Solheim shocker: Jones tabs rookie O'Toole as captain's pick

By Randall MellAugust 22, 2011, 2:43 am

Rosie Jones made a stunning choice in announcing her two captain’s picks Sunday night for the U.S. Solheim Cup team.

Jones is gambling that Ryann O’Toole can help the Americans win the Solheim Cup despite the fact that O’Toole is a rookie who has played just seven LPGA events in her career.

Jones named O’Toole and Vicky Hurst to the team that will meet Europe at Killeen Castle in Ireland Sept. 23-25.

“I’m going with a very wild pick,” Jones said in naming O’Toole.

O’Toole, 24, showed as much bravado as her captain when introduced as a pick.

“I’m ready to kick Europe’s butt,” O’Toole told a Golf Channel audience.

O’Toole made a strong impression this summer, finishing ninth at the U.S. Women’s Open and tying for fifth in Sunday’s Safeway Classic. Though O’Toole showed potential in those runs, they are the only top-10 finishes in her brief career. Still, O’Toole revealed she believed she had a strong chance to make the team when she told the Golf Channel after her round Sunday that Paula Creamer confided to her that she wanted Jones to choose her.

Creamer made the American team in her rookie season in ’05 and rolled to a 3-1-1 record. Michelle Wie also made it as a rookie in ’09 and dazzled with a 3-0-1 record.

O’Toole, who appeared in Golf Channel’s Big Break Sandals Resort show, was a standout at UCLA.

Hurst, 21, needed to win the Safeway Classic to grab one of the 10 automatic roster spots but fell short tying for fifth. Still, the effort pushed her up from 13th to 11th pushed her up from 13th to 11th on the American points list in the last qualifying event.

The selection of O’Toole and Hurst gives Jones three players who will be make their Solheim Cup debuts on the road. Stacy Lewis, winner of this year’s Kraft Nabisco, will also play in her first Solheim Cup after making the team on points.

Here are the 12 Americans who will represent the United States, with their Solheim cup records in parenthesis:

Cristie Kerr (Overall: 9-10-2; Singles: 1-3-1)

Having one of the LPGA’s best putting strokes makes Kerr a formidable match-play opponent despite the overall losing record.

Morgan Pressel (Overall: 3-2-2; Singles: 2-0)

In three matches, Pressel never lost at Rich Harvest Farms in ’09. She’s a perfect 2-0 in singles.

Stacy Lewis (Solheim Cup rookie)

The Kraft Nabisco champion showed her mettle coming from behind to defeat Yani Tseng in a head-to-head Sunday duel in the year’s first major.

Angela Stanford (Overall: 3-4-3; Singles 2-1)

Showed her match-play skills getting to the finals (’10) and semifinals (’11) of the Sybase Match Play Championship the last two seasons.

Paula Creamer (Overall: 8-2-4; Singles: 3-0)

In 14 Solheim Cup matches, Creamer’s lost just two matches, none in singles.

Michelle Wie (Overall: 3-0-1; Singles: 1-0)

Wie looked like the dominant player so many folks expected her to become in a tour de force performance as a Solheim Cup rookie in ’09.

Brittany Lincicome (Overall: 2-4-1; Singles: 1-1)

A power player, Lincicome’s shown good form winning the Shoprite Classic and finishing second at the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup.

Brittany Lang (Overall: 1-0-2; Singles: 0-0-1)

With her second-place finish at the Ricoh Women’s British Open, and her tie for sixth at this weekend’s Safeway Classic, Lang’s warming up at the right time.

Juli Inkster (Overall: 15-10-6; Singles: 6-1-1)

At 51, Inkster makes it onto her ninth U.S. Solheim Cup team, more than any American in event history.

Christina Kim (Overall: 5-2-1; Singles: 2-0)

A human firecracker, Christina Kim annoyed Europeans with her fiery celebrations at Rich Harvest Farms, now she takes her act overseas.

Vicky Hurst (Solheim Cup rookie)

Hurst secured her first Solheim Cup appearance w/ Sunday's tie for fifth at Safeway, bumping her from 13th to 11th on the American points list.

Ryann O'Toole (Solheim Cup rookie)

A stunning pick, O'Toole is a rookie with just seven LPGA career starts and two top-10 finishes, but impressed captain Jones with lots of bravado.

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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 halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.

The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.

There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. 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.

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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