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
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
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
Eun Jeong Seong rallied to beat Andrea Lee 4 and 2 on Saturday in the U.S. Girls' Junior to become the first player to successfully defend the title since Hollis Stacy in 1971. The 16-year-old South Korean overcame an early five-hole deficit to join Stacy (1969, '70, '71), Judy Eller (1957 and '58) and Nancy Lopez (1972 and '74) as the only multiple winners. Admitting that she had not heard of Stacy, Seong noted, "My mom was born in 1971." Seong won last year in Tulsa, Oklahoma. "It's a little bit different feel than last year," Seong said. "Last year, it was a little bit hard. But I trusted myself today, and I have confidence. This morning was so hard because I was losing 5 down, but it's OK
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.
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
AP – A year away from golf's return to the Olympics after a 112-year absence, IOC President Thomas Bach said it would be good if the sport had a wide range of players from as many countries as possible competing for medals. And that's what it delivered — 41 countries in the men's and women's competition — an example of golf's global appeal. But the story of celebrated return has become more about who's not playing. Jordan Spieth will be watching from home, still wondering if he should have set aside his personal concerns and gone to Rio de Janeiro. Rory McIlroy said he won't be watching at all, citing the Zika virus and then taking a swipe at golf as an Olympic sport by saying he would watch
Jhonattan Vegas birdied his way off Glen Abbey and waited to see if anyone could catch him. No one could. Vegas rallied to win the Canadian Open on Sunday for his second PGA Tour title, birdieing the final three holes for an 8-under 64 and one-stroke victory. The 29-year-old Venezuelan Olympic player began the day five strokes behind leader Brandt Snedeker and four behind U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson and Canadian amateur Jared du Toit. Last week in Alabama in the event opposite the British Open, Vegas shot a course-record 61 in the second round and tied for fourth. "That's the fortunate breaks that sometimes you need to be a champion on the PGA Tour," Vegas said. "It's a great feeling. I
By Pedro Fonseca RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Golf's return to the Olympic Games next month for the first time in 112 years has been marred by the absence of the sport's leading players and a court battle over potential environmental damage resulting from a new course in Brazil. Players, including the world's top four, are turning up their noses at the Olympics, citing concerns over the mosquito-borne Zika virus even though scientists have said there is little risk visitors will be infected during the Games, which start on Aug. 5. The golfers' lack of enthusiasm comes after the host city of Rio de Janeiro built a 18-hole course on 58,000 square metres of natural park in the Barra de Tijuca neighbourhood.
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. 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.
Charley Hull is fresh as a daisy, and England is dreaming big. Hull and surprising England grabbed the lead in the UL International Crown on Saturday, and the United States advanced with a sweep against Japan. Hull, who missed Friday's four-ball session with a fever and trouble with her asthma, teamed with Melissa Reid for a 3-and-1 victory over sisters Ariya and Moriya Jutanugarn of Thailand. Holly Clyburn and Jodi Ewart Shadoff routed Pornanong Phatlum and Porani Chutichai 7 and 5, helping seventh-seeded England to a Pool B-best nine points. "We couldn't have asked for much of a better day than we got today," Clyburn said. The U.S., which began the day with just three points, turned in its
Justin Timberlake delighted the crowd as he performed the 'Carlton' dance at the American Century Celebrity Golf tournament.
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
Baseball was high on the list of priorities for Bo Fletcher this summer, but his career aspirations outside of the game were even higher. So, when the Chicago native and Alcorn State redshirt sophomore was offered an internship at the Independent Sports & Entertainment (ISE) agency, he couldn't refuse. "It's a tough schedule, but it was an opportunity I couldn't pass up," he said. "You get to meet people, get connections that can open certain doors and you never know what they'll lead to." Fletcher, who's hitting .222 as an infielder this summer, is one of several Oilmen players juggling a job along with their playing careers. He's working in the marketing department at ISE, with clients including
The PGA of America said it isn’t yanking next year’s PGA Championship from North Carolina, but will reconsider bringing other events to the state unless a bill that limits anti-discrimination protection for lesbian, gay and transgender people is overturned. The PGA of America opted not to take as drastic a step as the NBA, which this week pulled its 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte. The 2017 PGA Championship will be held at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, a venue that the PGA of America notes is a private facility not subject to all of the provisions of HB2, the North Carolina house bill that’s spurred controversy. As a result, spectators at the PGA Championship would be permitted to use restrooms that conform with their gender identity or gender expression, the PGA of America said in a statement.
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
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