Tiger Woods has back surgery, will miss the Masters

Tiger Woods had surgery on his ailing back and said Tuesday he will miss the Masters for the first time in his career.

A closed shop for the Hall of Fame

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) No one should have been more thrilled than Vijay Singh to hear about the voting changes for the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Singh is already in.

He was elected in 2005 with 56 percent of the vote from a panel that consisted mainly of golf writers, most of whom the big Fijian had blown off over the years. By then, Singh had 25 PGA Tour victories, three majors, two PGA Tour money titles and one Jack Nicklaus Award as player of the year. He is among the greats in the game.

Masters field nearing completion

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) The Texas Open is the last chance for players to crack the top 50 in the world ranking and earn a spot in the Masters.

The drama is lacking this year.

Richard Sterne is No. 53 and George Coetzee is No. 55 - except they're not in the field at San Antonio. The only players at the Valero Texas Open who can move into the top 50 are Chesson Hadley (No. 56) and Ryan Palmer (No. 62). Everyone else who could make it to the top 50 would have to win - and that's an automatic invitation, anyway.

All Ryder Cup matches to be aired in US

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) For the first time, every match of this year's Ryder Cup in Europe will be shown live in the United States.

NBC Sports Group announced Tuesday that Golf Channel will broadcast Friday matches and NBC will broadcast the Saturday and Sunday matches from Gleneagles in Scotland. The Ryder Cup will be held on Sept. 26-28.

Michelle Wie continues a rocket ride up the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings.
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Here's what You Oughta Know heading into the final round at Harbour Town, where Luke Donald leads by two shots over John Huh.
Luke Donald made four birdies on the back nine Saturday to build a two-shot lead in Hilton Head.
Without Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson, the TV ratings for the Masters last weekend were the worst for CBS since 1957.
Jim Furyk came back Saturday morning to put the finishing touches on a bogey-free 66 at Harbour Town, which put him in contention for a second win at the RBC Heritage.
Fresh off a fourth-place showing at the Masters, Miguel Angel Jimenez carded a 7-under 65 to take the lead in his Champions Tour debut.
K.J. Choi held a one-shot lead when play was called off for the day on Friday at rain-soaked Harbour Town in the RBC Heritage.
Play was called off for the day on Friday at rain-soaked Harbour Town in the RBC Heritage.
Amateur Matthew Fitzpatrick shot an even-par 71 Friday amid difficult conditions at Harbour Town and will make the cut at the RBC Heritage.