Spain captures inaugural International Crown

By Randall MellJuly 27, 2014, 9:48 pm

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – The Spaniards swept all four of their singles matches Sunday to win the inaugural International Crown at Caves Valley Golf Club.

Spain’s Belen Mozo clinched the victory with a 12-foot birdie putt at the 16th hole that closed out her 3-and-2 winy against Thailand’s Moriya Jutanugarn. The Spaniards finished with 15 points, winning easily. Sweden finished second with 11 points and Korea and Japan tied for third with 10 points each.

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Spain 15 7-2-1
Sweden 11 5-4-1
S. Korea 10 5-5-0
Japan 10 4-4-2
Thailand 9 4-5-1
*USA 6 3-3-0
*Chinese Taipei 4 2-4-0
*Australia 3 1-4-1

* Eliminated in pool play.


Match 1

South Korea’s Inbee Park def. Sweden’s Caroline Hedwall, 4 and 2.

The lowdown: Hedwall came into the match looking to extend her unbeaten streak in international team play to 10 straight, but Park ended the run. Park birdied the second hole and never surrendered the lead. 

Match 2

Thailand’s Pornanong Phatlum def. South Korea’s I.K. Kim, 1  up.

The lowdown: Phatlum knocked the Americans out of this competition on Saturday, and she carried the momentum of that feat into Sunday. She won three of the four matches she played in the week.

Match 3

Sweden’s Pernilla Lindberg def. Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn, 6 and 5.

The lowdown: Lindberg picked up where she left off Saturday. She made five birdies in helping win a fourballs match on Saturday and made six birdies through the first 12 holes against Jutanugarn on Sunday.

Match 4

Spain’s Carlota Ciganda def. South Korea’s Na Yeon Choi, 8 and 6.

The lowdown: Ciganda birdied the first hole and never let up on Choi. Cigana made three consecutive birdies on two different runs and never lost a hole.

Match 5

South Korea’s So Yeon Ryu def. Japan’s Sakura Yokomine, 1 up.

The lowdown: In a tight match with the lead bouncing back and forth, Ryu won the 16th hole with a birdie and held on to win. Ryu won three of the four matches she played on the week.

Match 6

Spain’s Beatriz Recari def. Sweden’s Mikaela Parmlid, 3 and 2.

The lowdown: Recari birdied three of the first five holes to take command with a 3-up lead and didn’t need another birdie the rest of the way.

Match 7

Spain’s Anna Nordqvist defeated Japan’s Mamiko Higa, 3 and 2.

The lowdown: Nordqvist added to her successful Solheim Cup record, going undefeated at the inaugural International Crown. Nordqvist was the only player who didn’t lose a match in this event. She was 3-0-1.

Match 8

Spain’s Belen Mozo def. Thailand’s Moriya Jutanugarn, 3 and 2.

The lowdown: Mozo didn’t just win her match. She clinched for the Spaniards with a 12-foot birdie putt at the 16th hole that closed out her match against Jutanugarn.

Match 9

Japan’s Mika Miyazato def. Thailand’s Onnarin Sattayanbonphot, 3 and 1.

The lowdown: Miyazato went 2 up with birdies at the fourth and fifth holes and never trailed, but the outcome of her match didn’t matter to the team competition. Spain closed out the title before Miyazato’s match was finished.

Match 10

Spain’s Azahara Munoz def. Japan’s Ai Miyazato, 2 and 1.

The lowdown: Munoz completed a Sunday sweep for the Spaniards, who won all four of their singles matches.

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Schauffele just fine being the underdog

By Rex HoggardJuly 21, 2018, 8:06 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Following a breakthough season during which he won twice and collected the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Award, Xander Schauffele concedes his sophomore campaign has been less than stellar, but that could all change on Sunday at The Open.

Schauffele followed a second-round 66 with a 67 on Saturday to take a share of the 9-under-par lead with Jordan Spieth and Kevin Kisner.

Although he hasn’t won in 2018, he did finish runner-up at The Players and tied for sixth at the U.S. Open, two of the year’s toughest tests.

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“Growing up, I always hit it well and played well in tough conditions,” Schauffele said. “I wasn't the guy to shoot 61. I was the guy to shoot like 70 when it was playing really hard.”

