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Doug Ferguson: Rivalries in golf require more than a great year

The question was in Chinese, so Rory McIlroy stared aimlessly until his eyes widened suddenly upon hearing two words he could understand. Brooks Koepka.


Golf notes: Charles Howell III takes family on ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ trip

Not long after Charles Howell III finished his final round in Las Vegas, he packed up for a trip to Asia he never imagined taking. It wasn’t just for golf. …


Phil Mickelson’s streak of 26 years in the top 50 comes to an end

The streak ended with little fanfare, and that was just fine with Phil Mickelson.


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 3, 2019

Rory McIlroy wins HSBC Champions in a playoff

Given another shot at winning the HSBC Champions, Rory McIlroy delivered his best of the day.


Defending champ Nelly Korda wins LPGA Swinging Skirts in playoff

Defending champion Nelly Korda birdied the first hole of a three-way playoff on Sunday to win the LPGA Swinging Skirts.


Colin Montgomerie wins PGA Tour Champions’ Invesco QQQ

Colin Montgomerie won the Invesco QQQ Championship with a par on the first hole of a playoff after Bernhard Langer took four strokes to get out of a greenside bunker.


Retief Goosen leads PGA Tour Champions’ Invesco QQQ

Retief Goosen shot a 6-under 66 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead over fellow Hall of Famers Fred Couples and Bernhard Langer into the final round of the Invesco …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 2, 2019

Harry Higgs takes 2-shot lead in Bermuda Championship

Harry Higgs rebounded from his first bogey of the week to take a two-stroke lead in the PGA Tour’s inaugural Bermuda Championship.


Rory McIlroy takes 1-shot lead into final round in Shanghai

Rory McIlroy spun a wedge down to 3 feet for birdie on his final hole for a clean card at a 5-under 67, giving him a one-shot lead over Louis …


Defending champion Nelly Korda leads in Taiwan Swinging Skirts

Defending champion Nelly Korda shot a 7-under 65 to take a three-stroke lead after Saturday’s third round of the LPGA Swinging Skirts.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 1, 2019

Miguel Angel Jimenez, Billy Mayfair, Woody Austin share lead at Invesco QQQ

Miguel Angel Jimenez birdied the final two holes Friday for a 6-under 66 and a share of the first-round lead in the Invesco QQQ Championship, the second of three events …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 1, 2019

Brendon Todd, Harry Higgs, Scottie Scheffler share PGA Tour lead in Bermuda

Brendon Todd birdied his last four holes Friday for an 8-under 63 and a share of the lead with Harry Higgs and Scottie Scheffler after the second round of the …


Matt Fitzpatrick takes 1-shot lead over Rory McIlroy in Shanghai

Matt Fitzpatrick turned a muff into an unlikely par, closed with two straight birdies for a 5-under 67 and took a one-shot lead over Rory McIlroy going into the weekend …


Golf notes: Davis Love III to make the move to broadcast booth at CBS

Peter Kostis and Gary McCord are out at CBS Sports. Davis Love III is in.


Doug Ferguson: 82 and 26, the standards of Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson

Phil Mickelson looked boyish in a dark suit that hung from his shoulders and appeared to be two sizes too big, the result of losing 28 pounds. He says he …


Doug Ferguson: Tiger Woods tied with Sam Snead, and no one else is close

The toughest competition for Tiger Woods has always been history. What captured the public’s attention when Woods won the first of his 15 majors, the 1997 Masters, was whether he …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 26, 2019

Locally: Three area golfers earn player of the year honors

Three area golfers – Emily Baumgart, Reid Hatley and Russell Grove – have collected player of the year honors for 2019.


Tiger Woods shoots 64 to take 2-stroke lead at Zozo Championship

Tiger Woods shot a second straight 6-under 64 on Saturday to take a two-stroke lead after the second round of the rain-hit Zozo Championship.


South Korean players lead at LPGA tournament in Busan

South Koreans Somi Lee and Seung Yeon Lee were tied for the third-round lead Saturday at the Buick Ladies Championship, the second event on the LPGA’s four-tournament Asian swing.


Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama in contention at Zozo Championship

Local favorite Hideki Matsuyama is still in contention to become the first Japanese player to win a PGA Tour event on home soil.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 23, 2019

Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy lead star field in Japan

With a field that includes Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy, the PGA Tour’s first tournament in Japan has plenty of star power.


Golf notes: LPGA commissioner Mike Whan sees strength in growth, not gap, of prize money

Mike Whan brought a different perspective Tuesday at the LPGA Tour’s new BMW Ladies Championship in South Korea. Prize money for the women is growing at a rate Whan didn’t …


Doug Ferguson: Patty Tavatanakit takes fast track to LPGA Tour

If everything had gone according to plan, Patty Tavatanakit would be in North Carolina this week preparing for two weeks of the LPGA Q-Series in her bid to earn status …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 21, 2019

Jason Day beats Tiger Woods in Japan Skins – and also with quips

Not only did Jason Day win the inaugural “The Challenge: Japan Skins” game on Monday in Inzai City, Japan, beating Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Hideki Matsuyama, he also won …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 19, 2019

Justin Thomas, Danny Lee tied for 3rd-round lead at CJ Cup

Justin Thomas was looking at a three-stroke lead at the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges with only one hole to play Saturday, which would have set him up nicely for …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 18, 2019

Justin Thomas takes 2-stroke lead after two rounds at CJ Cup

Justin Thomas shot a 9-under 63 Friday to take a two-stroke lead at the CJ Cup, putting himself in position to win his second PGA Tour event in South Korea …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 17, 2019

Nasa Hataoka, Amy Yang share LPGA Tour lead in Shanghai

Nasa Hataoka birdied three of the final six holes for a 5-under 67 and a share of the first-round lead with Amy Yang on Thursday in the Buick LPGA Shanghai, …


Jason Day shoots 66, trails by 2 strokes at CJ Cup

Jason Day’s attempt to impress International team captain Ernie Els for a spot at the Presidents Cup took a positive turn on Thursday when the Australian shot a 6-under 66 …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 15, 2019

Juggling Gary Woodland back in South Korea for CJ Cup

Gary Woodland finished runner-up to Brooks Koepka in last year’s CJ Cup at Nine Bridges. He returns this year for the first of three PGA Tour events in Asia with …


Doug Ferguson: Lanto Griffin values free golf lesson from a caring pro

Steve Prater can recall only one time in more than 30 years as a PGA professional that he refused payment for a golf lesson. Lanto Griffin doesn’t know where he …