Northern Ireland duo coming up big

By Associated PressOctober 3, 2010, 9:02 pm

Ryder Cup

NEWPORT, Wales – After removing any doubt whether the first pairing of golfers from Northern Ireland would notch a full point in Ryder Cup play, the next matter of business for Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy was sorting out nicknames.

Less than an hour after knocking off the U.S. duo of Zach Johnson and Hunter Mahan in foursomes, McDowell was asked whether he preferred to be called “G Mac” or “Big Mac.”

“I know I could do with shedding a few pounds,” he laughed, “but I’ll definitely stick with G Mac.”

“I guess,” McIlroy said, anticipating the next question, “that makes me Wee Mac.”

Their win in the second foursomes (alternate-shot) match completed by mid-afternoon Sunday brought Europe even at 6-6. The two ham-and-egged so well en route to the 3-and-1 victory that when McIlroy’s microphone in the interview room cut out, he simply reached over and pulled McDowell’s closer.

“Sharing everything else this week,” the 21-year-old rising star quipped. “May as well share a microphone.”

Thanks to birdie putts by McIlroy at the 13th and 17th holes, the Northern Ireland pair made a late comeback to halve their opening fourball (better-ball) match against Stewart Cink and Matt Kuchar. In the following foursomes match against the same U.S. pair, they were beaten 1 up when Cink rolled in a 30-foot birdie at the 17th and McIlroy failed to convert his from just 8 feet.

They faced another crucial juncture on Sunday at the 15th, a short par-4 reachable with driver off the tee. The Americans had already cobbled together a birdie and McDowell needed to match it from 12 feet to retain the momentum.

“This guy,” said McDowell, the U.S. Open champion, with a nod toward his partner, “hit a fabulous pitch shot to even give me that opportunity.

“I wasn’t supposed to miss that flag left but I did,” he added, sheepishly. “So, yeah, it was a big putt.”

Even so, the Americans made one more run at the 16th, when Johnson rolled in an improbable 30-footer for birdie to climb back to within 2 up. For a moment, both McDowell and McIlroy flashed back to the late charges by the Yanks that kept them from claiming a full point.

“Stewart Cink beat us up with the putter in the first two matches, and it looked like Zach Johnson was trying to do the same,” McDowell said.

But he poured cold water on any chance of a third comeback by sticking his tee shot at the 211-yard, par 3 17th just 20 feet past the flag. When Johnson’s pitch for birdie slid by the flag, all the European duo needed was a two-putt to lock up a tie. Instead, McIlroy closed with a flourish by making the birdie.

“To get that first win under my belt in The Ryder Cup is fantastic, and to do it alongside this guy is even more special,” McIlroy said. “He’s been great for me this week. He’s made my life a lot easier.”

McDowell said the two friends have been talking about forming a Ryder Cup partnership for “a couple of years now. We have spent a lot of time together and we have been joking around about winning Ryder Cup points. I think we both realize now – I certainly found out two years ago – how difficult winning a point is in this tournament and we certainly experienced that the last couple of days.

“I’m going to miss him tomorrow,” McDowell said, referring to Monday’s singles matches, “but I know he’ll be doing his job and I’ll be doing mine. It’s been great. It’s been everything we imagined it could be.”

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

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.

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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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