McIlroy blocks out noise and hits his stride
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Rory McIlroy managed to block out all the noise, all the distractions, and this was long before he even reached the pivotal three-hole finish at the TPC Sawgrass to...
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Justin Thomas thought some ice and a couple of anti-inflammatory pills would fix his right arm.
Woods gets elevated status at Riviera, now wants victory
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tiger Woods and his TGR Foundation took over the Genesis Open at Riviera two years ago, and now the PGA Tour is elevating it to the same status as tournaments hosted by Jack Nicklaus and the late Arnold Palmer.
Still to be determined is whether Woods can actually win the one PGA Tour event that has his number.
Trump on golf course with Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump played golf Saturday in Florida with two of the game's greatest champions, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.
Trump arrived at his private club in sunny Jupiter after he escaped the bitter cold and snow in Washington a day earlier. He later tweeted a photo of him standing next to them on a tee box and said it was a "great morning."
Major championships return to Texas with PGA of America move
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The PGA of America is leaving Florida for a $520 million development in the Dallas area that will include a 500-room hotel, a massive conference center and two golf courses that will bring major championships back to Texas.
Column: Tiger’s Tour Championship win changes conversation
NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — The first stop is Sam Snead and his 82 career PGA Tour victories.
The ultimate stop is Jack Nicklaus and his 18 majors, the gold standard in golf.
Both milestones are now in play for Tiger Woods, which is not to suggest they are within reach. That they are at least a topic of conversation is a victory in itself considering it took four back surgeries — the last one to fuse his lower spine — for Woods to even compete again.
Bob Hope’s example for Nicklaus: Never a cross word
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Jack Nicklaus pulled into circle drive at The Breakers and couldn't make it 25 feet to the door without being stopped for a handshake, a greeting, a photo. It was like that for the next three hours and Nicklaus didn't mind.
Still with him was an example set for him more a half-century ago that has served Nicklaus well.
Nicklaus-Palmer still the standard in golf rivalries
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Jack Nicklaus says if he were in a high-stakes match in Las Vegas in his prime, the most compelling opponent would be Arnold Palmer. Never mind that he considers his toughest rival to be Tom Watson. Or that he finished runner-up to Lee Trevino in majors four times in seven years.
With apologies to the super-hyped exhibition between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson on pay-per-view, any talk of rivalries in golf starts with Nicklaus and Palmer.
Brooks Koepka voted PGA Tour’s top player of the year
U.S. Open and PGA champion Brooks Koepka added to his trophy collection Tuesday when he picked up the Jack Nicklaus Award trophy as the PGA Tour player of the year.
Koepka is the sixth player in the last six years to win the award, the longest streak of different winners since PGA Tour players began voting on the award in 1990.
SKorea holds off US and England to win International Crown
INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — South Korea held off challenges from the United States and England to win the eight-nation International Crown for the first time in front of a delighted home crowd at Jack Nicklaus Golf Club on Sunday.
The top-seeded host team started the final round two points clear of the chasing pack and won two of the four singles matchups to finish with 15 points, four ahead of the defending champion United States and England.
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?
New Zealand’s Hillier tops US Amateur leaderboard
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Daniel Hillier shot a 4-under 67 at Pebble Beach on Monday to share the lead after the first round of stroke play at the U.S. Amateur.
Hillier, a 19-year-old from New Zealand, holed out from 110 yards for eagle on the par-5 14th hole.
Trevor Phillips, a 20-year-old who plays at Georgia, was also 4 under after a 68 at Spyglass Hill.
Californian Isaiah Salinda, who plays at Stanford, shot 68 at Pebble Beach.
The Latest: Koepka tops Scott, Woods to win PGA Championship
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Latest on the PGA Championship, golf's final major of the year (all times local):
Brooks Koepka has won his first PGA Championship, playing poised and mistake-free golf down the stretch amid ear-splitting roars for Tiger Woods and a late charge from revitalized Adam Scott.
Koepka takes 2-shot lead at PGA and goes for another major
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Brooks Koepka sometimes gets ignored on television in the list of notable scores. In the gym, he gets overlooked by Dustin Johnson
There is no mistaking him in a major.
Koepka bullied rain-softened Bellerive on Saturday in the PGA Championship, building a five-shot lead until he had to scramble to avoid a slide on the back nine. He settled for a 4-under 66 and a two-shot lead over Adam Scott going into the final round of the final major of the year.
The Latest: Koepka takes 2-shot lead over Scott into Sunday
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Latest on the PGA Championship, golf's final major of the year (all times local):
Brooks Koepka will take a two-shot lead over Adam Scott into the final round of the PGA Championship after shooting a 4-under 66 that left him at 12 under for the tournament.
