Rory McIlroy blames PGA Tour for slow play ‘epidemic’
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Rory McIlroy says slow play on the PGA Tour has become an epidemic.
McIlroy and playing partners Phil Mickelson and Matt Kuchar waited on nearly every tee box...
Johnson builds 2-shot lead in Mexico as Woods rallies
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Tiger Woods delivered the shot that had the gallery buzzing. Dustin Johnson produced the golf that left everyone chasing him.
Column: Stiffing your caddie is never a good look
Matt Kuchar could have avoided a lot of damage by keeping his wallet open and his mouth closed.
Like many of golf's entitled multimillionaires, though, he simply didn't have a clue.
Not when he paid his temporary caddie $5,000 while picking up the winner's check of $1.296 million a few months ago in Mexico. Certainly not when Kuchar defended his miserly ways by suggesting local caddie David Ortiz should be grateful for the crumbs he threw his way.
Kuchar apologizes, pledges $50,000 to Mayakoba caddie
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Matt Kuchar apologized Friday for what he said were insensitive comments about the caddie he used at the Mayakoba Classic in Mexico last fall and said he would pay the $50,000 the caddie requested.
He also said he would make a donation to the tournament to be distributed to charities in the Cancun area.
Rickie Fowler shoots 64 for 4-shot lead at Phoenix Open
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Rickie Fowler had the lead heading into the final round last year at the Phoenix Open, only to see the title slip through his grip for a second time.
He will have a big cushion in his third bid to win the championship following a stellar display of golf.
Fowler had eight birdies in a 7-under 64 on Saturday at TPC Scottsdale to take a four-shot lead over Matt Kuchar into the final round.
Another win for Kuchar, this victory with a rainbow
HONOLULU (AP) — Matt Kuchar never had a PGA Tour season end so soon.
He shot 74 on Labor Day and failed to advance out of the second round of the FedEx Cup playoffs for the first time in 10 years. He was never in serious contention all year. The captain's picks for the Ryder Cup were announced the next day. Kuchar wasn't even considered, left off a U.S. team for the first time since 2009.
Matt Kuchar starts Hawaii vacation with a victory
HONOLULU (AP) — Matt Kuchar didn't have the start he wanted Sunday in the Sony Open, not with three bogeys in five holes after making just one through three rounds.
Kuchar leads Sony Open by 2 shots
HONOLULU (AP) — Matt Kuchar made it look easy Saturday in the Sony Open. With no bogeys on his card, it even felt easy to him.
Matt Kuchar takes 1-shot lead at Sony Open
HONOLULU (AP) — The easygoing vibe in Hawaii is a perfect fit for Matt Kuchar, who spends as much as a month at a time on the islands when his schedule allows.
The Sony Open is more about work than play, and he's having just as much fun.
Kuchar ran off four birdies in five holes to start his second round Friday, handled the par 5s at Waialae again and finished with another round of 7-under 63 to take a one-shot lead over Andrew Putnam.
Pieters, Detry give Belgium its first World Cup title
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Thomas Pieters and Thomas Detry gave Belgium its first World Cup of Golf title Sunday, holding on for a three-stroke victory at Metropolitan Golf Club.
Pieters and Detry closed with a 4-under 68 in foursomes to finish at 23-under 265. They opened with a 63 in fourballs, shot 71 in driving rain and wind Friday in foursomes and had a 63 on Saturday in fourballs to take a five-stroke lead into the final round. The Belgians each earned $1.12 million
Mastering the rain: Belgium, South Korea tied at World Cup
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Thomas Detry thought the rainy, windy and generally awful conditions were so bad at Metropolitan Golf Club on Friday that they wouldn't be able to finish the round.
When they did, he and Belgium teammate Thomas Pieters were tied for the lead with South Korea at the World Cup of Golf.
Mother Nature doing World Cup of Golf no early favors
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The World Cup of Golf is getting an early taste of Melbourne's fickle weather.
Organizers of the 28-team event at Metropolitan Golf Club have moved up tee times by an hour for Thursday's first round of the 72-hole stroke-play tournament that features fourballs (best ball) and foursomes (alternate shot) over two rounds each.
Ancer has answer at The Lakes, takes Australian Open lead
SYDNEY (AP) — Abraham Ancer shot a 7-under 65 Saturday to leave Matt Kuchar and Keegan Bradley and the rest of the Australian Open field well behind after three rounds.
The Mexican golfer had a five-birdie stretch mid-round, then added two late birdies to finish with a 13-under total of 203 and a five-shot lead going into Sunday's final round at The Lakes.
Yardage, what yardage?: An’s ace gives him Aussie Open lead
SYDNEY (AP) — Byeong Hun An was having a mediocre round at the Australian Open on Friday, at least until the 15th hole.
The South Korean golfer's 7-iron on the par-3, 180-meter hole hit the green, bounced twice and rolled into the hole, taking him from a stroke behind the leaders to one in front. He finished the day in a tie for the lead after two rounds.
An said he didn't pay any attention to the distance.
