• Why Sunday battle between Jason Kokrak and Xander Schauffele was a bit different

    Why Sunday battle between Jason Kokrak and Xander Schauffele was a bit different
    Pace of play is always an issue on the PGA Tour, but when an injury causes a group to play a man down, that pace can be even more exaggerated. Case in point: Sunday's penultimate group at the CJ Cup.Just two holes into the final round at Shadow Creek, Jason Day withdrew with a neck injury, forcing Jason Kokrak and Xander Schauffele to play the rest of the round as a twosome.“Day left us kind of early. Kokrak's about a foot taller than I am, so we're doing our old-man shuffle walking a
  • Even after 66, Tiger Woods still not ruling out adding Houston Open

    Even after 66, Tiger Woods still not ruling out adding Houston Open
    THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Tiger Woods surprised some when he hinted on Tuesday that, depending on how he played this week at the Zozo Championship, he might add the Houston Open to his schedule in order to prepare for next month’s Masters.A second-round 66 on Friday at Sherwood likely diminished the chances Woods would play the Houston event for the first time in his career, but he still seems open to the idea.“It's just I really haven't played a whole lot,”
  • For Tiger Woods, Friday's progress at Zozo outweighed the score

    For Tiger Woods, Friday's progress at Zozo outweighed the score
    THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – It wasn’t the 26 putts.It wasn’t the 10-for-13 performance off the tee.It really wasn’t even the score: a second-round, 6-under 66 that was 10 shots better than his sloppy start to the week at the Zozo Championship.If Tiger Woods is being honest at this juncture in his unparalleled career, success isn’t measured on the scorecard so much as it is with the unquantifiable minutia.This week, for example, was a chance for Woods to defend a PG
  • Thanks to putting persistence, Justin Thomas leads through 36 at Zozo

    Thanks to putting persistence, Justin Thomas leads through 36 at Zozo
    THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – If Justin Thomas’ trajectory continues at its current clip and he finds himself on the correct end of a trophy presentation on Sunday at the Zozo Championship, he’ll likely consider his gritty opening round the pivotal moment in the tournament.Thomas made the turn on Thursday at even par, following two birdies and two bogeys that included a three-putt (No. 7), a lip out (No. 2) and a birdie attempt that stopped one roll short on the first hole. In the pa
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  • After snapping club on Thursday, Rory McIlroy rebounds with 67 on Day 2 of Zozo

    After snapping club on Thursday, Rory McIlroy rebounds with 67 on Day 2 of Zozo
    THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Rory McIlroy has never been the kind of player to hide his emotions while on the golf course and during the first round of the Zozo Championship those emotions boiled over.On the final hole Thursday, McIlroy’s approach shot sailed wildly to the right. It was one too many shots to the right and McIlroy calmly snapped the wedged in half.Zozo Championship: Full-field scores | Full coverage“I missed so many shots to the right, if that wedge shot on
  • Bryson DeChambeau hits 400-yard carry mark ... with some help

    Bryson DeChambeau hits 400-yard carry mark ... with some help
    Bryson DeChambeau’s quest to add distance has not slowed down after last month’s U.S. Open victory. Not one bit.As he continues to prepare for the Masters, which is now three weeks away, DeChambeau posted some new launch-monitor numbers to his Instagram story on Friday afternoon. Among the eye-popping metrics: 211 mph ball speed and 403.1 yards of carry.“First time over 400. Carry…,” DeChambeau wrote, while adding that he wasn’t even using a 48-inch driver sh
  • Highlights: Tiger Woods playing par-5s better, goes on birdie run at Zozo

    Highlights: Tiger Woods playing par-5s better, goes on birdie run at Zozo
    Tiger Woods had a career-worst day on the par-5s Thursday at the Zozo Championship, playing three of them in over par for the first time in his PGA Tour career.He's solved those issues so far in Friday's second round at Sherwood Country Club.Woods produced birdies at the par-5 second and par-5 fifth as part of a five-birdie front nine. He also had a bogey at the par-3 third as he made the turn in 4-under 32, which had him at 1 over and double-digit shots off the pace.He then added his third par-
  • Laurie Canter leads fellow Englishman by two through two rounds of Italian Open

