Honda Classic gets only 3 of the world’s top 20 players
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods are among the golfers who live in the vicinity of PGA National and may very well be home this weekend. They just won't...
Simpson benefits from new rule on moving ball during search
KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) — Webb Simpson was searching for his ball in the weeds short of the fifth green Saturday at Kapalua when he stepped on a clump of grass and out popped the ball. Five days ago, he would have had to add one shot to his score.
Under the new Rules of Golf, he put it back where it was without penalty.
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.
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.
Simpson’s late eagle gives him lead at TPC Boston
NORTON, Mass. (AP) — The putt is one that Webb Simpson never practices enough. He wasn't sure it even required his putter.
He worked it to perfection.
From just over 70 feet away off the green on the par-5 18th, Simpson rolled in the eagle putt for an 8-under 63 to take a one-shot lead Saturday at the halfway point of the Dell Technologies Championship.
Snedeker opens with 59 and closes with victory in Greensboro
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Brandt Snedeker won the Wyndham Championship on Sunday for his ninth PGA Tour title, four days after opening with a 59.
Snedeker closed with a 5-under 65 for a three-stroke victory, breaking a tie with C.T. Pan on the final hole. Pan hit his tee shot out-of-bounds and made double bogey. Snedeker, playing in the group behind, made a 20-foot birdie.
Brandt Snedeker wins Wyndham Championship by 3 strokes
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Brandt Snedeker began the Wyndham Championship with history — and ended it with a victory.
Snedeker earned his ninth PGA Tour title Sunday, three days after opening with an 11-under 59.
He closed with a 65 for a three-stroke victory in the regular-season finale, breaking a tie with C.T. Pan on the final hole with a birdie and Pan's double bogey in the group ahead.
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.
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — Kelly Kraft is about to find out whether he's ready to handle the lead entering the weekend for the first time on the PGA Tour.
Kraft shot a 7-under 63 in the second round of A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier on Friday to take a one-stroke edge over first-round leader Webb Simpson and Anirban Lahiri of India.
Kraft posted his career-best round at the Old White TPC. He was at 13-under 127.
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — Webb Simpson ran out of sensational shots in the end to keep him from joining an elite group.
Simpson shot a 9-under-par 61 for a one-stroke lead over Whee Kim after the first round of A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier in West Virginia on Thursday.
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — The U.S. Open wants to be the ultimate test in golf, and sometimes that leads to a series of trick questions.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Webb Simpson popped the cork on a champagne bottle to celebrate his victory in The Players Championship.
Though not by design, the moment also could have signaled the close of an era.
The Players Championship, which has all the trappings of a major except public recognition as one, ended its 12-year run being played in May. Simpson set or tied four records, one of which drained the former swamp of drama the TPC Sawgrass can deliver in any month.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Webb Simpson credited everyone around him for winning The Players Championship, his fifth career victory and in some respects his most important. And he didn't stop with those he considers to be part of his team.
Thank-you notes also are in order for the USGA and the R&A.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Paul Tesori detached the yellow flag at the 18th hole and carried it with him as he walked off the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass.
For Tesori, this was more than just a championship souvenir.
It was part his childhood and could be his most treasured piece of golf memorabilia.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Webb Simpson navigated his way through a few mistakes but not too much stress to win The Players Championship on Sunday.
Staked to a seven-shot lead, no one got closer than four shots of Simpson, even after a double bogey on the 18th hole when his only concern was finishing the hole at the TPC Sawgrass. He closed with a 1-over 73 for a four-shot victory, his biggest title since the 2012 U.S. Open at Olympic Club.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Starting with the largest Sunday lead ever at The Players Championship was harder than Webb Simpson imagined. Hearing one big roar after another from Tiger Woods playing four groups ahead of him didn't help. Through it all, Simpson managed his game and his nerves.
Only when he had the crystal trophy did he start to crack.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Standing in the middle of the 14th fairway with a sand wedge in his hands, Tiger Woods had a chance.
At making a birdie. At cutting into Webb Simpson's lead. Maybe even at winning for the first time since returning from a fourth back surgery.
Woods was 110 yards out and four shots back in the final round. He struck the ball cleanly, stared at intently and then watched it spin off the green .
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Simpson stretches Players lead to 7 shots
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Webb Simpson isn't aware of the records he has tied or broken at The Players Championship. He saw that Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth each made a big charge before he teed off Saturday, and it didn't rattle him at all.
"I think it helped me a little bit continue to think about making birdies," he said.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — No one ever played a better round at the TPC Sawgrass than Webb Simpson.
For 16 holes, anyway.
With his sixth straight birdie on the back nine, Simpson became the first player to reach 11-under par for a single round at The Players Championship. The course record? Simpson couldn't resist thinking about a 59. All he had to do was navigate the shortest and scariest hole Friday afternoon on the Stadium Course.
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.
Stenson takes 1-stroke lead after 3rd round at Wyndham
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Henrik Stenson kept his cool when some birdie chances turned into pars. That patience paid off late in his round.
Stenson shot a 4-under 66 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead in the Wyndham Championship.
The 2013 FedEx Cup champion and 2016 British Open winner was at 16-under 194 at Sedgefield with a round left in the PGA Tour's last regular-season event of the season.
Armour, Simpson share 2nd-round lead in Wyndham Championship
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Ryan Armour shot a career-best 9-under 61 on Friday for a share of the lead with Webb Simpson after two rounds at the Wyndham Championship.
Armour and Simpson were at 13-under 127 halfway through the PGA Tour's final event of the regular season. Simpson shot a 64.
Henrik Stenson was a stroke behind them after a 66. Ollie Schniederjans and Vaughn Taylor and were 11. Schniederjans shot 63, Taylor had a 66.
Matt Every ties 1st-round record at Wyndham with 61
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Matt Every matched the Wyndham Championship's first-round record with a 9-under 61 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead.
Every tied the opening-round mark set in 2010 by Arjun Atwal, who went on to win the PGA Tour's final tournament before the postseason.
Henrik Stenson opened with a 62. Former Wyndham winner Webb Simpson was at 63 along with Cameron Smith, Vaughn Taylor, Tim Wilkinson, Harold Varner III, Brian Campbell and Sam Saunders.
Matsuyama moves up leaderboard at US Open
ERIN, Wis. (AP) — Hideki Matsuyama had a solid showing at the Masters in April. Then he stumbled a bit in his next three starts on the PGA Tour.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Webb Simpson felt almost as if he had just played a round in a major after a steamy Saturday at Colonial.
For the 2012 U.S. Open champion, and pretty much everyone else at Hogan's Alley, it was a mentally draining day at the traditional tree-lined course where temperatures were in the upper 90s, with a heat index of 108 degrees and wind gusting to 25 mph.
"There is so much thinking involved on every shot," Simpson said.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Jordan Spieth normally doesn't concern himself with the cut line in the middle of a round.
Unless the Dallas native is in danger of staying home on consecutive weekends in what amount to his hometown events.
Spieth recovered from a bad start by going 5 under over his final 13 holes at the Colonial on Friday, and his 2-under 68 put the defending champion at 2-under 138, four shots behind second-round leaders Webb Simpson, Kevin Kisner, Danny Lee and Scott Piercy.
DeLaet, Donald share lead after 2 rounds at RBC Heritage
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Graham DeLaet always loved playing at Harbour Town Golf Links, but rarely got the results he thought he should — until this week.
DeLaet followed up his career-best 6-under 65 in the first round with a 67 on Friday to share the lead with Luke Donald midway through the RBC Heritage.
Donald also shot 67 to reach 10-under 132, two in front of Ian Poulter and Webb Simpson.
AUGUSTA, Georgia (AP) — While severe weather canceled the Masters' popular Par 3 Contest for the first time in history, Bubba Watson was able to get on the course with his two children before it was shut down.
The two-time Masters champion enjoyed every moment.
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:
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the Dell Technologies Match Play (all times local):
On a day when other top seeds didn't fare very well, Dustin Johnson made short work in his debut as the No. 1 seed.
Johnson made five birdies in his opening eight holes and never gave Webb Simpson much of a chance in a 5-and-3 victory at the Dell Technologies Match Play.
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.
Hideki Matsuyama wins Phoenix Open playoff _ again
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Hideki Matsuyama was the last man standing at golf's biggest party — again.
Matsuyama won the Waste Management Phoenix Open on the fourth hole of a playoff for the second straight year, outlasting Webb Simpson on Sunday at TPC Scottsdale.
New year, old subject: Pace of play on PGA Tour
KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) — Asked why he got off to a slow start at the majors last year, Jason Day mentioned that he was going too fast.
That was all it took to start a new year in golf with an old topic — pace of play — that produced recycled arguments without practical solutions.
Day said he wasn't as deliberate as he should have been over the second half of the season.
PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico (AP) — Gary Woodland took a one-stroke lead into the final round of the PGA Tour's OHL Classic at Mayakoba after dropping two strokes on the par-3 15th Saturday.
Woodland finished with a 5-under 66 to reach 18-under 195 on Mayakoba's Greg Norman-designed El Camaleon course. He won the last of his two tour titles in 2013.
PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico — Gary Woodland birdied three of the final four holes Friday for a 6-under 65 and a one-stroke lead in the PGA Tour’s OHL Classic at Mayakoba.
PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico (AP) — Gary Woodland birdied three of the final four holes Friday for a 6-under 65 and a one-stroke lead in the PGA Tour's OHL Classic at Mayakoba.
Woodland played the first 36 holes without a bogey, following an opening 64 to get to 13-under 129 on Mayakoba's Greg Norman-designed El Camaleon course. He won the last of his two tour titles in 2013.
PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico — Chris Kirk shot an 8-under 63 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead in the OHL Classic at Mayakoba.
Kirk had four birdies on each nine in his bogey-free round on Mayakoba’s Greg Norman-designed El Camaleon course.
PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico (AP) — Chris Kirk shot an 8-under 63 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead in the OHL Classic at Mayakoba.
Kirk had four birdies on each nine in his bogey-free round on Mayakoba's Greg Norman-designed El Camaleon course.
The former University of Georgia player has two top-10 finishes in three starts in the new PGA Tour season, opening with a tie for eighth at Silverado and tying for second in Mississippi. He won the last of his four PGA Tour titles in 2015.
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.