hit a 7-iron from 184 yards on the third hole at Plainfield. On the final par 3, he hit 4-iron hybrid into the cup on the 14th hole. The last player with two aces in the same round was Yusaku Miyazato in the 2006 Reno-Tahoe Open.

  • Agent says John Daly is recovering from collapsed lung

    August 30, 2015

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) John Daly is out of the hospital and recovering from what his agent describes as a collapsed lung.The two-time major champion was taken to Baptist Medical Center on Saturday after he collapsed on the 18th tee during an outing at Deerfield Country Club. A friend at the hospital with Daly says doctors were checking his ribs and some fingers but his vital signs were good.

  • Pieters wins Czech Masters for 1st European Tour victory

    August 30, 2015

    VYSOKY UJEZD, Czech Republic (AP) Thomas Pieters shot a 3-under 69 on Sunday to win the Czech Masters by three strokes for his first European Tour victory.Pieters overcame a bad start with a double bogey on the third hole by making four birdies the rest of the way to hold off Pelle Edberg of Sweden. The 23-year-old Belgian finished with a 20-under 268 at the Albatross Golf course near Prague.

  • Daly collapses on course in Mississippi, taken to hospital

    August 29, 2015

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) John Daly collapsed near the end of a round of golf Saturday and was taken by ambulance to a hospital.The 49-year-old Daly was playing in a small, local tournament at Deerfield Golf Club in Jackson's northern suburbs.Daly's friend, Billy Allen, who was with Daly at the hospital, said the two-time major champion's vital signs were good but doctors were checking on possible injuries to his ribs and fingers.

  • Inkster, Davies, Johnson share lead in The Legends

    August 29, 2015

    FRENCH LICK, Ind. (AP) U.S. Solheim Cup captain Juli Inkster, Laura Davies and Trish Johnson shared the lead at 1-under 71 on Saturday after the first round of The Legends Championship.Rosie Jones, Lorie Kane, Wendy Doolan, Christa Johnson and Maggie Will were a stroke back in the 36-hole event in the difficult Pete Dye Course.

  • Ernst grabs lead at delayed Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic

    August 29, 2015

    PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) Austin Ernst took the lead at 10 under Saturday before darkness forced the suspension of third-round play in the weather-delayed Yokohama LPGA Tire Classic.Ernest was 1 under through four holes after waiting out a five-hour delay for rain and lightning on the links-style Senator Course. She passed second-round leader Yani Tseng, who had a bogey on the fourth hole to drop to 9 under.

  • Canadian Rod Spittle takes 2nd-round lead at Dick's

    August 29, 2015

    ENDICOTT, N.Y. (AP) For Canadian Rod Spittle, just playing on the Champions Tour at age 60 is old hat that never gets old. Now, he finds himself in a most unusual place - alone in the lead for the first time heading to Sunday.Spittle shot a 6-under 66 on Saturday to take a one-shot lead over tour newcomer Scott McCarron (64) and John Huston (68) after the second round of the Dick's Sporting Goods Open. Spittle was at 10-under 134.

  • Bae tied for lead at Barclays as military service looms

    August 29, 2015

    EDISON, N.J. (AP) Bae Sang-moon is making the most of his final weeks before he starts mandatory military service in South Korea.Bae matched shots with PGA champion Jason Day throughout the third round of The Barclays on Saturday until both finished at 7-under 63 and tied for the lead going into the final round at Plainfield Country Club.

  • Thomas Pieters takes lead at Czech Masters after 3rd round

    August 29, 2015

    VYSOKY UJEZD, Czech Republic (AP) Thomas Pieters of Belgium shot a 7-under 65 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead after the third round of the Czech Masters.Pieters began the round one shot behind overnight leaders Matthew Fitzpatrick and Pelle Edberg but made an eagle on the par-5 first hole and continued with four birdies on the next nine.

  • Spieth loses No. 1 ranking with missed cut

    August 29, 2015

    EDISON, N.J. (AP) By the end of the week, Jordan Spieth might be No. 1 in just one major category - the PGA Tour money list. He has earned just under .4 million this year, so missing the cut at The Barclays is not likely to keep him up at night.Rory McIlroy will get back to No. 1 in the world ranking after Spieth replaced him two weeks ago. And McIlroy wasn't even playing this week.

  • Yani Tseng leads Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic

    August 28, 2015

    PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) Yani Tseng closed with an eagle and a birdie for an 8-under 64 and a one-stroke lead Friday in the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic.Tseng hit a 6-iron to 4 feet to set up the eagle on the par-5 eighth hole just before play was delayed for about 90 minutes because of lightning and rain, then took the outright lead on the par-4 ninth with her sixth birdie of the day.

  • Goydos, Sauers shoot 66, lead Dick's Sporting Goods Open

    August 28, 2015

    ENDICOTT, N.Y. (AP) Paul Goydos and Gene Sauers shared the first-round lead at 6-under 66 on Friday in the Champions Tour's Dick's Sporting Goods Open.John Huston, who won this tournament four years ago, was a stroke back along with Ian Woosnam.Peter Senior, a late addition to the field, was another shot back and tied for fifth with Bob Friend, Steve Jones, Rod Spittle, Jeff Maggert, and Willie Wood, who won here in 2012.

  • A week after father's death, Ryan Palmer in contention

    August 28, 2015

    EDISON, N.J. (AP) In what is supposed to be a chaotic chase for big money in the FedEx Cup, Ryan Palmer is finding a small measure of solace on the golf course.It's a reminder that it's a game he gets to play for a living. And it's a chance to take his mind off the man who introduced him to golf.

  • Zach Johnson in 3-way tie at Barclays

    August 28, 2015

    EDISON, N.J. (AP) Zach Johnson's putter warmed up and put him in a three-way tie for the lead among early starters Friday at The Barclays.Adam Scott and Charl Schwartzel never got anything going and might be done for the PGA Tour season.Johnson made five birdies and some key par saves at Plainfield Country Club for a 5-under 65. He was tied for the lead at 6-under 134 with Henrik Stenson (66) and Tony Finau (69).

  • Fitzpatrick, Edberg lead Czech Masters after 2nd round

    August 28, 2015

    VYSOKY UJEZD, Czech Republic (AP) Matthew Fitzpatrick and Pelle Edberg both shot a 5-under 67 on Friday to share the lead after the second round of the Czech Masters.It was the second flawless round at the Albatross Golf course near Prague for the 20-year-old Fitzpatrick.

  • Spieth tries to make the cut and stay No. 1

    August 28, 2015

    EDISON, N.J. (AP) In his first tournament at No. 1 in the world, Jordan Spieth posted his worst score in three months with a 74.Bubba Watson saw the whole thing at The Barclays and offered a simple explanation.''It's golf,'' Watson said Thursday after a 5-under 65 for a four-way tie for the lead with Tony Finau, Spencer Levin and Camilo Villegas. ''It's Atlanta that we are all worried about. You can win these next three tournaments, still not win the FedEx Cup. So Atlanta is where we really need to be peaking.''

  • Brittany Lang leads LPGA Tour event in Alabama

    August 27, 2015

    PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) Brittany Lang birdied five of the first seven holes in windy conditions and shot a 7-under 65 on Thursday to take the first-round lead in the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic.Added to the U.S. Solheim Cup team Monday as one of Juli Inkster's two captain's picks, Lang had a two-stroke lead over Tiffany Joh, Sydnee Michaels and Ryann O'Toole.

  • Compton ends season early at Barclays

    August 27, 2015

    EDISON, N.J. (AP) Erik Compton ended his season Thursday when he withdrew from The Barclays after eighth hole with a respiratory infection.Compton, who already has gone through two heart transplants, was No. 122 in the FedEx Cup and would have needed a strong week to move into the top 100 and advance to the next playoff event at the TPC Boston.

  • De la Riva, Paratore lead after 1st round of Czech Masters

    August 27, 2015

    VYSOKY UJEZD, Czech Republic (AP) Both Eduardo De la Riva and Renato Paratore shot a 7-under 65 to take a shared lead after the first round at the Czech Masters Thursday.The 33-year old Spaniard De La Riva recovered from an early bogey on the 2nd with six birdies. He finished his round by holing for an eagle on the par-4 18th from the fairway with one of the shots of the day to join Paratore at the top of the leaderboard.

  • Spieth stumbles out of the blocks at Barclays

    August 27, 2015

    EDISON, N.J. (AP) The start of the FedEx Cup playoffs brought out the worst score from Jordan Spieth in three months.Spieth shot a 40 on his back nine and opened The Barclays with a 74. It was his highest score since he had a 75 in The Players Championship, where he missed the cut.

  • Langer ready to defend his Dick's Sporting Goods Open title

    August 27, 2015

    ENDICOTT, N.Y. (AP) Since it became a stop on the Champions Tour eight years ago, the Dick's Sporting Goods Open has not had a repeat champion. Bernhard Langer is ready to change that, even without daughter Christina helping call the shots.With his daughter as his caddie, Langer rallied to the victory last August, playing all 54 holes at En-Joie Golf Club without a bogey. He closed with a 6-under 66 for a one-stroke victory over Woody Austin and Mark O'Meara, finishing at 16-under 200.

  • The race for million gets under way at Plainfield

    August 27, 2015

    EDISON, N.J. (AP) The points are slightly different for the FedEx Cup playoffs. The principle remains unchanged.For those who narrowly got into the top 125 to qualify for golf's ultimate bonus series, it's time to play well or go home. That applies to players such as Lee Westwood and Jason Dufner, Stewart Cink and Luke Donald, and possibly Adam Scott.

  • Lewis shooting for another LPGA Tour win in Alabama

    August 26, 2015

    PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) Stacy Lewis is ready to finish one spot better.Lewis has been racking up second-place finishes with some regularity since her last win in June 2014. Starting Thursday, she'll revisit the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic where she won in 2012 and finished second to a record-setting Mi Jung Hur last year.

  • Mahan begins long road in the playoffs, with history on side

    August 26, 2015

    EDISON, N.J. (AP) Recent history is what gives Hunter Mahan a level of optimism he would not ordinarily have at The Barclays.For the first time in 10 years, he is at risk of ending a PGA Tour season without once finishing in the top three. For the first time in more than six years, Mahan is out of the top 50 in the world ranking. He starts the FedEx Cup playoffs at No. 71, his lowest position since this series began in 2007.

  • Laurie Rinker wins LPGA T&CP National Championship

    August 26, 2015

    KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) Laurie Rinker won the LPGA T&CP National Championship on Wednesday, closing with a 7-under 65 for a four-stroke victory over three-time defending champion Jean Bartholomew and Karen Paolozzi.The 52-year-old Rinker finished at 9-under 207 at Reunion Resort and earned ,000. She led the eight qualifiers for the KPMG Women's PGA Championship next year at Sahalee in Washington.

  • Jason Day tweaks back, withdraws from pro-am

    August 26, 2015

    EDISON, N.J. (AP) PGA champion Jason Day has withdrawn from the pro-am at The Barclays after tweaking his back.Day was moving an item under his motor coach on Tuesday night when he tweaked his back. His trainer says Day withdrew from the Wednesday pro-am at Plainfield Country Club because of a longstanding disc issue. The Australian wanted a day of rest so that he could play in the tournament.

  • Martin Kaymer loses PGA Tour membership for the year

    August 25, 2015

    EDISON, N.J. (AP) As golf has become more global and the wealth of the PGA Tour has made it the premier destination, there has been grumbling over the years that it has become easier for international players to earn a PGA Tour card through world rankings that get them into the biggest events.

  • Spieth comes full circle to New Jersey at No. 1 in the world

    August 25, 2015

    EDISON, N.J. (AP) The words were big and bold coming out of Trump National. Only this time, it wasn't The Donald doing the talking.It was a 15-year-old from Texas.Jordan Spieth had just won the U.S. Junior Amateur on Trump's course in Bedminster for the biggest trophy of his young career. In an interview with a Pennsylvania newspaper, Spieth was talking about his future when he said, ''I want to win the Masters.''

  • Champions Tour cancels China event because of deadly blast

    August 25, 2015

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) The Champions Tour has canceled its September tournament in China near the port where an explosion killed more than 100 people and left several more missing.The Pacific Links China Championship was to be held Sept. 18-20 at the 27 Club in Tianjin. The golf club and adjacent area were not affected by the Aug. 12 blast at a storage facility in the port area of Tianjin.

  • Europe completes 12-member team for Solheim Cup

    August 25, 2015

    BERLIN (AP) Europe captain Carin Koch named her four wild cards for the Solheim Cup on Tuesday, completing the 12-member team to face the United States in September.Caroline Hedwall of Sweden, Karine Icher of France, Caroline Masson of Germany and Catriona Matthew of Scotland all return to the team, having helped Europe to a record 18-10 victory over the U.S. in Colorado in 2013.

  • Creamer, Lang fill out US team for Solheim Cup

    August 24, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Juli Inkster completed her Solheim Cup team by adding Brittany Lang and Paula Creamer as captain's picks Monday night.Creamer has one LPGA Tour victory in the last five years, but she brings plenty of experience. She has played on every Solheim Cup team dating to her rookie season in 2005 and has a 12-6-5 overall record. Lang will be playing in her fourth Solheim Cup.

  • Presidents Cup to reduce number of matches

    August 24, 2015

    EDISON, N.J. (AP) The PGA Tour agreed Monday to reduce by four the number of matches in the Presidents Cup, giving the event its fewest matches since it began in 1994.International team captain Nick Price has been lobbying for the change to help keep the matches close and interesting. The Americans have won the last five times by a combined score of 95-75, and by at least three points each time.

  • Woods gives CBS a ratings lift at Wyndham Championship

    August 24, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) With Tiger Woods in contention and looking to extend his season, the Wyndham Championship on Sunday produced a solid rating for CBS.The final round had a 3.9 rating - the best for a nonmajor on any network since NBC drew 5.7 in May 2013 for Woods' win at The Players Championship.

  • 4 more places filled on European team for Solheim Cup

    August 24, 2015

    BERLIN (AP) Four more players have secured their places on Europe's team to face the United States in next month's Solheim Cup.Anna Nordqvist of Sweden, Azahara Munoz of Spain, Sandra Gal of Germany and Carlota Ciganda of Spain earned spots on the 12-member team through their world rankings after the final qualification tournament, the Canadian Pacific Women's Open.

  • Love wins the Wyndham, while Tiger struggles in final round

    August 24, 2015

    GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) During their practice round together before the Wyndham Championship, Tiger Woods pumped local favorite Davis Love III for tips on how to play the course.Looks like Love saved a few secrets for himself.Love became the third-oldest winner in PGA Tour history with his victory Sunday, while Woods' season came to an abrupt end.

  • Piller, Lee, Salas earn US Solheim Cup team spots

    August 24, 2015

    COQUITLAM, British Columbia (AP) Gerina Piller, Alison Lee and Lizette Salas earned the final three automatic spots on the U.S. Solheim Cup team Sunday at the Canadian Pacific Women's Open.Stacy Lewis, Lexi Thompson, Cristie Kerr, Michelle Wie, Brittany Lincicome, Morgan Pressel and Angela Stanford had already wrapped up spots for the Sept. 18-20 matches against Europe in Germany.

  • Lydia Ko wins Canadian Women's Open

    August 23, 2015

    COQUITLAM, British Columbia (AP) Lydia Ko won the Canadian Pacific Women's Open for the third time and first as a professional Sunday, beating Stacy Lewis with a par on the first hole of a playoff.The 18-year-old Ko finished with an even-par 72 to match Lewis at 12-under 276 at Vancouver Golf Club. Lewis, also a playoff loser this year in the ANA Inspiration, had a 67.

  • Andrade wins Boeing Classic for 2nd Champions Tour title

    August 23, 2015

    SNOQUALMIE, Wash. (AP) Billy Andrade won the Boeing Classic on Sunday for his second Champions Tour victory and first in an individual event, overcoming trouble early in the final round for a one-stroke victory.Andrade closed with a 1-over 73 to finish at 9-under 207 at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge. He opened with rounds of 69 and 65 to take a three-stroke lead into the final round.

  • Niebrugge, 4 others added to Walker Cup team

    August 23, 2015

    FAR HILLS, N.J. (AP) Oklahoma State senior Jordan Niebrugge was among five players added to the U.S. team for the Walker Cup next month in England.Niebrugge tied for sixth and was low amateur at the British Open at St. Andrews. Also added to the American team were mid-amateurs Scott Harvey and Mike McCoy, along with Denny McCarthy and Robby Shelton. Niebrugge is the only returning player from the 2013 matches against Great Britain and Ireland

  • SMU senior Bryson DeChambeau wins US Amateur

    August 23, 2015

    OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. (AP) SMU senior Bryson DeChambeau won the U.S. Amateur on Sunday to become the fifth player to win the tournament and NCAA individual title in the same year.DeChambeau, from Clovis, California, beat Virginia junior Derek Bard of New Hartford, New York, 7 and 6 in the 36-hole final at Olympia Fields.

  • Love wins Wyndham; Tiger struggles in final round

    August 23, 2015

    GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) Davis Love III won the Wyndham Championship on Sunday to become the third-oldest winner in PGA Tour history, while Tiger Woods' season came to an abrupt end.The 51-year-old Love closed with a 6-under 64 for a one-stroke victory over Jason Gore.

  • Patton Kizzire wins Web.Com Tour's News Sentinel Open

    August 23, 2015

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Money leader Patton Kizzire won the News Sentinel Open on Sunday for his second Web.com Tour title of the season.Kizzire closed with his second straight 7-under 64 to finish at 20-under 264 at Fox Den, four strokes ahead of South Korea's Si Woo Kim and Canada's Brad Fritsch.

  • Horsey completes 2-shot victory at Made in Denmark

    August 23, 2015

    AALBORG, Denmark (AP) David Horsey overcame a late stumble to win Made in Denmark by two shots on Sunday despite a 2-over 73 in the final round.The Englishman, who led from the first round, bogeyed the 14th and 16th holes but finished with two pars for a 13-under total of 271. Four players tied for second, including Kristoffer Broberg of Sweden who surged up the leaderboard with a course-record 62.

  • Ko, Kung share lead in Canadian Pacific Women's Open

    August 22, 2015

    COQUITLAM, British Columbia (AP) Two-time champion Lydia Ko bogeyed the final hole for a 3-under 69 to fall into a tie with Candie Kung for the third-round lead Saturday in the Canadian Pacific Women's Open.After going 46 holes without a bogey, the 18-year-old Ko hit her approach on the par-4 18th near the face of right-side bunker, blasted out to 10 feet and missed the putt.

  • Billy Andrade leads Champions Tour's Boeing Classic

    August 22, 2015

    SNOQUALMIE, Wash. (AP) Billy Andrade made a 10-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th hole for a 7-under 65 and a three-stroke lead Saturday after the second round of the Champions Tour's Boeing Classic.The 51-year-old Andrade had eight birdies - three in a row on Nos. 13-15 - and a bogey to reach 10-under 134 at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge. The four-time PGA Tour winner teamed with Joe Duran to win the Legends of Golf in April for his first Champions Tour title.

  • Woods 2 strokes behind Gore after 3rd round at Wyndham

    August 22, 2015

    GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) Tiger Woods kept himself in contention for a victory at the Wyndham Championship that would propel him into the postseason.Woods shot a 2-under 68 in the third round Saturday, leaving him two strokes behind leader Jason Gore in a three-way tie for second. Gore had a 62 to reach 15-under 195.

  • DeChambeau, Bard advance to US Amateur final

    August 22, 2015

    OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. (AP) NCAA champion Bryson DeChambeau and Derek Bard will meet in the U.S. Amateur final on Sunday.DeChambeau, the SMU player from Clovis, California, defeated Sean Crocker, a sophomore at Southern California, 4 and 3 Saturday in the semifinal at Olympia Fields. Bard, a junior at Virginia from New Hartford, New York, beat Kenta Konishi of Tokyo 3 and 2.

  • Horsey stays in lead, 1 shot ahead of Pilkadaris

    August 22, 2015

    AALBORG, Denmark (AP) David Horsey has a one-shot lead to take into the final round of the Made in Denmark tournament.The Englishman hit a 3-under 68 Saturday to stay in the lead at 15-under 198.Terry Pilkadaris of Australia hit a 6-under 65 to take second.

  • Woods shares lead with Hoge entering 3rd round at Wyndham

    August 22, 2015

    GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) Tiger Woods has the most recognizable name in golf. Far fewer people know about rookie Tom Hoge.Including Woods himself.They'll spend the third round together Saturday in a most unlikely final pairing at the Wyndham Championship.

  • Candie Kung leads Canadian Pacific Women's Open

    August 21, 2015

    COQUITLAM, British Columbia (AP) Candie Kung birdied four of her final six holes Friday to match the course record with an 8-under 64 and take the second-round lead in the Canadian Pacific Women's Open.The 34-year-old Taiwanese player had an 11-under 133 total at Vancouver Golf Club. Playing the back nine first, she birdied the first two holes and eagled the par-5 13th. The four-time LPGA Tour winner added birdies on Nos. 4 and 6-8.

  • Larry Mize leads Champions Tour's Boeing Classic

    August 21, 2015

    SNOQUALMIE, Wash. (AP) Larry Mize birdied the par-5 18th hole for a 5-under 67 and a two-stroke lead over Fred Couples and four others Friday after the first round of the Champions Tour's Boeing Classic.The 56-year-old Mize had a bogey-free round at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge. The 1987 Masters champion won the 2010 Montreal Championship for his lone title on the 50-and-over tour.

  • NCAA champion DeChambeau reaches US Amateur semifinals

    August 21, 2015

    OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. (AP) NCAA champion Bryson DeChambeau beat Ireland's Paul Dunne 3 and 2 on Friday at Olympia Fields to advance to the U.S. Amateur semifinals.DeChambeau, the SMU player from Clovis, California, will face Southern California sophomore Sean Crocker of Westlake Village, California.

  • Woods claims share of lead at Wyndham after shooting 65

    August 21, 2015

    GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) Tiger Woods shot a 5-under 65 on Friday to share the second-round lead in the Wyndham Championship.Woods joined rookie Tom Hoge at 11-under 129. Hoge shot a 67.The sport's biggest name put himself in position to contend for his first victory in more than two years, one that would send him into the FedEx Cup playoffs.

  • Horsey extends lead in Denmark

    August 21, 2015

    AALBORG, Denmark (AP) David Horsey of England extended his lead at the Made in Denmark tournament on Friday, hitting a 4-under 67 to go three shots clear of countryman John Parry and Australia's Richard Green.Horsey, who had a one-stroke lead going into the second round, appeared in trouble after bogeys on Nos. 9 and 10. He recovered with birdies on the 11th, 15th and 17th holes at the Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort.

  • Woods looks for more at Wyndham after best round in 2 years

    August 21, 2015

    GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) The first day of the Wyndham Championship was full of bests.Tiger Woods had his best day in two years.Tom Hoge, William McGirt and Erik Compton were even better.Woods shot a 6-under 64 on Thursday in his first competitive round at Sedgefield Country Club while Hoge, McGirt and Compton - a two-time heart transplant recipient - shot 62s to share the lead after one round.

  • Arizona State's Jon Rahm reaches US Amateur quarterfinals

    August 20, 2015

    OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. (AP) Arizona State senior Jon Rahm won two matches Thursday to advance to the U.S. Amateur quarterfinals at Olympia Fields.Rahm, the Spanish player who tops the world amateur ranking, beat Wake Forest freshman Cameron Young of Scarborough, New York, 7 and 6 in the second round, and topped Xavier of Ohio freshman Daniel Wetterich of Cincinnati 3 and 1 in the third.

  • Computer error changes Presidents Cup standings

    August 20, 2015

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Robert Streb and Charley Hoffman now have more work to do if they want to make the Presidents Cup team for the first time.A computer error caused the PGA Tour to readjust the U.S. standings Thursday. Streb had been in 11th place, 365 points behind the 10th spot to automatically qualify. Now he is No. 16 and 881 points behind. Hoffman went from No. 12 to No. 15.

  • Couples the headliner at Boeing Classic, but Maggert on roll

    August 20, 2015

    SNOQUALMIE, Wash. (AP) Fred Couples certainly looks ready for another chance at a hometown victory.Preparing for the Boeing Classic, Couples played with a friend Wednesday at Broadmoor Golf Club in Seattle - and eagled the final hole for a course-record 59.

  • Lydia Ko takes early lead in Canadian Pacific Women's Open

    August 20, 2015

    COQUITLAM, British Columbia (AP) Two-time champion Lydia Ko shot a 5-under 67 on Thursday at Vancouver Golf Club to take the early lead in the Canadian Pacific Women's Open.Ko won in 2012 at Vancouver Golf Club at 15 years, 4 months to become the LPGA Tour's youngest winner and fifth amateur champion. She successfully defended her title in 2013 as an amateur, winning by five strokes in Edmonton, Alberta. The 18-year-old New Zealander has two victories this year.

  • Woods opens Wyndham with best round in 2 years

    August 20, 2015

    GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) Tiger Woods' first round at the Wyndham Championship was his best in two years.Woods shot a 6-under 64 on Thursday for his lowest score on the PGA Tour since a 61 in the second round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in 2013.

  • Horsey tops leaderboard in Denmark

    August 20, 2015

    AALBORG, Denmark (AP) David Horsey shot an 8-under 63 to secure a one-shot lead after the first round of the Made in Denmark tournament on Thursday.Starting on the 10th hole, the Englishman shot an eagle on the par-5 11th and five consecutive birdies on Nos. 13-17 to finish the back nine in 28. His one stumble was a bogey on the fifth.

  • Michigan's Mueller beats medalist Coletta 1 up in US Amateur

    August 19, 2015

    OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. (AP) Michigan sophomore Kyle Mueller held off U.S. Amateur stroke-play medalist Brett Coletta of Australia 1 up Wednesday at Olympia Fields in the first round of match play.Mueller, from Watkinsville, Georgia, survived a playoff Wednesday morning to advance to match play. He took a 3-up lead with a par won on the par-4 11th, lost the par-3 15th and 17th with bogeys and finished off the 19-year-old Coletta with a par for a halve on the par-4 18th.

  • Ernie Els given Payne Stewart Award

    August 19, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Ernie Els has been chosen to receive the Payne Stewart Award.The announcement Wednesday came two days after Els had the grand opening for one of two buildings at The Els Center of Excellence in Florida. His youngest son, Ben, has autism. The South African star, a four-time major champion, has devoted a majority of his work off the course to the Els for Autism Foundation.

