Golf Birthdays: July 30-31
7/30/2015
July 30Klas Eriksson turns 44. He has five wins on the European Challenge Tour, which is tied for fifth all-time, turning pro in 1991. In 1996, he received an exemption to The Open Championship and finished tied for 41st.Graeme McDowell, winner of the 2010 US Open, turns 36.  McDowell has won...
US Seeking 4th Major Win in August
7/29/2015
Jordan Spieth’s dreams of a calendar-year Grand Slam might have been cut short two weeks ago at The Open Championship, but his country’s remain intact.With Spieth winning the first two Majors of the year and Zach Johnson winning the third, the United States is poised to become the first country to...
Madeira Islands Open Replay Set for Thursday
7/29/2015
In the rarest of circumstances, the European Tour returns to the Madeira Islands in Portugal this week for the second time this season, as the tournament is the first in Tour history to be replayed.A year after bad weather saw the tournament last just two rounds, only one was played this March as w...
Golf Birthdays: July 28-29
7/28/2015
July 28Steven Alker, a 10-time professional winner, who took 19th at the 2012 Open Championship, turns 44.Frank Lickliter, a two-time PGA Tour winner, turns 46. Lickliter won the 2001 Kemper Insurance Open and the 2003 Chrysler Classic of Tucson. He finished tied for fourth at the 1998 PGA Champion...
Willett Set to Overtake McIlroy for Dubai Lead
7/28/2015
His victory Sunday at the Omega European Masters has Danny Willett within striking distance of taking over the Race to Dubai lead from injured Rory McIlroy.Willett has 2,548,439 points, second to McIlory’s 2,875,645. Louis Oosthuizen, a runner-up at The Open Championship two weeks ago, is less than...
Jason Day Rises to No. 4
7/28/2015
Jason Day surged to a career-best No. 4 in the world after winning the RBC Canadian Open on Sunday. He was eighth a week ago.Day broke up the American bloc of No. 2 Jordan Spieth, No. 3 Bubba Watson, new No. 5 Dustin Johnson and No. 6 Jim Furyk.Sliding the opposite way were Justin Rose (5th to 7th)...
Golf Birthdays: July 24-26
7/26/2015
July 24Kaname Yokoo, a five-time winner on the Japan Golf Tour, turns 43. He played three years on the PGA Tour, finishing tied for second at the 2002 Phoenix Open. July 26Allen Doyle, a four-time winner on the Champions Tour, turns 67. Doyle has won four majors on the circuit, earning $11 mil...
Willett wins Omega Masters
7/26/2015
There was only one way that England’s Danny Willett could absolutely assure himself the Omega Masters title on Sunday in a thick field of contenders: Don’t make any mistakes.That’s exactly what the 27-year-old did in picking up his second win of the year on the European Tour, shooting his first bog...
Omega European Masters
7/23/2015
Tournament PreviewThe European Tour moves from The Open Championship in Scotland to the Omega European Masters in Switzerland this week, where local resident Sergio Garcia will try and parlay his sixth-place finish at the third major into success.Garcia is not having the best of years, despite his...
Golf Birthdays: July 18-23
7/23/2015
July 18Brendon de Jonge, winner of the 2008 Xerox Classic, turns 35. A native of Zimbabwe, de Jonge attended Virginia Tech University and turned pro in 2003. His best finish in a Major was a tie for 26th at the 2011 PGA Championship.Sir Nick Faldo, the UK’s most successful golfer and winner of six...
Oosthuizen makes Major move in Race to Dubai
7/22/2015
He might not have won his second Major on Sunday, but Louis Oosthuizen’s second-place finish at The Open Championship propelled him into second place in the Race to Dubai standings released this week.Oosthuizen has 2,454,469 points, putting him second only behind the injured Rory McIlroy, who racke...
The Open Says Goodbye to Nick Faldo
7/22/2015
A bit overshadowed by five-time winner Tom Watson, who also hung up his golf socks for the last time at The Open Championship over the weekend, Sir Nick Faldo, the best English golfer of the modern era, said goodbye to St. Andrews on Friday.Faldo turned 58 on Saturday, one day after he missed the c...
Zach Johnson Rises to No. 12 Post-Open Win
7/21/2015
The Open Championship winner Zach Johnson rose from 25th to 12th in the latest Official World Golf Rankings following his triumph on Sunday at St. Andrews. Runners-up Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman did nicely as well, with the South African jumping four sports from 17th to 13th and the ...
The Open Championship: Hole by Hole Preview Part I
7/15/2015
The Open Championship kicks off Thursday at St. Andrews, and as has been our tradition this year, we present a hole-by-hole preview of the course.Here is part one, featuring the front nine.1. Burn, par-4, 376 yards – The fairway here is as wide (100 yards) as an American football field is long, so...
The 144th Open Championship
7/15/2015
Tournament PreviewThe defending champion will watch from home. The hottest player in a decade has had 40% of the betting money being placed on him. And the 14-time Major winner is barely even a blip on the radar.The third and oldest Major of the four begins Thursday with as much attention focused o...
St. Andrew’s Hole by Hole: Part II
7/15/2015
This is the second in our two-part series detailing the 18 holes at St. Andrews, site of the 144th Open Championship beginning Thursday in Scotland.Hole #10 – Bobby Jones. Par-4, 340 yards. You have to be a great golfer to get a hole named after you at St Andrews, even more so when you’re an Americ...
Rickie Fowler Rises to No. 5
7/13/2015
Scoring a win at the Scottish Classic saw American Rickie Fowler rise from ninth to fifth in the latest Official World Golf Rankings released on Monday.The US now has five of the six golfers in the world – everyone ranked between second and sixth in Jordan Spieth, Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson, Fowl...
Spieth’s FedEx Lead Balloons
7/13/2015
Jordan Spieth’s lead in the FedEx Cup standings is getting a bit ridiculous.With his win on Sunday at the John Deer Classic, Spieth now has 3,628 points, more than 1,700 ahead of second-place Jimmy Walker.Spieth has four wins so far on the PGA Tour this year, double any other player. His 3,628 poin...
Rickie Fowler Wins Scottish Open
7/13/2015
Americans Rickie Fowler and Matt Kuchar only live about 350 miles apart in the United States: the former in Jupiter, Florida, and the latter in Sea Island, Georgia.The two traveled about 4,000 miles each to battle it out Sunday at the Scottish Open in Gullane, Scotland, with Fowler knocking in bird...
Mcilroy to miss British Open
7/8/2015
Rory McIlroy took to Instragram Wednesday to announce the no-brainer news of the year: he’s missing The Open Championship next week.McIlroy injured his ankle playing football with friends last weekend, and suffered an ankle injury that may take weeks or months to return to full strength from.McIlro...
Scottish Open
7/8/2015
Tournament Preview Justin Rose will defend his Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open title against the likes of American Hall of Famer Phil Mickelson beginning Thursday at Gullane Golf Club in East Lothian, Scotland.This is the44th installment of the tournament, played on the par-70, 7,133-yard c...
Wiesberger Into Top 25 Post Paris
7/6/2015
Alstom Open champion Bernd Wiesberger rose 13 spots to a career-best No. 23 in the world, while Greenbrier Classic winner Danny Lee rocketed up 80 spots to No. 78 in the latest Official World Golf Rankings released on Monday.The top 15 spots in the rankings were unchanged from a week ago.Wiesberger...
Race To Dubai Update
7/6/2015
Bernd Wiesberger, who won the  Alstom Open de France in come-from-behind fashion on Sunday, has moved up to fourth in the latest Race to Dubai standings released by the European Tour.Wiesberger has 1,526,217 points through 13 events, more than anyone besides Rory McIlroy (2,875,645), Danny Wil...
Rory Mcilory Tears Ligament, May Miss Open
7/6/2015
Rory McIlroy suffered a total rupture of the anterior talofibular ligament (ATFL) in his left ankle while playing football with friends on Saturday, leaving him on crutches in the short term with the distinct possibility of missing his shot to defend his Open Championship crown.He will definitely m...
Golf Birthdays July 6-7
7/6/2015
July 6Bradley Dredge turns 42. Dredge has two career European Tour wins – the 2003 Madeira Islands Open and the 2006 Omega European Masters. He finished tied for 27th at the 2001 Open Championship.Lindy Miller, who finished tied for 16th at the Masters as an amateur in1978, turns 58.  He was a...
Alstom Open de France
7/2/2015
Tournament Preview England’s Graeme McDowell will attempt to become the first player in 77 years to win three straight Alstom Open de France titles when he tees up at the event in Paris beginning Thursday.The Alstom is the oldest national tournament in continental Europe, dating back in 1906, and h...
Golf Birthdays: June 29 – July 1
7/1/2015
June 29Mark Hensby, also known as The Forgotten man of Australian Golf, turns 43. Hensby won the 2004 John Deere Classic and the 2005 Scandinavian Masters.  In 2005 he finished tied for fifth at the Masters and tied for third at the US Open.June 30Roger Maltbie, a five-time PGA winner who is t...