Willet wins at home and captures European flagship event
VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) — Former Masters champion Danny Willett outplayed Jon Rahm in the final group at Wentworth and closed with a 5-under 67 to win the BMW PGA Championship by three shots...
Willett wins at home for 1st time at BMW PGA Championship
VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) — Danny Willett won a European Tour event on home soil for the first time in his career with a three-shot victory at the BMW PGA Championship on Sunday.
Rahm, Willett share lead after 3 rounds at BMW PGA Champs
VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) — Jon Rahm endured a wild end to his third round at the BMW PGA Championship to drop back into a share of the lead with Danny Willett at the flagship European Tour...
Willett, Rahm share 2nd-round lead at Wentworth
VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) — A fast start by Danny Willett and a sublime finish by Jon Rahm helped them into a tie for the second-round lead at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth on...
British Open, Field
PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — Players who are exempt and expected to compete in the 148th British Open at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland on July 18-21. Players listed only in the first...
US Open at a glance
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A brief look at the third round Saturday at the U.S. Open:
LEADING: Gary Woodland shot 2-under 69 to get to 11 under for the tournament and give him the lead...
Qualifiers for the 2019 Masters
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The 87 players who are eligible and expected to play in the 83rd Masters, which starts Thursday. Players listed only in the first category for which they are...
England’s Willett wins World Tour Championship
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Danny Willett ended his title drought in thrilling fashion, winning the DP World Tour Championship by two shots despite a last-hole blunder on Sunday.
It was the 31-year-old Englishman's first victory since the 2016 Masters, secured with a final-round 4-under-par 68 for an 18-under total of 270.
Francesco Molinari finished in joint 26th place to win the European Tour's Race to Dubai.
Co-leaders Reed, Willett eye World Tour Championship title
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Patrick Reed and Danny Willett each put on a green jacket the last time they won a tournament. Now they have their eyes set on another significant prize.
Reed, the reigning Masters champion, and Willett, who won that event two years earlier, closed Saturday at 14-under 202 and will enter the final day of the European Tour's season-ending DP World Tour Championship as co-leaders.
Wallace takes 1-stroke lead at World Tour Championship
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Matt Wallace took his shots on time and took the lead at the World Tour Championship.
The 28-year-old Englishman, who was fined 3,000 pounds ($3,800) for slow play in the first round, shot a 7-under 65 Friday for a one-stroke lead over Danny Willett (67), Jordan Smith (68) and Adrian Otaegui (68). Wallace was at 11-under 133 overall in the season-ending championship of the European Tour.
Molinari 1 shot ahead of Fleetwood in race for European No 1
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Francesco Molinari missed two par putts from less than two feet in his opening round of the World Tour Championship on Thursday to give Tommy Fleetwood a sliver of a chance of keeping the European Tour season title.
Molinari was cruising at one stage, having reached 6-under par after 14 holes, but three-putted the 15th and 18th holes to finish on 4-under 68 at Jumeirah Golf Estates.
Li Haotong shoots 63, takes 3-shot lead in Turkey
ANTALYA, Turkey (AP) — Li Haotong shot an 8-under 63 on Saturday in the Turkish Airlines Open to take a three-shot lead over defending champion Justin Rose and Alexander Levy into the final round.
Li had a 17-under 196 total at Regnum Carya Golf and Spa Resort. The Chinese player eagled the par-4 10th and had six birdies — all on the first 12 holes. He won the Dubai Desert Classic in January for his second European Tour title.
Defending champ Rose leads by 2 in Turkey
ANTALYA, Turkey (AP) — Defending champion Justin Rose has a two-shot lead halfway through the Turkish Airlines Open after consecutive 6-under-par 65s on Friday.
Another Englishman, Tom Lewis, posted the low score so far of 63 to share second with Danny Willett (65) and 2016 champion Thorbjorn Olesen (67).
A shot behind them at 9 under overall were Adrian Otaegui, who was still bogey free after a 65, Sam Horsfield of England (67), Li Haotong of China (67), and Alexander Levy of France (66).
Chez Reavie takes 1st-round lead at CJ Cup with 4-under 68
JEJU ISLAND, South Korea (AP) — Chez Reavie overcame cool, windy conditions for a 4-under 68 and a one-stroke lead after the first round of the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges on Thursday.
