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Golf capsules: Lexi Thompson, Charles Howell III close year with victories

Lexi Thompson was the best this week, and Ariya Jutanugarn was the best all season. Neither left any doubt about that Sunday.

Charles Howell opens with 64 for lead at Sea Island

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Charles Howell III had an advantage of playing the right course for the cold, windy conditions Thursday at the RSM Classic. He made the most …

Amy Olson’s 63 gives her 1st-round lead at 2018 LPGA finale

Amy Olson had a simple explanation for her brilliant start at the CME Group Tour Championship.

Goydos, Petrovic shoot 63, share lead in Champions’ finale

Paul Goydos and Tim Petrovic shot 8-under 63 to share the lead in the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, leaving points leader Bernhard Langer seven strokes back in the PGA Tour …

Matt Kuchar tied for lead at working vacation in Mexico

Matt Kuchar decides at the last minute to play the Mayakoba Golf Classic and makes it look like a wise decision with a 7-under 64 for a share of the …

Ariya Jutanugarn fires a 68 to lead Blue Bay LPGA by 4 shots

Top-ranked Ariya Jutanugarn shot a 4-under 68 to take a four-stroke lead at the halfway point of the Blue Bay LPGA tournament. Jutanugarn had birdies on the final two holes …

Thidapa Suwannapura shoots 4-under 68 to lead Blue Bay LPGA

Two golfers from Thailand are at the top of the leaderboard after the first round of the Blue Bay LPGA tournament in China. Thidapa Suwannapura shot a 4-under 68 on …

UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 4, 2018, 7:04 p.m.

Golf capsules: DeChambeau wins in Las Vegas for 4th win in 12 starts

Bryson DeChambeau holed an eagle putt from just inside 60 feet on the 16th hole that carried him to a 5-under 66 and a one-shot victory over Patrick Cantlay in …

Golf capsules: Xander Schauffele, Cameron Champ, Nelly Korda win big

Xander Schauffele gave the Americans a sweep of the World Golf Championships and quickly put a winless sophomore season behind him.

Late rally lets Tony Finau keep 3-shot lead in HSBC Champions

Tony Finau finished with three straight birdies for a 2-under 70 and took advantage of a late collapse by defending champion Justin Rose to keep his three-shot lead Saturday in …

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 25, 2018, 4:54 p.m.

Cameron Champ shoots 65, takes one-stroke lead at Sanderson Farms

Cameron Champ shot a 7-under 65 in wet, windy and unseasonably cool conditions at the Country Club of Jackson to take the first-round lead in the Sanderson Farms Championship. On …

Ewart Shadoff takes early lead at LPGA Taiwan Championship

Jodi Ewart Shadoff shot a 7-under 65 to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the LPGA Taiwan Championship. Shadoff carded seven birdies in a bogey-free round at …

Patrick Reed opens with 64 to take lead at HSBC Champions

Patrick Reed returns from his post-Ryder Cup break with a bogey-free round in windy conditions for an 8-under 64 and a two-shot lead in the HSBC Champions. Reed putted for …

Ryan Armour back at Sanderson Farms after breakout season

Ryan Armour’s attempt at winning back-to-back Sanderson Farms Championships will involve fighting fatigue as much as what the golf course throws his way. The 42-year-old will start his title defense …

Brooks Koepka makes debut at No. 1 and hopes to keep rolling

Brooks Koepka is having the kind of year he only imagined in his dreams, and he’s not ready for it to end. He won two majors, was PGA Tour player …

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 23, 2018, 5 p.m.

Ace golfer Frank Capehart strikes again at Ranch Club with third hole-in-one

Frank Capehart is sure getting the hang of this hole-in-one thing.

Golf notes: Paul Azinger does not plan on using ‘choke’ in replacing Miller

Paul Azinger used to say for years that the only thing that made a player choke was cash or prestige. So he’s not afraid to use the word “choke.”

Doug Ferguson: Brooks Koepka’s biggest feat as No. 1 is getting there

Reaching No. 1 in the world felt even sweeter to Brooks Koepka because of how he got there. Golf is about winning, and the world ranking is merely a result …

UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 22, 2018, 9:01 p.m.

NBC hires Paul Azinger to replace Johnny Miller

NBC Sports is hiring Paul Azinger as its lead golf analyst with hopes he can deliver his own brand of the sharp, candid observations that made Johnny Miller such a …

Brooks Koepka takes No. 1 spot, winning CJ Cup

Brooks Koepka took the No. 1 spot in the world ranking from Dustin Johnson, finishing his victory in the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges with a 25-foot eagle putt. Koepka …

64-year-old Jay Haas leads Champions playoff opener

Jay Haas shot a 7-under 65 – missing his age by a stroke – to take a two-shot lead Saturday in the PGA Tour Champions’ playoff-opening Dominion Energy Charity Classic.

Carlota Ciganda shoots 67 to share lead at LPGA Shanghai

Carlota Ciganda of Spain shot a 5-under 67 Saturday to share the lead with Sei Young Kim after the third round of the LPGA Shanghai.

Brooks Koepka keeps alive chance for top spot, leads by 4 in SKorea

Brooks Koepka has improved his chances of taking over as No. 1 golfer in the world, shooting a bogey-free 5-under 67 Saturday for a four-stroke lead after three rounds of …

Ariya Jutanugarn takes 1-shot lead with 66 at LPGA Shanghai

Ariya Jutanugarn shot a 6-under 66 to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Buick LPGA Shanghai tournament. The Thai player had six birdies in a bogey-free …

Chez Reavie takes 1st-round lead at CJ Cup with 4-under 68

Chez Reavie overcame cool, windy conditions for a 4-under 68 and a one-stroke lead after the first round of the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges. Danny Willett and Si Woo …

Marc Leishman goes for 2 straight PGA wins, feels right at home

Marc Leishman comes into this week’s CJ Cup at Nine Bridges after winning his fourth title on the PGA Tour last week in Kuala Lumpur. The tournament on South Korea’s …

Doug Ferguson: Johnny Miller talks like most golf fans think

The comment was vintage Johnny Miller, raw enough to cause most television producers to wince. Miller was in the NBC Sports booth at Doral in 2004 when he watched Craig …

Golf notes: Anirban Lahiri measures field strength in airline reservations

The strength of field for the CIMB Classic was the same as it was last year, with one exception that Anirban Lahiri nearly found out the hard way.

UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 15, 2018, 4:52 p.m.

Johnny Miller retiring after three decades at NBC Sports

Johnny Miller is retiring after three decades of calling the shots the way he sees them.

UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 14, 2018, 6:03 p.m.

Golf capsules: Marc Leishman wins CIMB Classic in Malaysia

Marc Leishman won the CIMB Classic by five strokes Sunday, closing with a 7-under 65 to match Justin Thomas’ 2015 tournament record of 26-under 262. In Gee Chun won the …