PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Webb Simpson matched the course record of 9-under-par 63 at TPC Sawgrass on Friday, despite suffering a late double-bogey, to open up a 5-shot lead on 15-under at the halfway point of the Players Championship. Patrick Cantlay (68), South African Charl Schwartzel and New Zealander Danny Lee (both 66) were a distant second on 10-under, while Tiger Woods (71), at one-under 143, made the cut with nothing to spare, as did Jordan Spieth (68) and Justin Thomas (70).
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — With his No. 1 world ranking at stake this week, Dustin Johnson sent a message to his pursuers with a resounding 6-under-par 66 on Thursday, May 10, to grab a share of the lead after the morning wave of the first round of The Players Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach.
The Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees will meet in two regular-season games at London's Olympic Stadium next year, Major League Baseball said on Tuesday. Boston will play as the home team in the first MLB games to be held in Europe, on June 29 and June 30, 2019. MLB also confirmed it is committed to playing in London in 2020 as it tries to "establish a long-term footprint in the city.” Baseball is following in the footsteps of American football, which has regularly held NFL games in England since 2007.
Artreyo Boyd may not have a fierce crossover dribble or be able to soar through the air like NBA players but that has not kept him from becoming a top-drafted basketball professional like LeBron James without leaving the comforts of his couch. Boyd, a round-faced and dreadlocked 23-year-old from Cleveland, is the face of the NBA 2K League, which will pit the world's best players in the popular NBA 2K video game against each other when the inaugural season begins on Tuesday.
AUGUSTA, Ga. - A red-hot Patrick Reed stormed into a two-shot lead after the second round of the U.S. Masters on Friday, while a struggling Tiger Woods barely kept alive his hopes of a fairytale comeback from injury. Former world number one Woods was considered one of the favourites in his bid to collect a fifth Green Jacket after showing impressive form in his return to competition this year, but was unable to make any noise for a second consecutive day.
AUGUSTA, Georgia - Tiger Woods failed to find any sort of rhythm in his much-anticipated U.S. Masters return on Thursday but did well to finish three shots behind the early clubhouse leaders in the year's first major. Woods, who missed the last two Masters because of back issues, was followed by hordes of supporters all day but he was unable to deliver the type of roar-inspiring shots he once did with ease at Augusta National.
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Augusta National Golf Club opened its competitive doors to women on Wednesday, announcing it would host an amateur championship in another sign attitudes are changing at one of the world's most exclusive clubs. Making his first State of the Masters address, Augusta chairman Fred Ridley said the club, that had barred women from membership until six years ago, would welcome the world's top female amateurs to compete. The Augusta National Women's Amateur Championship will take place the week before next year's U.S. Masters.
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. — The ANA Inspiration will be decided in a Monday finish after South Korean Park In-bee and Swede Pernilla Lindberg remained deadlocked through four extra holes in California on Sunday. With the first major of the season on the line, Park and Lindberg matched each other stroke-for-stroke after four attempts to find a winner on the par-five 18th before darkness descended on Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage.
AUSTIN, Texas — Bubba Watson beat Kevin Kisner 7 and 6 in Sunday's final to win the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play event at the Austin Country Club in Austin, Texas. The battle of fellow Americans and former Georgia Bulldogs was never a contest, with Watson winning the first five holes and going 6-up through seven. Kisner, who needed 19 holes to beat Alex Noren during the semifinals in the morning, appeared drained as he topped the 100-hole mark for the week, while Watson put it on cruise control early after dispatching of Justin Thomas 3 and 2 in the morning. It is the second victory of the year for Watson, the 39th-ranked player in the world who also won the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club last month. He tied for ninth in the previous WGC event this year in Mexico, and now has 11 career PGA Tour titles.
PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic — American Brice Garnett overcame challenging conditions to clinch a four-stroke victory at the Corales Puntacana Championship in the Dominican Republic on Sunday, March 25. Garnett teed off with a two-shot lead and never gave his rivals a chance by picking up three early birdies. He carded an assured 70 to finish at 18-under-par 270 in strong, gusty winds and rain squalls at the Corales Golf Club.