• 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
  • Battling mono, Kaufman tied for lead at CME

    NAPLES, Fla. – Kim Kaufman’s bout with mononucleosis might leave fellow tour pros wanting to catch the fever, too.
    A couple months after Anna Nordqvist battled her way into contention at the Women’s British Open playing with mono, and then thrived at the Solheim Cup with it, Kaufman is following suit.
    In her first start since being diagnosed, Kaufman posted an 8-under-par 64 Saturday to move into a four-way tie for the lead at the CME Group Tour Championship. It was the low rou
  • New-look Wie eyes CME Group Tour Championship title

    NAPLES, Fla. – Michelle Wie is sporting a new look that even has fellow players doing double takes.
    Bored during her six-week recovery from an emergency appendectomy late this summer, Wie decided to cut and die her hair.
    She went for golden locks, and a shorter style.
    “I kind of went crazy after being in bed that long,” Wie said. “I just told my mom to grab the kitchen scissors and just cut all my hair off.”
    Wie will get to sport her new look on a big stage Sunday a
  • You Oughta Know: LPGA's Sunday scenarios

    NAPLES, Fla. – The CME Group Tour Championship is loaded with pressure-packed subplots Sunday at Tiburon Golf Club.
    Here’s what You Oughta Know about the prizes at stake:
    Race to the CME Globe
    Lexi Thompson and Sung Hyun Park are 1-2 in CME Globe points. They are best positioned Sunday to take home the $1 million jackpot in the season-long competition.
    Thompson and Park are tied for fifth in the tournament, one shot off the lead. If either of them wins, she will take home the jackpot
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  • Park's stumble creates wide-open finale

    NAPLES, Fla. – Sung Hyun Park didn’t turn the CME Group Tour Championship into a runaway Saturday at Tiburon Golf Club.
    She left with bloody fingernails after a brutal day failing to hold on to her spot atop the leaderboard.
    OK, they weren’t really bloody, but even the unflappable Park wasn’t immune to mounting pressure, with the Rolex world No. 1 ranking, the Rolex Player of the Year Award, the Vare Trophy for low scoring average, the CME Globe’s $1 million jackpo
  • New old putter helps Kirk (64) jump into contention

    ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Chris Kirk’s ball-striking has been nearly flawless this fall. Unfortunately, the same couldn’t be said for his putting.
    In four events this season, Kirk ranks 143rd in strokes gained: putting, but his fortunes have changed this week, thanks at least in part to a return to something familiar.
    Kirk switched to an older style of putter similar to the one he used on the Web.com Tour in 2010 to earn his PGA Tour card.
    “It's nice to be back in contenti
  • Simpson WDs from RSM, tweets his father is ill

    ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Following rounds of 67-68, Webb Simpson was in 12th place entering the weekend at the RSM Classic before he withdrew prior to Saturday’s third round.
    On Saturday afternoon, Simpson tweeted that he withdrew due to an illness in his family.
    “Thanks to [Davis Love III] for being such a great tournament host. I [withdrew] due to my dad being sick and living his last days,” Simpson posted on Twitter on Saturday afternoon.
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  • Rookie Cook (66) handling RSM like a pro

    ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Of all the impressive statistics Austin Cook has put up this week at the RSM Classic – he is first in strokes gained: tee to green, strokes gained: approach to the green and scrambling – the one number that stands out is 49.
    That’s how many holes Cook went this week without a bogey or worse, a moment that prompted his caddie, Kip Henley, to joke, “The dream is over.”
    That loss of momentum at the 14th hole didn’t last long, with t
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  • Park collapses; leaderboard chaos at CME

    Sung-Hyun Park started the day with a three-shot lead and slowly gave it all back over the course of a 3-over 75, leaving the CME Group Tour Championship and a host of season-long prizes up for grabs in Naples. Here’s where things stand through 54 holes at the LPGA finale, where Michelle Wie, Ariya Jutanugarn, Suzann Pettersen and Kim Kaufman share the lead.
    Leaderboard: Kaufman (-10), Wie (-10), Jutanugarn (-10), Pettersen (-10), Stacy Lewis (-9), Karine Icher (-9), Austin Ernst (-9), Lex
  • Watch: Pros try to hit 2-yard wide fairway in Dubai

