Notes US World Cup Team Formed
Cink and Henry will represent the United States on Dec. 7-10, the sixth different team the Americans have used. They will be among 24 two-man teams playing at the Country Club Course in what might be the final World Cup.
Six other players who competed in the Ryder Cup will play -- Luke Donald and David Howell of England, Padraig Harrington and Paul McGinley of Ireland, Colin Montgomerie (and Marc Warren) of Scotland, and Henrik Stenson (and Carl Pettersson) of Sweden.
There was speculation Tiger Woods might play because he is close friends with the owners of Sandy Lane, and they let him use the posh resort to get married two years ago. Woods has not played in the World Cup since he and David Duval lost in a playoff in Japan in 2001.
The caddie for Phil Mickelson saw this coming.
Mickelson and David Howell were paired together in the third round of the Memorial this year when everything went wrong for the Englishman, from shots landing underneath trees to taking wicked hops in to the bunker. Howell shot 83 that day.
In the middle of the carnage, Mickelson's caddie shook his head in disbelief. Anything that could so wrong went worse.
One reporter noted that he had never seen so many bad breaks.
'Yeah, but just watch,' Jim 'Bones' Mackay said with a laugh. 'He'll make everything at the Ryder Cup.'
Howell played Brett Wetterich in singles at the Ryder Cup and finished with four straight birdies for a 5-and-4 victory.
LPGA ROOKIE AWARD
The LPGA Tour's player of the year got even tighter when Karrie Webb won the Longs Drugs Challenge for her fourth victory of the year, one of those a major.
The rookie-of-the-year race is over, and it wasn't one of the young Americans who got all the hype at the start of the year.
Seon-Hwa Lee tied for 39th at the Longs Drugs Challenge, giving the 20-year-old from South Korea enough points to clinch the award. She is the fifth player from South Korea in the last nine years to win the award.
Lee earned her LPGA card by finishing atop the Futures Tour money list last year.
Anthony Kim left the Oklahoma Sooners early to turn pro, and he can't argue with the immediate results.
Using his first sponsor's exemption at the Texas Open -- and with help from a seasoned caddie -- Kim closed with a 65 to tie for second and earned nearly $300,000. In also got him a spot in the Southern Farm Bureau Classic.
'I feel if I play well, I can play with anybody,' Kim said. 'My problem was maybe my course management wasn't where it needed to be, and with an experienced guy like 'Bambi' on the bag, it was a lot easier to play golf.'
'Bambi' would be Ron Levin, the caddie for Todd Hamilton. The former British Open champion took the week off, so Levin helped navigate Kim around the LaCantera course in San Antonio.
Ireland hasn't seen the last of match play. The European Tour is taking the Seve Trophy to the Heritage Golf & Spa Resort, about 30 miles away from The K Club, in 2007 and 2009. The Seve Trophy is matches between Great Britain & Ireland and continental Europe. ... Perhaps the most biting comment at the Ryder Cup came on Sunday, when Sergio Garcia said Europe's victory hopefully would end questions whether the Nationwide Tour was the second-best tour in golf. 'Behind Europe,' Luke Donald added. ... Eric Axley's victory in the Texas Open was the eighth by a left-hander on the PGA Tour. ... Davis Love III pulled out of the American Express Championship to spend time with his family after two high school friends of his daughter were involved in a car accident Sunday night.
STAT OF THE WEEK
Stuart Appleby is the only player to compete in every World Golf Championship that counts toward official money since they began in 1999.
'Second-guessing is a waste of time.' Tom Lehman, after his U.S. team was beaten 18 1/2 -9 1/2 at the Ryder Cup.
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Storms halt Barbasol before Lincicome tees off
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.
Third-round tee times for the 147th Open
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.
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
Facial hair Fowler's new good-luck charm
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.
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.”
Spieth (67) rebounds from tough Round 1 finish
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.”
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.”