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Concern for famous foliage

By John Boyette on March 2, 2017 - 10:16 pm
Will the flowers still be in bloom for Masters Week?

New rules unveiled

By Associated Press on March 1, 2017 - 5:39 pm
MEXICO CITY — Golf's two governing bodies released a draft of modern rules on Wednesday aimed at bringing common sense to what can be a complicated sport.

Time running out to qualify for Masters

By John Boyette on February 28, 2017 - 6:39 pm
There are only five tournaments remaining that golfers can win and earn their way to Augusta National for the 81st edition of the Masters.

Fowler hangs on to win Honda Classic

By Doug Ferguson on February 28, 2017 - 9:49 am
Rickie Fowler made it interesting Sunday for as long as it took him to make two big putts to pull away in the Honda Classic.

Dustin Johnson dominates Riviera, takes no. 1 spot in world ranking

By Associated Press on February 23, 2017 - 7:07 pm
LOS ANGELES — Dustin Johnson went to No. 1 in the world with a world-class performance at Riviera. Johnson turned a marathon finish into a Sunday stroll in the Genesis Open. He finished the third round in the morning with a 7-under 64 to build a five-shot lead, stretched it to nine shots at one point in the final round and coasted home to a 71 and a five-shot victory. Johnson became the 20th player to reach No....

Spieth breezes to big win at AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

By Associated Press on February 23, 2017 - 7:06 pm
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Jordan Spieth soaked up every step of scenery on the 18th hole at Pebble Beach, one of the prettiest places in golf and even more spectacular on a Sunday when the only work left is to hoist the crystal trophy. All that was missing from the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am were the highlights. That's just how Spieth wanted it. Staked to a six-shot lead, Spieth never gave anyone much of a chance by putting for birdie on all but one hole....

Matsuyama wins WM Phoenix Open in playoff

By Associated Press on February 23, 2017 - 7:03 pm
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Hideki Matsuyama won the Waste Management Phoenix Open on the fourth hole of a playoff for the second straight year, outlasting Webb Simpson on Sunday at TPC Scottsdale. Matsuyama won with a 10-foot birdie putt on the short par-4 17th, the same hole where the 24-year-old Japanese star finished off Rickie Fowler a year ago. Matsuyama closed with a 5-under 66, parring the final three holes to match Simpson at 17-under 267....

Rahm's thrilling eagle caps first career win

By Associated Press on February 23, 2017 - 7:00 pm
SAN DIEGO -- Jon Rahm of Spain added his name to the burgeoning list of young stars Sunday with his big game and a big finish at Torrey Pines. Rahm made two eagles over the final six holes, the last one a 60-foot putt from the back fringe on the par-5 18th hole for a 5-under 67 to win the Farmers Insurance Open by three shots for his first PGA TOUR victory. Rahm, who turned 22 in November, beat Phil Mickelson's mark as the youngest champion at this tournament....

Swafford seals first win at CareerBuilder

By Associated Press on February 23, 2017 - 6:58 pm
LA QUINTA, Calif. -- Hudson Swafford won the fittingly named CareerBuilder Challenge on Sunday for his first PGA TOUR title, following three straight birdies with a closing par for a one-stroke victory. Swafford shot a 5-under 67 on the Stadium Course at PGA West to finish the pro-am event at 20-under 268. The 29-year-old former Georgia player earned $1,044,000 and his first spot in the Masters. "They don't give them away out here. It's not easy," Swafford said. "I've been close....

Justin Thomas finishes off Sony Open win in record-setting fashion

By Associated Press on February 23, 2017 - 6:55 pm
One last putt. One more record. And two unforgettable weeks in Hawaii for Justin Thomas.  Thomas began the Sony Open with a 15-foot eagle putt on his final hole to shoot 59. He ended it Sunday with a two-putt birdie from 60 feet that gave him yet another entry in the PGA Tour record book for the lowest 72-hole score in history.  His final act was to stand before the members of Waialae Country Club, champagne flute in hand for the traditional toast....

Justin Thomas Wins Tournament of Champions to Kick Off 2017

By Associated Press on February 23, 2017 - 6:51 pm
KAPALUA, Hawaii - Justin Thomas had to sweat it out more than he wanted to enjoy that view down the 18th hole at Kapalua on Sunday. Thomas had a five-shot lead with five holes to play when he was caught in a battle with Hideki Matsuyama down the stretch in the SBS Tournament of Champions....

Kuchar, English win Franklin Templeton Shootout

By Associated Press on February 23, 2017 - 6:48 pm
NAPLES, Fla. -- Harris English and Matt Kuchar won the Franklin Templeton Shootout on Saturday, holding off Wisconsin friends Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly by a stroke at Tiburon. English and Kuchar also won in 2013 in their first start together and finished second the last two years. "It's a thrilling event to come out with a win, amazing feeling," Kuchar said. "I think it's just such a fun partnership we've had. We've had such a good run....

Hideki Matsuyama prevails at Albany

By Associated Press on February 23, 2017 - 6:47 pm
NASSAU, Bahamas -- Hideki Matsuyama was only 5 when he first saw Tiger Woods, watching on videotape that 1997 Masters victory....

Rookie Hughes wins The RSM Classic

By Associated Press on February 23, 2017 - 6:44 pm
ST. SIMONS ISLAND -- Mackenzie Hughes holed an 18-foot par putt from off the green Monday morning to win The RSM Classic and become the first rookie in 20 years to go wire-to-wire for his first PGA TOUR victory. The Canadian calmed his nerves and came up clutch in the 42-degree chill at Sea Island....

20 years after Tiger's win

Created on February 10, 2017 - 7:57 pm
The 2017 Masters Tournament marks the 20th anniversary of Tiger Woods' historic 1997 win.

Pat Perez wins OHL Classic in Mexico

Created on November 14, 2016 - 12:28 am
PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico — Pat Perez won the OHL Classic at Mayakoba on Sunday in his third start since returning from shoulder surgery.

Pampling gets first PGA win in decade

Created on November 6, 2016 - 10:05 pm
LAS VEGAS — The birdie putt was still a foot from the hole when Rod Pampling raised his right arm and thrust it in the air as the balltumbled into the cup.

Thomas successfully defends CIMB Classic title

Created on October 23, 2016 - 6:49 pm
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Justin Thomas completed a fairytale return to the CIMB Classic with a successful title defense after eight birdies in the final round Sunday earned him a three-shot victory over closest rival Hideki Matsuyama.

US Amateur winner Curtis Luck rallies to win Asia-Pacific Amateur

Created on October 10, 2016 - 1:23 am
Curtis Luck overcame a seven-stroke deficit to win the Asia-Pacific Amateur on Sunday and earn a Masters invitation that the Australian didn't need.

Michaux: We should all thank Palmer

By Scott Michaux on September 25, 2016 - 10:22 pm
Golf will never be the same for two reasons. First, that Arnold Palmer lived. Second, that Arnold Palmer has died.
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