In the breezy conditions, the back nine of the course posed the most difficulty, but the 36-year-old American made two birdies and negotiated it in 35 after starting on the 10th tee, and then picked up three shots on his final nine.
Japan’s Tanihara leads by 2 after European Masters 2nd round
CRANS-MONTANA, Switzerland (AP) — Hideto Tanihara shot a bogey-free 4-under 66 to lead by two shots after the European Masters second round on Friday.
The Japanese player had four birdies at the high-altitude Crans-sur-Sierre club to get to 9-under 131.
Tanihara is two strokes clear of defending champion Matthew Fitzpatrick, American Doug Ghim, and Lucas Bjerregaard.
South Africa’s Van Rooyen leads Irish Open by 4
DONEGAL, Ireland (AP) — South African golfer Erik van Rooyen left behind his overnight co-leaders to grab a commanding four-shot lead going into the final day of the Irish Open on Saturday.
Van Rooyen began the third round in a three-way tie for the lead, but stormed to the turn in just 29 shots on his way to a superb 6-under-par 66 to finish 14 under.
He's four shots ahead of Joakim Lagergren of Sweden (69) and Ryan Fox of New Zealand (70).
Revitalized Willett in contention at Irish Open
DONEGAL, Ireland (AP) — Ryan Fox of New Zealand, Matthieu Pavon of France and Dutch golfer Erik van Rooyen shared the lead after the second round of the Irish Open on Friday, while Danny Willett's return to form catapulted him into contention at Ballyliffin Golf and Country Club.
Willett reached a career-high ranking of ninth after claiming his first major title at the 2016 U.S. Masters, but slumped to 442nd after missing his ninth cut in 12 events at last week's French Open.
BRESCIA, Italy (AP) — Lee Slattery of England shot a 9-under 62 Saturday to take a one-stroke lead entering the final round of the Italian Open.
Seeking his first victory since the 2015 Russian Open, Slattery produced eight birdies, an eagle and a single bogey to move just ahead of home favorite Francesco Molinari and Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark.
Molinari is coming off the biggest win of his career at the BMW PGA Championship — where Slattery missed the cut.
BRESCIA, Italy (AP) — English duo Robert Rock and Laurie Canter and South Africa's Richard Sterne all shot rounds of 8-under 63 on Thursday to share the lead after the first round of the Italian Open.
The trio was two shots ahead of a group of eight players, which includes 2016 Masters champion Danny Willett and Ryder Cup duo Ross Fisher and Thomas Pieters.
Dredge, Quiros setting the pace at Trophee Hassan event
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Bradley Dredge reeled off three birdies in his last five holes to share the lead with Alvaro Quiros after the opening round of the European Tour's Trophee Hassan II event Thursday.
Quiros finished with two straight birdies as the big-hitting Spaniard joined Welshman Dredge on 5-under-par 67.
Past 2 Masters champions Garcia, Willett miss cut
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The last two Masters champions won't be playing on the weekend.
Defending champion Sergio Garcia and 2016 winner Danny Willett missed the 36-hole cut Friday at Augusta National.
Willett finished the second round with consecutive bogeys, missing out by two strokes. He ended up at 7-over 151.
Westwood making cuts, but not making progress in majors
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — It's not quite a badge of honor, though it beats the alternative. Lee Westwood was among 13 players who made the cut in all four majors this year, and he has the longest active streak of cuts made among those who have played them all.
Westwood last missed the cut in 2014 at the British Open, making it 13 in a row that he has played the weekend.
That's the good news.
"I'm playing steady, but not well enough," Westwood said.
Defending champ Willett among notables to miss cut at Masters
AUGUSTA — Danny Willett will be around for the weekend at Augusta National Golf Club, but only as a spectator.
Willett, the defending Masters champion, needed some luck from the rest of the field after finishing early Friday with a 36-hole total of 7-over 151. That didn't happen, and Willett was atop the list of players to miss the cut at the 81st Masters Tournament.
Masters at a glance
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — A brief look Friday at the second round of the Masters:
LEADING: Four players were tied at 4-under 140 — first-round leader Charley Hoffman, Sergio Garcia, Thomas Pieters and Rickie Fowler, none of whom has won a major.
