Day 3 recap: Kaymer's point gives Euros win

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 30, 2012, 10:36 pm

MEDINAH, Ill. – Match-by-match recaps of Day 3 of the 39th Ryder Cup from Medinah Country Club, where the Europeans staged an epic comeback win. USA began the singles competition with a 10-6 lead and needed 4 1/2 points to capture the cup, but failed to do so.

Sunday singles: Europe  8 1/2, USA 3 1/2 (Total: Europe 14 1/2, US 13 1/2)

Tiger Woods vs. Francesco Molinari, halved

Many believed this match wouldn't matter. Turns out it didn't, but for completely different reasons. When Kaymer closed out the match ahead this one didn't matter. Still, Woods missed a short par putt that made him winless on the week at 0-3-1.

Martin Kaymer def. Steve Stricker, 1 up

Kaymer was considered Europe's weakest link and yet delivered the winning point to win the Ryder Cup. He did not play well, but Stricker had no gas left in the tank. Tiger Woods was in the last match, but it didn't matter, the cup was essentially over here.

Jason Dufner def. Peter Hanson, 2 up

Huge victory for the U.S. as it tied the score at 13 a piece. Next point wins with only two matches on the course. The rookie Dufner was 3-1 on the week and, although he didn't play his best in singles, it was enough for a full point. Still not sure he's smiled.

Sergio Garcia def. Jim Furyk, 1 up

Furyk has not had a great summer blowing the U.S. Open, the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and now a 1-up lead with two holes remaining in a critical singles match against Sergio Garcia. Neither man played well but Furyk coughed up the match with bogeys on 17 and 18.

Lee Westwood def. Matt Kuchar, 3 and 2

Westwood played poorly all week and Kuchar played well. But this match was the complete opposite as Westwood was steady and Kuchar was erratic. Europe's Ryder Cup veteran kept the momentum going for his team in a crucial position.

Luke Donald def. Bubba Watson, 2 and 1

Recap: The Englishman birdied two of his first four holes, halved a hole despite a tee shot into the water (13th) and led by four holes with six to play yet still needed a sand save at the penultimate hole to secure Europe’s first point of the day and, at least momentarily, quiet the Chicagoland masses.

Paul Lawrie def. Brandt Snedeker, 5 and 3

Recap: An early shocker as Lawrie cruised to an easy victory with five birdies to record his first point of the week. Snedeker's week began with a loss and ended with one in his rookie performance. 

Rory McIlroy def. Keegan Bradley, 2 and 1

Recap: The world No. 1 nearly missed his tee time because he misinterpreted the time zone, a surreal episode that included a police escort from the team hotel, but didn’t miss much the rest of the way. The Ulsterman pulled away with back-to-back birdies at Nos. 14 and 15 to hand the American rookie his only loss this week.

Ian Poulter def. Webb Simpson, 2 up

Recap: The emotional soul of the European team set the tone early with a chip-in birdie at the first and pulled the Continent even with the home team, 10-10. He also improved to 4-0 for the week and 4-0 in career singles play.

Dustin Johnson def. Nicolas Colsaerts, 3 and 2

Recap: The first American point goes on the board after four European points to open the session. Johnson was clearly the better talent, producing six birdies in his match and ending the week a perfect 3-0.

Justin Rose def. Phil Mickelson, 1 up

Recap: Mickelson was 1 up with two remaining and Rose made consecutive birdies to steal the match and give Europe a full point in each of the first five matches. The Rose rally ruined Mickelson's perfect record.

Zach Johnson def. Graeme McDowell, 2 and 1

Johnson didn’t play particularly well and McDowell handed him this match by making four bogeys in the first 13 holes. A hugely disappointing week for McDowell (1-3) and a great one for Johnson (3-1).

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Watch: Koepka highlights from the Travelers

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 21, 2018, 3:30 pm

U.S. Open hangover? Not for Brooks Koepka. The two-time national champion has carried over his form and confidence from Shinnecock Hills to TPC River Highlands.

Koepka began his round with a par at the par-4 10th and then reeled off four consecutive birdies, beginning at No. 11.

And here is the capper at the 14th

Koepka turned in 4-under 31. Here's more action from his opening nine holes.

After a par at the first, Koepka added a fifth birdie of the day at the par-4 second.

A bogey at the par-4 fourth dropped him to 4 under, but just one off the lead.

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Lyle going through 'scary' period in cancer recovery

By Associated PressJune 21, 2018, 12:58 pm

MELBOURNE, Australia – Jarrod Lyle's wife says the Australian golfer is struggling through a ''really scary'' period in his third battle with cancer.

