Alexander Levy is trying to win his second title in China and third European Tour victory for the season. The Frenchman started that effort Thursday with a 7-under 65 for a one-shot lead at the BMW Masters.
We know they play hard for the European Tour come Ryder Cup time, but playing pure European Tour tournaments is another story. Justin Rose, Graeme McDowell and Ian Poulter are in China for the BMW Masters, but it’s just the fourth pure European Tour tournament for each of them.
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.
Graeme McDowell has joined Lee Westwood in condemning the U.S. Ryder Cup team for airing its dirty linen in public. The Northern Irishman also accused Tom Watson of seeming “disconnected and aloof” from his players.
Jim Furyk's runner-up finish Sunday at the RBC Canadian Open helped him secure an already solid standing in the U.S. team's Ryder Cup points, while Graeme McDowell inched closer to a European team nod.
Graeme McDowell struggled in the final round of the 2012 Open Championship to end his chances at a second major title. It's a memory that McDowell hopes to forget by adding his first Claret Jug this week at Royal Liverpool.
Graeme McDowell's victory at the French Open moved him closer to a Ryder Cup spot as the Northern Irishman moved to 10th in European Points and 12th in World Points – he was previously 22nd and 16th, respectively.
Martin Kaymer posted a 65 to start the U.S. Open with the lead – and a record for an Open round at Pinehurst No. 2 at that despite an afternoon tee time. He hits the course early Friday to try and expand that margin.
Here is a closer look at the 10 past U.S. Open winners that have secured tee times for next week, while also looking at two players that are still active, but not participating in the year's second major, including Tiger Woods.
LSU's Smylie Kaufman is in the middle of a whirlwind week after qualifying for the U.S. Open, but he has a bit of good fortune on his side, tentatively setting up practice rounds with Graeme McDowell and David Toms due to some family bloodlines.
With Tiger Woods officially pulling out of the 2014 U.S. Open on Wednesday, the chatter now turns to who might be favored at Pinehurst No. 2. Here are 5 guys to watch as we prepare for the year's second major.