Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Rory McIlroy likes his chances of snagging another major ]]> Lead story image

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Rory McIlroy, who is as candid in ­interviews as he is skilled on the golf course, readily admitted that his abrupt breakup with tennis star Caroline Wozniacki last May helped his golf game. “It has happened to me for the better,’’ said the world’s  No. 1-ranked golfer, who broke off his engagement with Wozniacki. “I’ve put a little more time into my golf, and it refocused me in a way. “It’s really the only thing I have. I just immersed myself in my game.’’ McIlroy needed all of that focus as continued soggy conditions turned the PGA … ]]> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 06:51:45 -0500 <![CDATA[ Golf legend Greg Norman nearly loses hand in chain saw accident ]]> Lead story image

ATLATNA — Greg Norman is recovering from a chain saw accident that nearly cost him his left hand, but not his sense of humor. ]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 10:04:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Tiger Woods splits from swing coach Sean Foley ]]> Lead story image

Tiger Woods announced on his website that he and swing coach Sean Foley will no longer be working together. ]]> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 13:18:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Rory McIlroy edges Phil Mickelson for PGA Championship ]]> Lead story image

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — On a day in which he started slowly while everyone else seemed to burst out of the gate, Rory McIlroy kept his composure Sunday. Fueled by a textbook eagle on the 10th hole, McIlroy shot a 32 on the back nine en route to a  3-under-par 68 and went on to win the PGA Championship at Valhalla. He finished at 16-under 268, one shot ahead of Phil Mickelson  (5-under 66) and two ahead of  Rickie Fowler (68) and Henrik Stenson (66). That trio shot a combined 1 under on their back nines. ‘‘Today wasn’t easy,’’ McIlroy said. … ]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 06:32:47 -0500 <![CDATA[ Rory McIlroy wins PGA Championship ]]> Lead story image

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The challenge finally arrived for Rory McIlroy, and he was better than ever to win the PGA Championship. On a back nine filled with as much tension as a major can provide, McIlroy emerged from a four-man battle with flawless golf to outlast Phil Mickelson and the darkness Sunday at Valhalla and capture his second straight major. McIlroy closed with a 3-under 68 and became only the fourth player in the last century of golf to win four majors at 25 or younger. The others were Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus and Bobby Jones, three of the game’s … ]]> Sun, 10 Aug 2014 20:36:28 -0500 <![CDATA[ PGA Championship resumes after 2-hour rain delay ]]> Lead story image

The PGA Championship has resumed play after a nearly two-hour rain delay. ]]> Sun, 10 Aug 2014 13:49:30 -0500 <![CDATA[ Ryder cut: Barring miracle, Tiger Woods won’t make team ]]> Lead story image

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — All week, people were asking Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson about Tiger Woods’ chances of playing on his team. Watson would love to have Woods ‘‘if he’s playing well and in good health.’’ That’s 0-for-2 if you’re keeping score at home. What’s clear is that both know that barring a miracle, Woods won’t be in Gleneagles next month. And he shouldn’t be. Don’t be surprised if he makes life easy for Watson by bowing out. The real question is how long it will take Woods to rehab his increasingly brittle body into the kind of shape that … ]]> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 06:54:51 -0500 <![CDATA[ How Tiger Woods became nothing major ]]> Lead story image

McGRATH: Tiger Woods is no longer the favorite to win any tournament he enters. Part of his malaise is physical. Part of it is psychological. ]]> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 06:40:33 -0500 <![CDATA[ Rain halts play early at PGA Championship ]]> Lead story image

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The second round of the PGA Championship was off to a soggy start and a sudden stop Friday. A steady rain forced officials to suspend the round after just 20 minutes because of too much water on the putting surfaces and fairways. Work crews already were using squeegees on the greens when another burst of showers hit Valhalla. Play was halted about 45 minutes before Rory McIlroy was to tee off, and as Ryan Palmer was playing the first hole. Palmer, Lee Westwood and Kevin Chappell shared the first-round lead at 6-under 65. Palmer was the … ]]> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 17:07:50 -0500 <![CDATA[ Back pain knocks Woods out of Bridgestone ]]> Lead story image

