PGA Tour fall swing winners and losers: Rory McIlroy shines, Rickie Fowler misses opportunities
Winner: Rory McIlroyWhile Rory McIlroy’s biggest accomplishment this fall came on the DP World Tour, his spot in this list is an easy one. Then on Sunday, McIlroy finished fourth at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai — which officially earned him a fourth win in the European Tour’s season-long race. I think my worst finish of the European Tour events I played this year was 12th at the start of the year in Abu Dhabi. Loser: Rickie FowlerRickie Fowler has needed a Tour win for what feels like forever. He won in back-to-back weeks last fall, and quickly played his way into the Tour Championship.wftv.com
McIlroy and Tom Kim put on a show at CJ Cup, both 1 off lead
RIDGELAND, S.C. — (AP) — Tom Kim felt as much a spectator as a player Thursday in the CJ Cup, amazed at how Rory McIlroy produces so much power with so little effort. McIlroy and Kim, who played together in the same group with Rickie Fowler, were among those another shot back at 66. But it was still so much fun.”McIlroy was equally impressed, mainly at how polished Kim plays at such a young age. One example was the par-5 fourth hole, where McIlroy hit a 360-yard drive that bounded along the firm, wide fairway, and belted a fairway metal just through the green. McIlroy really showed his driving ability on the 366-yard 15th, with sand and water along the right side of the green.wftv.com
Keegan Bradley wins Zozo for first PGA Tour win in 4 years
INZAI CITY, Japan — (AP) — It was worth the trip to Japan for Keegan Bradley, who won the Zozo Championship on Sunday with a 2-under 68, one shot ahead Rickie Fowler and Andrew Putnam for his first PGA Tour win in just over four years. Bradley's last PGA Tour victory was in 2018 at the BMW Championship. This is his fifth Tour victory. Fowler also has not won on the Tour for 3 1/2 years, and Putnam is winless in four years. The Zozo, played at the Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club on the outskirts of Tokyo, is the only PGA Tour event in Japan.wftv.com
Fowler begins with new caddie, coach and early 67 in Napa
From clubs to coach to caddie, just about everything is new for the five-time PGA Tour winner. An, a three-time PGA Tour runner-up who regained his card via the Korn Ferry Tour, had seven birdies and one bogey en route to his 66 at Silverado Resort and Spa. With his new clubs, Fowler hopes the rekindle his career with the assistance of a new caddie and new coach. On the bag is friend and veteran PGA Tour caddie Ricky Romano. He got into the first playoff event this past season, the FedEx St. Jude Championship in August, but did not advance farther.wftv.com
Fowler begins with new caddie, coach and early 67 in Napa
Rickie Fowler began his 15th professional season Thursday. From clubs to coach to caddie, just about everything is new for the five-time PGA Tour winner. Lower, beginning his second PGA Tour season, concluded his career-low, 9-under 63 in the early evening at Silverado Resort and Spa.news.yahoo.com
Spaun leads playoff opener; Scheffler, McIlroy miss cut
Scottie Scheffler, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth will have to wait another week. McIlroy went from rough to gallery to fringe to bogey on his last hole for a 69 for only his second missed cut of the year. 1 dropped five shots over the last eight holes, shot 74 and missed the cut by one shot. Day was among 31 players who started outside the top 70 in the FedEx Cup and missed the cut, meaning their season is over. 110 in the FedEx Cup, shot 67 and joined Finau, British Open champion Cam Smith (65) and others at 8-under 132.wftv.com
Fowler, Day make early bid in Memphis to keep season going
Fowler had a change of caddies and putters and finally started to see some putts fall, though still not enough to his liking. Day recovered from a spiked fever and burning sensation in his eyes and played bogey-free Thursday at the TPC Southwind. That wasn't good enough to lead the FedEx St. Jude Championship, only to hope. 125 — and needs his best golf of the last two years to get through to the next round. Day and Fowler were outside the top 125 three weeks ago until the PGA Tour decided that players suspended for going over to Saudi-funded LIV Golf should not count in the standings.wftv.com
Rickie Fowler decides to part ways with caddie Joe Skovron
