BLAINE, Minn. (AP) — The last gathering of the world's greatest golfers in Minnesota led to a truly seminal moment when the U.S. team recaptured the Ryder Cup for the first time in eight years in...
VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) — The executive who led the extraordinary growth of the English Premier League is joining a new Ryder Cup committee aimed at enhancing the commercial value of golf's...
LONDON (AP) — The Laver Cup is getting official status from the men's tennis tour.
The ATP says it has reached an agreement to make the tournament an official part of the yearly calendar,...
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Steve Stricker got the next best thing to a major championship, at least for a 50-something player.
Stricker ran away with his first senior major Monday, closing with...
VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) — The European team is reducing the number of captain's picks from four to three for next year's Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits.
Another clutch 6-iron for McDowell leads to big win
Two of the most significant shots Graeme McDowell has hit in his career were a 6-iron, for different reasons and on entirely different stages.
Column: Steve Stricker quick to clear air with Patrick Reed
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Steve Stricker didn't wait for the official announcement to make his first move as Ryder Cup captain.
Stricker appointed US captain for Ryder Cup in home state
Steve Stricker paid his dues to become a Ryder Cup captain, and it had nothing to do with winning a major.
He didn't make his first team until he was 41 in the 2008 matches at Valhalla, a...
Spieth, Reed reunite with a hug and a laugh
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Jordan Spieth ended any speculation about his relationship with Patrick Reed with a hug.
Spieth and Reed played together Saturday in the Farmers Insurance Open. It was the most time they have spent with each other since sitting on opposite sides of a table in a closing Ryder Cup press conference amid questions why they weren't partners in France.
Column: Tiger Woods’ biggest moment didn’t last very long
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Rarely in sports has such a big moment had such a short shelf life.
Even one involving Tiger Woods.
With respect to Brooks Koepka and his two majors, or Francesco Molinari with his claret jug and 5-0 mark in the Ryder Cup, no moment last year captivated golf as much as Woods finishing off his improbable comeback by winning the final PGA Tour event of the season at the Tour Championship.
Harrington takes ‘daunting’ role of Europe Ryder Cup captain
Padraig Harrington barely raised a smile as he spoke for the first time as Europe's new Ryder Cup captain.
In fact, as he discussed his thought process before accepting the position, the challenge awaiting him over the next 20 months and its potential impact on his golfing legacy, the role already seemed something of a burden for the easygoing Irishman.
"It's not something I take on without a certain amount of trepidation," Harrington, a three-time major champion, said.
A piece of shrapnel behind Bubba’s tears at the Ryder Cup
KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) — Bubba Watson is known for crying after he wins. Even with three victories last year, his biggest tears were after a loss.
And it really didn't have anything to do with losing.
The source of his tears at the Ryder Cup in France can be traced to a piece of shrapnel Watson had removed from his father when he died.
Poulter makes up for missing tournament in a big way
KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) — Part of Ian Poulter's punishment for violating a PGA Tour policy is spending two weeks in Hawaii to start the new year.
That would be a most literal interpretation of the penalty.
And it only tells part of the story of how Poulter chose to make up for missing a tournament he was supposed to play.
Fleetwood: Team Europe was such a family at the Ryder Cup
LONDON (AP) — Tommy Fleetwood says he was blown away by the family atmosphere that was generated by Europe's triumphant 12-man team when he made his Ryder Cup debut this year.
The 27-year-old Englishman formed an unbeatable combination with his close friend Francesco Molinari of Italy in September, with the pairing dubbed 'Moliwood' winning all four of their matches together in Europe's 17 ½ - 10 ½ victory over the United States at Le Golf National in Paris.
Molinari set to focus on US golf circuit next year
LONDON (AP) — Francesco Molinari says he may not play in Europe until the 19th-ranked Italian defends his British Open title in July.
The lure of the US PGA Tour and changes made to the European Tour calendar will combine to leave the London-based golfer short of available dates to compete on his home circuit next year.
Molinari is even struggling to commit to the British Masters in May, despite receiving an invitation from tournament host, close friend and Ryder Cup partner Tommy Fleetwood.
Europe Ryder Cup captain fulfils promise of victory tattoo
LONDON (AP) — Europe captain Thomas Bjorn has lived up to his promise to tattoo their winning Ryder Cup score on his bottom.
Bjorn made the promise at a news conference before the event in September in France, where Europe was the underdog against the United States.
Column: Reviewing 2018 based on all 14 clubs in the bag
Brooks Koepka used a 9-iron on consecutive full swings in the final round at Shinnecock Hills. One led to birdie, the other led to par. Both were crucial in making him the first back-to-back U.S. Open champion in 29 years.
Tiger Woods showed glimpses of being back on his game with a long iron and a short one. Tony Finau hit one of the luckiest shots in Ryder Cup history.
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Molinari voted as European Tour’s player of 2018
VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) — Francesco Molinari has been voted as the European Tour golfer of the year for 2018, capping a year in which he won his first major title and produced a historic performance at the Ryder Cup.
Molinari became the first Italian to win the British Open after his triumph at Carnoustie, and finished the season as the Race to Dubai champion for the first time.
Bubba wants to be at Presidents Cup as an assistant
NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Bubba Watson ends the year at No. 12 in the Presidents Cup standings, and his mission is to be at Royal Melbourne one year from now.
But not necessarily as a player.
Watson was asked during the Hero World Challenge what would make a good 2019, and he didn't hesitate.
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.
Patrick Reed moving on from Ryder Cup, shares Bahamas lead
NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Patrick Reed and Tiger Woods are about as far apart as can be on the leaderboard after one round of the Hero World Challenge.
Only they know how close they are after the Ryder Cup fallout.
Reed showed no sign of fatigue in his travels from Dubai to Hong Kong to the Bahamas in successive weeks, making birdie on three of his last five holes Thursday for a 7-under 65 and a share of the lead with late-entry Patrick Cantlay.
Column: Ryder Cup over, Furyk returns to full-time job
Jim Furyk never quit his day job. It just seemed that way.
During the 31 tournaments he played over 20 months, his identity was no longer U.S. Open champion, FedEx Cup champion or 17-time winner on the PGA Tour. He was the Ryder Cup captain responsible for everything from team dinners to uniforms, all the while keeping an eye on how the U.S. team was shaping up.
What surprised him about a text message Monday afternoon was not the request for his time, but the topic.
Reed opens with 64 to take lead at HSBC Champions
SHANGHAI (AP) — Patrick Reed had a Ryder Cup he'd like to forget and spent three weeks at home in Texas preparing to finish the year strong.
He was at his best Thursday in the HSBC Champions.
Even in blustery conditions, Reed putted for birdie on every hole at Sheshan International and closed out his bogey-free round with a 25-foot birdie putt for an 8-under 64, giving him a two-shot lead over Tony Finau and Xander Schauffele.
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.
Bjerregaard wrecks Hatton’s hopes of Dunhill hat trick
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) — Lucas Bjerregaard of Denmark wrecked Tyrrell Hatton's hopes of winning the Dunhill Links Championship for a third straight year when he shot a 5-under 67 in the final round on Sunday for a one-stroke victory.
Bjerregaard started the day four strokes adrift of overnight leader Hatton but he reeled in the European Ryder Cup player to finish with a 15-under winning total of 273.
Mickelson has 6 straight birdies; 2 shots back at Silverardo
NAPA, Calif. (AP) — Phil Mickelson had six straight birdies and shot a 7-under 65 on Thursday to pull within two strokes of leader Sepp Straka in the PGA Tour's season-opening Safeway Open.
Coming off a winless performance in the U.S. Ryder Cup loss to Europe, the 48-year-old Mickelson birdied Nos. 9-14 and closed with four straight pars on the North Course at Silverado Resort and Spa.
Hatton in contention despite hitting spectator on head
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) — Tyrrell Hatton bounced back from a poor start, including a wayward tee shot that struck a spectator on the head, to register a 2-under 70 and move within two strokes of the first-round lead at the Dunhill Links Championship on Thursday.
A female fan was pictured bleeding from a head wound after being hit by a drive from defending champion Hatton on the 15th hole at Kingsbarns, one of three courses staging the event.
Spectator struck on head by golf ball at Dunhill Links
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) — A spectator has been struck on the head by a golf ball at the Dunhill Links Championship, less than a week after a similar incident at the Ryder Cup left a woman potentially losing vision in her right eye.
The female spectator was pictured bleeding from a head wound after being hit by a tee shot from Tyrrell Hatton on the 15th hole at Kingsbarns, one of the three courses staging the Dunhill Links.
Brendan Steele trying to win 3rd straight Safeway Open title
NAPA, Calif. (AP) — Brendan Steele is trying to win the Safeway Open for the third straight season. He's also eager for the new PGA Tour season because it's a fresh start.
He missed the cuts in four of his last five tournaments.
"I really didn't like how I finished last season," said Steele, set to open with title defense Thursday on the North Course at Silverado Resort and Spa. "I wasn't very good the past few months. I just got confused with what I was doing; I was making the game really hard."
Koepka gutted over wounded fan, denies fight with Johnson
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) — Brooks Koepka is thinking about more than just golf these days.
The 28-year-old American, the U.S. Open and PGA Championship winner, said Wednesday he was heartbroken to hear a woman struck by his tee shot at the Ryder Cup last week might lose vision in her right eye.
Koepka's wild shot on the sixth hole at Le Golf National hit Corine Remande in the head. According to French media reports, doctors say she has lost sight and she is considering legal action.
Column: Reed’s passion for Ryder Cup turns poisonous
SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) — What the Americans need is a Ryder Cup team filled with guys like Patrick Reed.
As long as Patrick Reed isn't one of them.
Three days on Le Golf National went bad enough for a powerful U.S. team that lost its way off the tee and on the scoreboard. Europe won eight consecutive matches, built a four-point lead going into Sunday's singles session and never gave the Americans much hope on its way to another victory on home soil.
Ryder Cup in France had no leaderboards on the course
SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) — The Americans needed to overcome a four-point deficit on the final day of the Ryder Cup and got off to a reasonable start, enough that U.S. captain Jim Furyk had a flicker of hope.
