Who will prevail in the Presidents and Solheim Cups this year

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 10, 2011, 1:08 am

Even though 2011 is a non-Ryder Cup year, this season will have two exciting team events where American players will fight for their nation's honor. So who will prevail in the Presidents and Solheim Cups? Jay Coffin and Randall Mell chime in with their opinions.

By JAY COFFIN

The Americans will sweep both Cups this year.

The Solheim Cup will be another rout in a long line of routs and the Presidents Cup will be a close match, but the U.S. will sneak out victory late and take down Greg Norman for the second consecutive time, this time on his home turf.

The Solheim Cup is in dire need of a European victory or, sadly, the matches will become irrelevant. Europe has only won three of the 11 matches and hasn’t won since 2003 in Sweden. If they lose this year in Ireland they’ll be guaranteed to be winless for at least a 10-year stretch.

But the American’s have too much firepower, too much depth and it likely won’t be close, just like the last three consecutive times when the U.S. has rolled.

The Presidents Cup has a chance to be intriguing, although it’s contested late in the year (mid-November) in Australia when U.S. golf fans become more interested in football. Still, a Fred Couples-Norman captain matchup should be fun and the Shark will no doubt have the Aussie galleries fired up.

Right now there are 17 Americans in the top 50 of the world ranking and 16 Internationals, but the Americans are top heavy.

If the combination of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk and Steve Stricker play well, they’ll win.

By RANDALL MELL

Give me the Americans at the Solheim Cup, the Internationals at the Presidents Cup and somebody please give me some intriguing storylines to put some sparks into the buildup of these events.

The Solheim Cup and Presidents Cup are entertaining affairs when you actually get to them, but there isn’t enough sizzle in the anticipation.

They’re both burdened living in the shadow of the Ryder Cup.

The United States is just pounding the Europeans in the women’s game. The Americans will be going for their fourth straight Solheim Cup victory when they travel to Killeen Castle in Ireland in September. Michelle Wie’s awakening at Rich Harvest Farms in ’09 was good theater. So were Paula Creamer’s knockouts. The Americans will take another young, dynamic team overseas against a Euro squad with the talented Suzann Pettersen and not enough other star power. The Euros aren’t even making it close. They need to win this one to make the competition relevant.

The American men will also be going for their fourth straight victory when captain Fred Couples leads them to the Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne in Australia in November. With Aussie great Greg Norman returning home as the International captain, there will be passion Down Under. Norman’s team will win with more lots more motivation and a home-field advantage.

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NCAA DI Women's Champ.: Scoring, TV times

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 22, 2018, 5:00 pm

The NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship is underway at Kartsen Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla.

After three days of stroke play, eight teams have advanced to the match-play portion of the championship. Quarterfinals and semifinals will be contested on Tuesday, with the finals being held on Wednesday. Golf Channel is airing the action live.

Wake Forest junior Jennifer Kupcho won the individual title. Click here for live action, beginning at 4 p.m. ET.

Scoring:

TV Times (all times ET):

Tuesday
11AM-conclusion: Match-play quarterfinals (Click here to watch live)
4-8PM: Match-play semifinals

Wednesday
4-8PM: Match-play finals

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Davis: USGA learned from setup errors at Shinnecock

By Will GrayMay 22, 2018, 4:51 pm

With the U.S. Open set to return to Shinnecock Hills for the first time in 14 years, USGA executive director Mike Davis insists that his organization has learned from the setup mistakes that marred the event the last time it was played on the Southampton, N.Y., layout.

Retief Goosen held off Phil Mickelson to win his second U.S. Open back in 2004, but the lasting image from the tournament may have been tournament officials spraying down the seventh green by hand during the final round after the putting surface had become nearly unplayable. With the course pushed to the brink over the first three days, stiff winds sucked out any remaining moisture and players struggled to stay on the greens with 30-foot putts, let alone approach shots.

Speaking to repoters at U.S. Open media day, Davis offered candid reflections about the missteps that led to the course overshadowing the play during that infamous final round.

"I would just say that it was 14 years ago. It was a different time, it was different people, and we as an organzation, we learned from it," Davis said. "When you set up a U.S. Open, it is golf's ultimate test. It's probably set up closer to the edge than any other event in golf, and I think that the difference then versus now is we have a lot more technology, a lot more data in our hands.

"And frankly, ladies and gentlemen, what really happened then was just a lack of water."

Davis pointed to enhancements like firmness and moisture readings for the greens that weren't available in 2004, and he noted that meterological data has evolved in the years since. With another chance to get his hands on one of the USGA's favorite venues, he remains confident that tournament officials will be able to better navigate the thin line between demanding and impossible this time around.

"There are parts that I think we learned from, and so I think we're happy that we have a mulligan this time," Davis said. "It was certainly a bogey last time. In fact maybe even a double bogey, and equitable stroke control perhaps kicked in."

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UCLA junior Vu named WGCA Player of the Year

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 22, 2018, 3:23 pm

UCLA junior Lilia Vu was named Player of the Year on Tuesday by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA).

Vu recorded the lowest full-season scoring average (70.37) in UCLA history. Her four tournament wins tied the school record for most victories in a single season.

Vu was also named to the WGCA All-America first team. Here's a look at the other players who joined her on the prestigious list:

WGCA First Team All-Americans

  • Maria Fassi, Junior, University of Arkansas
  • Kristen Gillman, Sophomore, University of Alabama
  • Jillian Hollis, Junior, University of Georgia
  • Cheyenne Knight, Junior, University of Alabama
  • Jennifer Kupcho, Junior, Wake Forest University
  • Andrea Lee, Sophomore, Stanford University
  • Leona Maguire, Senior, Duke University
  • Sophia Schubert, Senior, University of Texas
  • Lauren Stephenson, Junior, University of Alabama
  • Maddie Szeryk, Senior, Texas A&M University
  • Patty Tavatanakit, Freshman, UCLA
  • Lilia Vu, Junior, UCLA
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Stroud's caddie wins annual PGA Tour caddie tournament

By Rex HoggardMay 22, 2018, 3:15 pm

Casey Clendenon, who caddies for Chris Stroud, won the gross division of the annual PGA Tour caddie tournament on Monday, shooting a 5-under 66 at Trinity Forest Golf Club, site of last week’s AT&T Byron Nelson.

Scott Tway (65), who caddies for Brian Harman, won the net division by two strokes over Wayne Birch, Troy Merritt’s caddie.

Kyle Bradley, Jonathan Byrd’s caddie, took second place with a 71 in the gross division.

The tournament was organized by the Association of Professional Tour Caddies, and proceeds from the event went to two charities. The APTC donated $20,000 to Greg Chalmers’ charity, MAXimumChances.org, which aids families living with autism. The association also donated $10,000 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.