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Saturday, 27 September 2014

Ryder Cup 2014 scores & results


Ryder Cup 2014 Score: Europe 10 USA 6

Ryder Cup 2014 scores & results

*All times BST

Saturday

Afternoon foursomes results
Europe Score USA
Donaldson & Westwood
Europe win 2&1
Johnson & Kuchar
Kaymer & Rose
A/S
Spieth & Reed
Garcia & McIlroy
Europe win 3&2
Furyk & Mahan
Dubuisson & McDowell
Europe win 5&4
Walker & Fowler
10
Overall
6

Session
½
Morning fourballs results
Europe Score USA
Rose & Stenson
Europe win 3&2
Watson & Kuchar
Donaldson & Westwood
USA win 4&3
Furyk & Mahan
Bjorn & Kaymer
USA win 5&3
Reed & Spieth
McIlroy & Poulter
A/S
Walker & Fowler

Overall


Session

Sunday

Singles at 12-minute intervals from 11:36 until 13:48

Friday

Afternoon foursomes results
Europe Score USA
Donaldson & Westwood
Europe win 2UP
Furyk & Kuchar
Rose & Stenson
Europe win 2&1
Mahan & Johnson
McIlroy & Garcia
A/S
Walker & Fowler
Dubuisson & McDowell
Europe win 3&2
Mickelson & Bradley
5
Overall
3

Session
½
Morning fourballs results
Europe Score USA
Rose & Stenson
Europe win 5&4
Watson & Simpson
Bjorn & Kaymer
A/S
Fowler & Walker
Gallacher & Poulter
USA win 5&4
Spieth & Reed
Garcia & McIlroy
USA win 1UP
Bradley & Mickelson

Overall


Session

Coverage

Ryder Cup 2014 on the BBC

Saturday: BBC Radio 5 live 08:30-18:30. Highlights: 20:30-22:30 BBC Two
Sunday: BBC Radio 5 live 11:00-18:30. Highlights: 19:30-21:30 BBC Two
Live text & radio commentary, and video highlights, of all three days available on the BBC Sport website.

Squads

Europe
Name Age Country Points rank (Eur) Points rank (World) World rank Apps
Paul McGinley (cap)
47
Ireland
-
-
-
-
Rory McIlroy
25
Northern Ireland
1
1
1
3rd
Henrik Stenson
38
Sweden
2
2
5
3rd
Sergio Garcia
34
Spain
5
3
3
7th
Justin Rose
34
England
7
4
6
3rd
Martin Kaymer
29
Germany
8
5
12
3rd
Thomas Bjorn
43
Denmark
6
6
30
3rd
Victor Dubuisson
24
France
2
7
23
1st
Jamie Donaldson
38
Wales
4
8
25
1st
Graeme McDowell
35
Northern Ireland
12
9
18
4th
Stephen Gallacher +
39
Scotland
11
10
34
1st
Ian Poulter +
38
England
9
12
38
5th
Lee Westwood +
41
England
19
16
44
9th
+ = captain's pick
Apps = Appearances at a Ryder Cup
USA
Name Age Points rank World rank Apps
Tom Watson (cap)
65
-
-
-
Bubba Watson
35
1
7
3rd
Rickie Fowler
25
2
10
2nd
Jim Furyk
44
3
4
9th
Jimmy Walker
35
4
19
1st
Phil Mickelson
44
5
11
10th
Matt Kuchar
36
6
9
3rd
Jordan Spieth
21
7
13
1st
Patrick Reed
24
8
27
1st
Zach Johnson
38
9
16
4th
Keegan Bradley +
28
13
26
2nd
Webb Simpson +
29
15
33
2nd
Hunter Mahan +
32
25
21
3rd
+ = captain's pick
Apps = Appearances at a Ryder Cup

Ryder Cup explained

• Matchplay scoring is used. Each hole is played in isolation, with the player or pair taking fewest shots winning that hole
• Foursomes will be played on the Friday and Saturday afternoons. Here, the players take alternate shots with just the one ball per pair
• Fourballs will be played on Friday and Saturday mornings. Teams send out pairs of players out against each other. There are four balls in play at once - one for each player - with the lowest score winning the hole
• On Sunday, 12 singles matches are played, with players head-to-head in solo contests
• One point is awarded for a match victory and half-a-point for a tie with a total of 28 available. Europe, as defending champions, need 14 points to retain the Ryder Cup; the USA need 14½ points to win the match and regain the trophy.

Rory McIlroy practises at Gleneagles
Ryder Cup - Did You Know?

Friday, 26 September 2014

Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter team up for Saturday's fourballs as Europe look to keep lead on day two of 2014 Ryder Cup... and here's our verdict of the pairings!

Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter team up for Saturday's fourballs as Europe look to keep lead on day two of 2014 Ryder Cup... and here's our verdict of the pairings!

