U.S. leads Internationals by one heading to singles

By Nick MentaOctober 9, 2015, 8:30 am

In total darkness, the United States took a one-point lead Saturday night when Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed closed out Jason Day and Charl Schwartzel on a 16th green lit only by a scoreboard and the surrounding Incheon skyline. The Internationals managed to tie the Presidents Cup twice in Saturday fourballs, but for the 24th consecutive session, the U.S. ended play with the lead, 9 ½ to 8 ½. After three highly competitive days, here's where things stand heading into Sunday singles in South Korea (matches posted in order of finish):

Match 17: Hideki Matsuyama and Sangmoon Bae def. Chris Kirk and Jimmy Walker, 6 and 5

In the most lopsided match of the week, Bae and Matsuyama made six consecutive birdies from Nos. 6-11, with Bae making three straight on Nos. 7-9. Walker and Kirk actually went to congratulate their opponents a hole early, before being informed they were only dormie through 12. The match ended on the following green, when Kirk missed a birdie attempt. Matsuyama and Bae played their 13 holes 9 under par.

Score: 7 ½ to 7 ½

Match 16: Phil Mickelson and Zach Johnson def. Adam Scott and Anirban Lahiri, 3 and 2

Mickelson and Johnson took the lead on the opening hole and never surrendered it.  Two up at the turn, Mickelson stretched that lead to 3 up with three to play when he stuffed a punch wedge from 117 yards at the par-5 15th to 2 feet. While Scott continued to struggle with putting, Mickelson and Johnson, the United States’ elder statesmen, remained unbeaten this week at 2-0-1.

Score: 8 ½ to 7 ½

Match 15: Louis Oosthuizen and Branden Grace def. Bubba Watson and J.B. Holmes, 1 up

In a matchup of undefeated teams this week, the Internationals led from the first through the 12th holes before the U.S. moved to all square with back-to-back birdies at Nos. 12 and 13. Grace gave his side the advantage at No. 16 after his errant approach got a lucky bounce off the gallery, and he took advantage with a chip-in birdie. Oosthuizen looked as if he was going to end it at the par-3 17th when his tee shot nearly one-hopped in the hole but his short birdie try didn’t go. Grace finally earned the full point with a birdie at the par-5 18th, with only the clubhouse and the scoreboard providing any light on the green. The loss was Holmes’ first in his seven career Presidents Cup matches, moving him to 4-1-2. Oosthuizen and Grace are a perfect 4-0.

Score: 8 ½ to 8 ½ 

Match 18: Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed def. Jason Day and Charl Schwartzel, 3 and 2

Spieth and Reed remain undefeated in international play, moving to 3-0-1 with an in-the-dark victory over Day and Scwhartzel, the both of whom Spieth had already defeated earlier Saturday with Dustin Johnson. After starting 1 down through six, Spieth and Reed won five of the next six holes to pull away in a hurry. The highlight of the match came at the par-4 12th, when Spieth told U.S. assistant captain Davis Love III that he was going to hole-out from the greenside bunker for birdie – and then did it. This match pushed all the way to 16 before it was finally ended in the dead of night with a couple of pars. Spieth and Reed played their 16 holes 9 under, with Spieth making eight birdies.

Score: 9 ½ to 8 ½ 

The United States was in danger of losing its lead in the Saturday morning foursomes, but Jordan Spieth's putter finally caught fire, and the Americans kept a one-point advantage, 7 ½ to 6 ½. Here's where the Presidents Cup stood heading into the afternoon fourballs.

Match 11: Louis Oosthuizen and Branden Grace def. Patrick Reed and Rickie Fowler, 3 and 2

Oosthuizen and Grace moved to 3-0 this week and have provided the spark the Internationals desperately needed to get back into this competition. They dominated Fowler and Reed on Saturday morning, a day after smoking Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth, 4 and 3. The South Africans were 2 up after 4 holes, and while the Americans pulled even on Nos. 8 and 11, Oosthuizen and Grace regained the lead each time. Oosthizen closed it out with a clutch par on 16.

