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  • Pat Perez says Tiger Woods knows 'he can't beat anybody'

    Ryan Ballengee at Devil Ball Golf 6 hrs ago

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    PGA Tour winner Pat Perez is not a man who holds back on sharing his thoughts. In fact, over the years Double P has been the guy willing to say what other people are thinking.

    He did that again on Thursday at The Honda Classic.

    Perez, who won the OHL Classic last November for his second PGA Tour win, unleashed on Tiger Woods and his future.

    “He knows it,” Perez said this week on his SiriusXM show “Out of Bounds.” “The guy shot 77 [in the first round in Dubai]. That guy can’t shoot 77. What does he do the next day? Ah, my back’s gone. He knows he can’t beat anybody! I told you!

    “He’s not going to come out and play, and play poorly. I said this how many months ago? He’s not going to do it for a long time.”

    Perez was skeptical about Woods’ ambitious schedule to start the year, which included four planned starts in five weeks. Of a possible total of 16 rounds, Woods will have played three.

    Woods has not offered an update on his plans and future schedule.

  • Thomas Pieters struck girlfriend with wayward Genesis Open drive

    Ryan Ballengee at Devil Ball Golf 1 day ago

    Thomas Pieters was co-champion of the B-flight on Sunday at the Genesis Open, finishing tied for second with Scott Brown and five shots behind new world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

    However, while the up-and-coming Belgian had a great week at Riviera, he didn’t hit every shot perfectly. In fact, one wayward shot could have gotten him in a little trouble on the homefront.

    In the final round, Pieters hit a tee shot that wound up striking a fan…and that fan was his girlfriend. A spectator took footage of Pieters learning that he had hit his girlfriend.

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  • Watch PGA featured holes from The Honda Classic live on Yahoo Sports

    Yahoo Sports Staff at Devil Ball Golf 1 day ago

    The Florida Swing kicks off this week at The Honda Classic, and you can catch the action live on Yahoo Sports.

    Yahoo will be streaming PGA Tour Live’s featured holes coverage of all four rounds from Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., on our Golf page. Coverage will run from 3-6 p.m. Eastern on Thursday and Friday and from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Eastern on Saturday and Sunday.

    Adam Scott, coming off a tie for 11th last week at the Genesis Open, has enjoyed much success on the Champion Course at PGA National and is back to defend his title. Other stars in The Honda Classic field include Rickie Fowler, last year’s runner-up Sergio Garcia, Zach Johnson, Justin Thomas and Luke Donald.

  • Inbee Park returns to LPGA for first event since Olympics

    Ryan Ballengee at Devil Ball Golf 1 day ago

    Inbee Park makes her return to the LPGA Tour this week, ending a six-month absence from the circuit with her first 2017 start at the Honda LPGA Thailand.

    Park struggled throughout 2016 with a left thumb injury that forced her to withdraw several times and shoot uncharacteristic high scores when she was able to play. She gutted it out to make it to Rio to represent Korea in the 2016 Olympics, and she won the gold medal, besting Lydia Ko for the honor. The seven-time major winner didn’t make another start the rest of the way, saving her return for this week.

    “I took a lot of time off. I didn’t touch a club after the Olympics for about maybe four months,” Park said Wednesday. “I started practicing in December and until now I slowly got now practice time a little longer and longer.”

    Park says she’s back into her normal routine, hopefully portending good things for her season, if she can remain confident that her thumb won’t get reinjured.

    “The most important thing is that I can’t be scared of my injury,” she said. “If I still have that feeling inside me my swing is going to change. So I am trying to get that fear off me, and that has been working pretty well.”

  • Power rankings: The Honda Classic

    Ryan Ballengee at Devil Ball Golf 1 day ago

    The PGA Tour moves from the West Coast to the Sunshine State for the start of the Florida Swing (with a pit stop in Mexico next week) and The Honda Classic. Once again, PGA National’s Champion Course and its infamous Bear Trap stretch will challenge an international field of top-ranked players as the stretch run to the Masters begins.

    Adam Scott won here last year, and he’ll be tailed by the likes of Rickie Fowler and Justin Thomas.

    Here are our top five players for this week:

    1. Adam Scott — Scott got off to a great start in his 2017 PGA Tour campaign with a T-11 at Riviera. He’s got a good record at PGA National as he eases into his season in typical fashion.

    2. Rickie Fowler — Fowler is playing very good golf this season … just not much of it. Fowler is a big fan of PGA National, and that’s a good combo this week.

    3. Sergio Garcia — Garcia is a good pick even though he was disappointing at Riviera. He won convincingly in Dubai, and last week in L.A. was pretty odd. Don’t get scared on him.

    4. Justin Thomas — JT landed with a thud in Phoenix, but he was a respectable T-39 in Los Angeles. He was T-3 here last year after a missed cut in his first try.



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

    Ryan Ballengee at Devil Ball Golf 3 days 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 3 days 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 5 days 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.

    Ryan Ballengee is a Yahoo Sports contributor. Find him on Facebook and Twitter.

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

    Ryan Ballengee at Devil Ball Golf 5 days 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 6 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.”