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AUGUSTA, Ga. — Rory McIlroy took off his cap, rubbed his brow and let out a deep sigh. After rolling in a testy 4-foot putt at the 18th hole, he was one of the fortunate ones Friday. He gets to keep playing on the weekend at Augusta National. Not so for Phil Mickelson, who missed the Masters cut for the first time since 1997 after making a mess of three holes. Lefty took triple-bogey on two of them, a double-bogey on another and wound up with one stroke too many. “I didn’t play great. I didn’t play bad,” Mickelson said. … ]]> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 02:15:13 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bubba Watson wins second Masters in three years ]]> Lead story image

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Bubba Watson’s second Masters title was nothing like the green jacket he won two years ago. The only daring shot Watson hit was one he really didn’t need. The wild swing in momentum came on the front nine, not the back nine of Augusta National. And the sweetest difference of all Sunday was seeing his 2-year-old son walk toward him on the edge of the 18th green after his three-shot victory over Jordan Spieth. Watson turned in another masterpiece and joined an elusive group as the 17th player to win the Masters more than once. He turned … ]]> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 22:16:53 -0500 <![CDATA[ Scott gets off to solid start ]]> Lead story image

AUGUSTA, Ga. — No nerves. No worries. Adam Scott never knew the opening round at Augusta National could be so enjoyable. With his green jacket upstairs in the locker room for Masters champions, Scott made only one bad swing that cost him two shots in a round of 3-under 69. It was the lowest opening score by a defending champion in 13 years, and it left Scott one shot behind leader Bill Haas on an otherwise demanding day. “It was really how you hope to play at any major, and especially the Masters,” Scott said. “And there’s no doubt winning … ]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 22:43:28 -0500 <![CDATA[ Tiger Woods’ absence trains Masters spotlight on younger stars ]]> Lead story image

The Eisenhower Tree is down. Tiger Woods is out. But there still will be plenty of bark and bite in the Masters, which begins Thursday on Magnolia Lane. The tree, which bothered presidential golf nut Dwight D. Eisenhower’s 17th-hole tee shots, was taken down in February after being damaged badly by an ice storm. Meanwhile, Woods, 38, will remain stuck on 14 majors. He had back surgery Monday and is out indefinitely. ‘‘It’s a huge disappointment,’’ analyst Paul Azinger said. ‘‘But it’s still the Masters. It’s still an epic event. Once [it] gets going, the Masters carries its own weight.’’ … ]]> Sun, 06 Apr 2014 02:31:32 -0500 <![CDATA[ Fast Eddie Fernandes sets his sights on long-drive competition ]]> Lead story image

He hasn’t played more than a couple dozen rounds in the last 10 years, let alone competed in a professional golf event. But on Thursday, Eddie Fernandes, 43, hopes to take the first step toward becoming a long-drive champion. In one sense, he’ll enter preliminary qualifying as a mystery man in his first foray to the Re/Max Long Drive Championships in Mesquite, Nev. On the other hand, Fernandes’ clubhead speed of nearly 144.8 mph and ball speed of 208 mph put him among the very top long-drive hopefuls, according to his coach, who checked Fernandes’ numbers against other competitors who … ]]> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 23:07:10 -0500 <![CDATA[ Golf show brings warm thoughts to Chicago ]]>

With Chicagoans still in the clutches of a miserable winter, Mike Galeski provided a cheerful reminder of things to come. ]]> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 19:36:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Good news for local golfers: The golf show opens in Rosemont ]]> Lead story image

With Chicagoans still in the clutches of a miserable winter, Mike Galeski provided a cheerful reminder of things to come. ‘‘We’re only 120 days from our tournament,’’ Galeski, director of the Encompass Championship senior tournament, said Friday as the Chicago Golf Show kicked off in Rosemont. Golfers seem to be embracing that warm thought. The Golf Show, which runs through Sunday at the Stephens Convention Center, is expected to approach the three-day attendance record of 19,200 set last year. Friday’s attendees found a boggling array of attractively priced merchandise, golf course and resort information, lessons and the opportunity to learn … ]]> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 19:51:05 -0500 <![CDATA[ Clint Eastwood saves a life at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am ]]>

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Clint Eastwood added another starring role at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am — life saver. Eastwood attended a volunteer party on the eve of the PGA Tour event when he noticed tournament director Steve John choking on a piece of cheese. The 83-year-old actor quickly performed the Heimlich maneuver Wednesday night at the Monterey Conference Center. “I was drinking water and eating these little appetizers, threw down a piece of cheese and it just didn’t work,” John said Friday. “I was looking at him and couldn’t breathe. He recognized it immediately and saved my life.” … ]]> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 18:38:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Golf: Elgin’s Carlos Sainz Jr. wins Chicago Open ]]> Lead story image

