Ryder Cup report cards: European team

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 1, 2012, 3:33 am

Team Europe

Nicolas Colsaerts (1-3) | (video profile)

Nicolas Colsaerts
Grade C

Skinny: Produced a mesmerizing performance against Tiger and Stricker in Friday fourballs, perhaps the most impressive Ryder Cup debut in history. Sadly, he used up all his good putting strokes in that match.

Luke Donald (2-2) | (video profile)

Luke Donald
Grade B

Skinny: Tricky situation for the Englishman living in Chicago, but he redeemed his up-and-down week with a tone-setting takedown of Bubba Watson in Sundays opening match.

Sergio Garcia (2-2) | (video profile)

Sergio Garcia
Grade A

Skinny: Garcia teamed with Luke Donald to beat Woods-Stricker in a key Saturday match, and then he won a vital point against Jim Furyk despite being 1 down with two holes to play.

Peter Hanson (0-2) | (video profile)

Peter Hanson
Grade D

Skinny: With the Euros needing every point they could get Sunday, he never led in a Sunday singles loss to Jason Dufner. Sat out both sessions on Day 2.

Martin Kaymer (1-1) | (video profile)

Martin Kaymer
Grade B

Skinny: He came to this Ryder Cup with little confidence, and he couldnt have taken much into Sunday singles, but Kaymer buried a pressure-packed 6-foot putt for par knowing it would mean the Euros would take the cup home again.

Paul Lawrie (1-2) | (video profile)

Paul Lawrie
Grade C

Skinny: His first Ryder Cup in 13 years at least ended on a high note ' his 5-and-3 thumping of Brandt Snedeker was Sundays most lopsided result.

Graeme McDowell (1-3) | (video profile)

Graeme McDowell
Grade D

Skinny: He was Europes Man of the Match in Wales two years ago, but Zach Johnson made one birdie on Sunday and beat him.

Rory McIlroy (3-2) | (video profile)

Rory McIlroy
Grade B

Skinny: Played all five sessions, a tall task, and his convincing victory Sunday over Keegan Bradley, the U.S.s hottest player, was huge for the Europeans momentum.

Francesco Molinari (0-2-1) | (video profile)

Francesco Molinari
Grade B

Skinny: He didnt win a match all week, but he got a half point from Tiger Woods in the anchor match.

Ian Poulter (4-0) | (video profile)

Ian Poulter
Grade A+

Skinny: What can you say? Officially, hes the 26th-ranked player in the world. But for one week every two years, hes world No. 1. 

Justin Rose (3-2) | (video profile)

Justin Rose
Grade A-

Skinny: Saved his best for singles, and his stunning reversal against Phil Mickelson was arguably the most critical point in Europes victory. 

Lee Westwood (2-2) | (video profile)

Lee Westwood
Grade B

Skinny: It wasnt a great week for the former world No. 1, riding Nicolas Colsaerts to a fourballs win, but he came through in the clutch with an important singles victory against Matt Kuchar.

Captain Jose Maria Olazabal | (video profile)

Jose Maria Olazabal
Grade A

Skinny: Channeling the spirit of Seve was key to the European victory, and nobody was more equipped to do it.

Day (68) just one back at Australian Open

By Nick MentaNovember 24, 2017, 6:40 am

Jason Day posted a second-round 68 to move himself just one off the lead held by Lucas Herbert through two rounds at the Emirates Australian Open. Here’s where things stand after 36 holes in Sydney.

Leaderboard: Herbert (-9), Day (-8), Cameron Davis (-7), Anthony Quayle (-6), Matt Jones (-4), Cameron Smith (-4), Nick Cullen (-4), Richard Green (-4)

What it means: Day is in search of his first worldwide victory of 2017. The former world No. 1 last visited the winner’s circle in May 2016, when he won The Players at TPC Sawgrass. A win this week would close out a difficult year for the Aussie who struggled with his game while also helping his mother in her battle with cancer. Day’s last victory on his native soil came in 2013, when he partnered with Adam Scott to win the World Cup of Golf for Australia at Royal Melbourne.

Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open

Round of the day: Herbert followed an opening 67 with a round of 66 to vault himself into the lead at The Australian Golf Club. He made six birdies, including four on his second nine, against a lone bogey to take the outright lead. The 22-year-old, who held the lead at this event last year and captured low-amateur honors in 2014, is coming off a runner-up finish at the NSW Open Championship, which boosted him from 714th to 429th in the Official World Golf Ranking. His 5-under score was matched by Dale Brandt-Richards and Josh Cabban.

Best of the rest: Matt Jones, who won this event over Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott two years ago, turned in 4-under 67. Jones is best known to American audiences for his playoff victory at the 2014 Shell Houston Open and for holding the 36-hole lead at the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, which was eventually won by Day. Jones will start the weekend five shots off the lead, at 4 under par.

Biggest disappointment: Spieth has a lot of work to do this weekend if he expects to be in the title picture for the fourth year in a row. Rounds of 70-71 have him eight shots behind the lead held by Herbert. Spieth made a birdie and a bogey on each side Friday to turn in level par. The reigning champion golfer of the year has finished first, second and first at this event over the last three years.

Storyline to watch this weekend: The Australian Open is the first event of the 2018 Open Qualifying Series. The leading three players who finish in the top 10 and who are not otherwise exempt will receive invites into next summer’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.

Ogilvy urges distance rollback of ball

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 8:49 pm

Add Geoff Ogilvy to the chorus of voices calling for a distance rollback of the golf ball.

In an interview before the start of the Emirates Australian Open, Ogilvy said a "time-out" is needed for governing bodies to deal with the issue.

"It's complete nonsense," he said, according to an Australian website. "In my career, it’s gone from 300 yards was a massive hit to you’re a shorter hitter on tour now, legitimately short. It’s changed the way we play great golf courses and that is the crime. It isn’t that the ball goes 400, that’s neither here nor there. It’s the fact the ball going 400 doesn’t makes Augusta work properly, it functions completely wrong.’’

Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open

Ogilvy used an example from American baseball to help get his point across to an Australian audience.

“Major League Baseball in America, they use wooden bats, and everywhere else in baseball they use aluminium bats,’’ he said. “And when the major leaguers use aluminium bats they don’t even have to touch it and it completely destroys their stadiums. It’s just comedy.

“That’s kind of what’s happened to us at least with the drivers of these big hitters; We’ve completely outgrown the stadiums. So do you rebuild every stadium in the world? That’s expensive. Or make the ball go shorter? It seems relatively simple from that perspective.’’

Ogilvy, an Australian who won the 2006 U.S. Open, said he believes there will be a rollback, but admitted it would be a "challenge" for manufacturers to produce a ball that flies shorter for pros but does not lose distance when struck by recreational players.

The golf world celebrates Thanksgiving

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 6:01 pm

Here's a look, through social media, at how the golf world celebrates Thanksgiving.

Lexi Thompson:

Baking time!!

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David Feherty:

Jack Nicklaus:

GC Tiger Tracker:

Steve Stricker:

Golf Channel:

Frank Nobilo:

Ian Poulter:

Tyrone Van Aswegen:

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.