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Americans win Ryder Cup in a rout, send Europe a message

Americans win Ryder Cup in a rout, send Europe a message

Doug Ferguson, Associated Press  |  Updated Sept. 26 - 4:43 p.m.

The Americans won back the Ryder Cup and perhaps a whole lot more Sunday, sending a strong message with their youngest team by giving Europe its worst loss ever.
Americans take largest lead against Europe in Ryder Cup

Americans take largest lead against Europe in Ryder Cup

Doug Ferguson, Associated Press  |  Updated Sept. 25 - 8:16 p.m.

The final team session that left the Americans on the cusp of winning back the Ryder Cup ended in a tie that was open to interpretation.
Finau helps Yanks open with 6-2 lead at Ryder Cup that could've been bigger

Finau helps Yanks open with 6-2 lead at Ryder Cup that could've been bigger

Jim Litke, Associated Press  |  Posted Sept. 25 - 12:57 a.m.

Americans hit three unforgettable shots on the opening day of the Ryder Cup and two went for naught. Turns out they didn't need them.
Tony Finau makes history — again — with 2nd Ryder Cup nomination

Tony Finau makes history — again — with 2nd Ryder Cup nomination

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Updated Sept. 8 - 11:44 a.m.

The Salt Lake City native earned his second Ryder Cup nomination as one of six captain's picks by Steve Stricker announced Wednesday morning.
Cantlay delivers another clutch moment to win FedEx Cup

Cantlay delivers another clutch moment to win FedEx Cup

Doug Ferguson, Associated Press  |  Updated Sept. 5 - 6:18 p.m.

Patrick Cantlay was on the verge of losing his two-shot lead on one hole, with nothing less than the FedEx Cup, the $15 million prize and his newfound reputation as "Patty Ice" on the line.
Tony Finau finishes 11th at Tour Championship, hopes for Ryder Cup spot

Tony Finau finishes 11th at Tour Championship, hopes for Ryder Cup spot

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted Sept. 5 - 5:06 p.m.

The Rose Park native carded a four-day total of 8-under 280, 13 shots behind Patrick Cantlay, who used a 6-iron instead of a putter to put away the world's No. 1 golfer in a $15 million duel and claim the Tour Championship and FedEx Cup at Eagle Lake.
Tony Finau well off the lead ahead of final round at Tour Championship

Tony Finau well off the lead ahead of final round at Tour Championship

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted Sept. 4 - 7:05 p.m.

Tony Finau has some work to do if he wants to any shot at contending for the FedEx Cup trophy.
Cantlay passes Finau for final automatic spot on US Ryder Cup team

Cantlay passes Finau for final automatic spot on US Ryder Cup team

Doug Ferguson, Associated Press  |  Updated Aug. 30 - 12:22 a.m.

Patrick Cantlay earned the sixth and final automatic spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup team by winning the BMW Championship on Sunday.
Tony Finau cards 10 birdies for 9-under final round at BMW Championship

Tony Finau cards 10 birdies for 9-under final round at BMW Championship

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted Aug. 29 - 5:38 p.m.

Finau shot the low round of the day at 9-under-par 63 to finish tied for 12th at the BMW Championship at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Maryland.
'I have to believe': Tony Finau survives playoff hole for first PGA Tour win since 2016

'I have to believe': Tony Finau survives playoff hole for first PGA Tour win since 2016

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Updated Aug. 23 - 6:47 p.m.

Finau shot 20-under-par 264, including a tournament-best round of 6-under 65 in Monday's final round, to survive Australia's Cameron Smith in a one-hole playoff and claim his second PGA TOUR victory at The Northern Trust in Jersey City, New Jersey.
Daniel Summerhays proving he can still compete with 3rd-place finish at Utah Open

Daniel Summerhays proving he can still compete with 3rd-place finish at Utah Open

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted Aug. 22 - 7:54 p.m.

"We like to ride the golfing roller coaster," Summerhays said after shooting 7-under-par 65 for one of the lowest rounds of the day. Colorado pro Derek Fribbs shot 23-under 193 to win the event by three strokes.
'It's my yoga': Utah Jazz owner Ryan Smith finds solace at Utah Open golf tournament

'It's my yoga': Utah Jazz owner Ryan Smith finds solace at Utah Open golf tournament

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Updated Aug. 21 - 10:30 a.m.

Smith carded 2-over-par 74 Friday to finish tied for 86th after the opening round of the Siegfried and Jensen Utah Open at Riverside Country Club.
'Zach has rare ability': Tony Romo dishes high praise on former BYU QB Zach Wilson

'Zach has rare ability': Tony Romo dishes high praise on former BYU QB Zach Wilson

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted Aug. 19 - 7:58 p.m.

