Love appointed captain again, this time for Presidents Cup
The PGA Tour has selected Love to be U.S. captain for the Presidents Cup in 2022 at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina. He was captain when Europe rallied from a 10-6 deficit to beat the Americans in the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah, and he was Ryder Cup captain for a rare U.S. victory four years later at Hazeltine. He also was an assistant captain in the Ryder Cup under Corey Pavin in 2010 and Jim Furyk in 2018 and is on the staff of Steve Stricker this year. The Presidents Cup was supposed to be played this year until the COVID-19 pandemic led to the Ryder Cup being postponed one year to this September. ... Tony Finau has 35 finishes in the top 10 since the start of the 2016-17 season on the PGA Tour without winning.
Southern Hills to replace Trump National for '22 PGA
The 2022 PGA Championship, originally scheduled for Trump National in New Jersey, will be played at Southern Hills. The 2022 PGA Championship originally was to be played at Trump National in Bedminster, New Jersey. Southern Hills was not scheduled to host the PGA Championship until 2030. That was one of the reasons it was appealing to move up Southern Hills in the PGA Championship rotation. They mutually agreed to cancel the PGA Grand Slam of Golf at Trump National LA in 2015 after Trump announced his candidacy.
NBC to shut down NBC Sports Network at end of 2021
NBC Sports Chairman Bevacqua announced the move Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, in an internal memo to staff. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)The NBC Sports Network, which is best known for its coverage of the NHL and English Premier League, will be going away at the end of the year. It changed its name to Versus in 2006 and then to NBC Sports Network six years later after Comcast bought NBC Universal in 2011. Bevacqua said in the memo that Stanley Cup playoff games and NASCAR races would be moving to USA Network this year. USA Network, which is available in 85.6 million homes, had already been airing early-round playoff games since 2012.
PGA Championship leaving Trump National in ’22 tournament
FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, file photo, golfers play golf at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. PGA President Jim Richerson says the board voted to exercise its right to “terminate the agreement” with Trump National in Bedminster, New Jersey. “As an organization we have invested many, many millions of dollars in the 2022 PGA Championship at Trump National Golf Club, Bedminster. That was the same year the USGA staged the U.S. Women’s Open at Trump National in Bedminster. Now it’s about finding a place to play the PGA Championship, which dates to 1916, for next year.
Sei Young Kim wins 1st major at Women’s PGA Championship.
Kim chewed up Aronimink Golf Club in record style, shooting a 7-under 63 on Sunday to win the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Park won the Women’s PGA Championship in 2015 and Kim was in the first group of people on the course to celebrate with her. Kim, a 2016 Olympian, was runner-up at the 2015 Women’s PGA Championship and tied for second at the Evian Championship in 2018. Park had three birdies on the front nine as she tried to match Mickey Wright with a record fourth win at the Women’s PGA Championship. Aronimink’s golf course was designed by Donald Ross in 1926 and is off the major schedule until the PGA Championship in 2026.
Hatton completes career goal by winning BMW PGA Championship
England's Tyrell Hatton on the first fairway during day four of the PGA Championship at Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, England, Sunday Oct. 11, 2020. Hatton shot 5-under 67 to finish on 19-under 269 overall, capping a week when he shot in the 60s every round around Wentworth's storied West Course. “It's unbelievable,” said Hatton, who acknowledged in a walkalong TV interview during the round that he was nervous. Hatton was unaware of the state of play and almost sent his second shot on the 18th into the water. “Part of me is sad I didn’t get to experience the crowds, but it’s just amazing to win this trophy,” Hatton said.
Sei Young Kim up by 2 shots after 3 rounds at Women's PGA
Sei Young Kim, of South Korea, watches her shot on the 15th hole during the third round at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship golf tournament at the Aronimink Golf Club, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, in Newtown Square, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. – Sei Young Kim had another excellent outing at KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, shooting a 3-under 67 Saturday to hold the lead after three rounds at Aronimink. The South Korean sits at 7-under 203, two strokes ahead of Brooke Henderson and Anna Nordqvist as she tries for her first career major championship. A 10-time LPGA Tour winner, Kim was runner-up at the 2015 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and tied for second at the Evian Championship in 2018. Henderson, who won the 2016 Women’s PGA Championship, tied her career-best 18-hole score at a major championship with a 65 to stay within striking distance. Park is a three-time winner of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and would tie Mickey Wright for the most in a career with a win.