  • Europe's Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson will verse Bubba Watson and Matt Kuchar after the pair dominated their USA counterparts on Friday
  • Jamie Donaldson and Lee Westwood should have been used for Friday's opening fourballs, and they will now against Jim Furyk and Hunter Mahan
  • Thomas Bjorn and Martin Kaymer to verse Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth
  • Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter versus Jimmy Walker and Rickie Fowler

Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter find themselves paired for Saturday morning's fourballs against USA's Jimmy Walker and Rickie Fowler in the 2014 Ryder Cup.
McIlroy and Poulter found themselves on different losing teams on Friday morning, but the European duo will be keen to fare better this time around. 
So, how do all the pairings look? Sportsmail's Derek Lawrenson delivers his verdict here.
 
Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson versus Bubba Watson and Matt Kuchar
Not quite the home banker for the awesome twosome like it was on Friday against Bubba and Webb Simpson. But almost.
Verdict: Europe
Not quite the home banker for Justin Rose (right) and Henrik Stenson but the Europe duo will be keen to repeat
Not quite the home banker for Justin Rose (right) and Henrik Stenson but the Europe duo will be keen to repeat
 
Jamie Donaldson and Lee Westwood versus Jim Furyk and Hunter Mahan
The Englishman and Welshman should have been used in the opening fourballs and they’re beginning to look like an irresistible combination.
Verdict: Europe
Lee Westwood (left) and Jamie Donaldson should have been used in the opening fourballs and they will now
Lee Westwood (left) and Jamie Donaldson should have been used in the opening fourballs and they will now
 
Thomas Bjorn and Martin Kaymer versus Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth
Can the brilliant American pairing on the opening morning recapture their momentum after being stupidly benched by Watson?
Verdict: America
Martin Kaymer (right) and Thomas Bjorn will take to the course on Saturday morning for their fourball match
Martin Kaymer (right) and Thomas Bjorn will take to the course on Saturday morning for their fourball match
 
Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter versus Jimmy Walker and Rickie Fowler
Another pairing that should have seen the light of day on the opening morning. Should be a heck of a match.
Verdict: Europe 
Ian Poulter will team up with Rory McIlroy on Saturday morning to face their American counterparts
Ian Poulter will team up with Rory McIlroy on Saturday morning to face their American counterparts
Rory McIlroy will team up with Ian Poulter and possibly should have on the opening Friday morning as well
Rory McIlroy will team up with Ian Poulter and possibly should have on the opening Friday morning as well

EUROPE 5-3 USA: FRIDAY'S PLAY IN THE 2014 RYDER CUP AT GLENEAGLES

AFTERNOON FOURSOMES SCORES
1315: Jamie Donaldson and Lee Westwood vs Jim Furyk and Matt Kuchar - Europe 2UP after 18
1330: Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson vs Hunter Mahan and Zach Johnson - Europe win 2&1
1421: Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia vs Jimmy Walker and Rickie Fowler - A/S after 18
1436: Victor Dubuisson and Graeme McDowell vs Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley - Europe win 3&2
MORNING FOURBALLS SCORES
0735: Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson vs Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson - Europe win 5&4
0750: Thomas Bjorn and Martin Kaymer vs Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker - A/S after 18
0805: Stephen Gallacher and Ian Poulter vs Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed - USA win 5&4
0820: Sergio Garcia and Rory McIlroy vs Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickelson - USA 1UP after 18

Monday, 22 September 2014

Ryder Cup 2014: Tom Watson targets Rory McIlroy & Ian Poulter

Ryder Cup 2014: Tom Watson targets Rory McIlroy & Ian Poulter

Dates: 26-28 September Coverage: Live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live, highlights on BBC Two and live text commentaries on the BBC Sport website each day via desktop, mobile, tablet and app.
US Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson says his team will be targeting Europe's best player and talisman as they seek to overturn golfing logic and recent history this week.
The US have not won on European soil for 21 years, while the home team count in their ranks the world's top-ranked player in Rory McIlroy and three of this year's four major champions.
But Watson, returning to the country where he won four of his five Open championships, believes his unheralded team can bring down both McIlroy and Europe's great inspiration two years ago, Ian Poulter.

Watson a fan of Fowler's USA haircut
Watson, 65, said: "When you beat the stud on the other side, it gives a boost to your team.
"The bottom line is that if each of your players wins more than they lose, we win as a team. That is what I have told our team.
"Poulter, he's an 80% victor over the matches he has played in. We would like to reduce that."
Watson, the oldest captain in the contest's 87-year history, wants revenge for the shock defeat at Medinah in 2012, when they led 10-6 going into the final day's singles only to lose eight and draw one of the 12 matches as a Poulter-led Europe pulled off one of the great Ryder Cup comebacks.
Only five of that American dozen have made it to Gleneagles, but Watson - captain when the US won at the Belfry in 1993 - said: "I have made it very clear to them that this trip is a redemption trip.
"Those players that played on that team… it's time to make amends and try to redeem yourselves from what happened in 2012. I think it's a motivation rather than a negative.

Graeme McDowell in his BBC Sport column:

On McIlroy: "I will be delighted if we resume our partnership."
On Poulter: "He is already running through brick walls with his enthusiasm and that kind of attitude is infectious."
Read more from McDowell
In addition to McIlroy, winner of both the Open and US PGA this summer, Europe's team contains three more of the world's top six ranked players and US Open champion Martin Kaymer.
Only once since 2002 - at Valhalla six years ago - have they lost the Ryder Cup.
"I think we're slight favourites," said captain Paul McGinley. "We're not overwhelming favourites.
"But we have been favourites before in Ryder Cups. I think our players have deserved it, and I think it's a situation to embrace."
McGinley, 47, said his side should not be "afraid" or "ashamed" of being favourites - and warned they face a "very tough contest".
He added: "The guys have worked very hard to be in the position they are.

