USGA Announces 2005 Walker Cup Squad
Chosen by the International Team Selection Committee of United States Golf Association, the squad will face an amateur team representing Great Britain and Ireland.
The Walker Cup Match consists of 16 singles and eight foursomes (alternate shot) matches. Great Britain and Irelands team has won the last three Matches, in 1999, 2001 and 2003; twice by scores of 15-9 and by 12 -11 in 2003. The USA leads the series overall, 31-7-1.
Those on the team who competed in the 2005 U.S. Open are Matthew Every, 22, of Daytona Beach, Fla.; Michael Putnam, 22, of Tacoma, Wash.; and Lee Williams, 24, of Alexander City, Ala.
They are joined on the team by 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, 22, of Dublin, Ohio; and Nicholas Thompson, 22, of Coral Springs, Fla. The top two alternates, in order, are Luke List, 20, of Ringgold, Ga., and Ryan Blaum, 21, of Coral Gables, Fla.
Bob Lewis, 61, of Pepper Pike, Ohio, who played on four winning Walker Cup teams from 1981 through 1987, will serve as team captain. He also was captain of the 2003 team. Lewis is president and chief operating officer of Welded Tubes, Inc., a manufacturer of welded steel tubing, a company founded by his father in 1958.
I am really excited about this group, said Lewis. They have a lot of talent and I look forward to going to bat with these guys. I want them to have a good experience. I give the committee a lot of credit for its selections.
The GB&I team is led by veterans Nigel Edwards of Wales and Englands Gary Wolstenholme. Sixteen-year-old Oliver Fisher of England will be the youngest to play for either side.
Daily tickets are $35 and can be reserved by calling the ticket office at (630) 949-3219. The Golf Channel will air live coverage from 11-1 p.m. on Saturday and from 4-6 p.m. on Sunday (EDT). For more information, visit the official Walker Cup Match site at www.walkercup.org
Every, a senior at the University of Florida, was the low amateur at the Open at Pinehurst (N.C.) No. 2, finishing tied for 28th after a last round of 70, the fifth best round of the day. A first-team All-American, Everys best efforts in amateur competition were 12th- and third-place finishes at the last two Northeast Amateurs.
Putnam, a recent graduate of Pepperdine University, earned the 2005 Byron Nelson Award as the top collegiate golfer. A first-team All-American, he was the individual runner-up at this years NCAA Division I Championship and qualified for his first U.S. Open.
Williams qualified for the 2005 Open in dramatic fashion by making eagle on his last hole. A recent graduate of Auburn University, he played on the 2004 USA World Amateur Team as well. He is the only veteran member of the USA squad, having also been named to the team in 2003.
Overall, the squad is comprised completely of collegians or recent college players. The youngest is 18-year-old Brian Harman, while the oldest is 24-year-old Williams.
Kim, a junior at the University of Oklahoma, was the medalist at the 2005 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship and reached the semifinals before losing in 20 holes. He made 19 birdies during a three-match stretch. One of his stroke play rounds was a 5-under-par 65. He won the Big 12 title by six strokes.
Harman, an incoming freshman at the University of Georgia, helped claim his spot on the team by winning the recent Players Amateur by six strokes. He stepped on the national stage by winning the 2003 U.S. Junior Amateur title at age 16. Harman also finished in the top-10 at this years Azelea, Northeast Amateur and Sunnehanna Amateur.
Holmes steady play earned him a spot team. He had his best showing in top collegiate play, finishing sixth at the 2004 NCAA Championship and seventh at this years NCAA. He also had a 10th place finish at the 2005 Monroe Invitational. In 2004, he played on the U.S. Palmer Cup team and he reached the third round of match play at the U.S. Amateur.
Hurley, a 2004 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy where he won the Byron Nelson Award as the years top college player and sportsman, had four top-10 finishes in leading amateur events over the past two years. He was runner-up at the 2005 Northeast Amateur and the 2004 Monroe Invitational. He was a member of the 2004 Palmer Cup team and he was fifth at the 2005 Azalea.
Overton was a semifinalist at the 2004 Amateur and the runner-up at the 2004 Porter Cup. A recent graduate of Indiana University, he won 2005 Player of the Year honors in the Big Ten Conference, where he took the individual title.
Reifers came on strong this summer, winning the Northeast Amateur and finishing in the top-10 at the Sunnehanna Amateur and the Monroe Invitational in a three-week stretch. A senior at Wake Forest University, Reifers also won the 2004 Monroe, was a semifinalist at the 2004 North and South Amateur and qualified for the 2004 U.S. Amateur.
Thompson, a four-time All-American for Georgia Tech, had his best showing with a runner-up finish at the 2005 Sunnehanna. In 2004, he was third at the Sunnehanna and fourth at the Porter Cup. He has qualified for five U.S. Amateurs since 1999. He reached the third round of match play in 2004.
Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son
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.
Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?
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
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.
Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational
Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.
The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.