Woosnam Advances Into Semifinals

By Golf Channel NewsroomOctober 12, 2001, 4:00 pm
Four players advanced into the semifinals Friday at the Wentworth Club in Surrey, England, site of the Cisco World Match Play Championship.
The following are results from Day 2:
Ian Woosnam def. Colin Montgomerie, 4-and-3:
Ian Woosnam continued to surprise many with his sensational play on Friday, as the 43-year-old Welshman and two-time winner of this event (87 and 90) defeated Wentworth-veteran Colin Montgomerie 4-and-3.
Woosnam took control of the match early, going 3-up through the first 18 holes thanks to a round of 7-under 65.
He then continued his solid golf over the closing stretch of holes, never letting Montgomerie get within two holes of his pace, and closed out the match with par-4 at the 33rd (No. 15).
Woosie showed the same kind of game that has propelled him to a 4-and-3 victory over U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen on Thursday, as well as three top-4s this season in Europe, including a tie for third at the British Open.
For Montgomerie, Fridays loss marks the second consecutive year in which he has not won at Wentworth after an astounding stretch of three victories in a row dating back to the 99 Volvo PGA Championship.
He had received a by in the opening round.

Padraig Harrington def. Darren Clarke, 5-and-4:
Padraig Harrington took another resounding win Friday, beating Darren Clarke 5-and-4.
Two-up through the first 21 holes, Harrington caught fire, winning the 22nd, the 24th, 25th, and 26th to move to 6-up.
Clarke ' who also had a by in the opening round ' got two holes back through the 29th, but Harrington birdied the par-5 12th and then parred Nos. 13 and 14 to effectively close out the match.
The Irishmans big win came on the heels of a dominating win over Nick Faldo on Thursday, when he beat the six-time major champion 9-and-8.
He is scheduled to play Sam Torrance on Saturday.
Lee Westwood def. Thomas Bjorn, 1-up:
Defending champion Lee Westwood won two of his last four holes, including the closing par-5 18th, to edge Thomas Bjorn 1-up.
Bjorn had led the match throughout and was 1-up over Westwood through the 32nd hole of the day, but watched as the Englishman and last years Order of Merit champion eagled the par-5 15th and birdied No. 18 to finish in style.
Westwoods win last year at this event was one of five other triumphs on the season, but he has been virtually invisible in 2001, with just three top-10s in 16 events, none of which have come by way of victory.
He will next square off against Woosnam in his attempt to successfully defend.
Sam Torrance def. Vijay Singh, 1-up:
In the longest and perhaps most thrilling match of the afternoon, 48-year-old Sam Torrance came back with a final flury to defeat Fijian Vijay Singh 1-up on Friday.
Torrance birdied the 34th and 35th holes to move one-ahead of Singh, and then closed with a par at the last to stay in the running for his first-ever title at the World Match Play Championship.
The Ryder Cup captain for 2002 might not even have been in the field this week, but got the invite when Canadian Mike Weir withdrew.
His resounding win against Singh ' this events champion in 97 ' came after handing five-time winner Seve Ballesteros a defeat on Thursday.
Next on his list of challengers is Harrington.
Click Here for Scores from Thursday's First Round at the Cisco World Match Play Championship.
Saturdays scheduled semifinal matches from the Cisco World Match Play Championship:
Padraig Harrington vs. Sam Torrance
Ian Woosnam vs. Lee Westwood
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Johnson begins Open week as 12/1 betting favorite

By Will GrayJuly 16, 2018, 5:15 pm

Dustin Johnson heads into The Open as the top-ranked player in the world, and he's also an understandable betting favorite as he looks to win a second career major.

Johnson has not played since the U.S. Open, where he led by four shots at the halfway point and eventually finished third. He has three top-10 finishes in nine Open appearances, notably a T-2 finish at Royal St. George's in 2011.

