Rahm storms into lead at Players Championship
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Jon Rahm can't think of a shot he missed Saturday in his round of 8-under 64 that took him from five shots behind to one shot ahead of Rory McIlroy and Tommy...
Fowler expects drop rule to change after being penalized
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Rickie Fowler was penalized one shot Friday in the Mexico Championship for dropping from the wrong height, a new rule he expects to be changed.
WASTE MANAGEMENT PHOENIX OPEN
Site: Scottsdale, Ariz.
Course: TPC Scottsdale. Yardage: 7,261. Par: 71.
Purse: $7.1 million. Winner's share: $1,278,000
Television: Thursday-Friday, 3-7 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 1-3 p.m. (Golf Channel), 3-6 p.m. (NBC Sports).
Defending champion: Gary Woodland.
FedEx Cup leader: Xander Schauffele.
Last week: Justin Rose won the Farmers Insurance Open.
Rahm opens with 62 at Torrey Pines; Woods grinds out 70
SAN DIEGO (AP) — All the attention was on Tiger Woods and his 2019 debut. Just like the last two occasions, Jon Rahm delivered the best performance.
In ideal conditions even by San Diego standards, Rahm opened with an eagle and kept going lower until he had a 10-under 62 on the North course at Torrey Pines, giving him a one-shot lead over Justin Rose after the opening round Thursday at the Farmers Insurance Open.
Column: Why it was special for Rahm to beat his hero, Tiger
NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Three victories in three countries against fields large and small, strong and weak, couldn't make Jon Rahm's year any better. Nothing could top one win that offered no money, no world ranking points or even a trophy to call his own.
He beat Tiger Woods in the Ryder Cup.
"I don't think there's anything I can do in the game anytime soon that's going to mean more than that," Rahm said.
Jon Rahm wins in Bahamas, ends year with 3 titles
NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Jon Rahm broke into tears when he beat Tiger Woods in the Ryder Cup, the most meaningful moment of his career.
Sunday wasn't bad either, not with Woods handing him the trophy after Rahm turned a potential shootout into a runaway victory on the back nine in the Bahamas to end his year by winning the Hero World Challenge.
That makes two full years as a pro for the 24-year-old Spaniard, each with three victories worldwide.
Bahamas breeze: Jon Rahm wins Hero World Challenge
NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Jon Rahm turned a potential shootout into a Bahamas breeze Sunday, closing with a 7-under 65 for a four-shot victory in the Hero World Challenge.
Starting the final round in a three-way tie with Tony Finau and Henrik Stenson, Rahm took the lead when Finau made bogey on the par-3 eighth hole, and the 24-year-old Spaniard never trailed the rest of the day at Albany Golf Club.
3-way tie for lead in Bahamas with Woods at the bottom
Tony Finau had never seen Albany Golf Club until the pro-am at the Hero World Challenge, and one aspect of the course caught his eye immediately.
"When I'm playing well, I feel like I can score on any golf course, especially a course that has five par 5s," Finau said.
He made birdie on four of them Saturday, leading him to a 5-under 67 that gave him a share of the lead with Henrik Stenson and Jon Rahm and set up a wide-open conclusion that could feature more than half the 18-man field.
Henrik Stenson, Jon Rahm tied for lead in the Bahamas
NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — In his first trip to the Hero World Challenge, it didn't take Jon Rahm long to figure out how to score.
Being aggressive starts with keeping the ball in play. And with five par 5s and a pair of reachable par 4s at Albany Golf Club, plenty of birdies should be available. That was the case Friday, when Rahm made birdies on half of his holes for a 9-under 63 to share the lead with Henrik Stenson, who had a 66.
Molinari 1 shot ahead of Fleetwood in race for European No 1
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Francesco Molinari missed two par putts from less than two feet in his opening round of the World Tour Championship on Thursday to give Tommy Fleetwood a sliver of a chance of keeping the European Tour season title.
