Featured Match Kaymer vs Donald

By Rex HoggardFebruary 27, 2011, 11:42 pm

2005 WGC Accenture Match PlayMARANA, Ariz. – GolfChannel.com senior writer Rex Hoggard is at the Ritz Carlton Golf Club at Dove Mountain for the final round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. He is providing a running blog for the championship match between (1) Martin Kaymer and (3) Luke Donald. Follow him on Twitter (@RexHoggard) for more updates or for complete scoring of the consolation and championship matches, click here.



(6:07 p.m. ET) It's official: Martin Kaymer is the new World No. 1 and Luke Donald is the WGC-Match Play Championship champion after beating the German 3-and-2 in Sunday's final match.

'You always have doubts after going five years on the U.S. Tour without a win,' Donald said. 'This is special.'

(5:56 p.m. ET) It's getting late early for Martin Kaymer at Dove Mountain, as they say in baseball.

The German missed a 6-foot birdie putt at the 15th hole to fall three holes behind Luke Donald with three holes to play. Dormie.


(5:32 p.m. ET) Echoes of 'Luuuka' greeted Luke Donald at the 13th hole on Sunday at Dove Mountain.

It's not that the gallery has anything against fellow finalist Martin Kaymer it's just that the Englishman Donald, who lives in Chicago, is the closest thing to an Anerican in the WGC final since Tiger Woods and Stewart Cink in 2008. And it might also have something to do with Donald's 2-up lead through 13 holes.

(5:15 p.m. ET) Martin Kaymer made a sloppy bogey at Dove Mountain's 12th hole, Luke Donald a steady par to move 2 up in the WGC final. 

Lost amid that scene was the fact nobody made an ace at the 12th this week to win the Cadillac Coupe on display adjacent the hole. Shame. 

(5:04 p.m. ET) This is the second consecutive year there has been a Donald in the WGC- Match Play final. Christian Donald caddies for Paul Casey, who finished runner-up to Ian Poulter last year.

His brother Luke is looking to do him one better, he leads Martin Kaymer by a hole following a 6 footer for birdie at Dove Mountain's 11th hole.

(4:33 p.m. ET) Luke Donald hit his approach at Dove Mountain's ninth into the desert left of the green and is forced to take an unplayable lie. He loses the hole to Martin Kaymer to move the match to all square.

Or, to put it another way, the finalist have played nine holes and accomplished nothing. 

(4:16 p.m. ET) The last two men standing at the WGC-Match Play continue to trade blows and birdies on Sunday.

Martin Kaymer got up-and-down at the par-5 eighth at Dove Mountain for birdoe to cut Luke Donald's lead to one hole.

And in case you wanted a weather update, it's cold and windy but at least it's not snowing.

(3:58 p.m. ET) Martin Kaymer and Luke Donald trade pars at Dove Mountain's seventh hole, the duo's first halve since the third.

Of course cold temperatures and chilling winds, not sportsmanship, may have been behind the duo's good-good move on the green.

(3:45 p.m. ET) Martin Kaymer is sporting a 'buff' again on Sunday. Not sure if it's fashionable but it certainly seems functional considering the conditions.

In an unrelated item Luke Donald missed his first putt in 79 holes, or so it seems, and drops a hole at Dove Mountain's sixth to lead 2 up.

(3:36 p.m. ET) Martin Kaymer will move to No. 1 in the World Ranking on Monday but he is not looking his world-beating best through five holes on Sunday at Dove Mountain.

The German pulled his drive into the desert at the fifth, took a drop and lost the hole with a bogey to fall three holes behind Luke Donald.

(3:23 p.m. ET) In the worst of the morning's weather Luke Donald hits his approach to 2 feet for a conceded birdie at Dove Mountain's fourth hole.

Martin Kaymer' birdie attempt from 8 feet runs wide and the German now finds himself in unfamiliar territory - 2 down.

(3:03 p.m. ET) Snow falling hard now, but neither Martin Kaymer nor Luke Donald seem to mind.

Both par the third hole at Dove Mountain and the Englishman remains 1 up.

(2:50 p.m. ET) Before Sunday's final at Dove Mountain Luke Donald had not trailed in 73 holes this week.

With a 23 footer for birdie at the second hole he continued that streak, going 1 up against Martin Kaymer.

(2:37 p.m. ET) For those curious as to why Luke Donald teed off first in his finals match with Martin Kaymer, a list that included Kaymer's caddie, we asked walking rules official Mark Russell.

'It's because of where they were in the bracket,' he said, although it seems Kaymer, No. 2 in the world entering the event, would have been higher.

Didn't seem to matter. Both parred the first hole. All square. 

(2:25 p.m. ET) Scratch that. It's snowing as the finalist head down first fairway. Surreal.
(2:13 p.m. ET) The final two-ball is still not to the first tee at Dove Mountain and a light snow is falling.

Just a hunch, but we're guessing Martin Kaymer and Luke Donald are happy this year's final was reduced to 18 holes.

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Minjee Lee co-leads Walmart NW Arkansas Championship

By Associated PressJune 24, 2018, 12:25 am

ROGERS, Ark. - Minjee Lee wasn't all that concerned when she missed her first cut of the year this month at the ShopRite LPGA Classic.

The ninth-ranked Australian has certainly looked at ease and back in form at Pinnacle Country Club in her first event since then.

Lee and Japan's Nasa Hataoka each shot 6-under 65 on Saturday to share the second-round lead in the NW Arkansas Championship 13-under 129. Lee is chasing her fifth victory since turning pro three years ago. It's also an opportunity to put any lingering frustration over that missed cut two weeks ago behind her for good.

