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.

Amateur Matthew Fitzpatrick shot an even-par 71 Friday amid difficult conditions at Harbour Town and will make the cut at the RBC Heritage.
Bill Haas withdrew prior to the start of his second round at Harbour Town because of a wrist injury, his first career withdrawal from a PGA Tour event.
A strange scene turned scary Friday in Malaysia when Pablo Larrazabal was forced to jump into a lake to escape a hornet attack.
When Lydia Ko parted ways with her long-time swing coach in New Zealand after turning pro late last year, there were Kiwis who were outraged. Some are kicking up a fuss again...
Matt Kuchar has been a regular contender of late, but hasn't been able to seal the deal. He shares the lead at Harbour Town.
Web.com Tour player Josh Broadaway took to Twitter Thursday to express his displeasure with Nick Faldo's inclusion in this week's limited field at the RBC Heritage.
David Leadbetter saw something encouraging beyond Michelle Wie's swing Wednesday at the Lotte Championship.
Suzann Pettersen returned to work Wednesday with swing coach David Leadbetter at ChampionsGate in Orlando.
Paul Goydos, who lost the 2008 Players Championship in sudden death, has concerns with the new tournament playoff format.
It was not exactly an elaborate birthday celebration for Davis Love III, who turned 50 on Sunday.