Genesis Open: Bubba Watson wins by two shots from Kevin Na and Tony Finau

Bubba Watson

Genesis Open final leaderboard
-12 B Watson (US); -10 K Na (US), T Finau (US); -9 S Stallings (US), P Cantlay (US); -8 A Hadwin (Can), P Mickelson (US), C Smith (Aus)
Selected others: -7 J Spieth (US), M Laird (Sco); -4 D Johnson (US); -3 R McIlroy (NI), -2 G McDowell (NI), -1 T Fleetwood (Eng), L Donald (Eng); +1 P Casey (Eng); +2 A Scott (Aus); +5 P Harrington (Ire)
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Two-time Masters winner Bubba Watson shot a two-under-par final-round 69 to win the Genesis Open in California.

The American, 39, made five birdies and three bogeys to finish on 12 under and win by two strokes from countrymen Kevin Na and Tony Finau.

Scot Martin Laird was the highest-placed British player, finishing tied ninth, five shots off the pace.

Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell, two shots off the lead going into Sunday, finished with a six-over-par 77.

The 38-year-old had six bogeys in seven holes around the turn as his hopes evaporated.

Compatriot Rory McIlroy finished with a three-under 68 to finish on three under – in a tie for 20th place.

The world number 10 had an eagle and three birdies to repair some of the damage caused by a third-round 73.

American’s world number one Dustin Johnson carded a 73 to finished in a tie for 16th.

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Chris Wood beaten to Oman Open by Joost Luiten

Joost Luiten (left) and Chris Wood

Oman Open result
-16 J Luiten (Ned); -14 C Wood (Eng); -13 J Guerrier (Fra); -11 J Campillo (Spa), S Han (US), A Levy (Fra); -10 R Rock (Eng), F Zanotti
Selected others: -9 S Gallacher (Sco), M Southgate (Eng); -8 A Johnston (Eng)
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England’s Chris Wood was beaten by two shots at the Oman Open as Dutchman Joost Luiten won the tournament.

Luiten carded a final round 68 to finish on 16 under, while Wood ended on 14 under after hitting a 69.

The two were level at the turn for the back nine but a bogey by Wood on the 17th proved crucial as he narrowly missed out on the title.

“I’m pretty down but in the grand scheme of things it’s night and day to how I’ve been,” said Wood.

“After a couple of days I’m sure I’ll reflect and see it’s a big step in the right direction this week.”

Wood, who was part of the 2016 Ryder Cup team, had missed his first three cuts of the season.

“It’s always tough to win out here, all these guys are so good and they keep putting pressure on you,” said Luiten.

“Down the stretch I hit some nice shots, I made some nice putts and it was a nice battle with my friend Woody.

“I need to win another couple to get into the Ryder Cup team but it’s a great start to the year for me.”

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Northern Ireland's McDowell two off lead at Genesis Open

Golfer Graeme McDowell at the Genesis Open

Genesis Open third round
-10 B Watson (US); -9 P Cantlay (US); -8 C Smith (Aus), K Na (US), T Finau (US), G McDowell (NI); -7 D Fathauer
Selected others: – 6 J Thomas (US), D Johnson (US); -5 P Mickelson (US); -4 M Laird (Sco); -3 J Spieth (US); Level R McIlroy (NI); +1 T Fleetwood (Eng); +2 L Donald (Eng), P Casey (Eng)
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Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell is two off the lead after a one-under 70 in the third round of the Genesis Open.

The former Ryder Cup player, 38, is third, in touching distance of leader Bubba Watson, who compiled an fine 65 in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles.

The two-time Masters winner recorded one eagle and five birdies on his way to his best round of the week so far.

Another Northern Irishman, Rory McIlroy, carded a two-over 73 to leave him level par for the tournament.

The world number 10 carded a double bogey and three bogeys to leave him out of contention going into the final day.

McDowell shares third spot with Americans Kevin Na and Tony Finau, as well as Cameron Smith of New Zealand, with Patrick Cantlay of the United States one shot ahead.

American’s world number one Dustin Johnson posted five birdies and an eagle to surge up the leaderboard with a seven-under 64.

The world number one sits in joint eighth position, at six under after the penultimate round.

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Genesis Open: Tiger Woods misses cut as Graeme McDowell in joint lead

Tiger Woods (left) and Rory McIlroy

Genesis open second round
-7 P Cantlay, G McDowell (NI); S Saunders (US) (after 15 holes); -6 R Moore (US); -5 T Finau (US) S Stalings (US); -4 B Watson (US), J Lovemark (US), D Fathauer (US), K Na (US)
Selected others:-3 R Goosen (SA); -2 M Kaymer (Ger), R McIlroy (NI); -1 T Fleetwod (Eng), M Laird (Sco), P Mickelson (US), J Spieth (US); +1 L Donald (Eng), D Johnson (US); +6 T Woods (US)
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Tiger Woods failed to make the cut at the Genesis Open after a five-over 76, while Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell moved into the joint lead.

Woods hit eight bogeys and three birdies to leave him on six over – four shots off the projected cut.

“I’ve just got to play more tournaments,” said Woods, 42, competing in his second PGA Tour event after a lengthy absence with a back injury.

McDowell hit a 66 in California as he joined Patrick Cantlay on seven under.

Overnight joint-leader Cantlay shot a 69 as former US Open champion McDowell closed the gap on him with a round that included seven birdies and two bogeys.

Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy carded 69, in which he hit five birdies and three bogeys, to leave him on two under.

Bad light brought an early end to the second day with some players still to finish their second rounds.

Sam Saunders was one of those players and he was on seven under with McDowell and fellow American Cantlay after 15 holes of his second round.

Woods says he is “progressing”

Woods – a 14-time major winner – will play in next week’s Honda Classic in Florida.

“I haven’t played golf in years,” he said. “I’m starting to come back and it’s going to take a little time.

“I am progressing, I’m starting to get a feel for tournament golf again. I just need to clean up my rounds.”

He added: “Today was the first day I felt bad with a putter this year. I didn’t feel very good when I was warming up about putting.”

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Slow starts for Woods and McIlroy in California

Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods at the end of their opening round in California

Former world number ones Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy made low-key starts to the Genesis Open at the Riviera Country Club in California.

Woods lost his ball in a double bogey at his second hole and, despite five birdies, returned a one-over 72.

McIlroy holed from 27 feet for an eagle at his 10th and finished level, one behind England’s Tommy Fleetwood.

McIlroy’s fellow Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell picked up three birdies in his first seven holes for a 69.

American Tom Hoge took the clubhouse lead, the world number 194 posting five birdies to reach four under.

Compatriot Derek Fathauer was at minus five after 10 but double bogeyed his 14th hole and finished with a 68.

Woods and McIlroy were joined in an illustrious grouping by PGA and FedEx Cup champion Justin Thomas and all three birdied their first hole of the morning, having started at the 10th.

McIlroy’s birdie came by an unlikely route. Having gone through the green into a bunker, he holed from the sand for a three – but he then dropped shots at the next two holes, before rescuing his round with a majestic three at the 503-yard first hole.

Woods, yet to win at the Riviera and without a title since 2013, was wayward with the driver in the early stages at the narrow, tree-lined course and he also hit the trees at his third hole.

The 42-year-old, now ranked 550 in the world, finished the day having hit eight of 14 fairways, seven of 18 greens in regulation and needing 25 putts.

Thomas was the pick of the marquee three-ball, with five birdies in a round of 69.

Crowd favourite Phil Mickelson had a typically eventful round, mixing four birdies and three bogeys in a 71, rolling a birdie chance around the cup which inexplicably remained on the edge, despite half the ball appearing to be below the lip of the hole.

Former world number one Luke Donald, the 40-year-old without a win since 2013 and now ranked 177, returned a level-par round despite two double bogeys.

The man currently at the top of the rankings, Dustin Johnson, was among the later starters but opened with a birdie four at the first.

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Rory McIlroy ready to embrace hype of pairing with Tiger Woods at Riviera

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy will paired together in the first two rounds at the Genesis Open

Rory McIlroy says the hype he will have to deal with as he plays with Tiger Woods on the first two days at this week’s Genesis Open will be worth it.

Woods continues his comeback with his second tournament after his long injury lay-off while McIlroy is looking for a first win in 16 months.

USPGA holder Justin Thomas also plays with the duo at 15:22 GMT on Thursday.

“Anytime you have a chance to play in a group like that you relish it and embrace it,” said McIlroy.

The Northern Irishman missed the third-round cut as he returned to the PGA Tour at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am last week, with his second round including a five-putt.

McIlroy picked up a new putter on Monday and hopes for better form on the greens in Los Angeles.

“I had a bit of wobble on the greens on Friday but I didn’t put that down to anything more than just surfaces weren’t ideal and I let it get into my head a little bit,” added McIlroy, who moved back into the top 10 in the world rankings after a runner-up finish in the Dubai Desert Classic in January.

“Results wise last week at least wasn’t what I wanted but I still saw a lot of good stuff in there.”

McIlroy is hoping it’s on display again amid the hoopla surrounding Woods – who will draw massive, often restless galleries.

While the constant movement and noise can be a distraction, McIlroy said he didn’t mind.

“I would rather be in this group than not,” added the former world number one.

“Whenever you get a chance to play alongside one of your heroes it’s always nice.”

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Bill Haas: golfer survives fatal car crash

Bill Haas

American golfer Bill Haas was a passenger in a car crash which left one person dead and two injured, Los Angeles police have said.

The 35-year-old was in a Ferrari which was involved in a collision with a BMW in the Pacific Palisades area at 18.31 on Tuesday (02:31 GMT, Wednesday).

The driver of the Ferrari was pronounced dead at the scene while two others were taken to a nearby hospital.

Police said world number 67 Haas was “doing OK”.

A car being driven by actor Luke Wilson – brother of Owen – was also hit by the Ferrari just before the crash.

Detective Jeff Fischer of the LAPD told local television station KTLA: “I can confirm Luke Wilson was driving the vehicle, the Toyota FJ that was travelling northbound. His vehicle just basically got clipped by the Ferrari.

