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Tiger Woods to open season at 2019 Farmers Insurance Open

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Tiger Woods is starting another year at Torrey Pines, this time with higher expectations. Woods announced Wednesday that he will play in the Farmers Insurance Open Jan. 24-27. He has won the tournament seven times, and Torrey Pines is where he won the U.S. Open in 2008. 🏆1999🏆2003🏆2005🏆2006🏆2007🏆2008🏆2013@TigerWoods looks for his

AP’s Doug Ferguson gets PGA lifetime journalism award

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Doug Ferguson of The Associated Press will receive the 2019 PGA Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism. Ferguson is the 30th recipient of the PGA award, which recognizes members of the media for steadfast coverage of golf throughout a career. Ferguson has covered more than

NBC to use Toptracer on all 18 holes of PGA Tour telecasts

The NBC Sports Group and Topgolf Entertainment are unveiling a new technology partnership which they are hoping will bring golfers and casual fans closer to the sport. The multiyear agreement includes the expansion of Toptracer as the network’s ball-tracking technology for PGA Tour telecasts on NBC and The Golf Channel. Toptracer tracks

Major shots by major champions include overlooked ones

HONOLULU (AP) — Brooks Koepka still smiles at the memory of the 9-irons he hit in the final round of his second straight U.S. Open victory. Yes, that’s plural. They were on consecutive holes on the back nine at Shinnecock Hills. The one that led to birdie was memorable. The one that

Top of golf now belongs to youth

HONOLULU (AP) — Leave it to the oldest rookie to best illustrate how the PGA Tour has become such a young man’s game. Chris Thompson tried for 19 years to reach the highest level of golf, and he finally earned a PGA Tour card when he was 42. With every year

Rory Sabbatini now playing for Slovakia

HONOLULU (AP) — Rory Sabbatini has been playing the Sony Open the last 20 years, and this one was different before he hit a shot. Start with the flag stitched onto his golf bag. And when he stepped to the first tee Thursday, he heard words never uttered on the PGA Tour.

Spieth looks at fresh start and last year’s progress

HONOLULU (AP) — Jordan Spieth showed up in Hawaii three years ago hopeful that a new year would be more of a continuation than a fresh start. Back then, he was coming off two majors, five victories, the FedEx Cup and he was No. 1 in the world. He’s in a

Report: Stephen Curry’s PGA Tour event scrapped

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The PGA Tour has pulled the plug on a new tournament hosted by Stephen Curry with time running short and details ranging from the golf course to sponsorship that could not be pulled together. “Due to a combination of factors, we are unable to bring a proposed

Harrington chosen as Europe captain for 2020 Ryder Cup

Padraig Harrington barely raised a smile as he spoke for the first time as Europe’s new Ryder Cup captain. In fact, as he discussed his thought process before accepting the position, the challenge awaiting him over the next 20 months and its potential impact on his golfing legacy, the role already

Xander the Great: Schauffele joins golf’s rising generation

KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) — To say that Xander Schauffele has come a long way depends on the view. Eighteen months ago, Schauffele had played 18 times on the PGA Tour and missed the cut in half of them. But after he tied for fifth in his first U.S. Open at Erin

Garnett goes from small Missouri school to PGA Tour winner

KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) — Missouri Western State is not exactly a pipeline to the PGA Tour. Neither is Gallatin, Missouri, a farming community of 1,800 where Brice Garnett honed his game on a nine-hole course. Thirteen years ago, Garnett was finishing up his degree in business finance with every intention of

Gary Woodland birdies his way into lead at Kapalua

KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) — Gary Woodland wasn’t making any putts until he chipped in for birdie, and then he couldn’t miss. Woodland broke away from a five-way tie for the lead Friday by running off five straight birdies, and then finishing with one more for another 6-under 67 that gave him

A piece of shrapnel behind Bubba’s tears at the Ryder Cup

KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) — Bubba Watson is known for crying after he wins. Even with three victories last year, his biggest tears were after a loss. And it really didn’t have anything to do with losing. The source of his tears at the Ryder Cup in France can be traced to a

Poulter makes up for missing tournament in a big way

KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) — Part of Ian Poulter’s punishment for violating a PGA Tour policy is spending two weeks in Hawaii to start the new year. That would be a most literal interpretation of the penalty. And it only tells part of the story of how Poulter chose to make up for

Lydia Ko receives New Zealand honor

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Former top-ranked golfer Lydia Ko has received one of New Zealand’s highest civil honors. The 21-year-old Korean-born golfer was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the country’s New Year’s honors list. Ko was the top-ranked women’s golfer from February 2015 to June

Fleetwood: Team Europe was such a family at the Ryder Cup

LONDON (AP) — Tommy Fleetwood says he was blown away by the family atmosphere that was generated by Europe’s triumphant 12-man team when he made his Ryder Cup debut this year. The 27-year-old Englishman formed an unbeatable combination with his close friend Francesco Molinari of Italy in September, with the pairing

Europe Ryder Cup captain fulfils promise of victory tattoo

LONDON (AP) — Europe captain Thomas Bjorn has lived up to his promise to tattoo their winning Ryder Cup score on his bottom. Bjorn made the promise at a news conference before the event in September in France, where Europe was the underdog against the United States. Video first posted on the

Column: Tales from the PGA Tour

Thousands of fans surrounded the first tee at Carnoustie on the final day of the British Open. No mistaking what they came to see, even if most of them could hardly see Tiger Woods at all. One young girl proved resourceful. From 30 yards beyond the rows of fans, she stood atop

Molinari set to focus on US golf circuit next year

LONDON (AP) — Francesco Molinari says he may not play in Europe until the 19th-ranked Italian defends his British Open title in July. The lure of the US PGA Tour and changes made to the European Tour calendar will combine to leave the London-based golfer short of available dates to compete

From bunkers and behind trees, memorable shots from 2018

Tiger Woods hit a shot he thought would lead to his 15th major. Keegan Bradley made a putt he thought would be worth a trip to the Tour Championship. Just about every player has one shot that stands out above the rest in 2018. “For how I viewed it at the time

John and Little John Daly lead

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — John and Little John Daly birdied the final six-holes for a 13-under 59 and a one-stroke lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge. The Dalys played the back nine in 8-under 28 in occasional rain at Ritz-Carlton Golf Club Grande Lakes. Little John is 15. “It was just

Loves set scoring records to win Father-Son Challenge

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Davis Love III and his son Dru played so well Sunday that they set two scoring records, rallied from a three-shot deficit to win the PNC Father-Son Challenge and then wondered if they would get to play again. Team Love shot 27 on the front nine at

Kyle Thompson among 5 golfers to visit troops in Africa

Right about the time Kyle Thompson was ready to abandon his struggles on the PGA Tour, he jumped at a chance to give back. Thompson was on the practice range at the Wyndham Championship, where the only way to keep his full card was to win, when he received an email