US Completes Curtis Cup Win Over Britain Ireland
Semple Thompson, who lives only a few miles from the Fox Chapel Golf Club, rolled in a 27-foot putt from the right fringe on the 18th hole to win her match against Vikki Laing 1-up and all but secure the title in the women's amateur version of the Ryder Cup.
The United States opened a 7-2 lead in the three foursomes and six singles matches Saturday before Britain & Ireland took five of the nine matches Sunday.
The Americans have won the biannual competition three consecutive times and hold a 23-6-3 lead in the series, but Britain & Ireland nearly staged a major comeback Sunday.
Britain & Ireland won two of the three foursomes in the morning, and at one time early in the afternoon led or was tied in all six singles matches.
Rebecca Hudson of Britain & Ireland defeated Mollie Fankhauser 3 and 1, and teammate Emma Duggleby won her match against Leigh Anne Hardin 4 and 3. That cut the U.S. lead to 8-6. It also set the stage for the 53-year-old Semple Thompson, the oldest player on the U.S. team and a winner in her foursomes match Saturday.
Semple Thompson went up a hole on Laing, perhaps the best player for Britain & Ireland, on No. 17, then hit her third shot to the right fringe on the par-5 18th green before making her putt.
Asked how far away the putt looked, she said, 'A mile.'
It may have helped that Semple Thompson, the defending U.S. senior women's champion, has played Fox Chapel numerous times. Still, she acknowledged being a little nervous when she saw Britain & Ireland doing so well early in the singles matches.
'It was very disconcerting,' said Semple Thompson, who was down three holes at one point on her front nine. 'But Vikki gave me a number of presents and I hit some good shots. The combination was lethal for her.'
Myerscough, who played at Arizona, was down five holes after the front nine but rallied to defeat Heather Stirling 2-up. Duncan, the defending U.S. Amateur champion, was playing behind Myerscough and defeated Alison Coffey 3 and 1.
Still, the star proved to be the hometown golfer.
'This ranks right up there as perhaps my greatest Curtis Cup experience,' said Semple Thompson, who has played in 12 Curtis Cups. 'I cannot imagine a better script.'
Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational
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.
Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs
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
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.
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.
Playing with the pros
Tiger, DJ and Faxon
President at the Presidents Cup
Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham
Cart on the green
Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open
Trump golf properties
Reportedly fake TIME covers
Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story
Pros comment on the president
Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017
GolfChannel.com is counting down the top 10 Newsmakers of the Year as voted on by Golf Channel’s writers, editors, reporters and producers. Check out the list below, including future release dates. And click here for the full collection of articles.
No. 1: Dec. 18