US Dominates Singles Wins Cup

By Sports NetworkSeptember 16, 2007, 4:00 pm
2007 Solheim CupHALMSTAD, Sweden -- The American team dominated the Europeans in the Sunday singles, capturing 8 1/2 points in the 12 matches to successfully defend the Solheim Cup.
 
The U.S. won by a final score of 16-12 at Halmstad Golfclub.
 
The U.S. traditionally dominated the singles, having won the session 59-41 in the previous nine competitions. This was close to a record rout, but not quite.
 
Nicole Castrale and Stacy Prammanasudh
Rookies Nicole Castrale and Stacy Prammanasudh pose with the Solheim Cup. (Getty Images)
Since the format was changed to 12 players per team, the biggest Sunday was a 10-1-1 drubbing by the Americans in 1996.
 
That year marked the last American victory on foreign soil. In Wales 11 years ago, they were two points behind going to Sunday, but ended up winning 17-11.
 
'It's fun to win in enemy territory,' said American captain Betsy King, who was a member of the last U.S. team to win in Europe. 'I can't say enough about our whole team. We gelled well.'
 
Nicole Castrale, one of King's captain's picks, drained a 7-foot putt at the 16th hole to defeat Bettina Hauert, 3 and 2. Coupled with Paula Creamer being guaranteed a half point in her match against Maria Hjorth, that gave the Americans the 14 1/2 points needed to win the Cup.
 
'I knew I needed to win this match,' said Castrale. 'I had no idea that was to clinch it.'
 
The U.S. only needed 14 to retain, since it won the Solheim Cup in 2005 at Crooked Stick, but its dominance in singles proved too much for Europe.
 
'When you see a group of girls fight so hard, you want to see them get something out of it,' said an emotional European captain, Helen Alfredsson. 'The Americans obviously played a lot better than we did today. All congratulations to them.'
 
The U.S. faced a one-point deficit at the start of the singles matches. The Europeans won three points in the fourballs that were completed Sunday morning.
 
That could not have bothered the U.S. side too much. It had not held the outright lead heading to singles since 1998, but has now won three of those five Cups.
 
'We talked about it before we came out in the afternoon,' said Castrale. 'We needed to care of ourselves and not look at scoreboards. I didn't.'
 
Europe looked good early. Catriona Matthew led off with a 3-and-2 victory over Laura Diaz, but that would be the last European flag on the board for quite some time.
 
Pat Hurst defeated Sophie Gustafson, 2 and 1, then rookie Stacy Prammanasudh won the 16th with a par to go 1-up against the reigning LPGA champion, Suzann Pettersen. Prammanasudh was conceded the 18th for a 2-up win that really put the Europeans in a bad position.
 
Juli Inkster handled Iben Tinning, 4 and 3, Angela Stanford toppled Trish Johnson, 3 and 2 and Sherri Steinhauer pulled out a halve against Becky Brewerton by winning the 18th.
 
A pivotal match went to the U.S. when few expected it. Pressel, a major winner this year, won the 15th and 16th holes to knock Annika Sorenstam, 2 and 1.
 
'I made the putts when I needed to,' said Pressel, who knocked her tee ball to seven feet to set up birdie at the tough par-three 16th. 'I hit plenty of shots close and gave myself plenty of birdie opportunities.'
 
Castrale won her match, then Creamer finally came out with a 2-and-1 victory over Hjorth. Creamer, in only her second Solheim Cup, led the U.S. team with 3 1/2 points for the week.
 
Britain's Laura Davies, the only player to compete in all 10 Solheim Cups, had little difficulty in dispatching Brittany Lincicome, 4 and 3. She won her match early, but it was clear to the European team that was not enough.
 
'The Americans played so well, especially today,' said Sorenstam. 'I wish we could have done a little better. We fought til the end. They mastered the game this week.'
 
With the matches decided, Natalie Gulbis padded the margin with a 4-and-3 win over Gwladys Nocera in the anchor match.
 
In a match that was played out for pride, American Cristie Kerr conceded a putt to Linda Wessberg on the 18th green to give the Solheim Cup rookie a 1-up win.
 
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    Storms halt Barbasol before Lincicome tees off

    By Associated PressJuly 20, 2018, 11:29 pm

    NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - Brittany Lincicome will have to wait until the weekend to resume her bid to make the cut in a PGA Tour event.

    Overnight storms delayed the start of the second round Friday in the Barbasol Championship, and an afternoon thunderstorm suspended competition for good. The round will resume Saturday morning with much of the field still to play.

    The second stoppage at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came 20 minutes before Lincicome's scheduled tee time.

    Lincicome was near the bottom of the field after opening with a 6-over 78 on Thursday. The first LPGA player since Michelle Wie in 2008 to start a PGA Tour event, she needs a huge rebound to join Babe Zaharias (1945) as the only female players to make the cut.

    Troy Merritt had the clubhouse lead at 15 under, following an opening 62 with a 67.

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    Third-round tee times for the 147th Open

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 9:05 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Eighteen major champions made the cut at The Open and will be playing the weekend at Carnoustie, including 60-year-old ageless wonder Bernhard Langer, and both major champs so far this year, Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka.

    Twenty-four-year-old Gavin Green will be first off solo Saturday at 4:15 a.m. ET. Reed and Rhys Enoch will follow along 10 minutes later.


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    Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, both at even par for the tournament, six shots behind leaders Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner, are in consecutive groups. Mickelson is playing with Austin Cook at 8:05 a.m. and Woods is with South Africa’s Shaun Norris at 8:15 a.m.

    Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, both three shots off the lead, are also in consecutive groups. Fowler is at 10 a.m. with Thorbjorn Olesen and Spieth is 10 minutes later with Kevin Chappell. Rory McIlroy, looking to win his first major since the 2014 PGA Championship, is at 10:40 a.m. with Xander Schauffele. McIlroy is two shots behind.

    Johnson and Kisner are last off at 11 a.m.

    4:15AM ET: Gavin Green

    4:25AM ET: Rhys Enoch, Patrick Reed

    4:35AM ET: Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Justin Rose

    4:45AM ET: Yusaku Miyazato, Tyrrell Hatton

    4:55AM ET: Ross Fisher, Keegan Bradley

    5:05AM ET: Ryan Fox, Jason Dufner

    5:15AM ET: Bryson DeChambeau, Henrik Stenson

    5:25AM ET: Tom Lewis, Sam Locke (a)

    5:35AM ET: Paul Casey, Chris Wood

    5:45AM ET: Bernhard Langer, Rafa Cabrera Bello

    6:00AM ET: Paul Dunne, Brett Rumford

    6:10AM ET: Masahiro Kawamura, Shubhankar Sharma

    6:20AM ET: Cameron Smith, Brendan Steele

    6:30AM ET: Marc Leishman, Lee Westwood

    6:40AM ET: Byeong Hun An, Kevin Na

    6:50AM ET: Julian Suri, Adam Hadwin

    7:00AM ET: Gary Woodland, Si-Woo Kim

    7:10AM ET: Yuta Ikeda, Satoshi Kodaira

    7:20AM ET: Marcus Kinhult, Thomas Pieters

    7:30AM ET: Beau Hossler, Haotong Li

    7:45AM ET: Cameron Davis, Sean Crocker

    7:55AM ET: Louis Oosthuizen, Stewart Cink

    8:05AM ET: Phil Mickeslon, Austin Cook

    8:15AM ET: Tiger Woods, Shaun Norris

    8:25AM ET: Lucas Herbert, Michael Kim

    8:35AM ET: Jason Day, Francesco Molinari

    8:45AM ET: Sung Kang, Webb Simpson

    8:55AM ET: Patrick Cantlay, Eddie Pepperell

    9:05AM ET: Matthew Southgate, Brooks Koepka

    9:15AM ET: Kyle Stanley, Adam Scott

    9:30AM ET: Charley Hoffman, Alex Noren

    9:40AM ET: Ryan Moore, Brandon Stone

    9:50AM ET: Luke List, Danny Willett

    10:00AM ET: Thorbjorn Olesen, Rickie Fowler

    10:10AM ET: Jordan Spieth, Kevin Chappell

    10:20AM ET: Zander Lombard, Tony Finau

    10:30AM ET: Matt Kuchar, Erik Van Rooyen

    10:40AM ET: Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele

    10:50AM ET: Pat Perez, Tommy Fleetwood

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    Facial hair Fowler's new good-luck charm

    By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 8:12 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Before, during and after the Fourth of July, Rickie Fowler missed a few appointments with his razor.

    He arrived in the United Kingdom for last week’s Scottish Open still unshaved and he tied for sixth place. Fowler, like most golfers, can give in to superstition, so he's decided to keep the caveman look going for this week’s Open Championship.

    “There could be some variations,” he smiled following his round on Friday at Carnoustie.


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    At this rate, he may never shave again. Fowler followed an opening 70 with a 69 on Friday to move into a tie for 11th place, just three strokes off the lead.

    Fowler also has some friendly competition in the beard department, with his roommate this week Justin Thomas also going for the rugged look.

    “I think he kind of followed my lead in a way. I think he ended up at home, and he had a little bit of scruff going. It's just fun,” Fowler said. “We mess around with it. Obviously, not taking it too seriously. But like I said, ended up playing halfway decent last week, so I couldn't really shave it off going into this week.”

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    Spieth (67) rebounds from tough Round 1 finish

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 7:55 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Guess whose putter is starting to heat up again at a major?

    Even with a few wayward shots Friday at Carnoustie, Jordan Spieth made a significant climb up the leaderboard in the second round, firing a 4-under 67 to move just three shots off the lead.

    Spieth showed his trademark grit in bouncing back from a rough finish Thursday, when he mis-clubbed on the 15th hole, leading to a double bogey, and ended up playing the last four holes in 4 over.

    “I don’t know if I actually regrouped,” he said. “It more kind of fires me up a little.”


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    Spieth missed more than half of his fairways in the second round, but he was able to play his approach shots from the proper side of the hole. Sure, he “stole a few,” particularly with unlikely birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 after errant drives, but he took advantage and put himself in position to defend his claret jug.

    Spieth needed only 25 putts in the second round, and he credited a post-round adjustment Thursday for the improvement. The tweak allows his arms to do more of the work in his stroke, and he said he felt more confident on the greens.

    “It’s come a long way in the last few months, no doubt,” he said.

    More than anything, Spieth was relieved not to have to play “cut-line golf” on Friday, like he’s done each start since his spirited run at the Masters.

    “I know that my swing isn’t exactly where I want it to be; it’s nowhere near where it was at Birkdale,” he said. “But the short game is on point, and the swing is working in the right direction to get the confidence back.”