Match by match: Presidents Cup Day 1 foursomes

By November 17, 2011, 6:29 am

Webb Simpson and Bubba Watson (U.S.) d. Ernie Els and Ryo Ishikawa (International), 4 and 2

The Americans struck first, with Simpson and Watson closing out Els and Ishikawa on the 16th hole.

The Internationals got out to an early 2-up advantage, taking two of the first four holes. But they would not win another hole for the remainder of the match.

Simpson and Watson reeled off three consecutive hole wins to take control of the match, with all of the putts made by Simpson, the PGA Tour's money-list runner-up.

Admitting nerves on the first tee, Simpson said Watson was able to put him at ease.

The American duo played a bogey-free round of 7 under for their 16 holes together, making them a team likely to be seen again this week.

Adam Scott and K.J. Choi (International) d. Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker (U.S.), 7 and 6

It's rare when the first two points decided in a Presidents Cup session come from the opening and anchor matches. It's even more surprising when the anchor team is Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker.

'Unfortunately they got off to a quick start, and this course is so tough, we were just a little bit on the wrong side of the slopes,' Woods said.

The International team played well, shooting 4 under for a dozen holes – winning on each hole where they made birdie. A bomb by Scott at the par-4 11th sealed the Americans' fate, though Woods and Stricker dug their own graves with a trio of bogeys that cost them three more holes.

Woods and Stricker went undefeated in four matches together at the '09 Presidents Cup at Harding Park. In that quartet of matches, the pair never went more than six holes without registering a birdie. They made none in a dozen holes on Thursday.

The duo was 8 under in two foursomes matches in San Francisco, but was 3 over against Scott and Choi.

Hunter Mahan and David Toms (U.S.) d. Kyung-tae Kim and Y.E. Yang (International), 6 and 5

Mahan and Toms did not play extraordinary golf, but it was good enough.

Mahan and Toms opened with a birdie to take the advantage, winning a half-dozen more holes before closing out the match with a birdie at the par-4 13th.

The American team was 3 under on the round, playing even after birdies on Royal Melbourne's opening trio of holes.

Yang, who complained about the green speeds earlier in the week, failed to get acclimated to the putting surfaces. The longest putt he made was a 9-foot par save to halve the eighth hole.

Phil Mickelson and Jim Furyk (U.S.) d. Retief Goosen and Robert Allenby (International), 4 and 3

Teaming together for the first time in a dozen years, Mickelson and Furyk played like old buddies.

Mickelson and Furyk fell behind after a bogey at the par-3 third hole, but did not lose a hole through the conclusion of the match. The veteran Americans took charge in a 6-hole stretch, winning five times between the seventh and 12th holes.

After the win at the 12th, the Americans halved the final three holes.

The only other occasion in which Furyk and Mickelson teamed up was in a losing effort to Sergio Garcia and Jesper Parnevik in a fourball match at the 1999 Ryder Cup.

Bill Haas and Nick Watney (U.S.) halved with Geoff Ogilvy and Charl Schwartzel (International)

The Internationals took the early advantage, winning two of the first six holes with birdies.

Haas and Watney finally got on the board with a birdie at the ninth hole, their first of the match, when Haas made a 16-footer.

After halving the next four holes, the Internationals won the par-3 14th after Haas was too strong out of the greenside bunker, leading to a bogey.

The Americans rallied, however, with two consecutive wins helped by poor ball-striking by Schwartzel. His drive at the par-5 15th forced Ogivly to lay up, while his approach shot to the 16th was nearly 30 yards off line.

Perhaps rattled by the setting, both sides struggled to halve the final two holes in par and bogey, respectively.

For Haas and Watney, it was quite an escape; the Americans never held the lead in the match.

Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar (U.S.) halved with Aaron Baddeley and Jason Day (International)

The last match on the course in the opening session may have been the biggest morale booster for Fred Couples' squad.

Standing 3 down on the 12th tee, Johnson and Kuchar rallied to halve their match with Aussies Baddeley and Day. 

All four players were competing in their first Presidents Cup match, and it showed early for the Americans.

After trading birdies at the first two holes, the Americans lost three of the next six. Kuchar, then Johnson, missed par putts from inside 5 feet on the seventh and eighth to fall 3 down. 

The Internationals showed their nerves coming down the stretch, losing the 12th after Baddeley thinned a short pitch shot that led to a bogey. 

Nevertheless, Day and Baddeley were dormie on the 17th tee. The Internationals took three putts to get down, allowing the Americans to extend the match with a par. 

At the final tee, Baddeley followed a solid drive by Kuchar by taking a 3-inch divot with a 3-wood. Unable to advance the ball to the green, Day and Baddeley were forced to try to sink a 30-foot putt to save par and the point. Instead, the Americans made par and a great escape.

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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.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

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