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  • Dustin Johnson cruises to Riviera win, becomes golf's new No. 1 player

    Ryan Ballengee at Devil Ball Golf 1 hr ago

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    Dustin Johnson won for the 10th consecutive season on Sunday, cruising to a five-shot win in the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club to become the 20th player in golf history to assume the top spot in the Official World Golf Ranking.

    Johnson played 36 holes on Sunday, lapping the field in the third round with a 7-under 64 that effectively put the tournament out of reach. He reached 20 under par in the final round, which is the long-standing tournament scoring record belonging to Lanny Wadkins. However, Johnson retreated in the final 10 holes, playing in 3 over par. Nevertheless, the walk up the 18th fairway was a care-free one as Johnson notched his 13th PGA Tour victory with a final-round 71 and a 17-under 267 total.

    This marks the 10th consecutive season that Johnson has won on the PGA Tour, the longest active streak. He joins a select company of seven players who enjoyed streaks that long to start their careers.

    “I believe in myself, I think I’m a great player,” he said. “The best in the world, I mean until now I probably wouldn’t have said I was the best in the world, but now I can say it.

  • Rory McIlroy teed it up with President Trump over the weekend

    Ryan Ballengee at Devil Ball Golf 1 hr ago

    Are you a PGA Tour golfer on the disabled list? Preferably a major winner? Then President Donald Trump is interested in playing golf with you on the weekends in Florida.

    A weekend after Ernie Els was unable to play in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am with a neck injury and wound up playing with the 45th President, four-time major winner Rory McIlroy, who is on the shelf for a few more weeks with a rib injury, played with Trump at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Fla., according to No Laying Up.

    McIlroy, who rode in a cart for all 18 holes of the round, said afterward, “He probably shot around 80. He’s a decent player for a guy in his 70s!”

    Joining McIlroy and Trump were Nick Mullen from International Sports Management, McIlroy’s one-time representation firm, and Trump friend Rich Levine. McIlroy and Trump also posed for a picture with former New York Yankees player Paul O’Neill and Clear Sports CEO Garry Singer.

    — ClearSports (@ClearSportsLLC) February 19, 2017

  • Adam Scott may miss playoff event for birth of second child

    Ryan Ballengee at Devil Ball Golf 1 day ago

    Adam Scott is making his 2017 PGA Tour debut this week at the Genesis Open, but he’s already thinking about his schedule come late summer, when he might be taking a week off during the FedEx Cup playoffs.

    Scott and his wife, Marie, are expecting their second child in August, and the delivery may coincide with The Northern Trust, formerly known as The Barclays and the first event of the PGA Tour’s postseason.

    “Hopefully I can play well enough to afford it,” said Scott.

    The Aussie has made it through the FedEx Cup playoffs and to the Tour Championship in six of the last seven seasons.

    In 2015, Scott skipped the Tournament of Champions to prepare for the birth of his first child, a daughter born in February of that year.

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  • Tiger Woods, Justin Timberlake purchase ownership of junior golf tour

    Ryan Ballengee at Devil Ball Golf 1 day ago

    Tiger Woods may be on the sidelines of his professional golf career right now, but he’s making moves elsewhere in the sport — and he’s doing it in part with entertaining legend Justin Timberlake.

    Woods and Timberlake, along with property developer Tavistock Group, own a company called Nexus Luxury Collection, and that entity has purchased partial ownership of the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour.

    HJGT claims to be the largest “grass roots” junior golf tour, running more than 900 tournament with more than 30,000 participants since its inception in 2007.

    “The success of junior golf is an important element in growing the game,” Woods said in a statement. “Helping boys and girls compete, and be involved in golf, will benefit the kids and help strengthen our sport.”

    Timberlake said, “I have always been a committed supporter of junior golf, and through the Hurricane Tour we can continue to help grow the game amongst the junior ranks.”

    The HJGT helps players earn experience that could land them on college golf teams, as well valuable experience that could get them starts on the American Junior Golf Association schedule.

  • Sam Saunders leads Genesis Open 50 years after grandfather Palmer won it

    Ryan Ballengee at Devil Ball Golf 3 days ago

    Fifty years ago, Arnold Palmer won the Los Angeles Open for the third and final time in his career. He bested Gay Brewer by five shots and picked up a $20,000 winner’s check for his second consecutive win in the tournament.

    On Thursday, Palmer’s grandson, Sam Saunders, positioned himself atop the leaderboard at what the L.A. Open is now, the Genesis Open. Saunders shot 7-under 64 at famed Riviera Country Club to take a two-shot edge.

    Saunders, who has limited PGA Tour status this season, was given an exemption into this event. Surely his lineage had at least something to do with getting the spot, but Saunders knows and accepts that he doesn’t have to live up to his legendary grandfather.

    “I don’t need to compete against my grandfather’s career. Nobody can,” he said. “I don’t care how many golf tournaments you win, nobody’s going to compete in the terms of doing what he did for the game. And for me to try to promote my own brand or name would be foolish because I have such a great opportunity to promote and to continue what he has already done. That’s what I’m going to do and not make it about myself.”