McIlroy happy to be number one target
"Having said that, I did a bit of calculation myself when the two teams were formulated, and Tom's team's average ranking position was 16 and ours was 18. So this is not a weak American team.
"We might be slight favourites with the bookies, but the two teams are very well balanced and very close together."
Both teams arrived in Perthshire on Monday, with McIlroy one of the first on the driving range set up alongside the substantially redesigned Centenary course.
McGinley insisted there were no problems between the 25-year-old and his fellow Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell.
McDowell, 35, admitted in his BBC Sport column that the lawsuit McIlroy has filed against his management company had put a strain on their relationship, but stressed he would love to be paired with his compatriot again.
Yet McGinley may have other plans ahead of Friday morning's fourballs.

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He said: "Both of them have assured me all along that there's no issues, and that's the way I've always seen it. Whether they come together or not is another story.
"Three or four months ago, I had a very strong view that they would have been, but the more I look at their statistics and the more I look at the different value I have with them, I'm thinking there may be a value in not doing it.
"But if I don't decide to play them, it would be for tactical reasons. It won't be for any other reasons.
"They have played six Ryder Cup matches and they have only won two together. It's not like these guys are written in stone."
Ryder Cup 2014
Friday, 26 September: , 09:00-19:00. The Ryder Cup Highlights: 20:30-22:00, BBC Two; 20:30-22:00 BBC Two Scotland; 23:05-00:35 BBC Two Wales; & 20:30-22:00, BBC Two NI.
Saturday, 27 September:  09:00-18:30. The Ryder Cup Highlights: 20:30-22:30, BBC Two.
Sunday, 28 September: , 11:00-18:30. The Ryder Cup Highlights: 19:30-21:30, BBC Two.
Live text & radio commentary, and video highlights, of all three days available on the BBC Sport website

Thursday, 11 September 2014

KLM Open: Fabrizio Zanotti in hospital after being hit by ball

KLM Open: Fabrizio Zanotti in hospital after being hit by ball

KLM Open first round

-5 Joost Luiten (Ned), Jamie McLeary (Sco), -4 Gary Stal (Fra), Edoardo Molinari (Ita), Andrea Pavan (Ita), -3 Thomas Aiken (RSA), Estanislao Goya (Arg), Maximilian Kieffer (Ger), Daniel Im (US), Andy Sullivan (Eng) Selected others: +1 Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spa), Thomas Bjorn (Den)
Paraguay's Fabrizio Zanotti was taken to hospital after being hit on the forehead by a wayward tee shot from Alexandre Kaleka during the first round of the KLM Open in the Netherlands.
The world number 97 was on the 16th fairway when he was struck by the Frenchman's drive off the 14th.
Play was suspended for nearly two hours as the 31-year-old received treatment.
Tournament director Miguel Vidaor confirmed Zanotti was later given the all clear and discharged from hospital.
Dutch defending champion Joost Luiten and Scotland's Jamie McLeary shared the opening round lead at Kennemer on the outskirts of Amsterdam on five under par.
Ryder Cup player Thomas Bjorn and vice-captain Miguel Angel Jimenez were off the pace on one over.
Following Zanotti's injury, fellow players Felipe Aguilar and Ricardo Gonzalez accompanied the Paraguayan to hospital and also withdrew from the opening round.

Fabrizio Zanotti

Age: 31
Nationality: Paraguayan
Turned pro: 2003
Career highlight: Winning 2014 BMW International Open
World ranking: 97
Starting on the 10th, Zanotti was level par when he was struck after six holes of his first round.
Chile's Aguilar, who was in the group behind Zanotti, was also level when he withdrew while Argentine Gonzalez - a further group back - was two over.
KLM Open director Daan Slooter said: "Unfortunately, there was not an ambulance on site, as requested by the European Tour.
"We took the decision not to have one because the first aid provision was capable of dealing with an incident like this, and indeed any other medical emergency.
"The hospitals nearby and the ambulance system in Holland could respond quickly if further assistance was required, and indeed the ambulance responded within the parameters of Dutch law.
"In light of what happened with Fabrizio, we now have an ambulance on site for the remainder of the tournament."
Zanotti has enjoyed comfortably his best season on the European Tour, lying 27th in the Race to Dubai prior to the start of the tournament.
He was forced to regain his Tour card after a poor 2013 season, but became the first Paraguayan to win on the European Tour when he claimed his maiden title at the BMW International Open at Gut Lärchenhof in June.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Tour Championship: Rory McIlroy chases FedEx Cup glory in Atlanta

Tour Championship: Rory McIlroy chases FedEx Cup glory in Atlanta

World number one Rory McIlroy is one of five men aiming to clinch the FedEx Cup title with victory at this week's Tour Championship in Atlanta.
McIlroy, 25, sits fourth in the FedEx Cup standings  behind Chris Kirk, Billy Horschel and Bubba Watson and is just one win away from a £6m windfall.
"The money is great but at the same time it's the title that would mean more," the Northern Irishman said.
"It's good being in the top five, you know what you need to do."

