Neale, Gillman lead Junior PGA at Miramont (The Associated Press) Gordon Neale shot a 7-under 64 on Wednesday at Miramont to top the boys' field in the Junior PGA Championship, and Kristen Gillman increased her lead to three strokes in the girls' division. Neale, the 17-year-old Trabuco Canyon, California, player who has committed to SMU, birdied the first five holes and finished with eight birdies and a bogey. Gillman, the 16-year-old Austin, Texas, player who has committed to Alabama, had her second straight 66 to reach 10 under. ''I didn't make as many mistakes in today's round,'' Gillman said.
Several Ryder Cup spots still up for grabs with two very big events left to play (PGA) There's been plenty of talk about U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Tom Watson and the decisions he will have to make on his captain's picks. Yes, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are currently both outside of the top nine automatic qualifiers on the U.S. Ryder Cup points list. POINTS LEFT ON THE BOARD: The top nine players on the U.S. points list as of Aug. 11 - the day after the PGA Championship - are automatically on the team. Golfers receive one point for every $1,000 earned this week at the Bridgestone (as well as the Barracuda Championship in Reno) and then will earn two points for every $1,000 earned next week at Valhalla Golf Club for the PGA Championship.
The 16th edition of Reno's PGA Tour event has a new sponsor, a new name, no defending champ and a modified Stableford scoring format that encourages aggressive play up and down the edge of the Sierra Nevada. Defending champion Gary Woodland is playing in the World Golf Championship-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio that features the world's top 75 players. Still, the Barracuda Championship has one of its best fields. Retief Goosen, Davis Love III, Padraig Harrington, Geoff Ogilvy, Mike Weir, Stuart Appleby and David Toms are among those teeing off Thursday on the Jack Nicklaus-designed course at the Montreux Golf & Country Club that winds through mountain streams and towering pines half way between Reno and Lake Tahoe.
New Era named official hat of Ryder Cup (PGA) BUFFALO, N.Y. - (JULY 30, 2014) New Era Cap, a global lifestyle brand, has been named the Official Cap of the 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup Team. Partnering with the PGA of America, New Era has secured exclusive rights to headwear during the biennial competition through 2016. Players and Team Captain will wear New Era caps at the 2014 Ryder Cup, Sept. 26-28, at Gleneagles in Perthshire, Scotland. "New Era has a long history of producing headwear for some of the best athletes in the world," said Christopher H. Koch, CEO of New Era.
Tom Glavine gets special golf balls for Hall of Fame induction (PGA) By Michael R. Abramowitz, The PGA of America When former Atlanta Braves and New York Mets pitcher Tom Glavine plays a round of golf, he doesn't have to look too far for a not-so-gentle reminder to remain humble. Glavine, who was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, won 305 games during his Major League career. After Glavine received the phone call from the Hall of Fame that he would be a first-ballot inductee, his friend, Jack Kennedy, decided to mark the occasion with some good-natured ribbing, courtesy of a gift of six dozen customized golf balls. So, on one side of Glavine's Titleist Pro V1s is his old uniform No. "47," and on the other is "Tom Glavine 203 losses." HALL OF FAMERS: Glavine and Maddux excel on course as well as on mound "When I opened up the package, I saw 47 on one side, and I thought, 'That's cool.' And when I turned the ball, and it had my 203 career losses on it.
The landmark at Firestone Country Club is among the most popular in America, a massive water tower in the shape of a golf ball on a tee. Tiger Woods has reason to see only a big ATM machine. Woods has eight wins at Firestone, one more than Matt Kuchar has won on the PGA Tour. In 15 appearances, he has made $11.06 million, which is roughly the same as Tom Watson has made in four decades on the PGA Tour.
Tiger Woods finds out over the next two weeks if his season is over or just getting started. The first stop is Firestone, where Woods is an eight-time winner and the defending champion. ''I would like to win these two events and not have to worry about anything,'' Woods said Wednesday.
Nicklaus describes changes made to Valhalla (PGA) No. 3, a 205-yard par 3: We restored some of the pin placements, particularly on the back left of the green, which made me actually even a fan of them. No. 15, a 435-yard par 4: We have a bunker on the left side now, and we have better pin positions on that green.
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