Ryder Cup Spots at Stake in Germany

By Golf Channel NewsroomAugust 24, 2004, 4:00 pm
European TourAfter a couple of quiet weeks due to the PGA Championship and the WGC-NEC Invitational, the European Tour gets back into high gear as it heads into Munich, Germany for the BMW International Open.
 
With Ryder Cup spots on the line for several players, European captain Bernhard Langer will be on hand to watch what unfolds in the last tournament before he announces his two wild card selections.
 
Langer himself will not be playing in the event in which he has finished runner-up a record four times. Staged in his native country, it is the only European Tour event held on German soil that Langer has not won.
 
But the Langer will have other things on his mind, such as which players will play their way onto the team and also which players he sees that deserve to be captains selections.
 
Going into this week, six players have already qualified for the European team starting with Padraig Harrington, who leads the Euro Ryder Cup world points list.
 
Unlike how the U.S. team is put together, the European system takes the five leading players on the Ryder Cup world points list and then selects the leading five players - not otherwise qualified - from the European Ryder Cup points list to achieve their top 10. Captain Langer will then add his two wild card picks to fill out the roster.
 
Harrington is followed on the world points list by Sergio Garcia, Darren Clarke, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Lee Westwood. France's Thomas Levet has also secured a spot on the team with his position on the second points list - or money list.
 
Speaking of Westwood, it was at this tournament a year ago that the affable Englishman returned from the golfing abyss to capture his first title in almost three years.
 
The 32-year-old Westwood, who in 2000 won six times in Europe, seven times around the world and in the process snatched the Volvo Order of Merit title away from Colin Montgomerie, reached as high as fourth in the world before virtually falling off the face of the earth.
 
He eventually dropped to 215th in the world and after slow climb back to respectability, grabbed the title last year with a brilliant final-round 66 to beat Alex Cejka by three strokes. Later in the year, he won the Dunhill Links Championship. Westwood is currently ranked 43rd in the world.
 
Joining the European team in Germany will be former BMW International champion John Daly. Daly's one stroke victory over Harrington in 2002 was the two-time major winners first title since claiming the 1995 British Open.
 
This is the seventh straight year in which Golf Club MunchenNord-Eichenried is playing host and the 12th time overall. The European Tour moves to Switzerland next week for the Omega European Masters at Crans-sur-Sierre, where Ernie Els is the defending champion.
 
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    Lyle birdies last hole in likely his final Open start

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 4:32 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – If this was Sandy Lyle’s final Open appearance, he went out in style.

    Playing on the final year of his automatic age exemption, the 60-year-old Scot buried a 30-foot birdie on the last hole. He missed the cut after shooting 9-over 151 over two rounds.

    “I was very light-footed,” he said. “I was on cloud nine walking down the 18th. To make birdie was extra special.”


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    Lyle, who also won the 1988 Masters, has missed the cut in his last eight majors, dating to 2014. He hasn’t been competitive in The Open since 1998, when he tied for 19th.

    To continue playing in The Open, Lyle needed to finish in the top 10 here at Carnoustie. He’d earn a future exemption by winning the Senior British Open.

    “More punishment,” he said.

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    DJ, Thomas miss cut at Open; No. 1 up for grabs

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 3:35 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – The top two players in the world both missed the cut at The Open, creating the possibility of a shakeup at the top of the rankings by the end of the weekend.

    Dustin Johnson became the first world No. 1 since Luke Donald in 2011 to miss the cut at the year’s third major.

    Johnson played solidly for all but the closing stretch. Over two rounds, he was 6 over par on the last three holes. He finished at 6-over 148.


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    Thomas added to what’s been a surprisingly poor Open record. Just like last year, when he struggled in the second round in the rain at Royal Birkdale, Thomas slumped to a 77 on Friday at Carnoustie, a round that included three consecutive double bogeys on Nos. 6-8. He finished at 4-over 146.

    It’s Thomas' first missed cut since The Open last year. Indeed, in three Open appearances, he has two missed cuts and a tie for 53rd.  

    With Johnson and Thomas out of the mix, the No. 1 spot in the rankings is up for grabs this weekend.

    Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm all can reach No. 1 with a victory this week.

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    TT Postscript: Woods (71) makes cut, has work to do

    By Tiger TrackerJuly 20, 2018, 3:32 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Here are a few things I think I think after Tiger Woods shot a second consecutive even-par 71 Friday in the second round. And yes, he made the cut:

    • Tiger said all 71s are not created equal. On Thursday, he made three birdies and three bogeys. On Friday, he made four birdie and four bogeys. Which round was better? The first. His theory is that, despite the rain, conditions were easier in the second round and there were more scoring opportunities. He didn't take advantage.

    • This is the first time since the 2013 Open at Royal Lytham & St. Annes that Tiger shot par or better in each of the first two rounds of a major. That’s quite a long time ago.

    • Stat line for the day: 11 of 15 fairways, 13 of 18 greens, 32 total putts. Tiger hit one driver and two 3-woods on Thursday and four drivers on Friday, only one which found the fairway. An errant drive at the second led to him sniping his next shot into the gallery

     


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    • In his own words: “I could have cleaned up the round just a little bit. I got off to not exactly the best start, being 2 over through three, but got it back. The golf course was a little bit softer today, obviously. It rains, and we were able to get the ball down a little bit further, control the ball on the ground a little bit easier today, which was nice.”

    • At some point Tiger is going to have to be more aggressive. He will be quite a few shots off the lead by day’s end and he'll have a lot of ground to make up. Hitting irons off the tee is great for position golf, but it’s often leaving him more than 200 yards into the green. Not exactly a range for easy birdies.

    • Sure, it’s too soon to say Tiger can’t win a fourth claret jug, but with so many big names ahead of him on the leaderboard, it’s unlikely. Keep in mind that a top-six finish would guarantee him a spot in the WGC: Bridgestone Invitational in two weeks. At The Players, he stated that this was a big goal.

    • My Twitter account got suspended momentarily when Tiger was standing over a birdie putt on the 17th green. That was the most panicked I’ve been since Tiger was in contention at the Valspar.

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    Woods fires shot into crowd: 'I kept moving them back'

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 3:14 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – It added up to another even-par round, but Tiger Woods had an eventful Friday at The Open.

    His adventure started on the second hole, when he wiped a drive into the right rough. Standing awkwardly on the side of a mound, he prepared for a quick hook but instead fired one into the crowd that was hovering near the rope line.

    “I kept moving them back,” he said. “I moved them back about 40 yards. I was trying to play for the grass to wrap the shaft around there and hit it left, and I was just trying to hold the face open as much as I possibly could. It grabbed the shaft and smothered it.


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    “I was very, very fortunate that I got far enough down there where I had a full wedge into the green.”

    Woods bogeyed the hole, one of four on the day, and carded four birdies in his round of 71 at Carnoustie. When he walked off the course, he was in a tie for 30th, six shots off the clubhouse lead.

    It’s the first time in five years – since the 2013 Open – that Woods has opened a major with consecutive rounds of par or better. He went on to tie for sixth that year at Muirfield.