Brooks Koepka wins US Open at Erin Hills

Brooks Koepka wins US Open at Erin Hills

by Fox News Brooks Koepka fired a final-round 67 Sunday at Erin Hills to win the U.S. Open and wrap up his first major championship. Koepka, 27, matched Rory McIlroy’s record for the lowest winning score to par at a U.S. Open by finishing at 16-under. Tied for the lead with six holes to play, Koepka made an 8-foot par putt on the 13th hole. As Brian Harman began to fade, Koepka poured it on with birdies over the next three holes, lightly pumping his fist after each one. His reaction was subdued, just like his close friend and last year’s U.S. Open champion, Dustin Johnson. It capped quite a journey for the 27-year-old Floridian. Without a card on any tour when Koepka got out of Florida State, he filled his passport with stamps from the most unlikely outposts in golf while playing the minor leagues on the European Tour — Kazakhstan and Kenya, Portugal and India and throughout Europe. It was at the U.S. Open three years ago when Koepka tied for fourth that helped earn a PGA Tour card, and he powered his way from obscurity to his first Ryder Cup team last fall and now a major champion. Harman’s chances ended with two straight bogeys, and a bogey on the par-5 18th hole gave him a 72 and a tie for second at 12-under with Hideki Matsuyama of Japan, who closed with a 66. Matsuyama didn’t need to stick around very long. Koepka simply couldn’t miss. Related: one-of-historys-greatest-crossover-fights-set-for-august-26th Koepka also became the third American to win the U.S. Open after Dustin Johnson’s victory at Oakmont last...
A Friday with Phil Mickelson at the FedEx St. Jude Classic

A Friday with Phil Mickelson at the FedEx St. Jude Classic

by USA Today Golf Mark Giannotto  2017 FEDEX ST. JUDE CLASSICPhil Mickelson after his second round at the FedEx St. Jude Classic Phil Mickelson discusses his second round at the FedEx St. Jude Classic and what he must do over the weekend. Mark Giannotto/The Commercial Appeal     2017 FEDEX ST. JUDE CLASSICCharl Schwartzel on his strong start at the FedEx St. Jude Classic Former Masters winner Charl Schwartzel explains why he’s one of three co-leaders heading into the weekend at the FedEx St. Jude Classic Mark Giannotto/The Commercial Appeal Related: bathroom-bill-could-end-dallas-bid-to-host-draft   2017 FEDEX ST. JUDE CLASSICCo-leader Sebastian Munoz talks about his rise at the FedEx St. Jude Classic Related: cavs-kyrie-irving-built-for-moments-like-finals-game-4-performance PGA Tour rookie Sebastian Munoz is one of three co-leaders heading into the third round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic. Mark Giannotto/The Commercial Appeal 2017 FEDEX ST. JUDE CLASSICAdam Scott explains his strong second round at the FedEx St. Jude Classic Adam Scott closed the second round strong to move into contention at the FedEx St. Jude Classic. Mark Giannotto/The Commercial Appeal     2017 FEDEX ST. JUDE CLASSICPhil Mickelson says FedEx St. Jude Classic would “be a special win for me” Phil Mickelson talks about his first round at the FedEx St. Jude Classic and what the tournament means to him. Mark Giannotto/The Commercial Appeal Stewart Cink is one of four co-leaders after the first round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic. Mark Giannotto/The Commercial Appeal   2017 FEDEX ST. JUDE CLASSICScott Brown details his strong first round at FedEx St. Jude Classic Scott Brown explains how he carded a 6-under 64 during Thursday’s first round of the FedEx St. Jude...

Bubba Watson owns heckler after birdie putt

Luke Kerr-Dineen , USA TODAY Sports Bubba Watson is something of a lightning rod among fans of the PGA Tour, in large part because of his own doing. But all his antics and controversial comments aside, there’s no excuse for heckling. Come on, golf fans. You’re better than that. Which is why we need to give Bubba credit where it’s due on this one. Racing up the Memorial leaderboard on Saturday thanks to back-to-back 68s in the second and third round. The latter featured a heckler during Bubba’s final putt on the 18th hole on Saturday – a heckler Bubba promptly shut up by jarring this birdie putt into the hole, followed by a little bow. A birdie and a bow for @bubbawatson‘s heckler ?? pic.twitter.com/CcjqoNYVy9 — Golf Channel (@GolfChannel) June 3,...
Jordan Spieth avoids Colonial cut scare, has shot to defend title

