February 12, 2014 |
Ben Hogan won at Riviera Country Club. So did Byron Nelson and Sam Snead too, all before the Dodgers or Lakers ever showed up here. This is the week when Los Angeles shares its cherished course with the PGA Tour, and all that history and tradition generally matters little to the traveling circus. On Sunday, the golfers will pack their bags and head to the Arizona desert, another tournament in the books, another weekend of work done. It isn't like that for John Merrick. He grew up in Long Beach, went to UCLA, then moved back to Long Beach.
January 18, 2014 |
Stop the presses. Patrick Reed made a bogey on his 14th hole Saturday during the Humana Challenge. But do not despair, all you Reed fans. He had already made an eagle on his seventh hole, No. 16. Along the way, just for fun, he sprinkled in eight birdies. Yes, the same golfer who shot 63 on Thursday and 63 on Friday did it again Saturday. The line now reads: 63-63-63 - 189. That's 27 under par. The expectation about the drama level for Sunday's final round, as golf competes for TV viewers with the NFL playoffs, is lots of yawns.
January 17, 2014 |
For pro golfer Patrick Reed, Friday was Groundhog Day in the Southern California desert. He woke up to blue skies, warm temperatures, minimal wind and greens as smooth as a puppy's tummy. Again. So he went out and shot 63. Again. Reed, a 23-year-old Texan, leads the Humana Challenge by two shots. In most stops on the PGA tour, a 63-63 start that is 18 under par would have sent the rest of the guys off to call the airlines for early departure. After all, what's the use?
November 16, 2013 |
Lexi Thompson moved into position for her second victory in her last four starts, taking the third-round lead Saturday in the Lorena Ochoa Invitational at Guadalajara, Mexico. The 18-year-old Thompson shot a five-under 67 to reach 13-under 203 at Guadalajara Country Club. She had a one-stroke lead over South Korea's I.K. Kim. Thompson won the 2011 LPGA Navistar Classic at 16, and took the LPGA Malaysia last month for her second tour title. After opening with a 72, she had a 64 - the best round of the week in the 36-player event - Friday to pull within a stroke of second-round leaders Anna Nordqvist, So Yeon Ryu and Pornanong Phatlum.
October 28, 2013 |
After waiting through thunderstorms and darkness, Ryan Moore wasted no time capturing the third PGA Tour title of his career with a playoff victory at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia. Moore defeated Gary Woodland on the first additional hole Monday morning, sinking a 5-foot putt for birdie. With the tour's new wraparound schedule, and the new season beginning in fall instead of January, the points from this tournament count toward next year's playoffs. "To get a win this early in the season, it's just incredible," Moore said.
October 20, 2013 |
Webb Simpson cruised to victory Sunday at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas, pulling away for a six-stroke win in the second event of the PGA Tour's new wraparound season. Winning for the first time since the 2012 U.S. Open, Simpson closed with a five-under-par 66 in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. He finished at 24-under 260 after opening with rounds of 64, 63 and 67 to take a four-stroke lead into the final round. Ryo Ishikawa and Jason Bohn tied for second.
October 17, 2013 |
Nolan Ryan is leaving the Texas Rangers again, stepping away from his CEO role 20 years after ending his Hall of Fame career as a pitcher. In what the team had called a retirement, Ryan said Thursday that he is resigning as chief executive of the Rangers in a move effective at the end of this month. He is also selling his ownership stake in the team to co-chairmen Ray Davis and Bob Simpson . "It closes a chapter of my life in baseball," Ryan said. "I feel like it's time for me to move on to other things.
October 13, 2013 |
Jimmy Walker finally won on the PGA Tour in his eighth year and 188th tournament, and with a little help from Brooks Koepka . Tied for the lead with four holes to play Sunday, Walker rolled in a six-foot birdie putt on the 15th hole to take the lead for good in the Frys.com Open at San Martin, Calif. Three closing pars for a five-under-par 66 turned out to be more than enough for the 34-year-old Texan to take home a trophy and plenty of perks. Walker is going to the Masters for the first time, and he also cracked the top 50 for the first time in his career.
October 12, 2013 |
Brooks Koepka knows what it's like to hold the lead going into the final round. And he knows what it's like to win. Just not in America. Playing the PGA Tour behind stops in Scotland and Shanghai, Koepka gave himself a great chance at yet another detour in his around-the-world journey this year. He had a 4-under 67 on Saturday in the Frys.com Open for a two-shot lead over George McNeil and Jason Kokrak going into the final round at CordeValle. Koepka has won in Spain and Portugal, Italy and Scotland.
October 11, 2013 |
With the PGA Tour beginning its new wraparound schedule at the Frys.com Open in Northern California this week, some players seem a bit disoriented. Others are taking advantage of what they see as an opportunity. "If you get off to a really hot start early, makes the rest of the year a lot easier," Jeff Overton said. With the second round just beginning on Friday, Overton stood tied for first with Brian Harman at seven under par. Camilo Villegas, Kyle Stanley and Scott Brown were next at five under.