    While in Dubai for the DP World Tour Championship, the European Tour prestented a little challenge to Ross Fisher, Richie Ramsay, Nicolas Colsaerts and Soren Kjeldsen. On a stretch of road outside of town, the four players had to try and hit a 2-yard wide fairway. Check out the results.
  • If Park is nervous, she sure doesn't show it

    NAPLES, Fla. – Sung Hyun Park says she can feel her heart pounding every time she steps to the first tee.
    She says she always gets nervous starting a round.
    You don’t believe it, though.
    She looks like she would be comfortable directing a sky full of Boeing 737s as an air traffic controller at Incheon International Airport . . .
    Or talking people off the ledges of skyscrapers . . .
    Or disarming ticking bombs . . .
    “In terms of golf, I always get nervous,” she insists.
  • National champion Sooners meet with Trump in D.C.

    The national champion Oklahoma men's golf team visited Washington D.C. on Frday and met with President Donald Trump.
    Oklahoma topped Oregon, 3 1/2 to 1 1/2, in last year's national final at Rich Harvest Farms to win their second national championship and first since 1989.
    These pictures from the team's trip to Washington popped up on social media late Friday afternoon:
    What a great day in D.C.We are thankful for the opportunity #ChampU @OU_MGolf pic.twitter.com/hosAHw3DaM— ryan hybl (@OUgo
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  • Rookie Cook (66-62) credits prior Tour experience

    ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Austin Cook is a rookie only on paper. At least, that’s the way he’s played since joining the circuit this season.
    This week’s RSM Classic is Cook’s fourth start on Tour, and rounds of 66-62 secured his fourth made cut of the young season. More importantly, his 14-under total moved him into the lead at Sea Island Resort.
    “I really think that a couple years ago, the experience that I have had, I think I've played maybe 10 events, nine e
  • Korda sisters poised to make a run at CME

    NAPLES, Fla. – Jessica Korda wasn’t feeling well making her way around the CME Group Tour Championship battling congestion Friday, but the leaderboard walking to the ninth tee gave her a nice lift.
    That’s where she saw younger sister Nelly’s name tucked right next to hers.
    They were within a shot of each other amid hard charges up the leaderboard, with Nelly playing just in front of her.
    “I was like, 'Dang!’ It was good to see,” said Jessica, 24. &ldquo
  • S.H. Park (65) builds three-shot lead at LPGA finale

    NAPLES, Fla. – Golf felt so easy to Sung Hyun Park that only when she took out her card to catch up on her scores did she realize she had closed out the front nine with five straight birdies at the CME Group Tour Championship.
    Park kept right on attacking.
    The 24-year-old from South Korea added a 30-foot eagle putt late in her second round and finished with a 7-under 65, giving her a three-shot lead going into the weekend at Tiburon Golf Club.
    Nothing seems to bother her, even the chance
  • Bubba (64) fires his lowest round of 2017

    ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Bubba Watson’s plan when he left the Dell Technologies Championship in September was to take a few months off and come back fresh in 2018
    Those plans changed after a few weeks.
    “What we figured out was the mental side, preparing for kindergarten - not for me, for my son - preparing for [wife] Angie's knee surgery. It's been a tough go,” Watson said.
    “Being home and being with the family and everything, I realized how much I missed the game o
  • Whan details LPGA changes for 2018 and beyond

    NAPLES, Fla. – The Race to the CME Globe’s season-long series and its big-bang finish at the CME Group Tour Championship are secured for another six years.
    Tour commissioner Mike Whan announced a contract extension with CME Group through 2023 in his annual state-of-the-tour address Friday at the Tour Championship at Tiburon Golf Club.
    Whan also outlined changes to next year’s tournament schedule and detailed specifics of the revamp of the LPGA Qualifying Tournament, with a new
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  • Ryu, S.H. Park among winners at Rolex awards

    NAPLES, Fla. – The Rolex Player of the Year and Vare Trophy winners won’t be determined until Sunday’s finish of the CME Group Tour Championship, but seven other awards were presented Thursday during the LPGA’s Rolex Awards dinner at the Ritz Carlton Golf Resort.
    The awards and winners:
    William and Mousie Powell Award – Katherine Kirk won an award given to the player “whose behavior and deeds best exemplify the spirit, ideals and values of the LPGA.” Kir
  • Closing eagle gives Kirk 1-shot lead in RSM

    ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. - Chris Kirk holed an 18-foot putt for eagle on his final hole for a 9-under 63 and a one-shot lead Thursday in the RSM Classic.
    Kirk played the par 5s on the Plantation Course at Sea Island Golf Club in 5 under.
    ''I kind of hit my putter on the fringe a little bit and I wasn't sure it was going to get there, but that was just kind of the day that it was,'' Kirk said. ''Even when I thought it wasn't quite going to work out, it still went in the middle of the hole.''
    The se
  • Co-leader Smith credits Foley's influence

    NAPLES, Fla. – Sarah Jane Smith is making the most of the devoted efforts of Sean Foley this week.
    Foley’s prize pupil, Justin Rose, is in the hunt at the World Tour Championship in the United Arab Emirates, looking to win the European Tour’s Race to Dubai, but Foley isn’t there with him.
    Foley promised to help Smith this week, and he’s living up to the pledge, making the trip to Naples.
    The extra attention paid off for Smith.
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  • Seeking awards sweep, Park 1 off lead

    NAPLES, Fla. – Sung Hyun Park made a strong start in her bid to make LPGA history with an epic sweep of the year’s major awards.
    Park opened the CME Group Tour Championship Thursday with a 5-under-par 67, moving her a shot off the lead.
    Park is looking to join Nancy Lopez as the only players to win the Rolex Player of the Year and Rolex Rookie of the Year awards in the same season. Lopez did it in 1978. Park has already clinched the Rookie of the Year Award.
    Park, 24, can also walk a
  • Ko (67) out to finish season 'on a high note'

    NAPLES, Fla. – Lydia Ko saved her strong start to the CME Group Tour Championship Thursday with a terrific final shot.
    It moved her into early position to try to save this season, to keep it from becoming the first winless year of her young career.
    Ko holed out from 60 feet at the 18th hole to save par, sending a jolt through the gallery in the grandstand behind her.
    “I don’t think I’ve made a par like that before,” Ko said.
    With a 5-under-par 67, Ko is one shot beh
  • Kirk rides hot putter to lead at old stomping grounds

    ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – This was something different for Chris Kirk, something much, much better, but different nonetheless.
    Kirk said on Thursday after his round at the RSM Classic that his putter has let him down this year, so much so his expectations weren’t high when he teed off for Round 1.
    That all changed on Thursday, when Kirk needed just 23 putts on his way to an opening 63 and a one-stroke lead at the PGA Tour’s final official event this year.
    “It was fun seei
  • Snedeker 'shocked' after pain-free opening 67

    ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Brandt Snedeker didn’t know what to expect this week at the RSM Classic, his first start since the Travelers Championship in June.
    The eight-time PGA Tour winner was sidelined with a sternum injury and spent the last few weeks working on a new swing with coach John Tillery to take pressure off the injury.
    Those lowered expectations brought a solid start for Snedeker on Day 1 at Sea Island Resort, where he opened with a 3-under 67 to move to within six stroke
  • Ryu opens with 72 thanks to mid-round massage

    NAPLES, Fla. – So Yeon Ryu wouldn’t be playing this week if so much wasn’t at stake in the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship.
    She aggravated her ailing right shoulder hitting a wedge shot at the seventh hole Thursday, so much so that she took a detour on her way to the 10th green making the turn at Tiburon Golf Club. She ducked into the LPGA fitness trailer, where a physiotherapist worked on her shoulder.
    It helped Ryu open with an even-par 72, six shots off the lead.
  • Donald hospitalized with chest pains after RSM WD

    ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Luke Donald withdrew before his round on Thursday at the RSM Classic and later posted an update on social media that he’d been hospitalized for chest pains.
    Donald said he was admitted to Southeast Georgia Health Systems Brunswick (Ga.) Campus and that after multiple tests his heart “looks good.”
    “Well that wasn’t quite the finish to my year I had in mind! Had some chest pain last night and into this morning and it kept getting worse,&
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  • Watch: Ko ends round with bunker hole-out

    Lydia Ko already had a stellar round going when she came to the 18th hole at Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Fla.
    Her final shot made it even better.

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