Photos of the Week

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 12, 2009, 10:57 pm

Presidents Cup Team USA

 
THE GANG'S ALL HERE!: Members of the Team USA pose on stage with their wives and companions at the closing ceremonies after the USA defeated the Internationals 19.5 to 14.5 to win the Presidents Cup. (Getty Images)
Greg Norman Kangaroo Presidents Cup


CAPTAIN'S KANGAROO: Greg Norman with his daughter Morgan-Leigh and son Gregory with 9-month-old baby kangaroo 'Putter' who came from Melbourne and visited the International team cabin at the Presidents Cup. (Getty Images)

Steve Willaims Jimmy Johnson Presidents Cup

 
LET'S PLAY TWO?: Caddies Steve Williams, (L) and Jimmy Johnson walk up a fairway during a practice round prior to the start of the Presidents Cup at Harding Park. (Getty Images)
Elin Woods Presidents Cup

THEY'RE WITH THE BAND: Elin Woods and Michael Jordan's companion Yvette Prieto (left) make their way to their seats during Opening Ceremony of the Presidents Cup at Harding Park.(Getty Images)

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SOMEBODY NEEDS A HUG: Sean O'Hair reacts after missing a putt at the 14th hole during the Day 2 fourball matches at the Presidents Cup at Harding Park. (Getty Images)

Jim Furyk Justin Leonard Presidents Cup


BASIC HUGGING 101: Jim Furyk struggles to properly hug his teammate Justin Leonard following their win during Saturday foursome matches at the Presidents Cup.(Getty Images)


Michael Jordan Bill Clinton Presidents Cup

A SMOTHERING DEFENSE?: Michael Jordan poses with Former U.S. President Bill Clinton during a practice for the Presidents Cup at Harding Park  (Getty Images)


Kenny Perry Anthony Kim Presidents Cup

 
A WARM KIM-BRACE: Kenny Perry and Anthony Kim in the 18th fairway during the Day 1 foursome matches of the Presidents Cup at Harding Park. (Getty Images)



Camilo Villegas Presidents Cup

SPIDEY SNUGGLE: Camilo Villegas of the International team waits with his companion Maria Ochoa during the Day 1 foursome matches of the Presidents Cup at Harding Park Golf Course. (Getty Images)


Phil Mickelson Fred Couples Presidents Cup

 
COUPLES RETREAT: USA Team captain Fred Couples, (R) walks alongside Phil Mickelson during a practice round prior to the start of the Presidents Cup at Harding Park. (Getty Images)



Robert Allenby Vijay Singh Presidents CUp

LOVE TAPS: Vijay Singh and his partner Robert Allenby at the 15th hole during the Day 3 morning fousome matches. (Getty Images)


Barry Bonds Michael Jordan Presidents Cup

MALE BOND-ING
: Barry Bonds and Michael Jordan clown around on the practice ground during the Day 1 foursome matches. (Getty Images)


Steve Stricker Tiger Woods Presidents Cup

POWER COUPLE: Steve Stricker and Tiger Woods celebrate after Team USA defeated the Internationals 19.5 to 14.5 to win the Presidents Cup. (Getty Images)


Ernie Els Tim Clark Presidents Cup

ODD COUPLE. Ernie Els helps Tim Clark celebrate after Clark made a winning eagle putt Friday evening. (Getty Images)


Tiger Woods Presidents Cup pose

 
KING STRUT: Tiger Woods follows his second shot at the par-5 18th during the Saturday morning foursomes at the Presidents Cup at Harding Park. (Getty Images)



International team Presidents Cup

CONGO LINE: Int
ernational Team captain Greg Norman walks to the stage with (R-L) Frank Nobilo, Robert Allenby, Angel Cabrera, Tim Clark and Ernie Els during the Opening Cermonies of the Presidents Cup at Harding Park. (Getty Images)


 

Lucas Glover Presidents Cup
  
JUST FOR KICKS: Lucas Glover looks on during the Opening Ceremony of the Presidents Cup at Harding Park Golf Course in San Francisco, California. (Getty Images)




Anthony Kim Presidents Cup
 
HEAVYWEIGHT BELT: Anthony Kim sports a USA belt buckle during the second round fourball matches for the Presidents Cup (Getty Images)
 
