Harris English secured his first win since 2013 with a play-off victory at the Tournament of Champions on Sunday.

The American carded a four-under 69 in the final round to finish alongside Joaquin Niemann (64) at the end of regulation in Kapalua, Hawaii.

English stepped up to birdie the par-five 18th hole in the play-off, overcoming Niemann for his first win since 2013.

"It's incredible," he told the Golf Channel after his third PGA Tour success.

"A lot of hard work over the years, you never think you're going to get here again, winning twice back in 2013 and it's just hard to win out here.

"I had a really good chance this week and felt good about my game and you've just got to get it done."

Niemann produced a stunning nine-under 64 in the final round to finish at 25 under.

But English birdied his final hole to force a play-off and he delivered to secure the title.

Two-time champion Justin Thomas (66) finished at 24 under, a shot ahead of Ryan Palmer (71).

Im Sung-jae (69) and Xander Schauffele (66) ended up tied for fifth at 21 under.

World number two Jon Rahm got going with a six-under 67, but it was only enough to finish tied for seventh alongside Bryson DeChambeau (66) and Collin Morikawa (73).

Dustin Johnson, meanwhile, carded a second straight 69 to finish tied for 11th.

Justin Thomas apologised for using an "inexcusable" homophobic slur during the third round of the Tournament of Champions on Saturday.

Defending champion Thomas' comment was picked up by a television microphone after he missed a five-foot putt for par on the fourth hole.

"It's inexcusable, first off I just apologise. There's just no excuse. I'm an adult, I'm a grown man - there's absolutely no reason for me to say anything like that. It's terrible," the 2017 PGA Championship winner told the Golf Channel.

"I'm extremely embarrassed. It's not the kind of person that I am.

"Unfortunately, I did it, and I have to own up to it and I'm very apologetic. I'm speechless. I found out when I got done with my round. It's bad. There's no other way to put it.

"I need to do better, I need to be better. It's definitely a learning experience. I deeply apologise to anyone and everybody who I offended, and I'll be better because of it."

Thomas finished his round by carding a five-under 68, which saw him slip three places down the leaderboard for a share of fifth alongside Sungjae Im on 17 under for the tournament.

Ryan Palmer and Harris English finished Saturday's action in Hawaii as joint-leaders, the former producing the best round of the day – a nine-under 64.

Palmer and English hold a one-shot lead over Collin Morikawa, with Daniel Berger two further back in fourth.

English could have been the sole leader had Palmer been issued with a penalty for kicking the soil after seeing a chip on the par-five ninth start to roll back from the elevated green.

Players are not allowed to deliberately alter physical conditions while the ball is in motion, but officials determined he was not attempting to improve his lie.

"There was no intention of me trying to abuse the rule. There was no way, because that ball wasn't even going to be close to where I was at," Palmer said.

"[Rules official John Munch] showed me the video and I looked at it and I go, what am I looking at? And it took me watching it twice to understand what he was talking about.

"In disgust, I kicked a divot, but the ball was five feet away from me where it ended up stopping … there was no intention of me trying to help my ball because there was no way my ball was even close to where I was at.

"I was just discussing with James [Edmondson, his caddie] I hit the wrong wedge on the chip shot, in disgust, and then when I got there, I just kind of did the old kick the divot, p***** off motion."

Harris English pulled two strokes clear at the halfway mark of the Tournament of Champions as Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm made their moves.

English, who shared the overnight lead with Justin Thomas, carded a six-under 67 in the second round in Kapalua, Hawaii on Friday.

The American produced a bogey-free round that featured six birdies to move into 14 under at the first PGA Tour event of 2021.

English is two shots ahead of Thomas (69), Daniel Berger (65), Collin Morikawa (65) and Ryan Palmer (67).

Thomas, a two-time champion of the tournament, made four birdies on his front nine but a bogey at 13 slowed his momentum before picking up another shot at the last.

The world's two top-ranked players, Johnson and Rahm, charged into contention.

