Day 2 recap: USA holds 4-point lead after fourballs

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 30, 2012, 12:01 am

MEDINAH, Ill. – Match-by-match recaps of Day 2 of the 39th Ryder Cup from Medinah Country Club, where the USA has an 10-6 lead through Saturday afternoon fourballs.

Saturday afternoon fourballs: U.S. 2, Europe 2 (Total: U.S. 10-6)

Match 13: Dustin Johnson-Matt Kuchar def. Nicolas Colsaerts-Paul Lawrie, 1 up

Recap: Dustin Johnson didn’t do much to speak of through 16 holes but was clutch draining a 25-foot birdie putt on the par-3 17th hole to pull ahead for good.

Match 14: Bubba Watson-Webb Simpson def. Justin Rose-Francesco Molinari, 5 and 4

Recap: The ham-and-egg match of the day as the U.S. made nine birdies in a 12-hole stretch, including four consecutive by Simpson on Nos. 8-11. Europeans totally outmatched.

Match 15: Sergio Garcia-Luke Donald def. Tiger Woods-Steve Stricker, 1 up

Recap: Stricker was completely out of sorts and Woods’ five back-nine birdies were not enough to clip a powerful European team that produced nine combined birdies. Donald’s birdie at 17 was big-time.

Match 16: Rory McIlroy-Ian Poulter def. Jason Dufner-Zach Johnson, 1 up

Recap: Poulter was a mad man with birdies on each of the last five holes (Nos. 14-18) to win the last match of the day and give Europe a sliver of hope heading into Sunday singles.

Saturday morning foursomes: U.S. 3, Europe 1 (Total: U.S. 8-4)

Match 9: Ian Poulter-Justin Rose def. Bubba Watson-Webb Simpson, 1 up

Recap: The closest match of the morning wasn’t particularly good golf but it went to Europe over the U.S. team of major champions. Poulter’s record improves to 2-0.

Match 10: Keegan Bradley-Phil Mickelson def. Luke Donald-Lee Westwood, 7 and 6

Recap: In a match that tied the Ryder Cup record for biggest team defeat, the U.S. all-star duo continued to roll with six birdies in 12 holes against two of Europe’s biggest names.

Match 11: Jason Dufner-Zach Johnson def. Sergio Garcia-Nicolas Colsaerts, 2 and 1

Recap: Colsaerts couldn’t miss the day before, but in this match he couldn’t make. Americans only made two birdies and somehow escaped with victory on the 17th hole.

Match 12: Jim Furyk-Brandt Snedeker def. Rory McIlroy-Graeme McDowell, 1 up

Recap: Another match that was poorly played. Rory and GMac were mediocre and without much fire in their bellies, while Furyk and Snedeker were steady and never really out of any hole.

Click here for Day 1, match-by-match recaps

Day (68) just one back at Australian Open

By Nick MentaNovember 24, 2017, 6:40 am

Jason Day posted a second-round 68 to move himself just one off the lead held by Lucas Herbert through two rounds at the Emirates Australian Open. Here’s where things stand after 36 holes in Sydney.

Leaderboard: Herbert (-9), Day (-8), Cameron Davis (-7), Anthony Quayle (-6), Matt Jones (-4), Cameron Smith (-4), Nick Cullen (-4), Richard Green (-4)

What it means: Day is in search of his first worldwide victory of 2017. The former world No. 1 last visited the winner’s circle in May 2016, when he won The Players at TPC Sawgrass. A win this week would close out a difficult year for the Aussie who struggled with his game while also helping his mother in her battle with cancer. Day’s last victory on his native soil came in 2013, when he partnered with Adam Scott to win the World Cup of Golf for Australia at Royal Melbourne.

Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open

Round of the day: Herbert followed an opening 67 with a round of 66 to vault himself into the lead at The Australian Golf Club. He made six birdies, including four on his second nine, against a lone bogey to take the outright lead. The 22-year-old, who held the lead at this event last year and captured low-amateur honors in 2014, is coming off a runner-up finish at the NSW Open Championship, which boosted him from 714th to 429th in the Official World Golf Ranking. His 5-under score was matched by Dale Brandt-Richards and Josh Cabban.

Best of the rest: Matt Jones, who won this event over Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott two years ago, turned in 4-under 67. Jones is best known to American audiences for his playoff victory at the 2014 Shell Houston Open and for holding the 36-hole lead at the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, which was eventually won by Day. Jones will start the weekend five shots off the lead, at 4 under par.

Biggest disappointment: Spieth has a lot of work to do this weekend if he expects to be in the title picture for the fourth year in a row. Rounds of 70-71 have him eight shots behind the lead held by Herbert. Spieth made a birdie and a bogey on each side Friday to turn in level par. The reigning champion golfer of the year has finished first, second and first at this event over the last three years.

Storyline to watch this weekend: The Australian Open is the first event of the 2018 Open Qualifying Series. The leading three players who finish in the top 10 and who are not otherwise exempt will receive invites into next summer’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.

Ogilvy urges distance rollback of ball

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 8:49 pm

Add Geoff Ogilvy to the chorus of voices calling for a distance rollback of the golf ball.

In an interview before the start of the Emirates Australian Open, Ogilvy said a "time-out" is needed for governing bodies to deal with the issue.

"It's complete nonsense," he said, according to an Australian website. "In my career, it’s gone from 300 yards was a massive hit to you’re a shorter hitter on tour now, legitimately short. It’s changed the way we play great golf courses and that is the crime. It isn’t that the ball goes 400, that’s neither here nor there. It’s the fact the ball going 400 doesn’t makes Augusta work properly, it functions completely wrong.’’

Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open

Ogilvy used an example from American baseball to help get his point across to an Australian audience.

“Major League Baseball in America, they use wooden bats, and everywhere else in baseball they use aluminium bats,’’ he said. “And when the major leaguers use aluminium bats they don’t even have to touch it and it completely destroys their stadiums. It’s just comedy.

“That’s kind of what’s happened to us at least with the drivers of these big hitters; We’ve completely outgrown the stadiums. So do you rebuild every stadium in the world? That’s expensive. Or make the ball go shorter? It seems relatively simple from that perspective.’’

Ogilvy, an Australian who won the 2006 U.S. Open, said he believes there will be a rollback, but admitted it would be a "challenge" for manufacturers to produce a ball that flies shorter for pros but does not lose distance when struck by recreational players.

The golf world celebrates Thanksgiving

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 6:01 pm

Here's a look, through social media, at how the golf world celebrates Thanksgiving.

Lexi Thompson:

Baking time!!

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David Feherty:

Jack Nicklaus:

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Steve Stricker:

Golf Channel:

Frank Nobilo:

Ian Poulter:

Tyrone Van Aswegen:

Happy Thanksgiving: Biggest turkeys of 2017

By Grill Room TeamNovember 23, 2017, 3:00 pm

Thanksgiving brings us golf's biggest turkeys of the year. Donald Trump, Grayson Murray and a certain (now-former) tournament director headline the list. Click here or on the image below to check out all the turkeys.