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Phil Mickelson among luminaries out at Masters

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 …


Bubba Watson wins second Masters in three years


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 …

Scott gets off to solid start


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 …

Tiger Woods’ absence trains Masters spotlight on younger stars


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 …

Fast Eddie Fernandes sets his sights on long-drive competition


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 …

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.

Good news for local golfers: The golf show opens in Rosemont


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 …

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 …

Golf: Elgin’s Carlos Sainz Jr. wins Chicago Open


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.

Jim Furyk stays out front, but Steve Stricker in pursuit after third round


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. …

Stenson on brink of huge payday


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 …

Zach Johnson wins BMW Championship


Zach Johnson won the rain-delayed BMW Championship at Conway Farms on Monday, finishing 16 under for the tournament.

Jim Furyk shoots a 69, good enough for a one-stroke lead at BMW Championship


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 …

Co-leader Jim Furyk is Chi-high after 59 in BMW


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 …

BMW Championship makes a great course for Chicago’s golf appetite


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 …

Tiger Woods title-ready for BMW Championship


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.