Photos of the Year Part II

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 25, 2010, 11:54 pm

Mean Golf Ball

THE BOGEYMAN: A fan wears a mask as he watches play during the second round of the AT&T National at Aronimink Golf Club on July 2, 2010 in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania. (Getty Images)

Miguel JimenezSPANISH STYLE POINTS: Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain celebrates with the trophy after winning in a play - off on the 18th hole after the final round of the Open de France ALSTOM at the Le Golf National Golf Club on July 4, 2010 in Paris, France. (Getty Images)


139th Open Championship

YOU GOT THAT RIGHT!: A sign cautioning fans is on display during practice for the 139th Open Championship on the Old Course, St Andrews on July 13, 2010 in St Andrews, Scotland. (Getty Images)

Seve Ballesteros 

AT ST. ANDREWS IN SPIRIT: Seve Ballesteros fans pose during practice for the 139th Open Championship on the Old Course, St Andrews on July 14, 2010 in St Andrews, Scotland. (Getty Images)

Tom Watson & Arnold Palmer DR. OF GOLF: Tom Watson (L) and Arnold Palmer receive Honorary Degrees from Scotland's oldest university, University of St. Andrews prior to the 139th Open Championship on the Old Course, St Andrews on July 13, 2010 in St Andrews, Scotland. (Getty Images)

  Old Course at St. Andrews

GOLF IN THE KINGDOM: Alejandro Canizares of Spain walks with his caddie Loren Duncan on the 18th hole during the third round of the 139th Open Championship on the Old Course, St Andrews on July 17, 2010 in St Andrews, Scotland. (Getty Images)


Senior British Open

LONELY AND FEELING BLUE?: A lone spectator sits in the grandstand during the second round of the Senior Open Championship presented by MasterCard played at Carnoustie on July 23, 2010 in Angus, Scotland. (Getty Images)

Mike Weir fansINSERT JOKE HERE: Mike Weir fans watch a shot off the 11th tee during round two of the 2010 RBC Canadian Open at St. George's Golf and Country Club on July 23, 2010 in Etobicoke, Canada. (Getty Images)


PGA Championship

GOOD LUCK GETTING THAT IN THE HOLE: A fan waits for autographs during a practice round prior to the start of the 92nd PGA Championship on the Straits Course at Whistling Straits on August 10, 2010 in Kohler, Wisconsin. (Getty Images)

Pauls Creamer

Women's US Open Champion Paula Creamer stands in front of an F-16 after flying with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds on September 9, 2010 at the Air Force Reserve Base in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Getty Images)


Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson

DRUM PLAYING FOR THE AGES: Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson attend during the photo session ahead of the PGA Champions Tour - Posco E&C Songdo Championship at Jack Nicklaus Golf Club on September 8, 2010 in Incheon, South Korea. (Getty Images)


BMW Championship leaderboard

NUMBER CRUNCHING: Daily scores are posted on a leaderboard during the second round of the BMW Championship at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club on September 10, 2010 in Lemont, Illinois. (Getty Images)

Jose Manuel Lara

AHH THE PERKS OF VICTORY: Jose Manuel Lara of Spain with the winners trophy and two hostess from Botarin after winning in a playoff against David Lynn of England after the final round of the Austrian golf open presented by Botarin at the Diamond country club on September 19, 2010 in Atzenbrugg near Vienna, Austria. (Getty Images)

KEEPING THINGS IN PERSPECTIVE: The color guard partakes in the opening ceremonies prior to the start of the first round of THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola at East Lake Golf Club on September 23, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Getty Images)

Ryder Cup ball

WASHED AWAY: In this photo illustration a golf ball is seen sitting in standing water after play is suspended during the Morning Fourball Matches during the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on October 1, 2010 in Newport, Wales.(Getty Images)


Fans at 2010 Ryder Cup

A DOUBLE-FISTING GOOD TIME: Europe and USA fans mingle during the rescheduled Afternoon Foursome Matches during the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on October 2, 2010 in Newport, Wales. (Getty Images)



THE MOMENT OF TRUTH: A view of the damage done to the hole on the 16th green after Anthony Wall of England's tee shot landed in the hole before jumping back out again during the final round of the Portugal Masters at the Oceanico Victoria Golf Course on Oct. 17 in Vilamoura, Portugal. (Getty Images)

Palm Tree WHY UNPLAYABLE LIES WERE INVENTED: A golf ball is found stuck in a palm tree during the second round of the Castello Masters Costa Azahar at the Club de Campo del Mediterraneo on October 22, 2010 in Castellon de la Plana, Spain. (Getty Images)


Nationwide Tour Championship at Daniel Island

SCARY TEE SHOT: Jason Gore, far right, hits a drive as a hole marshal dressed in a halloween costume stands at the 18th tee box during the third round of the Nationwide Tour Championship at Daniel Island Club on October 30, 2010 in Daniel Island, South Carolina. (Getty Images)

Halloween costume at Daniel IslandCARL SPACK-TACULAR: Hole marshal Zak Allmand is dressed as greenskeeper Carl Spackler from the movie Caddyshack during the third round of the Nationwide Tour Championship at Daniel Island Club on October 30, 2010 in Daniel Island, South Carolina. (Getty Images)

WGC-HSBC Champions

CROUCHING TIGER, PHIL THE WARRIOR?: Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods receive a Tai Chi lesson with swords during the 2010 WGC-HSBC Champions Photocall at The Peninsula hotel on The Bund, Shanghai on November 2, 2010 in Shanghai, China. (Getty Images)


