- 2018-08-17 11:12:34Z
Perhaps you've noticed Justin Thomas' recent swing change-or should we say "pre-swing" change. Thomas recently explained to Golf Digest that he's checking to make sure the clubface is rotating upward, not pointing to the ground, which would be closed. Thomas says the purpose of stopping and feeling this position is to boost his chances of swinging through it on the backswing.
Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry believes his love for golf may have influenced the Minnesota Timberwolves and their decision not to select him in the 2009 NBA Draft. Curry - a two-time MVP and three-time NBA champion - was taken with pick seven by the Warriors nine years ago. The 30-year-old guard who made a $25,000 donation to golfer Scott Harrington as his wife Jenn battles Hodgkin Lymphoma after missing the cut at the Web.com Tour's Ellie Mae Classic.
Brandt Snedeker predicted low scores at the Wyndham Championship - but not this low. Snedeker shot an 11-under 59 on Thursday, falling one shot shy of matching the PGA Tour record. Jim Furyk set the record with a 58 in the final round of the Travelers Championship in 2016.
Mark King, the former president and CEO of TaylorMade who transformed the golf industry's innovation cycle and restored the company to a dominant leadership position throughout his three decades with the brand, is getting back in the golf business. King told Golf Digest that he is serving as a consultant to Honma Golf's chairman Liu Jianguo and will be guiding the company's strategy as it looks to expand its presence in North America. "Honestly, I had no intention of doing anything like this," said King, who announced he was stepping down as president of Adidas North America in April.
GOTHENBURG, Sweden (AP) -- Clement Sordet opened with four straight birdies to shoot 8-under 62 and take the first-round lead of the Nordea Masters on Thursday. Sordet says ''I wasn't really focusing on the score, I was just enjoying it.'' The Frenchman
Heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder is on a business trip this weekend in Belfast. If Fury wins, Wilder plans to challenge him to a fight they've already discussed - right then and there. ''Why not?'' Wilder told The Associated Press.
With Thomas Bach having made engaging youth one of his key missions as International Olympic Committee (IOC) president, eyes will be on esports which debuts as a demonstration event at the Aug. 18-Sept. 2 Asian Games organized by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA). Esports, boasting an estimated 250
A mountain lion made a surprise appearance at Bear Dance Golf Course in Larkspur, Colorado.
When he tees off Thursday morning at 8:10 PDT in the second round of match play at the 118th U.S. Amateur, Jackson Van Paris will attempt to accomplish something that only Bobby Jones is believed to have done. Van Paris is a precocious, wafer-thin 14-year-old from Pinehurst, N.C. His mother, Jana, says that Jackson has yet to grow into his very large feet, even though he is almost 6-foot-2. As far as anyone could tell, Van Paris is the second-youngest contestant to win a match in the U.S. Amateur, trailing only Jones, who made his debut in the 1916 championship at Merion.
Comeback (noun): A return by a well-known person, especially an entertainer or sports player, to the activity in which they have formerly been successful. There is no question that Brooks Koepka has completed his comeback. With two major championship victories that encompassed wins over Dustin Johnson and Tiger Woods, Player of the Year honors have already been locked up for the 2017-18 season.
Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev, who will meet Briton Hughie Fury in October in a fight to decide the challenger for the International Boxing Federation's (IBF) world heavyweight title, has terminated his contract with German promoter Team Sauerland. "I paid $150,000 because of the early termination
Akshay Bhatia was still a long way from winning the U.S. Amateur. But one of the favorites entering this week's championship at Pebble Beach saw his title hopes spoiled on Wednesday due in part to a rules technicality involving his caddie. After qualifying
Six Roman Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania joined the list this week of those around the U.S. that have been forced to face the ugly truth about child-molesting priests in their ranks.
American star Rickie Fowler has withdrawn from next week's Northern Trust due to a right oblique injury. Fowler announced he will miss the PGA Tour's first FedEx Cup play-off event ahead of the Ryder Cup via Instagram on Wednesday. The four-time PGA Tour winner - who finished tied for 12th at the US PGA Championship - said he has been battling the injury for some time.
Around the Vanderbilt golf team John Augenstein's nickname is "Flash," and it's easy to see why. The Commodores junior added another highlight to his growing collection Wednesday, when he defeated world No. 3 Collin Morikawa in 19 holes during a Round of 64 match at the U.S. Amateur. Out of sorts early at Pebble Beach, Augenstein was 2 down to Morikawa after butchering the short seventh and then misplaying a shot around the green on 8.
Rickie Fowler revealed during the second round of the PGA Championship that he was dealing with an oblique strain at Bellerive. "I'm playing with it, no excuses," Fowler said at the time. "It hurts from time to time but that's the way it is." Fowler started the final round three shots back of Brooks Koepka but failed to make a Sunday charge, his one-over 71 dropping Fowler into a T-12 finish.
Commercial airlines losing the golf clubs of a professional golfer is not exactly a groundbreaking story. Olesen, the reigning Italian Open champ, claimed his primary set of golf clubs were lost last week. Having little faith they'd be found before this week's Nordea Masters, he decided to bring his backup set for the event in Sweden.
