The Golf Channel to Showcase Walker Cup

By Golf Channel NewsroomAugust 8, 2005, 4:00 pm
USGAORLANDO, Fla. -- The Golf Channels United States Golf Association National Championship Season coverage continues with exclusive coverage of the 2005 Walker Cup, airing August 13-14, exclusively on The Golf Channel.
 
The cable networks coverage from the Chicago Golf Club will tee off Saturday, Aug. 13 at 11 a.m. ET, and continues Sunday, Aug. 14 at 4 p.m. ET, when the network picks up coverage of the final day of play. In addition to live match-play coverage, The Golf Channels Live From team will provide Walker Cup highlights, analysis and commentary during the cable networks Live From the PGA Championship, on-location at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J.
 
In cooperation with NBC Sports, host Dan Hicks and analyst Roger Maltbie will man the booth. The Golf Channels Mark Rolfing and NBC Sports Gary Koch will join the on-air team as on-course reporters, while The Golf Channels David Marr III will conduct player interviews.
 
The Walker Cup is a match-play event pitting a team from the United States of America against a team from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The teams consist of 10 male amateur players and a captain. The match is played every two years, with the U.S. and Great Britain/Ireland alternating as hosts.
 
Despite holding a 31-7-1 advantage overall, the U.S. team, captained by four-time Walker Cup winner Bob Lewis, will be looking to snap a three-match losing slide. The Great Britain/Ireland team won the 1999, 2001 and 2003 matches, putting the pressure on Lewis team.
 
Lewis, 61, from Pepper Pike, Ohio, will lead a U.S. squad consisting of three amateurs who played in the 2005 U.S. Open ' Matthew Every, 22, of Daytona Beach, Fla.; Michael Putnam, 22, of Tacoma, Wash.; and Lee Williams, 23, of Alexander City, Ala.
 
Rounding out the U.S. team are Anthony Kim, 20, of La Quinta, Calif.; Brian Harman, 18, of Savannah, Ga.; John Holmes, 23, of Campbellsville, Ky.; Billy Hurley, 23, of Leesburg, Va.; Jeff Overton, 22, of Evansville, Ind.; Kyle Reifers, 21, of Dublin, Ohio; and Nicholas Thompson, 22, of Coral Springs, Fla.
 
Through an unprecedented agreement with the USGA, The Golf Channel will provide coverage of all USGA major championships and team events in 2005, including tournament coverage of the U.S. Amateur, U.S. Womens Amateur, Walker Cup and U.S. Junior Amateur, titled the National Championship Season. Coverage of the National Championship Season began with a two-hour, final-round replay of the U.S. Open Championship from Pinehurst.
 
Walker Cup facts and figures:

WHAT IS THE WALKER CUP MATCH? -- The Walker Cup Match is contested by male amateur players, one team from the United States and one team from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The teams consist of not more than10 players and a captain. The Match is conducted every two years, alternately in the U.S. and Great Britain/Ireland.
 
SCHEDULE OF PLAY -- On Saturday, Aug. 13, and Sunday, Aug. 14, there will be four foursomes matches (18 holes each) each morning and eight singles matches (18 holes each) each afternoon.
 
STARTING TIMES(CDT)
Saturday: 7:30 a.m. for foursomes, 12:30p.m. for singles
Sunday: 7:30 a.m. for foursomes, 12:30p.m. for singles
 
FOURSOMES -- Foursomes is a match where two players compete against two other players in alternate shot format, with each side playing just one ball.
 
SCORING -- A victory in each match scores one point. In the event a match goes 18 holes without a decision, one-half point is awarded to each side.
 
COURSE SET-UP -- The golf course will include green speeds of between 11-feet-6 inches and 12 feet. The rough will be grown to three inches.
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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).


Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship


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.


Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship


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 phoned 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. 

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Kelly, Sauers co-lead in Hawaii; Monty, Couples in mix

By Associated PressJanuary 19, 2018, 3:52 am

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii - Fresh off a solid performance on Oahu, Jerry Kelly shot an 8-under 64 on the Big Island on Thursday to share the first-round lead at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

The 51-year-old Kelly, who tied for 14th at the PGA Tour's Sony Open last week in Honolulu, birdied five of his final seven holes to shoot 30 on the back nine at Hualalai. He won twice last season, his first on the over-50 tour.

Gene Sauers also shot 64, going bogey-free amid calm conditions. Thirty-two of the 44 players broke par in the limited-field event, which includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

Rocco Mediate and Colin Montgomerie were one shot back, and Fred Couples, Kevin Sutherland and Kirk Triplett were another shot behind.

Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, was in the middle of the pack after a 69.