Europe wins Solheim Cup for first time since 2003

By Jay CoffinSeptember 25, 2011, 5:26 pm

DUNSANY, Ireland – The Europeans were asked all week if they needed to win the Solheim Cup to keep these matches relevant. They won't have to answer those questions anymore.

Europe won the 12th playing of the Solheim Cup Sunday at Killeen Castle, 15-13, and it was a combination of rookies and veterans who helped grind out the final matches. This is the first time since 2003 that Europe has won and the fourth time overall.

The teams entered Sunday in an 8-8 tie knowing that the U.S. has historically dominated singles. But Paula Creamer got off to a rocky start and was 4 down after the first seven holes to Catriona Matthew, who ultimately won, 6 and 5. Criste Kerr the conceded her match with Karen Stupples because of a wrist injury, putting the Americans in a deeper hole.

Morgan Pressel, Vicky Hurst, Brittany Lang and Christina Kim all won their matches to keep within striking distance. Suzann Pettersen, however, birdied the last three holes to beat Michelle Wie, 1 up, and when rookie Ryann O'Toole lost the last two holes to Caroline Hedwall that match ended all square, guaranteeing Europe the victory.

'Unbelievable, unbelievable, unbelievable,' European Solheim Cup captain Alison Nicholas said. 'I've been in agony all day. But I've been trying to maintain a perspective. The players have had such heart and passion and purpose. I hand it all to them. They've been unbelievable.'

Said U.S. captain Rosie Jones: 'It's so emotional to watch these girls. They fought so hard and really came together in the last couple of days to do so well, and it's just really hard.'

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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 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.