HUMBLE, Texas – News that several professional tours will soon allow distance-measuring devices was met with a mixed reaction from players at the Shell Houston Open.
The PGA Tour announced Tuesday that rangefinders will be permitted at four tournaments each on the Web.com Tour, Mackenzie Tour and PGA Tour Latinoamerica this summer. While they’re not yet allowed on the PGA Tour, distance-measuring devices were among the proposed rule changes introduced earlier this month by the USGA a
- HUMBLE, Texas – The Shell Houston Open doesn’t have the world No. 1 this week, but it still boasts the other combatant from last week’s WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play finale.
Dustin Johnson withdrew from this event on Monday, opting to rest up for the Masters after playing seven matches in five days. The last of those came against Jon Rahm, who is making his debut at the Golf Club of Houston and said Tuesday that he never wavered on his decision to play this week.
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- The PGA Tour will begin testing distance-measuring devices at four events on three tours beginning this summer.
The USGA and R&A announced earlier this month that it would allow DMDs or rangefinders during competition beginning in 2019. However, professional tours could adopt a local rule that banned their use.
For four events on the Web.com, Mackenzie (Canadian) and Latinoamerica tours this summer, the PGA Tour will temporarily enact a local rule that will allow DMDs to measure distance but
- If you love the old fake-snake-on-the-golf-course trick, and around here we do, have we got the Instagram page for you.
Sir Hissalot, an Instagram page that describes itself as, "an angry snake that slithers down cart paths and scares the sh*t out of golfers, cart girls and caddies," is exactly that. And it is spectacular.
Its latest victims, new Cleveland Browns quarterback, Brock Osweiler and New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton: @nfl quarterback @bosweiler17 is not a fan of #hissalot! (@
- HUMBLE, Texas – World No. 1 Dustin Johnson may have withdrawn, but it's still a star-studded field this week at the Shell Houston Open. Here's a look at a few marquee, early-round groupings as players make their final preparations for the Masters (all times ET):
9:10 a.m. Thursday, 2 p.m. Friday: Jon Rahm, Phil Mickelson, Daniel Berger
Rahm enters with plenty of momentum after his run through the WGC bracket came up just short of another victory. He'll be joined by Mickelson, a Houston reg
- Jon Rahm's wish for a rematch with a familiar foe came true, while Paige Spiranac and John Daly are looking for new playing partners. All that and more in The Social.
Three weeks ago, Dustin Johnson topped (among others) Jon Rahm to win the WGC-Mexico Championship on a wild Sunday which saw the upstart rookie briefly grab the lead at one point.
Rahm took to Twitter shortly afterward to congratulate DJ and ask for a rematch in the near future. He said he wouldn't mind it being at Augusta National
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DJ (+8%): That Johnson skipped Houston is bad news for the rest of the Masters field. He is overpowering off the tee, his putting is much improved, and now he’ll be rested. Good luck.
Jon Rahm (+6%): Now everyone can see why Rahmbo was one of the most-hyped players to come out of college in the past decade. He’s got world No. 1 poten
- There's only one week left until the Masters, and plenty of big names are warming up at the Shell Houston Open. Here's what You Oughta Know heading into this week's event.
• Defending champion: Jim Herman (first career PGA Tour victory)
• Jordan Spieth finished T-2 and T-13 in this event last two years
• Henrik Stenson finished third or better three times in five career starts in Houston
• Adam Scott has the best career scoring average at GC of Houston
• Jon Rahm has a w
- Dustin Johnson won his third straight title at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play. Here's what's in his bag:
Driver: TaylorMade M1 2017 (10.5 degrees)
Fairway Wood: TaylorMade M2 2017 (17 degrees)
Irons: TaylorMade Tour Preferred UDI (2-iron), Tour Preferred MB (3-PW)
Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52, 60 degrees)
Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Black
Ball: TaylorMade TP5x
- It’s time to see who can play tough on the women’s tour.
At least, that’s the hope with the year’s first major arriving this week at the ANA Inspiration at Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage, Calif.
Here’s hoping the rough is up on the Dinah Shore course, that the greens are firm and fast and that conditions are grueling, because we’ve seen enough marshmallow setups to start the year.
I like birdie-fests almost as much as anyone else, but enough is enough. As a st
- The 2017 fantasy golf season stays in Texas this week, as the PGA Tour heads to Houston for the Shell Houston Open. A field of 144 players will tackle the Golf Club of Houston in the final event before the Masters.
Be sure to join the all-new Golf Channel Fantasy Challenge to compete for prizes and form your own leagues, and log on to www.playfantasygolf.com to submit your picks for this week's event.
Jim Herman won this event last year by one shot over Henrik Stenson. Here are 10 players t
- Jordan Spieth has returned to the scene of the crime - and he's got Tom Brady, Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank and Augusta National member Jimmy Dunne with him.
Brady, the five-time Super Bowl champ, posted this image of the foursome standing on the Hogan Bridge on the 12th hole at Augusta National.The post was later deleted.
Spieth will look to rebound in two weeks from his quadruple bogey-7 on the 12th hole last year that cost him what would have been his second consecutive green jacket.
- Phil Mickelson will not testify during the ongoing federal trial against noted gambler Billy Walters, according to a report from Bloomberg.
Walters is charged with insider trading regarding $43 million he reportedly made by trading Dean Foods stock. Last year, Mickelson was not charged with any wrongdoing, but he was named as a relief defendant in the case and ordered to repay more than $1 million in profits tied to a stock trade he made.
According to the report, Mickelson's attorney has indicat
- Dustin Johnson keeps rolling, Jon Rahm impresses, Jason Day withdraws, and the Match Play format debate rages on in this week's edition of the Monday Scramble:There are a few ways to describe Johnson when he performs like this. Dominating. Intimidating. Electrifying.
And then there’s how Rahm described him Sunday night, after losing, 1 up, in the championship match of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play:
“He’s just a perfect, complete player.”
- The Masters is now just one week away, and Dustin Johnson is once again atop the betting market.
Johnson cruised to victory at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play for his third win in as many starts. It strengthened his grip on the No. 1 world ranking and allowed him to once again leapfrog Jordan Spieth and become the betting favorite for the season's first major.
Johnson's odds fell from 7/1 to 5/1 at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, while Spieth drifted from 6/1 back to 7/1 with Rory McIlroy
- Dustin Johnson's Masters prep is officially over.
After a convincing win at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, Johnson was expected to headline the field this week at the Shell Houston Open, where he finished third a year ago. Instead, he opted to withdraw Monday and was replaced in the 144-man field by Scott Stallings.
It's hardly a surprise given the fact that Johnson played 112 holes across seven different matches en route to his victory at Austin Country Club. After the win, the world No.
- Tommy Fleetwood, Jeunghun Wang, Hideto Tanihara and Ross Fisher all officially qualified for the Masters Monday via the final top 50 cutoff in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Fleetwood had essentially sewn up his invitation with a runner-up finish earlier this month at the WGC-Mexico Championship, while Wang was safely inside the top 50 after a win earlier this season in Qatar. Tanihara and Fisher, meanwhile, cracked the top 50 with strong performances at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.
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- AUSTIN, Texas – In his last 17 starts, Dustin Johnson has won six times including three World Golf Championships and the 2016 U.S. Open.
At the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play he wasn’t pushed passed the 16th hole until Sunday morning’s semifinal match when he defeated Hideto Tanihara, 2 and 1, and he was 25 under for seven matches.
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Dominant? Sure, just don’t call it easy.
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- AUSTIN, Texas – It was a shot that the late Seve Ballesteros would have been proud of.
Down two holes with three to play against Dustin Johnson in the championship match at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, Jon Rahm’s drive at the 16th hole sailed far to the right of the fairway and into a row of trees.
With few options, the Spaniard punched a 5-iron shot through a gap in the trees that was about the size of a car tire that bounded down the fairway and led to his second consecut
- AUSTIN, Texas – Although his second showdown with Dustin Johnson in less than a month didn’t turn out the way he’d hoped, first-year PGA Tour player Jon Rahm was inspired by his performance at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play nonetheless.
After falling behind early in the championship match, Rahm chipped away at Johnson’s lead, which ballooned to 5 up through eight holes.
The Spaniard won the ninth and 10th holes with pars, drove the green at the par-4 13th hole to c
- AUSTIN, Texas – Hideto Tanihara made the fourth hole-in-one in WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play history, but it wasn’t enough to push him past Bill Haas in Sunday’s consolation match.
Tanihara hit 8-iron from 207 yards that landed on the front of the green and raced into the hole.
“The crowd, they went wild, and when everybody is happy, you tend to get happy, too,” Tanihara said. “It was a great feeling. You can't really always make a hole in one. You tr
- AUSTIN, Texas – It’s not exactly ideal to play the consolation match at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, but for Bill Haas there is something to be said for competitive pride.
Although the winner of the consolation match receives more FedEx Cup points and a larger share of the purse, for Haas – who lost to runner-up Jon Rahm, 3 and 2, in Sunday’s semifinal – if he was going to play he was going to make the most of it against Hideto Tanihara in the undercard bou
- AUSTIN, Texas – Comparing any player with Tiger Woods has always been patently unfair. Only history and Jack Nicklaus are playing the same game when you consider Woods at his best.
That matrix hasn’t changed regardless of Woods’ continued inactivity or the ever-growing cast of would-be world-beaters. But as Dustin Johnson put the finishing touches on another seminal week any alternative comparisons ring hollow.
