Golf

Spanish golfer forced into lake to avoid hornets

Pablo Larrazabal

SUDIPTO GANGULY - Reuters

Spain's Pablo Larrazabal was forced to dive into a lake to avoid a swarm of hornets during second round play at the Malaysian Open.

KJ Choi beats bad weather to take Heritage lead

KJ Choi

KJ Choi wielded a hot putter to vault into the clubhouse lead during the second round at the RBC Heritage.

Lydia Ko one-under but unspectacular in Hawaii

Lydia Ko

Lydia Ko has slipped down the field despite another solid round at the LPGA Tour's Lotte Championship in Hawaii.

Kuchar shrugs off Masters letdown at Heritage

Matt Kuchar

ANDREW BOTH - Reuters

Matt Kuchar shrugged off his Masters near-miss last week to surge into the clubhouse lead at the RBC Heritage.

Westwood grabs early Malaysian Open lead

Lee Westwood

PATRICK JOHNSTON - Reuters

England's Lee Westwood shrugged off jet lag and an opening bogey to fire a superb seven-under-par 65 to lead the field after his first round at the European Tour's Malaysian Open.

Lydia Ko tied for 14th after first round in Hawaii

Lydia Ko

Lydia Ko is tied for 14th after the first round of the LPGA Lotte Championship in Hawaii after an even-par 72.

New caddie for Lydia Ko at Hawaii tournament

Lydia Ko

BEN STANLEY - © Fairfax NZ News

Kiwi golfing sensation Lydia Ko will be hoping third time's a charm with her newest caddie in Hawaii.

Lydia Ko is more nervous about funding row

Lydia Ko

MATT RICHENS - © Fairfax NZ News

Golfer Lydia Ko dodged any curly questions about the controversial government funding request on her behalf.

Players Championship changes playoff format

Island green

The Players Championship is changing this year to a three-hole aggregate playoff involving the closing holes at the TPC Sawgrass.

Jason Day has thumb in cast, out three weeks

Jason Day

BEN EVERILL - AAP

Jason Day's troublesome left thumb has been placed in a cast as he tries to efficiently overcome his injury-plagued start to the year.

McIlroy ends frustrating Masters in top 10

Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy ended a frustrating Masters on a high with his best round of the tournament on Sunday.

Reason: Wonder kid’s day will surely come

Jordan Spieth

MARK REASON - © Fairfax NZ News

OPINION: Time seems to move slower for golfing phenom Jordan Spieth. It may be that he's not real, or that America invented him.

Bubba gives green jacket the ultimate respect

Bubba Watson

For all the crazy stunts Bubba Watson does for fun, the green jacket was off limits.

Bubba Watson runs away with US Masters title

Bubba Watson

MARK LAMPORT-STOKES - Reuters

Bubba Watson withstood an inspired early challenge from playing partner Jordan Spieth to clinch the Masters for a second time in three years with a three-shot victory at Augusta.

Woodland goes low on front nine, four back

Gary Woodland

LARRY FINE - Reuters

Gary Woodland roared into Masters contention in the third round by posting 30 on the front nine.

Thanks for the memories, says caddie Williams

Steve Williams

SIMON PLUMB - © Fairfax NZ News

Retirement and Steve Williams have been well discussed in recent months.

Aussie Marc Leishman makes Masters folklore

Marc Leishman

BEN EVERILL - AAP

Three first-up birdies in second round put Australian golfer in outright lead - only for him to later miss the cut.

Watson surges to lead in Masters second round

Bubba Watson

LARRY FINE - Reuters

Bubba Watson made five birdies in a row to snatch the halfway lead at the 78th Masters as some of golf's biggest names, including Phil Mickelson, failed to make it past the second round.

Quesadilla? Not at Augusta National, please

Augusta

MARK LONG - AP

Stars, heckling, food and photos don't come without red tape for golf fans at the Masters.

John Senden storms into second at Augusta

John Senden

After two early bogeys, Australian golfer fires an impressive four-under-par 68 in Masters second round.

Mickelson misses first Masters cut since 1997

Phil Mickelson

Three-time champion Phil Mickelson has missed his first cut at the Masters in 17 years, the victim of another whopping bad hole at Augusta National.

Smith: No need for more dough for Lydia Ko

Lydia Ko

TONY SMITH - © Fairfax NZ News

OPINION: NZ Golf's application for a bigger government handout for Lydia Ko the pro should spark a serious debate.

Mickelson's bad 'mental' day, sits eight back

Phil Mickelson

LARRY FINE - Reuters

Phil Mickelson blamed a bad "mental" day and a lack of tournament sharpness for a four-over-par 76.

Watson revels in pressure-free Masters start

Bubba Watson

MARK LAMPORT-STOKES - Reuters

Twelve months after succumbing to the pressure of trying to retain his Masters title, Bubba Watson delivered a near-flawless display.

Patience a virtue for Rory McIlroy at Augusta

Rory McIlroy

MARK LAMPORT-STOKES - Reuters

Rory McIlroy got back into contention for the year's opening major with an impressive display of patience.

Bill Haas takes US Masters lead as Scott lurks

Bill Haas

With dad in his ear, Bill Haas turned in the best round of his Masters career in the opening round.

Lydia Ko the pro asks the taxpayer to chip in

Lydia Ko

Golfer Lydia Ko asks for more taxpayer money as a pro than she got as an amateur.

