Goosen Wins Monty Falls at Match Play

By Sports NetworkSeptember 15, 2005, 4:00 pm
HSBC World Mach Play ChampionshipsSURREY, England -- Two-time U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen cruised to an 8-and-7 win Thursday over Kenneth Ferrie in the first round of the HSBC World Match Play Championship.
 
Goosen, the tournament's top seed, moves on to face ninth-seeded Mark Hensby, who beat 1999 champion Colin Montgomerie, 2 and 1, on the West Course at the Wentworth Club.
 
Defending U.S. Open champion Michael Campbell held off Geoff Ogilvy for a 1-up win. Campbell advances to play 12th-seeded Steve Elkington, who continued his fine play of late with a 6-and-5 trouncing of South African Tim Clark.
 
Luke Donald, the third seed, routed European Ryder Cup captain Bernhard Langer, 7 and 6. Donald faces Ryder Cup teammate Paul McGinley in the quarterfinals. McGinley dispatched two-time European Ryder Cupper Thomas Bjorn, 6 and 5.
 
Spaniard Jose Maria Olazabal eagled the 36th hole for a hard-fought, 1-up win over David Howell. Olazabal, a two-time Masters winner, moves on to face Argentine Angel Cabrera, who downed South African Trevor Immelman, 2 and 1.
 
Ferrie actually opened with a 1-up lead after Goosen bogeyed the first. However, the South African birdied each of the next two holes before Ferrie squared the match for the final time with an eagle on the par-5 fourth.
 
Goosen jumped to a 5-up lead by winning five holes from the sixth through the 14th. The pair traded wins over the next two holes, and the South African ended the opening 18 with a 4-up lead after Ferrie birdied No. 17.
 
Goosen then birdied the 19th to go 5-up again.
 
Ferrie bogeyed the 23rd hole and the 26th hole to fall 7-down. He tried to make a comeback as he birdied the 27th, but Goosen would have none of that. He birdied each of the next two holes to close out the match.
 
Montgomerie, who had never lost in the first round before, led after the opening nine, 3-up. Hensby won three straight from the 14th with a birdie and a pair of Montgomerie bogeys. Monty was conceded an eagle on 17 and birdied 18 to extend his lead back to 3-up.
 
On the second 18, the wheels fell off for Montgomerie. He played the third nine in 3 over and lost his lead. Hensby finally took his first lead with a birdie on the 28th. He moved 2-up with two to go as he birdied the 34th. Hensby knocked off Montgomerie as each player birdied the 35th hole.
 
Clark led Elkington 1-up through nine sloppy holes. Clark played the front nine in plus-1 and Elkington was 2-over through those nine. Clark dropped a shot on 10 to square the match. Elkington ran away with the match from there. He birdied three of the next four to go 3-up. Clark cut it to 1-down as Elkington double bogeyed the 15th and he birdied 17.
 
The Australian birdied 18 to take a 2-up lead into the afternoon session. Clark bogeyed the 21st and 23rd, while Elkington eagled the 22nd to extend his lead to 5-up. Elkington moved 6-up with a birdie on the 30th and when the pair halved the net with pars, the match was over.
 
Campbell built a 3-up lead over Ogilvy through 18 holes as he played the second nine in minus-4. Campbell birdied three of the first five holes on the second 18 go 6-up. Ogilvy started to fight back into the match starting with a birdie on the 24th hole.
 
Ogilvy won the next with a bogey and got it to 3-down with a birdie on the 26th. He birdied three straight from the 28th to square the match. After the pair traded the 33rd and 34th holes, Campbell got up and down for birdie on 18 to halve the hole and win the match.
 
Langer never led in his match with Donald. The German fell 4-down with three bogeys and a birdie by Donald in the opening six holes. Langer settled down with three birdies on the second nine, but still trailed 3-down through 18.
 
Donald slowly built an insurmountable lead as Langer bogeyed the 19th and 20th holes. The Englishman birdied the 25th and 28th to go 7-up and it was over two holes later.
 
Bjorn, who led 2-up during the first 18, squared the match when he double- bogeyed the 23rd hole, but would not lead again. McGinley won six of the next seven holes to blow the match open and cruise to the 6-and-5 win.
 
'That was important at that stage of the match,' said McGinley of his hole-out eagle on the 29th hole. 'Thomas had just hit it in close and had given himself a good chance of a birdie. The last thing I wanted to do was to hand him a hole and was making sure I hit it as close as I could.'
 
Olazabal was 3-up through eight. He parred his next nine holes, but was still 2-up through the opening 18. The Spaniard bogeyed the first three holes of the afternoon to fall 1-down. Howell's bogey on the 25th squared the match.
 
Each man won two more holes as the match went to the 36th hole all square. Olazabal's second shot to the par-5 came to rest 7 feet from the cup and he poured in that putt to win 1-up.
 
'I don't know where that 5-wood came from, right out of the blue,' said Olazabal of his approach shot at the last. 'It was a great shot and it saved the day, but I need to improve my driving tomorrow. This is one tournament I would like on my record, but I have to be realistic. The tee shots are costing me.'
 
Cabrera never trailed in his match against Immelman. The Argentine birdied the 18th to head to the afternoon 18 with a 3-up lead. The duo split the first two holes of the second 18, but Cabrera won two of the next three to move 5-up.
 
Immelman began to fight his way back into the match with back-to-back birdies from the 28th. He eagled the 30th to get it to 2-down. They halved the next five holes with four pars and birdie to give Cabrera the 2-and-1 win.
 
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    Awards season: Handing out the 2017 Rexys

    By Rex HoggardDecember 14, 2017, 7:00 pm

    After careful consideration and an exhaustive review of 2017 we present The Rexys, a wildly incomplete and arbitrary line up following one of the most eventful years in golf.

     There will be omissions – just keep your calls, concerns and even e-mails to yourself. We appreciate your patronage, but not your feedback.



    It’s Not You, It’s Me Award. You know the deal: You can’t be a part of two until you’re a better one; but on this front it’s really just a desire to find a better two.

    It was a tough year for caddies, and not just any caddies. In June, Phil Mickelson split with longtime bagman Jim “Bones” Mackay. Both player and caddie cited the need for “change,” but the move reverberated throughout the game.

    “The fairytale is over,” mused one caddie when told of the high-profile split.

    In the wake of the Lefty/Bones break, Rory McIlroy split with his caddie J.P Fitzgerald, and Jason Day replaced looper/swing coach Colin Swatton on his bag. It all proves yet again that there are only two kinds of caddies, those who have been fired and those who are about to be fired.



    Run for the Rose Cup. Sergio Garcia got the green jacket, a lifetime exemption to the game’s most coveted member-member and a long-awaited major, but Justin Rose took home the slightly less prestigious “Rose Cup.”

    Following a frenzied afternoon at Augusta National in April, Rose lost to Garcia on the first playoff hole, but he won so much more with his honesty and class.

    “You're going to win majors and you're going to lose majors, but you've got to be willing to lose them,” Rose figured following the final round. “You've got to put yourself out there. You've got to hit the top of the leaderboard. There's a lot of pressure out there and if you're not willing to enjoy it, then you're not ready to win these tournaments. I loved it out there.”

    Few have made losing look so dignified and fewer still are as easy to root for.



    Half-Empty Cup. It was the perfect setting, with sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline and the promise of the Tristate masses descending on this fall’s Presidents Cup.

    If only all those rowdy New Yorkers had something to cheer.

    For the sixth time in the last seven matches, the U.S. team rolled to a victory of at least three points. This particular edition was even in danger of ending on Saturday afternoon thanks to a particularly dominant performance by a young American squad led by Steve Stricker.

    Officials spoke of the purity of the competition and the attention the ’17 cup generated, but however you spin the 19-11 rout, this cup is half empty.



    Enigma Award. The actual hardware is simply an oversized question mark and was sent directly to Tiger Woods’ South Florida compound following the most curious of seasons.

    While it’s become customary in recent years to consider the uncertain path that awaits the 14-time major winner, this most recent calendar brought an entirely new collection of questions following fusion surgery on his lower back in April, his arrest for DUI on Memorial Day and, finally, a glimmer of hope born from his tie for ninth at the Hero World Challenge earlier this month.

    When will he play again? Can he compete against the current generation of world-beaters? Can his body withstand the rigors of a full PGA Tour schedule? Should Jim Furyk make him a captain’s pick now or wait to see if he should be driving a vice captain’s golf cart instead?

    Little is certain when it comes to Woods, and the over-sized question mark goes to ... the guy in red and black.



    After Further Review Chalice. In April, Lexi Thompson endured a heartbreaking loss at the ANA Inspiration, the byproduct of a surreal ruling that arrived a day late via a viewer e-mail and cost the would-be winner a major championship.

    The entire event was so unsavory that the USGA and R&A made not one but two alterations to the rules and created a “working group” to avoid similar snafus in the future.

    That working group – it turns out the U.S. Ryder Cup team has some sort of copyright on “task force” – initially issued a decision that introduced a “reasonable judgment” and a “naked eye” standard to video reviews, and last week the rule makers kept the changes coming.

    The new protocols on video review will now include an official to monitor tournament broadcasts and ended the practice of allowing fans to call in, or in this case e-mail, possible infractions to officials. The USGA and R&A also eliminated the two-stroke penalty for players who sign incorrect scorecards when the player is unaware of the penalty.

    While all this might be a step in the right direction, it does nothing to change Thompson’s fate. The AFR Chalice won’t change the harsh reality, but at least it will serve as a reminder of how she helped altered the rulemaking landscape.



    Nothing Runs Like a Deere Award. Nothing gets fans fired up like officials turning fields of fescue rough into hay on the eve of a major championship, and the USGA’s decision to do some 11th-hour trimming at Erin Hills in June certainly caught many by surprise.

    Officials said the nip/tuck on four holes was in reaction to a particularly foreboding forecast that never materialized, and the maintenance drew the ire of some players.

    “We have 60 yards from left line to right line,” Rory McIlroy said. “You’ve got 156 of the best players in the world here; if we can’t hit it within that avenue, you might as well pack your bags and go home.”

    The record low scoring at the U.S. Open – winner Brooks Koepka finished with a 16-under total – didn’t help ease the fervor and had some questioning whether the softer side of the USGA has gone a bit too far?

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    Podcast: Daly takes big pride in 'Little John'

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 14, 2017, 5:28 pm

    John Daly is a two-time major champion, but the newest trophy in his household belongs to someone else.

    That’s because Daly’s son, 14-year-old Little John “LJ” Daly, rallied to capture an IJGT junior golf event over the weekend. The younger Daly birdied the first extra hole to win a five-person playoff at Harbour Town Golf Links, site of the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage.

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    Sneds starts slowly in Masters invite bid

    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.


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    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.