Tiger Woods limped to four over par halfway through his opening round at the Northern Trust on Thursday, though managed to recover slightly on the back nine to card 75.

Woods teed off early in New Jersey with no fans in attendance due to damage caused by storms, but gave himself little chance of making the cut with a front nine marred by three bogeys and a double bogey, only offset by a single birdie.

The 43-year-old made the turn at a four-over 39, and at one stage found himself at T-58 among 58 golfers on the course.  

A birdie at the start of the back nine offered some hope, but Woods then missed a clean-up par putt from three feet two holes later.

Since winning the Masters in April, his 15th major victory, Woods has missed the cut at the PGA Championship and British Open and finished T-21 at the U.S. Open.

He entered the week just inside the top 30 at number 28 on the FedExCup points list. He is assured of playing in next week's BMW Championship in Boston, which is for the top 70 players in the points standings.

Tiger Woods teed off to little acclaim at the Northern Trust on Thursday after spectators were temporarily prevented from coming on to the course.

Thunderstorms that rolled through Liberty National Golf Club late Wednesday afternoon brought not only rain but also strong wind that damaged some structures and hospitality tents at the New Jersey venue and forced the tournament to delay opening the gates until 10 am ET Thursday, well past Woods' opening round tee time of 7:43am.

"We’re an outdoor sport, so Mother Nature is bound to show up and change our well-laid plans on occasion,” tournament executive director Julie Tyson said.

“We’re grateful that no one was injured and that damage was cosmetic and replaced. We look forward to welcoming the world’s best players – and all of the fans who have been waiting for this event all year long – to the kick-off of the FedExCup Playoffs.

"We couldn't be more excited about the favourable forecast [for] the rest of the week and can't wait to see everyone here.”

Woods, grouped with Scott Piercy and JT Poston, isn't the only marquee player who'll be well into his round by the time the galleries arrives. Brooks Koepka and Rory McIlroy, for example, begin their rounds at 8:16am. Gates were originally scheduled to open at 7am.

Woods made a slow start and was three over par through five holes.

Steady and consistent play helped land Sean Morris the Jamaica Golf Association’s Independence Golf Classic that concluded at the Sandals Golf and Country Club in Ocho Rios on the weekend.

J.T. Poston matched a feat set 45 years ago as he claimed his maiden PGA Tour title at the Wyndham Championship.

American Poston carded an eight-under-par 62 for a one-stroke victory at the Sedgefield Country Club on Sunday.

Poston's triumph was even more impressive, given he did not bogey a hole throughout his four rounds in Greensboro, North Carolina.

The 26-year-old – who had an eagle and six birdies on the final day – became the first player to secure a bogey-free victory after 72 holes since Lee Trevino in 1974. 

Poston finished 22 under overall, ahead of countryman Webb Simpson – who posted a five-under-par 65.

Overnight leader and South Korean An Byeong-hun (67) dropped to third after ending the tournament two shots off the pace.

Similar to Poston, An was bogey-free entering the final round but made a few mistakes on his closing holes to knock him down the leaderboard.

It looked as if An would make up for his first bogey on the par-five 15th hole after he recovered with a birdie on 16.

But he had another bogey on the par-four 18th hole to end his round.

Viktor Hovland had his first finish not only inside the top 10 but inside the top five as he placed fourth at 19 under, while Kim Si-woo (64) was two strokes further back.

Meanwhile, for the first time in the FedExCup era the playoffs will not include Zach Johnson.

Johnson – ranked 152 heading into the tournament – required at least a top-six finish to crack the 125-man field for next week's Northern Trust.

However, Johnson could only manage a final-round 66 as he tied for 53rd position.

Hinako Shibuno secured the most memorable of victories at the Women's British Open on Sunday, holding off the challenge of Lizette Salas to take the trophy on her major championship debut.

The 20-year-old, a rookie on the JLPGA Tour who has hypermobility in her left elbow joint, birdied the final hole with a putt that rattled round the cup before dropping to finish on 18 under par.

That was enough to edge out Salas by one shot despite the American carding a final-day-best seven-under-65 that also saw her birdie-putt lip out at the last.

