Vaughn Taylor and Brendon Todd are tied for the lead as the Mayakoba Golf Classic prepares for a Monday finish.

The American pair were both sitting at 20 under through 14 holes when darkness saw play suspended in Playa del Carmen on Sunday.

Heavy rain meant no play was possible at the PGA Tour event on Thursday, leading to the delayed finish.

Taylor holed two birdies on his front nine before picking up shots at 10 and 13, while Todd bogeyed the 14th.

A three-time winner on the PGA Tour, Taylor is eyeing his first victory since 2016, while the in-form Todd is coming off a win at the Bermuda Championship earlier this month.

Mexican Carlos Ortiz has one hole left to play and is at 19 under, tied for third with Harris English, who is through 14.

English won the Mayakoba Golf Classic in 2013 and had made birdies at 13 and 14 when play was suspended.

Adam Long – who is four under through 15 – is also within striking distance, sitting outright fifth at 18 under.

Harris English claimed a one-stroke lead following the second round of the Mayakoba Golf Classic.

English used a seven-under-par 64 to move top of the leaderboard in Playa del Carmen, Mexico on Saturday.

The PGA Tour tournament has been pushed back after heavy rain led to Thursday's opening round being washed out.

English – seeking his third Tour victory and first since winning the 2013 Mayakoba Golf Classic when it was known as OHL Classic at Mayakoba – had a bogey-free day.

The 30-year-old holed seven birdies as he improved to 13 under at the halfway stage, ahead of fellow American Vaughn Taylor (66).

Brandon Todd's second-round 66 left him two shots off the pace, while Danny Lee (70), Adam Long (69) and Robby Shelton (66) are a stroke further back heading into the third round.

Meanwhile, Russell Henley missed the cut in bizarre circumstances at El Camaleon Golf Club, where he violated the PGA Tour's One Ball Rule.

Henley was penalised eight shots after using a different type of golf ball than the one he started the second round with.

The three-time Tour champion looked to have carded a two-under 69, until Henley realised he had inadvertently used a different ball during the round as he signed balls to give away.

"It was a small dash, a different way it was marked that would have been easy to overlook," said TOUR Rules Official Brad Fabel. "He came to us and said he didn't know how it had gotten in his bag."

Danny Lee fired a nine-under 62 to grab a first-round lead at the Mayakoba Golf Classic on Friday.

The PGA Tour event finally got underway in Playa del Carmen after heavy rain led to Thursday's scheduled play being washed out.

Lee, last year's runner-up, pushed into a one-stroke lead after mixing eight birdies with an eagle and a bogey.

The New Zealander holds a lead over American duo Brendon Todd and Adam Long, who opened with fine eight-under 63s.

Vaughn Taylor, Mark Hubbard, Zach Johnson and Chris Baker are a shot further back after the opening round.

Defending champion Matt Kuchar, who held off Lee by a shot last year, carded a two-under 69 to be tied for 44th.

Due to the rain, the third and fourth rounds will begin on Sunday, while the event will finish on Monday if required.

The start of the Mayakoba Golf Classic has been pushed back to Friday after heavy rain in Playa del Carmen.

After initially delaying the start of play on Thursday, the PGA Tour later announced round one would begin on Friday.

"Due to wet course conditions and the likelihood of further storms, the start to R1 of @MayakobaGolf has been postponed until 7 a.m. Friday," it said, via Twitter.

Rain is again expected on Friday before the weather is forecast to begin clearing on the weekend.

American Jason Dufner withdrew from the tournament before the opening round and was replaced by Rob Oppenheim.

Rory McIlroy joked he may have beaten Tiger Woods for the first and last time after a statistic shared on social media indicated the world number two had set a new record.

A Twitter post reported McIlroy, who turned 30 in May, had become the youngest player to spend 500 weeks inside the top 10 in the Official World Golf Ranking.

According to the post, this betters the great Woods, the present number seven, who was four months older than McIlroy when he achieved the same feat.

Taking to his official Instagram account, McIlroy posted a screenshot of the statistic to his story and wrote: "The first (and maybe last) thing I've ever beaten Tiger at."

McIlroy, a four-time major winner, first moved into the top 10 in 2009, going on to become world number one three years later. 

