Women's Am, NCAA champ headline U.S. Curtis Cup

By Will GrayMarch 13, 2014, 7:32 pm

Reigning U.S. Women's Amateur champion Emma Talley and Annie Park, who won the NCAA individual title in 2013, were among eight names selected to the U.S. Curtis Cup squad, the USGA announced Thursday.

Talley, a sophomore at the University of Alabama, survived the bracket last summer at the Country Club of Charleston, while Park led the University of Southern California to a team NCAA title last year in addition to her individual crown. The pair rank Nos. 12 and 2, respectively, in the latest amateur rankings.

They will be joined this summer by Park's USC teammate, Kyung Kim, as well as Alison Lee, the No. 3-ranked amateur who plays for cross-town rival UCLA. Rounding out the roster will be Stanford's Mariah Stackhouse, Clemson's Ashlan Ramsey, UCLA's Erynne Lee and Ally McDonald, who plays collegiately at Mississippi State.

The team is comprised of six teenagers, with Erynne Lee and McDonald serving as the squad's elder members at age 21. All eight are currently ranked inside the top 25 among amateurs, with five - Park, Alison Lee, Ramsey, McDonald and Kim - ranked inside the top 10. Doris Chen and Lauren Diaz-Yi, who met in the finals of the 2013 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links, will be the team's two alternates.

The biennial matches will be contested June 6-8 at St. Louis (Mo.) Country Club, with five-time USGA champion and St. Louis resident Ellen Port serving as captain of the American squad. The team from Great Britain & Ireland, captained by Tegwen Matthews, is expected to be announced on May 6.

While the U.S. holds a 27-7-3 overall advantage in the matches, Team GB & I will look to defend their win from 2012, when they took the trophy at The Nairn Golf Club in Scotland by a 10.5-9.5 margin.

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Koepka primed for CJ Cup win and world No. 1

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 19, 2018, 6:00 am

Brooks Koepka wants a 2-for-1 at the CJ Cup. If he can collect his second non-major PGA Tour victory he can become world No. 1 for the first time in his career.

He’s in great position to accomplish his goal.

Koepka eagled the par-5 18th en route to a 7-under 65 in the second round at Nine Bridges in Juju Island, South Korea. At 8 under par, he is one back of 36-hole leader Scott Piercy (65).

Koepka, currently ranked third in the world, began the day three shots off the lead, but rapidly ascended the leaderboard. He birdied four of his first eight holes before finding trouble at the ninth. Koepka hooked his tee shot out of bounds, but the ninth is a par 5 and he was able to salvage bogey.

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That was his only dropped shot of the day.

The reigning Tour Player of the Year birdied the 12th and 14th holes in his bid to keep pace with Piercy. Koepka was two back as he played his final hole, where he knocked his second shot to 10 feet. He deftly converted the eagle effort to tie Piercy and earn a spot in Saturday’s final twosome. Piercy later pulled a shot ahead with a birdie at the ninth, his final hole of the day.

Koepka has officially won four PGA Tour events, but three of those are majors (2017, ’18 U.S. Open; 2018 PGA). His lone non-major win was the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open.

He can still reach world No. 1 with a solo second place, assuming Justin Thomas, currently world No. 4, doesn’t win this week.

That will take a mighty weekend effort by the defending champ.

Thomas also eagled the 18th hole to go from 1 over to 1 under. He shot 2-under 70 in the second round and is seven shots off the lead.

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'Go in'? Yes, JT wants an ace at the par-4 14th

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 19, 2018, 5:11 am

Justin Thomas didn’t hesitate after hitting his tee shot on the 353-yard, par-4 14th in Round 2 of the CJ Cup.

“Go in,” he immediately said.

“Please go in,” he added.

Thomas’ tee shot was on a great line, but it landed just short of the green. Surprisingly, it took three more shots for his ball to "go in." After birdies on Nos. 12 and 13, Thomas parred the 14th.

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Watch: Dufner makes six (!) fist pumps after birdie

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 19, 2018, 4:53 am

Jason Dufner makes Ben Stein seem like Jonathan Winters. Dufner often looks mighty miserable for someone who plays golf for a living.

But not on Friday at the CJ Cup!

Dufner made a 20-footer for birdie at the 16th hole and “celebrated” with one-two-three-(pause)-four-five-six fist pumps. There could have been more, but the camera cut away.

That was Dufner’s third birdie on the back nine, which offset a triple bogey at the par-3 seventh, en route to an even-par 72. Good times.

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Watch: Paul C-ace-y makes hole-in-one at CJ Cup

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 19, 2018, 2:35 am

Par-par-par-par-par-par. It was a boring second round over the first six holes for Paul Casey at the CJ Cup.

And then he aced the par-3 seventh.

Casey's tee shot from 176 tracked straight towards the hole and rolled in near the final revolution. That got him to 2 under par for the tournament. He was five off the lead, held by Chez Reavie, but bogeyed the ninth and 10th holes to give back those two strokes.

Hey, it's a no-cut event and a guaranteed paycheck. Drinks on Casey!