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.
After recently debating whether to shut himself down for the year due to injury, Rory McIlroy told ESPN on Tuesday that he is planning to play five more tournaments before taking a 3?-month break. "I'm OK to play these next four out of five weeks," McIlroy said, "but then I do need a prolonged period off at some point in 2017 to be ready for 2018." A week and a half ago, McIlroy concluded a 22nd-place finish at the PGA Championship by telling reporters that he was unsure whether a recurring rib injury would preclude him from competing again in the near future.
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