Semple Thompson Makes Record 12th Curtis Cup Team

By Golf Channel NewsroomJune 3, 2002, 4:00 pm
Far Hills, N.J. - Six-time USA national champion Carol Semple Thompson and current U.S. Womens Amateur champion Meredith Duncan lead the list of selections for the 2002 USA Curtis Cup team announced for its biennial match against the Great Britain & Ireland team. The match will be contested Aug. 3-4 at Fox Chapel Golf Club in Pittsburgh, Pa.
The eight-member USA team was selected by the United States Golf Associations Womens Committee and will be captained by Mary Budke, 48, of Eugene, Ore. Budke, the 1972 U.S. Womens Amateur champion, was a member of the 1974 U.S. Curtis Cup team.
Judy Oliver of Sewickley, Pa., is the honorary captain for this years Curtis Cup Match. She was a U.S. Curtis Cup team member in 1978, 1980 and 1982, and was captain of the 1992 USA squad.
Other golfers selected for the USA team include Emily Bastel, 21, of Upper Sandusky, Ohio; Mollie Fankhauser, 21, of Dublin, Ohio; Leigh Anne Hardin, 20, of Martinsville, Ind.; Angela Jerman, 21, of Columbus, Ga.; Laura Myerscough, 22, of Charleston, Ill.; and Courtney Swaim, 22, of Suwanee, Ga.
Three women were selected as alternates: Danielle Downey, 21, of Spencerport, N.Y.; Jennifer Perri, 21, of Eden Prairie, Minn.; and 2001 U.S. Womens Mid-Amateur champion Laura Shanahan, 43, of Bedford, N.H.
The Curtis Cup competition features three foursomes (alternate shot of partners) and six singles matches each day, with each match worth one point toward the team score. Each team gets a half point for a tied match after 18 holes.
The match is conducted every two years, alternately in the United States of America and Great Britain and Ireland. The Cup is named in honor of Harriot and Margaret Curtis, sisters who won the U.S. Women's Amateur four times between them.
The USA leads the series 22-6-3, and has won the last two meetings.
This will be the record 12th Curtis Cup appearance for Semple Thompson, 53, of Sewickley, Pa., who played in the 1974, 1976, 1980, 1982, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998 and 2000 Matches. Her 16 victories (8-7-3 in foursomes and 8-8-1 in singles) is also a Curtis Cup record.
Semple Thompson captured her sixth national title when she won her third straight USGA Senior Womens Amateur in 2001. She also won the 1973 U.S. Womens Amateur and the 1990 and 1997 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur championships. Semple Thompson has appeared in the U.S. Womens Open 31 times and was three times the low amateur ' 1974, 1978 and 1988. Among her numerous championships, she captured the 1974 British Ladies Open Amateur and has won the Pennsylvania State Amateur championship 20 times, including 2001.
Duncan, 22, of Shreveport, La., won the 2001 U.S. Womens Amateur in a thrilling 37-hole match over Nicole Perrot of Chile. She also captured the 2001 North-South Amateur and 2000 and 2001 Womens Western Amateurs. A first-team All-American in 2002, she received both the Dinah Shore Trophy Award and the Nancy Lopez Award. She tied for third at the 2002 NCAA East Regional and earned first-team All-American honors.
Bastel, a senior at MichiganState University, made it to the semifinals of the 2001 U.S. Womens Amateur. She earned second-team All-American honors in 2002 and was the Big Ten Conferences Athlete of the Year for womens golf. Bastel won the Big Ten Conference Championship in 2000 and earned medalist honors at both the WSF Waterlefe Invitational and Indiana Invitational in 2002.
Fankhauser, a junior at The Ohio State University, won her second straight Big Ten Conference Championship in 2002 and earned second-team All-American honors for the second straight year. She was a semifinalist at the 2001 Womens Western Amateur and finished fourth at the 2001 NCAA Western Regional. She also won the Verizon MoMorial in 2002 and tied for sixth at the 2002 NCAA Central Regional.
Hardin, a sophomore at Duke University, was the 1998 U.S. Girls Junior champion. She won medalist honors at the 2002 NCAA East Regional and finished 13th at the NCAA Championship to help Duke capture the national championship. During the 2001-02 season, she had eight top-20 finishes and earned second-team All-American honors.
Jerman, a senior at the University of Georgia, finished sixth at the 2002 NCAA Championships and earned first-team All-American honors. She was the 2002 SEC Golfer of the Year and broke the single-season scoring record at Georgia with her 72.91 stroke average. In the final 16 events of her collegiate career, she recorded 11 top-10 finishes.
Myerscough, a junior at Arizona, was the runner-up at the 2000 U.S. Womens Amateur. She finished seventh at the 2002 NCAA Championships and earned honorable mention All-American honors after earning four top-10 finishes in 2001-02. She was a member of the USA squad at the Womens World Amateur Team Championships in 2000.
Swaim, a senior at Auburn University, was the 2001 Eastern Amateur champion. In 2002, she tied for third at the NCAA East Regional and finished fourth at both the Harder Hall Invitational and the Sally. She earned first-team All-American honors in 2002 and won the Georgia Womens Open, earning a spot in the LPGA Chick-fil-A Charity Championship.
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Fleetwood rallies to defend Abu Dhabi title

By Will GrayJanuary 21, 2018, 12:48 pm

The 2018 European Tour season has begun just as the 2017 ended: with Tommy Fleetwood's name atop the standings.

Facing the most difficult conditions of the week, Fleetwood charged down the stretch to shoot a 7-under 65 in the final round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, good enough for a two-shot win and a successful title defense.

