Updated 4:40 pm PST, Saturday, February 16, 2019 SAN DIEGO (AP) — Gene Littler, whose fluid swing carried him to 29 victories on the PGA Tour and a U.S. Open title at Oakland Hills, has died. Littler died Friday night with his family at his side, son Curt Litter said Saturday. He was 88. Littler held his own among the golfing greats to emerge from San Diego with a tempo to his swing that made the game look easy. Gene Sarazen once said Littler had a perfect swing, like Sam Snead, "only better." Mickey Wright, asked in 2011 for the best swing she ever saw, mentioned Ben Hogan before quickly adding, "I had my favorites, like Gene Littler, whom I just loved." He was known as "Gene the Machine," and he won the first of his tour titles in the 1954 San Diego Open while still an amateur. He won the 1955 Los Angeles Open for his first pro victory and went on to win three more times that year. A testament to the quality of his swing was that Littler had a malignant tumor … [Read more...] about Gene Littler, US Amateur and US Open champion, dies
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By Cam Inman | [email protected] | Bay Area News GroupPUBLISHED: February 11, 2019 at 9:42 am | UPDATED: February 11, 2019 at 10:40 am PEBBLE BEACH – Phil Mickelson seized his record-tying fifth AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am trophy Monday morning, then quickly cast his eye on a bigger prize, on a major championship. But not that major championship. Not the U.S. Open, the one major that’s agonizingly escaped him, the one that will be played in June back here on Mickelson’s friendliest confines, the one that would crown his Pebble Beach legacy. “I would love nothing more to add to it five months from now, but that’s so far down the road,” Mickelson said Monday. “All I’m focused on right now is the Masters. “That’s all that’s on my mind. This adds to my opportunity at Augusta and where I’m at right now mentally.” Mickelson will bid for his fourth Masters jacket April 11-14, two months before he returns … [Read more...] about Wait, which major stole Mickelson’s focus after Pebble Beach win?
By Monterey Herald Staff | Mercury NewsPUBLISHED: February 11, 2019 at 9:42 am | UPDATED: February 11, 2019 at 9:52 am PEBBLE BEACH — Phil Mickelson won his record-tying fifth AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am title, finishing the final two holes Monday morning with a birdie at No. 18. “It’s been a very special week,” Mickelson told Golf channel afterward, noting his grandfather was a caddy there in 1919, the year the course was founded. Mickelson finished at 19-under-par with a final round 65 under a clear sky. Paul Casey clinched second place with a birdie at No. 18 to finish at 16-under par. Mickelson, 48, tied Mark O’Mara for the most wins in the tournament. He hopes to have more success in June when the U.S. Open is played there. Report an error Policies and Standards Contact Us … [Read more...] about It’s a record-tying and sunny finish at Pebble Beach
Doug Ferguson Associated Press Published 3:06 PM EDT Sep 28, 2018 Saint-Quentin-En-Yvelines, France — Three matches in the books, three red points on the board, and Tiger Woods was still on the golf course. This was exactly the start the Americans wanted in the Ryder Cup. And then Europe finished even better. Four hours later, the cheers at Le Golf National ramped up to a feverish pitch as Europe swept all four matches Friday afternoon for a 5-3. It was the first time Europe swept a session since 1989, and the first time ever at the Ryder Cup in foursomes. “We didn’t come here to win the foursomes,” Francesco Molinari said. “We came here to win something else.” Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood were the only Europeans to play both matches, and they won them both. They combined for five birdies over their last seven holes to polish off Woods and Patrick Reed and salvage something from a morning that belonged to the Americans. They took down … [Read more...] about ‘They put it on us’: Europe sweeps afternoon session for 5-3 lead on U.S. in Ryder Cup
PHILADELPHIA -- Tiger Woods was named to the United States' Ryder Cup team on Tuesday as captain Jim Furyk also added veteran Phil Mickelson and in-form Bryson DeChambeau to his line-up. Former world number one Woods had already been assured of a trip to Paris for the September 28-30 showdown with Europe after being named as one of Furyk's non-playing vice-captains. However Woods' form since his return to golf this year prompted Furyk to award him one of the four captain's picks set aside for players who did not qualify automatically for the team. "We're all excited to see him healthy again and playing well," Furyk said of Woods, who missed most of the 2016 and 2017 seasons with a long-term back injury. "It's a feather in our cap to have him playing on our side," Furyk added. READ: Tiger Woods returns to Ryder Cup as a wild card Woods, who has not played a Ryder Cup since 2012, revealed that he had set himself the target of making the US team at the start of the season. "I haven't … [Read more...] about Woods, Mickelson, DeChambeau named in US Ryder Cup team