    Laurie Canter leads fellow Englishman by two through two rounds of Italian Open
    BRESCIA, Italy — Laurie Canter is eyeing a maiden European Tour title after adding a second-round 68 to his spectacular opening 12-under 60 to keep the lead at the halfway stage of the Italian Open on Friday.At 16 under, the Englishman leads by two from compatriot Ross McGowan, with South Africa’s Dean Burmester two shots further back in third.“You can’t take your foot off around here, the scoring is going to be good, (and) a lot of good players behind,” Canter
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  • Jason Day shoots 68, despite still not 100 percent following WD

    Jason Day shoots 68, despite still not 100 percent following WD
    THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Four days after withdrawing from the CJ Cup because of a neck injury, Jason Day opened with a 4-under 68 at the Zozo Championship.Day, who was five shots off the lead when he withdrew just two holes into his final round in Las Vegas, was bogey-free on Thursday and he was tied for 17th at Sherwood Country Club. It was particularly encouraging considering that the Australian conceded that he’s not fully healthy.Zozo Championship: Full-field scores | Full coverag
  • Danielle Kang shares lead in search of second Drive On title this season

    Danielle Kang shares lead in search of second Drive On title this season
    GREENSBORO, Ga. – Danielle Kang leads the Race to CME Globe and, at No. 5 in the world, is the top-ranked player in the LPGA Drive On Championship-Lake Reynolds Oconee. She showed why Thursday.Kang shot a 7-under 65 for a share of the first-round lead with Jennifer Song.“I think I know the golf course a little bit better,” Kang said. “I’ve only played it once technically so it’s still very new, but I just tried to work on some pace drills on the greens and fig
  • Tiger Woods shoots 76, tied for 74th in 77-man field at Zozo Championship

    Tiger Woods shoots 76, tied for 74th in 77-man field at Zozo Championship
    THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Tiger Woods’ first title defense since 2014 didn’t start well.Playing for the first time since last month’s U.S. Open, Woods was tied for 74th out of 77 players following a sloppy 4-over 76 at the Zozo Championship, which he won last fall in Japan. Although Woods declined to speak with the media following his round it wasn’t difficult to pin down his issues on Day 1.Zozo Championship: Full-field scores | Full coverageWoods ranked 77th&nb
  • Jordan Spieth thinking of grieving Michael Greller: 'Been through a lot together'

    Jordan Spieth thinking of grieving Michael Greller: 'Been through a lot together'
    THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Jordan Spieth had his father, Shawn, caddie for him on Day 1 at the Zozo Championship while Spieth’s regular caddie, Michael Greller, is with his family following the death of his mother last week.Shawn Spieth last caddied for his son at last year’s WGC-Mexico Championship following the death of Greller’s father.The emotion was evident for Spieth.“To lose both your parents in a year and a half, like I told him, I have no way of rela
  • Despite not being an 'athlete,' Kevin Kisner overcomes injury to open Zozo in 66

    Despite not being an 'athlete,' Kevin Kisner overcomes injury to open Zozo in 66
    THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Kevin Kisner’s preparation was limited to just nine holes this week at the Zozo Championship because of an injury.“Trying to be an athlete, just remembered I'm not,” he laughed following a first-round, 6-under 66 that left him tied for third place at Sherwood Country Club, two back of leader Sebastian Munoz.Specifically, Kisner was doing box jumps when he twisted his left ankle. He explained that he was jumping up when his toe caught the box, which
  • Watch: Matt Wallace hits power line, make birdie at Italian Open

    Watch: Matt Wallace hits power line, make birdie at Italian Open
    Matt Wallace isn’t exactly your prototypical power player. The Englishman ranks outside the top 100 on the European Tour’s driving distance list at an average clip of 293.8 yards.So, while Wallace likely won’t outdrive the field at this week’s Italian Open, he already paces the pack in another power category: power lines hit.In something that is rarely seen at the highest levels of professional golf, this week’s venue, Chervo Golf Club in Brescia, Italy, features po
  • Golf courses close in Republic of Ireland for next 6 weeks under new Covid-19 restrictions

