GBI Retain Seve Trophy

By Sports NetworkNovember 9, 2003, 5:00 pm
VALENCIA, Spain -- Padraig Harrington birdied the 18th hole Sunday to halve his match and give the Great Britain and Ireland team enough points to retain the Seve Trophy. With Harrington's halve of Jose Maria Olazabal and Ian Poulter's halve with Niclas Fasth, the GB&I squad defeated the Continental European team, 15 - 13.
The Continental team was dealt a blow early on when Thomas Bjorn withdrew prior to his match with Paul Casey due to a neck injury. The walkover gave the GB&I team its' 11th point.
Bjorn tried to loosen up his stiff neck on the range, but the neck was too painful to play. He finished the event with an 0-4-1 record dropping him to 4-9-2 lifetime in Seve Trophy matches. Casey evened his career mark in the event at 4-4, with a 3-2 record this time around.
'It is a recurring injury I have now and again and it just popped up at the wrong time,' said Bjorn. 'I am obviously very disappointed for myself and also very disappointed for my teammates. When I woke up this morning, I felt a little something but I did all the physio stuff I normally do and everything appeared to be okay. But when I went down to hit some balls on the range it just got worse and it got to the stage where there was nothing I could do.'
Great Britain and Ireland captain Colin Montgomerie beat Continental European captain Seve Ballesteros for the first time by a score of 5-and-4. David Howell narrowly downed Alex Cejka, 1-up, to give the GB&I team 13 points. Justin Rose, who led throughout his match, handed Raphael Jacquelin a 3-and-2 loss for GB&I's 14th point.
Prior to the two halves that sealed the match, Ignacio Garrido and Fredrik Jacobson tried to rally the Continental European team with back-to-back wins. Garrido beat Paul Lawrie, 3 and 2, while Jacobson downed Lee Westwood, 2 and 1.
After Harrington halved his match to retain the trophy for the GB&I team and Poulter halved Fasth, Europe won the final two matches of the day. Sergio Garcia erased an early deficit to soundly knock off Phillip Price, 4 and 3. Miguel Angel Jimenez, who trailed most of the match, rallied late for a 2-and-1 win over Brian Davis.
'To be up 3 1/2 to 1 1/2 after the first day was vital,' said Montgomerie, who went 2-1-2 this weekend and is now 6-7-2 in this event. 'I think whatever team got ahead would've stayed ahead and it was vital for us to take that lead.'
Montgomerie, who lost to Ballesteros in their first two meetings at this event, fell 2-down to the Spaniard through five holes. Monty came back to win the sixth, but Ballesteros won the very next hole to regain the 2-up lead.
That was all the Continental captain could do though. Montgomerie turned on the after-burners and blew out his counterpart. The Scotsman ran off seven consecutive wins for the 5-and-4 conquest. He captured each of the last two holes in the match, Nos. 13 and 14, with birdies.
'I was going very well for the first seven holes, but then I don't know what happened,' said Ballesteros, who went 0-4 this weekend to fall to 3-5 lifetime in his event. 'The wheels just came off and Colin produced some tremendous golf. It is the first time I ever lost seven holes in a row. It makes me feel that I have to practice tomorrow for the next Seve Trophy.'
Cejka, who had teamed with Jacquelin to win their first four matches, grabbed an early 1-up lead on Howell, when the Englishman bogeyed the first. Cejka bogeyed the fourth to square the match though.
The duo traded wins on the seventh and eighth before Howell won the ninth. Howell picked up another with at that 11th for a 2-up lead. Cejka fought back with a birdie win on 15, but Howell won the next with a birdie.
Cejka, who entered with a 2-6-1 record at this event, won the 17th as Howell bogeyed the par-3. The duo halved the final hole giving Howell the 1-up win. Cejka improved his record to 6-7-2, while Howell improved to 5-2 in two appearances.
