PGA Championship at a glance
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) — A brief look at the second round Friday at the PGA Championship:
LEADING: Brooks Koepka had a 5-under 65 to set the major championship record for 36 holes at...
Next week, there will be a legitimate major championship at Bethpage Black.
We'll also get a ridiculous sideshow, at least for the first couple of days.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Only when Nick Faldo took a break after playing nine holes Sunday at Augusta National did he look differently.
Top-ranked Justin Rose wins Farmers Insurance Open
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Justin Rose missed a short birdie putt that felt like another bogey. His three-shot lead was down to one through six holes of the Farmers Insurance Open, and the biggest battle was trying not to panic.
That's when he scratched a line on his scorecard after six holes, wanting to start his round from that moment forward.
And he gave himself a pep talk.
"You're No. 1 for a reason. Just start playing like it, please," he said.
Dunhill leader Hatton poised to match Woods’ Euro Tour feat
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) — Tyrrell Hatton of England is on course to become the first golfer since Tiger Woods 11 years ago to win the same European Tour event three years running.
Hatton shot a 6-under 66 in the third round at St. Andrews, one of three courses being used at the Dunhill Links Championship, to open a one-stroke lead with a 14-under total of 202 on Saturday.
Marcus Fraser of Australia was his nearest challenger after a 67 at Kingsbarns.
American stars seek European success in the Ryder Cup
SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) — The American team at the Ryder Cup is one of the strongest ever.
It features nine players who have combined to win 31 major championships, nearly half of those by Tiger Woods, who signaled his return last week by winning the Tour Championship. It has Dustin Johnson, who is back at No. 1 in the world. One of only three Ryder Cup rookies on the team is Justin Thomas, who already has won a major and reached No. 1 in the world.
Column: Poulter and his passion back at the Ryder Cup
SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) — The Ryder Cup meant the world to Ian Poulter even when he only had a tent to sleep in.
Poulter was 17 and folding shirts in a shop called Jack O' Legs Golf Center in England when he drove his rust bucket of a car to The Belfry for his first taste of the Ryder Cup in 1993. He found a house a few miles away where the owners let him pitch his tent in the yard for three pounds a night.
Ryder Cup, Trivia Quiz
How well do you know the Ryder Cup? Try this trivia quiz:
1. Who has been part of the most Ryder Cup teams?
a.) Nick Faldo
b.) Hale Irwin
c.) Phil Mickelson
2. Who is the only player to play five matches that all went 18 holes at the Ryder Cup?
a. Curtis Strange
b. Ben Crenshaw
c. Neil Coles
3. Who was the most successful tandem in Ryder Cup history?
Matthew Fitzpatrick retains European Masters in a playoff
CRANS-MONTANA, Switzerland (AP) — Matthew Fitzpatrick sank a 12-foot birdie putt on the first extra hole to retain his European Masters title Sunday in a playoff against Lucas Bjerregaard.
In a tournament whose winners include Nick Faldo, Ernie Els and Lee Westwood, the 24-year-old Fitzpatrick is the first back-to-back winner since Spanish great Seve Ballesteros 40 years ago.
Column: Azinger allows a look back at life-changing PGA
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Even with ample reason to think about what might have been, Paul Azinger prefers to wonder what's next.
This was one time he reluctantly agreed to celebrate the past.
He returned to Inverness Club over the weekend, his first time at the Ohio club since he reached the pinnacle of his career 25 years ago. He never imagined then that his golf would never be better.
Hall wins Women’s British Open for 1st major title
LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England (AP) — Named in honor of a famous Masters victory, Georgia Hall has her hands on one of the big trophies in women's golf at the age of 22.
The Englishwoman reeled in long-time leader Pornanong Phatlum in a gripping final-round duel at Royal Lytham to win the Women's British Open for her first major title on Sunday.
PGA CHAMPIONSHIP ’18: A trivia quiz
How well do you know PGA Championship history? Try this quiz:
1. This is the 100th edition of the PGA Championship. Who won the first one?
a.) Hugh Campbell
b.) Jim Barnes
c.) Jock Hutchison
2. What is the name of the PGA Championship trophy?
a.) Wanamaker Trophy
b.) Hagen Cup
c.) Havemeyer Trophy
3. Who won the last time the PGA Championship was held at Bellerive?
a.) Jack Nicklaus
b.) Nick Faldo
c.) Nick Price
4. Who was the last PGA champion who did not defend his title?
By Josh Planos
The Washington Post
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Long hitters, strong putters and aggressive players. Those are the types of golfers who win the Masters. The average winner over the past 12 years shoots 9.6-under par and doesn't miss greens. Of the past 18 winners, all of them ranked in the top six for greens in regulation.
