PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama withdrew from The Players Championship on Thursday because of a back injury that has been troubling him since last weekend.
Bob Turner, who travels with and interprets for the Masters champion, says Matsuyama tweaked his neck and shoulder area at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and played through it on the weekend.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Dustin Johnson's commentary on his shots was more revealing than where they landed.
He reached the 18th hole Wednesday on the TPC Sawgrass, water all the way down the left side of one of the more daunting closing holes in golf, and opted for a 3-wood with a strong breeze coming off the left.
RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico (AP) — Needing to win or finish solo second to retain PGA Tour status, Ryan Brehm went out Sunday and ran away with the Puerto Rico Open for his first tour title.
With wife Chelsey at his side as his caddie, the 35-year-old Brehm birdied five of the first 11 holes at windy and rainy Grand Reserve and beat Max McGreevy by six strokes.
RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico (AP) — Chase Seiffert started fast and closed with a birdie for a 7-under 65 and a share of the Puerto Rico Open lead with Michael Kim on Thursday.
Trying to win for the first time on the PGA Tour, Seiffert birdied Nos.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Some of the perks from winning for the first time on the PGA Tour are obvious, whether it's a seven-figure check or a two-year exemption. For tournaments offering full FedEx Cup points, there's always that invitation to the Masters.
Two-time major champion Zach Johnson is taking over as Ryder Cup captain, leading an American side trying to end 30 years without a victory on European soil.
Three people with knowledge of the decision confirmed the move to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the PGA of America has yet to announce Johnson’s selection.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Greg Norman has had his share of major disappointments on Sunday.
This one might rival any loss on golf's biggest stages, whether it was Augusta National or Shinnecock Hills, Inverness or Royal Troon.
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Luke Donald suddenly is on the fast track for Europe's next Ryder Cup captain, bringing the experience of playing on four winning teams and twice serving as an assistant.
The concept behind the Latin America Amateur Championship when it began in 2015 was for players from the region to create golf heroes for the next generation, and it's a role the latest winner takes seriously.
LA ROMANA, Dominican Republic (AP) — The flag of the Cayman Islands will fly at Augusta National in April after Aaron Jarvis made birdie on the final hole Sunday for a 3-under 69 and a one-shot victory in a tense ending to the Latin America Amateur Championship.
LA ROMANA, Dominican Republic (AP) — Roberto Nieves of Puerto Rico regained the lead Saturday with a fast start and a steady nerve late for a 2-under 70 and a one-shot advantage going into the final round of the Latin America Amateur Championship.
LA ROMANA, Dominican Republic (AP) — Julian Perico of Peru ran off four straight birdies early on the back nine Friday and closed with another for a 6-under 66, giving him a three-shot lead and the 36-hole scoring record at the Latin America Amateur Championship.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — NCAA member schools voted to ratify a new, streamlined constitution, paving the way for a decentralized approach to governing college sports that will hand more power to schools and conferences.
Bob Goalby, who won the 1968 Masters without having to go to a playoff when Roberto De Vicenzo infamously signed for the wrong score, has died. He was 92.
Goalby's death Wednesday in his hometown of Belleville, Illinois, was confirmed by the PGA Tour and by Bill Haas, his great nephew.
HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. Women’s Open is nearly doubling its prize money to $10 million, an announcement that was celebrated across golf and genders.
The LPGA Tour this week starts its 73rd season of running a league all on its own, and no one begrudges the players finally getting paid big money for its biggest major, or the plan for them to play at storied courses.
HONOLULU (AP) — Five shots behind at the turn, Hideki Matsuyama figured all he could do was keep his head down and try to stay in the game Sunday in the Sony Open.
And when he finally looked up, he couldn't see one of the best shots of his career.
HONOLULU (AP) — The Monday morning of the first Japan Golf Tour event of the year was no time to be anywhere except in front of a television.
That's where Takumi Kanaya and Keita Nakajima could be found in Nagoya last April, each captivated by images of Hideki Matsuyama winning the Masters to become the first Japanese player in a green jacket.
Six years after Tom Watson played the Masters for the 43rd time, the two-time champion returns in April to hit the ceremonial tee shot alongside Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player.
Watson, who held off Nicklaus in his Masters victories in 1977 and 1981, becomes the 11th player to be an honorary starter dating to 1963.
KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) — The largest winners-only field ever assembled at Kapalua can make it seem as though getting to paradise isn't as difficult as it used to be.
Try telling that to Dustin Johnson, who will not be starting a new year on Maui for only the second time since he joined the PGA Tour in 2008.
Henry Aaron made history with one swing of his bat. A year later and on the other side of Georgia, Lee Elder made history with one swing of his driver.
They both overcame racist threats to reach milestones that will always be part of sports lore.
The top 50 from the final world ranking of the year was set on Sunday, adding 10 players to the field for the Masters in April.
The list included Matthew Wolff, Mackenzie Hughes of Canada and Ryan Palmer, who are exclusive members of the PGA Tour.
YORK, England (AP) — Zhao Xintong became the second Chinese player this year to capture one of snooker's three major titles when he won the UK Championship on Sunday.
Competing in the first final of his career, the 24-year-old Zhao beat Luca Brecel 10-5 in the northern English city of York to become only the fourth non-British winner of the event.
NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — This holiday event in the Bahamas is taking on a little more meaning for Bryson DeChambeau seeking a small measure of revenge and for Collin Morikawa pursuing a more noble goal of reaching No.
NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — The Hero World Challenge has all the trappings of a working vacation on a Caribbean island with a 20-man field, no cut and warm tropical air in December. It just doesn't feel that way to Collin Morikawa.
NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — The only certainty about Tiger Woods is that he won't be playing very much golf, and that's if he decides it's worth trying to scale a mountain taller than all the previous ones.
NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Tiger Woods left little room for interpretation when it comes to Greg Norman’s latest attempt at a competing tour or other proposed leagues offering guaranteed riches to players to compete in team formats.
NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Tiger Woods had nothing to say about the February car crash that shattered his right leg and he had even less of an idea what his future in golf holds except that he's a long way from deciding whether he can compete against the best.
LSU is hiring Brian Kelly away from Notre Dame, a stunning move by one of the most accomplished coaches in college football jumping from the sport’s most storied program to a Southeastern Conference powerhouse.
Reaction to the death of Lee Elder, the first Black golfer to play at the Masters:
“Lee Elder was a pioneer, and in so many ways. Yes, he was the first black golfer to play in the Masters Tournament, but that simply underlined the hard work Lee put in to further the cause of everyone who has a dream to play on the PGA Tour and perhaps thinks there were too many barriers before them.
Lee Elder played through the scourge of racism. He broke down enormous barriers. He carved a path for Tiger Woods and others to follow.
Finally, in the waning months of his life, he took his rightful place at Augusta National.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Collin Morikawa capped off a sensational year with five birdies in his last seven holes to close with a 6-under 66 and win the DP World Tour Championship on Sunday, making him the first American to capture the Race to Dubai as the European Tour's top player.
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — Talor Gooch was playing too well to get fazed by anything Sunday in the RSM Classic, and it paid off with his first PGA Tour title when he closed with a 6-under 64 for a three-shot victory at Sea Island.
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — Talor Gooch is playing some of his best golf in the toughest weather, even when he hasn't been in the best position off the tee. Now the former Oklahoma State player is one round away from his first PGA Tour victory at the RSM Classic.
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Mizuki Hashimoto of Japan holed out from the fairway for eagle that sent her to a 4-under 68, allowing her to make up a three-shot deficit and win the Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific on Saturday to earn spots in two majors.
PHOENIX (AP) — The motion is simple, at least for a collection of moving body parts.
Bernhard Langer turns his body back, shifts his weight left, keeps it turning all the way through. Everything stays connected, turning in one motion, the club face returning to the same place every time.
When it comes to playing in the Masters, all Harry Higgs knows is waiting.
The first part took place at Kiawah Island in May, when Higgs holed a 6-foot par putt to cap off a bogey-free 70 in the final round of the PGA Championship.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Keita Nakajima recalls one conversation with Hideki Matsuyama when the Masters champion encouraged him by saying, “I'm waiting for you in the U.S."
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Keita Nakajima of Japan made a pair of 15-foot putts over the last three holes Friday, the last one for par on the 18th hole, for a 4-under 67 and a one-shot lead going into the final round of the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Oklahoma State sophomore Bo Jin took a big step toward following in his brother's footsteps by making five birdies over his last eight holes on Thursday for a 7-under 64, giving him a one-shot lead in the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Defending champion Yuxin Lin of China and top-ranked amateur Keita Nakajima of Japan were among seven players who shared the lead at 4-under 67 as the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship began Wednesday with some of the biggest stars off to an ideal start.
SOUTHAMPTON, Bermuda (AP) — Lucas Herbert had two birdies during the toughest, wind-blown stretch of Port Royal and held steady to the end Sunday for a 2-under 69 to win the Butterfield Bermuda Championship.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Dustin Johnson hasn't played much golf since becoming the first American in more than 40 years to win all five of his matches in the Ryder Cup. He still remembers the basics.
“You try to keep it in the grass and not the desert,” he said Wednesday as he stood on the eighth tee at The Summit Club.
SIASCONSET, Mass. (AP) — Stewart Hagestad won his second U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship on Friday, holding off Mark Costanza 2 and 1 at windy Sankaty Head for a return to the Masters.
The 30-year-old Hagestad, from Newport Beach, California, also won in 2016 at Stonewall, in Elverson, Pennsylvania, then was the low amateur in the 2017 Masters with a 36th-place tie.
OAKMONT, Pa. (AP) — Nick Grabelcik played 38 holes to win three matches Friday, sending the North Florida sophomore into the semifinals of the U.S. Amateur at Oakmont.
Coming off a superb freshman year that included three wins and a spot in the Palmer Cup, Grabelcik is one match away from an exemption to the Masters and U.S.