What Happened to US Walker Cuppers
Yates stoically met the media after the onslaught and said, This is tough. I dont know if Ill be able to come back here real soon.
Well, the U.S. Amateur finalists of a year ago, Jeff Quinney and James Driscoll, went 0-5. Quinney didnt even play on Sunday.
Its not an easy call to sit the U.S. Amateur champion, said Captain Yates, who made the decision. But he couldnt find the fairway, and on this course theres a premium on accuracy.
Quinney was understandably disappointed, but anyone who saw him play Saturday when he blew an early three up lead on Luke Donald could see he was lost, with four balls finding various hazards on the majestic but highly penal Ocean Forest layout.
Also, 49-year-old John Harris, who came in 6-0 in career singles play, failed to score a single point for the weekend.
As for Great Britain and Ireland, Luke Donald capped a brilliant amateur career with three points, including a victory in the opening singles match against hard-nosed Lucas Glover. Donald displays phenomenal control with his irons as well as his emotions and looks to be a potential major champion.
Another Englishman, Nick Dougherty, scored three points as well. The 19-year-old protg of Nick Faldo oozes personality and matched with his strong game it gives him a chance to be a superstar.
Great Britain and Ireland has now won three of the last four Walker Cup competitions. More of their young players are competing on a collegiate level here in the U.S. under the same conditions and with the same intense training as their U.S. counterparts. Luke Donald won the NCAA title at Northwestern in 1999. Graeme McDowell plays at Alabama-Birmingham, Jamie Elson finished second at the NCAAs this year while at Augusta State, and Michael Hoey spent a couple of years at Clemson.
Whats more, and this is not based on any scientific study but more of a gut feeling echoed by many in attendance, is that the U.S. players seem to be wound a bit too tightly. Perhaps theyre trying too hard, if thats possible.
Of course, criticism neednt be too harsh because these are amateurs and the effort was there, even if the desired result was not.
Ultimately, The Walker Cup is much like its professional equivalent, The Ryder Cup. The Europeans have gained significant ground in the last 20 years. In truth, with the Red, White and Blue having been thoroughly whipped in the last two tries and in three of the last four, its the U.S. that now must figure out how to close the gap on Great Britain and Ireland.
Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?
Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.
Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”
Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.
Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.
The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.
Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.
Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.
Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. 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.
Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational
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.
Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.
Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.
The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.
Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. 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. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.