Johnson, who opened with a 71, made eight birdies in a second-round eight-under 65 to get to 10 under – enough for a tie for 10th.

Rahm is alongside him after the Spaniard produced a fast finish, birdieing five of his final seven holes.

Xander Schauffele (66), Brendon Todd (67), Im Sung-jae (68) and Patrick Reed (68) are tied for sixth at 11 under.

Joining Johnson and Rahm at 10 under are Scottie Scheffler (66), Bryson DeChambeau (67), Joaquin Niemann (67), Carlos Ortiz (67) and Patrick Cantlay (68).

Justin Thomas carded an eight-under 65 to share the lead after the opening round of the Tournament of Champions on Thursday.

Two-time champion Thomas produced a bogey-free first round that included eight birdies in Kapalua, Hawaii.

The world number three, winner of the event in 2017 and 2020, made five birdies on the front nine and three on his final five holes.

Thomas shares a two-stroke lead with Harris English in the first PGA Tour event of the year.

The highlight of English's round was an eagle at the ninth hole, where he chipped in from just off the green.

On what is a congested leaderboard, six players are tied for third at six under.

Sergio Garcia, Robert Streb, Nick Taylor, Ryan Palmer, Im Sung-jae and Patrick Reed all opened with 67s.

Garcia won the tournament in 2002, while Reed was victorious in 2015 and has two runner-up finishes since – including last year.

Adam Scott, Patrick Cantlay and Brendon Todd carded five-under 68s.

World number one Dustin Johnson is back in a tie for 30th after opening with a 71, while Jon Rahm carded a 70.

Tiger Woods and son Charlie once again took centre stage but it was Justin Thomas and dad Mike who claimed the PNC Championship trophy.

Charlie, aged just 11, was competing in the tournament with 15-time-major-winning father Tiger and showed off his golf repertoire at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club.

The pair combined for a 10-under 62 on day one, leaving them four shots off the pace, and matched that total on Sunday with some impressive combination play.

Charlie got Team Woods off to a flier with a birdie at the third, which the pair celebrated with a trademark fist bump.

They also eagled the par-five fifth and 14th, but that was not enough to challenge for the title as they finished down in seventh.

Team Kuchar and Team Kite finished two shots better off in a tie for fifth, while Team Trevino and Team O'Meara were joint-third at 23 under.

Thomas Jr and 61-year-old father Mike came out on top on 25 under, finishing one stroke ahead of Team Singh.

Team Thomas started with seven straight birdies and finished with 15 across a bogey-free Sunday.

Viktor Hovland became the first player to make birdie at the 72nd hole to win the Mayakoba Golf Classic.

Hovland was tied for the lead alongside Aaron Wise on the final hole at El Camaleon Golf Club, where the Norwegian drained a birdie for the stunning walk-off victory.

The 23-year-old Hovland captured his second PGA Tour title with his clutch one-stroke triumph in Mexico on Sunday, having also won February's Puerto Rico Open.

Hovland, who posted a final-round 65 to finish 20 under, became the fifth European player since 1945 to claim multiple PGA Tour trophies before the age of 24, following Rory McIlroy (six), Seve Ballesteros (three), Sergio Garcia (three) and Jon Rahm (two).

"I don't really feel like I'm very good at those pressure situations," Hovland said afterwards.

"I was shaking there in the end - I thought I lost it after the second shot on 16 and made an awesome par there but missed a putt on 17 and knew I needed to make birdie on 18 and it just happened to go in.

"[I] don't feel comfortable in those moments at all."

American Wise had to settle for the runners-up cheque following his eight-under-par 63, while countrymen Adam Long (67) and Tom Hoge (69) ended the tournament 17 under.

Harris English (63), Billy Horschel (64) and Lucas Glover (66) were a stroke further back, while Brendon Todd (66) saw his title defence end in a tie for eighth, alongside Tony Finau (67), Carlos Ortiz (66) and overnight leader Emiliano Grillo (72).

Austin Eckroat became the third amateur to shoot a 65 or better in the final round of a non-major PGA Tour event since 1983.

Eckroat (65) earned a share of 12th position at 14 under, and he was joined by former world number one Justin Thomas (69), who was unable to maintain his title charge.

Emiliano Grillo carded a three-under-par 68 as he retained his lead after the third round of the Mayakoba Golf Classic.

Grillo holed five birdies and two bogeys to remain top of the leaderboard by one stroke at the El Camaleon Golf Club in Playa del Carmen in Mexico on Saturday.

The Argentinian, whose only win on the PGA Tour came in 2015, was four shots clear at the start of the penultimate round.

Heading into Sunday's final round, Grillo is ahead of American golfer Tom Hoge (65) at 16 under through 54 holes as four-time major champion Brooks Koepka (71) and Rickie Fowler (72) missed the cut after the second round concluded early on Saturday.

Viktor Hovland is a stroke further back following his eight-under-par 63, having birdied four of his last six holes to post a career-low-tying score.

Former world number one Justin Thomas surged into contention thanks to a flawless nine-under-par 63 to be four shots behind Grillo.

Thomas had nine birdies without a bogey as the American star and 2017 US PGA Championship winner ended the day 12 under, alongside Patrick Rodgers (65).

Making his second Mayakoba start, Thomas birdied five of his last seven holes to close the round one stroke shy of Roland Thatcher's 2008 tournament record.

Emiliano Grillo charged into a four-stroke lead before the second round of the Mayakoba Golf Classic was suspended due to darkness on Friday.

The Argentinian carded an eight-under 63 at the El Camaleon Golf Club in Playa del Carmen in Mexico, where Brooks Koepka and Rickie Fowler struggled, to move into 13 under.

Grillo, whose only win on the PGA Tour came in 2015, is four shots ahead of Tom Hoge (67) and Tony Finau (66).

After a difficult start to 2020 saw him miss the cut at eight of his first 13 tournaments, to go with a disqualification at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Grillo has found some better form later in the year.

He mixed nine birdies with one bogey in the second round, which was delayed by an hour due to inclement weather and later suspended because of darkness.

Only 18 players were yet to finish their second rounds, with Andy Ogletree the best-placed, the American – who is making his professional debut – sitting at seven under through 15 holes.

Hoge and Finau are Grillo's nearest challengers, while overnight leader Russell Knox is at eight under after shooting a 69.

Joel Dahmen (67), Aaron Wise (68) and Kyle Stanley (67) are in the group alongside Ogletree in a tie for fifth.

Coming off a win at the Houston Open and a runner-up finish at the Mayakoba Golf Classic last year, Carlos Ortiz (69) is at six under, tied for ninth with eight others.

World number three Justin Thomas bounced back with a 67 to get to three under, sitting in a tie for 34th.

However, Koepka (71) and Fowler (72) are projected to miss the cut after getting to even par – one shot adrift of making the weekend with the second round yet to be completed.

Russell Knox earned a one-stroke lead after the opening round of the Mayakoba Golf Classic in Mexico.

Scottish golfer Knox carded a six-under-par 65 to set the early pace at El Camaleon Golf Club on Thursday.

Knox only dropped one shot on day one of the PGA Tour tournament, holing seven birdies to top the leaderboard ahead of Joaquin Niemann, Emiliano Grillo – who extended his streak of par-or-better rounds in the event to a perfect 17-for-17 – and Tom Hoge.

A two-time Tour champion but without a title since 2016, Knox has claimed just two over-par scores in 29 rounds at the Mayakoba Golf Classic in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo.

In his seven previous starts at the event, Knox claimed top-10 finishes in 2015 (tied for second), 2016 (T3) and 2017 (T9), while the most recent of his two 18-hole leads/co-leads before this week came via this season's Safeway Open (T9).

