Friday foursomes pairings: Kerr paired with Lexi

By Randall MellAugust 17, 2017, 11:05 pm

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – U.S. captain Juli Inkster is sending out two of her most formidable pairings in the opening foursomes sessions Friday at the Solheim Cup.

While European captain Annika Sorenstam has more Solheim Cup rookies on her team, she will be opening with a more veteran mix.

“I don’t know about Annika, but we’re just ready to get it going,” Inkster said. “It’s been a year and a half preparing for this.”

Inkster is sending out two rookies in the morning session, Sorenstam just one.

“We decided to go out with some more veteran players early on, that have been around,” Sorenstam said. “We shared our philosophy early on, and they’re going with our plan.”

Inkster will lead off with Cristie Kerr and Lexi Thompson in the first match at 9:10 a.m. ET. They were undefeated (2-0-1) as partners in Germany two years ago. They’ll meet the veteran English duo of Charley Hull and Mel Reid, who teamed to put the first point on the board for Europe in Germany.

“I wanted to get a veteran team out there first and see what happens,” Inkster said.


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Inkster is sending out two Solheim Cup rookies in the opening session, with KPMG Women’s PGA champion Danielle Kang making her first appearance in the event. She will team with Lizette Salas in the second match off at 9:22 a.m. ET. They’ll meet Solheim veterans Carlota Ciganda of Spain and Caroline Masson of Germany.

Austin Ernst, also making her first Solheim Cup appearance, will go off at 9:34 a.m. ET with fellow American Paula Creamer, who is teeing it up in her seventh Solheim Cup. That duo will meet Europe’s best player, Anna Nordqvist of Sweden, who is teamed with Georgia Hall of England, the only Solheim Cup rookie Sorenstam is sending out in the opening session.

Inkster’s second power pairing, Stacy Lewis and Gerina Piller, will go off at 9:46 a.m. They were 2-0 together in Germany. They will meet Scotland’s Catriona Matthew and France’s Karine Icher. Matthew has won more Solheim Cup points (19) than any other player in these matches. Icher is 5-4-1 in Solheim Cup play.

Inkster is sitting Michelle Wie, Angel Yin, Brittany Lincicome and Brittany Lang in the morning session.

Yin is Inkster’s third rookie, a true LPGA rookie, but she will get out in afternoon fourballs.

Inkster was asked if she intended to use all of her players on the first day.

“Yes,” she said.

Sorenstam?

“I won’t say,” she said.

Sorenstam has four rookies, with three sitting out the morning session with veteran Jodi Ewart Shadoff of England: Sweden’s Madelene Sagstrom, Denmark’s Emily Pedersen. England’s Florentyna Parker.


Friday foursomes pairings

9:10 a.m.: Mel Reid-Charley Hull (Europe) vs. Cristie Kerr-Lexi Thompson (USA)

9:22 a.m.: Carlota Ciganda-Caroline Masson (Europe) vs. Danielle Kang-Lizette Salas (USA)

9:34 a.m.: Anna Nordqvist-Georgia Hall (Europe) vs. Paula Creamer-Austin Ernst (USA)

9:46 a.m.: Karine Icher-Catriona Matthew (Europe) vs. Stacy Lewis-Gerina Piller (USA)

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Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.

The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.

There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. 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.

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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Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo

By Grill Room TeamDecember 15, 2017, 1:05 am

Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.

With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.

Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.

The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.

Image via tom.lovelady on Instagram.

In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.