A popular golf coach in Northern California has been charged with child molestation after allegedly sexually assaulting multiple boys during a three-year period, authorities said. Andrew Michael Nisbet, of Livermore, did not enter plea on Tuesday in Alameda County Superior Court after he was charged with 65 felonies, including lewd acts with a child and oral copulation of a child. He was arrested Saturday while he was working at the Las Positas Golf Course in Livermore, about 40 miles east of San Francisco, said Officer Steve Goard, a Livermore police spokesman. Nisbet is a well-respected golf instructor and his arrest came a day before he was to receive the PGA's Northern California Section 2013 Junior Golf Leader Award for his work with young golfers, Goard said.
Wanting to return among the elite in golf, Graeme McDowell mapped out a plan last fall. He won at Hilton Head on the PGA Tour. He won the World Match Play Championship and the French Open on the European Tour. He was third at World Golf Championships in Doral and Shanghai.
DURBAN, South Africa (AP) -- England's Daniel Brooks shot an 8 under 62 to take a one-stroke lead in the Nelson Mandela Championship on Wednesday after heavy rain disrupted the first round.
Tiger Woods said long ago he would give up golf when he felt he could play his best and still not win. That includes his lifetime invitation to the Masters. ''Let me put it to you this way,'' Woods said last week at his World Challenge. Woods won his first green jacket when he was 21, and with reasonable health (a big assumption considering his injuries), he would seem to be in the best position to break that record.
- England's Daniel Brooks led the way with an eight-under-par 62 after a waterlogged course and a seven-hour delay to the start played havoc with the opening day of the Nelson Mandela Championship in Durban on Wednesday. Brooks, who has never finished in the top 10 on the European Tour, held a one-shot lead over Frenchman Francois Calmels. When play was suspended for the day, however, 57 players had yet to start their rounds at the Mount Edgecombe Country Club as torrential rain fell.
As we close out 2013 calendar year, let's take a quick look at where we stand in Ryder Cup Standings. We're still in the infancy stages of how the 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup team will fill out, but here's a look at the current top 12 with the 2013 point-getting period in the books (the top-9 point-getters at the conclusion of the 2014 PGA Championship automatically qualify, while Watson will be allowed three captain's selections to fill out the 12-man squad): TEAM USA: Latest U.S. Ryder Cup standings | Qualifying process explained There's a simple explanation for that -- during the non-Ryder Cup year, 2013 in this case, one point was awarded for every $1,000 earned in major championships only.
By Mark Lamport-Stokes LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Jason Day has been torn between golfing joy and personal grief over the past two months but he believes the experience has strengthened his resolve and character as he aims to build on a "good year" in 2014. Despite just days earlier having lost eight relatives who were killed in the Philippines by Typhoon Haiyan, he went on to win the World Cup of Golf by two strokes at Royal Melbourne, along with the team title in partnership with Adam Scott. "It would have been the easiest thing for me to just go ahead and pull out of the tournament with what had been going on ... but I really wanted to play with Adam and try to win the World Cup, and we achieved that which was great." Day, whose only PGA Tour victory came at the 2010 Byron Nelson Championship, was especially delighted to clinch a fifth World Cup team title for Australia, their first since Peter Fowler and Wayne Grady triumphed in 1989. "To bring it back to Australia, playing in front of the home crowd, and then winning it on one of the most well-known Australian golf courses was very special," said Day, who is known for his attacking strategy and explosive shot-making.
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - In an unprecedented agreement, The PGA of America and NBC Sports Group today unveiled a historic partnership to further raise the profile of the Ryder Cup, the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, and PGA Professionals across the networks of NBC and Golf Channel beginning in 2015. The partnership, which extends through 2030, and includes eight additional Ryder Cups on NBC, was announced today by PGA of America President Ted Bishop and CEO Pete Bevacqua, and NBC Sports Group Chairman Mark Lazarus.