Viktor Hovland, Tony Finau, Carlos Ortiz, defending champion Brendon Todd, Aaron Wise, Nate Lashley, Akshay Bhatia and Michael Gligic are two shots off the pace.

In his first start since claiming his maiden Tour title at the Houston Open, Ortiz posted his 16th consecutive round of par-or-better this season.

Rickie Fowler ended the round one under par, four-time major champion Brooks Koepka posted a 71 to be six shots behind Knox heading into the second day, while Justin Thomas was a stroke worse off.

Jon Rahm moved into a five-way share of the lead when the second round of The Masters was completed and Bryson DeChambeau only just avoided missing the cut on Saturday.

Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Abraham Ancer and Cameron Smith topped the leaderboard after completing 36 holes before play was halted in fading light at Augusta on Friday.

Rahm holed a short birdie putt when he resumed at the 13th hole to join that quartet and the world number two remained at nine under after signing for a 66 following five consecutive pars.

The composed Spaniard chipped in from the edge of the green at 15 to remain a joint-leader of a major that is finely poised on moving day.

DeChambeau was in danger of making an early exit, but sneaked in for the rest of the weekend by the skin of his teeth, moving just about the cut line despite finishing with back-to-back bogeys to sign for a 74.

Pre-tournament favourite DeChambeau, who revealed a COVID-19 test he took after playing on Friday as he was feeling dizzy came back negative, faced an anxious wait to see if the cut line would be moved but the U.S. Open champion was able to breathe a sigh of relief.

Patrick Reed moved into the top 10 after heading back out for an early start, picking up a couple of shots to sit in contention on eight under with a second successive four-under 68.

Defending champion Tiger Woods is just four shots off the pace on a congested leaderboard following a second round of 71, a birdie at 15 moving him on to five under.

Justin Rose, the leader at the end of a weather-affected first day, carded a two-under 70 and is two shots adrift of the leaders.

 

Justin Thomas said you have to "throw all past knowledge out the window this week" as the American star eyes his first Masters title.

Thomas, world number one Dustin Johnson, Masters debutant Abraham Ancer and Australian Cameron Smith are all nine under through 36 holes at Augusta.

Former world number one Thomas claimed the 2017 US PGA Championship, though he has never won the Masters – last year's 12th-place finish his best performance to date.

Thomas has improved in every Masters appearance since 2016, but the 2020 edition is like no other after the iconic major was rescheduled from its original April start to November in Georgia amid the coronavirus pandemic.

After carding a second-round 69, Thomas told reporters: "I know the golf course, I know what to do, what not to do. I know the subtle nuances. I just simply haven't executed it and performed it well. 

"You have to really throw all past knowledge out the window this week, as weird as it is. I had a chip on 15 this morning to that front pin that usually would be just brutal and really, really hard to hit close, and I had to trust that I just kind of had to gas it and hit it pretty hard and it was going to spin. Balls are making pitchmarks with chip shots and pitch shots. 

"A lot of the history and things that you know about the golf course, it can sometimes hurt you this week because of what you're used to. But at the end of the day, it is a lot softer and a lot more scorable, obviously, but it really has just come down to executing a little bit better and minimising the mistakes."

Asked how difficult it is to throw away that past history and knowledge and trust the now and new conditions, Thomas said: "It's really hard… it is weird, but everyone's dealing with it. It's not like I'm the only one that has to adjust or make or may be uncomfortable in certain situations. The entire field is dealing with the same thing."

Ancer enjoyed a fine second round, the Mexican signing for a five-under-par 67 to earn a share of the overnight lead.

He is trying to become the second Mexican player to win in as many weeks on the PGA Tour, after Carlos Ortiz claimed last week's Houston Open.

Asked about his Masters invitation, Ancer said: "It was awesome. I actually have it framed in my house, so it's right there in my living room, and it's something that I dreamt since I was a little kid to play here. I was really, really excited to be here my first time ever, I've never been to the tournament or watched, anything, was last week. I played with a member, Nick Evans, awesome, I couldn't have picked a better guy well, I'm lucky he picked me, I guess. I didn't pick anybody. 