FedEx Cup top five after three of four events

1. Chris Kirk (US)
4,314 points
2. Billy Horschel (US)
4,305
3. Bubba Watson (US)
4,058
4. Rory McIlroy (NI)
3,735
5. Hunter Mahan (US)
3,363
McIlroy won his fourth major title, and third tournament in succession in the US PGA Championship at Valhalla, but has finished 22nd, fifth and eighth in the first three play-offs, and four-putted the 12th hole in each of the last two rounds at the BMW Championship in Denver last week.
"Being in the top five was important coming in," McIlroy added.
"I would have liked to be a bit higher on the list but haven't played well enough over the past few weeks."
Hunter Mahan, currently in fifth, is the last player who can wrap up the FedEx Cup with a win in the play-off finale, which starts on Thursday.
Although all 29 players at East Lake have the chance to land the overall title.
But only those in the top five control their own destiny as they bid to emulate Sweden's Henrik Stenson, who led from start to finish in the play-off battle last year to land the lucrative prize ahead of Tiger Woods.

Previous FedEx Cup winners

2013: Henrik Stenson
2012: Brandt Snedeker
2011: Bill Haas
2010: Jim Furyk
2009: Tiger Woods
2008: Vijay Singh
2009: Tiger Woods
"You need to win and that takes care of everything," McIlroy added. "I want to win and I only have to beat 28 other guys, it's not like a regular event where you have to beat 155.
"I don't think the money will make me any more nervous on the golf course on Sunday.
"But winning the FedEx is one of the only things that I have not achieved in the game of golf and that's the real reason I want to win this week."

Sunday, 7 September 2014

BMW Championship: Rory McIlroy falls out of contention

BMW Championship: Rory McIlroy falls out of contention

BMW Championship, third round (US unless stated)

-13 Horschel -10 Palmer -8 Kaymer (Ger), B Watson -7 Fowler -6 Garcia (Spa) Selected others:-4 McIlroy (NI), Scott (Aus) E Rose (Eng) +4 McDowell (NI)
Rory McIlroy endured a difficult third day to fall out of contention at the BMW Championship in Denver.
The Northern Irishman's worst round of the tournament - a 72 - leaves him on four under and nine shots off the lead, held by American Billy Horschel.
American Ryan Palmer retains second after a 67 took him to 10 under.
German Martin Kaymer propelled himself into the running with a 64 but overnight leader Sergio Garcia (Spain) fell away after a disappointing 72.
The top 70 players on the FedEx Cup points list  after the Deutsche Bank Championship qualified for this week's event, with only the top 30 advancing to the finale, which begins on Thursday.

FedEx Cup top five after two of four play-off events

1. Chris Kirk (US)
4,154 points
2. Rory McIlroy (NI)
3,335
3. Hunter Mahan (US)
3,311
4. Jimmy Walker (US)
2,823
5. Matt Kuchar (US)
2,618
McIlroy, who is second in the points list, got off to a bad start with a bogey at the third and, despite birdies at the fourth, sixth and seventh, a dire triple-bogie at the 12th severely damaged his standing.
"Glad everybody enjoyed my four-putt today," he tweeted.  "Always tomorrow to get a few shots back and get up that leaderboard!"
It was the same for Garcia, whose putting let him down as he bogeyed the seventh, eighth and 14th.
However, there were no such concerns for Horschel, who carded a bogey-free round and capped his day with a superb, long putt on the last to give him his seventh birdie of the day and a commanding lead.
"It's going to be a fun day tomorrow," he said afterwards. "Obviously having a chance to win a golf tournament on the PGA Tour, especially during the FedEx Cup play-offs, can go a long way.
"We'll see what happens. If I can just keep doing what I'm doing and maybe I'll be holding a trophy on Sunday."
Palmer, who needs a high finish to get into the FedEx Cup top 30 and reach next week's Tour Championship in Atlanta, was less consistent with six birdies and three bogeys, while Bubba Watson was in typically-aggressive mood to card a bogey-free 66 and move to eight under and joint third with Kaymer.
American Morgan Hoffmann produced the round of the day with a career-low 62, which included nine birdies, to take him to four-under.
Billy Horschel
Horschel leads after a bogey-free round of 63 took him to 13 under and three shots clear
His compatriot Chris Kirk - who holds the overall FedEx Cup lead after two of the four play-off events - dropped two shots to move to one over.
American Keegan Bradley pulled out of the tournament before teeing off his third round on Saturday over a potential rules infraction regarding a drop taken in the opening round.
The 28-year-old, who was 11 strokes off the lead at the halfway stage, had lingering doubts over the legitimacy of a free drop taken in Thursday's round after his third shot at the par-four 18th had embedded in grass just above a bunker.
"I just feel withdrawing is the right thing to do to protect the field in the BMW Championship and the Tour Championship next week," said Bradley, whose withdrawal could cost him a place in next week's event in Atlanta.
Bradley's withdrawal comes after fellow American Phil Mickelson also announced he was pulling out of the tournament at the halfway stage in order to focus on the Ryder Cup, which takes place at Gleneagles in Scotland from 26-28 September.

