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Ko, Henderson set for Canadian Pacific Women's Open (The Associated Press) (Aug 24, 2016 7:02pm) |
Brooke Henderson is the face of Canadian golf. Lydia Ko is a big hit, too - and every bit as comfortable. ''I feel when I come to Canada, it feels a lot like New Zealand, feels a lot like home,'' Ko said Wednesday, a day before the start of play in the Canadian Pacific Women's Open.
McIlroy eyes FedExCup boost to transform his season (Reuters) (Aug 24, 2016 6:09pm)Day and Johnson command spotlight at Bethpage (Reuters) (Aug 24, 2016 6:07pm)
(Reuters) - Rory McIlroy has set his sights on finishing a so-so season on a strong note as he prepares this week for The Barclays, the first of four FedExCup events that conclude the 2015-16 U.S. PGA Tour. "I'm trying to judge my year on wins," McIlroy told reporters on Wednesday at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, New York. Obviously the two missed cuts at the majors were very disappointing, especially the way I missed the cuts." The Northern Irishman missed the cut by two strokes at the U.S. Open in June and by just one shot at the PGA Championship last month.
(Reuters) - World number one Jason Day and second-ranked Dustin Johnson launch their title bids at The Barclays on Thursday amid longer-term hopes of securing the PGA Tour's season-ending FedExCup and Player of the Year honors. The Barclays, won last year by Australian Day, is the first of four lucrative FedExCup events that conclude the 2015-16 schedule with a playoff bonus of $10 million going to the overall champion. Once the season is over, the PGA Tour rank and file will vote for their Player of the Year where Day, a three-times winner in 2016, and American Johnson, a double champion this year, are the top two contenders.
Playoffs begin with eye toward PGA Tour player of the year (The Associated Press) (Aug 24, 2016 5:11pm)Spieth, Day head field for The Barclays (The Associated Press) (Aug 24, 2016 5:09pm) Majors season has come and gone, but the FedExCup Playoffs are just heating up as the golf world converges at historic Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, N.Y., for The Barclays, the first of four Playoffs events teeing off Thursday. The top 125 golfers from the FedExCup standings, highlighted by reigning FedExCup champion Jordan Spieth and 2015 Barclays winner and world No. 1 Jason Day of Australia, battle to gain an early edge on the field. A $1.53 million winner's share of the $8.5 million purse and 2,000 FedExCup points are awarded to the winner heading into next weekend's second Playoffs event, the Deutsche Bank Championship in Norton, Mass.
In between is a $10 million payoff for winning the FedEx Cup, a four-tournament series that starts Thursday at The Barclays. Jordan Spieth wasn't sure who he considered the front-runner, perhaps because the summer has gone by so quickly due to the Olympic schedule. Then, he remembered Dustin Johnson winning the U.S. Open and a World Golf Championship at Firestone in consecutive starts.
LPGA Tour starts up again in Canada (The Associated Press) (Aug 24, 2016 4:51pm) Priddis Greens Golf and Country Club near Calgary is the setting for the Canadian Pacific Women's Open, which gets underway on Thursday. All eyes will be on defending champion Lydia Ko of New Zealand, who has won four times this season and has captured this event three times in the past four years. Ko is coming off a silver-medal winning performance in Rio.McIlroy glad to be wrong about Olympic success (The Associated Press) (Aug 24, 2016 3:18pm)
This is one time Rory McIlroy says he was happy to be mistaken. McIlroy was among the top four players in the world who chose not to play in the Olympics, and the four-time major champion didn't help the cause when he said it was not his role to grow the game and that he would only watch ''the stuff that matters'' on television. ''It pleasantly surprised me,'' McIlroy said Wednesday at The Barclays.
Knox could be record-tying sixth European Ryder rookie (Reuters) (Aug 23, 2016 5:15pm)
By Larry Fine FARMINGDALE, New York (Reuters) - Scotsman Russell Knox sits fourth on the FedExCup points list but may need a strong showing at The Barclays, which opens the lucrative PGA Tour playoffs this week, to join the European Ryder Cup team. Knox has won twice this season and had a pair of runner-up finishes but landed outside the group of nine automatic qualifiers because his win at the WGC-HSBC Champions in China did not earn him Ryder Cup points as he was not a European Tour member at the time. European captain Darren Clarke will announce on Aug. 30 three picks to complete a team that will go for an unprecedented fourth win in a row against the U.S. in the biennial event at Hazeltine in Minnesota starting on Sept. 30.