One for the Records at Wentworth

By Sports NetworkOctober 14, 2004, 4:00 pm
2004 HBSC World Match Play ChampionshipSURREY, England -- Retief Goosen posted a record-setting win over Jeff Maggert on Thursday at the HSBC World Match Play Championship.
The start of the round was delayed 2 1/2 hours due to heavy overnight rain. More rain throughout the round slowed play and the action was eventually finished Friday morning.
Goosen was 7 under through the first 18 holes of the match and led 10-up after the first 18 holes en route to a 12 and 11 win. That is the largest margin of victory in event history. The previous mark was set by Mark O'Meara, who defeated Vijay Singh, 11 and 10, in 1998.
Maggert, who bogeyed five of the first seven holes of the match, managed two birdies on the second 18, but it was not nearly enough.
Goosen, the reigning U.S. Open Champion, was 5-up through seven due to Maggert's struggles. Another bogey by Maggert at the ninth and a Goosen birdie on 10 extended the South Africans lead to 7-up.
Goosen birdied three of the final four holes of the first 18 of the 36-hole match on the West Course at the Wentworth Club to stretch his lead to 10-up. Goosen tallied four more birdies over the first seven holes of the second 18 holes to secure the win.
'I birdied the second hole and went 1-up. Then I really played sort of solid from there,' Goosen said. 'I putted really well for a change. I've been struggling with my putting the last few weeks.'
World No. 1 Vijay Singh was ousted by European Ryder Cup captain Bernhard Langer in the only match to go extra holes.
Coming out Friday morning, Singh trailed 2-down through 26 holes and 3-down through 32 holes before a furious rally down the stretch to get the match to all even by the 35th hole. They both parred the 36th hole before Langer stopped the top-seeded Singh on the first extra hole.
Prior to play being halted for the night, Langer grabbed an early 1-up lead when Singh bogeyed the second hole. The Fijian evened the match at five, but Langer birdied six to regain the lead. Singh later birdied the 17th to square the match.
Singh grabbed his first lead when Langer bogeyed the 19th hole. The German birdied the next to square the match. Langer, a two-time runner-up at this event, birdied Nos. 23 and 25, while Singh bogeyed the 24th hole to give Langer a 3-up lead. Langer bogeyed the 26th hole as his lead fell to 2-up.
World No. Ernie Els fared better than Singh as he disposed of Scott Drummond 2 and 1.
Els stumbled to a bogey at the first to fall 1-down. He slipped to 2-down on four separate occasions, but continued to fight back. He birdied the par-5 18th to head to the second 18 trailing 1-down.
Els, a five-time winner of this event, birdied the 20th and 21st to claim his first lead at 1-up. Drummond and Els matched eagles on the 22nd hole, but the South African's lead grew to 3-up when he birdied the 26th hole and Drummond bogeyed the next.
Drummond got back within 2-down with a birdie on the 29th hole. He bogeyed the 31st, but Els dropped a shot at the 33rd hole to drop his lead to 2-up. He finally closed out Drummond 2 and 1.
The remainder of the 36-hole matches that were suspended Thurday were completed early Friday morning.
Angel Cabrera defeated K.J. Choi 1-up despite losing a 3-up lead through 25 holes. A pair of Ryder Cuppers, Chris Riley and Padraig Harrington, battled it out before Riley succumbed to the Irishman 2 and 1.
Harrington led 1-up through 10 holes before Riley fought back to square the match. The Irishman eagled the 17th to head to the second 18 1-up.
Riley squared the match with a birdie at the 23rd hole and took the lead when Harrington bogeyed the next. Harrington evened the match at the 26th and regained the lead with a birdie at the 28th. Riley again squared the match with a birdie on No. 31 and they halved the next hole before play was halted Thursday.
Frenchman Thomas Levet topped Canadian Mike Weir 2 and 1and Lee Westwood beat Britsh Open champion Todd Hamilton 4 and 3.
Hamilton and Westwood were all square for 13 of the first 16 holes of their match. The Englishman eagled the 17th to lead 1-up. Hamilton squared the match at 19, but fell 2-down after a bogey and a Westwood birdie. Hamilton squared the match at the 25th, but Westwood then won three straight from the 27th to take a 3-up lead with seven holes to go.
Steve Flesch and four-time winner this season Miguel Angel Jimenez were all square through 26 holes before Jimenez came Friday morning and won 3 and 2.
Jimenez was 3-up through five, but Flesch cut it to 2-down through 18 when he birdied the 18th. The Spaniard's lead fell to 1-up through 21 after a bogey. Flesch squared the match with a birdie on the 23rd hole.
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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."

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    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.