Sei Young Kim has late birdie run to take Women’s PGA lead
Kim birdied five of the final six holes as darkness fell Friday at Aronimink for a 5-under 65 and the second-round lead in the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. She tied Karrie Webb (2001) and Sarah Kemp (2011) for the lowest nine-hole score in the Women’s PGA Championship. “The birdie on 14 was pretty good because it was a long birdie putt, and that’s when I started the four-birdie streak,” Kim said. A 10-time LPGA Tour winner, Kim is looking for her first major victory. She was runner-up at the 2015 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and tied for second at the Evian Championship in 2018.
Lincicome, Tan share Women’s PGA lead at windy Aronimink
Lincicome and Kelly Tan each shot 3-under 67 on Thursday in windy conditions at challenging Aronimink to share the lead in the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Lincicome was sensational after missing the cut by one shot this past weekend at the ShopRite LPGA Classic. Lincicome, a two-time winner of the major ANA Inspiration eight LPGA Tour victories, played bogey-free to stay even with Tan and keep her first Women’s PGA title in sight. Tan’s previous best finish in a major came in 2016 when she tied for 30th at the Women’s PGA. The 2009 champion, Nordqvist is one of eight Women’s PGA Championship winners in the field that also includes all 11 winners this year on the LPGA tour.
Brooks Koepka out of US Open with lingering injury
FILE - Brooks Koepka gets treated for an injury on the 12th hole during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at TPC Harding Park Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in San Francisco. Two-time champion Brooks Koepka withdrew from the U.S. Open on Wednesday, Sept. 9, because of lingering pain in his left knee that has troubled him most of the year. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)Two-time champion Brooks Koepka withdrew from the U.S. Open on Wednesday because of lingering pain in his left knee that has troubled him for most of the year. Unfortunately, I have decided to withdraw from next week's U.S. Open, Koepka said. He was not at the 2016 British Open because of an ankle injury, and he missed the 2018 Masters with a wrist injury.
Johnson, Scheffler favorites for tour's top player, rookie
For the PGA Tour player of the year, the candidates were Johnson, Thomas, PGA champion Collin Morikawa (two wins), Webb Simpson (two wins) and Jon Rahm (two wins). Johnson won the Travelers Championship and The Northern Trust to go along with his FedEx Cup title he won at the Tour Championship. He also was runner-up to Morikawa at the PGA Championship. More interesting will be the vote for PGA Tour rookie of the year. ... Country singer Colt Ford, who once played professionally, is making his PGA Tour Champions debut on a sponsor exemption.
Thomas assured $2 million bonus as tour heads to postseason
He has not made it to the Tour Championship since 2017, the year of his last victory. CLUTCH PARFormer Masters champion Charl Schwartzel had reason to celebrate on Friday without ever being in the hunt at the PGA Championship. That got the attention of the PGA of America, which gave him an exemption into the PGA Championship. The LOCALiQ Series for players on the Canadian, China and Latin America circuits for the PGA Tour now has a conclusion. STAT OF THE WEEKIn the last five years of the PGA Championship, players have posted all four rounds in the 60s without winning 16 times.
Morikawa delivers a great shot in quiet moment to win PGA
Collin Morikawa hits from the fairway on the second hole during the final round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at TPC Harding Park Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in San Francisco. In the first major without spectators, Morikawa finished with a bang. Morikawa chipped in from 40 feet on the 14th hole to take the lead, and then he ended it with one swing. On the 294-yard 16th hole, Morikawa hit driver that hopped onto the green and settled 7 feet below the cup. Brooks Koepka turned out to be all talk in his bid for a third straight PGA Championship.