Johnson opened as a 12/1 favorite when the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook first published odds for Carnoustie after the U.S. Open, and he remains at that number with the first round just three days away.

Here's a look at the latest odds on some of the other top contenders, according to the Westgate:

12/1: Dustin Johnson

16/1: Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose

20/1: Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Tommy Fleetwood, Brooks Koepka, Jon Rahm

25/1: Jason Day, Henrik Stenson, Tiger Woods

30/1: Sergio Garcia, Francesco Molinari, Paul Casey, Alex Noren, Patrick Reed

40/1: Hideki Matsuyama, Marc Leishman, Branden Grace, Tyrrell Hatton

50/1: Phil Mickelson, Ian Poulter, Matthew Fitzpatrick

60/1: Russell Knox, Louis Oosthuizen, Matt Kuchar, Bryson DeChambeau, Zach Johnson, Tony Finau, Bubba Watson

80/1: Lee Westwood, Adam Scott, Patrick Cantlay, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Thomas Pieters, Xander Schauffele

100/1: Shane Lowry, Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker, Ryan Fox, Thorbjorn Olesen

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Woods needs top-10 at Open to qualify for WGC

By Will GrayJuly 16, 2018, 4:34 pm

If Tiger Woods is going to qualify for the final WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club, he'll need to do something he hasn't done in five years this week at The Open.

Woods has won eight times at Firestone, including his most recent PGA Tour victory in 2013, and has openly stated that he would like to qualify for the no-cut event in Akron before it shifts to Memphis next year. But in order to do so, Woods will need to move into the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking after this week's event at Carnoustie.

Woods is currently ranked No. 71 in the world, down two spots from last week, and based on projections it means that he'll need to finish no worse than a tie for eighth to have a chance of cracking the top 50. Woods' last top-10 finish at a major came at the 2013 Open at Muirfield, where he tied for sixth.

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There are actually two OWGR cutoffs for the Bridgestone, July 23 and July 30. That means that Woods could theoretically still add a start at next week's RBC Canadian Open to chase a spot in the top 50, but he has said on multiple occasions that this week will be his last start of the month. The WGC-Bridgestone Invitational will be played Aug. 2-5.

There wasn't much movement in the world rankings last week, with the top 10 staying the same heading into the season's third major. Dustin Johnson remains world No. 1, followed by Justin Thomas, Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm. Defending Open champ Jordan Spieth is ranked sixth, with Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Tommy Fleetwood rounding out the top 10.

Despite taking the week off, Sweden's Alex Noren moved up three spots from No. 14 to No. 11, passing Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson and Paul Casey.

John Deere Classic champ Michael Kim went from No. 473 to No. 215 in the latest rankings, while South African Brandon Stone jumped from 371st to 110th with his win at the Scottish Open.

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Spieth takes familiar break ahead of Open defense

By Rex HoggardJuly 16, 2018, 3:50 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – As his title chances seemed to be slipping away during the final round of last year’s Open Championship, Jordan Spieth’s caddie took a moment to remind him who he was.

Following a bogey at No. 13, Michael Greller referenced a recent vacation he’d taken to Mexico where he’d spent time with Michael Phelps and Michael Jordan and why he deserved to be among that group of singular athletes.

Spieth, who won last year’s Open, decided to continue the tradition, spending time in Cabo again before this week’s championship.

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“I kind of went through the same schedule,” Spieth said on Monday at Carnoustie. “It was nice to have a little vacation.”

Spieth hasn’t played since the Travelers Championship; instead he attended the Special Olympics USA Games earlier this month in Seattle with his sister. It was Spieth’s first time back to the Pacific Northwest since he won the 2015 U.S. Open.

“I went out to Chambers Bay with [Greller],” Spieth said. “We kind of walked down the 18th hole. It was cool reliving those memories.”

But most of all Spieth said he needed a break after a particularly tough season.

“I had the itch to get back to it after a couple weeks of not really working,” he said. “It was nice to kind of have that itch to get back.”