Jhonattan Vegas shoots 64 to take Honda Classic lead
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — A year ago at The Honda Classic, Jhonattan Vegas made seven birdies all week.
Garcia apologizes, wants to be ‘best behaved’ in golf
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sergio Garcia apologized in a statement and in person to the players in his group when he damaged five greens at the Saudi International. He apologized in a social media post and in an interview at his locker Wednesday at Riviera.
That has been the easy part. He has had plenty of experience over the years.
Garcia said the challenge now is to make sure it does not happen again, knowing that the scrutiny of his behavior will be greater than ever.
Column: Bad rules, bad temper, rough start to golf this year
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Golf barely made it out of January when it was hit with what must feel like a two-shot penalty.
Odds are the negative attention on the new set of modern rules will have subsided before those four glorious days in April during the Masters — unless, of course, the next man in a green jacket makes his final putt with the flagstick in the cup.
Garcia disqualified for damaging greens at Saudi tournament
KING ABDULLAH ECONOMIC CITY, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Sergio Garcia was disqualified from the Saudi International tournament on Saturday for damaging greens in frustration during his third round, and the Spaniard said he has apologized to fellow players for his actions.
In an eventful third round of the new event in the Middle East, Li Haotong of China made four eagles, including two in his last two holes and three of them on par 4s, to share the lead with Dustin Johnson.
Garcia apologizes after DQ for damaging greens
KING ABDULLAH ECONOMIC CITY, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Sergio Garcia was disqualified from the Saudi International tournament on Saturday for damaging two greens in frustration during his third round, and the Spaniard said he has apologized to fellow players for his actions.
The European Tour released a statement after Garcia finished his round, in which he shot a 1-over 71, and said the former Masters champion had been disqualified for "serious misconduct."
Rose swerves political controversy over Saudi golf event
KING ABDULLAH ECONOMIC CITY, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Top-ranked golfer Justin Rose opted against delving into the political ramifications of the decision to stage a European Tour event in Saudi Arabia, saying Wednesday he was happy to play in the tournament to "support growing the game."
The Saudi International starts Thursday amid scrutiny of the kingdom's human-rights record and condemnation following the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in October.
Fitzpatrick shots 65, leads by 1 at Dubai Desert Classic
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Matthew Fitzpatrick birdied five of his last six holes to shoot a 7-under 65 and take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Dubai Desert Classic on Thursday.
Fitzpatrick's lowest score in an opening round since 2015 broke a logjam at the top of the leaderboard, with morning starters Sergio Garcia and Bryson DeChambeau among eight players to shoot 66 at Emirates Golf Club.
Janewattananond wins Singapore Open with final round 65
SINGAPORE (AP) — Jazz Janewattananond shot a final-round 65 on Sunday to win the Singapore Open and qualify for this year's British Open.
The Thai player carded seven birdies over the Serapong Course at Sentosa Golf Club to finish at 18-under 266, two strokes ahead of Yoshinori Fujimoto (68) and Paul Casey (65), who had already secured his place at Royal Portrush.
Rai extends lead at Hong Kong Open
HONG KONG (AP) — Aaron Rai shot a 2-under 68 Saturday in the third round to extend his lead from four to six strokes at the Hong Kong Open.
The 23-year-old Englishman is on 16-under 194 after four birdies and two bogeys. Rai — who wears gloves on both hands while playing — shot a course-record 61 at Hong Kong Golf Club on Friday.
3 in lead in Hong Kong as 2019 European Tour begins
HONG KONG (AP) — The 2019 European Tour got underway on Thursday with Aaron Rai, Jason Scrivener and Yusaku Miyazato shooting 5-under 65s to share the lead after the first round of the Hong Kong Open.
They were already 10 strokes ahead of Masters champion Patrick Reed, who made four bogeys and a double bogey in a 75 — a week after contending at the World Tour Championship in Dubai.
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’s lead in Sun City cut to 1 by Oosthuizen
SUN CITY, South Africa (AP) — Sergio Garcia barely held onto his lead as Louis Oosthuizen's second-round charge took him to within a shot of the Spaniard at the Nedbank Golf Challenge on Friday.
Garcia's 1-under 71 moved him to 9 under 135 overall, but his four-shot advantage from the first day disappeared as Oosthuizen (67) made an eagle and five birdies at Gary Player Country Club.
