September 8, 2010
Tiger Woods received one of Corey Pavin's four captain's picks on Tuesday and will play for the United States in this year's Ryder Cup. "I'm part of a team and honored to be part of that team," Woods said. "I always loved playing the Ryder Cup. I've been looking forward to it. I'm honored to be selected. " Zach Johnson, Stewart Cink and Rickie Fowler were Pavin's three other picks to round out the American side, which takes on Europe starting Oct. 1 at Celtic Manor in Wales.
January 15, 2010
Troy Merritt had strong credentials as a PGA Tour rookie, just not the hype. Even though he set an NCAA record by winning five straight tournaments at Boise State, and last month went wire-to-wire at Q-school to earn his PGA Tour card, he was overlooked Thursday in Hawaii's Sony Open while playing next to 21-year-old Rickie Fowler . If that wasn't enough, the standard-bearer had the wrong name on the sign - Merrick - which wasn't...
August 13, 2010
SHEBOYGAN, Wis. — Bubba Watson prepared for the PGA Championship by shooting videos for Twitter, playing basketball with fellow PGA Tour pro Rickie Fowler, riding on scooters with neighborhood kids and eating ice cream. To say he's the anti-pro would be a bit of an understatement. The left-hander rarely practices and never has taken a lesson, purposely hits hooks and slices, welcomes probing questions from reporters ("We can talk all day if y'all want," he offered) and seeks advice from only God and his wife.
August 16, 2010
SHEBOYGAN, Wis. — With the PGA Championship over, the U.S. Ryder Cup roster got its first eight members Sunday. Both Anthony Kim and Lucas Glover fell out of the top eight in the point standings, with Bubba Watson and Dustin Johnson replacing them thanks to their strong finishes Sunday. Tiger Woods is 12th in the standings and will have to be one of Corey Pavin's four captain's picks to join the team. The rest of the team: Phil Mickelson, Hunter Mahan, Jim Furyk, Steve Stricker, Jeff Overton and Matt Kuchar . Overall, it's a young team, Mickelson said.
July 22, 2010
Statistically, the Road Hole didn't become that much tougher by pushing the tee back 40 yards and technically off the Old Course grounds. St. Andrews' famously quirky 17th played to a 4.67 stroke average last week, just .04 higher than five years ago. Hardly makes it worth the outcry that met last fall's notice about the change. Beyond the numbers, though, it's how the wayward shots played that led Royal & Ancient chief Peter Dawson to declare it a success. "We were hoping that the road might come more back into play — and by gosh, it did," Dawson said in his post-Open remarks.
March 24, 2011
The PGA Tour's method of handing out cards to newcomers appears in for an overhaul — one that would make the Nationwide Tour a required step to keep hotshots from jumping straight to the big leagues. Under a proposal given preliminary approval by the tour's policy board, only Nationwide cards would be awarded at the end of Q-school. PGA Tour status would come via a fall mini-series for the year's top Nationwide performers and PGA pros below 125 on the money list. "It gives a little extra oomph to the Nationwide," said D.A. Points, a Nationwide grad who won last month's Pebble Beach stop.