Sergio Garcia apologized for saying he would "serve fried chicken" while making a joke about having Tiger Woods over for dinner.
The British newspaper The Guardian reported Garcia was asked in jest while on stage at the European Tour's awards dinner Tuesday night if he would invite Woods to dinner during the U.S. Open.
The Guardian reported Garcia said: "We will have him round every night. We will serve fried chicken."
The newspaper said Garcia released a statement through the European Tour: "I apologise for any offence that may have been caused by my comment on stage during The European Tour Players' Awards dinner. I answered a question that was clearly made towards me as a joke with a silly remark, but in no way was the comment meant in a racist manner."
Garcia has acknowledged not getting along with Woods and their testy relationship flared up again during The Players Championship at Sawgrass two weeks ago.
Garcia said Woods carelessly created a disturbance in the gallery while Garcia was hitting a shot. The two traded barbs about the incident, as Woods won the tournament and Garcia fell apart in the final few holes.
Garcia's comments Tuesday ...
FORT WORTH, Texas – Disappointed as he was by the news earlier in the day that the USGA and R&A would go forward with efforts to ban anchoring as of 2016, Tim Clark wasn’t all that surprised.
“If there really was a ‘comment period,’ we all know it was all smoke and mirrors," said Clark, standing on the putting green at Colonial Country Club, site of this week's Crowne Plaza Invitational. "Their minds were made up.”
Clark confirmed news that probably won’t come as a surprise to officials at the PGA Tour, U.S. Golf Association and R&A.
“We do have legal counsel,” he said. “We’re going to explore our options. We’re not going to just roll over and accept this.”
Given that the PGA Tour just two weeks ago was hit with a lawsuit by Vijay Singh over the deer-antler spray investigation, this hardly could be considered happy news by Tour officials or golf’s governing bodies. Yet Clark, who has used the anchored putting technique since college and for his 12 years on Tour, is passionate to his cause. While he wouldn’t disclose which players are “on board” with the legal ...
FAR HILLS, N.J. – It felt like a wake, and in a way it was.
With the adoption of Rule 14-1b, the anchored stroke in golf officially is going the way of square grooves, the concave-faced wedge and croquet-style putting. In fact, the U.S. Golf Association can break ground on its retrospective exhibit at the museum next door on an era in golf when at least four majors were won with a method of stroke set to be banned on Jan. 1, 2016.
The mood was somber and the skies a gray foreboding mass as attendees at the USGA’s headquarters waited to hear anchoring’s fate after a 90-day comment period that had dragged too long. Some picked at muffins and a spread of fruit, but any hope that golf’s governing bodies might take a mulligan on the ban, first proposed Nov. 28, vanished when the R&A scooped their counterparts on this side of the pond and published its news release 25 minutes before the scheduled 8 a.m. EDT announcement. It confirmed that the text of the final rule is the same as previously proposed.
But as the saying goes, the show must go on ...
ST. LOUIS – In a conference room on the second floor of the clubhouse at Bellerive Country Club, site of this week's 74th Senior PGA Championship, PGA of America president Ted Bishop followed the USGA press conference announcing the adoption of Rule 14-1b to ban the anchored stroke starting in 2016.
Bishop, an early dissenter regarding a ban of the anchored stroke, sat calmly, eating yogurt and answering the occasional text message before the announcement. But Bishop has known for weeks of the USGA/R&A decision, having been briefed by the USGA two weeks ago at The Players championship at Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Yet as USGA president Glen Nager was announcing the ultimate ban, Bishop still was trying to wrap his arms around what he already knew and how his organization of 27,000 members would deal with the decision.
“It's hard for me to answer that question right now because I really haven't thought much about that,” Bishop said when asked what it would mean for the PGA of America not to follow the anchoring ban. “I held out hope really all the way up through the week of The Players Championship that there might ...
PGA TOUR acknowledges that the USGA has adopted Rule 14-1b which prohibits anchored putting as of January 1, 2016.
We would like to thank the USGA for providing the opportunity for input and suggestions relative to Rule 14-1b over the last several months. During that time, various questions were raised and issues discussed.
We will now begin our process to ascertain whether the various provisions of Rule 14-1b will be implemented in our competitions and, if so, examine the process for implementation.
In this regard, over the next month we will engage in discussions with our Player Advisory Council and Policy Board members.
We will announce our position regarding the application of Rule 14-1b to our competitions upon conclusion of our process and we will have no further comment on the matter until that time.
Over the past few months The PGA of America has taken a vocal and active position which reflected the strong viewpoint of our PGA Professionals in opposing the USGA and R&A's proposed Rule 14-1b that would ban the anchored stroke. Today, the governing bodies indicated that they will proceed with the formal adoption of the rule.
