In a major championship season of endless theater, the PGA Championship lived up to its end of the bargain Friday.
Henrik Stenson was baking in the hot sun of Baltusrol, chipping out of the thick grass in the short-game area until the bag of golf balls was nearly empty. One chip dropped into the cup on its last turn.
Jared du Toit was in position to become the first Canadian to win the Canadian Open in 62 years -- and the first amateur to break through on the PGA Tour in 25 seasons.
Dustin Johnson made a 10-foot eagle putt on the par-5 18th hole Thursday for a 6-under 66 and a share of the Canadian Open lead with Luke List.
A year away from golf's return to the Olympics after a 112-year absence, IOC President Thomas Bach said it would be good if the sport had a wide range of players from as many countries as possible competing for medals.
Tiger Woods withdrew from the PGA Championship, the first time he will go an entire year without playing a major.
They walked off the 18th green together, arms wrapped around each other, forever linked by one of golf's greatest duels. Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson.
Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson delivered what everyone expects out of a major championship.
Phil Mickelson has nearly everything going his way at this British Open. He has control of his shots and the flight of his ball in the wind and rain. He has the lowest 36-hole total at Royal Troon. He even caught a break with the weather, his black rain suit coming in handy only over his final 10 holes Friday.
Lydia Ko shot a 5-under 66 in windy conditions Friday for a share of the Marathon Classic lead with Hyo Joo Kim.