PGA Championship at a glance
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A brief look at Friday's second round at the PGA Championship (all times EDT):
LEADING: Gary Woodland shot 66 before rain halted play in the afternoon, and finished at 10-under 130.
TRAILING: Kevin Kisner (64) was one shot behind.
HEADLINERS: Brooks Koepka and Charl Schwartzel each shot 63 to tie the PGA Championship scoring record. It was the first time two players have scored 63 on the same day at a major since the 1980 U.S. Open, when Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf did it.
The Latest: Davis Love III to mark 100th major at PGA
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Latest from the PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club (all times local):
Davis Love III will join a select group led by Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player when he participates in his 100th major championship this weekend in St. Louis.
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Golf legends Nicklaus, North to tee it up in Sioux Falls
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Golf legends Jack Nicklaus and Andy North will be teeing it up in Sioux Falls next month.
Nicklaus, North and two others who have yet to be named are scheduled to take part in a nine-hole exhibition match on Saturday, Sept. 22.
Nicklaus won a record 18 majors. North won two U.S. Opens.
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?
Lyle goes out with a birdie at the British Open
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland (AP) — Sandy Lyle has a green jacket and his name on the claret jug. He might have one other thing in common with Jack Nicklaus — a birdie on what likely was his final hole in the British Open.
This is the final year of eligibility for the 60-year-old Lyle, who played his first British Open in 1974 as a 16-year-old amateur. The only way back is to win the Senior British Open, so the Scot isn't giving up on it just yet.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Phil Rodgers, a five-time winner on the PGA Tour who became one of golf's top instructors, died after a long battle with leukemia. He was 80.
Rodgers died Tuesday morning at his home near San Diego.
Rodgers developed into one of top young players in the 1950s under Paul Runyan at La Jolla Country Club, winning an NCAA title at Houston. He won the 1962 Los Angeles Open for his first PGA Tour title, closing with a 62 for a nine-shot victory.
Hailed as a hero to some and as golf royalty to others, Peter Thomson, a five-time winner of the British Open and the only player in the 20th century to win the tournament for three straight years, died Wednesday. He was 88.
Thomson had been suffering from Parkinson's disease for more than four years and died at his Melbourne home surrounded by family members, Golf Australia said.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's new clubhouse and developments in his golf business (all times local):
Eric Trump has cut the ribbon on a new clubhouse at a New York City golf course and says his family's golf operations are doing "spectacularly."
But the Bronx course is among several Trump courses that available statistics show may be experiencing tough times. City data show revenue at the course fell 7 percent last year.
DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — For the fourth straight year, Bryson DeChambeau leaves Ohio feeling like a winner.
This time he had a trophy to show for it, and a handshake with Jack Nicklaus to remember.
DeChambeau finally made it easy on himself the third time playing the 18th hole at the Muirfield Village on Sunday, rolling in a 12-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole to beat Byeong Hun An and win the Memorial.
"I can't believe I did it," said DeChambeau, a winner for the second time on the PGA Tour.
DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — The two biggest figures at the Memorial, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods, managed to carve out some private time at the back of the 10th tee amid a mass of people Wednesday at Muirfield Village.
Some of it was just catching up. The two most prolific winners of major championship had not seen each other since April at the Masters.
And the tournament host had some encouraging words.
The time Nicklaus bet on himself at a US Open
DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Jack Nicklaus had small wagers in practice rounds during his time on the PGA Tour, just like everyone else. Some players before his time made more money in practice round bets than at the tournament when the prize money was small.
But he says he never had a wager with another player during a tournament.
He recalled only one time when he had money riding on the outcome, and he was still an amateur.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Justin Rose got his first PGA Tour victory at Jack Nicklaus' tournament. His latest came after finishing 20 under at Hogan's Alley, three strokes ahead of defending U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka.
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — If the U.S. Open was suffering from an identity crisis, then a return to Shinnecock Hills should cure that.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Bernhard Langer is trying to do something even Jack Nicklaus couldn't quite pull off.
Langer enters the Regions Tradition starting Thursday at Greystone Golf & Country Club aiming to become the first to win the PGA Tour Champions major three years in a row since the event began in 1989.
Barrington golf home priced to sell at $2.5 million: House of the Week
AURORA, Ohio -- This week's featured home is so close to the golf course, you don't even need a cart to walk up to the tee.
The only thing that would've been more impressive is if he had done it with a beer in one hand.
Tiger Woods built his comeback around the Masters, as was the case even in healthier years. He took a step back at Augusta National, not breaking par until the final round and finishing 16 shots behind Patrick Reed, the most he has trailed the Masters winner.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — When Tiger Woods knocked one into the water at Amen Corner for the second day in a row, he headed off toward the Nelson Bridge while his two playing partners took a more familiar route to the 12th green over the Hogan Bridge.