Score: 5 ½ to 5 ½

Match 12: Bubba Watson and J.B. Holmes vs. Adam Scott and Marc Leishman, halved

Watson had 5 feet to win the match on 18, but he missed a short putt for the second time in three holes. He also missed a short par putt on 16 that gave the hole to the Internationals and squared the match. Watson and Scott exchanged testy 5-footers on 17 to keep the match level, and on 18 Leishman dropped a 7-footer for par to give the Internationals hope. Watson missed and failed to secure a full point for the U.S.

Score: 6 to 6

Match 13: Bill Haas and Matt Kuchar vs. Sangmoon Bae and Hideki Matsuyama, halved

This match was tied on No. 17, but Bae and Matsuyama both flubbed pitch shots to hand the Americans the lead. For the second match in a row, however, the Americans couldn't close the deal as the Internationals won the 18th hole to scratch out a half point.

Score: 6 ½ to 6 ½

Match 14: Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson def. Jason Day and Charl Schwartzel, 1 up

Spieth hadn't made a putt all day, but like he's done all year, the Masters and U.S. Open champion came up big when it mattered most. Spieth holed a 7-foot birdie putt on 17 to square the match, and then drained the clinching par putt on 18 to complete a stunning rally after starting the back nine 3 down.

Score: 7 ½ to 6 ½ 

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Storms halt Barbasol before Lincicome tees off

By Associated PressJuly 20, 2018, 11:29 pm

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - Brittany Lincicome will have to wait until the weekend to resume her bid to make the cut in a PGA Tour event.

Overnight storms delayed the start of the second round Friday in the Barbasol Championship, and an afternoon thunderstorm suspended competition for good. The round will resume Saturday morning with much of the field still to play.

The second stoppage at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came 20 minutes before Lincicome's scheduled tee time.

Lincicome was near the bottom of the field after opening with a 6-over 78 on Thursday. The first LPGA player since Michelle Wie in 2008 to start a PGA Tour event, she needs a huge rebound to join Babe Zaharias (1945) as the only female players to make the cut.

Troy Merritt had the clubhouse lead at 15 under, following an opening 62 with a 67.

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Third-round tee times for the 147th Open

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 9:05 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Eighteen major champions made the cut at The Open and will be playing the weekend at Carnoustie, including 60-year-old ageless wonder Bernhard Langer, and both major champs so far this year, Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka.

Twenty-four-year-old Gavin Green will be first off solo Saturday at 4:15 a.m. ET. Reed and Rhys Enoch will follow along 10 minutes later.

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Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, both at even par for the tournament, six shots behind leaders Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner, are in consecutive groups. Mickelson is playing with Austin Cook at 8:05 a.m. and Woods is with South Africa’s Shaun Norris at 8:15 a.m.

Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, both three shots off the lead, are also in consecutive groups. Fowler is at 10 a.m. with Thorbjorn Olesen and Spieth is 10 minutes later with Kevin Chappell. Rory McIlroy, looking to win his first major since the 2014 PGA Championship, is at 10:40 a.m. with Xander Schauffele. McIlroy is two shots behind.

Johnson and Kisner are last off at 11 a.m.

4:15AM ET: Gavin Green

4:25AM ET: Rhys Enoch, Patrick Reed

4:35AM ET: Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Justin Rose

4:45AM ET: Yusaku Miyazato, Tyrrell Hatton

4:55AM ET: Ross Fisher, Keegan Bradley

5:05AM ET: Ryan Fox, Jason Dufner

5:15AM ET: Bryson DeChambeau, Henrik Stenson

5:25AM ET: Tom Lewis, Sam Locke (a)

