Match-by-match results from 41st Ryder Cup

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 2, 2016, 9:45 pm

The U.S. dominated singles on Sunday and earned its first Ryder Cup victory since 2008, defeating Europe, 17-11. Here's how the foursomes matches played out:

Overall: U.S. 17, Europe 11

Day 3 singles
U.S. 7 ½, Europe 4 ½

Patrick Reed (U.S.) def. Rory McIlroy, 1 up
This was perhaps the greatest singles match in the history of the Ryder Cup through eight holes where they were trading blows like prized fighters. But it fizzled a little and both were clearly weary near the end. A Reed birdie on the par-5 16th hole was the final dagger.

Henrik Stenson (E) def. Jordan Spieth, 3 and 2
This match lived up to the hype but was overshadowed by the one ahead between McIlroy and Reed. A costly bogey for Spieth on the 13th hole put him 2 down, a margin that was too big to overcome against the man who has played as well as anyone in the world this summer.

Thomas Pieters (E) def. J.B. Holmes, 3 and 2
Pieters was sensational from beginning to end. On this day he collected seven birdies and completely overpowered a powerful Holmes. The victory gave the European rookie a 4-1 record. This won’t be the last time we see Pieters on a European Ryder Cup team.

Rickie Fowler (U.S.) def. Justin Rose, 1 up
Rose looked tired. Really tired. This was his fifth match of the week and he lacked firepower. Fowler should’ve won easier than he did but neither player had more than a 1-up advantage at any point in the match. Fowler called it a “pillow fight.” Sums it up.

Rafa Cabrera Bello (E) def. Jimmy Walker, 3 and 2
Another good match that no one was paying any attention to because others were higher profile. Both players had six birdies but Walker was too wayward at times and made four bogeys. Cabrera Bello didn’t lose a match all week, going 2-0-1.

Phil Mickelson (U.S.) vs. Sergio Garcia, halved
All the focus was on Reed-McIlroy early, but this may be the best complete singles match in Ryder Cup history. The two combined for 19 (yes, 19!) birdies. Garcia birdied the last four holes and Mickelson birdied four of the last five. A fitting result, although halves, in general, stink.

Ryan Moore (U.S.) def. Lee Westwood, 1 up
This match clinched the Ryder Cup for the Americans. Westwood was 2 up with three holes to play but Moore won all three holes to win the match. It wrapped up an abysmal week for Westwood (0-3) and continues a remarkable two-week stretch for Moore (2-1).

Brandt Snedeker (U.S.) def. Andy Sullivan, 3 and 1
Snedeker was the only undefeated American (3-0) and putted lights out all week. He was emotionally charged and delivered with key shot after key shot. Sullivan was scrappy but two bogeys in the last four holes cost him dearly. He ended the week 0-2 but played better than that indicates.

Dustin Johnson (U.S.) def. Chris Wood, 1 up
Surprisingly, this was close. DJ never had more than a 2-up advantage, but he did make seven birdies. Wood got off to a hot start but couldn’t sustain that momentum. The cup was already decided over the last couple holes so this result didn’t matter.

Brooks Koepka (U.S.) def. Danny Willett, 5 and 4
Believe it or not, this match was actually close through eight holes. But from that point forward Willett made two bogeys and Koepka collected two birdies. It got out of hand quick. Koepka shined in his first Ryder Cup, Willett went 0-3 and never found form.

Martin Kaymer (E) def. Matt Kuchar, 1up
This match was the last one on the course and was inconsequential. Kaymer won the 15th hole with a birdie to go 1 up and they halved the final three holes. Kaymer didn’t play well at all this week and collected his first and only point here against Kuchar.

Zach Johnson (U.S.) def. Matthew Fitzpatrick, 4 and 3
This was an ugly match and, thankfully, one that not many watched. If it would have come down to this one Europe was always going to be in trouble. Johnson only made three birdies on a day when birdies were flying everywhere. Fitzpatrick was overwhelmed and made four bogeys.


Day 2 fourballs
U.S. 3, Europe 1

Rory McIlroy-Thomas Pieters (E) def. Brooks Koepka-Dustin Johnson, 3 and 1
McIlroy and Pieters moved their record to 3-0 together this week. This one was billed as a heavyweight bout with all four players among the longest hitters in golf. It was great but Europe had more firepower. Pieters was 7 under and McIlroy was 4 under. They were sensational.

J.B. Holmes-Ryan Moore (U.S.) def. Danny Willett-Lee Westwood, 1 up
Neither team had more than a 1-up advantage all day and it was pretty decent golf considering that it got lost in the shuffle of the other higher-profile matches. Westwood played well through 10 holes but missed two crucial, short putts late in devastating fashion. Holmes made seven birdies.