Great Exuma Island, Bahamas

BAHAMIAN GOLF: General view of the 11th green during the Virgin Atlantic PGA National Pro-Am Championship Practice Round at Sandals Emerald Bay Resort on November 26, 2010 in Great Exuma Island, Bahamas. (Getty Images)

Golf balls

Practice golf balls are seen on the range during a practice round prior to the start of the LPGA Tour Championship at the Grand Cypress Resort on November 30, 2010 in Orlando, Florida. (Getty Images)


South African Open 

THEY GO BANANAS FOR GOLF: Monkeys are seen on the course during round three of the South African Open Golf Championship at the Durban Country Club on December 19, 2010 in Durban, South Africa. (Getty Images)

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Garcia (73), Fleetwood (74) off to slow starts at BMW

By Associated PressJune 21, 2018, 8:30 pm

PULHEIM, Germany – Sebastien Gros carded a 4-under 68 in windy conditions to lead by one shot after the opening round of the BMW International Open on Thursday.

The Frenchman had four birdies to take the lead before the turn, and a six-footer on the 15th hole moved him two ahead. But a bogey on the next hole left the 28-year-old Gros just one ahead of Jorge Campillo, Scott Jamieson, Aaron Rai and Henric Sturehed.

Sturehed eagled the par-5 No. 13 to take the lead in the morning at the Gut Laerchenhof club.

Christofer Blomstrand, Nico Geyger, Mark Tullo, Victor Perez, David Howell and Nicolai von Dellingshausen are a further stroke back on 2-under 70.

Defending champion Andres Romero was among a large group at 1 under, including 2013 winner Ernie Els and three-time European Tour winner Andy Sullivan.

Romero is bidding to be the first player to retain the title.

Local favorite and 2008 champion Martin Kaymer shot 72, ahead of Sergio Garcia (73) and Tommy Fleetwood (74).

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Ryu thriving again after simple advice from Inbee Park

By Randall MellJune 21, 2018, 7:07 pm

So Yeon Ryu shared Rolex Player of the Year honors last year.

She reigned as world No. 1 for almost five months.

So when she couldn’t keep her momentum going at year’s start, she got frustrated. She wasn’t happy with two top 10s in her first 11 starts.

“I lost a lot of confidence at the beginning of the year,” Ryu said Thursday as she prepared to lead a strong field as the defending champion in Friday’s start of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. “My expectation level was way too high.”

So she sought the counsel of her pal, world No. 1 Inbee Park, who gave her some plain-spoken advice.

Full-field scores from the Walmart Arkansas Championship

“Get over it,” Park told her. “You know what to do. You’ve done it, so it’s not really a big deal. Don’t worry about it. You were No. 1. You’ve achieved a lot of things as a professional golfer. Just don’t be too hard on yourself.”

Ryu got over it winning the Meijer LPGA Classic last week, the sixth LPGA title of her career, her third in 15 months. She’s feeling good again leading a stellar field this week at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers, Ark., a strong tune up before next week’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, the year’s third major championship.

World No. 1 Park, No. 2 Ariya Jutanugarn and No. 3 Lexi Thompson are among the top nine players in the world scheduled to compete this week. Twenty-four of the top 30 are in the field.

“When you come to defend your title, you obviously have a lot of pressure, but after I won last week, now I sort of think, maybe I have a chance to defend my title,” Ryu said. “So I've got total confidence, by last week.”

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Watch: Spieth, JT hole bunker shots in back-to-back groups

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 21, 2018, 6:57 pm

Jordan Spieth has a thing for holing bunker shots at the Travelers Championship, where he made one in a playoff to win last year.

He did it again in Round 1 at TPC River Highlands, knocking in this shot for eagle at the par-5 sixth to reach 4 under par for the tournament

In the next group, Justin Thomas did the same thing to reach 1 under. Keep an eye out for the best part of this highlight, when Thomas' caddie Jimmy Johnson tries to hand him his putter.

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River Highlands a 'breather' for Zach Johnson (63)

By Will GrayJune 21, 2018, 6:43 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – After enduring the pressure-cooker of the U.S. Open, Zach Johnson was more than happy to drift north to the friendly confines of TPC River Highlands.

Birdies were rare last week at Shinnecock Hills, but they’ll be plentiful all week long at the Travelers Championship. Browned-out and crispy conditions transitioned to lush and verdant, and players can attack flags without fear of turning a possible par into a struggle to avoid triple.

Johnson did just that in the opening round, carding eight birdies against a single bogey to take the early lead with a 7-under 63.

“It’s a different kind of breathing. It’s a different kind of exhaling, if you will, but they’re both good,” Johnson said. “You can put some red on the board here. We know that. We’ve seen it. You can go the other way in a hurry if you press it; it can keep going in the other way. So you kind of have to let it happen. This is one of those courses where you have to let it happen.”

Full-field scores from the Travelers Championship

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Like many in this week’s field, Johnson took it easy after a grueling major championship, staying away from the course Monday and easing into his prep over the next two days. Those decisions paid off quickly as he rattled off six straight birdies on Nos. 11-16 to take sole possession of the lead.

While Johnson tied for 12th last week at Shinnecock Hills, that was just his second top-15 finish since the Sony Open in January. But the veteran is no stranger to fast starts at TPC River Highlands, having now opened with 65 or better four times in his last eight appearances dating back to 2011.

It’s a course where he continues to have success, even if his past consistency hasn’t lived up to expectations.

“I feel like every time I get here it feels like I should shoot nothing, and it bites me,” Johnson said. “The last couple years I’m like, ‘All right, you can’t have any expectations in that regard. You’ve just got to go out and execute, you know, put the ball in the fairway and you will have opportunities.’”