    Golf courses close in Republic of Ireland for next 6 weeks under new Covid-19 restrictions
    Golf clubs in the Republic of Ireland have been ordered to close for the next six weeks under the country’s new Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions.
    The new lockdown measures came into effect today (October 22) and people have been instructed to exercise within 5km of their homes.The Golfing Union of Ireland is currently seeking clarity from the Irish government whether driving ranges will also have to close.After being fully closed in late March after the imposition of lockdown, the Republic of
  • Laurie Canter fires 12-under 60 to lead after Round 1 of Italian Open

    Laurie Canter fires 12-under 60 to lead after Round 1 of Italian Open
    BRESCIA, Italy – Laurie Canter shot a career-best 12-under 60 to open up a four-shot lead after the first round of the Italian Open on Thursday.The Englishman registered an eagle and 10 birdies in a bogey-free round that tied for the lowest score to par ever recorded on the European Tour. It was also the lowest round at the Italian Open since it became part of the tour in 1972.Full-field scores from the Italian Open“It feels great. The score, days like that, the back nine there, ever
  • Phil Mickelson explains when hitting bombs yields a 'diminishing return'

    Phil Mickelson explains when hitting bombs yields a 'diminishing return'
    THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Hitting “bombs” has been Phil Mickelson’s mantra for some time, but the 50-year-old admitted on Wednesday that there are limits.“I actually feel there's a point of diminishing return at about 182- to 185-mph ball speed,” Mickelson said. “I think once you get over that, I don't know if you're really getting out of it what you put in, meaning a lot of courses won't allow for that advantage to be taken if you get in the 190s [mp
  • Matthew Wolff: Shouldn't need Tiger Woods to tell me that I'm good

    Matthew Wolff: Shouldn't need Tiger Woods to tell me that I'm good
    THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Matthew Wolff will be paired with Tiger Woods for the first time in his young PGA Tour career for Rounds 1 and 2 at the Zozo Championship, but the 21-year-old said he won’t try to impress the 15-time major champion.“It would be nice to go out and have Tiger talk about how good you are and stuff, his opinion is definitely a higher value than others," Wolff said, "but at the end of the day, if you don't have confidence in yourself and you're just
  • Adam Scott pulls out of Zozo Championship after COVID-19 diagnosis

    Adam Scott pulls out of Zozo Championship after COVID-19 diagnosis
    THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Adam Scott has withdrawn from the Zozo Championship after testing positive for COVID-19. He’s the 15th PGA Tour player to test positive for the coronavirus and the third top-20 player to test positive in as many weeks on Tour.World No. 1 Dustin Johnson withdrew from last week’s CJ Cup after testing positive, a week after Tony Finau, No. 17 in the world, withdrew from the Shriners Open following his positive test result. Johnson also withdrew from th
  • Phil Mickelson unsure about playing in front of fans at Houston Open

    Phil Mickelson unsure about playing in front of fans at Houston Open
    THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Phil Mickelson is a staple at the Houston Open. For years, he used the pre-Masters stop to prepare for Augusta National, and with three green jackets in his closet, it’s proven to be a successful routine.However, that might change this year.One of the few constants in a COVID-19 world is that the Houston Open, which moved to the fall last year, will again be played the week before the Masters, which was pushed back seven months because of the pandemi
  • No fans allowed at U.S. Women's Open in December

    No fans allowed at U.S. Women's Open in December
    The U.S. Women’s Open will be conducted without fans because of ongoing concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, the USGA announced Wednesday.The Women’s Open, originally slated for early June, was rescheduled for Dec. 10-13 at Champions Golf Club in Houston.“Following extensive consultation with health officials, we have decided that hosting the U.S. Women’s Open without spectators will provide the best opportunity to conduct the championship safely for all involved,&rdq
  • Golf Central Podcast: Tiger Woods returns to Sherwood for Zozo

    Golf Central Podcast: Tiger Woods returns to Sherwood for Zozo
    On our 200th episode, Rex Hoggard and Ryan Lavner follow up on Tiger Woods’ press conference at the Zozo Championship, discuss his chances to defend his wins both this week and at the Masters, and discuss Phil Mickelson’s future on the PGA Tour Champions. 
  • PGA Tour partners with Hyperice recovery technology

