Brief: McIlroy to skip Olympic Games over Zika

Golfer Rory McIlroy became one of the most high-profile sports stars to opt out of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics because of concerns about the Zika virus, saying Wednesday it is “a risk I am unwilling to take.”

Getty Images

Delivery wrong for Johnson's penalty

OAKMONT, Pa. — As different as they are, the Masters and U.S. Open had two things in common this year. First, and most peculiar, is that Lee Westwood played the final round with both champions — Danny Willett at Augusta National, Dustin Johnson at Oakmont.

Getty Images

Watson 100 percent committed to playing in Olympics

Bubba Watson says he’s 100 percent committed to playing in the Olympics in August, assuming he qualifies for the team.

Getty Images

Dustin Johnson avoids controversy, earns 1st major

OAKMONT, Pa. — Dustin Johnson settled the score Sunday in the U.S. Open. Johnson atoned for his past mishaps in the majors by showing he had the smarts to handle the toughest test in golf, even while playing the final two hours without knowing where he stood when the USGA questioned whether he should be penalized one stroke for his ball moving on the fifth green.

AP

Kim needs playoff to win Meijer

BELMONT, Mich. — Sei Young Kim won the Meijer LPGA Classic on Sunday for her second victory of the year, beating Carlota Ciganda with a birdie on the first hole of a playoff.

Getty Images

Johnson plays into Open lead

OAKMONT, Pa. — Dustin Johnson unleashed another powerful tee shot that got lost in the darkening sky over Oakmont.

Brief: Oritz misses cut at 12 over

North Texas product Carlos Ortiz finished 12 over par Friday and failed to make the cut at the U.S. Open. Ortiz shot 76 in both rounds of the first major of his professional career.

Getty Images

Thompson fights pain, takes lead

BELMONT, Mich. (AP) — Defending champion Lexi Thompson fought through back pain Friday to take the second-round lead in the Meijer LPGA Classic.

AP

Trips, rain, lack of sleep mark Open

OAKMONT, Pa. — Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott went to Oakmont a week before the U.S. Open. Jason Day and Jordan Spieth arrived on the weekend. Russell Knox? He went to Maine.

AP

Storms delay, stop U.S. Open

OAKMONT, Pa. — Even a rain-soaked Oakmont didn’t keep the U.S. Open from delivering its usual dose of frustration. Just not the kind anyone expected.

AP

Phil Mickelson keeps chasing elusive US Open

OAKMONT, Pa. — One year before Jordan Spieth was born, Phil Mickelson made his professional debut with a 68 in the 1992 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach and was two shots out of the lead. The next day, he shot 81 and missed the cut.

Getty Images file photo

Golf: Mean Green major

Brad Stracke shot one of his star players of the past a text message earlier this month and waited patiently to see what would transpire when Carlos Ortiz participated in a U.S. Open sectional qualifier in Ohio. The longtime North Texas golf coach received some good news a short time later.

Getty Images

Ornery Oakmont: Course restores U.S. Open's reputation as toughest test

OAKMONT, Pa. — Danny Willett makes his debut in the U.S. Open at Oakmont. At least the U.S. Open that he grew up watching. The record will show that Willett first played the U.S. Open in 2014 at Pinehurst...

AP

Major championship victory marks Brooke Henderson’s ascent

When Brooke Henderson played her first LPGA Tour event at age 14, she marveled at Lydia Ko winning the Canadian Women’s Open at 15.

Getty Images

Spieth on roll going into Open

OAKMONT, Pa. — Jordan Spieth feels confident about his game, typical talk from most top players going into a major. Unlike so many others at this U.S. Open, however, Spieth speaks from experience.

AP

Berger prevails in Memphis for first PGA title

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Killing time during a three-hour rain delay Sunday, Phil Mickelson ribbed Daniel Berger about having won the PGA Tour rookie of the year award without a victory. That was a bit of a sore spot for the ultra-competitive 23-year-old Floridian.

