Matt Kuchar and Gary Woodland ended the United States' 11-year drought in golf's World Cup by shooting a 5-under 67 on Sunday to win by two strokes.The American pair fired six birdies in the alternate-shot final round at Mission Hills Blackstone course to finish at 24-under, 264 overall, notching the 24th U.S. win in the history of the tournament.English pair Ian Poulter and Justin Rose had the final day's best round with a 63 to tie for second at 22-under with Germany's Martin Kaymer and Alex Cejka (69). Read More
Two perfect teams, and a point for Tiger Woods. That's all the Americans needed to take an 11-6 lead Saturday morning in the Presidents Cup.
Phil Mickelson rolled in a 50-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole as he and Jim Furyk went to 3-0 at Royal Melbourne in the fifth and final foursomes match. In the leadoff match, Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson stayed undefeated for the weekend. Read More
As the calendar creeps closer to 2012, the prep work for June’s U.S. Open at the Olympic Club ratchets up with each passing day.
And when it’s all said and done, spectators can expect to see a bigger and bolder event than the last time the Open came to The City in 1998.
“The Open has grown exponentially since ’98,” senior director of the U.S. Open Reg Jones said during a visit to Olympic on Monday. “Whether it’s media, spectator facilities ... there’s more space.” Read More
He doesn’t look back. Jay Don Blake doesn’t wonder how he could have changed the past — ask himself if he would have been a star if he hadn’t been so stubborn, ignored the doctors’ advice, paid more attention to what was in his head, not his heart.
Blake on Sunday won the Champions Tour’s Charles Schwab Cup, at least the single-event section, in the chill and wind at TPC Harding Park on San Francisco’s mysterious southwestern edge. Read More
He’s 5,000 miles away in Singapore. Even if he were home in America, the Champions Tour, with its season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship underway at TPC Harding Park, is not where Tiger Woods would be competing.
Yet, for better or worse, no matter where, no matter when, Tiger seemingly is the only one who counts in golf.
Even during a tournament for seniors, or if you will Champions. Read More
The journey is what distinguishes Tom Lehman, no less than the journey’s destination, and the destination at which he arrived after years of struggle and doubt is a place among golf’s best, and surely golf’s most persistent.
The journey took him across America and across the sea.
It took him through disappointment (five failures at qualifying school), and through disrespect (he was expected to rent cross-country skis at a course where he sought a club job). Read More
The final event of the PGA Tour’s Champions Tour is teeing off in San Francisco on Thursday, when some of golf’s well-known 50-and-older stars will be playing at TPC Harding Park.The golf course, located in the southwest part of the city near Lake Merced, has hosted several PGA tour events, as well as the President’s Cup in 2009 and the Charles Schwab Cup in 2010 and this year.Fred Couples, Tom Watson and Tom Lehman — the current No. 1 player on the Champions Tour — are among the 30 top senior players competing in this year’s tournament. Read More
He was a golfer good enough to finish second in the Masters. A golfer perplexed enough to give up the game to become an insurance salesman. A golfer persistent enough to rework the swing which had defeated him.
Chip Beck was the second person to shoot 59 in a PGA Tour event — indeed, he could play. He probably wasn’t the first to find he couldn’t drive a ball straight off the tee, and that flaw drove him out of golf and into the so-called real world of 7:24 a.m. commutes and office hours. Read More
The mantra of golf is “It ain’t how, it’s how many.” Style points aren’t counted, strokes are. And the most important are those on the greens, which can save a round, or for Tiger Woods on Thursday, ruin one.
“This is probably the worst putting round I’ve ever had,” Woods said. Maybe an exaggeration. Maybe not.
A man who at his best could make anything from anywhere, who for nearly a decade was judged the best putter in the game, seemed flummoxed. Read More
One man, and the dynamics changed. One man, and a golf tournament not everyone noticed a year ago is receiving star treatment. Tiger Woods arrives, and suddenly the Frys.com Open has arrived.
He needed some game action, as it were, competition. The Frys, opposite pro and college football and the baseball playoffs, needed a boost. Both sides are delighted.
“I’m excited to be here,” said Woods on Wednesday. Here, is CordeValle Golf Club, tucked into the hills off U.S. 101 some 80 miles south of San Francisco, where today the Frys begins. “I’m excited to play.” Read More