Garrido lost each of the first two holes to Lawrie, but turned his 2-down deficit into a 2-up lead by winning four straight holes from the third. Lawrie won Nos. 9 and 13, but Garrido regained his 2-up lead with victories on the 11th and 14th.
Lawrie, who struggled to a 0-4-1 record this weekend, bogeyed the 16th at Campo de Golf Parador El Saler to lose the match. He saw his career mark at this event tumble to 3-8-3.
Jacobson continued the Continental European charge. He picked up three wins over the first seven holes, but Westwood, who had won the fourth hole, squared the match with wins on Nos. 8 and 11. Jacobson birdied the 14th and 17th to earn the 2-and-1 victory. Westwood though moved his record to 10-4 overall with a 3-2 mark this week.
Rose, playing in the eighth match against Jacquelin, took an early 2-up lead with a birdie on the second and an eagle on the third. Jacquelin got back within 1-down with a birdie on the eighth.
Rose then ran off three straight wins, all with birdies, to go 4-up. He birdied the 13th to make it 5-up with five holes left. Jacquelin tried for a miraculous comeback as he won the next two holes, but the match belonged to Rose when the men halved the 16th. The win put the GB&I squad a 1/2 point from victory.
The Harrington and Olazabal match was tight throughout. The Irishman won the first, but Olazabal responded with a win at the second to square the match. Harrington birdied the par-5 third and eagled the par-5 fifth to take a 2-up lead.
Olazabal birdied the eighth to get it to 1-down and squared the match with another birdie at the 13th. Harrington bogeyed the 14th to fall 1-down but knotted the match back up with a birdie at the next. The Spaniard regained a 1-up lead with a birdie on 16.
Harrington hit a tremendous shot to the 18th green though. Olazabal, who also knocked his second shot on the green, could not convert his lengthy birdie try to win the match. Harrington sank his short birdie putt to halve the match and give the GB&I squad the requisite 14 1/2 points to retain the Seve Trophy.
'It was a good team performance. Everyone got something out of it,' Monty said. 'We all gained at least a 1/2 point which is vital. It was a team effort. There's 10 people on the team and all 10 contributed something to that 14 1/2-point mark which we had to reach.'
Poulter and Fasth quickly followed up the 18th. Each player picked up one win over the first seven holes, however, Poulter burst to a 3-up lead by winning Nos. 9, 10 and 12.
Fasth rallied to win the 13th as well as Nos. 16 and 17 to square the match. The duo halved the last giving the GB&I team its' final point total of 15.
Garcia was facing Price in the final match. Price won the first, but Garcia fought back with wins at the third and fifth to go 1-up. The Spaniard picked up back-to-back wins from the seventh to extend his margin to 3-up.
Price came back to birdie the ninth and get back within 2-down. Garcia birdied the par-5 11th and closed out the win with a birdie on the par-5 15th.
Jimenez, playing in the penultimate match, but the last to finish, quickly fell 2-down as Davis birdied the first two holes. Jimenez won the third with a birdie, but Davis moved his lead back to 2-up when Jimenez bogeyed the seventh.
The Spaniard came back with a birdie on the eighth. Davis then earned his final win at the 10th when Jimenez bogeyed. Jimenez reeled off wins at the 11th, 13th and 14th for a 1-up lead and moved it to 2-up when Davis bogeyed the 16th. Jimenez earned the competition's final point with a 2-and-1 win when the duo halved the 17th.
'It's been a great week, as Colin said. The matches have been very close as we both have predicted early in the week,' Ballesteros said. 'The only problem with the week was the result, but that's the game. Somebody has to win and somebody has to lose and this time Great Britain and Ireland won. I'll go tell my players to start practicing now for next time.'
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    First-, second-round tee times for the 147th Open

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 16, 2018, 12:20 pm

    Three-time champion Tiger Woods is playing in The Open for the first time since he missed the cut in 2015 at St. Andrews. Woods will begin his first round Thursday in the 147th edition at Carnoustie at 10:21 a.m. ET, playing alongside Hideki Matsuyama and Russell Knox.

    Defending champion Jordan Spieth delivered the claret jug to the R&A on Monday at Carnoustie. He will begin his title defense at 4:58 a.m. ET on Thursday, playing with world No. 2 Justin Rose and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

    Other notable groupings:

    • Rory McIlroy will look to capture his second claret jug at 7:53 a.m. Thursday. He goes off with Marc Leishman and Thorbjorn Olesen.
    • World No. 1 Dustin Johnson is playing with Alex Noren and Charley Hoffman. They will play at 8:04 a.m. ET in the first round.
    • World No. 2 Justin Thomas goes at 8:26 a.m. with Francesco Molinari and Branden Grace.
    • Masters champion Patrick Reed will play with Louis Oosthuizen and Paul Casey at 5:20 a.m. ET.
    • U.S. Open champion and world No. 4 Brooks Koepka is grouped with Ian Poulter and Cameron Smith (9:59 a.m. ET).
    • Phil Mickelson, the 2013 Open champion, will begin at 3:03 a.m. ET with Satoshi Kodaira and Rafa Cabrera Bello.

    Here's a look at the full list of times for Rounds 1 and 2 (all times ET):

    1:35AM/6:36AM: Sandy Lyle, Martin Kaymer, Andy Sulliva

    1:46AM/6:47AM: Erik Van Rooyen, Brady Schnell, Matthew Southgate

    1:57AM/6:58AM: Danny Willett, Emiliano Grillo, Luke List

    2:08AM/7:09AM: Mark Calcavecchia, Danthai Boonma, Shaun Nooris

    2:19AM/7:20AM: Kevin Chappell, Oliver Wilson, Eddie Pepperell

    2:30AM/7:31AM: Ross Fisher, Paul Dunne, Austin Cook

    2:41AM/7:42AM: Tyrrell Hatton, Patrick Cantlay, Shane Lowry

    2:52AM/7:53AM: Thomas Pieters, Kevin Kisner, Marcus Kinhult

    3:03AM/8:04AM: Phil Mickelson, Satoshi Kodaira, Rafa Cabrera Bello

    3:14AM/8:15AM: Brian Harman, Yuta Ikeda, Andrew Landry

    3:25AM/8:26AM: Si Woo Kim, Webb Simpson, Nicolai Hojgaard (a)

    3:36AM/8:37AM: Stewart Cink, Brandon Stone, Hideto Tanihara

    3:47AM/8:48AM: Gary Woodland, Yusaku Miyazato, Sung Kang

    4:03AM/9:04AM: Ernie Els, Adam Hadwin, Chesson Hadley

    4:14AM/9:15AM: Pat Perez, Julian Suri, George Coetzee

    4:25AM/9:26AM: David Duval, Scott Jamieson, Kevin Na

    4:36AM/9:37AM: Darren Clarke, Bernhard Langer, Retief Goosen

    4:47AM/9:48AM: Matt Kuchar, Anirban Lahiri, Peter Uihlein

    4:58AM/9:59AM: Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose, Kiradech Aphibarnrat

    5:09AM/10:10AM: Jon Rahm, Rickie Fowler, Chris Wood

    5:20AM/10:21AM: Louis Oosthuizen, Paul Casey, Patrick Reed

    5:31AM/10:32AM: Tony Finau, Xander Schauffele, Jhonattan Vegas

    5:42AM/10:43AM: Yuxin Lin (a), Alexander Bjork, Sang Hyun Park

    5:53AM/10:54AM: James Robinson, Haraldur Magnus, Zander Lombard

    6:04AM/11:05AM: Kodai Ichihara, Rhys Enoch, Marcus Armitage

    6:15AM/11:16AM: Sean Crocker, Gavin Green, Ash Turner

    6:36AM/1:35AM: Brandt Snedeker, Sam Locke (a), Cameron Davis

    6:47AM/1:46AM: Patton Kizzire, Jonas Blixt, Charles Howell III

    6:58AM/1:57AM: Charl Schwartzel, Daniel Berger, Tom Lewis

    7:09AM/2:08AM: Alex Levy, Ryan Moore, Byeong Hun An

    7:20AM/2:19AM: Michael Hendry, Kelly Kraft, Lee Westwood

    7:31AM/2:30AM: Henrik Stenson, Tommy Fleetwood, Jimmy Walker

    7:42AM/2:41AM: Matthew Fitzpatrick, Russell Henley, Jovan Rebula (a)

