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.
J.J. Henry and former British Open champion Stewart Cink share the Valero Texas Open lead after shooting first-round 5-under 67s on a day the spotlight belonged to Kevin Na during a historic meltdown on No. 9.
14 Apr 2011 - 8:00pm - 0 Comments
When he pulled a 9-iron shot with a half swing on the final hole at last year’s Valero Texas Open, Adam Scott admitted he had to go “straight away” to the range to work out the kinks.
13 Apr 2011 - 8:28pm - 0 Comments
Masters champion Charl Schwartzel first showed his potential on a big stage last year in the World Golf Championship at Doral when he went toe-to-toe with Ernie Els until losing ground at the end.
13 Apr 2011 - 1:17am - 0 Comments
Cherry Hills Country Club has notified its members that the famed Colorado course will host the 2014 BMW Championship.
12 Apr 2011 - 1:34am - 0 Comments
Tiger Woods is crediting his new swing with helping bring back the fun and excitment in his game. Woods was back at work Tuesday, promoting his sponsors and the game of golf in China less than 48 hours after a dramatic final round at the Masters.
12 Apr 2011 - 1:29am - 0 Comments
The final round of the Masters drew its second-highest preliminary television rating in 10 years.
11 Apr 2011 - 7:01pm - 0 Comments
It was 12:48 a.m. Monday morning in South Africa when Charl Schwartzel sealed his first major title with a birdie on the last hole at the Masters. Back home on the family farm near Vereeniging, a city just south of Johannesburg, Charl’s father George watched every moment.
11 Apr 2011 - 3:10pm - 0 Comments
It was only fitting that on the 50th anniversary of Gary Player becoming the first non-American player to win the Masters, he watched another South African, Charl Schwartzel, become the first champion at Augusta National to finish with four straight birdies.
11 Apr 2011 - 3:06pm - 0 Comments
For the better part of two hours Sunday, he was that Tiger Woods again.
11 Apr 2011 - 3:00pm - 0 Comments
Rory McIlroy stood slumped over on the 13th tee, head buried in the crook of his elbow. There was still golf left to be played, but for a long moment he didn’t move, as if he didn’t want to face further punishment from a course that had suddenly turned on him.
11 Apr 2011 - 2:44pm - 0 Comments
In a change directed at scorecards and television viewers, golf revised one of its rules Thursday so that players who learn of a violation after they sign their cards can be penalized without being disqualified.
7 Apr 2011 - 12:48pm - 0 Comments
The PGA Tour is contemplating the radical change of handing out only Nationwide Tour cards at Q-School, in part to make sure promising young players are properly prepared for the big leagues. Neale Smith can understand that thinking better than most.
4 Apr 2011 - 11:48pm - 0 Comments
Ryo Ishikawa understands that whatever pressure he faces this week at the Masters doesn’t even compare with what his people in Japan are facing as they try to recover from the earthquake and tsunami that destroyed so many lives.
4 Apr 2011 - 11:29pm - 0 Comments
The Bob Hope Classic has a new title sponsor and a new format, according to a magazine report.
4 Apr 2011 - 11:22pm - 0 Comments
Tiger Woods made a quiet return to Augusta National on Sunday to complete a weekend of practice for the Masters, minus the media crush trying to document his every move. It was far different from last year.
3 Apr 2011 - 8:11pm - 0 Comments
Phil Mickelson feels pretty confident about his game heading into the Masters. The defending champion at Augusta outdueled Scott Verplank on Sunday to win the Shell Houston Open by three shots, his first victory since earning his third green jacket last April.
3 Apr 2011 - 6:26pm - 0 Comments
Phil Mickelson shot his lowest round in two years on Saturday, tying the course record with a 9-under 63 to share the lead with Scott Verplank after three rounds at the Shell Houston Open. Verplank shot his second straight 65 to catch Mickelson at 13 under par.
2 Apr 2011 - 8:08pm - 2 Comments
Course knowledge matters at the Shell Houston Open. PGA Tour rookie Chris Kirk shot a 3-under 69 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead over defending champion Anthony Kim and 2008 winner Johnson Wagner after two rounds at Redstone.
1 Apr 2011 - 8:41pm - 0 Comments
Jimmy Walker didn't make every birdie putt he saw during the first round of the Shell Houston Open on Thursday. It only seemed that way.
31 Mar 2011 - 8:37pm - 0 Comments
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