Featured Match Kaymer vs Watson

By Rex HoggardFebruary 26, 2011, 11:01 pm

2005 WGC Accenture Match PlayMARANA, Ariz. – GolfChannel.com senior writer Rex Hoggard is at the Ritz Carlton Golf Club at Dove Mountain for the fifth round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. He is providing a running blog for the match between (1) Martin Kaymer and (5) Bubba Watson. Follow him on Twitter (@RexHoggard) for more updates or for complete scoring of all four matches, click here.


(7:35 p.m. ET) With one scrambling par against Bubba Watson, Martin Kaymer put to rest the question that has been dogging him since, well the last time he beat Watson at the 2010 PGA Championship.

“It took me only five years to become No. 1 (in the World Golf Ranking),” Kaymer said following his 1-up victory over Watson in Saturday’s semifinal match at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship which will assure him enough ranking points to overtake Lee Westwood. “It’s a very proud moment for me and my family.”

Now the only thing the German has to worry about is Luke Donald, who he will face in Sunday’s 18-hole final.

(6:54 p.m. ET) Martin Kaymer scrambled for par at Dove Mountain's 17th hole on Friday to defeat Hunter Mahan but a Xerox effort on Saturday against Bubba Watson wasn't good enough to close out his semifinal match.

Watson carved his approach from the left rough to 6 feet and made the birdie to extend the match.

The American had a lot practice dealing with pressure in his quarterfinal match against J.B. Holmes, who had Watson five down with eight holes to play Saturday morning.

(6:41 p.m. ET) Both Bubba Watson and Martin Kaymer missed the green at the par-3 16th hole at Dove Mountain and the last thing Watson wants is to get into a chipping contest with a European, just ask Hunter Mahan.

Watson made bogey, Kaymer a par. Europe 2 up with two to play.

(6:17 p.m. ET) Martin Kaymer hit his drive in a fairway bunker at Dove Mountain's 14th hole, left his approach short of the green and hit a poor chip to 20 feet. It all added up to a bogey and an all square match with Bubba Watson.

It's worth pointing out the other semifinal match was completed more than an hour and a half ago.

 (6:00 p.m. ET) Martin Kaymer seems destined to overtake Lee Westwood atop the world golf ranking, a victory Saturday in the quarterfinals against Bubba Watson is all he needs, but the German is not looking his world-beating best at Dove Mountain.

Although he's carved out a 1-up advantage over Watson through 13 holes, Kaymer has missed putts of 10 and 12 feet at Nos. 11 and 12 and left his 23-footer for eagle at the 13th hole 3 feet short.

(5:48 p.m. ET) Bubba Watson is all square in his semifinal match against Martin Kaymer at Dove Mountain.

At this point in his quarterfinal match against J.B. Holmes he was five down with eight holes to play.

All square must feel like a two-touchdown advantage.

(5:36 p.m. ET) From behind the 11th green Martin Kaymer leaves his chip for eagle 10 feet short and fails to convert the birdie putt to loose the hole and square his match with Bubba Watson.

As Watson says at the end of his Tweets 'urwelcome.'

After halving five of the first seven holes the two have now gone four consecutive without a halve. 

(5:19 p.m. ET) It was classic match play. From a troubled lie in the desert right of Dove Mountain's 10th fairway Martin Kaymer managed to hit his approach to 20 feet and two-putt for par. 

From the middle of the fairway Bubba Watson airmails the green and misses his par attempt to fall behind for the first time since he won the second hole with a conceded eagle. 

(5:06 p.m. ET) Martin Kaymer and Bubba Watson turned all square at Dove Mountain but it's been anything but stellar. 

After the first two holes, which were conceded, the two have a best-ball card of just 2 under. 
By comparison, Luke Donald, who made quick work of Matt Kuchar in the day's other semifinal (6 and 5), has birdied 39 percent of the holes he has played this week.

(4:48 p.m. ET) They say length rules in match play, a truth at least partially supported by J.B. Holmes and Bubba Watson's play this week at the WGC-Match Play and proven again on the eighth hole late Saturday.

Watson outdrove his semifinal opponent Martin Kaymer by 66 yards, flying his tee shot into the second fairway, hit his second left of the green and chipped to 4 feet for birdie to go 1 up.

(4:14 p.m. ET) Martin Kaymer pushed his drive into the desert right of the fifth fairway but scrambled for par to remain all square with Bubba Watson.