Since winning the U.S. Open last June, Johnson has won six of 17 st
- Lucy Li is back in the news going to a major championship.
Li, who made history qualifying for the U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst as an 11-year-old, will tee it up as a 14-year-old in her second major next week at the ANA Inspiration.
Li earned the last spot in the year’s first major by winning the ANA Junior Inspiration Sunday at Mission Hills.
Closing with an even-par 72, Li won by three shots. She will be one of six amateurs in the ANA Inspiration field.
Li will join Americans Kat
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On a big week for two young stars ...
The fledgling careers of Jon Rahm and Bryson DeChambeau continue to intertwine.
One year ago, they were seen as the next can’t-miss amateur prospects. Seven months ago, they were both trying to turn a handful of sponsor invites into a PGA Tour card.
From there things have diverged a bit, but both were in the spotlight Sunday – admittedl
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- AUSTIN, Texas – Hideto Tanihara moved one hole clear of Bill Haas in Sunday’s consolation match at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play when he made a hole-in-one at the seventh hole.
Tanihara hit 8-iron from 207 yards that landed on the front of the green and raced into the hole.
It was the fourth hole-in-one at the Match Play and the first since 2015.
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- 862 yards.
Two drives. #QuickHits pic.twitter.com/2mE73xOtVw— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 26, 2017
Dustin Johnson hit his drive on the 12th hole in the championship match of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play a whopping 424 yards. He was away for his approach shot.
That's because his opponent, Jon Rahm, stepped up and hit one 15 yards past him, to 438 yards.
That's 862 yards combined. Those are, to put it mildly, eye-popping numbers.
Johnson overcame the disadvantage and went on to win the
- There's not many people in this world with enough cachet to talk trash to Jack Nicklaus. But Gary Player is one of those guys.
Less than two weeks away from hitting the ceremonial opening tee shot at the Masters, Player took to Twitter on Thursday to take a little shot at his buddy who has 18 majors under his belt.
Chuffed when you know keeping in shape just helped you drive by your friend’s ball See you in two weeks @TheMasters pic.twitter.com/jtERxJrzt7— Gary Player (@garyplayer) M
- Veteran D.A. Points birdied the 72nd hole at the Puerto Rico Open to seal a two-shot win over a group that included former U.S. Open champ Retief Goosen and rookie Bryson DeChambeau.
Points began the day one shot behind Chris Stroud but birdied four of his final six holes to rally for the victory. It's the third of his career and first since the 2013 Shell Houston Open.
Points, 40, played off past champion status during the 2015-16 season and had to return to Web.com Tour Finals last fall in or
- AUSTIN, Texas – The title bout that has been five days in the making awaits at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, with world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and star-in-waiting Jon Rahm advancing to Sunday’s championship match.
Rahm pulled away late in his semifinal match with four birdies over his last five holes for a 3-and-2 victory over Bill Haas.
“Towards the end, especially, I really made a couple of clutch putts. I think all day both of us played great," said Rahm, who arguably
- Here's how things played out Sunday morning in the semifinals of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin CC, where Jon Rahm will meet Dustin Johnson in the afternoon's championship match. Click here for the full bracket:
Match 1: Jon Rahm (21) def. Bill Haas (42), 3 and 2: So dominant in his previous three matches, Rahm got off to a slower start Saturday morning. After he and Haas traded early lead back and forth, Haas squared the match at No. 7, and he'd never win another hol
- AUSTIN, Texas – And then there were four.
The WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play settled into a familiar routine in Saturday’s knock out stages, with the field being trimmed to the final four on an eventful day that featured plenty of storylines.
1. Phil Mickelson’s run ended with his quarterfinals loss to Bill Haas, but the week was still a success for Lefty, who had only advanced to the weekend once before at the Match Play, as he prepares for the Masters in two weeks.
- AUSTIN, Texas – For the first time this week, Dustin Johnson found himself in a tense situation, all square with Alex Noren after the Swede rolled in a 40-footer for birdie at the 12th hole at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.
Save for when he had been standing on the first tee, Johnson had not trailed nor been tied as he cruised through group play and the Round of 16.
How the world No. 1 responded to his first taste adversity was almost as impressive as his dominance to that point.
- AUSTIN, Texas – The newest edition of the Spanish Armada has cut a swath through the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play field on a path toward the ultimate competitive treasure.
Jon Rahm continued to defy his first-year player status with a sporty 7-and-5 victory over Soren Kjeldsen. That walk-over followed similar routs of Charles Howell III (6 and 4), Sergio Garcia (6 and 4), Shane Lowry (2 and 1) and Kevin Chappell (3 and 2) this week.
By any definition, the Spaniard has been dominant &nd
- AUSTIN, Texas – Hideto Tanihara began this year with a simple goal – play the Masters.
Following four eventful days at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, his to-do list has expanded dramatically. His 4-and-2 victory over Ross Fisher assured the 38-year-old from Japan will move into the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking on Monday, earning him an invitation to Augusta National.
“There wasn't any tournaments in Japan, so I had to go overseas to play a lot of tournament
- AUSTIN, Texas – Bill Haas’ record at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play isn’t exactly stellar and combined with a swing that wasn’t quite right he decided he needed some help this week.
“I haven't been really fighting my swing terribly, but it's never great. We're always working on it,” said Haas who was joined at Austin Country Club by his father, Jay, a nine-time PGA Tour winner. “He was out west and on his way home I just asked him to stop in.&rdqu
- John Daly smells what The Rock is cooking, and to him, it smells a little fishy.
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson claimed earlier this week that he hit a 490-yard drive while on the set of his HBO show "Ballers," and while that number may seem ridiculous, it's hard to doubt The Rock because, you know, he's ridiculous.
But John Daly, who knows a thing or two about hitting the ball a long way, doesn't want to hear it, and called out the "Baywatch" actor when TMZ Sports caught up with him on Wednesday.All
- AUSTIN, Texas – Phil Mickelson is on a collision course with his protégé Jon Rahm, and Dustin Johnson has the look of a man on a mission following the round of 16 Saturday at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.
Mickelson, who had never advanced past the Sweet 16 at the Match Play before this week, still hasn’t trailed in any of his four matches, nor has he seen Nos. 16, 17 and 18 at Austin Country Club since last year’s Match Play following four commanding vict
- Here is how things played out on Day 4 of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play. Click here for the full bracket.
Match 1: Bill Haas (42) def. Kevin Na (46), 1 up: Na was 2 down after 12 holes, but he made two straight birdies to square the match heading to the par-4 15th. Both players missed the green, but Haas was able to get up-and-down for par to regain the lead.
Match 2: Phil Mickelson (14) def. Marc Leishman (28), 4 and 3: Lefty was 5 up after 10 holes, but Leishman briefly bounced ba
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During his morning match against Marc Leishman, Phil Mickelson had a chance to show everyone why he has one of the best short games in the history of the game, and Lefty did not disappoint.
- Rolex world No. 1 Lydia Ko missed the cut for just the second time in an LPGA event Friday at the Kia Classic.
It was Ko’s second MC in 95 LPGA starts as an amateur and professional.
Ko missed a 10-foot putt for par at the last hole at Aviara Golf Club in Carlsbad, Calif., leaving her one shot outside the cut line. She bogeyed two of her last three holes to shoot even-par 72 and ended up at 2-over 146.
“I had a really bad finish,” said Ko, who took 64 putts over 36 holes. &ldqu
- Group play is done, and now the final 16 players will square off Saturday morning for a spot in the quarterfinals in the afternoon at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play. Here are the scheduled matches (all times Eastern).
8:30 a.m.: Kevin Na vs. Bill Haas
8:41 a.m.: Phil Mickelson vs. Marc Leishman
8:52 a.m.: Jon Rahm vs. Charles Howell III
9:03 a.m.: Soren Kjeldsen vs. William McGirt
9:14 a.m.: Hideto Tanihara vs. Paul Casey
9:25 a.m.: Ross Fisher vs. Bubba Watson
9:36 a.m.: Brooks Koepka vs
- AUSTIN, Texas – Friday’s frenzied action at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play included dominant performances by Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson, disappointing finishes for Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth, and much, much more.
1. For the second time in three years, Spieth failed to advance out of group play, although his Friday match against Ryan Moore provided some insight into the state of his game.
“I didn't look at a scoreboard, pretended like winner [of his match with
- AUSTIN, Texas – A few years ago the Austin Independent Business Alliance launched a unique campaign entitled, “Keep Austin Weird: A Guide to the Odd Side of Town.”
For three days there has been no better example of the weird and odd than the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, the PGA Tour’s annual version of March Madness that has been made infinitely more maddening with the addition of round-robin play three years ago.
In theory the concept is simple, with groups of four
- AUSTIN, Texas – Adding to the drama of an eventful day at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, Tyrrell Hatton lost on the first extra hole of a three-man playoff because of a rules infraction.
According to Mark Russell, a vice president of rules and competitions for the PGA Tour, Hatton moved his ball before putting out for par on the first playoff hole and didn’t move the ball back to its original position.
Although a new local rule this year allows for a player to accidentally mo
- AUSTIN, Texas – Rory McIlroy had an interesting week at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.
He lost to Soren Kjeldsen, 2 and 1, on Day 1 despite a respectable 4-under card through 17 holes; won on Day 2 from his couch after Gary Woodland withdrew because of a family matter and had to concede his match; and learned, from the same couch, that his Friday match against Emiliano Grillo was meaningless, at least as far as advancing to the round of 16 was concerned.
Because Kjeldsen won his Day
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