Tiger Woods is roaring into the new year, preparing to play four times in five weeks in his return to the PGA Tour after a 15-month absence. One of his stops includes a return to his hometown tournament in Los Angeles, where he made his first start on the pro tour as a skinny 16-year-old. Woods has stayed away from Riviera, which hosts the newly renamed Genesis Open next month, since 2006.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Tiger Woods is impressed with President Donald Trump's abilities on the golf course.
VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) -- Rory McIlroy will miss the Dubai Desert Classic next week to keep recovering from a stress fracture of a rib.
China has launched a renewed crackdown on golf, closing 111 courses in an effort to conserve water and land, and telling members of the ruling Communist Party to stay off the links. The state-run Xinhua News Agency said Sunday the courses were closed for improperly using groundwater, arable land or protected land within nature reserves. China banned the development of new golf courses in 2004, when it had fewer than 200.
It was the summer of 2015 and Tommy Fleetwood had climbed inside the world's top 50 for the first time in his career when he tried to change is swing. ''I thought it would make me a world-class golfer,'' Fleetwood recalled of his ''naive'' vision. Instead, a player who already had one title to his name - the Johnnie Walker Championship in 2013 - and was thought to be on the verge of special things entered the worst spell of his professional career.
Jan 23 (Gracenote) - The World Rankings 1. (1) Jason Day (Australia) 10.38 2. (2) Rory McIlroy (Britain) 9.63 3. (3) Dustin Johnson (U.S.) 9.36 4. (4) Henrik Stenson (Sweden) 8.44 5. (5) Jordan Spieth (U.S.) 8.00 6. (6) Hideki Matsuyama (Japan) 7.87 7. (7) Adam Scott (Australia) 6.18 8. (8) Justin Thomas (U.S.) 5.73 9. (9) Patrick Reed (U.S.) 5.40 10. (10) Alexander Noren (Sweden) 5.29 11. (11) Bubba Watson (U.S.) 4.90 12. (12) Danny Willett (Britain) 4.81 13. (13) Justin Rose (Britain) 4.75 14. (14) Rickie Fowler (U.S.) 4.68 15. (15) Sergio Garcia (Spain) 4.44 16. (16) Paul Casey (Britain) 4. ...
Jan 23 (Gracenote) - Race to Dubai rankings 1. (9) Tommy Fleetwood (Britain) 526481 2. (1) Sam Brazel (Australia) 318540 3. (20) Pablo Larrazabal (Spain) 276594 4. (3) Rafael Cabrera-Bello (Spain) 237776 5. (2) Andrew Dodt (Australia) 227984 6. (4) Graeme Storm (Britain) 204709 7. (5) Brandon Stone (South Africa) 198498 8. (6) Harold Varner III (U.S.) 175631 9. (15) Dean Burmester (South Africa) 141976 10. (7) Richard Sterne (South Africa) 138000 11. (8) Rory McIlroy (Britain) 119287 12. (12) Thomas Aiken (South Africa) 116550 13. Bernd Wiesberger (Austria) 107306 13. ...
(Reuters) - American journeyman Hudson Swafford, whose focus all week was on "standing tall", birdied three of the last four holes to clinch his first PGA Tour title by one shot on Sunday at the $5.8 million CareerBuilder Challenge in La Quinta, California. Two strokes off the pace going into the final round on the hosting Stadium Course, Swafford fired a sparkling five-under-par 67 in overcast conditions to hold off a late challenge by third-round leader Adam Hadwin of Canada. Swafford, who also produced good form last week to tie for 13th at the Sony Open in Hawaii, picked up shots at the 15th, 16th and 17th to move a stroke clear of a congested leaderboard before parring the last to post a 20-under total of 268.