Match by match: Presidents Cup singles recaps

By November 20, 2011, 1:18 am

Ryo Ishikawa (International) d. Bubba Watson (U.S.), 3 and 2

After nearly driving the first hole to win in birdie, Watson lost control of the match by losing four of the next five holes. The American struggled with all facets of his short game – putting, chipping and bunker play. Ishikawa consistently applied pressure by hitting greens in regulation and managing the slick greens with relative ease.

Charl Schwartzel (International) def. Dustin Johnson (U.S.), 2 and 1

Continuing a week-long struggle with the short game, Johnson was unable to keep up with the Masters champion. Though Schwartzel was not spectacular, he was consistent enough to allow Johnson to beat himself. A couple of late wins brought Johnson back into the contest, but the pair made matching birdies at the 17th hole to end the match.

K.T. Kim (International) def. Webb Simpson (U.S.), 1 up

Captain Greg Norman sent out Kim on the recommendation of Ryo Ishikawa, who lauded the Korean's match play prowess. Kim took charge with three wins in the middle of the front nine as Simpson 3-putted each of the losing holes. A back-nine charge pulled Simpson level, but a flawless birdie at the 17th by Kim secured the lead and the point.

Hunter Mahan (U.S.) def. Jason Day (International), 5 and 3

The Aussie was never in the match against Mahan, who was making up for being the losing point at last year's Ryder Cup. Mahan won five holes on the front side, all of them with pars as Day struggled overall. Day's two lone birdies netted him a pair of wins at Nos. 11 and 13, but were his only glimmer of hope. Mahan capped off a 4-0 week with a 13-footer to win the par-5 15th in birdie.

Nick Watney (U.S.) def. K.J. Choi (International), 3 and 2

Struggling through the partners matches, Watney played steady golf to take advantage of Choi's stumbles. Of the five holes Watney won, all but one were taken when Choi made bogey. When Watney got in trouble, he largely managed to get up-and-down for halves. Pressing on the final two holes, Choi missed badly off the tee to practically hand the match to Watney.

David Toms (U.S.) def. Robert Allenby (International), 7 and 5

The Royal Melbourne specialist was of no use in this match without any form to which the local knowledge could apply. Allenby made more 5s than 4s on his card, while Toms played a bogey-free match to put his opponent away quickly. Toms won eight holes to Allenby's one, on his lone birdie. Allenby went 0-4 on the week, losing in the fewest number of holes in a singles match in Presidents Cup history.

Geoff Ogilvy (International) def. Bill Haas (U.S.), 2 up

The match between good friends was competitive to the end, including when Haas had Ogilvy hole the final putt in front of his home crowd. Ogilvy, who skipped school as a child to get time on Royal Melbourne, would have won sooner were it not for a pair of mistakes at the fourth and 11th holes. The Aussie will end the week as the top point earner for the Internationals, taking 3.5 points.

Jim Furyk (U.S.) def. Ernie Els (International), 4 and 3

Furyk completed his bid to become the third player in Presidents Cup history to go 5-0 on the week. Starting with an eagle at the second, Furyk won four holes on the front side. Els won two holes when Furyk could not get out of the greenside bunker at the 10th, then 3-putted the 11th. Furyk regained his composure in the final two holes of the match, however, with approaches to a half-dozen feet for winning birdies.

Adam Scott (International) def. Phil Mickelson (U.S.), 2 and 1

The American got off to a horrific start, conceding each of the first three holes to Scott after making a unique mess of each hole. Mickelson went 4 down at the seventh but began chipping away at Scott at the 15th hole. A pair of birdies raised hopes of taking the match the distance, if not to sudden death, but a burnt edge at the 17th finished the rally.

Tiger Woods (U.S.) def. Aaron Baddeley (International), 4 and 3

Playing a match very similar to the trouncing he administered to Francesco Molinari last year at Celtic Manor, Woods was practically flawless against the Aussie. Woods made six birdies, dropped his first shot at the penultimate hole of the match and hit double-digit greens and fairways. With Woods in that form, there was nothing Baddeley could do but watch Woods earn the Cup-clinching point. Woods replicated his 2-3 mark from Royal Melbourne in '98.

Retief Goosen (International) def. Matt Kuchar (U.S.), 1 up

Like the opening match, this match featured the International player jumping out to a sizable lead before the American roared back on the second nine. Goosen opened up a three-hole lead by the time the pair had reached the 12th tee. Kuchar then rattled off three straight wins to pull even. It was a 3-putt by Kuchar at the 16th, however, that gave the final win to Goosen. Pars to the house by both players gave the point to the South African.

Steve Stricker (U.S.) def. Y.E. Yang (International), 2 and 1

A loss at the first hole for Stricker led to four consecutive wins for the Wisconsin native between the third and sixth. The next four holes were split with two wins for each player, all but one coming with pars. Yang found a couple of birdies at the 12th and 14th to pull closer, but Stricker held his ground in the final three holes as Yang went for broke.

Day, Spieth chasing Davis after Day 1 of Aussie Open

By Jason CrookNovember 23, 2017, 6:50 am

The PGA Tour is off this week but a couple of the circuit’s biggest stars – Jordan Spieth and Jason Day – are headlining the Emirates Australian Open, the first event in The Open Qualifying Series for the 2018 Open at Carnoustie. Here's how things look after the opening round, where Cameron Davis has opened up a two-shot lead:

Leaderboard: Cameron Davis (-8), Taylor MacDonald (-6), Nick Cullen (-5), Jason Day (-5), Brian Campbell (-4), Lucas Herbert (-4), Stephen Leaney (-4), Anthony Quayle (-4)

What it means: Jordan Spieth has won this event three of the last four years, including last year, but he got off to a rocky start on Thursday. Playing in the windy afternoon wave, the world No. 2 bogeyed his first two holes but rebounded with birdies on Nos. 4 and 5. It was more of the same the rest of the way as the 24-year-old carded three more bogeys and four birdies, getting into the clubhouse with a 1-under 70. While it certainly wasn't the start he was hoping for, Spieth didn't shoot himself out of the tournament with 54 holes left to play, he has plenty of time to claw his way up the leaderboard.

