SAN FRANCISCO: Tiger Woods appears to have something new in store for this PGA Championship: his putter. Woods has won all but one of his 15 majors with a Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS, the putter he borrowed from Mark O'Meara in 1998 and never returned. The only other time he switched at a major was at St. Andrews in 2010, when he used a Nike Method. Woods has experimented with other putters since then, such as a TaylorMade variety in 2018 before going back to his regular putter at the Tour Championship, which he won. This week he has been working with a putter just like his Cameron Newport but with adjustable weights in the sole to adjust to
SAN FRANCISCO: Shane Lowry has gone from wondering when his British Open victory will finally sink in to thinking how long before he gets another shot at more glory. The 33-year-old won golf's last major championship by capturing the British Open at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland 13 months ago, making him golf's longest reigning major champion. "It is very strange times. The last sort of six or eight months, and yeah, I am the most recent major champion, although it doesn't feel like it because it was so long ago. "But I'm happy to be back playing a major championship." Golf's first major of 2020, the PGA Championship, will be contested this week without spectators at the TPC Harding
Tiger Woods. (USA TODAY Sports)SAN FRANCISCO: Tiger Woods is preparing for a journey into the unknown as he heads into this week's PGA Championship hunting for a 16th major championship against the surreal backdrop of a deserted course at TPC Harding Park. Throughout his career, the 44-year-old former world number one has become accustomed to roaring galleries following his every shot, providing a jolt of energy that Woods has fed off time and again. Yet this week's PGA Championship in San Francisco will be different. Restrictions imposed due to COVID-19 mean that the first major of 2020 will be a fan-free, muted affair. Woods got an early taste of his changed environment on Tuesday during a media briefing. Where in
Danielle Kang (AFP photo)WASHINGTON: Danielle Kang held off France's Celine Boutier over the final holes Sunday to win the LPGA Drive On Championship, the tour's first tournament since February after a COVID-19 shutdown. It was the fourth career title for the 27-year-old American, whose first win was a major, the 2017 Women's PGA Championship, and whose other two came at Shanghai in 2018 and 2019. "I worked really hard for the last seven months," Kang said. "I'm really excited right now." Kang fired a two-under par 70 to finish 54 holes at Iverness Club in Toledo, Ohio, on 7-under 209, one shot better than Boutier, who missed a four-foot birdie putt on the last hole that would have forced a
Justin Thomas (AFP photo)Justin Thomas clinched his 13th PGA Tour victory on Sunday, winning the WGC FedEx St. Jude Invitational by a three-stroke margin and claiming the world number-one ranking in the process. The 27-year-old American put up a near-flawless, five-under par 65 to win at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee, with a four-way tie for second place between Americans Daniel Berger, Phil Mickelson and returning champion Brooks Koepka, as well as England's Tom Lewis. Thomas and Koepka, who were 202 and 201 through 54 holes, respectively, went toe-to-toe in the final round, with Koepka draining a more than 39-foot putt for birdie on 17. But Thomas, who locked in four birdies on the front nine, kept his nerve for
Sam Horsfield. (AP Photo) LONDON: England's Sam Horsfield held his nerve to claim a maiden European Tour title at the English Open on Sunday. Horsfield took a one-shot lead into the final round and carded a closing 68 to finish 18 under par, a shot ahead of Belgium's Thomas Detry. Detry had recorded his ninth birdie of the day on the 17th to move into the lead for the first time, only to bogey the last after seeing his par putt from three feet catch the edge of the cup and stay out. That left Horsfield needing to play the last two holes in one under par. He birdied the 17th and after a cautious tee shot on the last,
Shubhankar Sharma. (Getty Images) BIRMINGHAM: India's Shubhankar Sharma tried hard but could not make the cut at the Hero Open here, missing out on weekend action in his first start since the return of competitive golf on the European Tour. The 24-year-old, who shot 73 in the first round, seemed to have put himself way off the cut line with three bogeys on the trot around the turn as he dropped shots on ninth, 10th and 11th holes at which point he was four-over for the tournament. The cut looked likely at two-under. Sharma produced four birdies, three in a row from 12th to 14th and one more on 17th, but failed to get any more and missed out. Sam
