Power Rankings: 2016 BMW Championship

By Will GraySeptember 7, 2016, 1:47 pm

The 2016 fantasy golf season rolls right along, as the PGA Tour heads to Indiana this week for the BMW Championship. A field of 69 players will tackle Crooked Stick Golf Club, with the top 30 in the standings advancing to the season-ending Tour Championship. 

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Jason Day won this event last year by six shots over Daniel Berger at Conway Farms. Here are 10 players to watch in Carmel:

1. Dustin Johnson: He likely has the edge in any Player of the Year voting, and a big result this week could push him over the top. Johnson leads the Tour with 13 top-10 finishes this season, and he should be able to bomb his way around a track where he finished T-6 four years ago.

2. Rory McIlroy: McIlroy found his putting at just the right time, erasing a six-shot deficit in Monday's final round in Boston to snag a trophy. He'll look to win at Crooked Stick, as he did in 2012, and if the putter continues to cooperate he'll surely factor.

3. Jason Day: The world No. 1 didn't play this event in 2012, but that certainly won't preclude him from factoring this time around. Day finished T-15 last week in Boston despite some off-course distractions early in the week, and he now has top-15 finishes in 12 straight playoff events outside of an injury-related withdrawal at this event two years ago.

4. Patrick Reed: The FedEx Cup leader backed up his Barclays win with a T-5 finish at the Deutsche Bank, proving that he's not about to rest on any laurels. Reed has been quietly consistent all year, and now that he has a win to his credit and a Ryder Cup berth assured, he's playing with nothing to lose.

5. Jordan Spieth: While Spieth improved on his MC-MC start to last year's playoffs, he didn't really factor at either of the first two legs of the postseason. He'll likely need to do so this week should he have any aspirations on defending that FedEx Cup title, and perhaps getting bumped by McIlroy to world No. 4 will serve as a little extra motivation.

6. Adam Scott: The Aussie has opened up his postseason with a pair of T-4 finishes, and now he heads to a course where he finished T-6 four years ago. Scott went through a bit of a dry spell after back-to-back wins in Florida this spring, but he has found his footing and his elite ball-striking should be more than enough to keep him in contention this week.

7. Ryan Moore: Believe it or not, Moore is one of the hottest players in the game right now. A winner last month at the John Deere Classic, he is one of six players to start the playoffs with a pair of top-10 finishes. He also tied for 10th at the last BMW at Crooked Stick, and could have some extra incentive this week as he makes a late bid for a Ryder Cup spot.

8. Louis Oosthuizen: The South African finished T-16 at Crooked Stick four years ago, and he has compiled a recent run that includes six top-25 finishes in his last seven worldwide starts, dating back to June. Oosthuizen can make the game look easy when he's firing on all cylinders, and he appears to be approaching that level after a T-8 finish in Boston.

9. Sergio Garcia: Garcia skipped The Barclays, but returned to action last week with a T-24 result. He has cooled somewhat since a summer stretch that included a win and three straight T-5 finishes, but the Spaniard played this course four years ago and will need a strong result in order to make the season-ending Tour Championship.

10. Phil Mickelson: Lefty remains unpredictable after missing the cut in Boston, but there's a strong chance he'll bounce back in a no-cut event on a course where he was a runner-up in 2012. Mickelson has had a resurgent season but remains in search of his first win in more than three years; it's likely he'll have a chance to end that streak this week.

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Report: Tour close to finalizing Detroit tournament

By Will GrayApril 23, 2018, 7:07 pm

With the final pieces of the 2019 schedule falling into place, the PGA Tour appears on the verge of returning to Michigan for the first time in nearly a decade.

According to a Detroit News report, the Tour is "believed to be close" to an agreement to bring a tournament to the Motor City beginning in 2019, reportedly likely to take place at Detroit Golf Club near downtown.

While the specifics remain undisclosed, the prime candidate for such a move appears to be The National. The Washington, D.C.-area event was sponsored by Detroit-based Quicken Loans from 2014-2017, and this year will be conducted without a title sponsor. According to a Detroit News report in September, Quicken Loans CEO Dan Gilbert was open to continuing his company's sponsorship of the event if it shifted to Detroit.

In addition to The National, the only other current PGA Tour event without a title sponsor is the Houston Open. On Monday Charles Schwab was introduced as the new title sponsor of the Fort Worth Invitational beginning in 2019.

The PGA Tour has not held an event in the state of Michigan since 2009, the final year of the now-defunct Buick Open at Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club. While the final details of a revamped schedule have yet to be announced, the Tour is expected to unveil its itinerary for the 2018-19 season at The Players next month.

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Inbee Park quietly reclaims world No. 1

By Randall MellApril 23, 2018, 6:44 pm

Inbee Park moved back to No. 1 in the Rolex Women’s World Rankings in about as ho-hum fashion as you’ll ever see a player take the top spot.

It isn’t that she doesn’t care about the top ranking. It just wasn’t a priority in her return to golf this year, after missing big portions of the last two years with injuries.

With an Olympic gold medal and seven major championship titles, the LPGA Hall of Famer isn’t done trying to top the scoreboards that matter most to her.

“To be honest, I never really think about being No. 1 again,” Park said early last week, before tying for second at the Hugel-JTBC LA Open. “If it comes to me, great. If not, it doesn't matter.”

It came to her for the fourth time in her career.

Park, 29, reigned at No. 1 for 59 weeks in her longest run on top, back in the 2013 and ’14 seasons.

Oddly, this run to No. 1 almost comes as a surprise to Park, who didn’t need long to get back to the top spot after returning to the tour. She won the Bank of Hope Founders Cup last month in her second after missing seven months with a back injury.

Park last lost the No. 1 ranking in October of 2015, doing so to Lydia Ko.

In six starts this year, Park has finished T-3 or better four times. She leads the tour in scoring average (69.13) and is second in greens in regulation (77.5 percent).

Just wait until her putter heats up.

Yeah, Park’s not very satisfied with her putting. She’s one of the greatest putters who ever played the women’s game, but she has been frustrated with the inconsistency of her stroke much of this season. Of course, her standards are high. She ranks second in putts per greens in regulation so far this year.

On Sunday, this is how Park summed up her putting in 2018: “Some days, I’ve been really good. Some days, I’ve been really bad.”

Park has led the LPGA in putts per GIR in five of the last 10 years. She switched from her preferred mallet-style putter to a blade earlier this season and won with a Toulon Madison blade at the Founders Cup last month. She was back with an Odyssey White Hot 2-Ball mallet this past week. That’s the putter she used to win the gold medal in Rio de Janeiro two years ago. She used an Odyssey Sabertooth winged mallet in her 2013 run of three consecutive major championship victories.

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Goose takes down junior golfer - it's awesome

By Nick MentaApril 23, 2018, 6:33 pm

A goose evidently went into business for itself somewhere in Michigan and took down this high school golfer in dramatic, hilarious, photographed fashion. To the evidence we go ...

Per the Blissfield Athletics Twitter account, "The golfers just finished teeing off and were walking down the fairway. To the left there was a goose nest and the golfers did a good job of avoiding it but the guard goose hanging out on the far right thought differently."

Just so we can all continue laughing, the Blissfield account confirmed the kid was OK.

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It's official: Charles Schwab to sponsor Colonial event

By Associated PressApril 23, 2018, 6:30 pm

FORT WORTH, Texas – The longest-running PGA Tour event still played at its original site has a new title sponsor, one already deeply involved in golf.

The PGA Tour and Colonial Country Club announced Monday that financial services provider Charles Schwab & Co. will take over as title sponsor starting in 2019. The four-year agreement goes through 2022.

Local companies are backing the event after upscale grocer Dean and Deluca withdrew as title sponsor after only two tournaments of a six-year deal. The companies include American Airlines, AT&T, XTO Energy and Burlington Northern Santa Fe railway.

Charles Schwab is already a major sponsor on the PGA Tour. On the PGA Tour Champions, the Charles Schwab Cup is awarded to the season's top player.

Next month's tournament at Colonial, which has hosted since 1946, will be played as the Fort Worth Invitational.