U.S. swept by England on International Crown Day 1

By Randall MellJuly 21, 2016, 10:35 pm

GURNEE, Ill. – England was the story of the day in the UL International Crown, sweeping the Americans in an upset.

Charley Hull was the player of the day, leading the way with a tour de force performance.

England’s Hull and Mel Reid combined to defeat Stacy Lewis and Gerina Piller, 2 and 1, in one fourball match Thursday at the Merit Club. Jodi Ewart Shadoff and Holly Clyburn defeated Cristie Kerr and Lexi Thompson, 2 and 1, in the other.

Hull made six birdies and an eagle and was 8 under on her own card through 17 holes of the best-ball format. Piller and Lewis combined to go 6 under as a best ball score.

England moved to the top of Pool A while Chinese Taipei moved to the top of Pool B.

Chinese Taipei swept Australia.


STANDINGS AFTER DAY 1

POOL A  POINTS W-L-T
Chinese Taipei 4 2-0-0
Republic of Korea 2 1-1-0
China 2 1-1-0
Australia 0 0-2-0
POOL B POINTS W-L-T
England 4 2-0-0
Thailand 3 1-0-1
Japan 1 0-1-1
United States 0 0-2-0

MATCH 1

Chinese Taipei’s Yani Tseng and Teresa Lu def. Australia’s Karrie Webb and Su Oh, 3 and 2.

The lowdown: Tseng and Lu won three holes in a row on the back nine to turn this match in their favor. Tseng’s 10-footer for birdie at the 15th put Chinese Taipei 3 up with three holes to go. Lu closed out the victory, reaching the par-5 16th in two shots and then two-putting for par to halve the hole.

MATCH 2

Chinese Taipei’s Candie Kung and Ssu-Chia Cheng def. Australia’s Minjee Lee and Rebecca Artis, 2 up.

Kung birdied the 10th hole to go 1 up and Chinese Taipei never trailed the rest of the way. Kung’s birdie at the 18th closed out the match and a team sweep of the Aussies.

MATCH 3

Thailand’s Moriya Jutanugarn and Pornanong Phatlum def. Japan’s Haru Nomura and Mika Miyazato, 2 and 1.

Jutanugarn birdied the fifth hole to give the Thais a 1-up lead and they never looked back. Jutanugarn and Phatlum have never won LPGA events, but they beat a formidable team in Nomura and Miyazato, both of whom are proven winners on the LPGA and Japan LPGA tours.

MATCH 4

Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn and Porani Chutichai halved Japan’s Ai Suzuki and Ayaka Watanabe.

The Thais looked like they might sweep Japan, leading 1 up going to  the 18th hole, but Watanabe holed a 10-foot birdie at the last to win a half point.

MATCH 5

England’s Jodi Ewart Shadoff and Holly Clyburn def. the United States’ Lexi Thompson and Cristie Kerr, 2 and 1.

Thompson and Kerr never led the entire match. At the 17th, Clyburn rolled in a 12-foot birdie putt, leaving Thompson needing to make a 4-foot birdie chance to extend the match. Thompson’s putt slid right.

MATCH 6

England’s Charley Hull and Mel Reid def. the United States’ Stacy Lewis and Gerina Piller, 2 and 1.

Hull was a dynamo, making six birdies and an eagle with her own ball. She was 8 under through 17 holes all by herself. Piller and Lewis were 6 under as a best-ball team.

MATCH 7

South Korea’s In Gee Chun and Amy Yang def. China’s Shanshan Feng and Xi Yu Lin, 2 up.

Chun and Yang turned the match around winning three consecutive holes on the front nine to go 2 up and never relinquished the lead.

MATCH 8

China’s Jing Yan and Simin Feng def. So Yeon Ryu and Sei Young Kim, 1 up.

Two years ago, China didn’t look like it had a chance to qualify for this competition, but the country’s looking more and more like a sleeping giant with emerging talent joining major championship winner Shanshan Feng. Yan and Simin Feng have never won an LPGA event, but they were impressive taking down Ryu and Kim, who have combined to win eight LPGA titles.

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.

Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. 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.