Column: At the Masters, it’s not the players who are stars

Sports 04/07/19, 09:25

The not-quite-ready-for-prime-time Thanksgiving exhibition with Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson produced such bad golf that Mickelson and country singer Jake Owen traded barbs about it a day later at Jordan Spieth's wedding.Owen said it was so bad he deserved a refund. He told Barstool Sports' "Fore Play" podcast that Mickelson, ...

Ko takes 1-shot lead over Kim into ANA Inspiration finale

Golf 04/06/19, 20:34

Jin Young Ko turned a four-stroke deficit into a five-stroke lead in 10 holes at the ANA Inspiration. She nearly gave it all back, setting up a final-round shootout in the first major championship of the golf season.Ko ended up with a one-shot advantage over second-round leader In-Kyung Kim, shooting ...

Kupcho wins at Augusta National with charge on back 9

Sports 04/06/19, 14:00

NCAA champion Jennifer Kupcho became the first woman to win at Augusta National with a charge on the back nine so often seen at the home of the Masters.Trailing by two with six holes to play, Kupcho boldly went for the green on the par-5 13th that set up eagle. ...

Anniversary look at past Masters champions

Golf 04/06/19, 08:14

A look at some of the anniversaries this year at the Masters:75 years ago (1944): Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts decided after the 1942 Masters to stop the tournament for the rest of World War II. According to the Augusta Chronicle, the club's greenskeeper raised turkey and cattle on the ...

A tough fifth hole gets a little longer, harder

Golf 04/06/19, 01:27

Tucked away on the far end of Augusta National is the toughest par 4 on the front nine.For this Masters, it has become a little tougher.The fifth hole, a slight dogleg to the left, was untouched for 30 years until the club extended the two bunkers left of the fairway ...

Masters memories come to life for women amateurs

Golf 04/05/19, 16:58

Moments after Marta Perez teed off in a practice round unlike any other, she ventured to the right of the 10th fairway at Augusta National to see where Bubba Watson hit that 40-yard hook with a sand wedge in 2012 that won the Masters.After so many Masters memories in front ...

In-Kyung Kim back on top at ANA, 7 years after 1-foot miss

Golf 04/05/19, 16:35

Seven years after missing a 1-foot putt on the final hole of regulation and losing a playoff, In-Kyung Kim was back on top at the ANA Inspiration.Kim shot a 7-under 65 in mostly calm morning conditions Friday at Mission Hills to take a three-stroke lead halfway through the second round ...

Masters: 15 contenders for a precious green jacket

Golf 04/05/19, 09:42

A capsule look at 15 top contenders for the Masters, to be played April 11-14 (listed in predicted order of finish):RICKIE FOWLERAge: 30.Country: United States.World ranking: 8.Worldwide victories: 8.Majors: None.Masters appearances: 8.Best Masters: Runner-up in 2018.Masters memory: Making birdie on the 18th hole in 2018 for his best finish. He ...

Kim leads by 1 after 1st round at Valero Texas Open

Sports 04/04/19, 18:41

Si Woo Kim birdied five of his final eight holes Thursday for a 6-under 66 and the first-round lead at the Valero Texas Open.Kim, the 2017 Players Championship winner, leads by a shot over Abraham Ancer, J.T. Poston, Brian Stuard and Jhonattan Vegas. He's two ahead of a group that ...

Lexi Thompson tied for early lead at ANA Inspiration

Sports 04/04/19, 16:26

Lexi Thompson birdied the final two holes Thursday for a 3-under 69 and a share of ANA Inspiration lead halfway through the opening round of the first major championship of the year.The 2014 champion was tied with Jin Young Ko and Hyo Joo Kim after the morning wave at Mission ...

Woods, McIlroy have Masters on mind for different reasons

Golf 04/04/19, 02:01

The Masters should have been the first major Rory McIlroy won.Now it is the only one he is missing.Augusta National was thought to be the domain of Tiger Woods when he won four green jackets before turning 30.FILE - In this April 12, 2015, file photo, Tiger Woods tees off ...

Stacy Lewis thinks motherhood has mellowed her — a bit

Sports 04/03/19, 16:21

Stacy Lewis thinks motherhood has mellowed her — a bit."Maybe a little bit more even keel and low key," Lewis said at the ANA Inspiration, the major championship that begins Thursday at Mission Hills. "Maybe that will help on the golf course. I don't know. Life is so different. I ...

Kupcho, Campos share lead in Augusta Women’s Amateur

Golf 04/03/19, 15:46

NCAA champion Jennifer Kupcho of Wake Forest was first to tee off in the inaugural Augusta National Women's Amateur and kept right on going until she had a 4-under 68 for a share of the lead after the opening round Wednesday.Zoe Campos, a 16-year-old Californian, birdied the last hole at ...

Another clutch 6-iron for McDowell leads to big win

Golf 04/02/19, 16:37

Two of the most significant shots Graeme McDowell has hit in his career were a 6-iron, for different reasons and on entirely different stages.The most famous was on the 16th hole at Celtic Manor in 2010 at Ryder Cup, which came down to the final match between McDowell and Hunter ...

Column: Masters perfect week to forget golf squabbles

Golf 04/02/19, 14:06

The Masters can't get here soon enough.Not because Tiger Woods is only six months removed from a victory in Georgia (East Lake) as he tries to end 11 years without a major and 14 years since he last won a green jacket. Or because Rory McIlroy won The Players Championship, ...

Kevin Kisner wins Match Play, beating Matt Kuchar 3 and 2

Golf 03/31/19, 20:54

Kevin Kisner made it to the Dell Technologies Match Play final for the second straight year, and this time he got it right.A week that began with a loss ended with the biggest victory of Kisner's career when he holed a 20-foot birdie putt to close out Matt Kuchar, 3 ...

Nasa Hataoka wins Kia Classic for 3rd LPGA Tour victory

Golf 03/31/19, 20:26

Nasa Hataoka won the Kia Classic on Sunday at Aviara Golf Club for her third victory in her last 16 LPGA Tour starts.The 20-year-old Japanese player closed with a 5-under 67 for a three-stroke victory over playing partner Inbee Park, top-ranked Sung Hyun Park, Jin Young Ko, Azahara Munoz and ...

Kisner, Kuchar make it an All-American final at Match Play

Sports 03/31/19, 13:26

Kevin Kisner outlasted British Open champion Francesco Molinari and reached the Dell Technologies Match Play final.It's the second straight year for Kisner to reach the championship match at Austin Country Club, and the second straight year for an All-American final. Matt Kuchar won his semifinal match Sunday morning against Lucas ...

Kuchar, Garcia caught in flap over putt not conceded

Golf 03/30/19, 19:44

Sergio Garcia had an 8-foot putt to win the hole and left it 4 inches short, a frustrating miss.Worse yet was what followed. Such a tap-in typically is conceded in the Dell Technologies Match Play, and the Spaniard walked up and casually rapped it left-handed. The ball spun around the ...

Spieth fights back but eliminated on final hole

Golf 03/29/19, 19:37

Jordan Spieth spent his day fighting from behind. By the time he came to the 18th green Friday, he didn't have enough shots left to make to the weekend.By only a matter of inches.Spieth rallied from 4 down after four holes to push all the way to the final green ...

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