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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Winning on Kerr's mind this week and beyond

By Randall MellMarch 24, 2018, 2:11 am

Cristie Kerr moved into position Friday to do more than win the 21st LPGA title of her career.

She moved into position to claim an LPGA Hall of Fame point this week.

Yes, winning is foremost on her mind at the Kia Classic, where she took the lead with an 8-under-par 64 in the second round, she’s on a larger quest, too.

After turning 40 last fall, Kerr was asked what her goals are.

“The Hall of Fame is attainable, if I stick with it,” she said.

Kerr is five shots ahead of Lizette Salas (67), In-Kyung Kim (69), Hee Young Park (70) and Caroline Hedwall (70).

It’s a good time for Kerr to get on a hot streak, with the year’s first major championship, the ANA Inspiration, next week. She has long been one of the best putters in the women’s game, but her ball-striking is impressive this week. She hit 17 greens in regulation Thursday, and she hit 16 on Friday.

“I like winning,” Kerr said. “I like challenging myself. Definitely doesn't get any easier as you get older, with the travel and recovery time. I got up this morning and I'm like, `Man, why does my hamstring hurt?’ From working around this hilly golf course.”

Kerr acknowledged Friday that her body is more vulnerable to time’s realities, but her mind isn’t.

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“The golf ball doesn't know an age,” Kerr said. “I've always said that. As long as I stay hungry, going to just keep playing.”

Kerr won two weeks after her 40th birthday last fall, boosting her LPGA Hall of Fame point total to 22. She is five points short of eligibility for induction. A player earns one point for an LPGA victory and two points for a major championship title. So there’s a lot of Hall of Fame ground to gain this week and next.

It’s a long-term goal that motivates Kerr to take care of her body.

“I don't think the golf changes,” Kerr said. “I think, physically, it gets harder as you get older. Like I said, I've got tape on my hamstring. I strained it, just a little bit yesterday, walking around this golf course. It's tough as you get older, just being fresh and rested. I put more focus into that as I've gotten older. I still practice, but off the course I try to get more rest.”

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Big names chasing Kerr into the weekend at Kia Classic

By Associated PressMarch 24, 2018, 1:55 am

CARLSBAD, Calif. - Cristie Kerr shot an 8-under 64 on Friday in the Kia Classic to take a five-stroke lead into the weekend.

The 40-year-old Kerr had eight birdies in her second straight bogey-free round to reach 13-under 131 at rain-softened Aviara.

''I like winning. I like challenging myself,'' Kerr said. ''Definitely doesn't get any easier as you get older with the travel and recovery time. I got up this morning and I'm like, 'Man, why does my hamstring hurt?' From working around this hilly golf course. The golf ball doesn't know an age. I've always said that. As long as I stay hungry, going to just keep playing.''

She has 20 LPGA victories, winning at Aviara in 2015. She won twice last year and helped the U.S. beat Europe in her ninth Solheim Cup appearance.

''It's tough as you get older just being fresh and rested,'' Kerr said. ''I put more focus into that as I've gotten older. I still practice, but off the course I try to get more rest.''

Lizette Salas, In-Kyung Kim, Hee Young Park and Caroline Hedwall were tied for second. Salas shot 67, Kim 69, and Park and Hedwall 70.

''I really like this golf course. I really like the environment,'' said Salas, the former University of Southern California player from Azusa. ''My family gets to come out. So much confidence at the beginning of the week, and definitely showed the first two days.

Jeong Eun Lee was 7 under after a 69, and defending ANA champion So Yeon Ryu had a 70 to get to 6 under.

Full-field scores from the Kia Classic

Ariya Jutanugarn (72), Brooke Henderson (70) and 2016 winner Lydia Ko (71) were 5 under. Shanshan Feng (68) was another stroke back, and Singapore winner Michelle Wie (72) was 1 under.

Lexi Thompson was 2 over after a 74, making the cut on the number in the final event before the major ANA Inspiration next week at Mission Hills.

Kerr opened with birdies on the par-5 10th and par-3 11th, added birdies on the par-4 16th, 18th and second, and ran off three in a row on the par-3 sixth, par-4 seventh and par-5 eighth.

''I don't think you can fall asleep on one shot,'' Kerr said. ''It's a really good golf course. I think I play better on courses that demand the focus, so I think that's why I've played well here in the past. ... I'm trying not to put limits on myself right now. I've got some good things going on with my swing.''

She has long been one best putters and green-readers in the world.

''I can see the subtleties that a lot of people can't,'' Kerr said. ''It's a gift from God being able to do that. I've always had that, so I'm lucky.''

Laura Davies withdrew after an opening 82. The 54-year-old Davies tied for second last week in the Founders Cup in Phoenix, playing through painful left Achilles and calf problems.

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DJ hits 489-yard drive, but it doesn't count for history

By Rex HoggardMarch 24, 2018, 12:22 am

AUSTIN, Texas – Dustin Johnson is no stranger to big drives, but even for DJ this one was impressive.

Trailing in his Day 3 match at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, Johnson launched a drive at the par-5 12th hole that traveled 489 yards, but that number comes with an asterisk.

“He got lucky it hit the road,” smiled Kevin Kisner, who was leading the world No. 1, 3 up, at the time. “I thought he would make an eagle for sure, he only had 80 yards [to the hole]. He didn’t hit a very good putt.”

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Johnson’s drive, which was 139 yards past Kisner’s tee shot, is the longest recorded on the PGA Tour in the ShotLink era, surpassing Davis Love III’s drive of 476 yards in 2004 at the Tournament of Champions.

The drive will not go into the record books, however, because the Tour doesn’t count statistics from the Match Play.

It should also be noted, Kisner halved the 12th hole with a birdie and won the match, 4 and 3, to advance to the round of 16.

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Durant leads Champions event in Mississippi

By Associated PressMarch 24, 2018, 12:21 am

BILOXI, Miss. - Joe Durant had three straight birdies in a back-nine burst and a shot 6-under 66 on Friday to take the first-round lead in the PGA Tour Champions' Rapiscan Systems Classic.

Durant birdied the par-4 11th and 12th and par-5 13th in the bogey-free round at breezy and rain-softened Fallen Oak. Because of the wet conditions, players were allowed to lift, clean and place their golf balls in the fairway.

''It just sets up nice to my eye,'' Durant said. ''It's a beautiful golf course and it's very challenging. The tee shots seem to set up well for me, but the greens are maybe as quick as I've ever seen them here. You really have to put the ball in the right spots. I played very nice today. With the wind swirling like it was, I'm really happy.''

He won the Chubb Classic last month in Naples, Florida, for his third victory on the 50-and-over tour.

Full-field scores from the Rapiscan Systems Classic

''Done this long enough, Friday's just one day,'' Durant said. ''Especially in a three-day tournament, you've got to go out and shoot three good numbers. Fortunate to put one on the board, but I know I have to back it up with a couple of good days because you can get passed very quickly out here.''

Mark Calcavecchia was a stroke back. He won last month in Boca Raton, Florida

''It's probably my best round I've ever had here and it was a tough day to play,'' Calcavecchia said. ''The greens are just lightning fast. They're pretty slopey greens, so very difficult to putt.''

Steve Stricker was third at 68. He took the Tucson, Arizona, event three weeks ago for his first senior victory.

''Just getting it around and managing my game I think like I always do,'' Stricker said. ''You get in the wrong position here with the greens being so fast and you're going to be in trouble. I did that a couple times today.''

Billy Mayfair, Billy Andrade and David McKenzie shot 69. Jerry Kelly, the winner of the season-opening event in Hawaii, was at 70 with Wes Short Jr., Glen Day, Gene Sauers and Jesper Parnevik.

Bernhard Langer opened with a 71, and two-time defending champion Miguel Angel Jimenez had a 72.

Vijay Singh, coming off his first senior victory two weeks ago in Newport Beach, California, had a 73.