Veteran Norwegian golfer Suzann Pettersen was hoping to move past the furor she created at the 2015 Solheim Cup by helping return the trophy to Europe. Pettersen's balky back won't let her get that opportunity. Pettersen announced Wednesday that she was pulling out of this weekend's biennial tournament between the U.S. and Europe because a slipped disk. Scotland's Catriona Matthew, another longtime Solheim competitor, will take Pettersen's place when play begins Friday at Des Moines Golf and Country Club. Pettersen angered the Americans in Germany two years ago by insisting that Alison Lee be penalized for picking up her ball when she thought her short second putt had been conceded. The U.S.
Consider the Wyndham Championship a personal fountain of youth for Davis Love III. Love has won the Greensboro stop three times in his career, including two years ago when he became the third-oldest winner ever on the PGA Tour at age 51. While a hip injury prevented him from defending his title last year, Love returned to Sedgefield Country Club Thursday and opened with a bogey-free 64. Now 53 years young, Love hit all 18 greens in regulation and sits three shots behind Matt Every, who shot a 9-under 61 to lead the field. "When I go to Hilton Head or The Players, Ponte Vedra, or come here, I get good feelings about it," Love told reporters. "Tend to play well at the same places over and over
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