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  • Golf Roundup: Top golfers head to New Orleans, praising Zurich Classic’s new team format Bubba Watson, left, and Jordan Spieth are two of the top PGA Tour stars playing the new format at the Zurich Classic this weekend.(Photo: Ryan Kang, AP)(Phatzradio Sports / AP)    —-    The Big Easy had become a hard sell. Stuck between the Masters and The Players Championship, the Zurich Classic just outside of New Orleans started having trouble attracting some of the game’s biggest stars and names despite a unique vibe surrounding the event such as Bourbon Street, jazz and some of ...
  • Golf Roundup: Despite new video rules, golf leaders fail to address two major issues Lexi Thompson reacts following her loss in playoff against So Yeon Ryu during the final round of the ANA Inspiration golf tournament at Mission Hills on April 2.(Photo: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports)(PhatzRadio Sports / AP / USA Today Sports)    —-   In the sad wake of the “Lexi ruling,” golf’s governing bodies moved quickly to issue a new decision on the Rules of Golf that limits the use of video evidence to determine penalties. Now the U.S. Golf Association and R&A must move swiftly to address viewer call-ins ...
  • Golf Roundup: Kevin Chappell edges Brooks Koepka by 1 stroke to win Texas Open Kevin Chappell celebrates after sinking his last putt to win the Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio- AT&T Oaks Course.(Photo: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports)(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —-    Last week Kevin Chappell was at home to celebrate his son’s second birthday. Now the two can celebrate Dad’s first PGA Tour title. Chappell knocked in an 8-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole Sunday at TPC San Antonio to top Brooks Koepka by one shot, win the Valero Texas Open and ...
  • Golf Roundup: Chappell leads by one stroke after 3 rounds of Texas Open Cameron Smith his from a bunker on the eighth hole on the way to saving par during the third round of the Valero Texas Open golf tournament at TPC San Antonio Oaks Course on Saturday, April 22, 2017. (Tom Reel/The San Antonio Express-News via AP)(Photo: The Associated Press)SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Kevin Chappell found his swing late and moved a step closer to his first PGA Tour win. Chappell birdied three of his final five holes and finished with a 1-under 71 on Saturday, giving him a one-stroke lead after three rounds of the Valero Texas Open. He is 8-under through 54 holes. ...
  • Golf Roundup: Tony Finau, Bud Cauley tied for lead at Texas Open TX 2rd round PGASAN ANTONIO (AP) — Tony Finau arrived at the 18th tee with a chance at a course record, but his approach splashed in the water and his bogey dropped him into a second-round tie for the lead with Bud Cauley at the Valero Texas Open on Friday. A birdie at the par-5 final hole would have ...
  • Golf Roundup: Branden Grace leads Texas Open by 1 Will MacKenzie watches an approach shot during the first round of the Texas Open golf tournament at TPC San Antonio Oaks Course on Thursday, April 20, 2017, in San Antonio. (Tom Reel/The San Antonio Express-News via AP)(Photo: The Associated Press)SAN ANTONIO (AP) — South African Branden Grace had a 6-under 66 and leads by a stroke after the opening round of the Valero Texas Open on Thursday. Grace had a season-best 11th-place finish last week in defense of his RBC Heritage title. He leads the 5-under 67s of Steven Alker, Stewart Cink, John Huh and ...
  • Golf Roundup: Plenty of history and scoring at the Texas Open Tiger Woods smiles during a press event for a new golf course designed by Woods, in Hollister, Mo., Tuesday, April 18, 2017. (Guillermo Martinez/The Springfield News-Leader via AP)(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —-    Few other PGA Tour events have such a long and storied tradition as the Valero Texas Open. It began in 1922, making it the sixth-oldest tournament on the PGA Tour schedule behind the British Open, U.S. Open, BMW Championship (formerly the Western Open), the Canadian Open and the PGA Championship. The list ...
  • Golf Roundup: Big changes pay major dividends for So Yeon Ryu Lydia Ko watches her shot from the first tee during the final round of the Lotte Championship LPGA golf tournament Saturday, April 15, 2017, in Kapolei, Hawaii. (Cindy Ellen Russell/The Star-Advertiser via AP)(Photo: The Associated Press)(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —-    It’s easy to forget that So Yeon Ryu won the LPGA Tour’s first major championship of the year. The strongest memory from the ANA Inspiration was the four-shot penalty assessed to Lexi Thompson with six holes to play for a violation that occurred the day before (two shots for replacing her ...
