Europe Has Up and Down Week

By Martha BrendleSeptember 22, 2002, 4:00 pm
EDINA, Minn. -- The European Solheim Cup squad, having relinquished the Cup to the Americans, is left to review what team captain Dale Reid referred to as an up and down week.
Its been a funny week. I mean, it was -- we were all up in the foursomes, we were all down in the four-balls, and then same again yesterday, Reid said, not having had a moment to herself yet.
We got off to a good start, they got a good start, and right there was a few others that made a huge fight of it, Laura Davies, a member of all seven Solheim Cup teams, said.
For a while there I thought we were going to get away with it, and then we would retain the cup but, unfortunately, it didnt quite work out, they won the points.
Davies was defeated by Meg Mallon, 3-and-2, in Sundays singles match.
According to Reid, the Europeans lost the cup, which heavily implies that the Americans did not win it. There are a couple of players that could have played better than they did today, Reid said.
Paula wasnt using all four cylinders today, but I believe Meg played very well, too, but I did see Paula throw a few holes away today, which is very uncharacteristic of her, and you just really cant afford to do that in this level of tournament.
We werent too worried about the board looking too red when there were still girls teeing off. It looked that way yesterday and we turned it around and got it back into the blue, but there were a few matches that got too many holes down early on, and its very hard to come back from that.
With all of the matches equally important to the outcome, the team was looking for Annika Sorenstams match against Wendy Ward to turn in their favor, which it did not.
Im obviously disappointed for the team, I thought we were going to go out and do it today, Carin Koch, one of three teammates who scored half a point Sunday said. I had a really good feeling,
Captains pick Carin Koch was the big winner on the European team this year. After competing in all five matches, the sultry Swede had a 2002 record of 4-0-1 and an overall Solheim Cup record of 7 1/2 points out of the eight matches she has played during the 2000 and 2002 Cups.
This girl has had a fantastic two great Solheims, the proud captain said of Koch, who halved her match against Beth Daniel. It must have been hard finishing her match today considering that the ' she knew we had already lost the match, so to get a half point was fantastic.
The Europeans enjoyed a two-point lead coming into the final day of match play and full well expected to win for the first time on U.S. soil. Well, everybody was very happy going into today, a disappointed Reid said. We were where we wanted to be.
U.S. teams have always done well in the singles matches. This year was no different as the American squad won 8 of the available 12 points on Sunday.
They (Americans) are great Sunday players, they put great pressure on us, Davies said. And I, for one, didnt play well enough. While there was all that red up there, all you are really trying to do is win your match, but you cant help seeing just an absolute red, red, red all the way.
I guess on the day, really, we lost it. There is nothing else you can say, but we did lose it. But every match I saw today all our girls were putting extremely well, but just for some reason the ball just didnt want to disappear down the hole.
Reid, who took the 2000 team to victory, has enjoyed her last time as team captain, handing the responsibility over to Catrin Nilsmark in 2003 when the Solheim Cup travels to Sweden.

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Fowler (oblique) withdraws from playoff opener

By Will GrayAugust 15, 2018, 8:44 pm

The injury that slowed Rickie Fowler at last week's PGA Championship will keep him out of the first event of the PGA Tour's postseason.

Fowler was reportedly hampered by an oblique injury at Bellerive Country Club, where he started the third round two shots off the lead but faded to a tie for 12th. He confirmed the injury Tuesday in an Instagram post, adding that an MRI revealed a partial tear to his right oblique muscle.

According to Fowler, the injury also affected him at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, where he tied for 17th. After receiving the test results, he opted to withdraw from The Northern Trust next week at Ridgewood Country Club in New Jersey.

"My team and I feel like it's best not to play next week in the Northern Trust," Fowler wrote. "I will be back healthy and competitive ASAP for the FedEx Cup and more than ready for the Ryder Cup!!!"

Fowler is one of eight players who earned automatic spots on the U.S. Ryder Cup team when the qualifying window closed last week. His next opportunity to tee it up would be at the 100-man Dell Technologies Championship, where Fowler won in 2015.

