Jamieson makes 7 birdies to open 2-stroke lead at KLM Open
AMSTERDAM (AP) — Scott Jamieson of Scotland shot a 7-under 65 in the second round, including seven birdies, to lead the KLM Open by two strokes at the halfway stage on Friday.
McIlroy shoots 67 at European Masters, trails leaders by 4
CRANS-MONTANA, Switzerland (AP) — Rory McIlroy shot a 3-under 67 on his return to the European Tour on Thursday, leaving the new FedEx Cup winner four strokes behind Matthias Schwab and Mike...
Lee Westwood has up-and-down round at British Open
PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — Lee Westwood's relaxed approach to the British Open had its ups and downs on Saturday — up to the top of leaderboard on the front nine and down a rabbit hole on...
‘I literally don’t care’: Westwood back in mix at the majors
PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — Lee Westwood is back for another shot at erasing his "nearly man" tag in the majors.
Lowry, Holmes share Open lead as McIlroy leaves with cheers
PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — Everyone in the massive grandstand rose to cheer and celebrate a bold performance by Rory McIlroy, who longed for such support and affection on his walk toward...
FARSO, Denmark (AP) — Bernd Wiesberger bogeyed a third hole to finish the third round and still led the Made in Denmark event by a shot on Saturday.
SOUTHPORT, England (AP) — Matt Wallace moved into position for his fifth European Tour win in two years by shooting 5-under 67 to take the second-round lead at the British Masters on...
Last few Masters spots on the line at Match Play
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — For players trying to get into the top 50 for a Masters invitation, it was critical to get into the 64-man field at the Dell Technologies Match Play with big ranking points...
Co-leaders Reed, Willett eye World Tour Championship title
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Patrick Reed and Danny Willett each put on a green jacket the last time they won a tournament. Now they have their eyes set on another significant prize.
Reed, the reigning Masters champion, and Willett, who won that event two years earlier, closed Saturday at 14-under 202 and will enter the final day of the European Tour's season-ending DP World Tour Championship as co-leaders.
Westwood parts with caddie after 10 years
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — Lee Westwood and Matt Kuchar won last week, each ending four-plus years without winning on their home circuit. They also won without their regular caddies.
Kuchar used a local caddie at Mayakoba because he entered at the last minute and his regular looper, John Wood, had a previous engagement. Westwood used his girlfriend, Helen Storey, who previously caddied for him in Denmark.
Westwood surges past Garcia, Oosthuizen to win in Sun City
SUN CITY, South Africa (AP) — At times over the last 4 ½ years Lee Westwood wondered if he'd ever win another tournament on the European Tour.
Westwood was finally back in the winner's circle on Sunday and it was in a familiar setting, clinching his third title at the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa by coming from behind to overhaul a three-shot deficit in the final round.
Garcia keeps lead in South Africa
SUN CITY, South Africa (AP) — Sergio Garcia leads by two strokes going into the final round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge and is on course for a wire-to-wire win at the penultimate event of the European Tour season.
Garcia improved his 1-shot overnight lead over Louis Oosthuizen, although the gap would have been bigger if not for a two-shot swing Oosthuizen's way on the final hole of the third round at Gary Player Country Club on Saturday.
Garcia leads by 3 at Andalucia Masters, play resumes Monday
SOTOGRANDE, Spain (AP) — Sergio Garcia was on course to win a third Andalucia Valderrama Masters on Sunday when play was suspended due to heavy rain and the threat of lightning in southern Spain.
The 2017 Masters winner will take a three-shot lead over Lee Westwood into Monday at the Real Club Valderrama.
Garcia had one birdie and one bogey over seven holes on the final round before play was halted. Westwood hit four birdies to move into second place.
Ryder Cup, European capsules
A capsule look at the European team for the 42nd Ryder Cup matches on Sept. 28-30 at Le Golf National in France. Players listed in order they made the team:
World ranking: 6.
Ryder Cup teams: 2010, 2012.
Ryder Cup record: 0-4-2.
Ryder Cup partners: Edoardo Molinari, Lee Westwood, Justin Rose.
Ashun Wu leads KLM Open on 7-under 64
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Ashun Wu of China shot a bogey-free 64 Thursday to take the lead on 7-under after the opening round of the KLM Open.
Wu birdied four of the five par-three holes at The Dutch course in Spijk as he edged longtime clubhouse leader Chris Wood into second place. The English golfer started early in benign conditions and carded a 65.
A group of 13 players was tied for third place on 5-under.
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.
Germany’s Kieffer leads European Masters 1st round by 1 shot
CRANS-MONTANA, Switzerland (AP) — Maximilian Kieffer shot a 6-under 64 to lead the European Masters first round on Thursday.
The 28-year-old German, who never won on the European Tour, had seven birdies and one bogey in finishing one shot better than Andy Sullivan, Soren Kjeldsen, Julien Guerrier and Hideto Tanihara.
Englishman Sullivan, a member of Europe's losing 2016 Ryder Cup team, had a run of five birdies in six holes to reach the turn in 30.
Olesen claims final automatic European Ryder Cup spot
AARHUS, Denmark (AP) — Thorbjorn Olesen claimed the final automatic qualification spot on the European Ryder Cup team after Matthew Fitzpatrick failed to win the Made in Denmark event on Sunday.
Fitzpatrick needed to overturn a six-shot deficit to leader Lee Westwood going into the final round but it was another Englishman, Matt Wallace, who claimed victory.
Westwood leads Made In Denmark in bid for 1st win in 4 years
AARHUS, Denmark (AP) — Lee Westwood moved in sight of his first win in more than four years after taking a one-stroke lead in the Made In Denmark event after a 5-under 67 in the third round on Saturday.
The 45-year-old Westwood, a former world No. 1, will be a vice-captain for Europe at the Ryder Cup in Paris this month and his impressive performance this week looks like ending two fellow Englishmen's hopes of getting in the team.
Lee Westwood withdraws from PGA with injury
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Lee Westwood of England has withdrawn from the PGA Championship next week with an injury, missing the major for only the second time since he first played it in 1997.
The PGA of America did not specify the nature of Westwood's injury.
Westwood tied for 61st two weeks ago in the British Open. His last victory was in 2015 at the Indonesian Masters.
Campillo, Frittelli lead Maybank, Westwood in contention
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Lee Westwood couldn't emulate his second-round 62 but did enough Saturday to stay in contention at the Maybank Championship after shooting a 70 to trail the leaders by three strokes.
The Englishman managed only three birdies in comparison to his mammoth 11 on Friday.
Jorge Campillo of Spain and Dylan Frittelli of South Africa are the joint leaders after both shot 66s for 15 under overall at the European Tour event.
Westwood one shot behind Maybank leaders after 11 birdies
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Lee Westwood sank 11 birdies in scoring a low-round-of-the-day 62 to lie one shot behind the leaders halfway through the Maybank Championship on Friday.
Westwood won the Malaysian Open here at Saujana Golf and Country Club 21 years ago, and was also the club's touring pro.
"It's nice to be in contention and to know this golf course well," he said.
"I've played this course more than most and I know where to hit it. Hopefully we can build on that more."
Luiten, Porteous and Colsaerts tied for lead in Turkey
ANTALYA, Turkey (AP) — Joost Luiten, Haydn Porteous and Nicolas Colsaerts all shot 7-under 64s Thursday to tie for the lead after the first round of the Turkish Airlines Open.
Colsaerts was 8 under through 15 holes, including an eagle on the 12th, but bogeyed the 16th. Porteous brought himself into contention with five birdies on the back nine.
Hatton shoots 65, leads British Masters by 3 after 2nd round
NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE, England (AP) — Tyrrell Hatton shot a 5-under 65 in miserable conditions in his second round to lead by three strokes at the British Masters, where the leaderboard was dominated by English players on Friday.
Lee Westwood, who is hosting the tournament, and Ian Poulter also shot 65 and were two of four Englishmen in a five-way tie for second behind their compatriot.
Kiradech leads KLM Open by 1 after 3rd round
SPIJK, Netherlands (AP) — Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand birdied his last hole to card 5-under-par 66 and take the lead after the third round of the KLM Open on Saturday.
Kiradech birdied four of his first eight holes and went around in regulation pars until his final-hole birdie. His 14-under total gave him a one-shot lead over Romain Wattel of France, who posted a 7-under 64 to move to 13 under.
Stalter shoots 67, leads by 1 at weather-affected KLM Open
SPIJK, Netherlands (AP) — Joel Stalter of France shot a 4-under 67 to take a one-stroke clubhouse lead at the KLM Open before bad light suspended play with nearly half the field still to complete their second rounds.
