Spieth regains second spot on World Rankings

Three-time major winner Jordan Spieth regained second spot in the world golf rankings on Monday, August 28 despite losing to top-ranked Dustin Johnson in a play-off at the Northern Trust Open on Sunday.

The American Spieth, who won his third major title at the Open Championship last month, overtakes Japan's Hideki Matsuyama.

Johnson strengthened his grip on the world number one ranking thanks to his first win since injuring himself falling down stairs before April's Masters.

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Woods burning down again after five drugs found in system

Tiger Woods had five drugs, including the opioid painkiller hydrocodone, in his system when he was arrested in May on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to a toxicology report released on Monday.

A urine test revealed four other medications along with hydrocodone - which is sold under the brand name Vicodin.

Also present were the powerful painkiller hydromorphone; anxiety drug alprazolam (also known as Xanax); sleep drug zolpidem (also known as Ambien) and THC, which is a chemical component of marijuana.

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Back spasms could sideline McIlroy until next year

Rory McIlroy might not play again until next year because of back spasms he has been battling much of the season.

World number four McIlroy completed a disappointing major season with a three-under par 68 in the final round of the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow, finishing well back on one-over 285 for 72 holes in the year's last major tournament.

"Look, I don't know what I'm going to do," he said. "You might not see me until next year. You might see me in a couple of weeks’ time. It really depends."

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Thomas wins PGA Champs, Oosthuizen second


Two spectacular birdies in the last six holes brought Justin Thomas his first major title, the 14th-ranked American taking the PGA Championship on Sunday in a back-nine shootout thriller.

On a day that saw five players share the lead at one stage, Thomas fired a three-under par 68 to finish 72 holes on eight-under par 276 for a two-stroke victory over South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen, Italy's Francesco Molinari and American Patrick Reed.




Hideki Matsuyama and Kevin Kisner share lead in PGA Championship

Hideki Matsuyama birdied five of the last seven holes to seize a share of the lead with Kevin Kisner in Friday's storm-hit second round of the 99th PGA Championship.

World number three Matsuyama, coming off a World Golf Championships victory last week at Akron, fired a bogey-free seven-under par 64 to match Kisner at eight-under 134 for 36 holes at Quail Hollow in the year's final major tournament.




Olesen, Kisner share PGA lead

Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen and American Kevin Kisner each closed with birdies on Thursday to share a one-stroke lead of four under par (67) at the PGA Championship.




PGA Championship moves to May in 2019 as majors get shuffled

The PGA Championship will move from its typical August date on golf's global calendar to May starting in 2019 at Bethpage Black, PGA of America chief executive Pete Bevacqua announced on Tuesday.

The move comes after years of discussion about a switch, pushed by golf's return to the Olympics in 2016 that forced last year's event to be played only two weeks after the British Open and two weeks before the Olympic tournament in Rio.

In a related move, the US PGA Players Championship played at the TPC Sawgrass layout in Florida, will return to its March date after being played in May since 2007.




Big Easy tees-up at his 100th major

This week, South Africa's Hall of Famer Ernie Els tees it up in his 100th major when the PGA Championship gets underway at Quail Hollow in Charlotte, North Carolina.

He won his first major championship when he took the US Open in 1994 as a 24-year-old. He has also won the US Open (1997) and The Open two times (in 2002 and 2012).




Walker leads Pieters by two, but Spieth and McIlroy in hunt

Jimmy Walker, gearing up for his PGA Championship title defense, fired a five-under par 65 on Friday to take a two-shot lead at the halfway stage of the World Golf Championships Bridgestone in Akron, Ohio.




Pieters seizes early Bridgestone lead

Belgian Thomas Pieters sank a 31-foot birdie putt on his final hole to fire a five-under 65 and take a one-shot lead after the first round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on Thursday.




Rory McIlroy says he won’t miss his caddie

A slumping Rory McIlroy regrets having to part ways with long-time caddie J.P. Fitzgerald but says it was the best option as he fights to revive his struggling golf game.

McIlroy earlier this week axed Fitzgerald, who had been with him for nine seasons and all four of his major championships, the most recent at the PGA Championship three years ago.

Rory McIlroy


McIlroy fires long-time caddie Fitzgerald

Rory McIlroy has sacked his long-time caddie JP Fitzgerald, a source familiar with the matter said on Sunday, ending a partnership that took the Northern Irishman to four major titles and the top of the world rankings.

McIlroy will have a new caddie on his bag at the World Golf Championships Bridgestone Invitational this week after ending his nine-year relationship with his fellow Irishman

Rory McIlroy


Spieth wins British Open for third major

Jordan Spieth won the British Open at Royal Birkdale on Sunday by three shots from fellow American Matt Kuchar.

Spieth, 23, shot a final round of 69 to finish on 12 under par, with Kuchar second at nine-under. He is the first man to post four rounds in the 60s in an Open at Birkdale.

It is Spieth's third major title after he won the Masters and US Open in 2015.

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Jordan Spieth in prime position to claim third major title

Jordan Spieth is in prime position to claim his third major title as he takes a three-shot lead into the final round of the British Open at Royal Birkdale on Sunday.

The American star sits atop the leader board on 11 under par after shooting a flawless 65 on Saturday while compatriot Matt Kuchar is his nearest challenge at eight-under.




Ian Poulter takes early lead in British Open

England's Ian Poulter took an early lead on two-under-par at the 146th British Open, which began on Thursday, rolling in two birdie putts on the second and fourth holes.




Trish Johnson completes wire-to-wire victory at inaugural Senior LPGA Championship

Briton Trish Johnson completed a wire-to-wire victory at the inaugural Senior LPGA Championship presented by Old National Bank on Wednesday on the Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort.

She turned in a final-round 73 to finish at 4-under, 212 for the 54-hole event, three shots clear of American Michele Redman.