Goosen Lefty Beat Woods Daly in Final Battle

By Sports NetworkJuly 25, 2005, 4:00 pm
RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. -- Retief Goosen birdied four of the last six holes Monday to give he and Phil Mickelson a 5 & 3 win over Tiger Woods and John Daly at the Battle at The Bridges (Hole-By-Hole Details).
Goosen and Daly both had played this past weekend at the Deutsche Bank Players' Championship of Europe in Germany. They both faced jet-lag issues, but overcame them. Daly seemed more affected as he played 36 holes on Sunday before flying to this event, while Goosen missed the cut after Saturday's second round.
Phil Mickelson and Retief Goosen
Phil Mickelson and Retief Goosen share the final trophy from this event.
'I'll tell you what, Goose was unbelievably good. I thought jet-lag might kick in, it should be pretty early in the morning for him Germany time, but it didn't work out that way,' said Woods, who hosted this event for the seventh time. 'We had a good chance, if I make those two putts on 10 and 11 we're only one back, unfortunately I didn't make them and Goose just buried us from there.'
'I'm feeling a little weak right now, but that's no excuse for playing that bad,' Daly said.
Woods gave his duo an early lead in the best-ball, match play event. He birdied the second from seven feet out to gain a 1-up lead at The Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe.
After the teams halved the third, Mickelson made an eight-foot birdie putt on the fourth to win the hole and square the match. Mickelson and Goosen would never trail again.
With Mickelson out of the fifth, Goosen missed a 12-foot birdie try, but was given his par. Woods missed the green right and pitched on. However, his par-saving putt missed left.
Daly, playing this event for the second time, pitched his third shot to eight feet. Then, like Woods, Daly was unable to make his par putt.
Goosen and Woods each birdied the sixth to halve the hole. Their partners, Daly and Mickelson, halved the next with birdies.
Mickelson, who lives nearby and practices on this course frequently, carried his team over the next two holes as he halved the eighth with Woods and the ninth with Daly, a two-time major champion.
Goosen, a two-time U.S. Open champion, then caught fire. He drained a 13-foot birdie on No. 10 then watched as Daly and Woods both missed birdie tries from shorter distances.
The South African gave his team a 3-up lead by making a 12-foot birdie putt at the 11th. Woods again had a chance to halve the hole, but his 10-foot birdie try lipped out.
Woods got his team back to 2-down with a birdie on the 12th. Goosen had missed a birdie try of his own.
Mickelson nearly holed his second shot at the par-four 13th. His shot came to rest within a foot of the hole and he was conceded the birdie. Woods had a chance to halve the hole, but his lengthy birdie attempt missed left and he dropped 3-down.
Daly nearly holed a birdie chip on the 14th and was given his par. Woods then missed a 20-footer for birdie, while Goosen calmly sank another birdie putt to give he and Mickelson a 4-up cushion with four to go.
It didn't take long for that pair to close out the match. Goosen dropped his shot within four feet of the cup at the par-four 15th. Woods' second shot came up short from a fairway bunker.
Daly's second stopped some 30 feet from the cup. Woods nearly hit the stick with his chip, but it rolled by the hole. Daly's birdie try slid by the right edge and he was conceded the par before Goosen kicked in his birdie putt for the 5 & 3 win.
'It's nice knowing these greens. If you read them right they're going to go in, especially if someone like Retief is rolling them,' said Mickelson. 'A year ago at the U.S. Open at Shinnecock, I wanted to break that putter of his and this week I just wanted to kiss it.'
'I started a little bit shaky, but Phil help guide me around here,' Goosen said. 'On the back nine we made some good putts, we combined very well.'
Goosen and Mickelson each received $600,000 for the win, while Woods and Daly got $250,000 apiece. A portion of each players' winnings will go to charity.
According to various reports, this is likely the last time this event will be played in its current format.
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McCoy earns medalist honors at 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 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 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 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.