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."
If the last Solheim Cup was any indication, golf fans should be in for a treat this weekend in Iowa. In 2015 in Germany, the Americans rallied from 8 1/2 points down to beat Europe 14 1/2 to 13 1/2 — the largest rally in the history of the biennial event that began in 1990. The Americans hold a 9-5 advantage in the series, winning three straight from 1994-98 and from 2005-09. But Europe has had the upper hand of late, winning in 2011 and 2013 before its collapse two years ago. Here are some of the things to watch as play kicks off Friday at Des Moines Golf and Country Club: THE COURSE The par-72, 6,894-yard course, located roughly 10 miles from Iowa's capital, is the second-longest in Solheim
Less than a week after hinting that he might be done for the remainder of 2017, Rory McIlroy on Friday committed to play next week's Northern Trust, the first leg of the FedExCup Playoffs. McIlroy is the postseason's defending champion, after taking both the Tour Championship and the FedExCup in dramatic fashion last fall. The news that he'll tee it up in the first playoff event is only surprising in light of what he offered following his T-22 finish last Sunday at the PGA Championship. “I don’t know what I’m going to do,” he said, referring to his upcoming schedule. “You might not see me until next year. You might see me in a couple weeks’ time. It really depends.” McIlroy has been hampered