Jordan Spieth avoids Colonial cut scare, has shot to defend title

AP (Photo: The Associated Press) FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Jordan Spieth normally doesn’t concern himself with the cut line in the middle of a round. Unless the Dallas native is in danger of staying home on consecutive weekends in what amount to his hometown events. Spieth recovered from a bad start by going 5 under over his final 13 holes at the Colonial on Friday, and his 2-under 68 put the defending champion at 2-under 138, four shots behind second-round leaders Webb Simpson, Kevin Kisner, Danny Lee and Scott Piercy. “When your back’s against the wall and you feel the nerves kick up because you’ve got to do something, and you’re not going to be able to play both weekends in town,” said Spieth , coming off missed cuts in The Players Championship and AT&T Byron Nelson. “That would have been really, really tough for me to swallow if I missed the cut. And it was in my head.” MORE: FULL LEADERBOARD Lee birdied the last hole for a 64, the low round of the tournament on a hot and windy day. Kisner also had a birdie on his final hole, the ninth, for a second straight 67. Simpson, the 2012 U.S. Open champion, and Piercy each shot 66 to join the group at 6-under 134. Masters champion Sergio Garcia (66) and fellow Spaniard Jon Rahm (69), who played in the same group, were at 5 under along with England’s Paul Casey (66) and Sean O’Hair (68). Phil Mickelson didn’t have a birdie while shooting a 75 that left him at 2 over, three shots clear of the...
Billy Horschel beats Jason Day in playoff to win Byron Nelson

Billy Horschel beats Jason Day in playoff to win Byron Nelson

by USA Today Golf AP     (Photo: Raymond Carlin III, USA TODAY Sports)  IRVING, Texas (AP) — Billy Horschel had missed four straight cuts when he arrived at TPC Four Seasons, a course he was never particularly fond of. After winning the last AT&T Byron Nelson scheduled at the Irving resort, Horschel now wishes he could have the chance to come back. While his 18-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole Sunday stopped just short, Horschel won with a par when Jason Day pulled his 4-foot par putt left and past the hole. “When I hit it I knew it was on a perfect line and I thought I got it to the hole. … I just wanted to finish it off there,” Horschel said. “I didn’t expect him to miss it. I was expecting to go back to the tee and play the hole again.” Related: lebron-james-continues-to-build-legacy-off-the-court FINAL LEADERBOARD: AT&T Byron Nelson Related: cloud-computing-surges-past-always-dreaming-to-win-preakness Instead, the playoff wrapped up the Nelson’s 35th and final tournament in Irving. The event shifts next year to the new links-style Trinity Forest Golf Club south of downtown Dallas. In his only two previous Nelsons, in 2011 and 2012, Horschel missed the cut at 13 over through 36 holes both times. With a closing 1-under 69 on Sunday, including a 60-foot birdie putt at the 14th hole, Horschel matched Day (68) at 12-under 268 for a playoff. “It’s sad that it’s leaving because I was never a fan of this course, but came here and now I am,” Horschel said. “I won, and I don’t want to leave.” Third-round leader James Hahn...
Rory McIlroy gets married, gets used to big change to his game

Rory McIlroy gets married, gets used to big change to his game

Steve DiMeglio  (Photo: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports) PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Rory McIlroy has enthusiastically begun the latest chapters of his life. Two weeks ago he married Erica Stoll in an elaborate, intimate wedding at Ashford Castle in Ireland, saying it was “obviously the best weekend of my life and hopefully the best weekend of Erica’s, as well.” On Tuesday at TPC Sawgrass ahead of Thursday’s start of The Players Championship, the PGA Tour’s showcase event, he announced his new partnership with TaylorMade. McIlroy, who started looking for new clubs when Nike got out of the equipment business in 2016, has settled on TaylorMade’s M2 metal woods, wedges, a set of prototype blade irons and the company’s new TP5x golf ball. RELATED:  FedEx, PGA Tour extend deal through 2027 Sergio Garcia returns to PGA Tour with 1 major win, more in his sights “I’ve been on Tour 10 years, and it’s very rare that you get really excited about your equipment,” the four-time major champion said. “I feel like it’s a new chapter in my life with a lot of stuff going on, but I really feel with the new equipment, as well, it’s hopefully going to take me to that next level.” The deal is worth $100 million over 10 years, according to a person with knowledge of the contract. The person requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly. The same person said McIlroy is still under contract with Nike to wear their apparel and shoes for 10 years at $20 million per year. “It seems like with everything that’s went on the last...