  • Woods hopes to push for unlikely playoff spot at Wyndham

    August 19, 2015

    GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) It's now or never for many players at the Wyndham Championship - the last chance to qualify for golf's postseason.That group includes Tiger Woods.The biggest name in the sport is playing the final event of the PGA Tour's regular season for the first time.

  • Texas traffic accident kills father of PGA's Ryan Palmer

    August 19, 2015

    AMARILLO, Texas (AP) Investigators say a traffic accident in the Texas Panhandle has killed the 71-year-old father of professional golfer Ryan Palmer.Charles Franklin ''Butch'' Palmer of Amarillo died Tuesday night in the SUV rollover wreck.The Texas Department of Public Safety says the accident happened about 2 miles north of Amarillo. The elder Palmer was northbound on State Loop 335 when for unknown reasons his vehicle left the road.

  • Golf in good hands, except there are too many hands to count

    August 18, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The last two majors should emphasize how remarkable it was that Jordan Spieth won the first two.Consider the numbers.Spieth was only the fourth player since 1960 who went to the British Open with a chance to win the third leg of the Grand Slam. He was 14-under par at St. Andrews, a number topped only five previous times at golf's oldest championship.

  • Australia's Brett Coletta leads US Amateur qualifying

    August 18, 2015

    OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. (AP) Australia's Brett Coletta shot a 4-under 66 on Tuesday on Olympia Fields' North Course to top the U.S. Amateur clubhouse leaderboard when the second-round of stroke-play qualifying was suspended for the day because of darkness.

  • Lahiri's tie for fifth at PGA expected to boost Indian golf

    August 18, 2015

    NEW DELHI (AP) Anirban Lahiri's tie for fifth at the PGA Championship on Sunday has not only raised hopes of India producing a first major winner, it promises to fuel the aspirations of a whole generation golfers in this cricket-crazed country of over 1.2 billion.

  • Golf in good hands, except there is too many hands to count

    August 18, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The last two majors should emphasize how remarkable it was that Jordan Spieth won the first two.Consider the numbers.Spieth was only the fourth player since 1960 who went to the British Open with a chance to win the third leg of the Grand Slam. He was 14-under par at St. Andrews, a number topped only five previous times at golf's oldest championship.

  • Canadian teen gets waiver to join LPGA Tour

    August 18, 2015

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Two days after Canadian teen Brooke Henderson won on the LPGA Tour, she won the right to be a member.LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan said Tuesday he has granted membership immediately to the 17-year-old Henderson. She won the Cambia Portland Classic on Sunday for her first LPGA victory.

  • Spieth clinches points-based PGA award

    August 18, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) Jordan Spieth already can count on one award as player of the year.Spieth has clinched the points-based PGA of America player of the year. Winning the Masters and U.S. Open gave him a 50-point bonus for capturing two majors in one year.

  • Jim Furyk has reason to be thinking about Rio Olympics

    August 18, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) Jim Furyk looked at the calendar when golf was added to the Olympics for 2016. He realized he would be 46, and most likely would not be among the top four Americans who could earn a spot for Rio de Janeiro.''I just assumed it wasn't going to be an issue for me,'' Furyk said.

  • Matt NeSmith leads US Amateur stroke-play qualifying

    August 17, 2015

    OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. (AP) South Carolina senior Matt NeSmith shot a 5-under 65 on Monday on Olympia Fields' North Course to take the first-round lead in U.S. Amateur stroke-play qualifying.NeSmith, from North Augusta, South Carolina, had six birdies and a bogey. He won The Players Amateur this year and played in the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay.

  • Agent: Tiger to play this week's Wyndham for 1st time

    August 17, 2015

    GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) Tiger Woods will play the Wyndham Championship for the first time.In an email to The Associated Press on Monday, agent Mark Steinberg confirmed that Woods will play in Greensboro this week.That ends a few days of uncertainty around Sedgefield County Club, the site of the final tournament of golf's regular season.

  • Arrival of Jason Day: Aussie fulfills potential with a major

    August 17, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) In his eighth year on the PGA Tour, Jason Day reached a major pinnacle of his career by winning the PGA Championship.And he could be sure that Tiger Woods was watching.''Game over, very happy for Jason. Great dude and well deserved. Hats off to Jordan, incredible season. Calling it early,'' Woods tweeted, adding in another tweet that he was watching from his new restaurant in South Florida. Always a commercial plug.

  • Day wins a major: 5 things we learned at the PGA

    August 17, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) Jason Day posted a picture of the Wanamaker Trophy on his Twitter account along with a message that said everything: ''Ding dong the witch is dead.''Yes, Day finally broke through and won his first major. No more what-ifs for the kid from Beaudesert, Australia.

  • Australia celebrates Jason Day's first major win

    August 16, 2015

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Australia's sporting fraternity saluted Jason Day's victory in the PGA Championship as a triumph over adversity.Day is the fifth Australian to win the PGA title and the 12th to win a major championship - the first since Adam Scott in the 2013 Masters.

  • Dawie van der Walt wins Web.com Tour event

    August 16, 2015

    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) South Africa's Dawie van der Walt won the Price Cutter Charity Championship on Sunday for his second Web.com Tour victory of the season.Van der Walt closed with an even-par 72 at Highland Springs to finish at 23-under 265, two strokes ahead of tour rookie Smylie Kaufman.

  • Column: Not your ordinary caddie-player team wins PGA

    August 16, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) Jason Day lost his father to cancer when he was 12. If not for Colin Swatton, he might have lost everything else.They became surrogate father and son soon after Day arrived at Kooralbyn International School, a 30-minute drive south of his hometown in Beaudesert, Australia. Day's mother, desperate to get her son off the streets and away from a crowd of toughs who prized fighting and drinking, took on a second job to pay the tuition.

  • Chasing Jason: Spieth has no answers for Day at PGA

    August 16, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) Jordan Spieth gave Jason Day a thumbs-up as he watched Day's long birdie attempt roll tantalizingly close to the 17th hole at the PGA Championship.No way Spieth was going to beat him. Might as well tip his cap.Spieth closed out one of the best-ever performances at a major championship Sunday - 17-under 271 - to finish one of the best-ever seasons at the majors.

  • Not cool: Snowman on 1st hole ruins Dustin Johnson's chances

    August 16, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) No one knows better than Dustin Johnson how one disastrous hole at Whistling Straits can ruin a final round in a PGA Championship.In 2010, it was No. 18. On Sunday, it was No. 1.Johnson had a quadruple-bogey 8 on that first hole, spoiling his chances of challenging barely 10 minutes after getting to the tee box.

  • Vicky Hurst wins 5th career Symetra Tour title

    August 16, 2015

    BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) Vicky Hurst won the W.B. Mason Championship on Sunday for her fifth career Symetra Tour title and first since 2008.Hurt closed with a 3-under 68 at Thorny Lea Golf Club to finish at 13-under 200, three shots ahead of Brittany Benvenuto and Mexico's Alejandra Llaneza.

  • Canadian teen Brooke Henderson wins Portland Classic

    August 16, 2015

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Brooke Henderson won the Cambia Portland Classic by eight strokes Sunday to become the third-youngest champion in LPGA Tour history.The Canadian closed with a 3-under 69 at Columbia Edgewater to finish at 21-under 267, the lowest total since the event went from 54 holes to 72 in 2013. Henderson is 17 years, 11 months, 6 days.

  • Jason Day shows major mettle and wins PGA Championship

    August 16, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) A year of major heartache ended with Jason Day breaking through in a major way Sunday at the PGA Championship.With at least a share of the 54-hole lead for the third straight major, Day never gave Jordan Spieth or anyone else much of a chance at Whistling Straits. He closed with a 5-under 67 for a three-shot victory and broke Tiger Woods' major championship record for most strokes under par by finishing at 20 under.

  • The Latest: Day closes out PGA Championship

    August 16, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):6:11 p.m.Jason Day led wire-to-wire Sunday at Whistling Straits to close out a record-setting PGA Championship and capture his first major title.The 27-year-old Australian finished at 20-under 268 to beat Jordan Spieth by three shots. Day is the first player to finish at 20 under in a major.

  • Australia's Jason Day wins PGA Championship at Whistling Straits for first major title

    August 16, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) Australia's Jason Day wins PGA Championship at Whistling Straits for first major title.

  • The Latest: Day 1 hole away from PGA Championship

    August 16, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):5:55 p.m.One hole to go for Jason Day.He's got a three-shot lead over Jordan Spieth at the PGA Championship.Both players made par on No. 17 and are heading to the 18th tee box.

  • Arizona teen Hannah O'Sullivan wins US Women's Amateur

    August 16, 2015

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Hannah O'Sullivan won the U.S. Women's Amateur on Sunday, beating Sierra Brooks 3 and 2 in the 36-hole final at Portland Golf Club.The 17-year-old O'Sullivan, from Chandler, Arizona, took the lead with a 30-foot birdie putt on the par-4 30th, added birdie wins on the par-4 32nd and par-5 33rd and ended the match with a two-putt par for a halve on the par-4 34th.

  • The Latest: Day 2 holes away from PGA Championship

    August 16, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):5:40 p.m.It might be time to start engraving the Wanamaker Trophy.Jason Day has a three-shot lead with two holes left in the PGA Championship.The Aussie, in search of his first major title, just matched Jordan Spieth's birdie on No. 16 with one of his own. Day is at 20 under par.

  • The Latest: Day makes birdie to reach 20 under

    August 16, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):5:15 p.m.Jason Day just made birdie on the 14th hole to reach 20 under par at the PGA Championship - a number no player has ever finished at in a major championship.

  • The Latest: McIlroy reports no discomfort in ankle

    August 16, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):5:05 p.m.Rory McIlroy reported no discomfort with his ankle after finishing his final round at Whistling Straits.He hurt the ankle playing soccer and hadn't played a competitive round since the U.S. Open.

  • The Latest: Spieth birdie gives him an impressive major mark

    August 16, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):4:52 p.m.Jordan Spieth just made a birdie putt on the 13th hole at the PGA Championship to get to 16 under.It also makes him a cumulative 53 under par at the majors this year, tying a mark set by Tiger Woods in 2000.

  • The Latest: Day brings 4-shot lead to 13th tee at PGA

    August 16, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):4:38 p.m.Jason Day is still going strong at the PGA Championship, and closing in on his first major title.He's 19 under par after 12 holes - four shots ahead of Branden Grace and Jordan Spieth.

  • Day in charge as he goes for first major at PGA

    August 16, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) Jason Day rolled in a 50-foot putt for one of his four birdies on the front nine Sunday as he built a three-shot lead in the PGA Championship.For all his close calls in the majors this year, Day never had a better chance than this.

  • The Latest: After opening with an 8, DJ makes the best of it

    August 16, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):4:07 p.m.Dustin Johnson started the day with a snowman.He's been playing lights-out ever since.Johnson has made six birdies and an eagle since his quadruple bogey 8 on the opening hole. He's at 2 under par for the round.

  • The Latest: Day takes 3-shot lead into back nine at PGA

    August 16, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):3:58 p.m.Well, that was ugly. And pretty, too.Jason Day chunked an approach shot from a good lie in the ninth fairway but got up and down after that to save par and make the turn with a three-shot lead at the PGA Championship.

  • The Latest: 'Spieth for President' but Day gets to 19 under

    August 16, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):3:25 p.m.Spieth for President.But right now, it's looking like it might be Jason Day for PGA Champion.There's a group of Jordan Spieth fans walking Whistling Straits wearing ''Spieth for President'' T-shirts.

  • The Latest: Making a mountain out of an anthill

    August 16, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):3:10 p.m.Bubba Watson wanted relief.Unfortunately for him, those ants weren't dangerous enough.Watson had a long discussion with a rules official after his tee shot on No. 5 landed near a pile of ants.

  • The Latest: Spieth makes bogey, falls 3 behind Day

    August 16, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):2:45 p.m.Jordan Spieth just made bogey on No. 4 at Whistling Straits. It was his first bogey in 37 holes.He has dropped three shots behind Jason Day and is now in third place at the PGA Championship. Branden Grace made a birdie on No. 5 to move into second at 14 under.

  • The Latest: Club pro Gaffney pumps fist, has fun at PGA

    August 16, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):2:30 p.m.Just say he was channeling his inner Tiger.Brian Gaffney, the only club pro to make the cut, said he started feeling a bit silly with his flurry of crowd-pleasing fist pumps at the PGA Championship. But he figured - what the heck.

  • The Latest: Mickelson holes out for an eagle at PGA

    August 16, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):2:12 p.m.Maybe Phil Mickelson's key to success with the putter is not using it at all.Mickelson, who missed a couple of birdie putts inside 10 feet earlier in the final round of the PGA Championship, chipped in from a greenside bunker on No. 6 for an eagle.

  • The Latest: Spieth, Day each open with big drives, easy pars

    August 16, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):1:57 p.m.And, they're off.Jason Day and Jordan Spieth opened the final round of the PGA Championship by hitting nearly identical drives. Both traveled 313 yards and landed in the fairway.

  • The Latest: Johnson makes a snowman to open final round

    August 16, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):1:30 p.m.Dustin Johnson is running into more bunker trouble - and every other kind of trouble - at Whistling Straits.He just made an 8 to open his round, after needing three shots to get from a bunker to the first green.

  • The Latest: Mickelson's putter not as friendly on Sunday

    August 16, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):1:03 p.m.Lefty's putter isn't quite so friendly today.Phil Mickelson missed two birdie putts inside of 10 feet on the second and third holes and is even par for the day.

  • The Latest: Jordan Spieth winning the vote of fans at PGA

    August 16, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):12:20 p.m.Well, if this doesn't work out, there's always 2016.Spotted on the course: A band of fans handing out T-shirts that read `Spieth for President,' with a picture of the man himself, encircled by a red-white-and-blue flag logo.

  • The Latest: Spieth starts warming up for final round of PGA

    August 16, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):11:27 a.m.Jordan Spieth is on the driving range warming up for the final round of the PGA Championship.He's going for his third major of the season, hoping to add a victory at Whistling Straits to those from Augusta and Chambers Bay earlier this year.

  • The Latest: Final round underway; low scores available

    August 16, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):10:38 a.m.The final round of the final major of the year is underway.Good scores are available.Teeing off early Sunday, Ryan Moore made six birdies and played the front nine in 6-under 30.

  • Phil Mickelson wants to earn Presidents Cup spot

    August 15, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) If he's going to get a spot on the Presidents Cup team this year, Phil Mickelson would rather earn it.For now, Mickelson is No. 36 in the Presidents Cup standings, meaning Lefty wouldn't automatically qualify for one of 10 spots when the U.S. team goes for a sixth consecutive victory in South Korea in October.

  • In contention at PGA, Grace thrives under major pressure

    August 15, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) Growing more comfortable with his game in the United States, Branden Grace simply needs to stay on track for one more round at the PGA Championship to have a shot at winning his first major.The South African shot an 8-under 64 on Saturday at Whistling Straits, the lowest score of the third round, to move to 12 under for the tournament. He was tied for third with Justin Rose, three shots back of leader Jason Day.

  • Jones conquers hospitality tent, but struggles after that

    August 15, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) If they handed out trophies for viral video, Matt Jones would have that prize wrapped up. Yes, his pitching wedge off the blue carpet in the hospitality tent near the ninth fairway was one to watch again and again.Problem was, that wasn't nearly the worst trouble he found himself in Saturday at the PGA Championship.

  • Column: No joke - a Samoan walks onto a golf course and ...

    August 15, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The family business, at least on the athletic side of the Finau family, was pro football or basketball.Tony Finau, all 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds of him, was determined to play golf.So if nothing else, his play Saturday was further validation of a story that begins with two poor kids learning to play the game by banging balls against a mattress in their garage and one of them winding up with a shot at a major title on the final day of the PGA Championship.

  • Day in the lead at PGA as Spieth makes a charge

    August 15, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) With six straight 3s on his card, Jason Day looked determined as ever Saturday to finally get that first major. He had a 6-under 66 and built a two-shot lead in the PGA Championship, the third straight major he has at least a share of the lead going into the final round.

  • The Latest: Day takes the lead into final round of PGA

    August 15, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):7:23 p.m.Jason Day shot 6-under 66 on Saturday to take a two-shot lead over Jordan Spieth into the final round of the PGA Championship.Day got the first of his nine top-10 major finishes at Whistling Straits five years ago, and will try to wrap up his first major on the same course Sunday.

  • The Latest: Birdies flying at PGA Championship

    August 15, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):6:32 p.m.The 77 players have combined for 322 birdies at the PGA Championship so far in the third round. That's an average of a little more than 4.1 birdies per player.

  • Canadian teen Brooke Henderson opens 5-shot lead in Portland

    August 15, 2015

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Canadian teen Brooke Henderson opened a five-stroke lead Saturday in the Cambia Portland Classic, shooting a 7-under 65 at Columbia Edgewater.The 17-year-old Henderson is trying to join Lydia Ko and Lexi Thompson as the only players to win an LPGA Tour title before turning 18.

  • The Latest: Rory will rest after PGA Championship

    August 15, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):6:01 p.m.Rory McIlroy shot a 68 to reach 6-under 210 at the PGA Championship. He'll have one more round to go in his return from an ankle injury, and then take a two-week break.

  • The Latest: Grace in clubhouse with PGA lead

    August 15, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):5:37 p.m.Branden Grace has the clubhouse lead.Matt Jones has the hospitality tent shot.Grace chipped in from the bunker on No. 18 at the PGA Championship for a birdie to complete a round of 8-under 64 and move into the lead at 12 under.

  • The Latest: Jones saves bogey from the hospitality tent

    August 15, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):5:22 p.m.Matt Jones took his medicine. Maybe it came with a hot dog on the side.Jones saved bogey after teeing off into the hospitality tent on No. 9, then electing to play his second shot as it lied - on the blue carpet.

  • The Latest: Jones plays one from the hospitality tent

    August 15, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):5:15 p.m.Mind if I play through here?PGA leader Matt Jones' tee shot on No. 9 landed in a hospitality test situated well left of the fairway.The ball came to rest on the dark blue carpet. Jones walked into the tent, checked out the lie - perfectly clean - then walked back to a spot on the golf course where he would have been permitted a free drop.

  • The Latest: Horschel, Finau only US players in top 10

    August 15, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):4:49 p.m.He's wearing green, white and blue and representing for the red, white and blue.Last year's FedEx Cup champion, Billy Horschel - yes, the man in the neon green pants and blue and white striped shirt - is 5 under for the day and tied for fifth overall at 9-under par at the PGA Championship.

  • The Latest: Jones hangs on to PGA lead

    August 15, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):4:39 p.m.It's an international leaderboard at the PGA Championship.Matt Jones of Australia is leading at 13 under, and trying to become the first man from Down Under to win the PGA since Steve Elkington in 1995.

  • The Latest: Jason Day off to uneven start at PGA

    August 15, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):4:05 p.m.It has been an uneven afternoon so far for Jason Day at the PGA Championship.He had two birdies and two bogeys through his first four holes of the third round to stay at 9 under for the tournament.

  • The Latest: Leader Matt Jones birdies to start PGA 3rd round

    August 15, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):3:15 p.mLeader Matt Jones is off to a good start in the third round at the PGA Championship.Jason Day is right on his heels in the final pairing of the afternoon.

  • The Latest: Mickelson closes ground at PGA

    August 15, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):2:47 p.m.Phil Mickelson has made up a lot of ground in the third round at the PGA Championship.Lefty finished the day at 6 under and moved to 5 under for the tournament.

  • The Latest: McIlroy goes on a run at PGA

    August 15, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):1:55 p.m.Rory McIlroy is moving up quickly on Moving Day at the PGA Championship.After holing out from the fringe for an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole, he is 4 under for the day and 6 under for the tournament.

  • O'Sullivan, Brooks reach US Women's Amateur final

    August 15, 2015

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Hannah O'Sullivan and Sierra Brooks beat fellow teenagers Saturday to advance to the U.S. Women's Amateur final.The 17-year-old O'Sullivan, from Chandler, Arizona, rallied to beat 17-year-old Mathilda Cappeliez of France, 1 up at Portland Golf Club, and the 17-year-old Brooks, from Sorrento, Florida, topped 18-year-old UCLA freshman Bethany Wu of Diamond Bar, California.

  • The Latest: Spieth's game plan is to go for it at PGA

    August 15, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):1:30 p.m.Expect Jordan Spieth to go for it today at the PGA Championship.Warming up in calm weather, and watching a bunch of low scores go up on the board, the Masters and U.S. Open champion said he knows it's a day to be aggressive.

  • The Latest: Boo! Weekley gets to 5 under at PGA

    August 15, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):1:13 p.m.Guess who? It's Boo.Boo Weekley made three birdies over the first four holes on the back nine to get to 5 under for the tournament. He is tied for 10th.

  • The Latest: McIlroy gets started, misses birdie by that much

    August 15, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):12:50 p.m.Missed it by that much.Rory McIlroy started his third round at the PGA Championship by getting agonizingly close to a birdie at No. 1. His 44-foot putt edged just left of the hole.

  • The Latest: A few birdies get Mickelson in the red

    August 15, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):11:50 a.m.Phil Mickelson is taking advantage of calm weather early in the third round to go on something of a birdie binge at the PGA Championship.He has made three over his first six holes to get to 1 under for the tournament.

  • Tiger misses 3rd straight cut in a major at PGA Championship

    August 15, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) Tiger Woods made another early exit from a major championship on Saturday and had no idea where he was headed.He playfully threw out one possibility.''I'm going to go home and watch the leaders tee off and play,'' he said. ''Actually, I'll go to my sports bar, how about that?''

  • The Latest: 1 club pro makes cut, 1 along for the ride

    August 15, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):10:46 a.m.Only one club pro qualified to play the final two rounds of the PGA Championship. But there will be two of them knocking the ball around Whistling Straits in the third round Saturday.

  • The Latest: Third round under way at PGA Championship

    August 15, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):10:15 a.m.The third round is under way at the PGA Championship.Among those on the course are former champions Keegan Bradley and Jason Dufner. They each started the round at 2 over par - 13 shots behind the leader, Australia's Matt Jones.

  • Jones take the lead at PGA Championship

    August 15, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The early wake-up call was well worth it for Matt Jones, who made two birdie putts in pristine conditions at Whistling Straits on Saturday morning to complete a 7-under 65 and build a two-shot lead in the PGA Championship.It only gave Tiger Woods a chance to get home to Florida this afternoon. He completed a 73 and missed the cut in his third straight major.

  • The Latest: Woods to take a few days to decide on next week

    August 15, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):9:05 a.m.Tiger Woods is signed up for next week's Wyndham Championship. It doesn't necessarily mean he'll play.After his second round finished up at the PGA this morning, he said he would discuss the plan with his team and decide in the next few days about whether to play next week in Greensboro, North Carolina.

  • The Latest: Jones in clubhouse with PGA lead at 11 under

    August 15, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):8:53 a.m.Matt Jones is in the clubhouse with the lead at the PGA Championship.He finished up a second round of 7-under 65 and is 11 under for the tournament. That's two shots ahead of Jason Day and three in front of Justin Rose.

  • The Latest: Woods will miss cut, head home from PGA

    August 15, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):8:31 a.m.No big surprise - Tiger Woods is heading home.He played the last five holes of the second round at the PGA Championship at even par to finish at 4-over 148.

  • The Latest: Jones in the lead, Woods likely heading home

    August 15, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):8:04 a.m.Now, it's Matt Jones in the lead at the PGA Championship.Jones made a birdie to get to 10 under for the tournament, while fellow Aussie Jason Day finished his second round with a bogey and is in the clubhouse at 9-under 135.

  • The Latest: Day in the lead, Woods likely heading home

    August 15, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) 7:54 a.m.Jason Day has a good chance of heading into the third round of the PGA Championship with the lead.Tiger Woods has virtually no chance of sticking around for more than another hour or so.Golf has started back up at Whistling Straits. About 60 players came back early this morning to finish the second round.

  • Moving day at the PGA, morning and afternoon

    August 15, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The PGA Championship gets two ''moving days'' Saturday at Whistling Straits.The first one starts at 7 a.m. when the second round, which was halted by a wicked storm, gets underway. Of the 49 players who didn't finish the second round, 15 of them were separated by six shots. The leaderboard had as much clarity as the clouds that rolled in over Lake Michigan late Friday afternoon.

  • Canadian teen Brooke Henderson leads in Portland

    August 14, 2015

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Canadian teen Brooke Henderson birdied three of her last four holes Friday for a 5-under 67 and the second-round lead in the LPGA Tour's Cambia Portland Classic.The 17-year-old Henderson had an 11-under 133 total at Columbia Edgewater for a one-shot lead over Caroline Masson, the German player who had the best round of the week with a 64.

  • Packers QB Rodgers follows McIlroy-Spieth pairing at PGA

    August 14, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers took advantage of his day off from training camp to play golf fan.The state's best-known athlete spent some time following the Rory McIlory-Jordan Spieth-Zach Johnson group Friday, but mostly took in the view of the PGA Championship from a hospitality tent.

  • Long hours pay off for club pro Brian Gaffney at PGA

    August 14, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) He's the last club pro standing at the PGA Championship.The guys who play with Brian Gaffney back home aren't surprised.Less than a week after setting the course record with a 63 back at Quaker Ridge near New York City, Gaffney is making his mark in the big time.

  • Woods commits to at least one more week of season

    August 14, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) Tiger Woods isn't ready to give up on the season just yet.Even after another disappointing day at the PGA Championship - where his sand wedge replaced his putter as the main player in his nightmare - Woods committed to playing next week in the Wyndham Championship, giving him one more chance to squeak into the FedEx Cup playoffs.

  • A 63, a Spieth rally and a storm delay at PGA Championship

    August 14, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) Hiroshi Iwata tied a major championship record with a 63. Jordan Spieth put himself into the mix for another major. John Daly again made news for all the wrong reasons. The second round of the PGA Championship had just about everything Friday.

  • The Latest: Storm causes damage around Whistling Straits

    August 14, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):7:01 p.m.The storm passed, but some damage was done at Whistling Straits.Play has been suspended for the day. The scoreboard at the main entrance to the course has been blown down. Flags along some of the grandstands have been torn off their posts. A security guard said some pane-glass windows were blown out alongside a lakeside pavilion.