Tiger Woods Ryo Ishikawa

SYNCHRONIZED SWINGING: Tiger Woods and Ryo Ishikawa wait on the first tee during the Day 1 foursome matches of the Presidents Cup at Harding Park. (Getty Images)




Willie Mays Presidents Cup

SAY HEY!: Hall of Fame baseball player Willie Mays and Juli Ogilvy, wife of Geoff Ogilvy, pose for a photo at the first tee during the second round fourball matches for the Presidents Cup. (Getty Images)


Ernie Els Presidents Cup
 
JUST BUST A MOVE: Ernie Els shuffles his feet to avoid the ball after his shot hit the lip of the bunker on the first hole during the Day 2 fourball matches of the Presidents Cup. (Getty Images)



Fred Couples Presidents Cup
 
DANCING MACHINE: U.S. captain Fred Couples gets down with his team – Stewart Cink, Hunter Mahan and Sean O'Hair – on the 18th green during the Sunday's singles matches at the Presidents Cup. (Getty Images)

 

Elin Woods Presidents Cup

RED, WHITE AND YOU: Elin Woods (L to R), Nicki Stricker, Julie Barnett and Yvette Prieto on course during the Day 2 Fourball Matches of The Presidents Cup at Harding Park. (Getty Images)


Ryo Ishikawa Tiger Woods Presidents Cup

RYO BRAVO: Ryo Ishikawa celebrates a birdie putt on the 15th green as Tiger Woods looks on during the Saturday afternoon fourball matches. (Getty Images)
Sean O

 
PHIL-ING THE GLOVE: Sean O'Hair congratulates his partner after Phil Mickelson hit his second shot at the 16th hole close to the hole for a birdie against VIjay Singh and Tim Clark in Saturday fourball matches at the Presidents Cup, (Getty Images)

Camilo Villegas Vijay Singh
  
SINGH-PONG?: International team members Camilo Villegas, left, and Vijay Singh, right, play table tennis after their practice round for the Presidents Cup. (Getty Images)



Michael Jordan Angel Cabrera Presidents Cup

GUARD(IAN) ANGEL
: Michael Jordan hugs Angel Cabrera during the Day 3 afternoon fourball matches. (Getty Images)

Tiger Woods Y. E. Yang Presidents Cup

WATCH YOUR BACK
: Tiger Woods and Y. E. Yang during the Sunday singles matches in the Presidents Cup at Harding Park. (Getty Images)

 


Manuel De Los Santos Alfred Dunhill Links

A LEG UP: Manuel De Los Santos, 25, of the Dominican Republic during a practice round at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at the Old Course. Santos, who plays to a 3 handicap, lost his limb in a car accident when he was 18 years old. (Getty Images)
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Poulter offers explanation in dispute with marshal

By Will GrayJuly 15, 2018, 6:47 pm

Ian Poulter took to Twitter to offer an explanation after the Englishman was accused of verbally abusing a volunteer during the third round of the Scottish Open.

Poulter hooked his drive on the opening hole at Gullane Golf Club into a bush, where Quintin Jardine was working as a marshal. Poulter went on to find the ball, wedge out and make bogey, but the details of the moments leading up to his second shot differ depending on who you ask.

Jardine wrote a letter to the tournament director that he also turned into a colorfully-titled blog post, accusing Poulter of berating him for not going into the bush "feet first" in search of the ball since Poulter would have received a free drop had his ball been stepped on by an official.


Full-field scores from the ASI Scottish Open


"I stood and waited for the player. It turned out to be Mr. Poulter, who arrived in a shower of expletives and asked me where his ball was," Jardine wrote. "I told him and said that I had not ventured into the bush for fear of standing on it. I wasn't expecting thanks, but I wasn't expecting aggression, either."

Jardine added that Poulter stayed to exchange heated words with the volunteer even after wedging his ball back into the fairway. After shooting a final-round 69 to finish in a tie for 30th, Poulter tweeted his side of the story to his more than 2.3 million followers:

Poulter, 42, won earlier this year on the PGA Tour at the Houston Open and is exempt into The Open at Carnoustie, where he will make his 17th Open appearance. His record includes a runner-up at Royal Birkdale in 2008 and a T-3 finish at Muirfield in 2013.

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Immelman misses Open bid via OWGR tiebreaker

By Will GrayJuly 15, 2018, 6:25 pm

A resurgent performance at the Scottish Open gave Trevor Immelman his first top-10 finish in more than four years, but it left him short of a return to The Open by the slimmest of margins.