In a sense, those divergent paths were the perfect analogy for where Woods is at this stage of his career.
He might add another major title to his amazing record.
Butch Harmon: I thought Tiger would never play again
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Butch Harmon has taught some of the greatest players in golf, including Tiger Woods, and said he, like many, thought Woods would never play again.
Masters, Trivia Quiz
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — How well do your know the Masters? Try this quiz:
1. Which former British Open champion never broke par at the Masters?
a.) John Daly
b.) Bobby Jones
c.) Bill Rogers
2. Who won the first Masters?
a.) Gene Sarazen
b.) Byron Nelson
c.) Horton Smith
3. After which flower did Sergio Garcia and his wife name their daughter?
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.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Tiger Woods has come close to looking like the player who ruled golf for the better part of 15 years, and Ernie Els is happy to see it.
Never mind that Els was on the losing end to Woods more than any other player.
Palm Harbor, Fla. — Whatever was said between Jack Nicklaus and USGA chief executive Mike Davis didn't show up in the annual report on driving distance.
PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) — Whatever was said between Jack Nicklaus and USGA chief executive Mike Davis didn't show up in the annual report on driving distance.
Nicklaus has said for nearly half his life that the ball goes too far, an opinion based more on the 415 golf courses his company has designed than the record 18 major championships he won. He believes the culprit is the ball, not the clubs used to hit it or the players swinging them.
Andrew Landry tops crowded CareerBuilder leaderboard
LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) — CareerBuilder Challenge leader Andrew Landry was quick to point out the windy forecast.
After two perfect days for scoring, wind at 15-20 mph with gusts to 30 mph was expected Saturday with the temperature only reaching the mid-60s after coming close to 80 on Friday.
And Landry and five others in the top nine were headed up the hill to PGA West's once-feared, Pete Dye-designed Stadium Course for the weekend.
PGA Tour still tax-exempt, with an assist from Nicklaus
KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) — On the day PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan announced more than $180 million given to charities last year, he shared how the tour turned to Jack Nicklaus to help protect golf's model for raising money.
The tax-exempt status of the PGA Tour and other sports leagues was in jeopardy late last year under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Part of the Senate version of the bill included a subsection called, "Repeal of Tax-Exempt Status for Professional Sports Leagues."
Column: Woods’ back among top questions in new year in golf
KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) — The PGA Tour rings in the new year at Kapalua for the 20th straight time. After all these years, the one moment that stands above all others was the titanic battle between Tiger Woods and Ernie Els in 2000.
Rodgers tries to get in on youth movement in Mexico
PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico (AP) — Patrick Rodgers kept making birdies until his name was atop the leaderboard and it was too dark to play any longer Friday.
Rodgers, a former Jack Nicklaus Award winner as the top player in college, ran off four straight birdies on the back nine and reached 11-under par until the storm-delayed OHL Classic at Mayakoba was suspended by darkness.
Rodgers hit his tee shot on the par-5 seventh hole, one of the three holes he will have to complete Saturday morning.
Thomas begins defense of CIMB Classic 6 shots behind leader
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Justin Thomas collected the Jack Nicklaus Award as the U.S. PGA Tour player of the year a couple of days before heading to Malaysia in a bid to win his third successive CIMB Classic.
Little wonder then the two-time defending champion was slightly off his game in the first round on Thursday, managing only a 2-under-par 70 to sit six strokes behind leader Cameron Smith of Australia.
Column: Thomas embarks on sequel to sensational year
The sequel is never easy.
Making it even more difficult on Justin Thomas is that he had two days between accepting the Jack Nicklaus Award as the PGA Tour player of the year and getting on a plane for Malaysia to start a new season.
He has won the last two times at the CIMB Classic. His expectations are lower this year for appropriate reasons.
Spieth leading FedEx Cup by giving himself chances
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Jordan Spieth already has won 14 times around the world, which already places him in unique territory. Over the last 75 years, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods are the only other players to have at least 10 victories and three majors before turning 25.
That's only part of the Spieth profile.
Nearly as impressive are the 15 times he has finished runner-up, which Spieth sees more as opportunity than any measure of failure.
Ridley, former US Amateur champ, to take over at Augusta
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Fred Ridley first came to Augusta National to compete in the 1976 Masters as the U.S. Amateur champion, and he played the opening round in the traditional pairing with the defending champion, Jack Nicklaus.
He will have a new role in his next round at Augusta National — the seventh chairman in the 86-year history of the club.
Billy Payne announced Wednesday that he is retiring on Oct. 16 when the club opens for a new season, and he chose Ridley to succeed him.