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In his last start before scheduled surgery, Richard Sterne shared 14th place at the Nedbank Golf Challenge in Sun City, South Africa.

Sterne didn't close like a man ready to have a torn labrum in his hip repaired in the coming days. He played his last 11 holes in bogey-free, 8-under-par with an eagle and six birdies. The spurt allowed him to climb into red numbers for the week at 5-under 283. As we relayed nearly a month ago, he's expected to miss three months of action. Brandt Snedeker is the poster boy for having surgery on his hips and not missing a beat upon return, so don't immediately rule out a quick return from the 32-year-old South African.
Sun, Dec 8, 2013 12:50:00 PM

Justin Rose is one of Europe's finest-ever Ryder Cup performers and he heads to Hazeltine National Golf Club on a gold-leaved high.

The Englishman's .71% record is second only to his good friend Ian Poulter in European history (minimum three starts) and with the latter riding a buggy this week Rose could move ahead of him. He will need to maintain very high standards however, because to attain that figure he has lost just thrice in 14 matches (with two halves). He captured three points in partnership with Henrik Stenson two years ago and Darren Clarke faces a question: is that duo kept together or will the need to support the rookies lead to those strengths being spread across the board? Rose's memories of the last Ryder Cup on US soil will be nothing but good: he holed two career putts on 17 and 18 to topple Phil Mickelson and his current form boasts the Olympic gold. He missed the cut at the RTJ-designed Hazeltine National in 2009, but is a winner at RTJ's Valderrama. Undefeated in Ryder Cup singles.
Sep 29 - 6:01 AM

The 2016 Ryder Cup marks Phil Mickelson's 11th straight appearance in the biennial competition and he's been on the winning side only twice, in 1999 (The Country Club, Brookline, MA) and 2008 (Valhalla Golf Club, Louisville, KY).

The 41st Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club welcomes the Hall-of-Famer who enters with an overall record of 16-19-6, including a 2-1-0 mark at Gleneagles in 2014. His 41 career matches are the most in U.S. history with teammate Zach Johnson the next-most tenured of this year's squad with 14. The 46-year-old was No. 3 in automatic qualifying and finished a semi-resurgent PGA TOUR season with three runner-up finishes in 22 starts, highlighted by solo second at The Open. He ranked 12th in earnings and 16th in FedExCup points, while 7th in birdie average (4.06) and 1st in par-3 scoring average (2.93).
Sep 28 - 8:04 PM

Rory McIlroy makes his way to Hazeltine National Golf Club as a golfer at the height of his game and ready to impose himself on the 2016 Ryder Cup.

This will be the Northern Irishman's fourth appearance and he has come a long way from the early controversy, pre-2010 debut, of suggesting it was a mere exhibition. He is 3-2-1 in foursomes, 2-0-1 in singles, and surprisingly just 1-2-2 in fourballs, for an overall record of .57% 6-4-4 which is solid rather than spectacular. But if ever a man enters the match on the crest of a wave it must be McIlroy this week: he not only triumphed in last week's Tour Championship, his second victory in the FedEx Cup play-offs after claiming the Deutsche Bank Championship, but also picked up the end-of-season pot of loot and will have seen the reaction of his team-mates at the airport, cheering wildly as his winning putt dropped in the hole. He'll also be buoyed by his improved putting stats, which seem to have been boosted by work with Phil Kenyon in recent weeks and the move away from Nike equipment. Was T3 in the Hazeltine-hosted 2009 PGA Championship, ranking second for Ball-striking.
Sep 27 - 12:08 PM

World No. 2 Dustin Johnson seeks his first taste of Ryder Cup team success as he preps for the 41st edition, held at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota.

DJ displays a very strong individual Ryder Cup record, when you consider he's been a part of two losing teams (2010, 2012). Johnson is 4-3-0 in his matches, including a perfect 2-0-0 in singles. The 32-year-old just capped off the 2015-16 season that featured 15 top 10s, including three wins, one being his first major championship victory. With his lone weakness being accuracy off the tee, it's important that Davis Love III pairs him with someone that is good out of the thick stuff, at least in the alternate-shot foursomes format. Brandt Snedeker, Jimmy Walker, and Rickie Fowler all fit that bill as they rank top 50 in proximity from the rough. Expect Johnson to be used early and often this week for the Americans, making him a very good candidate to be top point scorer for the U.S. side.
Sep 27 - 11:06 AM

Zach Johnson readies for his fifth Ryder Cup appearance as he puts on his red, white, and blue gear, preparing for battle at Hazeltine National Golf Club this week in Chaska, Minnesota.

The 40-year-old has played in four Ryder Cup matches (2006, 2010, 2012, and 2014) but has yet to feel what it's like to win one. You wouldn't know his teams were winless based on his personal record of 6-6-2, including 2-1-1 in singles. This time around, he'll also have the Midwest factor in his favor, playing just four hours from where he grew up (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) and within four hours from where he attended college (Drake University). Johnson's main asset is his short game as he ended the 2015-16 season ranked 17th in strokes gained around-the-green and 25th in strokes gained putting. He was also 36th in fairway proximity but just 155th in proximity from the rough, so picking the right playing partner in foursomes will be crucial this week.
Sep 26 - 4:41 PM

Recent runner-up Ryan Moore will make his Ryder Cup debut next week at Hazeltine National Golf Club, receiving the last of four captain's picks to complete the 12-man roster for the American side.