Molinari was cruising at one stage, having reached 6-under par after 14 holes, but three-putted the 15th and 18th holes to finish on 4-under 68 at Jumeirah Golf Estates.
PGA Tour stop in California desert loses title sponsor
LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) — The PGA Tour event in the Southern California desert in January will be played as the Desert Classic after losing its title sponsor.
The event returns to the name used when it first began 60 years ago and comedian Bob Hope's name was attached.
The PGA Tour said Thursday that CareerBuilder has decided not to return after three years as title sponsor. It says the tour and local organizers are working to secure a new sponsor for 2020 and beyond.
Column: Time for Tiger & Lefty to exit the Ryder Cup stage
SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) — Phil Mickelson watched the ball splash into the pond in front of the 16th green and knew he was done. No need to hit any more errant shots on a day filled with them. Lefty removed his cap and stuck out his right hand to Francesco Molinari, carrying out golf's version of the white flag.
A brief look at the Ryder Cup
SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) — A brief look Sunday at the Ryder Cup:
SCORE: Europe 17½-10½.
MAN OF THE MATCH: Francesco Molinari became the first player for Europe to go 5-0 in the matches.
EUROPEAN STREAK: Europe now has won nine of the last 12 times in the Ryder Cup and has not lost at home since 1993.
WINLESS: Tiger Woods went 0-4, failing to contribute a point for the first time in eight Ryder Cups.
This Cup had it all _ from hat tips to golf ball exorcisms
SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELLINES, France (AP) — From golf balls flung in anger to a most gracious tip of the cap, here are some moments that stood out from a dozen singles matches that gave Europe a 17½-10½ victory Sunday and returned the Ryder Cup to Europe:
GUESS YOU'RE NOT USING THAT BALL AGAIN
This event demands drama. So whether the misses came from close, middling or improbably far off, putts that looked like they'd drop but didn't prompted some Shakespearean-caliber performances.
The Latest: McIlroy-Thomas to lead off singles at Ryder Cup
SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) — The Latest on the Ryder Cup at Le Golf National (all times local):
The pairings are out for the final day of the Ryder Cup, and the Sunday singles kick off with a match between Europe's Rory McIlroy and America's Justin Thomas.
All 12 players will be on the course for the finale at Le Golf National.
Ryder Cup Capsules
SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) — Capsules from Friday's matches at the Ryder Cup:
Brooks Koepka and Tony Finau, United States, def. Justin Rose and Jon Rahm, Europe, 1 up.
Hot-headed and level-headed: Meet Europe’s Ryder Cup rookies
SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) — Tommy Fleetwood expects to feel 10 times more nervous than he's ever been on a golf course.
Tyrrell Hatton is hoping he doesn't turn into the Hulk.
For the rookies on the European team, the Ryder Cup will be as much a test of their character as their game at Le Golf National this week, and there's just no way of knowing how they'll cope in the most pressurized atmosphere in golf.
There are five in the team and they fall into two camps.
Olesen, Pepperell, Fitzpatrick fight for Ryder Cup spot
Back at the course where he grew up playing, Thomas Bjorn will get a front-row seat to see a three-way fight for the final qualifying spot in his Ryder Cup team.
The European captain returns to Silkeborg Ry Golf Club this week for the Made In Denmark event, where Thorbjorn Olesen, Eddie Pepperell and Matthew Fitzpatrick will bid to become the eighth automatic member of a team seeking to regain the trophy from the United States in Paris.
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.
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland (AP) — Justin Rose made his only birdie of the day when he needed it the most, sinking an 18-footer on the final hole to make the cut Friday in the British Open.
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland (AP) — Jon Rahm had heard about a dry summer in Scotland. It didn't really hit home until he checked into the Carnoustie Golf Hotel and caught his first glimpse of the course with a reputation as the toughest links in golf.
"I forgot the fact the R&A lets Mother Nature set up the course," he said Sunday. "It wasn't until I got to my hotel room when I looked out and said, 'This is baked. This is brown.' I'm just glad they water the greens."
