Lehman Trusts Young Americans

By Associated PressJuly 5, 2006, 4:00 pm
36th Ryder Cup MatchesSTRAFFAN, Ireland -- U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Lehman has no problem going into September's match against Europe with half his team inexperienced in international play.
 
He believes the zeal of players like Zach Johnson, Vaughn Taylor, J.J. Henry, Brett Wetterich and Lucas Glover can carry the Americans after their 18 1/2 -9 1/2 loss to the Europeans at Oakland Hills in 2004. The five are all in the top 10 of the Ryder Cup points standings.
 
'You know, the young guys are really hungry. They are really motivated to be part of this team,' Lehman said. 'You can't replace the attitude of guys who have a bit of a competitive chip on their shoulder. They have something to prove. That's a great way to play golf. They have this bit of an edge to them. I like that.'
 
Lehman was responding to comments the previous day by Europe captain Ian Woosnam, who suggested inexperience might hurt the United States. He also said he was upset with criticism at home that American players are pampered -- traveling to tournaments in private planes -- and play well only in warm weather with no wind.
 
'People say they don't have heart,' he said. 'To me, it's so far from the truth.'
 
Still, Lehman acknowledges that the Europeans will be favorites Sept. 22 on the Palmer Course in Straffan.
 
'I'd say we're underdogs, no question. We've gotten thumped quite regularly over the last decade and I think right now there are more Europeans in the world ranking top 25 than Americans. But I think being the underdogs is good. I have no problem with that.'
 
After all, the U.S. does have Tiger Woods. And last year at the Presidents Cup, Lehman saw how well Woods played with Jim Furyk. At Oakland Hills, Woods and Phil Mickelson were paired, and both lost their matches on opening day.
 
'Now I can start with Furyk and Tiger,' Lehman said. 'That seems to be a strong option.'
 
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    By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 19, 2018, 6:00 am

    Brooks Koepka wants a 2-for-1 at the CJ Cup. If he can collect his second non-major PGA Tour victory he can become world No. 1 for the first time in his career.

    He’s in great position to accomplish his goal.

    Koepka eagled the par-5 18th en route to a 7-under 65 in the second round at Nine Bridges in Juju Island, South Korea. At 8 under par, he is one back of 36-hole leader Scott Piercy (65).

    Koepka, currently ranked third in the world, began the day three shots off the lead, but rapidly ascended the leaderboard. He birdied four of his first eight holes before finding trouble at the ninth. Koepka hooked his tee shot out of bounds, but the ninth is a par 5 and he was able to salvage bogey.


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    That was his only dropped shot of the day.

    The reigning Tour Player of the Year birdied the 12th and 14th holes in his bid to keep pace with Piercy. Koepka was two back as he played his final hole, where he knocked his second shot to 10 feet. He deftly converted the eagle effort to tie Piercy and earn a spot in Saturday’s final twosome. Piercy later pulled a shot ahead with a birdie at the ninth, his final hole of the day.

    Koepka has officially won four PGA Tour events, but three of those are majors (2017, ’18 U.S. Open; 2018 PGA). His lone non-major win was the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open.

    He can still reach world No. 1 with a solo second place, assuming Justin Thomas, currently world No. 4, doesn’t win this week.

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    Thomas also eagled the 18th hole to go from 1 over to 1 under. He shot 2-under 70 in the second round and is seven shots off the lead.

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    “Go in,” he immediately said.

    “Please go in,” he added.



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    By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 19, 2018, 4:53 am

    Jason Dufner makes Ben Stein seem like Jonathan Winters. Dufner often looks mighty miserable for someone who plays golf for a living.

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    Dufner made a 20-footer for birdie at the 16th hole and “celebrated” with one-two-three-(pause)-four-five-six fist pumps. There could have been more, but the camera cut away.



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    Watch: Paul C-ace-y makes hole-in-one at CJ Cup

    By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 19, 2018, 2:35 am

    Par-par-par-par-par-par. It was a boring second round over the first six holes for Paul Casey at the CJ Cup.

    And then he aced the par-3 seventh.



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    Hey, it's a no-cut event and a guaranteed paycheck. Drinks on Casey!