Big attention for rookie Champ begins with small favor
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — Cameron Champ was a freshman in high school and a graduate of The First Tee program, missing only the means to travel the country to play junior golf tournaments with hopes of getting noticed outside Northern California.
One phone call made a difference as big as some of his drives.
His father called John Wood, an old friend from high school in Sacramento who at the time was caddying for Hunter Mahan.
Snedeker back at Australian Open for 1st time since 2007
SYDNEY (AP) — Brandt Snedeker hasn't played the Australian Open since 2007 but the memory of his costly mistake in the final round hasn't faded.
Snedeker lost by a shot to Craig Parry when he called a penalty on himself on the 14th hole of the final round at The Australian Golf Club because the ball moved as he tried to shift some twigs around it.
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.
Kuchar ends long drought, Singh, Langer winners in Phoenix
PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico (AP) — Matt Kuchar ended more than four years without a PGA Tour victory Sunday by closing with a 2-under 69 and holding up through a few nervous moments down the stretch to win the Mayakoba Golf Classic.
Matt Kuchar holds on to win Mayakoba Classic
PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico (AP) — Matt Kuchar had gone four years, six months and three weeks since his last PGA Tour victory.
The last few holes Sunday at the Mayakoba Golf Classic must have felt just as long.
Kuchar builds 4-shot lead at Mayakoba Golf Classic
PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico (AP) — For three days, Matt Kuchar has felt in total control of his game at the Mayakoba Golf Classic.
It shows in his score.
For the second straight day, Kuchar had enough birdies to atone for one rough hole, and it carried him to a 6-under 65 to set the 54-hole tournament record and build a four-shot lead as he tries to end more than four years without a PGA Tour victory.
Kuchar builds a 2-shot lead at Mayakoba Classic
PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico (AP) — Matt Kuchar knew he was in trouble when his tee shot sailed so far to the right that he hit a provisional in case the ball was out-of-bounds.
He found the ball, and somehow never lost the lead.
Kuchar escaped his only big mess Friday with a 35-foot bogey putt on the 12th hole, and he rode eight birdies to a 7-under 64 that gave him a two-shot lead over PGA Tour rookie Cameron Champ going into the weekend at the Mayakoba Golf Classic.
Kuchar tied for lead at working vacation in Mexico
PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico (AP) — Matt Kuchar decided at the last minute to play the Mayakoba Golf Classic and made it look like a smart move Thursday.
Kuchar missed only two fairways at El Camaleon Golf Club, key to good scoring, and kept bogeys off his card for a 7-under 64 that gave him a share of the lead with Dominic Bozzelli and PGA Tour rookie Kramer Hickok.
Thomas wins successive money titles, 1st since Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods finished off the PGA Tour season by tapping in for par to win the Tour Championship, a moment that ended any doubts that he could win again after four surgeries on his lower back. And then the moment was gone.
Hours later, Woods and 17 other players were headed to France for the all-consuming Ryder Cup. And with barely enough time to digest Europe winning and Patrick Reed pouting, the PGA Tour started up a new season in California.
Leishman, Smith to play for Australia at golf’s World Cup
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Marc Leishman will partner Cameron Smith for the home team when Australia hosts the World Cup of Golf at Metropolitan Golf Club in November.
Tournament officials said Friday that Jason Day was not available for Australia due to the pending birth of his child, and that Leishman, as captain, chose Smith over Adam Scott to play alongside him in the 56-man, $7 million tournament from Nov. 22-25.
GULLANE, Scotland (AP) — Rickie Fowler shot a 6-under 64 Thursday to take the clubhouse lead midway through the first round of the Scottish Open at Gullane, where he won the British Open warmup event in 2015.
Three years ago, Fowler made three birdies in his final four holes to outlast fellow American Matt Kuchar in a dramatic finish at the course just down the road from Muirfield in eastern Scotland.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The PGA Tour gave its premier tournament even more sizzle by putting Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler in the same group Thursday afternoon. For the undercard, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas played together in the morning.
None was anywhere near the lead at The Players Championship.
McIlroy was the only player from those two groups who managed to break par. He shot 1-under 71.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Rory Sabbatini shot a 7-under 64 for his lowest round ever at Harbour Town Golf Links and a two-stroke lead Thursday in the RBC Heritage, with top-ranked Dustin Johnson five shots behind.
Matt Kuchar finished his 11th Masters an hour in front of the toothsome twosome that owned 2017, Sergio Garcia and Justin Rose.
Another chance to break through as a major champion was gone for Kuchar. But not the opportunity to enjoy a second-hand soak in the experience.
Augusta, Ga. There are no Minnesotans playing in the Masters this year, but the first-round leaderboard featured a slew of players our state may want to claim, the way you might try to reunite with a long-lost cousin who just won the lottery.
Masters at a glance
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — A brief look Thursday at the opening round of the Masters:
LEADER: Jordan Spieth birdied five straight holes beginning at the 13th on the way to a 6-under 66.
CHASING: Tony Finau and Matt Kuchar are two strokes behind after shooting 68s, while the group at 69 includes Rory McIlroy and Henrik Stenson.
TOUGH GUY: Finau turned in a dazzling round just 24 hours after dislocating his left ankle while celebrating a hole-in-one during the Par 3 Contest.
PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) — Jordan Spieth is among the young stars in golf with only a glimpse — if even that — of how Tiger Woods could take over a tournament with his game and appeal.
That moment for Spieth came in a practice round at Muirfield Village, with Woods as his teammate.
Spieth was a 20-year-old in the 2013 Presidents Cup, playing with Steve Stricker against Woods and Matt Kuchar in a modified alternate shot. They were taken by cart to start on the par-5 seventh hole.
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.
Honolulu — The question was as much rhetorical as it was cynical.
Column: Today’s best wonder what it was like to face Tiger
HONOLULU (AP) — The question was as much rhetorical as it was cynical.
Matt Kuchar was playing alone on a slow Monday in Shanghai last fall, holding court on all things golf in between shots when the topic turned to Tiger Woods. Out of the game for nine months, Woods had just begun to post video of his swing.
Woods was still a week away from announcing he would return to competition in the Bahamas after recovering from a fourth back surgery.
Mcllroy’s patience tested as he returns with 3-under 69
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Rory McIlroy's patience was tested Thursday on his comeback and he needed three late birdies to register a 3-under 69 that left him three strokes behind first-round leaders Tommy Fleetwood and Hideto Tanihara at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
Starting on the 10th hole, McIlroy made 11 straight pars, which included a three-putt par on the par-5 18th.
Steve Stricker, Sean O’Hair take QBE Shootout lead
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Steve Stricker and Sean O'Hair shot a 15-under 57 in scramble play Friday to take the first-round lead in the QBE Shootout.
The 50-year-old Stricker, the winning U.S. Presidents Cup captain in October, chipped in for birdie on the par-4 18th. They also eagled the par-5 17th in gusty conditions on Tiburon's Gold Course.
Tiger gets passing grade in 1st round in 10 months
NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Tiger Woods was watching the leaderboards, and he wasn't alone.
Woods returned to competition for the first time in 301 days, and just like his previous four comebacks from back surgeries, no one was quite sure what to expect. Matt Kuchar was among those who looked for Woods' name whenever he passed a scoreboard at the Hero World Challenge.
Nassau, Bahamas — All eyes are on Tiger Woods and his return to golf, even the players he has to beat.
Tiger Woods getting strong reviews in return to golf
NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — All eyes are on Tiger Woods and his return to golf, even the players he has to beat.
Especially the players.
Woods was on the back end of the practice range Monday at Albany Golf Club, hitting balls with Patrick Reed, when he looked up at a drone buzzing some 50 feet over him in the cloudy sky. He had no idea that Daniel Berger was at the controls.
Kuchar takes his kids on the road for quite an education
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Matt Kuchar has what amounts to a home game this week in the RSM Classic at Sea Island, which must be awfully boring for his two sons.
The last time Kuchar played, 10-year-old Cameron and 8-year-old Carson tagged along on the first part of the trip to Japan and spent a week riding bullet trains, going to a sumo wrestling match and touring a ninja training studio.
Typhoon, visa flap send Kuchar’s fall schedule into rough
SHANGHAI (AP) — The fall schedule didn't work out the way Matt Kuchar imagined.
Kuchar signed up for three straight tournaments overseas, starting with a working vacation with his family in Japan for the Bridgestone Open, followed by the HSBC Champions and then the Turkish Airlines Open.
Presidents Cup at a glance
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — A brief look at Sunday in the Presidents Cup at Liberty National:
RESULT: United States 19, International 11.
SINGLES: International 7 1/2, United States 4 1/2.
SERIES: The Americans won for the seventh straight time to lead 10-1-1.
TROPHY: President Donald Trump became the first sitting U.S. president to present the trophy.
WINLESS: Nick Price became the first captain to lose three times.
Presidents Cup at a glance
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — A brief look at the opening session Thursday of the Presidents Cup at Liberty National:
LEADING: United States 3 1/2, International 1 1/2.
FORMAT: The Americans have gone 12 consecutive foursomes sessions without losing in the Presidents Cup.
STAR POWER: The Presidents Cup for the first time had three U.S. presidents attend the matches — Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.
Presidents Cup Capsules
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — A capsule look at Thursday's foursomes matches in the Presidents Cup at Liberty National:
Rickie Fowler and Justin Thomas, United States, def. Hideki Matsuyama and Charl Schwartzel, International, 6 and 4.
The Latest: Kisner joins Olesen in share of the lead at PGA
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on the 99th PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club (all times local):
Kevin Kisner now has a share of the lead with Thorbjorn Olesen in the PGA Championship.
Kisner birdied three of his last five holes at Quail Hollow for a 4-under 67. He finished with a 20-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole.
Spieth 1 round away from 3rd leg of Grand Slam
SOUTHPORT, England (AP) — Jordan Spieth is one round away from the third leg of the career Grand Slam, and one year removed from a reminder that it won't be easy.
On the horizon is a chance to join Jack Nicklaus as the only players to win three different majors at age 23. In the past was his last time leading a major, when he let a five-shot lead get away from him on the back nine a year ago at Augusta National.