South Africa’s Van Rooyen leads Irish Open by 4
DONEGAL, Ireland (AP) — South African golfer Erik van Rooyen left behind his overnight co-leaders to grab a commanding four-shot lead going into the final day of the Irish Open on Saturday.
Van Rooyen began the third round in a three-way tie for the lead, but stormed to the turn in just 29 shots on his way to a superb 6-under-par 66 to finish 14 under.
He's four shots ahead of Joakim Lagergren of Sweden (69) and Ryan Fox of New Zealand (70).
DONEGAL, Ireland (AP) — Defending champion Jon Rahm made back-to-back double bogeys around the turn in shooting a 2-over 74 in the opening round of the Irish Open on Thursday, leaving the world No. 5 seven shots behind leader Ryan Fox.
PARIS (AP) — Alex Noren won the French Open by one shot on Sunday after a final round 4-under 67.
The Swede started the day seven shots behind compatriot Marcus Kinhult but he birdied two of his last three holes to finish at 7-under 277, just ahead of Scotland's Russell Knox, England's Chris Wood and Julian Suri of the United States.
The American finished with a double bogey on the last hole for a 69, while Wood bogeyed two of the last four holes for a 73.
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on Friday's second round of the U.S. Open (all times local):
The U.S. Open cut sliced off some huge names.
Gone are Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day.
Headed home are Sergio Garcia, Adam Scott, Martin Kaymer and Jon Rahm.
Throw in some other major tournament winners such as Keegan Bradley, Charl Schwartzel and Ernie Els.
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — The U.S. Open cut sliced off some huge names.
There won't be an inspiring weekend return to the tournament for Tiger Woods, nor a fifth major championship for Rory McIlroy.
Jordan Spieth won't get his fourth major, Martin Kaymer never contended for a third and Jason Day is going home without his second. Same deal for some other owners of one major title: Sergio Garcia, Adam Scott and Keegan Bradley.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The No. 1 ranking that Dustin Johnson has held for the last 15 months has never been more in jeopardy.
Four players behind him — Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm, Jordan Spieth and Justin Rose — have a mathematical chance this week at The Players Championship to replace Johnson atop the world ranking.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — A rising young star on the University of Oregon golf team has been invited to play in the PGA Tour's Barracuda Championship in Reno this summer.
Tournament officials announced the exemption Thursday for Norman Xiong (pronounced "ZHONG") for the tourney Aug. 2-5 at Montreux Golf & Country Club.
Rahm holds off Dunne to win Spanish Open
MADRID (AP) — Jon Rahm shot a 5-under 67 Sunday to win the Spanish Open with overnight leader Paul Dunne two strokes behind.
The fourth-ranked Rahm had six birdies in his final round to end the Centro Nacional de Golf tournament on 20-under 268.
The 23-year-old Spaniard earned his third European Tour win a week after finishing fourth at the Masters in Augusta.
Dunne holds 1-shot lead after 3rd round of Spanish Open
MADRID (AP) — Irish golfer Paul Dunne held onto a one-shot lead of the Spanish Open after shooting a 4-under 68 through the third round on Saturday.
Dunne moved to 17 under overall after making five birdies, to go with one bogey, at the Centro Nacional de Golf.
Nacho Elvira of Spain (66) reduced Dunne's three-shot overnight lead to a single stroke. World No. 4 Jon Rahm (66) and Henric Sturehed of Sweden (66) finished the day two strokes back.
Paul Dunne takes 3-shot lead at Spanish Open
MADRID (AP) — Paul Dunne shot a 7-under 65 to take a three-shot lead after the second round of the Spanish Open on Friday.
The Irishman had nine birdies at the Centro Nacional de Golf, moving to 13-under for the tournament. Dunne finished in style with four birdies in his final five holes.
Rahm tucked in behind leaders at Spanish Open
MADRID (AP) — Home favorite Jon Rahm shot a 5-under 67 to finish one off the lead after the first round of the Spanish Open Thursday.
