US cruises to victory at Curtis Cup

By Associated PressJune 14, 2010, 1:17 am

2010 Curtis Cup

MANCHESTER-BY-THE-SEA, Mass. – The girls from the United States did Harriot and Margaret Curtis proud.

Playing at the Essex County Club, the home course of the two women who donated the trophy that began the Curtis Cup in 1932, the U.S. handily defeated Great Britain and Ireland 12.5-7.5 on Sunday in the 36th biennial competition between teams of female amateur golfers.

Alexis Thompson, a 15-year-old from Coral Gables, Fla., and 18-year-old Jennifer Johnson of La Quinta, Calif., both got off to huge early leads in their singles matches. The Americans needed only two of eight points in the singles to retain the cup after sweeping all six fourball and foursome matches Saturday to take a commanding 8.5-3.5 lead.

“It was a wonderful victory, obviously. We are very pleased and proud,” said U.S. captain Noreen Mohler. “I think today’s play was just a continuation of yesterday’s play. We went out with momentum and we just made a couple of more putts than they did.”

Thompson, who finished 4-0-1 for the weekend, beat Sally Watson, 6 and 5, and Johnson defeated Rachel Jennings, 5 and 4, to clinch it for the U.S., which now leads the series 27-6-3 and has won seven straight matches.

Essex County, the 6,500-yard links-style course designed by Scotsman Donald Ross, reminded many members of the GB&I team of courses back home, and the visitors got off to a strong start Friday, taking a one-point lead.

“Today’s results were superb and the girls were very upbeat this morning knowing we had to practically win the full eight,” said GB&I captain Mary McKenna. “They went out and played their hearts out and to share singles with the US team is absolutely superb. We certainly performed in the positive and we will rise again.”

The Americans responded with a blizzard of birdies on Saturday and some strong play early in the day Sunday.

Danielle McVeigh of Northern Ireland, a 22-year-old who is expected to turn pro soon, was a bright spot all weekend for her team. She beat Jennifer Song, 3 and 2, in the leadoff singles match. Lisa and Leona Maguire, 15-year-old twin sisters from Ireland, also played well for the visitors. Lisa Maguire beat Kimberly Kim, 1-up, and Leona Maguire topped Tiffany Lua, 2 and 1.

“I had a great week,” said McVeigh. “I came here to play well and I’m glad I did. I went out to play well against a great opponent. I tried my best but there’s no I in team.”

Jessica Korda, 17, of Bradenton, Fla., was strong all weekend for the U.S., and she had four birdies and an eagle while whipping Pamela Pretswell of Scotland, 4 and 3. American Cydney Clanton beat Hannah Barwood, 4 and 3. Holly Clyburn’s 2-and-1 win over Stephanie Kono gave the GB&I team a split of Sunday’s eight points.

“I told Alexis and Jessica you are going to be my horses this week,” said Mohler. “You are young and I know you can go 36 holes each day and both have very similar games. The hit the ball similarly distance wise and they feed off each other.”

Sunday’s matches also were widely expected to be the final amateur appearance for several members of the U.S. team. Thompson and Song, 20, of Ann Arbor, Mich., the reigning U.S. Women’s Amateur and Women’s Amateur Public Links champion, both may play in next week’s Shoprite LPGA Classic in Galloway, N.J.

Rose (62) sets blistering pace in Indonesia

By Associated PressDecember 14, 2017, 3:06 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia – Justin Rose shot a 10-under 62 Thursday to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, starting on the back nine at Royale Jakarta Golf Club, had five birdies to go out in 31, then birdied four of five holes midway through his final nine and another birdie on his last hole in the $750,000 tournament.

Full-field scores from the Indonesian Masters

Gunn Charoenkul (64) was in second place and Kim Giwhan and Phachara Khongwatmai (both 65) were tied for third.

Brandt Snedeker shot 72. Ranked 51st in the world, the American is aiming for a strong finish in Jakarta 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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LaCava: Woods wouldn't talk after H.O.R.S.E. match

By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 2:27 pm

The competitive streak within Tiger Woods knows no bounds - even on the basketball court, according to caddie Joe LaCava.

LaCava has been on Woods' bag since 2011, and he recently shared a story on "Inside the Ropes" on Sirius/XM PGA Tour Radio about a clash between the two men over a seemingly friendly game of H.O.R.S.E. Actually, it turned into nine straight games (and nine straight wins) for LaCava, who exploited a weakness in Woods' on-court strategy while leaning on a mid-length jumper of his own:

"The thing with him was if I missed a shot, which I missed plenty of shots, but if I missed the shot he'd go back down to the 3 (point line) because he liked to make the 3," LaCava said. "But it's harder obviously to make a 3, and I'd go right back to the baseline 12-footer, and he couldn't make it."

It's a short list of people who have beaten Woods nine times in any athletic pursuit, let alone in a row. But for LaCava, the fallout from his afternoon of on-court dominance was less than subtle.

"He did not talk to me the rest of the day," LaCava explained. "I didn't even get the old text, 'Dinner is ready,' because I stay across at the beach house. I didn't even get that text that night. I had to get take-out. He didn't announce he wasn't (talking), he just did it. I'm telling you, nine games in a row. Like I said, he's so competitive, even at something like that."

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 3, Tiger Woods

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 14, 2017, 12:45 pm

After returning to competition at the Hero World Challenge in December 2016, Woods started the new year with an ambitious slate of tournament starts as he eyed his first full season since 2013. But he made it only three rounds, looking rusty en route to a missed cut at Torrey Pines before withdrawing abruptly in Dubai.

The “spasms” that led to that withdrawal turned out to be something far more serious, as Woods underwent his fourth and most invasive back surgery in April, a lumbar fusion. It brought with it an extensive rehabilitation, and at the Presidents Cup in September Woods humored the prospect that he might never again play competitive golf.

At Liberty National he also faced some scrutiny for an off-course incident from months prior. In May he was arrested for suspicion of DUI, an incident that produced a startling roadside video of an intoxicated Woods struggling to follow instructions from the arresting officer after driving erratically.

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While he was not drinking at the time, Woods was found to have a mix of several prescription medications in his system, including multiple painkillers. He checked himself into a private drug treatment program in July to address his dependency issues, and in October he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of reckless driving.

But the incident was barely a memory when Woods again made a return to competition in the Bahamas at the tournament he hosts. This time around he exceeded nearly every expectation, twice shooting 4-under 68 while tying for ninth among the 18-man field. Having re-tooled his swing following fusion surgery, Woods appeared relaxed, happy and healthy while briefly taking the lead during the tournament’s second round.

What lies ahead for Woods in 2018 remains uncertain, as the stop-and-start nature of this past season serves as a cautionary tale. But after a harrowing arrest and another serious surgery, he seems once again focused on his game, intent on chasing down a new crop of elite talent, some of whom are barely more than half his age.

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