World Golf Glance

By Associated PressMarch 8, 2011, 1:51 pm

WORLD GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS

Cadillac Championship

Site: Doral, Florida.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: TPC Blue Monster at Doral (7,334 yards, 6,706 meters, par 72).

Purse: $8.5 million. Winner’s share: $1.4 million.

Last year: Ernie Els won the first of his two 2010 US PGA Tour titles,closing with a 6-under 66 for a four-stroke victory over South African protegeCharl Schwartzel .

Last week: South Africa’s Rory Sabbatini won the Honda Classic in Palm BeachGardens, holding off Y.E. Yang by a stroke.

Notes: Tiger Woods has won the event six times—in 1999 at Valderrama inSpain, 2002 at Mount Juliet in Ireland, 2003 at Capital City in Atlanta, 2005 atHarding Park in San Francisco, 2006 at The Grove in England and 2007 at Doral. Athree-time winner at Doral, he’s coming off a first-round loss to Thomas Bjorn two weeks ago in the Match Play Championship in Arizona. In Woods’ twostroke-play starts this year, he tied for 44th at Torrey Pines and tied for 20thin Dubai. He won the last of his 71 US PGA Tour titles in September 2009. …Phil Mickelson won the 2009 tournament. Taken to a hospital on the eve of thefinal round because of heat exhaustion and dehydration, he parred the finalseven holes to beat Nick Watney by a stroke. … Luke Donald won the first WGCevent of the year, beating Martin Kaymer in the Match Play final. … TheTransitions Championship is next week at Innisbrook, followed by the ArnoldPalmer Invitational at Bay Hill.

Online: http://www.pgatour.com

European Tour site: http://www.europeantour.com

US PGA TOUR

Puerto Rico Open

Site: Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: Trump International Golf Club-Puerto Rico (7,526 yards, 6,882meters, par 72).

Purse: $3.5 million. Winner’s share: $630,000.

Last year: Derek Lamely won the rain-delayed tournament in a Monday finishfor his first US PGA Tour title. Kris Blanks was second, two strokes back.

Last week: South Africa’s Rory Sabbatini won the Honda Classic in Palm BeachGardens, Florida, holding off Y.E. Yang by a stroke. Sabbatini has six US PGATour titles.

Notes: Sabbatini and Lamely are in the field along with Stewart Cink , AngelCabrera and Pebble Beach winner D.A. Points . … Mike Weir is coming off acareer-worst 85 on Friday in the Honda Classic. He opened with a 77 aftershooting two 77s in the Northern Trust Open to miss the cut at Riviera. …Michael Bradley won the 2009 title, holing an 11-foot birdie putt for aone-stroke victory.

Online: http://www.pgatour.com

CHAMPIONS TOUR

Toshiba Classic

Site: Newport Beach, California.

Schedule: Friday-Sunday.

Course: Newport Beach Country Club (6,584 yards, 6,020 meters, par 71).

Purse: $1.7 million. Winner’s share: $255,000.

Last year: Fred Couples won the second of his three straight Champions Tourtitles, shooting 66-64-65 for a four-stroke victory over Ronnie Black .

Last event: Bernhard Langer won the ACE Group Classic on Feb. 20 in Naples,Florida, for his 14th Champions Tour victory, finishing with a tournament-record20-under total. Fred Funk was second, four strokes back.

Notes: Couples and John Cook are coming off strong performances on the USPGA Tour. Couples had the lead early in the final round of the Northern TrustOpen three weeks ago at Riviera and ended up tying for seventh. Cook, the winnerof the season-opening senior event in Hawaii, finished third two weeks ago inthe Mayakoba Golf Classic in Mexico. … Langer, the 2008 winner, has 14victories in 71 Champions Tour starts. … Ian Baker-Finch is making hisChampions Tour debut. … The tour is off the next two weeks. Play will resumeApril 1-3 with the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic.

Online: http://www.pgatour.com

US LPGA TOUR

Next event: LPGA Founders Cup, March 18-20, JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort& Spa, Wildfire Golf Club, Phoenix.

Last event: Australia’s Karrie Webb won the HSBC Women’s Champions inSingapore on Feb. 27 for her 37th US LPGA Tour victory, rallying to beat ChieArimura by a stroke.

Online: http://www.lpga.com

OTHER TOURNAMENTS

Men

eGOLF PROFESSIONAL TOUR: El Jadida Classic, Thursday-Sunday, Pullman RoyalGolf Club, El Jadida, Morocco. Online: http://www.egolfprofessionaltour.com

NGA HOOTERS TOUR: Ocala Classic, Thursday-Sunday, Golden Hills Golf and TurfClub, Ocala, Florida. Online: http://www.ngahooterstour.com

PGA EUROPEAN SENIORS TOUR: ISPS Handa Senior World Championship,Friday-Sunday, Mission Hills Golf Club, World Cup Course, Shenzhen, China.Online: http://www.europeantour.com

TOUR OF THE AMERICAS/PGA EUROPEAN CHALLENGE TOUR: Copa AntioquiaInternational, Thursday-Sunday, Club Deportivo El Rodeo, Medellin, Colombia.Online: http://www.tourdelasamericas.com http://www.europeantour.com

Women

JAPAN LPGA TOUR: Yokohama PRGR Ladies Cup, Friday-Sunday, Tosa Country Club,Kochi, Japan. Online: http://www.lpga.or.jp

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Watch: Pieters snaps club ... around his neck

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 25, 2018, 1:19 pm

After opening in 3-over 75, Thomas Pieters was in no mood for more poor play on Friday.

