Stories by Jeff
The Tiger Woods Effect takes hold at Phoenix PGA Tour stop
The Super Bowl has come to Phoenix. And on Sunday, there even is a football game scheduled somewhere in town.
Major leap: Big plans drive Rickie Fowler's PGA Tour season
After top 5s in the four majors last year, Rickie Fowler emerges as 'legit.'
Dustin Johnson interview with Golfweek's Jeff Babineau: 'Time to grow up'
Dustin Johnson announced that he will return to the PGA Tour in early February, but the 30-year-old says he is a different man than the one who skirted drug-use allegations and a party-boy image.
Golfweek PostGame: Jimmy Walker owns PGA Tour's Sony Open Hawaii
Jimmy Walker shines when the PGA Tour stops in Hawaii or California. The latest evidence is a nine-shot victory at the Sony Open in Honolulu.
Webb Simpson shoots 62 at Sony Open in Hawaii with short putter in hand
Webb Simpson putted his way to an opening-round 62 at the Sony Open in Hawaii using a conventional-length putter.
PGA Tour rookies Blayne Barber, Nick Taylor off to fast starts
Blayne Barber and Nick Taylor were standouts in college, but it has taken them some time to reach the PGA Tour. Now, the Tour rookies, both teeing it up at this week's Sony Open, are getting a chance to see how they stack up against golf's best.
Chance pays off for Trey Mullinax at qualifier for PGA Tour's Sony Open
For Trey Mullinax, it’s already been a good week. The former Alabama All-American is basking in the sunshine on the island of Oahu, preparing for the PGA Tour's Sony Open.
Babineau: Patrick Reed's stock rises with fourth PGA Tour title
Patrick Reed was criticized for his confident words after winning the 2014 PGA Tour event at Doral. But the 24-year-old simply has the game to back it up.
Jimmy Walker and Hideki Matsuyama head into the final round of the PGA Tour's Hyundai Tournament of Champions at Kapalua as co-leaders at 17 under
Jimmy Walker and Hideki Matsuyama, the 54-hole leaders at the PGA Tour's Hyundai Tournament of Champions, hold more in common than might appear on the surface.
Chesson Hadley getting 'game ready' at Kapalua beside PGA Tour's best
Most players at the top of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions leaderboard through two rounds had played Kapalua before. That is, except for Chesson Hadley, who is using the week to get himself "game ready."
With tee-to-green consistency, Russell Henley leads after the first round of the PGA Tour's Hyundai Tournament of Champions
Russell Henley's New Year's resolution was to become more consistent from tee to green. One round into his year, at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, it's so far, so good as Henley leads at 8-under 65 at Kapalua Resort's Plantation Course.
Entering 2015, Jason Day targets improved health, world's No. 1 ranking
There's no doubt Jason Day has immense talent. Entering 2015, the 27-year-old Australian hopes he can stay healthy and ascend to No. 1 in the world ranking.
John Smoltz blended Hall of Fame career with coveted tee times
John Smoltz, who pitched 21 seasons in Major League Baseball, was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday. Thanks to a well-used little black book, he's an accomplished golfer, too.
Zach Johnson turns PGA Tour career into a growing business with help from Team Zach
Zach Johnson and "Team Zach" held its annual meeting last month in Orlando, Fla., to review the 2014 season and identify potential areas of improvement for 2015. One thing he'll work on: his putting.
A key for Matt Kuchar's successful season is getting off to a fast start in January at the PGA Tour's Hyundai Tournament of Champions at Kapalua
Matt Kuchar says he’s never been much of a goal-setter, but mainly, he’s driven by one idea when each new year rolls in: just find a way to get better and with a fast start each year, he has certainly done that.
Geoff Ogilvy returns to Kapalua after breaking winless streak
Geoff Ogilvy returns to the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, where he has won twice, after breaking a winless streak in 2014.
Jeff Babineau wraps up '14 with thoughts on Palmer, Spieth, Ryder Cup
Senior writer Jeff Babineau wraps up the year that was on the PGA Tour with his thoughts on Arnold Palmer, Jordan Spieth at The Masters and the 2014 Ryder Cup.
