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PGA, NFL stars attract nearly 6 million viewers in TV match

May. 25, 2020 5:01 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Two of the biggest names from the PGA Tour and the NFL proved to be must-see TV. Turner Sports said the Sunday telecast of “The Match: Champions for Charity" attracted an average of 5.8 million viewers across four of its networks. Turner says it was the most-watched golf telecast in...

Woods, Manning win a TV charity match as good as real thing

May. 25, 2020 7:41 AM EDT

Tom Brady delivered the shot of the match that made it easy to forget the rest of his swings. Tiger Woods didn't miss a fairway and earned a small measure of revenge against Phil Mickelson. The PGA Tour is set to return in just over two weeks, and it has a tough act to follow. In the second and final charity...

FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2020, file photo, Philadelphia Phillies' Zack Wheeler, left, gives autographs during a spring training baseball workout in Clearwater, Fla. Wheeler's last start before his 30th birthday could have come against his former team. Wheeler, who struck out 24% of the batters he faced last season with the Mets, left New York in free agency last winter for a $118 million, five-year deal with the NL East rival Phillies.(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

What Would Have Been: Zack against Mets and Motor City golf

May. 25, 2020 2:31 AM EDT

The Major League Baseball season would be about one-third of the way through its 162-game schedule if not for the coronavirus pandemic, and the NBA and NHL would have been closer to crowning their champions. While NASCAR is running live races without spectators, The Associated Press looks at some of the other...

FILE - In this April 3, 2018, file photo, Tiger Woods, left, and Phil Mickelson share a laugh on the 11th tee box while playing a practice round for the Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. The next match involving Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson involves a $10 million donation for COVID-19 relief efforts, along with plenty of bragging rights in a star-powered foursome May 24 at Medalist Golf Club. Turner Sports announced more details Thursday, May 7, 2020, for “The Match: Champions for Charity,” a televised match between Woods and Peyton Manning against Mickelson and Tom Brady. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)

Out of the Woods: Tiger emerges for TV match with Lefty, QBs

May. 23, 2020 5:40 PM EDT

The purpose is to raise $10 million or more for COVID-19 relief efforts, and provide entertainment with four of the biggest stars from the PGA Tour and NFL. Another appeal to the Sunday made-for-TV exhibition, “The Match: Champions for Charity,” is a chance to see Tiger Woods swing a golf club for...

FILE - In this May 6, 2015, file photo , LPGA commissioner Mike Whan speaks during a press conference at The Players Championship golf tournament in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. The LPGA Tour is pushing back the restart of its season at least another month. The target now is a tournament in Michigan on July 15-18, and that depends on whether it's safe to return. Even three months away, LPGA commissioner Whan took note that next on the LPGA schedule were events in Michigan, Ohio and New Jersey, and said there would need to be improvement in the coronavirus situation for those tournaments to be played. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

No Q-school and no changes to rosters of LPGA-run circuits

May. 20, 2020 4:35 PM EDT

The LPGA Tour will not have its qualifying events at the end of the year, deciding Wednesday to keep the same roster of players it has on all of its tours. The LPGA already has canceled seven events, plus the UL International Crown team event, because of the COVID-19 pandemic that has shut the tour down since...

FILE - In this June 22, 2009, file photo, Lucas Glover holds his trophy after winning the U.S. Open Golf Championship at Bethpage State Park's Black Course in Farmingdale, N.Y. The COVID-19 pandemic, which already has postponed the U.S. Open from June to September, has forced the USGA to do away with qualifying for the first time since 1924. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Column: US Open loses part of identity without qualifying

May. 19, 2020 4:49 PM EDT

The U.S. Open lost a big part of its identity. And it has nothing to do with par. For years, the USGA has boasted — and rightly so — that it was the most democratic of all majors. Half of the 156-man field had to go through some form of qualifying just to get a tee time. Max Homa won at Quail Hollow...

FILE - In this March 5, 2020, file photo, Russell Knox, of Scotland, chips onto the sixth green during the first round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament in Orlando, Fla. Knox plans to drive his RV some 1,000 miles each way to PGA Tour events when they resume. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)

TV production does its part in conservative return to golf

May. 19, 2020 2:04 PM EDT

Pressure wasn't limited to a closest-to-the-pin contest for six skins worth $1.1 million that Rory McIlroy won to wrap up the TaylorMade Driving Relief exhibition. Imagine trying to produce the first live golf on TV in two months with only six cameras on the course, using a bonded cellular network to send images...

NBC says 2.35 million viewers for live golf's return to TV

May. 18, 2020 8:15 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The return of live golf to television brought 2.35 million viewers across all platforms, which NBC Sports says was 16% higher than the final of the Dell Match Play last year. The TaylorMade Driving Relief on Sunday from Seminole Golf Club was shown from 2 p.m. to just after 6:30 p.m....

FILE - In this July 10, 2016, file photo, John Bodenhamer, the USGA senior managing director of championship, answers questions during a press conference in San Martin, Calif. The COVID-19 pandemic, which already has postponed the U.S. Open from June to September, has forced the USGA to do away with qualifying for the first time since 1924. “As you can imagine, this was an incredibly difficult decision, as qualifying is a cornerstone of USGA championships,” said Bodenhamer. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

US Open no longer 'open,' eliminates qualifying for major

May. 18, 2020 4:34 PM EDT

The U.S. Open might feel more like a closed shop this year. The COVID-19 pandemic, which already has postponed the U.S. Open at Winged Foot from June to September, has forced the USGA to do away with qualifying for the first time since 1924. Open qualifying is the hallmark of golf's second-oldest championship....

Vegas businessman reaches $21M settlement in fatal DUI crash

May. 18, 2020 3:05 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A prominent Las Vegas businessman awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty in a deadly drunken driving crash has reached a $21 million settlement in a lawsuit by the family of a mother of three killed in the wreck. Real estate broker Scott Russell Gragson is expected to pay $12.8 million...