"It's been amazing, and I know maybe it's not the same as in April, but I mean, it's incredible and I love it out here, I love the golf course, and I think this is probably one of my favourite places in the world."

Smith (68) added: "It's obviously good to be in contention on a weekend, and I feel like I've been there enough where I can have a good crack at it."

Dustin Johnson felt he was "on a good roll" heading into the second round of the Masters on Friday and so it initially proved.

The world number one had been required to turn out early in the morning to finish his first 18 holes and improved from three under through nine to seven under at the finish, seizing a share of the lead with Paul Casey and Dylan Frittelli.

He finished with three birdies across the final four holes of the first round and had time only for a brief pause before heading back out to start again.

"To continue to play is definitely a nice advantage," he said. "Obviously we know how the golf course is playing. We've already played nine holes this morning."

Sure enough, after making par as he teed off once more from the 10th, Johnson rattled off three straight birdies to build a three-stroke lead at 10 under.

Having already beaten his best ever score at Augusta over the opening 18 holes, further improvement still was in Johnson's sights in a low-scoring week.

But then the top-ranked star, aiming to become the first world number one to win the Masters since Tiger Woods in 2002, started to stutter.

A bogey at 14 was followed by a trip into the water on the next hole.

Johnson reached the turn back at eight under and had company once again, Im Sung-jae joining the leader.

Justin Thomas briefly had a slice of first place, too, until he double-bogeyed the first – his 10th – after hitting a tree to fall back.

Frittelli was moving in the wrong direction, one over through nine, but Brooks Koepka sustained the form he found late in the first to move to five under.

Also on the climb in Johnson's group was Rory McIlroy, whose Masters hopes had again looked remote as he completed 18 holes in 75.

McIlroy found birdies at 10, 12, 15 and 17 to move into the red for the first time this week, then letting out a laugh as he nailed his tee shot at the 18th, although he had to settle for making the turn bogey-free at one under.

Dustin Johnson and Dylan Frittelli joined Paul Casey in a share of the lead at the Masters as the first round belatedly concluded on Friday.

Weather delays meant half of the field could not play 18 holes on Thursday, forcing several big names to return early before a swift turnaround.

World number one Johnson could carry some momentum into his second round after birdieing three of the final four holes to match Casey's seven-under 65.

Johnson carded his best round at Augusta, beating his previous low of 67 after resuming at three under through nine.

That still might not have been enough for the co-lead had Frittelli put away his birdie putt at the ninth, his final hole, for first place outright.

Frittelli had missed the cut in his only previous Masters appearance but built on an impressive Thursday - which included an eagle-birdie-birdie-birdie run from the 13th - to hold an 18-hole joint-lead for the first time on the PGA Tour.

Justin Thomas was a stroke back, having not quite maintained the rampant form that took him to five under through 10 overnight.

Also in touch were a pair of veteran former champions in Bernhard Langer and Phil Mickelson, the former on four under with the latter a shot further back.

Even when the 63-year-old Langer appeared to see his round heading off the rails at the seventh, he brilliantly limited the damage to a bogey and followed up with a birdie.

It was the German's first opening round in the 60s at Augusta since 1993, when he won the second of his two titles, and he is on course to become the oldest player to make the cut in Masters history.

Mickelson looked to be finishing his first round on a roll until a bizarre final hole saw a great tee shot followed by a second into the bunker, then landing within four feet before missing a par putt.

Brooks Koepka could end on a high, however, as he followed favourite Bryson DeChambeau in recovering from a slow start to make 70, finishing eagle-birdie-par-birdie.

There was no such change in fortunes for a struggling Rory McIlroy.

Chasing that elusive green jacket and a clean sweep of majors, the Northern Irishman started the day at even par but saw his round quickly fall apart with bogeys at 10, 13 and 14.