CHASING: William McGirt has fifth place all to himself, two shots back.
RED ZONE: Only nine players are below par in the pared-down 53-man field.
STREAKING: Garcia, one of the best players never to win a major, is looking to break the string at 70.
Defending champ Willett leads parade exiting Masters early
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Defending champion Danny Willett's morning got off to an appropriately chilly start.
The Englishman made a snowman at the first hole, never quite recovered from that quadruple bogey en route to a 78 on Friday and wound up leading a cast of dozens headed for the exits at Augusta National after failing to make the cut. At least Willett will be back on Sunday to put the green jacket on the new champion.
Key hole at the Masters
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — A look at the key hole Friday in the second round of the Masters:
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on the first round of the Masters on Thursday (all times local):
How tough were the conditions in the opening round of the Masters?
Only 11 players broke par Thursday.
Charley Hoffman shot a stunning 7-under 65, but he was in a league of his own with winds gusting close to 40 mph. The only other player in the 60s is William McGirt with a 69.
Column: Willett finds price tag comes with Masters jacket
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Winning a Masters green jacket doesn't always lead to champagne dreams and caviar wishes. Sometimes, as defending champion Danny Willett found out, it means outsized demands on your time and plenty of unwanted pressure.
AUGUSTA — Danny Willett has spent the last 12 months as a statesman of Augusta National Golf Club as the reigning Masters champion.
He's enjoyed the perks that have come with that status – wearing the green jacket in public with pride, the coveted No. 1 badge reserved for the defending champion, even planning Tuesday night's Champions Dinner. So it's understandable when he says it would be a shame to potentially have to slip the jacket onto someone else's shoulders come Sunday evening.
Sunday at the Masters about kids and no stress
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The 40 girls and 40 boys moved in orderly fashion from the driving range to the chipping area to the putting green in their age groups.
At Augusta National, it was precision unlike any other.
The latest tradition at the Masters is the Drive, Chip and Putt national finals, with winners from eight age groups posing with Danny Willett, Bubba Watson, Nick Faldo, Mark O'Meara and other Masters champions.
Masters at a glance
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Facts and figures for the Masters:
Tournament: The 81st Masters.
Dates: April 6-9.
Site: Augusta National Golf Club.
Length: 7,435 yards.
Purse: To be determined ($10 million in 2016).
Field: 93 (88 professionals, five amateurs).
Cut: Top 50 and ties, and anyone within 10 shots of the lead.
Qualifiers for the 2017 Masters
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The 93 players who have qualified and are in the field for the 81st Masters on April 6-9. Players listed only in the first category for which they are eligible. The winner of the Shell Houston Open, if not already eligible, also qualifies:
Spieth returns to a green jacket and a bad memory
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The drive home from Augusta National was quiet, a rarity when Jordan Spieth is in the car.
He was wearing a blue shirt, not a green jacket.
It wasn't supposed to be this way. Only three hours earlier on Sunday at the Masters, he was coming off four straight birdies and stood on the 10th tee with a five-shot lead. No one who had won a major was remotely close to Spieth.
US Masters champion Danny Willett takes lead at Kuala Lumpur
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — U.S. Masters champion Danny Willett shot a 5-under 67 on Saturday at the Maybank Championship to finish the day three strokes ahead of American David Lipsky heading into Sunday's final round.
Willett had a 16-under total of 200 after 54 holes.
The 29-year-old Englishman seemed to be thriving despite unpredictable weather conditions at the Saujana Golf and Country Club, opening with three rounds of 67 or better for just the third time in his career.
Wiesberger hits 9 birdies in a row to lead Willett by 1
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Bernd Wiesberger put on a clinic with his irons to lead Danny Willett by one stroke halfway through the Maybank Championship on Friday.
Wiesberger has been on a hot streak, and the Austrian came to life at Saujana club from the par-4 seventh hole to notch nine consecutive birdies of his 11 overall.
That haul stands as the longest birdie run of the year, despite two bogeys.
Marc Warren takes 1st-round lead in Kuala Lumpur
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Marc Warren overcame a missed cut last week to shoot a 9-under 63 and take a two-stroke lead after the opening round of the Maybank Championship on Thursday.
