Poulter wins Match Play denies Donald top spot

By Associated PressMay 22, 2011, 8:24 pm

European TourCASARES, Spain – Ian Poulter denied Luke Donald a coveted place at the top of the world rankings on Sunday, beating his fellow Englishman, 2 and 1, in a scrappy final of the World Match Play Championship to claim his first title of 2011.

Second-ranked Donald could have risen to No. 1 for the first time, supplanting compatriot Lee Westwood, if he’d won the tournament in Andalusia, but he failed to find the ruthless form that swept him to the final.

Poulter, who ousted Westwood in the last 16, was 1 down to his Ryder Cup teammate on three occasions in an error-strewn match. But a marvelous 45-foot putt won the 12th hole and further birdies on the 14th and 16th sealed a jaded Donald’s fate.

“I didn’t play my best but I played the right shots at the right times,” said Poulter, whose 14th career title will lift him from No. 22 to a place inside the top 15 when the new rankings are released Monday. “It’s a very special day.”

Poulter picked up a winner’s check for $1.14 million and became the first player to win both Match Play titles either side of the Atlantic – he won the Accenture version last year.

Donald won the 2011 edition of that tournament in Arizona in February and came into the final on a 14-match winning streak in match play, which included victories in singles and doubles matches at last year’s Ryder Cup.

But just like he did last month – when he lost a playoff to Brandt Snedeker at The Heritage in South Carolina – Donald missed an opportunity to climb to No. 1, acknowledging tiredness had caught up with him in southern Spain.

“I just ran out of steam a little bit,” said Donald, who made only one birdie against Poulter. “I really didn’t play well. I had some opportunities on the greens that I usually can do in my sleep. It leaves a sour taste in my mouth.”

Poulter, who beat Belgium’s Nicolas Colsaerts at the first playoff hole in the second semifinal earlier Sunday, had been taken to at least 18 holes in his previous five matches on the Finca Cortesin course this week.

Donald, on the other hand, had marched relentlessly to the final despite struggling with a throat infection, looking imperious in his overwhelming defeat of third-ranked Martin Kaymer in the semifinal.

“He’s playing like a machine,” Kaymer said after his, 5-and-3, thrashing.

Poulter went 1 down to Donald on the eighth when, after slicing his tee shot into the bushes at the side of the fairway, he slipped down a bank trying to thrash away his second shot.

“I think my clothes were more hurt than I was,” said Poulter. He lost his treasured ball-marker in that tumble and asked a match referee to find it as Poulter played the ninth.

He got up unscathed from his fall to promptly concede the hole, shared the next three and then rattled in the match-turning putt on the 12th green to draw level. Poulter ultimately proved too strong down the finish, with Donald limping home with four bogeys on his card.

Poulter played 108 holes this week, scrapping his way to a first tournament win since the Hong Kong Open last November. The match-play format certainly is to his liking.

“Can we have 20 match-play events a year, please?” Poulter quipped. “It gets the adrenalin going more, gets me going more than if you’re just out there making birdies and winning easy matches. I just love it. It’s nice to have a good tussle.

“It doesn’t have to be picture perfect. You just have to get the job done.”

Poulter won on the seventh birthday of his only son, Luke.

“That makes it even more special,” said Poulter, who will fly to England on Sunday with Luke ahead of the PGA Championship at Wentworth.

Donald heads for the same event, where he gets another chance to dethrone Westwood.

“It’s the least of my worries,” Donald said of the battle for the No. 1 spot. “It will come if I keep playing the way I am.”

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Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.

The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.

There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. 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.

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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Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo

By Grill Room TeamDecember 15, 2017, 1:05 am

Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.

With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.

Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.

The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.

Image via tom.lovelady on Instagram.

In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.