Day 3 recap: Kaymer's point gives Euros win

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 30, 2012, 10:36 pm

MEDINAH, Ill. – Match-by-match recaps of Day 3 of the 39th Ryder Cup from Medinah Country Club, where the Europeans staged an epic comeback win. USA began the singles competition with a 10-6 lead and needed 4 1/2 points to capture the cup, but failed to do so.

Sunday singles: Europe  8 1/2, USA 3 1/2 (Total: Europe 14 1/2, US 13 1/2)

Tiger Woods vs. Francesco Molinari, halved

Many believed this match wouldn't matter. Turns out it didn't, but for completely different reasons. When Kaymer closed out the match ahead this one didn't matter. Still, Woods missed a short par putt that made him winless on the week at 0-3-1.

Martin Kaymer def. Steve Stricker, 1 up

Kaymer was considered Europe's weakest link and yet delivered the winning point to win the Ryder Cup. He did not play well, but Stricker had no gas left in the tank. Tiger Woods was in the last match, but it didn't matter, the cup was essentially over here.

Jason Dufner def. Peter Hanson, 2 up

Huge victory for the U.S. as it tied the score at 13 a piece. Next point wins with only two matches on the course. The rookie Dufner was 3-1 on the week and, although he didn't play his best in singles, it was enough for a full point. Still not sure he's smiled.

Sergio Garcia def. Jim Furyk, 1 up

Furyk has not had a great summer blowing the U.S. Open, the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and now a 1-up lead with two holes remaining in a critical singles match against Sergio Garcia. Neither man played well but Furyk coughed up the match with bogeys on 17 and 18.

Lee Westwood def. Matt Kuchar, 3 and 2

Westwood played poorly all week and Kuchar played well. But this match was the complete opposite as Westwood was steady and Kuchar was erratic. Europe's Ryder Cup veteran kept the momentum going for his team in a crucial position.

Luke Donald def. Bubba Watson, 2 and 1

Recap: The Englishman birdied two of his first four holes, halved a hole despite a tee shot into the water (13th) and led by four holes with six to play yet still needed a sand save at the penultimate hole to secure Europe’s first point of the day and, at least momentarily, quiet the Chicagoland masses.

Paul Lawrie def. Brandt Snedeker, 5 and 3

Recap: An early shocker as Lawrie cruised to an easy victory with five birdies to record his first point of the week. Snedeker's week began with a loss and ended with one in his rookie performance. 

Rory McIlroy def. Keegan Bradley, 2 and 1

Recap: The world No. 1 nearly missed his tee time because he misinterpreted the time zone, a surreal episode that included a police escort from the team hotel, but didn’t miss much the rest of the way. The Ulsterman pulled away with back-to-back birdies at Nos. 14 and 15 to hand the American rookie his only loss this week.

Ian Poulter def. Webb Simpson, 2 up

Recap: The emotional soul of the European team set the tone early with a chip-in birdie at the first and pulled the Continent even with the home team, 10-10. He also improved to 4-0 for the week and 4-0 in career singles play.

Dustin Johnson def. Nicolas Colsaerts, 3 and 2

Recap: The first American point goes on the board after four European points to open the session. Johnson was clearly the better talent, producing six birdies in his match and ending the week a perfect 3-0.

Justin Rose def. Phil Mickelson, 1 up

Recap: Mickelson was 1 up with two remaining and Rose made consecutive birdies to steal the match and give Europe a full point in each of the first five matches. The Rose rally ruined Mickelson's perfect record.

Zach Johnson def. Graeme McDowell, 2 and 1

Johnson didn’t play particularly well and McDowell handed him this match by making four bogeys in the first 13 holes. A hugely disappointing week for McDowell (1-3) and a great one for Johnson (3-1).

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Relive Day 2 Ryder Cup matches Monday at 8 p.m. ET and the singles matches Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET.

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.

Tributes pour in for legendary caddie Sheridan

By Randall MellNovember 23, 2017, 2:54 pm

Tributes are pouring in as golf celebrates the life of Greg Sheridan after receiving news of his passing.

Sheridan, a long-time LPGA caddie who worked for some of the game’s all-time greats, including Kathy Whitworth and Beth Daniel, died Wednesday in Indian Rocks Beach, Fla., at 63. He was diagnosed in July 2016 with brain and lung cancer.

Sheridan worked the last dozen years or so with Natalie Gulbis, who expressed her grief in an Instagram post on Wednesday:

“Greg…I miss you so much already and it hasn’t even been a day. 15+ seasons traveling the world you carried me & my bag through the highs and lows of golf and life. You were so much more than my teammate on the course…Thank you.”

Sheridan was on Whitworth’s bag for the last of her LPGA-record 88 titles.

“When I first came on tour, I would try to find out how many times Greg won,” Gulbis told Golfweek. “It’s a crazy number, like 50.”

Matthew Galloway, a caddie and friend to Sheridan, summed up Sheridan’s impressive reach after caddying with him one year at the LPGA Founders Cup, where the game’s pioneers are honored.

“Best Greg story,” Galloway tweeted on Thanksgiving morning, “coming up 18 at PHX all the founders were in their chairs. Greg goes, `Yep, caddied for her, her and her.’ Legend.”

In a first-person column for Golf Magazine last year, Gulbis focused on Sheridan while writing about the special bond between players and caddies. She wrote that she won the “looper lottery” when she first hired Sheridan in ’04.

