Featured groups: Hyundai Tournament of Champions

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 7, 2015, 9:48 pm

The 2014-15 PGA Tour season resumes this week with the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, the 34-man, winners-only event that begins Friday in Hawaii. Here are a few groups to keep an eye during the first round at Kapalua (all times Eastern): 

4:50 p.m.: Hideki Matsuyama and Geoff Ogilvy

Matsuyama is making his first start on Maui, while Ogilvy is rekindling his love affair with the Plantation Course. The Australian won in back-to-back years (2009, ’10) and was attempting a three-peat in ’11 when he cut his finger on a coral reef and had to withdraw. He won the Barracuda Championship to earn his spot in the field. Matsuyama is in better form currently, posting a pair of top 10s in the fall portion of the Tour schedule before winning the Dunlop Phoenix in Japan.

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5:10 p.m.: Russell Henley and Patrick Reed

These are two of the game’s brightest stars who have parlayed impressive college careers into quick success on the PGA Tour. Neither player fared particularly well in their Kapalua debut in 2014, with Reed finishing T-16 and Henley 27th. After a quiet summer, Henley has posted a pair of top 5s in his last five worldwide starts. Reed, meanwhile, finished joint third in his most recent start, at Tiger Woods’ World Challenge event.

5:20 p.m.: Matt Kuchar and Jason Day 

Two of the favorites to win this week will begin their tournament together. Kuchar loves Hawaii so much that last year he spent an entire month on the island. His good vibes are apparent at Kapalua, where he has four consecutive top 10s. Day has made only one prior appearance here, a T-9 in 2011. The Australian was fifth at the World Challenge, then teamed with Cameron Tringale to win the Franklin Templeton Shootout.  

5:50 p.m.: Billy Horschel and Zach Johnson 

The reigning FedEx Cup champion is paired with the defending champion in the final twosome of the opening round. Horschel hasn’t had the easiest time since collecting all that FedEx Cup cash; in three full-field starts, he has yet to crack the top 35. Horschel finished T-6 in his debut here a year ago, five shots behind Johnson. The victory was only Johnson’s second top 10 here in seven tries. 

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Bend it like Garcia? Sergio scores in player-caddie soccer match

By Grill Room TeamOctober 20, 2018, 2:44 am

Sergio Garcia has always been able to work his golf ball from left to right, but he's also - apparently - proficient at playing a draw with a soccer ball.

This year's Adalucia Valderrama Masters is suffering through some weather issues. But the highlight of the week - and, according to the Felipe Aguilar, "the year" - was always going to be the event's player-caddie soccer match, which you can see here:

The standout highlight? This bending, left-footed(!) strike from defending champion Sergio Garcia:

"Just a little bit of fun with the caddies and some of the players," Garcia nonchalantly says in the video. "Yeah, just a little bit of running and it was good fun."

Garcia, a diehard Real Madrid fan who kicked off El Clasico in his green jacket back in 2016, has previously appeared in professional matches for CF Borriol, a Tercera Division club in Spain. 

"It's good fun and whenever I'm around I get to practice with them a little bit and play a little bit here and there. This season, I've played probably five games, so not a lot, but I enjoy it," Garcia told CNN back in 2013.

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Dunlap, in 'excruciating pain,' shares early Dominion lead

By Associated PressOctober 19, 2018, 10:29 pm

RICHMOND, Va. – Scott Dunlap and Fran Quinn shot 5-under 67 on Friday to share the first-round lead in the PGA Tour Champions' playoff-opening Dominion Energy Charity Classic.

Fighting a left wrist injury that will require surgery, Dunlap matched Quinn with a closing birdie on the par-5 18th on The Country Club of Virginia's James River Course.

''Maybe excruciating pain is the key to playing good golf because I'm not getting nervous on a shot, you're just trying to get through it,'' Dunlap said. ''The worst parts are gripping it and getting the club started ... that's when that bone hits that bone.''

The top 72 players qualified for the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs opener. The top 54 on Sunday will get spots next week in the Invesco QQQ Championship in Thousand Oaks, Calif., and the top 36 after that will advance to the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Phoenix.

Full-field scores from the Dominion Energy Charity Classic

The 55-year-old Dunlap entered the week 29th in the standings. Playing through the wrist injury, he's coming off ties for ninth and seventh in his last two starts.

''I think I finally taped it the right way,'' Dunlap said. ''Or maybe it's the pain meds kicking in. I don't know, one of the two.''

Quinn is 64th in the standings.

''I finished up strong last year, too, kind of secured my privileges for the following year making eagle on 18,'' Quinn said. ''I played solid all day. I had a lot of opportunities. A couple hiccups.''

Jay Haas was a stroke back with Kent Jones, Stephen Ames, Woody Austin and Tim Petrovic. The 64-year-old Haas won the last of his 18 senior titles in 2016.

Vijay Singh and Miguel Angel Jimenez, second in the standings, were at 69 with Joey Sindelar, Tom Gillis, Billy MayfairLee Janzen, Glen Day and Gene Sauers.

Defending champion Bernhard Langer opened with a 70. The 61-year-old German star won the SAS Championship last week in North Carolina to take the points lead. He has two victories this year and 38 overall on the 50-and-over tour.

Defending Charles Schwab Cup champion Kevin Sutherland had a 71. He's 14th in the standings. No. 3 Jerry Kelly shot 72. No. 4 Scott McCarron, the 2016 tournament winner, had a 74.

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Weather continues to plague Valderrama Masters

By Associated PressOctober 19, 2018, 7:55 pm

SOTOGRANDE, Spain  -- Marc Warren helped his chances of retaining his European Tour card by moving into a tie for second place behind Englishman Ashley Chesters at the rain-hit Andalucia Valderrama Masters on Friday.

Bad weather interrupted play for a second straight day at the Real Club Valderrama in southern Spain before darkness caused the second round to be suspended until Saturday, with overnight Chesters still ahead at 5-under.

Weather delays on Thursday, including a threat of lightning, had kept 60 golfers from finishing their opening round. They included Scottish player Warren, who went out on Friday and finished his first round with a 2-under 69.

He then made three birdies to go with one bogey on the first nine holes of the second round before play was halted. He joined Frenchman Gregory Bourdy one shot behind Chesters.

Full-field scores from the Andalucia Valderrama Masters

''I'm hitting the ball as well as I have in a long time,'' Warren said. ''Hitting fairways and greens is the most important thing around here, so hopefully I wake up tomorrow with the same swing.''

Chesters and Bourdy were among several golfers unable to play a single hole in the second round on Friday.

Warren, a three-time European Tour winner, has struggled this season and needs a strong performance to keep his playing privileges for next year.

Currently ranked 144th, Warren needs to break into the top 116 to keep his card.

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Watch: Is this the up-and-down of the year?

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 19, 2018, 3:30 pm

Play away from the pin? Just because there's a tree in your way? Not Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano. Watch him channel some Arnie (or, more appropriately, some Seve) with this shot in the Valderrama Masters: