Amateur champ Luck set for pro debut at Valero

After a decorated amateur career, Curtis Luck is ready to start playing for keeps. The Australian won the U.S. Amateur and Asia-Pacific Amateur last year, and he entered the Masters as the top-ranked amateur in the world. After making the cut at Augusta National, he announced his intentions to turn pro and will make his first professional start this week at the Valero Texas Open. “I’ve been playing golf 10 years now, so I guess it’s been a long time coming to be and turning professional,” Luck told reporters. “It’s going to be a great week this week to be able…

Nadal: I would like to be Real Madrid president

While he admits it may be unlikely, Rafael Nadal would like to be Real Madrid president. Spanish 14-time grand slam champion Rafael Nadal revealed he would like to one day be Real Madrid president. Although Nadal’s uncle Miguel Angel Nadal is a former Barcelona defender, Rafael is a Madrid fan. Nadal admits it may be unlikely, but the 30-year-old said being at the helm of the La Liga and European giants was a dream. “If you ask me if I would like it, of course I would, why …

Ko, Gilchrist working together, is union imminent?

Rolex world No. 1 Lydia Ko may have found her new coach, the same coach who helped Ariya Jutanugarn top Ko for Rolex Player of the Year last season. Ko has worked with Gary Gilchrist for “several sessions” over the last 10 days or so at Mission Inn Resort & Club in Howey-In-The-Hills, Fla. She is preparing to make her first LPGA start of 2017 next month at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open. Ko’s team confirmed Tuesday that Ko has been …

Liaoning still interested in Australian pair

Robbie Kruse and James Holland have arrived at Liaoning Whowin’s winter training camp but their transfers remain uncertain Liaoning Whowin coach Ma Lin insists he still wants to sign Australian duo Robbie Kruse and James Holland but concedes it’s up to the club owners whether the deals go ahead. Kruse and Holland are in China and had been expected to sign for Liaoning this week pending successful completion of their medicals but the Chinese Football Association’s (CFA) shock decision to change the Chinese Super League’s (CSL) rules for foreign players has put the transfers on hold. In a bid …

WATCH: Victory coy on Robbie Keane

Another A-League club could be chasing the ex-LA Galaxy striker with Kevin Muscat hinting he could be interested Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat has kept his cards close to his chest but hinted at a potential move for Robbie Keane. Already Western Sydney Wanderers and Brisbane Roar have indicated interest in signing the former LA Galaxy captain in the January transfer window, and Muscat was coy when asked about Keane on Friday. WATCH: ‘Robbie Keane’s a very good …

Spieth rallies on back nine at Australian Open

Jordan Spieth made four birdies on the back nine to rebound from a sluggish start, and he is only two strokes behind Geoff Ogilvy heading into the final round at the Australian Open. The world No. 5 was 1 over par after five holes, but then he got the putter working with birdies on Nos. 6 and 7. He added three more birdies on 12-14, made a bogey on 15, and added one more birdie on the par-5 16th before signing for a 4-under 68. “I was very proud of how we played after the first five holes,” Spieth said. “Very solid back nine, minus one wedge shot, but feel better on the greens, more comfortable on the greens, and got …

LPGA, LET add Ladies Scottish Open

NAPLES, Fla. – The LPGA will co-sanction the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open with the Ladies European Tour next year, LPGA commissioner Mike Whan announced Friday. The event will be played July 27-30 at Dundonald Links in North Ayrshire, the week before the Ricoh Women’s British Open. The 156-player field will play for a $1.5 million purse. Whan said half the field will be made up of LET players and half LPGA players. “Aberdeen Asset Management wanted to create on the women’s side something very similar to what they created on the men’s side, which is a big global event that will be televised around the world that bring two tours together, and to do…

Punch Shot: What team do you want to see at Zurich?

The Zurich Classic of New Orleans will make the switch to a two-man team format in 2017, becoming the PGA Tour’s first team event in nearly 40 years. So we asked our writers, who would you most like to see team up? By RANDALL MELL Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. Yeah, somebody hand me Hal Sutton’s 10-gallon hat. This pairing isn’t likely to come off, but the question is what two-man team do I most want to see, not expect to see. No golf union would be more anticipated, more compelling and potentially more fun to watch if these guys are able to have some fun together themselves. The Duel at Doral, Tiger and Lefty’s epic 2005 Sunday showdown in South Florida, was the most …

Day to skip Aussie events with back injury

Jason Day’s back injury will cause him to miss two tournaments in his native Australia next month. Day announced on Thursday that he will miss the Emirates Australian Open Nov. 17-20 at Royal Sydney and the World Cup of Golf Nov. 24-27 at Kingston Heath in Melbourne. At issue is the long trip to Australia while Day is in the midst of his rehabilitation. “I regret that I will be unable to come home to Australia this year,” Day said in a statement. “I was looking forward to playing in the Australian Open and teaming up with Adam…

Oddsmaker lists Rose, Stenson as co-favorites

Justin Rose may hold a one-shot lead over Henrik Stenson going into the final round of the men’s Olympic tournament in Rio de Janeiro, but at least one oddsmaker sees them as dead even. Jeff Sherman, manager of the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, lists Rose and Stenson as 11/10 co-favorites. Australian Marcus Fraser, who trails Rose by three shots, is 15/1. Bubba Watson (six shots back) is 40/1 and Emiliano Grillo and David Lingmerth (both also six back) are 60/1.