Solheim Cup match-by-match results

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 20, 2015, 2:15 pm

Here is a look at how each match played out in the 14th Solheim Cup at St. Leon-Rot Golf Club in St. Leon-Rot, Germany:

U.S. 14 1/2, Europe 13 1/2

Singles: U.S. 8 1/2, Europe 3 1/2

• Lexi Thompson (U.S.) vs. Carlota Ciganda, halved: Both made three birdies in the round and both made bogey on the last hole to provide the proper result. Ciganda missed a 5-footer on the last.

• Morgan Pressel (U.S.) def. Catriona Matthew, 1 up: A great back-and-forth match between two gritty, veteran match-play players. Pressel made six birdies and it was Matthew’s first loss of the week.

• Karine Icher (EUR) def. Brittany Lincicome, 3 and 2: Icher played well, Lincicome played like she was emotionally spent from the controversy in her morning match with Lee against Pettersen and Hull. Lincicome goes 0-4 for the week.

• Melissa Reid (EUR) def. Brittany Lang, 2 and 1: Another solid match with a lot of great shots. Lang birdied the 16th to move only 1 down but Reid made a clutch birdie from 15 feet on 17 to win.

• Alison Lee (U.S.) def. Gwladys Nocera, 3 and 1: The U.S. rookie finally collected her first point of the Solheim Cup and did so with calm, cool, collected play considering how her morning fourball match ended.

• Gerina Piller (U.S.) def. Caroline Masson, 1 up: Piller made the most clutch up and down of her life on the 18th hole to keep U.S. hopes alive. If she missed, Europe would’ve retained the cup. But she made a 10-footer to save par and earn the full point.

• Anna Nordqvist (EUR) def. Stacy Lewis, 2 and 1: A solid match but Lewis didn’t have her best stuff and Nordqvist was way too consistent. At the time Europe only needed another half point to retain the cup.

• Lizette Salas (U.S.) def. Azahara Munoz, 3 and 1: Salas poured it on in the end and birdied four of the last six holes and took control of the match. At this point, it became clear the U.S. will stage the epic comeback.

• Angela Stanford (U.S.) def. Suzann Pettersen, 2 and 1: Stanford’s Solheim Cup record was 3-13-3 and she hadn’t won in her last nine cup matches. But she slayed the villain in Pettersen (17th hole controversy) for the biggest moment of her golf life.

• Cristie Kerr (U.S.) def. Charley Hull, 3 and 2: Kerr putted like a demon and ended the week with a 3-0-1. She made eight birdies in a nine-hole stretch and kept Hull (4-1) from going perfect on the week.

• Michelle Wie (U.S.) def. Caroline Hedwall, 6 and 4: Wie absolutely demolished Hedwall to keep the American momentum. It was Wie’s first point of the week and she made eight birdies in 14 holes in singles.

• Paula Creamer (U.S.) def. Sandra Gal, 4 and 3: It all came down to the last match but Creamer had this one safely in control and earned the final point to complete the epic comeback from a 10-6 deficit.

Overall score: Europe 10, U.S. 6

Day 2 fourballs (U.S. 2, Europe 2)

Lexi Thompson-Cristie Kerr (U.S.) def. Azahara Munoz-Carlota Ciganda, 3 and 2: Thompson and Kerr played well, but, oddly, the Europeans had no firepower and only made three birdies combined. The American duo is now 2-0-1 this week.

Stacy Lewis-Gerina Puller (U.S.) def. Caroline Masson-Caroline Hedwall, 1 up: Hedwall missed an 8-foot birdie putt on the final hole that would've squared the match. Frankly, the Americans played so much better in this match and Lewis finally found her rhythm. It’s surprising the Americans didn't win this match more easily.

Karine Icher-Catriona Matthew (EUR) def. Lizette Salas-Brittany Lang, 2 and 1: The Americans seemed out of sort when they returned Sunday to finish the match and both made bogey on the par-5 16th hole. Europe won this one fairly easily. 

Suzann Pettersen-Charley Hull (EUR) def. Alison Lee-Brittany Lincicome, 2 up: Fireworks everywhere. Alison Lee missed a birdie putt on 17 by 16 inches and scooped up the putt. Moments later Pettersen claimed that she did not concede the putt and chaos ensued. Ultimately Europe was awarded the hole, then won the match with par on the last. Controversy.

