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Report cards: 2015 International Presidents Cup team

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 11, 2015, 11:15 am

Sangmoon Bae (2-1-1)

Sang-Moon Bae
Grade B

Skinny: Considering the moment, with the South Korean playing in his final professional event before he reports for two years of mandatory military service, Bae’s week was impressive, but most will remember his misplayed chip shot at the last to drop the deciding match.

Steven Bowditch (1-2-0)

Cristie Kerr
Grade C-

Skinny: He didn’t play well with Day, he didn’t play well with Leishman, and he didn’t play at all on Saturday. Still, he rallied on Sunday against Jimmy Walker for a 2-up victory to tie the matches at 12 ½ points apiece.

Jason Day (0-4-1)

Jason Day
Grade D-

Skinny: He lost to Jordan Spieth twice, played with three different partners, failed to earn a full point and was hammered by Zach Johnson on Sunday, 3 and 2. It was not what Price expected from the world No. 2.

Branden Grace (5-0-0)

Branden Grace
Grade A+

Skinny: The International’s man of the matches secured a crucial point late Saturday against the American power pairing of J.B. Holmes and Bubba Watson and cruised past Matt Kuchar on Sunday, 2 and 1. He is just the fifth player in President Cup history to go 5-0.

Thongchai Jaidee (1-1-1)

Thongchai Jaidee
Grade B

Skinny: Largely hidden in Price’s lineup, the 45-year-old rookie was sneaky good, particularly on Sunday when he rallied from 3 down with eight to play to halve his singles match against Bubba Watson.

Anirban Lahiri (0-3-0)

Anirban Lahiri
Grade D-

Skinny: The first player from India to participate in the Presidents Cup never seemed comfortable. His missed 4-footer on Sunday at the last, which handed the U.S. a crucial full point, will be replayed for some time.

Danny Lee (1-2-0)

Danny Lee
Grade D

Skinny: After two difficult days, Price benched the rookie on Saturday, figuring, “I think he's strung out.” Lee's rally on Sunday against Dustin Johnson came up two holes short.

Marc Leishman (1-2-1)

Marc Leishman
Grade C+

Skinny: It was a relatively quiet week for the Australian, with poor showings in team play while paired with Lee and Bowditch. He nonetheless delivered on Sunday with a surprising victory over world No. 1 Jordan Spieth.

Hideki Matsuyama (2-1-1)

Hideki Matsuyama
Grade B-

Skinny: He found a partner in Bae for the final two sessions and won four of the last seven holes against J.B. Holmes on Sunday to help keep the International’s rally alive.

Louis Oosthuizen (4-0-1)

Louis Oosthuizen
Grade A

Skinny: Struggling with a muscle strain that forced him to withdraw from the Tour Championship, the South African teamed with Grace to become the first International tandem to go 4-0-0. He completed his week with an eagle at the last to halve his singles match against Patrick Reed.

Adam Scott (1-2-2)

Adam Scott
Grade C+

Skinny: The Australian has now had 11 different partners in seven Presidents Cup and is still searching, but he drew some of the International side’s toughest assignments and rolled over Rickie Fowler, 6 and 5, on Sunday.

Charl Schwartzel (1-3-0)

Charl Schwartzel
Grade D+

Skinny: He struggled when paired with Day, going 0-2 on Saturday with the International’s top-ranked player, and got run over by Phil Mickelson on Sunday, damaging what had been a solid Presidents Cup record.

Nick Price, Captain

Nick Price
Grade B

Skinny: Although the outcome was familiar, Price’s mission was to get his team to Sunday with a chance to win. Tthe International’s one-point deficit heading into the final frame was at least a qualified success. He will, however, be questioned for leading off with foursome play, benching Bae on Day 1, and producing a curious Sunday lineup.

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Johnson begins Open week as 12/1 betting favorite

By Will GrayJuly 16, 2018, 5:15 pm

Dustin Johnson heads into The Open as the top-ranked player in the world, and he's also an understandable betting favorite as he looks to win a second career major.