Speaking at a media event for the upcoming Siegfried & Jensen Utah Open, Romo drew comparisons of Wilson to a "young Dan Marino."
2 years after heartbreak, Wyoming's Joshua Creel makes amends at Utah Championship

2 years after heartbreak, Wyoming's Joshua Creel makes amends at Utah Championship

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted Aug. 8 - 7:20 p.m.

With mom by his side and a breakfast at the local Cracker Barrel each of the past two days, Creel shot a glistening 7-under-par 64 to finish with a four-day total of 24-under 260 Sunday to win his first championship on the Korn Ferry Tour with the 30th edition of the Utah Championship at Oakridge Country Club.
From Sand Hollow to Oakridge, Las Vegas' Taylor Montgomery surges to front of Utah Championship

From Sand Hollow to Oakridge, Las Vegas' Taylor Montgomery surges to front of Utah Championship

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted Aug. 7 - 6:21 p.m.

Taylor Montgomery isn't from Utah, but the 26-year-old golfer from Las Vegas knows the Beehive State as anyone else in the Utah Championship.
Dream season for Nelly Korda now includes Olympic gold medal

Dream season for Nelly Korda now includes Olympic gold medal

Doug Ferguson, Associated Press  |  Updated Aug. 7 - 2:07 a.m.

Her parents used to call her a lion when Nelly Korda was young because she was relentless in everything she played, from gymnastics to ice skating to golf.
Former BYU golfer Patrick Fishburn survives cut at Utah Championship with birdie on 18

Former BYU golfer Patrick Fishburn survives cut at Utah Championship with birdie on 18

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted Aug. 6 - 9:09 p.m.

The former Fremont High golfer had just enough magic left on one hole to force another day.
Former BYU golfer Rhett Rasmussen shoots even-par in Utah Championship debut

Former BYU golfer Rhett Rasmussen shoots even-par in Utah Championship debut

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted Aug. 5 - 7:54 p.m.

"I've come out to this tournament every year and watched, but never been in it as a pro," said Rasmussen, who shot even-par 71. "Being home and being in front of my family makes me super comfortable."
Bingham's Tess Blair falls in round of 32 play at US Women's Amateur

Bingham's Tess Blair falls in round of 32 play at US Women's Amateur

Milee Enger, KSL.com  |  Posted Aug. 5 - 9:26 a.m.

After qualifying for the 121st U.S. Women's Amateur in July, Blair's run comes to an end in the round of 32 by a 5 and 4 defeat.
Former BYU golfer Patrick Fishburn aims for strong finish at hometown Utah Championship

Former BYU golfer Patrick Fishburn aims for strong finish at hometown Utah Championship

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted Aug. 4 - 8:43 a.m.

Fishburn currently ranks 81st on the secondary tour's money list with two events remaining. The top 75 in the regular season who fail to earn a PGA Tour card automatically retain their status for the following year, though those numbers were thrown off last year when the PGA Tour announced that there would be no Korn Ferry graduates as a result of cancellations caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Olympic gold puts Schauffele among golf's elite players

Olympic gold puts Schauffele among golf's elite players

Doug Ferguson, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug. 1 - 10:56 p.m.

Golf's biggest trophies tend to be silver and green. Xander Schauffele knows this as well as anyone because he has been close enough to dream of winning them.
Xander Schauffele with 2 clutch putts gives US gold in golf

Xander Schauffele with 2 clutch putts gives US gold in golf

Doug Ferguson, Associated Press  |  Updated Aug. 1 - 5:11 a.m.

Four feet between his golf ball and the cup was all that separated Xander Schauffele from an Olympic gold medal, and he couldn't help but let his mind wander.
Why local pro Daniel Summerhays came out of retirement ahead of Utah Championship

Why local pro Daniel Summerhays came out of retirement ahead of Utah Championship

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted July 26 - 9:32 p.m.

After initially retiring following the 2020 Utah Championship, the 37-year-old former BYU golfer will tee it up again in next week's Korn Ferry Tour stop in his home state, on his home course at Oakridge Country Club.
Positive COVID test knocks DeChambeau out of Olympics

Positive COVID test knocks DeChambeau out of Olympics

Eddie Pells, Associated Press  |  Updated July 24 - 10:21 p.m.

Bryson DeChambeau's hopes of getting his season back on track with an Olympic medal cratered Sunday after he tested positive for COVID-19 before leaving the United States for Tokyo.
Morikawa wins British Open for 2nd major; Tony Finau finishes T-15th

Morikawa wins British Open for 2nd major; Tony Finau finishes T-15th

Steve Douglas, Associated Press  |  Updated July 18 - 3:36 p.m.

