U.S. reaches singles; weather leaves 5 teams in limbo

By Randall MellJuly 24, 2016, 12:11 am

GURNEE, Ill. – England swept Thailand to clinch a spot in Sunday singles.

The Americans swept Japan to assure their spot.

Chinese Taipei also earned its way into Sunday, but five other teams vying to follow suit remain in limbo with storms suspending play Saturday at the UL International Crown.

Play was suspended at 4:34 local time and never resumed, with play halted for the day at 7:23 p.m. There were just two matches left on the course when play was called, both between Korea and Australia.

Korea’s In Gee Chun and Amy Yang were 1 up on Minjee Lee and Su Oh through 15 holes. In the other match, Korea’s So Yeon Ryu and Sei Young Kim were 2 up on Australia’s Karrie Webb and Rebecca Artis through 14 holes.

Those matches will resume at 8 a.m. ET with the wild-card playoff to follow.

The top two teams from each pool advance to Sunday singles with a playoff determining which country will advance as the wild-card fifth team. The wild-card playoff will feature at least three countries this year as both Japan and Thailand tied for third in Pool B. They will be joined by the third-place team from Pool A.

With three teams assured of making the wild-card playoff, a fourball stroke-play format will be used. One fourball team from each country will tee it up together, going off on the same tee. The low ball wins the hole, with a country’s second ball serving as the tiebreaker.

For example, if China joins Thailand and Japan in the wild card, here’s a possible scenario: Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn and Pornanong Phatlum each make 4, Japan’s Haru Nomura and Mika Miyazato each make 4, and China’s Shanshan Feng makes 4 while Simin Feng makes 5. Thailand and Japan advance to a second playoff hole and China is eliminated.


(Two suspended matches between Korea and Australia to be finished Sunday morning)

Chinese Taipei 7 3-2-1
China 6 2-2-2
Republic of Korea 4 2-2-0
Australia 3 1-2-1
England 9 4-1-1
United States 7 3-2-1
Thailand 4 1-3-2
Japan 4 1-3-2


England’s Jodi Ewart Shadoff and Holly Clyburn def. Thailand’s Pornanong Phatlum and Porani Chutichai, 7 and 5.

Shadoff and Clyburn were on fire, making eight birdies and an eagle over the final nine holes of the match. Shadoff drove the 261-yard sixth hole and made a 40-foot putt for eagle in the middle of that run. She went birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie-birdie starting at the fifth hole.


England’s Charley Hull and Mel Reid def. Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn and Moriya Jutanugar, 3 and 1.

Hull rebounded strongly from her asthma attack, which kept her out of Friday’s fourballs, and Reid rode the momentum of her strong solo performance Friday. Hull and Reid took control of the match winning four consecutive holes on the front side, going birdie-birdie-eagle-birdie.


Chinese Taipei’s Candie Kung and Teresa Lu halved China’s Shanshan Feng and Simin Feng.

China won the first three holes, but they didn’t win another hole the rest of the way. In the end, Simin Feng’s 6-foot birdie chance to win slid past the hole.


China’s Xi Yu Lin and Jing Yan def. Chinese Taipei’s Yani Tseng and Ssu-Chia Cheng, 5 and 4.

Lin and Yan were strong, allowing Chinese Taipei to win just a single hole. Lin and Yan were 8 under through 14 holes on their best ball.


The United States’ Stacy Lewis and Gerina Piller def. Japan’s Haru Nomura and Mika Miyazato, 3 and 1.

The Americans turned a tight match in their favor late, with Piller holing a 25-foot birdie at the 12th to put the Americans 1 up and Lewis holing a 12-foot eagle putt at the 16th to put them 2 up.


The United States’ Lexi Thompson and Cristie Kerr def. Japan’s Ai Suzuki and Ayaka Watanabe, 4 and 2.

Thompson and Kerr were on fire Friday, and they didn’t cool off that much Saturday. Over two days, they are 22 under over 31 holes.


Korea’s In Gee Chun and Amy Yang vs. Japan’s Ai Suzuki and Ayaka Watanabe, suspended.

Korea led 1 up through 15 holes when play was suspended.


Korea’s So Yeon Ryu and Sei Young Kim vs. Australia’s Karrie Webb and Rebecca Artis, suspended.

Korea led 2 up through 14 holes when play was suspended.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 1, Justin Thomas

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 18, 2017, 1:00 pm

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.

Rose wins; Aphibarnrat earns Masters bid in Indonesia

By Will GrayDecember 17, 2017, 1:59 pm

Justin Rose continued his recent run of dominance in Indonesia, while Kiradech Aphibarnrat snagged a Masters invite with some 72nd-hole dramatics.

Rose cruised to an eight-shot victory at the Indonesian Masters, carding bookend rounds of 10-under 62 that featured a brief run at a 59 during the final round. The Englishman was the highest-ranked player in the field and he led wire-to-wire, with Thailand's Phachara Khongwatmai finishing second.

Rose closes out the year as perhaps the hottest player in the world, with top-10 finishes in each of his final 10 worldwide starts. That stretch includes three victories, as Rose also won the WGC-HSBC Champions and Turkish Airlines Open. He hasn't finished outside the top 10 in a tournament since missing the cut at the PGA Championship.

Meanwhile, it took until the final hole of the final tournament of 2017 for Aphibarnrat to secure a return to the Masters. The Thai entered the week ranked No. 56 in the world, with the top 50 in the year-end world rankings earning invites to Augusta National. Needing an eagle on the 72nd hole, Aphibarnrat got just that to snag solo fifth place.

It means that he is projected to end the year ranked No. 49, while Japan's Yusaku Miyazato - who started the week ranked No. 58 and finished alone in fourth - is projected to finish No. 50. Aphibarnrat finished T-15 in his Masters debut in 2016, while Miyazato will make his first appearance in the spring.

The results in Indonesia mean that American Peter Uihlein and South Africa's Dylan Frittelli are projected to barely miss the year-end, top-50 cutoff. Their options for Masters qualification will include winning a full-point PGA Tour event in early 2018 or cracking the top 50 by the final March 25 cutoff.