Jeff Babineau's Untold Story from 2014: Stacy Lewis is a modern-day athlete who 'gets it'
Jeff Babineau's Untold Story of 2014 touches on the fact that there is not a more underrated, underappreciated star in our game than the LPGA's Stacy Lewis.
Bernhard, Jason Langer win PNC Father/Son Challenge by 2 with a 13-under 59 Sunday in Orlando, Fla.
Bernhard Langer picked up another win Sunday (his sixth of the year) at the PNC Father/Son Challenge with his 14-year-old son Jason by his side.
PNC Father/Son Challenge pairs major-winning dads, sons of ranging talent levels
The sons playing in this weekend's PNC Father/Son Challenge range from strong junior and amateur golfers to players who are relatively new to the game. Still, this "family major" is a highlight for the major-winning dads and their kids.
Red-and-black Patrick Reed shines at Hero World Challenge
Patrick Reed bested playing partner Tiger Woods at the Hero World Challenge Friday with a round of 9-under 63.
Fresh off Aussie Open victory, Jordan Spieth flying high into Hero World Challenge at Isleworth
It's nearly 9,400 miles from Sydney, where Jordan Spieth won the Australian Open, to Orlando, Fla., where the 21-year-old is competing in this week's Hero World Challenge at Isleworth. Yet, Spieth appears to be as fresh as anyone in the field.
All systems go for Tiger Woods on eve of World Challenge
There was no scorecard for Tiger Woods on Wednesday during a pro-am round for the Hero World Challenge, but if this were a pre-flight check, all Woods’ instruments appeared to be working fine.
Rickie Fowler's torrid play could make him Isleworth scene-stealer
Tiger Woods is filling the role of lead hero at this week’s Hero World Challenge at Isleworth Country Club, but Rickie Fowler deserves an early-week look, too.
Shades of Bubba Watson: Victory in China opens another chapter
There are many shades to Bubba Watson, but victory at the WGC-HSBC Champions opened another chapter in his story of self growth.
Jack Nicklaus returns for PNC Father/Son Challenge
Jack Nicklaus and his son, Jack II, highlight the field for the 2014 PNC Father/Son Challenge.
Golfweek PostGame: Nick Taylor wins Sanderson Farms Championship
Golfweek PostGame breaks down the PGA Tour action at the Sanderson Farms Championship in Mississippi, where another 20-something, Nick Taylor, stole the show.
Babineau: Remorseful Bishop shines light on aftermath of social-media slip
Ousted PGA of America president Ted Bishop spent Tuesday morning inside the studios of Golf Channel in Orlando trying to explain how two regretful messages expressed across two social-media platforms late last week have thrown his near four-decade career as a PGA professional into turmoil.
Robert Streb takes McGladrey Classic in playoff for 1st PGA Tour win
It took three weeks, but the PGA Tour got its first playoff of the new season at the McGladrey Classic, with Robert Streb prevailing over Brendon de Jonge on the second extra hole to win his first PGA Tour title.
For Chris Kirk, it's time for a major move
Chris Kirk is coming off the season of his life, having won not once, but twice in 2013-14, including the McGladrey Classic, which he’ll try to defend beginning Thursday not far from his former home in Sea Island.
Tour win in hand, Ben Martin lands at McGladrey as a new man
As players began to file into Sea Island for the third tournament of the Tour’s Fall Series, Ben Martin, 27, still was walking on air after his first Tour victory.
Greg Norman to play pro-am, broadcast at FT Shootout
Greg Norman, who is recovering from a chainsaw-related injury, received clearance to play at the pro-am of the Franklin Templeton Shootout before joining the Fox Sports broadcast booth for the December tournament.
Zach Johnson on Ryder Cup: We need to play better
As a new PGA Tour season begins today, Zach Johnson offered up a fresh take on a tournament from across the pond that still is lingering on the minds of many – the 2014 Ryder Cup, where the U.S. went down yet again.
Babineau: Monday musings, sorting through the mourning after Ryder Cup 2014
Who needs to set the DVR each afternoon to “Days of Our Lives” when we have a real-life reality show that is the U.S. Ryder Cup team? It's the focus of Jeff Babineau's Monday musings.