Henderson beats Ko in playoff

SAMMAMISH, Wash. — Brooke Henderson beat top-ranked Lydia Ko with a birdie on the first hole of a playoff Sunday in the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship after overcoming a three-shot deficit on the back nine.

Mickelson among those in Memphis tuning up for U.S. Open

Phil Mickelson is in the midst of a busy three weeks, so he made sure he got one of the first tee times bright and early Wednesday morning at the TPC Southwind course.

Getty Images

McGirt takes Memorial for first Tour title

DUBLIN, Ohio — William McGirt thought he hit it big when he won the Cabarrus Classic and pocketed $16,000, the second-largest prize on the Tar Heel Tour.

Getty Images

Nordqvist defends ShopRite LPGA title

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. — Anna Nordqvist successfully defended her ShopRite LPGA Classic title Sunday, closing with a 7-under 64 in breezy conditions for a one-stroke victory over Haru Nomura.

AP

Mickelson says he needs to be wary of company he keeps

DUBLIN, Ohio — Phil Mickelson said he was disappointed to get caught up in a federal investigation that linked him to an insider trader scheme and that he needed to be more responsible for the company he keeps off the golf course.

PGA Tour event at Trump National Doral headed for Mexico City

DUBLIN, Ohio — Donald Trump is losing business to Mexico: a prestigious golf tournament at his resort at Doral. The tournament chairman of the former Cadillac Championship, one of the four World Golf Championships that attract the best players in the world, said the PGA Tour has informed him the event is leaving next year for Mexico City.

Getty Images

Spieth claims his first PGA win in Lone Star State

FORT WORTH — Jordan Spieth found the perfect cure for his Masters misery. With an impressive back nine at Colonial, Spieth won at home in Texas for the first time on the PGA Tour. He had three consecutive birdies after making the turn, and three more in a row to finish his 5-under 65 on Sunday, including a chip-in birdie from behind the 17th green after a fortunate bounce off a marshal.

Mediate sets records on way to Senior PGA Championship title

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. — Rocco Mediate holed out from a greenside bunker for birdie on the par-3 17th to wrap up a record-setting, wire-to-wire victory Sunday in the Senior PGA Championship.

AP

Rocco in Senior PGA Championship

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Rocco Mediate stretched his Senior PGA Championship lead to four strokes Friday at Harbor Shores, birdieing the final two holes for a 5-under 66.

Staff Photographer

Spieth feels same even with results different

FORT WORTH — Jordan Spieth was the Masters champion with another victory and a couple of runner-up finishes when he got to Colonial last year, a few weeks before winning the U.S. Open.

AP

Koepka overcomes bogeys, Spieth

IRVING — Brooks Koepka knew all those spectators lined several deep along the fairways and around the greens were there to cheer for one his playing partners.

Staff Photographer

Motivated Spieth back home

IRVING — Jordan Spieth is back home, at the tournament he and his father have hopped a fence to watch and at the TPC course where as a 16-year-old he played his first PGA Tour event.

Getty Images

Day coasts to victory at Players

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — The best field in golf was no match for Jason Day at The Players Championship.Day caused only a little drama Sunday in what otherwise felt more like another coronation for the...

Getty Images

Day ties Sawgrass record with 63

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — One birdie led to two more before Jason Day even hit his stride, and his round kept getting better until the world’s No. 1 player was in the record book and in the lead Thursday at The Players Championship.

AP

Hahn beats Castro in playoff to take Wells Fargo Championship

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — James Hahn said the anxiety was creeping in after missing eight straight cuts on the PGA Tour, causing him to wonder if he’d ever get his game straightened out.

Sweden’s Jesper Parnevik wins first PGA Tour Champions title

THE WOODLANDS — Jesper Parnevik won the Insperity Invitational for his first PGA Tour Champions title, shooting a 5-under 67 for a four-stroke victory Sunday.

AP

Wheatcroft, Loupe share Wells Fargo lead at 7-under 65

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Steve Wheatcroft and Andrew Loupe each shot 7-under 65 on Thursday in rain and steady wind to share the first-round lead in the Wells Fargo Championship, while Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler dodged a thrown golf ball with an earplug attached to it.

