Molinari voted as European Tour’s player of 2018

VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) — Francesco Molinari has been voted as the European Tour golfer of the year for 2018, capping a year in which he won his first major title and produced a historic performance at the Ryder Cup. Molinari became the first Italian to win the British Open after his triumph at Carnoustie, and finished the season as the Race to Dubai champion for the first time. At the Ryder Cup outside Paris, he became the first European to win all five points from his five matches against…

Read More

Woodland, Hoffman shoot 64 for share of QBE Shootout lead

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Gary Woodland and Charley Hoffman shot an 8-under 64 in modified alternate-shot play Saturday for a share of the lead in the QBE Shootout. Woodland and Hoffman birdied the final three holes to match the teams of Emiliano Grillo–Graeme McDowell and Brian Harman–Patton Kizzire at 19-under 125, with a better-ball round left at Tiburon Golf Club. Grillo-McDowell and Harman-Kizzire, tied for lead with Bryson DeChambeau and Kevin Na at 59 after the first-round scramble, each shot 66. Na and DeChambeau were a stroke back after a…

Read More

3 teams tied for QBE Shootout lead at 13-under 59

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — The teams of Bryson DeChambeau–Kevin Na, Brian Harman–Patton Kizzire and Emiliano Grillo–Graeme McDowell shot 13-under 59 in scramble play Friday to share the first-round lead in the QBE Shootout. Harman-Kizzire and Grillo-McDowell birdied the final three holes at Tiburon Golf Club, and DeChambeau and Na eagled the par-5 14th. LPGA Tour player Lexi Thompson and Tony Finau were two strokes back at 61 with Charley Hoffman–Gary Woodland and Charles Howell III-Luke List. Defending champions Steve Stricker and Sean’ O’Hair shot 62. The teams will play modified…

Read More

Schwartzel eagles 17th on way to lead at South African Open

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Charl Schwartzel holed out from the fairway for an eagle on the 17th on his way to an 8-under 63 and a one-shot lead after the second round of the South African Open on Friday. The 2011 Masters champion moved to 12-under overall and replaced overnight leader Louis Oosthuizen at the top of the leaderboard at Randpark Golf Club. Schwartzel had six birdies but only took the lead with the eagle on his second-to-last hole when his approach bounced on the green and landed on the far…

Read More

Oosthuizen leads at South African Open, Els in contention

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Louis Oosthuizen, the 2010 British Open champion, led the South African Open by a shot after a 9-under 62 in the first round on Thursday. Oosthuizen, playing his home Open for the first time in eight years, made a brilliant start at Randburg Golf Club in Johannesburg with nine birdies, including six in an eight-hole surge on the back nine, and no bogeys. “It was one of those rounds where you don’t really look at any scoreboard or your card, you just play,” he said. “I drove…

Read More

Woods holds talks over 2019 pre-Presidents Cup schedule

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — U.S. captain Tiger Woods will have discussions with golf officials in Melbourne on how to best prepare his team for the 2019 Presidents Cup next December at Royal Melbourne. Woods, in Melbourne for a promotional visit, said the talks later Thursday would focus on the options of the Americans playing his Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, coming to Melbourne the week prior for practice with sand-belt techniques, or playing the Australian Open as the lead-up event at The Australian in Sydney. “We have to figure…

Read More

Bubba wants to be at Presidents Cup as an assistant

NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Bubba Watson ends the year at No. 12 in the Presidents Cup standings, and his mission is to be at Royal Melbourne one year from now. But not necessarily as a player. Watson was asked during the Hero World Challenge what would make a good 2019, and he didn’t hesitate. “I have been bugging Mr. Tiger Woods about being a vice captain for Australia,” Watson said. “I would love the honor of doing that again. The reason why is I feel like I can service. For…

Read More

PGA of America moving headquarters to Texas

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The PGA of America is leaving Florida for a $520 million development in the Dallas area that will include a 500-room hotel, a massive conference center and two golf courses that will bring major championships back to Texas. The decision Tuesday followed approval of an incentives package by the Frisco City Council and other government entities. The move is not expected until the summer of 2022, about the time the two golf courses, a 9-hole short course and practice areas are to be finished. The first…

Read More