Goosen Ousted by Campbell at Match Play

By Sports NetworkSeptember 17, 2005, 4:00 pm
HSBC World Mach Play ChampionshipsSURREY, England -- Reigning U.S. Open champion Michael Campbell pounded two-time U.S. Open winner Retief Goosen, 7 and 6, on Saturday to move into the finals of the HSBC World Match Play Championship.
Campbell will take on Irishman Paul McGinley, who handed Angel Cabrera a 4 and 3 defeat in the semifinals.
The top-seeded Goosen entered the semifinal match against Campbell having trailed for only one hole in the his first two matches. That changed dramatically Saturday as the South African never led on this day.
Campbell, the fourth seed, took a 1-up lead with an eagle on the par-5 fourth. He followed that with three consecutive birdies to quickly take a 4-up lead. He stretched that lead to 5-up with a birdie on No. 11.
'I knew I had to bring my 'A' game today and I did,' Campbell said. 'I had a great start to the round with eagle on the fourth and that set the whole mood of the game. But the most important thing was that I couldn't let up and had to keep my foot on the accelerator.'
Goosen finally won his first hole of the match with a chip in birdie on the 14th. However, Campbell birdied the next to regain his 5-up margin. The duo traded the 17th and 18th holes on the West Course at the Wentworth Club as Campbell led 5-up into the afternoon session.
Campbell, who reached the semifinals with wins over Geoff Ogilvy and Steve Elkington, was a lucky winner on the 21st as he took the hole with a bogey. He birdied the 24th and drained a 15-foot birdie putt on the 26th to stretch his lead to 8-up with 10 holes to go.
Goosen, who had rolled to 8 & 7 and 12 and 11 wins in his first two matches, tried to fight back as he halved the 28th with a birdie and won the next with another birdie. However, the match was over when the duo halved the next.
'I remember watching this tournament when I was a youngster and I knew I wanted to be part of the World Match Play,' said Campbell, who advanced to the finals here for the first time. 'And now, finally, I'm a finalist. It's always been one of the dreams I wanted to fulfill.'
Cabrera did not trail in either of his first two matches. That quickly changed as McGinley birdied the second to take an early 1-up lead. However, McGinley bogeyed the third and Cabrera birdied No. 5 to take a 1-up lead of his own.
McGinley, who cruised to big wins over Thomas Bjorn and Luke Donald in his first two matches, caught fire around the turn. He birdied four consecutive holes from the ninth to grab a 3-up lead. But the Irishman bogeyed 13 and 16 as his cushion slipped to 1-up.
The two-time European Ryder Cupper birdied 17 and eagled 18 to take a 3-up lead to the afternoon session.
McGinley, the 14th seed, dropped a shot on the 21st hole, but was determined not to lose his lead. He matched Cabrera's birdie on the 22nd hole, then sank an eight-foot birdie putt on the next to go 3-up again.
The second-seeded Cabrera started to struggle from there. He missed a short par putt on the 27th and bogeyed the next to slide 5-down. The Argentine tried to right the ship as he birdied the 29th from 25 feet out.
McGinley drained a birdie putt on top of Cabrera's on the 30th hole. The Irishman came up short on the par-3 32nd and that led to a bogey. Nevertheless, he was 3-up with four holes to go.
Cabrera lost his tee shot out of bounds to the right off the tee on the par-5 33rd. McGinley found the short grass of the tee and knocked his second onto the left fringe.
The Argentine played his fourth from the left rough after his second tee ball missed the fairway left. Cabrera knocked his fourth on the putting surface, but it did not matter.
McGinley lagged his eagle putt to tap-in range and was conceded the birdie putt and the match.
'It's great to be in the final and will be even greater to win it,' said McGinley, who is also in the final for the first time. 'I don't want a second place. I feel I've played well again today against another world class player. I'll be the underdog again tomorrow, playing the U.S. Open champion so I'm going to have to play really well.'
McGinley and Campbell have never gone head-to-head in a match play event before, but were paired earlier this year.
'I played the first two rounds of the U.S. Open with him,' McGinley said of Campbell. 'I said to him on the 18th green after the second round, 'Michael, if you play like that you'll win this thing!' The next two days, sure enough, he did.'
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    Schauffele just fine being the underdog

    By Rex HoggardJuly 21, 2018, 8:06 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Following a breakthough season during which he won twice and collected the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Award, Xander Schauffele concedes his sophomore campaign has been less than stellar, but that could all change on Sunday at The Open.