Day 2 foursomes (Europe 3, U.S. 1)

• Melissa Reid-Carlota Ciganda (EUR) def. Alison Lee-Michelle Wie, 4 and 3: Europe was 4 up after seven holes and completely demolished the spirit of the Americans. Wie just has not found her form this week. Reid now has won all three of her matches.

• Charley Hull-Suzann Pettersen (EUR) def. Paula Creamer-Morgan Pressel, 1 up: Hands down, the most amazing match of the week. Americas were 4 up after 11 holes and on cruise control. But Europe hung in there and birdied each of the last four holes to steal the match outright.

• Sandra Gal-Catriona Matthew (EUR) def. Angela Stanford-Brittany Lincicome, 1 up: Europe won the first hole and never trailed it the match but it was extremely close down the stretch and Europe made a clutch up and down on the last hole to win the full point.

• Stacy Lewis-Gerina Piller (U.S.) def. Anna Nordqvist-Caroline Hedwall, 5 and 4: After struggling to find herself a regular partner Lewis finally has done so. Piller was terrific and made putts all over Germany. They gelled well and thrived.

Day 1 fourballs (Europe 3, U.S. 1)

• Anna Nordqvist-Caroline Hedwall (EUR) def. Morgan Pressel-Paula Creamer (U.S.), 4 and 3: This was the Nordqvist show. She birdied seven of the first 13 holes and the other three players, including her own partner Hedwall, were completely insignificant.

• Charley Hull-Gwladys Nocera (EUR) def. Alison Lee-Angela Stanford (U.S.), 3 and 2: Hull made seven birdies and the 19-year-old already has a 4-1 cup career record after winning both of her matches on Friday. Stanford is now 3-12-3 in her Solheim career.

• Cristie Kerr-Lexi Thompson (U.S.) vs. Melissa Reid-Carlotta Ciganda (EUR), halved: The Americans were 2 up after 15 holes and Europe won the 16th and 17th holes to square the match before stopping because of darkness. Ciganda holed a shot from the middle of the fairway on 17 for eagle. When they returned Reid and Thompson both made birdies on 18 to halve the match.

• Gerina Piller-Brittany Lang (U.S.) vs. Caroline Masson-Sandra Gal (EUR), halved: Europe was 1 up at the break but Piller made birdie on 16 and 17 when they returned to move the Americans 1 up. But Gal hit it to 3 feet on the last hole and Europe squeaked out a crucial half point.

Day 1 foursomes (U.S. 2, Europe 2)

• Morgan Pressel-Paula Creamer (U.S.) def. Anna Nordqvist-Suzann Pettersen, 3 and 2: Juli Inkster went all-in sending Creamer out first with Pressel. The match was all square after six holes then the Americans won four of the next seven holes to collect the first point of the Solheim Cup. 

• Charley Hull-Melissa Reid (EUR) def. Michelle Wie-Brittany Lincicome (U.S.), 2 and 1: This match-up of big hitters was close but it wasn’t particularly great golf. It was all square after 13 holes, but a late American bogey coupled with a European birdie on 17 ended it.

• Cristie Kerr-Lexi Thompson (U.S.) def. Karine Icher-Azahara Munoz (EUR), 2 and 1: The Americans missed a putt to go 5 up in the match and then lost three consecutive holes to only hold a 1-up advantage after 15. It got tight quick, but Europe ran out of holes.

• Sandra Gal-Catriona Matthew (EUR) def. Stacy Lewis-Lizette Salas (U.S.), 3 and 2: The German crowd got behind their hometown Gal and the Americans played poorly most of the day, particularly with the putter. Lewis now moves to an astounding 2-6-1 in her Solheim Cup career.

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Kelly, Sauers co-lead in Hawaii; Monty, Couples in mix

By Associated PressJanuary 19, 2018, 3:52 am

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii - Fresh off a solid performance on Oahu, Jerry Kelly shot an 8-under 64 on the Big Island on Thursday to share the first-round lead at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

The 51-year-old Kelly, who tied for 14th at the PGA Tour's Sony Open last week in Honolulu, birdied five of his final seven holes to shoot 30 on the back nine at Hualalai. He won twice last season, his first on the over-50 tour.

