Europe Dominates Foursomes Again

By Sports NetworkSeptember 13, 2003, 4:00 pm
LODDEKOPINGE, Sweden -- Europe claimed three of four points in Saturday's foursomes matches to extend their lead at the Solheim Cup. The European side owns a 7 1/2 - 4 1/2 advantage at Barsebck Golf & Country Club.
Annika Sorenstam and Carin Koch avenged their loss Friday afternoon by beating Heather Bowie and Wendy Ward, 3 and 2, on Saturday.
The Swedish duo lost 1-up in a Friday fourball match against Juli Inkster and Beth Daniel for their first loss as a team in two Solheim Cups, but the hometown favorites claimed their revenge Saturday morning.
The match was close through the front nine but the Europeans won three holes out of four around the turn. The Americans got one back at 14 thanks to a European bogey but the match ended when Sorenstam and Koch parred No. 16.
'I think our game really fits this type of format,' said Sorenstam. 'Carin and I get along so well. If I didn't hit it good, then she would hit it good. It was fun to win.'
Sorenstam and Koch might have benefited from the huge crowds that have gathered at Barsebck. There are 30,000 tickets sold for Saturday's action and aside from cheering on their countrywomen, the galleries were treated to some exciting golf Saturday morning, which was enhanced by strong winds kicking up around the course.
The young European tandem of Elisabeth Esterl and Iben Tinning halved their match with Solheim Cup rookie and U.S. Women's Open runner-up Angela Stanford and Michele Redman.
In the anchor match, Meg Mallon and Kelly Robbins went the full 18 holes with the Scottish duo of Catriona Matthew and Janice Moodie. The teams halved their match as neither could cash in on birdie tries at the last.
The first match of the day went to the Europeans. Suzann Pettersen ran her record in this year's competition to 3-0 as she and Sophie Gustafson bested the American pair of Cristie Kerr and Kelli Kuehne, 2 and 1.
Esterl and Tinning took a 1-up lead when the rookie Stanford missed a two- footer to halve the 14th but Tinning missed a slightly longer putt at 15 that squared the match.
Stanford atoned for the mishap at 14 when she sank a 12-foot birdie putt at the 16th hole to reclaim a 1-up advantage but that was quick lived. Esterl, a 27-year-old German, knocked the team's approach to inches at the 17th. The U.S. conceded her birdie then missed their putt to see the match evened up on 18.
Tinning left the team's second shot 45 feet short of the hole at 18 while Stanford hit her's 15 feet below the cup. Esterl blew the birdie try four feet past while Redman lagged her birdie putt close enough the Europeans gave the Americans their par. Tinning stroked home the tester and earned the half point.
'It was great match,' said Redman. 'We both played great, the Europeans played great. We had a tough match out there today.'
Saturday morning's final match saw the U.S. pull even at the par-5 12th when the Europeans made a mess of the hole. Europe reclaimed a 1-up lead at the next hole when Moodie converted on a three-footer for birdie.
Moodie missed a 15-footer for par at the 15th and Robbins ran home a four-footer to square the match. Matthew knocked the team's third shot at the par-5 16th to five feet to set up birdie but before Moodie holed the putt, Robbins knocked in an 18-footer to halve the hole and move to No. 17.
The Americans looked to be in trouble at 17 when Mallon missed the green right with the team's approach. Robbins' chip hit the stick and settled inches from the cup for the conceded par. Matthew sank a three-footer for par of their own and it was on to 18 with the match all-square.
Neither Robbins nor Moodie hit spectacular approaches to No. 18, with Robbins 35 feet short of the hole and Moodie about 10 feet closer. Mallon struck a good putt and was conceded par while Matthew left around two feet for their team's par.
Robbins and Mallon conceded the tricky putt and each team left with a half point.
'We would have liked to get a full point out of this but that was a tough match,' said Mallon. 'We know what happens here. It's important this afternoon to get some points on the board and then it's all about tomorrow.'
Pettersen and Gustafson went 3-up after a birdie at 12 but Kerr and Kuehne clawed back into the match. Kuehne and Kerr each holed birdie putts at 13 and 14 to get 1-down but Pettersen shut the door on the match with an eight-foot birdie putt at the 15th.
'You have to stay in there and take it shot by shot,' said Pettersen. 'Every putt is important.'
There are four fourball matches Saturday afternoon then 12 singles matches on Sunday. The U.S., as defending champions, need 14 points to retain the Solheim Cup while Europe needs 14 1/2 to win it.
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    Kelly beats Monty with two-shot swing on final hole

    By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 3:21 am

    KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – Jerry Kelly made an 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole, Colin Montgomerie missed a 6-footer for par and Kelly turned a one-shot deficit into a victory Saturday in the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

    After Kelly drove it well right into lava rocks on the par-4 16th, leading to bogey and giving Montgomerie the lead, Montgomerie made a mistake with his tee shot on the last, finding a fairway bunker. Montgomerie's approach went over the green and after Kelly converted his birdie, the 54-year-old Scot jammed his par putt well past the hole.

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    It was the third win on the over-50 tour for the 51-year-old Kelly, who finished tied for 14th last week at the PGA Tour's Sony Open in Honolulu. That gave him confidence as he hopped over to the Big Island for his tournament debut at Hualalai. The limited-field event includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

    Kelly closed with a 6-under 66 for a three-day total of 18-under 198. Montgomerie shot 69. David Toms shot 67 and finished two shots back, and Miguel Angel Jimenez was another stroke behind after a 66.

    Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, closed with a 70 to finish at 10 under.

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    Rahm manages frustration, two back at CareerBuilder

    By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 1:21 am

    Jon Rahm managed the winds and his frustrations Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge to give himself a chance to win his fourth worldwide title in the last year.

