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European Tour fear as Rory McIlroy indicates he will skip BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth next year

McIlroy won the BMW PGA Championship two years ago and is obviously the main draw. Keith ­Pelley, the Tour’s chief executive, will be desperate to have the Northern Irishman in the field. Last year, Ian ­Poulter, Henrik Stenson, Sergio García and Paul Casey were all absent from the £3.6 million event. For now the Tour can […]

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Englishman Justin Rose empty handed in majors despite fourth-best year of all time

“Definitely the craziest stat of the year is that Rose has shot 14-under in two majors – and lost by a combined total of 10 shots,” Webb Simpson, the 2012 US Open champion, said. For his part, Rose believed that it would be enough, before watching two young men pull off into the distance. “Somebody […]

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Tiger Woods starts new year at Torrey Pines with same major goals

Getty Images Tiger Woods, at the Farmers Insurance Open, says he’s gotten stronger and a lot smarter in dissecting golf courses. SAN DIEGO – Tiger Woods was posing for pictures with a trophy Wednesday at Torrey Pines, and the tournament had not even started.  He has made winning look routine, particularly on this public course […]

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Tour Confidential: Will Phil Mickelson have a career year in 2014?

Should we buy what Phil Mickelson is selling in 2014? What kind of driver and putter inventory do you have? How would you fix the WGC Match Play Championship? The SI Golf Group convened a panel of experts — SI senior writers Michael Bamberger, Alan Shipnuck and Gary Van Sickle, special contributor John Garrity and […]

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Phil Mickelson: Open champion says 2014 could be the best year of his career so far

Mickelson partners Rory McIlroy in the first two rounds of the Abu Dhabi Championship and it will be intriguing to see how their driving compares. McIlroy is convinced that he has found the “perfect” driver-ball combination after a year with Nike. Mickelson claims to be hitting his driver “20 to 30 yards further” than his […]

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Jimmy Walker builds on a breakthrough year at the Tournament of Champions

Kohjiro Kinno / Sports Illustrated Aside from his family photo shoot with (from left) Erin, Beckett and Mclain, Walker was all business in Hawaii. The Hyundai Tournament of Champions is supposed to be a mellow working vacation, but apparently nobody told Jimmy Walker. While his colleagues were deep-sea fishing and snorkeling, he was grinding on […]

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Kapalua Notebook: Jordan Spieth ready for a new year, with new goals

Getty Images Jordan Spieth is playing the Hyundai Tournament of Champions after making minor changes to his swing to help him adjust to all the extra golf he’s playing as a professional. KAPALUA, Hawaii – Jordan Spieth can appreciate better than most that life can move pretty fast.  One of his first duties when the […]

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Jordan Spieth ready for a new year, with new goals

Jordan Spieth can appreciate better than most that life can move pretty fast. One of his first duties when the 20-year-old Texan arrived at Kapalua for the Tournament of Champions was to attend something called “new member orientation.” It’s for players starting their first full season as a full-fledged PGA Tour member. This particular new […]

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Jordan Spieth ready for a new year, with new goals

Jordan Spieth can appreciate better than most that life can move pretty fast. One of his first duties when the 20-year-old Texan arrived at Kapalua for the Tournament of Champions was to attend something called “new member orientation.” It’s for players starting their first full season as a full-fledged PGA Tour member. This particular new […]

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Tiger Woods’ year even better when measured in world ranking points

Getty Images Tiger Woods earned only a few more world ranking points than Henrik Stenson, but he did so in far fewer starts. PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Along with victories, money and scoring average, another way to measure the strength of a golf season is total world ranking points. Tiger Woods won that category, […]

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