European Masters: David Lipsky beats Graeme Storm in play-off

European Masters: David Lipsky beats Graeme Storm in play-off

European Masters, final leaderboard

-18 Lipsky (US), Storm (Eng) - Lipsky wins at first play-off hole; -17 Hatton (Eng), Koepka (US); -16 Willett (Eng), Fleetwood (Eng); -15 Donaldson (Wal); -14 Ramsay (Sco)
David Lipsky survived a nervy play-off against England's Graeme Storm to win the European Masters in Switzerland.
The 26-year-old American recovered from finding a bunker and the rough on the replayed 18th hole for a par four after overnight leader Storm's disastrous drive resulted in a bogey.
The Englishman, 36, earlier carded a two-under-par 68 for an 18-under total.
Lipsky birdied 18 to force the play-off in Crans-Montana which eventually saw him land his first European Tour title.
Both Lipsky and Storm have now secured their European Tour cards for next year.
Graeme Storm in his new car
Graeme Storm lost the play-off but still has the £114k BMW he won for a hole-in-one on Saturday
Lipsky, who usually plays on the Asian Tour, said: "It feels spectacular.
"I've put in a lot of hard work and have been playing well the last couple of weeks and to put it all together this week is very special to me."
American Brooks Koepka was tied for the lead with Storm until he hit a bogey on the 17th to finish 17 under alongside promising 22-year-old Englishman Tyrrell Hatton.
The round of the day was Danny Willett's 63, which left him on 16 under alongside English compatriot Tommy Fleetwood.
Romain Wattel hit a hole-in-one at the 11th but missed out on the £114,000 car on offer from sponsors BMW because Storm had already claimed the prize on the same hole a day earlier.
The Frenchman, who can borrow a car for 12 months as a consolation prize, said: "I saw the crowd were celebrating but I didn't know if that was because it was close, or in the hole.
"Unfortunately it was one day too late. But I'm obviously still really pleased with it, and with my performance today."

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Rory McIlroy trails Sergio Garcia by two at BMW Championship

Rory McIlroy trails Sergio Garcia by two at BMW Championship

BMW Championship, second round (US unless stated)

-8 Garcia (Spa) -7 Palmer -6 McIlroy (NI), Horschel -4 DeLaet (Can), B Watson, Matsuyama (Jpn)
Rory McIlroy finished strongly with three birdies in his last four holes to lie two shots off the lead at the halfway stage of the BMW Championship.
The Northern Irishman, who shot a 67 for a six-under total, trails European Ryder Cup team-mate Sergio Garcia, who managed an impressive 64 in Denver.
American Ryan Palmer also carded a 64 to sit a shot adrift of Spain's Garcia.
Palmer needs a high finish to get into the FedEx Cup top 30 and reach next week's Tour Championship in Atlanta.
The top 70 players on the FedEx Cup points list  after the Deutsche Bank Championship qualified for this week's event, with only the top 30 advancing to the finale, which begins on Thursday.

FedEx Cup top five after two of four play-off events

1. Chris Kirk (US)
4,154 points
2. Rory McIlroy (NI)
3,335
3. Hunter Mahan (US)
3,311
4. Jimmy Walker (US)
2,823
5. Matt Kuchar (US)
2,618
American Chris Kirk - who holds the overall FedEx Cup lead after two of the four play-off events - is one over after two rounds.
Garcia, who was a shot off the lead after the first round, birdied his second hole but his round came to life with an eagle at the seventh.
Although he followed that with a bogey at the next hole, birdies on 11, 13, 16 and the last, courtesy of a breaking 12-foot putt, saw him come home in 32.
Palmer also eagled the seventh, holing his second shot from 46 yards after birdies on one and three and a bogey on five.
The American also bogeyed 10 but picked up shots on 13, 14, 17 and 18 to be Garcia's nearest challenger and stay on target to play next week.
Graham DeLaet, Bubba Watson and Hideki Matsuyama are a shot behind McIlroy and Billy Horschel, with Rickie Fowler, Henrik Stenson, Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott on three under.

Friday, 5 September 2014

Rory McIlroy misses out on early BMW Championship lead

Rory McIlroy misses out on early BMW Championship lead

BMW Championship, first round (US unless stated)

-3 McIlroy (NI), Spieth, Woodland -2 Horschel, Henley, Kaymer (Ger), Hadley, Chappell, Every, DeLaet (Can), Garcia (Spa)
Rory McIlroy shares a three-way lead in the opening round of the BMW Championship in Denver.
Bogeys on the Northern Irishman's 15th and 16th holes saw him surrender a two-shot advantage to stay at three under par with US Ryder Cup player Jordan Spieth and compatriot Gary Woodland.
But poor weather saw play suspended with nine players still to finish.
McIlroy, 25, is bidding to reclaim the lead in the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup ahead of next week's finale.
The leaders are in front of eight players on two under par, including European Ryder Cup team member Martin Kaymer.
Sweden's Henrik Stenson is also on two under but is among those still to complete his first round.

FedEx Cup top five after two of four play-off events

1. Chris Kirk (US)
4,154 points
2. Rory McIlroy (NI)
3,335
3. Hunter Mahan (US)
3,311
4. Jimmy Walker (US)
2,823
5. Matt Kuchar (US)
2,618
England's Justin Rose shot a one-under-par 69 with US Ryder Cup players Phil Mickelson and Jim Furyk finishing even par.
McIlroy blamed "sloppy" bogeys for preventing him from taking the outright lead.
He added: "I'm a little frustrated coming off the course, because I feel like it should have been better than what I finished."
The top 70 players on the FedEx Cup points list  after the Deutsche Bank Championship qualified for this week's event at Cherry Hills Country Club in Denver.
Only the top 30 players will advance to the Tour Championship finale in Atlanta, which begins on 11 September.
American Chris Kirk - who holds the overall lead after two of the four FedEx Cup play-off events - hit a one-over-par opening round of 71.

European Masters: Richie Ramsay leads Jamie Donaldson by one

European Masters: Richie Ramsay leads Jamie Donaldson by one

European Masters, first round

-12 Ramsay -11 Donaldson -10 Koepka (USA), Storm -9 Lipsky (USA), Lowry, Maybin -8 Benson, Dubuisson (Fra), Fleetwood, E Molinari (Ita), Warren -7 Derksen (Ned), Hatton, Hoey, Lynn, Whiteford -6 Aguilar (Chi), Grillo (Arg), Hanson (Swe), Jacquelin (Fra), Ormsby, Rumford (both Aus)
Richie Ramsay holds a one-shot lead going into the weekend at the European Masters in Switzerland.
The Scot, who is 12 under, followed his opening-round 62 with a four-under 66.
Welshman Jamie Donaldson is 11 under while his European Ryder Cup team-mates Victor Dubuisson of France and Denmark's defending champion Thomas Bjorn are eight under and two under.
Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke, on par, was among those who missed the cut, which was set at one under.
Italy's Edoardo Molinari, who was joint-overnight leader with Ramsay, has fallen back to tied for eighth with Dubuisson, Scotsman Marc Warren and English duo Seve Benson and Tommy Fleetwood.

Richie Ramsay

"I know how to deal with the nerves and the pressure and it's what we love"
Ramsay, who won the tournament in 2012, picked up five birdies and dropped just one shot in his second round.
"It was tricky out there, it wasn't as cold as expected but the rain came in and that dropped the temperature," he said.
"It was nice, tougher pins which makes scoring a little bit higher but I adapted well. A good short game on the first few holes has kept me on a nice even keel and kept the momentum going.
"I picked up a few birdies at 15 and 16 [after starting on the back nine] which got the wheels going.
"Four is always a tough hole and it was great to get the birdie back straight away [at the fifth after bogeying the fourth], that settled me down.
"I've got a huge amount of experience around here, winning not just here but in any European Tour event is tough.
"I know how to deal with the nerves and the pressure and it's what we love. The little bit of butterflies in the stomach and seeing how you react under pressure because I don't think there's anything better than playing well under the pressure to try to win a title.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Ryder Cup: Harrington, Olazabal and Jimenez selected.

Ryder Cup: Harrington, Olazabal and Jimenez selected.

European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley has chosen Padraig Harrington, Jose Maria Olazabal and Miguel Angel Jimenez as his remaining vice-captains.
The trio join Sam Torrance and Des Smyth as McGinley's support staff for the contest against the USA at Gleneagles on 26-28 September.
"They will all bring valuable insight and experience," McGinley, 47, said.
On Wednesday McGinley selected Stephen Gallacher, Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood as his wildcard players for the match.

Europe's Ryder Cup team

Qualified automatically via European points list: Rory McIlroy (NI), Henrik Stenson (Swe), Victor Dubuisson (Fra), Jamie Donaldson (Wal)
Qualified automatically via World points list: Sergio Garcia (Spa), Justin Rose (Eng), Martin Kaymer (Ger), Thomas Bjorn (Den), Graeme McDowell (NI)
Wildcard picks: Stephen Gallacher (Sco), Ian Poulter (Eng), Lee Westwood (Eng)
Vice-captains: Sam Torrance (Sco), Des Smyth (Ire), Padraig Harrington (Ire), Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spa), Jose Maria Olazabal (Spa)
Torrance, who skippered the European team to victory at The Belfry in 2002, was announced with Smyth as the first two vice-captains in March.
Harrington, Olazabal and Jimenez have played in 17 Ryder Cups between them.
Olazabal made seven appearances between 1987 and 2006, followed by Harrington with six between 1999 and 2010 and Jimenez with four in the same period.
Having been a vice-captain in 2008 and 2010, Olazabal captained Europe in their record comeback victory 14½-13½ at Medinah two years ago.
Jimenez was vice-captain to Seve Ballesteros in 1997 and Olazabal himself in 2012. For Harrington, it will be a first vice-captaincy role.
"Padraig is my oldest friend on Tour and is a guy I have known most of my life," McGinley said.
"We went to school together, came through the amateur ranks together and have been together in many contests for both Ireland and Europe over the years, so I know what he can bring to the team room.
"As far as Miguel is concerned, he is someone that the spectators love as well as being very popular with all the players.
"However he is also a person that I respect very much."
McGinley added that Jimenez's appointment maintains the continuity he was looking for when he named him captain of the European team for the inaugural EurAsia Cup match in March.
"Finally, Jose Maria's passion for the Ryder Cup is recognised the world over," McGinley continued. "It was obvious in his legendary partnership with Seve and was also very apparent two years ago at Medinah."

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Ryder Cup 2014: Tiger Woods has taken "high road", says Watson


Ryder Cup 2014: Tiger Woods has taken "high road", says Watson

United States Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson praised Tiger Woods for taking the "high road" by ruling himself out of next month's contest at Gleneagles.
Woods, 38, has been suffering from a persistent back problem and had failed to qualify for the US team automatically.
Nevertheless, Watson was considering Woods as one of his captain's picks.
"My primary wish is for Tiger to be healthy and competitive," said Watson. "I hope that he'll return very soon."
Woods had surgery on his back injury in March and has been told not to play by doctors after aggravating the problem at the recent WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio.
Tom Watson
Tom Watson will make his three captain's picks on 2 September
He said he was pain-free at the US PGA Championship a few days later but re-injured himself before his second round and went on to miss the halfway cut for just the fourth time in 66 majors as a professional.
"Of course, I'm disappointed that Woods has asked not to be considered for the US Ryder Cup Team, and that his health is not where he would like it to be," added Watson.
"However, I think we can all agree that we need Woods in this great sport, and he has taken the high road by informing me early on in the selection process."

Tiger's 2014 in numbers (PGA Tour)

Tournaments contested
Seven
Wins
0
Top 10s
0
Best finish
Tied 25th (WGC-Cadillac Championship)
Times missed cut
Twice
Year-to-date earnings
£65,000 ($108,275)
Current world ranking
11th
"My focus will remain on identifying three players to join the US team and give us the best chance for success at Gleneagles," he added.
Former Ryder Cup player Andrew Coltart believes Watson will be relieved by Woods' decision.
"I don't think necessarily it's going to be a bad thing for the US team," said Coltart, who lost to Woods in the singles at Brookline in 1999, the only time the 14-time major winner has been on a winning team.
"Certainly it's a bit of a relief for Tom Watson because it was a huge decision that he was going to have to come up with. The decision has been made for him."

Tiger's Ryder Cup record

Participations
Seven (1997, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2010, 2012)
Matches
33
Record
Won 13, Lost 17, Halved 3
Total points won
14.5
Points success
44%
He added on Sky Sports: "Watson getting the freedom to pick somebody else, I think will possibly make that American team a little stronger."
Europe will go into the tournament in Perthshire, Scotland, which takes place between 23-28 September, as the holders.
Jose Maria Olazabal's team beat the United States 14.5-13.5 at the Medinah Country Club in Illinois in 2012.

Monday, 11 August 2014

Rory McIlroy: US PGA title caps dominant summer

 

Rory McIlroy: US PGA title caps dominant summer

US PGA final leaderboard (US unless stated)

-16: Rory McIlroy (NI);
-15: Phil Mickelson
-14: Rickie Fowler, Henrik Stenson (Swe);
-12: Jim Furyk, Ryan Palmer;
-11: Jimmy Walker, Ernie Els (SA), Victor Dubuisson (Fra), Mikko Ilonen (Fin), Steve Stricker, Hunter Mahan;
Selected others: -9: Lee Westwood (Eng), Adam Scott (Aus), Jason Day (Aus); -8: Justin Rose (Eng), Jamie Donaldson (Wal); -3: Sergio Garcia (Spa); -2: Luke Donald (Eng)
Rory McIlroy says he is playing "the best golf" of his life and enjoying a summer beyond his "wildest dreams" after securing the US PGA Championship.
The Open champion, 25, landed his second major in as many months - and says he will celebrate at Manchester United's opening Premier League match.
"I've got a week off now and I'm going to enjoy it," McIlroy told BBC Sport.
"I don't know if I can parade both the Claret Jug and the Wanamaker Trophy at Old Trafford on Saturday. I'll try!"
McIlroy, a United fan, will watch them play Swansea City fresh from winning his fourth major.
He said the manner of his latest victory was particularly satisfying.
"I gutted it out," McIlroy, who wrapped up victory in the gathering gloom by one shot, explained. "It was different from my previous major wins.
"To win my second major this year and a fourth by the age of 25, it's just incredible.
"I'm going to celebrate and share it with the people who are close to me. I'll be back home in Northern Ireland at the end of the week.
"I'm going to go to Old Trafford and watch the first game of the season on Saturday, and bring the [Open trophy] Claret Jug with me. That will be a great thrill."

Rory McIlroy - A year of change

January - August 2013 January - August 2014
Wins
0
4
Runner-up
1
2
Top tens
5
11
Missed cuts
4
1
Sandwiched between McIlroy's major wins this year came victory at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational and he justified his favourite tag in Kentucky to win the US PGA by the single-stroke advantage he held at the start of Sunday's play.
His win, a fourth in 2014, is in marked contrast to his form of 12 months ago, when he was winless at the same stage of the season.
After a high-profile split with tennis-star fiancée Caroline Wozniacki in May, McIlroy won the BMW Championship at Wentworth within a week and his sensational form since has seen him reclaim the world number one spot.
"Winning the Open was huge for me and I said I wanted to back it up," added the Northern Irishman.
"I didn't think in my wildest dreams I would have a summer like this. I just played the best golf in my life."






