• ‘This wasn’t an endorsement': Rory McIlroy defends playing golf with Trump
    Washington Post

    ‘This wasn’t an endorsement': Rory McIlroy defends playing golf with Trump

    Pro golfer Rory McIlroy found himself on the defense on Friday, less than a week after joining President Trump in Florida for a round of golf at the Trump International Golf Club. “This wasn’t an endorsement nor a political statement of any kind,” the 27-year-old Northern Irishman posted to Twitter. “It was, quite simply, a round of golf.” The four-time majors winner faced an onslaught of criticism online after he accepted Trump’s invitation to join him in West Palm Beach, Fla., last weekend, where he noted after their round that the president was “a decent player for a guy in his 70s.” The pair was joined for 18 holes by Nick Mullen, a sports agent, and Rich Levine, a Trump friend. Within minutes

  • Bryson DeChambeau abandons sidesaddle putting, blames USGA
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    Bryson DeChambeau abandons sidesaddle putting, blames USGA

    Bryson DeChambeau ended 2016 looking for answers with his putting. After debuting the stroke and a self-fashioned putter at the Franklin Templeton Shootout in December, the transition has not been a fruitful one. Before this week, DeChambeau had missed three consecutive cuts, then suddenly withdrew from the Genesis Open, into which he was invited on a sponsor’s exemption, after just 28 holes and citing a hand injury.

  • A slump sent Rickie Fowler to Butch Harmon, and it's paid off
    Golf1 hour ago

    A slump sent Rickie Fowler to Butch Harmon, and it's paid off

    Fowler was an active child, and Taka wanted to keep the boy busy while at the same time learning how to play golf himself. The driving range pro, Barry McDonnell, gave the child a few games to keep him occupied. Little Rickie had a good, albeit unorthodox, swing. "I'm going to build him a great golfing mind," he told his friend and driving range co-founder, Bill Teasdall, "and by the time he's 20, he won't even know where it came from." Rory McIlroy had the best year in 2014, but Fowler wasn't far behind his fellow 25-year-old.