Smith takes 1-shot lead in Munich, Kaymer drops off
MUNICH (AP) — Jordan Smith carded a bogey-free 6-under 66 Saturday to take a one-shot lead into the final round of the BMW International Open.
MUNICH (AP) — Former champion Martin Kaymer thrilled home fans with a 6-under 66 that gave him a two-shot lead after the second round of the BMW International Open on Friday.
Kaymer opens strongly in Munich
MUNICH (AP) — Former champion Martin Kaymer impressed home fans with a 5-under 67 Thursday that left him one shot behind leader Andrea Pavan in the opening round of the BMW International...
DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Jack Nicklaus is a gracious tournament host at the Memorial who doesn't mince words, and it paid off for Patrick Cantlay.
Martin Kaymer builds 2-shot lead at Memorial
DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Martin Kaymer is 18 holes away from ending five years without a victory.
He is mildly surprised. He is not the least bit stressed.
PGA Championship at a glance
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) — A brief look at the second round Friday at the PGA Championship:
LEADING: Brooks Koepka had a 5-under 65 to set the major championship record for 36 holes at...
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...
Mild breeze, fast course for start of British Open
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland (AP) — Sandy Lyle of Scotland sent a mid-iron rolling along the crusty turf of Carnoustie to start the 147th playing of the British Open.
Lyle was chosen to hit the opening tee shot Thursday morning under a gray sky off the North Sea. He won the Open in 1985. Also in the opening group was two-time major champion Martin Kaymer and Andy Sullivan. They faced a course that was more yellow than green because of the unusually dry summer in Scotland.
PULHEIM, Germany (AP) — England's Matt Wallace shot a 7-under 65 to hold off a record-breaking charge from Thorbjorn Olesen and win the BMW International Open on Sunday.
Wallace finished on 10-under 278 — just ahead of Olesen, Mikko Korhonen and 2008 winner Martin Kaymer, whose chances took a blow with a bogey on the 17th hole.
Eagle helps Hend set pace at BMW International Open
PULHEIM, Germany (AP) — Australia's Scott Hend shot a 5-under 67 to lead by one stroke after the second round of the BMW International Open on Friday.
Hend had four birdies and atoned for a bogey on the 10th hole with an eagle on the 15th as he finished on 6-under 138, one ahead of Chile's Nico Geyger and Sweden's Henric Sturehed.
"I just played conservatively," Hend said. "Just trying to play on to the fairways and keep out of the long brown stuff."
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.
BRESCIA, Italy (AP) — Lee Slattery of England shot a 9-under 62 Saturday to take a one-stroke lead entering the final round of the Italian Open.
Seeking his first victory since the 2015 Russian Open, Slattery produced eight birdies, an eagle and a single bogey to move just ahead of home favorite Francesco Molinari and Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark.
Molinari is coming off the biggest win of his career at the BMW PGA Championship — where Slattery missed the cut.
BRESCIA, Italy (AP) — Martin Kaymer compiled a bogey-free 63 on Friday to lead the Italian Open by one shot at the halfway stage, as several of Europe's top golfers came to the fore.
The Ryder Cup player from Germany birdied five of his last six holes, and had eight in total, as he produced the lowest round of the week to move to 11-under after 36 holes on another day of low scoring at the Gardagolf Country Club.
Jamieson leads Nedbank by 1, Fleetwood finally finds form
SUN CITY, South Africa (AP) — A bogey-free 67 gave Scott Jamieson a 1-shot lead on Saturday heading into the final round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge at Sun City.
Jamieson edged ahead of overnight leader Victor Dubuisson (71) and has a chance at just his second European Tour title. His only previous tour victory was also in South Africa, at the Nelson Mandela Championship in 2012.
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Martin Kaymer has withdrawn from the PGA Championship next week because of an injury to his left shoulder.
Kaymer, who won the PGA Championship in 2010 at Whistling Straits for his first major title, also withdrew from the Bridgestone Invitational this week. His brother, Phillip Kaymer, says he has inflammation in the tendon of his upper biceps and doctors have advised stepping away from golf for 10 days.