The Scotsman, a three-time winner on the European Tour, nearly lost his playing card last year but a fifth-place finish at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship set up a strong finish to 2016.
Garcia leads Dubai Desert Classic by 1, Woods 12 shot back
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Sergio Garcia took advantage of better playing conditions in the morning and carded a 7-under-par 65 for a one-shot lead to open the Dubai Desert Classic on Thursday.
Playing ahead of Tiger Woods, who could not make any headway and posted a 5-over 77, Garcia made six birdies and an eagle before finally dropping a shot on the eighth hole, his 17th.
Willett struggling to rediscover game before Masters defense
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Danny Willett has 2½ months to rediscover his game before making a pressure-filled return to Augusta National as the defending Masters champion.
Major champions and their major moments
From 20 feet away, Dustin Johnson was just trying to hit the green. From 190 yards, he was going at the flag. Henrik Stenson made a 50-foot putt across the 15th green at Royal Troon and found as much value in the putt he made from 4 feet on the next hole.
Cabrera Bello extends lead at Hong Kong Open
HONG KONG (AP) — Rafa Cabrera Bello extended his lead to three strokes at the Hong Kong Open on Friday after a 5-under 65.
Cabrera Bello, who led by one stroke after an opening 64 at the Hong Kong Golf Club, is at 11-under 129 overall. Sam Brazel is second after a second consecutive 66.
Cabrera Bello takes 1-stroke lead at Hong Kong Open
HONG KONG (AP) — Rafa Cabrera Bello had four birdies and an eagle Thursday for an opening 6-under 64 and a one-stroke lead at the Hong Kong Open.
"I was in control of the round all day and putted nicely, too, so it was nice work out there," the Spaniard said.
Sebastien Gros shot 65 at the Hong Kong Golf Club, while 11 golfers were tied for third with 66s.
Westwood upstages Race to Dubai contenders
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The four golfers in contention for the Race to Dubai title were upstaged by Lee Westwood in the first round of the DP World Tour Championship on Thursday.
Westwood shot a 6-under 66 in swirling winds to take a one-stroke lead at the European Tour's season-ending event in Dubai.
"Some days you feel like there's a lot of birdies out there but today I think was a pretty stiff test," Westwood said.
McIlroy, Stenson among final 4 as Race to Dubai nears end
The Race to Dubai has reached the final event of the season and four golfers are still in contention to become the European Tour's top player.
Three of them — Henrik Stenson, Danny Willett and Rory McIlroy — have won majors. The other, Alex Noren, is in major-winning form after earning four victories since July.
Stenson, the British Open champion, leads the Race to Dubai standings by almost 300,000 points over Willett, the Masters champion, and 600,000 over Noren.
McIlroy pulls out of Turkish Airlines Open
SHANGHAI (AP) — Rory McIlroy pulled out of the Turkish Airlines Open next week, leaving him a long shot to capture the Race to Dubai on the European Tour.
McIlroy presumably withdrew over security concerns. A car explosion in the parking lot of the Antalya Trade and Industry Chamber on Tuesday slightly injured about a dozen people. The tournament will be held at Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort in Antalya.
Willett out of British Masters because of back injury
WATFORD, England (AP) — Danny Willett has pulled out of the British Masters because of a back injury.
Willett, who won the Masters at Augusta National this year for his first major title, was replaced in the 120-man field at The Grove by Justin Walters on South Africa.
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland (AP) — Sweden's Alex Noren matched the course record with an 8-under 64 at Carnoustie to take the first-round lead in the Dunhill Links Championship.
The 34-year-old Noren had eight birdies in a bogey-free round. He won the Scottish Open in July and the European Masters in Switzerland last month,
England's Ross Fisher was second after a 65 at Kingsbarns. Sweden's Joakim Lagergren and England's Matt Ford shot 66. Lagergren played Carnoustie, and Ford Kingsbarns.
DUNHILL LINKS CHAMPIONSHIP
Site: St. Andrews, Scotland
Course: St. Andrews (Old Course), Carnoustie, Kingsbarns Golf Links
Purse: $5 million
TV: Golf Channel (Today-Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon; Sunday, 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)
Defending champion: Thorbjorn Olesen
Last week: Europe was defeated, 17-11, by the United States in the Ryder Cup.