Just a day after falling short in his bid to become the first player from Japan to win a major at the PGA Championship, Hideki Matsuyama announced that he was married and his wife had given birth to the couple’s first child. Matsuyama, who finished tied for fifth at Quail Hollow, revealed that he was married in January and that his daughter was born in July, although he didn’t reveal the identity of his wife. “No one really asked me if I was married, so I didn't have to answer that question,” he said on Tuesday at The Northern Trust, where he will begin the playoffs No. 1 on the season-long points list. Despite having a bevy of reporters following his every move at events, the world’s second-ranked player was able to keep his marriage, and pending fatherhood, a secret; and when asked about his family he made it clear where his focus is this week.
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Back in 2008, Paul Azinger led the weakest U.S. Ryder Cup team in recent history into battle. His back against the wall, and with the U.S. team without a victory since 1999, he drew inspiration from he Navy SEALS. That idea led to what Azinger later called the “Pod System,” and the concept is pretty simple: Professional golfers aren’t used to having partners, or being on a team, but as Azinger saw it, the European Team boasted an inherent advantage in making that transition because the team featured players from a variety of different countries. That may not sound like an advantage, but in a roundabout way, it kind of is. To make things simple, let’s say pretend a European
The PGA Tour's regular season is over, which means it's time to start the FedExCup Playoffs. This week's playoff opener is The Northern Trust, where the top 125 in the FedExCup standings will begin their pursuit of the season-ending $10 million bonus. Golf course: Glen Oaks Club in Old Westbury, N.Y. Originally designed by Joe Finger, it opened in 1971. Joel Weiman and Craig Currier redesigned it in 2014. This week it will play to 7,346 yards, par 70. Purse: $8.75 million TV schedule (all times Eastern): Thursday, 2-6 p.m. on Golf Channel; Friday, 2-6 p.m. on Golf Channel; Saturday, 1-2:30 p.m. on Golf Channel, 3-6 p.m. on CBS; Sunday, noon-1:30 p.m. on Golf Channel, 2-6 p.m. on CBS. Live streaming: