CARY, N.C. — In an ideal world, Ernie Els would have liked to get back to Prestonwood Country Club before Thursday morning, to truly savor the honors and benefits of being defending champion at the SAS Championship. Not only is that a pleasant experience, it's one Els, by his own lament, hasn't enjoyed as often as he would have liked in recent...Read more
HAVEN, WIS. – On a singles Sunday when he was one of only three players who won a match for Europe, Rory McIlroy fought back tears.
Until Sunday, McIlroy had gone 0-3 in the 43rd Ryder Cup's first two days at Whistling Straits and was benched Saturday morning for the first time since he played his first in 2010.
His one point earned Sunday ...Read more
SHEBOYGAN, Wis. — On the shores of Lake Michigan, the tide turned.
Team USA, downtrodden for years, made good on a dominating start in the Ryder Cup by closing out Europe in commanding style at Whistling Straits.
Needing a half-point to push the Americans over the top, Collin Morikawa nearly aced the 222-yard, par-three 17th hole and secured...Read more
HAVEN, Wis. — Europe's best and world No. 1 ranked Jon Rahm has won 3 1/2 of a possible four points through the first two days of the 43rd Ryder Cup and partner Sergio Garcia has won three for a team that trails the United States 11-5 entering Sunday's singles matches.
Then there's Europe emotional leader Rory McIlroy, the 32-year-old star ...Read more
SHEBOYGAN, Wis. — One of the big questions for Team USA heading into the Ryder Cup: Who could possibly click with Bryson DeChambeau?
The long-driving lug was too polarizing, too combustible, too self-absorbed to conform to team play. His history of run-ins with fellow golfers and rules officials didn't help. It was a quandary.
As it turns ...Read more
HAVEN, Wis. — After three lopsided match-play sessions dominated by the Americans, the 43rd Ryder Cup turned tense, contentious and finally compelling late on a crisp fall day at wind-blown and sun-splashed Whistling Straits.
And yet the U.S. team owns a historic 11-5 lead and is just 3 1/2 points away on Sunday from reclaiming the Ryder Cup ...Read more
HAVEN, Wis. — It could have, should have been an up-and-down recovery shot for golf's ages.
American and world No. 13-ranked Jordan Spieth delivered the high-wire shot of the day at the end of his morning alternate-shot loss with partner Justin Thomas, who left him playing a ball that had fallen off a steep greenside drop-off alongside Lake ...Read more
SHEBOYGAN, Wis. — Justin Thomas embodied the energy of the moment. He sank an eagle putt, lifted his hands to his side, unleashed a furious fist pump, and smacked palms with teammate Patrick Cantlay, tugging him in for a shoulder bump. The raw emotion only amplified the eruption from the gallery at Whistling Straits.
It wasn't a winning putt ...Read more
HAVEN, Wis. — The U.S. Ryder Cup team said farewell to one era and hello to a new one that included the highest scoring Friday by an American side since the Ford administration.
The Americans played Europe in the biennial event after a three-year wait without a guy named Tiger or Phil for the first time since 1993.
They did so Friday at ...Read more
SHEBOYGAN, Wis. — Bryson DeChambeau hits his drives a mile … but they do come down eventually.
One Ryder Cup spectator learned that the hard way Friday when DeChambeau's opening drive flew 330 yards and plunked her lower leg.
"I didn't see it coming," said the Indianapolis woman, who identified herself only as Jane. "Came down right on top...Read more
HAVEN, Wis. — European Ryder Cup captain Padraig Harrington didn't need a crystal ball to foresee the first alternate-shot match early Friday morning at Whistling Straits:
His own world No. 1 Jon Rahm and fellow Spaniard Sergio Garcia against longtime American pals Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth.
"Look, if you didn't predict this ... ," he ...Read more
HAVEN, Wis. — In 2004, U.S. Ryder Cup captain Hal Sutton infamously paired rivals Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson in Friday's opening matches because he said it was what everybody wanted to see.
On Thursday, Steve Stricker avoided such temptations just to see what might happen if he put Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka together when ...Read more
“Harry Potter” actor Tom Felton was carted off the golf course Thursday after apparently collapsing during a practice round for a celebrity tournament preceding the Ryder Cup in Wisconsin.
He had just reached the 18th hole of the Whistling Straits course in Haven, Wis., on Thursday when he suffered an apparent medical event, reported the ...Read more
HAVEN, Wis. — You never forget your first first tee.
That’s a widely accepted truism at the Ryder Cup, which feels more like a football game than a traditional golf tournament. Energy pulsed through the gallery Thursday for the final practice rounds at Whistling Straits, as thousands of fans — urged on by the competitors — cheered and ...Read more
HAVEN, Wis. — When U.S. captain Steve Stricker made his six wild-card picks for this week's Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits, he chose power and youth for a linksy-looking course beside Lake Michigan that nonetheless must be attacked through the air.
Two of Padraig Harrington three captain's picks for Europe were players he just couldn't do ...Read more
NEW GLARUS, Wis. — Signs are written in German and English here. The quaint streets are lined with chalets with sloping roofs, wooden balconies and carved ornaments. Red flags emblazoned with white crosses flutter in the breeze.
“Welcome to New Glarus,” beckons the roadside billboard. “America’s ‘Little Switzerland.’ ”
If there...Read more
SAN DIEGO — There are varied ways to gauge the impact and reach of this summer's U.S. Open in San Diego.
Start with the 150 hours of total television and digital coverage that reached 177 countries and territories, including 25 million viewers in the U.S. alone — a postcard-perfect glamour shot for the region.
Consider the nearly $3.5 ...Read more
Former Wake Forest University men's golfer Will Zalatoris has had a solid year in his first full season on the PGA Tour.
He's also endeared himself to the tour's participants.
Monday, the PGA Tour announced that Zalatoris, in a vote by other tour players, was voted as the Arnold Palmer Award winner for the 2020-21 season, given to the PGA Tour...Read more
A Ryder Cup without fans is worthless to anyone not named Bryson DeChambeau, who might prefer a return to COVID-19 empty galleries given that a fortnight hence "Brooksie" could make history by becoming the first U.S. player to get jeered by his own countrymen.
DeChambeau births hecklers like the Duggars birth humans. Add the Ryder Cup, a ...Read more
TOLEDO, Ohio — How's the old saying go? That's why they play the games?
It's a cliché that couldn't have been more apropos on Monday afternoon — or the entire week, for that matter — at Inverness Club as the 17th Solheim Cup matches were concluding.
Team Europe, which entered play on Saturday as a heavy underdog to Team USA, put its ...Read more