Match-by-match results: WGC-Cadillac Day 2

By Golf Channel DigitalApril 30, 2015, 8:07 pm

Play is underway on Day 2 at the WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship. Follow along here for match-by-match updates from TPC Harding Park:

Group 1: (18) Billy Horschel def. (53) Jason Dufner, 3 and 2: Horschel continues his roll, eliminating Dufner after birdies on four of his first 10 holes. While the former PGA champ will head home Friday, Horschel will have a Walker Cup rematch with McIlroy to decide the group.

Group 1: (1) Rory McIlroy def. (35) Brandt Snedeker, 2 up: McIlroy improves to 2-0, but Snedeker made him sweat. The world No. 1 played bogey-free golf and never trailed, closing things out when Snedeker's birdie putt on No. 18 failed to drop. He'll head into a winner-take-all match Friday with Horschel, while Snedeker and Dufner will face off for bragging rights and OWGR points.


Group 2: (2) Jordan Spieth def. (40) Matt Every, 4 and 3: Every grabbed an early 2-up lead, but Spieth's putter was unstoppable. He one-putted each of the last 10 greens, holing seven birdies for the second straight day to improve to 2-0 and eliminate Every from group play.

Group 2: (26) Lee Westwood def. (62) Mikko Ilonen, 1 up: Ilonen held a 3-up lead at the turn, but Westwood won four of the next five holes to take the lead. After the Englishman missed a short putt on No. 18 to end it, Ilonen followed suit to squander a chance to tie. Now Westwood, 42, plays Spieth, 21, with the winner advancing.


Group 3: (3) Henrik Stenson def. (42) Brendon Todd, 3 and 2: Stenson notched his first win of the week, but it still wasn't enough to keep alive his hopes of advancing. The Swede raced to an early lead after birdies on four of his first five holes, but the result of the other match in their group meant both players were eliminated.

Group 3: (60) John Senden def. (23) Bill Haas, 4 and 3: The Aussie pulled off his second straight upset, winning Nos. 12-14 to turn a 2-up lead into a decisive victory. While Senden was the lowest-seeded player in the group, he has already punched his ticket to the Round of 16 having already defeated Stenson on Wednesday.


Group 4: (4) Bubba Watson def. (33) Keegan Bradley, 4 and 2: The match was all square through 10 holes before Watson won three straight holes to take control. He improves to 2-0, while Bradley fell to 0-2 and became the first player officially eliminated from group play.

Group 4: (29) Louis Oosthuizen def. (63) Miguel Angel Jimenez, 2 up: Oosthuizen won each of the first two holes and never trailed in the match. While Jimenez squared things through 16 holes, Oosthuizen won each of the final two holes to eliminate the Spaniard and set up a winner-take-all match Friday with Watson.


Group 5: (44) Thongchai Jaidee def. (5) Jim Furyk, 3 and 1: Jaidee pulled off the first upset of the second day, winning each of the first four holes and holding a 5-up lead after six. Furyk fought back, but it wasn't enough. Both players are now 1-1.

Group 5: (59) George Coetzee def. (17) Martin Kaymer, 19 holes: Coetzee built a 3-up lead through 11 holes before Kaymer won three holes in a row to square the match. The German missed a short putt on No. 18 to close out the match, then Coetzee closed things out with a birdie on the first extra hole, leaving all four players in the group at 1-1.


Group 6: (60) Marc Leishman def. (23) Ryan Palmer, 4 and 3. After defeating Justin Rose on Thursday, Leishman had little trouble dispatching Palmer. He was 3 up at the turn, increased the lead to four holes when Palmer (0-2) bogeyed the 10th and cruised the rest of the way.

Group 6: (6) Justin Rose def. (34) Anirban Lahiri, 19 holes: The top seed in the group barely avoided elimination, as Rose never led in the match until closing out Lahiri in overtime. Both players move to 1-1, meaning they're both still alive to advance but will need some help from Leishman, who faces Lahiri Friday.


