Patrick Cantlay watches his shot from the ninth fairway during the second round of the American Express

Cantlay fights through gusting wind, leads American Express

Patrick Cantlay fought through gusting wind on his back nine Friday to take a one-stroke lead into the weekend at The American Express in a bid to win for the third time in four starts.
Sports
January 21

New year, same Nelly Korda as she leads LPGA season opener

Nelly Korda competed last month in the PNC Championship alongside her father, former Australian Open tennis champion Petr Korda, and said she did not have the offseason that many other players had.
Sports
January 20

Bob Goalby, who won Masters after scorecard flub, dies at 92

Bob Goalby, who won the 1968 Masters without having to go to a playoff when Roberto De Vicenzo infamously signed for the wrong score, has died. He was 92.
Sports
January 20
Patrick Cantlay hits to the second hole during the first round of the American Express golf tournament

Cantlay, rookie Hodges share lead in The American Express

Patrick Cantlay shot a 10-under 62 in perfect weather and turf conditions Thursday at La Quinta Country Club for a share of the first-round lead with rookie Lee Hodges in The American Express.
Sports
January 19
Jon Rahm

Top-ranked Rahm back in California desert after 2-year break

Jon Rahm is back in the California desert for The American Express after a two-year break. It feels as though the top-ranked Spaniard never left his Arizona home.
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Sports
January 19

McIlroy to take aspects of Woods' game to improve in 2022

Rory McIlroy made it something of a ritual to write his goals for the season on the back of his boarding pass on the flight to the Middle East for his first tournament of the year.
Sports
January 18
Yuka Saso celebrates her victory in the U.S. Women’s Open golf tournament at The Olympic Club in June

Column: Boost in Women's Open purse, are men's majors next?

The U.S. Women's Open is nearly doubling its prize money to $10 million, an announcement that was celebrated across golf and genders.
Sports
January 18

Golf goes to Netflix and it has competition from tennis

Formula One racing got a huge boost in interest in North America through the Netflix series "Drive to Survive."
Sports
January 18

Morikawa back in Middle East to start Race to Dubai defense

It has been a half-year since Collin Morikawa won the British Open and he has gotten somewhat used to being introduced as "champion golfer of the year."
Golf
January 16
Hideki Matsuyama of Japan held the champions trophy after the final round of the Sony Open golf tournament at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu on Sund

Matsuyama caps big rally with eagle to win Sony in playoff

Five shots behind at the turn, Hideki Matsuyama figured all he could do was keep his head down and try to stay in the game Sunday in the Sony Open.
Sports
January 16

Kuchar skeptical about PGA players needing overseas releases

Matt Kuchar is not up to speed on the PGA Tour's guideline for granting releases to play in a conflicting events, mainly because it has never been an issue for him.
Sports
January 16
Russell Henley plays his shot from the 17th tee during the third round of the Sony Open

Late surge keeps Henley ahead of Matsuyama at Sony Open

Russell Henley had the lowest 36-hole score of his career on a course where he won his first PGA Tour event, and he knew better to expect everything to fall into place.
Sports
January 15

After losing both parents, Snedeker trying to get on track

Brandt Snedeker turned 41 last month, not so old that he can't stay up on New Year's Eve to celebrate the start of a new year. And this was a calendar page worth turning.
Sports
January 14
Russell Henley waves after making an eagle on the ninth hole during the second round of the Sony Open at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu

Big finish by Henley stakes him to 3-shot lead at Sony Open

Russell Henley set the target Friday in the Sony Open by making a 30-foot eagle putt to cap off a big finish, and nobody could catch him.
Sports
January 13
Kevin Na hits out of the 11th bunker during the first round of the Sony Open

Defending champion Na with another 61 leads Sony Open

Kevin Na felt such great control Thursday in the Sony Open that he matched his career low with a 9-under 61 and still found reason to be slightly disappointed.
North Metro
January 12
Green Haven Golf Course

Anoka considers expensive overhaul of Green Haven Golf Course

"This is a big ticket," Mayor Phil Rice said of the plans.
Sports
January 12

Webb Simpson looks to atone for missing 3 favorite events

Webb Simpson has been on the PGA Tour long enough and won enough to not be in a hurry. He was no less eager to fly to the middle of the Pacific for one week at the Sony Open.
Sports
January 12

Kanaya, Nakajima following big footsteps of Hideki Matsuyama

The Monday morning of the first Japan Golf Tour event of the year was no time to be anywhere except in front of a television.
Sports
January 11

Watson to be honorary Masters starter with Nicklaus, Player

Six years after Tom Watson played the Masters for the 43rd time, the two-time champion returns in April to hit the ceremonial tee shot alongside Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player.
Sports
January 11

Column: Low scores a reminder that golf is always evolving

The scoreboard was filled with red numbers under par after the first round, all of them reaching double digits, the leading score at 59.
Sports
January 10

Smith posts record low number and beats big name at Kapalua

Cameron Smith has a place in the PGA Tour record book for finishing 34-under par, the lowest of anyone in history. Just as important as a number to the unassuming Australian is a name.
Sports
January 10
Cameron Smith holds the championship trophy after the final round of the Tournament of Champions in Kapalua, Hawaii.

