4 Americans lead Senior British Open
LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England (AP) — A quartet of Americans — Wes Short Jr., Scott Dunlap, Scott Parel and Ken Duke — topped the Senior British Open leaderboard on Thursday, together with England's...
PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — An emotional opening shot by Darren Clarke. A shocking one by Rory McIlroy.
Tiger Woods had his worst score to start a British Open. Brooks Koepka quickly...
PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — The buzz among the locals at Royal Portrush has been all about Northern Irish natives Rory McIlroy, Darren Clarke and Graeme McDowell this week, so Shane Lowry...
PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — It was about 6:30 a.m. when Darren Clarke, sporting a gray beard to match his swept-back gray hair, walked onto the first tee at Royal Portrush to hit the opening...
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...
PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — Darren Clarke was a teenager working at a bar in his hometown of Dungannon when the call came in.
Scott takes a week getting to know Royal Portrush
PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — Adam Scott already has spent seven days at Royal Portrush, three of them with Darren Clarke, and the advice was invaluable to the end. They stood off the 18th...
Graeme McDowell winning the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach was a source of pride for Northern Ireland. Rory McIlroy winning the U.S. Open at Congressional the following year with a record score...
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Scott Parel matched the course record with a 9-under 63 on Friday to take a two-shot lead in the PGA Tour Champions' Principal Charity Classic.
PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) — Scott Parel took advantage of ideal scoring conditions Thursday morning to shoot a 4-under 66 and take the first-round lead in the weather-delayed Senior PGA...
PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) — The first round of the Senior PGA Championship has been suspended due to dangerous weather conditions.
A series of thunderstorms were scheduled to pass over suburban...
Lawsuit: Eatery co-owned by golfer hasn’t paid mortgage
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — A lawsuit charges that a South Carolina steakhouse co-owned by professional golfer Darren Clarke hasn't paid more than $2 million toward its mortgage.
Pavon takes 2-shot lead in Muscat
MUSCAT, Oman (AP) — Less than three weeks after disqualifying himself for signing his scorecard wrongly in Dubai, Matthieu Pavon was in the headlines again but this time for leading the Oman Open at the halfway stage on Friday.
SOUTHPORT, England (AP) — Henrik Stenson has ambitious plans to go skydiving with the claret jug if he manages to retain the British Open title at Royal Birkdale this week.
On current form, that's a long shot — and Stenson acknowledges as much.
Owning the most famous trophy in golf for the past year has been a privilege for Stenson. He has traveled the world with it, drank champagne from it, taken it on a jet ski back home in Orlando.
"It's almost become part of the family," he said Tuesday.
British Open Field
SOUTHPORT, England (AP) — Players who have qualified for the 146th British Open, which starts Thursday at Royal Birkdale (players listed only in the first category for which they are eligible):
British Open player capsules
SOUTHPORT, England (AP) — A capsule look at 10 top contenders for the British Open, to be played July 20-23 at Royal Birkdale (listed in predicted order of finish):
COUNTRY: United States.
WORLD RANKING: 1.
WORLDWIDE VICTORIES: 15.
MAJORS: US Open (2016).
2017 MAJORS: Masters-DNP, US Open-Cut.
BRITISH OPEN MEMORY: The 2-iron he hit out-of-bounds on the 14th at Royal St. George's as he was closing in on Darren Clarke in 2011.
British Open to return to Royal St. George’s in 2020
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) — The British Open will be staged at Royal St. George's in 2020.
The Royal & Ancient, which organizes the world's oldest major, made the announcement on Monday.
The course in southeast England will be hosting the British Open for the 15th time, and for the first time since 2011 when Darren Clarke lifted the claret jug.
Q School: Where golfing dreams are made, careers are damaged
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — It's the cut-throat side of European golf that often gets overlooked, a six-day slog in northeast Spain where dreams are made and careers can be shredded.
For 156 players, a week at school couldn't get much tougher.
Next Thursday, 5,000 miles (8,000 kilometers) away from the opening round of the European Tour's lucrative, season-ending World Tour Championship in Dubai, the final stage of the tour's Q School will reach its climax just outside Barcelona.
Noren savoring hottest stretch of his career
The hottest stretch of Alex Noren's career has come a few weeks too late.
If only two of his three European Tour wins since early July hadn't arrived after the qualification period for the Ryder Cup ended and Darren Clarke had selected his captain's picks.
"I wasn't on their minds," Noren says.
Too bad for Clarke. With Noren on the team, the Europeans might not have been humbled at Hazeltine.
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.
Column: 3 words of caution for giddy US fans: Davis Love III
CHASKA, Minn. (AP) — For those U.S. golf fans imagining what it's like to have the Ryder Cup residing in America again, there were always going to be three words of caution:
Will Round 2 at Ryder Cup bring more wild momentum swings?
CHASKA, Minn. (AP) — Sweep, then almost swept.
That describes the U.S. team's opening day at the Ryder Cup. The Americans won all four of Friday morning's foursomes matches, then nearly got shut out when they dropped three of four in the afternoon fourballs.
