July 19, 2013 |
GULLANE, Scotland - A blue sky and a gentle breeze usually means ripe scoring conditions at the British Open. Just not on the brown links of Muirfield. Zach Johnson handled it better than anyone yesterday. Helped along by a 45-foot eagle putt and only one bogey despite trouble lurking around every pot bunker, Johnson had a 5-under 66 for a one-shot lead, the first time he's been atop the leaderboard at any major since he rallied to win the Masters 6 years ago. Tiger Woods more than survived the late end of the draw, after the sun had thoroughly baked out the crispy greens and allowed only eight of the 20 rounds under par. He knocked one putt clear off the green, but 10 one-putts - most of them for pars - carried him to a 69, a good start in his bid to end his 5-year drought in the majors.
April 8, 2016 |
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Holes-in-one by the winner, by playing partners and by an octogenarian highlighted a record-shattering par-3 tournament. The field combined for nine holes-in-one, dwarfing the record of five set in 2002. Jimmy Walker dropped one at No. 2 and, at 8-under, won by three shots. His score broke by one stroke the record set by Art Wall (1965) and Gay Brewer (1973). Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler, playing in the same group, thrilled the crowd moments apart when they each aced No. 4. But no one got a bigger cheer than 80-year-old Gary Player, whose hole-out at No. 7 gave him a record four for his career and made him the oldest acer in tournament history.
May 27, 2012 |
FORT WORTH, Texas - Jason Dufner matched playing partner Zach Johnson's birdie putt on the 17th hole Saturday, then overcame a wayward final tee shot to save par and keep the lead at the Crowne Plaza Invitational. Dufner shot a 4-under 66 in the third round for a 15-under 195 total. That put him a stroke ahead of Johnson, who shot 65. Tom Gillis was a distant third at 7 under after a 69 at the Colonial Country Club. Dufner, the winner last week in the Byron Nelson Championship about 30 miles away, could become the first player to win both tour events in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in the same year since Ben Hogan in 1946.
May 28, 2012 |
FORT WORTH, Texas - Zach Johnson won the PGA Tour's Crown Plaza Invitational for his first victory since also winning at the Colonial Country Club, a.k.a. Hogan's Alley, two years ago. Johnson was assessed a 2-stroke penalty for failing to replace his ball to its original position after marking it on the 18th hole. That left him with a 2-over 72 and a 1-stroke victory over Jason Dufner. Johnson finished at 12-under 268 for his eighth PGA Tour title. Dufner closed with a 74. Tommy Gainey was a distant third at 7 under after a 67. PGA Seniors BENTON HARBOR, Mich.
July 17, 2012 |
LAKE ORION, Mich. - Roger Chapman won the U.S. Senior Open by 2 strokes. He shot a 4-under-par 66 Sunday to finish the tournament at 10 under, joining impressive company. Chapman, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, and Hale Irwin are the only players to win the U.S. Senior Open and Senior PGA Championship in the same year. The Briton's career highlight before this year was a European Tour win in Brazil 12 years ago. Bernhard Langer, Fred Funk, Tom Lehman, and Corey Pavin finished tied for second at 8-under 272 in the Champions Tour's fourth of five majors.
May 12, 2012 |
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - The Players Championship still lacks some definition going into the weekend. At least it still has one of golf's star attractions. In what looks to be a neighborhood block party, Sea Island residents Matt Kuchar and Zach Johnson steered clear of trouble Friday and shared the 36-hole lead with Kevin Na. They had a 1-shot lead over Harris English, a PGA Tour rookie who also lives 100 miles to the north at Sea Island. The attention shifted to Tiger Woods, who with one burst of birdies went from a guy struggling to make the cut to being on the periphery of contention.
July 21, 2013 |
GULLANE, Scotland - Miguel Angel Jimenez' preround stretching is getting a lot of the attention, but his golf is what could help him grab a place in history. The fun-loving Spaniard scrambled for an even-par 71 yesterday that was good enough to lead midway through the British Open at baked-out Muirfield. He can hardly relax. Tiger Woods was among four players only one stroke behind, a group that included English favorite Lee Westwood, long-hitting American Dustin Johnson, and Sweden's Henrik Stenson.
February 26, 2006 |
At the start of the week, nobody would have been surprised to see veteran Davis Love III make today's final of the Match Play Championship. But Geoff Ogilvy? It'll be Love vs. Ogilvy, however, in the 36-hole showdown after each player survived five grueling matches, including yesterday's quarter- and semifinals, to give themselves a shot at the $1.35 million winner's check and one of the four World Golf Championship titles. Love, who made it to the finals against Tiger Woods in 2004, played his way past Chris DiMarco and Padraig Harrington, among others, this week before ousting Zach Johnson, 4 and 2, in yesterday's semifinals.
February 23, 2006 |
Sean O'Hair got to do yesterday what every child who ever played a sport dreams of doing. He beat one of his heroes. In this case, it was the popular Fred Couples, who, at 46, is twice his age and very much in the midst of a career resurgence. After Couples battled back from 3-down through 10 holes in the first round of the Match Play Championship, O'Hair ended it by sinking a 17-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole. "Huge" is how O'Hair, 23, from West Chester, described the victory, which sent him into today's second round against Zach Johnson, a 1-up winner over Jim Furyk.