The former Masters champ turned back the clock this week at Gullane Golf Club, carding four straight rounds of 68 or better. That run included a 5-under 65 in the final round, which gave him a tie for third and left him five shots behind winner Brandon Stone. It was his first worldwide top-10 since a T-10 finish at the 2014 Farmers Insurance Open.

There were three spots available into The Open for players not otherwise exempt, and for a brief moment it appeared Immelman, 38, might sneak the third and final invite.


Full-field scores from the ASI Scottish Open


But with Stone and runner-up Eddie Pepperell both not qualified, that left the final spot to be decided between Immelman and Sweden's Jens Dantorp who, like Immelman, tied for third at 15 under.

As has been the case with other stops along the Open Qualifying Series, the tiebreaker to determine invites is the players' standing in the Official World Golf Rankings entering the week. Dantorp is currently No. 322 in the world, but with Immelman ranked No. 1380 the Swede got the nod.

This will mark Dantorp's first-ever major championship appearance. Immelman, who hasn't made the cut in a major since the 2013 Masters, was looking to return to The Open for 10th time and first since a missed cut at Royal Lytham six years ago. He will instead work the week at Carnoustie as part of Golf Channel and NBC's coverage of The Open.

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Stone (60) wins Scottish Open, invite to Carnoustie

By Will GrayJuly 15, 2018, 6:06 pm

There's never a bad time to shoot a 60, but Brandon Stone certainly picked an opportune moment to do so.

Facing a jammed leaderboard in the final round of the Scottish Open, Stone fired a 10-under 60 to leave a stacked field in his wake and win the biggest tournament of his career. His 20-under 260 total left him four shots clear of Eddie Pepperell and five shots in front of a group that tied for third.

Stone had a mid-range birdie putt on No. 18 that would have given him the first 59 in European Tour history. But even after missing the putt on the left, Stone tapped in to close out a stellar round that included eight birdies, nine pars and an eagle. It's his third career European Tour title but first since the Alfred Dunhill Championship in December 2016.


Full-field scores from the ASI Scottish Open


Stone started the day three shots behind overnight leader Jens Dantorp, but he made an early move with three birdies over his first five holes and five over his first 10. Stone added a birdie on the par-3 12th, then took command with a three-hole run from Nos. 14-16 that included two birdies and an eagle.

The eye-popping score from the 25-year-old South African was even more surprising considering his lack of form entering the week. Stone is currently ranked No. 371 in the world and had missed four of his last seven worldwide cuts without finishing better than T-60.

Stone was not yet qualified for The Open, and as a result of his performance at Gullane Golf Club he will tee it up next week at Carnoustie. Stone headlined a group of three Open qualifiers, as Pepperell and Dantorp (T-3) also earned invites by virtue of their performance this week. The final spot in the Open will go to the top finisher not otherwise qualified from the John Deere Classic.

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Daly (knee) replaced by Bradley in Open field

By Will GrayJuly 15, 2018, 12:13 pm

Former champion John Daly has withdrawn from The Open because of a right knee injury and will be replaced in the field at Carnoustie by another major winner, Keegan Bradley.

Daly, 52, defeated Costantino Rocca in a memorable playoff to win the claret jug at St. Andrews in 1995. His lingering knee pain led him to request a cart during last month's U.S. Senior Open, and when that request was denied he subsequently withdrew from the tournament.

Daly then received treatment on the knee and played in a PGA Tour event last week at The Greenbrier without the use of a cart, missing the cut with rounds of 77-67. But on the eve of the season's third major, he posted to Twitter that his pain remains "unbearable" and that a second request for a cart was turned down:

This will be just the second time since 2000 that Daly has missed The Open, having also sat out the 2013 event at Muirfield. He last made the cut in 2012, when he tied for 81st at Royal Lytham. He could still have a few more chances to improve upon that record, given that past Open champions remain fully exempt until age 60.

Taking his place will be Bradley, who was first alternate based on his world ranking. Bradley missed the event last year but recorded three top-20 finishes in five appearances from 2012-16, including a T-18 finish two years ago at Royal Troon.

The next three alternates, in order, are Spain's Adrian Otaegui and Americans Aaron Wise and J.B. Holmes.