Woods finishes week with 0-3-1 record

By Jay CoffinSeptember 30, 2012, 11:17 pm

MEDINAH, Ill. – Tiger Woods had collected a winless record (0-3) by Saturday evening but his U.S. Ryder Cup team had vaulted to a 10-6 lead. It was a mind-numbing fact that didn’t seem possible.

Twenty-four hours later Woods was 0-3-1 on the week and was part of a team that had a complete meltdown Sunday at Medinah to lose the Ryder Cup in record-tying fashion.

It was an odd end to an odd week.

Woods and Stricker lost both matches on Day 1 – Woods spraying the ball all over Chicago in the morning foursomes, then playing better in afternoon fourballs but failing to get help from Stricker.

The next day saw Woods sit out the morning foursomes for the first time in his Ryder Cup career. He had previously played in 31 consecutive Ryder Cup sessions.

With fresh legs and a chance to play his own ball, Woods went out in Saturday afternoon fourballs with Stricker again and posted another loss. It was fitting then that U.S. captain Davis Love III put Stricker and Woods out in the last two singles positions, many believing their respective matches wouldn’t matter and that the Americans would have secured the cup much earlier.

Instead, Europe raced out to victories in the first five matches and made it clear that this Ryder Cup would not be decided before the last few matches.

Woods did not play well in his singles match against Francesco Molinari, making one birdie and two bogeys to shoot the equivalent of 1 over par. He took a 1-up lead into the 18th hole when Molinari made bogey on No. 17 but the Ryder Cup was over with Woods in the middle of the fairway as Martin Kaymer closed out Steve Stricker on the 18th green ahead.

“It’s the second time it happened to me being in the fairway,” Woods said, recalling a similar situation in 2002 at The Belfry in a match against Jesper Parnevik.

Woods ultimately made bogey on the 18th – he missed a short par putt – and conceded the par to Molinari making the match end all square, the first halved match all week.

It was a bizarre finish for the man who was expected to deliver the goods and help his team win on home soil. Instead, he has still only been on one winning Ryder Cup team (1999 at Brookline) and his career record has worsened to 13-16-3 … and questions continue to mount about his ability to adapt to a team atmosphere.


Relive Day 2 Ryder Cup matches Monday at 8 p.m. ET and the singles matches Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET.

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McCoy earns medalist honors at Web.com Q-School

By Will GrayDecember 11, 2017, 12:30 am

One year after his budding career was derailed by a car accident, Lee McCoy got back on track by earning medalist honors at the final stage of Web.com Tour Q-School.

McCoy shot a final-round 65 at Whirlwind Golf Club in Chandler, Ariz., to finish the 72-hole event at 28 under. That total left him two shots ahead of Sung-Jae Im and guaranteed him fully-exempt status on the developmental circuit in 2018.

It's an impressive turnaround for the former University of Georgia standout who finished fourth at the 2016 Valspar Championship as an amateur while playing alongside Jordan Spieth in the final round. But he broke his wrist in a car accident the day before second stage of Q-School last year, leaving him without status on any major tour to begin the year.

McCoy was not the only player who left Arizona smiling. Everyone in the top 10 and ties will be exempt through the first 12 events of the new Web.com Tour season, a group that includes former amateur standouts Curtis Luck (T-3), Sam Burns (T-10) and Maverick McNealy (T-10).

Players who finished outside the top 10 but inside the top 45 and ties earned exemptions into the first eight events of 2018. That group includes Cameron Champ (T-16), who led the field in driving at this year's U.S. Open as an amateur, and Wyndham Clark (T-23).

Everyone who advanced to the final stage of Q-School will have at least conditional Web.com Tour status in 2018. Among those who failed to secure guaranteed starts this week were Robby Shelton, Rico Hoey, Jordan Niebrugge, Joaquin Niemann and Kevin Hall.

Els honored with Heisman Humanitarian Award

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 10, 2017, 11:41 pm

The annual Heisman Trophy award ceremony is one of the biggest moments in any football season, but there was a touching non-football moment as well on Saturday night as Ernie Els received the Heisman Humanitarian Award.

The award, which had been announced in August, recognized Els' ongoing efforts on behalf of his Els for Autism foundation. Els received the award at Manhattan's PlayStation Theater, where Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield won the Heisman Trophy.

Els, 47, founded Els for Autism in 2009 with his wife after their son, Ben, was diagnosed with autism. Their efforts have since flourished into a 26-acre campus in Jupiter, Fla., and the creation of the Els Center for Excellence in 2015.

The Heisman Humanitarian Award has been given out since 2006. Past recipients include NBA center David Robinson, NFL running back Warrick Dunn, soccer star Mia Hamm and NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon.

A native of South Africa, Els won the U.S. Open in 1994 and 1997 and The Open in 2002 and 2012. He has won 19 times on the PGA Tour and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2011.

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Monday finish for Joburg Open; Sharma leads by 4

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 10, 2017, 8:57 pm

Rain, lightning and hail pushed the Joburg Open to a Monday finish, with India’s Shubhankar Sharma holding a four-stroke lead with 11 holes to play in Johannesburg.

Play is scheduled to resume at 7:30 a.m. local time.

South Africa’s Erik van Rooyen will have a 3-foot putt for birdie to move within three shots of Sharma wen play resumes at the Randpark Golf Club. Sarma is at 22 under par.

Tapio Pulkkanen of Finland and James Morrison of England are tied for third at 14 under. Pulkkanen has 10 holes remaining, Morrison 11.

The top three finishers who are not already exempt, will get spots in next year’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.

 

 

Stricker, O'Hair team to win QBE Shootout

By Will GrayDecember 10, 2017, 8:55 pm

It may not count in the official tally, but Steve Stricker is once again in the winner's circle on the PGA Tour.

Stricker teamed with Sean O'Hair to win the two-person QBE Shootout, as the duo combined for a better-ball 64 in the final round to finish two shots clear of Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry. It's the second win in this event for both men; Stricker won with Jerry Kelly back in 2009 while O'Hair lifted the trophy with Kenny Perry in 2012.

Stricker and O'Hair led wire-to-wire in the 54-hole, unofficial event after posting a 15-under 57 during the opening-round scramble.

"We just really gelled well together," Stricker said. "With his length the first day, getting some clubs into the greens, some short irons for me, we just fed off that first day quite a bit. We felt comfortable with one another."


Full-field scores from the QBE Shootout


Stricker won 12 times during his PGA Tour career, most recently at the 2012 Tournament of Champions. More recently the 50-year-old has been splitting his time on the PGA Tour Champions and captained the U.S. to a victory at the Presidents Cup in October. O'Hair has four official Tour wins, most recently at the 2011 RBC Canadian Open.

Pat Perez and Brian Harman finished alone in third, four shots behind Stricker and O'Hair. Lexi Thompson and Tony Finau, the lone co-ed pairing in the 12-team event, finished among a tie for fourth.