WGC-Accenture Match Play Round 2 results

By Will GrayFebruary 22, 2013, 11:47 pm

With several of the biggest names already eliminated at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship - notably, both Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods - the 32 remaining participants teed it up Friday in the second round. Check back here for recaps of matches as another 16 players will be sent packing from Dove Mountain Friday afternoon:


(10) Nicolas Colsaerts def. (2) Justin Rose, 4 and 2: In a matchup of Ryder Cup teammates from Medinah, the Belgian shook off an opening bogey to build a lead that he ultimately never relinquished. Colsaerts has now hit 28/30 greens in regulation through two matches, and played 16 holes Friday against Rose in 5 under.

(6) Matt Kuchar def. (3) Sergio Garcia, 2 and 1: Fifteen years after they met at the U.S. Amateur, Kuchar got a bit of revenge against Garcia, who beat him in that 1998 match. Though the proceedings remained tight throughout, Garcia was unable to hole mid-range putts down the stretch and an accurate approach to 17 sealed the win for the reigning Players champion.

(9) Robert Garrigus def. (1) Louis Oosthuizen, 3 and 2: With five front-nine birdies, Garrigus got out to an early lead for the second straight day. The former British Open champ attempted to rally from his deficit, but Garrigus never took his foot off the gas. After playing 16 holes in 6 under, he eliminated the last No. 1 seed left in this week's field.

(12) Fredrik Jacobson def. (13) Marcus Fraser, 4 and 3: The Swede won the first hole of the day against Fraser, and led the whole rest of the way. Jacobson held a 3-up advantage at the turn, and was never really threatened by the Australian, as Fraser failed to record a single birdie in 15 holes after shocking Keegan Bradley during the first round.


(15) Tim Clark def. (10) Thorbjorn Olesen, 3 and 2: After toppling Adam Scott Thursday, Clark kept up the momentum with a convincing win over the young Dane in the second round. The South African notched five birdies between holes 7-14, and Olesen never led at any point in the match despite playing his final six holes in 3 under.

(9) Scott Piercy def. (1) Luke Donald, 7 and 6: Some may have expected Piercy to play well Friday and perhaps win, but few if any expected such a romp. Piercy got out to a fast start, winning each of the first three holes and then holing a shot from 228 yards at No. 5 for a 4-up advantage. He played the first eight holes in 5 under, and Donald never really stood a chance.

(3) Ian Poulter def. (6) Bo Van Pelt, 3 and 1: Continuing to cement his standing as arguably the best match-play player around, Poulter held off a back-nine comeback effort from Van Pelt. The Englishman held a 4-up lead after 11, but Van Pelt birdied three of the next four holes to trim his deficit. Ultimately, though, it was too little too late, as the 2010 champion at Dove Mountain advanced.

(4) Steve Stricker def. (5) Nick Watney, 21 holes: In a match that featured stellar play from both participants, Stricker found a way to sneak by in extra holes. Watney was able to square the match with a birdie on No. 17 as both played the back nine in 4 under, and Stricker let a chance to end things slip away when a 5-foot birdie putt on the 20th hole missed right. An errant shot from Watney on the 21st ultimately decided things, as Stricker moves on to face Piercy.


(16) Shane Lowry def. (9) Carl Pettersson, 6 and 5: Those expecting a hangover effect for Lowry following his upset win over Rory McIlroy Thursday were sorely disappointed. The Irishman never trailed, and built a 4-up lead after wins on Nos. 6, 8 and 9. Pettersson, who won his first-round match in extra holes Friday morning over Rickie Fowler, wasn't able to keep pace with Lowry, who played the 13-hole match in 5 under.

(11) Jason Day def. (14) Russell Henley, 19 holes: In one of the more entertaining matches of the day, the Aussie advanced with a birdie on the first extra hole. Day held a 2-up lead with four holes remaining, but birdies from the upstart Henley on Nos. 15 and 18 forced extra holes.

(2) Bubba Watson def. (7) Jim Furyk, 22 holes: In the longest match so far this week, Watson appeared in control at multiple points. A 3-up lead after 10 holes evaporated, though, and The Masters champ missed short putts to close out the match on both the 18th and 19th holes. A bogey from Furyk on the fourth extra hole ended things, though, as Watson became the highest-ranked player to make the third round.

(5) Graeme McDowell def. (13) Alexander Noren, 20 holes: Perhaps the closest match of the day, neither competitor held more than a 1-up lead at any point. Noren grabbed control with a birdie on the 17th hole, but McDowell answered with a birdie on the next hole to send the match into overtime. After Noren's approach at the 20th hole found the desert, McDowell was able to survive and set up a Saturday match with Lowry.


