FILE - This is a Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012. file photo of Tom Watson as he attends a Ryder Cup news conference in New York. Watson will captain the U.S. team against the European team at Gleneagles in Scotland for the 2014 Ryder Cup, starting Friday Sept 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
PARAMUS, N.J. | Rory McIlroy took a week to celebrate his blockbuster summer and paid for it in The Barclays with his worst start in two months.
Rory McIlroy reacts to hitting into a sand trap on the 13th hole during the first round of play at The Barclays on Thursday.
As the FedEx Cup enters its eighth year, Hunter Mahan is the only player to have never missed a playoff event. Mahan has come to expect that kind of consistency, although that hasn't been the case this year.
PARAMUS, N.J. | The swing was efficient as ever, and the ball soared toward the far end of the range with a tight draw as Hunter Mahan held his pose.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. | Phil Mickelson left the PGA Championship as a runner-up in a major for the ninth time in his career, though this one at least kept alive one streak involving the Ryder Cup and another involving the FedEx Cup.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. | Barely able to tie his shoes three days ago, Tiger Woods is ready to tee it up in the PGA Championship.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. | Jason Dufner knows what he needs to do.
Jason Dufner hits out of the bunker on the fifth hole during a practice round for the PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on Wednesday in Louisville, Ky.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. | Martin Kaymer looked unbeatable earlier this year when he went wire-to-wire (with ties) to win The Players Championship, and then wire-to-wire (no ties) for an eight-shot victory in the U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2.
AKRON, Ohio | Tiger Woods showed signs of a positive recovery Thursday at the Bridgestone Invitational.
AKRON, Ohio | The landmark at Firestone Country Club is among the most popular in America, a massive water tower in the shape of a golf ball on a tee.
HOYLAKE, England | The end of the British Open means the Ryder Cup is getting closer, and there are a couple of regulars still not in the team.
HOYLAKE, England | Tiger Woods was playing his second shot into the par-5 18th when he made a sudden stop in the middle of his swing Thursday at the British Open.
LONDON | Describing the role as "torture" at times, victorious Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal ruled out the possibility of staying on for the 2014 competition at Gleneagles.
MEDINAH, Ill. | No other trio of American golfers has qualified for more consecutive Ryder Cup teams than Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Jim Furyk. Collectively, they have won 146 official tournaments around the world, including 19 majors.
CARMEL | Phil Mickelson, an exception in so many ways, calculated the odds and did the math.
CARMEL | Vijay Singh keeps giving himself chances to end four years without a PGA Tour victory. He made four birdies around the turn Friday for a 6-under 66 in the BMW Championship, putting his name atop the leaderboard for the second time in his last four tournaments.
CARMEL | Marc Leishman remembers the nervous feeling as he stood over a short putt on the final hole of the BMW Championship. It was his first time in the FedEx Cup, and the stakes were so enormous that he had a hard time blocking out everything but getting the ball in the cup.
Brandt Snedeker was among four players whom Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III selected to fill out his 12-man team.
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