U.S. Solheim Cup team capsules

By Randall MellSeptember 20, 2011, 11:00 am

Captain Rosie Jones will lead the United States team against Europe in the 12th edition of the Solheim Cup at Killeen Castle in Dunsany, Ireland. Here is a breakdown of the 12 U.S. team members, in alphabetical order (Click here for European team capsules):

Paula Creamer

Age: 25

Record: 8-2-4 (Singles: 3-0)

World ranking: No8

Victories: 9 LPGA titles (1 major)

The lowdown: In 14 Solheim Cup matches, Creamer has lost just two matches, none in singles. The Americans have won all three Solheim Cups with Creamer on the roster, all in routs. Though Creamer’s still looking for her first LPGA victory since winning the U.S. Women’s Open more than a year ago, she takes good form to Ireland. She’s finished T-5 or better six times this season. Creamer’s a solid all-around performer who is always among LPGA leaders in hitting greens in regulation.

Vicky Hurst

Age: 21

Record: First appearance

World ranking: No. 75

Victories: No LPGA titles

The lowdown: Hurst gained a captain’s pick spot on the roster with her fifth-place finish at the Safeway Classic last month. It was a clutch performance knowing what was on the line that weekend. It was her first top-10 performance this year. Hurst is another big hitter captain Jones wanted on her roster for the big ballpark at Killeen Castle. She’s the second longest hitter among LPGA pros this year, ranking behind only Yani Tseng.

Juli Inkster

Age: 51

Record: 15-10-6 (Singles: 6-1-1)

World Ranking: No. 50

Victories: 31 LPGA titles (7 majors)

The lowdown: At 51, Inkster is playing in her ninth Solheim Cup, more than any American in event history. Only Europe’s Laura Davies has played in more. Davies will be making her 12th appearance in the Solheim Cup this year. Inkster’s 18 points are third most in Solheim Cup history, the most by an American. Inkster’s also doubling as an assistant captain this year. Though she’s among Americans struggling with their forms this summer, she showed promising signs at the Navistar LPGA Classic this past week, where she made just her second cut in her last seven starts.

Cristie Kerr

Age: 33

Record: 9-10-2 (Singles: 1-3-1)

World ranking: No. 3

Victories: 14 LPGA titles (2 majors)

The lowdown: So many of these international team competitions come down to who putts best, and the Americans have one of the best putters in the game in Kerr. She ranks No. 1 in the LPGA in putting per greens in regulation this year. Though Kerr is coming off a missed cut at the Navistar LPGA Classic, she’s having a strong but winless season with nine finishes of T-4 or better. This will mark her sixth Solheim Cup appearance. Only four Americans have competed in more. Surprisingly, Kerr, the highest ranked American on the 2011 team, sports an overall losing record in Solheim Cups with just one victory in five singles matches.

Christina Kim

Age: 27

Record: 5-2-1 (Singles: 2-0)

World ranking: No. 93

Victories: 2 LPGA titles

The lowdown: Kim might bring more energy to the Solheim Cup than any player in this week’s event, though her human fireworks show created some controversy when the Americans won at Rich Harvest Farms in ‘09. Some folks thought she was over the top. Kim heads to Ireland looking for her best form. She didn’t make the cut in any of this year’s majors and heads to Dublin after back-to-back missed cuts. Still, Kim sports a strong Solheim Cup record, though this will mark her first appearance on the road.

Brittany Lang

Age: 26

Record: 1-0-2 (Singles: 0-0-1)

World ranking: No. 29

Victories: No LPGA titles

The lowdown: In her sixth LPGA season, Lang’s still looking for her first LPGA title, a surprise given her pedigree and the fact that she nearly won the U.S. Women’s Open as an amateur. Still, Lang’s established herself among the top Americans making her second Solheim Cup team. With her second-place finish at the Ricoh Women’s British Open in July, and her seventh at the Safeway Classic last month, Lang solidified her spot on this year’s squad. She gives American captain Jones another long hitter to put in the mix. Lang is 11th among LPGA pros in driving distance.

Stacy Lewis

Age: 26

Record: First appearance.

World ranking: No. 10

Victories: 1 LPGA title (1 major)

The lowdown: The Kraft Nabisco champion will be making her Solheim Cup debut. She showed her mettle coming from behind to defeat Tseng in a head-to-head Sunday duel in the year’s first major. She’s showing strong form after second-place finishes at Evian and the CN Canadian Women’s Open. Her worst finish in her last six starts going to Navistar was T-11. Lewis is third in scoring (70.75) among LPGA pros this season and fifth in hitting greens in regulation (72.5 percent). Forget her Solheim Cup rookie status, Lewis will be depended upon to be one of the American stalwarts.

