LAKE FOREST, Illinois (Reuters) – Luke Donald could not have hand-picked a more suitable venue for this week’s BMW Championship as he aims to end what has been a disappointing season, by his lofty standards, with a flourish.
Winless since he clinched his first victory on the Japan Golf Tour at the Dunlop Phoenix in November, Donald knows the par-71 layout at Conway Farms Golf Club better than anyone else in the field, having been a member here for more than a decade.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – If timing is everything in sport, as the saying goes, then the stars could not be better aligned for Zimbabwean Brendon de Jonge to make his debut at the biennial Presidents Cup in a month’s time.
The burly 33-year-old earned a spot on the 12-man Internationals team as one of two captain’s picks announced on Wednesday by compatriot Nick Price, who has long been his golfing idol and, more recently, a mentor.
(Reuters) – Fred Couples opted for a blend of experience and emerging talent while Nick Price banked on current form when they announced their captain’s picks on Wednesday for next month’s Presidents Cup in Dublin, Ohio.
Couples chose former major winner Webb Simpson and rookie sensation Jordan Spieth as his wild cards for the U.S. team. Price went for fellow Zimbabwean Brendon de Jonge and Australian Marc Leishman to round out his 12-man International lineup.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Presidents Cup captains Fred Couples and Nick Price face very different challenges as they mull over the various options for their two wild card picks to be announced on Wednesday for the biennial team competition.
While U.S. captain Couples is spoiled for choice with an impressive array of former major winners and emerging talent, his International counterpart Price is likely to opt for form given the relative lack of experience among his candidates.
(Reuters) – In just over a week, International captain Nick Price will announce his two captain’s picks for the biennial Presidents Cup and he is not yet sure whether experience or current form will ultimately tip the balance.
The top 10 players in the Cup points standings after this week’s Deutsche Bank Championship in Norton, Massachusetts will automatically secure places and Zimbabwean Price will then round out his 12-man team with his selections on September 4.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Such has been the extraordinary dominance of the resurgent Los Angeles Dodgers over the past two months that a series loss to the Boston Red Sox over the weekend barely dented their collective stride.
The Dodgers were beaten 8-1 by the Red Sox in the rubber match of a three-game series in Los Angeles on Sunday, the first series they have lost since June 14-16 at Pittsburgh.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – With last week’s PGA Championship at Oak Hill now consigned to the record books, organizers are preparing for the prospect of a July date when the 2016 edition of the year’s final major is staged.
The PGA Championship usually takes place in early August but, with golf reappearing as an Olympic sport at the 2016 Games after an absence of more than a century, the schedule for the four majors that year is almost certain to be revamped.
ROCHESTER, New York (Reuters) – ‘Ordinary looking’ Jason Dufner struck a chord with club players everywhere while also underscoring the extraordinary depth in the modern game with his impressive victory at the PGA Championship on Sunday.
With his characteristic pre-swing waggle and an almost disinterested demeanour, the American does not fit the mould of a golfing superstar yet proved to be the best player on the planet at Oak Hill with a brilliant display of ball-striking.
ROCHESTER, New York (Reuters) – American Jason Dufner erased memories of his heart-breaking late collapse two years ago when he clinched his first major title by two shots in the 95th PGA Championship on Sunday.
One stroke behind playing partner Jim Furyk overnight, the ultra-laidback Dufner produced some scintillating approach play on the way to a two-under-par 68 and a 10-under total of 268 on the challenging Oak Hill Country Club.
ROCHESTER, New York (Reuters) – Jim Furyk has endured his share of agonizing close calls at the majors but said he would reflect on a week of positives after finishing second to Jason Dufner at the PGA Championship on Sunday.
The PGA Tour veteran had led by one shot going into the final round at Oak Hill Country Club but was outplayed by his fellow American Dufner, who carded a two-under-par 68 to claim his first major title by two strokes.