     

     

  • John Daly apologizes for putter throw, says it was an accident

    Ryan Ballengee at Devil Ball Golf 4 days ago

    After John Daly withdrew from last week’s PGA Tour Champions event, the Allianz Championship, in Florida just seven holes into his final round, the two-time major winner deposited his putter in the water hazard behind the final hole he played. That image, taken by Links Magazine, went viral.

    Daly said Wednesday that his putter wound up in the water by accident, and that we would have known if he’d thrown it on purpose.

    “If I throw a putter, it’s going to be in two pieces, not one,” Daly said Wednesday, according to the Associated Press. “And it’s going to be 50 yards in the lake, not 5.”

    Daly withdrew from the tournament with a sciatic nerve problem. In the process of walking off the green, Daly said he tossed his putter behind him to his caddie. The caddie flubbed the exchange, and into the water the putter went. No one has video of the incident to confirm or dispute Daly’s account.

    Either way, Daly is sorry.

    “I take responsibility,” Daly said. “I shouldn’t have tossed it.”

    Daly regrets losing the putter, which was retrieved by someone on property at Broken Sound Golf Club, because it was a 50th-anniversary model of a Ping Anser putter given to him by company chairman John Solheim.

  • Ernie Els gives it back to buddies ragging him for playing golf with President Trump

    Ryan Ballengee at Devil Ball Golf 4 days ago

    Ernie Els bowed out of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am with a neck injury, so he was back home in Florida with some time on his hands. As it turns out, he was available to play golf with President Donald Trump and Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe at Trump’s West Palm Beach club.

    Els caught some flak from a number of his friends, many of which didn’t support or vote for Trump in the 2016 election. The four-time major winner gave it right back.

    “A lot of my own friends were not for him,” Els said to the Wall Street Journal. “They kind of needled me a little bit, saying I was a suck-up. I just said, ‘Go eff yourself. I played with the president and you haven’t.’ You can’t please everybody.”

    The South African told the Journal that politics didn’t come up during the round, calling the experience “almost surreal.”

    Also, Els didn’t have to go to the pocket, pulling to a draw in a one-on-three match against Trump, Abe and David Trout, Director of Golf at Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, Fla.

  • Tiger Woods twice cancels press conference, advised by doctors to 'limit all activities'

    Ryan Ballengee at Devil Ball Golf 4 days ago

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    Tiger Woods had already bowed out of this week’s Genesis Open, the result of suffering back spasms and discomfort that forced him out of the Dubai Desert Classic after one round. However, with his tournament management company running the old L.A. Open and his foundation benefiting from the event’s proceeds, Woods was effectively host and intended to at least hold a Tuesday news conference — which likely would devolve into a discussion about his back and playing future.

    That Tuesday press conference was canned and rescheduled for Wednesday, as Woods could come into town and appear at some other foundation-related functions, too. Then at 11 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday — Valentine’s Day, no less — tournament officials put out a statement.

    After receiving daily treatment the last several days on his on-going back spasms, Tiger Woods has again been advised by doctors to limit all activities and will not hold a press conference Wednesday. It will not be rescheduled.

  • Watch PGA Featured Holes from Genesis Open live on Yahoo Sports

    Yahoo Sports Staff at Devil Ball Golf 5 days ago

    Tiger Woods’ back issues forced him to withdraw from this week’s Genesis Open, but plenty of other stars will be competing in the PGA Tour event — and you can catch some of the action live on Yahoo Sports.

    Yahoo Sports will stream PGA Tour Live’s featured holes coverage of the first two rounds from Riviera Country Club on Thursday and Friday from 3-6 p.m. Eastern on our Golf page.

    While Woods is out, the 144-player field includes world No. 1 Jason Day, last week’s Pebble Beach Pro-Am winner Jordan Spieth, defending U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson and Bubba Watson, who has won the Genesis Open two of the past three years.

    Day could lose his No. 1 ranking this week as both Johnson and Matsuyama have a chance to take over the top spot.

  • Power rankings: Genesis Open

    Ryan Ballengee at Devil Ball Golf 5 days ago

    The deepest field of 2017 assembles outside of Los Angeles this week at Riviera Country Club for the newly-named Genesis Open (formerly the Northern Trust Open). Eight of the world top 10 are in the field, as Bubba Watson defends a title he won impressively last year.

    Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson, Jason Day and Hideki Matsuyama are all ready to take on the great George C. Thomas test.

    Here are our top five players for this week:

    1. Hideki Matsuyama — Matsuyama is a winner in his last start, and he’s winning all over the place. He can get to No. 1 in the world with a win and a correspondingly friendly Jason Day finish.

    2. Jordan Spieth — Spieth has been on a top-10 tear. Now, he hasn’t been in the thick of it at the very end of a lot of those high finishes, but he’s lurking and hanging around. Struggled putting in Phoenix.

    3. Dustin Johnson — DJ is a stud at Pebble. One-fourth of his pro wins are here. Playing in the pro-am with the Great One is actually a good influence, in our opinion.

    4. Jason Day — Day played well enough for about 60 holes to win at Pebble Beach. The other holes were a bizarre tumble down the leaderboard. Not a horse-for-course, and his No. 1 ranking is in danger.