Lexi Thompson abruptly withdrew from the Women's British Open three weeks ago, citing emotional and mental exhaustion. "I have not truly felt like myself for quite some time," Thompson wrote on Instagram. Speaking to the media, Thompson, who is the event's defending champion, tried to explain what spurred her surprise exit.
There's always a post-Wanamaker depression that sets in after the PGA Championship, the reality sinking in that the next major is some 250 days away in the spring. From Tiger to the Ryder Cup to Jordan Spieth, here are seven storylines during the FedEx Cup Playoffs that will pack a punch. Aside from Ridgewood, the venues on the postseason slate are tailored to Tiger's game.
Lexi Thompson says her month-long "mental break" from golf was not triggered by any new event, but it was a respite she needed to deal with the cumulative struggle that came from trying to show strength and "hide" the emotional pain she felt in the challenges she faced last year. Thompson opened up in a heartfelt fashion Wednesday in her return to the game at the Indy Women in Tech Championship, where she is the defending champion. "It was honestly just a buildup," Thompson said.
It's time for the PGA Tour's bubble players to take center stage. The field at the Wyndham Championship is once again packed with players trying to play their way into golf's postseason and keep their tour cards for 2019. Only two of the top 30 players on the points list will tee it up Thursday when the tournament begins at par-70 Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, North Carolina.
The USGA and R&A's investigation into the distance topic, the so-named "Distance Insights" project, will now employ an outside market research firm to ask golfers and non-golfers alike around the world what they think about distance. Of course on the other, using an outside research firm also will at the very least ensure that whatever decision might be made by the ruling bodies is not going to have the appearance of being a foregone conclusion concocted in the halls of Golf House in New Jersey and the R&A clubhouse in St. Andrews.
Jacob Bergeron was the last man standing in a U.S. Amateur play-off after 24 men were left vying for just one spot to advance to the next stage at Pebble Beach. After two stroke play rounds, 63 players advanced to the match play section of the tournament but a play-off was necessary to determine the final berth as 24 players finished on four over par. The incredible play-off, which lasted well over an hour, started on the par-three 17th and in the 24-man field only Bergeron and Peter Kuest, who was the final player to tee off, made birdies.
It wasn't just that Jacob Bergeron prevailed in an unprecedented 24-for-1 playoff Wednesday at the U.S. Amateur. It was how he did it - with a bogey-6, on Pebble Beach's famous 18th hole. "Fortunate is the first word that comes to mind," Bergeron said afterward.
The Volkswagen Golf R is currently available in the United States in just five colors, but the number of choices jumps by 40 shades for the 2019 model year as part of what the company calls the Volkswagen Spektrum Program. Picking one of these new, vibrant hues adds $2,500 to the hot hatch's bottom line. Some of the colors take inspiration from other VW's past, like Deep Blue Pearl from the fourth- and fifth-generation Golf R32, Ginster Yellow from the 1997 Driver's Edition GTI, and Mars Red from the original GTI.
Volkswagen will unveil a new generation of the Golf next year, the nameplate's eighth, but it might be some time still until the car's R variant is introduced. Called the Spektrum Program, the colors have been carefully selected by VW's team in North America and includes a number of classic hues. For example, a Viper Green Metallic color was originally found on the third-generation VW Scirocco and is currently an option for the Lamborghini Huracán.
Nearly 40 people died on Tuesday when a giant motorway bridge collapsed in Genoa in northwestern Italy, with the death toll expected to mount further. The Morandi viaduct, a massive concrete structure less than five kilometres (three miles) to the west of Genoa's old port, was completed in 1967 and acts as the flyover of the A10 motorway. Named after the architect who designed it, the bridge spanned railway lines, factory buildings and the Polcevera stream around 45 metres (over 150 feet) below.
Luke and Shane love the Ryder Cup above all else, so we've set them loose to indulge their obsessions in a series of email exchanges leading up to the showdown in France. Thankfully, though, we have one last ray of sunshine ahead: the Ryder Cup.
The cadence of the PGA Tour's regular-season finale has always has been a little off-pitch. A shame, because, for a host of players, the Wyndham Championship means a heck of a lot. With the Greensboro event the last chance for players to make their way into the FedEx Cup Playoffs, here are 10 notable names on the postseason bubble.
Not even Brooks Koepka can explain why he plays some of his best golf at the biggest events. The PGA Championship not only was his third major, he won two of the three majors he played this year and three of the last six.
Tiger Woods once said it could not be considered a truly great year without winning a major. Neither was enough to win the PGA Championship. ''I didn't even know if I was going to play golf again,'' Woods said.
French heavyweight boxer Tony Yoka's appeal against a one-year ban for doping violations was rejected on Tuesday, denting his hopes of winning a world title. Yoka appealed the case to the French Council of State, but the ban was upheld on Tuesday. "The casualness of the behaviour of Mr Yoka
Shane Lowry had a solid run at this year's PGA Championship, his eight-under score good enough for a T-12 finish. Unfortunately, it's a standing that could have been better had Lowry received, in his estimation, a better ruling at Bellerive's 16th hole on Sunday. Somewhat surprisingly, rules officials could not decide what drop, if any, Lowry was entitled to, and Lowry ultimately decided to play his shot from the original position.
