Cink Johnson Represent US at World Cup

By Golf Channel NewsroomNovember 15, 2005, 5:00 pm
2005 Algarve World Cup in PortugalAs the PGA Tour season came to a close two weeks ago and with the start of the 2006 European Tour season, the golfing world pauses to come together for the WGC - Algarve World Cup in Portugal.
 
Twenty-four teams will battle it out for a share of the $4,000,000 purse in the four round tournament which features two rounds of foursomes play and two rounds of fourballs.
 
Golf bags of Stewart Cink and Zach Johnson
The duo of Stewart Cink and Zach Johnson will try and be the first U.S. team to win the World Cup since the year 2000.
The United States, despite not drawing a Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson to the event, is still well represented with Stewart Cink - currently ranked 25th in the world - and Zach Johnson, ranked 49th.
 
The World Cup field consists of the top-ranked player from select countries, who then gets to choose his partner. If that player declines the offer, the invitation goes to the next player from that country in the rankings.
 
Cink, who earlier in the year went a mind-boggling 351 straight holes without a three-putt, and Johnson follow in the footsteps of the U.S. team of Scott Verplank and Bob Tway, who finished a disappointing seventh in 2004. It marked the first time in the event's 50-year history that the U.S. has gone four years without winning the title.
 
The last U.S. victory came in 2000 when Woods teamed up with David Duval for the win. Woods had also won the title the previous year when he was paired with good friend Mark O'Meara.
 
The team to beat this year could very well be England, who also happen to be the defending champions. England will be represented by Luke Donald - who teamed with Paul Casey last year for the title - and David Howell, who's brimming with confidence after he dispatched of Woods in last week's HSBC Champions event in China. The win vaulted the little-known Howell up to the 13th spot in the world rankings, the position Donald previously held before slipping two spots to 15th.
 
The only other team that comes close to matching England's lofty place in the world rankings is Spain, who comes in with the highest ranked player in the field in Sergio Garcia. Garcia will be paired with countryman Miguel Angel Jimenez who is currently 34th in the world. Garcia and Jimenez finished second last year to Donald and Casey.
 
Other top teams of note are Ireland's tandem of Padraig Harrington and Paul McGinley. The Irish duo are the only team to have played in all five of the World Cup events since it became a part of the World Golf Championships in 2000.
 
Host nation Portugal will be making their debut in the World Cup, with Jose-Filipe Lima and Antonio Sobrinho representing their home country.
 
This is the 52nd edition of the World Cup which was started back in 1953 when it was originally called the Canada Cup and International Golf Championship. It became known as the World Cup of Golf in 1967 and in 2000 it became one of the four events that make up the World Golf Championships.
 
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    By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 2:13 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Adam Scott has been in between caddies for the last month and went with a bold stand-in for this week’s Open Championship, coaxing veteran looper Fanny Sunesson out of retirement to work for him at Carnoustie.

    Sunesson caddied for Nick Faldo in his prime, as the duo won four major titles together. She also worked for Henrik Stenson and Sergio Garcia before a back injury forced her to retire.

    But for this week’s championship, Scott convinced the Swede to return to the caddie corps. The results have been impressive, with the Australian following an opening 71 with a second-round 70 for a tie for 16th place.


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    “It's been going great. Fanny is, obviously, a fantastic caddie, and to be able to have that experience out there with me is certainly comforting,” Scott said. “We've gotten along really well. She's picked up on my game quickly, and I think we think about things in a very similar way.”

    Scott was also asked about a potential long-term partnership between the duo, but he didn’t sound hopeful.

    “It's just for this week,” he said. “It would be up to her, but I don't think she's making plans of a comeback. I was being a bit opportunistic in contacting her and coaxing her out of retirement, I guess. But I think she's having a good week. We'll just take it one week at the moment.”

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    After tense Augusta Sunday, Rory ready to be aggressive

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 1:51 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy temporarily lost his superpowers during the Masters.  

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    No, the final round was nowhere near as dispiriting as the finale in 2011, but McIlroy still sulked the following week. He binge-watched TV shows. Devoured a few books. Guzzled a couple of bottles of wine. His pity party lasted a few days, until his wife, Erica, finally dragged him out of the house for a walk.

    Some deeper introspection was required, and McIlroy revealed a healthier self-analysis Friday at Carnoustie. He diagnosed what went wrong at Augusta, and then again two months later at the U.S. Open, where he blew himself out of the tournament with an opening 80.

    “I was worrying too much about the result, not focusing on the process,” he said. “Sunday at Augusta was a big learning curve for me because, even if I hadn’t won that tournament, but I went down swinging and aggressive and committing to every shot, I would have walked away a lot happier.”


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    And so McIlroy has a new mantra this week at The Open.

    Let it go.

    Don’t hold back. Don’t worry about the repercussions. Don’t play scared.

    “I’m committed to making sure, even if I don’t play my best golf and don’t shoot the scores I want, I’m going to go down swinging, and I’m going to go down giving my best,” he said. “The result is the byproduct of all the little things you do to lead up to that. Sometimes I’ve forgotten that, and I just need to get back in that mindset.”

    It’s worked through two rounds, even after the cool, damp conditions led McIlroy to abandon his ultra-aggressive strategy. He offset a few mistakes with four birdies, shooting a second consecutive 69 to sit just a couple of shots off the lead.

    During a sun-splashed first round, McIlroy gleefully banged driver on almost every hole, flying or skirting the bunkers that dot these baked-out, undulating fairways. He wasn’t particularly accurate, but he also didn’t need to be, as the thin, wispy rough enabled every player to at least advance their approach shots near the green.

    Friday’s weather presented a different challenge. A steady morning rain took some of the fire out of parched fairways, but the cooler temperatures also reduced much of the bombers’ hang time. Suddenly, all of the bunkers were in play, and McIlroy needed to adjust his driver-heavy approach (he hit only six) on the fly.

    “It just wasn’t worth it,” he said.

    McIlroy hit a few “skanky” shots, in his words, but even his bigger misses – on the sixth and 17th holes – were on the proper side, allowing him to scramble for par and keep the round going.

    It’s the fifth time in his career that he’s opened a major with back-to-back rounds in the 60s. He’s gone on to win three of the previous four – the lone exception that disastrous final round (80) at Augusta in 2011.

    “I don’t want to say easy,” he said, “but it’s felt comfortable.”

    The weekend gets uncomfortable for everyone, apparently even four-time major winners who, when in form, ooze confidence and swagger.

    Once again McIlroy has that look at a major.

    The only thing left to do?

    Let it go.

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    By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 1:23 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Zach Johnson will have some bragging rights when he gets back to the ultimate golf frat house on Friday after a second-round 67 moved him into the lead at The Open.

    Johnson is rooming with Jordan Spieth, Jason Dufner, Kevin Kisner, Jimmy Walker, Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler this week at Carnoustie. It’s a tradition that began two years ago at Royal Troon.

    Kisner joked on Thursday after he took the first-round lead that the perks for the house/tournament front-runner were limited: “I probably get to eat first,” he said.


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    There is, however, one running wager.

    “Two years ago we, I don't know if you call it bet, but agreement that, if you win, you get the jet and you buy it, so we go home,” said Johnson, who added that because of varying travel arrangements, the wager might not be needed this year. “I didn't pay last year. Somebody else did.”

    Spieth won last year’s championship at Royal Birkdale.

    Despite the expense, Johnson said he didn’t know how much it costs to charter a private flight back to the United States, but it’s a good problem to have.

    “I’d be happy to fork it over,” he smiled.