GAINESVILLE, Va. — Most of the world’s top players are skipping the Quicken Loans National. Justin Rose wouldn’t miss it — even if he weren’t the defending champion.
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — Zach Johnson cradled the silver claret jug in his arms. Jordan Spieth let it slip through his fingers. Spieth was right where he wanted to be in his spirited bid for the Grand Slam — tied for the lead with two holes to go in the British Open, right after making a 50-foot birdie putt that made it feel as though he were destined to win at St. Andrews for his third straight major.
Zach Johnson has won his second major title at the British Open, beating Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman in a four-hole playoff at St. Andrews.
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — Jason Day is tied for the lead after 54 holes of a major. Been there before. Yet, unlike at last month’s U.S. Open, Day is feeling good about his chances heading into the final round as he looks to win his first major title at the British Open.
UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. — Jordan Spieth loves golf history, which is appropriate for someone quickly becoming part of it. Spieth was a freshman at Texas when he first went to St. Andrews with the rest of the Walker Cup team. They played the Old Course, soaked up the vibe at the home of golf and headed north for matches at Royal Aberdeen.
UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. — Another major for Jordan Spieth. Another stunning loss for Dustin Johnson. Chambers Bay delivered heart-stopping drama Sunday in the U.S. Open when Spieth birdied his final hole to become only the sixth player to win the Masters and the U.S. Open in the same year. The real shock was not that he won, but how he won.
UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. — Billy Horschel stepped to the microphone with an air of excitement. Now that his U.S. Open was complete, Horschel let loose with a string of complaints about the condition of Chambers Bay this week, specifically the quality of the putting surfaces.
So much is brand new about America’s oldest golf championship. Not to worry. The U.S. Open hasn’t lost its reputation as the toughest test in golf. And it’s still the most democratic of the majors, with more than half the field — including a pair of two-time champions — having to go through qualifying.
DES MOINES, Iowa — Wearing bacon-themed pants and using a putter he bought from an Iowa sporting goods store, Mark Calcavecchia broke through for one of his most satisfying wins.
FORT WORTH — Chris Kirk made a par-saving 7-foot putt after an errant tee shot at the 18th hole, avoiding a playoff at Colonial and winning by a stroke Sunday for his fourth PGA Tour victory. With a closing 4-under 66, Kirk got to 12-under 268, one ahead of Masters champion Jordan Spieth, playing partner Brandt Snedeker and Jason Bohn.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Rory McIlroy became the first two-time winner in the Wells Fargo Championship with a dominating seven-shot victory Sunday over Webb Simpson and Patrick Rodgers.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kevin Kisner sees no reason he won’t be in contention to win his first PGA Tour title this week at the Wells Fargo Championship.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Nothing was overrated about Rickie Fowler at The Players Championship. Not the way he rallied from a five-shot deficit with the greatest finish in the 34-year history of the TPC Sawgrass. Not the two tee shots he smashed down the daunting 18th fairway on Sunday when a miss to the left or right spelled trouble. And certainly not the three tee shots — yes, three — he stuffed on the island-green 17th hole for birdie each time.
SAN FRANCISCO — Rory McIlroy had to work harder than ever to win the Match Play Championship. No one ever had to play seven matches in five days, and McIlroy won them all in the new round-robin format. He had to beat three players on the same day, a first in the 17 years of this tournament. And three times, he stood on the 17th tee trailing.
IRVING — Inbee Park won the LPGA Tour’s North Texas Shootout for the second time in three years Sunday, closing with a bogey-free 6-under 65 for a three stroke victory.
The knot of frustration that’s been stuck in the crawl of the Argyle boys golf team after two consecutive second-place finishes in the UIL state tournament has driven the Eagles’ fivesome to continued success this season and, once again, to the cusp of a Class 4A championship.
TEXARKANA, Tex. — The North Texas men’s golf team roared into the lead of the Conference USA Championship as senior’s Jason Roets and Juan Munoz sent the Mean Green past No. 30 UAB for the overall team lead.
AVONDALE, La. — Whatever derailed Justin Rose’s game appears long gone now. Sensing he needed to birdie the final two holes to keep the lead, Rose pulled it off with aggressive swings and clutch putts for a one-stroke victory against Cameron Tringale on Sunday in the Zurich Classic.
AVONDALE, La. — Marc Leishman fully expects to be rusty this week in the Zurich Classic, not that he’s all that concerned.
FORT MYERS, Fla. — The best round of the year for the North Texas women’s golf team has it in contention for the Conference USA title after the first round of play. The Mean Green fired a first round of 6-over par 294 and is tied for third place, only seven strokes off the lead after the first 18 holes.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Jim Furyk won his first PGA Tour event in five years, making birdies on both playoff holes to outlast Kevin Kisner at the RBC Heritage on Sunday.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Masters champion Jordan Spieth is back to work this week at the RBC Heritage Classic after two days celebrating his victory at Augusta National and being showered with attention....