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Bubba Watson leaves little doubt in second Masters victory

By Cam Cole on in Golf News.

It wasn’t the fault of Gerry Lester Watson Jr. that the axiom didn’t hold true. The Masters doesn’t start until the back nine on Sunday? This one was over by then. The gap widened in stages, true enough, but at the end of a tumultuous front nine, full of punches and counter-punches from the two… Read more »

Phil Mickelson pulls out of Texas Open with injury, cutting short Masters tuneup

By on in Golf News.

Phil Mickelson withdrew from the Texas Open after 10 holes in the third round Saturday because of a pulled muscle in his right side. “I pulled a muscle on my downswing trying to hit it hard on the second hole,” Mickelson said a statement. “It just killed and it wouldn’t subside for 10 or 12… Read more »

Business tycoons, actors sweat trying to make cut at Pebble Beach

By Doug Ferguson, Associated Press on in Golf News.

For Ryan Palmer, with three PGA Tour wins and over US$14-million in career earnings, it seemed like any other day at the office after he finished his third round at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. For Brian Roberts, the CEO of Comcast with a net worth estimated at US$1-billion, it was so much more… Read more »

Kevin Stadler earns first PGA Tour victory, Canada’s Graham DeLaet second at Phoenix Open

By John Nicholson, Associated Press on in Golf News.

The Smallrus finally hoisted a big PGA Tour trophy. Kevin Stadler, the 33-year-old son of major champion Craig (The Walrus) Stadler, won the Phoenix Open on Sunday for his first PGA Tour victory. Stadler won when playing partner Bubba Watson missed a 5-foot par putt on 18.“I was a little weird way to win a… Read more »

Phil Mickelson returns to play, struggles in first round of Phoenix Open

By Associated Press on in Golf News.

Phil Mickelson’s back was better than his game Thursday in the Phoenix Open. Returning to play after withdrawing from Torrey Pines last Friday night because of back pain, Mickelson opened his title defence with an even-par 71 at TPC Scottsdale. That left him seven strokes behind leaders Bubba Watson and Y.E. Yang. “My back is… Read more »

Is Tiger Woods’ performance at Torrey Pines cause for concern?

By Doug Ferguson, Associated Press on in Golf News.

Too bad Tiger Woods can’t go back in time and expand that chart of Jack Nicklaus he taped to his bedroom wall as a teenager. One point of clarification — it was never about 18 majors. Woods once said the chart contained only four or five items constructed in a timeline, such as when Nicklaus… Read more »

Scott Stallings emerges from pack to win at Torrey Pines, clinches spot for Masters

By Doug Ferguson, Associated Press on in Golf News.

In a tournament that was up for grabs, Scott Stallings hit a 4-iron worthy of a winner Sunday in the Farmers Insurance Open. Stallings was in a five-way tie for the lead when he hit his second shot on the par-5 18th hole as hard as he could. It was enough to barely clear the… Read more »

McIlroy shoots 5-under 67, 2 shots off Abu Dhabi lead

By Bernie McGuire, Associated Press on in Golf News.

Rory McIlroy birdied his last two holes to post a 5-under 67 and lie two shots off the lead two rounds into the Abu Dhabi Championship on Friday. McIlroy, at 7 under overall in the European Tour event, was rapt to be in contention for a second win in three tournaments. Playing partner Phil Mickelson… Read more »

Rory McIlroy expects engagement will make him a better man — and golfer

By James Corrigan on in Golf News.

Rory McIlroy has admitted that there were times when golf made him look “silly” last year. But he claims this new golfing year will see the old Rory — albeit smarter and, at last, settled. Before beginning his practice for this week’s Abu Dhabi Championship, the Ulsterman awoke early to see his fiancée, Caroline Wozniacki,… Read more »

Chris Kirk comes out with Sony Open lead after third round

By Doug Ferguson, Associated Press on in Golf News.

A birdie on the final hole gave Chris Kirk a 5-under 65 and the outright lead in the Sony Open, and that’s about it. Cloudy conditions and only a gentle, Pacific breeze meant just about everyone was in the mix at Waialae Country Club — even John Daly. At one point, there was a six-way… Read more »