A flawless, six-under-par round propelled Danielle Kang into a first-round lead at the LPGA's inaugural Drive On Championship in Toledo, Ohio, heading into Saturday one stroke ahead of Jodi Ewart Shadoff. The 54-hole tournament at Inverness Club started on Friday in a fanless setting as the LPGA got back into action after the coronavirus outbreak forced the suspension of play following the Women's Australia Open on Feb. 16. World number four Kang (66), who won the Women's PGA Championship in 2017, put up six birdies and told reporters she was happy to be back in competition after not working with her caddie for six months. "I would say I just didn't have any hiccups on any part of the game,"
Brendon Todd used a red-hot putter to claim sole ownership of the lead at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational in Memphis on Friday, sitting two strokes ahead of Rickie Fowler after the second round. World number 51 Todd, who won two PGA Tour titles on consecutive starts last November, carded a bogey-free, five-under-par 65 at TPC Southwind for an 11-under halfway total. The 35-year-old American, who converted an impressive 50-foot birdie putt over a slope at the par-three 14th, walked off the course feeling better than ever heading into the weekend. "In my whole life, this is definitely the most confident I've ever felt with my golf game. It's probably the most versatile I've ever been ball-striking-wise," said Todd. "I
HONG KONG: The restart of golf's Asian Tour was thrown into jeopardy on Friday as Japan's Panasonic Open became the latest tournament to be cancelled, leaving just one event scheduled for the rest of this year. Officials blamed "disruptions caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic" for the scrapping of the event, which was scheduled to run in September. After the Taiwan Masters was axed earlier this month, only the Shinhan Donghae Open in South Korea remains on the 2020 schedule, which has been frozen since March because of the coronavirus. Asian Tour commissioner and chief executive Cho Minn Thant called the latest cancellation "unfortunate", lamenting the "challenging circumstances the world is experiencing in 2020". The Asian Tour has so far
BIRMINGHAM: Indian golfer Shubhankar Sharma will compete for the first time in over four months when he tees off at the Hero Open starting here on Thursday. Sharma celebrated his 24th birthday last week. The event also marks the first time an Indian company will be sponsoring a full-fledged professional golf event in Europe. The event carries a prize purse of one million euros. Sharma was looking forward to the Hero Indian Open before it became one of the many events to be cancelled or postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. "The travel (from India to UK) was different from what I have done so far. I needed some safeguards, resembling a space suit to reach Birmingham. Now that I
The PGA Tour enters its eighth week of its return to golf with another modification to its guidelines for positive coronavirus tests and a gradual broadening of who gets to attend tournaments. The updates on the test protocols means the end of grouping players who have recovered from the coronavirus _ or having them play alone _ and excluding them from PCR testing, which detects whether a person is actively infected, for three months from when they first experienced symptoms. The tour originally said three weeks ago, based on guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that players or caddies who tested positive with symptoms could return after 10 days of isolation and at least 72 hours without
SYDNEY: This year's Australian Open Golf Championship was postponed Tuesday because of the coronavirus pandemic but officials said they were hoping to restage the event early in 2021. Melbourne's Kingston Heath Golf Club had been due to host the 105th edition of the historic championship, the world's fifth oldest professional golf tournament, in November. But with the country battling a surge in COVID-19 cases and the game's stars facing major tournaments moved to later in 2020, Golf Australia operations manager Simon Brookhouse said they would instead look at a "January to March 2021 window". The US Masters, originally scheduled for April, will now be played in Augusta from November 12-15. Coupled with COVID-19 travel restrictions and quarantine measures, that means
