Australian golfer Day eyes return to world No 1

Australian golfer Jason Day has identified three areas in his game he needs to improve on in his bid to return to the top of the world rankings.

The 29-year-old was world No 1 for 47 consecutive weeks from March 2016 until American Dustin Johnson replaced him in February.

Day has since dropped to ninth in the standings after a winless 2017. He admitted to not wanting "to be on the course" during his mother's cancer scare earlier in the season.

"Hopefully the distractions that I've had on the golf course and off the golf course have gone away and I can focus on climbing back to No 1," Day said on Sky Sports News.

"It seems everyone just recently has gone through a big stint where they've played well for a year or year and a half, go to world No 1, and then the next person comes along and does the exact same thing.

"For me personally I need to drive it better, I need to have my short game better so wedges and chipping, and my putting," he continued.

"If I can get those three things back in order where they should be, I feel like I can get back to winning a lot of golf tournaments."

Jason Day


Brendan Grace reflects on winning ‘Africa’s Major’

South African golfer Brendan Grace has reflected on winning the 2017 Nedbank Golf Challenge on Sunday.

The 29-year-old shot a closing six-under 66 to win the Nedbank Golf Challenge by one shot from Scotsman Scott Jamieson at Sun City.

Grace is the first home winner of South Africa’s biggest tournament since Trevor Immelman a decade ago.

"This is awesome," Grace was quoted by BBC as saying.

"This is the one event as a South African you want to win. It's Africa's Major for a reason and what a special place it is.

"There's a lot of history and a lot of great winners on the trophy and I'm very glad to be able to put my name on the trophy as well," the world number 44 added.

"It's a very special week, we found out on Wednesday we're having a boy.

"I knew I had to stay patient and take the chances when they came my way, but the key one was 16."

It is Grace's eighth European Tour victory and he finished third at the 2015 PGA Championship in U.S.A.

Branden Grace of South Africa


Tiger Woods: I can’t use my old swing because my knee is trashed

Golf icon Tiger Woods has admitted that his trashed knee is the reason behind his new swing.

The 41-year-old American golfer's old swing produced his dominance and it also ensured his peak would be cut short.

Because of the violent swing he utilized early in his career, Woods won eight majors by the time he was 27.

But now Woods doesn’t have the option of using his old swing in his latest comeback, which starts in December, due to the toll it took on his knee.

“People ask me, ‘Why don’t you go back to your 2000 swing?’ I can’t, because my knee is trashed from all those years of playing that way,” Woods said on NY Post.

“I’ve had four operations on my knee. Forget when my back was bad, pre-surgeries and pre-back problems, people were saying the same thing. ‘Why don’t you go back to 2000?’

Woods searched for a different way in 2003 and changed his swing, winning six more majors over the next five years.

However, Woods hasn’t won a major since 2008, and has struggled with repeated back injuries in recent years.

Tiger Woods


Tiger Woods returning to competitive golf at Hero Challenge

Former World number one Tiger Woods is set to play his first golf tournament in nine months.

This is after the 41-year-old American selected himself for the 2017 Hero World Challenge at the end of November.

The 14-time major winner, who hosts the tournament in the Bahamas, is to return following back surgery.

The surgery has kept him out of competitive action since he withdrew from the Dubai Desert Classic at the start of February.

"I am excited to return to competitive golf at the Hero World Challenge," Woods said on Sky Sports News.

"Albany is the perfect setting and it will be great to join this outstanding field. I want to thank Pawan Munjal and Hero MotoCorp for their continued support of this tournament and my foundation.

"I would also like to thank the fans for their unwavering support during my injury."

The tournament will be played between 30 November - 3 December 2017 event at the Albany Golf Course in New Providence, Bahamas.

Tiger Woods


World No 1 Dustin Johnson: Why U.S.A golf is very strong

World number one Dustin Johnson has stated that United States America (U.S.A) golf is very strong at the moment.

However, the 33-year-old American golfer understands it could all change at any time.

The world's top three golfers Johnson, Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas are all American.

"Obviously the top three ranked right now are American," Johnson told Sporting News.

"I think, you know, there's a lot of really good young American players, myself included.

"But if you look through the top 20, I don't think we have too many Americans, not like it has been in the past," the 2016 U.S Open champion said.

"But yeah, I mean, obviously at the very top, there's three really good American golfers.

"But at this time next year, it could be different. So you just never know."

Johnson won the Genesis Open in February and the win moved him to number one in the Official World Golf Ranking.

American golfer Dustin Johnson


Watch: Recovering Woods back to making full swings

Legendary golf player, Tiger Woods has provided a video of his progression as he continues to recover from an injury.

The 14-time major winner, who will turn 42 in December, 2017, underwent his fourth back surgery last April.

Woods last played competitively at the Dubai Desert Classic in February, 2017 withdrawing after the first round.

The American showed off his swing with the driver on a video which he posted on Twitter on Sunday.




Woods' Major Championship titles:

1997 - Masters Tournament
1999 - PGA Championship
2000 - U.S. Open
2000 - The Open Championship
2000 - PGA Championship
2001 - Masters Tournament
2002 - Masters Tournament
2002 - U.S. Open
2005 - Masters Tournament
2005 - The Open Championship
2006 - The Open Championship
2006 - PGA Championship
2007 - PGA Championship
2008 - U.S. Open

Tiger Woods


Nick Price eyeing glory at Presidents Cup

International team captain Nick Price believes his "hodgepodge" band have the talent, and the fire, needed to prevent the United States from winning a seventh straight Presidents Cup this week.

The biennial match play event between the USA and a team drawn from around the world tees off on Thursday at Liberty National Golf Club.

The United States have won nine of 11 prior editions of the event, with one tie and just one International victory, in 1998 in Melbourne.

"Even though we're a hodgepodge of a team from all around the world, we are all competitors," Price said of a team that this year draws from eight nations.

"We like to compete, and we don't like to get beaten."




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.

Jordan Spieth


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.

Tiger Woods


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."

Rory McIlroy


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.