Garcia dominant on Day 1 at Nedbank Golf Challenge
SUN CITY, South Africa (AP) — Sergio Garcia flew into a four-shot lead at the Nedbank Golf Challenge after an 8-under 64 on Thursday secured the biggest first-round advantage on the European Tour for a year.
Garcia, twice a Sun City winner before the Nedbank became part of the tour, made eight birdies in a brilliant start to the penultimate tournament of the season to move four strokes clear of Charl Schwartzel, Mike Lorenzo-Vera and Mikko Korhonen at the Gary Player Country Club.
Garcia wins rain-shortened Andalucia Valderrama Masters
SOTOGRANDE, Spain (AP) — Sergio Garcia won his third Andalucia Valderrama Masters on Monday, finishing the rain-shortened European Tour event four shots ahead of Shane Lowry.
Garcia shot a 2-under 69 for a 12-under 201 total in the 54-hole tournament at the Real Club Valderrama in southern Spain. Lowry shot a 66 in the final round.
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.
Chesters leads after weather-hit first round in Andalucia
SOTOGRANDE, Spain (AP) — Ashley Chesters was leading on 5-under 66 at the Andalucia Valderrama Masters when play was suspended because of darkness with 60 golfers yet to complete their weather-hit first rounds on Thursday.
More than four hours was lost as play was twice suspended because of stormy conditions and the threat of lightning at the Real Club Valderrama in southern Spain.
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.
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.
‘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.
Ryder Cup capsules
SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) — Capsules from Saturday's matches at the Ryder Cup:
Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia, Europe, def. Brooks Koepka and Tony Finau, United States, 2 and 1.
The Latest: Lefty, big-name Europeans to miss opening salvos
SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) — The Latest on the Ryder Cup at Le Golf National (all times local):
The opening session of the Ryder Cup will be missing some of Europe's biggest names.
"Lefty" is sitting it out, too. This will be the first time since Phil Mickelson's first appearance in 1995 that he won't be on the course at the beginning of Day 1. At 48, he is the oldest member of the American team.
‘Everyone loves Sergio’: Garcia proving worth at Ryder Cup
SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) — As the missed cuts mounted, Sergio Garcia started to fear his status as a constant in Europe's Ryder Cup team was coming to an end.
He was a major champion at long last. His Ryder Cup record — 22 1/2 points in eight appearances — spoke for itself. His gravitas in European golf was not in question.
Tom Lewis wins Portugal Masters for 2nd time
VILAMOURA, Portugal (AP) — Tom Lewis won the Portugal Masters for a second time after shooting a 5-under 66 in Sunday's final round.
Lewis finished three strokes ahead of fellow Englishman Eddie Pepperell (67) and Australia's Lucas Herbert (71).
Sergio Garcia prepared for the Ryder Cup next weekend with a 65 to finish seven strokes behind Lewis.
Lewis made six birdies along with a single bogey on No. 10 to finish the tournament at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course on 22-under 262.
Mickelson gets a final try at winning Ryder Cup in Europe
ATLANTA (AP) — Keegan Bradley was never more nervous than the moments before his Ryder Cup debut. He had the opening tee shot in foursomes at Medinah against Sergio Garcia and Luke Donald, a European tandem that had never lost in four matches against some of America's best players.
"I was worried I would not be able to hit the ball," Bradley said.
At least he had the calming influence of his partner, Phil Mickelson, the most experienced American on the team.
Sergio Garcia dedicates round to slain college golfer
VILAMOURA, Portugal (AP) — Sergio Garcia dedicated his round Thursday in the Portugal Masters to the Spanish women's college golfer killed in Iowa.
Celia Barquin Arozamena, the Big 12 champion this year for Iowa State, was found stabbed to death Monday.
"It was nice to shoot a nice score and dedicate it to Celia," Garcia said.
Bjorn opts for experience with Ryder Cup wild-card picks
The chance of playing another Ryder Cup kept Ian Poulter motivated through his dark times over the last two years. Paul Casey made major changes to his schedule in order to get another shot at golf's greatest team event.
Throughout his own recent slump, Sergio Garcia was in regular conversation with close friend Thomas Bjorn in an effort to stay in the European captain's thinking.
Snedeker follows 59 with 67, takes 2-shot lead at Wyndham
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Brandt Snedeker couldn't block out the buzz that surrounded his first-round 11-under 59 at the Wyndham Championship. He refocused just in time to reclaim the lead.
Snedeker followed his historic opening score with a 67 on Friday to take a two-stroke lead into the weekend at the Wyndham Championship.
A day after becoming the 10th player in PGA Tour history to break 60, Snedeker moved to 14-under 126 halfway through the final PGA Tour event before the playoffs.
Donaldson leads clubhouse in Dubai part way into 2nd round
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Welsh golfer Jamie Donaldson followed his opening 62 with a solid 3-under-par 69 to take the clubhouse lead in the weather-interrupted second round of the Dubai Desert Classic on Friday.
Tee times were delayed for nearly three hours because of thick fog. That led to none of the afternoon groups, including Rory McIlroy and defending champion Sergio Garcia, being able to finish their second round when darkness suspended play.
Garcia starts new year with victory in Singapore
SINGAPORE (AP) — Masters champion Sergio Garcia began his 20th year as a pro by closing with a 3-under 68 for a five-shot victory at the Singapore Open.
Garcia won for the 28th time in his career, and in his fourth Asian country.
Starting the final round of the rain-delayed event at Sentosa Golf Club, the Spaniard birdied his first hole, picked up two more birdies before the turn and made all pars on the back nine.
After long day, Garcia wins Singapore Open by 5 strokes
SINGAPORE (AP) — Sergio Garcia played 27 holes on the last day without dropping a shot to win the Singapore Open by five strokes Sunday in an ominous display of his new found self-belief as he prepares to defend his Masters title.
Still brimming with confidence after claiming his first major title at Augusta National last year, Garcia started his new season with a runaway victory at the Sentosa Golf Club, finishing at 14-under 270.
Garcia and Ishikawa in contention at Singapore Open
SINGAPORE (AP) — Danthai Boonma and Chapchai Nirat built a two-stroke lead over a chasing pack including Sergio Garcia and Ryo Ishikawa their closest rivals midway through the third round of the weather-interrupted Singapore Open on Saturday.
The Thai golfers were locked together at 9-under when play was suspended at the Sentosa Golf Club for the third day in a row because of lightning strikes in the area.
Weather again stops Singapore Open
SINGAPORE (AP) — Chapchai Nirat birdied his first four holes and then his last two in a 7-under 64 Friday to grab the clubhouse lead in the second round of the weather-interrupted Singapore Open.
The Thai golfer also birdied the 14th hole in a flawless round to jump to the top of the leaderboard at 7-under 135 before the threat of lightning suspended play for the second day in a row with half of the 156-player field still to complete their second rounds.
Garcia shoots 66 to share clubhouse lead at Singapore Open
SINGAPORE (AP) — Sergio Garcia opened his season with a 5-under 66 and a share of the clubhouse lead on Thursday in the first round of the weather-interrupted Singapore Open.
Playing his first tournament of the year, the Masters champion rebounded after making an early bogey to collect four birdies and an eagle at the Sentosa Golf Club.
Winning 8 times in a year? Optimism high at start of year
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii brings out the highest level of optimism because it hosts the opening events of the new year, even if the season started three months ago.
Sergio Garcia won at Kapalua in 2002 and talked about winning the money list on both sides of the Atlantic, a bold plan that went awry when he finished 12th on the PGA Tour money list. Justin Thomas, Tiger Woods and David Duval are the only Kapalua champions who won multiple times on the PGA Tour the rest of the year.
Comebacks and surprises highlight best games of 2017
It began as The Year of the Comeback.
In college football, where Clemson got the last laugh in a wild fourth quarter in which the lead changed hands three times.
And in pro football, where the New England Patriots rallied from 25 points down to send the Super Bowl to overtime for the first time in its history, then cruised to a quick touchdown for the franchise's fifth title.
Atletico’s 20-match unbeaten run in La Liga ends at Espanyol
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Atletico Madrid's 20-game unbeaten streak in the Spanish league ended in a 1-0 loss at Espanyol on Friday.
Forward Sergio Garcia scored from a quick attack to claim the winner in the 88th minute when he used one touch to fire substitute Esteban Granero's cross just inside the far post.
Column: Best shots, and personal favorite, of major champs
Jordan Spieth won the British Open with a flourish at the end. Justin Thomas hit 7-iron that had to be perfect for him to seal his first major at the PGA Championship.
Both wonder if they would have been in position to win on Sunday if not for key shots earlier in the week.
Garcia voted as European Tour’s golfer of the year
VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) — Sergio Garcia has been voted as the European Tour's golfer of the year after claiming his first major title at the Masters and winning two more events in 2017.
