Spain captures inaugural International Crown

By Randall MellJuly 27, 2014, 9:48 pm

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – The Spaniards swept all four of their singles matches Sunday to win the inaugural International Crown at Caves Valley Golf Club.

Spain’s Belen Mozo clinched the victory with a 12-foot birdie putt at the 16th hole that closed out her 3-and-2 winy against Thailand’s Moriya Jutanugarn. The Spaniards finished with 15 points, winning easily. Sweden finished second with 11 points and Korea and Japan tied for third with 10 points each.

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Spain 15 7-2-1
Sweden 11 5-4-1
S. Korea 10 5-5-0
Japan 10 4-4-2
Thailand 9 4-5-1
*USA 6 3-3-0
*Chinese Taipei 4 2-4-0
*Australia 3 1-4-1

* Eliminated in pool play.


Match 1

South Korea’s Inbee Park def. Sweden’s Caroline Hedwall, 4 and 2.

The lowdown: Hedwall came into the match looking to extend her unbeaten streak in international team play to 10 straight, but Park ended the run. Park birdied the second hole and never surrendered the lead. 

Match 2

Thailand’s Pornanong Phatlum def. South Korea’s I.K. Kim, 1  up.

The lowdown: Phatlum knocked the Americans out of this competition on Saturday, and she carried the momentum of that feat into Sunday. She won three of the four matches she played in the week.

Match 3

Sweden’s Pernilla Lindberg def. Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn, 6 and 5.

The lowdown: Lindberg picked up where she left off Saturday. She made five birdies in helping win a fourballs match on Saturday and made six birdies through the first 12 holes against Jutanugarn on Sunday.

Match 4

Spain’s Carlota Ciganda def. South Korea’s Na Yeon Choi, 8 and 6.

The lowdown: Ciganda birdied the first hole and never let up on Choi. Cigana made three consecutive birdies on two different runs and never lost a hole.

Match 5

South Korea’s So Yeon Ryu def. Japan’s Sakura Yokomine, 1 up.

The lowdown: In a tight match with the lead bouncing back and forth, Ryu won the 16th hole with a birdie and held on to win. Ryu won three of the four matches she played on the week.

Match 6

Spain’s Beatriz Recari def. Sweden’s Mikaela Parmlid, 3 and 2.

The lowdown: Recari birdied three of the first five holes to take command with a 3-up lead and didn’t need another birdie the rest of the way.

Match 7

Spain’s Anna Nordqvist defeated Japan’s Mamiko Higa, 3 and 2.

The lowdown: Nordqvist added to her successful Solheim Cup record, going undefeated at the inaugural International Crown. Nordqvist was the only player who didn’t lose a match in this event. She was 3-0-1.

Match 8

Spain’s Belen Mozo def. Thailand’s Moriya Jutanugarn, 3 and 2.

The lowdown: Mozo didn’t just win her match. She clinched for the Spaniards with a 12-foot birdie putt at the 16th hole that closed out her match against Jutanugarn.

Match 9

Japan’s Mika Miyazato def. Thailand’s Onnarin Sattayanbonphot, 3 and 1.

The lowdown: Miyazato went 2 up with birdies at the fourth and fifth holes and never trailed, but the outcome of her match didn’t matter to the team competition. Spain closed out the title before Miyazato’s match was finished.

Match 10

Spain’s Azahara Munoz def. Japan’s Ai Miyazato, 2 and 1.

The lowdown: Munoz completed a Sunday sweep for the Spaniards, who won all four of their singles matches.

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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.