Hazeltine to Host 2016 Ryder Cup

By Golf Channel NewsroomApril 2, 2002, 5:00 pm
Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn., has been selected as the site of the 41st Ryder Cup Matches, PGA of America officials have announced. That event is scheduled for September 2016.
Hazeltine National, which hosts the first of its two PGA Championships Aug. 15-18, will be the first club in Minnesota to host the biennial event that brings together teams from the United States and Europe in a match-play format. Hazeltine National also will host the 91st PGA Championship in 2009.
Designed by Robert Trent Jones in 1962 and remodeled by Rees Jones, in 1987, Hazeltine National has been the site of the 1970 and 1991 U.S. Open Championships, the 1983 U.S. Senior Open, the 1966 and 1977 U.S. Women's Open and the 1994 U.S. Mid-Amateur. The club also will host the 2006 U.S. Amateur Championship.
'Hazeltine National Golf Club features all of the components necessary to host the Ryder Cup Matches,' said PGA of America President Jack Connelly. 'The enthusiasm of the Hazeltine National club members combined with the sports-savvy Twin Cities region makes this selection ideal for this great event. The PGA of America looks forward to continuing its relationship with Hazeltine National along with the community and the knowledgeable galleries as we prepare for the Ryder Cup Matches.'
'Hazeltine National Golf Club is excited about bringing the Ryder Cup Matches, one of the great events in sports, to Minnesota,' said Hazeltine National Golf Club President Mark Josefson. 'This fulfills our mission and continues a proud tradition of significant championships at Hazeltine National Golf Club.'
The Ryder Cup Matches originated in 1927, and have been conducted at 17 U.S. sites over the past 75 years.
Future Ryder Cup sites:
2002 - The Belfry, Sutton Coldfield, England
2004 - Oakland Hills Country Club, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
2006 - The Kildare Hotel & Country Club, Straffan, Dublin, Ireland
2008 - Valhalla Golf Club, Louisville, Ky.
2010 - Wentwood Hills, The Celtic Manor, Newport, Wales
2012 - Medinah (Ill.) Country Club
2014 - The Gleneagles Hotel, Perthshire, Scotland
2016 - Hazeltine National Golf Club, Chaska, Minn.
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Watch: McIlroy gives Fleetwood a birthday cake

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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.

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 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.