Ryan Lavner

5 Things: Woods captures third win of season

5 Things: This season, Tiger Woods won Arnie's event, he won Jack's event, and now he's won his own tournament – and each win occurred in contrasting style.

5 things: Tour returns to Congressional for AT&T

As the Tour returns to Congressional for the first time since the 2011 U.S. Open, Tiger Woods returns to the AT&T National field for the first time since 2009. Five things

Lavner: Simpson overcomes elements for Open win

At the end of an unpredictable U.S. Open Sunday, Webb Simpson was the last man standing at a torturous Olympic Club. Ryan Lavner

Lavner: Don't bother with Sunday Open predictions

Making predictions for the final round of the U.S. Open is an exercise in futility. On this course with this leaderboard, nearly anything is possible. Ryan Lavner

McIlroy's struggles continue with MC at Open

Defending U.S. Open champ Rory McIlroy won't be around for the weekend at Olympic after missing the cut for the fourth time in his past five starts. Ryan Lavner

Glamour pairing leaves something to be desired

The collective performance of Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood and Luke Donald on Thursday at Olympic Club was uninspiring at best. Said Donald, "It shows how tough it is."

Hossler, 17, makes second Open start like a veteran

Beau Hossler, 17, is playing like a U.S. Open veteran after some sound advice from a few Tour sages.

U.S. Open: Woods will have to conquer Olympic

After an up-and-down season, at this point, a win, a missed cut or a 30th place at the U.S. Open from Tiger Woods won't be a surprise. Ryan Lavner.

5 Things: Johnson holds off McIlroy for victory

5 Things: Dustin Johnson looked healthy capturing the St. Jude Classic, and Rory McIlroy – while showing flashes of brilliance – blew an opportunity on the tournament's final hole.

Gulf Coast shows off its post-Katrina beauty

Once damaged by Hurricane Katrina, the Hard Rock Casino and golf courses all along the Gulf Coast have shown a remarkable recovery says our Ryan Lavner.

Hamrick softens NCAA sting by earning Open spot

A devastating loss in the NCAA final. A private-jet flight to a U.S. Open qualifier in Memphis, Tenn. A rainout. A spot in his first professional tournament. Just 72 hours in the life of Hunter Hamrick.

Balicki: Frittelli provides Hollywood ending

You couldn't have drawn Sunday's finale at the NCAA Championship - where Dylan Frittelli drained a 30-footer for birdie to lead Texas to the title - any better, even if you were a Hollywood screenwriter, says Ron Balicki.

Lavner: Unlikely heroes lead ’Bama into NCAA final

Unlikely heroes Hunter Hamrick and No. 5 man Scott Strohmeyer stepped up for second-ranked Alabama, leading the Tide into what figures to be an epic NCAA final against top-ranked Texas.

Lavner: Strohmeyer the difference for Alabama

Alabama's victory over Kent State came down to a guy who blends into the background on most weeks. On Friday, Scott Strohmeyer made sure he didn't miss out on putting his stamp on the NCAAs.

Lavner: Day 3 marked the end for many at NCAAs

For 22 teams and plenty of individuals, Thursday marked the end of their collegiate season. Maybe even their competitive golf careers. As endings go, it was abrupt, says Ryan Lavner.

Cal's Hagy moves to the head of the class

Brandon Hagy was the sideshow in what promised to be an NCAA main feature between Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas. But our Ryan Lavner says Hagy's talent belongs in the same class.

NCAAs: Spieth, top-10 squads struggle at Riviera

Texas and other top-10 teams struggled Wednesday at Riviera. But as Ryan Lavner writes, they all have a chance heading into what should be an epic final day.

Lavner: Riviera a perfect backdrop for NCAAs

The NCAA Championship has gone Hollywood, and Riviera Country Club is its picturesque backdrop.

NCAAs: 10 things you could see at Riviera . . .

Who really saw Augusta State winning one title, let alone two? No one. So our Ryan Lavner tries to predict the unpredictable at the NCAA Championship next week in Los Angeles . . .

Q&A: Kevin McPherson, Augusta State coach

Our Ryan Lavner sits down with Kevin McPherson, head coach at the two-time defending national champion Augusta State, and talked about the Jaguars failing to make it to Riviera.