Lyle, 36, underwent a bone marrow transplant last December following a recurrence of acute myeloid leukemia.

''It's been 190 days since Jarrod's stem-cell transplant and we are going through a really rough patch at the moment,'' Briony Lyle wrote on ''I'm typing this blog on his behalf because he's not able to do it. Jarrod's not able to drive, struggles to prepare any food for himself, can't read stories to the girls and is not able to offer much help at all around the house.

''He is also starting to look like a very frail, sick person.''

Briony Lyle added: ''We are both very aware of the amount of drugs and medication that has gone into Jarrod's body over the years but things are starting to get really scary at the moment. It looks as if this recovery is going to be the longest and hardest one so far.''

Lyle has twice beaten acute myeloid leukemia, in 1998 and 2012, and was able to return to play professional golf.

He made an emotional comeback to the golf course during the 2013 Australian Masters in Melbourne before using a medical exemption to play on the PGA Tour in 2015. He played four seasons on Tour, where he earned $1.875 million in 121 tournaments.

Lyle has since returned to Australia permanently to be with Briony and daughters Lusi and Jemma.

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Vermeer wins PGA Professional; 20 make PGA Championship

By Associated PressJune 21, 2018, 12:42 pm

SEASIDE, Calif. – Ryan Vermeer won the PGA Professional Championship on Wednesday, overcoming front-nine problems to top the 20 qualifiers for the PGA Championship.

The 40-year-old Vermeer, the director of instruction at Happy Hollow Club in Omaha, Nebraska, closed with a 1-over 73 on the Bayonet Course for a two-stroke victory over Sean McCarty and Bob Sowards.

The PGA Championship is in August at Bellerive in St. Louis.

Three strokes ahead entering the day, Vermeer played the front in 4 over with a double bogey on the par-4 second and bogeys on the par-4 seventh and par-4 eighth. He rebounded with birdies on the par-5 10th and par-4 11th and also birdied the par-5 18th.

Full-field scores from the PGA Professional Championship

Vermeer finished at 5-under 283. The former University of Kansas player earned $55,000. He won the 2017 Mizuno Pro/Assistant Championship and finished ninth last year in the PGA Professional to qualify for PGA at Quail Hollow.

McCarty had a 68, and Sowards shot 69. Sowards won the 2004 title.

David Muttitt and Jason Schmuhl tied for fourth at 1 under, and 2012 and 2015 champion Matt Dobyns, Jaysen Hansen, and Johan Kok followed at even par.

Marty Jertson, Brian Smock and Ben Kern were 1 over, and Zach Johnson, Craig Hocknull, Matt Borchert and 2016 winner Rich Berberian Jr. were 2 over. Nine players tied at 3 over, with Shawn Warren, 2017 champion Omar Uresti, 2014 winner Michael Block, Craig Bowden and Danny Balin getting the last five spots at Bellerive in a playoff. Balin got the final spot, beating Brian Norman with a par on the seventh extra hole after Norman lost a ball in a tree.

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Berger more than ready to rebound at Travelers

By Will GrayJune 20, 2018, 9:54 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – Daniel Berger hopes that this year he gets to be on the other end of a viral moment at the Travelers Championship.

Berger was a hard-luck runner-up last year at TPC River Highlands, a spectator as Jordan Spieth holed a bunker shot to defeat him in a playoff. It was the second straight year that the 25-year-old came up just short outside Hartford, as he carried a three-shot lead into the 2016 event before fading to a tie for fifth.

While he wasn’t lacking any motivation after last year’s close call, Berger got another dose last week at the U.S. Open when he joined Tony Finau as a surprise participant in the final group Sunday, only to shoot a 73 and drift to a T-6 finish.

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“It was one of the best experiences of my professional golf career so far. I feel like I’m going to be in such a better place next time I’m in that position, having felt those emotions and kind of gone through it,” Berger said. “There was a lot of reflection after that because I felt like I played good enough to get it done Sunday. I didn’t make as many putts as I wanted to, but I hit a lot of really good putts. And that’s really all you can do.”

Berger missed the cut earlier this month to end his quest for three straight titles in Memphis, but his otherwise consistent season has now included six top-20 finishes since January. After working his way into contention last week and still with a score to settle at TPC River Highlands, he’s eager to get back to work against another star-studded field.

“I think all these experiences you just learn from,” Berger said. “I think last week, having learned from that, I think that’s even going to make me a little better this week. So I’m excited to get going.”