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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Watch: Is this the up-and-down of the year?

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 19, 2018, 3:30 pm

Play away from the pin? Just because there's a tree in your way? Not Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano. Watch him channel some Arnie (or, more appropriately, some Seve) with this shot in the Valderrama Masters:

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Cut Line: Johnny's exit, Tiger's fatigue

By Rex HoggardOctober 19, 2018, 2:06 pm

In this week’s edition we bid farewell to the most outspoken and insightful analyst of his generation and examine a curious new interpretation that will require players to start paying attention to the small print.

Made Cut

Here’s Johnny. After nearly three decades Johnny Miller will hang up his microphone following next year’s Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Miller called his first tournament as NBC Sports/Golf Channel’s lead analyst in 1990 at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic and he told Cut Line this week that at 71 years old he’s ready to relax and spend time with his 24 grandchildren.

“I was the first guy with an open microphone,” Miller said. “That requires a lot of concentration. It’s not that I couldn’t do it but the handwriting was on the wall; it would be more of a challenge.”

Miller will be missed for his insight as much as his often-blunt deliveries, but it’s the latter that made him one of a kind.

A long ride to the right place. After nearly four years of legal wrangling a group of PGA Tour caddies dropped their class-action lawsuit against the circuit this week.

The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in early 2015 in an attempt by the caddies to secure marketing rights for the bibs they wear during tournaments as a way to create better healthcare and retirement benefits.

The district court largely ruled against the caddies and that ruling was upheld by an appeals court earlier this year, but better healthcare options may still be in the cards for the caddies.

“I told the guys, if we really want a healthy working relationship with the Tour, we need to fix this and open the lines of communication,” said Scott Sajtinac, the president of the Association of Professional Tour Caddies.

Sajtinac told Cut Line that the Tour has offered a potential increase to the longtime stipend they give caddies for healthcare and in a statement the circuit said talks are ongoing.

“The PGA Tour looks forward to continuing to support the caddies in the important role they play in the success of our members,” the statement said.

It’s rare when both sides of a lawsuit walk away feeling good about themselves, but this particular outcome appears to have ended with a favorable outcome for everybody involved.

Made Cut-Did Not Finish (MDF)

A long haul. Tiger Woods acknowledged what many had speculated about, telling a group this week at his annual Tiger Woods Invitational at Pebble Beach that his season-ending push and his first victory in five years took a physical toll at the Ryder Cup.

“It was just a cumulative effect of the entire season,” Woods said on Tuesday. “I was tired because I hadn’t trained for it. I hadn’t trained this entire comeback to play this much golf and on top of that deal with the heat and the fatigue and the loss of weight.”

Woods went 0-4 for the U.S. team in France and appeared particularly tired on Sunday following the European victory at Le Golf National.

For Woods the result was worth the effort with his victory at the Tour Championship ending a five-year drought, but his play and concession that it impacted him at the Ryder Cup does create some interesting questions for U.S. captain Jim Furyk, who sent Woods out for both team sessions on Saturday.

Tweet(s) of the week: @BobEstesPGA (Bob Estes) “I spoke to a past Ryder Cup captain yesterday. We both agreed that there should be a week off before the [Ryder Cup] to adequately rest and prepare.”

Given Woods’ comments this week it seems likely he would agree that a break – which may become the norm with the Tour season ending three weeks earlier – would be helpful, but Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts had a slightly different take in response to Estes’ tweet. “I’m afraid a different schedule wasn’t gonna make the fairways wider. On that particular course with how we played, [the United States] had absolutely no chance. Hasn’t more than half the euros played playoffs too?” Colsaerts tweeted.

It’s never too early to get a jump on the 2020 trash talking.

Missed Cut

By the book. The USGA and R&A’s most recent rulemaking hill involved the use of green-reading materials. On Monday the game’s rule-makers unveiled new interpretations on what will be allowed starting next year.

Out will be the legal-sized reams of information that had become ubiquitous on Tour, replaced by pocket-sized books that will include a limited scale (3/8 inch to 5 yards).

While the majority of those involved were in favor of a scaled-back approach to what to many seemed like information overload, it did seem like a curious line to draw.

Both sides of the distance debate continue to await which way the rule-makers will go on this front and, at least in the United States, participation continues to be a challenge.