Round of the day: With Round 1 in the books, the solo leader, Davis, is the easy pick here. The 22-year-old Aussie who turned pro last year, came out of the gates on fire, birdieing six of his first seven holes, including four in a row on Nos. 4 through 7. He did drop a shot on the ninth hole to go out in 30 but rebounded with three more birdies on the back to card a 8-under 63. Davis, who was born in Sydney and played this year on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada. He will attempt to get his Tour card next month during qualifying in Arizona.

Best of the rest: Making his first start in his home country in four years, Day started on the 10th hole at The Australian Golf Club and made four birdies to one bogey on the back side before adding four more circles after making the turn. Unfortunately for the 30-year-old, he also added an ugly double-bogey 6 on the par-4 eighth hole and had to settle for a 5-under 66, good enough to sit T-3. Day, who has dropped to No. 12 in the world rankings, is looking for his first win on any tour since the 2016 Players Championship.

Main storyline heading into Friday: Can the upstart 22-year-old Davis hold off the star power chasing him or will he fold to the pressure of major champions in his rearview mirror? Day (afternoon) and Spieth (morning) are once again on opposite ends of the draw on Friday as they try to improve their position before the weekend.

Shot of the day: It’s tough to beat an ace in this category, and we had one of those on Thursday from Australian Brad Shilton. Shilton’s hole-in-one on the par-3, 188-yard 11th hole came with a special prize, a $16k watch.

Quote of the day: “Just two bad holes. Pretty much just two bad swings for the day,” – Day, after his 66 on Thursday. 

Watch: Shilton wins $16k timepiece with hole-in-one

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 2:50 am

Australian Brad Shilton made a hole-in-one on the par-3, 188-yard 11th hole during the first round of the Australian Open, and he was rewarded handsomely for his efforts - with a Tag Heuer watch worth $16k.

Day gets in early mix with 66 in return to Australia

By Associated PressNovember 23, 2017, 2:32 am

SYDNEY - Jason Day's first tournament round in Australia in four years was a 5-under 66 to put him among the leaders early Thursday at the Australian Open.

Day's round came unhinged late with a double-bogey 6 on the par-4 eighth hole, his second-last of the day. He hit his tee shot into the trees on the left, hit back out to the fairway, missed his approach to the green and then couldn't get up and down.

''That was brutal,'' Day said of the 481-yard hole that played into gusting winds.

But Day recovered quickly to birdie his last to sit three strokes behind fellow Australian and early leader Cameron Davis, who started on the first, had six front-nine birdies and shot 63 at The Australian Golf Club.

In between the two was Australian Taylor MacDonald, who shot 65.

''It was a pretty solid round, I didn't miss many fairways, I didn't miss many greens,'' Day said. ''I'd give myself a seven or eight out of 10.''

Defending champion Jordan Spieth, attempting to win the Australian Open for the third time in four years, was off to a poor start among the afternoon players, bogeying his first two holes.

The Sydney-born Davis played most of this season on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada and will attempt to secure his card in the final round of qualifying from Dec. 7-10 in Chandler, Arizona.

''Everything went to plan,'' Davis said. ''I got off to a great start. I was hitting my spots and was able to keep it together on the back nine.''

NOTES: Australian Brad Shilton had the first ace of the tournament, using a 5-iron for a hole-in-one on the par-3, 188-yard 11th hole, his second hole of the day. Australian veteran Geoff Ogilvy, the 2006 U.S. Open winner, shot 69. He and Rod Pampling (68) played the first round with Day.

Day: Woods feeling good, hitting it long

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 22, 2017, 9:33 pm

Jason Day says Tiger Woods told him he feels better than he has in three years, which is good news for Woods a week ahead of his return to the PGA Tour at the Hero World Challenge.

Day, a fellow Nike endorser, was asked about Woods during his news conference at the Emirates Australian Open on Wednesday. "I did talk to him," Day said, per a report in the Sydney Morning Herald,"and he did say it's the best he's ever felt in three years'" Day said.

"He doesn't wake up with pain anymore, which is great. I said to him, 'Look, it's great to be one of the best players ever to live, but health is one thing that we all take for granted and if you can't live a happy, healthy life, then that's difficult.'"

The Hero World Challenge will be played Nov. 30-Dec. 3 in the Bahamas and broadcast on Golf Channel and NBC.

Day, who has had his own health issues, said he could empathize with Woods.

"I totally understand where he's coming from, because sometimes I wake up in the morning and it takes me 10 minutes to get out of bed, and for him to be in pain for three years is very frustrating."

Woods has not played since February after undergoing surgery following a recurrence of back problems.

"From what I see on Instagram and what he's been telling me, he says he's ready and I'm hoping that he is, because from what I hear, he's hitting it very long," Day said.

"And if he's hitting it long and straight, then that's going to be tough for us because it is Tiger Woods. He's always been a clutch putter and in amongst the best and it will be interesting to see.

"There's no pressure. I think it's a 17- or 18-man field, there's no cut, he's playing at a tournament where last year I think he had the most birdies at."