By Doug Ferguson, Associated Press HOYLAKE, England (AP) -- Golf has been looking for the next big star the past five years, and Rory McIlroy is the most obvious candidate.
Ernie Els beat top-ranked Luke Donald 5 and 4 on Wednesday in the first round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, giving No. 2 Rory McIlroy and No. 3 Lee Westwood an opening to take the No. 1 spot with a tournament victory. McIlroy edged George Coetzee 2 up.
23 Feb 2012 - 12:24am - 0 Comments
Luke Donald won't be playing the 18th hole at Dove Mountain this year, either.
22 Feb 2012 - 3:43pm - 0 Comments
The PGA Tour is keeping the FedExCup for at least five more years with a significant sponsorship renewal.
22 Feb 2012 - 10:59am - 0 Comments
George Coetzee of South Africa, the last one into the 64-man field at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, is making his American debut at Dove Mountain -- at least as a professional.
21 Feb 2012 - 7:08pm - 0 Comments
Keegan Bradley watched a replay of the Northern Trust Open, where he holed a 12-foot birdie putt on the final hole to get into a playoff with Phil Mickelson and Bill Haas, who eventually won on the second extra hole.
21 Feb 2012 - 6:55pm - 1 Comments
Tiger Woods must be mellowing with age.
21 Feb 2012 - 5:38pm - 0 Comments
Bill Haas played alongside Phil Mickelson in what seemed like a one-sided affair outside the ropes, where chants of “Phil” chased after them in the cool air of the Pacific Ocean. This was a year ago at Torrey Pines.
20 Feb 2012 - 7:20pm - 0 Comments
That monster putt that Bill Haas holed on Sunday to win a three-man playoff for the Northern Trust Open vaulted him up to 12th in the Official World Golf Ranking. And even though Phil Mickelson lost out in the playoff, he regained a spot in the top 10.
20 Feb 2012 - 12:31pm - 0 Comments
Defending champion Luke Donald will face Ernie Els in Wednesday’s first round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. Tiger Woods is to play Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano.
20 Feb 2012 - 12:40am - 0 Comments
Bill Haas knows anything is possible from even the most dire positions. Remember, this is the guy only five months ago saved par with his ball partially submerged in a lake and won the FedExCup. Not even Haas could have imagined such a stunning conclusion Sunday at Riviera.
19 Feb 2012 - 7:36pm - 1 Comments
LOS ANGELES -- Phil Mickelson hit one tree, threaded a shot through five trees and hit a drive that wound up in a spectator's shorts. He somehow managed a 1-under 70 on Saturday to share the lead with PGA champion Keegan Bradley in the Northern Trust Open.
18 Feb 2012 - 6:59pm - 0 Comments
LOS ANGELES -- Phil Mickelson wasn't at his best Friday at Riviera. Two shots at least helped him stay in the lead.
17 Feb 2012 - 5:32pm - 0 Comments
LOS ANGELES -- Four days after his big win at Pebble Beach, Phil Mickelson keeps right on rolling.
16 Feb 2012 - 9:09pm - 0 Comments
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Paul Casey is out of next week's WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, but hopes to have recovered from his dislocated shoulder in time for the WGC-Cadillac Championship in Miami on March 8-11.
16 Feb 2012 - 1:08pm - 0 Comments
LOS ANGELES -- Phil Mickelson is known to get on hot streaks. The question is how long one can last.
16 Feb 2012 - 12:44pm - 0 Comments
LOS ANGELES -- Fred Couples wouldn’t mind coming back as U.S. captain at the Presidents Cup for a third time.
15 Feb 2012 - 7:05pm - 0 Comments
LOS ANGELES -- Luke Donald was on the practice range at Riviera before dawn Wednesday, so dark that only temporary floodlights allowed him to see where the ball was going.
15 Feb 2012 - 6:43pm - 0 Comments
LOS ANGELES -- Adam Scott was on the range at Riviera on Tuesday and had every reason to feel like a stranger. He is the only player from the top 10 in the world who has yet to play a tournament this year.
15 Feb 2012 - 1:21pm - 0 Comments
LOS ANGELES -– Riviera is getting a reputation of not showing much respect to its past champions.
15 Feb 2012 - 1:07pm - 1 Comments
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