    7:53AM/2:52AM: Rory McIlroy, Marc Leishman, Thorbjorn Olesen

    8:04AM/3:03AM: Dustin Johnson, Alex Noren, Charley Hoffman

    8:15AM/3:14AM: Zach Johnson, Adam Scott, Brendan Steele

    8:26AM/3:25AM: Justin Thomas, Francesco Molinari, Branden Grace

    8:37AM/3:36AM: Jason Day, Shota Akiyoshi, Haotong Li

    8:48AM/3:47AM: Todd Hamilton, Beau Hossler, Jorge Campillo

    9:04AM/4:03AM: Ryuko Tokimatsu, Chez Reavie, Michael Kim

    9:15AM/4:14AM: Kyle Stanley, Nicolas Colsaerts, Jens Dantorp

    9:26AM/4:25AM: Tom Lehman, Dylan Frittelli, Grant Forrest

    9:37AM/4:36AM: Lucas Herbert, Min Chel Choi, Jason Kokrak

    9:48AM/4:47AM: Padraig Harrington, Bubba Watson, Matt Wallace

    9:59AM/4:58AM: Ian Poulter, Cameron Smith, Brooks Koepka

    10:10AM/5:09AM: Sergio Garcia, Bryson DeChambeau, Shubhankar Sharma

    10:21AM/5:20AM: Tiger Woods, Hideki Matsuyama, Russell Knox

    10:32AM/5:31AM: Jason Dufner, Ryan Fox, Keegan Bradley

    10:43AM/5:42AM: Ryan Armour, Abraham Ander, Masahiro Kawamura

    10:54AM/5:53AM: Jazz Janewattananond, Fabrizio Zanotti, Jordan Smith

    11:05AM/6:04AM: Brett Rumford, Masanori Kobayashi, Jack Senior

    11:16AM/6:15AM: Matt Jones, Thomas Curtis, Bronson Burgoon

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    Rahm's Carnousite strategy: 'As many drivers as I can'

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 16, 2018, 10:57 am

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – In his practice round Monday at Carnoustie, Jon Rahm bashed away with driver on the 18th tee, reducing one of the most intimidating finishing holes in championship golf into a driver-wedge.

    Indeed, when it comes to his choice of clubs off the tee this week at The Open, Rahm has one strategy in mind.

    “As many drivers as I can,” he said after playing 18 alongside Rory McIlroy. “I just feel comfortable with it.”

    Playing downwind, the firm and fast conditions on the 18th have led some players, even a medium-length hitter like Brandt Snedeker, to challenge the burn fronting the green.

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    Rahm explained Monday why that was the prudent play.

    “You can lay up with an iron farther back and have 140 or 150 meters to the front and have a 7-, 8- or 9-iron in,” Rahm said. “But if you hit a good one with a driver, you’re going to have nothing to the green.

    “If you hit the rough this year, it’s not as thick as other years. You actually get a lot of good lies, so you can still hit the green with confidence.”

    Rahm said that revelation was “quite surprising,” especially after encountering thicker fescue when he played the French Open and Irish Open, where he recorded a pair of top-5 finishes.

    “But with this much sun” – it hasn’t rained much, if at all, over the past six weeks – “the fescue grass can’t grow. It just dies,” he said. “It’s a lot thinner than other years, so unless they can magically grow it thicker the next few days, it’s pretty safe to assume we can be aggressive.”

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    Remembering Jean, because we'll always remember Jean

    By Al TaysJuly 16, 2018, 10:38 am

    The thing I remember about the 1999 Open Championship is that for 54 holes, it was boring. I can’t speak for the next 17, because I didn’t watch. I took advantage of a beautiful Sunday morning to play golf. When our group finished, we went into the clubhouse hoping to catch the last few holes or at least find out who won. Instead, we were greeted by an almost deafening buzz. It seemed everyone in the dining room was excitedly talking at once.

