The first golf major of the year, The Masters, begins on Thursday, 11 April at the Augusta National Golf Club. Tiger Woods is back to his winning ways and looks ready to continue his pursuit of the Majors records held by Jack Nicklaus.
GOLF - Tiger Woods is about to start his final round at the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Sunday. At the start of the day he had a 2 stroke lead, making him the favourite to win this tournament. If he wins, he reclaims the number one spot of the World Golf Ranking for the first time since October 2010. Leading or co-leading after the third round, Woods has won a PGA Tour tournament 51 out of 54 times. Woods has won this tournament seven times and can equal the record number of wins at a single PGA tournament (Sam Snead won Greater Greensboro Open eight times).
GOLF - After one day of action at the 2012 Ryder Cup, hosts United States have built a 5-3 lead on their visitors from Europe. A deficit by more than one point after one day has been turned into a victory on five occasions in Ryder Cup history. In 1995, Europe trailed by a similar margin on Friday, only to claim the tie by 14.5-13.5 on Sunday.
GOLF - Phil Mickelson is set to make a ninth participation in the Ryder Cup, an unprecedented feat by an American golfer. With his ninth Ryder Cup campaign, Mickelson surpasses three countrymen, who are on eight and are joined by Jim Furyk who will represent his country in his eighth Ryder Cup.
GOLF - The 2012 Ryder Cup will feature the first player from Belgium in the 85-year history of the competition, as Nicolas Colsaerts will tee off for Europe. It has been 13 years since the last time that a country made its Ryder Cup debut. Click Read More to see all the countries that participated and when they joined.
GOLF - Adam Scott’s four bogeys on the last four holes of the 2012 British Open meant that a streak of nine successive Majors won by a first time Major winner was snapped. It was the longest such streak in history. Click Read More to see the best runs by first time winners in the history of the Majors.
GOLF - Ernie Els is the winner of the 2012 British Open, following a dramatic meltdown on the last four holes by leader Adam Scott. Els’s victory ended a run of nine successive Majors that had featured first time Major winners. For Els, it was his fourth career Major and his first in 10 years, after winning the Claret Jug in 2002.
GOLF - On Thursday, 19 July, 156 golfers will tee off at Royal Lytham and St. Annes in a quest to win the Claret Jug at the 141st instalment of golf’s British Open. A member of our community has written a comprehensive preview on whom and what to look out for. You can read it by clicking ‘Read More’.
GOLF - Tiger Woods’s victory at the Congressional last weekend gave him 74 career PGA victories and saw him move one clear of Jack Nicklaus, leapfrogging the Golden Bear into outright second place. The only total that Woods is still chasing is the 82 by Sam Snead.
GOLF - Rory McIlroy is 23 years old today. In 2007, he turned pro as in the amateur realm there ‘were no more worlds to be conquered’. McIlroy has shown flashes of greatness in his young career and is a budding superstar of golf. The Ulster man won the US Open in 2011 and won the Ryder Cup with Team Europe in 2010. He is the current number one in the world (PGA ranking).
Shares birthday with: Oleta Adams, Pia Zadora, Gregg Alexander
GOLF - On this day, precisely 15 years ago, Tiger Woods won his first of 14 career Majors. The scene: Augusta National. The occasion: the 61st US Masters. Woods roared through the tournament, becoming the youngest player to be presented with the Green Jacket, a mark that stands until this very day. Woods won the 1997 US Masters by a staggering 12 strokes difference, even though he had turned pro only eight months earlier.
GOLF - We would have loved to celebrate your 55th birthday with you, dear Seve. On that fateful day last May, for one brief moment, the grass stopped growing, the trees stopped shaking, the water stopped flowing and even the sand in the bunkers ceased being sand. For one brief moment. We miss you and hope you are lighting up the greens in the next life as much as you have in ours. Rest peacefully, sweet Seve! We will always love you.
Shares birthday with: Hugh Hefner, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Dennis Quaid
GOLF - It went the distance! Bubba Watson is the winner of the 2012 US Masters. Watson makes it 14 golf Majors in a row that have been won by different winners after Padraig Harrington won the 2008 British Open and the USPGA in the same year. The 14 Majors preceding this sequence saw six of them won by Tiger Woods. Bubba, here is your Green Jacket!
GOLF - Louis Oosthuizen laid down his ambitions of winning golf’s 2012 US Masters in earnest by hitting only the fourth albatross in the history of the competition. His three-under-par on the par-five second equalled the performance by Gene Sarazen (1935), Bruce Devlin (1967) and Jeff Maggert (1994). Our hat is off to you, Louis. Good luck in your charge for the Green Jacket, Sir!
FOOTBALL - The Easter weekend of football kicks off on Friday night in England with Newcastle (85/40) making the 700 mile round trip to Swansea (7/5). Both teams have impressed this season and have surpassed all expectations which has resulted in an off-field battle between the two managers for LMA Manager of the Year.