Sunday’s pairing could make things even more challenging when he’ll head out in the day’s final tee time with Spieth, the defending champion. But being the underdog in a pairing, like he was on Saturday alongside Rory McIlroy, is not a problem.

“All the guys I've talked to said, 'Live it up while you can, fly under the radar,'” he said. “Today I played in front of what you call Rory's crowd and guys were just yelling all the time, even while he's trying to putt, and he had to step off a few times. No one was yelling at me while I was putting. So I kind of enjoy just hanging back and relaxing.”

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Open odds: Spieth 7/1 to win; Tiger, Rory 14/1

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 7:54 pm

Only 18 holes remain in the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie, and the man tied atop the leaderboard is the same man who captured the claret jug last year at Royal Birkdale.

So it’s little surprise that Jordan Spieth is the odds-on favorite (7/4) to win his fourth major entering Sunday’s final round.

Xander Schauffele and Kevin Kisner, both tied with Spieth at 9 under par, are next in line at 5/1 and 11/2 respectively. Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, both four shots behind the leaders, are listed at 14/1.

Click here for the leaderboard and take a look below at the odds, courtesy Jeff Sherman at

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Jordan Spieth: 7/4

Xander Schauffele: 5/1

Kevin Kisner: 11/2

Tiger Woods: 14/1

Francesco Molinari: 14/1

Rory McIlroy: 14/1

Kevin Chappell: 20/1

Tommy Fleetwood: 20/1

Alex Noren: 25/1

Zach Johnson: 30/1

Justin Rose: 30/1

Matt Kuchar: 40/1

Webb Simpson: 50/1

Adam Scott: 80/1

Tony Finau: 80/1

Charley Hoffman: 100/1

Austin Cook: 100/1

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Wandering photographer costs McIlroy on 16

By Ryan LavnerJuly 21, 2018, 7:44 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy bogeyed two of his last four holes Saturday to fall four shots off the lead at The Open.

One of those mistakes might not have entirely been his fault.

McIlroy missed a short putt on the par-3 16th after a photographer was “in a world all his own,” wandering around near the green, taking photos of the crowd and not paying attention to the action on the green.

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“It’s fine,” McIlroy said after a third-round 70 put him at 5-under 208, four shots off the lead. “It’s one of those things that happens. There’s a lot of people out there, and it is what it is. It’s probably my fault, but I just didn’t regroup well after it happened.”

McIlroy also bogeyed the home hole, after driving into a fairway bunker, sending his second shot right of the green and failing to get up and down.

“I putted well,” he said. “I holed out when I needed to. I just need to make the birdies and try to limit the damage tomorrow.”

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Kisner not expecting awkward night with Spieth

By Ryan LavnerJuly 21, 2018, 7:33 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – It might get awkward in that star-studded rental house Saturday night.

Two of the three Open co-leaders, Jordan Spieth and Kevin Kisner, are sharing a house this week near Carnoustie. Though it’ll be late by the time they both get back to the house Saturday night, they’ll have plenty of time to kill Sunday morning, with their tee times not until nearly 3 p.m. local time.

“Everybody is probably going to get treatment and eating and trying to find a bed,” Kisner said. “I’m sure there’ll be some conversations. There always are. Everybody has a few horror stories or good laughs over something that happened out there. That will probably be the end of it.”

One thing they’re almost certain to discuss is the weather.

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After three days of mostly benign conditions, Sunday’s forecast calls for warm temperatures and wind gusts up to 25 mph.

“When you watch any TV, that’s all they talk about – how Sunday’s coming,” Kisner said. “It’s going to be a true test, and we’ll get to see really who’s hitting it the best and playing the best.”

Zach Johnson is also in the house – along with Rickie Fowler, Justin Thomas, Jimmy Walker and Jason Dufner – and he rode to the course Saturday with Kisner, with whom he played in the final group, at 4 p.m. It’s unclear whether the co-leaders Sunday will have a similar arrangement.

This is the third year that Spieth and Co. have shared a house at The Open, though Kisner is a new addition to the group.

“It’s the end of the week,” Kisner said. “Everybody’s got a lot of stuff going on. Everybody’s going their separate ways tomorrow. Tomorrow morning we’ll all sit around and laugh on the couch and talk about why that guy’s making so many birdies.”