Smith sets PGA Tour record and outlasts Rahm at Kapalua

No one ever finished more under par in PGA Tour history than Cameron Smith, and he never could appreciate it until his final birdie putt Sunday in the Sentry Tournament of Champions.
Sports
January 8
Jon Rahm

Rahm, Smith pull away at Kapalua on day of record scoring

Jon Rahm sees only one possibility if he wants to start the new year with a win and that's to try to birdie as many holes as he can at Kapalua in the Sentry Tournament of Champions.
Sports
January 8

Maui Musings: Koepka's peak more about attitude than form

Brooks Koepka has a pair of 68s to start the new year at Kapalua, putting him in the top 10 of PGA Tour winners gathered on Maui, still seven shots behind but reason to be pleased.
Golf
January 8
Inbee Park won the first of her seven majors at the 63rd U.S. Women’s Open at Interlachen in 2008.

Interlachen adds to legacy, will host 2030 U.S. Women's Open

The country club was where Inbee Park announced her arrival, where Annika Sorenstam made a loud departure and where Bobby Jones added the men's Open to his Grand Slam season.
Sports
January 7
Cameron Smith plays his shot from the 13th tee during the second round of the Tournament of Champions

Smith recovers from early wobble for 3-shot lead at Kapalua

The scenery off Kapalua suggests a chill vibe. The scoreboard at the Sentry Tournament of Champions delivered a clear message to get a move on it.
Sports
January 7

US Women's Open purse soars to $10 million on fabled courses

Long considered the biggest event in women's golf, the U.S. Women's Open now has prize money and future sites to match.
Sports
January 7

Maui Musings: The long and successful road from South Africa

The road from South Africa to anywhere is long, one reason Gary Player takes such pride in being the ultimate global player, providing a blueprint for the likes of Ernie Els and now a new crop in his wake.
Sports
January 6

Cantlay and Rahm don't miss beat with good starts at Kapalu

All it took was one round for the new year to feel like the end of last season on the PGA Tour.
Sports
January 6
USA captain Steve Stricker holds up a “W” for Wisconsin at the closing ceremony after the Ryder Cup matches at Whistling Straits

Report: Steve Stricker recovering from heart inflammation

Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker is recovering from a health scare that featured a soaring white blood cell count and inflammation around his heart, which hospitalized him for two weeks and caused him to lose 25 pounds.
Sports
January 6

Maui musings: Finau happy to be back and feels he belongs

Tony Finau has been in Hawaii long enough to become a motivational speaker.
Sports
January 5
Patrick Cantlay lines up his shot on the ninth green during the Tournament of Champions pro-am at Kapalua Plantation Course in Kapalua, Hawaii

Kapalua means time for Rahm and Cantlay to get back to work

The sweeping views of the Pacific beyond the lush landscape of Kapalua put the soul at ease and can make the first PGA Tour event of the year feel like part work, part vacation.
Sports
January 4
Andrew Landry tees off in front of a TV camera at the seventh hole during the final round at the Valero Texas Open in 2018

ESPN+ to offer 4 streaming feeds in new PGA Tour deal

Kapalua is busier than ever to start the new year, a development that goes beyond the largest winners-only field in Hawaii or even fans returning to the Plantation Course.
Sports
January 4

Column: New year starts with a familiar question about Woods

The largest winners-only field ever assembled at Kapalua can make it seem as though getting to paradise isn't as difficult as it used to be.
Business
November 27, 2021
Tommy Kramer tested a driver during a private fitting at 2nd Swing golf store in Minnetonka. Sales companywide jumped 15% in 2020 and are on pace to i

Minnesota's golf businesses are on the upswing during tough times

Golf courses, retailers and tech companies are continuing to see significant growth after a record-breaking 2020.
Sports
October 12, 2021

USGA, R&A provide rule for tours to limit driver length

The length of Phil Mickelson's driver he used in winning the PGA Championship won't be allowed. Bryson DeChambeau can only use a 48-inch driver when he's competing in Long Drive Association events.
Golf
October 8, 2021
High school senior Isabella McCauley is the first woman and youngest ever to win the Minnesota Golf Champions tournament, beating a field of men and w

Souhan: Phenom golfer McCauley has LPGA in mind after Gophers

Isabella McCauley became the first woman and youngest player ever to win the Minnesota Golf Champions tournament last weekend.
Sports
October 1, 2021
Will Zalatoris pumps his fist after making a birdie on the ninth hole of his second round of the Sanderson Farms Championship

Will Zalatoris shoots 61 to share lead at Sanderson Farms

Will Zalatoris felt like he couldn't miss on the green and rarely did Friday in setting the course record with an 11-under 61 to share the lead with Nick Watney and Sahith Theegala in the Sanderson Farms Championship.
Golf
September 27, 2021
Hazeltine played host to the 2016 Ryder Cup.

Ryder Cup will return to Hazeltine in 2029 — it's sooner than you think

The young American team could be dominant for another decade as Minnesotans look forward to the popular match-play competition.
Golf
September 26, 2021
Team USA players sprayed champagne after winning the Ryder Cup on Sunday.

A new era for American golf: U.S. team rolls to Ryder Cup victory

The Americans routed Europe 19-9, Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka embraced, and Dustin Johnson went 5-0.
Golf
September 26, 2021
Team Europe’s Rory McIlroy reacted after losing to Team USA at the Ryder Cup on Sunday.

McIlroy reflects with emotion on a tough week at the Ryder Cup

The Irishman Rory McIlroy defeated Xander Schauffele on Sunday for his only victory of the competition.