ATLANTA — Tiger Woods stood on the brink of his first title triumph since 2013 after opening a three-shot lead over Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy in the third round of the Tour Championship in Atlanta on Saturday, Sept. 22. Woods made a blistering start amid scenes reminiscent of his halcyon days, notching six birdies in the first seven holes after starting the day tied for the halfway lead with world No. 1 Rose at East Lake.
Tiger Woods swung with rhythmic precision and wielded a hot putter to tie Rickie Fowler for the first-round lead at the season-ending Tour Championship on Thursday. A week before returning to the Ryder Cup for the first time since 2012, Woods finished in style with an eagle at the par-five 18th to cap a five-under-par 65 at East Lake in Atlanta. He and Fowler led by one stroke from fellow American Gary Woodland and England's world number one Justin Rose. FedExCup points leader Bryson DeChambeau battled to a 71 to lie equal 21st in the 30-man field.
The Dallas Cowboys are the most valuable National Football League team for a 12th consecutive year, valued at nearly twice the league average, according to the annual list published by business magazine Forbes on Thursday, Sept. 20. The Cowboys, who have reached the playoffs only nine times since winning their last Super Bowl in 1995, are worth $5 billion, up 4 percent from last year, Forbes said in a statement.
EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France—Amy Olson made seven birdies and climbed 17 spots up the leaderboard on Friday, Sept. 14, to share the second-round lead at the Evian Championship. The former North Dakota State golfer from Oxbow, N.D., shot a 6-under 65 to match three other golfers at 8-under for the tournament. Olson's round was only bested by Angela Stanford's 64.
Tony Finau was named by United States captain Jim Furyk on Monday as the final member of the team for this month's Ryder Cup. Furyk did not pull any surprises when he chose Finau to round out his 12-man team for the Sept. 28-30 event against Europe in Paris. Finau had been considered a hot favorite based on his strong recent form. The 28-year-old has not won on the PGA Tour, but had top-10s at three majors this year, and has played well during the current FedExCup playoffs.
NEW YORK—A clinical Novak Djokovic dismissed Juan Martin Del Potro 6-3 7-6(4) 6-3 to collect his third U.S. Open title on Sunday, Sept. 9, giving him 14 Grand Slams to move into a tie for third on the all-time list alongside Pete Sampras. A season that started gloomily with elbow surgery after the Australian Open is turning into a brilliant finish for the 31-year-old Serb who has now won three of his last four events including back-to-back majors at Wimbledon and Flushing Meadows.
Tiger Woods put a trusted old friend back in his bag on Thursday, and the result was a blistering start to the BMW Championship with an 8-under-par round of 62 at Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pa. He will enter Friday's second round tied for the lead with Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, who posted his own 8-under 62 a few groups behind Woods. Two late bogeys stopped McIlroy from grabbing the outright lead.
LONDON - Europe Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn loaded his team with experience when he announced Paul Casey, Sergio Garcia, Ian Poulter and Henrik Stenson as his four wildcards for this month's match against the U.S in Paris this month. With five rookies having already booked their places automatically through the European and World Points standings, Denmark's Bjorn opted to beef up his team with four players who boast 20 previous Ryder Cup appearances.
San Antonio Spurs basketball star Manu Ginobili is retiring after 16 years in the National Basketball Association, the Argentine guard said on Monday. "Today, with a wide range of feelings, I'm announcing my retirement from basketball," the future Hall of Famer said on Twitter. "It's been a fabulous journey. Way beyond my wildest dreams." One of the game's most decorated international players, Ginobili, 41, was a four-time NBA champion, a two-time NBA All-Star and an Olympic gold medalist for Argentina.
PARAMUS, N.J.—Bryson DeChambeau birdied half the holes he played in the third round to seize a four-stroke lead as he and compatriot Keegan Bradley shook up the Northern Trust leaderboard on Saturday, Aug. 25. DeChambeau, looking to top the FedEx Cup standings on Sunday, Aug. 26, fired a sparkling eight-under 63 with nine birdies to move to a 16-under total of 197 at Ridgewood Country Club in New Jersey. Bradley went one better, his course record-tying 62 putting him in front until DeChambeau took control later to leave him in outright second on 201.