  • Golf Roundup: Wesley Bryan takes RBC Heritage in South Carolina homecoming Wesley Bryan warns spectators of a wayward shot from the second tee during the final round of the RBC Heritage golf tournament in Hilton Head Island, S.C., Sunday, April 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Wesley Bryan remembers pestering players with a lot of crazy questions at Harbour Town Golf Links as he followed father George III’s only appearance at the RBC Heritage in 2004. “I was probably the most annoying 14-year-old there was,” Bryan said. Once a pesky teen, Bryan’s now a PGA Tour winner. Bryan ...
  • Golf Roundup: Dufner eagles twice to lead RBC Heritage through 3 rounds. Jason Dufner walks on the No. 8 green during the third round of the RBC Heritage golf tournament Saturday, April 15, 2017, at Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island, S.C. (Jay Karr/The Island Packet via AP)/The Island Packet via AP)HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Jason Dufner took more than a solid showing away from the Masters last week. He took inspiration from winner Sergio Garcia. Dufner finished 33rd in the year’s first major, things getting away from him late in the final round a week ago. But he took something from Garcia by managing ...
  • Golf Roundup: DeLaet, Donald share lead after 2 rounds at RBC Heritage Graham DeLaet hits his ball from the 16th fairway during the second round of the RBC Heritage golf tournament in Hilton Head Island, S.C., Friday, April 4, 2017. (Delayna Earley/The Island Packet via AP)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 ...
  • Golf Roundup: Spring break on and off the PGA Tour Luke Donald celebrates his par putt on the 17th hole during the third round of the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links on April 16, 2016.(Photo: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports)(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —-   This time of the year can feel like Spring Break on the PGA Tour, even if the destination is not the Bahamas. The amount of attention paid to Rickie Fowler, Justin Thomas, Smylie Kaufman and Jordan Spieth during their post-Masters break to Baker’s Bay in the Bahamas is enough to indicate ...
  • Golf Roundup: Best without a major? Westwood alone in his class DJ The TourAUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Lee Westwood already had qualified as the best player to have never won a major even before Sergio Garcia won the Masters. Garcia only made it less of a debate. The focus is sure to shift between now and the U.S. Open over who fits into that category. When the label first became ...
  • Golf: Inspired by Seve, Garcia joins Spain’s greatest generation Celebrity, Entertainment, Arts and entertainment, Celebrity deaths, Golf, England, East Asia, Tiger Woods, Matt Kuchar, Men's golf, Augusta, Spain, Ernie Els, U.S. Open Men's Golf Championships, Masters Golf Tournament, Rickie Fowler, Paul Casey, PGA Championships, Ryder Cup, Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia, Adam Scott, Charl Schwartzel, Charley Hoffman, Jordan Spieth, Curling, Brendan Steele, Thomas PietersBARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Drawing strength from Spain’s greatest golfers, Sergio Garcia finally managed to win a major. The winning putt swirled into the cup on the first playoff hole, giving “El Nino” a Masters green jacket and giving the country’s golden generation of sports stars a new life. The congratulations rolled in, led by a telegram ...
  • The Masters 2017: Analysis / Garcia fights back to win Masters Sergio Garcia, of Spain, reacts at the green jacket ceremony after the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 9, 2017, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — No one had played more majors with less to show for it. Sergio Garcia had plenty of reasons to believe it would go on that way forever. He was already two shots behind Justin Rose with just six holes left when his hooked tee shot at No. 13 crossed the creek and settled ...
  • The Masters 2017: Sergio Garcia wins the Masters, ends drought at the majors Sergio Garcia, of Spain, holds his trophy at the green jacket ceremony after the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 9, 2017, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/David Goldman)AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Sergio Garcia tugged the lapel of his green jacket with both hands, proud of his prize and how he earned it. His hopes were fading Sunday in the Masters — two shots behind with six holes to play — when his tee shot bounced off a tree and into an azalea bush, ...
