Jason Day picks rest over workout before PGA challenge
Tue, 26 Jul 2016 23:12:55 -0400
Jason Day has opted for rest over practice before defending his world number one status and his first major title when the 98th PGA Championship tees off Thursday at Baltusrol. Day, who hosted a champions dinner Tuesday night at the course, intends to play a full first practice round Wednesday at Baltusrol before playing the first two rounds alongside four-time major winner Rory McIlroy and five-time major champion Phil Mickelson. American Dustin Johnson, who won his first major at last month's US Open, would overtake Day for the top ranking spot if he wins and the Aussie finishes worse than a two-way share of second -- or if Johnson is a solo runner-up and Day is 29th or worse.
Carroll agrees extension with Seahawks through 2019
Tue, 26 Jul 2016 23:01:47 -0400
(Reuters) - Seattle have reached an agreement with coach Pete Carroll on a contract extension that will keep him with the NFL team through 2019, the Seahawks announced on Tuesday. No financial details were released. The news comes two days after the Seahawks agreed a new contract with general manager John Schneider.
Golf star Ko hungers for Rio Games success
Tue, 26 Jul 2016 22:19:28 -0400
World number one Lydia Ko grew up thinking the Olympics were an impossible dream, so she won't let anything -- even the Zika virus threat -- stop her chasing glory in Rio. Golf is returning to the Olympics after a 112-year absence and the 19-year-old New Zealander believes she can take in three Games before giving up, and who knows maybe turning to a new career in cooking. "I never thought of golf returning to the Olympics, especially since it was last played in 1904, it's just incredible," she told AFP.
Five Facts About Rio Olympic Golf
Tue, 26 Jul 2016 21:48:00 -0400
+ Zika virus fears decimated the men's field as more than 20 golfers who could have come to Rio withdrew, including world number one Jason Day of Australia, second-ranked US Open champion Dustin Johnson, third-ranked Jordan Spieth and number four Rory McIlroy. Sweden's fifth-ranked Henrik Stenson, the British Open winner, is the highest-rated player in the 60-man Rio lineup with number six Bubba Watson, seventh-ranked fellow American Rickie Fowler, England's ninth-ranked Danny Willett and 11th-ranked Justin Rose and Spain's number 10 Sergio Garcia set to play in Brazil. + Canada's George Lyon, born in 1858, won the 1904 St. Louis Olympic men's golf tournament even though he did not start playing the game until he was 38.
Golf gets in the way of Bubba's Olympic experience
Tue, 26 Jul 2016 21:34:06 -0400
Two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson is more excited about the chance to be an Olympian than he is about the opportunity to win a gold medal at the Rio Olympics. "A gold medal is not really what I'm looking at, just being on the team and being part of this," Watson said. "The reason we brought golf to the Olympics was to try to get the world involved and grow the game.
Mickelson seeks British Open form, better result
Tue, 26 Jul 2016 21:10:29 -0400
Phil Mickelson, still smarting from a loss to Henrik Stenson at the British Open two weeks ago, hopes duplicating his final-round performance will let him bounce back with a PGA Championship win. The 46-year-old US left-hander returns to Baltusrol, where he won the 2005 PGA title, intent upon not letting a chance to win a major title pass due to disappointment. "What I want to do is just play to that level that I played at the British Open.
Women's British Open set for latest Ko-Henderson battle
Tue, 26 Jul 2016 20:50:23 -0400
Lydia Ko and Brooke Henderson - ranked number one and two in the world - are two teenagers enjoying the time of their lives in women's golf ahead of the Women's British Open on Thursday. New Zealander Ko, 19, holds two of the five major titles - the Evian Championship and ANA Inspiration - and Canadian Henderson, five months younger, claimed her first major at the Women's PGA Championship in Seattle last month, beating Ko in a play-off. Then it will be on to the Olympic Games in Rio and, while many of the top men have controversially pulled out, Ko and Henderson are relishing the sport's comeback to the Games.