    Schauffele followed a second-round 66 with a 67 on Saturday to take a share of the 9-under-par lead with Jordan Spieth and Kevin Kisner.

    Although he hasn’t won in 2018, he did finish runner-up at The Players and tied for sixth at the U.S. Open, two of the year’s toughest tests.

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    “Growing up, I always hit it well and played well in tough conditions,” Schauffele said. “I wasn't the guy to shoot 61. I was the guy to shoot like 70 when it was playing really hard.”

    Sunday’s pairing could make things even more challenging when he’ll head out in the day’s final tee time with Spieth, the defending champion. But being the underdog in a pairing, like he was on Saturday alongside Rory McIlroy, is not a problem.

    “All the guys I've talked to said, 'Live it up while you can, fly under the radar,'” he said. “Today I played in front of what you call Rory's crowd and guys were just yelling all the time, even while he's trying to putt, and he had to step off a few times. No one was yelling at me while I was putting. So I kind of enjoy just hanging back and relaxing.”

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    Open odds: Spieth 7/1 to win; Tiger, Rory 14/1

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 7:54 pm

    Only 18 holes remain in the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie, and the man tied atop the leaderboard is the same man who captured the claret jug last year at Royal Birkdale.

    So it’s little surprise that Jordan Spieth is the odds-on favorite (7/4) to win his fourth major entering Sunday’s final round.

    Xander Schauffele and Kevin Kisner, both tied with Spieth at 9 under par, are next in line at 5/1 and 11/2 respectively. Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, both four shots behind the leaders, are listed at 14/1.

    Click here for the leaderboard and take a look below at the odds, courtesy Jeff Sherman at

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    Jordan Spieth: 7/4

    Xander Schauffele: 5/1

    Kevin Kisner: 11/2

    Tiger Woods: 14/1

    Francesco Molinari: 14/1

    Rory McIlroy: 14/1

    Kevin Chappell: 20/1

    Tommy Fleetwood: 20/1

    Alex Noren: 25/1

    Zach Johnson: 30/1

    Justin Rose: 30/1

    Matt Kuchar: 40/1

    Webb Simpson: 50/1

    Adam Scott: 80/1

    Tony Finau: 80/1

    Charley Hoffman: 100/1

    Austin Cook: 100/1

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    Spieth stands on brink of Open repeat

    By Rex HoggardJuly 21, 2018, 7:49 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Jordan Spieth described Monday’s “ceremony” to return the claret jug to the keepers of the game’s oldest championship as anything but enjoyable.

    For the last 12 months the silver chalice has been a ready reminder of what he was able to overcome and accomplish in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, a beacon of hope during a year that’s been infinitely forgettable.

    By comparison, the relative pillow fight this week at Carnoustie has been a welcome distraction, a happy-go-lucky stroll through a wispy field. Unlike last year’s edition, when Spieth traveled from the depths of defeat to the heights of victory within a 30-minute window, the defending champion has made this Open seem stress-free, easy even, by comparison.

    But then those who remain at Carnoustie know it’s little more than a temporary sleight of hand.

    As carefree as things appeared on Saturday when 13 players, including Spieth, posted rounds of 67 or lower, as tame as Carnoustie, which stands alone as The Open’s undisputed bully, has been through 54 holes there was a foreboding tension among the rank and file as they readied for a final trip around Royal Brown & Bouncy.

    “This kind of southeast or east/southeast wind we had is probably the easiest wind this golf course can have, but when it goes off the left side, which I think is forecasted, that's when you start getting more into the wind versus that kind of cross downwind,” said Spieth, who is tied for the lead with Xander Schauffele and Kevin Kisner at 9 under par after a 6-under 65. “It won't be the case tomorrow. It's going to be a meaty start, not to mention, obviously, the last few holes to finish.”

    Carnoustie only gives so much and with winds predicted to gust to 25 mph there was a distinct feeling that playtime was over.

    As melancholy as Spieth was about giving back the claret jug, and make no mistake, he wasn’t happy, not even his status among the leading contenders with a lap remaining was enough for him to ignore the sleeping giant.

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    But then he’s come by his anxiousness honestly. Spieth has spent far too much time answering questions about an inexplicably balky putter the last few weeks and he hasn’t finished better than 21st since his “show” finish in April at the Masters.

    After a refreshingly solid start to his week on Thursday imploded with a double bogey-bogey-par-bogey finish he appeared closer to an early ride home on Friday than he did another victory lap, but he slowly clawed his way back into the conversation as only he can with one clutch putt after the next.

    “I'm playing golf for me now. I've kind of got a cleared mind. I've made a lot of progress over the year that's been kind of an off year, a building year,” said Spieth, who is bogey-free over his last 36 holes. “And I've got an opportunity to make it a very memorable one with a round, but it's not necessary for me to prove anything for any reason.”

    But if an awakened Carnoustie has Spieth’s attention, the collection of would-be champions assembled around and behind him adds another layer of intrigue.

    Kisner, Spieth’s housemate this week on Angus coast, has led or shared the lead after each round this week and hasn’t shown any signs of fading like he did at last year’s PGA Championship, when he started the final round with a one-stroke lead only to close with a 74 to tie for seventh place.

    “I haven't played it in that much wind. So I think it's going to be a true test, and we'll get to see really who's hitting it the best and playing the best tomorrow,” said Kisner, who added a 68 to his total on Day 3.

    There’s no shortage of potential party crashers, from Justin Rose at 4 under after a round-of-the-week 64 to 2015 champion Zach Johnson, who also made himself at home with Spieth and Kisner in the annual Open frat house and is at 5 under.

    Rory McIlroy, who is four years removed from winning his last major championship, looked like a player poised to get off the Grand Slam schneid for much of the day, moving to 7 under with a birdie at the 15th hole, but he played the last three holes in 2 over par and is tied with Johnson at 5 under par. 

    And then there’s Tiger Woods. For three magical hours the three-time Open champion played like he’d never drifted into the dark competitive hole that’s defined his last few years. Like he’d never been sidelined by an endless collection of injuries and eventually sought relief under the surgeon’s knife.

    As quietly as Woods can do anything, he turned in 3 under par for the day and added two more birdies at Nos. 10 and 11. His birdie putt at the 14th hole lifted him temporarily into a share of the lead at 6 under par.

    “We knew there were going to be 10, 12 guys with a chance to win on Sunday, and it's turning out to be that,” said Woods, who is four strokes off the lead. “I didn't want to be too far back if the guys got to 10 [under] today. Five [shots back] is certainly doable, and especially if we get the forecast tomorrow.”

    Woods held his round of 66 together with a gritty par save at the 18th hole after hitting what he said was his only clunker of the day off the final tee.

    Even that episode seemed like foreshadowing.

    The 18th hole has rough, bunkers, out of bounds and a burn named Barry that weaves its way through the hole like a drunken soccer fan. It’s the Grand Slam of hazardous living and appears certain to play a leading role in Sunday’s outcome.

    Perhaps none of the leading men will go full Jean Van de Velde, the star-crossed Frenchman who could still be standing in that burn if not for a rising tide back at the 1999 championship, but if the 499 yards of dusty turf is an uninvited guest, it’s a guest nonetheless.

    It may not create the same joyless feelings that he had when he returned the claret jug, but given the hole’s history and Spieth’s penchant for late-inning histrionics (see Open Championship, 2017), the 18th hole is certain to produce more than a few uncomfortable moments.

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    Wandering photographer costs McIlroy on 16

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 21, 2018, 7:44 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy bogeyed two of his last four holes Saturday to fall four shots off the lead at The Open.

    One of those mistakes might not have entirely been his fault.

    McIlroy missed a short putt on the par-3 16th after a photographer was “in a world all his own,” wandering around near the green, taking photos of the crowd and not paying attention to the action on the green.

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    “It’s fine,” McIlroy said after a third-round 70 put him at 5-under 208, four shots off the lead. “It’s one of those things that happens. There’s a lot of people out there, and it is what it is. It’s probably my fault, but I just didn’t regroup well after it happened.”

    McIlroy also bogeyed the home hole, after driving into a fairway bunker, sending his second shot right of the green and failing to get up and down.

    “I putted well,” he said. “I holed out when I needed to. I just need to make the birdies and try to limit the damage tomorrow.”