Group 7: (38) Branden Grace def. (7) Jason Day, 4 and 3: Grace eagled the first hole, birdied the second and never trailed. The South African played his first 12 holes in 6 under and moves to 1-1, while Day (0-2) will not advance.

Group 7: (49) Charley Hoffman def. (24) Zach Johnson, 2 and 1: Hoffman improved to 2-0 despite his standing as the lowest-ranked player in the group. The pair halved the first hole with birdies but played rather poorly from there, combining for seven bogeys and no birdies across the next 10 holes. Hoffman took command with a birdie on No. 16 and is in control of the group.


Group 8: (58) Matt Jones def. (21) Victor Dubuisson, 2 up: Jones never trailed in the match and won three of the first eight holes before the Frenchman battled back. After Dubuisson missed the green at No. 17, Jones rolled in a 16-foot birdie putt and closed things out with a birdie on the next hole to eliminate Dubuisson.

Group 8: (37) Charl Schwartzel def. (8) Dustin Johnson, 20 holes: Johnson built a lead on the front nine and held a 3-up advantage through 11 holes, but Schwartzel chipped away and ultimately squared things with a birdie on No. 18. The South African never led in the match until a 20th-hole birdie improved his record to 2-0, dropping Johnson to 1-1.


Group 9: (25) Chris Kirk def. (64) Francesco Molinari, 2 and 1: Molinari won the first hole and led through much of the opening nine, but Kirk squared things on No. 8 and never trailed after No. 11. Neither player made a birdie over the last nine holes of a relatively uneventful match, and both are now 1-1 for the week.

Group 9: (36) Paul Casey def. (9) Adam Scott, 1 up: Casey improves to 2-0 and will face Molinari Friday with a chance to win the group. Scott got off to a strong start but bogeyed three of his final six holes, effectively ending his week that never got off the ground as his putting woes continue.


Group 10: (39) Bernd Wiesberger def. (10) Sergio Garcia, 2 and 1: Garcia appeared in control, with a 2-up lead after 10 holes, before the Austrian rallied. Wiesberger made four birdies in a six-hole stretch from Nos. 11-16, and now both players sit at 1-1 for the week.

Group 10: (54) Tommy Fleetwood def. (30) Jamie Donaldson, 21 holes: The longest match of the day went to Fleetwood, who recorded his seventh birdie of the day on the 21st hole. Donaldson had a chance to take control of the group, but now all four players sit at 1-1 heading into the final day.


Group 11: (50) Gary Woodland def. (27) Ian Poulter, 3 and 2: Poulter is heralded as a match-play wizard, but he was eliminated after making only one birdie in his second match. Woodland won five of the first eight holes and cruised to victory, improving to 2-0 for the week.

Group 11: (46) Webb Simpson def. (11) Jimmy Walker, 19 holes: Simpson's affinity for San Francisco continues, as he erased an early 2-down deficit, squared the match with an eagle on No. 18 and won it when Walker mis-fired in extra holes. The result sets up a winner-take-all match between Simpson and Woodland, the group's lowest-seeded players.


Group 12: (12) J.B. Holmes def. (45) Russell Henley, 19 holes: Neither player led by more than one hole in this match, which reached a low point when No. 13 was halved with double bogeys. Holmes squared the match with a birdie on No. 16, then won when Henley found trouble in sudden death. Henley is eliminated from the group.

Group 12: (19) Brooks Koepka def. (51) Marc Warren, 20 holes: Koepka was 3 down with three holes to play, but staged a furious comeback to square the match and then won it by stuffing his approach to the second extra hole. The loss drops Warren to 1-1 and means Koepka can win the group by defeating Holmes on Friday.


Group 13: (13) Rickie Fowler def. (47) Shane Lowry, 1 up: Lowry led for much of the way before Fowler caught fire with his putter, holing three putts of more than 15 feet to square the match. He won with a birdie on No. 18 and became the first player to officially advance out of group play.

Group 13: (55) Harris English def. (32) Graeme McDowell, 2 and 1: McDowell held a 3-up lead through eight holes, but English rallied to win five of the next six holes. The result dropped the Ulsterman to 0-2, while English moved to 1-1 but was eliminated when Fowler defeated Lowry.


Group 14: (14) Matt Kuchar def. (41) Stephen Gallacher, 3 and 2: Gallacher held a 2-up lead at the turn before Kuchar won six of the next seven holes, including an eagle on No. 12. At 0-2, Gallacher is eliminated while Kuchar remains in the mix at 1-1.

Group 14: (31) Hunter Mahan def. (61) Ben Martin, 5 and 3: Mahan could be the hottest player in the field, and he has yet to drop a single hole through three matches. He didn't have to work very hard against Martin, who bogeyed three of his first seven holes and failed to make a single birdie.


Group 15: (57) Andy Sullivan def. (28) Ryan Moore, 3 and 2: Sullivan won two of the first four holes and never trailed, playing 16 holes in 5 under to move to 1-1. Moore's birdie run on Nos. 12-14 was too little too late, and at 0-2 he is eliminated.

Group 15: (48) Danny Willett def. (15) Patrick Reed, 2 and 1: A rather surprising result considering Reed's match-play acumen, but Willett was nearly mistake-free and took a 3-up lead when his drive at the par-4 12th left a tap-in eagle. He moves to the top of the group at 2-0, while Reed drops to 1-1 and needs help to advance.


Group 16: (21) Kevin Na def. (54) Alexander Levy, 3 and 1. Na (1-1) handed the Frenchman his second loss by going 1 up with a birdie at the first hole and never surrendering the lead.

Group 16: (16) Hideki Matsuyama def. (44) Joost Luiten, 2 up. Matsuyama (2-0) put the match away by eagling the par-5 final hole, reaching the green in two and draining an 11-foot putt.

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Suwannapura beats Lincicome in playoff for first win

By Associated PressJuly 15, 2018, 10:49 pm

SYLVANIA, Ohio - Thidapa Suwannapura won her first LPGA event on Sunday, closing with a 6-under 65 and birdieing the first playoff hole to defeat Brittany Lincicome at the Marathon Classic.

The 25-year-old Thai player is the sixth first-time winner on tour this year. Her previous best finish in 120 starts was seventh at the 2014 Kingsmill Championship.

Suwannapura picked up three strokes over her final two holes, making eagle on the par-5 17th and closing with a birdie on the par-5 18th at Highland Meadows to finish at 14-under 270.

In the playoff, Suwannapura converted a short birdie putt after Lincicome hit her second shot into a water hazard and scrambled for par.

Lincicome shot 67. She had a chance to win in regulation, but her birdie putt from about 10 feet did a nearly 360-degree turn around the edge of the cup and stayed out. Next up for the big-hitting Lincicome: a start against the men at the PGA Tour's Barbasol Championship.

Third-round leader Brooke Henderson led by two shots after six holes, but struggled the rest of the way. Back-to-back bogeys on the 14th and 15th holes dropped her out of the lead. The 20-year-old Canadian finished with a 2-under 69, one shot out of the playoff.

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Kim cruises to first win, final Open invite at Deere

By Will GrayJuly 15, 2018, 9:38 pm

Following the best week of his professional career, Michael Kim is both a winner on the PGA Tour and the 156th and final player to earn a tee time next week at The Open.

Kim entered the final round of the John Deere Classic with a five-shot lead, and the former Cal standout removed any lingering doubt about the tournament's outcome with birdies on each of his first three holes. He cruised from there, shooting a bogey-free 66 to finish the week at 27 under and win by eight shots over Francesco Molinari, Joel Dahmen, Sam Ryder and Bronson Burgoon.

It equals the tournament scoring record and ties for the largest margin of victory on Tour this season, matching Dustin Johnson's eight-shot romp at Kapalua in January and Molinari's margin two weeks ago at the Quicken Loans National.

"Just super thankful," Kim said. "It's been a tough first half of the year. But to be able to finish it out in style like this means a lot."

Kim, 25, received the Haskins Award as the nation's top collegiate player back in 2013, but his ascent to the professional ranks has been slow. He had only one top-10 finish in 83 starts on Tour entering the week, tying for third at the Safeway Open in October 2016, and had missed the cut each of the last three weeks.

But the pieces all came together at TPC Deere Run, where Kim opened with 63 and held a three-shot lead after 36 holes. His advantage was trimmed to a single shot during a rain-delayed third round, but Kim returned to the course late Saturday and closed with four straight birdies on Nos. 15-18 to build a five-shot cushion and inch closer to his maiden victory.

As the top finisher among the top five not otherwise exempt, Kim earned the final spot at Carnoustie as part of the Open Qualifying Series. It will be his first major championship appearance since earning low amateur honors with a T-17 finish at the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion, and he is also now exempt for the PGA Championship and next year's Masters.

The last player to earn the final Open spot at the Deere and make the cut the following week was Brian Harman, who captured his first career win at TPC Deere Run in 2014 and went on to tie for 26th at Royal Liverpool.

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Poulter offers explanation in dispute with marshal

By Will GrayJuly 15, 2018, 6:47 pm

Ian Poulter took to Twitter to offer an explanation after the Englishman was accused of verbally abusing a volunteer during the third round of the Scottish Open.

Poulter hooked his drive on the opening hole at Gullane Golf Club into a bush, where Quintin Jardine was working as a marshal. Poulter went on to find the ball, wedge out and make bogey, but the details of the moments leading up to his second shot differ depending on who you ask.

Jardine wrote a letter to the tournament director that he also turned into a colorfully-titled blog post, accusing Poulter of berating him for not going into the bush "feet first" in search of the ball since Poulter would have received a free drop had his ball been stepped on by an official.


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"I stood and waited for the player. It turned out to be Mr. Poulter, who arrived in a shower of expletives and asked me where his ball was," Jardine wrote. "I told him and said that I had not ventured into the bush for fear of standing on it. I wasn't expecting thanks, but I wasn't expecting aggression, either."

Jardine added that Poulter stayed to exchange heated words with the volunteer even after wedging his ball back into the fairway. After shooting a final-round 69 to finish in a tie for 30th, Poulter tweeted his side of the story to his more than 2.3 million followers:

Poulter, 42, won earlier this year on the PGA Tour at the Houston Open and is exempt into The Open at Carnoustie, where he will make his 17th Open appearance. His record includes a runner-up at Royal Birkdale in 2008 and a T-3 finish at Muirfield in 2013.

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Immelman misses Open bid via OWGR tiebreaker

By Will GrayJuly 15, 2018, 6:25 pm

A resurgent performance at the Scottish Open gave Trevor Immelman his first top-10 finish in more than four years, but it left him short of a return to The Open by the slimmest of margins.

The former Masters champ turned back the clock this week at Gullane Golf Club, carding four straight rounds of 68 or better. That run included a 5-under 65 in the final round, which gave him a tie for third and left him five shots behind winner Brandon Stone. It was his first worldwide top-10 since a T-10 finish at the 2014 Farmers Insurance Open.

There were three spots available into The Open for players not otherwise exempt, and for a brief moment it appeared Immelman, 38, might sneak the third and final invite.


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But with Stone and runner-up Eddie Pepperell both not qualified, that left the final spot to be decided between Immelman and Sweden's Jens Dantorp who, like Immelman, tied for third at 15 under.

As has been the case with other stops along the Open Qualifying Series, the tiebreaker to determine invites is the players' standing in the Official World Golf Rankings entering the week. Dantorp is currently No. 322 in the world, but with Immelman ranked No. 1380 the Swede got the nod.

This will mark Dantorp's first-ever major championship appearance. Immelman, who hasn't made the cut in a major since the 2013 Masters, was looking to return to The Open for 10th time and first since a missed cut at Royal Lytham six years ago. He will instead work the week at Carnoustie as part of Golf Channel and NBC's coverage of The Open.