  • Woods commits to at least one more week of 2015 season

    August 14, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) Tiger Woods has committed to playing next week in the Wyndham Championship, meaning he'll keep his 2015 season going even if he doesn't make the cut when the second round resumes Saturday at the rain-delayed PGA Championship.Shortly after rain suspended play Friday afternoon at Whistling Straits, Woods committed to play in the regular-season finale in Greensboro, North Carolina, where he would have to finish at least second alone to make it into the FedEx Cup playoffs.

  • Daly puts 3 balls and 1 club into Lake Michigan

    August 14, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) John Daly put three golf balls into Lake Michigan. And one golf club.Daly suffered another mini-meltdown in a major Friday in the PGA Championship when he hit three tee shots into the lake to the right of the par-3 seventh hole. The fourth found the green, and after taking a few steps, Daly heaved his 6-iron into the water.

  • The Latest: Storm suspends 2nd-round play at PGA

    August 14, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):5:55 p.m.A strong storm hit Whistling Straits on Friday afternoon, suspending the second round of the PGA Championship for the day with Australians Jason Day and Matt Jones tied for the lead at 9-under par.

  • The Latest: Daly on club throw: It shows you care

    August 14, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):5:52 p.m.Message from John Daly: He cares.After knocking three straight shots into Lake Michigan on the seventh hole today, Daly sent his 6-iron in next - which turned out to be a terrific souvenir for a boy in a boat near the shore at Whistling Straits.

  • Arizona's O'Sullivan reaches US Women's Amateur semifinals

    August 14, 2015

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Hannah O'Sullivan made a 10-foot par putt on the 18th hole to beat SMU junior Lindsey McCurdy 1 up Friday in the U.S. Women's Amateur quarterfinals.Two holes down after 10 holes at Portland Golf Club, the 17-year-old O'Sullivan, from Chandler, Arizona, won the next four holes - making three pars and a birdie on the par-4 14th - to take a 2-up lead.

  • The Latest: Storm halts play in 2nd round of PGA

    August 14, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):5:28 p.m.Play has been suspended at the PGA Championship, with a heavy thunderstorm moving into the area.Co-leader Jason Day had just hit his approach into the 15th green when the horn sounded. He's tied with fellow Australian Matt Jones at 9 under.

  • The Latest: Cut moves to 2; Woods needs to make up 2 shots

    August 14, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):5:27 p.m.The projected cut line has moved one shot higher, to 2-over par.That means there's still hope for the group currently at 3 over and still on the course: Ryan Palmer, Carl Pettersson and Morgan Hoffman.

  • The Latest: Day battles Jones at PGA with storms on the way

    August 14, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):5:10 p.m.Jason Day and Matt Jones raced onrushing storm clouds by rolling to 9 under at the PGA Championship.Day, the Australian who nearly won the British Open before grabbing the Canadian Open, strung together three straight birdies on the back nine at Whistling Straits, the last one coming via a 10-foot birdie putt from the edge of the 13th green.

  • The Latest: Storms coming, Jones leading at PGA

    August 14, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):4:38 p.m.With some fairly sizable storm clouds heading toward Whistling Straits, the ''Storm Warning'' signs have gone up on the scoreboards at the PGA Championship.

  • The Latest: Woods struggling in PGA sandbox

    August 14, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):4:20 p.m.Tiger Woods has spent some time in bunkers today - none of it very fun.He went bunker to bunker on the fourth hole, en route to a double bogey.

  • David Lingmerth seeks major step forward at PGA Championship

    August 14, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) If David Lingmerth can finish a major championship as well as he started the last two, there might be a big trophy in his future.Lingmerth followed his opening 5-under 67 with a 70 to reach 7 under Friday in the PGA Championship, giving him the clubhouse lead and leaving him two strokes behind Jason Day and Matt Jones when play was suspended for the day by a storm.

  • The Latest: Henley joins group at the top at PGA

    August 14, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):4 p.m.Russell Henley has joined the group of leaders at 7 under at the PGA Championship.Dustin Johnson was there briefly, after a birdie on No. 7, but gave it back after driving into a bunker on No. 8 and scrambling for a bogey.

  • Another major, Spieth right in the mix at PGA

    August 14, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The cheers erupted as Jordan Spieth walked down the eighth fairway late in his second round Friday at the PGA Championship, but only when the fans saw the portable scoreboard tailing behind him.The applause was more about appreciation than surprise.

  • The Latest: Aussies Day, Jones find way to top at PGA

    August 14, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):3:25 p.m.Australians are finding their way to the top of the leaderboard at the PGA Championship.Jason Day rolled in a 20-foot birdie putt on No. 6 to improve to 3 under for the day and 7 under for the tournament.

  • The Latest: Woods makes 2 birdies, then gives it all back

    August 14, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):3:07 p.m.Tiger Woods got off to an encouraging start in the second round of the PGA. Just as quickly, he gave all the ground back.Woods made two birdies to briefly get to 1 over - the current projected cut line - but ended up hitting out of one bunker and into another on the fourth hole en route to a double bogey.

  • The Latest: For Daly, a perfect 10 and a great souvenir

    August 14, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):2:34 p.m.A Perfect 10.John Daly recorded a 10 on the par-3 seventh hole today at the PGA Championship. And, as always, he made some memories along the way.

  • The Latest: A slide ride with Phil the thrill

    August 14, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):2:06 p.m.He's not scoring all that well, but Phil Mickelson (even par through two rounds) isn't too down about it.Sliding with Lefty: http://bit.ly/1IOyxr2

  • Japan's Iwata matches major record with 63 at PGA

    August 14, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) Hiroshi Iwata of Japan fired a 90-yard wedge from the rough on No. 18 that nearly rolled in before settling 3 feet from the cup. That tap-in par for a 63 was the best score at the PGA Championship so far and good enough to match the lowest single round ever in a major.

  • The Latest: Spieth's blast from the bunker goes in at PGA

    August 14, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):1:53 p.m.With his ball resting awkwardly in the back of a greenside bunker, Jordan Spieth would have been happy to get up and down for a par.How `bout a birdie?

  • The Latest: Lingmerth in the lead, with Spieth 1 behind

    August 14, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):1:17 p.m.David Lingmerth rebounded from a bad stretch of golf to head to the locker room with the lead at the PGA Championship.He shot 2-under 70 to finish the second round at 7-under 137 on a sweltering day at Whistling Straits. That puts him one shot ahead of Jordan Spieth, who just completed a round of 5-under 67, Russell Henley, who is out on the course, and Dustin Johnson, who tees off this afternoon.

  • Iwata of Japan matches major record with 63 at PGA

    August 14, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) Hiroshi Iwata of Japan has just completed a round of 63 at the PGA Championship, matching the lowest single-round score in a major.Iwata, a veteran of the Japan Golf Tour, nearly chipped in to set the record on No. 18. His shot from out of the rough skidded 2 feet past and he tapped in for par. He is at 4-under 140 for the tournament, three behind leader David Lingmerth.

  • The Latest: Japan's Iwata shoots 63 to tie major record

    August 14, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):12:56 p.m.Hiroshi Iwata is in some very exclusive company.The 34-year-old veteran of the Japan Golf Tour just shot 63 at the PGA Championship, matching the lowest single-round score in a major.

  • The Latest: Coetzee goes low at PGA, looks to cash in

    August 14, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):12:45 p.m.Forget the Wannamaker Trophy. What George Coetzee could really use is the money.OK, only sort of.After shooting a 7-under 65 at the PGA Championship on Friday, Coetzee joked that he could use a little spending cash to pay off some debt he incurred in the money games against his South African buddies during the practice rounds earlier this week.

  • The Latest: Guess who? Spieth gets share of lead at PGA

    August 14, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):12:30 p.m.Guess who's got a share of the lead at the PGA Championship.Jordan Spieth.Spieth knocked in a 5-foot putt for his sixth birdie of the second round to get to 6 under par with three holes to play. He's tied with Dustin Johnson and David Lingmerth.

  • The Latest: George Coetzee's game is sizzling at PGA

    August 14, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):NoonTalk about dramatic improvement: George Coetzee fired a 7-under 65 in scorching sunshine - nine strokes better than his opening-round 74 - to pull into third at the PGA.

  • The Latest: McIlroy, Spieth duel at PGA, close in on Johnson

    August 14, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):11:22 a.m.Just like the weather, the battle between Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth for king of the hill is starting to sizzle.McIlroy, the world's top-ranked golfer, made up for the short-game woes that produced a double-bogey 6 at his ninth hole of the day with a spectacular chip-in for eagle at par-5 second. The wedge shot came from 40 feet off the green, took two hops and then rolled into the cup to put him at 2 under.

  • The Latest: McIlroy-Spieth duel takes interesting turn

    August 14, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):10:42 a.m.Rory McIlroy may be ranked No. 1, but he just took a backseat to Jordan Spieth, his latest challenger for the throne.The Northern Irishman had trouble with both his wedge and putter and wound up with a double-bogey 6 at the last hole of their front nine. Spieth made birdie there and was at 2-under 34 for his front nine, and in the mix for the lead as the tournament nears the midway point.

  • The Latest: Scott Piercy gets piece of lead at PGA

    August 14, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):10:25 a.m.David Lingmerth finally found some trouble at Whistling Straits. Scott Piercy - he's still cruising along.Lingmerth hit his tee shot onto the beaches of Lake Michigan on No. 7 en route to a double bogey. He followed with a bogey on No. 8, and suddenly a two-shot lead has turned into a one-shot deficit.

  • The Latest: Stenson, Coetzee figure out how to go low at PGA

    August 14, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):10:13 a.m.Early in the second round, Henrik Stenson and George Coetzee have found the formula for Whistling Straits.Both have gone 5 under par to open their second rounds of the PGA Championship.

  • The Latest: PGA leader Lingmerth thrives in good weather

    August 14, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):9:48 a.m.Turns out, David Lingmerth plays pretty well in good weather, too.Lingmerth took to the calm and muggy Whistling Straits on Friday morning and picked up where he left off the day before.

  • The Latest: Alex Cejka pulls out of PGA with ankle injury

    August 14, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):9:22 a.m.Alex Cejka was supposed to be on the tee box first thing this morning. Instead, he withdrew, citing an ankle injury.Cejka shot a 76 on Thursday, and would've had to work hard to make the cut.

  • The Latest: Now it's David Lingmerth in lead at PGA

    August 14, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):8:55 a.m.There's a new leader at the PGA Championship.David Lingmerth birdied two of his first three holes and is now at 7 under. That's one shot ahead of Dustin Johnson, who doesn't start his second round until this afternoon.

  • The Latest: Spieth, McIlroy begin; Lingmerth shares PGA lead

    August 14, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):8:29 a.m.Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth are on the course to start their second round at the PGA Championship on Friday.Both players opened with routine pars and are 1 under for the tournament. They are five shots behind Dustin Johnson and David Lingmerth, who began his round with a birdie to get to 6 under. Johnson tees off later in the day.

  • McIlroy, Spieth try to make up ground on Johnson at PGA

    August 14, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) Rory McIlroy found the right answers in his first competition in just under two months, and the score was only part of the equation.After opening with a bogey on Thursday in the PGA Championship, McIlroy ripped his drive into the wind on the par-5 second and, with 286 yards to the hole, hit a 3-wood so pure that he knew his game was ready in a major way. It settled 15 feet away and set up a birdie. It was a big moment.

  • Zach Johnson has his troubles at PGA Championship

    August 13, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The ''other'' player in the PGA Championship's power threesome pretty much played like it Thursday.Zach Johnson struggled to find the fairway all day and shot 3-over 75 in his first round at a major since capturing the British Open last month.

  • Key hole at the PGA Championship

    August 13, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) A look at the key hole in the first round of the PGA Championship:HOLE: 2.YARDAGE: 593 yards.PAR: 5.STROKE AVERAGE: 4.936.RANK: T13.KEY FACT: Dustin Johnson made birdie there and grabbed the lead for the first time Thursday by laying up - instead of hitting 3-wood - to keep his round as stress-free as possible. Rory McIlroy went for the green with a ''full-bore'' 3-wood from 286 yards and made birdie, saying it was a sign that there was no rust on his game after a 53-day layoff due to an ankle injury.

  • Anderson, Changkija top Portland Classic leaderboard

    August 13, 2015

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Amy Anderson and Sandra Changkija shared the first-round lead at 7-under 65 on Thursday in the LPGA Tour's Cambia Portland Classic.In warm, calm afternoon conditions, Anderson had five consecutive birdies on the front nine in her bogey-free round at Columbia Edgewater. Changkija, playing in the morning, made six birdies on her opening nine and reached 8 under before finishing with a bogey.

  • Fan favorite Stricker finishes 1st day with flourish at PGA

    August 13, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) Steve Stricker felt the love from his home-state fans. He returned the favor by finishing his first round at the PGA Championship with a flourish.Showered with applause and serenaded by calls of ''Steve,'' Wisconsin's native son answered with 1-under 71 at Whistling Straits. He was five shots behind leader Dustin Johnson.

  • Dustin Johnson plays like he has a short memory

    August 13, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) Already tied for the lead, Dustin Johnson was in position for more Thursday in the PGA Championship. He was in the fairway on the par-5 second hole at Whistling Straits and faced a ''perfect 3-wood'' to reach the green for a sure birdie or even better.

  • The Latest: Spieth says 'I'll have what he's having'

    August 13, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):7:24 p.m.Jordan Spieth on David Lingmerth's round of 5-under 67 - shot in dry, windy conditions in the afternoon at Whistling Straits: ''Whatever David ate this morning, I'd like to eat tomorrow, because that's a heck of a round of golf in those conditions.''

  • The Latest: McIlroy tried to stay dry in splash out of water

    August 13, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):7:10 p.m.Rory McIlroy's two main thoughts when he stepped into the lake at the side of the fifth green Thursday: Get the ball out of the water and don't get my feet wet.

  • Dustin Johnson sets the pace at Whistling Straits

    August 13, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) Rory McIlroy had the right leg of his pants rolled up as he hit out of the water. Jordan Spieth couldn't make a putt.The familiarity of the final major of the year came from Dustin Johnson. He was in the lead Thursday after the opening round of the PGA Championship, a spot he already has occupied after five rounds this year in the majors - just not when the trophy is handed out.

  • Billy Kennerly wins Canadian Men's Amateur Championship

    August 13, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Former Clemson player Billy Kennerly won the Canadian Men's Amateur Championship on Thursday, closing with a 2-under 70 at Weston Golf & Country Club for a six-stroke victory.The 22-year-old Kennerly, from Alpharetta, Georgia, finished at 12-under 275. He earned a spot next year in the PGA Tour's Canadian Open.

  • The Latest: Done and 1 (under) for Spieth, McIlroy at PGA

    August 13, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):6:40 p.m.Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy each finished the first round of the PGA Championship at 1-under 71 - five shots behind leader Dustin Johnson.Not spectacular. But decent enough considering they were playing in the afternoon, with the winds whipping around Whistling Straits.

  • Column: Same old Tiger, same old alibi at PGA Championship

    August 13, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) There's a saying in golf that ''If you're going to miss it, miss it fast.''By the time Tiger Woods' 5-foot putt for par at No. 3 slid past the hole, he was already in hot pursuit. The ball was still wobbling the first time he thought about tapping in.

  • The Latest: Stricker does well with wife on the bag

    August 13, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):6:05 p.m.Here's a way to test your marriage. Put your wife on the bag at a major championship.For Steve Stricker, it was no big deal.His wife, Nicki, is caddying for him at the PGA Championship. She's been on the bag before, and when Stricker's last caddie, Jimmy Johnson, recently went to work for tour rookie Justin Thomas, Stricker went back to his comfort zone.

  • The Latest: Lingmerth still staying close to Johnson at PGA

    August 13, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):5:52 p.m.The only player making a run at Dustin Johnson late in Day 1 of the PGA Championship is David Lingmerth.Not Rory McIlroy. Not Jordan Spieth.Lingmerth briefly pulled into a tie with Johnson at 6 under when he made a birdie on No. 5 - his 14th hole of the day - but fell a shot back when he bogeyed No. 6.

  • Hannah O'Sullivan easily advances in US Women's Amateur

    August 13, 2015

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Hannah O'Sullivan routed two more opponents Thursday to advance to the U.S. Women's Amateur quarterfinals at Portland Golf Club.The 17-year-old O'Sullivan, from Chandler, Arizona, beat France's Justine Dreher 7 and 6 in the second round, and topped Jennifer Kupcho of Westminster, Colorado, 4 and 3 in the third.

  • The Latest: Brooks Koepka birdies 5 straight at PGA

    August 13, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):5:09 p.m.Make it five straight birdies for Brooks Koepka.He's off to a great start on the back nine Thursday in the first round of the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits.

  • The Latest: Tough finish on tap for 1st round at PGA

    August 13, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):4:50 p.m.Some not-so-great news for those finishing late at the PGA Championship. Nos. 18 and at Whistling Straits are playing as the two toughest holes on the course so far.

  • Day keeps cool at PGA, near top of major leaderboard again

    August 13, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) A couple bad wedge shots certainly weren't going to bother Jason Day at the PGA Championship. He's been through worse.The Australian put himself in contention at a major once again Thursday, shooting a 4-under 68 to stay within two shots of clubhouse-leader Dustin Johnson after the morning rounds.

  • The Latest: McIlroy and Spieth take different routes to par

    August 13, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):4:15 p.m.Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth are at the turn at the PGA Championship, both at even par.The world's two best players got to that point in far different ways.

  • The Latest: Windy afternoon no problem for Lingmerth

    August 13, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):3:53 p.m.The wind is whipping at Whistling Straits.It isn't bothering David Lingmerth.The Swede just shot 5-under 31 over his first nine holes at the PGA Championship, making the turn only one shot behind leader Dustin Johnson.

  • The Latest: A dunk, a dip and a par for Rory at PGA

    August 13, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):3:08 p.m.Aqua golf!Rory McIlroy rolled up his pant leg and took a step into the lake to hit his third shot on the fifth hole at Whistling Straits.He opened the clubface, made solid contact, got the ball back onto the green and rolled the 10-foot par putt into the side of the hole for a par. As they say, ''It's not how, it's how many.''

  • Dustin Johnson plays like he's got a short memory

    August 13, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) Already tied for the lead, Dustin Johnson was in position for more Thursday in the PGA Championship. He was in the fairway on the par-5 second hole at Whistling Straits and faced a ''perfect 3-wood'' to reach the green for a sure birdie or even better.

  • The Latest: Zach Johnson donates to Lake Michigan

    August 13, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):2:38 p.m.Zach Johnson just chucked a ball into Lake Michigan. Reason: He made bogey on the fourth hole to fall to 1 over par.The British Open champion is struggling. He also made a bogey on the par-5 second after hitting his second shot in a bunker that was situated outside the ropes and pocked with footprints from spectators. He hacked that one out, but into the rough, then needed three more shots to finish the hole.

  • The Latest: End of a bad 2015 season appears near for Woods

    August 13, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):2:22 p.m.The season is almost over for Tiger Woods. Could be over as soon as Friday.Woods couldn't get putts to go in Thursday and finished at 3-over 75 after the first round of the PGA Championship.

  • The Latest: Rory, Jordan, Phil on course at PGA

    August 13, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):1:47 p.m.Phil Mickelson has opened with a birdie.Rory McIlroy has opened with a bogey.Jordan Spieth has opened with a par. And Adam Scott has opened with two straight birdies.

  • The Latest: DJ, Tiger both pick up where they left off

    August 13, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):1:24 p.m.You could say that both Dustin Johnson and Tiger Woods are picking up where they left off.Johnson knows his way around Whistling Straits. He shot a 6-under 66 at the PGA Championship today, writing a new chapter at the Wisconsin course that's the sight of one of his worst moments. He was leading going into the 72nd hole here in 2010, but grounded his club in a trash-strewn bunker and was penalized two shots. That kept him out of a playoff.

  • The Latest: Fowler brings X Games personality to PGA

    August 13, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):1:02 p.m.Rickie Fowler is wrapping up one wild round.Fowler was in a bunker far below the third green and took four shots to escape, leading to triple bogey. He followed with a chip-in for birdie on No. 4, only to find a bunker off the fifth tee and then lay up - wait for it - into the water. He scrambled for par, bounced back with a birdie, followed by two more bogeys. He's 1 over with one hole to play.

  • Father of Billy Hurley III dies of self-inflicted wound

    August 13, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) The father of PGA Tour player Billy Hurley III has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, nearly a month after he left home, Hurley announced on Thursday.Willard Hurley Jr., 61, killed himself Wednesday in Virginia, according to a statement released by his son's management company. A statement from Reston Bible Church in Reston, Virginia, where the elder Hurley served as missions director, also confirmed his death.

  • The Latest: Daly shoots 73; club pro speaks from the heart

    August 13, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):12:32 p.m.John Daly update: 1-over-par 73. Still looking dapper.And this from Brian Gaffney, a club pro at Quaker Ridge Golf Club in Scarsdale, New York: ''I hope that this reaches a lot of people and elevates why club professionals bring a lot of attention to this event. Not just for how I played today, but just that there's so many people that will be following that would not necessarily be following. And that's exciting.''

  • The Latest: Kuchar, Henley have early clubhouse lead at PGA

    August 13, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):12:20 p.m.Matt Kuchar and Russell Henley have wrapped up rounds of 4-under 68 and are the early clubhouse leaders at the PGA Championship.Thomas Bjorn and Brendan Steele both shot 3-under 69.

  • The Latest: Keegan Bradley misses 3-foot putt at PGA

    August 13, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):11:45 a.m.That's not good.Keegan Bradley rimmed out a 3-foot par putt to fall to 4 over par for the day. The 2011 PGA champ, playing in the same group with Tiger Woods, has made five bogeys and a double since opening the day with a pair of birdies.

  • The Latest: Woods wobbling, Dustin Johnson in lead at PGA

    August 13, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):11:07 a.m.Tiger Woods just missed a birdie try and remains at 1 over par through 10 holes in the opening round of the PGA Championship.That's six behind leaders Hideki Matsuyama, Thomas Bjorn and, yes, Dustin Johnson.

  • The Latest: Dustin Johnson avoids all bunkers on 18th at PGA

    August 13, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):10:45 a.m.This time, Dustin Johnson avoided anything even resembling a bunker on No. 18 at Whistling Straits.After finding the middle of the fairway from the tee box, Johnson hit his approach to 6 feet but missed the putt and settled for a par.

  • The Latest: Daly does diamonds to start PGA Championship

    August 13, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):9:55 a.m.Diamonds are forever. Or, in this case, at least through Friday.Surprise, surprise - John Daly was sporting pants with a garish blue-diamond pattern on them in the first round of the PGA Championship.

  • The Latest: Woods on course and on par at PGA

    August 13, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):---9:15 a.m.Tiger Woods is out on the course at the PGA Championship. Nothing spectacular so far.Woods is even par through three holes. He had a birdie chance on the par-5 second. He putted from the fringe, about 100 feet from the hole, and left the next one 7 feet away. That one lipped out. He ended up with par on a hole where many players are making birdie.

  • The Latest: Sabbatini off to a quick start at PGA

    August 13, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The Latest from the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (all times local):---7:52 a.m.Rory Sabbatini is off to a quick start at the PGA Championship. He made three birdies over the first four holes to start the day at 3 under. Sabbatini hasn't made a cut in a major since the 2011 PGA.

  • The Latest: Carl Pettersson gets into the PGA as alternate

    August 13, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) Carl Pettersson was bracing for a long day at the PGA Championship. When he arrived at Whistling Straits, he had a short turnaround.The first news of the final major of the year came early Thursday: Gary Woodland had withdrawn because of a neck injury, and he was replaced by Pettersson. The Swede has been at the course since Tuesday and played 27 holes of practice. He teed off later Thursday morning.

  • 5 best starts by players who faded at the PGA Championship

    August 13, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) Players seem to brace for the worst at certain majors, right up until someone delivers the best score. It happened in 2004, the first time the PGA Championship came to Whistling Straits, a mysterious course that looked like a sheer brute with its rugged terrain off Lake Michigan.

  • Co-medalists Yin, Hahn fall in US Women's Amateur

    August 12, 2015

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Co-medalists Angel Yin and Jennifer Hahn dropped out of the U.S. Women's Amateur on Wednesday, losing first-round matches at Portland Golf Club.France's Justine Dreher beat the 16-year-old Yin, from Arcadia, California, 5 and 4. Vanessa Ha of Plano, Texas, topped Hahn, the 21-year-old Vanderbilt player from Henderson, Nevada, 4 and 3.

  • Man gets 5 years for using golfer Allenby's credit cards, ID

    August 12, 2015

    HONOLULU (AP) A Hawaii man has been sentenced to five years in prison for using Robert Allenby's credit cards after the professional golfer said he was robbed and beaten in Honolulu.According to the Honolulu prosecutor's office, Owen Harbison was sentenced Wednesday.

  • Matt Jones has company at PGA - his brother

    August 12, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) Matt Jones spent all three days of practice at the PGA Championship playing with a club pro, which is unusual for a PGA Tour winner.Unless that club pro happens to be your brother.It's not the first time brothers have played in the PGA Championship. The most recent duo was Edoardo and Francesco Molinari of Italy. But the Australian brothers earned their little slice of history based on their line of work.

  • Role reversal: Ben Martin can gives tips to coach at PGA

    August 12, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) Ben Martin will have to wait to reach his coach if he needs any tips Thursday at the PGA Championship.That's because Charles Frost will be teeing off two groups ahead of his pupil at Whistling Straits. He and Martin are that rare player-coach duo to make the field for a major championship.

  • Who ya got? McIlroy-Spieth is golf's best rivalry in decade

    August 12, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) All of a sudden, it isn't quite as lonely at the top.When Rory McIlroy won the PGA Championship a year ago, he was already the runaway favorite to dominate golf in the post-Tiger era. He was just 25, with four majors already under his belt, and barely two weeks into a stretch at No. 1 in the world ranking that continues today. You were hard-pressed to pick out even one real contender on the horizon.

  • Moving on: Dustin Johnson shrugs off bunker memories at PGA

    August 12, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The bunker is gone, and Dustin Johnson has moved on.But in returning to Whistling Straits for the PGA Championship, Johnson faced questions one more time about his infamous error in the sand on the final hole that cost him a spot in a playoff in the 2010 championship.

