PGA News Archive

Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Royal St. George's to be lengthened, par reduced to 70 for British Open
The Royal St. George’s course will be 100 yards longer for this year’s British Open, with par being reduced from 71 to 70.
Donald poised to reach new heights after several behind-scenes changes
Luke Donald looks like a different player these days. He even acts like a different player. Consider his final hole at the Masters, where he was desperate to make birdie to keep alive his slim hopes.
Johnson splits with caddie in wake of three recent high-profile incidents
Dustin Johnson has decided to split up with his caddie, who was on the bag during two chances to win a major last year and was involved in the American star nearly missing his tee time at Riviera.
A Quick Nine: Who was your biggest influence to get started in golf?
Whether it was mom, dad, grandpa, an uncle, an actor, a world-class player, or the fact that we're all gluttons for punishment -- there's someone or something that had a big influence on getting you involved in the game of golf.
What's in the winners' bags for the week of April 17, 2011
What clubs did Brendan Steele and last week’s other winners use to achieve victory? We take a peek in their bags to check out the gear that earned them the big checks for the week of April 17:
Local Knowledge: 2011 Heritage
Better late, they say, than never. That's the case this week on the PGA Tour, as players head to Harbour Town Golf Links on beautiful Hilton Head Island one week later than the customary spot on the schedule a week after the Masters.
Monday, April 18, 2011
Rudolph, 1959 PGA Tour rookie of year, 1971 Ryder Cup player, dies at 76
Mason Rudolph, who qualified for the U.S. Open at the age of 16 and was the 1959 PGA Tour rookie of the year, has died. He was 76. He died Monday at a Tuscaloosa hospice.
A week's worth of tweets, April 11-17, 2011
Many prominent golf companies, players and PGA instructors regularly take to Twitter to talk about their equipment and other aspects of their game.
European Tour chief concerned about unrest in Gulf, competing Asian tours
European Tour Chief Executive George O’Grady says organizers will wait several months before deciding whether to hold the Volvo Golf Champions tournament for a second year in Bahrain.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Chopra named Fresh Express Classic winner when fog halts final round
Daniel Chopra was declared the winner of the Nationwide Tour’s Fresh Express Classic at TPC Stonebrae Sunday when heavy fog rolled into northern California and ultimately forced the cancellation of the final round. 
A Lesson Learned: Bouncing back from golf disaster
So this week we saw PGA Tour player Kevin Na shoot 80 in the first round of the Valero Texas Open. A tour pro shooting 80 is surprising, but not unheard of. But Na shot 80 after he made a 16 – yes, a 16, on the par four ninth hole.
Cook tops Blake in sudden death to grab Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am
John Cook won the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am on Sunday for his second Champions Tour victory of the year, rebounding from a double bogey on the final hole of regulation with a birdie on the first hole of a playoff against Jay Don Blake.
Rookie Steele holds off Chappell to win Valero Texas Open by one
Rookie Brendan Steele shot a 1-under 71 on Sunday, overcoming relentless wind and fellow first-year PGA Tour player Kevin Chappell to win the Valero Texas Open by a stroke.
Schwartzel's victory means no major titles are now owned by Americans
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.
From Kaymer to Schwartzel, youth is taking over in major championships
The last four major champions are noteworthy in part because of their passports. It’s the first time since the Masters began in 1934 that four non-American players have won golf’s four biggest events.
Manassero wins Malaysian Open, as McIlroy misses chance to force playoff
Italian teenager Matteo Manassero shot a 4-under 68 Sunday to earn a one-stroke victory at the Maybank Malaysian Open, upstaging Masters champion Charl Schwartzel and Rory McIlroy.
Chopra flirts with 59, leads List and Knox by one at Fresh Express Classic
Daniel Chopra flirted with history on Saturday. The 37-year-old came tantalizingly close to shooting 59, but instead had to settle for what might have been along with a one-stroke lead in the Nationwide Tour’s Fresh Express Classic at TPC Stonebrae.
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Rookie Steele bursts from seven-way tie to lead Valero Texas Open by one
PGA Tour rookie Brendan Steele birdied Nos. 17 and 18 for a 4-under 68 on Saturday, grabbing sole possession of the Valero Texas Open lead after beginning the day tied with a whopping six other players for the top spot.
Accurate Cook takes one-shot lead on Day 2 of Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am
John Cook shot a 6-under 65 take take a one-stroke lead at the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am on Saturday. Cook sits at 11 under, one ahead of Russ Cochran. The first-day leader shot a 3-under 68. Jay Don Blake is third, three strokes back.
McIlroy takes two-stroke lead midway through third round in Malaysia
Rory McIlroy birdied his final hole to take a two-stroke lead Saturday in the weather-hit Maybank Malaysian Open, while Masters champion Charl Schwartzel barely made the cut for the third round.