    Rahm’s 2-under-par 70 on the PGA West Stadium Course left him two shots off the lead going into the final round.

    “I wasn’t really dealing with the wind that much,” Rahm said of his frustrations. “I was dealing with not being as fluid as I was the last two days.”

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    The world’s No. 3 ranked player opened with a 62 at La Quinta Country Club on Thursday and followed it up with a 67 on Friday at PGA West. He made six birdies and four bogeys on the Stadium Course on Saturday.

    “The first day, everything was outstanding,” Rahm said. “Yesterday, my driver was a little shaky but my irons shots were perfect. Today, my driver was shaky and my irons shots were shaky. On a course like this, it’s punishing, but luckily on the holes where I found the fairway I was able to make birdies.”

    Rahm is projected to move to No. 2 in the world rankings with a finish of sixth or better on Sunday.

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    Cook leads by one entering final round at CareerBuilder

    By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 12:51 am

    LA QUINTA, Calif. – Austin Cook hit a hybrid into the fairway bunker on the par-4 18th on a breezy Saturday afternoon at La Quinta Country Club, then chunked a wedge and raced a chip 20 feet past the hole.

    Kip Henley, the longtime PGA Tour caddie who guided Cook to a breakthrough victory at Sea Island in November, stepped in to give the 26-year-old former Arkansas star a quick pep talk.

    ''Kip said, 'Let's finish this like we did on the first day at the Nicklaus Course.' We made a big par putt on 18 there and he said, 'Let's just do the same thing. Let's get this line right and if you get the line right it's going in.'''

    It did, giving Cook an 8-under 64 and a one-stroke lead in the CareerBuilder Challenge going into the final round on the Stadium Course at PGA West. Fellow former Razorback Andrew Landry and Martin Piller were tied for second, and Jon Rahm and Scott Piercy were a another stroke back after a tricky day in wind that didn't get close to the predicted gusts of 40 mph.

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    ''I know that I wouldn't have wanted to play the Stadium today,'' Cook said. ''I think we got a great draw with the courses that we got to play on the days that we got to play them.''

    Cook played the final six holes on the front nine in 6 under with an eagle and four birdies.

    ''Starting on my fourth hole, I was able to make a birdie and kind of get the ball rolling and it never really stopped rolling,'' Cook said. ''Kip and I were doing really good at seeing the line on the greens.''

    After a bogey on 10, he birdied 11, 12 and 15 and parred the final three to get to 19-under 197.

    ''I think that tonight the nerves, the butterflies, all that will kind of be a little less,'' Cook said. ''I've been in the situation before and I was able to finish the job on Sunday. I think it would be a little different if I didn't play like I did on Sunday at Sea Island.''

    He's making his first start in the event.

    ''I came in from Hawaii on Monday, so I only had two days to prepare for three courses,'' Cook said.

    Landry, the second-round leader, had a 70 at the Stadium. Piller, the husband of LPGA tour player Gerina Piller, shot a 67 at La Quinta. Winless on the PGA Tour, they will join Cook in the final threesome.

    ''Piller's a good guy and we have played a lot together and same with Cookie,'' said Landry, the only player without a bogey after 54 holes. ''Hope the Hogs are going to come out on top.''

    Rahm had a 70 at the Stadium to reach 17 under. The third-ranked Rahm beat up the par 5s again, but had four bogeys – three on par 3s. He has played the 12 par 5s in 13 under with an eagle and 11 birdies.

    ''A little bit of a survival day,'' Rahm said.

    The wind was more of a factor on the more exposed and tighter Stadium Course.

    ''The course is firming up,'' Rahm said. ''I know if we have similar wind to today, if we shoot something under par, you'll be way up there contesting it over the last few holes.''

    Piercy had a 66 at the Stadium.

    ''I controlled my ball really well today,'' he said.

    Adam Hadwin had a 67 at La Quinta a year after shooting a third-round 59 on the course. The Canadian was 16 under along with Grayson Murray and Brandon Harkins. Murray had a 67 on the Nicklaus Course, and Harkins shot 68 at the Stadium.

    Phil Mickelson missed the cut in his first tournament of the year for the second time in his career, shooting a 74 on the Stadium to finish at 4 under – four strokes from a Sunday tee time. The 47-year-old Hall of Famer was playing for the first time since late October. He also missed the cut in the Phoenix Open in his 2009 opener.

    Charlie Reiter, the Palm Desert High School senior playing on the first sponsor exemption the event has given to an amateur, also missed the cut. He had three early straight double bogeys in a 77 on the Stadium that left him 1 over.

    John Daly had an 80 at La Quinta. He opened with a triple bogey and had six bogeys – four in a row to start his second nine - and only one birdie. The 51-year-old Daly opened with a 69 on the Nicklaus layout and had a 71 on Friday at the Stadium.

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    Phil misses CareerBuilder cut for first time in 24 years

    By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 12:48 am

    Phil Mickelson missed the cut Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge. It’s a rare occurrence in his Hall of Fame career.

    He has played the event 15 times, going back to when it was known as the Bob Hope Classic. He has won it twice.

    How rare is his missing the cut there?

    The last time he did so, there was no such thing as a DVD, Wi-Fi, iPods, Xbox, DVR capability or YouTube.

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    The PGA Tour’s Jon Rahm didn’t exist, either.

    The last time Mickelson missed a cut in this event was 1994, nine months before Rahm was born.

    Mickelson struggled to a 2-over-par 74 in the heavy winds Saturday on the PGA West Stadium Course, missing the 54-hole cut by four shots. He hit just four of 14 fairways, just nine of 18 greens. He took a double bogey at the 15th after requiring two shots to escape the steep-walled bunker on the left side of the green.

    Mickelson won’t have to wait long to try to get back in the hunt. He’s scheduled to play the Farmers Insurance Open next week at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif.