Column: There’s a reason Match Play is only once a year
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Rory McIlroy loves match play because he believes it is the purest form of golf.
Most would agree.
He also prefers single elimination, which he referred to as...
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.
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.
Ryder Cup ready to start with pressure on for everyone
SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) — Jim Furyk has spent four days watching his team play loose and confident, two key ingredients he hopes will allow the Americans to end 25 years without winning the Ryder Cup away from home.
He can only hope that's what he sees when the shots at Le Golf National really count.
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.
Bjorn says ‘Europe united’ at Ryder Cup amid Brexit tensions
SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) — Amid tensions caused by Britain's looming departure from the European Union, the captain of Europe's Ryder Cup team said Thursday his players were an example of how the continent "stands as one."
Thomas Bjorn, a Dane who lives in London, used his speech at the opening ceremony of golf's biggest team event to speak of his pride at being European.
RYDER CUP ’18: Facts and figures for the 42nd matches
SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) — Facts and figures for the 42nd Ryder Cup, which starts Friday at Le Golf National.
Format: Four matches of fourballs (better ball) and foursomes (alternate shot) on Friday and Saturday, 12 singles matches on Sunday.
Points: The United States needs 14 points to retain the cup. Europe needs 14½ points to win the cup.
American stars seek European success in the Ryder Cup
SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) — The American team at the Ryder Cup is one of the strongest ever.
It features nine players who have combined to win 31 major championships, nearly half of those by Tiger Woods, who signaled his return last week by winning the Tour Championship. It has Dustin Johnson, who is back at No. 1 in the world. One of only three Ryder Cup rookies on the team is Justin Thomas, who already has won a major and reached No. 1 in the world.
‘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.
Relaxed Bjorn proving a good fit as Ryder Cup captain
The captaincy of Europe's Ryder Cup team has taken Thomas Bjorn to places he never could have imagined.
To the Elysee Palace for breakfast with the French president. To Val d'Isere to hit some golf balls from a mountain top. To the home of a delusional fan in southern England.
He has lain awake in the middle of the night, weighing wild-card picks and strategy.
AP Interview: Bjorn excited to see Tiger Woods in Ryder Cup
EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France (AP) — Tiger Woods returning to the United States team after a six-year absence will make golf's showdown even better, according to Europe's Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn.
"He brings so much greatness to the game of golf," Bjorn told The Associated Press in an interview Saturday, two weeks before the action in France.
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.
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.
Olesen in strong position to seal Ryder Cup spot in Denmark
AARHUS, Denmark (AP) — Thorbjorn Olesen was in a strong position to secure the final qualifying place in Europe's Ryder Cup team despite making the cut only on the number at the Made In Denmark event on Friday.
Only a victory for Matthew Fitzpatrick or Eddie Pepperell can deny Olesen the last automatic spot in the Europe team via the world points list, but the English players were far off the lead after the second round at Silkeborg Ry Golf Club.
Pepperell makes best start of Ryder Cup hopefuls in Denmark
AARHUS, Denmark (AP) — Eddie Pepperell shot a 2-under 70 in the first round of the Made In Denmark tournament on Thursday to make the best start of the three players bidding to secure the final qualifying spot in Europe's Ryder Cup team.
Olesen, Pepperell, Fitzpatrick fight for Ryder Cup spot
Back at the course where he grew up playing, Thomas Bjorn will get a front-row seat to see a three-way fight for the final qualifying spot in his Ryder Cup team.
The European captain returns to Silkeborg Ry Golf Club this week for the Made In Denmark event, where Thorbjorn Olesen, Eddie Pepperell and Matthew Fitzpatrick will bid to become the eighth automatic member of a team seeking to regain the trophy from the United States in Paris.
The Latest: Ryder Cup spots in sight at PGA Championship
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Latest from the PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club (all times local):
The scoreboards for the PGA Championship aren't the only ones worth watching this week.
That's because the tournament at Bellerive is the last points-paying event for the U.S. team for the Ryder Cup, and a crucial opportunity for European players to impress captain Thomas Bjorn.
VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) — Europe is adding a wealth of Ryder Cup experience for the team room with four more assistants to captain Thomas Bjorn.
Lee Westwood, Padraig Harrington, Luke Donald and Graeme McDowell are the latest additions to Bjorn's staff for this year's matches in France. Bjorn previously named Robert Karlsson as one of his vice captains.
5 female golfers to take part in men’s European Tour event
VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) — Five female golfers will compete in a men's European Tour event in May as part of more innovations to the GolfSixes tournament.
Suzann Pettersen and Mel Reid will form a European Women's team and Georgia Hall and Charley Hull will combine for an England Women's team in the six-hole match-play tournament at Centurion Club, England, on May 5-6.
In another team, Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn will join forces with Solheim Cup captain Catriona Matthew.
Europe beats Asia to win EurAsia Cup
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Europe retained the EurAsia Cup after putting on a sensational showing on the final day to tame Asia 14 to 10, courtesy of eight wins in the 12 singles matches on Sunday.
Asia had led by a slim margin coming into the individual play, but they were soundly beaten by the Europeans, who are using the match play tournament as a dress rehearsal for the Ryder Cup later this year.
Asia keeps 1-point lead at EurAsia Cup
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Asia staged a late comeback to maintain its slim lead over defending champion Europe, 6 ½ to 5 ½, on the second day of the EurAsia Cup on Saturday.
"We came out of the session at 3-3 which wasn't what we were looking for, but we live to fight another day," Europe captain Thomas Bjorn said. "We have got to go out and put some blue on the board and try to win the singles."
Europe not underestimating Asia ahead of EurAsia Cup
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Thomas Bjorn dismissed any suggestions that his Europe-led contingent will steamroll to another landslide victory over Team Asia at the EurAsia Cup which begins on Friday at the Glenmarie Golf & Country Club in Kuala Lumpur.
Europe strolled to an 18 ½-5 ½ victory over their Asian counterparts in 2016, but Bjorn is aware of his opponents' prowess this time as he prepares to captain the Westerners.
Casey to play for Europe at EurAsia Cup
Paul Casey will represent Europe for the first time since 2008 after being selected as a wild card for EurAsia Cup.
Casey recently announced he would be rejoining the European Tour for the 2018 season, making him available to play in future Ryder Cups for Europe.
Thomas Bjorn, who will captain the European team for the Ryder Cup in Paris next year, will also lead Europe at the EurAsia Cup in Malaysia. He said picking Casey was a "no-brainer."
Suri and McEvoy share lead at European Open
HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — Julian Suri birdied five of the last eight holes to join Richard McEvoy of England for a share of the lead at 6-under 66 in the opening round of the European Open on Thursday.
The 26-year-old American started with a birdie but dropped a shot at the second. There were no more bogeys afterward as Suri racked up another six birdies. Suri and McEvoy — who also shot six birdies and was bogey-free — have a one-stroke lead.
VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) — Alex Noren shot a 10-under 62 on Sunday for a two-stroke victory in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.
Seven strokes back entering the round, the Swede made six birdies and holed a 6-foot eagle putt on the No. 18 to complete what he described as "probably the best round of my life."
Europe announces changes to Ryder Cup qualifying system
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Europe's team for the 2018 Ryder Cup in France will have an extra captain's pick and is set to contain more in-form players following a revamp of the qualifying system in the wake of a big loss to the United States last year.
The aim is clear: To give captain Thomas Bjorn the best possible team to regain the cup.
Thomas Bjorn appointed Europe’s Ryder Cup captain for 2018
Thomas Bjorn was appointed as captain of Europe's 2018 Ryder Cup team on Tuesday, a reward for his long and successful association with the event as a player and vice-captain as well as his commitment to the European Tour.
The 45-year-old Dane became the first Scandinavian to lead the European team, which will look to regain the cup at Le Golf National in Paris in 2018 after its 17-11 loss to the United States at Hazeltine in October.
Harrington claims 1st European Tour victory in 8 years
VILAMOURA, Portugal (AP) — Padraig Harrington stayed calm on the final hole to win the Portugal Masters on Sunday for his first European Tour victory in eight years.
Harrington pitched from the rough and holed a 4-foot par putt to close with a 6-under 65. That left him at 23-under 261 for the tournament, enough for a one-shot win over defending champion Andy Sullivan.
SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) — Robert Streb became the latest player to shoot 63 in a major, and hardly anyone noticed in a PGA Championship with endless action across Baltusrol on Friday.
Streb was on the far end of the rain-soaked course when he holed a 20-foot birdie putt on his last hole, the par-3 ninth, to become the 28th player with a 63 in a major. It was the fourth 63 at Baltusrol, following Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf in the opening round of the 1980 U.S. Open and...