"What a shot:" Casey can only watch as PGA hopes vanish
He looked behind him and realized his hopes of winning the PGA Championship had suddenly, startlingly vanished. Collin Morikawa's on-a-rope drive had stopped 7 feet away, just behind Casey, on the 16th green. What a shot, Casey said when asked what went through his mind when he saw Morikawa's ball come to rest. The 43-year-old Casey shot 4-under 66 to finish at 11 under, tied for second with Dustin Johnson and two shots behind the champion. And watching Collin come down ... and what a shot he hit on 16, he deserves it.Oh, there were places to nitpick Casey's game.
Dustin Johnson emerges from a pack to lead PGA Championship
Dustin Johnson hits from the fairway on the 18th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at TPC Harding Park Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)SAN FRANCISCO Dustin Johnson lost his yardage book and still found his way through an enormous crowd of contenders Saturday, making eight birdies at Harding Park for a 5-under 65 and a one-shot lead in the PGA Championship. Even that might not have stopped Johnson from making his most birdies in any round of a major. Johnson didn't have smooth sailing, either, especially when he couldn't find his yardage book. Johnson shot 65 even with a double bogey on the ninth hole.
Three-peat? 3 straight bogeys leave Koepka in neutral at PGA
(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Bogey, bogey, bogey. This was not what Brooks Koepka had in mind when he was thinking about three in a row at the PGA Championship. It's all because of those three straight 5s he made on the par-4 13th, 14th and 15th holes Saturday at chilly Harding Park. He's in the same spot he was coming into the day two shots out of the lead. At one point late in the afternoon, Koepka was one of 15 players within two shots of the lead.
The Latest: Spieth says to expect fireworks on back 9 at PGA
SAN FRANCISCO As if the final round of the PGA Championship didn't have enough possibilities, Jordan Spieth finished his final round at Harding Park and said the back nine was set up for good scoring. Spieth said he wouldn't be surprised if someone shot a 30 on the back nine. Dustin Johnson goes into the final round with a one-shot lead, with 20 players separated by five shots. Since winning the third leg of the career Grand Slam at Royal Birkdale in the 2017 British Open, Spieth hasn't won any tournament. This is the third straight major he will finish at least 10 shots out of the lead.
Missed tap-in costs Fowler the weekend at PGA Championship
Rickie Fowler watches his tee shot on the seventh hole during the first round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at TPC Harding Park Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in San Francisco. Fowler's silly mistake a miss from 6 inches on the sixth green cost him a weekend starting time at the PGA Championship. Tringale's error signing an incorrect scorecard saved him a couple hours of waiting around before he headed home, as well. They were among the 75 players to miss the cut at Harding Park, meaning an early departure from San Francisco. It marks the first time he's missed a cut at the PGA since 2012 at Kiawah.
Accidental Tourist Li Leads at Mid-Point of PGA Championship
Li Haotong of China, watches his putt on the 10th hole during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at TPC Harding Park Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)Like too many tour pros, the guy leading the PGA Championship after two rounds is not above letting his clubs do the talking. What makes Li Haotong stand out from the crowd is what one of those clubs says about him. McIlroy, a two-time PGA Championship winner, got the shot back by running off four birdies in a row, then gave that back with a triple-bogey at No. Day recalled seeing Li practicing when he teed off, then incredulously watched a video of Li back at on the range after Day had finished.
The Latest: Moving day at the PGA Championship
Justin Thomas watches his tee shot on the eighth hole during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at TPC Harding Park Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)SAN FRANCISCO Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth have been friends since they were 13 and represented a U.S. team that played in France. They were paired Saturday at the PGA Championship, but have never been farther apart. This figures to be a big day for everyone, and Thomas quickly seized on it with two birdies in four holes. Spieth quickly opened with two straight bogeys, and he had to save par on the par-5 fourth hole.
Woods faces another Sunday at a major with little hope
Tiger Woods walks to the 12th green during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at TPC Harding Park Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, in San Francisco. That leaves a fourth day for Tiger Woods, with little to play for in the PGA Championship. Eight shots behind going into the third round, Woods didn't make a birdie until the 16th hole at Harding Park. Woods had only two birdie chances from inside 20 feet on the front nine a miss from 18 feet on No. Another new normal might be Woods not being a lock to contend every major he plays.
The Latest: China's Li off to strong start on 2nd day of PGA
Haotong Li of China, chips to the green on the seventh hole during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at TPC Harding Park Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)SAN FRANCISCO Li Haotong is the first player to reach 8 under par at the PGA Championship. The sun already was forcing its way through the marine layer Friday morning, with calm conditions at Harding Park. Li, the 25-year-old from China, opened with two birdies and then made a 15-foot birdie at the fifth hole. DeChambeau snapped his driver -- which he nicknamed the Kraken -- during Thursdays opening round at TPC Harding Park.
Swinging hard lifts Champ into contention in PGA
Cameron Champ hits from the fairway on the 18th hole during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at TPC Harding Park Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)John Daly famously won a PGA Championship 29 years ago by swinging as hard as he could every time he got on the tee. Swinging hard comes naturally to Champ. Before Bryson DeChambeau bulked up and began crushing drives this year, the 25-year-old was the gold standard on the PGA Tour when it came to swing speed and distance. Two negative tests days after that prompted the PGA Tour to change its guidelines and he was playing in Detroit the next week.
The Latest: PGA Championship begins in chill and quiet
SAN FRANCISCO The Latest from the opening round of the PGA Championship:___Brian Harman hit the opening shot at the PGA Championship on Thursday, and it was clear as he looked down the first fairway at TPC Harding Park that it was a historic moment. The COVID-19 pandemic that forced the PGA Championship to move from May to August also led to this being the first major championship without spectators. The starter announced in a microphone, From Sea Island, Georgia, Brian Harman. And there was no applause. This is the first major of the year, with the Masters moved to November, the U.S. Open moved ot September and the British Open moved to 2021. Two-time defending champion Brooks Koepka and Tiger Woods were among those playing in the morning.
Jason Day continues recent improvement with early PGA lead
Jason Day of Australia, watches his tee shot on the sixth hole during the first round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at TPC Harding Park Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)Jason Day is on a pretty good run for a guy who hasnt won a tournament in two years. The 32-year-old Australian has finished in the top 10 in three straight tournaments heading into this weeks PGA Championship in San Francisco. I feel like the momentum that Ive had over the last three starts has kind of seeped into this week, Day said. The funny thing is that every day Im excited to go back to the golf course and play.
Quiet please: A PGA with no fans and the new normal for golf
A fans watches through a hole in the fence along the the 12th hole during the first round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at TPC Harding Park Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in San Francisco. Were going to celebrate what weve got, PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh said about the weeks eerily silent arrangement. I actually miss playing in front of fans because you obviously work off that, especially in a major championship., Day said. This week, though, instead of fans surrounding the tee boxes, there are a hand-sanitizer dispensers. And instead of roars echoing through the cypress trees, its the quiet congratulations of a fellow playing partner: Nice shot.
Jason Day leads PGA as Koepka continues to be a major force
(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)SAN FRANCISCO Jason Day took his first step toward a return to the spotlight in the majors Thursday at the PGA Championship. Koepka is the two-time defending champion, presented the opportunity this week to become only the seventh player in the 160-year history of major championship golf to win the same major three years in a row. After a slow start, Koepka powered his way six birdies and made a series of key putts for par and one 12-footer for bogey that gave him an ideal start to this major. Woods is used to tournament golf in the COVID-19 era. He made the adjustment and tied for second last week at a World Golf Championship.
Harding Park a public course with a history of elite winners
Tiger Woods walks on the 16th hold during a practice round for the PGA Championship golf tournament at TPC Harding Park Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)SAN FRANCISCO Harding Park is a public golf course with a history of elite champions. The San Francisco Open finally came to Harding Park in 1944. The rough is thick, even more because of the dampness from a marine layer expected to shroud Harding Park all week. All of them would fit the profile of great champions at Harding Park.
Spieth chasing Grand Slam and hardly anyone notices
Jordan Spieth watches from the putting green during practice for the PGA Championship golf tournament at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. Win this major and he joins the most exclusive club in golf with the final leg of the career Grand Slam. The longest anyone went from winning the third leg to completing the Grand Slam was three years by Player and Nicklaus. If you told me that, I'd probably say that guy is kind of a jerk and I'd walk the other way, Spieth said with a smile. 2 after winning at Royal Birkdale and getting his first shot at the career Grand Slam in the 2017 PGA Championship (he tied for 28th).