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Before Tiger Woods flashed glimpses of his former self at the Hero World Challenge in December, he urged everyone he'd be taking it slow in this latest comeback. RELATED: Tiger Woods didn't win the PGA. This time a year ago, it was impossible to even fathom Woods contending in another tournament again, let alone a major.
Arkansas prosecutors have dropped domestic violence charges against former middleweight boxing champion Jermain Taylor after his accuser halted contact with authorities. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports Taylor was scheduled to stand trial on a felony terroristic threatening charge and a misdemeanor
Justin Thomas shows his go-to swing fix for his driver.
Tyson Fury has taunted Deontay Wilder as the controversial British fighter sets his sights on a clash with his heavyweight rival. Fury's comeback continues with a showdown against Francesco Pianeta in Belfast on Saturday. Negotiations for the two to clash in December are progressing and should
Brooks Koepka has four wins on Tour, with three of them being majors - that's a 75% clip. How do other major winners stack up?
If you signed up to play in the member-guest at Bellerive, you'd probably be in for a rude awakening. ST LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 12: Adam Scott of Australia plays his shot from the 18th tee during the final round of the 2018 PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club on August 12, 2018 in St Louis, Missouri.
If you don't know the name T.J. Vogel, we'll forgive you. The 27-year-old golfer has made just three cuts in his PGA Tour career-all coming this season. On Monday, Vogel gained entry into his eighth PGA Tour event of the season as a Monday qualifier, shooting a 5-under 66 at the Wyndham Championship qualifier at Bermuda Run Country Club in North Carolina.
Brooks Koepka's win at the 100th PGA Championship gave him an impressively quick third major title. It also had people asking a logical question when examining his career resume: Why doesn't this guy win more regular PGA Tour events? The victory at Bellerive means Koepka now has four PGA Tour titles, but only one has come at a non-major.
Two competing narratives emerged from the build-up and then aftermath of the 100th PGA Championship. Going in it was how uninspired a venue Bellerive Country Club was for a major championship. The other was how riveting the final round there ended up
Over an ear-splitting afternoon in which most of the cheers weren't for him, Brooks Koepka got a taste of what golf feels like when Tiger Woods is in the hunt. Woods provided the thrills Sunday - a fist-pumping, club-slamming, roller-coaster ride of a final round in which he threatened from beginning to end but couldn't knock Koepka out of the lead, or deny him the trophy. Koepka heard the commotion in front of him all day - ''You could hear a different roar like every 30 seconds, so we knew what was going on,'' he said - but did what he does best at the majors: He put on a calm, collected show of precision golf to hold off Woods by two shots and become only the fifth person to win a U.S....
Tiger Woods would be replaced as a Ryder Cup vice-captain should he be handed a wildcard to play at Le Golf National, Jim Furyk has confirmed. Woods put himself firmly in frame for one of Furyk's four captain's picks after a sensational 64 at the US PGA Championship on Sunday. The automatic top eight spots in Furyk's team were confirmed following the fourth major of 2018 and attention now turns to the final four places, and Woods was the name on everyone's lips at Monday's media conference.
True, Woods has been stuck on 14 major wins for a decade, and that pursuit looks improbable, with today's game owning more depth and firepower than ever. Given Woods was unsure he'd ever tee it up competitively again 10 months ago, that's a prospect worthy of praise. A figure that's extremely impressive, and makes the case Woods could have 16 or 17 majors already.
In the fall of 2015, Brooks Koepka very much wanted to make the Presidents Cup team. After all, Koepka had won early in the year in Phoenix, had finished in the top 10 in two majors and moved into the top 20 in the Official World Golf Rankings.
Adam Scott walked away from the US PGA Championship with plenty of positives, despite wasting an opportunity to clinch his second major title. Former world number one and 2013 Masters champion Scott finished third at Bellerive Country Club on Sunday, three shots adrift of winner Brooks Koepka. Scott - who has struggled to reach the lofty heights of 2013 - turned back the clock in St Louis and went toe-to-toe with Koepka, even grabbing a share of the lead thanks to birdies at the 10th, 12th and 13th holes, but the Australian came up short.
Sitting on a couch watching the Masters on television with an injured left wrist, Brooks Koepka never dreamed he would win two majors this year, much less battle his boyhood idols. "When I look at what I've done in the past two months, it's incredible," Koepka said. As impressive as his long drives was Koepka's coolness under pressure, a composure that has become a trademark.
Brooks Koepka does not care what you think about him. In and of itself that doesn't mean a whole lot, until you consider it's coming from someone who feels that he doesn't get asked enough questions, isn't featured high enough on ESPN.com's home page or gets annoyed when he's not listed as a "notable" when the tee times come out at a major championship. There was no ambiguity about it, or lack of context, Sunday night at Bellerive Country Club.