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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Day's wife shares emotional story of miscarriage

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 4:12 pm

Jason Day’s wife revealed on social media that the couple had a miscarriage last month.

Ellie Day, who announced her pregnancy on Nov. 4, posted an emotional note on Instagram that she lost the baby on Thanksgiving.

“I found out the baby had no heartbeat anymore. I was devastated,” she wrote. “I snuck out the back door of my doctor, a hot, sobbing, mascara-covered mess. Two and a half weeks went by witih me battling my heart and brain about what was happening in my body, wondering why this wouldn’t just be over.”

The Days, who have two children, Dash and Lucy, decided to go public to help others who have suffered similar heartbreak.

“I hope you know you aren’t alone and I hope you feel God wrap his arms around you when you feel the depths of sorrow and loss,” she wrote.  

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 5, Sergio Garcia

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 1:00 pm

This was the year it finally happened for Sergio Garcia.

The one-time teen phenom, known for years as “El Nino,” entered the Masters as he had dozens of majors beforehand – shouldered with the burden of being the best player without a major.

Garcia was 0-for-72 driving down Magnolia Lane in April, but after a thrilling final round and sudden-death victory over Justin Rose, the Spaniard at long last captured his elusive first major title.

The expectation for years was that Garcia might land his white whale on a British links course, or perhaps at a U.S. Open where his elite ball-striking might shine. Instead it was on the storied back nine at Augusta National that he came alive, chasing down Rose thanks in part to a memorable approach on No. 15 that hit the pin and led to an eagle.

Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year

A green jacket was only the start of a transformative year for Garcia, 37, who heaped credit for his win on his then-fiancee, Angela Akins. The two were married in July, and months later the couple announced that they were expecting their first child to arrive just ahead of Garcia’s return to Augusta, where he'll host his first champions’ dinner.

And while players often cling to the notion that a major win won’t intrinsically change them, there was a noticeable difference in Garcia over the summer months. The weight of expectation, conscious or otherwise, seemed to lift almost instantly. Like other recent Masters champs, he took the green jacket on a worldwide tour, with stops at Wimbledon and a soccer match between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The player who burst onto the scene as a baby-faced upstart is now a grizzled veteran with nearly two decades of pro golf behind him. While the changes this year occurred both on and off the course, 2017 will always be remembered as the year when Garcia finally, improbably, earned the title of major champion.

Masters victory

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Video: See the putt that made Sergio a major champ

Green jacket tour

Article: Take a look at Sergio's crazy, hectic media tour

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Man of the people

Article: SERGIO! Garcia finally gets patrons on his side

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Article: Connelly, Garcia paired years after photo together

Ace at 17th at Sawgrass

Growing family

Article: Sergio, Angela get married; Kenny G plays reception

Article: Garcia, wife expecting first child in March 2018

Departure from TaylorMade

Article: Masters champ Garcia splits with TaylorMade

Squashed beef with Paddy

Article: Harrington: Garcia was a 'sore loser'

Article: Sergio, Padraig had 'great talk,' are 'fine'

Victory at Valderrama

Article: Garcia gets first win since Masters at Valderrama

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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Montana parents can't watch kids play high school golf

By Grill Room TeamDecember 11, 2017, 9:47 pm

Well, this is a one new one.

According to a report from KTVQ in Montana, this line in the Montana State High School Association rule book all but forbids spectators from observing high school golf in that state:

“No spectators/fans are allowed on the course except for certain locations as designated by the tournament manager and club professional.”

Part of the issue, according to the report, is that most courses don't bother to designate those "certain locations" leaving parents unable to watch their kids compete.

“If you tell a parent that they can’t watch their kid play in the Thanksgiving Day football game, they would riot,” Chris Kelley, a high school golf parent, told KTVQ.

The report lists illegal outside coaching as one of the rule's chief motivations, but Montana State women's golf coach Brittany Basye doesn't quite buy that.

“I can go to a softball game and I can sit right behind the pitcher. I can make hand signals,” she is quoted in the report. “I can yell out names. I can do the same thing on a softball field that might affect that kid. Football games we can yell as loud as we want when someone is making a pass or a catch.”

The MHSA has argued that unlike other sports that are played in a confined area, the sprawling nature of a golf course would make it difficult to hire enough marshals to keep unruly spectators in check.

Meanwhile, there's a lawyer quoted in the report claiming this is some kind of civil rights issue.

Worth note, Montana is one of only two states that doesn't allow spectators on the course. The other state, Alaska, does not offer high school golf.