We are disappointed with this outcome. As we have said publicly and repeatedly during the comment period, we do not believe 14-1b is in the best interest of recreational golfers and we are concerned about the negative impact it may have on both the enjoyment and growth of the game. Growing the game is one of the fundamental purposes of The PGA of America.
Although we do not agree with the decision, we applaud the USGA for its willingness to listen to our concerns and engage in meaningful discussions. In our opinion and based on our experience, the USGA treated the comment period for what it was intended to be -- a time to exchange opinions, concerns and potential solutions.
We should also note that our difference of opinion regarding 14-1b should not in any way detract from the healthy relationship we have ...
PLANO, Texas – Results to the contrary, it is not the way Robert Karlsson would suggest you play the par-3 17th hole at Gleneagles Country Club, a 190-yarder that felt like 290 given that it was into a robust warm wind and was all carry over water.
But, hey, whatever works, eh?
The tall and personable Swede laughed, perhaps still confounded by how an Open Championship final qualifier unfolded. Seemingly playing beautifully enough to coast in as one of the top eight scorers, Karlsson three-putted his 35th hole, the par-4 seventh, then hit his tee ball into a hazard on his final hole, the par-4 eighth.
Finishing double-bogey, bogey left Karlsson at 4-under 136, tied with three others – Luke Guthrie, Bud Cauley and Andres Echavarria.
The only thing was, there was only room for three of them.
You certainly could tell, too, who was in and who was out as everyone bunched around the scoring board. Those who had posted 7 under (Josh Teater), 6 under (Johnson Wagner and Camilo Villegas), and 5 under (Scott Brown and Brian Davis), wore flip-flops, t-shirts, and even bounced their children on their laps (that would be Brown).
Their long and hot day had been ...
Phil Mickelson will tee it up in Memphis in two weeks for the first time since 2009.
Mickelson announced Monday that he will play in the FedEx St. Jude Classic on June 6-9 at TPC Southwind. He's only played the event twice before, missing the cut in 2001 and finishing T-59 in '09.
This means that Mickelson will play two straight weeks leading up to the U.S. Open. He'll also play in the Memorial Tournament, which normally falls the week before the U.S. Open but will take place the week before the St. Jude Classic this year.
The last time Mickelson played two consecutive weeks entering the U.S. Open was in 2009, when he played both the Memorial and St. Jude Classic. He finished T-2 at the U.S. Open that year. In 2001, he was T-7 at the U.S. Open.
Dustin Johnson, the defending champion, and Brandt Snedeker, who is No. 2 in the FedEx Cup standings, are also entered in this year's St. Jude Classic field.
PLANO, Texas –- Having gone 72 grueling holes in vintage Texas heat and wind to secure his first PGA Tour win, Sang-Moon Bae chose not to play 36 more to try and secure an Open Championship spot on Monday.
Bae, 26, was still basking in the thrill of having won the HP Byron Nelson Championship Sunday when he notified officials that he would not tee it Monday in the Open Championship qualifier at Gleneagles Country Club.
“He wanted to rest, obviously,” said Bae’s agent, Jim Kelly of the World Sports Group. “Our thought process is to stick to the plan.”
“Get ready for Colonial and if he continues to play well, we think he can qualify on his own merit for the Open Championship, as he has before.”
Two other avenues remain available for Bae to try and punch his ticket to Muirfield July 18-21. One would be to play exceedingly well at this week’s Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial and move inside the top 50 in the Official World Golf Rankings.
The cutoff for top 50 exemptions into the Open Championship is next Monday. Having overtaken Keegan Bradley to win at the TPC Four Seasons Resort ...
Sang-Moon Bae’s victory at the HP Byron Nelson Championship, his first PGA Tour win, moved him to No. 64 in the latest Official World Golf Ranking.
Bae improved 42 spots from the previous week (No. 106). He also becomes the highest-ranked Korean, surpassing K.J. Choi, who dropped from No. 86 to No. 92 this week.
It’s not the highest ranking of Bae’s career, though. He was ranked No. 26 after finishing T-31 at the Dunlop Phoenix, a tournament on the Japan Golf Tour.
The top 60 in the OWGR after this week earn spots in this year's U.S. Open. Chris Wood is currently No. 60, 0.01 points ahead of Angel Cabrera.
Also, Keegan Bradley’s runner-up finish in Irving, Texas, moved him from No. 14 to No. 11, which is where he was prior to finishing T-54 at the Masters and then missing two straight cuts (Zurich Classic and the Players). Bradley has never been ranked higher than No. 10 – he was 10th for one week following his T-3 finish at Bay Hill this season.
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G-Mac up to No. 7
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BETHESDA, Md. — Tiger Woods spoke for some 20 minutes about the state of his game, belly putters, the U.S. Open and the AT&T National. As he was wrapping up, he needed just one word to cover the topic of Sergio Garcia.
Asked if he had any thought of contacting Garcia to make amends between the two, Woods quickly answered: "No." He smiled. Nearly everyone else in the room laughed.
Hardly the best of the friends, the Woods-Garcia relationship hit petty proportions during this month's Players Championship over a dispute as to whether Woods inadvertently or maliciously — or somewhere in between — disrupted the Spaniard's swing when they were paired together during the tournament's third round.
Woods' expression Monday said it all: They won't be calling a truce any time soon.
Woods was very much at ease as he looked ahead to next month's U.S. Open at Merion near Philadelphia and the AT&T National, which is run by his charitable foundation and will be played again at Congressional Country Club near Washington, D.C.
His mood was hardly surprising, given how well he's been playing. Woods already has four PGA Tour wins ...
Tiger Woods announced Tuesday that he will play in the Memorial Tournament May 30-June 2 at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. Amateur Tianlang Guan, 14, will join him after receiving a sponsor exemption.
Woods is the defending champion of the event. He won by two shots in 2012 to capture PGA Tour win No. 73, tying Jack Nicklaus, the event’s host. Woods has won the tournament four other times (1999, ’00, ’01 and ’09).
“I always look forward to playing in Jack's tournament,” Woods said on his website. “It's a wonderful course, and we are always treated well. We, as players, are very appreciative of what he has meant to the game.”
Woods is coming off a victory at the Players Championship, his fourth PGA Tour victory of the seasons in just seven starts. He’s won five times since his victory at last year’s Memorial and has since reclaimed the World No. 1 ranking, too.
His Memorial start will be Woods’ final tournament before the U.S. Open, which will take place June 13-16 at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa.
Guan, who became the youngest player to make the cut in a ...
Sang-Moon Bae broke away after being tied late with Keegan Bradley (who had posted a 60 in the first round and led the first three days), leading Bae to his first PGA Tour win at the HP Byron Nelson Championship.
Here are 5 Things to Know about the Byron Nelson Championship:
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1. No "Vacay" For Bae
Prior to Sunday's win in Texas, Sang-Moon Bae might have been most famous for the lyrics in the latest Golf Boys video.
But his game did all the talking at TPC Four Seasons Resort, overcoming a major winner and holding off a second in securing his first Tour victory -- and the third first-time winner in the last four Tour starts.
Bae jumped out early, picking up four birdies during his first seven holes and taking a four-shot lead over Bradley in the process.
But a double bogey on No. 9, followed by a bogey on No. 10, tightened things up.
Bae's turning point came on the par-5 16th, making a 5-footer for birdie after a nice third shot from the fairway. After making his putt, Bradley lipped out on a 4-footer to match the birdie.
Bae isn't a stranger to the ...
Sang-Moon Bae withstood the tough closing stretch at the HP Byron Nelson Championship, outlasting Keegan Bradley on a windy day at the TPC Four Seasons Resort on Sunday for his first PGA Tour title.
Bae fired a 1-under 69 to clear Bradley by two shots and Charl Schwartzel by three. Bae is the first Asian-born winner since Kevin Na in 2011.
Bae overcame a double-bogey on No. 9 and two back-nine bogeys by picking up birdie at the par-5 16th, while Bradley missed a 4-footer to stay knotted at 13 under.
"I had a great time. Definitely I was a little nervous. I did it. I did my best this week," said Bae.
Here's how it happened:
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Update #20: 5:35 p.m. EDT
Onto the toughest hole on the course, one that just bit Charl Schwartzel to the tune of a bogey. Bradley is going to need a birdie and get some help from Bae. Bradley has bogeyed the 18th all three days.
• Off the tee: Sang-Moon Bae hits the right side of the fairway with driver. Keegan Bradley hammers his up the left side.
• Approach shots: Bae doesn't play it safe and sticks it to 25 ...
IRVING, Texas – You’ve seen plenty of scratchy third rounds, right? You know, those times when players at the top of the leaderboard seem to use balata balls, persimmon drivers and forget how to putt.
Well, Saturday wasn’t one of those days at the HP Byron Nelson Championship at TPC Four Seasons Resort.
A round of applause for those in the last groups, most notably leader Keegan Bradley, for they held together nicely – even as temperatures soared, winds kicked up and greens dried out. The field average was 70.165 for the par-70 course and five of the top six names on the leaderboard through 36 holes bettered that, so on Moving Day, none of them had it in reverse, going the wrong way.
Here are 5 Things you need to know from a day when the thermometer hit 92:
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1. Routine? Hardly
We’re quite sure this isn’t how Tom Gillis drew up his plans for the par-5 seventh. Drive right of the fairway, a 190-yard iron to lay-up to a perfect 89 yards, and then . . . “a big bowl of chili.” Gillis hung his head in the middle of the fairway, shook it furiously, but then re-grouped ...
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