“Greg and I have traveled the world, and today he is like family,” Gulbis wrote. “Sometimes, he’s a psychologist. Last year, my mom got sick and it was a distraction, but he was great. When I used to have boyfriend issues and breakup issues, he was my confidant. In a world where caddies sometimes spill secrets, Greg has kept a respectful silence, and I can’t thank him enough for that. He’s an extension of me.”

Four months after Gulbis wrote the column, Sheridan was diagnosed with cancer.

“The LPGA family is saddened to hear of the loss of long-time tour caddie, Greg Sheridan,” the LPGA tweeted. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and players he walked with down the fairways. #RIP.”

Dean Herden was among the legion of caddies saddened by the news.

“Greg was a great guy who I respected a lot and taught me some great things over the years,” Herden texted to

Here are some of heartfelt messages that are rolling across Twitter:

Retired LPGA great Annika Sorenstam:

LPGA commissioner Mike Whan in a retweet of Gulbis:

Golf Channel reporter and former tour player Jerry Foltz:

Christina Kim:

LPGA caddie Shaun Clews:

LPGA caddie Jonny Scott:

LPGA caddie Kevin Casas:

LPGA pro Jennie Lee:

Fitzpatrick one back in 2018 Euro Tour opener

By Associated PressNovember 23, 2017, 1:37 pm

HONG KONG – S.S.P. Chawrasia had six birdies and a bogey Thursday for a 5-under 65 and a one-stroke lead at the Hong Kong Open, the first event of the 2018 European Tour season.

Playing in sunny but breezy conditions at the Hong Kong Golf Club, the greens had the players struggling to gauge the approach.

''Very tough conditions today,'' Chawrasia said. ''It's very firm greens, to be honest. I'm just trying to hit the second shot on the green and trying to make it like a two-putt.''

Full-field scores from the UBS Hong Kong Open

Shubhankar Sharma and Matthew Fitzpatrick (both 66) were one shot behind, while seven others were tied for fourth a further stroke behind.

''Hit it great tee to green,'' Fitzpatrick said. ''I think I had like seven or eight chances inside 15 feet, and on a day like today when it's so windy and such a tough golf course, with how tight it is, yeah, it was a good day.''

Justin Rose, who won the title in 2015, shot was 2 under with five birdies and three bogeys.

''I think the course played a couple shots harder than it typically does,'' Rose said. ''I like this course. I think it offers plenty of birdie opportunities.''

Masters champion Sergio GarciaRafa Cabrera Bello and defending champion Sam Brazel (69) were in a group of 16 at 1 under.

Day, Spieth chasing Davis after Day 1 of Aussie Open

By Jason CrookNovember 23, 2017, 6:50 am

The PGA Tour is off this week but a couple of the circuit’s biggest stars – Jordan Spieth and Jason Day – are headlining the Emirates Australian Open, the first event in The Open Qualifying Series for the 2018 Open at Carnoustie. Here's how things look after the opening round, where Cameron Davis has opened up a two-shot lead:

Leaderboard: Davis (-8), Taylor MacDonald (-6), Nick Cullen (-5), Day (-5), Brian Campbell (-4), Lucas Herbert (-4), Stephen Leaney (-4), Anthony Quayle (-4)

What it means: Spieth has won this event three of the last four years, including last year, but he got off to a rocky start on Thursday. Playing in the windy afternoon wave, the world No. 2 bogeyed his first two holes but rebounded with birdies on Nos. 4 and 5. It was more of the same the rest of the way as the 24-year-old carded three more bogeys and four birdies, getting into the clubhouse with a 1-under 70. While it certainly wasn't the start he was hoping for, Spieth didn't shoot himself out of the tournament with 54 holes left to play, he has plenty of time to claw his way up the leaderboard.

Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open

Round of the day: With Round 1 in the books, the solo leader, Davis, is the easy pick here. The 22-year-old Aussie who turned pro last year, came out of the gates on fire, birdieing six of his first seven holes, including four in a row on Nos. 4 through 7. He did drop a shot on the ninth hole to go out in 30 but rebounded with three more birdies on the back to card a 8-under 63. Davis, who was born in Sydney and played this year on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada. He will attempt to get his Tour card next month during qualifying in Arizona.

Best of the rest: Making his first start in his home country in four years, Day started on the 10th hole at The Australian Golf Club and made four birdies to one bogey on the back side before adding four more circles after making the turn. Unfortunately for the 30-year-old, he also added an ugly double-bogey 6 on the par-4 eighth hole and had to settle for a 5-under 66, good enough to sit T-3. Day, who has dropped to No. 12 in the world rankings, is looking for his first win on any tour since the 2016 Players Championship.

Main storyline heading into Friday: Can the upstart 22-year-old Davis hold off the star power chasing him or will he fold to the pressure of major champions in his rearview mirror? Day (afternoon) and Spieth (morning) are once again on opposite ends of the draw on Friday as they try to improve their position before the weekend.

Shot of the day: It’s tough to beat an ace in this category, and we had one of those on Thursday from Australian Brad Shilton. Shilton’s hole-in-one on the par-3, 188-yard 11th hole came with a special prize, a $16k watch.

Quote of the day: “Just two bad holes. Pretty much just two bad swings for the day,” – Day, after his 66 on Thursday.