• Lipsky (66) leads Alfred Dunhill Championship at halfway point

    MALELANE, South Africa - David Lipsky will take a one-shot lead into the weekend at the Alfred Dunhill Championship after a bogey-free 6-under 66 at Leopard Creek Country Club on Friday.Lipsky sits at 8 under overall and is being chased by four Scottish players: Scott Jamieson (66) and Marc Warren (67) are a shot behind at 7 under and Doug McGuigan (66) and David Drysdale (69) are one more behind them.The home challenge in South Africa slipp
  • NCAA champ Thornberry turning pro: 'In my heart, I know I'm ready'

    Since he won the 2017 NCAA individual title as a sophomore, Ole Miss' Braden Thornberry has been tempted many times to turn professional. But each time he didn't quite feel ready.That is, until now.The 21-year-old senior from Olive Branch, Miss., will forego his final semester of eligibility and turn professional, Thornberry announced Friday morning."In my heart, I know I'm ready," Thornberry said.Thornberry holds the Ole Miss record with 11 career victories. After lifting an NCAA titl
  • WIMBLEDON PARK COMPLETES £65M SELL-OFF TO ALL ENGLAND CLUB

    Wimbledon Park Golf Club’s membership has landed a £65 million payout after members voted on Thursday night to finally accept the neighbouring All England Lawn Tennis Club offered to purchase the club.
    The 73-acre site on which the golf club sits is already owned by the All England Club, but the lease extends until 2041. The sale means that the land will revert to the AELTC much faster, so that development to expand the tennis club, home to the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, can beg
  • South African Bekker leads Alfred Dunhill Championship

    MALELANE, South Africa – Oliver Bekker put together a run of four straight birdies to take a one-shot lead after the opening round of the Alfred Dunhill Championship on Thursday.Bekker made birdies on Nos. 11-14 – he started his round on No. 10 – for a 6-under 66 at Leopard Creek Country Club in his native South Africa to overtake clubhouse leader Dimitrios Papadatos, who led for much of the afternoon after his 67 took him to 5 under.Raphael Jacquelin was third a
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  • Web.com Tour moving to FedExCup-style points system in 2019

    The PGA Tour policy board approved a provision that will transform how success is measured on the Web.com Tour, from earnings to a points-based system similar to that used on the PGA Tour.The board ratified the measure at its final meeting of the year on Nov. 19 and the new system will be used on the secondary circuit beginning with the 2019 season.According to a memo sent this week to members, a points-based system – as opposed to prize money – to determine eligibility was widely su
  • Prince’s launches junior foundation

    Prince’s Golf Club in Kent has announced the launch of a junior foundation, with the aim of bringing through the next generation of local golfing talent to elite and professional level.
    The Prince’s Foundation provides scholars with club membership, coaching from the team of teaching professionals at Prince’s, clothing, equipment, tournament entry and mentoring to support their development.
    The club currently has six boys and girls in the development programme, rangin
  • Newsmaker of the Year: No. 3, Brooks Koepka

    Hopefully no one informs Brooks Koepka that, despite taking home half of the major hardware in 2018, he only landed at No. 3 on our list of the year’s biggest newsmakers.After all, that’s the type of information that could fuel a grand-slam bid in 2019.Koepka’s narrative, perceived or otherwise, was at the crux of his resurgent summer. There was a lingering sense among his tight-knit camp that his U.S. Open triumph last year at Erin Hills was written off as a fluke – more
  • Golfer survives bad math, wins PGA Tournament Series event in playoff

    When Matt Borchert arrived at the scoring table after Tuesday's final round of a PGA Tournament Series event at PGA Golf Club's Dye Course in Port St. Lucie, Fla., he thought he had shot 3-under 69 and lost the 36-hole event by a shot.Luckily for Borchert, math is not his strong suit.The PGA professional, who works out of Isleworth Golf and Country Club in Windermere, Fla., was pleasantly surprised to find out before signing his scorecard that he actually had carded 68, which forced a playo
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  • Kisner's fiery Reed take: College teammates 'all hate him'

