Tag Archives: Fred Couples

Jun
4
2014
By Bernie D'Amato under Presidents Cup

 

At this week’s Champions Tour event in Missouri, PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem introduced the captains for the 2015 Presidents Cup, which will take place in New Songdo City, South Korea. Jay Haas was named captain of Team USA and Nick Price was named captain of the International Team. Former captains Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player joined the press conference as did International vice-captain K.J. Choi.

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Oct
7
2013
Things are better when Lindsey is around....

Things are better when Lindsey is around….

Before we wrap up this year’s edition of the Presidents Cup, let’s take a look at some of Sunday’s best moments, along with random yet interesting tidbits from behind the scenes.

First of all, let’s take a moment and give the organizers of the tournament a round of applause for getting the matches finished not only on Sunday, but *early*in the afternoon. Who would have thunk? *Golf claps*

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Oct
5
2013

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Totally normal

Totally normal

Well, the Internationals held on longer than the majority expected at the historically U.S.-dominated Presidents Cup. [*Wait, they're making a charge as I type in Saturday afternoon foursomes! It's getting interesting again!]

With the weather-delayed week dominating the matches, the second session wasn’t completed on Friday and the teams returned at the crack of dawn (literally, warming up in the dark) to finish that foursome session before the quick turnaround for Saturday morning’s five four-ball matches. Which, of course, fell victim to yet another suspension in play due to the monsoon that swept through the area causing Muirfield Village to become unplayable (as you can see above).  

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Oct
3
2013
Lindsey pranks Tiger with the squirrel

Lindsey pranks Tiger with the squirrel

As I said earlier today, I hoped the Internationals would turn the momentum to their favor after the weather delay, and indeed, that’s exactly what happened. At the much-needed timeout for the International team, they were down to the seemingly indomitable Americans in five matches and all square in one of them. It wasn’t looking good.

In fact, it seemed fathomable that the Presidents Cup would be clinched by the U.S. before Sunday Singles rolled around. Not so fast! I watched the first two matches finish on 18, and boy, the atmosphere was electric and you could feel the energy of the International team, which, no doubt, has a ton of heart.

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Oct
1
2013
zach

Zach could only stomach a bit of practice

Zach Johnson was scheduled to fly with the Kuchars and the Loves to Ohio on Monday for the Presidents Cup, but Johnson was battling a bad case of the stomach flu and didn’t arrive until late Tuesday morning, causing him to miss the U.S. team photo.

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Sep
13
2013
By Stephanie Wei under FedEx Cup
Fifty-effing-nine!

Fifty-effing-nine!

Jim Furyk shot a sizzling 12-under 59 to become only the sixth player to post golf’s magic number during the second round of the BMW Championship.

Furyk, who started on no. 10, posted six birdies and an eagle on the back nine (his first) for an eight-under 28 at Conway Farms — which matched Phil Mickelson’s effort two weeks ago in the first round of the Deutsche Bank Championship (but Phil had to settle with a 63).

The question was whether Furyk could carry over the momentum on the next nine holes and control his nerves to achieve such a remarkable feat.

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Sep
5
2013

The Golf News Net’s Ryan Ballengee joined me to chat about our thoughts and reactions to the Presidents Cup captains’ picks by Fred Couples for Team USA and Nick Price for the Internationals. Tune in. We are super insightful.

Oh, by the way, Ballengee and I are going to make this a regular program. We’re still undecided on the name, but we’ll be doing these regularly on Tuesdays, and you should tune in because next week we might get into a fight or two and have a surprise guest!

Anyway, leave your thoughts and comments below.

Sep
4
2013
The Picks

The Picks

After Phil Mickelson played with Jordan Spieth on Monday at the Deutsche Bank Championship and watched the 20-year-old phenom fire 62, he was impressed, to say the least. Mickelson was so impressed with Spieth that he sent a text almost immediately after they signed their scorecards to Fred Couples, captain of the U.S. Presidents Cup team, that said:  ”Dude, you’ve got to pick this guy.”

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Sep
2
2013
The shot that sealed the win

The shot that sealed the win

It was only matter of time — that’s what Henrik Stenson kept telling us. Over the last few months, starting with the Scottish Open in July, Stenson has been in contention regularly, with the exception of last week at The Barclays, where fatigue and flu-like symptoms caught up to him and he placed T43.

His last five starts, not withstanding his victory at the Deutsche Bank Championship today: T3 at the Scottish Open, 2nd at the Open Championship, T2 at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, 3rd at the PGA Championship. See, he was due.

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Sep
2
2013
Spieth delivers strong closing argument for captain's pick

Spieth makes strong closing argument for captain’s pick

20-year-olds who had no playing status on the PGA Tour at the start of the season aren’t supposed to win a tournament (he was still 19 at the time) — and nearly capture a second title if he hadn’t lost in a playoff — and secure eight top-10 finishes. That just doesn’t happen.

But Jordan Spieth isn’t your average 20-year-old rookie. Knowing Sunday was his final audition for U.S. captain Fred Couples to use one of his two wildcard picks on  Spieth, he shot nine-under 62 — which included playing his last four holes five-under with an eagle on 18 — to surge up the leaderboard and finish tied for fourth at the Deutsche Bank Championshp.

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