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.
OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. – Playing this season on a one-time, career-earnings exemption, Geoff Ogilvy teed off for last week’s Wyndham Championship squarely in professional no-man’s land. At 125th on the season-long points list, Ogilvy needed a solid finish to advance to the postseason and secure his status for next season. “I didn't appreciate how much I wanted this until it was almost taken away from me last week,” said Ogilvy, who finished tied for 16th at the Wyndham to move to 116th on the points list. “I was very surprised, taken aback by how pressure-filled last week was for me; and that recognizing a sign like that you really, really want to be doing this.” After getting off to a slow start