Patrick Reed says it is "going to be special" to play alongside captain Tiger Woods at the Presidents Cup after the reigning Masters champion picked himself for the United States team.

Woods will serve as player and captain for USA in Melbourne after revealing his four selections on Thursday.

Along with himself, the 15-time major winner selected Reed, Tony Finau and Gary Woodland as USA seek an eighth consecutive success over the International team when the event begins on December 12.

The picks mean Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler are among the big names to miss out, but Reed – who played with Woods at last year's Ryder Cup – was thrilled to join a team whose automatic qualifiers include the likes of Brooks Koepka and Justin Thomas.

"To have Tiger as your captain, it's going to be special," Reed said to Sky Sports of Woods' decision, which saw him become the first Presidents Cup captain to use a wildcard on himself.

"It's going to be fun. It wouldn't be really a team event without having him there, especially with how he's been playing.

"Winning at Augusta and then going out and playing the way he did to win there in Japan, with the guy playing that well, we're happy to have him playing.

"I'm going to let captain decide who plays with who and once we get there, decide on the golf course. It's one of those things that we're going to pair ourselves up with who we think is the best for the team and the best for the golf course."

Woods will play in his ninth Presidents Cup, while Reed – who missed out on automatic qualification for the USA team – will appear for a third time.

"It means so much to me," said Reed, who is tied for 15th midway through a European Tour appearance at the Turkish Airlines Open.

"Representing our country and wearing red, white and blue is something I absolutely love and am so proud of.

"To be able to go out and get a pick, especially from captain Woods, was amazing. 

"The big thing is now that I've got a pick, is to go out and try to earn points for captain and go bring back the cup."

Tiger Woods has unsurprisingly selected himself for the United States with one of his captain's picks for next month's Presidents Cup.

The 15-time major champion revealed his selections on Thursday, choosing himself with one of his four picks for the event in Melbourne starting December 12.

Woods showed he was in decent form by winning the Zozo Championship in Japan last month.

The American's win was his 82nd on the PGA Tour as he equalled Sam Snead's record and added to his Masters success in 2019.

Woods also picked Tony Finau, Patrick Reed and Gary Woodland for the event, which USA have won over the International team the past seven times.

"As captain, I'm going to choose Tiger Woods as the last player on the team," he said during his announcement.

"He's made nine Cups, he's played in Australia twice in the Presidents Cup so this will be his third appearance there as a player."

"I find it interesting I'm talking in the third person," a laughing Woods added.

It means the star-studded USA team are without the likes of Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler for the tournament.

USA: Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson, Patrick Cantlay, Xander Schauffele, Webb Simpson, Matt Kuchar, Bryson DeChambeau, Tony Finau, Patrick Reed, Gary Woodland, Tiger Woods.

Joaquin Niemann will become the third youngest player to compete at the Presidents Cup after being named as one of four captain's picks for the International team.

International captain Ernie Els named the 21-year-old Chilean sensation, Jason Day, Im Sung-jae and Adam Hadwin as his picks on Wednesday.

Niemann claimed his maiden PGA Tour victory at the Greenbrier Classic in September and gets a spot at the Presidents Cup, which begins in Melbourne on December 12.

Day and Im, meanwhile, only narrowly missed out on qualifying automatically and were selected by Els.

Canada's Hadwin is the world number 44 and has five top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour this year.

The United States have won the past seven editions of the Presidents Cup, with the International team's only success coming in 1998.

International team: Marc Leishman, Hideki Matsuyama, Louis Oosthuizen, Adam Scott, Abraham Ancer, Li Haotong, Pan Cheng-tsung, Cameron Smith, Jason Day, Im Sung-jae, Joaquin Niemann, Adam Hadwin.

Tiger Woods will go down as golf's greatest and most resilient player, according to four-time major champion Rory McIlroy.

In his first tournament since undergoing knee surgery, Woods matched Sam Snead's record of 82 PGA Tour wins when he triumphed at the Zozo Championship in Japan last month.

Woods' victory followed on from his remarkable success at the Masters earlier in 2019, which capped a phenomenal comeback following the former world number one's fall from grace and persistent back problems.

McIlroy tasted success of his own over the weekend, edging out Xander Schauffele in a play-off to win the WGC-HSBC Champions, with the dramatic triumph making him the first European to win three World Golf Championship titles.

Asked to comment on Woods' comeback, McIlroy said: "It's incredible, to see first-hand what he did at the Tour Championship last year, what he did that final day to then him progressing to win the Masters and then winning in Japan.

"He does things that people just can't understand and people will never understand the state his body was in or where he was mentally.

"To fight his way back, he's going to go down as the greatest that ever played I think, but also the most resilient.

"We can talk about Ben Hogan and the car crash, but what Tiger has also been through, the injuries and everything else he's been through in his life, to come back and play at this high level is incredible.

"If you compare Tiger to everyone else who has played in their mid-40s then you'd say he'd start to slow down.

"He has slowed down, he got to 71 [PGA Tour] wins by the age of 33 [and] it's taken him 10 years to get to 82. There's obviously a lot that's gone on in-between with injuries and taking breaks.

"He's not going to win at the rate that he used to win but I can still see him pick off one or two wins per year, I think that's pretty realistic."

FedExCup champion McIlroy has won four tournaments in 2019, but the Northern Irishman is hopeful he can soon go head-to-head with Woods for a title.  

"It's what I dreamed of growing up," the world number two added. "I had putts to win The Open or win the Masters and to beat Tiger Woods.

"Now it's a real possibility that could happen which is really cool."

 

McIlroy was talking at the WGC-HSBC Champions, where HSBC invited five CGA Junior golfers from across China to participate in the annual launch event. Since 2006, HSBC have helped to put golf clubs in well over 100,000 children through their junior golf tournaments, training camps and school initiatives.

Greg Norman has claimed Tiger Woods is yet to respond to his letter of congratulations for winning the Masters in April.

Woods returned to the pinnacle of golf when he clinched a fifth triumph - and first in 14 years - at Augusta, taking his haul of major titles to 15.

Former world number one Norman, who won The Open in 1986 and 1993, stated he delivered a handwritten message to the 43-year-old, who resides close to the Australian in Jupiter, Florida.

However, Norman says he never received a response from Woods.

"I'm going to draw on my experience of the past in terms of what Jack Nicklaus did for me, what Arnold Palmer did for me, where there was that respect handed off from the generation before you," Norman said in an interview with Men's Health magazine.

"It's a code of conduct in a lot of ways. Very few people know this, when Tiger won the Masters this year, I wrote him a handwritten note and drove down my road, maybe a quarter of a mile, and hand-delivered it to his guard at his gate.

"I said, 'Hey, this is Greg Norman here. I've got a note for Tiger – can you please hand-deliver it to him?'

"Well, I never heard a word back from the guy. When I won my first major championship, Jack Nicklaus was the first person to walk down out of the TV tower and congratulate me.

"I don't know, maybe Tiger just dislikes me. I have no idea. I've never had a conversation with him about it.

"I've always been respectful about what his father did for him. I played nine holes with him at his father's and IMG's request when Tiger was 14 or 15 and I was the number one player in the world, to give an assessment of this kid. So, I have always been willing."

After returning from knee surgery, Woods matched Sam Snead's record of 82 PGA Tour victories with success at the inaugural Zozo Championship in Japan.

Phil Mickelson dropped out of the Official World Golf Rankings' (OWGR) top 50 on Monday, after almost 26 years in the sport's upper echelon.

He first entered the rankings in 1988 and made his debut in the top 50 five years later, producing the consistency to remain there for over a quarter of a century.

However, the first full week of November begins with Mickelson on the outside looking in, as he is now ranked 51 in the world.

Still, his remarkable spell in the top 50 is a testament to his longevity and staying power, and here we look at some of the key numbers from his incredible run.

 

5 - Mickelson has won five major titles, three of which have come in the Masters at Augusta, where he prevailed in 2004, 2006 and 2010.

47 - The 49-year-old has claimed a total of 47 victories in his career that count towards his OWGR. 

670 - Mickelson has competed in 670 OWGR-eligible tournaments in his career.

214 - He has finished in the top 10 in 31.9 per cent of those starts. In total Mickelson has 214 OWGR top-10s to his name.