Brittany Lincicome

Age: 26

Record: 2-4-1 (Singles: 1-1)

World ranking: No. 9

Victories: 5 LPGA titles (1 major)

The lowdown: Lincicome’s the most dominant American this season, winning the Shoprite Classic and the CN Canadian Women’s Open. She finished second at the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup. With Killeen Castle expected to be set up long, Lincicome’s power is a key for the Americans. She’s among the longest hitters in the women’s game.

Ryann O’Toole

Age: 24

Record: First appearance

World ranking: No. 102

Victories: No LPGA titles

The lowdown: Solheim Cup pressure’s mounting for the rookie before the matches even begin. She missed the cut at the Navistar, her third consecutive missed cut since being named a captain’s pick. Given she was such a surprising choice, named to the team after just seven LPGA starts, there’s intense scrutiny over her selection. O’Toole is a long hitter with a lot of confidence, but that confidence will be tested as she goes to Ireland looking to shore up her form. O’Toole said her ball striking is fine but she’s struggling in the “scoring zone” with too many putts and a sluggish wedge game.

Morgan Pressel

Age: 23

Record: 3-2-2 (Singles: 2-0)

World ranking: No. 14

Victories: 2 LPGA titles (1 major)

The lowdown: In her first Solheim Cup appearance in 2007, Pressel defeated Annika Sorenstam, 2 and 1, in Sorenstam’s Swedish homeland. The American rookie made a large statement about her ability to step up on the road in that upset. Pressel didn’t lose a match at Rich Harvest Farms in ’09. She’s a perfect 2-0 in singles and showed her match-play prowess before turning pro by winning the U.S. Women’s Amateur.

Angela Stanford

Age: 33

Record: 3-4-3 (Singles 2-1)

World ranking: No. 16

Victories: 4 LPGA titles

The lowdown: Stanford showed her match-play skills getting to the finals (2010) and semifinals (’11) of the Sybase Match Play Championship the last two seasons. Stanford’s making her fourth Solheim Cup appearance. The respected veteran is a strong, stable influence in the team room. She’s coming off a strong performance at the CN Canadian Women’s Open (T-4) and also got herself in the early mix at Navistar.

Michelle Wie

Age: 21

Record: 3-0-1 (Singles: 1-0)

World ranking: No. 12

Victories: 2 LPGA titles

The lowdown: Wie looked like the dominant player so many folks expected her to become in a tour-de-force performance as a Solheim Cup rookie in ’09, where she didn’t lose a match. After putting so well in the American Solheim Cup victory at Rich Harvest Farms in ’09, Wie takes a different look to Ireland with a belly putter. While Wie looked like she found something with the new putter finishing second at the CN Canadian Women’s Open, she followed it up missing the cut at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship and then struggling on the weekend at Navistar after barely making the cut there. But, look for the Solheim Cup atmosphere to bring out Wie’s best.

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(Not that) Jutanugarn shares lead with (not that) Ko

By Associated PressApril 22, 2018, 1:58 am

LOS ANGELES - A player eager for her first win and a rookie top the leaderboard at the HUGEL-JTBC LA Open. Lurking two shots back is a Hall of Famer.

Winless Moriya Jutanugarn overcame a poor start and birdied the 18th for a hard-earned 1-under 70 to tie rookie Jin Young Ko at 9 under on Saturday at Wilshire Country Club.

Ko shot a 66 in her bid to become the year's first two-time LPGA winner. She won the Women's Australian Open in February, her first victory as an official tour member after a successful run on the Korean LPGA circuit.

''I'm ready for win or top 10, so maybe tomorrow I will really focus on shot by shot,'' said Ko, who added an exclamation point to her golf bag for each of her wins on the KLPGA. ''I won 11 times, so if I win tomorrow, maybe I change to 12. I need more, I need every time motivation.''

Jutanugarn is trying to match younger sister Ariya as a tour champion. Seven-time winner Ariya was tied for 27th after a 72 in the third round.

Usually when one of the Thai sisters is in the lead, the other will watch when her round is finished.

''If she's not too lazy, she is probably going to come out,'' Moriya said about Ariya.

Playing in an all-Korean threesome, Hall of Famer Inbee Park was two shots back in third after a 69. Her birdie putt for a share of the lead on 18 slid just by the hole. The group drew a large contingent of Korean fans.