Phil Mickelson-Matt Kuchar (U.S.) def. Martin Kaymer-Sergio Garcia, 2 and 1
Have to hand it to Mickelson. He went two matches this day. After getting smoked in the morning he was remarkable down the stretch and birdied three of the last four holes to close it out. It was Kuchar early, Mickelson late. Garcia was essentially fighting alone as Kaymer continued to be out of sorts.

Jordan Spieth-Patrick Reed (U.S.) def. Justin Rose-Henrik Stenson, 2 and 1
Oddly, Spieth and Rose were afterthoughts in this match. Stenson played great but Reed was otherworldly. Honestly, this had to be the best Reed has ever played. He drained putts all over the lot, holed out for eagle on the sixth hole and did everything he needed to do. It was an amazing performance.


Day 2 foursomes
Europe 2 ½, U.S. 1 ½

Rory McIlroy-Thomas Pieters (E) def. Rickie Fowler-Phil Mickelson, 4 and 2
Europe was 3 up after seven holes and Mickelson drained a long par putt on No. 8 to keep it from going to 4. The Americans then won the next two holes to pull close. But McIlroy and Pieters were both animals throughout and there was no way they were going to be denied.

Brandt Snedeker-Brooks Koepka (U.S.) def. Henrik Stenson-Matthew Fitzpatrick, 3 and 2
Match was close all along and was all square on the 13th tee. But Snedeker and Koepka both made incredible putts over the next three holes and put it out of reach. After Reed-Spieth, surprisingly, this has been the second-best U.S. duo.

Justin Rose-Chris Wood (E) def. Jimmy Walker-Zach Johnson, 1 up
This one was way closer than it should’ve been. Europe was 3 up after 13 and then played tight and sloppy. It went to the last hole but Johnson hit his approach over the back of the green on a hole the Americans had to win for any hopes of a halve.

Jordan Spieth-Patrick Reed (U.S.) vs. Sergio Garcia-Rafa Cabrera Bello, halve
Biggest shocker of the week. Hands down. Not because it ended up as a halve, but because of how it happened. The U.S. was 6 under through 12 holes and 4 up at that point. But they bogeyed three consecutive holes (Nos. 13-15) and squandered all momentum. Huge, huge momentum swing. Felt like a victory for Europe.


Day 1 fourballs
Europe 3, U.S. 1

Henrik Stenson-Justin Rose (E) def. Jordan Spieth-Patrick Reed, 5 and 4
The Americans made six birdies and got absolutely smoked. Stenson made five birdies and Rose made four to avenge a morning foursomes loss to the same U.S. team. Set the tone for Europe in the afternoon.

Sergio Garcia-Rafa Cabrera Bello (E) def. J.B. Holmes-Ryan Moore, 3 and 2
How do you know it’s the Ryder Cup? Because Sergio Garcia makes important putts. The all-Spanish duo combined for seven birdies and easily won. Holmes was out of sorts and Moore held his own but couldn’t do it alone.

Brandt Snedeker-Brooks Koepka (U.S.) def. Martin Kaymer-Danny Willett, 5 and 4
Seven total birdies for the Americans helped produce the rout. Willett made only two birdies but Kaymer played horribly. The two-time major champ recorded a score for his team only three times in 14 holes.

Rory McIlroy-Thomas Pieters (E) def. Dustin Johnson-Matt Kuchar, 3 and 2
McIlroy played with his second different rookie of the day. This one was closer than it should’ve been. Europe was 4 up after 13 but the U.S. won the next two holes when Europe tightened up. Ultimately the hot start (five birdies in the first seven holes) was the difference.


Day 1 foursomes
U.S. 4, Europe 0 

Jordan Spieth-Patrick Reed (U.S.) def. Henrik Stenson-Justin Rose, 3 and 2
The best U.S. team was just too much to handle and made five birdies including one from 20 feet on the 16th hole to end the match. Both Spieth and Reed were spectacular. Europe only made one birdie.

Phil Mickelson-Rickie Fowler (U.S.) def. Rory McIlroy-Andy Sullivan, 1 up
Americans were 2 down after six holes and 2 down after 14 holes. But they somehow won the next three holes to secure the match. There was tons of pressure on Mickelson and this was Fowler’s first outright win in the Ryder Cup.

Jimmy Walker-Zach Johnson (U.S.) def. Sergio Garcia-Martin Kaymer, 4 and 2
Walker made a key par save on 12 to get the match to even, then the Americans won the next four holes in a row. Europe only made two birdies in a match where they were heavily favored.