The Latest: Euros mix and match pairs as Americans stand pat
CHASKA, Minn. (AP) — The Latest on the Ryder Cup (all times local):
The late comeback that pulled Europe within 5-3 after Round 1 bought captain Darren Clarke enough breathing room to get the last two of his six rookies on the course at the start of Round 2.
RYDER CUP ’16: Facts and figures for the 41st edition
CHASKA, Minn. (AP) — Facts and figures for the Ryder Cup, which starts Friday at Hazeltine National:
Format: Four matches of fourballs (better ball) and foursomes (alternate shot) on Friday and Saturday, 12 singles matches Sunday.
Points: Europe needs 14 points to retain the cup. The United States needs 14 1/2 points to win the cup.
Europe sends out its heavy (Olympic) medal at Ryder Cup
CHASKA, Minn. (AP) — Europe is sending out some heavy metal to start the Ryder Cup — Justin Rose and his Olympic gold with Henrik Stenson and his silver claret jug.
McIlroy wants to return ‘gift’ of winning to Clarke
CHASKA, Minn. (AP) — Rory McIlroy didn't think his 10th birthday could get any better.
His father took him to Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland for the first time. He also received a new wedge with a rust finish, popular back in those days. And he was on the chipping green when he got perhaps the best gift of all.
"All of a sudden, I meet Darren Clarke," McIlroy said Tuesday at the Ryder Cup. "It was a great birthday for me."
And that's what makes this week even more special at Hazeltine.
RYDER CUP ’16: Rosters for European and American teams
CHASKA, Minn. (AP) — Rosters for the 41st Ryder Cup matches, which start Friday at Hazeltine National:
Euro captain Clarke knows his way around a spotlight
Darren Clarke knows his way around a spotlight.
Europe's Ryder Cup captain has won just one major, but like so many of his 21 other wins in some far-flung places, Clarke made sure it was memorable.
Five years ago, playing in his 20th British Open at age 42, the burly Northern Irishman held off Americans Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson down the stretch at Royal St. Georges, then topped it with one of the more gracious tributes the old golf ground ever hosted.
Paisley leads 2nd round of weather-delayed Italian Open
MONZA, Italy (AP) — Chris Paisley took a one-stroke lead in the second round of the Italian Open on Friday before thunderstorms ended play early.
Seeking his first European Tour win, Paisley was at 10-under through 13 holes, putting him one shot ahead of Masters champion and fellow Englishman Danny Willett.
Injured Ian Poulter gears up for Ryder Cup as a vice captain
Ian Poulter already can feel his heart pumping a little faster and his eyes getting a little wider, two indications that the Ryder Cup is almost here.
There's just one difference this time.
His hands will be on the wheel of a golf cart at Hazeltine instead of on a putter.
Ryder Cup rookie Pieters pulls out of KLM Open
SPIJK, Netherlands (AP) — Defending champion Thomas Pieters, a captain's pick in the European Ryder Cup team, pulled out of the KLM Open on Thursday after suffering an allergic reaction to a bee sting.
The 24-year-old Belgian had been scheduled to play at The Dutch course in Spijk, but organizers said he would not tee off. His withdrawal came three weeks before the Ryder Cup starts at Hazeltine.
Willett shoots 65 to open European Masters title defense
CRANS-MONTANA, Switzerland (AP) — Danny Willett of England, the Masters champion on both sides of the Atlantic, shot a 5-under 65 to be one stroke off the lead after the European Masters first round on Thursday.
Willett began the defense of his title in the scenic Swiss Alps among nine players trailing joint leaders Paul Peterson of the United States, Frenchmen Gregory Havret and Mike Lorenzo-Vera, and Daniel Brooks of England.
Westwood, Kaymer, Pieters get captain’s picks for Ryder Cup
Darren Clarke set up a WhatsApp messaging group with his Ryder Cup assistants to discuss which European players looked the best leading up to the deadline for his three captain's picks.
The name of Thomas Pieters popped up more than any other.
Hitting the best form of his career at just the right time, Pieters made it tough for Clarke to ignore him. He was selected Tuesday as one of Europe's three wild cards for next month's showdown with the United States at Hazeltine.
FedEx Cup begins, Ryder Cup qualifying ends
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Darren Clarke got an extra week to start mulling over his three captain's picks for Europe in the Ryder Cup because the top nine already are set. Matthew Fitzpatrick finished fifth in the Czech Masters and locked up no worse than the final spot.
Davis Love III has a little more time, and he likely will need it.
Fitzpatrick claims final spot for Europe’s Ryder Cup team
Matthew Fitzpatrick of England has nailed down the ninth and final automatic spot for Europe in the Ryder Cup.
Fitzpatrick finished fifth in the Czech Masters on Sunday, giving him enough world points that no one can catch him when European qualifying ends next week in Denmark.
The captain’s quandary for Knox in Ryder Cup
Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III keeps a separate points list for Americans to consider performances that might not show up in the standings, whether that's Rickie Fowler giving up potential starts to play in the Olympics or Kevin Kisner and Justin Thomas winning fall events that don't count.
The bigger question is whether Darren Clarke is thinking along the same lines.
That could determine whether Russell Knox is at Hazeltine next month. By winning the Travelers...