That exceeds the number of times he visited the desert during his Round 3 match against Hunter Mahan on Friday. But the German's wayward game has more to do with conditions, gusts are reaching 35 mph, than nerves.

(3:49 p.m. ET) Martin Kaymer and Bubba Watson traded pars at Dove Mountain's third hole to remain all square. 

This is notable only because the two had not finished a hole in their semifinal match. Much like any other Saturday two-ball.

(3:38 p.m. ET) Still feeling like the PGA Championship at Dove Mountain.

Martin Kayner gets sideways with the Arizona desert at the par-5 second and concedes the hole. All square and sloppy.

(3:26 p.m. ET) Starting to feel like the PGA Championship early at Dove Mountain. Martin Kaymer is 1 up through one hole.

(3:23 p.m. ET) Bubba Watson and Martin Kaymer finally began their semifinal match at Dove Mountain at 1:15 p.m. (MT).

We spotted Watson, whose quarterfinal match with J.B. Holmes went extra holes, getting a quick bite to eat but the turnaround was so quick he didn't even have time to Tweet.

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The Social: G.O.A.T., after G.O.A.T., after G.O.A.T.

By Jason CrookJanuary 23, 2018, 6:00 pm

Tom Brady compares himself to Tiger Woods, who coincidentally is returning to the PGA Tour this week, Jordan Spieth hangs out with some decent company and kids these days ruffle some feathers with their friendships.

All that and more in this week's edition of The Social.

Well, it’s finally Farmers Insurance Open week and Woods has been spotted practicing for his official return to the PGA Tour on Thursday.

Some thought this day might never come after a 2017 filled with mostly downs for the 14-time major champ.

But as he has taught the golf world time and time again, you just can't count Tiger out.

So even as Jon Rahm attempts to overtake Dustin Johnson for No. 1 in the world this week at Torrey Pines, all eyes will be on one of the greatest we've ever seen do it, even if that guy is ranked No. 647 in the world.

Speaking of greatness …

There’s not many who can just offhandedly compare themselves to Tiger, but if anyone gets a pass, it’s Tom Brady.

The 40-year-old New England Patriots quarterback led his team back to the Super Bowl for the second straight year despite playing the AFC title game with a cut on his throwing hand.

When asked about it after the Patriots come-from-behind victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Brady answered, “I think it's kind of arrogant to say it bothered me when we had a pretty good game, so I wouldn't say that. It's like when Tiger Woods said, ‘That was my C game’ and he won the tournament.”

So there you have it. A 40-year-old Brady is winning AFC Championships with his C game. Good luck, Eagles; you’re going to need it.

Also, if for some reason you wanted an update on Justin Thomas' life, it's still awesome:

Yeah, that's last year's PGA Tour Player of the Year hanging with Cy Young winner Cory Kluber in a suite at the Patriots game and teasing us with a possible #SB2K18 cameo.

Curtis Strange likes his competitive golf straight up, hold the friendliness.

This, according to Curtis Strange.

The two-time U.S. Open champ took to Twitter during the CareerBuilder Challenge to vent his frustration regarding the constant chit-chat and friendliness between Rahm and Andrew Landry:

This, of course, makes sense in theory. But good luck watching golf – or really any sport – from here on out. Sure there will be a few old school guys who buck the trend here and there, but for the most part, it’s really hard to share a private jet/dinners/vacations/(insert awesome thing here) with someone, and then completely turn off the friendship coming down the stretch of a big tournament.

Damn millennials. They ruin everything.

By now you've all seen that poor Philadelphia Eagles fan who lost his battle with a subway station pillar (from multiple angles), so instead here is a video of a man attempting to stand on an egg. Bet you can't guess how that goes.

Tony's gonna stand on an egg

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Seriously if you haven't seen the video of that Eagles fan, here's your last chance in this column. You'll be glad you did.

Jordan Spieth, Michael Phelps and Bryce Harper walk on to a golf course … there’s no punchline, that actually happened last week in Las Vegas.

Was the whole thing just a big advertisement for Spieth’s new Under Armour shoe? You bet.

But that doesn’t make the optics of three of the biggest superstar athletes on the planet teeing it up for a round any less awesome.

Off to the next. #Spieth2 #TEAMUA

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The trio has three major wins, five All Star Game appearances and 28 Olympic medals between them, and there they were over the weekend just fake laughing for the camera and driving around individual golf carts with their own personalized logos on them.

Just guys being dudes. Nothing better than that.

Matt Kuchar. Still good at golf. Still overly polite. This according to European Tour pro Eddie Pepperell who had the privilege of hitting on the range next to Kuuuuuch in Abu Dhabi last week.

That image is burned into your brain forever now, thanks Eddie. From now on when you think of Kuchar you're going to think of those Sketches ads and "oopsies."

Which, I suppose is better than a, "Did you get that?"

Blayne Barber's caddie, Cory Gilmer, collapsed and hit his head while at a restaurant at the Sony Open and has been mostly unconscious in the neurological intensive care unit ever since.

The outpouring of love and support from the golf community has been overwhelming on social media, and a GoFundMe page has been set up to help with the mounting medical costs for Gilmer and his family.

Check out the link below for more info or to donate to a worthy cause:

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Top-ranked amateur wins LAAC, earns Masters invite

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 23, 2018, 5:38 pm

Joaquin Niemann walked Augusta National Golf Club as a patron last year. He’ll be a competitor in 2018.

Niemann, the top-ranked amateur in the world, shot 8-under 63 Tuesday at Prince of Wales Country Club in his native Santiago, Chile, to win the Latin America Amateur Championship.

And with the title, both redemption and an invitation to the Masters Tournament.

Full-field scores from the Latin America Amateur Championship

Niemann finished runner-up in last year’s LAAC to fellow Chilean Toto Gana. He followed Gana around Augusta grounds, watching as his best friend played two rounds before missing the cut.

Niemann, who was going to turn professional had he not won this week, started the final round one back of Mexico’s Alvaro Ortiz. Niemann was sluggish from the start on Tuesday, but then drove the 313-yard, par-4 eighth and made the eagle putt. That sparked a run of five birdies over his next six holes.

Niemann was bogey-free in the final round and finished five shots clear of Ortiz, at 11 under.

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Judges Panel, Host Announced for Wilson Golf's "Driver vs. Driver 2," Premiering This Fall on Golf Channel

By Golf Channel Public RelationsJanuary 23, 2018, 4:15 pm

‘Driver vs. Driver 2 Presented by Wilson Currently in Production; Sports Broadcaster Melanie Collins Returns to Host

Morning Drive: Driver vs. Driver 2 Judges Announced

Golf Channel and Wilson Golf announced today the panel of judges and host for the second season of Driver vs. Driver, the innovative television series that follows aspiring golf equipment designers as they compete for the opportunity to have their driver idea or concept transformed into the next great golf driver from Wilson. The show is currently in production and will premiere this fall.

Joining judge Tim Clarke, President of Wilson Golf, are two newcomers to the series: 9-time National Hockey League (NHL) All-Star and current NHL on NBC hockey analyst Jeremy Roenick – an avid golfer with a single digit handicap and a self-described golf equipment junkie; and PGA Professional, golf coach, equipment reviewer and social media influencer Rick Shiels.

“Golf is a big passion of mine, and personally I enjoy learning about new equipment and concepts,” said Roenick. “To be able to see this side of the business in how equipment is developed first-hand is fascinating. Being a part of the process in reviewing driver concepts and narrowing them down to an ultimate winning driver that will be sold across the country is a tremendous honor.” 

“Jeremy, as an avid golfer, and Rick, as a coach, equipment reviewer and golf professional, bring incredible, real world insights and different perspectives to the show and this process,” said Clarke. “I’m excited to work alongside these two judges to push the boundaries of innovation and bring a next-generation driver to golfers around the world.”

Sports broadcaster Melanie Collins returns as the host of Driver vs. Driver 2. Currently a sideline reporter for CBS Sports’ college football and basketball coverage, Collins hosted the inaugural season in 2016 and formerly co-hosted Golf Channel’s competition series, Big Break.

Production for Driver vs. Driver 2 began in the fall of 2017 and will continue through the summer, including this week at the PGA Merchandise Show. The series is being produced by Golf Channel, whose portfolio of original productions include interview series Feherty hosted by Emmy-nominated sports personality David Feherty, high-quality instruction shows School of Golf, Golf Channel Academy and Playing Lessons and a slate of award-winning films.

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Tiger Tracker: Farmers Insurance Open

By Tiger TrackerJanuary 23, 2018, 4:00 pm

Tiger Woods is competing in a full-field event for the first time in nearly a year. We're tracking him at this week's Farmers Insurance Open. (Note: Tweets read, in order, left to right)