Collin Morikawa gazed adoringly at the claret jug, thrust it into the air and then gave it a kiss, a two-time major champion at age 24.
From Chile, with love: Utes' Leon holds off teammate in 39 holes for Utah amateur title

From Chile, with love: Utes' Leon holds off teammate in 39 holes for Utah amateur title

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted July 17 - 5:42 p.m.

With his father by his side the whole way, the Chilean-born freshman held off a rally from his college team's No. 1 golfer to upset Tomlinson, 1 up in 39 holes Saturday afternoon at Alpine Country Club to clinch Leon's first U.S. tournament title of his career.
Chilean-born Martin Leon goes from playoff to facing Utes teammate in Utah State Amateur final

Chilean-born Martin Leon goes from playoff to facing Utes teammate in Utah State Amateur final

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted July 16 - 5:19 p.m.

After clinching one of the final spots in match play via a playoff, Chilean-born University of Utah golfer Martin Leon kept winning — all the way up to the final, where he'll face teammate Blake Tomlinson in a 36-hole, winner-take-all championship Saturday at 8 a.m. MT at Alpine Country Club.
Brock Goyen's 5-hole comeback highlights rally-filled day at Utah state amateur

Brock Goyen's 5-hole comeback highlights rally-filled day at Utah state amateur

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted July 15 - 7:14 p.m.

Goyen rallied in short order, dropping five-straight birdies capped by his short putt on No. 18, then secured the Round of 32 win with a birdie on the 19th green Thursday at Alpine Country Club.
Pair of Utes lead top-end upsets in Utah state amateur's round of 64

Pair of Utes lead top-end upsets in Utah state amateur's round of 64

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted July 14 - 5:18 p.m.

Park City native Colton Tanner and University of Utah teammate Martin Leon each secured upsets over the top-two seeded golfers Wednesday in the opening round of match play at the 123rd state amateur championship.
Past champ Nick Nelson holds on for medalist honors as match play set at 123rd Utah state amateur

Past champ Nick Nelson holds on for medalist honors as match play set at 123rd Utah state amateur

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted July 13 - 9:31 p.m.

The 2007 Utah State Amateur champion followed up his opening-round 66 with an even-par 72 for a two-day total of 6-under-par 138 to clinch medalist honors by one stroke Tuesday, securing the No. 1 seed for Wednesday's match play.
BYU golfers right at home as state amateur returns to Utah County

BYU golfers right at home as state amateur returns to Utah County

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted July 12 - 6:54 p.m.

BYU freshman Max Brenchley shot 6-under-par 66 to tie former champion Nick Nelson in Monday's opening round of the state amateur.
BYU freshman Lila Galea'i 'battles' toward first Utah women's amateur title

BYU freshman Lila Galea'i 'battles' toward first Utah women's amateur title

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted July 1 - 3:01 p.m.

BYU freshman Lila Galeai held off Utah junior golf standout (and likely future teammate) Berlin Long in 19 holes in the championship match of the 115th Utah women's state amateur Thursday at Oakridge Country Club in Farmington.
What golf legend Gary Player had to say about Elder Uchtdorf

What golf legend Gary Player had to say about Elder Uchtdorf

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Updated June 26 - 10:32 a.m.

One of golf's biggest names recently played a round of golf with an apostle from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, then shared his admiration for the high-ranking church leader.
Rahm birdies last 2 holes to win US Open at Torrey Pines

Rahm birdies last 2 holes to win US Open at Torrey Pines

Doug Ferguson, Associated Press  |  Updated June 20 - 8:36 p.m.

Whether it was destiny or karma was of no relevance to Jon Rahm. He won the U.S. Open on Sunday at Torrey Pines, the perfect time and the perfect place to become a major champion.
Tony Finau has odds, pedigree to contend at US Open. He's rooting for a good story, too

Tony Finau has odds, pedigree to contend at US Open. He's rooting for a good story, too

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted June 16 - 5:27 p.m.

Before Tony Finau was a top-15 golfer in the world, and well before he was regularly competing for PGA Tour major championships and Ryder Cup berths, he was a golf fan.
Coronavirus knocks Rahm out of Memorial after 6-shot lead

Coronavirus knocks Rahm out of Memorial after 6-shot lead

Doug Ferguson, Associated Press  |  Updated June 5 - 7:38 p.m.

