CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) — A week of major championship pressure at the U.S. Open and a cross-country trip made for a lot of tired players at the Travelers Championship. Greens made soft by rain on a...
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The PGA Tour has signed a 10-year umbrella sponsorship deal for its developmental tour that provides the best path to the big leagues.
CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) — Phil Mickelson joked Wednesday that TPC River Highlands is clearly a left-handed golf course.
Mickelson and fellow lefty Bubba Watson have combined to win five times...
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Tiger Woods wasn't the only prominent player to miss the cut at the PGA Championship.
Bethpage Black also claimed Sergio Garcia; Steve Stricker, who had not missed a...
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Phil Mickelson has committed to play in the Travelers Championship, returning to Connecticut's PGA Tour stop for the first time in 16 years.
DETROIT (AP) — Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Bubba Watson have committed to play in the inaugural Rocket Mortgage Classic.
The announcement was made Thursday, two-plus months before...
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...
Masters memories come to life for women amateurs
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Moments after Marta Perez teed off in a practice round unlike any other, she ventured to the right of the 10th fairway at Augusta National to see where Bubba Watson hit that...
Masters, Trivia Quiz
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — How well do you know the Masters? Try this quiz. Questions are listed comparative with how tough each hole plays at Augusta National.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Kevin Kisner made it to the Dell Technologies Match Play final for the second straight year, and this time he got it right.
Spieth fights back but eliminated on final hole
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Jordan Spieth spent his day fighting from behind. By the time he came to the 18th green Friday, he didn't have enough shots left to make to the weekend.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the Dell Technologies Match Play (all times local):
Jordan Spieth lost the first four holes and never quite recovered.
Woods down, but not yet out at Match Play
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Tiger Woods lost his match and got off easy.
At least he still has a chance in the Dell Technologies Match Play.
Koepkas, Watson, Holmes commit to Zurich Classic
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The field for the 2019 Zurich Classic continues to add big names.
Brooks Koepka, the world's No. 3-ranked golfer and reigning U.S. Open champion, has committed to play the...
Site: Los Angeles.
Course: Riviera CC. Yardage: 7,322. Par: 71.
Purse: $7.4 million. Winner's share: $1,332,000.
Television: Thursday-Friday, 3-6 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday, 1-2:45 p.m. (Golf Channel), 3-6 p.m. (CBS); Sunday, 1-2:45 p.m. (Golf Channel); 3-6:30 p.m. (CBS).
Defending champion: Bubba Watson.
FedEx Cup leader: Xander Schauffele.
Last week: Phil Mickelson won the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
A piece of shrapnel behind Bubba’s tears at the Ryder Cup
KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) — Bubba Watson is known for crying after he wins. Even with three victories last year, his biggest tears were after a loss.
And it really didn't have anything to do with losing.
The source of his tears at the Ryder Cup in France can be traced to a piece of shrapnel Watson had removed from his father when he died.
Bubba wants to be at Presidents Cup as an assistant
NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Bubba Watson ends the year at No. 12 in the Presidents Cup standings, and his mission is to be at Royal Melbourne one year from now.
But not necessarily as a player.
Watson was asked during the Hero World Challenge what would make a good 2019, and he didn't hesitate.
The Latest: Lefty, big-name Europeans to miss opening salvos
SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) — The Latest on the Ryder Cup at Le Golf National (all times local):
The opening session of the Ryder Cup will be missing some of Europe's biggest names.
"Lefty" is sitting it out, too. This will be the first time since Phil Mickelson's first appearance in 1995 that he won't be on the course at the beginning of Day 1. At 48, he is the oldest member of the American team.
Column: Booba’s in France, a place he really, really loves!
SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) — Bubba Watson — or "Boo-ba," as he's known in these parts — is trying hard to shed his image as the Ugly American.
He doesn't just like France.
He LOVES France!
The museums. The culture. The food.
All of it.
You almost expected him to start speaking French (with a bit of a Southern drawl, perhaps) during his news conference Wednesday, two days before the start of the Ryder Cup at Le Golf National in the rather nondescript suburbs outside Paris.
The Latest: Ryder Cup spots in sight at PGA Championship
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Latest from the PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club (all times local):
The scoreboards for the PGA Championship aren't the only ones worth watching this week.
That's because the tournament at Bellerive is the last points-paying event for the U.S. team for the Ryder Cup, and a crucial opportunity for European players to impress captain Thomas Bjorn.
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — Kevin Na rode a hot putter to halt a winless streak of nearly seven years on the PGA Tour.
Na shot a 6-under-64 for a five-stroke victory at A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier on Sunday.
The 34-year-old Na's only previous tour win came in Las Vegas in October 2011.
"I wasn't sure if it was going to come again. I was hoping it would — sooner than later," Na said. "I've been close so many times, failed so many times."
POTOMAC, Md. (AP) — Even after winning for the third time in his last nine starts, Bubba Watson wasn't willing to say it's his best year in golf.
CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) — Golfer Bubba Watson has donated $200,000 to the Travelers Championship to support the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in Connecticut for seriously ill children.
Watson overcame a six-stroke deficit Sunday in Cromwell to win his third Travelers Championship title and $1.26 million.
Bubba Watson rallies to win in Connecticut _ again
CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) — Bubba Watson overcame a six-stroke deficit to win his third Travelers Championship title, shooting a 7-under 63 on Sunday for a three-stroke victory at TPC River Highlands.
