Kim to face Allenby in Match Play semifinals

By Associated PressOctober 30, 2009, 4:25 pm

2009 European Tour

CASARES, Spain – Anthony Kim advanced tothe semifinals of the World Match Play Championship to play Robert Allenby, despite losing to Scott Strange by three holes on Friday.

Strange needed to beat Kim by at least four holes to advance and was 4 up going into the 568-yard par-5 18th, when the American player responded by hitting his second shot to within 4 feet. Strange, who had laid up, put his approach into the bunker before conceding the hole.

Kim finished with an aggregate of plus-4 holes to Strange’s plus-3 after three Group A matches.

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Robert Allenby lost to Anthony Kim, 5 and 3, at the Presidents Cup. (Getty Images)
“I’m glad that this point system was set up, today,” said Kim, who struck his 3-wood 274 yards at the last. “When Scott laid up, I knew that I had to step up and go for it and it was the perfect number. I hit it hard as I could and it was (within) 4 feet.”

Allenby beat Oliver Wilson of England by three holes to set up a Presidents Cup rematch, where Kim won easily. Kim made bigger headlines then after being called a loose cannon by Allenby for reportedly being spotted drunk only hours before teeing off.

“I’m going to be in bed by 9:30,” Kim said Friday.

Former Masters champion Angel Cabrera also reached the semifinals after easily beating Simon Dyson of England in Group C.

Kim, who won both of his matches Friday, quickly found himself in a tough position against his Australian opponent.

“It was pretty tough to hang in there because I was 3 under after eight but 3 down,” Kim said. “I knew I just had to hang in there.”

Struggling on the greens, Kim eventually cut the deficit to two holes by No. 12, after Strange three-putted from the fringe. He then lost three of the next five holes before hitting that clutch shot.

“Being aggressive suits (my style), but sometimes it can be your Achilles’ heel,” Kim said. “Every once in a while I get that itch and I go for it.”

Allenby, who was the only unbeaten player to advance, didn’t want to talk about what happened with Kim at the Presidents Cup.

“Obviously, he kicked my (butt) there. It’s all said and done,” Allenby said.

Two-time U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen beat Paul Casey by a hole, and Sergio Garcia was a five-hole winner over Martin Kaymer in matches where no player could advance.

 

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.


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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.


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