(6) Hunter Mahan def. (14) Richard Sterne, 4 and 3: Mahan showed some of the form that helped him win this event a year ago, cruising past the South African and into the Round of 16. Sterne never led during the match, as Mahan won four straight holes from Nos. 10-13 to turn an otherwise close match into a convincing win.

(7) Martin Kaymer def. (15) Rafael Cabrera-Bello, 2 and 1: A runner-up here two years ago, Kaymer shook off a slow start to close out the Spaniard, who upset Lee Westwood on Thursday. With the match level through six holes, the German won three of the next five and was able to play defense down the back nine, ultimately closing out the match with an up-and-down from behind the 17th green.

(8) Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano def. (16) Charles Howell III, 6 and 5: Howell was unable to replicate the form that he used to knock out Tiger Woods in the first round, failing to make a birdie Friday during his 13-hole match. The Spaniard, who closed out his first-round match with Francesco Molinari earlier this morning, made five birdies across that same stretch to easily advance.

(4) Webb Simpson def. (5) Peter Hanson, 1 up: Neither player gave up much ground over the back nine, and although Hanson was staked to an early lead, Simpson was able to square the match on the 14th hole. After trading pars down the stretch, the reigning U.S. Open champ advanced thanks to a birdie on the home hole.

Battling mono, Kaufman tied for lead at CME

By Randall MellNovember 19, 2017, 2:05 am

NAPLES, Fla. – Kim Kaufman’s bout with mononucleosis might leave fellow tour pros wanting to catch the fever, too.

A couple months after Anna Nordqvist battled her way into contention at the Women’s British Open playing with mono, and then thrived at the Solheim Cup with it, Kaufman is following suit.

In her first start since being diagnosed, Kaufman posted an 8-under-par 64 Saturday to move into a four-way tie for the lead at the CME Group Tour Championship. It was the low round of the day. She’s bidding to win her first LPGA title.

“I’ve been resting at home for two weeks,” Kaufman said. “Didn’t do anything.”

Well, she did slip on a flight of stairs while recuperating, hurting her left wrist. She had it wrapped Saturday but said that’s mostly precautionary. It didn’t bother her during the round.

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“I’m the only person who can take two weeks off and get injured,” Kaufman joked.

Kaufman, 26, left the Asian swing after playing the Sime Darby Malaysia, returning to her home in South Dakota, to see her doctor there. She is from Clark. She was told bed rest was the best thing for her, but she felt good enough to make the trip to Florida for the season-ending event.

“We had some really cold days,” Kaufman said. “We had some snow. I was done with it. I was coming down here.”

How does she feel?

“I feel great,” she said. “I’m a little bit shaky, which isn’t great out there, but it’s great to be here doing something. I was going a little bit stir crazy [at home], just kind of fighting through it.”

Kaufman made eight birdies in her bogey-free round.

New-look Wie eyes CME Group Tour Championship title

By Randall MellNovember 19, 2017, 1:32 am

NAPLES, Fla. – Michelle Wie is sporting a new look that even has fellow players doing double takes.

Bored during her six-week recovery from an emergency appendectomy late this summer, Wie decided to cut and die her hair.

She went for golden locks, and a shorter style.

“I kind of went crazy after being in bed that long,” Wie said. “I just told my mom to grab the kitchen scissors and just cut all my hair off.”

Wie will get to sport her new look on a big stage Sunday after playing herself into a four-way tie for the lead at the CME Group Tour Championship. With a 6-under-par 66, she is in contention to win her fifth LPGA title, her first since winning the U.S. Women’s Open three years ago.

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Wie, 28, fought her way back this year after two of the most disappointing years of her career. Her rebound, however, was derailed in late August, when she withdrew from the final round of the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open to undergo an emergency appendectomy. She was out for six weeks.

Before the surgery, Wie enjoyed getting back into contention regularly, with six finishes of T-4 or better this season. She returned to the tour on the Asian swing in October.

Fellow tour pros were surprised when she came back with the new look.

“Definitely, walk by people and they didn’t recognize me,” Wie said.

Wie is looking to continue to build on her resurgence.

“I gained a lot of confidence this year,” she said. “I had a really tough year last year, the last couple years. Just really feeling like my old self. Really feeling comfortable out there and having fun, and that's when I play my best.”

You Oughta Know: LPGA's Sunday scenarios

By Randall MellNovember 19, 2017, 1:17 am

NAPLES, Fla. – The CME Group Tour Championship is loaded with pressure-packed subplots Sunday at Tiburon Golf Club.

Here’s what You Oughta Know about the prizes at stake:

Race to the CME Globe

Lexi Thompson and Sung Hyun Park are 1-2 in CME Globe points. They are best positioned Sunday to take home the $1 million jackpot in the season-long competition.