Even a birdie at 15 was followed by a miserable tee shot into the water at 16, which forced him to rescue bogey impressively, carding a three-over 75 and in real danger of missing the cut.

Paul Casey will carry a two-stroke lead into Friday at the Masters as Tiger Woods made an impressive start to his title defence at a rain-hit Augusta.

Casey opened with a seven-under 65 in Georgia on Thursday, but the first round was initially delayed and then suspended for almost three hours due to inclement weather.

The Englishman, who was runner-up at the US PGA Championship earlier this year for his 10th top-10 finish at a major, produced a bogey-free round that included an eagle and five birdies.

Casey sat two strokes clear of American duo Webb Simpson and Xander Schauffele, who opened with 67s, when play was suspended for the day due to darkness with 44 players yet to get through 18 holes.

It continued Simpson's fine form, having finished in the top 20 in each of his past six starts on the PGA Tour.

But all eyes were on Woods, who started his title defence with a four-under 68.

Having sensationally won his 15th major at the Masters last year, Woods entered the tournament with just one top-10 finish in 2020 and that came at the Farmers Insurance Open in January.

However, the American – starting on the back nine – made three birdies in four holes from the 13th and picked up a shot at the first during a bogey-free first round.

A five-time Masters winner, Woods' 68 tied his lowest first-round score at the tournament and was his first bogey-free round in a major since the 2009 US PGA Championship.

Woods' round left him in an eight-way tie for fourth, with Hideki Matsuyama, Lee Westwood, Louis Oosthuizen and Patrick Reed alongside him and having completed their rounds.

But Adam Scott (through 10), Justin Thomas (through nine) and Dylan Frittelli (through eight) were all flying and at four under before play was suspended.

Scott, the 2013 Masters champion, made four birdies on the front nine, while Thomas and Frittelli made more mixed starts.

World number one Dustin Johnson (through eight) and Jon Rahm (69) were among a group at three under alongside Rickie Fowler (through 11) and Matthew Wolff (through 10).

U.S. Open champion Bryson DeChambeau recovered from a double bogey at the 13th hole to post a two-under 70 and sit in a tie for 19th, a position he is joined in by Jason Day (70) and Justin Rose (through eight) among others.

Rory McIlroy struggled to get much going, reaching even par halfway through his round, while Brooks Koepka was one over through nine.

Jordan Spieth, the 2015 winner, showed no signs of turning his poor form around, opening with a 74.

Patrick Cantlay upstaged Justin Thomas and Jon Rahm to win the Zozo Championship on Sunday.

Cantlay claimed his third PGA Tour victory after shooting a seven-under 65 in the final round at Sherwood Country Club in California.

The American produced a fine performance on Sunday, mixing nine birdies – tying his career-best in a round on the PGA Tour – with two bogeys.

Cantlay made four birdies in a five-hole stretch beginning at the 11th, including producing a wonderful tee shot at the par-three 15th.

"I've been playing really well I feel like the last little stretch, I just haven't put it together four days in a row and this week it was different," he told NBC after his first win of 2020.

"I played really well in Vegas so I tried to take the first week in Vegas [at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open], just try to take as much as I could from those first three days.

"It was nice to get off to a good start today and I played really well."

Thomas, who held the overnight lead, and Rahm finished tied for second a shot behind Cantlay.

Rahm (68) pushed to force a play-off but missed a 19-footer for birdie at the last, while Thomas carded a 69.

Russell Henley (66), Cameron Smith (67), Bubba Watson (68) and Ryan Palmer (69) finished tied for fourth at 19 under.

Rory McIlroy continued his good finish with a six-under 66 in the final round.

The Northern Irishman fired rounds of 67, 67 and 66 to finish the tournament, left to lament his opening 73 as he ended up tied for 17th.

McIlroy finished with 29 birdies during the tournament, which is his career-high on the PGA Tour.

Tiger Woods, the defending champion and 15-time major winner, struggled, a two-over 74 seeing him finish at one under and tied for 72nd.

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