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Stacked US team aims to regain Ryder Cup

(AP Photo/Morry Gash)

The Americans would seem to have a lot in their favor at the Ryder Cup.

They are on home soil at Whistling Straits along the Wisconsin shores of Lake Michigan. A full house is expected, along with louder than usual cheering for the Stars & Stripes because of COVID-19 travel restrictions for European-based fans.

As for the players? Younger than ever, to be sure, but no less stacked. The Americans have eight of the top 10 in the world ranking - Europe only has Jon Rahm at No. 1 - on a team that has won twice as many majors.


US captain Stricker focused on winning

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) Padraig Harrington had a tight grip on Ryder Cup trophy Monday as the European captain walked through a white-tented corridor toward the stage for the opening press conference.

That was a fitting start to matches that are a year overdue. Read More...

Homa closes with 65 to win Fortinet

NAPA, Calif. (AP) Max Homa's decision to give up his popular and often comical golf podcast to concentrate on his game already is paying off.

Homa holed out from the rough from 95 yards for eagle on the par-4 12th to start a back-nine comeback and added three birdies for a 7-under 65 and a one-stroke victory Sunday in the season-opening Fortinet Championship. Read More...

Jin Young Ko wins Portland Classic

WEST LINN, Ore. (AP) Jin Young Ko won the rain-shortened Cambia Portland Classic on Sunday for her second victory in her last three LPGA Tour starts.

Making her first start since the Tokyo Olympics, the second-round South Korean player closed with a bogey-free 3-under 69 at Oregon Golf Club for a four-stroke victory over Jeongeun Lee and Su Oh. Ko finished at 11-under 205. Read More...

Clarke edges Choi for Stanford title

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) Darren Clarke won the Stanford International on Sunday for his third PGA Tour Champions victory of the season, beating K.J. Choi with a birdie on the second hole of a playoff.

Clarke, the 53-year-old major champion from Northern Ireland, closed with a 5-under 65 at Minnehaha Country Club, birdieing the par-4 18th to match Choi and Steve Flesch at 12-under 198. Read More...

Broberg struggles but wins Dutch Open

CROMVOIRT, Netherlands (AP) Kristoffer Broberg of Sweden shot a tense level-par 72 Sunday to finish at 23 under and win the Dutch Open for his second European Tour victory and first since beating Patrick Reed in a playoff to clinch the 2015 BMW Masters.

The 35-year-old set course records at the Bernardus club in Cromvoirt in the second and third rounds, shooting a 64 on Friday and an 11-under 61 on Saturday. Read More...

Garcia going strong for 10th Ryder Cup

Sergio Garcia didn't waste much time making a point on how he values the Ryder Cup.

He was a teenager - at 19, still the youngest player in Ryder Cup history - and just over five months removed from being the low amateur at the Masters, when Garcia and Jesper Parnevik took down Tiger Woods and Tom Lehman in foursomes at Brookline. Read More...