Qualifiers for the 2017 Masters
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The 93 players who have qualified and are in the field for the 81st Masters on April 6-9. Players listed only in the first category for which they are eligible. The winner of the Shell Houston Open, if not already eligible, also qualifies:
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.
Wesley Bryan, Cody Gribble share lead at Honda
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — One reason Martin Kaymer enjoys the Honda Classic is because he doesn't feel as though he has to make a bunch of birdies.
On such a serene Thursday at PGA National, that was required to keep pace.
Dubai Desert Classic suspended by strong wind
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Shortly after Tiger Woods withdrew Friday, the Dubai Desert Classic was hit by strong winds that brought down some trees and forced the second round to be suspended.
Martin Kaymer and Rafael Cabrera-Bello, tied at 4 under after both shooting 69s, had the lowest scores after two full rounds. But George Coetzee was at 9 under after eight holes at the Emirates Golf Club and overnight leader Sergio Garcia was at 8 under.
Fleetwood holds off major champions to win in Abu Dhabi
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Tommy Fleetwood looked at the leaderboard and saw three of the biggest names in golf among the players hunting him down in the final holes of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on Sunday.
Rather than unnerve the Englishman, it spurred him on.
Abu Dhabi leader Hatton proves major displays were no fluke
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Tyrrell Hatton grabbed the consciousness of the wider golfing public with his top-10 finishes at the British Open and U.S. PGA Championship last year.
He is proving the hot summer was no fluke.
Hatton, a 25-year-old from England, followed up his impressive performances in the majors by winning his first senior title at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship and finishing second at the season-ending World Tour Championship in Dubai.
Kaymer takes familiar position as leader in Abu Dhabi
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — New year, same old story for Martin Kaymer at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
The two-time major winner from Germany set up another chance for a fourth victory at his regular year-opening tournament, shooting a second straight 6-under 66 Friday to take a one-stroke lead after the second round.
"My favorite golf course," Kaymer said after tapping in a birdie on the par-5 18th to nudge ahead of Rafa Cabrera Bello with a 12-under 132 total.
No practice, no problem: Stenson leads in Abu Dhabi with 64
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Henrik Stenson had just chipped in from 30 yards for a fourth birdie in his first five holes of 2017 when he turned to his caddie and delivered another example of his renowned dry humor.
"Must be all that short-game practice I didn't do," the No. 2-ranked Swede said, deadpan as ever.
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.
Danny Willett hears it from the Hazeltine crowd
CHASKA, Minn. (AP) — Danny Willett really had no idea what to expect during his first career match in the pressure-packed Ryder Cup.
When it came to the partisan American crowd, he knew exactly what was coming.
Ryder Cup gets underway with Spieth, Reed vs. Stenson, Rose
CHASKA, Minn. (AP) — The 41st Ryder Cup is off to a rollicking start at Hazeltine.
With a rowdy gallery serving as the backdrop, Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed led things off for the Americans against Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose for Europe, which is looking for its fourth straight Ryder Cup victory.
Reed hit the first tee shot for the United States, which has lost eight of the last 10 in the biannual showdown. The first matchup was all square after the first hole.
RYDER CUP ’16: Facts and figures for the 41st edition
CHASKA, Minn. (AP) — Facts and figures for the Ryder Cup, which starts Friday at Hazeltine National:
Format: Four matches of fourballs (better ball) and foursomes (alternate shot) on Friday and Saturday, 12 singles matches Sunday.
Points: Europe needs 14 points to retain the cup. The United States needs 14 1/2 points to win the cup.
The Latest: Spieth and Reed lead US in opening match
CHASKA, Minn. (AP) — The Latest on the Ryder Cup (all times local):
Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed will lead off Friday morning as the U.S. tries to regain the Ryder Cup following three straight losses to the European team.
Spieth and Reed will meet Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose in the alternate shot format that will begin three days of competition at Hazeltine National Golf Club.
European rookies at Ryder Cup just want to have fun
CHASKA, Minn. (AP) — Martin Kaymer thought he was supposed to deliver extraordinary shots at the Ryder Cup because that's all he ever saw.
