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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ORLANDO, Fla. — Jason Day turned his fortunes at just the right time Sunday by making a 12-foot birdie putt and then saving par from just under 100 feet away in a bunker to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational. It was another great moment for Palmer, the 86-year-old tournament host who watched it unfold on the 18th green.
ORLANDO, Fla. — Adam Scott went nearly two years without winning and now looks like he can’t lose. Over three straight weeks, he was runner-up at Riviera, won the Honda Classic and then rallied to beat Rory McIlroy in the Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral. It brought the Australian back into the conversation of golf’s elite, and it raised a pair of questions going into the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
PALM HARBOR, Fla. — This was always going to be a challenging year for Jordan Spieth, and not just on the golf course. Spieth knew it would be tough to repeat the results of a year in which he won the Masters and U.S. Open, chased a Grand Slam and won the FedEx Cup to cash in on the most lucrative season ($22 million) in golf. And he knew there would be scrutiny over every round, even before the majors began.
PALM HARBOR, Fla. — Charl Schwartzel used two big birdies to close with a 4-under 67 and made up a five-shot deficit. All he needed was a par on the first hole of a playoff Sunday at Innisbrook to beat Bill Haas and win the Valspar Championship.
DORAL, Fla. — Adam Scott faced a daunting challenge, a six-shot deficit with 13 holes remaining on a course that was playing tougher than it had at any point this week.
DORAL, Fla. — Jordan Spieth, Jason Day and Rory McIlroy are the top three players in the world golf rankings, which assures them of absolutely nothing this week.
DORAL, Fla. — Donald Trump was a distraction at golf tournaments before he was running for president. Go back 15 years when the LPGA Tour’s final event was held at Trump International in West Palm Beach. It was bad enough that Trump walked down the middle of the fairways like he owned the place (which he did). In the second round, Karrie Webb hit a tee shot on the par-3 seventh that was short of the green and tumbling toward the water when light rough held it up.
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Adam Scott tapped in a 30-inch par putt to win the Honda Classic on Sunday, and the smile was more relief than joy over ending the longest drought of his career. A small measure of satisfaction might come from the silence he hopes will follow. Yes, he still can win with a short putter.
LOS ANGELES — The swing has always come easily to Bubba Watson. He hits a golf ball with so much natural ability combined with such an unorthodox style that it piqued the curiosity of Tiger Woods when Watson first got on the PGA Tour, and even now it’s enough to cause his peers to stop and watch on the practice range.
LOS ANGELES — Bubba Watson packed plenty of memories from his week in LA. He has a kidney stone as a keepsake. He had a cameo in Girl Meets World. He received a text Sunday morning from Steph Curry offering shooting tips to Watson’s son. And he capped it all with the best memento of all.
LOS ANGELES — The road to the Masters starts on the other side of the country for Rory McIlroy. McIlroy has heard enough of Riviera that he decided to play the Northern Trust Open for the first time, and 27 holes over the last two days have left him convinced that it was a smart move and that it was worth it to add one more event to a busy schedule.
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — The 5-foot birdie putt to force a playoff at Pebble Beach spun out of the left edge of the cup, and Phil Mickelson couldn’t believe it. He bent over and braced himself, the left hand on his knee and the right hand on top of the putter.
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.