Stalter followed up his opening-round 65 to move to 10 under par on Friday and stay in contention for a first victory in his first year on the European Tour. He has already rolled in 14 birdies at The Dutch this week.
Westwood making cuts, but not making progress in majors
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — It's not quite a badge of honor, though it beats the alternative. Lee Westwood was among 13 players who made the cut in all four majors this year, and he has the longest active streak of cuts made among those who have played them all.
Westwood last missed the cut in 2014 at the British Open, making it 13 in a row that he has played the weekend.
That's the good news.
"I'm playing steady, but not well enough," Westwood said.
Rahm escapes a 2-shot penalty at British Open
SOUTHPORT, England (AP) — Jon Rahm thought he was moving a loose twig, didn't realize he had violated a rule and eventually was cleared of a penalty in the opening round of the British Open.
It was the second straight tournament in which Rahm was caught up in a rules dispute.
SOUTHPORT, England (AP) — The Latest on the British Open (all times local):
Jon Rahm has escaped a penalty for improving the area of his intended swing. As a result, his bogey became a birdie on the 17th hole at Royal Birkdale in the opening round of the British Open, and Rahm shot a 69.
VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) — Andrew Dodt of Australia will take a one-stroke lead into the final day of the BMW PGA Championship after shooting a 4-under 68 in the third round on Saturday.
South Africa's Branden Grace is a shot behind Dodt, a two-time winner on the European Tour, after a 70 at Wentworth.
Lee Westwood (72) and overnight co-leader Francesco Molinari (74) are a further two shots back.
VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) — Belgian Ryder Cup star Thomas Pieters, Italy's Francesco Molinari, and Scotland's Scott Jamieson shared the halfway lead in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth on Friday.
The trio sit on 7-under-par overall, one shot ahead of German golfer Max Kieffer.
Pieters, who tied for fourth at the Masters in his last tournament last month, recorded a round of 3-under 69 to set the target for the late starters.
Best without a major? Westwood alone in his class
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Lee Westwood already had qualified as the best player to have never won a major even before Sergio Garcia won the Masters.
Garcia only made it less of a debate.
The focus is sure to shift between now and the U.S. Open over who fits into that category. When the label first became popular in the early 1990s, it was easy to judge the candidates because of their victories, the number of majors they had played and how many times they came close to winning.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on the first round of the Masters on Thursday (all times local):
How tough were the conditions in the opening round of the Masters?
Only 11 players broke par Thursday.
Charley Hoffman shot a stunning 7-under 65, but he was in a league of his own with winds gusting close to 40 mph. The only other player in the 60s is William McGirt with a 69.
A day of dominance and survival at Match Play
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson showed the simple side to the Dell Technologies Match Play. For three straight days in warmth, wind or rain, they built early leads and never let anyone get close to them in advancing out of their groups to the knockout stage.
For just about everyone else, it was a matter of surviving.
Bill Haas delivered another amazing escape when he chipped in from 120 feet to save par and extend a sudden-death playoff that he eventually won in six holes.
Johnson faces a major group in Match Play
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Dustin Johnson has a trio of major champions in his way at the Dell Technologies Match Play.
Johnson is the No. 1 seed for the first time in Match Play, which starts Wednesday at Austin Country Club. The three players assigned to his round-robin group are PGA champion Jimmy Walker, two-time major champion Martin Kaymer and former U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson.
Groups were determined by pulling one name from each of four 16-man segments based on the world ranking.
Good ribs, bad stomach, and McIlroy 1 off lead in return
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Rory McIlroy leaned over and rested his hand on the top of his driver. At the turn, waiting for the green to clear, he twirled half of a bagel in his finger and then ducked inside a tent to sit on a table. In his return to golf after seven weeks, he didn't look to be in the best of shape Thursday at the Mexico Championship.
Only it was his stomach, not his ribs.
As for his golf? That looked to be as good as ever.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Rory McIlroy had more trouble with his stomach than his ribs. The golf was just fine.
Playing for the first time in seven weeks because of a rib injury, McIlroy coped with a bad stomach and the high altitude with a 3-under 68 that left him one shot out of a six-way tie for the lead as the Mexico Championship made a strong debut Thursday.