Adam Scott back in PGA chase after long break Down Under
Adam Scott, of Australia, gestures toward the 15th fairway during practice for the PGA Championship golf tournament at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Adam Scott took his own sweet time returning to competitive golf. Scott took a pass, instead skipping both Colonial and the Memorial tournaments he typically plays and instead enjoyed a rare long break back home in Australia. He closed out 2019 by winning the Australian PGA Championship, took seven weeks off and then claimed the Genesis Invitational at Riviera in February. Whether thats preparation enough for a PGA Championship remains to be seen.
Tiger Woods might have a new putter for the PGA Championship
Tiger Woods toss a ball down on the 17th hold during a practice round for the PGA Championship golf tournament at TPC Harding Park Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)SAN FRANCISCO Tiger Woods appears to have something new in store for this PGA Championship: his putter. THE FIELDThis PGA Championship might have set a record for most players who decided not to play. He is the 11th player to withdraw from the PGA Championship since the field was first released six days ago. PACKING FOR A SUMMER MAJOR IN AMERICAThe PGA Championship in August for years meant heat and plenty of sweating.
Woods in a better place heading into this PGA Championship
Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, hits from the third tee during practice for the PGA Championship golf tournament at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. The PGA Championship is a major he has won four times, more than anyone except Jack Nicklaus and Walter Hagen. A year ago, he played 18 holes a week before the PGA Championship and only nine holes in the three days leading to the opening round. Now he's the two-time defending champion for the PGA, and he found some form last week with a runner-up finish in a World Golf Championship. The PGA Championship has never been known for its sweaters.
Column: 'Big Game Brooks' faces major test to his reputation
Brooks Koepka, left, walks with instructor Pete Cowen during practice for the PGA Championship golf tournament at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. Either way, the PGA Championship should be the perfect place to end it. He said that last year going into the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black, right before he set the major championship record for the lowest 36-hole score (128), built a seven-shot lead and held on to win. Yeah, I still feel that way, Koepka said. Just go play golf exactly like I know how, and if I do that, then yeah, I probably should win.Easy.
Koepka's biggest challenge is history in bid for 3 in a row
Woods won majors at a faster clip than anyone. That's why the biggest challenge facing Brooks Koepka as he goes for a third straight PGA Championship this week at the TPC Harding Park in San Francisco is more about history than his troublesome left knee and recent form. Now it's about Walter Hagen, who won the PGA Championship four straight times (1924-27) when it was match play. For someone with this much history on the line, Koepka still has managed to avoid the spotlight in the weeks leading into the PGA Championship. He has gone back-to-back in the Masters and British Open, and twice in the PGA Championship.
PGA Championship confirms no fans for Harding Park
The PGA Championship, originally scheduled for May 14-17 in San Francisco, now is set for Aug. 6-9 and will be the first of three majors this year. PGA of America officials were prepared to go elsewhere if playing in San Francisco would not allow health standards to be met. Woods tied for 29th, 14 shots behind, when he was going for a third straight PGA Championship title in 2001 in Atlanta. Walter Hagen won four straight times from 1924-27 when the PGA Championship format was match play. The PGA Championship next year goes to Kiawah Island in South Carolina.
PGA Championship staying at Harding Park, but without fans
The PGA of America has submitted plans to hold the PGA Championship at Harding Park without spectators, and the San Francisco Chronicle reports public health officials have approved it. An announcement was pending approval by San Francisco officials and was expected as early as Tuesday. It at least sets the PGA Championship for Aug. 6-9 at Harding Park, the public course along a golf landscape near the Pacific Ocean that includes Olympic Club, Lake Merced, San Francisco Golf Club and Cal Club. Harding Park will host its first major championship, having previously been host of two World Golf Championships one won by Tiger Woods (American Express Championship), the other by Rory McIlroy (Match Play Championship). Now that the PGA of America has its plan for its major championship, the next task is the Ryder Cup.