U.S. blanked on Day 1 of International Crown

By Randall MellJuly 24, 2014, 8:54 pm

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Former world No. 1 Yani Tseng led the upset of the day at the International Crown.

Burying a 13-foot birdie at the last, she secured Chinese Taipei’s sweep of the No. 1-seeded Americans on Thursday at Caves Valley Golf Club.

Tseng teamed with Phoebe Yao to defeat Stacy Lewis and Lexi Thompson, 1 up, in their fourballs match. Earlier, Chinese Taipei’s Teresa Lu and Candie Kung teamed to rout USA’s Cristie Kerr and Paula Creamer.

Those victories catapulted Chinese Taipei to the top of the Pool B standings with a 2-0 mark, which was worth four points, a point better than Spain. A victory is worth two points in these matches with a half worth a point.

The Americans weren’t just shut out. They never held a lead on Day 1.

Japan is in control of Pool B after a victory and a half in their matches with Sweden.

Fourballs play will continue Friday with teams trying to position themselves to make it to Sunday singles. The top two teams from each pool advance to Sunday along with a fifth wild-card The teams finishing third in each pool will meet in a sudden-death playoff Saturday evening with the winner advancing as the wild card.


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DAY 1 RESULTS

STANDINGS

POOL A POINTS W-L-T POOL B  POINTS W-L-T
Chinese Taipei 4 2-0-0 Japan 3 1-0-1
Spain 3 1-0-1 Australia 2 1-1-0
Thailand 1 0-1-1 Korea 2 1-1-0
U.S. 0 0-2-0 Sweden 1 0-1-1

THURSDAY FOURBALLS

Match 1

Spain’s Belen Mozo/Beatriz Recari halved with Thailand’s Moriya Jutanugarn/Ariya Jutanugarn.

The lowdown: Trailing 1 down with two holes to go, the Spaniards salvaged a half after Mozo made her fourth birdie of the day at the 17th and then secured a point with a final par.

Match 2

Spain’s Azahara Munoz/Carlota Ciganda def. Thailand’s Pornanong Phatlum/Onnarin Sattayabanphot, 3 and 2. The lowdown: Channeling her inner Seve Ballesteros, Ciganda birdied the first hole and the Spaniards never looked back. They led the entire match.

Match 3

Japan’s Mamiko Higa/Mika Miyazato halved with Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist/Caroline Hedwall.

The lowdown: The Swedes fought back after falling 2 down with six holes to go but lost a chance to win the match when Nordqvist’s 5-footer for birdie at the last hole slid right of the cup.

Match 4

Japan’s Ai Miyazato/Sakura Yokomine def. Sweden’s Pernilla Lindberg/Mikaela Parmlid, 2 up.

The lowdown: Yokomine was the star of this match, converting five birdies, including one at the last to take any doubt out of the final outcome.

Match 5

South Korea’s Inbee Park/So Yeon Ryu def. Australia’s Katherine Kirk/Lindsey Wright, 3 and 2.

The lowdown: The best team on Day 1, Park and Ryu combined for five birdies and an eagle over the first 12 holes. Ryu was especially hot, going 6 under over the first 12 holes.

Match 6

Australia’s Karrie Webb/Minjee Lee def. South Korea’s Na Yeon Choi/I.K. Kim, 2 up.

The lowdown: Lee, the 18-year-old amateur, was brilliant alongside Hall of Famer Webb. She made all four of Australia’s birdies in this match.

Match 7

Chinese Taipei’s Teresa Lu/Candie Kung def. USA’s Cristie Kerr/Paula Creamer, 4 and 3.

The lowdown: Lu (44) and Kung (118) have a combined world-ranking total of 162, but they made easy work of the much higher-ranked Kerr (10) and Creamer (12). Creamer managed one birdie on the day, with Kerr making the lone American birdie on the back nine.

Match 8

Chinese Taipei’s Yani Tseng/Phoebe Yao def. USA’s Stacy Lewis/Lexi Thompson, 1 up.

The lowdown: Tseng stuffed her approach at the 18th to 13 feet and buried the birdie putt to win the match.

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Angela hits Sergio in stride on field at Superdome

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Sergio and Angela Garcia's super 2017 keeps getting more ... Super ... Dome. (+1 awful blog lede.)

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Newsmaker of the Year: No. 1, Justin Thomas

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He won a major, captured the FedExCup and was named the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year. It should come as no surprise that Justin Thomas holds the top spot on our Newsmakers list for 2017.

Thomas entered the year ranked outside the top 20, and few might have pegged him for a transcendent campaign. But he kicked off January with a win in Hawaii, added another before leaving the Aloha State and never looked back.

Thomas’ seminal moment came in August when he captured the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow for his breakthrough major title. One month after greeting Jordan Spieth behind the final green at Royal Birkdale, this time it was Thomas’ turn to have friends stick around to snap pictures with the trophy that signaled his arrival among golf’s upper echelon.


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In addition to racking up the hardware – five in total, including the inaugural CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in his first start of the new wraparound season – Thomas dazzled with style. His runaway win at the Sony Open included an opening-round 59, and his third-round 63 at Erin Hills marked the first time anyone had ever shot 9 under on a U.S. Open venue.

Thomas’ consistency was rewarded at East Lake, when a runner-up finish at the Tour Championship netted him the season-long title and $10 million prize. It was in the subsequent press conference where he shared the goals list he had written into his cell phone in February, having ticked off nearly every one. It showed a dedicated attention to detail as well the tactical approach with which Thomas had steered his rapid ascent.

Heading into a new year, he’s now very clearly entrenched as one of the world’s best. And as his career progresses, it’s likely we’ll look back at 2017 as the point where Thomas first transformed great potential into eye-popping results.

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Cabreras win PNC Father/Son Challenge

By Associated PressDecember 17, 2017, 11:36 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. closed with a 12-under 60 for a three-shot victory in their debut at the PNC Father/Son Challenge.

The Cabreras opened with a 59 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and were challenged briefly by the defending champions, David Duval and Nick Karavites, in the scramble format Sunday. The Argentines went out in 30, and they had a two-shot lead with Cabrera's son came within an inch of chipping in for eagle on the final hole.

They finished at 25-under 199 for a three-shot victory over Duval and Karavites, and Bernhard Langer and Jason Langer. The Langer team won in 2014.

Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara tied for fourth at 21 under with Jerry Pate and Wesley Pate.

Cabrera wasn't even in the field until two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange and his son, Tom Strange, had to withdraw.

Duval and his stepson went out in 28, but the Cabreras regained control by starting the back nine with back-to-back birdies, and then making birdies on the 13th, 14th and 16th. The final birdie allowed them to tie the tournament scoring record.

''This is certain my best week of the year,'' said Cabrera, the 2009 Masters champion and 2007 U.S. Open champion at Oakmont. ''To play alongside all the legends ... as well as playing alongside my son, has been the greatest week of the year.''

The popular event is for players who have won a major championship or The Players Championship. It is a scramble format both days.

In some cases, the major champions lean on the power of their sons for the distance. O'Meara said Saturday that his ''little man'' hit it 58 yards by him on the 18th. And on Sunday, Stewart Cink said son Reagan told him after outdriving him on the opening four holes, ''In this tournament I may be your son, but right now I'm your Daddy!''

Jack Nicklaus played with his grandson, G.T. They closed with a 64 and tied for 15th in the field of 20 teams.