“Mr Bill Haas was the passenger in the Ferrari.”

A statement from the Los Angeles Fire Department said the two people injured – a 35-year-old male and 50-year-old female – were “both in a serious condition”.

Haas was set to play in the PGA Tour’s Genesis Open, at the nearby Riviera Country Club, starting on Thursday.

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St Andrews: Scottish course to host 150th Open in 2021

US golfer Zach Johnson raises the Claret Jug after winning the 2015 Open at St Andrews

St Andrews will host the 150th Open Championship in 2021, organisers have announced.

It will be the 30th time the Scottish course has staged the tournament, extending its own record.

It was last held at St Andrews in 2015, when American Zach Johnson won his second major title in a play-off.

“The Open holds a very special place in the hearts of golf and sports fans around the world,” said Royal and Ancient Golf Club head Martin Slumbers.

This year’s Open will be held at Carnoustie, in Scotland, followed by Northern Ireland’s Royal Portrush in 2019 and Royal St George’s in England in 2020.

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Pebble Beach Pro-Am: Ted Potter Jr wins second PGA Tour title

Ted Potter Jr tees off at Pebble Beach

AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am
-17 T Potter Jr (US); -14 P Mickelson (US), C Reavie (US), J Day (Aus), D Johnson (US); -13 K Streelman (US)
Selected others:-10 P Casey (Eng); -9 R Knox (Sco); -8 J Spieth (US)

Ted Potter Jr won his second PGA Tour title with a three-shot victory in the Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

The 34-year-old, who won his previous title in 2012, chipped in for birdie on the seventh and parred the last 11 for a three-under 69 and 17-under total.

Fellow American Phil Mickelson (67) was joint second with Chez Reavie (68) and Australia’s Jason Day (70).

World number one Dustin Johnson, joint overnight leader with Potter, birdied the last to also finish on 14 under.

Potter made a nervous start with a three-putt bogey from inside 20 feet on the opening hole, but birdies on the second, fourth, sixth and seventh saw him pull away from the field.

The left-hander played on the Tour last year to regain his PGA Tour card after time out with a broken ankle.

Potter, who won just over $207,000 (£150,000) last year, picked up more than $1m for his victory on Sunday.

England’s Paul Casey recorded a third successive 70 to finish joint eighth on 10 under par, while Scotland’s Russell Knox also carded 70 to close on nine under.

The tournament is played over three courses – Pebble Beach, Monterrey Peninsula and Spyglass – over the first three rounds, with Sunday’s finale at Pebble Beach.

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Rory McIlroy misses 54-hole cut at Pebble Beach after even par 72

Rory McIlroy hits a drive during the third round at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am

Pebble Beach Pro-Am – third round leaderboard
-14 T Potter Jr, D Johnson (both US); -12 J Day (Aus), T Merritt (US); -11 S Stricker, P Rodgers (both US), J Rahm (Sp); –10 C Reavie (US); -9 K Streelman, B Gay, P Mickelson, B Hossler (all US)
Selected others: -8 P Casey (Eng); -7 R Knox (Sco), S Lowry (Ire); -1 R McIlroy (NI); +1 L Donald (Eng)
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Four-time major winner Rory McIlroy missed the 54-hole cut at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am in California.

The Northern Irishman, 28, carded a level-par round of 72 on the Pebble Beach course to leave him one under overall, two shots off the cut.

World number one Dustin Johnson is tied for the lead on 14 under with Ted Potter Jr, who made a nine-under 62 on the Monterey Peninsula course.

“I hit some good shots and just needed a few putts to fall,” said McIlroy.

After an opening 68 at Spyglass, McIlroy fell down the leaderboard with a three-over 74 , including a five-putt double bogey, at Monterey Peninsula in round two.

“With these greens, if you start to get a bit tentative with them then it gets away from you,” said the world number eight.

“I let the greens get away from me in round two and get into my head a little bit and it was hard to get out of that mindset.”

McIlroy’s pro-am partner during his first appearance at the tournament was his father Gerry.

“I wish I could have played a little bit better for him and that we’d have both been around to play the final round but it was a really cool few days,” he added.

Starting on the 10th hole, Potter Jr opened his round with four consecutive birdies, making another on the 15th before an eagle on 16 saw him reach the turn seven under for the round.

The 34-year-old American added four more birdies in his next six holes but closed with two bogeys.

Johnson went out four under at Pebble Beach but needed a birdie at the last to salvage a sloppy back nine that included three bogeys.

The 2016 US Open Champion finished with a two-under 70 and will play alongside Potter Jr in the final round at Pebble Beach.

Australian Jason Day, the world number 10, is two shots behind in a tie for third with American Troy Merritt, while Spanish world number two Jon Rahm is in a three-way tie for fifth, a stroke further back.

England’s Paul Casey is tied for 13th on eight under, while Scotland’s Russell Knox and Ireland’s Shane Lowry are on seven under.

  • The event is held at three courses – Monterey Peninsula, Spyglass and Pebble Beach – before the final day at the famous Pebble Beach public links.

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