European Report Cards

By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 23, 2009, 4:00 pm
Helen Alfredsson (1-3-0)
Helen Alfredsson

A top-10 player in the world rankings, the Swede couldnt produce more than a point. Teamed with Pettersen, another world top-10, the duo was upset by Pressel and McPherson in Saturday foursomes.

Laura Davies (0-1-1)
Laura Davies

So uninspiring in first round her captain benched her until Sunday. Englishwoman didnt redeem herself in singles, blowing a 2-up lead with two to go against Lang.

Tania Elosegui (1-2-0)
Tania Elosegui

The unheralded Spaniard teamed with Alfredsson to defeat Inkster and Stanford in Friday fourballs, but the duo got throttled 5-and-4 by Kim and Wie in Saturday fourballs.

Sophie Gustafson (1-3-0)
Sophie Gustafson

Lost both times when favorably paired with Pettersen, including a rout at the hands of Gulbis and Kim, a dispiriting loss for the Euros. Never led in singles loss to Lincicome.

Maria Hjorth (2-1-2)
Maria Hjorth

Neutralized the highest-ranked American, Kerr, in Sunday singles. Played all five matches, made every one close.

Diana Luna (1-0-1)
Diana Luna

Unheralded Italian defeated Nicole Castrale 3 and 2 in Sunday singles and paired with Matthew in Saturday fourballs to earn a half a point.

Catriona Matthew (1-1-2)
Catriona Matthew

Teamed with Hjorth in Friday fourballs, Matthew made a vital birdie at the 18th to salvage important half point. One of only two Euros to win singles.

Gwladys Nocera (3-0-1)
Gwladys Nocera

Frenchwoman was pleasant surprise, leading the Euros in points while never losing. Responsible for two points in Europes Saturday surge.

Suzann Pettersen (1-4-0)
Suzann Pettersen

Highest ranked Euro didnt play poorly but managed a single point. Loss to Creamer as leadoff in Sunday singles echoed through the ranks.

Becky Brewerton (2-2-0)
Becky Brewerton

Unheralded Englishwoman teamed nicely with Nocera to win both her points. Endured the most lopsided Sunday singles loss, 5 and 4, to Stanford.

Janice Moodie (1-1-1)
Janice Moodie

After poor start teamed with Matthew in Friday foursomes, Scot redeemed herself teaming with Gustafson in a Saturday foursomes rout of Creamer and Inkster.

Anna Nordqvist (2-2-0)
Anna Nordqvist

Teamed to help Pettersen win her only point in Saturday fourballs, teamed with Hjorth to go 7-under in 15 holes in Friday foursomes rout of Lincicome and McPherson.

Alison Nicholas (captain)
Alison Nicholas

Did well to have her team in contention heading into singles considering her top three players didnt perform up to expectations. In the end lack of experience and depth doomed her team for the third consecutive Solheim Cup.

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    Watch: McIlroy gives Fleetwood a birthday cake

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 19, 2018, 2:58 pm

    Tommy Fleetwood turned 27 on Friday. He celebrated with some good golf – a 4-under 68 in Abu Dhabi, leaving him only two shots back in his title defense – and a birthday cake, courtesy of Rory Mcllroy.

    While giving a post-round interview, Fleetwood was surprised to see McIlroy approaching with a cake in hand.

    “I actually baked this before we teed off,” McIlroy joked.

    Fleetwood blew out the three candles – “three wishes!” – and offered McIlroy a slice.  

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    DJ shoots 64 to surge up leaderboard in Abu Dhabi

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 1:48 pm

    Dustin Johnson stood out among a star-studded three-ball that combined to shoot 18 under par with just one bogey Friday at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

    Shaking off a sloppy first round at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Johnson matched the low round of the day with a 64 that put him within four shots of Thomas Pieters’ lead.

    “I did everything really well,” Johnson said. “It was a pretty easy 64.”

    Johnson made four bogeys during an even-par 72 on Thursday and needed a solid round Friday to make the cut. Before long, he was closer to the lead than the cut line, making birdie on three of the last four holes and setting the pace in a group that also included good rounds from Rory McIlroy (66) and Tommy Fleetwood (68).

    “Everyone was hitting good shots,” McIlroy said. “That’s all we were seeing, and it’s nice when you play in a group like that. You feed off one another.” 

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    Coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, Johnson is searching for his first regular European Tour title. He tied for second at this event a year ago.

    Johnson’s second-round 64 equaled the low round of the day (Jorge Campillo and Branden Grace). 

    “It was just really solid all day long,” Johnson said. “Hit a lot of great shots, had a lot of looks at birdies, which is what I need to do over the next two days if I want to have a chance to win on Sunday.” 

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    Closing eagle moves Rory within 3 in Abu Dhabi

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:57 pm

    What rust? Rory McIlroy appears to be in midseason form.

    Playing competitively for the first time since Oct. 8, McIlroy completed 36 holes without a bogey Friday, closing with an eagle to shoot 6-under 66 to sit just three shots back at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

    “I’m right in the mix after two days and I’m really happy in that position,” he told reporters afterward.

    McIlroy took a 3 ½-month break to heal his body, clear his mind and work on his game after his first winless year since 2008, his first full season as a pro.

    He's back on track at a familiar playground, Abu Dhabi Golf Club, where he’s racked up eight top-11s (including six top-3s) in his past nine starts there.

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    McIlroy opened with a 69 Thursday, then gave himself even more chances on Day 2, cruising along at 4 under for the day when he reached the par-5 closing hole. After launching a 249-yard long iron to 25 feet, he poured in the eagle putt to pull within three shots of Thomas Pieters (65). 

    Despite the layoff, McIlroy edged world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, by a shot over the first two rounds. 

    “DJ is definitely the No. 1 player in the world right now, and one of, if not the best, driver of the golf ball," McIlroy said. "To be up there with him over these first two days, it proves to me that I’m doing the right things and gives me a lot of confidence going forward.”

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    Duke to fill in for injured Pavin at CareerBuilder

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:25 pm

    Ken Duke will fill in for Corey Pavin for the next two rounds of the CareerBuilder Challenge – with nothing at stake but his amateur partner’s position on the leaderboard.

    Pavin was 4 over par when he withdrew after 17 holes Thursday because of a neck injury. Tournament officials contacted Duke, the first alternate, and asked if he would take Pavin’s spot and partner with Luis Lopez for the next two rounds, even though he would not receive any official money.

    Duke accepted and explained his decision on Twitter:

    Playing on past champion’s status, the 48-year-old Duke has made only four starts this season, with a best finish of a tie for 61st at the RSM Classic.

    Pavin received a sponsor exemption into the event, his first PGA Tour start since the 2015 Colonial.