Europe Ryder Cup captain Donald has a plan for beating US
One major takeaway from the just-concluded Italian Open at the Marco Simone club outside Rome that will host next year’s Ryder Cup is that the course is being set up to reward accurate tee shots with narrow fairways surrounded by nasty rough and even higher grass beyond.
Big finish sends Garcia to big lead at Players Championship
Garcia thought he had plenty of time to get from the range to the 10th tee to start his round. Then he fired off a 7-under 65, capped off by a birdie-birdie-eagle finish for a two-shot lead over Brian Harman. AdWhen darkness brought the first round to a halt — 21 players didn't finish — there already were 13 scores of 80 or higher. “For some reason, it just kind of fits my eye,” said Garcia, who won The Players in 2008 and has twice been runner-up. British Open champion Shane Lowry took bogey on his final hole for a 68 and was tied with Corey Conners and Matt Fitzpatrick.
The Players Championship: Tee times for Thursday, Friday rounds
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – The first and second round tee times for The Players Championship are set. A glance at tee times for Thursday and Friday’s rounds at TPC Sawgrass’ Stadium Course in Ponte Vedra Beach. For information on the tournament, check out our fan’s guide to The Players. 1:11 p.m.: Daniel Berger, Adam Scott, Shane Lowry. 7:51 a.m.: Daniel Berger, Adam Scott, Shane Lowry.
PGA Championship leaving Trump National in ’22 tournament
FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, file photo, golfers play golf at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. PGA President Jim Richerson says the board voted to exercise its right to “terminate the agreement” with Trump National in Bedminster, New Jersey. “As an organization we have invested many, many millions of dollars in the 2022 PGA Championship at Trump National Golf Club, Bedminster. That was the same year the USGA staged the U.S. Women’s Open at Trump National in Bedminster. Now it’s about finding a place to play the PGA Championship, which dates to 1916, for next year.
Rahm joins the lead and the large pack chasing green jacket
Tiger Woods remains in the mix with one birdie and seven pars to complete a 71, leaving him four shots behind. As the sun broke through the clouds when the second round ended, it revealed a Masters that even without spectators was shaping up to be as exciting as always. Rahm joined the lead pack at 9-under 135 with a wedge to 5 feet for birdie on the par-5 13th to resume his second round, but the next par 5 meant just as much. The cut was at even-par 144, a Masters record and a reflection of how rain has affected this Masters in November. That included Woods, who won his fifth green jacket last year by coming from behind for the first time in a major.
Munoz picks up where he left off, shares lead in Mississippi
His only bogey came on the ninth hole when his drive landed in a divot and he missed the green to the left. Walker wasn't feeling his best and wasn't sure what to expect, especially after missing two short birdie putts to start his round. “I’ve always had stuff with my left shoulder, but I just picked up some tendonitis at the U.S. Open,” Walker said. After two short misses, Walker realized he needed to move the ball up slightly in his stance. Henrik Stenson, playing in Mississippi for the first time in 10 years had a 70.
PGA Tour modifies guidelines for positive coronavirus tests
The PGA Tour enters its eighth week of its return to golf with another modification to its guidelines for positive coronavirus tests and a gradual broadening of who gets to attend tournaments. Meanwhile, the tour said while there will be no pro-ams or paid spectators the rest of the season that ends Sept. 7 at the Tour Championship. LPGA RETURNSThe PGA Tour had its strongest fields of the year when it ended three months of being shut down because of the COVID-19 pandemic. That isn't the case with the LPGA Tour, which is more about timing and location. Thomas is among those who have leaned on private housing in the two months that the PGA Tour has resumed its schedule.
Tiger, other golfers will benefit from hall of fame changes
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Tiger Woods could be coming to the World Golf Hall of Fame very soon. Area resident Jim Furyk, 49, and 2009 Players Championship winner Henrik Stenson, 43, are among those with new eligibility. Past Players Championship winners Sergio Garcia and Adam Scott are now eligible for the 2025 class, provided the criteria doesn’t change again before then. I believe these changes benefit the Hall of Fame Members, fans across the world and the institution.”Other changes to the hall included doing away with the Veterans category and adding a Contributor category to replace the Lifetime Achievement. “We look forward to the future of the Hall of Fame as we ensure it remains a meaningful way to recognize the game’s greats.”