LOS ANGELES (AP) — Max Homa captured the PGA’s Genesis Invitational in a one-hole playoff against Tony Finau (FEE’-now). The win was secured just minutes after Homa missed a 3-foot birdie putt on 18 to extend the tournament. Homa closed with a 5-under 66 and played the final 26 holes without a bogey for a minus-12 total.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tiger Woods says he isn’t sure if he’ll be able to compete in the Masters this spring. Woods said during the CBS broadcast of the Genesis Invitational that he doesn’t know when he will return from a fifth back surgery. The former No. 1 player had a microdiscectomy Dec. 23 and says he’s a little stiff.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Christopher Bell chased down Joey Logano on the winding Daytona road course for his first career Cup victory and a coveted spot in NASCAR’s playoffs. Bell was competing in his second race driving for JGR, which loaned him out to Leavine Family Racing last year for his rookie season. Logano had to settle for second after building a decent lead late in the race.
UNDATED (AP) — Colorado Rockies outfielder Ian Desmond has decided to opt out for a second straight season. The Gold Glove center fielder announced on his Instagram account that his “desire to be with my family is greater than my desire to go back and play baseball under these circumstances.” No amount of lobbying by Rockies manager Bud Black could persuade the 35-year-old Desmond, who was scheduled to make $8 million this season.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Stan Williams has died at 84 after being in hospice care due to the effects of cardio-pulmonary illness. The two-time All-Star helped the Dodgers win the 1959 World Series and was part of a powerhouse Los Angeles rotation that included Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale and Johnny Podres from 1960-62. Known as the “Big Hurt” because of his penchant for pitching inside, Williams had a record of 109-94 and a 3.48 ERA during his 14-year career in the majors.