Michael Thompson holds the trophy after winning the 3M Open (AP Photo)American Michael Thompson won the 3M Open in Blaine, Minnesota on Sunday by two strokes to claim his second career PGA Tour victory and his first in seven years. The 35-year-old was solid throughout the tournament and didn't buckle under pressure, sinking a 12-foot putt on the par-five 18th to seal the win under sunny skies at TPC Twin Cities. "It has been a long time," an emotional Thompson said after his round of four-under 67. "I'm really sad my wife and kids aren't here to celebrate this with me. I can't wait to see them. Babe, I love you," he said. Thompson, who was tied for the lead
Arjun Atwal. (USA TODAY Sports)BLAINE: India's Arjun Atwal squandered early momentum in the third round, registering a mediocre even-par 71 score to slip to tied 62nd at the 3M Open golf tournament here. Two chip-in birdies gave Atwal the momentum he needed at the start of the third round, but was unable to keep it going. He began with a flourish with three birdies in his first six holes on the back side of the course, but he not only gave away those gains on 18th, first and third, but was also unable to get any more birdies to slip from T-51 to T-62 on Saturday. Meanwhile, Michael Thompson and Richy Werenski, playing together in the third round, shot 68
LOS ANGELES: The United States has scrapped its 14-day quarantine for overseas PGA Tour golfers, but that's not enough to convince former world No. 1 Lee Westwood to get on an airplane and fly to America. The US federal government decided Friday that professional golfers no longer must quarantine for two weeks because the USPGA Tour has put in place numerous safety and health measures such as regular testing for the coronavirus. The lifting of the restrictions opens the door for travelling non-Americans to enter the first major championship of 2020 in San Francisco on August 6 and next week's WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational in Tennessee. But the attraction of playing in a major is not enough to sway Westwood,
Richy Werenski (AFP Photo)Richy Werenski, in search of his first PGA Tour victory, birdied the final hole to grab a one-shot lead after the first round of the 3M Open in Blaine, Minnesota, on Thursday while Tony Finau was two shots off the pace. Werenski, who has one top-10 finish in 12 PGA Tour starts this season, carded an eight-under-par 63 at TPC Twin Cities to sit one shot clear of fellow American Michael Thompson. "I just played solid golf. The tee ball wasn't as good as I wanted it to be, but found some fairways and took advantage with my irons," said Werenski, who hit 14 of 18 greens in regulation. "My irons were really good." Werenski capped his
LOS ANGELES: US golf legend Jack Nicklaus said on Sunday that he and his wife Barbara tested positive for the coronavirus back in March and both recovered. The 80-year-old Nicklaus, winner of a record 18 major titles, revealed the experience on the television broadcast of the US PGA Tour's Memorial tournament, which Nicklaus hosts at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio. He said his wife had no virus symptoms, while he dealt with a sore throat and cough from March 13 "until we were done with it" more than a month later. "It didn't last very long, and we were very, very fortunate, very lucky," said Nicklaus, who noted that he and his wife, both 80, are at an "at-risk age"
LOS ANGELES: Jon Rahm became the first Spaniard since Seve Ballesteros in 1989 to hold golf's world number one ranking, fending off a late challenge Sunday to win the US PGA Memorial tournament. Rahm holed out an amazing 31-foot chip shot at the par-3 16th and, despite a two-stroke penalty that turned it from a birdie to a bogey, took a three-stroke victory over American Ryan Palmer that boosted him over Rory McIlroy atop the rankings. "I don't know how to describe it," Rahm said. "It has been a goal since I was 13-, 14- years-old." Rahm was among the Spanish youth inspired by the feats of Ballesteros, a five-time major champion who died in 2011 at age 54 of
(AP photo)Tiger Woods said his back was feeling better but his game remained a little out of sorts after carding a third-round one-under 71 at the Memorial Tournament in steamy Dublin, Ohio on Saturday, leaving him 11 shots off the overnight leaders. Competing in a PGA Tour event for the first time in five months, Woods has looked both good and bad with a second-round four-over 76 on Friday sandwiched between 71s. A five-times champion on the Jack Nicklaus designed Muirfield Village layout, Woods said his troublesome back was an issue during a plodding second round. Yet he complained of a general lack of competitive sharpness on Saturday as his bid for a record-breaking 83rd tour title drifted out of
