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LPGA opens with consecutive events in Florida a month apart

Jan. 13, 2021 4:36 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Gainbridge LPGA tournament is moving to Lake Nona, giving the LPGA Tour consecutive events in Florida one month apart to start its 2021 season. The Gainbridge LPGA, to be played Feb. 25-28, is in its second year. It was played last year at Boca Rio Golf Club in Boca Raton. Lake...

President Donald Trump gestures as he steps off Air Force One upon arrival at Valley International Airport, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, in Harlingen, Texas. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Column: Trump and golf were never a comfortable fit

Jan. 12, 2021 10:06 PM EST

Donald Trump was never a comfortable fit for golf. Not as president of the United States, a polarizing position long before the advent of Twitter or any other form of social media. Not even when he merged his affection for golf with his ambition to cater to the wealthy at his hotels and golf courses. The star of...

Harris English holds the champions trophy after the final round of the Tournament of Champions golf event, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, at Kapalua Plantation Course in Kapalua, Hawaii. (Matthew Thayer/The Maui News via AP)

No fans at Riviera, no amateurs in Palm Springs for PGA Tour

Jan. 12, 2021 8:08 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — No fans in Los Angeles. No amateurs in Palm Springs. Those were the latest announcements on PGA Tour stops in California as golf heads back to the mainland next week. The Genesis Invitational at Riviera on Feb. 18-21 was predictable. COVID-19 cases are raging in the state with the nation's...

FILE - Dustin Johnson waves after winning the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Ga., in a Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, file photo. Some volume is returning to the Masters, just maybe not the head-turning roars. Augusta National Chairman Fred Ridley said Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, the club intends to allow a limited number of spectators for the Masters on April 8-11, provided it can be done safely, given the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

Masters plans for a limited number of spectators in April

Jan. 12, 2021 6:06 PM EST

Some volume is returning to the Masters, just maybe not the head-turning roars. Augusta National Chairman Fred Ridley said Tuesday the club intends to allow a limited number of spectators for the Masters on April 8-11, provided it can be done safely amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In other areas, the Masters in April...

Collin Morikawa hits from the first tee during the final round of the Tournament of Champions golf event, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, at Kapalua Plantation Course in Kapalua, Hawaii. (Matthew Thayer/The Maui News via AP)

Another week in paradise for the PGA Tour in Hawaii

Jan. 12, 2021 12:02 PM EST

PGA TOUR SONY OPEN Site: Honolulu. Course: Waialae CC. Yardage: 7,044. Par: 70. Prize money: $6.6 million. Winner's share: $1,188,000. Television: Thursday-Saturday, 7-10:30 p.m. (Golf Channel); Sunday, 6-10 p.m. (Golf Channel). Defending champion: Cameron Smith. FedEx Cup leader: Dustin Johnson. Last tournament:...

Annika Sorenstam, of Sweden, watches after hitting from the 14th fairway during the first round of the PNC Championship golf tournament, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, in Orlando, Fla. Sorenstam is thinking of returning to limited competition next year in the U.S. Senior Women's Open. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Trump honors golfing greats with award in private ceremony

Jan. 7, 2021 3:31 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hall of Fame golfers Annika Sorenstam and Gary Player, along with the late Olympian Babe Didrikson Zaharias, have been presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the White House announced Thursday. The award is one of the nation’s highest civilian honors. President Donald...

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. Whan is leaving the LPGA Tour after 11 years as commissioner, a surprise announcement Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, that comes just three weeks after he guided the tour through a season cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic.(AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

Whan makes surprise decision to leave as LPGA commissioner

Jan. 6, 2021 4:54 PM EST

Mike Whan has been commissioner longer than anyone in the 70-year history of the LPGA Tour. Guiding it through its toughest year amid the COVID-19 pandemic made him realize the tour was strong enough for him to move on. In a surprise announcement Wednesday, the high-energy, fast-talking Whan said he will be...

FILE - Rickie Fowler hits on the second fairway during the third round of the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Ga., in this Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, file photo. When the year ended, Fowler was among those who had not secured a spot in the 2021 Masters. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

Masters field at 84 players heading into the final 3 months

Dec. 29, 2020 7:24 PM EST

C.T. Pan set a Masters record of sorts by having to wait 571 days from the time he qualified by winning the RBC Heritage until hitting his opening tee shot at Augusta National. In that respect, Daniel Berger doesn’t have it so bad. He has to wait only about 10 months. Berger became a talking point for a...

FILE - In this Nov. 28, 2020, file photo, Vanderbilt's Sarah Fuller, right, kicks off as Ryan McCord (27) holds to start the second half of an NCAA college football game against Missouri in Columbia, Mo. With the kick, Fuller became the first female to play in a Southeastern Conference football game. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson, File)

Amid anguish of pandemic, sports offered memorable moments

Dec. 25, 2020 1:01 PM EST

Sarah Fuller was a goalie on the Vanderbilt women's soccer team when a chance at history tapped her on the shoulder. The Commodores football team was down a kicker because of COVID-19 issues, so coach Derek Mason reached out to soccer coach Darren Ambrose to see if Fuller might be a good option. Turns out she...

FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2010, file photo, PGA rules official Mark Russell, left, points to a spot in the desert brush on the seventh hole as Ian Poulter, right, looks at his line of flight while getting a ruling during the semifinals at the Match Play Championship golf tournament in Marana, Ariz. White, a former player, is retiring next year after four decades as a rules official. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

PGA Tour's top 2 rules officials retiring after long careers

Dec. 22, 2020 2:43 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — For Mark Russell and Slugger White, getting into the business as a PGA Tour rules official was a lot easier decision than getting out. With some 80 years of experience between them — Sam Snead was still playing the occasional tournament when they started — Russell and...