774 - Mickelson spent 774 weeks inside the world's top 10 in an 18-year spell from 1996 to 2014.

269 - Mickelson spent a cumulative 269 weeks at second in the rankings. The man at number one in every time was Tiger Woods.

1,353 - With nearly 26 years in the top 50, Mickelson has been in the sport's upper echelon for 1,353 consecutive weeks.

Some of Phil Mickelson's rivals were not even born the last time he was outside the top 50 in the world rankings.

The American spent almost 26 years among the leading half-century of players before dropping out on Monday.

Mickelson was in the top 50 for 1,353 weeks from November 28, 1993 - the longest streak since the introduction of the official rankings in 1986.

The struggling 49-year-old fell to 51st after finishing in a share of 28th at the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai on Sunday.

Mickelson said following his final round "It was a good run. Unfortunately, the last eight months I played terribly and have fallen out. But I'll get back in there."

Jon Rahm, Matt Fitzpatrick and Sung-jae Im - all ranked higher than Mickelson - had not come into the world when the five-time major champion first cracked the top 50.

 

Brendon Todd shot a stunning final-round 62 to claim only the second PGA Tour win of his career at the inaugural Bermuda Championship.

The American, who lost his tour card in 2016, started Sunday's round in Southampton two shots behind compatriot Harry Higgs but pulled four strokes clear by the finish.

Todd's only blemish on a fine scorecard came at the last hole, but an eye-catching streak of seven consecutive birdies in an inspired front-nine showing had already put him in prime position for his first title since 2014.

It denied Higgs what would have been his maiden PGA Tour success, the 27-year-old coming up short despite an eagle at the 17th.

Todd finished 24 under for the week and his fourth-round score matched the nine-under effort of Scottie Scheffler on day one.

An all-American top six was rounded out by a quartet of players on 18 under, with Scheffler joined by Hank Lebioda, Aaron Wise and Brian Gay.

Rory McIlroy came out on top in a play-off with Xander Schauffle to win the WGC-HSBC Champions and complete a historic hat-trick in Shanghai.

Four-time major champion McIlroy birdied the first extra hole to dethrone defending champion Schauffle at Sheshan International Golf Club on Sunday.

McIlroy's dramatic triumph made him the first European to win three World Golf Championship titles and took his tally of tournament victories this year to four.

The Northern Irishman started the day with a one-shot advantage and that is how he finished it after carding a bogey-free four-under 68, before a magnificent approach shot got him on the green in two on a second trip down 18.

FedEx Cup champion McIlroy missed a putt for an eagle, but his fifth birdie of the day was enough to win the tournament for the first time.

Schauffle, winner of a play-off at this event last year, birdied 18 to card a closing six-under 66 and join McIlroy on 19 under, but his tee shot in the play-off found thick rough at the side of a bunker and he me missed a birdie putt from 12 feet after having to lay up.

The American, suffering with the flu all week, reeled off three birdies in a row after a bogey at six to hit the turn in 32, trailing McIlroy by just a shot.

McIlroy was two strokes in front with four to play but gains at 15 and the last kept Schauffle in the hunt to defend his title before falling just short.

Louis Oosthuizen finished in third spot on 17 under after a three-under final round of 69, having been joint-leader with McIlroy when he drained a birdie putt at the eighth.

Dropped shots at nine and 11 cost the South African, while Matthas Schwab and Victor Perez finished with magnificent rounds of 66 to share third place along with Abraham Ancer.

Harry Higgs shot 65 for the second round in a row to move two clear of the chasing pack at the Bermuda Championship.

The American shared the overnight lead with compatriots Brendon Todd and Scott Scheffler, but a 67 and 69 respectively from that pair left Higgs alone at the summit.

Sitting on 17 under overall, Higgs' nearest rival is Todd, with Brian Gay and Bo Hoag three strokes behind the leader.

Higgs will head into Sunday having dropped just one shot all week as he seeks a maiden PGA Tour title in Southampton.

The 27-year-old's sole blemish came on the 14th hole on Saturday but he rallied to birdie two of the last three.

Hoag's 64 was the lowest round of the day.

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