U.S. wins its first International Crown

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 24, 2016, 10:14 pm

Thanks to Cristie Kerr’s 3-and-2 victory over England’s Mel Reid, the United States team of Kerr, Lexi Thompson, Stacy Lewis and Gerina Piller won the International Crown on Sunday.

Kerr closed out Reid on the 16th hole when Reid’s birdie try from the fringe that would have extended the match raced past the hole.

Unaware of the importance of the match, Kerr found out she had clinched the title when Lewis and Piller ran onto the green to congratulate her.

The win gives the U.S. its first International Crown after the Americans were shut out of Sunday Singles two years ago in the event’s inaugural playing.

Lewis defeated Japan’s Mika Miyazato, 3 and 2, in the second match off on Sunday, while Piller took down Chinese Taipei’s Yani Tseng, 4 and 3, in the match behind.

Shortly after Kerr’s win, Lexi Thompson was closed out by runner-up South Korea’s So Yeon Ryu, 2 and 1, but it didn’t matter.

“Gerina and I went out and got points early, and we got Kerr into the house. Now we’ve got a crown,” Lewis said, summing up the victory.


FINAL RESULTS, STANDINGS

  POINTS W-L-T
United States 13 6-3-1
Republic of Korea 12 6-4-0
England 11 5-4-1
Chinese Taipei 11 5-4-1
Japan 8 3-5-2

*China, Thailand and Australia failed to advance to Sunday singles.


MATCH 25 

Chinese Taipei’s Candie Kung def. Japan’s Ai Suzuki, 2 and 1.

Kung completed a brilliant week, going undefeated. With her singles victory, she finished the event with a 3-0-1 record.

MATCH 26

The United States’ Stacy Lewis def. Japan’s Mika Miyazato, 3 and 2.

The match was all square going to the 13th, where Lewis stuck her approach to 4 feet to set up birdie. She carved her tee shot to 8 feet at the 14th and made another birdie to go 2 up, and then hit her approach at the 15th to a foot for a third consecutive birdie to go 3 up.

MATCH 27

The United States’ Gerina Piller def. Chinese Taipei’s Yani Tseng, 4 and 3.

Piller birdied the first and never trailed the entire match, with Tseng hitting too many wayward shots, one behind a tree and another in the water on the front nine. Stepping to the 12th tee 1 up, Piller won three consecutive holes to put the match away.

MATCH 28

Japan’s Haru Nomura def. Korea’s Amy Yang, 3 and 2.

Nomura birdied the sixth, seventh and ninth holes to win all three holes and turn the match in her favor.

MATCH 29

Japan’s Ayaka Watanabe def. England’s Holly Clyburn, 1 up.

Clyburn holed a 6-foot birdie at the 17th to move 1 down, but Watanabe got up and down from behind the 18th green, holing an 8-foot putt for par to secure her victory.

MATCH 30

Chinese Taipei’s Teresa Lu def. Korea’s In Gee Chun, 4 and 3.

Lu got up early on Chun, making four birdies over the first five holes to take an early 3-up lead. She didn’t back off, never really giving Chun an opening.

MATCH 31

England’s Jodi Ewart Shadoff def. Chinese Taipei’s Ssu-Chia Cheng, 1 up

Trailing almost the entire match, Shadoff made back-to-back birdies at the 14th and 15th holes to turn momentum in her favor. She completed a terrific week, going 3-0-1.

MATCH 32

Korea’s So Yeon Ryu def. the United States’ Lexi Thompson, 2 and 1.

Thompson was 1 down when she reached the par-5 eighth hole in two but then needed three putts, missing a 3-footer for birdie. It gave Ryu a 2-up lead and momentum. Ryu hit a hybrid to 4 feet at the ninth to make birdie and build a 3 up lead and held on from there.

MATCH 33

The United States’ Cristie Kerr def. England’s Mel Reid, 3 and 2.

Kerr took control early, opening with a birdie to win the first hole and then a 40-foot eagle putt at the third to go 2 up. Kerr won four of the first five holes and then held off Reid’s push on the back nine, clinching the victory with a two-putt birdie at the 16th.

MATCH 34

Korea’s Sei Young Kim def. England’s Charley Hull, 5 and 4.

Kim birdied four of the first six holes to go 3 up. Hull, who came into Sunday having won more holes (10) than any other player despite missing Friday fourballs due to illness, won just one hole the rest of the way against Kim.

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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.”

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After 36, new Open favorite is ... Fleetwood

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 7:49 pm

With a handful of the pre-championship favorites exiting early, there is a new odds-on leader entering the third round of The Open at Carnoustie.

While Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner share the 36-hole lead, it's England's Tommy Fleetwood who leads the betting pack at 11/2. Fleetwood begins the third round one shot off the lead.

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

Tommy Fleetwood: 11/2

Zach Johnson: 13/2

Rory McIlroy: 7/1

Jordan Spieth: 8/1

Rickie Fowler: 9/1

Kevin Kisner: 12/1

Xander Schauffele: 16/1

Tony Finau: 16/1

Matt Kuchar: 18/1

Pat Perez: 25/1

Brooks Koepka: 25/1

Erik van Rooyen: 50/1

Alex Noren: 50/1

Tiger Woods: 50/1

Thorbjorn Olesen: 60/1

Danny Willett: 60/1

Francesco Molinari: 60/1