• D. Johnson grouped with Spieth, Thomas at BMW

    They've combined for two wins and two runner-up finishes during this postseason, and now they'll play the first two rounds together as the BMW Championship returns to Conway Farms Golf Club. Here are a few of the marquee, early-round groups to keep an eye on as 70 players tee it up outside Chicago with hopes of advancing to next week's Tour Championship (all times ET):
    10:33 a.m. Thursday, 12:55 p.m. Friday: Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia, Charles Howell III
    Mickelson did just enough at TPC Bosto
  • The missing link: Advice from successful tour pros

    Today’s topic is significant in that it underscores the direction golf is headed, a direction that has me a little concerned.
    Now, more than ever, it has become the norm for PGA Tour players to put together a team to assist in all aspects of their career. These teams can typically include the player’s swing coach, mental coach, manager, workout specialist, dietician, physical therapist, short-game guru, doctor, accountant, nanny and wife. Though it often concerns me the player may be
  • Woods, Rahm, Rickie, J-Day headline Torrey field

    Tiger Woods is set to make his 2018 debut.
    Woods is still part of the final field list for next week’s Farmers Insurance Open, the headliner of a tournament that includes defending champion Jon Rahm, Hideki Matsuyama, Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson and Jason Day.
    In all, 12 of the top 26 players in the world are teeing it up at Torrey Pines.
    Though Woods has won eight times at Torrey Pines, he hasn’t broken 71 in his past seven rounds there and hasn’t played all fou
  • Even on 'off' day, Rahm shoots 67 at CareerBuilder

    Jon Rahm didn’t strike the ball as purely Friday as he did during his opening round at the CareerBuilder Challenge.
    He still managed a 5-under 67 that put him just one shot off the lead heading into the weekend.
    “I expected myself to go to the range (this morning) and keep flushing everything like I did yesterday,” said Rahm, who shot a career-low 62 at La Quinta on Thursday. “Everything was just a little bit off. It was just one of those days.”
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  • Mickelson 'displeased' with iron play; 10 back

    All of Phil Mickelson’s offseason work on his driver has paid off through two rounds of the CareerBuilder Challenge.
    His iron play? Not as sharp, and it’s the reason why he heads into the weekend 10 shots off the lead.
    “I’ve been pretty pleased, overall, with the way I’ve been driving the ball, and very displeased with the way my iron game has been,” said Mickelson, who shot 68 Friday on PGA West’s Nicklaus course. He has hit only 21 of 36 greens so far
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  • Watch: Daly makes birdie from 18-foot-deep bunker

    More impressive, the birdie or the pants?#QuickHits pic.twitter.com/NXCw0Ih1y9— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) January 19, 2018John Daly on Friday somehow got up and down for birdie from the deepest bunker on the PGA Tour.
    The sand to the left of the green on the 16th hole at the Stadium Course at PGA West sits 18 feet below the surface of the green.
    That proved no problem for Daly, who cleared the lip three times taller than he is and then rolled in a 26-footer.
    He fared just slightly better than fo
  • Koepka (wrist) likely out until the Masters

    Defending U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka is expected to miss at least the next two months because of a torn tendon in his left wrist.
    Koepka, who suffered a partially torn Extensor Carpi Ulnaris (ECU), is hoping to return in time for the Masters.
    In a statement released by his management company, Koepka said that doctors are unsure when the injury occurred but that he first felt discomfort at the Hero World Challenge, where he finished last in the 18-man event. Playing through pain, he also fi
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  • Cut Line: Color Rory unafraid of the Ryder Cup

    In this week’s edition, Rory McIlroy gets things rolling with some early Ryder Cup banter, Dustin Johnson changes his tune on a possible golf ball roll-back, and the PGA Tour rolls ahead with integrity training.Made Cut
    Paris or bust. Rory McIlroy, who made his 2018 debut this week on the European Tour, can be one of the game’s most affable athletes. He can also be pointed, particularly when discussing the Ryder Cup.
    Asked this week in Abu Dhabi about the U.S. team, which won the las
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  • Watch: McIlroy gives Fleetwood a birthday cake