  • The Masters 2017: Final round of Masters packed with ‘wonderful storylines’ Justin Rose, of England, tips his hat on the 18th hole during the third round of the Masters golf tournament Saturday, April 8, 2017, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Justin Rose sounded more like a golf fan planning out his Sunday TV schedule than a co-leader at the Masters prepping for the final round. There’s Jordan Spieth, who “obviously has a special relationship the Masters,” Rose said. And Rickie Fowler, who will “be all up for it tomorrow.” And his Ryder Cup teammate ...
  • Golf Roundup: Fowler joins 4-way tie at the top in Masters Rickie Fowler tips his hat on the 18th green during the second round of the Masters golf tournament Friday, April 7, 2017, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Rickie Fowler finally got to the top of the leaderboard in a major and didn’t have much of a view. Right next to him was Charley Hoffman, playing in the final group going into the weekend at the Masters for the second time in three years. Sergio Garcia knew the score when ...
  • The Masters traffic jam: Contenders galore at Augusta National Jordan Spieth reacts to a missed putt on the 15th hole during the second round of the Masters golf tournament Friday, April 7, 2017, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Fans of dominant, wire-to-wire performances and runaway winners, this Masters is not for them. Forget a Tiger Woods’ style blowout. Unlike that performance 20 years ago, Augusta National has a traffic jam atop the leaderboard that will likely take the entire weekend to untangle. Sergio Garcia , Rickie Fowler , Charley Hoffman and ...
  • Augusta stunner: DJ withdraws from Masters with back injury FILE - In this March 26, 2017, file photo, Dustin Johnson is shown after a birdie putt on the sixth hole during semifinal play at the Dell Technologies Match Play golf tournament at Austin County Club in Austin, Texas. The world's No. 1-ranked player was forced to withdraw from the Masters on Thursday, April 6, 2017, because of a lower back injury suffered less than 24 hours earlier in a freak fall at the home he was renting for the week.(AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Dustin Johnson arrived at Augusta National on quite a roll, having won his last three tournaments. He never even took a shot at the first major of the year. The world’s No. 1-ranked player was forced to withdraw from the Masters on Thursday because of a lower back injury suffered less than 24 ...
  • The Masters 2017: Johnson’s injury, wild weather bring uncertainty to Masters Fans stand under a tree during the par three competition at the Masters golf tournament Wednesday, April 5, 2017, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The Masters should be the easiest to predict of golf’s four major championships. It got a lot harder Wednesday afternoon when Dustin Johnson, the betting favorite and No. 1 player in the world, took a serious fall down a staircase at his rented home and wasn’t sure he could even tee it ...
  • The Masters 2017: Weather, DJ’s fall should make for wild 1st round at Masters Dustin Johnson hits from a bunker on the 10th hole during a practice round for the Masters golf tournament Wednesday, April 5, 2017, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Strong winds and a fall down a staircase by the Masters pre-tournament favorite could change the complexion of the season’s first major. Dustin Johnson, the world’s No. 1-ranked golfer, injured his lower back late Wednesday afternoon in what his agent described as a “serious” fall down the staircase at a home he’d ...
  • The Masters 2017: Another major rules debate reminds us how golf isn’t fair / Golf Glance TW British Open -USATSI-8703178AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Lexi Thompson might be more famous for the way she lost than if she had won. So shocking was the final hour of the LPGA Tour’s first major, when Thompson was given a four-shot penalty for a day-old placement error, that it remained a popular topic over the first two days of ...
  • The Masters 2017: Rain, wind will rule Masters, but Spieth, Fowler, Johnson are contenders Patrons exit the course as thunderstorms move in during a practice round at the Masters at Augusta National on April 3.(Photo: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports)(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today)   —-   AUGUSTA, Ga. — Masters Week broke dark and gloomy as a series of storm fronts rolled over Augusta National Golf Club on Monday and disrupted the first day of the first major of the season. Mother Nature might not be done playing through. Bouts of heavy rain, thunder and lightning forced ...
  • Golf Roundup: Ryu wins ANA Inspiration in playoff after Thompson’s penalty Lexi Thompson hits from sixth tee during the final round of the LPGA Tour ANA Inspiration golf tournament at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif., Sunday, April 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) — So Yeon Ryu won the ANA Inspiration on Sunday in a one-hole playoff with Lexi Thompson, who was given a four-stroke penalty late in the final round for an incorrect ball placement a day earlier. Ryu birdied the 18th hole in the playoff to win her second major title, but her ...
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