Notes Comeback Falls Short Windy Start

By Associated PressSeptember 15, 2007, 4:00 pm
2007 Solheim CupHALMSTAD, Sweden -- They were five down with six holes to play.
 
Then Nicole Castrale and Cristie Kerr nearly made one of the greatest Solheim Cup comebacks, winning four of five holes down the stretch against Annika Sorenstam and Catriona Matthew on Saturday.
 
But Castrale, a rookie on the U.S. Solheim Cup team, blew her chance on the 18th. Her birdie putt from 6 feet to tie curled out and Matthew parred the hole for Europe's only foursome win of the day.
 
'I think our legs were shaking on that putt,' Matthew said. 'It was only probably 3 feet, but it seemed a very long 3 feet. If it would have been a halve, it would have been disappointing.
 
'They kept throwing birdies after us. In these (windy) conditions, there's not much you can do against birdies. They played really good golf.'
 
Matthew and Sorenstam lost their opening foursome Friday 4 and 2 to Sherri Steinhauer and Laura Diaz.
 
Sorenstam said she was not sure what got Castrale and Kerr going in their group.
 
'They started to play awesome golf,' Sorenstam said. 'It was a great match. I thought it was a lot of fun. You know, this is what it's all about. We were very happy to get a point in the end.'
 
After shooting a 2-over 74 in the third round in her own event last month in southern Sweden, Sorenstam said it was the 'toughest time she ever had on a golf course.'
 
But she's been one of the best Europeans so far at Halmstad.
 
Sorenstam has the most points in Solheim Cup history: 23 in eight events since her 1994 debut.
 
Castrale said that even though they lost, it didn't feel like it.
 
'Cristie made some awesome putts,' Castrale said. 'We knew we had to start doing it. ... It was close.'
 
DAVIES IN SWEDEN
Veteran Laura Davies, who has played in Sweden numerous times, shot a 15-under total at Halmstad to win the 1999 Chrysler Open on the Ladies' European Tour.
 
Davies, the second best points scorer in Solheim Cup history, also won the 1998 Chrysler Open and the 1999 Compaq Open on other Swedish courses.
 
The 43-year-old is the only golfer have played in every Solheim Cup since its inception in 1990.
 
STORMY WEATHER
Play was delayed for two hours Saturday morning because of winds that sent fences tumbling and made golf balls oscillate on the greens.
 
'We had debris around the greens, branches, leaves, twigs were all down there,' tournament director Andy Lott said. 'Fences were down and crossing points were moved. The big stuff was OK. We had problems with the media center and fascia boards were down, but not as much damage as we thought.'
 
When the foursomes finally began, the winds were gusting up to 40 mph.
 
'Seriously tough,' Europe's Suzann Pettersen said about the wind. 'It was actually worse hitting straight into the wind than straight down. Could be a four-club wind. You put some spin on the ball and no control.'
 
FAMOUS FACES
Doug Sanders played an exhibition at Halmstad in the early 1960s, with Gene Sarazen doing play-by-play for 'Shell's Wonderful World of Golf' series.
 
Other famous golfers who have played competitively at Halmstad -- as amateurs or pros -- include Colin Montgomerie, Jose Maria Olazabal, Jesper Parnevik, Jean van de Velde, Vijay Singh, Retief Goosen and Catherine Lacoste.
 
ROYAL VISIT
Princess Madeleine of Sweden will attend the Solheim Cup on Sunday to watch golf and collect a check for a charity organization she works for in Stockholm, the Swedish capital.
 
Her favorite sport? Not golf. The Princess likes horse jumping -- her childhood passion -- and skiing.
 
ATTENDANCE
Saturday's matches drew 33,200 fans, the biggest turnout of the week and bringing total attendance to 64,300 since Tuesday. Only 16,450 spectators came to the opening matches held Friday in cold, wet and windy weather.
 
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    Storms halt Barbasol before Lincicome tees off

    By Associated PressJuly 20, 2018, 11:29 pm

    NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - Brittany Lincicome will have to wait until the weekend to resume her bid to make the cut in a PGA Tour event.

    Overnight storms delayed the start of the second round Friday in the Barbasol Championship, and an afternoon thunderstorm suspended competition for good. The round will resume Saturday morning with much of the field still to play.

    The second stoppage at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came 20 minutes before Lincicome's scheduled tee time.

    Lincicome was near the bottom of the field after opening with a 6-over 78 on Thursday. The first LPGA player since Michelle Wie in 2008 to start a PGA Tour event, she needs a huge rebound to join Babe Zaharias (1945) as the only female players to make the cut.

    Troy Merritt had the clubhouse lead at 15 under, following an opening 62 with a 67.

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    Third-round tee times for the 147th Open

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 9:05 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Eighteen major champions made the cut at The Open and will be playing the weekend at Carnoustie, including 60-year-old ageless wonder Bernhard Langer, and both major champs so far this year, Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka.

    Twenty-four-year-old Gavin Green will be first off solo Saturday at 4:15 a.m. ET. Reed and Rhys Enoch will follow along 10 minutes later.


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    Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, both at even par for the tournament, six shots behind leaders Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner, are in consecutive groups. Mickelson is playing with Austin Cook at 8:05 a.m. and Woods is with South Africa’s Shaun Norris at 8:15 a.m.

    Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, both three shots off the lead, are also in consecutive groups. Fowler is at 10 a.m. with Thorbjorn Olesen and Spieth is 10 minutes later with Kevin Chappell. Rory McIlroy, looking to win his first major since the 2014 PGA Championship, is at 10:40 a.m. with Xander Schauffele. McIlroy is two shots behind.

    Johnson and Kisner are last off at 11 a.m.

    4:15AM ET: Gavin Green

    4:25AM ET: Rhys Enoch, Patrick Reed

    4:35AM ET: Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Justin Rose

    4:45AM ET: Yusaku Miyazato, Tyrrell Hatton

    4:55AM ET: Ross Fisher, Keegan Bradley

    5:05AM ET: Ryan Fox, Jason Dufner

    5:15AM ET: Bryson DeChambeau, Henrik Stenson

    5:25AM ET: Tom Lewis, Sam Locke (a)

    5:35AM ET: Paul Casey, Chris Wood

    5:45AM ET: Bernhard Langer, Rafa Cabrera Bello

    6:00AM ET: Paul Dunne, Brett Rumford

    6:10AM ET: Masahiro Kawamura, Shubhankar Sharma

    6:20AM ET: Cameron Smith, Brendan Steele

    6:30AM ET: Marc Leishman, Lee Westwood

    6:40AM ET: Byeong Hun An, Kevin Na

    6:50AM ET: Julian Suri, Adam Hadwin

    7:00AM ET: Gary Woodland, Si-Woo Kim

    7:10AM ET: Yuta Ikeda, Satoshi Kodaira

    7:20AM ET: Marcus Kinhult, Thomas Pieters

    7:30AM ET: Beau Hossler, Haotong Li

    7:45AM ET: Cameron Davis, Sean Crocker

    7:55AM ET: Louis Oosthuizen, Stewart Cink

    8:05AM ET: Phil Mickeslon, Austin Cook

    8:15AM ET: Tiger Woods, Shaun Norris

    8:25AM ET: Lucas Herbert, Michael Kim

    8:35AM ET: Jason Day, Francesco Molinari

    8:45AM ET: Sung Kang, Webb Simpson

    8:55AM ET: Patrick Cantlay, Eddie Pepperell

    9:05AM ET: Matthew Southgate, Brooks Koepka

    9:15AM ET: Kyle Stanley, Adam Scott

    9:30AM ET: Charley Hoffman, Alex Noren

    9:40AM ET: Ryan Moore, Brandon Stone

    9:50AM ET: Luke List, Danny Willett

    10:00AM ET: Thorbjorn Olesen, Rickie Fowler

    10:10AM ET: Jordan Spieth, Kevin Chappell

    10:20AM ET: Zander Lombard, Tony Finau

    10:30AM ET: Matt Kuchar, Erik Van Rooyen

    10:40AM ET: Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele

    10:50AM ET: Pat Perez, Tommy Fleetwood

    11:00AM ET: Kevin Kisner, Zach Johnson

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    Facial hair Fowler's new good-luck charm

    By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 8:12 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Before, during and after the Fourth of July, Rickie Fowler missed a few appointments with his razor.

    He arrived in the United Kingdom for last week’s Scottish Open still unshaved and he tied for sixth place. Fowler, like most golfers, can give in to superstition, so he's decided to keep the caveman look going for this week’s Open Championship.

    “There could be some variations,” he smiled following his round on Friday at Carnoustie.


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    At this rate, he may never shave again. Fowler followed an opening 70 with a 69 on Friday to move into a tie for 11th place, just three strokes off the lead.

    Fowler also has some friendly competition in the beard department, with his roommate this week Justin Thomas also going for the rugged look.

    “I think he kind of followed my lead in a way. I think he ended up at home, and he had a little bit of scruff going. It's just fun,” Fowler said. “We mess around with it. Obviously, not taking it too seriously. But like I said, ended up playing halfway decent last week, so I couldn't really shave it off going into this week.”

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    Spieth (67) rebounds from tough Round 1 finish

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 7:55 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Guess whose putter is starting to heat up again at a major?

    Even with a few wayward shots Friday at Carnoustie, Jordan Spieth made a significant climb up the leaderboard in the second round, firing a 4-under 67 to move just three shots off the lead.

    Spieth showed his trademark grit in bouncing back from a rough finish Thursday, when he mis-clubbed on the 15th hole, leading to a double bogey, and ended up playing the last four holes in 4 over.

    “I don’t know if I actually regrouped,” he said. “It more kind of fires me up a little.”


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    Spieth missed more than half of his fairways in the second round, but he was able to play his approach shots from the proper side of the hole. Sure, he “stole a few,” particularly with unlikely birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 after errant drives, but he took advantage and put himself in position to defend his claret jug.

    Spieth needed only 25 putts in the second round, and he credited a post-round adjustment Thursday for the improvement. The tweak allows his arms to do more of the work in his stroke, and he said he felt more confident on the greens.

    “It’s come a long way in the last few months, no doubt,” he said.

    More than anything, Spieth was relieved not to have to play “cut-line golf” on Friday, like he’s done each start since his spirited run at the Masters.

    “I know that my swing isn’t exactly where I want it to be; it’s nowhere near where it was at Birkdale,” he said. “But the short game is on point, and the swing is working in the right direction to get the confidence back.”