August 23, 2013 |
The Barclays wants to turn down the volume on Friday, with second-round play underway and Ryan Moore making a move up the leaderboard. The first leg of the FedEx Cup playoffs got off to a rocky start when thunder and lightning caused six hours of delays in in the first round at Liberty National Golf Club in New Jersey. Officials also expelled a vociferous fan, one of those guys who holler "Baba Booey" or "Mashed Potatoes" immediately after players strike the ball. Ian Poulter and others on the PGA Tour have complained about the yelling.
August 22, 2013 |
It has become an all-too-familiar sight this summer, Tiger Woods grabbing his back or grimacing as he hits from the deep rough, pestered by a series of minor but troublesome injuries. Now comes another problem -- his hotel bed. At the Barclays, the first stop in the FedEx Cup playoffs, Woods limited himself during the tournament's pro-am event, complaining of soreness in his neck and back. "It was stiff this morning after a soft bed," he said. "Just one of those things, sleeping in hotels and I didn't want to push it, so just took it easy and chipped and putted.
September 30, 2012 |
MEDINAH, Ill. - After sitting out a Ryder Cup session for the first time in his career, Tiger Woods posted five birdies on the back nine for the second straight day Saturday afternoon at Medinah Country Club. That didn't stop the Woods-Steve Stricker pairing from dropping to 0-3 after Sergio Garcia and Luke Donald eked out a 1-up victory. Woods downplayed his sitting. "That was the plan going in," he said. "I put so much effort into that last match [Friday] afternoon, and I was pretty spent.
September 27, 2012
Writers from around Tribune Co. discuss the Ryder Cup, which starts Friday at Medinah Country Club near Chicago. Check back throughout the day for more of their responses and join the conversation by voting in the poll and leaving a comment of your own. Jeff Shain, Orlando Sentinel Predicting Sunday's final score at Medinah might be easier than picking the winner. Let's call it 14 1/2 to 13 1/2, same as two years ago in Wales. Yes, it'll be that close. The underdog almost always plays above its rank in these matches - and with every golfer among the world's 35 best, there's no true underdog.
September 24, 2012 |
ATLANTA — Brandt Snedeker caught his mind wandering to the FedEx Cup and its $10-million bonus just twice Sunday. The first time, Snedeker nearly slapped himself back to reality as he walked down the 15th fairway. Then at No.18, he airmailed his tee shot into the grandstand. "An awful shot," Snedeker said. "That shows you what that does for you. " At that point, though, it mattered little. A four-shot lead at the Tour Championship offered more than enough cushion to finish off his richest payday — and one that might redefine his career.
September 9, 2012 |
Rory McIlroy was the last man standing Sunday in the star-studded BMW Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Ind., winning by two strokes over Phil Mickelson and Lee Westwood with a five-under-par 67 in the final round. The 23-year-old from Northern Ireland, a two-time major winner who is ranked No. 1 in the world, earned his fourth victory of the PGA Tour season and became the first golfer since Tiger Woods in 2009 to win back-to-back events. The 23-year-old won the Deutsche Bank Championship last week at TPC Boston.
August 23, 2012 |
Padraig Harrington found a way to take some of the attention away from Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy on Thursday. He made six birdies on the tough back nine of Bethpage Black at Farmingdale, N.Y., and opened the FedEx Cup playoffs with a seven-under-par 64 for a one-shot lead at the Barclays. Harrington came to life on the back nine with four consecutive birdies to cap off his 64, giving him a one-shot lead over Nick Watney and Brian Harman among the early starters. The hotter it became, the crustier the greens were, and it was unlikely anyone would catch him. No one did. Thousands of fans chased after Woods and McIlroy, in the marquee group based on their standing in the FedEx Cup - Woods at No. 1, McIlroy at No. 3. Both of them got off to a reasonable start.
August 21, 2012 |
Rainy weather left Sergio Garcia stuck in central North Carolina for an extra day. Turns out, it was worth the hassle - because he's leaving with his first PGA Tour victory in four years. Garcia claimed a two-stroke win Monday in the water-logged Wyndham Championship in Greensboro for his first victory on tour since the 2008 Players Championship. He finished with a 66 to wind up at 18-under-par 262, claim $936,000 in prize money and maybe seal a spot on the European Ryder Cup team.
August 20, 2012
It's been four years since Sergio Garcia's last PGA Tour victory. He'll have to wait one more day before he can try to finish this one off. And a downpour at the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C., meant another day of uncertainty for others on the playoff bubble. Garcia had the lead at 15 under par through four holes Sunday when the final round in the last event before the FedEx Cup playoffs was suspended for the day because of heavy rain. Tim Clark, Jason Dufner and Bud Cauley were 14 under through varying stages of their rounds, and 38 players — half the field — were still on the course when play was stopped.