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.

Happy Thanksgiving: Biggest turkeys of 2017

By Grill Room TeamNovember 23, 2017, 3:00 pm

Thanksgiving brings us golf's biggest turkeys of the year. Donald Trump, Grayson Murray and a certain (now-former) tournament director headline the list. Click here or on the image below to check out all the turkeys.

Tributes pour in for legendary caddie Sheridan

By Randall MellNovember 23, 2017, 2:54 pm

Tributes are pouring in as golf celebrates the life of Greg Sheridan after receiving news of his passing.

Sheridan, a long-time LPGA caddie who worked for some of the game’s all-time greats, including Kathy Whitworth and Beth Daniel, died Wednesday in Indian Rocks Beach, Fla., at 63. He was diagnosed in July 2016 with brain and lung cancer.

Sheridan worked the last dozen years or so with Natalie Gulbis, who expressed her grief in an Instagram post on Wednesday:

“Greg…I miss you so much already and it hasn’t even been a day. 15+ seasons traveling the world you carried me & my bag through the highs and lows of golf and life. You were so much more than my teammate on the course…Thank you.”

Sheridan was on Whitworth’s bag for the last of her LPGA-record 88 titles.

“When I first came on tour, I would try to find out how many times Greg won,” Gulbis told Golfweek. “It’s a crazy number, like 50.”

Matthew Galloway, a caddie and friend to Sheridan, summed up Sheridan’s impressive reach after caddying with him one year at the LPGA Founders Cup, where the game’s pioneers are honored.

“Best Greg story,” Galloway tweeted on Thanksgiving morning, “coming up 18 at PHX all the founders were in their chairs. Greg goes, `Yep, caddied for her, her and her.’ Legend.”

In a first-person column for Golf Magazine last year, Gulbis focused on Sheridan while writing about the special bond between players and caddies. She wrote that she won the “looper lottery” when she first hired Sheridan in ’04.

“Greg and I have traveled the world, and today he is like family,” Gulbis wrote. “Sometimes, he’s a psychologist. Last year, my mom got sick and it was a distraction, but he was great. When I used to have boyfriend issues and breakup issues, he was my confidant. In a world where caddies sometimes spill secrets, Greg has kept a respectful silence, and I can’t thank him enough for that. He’s an extension of me.”

Four months after Gulbis wrote the column, Sheridan was diagnosed with cancer.

“The LPGA family is saddened to hear of the loss of long-time tour caddie, Greg Sheridan,” the LPGA tweeted. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and players he walked with down the fairways. #RIP.”

Dean Herden was among the legion of caddies saddened by the news.

“Greg was a great guy who I respected a lot and taught me some great things over the years,” Herden texted to GolfChannel.com.

Here are some of heartfelt messages that are rolling across Twitter:

Retired LPGA great Annika Sorenstam:

LPGA commissioner Mike Whan in a retweet of Gulbis:

Golf Channel reporter and former tour player Jerry Foltz:

Christina Kim:

LPGA caddie Shaun Clews:

LPGA caddie Jonny Scott:

LPGA caddie Kevin Casas:

LPGA pro Jennie Lee:

Fitzpatrick one back in 2018 Euro Tour opener

By Associated PressNovember 23, 2017, 1:37 pm

HONG KONG – S.S.P. Chawrasia had six birdies and a bogey Thursday for a 5-under 65 and a one-stroke lead at the Hong Kong Open, the first event of the 2018 European Tour season.

Playing in sunny but breezy conditions at the Hong Kong Golf Club, the greens had the players struggling to gauge the approach.

''Very tough conditions today,'' Chawrasia said. ''It's very firm greens, to be honest. I'm just trying to hit the second shot on the green and trying to make it like a two-putt.''


Full-field scores from the UBS Hong Kong Open


Shubhankar Sharma and Matthew Fitzpatrick (both 66) were one shot behind, while seven others were tied for fourth a further stroke behind.

''Hit it great tee to green,'' Fitzpatrick said. ''I think I had like seven or eight chances inside 15 feet, and on a day like today when it's so windy and such a tough golf course, with how tight it is, yeah, it was a good day.''

Justin Rose, who won the title in 2015, shot was 2 under with five birdies and three bogeys.

''I think the course played a couple shots harder than it typically does,'' Rose said. ''I like this course. I think it offers plenty of birdie opportunities.''

Masters champion Sergio GarciaRafa Cabrera Bello and defending champion Sam Brazel (69) were in a group of 16 at 1 under.

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

What it means: 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.


Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open


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 Web.com 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.