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''I kind of started off a little bad. I was able to come back strong, so I'm really happy with that,'' Park said. ''I left a few putts out there. The greens around this golf course are just really tough. You just don't know what's going to happen.''

Moriya Jutanugarn's round included a double bogey on the par-4 first hole and a bogey on the par-4 sixth. She eagled the par-4 14th after holing out from the fairway 93 feet away. The ball took once bounce and went in, eliciting a stunned look from Jutanugarn before she high-fived her caddie.

''Today was kind of a pretty rough day for me with not a very good start and like trying to come back,'' Jutanugarn said. ''I just try to play my game and be patient out there I think is the key.''

Jutanugarn, the second-round leader, read the break perfectly on a long putt to make birdie on 18 and share the lead with Ko.

Playing two groups ahead of Jutanugarn, Caroline Inglis also eagled the 14th from 180 yards. She briefly jumped up and down and smiled after three bogeys and a double bogey. She shot a 69 and was four shots back in a tie for sixth with Minjee Lee.

''It was like one bounce and then it like trickled in,'' Inglis said.

Aditi Ashok eagled 14 early in the round.

Ko did some scrambling of her own. Her ball found a sandy hazard on the 17th with a scoreboard and a winding creek in between her and the green 190 yards away. Her approach landed just off the green and she made par. Her round included six birdies and a bogey on 16.

Eun-Hee Ji (70) and American Marina Alex (72) were tied for fourth at 6 under.

Top-ranked Shanshan Feng shot a 70 and was in a six-way tie for 12th at 2 under.

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Defending champs Singh, Franco take senior lead

By Associated PressApril 22, 2018, 12:15 am

RIDGEDALE, Mo. - Defending champions Vijay Singh and Carlos Franco took the third-round lead Saturday in the windy Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf.

Singh and Franco shot a 7-under 47 in wind gusting to 20 mph on the Top of the Rock par-3 course to get to 19-under 145, a stroke ahead of the teams of David Toms-Steve Flesch and Paul Broadhurst-Kirk Triplett.

''It was a tough day,'' Singh said. ''The wind was swirling, have to get the club right and we made some putts. Carlos played really well on the back nine and I played really well on the front nine, so we ham-and-egged it a little.''

Toms and Flesch also shot 47, and Broadhurst and Triplett had a 33 on the 13-hole Mountain Top par-3 course.

''We just paired well together,'' Toms said. ''I don't think either one of us played great. We picked each other up out there.''

Wind and rain is expected Sunday when the teams finish at Top of the Rock, again playing the front nine in alternate shot and the back nine in better ball.

''Make as many birdies as possible and see what happens,'' Singh said. ''That's all we can do.''

Singh and Franco are trying to become the first to successfully defend a title since Jim Colbert and Andy North in 2001. Singh won the Toshiba Classic in March for his first individual senior title.

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Flesch won the Mitsubishi Electric Classic last week in Georgia for his first senior victory.

Tom Lehman and Bernhard Langer had a 34 at Mountain Top to join Spanish stars Miguel Angel Jimenez and Jose Maria Olazabal at 17 under. Jimenez and Olazabal had a 33 at Mountain Top.

''It's great for me to be able to play with him as a team member,'' Olazabal said. ''We do have great memories from the Ryder Cup and other events, and it's always a great pleasure to play with a great player and a friend.''

Langer took the final-round forecast in stride.

''We've done it hundreds of times before and we'll probably do it again,'' Langer said. ''We'll make the best of it. We both have a good attitude. We're known to play in all sorts of weather and I just look forward to playing one more day with my partner here.''

Wisconsin neighbors Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly were 16 under after a 48 at Top of the Rock.

John Daly and Michael Allen, the second-round leaders after a 46 at Top of the Rock, had a 37 at Mountain Top to drop into a tie for seventh at 15 under.

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Landry shares Valero lead, eyes first career win

By Will GrayApril 21, 2018, 11:15 pm

After coming up just short of a breakthrough win earlier this season, Andrew Landry has another chance to earn his maiden victory at the Valero Texas Open.

Landry came within inches of winning the CareerBuilder Challenge in January, ultimately losing to Jon Rahm in a four-hole playoff. He struggled to find form in the wake of his close call, missing the cut in each of his four starts following his runner-up finish in Palm Springs.

But Landry took some time off to welcome his first child, Brooks, last month and he made it to the weekend in his first start back last week at the RBC Heritage, where he finished T-42. He made a move up the standings Saturday at TPC San Antonio with a bogey-free 67, and at 13 under shares the lead with Zach Johnson heading into the final round.

