News from the Greens

The modern game of golf originated in 15th century Scotland. The 18-hole round was created at the Old Course at St Andrews in 1764. Golf’s first major, and the world’s oldest tournament in existence, is The Open Championship, also known as the British Open, which was first played in 1860 in Ayrshire, Scotland. This is one of the four major championships in men’s professional golf, the other three being played in the United States: The Masters, the U.S. Open, and the PGA Championship.

  • Rahm wins CareerBuilder Challenge in playoff
    by Reuters on January 22, 2018 at 4:04 am

    Jon Rahm birdied the fourth playoff hole to beat Andrew Landry in southern California on Sunday. Landry forced the playoff with an 18th-hole birdie. […]

  • Feng Shanshan, China's first golf number one and 'guinea pig'
    by AFP on January 22, 2018 at 3:08 am

    When Feng Shanshan was confirmed as the women's number one golfer she marked the historic achievement by ordering steak at Dallas airport and sending a photo of it to her parents. The 28-year-old had every reason to celebrate even while swapping planes: she was the first Chinese -- male or female -- to top the golf world rankings. "She is more into quality versus quantity, but also she is a person who has a high golfing IQ," said Feng's long-time swing coach Gary Gilchrist. […]

  • The key to Phil Mickelson keeping Ryder Cup streak alive? Drive it better
    by on January 22, 2018 at 1:16 am

    LA QUINTA, Calif. – If any facet of his game has plagued Phil Mickelson in recent years, it’s been his driving. In the past six seasons Mickelson has ranked better than 91st in strokes gained: off-the-tee once (2014). Last fall his driving was at an all-time low, according to statistics, and he gave up nearly half a shot a round off the tee (-0.434) in eight recorded rounds to start the 2017-18 season, ranking him 194th. Yet Mickelson, 47, entered 2018 with new hope. His new Callaway Rogue Sub Zero driver could be the answer, he believed. The new club is four swingweights lighter than his previous driver, and Mickelson spent the offseason getting comfortable with it. “This is actually the best […]

  • LPGA power rankings
    by on January 21, 2018 at 11:00 pm

    Here are the Golfweek LPGA Top 10 Power Rankings for the week of Jan. 22, 2018: 10. Stacy Lewis Finished in the top three in three of her last four starts at Atlantis Resort’s Ocean Club. 9. Cristie Kerr No Bahamas for Kerr, who’s in Scottsdale prepping for her 22nd season. 8. Anna Nordqvist After bout with mono, spent three weeks of offseason battling a virus. 7. Brooke Henderson Canadian spent most of the winter in Naples, Fla., keeping sharp. 6. In-Kyung Kim Another veteran making her long-awaited Bahamas debut this week. 5. So Yeon Ryu Back practicing and reports that her shoulder is pain-free. 4. Ariya Jutanugarn Busy offseason included sponsor trips to South Korea and Vietnam and a short […]

  • Charlie Reiter, 18, shows off launching ability in Tour debut
    by on January 21, 2018 at 11:00 pm

    LA QUINTA, Calif. – On July 20, 1969, astronaut Neil Armstrong made one giant leap for mankind by taking the first steps on the moon. Thirty years later to the day, Charlie Reiter was born in Palm Desert, Calif. Fitting, because Reiter, now 18, can launch a golf ball seemingly into orbit. Reiter’s TrackMan numbers with the driver are out of this world for a teenager: A swing speed around 130 mph, ball speeds up to 192 mph, nearly 330 yards of carry. “That’s about as fast as it gets,” said Chris Zambri, head coach at USC, where Reiter will play beginning this fall. Golf fans were treated to Reiter’s prodigious length at the CareerBuilder Challenge, where Reiter became the first amateur in t […]

  • 19th hole: Expectations for Tiger Woods’ latest comeback
    by on January 21, 2018 at 11:00 pm

    Even former President Obama sees the change in Tiger Woods. After the two played golf at The Floridian on Jan. 13, Obama was heard to remark that there was “a lightness” around the 14-time major champion, who was approachable, posing for pictures and chatting with other guests. It’s an observation supported by several people who’ve spent time around Woods recently. That might surprise fans whose fixed image of Woods is still that icily aloof superstar, game face permanently intact, every on-course step fiercely guarded by his Rottweiler-cum-caddie, Steve Williams. That impression is years out of date, from before off-course incidents, injuries, surgeries and assorted other indignities turned […]

  • Tommy Fleetwood wins Abu Dhabi Championship
    by BBC Sport on January 21, 2018 at 1:27 pm

    Tommy Fleetwood holed six birdies on the back nine to beat fellow Englishman Ross Fisher by two shots and retain his Abu Dhabi Championship title. Fleetwood, 27, started the day two shots behind joint overnight leaders Fisher and Belgian Thomas Pieters. He hit eight birdies in a seven-under 65 to win on 22 under with Fisher only able to par the last for a 69. Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy (70) finished two shots back alongside England's Matt Fitzpatrick (69). Pieters, who closed with a 72, finished alongside another Englishman - Chris Paisley (69). Fleetwood comes from five back Fisher looked on course for a first European Tour victory for nearly four years after he had an eagle and two birdies […]

  • Sergio Garcia wins the Singapore Open by five shots
    by BBC Sport on January 21, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    Masters champion Sergio Garcia won the Singapore Open by five shots after carding a final-round three-under-par 68 on the Serapong course. Garcia, 38, birdied the first, seventh and eighth holes as the weather cleared after two days of rain-disrupted play to finish 14 under for the tournament. Japan's Satoshi Kodaira shared second place with South Africa's Shaun Norris. "It's always great to start with a win," said Garcia, who was playing in his first tournament of 2018. "Hopefully I can ride on this momentum. I'm extremely happy with how the week went," added Garcia "It was a tough day and a tough week, with the stopping and going." […]