    Tommy Fleetwood turned 27 on Friday. He celebrated with some good golf – a 4-under 68 in Abu Dhabi, leaving him only two shots back in his title defense – and a birthday cake, courtesy of Rory Mcllroy.
    While giving a post-round interview, Fleetwood was surprised to see McIlroy approaching with a cake in hand.
    “I actually baked this before we teed off,” McIlroy joked.
    Fleetwood blew out the three candles – “three wishes!” – and offered McIlroy
  • DJ shoots 64 to surge up leaderboard in Abu Dhabi

    Dustin Johnson stood out among a star-studded three-ball that combined to shoot 18 under par with just one bogey Friday at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
    Shaking off a sloppy first round at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Johnson matched the low round of the day with a 64 that put him within four shots of Thomas Pieters’ lead.
    “I did everything really well,” Johnson said. “It was a pretty easy 64.”
    Johnson made four bogeys during an even-par 72 on Thursday and needed a soli
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  • Closing eagle moves Rory within 3 in Abu Dhabi

    What rust? Rory McIlroy appears to be in midseason form.
    Playing competitively for the first time since Oct. 8, McIlroy completed 36 holes without a bogey Friday, closing with an eagle to shoot 6-under 66 to sit just three shots back at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
    “I’m right in the mix after two days and I’m really happy in that position,” he told reporters afterward.
    McIlroy took a 3 ½-month break to heal his body, clear his mind and work on his game after h
  • Duke to fill in for injured Pavin at CareerBuilder

    Ken Duke will fill in for Corey Pavin for the next two rounds of the CareerBuilder Challenge – with nothing at stake but his amateur partner’s position on the leaderboard.
    Pavin was 4 over par when he withdrew after 17 holes Thursday because of a neck injury. Tournament officials phoned Duke, the first alternate, and asked if he would take Pavin’s spot and partner with Luis Lopez for the next two rounds, even though he would not receive any official money.
    Duke accepted and exp
  • Rahm on 62: 'Not much more I can ask for'

    After a banner year in 2017, Jon Rahm found a way to add yet another accolade to his growing list of accomplishments during the opening round of the CareerBuilder Challenge.
    Rahm got off to a fast start at La Quinta Country Club, playing his first seven holes in 6 under en route to a 10-under 62. The score marked his career low on the PGA Tour by two shots and gave him an early lead in an event that utilizes a three-course rotation.
    La Quinta was the site of Adam Hadwin's 59 during last year's e
  • Rahm (62) fires career low round

    The scores were predictably low during the opening round of the CareerBuilder Challenge, where the top-ranked player in the field currently sits atop the standings. Here's how things look after the first day in Palm Springs as Jon Rahm is out to an early advantage:
    Leaderboard: Jon Rahm (-10), Austin Cook (-9), Andrew Landry (-9), Jason Kokrak (-9), Brandon Harkins (-8), Martin Piller (-8), Aaron Wise (-8), Beau Hossler (-8)
    What it means: Rahm is coming off a runner-up finish two weeks ago at K
  • Mickelson starts fast, fades to 70 at La Quinta

    Phil Mickelson got off to a fast start in his first competitive round of 2018 - for six holes, at least.
    The 47-year-old is making his first start since the WGC-HSBC Champions this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge, and only his third competitive appearance since the BMW Championship in September. Four birdies over his first six holes indicated that a strong opener might be in the cards, but Mickelson played his subsequent holes in 2 over.
    It added up to a 2-under 70 at La Quinta Country Club
  • Recent winner Cook contending at CareerBuilder

    Patton Kizzire is currently the only two-time PGA Tour winner this season, but Austin Cook hopes to join him this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge.
    Cook won for the first time in November at the RSM Classic, a victory that catapaulted him from the Web.com Tour graduate category into an entirely new echelon. Cook notched a pair of top-25 finishes over the last two weeks in Hawaii, and he's again in the mix after an opening 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course left him one shot behind Jon Rahm.
  • Photo: Fleetwood's phone cover is picture of Bjorn

    There's phone covers and then there are Phone Covers.
    Paul Casey has himself a Phone Cover, showing off the protective case that features a picture of his wife at last year's U.S. Open.
    Now, it appears, Tommy Fleetwood has joined the movement.
    Fleetwood, last year's season-long Race to Dubai winner, has a phone cover with a picture of Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn on it. And not even a current Thomas Bjorn. This is a young Bjorn. A hair-having Bjorn. @tommyfleetwood_1 A post shared byAlex Noren
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  • Fleetwood flawless en route to Abu Dhabi lead