Fowler has 12 top-25 finishes in 18 starts, highlighted by runner-up finishes at both the OHL Classic at Mayakoba in the fall and at the Masters. He is currently 17th in the season-long points race, meaning that he's assured of starts in each of the first three playoff events regardless of performance and in good position to qualify for the 30-man Tour Championship for the fourth time in the last five years.

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Playoff streaks in jeopardy for Garcia, Haas

By Will GrayAugust 15, 2018, 8:12 pm

Since the advent of the FedExCup in 2007, only 13 players have managed to make the playoffs each and every year. But two of the PGA Tour's stalwarts head into the regular-season finale with work to do in order to remain a part of that select fraternity.

Sergio Garcia has rarely had to sweat the top-125 bubble, but the Spaniard enters this week's Wyndham Championship 131st in the current standings. Left with even more work to do is former FedExCup winner Bill Haas, who starts the week in Greensboro 150th.

Garcia got off to a strong start in the spring, sandwiching a pair of top-10 finishes in WGC events around a fourth-place showing at the Valspar Championship. But quality results largely dried up after Garcia missed the cut at the Masters; he has made only two cuts in 10 Tour starts since April, including early exits in all four majors.

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Garcia has some history at Sedgefield Country Club, having won this event in 2012 to break a lengthy U.S. victory drought. He also finished fourth in 2009 but hasn't played the Donald Ross layout since a T-29 finish as the defending champ in 2013.

It's been a difficult year for Haas both on and off the course, as the veteran was involved as a passenger in a car accident on the eve of the Genesis Open that killed the driver. He returned to action three weeks later in Tampa, and he tied for seventh at the RBC Heritage in April. But that remains his lone top-10 finish of the season. Haas has missed 11 cuts including three in a row.

While the bubble will be a fluid target this week at Sedgefield, Garcia likely needs at least a top-20 finish to move into the top 125 while Haas will likely need to finish inside the top 5.

One of the 13 playoff streaks is assured of ending next week, as Luke Donald has missed most of the year with a back injury. Other players to qualify for every Tour postseason include Phil Mickelson, Matt Kuchar, Zach Johnson, Adam Scott, Bubba Watson, Justin Rose, Brandt Snedeker, Charles Howell III, Charley Hoffman and Ryan Moore.

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Airlines lose two sets of Olesen's clubs in 10 days

By Grill Room TeamAugust 15, 2018, 7:50 pm

Commercial airlines losing the golf clubs of a professional golfer is not exactly a groundbreaking story. It happens.

But European Tour pro Thorbjorn Olesen is on quite the roll, losing two sets of clubs and five suitcases in the span of 10 days.

Olesen, the reigning Italian Open champ, claimed his primary set of golf clubs were lost last week. Having little faith they'd be found before this week's Nordea Masters, he decided to bring his backup set for the event in Sweden.

A veteran move by the 28-year-old, unless, of course, those clubs were lost too. And wouldn't you know it:

After pestering the airlines with some A+ GIFs, Olesen was reunited with at least one of his sets and was back in action on Wednesday.

He also still plans on giving his golf bag away to some lucky follower, provided it's not lost again in transit. Something he's no longer taking for granted.

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Podcast: Brandel compares Tiger and Hogan's comebacks

By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 15, 2018, 6:48 pm

Tiger Woods on Sunday at Bellerive recorded his seventh runner-up finish in a major and his first in nine years.

A favorite guest of the Golf Channel Podcast, Brandel Chamblee joins host Will Gray to compare and contrast Tiger's return to competitive golf with that of Ben Hogan and Babe Didrikson Zaharias in the 1950s.

Chamblee also discusses Brooks Koepka's major dominance, Bellerive as a major venue, Tiger and Phil as Ryder Cup locks, and who else might be in line to receive Jim Furyk and Thomas Bjorn's remaining captain's picks.

Finally, Brandel shares what it was it was like to qualify for the Senior Open Championship and compete for a major title on the Old Course at St. Andrews. Listen here: