Untied States Great Britain and Ireland set for Curtis Cup

By Associated PressJune 11, 2010, 2:02 am

MANCHESTER-BY-THE-SEA, Mass. – The Curtis Cup is home this weekend, and that is expected to make the United States even tougher to beat.

The 36th biennial competition between teams of eight amateur female golfers from the United States and Great Britian and Ireland will be held at Essex County Club. The Americans are riding a six-match winning streak and won it 26 times.

Essex County Club also happens to be the home course of sisters Harriot and Margaret Curtis, who established the competition in 1932. The competition was also held at the club in 1938.

The three-day event begins on Friday with three foursome matches in the morning and three more four-ball matches in the afternoon and concludes on Sunday with eight singles matches.

Both squads are young, a sign of the times as golfers are turning professional at younger ages. Each squad has only one competition veteran – 18-year-old Kimberly Kim for the U.S., and 18-year-old Sally Watson for GB&I.

U.S. captain Noreen Mohler, a member of the victorious 1978 Curtis Cup team, said she has ingrained into her players the history of the event and the significance of where it is being played in an effort to keep them focused.

“I don’t want to be the captain who ends the streak,” she said.

The U.S. team is led by Jennifer Song, the second female to win two USGA titles in the same year when she claimed the U.S. Women’s Amateur and U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links titles in 2009. Another standout is 16-year-old Alexis Thompson, the winner of the 2008 U.S. Girls’ Junior Amateur and the youngest player to qualify for the U.S. Women’s Open. She qualified for the national championship at age 12 in 2007.

Song and Thompson are expected to turn pro in the near future. Both said they are completely focused on the Curtis Cup.

“All we’re thinking about is kicking some butts out there,” Song said.

Rounding out the U.S. team are: Cydney Clanton, Jennifer Johnson, Stephanie Kono, Jessica Korda, and Tiffany Lua.

Great Britain and Ireland captain Mary McKenna competed in the Curtis Cup nine times from 1970 to 1986. She remembers meeting Curtis Cup co-founder Harriot Curtis in 1970, when the competition was held at Brae Burn Country Club in Newton.

“The Curtis Cup is all about the friendships you make and you have forever,” McKenna said.

McKenna believes the format favors her squad.

“The match play makes it wide open,” she said.

Mohler and McKenna announced their pairings for Friday morning’s opening foursomes: Watson and Rachel Jennings will take on Song and Johnson; GB&I’s Hannah Barwood and Holly Clyburn will meet Thompson and Korda; and GB&I’s oldest player, 22-year-old Danielle McVeigh and Leona Maguire, at 15 the youngest, will take on Clanton and Kono. Leona Maguire’s twin sister, Lisa, is also a member of the GB&I team.

Essex County Club was designed by Donald Ross and, according to the Europeans, reminds them of some of their home courses.

Past Curtis Cup players include such notables as Dottie Pepper, Beth Daniel, Julie Inkster, Cristie Kerr, Paula Creamer and Michelle Wie.

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Rose leads Koepka, Grillo by four at Colonial

By Nick MentaMay 26, 2018, 9:06 pm

On the strength of a 4-under 66 Saturday, Justin Rose will take an four-shot lead over Brooks Koepka and Emiliano Grillo into the final round of the Fort Worth Invitational. Here's where things stand through 54 holes at Colonial Country Club.

Leaderboard: Rose (-14), Koepka (-10), Grillo (-10), Corey Conners (-8), Jon Rahm (-8), Louis Oosthuizen (-8), J.T. Poston (-8), Ryan Armour (-8)

What it means: The fifth-ranked player in the world is 18 holes from his ninth PGA Tour victory and his second this season. Up once to start the third round, Rose extended his lead to as much as five with birdies on four of his first six holes. Through 54 holes, Rose has made XX birdies and just XX bogeys. The 2013 U.S. Open winner and 2016 Olympic gold medalist has a history of winning at iconic venues - Muirfield Village, Aronimink, Cog Hill, Doral, Merion and Congressional - and now looks to add Colonial to the list. He'll be chased on Sunday by Grillo, the young Argentianian who won his first Tour start as a member in 2015, and Koepka, last year's U.S. Open winner who continues to impress in his injury comeback despite ongoing wrist issues.  

Round of the day: Corey Conners and Ted Potter both turned in 8-under 63. Potter was bogey-free and Conners came home in 6-under 29 on the back nine.

Best of the rest: Jon Rahm, Louis Oosthuizen, Brian Harman, and Michael Thompson all signed for 64. Rahm called his six-birdie start the best 10 holes he's played so far this year. 

Biggest disappointment: Jordan Spieth has finished second-first-second in the last three years at this event, but he's yet to find his normal Colonial form through three rounds. Spieth, who said Friday he was capable of shooting "10 or 12 under" over the weekend, shot even-par 70 Saturday. He sits in T-38 at 3 under for the week, 11 back.

Shot of the day: Rory Sabbatini closed out his third round Saturday with this eagle holeout from 134 yards at the 18th. 

His colorful scorecard featured three bogeys, two birdies, a double bogey and that eagle. It added up to a 1-over 71. 

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McCarron closes with only bogey, shares lead

By Associated PressMay 26, 2018, 8:49 pm

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. - Scott McCarron, seeking a second senior major title to go with his 2017 Senior Players Championship, made his only bogey of the third round on the final hole to slip into a tie for the lead Saturday with Tim Petrovic in the Senior PGA Championship.

They were at 13 under par after Petrovic, seeking his first major, shot 65. McCarron has shared the lead through three rounds.

England's Paul Broadhurst, the 2016 British Senior Open winner, matched the best third-round score in tournament history with a 64. He was at 11 under.

Miguel Angel Jimenez, coming off his first major championship last week at the Regions Tradition, shot 65 and was 9 under.

Tom Byrum, who made a hole-in-one in shooting a 67, was in a group at 8 under.

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Watch: Rose one-arms approach, makes birdie

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 26, 2018, 7:25 pm

Justin Rose appears to have taken a course in Hideki Matsuyama-ing.

Already 3 under on his round through five thanks to a birdie-birdie-birdie start, Rose played this approach from 143 yards at the par-4 sixth.

That one-armed approach set up a 6-foot birdie putt he rolled in to move to 4 under on his round and 14 under for the week, five clear of the field.

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McIlroy battles back into tie for BMW PGA lead

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 26, 2018, 4:09 pm

Rory McIlroy got off to a rocky start on Saturday in the third round of the BMW PGA Championship, including hitting a spectator and making a double bogey. But after that incident on the sixth hole, he didn't drop another shot, birdieing the final hole to shoot a 1-under 71 and tie for the lead.

McIlroy had gone into Moving Day with a three-shot lead, but Francesco Molinari had the round of the day, a 6-under 66. "It was nice keep a clean scorecard," said Molinari, who hasn't made a bogey since the 10th hole on Friday.

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McIlroy and Molinari will be paired in Sunday's final round. They are tied at 13 under par, four shots clear of Ross Fisher, Branden Grace, Sam Horsfield and Alexander Noren.

The Wentworth course ends with back-to-back par-5s, and McIlroy birdied both of them. He got a break on the 18th hole as his drive hit a spectator and bounced into light rough.

"It was a struggle out there today," McIlroy said. "I think when you're working on a few things in your swing and the wind is up and you're stuck between trying to play different shots, but also try to play - you know, make good swings at it, I just hit some loose tee balls on the first few holes. But I'm proud of myself. I stayed patient. I actually - I'm feeling a bit better about myself after today than I was even walking off the course yesterday."