Overnight leader Shibuno, also competing in her first event outside her native Japan, strode up the final fairway level on 17 under with Salas but clipped an approach to within 15 feet and then displayed remarkable nerve to power the ball into the hole.

That completed a 68 with her challenge reignited after the turn, Shibuno coming home in 31.

Ko Jin-young - already the winner of two majors this year - threatened a third with a blemish-free 66 that took her to 16 under while Morgan Pressel will also leave Woburn with pangs of regret after botching the final hole on her way to a 67 and a final score of 15 under.

Speaking to Sky Sports via an interpreter, Shibuno said: "I’m nervous even though I’ve won. I still feel like I’m going to vomit!

"I was nervous on the front nine, but on the back nine I was okay. I produced a lot of birdies.

"At the end I thought I was going to cry but the tears didn’t come out. Obviously contending at a tournament like this is nerve-wracking, but I also felt that I was going to enjoy this moment as well." 

An Byeong-hun holds a one-stroke lead heading into Sunday's final round of the Wyndham Championship.

South Korea's An carded a four-under-par 66 to preserve his position atop the leaderboard following Saturday's third round in Greensboro, North Carolina.

An, who had shared or held the solo lead since Thursday, is searching for his first PGA Tour win and he was able to keep his bogey-free streak alive through 54 holes at the Sedgefield Country Club.

His round was highlighted by an impressive 51-plus foot putt, the longest of the PGA season, as he improved to 17 under for the tournament.

American Webb Simpson (65) at one point tied An for the lead after a near-perfect round.

Simpson used a spotless front nine to put pressure on An, including a birdie on the par-fourth 9th hole. He ultimately fell into second place, a stroke off the pace after a bogey on the par-four 14th hole.

Fellow American Brice Garnett is level alongside Simpson following his four-under-par 66, while Ryan Armour (65) is a shot further back.

Viktor Hovland (64), J.T. Poston (66) and Paul Casey (66) are tied for third position at 14 under heading into the deciding round.

Meanwhile, Jordan Spieth's woes continued after he capitulated following a seven-over-par 77 on Saturday.

Spieth started the day just four shots off the lead but three double bogeys and a bogey without a birdie saw the former world number one miss the 54-hole cut – a rule employed when too many players make the 36-hole cut.

"Yeah, it was just a bad day," Spieth, who has not won a tournament since 2017, said. "Overall, just didn't play well."

Hinako Shibuno will take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Women's British Open, as she aims to complete a remarkable triumph in the first event she has ever competed in outside of her native Japan.

Shibuno, a 20-year-old rookie on the JLPGA Tour who has hypermobility in her left elbow joint, charged into first place at 14 under with a sensational back nine featuring six birdies and three pars.

While the youngster completed a round of 67 by picking up shots at four of the last five holes, long-time leader Ashleigh Buhai faltered down the stretch, bogeying the 12th, 13th and 16th on her way to a 72.

Buhai, who has never posted a top-25 finish at a major championship, will now need to come from behind on Sunday having led after rounds one and two, while Shibuno is on course to become only the second Japanese winner of a women's major. Chako Higuchi won the Women's PGA Championship in 1977.

Park Sung-hyun (68) of South Korea sits third on 11 under, while compatriot Ko Jin-young - already the winner of two majors this year - is ominously placed four off the pace after a 68 lifted her into a tie for fourth with Morgan Pressel (66) and Lizette Salas (70).

Hopes of a home victory rest with Charley Hull and Bronte Law, who both shot 70 to trail Shibuno by five. Carlota Ciganda is also on nine under but will rue a costly double-bogey on the 18th.

Defending champion Georgia Hall faded on Saturday, shooting a three-over 74 to slip back to four under for the tournament.

An Byeong-hun edged into a one-stroke lead at the Wyndham Championship, while Jordan Spieth remained in contention at the halfway mark.

An, 27, sits alone atop the leaderboard at 13 under entering the weekend at the Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, North Carolina.

The South Korean shot a blemish-free five-under 65 on Friday with consecutive birdies on his front nine, the 14th and 15th holes, and again after he made the turn from the third through the fifth.

His steady play kept him ahead after entering the day sharing the 18-hole lead, and all it took was some impressive putting to separate himself from the field. An sunk a 30-foot putt at the fourth hole and sits just one stroke ahead of Brice Garnett.