    The wall-mounted televisions provided the answer. There stood Jean Van de Velde, resplendent in a white visor and blue shirt, and whatever the opposite of “resplendent” is with his trouser legs rolled up above his knees. He was up to his ankles in the burn that winds in front of Carnoustie’s 18th green, hands on hips, holding a wedge. He was staring down into the water the way you’d stare at a storm grate through which you had just accidentally dropped your car keys. You know, the “What the heck am I going to do NOW?” stare.

    Van de Velde was the reason I had dismissed this 128th Open Championship as boring. Actually, he was one of two reasons. The first was that Tiger Woods was no factor. The second was that Van de Velde was running away with it, having taken a five-shot lead into the final round. It also didn’t help my interest level that I knew nothing about Van de Velde. I didn’t know Jean Van de Velde from Jean Valjean. The only thing I knew about him was that he was French, and the last great French golfer was … uh, I’ll have to get back to you on that.

    As we got caught up on Van de Velde’s predicament – he had gone to the tee of the par-4 18th hole with a three-shot lead, but through a series of calamities now lay 3 … underwater – now my opinion of the guy did a 180. NOW I wanted him to win. It wasn’t going to be easy, though. Surely he would come to his senses and take a drop (4), then pitch onto the green (5) and hope to get that shot close enough that he could make the putt for 6 and claim the claret jug. A 7 – which would have plunged him into a playoff – was not a farfetched possibility.

    Not farfetched at all; that’s the score he made, only it didn’t unfold quite as simply as I had envisioned. After taking his drop, Van de Velde hit his next shot into a greenside bunker. He then blasted out to 8 feet and, needing to make the putt to get into a playoff with Justin Leonard and Paul Lawrie, he did just that.

    You think Leonard’s 45-footer at Brookline that won the Ryder Cup later that year was clutch? I’ll take Van de Velde’s putt eight days a week.

    But there would be no happy ending for Van de Velde. In the four-hole, aggregate playoff, he opened with a double bogey and watched Lawrie win his only major.

    Van de Velde got roasted in the media for “choking” and “making stupid decisions.” I felt this was unfair. So the next day, in my capacity as a sports columnist for The Palm Beach Post, I wrote this:

    “I have a new hero. Jean Van de Velde, The Man Who Gave Away the British Open.” I wrote that Van de Velde had “remained true to himself” and that had he geared down and played the hole safely and won with a double bogey, he would have been quickly forgotten.

    As it turned out, because of his tragedy (self-inflicted though it was), he gained far more fame for losing than Lawrie did for winning (which is unfair to Lawrie, but that’s a tale for another time). I’ll also wager that Van de Velde gained far more fans for the grace with which he took his defeat than he would have had he won. See Norman, Greg, Augusta, 1996.

    Van de Velde may have made some questionable decisions – hitting driver off the tee, bringing water into play on his third shot when he had a horrible lie – but he had reasons for all of them. Nowhere do you see him saying “I am such an idiot” a la Phil Mickelson, or “What a stupid I am” a la Roberto De Vicenzo.

    “Sure, I could have hit four wedges,” he recently told Golf Channel. “Wouldn’t they have said, ‘He won The Open, but, hey, he hit four wedges.’ I mean, who hits four wedges?”

    There’s a great scene in the 1991 movie “The Commitments,” about putting a soul-music band together in the slums of Dublin. Against all odds, the band reaches the brink of success before sinking in a maelstrom of arguments and fistfights after its last gig.

    Manager Jimmy Rabbitte is trudging home through the gloom, when saxophonist Joey “The Lips” Fagan rides up on his ever-present scooter. Joey tries to get Jimmy to see the bright side.

    Look, I know you're hurting now, but in time you'll realize what you've achieved,” Joey says.

    “I've achieved nothing!” Jimmy snaps.

    “You're missing the point,” Joey replies. “The success of the band was irrelevant - you raised their expectations of life, you lifted their horizons. Sure we could have been famous and made albums and stuff, but that would have been predictable. This way it's poetry.’

    That’s what Jean Van de Velde created on that memorable Scottish day in July 1999.


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    Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

    By Tiger TrackerJuly 16, 2018, 10:20 am

    Tiger Woods is competing in his first Open Championship since 2015. We're tracking him this week at Carnoustie.