Thompson and Park are tied for fifth in the tournament, one shot off the lead. If either of them wins, she will take home the jackpot.

The way it’s unfolding Thompson is a good bet to take home the jackpot by merely finishing ahead of Park, unless they both stumble badly on Sunday.

Ariya Jutanugarn is tied for the lead. She must win to take home the jackpot, but she would also need Thompson to finish ninth or worse and Park to finish eighth or worse and nobody else among the top 12 in points to make a bold Sunday charge.

Stacy Lewis is one shot off the lead with a longshot chance at the jackpot. She must win the tournament while Thompson finishes 26th or worse, Park finishes 12th or worse and nobody else among the top 12 in points makes a bold Sunday charge.

So Yeon Ryu, Shanshan Feng and Brooke Henderson are among others who still have a shot at the $1 million prize, but they have fallen back in the pack and need bold Sunday charges to take home the jackpot.

Rolex Player of the Year

The Rolex Player of the Year Award remains a four-player race.

Ryu (162), Feng (159), Park (157) and Thompson (147) all have a chance to win the award.

Park and Thompson are best positioned to make Sunday moves to overtake Ryu.

Park needs to finish sixth or better to win the award outright; Thompson needs to win the tournament to win the award.

It’s simple math.

The top 10 in the tournament will be awarded points.

1st - 30 points

2nd – 12 points

3rd – 9 points

4th – 7 points

5th – 6 points

6th – 5 points

7rd – 4 points

8th – 3 points

9th – 2 points

10th – 1 point

Vare Trophy

Thompson took a 69.147 scoring average to Naples. Park needs to finish nine shots ahead of Thompson to have a shot at the trophy.

Money-winning title

Park leads the tour in money winnings with $2,262,472. Ryu is the only player who can pass her Sunday, and Ryu must win the tournament to do so. Ryu is tied for 32nd, five shots off the lead. If Ryu wins the tournament, she also needs Park to finish worse than solo second.

Rolex world No. 1 ranking

World No. 1 Feng, No. 2 Park and No. 3 Ryu are separated by just three hundredths of a point.

Because they are so close, the scenarios for overtaking Feng are head spinning.

At No. 4, Thompson is a full average ranking point behind Feng, but she could become the sixth different player this season to move to No. 1. Thompson, however, has to win Sunday to have a chance to do so, and then it will depend on what Feng, Park and Ryu do. Again, the scenarios are complex.

Cook leads RSM Classic by three at Sea Island

By Associated PressNovember 19, 2017, 12:28 am

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. - PGA Tour rookie Austin Cook shot a 4-under 66 on Saturday to increase his lead to three strokes in the RSM Classic.

Cook, a shot ahead after a second-round 62, had five birdies and a bogey - his first of the week - to reach 18-under 194 with a round left at Sea Island Golf Club's Seaside Course.

''Putting is key right now,'' Cook said. ''Been able to make a lot of clutch putts for the pars to save no bogeys. Hitting the ball pretty much where we're looking and giving ourselves good opportunities on every hole.''

Former University of Georgia player Chris Kirk was second after a 64.

''I'm really comfortable here,'' Kirk said. ''I love Sea Island. I lived here for 6 1/2 years, so I played the golf course a lot, SEC Championships and come down here for the RSM Classic. My family and I, we come down here a few other times a year as well.''

Brian Gay was another stroke back at 14 under after a 69.

''I love the course,'' Gay said. ''We keep getting different wind directions so it's keeping us on our toes. Supposed to be another completely different wind direction tomorrow, so we're getting a new course every day.''

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J.J. Spaun had a 62 to get to 13 under.

''I just kind of played stress-free golf out there and kept the golf ball in front of me,'' Spaun said. ''I had a lot of looks and scrambled pretty well, even though it was only a handful of times, but pretty overall pleased with how I played today.''

Cook has made the weekend cuts in all four of his starts this season. The 26-year-old former Arkansas player earned his PGA Tour card through the Web.com Tour.

''I think with an extra year on the Web this past year, I really grew mentally and with my game, just kind of more confidence,'' Cook said. ''I was able to put myself in contention on the Web.com more this year than I have in the past. I think I've just, you know, learned from experiences on the Web to help me grow out here.''

He planned to keep it simple Saturday night.

''I've got my parents here and my in-laws are both here as well as my wife,'' Cook said. ''Go home and just have a good home-cooked meal and just kind of enjoy the time and embrace the moment.''

Kirk won the last of his four PGA Tour titles in 2015 at Colonial.

''It's nice to be back in contention again,'' Kirk said. ''It's been a little while for me. But I felt great out there today, I felt really comfortable, and so hopefully it will be the same way tomorrow and I'll keep my foot on the pedal and stay aggressive, try to make some birdies.''