Rory, G-Mac lead by two in World Cup

By Associated PressNovember 26, 2011, 10:47 am

HAIKOU, China – Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell will head into the final round of the World Cup with a two-stroke lead after a convincing performance for Ireland in the fourballs on Saturday.

The Irish duo hit eight birdies to finish the third round with an 8-under 64, and a 21-under total of 195 at the Mission Hills complex.

However, the second-ranked McIlroy and 2010 U.S. Open champion McDowell will be unable to rest easy Sunday with Germany, South Africa and the United States all tied for second at 197.

Martin Kaymer and Alex Cekja made 11 birdies in their 11-under 61 on the Blackstone course carved out of cooled lava rock.

“We saw the scoreboard on the sixth green and we saw Germany were off to a flyer,” McDowell said. “We actually expected that today. We are probably a little disappointed that we couldn’t pick up a couple more shots on the way in. We really could have put a little bit of daylight between us and the chasing pack.”

McDowell did not need reminding about what the Ireland team faces on Sunday.

“We are going to have to go and play well tomorrow – it’s as simple as that,” he said.

Germany’s feat was matched by South Africans Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen, who also managed a 61.

The U.S. team of Gary Woodland and Matt Kuchar had 10 birdies and one bogey in a 9-under 63.

“Today was a great day. We ham and egged it pretty well,” Woodland said. “Matt really got us going early. I was kind of all over the place, and he made a birdie on the first hole and got the edge off – and then made three or four in a row. I was struggling and he picked me up.

“Fortunately, I made some putts on the back nine. Hopefully gives us a lot more momentum going into tomorrow.”

Australia slipped to fifth place with a 198 as Brendon Jones and Richard Green on the wet and humid course had a 67.

Edoardo and Francesco Molinari put defending champion Italy back into contention with an 8-under 64 that left them tied for seventh with Mexico at 16 under.

But Ian Poulter and Justin Rose of England saw their hopes of lifting the trophy slip in the inclement conditions, with two bogeys in their 4-under 68. They have a share of 15th with Zimbabwe at 13 under.

Zhang Xinjun and Liang Wenchong of China were at 12 under.

Sunday’s final round of the $7.5 tournament will see a return to the tricky foursomes alternate shot format.

The World Cup features 28 teams and is being staged biennially following golf’s inclusion in the Olympics for 2016.


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Day (68) just one back at Australian Open

By Nick MentaNovember 24, 2017, 6:40 am

Jason Day posted a second-round 68 to move himself just one off the lead held by Lucas Herbert through two rounds at the Emirates Australian Open. Here’s where things stand after 36 holes in Sydney.

Leaderboard: Herbert (-9), Day (-8), Cameron Davis (-7), Anthony Quayle (-6), Matt Jones (-4), Cameron Smith (-4), Nick Cullen (-4), Richard Green (-4)

What it means: Day is in search of his first worldwide victory of 2017. The former world No. 1 last visited the winner’s circle in May 2016, when he won The Players at TPC Sawgrass. A win this week would close out a difficult year for the Aussie who struggled with his game while also helping his mother in her battle with cancer. Day’s last victory on his native soil came in 2013, when he partnered with Adam Scott to win the World Cup of Golf for Australia at Royal Melbourne.


Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open


Round of the day: Herbert followed an opening 67 with a round of 66 to vault himself into the lead at The Australian Golf Club. He made six birdies, including four on his second nine, against a lone bogey to take the outright lead. The 22-year-old, who held the lead at this event last year and captured low-amateur honors in 2014, is coming off a runner-up finish at the NSW Open Championship, which boosted him from 714th to 429th in the Official World Golf Ranking. His 5-under score was matched by Dale Brandt-Richards and Josh Cabban.

Best of the rest: Matt Jones, who won this event over Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott two years ago, turned in 4-under 67. Jones is best known to American audiences for his playoff victory at the 2014 Shell Houston Open and for holding the 36-hole lead at the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, which was eventually won by Day. Jones will start the weekend five shots off the lead, at 4 under par.

Biggest disappointment: Spieth has a lot of work to do this weekend if he expects to be in the title picture for the fourth year in a row. Rounds of 70-71 have him eight shots behind the lead held by Herbert. Spieth made a birdie and a bogey on each side Friday to turn in level par. The reigning champion golfer of the year has finished first, second and first at this event over the last three years.

Storyline to watch this weekend: The Australian Open is the first event of the 2018 Open Qualifying Series. The leading three players who finish in the top 10 and who are not otherwise exempt will receive invites into next summer’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.

Ogilvy urges distance rollback of ball

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 8:49 pm

Add Geoff Ogilvy to the chorus of voices calling for a distance rollback of the golf ball.

In an interview before the start of the Emirates Australian Open, Ogilvy said a "time-out" is needed for governing bodies to deal with the issue.

"It's complete nonsense," he said, according to an Australian website. "In my career, it’s gone from 300 yards was a massive hit to you’re a shorter hitter on tour now, legitimately short. It’s changed the way we play great golf courses and that is the crime. It isn’t that the ball goes 400, that’s neither here nor there. It’s the fact the ball going 400 doesn’t makes Augusta work properly, it functions completely wrong.’’


Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open


Ogilvy used an example from American baseball to help get his point across to an Australian audience.

“Major League Baseball in America, they use wooden bats, and everywhere else in baseball they use aluminium bats,’’ he said. “And when the major leaguers use aluminium bats they don’t even have to touch it and it completely destroys their stadiums. It’s just comedy.

“That’s kind of what’s happened to us at least with the drivers of these big hitters; We’ve completely outgrown the stadiums. So do you rebuild every stadium in the world? That’s expensive. Or make the ball go shorter? It seems relatively simple from that perspective.’’

Ogilvy, an Australian who won the 2006 U.S. Open, said he believes there will be a rollback, but admitted it would be a "challenge" for manufacturers to produce a ball that flies shorter for pros but does not lose distance when struck by recreational players.

The golf world celebrates Thanksgiving

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 6:01 pm

Here's a look, through social media, at how the golf world celebrates Thanksgiving.

Lexi Thompson:

Baking time!!

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David Feherty:

Jack Nicklaus:

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Steve Stricker:

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Frank Nobilo:

Ian Poulter:

Tyrone Van Aswegen:

Happy Thanksgiving: Biggest turkeys of 2017

By Grill Room TeamNovember 23, 2017, 3:00 pm

Thanksgiving brings us golf's biggest turkeys of the year. Donald Trump, Grayson Murray and a certain (now-former) tournament director headline the list. Click here or on the image below to check out all the turkeys.