5:35AM ET: Paul Casey, Chris Wood

5:45AM ET: Bernhard Langer, Rafa Cabrera Bello

6:00AM ET: Paul Dunne, Brett Rumford

6:10AM ET: Masahiro Kawamura, Shubhankar Sharma

6:20AM ET: Cameron Smith, Brendan Steele

6:30AM ET: Marc Leishman, Lee Westwood

6:40AM ET: Byeong Hun An, Kevin Na

6:50AM ET: Julian Suri, Adam Hadwin

7:00AM ET: Gary Woodland, Si-Woo Kim

7:10AM ET: Yuta Ikeda, Satoshi Kodaira

7:20AM ET: Marcus Kinhult, Thomas Pieters

7:30AM ET: Beau Hossler, Haotong Li

7:45AM ET: Cameron Davis, Sean Crocker

7:55AM ET: Louis Oosthuizen, Stewart Cink

8:05AM ET: Phil Mickeslon, Austin Cook

8:15AM ET: Tiger Woods, Shaun Norris

8:25AM ET: Lucas Herbert, Michael Kim

8:35AM ET: Jason Day, Francesco Molinari

8:45AM ET: Sung Kang, Webb Simpson

8:55AM ET: Patrick Cantlay, Eddie Pepperell

9:05AM ET: Matthew Southgate, Brooks Koepka

9:15AM ET: Kyle Stanley, Adam Scott

9:30AM ET: Charley Hoffman, Alex Noren

9:40AM ET: Ryan Moore, Brandon Stone

9:50AM ET: Luke List, Danny Willett

10:00AM ET: Thorbjorn Olesen, Rickie Fowler

10:10AM ET: Jordan Spieth, Kevin Chappell

10:20AM ET: Zander Lombard, Tony Finau

10:30AM ET: Matt Kuchar, Erik Van Rooyen

10:40AM ET: Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele

10:50AM ET: Pat Perez, Tommy Fleetwood

11:00AM ET: Kevin Kisner, Zach Johnson

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Facial hair Fowler's new good-luck charm

By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 8:12 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Before, during and after the Fourth of July, Rickie Fowler missed a few appointments with his razor.

He arrived in the United Kingdom for last week’s Scottish Open still unshaved and he tied for sixth place. Fowler, like most golfers, can give in to superstition, so he's decided to keep the caveman look going for this week’s Open Championship.

“There could be some variations,” he smiled following his round on Friday at Carnoustie.

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At this rate, he may never shave again. Fowler followed an opening 70 with a 69 on Friday to move into a tie for 11th place, just three strokes off the lead.

Fowler also has some friendly competition in the beard department, with his roommate this week Justin Thomas also going for the rugged look.

“I think he kind of followed my lead in a way. I think he ended up at home, and he had a little bit of scruff going. It's just fun,” Fowler said. “We mess around with it. Obviously, not taking it too seriously. But like I said, ended up playing halfway decent last week, so I couldn't really shave it off going into this week.”

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Spieth (67) rebounds from tough Round 1 finish

By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 7:55 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Guess whose putter is starting to heat up again at a major?

Even with a few wayward shots Friday at Carnoustie, Jordan Spieth made a significant climb up the leaderboard in the second round, firing a 4-under 67 to move just three shots off the lead.

Spieth showed his trademark grit in bouncing back from a rough finish Thursday, when he mis-clubbed on the 15th hole, leading to a double bogey, and ended up playing the last four holes in 4 over.

“I don’t know if I actually regrouped,” he said. “It more kind of fires me up a little.”

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Spieth missed more than half of his fairways in the second round, but he was able to play his approach shots from the proper side of the hole. Sure, he “stole a few,” particularly with unlikely birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 after errant drives, but he took advantage and put himself in position to defend his claret jug.

Spieth needed only 25 putts in the second round, and he credited a post-round adjustment Thursday for the improvement. The tweak allows his arms to do more of the work in his stroke, and he said he felt more confident on the greens.

“It’s come a long way in the last few months, no doubt,” he said.

More than anything, Spieth was relieved not to have to play “cut-line golf” on Friday, like he’s done each start since his spirited run at the Masters.

“I know that my swing isn’t exactly where I want it to be; it’s nowhere near where it was at Birkdale,” he said. “But the short game is on point, and the swing is working in the right direction to get the confidence back.”