Jon Rahm walked off the 18th green after tying the 54-hole record and building a six-shot lead, leaving him on the cusp of joining Tiger Woods as the only repeat winners of the Memorial.
Newly designed Nicklaus course at Memorial presents challenge, opportunity for Utahn Tony Finau

Newly designed Nicklaus course at Memorial presents challenge, opportunity for Utahn Tony Finau

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted June 2 - 11:02 a.m.

On paper, there's a lot to like about Muirfield Village, the home to The Memorial Tournament every season, one of the crown jewels on the PGA Tour that is not a major championship.
Ageless wonder Mickelson wins PGA to be oldest major champ

Ageless wonder Mickelson wins PGA to be oldest major champ

Doug Ferguson, Associated Press  |  Updated May 23 - 7:02 p.m.

The pandemonium closed in around Phil Mickelson as he walked toward the 18th green at Kiawah Island, where thousands upon thousands of euphoric fans wanted a piece of the history he delivered Sunday in the PGA Championship.
As Mickelson surges to history at PGA Championship, Tony Finau rallies to another top-10 finish

As Mickelson surges to history at PGA Championship, Tony Finau rallies to another top-10 finish

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted May 23 - 5:51 p.m.

No one capped a more incredible turnaround on the PGA Tour this weekend than Phil Mickelson. Perhaps Tony Finau's weekend-long comeback deserves a tip of the cap, too.
1A girls golf: Medalist McKina Stacey leads Rich to 3-peat state title

1A girls golf: Medalist McKina Stacey leads Rich to 3-peat state title

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted May 19 - 6:04 p.m.

Stacey carded 93 to top the leaderboard by two strokes, helping Rich to its third consecutive Class 1A state title at Rose Park Golf Course.
1A boys golf: Wendover snaps school's 25-year title drought with first-ever golf championship

1A boys golf: Wendover snaps school's 25-year title drought with first-ever golf championship

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted May 19 - 5:44 p.m.

Avre Gomez carded a two-day total of 12-over-par 156 for third place to lead the Wildcats, Easton Tangaro finished fourth just four strokes behind, and Trejin Tangaro was 14th with a two-day 183.
Why Tony Finau played lengthy Kiawah Island even longer to prepare for PGA Championship

Why Tony Finau played lengthy Kiawah Island even longer to prepare for PGA Championship

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted May 19 - 3:07 p.m.

Finau hasn't won on the PGA Tour since the 2017 Puerto Rico Open; could a breakthrough finally be coming in South Carolina?
2A girls golf: One year later, Arden Louchheim's medalist honors lead Rowland Hall to team title

2A girls golf: One year later, Arden Louchheim's medalist honors lead Rowland Hall to team title

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted May 18 - 5:09 p.m.

One year ago, Arden Louchheim's freshman season of high school golf was interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The reigning PGA state medalist finally got to lead her team to a title in 2021.
Dixie's Millard, Pine View girls run away with 4A state golf meet

Dixie's Millard, Pine View girls run away with 4A state golf meet

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted May 13 - 5:27 p.m.

Annabelle Millard blasted a career-low 65 to finish at 8-under-par 136 to claim medalist honors, and Pine View placed three golfers inside the top-11 to roll to its first team title in program history by 26 strokes Thursday at Meadow Brook golf course.
Richfield's Harris survives playoff for medalist honors, leading Wildcats to 3rd straight team title

Richfield's Harris survives playoff for medalist honors, leading Wildcats to 3rd straight team title

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted May 13 - 5:02 p.m.

Richfield's Piper Harris held off Morgan's Ellie DeMond in a playoff to earn medalist honors and help the Wildcats cruise to the 3A state title at Mountain View golf course in West Jordan.
After long wait, Davis girls golf rewarded with first title in 6 years; Timpview cruises to repeat 5A title

After long wait, Davis girls golf rewarded with first title in 6 years; Timpview cruises to repeat 5A title

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Updated May 11 - 8:37 p.m.

Victoria Castro and teammate Cheyenne Hansen each finished in the top-five, and Davis held on to clinch its first Class 6A girls golf state title since 2015 by one stroke Tuesday afternoon at The Ridge in West Valley.
Lillywhite, Seo have Timpview girls cruising for repeat 5A girls golf title; Lone Peak leads 6A

Lillywhite, Seo have Timpview girls cruising for repeat 5A girls golf title; Lone Peak leads 6A

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted May 10 - 7:32 p.m.

Rachel Lillywhite shot a blister 5-under-par 31 en route to 3-under 70 to lead the opening round of the Class 5A state meet, setting up the Thunderbirds' 41-stroke lead.
McIlroy wins at Wells Fargo to end 18-month drought

McIlroy wins at Wells Fargo to end 18-month drought

Reuters  |  Posted May 9 - 6:06 p.m.

