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Report cards: 2017 International Presidents Cup team

By Golf Channel Digital, Adrian WadeyOctober 2, 2017, 12:00 pm

Jason Day (1-3-1)

Jason Day
Grade D-

Skinny: The all-Aussie pairing with Marc Leishman seemed promising, but it didn’t deliver results beyond an opening draw. Day appeared out of sorts for much of the week and is now 1-7-2 in the last two Presidents Cups.

Branden Grace (1-2-2)

Branden Grace
Grade C-

Skinny: Grace teamed with Louis Oosthuizen for a rare team point, and he was able to keep pace with Dustin Johnson in singles. While the International highlights were few and far between, Grace largely held his own.

Emiliano Grillo (0-3-0)

Emiliano Grillo
Grade F

Skinny: Grillo was a rookie and a captain’s pick, but he was also the only player on either team who failed to secure at least a half-point. What’s more, two of Grillo’s three losses failed to reach the 15th tee.

Adam Hadwin (0-2-1)

Adam Hadwin
Grade D

Skinny: Hadwin earned a half-point in his debut match against Spieth and Reed, but he didn’t particularly stand out after that. It was an underwhelming week for the Canadian despite modest expectations.

Si Woo Kim (1-2-0)

Si Woo Kim
Grade D+

Skinny: The Players champ exhibited some uncharacteristic emotion, and he and Anirban Lahiri were the only reason the Americans didn’t clinch the cup on Saturday. But he still eventually had the winning point scored on him by Berger.

Anirban Lahiri (1-1-1)

Anirban Lahiri
Grade C-

Skinny: Lahiri did little to justify his inclusion as a pick during his opening loss, but he showed plenty of fire during his win with Kim and battled Kisner to a draw on Sunday. In so doing, he exorcised many of the demons from his 2015 performance in Korea.

Marc Leishman (0-3-2)

Marc Leishman
Grade D

Skinny: Leishman was one of the few Internationals who came into the week with some form, but he still failed to register a full point. While those losses came against some of the strongest American duos, it was a rough week amid a career year.

Hideki Matsuyama (1-2-1)

Hideki Matsuyama
Grade D-

Skinny: When the top-ranked player on the team asks the captain to sit out a session, it’s never a good sign. Such was the case with Matsuyama, whose sizzling singles win over Justin Thomas was the only thing keeping him from an F.

Louis Oosthuizen (2-2-1)

Louis Oosthuizen
Grade C+

Skinny: In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king. This week Oosthuizen wore the crown as the lone International to win multiple matches, including a takedown of Reed in singles play

Charl Schwartzel (1-2-0)

Charl Schwartzel
Grade D

Skinny: Schwartzel played in the minimum number of matches, and he failed to adjust to Matsuyama’s high-spin ball during a critical foursomes match. Other than that, the former Masters champ went largely unnoticed.

Adam Scott (1-3-0)

Adam Scott
Grade D-

Skinny: As the ranking member of the International squad, Scott failed to deliver. The Aussie paired with rookie Jhonattan Vegas, but while the Mickelson-Kisner combo flourished for the Americans, the Internationals came up empty

Jhonattan Vegas (1-3-0)

Jhonattan Vegas
Grade D+

Skinny: Vegas flashed some form during his early matches, but that shot-making didn’t translate into any points. He deserves some credit for getting on the board by toppling Spieth in singles, a win that allowed him to wave the Venezuelan flag on the final green.

Nick Price, Captain

Nick Price
Grade D-

Skinny: Price came into this armed with momentum from South Korea, and it turned into a disaster of epic proportion. His team was out-manned from the start, and nothing he tried seemed to slow the American momentum. Disappointing

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Snedeker starts slow in effort to snag Masters invite

By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 4:22 pm

Brandt Snedeker flew halfway around the world in search of a Masters invite, but after one round of the Indonesian Masters it appears he'll likely return home empty-handed.

Snedeker made only two birdies during his opening round in Indonesia, shooting an even-par 72 that left him in a tie for 77th and 10 shots behind leader Justin Rose. This is the final OWGR-rated event of 2017, and as a result it has drawn several notable entrants, including Snedeker, who hope to crack the top 50 in the world rankings by year's end to secure a trip to Augusta National.

Snedeker started the year ranked No. 28, but after missing five months because of injury he entered the week ranked No. 51 and is projected to slip even further by the end of the month. As a result, he likely needs a top-3 finish in order to secure a return to the Masters, which he has missed only once since 2007.

World No. 55 Dylan Frittelli also struggled, shooting a 4-over 76 in the opening round, while No. 56 Kiradech Aphibarnrat is tied for 14th at 4 under. Yusaku Miyazato, currently 58th in the world, is tied for ninth and five shots behind Rose.

Should Snedeker and the other hopefuls fail to crack the top 50 by the end of the year, two paths to the Masters remain: win a full-point event on the PGA Tour in early 2018 or be inside the top 50 in the world rankings when the final cutoff is made on March 25.

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Crosby selected as 2019 U.S. Walker Cup captain

By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 3:19 pm

The USGA announced that former U.S. Amateur champ Nathaniel Crosby will serve as the American captain for the 2019 Walker Cup, which will be played at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, England.

Crosby, 56, is the son of entertainment icon and golf enthusiast Bing Crosby. He won the 1981 U.S. Amateur at The Olympic Club as a teenager and earned low amateur honors at the 1982 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. He also played in the 1983 Walker Cup, coincidentally held at Royal Liverpool, before embarking on a brief career in professional golf, with his amateur status reinstated in 1994.

"I am thrilled and overwhelmed to be chosen captain of the next USA Walker Cup team," Crosby said in a statement. "Many of my closest friends are former captains who will hopefully take the time to share their approaches in an effort to help me with my new responsibilities."

Crosby takes over the captaincy from John "Spider" Miller, who led the U.S. squad both in 2015 and earlier this year, when the Americans cruised to a 19-7 victory at Los Angeles Country Club.

Crosby is a Florida resident and member at Seminole Golf Club, which will host the 2021 matches. While it remains to be seen if he'll be asked back as captain in 2021, each of the last six American captains have led a team on both home and foreign soil.

Started in 1922, the Walker Cup is a 10-man, amateur match play competition pitting the U.S. against Great Britain and Ireland. The U.S. team holds a 37-9 all-time lead in the biennial matches but has not won in Europe since 2007.

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.

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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."