    It's no secret that Patrick Reed isn't the most popular golfer on the PGA Tour. A recent quote attributed to Kevin Kisner by Golf Digest about Reed's college tenures at Georgia and Augusta State further pushes that narrative."They all hate him — any guys that were on the team with him (at Georgia) hate him and that’s the same way at Augusta," Kisner said. "I don’t know that they’d piss on him if he was on fire, to tell you the truth."Kisner’s comments
  • Women's All Pro Tour to award Symetra exemptions

    The LPGA’s developmental circuit is expanding.The new Women’s All Pro Tour will serve as a new training ground for players looking to play their way into Symetra Tour events and then on to the LPGA ranks, Symetra Tour officials announced Tuesday.The WAPT will host five tournament series in 2019, with each series featuring two 72-hole tournaments. The top two finishers in each series will receive an exemption into a Symetra Tour event.“There are so many deserving professional fe
  • Rosaforte Report: Koepka caps monster year with Floridian Cup victory

    There were no world-ranking points at stake, but three of the top 10 players in the Official World Golf Ranking were in the field. And just to remind everyone that he did win two majors and Player of the Year honors in 2018, Brooks Koepka brought down the curtain on his monster season with a victory in the Floridian Cup on Dec. 9 at Floridian National Golf Club in Palm City, Fla.Playing the pro-member event with club president Giles Kibbe as his partner, Koepka earned bragging rights o
  • Awards season: Handing out the 2018 Rexys

    In honor of the 10th anniversary of the Rexys, this year’s awards will be made of aluminum since it is the recommended gift for the occasion and, let’s be honest, most of these awards are going to be recycled anyway.Enigma Award. It was an eventful year for Patrick Reed.He won the Masters for his first major and unabashedly torched his former team partner Jordan Spieth and U.S. captain Jim Furyk following the Americans' loss at the Ryder Cup.“The issue is obviously with Jo
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  • Once hardened by close calls, Sullivan embraces Q-School nightmare

    Patrick Sullivan has fallen a shot short enough times on the golf course that most golfers would’ve lost track. The latest close call, Sunday at Web.com Tour Q-School’s final stage, easily could’ve been the most heartbreaking.Sullivan, a 35-year-old from Little Rock, Ark., was in position to finish among the top 40 and ties and earn exempt status on the Web.com Tour for a second straight season. But after putting his ball into the water on the back nine and later missing a 5-fo
  • Podcast: Chamblee's got opinions, and lots of them, on 2018

    With the year nearing an end, everyone has thoughts on how 2018 played out ... including Brandel Chamblee.The Golf Channel analyst chats with GolfChannel.com editorial director Jay Coffin in this podcast and weighs in on Tiger Woods, Brooks Koepka, the Ryder Cup, the coming of age of Cameron Champ, and how the game is evolving.Hear everything he has to say in the podcast below:
  • LPGA Tour announces bigger schedule in 2019 with increased prize fund

    The LPGA Tour’s schedule for 2019 contains more tournaments and more prize money for its players to compete for.
    Next season’s elite women’s professional tour will comprise 33 events around the world, with over $70 million in prize money up for grabs – a $5 million increase on 2018.
    The USGA has not confirmed the prize fund for the 2019 US Women’s Open purse yet, but it is believed to be over $5 million. Three other majors, the ANA Inspiration, the KPMG Women’
  • Top coaches unveil Golf Schools programme for 2019

    World-renowned PGA coaches Peter Dawson and Gary Smith are combining their expertise for a series of exclusive coaching schools being held in the UK and abroad in 2019.
    As former professional tour players and world-class coaches, Pater Dawson and Gary Smith have played with, and worked alongside, some of the biggest names in the game, rubbing shoulders with legends such as Palmer, Player, Faldo, Watson and Ballesteros, as well as coaching the likes of Justin Rose, Tommy Fleetwood, Thomas Bj&osla
  • Molinari wins Hilton European Tour Golfer of the Year award

    Francesco Molinari, the reigning Open and Race to Dubai champion, has been named as the 2018 Hilton European Tour Golfer of the Year, winning the prestigious annual award for the first time.
    A panel comprising members of the golfing media chose Molinari to be the recipient of the distinguished prize following a magnificent 12 months on the European Tour in which he secured a first Rolex Series title in the BMW PGA Championship, a maiden Major victory at The 147th Open Championship and played a s
  • LPGA's Reid comes out as gay: 'Be proud of who you are'

    Mel Reid announced Monday that she is joining Athlete Ally as a pro ambassador in that organization’s fight for equality and inclusion in sport.Athlete Ally’s mission to “dismantle the systems of oppression that isolate, exclude and endanger LGBTQ people” is advanced on its web site.Reid tweeted out the link to a Q&A she did with Athlete Ally, where she addresses her decision to come out as gay.“The Tour is a very welcoming community, and it’s rare that an
  • Blick shoots 63, earns Web starts after having clubs stolen

    A nightmare start turned into one of the most satisfying days of Cody Blick’s career.Before the final round of Web.com Tour Q-School, with an outside shot at securing guaranteed starts on the developmental circuit for 2019, Blick discovered that his clubs had been stolen. Around noon ET Sunday, less than two hours before his tee time, the 25-year-old offered $5,000 on Instagram to anyone with information about his missing sticks. No leads.So Blick reportedly headed to the tee wit
  • Walker medals at Web.com Tour Q-School; Xiong, Zhang notch top 10s

    Danny Walker and Jimmy Stanger are both west coast guys - west coast of Florida, that is. From there, they traveled north and spent three seasons as teammates at the University of Virginia. Stanger, a year older, turned pro in 2017 while Walker entered the pro ranks this past summer.Now, they will play together on the Web.com Tour.Walker shot 9-under 63 Sunday in the final round of Web.com Tour Q-School's final stage, capturing medalist honors at 27 under in what was a 72-hole birdie-fest t
  • Randall's Rant: The Grumps Who Want to Steal Golf's Christmas

    The old guard from a bygone era of players has wailed for years against the advances in technology. This group got excited this year when the USGA and R&A finally went on record to say they were concerned about driving distances. It’s unclear where a new study the governing bodies launched in 2018 will take the game, but if Dr. Seuss were filing a Christmas report, it might go like this ...
    Every Pro down in Proville liked Christmas a lot.But the grumps who aged north of Proville did N
  • Late eagle spurs Kizzire, Harman to QBE team title

    Thanks in part to an eagle on the penultimate hole, the makeshift duo of Patton Kizzire and Brian Harman teamed for a one-shot victory over Graeme McDowell and Emiliano Grillo at the QBE Shootout in Naples, Fla.Kizzire and Harman had a share of the lead entering the final round of the 54-hole team event, but they were trailing by a shot when they stood in the 17th fairway. That's where Harman ripped a 3-iron to set up a 15-foot eagle attempt, while Kizzire hit it to a similar length from a dirt
  • Report: Lake Merced in line for Curry-hosted Tour event

    A new PGA Tour event in the Bay Area hosted by NBA superstar Steph Curry is now expected to debut next fall at Lake Merced Golf Club.According to a San Francisco Chronicle report, the club's membership voted "overwhelmingly" to approve an estimated $3.6 million in renovations that are viewed as a "prerequisite to holding the tournament." The planned changes will reportedly be overseen by Rees Jones and could stretch the Daly City, Calfornia, course beyond 7300 yards.Lake Merced has hosted an LPG
  • Oosthuizen cruises to first win in nearly three years

    Add Louis Oosthuizen to the lengthy list of notable veterans who broke through for a win in 2018.The former Open champ took control of the South African Open with an opening-round 62, and he finished things off with a pair of 67s over the weekend at Rand Park GC. It added up to a six-shot win, equaling the tournament record for margin of victory. It's also Oosthuizen's first worldwide title since claiming the ISPS Handa Perth International in February 2016."I knew today was going to be very spec
  • Schwartzel among three Open qualifiers in South Africa

    Former Masters champ Charl Schwartzel was among three players to qualify for the 2019 Open at Royal Portrush by virtue of their finish this week at the European Tour's South African Open.Schwartzel endured a difficult 2018 season, dropping from 33rd in the world rankings to 85th at the start of the week. But after finishing in a tie for third Johannesburg, he is assured to make his 15th career Open appearance next summer and his 11th straight dating back to 2009.Joining Schwartzel in bookin
  • Woodland-Hoffman share lead through two rounds at QBE Shootout

    NAPLES, Fla. - 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 a
  • XMAS GIFTS: GOLFING MAPS THAT SCRATCH THE SURFACE

    Golfers love discussing – and bragging – about the number of different golf courses they’ve played.
    Chalking up the major venues in the UK is a bucket-list dream for many die-hard fans of the game, while others make it their life’s goal to play all the links courses in Ireland.
    Regardless of your golfing ambitions, a company called Awesome Maps has come up with the clever idea of creating a series of  ‘scratch ‘n’ collect golfing maps which ena
  • XMAS GIFTS: AWESOME GOLF MAP

    Golfers love discussing – and bragging – about the number of different golf courses they’ve played.
    Chalking up the major venues is a bucket-list dream for many die-hard fans of the game, while others make it their life’s goal to play all the links courses in Ireland.
    Regardless of your golfing ambitions, a company called Awesome Maps has created a golfing map of the world which enables golfers to track where they’ve played, and where they’ve st
  • Zach Johnson splitting from longtime caddie Damon Green

    Another of the PGA Tour's longest-running, player-caddie partnership has reached its end.Damon Green revealed to The Caddie Network that his nearly 15-year partnership with Zach Johnson is over.“Zach said, ‘I think we need to take a break. It’s not a firing. We’re too good friends for that.’” Green said. “I just think he didn’t want to say the word ‘fire.’ I was shocked.”Green left Scott Hoch to team up with Johnson duri
  • FRANKISH EARNS LADIES EUROPEAN TOUR CARD

    Kent professional Cloe Frankish is celebrating after becoming one of five players to earn promotion from the 2018 LET Access Series to the 2019 Ladies European Tour.
    The 19-year-old from Maidstone secured the vital fifth place in the season’s order of merit, finishing behind Elia Folch, Sanna Nuutinen, Emie Peronnin and Fanny Cnops, to earn her place on the top women’s tour in Europe.
    Frankish, who is attached to Chart Hills Golf Club, enjoyed a consistent season in 2018, b
  • Peter Millar offers free snood for Sunday shoppers

    Luxury golf lifestyle brand Peter Millar is bringing some added value and winter warmth to Christmas by offering a complimentary snood worth £30 on any purchases made on Sunday 9th December at www.petermillar.co.uk. Anyone making a first-time purchase on the website will also be eligible for a £15 discount.
    Available to purchase direct from www.petermillar.co.uk, selected retailers and an array of the UK’s finest Top 100 golf courses, Peter Millar’s Fall 18 Coll
  • Kent’s finest links host Championship Team Challenge

    Golfers from across Europe descended on Prince’s, Royal St George’s and Royal Cinque Ports last month to battle it out in the 2nd Championship Links Team Challenge.
    The fourball better ball mixed team event, which was held in early November, spanned three days of golf on some of England’s finest championship links, with a round at each of the aforementioned prestigious layouts on the east Kent coast.
    The annual tournament attracts a host of visiting golfers to the south coast,
  • DeChambeau, Na among QBE Shootout leaders after 59

    Aren't scrambles fun?Bryson DeChambeau and Kevin Na weren't the only team to put on a show Friday at the QBE Shootout in Naples, Fla. DeChambeau and Na, playing a scramble format in Round 1 at Tiburon Golf Club, shot 13-under 59 and share the lead with Patton Kizzire and Brian Harman, and Graeme McDowell and Emiliano Grillo.DeChambeau, who won three times last season, and Na, who captured The Greenbrier in July, combined to make 11 birdies and an eagle. Kizzire and Harman made 13 birdies. McDowe
  • Q-School: Recently engaged, Gellerman flirts with 59

    Michael Gellerman has had quite the past two weeks.The 26-year-old Oklahoma grad got engaged to girlfriend Allie Meisenheimer on Nov. 30. Eight days later he nearly fired a 59 at the final stage of Web.com Tour Q-School in his native Arizona.Gellerman, who was born in Tucson, shot 12-under 60 in Friday's second round at Whirlwind Golf Club's Devil's Claw Course in Chandler. He eagled both par 5s and added three birdies on the front nine – and even bogeyed the par-4 fifth hole. On
  • Cut Line year-end wrap: Tiger's tremendous tale, Ryder Cup row

    In this year-end edition we applaud Tiger Woods’ comeback, agonize over Phil Mickelson’s curious year and criticize trouble in the U.S. Ryder Cup team room.Made CutThe comeback. Like an iron shot from deep rough, there really was no telling where this could have gone.In retrospect, Tiger Woods had acknowledged that he had no idea how 2018 was going to play out following his return from fusion surgery on his lower back. Could he physically handle the rigors of four days of competition
  • College golf verbal commitment list

    Who's going where?Golf Channel will keep track of the current verbal commitments for Division I men's and women's golf programs. Commitments are listed in alphabetical order by school and organized by class.If you have a commitment you'd like to add, please contact Brentley Romine at brentley.romine@golfchannel.com. In order for a commitment to be posted, please provide a player's first and last name, hometown and high-school graduating class.MENALABAMA2020 J.P. Cave, Mobile, Ala. Canon Claycomb
  • South African Open leader Schwartzel chases elusive home open title

    Charl Schwartzel has won 11 times on the European Tour, but never his national open. Not that he hasn’t played well; he boasts a pair of runner-up finishes and four other top-5s at the South African Open.Through 36 holes of this season’s edition at Randpark Golf Club in Johannesburg, Schwartzel holds a one-shot lead after Friday’s 8-under 63 on the Bushwillow Course rocketed him to 12 under.“I would love to win this one and I’ve given myself a good chance,” Sc
  • Oosthuizen leads at South African Open; Els in contention

    JOHANNESBURG – Louis Oosthuizen, the 2010 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 it
  • Purse increases, new formats highlight 2019 LPGA schedule

    More, more, more.That’s the theme behind the 2019 LPGA schedule released Thursday, but tour commissioner Mike Whan sees something else in the growth.“There’s less unpredictability,” Whan said. “I think that’s the cool thing. The schedule isn’t a big surprise. Most of our events are back again. We’re just growing our purses.”The 33 official events on next year’s schedule are one more than this year and will feature a tour-record $70.55 m
  • Davis Riley to forego final semester at Alabama, turn pro

    Alabama senior Davis Riley has decided to forego his final semester of eligibility and turn professional.The news was confirmed to Golf Channel by Crimson Tide coach Jay Seawell on Thursday. Riley informed his coaches and teammates of his decision during the Thanksgiving break. While the news came as a surprise, Seawell knew Riley, a gifted athlete and ballstriker, was ready to make the jump."This is just what he was built for," Seawell said. "When you recruit young men who have talent, you know
  • PGA Tour Champions players criticize Tour's access program for collegians

    Just days after the PGA Tour confirmed it was developing a program to transition the top college golfers into its tours, some PGA Tour Champions pros are voicing their disapproval.Olin Browne was the first to sound off on the program, which many are referring to as a "draft." The proposed system, according to a Tour statement, is "designed to reward season-long collegiate play with varying levels of playing access to tours operated under the PGA Tour umbrella."Browne thinks the Tour sh
  • Eventful year causes seismic shifts in perception of Tiger, others

    Golf is often billed as one of the purest meritocracies in sports. Play well, shoot low, and you’ll move up the rankings and into the biggest events. There is no head coach to woo for extra playing time, no front office to appease. No long-term playing contracts, either.But even in a system where players are judged by the scores they write down, perception can still seep in. Often times names are sorted into any number of categories: elite, overachiever, journeyman. And during an even
  • Q-School preview: Thornberry preparing for Ole Miss exit

    Braden Thornberry’s college career could soon be over.The Ole Miss senior is among the 135 players competing in the final stage of Web.com Tour Q-School, which begins Thursday at Whirlwind Golf Club in Chandler, Ariz. Thornberry, the fourth-ranked player in the World Amateur Golf Ranking and 2017 NCAA individual champion, said if he finishes T-40 or better this week, he’ll turn pro and forego his final semester of eligibility with the Rebels.The top 40 and ties earn eight g
  • Woods completes site visit for 2019 Presidents Cup

    After completing his final tournament of the year, Tiger Woods went Down Under.The American captain for the 2019 Presidents Cup returned this week to Royal Melbourne, which will host the biennial matches for the third time next December. Woods was on the American team in 1998, when the Internationals logged their lone team win to date, and again in 2011 when the Americans triumphed in Oz.Weeks after International captain Ernie Els paid a visit, Woods took a tour of the famed sand belt layout bef
  • Woods hoping to handle both roles, player and captain, at Presidents Cup

    A year out, Tiger Woods is already looking at whether he can become a playing captain at the Presidents Cup.Earlier this year Woods agreed to captain the U.S. side against Ernie Els’ International squad when the biennial matches return to Royal Melbourne next December. Woods made that decision, however, before his resurgent 2018 in which he contended in two majors, won his 80th PGA Tour title and soared into the top 15 in the world rankings.Woods can qualify automatically for the U.S. team
  • PGA of America headed to Texas and major to soon follow

    FRISCO, Texas – 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
  • Podcast: Talking Tiger and his comeback with caddie Joe LaCava

    GolfChannel.com senior writer Rex Hoggard catches up with Joe LaCava to discuss Tiger Woods' comeback, what it's like to caddie for the 14-time major champion and what's in store for 2019.Check out the podcast below:
  • Tour working on program to provide access for college stars

    The PGA Tour might soon have a new feeder system – college golf.A spokesman confirmed that the Tour is working to develop a new program that will identify, prepare and transition top college players to the professional ranks. News of the new venture was first reported by Golfweek, which cited an unnamed Tour official.“This program will be designed to reward season-long collegiate play with varying levels of playing access to tours operated under the PGA Tour umbrella while upholding
  • Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2018

    GolfChannel.com is counting down the top 10 Newsmakers of the Year as voted on by Golf Channel’s writers, editors, reporters and producers. Check out the list below and well as when each newsmaker will be revealed.No. 10: Franceco Molinari No. 9: December 5No. 8: December 6No. 7: December 7No. 6: December 10No. 5: December 11No. 4: December 12No. 3: December 13No. 2 and No. 1: December 14
  • Parting shots: Counting down Tiger's most important moments of 2018

    NASSAU, Bahamas – For Tiger Woods, it was an anticlimactic finish to what could arguably be called the most meaningful year of his career.Despite a week at his own Hero World Challenge he’d rather forget, Woods walked off the course at Albany, the same layout where he began his comeback last December following multiple back procedures, content to have reached the finish line.Woods covered a lot of ground in the last 12 months, hitting 5,297 official shots on the PGA Tour during that