Watson Johnson make first Ryder Cup team

By Doug FergusonAugust 16, 2010, 4:38 am

2010 PGA Championship

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. – The disappointment of his playoff loss in the PGA Championship didn’t last long for Bubba Watson on Sunday.

He’s taking his booming drives to the Ryder Cup.

The question now is whether he will have Tiger Woods as one of his teammates.

Watson, who was 18th in the U.S. standings going into the final qualifying tournament, moved up to No. 3 with his runner-up finish at Whistling Straits to be one of eight Americans qualifying for the team.

“I made the Ryder Cup. So that’s all I care about,” Watson said.

Dustin Johnson, whose two-stroke penalty on a bizarre bunker ruling knocked him out of the playoff, tied for fifth and also secured a spot on the team.

Phil Mickelson led the standings for the first time in his career, followed by Hunter Mahan, Watson, Jim Furyk, Steve Stricker, Jeff Overton and Matt Kuchar, who nailed down the final spot when he tied for 10th at the PGA Championship.

Turns out Woods needed to finish at least in the top five to make the team. He opened with two birdies, but after a miserable stretch around the turn – he dropped four shots in three holes – he shot 73 and tied for 28th. Woods wound up 12th in the standings and will need to be picked by U.S. captain Corey Pavin to make the team.

Woods has at least one more tournament before Pavin announces his selections on Sept. 7 in New York.

“I feel like my game is a lot better than it was last week, and given a little bit more time, it’s starting to head in the right direction now, which is good,” Woods said. “And I’m looking forward to it. Hopefully, Corey will pick me on the team.”

Watson was one of four Americans who have never played in the Ryder Cup. Neither has Johnson, while Overton became the first American to make the Ryder Cup team without ever having won a PGA Tour event.

Last time, Oliver Wilson of England made the European side without ever having won as a pro. He still hasn’t.

Kuchar bumped out Anthony Kim, the star of the U.S. victory at Valhalla two years ago. He looked like a lock until thumb surgery three months ago. Kim only returned to the PGA Tour last week at Firestone. He was sixth in the standings, but with double points available in the final major, was passed by Watson, Johnson and Kuchar.

Lucas Glover, who was No. 8 in the standings before the week began, missed the cut at Whistling Straits.

The focus now shifts to those who did not make the team, starting with Woods.

He has repeated twice this week that he wants to play, which would suggest he would get a pick from Pavin.

Former Masters champion Zach Johnson was one shot out of the lead and couldn’t find a birdie over the last two, long holes at Whistling Straits. He wound up 11th in the standings, having started the week at No. 21.

He wasn’t sure if his performance helped his chances. Johnson will have The Barclays and the Deutsche Bank Championship, the first two playoff events, to make one more impression.

“I didn’t hurt my chances,” he said.

Former British Open champion Stewart Cink made a birdie on the last hole Saturday morning to make the cut, and he wound up in a tie for 18th to remain outside the standings.

“I’m proud of myself the way I came back,” Cink said. “I played very, very well. I played probably some of the best golf all year the last three rounds. It hasn’t been a great year, but this is encouraging for me.”

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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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