  • The battle at the top with McIlroy, Spieth

    August 12, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) Rory McIlroy returns to golf and faces a new set of questions.About his ankle. About the state of the game. And then there was one question he had trouble answering Wednesday on the eve of the PGA Championship.Who's the best player in the world?

  • Ernst looks to defend Portland Classic title

    August 12, 2015

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Austin Ernst is back at Columbia Edgewater a year after her breakthrough victory in the LPGA Tour's Cambia Portland Classic.''It gave me more confidence. Through the rest of the year after I won, I had a really solid end of the season. I felt like I played better this year,'' Ernst said Wednesday, a day before play begins. ''Now I think that bar is kind of raised just because I know what I can accomplish.''

  • PGA sticking with future tournaments at Trump courses

    August 12, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The PGA of America has no plans to take two golf tournaments away from courses Donald Trump owns over the next seven years.The PGA of America was the first golf organization to pull an event from a Trump property when it announced the Grand Slam of Golf would not be played in October at Trump National in Los Angeles. Still on the calendar is the 2017 Senior PGA Championship at Trump's course outside Washington and the 2022 PGA Championship at Trump National in Bedminster, New Jersey.

  • Jason Day looks to get in contention at a major -- again

    August 12, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) It was five years ago at this golf course that Jason Day realized he could be a contender in the majors.He's been in the mix several times since, and with another major on tap at Whistling Straits, nobody would be surprised to see the Aussie go from king of the close call to someone who finally broke through.

  • 5 best comebacks in the PGA Championship

    August 12, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wisconsin (AP) Some of the greatest comebacks in major championships usually require a collapse of some magnitude, so it's easy to overlook the winner.Nick Faldo shot 67 in the final round of the 1996 Masters, which is remembered as much for Greg Norman blowing a six-shot lead with a 78. Paul Lawrie holds the record for making up a 10-shot deficit in the final round of the 1999 British Open. His 67 matched the low score of the tournament, and yet the strongest memory from Carnoustie were the follies of Jean Van de Velde.

  • Yin, Hahn share medalist honors in US Women's Amateur

    August 12, 2015

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Angel Yin shot a 5-under 67 on Tuesday to share medalist honors with Jennifer Hahn in the U.S. Women's Amateur at Portland Golf Club.They topped the 64 qualifiers for match play.The 16-year-old Yin, from Arcadia, California, had seven birdies and two bogeys to match Hahn at 6-under 138. Yin lost to Eun Jeong Seong last month in the U.S. Girls' Junior final in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

  • Bubba goes long - and wide - in Long Drive competition

    August 11, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The PGA Championship staged the Long Drive Competition for the second straight year and got vastly different results.Bubba Watson didn't finish last this time because he didn't hit an iron off the tee in protest. Louis Oosthuizen didn't win like he did a year ago because he forgot to play.

  • Often overshadowed, Zach Johnson seeks back-to-back majors

    August 11, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) Zach Johnson is looking for his second straight major victory at the PGA Championship.The British Open champion still might have the least intriguing story line in his opening-round threesome when the tournament begins Thursday at Whistling Straits.

  • Finding the good out of the very bad

    August 11, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) Imagine what must go through a player's mind when he returns to a place where a major championship was in his grasp until a blunder in the bunker ruined everything. The shot was shown countless times. Questions were inevitable and endless.

  • Money game: Phil, Fowler, Spieth add spice to PGA practice

    August 11, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) Jordan Spieth let out a very large ''Whooooooo'' after watching the 20-foot putt hit the bottom of the cup.Sunday on the 18th green at the PGA Championship? Not quite.But still very satisfying. And it wasn't even Spieth's putt.Rather, it was rookie Justin Thomas making the long twister on No. 16 at Whistling Straits to give himself and Spieth a 2-up lead over Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler in their Tuesday best-ball match. Mickelson has been setting up these practice-round games - just for fun and a bit of cash - for years.

  • Woods comes to PGA with modest goal: get better

    August 11, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) Tiger Woods knows the concept of going through a transition, just not the numbers associated with this one.His world ranking is No. 278. Throw out some of the past champions and the 20 club pros at the PGA Championship, and his ranking is the worst of all but two players at Whistling Straits - Nick Taylor and Darren Clarke.

  • European Tour pulls out of WGC for 2016

    August 11, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) The European Tour has chosen France over Firestone.In a move that forces the hands of European players, new chief executive Keith Pelley said Tuesday the European Tour will not sanction the Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone next year. Any member who plays the World Golf Championship will not get credit for Ryder Cup points or official earnings.

  • 5 best players to never win PGA Championship

    August 11, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) Tom Watson played the PGA Championship for the final time last year as a courtesy extended to Ryder Cup captains. He did not cross an iconic bridge. There were no tears, no fanfare. The PGA Championship was the only major he never won. There weren't many great memories.

  • Wagner, Hahn lead US Women's Amateur qualifying

    August 10, 2015

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Samantha Wagner and Jennifer Hahn shot 4-under 68 on Monday in the U.S. Women's Amateur at Portland Golf Club to share the first-round lead in stroke-play qualifying.The top 64 after the second round Tuesday will advance to match play.

  • McIlroy declares himself to be 100 percent for PGA

    August 10, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) Rory McIlroy says he's 100 percent and his game appears to be in order.He was talking about golf, not soccer.McIlroy played another practice round Monday for the PGA Championship and declared himself ready to go at Whistling Straits. The world's No. 1 player injured ligaments in his left ankle the first weekend in July while playing soccer with friends in Northern Ireland.

  • Canada's Graham DeLaet withdraws from PGA with thumb injury

    August 10, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) Graham DeLaet of Canada has withdrawn from the PGA Championship because of a thumb injury.It's the same injury that forced him to withdraw from the Canadian Open last month. It's not clear how much time he will be away. DeLaet is No. 99 in the FedEx Cup with only two events remaining until the playoffs.

  • It's a sand trap! Watch out for Whistling's bunkers at PGA

    August 10, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) Perhaps the shiftiest sand trap in recent major history is now covered up by a hospitality area.The ''Dustin Johnson bunker'' will be a memory when the PGA Championship returns this week to Whistling Straits in Wisconsin for the first time in five years.

  • Lowry introduces himself on world stage with Bridgestone win

    August 10, 2015

    AKRON, Ohio (AP) Shane Lowry remained somewhat of a mystery to the golf audience outside Ireland and parts of Europe.He won the Irish Open as an amateur in 2009, and he picked up his first win as a pro three years later in Portugal. He has been showing up at the majors the last few years, though this is the first year he has been eligible for all of them.

  • Gillman seeks to defend her amateur golf title in Portland

    August 10, 2015

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Seventeen-year-old Kristen Gillman has had quite the summer vacation.The Pan American Games in Canada and the Women's British Open in Scotland were among her stops. This week, Gillman looks to defend her title at the U.S. Women's Amateur in Portland, Oregon.

  • J.J. Henry wins Barracuda Championship in playoff

    August 9, 2015

    RENO, Nev. (AP) J.J. Henry won the Barracuda Championship for the second time in four years Sunday, beating Kyle Reifers with a 15-foot eagle putt from the fringe on the second hole of a playoff.After Henry holed the left-to-right breaking putt on the par-5 18th, Reifers missed a 10-footer.

  • Martin Piller wins Web.com Tour's Digital Ally Open

    August 9, 2015

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) Martin Piller broke the Digital Ally Open tournament scoring record Sunday, finishing at 26-under 258 for his second Web.Com Tour victory of the year.The 29-year-old Piller, married to LPGA Tour player Gerina Piller, closed with a 6-under 65 at the Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate to break the mark of 21-under 263 set by James Nitties in 2011.

  • Jeff Maggert wins Champions Tour's Shaw Charity Classic

    August 9, 2015

    CALGARY, Alberta (AP) Jeff Maggert won the Shaw Charity Classic on Sunday for his third Champions Tour title of year, birdieing five of the last six holes on the front nine in a four-stroke victory.The 51-year-old Texan, two strokes behind playing partners Miguel Angel Jimenez and Colin Montgomerie entering the round, closed with a 6-under 64 at Canyon Meadows to finish at 16-under 194.

  • Lowry wins Bridgestone for a world title

    August 9, 2015

    AKRON, Ohio (AP) With no mistakes and two great escapes, Shane Lowry of Ireland won the Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday for the biggest victory of his career.Starting the final round at Firestone two shots behind, Lowry played bogey-free for a 4-under 66 to pull away from Jim Furyk and Justin Rose and hold them off during a tough back nine.

  • Spieth closes with 66 in final round before PGA

    August 9, 2015

    AKRON, Ohio (AP) If the rest of the year is any indication, Jordan Spieth is trending in the right direction heading to the final major of the year.Spieth closed with a 4-under 66 on Sunday at the Bridgestone Invitational, his last round before heading to Whistling Straits for the PGA Championship.

  • Europe names first 4 players for Solheim Cup team

    August 9, 2015

    LONDON (AP) Europe named its first four players on Sunday for the team to face the United States in next month's Solheim Cup.Suzann Pettersen of Norway, Gwladys Nocera of France and Charley Hull and Melissa Reid of England took automatic places in the 12-member team. Reid secured her spot after finishing in a tie for fifth at the Tipsport Masters in the Czech Republic on Sunday, the final tournament of the qualifying race.

  • J.J. Henry leads Barracuda Championship

    August 8, 2015

    RENO, Nev. (AP) J.J. Henry birdied the final hole to take a one-point lead Saturday in the Barracuda Championship, the PGA Tour's only modified Stableford event.Henry had a 41-point total at Montreux Golf and Country Club, scoring 17 points in the third round with nine birdies and a bogey. Players receive eight points for double eagle, five for eagle, two for birdie, zero for par, minus-one for bogey and minus-three for double bogey or worse.

  • Martin Piller leads Web.com Tour's Digital Ally Open

    August 8, 2015

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) Martin Piller shot a 5-under 66 on Saturday to take a two-stroke lead in the Web.com Tour's Digital Ally Open.Piller had a 20-under 193 total at the Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate. He had five straight birdies on Nos. 9-13 and also birdied the 16th.

  • Jimenez shoots 61, ties Montgomerie for Calgary lead

    August 8, 2015

    CALGARY, Alberta (AP) Miguel Angel Jimenez eagled the par-5 18th hole Saturday to match the course record of 9-under 61 and tie Colin Montgomerie for the second-round lead in the Shaw Charity Classic.Jimenez matched Fred Couples' course record set last year. The 51-year-old Spanish player made seven birdies in a nine-hole stretch in the middle of the round.

  • Rose with a 63 to tie Furyk at Firestone

    August 8, 2015

    AKRON, Ohio (AP) Justin Rose went 30 straight holes without making a birdie. He made up for it Saturday in the Bridgestone Invitational with a 7-under 63 that gave him a share of the lead with Jim Furyk going into the final round.It was a quick turnaround at Firestone. Rose was four shots behind with an hour left in his third round when he made a 10-foot birdie putt on the 15th hole, hit wedge into 3 feet on the par-5 16th and then finished with a 40-foot birdie putt.

  • Furyk gets another crack at Firestone

    August 8, 2015

    AKRON, Ohio (AP) Jim Furyk still sees more birdies than blunders in the 15 years he has been coming to Firestone.It's a course he likes. The Bridgestone Invitational is a tournament he wants to win.It hasn't been from a lack of effort.Furyk had a two-shot lead going into the final round in 2001 when Tiger Woods caught him and forced a playoff. Three times in six holes, Furyk stood over a 12-foot putt for the win. Each time he missed. And on the seventh playoff hole, Woods hit his approach to 2 feet for the victory.

  • Gonzales, Steele share lead in Barracuda Championship

    August 7, 2015

    RENO, Nev. (AP) Andres Gonzales had 11 birdies and a bogey in a 21-point round Friday for a share of the lead with Brendan Steele in the Barracuda Championship.Steele matched Gonzales at 26 points after two rounds in the PGA Tour's only modified Stableford event, scoring 18 points with an eagle, seven birdies and a bogey at Montreux Golf and Country Club.

  • Martin Piller, Shane Bertsch share Web.com Tour lead

    August 7, 2015

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) Martin Piller and Shane Bertsch each shot 9-under 62 on Friday to share the second-round lead in the Web.com Tour's Digital Ally Open.Bertsch birdied seven of the last eight holes and finished with 10 birdies and a boghey at the Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate Piller also had 10 birdies and a bogey to reach 15-under 127.

  • Reaction to death of LPGA founding player Louise Suggs

    August 7, 2015

    Louise Suggs, an LPGA founder and among the best women to ever play with 61 wins and 11 majors, died Friday at age 91.A look at reaction to her death:---''It's with a sad heart to learn today of my good friend Louise Suggs' passing. I feel so very grateful and honored to have gotten to know Louise throughout my career and to be able to call her my friend. Louise always joked with me that she taught me everything I knew ... she always said it a little tongue-in-cheek. Louise may not have taught me to play golf but she really did teach me to love and appreciate all that is the LPGA as passionately as she did. Rest in peace, Louise. Miss you already.'' - Karrie Webb, LPGA and World Golf Halls of Fame member.

  • The final major, a different set of stars

    August 7, 2015

    Tiger Woods started the year with high hopes and a clean bill of health. Rory McIlroy was the undisputed No. 1 player in the world, the winner of back-to-back majors and the overwhelming favorite to complete the career Grand Slam at the Masters and expand his trophy case of majors.

  • Colin Montgomerie takes lead in Shaw Charity Classic

    August 7, 2015

    CALGARY, Alberta (AP) Colin Montgomerie birdied three of the final four holes for an 8-under 62 and the first-round lead Friday in the Champions Tour's Shaw Charity Classic.Montgomerie had nine birdies and a bogey at Canyon Meadows. The Scot successfully defended his title in the Senior PGA Championship in May for his third major victory on the 50-and-over tour.

  • Louise Suggs, LPGA founder and Hall of Famer, dies

    August 7, 2015

    Louise Suggs, an LPGA founder and one of the greatest female golfers of all time with 61 wins and 11 majors, died Friday. She was 91.The LPGA Tour said she died in Sarasota, Florida, of natural causes.Suggs was perhaps the most influential player in LPGA history. Along with being one of the 13 founders in 1950, she served as LPGA president three times and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame and the LPGA Teach and Professional Hall of Fame.

  • Whistling Straits hole by hole for PGA

    August 7, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) A hole-by-hole look at Whistling Straits, site of the 97th PGA Championship to be played Aug. 13-16:No. 1, 408 yards, par 4: A gentle start to the championship, with a slight dogleg to the left. Tee shots down the left side flirt with a series of bunkers and dunes, while the right side creates a longer approach from the rough. Deep bunkers protect the green left and long.

  • PGA Championship at a glance

    August 7, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) Facts and figures for the PGA Championship:Event: 97th PGA Championship.Dates: Aug. 13-16.Site: Whistling Straits (Straits Course)Length: 7,501 yards.Par: 36-36-72.Field: 156 players (136 tour pros, 20 club pros).Prize money: million.

  • PGA Championship capsules

    August 7, 2015

    Capsules of 10 top contenders for the PGA Championship, to be played Aug. 13-16 at Whistling Straits in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Players listed in predicted order of finish:DUSTIN JOHNSONAge: 31.Country: United States.World ranking: 7.Worldwide wins: 9.

  • Summaries of key anniversaries at the PGA Championship

    August 7, 2015

    A look at some of the key anniversaries this year at the PGA Championship:75 years ago (1940): Byron Nelson became the fifth player to capture the three American majors with a 1-up victory over Sam Snead at Hershey Country Club in Pennsylvania. In a tight match, Nelson went 1 up with a wedge to 2 feet on the 17th hole, while Snead missed a 6-foot birdie attempt. Snead missed the 18th green and failed to chip in, and Nelson two-putted from 10 feet for par and his first PGA Championship. It was a remarkable run for Nelson at the PGA Championship. He reached the final match five times in six tries (winning the title twice), and lost in the semifinals the other year.

  • Back in Wisconsin, PGA serves as homecoming for Stricker

    August 7, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) Approaching the twilight of his career, this PGA Championship could be as special as any major Steve Stricker has played.There may be no greater sentimental favorite for the season's final major at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin, the state where Stricker was born and raised and refuses to leave except when work takes him around the country and the world.

  • McIlroy, if he plays, grouped with major champions at PGA

    August 7, 2015

    AKRON, Ohio (AP) Rory McIlroy joins the marquee group of this year's major champions in the opening rounds of the PGA Championship.That's assuming he plays next week at Whistling Straits, and the world's No. 1 player added yet another strong indicator Friday.

  • Whistling Straits Summaries

    August 7, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) Summaries of the last two PGA Championships at Whistling Straits:YEAR: 2010WINNER: Martin KaymerSCORE: 277MARGIN: PlayoffRUNNER-UP: Bubba WatsonPRIZE MONEY: .35 million.SUMMARY: Martin Kaymer won his first major in a playoff over Bubba Watson, and yet this PGA Championship is remembered as much for who wasn't in the playoff. Dustin Johnson had a one-shot lead playing the final hole when he set his 4-iron in sand that he thought was the base of a dead patch of grass. Instead it was among the 1,000 bunkers at Whistling Straits. After missing a 7-foot par putt on the final hole, he was penalized two shots and wound up in a tie for fifth. Kaymer and Watson were tied playing the 18th in the three-hole playoff when Watson hit his approach into the water and made double bogey.

  • PGA Championship trivia quiz

    August 7, 2015

    How well do you know the PGA Championship? Try this quiz:1. What is the name of the PGA Championship trophy?a.) Hagen Cupb.) Wanamaker Trophyc.) PGA Championship trophy---2. Where was the first PGA Championship played?a.) Valhallab.) PGA Nationalc.) Siwanoy

  • What to watch for at the PGA Championship

    August 7, 2015

    The question would be absurd to anyone except Jordan Spieth, who could only laugh. He dominated golf headlines this summer after winning the Masters and U.S. Open and then missing out on a playoff at the British Open by one shot.So, what does it feel like to not win a major?

  • Back in Wisconsin, PGAs serves as homecoming for Stricker

    August 7, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) Approaching the twilight of his career, this PGA Championship could be as special as any major Steve Stricker has played.There may be no greater sentimental favorite for the season's final major at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin, the state where Stricker was born and raised and refuses to leave except when work takes him around the country and the world.

  • Elizabeth Wang, Brad Dalke lead Junior PGA

    August 5, 2015

    BRYAN, Texas (AP) Elizabeth Wang shot an even-par 71 on Wednesday in the Junior PGA Championship to take a one-stroke lead in the girls' division, and Brad Dalke's advantage in the boys' competition was cut from six to two shots.The 15-year-old Wang, from San Marino, California, had a 4-under 209 total at Miramont Country Club.

  • A jug in hand, Zach Johnson gets back to work

    August 5, 2015

    AKRON, Ohio (AP) Jordan Spieth gets to play with Zach Johnson one tournament too late.When last seen on the golf course, Spieth missed out on a three-man playoff at the British Open that ended his bid for a Grand Slam. He came back out and watched from the steps of the Royal & Ancient clubhouse at St. Andrews as Johnson, a good friend, won the claret jug.

  • Brad Dalke shoots 62 in Junior PGA Championship

    August 4, 2015

    BRYAN, Texas (AP) Brad Dalke shot a tournament-record 9-under 62 in hot conditions Tuesday to take the boys' lead in the Junior PGA Championship, and Yujeong Son remained on top in the girls' division.The 17-year-old Dalke, from Norman, Oklahoma, had a tournament-record 12-under 130 total at Miramont Country Club to take a six-stroke lead.

  • Tiger's schedule depends on PGA Championship

    August 4, 2015

    Tiger Woods took a pass on playing an opposite-field event this week in Nevada, meaning his season could end week at the PGA Championship.Or maybe not.Woods floated the idea of playing the Wyndham Championship the week after the PGA Championship, which is the final regular PGA Tour event for players to get into the top 125 and qualifying for the FedEx Cup playoffs. Woods tied for 18th at the Quicken Loans National last week, though that was only enough for him to move up a whopping 12 spots to No. 185.

  • The Grand Slam bid is done; Jordan Spieth is not

    August 5, 2015

    Jordan Spieth was on the 14th green and battling in conditions so severe the wind approached 40 mph.''They pulled us off the course,'' he said.Spieth wasn't talking about St. Andrews.This was Sunday at Whistling Straits, where he took a two-day scouting trip of the course that will host the final major of the year.

  • Son, Barbaree lead Junior PGA Championship

    August 3, 2015

    BRYAN, Texas (AP) Yujeong Son matched the women's course record with a 7-under 64 on Monday to take the first-round lead in the Junior PGA Championship, and U.S. Junior Amateur champion Philip Barbaree topped the boys' leaderboard at 66.The 14-year-old Son, from Norman, Oklahoma, had eight birdies and a bogey to tie the Miramont Country Club women's record set in the event last year by Ellen Takada.

  • Patton Kizzire wins Web.com Tour's Utah Championship

    August 2, 2015

    LEHI, Utah (AP) Patton Kizzire won the Utah Championship on Sunday for first Web.com Tour title, beating South Korea's Sung Kang with a 3-foot birdie putt on the second hole of a playoff.Kizzire closed with a 3-under 69 to match Kang at 19-under 269 at Thanksgiving Point. The 29-year-old former Auburn player earned 7,000 to push his tour-leading total to 1,699.

  • Annie Park wins Symetra Tour event in playoff

    August 2, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Annie Park won the PHC Classic on Sunday for her second Symetra Tour victory in three weeks, beating Lee Lopez with a 15-foot birdie on the third hole of a playoff.Park closed with a 72, birdieing the final two holes in regulation to match Lopez at 5-under 211 at Brown Deer Park. Lopez had three back-nine bogeys in a 75.

  • Merritt shoots 67 to win Quicken Loans National by 3 shots

    August 2, 2015

    GAINESVILLE, Va. (AP) Troy Merritt won the Quicken Loans National on Sunday for his first PGA Tour title, closing with a 4-under 67 for a three-stroke victory over Rickie Fowler.The victory came a day after Merritt soared to the lead with a tournament-record 61 at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club. He won in his 96th career start on the tour, finishing at 18-under 266.

  • Perry successfully defends 3M Championship title

    August 2, 2015

    BLAINE, Minn. (AP) Kenny Perry breezed to his second straight victory in the Champions Tour's 3M Championship, shooting a 4-under 68 on Sunday for a four-stroke victory over Bernhard Langer, Scott Dunlap and Kevin Sutherland.After shooting a 61 on Saturday to take a four-stroke lead, Perry had six birdies and two bogeys in the final round to finish at 18-under 198. He became the first player to successfully defend a title in the tournament's 23-year history, winning for the eighth time on the 50-and-over tour.

  • Aphibarnrat wins Paul Lawrie Matchplay for 3rd title

    August 2, 2015

    ABERDEEN, Scotland (AP) Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand won the inaugural Paul Lawrie Match Play by holing a 4-foot putt for birdie on No. 18 to beat Sweden's Robert Karlsson by one hole in the final.Aphibarnrat beat Marc Warren of Scotland 3 and 2 in the semifinals then went 3 up with four holes to play against Karlsson, only to lose three holes in a row.

  • Roope Kakko wins Madeira Islands Open by 3 strokes

    August 2, 2015

    SANTO DA SERRA, Madeira Islands (AP) Roope Kakko hit an eagle and seven birdies to win the Madeira Islands Open by three strokes on Sunday.The 33-year-old Finn claimed his maiden European Tour win with a final round 9-under-par 63, including an eagle on the par-4 10th.

  • Park wins Women's British Open, captures 4th different major

    August 2, 2015

    TURNBERRY, Scotland (AP) Top-ranked Inbee Park shot a 7-under 65 in the final round to win the Women's British Open by three shots on Sunday, becoming the seventh female player to capture four different majors.Fellow South Korean Jin-Young Ko, the long-time leader in the fourth round, needed a hole-in-one at the par-4 No. 18 to force a playoff at Turnberry. The 20-year-old major debutant didn't reach the green.

  • Merritt, Chappell share lead at Quicken Loans National

    August 1, 2015

    GAINESVILLE, Va. (AP) Troy Merritt shot a tournament-record 10-under 61 on Saturday for a share of the lead with Kevin Chappell after three rounds in the Quicken Loans National.Merritt moved to the top of the leaderboard even before the second-round leaders hit their first shots. He had 11 birdies and a bogey on the par-5 eighth hole.

  • Perry shoots 61 to take lead in 3M Championship

    August 1, 2015

    BLAINE, Minn. (AP) Defending champion Kenny Perry had a hole-in-one and matched the 3M Championship record with an 11-under 61 on Saturday to take a four-stroke lead in the Champions Tour's event.Perry played the first eight holes in 7 under, making the ace on the fourth hole, and had two birdies on the back nine and closed with an 18-foot eagle putt on the par-5 18th. He had a 14-under 130 total at TPC Twin Cities.

  • Sweden's Widegren leads by 1 at Madeira Islands Open

    August 1, 2015

    SANTO DA SERRA, Madeira Islands (AP) Pontus Widegren of Sweden will take a one-shot lead into the final round of the Madeira Islands Open, and hope of a first win on the European Tour.Widegren offset two bogeys with two eagles before the turn, and finished the third round with a 5-under-par 67 to sit on a total of 16-under 200.

  • Warren eagles 1st extra hole to reach match play semifinals

    August 1, 2015

    ABERDEEN, Scotland (AP) Marc Warren of Scotland holed an approach shot from 59 yards for eagle on the 19th to beat Tyrrell Hatton in an action-packed quarterfinal at the Paul Lawrie Match Play on Saturday.Warren was 3 down after five holes and needed on-course treatment by the European Tour physio for a back problem. Hatton chipped in for birdie on No. 18 to take the match to extra holes.

  • Ko, Lu share lead after 3rd round of Women's British Open

    August 1, 2015

    TURNBERRY, Scotland (AP) Jin-Young Ko of South Korea and Teresa Lu of Taiwan shot 3-under 69s Saturday to share the lead after the third round of the Women's British Open, with both players chasing a first major title.Second-round leader Suzann Pettersen is a stroke behind their 8-under total of 208 after shooting 72 on a day of changeable weather on the Ailsa links.

  • Hawaii's Galdiano wins Canadian Women's Amateur

    July 31, 2015

    SASKATOON, Saskatchewan (AP) Mariel Galdiano won the Canadian Women's Amateur on Friday, closing with a 3-under 69 for a one-stroke victory over fellow American Bethany Wu.The 17-year-old Galdiano, from Pearl City, Hawaii parred the final hole at Riverside Country Club, while playing partner Wu made a bogey. Galdiano finished at 5-under 283.

  • Local favorite Tom Lehman leads 3M Championship

    July 31, 2015

    BLAINE, Minn. (AP) Local favorite Tom Lehman shot an 8-under 64 on Friday to take a three-stroke lead in the Champions Tour's 3M Championship.Lehman had two birdies and an eagle in an early three-hole stretch, added a birdie on the par-4 ninth and closed with three more birdies at TPC Twin Cities, the course he helped Arnold Palmer design.

  • Walker, Widegren joint 2nd-round leaders at Madeira Open

    July 31, 2015

    SANTO DA SERRA, Madeira Islands (AP) Sam Walker of England and Pontus Widegren of Sweden both shot a 6-under 66 Friday to sit tied for the lead after the second round of the Madeira Islands Open.Walker had an eagle and four birdies while Widegren had to overcome two bogeys by making an eagle and five birdies for an 11-under total of 133.

  • Missing father of golfer Billy Hurley found safe in Texas

    July 31, 2015

    GAINESVILLE, Va. (AP) The father of PGA Tour player Billy Hurley III was found safe in Texas after he went missing for nearly two weeks, police said Friday.Willard Hurley Jr., 61, was unharmed and told police in Leesburg, Virginia, he had simply been traveling. Police had traced him to Texarkana, Texas, before a citizen who'd seen his picture spotted him Friday and called local police.

  • Lawrie out of his own match play tournament

    July 31, 2015

    ABERDEEN, Scotland (AP) The inaugural Paul Lawrie Match Play lost its top-seeded player and the tournament host at the last-32 stage on Friday.No. 1-seeded James Morrison was beaten 2 and 1 by Johan Carlsson, who will play fellow Swede Robert Karlsson in the last 16.

  • Wie withdraws from Women's British Open with ankle injury

    July 31, 2015

    TURNBERRY, Scotland (AP) Michelle Wie withdrew from the Women's British Open after 13 holes of her second round on Friday, soon after aggravating her left ankle injury by slipping as she walked off a tee box.''Could be a week or two months,'' Wie told reporters after receiving medical attention in the physio room at Turnberry.

  • Palmer cancels Champions Tour appearance to rest up

    July 31, 2015

    BLAINE, Minn. (AP) Arnold Palmer has canceled his appearance at this week's Champions Tour 3M Championship.Executive Tournament Director Hollis Cavner said Palmer called him Thursday and said he needed extra rest because he was tired and not feeling well after spending a few weeks in England. Cavner said Palmer's absence is nothing serious.

  • Woods in contention at Quicken Loans after a 5-under 66

    July 31, 2015

    GAINESVILLE, Va. (AP) Tiger Woods is in contention for his first victory in nearly two years after a 5-under 66 in the second round of the Quicken Loans National.Woods birdied six of his final 13 holes. The unlikeliest was his final birdie, a 36-footer on his next-to-last hole that he celebrated with a big fist pump. With most of Friday's early starters finished, Woods is tied for second, one shot behind leader David Lingmerth.

  • Wie retires from Women's British Open with left ankle injury

    July 31, 2015

    TURNBERRY, Scotland (AP) Michelle Wie has retired from the Women's British Open after aggravating her left ankle injury during her second round.Wie was 10 over par for the round, and 14 over par for the tournament, when she quit after completing the 13th hole at Turnberry.

  • Pettersen tames Turnberry, sets 2nd-round lead

    July 31, 2015

    TURNBERRY, Scotland (AP) Suzann Pettersen was the only player to break par in tough conditions for the early starters at the Women's British Open on Friday, shooting a 3-under 69 to set a challenging clubhouse lead in the second round.While her rivals floundered in the stiff breeze off the western Scottish coast, the Norwegian double major winner said she was in ''100 percent control'' of every shot in one of her best rounds.

  • Woods gets hot after bad start, shoots 68 at Quicken Loans

    July 30, 2015

    GAINESVILLE, Va. (AP) Tiger Woods got back to shooting in the 60s. But he didn't make it look easy.Woods bogeyed three of his first four holes in the Quicken Loans National on Thursday, then ran off five birdies in six holes around the turn for a 3-under 68. That left him five shots back of leaders Retief Goosen and Ryo Ishikawa at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club.

  • PGA Tour presents packed 2016 schedule in Olympic year

    July 30, 2015

    Jordan Spieth might have no choice but to miss the John Deere Classic next year. It's the same week as the Olympics.The PGA Tour released Thursday its 2015-16 schedule, which included several changes because of golf's return to the Olympics next August in Rio de Janeiro. The Travelers Championship, John Deere Classic and Wyndham Championship will be played during the three-week Olympic window.

  • Hortal of Spain takes 1st-round lead in Madeira Islands Open

    July 31, 2015

    SANTO DA SERRA, Madeira Islands (AP) Antonio Hortal of Spain carded a 9-under 63 to take a one-shot lead in the first round of the Madeira Islands Open on Thursday.Hortal had a bogey on the second hole but made it up by hitting an eagle and eight birdies, including one on the 17th, to overtake countryman Nacho Elvira, whose 64 featured eight birdies.

  • Lawrie advances in own match play tournament

    July 30, 2015

    ABERDEEN, Scotland (AP) Former British Open champion Paul Lawrie advanced to the last 32 of the European Tour match play event he is hosting in northern Scotland with a 5-and-4 victory over Romain Wattel on Thursday.The most comprehensive win in the first round of the inaugural Paul Lawrie Match Play in Aberdeen belonged to Spain's Alejandro Canizares, who was a 7-and-6 winner over Lucas Bjerregaard of Denmark.

  • Trump lands, Kim leads at Turnberry

    July 30, 2015

    TURNBERRY, Scotland (AP) Donald Trump's show-stealing arrival at the Women's British Open on Thursday upstaged another strong start to a major by South Korea's Hyo-Joo Kim.Kim was midway through compiling a 7-under 65 in the first round when Trump, the American presidential candidate, landed in a private helicopter to begin a two-day visit at the tournament being staged at his Turnberry resort in western Scotland.

  • PGA presents packed 2016 schedule in Olympic year

    July 30, 2015

    Jordan Spieth might have no choice but to miss the John Deere Classic next year. It's the same week as the Olympics.The PGA Tour released Thursday its 2015-16 schedule, which included several changes because of golf's return to the Olympics next August in Rio de Janeiro. The Travelers Championship, John Deere Classic and Wyndham Championship will be played during the three-week Olympic window.

  • Past success lures Rose back to Quicken Loans National

    July 29, 2015

    GAINESVILLE, Va. (AP) Most of the world's top players are skipping the Quicken Loans National. Justin Rose wouldn't miss it - even if he weren't the defending champion.Rose won the event in 2010 at Aronimink and last year at Congressional. This year, the Quicken Loans National moves to Robert Trent Jones Golf Club, a course he's never seen. Given its place on the crowded PGA Tour schedule, a week off might be tempting - but not for Rose.

  • McIlroy to miss another title defense at Firestone

    July 29, 2015

    AKRON, Ohio (AP) Rory McIlroy has told the PGA Tour he will not play the Bridgestone Invitational next week as he recovers from his ankle injury.It will be the second straight tournament that McIlroy will miss as the defending champion. He injured his left ankle while playing soccer with friends in Northern Ireland the first weekend in July. He was not able to defend his title in the British Open at St. Andrews.

  • Trump hosts Women's British Open as Park resumes slam quest

    July 29, 2015

    TURNBERRY, Scotland (AP) Inbee Park resuming her quest for the career Grand Slam. Teenage prodigy Lydia Ko seeking that elusive first major. Michelle Wie going for victory with an injured left foot.The story lines at the Women's British Open this week are abundant and compelling, yet much of the pre-tournament chatter has focused on the owner of the course in this village in western Scotland rather than who is going to win on it.

  • Michelle Wie limps into her next major

    July 28, 2015

    Michelle Wie has quite the entourage these days.The doctor at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio who has worked on her hip. The doctor in Los Angeles who has been there for her ankle injuries. She also has a doctor in Florida where she lives. The way her season has gone, Wie can't live without them.

  • Golf's youth movement means 30 is the new 20

    July 28, 2015

    The criteria fits for the label as the best player to have never won a major.Seven career victories. Finishing no worse than third in just over 30 percent of the tournaments. The No. 1 player in the world for the first half of the season. Adding to the numbers is being viewed as one of the favorites at every major.

  • Family of late black golf great accused of million theft

    July 28, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The son and ex-daughter-in-law of late black golf pioneer Charlie Sifford were indicted Tuesday on charges they stole more than million from him.Sifford in 1961 became the first black golfer to earn full-time playing privileges on the PGA Tour, paving the way for minorities to compete at the sport's highest level. Craig and Sandra Sifford stole the money from him over a four-year period starting in 2010 and spent it on travel, dining, clothes, jewelry and landscaping, the state attorney general's office and the county prosecutor's office said.

  • Billy Hurley III says his father has been missing for 9 days

    July 28, 2015

    GAINESVILLE, Va. (AP) Billy Hurley III took a few questions about his struggles on the golf course and his ties to northern Virginia before a PGA Tour official said Hurley had an announcement.Fighting off tears, Hurley delivered the stunning news that his father, retired police officer Willard Hurley Jr., has been missing since July 19.

  • Tiger Woods running out of chances to salvage season

    July 28, 2015

    GAINESVILLE, Va. (AP) Tiger Woods knows he's played poorly over the past two years. Now, he's facing the prospect of an early end to his season.Normally, the Quicken Loans National would be the beginning of a busy stretch of golf for Woods, including the year's final major, a World Golf Championship and the FedEx Cup playoffs.

  • Jason Day rallies to win Canadian Open

    July 26, 2015

    OAKVILLE, Ontario (AP) Jason Day birdied the final three holes to win the Canadian Open on Sunday, spoiling David Hearn's bid to become the first Canadian winner in 61 years.Day made a 20-foot putt on the par-5 18th for a 4-under 68 and a one-stroke victory over Bubba Watson. Day finished at 17-under 271 at Glen Abbey.

  • Australia's Breanna Elliott wins first Symetra Tour title

    July 26, 2015

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Australia's Breanna Elliott won the Fuccillo Kia Championship by a stroke Sunday for her first Symetra Tour title.Elliott closed with a 2-under 69 to finish at 13-under 200 at Capital Hills at Albany. She earned ,000 and a 2015 Kia Optima LX.

  • Australia's Rebecca Artis wins Ladies Scottish Open

    July 26, 2015

    TROON, Scotland (AP) Australia's Rebecca Artis rallied to win the Ladies Scottish Open, shooting a 6-under 66 on Sunday in windy and rainy conditions for a two-stroke victory over Norway's Suzann Pettersen.Artis, six strokes behind Pettersen at the start of the round, finished at 6-under 210 at Dundonald Links in the final Ladies European Tour event before the Women's British Open at Turnberry.

  • Lexi Thompson rallies to win Meijer LPGA Classic in Michigan

    July 26, 2015

    BELMONT, Mich. (AP) Lexi Thompson has won the Meijer LPGA Classic by a stroke, shooting a 6-under 65 and rallying from four shots back.The 20-year-old Florida golfer on Sunday won for the fifth time on the LPGA Tour. This is her first victory since she won her first major title last year at the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

  • Dawson beats Langer and Montgomerie to Senior Open title

    July 26, 2015

    SUNNINGDALE, England (AP) American Marco Dawson held off the twin challenge of super stars Bernhard Langer and Colin Montgomerie over the final nine holes to claim victory in a thrilling climax to the Senior British Open Championship on Sunday.Dawson finished with a 16-under par total of 264 to claim his second title on the Senior Tour this year after more than 12 years without a victory.

  • Danny Willett wins European Masters by 1 stroke

    July 26, 2015

    CRANS MONTANA, Switzerland (AP) Danny Willett won his third European Tour title after a one-shot victory over Matthew Fitzpatrick in the European Masters on Sunday.The 27-year-old, who tied sixth at the British Open on Monday, shot a 5-under par 65 to finish on 17 under overall.

  • Canada's David Hearn leads Canadian Open

    July 25, 2015

    OAKVILLE, Ontario (AP) David Hearn moved into position to become the first Canadian to win the Canadian Open in 61 years, taking a two-stroke lead over Bubba Watson and Jason Day on Saturday.Hearn, from Brantford, birdied the par-3 15th and par-5 16th, but dropped a stroke on the par-4 17th and closed with a par for a 4-under 68 and a 15-under 201 total at Glen Abbey.

  • Lizette Salas opens 4-shot lead in Meijer LPGA Classic

    July 25, 2015

    BELMONT, Mich. (AP) Lizette Salas shot a 7-under 64 on Saturday to take a four-stroke lead in the Meijer LPGA Classic, putting her in position for her second tour title.The 26-year-old former University of Southern California player birdied Nos. 14-16 and closed her bogey-free round with two pars. She had a 16-under 197 total at Blythefield Country Club.

  • South Korea's Eun Jong Seong wins US Girls' Junior

    July 25, 2015

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) South Korea's Eun Jeong Seong won the U.S. Girls' Junior on Saturday, beating Angel Yin 3 and 2 in hot conditions at Tulsa Country Club.The 15-year-old Seong finished off the match with a par on the par-5 34th hole. She was second last year in the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links.

  • Philip Barbaree rallies to win US Junior Amateur

    July 25, 2015

    BLUFFTON, S.C. (AP) Philip Barbaree rallied to win the U.S. Junior Amateur on Saturday, beating Andrew Orischak on the 37th hole after overcoming a late five-hole deficit.The 17-year-old Barbaree, from Shreveport, Louisiana, won the par-5 29th and par-4 30th with birdies and the par-4 32nd and 33rd with pars to pull within a hole on Colleton River Plantation Club's Pete Dye Course. He tied it with a par on the par-4 36th and won with a bogey on the par-4 37th.

  • Montgomerie, Dawson lead in clubhouse at Senior British Open

    July 25, 2015

    SUNNINGDALE, England (AP) Colin Montgomerie shares the clubhouse lead with little-known American Marco Dawson on 10-under par, with nine holes of their third round still to play in the Senior British Open on Saturday.Poor light suspended play, five hours after the delayed start to the round. The second round, suspended on Friday because of rain, wasn't completed until Saturday mid-afternoon.

  • Suzann Pettersen takes Ladies Scottish Open lead

    July 25, 2015

    TROON, Scotland (AP) Suzann Pettersen shot a 2-under 70 in windy conditions Saturday to take a two-stroke lead in the Ladies Scottish Open.Pettersen, the 34-year-old Norwegian player ranked No. 7 in the world, had a 6-under 138 total at Dundonald Links in the final Ladies European Tour event before the Women's British Open next week at Turnberry.

  • Fitzpatrick, Willett have 2-shot lead in European Masters

    July 25, 2015

    CRANS MONTANA, Switzerland (AP) English golfers Matthew Fitzpatrick and Danny Willett will carry a two-shot lead into the final round of the European Masters.Willett started the third round on Saturday with a one-shot lead, but had two bogeys and a double bogey in his first four holes. There were two more bogeys coming in, but a 30-foot eagle on the 15th limited the damage to a 1-over-par 71.

  • Andrew Orischak advances to US Junior Amateur final

    July 24, 2015

    BLUFFTON, S.C. (AP) Andrew Orischak won three matches Friday in the weather-delayed U.S. Junior Amateur to reach the 36-hole final.The 16-year-old Orischak, from nearby Hilton Head Island, will face 17-year-old Philip Barbaree of Shreveport, Louisiana, or 16-year-old Won Jun Lee of South Korea on Saturday. Barbaree and Lee were all square through 17 holes when their semifinal match was suspended because of darkness.

  • Chad Campbell shoots 63 to take Canadian Open lead

    July 24, 2015

    OAKVILLE, Ontario (AP) Chad Campbell shot a 9-under 63 on Friday in the Canadian Open to take a two-stroke lead over Brian Harman.Campbell birdied all four par 5s at Glen Abbey in his bogey-free round to reach 14-under 130. The 41-year-old Texan won the last of his four PGA Tour titles in 2007.

  • Thompson, Lee, Salas share Meijer LPGA Classic lead

    July 24, 2015

    BELMONT, Mich. (AP) Lexi Thompson birdied six of the first eight holes and finished with a season-beat 7-under 64 on Friday for a share of the Meijer LPGA Classic lead with Alison Lee and Lizette Salas.The 20-year-old Thompson matched Lee and Salas at 9-under 133 at Blythefield Country Club. Lee, the 20-year-old former UCLA player in her first season on the tour, had a 66, and playing partner Salas, a former Southern California star, shot a 70.

  • Angel Yin, Eun Jeong Seong reach US Girls' Junior final

    July 24, 2015

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) Long-hitting Angel Yin and Eun Jeong Seong advanced to the 36-hole final in the U.S. Girls' Junior, each winning two matches Friday at Tulsa Country Club.The 16-year-old Yin, from Arcadia, California, won the last four holes to beat Andrea Lee of Hermosa Beach, California, 1 up in the morning quarterfinals, then made an 18-foot par putt on the 18th hole to hold off Mexico's Evelyn Arguelles 1 up in the afternoon semifinals.

  • Danny Willett leads European Masters by 1 stroke

    July 24, 2015

    CRANS MONTANA, Switzerland (AP) Danny Willett shot an 8-under 62 Friday to open up a one-shot lead in the European Masters before thunderstorms stopped the completion of the second round.Willett, who tied for sixth at the British Open last week, has an overall 13-under 127 in the European Tour event.

  • Ko, Pettersen tied for lead in Ladies Scottish Open

    July 24, 2015

    TROON, Scotland (AP) Lydia Ko and Suzann Pettersen shared the first-round lead at 4-under 68 on Friday in the Ladies Scottish Open.The second-ranked Ko had a bogey-free round at Dundonald Links in the final Ladies European Tour before the Women's British Open next week at Turnberry.

  • Montgomerie among leaders at rain-hit Senior British Open

    July 24, 2015

    SUNNINGDALE, England (AP) Torrential rain wiped out most play Friday at the Senior British Open with more than half the field still to start their second round.Scotland's Colin Montgomerie is one of eight players on 5 under at the top of the leaderboard but five of them have yet to play a hole in the second round.

  • Allenby withdraws from Canadian Open after split with caddie

    July 24, 2015

    OAKVILLE, Ontario (AP) Robert Allenby has withdrawn from the Canadian Open after splitting with his caddie in the middle of the first round, with a fan carrying his bag the rest of the way.Allenby shot a 9-over 81 Thursday at Glen Abbey Golf Club and finished his round with the fan on his bag because, according to Canadian golf outlet Score Golf, Allenby and caddie Mick Middlemo had a blow-up over club selection.

  • Canada's Naomi Ko advances in US Girls' Junior

    July 23, 2015

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) Canada's Naomi Ko won two matches Thursday in the U.S. Girls' Junior to advance to the quarterfinals at Tulsa Country Club.The 17-year-old Ko, from Victoria, British Columbia, beat stroke-play medalist Megan Khang of Rockland, Massachusetts, 1 up in the round of 32, and topped Alyaa Abdulghany of Newport Beach, California, 2 and 1 in the afternoon round of 16.

  • Andy Ogletree strong in US Junior Amateur

    July 23, 2015

    BLUFFTON, S.C. (AP) Andy Ogletree beat U.S. Open qualifier Cole Hammer in the second round and led Noah Goodwin 5 up after 11 holes Thursday in the weather-delayed U.S. Junior Amateur.The 17-year-old Ogletree, from Little Rock, Mississippi, beat Hammer, from Houston, 5 and 4, and took five of the first 11 holes against Goodwin, from Corinth, Texas, in the third round before play was suspended for the day at Colleton River Plantation Club's Pete Dye Course.

  • Argentina's Emiliano Grillo leads Canadian Open

    July 23, 2015

    OAKVILLE, Ontario (AP) Argentina's Emiliano Grillo shot a bogey-free 8-under 64 on Thursday to take the first-round lead in the Canadian Open.The 22-year-old Grillo birdied three of the four par 5s at Glen Abbey. He won the Argentine Open last season for his biggest career victory, and lost in a playoff this year in the Puerto Rico Open.

  • Salas, Kirk, Carter share Meijer LPGA Classic lead

    July 23, 2015

    BELMONT, Mich. (AP) Lizette Salas, Katherine Kirk and Dori Carter shared the first-round lead in the Meijer LPGA Classic at 7-under 64 on Thursday at Blythefield Country Club.Jaye Marie Green and rookie Wei-Ling Hsu were a shot back in the second-year tournament.

  • Chinese LPGA Tour event will not be played this year

    July 23, 2015

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) The Reignwood Pine Valley LPGA Classic will not be played this year, leaving China with one tour event this season.The LPGA Tour said Thursday that the decision to call off the Beijing event scheduled for Oct. 1-4 doesn't impact the long-term future of the tournament. The tour said an extension is now being finalized to play the event in 2016 and 2017.

  • Havret leads 1st round of the European Masters by a shot

    July 23, 2015

    CRANS MONTANA, Switzerland (AP) Gregory Havret made a hole in one on the 195-yard, par-3 13th as he shot a 7-under 63 to lead the European Masters by a stroke after the first round on Thursday.Lasse Jensen of Denmark, yet to win on the European Tour, was a shot behind after a flawless 64, while Danny Willett of England, who finished tied for sixth in the British Open last week, was the pick of the dozen players tied for third on 5 under.

  • Titleholder Langer in 8-way tie for lead at Senior British

    July 23, 2015

    SUNNINGDALE, England (AP) Two albatross twos were recorded on the same hole on a memorable opening day at the Senior British Open, where defending champion Bernhard Langer finished in an eight-way tie for the lead at 5-under-par 65 on Thursday.Langer tops the leaderboard alongside Americans Michael Allen, Bart Bryant, Marco Dawson, Jeff Sluman and Lee Janzen, Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez, and China's Lianwei Zhang, playing in only his third senior tournament after turning 50 in May.

  • Connecticut PGA event moving to August in 2016 for Olympics

    July 23, 2015

    CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) The Travelers Championship will move to the first week of August in 2016 as the PGA Tour shuffles its schedule for the Olympics.The tournament usually is held during the third week of June, following the U.S. Open.Tournament director Nathan Grube said Thursday the move also will allow officials at the TPC River Highlands to finish some planned modifications to the course.

  • Cole Hammer wins opening match in US Junior Amateur

    July 22, 2015

    BLUFFTON, S.C. (AP) Cole Hammer advanced in the U.S. Junior Amateur on Wednesday before darkness forced the suspension of first-round play.Hammer, the 15-year-old from Houston who played in the U.S. Open last month, beat David Snyder of McAllen, Texas, 2 and 1 at Colleton River Plantation Club's Pete Dye Course.

  • Medalist Megan Khang advances in US Girls' Junior

    July 22, 2015

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) Stroke-play medalist Megan Khang beat Shannon Brooks 1 up Wednesday in the first round of match play in the U.S. Girls' Junior.The 17-year-old Khang, from Rockland, Massachusetts, is making her record-tying seventh appearance in the tournament. She took the lead with a birdie on the par-5 16th and matched Brooks, from Vienna, Virginia, with pars on the final two holes at Tulsa Country Club.

  • Bae loses court battle, faces mandatory military service

    July 22, 2015

    OAKVILLE, Ontario (AP) Bae Sang-Moon said Wednesday he plans to play the rest of the PGA Tour season before submitting to his mandatory military service in South Korea.Bae was denied an extension of his visa at the start of the year and challenged it in court. Yonhap news service said Bae lost his legal battle to have his mandatory service deferred. The debate was whether Bae had spent enough time out of South Korea last year.

  • Tom Watson looks for 4th title at British Senior Open

    July 22, 2015

    SUNNINGDALE, England (AP) Less than a week after his emotional farewell to the British Open at St. Andrews, Tom Watson is going for a record fourth title in the British Senior Open on the Old Course at Sunningdale.The 65-year-old Watson won the seniors event at Turnberry in 2003, Royal Aberdeen in 2005 and Muirfield in 2007.

  • Brookline is back for US Open, LA North gets 1st shot

    July 22, 2015

    The Country Club is getting its first U.S. Open in three decades, and Los Angeles Country Club is set to host its first major championship.The USGA announced three sites for the U.S. Open on Wednesday, including a return to Pinehurst No. 2. It effectively alternates the U.S. Open between the East Coast and prime-time TV of California for at least a seven-year stretch.

  • A template is there for team medal in Olympic golf

    July 21, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) Only individual medals will be awarded next year when golf returns to the Olympics for the first time since 1904. Whether a team competition is added for Tokyo in 2020 depends partly on the success of golf in Rio, and more on whether the IOC deems it worthy of adding golf medals.

  • No guarantees Spieth will ever get another chance

    July 21, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The odds of a Grand Slam already were long simply because no one had ever swept the four professional majors in one year. If that's the best measure, this sobering piece of history might make Jordan Spieth feel even worse.

  • Slam gone, Spieth gears up for the next major

    July 21, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) Jordan Spieth headed home from a grueling week at the British Open with history on his mind and another major in his future.Next up is the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits. And if the Grand Slam is no longer in play, there's still plenty out there.

  • Spieth to defend title in Australian Open

    July 20, 2015

    SYDNEY (AP) Masters and U.S. Open champion Jordan Spieth says he will defend his Australian Open title at the end of November.Spieth won last year by closing with a 63, and that turned out to be the starting point of his big run. Spieth produced a 10-shot victory the next week at the Hero World Challenge in Florida, and his four victories this year include two majors. He is No. 2 in the world.

  • Glance at the final round of British Open

    July 20, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) A glance at the final round Monday of the British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews:Winner: Zach Johnson, who beat Marc Leishman and Louis Oosthuizen in a playoff. All three finished at 15-under 273.Grand Slam dashed: Jordan Spieth missed a par putt on No. 17 and couldn't birdie the final hole to miss the playoff. It cost him a shot at his third straight major championship.

  • Column: Spieth no loser despite coming up short in Open

    July 20, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) When it was over, Jordan Spieth stood off the 18th green and applauded the fans who had spent much of their day applauding him.They came by the thousands on a wet and chilly day, lured by cheap tickets and the chance to see history. Packed into huge grandstands and jammed 10 deep against each other on the finishing fairways, they waited in the rain, urging the young American to deliver for them once again.

  • South African Oosthuizen closing in on runner-up Grand Slam

    July 20, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) Louis Oosthuizen is closing in on a career Grand Slam of sorts.One he'd rather not have.For the third time in his career - and second time in a month - the South African was runner-up in a major championship. This time, it was the British Open, where he lost to Zach Johnson in a playoff Monday evening.

  • Johnson wins British Open; Spieth finishes short of playoff

    July 20, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) Jordan Spieth amazing bid for a Grand Slam was stopped Monday by Zach Johnson, no longer just a normal guy from Iowa.Johnson captured his second major at the home of golf, winning the British Open in a playoff over Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman that capped off a wild five days at St. Andrews and a finish that won't soon be forgotten.

  • The Latest: Zach Johnson wins the British Open in a playoff

    July 21, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---7:57 p.m.Zach Johnson has won his second major title at the British Open, beating Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman in a four-hole playoff at St. Andrews.

  • Zach Johnson wins British Open in 4-hole playoff over Oosthuizen and Leishman

    July 20, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) Zach Johnson wins British Open in 4-hole playoff over Oosthuizen and Leishman.

  • The Latest: Johnson takes 1-stroke lead to 18th in playoff

    July 20, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---7:45 p.m.Zach Johnson has a one-stroke lead on Louis Oosthuizen going to the final hole of a playoff in the British Open.Johnson and Oosthuizen both made bogeys at No. 17 - the ominous Road Hole. Johnson was in much worst shape after their second shots, having to pitch over a treacherous pot bunker, then pitch up again from the other side of the green before making a 3-foot putt. Oosthuizen was just short of the green in two, putted within 5 feet, but watched his par attempt slide by the left side.

  • Niebrugge wins silver medal in Open for amateurs

    July 20, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) Jordan Niebrugge had an outside shot at the silver claret jug. He was more than happy to leave St. Andrews with a silver medal.At a British Open where amateurs held their own on the biggest stage in golf, Niebrugge pulled within three shots of the lead on the back nine until he could no longer keep up. He closed with a 2-under 70 to tie for sixth, four shots behind the playoff won by Zach Johnson.

  • The Latest: Johnson, Oosthuizen early edge in Open playoff

    July 20, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---7:25 p.m.Zach Johnson has claimed the lead in the three-man playoff at the British Open.Johnson rolled in a 20-foot putt at No. 2 for his second straight birdie in the four-hole playoff. That gives him a one-stroke lead over Louis Oosthuizen, who also birdied the first hole but missed a 25-footer at the second.

  • The Latest: With Spieth out, 3-way playoff at British Open

    July 20, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---6:50 p.m.The British Open is headed to its first playoff since 2009.Zach Johnson, Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman are tied after 72 holes at 15-under 273, setting up a four-hole playoff at St. Andrews on Monday evening.

  • Leishman, Oosthuizen and Johnson in 4-hole playoff to determine British Open winner

    July 20, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) Leishman, Oosthuizen and Johnson in 4-hole playoff to determine British Open winner.

  • The Latest: Spieth's bid for Grand Slam ends at British Open

    July 20, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---6:45 p.m.Jordan Spieth's quest for the Grand Slam is over.Spieth shot a 3-under 69 that left him one stroke out of a likely playoff at the British Open on Monday. He won the Masters in April and the U.S. Open last month, giving him a chance to join Ben Hogan as the only golfers to win the first three majors of the year.

  • The Latest: Spieth goes to 72nd hole of Open needing birdie

    July 20, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---6:30 p.m.Jordan Spieth is going to the 72nd hole of the British Open needing a birdie to have a shot at his third straight major title.

  • The Latest: Spieth tied for Open lead after long birdie

    July 20, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---Jordan Spieth has rolled in a 50-foot putt to create a three-way tie for the lead at the British Open.Spieth rolled in the long putt at the 16th hole Monday, pushing his score to 15 under. Zach Johnson and Marc Leishman are already in the clubhouse at 15-under 273.

  • The Latest: Johnson, Leishman tied for lead at British Open

    July 20, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---6 p.m.Marc Leishman has surrendered the outright lead at the British Open with his first bogey in 35 holes.The 31-year-old Australian hit a nifty shot out of a pot punker at the 16th hole Monday, only to miss a 4-foot putt to save par.

  • The Latest: Johnson shoots 66 at Open, now can only wait

    July 20, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---5:35 p.m.Zach Johnson has posted a score at the British Open.Now, he'll have to wait to see if it's good enough.Johnson rolled in a 30-foot birdie putt at the 72nd hole for a 6-under 66 on Monday. He'a at 15-under 273, one stroke behind Marc Leishman. The unheralded Aussie is trying to pull off a major surprise, pushing his score to 16 under with a bogey-free round through 15 holes.

  • The Latest: Leishman tries to pull major surprise at Open

    July 20, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---5:25 p.m.Jordan Spieth is bidding for the Grand Slam. Australia's Marc Leishman is trying to pull off a huge surprise at the British Open.

  • The Latest: Spieth bounces back from double-bogey

    July 20, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---4:45 p.m.Jordan Spieth is bouncing back in the British Open after a major mistake at one of the shortest holes on the Old Course.

  • The Latest: Zach Johnson makes turn with outright Open lead

    July 20, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---3:35 p.m.Zach Johnson made the turn in the final round of the British Open with the outright lead.The 2007 Masters champion shot 31 on the front nine to push his score to 14 under.

  • The Latest: Paul Dunne finally looks like amateur at Open

    July 20, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---3:05 p.m.Paul Dunne finally looks like an amateur at the British Open.The 22-year-old Irishman began the final round Monday as the first amateur to hold at least a share of the 54-hole lead since Bobby Jones in 1927.

  • The Latest: Spieth begins quest for history at British Open

    July 20, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---2:20 p.m.With his eyes on the claret jug and a shot at the Grand Slam, Jordan Spieth has teed off on a rainy afternoon at the British Open.

  • The Latest: Dustin Johnson falls out of contention at Open

    July 20, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---2 p.m.Dustin Johnson hoped for a quick start to get back into contention at the British Open.Instead, he played himself totally out of the mix at the beginning of the final round Monday.

  • The Latest: Only Mickelson can keep a ball on hotel balcony

    July 20, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---1:30 p.m.This could only happen to Phil Mickelson.Lefty was moving up the leaderboard Monday in the British Open with a string of birdies that got him to 10-under, just 2 shots off the lead. With winds picking up and rain expected later, a good finish might have at least put him in the conversation on the Old Course.

  • The Latest: Another amateur surges into contention at Open

    July 20, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---12:20 p.m.Another amateur is surging into contention at the British Open.Former Georgia Tech star Ollie Schniederjans is 6 under through his first 10 holes Monday, pushing his overall score to 10 under. He has seven birdies and is just two shots off the lead, with the final group still more than two hours from teeing off.

  • The Latest: Spieth arrives at Old Course for shot at history

    July 20, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---11:55 a.m.Jordan Spieth has arrived at the Old Course.The 21-year-old Texan stopped to sign a few autographs Monday before heading to the practice range to begin preparing for his shot at history in the British Open.

  • The Latest: Are you ready for some Monday golf at the Open?

    July 20, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---11:35 a.m.Bernhard Langer has made what could be his final crossing of the Swilcan Bridge.The 57-year-old German got into the British Open for the first time since 2011 by winning last year's Senior Open Championship. He proved himself worthy by making the cut, and finished up with an even-par 72 on Monday.

  • Si Woo Kim wins Web.com Tour's Stonebrae Classic in playoff

    July 19, 2015

    HAYWARD, Calif. (AP) South Korea's Si Woo Kim won the Stonebrae Classic on Sunday for his first Web.com Tour title, birdieing the first hole of a playoff with Jamie Lovemark and Wes Roach.The 20-year-old Kim shot a 2-under 68 to match Lovemark and Roach at 12-under 268 at TPC Stonebrae. The three players began the round tied for the lead.

  • Piercy wins Barbasol Championship for 3rd PGA Tour title

    July 19, 2015

    OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) Scott Piercy won the Barbasol Championship on Sunday for his third PGA Tour title, closing with a 6-under 65 for a three-stroke victory.The 36-year-old Las Vegas player made a 57-foot birdie putt on the second hole en route to his first victory since the 2012 Canadian Open. Tied for the third-round lead with Ricky Barnes, Piercy birdied three of four holes starting on No. 13 and finished at 19 under on Grand National's Lake Course.

  • Former pitcher Mark Mulder wins celebrity golf tournament

    July 19, 2015

    STATELINE, Nevada (AP) Mark Mulder won the American Century Championship on Sunday, holding off fellow former major league pitcher Eric Gagne by a point.Mulder finished with 82 points at Edgewood Tahoe in the modified Stableford event. Players receive six points for eagle, three for birdie, one for par, none for bogey and minus-2 for double bogey or worse.

  • Anne Park wins her first Symetra Tour title

    July 19, 2015

    ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) Anne Park won the inaugural Toyota Danielle Downey Classic on Sunday for her first Symetra Tour title, holding off former Solheim Cup player Vicky Hurst.Making her fourth professional start, the 20-year-old former Southern California player closed with a 4-under 68 at Brook-Lea Country Club for a one-stroke victory over Hurst.

  • Day ready to seize latest chance to win 1st major

    July 19, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) Jason Day is tied for the lead after 54 holes of a major.Been there before.Yet, unlike at last month's U.S. Open, Day is feeling good about his chances heading into the final round as he looks to win his first major title at the British Open.

  • British Open Key Hole

    July 19, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) A look at the key hole in Sunday's third round of the British Open:HOLE: 10YARDAGE: 386PAR: 4STROKE AVERAGE: 3.84RANK: 14thKEY FACT: Jordan Spieth made birdie on the 10th hole, the first of three straight on his way to a 66. Amateur Paul Dunne also made birdie and shot 66 to tie for the third round lead.

  • An amateur in lead at British Open, another not far behind

    July 19, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) Irish amateur Paul Dunne knows he is good enough to post low scores on the Old Course at St. Andrews. Had this been an amateur tournament, he would not at all be surprised to be leading after three rounds.But it's not an amateur event. It's the British Open.

  • Dustin Johnson still hasn't learned how to finish a major

    July 19, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) Dustin Johnson began the third round of the British Open as the leader, having impressed everyone with the way he shook off that stunning loss at Chambers Bay.Now, he's facing fresh doubts about his ability to finish off a major championship.

  • Column: Spieth embraces the moment in historic Open chase

    July 19, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) Jordan Spieth was coming off three straight birdies when he trotted off the 13th tee, heading straight to a portable toilet reserved for players only.Kicking the door playfully, yet firmly, it popped open. His surprised caddie quickly popped out, clearing the way for the boss to go in.

  • Chella Choi defeats Ha Na Jang in playoff to take LPGA event

    July 19, 2015

    SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) Chella Choi defeated Ha Na Jang in a one-hole playoff Sunday to win the LPGA Marathon Classic.It was the first career victory for Choi, who has been on the LPGA Tour since 2009. Jang is in her rookie year.Choi parred the par-5, 532-yard 18th hole at Highland Meadows Golf Club for the win while Jang settled for a bogey.

  • Spieth, amateur Dunne eyeing history at St. Andrews

    July 19, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) Jordan Spieth was one shot out of the lead and one round away from the third leg of the Grand Slam. Not since Bobby Jones has an amateur won the British Open, and then along came Paul Dunne with a bogey-free performance Sunday at St. Andrews that gave him a share of the lead.

  • The Latest: Jordan Spieth feeling no pressure about Slam

    July 19, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---7:45 p.m.Jordan Spieth is shrugging off any suggestion that he'll be feeling pressure Monday because he's got a shot at the Grand Slam.

  • The Latest: A tough day for Dustin Johnson at British Open

    July 19, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---7:05 p.m.Dustin Johnson began the third round as the British Open leader.Now, he's got a lot of catching-up to do.Johnson had a one-shot edge coming into Sunday, looking very much like he had put that shocking loss in the U.S. Open behind him. When it was done, he had managed just one birdie on the way to an ugly 3-over 75, failing to take advantage of the favorable scoring conditions as most of the contenders did.

  • The Latest: Three-way tie for Open lead, including amateur

    July 19, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---6:45 p.m.Somewhere, Bobby Jones must be smiling.Paul Dunne is in a three-way tie for the lead after the third round of the British Open. That makes the 22-year-old Irishman the first amateur since Jones in 1927 to be a 54-hole leader at golf's oldest major championship.

  • Harrington in contention after lowest round at British Open

    July 19, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) As Padraig Harrington prepared to take his tee shot on the 18th hole, he felt too warm and badly wanted to remove his sweater.It stayed on. He wasn't going to do anything to disrupt the rhythm of his best ever round at the British Open.

  • The Latest: Amateur hour at British Open; Paul Dunne leads

    July 19, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---6:20 p.m.Paul Dunne has turned the British Open into amateur hour.The 22-year-old Irishman shot a 6-under 66 on Sunday and strolled to the clubhouse tied for the lead at St. Andrews.

  • The Latest: Spieth surges into contention for another major

    July 19, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---5:45 p.m.Jordan Spieth has his sights on the claret jug - and another step toward the Grand Slam.Spieth bounced back from a frustrating second round to shoot a 6-under 66 Sunday, putting himself in prime position to compete for his third straight major championship.

  • The Latest: Harrington back in contention for the claret jug

    July 19, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---5:20 p.m.Padraig Harrington has found his game, and he'll go into the final round of the British Open with a chance to claim the claret jug for the third time.

  • Aussie Leishman comes up short of record, but that's OK

    July 19, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) Marc Leishman was thinking about a record.He'll gladly settle for a 64 - especially knowing there's more to life than low scores.His perspective changed by his wife's life-threatening illness, Leishman surged up the leaderboard Sunday at the British Open with the best major round of his career. The Aussie shot 8-under par in the third round after taking a run at the lowest round anyone has ever recorded in a major.

  • The Latest: Amateur Paul Dunne grabs lead at British Open

    July 19, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---4:30 p.m.An amateur is leading the British Open.Paul Dunne, a 22-year-old Irishman, claimed the top spot all to himself with a birdie on the 10th hole Sunday. That took his overall score to 11 under, pushing him ahead of a group that included Jordan Spieth.

  • The Latest: Jordan Spieth makes a run at the British Open

    July 19, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---3:50 p.m.Jordan Spieth is making his move at the British Open.The 21-year-old American birdied the first three holes on the back nine Sunday to pull into a tie for the lead with Dustin Johnson and Louis Oosthuizen.

  • The Latest: Leader Johnson starts 3rd round at British Open

    July 19, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---3 p.m.Dustin Johnson has teed off in the British Open, still holding a one-stroke lead.Johnson is at 10-under 134 through 36 holes, looking to finally break through in a major championship after several close calls. Just last month, he had a putt to win the U.S. Open from 12 feet. Instead, he three-putted and lost to Jordan Spieth by a single stroke.

  • The Latest: Everyone going low at the British Open

    July 19, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---2:10 p.m.How easy is the Old Course playing during the third round?Only four of the first 28 players to finish Sunday at the British Open have failed to break par. Marc Leishman of Australia posted the best score of the week so far with an 8-under 64, leaving him just one shot off the lead before Dustin Johnson even teed off.

  • The Latest: Leishman makes run at record, shoots 64 at Open

    July 19, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---1:55 p.m.Marc Leishman took a run at the major championship scoring record.In the end, he had to settle for an 8-under 64 in the third round of the British Open.

  • The Latest: Rains returns to Old Course during 3rd round

    July 19, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---12:45 p.m.The weather has suddenly turned in the British Open.Heavy rains are pounding the Old Course, prompting the players to hurriedly break out their umbrellas and weatherproof gear.

  • The Latest: Duval posts his best Open score since 2001 win

    July 19, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---12:15 p.m.David Duval has set the tone for going low in the third round of the British Open.Duval took advantage of the soft greens and barely a hint of wind to shoot a 5-under 67 in the first group out Sunday. That's his best score in the Open since his closing round 67 to win at Lytham in 2001.

  • The Latest: A soft day for scoring at St. Andrews

    July 19, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---11:15 a.m.The Old Course is ripe for low scoring Sunday at the British Open. Just ask David Duval.One day after wind ripped through St. Andrews and forced a delay of more than 10 hours, conditions could not have been easier - calm, soft from passing showers and a lot of red numbers early on the leaderboard.

  • Ha Na Jang lead LPGA Tour's rain-plagued Marathon Classic

    July 18, 2015

    SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) Ha Na Jang shot a 2-under 69 on Saturday, leaving her a stroke ahead with one round left in the LPGA Tour's rain-plagued Marathon Classic.The South Korean player had an 11-under 202 total at Highland Meadows. Fighting back pain, she opened with rounds of 66 and 67 and has only two bogyes over the first 54 holes.

  • Jaguars kicker Josh Scobee leads celebrity golf tournament

    July 18, 2015

    STATELINE, Nevada (AP) Jacksonville Jaguars kicker Josh Scobee matched the event record with 33 points Saturday to take a one-point lead in the American Century Championship.Scobee eagled the par-5 16th and had six birdies and two bogeys for a 6-under 66 at Edgewood Tahoe. He had 57 points after two rounds at Edgewood Tahoe in the modified Stableford event where players receive six points for eagle, three for birdie, one for par, none for bogey and minus-2 for double bogey or worse.

  • Barnes, Piercy lead PGA Tour's Barbasol Championship

    July 18, 2015

    OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) Ricky Barnes and Scott Piercy each shot 6-under 65 on Saturday to share the third-round lead in the PGA Tour's inaugural Barbasol Championship.Barnes and Piercy reached 13-under 200 on Grand National's Lake Course.Piercy birdied four of the first five holes. Barnes had birdies on holes 16 and 17 and is seeking his first PGA Tour win in 202 events.

  • Perfect storm hits Old Course at St. Andrews

    July 18, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) British Open officials found themselves in the perfect storm amid the storms that hit the Old Course at St. Andrews.In anticipation of heavy rain that inundated the course Friday, delaying play more than three hours, officials had put pins on high locations of greens so that play would not be affected even more.

  • Column: Some thanks for the player who saved the Open

    July 18, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) Brooks Koepka may not win the British Open, though a lot of people in golf believe he has the kind of talent to win a major championship in the not so distant future.On Saturday, though, he may have saved this Open.Someone had to do it, and it wasn't going to be the bumbling officials from the Royal & Ancient. The people who run golf on this side of the pond somehow couldn't figure out that it's a game that can't be played if there's no way to put a ball on a green and stop it from being blown away in the howling wind.

  • Lawrie defies age, ranking to make run at the claret jug

    July 18, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) Paul Lawrie is the oldest guy on the British Open leaderboard, one of the lowest-ranked players left in the field, and his cold putter has turned him into a grouch this season.He may, though, just be the biggest threat to Dustin Johnson heading into the final two rounds at St. Andrews.

  • The Latest: Second round of British Open is done - finally!

    July 18, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---9:18 p.m.Finally! The second round of the British Open is over - nearly 39 hours after it began.Play was suspended more than three hours on Friday because of heavy rain, and then halted for nearly 10 1/2 hours on Saturday by high winds.

  • The Latest: At the end of a long day, Duval slips through

    July 18, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---Late in the day, after most fans had already called it a day, there were still a couple of intriguing stories out on the Old Course.

  • Bad weather, bad golf: Tiger Woods misses another major cut

    July 18, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) Tiger Woods at least enjoyed that familiar walk over the Swilcan Bridge and up the 18th fairway Saturday at St. Andrews, the gray old town in the background and a crowd six deep lining the road and watching from windows.Not so familiar was his score.

  • After 10-hour wait for wind, Dustin Johnson leads British

    July 18, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) Dustin Johnson survived the longest round and 40 mph gusts with one last birdie for a 3-under 69 and a one-shot lead in the British Open.The morning wind was so strong it blew golf balls on the green and led to a delay of nearly 10 hours. It forced the first Monday finish in the British Open in 27 years.

  • The Latest: Paul Lawrie turns back the clock at St. Andrews

    July 18, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---7:50 p.m.Remember Paul Lawrie?Sixteen years after becoming one of the most improbable winners in British Open history, Lawrie will go to the third round just two shots behind leader Dustin Johnson.

  • The Latest: Dustin Johnson leads British Open after long day

    July 18, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---7 p.m.After waiting around most of the day to finish the second round, Dustin Johnson was rewarded for his patience.He's the leader at the British Open through 36 holes.

  • The Latest: Brooks aces 11th hole after long suspension

    July 18, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---6:55 p.m.Daniel Brooks has made a hole-in-one at the British Open.The Englishman aced the 174-yard 11th hole shortly after play resumed following a 10 1/2-hour suspension because of high winds.

  • The Latest: Tiger heads toward another dismal major finish

    July 18, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---6:40 p.m.Tiger Woods is finishing up another dismal performance in the majors.Woods bogeyed his first three holes after a 10 1/2 wind delay Saturday at the British Open, pushing his total score to 8-over par with three holes to play.

  • The Latest: British Open resumes after 10 1-2 hour delay

    July 18, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---6 p.m.Welcome back, British Open!After a delay of nearly 10 1/2 hours because of fierce winds, the second round finally resumed Saturday at the Old Course.

  • The Latest: Ticket deal for Monday finale at British Open

    July 18, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---5:20 p.m.The British Open has a deal for you.If you're in St. Andrews on Monday and want to see the final round, tickets will be going for only 10 pounds apiece (approximately .60). That's quite a discount from the normal 80 pounds per day.

  • The Latest: Willett gets in some practice on an Open off day

    July 18, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---5:05 p.m.Danny Willett could've taken the day off.But the co-leader of the British Open has returned to St. Andrews to get in some work on the putting green.

  • The Latest: Waiting game continues at the British Open

    July 18, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---4:45 p.m.The practice range at St. Andrews is buzzing with activity.Well, except for Jordan Spieth, who's sprawled out on the grass, his head resting against his golf bag.

  • The Latest: Open decides Monday finish is best answer

    July 18, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---2:40 p.m.The R&A says it considered playing 36 holes on Sunday and looked at other options before deciding on the first Monday finish at the British Open since 1988.

  • The Latest: Open to be 1st major to end on Monday since '09

    July 18, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---2:15 p.m.The British Open will be the first major golf championship to finish on a Monday since the 2009 U.S. Open at Bethpage.That year, heavy rains delayed the tournament right from the very first day, and the final round didn't begin until Sunday evening. Play was suspended because of darkness with the leaders on the second hole, so they had to play most of the round the next day.

  • The Latest: British Open headed for a Monday finish

    July 18, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---1:30 p.m.The British Open is headed for a Monday finish.The R&A intends to finish the second round Saturday, play the third round Sunday, and hold the final round Monday.

  • Wind stops play and wreaks havoc on St. Andrews

    July 18, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The British Open was stopped just 32 minutes after it resumed Saturday morning when gusts of up to 40 mph (64 kph) blew golf balls across the green and contributed to Dustin Johnson making bogey to fall into a share of the lead.

  • Golf stars urged to stay in Olympic Village during Rio Games

    July 18, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The head of the IOC is urging the world's top golfers to ditch the luxury hotels and ''share the Olympic spirit'' by staying in the athletes' village when the sport returns to the Olympic program in 2016.''Because if they don't,'' IOC President Thomas Bach said, ''afterward, they will regret it.''

  • The Latest: Bach hopes golfers will stay in Olympic Village

    July 18, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---12:15 p.m.The head of the International Olympic Committee hopes the world's best golfers will stay in the athletes' village during the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.

  • The Latest: British Open delayed at least 3 more hours

    July 18, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---12 p.m.The R&A says the British Open will not be resuming for at least three more hours because of howling winds.The governing body issued a noon bulletin that says ''the forecasts we are receiving consistently show that no golf will be possible before 3 p.m. Our intention is to commence play as soon as possible after that.''

  • The Latest: No word on when British Open will resume

    July 18, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---11:40 a.m.There's still no word from the R&A on when play will resume at the British Open.The second round was suspended at 7:32 a.m., just 32 minutes after play began on Saturday. Thirty-nine players have yet to complete the second round, which was suspended for more than three hours on Friday because of heavy rain.

  • IOC president wants good competition from best golfers

    July 18, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The president of the IOC says golf doesn't have to put on a spectacular show in its return to the Olympics after a 112-year absence except to have good competition among a wide range of the best players in the world.Even if the best players do not include Tiger Woods.

  • The Latest: IOC president feeling sorry for Tiger

    July 18, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---10:35 a.m.The head of the International Olympic Committee is feeling sorry for Tiger Woods.The world's most famous golfer is mired in the worst slump of his career, raising doubts that he will qualify when golf returns to the Olympic program at the 2016 Rio Games. Woods is ranked No. 241 in the world and shows no signs of turning things around at the British Open, where he will likely miss the cut.

  • The Latest: R&A defends decision to resume British Open

    July 18, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---9:10 a.m.The R&A is defending its decision to resume the second round of the British Open in blustery conditions.Play re-started at 7 a.m., only to be halted just 32 minutes later. Thirty-nine players still have to complete the round, including co-leader Dustin Johnson and the winner of the last two majors, Jordan Spieth.

  • The Latest: Another delay at the British Open for wind

    July 18, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---8:35 a.m.Thirty-nine players have yet to complete the second round of the British Open, including some of the biggest names in the field.

  • Ha Na Jang opens 2-shot lead in LPGA Tour's Marathon Classic

    July 17, 2015

    SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) South Korea's Ha Na Jang shot a 4-under 67 on Friday to increase her lead to two strokes in the suspended second round of the LPGA Tour's Marathon Classic.Jang had a 9-under 133 total at Highland Meadows. Winless in 23 career tour events, she capped her bogey-free round with a 12-foot birdie putt on the par-4 ninth.

  • Hensby, Kim share lead in PGA Tour's Barbasol Championship

    July 17, 2015

    OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) Australia's Mark Hensby birdied three of the final four holes Friday for a 7-under 64 and a share of the second-round lead in the inaugural Barbasol Championship.Hensby matched South Korea's Whee Kim at 9-under 133 on Grand National's Lake Course in the PGA Tour event for players who failed to qualify for the British Open.

  • Wagner, Mulder tied for lead in celebrity golf tournament

    July 17, 2015

    STATELINE, Nevada (AP) Actor Jack Wagner and former pitcher Mark Mulder share the first-round lead Friday in the American Century Championship at Edgewood Tahoe.Wagner and Mulder each had 26 points in the modified Stableford scoring system. Players receive six points for eagle, three for birdie, one for par, none for bogey and minus-2 for double bogey or worse.