Carlos Sainz Jr.’s 5-under par 31 on the front nine at Cantigny Golf on Wednesday powered him to a come-from-behind victory against a strong national field in the latest revival of the tradition-rich Chicago Open. ]]> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 21:56:39 -0500 <![CDATA[ Jim Furyk stays out front, but Steve Stricker in pursuit after third round ]]> Lead story image

LAKE FOREST — Steve Stricker did something he almost never does — pick a number. The Wisconsin native didn’t hit his goal of an 8-under 63 on Saturday, but he did give himself a chance to win the BMW Championship and, perhaps, the FedEx Cup. Fueled by an eagle on the par-4 15th, Stricker closed with a 31 on the back nine at Conway Farms Golf Club to post a 7-under 64. That number — second only to Matt Kuchar’s 61 — put him at 12 under, just one shot behind leader Jim Furyk. ‘‘You know, I had a number … ]]> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 06:58:55 -0500 <![CDATA[ Stenson on brink of huge payday ]]> Lead story image

ATLANTA — Stepping in from rain that ruined his rhythm and the back end of his round Saturday, Henrik Stenson was more interested in looking forward at the Tour Championship. He still had a four-stroke lead. He was one round from capturing two trophies worth $11.44 million, including the FedEx Cup. Stenson just made the final day of the PGA Tour season a little more interesting during the last two hours of his third round at East Lake. He had a nine-stroke lead at the turn and walked off the 18th green with a three-putt bogey and his lead back … ]]> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 06:50:18 -0500 <![CDATA[ Zach Johnson wins BMW Championship ]]> Lead story image

Zach Johnson won the rain-delayed BMW Championship at Conway Farms on Monday, finishing 16 under for the tournament. ]]> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 22:41:51 -0500 <![CDATA[ Jim Furyk shoots a 69, good enough for a one-stroke lead at BMW Championship ]]> Lead story image

Jim Furyk put his 59 behind him with a round that was 10 shots higher Saturday in the BMW Championship. Now all he wants is a trophy. Furyk recovered from a sluggish start with three birdies in a five-hole stretch around the turn. A three-putt bogey from 30 feet on the par-5 18th forced him to settle for a 2-under 69 and a one-shot lead over Steve Stricker. It was a far different finish from Friday, when Furyk hit a wedge to 3 feet for birdie on his final hole (No. 9) for a 12-under 59, becoming only the sixth … ]]> Sat, 14 Sep 2013 17:56:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Co-leader Jim Furyk is Chi-high after 59 in BMW ]]> Lead story image

His kind of town, Chicago is. On a blustery Friday at Conway Farms in Lake Forest, Jim Furyk made history, shooting 59 at the BMW Championship. He’s the sixth player to shoot the lowest round in a PGA Tour event. Furyk, who won the 2003 U.S. Open at Olympia Fields and the 2005 Western Open at Cog Hill, now has another memorable moment for his Chicago-area highlight reel. ‘‘[Conway Farms] will definitely always have a special place in my heart,’’ said Furyk, who ranked this round with his U.S. Open triumph and Team USA’s Ryder Cup victory at Brookline. ‘‘This … ]]> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 07:32:52 -0500 <![CDATA[ BMW Championship makes a great course for Chicago’s golf appetite ]]> Lead story image

How low the scores will go at the BMW Championship, which begins Thursday at Conway Farms in Lake Forest, is difficult to say. ‘‘You can shoot 62 or 76,’’ said Barrington native Scott Langley, adding that wind — or lack of it — will be a big factor at the 7,149-yard, par-71 layout. ‘‘The wind can come up out of nowhere in Chicago. You’re not totally exposed to it, but the wind swirling in and out of the trees sometimes can wreak havoc.’’ Then again, in the six years since the Western Open name yielded to a German automaker, the … ]]> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 19:43:38 -0500 <![CDATA[ Tiger Woods title-ready for BMW Championship ]]> Lead story image

HERB GOULD: He’s won a pair of PGAs at Medinah and four trophies at Cog Hill. Tiger Woods will try to add another title here on Thursday when the BMW Championship debuts at its new venue, Conway Farms in Lake Forest. ]]> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 20:40:35 -0500