Getty Images

Spieth gets look at Open’s ‘hardest test’

OAKMONT, Pa. — Jordan Spieth briefly weighed the request, then politely declined.

Getty Images

McIlroy seeks first win of year

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Rory McIlroy is confident a return to one of his favorite golf courses will end his winless streak on the PGA Tour.

Getty Images

Stuard’s first win comes in playoff

AVONDALE, La. — Brian Stuard made steady golf pay off on a waterlogged course in the haunting cypress swamps outside New Orleans.

Getty Images

Rain delays third round of Zurich Classic

AVONDALE, La. — Jhonattan Vegas birdied two of five holes he was able to play in the rain-delayed third round of the Zurich Classic on Sunday, giving him a share of the lead with Brian Stuard.

Golf: Argyle leads boys’ state tournament by four

AUSTIN — Defending champion Argyle didn’t run away with the boys’ title on the first day of Class 4A State Golf Championship on Monday at the North Course of Onion Creek Club, but the Eagles established themselves as the team to beat despite less-than-stellar rounds from several of its top players.

Getty Images

Hoffman wins Texas Open on final hole

SAN ANTONIO — Charley Hoffman made a 10-foot birdie putt on the final hole to win the Valero Texas Open on Sunday for his fourth PGA Tour victory.

Golf: Argyle Eagles in second after opening round

Argyle, the defending state champion, is sitting comfortably in second place after the opening round of the Class 4A Region II boys golf tournament at Van Zandt Country Club in Canton.

Girls golf: Guyer riding high into regional tournament

The Guyer girls golf team has grown accustomed to some hard-fought battles with its biggest district rival, Trophy Club Nelson. Last week in the District 5-6A tournament, the Lady Wildcats took “hard-fought” out of the equation.

Girls golf: Lady Broncos improving

As the Denton girls golf team heads into the Class 5A Region I tournament Wednesday and Thursday at Rawls Golf Course in Lubbock, it carries pertinent lessons learned from the district tournament in late March.

AP

Pro golf’s next ‘Big Three’ hope their time is coming

AUGUSTA, Ga. — The modern “Big Three” have won five of the last six majors going into the Masters. The other “Big Three” can only hope they are next.

AP

Herman hangs on for victory in Humble

HUMBLE — Jim Herman delivered a masterful performance at just the right time Sunday in the Shell Houston Open. Herman, winless in 105 previous starts on the PGA Tour, chipped in for birdie on the par-3 16th and finished with two solid pars for a 4-under 68 and a one-shot victory that sends him to the Masters for the first time in his career.

Getty Images

Houston last step for Spieth before defending Masters crown

HUMBLE (AP) — Jordan Spieth is so excited about returning to Augusta National next week to defend his Masters championship that just thinking about it makes him feel like doing pushups.

Day reigns in Austin, ascends to world No. 1

AUSTIN — Everyone around him was telling Jason Day to withdraw from the Dell Match Play and not risk further injury to his back.Day knew he was playing well enough to win and wanted to stick it out.

Getty Images

Finau wins in playoff for first career title

RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico — Tony Finau won the Puerto Rico Open on Sunday for his first PGA Tour title, beating Steve Marino with a birdie on the third hole of a playoff at windy Coco Beach.

Spieth avoids drama on 18th

AUSTIN — Jordan Spieth had another stress-free day in the Dell Match Play, avoiding some of the drama the 18th hole provided Thursday.

Getty Images

Day hurts back in win

AUSTIN — Jason Day was 3 up with four holes to play, an ideal start to the Dell Match Play that included five birdies and hardly any stress. And then he felt his back tighten on a tee shot at the 15th.

Getty Images

Spieth paired with old friend

AUSTIN — Defending champion Rory McIlroy will face a player he knows very little about in the Dell Match Play. Jordan Spieth knows one of his opponents all too well.