International Report Card

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 11, 2009, 6:50 pm
Robert Allenby (2-2-1)
Robert Allenby

Missed a short putt early and late during dispiriting lopsided Sunday loss to Anthony Kim. The Internationals really needed its blue colors up early and Allenby didn’t oblige.

Angel Cabrera (1-3-0)
Angel Cabrera

Two-time major champion didn’t show up until it was too late. One of the biggest disappointments this week, Cabrera won his first point long after the Presidents Cup outcome was decided.

Tim Clark (2-2-1)
Tim Clark

Clark made six birdies in his 4-and-3 victory against Zach Johnson. His losses came in matches involving Tiger Woods, Steve Stricker and Phil Mickelson. He hit some great shots all week, including his eagle at the 18th that won a Day 2 fourball match.

Ernie Els (3-2-0)
Ernie Els

The Big Easy was a good partner this week, but his blowout singles loss to Sean O’Hair hurt. He couldn’t get the Internationals momentum they needed Sunday in those early matches.

Retief Goosen (0-3-1)
Retief Goosen

Bad week for the veteran, who has been a Presidents Cup stalwart in the past. The first time in his four Presidents Cup appearances he hasn’t won at least two points.

Ryo Ishikawa (3-2-0)
Ryo Ishikawa

For an 18-year-old rookie, Ishikawa impressed fellow pros with his game. His only losses were against the Woods/Stricker team.

Geoff Ogilvy (2-2-0)
Geoff Ogilvy

Two-time Accenture Match Play champion didn’t have his best stuff this week but cooled off Stricker, 2 and 1, in singles. Still, Ogilvy’s a guy from which much was expected.

Adam Scott (1-4-0)
Adam Scott

Questionable captain’s pick didn’t do anything to justify Greg Norman selecting him. Makes you wonder how much better Rory Sabbatini or Jeev Milkha Singh could have done.

Vijay Singh (2-0-3)
Vijay Singh

Classy move conceding a halve to Lucas Glover in singles. Singh didn’t lose a match all week and was his team’s leading point winner.

Camilo Villegas (0-4-0)
Camilo Villegas

A major disappointment who didn’t deliver a single point, Villegas takes some bruises away from his first international team pro event.

Mike Weir (2-2-1)
Mike Weir

Terrific 3-wood at the 18th that clinched a Friday fourball match may have been the shot of the week. Teamed with Clark to push Woods/Stricker 18 holes.

Y.E. Yang (2-2-1)
Y.E. Yang

PGA Championship winner was pummeled by too much Tiger this week, including a Sunday singles thrashing. But a respectable rookie showing anyway.

Greg Norman (captain)
Greg Norman

Norman was a positive force for his team all week, a strong presence reading greens, passing on information and lifting spirits. He improved the Internationals lousy foursomes record and was a dynamic leader, but his grade suffers based on his making the slumping Adam Scott a captain's pick. Scott didn't deliver, and the important choice looms as Norman's only bad move.

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Weather extends Barbasol to Monday finish

By Associated PressJuly 23, 2018, 12:25 am

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - A thunderstorm has suspended the fourth round of the PGA Tour's Barbasol Championship until Monday morning.

Sunday's third stoppage of play at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came with the four leaders - Hunter Mahan, Robert Streb, Tom Lovelady and Troy Merritt at 18 under par - and four other contenders waiting to begin the round.

The tournament will resume at 7:30 a.m. on Monday. Lightning caused one delay, and play was stopped earlier in the afternoon to clear water that accumulated on the course following a morning of steady and sometimes-heavy rain.

Inclement weather has plagued the tournament throughout the weekend. The second round was completed Saturday morning after being suspended by thunderstorms late Friday afternoon.

The resumption will mark the PGA Tour's second Monday finish this season. Jason Day won the Farmers Insurance Open in January after darkness delayed the sixth playoff hole, and he needed just 13 minutes to claim the victory.

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Watch: Spectator films as Woods' shot hits him

By Will GrayJuly 23, 2018, 12:07 am

It was a collision watched by millions of fans on television, and one that came at a pivotal juncture as Tiger Woods sought to win The Open. It also gave Colin Hauck the story of a lifetime.

Hauck was among dozens of fans situated along the left side of the 11th hole during the final round at Carnoustie as the pairing of Woods and Francesco Molinari hit their approach shots. After 10 holes of nearly flawless golf, Woods missed the fairway off the tee and then pulled his iron well left of the target.

The ball made square contact with Hauck, who hours later tweeted a video showing the entire sequence - even as he continued to record after Woods' shot sent him tumbling to the ground:

The bounce initially appeared fortuitous for Woods, as his ball bounded away from thicker rough and back toward the green. But an ambitious flop shot came up short, and he eventually made a double bogey to go from leading by a shot to trailing by one. He ultimately shot an even-par 71, tying for sixth two shots behind Molinari.

For his efforts as a human shield, Hauck received a signed glove and a handshake from Woods - not to mention a firsthand video account that will be sure to spark plenty of conversations in the coming years.

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Molinari retirement plan: coffee, books and Twitter

By Will GrayJuly 22, 2018, 9:35 pm

After breaking through for his first career major, Francesco Molinari now has a five-year exemption on the PGA Tour, a 10-year exemption in Europe and has solidified his standing as one of the best players in the world.

But not too long ago, the 35-year-old Italian was apparently thinking about life after golf.

Shortly after Molinari rolled in a final birdie putt to close out a two-shot victory at The Open, fellow Tour player Wesley Bryan tweeted a picture of a note that he wrote after the two played together during the third round of the WGC-HSBC Champions in China in October. In it, Bryan shared Molinari's plans to retire as early as 2020 to hang out at cafes and "become a Twitter troll":

Molinari is active on the social media platform, with more than 5,600 tweets sent out to nearly 150,000 followers since joining in 2010. But after lifting the claret jug at Carnoustie, it appears one of the few downsides of Molinari's victory is that the golf world won't get to see the veteran turn into a caffeinated, well-read troll anytime soon.

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Molinari had previously avoided Carnoustie on purpose

By Rex HoggardJuly 22, 2018, 9:17 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Sometimes a course just fits a player’s eye. They can’t really describe why, but more often than not it leads to solid finishes.

Francesco Molinari’s relationship with Carnoustie isn’t like that.

The Italian played his first major at Carnoustie, widely considered the toughest of all The Open venues, in 2007, and his first impression hasn’t really changed.

“There was nothing comforting about it,” he said on Sunday following a final-round 69 that lifted him to a two-stroke victory.

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In fact, following that first exposure to the Angus coast brute, Molinari has tried to avoid Carnoustie, largely skipping the Dunhill Links Championship, one of the European Tour’s marquee events, throughout his career.

“To be completely honest, it's one of the reasons why I didn't play the Dunhill Links in the last few years, because I got beaten up around here a few times in the past,” he said. “I didn't particularly enjoy that feeling. It's a really tough course. You can try and play smart golf, but some shots, you just have to hit it straight. There's no way around it. You can't really hide.”

Molinari’s relative dislike for the layout makes his performance this week even more impressive considering he played his last 37 holes bogey-free.

“To play the weekend bogey-free, it's unthinkable, to be honest. So very proud of today,” he said.