    New year, same results for Tommy Fleetwood.
    The reigning Race to Dubai champ picked up right where he left off in the opening round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, carding a bogey-free 66 during which the Englishman found all 18 greens in regulation. At 6 under, he shares the lead with Japan's Hideto Tanihara and sits one shot clear of five other players.
    "Very stress-free. Played really well from start to finish," Fleetwood said. "Felt like I did what you need to do around this golf course,
  • McIlroy 'really pleased' with opening 69 in Abu Dhabi

    It was an auspicious 2018 debut for Rory McIlroy.
    Playing alongside world No. 1 Dustin Johnson for his first round since October, McIlroy missed only one green and shot a bogey-free 69 at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. McIlroy is three shots back of reigning Race to Dubai champion Tommy Fleetwood, who played in the same group as McIlroy and Johnson.
    Starting on the back nine at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, McIlroy began with 11 consecutive pars before birdies on Nos. 3, 7 and 8.
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  • 13-year-old beats DJ in closest-to-the-pin contest

    Dustin Johnson didn’t just get beat by Tommy Fleetwood and Rory McIlroy on Day 1 of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
    Even a 13-year-old got the best of the world No. 1.
    Oscar Murphy teed off on the 177-yard 15th hole as part of the tournament’s Beat the Pro challenge during the opening round. The Northern Irishman, one of the HSBC’s Future Falcons, carved a 3-wood toward a back-right pin, about 25 feet away, closer than both Johnson and Fleetwood.
    “An unbelievable shot,&r
  • Rahm: If I thought like Phil, I could not hit a shot

    When it comes to Jon Rahm and Phil Mickelson, there are plenty of common bonds. Both starred at Arizona State, both are now repped by the same agency and Rahm's former college coach and agent, Tim Mickelson, now serves full-time as his brother's caddie.
    Those commonalities mean the two men have played plenty of practice rounds together, but the roads quickly diverge when it comes to on-course behavior. Rahm is quick, fiery and decisive; Mickelson is one of the most analytical players on Tour. An
  • Hadwin returns to site of last year's 59

    Adam Hadwin had a career season last year, one that included shooting a 59 and winning a PGA Tour event. But those two achievements didn't occur in the same week.
    While Hadwin's breakthrough victory came at the Valspar Championship in March, it was at the CareerBuilder Challenge in January when he first made headlines with a third-round 59 at La Quinta Country Club. Hadwin took a lead into the final round as a result, but he ultimately couldn't keep pace with Hudson Swafford.
    He went on to earn
  • DJ changes tune on golf ball distance debate

    World No. 1 Dustin Johnson is already one of the longest hitters in golf, so he's not looking for any changes to be made to golf ball technology - despite comments from him that hinted at just such a notion two months ago.
    Johnson is in the Middle East this week for the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, and he told BBC Sport Wednesday that he wouldn't be in favor of making changes to the golf ball in order to remedy some of the eye-popping distances players are hitting the ball with ever-increasing f
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  • LPGA lists April date for new LA event

    The LPGA’s return to Los Angeles will come with the new Hugel-JTBC Open being played at Wilshire Country Club April 19-22, the tour announced Wednesday.
    When the LPGA originally released its schedule, it listed the Los Angeles event with the site to be announced at a later date.
    The Hugel-JTBC Open will feature a 144-player field and a $1.5 million purse. It expands the tour’s West Coast swing, which will now be made up of four events in California in March and April.
    The LPGA last p
  • Tour's Integrity Program raises gambling questions

    The video begins with an eye-opening disclaimer: “Sport betting markets produce revenues of $1 trillion each year.”
    For all the seemingly elementary elements of the 15-minute video PGA Tour players have been required to watch as part of the circuit’s newly created Integrity Program, it’s the enormity of the industry – $1 trillion annually – that concerns officials.
    There are no glaring examples of how sport betting has impacted golf, no red flags that sent Tou
  • Lexi looks to shine as LPGA season begins next week

    Lexi Thompson may be No. 4 in the Rolex Women’s World Rankings, but in so many ways she became the new face of the women’s game last year.
    That makes her the headliner in a fairly star-studded season opener at the Pure Silk Bahamas Classic next week.
    Three of the top four players in the Rolex Women’s World Rankings are scheduled to tee it up on Paradise Island, including world No. 1 Shanshan Feng and co-Rolex Player of the Year So Yeon Ryu.
    From the heartache at year’s s

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