AKRON, Ohio — Tiger Woods was stricken with more back pain Sunday and withdrew after eight holes at the Bridgestone Invitational. He struggled to even take off his golf shoes before being driven away to an uncertain future. In his third tournament since returning from back surgery, this had the look of a serious setback. Woods injured himself playing a shot from edge of a bunker on the par-5 second hole. With all weight on his right leg, he took an awkward slash at the ball, fell back toward the sand and landed with a thud, and kept jogging out … ]]> Sun, 03 Aug 2014 15:06:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Tiger Woods will play in PGA Championship ]]>

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — It all happened so fast. Less than 90 minutes after officials announced that Tiger Woods was at Valhalla, he was hitting balls on the range. Shortly after 2 p.m. Wednesday, he teed off on No. 1 in front of a gallery that might not be much larger if he’s in the final group when the PGA Championship wraps up Sunday. Playing with frequent Ryder Cup partner Steve Stricker, 2012 Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III and Harris English, Woods striped a long drive down the middle of the fairway on the 446-yard first hole, and the crowd … ]]> Wed, 06 Aug 2014 20:57:44 -0500 <![CDATA[ Tiger practicing in Valhalla ahead of PGA ]]> Lead story image

Tiger Woods teed off on No. 1 in front of a gallery that probably won’t be much larger if he’s in the final group when the PGA wraps up Sunday. ]]> Wed, 06 Aug 2014 15:27:17 -0500 <![CDATA[ Could this be the Rory McIlroy era? ]]> Lead story image

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—He comes to blue-grass country galloping like a thoroughbred. In his last two starts, Rory McIlroy has won the British Open, joining Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus by winning his third major at 25, and the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational to regain the No. 1 ranking in the world. And yet, McIlroy wants nothing to do with Era Talk. “I’ve had a great run of golf,’’ McIlroy said Tuesday at Valhalla, where the PGA begins on Thursday. ``[But] I’m not sure you can call that an era or the start of an era. If [I] read everything that’s being written, I’d … ]]> Wed, 06 Aug 2014 00:43:40 -0500 <![CDATA[ Still unclear if Tiger will play in PGA Championship ]]> Lead story image

Tiger Woods was a no-show for his press conference Tuesday morning, but it wasn’t clear if the 14-time major winner would compete in the PGA, which begins Thursday at Valhalla. ]]> Tue, 05 Aug 2014 15:39:29 -0500 <![CDATA[ British Open: Tiger, turf examples of how much things can change ]]> Lead story image

HOYLAKE, England — The British Open packs 154 years of history on links courses that have been nurtured more by time than by tractors. It returns this year to Royal Liverpool, the second-oldest golf club in England, established in 1867 before anyone in America knew much about the Royal & Ancient game. For all its heritage, however, the charm of this major is what lies ahead. No one ever knows what to expect. Consider the landscape. Royal Liverpool was so brown and baked when The Open was last here in 2006 that the R&A asked players to take extra care … ]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 06:29:38 -0500 <![CDATA[ PGA might lack cachet of other majors, but it’s plenty exciting ]]> Lead story image

Timing is everything. By August, we’re immersed in baseball — or, in Chicago’s case, anticipating football. Golf is off the radar. That’s especially true because we already have enjoyed its rite of spring (the Masters), our national championship (the U.S. Open) and the de facto world championship (the British Open). That’s a shame. Because the PGA Championship this week at Valhalla in Louisville, Ky., has the makings of another riveting show from the least-loved major in golf. Valhalla has hosted two previous PGAs and a Ryder Cup. Team USA posted its only Ryder Cup victory in six events this century … ]]> Thu, 04 Sep 2014 06:38:56 -0500