Alfonso Ribeiro, Justin Timberlake and Stephen Curry had a great time together at the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship.
If you watched the final round of the Canadian Open on Sunday, you saw what truly is many golfers’ worst nightmare. Needing to get up-and-down from a green side bunker on the final hole of the tournament to force his way into a playoff, Steve Wheatcroft bladed his bunker shot over the green and into the water. It was mortifying, and embarrassing, and it was impossible not to feel at least a little bad for Wheatcroft. That bad shot dropped him down to T-5, disappointing in some respects, but still a major boost to a player who before this week was struggling to cement his status on tour. After his round, he didn’t make any excuses for the shot: “It’s a brutal way to lose a golf tournament. I didn’t
STATELINE, Nev. — With all eyes on Stephen Curry and Justin Timberlake at the celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe this weekend, former A’s left-hander Mark Mulder ripped off five birdies on the front nine of his closing round to repeat as champion at the American Century Championship. Mulder held off a hard-charging Mardy Fish. The former tennis pro missed an eagle putt on 18 that would have tied the event. “I knew I had to make a bunch of birdies,” said Mulder, who once teamed with Tim Hudson and Barry Zito to form one of the most prominent pitching trios in baseball history. “Luckily, they started rolling in. “It was a fun day. I’m glad I finished it off.” It was an impressive repeat for
Miguel Angel Jimenez opened a four-stroke lead in the Senior British Open, shooting a 7-under 65 on Saturday in mild conditions to fall one short of matching the Carnoustie Golf Links record. The 52-year-old Spaniard had a bogey-free round in wind at 6-12 mph on the mostly cloudy afternoon. He had an 11-under 205 total after opening 70-70, putting him in position for his first major title. "Tonight, I'm going to do exactly the same thing I did the previous night," Jimenez said. "I go with my friends, we go to a nice diner with a nice bottle of Rioja and after that I'm going to have a bit, fat cigar with a nice malt whisky." Jimenez won in Mississippi in March for his third career PGA Tour Champions
Australia's Min Woo Lee waited out a 47-minute weather delay to hole the winning 3 1/2-foot birdie putt Saturday in the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship. The 17-year-old Lee beat 16-year-old Noah Goodwin of Corinth, Texas, 2 and 1 in the 36-hole final at The Honors Course. Lee became the first Australian winner and combined with older sister Minjee to become the first brother-sister tandem to win USGA junior championships. Minjee Lee won the 2012 U.S. Girls' Junior. I'm down in history on the USGA Junior trophy, so it feels really good," Lee said. "It's probably the best I've ever felt. It's a dream come true for me. I've always wanted to win this tournament. I was in good form coming into it.
July 23 (Gracenote) - Scores from the U.S. PGA Tour Canadian Open at the par-72 course on Saturday in Oakville, ON -9 Brandt Snedeker (U.S.) 68 73 66 -8 Jared Du Toit (Canada) 67 71 70 Dustin Johnson (U.S.) 66 71
GURNEE, IL. — The Women’s British Open is this week and the Olympics right after that. Still, the four golfers representing Team USA in the UL International Crown weren’t ready to look ahead just yet. They had some well-earned celebrating to do. The United States is now officially the best women’s golfing nation, prevailing Sunday at the Merit Club in the tournament created to determine just that. Spain had won the initial playing of this tournament – dubbed “The Crown” -- in 2014. This second chapter didn’t start well, either, as Team USA lost both its opening day matches vs. England. After that, however, the foursome of Stacy Lewis, Gerina Piller, Cristie Kerr and Lexi Thompson got better and
Jhonattan Vegas ralled in the final round to win his second PGA Tour event at the RBC Canadian Open. Here's a look inside The winner's bag: Driver: Nike VR (8.5 degrees), with nVentix Nunchuk shaft Fairway wood: Nike Vapor Speed (15, 19 degrees), with Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 8.2X shafts Irons: Nike Vapor Pro (3-PW), with Project X 6.5 shafts Wedges: Nike Engage (54, 58 degrees), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 Tour Issue shafts Putter: Nike Method Core MC12w Ball: Nike RZN Tour Platinum
Lester McClain had a choice: find a way to integrate with the white players on Tennessee’s football team or spend a great deal of his time in college alone. The former Antioch High star wide receiver was the first African-American athlete to sign a scholarship at Tennessee in 1967. By the time he left, McClain had proved African Americans not only deserved the same opportunities as white players to play for the Vols on the field, but also to be a part of the program’s culture.
In what might be the most on-brand golf sponsorship deal ever, quick-service sandwich chain Arby’s told For The Win that it had signed a sponsorship deal with professional golfer Andrew Johnston, otherwise known as Andrew “Beef” Johnston. The 27 year-old English professional golfer gained huge popularity earlier this year when, after capturing the first European Tour victory of his career at the Open de España, he gave a hilarious interview where he talked about wanting to get “hammered.” Beef quickly became a fan favorite within golf, drawing huge crowds at both the U.S. Open and the British Open last week, where he finished sixth. And now he’s got a new sponsorship deal to show for it. It’s
Check out the top five shots of the week from the RBC Canadian Open, featuring Ben Crane, Jon Rahm, Jason Day, Alex Cejka and Jared du Toit.