    PGA Tour partners with Hyperice recovery technology
    THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – There is no shortage of corporate partnerships on the PGA Tour, but Wednesday’s announcement that the circuit will team with recovery-technology firm Hyperice will resonate with players.The multi-year agreement will make Hyperice the official recovery device of the PGA Tour and PGA Tour Champions, and it falls in line with the company’s recent partnership with Major League Baseball and its work with the NBA to create recovery stations at each Tour event
  • Tiger Woods keeps open possibility of adding Houston event ahead of Masters

    Tiger Woods keeps open possibility of adding Houston event ahead of Masters
    THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Tiger Woods’ schedule heading into a major, particularly the Masters, has always been a familiar and successful blueprint, but that all changed in 2020.The relocation, or in the case of The Open Championship, cancellation, of majors has forced players to rethink their schedules and scramble for ways to peak at the most important events. For Woods, that’s a little more complicated given the fact he normally doesn’t play much in the fall.Zozo Champio
  • Tiger Woods weighs in on the latest distance discussion

    Tiger Woods weighs in on the latest distance discussion
    THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Tiger Woods missed the cut at the U.S. Open and hasn’t played since Bryson DeChambeau completed his manhandling of Winged Foot. Until Tuesday at the Zozo Championship he’d sat quietly on the sidelines as the game plummeted back into a debate about distance and skill.“Distance has always been an advantage,” said Woods, which was not surprising given his relative length for the majority of his career. “Now that we have the tools, that bei
  • Tiger Woods with Matthew Wolff, Xander Schauffele at Zozo Championship

    Tiger Woods with Matthew Wolff, Xander Schauffele at Zozo Championship
    THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – There probably won’t be any need for an introduction but Tiger Woods will get a chance to get to know Matthew Wolff a little better this week at the Zozo Championship.Woods will be grouped with Wolff for the first time in Wolff's PGA Tour career for Rounds 1 and 2 at Sherwood Country Club. Xander Schauffele will join the party at 1:45 p.m. ET on Thursday off the 10th tee. The threesome plays at 2:51 p.m. on Friday off the first tee.Zozo Championship:
  • Did your golf club receive a Covid support grant?

    Did your golf club receive a Covid support grant?
    England Golf has published a list of the 328 golf clubs that have received more than £2.5 million between them of coronavirus support.
    Since August, England Golf has carried out an assessment process on all submissions to the Covid-19 Support Fund before distributing the money, provided by The R&A, to the 328 golf clubs and facilities all across England.
    The publication comes as up to £500,000 of new Covid-19 funding to support some of the nearly 450 English golf clubs that narro
  • Collin Morikawa didn't get autographs at Sherwood, but he'd love a win there

    Collin Morikawa didn't get autographs at Sherwood, but he'd love a win there
    THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Historical context is always relative for Collin Morikawa.It’s easy to forget that the three-time PGA Tour winner and major champion is just 23 years old, until you get an answer like Tuesday when he was asked about the last time he played Sherwood Country Club.“The last time I would have played here was my senior year [of college], so ... 2019 spring,” Morikawa, a former Cal Bear, said with a laugh.It was a similar moment when Morikawa explained h
  • World No. 1 Dustin Johnson out of second event after COVID-19 diagnosis

    World No. 1 Dustin Johnson out of second event after COVID-19 diagnosis
    THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – World No. 1 Dustin Johnson has withdrawn from this week’s Zozo Championship a week after testing positive for COVID-19.Although he was eligible to play this week’s event at Sherwood Country Club, because it would have been more than 10 days since the onset of symptoms, his manager said he opted for rest.“While he is feeling much better, he is still a bit low on energy and feels it would be best to wait and resume his schedule in Houston,” Joh
  • Jon Rahm, Xander Schauffele betting favorites at Zozo Championship

    Jon Rahm, Xander Schauffele betting favorites at Zozo Championship
    This week's PGA Tour event will be contested at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, California. The field contains a bevy of big names, including defending champion Tiger Woods.Here's a look at the early odds, as of Tuesday morning, courtesy PointsBet Sportsbook:10/1: Jon Rahm, Xander Schauffele12/1: Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas18/1: Webb Simpson, Tyrrell Hatton20/1: Collin Morikawa22/1: Patrick Reed29/1: Tony Finau, Hideki Matsuyama, Patrick