Rory McIlroy shot 3-under-par 68 to win his first PGA tournament in more than 18 months on Sunday, finishing at 10-under 274 in capturing the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Country Club in Charlotte, N.C.
Utes make first NCAA golf regional since 1992; Golfers from BYU, UVU, SUU join them

Utes make first NCAA golf regional since 1992; Golfers from BYU, UVU, SUU join them

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted May 5 - 1:45 p.m.

For the first time since 1992, the University of Utah men's golf team will represent in full at the NCAA regional meet.
Local golf: Mike Weir breaks 14-year drought with 1st Champions win; UVU's Lysen wins WAC title

Local golf: Mike Weir breaks 14-year drought with 1st Champions win; UVU's Lysen wins WAC title

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Updated May 2 - 8:46 p.m.

Mike Weir's first win on the PGA's Champions tour was a bit unconventional. But after 14 years, he'll take it any way he can.
Aussies Leishman and Smith win Zurich Classic in a playoff

Aussies Leishman and Smith win Zurich Classic in a playoff

Brett Martel, Associated Press  |  Updated April 25 - 6:20 p.m.

Cameron Smith's aggressiveness on the TPC Louisiana's water-lined 16th hole appeared to doom his team's chances of winning the Zurich Classic when his 294-yard drive bounced off an embankment near the green and into the water.
Oosthuizen-Schwartzel surge to Zurich Classic 3rd-round lead

Oosthuizen-Schwartzel surge to Zurich Classic 3rd-round lead

Brett Martel, Associated Press  |  Updated April 24 - 6:06 p.m.

Former British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen got away with an unremarkable first 11 holes Saturday at the Zurich Classic before lifting his team atop the leaderboard with a finishing flourish.
Tony Finau-Cameron Champ pairing shares 2nd-round lead at Zurich

Tony Finau-Cameron Champ pairing shares 2nd-round lead at Zurich

Brett Martel, Associated Press  |  Posted April 23 - 5:34 p.m.

Tony Finau and Cameron Champ shot a 4-under 68 in alternate-shot play Friday for a share of the Zurich Classic lead with the Norwegian duo of Viktor Hovland and Kris Ventura.
Cink-cess! 47-year-old Cink wins 3rd RBC Heritage title

Cink-cess! 47-year-old Cink wins 3rd RBC Heritage title

Pete Iacobelli, Associated Press  |  Updated April 18 - 6:04 p.m.

The golf was exceptional for Stewart Cink. What made his third RBC Heritage title truly special was that his family was there to experience his age-defying success.
Matsuyama becomes first Japanese in Masters green jacket

Matsuyama becomes first Japanese in Masters green jacket

Doug Ferguson, Associated Press  |  Updated April 11 - 7:51 p.m.

The pressure was even more than Hideki Matsuyama could have imagined when he stood on the first tee Sunday at Augusta National. So was the emotion when he walked off the 18th green as the first Masters champion from golf-mad Japan.
Finau finishes tied for 10th as Matsuyama becomes Japan's first-ever Masters champion

Finau finishes tied for 10th as Matsuyama becomes Japan's first-ever Masters champion

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted April 11 - 5:59 p.m.

As Hideki Matsuyama was rarely challenged Sunday in becoming the first-ever Japanese national to win the coveted green jacket, carding 1-over-par 73 to finish with a one shot lead. Salt Lake City's own Tony Finau hung around for as long as he could before fading to an even-par 72 Sunday at Augusta National to finish tied for 10th.
A masterpiece from Hideki Matsuyama to take Masters lead

A masterpiece from Hideki Matsuyama to take Masters lead

Doug Ferguson, Associated Press  |  Updated April 10 - 7:30 p.m.

The storms that stopped play for a little more than hour Saturday at the Masters were expected. The masterpiece delivered by Hideki Matsuyama after the break was not.
Tony Finau stalls to 9th on Masters' moving day, adds FaceTime with QB Tom Brady

Tony Finau stalls to 9th on Masters' moving day, adds FaceTime with QB Tom Brady

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Updated April 10 - 7:11 p.m.

Finau's day included a 1-over-par 73 to finish in ninth place, and a FaceTime video call with Tampa Bay quarterback and reigning Super Bowl champion Tom Brady.
Tony Finau rebounds with 66 at The Masters, 3 shots off lead

Tony Finau rebounds with 66 at The Masters, 3 shots off lead

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Updated April 9 - 7:38 p.m.

Finau shot 6-under-par 66 to shoot two dozen spots up the leaderboard, finishing with a two-day total of 4-under 140 and just three shots off leader Justin Rose ahead of the weekend.