Moore the merrier after winning par-three event

Ryan Moore

TONY JIMENEZ - Reuters

American Ryan Moore won the event that no one wants to win when he triumphed in the annual eve-of-Masters par-three contest.

Masters chairman set to vote for women at R&A

Billy Payne

JULIAN LINDEN - Reuters

Billy Payne hinted he would vote to support a move to include female members to the R&A Golf Club of St Andrews.

Masters champ desperate to be a Great Scott

Adam Scott

TONY JIMENEZ - Reuters

Adam Scott does not want to be known as a one-hit wonder and says he is desperate to become a multiple winner.

Woods missing but not forgotten at the Masters

Tiger Woods

LARRY FINE - Reuters

Tiger Woods is missing the Masters for the first time in 20 years, but the 38-year-old American still commands attention at Augusta National, site of the year's first major championship.

McIlroy confident of better showing at Masters

Rory McIlroy

JULIAN LINDEN - Reuters

Rory McIlroy is living proof that time has a way of healing almost everything.

Williams confident Scott can retain the Masters

Steve Williams

MATT RICHENS - © Fairfax NZ News

Steve Williams is confident Adam Scott can become the first player to win back to back Masters since Tiger Woods.

Under-the-radar Rose aims to bloom at Augusta

Justin Rose

LARRY FINE - Reuters

US Open champion Justin Rose has been a forgotten man since his major title breakthrough last year.

Masters victory still feels like a dream - Scott

Adam Scott

TONY JIMENEZ - Reuters

Adam Scott has to pinch himself every time he watches replays of his 2013 Masters win.

Scott paired with Dufner, Fitzpatrick at Masters

Adam Scott

MARK LAMPORT-STOKES - Reuters

Adam Scott will launch his title defence at the Masters in the company of PGA Championship winner Jason Dufner and US amateur champion Matthew Fitzpatrick.

Ki-Wie combo close to landing women's major

Kraft Nabisco Championship

BEN STANLEY IN PALM SPRINGS - © Fairfax NZ News

Kiwi caddie Duncan French is on Michelle Wie's team that is on the hunt for an LPGA major title.

The Walrus and Smallrus tee it up at Augusta

Craig and Kevin Stadler

PAUL NEWBERRY - AP

Kevin Stadler might be playing in the Masters for the first time, but he's already showing his old man a thing or two.

Masters weather suspension may be good thing

US Masters

MARK LAMPORT-STOKES - Reuters

Only two hours of Masters practice was possible before play was called off due to the threat of lightning, but Jim Furyk saw that as a potential advantage.

Ko splits with caddy after major disappointment

Lydia Ko

BEN STANLEY IN PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA - © Fairfax NZ News

Lydia Ko is looking for a new caddie - her third of the LPGA Tour season.

Lydia Ko slips to tie for 29th in Palm Springs

lydia ko

BEN STANLEY, IN PALM SPRINGS - © Fairfax NZ News

Kiwi Lydia Ko has finished her first major as a professional, ending at two-over overall.

Matt Jones stages dramatic Houston Open win

Matt Jones

DOUG FERGUSON - AP

Matt Jones told his caddy he was about to make a 38-metre chip-in on the first playoff hole at the Houston Open.

Scott plans to keep green jacket at Augusta

Adam Scott

BEN EVERILL - AAP

Adam Scott isn't ready to give back his green jacket as he deals with his emotional return to Augusta National.

Women golfers celebrate fifth win in six years

Golf ball sits on the edge of hole.

NATHAN BURDON - © Fairfax NZ News

The Southland women's golf team were planning a few quiet drinks and a nice meal to celebrate their fifth win in six years at the New Zealand masters championships in Rotorua.

Lydia Ko struggles in third round of first major

Lydia Ko

BEN STANLEY IN PALM SPRINGS - © Fairfax NZ News

Lydia Ko sitting at even par after her third round at the Kraft Nabisco Champ.

Kuchar leads Houston Open after third round

Golf generic

MARK LAMPORT-STOKES - Reuters

Sergio Garcia faltered as Matt Kuchar took command of the Houston Open with a four-stroke lead.

Lydia Ko could be greatest female golfer ever

Lydia Ko

BEN STANLEY IN PALM SPRINGS - © Fairfax NZ News

Lydia Ko's new co-coach believes there is nothing stopping her from being the best ever.

Reason: Scalpel won't beat Tiger Woods' bogey

Tiger Woods

MARK REASON - © Fairfax NZ News

OPINION: On behalf of all middle-aged athletes, I would like to thank Tiger Woods for making us feel almost young again.

Lydia Ko improves in her second major round

Lydia Ko

BEN STANLEY IN PALM SPRINGS - © Fairfax NZ News

Kiwi Lydia Ko has climbed to a tie for 20th on the leader board of the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

Rehabilitating Woods could miss the US Open

Tiger Woods

MARK LAMPORT-STOKES - Reuters

Tiger Woods could be sidelined from competitive golf for at least three months after undergoing back surgery, casting doubt over his participation in the US Open.
Special offers
Opinion poll

Should the NZ taxpayer financially assist pro golfer Lydia Ko?

Yes, let's back her to win big

Yes, but only until the 2016 Olympics

No, she's a professional

Lydia who? Don't care

Vote Result

Related story: (See story)

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content