Henrik Stenson's prior appearances at the Wyndham Championship set the bar pretty low. He missed the cut in 2010 and 2011, followed by a flu-induced withdrawal in 2012. But Stenson is a far different player these days, and that disparity was on full display Thursday when he shot a bogey-free 62 to sit alone in second place, one shot behind Matt Every. "I guess my game is in slightly better shape than it has been some of the other times when I've shown up here," Stenson told reporters. "Couple of the times where I've been here I haven't been playing well at all. Certainly I felt like I would have a better chance this year to do myself justice on here, and I certainly got off to a good start."
LOS ANGELES – Joaquin Niemann’s reward for two days of strong play at the U.S. Amateur was an opening match against Braden Thornberry. In what may have been his final event as an amateur, Niemann took the NCAA individual champion to the final hole before falling, 2 down, in the Round of 64 at Riviera. Niemann earned the sixth seed in qualifying but faced off in the first round against Thornberry, who needed to survive a 13-for-8 playoff Wednesday morning. Ranked No. 1 in the world, Niemann, 18, had signed to play college golf at the University of South Florida but now seems unlikely to ever set foot on a college campus. Niemann, from Santiago, Chile, said he did not perform well on the TOEFL
Golf’s most recent major champion, Justin Thomas, will join David Feherty on the season seven finale of his self-titled, Emmy-nominated “Outstanding Weekly Studio Show” – Feherty presented by Farmers Insurance® – premiering Monday, Sept. 4 at 9 p.m. ET on Golf Channel. Filmed yesterday at his home in Jupiter, Fla., Thomas discusses his breakout season on the PGA TOUR, punctuated by his PGA Championship victory last Sunday. The premiere of the 24-year-old Kentucky native’s interview on Feherty will follow fellow major champion Louis Oosthuizen (Monday, Aug. 21) and Grammy Award-winning musician Darius Rucker (Monday, Aug. 28): Louis Oosthuizen (Monday, August 21, 9 p.m. ET): The 2010 Champion