Unfortunately for Pieters, he bogeyed two of his first three holes in the second round of the BMW PGA Championship and then didn't like his second shot at the par-5 fourth.

Someone - or some thing - had to pay, and an innocent iron bore the brunt of Pieters' anger.



Pieters made par on the hole, but at 5 over for the tournament, he was five shots off the cut line.

It's not the first time a club has faced Pieters' wrath. 

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Woods would 'love' to see Tour allow shorts

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 25, 2018, 12:59 pm

Players on the European Tour are allowed to wear shorts during practices and pro-ams.

The PGA of America permitted players to show some leg while prepping for last year’s PGA Championship.

Tiger Woods would like to see the PGA Tour follow suit.

"I would love it," he said Thursday in a Facebook Live with Bridgestone Golf. "We play in some of the hottest climates on the planet. We usually travel with the sun, and a lot of our events are played in the summer, and then on top of that when we have the winter months here a lot of the guys go down to South Africa and Australia where it's summer down there.

"It would be nice to wear shorts. Even with my little chicken legs, I still would like to wear shorts."

Caddies are currently allowed to wear shorts on Tour, during events.

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Feasting again: McIlroy shoots 65 to lead BMW PGA

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 25, 2018, 12:04 pm

Updated at 9:42 a.m. ET

Rory McIlroy made seven birdies and no bogeys on Friday for a 7-under 65 and the second-round lead at the BMW PGA Championship.

After opening in 67, McIlroy was among the early groups out on Day 2 at Wentworth Club. He made three birdies and no bogeys on the par-35 front nine on Friday, and then went on a run after the turn.

McIlroy made four consecutive birdies, beginning at the par-5 12th. That got him to 12 under, overall, and gave him a clear advantage over the field. With two closing par-5s, a very low number was in sight. But, as he did on Day 1, McIlroy finished par-par.

"I've made four pars there [on 17 and 18] when I really should be making at least two birdies, but I played the other par-5s well," McIlroy said. "It all balances itself out."


Full-field scores from the BMW PGA Championship


McIlroy has made 14 birdies and two bogeys through two rounds. At 12 under, he has a three-stroke lead over Sam Horsfield.

"The work has paid off, to some degree," McIlroy said of his practice with swing coach Michael Bannon. "I still feel like I'm hitting some loose shots out there. But, for the most part, it's been really good. If I can keep these swing thoughts and keep going in the right direction, hopefully this is the type of golf I'll be able to produce."

This event has been feast or famine for McIlroy. He won here in 2014, but has three missed cuts in his other three starts. This week, however, he’ll be around for the weekend and is in position for his first European Tour victory since the 2016 Irish Open and his second worldwide victory of the year (Arnold Palmer Invitational).

"I have the confidence that I'm playing well and I can go out and try to just replicate what I did the day before," McIlroy said about his weekend approach with the lead. "On the first tee box tomorrow I'll be thinking about what I did today. Trying to just keep the same thoughts, make the same swings. I went a couple better today than I did yesterday. I'm not sure I'll keep that progression going but something similiar tomorrow would be nice."

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Goat visor propels Na to Colonial lead

By Will GrayMay 25, 2018, 1:29 am

Jason Dufner officially has some company in the headwear free agency wing of the PGA Tour.

Like Dufner, Kevin Na is now open to wear whatever he wants on his head at tournaments, as his visor sponsorship with Titleist ended earlier this month. He finished T-6 at the AT&T Byron Nelson in his second tournament as a free agent, and this week at the Fort Worth Invitational he's once again wearing a simple white visor with a picture of a goat.

"I bought it at The Players Championship for $22 with the 30 percent discount that they give the Tour players," Na told reporters. "It's very nice."


Full-field scores from the Fort Worth Invitational

Fort Worth Invitational: Articles, photos and videos


Perhaps a change in headwear was just what Na needed to jumpstart his game. Last week's result in Dallas was his first top-35 finish in his last six events dating back to February, and he built upon that momentum with an 8-under 62 to take a one-shot lead over Charley Hoffman after the first round at Colonial Country Club.

While many sports fans know the "GOAT" acronym to stand for "Greatest Of All Time," it's a definition that the veteran Na only learned about earlier this year.

"I do social media, but they kept calling Tiger the GOAT. I go, 'Man, why do they keep calling Tiger the GOAT? That's just mean,'" Na said. "Then I realized it meant greatest of all time. Thinking of getting it signed by Jack (Nicklaus) next week (at the Memorial)."