''I didn't particularly hit it bad, even though I missed the cut at ShopRite, I just didn't really hole any putts,'' Lee said. ''I'd been hitting it pretty solid going into that tournament and even into this tournament, too. Just to see a couple putts roll in has been nice.''

The 22-year-old Lee needed only 24 putts during her opening 64 on Friday, helping her to match the low round of her career. Despite needing 28 putts Saturday, she still briefly took the outright lead after reaching as low as 14 under after a birdie on the par-5 seventh.

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Lee missed the green on the par-4 ninth soon thereafter to lead to her only bogey of the day and a tie with the 19-year-old Hataoka, who is in pursuit of her first career win.

Hataoka birdied six of eight holes midway through her bogey-free round on Saturday. It was yet another stellar performance from the Japanese teenager, who has finished in the top 10 in four of her last five tournaments and will be a part of Sunday's final pairing.

''I try to make birdies and try to be under par, that's really the key for me to get a top ten,'' Hataoka said. ''Golf is just trying to be in the top 10 every single week, so that's the key.''

Third-ranked Lexi Thompson matched the low round of the day with a 64 to get to 11 under. She hit 17 of 18 fairways and shot a 5-under 30 on her opening nine, The American is in search of her first win since September in the Indy Women in Tech Championship.

Ariya Jutanugarn and Celine Boutier were 10 under.

First-round leader Gaby Lopez followed her opening 63 with a 75 to drop to 4 under. Fellow former Arkansas star Stacy Lewis also was 4 under after a 72.

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Henley will try to put heat on Casey in final round

By Will GrayJune 23, 2018, 11:55 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – While it will be a tall task for anyone to catch Paul Casey at the Travelers Championship, the man who will start the round most within reach of the Englishman is Russell Henley.

Henley was in the penultimate group at TPC River Highlands on Saturday, but he’ll now anchor things during the final round as he looks to overcome a four-shot deficit behind Casey. After a 3-under 67, Henley sits at 12 under through 54 holes and one shot clear of the three players tied for third.

Henley closed his third round with a run of five straight pars, then became the beneficiary of a pair of late bogeys from Brian Harman that left Henley alone in second place.

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“Could have made a couple more putts, but to end with two up-and-downs like that was nice,” Henley said. “I felt a little bit weird over the shots coming in, put me in some bad spots. But it was nice to have the short game to back me up.”

Henley has won three times on Tour, most recently at the 2017 Houston Open, and he cracked the top 25 at both the Masters and U.S. Open. But with Casey riding a wave of confidence and coming off an 8-under 62 that marked the best round of the week, he knows he’ll have his work cut out for him in order to nab trophy No. 4.

“I think I can shoot a low number on this course. You’ve got to make the putts,” Henley said. “I’m definitely hitting it well enough, and if I can get a couple putts to fall, that would be good. But I can’t control what he’s doing. I can just try to keep playing solid.”

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Back from back injury, Casey eyeing another win

By Will GrayJune 23, 2018, 11:36 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – Given his four-shot cushion at the Travelers Championship and his recent victory at the Valspar Championship, it’s easy to forget that Paul Casey hit the disabled list in between.

Casey had to withdraw from The Players Championship because of a bad back, becoming the only player in the top 50 in the world rankings to miss the PGA Tour’s flagship event. He flew back to England to get treatment, and Casey admitted that his T-20 finish at last month’s BMW PGA Championship came while he was still on the mend.

“I wasn’t 100 percent fit with the back injury, which was L-4, L-5, S-1 (vertebrae) all out of place,” Casey said. “Big inflammation, nerve pain down the leg and up the back. I didn’t know what was going on.”

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Thanks in large part to a combination of MRIs, back adjustments and anti-inflammatories, Casey finally turned the corner. His T-16 finish at last week’s U.S. Open was the first event for which he felt fully healthy since before the Players, and he’s on the cusp of a second title since March after successfully battling through the injury.

“We thought we were fixing it, but we weren’t. We were kind of hitting the effects rather than the cause,” Casey said. “Eventually we figured out the cause, which was structural.”

Casey started the third round at TPC River Highlands two shots off the lead, but he’s now four clear of Russell Henley after firing an 8-under 62 that marked the low round of the week.

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Bubba thinks he'll need a Sunday 60 to scare Casey

By Will GrayJune 23, 2018, 11:15 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – Perhaps moreso than at most PGA Tour venues, a low score is never really out of reach at TPC River Highlands. Positioned as a welcome change of pace after the U.S. Open, the Travelers Championship offers a lush layout that often pushes the balance much closer to reward than risk.

This is where Jim Furyk shot a 58 on the par-70 layout two years ago – and he didn’t even win that week. So even though Paul Casey enters the final round with a commanding four-shot lead, there’s still plenty of hope for the chase pack that something special could be in store.

Count Bubba Watson among the group who still believe the title is up for grabs – even if it might require a Herculean effort, even by his standards.

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Watson has won the Travelers twice, including in a 2015 playoff over Casey. But starting the final round in a large tie for sixth at 10 under, six shots behind Casey, he estimates that he’ll need to flirt with golf’s magic number to give the Englishman something to worry about.

“My 7 under yesterday, I need to do better than that. I’m going to have to get to like 10 [under],” Watson said. “The only beauty is, getting out in front, you have a chance to put a number up and maybe scare them. But to scare them, you’re going to have to shoot 10 under at worst, where I’m at anyway.”

Watson started the third round three shots off the lead, and he made an early move with birdies on Nos. 1 and 2 en route to an outward 32. The southpaw couldn’t sustain that momentum, as bogeys on Nos. 16 and 17 turned a potential 65 into a relatively disappointing 67.

“Bad decision on the par-3, and then a very tough tee shot for me on 17, and it just creeped into the bunker,” Watson said. “Just, that’s golf. You have mistakes every once in a while.”