Dustin Johnson-Matt Kuchar (U.S.) def. Lee Westwood-Thomas Pieters, 5 and 4
Europe was horrid with bogeys on the first two holes and a double bogey on the seventh. Europe didn’t hit a fairway in the first nine holes. Pieters was overwhelmed. Westwood was mediocre.

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Golf Channel Ramps Up Six Weeks of Comprehensive College Golf Coverage Culminating With The NCAA Women's and Men's Golf Championships, May 18-30

By Golf Channel Public RelationsApril 24, 2018, 9:00 pm

Golf Channel to Announce NCAA Division I Women’s and Men’s Golf Championships Regional Selections on Wednesday, April 25 and Wednesday, May 2

 Golf Channel to Expand Coverage of NCAA Women’s and Men’s Regional Championships  

Driven: Oklahoma State Cowboys, a Four-Part Docu-Series Executive Produced by Rickie Fowler, Premieres on Golf Channel Monday, May 7

 More than 100 News and Tournament Hours Planned for Women’s and Men’s Championships, Back-to-Back Weeks at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla.

 

ORLANDO, Fla., April 24, 2018 – With conference championships underway, golf fans will be able to follow their favorite college golf programs and alma maters as they attempt to qualify and compete in the 2018 NCAA Division I Women’s and Men’s Golf Championships in May at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla., as Golf Channel expands its comprehensive on-air and digital collegiate golf coverage the next six weeks.

“Through our new long-term partnership, the NCAA and Golf Channel are successfully raising the profile of college golf by shining a spotlight on the game’s future stars and the passion these programs have in competing for national championships,” said Molly Solomon, Golf Channel executive vice president of content and executive producer. “With our expanded coverage of the regional championships and partnering with OSU alum Rickie Fowler for Driven, our viewers will be treated to the most college golf coverage in network history leading into the NCAA Golf National Championships.”

REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS SELECTION ANNOUNCEMENTS: On Wednesday, April 25 at 5:30 p.m. ET (women) and continuing Wednesday, May 2 at 5:30 p.m. ET (men), Golf Channel will announce the teams and individuals selected by the NCAA to participate in the women’s and men’s regional championships, the first step on the road to the NCAA Golf Championships. Live streaming coverage of selection shows will be available through the Golf Channel Mobile App or GolfChannel.com, and Golf Channel will aggregate social content for the shows using the hashtag #NCAAGolf. 

  • Women’s Golf Championships Regional Selections, Wednesday, April 25, 5:30 p.m. ET: Golf Central will announce (live) the 72 teams and24 individuals selected to compete in the four NCAA Women’s Regional Championships, May 7-9 (18 teams and six individuals per regional). 24 teams and 12 individuals will advance from regional sites to the national championships.
  • Men’s Golf Championships Regional Selections, Wednesday, May 2, 5:30 p.m. ET: Golf Central will announce the 81 teams and 45 individuals selected to compete in the six NCAA Men’s Regional Championships, May 14-16 (13 teams and 10 individuals at three regionals and 14 teams and five individuals at three regionals). 30 teams and six individuals will advance from regional sites to the national championships.

GOLF CHANNEL TO EXPAND REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS COVERAGE: New for 2018, Golf Channel will feature expanded coverage of the final day of the NCAA women’s and men’s regional championships, Wednesday May 9 and Wednesday, May 16, respectively. Beginning within Morning Drive, Golf Channel’s daily lifestyle news show, and continuing hourly throughout the day via live Golf Central news updates from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. ET that will be published to Golf Channel Digital and Golf Channel’s social media handles. Coverage will conclude with live news segments, featuring highlights and interviews, announcing the teams and individuals who qualified for the women’s and men’s national championships.

RICKIE FOWLER AND NBC SPORTS COLLABORATE ON FOUR-PART DOCU-SERIES DRIVEN: OKLAHOMA STATE COWBOYS: NBC Sports Group is teaming up with PGA TOUR superstar Rickie Fowler to give viewers a dramatic behind-the-scenes look into Fowler’s alma mater in a four-part documentary series – Driven: Oklahoma State Cowboys. Driven, executive produced by Fowler, will premiere Monday, May 7 at 10 p.m. ET and continue Monday, May 14 (10 p.m. ET) and Monday, May 21 (8 p.m. ET). The finale will air on NBC on Saturday, June 16, recapping their season that culminates with a run at a potential 11th national championship, taking place on their home turf.