Needing a part-time caddie, Westwood calls on familiar face
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Lee Westwood needed someone to carry his bag for him at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship this week when his long-time caddie dropped out following the death of his father.
With his options limited at such short notice, the former No. 1 called on someone close to home.
His girlfriend, Helen Storey, has wanted to try out the job for a while and was happy to help out, especially since she had the week off from her day job as a personal trainer.
An entertaining year in golf inside and outside the ropes
Jason Day ends the year at No. 1 in the world ranking, another indicator of how much and for how long Tiger Woods dominated golf.
This is the eighth straight year that a different player was at No. 1 in the final world ranking — Woods in 2009, Lee Westwood in 2010, Luke Donald in 2011, Rory McIlroy in 2012, Woods in 2013, McIlroy in 2014, Jordan Spieth in 2015.
Dating to 1998, Woods was at No. 1 in the final ranking in 11 out of 12 years.
Dubuisson takes 1-shot lead at World Tour Championship
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Victor Dubuisson showed his ability to compete in big tournaments when a sparkling 8-under 64 on Saturday gave him a one-shot lead in the World Tour Championship after three rounds.
The Frenchman's two European Tour wins so far came at the 2013 and 2015 Turkish Airlines Open - a $7 million Final Series event.
Garcia, Molinari lead World Tour Champ by 1 after 2 rounds
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Sergio Garcia and Francesco Molinari share a one-stroke lead halfway through the World Tour Championship after shooting 5-under-par 67s on Friday.
They each made six birdies and a solitary bogey, and moved to 9-under 135 totals, one better than overnight leader Lee Westwood.
Westwood carded a 70, dropping a shot on the final hole after hitting his second shot into the water.
Westwood upstages Race to Dubai contenders
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The four golfers in contention for the Race to Dubai title were upstaged by Lee Westwood in the first round of the DP World Tour Championship on Thursday.
Westwood shot a 6-under 66 in swirling winds to take a one-stroke lead at the European Tour's season-ending event in Dubai.
"Some days you feel like there's a lot of birdies out there but today I think was a pretty stiff test," Westwood said.
Noren wins British Masters for 3rd European title this year
WATFORD, England (AP) — Alex Noren of Sweden held his nerve at the British Masters on Sunday to claim a third European Tour title in his last eight tournaments.
Noren carded a final round of 69 at The Grove to finish on 18-under 266, two shots ahead of Bernd Wiesberger (67), with Lee Westwood (67) a shot further back in third.
Westwood wants golf to ‘jazz up’ as European Tour innovates
Standing on a specially constructed tee and under floodlights, Alexander Levy played his shot to the 156-yard par-3 hole to the backdrop of "oohs" from the crowd and with pyrotechnics going off around him.
It was golf, but not as we know it.
This was the Hero Challenge: an eight-man, one-hole knockout event played as a precursor to the British Masters tournament.
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland (AP) — Sweden's Alex Noren matched the course record with an 8-under 64 at Carnoustie to take the first-round lead in the Dunhill Links Championship.
The 34-year-old Noren had eight birdies in a bogey-free round. He won the Scottish Open in July and the European Masters in Switzerland last month,
England's Ross Fisher was second after a 65 at Kingsbarns. Sweden's Joakim Lagergren and England's Matt Ford shot 66. Lagergren played Carnoustie, and Ford Kingsbarns.
DUNHILL LINKS CHAMPIONSHIP
Site: St. Andrews, Scotland
Course: St. Andrews (Old Course), Carnoustie, Kingsbarns Golf Links
Purse: $5 million
TV: Golf Channel (Today-Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon; Sunday, 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)
Defending champion: Thorbjorn Olesen
Last week: Europe was defeated, 17-11, by the United States in the Ryder Cup.
Ryder Cup Glance
CHASKA, Minn. (AP) — A look at the final round Sunday at the Ryder Cup:
Result: United States 17, Europe 11.
Series: United States leads 26-13-2.
Winning point: Ryan Moore was conceded a tap-in par putt on the 18th hole for a 1-up victory over Lee Westwood that gave the Americans the 14 1/2 points they needed. Moore was the final captain's pick only added to the U.S. team a week ago Sunday.
Man of the match: Patrick Reed went 3-1-1, beating Europe's best player (Rory McIlroy) in the leadoff match.