Duval and Woods to Defend in Japan

By Golf Channel NewsroomNovember 13, 2001, 5:00 pm
Fresh off a victory at the Dunlop Phoenix Open in Japan, David Duval will remain abroad for another week, as he and World No. 1 Tiger Woods traverse to Taiheiyo Club in Shizuoka for their defense of the WGC-EMC World Cup.
Woods and Duval partnered last year for a hard-fought victory over the Argentine team of Eduardo Romero and Angel Cabrera in this events first season as one of the World Golf Championships.
Now, they are hoping to do the same in 2001.
Any time you go as a team, and you go around the world, its great to compete well and win, Duval said of the event. I dont like to speak for anyone else, but I will speak for Tiger on that we have no intention of not winning that golf tournament.
Ranked first and third respectively in the Official World Golf Rankings, Woods and Duval are again favorites this time around.
Whats more, they have each made significant accomplishments since their joint win in 2000.
Woods won five times on the PGA Tour, including his fourth straight major at The Masters, and wrapped up the money title for a third straight season.
Duval, in the meantime, took his first career major title at this years British Open, and following his win last week at the Dunlop, he appears on top form.
Thats not to say that there wont be stiff competition, however.
On the contrary, a wealth of talent will be making the trip to Japan for its $3 million pot.
The line-up is as follows:
Country and Players:
Australia -- Adam Scott and Aaron Baddeley
Argentina --Angel Cabrera and Eduardo Romero
Canada --Mike Weir and Ian Leggatt
China --Zhang Lian-Wei and Liang Wen-Chong
Denmark --Thomas Bjorn and Soren Hansen
England --Ian Poulter and Warren Bennett
Fiji --Vijay Singh and Dinesh Chand
France --Thomas Levet and Raphael Jacquelin
Holland --Maarten Lafeber and Robert Jan Derksen
Ireland --Padraig Harrington and Paul McGinley
Japan --Toshi Izawa and Shigeki Maruyama
Malaysia --Danny Chia and Periasamy Gunasegaran
Mexico --Octavio Gonzalez and Alejandro Quiroz
New Zealand -- Michael Campbell and David Smail
Norway --Per Haugrud and Henrik Bjornstad
Paraguay --Carlos Franco and Angel Franco
Philippines -- Rodrigo Cuello and Danny Zarate
Scotland --Andrew Coltart and Andrew Oldcorn
South Africa -- Ernie Els and Retief Goosen
Spain --Sergio Garcia and Miguel Angel Jimenez
Sweden --Niclas Fasth and Pierre Fulke
United States -- Tiger Woods and David Duval
Wales --Phillip Price and Mark Mouland
Zimbabwe -- Mark McNulty and Tony Johnstone
With $1 million on the line for the winning team, as well as the prestigious John J. Hopkins Cup, matches should be highly-contested from the opening day.
The schedule will feature two days of fourball (Thursday and Saturday) and two days of foursomes (Friday and Sunday).
The Taiheiyo Club was opened in 1977 and plays to a par of 72 at 7,232 yards.
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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.