McIlroy, Spieth overshadowed heading into PGA Championship
Tue, 26 Jul 2016 20:16:46 -0400
(Reuters) - Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth were ranked one and two in the world heading into last year's PGA Championship, but they return this year almost as after-thoughts, overshadowed by a wave of hotter rivals who have grabbed the limelight. Not that anyone is writing off the pair from contending at Baltusrol in New Jersey this week, but their status as underdogs underlines how quickly the sporting landscape can change. World number one Jason Day, U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson, and British Open duelists Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson are more the focus of attention, leaving McIlroy and Spieth searching to find the missing ingredient needed to regain their previous greatness.
Driver may be key to solving Baltusrol at PGA Championship
Tue, 26 Jul 2016 19:38:38 -0400
The hectic major golf season comes to a close with the PGA Championship at venerable Baltusrol Golf Club starting on Thursday, a classic course where accuracy with the driver could be the key to victory. World number one Jason Day defends his PGA title on a 7,428-yard course that plays to a par of 70 with two finishing par-five holes that may provide some dramatics in determining the last major champion of 2016. Baltusrol, designed by famed architect A.W. Tillinghast, has hosted seven U.S. Opens, two of which were won by Jack Nicklaus, and the 2005 PGA Championship, claimed by Phil Mickelson.
Frustrated Spieth back to basics in PGA title bid
Tue, 26 Jul 2016 19:08:57 -0400
Third-ranked Jordan Spieth has simplified his game to try and ease a season of frustrations and recapture the form for the PGA Championship that brought him two 2015 major titles. Spieth, who turns 23 on Wednesday, squandered a five-shot lead on the back nine at Augusta National last April and let a Masters title slip through his fingers, literally putting the green jacket on England's Danny Willett. "I don't think that I am a better player this year than I was last year," Spieth said.
Short Open celebration time might help Stenson at PGA
Tue, 26 Jul 2016 18:03:31 -0400
British Open champion Henrik Stenson has barely had a week to celebrate winning his first major title nine days ago, but that might help him capture the PGA Championship. "One more week would have been a good thing I believe," Stenson said Tuesday. Stenson will get back to work this week at the year's final major tournament in Baltusrol.
Stenson, Mickelson bring their fireworks show to PGA
Tue, 26 Jul 2016 18:00:43 -0400
By Larry Fine SPRINGFIELD, New Jersey (Reuters) - Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson forged an epic duel in the final round of the British Open and they ride into the season's final major, the PGA Championship at Baltusrol, on a wave of momentum and inextricably linked in golf lore. "I'm just delighted I managed to win it in the end," said Stenson, 40, who set a British Open record with a 20-under total in winning his first major championship. "When you hear the words that Jack (Nicklaus) and Tom (Watson) and a lot of the best players that have ever played the game are giving us credit for how we played, that's obviously very pleasing and very humbling." Mickelson, who won the 2013 British Open at Muirfield, finished on 17-under, a total that would have won 141 of the 145 British Opens played.
Golf-Stenson, Mickelson bring their fireworks show to PGA
Tue, 26 Jul 2016 17:55:58 -0400
By Larry Fine SPRINGFIELD, New Jersey, July 26 (Reuters) - Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson forged an epic duel in the final round of the British Open and they ride into the season's final major, the PGA Championship at Baltusrol, on a wave of momentum and inextricably linked in golf lore. "I'm just delighted I managed to win it in the end," said Stenson, 40, who set a British Open record with a 20-under total in winning his first major championship. "When you hear the words that Jack (Nicklaus) and Tom (Watson) and a lot of the best players that have ever played the game are giving us credit for how we played, that's obviously very pleasing and very humbling." Mickelson, who won the 2013 British Open at Muirfield, finished on 17-under, a total that would have won 141 of the 145 British Opens played.
McIlroy losing patience with solid form and so-so season
Tue, 26 Jul 2016 16:59:31 -0400
Rory McIlroy is running out of patience with an up-and-down season and running out of time to do something about it as the year's final major, the PGA Championship, starts Thursday. The 27-year-old world number four from Northern Ireland likes his form and the par-70 Baltusrol layout, and he won PGA crowns in 2012 and 2014. "There have been times where I got a little bit of momentum and then got set back a little bit," McIlroy said Tuesday.