US Squad Wins Palmer Cup

By Golf Channel NewsroomJuly 12, 2002, 4:00 pm
After holding a slight lead following Thursdays Four-ball and Foursome matches the U.S. team came out smoking in the Friday singles in the Palmer Cup, held at the Greg Norman-designed Boonbeg golf course in County Clare, Ireland.
Winning the first four singles matches of the day, the U.S. increased its lead from the previous days 4 1/2-to-3 1/2 margin to a five-point advantage. The team earned six of the possible eight points during the morning session, finishing 10 1/2 to 5 1/2 before heading into the afternoon.
Unfortunately for the GB&I squad it was more of the same after lunch, with the U.S. reeling off wins in three of the first four matches, then settling for four halves to clinch the title. Its the fourth triumph overall for the U.S. in their sixth meeting against the team from Great Brtiain and Ireland.
I couldnt be more proud of the team, said American coach Chris Haack. It was tough going out there today. GB&I played outstanding golf, and I have a tremendous amount of respect for their games.
Though the outcome seemed somewhat lopsided, the matches themselves were very close and hotly contested. Most of the matches, 15 in fact, came down to the 18th hole before the points were decided. A total of seven matches were halved.
The U.S. was led by Bill Haas, son of PGA Tour star Jay Haas, with a perfect 4-0 record, followed by D.J. Trahan and Nick Watney, each with three points.
The GB&I team could only muster two wins in the 16 singles matches, which sealed their fate.

Friday July 12
Morning Singles Matches

(USA) Bill Haas
def. (GB&I) Oliver Wilson, 2-up
(USA) Nick Watney
def. (GB&I) Philip Rowe, 1-up
(USA) John Klauk
def. (GB&I) Geoff Harris, 2-up
(GB&I) Stuart Manley
halved with (USA) Ryan Hybl
(GB&I) Stuart Wilson
halved with (USA) Brock Mackenzie
(USA) Lee Williamson
def. (GB&I) Andy Smith, 3 and 2
(GB&I) Justin Walters
def. (USA) Hunter Mahan, 2 and 1
(USA) D.J. Trahan
def. (GB&I) Justin Kehoe, 3 and 2

Afternoon Singles Matches
(USA) Bill Haas
def. (GB&I) Oliver Wilson, 2-up
(USA) Nick Watney
def. (GB&I) Philip Rowe, 1-up
(GB&I) Justin Kehoe
def. (USA) John Klauk, 3 and 1
(USA) Ryan Hybl
def. (GB&I) Justin Walters, 7 and 6
(GB&I) Stuart Wilson
halved with (USA) Brock Mackenzie
(GB&I) Stuart Manley
halved with (USA) Lee Williamson
(GB&I) Andy Smith
halved with (USA) Hunter Mahan
(GB&I) Geoff Harris
halved with (USA) D.J. Trahan

Thursday July 11
Four-ball Matches

(GB&I) Philip Rowe and Oliver Wilson
def. (USA) Brock Mackenzie and Nick Watney, 1-up
(GB&I) Andy Smith and Justin Walters
def. (USA) Ryan Hybl and Lee Williamson, 6 and 4
(USA) John Klauk and Hunter Mahan
def. (GB&I) Geoff Harris and Stuart Manley, 1-up
(USA) Bill Haas and D.J. Trahan
def. (GB&I) Justin Kehoe and Stuart Wilson, 1-up

Foursomes (Alternate Shot)
(GB&I) Philip Rowe and Oliver Wilson
halved with (USA) Ryan Hybl and Lee Williamson
(USA) Brock Mackenzie and Nick Watney
def. (GB&I) Andy Smith and Justin Walters, 6 and 4
(GB&I) Geoff Harris and Stuart Manley
def. (USA) John Klauk and Hunter Mahan, 5 and 4
(USA) Bill Haas and D.J. Trahan
def. (GB&I) Justin Kehoe and Stuart Wilson, 2 and 1

USA Individual Records
Bill Haas4-0
D.J. Trahan3-0-1
Nick Watney3-1
John Klauk2-2
Ryan Hybl1-1-2
Brock Mackenzie1-1-2
Lee Williamson1-1-2
Hunter Mahan1-2-1
Team Total16-8-8

GB&I Individual Records
Justin Walters2-2
Stuart Manley1-1-2
Philip Rowe1-2-1
Andy Smith1-2-1
Geoff Harris1-2-1
Oliver Wilson1-2-1
Justin Kehoe1-3
Stuart Wilson0-2-2
Team Total8-16-8
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Facial hair Fowler's new good-luck charm

By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 8:12 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Before, during and after the Fourth of July, Rickie Fowler missed a few appointments with his razor.

