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LAKE FOREST, Ill. | Brandt Snedeker was making so many birdies that even an 18-foot putt looked like a mere tap-in.
PITTSFORD, N.Y. | Oak Hill finally had enough elements for a strong test Saturday in the PGA Championship, and Jim Furyk was up for the fight.
PITTSFORD, N.Y. | Rory McIlroy already was 5 over for his round and appeared headed to another short week in a major. He finished with four birdies on the last eight holes, including a 40-foot putt from off the green, and achieved a first in his PGA Tour career.
PITTSFORD, N.Y. | Jason Dufner lost his chance to make history in the PGA Championship.
PITTSFORD, N.Y. | With every major, Adam Scott is making a convincing case that he isn't satisfied with just a green jacket.
GULLANE, Scotland | Lee Westwood has contended enough in the majors that he can identify important moments, even if he could barely see his ball.
GULLANE, Scotland | Martin Laird was at home in Scotland, closing in on the lead at the British Open when it all went wrong.
GULLANE, Scotland | Miguel Angel Jimenez looked like the only guy who was having fun.
GULLANE, Scotland | The practice round schedule posted each day at Muirfield is not the only way to determine how players are getting ready for the British Open.
A capsule look at 20 contenders for the British Open golf championship, to be played July 18-21 at Muirfield (listed in predicted order of finish):
One of the best players who never won a major would love a crack at one now.
The spiritual side of Stewart Cink keeps him from believing in golf gods. His last trip to Muirfield was enough to at least make him wonder.
The Masters trophy Sam Snead won in 1954 after the epic playoff with Ben Hogan. The claret jug when Snead won his only British Open at St. Andrews. The gold medal for the 1942 PGA Championship, the first of his seven major championships.
In little more than a month, Tiger Woods went from being tough to beat to having a tough time even playing.
ARDMORE, Pa. | A steady hand gave Justin Rose the shiny U.S. Open Trophy. A wild ride gave Phil Mickelson yet another silver medal.
ARDMORE, Pa. | Phil Mickelson began his week with a flight back-and-forth across the country. Even longer might be the 18 holes that now stand between him and that U.S. Open title he has been chasing his entire career.
ARDMORE, Pa. | Phil Mickelson made his first birdie on his last putt. Billy Horschel never missed a green. It was all they could do to barely break par against Merion, which is turning out to be the real star of this U.S. Open.
ARDMORE, Pa. | Even for Phil Mickelson, his path to the top of the leaderboard Thursday in the U.S. Open was unconventional.
ARDMORE, Pa. | The most popular equipment Merion was not a golf club but a squeegee.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. | Tiger Woods had the last word against Sergio Garcia by winning The Players Championship on Sunday.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. | A rift between Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia attracted all the attention on a stormy day at Sawgrass. Swedish rookie David Lingmerth quietly went about his business and wound up atop the leaderboard Saturday in The Players Championship.
AUGUSTA, Ga. | Adam Scott finished the job this time, and put an end to more than a half-century of Australian misery at the Masters.
AUGUSTA, Ga. | Tiger Woods made two significant moves Saturday at the Masters — one to stay in the tournament, the other to stay in the hunt.
AUGUSTA, Ga. | Jack Nicklaus has shared his secrets and strategy about Augusta National with anyone who wanted to learn from a six-time Masters champion, a list that includes Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald and Nicolas Colsaerts. But not Tiger Woods.
AUGUSTA, Ga. | Sergio Garcia might have written himself off too quickly at the Masters.
AUGUSTA, Ga. | The first tee shot clattered through a pair of pines on the left side of the 13th fairway, finally landing on the wrong side of Rae's Creek. Tiger Woods tried again, and this wasn't any better. Fans peered across the fairway and only heard the ball rifle through some bushes.
AUGUSTA, Ga. | The Masters found a way to keep its field small while bringing in more PGA Tour winners.
AUGUSTA, Ga. | Around every corner at Augusta National is another reminder that Tiger Woods isn't getting any younger.
Bubba Watson held his right arm out to his side and hung his head as his tee shot sailed toward the woods to the right of the 10th fairway at Augusta National. For a moment, it looked as though he would be the latest victim of what perennially is the toughest hole at the Masters.
Tiger Woods in a green jacket once felt like an annual celebration of spring, as regular as the azaleas bursting with color at Augusta National.
Arnold Palmer reached for a black pen and a blank piece of paper, and for a moment, he went back in time to the first grade.
HUMBLE, Texas | The putter D.A. Points once took from his mother paid off nicely for him Thursday in the Houston Open.
ORLANDO, Fla. | The moment was vintage Tiger Woods, and so was his reaction.
DORAL, Fla. | Tiger Woods is hitting his stride on a march to the Masters.
MARANA, Ariz. | Hunter Mahan and Matt Kuchar gave the Match Play Championship its first all-American final in five years.
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. | Brandt Snedeker didn't have to take a back seat to anyone at Pebble Beach.
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. | Hunter Mahan was bracing for the worst of Pebble Beach, his golf bag weighed down with rain gear and everything else to handle nasty weather.
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.
NEW YORK | Brandt Snedeker had nothing more than big hopes and another strong finish when he left the TPC Boston, expecting to wait deep into the night for a phone call from Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III that would determine if he was on the U.S. team.
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. | Right down to his red shirt, Rory McIlroy looked every bit the part of golf's next star in another command performance at the PGA Championship.
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. | First came the black cloud that has been following Tiger Woods on the weekend at the majors. The real storm arrived a short time later Saturday in the PGA Championship, halting the brilliant start by Rory McIlroy and giving Woods a chance to stop his slide at Kiawah Island.
LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England | Ernie Els plucked the ball from the hole after one last birdie and heaved it into the grandstand. At the time, it looked like nothing more than a classy gesture by a former British Open champion — not the next one.
LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England | The ball tumbled over the edge of a pot bunker and appeared to put Adam Scott in the worst spot he had been all day at the British Open.
LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England | Brandt Snedeker plays fast and talks even faster, and he was on a roll Friday in the British Open. He raced up the leaderboard with five birdies in a seven-hole stretch, tied the 36-hole record for a major championship and looked like he was bent on running away f…
LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England | Unlike the guys in charge of the weather forecast, Adam Scott got everything just about right Thursday in the British Open.
LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England | It's rare to see Tiger Woods hit iron off the tee on a par 5, except in links golf, and especially at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.
LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England | The most valuable slip of paper found at any British Open is not a list of the odds. It's the forecast.
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