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Hideki Matsuyama, of Japan, hits from the 14th tee during the final round of the Tournament of Champions golf event, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, at Kapalua Plantation Course in Kapalua, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Matt York)
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  • Hideki Matsuyama, of Japan, hits from the 14th tee during the final round of the Tournament of Champions golf event, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, at Kapalua Plantation Course in Kapalua, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Matt York)

    When losing hurts more than winning feels good

    HONOLULU (AP) — Brandt Snedeker won in his next start after losing the Sony Open in a playoff last year. Emotions remain stronger over the loss. Such is the nature of golf. Of the top five players in the world, Jordan Spieth has the highest winning percentage worldwide at 9.3 percent, mainly because he’s so […]
  • FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2014, file photo, Jim Furyk, of the United States, walks off the tee box after playing the first hole during a singles match on the final day of the Ryder Cup golf tournament, at Gleneagles, Scotland. Furyk has been appointed U.S. captain for the 2018 Ryder Cup in France. Furyk will be in charge of a team that will try to win on European soil for the first time since 1993 at The Belfry. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell, File)

    Furyk appointed next US Ryder Cup captain

    Jim Furyk was appointed Wednesday as the U.S. captain for the 2018 Ryder Cup in France, where his team will try to win on European soil for the first time in 25 years. Furyk was a unanimous choice by the Ryder Cup committee last month. The former U.S. Open champion, and the only player in […]
  • Jordan Spieth hits from the first tee during the pro-am tournament prior to the Tournament of Champions golf event, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, at Kapalua Plantation Course in Kapalua, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Matt York)

    A clean slate and a fresh start for Jordan Spieth

    KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) — Three victories around the world. A chance to win another major. A Ryder Cup victory. Jordan Spieth had every reason to celebrate his year. Part of him, however, couldn’t wait for it to end. “I was happy when the ball touched down and 2017 started,” Spieth said Wednesday. He wasn’t the […]
  • FILE - In this Dec. 4, 2016, file photo, Tiger Woods lines up a putt on the 17th hole during the final round of the Hero World Challenge golf tournament in Nassau, Bahamas.  A new year starts with an old topic, with a twist. Instead of wondering when Tiger Woods will play, the question now is how will he play?  (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

    5 questions for a new year, starting with Tiger Woods

    KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) — The new year in golf is consumed by an old topic, this time with a twist. Instead of wondering when (or if) Tiger Woods will play, the question now is how will he play? And here’s another question: Who ever imagined a time when the guys he beat for so many […]