McIlroy and the field had to play quickly late on to beat the fading light at Valhalla
His latest win means McIlroy has equalled the number of majors won by Jack Nicklaus at the same age, although he has some way to go to threaten the American's record total of 18.
But the Northern Irishman's quest for a fourth major and second US PGA Championship stuttered on Sunday when he was the only player in the top 20 of the field to shoot over par on the front nine.
Wet conditions made the 2008 Ryder Cup course "as gettable as a major course will ever be", according to South African Ernie Els - and Phil Mickelson's four birdies by the turn gave him hope of reclaiming a title he won in 2005.
"I am disappointed in the outcome," said Mickelson, who finished one stroke behind McIlroy on 15 under, but earned his first top-10 result of the season. "If I could have finished the last five or six holes strong it could have flipped the way I feel about the whole year.
"My game is starting to come around a little bit. Next year is what I'm looking in on. It's where we start our points for the Olympics, which I'm keen on."
Golf will make its debut at the 2016 Rio Games, along with rugby sevens.
Mickelson, whose birdie on 18 gave him second place outright, is now guaranteed a place on the United States team for September's Ryder Cup meeting with Europe at Gleneagles.

McIlroy's win at Valhalla...what they tweeted:

Nine-time major winner Gary Player: "Lights out. Congratulations Rory McIlroy on your fourth major at the PGA Championship. Great back nine. True grit. Respect. My very best. GP"
Two-time Open Champion Greg Norman: "Out of darkness comes the brightest star in the future of golf. Congratulations Rory McIlroy. You seized the moment at the right time."
Four-time European Tour winner Matteo Manassero: "I was glued to the TV...they mainly talk about his driving but the strength of mind he showed is incredible!! Rory McIlroy is a great champion."
Sharing third place were Swede Henrik Stenson and Rickie Fowler. The American became only the third man in the modern era to finish in the top five of all four majors in a season, joining Tiger Woods and Nicklaus.
Despite his consistency, Fowler awaits a first major victory and boasts only one PGA Tour win in his career.
"This is probably the one that hurts the most for me this year," said the 25-year-old after his three-under-par final round. "This one I felt I could go out and win it."
Sunday's play looked under threat early when early torrential rain caused a near two-hour delay, which prompted Els to call for an abandonment.
The four-time major winner said he had never seen such a wet course, but still raised hopes of becoming the first man to shoot 62 at a major championship with a stunning five under on the opening nine holes.
"On nine I said to my caddie let's get to 14 under. I felt my game was in such good shape," said Els, who missed a series of birdie putts on the back nine to end on 11 under.

 Henrik Stenson briefly shared the lead on 15 under but missed birdie putts on the back nine scuppered his chances

 Americans Rickie Fowler and Phil Mickelson encouraged one another between holes and cultivated a feverish atmosphere from the galleries

 Ernie Els was five under through the front nine and eventually finished 11 under for the tournament

 McIlroy showed emotion with a pronounced fist pump on 13 when his birdie putt dropped



Ryder Cup: Tom Watson expects Tiger Woods to put USA team first

Ryder Cup: Tom Watson expects Tiger Woods to put USA team first

United States' captain Tom Watson expects Tiger Woods to give an "honest" assessment of his fitness to play in September's Ryder Cup at Gleneagles.
Woods, 38, needs to rely on a wildcard spot after an injury-ravaged season.
The 14-time major winner injured his back in last week's WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and missed the cut at this weekend's US PGA Championship.
"The answer can only come from Tiger. I am confident he will give us an honest answer," Watson said.

United States - the nine Ryder Cup qualifiers

Player Points
Bubba Watson
6,930.038
Rickie Fowler
6,733.253
Jim Furyk
6,707.694
Jimmy Walker
6,111.405
Phil Mickelson
5,510.338
Matt Kuchar
5,114.665
Jordan Spieth
4,835.827
Patrick Reed
3,650.227
Zach Johnson
3,568.694
Woods had surgery on his back in March and was sidelined for three months, but reported no pain when he returned to action in June.
He finished level 69th at the Open in July, his worst showing in that event as a professional, and shot a pair of three-over-par 74s at the US PGA at Valhalla to miss the cut for only the fourth time in his career in a major championship.
Watson says he will talk to Woods in the next three weeks before he selects his three wildcard picks on 3 September.
"The biggest question is his health and right next to that it is how is he playing," he said.
"Does his back allow him to make the type of swing he needs to get back into form?"
The US PGA was the final tournament to count towards qualification for the US Ryder Cup side, and Woods' failure at Valhalla leaves him 70th in the United Ryder Cup team standings,  61 places off a qualifying berth.
Europe will go into the tournament in Perthshire, Scotland, which takes place between 23-28 September, as the defending champions.
Jose Maria Olazabal's team beat the United States 14.5-13.5 at the Medinah Country Club in Illinois in 2012.

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