US Presidents Cup players capsules

By Rex HoggardOctober 6, 2009, 3:20 am

Presidents CupSenior writer Rex Hoggard offers up 'the skinny' on the 2009 edition of the United States Presidents Cup squad that will tee it up against the International team at Harding Park in San Francisco.


Tiger Woods

Record: 13-11-1

Skinny: His record suggests he favors the relaxed atmosphere of the Presidents Cup over the Ryder Cup, and the FedEx Cup playoffs produced a world No. 1 that is playing his best golf of the season.


Phil Mickelson

Record: 11-13-9

Skinny: Normally something of an unknown at these fall team events, he thrived last year paired with Kim (a likely foursome partner) and his victory at East Lake hints he may be peaking.


Steve Stricker

Record: 5-5-0

Skinny: Was solid in the playoffs, if not a tad spent toward the finale, and his consistent ballstriking and laid-back demeanor make him a versatile partner.

Kenny Perry

Record: 7-6-0

Skinny: May be the closest thing Couples has to a liability. Although he thrives in team events, he appeared to be fading in the playoffs and the recent death of his mother will be difficult, if not impossible, for this family man to play through.


Zach Johnson

Record: 2-2-0

Skinny: Cites his play at the 2006 Ryder Cup as the spark that lifted him from solid player to major champion and, like Glover, grew up playing team sports and craves the locker room mentality that the matches bring.


Stewart Cink

Record: 8-4-1

Skinny: Probably not at his season’s best heading into the Tour Championship, but fought his way to East Lake and is a match play monster with a solid team and WGC-Match Play resume.


Sean O’Hair

Record: Rookie

Skinny: Mentioned by Woods as a potential playing partner: high cotton for a rookie. But then O’Hair’s play to close the playoffs (T-8, fourth, third) suggests Woods knows talent, regardless of experience.

Jim Furyk

Record: 13-8-2

Skinny: A Presidents Cup staple has proven to be a solid partner for Woods, the duo went undefeated together in 2005, and a mean closer with a 4-1-0 singles record.


Anthony Kim

Record: Rookie

Skinny: First-timer in name only. He went 2-1-1 last year for Paul Azinger at Valhalla and despite an early exit from the playoffs he promises to be an emotional spark for the U.S. side at Harding Park.


Justin Leonard

Record: 6-10-2

Skinny: Veteran returns to team after missing 2007 matches. He was steady in 2005 partnered with Scott Verplank and could be a solid utility man for Couples.


Lucas Glover

Record: 2-3-0

Skinny: Disappointed with his record at Royal Montreal, he’s played his best golf this season on the toughest and most intense venues (Bethpage, Torrey Pines, Quail Hollow, Congressional) and could be ready for a breakout match.

Hunter Mahan

Record: 2-3-0

Skinny: The three-time captain’s pick said he put too much pressure on himself in 2007 at Royal Montreal but learned last year playing for Azinger these events must be savored.

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Snedeker starts slow in effort to snag Masters invite

By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 4:22 pm

Brandt Snedeker flew halfway around the world in search of a Masters invite, but after one round of the Indonesian Masters it appears he'll likely return home empty-handed.

Snedeker made only two birdies during his opening round in Indonesia, shooting an even-par 72 that left him in a tie for 77th and 10 shots behind leader Justin Rose. This is the final OWGR-rated event of 2017, and as a result it has drawn several notable entrants, including Snedeker, who hope to crack the top 50 in the world rankings by year's end to secure a trip to Augusta National.

Snedeker started the year ranked No. 28, but after missing five months because of injury he entered the week ranked No. 51 and is projected to slip even further by the end of the month. As a result, he likely needs a top-3 finish in order to secure a return to the Masters, which he has missed only once since 2007.

World No. 55 Dylan Frittelli also struggled, shooting a 4-over 76 in the opening round, while No. 56 Kiradech Aphibarnrat is tied for 14th at 4 under. Yusaku Miyazato, currently 58th in the world, is tied for ninth and five shots behind Rose.

Should Snedeker and the other hopefuls fail to crack the top 50 by the end of the year, two paths to the Masters remain: win a full-point event on the PGA Tour in early 2018 or be inside the top 50 in the world rankings when the final cutoff is made on March 25.

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Crosby selected as 2019 U.S. Walker Cup captain

By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 3:19 pm

The USGA announced that former U.S. Amateur champ Nathaniel Crosby will serve as the American captain for the 2019 Walker Cup, which will be played at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, England.

Crosby, 56, is the son of entertainment icon and golf enthusiast Bing Crosby. He won the 1981 U.S. Amateur at The Olympic Club as a teenager and earned low amateur honors at the 1982 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. He also played in the 1983 Walker Cup, coincidentally held at Royal Liverpool, before embarking on a brief career in professional golf, with his amateur status reinstated in 1994.

"I am thrilled and overwhelmed to be chosen captain of the next USA Walker Cup team," Crosby said in a statement. "Many of my closest friends are former captains who will hopefully take the time to share their approaches in an effort to help me with my new responsibilities."

Crosby takes over the captaincy from John "Spider" Miller, who led the U.S. squad both in 2015 and earlier this year, when the Americans cruised to a 19-7 victory at Los Angeles Country Club.

Crosby is a Florida resident and member at Seminole Golf Club, which will host the 2021 matches. While it remains to be seen if he'll be asked back as captain in 2021, each of the last six American captains have led a team on both home and foreign soil.

Started in 1922, the Walker Cup is a 10-man, amateur match play competition pitting the U.S. against Great Britain and Ireland. The U.S. team holds a 37-9 all-time lead in the biennial matches but has not won in Europe since 2007.

Rose (62) sets blistering pace in Indonesia

By Associated PressDecember 14, 2017, 3:06 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia – Justin Rose shot a 10-under 62 Thursday to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, starting on the back nine at Royale Jakarta Golf Club, had five birdies to go out in 31, then birdied four of five holes midway through his final nine and another birdie on his last hole in the $750,000 tournament.

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Gunn Charoenkul (64) was in second place and Kim Giwhan and Phachara Khongwatmai (both 65) were tied for third.

Brandt Snedeker shot 72. Ranked 51st in the world, the American is aiming for a strong finish in Jakarta to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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LaCava: Woods wouldn't talk after H.O.R.S.E. match

By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 2:27 pm

The competitive streak within Tiger Woods knows no bounds - even on the basketball court, according to caddie Joe LaCava.

LaCava has been on Woods' bag since 2011, and he recently shared a story on "Inside the Ropes" on Sirius/XM PGA Tour Radio about a clash between the two men over a seemingly friendly game of H.O.R.S.E. Actually, it turned into nine straight games (and nine straight wins) for LaCava, who exploited a weakness in Woods' on-court strategy while leaning on a mid-length jumper of his own:

"The thing with him was if I missed a shot, which I missed plenty of shots, but if I missed the shot he'd go back down to the 3 (point line) because he liked to make the 3," LaCava said. "But it's harder obviously to make a 3, and I'd go right back to the baseline 12-footer, and he couldn't make it."

It's a short list of people who have beaten Woods nine times in any athletic pursuit, let alone in a row. But for LaCava, the fallout from his afternoon of on-court dominance was less than subtle.

"He did not talk to me the rest of the day," LaCava explained. "I didn't even get the old text, 'Dinner is ready,' because I stay across at the beach house. I didn't even get that text that night. I had to get take-out. He didn't announce he wasn't (talking), he just did it. I'm telling you, nine games in a row. Like I said, he's so competitive, even at something like that."