Abu Dhabi was the start of Fleetwood's resurgence a year ago, the first of two European Tour victories en route to the season-long Race to Dubai title. This time around the Englishman started the final round two shots off the lead but rallied with six birdies over his final nine holes to reclaim the trophy.

Fleetwood was five shots behind countryman Ross Fisher when he made made the turn, but he birdied the par-5 10th and then added four birdies in a five-hole stretch from Nos. 12-16. The decisive shot came on the final hole, when his pitch from the left rough nestled within a few feet of the hole for a closing birdie.

Fleetwood's 22-under total left him two shots ahead of Fisher and four shots clear of Rory McIlroy and Matthew Fitzpatrick. After entering the week ranked No. 18, Fleetwood is expected to move to at least No. 12 in the world when the new rankings are published.

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Garcia cruises to five-shot win in Singapore

By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 12:10 pm

SINGAPORE - Sergio Garcia played 27 holes on the last day without dropping a shot to win the Singapore Open by five strokes Sunday in an ominous display of his newfound self-belief as he prepares to defend his Masters title.

Still brimming with confidence after claiming his first major title at Augusta National last year, Garcia started his new season with a runaway victory at the Sentosa Golf Club, finishing at 14-under 270.

Returning to the course just after dawn to complete his third round after play was suspended on Saturday because of lightning strikes, Garcia finished his last nine holes in 4 under for a round of 66 to take a one-shot lead into the final round.

With organizers desperate to avert the constant threat of more bad weather and finish the tournament on time, Garcia promptly returned to the first tee shortly after and fired a flawless 3-under 68, cruising to victory with 10 straight pars as his rivals floundered in the stifling humidity.

''It may have looked easy, but it wasn't easy. You still have to hit a lot of good shots out there,'' Garcia said. ''It's always great to start with a win, to do it here at this golf course against a good field in Asia on conditions that weren't easy. Hopefully I can ride on this momentum.''

Garcia's closest rivals at the end were Japan's Satoshi Kodaira (71) and South African Shaun Norris (70). Both birdied the last hole to share second spot but neither was ever close enough on the last day to challenge the leader.

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''I could not reach Sergio. I was thinking, 12 or 13 under for the win, but he went beyond that,'' Kodaira said.

Jazz Janewattananond (71) and his fellow Thai Danthai Bonnma (73) finished equal fourth at 8 under, earning themselves a spot in this year's British Open, while American Sean Crocker, who was given an invitation to the event after turning pro late last year, also won a place at Carnoustie by finishing in a tie for sixth.

Garcia made just three bogeys in 72 holes and his victory provided the 38-year-old with the 33rd title of his professional career and his sixth on the Asian Tour.

He has also won three titles in the last 12 months, including the Masters, and his game looks to be in better shape now than it was a year ago.

He credits the Singapore Open as having played a part in toughening him up for Augusta National because of the steamy conditions and the testing stop-start nature of the tournament, which is regularly stopped because of inclement weather.

Although he finished tied for 11th in Singapore a year ago, Garcia won the Dubai Desert Classic the next week and was in peak form when he won the Masters two months later.

"I'm extremely happy with how the week went. It was a tough day and a tough week, with the stopping and going. Fortunately, the weather held on. Still, it was hard to play 27 holes under this heat and I can't wait to get a cold shower,'' Garcia said. ''I came with some good confidence and wishing that I will play well. I hit the ball solid the whole week and didn't miss many shots.''

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Kelly beats Monty with two-shot swing on final hole

By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 3:21 am

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – Jerry Kelly made an 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole, Colin Montgomerie missed a 6-footer for par and Kelly turned a one-shot deficit into a victory Saturday in the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

After Kelly drove it well right into lava rocks on the par-4 16th, leading to bogey and giving Montgomerie the lead, Montgomerie made a mistake with his tee shot on the last, finding a fairway bunker. Montgomerie's approach went over the green and after Kelly converted his birdie, the 54-year-old Scot jammed his par putt well past the hole.

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It was the third win on the over-50 tour for the 51-year-old Kelly, who finished tied for 14th last week at the PGA Tour's Sony Open in Honolulu. That gave him confidence as he hopped over to the Big Island for his tournament debut at Hualalai. The limited-field event includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

Kelly closed with a 6-under 66 for a three-day total of 18-under 198. Montgomerie shot 69. David Toms shot 67 and finished two shots back, and Miguel Angel Jimenez was another stroke behind after a 66.

Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, closed with a 70 to finish at 10 under.

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Rahm manages frustration, two back at CareerBuilder

By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 1:21 am

Jon Rahm managed the winds and his frustrations Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge to give himself a chance to win his fourth worldwide title in the last year.

Rahm’s 2-under-par 70 on the PGA West Stadium Course left him two shots off the lead going into the final round.

“I wasn’t really dealing with the wind that much,” Rahm said of his frustrations. “I was dealing with not being as fluid as I was the last two days.”

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The world’s No. 3 ranked player opened with a 62 at La Quinta Country Club on Thursday and followed it up with a 67 on Friday at PGA West. He made six birdies and four bogeys on the Stadium Course on Saturday.

“The first day, everything was outstanding,” Rahm said. “Yesterday, my driver was a little shaky but my irons shots were perfect. Today, my driver was shaky and my irons shots were shaky. On a course like this, it’s punishing, but luckily on the holes where I found the fairway I was able to make birdies.”

Rahm is projected to move to No. 2 in the world rankings with a finish of sixth or better on Sunday.