June 10, 2014 |
PINEHURST, N.C. - It will be an exercise in tongue-biting, a lesson in lip-gnawing this week and next. When the men of the PGA descend on the new planet called Pinehurst No. 2, they will find themselves faced with an unfamiliar game for the second consecutive U.S. Open. The women, who play their Open on the same course the next week, might never return to North Carolina. Last year, short little Merion with its tight boundaries and its jungles of rough stressed club selection, commitment to uncomfortable lines and deciphering diabolical greens that most of the men had never seen before.
June 3, 2014 |
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. - As the U.S. Opens approach, things could hardly be better for the ladies of golf. The United States has charged back atop the LPGA roster even as the tour becomes more global and its footprint in the United States becomes larger. Americans have won nine of the 13 tournaments this season, including Stacy Lewis' second win of the season, yesterday, when she won the ShopRite LPGA Classic and overtook Korean star Inbee Park as the No. 1 women's golfer in the Rolex Rankings.
May 31, 2014 |
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. - While Jessica Korda and Lexi Thompson enjoyed outstanding careers in junior golf, they thought they needed time to adjust to the grind of the LPGA Tour before they could break into the winner's circle. Still, the two women haven't taken all that long to make their mark on the circuit, and are part of the influx of young American players who have enjoyed much success on the tour this season. Players from the United States have won seven of the 12 tournaments played in 2014 entering Friday's start of the $1.5 million ShopRite LPGA Classic at Seaview Hotel and Golf Club.
May 30, 2014 |
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Has it been 11 years since 13-year-old Michelle Wie, coming off a victory in the Women's Amateur Public Links that made her the youngest winner of any U.S. Golf Association championship, played in the pro-am of the LPGA's Shop Rite Classic before competing in the tournament on a sponsor's exemption? "It feels like a million years ago," Wie said yesterday at Seaview's Bay Course, where the 26th ShopRite Classic will tee off at 7:54 tomorrow morning with Lexi Thompson and Lizette Salas, who won 2 weeks ago. "But it's pretty cool.
May 18, 2014 |
IRVING, Texas - Brendon Todd birdied his final two holes Friday to take a 2-stroke lead after two rounds at the Byron Nelson Championship. The birdies at Nos. 17 and 18 wrapped up a 6-under 64 and put Todd alone atop the crowded leaderboard at 8-under 132. Among eight players at 6 under were Martin Kaymer, The Players Championship winner Sunday, and Paul Casey after his record back nine. Casey was over par before matching the PGA Tour record for the best score on a back nine, an 8-under 27 with six birdies and an eagle.
May 8, 2014 |
GALLOWAY, N.J. - Karrie Webb had already qualified for induction into the LPGA Hall of Fame before she turned 30. That was a decade ago. She's won 11 more times since then, including her seventh major title (in 2006). The Australian has already won twice this season. And from May 30-June 1, she'll try to become the first repeat champion at the ShopRite Classic. She's third on the money list and fifth in the world rankings, the only one from her country in the top 50. So, maybe her career isn't quite over yet. "You don't know what life brings, but I thought if I was still out here playing [at 39]
July 22, 2013
Spain's Beatriz Recari birdied the two closing par 5s to catch Paula Creamer atop the leaderboard through 54 holes Saturday in the Marathon Classic in Sylvania, Ohio. Recari, a two-time winner on the LPGA Tour, matched Creamer's 4-under 67. Both are at 12-under 201. Rising American teen Lexi Thompson had a 67 and, along with Jacqui Concolino and Japan's Chie Arimura , was 3 shots back. Top-ranked Inbee Park , chasing her seventh win of the season, sagged to a 73. Oklahoma State sophomore Jordan Niebrugge won the U.S. Amateur Public Links at Laurel Hill in Lorton, Va., beating California junior Michael Kim , 1-up, in the 36-hole final.
May 17, 2013 |
IRVING, Texas - Keegan Bradley shot a 10-under-par 60 to lead the field in the opening round of the Byron Nelson Championship on Thursday. Bradley broke the TPC Four Seasons course record and matched the best round ever in the Nelson. He equaled Phil Mickelson's opening 60 at Phoenix as the best round on the tour this season. Charl Schwartzel was 3 strokes back, Robert Karlsson, Harris English and Ted Potter Jr. shot 64, and two-time major champion Angel Cabrera, Ryan Palmer, and Camilo Villegas were at 65. Guan Tianlang, the 14-year-old amateur from China, shot 70 in his second tournament since making the cut at the Masters.
September 21, 2012 |
ATLANTA - Tiger Woods sure didn't look intimidated Thursday in the Tour Championship. Woods kept the ball in play at East Lake and chipped in for one of his six birdies on his way to a 4-under 66 that gave him a share of the lead with Justin Rose. It was the first step toward what Woods hopes is another FedEx Cup title, and another $10 million bonus. Rory McIlroy, playing with Woods for the fifth time in these playoffs, saved par on the last hole for a 69. The week began with Greg Norman saying that Woods was intimidated by McIlroy, a suggestion that both players found amusing.
August 27, 2012 |
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. - Nick Watney salvaged a dismal season with a victory Sunday at The Barclays that was timely in many ways. Watney turned a 2-shot deficit against Sergio Garcia into a 3-shot lead in four holes around the turn at Bethpage Black, and then hung on to close with a 2-under 69 and capture the opening playoff event for the FedEx Cup. Watney won by 3 strokes over Brandt Snedeker. Watney is assured a shot at the $10 million prize at the Tour Championship next month and is also in the running for a Ryder Cup selection.