Rickie Fowler narrowly avoided missing the FedEx Cup playoffs for the second straight year, and he will proceed with a new caddie. Fowler is parting ways with Joe Skovron, a childhood friend and the only fulltime caddie he has ever had. “It was a team decision,” Fowler said.news.yahoo.com
Huh takes big leap off bubble with career-best 61 at Wyndham
Wyndham Championship Golf John Huh chips onto the 18th green during the first round of the Wyndham Championship golf tournament, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022, in Greensboro, NC. 135 in the FedEx Cup, but he would count as No. The suspended players would be line in to receive FedEx Cup bonus money without playing. 34 in the standings and is looking to improve his ranking going into the lucrative FedEx Cup playoffs. After his long eagle putt, he holed a 4-foot putt for birdie on the 17th.wftv.com
FedExCup Playoffs: Who is on the bubble this week at the Wyndham Championship
(Photo by Ben Jared/PGA TOUR via Getty Images)The FedExCup Playoffs are just a week away, which makes the Wyndham Championship the last chance golfers have to secure their spot in the postseason. Here’s who needs a big week, and who needs to avoid a slip, in order to advance into the FedExCup Playoffs. 7 in the FedExCup standings despite sitting in the 30s just two months ago. While he hasn’t played since the British Open, Rory McIlroy is having one of his best seasons in years. FedExCup ScheduleHere’s everything you need to know to follow the FedExCup Playoffs this fall.wftv.com
Quinn makes US Open at 57 in qualifying for young and old
Fran Quinn last played the U.S. Open eight years ago with his teenage son as his caddie. Quinn, the 57-year-old who played his first U.S. Open at Pebble Beach in 1992 the year Tom Kite won, advanced in an 8-for-3 playoff in Purchase, New York. This came after Quinn failed to make it through qualifying for the U.S. Senior Open.news.yahoo.com
Fowler back home in Oklahoma still trying to find his form
“So excited about the week and yeah, anytime I get to be in Oklahoma, I feel at home,” Fowler said. Fowler has been searching hard for the elusive answers to the struggles that have left him far off the leaderboards of late. I’m trying to be best that I can be," Fowler said. His best finish at the PGA Championship was third in 2014 when he was a threat in every major that year. He finished tied for eighth at the PGA Championship to earn his spot this year.wftv.com
McIlroy pulls away to win CJ Cup at Summit in Las Vegas
CJ Cup Golf Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, watches his second shot on the first hole during final round of the CJ Cup golf tournament, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker) (David Becker)LAS VEGAS — (AP) — Rory McIlroy capped off a big weekend in Las Vegas on Sunday by surging past Rickie Fowler and holding off Collin Morikawa to win the CJ Cup at Summit for his 20th PGA Tour title. McIlroy was nine shots behind going into the weekend at that tournament and closed with rounds of 66-62 to win. McIlroy made birdie and just like that they were tied, along with others farther along in the round. McIlroy and Fowler in the final group were tied at 22 under going to the back when Fowler made another mistake.wftv.com
Rickie Fowler returns to big stage and takes lead in Vegas
“I haven't been there a lot the last couple of years, so it's nice to be back in that position,” Fowler said. Nine players were within five shots of the lead, and anything goes at this tournament. He holed a 30-foot birdie putt on the final hole for a 73 and was four shots behind. He didn't make birdie until the 15th hole and had to settle for a 72, leaving him eight shots behind. He holed an 18-foot birdie putt on the par-3 16th to take the lead, and he had another birdie putt from that range on the eighth hole.wftv.com
Sam Burns in contention in Las Vegas week after victory
LAS VEGAS — (AP) — Sam Burns won the Sanderson Farms Championship last week and is trying to put it behind him. Key to this week was not to let last week linger. “What we tried to do is just last week is last week,” he said. "This week is Shriners and preparing for this week, trying to make sure Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday that we are giving ourselves the best opportunity to play well this week. While Burns remained hot, that wasn't the case with some others who contended last week at the Country Club of Jackson.wftv.com
Sung Kang eagles last hole for 61 and 2-shot lead in Vegas
Sanderson Farms Golf Sung Kang of South Korea adjusts his glove prior to driving off the 18th tee during the second round of the Sanderson Farms Championship golf tournament in Jackson, Miss., Friday, Oct. 1, 2021. “Last few weeks I wasn't driving it very good, but my iron play was pretty sharp and my putting was pretty good,” Kang said. Las Vegas marked the return of six more Ryder Cup players on both teams, and the Europeans seemed to fare well. The par on his penultimate hole is what he savored because of the momentum he saved, especially with how he finished. He knew the eagle putt was good before it reached the hole.wftv.com
Henley shoots lowest round in 2 years to lead Wyndham
Wyndham Championship Golf Sung Kang hits out of a trap on the 18th hole during the first round of the Wyndham Championship golf tournament at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C. on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Chris Seward) (Chris Seward)GREENSBORO, N.C. — (AP) — Russell Henley shot an 8-under 62, his lowest round in more than two years, to take the lead Thursday in the suspended first round of the Wyndham Championship. He had with his lowest round on the tour since a career-low 61 at the John Deere Classic in 2019.Henley has played some solid golf of late. He was tied for the 36-hole lead at the U.S. Open in June, then had two straight top-20 finishes before missing the cut at the British Open. “I would like to play well this week and get a chance to play next week and keep getting my game into place,” Scott said.wftv.com
Tringale shoots 66 to top crowded 3M Open leaderboard
3M Open Golf Cameron Tringale acknowledges the crowd after finishing the third round in the lead at 12 under par in the 3M Open golf tournament in Blaine, Minn., Saturday, July 24, 2021. Tringale, who tied for third last year at the TPC Twin Cities, eagled the par-5 12th and had three birdies in a bogey-free round. Winless on the PGA Tour, the 33-year-old topped the crowded leaderboard at 12-under 201. He posted a 37 for a 66 that left him four strokes behind Tringale. It's currently ranked as the hardest par 5 on the PGA Tour.wftv.com
Fowler, Vegas, Merritt tied for 3M Open lead in Minnesota
3M Open Golf Rickie Fowler watches his tee shot on the second hole during the first round of the 3M Open golf tournament in Blaine, Minn., Thursday, July 22, 2021. Looking for a late push in the FedEx Cup standings, Fowler carried over the strong play Thursday with a 7-under 64 in the first round of the 3M Open. There are two weeks remaining after the 3M Open to qualify for the playoffs. Dustin Johnson, who withdrew with a back injury after an opening 78 in the 3M Open last year, opened with a 70. “I’ve seen this golf course now for about 20 years,” Merritt said.wftv.com
Fowler comes up short in bid for US Open as qualifying ends
Fowler had five holes to play Tuesday morning in the rain-delayed qualifier at Brookside and The Lakes, and he needed three birdies. From over the back of the 18th green, his chip was about a full turn short before peeling away to the right. Former major champions Padraig Harrington, Keegan Bradley and Jason Dufner were among those who joined Fowler at 5-under 139, one stroke short. He also missed from 15 feet for birdie on the 17th, all those putts snapping off hard at the hole. He was tied with Fowler when his approach to the 18th was 3 feet short of the hole, giving him a birdie to get into the playoff.wftv.com
Fowler faces uphill chase on long day of US Open qualifying
Schaake also was medalist at his local qualifying and will be making his Open debut. “I need to get ready for Torrey,” Schaake said. He played poorly while trying to qualify for the PGA Tour event this week at Congaree in South Carolina. He was an alternate for the U.S. Open qualifier at Long Cove Club in Hilton Head and thought about not even showing up. One spot is reserved in case a player were to win a second PGA Tour event since last June.wftv.com
Morikawa leads at Muirfield Village on day suspended by rain
Memorial Golf Xander Schauffele reacts after missing a putt on the 13th hole during the first round of the Memorial golf tournament, Thursday, June 3, 2021, in Dublin, Ohio. Morikawa felt good vibes from an old putter and posted a 6-under 66 in rain-softened conditions Thursday morning at the Memorial. That gave him a one-shot lead over Adam Long among early starters, with Xander Schauffele in the group two shots behind. The weather was bad enough that the first round was suspended twice, with only half the field finishing the round. He won a playoff at Muirfield Village last year in the Workday Charity Open, a one-time event to replace the pandemic-canceled John Deere Classic.wftv.com
Even on easier Ocean Course, low scores elusive at PGA
The Ocean Course played to a scoring average of 73.0, 2 1/2 shots easier than Friday's second round. Instead of moving, it felt like the major champions and world-class players chasing Mickelson were standing around watching him. Brooks Koepka's 69th shot of the day was a 7-foot putt for par that would have kept him tied with Mickelson. But this is a round where I'm walking up the 18th going, man, this could have been special today,” Spieth said. “If I were at 4 under and the lead was only 7, then things could be different,” Spieth said.wftv.com
Once a contender in majors, Fowler now needs help getting in
He goes into the PGA Championship having missed his last two cuts. Now it's back to playing golf and hitting shots.”The invitation to the PGA Championship was not surprising. He went three full seasons without winning as he coped with the first real struggle he's had in golf. “It's not like he's giving me bad information or we're working on the wrong things,” Fowler said. Fowler didn't bother to respond, even when pressed.wftv.com
This Masters tradition is a pictorial surprise for champions
Reed, who won in 2018, says he doesn't keep a lot of golf photos in his office or around the house in Houston. Kuchar rolled his putt up to 3 feet, Scheffler hit wedge to 40 feet for his fourth shot and Kuchar won the hole. Kuchar won his consolation match. Long won the British Amateur last summer and will play in the Masters next week. The Austrian Golf Open returns to the European Tour schedule and will be played the week after the Masters.
Jones wins Honda Classic by 5 shots, earns spot in Masters
Jones won the Honda Classic by five shots Sunday, a final round of 2-under 68 good enough to finish the week at 12-under 268 at PGA National. J.B. Holmes was in the final group with Jones, three shots back to start the day, and his chances were gone very quickly. He ended up with a costly final-round 79 for Holmes; second place, where he started the day, paid Hagy $763,000 while the tied-for-46th finish paid Holmes $19,070. AdHe went on to make double bogey there, and when Jones birdied the par-5 third Holmes’ deficit had gone from three to eight shots in about 45 minutes. “You can't get a tougher golf course to win on than this one, in these conditions," Jones said.
Jones survives a challenging day, takes 3-shot lead at Honda
“I'm happy to go low with the ball flight and I'm probably a little more conservative when the wind is up," Jones said. That’s when his woes started, and what became a nine-shot turnaround between he and Jones began. Jones grabbed a share of the lead with a birdie at the par-4 14th. And when Wise made bogey at the par-3 15th, Jones was the outright leader again. “Just keep doing what I'm doing," Jones said.
Big finish sends Garcia to big lead at Players Championship
Garcia thought he had plenty of time to get from the range to the 10th tee to start his round. Then he fired off a 7-under 65, capped off by a birdie-birdie-eagle finish for a two-shot lead over Brian Harman. AdWhen darkness brought the first round to a halt — 21 players didn't finish — there already were 13 scores of 80 or higher. “For some reason, it just kind of fits my eye,” said Garcia, who won The Players in 2008 and has twice been runner-up. British Open champion Shane Lowry took bogey on his final hole for a 68 and was tied with Corey Conners and Matt Fitzpatrick.
Better than most? One putt on the 17th that actually was
“I was standing on the wood at the back left of the green, right when you walk up there, just off the green,” Allenby said. A PGA Tour digital media specialist recently reviewed the entire broadcast and said it was never shown. One person who saw it was PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem, who had been returning from a meet-and-greet and paused to watch Allenby putt. MICKELSON 101Eight regular PGA Tour events did not have corporate sponsors in their title names. The British Open was not considered an official PGA Tour victory.
Spieth takes another step with a 67 to lead at Pebble Beach
Whether it's good golf or good breaks, it's making him feel a lot better about his game at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. He shot a 5-under 67 at Spyglass Hill on Friday for a one-shot lead over Daniel Berger going into the weekend. Berger shot a 66 at Pebble Beach by going 2-3-2 along the ocean on a day filled will sunshine and a Pacific breeze. Mickelson hit two shots in the ocean on the 18th at Pebble Beach and took a quadruple-bogey 9 for an 80. “It’s just when it happens, it’s obviously really nice.”The cut was at 1-under 143 after 36 holes on Pebble Beach and Spyglass.
Out of the Woods: Tiger emerges for TV match with Lefty, QBs
Another appeal to the Sunday made-for-TV exhibition, The Match: Champions for Charity, is a chance to see Tiger Woods swing a golf club for the first time in 98 days. One difference is the players will be in their own carts, whereas the four PGA Tour players last week carried their bags. Mickelson won their first made-for-TV match over Thanksgiving weekend in 2018, a pay-per-view event that ran into technical problems and was free for all. Woods was going for his seventh straight PGA Tour victory when Mickelson beat him at Torrey Pines in 2000. After this exhibition, golf has two weeks before the PGA Tour is set to return at Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas.
Networks have strong showing during busy sports weekend
(AP Photo/Jenna Fryer)Fans who had been starving for live sporting events had their appetites somewhat sated last weekend. Network executives knew the first weekend with multiple live events would draw good numbers but for the most part they exceeded expectations. It is also only the second weekend this season that Bundesliga matches were viewed by over 100,000 fans on Fox Sports 1. Fox's strong weekend continued with the NASCAR race at Darlington, South Carolina, averaging 6.32 million. Tirico anchored the golf coverage from his home in Michigan, while Mike Joy and Jeff Gordon called the NASCAR race from Charlotte.
Trump says back to normal in golf means big crowds, no masks
It was the first live golf on television since the COVID-19 pandemic shut down golf and other sports on March 12. We dont want them having to wear masks and be doing what weve been doing for the last number of months. McIlroy criticized Trump on the McKellar Journal podcast this week for politicizing the pandemic and says he would not play golf with him again. Tirico raised McIlroys name as being among those who have played with Trump and what they talk about on the golf course. I guess the ones that dont, I dont get to see as much.
McIlroy delivers the winner as live golf returns to TV
Rory McIlroy delivered the money shot Sunday as live golf returned to television for a Skins game that revealed plenty of rust and raised more than $5 million for COVID-19 relief funds. Down to the last shot, McIlroy barely stayed on the shelf left of the pin, measured at 13 feet. The final carryover gave McIlroy and Johnson $1.85 million for the American Nurses Foundation. Fowler's seven birdies were worth $270,000 in a separate fund from Farmers Insurance, while McIlroy made four birdies in regulation worth $175,000 and Wolff had three birdies for $135,000. The last live competition on TV was March 12, the first round of The Players Championship.
Live golf returns to TV with a different look at Seminole
(AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)Live golf returns to television on Sunday, and it might not look entirely familiar except for the players. The only rake on the golf course will be carried by a PGA Tour rules official. Farmers Insurance is pledging $1 million toward birdies and eagles that goes to healthcare workers, and PGA Tour Charities has an online donation program during the telecast. Within the golf community, the golf course is a big part of why people are excited about it, McIlroy said on the podcast. The PGA Tour has had 10 tournaments canceled or postponed since the last one completed, the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Tirico hosting live golf from 1,000 miles away
Tirico is one of many announcers who has had to trade the press box for a home office. Tirico will be in the corner of his office in Michigan, some 1,300 miles away. The soft return of golf includes testing for COVID-19, thermal readings, social distancing and limited access. Rich Lerner from Golf Channel is doing play by play, with NBC analysts Paul Azinger and Gary Koch. You could get a lot of people become Matt Wolff fans if he has the game he showed in Minnesota, Tirico said.