Marc Warren of Scotland and Paul Dunne of Ireland set the pace on 66 at the Centro Nacional de Golf.
Warren birdied five of his last seven holes and Dunne also finished strongly with a birdie three at the 16th and an eagle three at the 18th.
Rahm, who was fourth at the Masters Sunday, eagled the 18th too, the ninth hole of his round.
Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm find themselves in similar holes entering Sunday at the Masters
Augusta, Ga. They are ranked third and eighth in the world.
Both shot 65 on Saturday of the Masters.
Both could claim the title of Best Current Player Never to Win a Major.
Both will enter the final round on Sunday knowing they need something close to a miracle to shed that designation.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — A look at the third round Saturday in the Masters:
LEADING: Patrick Reed had a 5-under 67 for a three-shot lead.
TRAILING: Rory McIlroy shot 65 and will play in the final group at the Masters for the first time since 2011.
CONTENDING: Rickie Fowler was five shots behind and Jon Rahm of Spain was six shots behind. Each shot a 65.
TIGER TALES: Tiger Woods played the par 5s in 1 over and shot 72. He was 18 shots behind.
Amid all the Masters buzz, don’t forget about Player of the Year Justin Thomas
AUGUSTA, Ga. In the unscientific realms of casual conversation and mainstream media coverage, we hear that the favorites to win the 2018 Masters are Tiger, Phil, Rory, Rickie, Bubba, DJ, Tiger, Jordan, Paul Casey, Rose, Tiger, Phil, Sergio, Jon Rahm, Bryson, Phil and Tiger.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — All three marveled at Tiger Woods as youngsters, then grew up and staked their own place in the game.
Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm and Jordan Spieth are stars at every tour stop, ranked Nos. 2, 3 and 4 in the world. But this week at the Masters brings an eerily familiar sight.
Though the game's once most-dominating player sits well below the trio — at 103rd in those same rankings — they're all looking up at Tiger Woods again.
The Latest: Smith, Cantlay win matches on the 18th hole
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the Dell Technologies Match Play (all times local):
Cameron Smith of Australia won his second straight match on the 18th hole, this time taking down Hideki Matsuyama.
The second day of Match Play ended with Patrick Cantlay losing the lead for the first time all day on the 17th hole, only to drive near the green and get up-and-down for birdie to beat Yusaku Miyazato.
Smith, Cantlay and Matsuyama all have a chance to emerge from Group 5.
The Latest: Garcia squeaks out a win in Match Play
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the Dell Technologies Match Play (all times local):
Sergio Garcia birdied the 18th hole and outlasted Shubhankar Sharma of India in the opening session of Match Play.
Shubhankar Sharma on a fast track from India
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Each month brings a bigger stage and a new level of pedigree for Shubhankar Sharma.
He arrived in Mexico City for his first World Golf Championship at No. 75 in the world, making Sharma, at age 21, the highest-ranked player from India.
Forks up! Mickelson, Rahm set for Phoenix Open pairing
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Phil Mickelson and Jon Rahm will get the party started early Thursday in the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
The former Arizona State stars will begin play with Xander Schauffele on the 10th tee at TPC Scottsdale just before 8 a.m. They will hit the rowdy par-3 16th hours before the alcohol-fueled revelry kicks into high gear at the stadium hole. No matter the time, they'll hear plenty of "Forks up!" and "Go Devils!" cries from the gallery.
Palmer takes lead into a weekend that includes Tiger Woods
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Ryan Palmer is the 36-hole leader in the Farmers Insurance Open. Jon Rahm is right behind, poised to reach No. 1 in the world. And for the first time in 29 months, a PGA Tour event will feature Tiger Woods on the weekend.
Palmer finished eagle-birdie on the North Course at Torrey Pines for a 5-under 67. That gave him a one-shot lead over Rahm, the defending champion who birdied two of his last three holes on the North for a 66.