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
Henrik Stenson's win at the Wyndham Championship helped him make a jump in the Official World Golf Ranking heading into the postseason. Stenson held on for a one-shot victory at Sedgefield Country Club in his first appearance since 2012, and as a result he went from No. 9 to No. 6 in the latest standings, passing Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm and Jason Day. Stenson's win came at the expense of Ollie Schniederjans, who came up just short despite birdies on each of his final two holes. The former Georgia Tech standout cracked the OWGR top 100 thanks to his runner-up result, climbing 50 spots to No. 96 in the world. Other notable moves included Webb Simpson jumping 10 spots to No. 49 with a solo third-place