Garnett matched his opening round of six-under 64 to move into second at 12 under.

He also finished the day with a clean scorecard and was mere inches away from yet another tie for first.

Spieth backed up his opening-round 64 with a three-under 67 to get to nine under, four shots adrift of the lead.

Im Sung-jae – the other 18-hole leader – Patton Kizzire, Adam Svensson, Josh Teater, Webb Simpson and Mackenzie Hughes are at 11 under.

Paul Casey highlights the three-way tie for ninth at 10 under, while defending champion Brandt Snedeker fell back to a tie for 38th after an even-par 70.

Hideki Matsuyama, Jimmy Walker, Kevin Streelman and Cameron Smith missed the cut, set at four under.

Ashleigh Buhai stretched her LPGA British Open advantage on Friday, moving three clear heading into the weekend as she chases a first victory on the Tour.

A superb seven-under 65 saw Buhai lead through 18 holes on Thursday and, despite failing to quite reach the same standards on Friday, a round of 67 saw her advantage extended on the second day.

Buhai had four birdies on the back nine at Woburn and said: "I'm feeling good. I'm trying not to keep thinking, 'It's a major', it's just another tournament.

"I'm really enjoying the way the golf course is playing. It helps that the conditions have been so good and we haven't had to deal with too many elements. I'm feeling very comfortable out there at the moment."

Hinako Shibuno remains second having shot 69, but Danielle Kang, who had matched the 20-year-old Japanese in the opening round, could only shoot level par.

Defending champion Georgia Hall and world number one Ko Jin-young were tied with Kang in ninth.

One former major champion who will not trouble Buhai is Laura Davies, who followed up a 10-over 82 by going three over to miss the cut and finish alone at the bottom of the leaderboard.

Other home hopefuls are faring better, though, with Bronte Law and Charley Hull joint fourth.

An Byeong-hun and Im Sung-jae fired eight-under 62s to lead the Wyndham Championship as Jordan Spieth also made a fine start on Thursday.

An and Im shot bogey-free opening rounds at the Sedgefield Country Club to share a one-stroke lead in Greensboro, North Carolina.

The South Korean pair are both looking for their first wins on the PGA Tour, but top what is a congested leaderboard.

Spieth is part of a tie for seventh at six under after shooting a mixed 64 that included an eagle, six birdies and two bogeys.

The 2013 runner-up, looking for his first win since 2017, is joined by Josh Teater, Webb Simpson, defending champion Brandt Snedeker, Brice Garnett, Seamus Power, Ryan Armour, Ted Potter Jr and Kiradech Aphibarnrat at six under.

Mackenzie Hughes, Rory Sabbatini, Patrick Rodgers and Johnson Wagner are ahead of that group after carding 63s.

Paul Casey made a decent start with a five-under 65, while Hideki Matsuyama opened with a 67.

Ashleigh Buhai carded a superb 65 to take the lead after round one of the LPGA British Open at Woburn.

A winner of two Ladies European Tour events, Buhai has yet to triumph on the LPGA since joining in 2008 but was in fine form on Thursday, highlighting her seven-under round with eight birdies.

Immediately behind Buhai sat Hinako Shibuno and Danielle Kang, who both carded 66.

Defending champion Georgia Hall kept herself within touching distance of the lead with a three-under 69, while world number one Ko Jin-young overcame a bogey at the 12th and double at the 14th to finish with 68.

Hall - who revealed in the build-up to the tournament her trophy from 2018 had been stolen from her car - did not hit a bogey in a consistent first round but managed just three birdies.

Charley Hull, the other British hopeful, made a bright start to her campaign to win a first major title, shooting a five-under 67 on her home course.

"It puts a bit of pressure on me, but I played quite well today," Hull said.

"It's quite tricky because I know where not to miss it. I've hit shots around here and you just don't want to think of them because obviously it's my home golf course."

Laura Davies, a four-time major champion, now faces a fight to make the cut, however, as she finished with a 10-over 82.

Gordon Brand Jnr, a member of the first European Ryder Cup team to triumph on American soil, has died at the age of 60.

Brand, whose father was also a professional golfer, featured in the 1987 Ryder Cup as Tony Jacklin's side claimed a historic 15-13 victory at Muirfield Village in Ohio.

A winner of eight European Tour events, the Scot was also involved two years later when Europe retained the trophy courtesy of a 14-14 draw at The Belfry.

Brand had featured on the Staysure Tour - formerly known as the European Senior Tour - as recently as last month and the competition's official Twitter account confirmed his passing.

A post from the Staysure Tour read: "We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Gordon Brand Jnr. Our deepest sympathies are with his family at this time."

Responding to that message, world number four Justin Rose tweeted: "So sad... I remember watching him play as a kid for the first time at the @BMWPGA and getting his signed golf ball on the 18th hole. #RIPGBjnr."

Thomas Bjorn, Europe's captain at last year's Ryder Cup, wrote: "When I came on Tour in 1996 this was one of the men that helped me understand what it was all about. A great man, a great friend, that has left us way too early."

 

Brooks Koepka revealed he battled illness on his way to the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational title.

The world number one fired a five-under 65 in the final round on Sunday to claim a three-stroke victory and his first WGC crown.

However, Koepka, who now has seven PGA Tour wins, said he had been unwell throughout the tournament.

"It doesn't affect me hitting a golf ball. I don't feel good," he told the Golf Channel.

"I haven't felt good all week, but I don't want to make an excuse, I'm not trying to complain. Just get on with it. People go to work sick all the time."

Koepka's win continued what has been a dominant run by the American, who has secured four major triumphs since the start of 2017.

The 29-year-old said his win at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee, was among his favourites.

"It's special. These last few years have been unbelievable, it's been an incredible run, I'm playing some good golf and I'm excited for what the future holds," Koepka said.

"This place has always been special to me, everything, with FedEx being here, St. Jude being here, it's always been a fun place for me to come.

"It's always a special place, but to win here, this one goes down as one of my favourites."

Collin Morikawa broke through for his maiden PGA Tour win in just his sixth professional start, claiming the Barracuda Championship on Sunday.

Morikawa, 22, earned a three-point win in Reno, Nevada, after a brilliant final round that saw him hole seven birdies in the modified stableford format.

The American was making just his sixth PGA Tour start as a professional and he secured victory with 47 points, ahead of Troy Merritt (44), John Chin (40) and Robert Streb (40).

Morikawa made two birdies on the front nine before a stunning finish, producing four more on his final five holes, including a 29-foot putt on the 17th.

He came into the tournament on the back of two top-five finishes, while his worst result since his professional debut in June was a tied for 36th at the Travelers Championship.

Brooks Koepka saw off Rory McIlroy to claim his maiden World Golf Championship at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational.

World number one Koepka celebrated a three-stroke victory after carding a five-under-par 65 in Memphis on Sunday.

Koepka – a four-time major champion – enjoyed a flawless final round with five birdies, including three in a four-hole stretch at TPC Southwind.

The American star and FedEx Cup leader finished 16 under overall for his third win of the season and seventh of his career, ahead of countryman Webb Simpson (64).

Simpson's round was highlighted with an eagle on the par-five third hole but a bogey just before making the turn sullied his scorecard.

Australian Marc Leishman, who also climbed up the leaderboard, rounded out the top three at 12 under after his final-round 67.

Overnight leader and former world number one McIlroy ended the tournament five shots off the pace following his one-over-par 71.

McIlroy – who won the tournament in 2014 – was the man to beat following the third round after he posted an eight-under-par 62 for a one-shot lead ahead of Koepka.

But the 54-hole leader was unable to maintain his charge after missing the cut at The Open last week – McIlroy falling victim to two bogeys on his back nine as he finished alongside Tommy Fleetwood (66) and Matthew Fitzpatrick (69).

Spanish star Jon Rahm (69) was a stroke further back at 10 under, ahead of Ian Poulter (69).

Defending champion Justin Thomas had to settle for a share of 12th position at six under following his final-round 71.

Thomas finished alongside Jordan Spieth (68), Alex Noren (73), Patrick Reed (68), Rafa Cabrera Bello (66), Aaron Rai (67), Patrick Cantlay (68) and Cameron Smith (68).

Meanwhile, Dustin Johnson – the 2016 champion – ended the event a stroke further back after shooting a two-under-par 68.

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