  • A big rain, a flooded course; Irish amateur Dunne in hunt

    July 17, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) Steve Williams was on the Old Course early Friday to check the pin positions for the second round. On his way back in, the caddie for Adam Scott wasn't sure there would even be a second round.''I watched the second hole flood in seven minutes,'' Williams said.

  • Farewell: Watson crosses Swilcan Bridge for final time

    July 17, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) Tom Watson closed out his British Open career with his worst score ever at St. Andrews.Not that it mattered.In the dwindling Scottish light, Watson shot an 8-over 80 and finished with five straight bogeys Friday, his farewell put off until nearly 10 p.m. after a morning rain delay. Several thousand people hung around for the end, serenading the five-time Open champion with raucous cheers and a chant of ''hip, hip, hooray!''

  • The Latest: Johnson in lead in uncompleted 2nd round of Open

    July 17, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---9:50 p.m.Dustin Johnson ended the day the same way he began it, with the lead in the British Open.He didn't finish his round, though, after a day on the Old Course filled with rain, wind, cold and finally the gloom of night.

  • The Latest: Extra pain for Woods in missing British cut

    July 17, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---8:35 p.m.What could be worse for Tiger Woods than missing a second straight cut in a major at the British Open?How about having to wait until Saturday morning to do it.

  • Column: Adam Scott still annoyed by the Open that got away

    July 17, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) Adam Scott should be over it by now.C'mon, he's got a green jacket!But the laid-back Aussie just can't let it go, the way he threw away that British Open at Lytham by bogeying the final four holes.Two more close calls since then have only made that chip on his shoulder even heavier.

  • Dustin Johnson still in control at St. Andrews

    July 17, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) Danny Willett of England set the target Friday in the British Open. It didn't take Dustin Johnson long to get there.Johnson picked up three birdies on the front nine at St. Andrews and made the turn at 10-under par for a one-shot lead. Willett played earlier and shot 69 to get through two rounds at 9-under 135.

  • Emotional Faldo savors 1 last ride at St Andrews

    July 17, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) Nick Faldo strode onto the famed Swilcan Bridge, turned to face the applauding galleries and a phalanx of photographers, and thrust both his arms toward the sunny skies over St. Andrews.Dressed in the yellow cashmere sweater he wore in 1987 when lifting the first of three claret jugs, Faldo posed for photos with his son and part-time caddie, Matthew, and playing partners Justin Rose and Rickie Fowler.

  • The Latest: Matsuyama makes a bid of his own

    July 17, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---8:05 p.m.Hideki Matsuyama could be forgiven for feeling like the odd man out in the duel between his playing partners, Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth.

  • Mike Weir to take break, miss Canadian Open

    July 17, 2015

    OAKVILLE, Ontario (AP) Former Masters champion Mike Weir is taking an indefinite leave of absence from the PGA Tour and will skip the RBC Canadian Open next week.Weir said only that he wants to focus on his personal life. He is divorced from his wife, and they have two teenage daughters.

  • The Latest: Johnson moves back into lead; Spieth fades

    July 17, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---7:25 p.m.Dustin Johnson is showing no signs of slowing down in his bid to erase memories of his misfortune at the U.S. Open with a win in the British Open.

  • The Latest: A final walk across Swilcan Bridge for Faldo

    July 17, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---6:30 p.m.Nick Faldo pulled out an old sweater, and took a familiar walk.The last one, at least in competition, he'll take over the famed Swilcan Bridge on the 18th hole at St. Andrews.

  • The Latest: Finally, leader Johnson and Spieth tee off

    July 17, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---5:48 p.m.Finally, the star pairing in the British Open is out on the Old Course.Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth spent most of the day waiting, but by the time they got to the first tee the sun was out and there was still some golf to be played.

  • Vicar's son Willett takes surprise lead in British Open

    July 17, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) One of the many text messages that Danny Willett received after his second round at the British Open came from his mother. She wrote: ''Well done, you've made the cut.''He's doing much better than that.Willett, a vicar's son from northern England who likes nothing better than walking his dog and having dinner round his parents' house, shot a 3-under 69 - after an opening 66 - and held the clubhouse lead by two shots when bad light finally stopped play Friday. He was 9 under overall.

  • The Latest: Hotel comes in handy for early risers at Open

    July 17, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---5:30 p.m.Thank goodness for a good hotel on the golf course.Clubhouse leader Danny Willett said he was up at 5 a.m. exercising and watching the rain pour down as play briefly started before a delay of more than three hours.

  • The Latest: Willett early clubhouse leader at Open

    July 17, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---4:10 p.m.It's still early, quite early in a second round at a British Open that was delayed three hours this morning by rain.But there is a clubhouse leader, with England's Danny Willett giving the big names a target to shoot at with a 3-under 69 that put him at 9-under-par midway through the Open at St. Andrews.

  • The Latest: Old Course there for taking so far in Open

    July 17, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---3:05 p.m.Despite predictions that afternoon winds would wreak havoc on the world's best players, the Old Course at St. Andrews remains there for the taking.

  • The Latest: Tiger to play on weekend but not as planned

    July 17, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---1:55 p.m.It looks like Tiger Woods will get a chance to play on the weekend at the British Open.Just not the way he planned it.A rain delay of more than three hours Friday pushed tee times back, meaning Woods and playing partners Jason Day and Louis Oosthuizen almost surely will not finish their second round before dark.

  • The Latest: Scots in contention early in Open second round

    July 17, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---12:50 p.m.Former champion Paul Lawrie isn't the only Scot with an eye on winning a British Open on home turf.Marc Warren, a journeyman who has made only one cut in two previous Opens, moved into contention Friday with a string of early birdies on an Old Course that once again was there for the taking.

  • The Latest: Mickelson tees off in hope of a level field

    July 17, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---12:10 p.m.Phil Mickelson wants an even playing field, or at least as even as you can get when the luck of the draw can play a big role in where you stand going into the weekend of the British Open.

  • The Latest: Watson's final British Open not playing out well

    July 17, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---11 a.m.Tom Watson thrilled massive crowds here over the years, winning five British Opens and nearly pulling off a victory for the ages when he lost in a playoff in 2009 at Turnberry.

  • The Latest: British Open on again after rain delay

    July 17, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---10:10 a.m.They're off again at soggy St. Andrews, after a rain delay that means the second round of the British Open won't be completed until Saturday morning.

  • The Latest: British Open stops before it gets going

    July 17, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):----9:30 a.m.A little rain - make that a lot of rain - isn't going to stop the best players in the world in the British Open.Play is scheduled to resume at 10 a.m. in a second round that earlier lasted only 14 minutes before being postponed because of heavy rains that soaked the Old Course and flooded parts of the 18th hole.

  • A ball in the gorse and a big delay; no birdies on Road Hole

    July 16, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The early part of the first round was going at a reasonable pace until it all came to a halt on the 15th hole thanks to an errant tee shot by J.B. Holmes, a gorse bush and a lad who thought he had a souvenir.Holmes wound up with a triple bogey and wasn't happy about the ruling - or lack of a ruling - that he received.

  • Palmer grandson Sam Saunders leads Barbasol Championship

    July 16, 2015

    OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) Sam Saunders, Arnold Palmer's grandson, shot a 7-under 64 in warm conditions Thursday to take the first-round lead in the inaugural Barbasol Championship.Saunders saved par with a 15-foot putt on the par-3 eighth hole and closed with a birdie on the par-4 ninth to cap his bogey-free round on Grand National's Lake Course. The 27-year-old former Clemson player is winless in 45 career starts on the PGA Tour, with a career best tie for second this year in the Puerto Rico Open.

  • South Korea's Ha Na Jang leads LPGA Tour's Marathon Classic

    July 16, 2015

    SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) South Korea's Ha Na Jang birdied the par-5 18th for a 5-under 66 and a one-stroke lead Thursday after the first round of the LPGA Tour's Marathon Classic.Winless in 23 career tour events, Jang birdied four of the first five holes on the back nine at Highland Meadows, dropped a stroke on the par-4 15th and rallied with the closing birdie.

  • Glance at the British Open

    July 17, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) A glance at the second round Friday of the British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews:Unfinished business: A rain delay left 42 players on the course, including leader Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth. Play resumes at 7 a.m. Saturday.

  • Key hole in British Open

    July 17, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) A look at the key hole in the second round of the British Open:HOLE: 18YARDAGE: 356PAR: 4STROKE AVERAGE: 3.77RANK: 17thKEY FACT: Danny Willett made a birdie on his final hole to take the clubhouse lead on a day when other leaders didn't finish. The 18th was also the scene of not one, but two, goodbyes to golfing figures with Nick Faldo going across the famous Swilcan Bridge one last time and Tom Watson doing the same as darkness enveloped the Old Course. Faldo won three British Opens, and Watson won five.

  • The Latest: That's a wrap! British Open wraps up 1st round

    July 16, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---9:35 p.m.That's a wrap.More than 15 hours after it began, the opening round of the British Open finished Thursday evening with Sweden's Rickard Karlberg, Scotland's Robert Dinwiddie and Japan's Taichi Teshima playing the 18th hole under ominous clouds and blustery winds off St. Andrews Bay.

  • The Latest: Sir Nick gets a harsh lesson at St. Andrews

    July 16, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---8:40 p.m.Nick Faldo is dealing with the harsh reality of trying to be a part-time golfer at the British Open.Largely retired as a player and now devoted mainly to his duties as a television analyst, the 57-year-old Faldo failed to make a birdie, took a triple-bogey 8 at the 14th and limped to the finish with an 11-over 83 - the worst score in the 156-player field and his highest score ever in the Open.

  • Column: Misery is about the only company for Tiger Woods

    July 16, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) Tiger Woods already looked miserable when the sky briefly darkened and a cold mist forced him to pull out his rain suit on the 10th hole at St. Andrews.The weather was something Woods could handle. What seemed to perplex him on this day were the basics of a game he once took for granted.

  • The Latest: Lefty opens with a 70, not worried about weather

    July 16, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---8:15 p.m.Two years after winning his first British Open, Phil Mickelson looks like he's ready to contend again for the claret jug.

  • The Latest: Road Hole living up to fearsome reputation

    July 16, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---7:45 p.m.The Road Hole is living up to its reputation as the Old Course's toughest test.With the opening round of the British Open winding down Thursday, the par-4 17th at St. Andrews has yet to surrender a birdie.

  • The Latest: Z.Johnson, Willett thrive as Open toughens up

    July 16, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---7:05 p.m.Dustin Johnson is the leader at the British Open.But let's give some props to Zach Johnson and Danny Willett, who might've turned in the best rounds Thursday.

  • Day fully fit and contending once again at a major

    July 16, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) Jason Day is back on his feet and back in contention at a major.Playing his first tournament since last month's U.S. Open, where he collapsed because of vertigo, the ninth-ranked Australian birdied three of his first six holes and picked up three more shots in the tougher back nine to join the crowd on 6-under 66 at the British Open on Thursday.

  • The Latest: Wind rises in afternoon, along with Open scores

    July 16, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---6:20 p.m.With the wind picking up at the Old Course, scoring has gotten tougher for the afternoon players in the British Open.American Zach Johnson made the biggest charge among those who teed off later Thursday, pushing his score to 6 under before his first bogey of the round - at the tough 17th hole - ended his hopes of catching leader Dustin Johnson.

  • Smile back on Paul Lawrie after opening 66 at British Open

    July 16, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) For a player who has struggled to raise a smile on a golf course in recent months, Paul Lawrie sure is having fun at St. Andrews this week.On the eve of the British Open, Lawrie was dancing a jig and pretending to gun-sling with his golf club during a pre-tournament exhibition in which he played - and won - alongside Arnold Palmer.

  • The Latest: WADA official calls on golf to toughen standards

    July 16, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---5:25 p.m.The director general of the World Anti-Doping Agency is pushing for golf to become fully compliant with the global drug-testing standards.

  • The Latest: Storms on horizon after calm day at British Open

    July 16, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---4:40 p.m.Everyone is turning into a weather forecaster at the British Open.The conditions are dry and relatively calm for Thursday's opening round on the Old Course, clearing the way for plenty of low scores.

  • Spieth opens bid with a good round and familiar opponent

    July 16, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) Jordan Spieth wasted no time seizing on his rare opportunity to chase a Grand Slam. He had six birdies in his opening 11 holes and kept his name on the leaderboard Thursday in the British Open.So did a familiar foe - Dustin Johnson.

  • The Latest: Plenty of major winners on Open leaderboard

    July 16, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---4:20 p.m.On Day 1 at the British Open, the leaderboard is filled with major championship winners.Retief Goosen (66), Paul Lawrie (66), Jordan Spieth (67), Charl Schwartzel (67) and Louis Oosthuizen (67) are among those with at least one big title on their resumes. Former Masters champion Zach Johnson is also in the mix after playing the first 12 holes at 6 under, while 2006 U.S. Open winner Geoff Ogilvy is 5 under after a birdie at the 10th.

  • The Latest: Jordan Spieth says Grand Slam talk 'premature'

    July 16, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---4 p.m.Jordan Spieth has no complaints after the opening round of the British Open.Trying to become the first modern golfer to win the Grand Slam, he's off to a good start after shooting a 5-under 67 on Thursday.

  • The Latest: Woods shoots worst round as a pro at St. Andrews

    July 16, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open, being held on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---3:15 p.m.Tiger Woods has signed for his worst round as a professional at St. Andrews.Woods shot an ugly 4-over 76 in the opening round of the British Open, failing to take advantage of the favorable scoring conditions Thursday. The tone was set right away when he dumped a wedge shot into the burn that runs in front of the first green, leading to the first of five bogeys.

  • The Latest: Johnson, Spieth dueling again at St. Andrews

    July 16, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open, being held on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---2:45 p.m.After their memorable duel at Chambers Bay, Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth are going for a repeat at the home of golf.

  • Golf's other Jordan makes strong start at British Open

    July 16, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) It turns out there's another 21-year-old American called Jordan worth watching at the British Open.Jordan Niebrugge shot the lowest first-round score by an amateur in an Open at St. Andrews with a 5-under 67 on Thursday, ensuring he was keeping Grand Slam-chasing Jordan Spieth company on the leaderboard.

  • The Latest: 2-time major champ Goosen shoots 66 at Open

    July 16, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open, being held on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---2 p.m.Retief Goosen has a pair of U.S. Open titles, but it's been a while since he's been in contention at a major.The 46-year-old South African shot a 6-under 66 at the British Open on Thursday for a share of the clubhouse lead with Robert Streb. Not bad for a guy who hasn't won a tournament since 2009 and had to go through qualifying just to make the field at St. Andrews.

  • The Latest: Lawrie surges to top without Van de Velde assist

    July 16, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open, being held on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---1:20 p.m.With Jean van de Velde nowhere to be found, Paul Lawrie has surged into a share of the lead at the British Open.

  • The Latest: Spieth, Johnson keep duel going at St. Andrews

    July 16, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open, being held on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---12:40 p.m.Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson have carried their memorable duel at Chambers Bay all the way to St. Andrews.

  • The Latest: Tiger Woods enduring another miserable major

    July 16, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open, being held on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---12:15 p.m.Tiger Woods has won two of his British Open titles at the Old Course.At the moment, it doesn't even look like he'll make it to the weekend at the British Open.

  • The Latest: Tale of 2 rounds as Lingmerth fades from lead

    July 16, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open, being held on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---11:55 a.m.David Lingmerth started the British Open by tying a scoring record on the front nine.He looked like a totally different player on the back side.

  • The Latest: Spieth surges onto leaderboard at British Open

    July 16, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open, being held on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---11:15 a.m.Jordan Spieth is showing no signs of letting up after winning the Masters and the U.S. Open.With his sights firmly on taking another step toward an unprecedented Grand Slam, the 21-year-old Texan birdied four of the first six holes Thursday to quickly claim a spot on the leaderboard.

  • The Latest: Lingmerth falls into tie for lead at St. Andrews

    July 16, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open, being held on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---10:45 a.m.After a brilliant front nine, David Lingmerth is struggling on the return leg at St. Andrews.The Swede birded the first four holes of the British Open and matched the lowest nine-hole score on the Old Course, making the turn Thursday with a 7-under 29. But the par-3 11th produced his first bogey, after he failed to get up-and-down from a pot bunker. An ugly chip at the par-5 14th failed to stay on the green, leading to another bogey.

  • The Latest: Splash! Woods starts British Open in the water

    July 16, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open, being held on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---10:10 a.m.Tiger Woods is off to another sluggish start at a major championship.Woods made a sloppy bogey at the very first hole of the British Open after dunking a simple wedge into the burn running across the front of the green. He had to take a drop, chipped up near the hole and made the putt for a 5, essentially giving up two shots at an easy hole that produced a plethora of birdies in the early going.

  • The Latest: Spieth tees off at Open with eyes on Grand Slam

    July 16, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open, being held on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---9:45 a.m.Jordan Spieth has picked up where he left off at the U.S. Open.With his eyes on the Grand Slam, the 21-year-old Texan rolled in an 8-footer birdie at the very first hole of the British Open on Thursday.

  • The Latest: Memorial champ Lingmerth ripping up Old Course

    July 16, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open, being held on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---9:30 a.m.Sweden's David Lingmerth has matched the nine-hole St. Andrews scoring record with a 7-under 29 in the opening round.

  • The Latest: A morning for going low at the British Open

    July 16, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open, being held on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---7:30 a.m.It's a morning for going low at the British Open.Irish amateur Paul Dunne birdied the first two holes early Thursday. So did David Lingmerth of Sweden.

  • The Latest: All eyes on Spieth as Open begins at St. Andrews

    July 16, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The Latest from the 144th British Open, being held on the Old Course at St. Andrews (all times local):---7 a.m.With all eyes on Jordan Spieth's quest for the Grand Slam, the British Open is underway on a cool, partly cloudy morning at the Old Course.

  • Lydia Ko set for title defense in Marathon Classic

    July 15, 2015

    SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) Lydia Ko sounded like a teenager when asked about Main Street being temporarily renamed Lydia Ko Drive.''It's pretty cool,'' the 18-year-old Ko said Wednesday, a day before she opens her title defense in the LPGA Tour's Marathon Classic. ''I'm actually staying on that road this week.''

  • Team Palmer wins the Champion Challenge at St. Andrews

    July 15, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) On a day for reminiscing at the home of golf, a team led by Arnold Palmer captured the Champion Golfers' Challenge.The four-hole exhibition on the eve of the British Open pitted squads comprised of past winners, with the best individual score on each hole going toward that team's total.

  • PGA Tour returns to Alabama with stars across the pond

    July 15, 2015

    OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) David Toms figures some of the younger guys on the PGA Tour have a strong chance at the Barbasol Championship.The biggest names are across the pond at the British Open this weekend, which could open the field in Alabama for some up-and-comer to come away with a breakthrough win or high finish. The inaugural event starts Thursday at the Grand National's Lake Course, part of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail.

  • Tom Watson: 'The only regret I have is that it's the end'

    July 15, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) Tom Watson is filled with all sorts of conflicting emotions.He's melancholy that such a big part of his life is winding down, yet there's an immense sense of pride in what he's accomplished.He's realistic that it's the right time to step away, but he can still flash that ol' competitive streak when anyone suggests this is nothing more than a nostalgic farewell at the home of golf.

  • British Open glance

    July 15, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) Facts and figures for the 144th British Open, which starts Thursday:Site: St. Andrews (Old Course)Length: 7,297 yardsPar: 36-36-72Field: 156 (145 professionals, 9 amateurs)Prize money: 6.3 million pounds (.8 million)Winner's share: 1.15 million (.79 million)

  • The Open comes back to its roots in a golf town and more

    July 15, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) Teachers led a gaggle of preschoolers in bright yellow slickers through the rain Wednesday on a field trip that had nothing to do with the golf about to take place just a well struck 3-wood away.Up the street, tourists gawked at the ruins of St. Andrews Castle, built in the 13th century on the edge of the North Sea and destroyed and rebuilt several times as the Scots and English battled over control of land that would one day become the most hallowed in a game that had yet to be invented.

  • Former home renovator making most of British Open chance

    July 15, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) Spectators lining the fairways on a rainy morning at St. Andrews proffered autograph books, golf balls, and mini soccer balls for Mark Young to sign as he took part in his final practice round at the British Open.With a look of part delight, part bemusement, Young obliged.

  • AP WAS THERE: 43 years ago, Trevino ends a Grand Slam dream

    July 15, 2015

    EDITOR'S NOTE: Jack Nicklaus had never trailed in any round on his way to winning the Masters and U.S. Open in 1972, and the British Open was played that year at Muirfield, where Nicklaus had won his first claret jug six years earlier. He woke up Monday morning of Open week with a stiff neck, which restricted his swing. Playing cautiously, he stayed in range of the leaders until Lee Trevino pulled away to a five-shot lead in the third round.

  • Tom Watson says 2016 Masters will be his Augusta finale

    July 15, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) Tom Watson says the 2016 Masters will be his final tournament at Augusta National.Watson made the announcement Wednesday during a news conference previewing what he expects will be his last British Open.The 65-year-old Watson says he no longer hits the ball far enough to be competitive at the Masters. This year, he opened with a 1-under 71 but soared to an 81 in the second round. He hasn't made the Augusta cut since 2010.

  • British Open waits on Turnberry call after Trump remarks

    July 15, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) British Open organizers are biding their time before deciding whether Turnberry should be removed from the championship rotation following comments by the course's owner, Donald Trump, about Mexicans.Trump, a Republican candidate for U.S. president, is facing a backlash after saying some Mexican immigrants to the U.S. bring drugs and crime, and some are rapists.

  • R&A waits on Turnberry call after Trump remarks

    July 15, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) British Open organizers say they will bide their time before deciding whether Turnberry should be removed from the championship rotation following comments by the course's owner, Donald Trump, about Mexicans.Trump, a Republican candidate for U.S. president, is facing a backlash after saying some Mexican immigrants to the U.S. bring drugs and crime, and some are rapists.

  • Spieth trying to look at British Open as another event

    July 15, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) With a chance to match history at the home of golf, Jordan Spieth is trying to make the British Open feel like just another event.That might be one of his toughest challenges at St. Andrews.Ben Hogan in 1953 is the only other player to capture the Masters, U.S. Open and British Open in the same year. Only three players since then - Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods - have ever come to Scotland with hopes of a Grand Slam.

  • AP WAS THERE: 55 years ago, Alliss shoots 66 and sets record

    July 15, 2015

    EDITOR'S NOTE: Arnold Palmer first played the British Open in 1960, and it was on his journey to St. Andrews that he proposed the modern concept of the Grand Slam - winning all four professional majors in the same year. It was a different era. Even though Palmer had won the Masters and U.S. Open, he still had to go through 36 holes of qualifying to get into the British Open. Everyone had to qualify - even Gary Player, the defending champion, as noted in this story about the first day of qualifying.

  • Defending champ Greyserman leads New Jersey Open by a stroke

    July 14, 2015

    DENVILLE, N.J. (AP) Defending champion Max Greyserman of Crestmont shot a 5-under 67 and grabbed the lead after the first round of the New Jersey State Golf Association Open Championship Tuesday.The 20-year-old who is attending Duke birdied the 14th, 15th and 16th holes at the Rockaway River Country Club, highlighting a round that included seven birdies and two bogeys.

  • Putting strategy: Spieth, Oosthuizen keep eye on cup

    July 14, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) Jordan Spieth drew some attention during his Masters victory for the way he hit some of his shorter putts - he looked at the hole instead of the ball.Who knows, the trend may be catching on.Louis Oosthuizen said he used the technique several times at the U.S. Open, where he rallied with a final nine of 29 at Chambers Bay that left him just one shot short of a playoff with Spieth.

  • Fowler heads into Open still seeking a truly signature win

    July 14, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) Rickie Fowler is more than just a brand.He showed that a year ago with top-five finishes at all four majors. He shook off the label of underachiever with a dazzling victory at The Players Championship. Then, just last weekend, he ripped up the links to win the Scottish Open.

  • Tiger awaits St. Andrews, insists he's not 'buried and done'

    July 14, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) Winless in nearly two years, Tiger Woods at least has experience on his side at St. Andrews.It has been 20 years since he first played the Old Course as a 19-year-old amateur and heard the secret was to hit it hard and hit it left. After playing the British Open four times at St. Andrews, and winning twice, he realized that wasn't the case. There are bunkers to avoid and angles to create, and it can change with the slightest shift in direction of the notorious wind.

  • Column: Spieth no Tiger, though that's not a bad thing

    July 14, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) Jordan Spieth was practicing a shot he hopes he won't need this week, banging a few wedges off the wall on the famous Road Hole in the fading sun at this, the birthplace of golf.Dead tired after winning yet again in Illinois before flying all night to get here for what could be a defining moment in golf, Spieth was still intent on having a bit of fun.

  • Odds are something odd will happen to Jordan Spieth

    July 14, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) Something has to go wrong for Jordan Spieth at the British Open because it always does.That was the case for Arnold Palmer when he was on the wrong end of history at St. Andrews in 1960. And for Jack Nicklaus, who could only wish he had packed his own pillow along with his golf clubs on the way to Muirfield in 1972. And for Tiger Woods, whose fiercest opponent in 2002 turned out to be Mother Nature.

  • Oosthuizen back at St Andrews, looks to repeat 2010 win

    July 14, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) When Louis Oosthuizen played in the last British Open held at the home of golf, he was such an unknown that the Royal & Ancient put out a fact sheet with 11 things to know about him.The South African ended the week walking off with the claret jug.

  • Woods still chasing Nicklaus despite 7-year major drought

    July 14, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) Tiger Woods is still gunning for Jack Nicklaus' record.Despite a slump that has sent him plummeting to No. 241 in the world golf rankings, Woods remains confident he can win at least four more majors in his career.Woods comes into the British Open with 14 major titles on his resume, but his last victory in one of golf's biggest events came at the 2008 U.S. Open.

  • Kevin Kisner tries a shot he hopes to avoid at British Open

    July 13, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) Facing a group of puzzled British Open spectators, his back to the flag, Kevin Kisner banged one ball off the stone wall alongside the 17th hole.Then another.Both came up a little short of the green.''You've got to hit it harder than you think,'' the 31-year-old American said Monday, breaking into a grin. ''It didn't come flying back as quick as I thought.''

