U.S. hoping to regain Curtis Cup

By Associated PressJune 5, 2014, 11:35 pm

ST. LOUIS - The first black U.S. Curtis Cup player, Mariah Stackhouse, is focused on making a lot more history this weekend at St. Louis Country Club.

''To be the first African-American on the Curtis Cup team is amazing,'' the 20-year-old Stanford player said. ''I don't look at myself as a trail blazer. But I think that it is really cool.''

The biennial event against Britain and Ireland opens Friday at the Charles Blair Macdonald-designed course. The United States leads the series 27-7-3, but is trying to regain the cup after falling, 10 1/2-9 ½, in 2012 at Nairn in Scotland. The loss was the Americans' first since 1996.

Captain Ellen Port, from St. Louis, has had former U.S. players talk to her team about the matches.



''It's about enjoying yourself and winning it for your country, and I think there's a lot of emphasis placed on that,'' Stackhouse, from Riverdale, Ga., said Thursday. ''Just meeting them and seeing how passionate they are about it, that's enough to get us worked up and we're like, we have to bring that Cup home. That's what we're here for. We love each other and we want to win together, for captain, for each other, for America, for home.''

On Friday and Saturday, there will be three morning foursomes matches and three afternoon four-ball matches. On Sunday, the competition will close with eight singles.

''It's not about beating another opponent,'' Port said ''It's about trying to be the best you can be. I feel like if everybody is doing that, the competition is going to be great.''

Northern Ireland's Stephanie Meadow, coming off her senior season at Alabama, is back for Britain and Ireland after playing on the winning team two years ago.

''It's always exciting to win away from home, for the supporters that we do have here, which is actually quite a few,'' Meadow said. ''A lot have made a long trip to come follow us, and it would be really special.''

Stackhouse is joined in the U.S. lineup by UCLA's Alison Lee of Valencia, California, and Erynne Lee of Silverdale, Washington; Southern California's Kyung Kim of Chandler, Arizona, and Annie Park of Levittown, New York; Mississippi State's Ally McDonald of Fulton, Mississippi; Clemson's Ashlan Ramsey of Milledgeville, Georgia; and Alabama's Emma Talley of Princeton, Kentucky.

Britain and Ireland, captained by Wales' Tegwen Matthews, has three other U.S. college players. Scotland's Gemma Dryburgh plays at Tulane, England's Bronte Law at UCLA, and England's Charlotte Thomas at Washington. England's Gabriella Cowley, Annabel Dimmock and Georgia Hall and Scotland's Eilidh Briggs complete the team.

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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.”