Havret wins Wilson clinches Ryder Cup spot

By Associated PressAugust 31, 2008, 4:00 pm
Johnny Walker Championship at GleneaglesGLENEAGLES, Scotland ' Gregory Havret shot a 3-under 70 on Sunday for a one-stroke victory in the Johnnie Walker Championship and Oliver Wilson finished 10th to clinch Europes 10th and final automatic Ryder Cup spot.
 
Havret, who led after every round, sank a 10-foot par putt to win the title at 14-under 278. Graeme Storm, who birdied the last, was second, and Peter Hanson (69) and David Howell (71) shared third.
 
Wilsons 4-under 69 meant Nick Dougherty needed to win the tournament to have a chance of making the team for the Sept. 19-21 tournament against the United States at Valhalla in Kentucky. Dougherty (70) finished seventh after bogeying three of the first six holes before recovering with six birdies.
 
Im very proud of myself and pleased with the weekend, especially Friday afternoon, said Wilson, who needed an eagle and two late birdies in the second round to make the halfway cut. I think at least it proved to people I can do it when I need to.
 
Justin Rose and Soren Hansen also made the qualifying list by staying ahead of Wilson in the top 10. The other seven automatic qualifiers were Padraig Harrington, Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood, Henrik Stenson, Robert Karlsson, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Graeme McDowell.
 
Europe captain Nick Faldo selected Ian Poulter and Paul Casey as his two wild-card picks later Sunday.
 
Rose had struggled earlier this year, but revived his Ryder Cup campaign by finishing ninth at the PGA Championship at Oakland Hills.
 
I think that was the key week getting me on the team, he said. I certainly stalled in the middle of the campaign and it became hard work.
 
Havret said it was the first time he led a tournament after every round, but still felt nervous over the last few holes.
 
I felt a lot of pressure today. My drive at the last was my worst of the week, he said.
 
That shot finished in heavy rough and he had to play out sideways. His third shot ended in a greenside bunker, but he chipped to within 10 feet of the flag and made the putt for victory, his second in Scotland after winning the Scottish Open at Loch Lomond last year.
 
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    Watch: McIlroy gives Fleetwood a birthday cake

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 19, 2018, 2:58 pm

    Tommy Fleetwood turned 27 on Friday. He celebrated with some good golf – a 4-under 68 in Abu Dhabi, leaving him only two shots back in his title defense – and a birthday cake, courtesy of Rory Mcllroy.

    While giving a post-round interview, Fleetwood was surprised to see McIlroy approaching with a cake in hand.

    “I actually baked this before we teed off,” McIlroy joked.

    Fleetwood blew out the three candles – “three wishes!” – and offered McIlroy a slice.  

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    DJ shoots 64 to surge up leaderboard in Abu Dhabi

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 1:48 pm

    Dustin Johnson stood out among a star-studded three-ball that combined to shoot 18 under par with just one bogey Friday at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

    Shaking off a sloppy first round at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Johnson matched the low round of the day with a 64 that put him within four shots of Thomas Pieters’ lead.

    “I did everything really well,” Johnson said. “It was a pretty easy 64.”

    Johnson made four bogeys during an even-par 72 on Thursday and needed a solid round Friday to make the cut. Before long, he was closer to the lead than the cut line, making birdie on three of the last four holes and setting the pace in a group that also included good rounds from Rory McIlroy (66) and Tommy Fleetwood (68).

    “Everyone was hitting good shots,” McIlroy said. “That’s all we were seeing, and it’s nice when you play in a group like that. You feed off one another.” 


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    Coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, Johnson is searching for his first regular European Tour title. He tied for second at this event a year ago.

    Johnson’s second-round 64 equaled the low round of the day (Jorge Campillo and Branden Grace). 

    “It was just really solid all day long,” Johnson said. “Hit a lot of great shots, had a lot of looks at birdies, which is what I need to do over the next two days if I want to have a chance to win on Sunday.” 

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    Closing eagle moves Rory within 3 in Abu Dhabi

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:57 pm

    What rust? Rory McIlroy appears to be in midseason form.

    Playing competitively for the first time since Oct. 8, McIlroy completed 36 holes without a bogey Friday, closing with an eagle to shoot 6-under 66 to sit just three shots back at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

    “I’m right in the mix after two days and I’m really happy in that position,” he told reporters afterward.

    McIlroy took a 3 ½-month break to heal his body, clear his mind and work on his game after his first winless year since 2008, his first full season as a pro.

    He's back on track at a familiar playground, Abu Dhabi Golf Club, where he’s racked up eight top-11s (including six top-3s) in his past nine starts there.


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    McIlroy opened with a 69 Thursday, then gave himself even more chances on Day 2, cruising along at 4 under for the day when he reached the par-5 closing hole. After launching a 249-yard long iron to 25 feet, he poured in the eagle putt to pull within three shots of Thomas Pieters (65). 

    Despite the layoff, McIlroy edged world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, by a shot over the first two rounds. 

    “DJ is definitely the No. 1 player in the world right now, and one of, if not the best, driver of the golf ball," McIlroy said. "To be up there with him over these first two days, it proves to me that I’m doing the right things and gives me a lot of confidence going forward.”

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    Duke to fill in for injured Pavin at CareerBuilder

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:25 pm

    Ken Duke will fill in for Corey Pavin for the next two rounds of the CareerBuilder Challenge – with nothing at stake but his amateur partner’s position on the leaderboard.

    Pavin was 4 over par when he withdrew after 17 holes Thursday because of a neck injury. Tournament officials contacted Duke, the first alternate, and asked if he would take Pavin’s spot and partner with Luis Lopez for the next two rounds, even though he would not receive any official money.

    Duke accepted and explained his decision on Twitter:

    Playing on past champion’s status, the 48-year-old Duke has made only four starts this season, with a best finish of a tie for 61st at the RSM Classic.

    Pavin received a sponsor exemption into the event, his first PGA Tour start since the 2015 Colonial.