Johnson has not played since the U.S. Open, where he led by four shots at the halfway point and eventually finished third. He has three top-10 finishes in nine Open appearances, notably a T-2 finish at Royal St. George's in 2011.

Johnson opened as a 12/1 favorite when the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook first published odds for Carnoustie after the U.S. Open, and he remains at that number with the first round just three days away.

Here's a look at the latest odds on some of the other top contenders, according to the Westgate:

12/1: Dustin Johnson

16/1: Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose

20/1: Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Tommy Fleetwood, Brooks Koepka, Jon Rahm

25/1: Jason Day, Henrik Stenson, Tiger Woods

30/1: Sergio Garcia, Francesco Molinari, Paul Casey, Alex Noren, Patrick Reed

40/1: Hideki Matsuyama, Marc Leishman, Branden Grace, Tyrrell Hatton

50/1: Phil Mickelson, Ian Poulter, Matthew Fitzpatrick

60/1: Russell Knox, Louis Oosthuizen, Matt Kuchar, Bryson DeChambeau, Zach Johnson, Tony Finau, Bubba Watson

80/1: Lee Westwood, Adam Scott, Patrick Cantlay, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Thomas Pieters, Xander Schauffele

100/1: Shane Lowry, Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker, Ryan Fox, Thorbjorn Olesen

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Woods needs top-10 at Open to qualify for WGC

By Will GrayJuly 16, 2018, 4:34 pm

If Tiger Woods is going to qualify for the final WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club, he'll need to do something he hasn't done in five years this week at The Open.

Woods has won eight times at Firestone, including his most recent PGA Tour victory in 2013, and has openly stated that he would like to qualify for the no-cut event in Akron before it shifts to Memphis next year. But in order to do so, Woods will need to move into the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking after this week's event at Carnoustie.

Woods is currently ranked No. 71 in the world, down two spots from last week, and based on projections it means that he'll need to finish no worse than a tie for eighth to have a chance of cracking the top 50. Woods' last top-10 finish at a major came at the 2013 Open at Muirfield, where he tied for sixth.

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There are actually two OWGR cutoffs for the Bridgestone, July 23 and July 30. That means that Woods could theoretically still add a start at next week's RBC Canadian Open to chase a spot in the top 50, but he has said on multiple occasions that this week will be his last start of the month. The WGC-Bridgestone Invitational will be played Aug. 2-5.

There wasn't much movement in the world rankings last week, with the top 10 staying the same heading into the season's third major. Dustin Johnson remains world No. 1, followed by Justin Thomas, Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm. Defending Open champ Jordan Spieth is ranked sixth, with Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Tommy Fleetwood rounding out the top 10.

Despite taking the week off, Sweden's Alex Noren moved up three spots from No. 14 to No. 11, passing Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson and Paul Casey.

John Deere Classic champ Michael Kim went from No. 473 to No. 215 in the latest rankings, while South African Brandon Stone jumped from 371st to 110th with his win at the Scottish Open.

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Spieth takes familiar break ahead of Open defense

By Rex HoggardJuly 16, 2018, 3:50 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – As his title chances seemed to be slipping away during the final round of last year’s Open Championship, Jordan Spieth’s caddie took a moment to remind him who he was.

Following a bogey at No. 13, Michael Greller referenced a recent vacation he’d taken to Mexico where he’d spent time with Michael Phelps and Michael Jordan and why he deserved to be among that group of singular athletes.

Spieth, who won last year’s Open, decided to continue the tradition, spending time in Cabo again before this week’s championship.

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“I kind of went through the same schedule,” Spieth said on Monday at Carnoustie. “It was nice to have a little vacation.”

Spieth hasn’t played since the Travelers Championship; instead he attended the Special Olympics USA Games earlier this month in Seattle with his sister. It was Spieth’s first time back to the Pacific Northwest since he won the 2015 U.S. Open.

“I went out to Chambers Bay with [Greller],” Spieth said. “We kind of walked down the 18th hole. It was cool reliving those memories.”

But most of all Spieth said he needed a break after a particularly tough season.

“I had the itch to get back to it after a couple weeks of not really working,” he said. “It was nice to kind of have that itch to get back.”