WASHINGTON: Jon Rahm, chasing the world number one ranking, birdied four of the last six holes to seize a four-stroke lead after Saturday's third round of the US PGA Memorial tournament. The 25-year-old Spaniard birdied four holes in a row starting at the 13th, surging while Tony Finau stumbled from the lead on the back nine, to take command after 54 holes at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio. Rahm, whose most recent victory came at the European Tour's November season finale in Dubai, fired a four-under par 68 to stand on 12-under 204 with Americans Finau and Ryan Palmer sharing second on 208 after 73s. "I was perfectly happy making pars," Rahm said. "When I had that in mind, once
Tiger Woods. (AP Photo) WASHINGTON: Tiger Woods overcame nagging back issues to fire a one-under-par 71 in Saturday's third round of the US PGA Memorial tournament, feeling better after barely making the cut. The 44-year-old reigning Masters champion, playing his first tournament since finishing 68th last February at Riviera, stood on two-over 218 after 54 holes at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio. "Overall I felt I played well, controled the ball well," Woods said. "I hit one really bad shot at three, but overall it was a good solid day." World number 14 Woods, a five-time Memorial champion, plunked his approach at the par-4 third into the water and made bogey, but answered with eight-foot birdie putts at the fifth
WASHINGTON: Reigning Masters champion Tiger Woods struggled with back issues on his way to a four-over par 76 on Friday, but avoided missing the cut at the Memorial tournament for the first time. The 44-year-old superstar, playing his first PGA event since February after a tour shutdown in March over the coronavirus pandemic, had never missed the cut in 17 prior starts at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio. But the 15-time major winner, whose total ranks second only to the 18 won by Memorial host Jack Nicklaus, made five bogeys and a double-bogey against three birdies in round two after an opening 71 on Thursday and had a long afternoon wait to know that record would remain intact. "Not very
File image of Tiger Woods (AFP Photo)Tiger Woods, in his first competitive event in five months, headlines a stellar field at the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio, this week seeking a PGA Tour record 83rd career victory. The event at Muirfield Village Golf Club, where Woods has won a record five times, includes the top five players in the world rankings and a red-hot Bryson DeChambeau, who is riding a streak of seven consecutive top-10 finishes. Woods skipped several events with back issues since his last PGA Tour start, where he finished last among those who made the cut, but the 15-times major champion said physically he is now in a much better place. "Back was just not quite loose.
KUALA LUMPUR: The Asian Tour said on Wednesday September's Taiwan Masters has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. "The decision to cancel Taiwan Masters was based on health and safety concerns as well as international travel restrictions on players ..." the Asian Tour said in a statement. "The tournament will now be staged in 2021 in its traditional time slot." The tournament had been due to be held at the Taiwan Golf and Country Club from Sept. 17-20. Thailand's Suradit Yongcharoenchai won the title last year for his Asian Tour breakthrough victory. The Tour, which was halted in March, last month announced plans to resume the season in September with the Shinhan Donghae Open in South Korea.
Tiger Woods makes his long-awaited return to competitive golf at the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio this week and no golfer will feel the impact of the strange new spectatorless world created by COVID-19 than the 15-time major winner. For his whole career Woods, one of sport's most recognisable personalities, has been the focus of the golfing world. He is followed by massive galleries and battalions of reporters, photographers and television cameras wherever he plays. But when he steps onto the first tee at Muirfield Village Golf Club on Thursday for his first competitive round in five months the only sound is likely to be chirping birds, with the PGA Tour having banned spectators for all events this season. "I've
File image of Tiger Woods (AFP Photo)Tiger Woods will tee off alongside Brooks Koepka and Rory McIlroy at the Memorial Tournament this week, as the 15-time major winner returns to the PGA Tour for the first time since the novel coronavirus lockdown. The 44-year-old reigning Masters champion is one victory shy of a PGA Tour record 83 wins and last competed in February, before being sidelined with back issues. Woods has won the Memorial, one of the highest profile, non-major events on the PGA Tour, a record five times. Koepka will look to rebound after missing the cut last week at the Workday Charity Open, with McIlroy aiming to add another victory to his season after winning the WGC-HSBC Champions.
The PGA Tour will conduct the rest of its season without fans after the circuit's three playoff events announced on Monday that they will be contested without spectators due to the COVID-19 outbreak. In three separate statements, The Northern Trust in Norton Massachusetts, BMW Championships in Olympia Fields, Illinois and Tour Championship in Atlanta, Georgia all confirmed the events would be closed to the general public. The decisions by the three tournaments, which determine the season's champion, follow similar announcements from the other remaining PGA Tour events on the circuit's revamped schedule. "These decisions are never easy, and we would like to thank the city of Atlanta and PGA Tour headquarters for their extensive collaboration as we arrived at what
Collin Morikawa (AFP Photo)LOS ANGELES: American Collin Morikawa tapped in a putt on the third playoff hole to out-duel Justin Thomas in a wild Sunday finish and capture the US PGA Tour Workday Charity Open. Morikawa, who had been the pacesetter through the first two rounds, rallied from three strokes down with three holes remaining to force the playoff at Muirfield Village Golf Club. He then stayed alive by draining a 24-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole immediately after third-round leader Thomas had made a jaw-dropping 50-foot putt for birdie. "Amazing," said the 23-year-old Morikawa, who carded a final round 66 to finish on 19-under par 269 and won for the second time on the US PGA Tour.
LOS ANGELES: The 2020 Ryder Cup will be postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, ESPN reported on Tuesday, saying an official announcement is expected Wednesday. Citing a source not authorized to speak publicly, ESPN said the biennial match play showdown between the United States and Europe, scheduled for September 25-27 at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin, will be delayed until a similar date in 2021. "There will not be a Ryder Cup this year," the source told the US sports news outlet. "The Ryder Cup will go to 2021, the Presidents Cup to 2022 and then they will alternate from there." The PGA of America and European Tour are expected to release the information officially on Wednesday. The
LONDON: The women's British Open will go ahead without fans in August at Royal Troon, the R&A said on Tuesday. The tournament from August 20-23 will be the first women's major to take place this year. "The AIG Women's British Open is important to the success of women's professional golf," R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers said in a statement. "We have been working closely with our title sponsor AIG, Visit Scotland, Royal Troon and our key advisors to find a way for the Championship to be played safely this year. "We believe that playing the Women's British Open is a significant step for players whose playing opportunities have been severely impacted this year." The first women's golf major scheduled for
MUMBAI: You sure can come across some strange sights along the railway tracks in Mumbai, but spotting a pro golfer working on his short game has got to be a first of sorts. For the past few days, Anil Mane, a 10-year veteran on the Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI), and a small group of caddies, all employees of the Bombay Presidency Golf Club (BPGC), have taken to a small stretch of grassy land along the railway tracks at Vashi Naka to resume practice. And as you can imagine, they have caught the eye of more than a few curious onlookers in the process. "No one here has seen this game before and they like to see it. It's
Bryson DeChambeau posing with the trophy (AFP Photo)WASHINGTON: Bryson DeChambeau held off overnight leader Matthew Wolff down the stretch on Sunday, firing a final-round 65 to capture the Rocket Mortgage Classic by three strokes on Sunday. DeChambeau continued his storybook start to the pandemic-stunted season, finishing the week at 23-under 265 to claim his sixth career win on the USPGA Tour. He quickly erased Wolff's three-shot lead to start the day on the front nine but needed three straight closing birdies to seal the victory in a back-nine duel. The 21-year-old Wolff, who was trying to become the youngest two-time winner on the Tour since Tiger Woods in 1996, birdied four of his final six holes to shoot a 71.