  • Ken Kisner tries a shot he hopes to avoid at British Open

    July 13, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) Facing a group of puzzled British Open spectators, his back to the flag, Kevin Kisner banged one ball off the stone wall alongside the 17th hole.Then another.Both came up a little short of the green.''You've got to hit it harder than you think,'' the 31-year-old American said Monday, breaking into a grin. ''It didn't come flying back as quick as I thought.''

  • O'Meara, Davies part of class inducted into Hall

    July 13, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) Laura Davies was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame on Monday, even though she wasn't around to enjoy all of it.A four-hour flight delay out of Philadelphia forced her to miss the induction.In a rush to the University of St. Andrews, she at least watched the ceremony on Sky Sports in the car, but when her pre-recorded video came on, the signal went out and she missed her speech and that of Mark O'Meara. She finally made it to the reception, a surprise to hundreds of guests who thought she had abandoned efforts to get there.

  • Dustin Johnson back at St. Andrews after US Open heartbreak

    July 13, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) Dustin Johnson isn't much for looking back. He doesn't spend a lot of time wondering what might have been just a few weeks ago at the U.S. Open.But if he needed a reminder of how close he came to winning his first major title at Chambers Bay, he won't have to look far Thursday at the British Open.

  • Spieth arrives at St. Andrews, resuming Grand Slam quest

    July 13, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) There was no escaping Jordan Spieth even before he arrived Monday at St. Andrews to resume his pursuit of the Grand Slam.Behind the practice range, one British television network talked to any player willing to stop. After a few gratuitous questions about the weather (cool and cloudy) and the Old Course (magnificent shape), the reporter got to the point.

  • Casey counts on 2010 experience helping him at British Open

    July 13, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) Paul Casey had a front-row seat for Louis Oosthuizen's romp to the claret jug the last time the British Open was staged at St. Andrews.As Oosthuizen crossed the Swilcan Bridge on No. 18 on his way to completing a seven-stroke victory in 2010, the player alongside the South African in the final group was Casey - one of Europe's top golfers at the time.

  • British Open, Tee Times

    July 13, 2015

    Thursday-Friday1:32 a.m.-6:33 a.m. - Thomas Bjorn, Denmark; Greg Owen, England; Rod Pampling, Australia.1:43 a.m.-6:44 a.m. - Todd Hamilton, United States; a-Paul Dunne, Ireland; James Hahn, United States.1:54 a.m.-6:55 a.m. - Graham DeLaet, Canada; Brian Harman, United States; Russell Knox, Scotland.

  • Spieth, Johnson together at St. Andrews

    July 13, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) Jordan Spieth sets off on his quest for the British Open by playing with the guy he beat in the U.S. Open.Spieth is in the group with Dustin Johnson, who had a 12-foot eagle putt on the 18th hole at Chambers Bay to win the U.S. Open. Instead, he three-putted for par and finished one shot behind Spieth.

  • Martin Piller wins Web.com Tour's Boise Open

    July 12, 2015

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) Martin Piller completed a wire-to-wire victory Sunday in the Boise Open for his fourth career Web.com Tour title.Piller shot a 4-under 67 at Hillcrest Country Club for a 28-under 256 total, the second-lowest 72-hole score in Web.com Tour history and the third-best mark in relation to par.

  • Spieth beats Gillis in playoff, wins John Deere Classic

    July 12, 2015

    SILVIS, Ill. (AP) Jordan Spieth beat Tom Gillis on the second hole of a playoff to win the John Deere Classic on Sunday for his fourth victory of the season.The 46-year-old Gillis, who was attempting to become the oldest first-time winner on the PGA Tour in 20 years, sent an approach into the water. Spieth made par for his second win at TPC Deere Run in three years.

  • South Korea's In Gee Chun wins US Women's Open

    July 12, 2015

    LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) South Korea's In Gee Chun birdied four of the last seven holes to rally for a one-stroke victory at the U.S. Women's Open on Sunday.The 20-year old Chun shot a 4-under 66 in the final round and finished at 8 under, becoming the first player to win her U.S. Open debut since Birdie Kim in 2005.

  • Jerry Smith earns first Champions Tour win

    July 12, 2015

    GLENVIEW, Ill. (AP) Jerry Smith shot a 2-under 70 on Sunday to win the Encompass Championship for his first title on the Champions Tour.Smith had a three-stroke lead heading into the final round of the 54-hole tournament, but the margin was down to one over David Frost when he reached the 579-yard, par-5 16th hole. The Council Bluffs, Iowa native hit his second shot left into a greenside bunker, but holed out for a crucial eagle with two holes to play.

  • An early start on a major test at St. Andrews

    July 12, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) Tiger Woods and James Hahn were about 75 feet apart on the same green Sunday at St. Andrews.They just weren't on the same hole.Hahn is a newcomer to the Old Course, and the question he seemed to pose on every tee and even some fairways was, ''How do I get there?''

  • Clark out of British Open field, replaced by Ramsay

    July 12, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) British Open organizers say Richie Ramsay of Scotland has replaced Tim Clark of South Africa in the field for next week's British Open at St. Andrews.The R&A did not give an official reason for Clark's withdrawal.Earlier Sunday, Alexander Noren of Sweden also pulled out of the Open.

  • Fowler wins Scottish Open after final-round 68

    July 12, 2015

    GULLANE, Scotland (AP) Rickie Fowler birdied three of his last four holes to overhaul fellow American Matt Kuchar and win the Scottish Open by one shot on Sunday for his second victory of the year.Kuchar was on the practice range, preparing for a playoff, when Fowler sent his approach on No. 18 to within 18 inches. He tapped in the putt for a 2-under 68 - the same score as Kuchar - and an overall 12-under 268.

  • Mickelson relives British Open victory at Muirfield

    July 12, 2015

    GULLANE, Scotland (AP) Phil Mickelson swapped his golf clubs for a bottle of wine and took three of the closest people in his life with him to Muirfield to relive one of the most special victories of his career.The American has been playing the Scottish Open in Gullane this week but many of his thoughts have been fixed on a course about a kilometer up the road. It was at Muirfield in 2013 that he won the British Open, a feat he thought for so long he might never accomplish.

  • Alex Noren withdraws from British Open

    July 12, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) Alexander Noren of Sweden has withdrawn from the British Open at St. Andrews.The R&A did not disclose why Noren, who celebrated his 33rd birthday on Sunday, had to withdraw. He was replaced in the field by Hiroshi Iwata of Japan.

  • Spieth surges to 2-shot lead at John Deere Classic

    July 11, 2015

    SILVIS, Ill. (AP) Jordan Spieth shot a career-best 10-under 61 Saturday to grab a two-shot lead at the John Deere Classic.Spieth, who will try for his third straight major title next week at the British Open, was at 17-under 196 after the best round of the tournament since Steve Stricker shot a 60 five years ago.

  • Jerry Smith shoots 64, leads Champions Tour tournament

    July 11, 2015

    GLENVIEW, Ill. (AP) Jerry Smith matched a tournament record with an 8-under-par 64 Saturday to take a three-shot lead after the second round of the Encompass Championship.Smith is at 14-under 130 as he seeks his first professional title of any kind. Mark Goodes was second, while Bart Bryant, Fred Funk and David Frost are five strokes back.

  • Yang maintains lead at US Women's Open, Stacey Lewis 3 back

    July 11, 2015

    LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) Amy Yang shot a 1-under 69 and maintained a three-shot lead over Stacey Lewis through three rounds of the U.S. Women's Open.Paired together in Saturday's final grouping, Yang answered every time Lewis tried to trim her three-shot deficit.

  • Kirk out of British Open, replaced by Streelman

    July 11, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) Chris Kirk has withdrawn from next week's British Open at St. Andrews after breaking his hand, and been replaced in the field by fellow American Kevin Streelman.The R&A, which organizes the tournament, made the announcement on Saturday.

  • Chella Choi posts 9-hole record 29 at US Women's Open

    July 11, 2015

    LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) Chella Choi's favorite color is orange, yet it was the red numbers the South Korean posted Saturday at the U.S. Women's Open that was drawing all the attention.Choi, using an orange golf ball, shot the first nine-hole score of 29 in Women's Open history and missed a chance to share another record when she missed a three-foot putt on her final hole that would have matched the championship's single-round scoring mark.

  • Brooks holds off chasers to stay in lead at Scottish Open

    July 11, 2015

    GULLANE, Scotland (AP) Unheralded Daniel Brooks overcame a dreadful start and the toughest conditions of the week to keep his unlikely lead at the Scottish Open on Saturday, after a third round in which Rickie Fowler surged up the leaderboard and Justin Rose fell away.

  • Kirk out, Streelman in British Open

    July 11, 2015

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) Chris Kirk has withdrawn from next week's British Open at St. Andrews and been replaced in the field by fellow American Kevin Streelman.No reason was given for Kirk's withdrawal. The R&A, which organizes the event, was not immediately available for comment.

  • Spieth a young man on cusp of history at St. Andrews

    July 11, 2015

    Arnold Palmer proposed it. Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods pursued it.Those are the three biggest names in golf over the last half-century, combining for 214 wins on the PGA Tour and 39 majors. They all came to Scotland - Palmer at St. Andrews, Nicklaus and Woods at Muirfield - with hopes of a Grand Slam, the holy grail in golf. They all failed.

  • Laura Davies is out to add to Hall of Fame career

    July 10, 2015

    LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) Laura Davies is being inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame next week. That doesn't mean her career is coming to an end any time soon.She can't be bothered with travel plans or acceptance speeches for Monday's festivities at St. Andrews. After all, she's in contention again at a U.S. Women's Open, an event she won in 1987.

  • Janzen, Funk, Frost, Bryant share lead on Champions Tour

    July 10, 2015

    GLENVIEW, Ill. (AP) Lee Janzen, Fred Funk, David Frost and Brad Bryant share the lead after shooting a 7-under 65 in Friday's first round of the Encompass Championship at North Shore Country Club.Janzen, who won the 1993 and 1998 U.S. Opens, chipped in for a birdie on the 17th hole during a run of three straight birdies while playing in the morning.

  • Spieth surges to 7-under 64 at John Deere Classic

    July 10, 2015

    SILVIS, Illinois (AP) Jordan Spieth shot a 7-under 64 on Friday to move into contention at the John Deere Classic.Spieth, who'll try for his third straight major title next week at the British Open, opened the tournament Thursday with a par 71.But Spieth rallied with four birdies in six holes and an eagle on Friday to land safely above the projected cut line.

  • Rose shaken by hitting fan with drive at Scottish Open

    July 10, 2015

    GULLANE, Scotland (AP) Justin Rose was shaken by striking an elderly spectator on the head with an errant drive on the way to a 4-under 66 at the Scottish Open, leaving him tied for the lead midway through the second round Friday.The defending champion sent his tee shot left on the par-5 16th and when he approached his ball, there was a man sitting the ground with blood coming from a cut on his head. Rose said a young spectator fainted at the sight of the blood, but soon ''came around.''

  • Jane Park moves into 3-way tie for first at US Women's Open

    July 10, 2015

    LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) Jane Park made a birdie and four pars as play resumed at the U.S. Women's Open, moving the American into a three-way tie for the lead after the rain-delayed first round.The 2004 U.S. Amateur champion is tied with Karrie Webb and Marina Alex at 4-under 66. Na Yeon Choi, the 2012 U.S. Open winner, and Amy Yang are a stroke back.

  • Triple Crown of Australian golf set for 3 consecutive weeks

    July 10, 2015

    SYDNEY (AP) The ''Triple Crown'' of Australia's major golf tournaments will begin with the Australian Masters from Nov. 19-22 at a yet-to-be- determined sandbelt course in Melbourne.The PGA Tour of Australasia said Friday that the Australian Open, with American Jordan Spieth expected to return as defending champion, will follow at The Australian Golf Club in Sydney from Nov. 26-29.

  • Spieth stumbles in 1st round of John Deere Classic

    July 9, 2015

    SILVIS, Illinois (AP) Justin Thomas and Nicholas Thompson were tied for the lead at 8 under par in Thursday's opening round of the John Deere Classic, while Jordan Spieth languished far behind.Thomas and Thompson each shot a 63 at the TPC Deere Run in Illinois, finishing eight strokes ahead of Masters and U.S. Open champion Spieth. They were a shot ahead of Charles Howell III and Luke Guthrie.

  • McDowell revisits 2010 to rekindle his game at Scottish Open

    July 9, 2015

    GULLANE, Scotland (AP) With the putts rolling in and his name briefly atop the leaderboard, it was like the good old days for Graeme McDowell at the Scottish Open on Thursday.It's been a while since he could say that.The former U.S. Open champion has had problems balancing life as a father and a professional golfer since the birth of his first child - daughter Vale - last August. He arrived in Gullane this week ranked No. 52, his lowest since October 2009, and with just one top-10 finish this year.

  • Olesen shoots 7-under 63, takes early lead at Scottish Open

    July 9, 2015

    GULLANE, Scotland (AP) Thorbjorn Olesen birdied three of his last four holes to shoot 7-under 63 and take a two-shot lead midway through a low-scoring first round of the Scottish Open on Thursday.The 25-year-old Dane rolled in seven birdies and was bogey-free around the links at Gullane on Scotland's east coast, a return to form after missing the cut in five of his last six events since losing a playoff for the Mauritius Open.

  • Ko seeks to add an Open title to early career success

    July 9, 2015

    LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) Lydia Ko has accomplished plenty in her short competitive golf career and made the game look easy along the way.The 18-year-old from New Zealand has collected nine worldwide victories in the last three seasons as an amateur and a professional. She even climbed to No. 1 in the rankings earlier this year - at 17, the youngest man or woman to accomplish the feat.

  • Wie ready for title defense at US Women's Open

    July 8, 2015

    LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) Michelle Wie breaks into a huge smile any time she recounts her first major victory.But it's not the clinching putt, award ceremony or winner's trophy that brightens Wie's smile. Oddly, she says it's the way she handled a damaging double-bogey on the 16th hole of the final round of last year's U.S. Women's Open, cutting her lead to a single stroke. She went on to birdie 17 and close out a two-stroke win for her first major title.

  • Knox ready for 'true thrill' of playing 1st British Open

    July 8, 2015

    GULLANE, Scotland (AP) Russell Knox was playing the 12th hole in the pro-am at the Scottish Open when he checked his phone and saw he'd received a text from his wife.It was the message Knox had been waiting for: He'll be playing in the British Open for the first time.

  • Top-ranked Park focusing on run at 3rd US Women's Open title

    July 8, 2015

    LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) Inbee Park's focus sharpens during major championship weeks, and the South Korean is dialing in for the U.S. Women's Open.Park is back atop the rankings for the third time in her career and leads the LPGA Tour with three wins this season. But the majors have been where she has flourished, with six major titles including five of the last 12.

  • Rory McIlroy pulls out of British Open

    July 8, 2015

    The photo Rory McIlroy posted to Instagram on Wednesday shows his feet up, a black air cast around his left ankle, as he watches Wimbledon on television. The claret jug was positioned beneath the screen.When it comes to a Grand Slam championship in his own sport, the world's No. 1 golfer will be reduced to watching this year.

  • Rory McIlroy confirms he will miss British Open because of left ankle injury.

    July 8, 2015

    AP () - - Rory McIlroy confirms he will miss British Open because of left ankle injury.

  • Mickelson refuses to comment on money-laundering allegations

    July 8, 2015

    GULLANE, Scotland (AP) Five-time major champion Phil Mickelson refused to comment on allegations linking him to an illegal gambling operation, saying Wednesday he is used to being an ''object to be discussed.''ESPN reported last week that .75 million belonging to Mickelson was transferred to a former sports gambling handicapper, who pleaded guilty to laundering money. According to court documents obtained by ESPN, the money was part of ''an illegal gambling operation which accepted and placed bets on sporting events.''

  • McIlroy's absence dominates talk at Scottish Open

    July 8, 2015

    GULLANE, Scotland (AP) All the talk at the Scottish Open is about a player who isn't even here this week.Rory McIlroy was supposed to be the main attraction at the tune-up to next week's British Open at St. Andrews. But the golf-loving Scottish public has been denied the sight of the world's top-ranked golfer after he injured his left ankle in a soccer kick-about with friends at the weekend.

  • Spieth reels in 2 more big ones

    July 7, 2015

    SILVIS, Ill. (AP) Everything is coming up in pairs for Jordan Spieth, even when he's fishing.And these were big fish, too.The Masters and U.S. Open champion was in the Bahamas with his best friends to celebrate his second straight major title when they threw a line in the water on the way back from snorkeling. Spieth got a tuna and was fighting with it for close to an hour, as small sharks kept approaching to try to get the fish.

  • Along for the ride on Watson's farewell at St. Andrews

    July 7, 2015

    This was one time Luke Donald didn't mind taking 45 minutes to play a 357-yard hole. He was on the 18th hole at St. Andrews, and the company he kept that Friday afternoon in 2005 could not have been better.Donald played with Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus, giving him an unobstructed view for the farewell of golf's greatest champion. Not only was it the final round for Nicklaus at St. Andrews, he closed his incomparable career with his 164th and final appearance in a major.

  • Spieth skips Scotland for familiarity of John Deere Classic

    July 7, 2015

    SILVIS, Illinois (AP) Most golfers believe the path to the British Open title starts a week early in Scotland.Jordan Spieth is content to stay at home and continue his Grand Slam push at the tournament that launched his PGA Tour career.Rather than join the majority of the world's top golfers and prep for St. Andrews by playing the links course in Gullane, Scotland, Spieth will spend the weekend at the often-overlooked John Deere Classic.

  • Stallings suspended 3 months for doping violation

    July 7, 2015

    Scott Stallings has been suspended for three months for violating the PGA Tour's anti-doping policy, making him the third player to be sanctioned for performance-enhancing drugs since the policy was introduced to golf seven years ago.Stallings said in a statement released Tuesday by the PGA Tour that he took a supplement to help with chronic fatigue and turned himself in when he realized in February that it was on the list of banned substances.

  • John Deere to sponsor PGA event in Quad Cities through 2023

    July 7, 2015

    SILVIS, Ill. (AP) John Deere will continue to serve as the title sponsor of the PGA Tour event in Illinois through 2023.The Moline, Illinois-based company says it has reached a seven-year extension with the PGA Tour to host the John Deere Classic at the TPC Deere Run just east of its headquarters.

  • Caddie kicked out for taking photo of USGA notes

    July 7, 2015

    LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) The USGA says the caddie for Sei Young Kim was removed from the U.S. Women's Open for taking photos of internal notes on the course setup.Paul Fusco will not be allowed to caddie this week at Lancaster Country Club. The Women's Open starts Thursday.

  • PGA Grand Slam to move from Trump Course in Los Angeles

    July 7, 2015

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) The PGA of America is moving its Grand Slam of Golf from Donald Trump's course in Los Angeles, the first significant fallout for golf from the Republican presidential candidate's comments on Mexican immigrants.Trump and the PGA of America met Monday. Both groups said they mutually agreed not to hold the Grand Slam of Golf at Trump National Golf Club in Los Angeles on Oct. 19-21.

  • McIlroy not alone in golf in finding hazards off the course

    July 7, 2015

    Rory McIlroy's ankle injury heading into the final two majors of the year raises questions about which hobbies star athletes should avoid. It also brings to mind an entertaining conversation a decade ago among Tiger Woods, Darren Clarke and Thomas Bjorn.

  • After McIlroy soccer mishap, other freak athlete injuries

    July 6, 2015

    It was playing soccer and not golf that left Rory McIlroy with a ruptured ligament in his right ankle.The Northern Irishman is already undergoing rehabilitation, with doubts over his participation at the British Open later this month.Perhaps the only consolation for the world's No. 1 golfer is that he is not the first athlete to be injured while not playing the sport that pays the bills.

  • McIlroy ruptures ligament in ankle while playing soccer

    July 6, 2015

    LONDON (AP) Rory McIlroy was on crutches Monday with an ankle injury from playing soccer, leaving in doubt the prospects of golf's No. 1 player defending his British Open title next week at St. Andrews.Just as excitement was building toward a potential clash at the Old Course between McIlroy and Jordan Spieth, McIlroy posted a jarring photo on Instagram showing him on crutches with a walking boot on this left ankle. The 26-year-old from Northern Ireland said it was a ''total rupture'' of an ankle ligament and the joint capsule that happened while he was playing soccer with friends.

  • Rory McIlroy says he has ruptured ligament in left ankle

    July 6, 2015

    LONDON (AP) World number one Rory McIlroy says he has ruptured ligament in left ankle while playing soccer.The Irish golfer gave no indication how long he would be out in the announcement on his Instagram account, only saying that he is ''working hard to get back as soon as I can.''

  • Daniela Iacobelli wins Symetra Tour's Tullymore Classic

    July 5, 2015

    STANWOOD, Mich. (AP) Daniela Iacobelli birdied the final two holes Sunday for a one-stroke victory in the Symetra Tour's Tullymore Classic.The 27-year-old former Florida Tech player closed with a 6-under 66 to finish at 16-under 200 at Tullymore Golf Club. She was born in Detroit and lived in Michigan until she was a teenager.

  • Abraham Ancer wins Nova Scotia Open

    July 5, 2015

    HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) Abraham Ancer won the Nova Scotia Open on Sunday for his first Web.com Tour title, beating Bronson Burgoon with a birdie on the first hole of a playoff.The 24-year-old Ancer became the tour's fifth Mexican winner, following Keoke Cotner, Esteban Toledo, Alex Aragon and Carlos Ortiz. Ancer was born in Texas and has dual citizenship.

  • Danny Lee wins Greenbrier Classic in 4-man playoff

    July 6, 2015

    WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) A week ago at the Travelers Championship, Danny Lee became so disappointed with his driver that he gave it to a young fan in the middle of the final round and walked away.On Sunday, his new one worked pretty well.Nearly eight years after becoming a U.S. Amateur champion at age 18, Lee earned his first PGA Tour win at The Greenbrier Classic in a four-man playoff.

  • Wiesberger comes from 3 shots back to win French Open

    July 5, 2015

    PARIS (AP) Bernd Wiesberger of Austria came from three shots back to win the French Open on Sunday, making five birdies on the front nine to take command as overnight leader Jaco Van Zyl faltered.Wiesberger finished with a 6-under 65 to win by three shots ahead of James Morrison of England, who shot a 67. Van Zyl only managed a 73 to finish five shots behind Wiesberger's total of 13-under 271.

  • Bohn, O'Hair, Park, Molder tied for lead at Greenbrier

    July 4, 2015

    WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) Jason Bohn shot a 9-under 61 Saturday and heads into the final round in a four-way tie for the lead at The Greenbrier Classic.Bohn, Sean O'Hair, Sung Joon Park and Bryce Molder were at 11-under 199 on the Old White TPC course in West Virginia. O'Hair and Park both shot 66. Molder had a 67.

  • South Africa's Van Zyl cards 64 for 2-shot lead in Paris

    July 4, 2015

    PARIS (AP) Jaco Van Zyl will take a two-stroke lead into the final round of the French Open and a shot at a maiden European Tour title after carding a 7-under-par 64 on Saturday.Van Zyl has won 13 times on the Sunshine Tour, and has 17 top-10 finishes on the European Tour, including two this season while playing on a medical exemption with a brace on his leg.

  • Vegas, Langley share 2nd-round lead at Greenbrier Classic

    July 3, 2015

    WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) Jhonattan Vegas shot a 5-under-par 65 Friday to tie Scott Langley for the lead after the second round of the Greenbrier Classic.They were at 9-under 131 on the Old White TPC course in West Virginia.Twenty-three golfers were within three shots of the lead, including seven at 8 under.

  • 2016 Ryder Cup pitch comes up short with Minnesota officials

    July 3, 2015

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The 2016 Ryder Cup was awarded to the Hazeltine National Golf Club near Minneapolis years ago, however its promoters quietly recently tried to wedge money into Minnesota's new state budget for logistical assistance and sponsorships of the event.

  • Dubuisson in 3-way tie for lead at French Open halfway stage

    July 3, 2015

    PARIS (AP) Home favorite Victor Dubuisson was in a three-way tie for the lead after the second round of the French Open on Friday, while Ryder Cup teammate Graeme McDowell's bid for a third successive title came to an early end.Dubuisson and Spain's Rafa Cabrera-Bello had been part of a four-way tie for the lead after the weather-delayed opening round was completed in the morning and they both carded a 1-under 70 in the second to finish the day level with Martin Kaymer (69). They had a 4-under 138 total.

  • Bubba Watson to remove Confederate flag from 'General Lee'

    July 3, 2015

    WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) Bubba Watson says he's painting over the Confederate flag on his car made popular in ''The Dukes of Hazzard'' television series.The two-time Masters champ said Friday he'll replace it with the U.S. flag on the roof of the ''General Lee 01.''

  • Column: Time for golf powers to stand up to Donald Trump

    July 2, 2015

    Donald Trump loves Mexicans, he really does.Not the ones he believes cross the borders to rape women and threaten our national security. Trump made it clear again on national television Wednesday night that people south of the border were still his prime suspects when it comes to that sort of behavior.

  • Tiger Woods shoots 4-under 66 at Greenbrier Classic

    July 2, 2015

    WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) Tiger Woods has rebounded from a dismal U.S. Open with a 4-under-par 66 in the opening round of The Greenbrier Classic.Helped by Thursday's morning rain that softened the Old White TPC course in West Virginia, Woods posted his lowest score of the season and matched his best in relation to par. It was only the fourth time he shot in the 60s in 21 rounds.

  • 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

    July 13, 2015

    TENNISLONDON (AP) Novak Djokovic got the better of Roger Federer at Wimbledon again.The defending champion outplayed Federer in four sets Sunday to win his third Wimbledon title and ninth Grand Slam championship.In a repeat of last year's final, won by Djokovic in five sets, the top-ranked Serb overcame the loss of seven set points in the second set and pulled away to beat the seven-time champion 7-6 (1), 6-7 (10), 6-4, 6-3.

  • 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

    July 9, 2015

    Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Thursday. A full Sports Digest will be sent about 3 p.m. All times EDT:- LONDON - Serena Williams resumes her Grand Slam quest, playing Maria Sharapova in the Wimbledon semifinals. The winner faces Garbine Muguruza, who beat Agnieszka Radwanska in the other semifinal.

  • 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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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'

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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?

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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?

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    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

    April 30, 2016

    CAMBRIDGE, Ontario (AP) Suzann Pettersen birdied two of the last three holes to win the Manulife LPGA Classic on Sunday for her 15th LPG