Solheim Cup Sunday singles matchups, tee times

By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 18, 2013, 3:03 am

PARKER, Colo. – The 13th Solheim Cup matches continue Sunday at Colorado Golf Club where the Europeans hold a 10 1/2 to 5 1/2 lead. Here is a breakdown of the Sunday singles matches with analysis from Jay Coffin and Randall Mell, who are both on-site covering the event.


Match 17 - 2:40 p.m. ET: Anna Nordqvist (Europe) vs. Stacy Lewis (U.S.)

COFFIN: Great opening match, but Lewis knows she has to win for Americans to have any hope of a comeback. U.S. WINS

MELL: Lewis hasn’t had a good Solheim Cup, but she is the best player in these matches. Singles should jolt her back into her comfort zone. U.S. WINS


Match 18 - 2:50 p.m. ET: Charley Hull (Europe) vs. Paula Creamer (U.S.)

COFFIN: Hull is a world-class player at 17, but, like Lewis, Creamer has to win. She won't disappoint. U.S. WINS

MELL: Hull looks like she will be the new star of these matches for years to come, a delightfully fearless and talented 17-year-old. EUROPE WINS


Match 19 - 3 p.m. ET: Azahara Munoz (Europe) vs. Brittany Lang (U.S.)

COFFIN: Munoz has been sneaky good this week and never gives her opponents much room for error. EUROPE WINS

MELL: Should be a very good match, but Munoz is having an excellent Solheim Cup and really excels in match play. EUROPE WINS


Match 20 - 3:10 p.m. ET: Carlota Ciganda (Europe) vs. Morgan Pressel (U.S.)

COFFIN: Could be the biggest blowout of the day. Pressel is a match-play machine. U.S. WINS

MELL: Pressel is a past U.S. Women’s Amateur champ who has never lost a Solheim Cup singles match. She thrives in the format. U.S. WINS


Match 21 - 3:20 p.m. ET: Caroline Hedwall (Europe) vs. Michelle Wie (U.S.)

COFFIN: Best match of the day for long-bombing sluggers. Hedwall's perfect 4-0 record is on the line. EUROPE WINS

MELL: Hedwall has a chance to become the first player to go 5-0 in Solheim Cup history. She’s on every element of her game. EUROPE WINS


Match 22 - 3:30 p.m. ET: Catriona Matthew (Europe) vs. Gerina Piller (U.S.)

COFFIN: Matthew is such a wily veteran in situations like these that she knows how important her match is. EUROPE WINS

MELL: Matthew routed Paula Creamer 6 and 5 last year. The Solheim Cup rookie Gerina Piller has her hands full. EUROPE WINS


Match 23 - 3:40 p.m. ET: Suzann Pettersen (Europe) vs. Lizette Salas (U.S.)

COFFIN: Pettersen is right in the perfect position to earn the Solheim Cup clinching point for Europe. EUROPE WINS

MELL: Pettersen is the face of this European team, an intimidating Solheim Cup warrior. EUROPE WINS


Match 24 - 3:50 p.m. ET: Giulia Sergas (Europe) vs. Jessica Korda (U.S.)

COFFIN: Sergas has played only one match and Korda has enough stuff to overpower this match. U.S. WINS

MELL: Korda seems comfortable in the Solheim spotlight, and that gives her an advantage on Sergas, who has played one match so far this week. U.S. WINS


Match 25 - 4 p.m. ET: Caroline Masson (Europe) vs. Lexi Thompson (U.S.)

COFFIN: This match could go either way, both have played well at times, poorly at times. U.S. WINS

MELL: Thompson’s ball striking has been phenomenal this week, her putting good enough for Sunday. U.S. WINS


Match 26 - 4:10 p.m. ET: Jodi Ewart Shadoff (Europe) vs. Brittany Lincicome (U.S.)

COFFIN: Shadoff did her part Saturday in fourballs but her work isn't done yet. She's so steady. EUROPE WINS

MELL: Shadoff was brilliant leading that Saturday afternoon fourballs sweep, gaining confidence that carries into Sunday. EUROPE WINS


Match 27 - 4:20 p.m. ET: Beatriz Recari (Europe) vs. Angela Stanford (U.S.)

COFFIN: Stanford is 0-3 in these matches and faces a tough opponent. Sadly, this match won't matter. EUROPE WINS

MELL: Recari’s all-around game will be tough to beat. Stanford can’t seem to find her usual strengths in this format. EUROPE WINS


Match 28 - 4:30 p.m. ET: Karine Icher (Europe) vs. Cristie Kerr (U.S.)

COFFIN: Kerr is here in case the cup hasn't been determined but it will be by then. Bummer. U.S. WINS

MELL: Icher is impressing in this Solheim Cup, her closing putt to seal the Euro sweep gives her terrific momentum against tough-minded Kerr. EUROPE WINS

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Tee times, TV schedule, stats for The Northern Trust

By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 21, 2018, 10:20 pm

It's the first tournament of the FedExCup Playoffs and the top 125 on the season-long points list are battling it out to see who will move on to next week's playoff event. Here's the key info for The Northern Trust. (Click here for tee times)

How to watch:

Thursday, Rd. 1: Golf Channel, 2-6PM ET; Click here for live stream

Friday, Rd. 2: Golf Channel, 2-6PM ET; Click here for live stream

Saturday, Rd. 3: Golf Channel, 1-2:45PM ET; Click here for live stream; CBS, 3-6 p.m.

Sunday, Rd. 4: Golf Channel, Noon-1:45PM ET; Click here for live stream; CBS, 2-6 p.m.


