Big finish sends Garcia to big lead at Players Championship
A solid start turned into a brilliant one for Garcia, who finished birdie-birdie-eagle for a 7-under 65, staking the Spaniard to a three-shot lead among the early starters. Garcia was among only five players from the morning draw who broke 70 in what appeared to be ideal conditions, with only a mild breeze and a course in immaculate condition. Ad“For some reason, it just kind of fits my eye," said Garcia, who has a pair of runner-up finishes to go with his victory. He played alongside Rory McIlroy, who began his round with a double bogey from the woods on No. 10 and finish a nine-hole score of 43 by hitting two tee shots into the water on the 18th for a quadruple-bogey 8.
Love appointed captain again, this time for Presidents Cup
The PGA Tour has selected Love to be U.S. captain for the Presidents Cup in 2022 at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina. He was captain when Europe rallied from a 10-6 deficit to beat the Americans in the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah, and he was Ryder Cup captain for a rare U.S. victory four years later at Hazeltine. He also was an assistant captain in the Ryder Cup under Corey Pavin in 2010 and Jim Furyk in 2018 and is on the staff of Steve Stricker this year. The Presidents Cup was supposed to be played this year until the COVID-19 pandemic led to the Ryder Cup being postponed one year to this September. ... Tony Finau has 35 finishes in the top 10 since the start of the 2016-17 season on the PGA Tour without winning.
Late entry Brandon Hagy opens with 64 at American Express
Hagy took the first-round lead Thursday with an 8-under 64 on the Nicklaus course, staying one shot ahead of South Korea's Byeong Hun An in the opening tournament of the PGA Tour's West Coast swing. Hagy racked up 10 birdies, including three streaks of three in a row. But the tournament kept its tradition of providing every opportunity for low scores: the once-feared Stadium Course and the Nicklaus Tournament Course at PGA West are among the most generous in the sport, with birdie opportunities abounding. Hagy started with a bogey on the first hole of the Nicklaus course, but then the birdies came in bunches. After making eight cuts last year, Hagy is back at full health after a solid offseason of preparation.
The Latest: Spieth says to expect fireworks on back 9 at PGA
SAN FRANCISCO As if the final round of the PGA Championship didn't have enough possibilities, Jordan Spieth finished his final round at Harding Park and said the back nine was set up for good scoring. Spieth said he wouldn't be surprised if someone shot a 30 on the back nine. Dustin Johnson goes into the final round with a one-shot lead, with 20 players separated by five shots. Since winning the third leg of the career Grand Slam at Royal Birkdale in the 2017 British Open, Spieth hasn't won any tournament. This is the third straight major he will finish at least 10 shots out of the lead.
Todd shoots 1-under 69 for 54-hole lead at WGC in Memphis
He shot a 1-under 69 on Saturday at the FedEx St. Jude Invitational to take a one-stroke lead into the final round of this World Golf Championship event. He won on this course in 2018 before the event became a World Golf Championship in 2019. Todd took the lead back to himself on the next hole with a 22-foot birdie putt on the par-3 eighth. Todd hit into the rough off the tee and couldnt sink a 13-footer to save par. Todd hit his approach 166 yards to 3 feet on No.
Brendon Todd takes 2-stroke lead with 65 at WGC in Memphis
Todd trailed defending champion Brooks Koepka after the first round by two strokes. Rickie Fowler closed with birdies on his final two holes for a 67 and 131 total just behind Todd. Koepka had the lead to himself at 10 under before falling apart on his back nine with a double bogey and two bogeys. Todd won back-to-back tournaments last November for his first win on tour since winning the Byron Nelson in 2014. That put Todd atop the leaderboard at 9 under, and his putter helped him birdie consecutive holes including the big putt on No.