Gene Sauers also shot 64, going bogey-free amid calm conditions. Thirty-two of the 44 players broke par in the limited-field event, which includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

Rocco Mediate and Colin Montgomerie were one shot back, and Fred Couples, Kevin Sutherland and Kirk Triplett were another shot behind.

Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, was in the middle of the pack after a 69.

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Rahm (62) fires career low round

By Will GrayJanuary 19, 2018, 12:03 am

The scores were predictably low during the opening round of the CareerBuilder Challenge, where the top-ranked player in the field currently sits atop the standings. Here's how things look after the first day in Palm Springs as Jon Rahm is out to an early advantage:

Leaderboard: Jon Rahm (-10), Austin Cook (-9), Andrew Landry (-9), Jason Kokrak (-9), Brandon Harkins (-8), Martin Piller (-8), Aaron Wise (-8), Beau Hossler (-8)

What it means: Rahm is coming off a runner-up finish two weeks ago at Kapalua, and he picked up right where he left off with a 10-under 62 at La Quinta Country Club. It marked his lowest career round on the PGA Tour, and it gave him a one-shot lead heading to the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Cook is the only player within two shots of Rahm who has won already on Tour.

Round of the day: Rahm got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under, and he made it around La Quinta without dropping a shot. The 62 bettered his previous career low on Tour by two shots and it included an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole to go along with eight birdies.

Best of the rest: Cook was a winner earlier this season at the RSM Classic, and he's now in the mix for trophy No. 2 following a 9-under 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Like Rahm, he opened with a seven-hole stretch at 6 under and turned in a scorecard without a bogey. He'll now head to the more difficult Stadium Course for his second round.

Biggest disappointment: Patrick Reed blitzed the three-course rotation in Palm Springs en route to his first career Tour title back in 2014, but he's unlikely to repeat that feat after opening with a 2-over 74 on the Nicklaus Tournament course. Reed made only one birdie against three bogeys and was one of only 32 players in the 156-man field who failed to break par in the opening round.

Main storyline heading into Friday: Rahm deserves the spotlight, as he entered the week as one of the event's headliners and did nothing to lose that billing in the opening round. But the pack of contenders is sure to keep pace, while players like Phil Mickelson (-2) will look to put up a low score in order to build some momentum heading into the weekend.

Shot of the day: Wesley Bryan's 7-under 65 on the Nicklaus Tournament course was helped in large part by an eagle on the par-4 10th, where he holed a 54-degree wedge from 112 yards away. Bryan went on to birdie the next hole amid a five-hole stretch of 5 under play.

Quote of the day: "Shot 10 under par. There's not much more I can ask for." - Rahm

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Recent winner Cook contending at CareerBuilder

By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 11:45 pm

Patton Kizzire is currently the only two-time PGA Tour winner this season, but Austin Cook hopes to join him this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

Cook won for the first time in November at the RSM Classic, a victory that catapaulted him from the Tour graduate category into an entirely new echelon. Cook notched a pair of top-25 finishes over the last two weeks in Hawaii, and he's again in the mix after an opening 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course left him one shot behind Jon Rahm.

"Today was great," Cook told reporters. "The conditions were perfect, but I always loved desert golf and I was just hitting the ball well and seeing good lines on the greens and hitting good putts."

Cook got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole. He briefly entertained the notion of a sub-60 round after birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 before closing with six pars and a birdie.

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Cook was a relative unknown before his victory at Sea Island earlier this season, but now with the flexibility and confidence afforded by a win he hopes to build on his burgeoning momentum this week in California.

"That was a big, proud moment for myself, knowing that I can finish a tournament," Cook said. "I think it was one of those things that I've proven to myself that now I can do it, and it just meant the world to me."

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Photo: Fleetwood's phone cover is picture of Bjorn

By Jason CrookJanuary 18, 2018, 11:40 pm

There's phone covers and then there are Phone Covers.

Paul Casey has himself a Phone Cover, showing off the protective case that features a picture of his wife at last year's U.S. Open.

Now, it appears, Tommy Fleetwood has joined the movement.

Fleetwood, last year's season-long Race to Dubai winner, has a phone cover with a picture of Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn on it. And not even a current Thomas Bjorn. This is a young Bjorn. A hair-having Bjorn.


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The 26-year-old is a virtual lock for this year's European Ryder Cup team, but just in case, he's carrying around a phone with a picture of the team captain attached to the back of it.

It's a bold strategy, Cotton. Let's see if it pays off for him.