Watson became the first three-time winner on the PGA Tour this season, and pulled within one of Billy Casper's tournament record of four victories.
CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) — Bubba Watson says TPC River Highlands feels like home. It certainly was a comfortable place again this week.
Watson overcame a six-stroke deficit Sunday to win his third Travelers Championship title, shooting a 7-under 63 for a three-stroke victory.
The left-hander became the first three-time winner on the PGA Tour this season and pulled within one of Billy Casper's tournament record of four victories.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Two tournaments into his return following a wrist injury, U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka nearly suffered another setback.
All because of a golf cart.
Koepka waited until the last minute Thursday morning before deciding to tee off at The Players Championship, and he got around just fine with a 2-under 70 while playing alongside fellow power hitters Dustin Johnson and Bubba Watson.
CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) — Jordan Spieth has committed to play in the 2018 Travelers Championship, a tournament he won last year by holing a bunker shot in a playoff.
Spieth made the announcement Tuesday during the annual media day in advance of the PGA Tour event, which will be played next month during the week after the U.S. Open.
That is a week many golfers have traditionally chosen to take off.
Column: PGA Tour primed for big 2nd half of season
The PGA Tour began the second half of the season at the Texas Open, with Andrew Landry becoming the seventh first-time winner.
Never mind that it feels as though the season is just getting started.
Still to come are three majors and The Players Championship. Not to be overlooked are the FedEx Cup playoffs. Quibble about points and prestige, but they deliver four tournaments over five weeks of the top available players.
AUGUSTA, Ga. — Always with Bubba Watson, you're never sure what you're going to get.
Lefty genius? Weepy champ? Enlightened father? Boor?
All of them? None of them? Or, perhaps, even this?
"(My) life's in the right spot, and golf's in the right spot," Watson said Monday. "Golf's easy when you free it up."
Thus began Masters week for one of the game's more complicated figures, and his words bear remembering. When Watson has found himself in the right spot, he won the championship in 2012 and '14.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — He's been trying his best to stay in the moment, something that hasn't always come easy for Rickie Fowler.
His friends have won major championships, and he's celebrated with them, genuinely happy for their success. The sight of Fowler waiting by the 18th green to trade high-fives and hugs with players like Bubba Watson and Sergio Garcia is a familiar one to golf fans.
But when he starts thinking about winning one himself, things often quickly go south.
Nathan Grube and Andy Bessette, whose tireless work turned the Travelers Championship into the 2017 PGA Tour tournament of the year, returned to Connecticut on Wednesday night from the Masters.
OK, OK, Jordan Spieth’s jaw-dropping bunker shot at 18 for the unforgettable W in June played a small role in the award. But let’s not let that minor detail get in the way of the work the two men have done every year to recruit players to TPC River Highlands in Cromwell.
Friendly competition: Fowler hoping to finally piece it together at Masters
AUGUSTA — In 2014, Rickie Fowler entered the final round of the Masters two shots behind the leaders. He ended up making three bogeys, including one on the par-5 second hole in the final round, and finished tied for fifth.
However, he got to see his friend Bubba Watson win.
A year later, his buddy Jordan Spieth dominated the field and ran away with the green jacket, winning by four shots.
A capsule look at 15 top contenders for the Masters, which starts April 5 at Augusta National Golf Club:
Country: United States.
World ranking: 1.
Worldwide wins: 17.
Majors: U.S. Open (2016).
Masters moment: Slipping down the stairs and wrenching his back on the eve of the Masters, leading him to withdraw as the No. 1 player and heavy favorite in 2017.
Bubba Watson wins Dell Technologies Match Play with a flawless final day
AUSTIN - Bubba Watson was in high spirits for someone with such low expectations at the Dell Technologies Match Play.
Walking to the sixth tee, already 2-up in his semifinal match against Justin Thomas, he smiled and said, "Just remember, I was beating No. 1 at some point." Thomas only had to win that match to reach No. 1 in the world, and Watson figured that is what would happen.
Bubba Watson wins Match Play title in blowout
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Bubba Watson made the final of the Dell Technologies Match Play look as though he were on vacation all along.
Watson won his second World Golf Championships title Sunday with the biggest blowout since the championship matched switched to 18 holes in 2011, a 7-and-6 victory over Kevin Kisner.
Bubba Watson the only obstacle between Justin Thomas and No. 1 ranking
AUSTIN - Justin Thomas was on antibiotics when he arrived in Texas and mustered enough strength for a short practice round that left him wondering how long he would last in the Dell Technologies Match Play, if at all.
AVONDALE, La. (AP) — Defending Masters champion and world No. 11 Sergio Garcia has committed to play in the PGA Tour's Zurich Classic of New Orleans team event in April.
Tournament chief Steve Worthy, who made the announcement on Tuesday, says Garcia's partner will be fellow Spaniard and Zurich Classic newcomer Rafa Cabrera Bello, who is ranked 21st.
Garcia last played the tournament, held at the TPC Louisiana, in 2010.
Watson trending in right direction after Riviera win
Los Angeles — Bubba Watson says he was contemplating retirement.
The two-time Masters champion had gone two years without winning. He fell out of the top 100 in the world ranking for the first time in 10 years. He was losing power and losing confidence, and didn't matter which color golf ball he was using. Worst of all, he was losing weight from an illness he still doesn't want to talk about.