Arjun Atwal (AFP Photo)DETROIT: Indian golfer Arjun Atwal put on a master class as he drove well to fire a six-under 66 in the third round of the Rocket Mortgage Classic to end the day at Tied 18th, here. At one stage he went from the cut line to shared-lead for a very brief period. When he finished, Atwal was Tied-4th but later as the others teed off and took advantage of a low-scoring day, which coincided with the American Independence Day, Atwal ended T-18 after 54 holes. Atwal (68-69-66) is now 11-under. "A pity it had to finish like that with a three-putt, just like the start. That's three, three-putts this week and two in a single day," he
Matthew Wolff (Reuters Photo)WASHINGTON: American Matthew Wolff had nine birdies in an eight-under 64 to take a three-shot lead at the Rocket Mortgage Classic, where Bryson DeChambeau bombed his way up the leaderboard. The 21-year-old Wolff, who is seeking his second USPGA Tour title, eagled the par-five 14th then seized the lead with a birdie on the next hole to reach 18-under. Wolff closed with his ninth birdie of the round on 18 to reach 19-under 197, three shots ahead of fellow Americans DeChambeau and Ryan Armour heading into Sunday's final round at the Detroit Golf Club. World No. 10 DeChambeau and veteran Armour are tied for second after both shooting 67s to get to 16-under 200. Wolff, who missed
Chris Kirk and Webb Simpson (Photo by Keyur Khamar/PGA TOUR)WASHINGTON: Chris Kirk, seeking his first USPGA Tour title since 2015, and recent winner Webb Simpson shared the lead Friday after the second round of the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit, Michigan. Kirk, 35, walked away from golf last year, sidelining himself for seven months to address depression and alcohol abuse. He grabbed a share of the halfway lead at Detroit Golf Club with a seven-under par 65 that included a birdie hole out from a bunker at the 11th and a chip-in for birdie at the 12th. He had opened his round with three straight birdies and was 13 under for the tournament before a bogey at 18 capped his
NEW DELHI: Indian Open, the biggest golf tournament the country hosts, was on Friday cancelled owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. The tournament, co-sanctioned by the European Tour, was earlier scheduled to be held from March 19 to 22 in Gurugram but was postponed. The women's Indian Open was also cancelled on Tuesday due to the pandemic. "Keeping in mind the health and safety of everyone as top most priority, we have decided to cancel this year's Hero Indian Open," Devang Shah, chairman of the Indian Golf Union (IGU), told PTI. "We have made the decision after due consultation with our sanctioning partner European Tour." Shah said they had planned to host the event sometime in October but were forced to
DETROIT: Webb Simpson is competing on the PGA Tour again after his family had a coronavirus scare. One of Simpson's daughters tested positive for COVID-19, leading to him withdrawing from last week's tournament as a precaution. "The first test was positive, but (she) got tested again by the more accurate tests, along with my other four kids and my wife, and everyone was negative," Simpson said Wednesday, a day before the first round of the Rocket Mortgage Classic. "So we felt confident that she never had it." Simpson, who leads the tour in FedEx Cup points and scoring average, is attempting to become the PGA Tour's first player with three victories during this pandemic-interrupted year. Most importantly, the No. 6
DETROIT: Indian golfer Arjun Atwal tested negative for COVID-19 in an on-arrival test ahead of this week's Rocket Mortgage Classic on the PGA Tour, leaving him relieved and excited in equal measure as he geared up to compete amid the health crisis. Flying into the venue on a commercial flight, Atwal joked, "I am glad it was not a test in Math." "The first thing was a test on arrival. No going to the course or the range, till the test came through. I had to wait for close to hours, but in a sense felt relieved at all these precautions." Atwal will play the first two rounds with Matt Jones and Michael Thompson and tee off in the first
NEW YORK: American Chad Campbell is the sixth US PGA Tour player to test positive for COVID-19 as the tour heads into the fourth week of its restart after a three-month shutdown. The tour said in a statement that Campbell had withdrawn from this week's Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit, where he was the first alternate, after he tested positive as part of the pre-tournament screening process. Campbell, a four-time tour winner, missed the cut at the first tournament since the coronavirus shutdown ended at Colonial three weeks ago and hadn't played since. He will now enter self-isolation per tour guidelines and must be cleared medically before he can compete again. "While the positive test result is unnerving, I am
GURUGRAM: The Hero Women's Indian Open golf tournament was on Tuesday cancelled in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. The tournament, co-sanctioned by the Ladies European Tour in 2010, was scheduled for October. It will now return to the Gary Player Course at DLF Golf and Country Club in Gurugram in October next year. The Ladies European Tour (LET) and Women's Golf Association of India (WGAI) said "keeping the health and safety as top priority" such a decision became necessary. "It was a very difficult decision, but the right one under the present circumstances of the ongoing pandemic. With no likelihood of any respite in the foreseeable future, safeguarding the health and well being of all players, officials and spectators is
Dustin Johnson poses with the trophy (AFP Photo)NEW YORK: A pair of bogeys on the back nine and a rain delay were not enough to derail Dustin Johnson, who shot 19 under par to win the Travelers Championship by one stroke in Cromwell, Connecticut, on Sunday. The 2016 U.S. Open champion fended off fellow American Kevin Streelman after shooting a career-low 61 the day prior, claiming his 21st PGA title to mark his 13th consecutive season with at least one victory. "I’m definitely proud of myself for continuing the streak… it was a long time between wins though – hopefully it won’t be that long for the next one," Johnson said in a televised interview. He narrowly avoided disaster on
NEW YORK: The PGA Tour said Saturday it is beefing up safety protocols for upcoming tournaments following a rash of positive coronavirus tests at this week's Travelers Championship. The tour said in a statement that as of next week's Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit, no players, caddie or other individual will be allowed inside the "bubble" until first being cleared via a negative COVID-19 test. Previously players and caddies were allowed to be on site to practice as they awaited test results, but were not allowed to use any indoor facilities. "The Tour is taking that precaution one step further to add an additional safety measure in that no player nor caddie will be on site - anywhere - to
Phil Mickelson (AFP photo)NEW YORK: Phil Mickelson, making his first US PGA Tour start since turning 50, fired a seven-under-par 63 on Friday to seize the lead in the Travelers Championship in Connecticut. The five-time major winner was the star of a marquee group that also featured world number one Rory McIlroy and Bryson DeChambeau, shaking off an early bogey to card eight birdies and build a 13-under par total of 127. He was one stroke in front of overnight leader Mackenzie Hughes of Canada and morning pacesetter Will Gordon. Mickelson finished in style, nearly holing his approach shot at 18 and tapping in for a closing birdie. It marks the first time in a career includes 44 PGA Tour
Cameron Champ has withdrawn from this week's event in Cromwell, Connecticut, after he tested positive for COVID-19 during pre-tournament screening, the PGA Tour said on Tuesday. Champ, a two-times winner on the PGA Tour, is the second known member of the circuit to test positive for the novel coronavirus following fellow American golfer Nick Watney's positive test last Friday. "I feel great physically and I was obviously surprised and disappointed to learn of the test result," Champ said in a PGA Tour news release. "It's important now to take the necessary steps and measures to protect others, including my loved ones." The PGA Tour said it is expected to release full testing results at the completion of the pre-tournament testing
LONDON: Former England captain Michael Vaughan criticised UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday over the "nonsense" of upholding the ban on the recreational game due to the coronavirus. Social tennis and golf are now allowed in England, but amateur cricketers continue to wait beyond the boundary. "We're still working on ways to make cricket more COVID-secure, but we can't change the guidance yet," Johnson told Parliament on Tuesday as he announced an easing of virus restrictions on pubs and restaurants. Greg Clark, an MP in the governing Conservative Party, asked Johnson about the return of cricket. "Cricket is perhaps our most socially distanced team sport," said Clark. Johnson, however, replied: "The problem with cricket as everybody understands, that the
Reuters PhotoPUNE: The professional golfers’ worst fear seems to be coming true as the national body, PGTI, has arrived at a consensus to extend the current season into 2021. The conclusion effectively means the domestic circuit is unlikely to resume this year. The PGTI Board members, who met via video conference late on Monday to “assess the current situation and decide on the way forward”, agreed that in the current health situation across the country, it would be in the best interest of the Tour to carry forward the current season to next year. “The COVID-19 guidelines prescribe 14-day quarantine, no food or water to be allowed on the course and changing rooms can’t be used. Social distancing is not
LOS ANGELES: The PGA Championship will be held in August but without fans, after California health officials on Monday gave the green light to the first major championship of 2020, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. The tournament scheduled for August 6-9 in San Francisco had hoped to attract up to 40,000 fans a day at Harding Park golf course but that was before the USPGA Tour was shutdown because of the coronavirus outbreak. The PGA Championship, which is run by the PGA of America, was originally scheduled to take place in May. Harding Park last held a PGA event in 2015 and has never hosted a major championship. Construction on grandstands were already underway when the Tour was shutdown in
Rory McIlroy (AFP photo)Rory McIlroy's seven-under-par 63 in the second round at Colonial on Friday suggests he has adjusted to golf without the galleries, though the world No. 1 says the silence that meets his birdie putts took some getting used to. The PGA Tour returned to action for the first time in three months amid the COVID-19 pandemic at the spectator-free Charles Schwab Challenge on Thursday. McIlroy, 31, was tied for 39th after the opening day at Colonial Country Club but picked up the pace in the second round, flirting with the course record before taking a bogey at his last hole -- the ninth. He sits on nine-under 131, two strokes behind leader Harold Varner III. "I think
MIAMI: Tiger Woods says while his surgically repaired back may never be 10-out-of-10 again, it won't stop him from being healthy and ready to go when the PGA Tour starts up again. The 44-year-old Woods says he's been able to use the down time during the coronavirus pandemic to get himself in shape for an expected condensed fall golf season. "It is going to be interesting," said Woods during a four-man charity golf tournament in Florida on Sunday. "I am used to trying to peak for majors in April, May, June and July, forever. Now this (COVID-19) has changed everything. It is fluid. It is on the fly." Asked to rate how his back feels on a scale of one to 10, Woods said,
BENGALURU: The LPGA Tour’s decision on Thursday that golfers will keep their status for 2021 has come as a huge relief for Bengaluru’s Aditi Ashok, the lone Indian on the biggest tour. With the 2020 season hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, only four events were held, the last of it over three months ago. “It’s a great move by the tour. It was obviously inevitable with the international nature of the LPGA. Every player is almost from a different country, so it would have been hard to coordinate with players and their country’s regulations,” said Aditi, whose last event was the Women’s NSW Open on the Ladies European Tour. “It’s a huge relief for sure. It’s one thing less that we have
MIAMI: LPGA players will be free to decide whether or not they want to use a caddie when the tour gets up and running amid the coronavirus pandemic. Players are being given the option of carrying their own golf bags for the remainder of the 2020 season as part of the LPGA Tour's new safety guidelines, the Golf Channel reported on Thursday. The tour is scheduled to restart on July 23 at the Marathon Classic in Sylvania, Ohio. Many of the players don't want to commit to the same caddie for the entire season so individual tournaments often provide local ones. "This temporary option is meant primarily to avoid the local caddie situation where a player may have health concerns working with someone who
NEW DELHI: Keeping the government guidelines in mind and their clubs in hand, India's top golfers returned to practice at courses across the country after weeks of inactivity brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. The golfers were were without their caddies, though. At the Delhi Golf Club, Shiv Kapur was seen playing with old friend, Gaurav Ghei. Kapur and Ghei have both won at the DGC, have been friends for more than 20 years and have practically learnt all their golf at the famed course, situated at the heart of the national capital. Both were masked up. There was no backslapping, no handshakes, just an 'Air Fives' to acknowledge each other's good shot. No usual snacks and coffee or lime juice. Just a goodbye
CHANDIGARH: As Chandigarh Golf Club threw open its sprawling greens on Wednesday after relaxation of lockdown guidelines, ace golfer Jeev Milkha Singh said he was excited to have his first swing after two months but predicted no tournaments in the near future. The club was thrown open after the central government announced a slew of relaxations in the fourth phase of the nationwide lockdown. However, barring the golf course, all other facilities like gymnasium and restaurants will remain close. "I am really glad, this was something different. I am excited to be back on the golf course after two months. I thank God that I was able to play the game I love playing, which has given me recognition, chance to represent
NEW YORK: The US Golf Association is cancelling qualifying for the US Open, which remains scheduled for Winged Foot in Mamaroneck, New York, in September. The major championship was originally set for June 18-21 at Winged Foot, and postponed as part of the major revision of the international golf calendar in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. While the US Open remains on course for September 17-20, the USGA said that the usual local, sectional and final qualifying would not take place. "As you can imagine, this was an incredibly difficult decision, as qualifying is a cornerstone of USGA championships," said John Bodenhamer, senior managing director of Championships for the USGA. The governing body said the fields for the US Open and the US