The 37-year-old Spaniard, who also got married in July, says "I think both on and off the golf course it has been a unique and unbelievable year, and one that I will definitely remember my whole life."
Leishman, Bland lead Australian PGA; Garcia 6 behind
GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Marc Leishman took advantage of an early start to shoot a 7-under 65 and move into a share of the second-round lead at the Australian PGA Championship on Friday.
Masters champion Sergio Garcia was six strokes behind after a 71 while Adam Scott missed the cut by two shots after bogeying four of six holes on the back nine at Royal Pines and shooting 74.
Sergio Garcia has 67, 1 stroke behind Australian PGA leaders
GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Sergio Garcia withstood two rain delays and his earliest career starting time for a 5-under 67 and was a stroke behind the leaders at the Australian PGA Championship.
Adam Bland, who bogeyed his final hole, and fellow Australian Jordan Zunic, who chipped in for eagle on his last, shared the first-round lead Thursday after afternoon starts.
Adam Scott to play Australian PGA with long putter
GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Adam Scott says he will use a long-handled putter this week at the Australian PGA, similar to the now-banned broomstick version that he won the Masters with in 2013.
Scott, whose world ranking has slid to No. 31, said Wednesday he used the longer putter in practice at Royal Pines. He switched to a short putter from the broomstick one after a ban began in 2016 on anchoring the putter against the body.
Chawrasia leads in Hong Kong by 1 stroke
HONG KONG (AP) — S.S.P. Chawrasia shot a 1-under 69 Saturday in the third round for a one-stroke lead at the Hong Kong Open.
The 39-year-old Indian is at 10-under 200 overall at the Hong Kong Golf Club.
Last year's runner-up, Rafa Cabrera Bello, hit six birdies, two bogeys and an eagle on the par-4 10th for a 6-under 64. The Spaniard shares second place with Australia's Wade Ormsby (65).
Rose has early advantage over Fleetwood in Dubai; Reed leads
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Justin Rose made the best start of the three players looking to become Europe's top player for 2017 at the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai with a 6-under 66 Thursday.
An eagle from the greenside bunker on the 14th hole and a stunning approach shot to two feet for birdie on the 18th handed the Englishman the early initiative in his attempt to win the European Tour's Race to Dubai crown.
Fleetwood must withstand Rose challenge to win Race to Dubai
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Englishman Tommy Fleetwood must withstand a strong challenge from Justin Rose to secure a first Race to Dubai title, and stop his friend from repeating his last-gasp triumph of 10 years ago.
Fleetwood, Rose, Garcia fighting for Race to Dubai title
The Race to Dubai has reached the home straight, and only three players are still in the running.
Tommy Fleetwood, Justin Rose or Sergio Garcia will be Europe's No. 1 player for 2017 after the final event of the season on the European Tour, this week's DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.
Fleetwood holds the lead by 256,737 points, but knows he will be overtaken if either of his two challengers wins at Jumeirah Golf Estates.
Rose keeps alive his streak of winning every year since 2010
SHANGHAI (AP) — Justin Rose was down to his last couple of events when he rallied from eight shots behind at the HSBC Champions to keep alive an important streak. This is his eighth consecutive year with at least one victory.
His streak on the PGA Tour ended last year, though Rose counts the gold medal he won in the Olympics.
Host Garcia wins Andalucia Valderrama Masters
SOTOGRANDE, Spain (AP) — Tournament host Sergio Garcia won the Andalucia Valderrama Masters after shooting 4-under 67 Sunday in the final round.
It was the Spaniard's sixth win on home soil and his second title at Real Club Valderrama. He won the Andalucia Masters at this venue in 2011.
Garcia made five birdies to go with one bogey, as he finished on 12-under 272 — one stroke ahead of Joost Luiten of the Netherlands.
Garcia leads Andalucia Masters heading into final round
SOTOGRANDE, Spain (AP) — Tournament host Sergio Garcia will take a one-shot lead into the final round of the Andalucia Valderrama Masters after shooting a 3-under 68 on Saturday.
The Spaniard had six birdies and three bogeys to reach 8 under for the tournament, just ahead of English golfer Daniel Brooks, who shot a 7-under 64 for the best round of the week.
Garcia is trying to win his second title at Real Club Valderrama. He won the Andalucia Masters at this venue in 2011.