Purse: $9 million ($1.62 million to winner)

Course: Course: Ridgewood Country Club (par 71, 7,319 yards)

Defending champion: Dustin Johnson (Defeated Jordan Spieth with a birdie on the first playoff hole at Glen Oaks Club)

Notable tee times (all times ET)

• 7:54 a.m. Thursday, 12:55 p.m. Friday: Tiger Woods, Marc Leishman, Tommy Fleetwood

• 8:05 a.m. Thursday, 1:06 p.m. Friday: Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka

• 8:16 a.m. Thursday, 1:17 p.m. Friday: Webb Simpson, Francesco Molinari, Bryson DeChambeau

• 12:44 p.m. Thursday, 7:43 a.m. Friday: Jordan Spieth, Beau Hossler, Byeong-Hun An

• 12:55 p.m. Thursday, 7:54 a.m. Friday: Patrick Reed, Phil Mickelson, Tony Finau

Key stats:

The top 100 players in FedExCup points after The Northern Trust advance to the Dell Technologies Championship.

• The field includes 120 of the top 125 in this season’s FedExCup – all except No. 17 Rickie Fowler, No. 21 Rory McIlroy, No. 50 Henrik Stenson, No. 93 Patrick Rodgers and No. 122 Bud Cauley.

• 2007 and 2009 FedExCup champion Tiger Woods is making his first appearance in the FedExCup Playoffs since 2013. Although he has won each of the other three playoff events, he has never won The Northern Trust.

• In the 11 years that this event has been part of the FedExCup Playoffs, the winner has gone on to capture the FedExCup just once - Vijay Singh in 2008.

• The defending champion is Dustin Johnson. Ernie Els (1996-1997) is the only player to successfully defend his title.

• Jordan Spieth finished runner-up last year. Three runners-up have gone on to win the next year - Seve Ballesteros (1987-1988), Dennis Paulson (1999-2000), and Padraig Harrington

(2004-2005).

• The course record in this event at Ridgewood Country Club is 62 by Hunter Mahan in the first round in 2008. The tournament record for 18 holes is 61 by Brandt Snedeker in the final round in 2011 at Plainfield Country Club.

(Stats and information provided by the Golf Channel editorial research unit)

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Na holding out hope for Ryder Cup captain's pick

By Rex HoggardAugust 21, 2018, 9:22 pm

PARAMUS, N.J. – There are no shortage of goals for players as the PGA Tour reaches the final month of the season, and how players prioritize those accomplishments depends on individual motivations.

For example, coming into the season Kevin Na’s primary goal was to win a Tour event, which he accomplished last month at the Greenbrier. After that, things get interesting.

“I think win, No. 1. Ryder Cup, No. 2. Tour Championship, No. 3,” he said on Tuesday at The Northern Trust.

Na is currently 19th on the FedExCup point list, which gives him a good chance to qualify for the season finale, which comes with an invitation to three of next year’s four majors. The more pressing concern would be this year’s Ryder Cup.


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Na finish 18th on the U.S. Ryder Cup point list and he would likely need to do something extraordinary the next two weeks for captain Jim Furyk to make him one of his picks. Still, making the team that will travel to Paris next month is always on his short list.

“If I can somehow get my name on one of those lists of players that play the Ryder Cup; maybe at the end of my career, instead of saying, you know, you probably say, I had X amount of wins; and I played X amount of Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup, I think is pretty cool,” said Na, who has never played on a Ryder or Presidents Cup team.

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Woods tinkering with driver shaft, loft at The Northern Trust

By Rex HoggardAugust 21, 2018, 9:11 pm

PARAMUS, N.J. – Tiger Woods said on Tuesday at The Northern Trust that he spent last week attending his children’s soccer games and tinkering with his driver.

Although he finished runner-up at the PGA Championship, Woods hit just 5 of 14 fairways on Sunday at Bellerive and ranked 74th for the week in fairways hit. It was no surprise that his focus heading into the FedExCup Playoffs was finding more fairways.

“We've been working on it, experimenting with different shafts and different lofts on my driver and 3-wood, as well,” Woods said. “Just trying different things. I've still got two more days and I'll still be monkeying around with a couple things and come game time we'll see what I go with.”


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Woods played an abbreviated practice round on Tuesday at Ridgewood Country Club, which included Nos. 1-8 and Nos. 15-18, with a new driver that features a different shaft from the one he used at the PGA Championship and more loft (9.5 degrees).

He also had a TaylorMade equipment representative walking with him on Tuesday and went to the practice range after his round for more work.

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English confident in playoff run after just sneaking in

By Rex HoggardAugust 21, 2018, 9:07 pm

PARAMUS, N.J. – Harris English didn’t know the exact math, only that he needed to play his best final round of the season last week at the Wyndham Championship.

Although it wasn’t perfect, English’s closing 68 was good enough to tie for 11th place and vault him from 132nd on the season-long point race to 124th and into the playoffs.

“It was definitely a bit of a pressure-packed situation coming down the stretch. Different than, really, winning a golf tournament,” English said on Tuesday at The Northern Trust, the postseason lid-lifter. “It felt like Q-School again back in 2011 where you're in the sixth round and trying to get it done.”


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Despite three-putts on three of his final nine holes, English earned his seventh consecutive trip to the postseason and some much needed confidence after a tough year.

English had just two top-10 finishes this season and spent the majority of the summer mired around the playoff bubble (No. 125).

“Being 124 right now, I need another really good week this week to make it to Boston [the second playoff stop],” he said. “I like where I am. I have a lot of confidence from last week. Struck the ball well and kind of did everything to put the ball in great position. If I can do that again this week, that would be a heck of a week.”

Nick Taylor also played his way into the top 125 last week, finishing tied for eighth place at Sedgefield Country Club to move from No. 129 to No. 119.