He arrived in the United Kingdom for last week’s Scottish Open still unshaved and he tied for sixth place. Fowler, like most golfers, can give in to superstition, so he's decided to keep the caveman look going for this week’s Open Championship.

“There could be some variations,” he smiled following his round on Friday at Carnoustie.

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At this rate, he may never shave again. Fowler followed an opening 70 with a 69 on Friday to move into a tie for 11th place, just three strokes off the lead.

Fowler also has some friendly competition in the beard department, with his roommate this week Justin Thomas also going for the rugged look.

“I think he kind of followed my lead in a way. I think he ended up at home, and he had a little bit of scruff going. It's just fun,” Fowler said. “We mess around with it. Obviously, not taking it too seriously. But like I said, ended up playing halfway decent last week, so I couldn't really shave it off going into this week.”

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Spieth (67) rebounds from tough Round 1 finish

By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 7:55 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Guess whose putter is starting to heat up again at a major?

Even with a few wayward shots Friday at Carnoustie, Jordan Spieth made a significant climb up the leaderboard in the second round, firing a 4-under 67 to move just three shots off the lead.

Spieth showed his trademark grit in bouncing back from a rough finish Thursday, when he mis-clubbed on the 15th hole, leading to a double bogey, and ended up playing the last four holes in 4 over.

“I don’t know if I actually regrouped,” he said. “It more kind of fires me up a little.”

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Spieth missed more than half of his fairways in the second round, but he was able to play his approach shots from the proper side of the hole. Sure, he “stole a few,” particularly with unlikely birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 after errant drives, but he took advantage and put himself in position to defend his claret jug.

Spieth needed only 25 putts in the second round, and he credited a post-round adjustment Thursday for the improvement. The tweak allows his arms to do more of the work in his stroke, and he said he felt more confident on the greens.

“It’s come a long way in the last few months, no doubt,” he said.

More than anything, Spieth was relieved not to have to play “cut-line golf” on Friday, like he’s done each start since his spirited run at the Masters.

“I know that my swing isn’t exactly where I want it to be; it’s nowhere near where it was at Birkdale,” he said. “But the short game is on point, and the swing is working in the right direction to get the confidence back.”

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After 36, new Open favorite is ... Fleetwood

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 7:49 pm

With a handful of the pre-championship favorites exiting early, there is a new odds-on leader entering the third round of The Open at Carnoustie.

While Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner share the 36-hole lead, it's England's Tommy Fleetwood who leads the betting pack at 11/2. Fleetwood begins the third round one shot off the lead.

Click here for the leaderboard and take a look below at the odds, courtesy Jeff Sherman at

Tommy Fleetwood: 11/2

Zach Johnson: 13/2

Rory McIlroy: 7/1

Jordan Spieth: 8/1

Rickie Fowler: 9/1

Kevin Kisner: 12/1

Xander Schauffele: 16/1

Tony Finau: 16/1

Matt Kuchar: 18/1

Pat Perez: 25/1

Brooks Koepka: 25/1

Erik van Rooyen: 50/1

Alex Noren: 50/1

Tiger Woods: 50/1

Thorbjorn Olesen: 60/1

Danny Willett: 60/1

Francesco Molinari: 60/1

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Perez (T-3) looks to remedy 'terrible' major record

By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 7:34 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Pat Perez’s major record is infinitely forgettable. In 24 Grand Slam starts he has exactly one top-10 finish, more than a decade ago at the PGA Championship.

“Terrible,” Perez said when asked to sum up his major career. “I won sixth [place]. Didn't even break top 5.”

It’s strange, however, that his status atop The Open leaderboard through two rounds doesn’t seem out of character. The 42-year-old admits he doesn’t hit it long enough to contend at most major stops and also concedes he doesn’t exactly have a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the game’s biggest events, but something about The Open works for him.

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“I didn't like it the first time I came over. When I went to St. Andrews in '05, I didn't like it because it was cold and terrible and this and that,” he said. “Over the years, I've really learned to like to come over here. Plus the fans are so awesome here. They know a good shot. They don't laugh at you if you hit a bad shot.”

Perez gave the fans plenty to cheer on Friday at Carnoustie, playing 17 flawless holes to move into a share of the lead before a closing bogey dropped him into a tie for third place after a second-round 68.

For Perez, links golf is the great equalizer that mitigates the advantages some of the younger, more powerful players have and it brings out the best in him.

“It's hard enough that I don't feel like I have to hit perfect shots. That's the best,” he said. “Greens, you can kind of miss a shot, and it won't run off and go off the green 40 yards. You're still kind of on the green. You can have a 60-footer and actually think about making it because of the speed.”