The 17-year-old Lee, from Hermosa Beach, Calif., will be a freshman at Stanford this fall. "It was really nothing much I could do," Lee said. "She played really well in the afternoon, and I played well in the morning, but obviously I just had to end it well, and I wasn't able to do that." Seong was 5 down through 13 holes in the 36-hole match, and had a 3-up margin at after 18 holes. Seong, second in the 2014 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links, won Nos. 19, 22 and 23 to square the match, and took her first lead with a 7-foot birdie putt on the 29th. On the par-5 30th, faced with an uphill, almost-blind third shot from the left edge of the fairway, Seong hit a 60-degree wedge from 42 yards that
Belgium’s Laura Gonzalez Escallon won the FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship on Sunday for her first Symetra Tour title when rain washed out at the final round. Play began on time Sunday at 7:30 a.m., but was halted at 9:25 a.m. Rain and lightning continued through the early afternoon and play didn’t resume. The 25-year-old Gonzalez matched the Symetra Tour’s 36-hole scoring record of 15-under 129 at Battle Creek Country Club, shooting a 65 on Friday and a course-record 64 on Saturday to open a six-stroke lead over Ally McDonald. “It feels awesome, but it hasn’t sunk in yet because I was just trying to focus on my round,” said Gonzalez Escallon, who was at her host family’s house off the seventh hole when she got the news.
MMA Valentina Shevchenko stunned Holly Holm at UFC Chicago, unanimously outpointing the former UFC champion. Fighting for the first fight since losing the belt to Miesha Tate at UFC 196, Holm had losing scores of 49-46 from the judges. Her stunning knockout of then-champ Ronda Rousey in Australia at UFC 193 catapulted Holm (10-2) into the spotlight of mixed martial arts, but she followed with back-to-back losses. Boxing Terence Crawford won both the fight and a possible ticket into the Manny Pacquiao sweepstakes. Crawford turned in a dominating performance in a battle of unbeaten champions in Las Vegas, knocking down Viktor Postol twice on his way to a lopsided 12-round unanimous decision to
After all this time, Charles Barkley may have finally found the cure for the hitch in his golf swing - standing on the other side of the ball. In the announce booth after his round at the American Century Championship on Saturday, Barkley disclosed that he will soon undergo right hip replacement surgery after having his left hip done after the American Century last year. Once he's healthy, Barkley intends to set out down a new path. "What I've been thinking about ... to be honest with you, and I've talked to Hank Haney a little bit, I think I'm never going to get over this mental thing swinging the golf club right-handed," he said. "So, after I get better, I think I'm going to make a full attempt
NORTH PALM BEACH, Fla. — Jack Nicklaus, history’s greatest golfer, says he isn’t so great anymore. “People have always wanted to play golf like I do,” he says, laughing. “Now they can.” Nicklaus, 76, often plays tennis on the finely manicured grass courts adjacent to his house, so nice that Serena and Venus Williams sometimes play there to get ready for Wimbledon. “I’m decent at tennis,” Nicklaus tells USA TODAY Sports. Nicklaus doesn’t watch much golf anymore — “I usually have it on, but never watch it,” he says — but found himself enthralled by the British Open duel won by Henrik Stenson over Phil Mickelson. “They both started out so well that I started watching it and I never missed a shot,”
Golf’s return to the Olympics for the first time in more than a century was expected to introduce the sport to a new generation of fans around the world and provide a boost to a struggling industry. At least 17 of the world’s top golfers are opting to skip the tournament at the 2016 Olympics. Explanations for the withdrawals have ranged from worries about the Zika virus, which causes birth defects, to scheduling conflicts with the PGA Tour.
Gil Hanse was chosen in 2012 to design the golf course for the return of the sport to Olympic competition after an absence of more than 100 years. In winning the prestigious assignment, the 52-year-old American beat out some of the biggest names in golf, including Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman and Gary Player. Q: What is the vision for the course you created in Rio?
There are 17 rookies on the PGA TOUR in 2015-16. This feature provides a subjective ranking updated weekly. The Rookie of the Year is voted by PGA TOUR members who make at least 15 starts.
STATELINE, Nev. - Former tennis player Mardy Fish had a 28-point round Saturday to take a two-point lead over actor Jack Wagner in the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament. Fish shot a 3-under 69, making seven birdies and four bogeys at Edgewood Tahoe to reach 50 points in the modified Stableford event. Players receive six points for eagle, three for birdie, one for par, none for bogey and minus-two for double bogey or worse. ''I was (behind) quite a bit (at the start) today,'' said Fish, a six-time winner on the ATP Tour. ''And there's a lot of really good players at the top as well. I'm in a really good position to hopefully play well tomorrow and see where we are.'' Fish
Jared du Toit was in position to become the first Canadian to win the Canadian Open in 62 years — and the first amateur to break through on the PGA Tour in 25 seasons. Brandt Snedeker was in a little better position. U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson was right there, too. "I think I'm going to be the most-hated man in Canada tomorrow, but it's going to be a lot of fun trying to figure it out," said Snedeker, the 2013 winner at Glen Abbey who eagled the par-5 18th on Saturday for a 6-under 66 and a one-stroke lead over du Toit and Johnson. Du Toit matched Snedeker with an eagle on 18, holing a 40-footer for a 70. On Friday, du Toit rebounded from a triple bogey and bogey with three straight birdies.
Brandt Snedeker finished his 6-under-par 66 so early on Saturday that he was able to spend about an hour helping the CBS television crew with commentary. Snedeker holed a seven-foot eagle putt on the final hole and had a 54-hole total of 9-under 207. "It was a great way to finish, but I didn't expect to be ahead at the end of the day," said Snedeker, who needs some good results to make the United States team for the Ryder Cup at the end of September. "It's important that I make that team. "I have to get my game in shape and this was a good start. I just have to pull on my experience tomorrow and play well again. There are a lot of guys right there and I will need to play another great round to
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