Banning the oversized green-reading books may have been a positive step, but it was a micro issue that impacted a wildly small portion of the golf public. Maybe it’s time for the rule-makers to start looking at more macro issues.

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S.Y. Kim leads Kang, A. Jutanugarn in Shanghai

By Associated PressOctober 19, 2018, 10:24 am

SHANGHAI  -- Sei Young Kim led the LPGA Shanghai by one stroke at the halfway point after shooting a 5-under-par 67 in the second round on Friday.

Kim made six birdies, including four straight from the sixth hole, to move to a 10-under 134 total. Her only setback was a bogey on the par-4 15th.

Kim struggled in the first half of the year, but is finishing it strong. She won her seventh career title in July at the Thornberry Creek Classic, was tied for fourth at the Women's British Open, and last month was runner-up at the Evian Championship.

''I made huge big par putts on 10, 11, 12,'' Kim said on Friday. ''I'm very happy with today's play.''

Danielle Kang (68) and overnight leader Ariya Jutanugarn (69) were one shot back.

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''I like attention. I like being in the final group. I like having crowds,'' Kang said. ''It's fun. You work hard to be in the final groups and work hard to be in the hunt and be the leader and chasing the leaders. That's why we play.''

She led into the last round at the Hana Bank Championship last week and finished tied for third.

Brittany Altomare had six birdies in a bogey-free round of 66, and was tied for fourth with Bronte Law (68) and Brittany Lincicome (68).

Angel Lin eagled the par-5 17th and finished with the day's lowest score of 65, which also included six birdies and a lone bogey.

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'Caveman golf' puts Koepka one back at CJ Cup

By Associated PressOctober 19, 2018, 10:12 am

JEJU ISLAND, South Korea – Brooks Koepka, recently named the PGA Tour Player of the Year, gave himself the perfect opportunity to become the No. 1 player in the world when he shot a 7-under par 65 to move to within one shot of the lead in the CJ Cup on Friday.

At the Nine Bridges course, the three-time major champion made an eagle on his closing hole to finish on 8-under par 136 after two rounds, just one stroke behind Scott Piercy, who was bogey-free in matching Koepka's 65.

With the wind subsiding and the course playing much easier than on the opening day when the scoring average was 73.26, 44 players – more than half the field of 78 – had under-par rounds.

Overnight leader Chez Reavie added a 70 to his opening-round 68 to sit in third place at 138, three behind Piercy. Sweden's Alex Noren was the other player in with a 65, which moved him into a tie for fourth place alongside Ian Poulter (69), four out of the lead.

The best round of the day was a 64 by Brian Harman, who was tied for sixth and five behind Piercy.

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The 28-year-old Koepka will move to the top of the world rankings when they are announced on Monday if he wins the tournament.

Thomas, playing alongside Koepka, matched Koepka's eagle on the last, but that was only for a 70 and he is tied for 22nd place at 1 under.

Koepka's only bogey was on the par-5 ninth hole, where he hit a wayward tee shot. But he was otherwise pleased with the state of his ''caveman golf.''

''I feel like my game is in a good spot. I feel like the way I played today, if I can carry that momentum into Saturday and Sunday, it will be fun,'' Koepka, winner of the U.S. Open and the PGA Championship, said.

''My game is pretty simple. I guess you can call it like caveman golf – you see the ball, hit the ball and go find it again. You're not going to see any emotion just because I'm so focused, but I'm enjoying it.''

Piercy, who has fallen to No. 252 in the world ranking despite winning the Zurich Classic earlier this year with Billy Horschel – there are no world ranking points for a team event – was rarely out of position in a round in which he found 13 of 14 fairways off the tee and reached 16 greens in regulation.

''Obviously, the wind was down a little bit and from a little bit different direction, so 10 miles an hour wind versus 20s is quite a big difference,'' said Piercy, who is looking for his first individual PGA Tour win since the Barbasol Championship in July 2015.

''It was a good day. Hit a couple close and then my putter showed up and made some putts of some pretty good length.''

Australia's Marc Leishman, winner last week at the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, shot a 71 and was seven behind. Paul Casey's 73 included a hole-in-one on the par-3 seventh hole and the Englishman is nine behind Piercy.