He was a Ryder Cup rookie at Celtic Manor in 2010, sensing perhaps even more pressure because he had won his first major a month earlier in the PGA Championship. The week went as well as Kaymer could have hoped. He didn't lose any of his three team matches, except he was trounced by Dustin Johnson in singles.
RYDER CUP ’16: Rosters for European and American teams
CHASKA, Minn. (AP) — Rosters for the 41st Ryder Cup matches, which start Friday at Hazeltine National:
Arnold Palmer’s legacy overshadows the Ryder Cup
CHASKA, Minn. (AP) — The flag at half-staff over Hazeltine National was enough to take the edge off the Ryder Cup.
Arnold Palmer occupied everyone's thoughts on Monday.
"There's a hole in the game that can't be filled," Phil Mickelson said.
Tributes poured in for Palmer, who died Sunday at age 87. Even as European players arrived from an overnight flight out of Heathrow Airport, any conversation about the Ryder Cup was secondary to their thoughts on the King.
Westwood, Kaymer, Pieters get captain’s picks for Ryder Cup
Darren Clarke set up a WhatsApp messaging group with his Ryder Cup assistants to discuss which European players looked the best leading up to the deadline for his three captain's picks.
The name of Thomas Pieters popped up more than any other.
Hitting the best form of his career at just the right time, Pieters made it tough for Clarke to ignore him. He was selected Tuesday as one of Europe's three wild cards for next month's showdown with the United States at Hazeltine.
It’s golf’s time to deliver a good show at the Olympics
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Men's golf gets four days to make up for four months of negative chatter about whether it even belongs in the Olympics.
Not even a dreary sky with occasional rain could dampen the enthusiasm Wednesday on the final day of practice at Olympic Golf Course.
"No matter what happens this week, it's the greatest week of my life," two-time major champion Martin Kaymer said.
Bubba Watson was buzzing about watching Michael Phelps win the...
PGA Championship Glance
SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) — A brief look at the opening round Thursday of the PGA Championship:
LEADING: Jimmy Walker matched his best score in a major with a 5-under 65.
CHASING: Martin Kaymer, Emiliano Grillo and Ross Fisher were at 66.
LOOMING: British Open champion Henrik Stenson birdied three of his last seven holes for a 67. He can become the first player since Ben Hogan in 1953 to win two straight majors at age 40.
The Latest: Chance for a great finish at Baltusrol
SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on the PGA Championship (all times EDT):
Baltusrol Golf Club is a rare course with par-5s as the two finishing holes. In the first round of the PGA Championship 18 players finished birdie-birdie or better on the closing holes.
Lee Westwood made birdie on the 649-yard 17th and he eagled the 554-yard 18th. The other 17 golfers all posted 4s on the last two holes.
More than being the first Swede to win a major, Henrik Stenson remembers those days when just about every European player was asked about ending the drought. Paul Lawrie of Scotland won the British Open at Carnoustie in 1999, it was another eight years and 31 majors before Padraig Harrington won his first major, also in the British Open at Carnoustie.
Golf goes in cycles, and that's where the game is now.
Starting with Harrington's first major in the British Open,...
TROON, Scotland — Phil Mickelson pointed his putter toward the hole and was ready to step right into major championship history yesterday in the British Open.
Instead, he endured another dose of heartache.
All because of a 63.
The 16-foot putt looked good until the last turn, catching the right side of the cup. The ball then rode the edge until it sat there on the other side of the hole. Mickelson plopped his hand on his forehead in disbelief. His caddie,...
TROON, Scotland (AP) — Royal Troon doesn't look anything like Phil Mickelson remembers from his near-historic opening round in the British Open.
Some 12 hours after Mickelson opened with a record-tying 63 for a three-shot lead, the sky was lead gray instead of blue. The sun was nowhere to be found. Most significantly, the wind was blowing from an entirely different direction.
TROON, Scotland (AP) — Phil Mickelson pointed his putter toward the hole and was ready to step right into major championship history Thursday in the British Open.
Instead, he endured another dose of heartache.
All because of a 63.
The 16-foot putt looked good until the last turn, catching the right side of the cup. The ball then rode the edge until it sat there on the other side of the hole. Mickelson plopped his hand on his forehead in disbelief. His...