Moore just shared runner-up honors with Kevin Chappell at today's TOUR Championship, losing to Rory McIlroy in a playoff at day's end. Still, he's been playing inspired golf at just the right time to earn a seat on the American Ryder Cup squad. He closed the 2015-16 campaign with top 10s in four of his last six starts, including a victory at the John Deere Classic. Moore brings a long track record of Match Play success as an amateur but he's just 7-8-1 in singles on the PGA TOUR and 0-2-0 on the now-defunct European Tour's Volvo World Match Play event. Moore doesn't bring distance to the table, but he's 18th on TOUR in driving accuracy, 16th in proximity to hole, and 32nd in strokes gained putting. His play from approach to hole's completion will pair nicely with any of the bombers currently on the American squad and his laid-back personality certainly won't stir any feathers in terms of team chemistry.
Sep 25 - 10:18 PM

15-seed and overnight co-leader Kevin Chappell carded 4-under-par 33-33=66 in the final round of the TOUR Championship to match Ryan Moore and Rory McIlroy on 12-under 268, and then was eliminated on the first hole of sudden death, the par-5 18th, with par to McIlroy and Moore's birdies. UPDATE: Chappell was the ONLY player with four sub-par rounds.

The 30-year-old began R4 co-leading with playing competitor and FedExCup leader Dustin Johnson. He bettered Johnson by seven shots but unfortunately, McIlroy and Moore tied for the week's best rounds with 64s. The Californian was 5-under thru 16 holes, outpacing bogey-4 at the second with birdies on Nos. 1, 3, 8, 10, 13 and 16, but opened the door with bogey on the par-4 17th (failed scramble) and then failed to birdie the par-5 finishing hole. Chappell records his fourth runner-up this season in 27 starts and adds to an already career-best season with his eighth top 10. Chasing his first win in his 167th career event, he settles for a sixth career runner-up and personal bests of 8th in the final FedExCup standings as well as the money title.
Sep 25 - 8:53 PM

Hall-of-Famer and legend Arnold Palmer has died at the age of 87.

The 62-time PGA TOUR winner was revolutionary for the game of golf, but he'll be remembered just as much for his contributions as a human being, off the links. The King won his first TOUR event in 1955 at the Canadian Open and capped off his TOUR winning with a victory at the 1973 Bob Hope Desert Classic. That included 44 wins during his 30s. It is a sad day and Palmer will be truly missed by everyone in the golfing community.
Sep 25 - 8:47 PM

14-seed Ryan Moore painted a bogey-free, week-and-season-low 6-under-par 31-33=64 in the final round of the TOUR Championship to match overnight co-leader Kevin Chappell and Rory McIlroy on 12-under 268, and then lost to McIlroy on the fourth hole of sudden death.

The 33-year-old began R4 in a two-way T3 on 6-under, two adrift of 54-hole co-leaders Chappell and Dustin Johnson. Playing out of the penultimate twosome with McIlroy, he split nine (of 14) fairways and circled six birdies on 15 greens in regulation, posting 1.600 putts per GIR. The UNLV alum had an 8'3" birdie try on the 72nd hole to win in regular time, but missed. In the playoff, he courageously battled McIlroy to a stalemate thru three holes, two tours of the par-5 18th and the par-3 15th, and then canned a lengthy par-saver on the par-4 16th, only to watch McIlroy curl-in a mid-range birdie for the win. Moore's P2 is his third top 10 in these Playoffs and a career-high ninth of the season (23 starts). He climbed seven spots to a career-best seventh in the FedExCup standings.
Sep 25 - 8:14 PM

Overnight co-leader and 1-seed Dustin Johnson coughed up a 3-over-par 36-37=73 in today's final round of the TOUR Championship to drop five places on the leaderboard into a two-way T6 on 5-under 275, relinquishing the tournament and FedExCup title to champion Rory McIlroy, who won in sudden death over Ryan Moore and Kevin Chappell. UPDATE: Johnson easily won the money title with $9,365,185, $1.3M better than Jason Day and $3.8M better than his previous best last year.

The FEC leader began the final frame co-leading with playing competitor Chappell on 8-under, two clear of McIlroy and Moore who comprised the next-to-last twosome. His task was simple, win the Playoffs finale and he wins the FEC crown. The 32-year-old, whose win at the U.S. Open pushed aside several final-round disappointments in his career, will have a new set of demons after posting the worst lap of the day. For a second straight round, he mustered just six (of 14) fairways en route to only two birdies versus three bogeys and a double. Johnson swallowed a -3.430 in SG: Putting and played his final 11 holes in birdie-less 3-over. Despite his final-round woes, he still had a chance to claim the $10M FEC bonus, provided that McIlroy didn't win the tourney, but the Northern Irishman did in dramatic fashion. Both now lead their respective teams into this week's Ryder Cup.
Sep 25 - 7:50 PM

With a dramatic birdie on the fourth hole of sudden death, 6-seed Rory McIlroy eliminated 14-seed Ryan Moore and won the TOUR Championship as well as the FedExCup, snaring his 13th TOUR title in his 117th career start and pocketing the $10M dollar FedExCup bonus.

The 27-year-old bags his second TOUR win this postseason and second on 18 starts in 2015-16. It's his sixth career come-from-behind victory, second in his last three events, having also heisted the Deutsche Bank with a closing 65, erasing a six-shot deficit to win by two. The Ulsterman began the finale in a two-way T3 on 6-under, two shy of 54-hole co-leaders Dustin Johnson and Kevin Chappell. Playing out of the penultimate twosome with Moore, he fired a week and season-tying-low 64, erasing one bogey with five birdies and a hole-out eagle on the par-4 16th from 137 yards away, matching Moore and Chappell on 12-under 268. In sudden death, McIlroy went toe-to-toe with Moore for three holes, missing two earlier chances to win, but finally dispatched the American with a right-to-left birdie in fading daylight.
Sep 25 - 7:26 PM




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