Europe wins Ryder Cup with final-day rally

By Ryan LavnerSeptember 30, 2012, 10:28 pm

MEDINAH, Ill. – The Miracle at Brookline now has company. 

Trailing by the same margin as that improbable Ryder Cup comeback 13 years ago, the Europeans quickly erased a 10-6 deficit, winning eight singles matches in all, and received the clinching point from beleaguered former world No. 1 Martin Kaymer to win the Ryder Cup, 14 1/2 to 13 1/2, on Sunday.

Because Europe won in 2010, it needed only 14 points to retain the cup, but it claimed the extra half-point when Tiger Woods halved with Francesco Molinari.

The Americans’ 10-6 lead heading into Sunday singles was its largest ever, but the Europeans were buoyed by the fact that they split Saturday fourballs, 2-2, when it could have been worse.

They also remember the 1999 Miracle at Brookline – or, more pointedly, so does their captain, Jose Maria Olazabal. The Spaniard was on the 17th green when Justin Leonard holed a long putt and the Americans stormed the green, celebrating their momentous comeback.

'It means a lot,' Olazabal said. 'But not just for me, for all of Europe. Seve (the late Seve Ballesteros) will always be present with this team. He was a big factor for this event, for the European side. Last night when we had that meeting I think the boys understood that believing was the most important thing.'

Despite his team's final-day collapse, U.S. captain Davis Love III said 'I wouldn’t have done anything differently. Give them a lot of credit. They played very, very well. They had some hot streaks that kept them in it.'

Learning from lessons of years’ past, the Europeans’ strategy of frontloading their lineup worked to perfection on Sunday, as they won the first four matches – none more unlikely than Justin Rose’s 1-up victory over Phil Mickelson – to pull even with the U.S.

With the matches tied at 12, Sergio Garcia reversed a 1-down deficit with two to play, winning both Nos. 17 and 18 with par, to steal a critical point for the Europeans. At 13-12, it was Europe’s first lead of the week.

Jason Dufner then beat Peter Hanson, 2 up, and improbably, the deciding match came down to Steve Stricker (0-3 entering singles) and Kaymer, one of Europe’s weakest links, a player who was benched all Saturday. 

Back and forth the entire afternoon, Kaymer won the 17th with a par – Stricker had failed to convert an 8-foot par putt – on his way to a 1-up victory, completing the remarkable comeback.


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

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

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

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

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.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

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.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

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. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.