NCAA GOLF NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS COVERAGE: Contested in back-to-back weeks, May 18-30 at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla., Golf Channel will dedicate its full suite of production resources to the NCAA Women’s and Men’s Golf Championships, featuring nearly 30 combined hours of live tournament coverage. In addition, Golf Central will feature nearly 30 hours of combined pre-and post-event live news coverage produced on location, as well as daily news updates on Morning Drive and Golf Channel Digital.                                             

Golf Channel NCAA Women’s Golf Championships Coverage

Monday, May   21       

Individual National   Championship  

4-8 p.m. ET (Live)

Tuesday, May   22          

Quarterfinals, Team   Match Play  

11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. ET   (Live)

Tuesday, May   22                 

Semifinals, Team Match   Play 

4-8 p.m. ET (Live)

Wednesday, May   23            

Team National   Championship  

4-8 p.m. ET (Live)

 

Golf Channel NCAA Men’s Golf Championships Coverage

Monday, May   28      

Individual National   Championship  

4-8 p.m. ET (Live)

Tuesday, May   29          

Quarterfinals, Team   Match Play  

11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. ET   (Live)

Tuesday, May   29                 

Semifinals, Team Match   Play 

4-8 p.m. ET (Live)

Wednesday, May   30            

Team National   Championship  

4-8 p.m. ET (Live)

 

COLLEGE CENTRAL – GOLF CHANNEL DIGITAL COVERAGE: Golf Channel is providing comprehensive coverage leading up to and during the NCAA Women’s and Men’s Golf Championships as part of College Central,Golf Channel Digital’s home for college golf. Led by Jay Coffin, Ryan Lavner and Steve Burkowski, College Central will be the source for all things college golf, including tournament results and scores, features and columns, video highlights and breaking news.

CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS NEWS COVERAGE: Golf Channel will cover the conference championships with scores and analysis across its on-air news platforms - Morning Drive and Golf Central – and online within College Central.

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With help from partner, Burns could secure Tour status

By Ryan LavnerApril 24, 2018, 8:33 pm

AVONDALE, La. – This week Sam Burns has yet another chance to secure special temporary membership for the rest of the PGA Tour season, but his partner may determine whether he’s ultimately successful.

In an interesting twist, Burns is burning one of his seven available sponsor exemptions this week at the Zurich Classic. He is 80 non-member points shy of securing special temporary membership, which would allow him to receive unlimited sponsor exemptions for the rest of the season.

Burns needs at least a two-way tie for fourth to earn the necessary points, but it won’t all depend on how he plays this week. The Zurich is a two-man game, with two rounds apiece of fourballs and alternate shot.

Burns' partner this week is William McGirt. Their games couldn’t be more different – Burns ranks eighth on Tour in driving distance, at 309 yards per pop, while McGirt is 143rd (290) – but they hope to compliment each other over four days at TPC Louisiana.


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“I got a good pair of spurs sharpened up last week while I was in San Antonio,” joked McGirt, who is looking for his first top-10 since the fall. “I told him I was going to ride him hard this week. It’ll be fun.”

Burns will have at least two (and maybe three) more opportunities to earn status, with starts lined up next week at the Wells Fargo Championship and also at the Memorial. He doesn’t face quite as much pressure because he won earlier this month on the Web.com Tour and currently sits fourth on the money list, essentially locking up his PGA Tour card for next season.

“It’s obviously nice to have that win,” he said, “but at the same time you have to be careful and make sure you play enough out there to where you’re secure for sure. You don’t want to get at the end of the year and then have two or three events left and you have to make a certain amount of money to get your card.

“So I’m just going step by step, tournament by tournament, and trying to figure out what’s the best route.”   

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Spieth-Palmer draw Rahm-Bryan early at Zurich

By Golf Channel DigitalApril 24, 2018, 7:49 pm

AVONDALE, La. – The PGA Tour’s only team event gets underway Thursday at the Zurich Classic. Here are some featured groups to watch at TPC Louisiana.

Justin Thomas-Bud Cauley/Daniel Berger-Gary Woodland: 8:39 a.m. ET Thursday off 10 tee, 2:08 p.m. Friday off 1: 

The Bama boys, Thomas and Cauley, team up for the second consecutive year, after tying for fifth a year ago on the strength of a final-round 61. Berger teamed with Thomas Pieters a year ago but missed the cut, so he’ll try his luck with Woodland, who also shares a management team at Excel Sports.

Jordan Spieth-Ryan Palmer/Jon Rahm-Wesley Bryan: 8:52 a.m. Thursday off 10, 2:19 p.m. Friday off 1: 

Spieth and Palmer finished fourth a year ago, five shots back of the leaders. Spieth is making his first start since his epic Sunday run at the Masters. Rahm and Bryan have opposite strengths – Rahm is one of the game’s preeminent drivers, while Bryan, statistically, is one of the worst – but the Spaniard is coming off a European Tour victory at home. Another wrinkle here: Even though no world-ranking points are on offer this week, Rahm is set to supplant Spieth as the third-ranked player in the world.

Jason Day-Ryan Ruffels/Brooks Koepka-Marc Turnesa: 1:31 p.m. Thursday off 1, 9:42 a.m. Friday off 10: 

Two stars with questionable sidekicks. Ruffels is an up-and-coming Australian who has been playing primarily in Latin America. (He also shares a manager with Day.) Turnesa, meanwhile, got the call late last week from Koepka, who is finally ready to return from a 15-week layoff because of a wrist injury. They both play out of Medalist in South Florida, but Turnesa, 40, has turned his attention to real estate instead of professional golf.

Patrick Reed-Patrick Cantlay/Jonas Blixt-Cameron Smith: 1:44 p.m. Thursday off 1, 9:53 a.m. Friday off 10: 

Reed makes his first start as Masters champion after taking off the past two weeks. This duo tied for 14th last year, undone by a Saturday 75 in foursomes play. Blixt and Smith are the defending champions, after shooting 27 under par last year and holding off Kevin Kisner and Scott Brown in a playoff. Blixt doesn’t have a top-10 on Tour since then, while Smith tied for fifth at the Match Play and the Masters.

Justin Rose-Henrik Stenson/Bubba Watson-Matt Kuchar: 1:57 p.m. Thursday off 1, 10:04 a.m. Friday off 10:

Rose and Stenson, who have proved to be a formidable pairing in the Ryder Cup, were a stunning missed cut last year, after shooting 6 under par for two rounds. Watson teamed up with J.B. Holmes to finish fifth last year, while Kuchar is making his first start in this event since 2009.

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Zurich Classic: Tee times, TV schedule, stats

By Golf Channel DigitalApril 24, 2018, 7:09 pm

The PGA Tour tries team competition for the second year in a row at the Zurich Classic. Here are the key stats and information for play at TPC LouisianaClick here for full-field tee times.

How to watch:

Thursday, Rd. 1: Golf Channel, 2:30-6:30PM ET; live stream: https://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream

Friday, Rd. 2: Golf Channel, 2:30-6:30PM ET; live stream: https://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream

Saturday, Rd. 3: Golf Channel, 1-2:45PM ET; live stream: https://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream; CBS, 3-6 p.m.

Sunday, Rd. 4: Golf Channel, 1-2:45PM ET; live stream: https://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream; CBS, 3-6 p.m.


Purse: $7,200,000 ($1,036,800 to each winner)

Course: TPC Louisiana (par 72; 7,425 yards)

Defending champions: Cameron Smith and Jonas Blixt (-27) in a playoff over Scott Brown and Kevin Kisner


News and notes

• All four reigning major champions - Brooks Koepka, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Patrick Reed - are in the field this week. This is the first time all four reigning major winners have played this event since 1984 (Ben Crenshaw, Larry Nelson, Tom Watson, Hall Sutton).

 Both members of winning team this week will earn an official PGA Tour victory, two-year Tour exemptions, and exemptions into the Players and PGA Championships.

• That said, no Official World Golf Ranking points are awarded from this event and winners will not earn exemptions into the 2019 Masters.


Notable teams in the field 

Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson

 Rose won this event in 2014, when it was individual stroke play. From 2012-16, he was a combined 60 under at TPC Louisiana in stroke play, seven shots better than any other player.

 Rose has dramatically improved his performance on the greens from last season, moving from 123rd in strokes gained-putting to 10th.

 Stenson's last three starts look like this: solo 4th at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, T-6 at the Houston Open, and T-5 at the Masters.

Jon Rahm and Wesley Bryan

 Rahm is coming off a victory at the Spanish Open, his second worldwide win in 2018 and fifth since Jan. 2017.

 Rahm outdrives Bryan by an average of 30 yards off the tee, 305.1 to 276.3.

 Rahm is second on Tour in the strokes gained-off the tee, while Bryan is 210th, last among qualifying players.

Patrick Reed and Patrick Cantlay

 Reed is just the fifth reigning Masters champ to play the Zurich since 2000, joining Vijay Singh, Phil Mickelson (twice), and Bubba Watson.

 Reed has gone T-2, T-7, T-9, WIN in his last four starts.

 Cantlay broke through for his maiden PGA Tour win earlier this season at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas.