Stories by Jeff
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.
As last man to qualify for Boston, Ogilvy takes can't-lose approach
For Geoff Ogilvy, there's an upside as the last guy invited to the party at this week’s Deutsche Bank Championship, the second stop in the PGA Tour’s four-pronged FedEx Cup playoffs.
Robledo beats Shelton in heavyweight bout at U.S. Amateur
In a matchup of collegiate heavyweights, Houston's Roman Robledo knocked off Alabama's Robby Shelton in Thursday's Round of 32 at the U.S. Amateur.
Nathan Smith gets 11th-hour reprieve at U.S. Amateur
Nathan Smith, the four-time U.S. Mid-Amateur champion competing against the young bucks Tuesday at Atlanta Athletic Club, advanced to a playoff Tuesday at the 2014 U.S. Amateur.
To PGA Championship victor Rory McIlroy belong many spoils
Rory McIlroy receives plenty for his 2014 PGA Championship victory at Valhalla – much of it, however, he already had!
Late run keeps Phil Mickelson alive in PGA Championship at Valhalla
Phil Mickelson again showed Saturday at the PGA Championship that can be stubborn until he finds something -- then it's as if a switch flips and the party starts.
After third-round 66 at PGA Championship, Brooks Koepka eyes another solid major finish
Brooks Koepka made nine birdies Saturday at Valhalla to card 5-under 66 in the third round of the PGA Championship and put himself in position for another solid major finish.
Suddenly Phil Mickelson has found his groove, fires 67 at PGA Championship
It all started with a 62 last Sunday and now Phil Mickelson finds himself in contention for a second PGA Championship title behind a second-round, 4-under 67.
Rory McIlroy maintains groove halfway through PGA Championship at Valhalla
Rory McIlroy's peers simply are having a difficult time of late just staying on the same track -- at the 96th PGA Championship, with Valhalla soft and soggy, it's much the same story as recent weeks.
Rory McIlroy sputters, but then steps on the gas for opening 66 at PGA Championship
Rory McIlroy was looking golden at the turn, posting a 3-under 32. And then a ball out of bounds at 10. A short par miss at 11. But, instead of spiraling out of control, McIlroy got back on track to post a 5-under 66.
Playing consistent golf, Jim Furyk again in the mix at Valhalla
Jim Furyk has re-established himself as a consistent contender this season, and now after Thursday's 66 in the first round of the PGA Championship, the 44-year-old is once again in the mix at Valhalla.
Sergio Garcia, others face uphill chase in British Open at Royal Liverpool
Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson and Sergio Garcia all took turns making a run at the top of the British Open, but each had trouble sustaining any momentum against Rory McIlroy on Saturday.
Babineau: It took awhile, but links golf has grown on Jim Furyk
Jim Furyk fired a 1-under 71 on Friday at Royal Liverpool, showing the growth that the 44-year-old has made playing links golf over the course of his career.
Hoylake's 'Big Three' struggle mightily to start British Open at Royal Liverpool
Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els and Bubba Watson took part in the angrier side of a long British Open Thursday at Hoylake, teeing off in mid-afternoon and experiencing more than their share of heartache.
Ben Crane making mad dash from Oregon to Hoylake in hopes of spot
Ben Crane has moved from the ninth alternate to the top one and spent Tuesday night beginning his travels from Portland, Ore. to Hoylake, a trip that won't get him to the course until 1 a.m. on Thursday.
Babineau: All hype aside, 11-year-old Lucy Li simply has game
Many questioned whether Lucy Li could handle the pressure of a U.S. Women's Open, but after her impressive 8-over 78 on Thursday, the 11-year-old simply proved that she belongs.
Laura Davies: A Dame who still has game and it'll be on display at the U.S. Women's Open
Laura Davies owns four major titles and 84 worldwide victories in a career that has yet to land her in the Hall of Fame. But her honors in England continue to rise, recently being named Dame Commander.
Rickie Fowler adapts his flair to the U.S. Open stage at Pinehurst No. 2
Rickie Fowler finds himself in contention for the second consecutive major, accomplishing his goal of showing up in the big events.
Putting better, Phil Mickelson (72) thinks 'second again'
Phil Mickelson was a man who needed to make a move on Saturday, but as he progressed through his round, it was clear there would not be too many birdie opportunities at Pinehurst No. 2.
Babineau: Well, Lefty, there's always next year . . .
Phil Mickelson's putter woes continued on Friday at Pinehurst No. 2, leading to a 3-over 73 and is likely done in his chase to complete the career grand slam – at least for this year. The countdown to Chambers Bay starts now . . .
Babineau: Putter leaves Phil Mickelson with plenty of work to do at 2014 U.S. Open
Phil Mickelson posted a solid, even-par 70 on Thursday at the U.S. Open, but even he knows that something is amiss with his flatstick, and he'll need to figure it out quickly.
Alabama trio, Oklahoma State duo already set to turn pro
Alabama’s three decorated seniors will be off to the pro ranks soon after their second straight NCAA men's championship, while both Oklahoma State seniors in Wednesday’s final also will turn pro.