Success heading into the event also is a prerequisite: Nick Faldo, in 1989, is the last player to win the event without a top-20 finish that season on tour.
The Masters arrives in the spring, when we northerners crave it most, beaming visions of sunshine and foliage into our living rooms, providing a reminder that humans may move about outdoors without winter-proofed boots.
For anyone with even a casual interest in golf, the Masters is welcomed. This year, the most familiar of major championships will also offer one of the most compelling fields in its picturesque history.
Faldo expanding junior program to other major champions
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Nick Faldo wanted his "Faldo Series" to have a global reach, and he thought he achieved that last year when he took four juniors from his program to South Africa to play against four juniors from the Ernie Els & Fancourt Foundation.
Column: Defining shots based on every club in the bag
Some of the defining shots on the PGA Tour this year were hit from the tee and fairway, from the bunkers and behind trees, and even from the driving range.
Two of them effectively clinched a first major. One of them introduced another young star.
One way to look back on 2017 is through every club in the bag. The shots weren't necessarily the best, but they helped shape the year.
SOUTHPORT, England (AP) — The British Open is not only golf's longest running major championship, it's also the most quirky. Simply put, it's like nothing you'll see any other week in the largely cookie cutter world of tournament golf.
Not to worry, for those tuning in and wondering what they're seeing. Here's a guide to things you'll need to know this week:
Pro golf: Paul Broadhurst closes strong to take 2-stroke lead in American Family Insurance Championship
By the time Paul Broadhurst curled in a birdie putt on his final hole Friday, most of the throng had already departed University Ridge Golf Course.
And a good many of his fellow competitors in the American Family Insurance Championship likewise had headed out, preparing for the Darius Rucker concert at Breese Stevens Field.
Pro golf: Fred Couples will play in American Family Championship
The field for the 2017 American Family Insurance Championship has received a last minute dose of star power with the addition of Fred Couples, tournament officials announced Friday.
Couples, the 1992 Masters champion and one of the marquee players on the PGA Tour Champions circuit, joins a field that includes local stars Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly and 37 of the top 40 players on this year’s Schwab Cup points list.
DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Jason Dufner never lost sight of the big picture even after losing a big lead. It paid off for him Sunday when he rallied from a four-shot deficit and holed a 30-foot par putt on the 18th to close out a victory in the Memorial.
Dufner lost a five-shot lead in the third round. He started the final round facing a four-shot deficit. And then he played his best golf on the back nine, and kept his composure during two rain delays, to close with a 4-under 68 and win by three shots.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Tony Romo has appeared in the CBS broadcast booth with Jim Nantz for the first time.
The former Dallas Cowboys quarterback, hired last month to be the network's lead NFL analyst, was on the air Saturday for a few minutes during third-round coverage of the PGA Tour event at Colonial.
Faldo’s funny memory of Palmer and Nicklaus
One of Nick Faldo's favorite memories of Arnold Palmer came at the tournament Jack Nicklaus built.
Faldo was the Memorial Tournament honoree two years ago, and he was touched by watching Nicklaus and Palmer sitting next to each in the clubhouse, with Nicklaus making sure Palmer was doing OK. Faldo described it as a sweet moment between two of the most revered figures in golf.
And then he saw the competitive side of the two rivals.
Pro golf: John Daly, Nick Faldo commit to play in American Family Insurance Championship
John Daly will be returning to Madison.
Coming off his first PGA Tour Champions victory at the Insperity Invitational last weekend, Daly has committed to playing at the American Family Insurance Championship at University Ridge Golf Course, the tournament announced on Monday.
I first picked up a golf club when I was 13 years old. Since then, I've watched a lot of golf on TV. I saw Fred "Boom Boom" Couples in his prime. I witnessed Greg Norman at his best and at his worst. For some reason I despised Nick Faldo — he was too British and too boring (and too good). I shed a tear after Payne Stewart's plane went down.
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.
Lee Westwood enters Ryder Cup on verge of history
CHASKA, Minn. (AP) — Over the last two decades of European dominance in the Ryder Cup, perhaps no player has personified the team's seemingly baffling advantage over the Americans more than Lee Westwood.
When the individual sport adopts the team dynamic for one weekend every two years, the 43-year-old Englishman who has never won a major championship almost always seems to rise to the occasion.
McIlroy answers big questions in winning Deutsche Bank
NORTON, Mass. (AP) — Rory McIlroy has built a record that would seem to make him immune from too much skepticism about his game.
He already had four majors at age 25, including the U.S. Open scoring record (268) and the largest margin of victory (eight shots) in the PGA Championship. In the 30 years of the world ranking, Tiger Woods, Greg Norman and Nick Faldo are the only players who have spent more time at No. 1 than McIlroy.