Justin Thomas won on the 18th hole. Brooks Koepka halved his match. They were ahead comfortably in two matches, and two others were tight — Dustin Johnson was 1 up through 11 holes, and Tiger Woods was all square in his match through 12 holes.
Euro Tour to help fan who has lost vision from ball strike
PARIS (AP) — Ryder Cup organizers say they will support "for as long as necessary" the spectator who was hit by a tee shot and has reportedly lost sight in her right eye.
The injured spectator, who has been identified as 49-year-old Corine Remande in French press, was hospitalized after being hit on the head by an errant drive from Brooks Koepka on the sixth hole at Le Golf National last Friday.
Report: Patrick Reed vents over Spieth, Furyk in Ryder Cup
NEW YORK (AP) — Patrick Reed blames Jordan Spieth for them not playing together at the Ryder Cup and told The New York Times that U.S. captain Jim Furyk was not smart to sit him out twice.
Europe won the Ryder Cup 17½-10½ at Le Golf National outside Paris. Europe now has won nine of the last 12 times, and it was the third time in its last five victories that it won by seven points or more.
Column: US has European way figured out except for winning
SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) — This is no time for the Americans to panic about the Ryder Cup.
The goal that came out of the Ryder Cup Task Force in late 2014 was to have a winning record over the next 10 matches. So even after another thorough beating by Europe at Le Golf National, the Americans still have 16 years before deciding if they're on the right path.
One week in the suburbs of Paris felt like they were going in circles around the Arc de Triomphe.
Europe wins back Ryder Cup, beating US 17 1/2-10 1/2
SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) — Payback belongs to Europe, and so does the Ryder Cup.
Two years after the Americans thought they had their Ryder Cup problems figured out, Europe reminded them Sunday why it practically has owned this shiny gold trophy for the last quarter-century.
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.
Europe finishes off dominant week to win back Ryder Cup
SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) — Europe waited two long years for that one moment when the Ryder Cup was back in its hands.
Exactly when it happened Sunday was unclear, making it all the better.
At roughly the same time, in two singles matches on two greens at Le Golf National separated by 150 yards of water, Francesco Molinari and Sergio Garcia each made par to secure at least a half-point, either one giving Europe the 14½ points it needed to regain the Ryder Cup from the Americans.
Ryder Cup capsules from Sunday’s singles matches
SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) — Capsules from Sunday's single matches in the Ryder Cup at Le Golf National:
Justin Thomas, United States, def. Rory McIlroy, Europe, 1 up.
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.
Francesco Molinari: British Open champ, now Ryder Cup hero
SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) — Francesco Molinari walked straight into the heart of a throng of rowdy European fans beside the 16th tee and was soon covered with beer from plastic pint pots.
He finally managed to yank himself free, only for his teammates to lift him off his feet. His captain, Thomas Bjorn, emerged through a mass of cameras and grabbed his star player by both cheeks.
McIlroy again unreliable in Ryder Cup singles
SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) — Rory McIlroy stared at his ball buried deep in the French sand and held out his arms. His body language said: What am I meant to do with that?
The finish line, in the shape of the 18th green at Le Golf National, was just up ahead, so close he could see its fluttering flag and the thousands of expectant spectators surrounding it, waiting, praying for the four-time major winner to do something special to edge Europe closer to winning the Ryder Cup.
The Latest: Noren finishes off Europe’s win with long putt
SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) — The Latest on the Ryder Cup at Le Golf National (all times local):
Alex Noren has closed out Europe's dominating win in the Ryder Cup with a brilliant putt.
The Swedish golfer rolled in a 40-foot birdie at the final hole Sunday to secure a 1-up victory over Bryson DeChambeau.
That made the final score: Europe 17½, United States 10½.
Europe builds 10-6 lead in Ryder Cup behind ‘Moliwood’
SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) — Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood walked down the fairway after delivering another big point in the Ryder Cup, side by side with their arms around each other's shoulder.
Here came "Moliwood" at Le Golf National, the latest Ryder Cup sensation and the first European tandem to win all four matches since the current format began in 1979. Even more satisfying was that three of those points came at the expense of Tiger Woods.
Mickelson gets another day off at Ryder Cup in Europe
SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) — Phil Mickelson is used to being a spectator when the Ryder Cup comes to Europe.
In a repeat of four years ago, Mickelson didn't play at all Saturday at Le Golf National, reduced to a role of cheerleader and occasional coach while the rest of the team got on the course for at least one session.
Mickelson wasn't happy with his omission in Gleneagles, ripping into captain Tom Watson after the Sunday singles finished off Europe's 16 1/2-11 1/2 triumph.
Same ol’ story: Tiger takes another tumble at Ryder Cup
SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) — Tiger Woods kept bending over in anguish, his shoulders sinking further and further, the energy ebbing as he made his way around Le Golf National for the second time Saturday.
It was the body language of a tired, defeated golfer.
‘Vamos!’: Garcia firing up Europe at Ryder Cup
SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) — Sergio Garcia and Phil Mickelson were handed captain's picks for the Ryder Cup as much for their value in the team room as out on the course.
Only one of the veterans is delivering on both fronts at Le Golf National.
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.