Babineau: Time for U.S. Ryder Cup team to find some hard answers
Once more, Europe partied through the night after winning its third straight Ryder Cup while the American camp went sleepless.
Rookies Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed serve as beacon of U.S. Ryder Cup hope
Only rookies Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed were able to move the U.S. Saturday-afternoon points total in a positive direction, and they did so against two U.S. Open champions while showing Ryder Cup promise.
Ryder Cup Tracker: Jamie Donaldson/Lee Westwood (Europe) vs. Hunter Mahan/Jim Furyk (U.S.)
Jim Furyk took on his 16th partner in his ninth Ryder Cup during Saturday morning four-balls, and it turned out to be a pretty stout partnership as he and Hunter Mahan topped Lee Westwood and Jamie Donaldson, 4 and 3.
Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia rally late for afternoon Ryder Cup halve
Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker of Team USA halved their afternoon match with Sergio Garcia and Rory McIlroy of Europe in the 2014 Ryder Cup.
Ryder Cup Tracker: Phil Mickelson/Keegan Bradley (U.S.) vs. Rory McIlroy/Sergio Garcia (Europe)
Phil Mickelson made a short birdie putt at the par-5 18th to give Keegan Bradley and himself a 1-up victory over Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia in Friday morning's final four-ball match at the 2014 Ryder Cup.
In Ryder Cup, Team Europe plays bigger than sum of its parts
When and why did the tide shift so seismically away from Team USA in the Ryder Cup? It’s not as if Europe always has the better, more decorated players, but it favored to win its eighth in 10 tries.
Phil Mickelson pokes fun at himself, Graeme McDowell/Rory McIlroy lawsuit
Phil Mickelson put on a show in his first press conference of the week at the Ryder Cup, poking fun at himself, as well as the litigation between Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy.
Target on his back? Rory McIlroy doesn't care; he has a job to do at 2014 Ryder Cup
As World No. 1 and the winner of the last two majors, Rory McIlroy is gaining a lot of attention at the Ryder Cup. The 25-year-old is trying to block all of that out and simply do his job, and that's to win.
Matt Kuchar quietly becomes a go-to player for the U.S.
Matt Kuchar has played for a U.S. team in each of the last five years and is steadily becoming a player on whom captains increasingly can count with his play and mentoring abilities.
Babineau: Underdog U.S. squad following its confident leader
The U.S. is an underdog on paper and with oddsmakers, but if matches were won off the course with talk, Tom Watson may just be the man to lead the Americans to Ryder Cup victory.
Ryder Cup: A closer look at the U.S. Ryder Cup captain's pick candidates
U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson will fill out his 12-man roster with three captain’s picks Tuesday night in New York. Here’s a look at the candidates and how we’re handicapping them heading into Watson’s announcement.
Will captain take Chris Kirk on Ryder Cup voyage? He made his case at TPC Boston
Chris Kirk used a final-round 65 to capture the Deutsche Bank Championship and firmly put himself on Tom Watson's radar as the Ryder Cup captain makes his wild-card picks on Tuesday night in New York City.
Rory McIlroy's 64 steals Russell Henley's spotlight at Deutsche Bank
Nine players sit within four shots of Russell Henley’s lead at the Deutsche Bank Championship. Amid that group, Rory McIlroy has stolen the spotlight after his third-round 64 Sunday.
Babineau: Luke Donald shows fight at DBC as Ryder Cup looms
Luke Donald showed fight in the second round of the Deutsche Bank Championship, making birdie on his final two holes as he looks for a Ryder Cup spot.
Billy Horschel makes a run at Deutsche Bank Championship
Billy Horschel's run at the Deutsche Bank Championship could help keep him alive in the FedEx Cup Playoffs.
Matt Kuchar: Tough day all around at Deutsche Bank Championship after his caddie's wife passed away earlier in the week
Matt Kuchar has had a much different week than he normally does at TPC Boston after the sudden death of his caddie's wife, Angela Bennett on Wednesday.