PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Justin Rose, a U.S. Open champion and the No. 7 player in the world, shot a 6-under 66 his first time playing Spyglass Hill and spent a gorgeous day listening to the fans call out his name. Except they weren’t calling for him, and he knew it.
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Jordan Spieth rarely sees a shot as impossible, sometimes when he doesn’t even have a club in his hand. Walking off the 15th tee at Pebble Beach earlier this week, he noticed a golf ball that had gone well over the 14th green. Spieth offered to throw it back to the group behind him, only that would have been too simple. “Give me some odds,” he said to caddie Michael Greller.
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — The latest stop for Jordan Spieth on his tour of the golfing world is the Middle East and an eagerly anticipated showdown with Rory McIlroy at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship this week.
HONOLULU — Steve Stricker decided three years ago to start cutting back on his schedule. Now he can’t wait to get started. That’s why he left Wisconsin for the California desert the day after Christmas for six days of hard work, followed by a trip to the North Shore of Oahu for a week of work and play before starting his season at the Sony Open.
KAPALUA, Hawaii — Bob Parsons conducts business to an extreme, and that now includes golf clubs. The people he hired to build his golf clubs have no limitations and no deadlines. Money is no object, either, and that better be the case for the consumers. Parsons, the billionaire founder of GoDaddy, is selling his PXG clubs at about $5,000 for the set.
Jason Day’s drive. Jordan Spieth’s flop shot. Zach Johnson’s putt. Major championships produce shots that can be more memorable than the winner holding the trophy. Zach Johnson with a claret jug? The more lasting image from the British Open was Johnson holding his crouch and slowly clenching his fist on the 18th green at St. Andrews.
NAPA, Calif. — Brendan Steele felt no different about his game Friday than when he tied the course record with a 63 in his opening round at the Frys.com Open. The difference was seven shots. What didn’t change was his position on the leaderboard.
ATLANTA — Jordan Spieth took possession of his final two trophies on the deck of a hospitality chalet that overlooked the 18th green at East Lake. He turned to raise them to a crowd gathered below, and camera flashes under a gloomy sky made it feel like a rock concert.
EDISON, N.J. — Jordan Spieth was gone, but not forgotten, certainly not by Jason Day. In his debut as the No. 1 player in the world, Spieth had back-to-back rounds over par for the first time all year and missed the cut. He already was assured of losing the No. 1 ranking back to Rory McIlroy when Day put together a weekend at The Barclays that was even better when put into recent context.
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Davis Love III’s long victory drought is over. Tiger Woods will have to wait a while to get another chance. Love won the Wyndham Championship on Sunday to become the third-oldest winner in PGA Tour history, while Woods’ season came to an abrupt end.
SHEBOYGAN, Wis. — A year of major heartache ended with Jason Day breaking through in a major way Sunday at the PGA Championship. With at least a share of the 54-hole lead for the third straight major, Day never gave Jordan Spieth or anyone else much of a chance at Whistling Straits. He closed with a 5-under 67 for a three-shot victory and broke Tiger Woods’ major championship record for most strokes under par by finishing at 20 under.
AKRON, Ohio — Graeme McDowell and Jordan Spieth were in good spirits Thursday at the Bridgestone Invitational, which was good news for only one of them. McDowell has been in such a rut that he has fallen out of the top 50 for the first time in five years and hasn’t finished in the top 10 in America since playing this World Golf Championship a year ago. So he happily went along at Firestone South making five birdies in 10 holes on his way to a 4-under 66.
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.