Great Britain and Ireland beats Continental Europe

By Associated PressSeptember 18, 2011, 2:00 pm

SAINT-NOM-LA-BRETECHE, France – Britain & Ireland held off a strong effort from Continental Europe in singles to retain the Vivendi Seve Trophy 151/2 to 121/2.

The defending champions had a commanding five-point lead heading into the final on Sunday. But Continental Europe won the first five singles to tie it at 111/2 points each.

It took narrow wins by Ian PoulterScott Jamieson and Mark Foster to clinch victory.

The late Spanish golf great Seve Ballesteros created the biennial competition to help Europeans get more match-play experience outside The Ryder Cup.

Thomas Bjorn beat Lee Westwood 2 and 1 to earn the first point and spur Continental Europe’s comeback. The European Masters winner made four birdies and capitalized on three bogeys from Westwood to rally from 3 down.

Continental Europe captured the Inaugural Event in 2000, but Britain & Ireland have since won the trophy six straight times.

Francesco Molinari outplayed Jamie Donaldson, 4 and 3. The Italian had a bogey-free day, sinking three birdies to add a second point for Continental Europe.

Anders Hansen edged Simon Dyson by a hole and was Continental Europe’s best player, winning three out of four points in the event.

Alexander Noren cruised to a 4 and 3 win over Robert Rock. The Swede was 5 up at the turn and protected its lead on the back nine despite two bogeys.

Miguel Angel Jimenez defeated Darren Clarke, 4 and 2, to tie the contest at 11 1/2. The Spanish veteran made the difference by winning four holes on the back nine as the match was still all square at the turn. British Open winner Clarke performed poorly, making five bogeys and a double.

Nicolas Colsaerts trailed by two but the Belgian birdied the 15th and holed an eagle on the 17th to halve his match with David Horsey.

Jamieson beat Pablo Larrazabal by a hole to give Britain & Ireland a 13-12 lead. Larrazabal had 3 bogeys and a double bogey to go 4 down after 10 holes and could not fully recover despite 3 birdies and an eagle on the back nine.

Poulter edged Matteo Manassero by a hole. The Italian teenager led until the 15th but Poulter birdied the last three holes to put Britain and Ireland in a 14-12 lead. The World Match Play champion was the best player for Britain & Ireland, earning four out of five points.

Foster birdied the 17th and parred the 18th to beat Raphael Jacquelin by a hole and secure victory for Britain & Ireland.

Peter Hanson halved his match with Ross Fisher to hand Continental Europe a 6-4 win in Sunday’s singles, but that was not enough to prevent Britain & Ireland from clinching the trophy.

Britain & Ireland entered the contest as underdogs as they were missing the top-ranked Luke Donald and the last two U.S. Open champions, Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell.

All the players on the Continental Europe team were in the top 100, while Britain & Ireland had three players ranked outside the top 100 - Foster, Rock, and Jamieson.

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Angela hits Sergio in stride on field at Superdome

By Grill Room TeamDecember 18, 2017, 3:22 pm

Sergio and Angela Garcia's super 2017 keeps getting more ... Super ... Dome. (+1 awful blog lede.)

The couple started the year with Sergio's win at the Masters, then embarked on a whirlwind green jacket media tour, then kicked off El Clasico, then attended Wimbledon, then got married, then announced they were expecting their first child ...


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And now, they're throwing each other passes on the New Orleans Saints' home turf at the Superdome.

Man, it must be so cool do that at the Silverdome. ... ... ... I'm sorry, it is the Superdome, brothers.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 1, Justin Thomas

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 18, 2017, 1:00 pm

He won a major, captured the FedExCup and was named the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year. It should come as no surprise that Justin Thomas holds the top spot on our Newsmakers list for 2017.

Thomas entered the year ranked outside the top 20, and few might have pegged him for a transcendent campaign. But he kicked off January with a win in Hawaii, added another before leaving the Aloha State and never looked back.

Thomas’ seminal moment came in August when he captured the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow for his breakthrough major title. One month after greeting Jordan Spieth behind the final green at Royal Birkdale, this time it was Thomas’ turn to have friends stick around to snap pictures with the trophy that signaled his arrival among golf’s upper echelon.


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In addition to racking up the hardware – five in total, including the inaugural CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in his first start of the new wraparound season – Thomas dazzled with style. His runaway win at the Sony Open included an opening-round 59, and his third-round 63 at Erin Hills marked the first time anyone had ever shot 9 under on a U.S. Open venue.

Thomas’ consistency was rewarded at East Lake, when a runner-up finish at the Tour Championship netted him the season-long title and $10 million prize. It was in the subsequent press conference where he shared the goals list he had written into his cell phone in February, having ticked off nearly every one. It showed a dedicated attention to detail as well the tactical approach with which Thomas had steered his rapid ascent.

Heading into a new year, he’s now very clearly entrenched as one of the world’s best. And as his career progresses, it’s likely we’ll look back at 2017 as the point where Thomas first transformed great potential into eye-popping results.

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Cabreras win PNC Father/Son Challenge

By Associated PressDecember 17, 2017, 11:36 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. closed with a 12-under 60 for a three-shot victory in their debut at the PNC Father/Son Challenge.

The Cabreras opened with a 59 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and were challenged briefly by the defending champions, David Duval and Nick Karavites, in the scramble format Sunday. The Argentines went out in 30, and they had a two-shot lead with Cabrera's son came within an inch of chipping in for eagle on the final hole.

They finished at 25-under 199 for a three-shot victory over Duval and Karavites, and Bernhard Langer and Jason Langer. The Langer team won in 2014.

Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara tied for fourth at 21 under with Jerry Pate and Wesley Pate.

Cabrera wasn't even in the field until two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange and his son, Tom Strange, had to withdraw.

Duval and his stepson went out in 28, but the Cabreras regained control by starting the back nine with back-to-back birdies, and then making birdies on the 13th, 14th and 16th. The final birdie allowed them to tie the tournament scoring record.

''This is certain my best week of the year,'' said Cabrera, the 2009 Masters champion and 2007 U.S. Open champion at Oakmont. ''To play alongside all the legends ... as well as playing alongside my son, has been the greatest week of the year.''

The popular event is for players who have won a major championship or The Players Championship. It is a scramble format both days.

In some cases, the major champions lean on the power of their sons for the distance. O'Meara said Saturday that his ''little man'' hit it 58 yards by him on the 18th. And on Sunday, Stewart Cink said son Reagan told him after outdriving him on the opening four holes, ''In this tournament I may be your son, but right now I'm your Daddy!''

Jack Nicklaus played with his grandson, G.T. They closed with a 64 and tied for 15th in the field of 20 teams.