June 3, 2011 |
DUBLIN, Ohio - Rory McIlroy only gets to play three regular PGA Tour events this year. He showed Thursday why the Memorial Tournament was one of them. On a Muirfield Village course that already ranks among his favorites, McIlroy had a birdie putt on his last eight holes and converted half of them on his way to a 6-under 66 to join Chris Riley in the lead after the first round. McIlroy hit the ball so pure that he shot 32 on the front nine despite missing three birdie putts inside eight feet.
May 6, 2011 |
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Bill Haas had stress-free birdies on all the par 5s and did little wrong on the rest of the holes Thursday in the Wells Fargo Championship, matching the tournament record for lowest opening round with an 8-under 64. Haas had a 2-shot lead over David Toms and Jonathan Byrd, who each had a 66 in the morning when it was barely above 40 degrees at the start of the tournament at Quail Hollow with a north wind that is uncommon for...
April 9, 2011 |
AUGUSTA, Ga. - When Tiger Woods made history 14 years ago at the Masters, kids like Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, and Rickie Fowler followed on television in their respective countries, dreaming that one day they'd be walking inside the ropes of Augusta National Golf Club. Now they're here competing and contending in the first major of 2011, and what do you know? Here comes Woods - again. With McIlroy, Day, and Fowler playing in the same group Friday and entertaining the galleries like few threesomes have done in recent years, Woods, a four-time Masters champion, stormed out of the pack with nine birdies and fired a 6-under-par 66 to get within striking distance after 36 holes.
March 25, 2011 |
Spencer Levin is atop the leaderboard after the opening round for the third time this year, so that's nothing new. It was his score yesterday afternoon at Bay Hill in Orlando, Fla., that surprised him and everyone else. In warm, blustery conditions on a course that allowed only three rounds in the 60s and the most rounds in the 80s (13) in nearly two decades, Levin had a 6-under-par 66 and a three-shot lead over Rickie Fowler and Hunter Mahan in the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Tiger Woods and his power group of Dustin Johnson and Gary Woodland provided the entertainment everyone expected, although not this variety.
July 3, 2010
1 Rickie Fowler's electric color combination was lime green and white Friday. It looked innocuous enough until you saw his matching shoes, lime green and white, like saddle shoes. "I didn't see those at Golf Galaxy," one Aronimink member said of the golf outlet store. They weren't selling them in the Aronimink pro shop, either. (Where's Carrie Bradshaw when you need her?) The shoes did not help as Fowler missed the cut. 2 Local knowledge is a good thing. On the 14th green, golfer after golfer missed what looked like makeable putts.
July 2, 2010 |
The first competitive round of a PGA Tour event in the Philadelphia area in eight years brought the fans out to Aronimink Golf Club, many of them eager to see Tiger Woods have a good round in his initial visit to these environs. Woods didn't do so well Thursday on the opening 18 of the AT&T National. Some other high-profile stars in the 120-player field struggled with the deep rough and difficult pin positions over the 7,237-yard Newtown Square layout. So it was up to two fairly recent PGA Tour winners - Nick Watney and Jason Day - and two relative unknowns - Arjun Atwal and Joe Ogilvie - to rule the day. All four carded 4-under-par 66s to take a step ahead of a pretty bunched pack.
July 1, 2010 |
The first competitive round of a PGA Tour event in the Philadelphia area in eight years brought the fans out to Aronimink Golf Club, many of them eager to see Tiger Woods have a good round in his initial visit to these environs. Woods didn't do so well Thursday on the opening 18 of the AT&T National. Some other high-profile stars in the 120-player field struggled with the deep rough and difficult pin positions over the 7,237-yard Newtown Square layout. So it was up to two fairly recent PGA Tour winners ?
July 1, 2010 |
Rickie Fowler last visited the Philadelphia area in September, wearing the official uniform of the United States team that defeated Great Britain and Ireland thanks to a wonderful performance by the former Oklahoma State star. He showed up again in the area Wednesday for his Pro-Am round at the AT&T National wearing a white golf shirt with green and purple polka dots, a purple and white cap covering a mop of brown hair, and purple and green golf shoes. Yes, Fowler, 21, has created a style that makes him one of the most noticeable players on the PGA Tour.
June 7, 2010 |
England's Justin Rose rallied from a four-shot deficit to win the Memorial yesterday with a flawless final round for his first victory in 7 years on the PGA Tour. It was the second straight year the Memorial winner came from four shots behind. Tiger Woods did it a year ago, and the 29-year-old Rose was equally impressive. He played bogey-free at Muirfield Village, in Dublin, Ohio, for a 6-under 66 and a three-shot victory over Rickie Fowler. Rose tapped in for par, thrust his fist in the air and slammed it down, a moment long overdue.
June 5, 2010 |
Rickie Fowler, the new kid in golf, gave himself a chance yesterday to be the next kid to win on the PGA Tour. The 21-year-old Fowler ran off three straight birdies late in his round for a 6-under-par 66 to tie the 36-hole record at the Memorial Tournament and take a three-shot lead over Justin Rose into the weekend at soggy Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio. Fowler was at 13-under 131. That tied the tournament record set by Scott Hoch in 1987. "Just being in contention the few times I have over the last 8 months, this is by far the best I've felt," Fowler said.