"I just did everything really good," Landry told reporters. "I was staying patient and just trying to make a bunch of pars. This golf course can come up and bite you in a heartbeat, and I had a couple bad putts that I didn't really make. I'm happy with it, it's a good 5-under round. Gets me in the final group tomorrow and we'll see what happens."

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Landry started the day one shot off the pace and in the final group with Johnson and Ryan Moore, and at one point he took sole possession of the lead after birdies on three of his first six holes. Now he'll have another chance in the day's final tee time where he's grouped with Johnson and Trey Mullinax, who sits one shot back after firing a course-record 62 in the third round.

For Landry, it's another opportunity to break into the winner's circle, and it's one for which he feels prepared after coming so close three months ago.

"I mean, I don't want to go too deep into it because I don't want to sound cocky or anything, but I just believe in myself. There's no other explanation for it," Landry said. "You can totally get out here and play with Zach Johnson, Ryan Moore, two top players in the world, and you can go out there and fold under pressure or you can learn a lot.

"Zach's always been a role model to me the way he plays golf, I feel like we have very similar games, and it's just going to be fun tomorrow getting to play with him again."

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Z. Johnson, Landry share 54-hole Texas Open lead

By Associated PressApril 21, 2018, 10:56 pm

SAN ANTONIO - Zach Johnson birdied the par-5 18th Saturday at the Valero Texas Open for a share of the third-round lead with Andrew Landry, a stroke ahead of record-setting Trey Mullinax.

Johnson shot a 4-under 68, holing a 10-footer on 18 to match Landry at 13-under 203 at TPC San Antonio's AT&T Oaks. Landry birdied the 16th and 17th in a 67.

Johnson won the event in 2008 and 2009, the last two times it was played at LaCantera. The 42-year-old Iowan is trying to win for the first time since the 2015 British Open.

''I've got 18 holes to get to that point,'' Johnson said. ''I've got to do exactly what I did on the back side and that was give myself opportunities on every hole. I'm putting great, I'm seeing the lines well, my caddie's reading the greens well, so it's just a matter of committing and executing down the stretch.''

The 30-year-old Landry is winless on the tour.

''I'm a good putter and I just need to give myself a lot of opportunities tomorrow like I did today,'' Landry said. ''I'll be looking forward to tomorrow.''

Mullinax had a course-record 62. He played the back nine in 7-under 29, going 6 under on the last five with eagles on the par-5 14th and 18th and birdies on 16 and 17. He also birdied Nos. 10 and 12 and bogeyed 11.

''It's probably one of the best rounds I've ever had,'' Mullinax said. ''To go out there and shoot 62 on a hard golf course is really good.''

Johnson played the front nine in even par with two birdies and two bogeys. He birdied Nos. 11, 14, 15 and 18 on the back nine.

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''Different wind today early on, misjudged some numbers, misjudged some wind, made some bad swings, all of the above,'' Johnson said. ''But truthfully, my short game was actually pretty good, my putting was great. I missed some putts, but I hit some really good ones, hit some lines and I gave myself opportunities especially on the back side.''

Landry had a bogey-free round.

''I just did everything really good,'' Landry said. ''I was staying patient and just trying to make a bunch of pars. This golf course can come up and bite you in a heartbeat.''

Ryan Moore was two strokes back at 11 under after a 70. Sean O'Hair had a 65 to join 2015 champion Jimmy Walker (67), Chris Kirk (68) and 2013 winner Martin Laird (69) at 9 under.

''I just feel like I'm getting closer and closer to playing better and better golf, more solid golf, putting rounds together,'' Walker said. ''I'm excited for the opportunity tomorrow.''

Mullinax has made 42 of 44 putts from inside 10 feet this week.

''They just kind of remind me of greens from home,'' Mullinax said. ''My caddie, David (Flynn), has been reading them really well. We trusted each other on our reads and I've been hitting good putts. Been working hard on putting on the weeks off that I've had so it's good to see some results.''

The 25-year-old former Alabama player chipped in for the eagle on 14 and the birdie on the par-3 16th.

''It was just a little bit down the hill,'' he said about the 16th. ''All you had to do was just land it just past that little light grass spot. My caddie told me just read it like a putt, so I tried to just read it like a putt and it went in.''

On 18, he hit a 3-iron from 255 yards to 15 feet to set up his eagle putt. He broke the course record of 63 set by Matt Every in 201 and matched by Laird in 2013. The tournament record is 60 at LaCantera, by Bart Bryant in 2004 and Johnson in 2009.