Asia will provide Europe with a warm-up match play event before the Europeans face the Americans later in the year for the historical biennial matches at the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles next October. This new exhibition, the EurAsia Cup, will be held at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club in Malaysia from March 28-30, 2014, according to the EuropeanTour.com. (continue reading…)
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Henrik Stenson stuck his second shot on the par-5 18th to a foot for a straightforward kick-in eagle to shoot a 64 on Sunday, and also cap off a six-shot victory at the DP World Tour Championship, the fourth and final event in the European Tour’s equivalent of the FedExCup.
With his eighth European Tour title, the Swede became the first golfer to win the PGA Tour’s FedExCup and European Tour’s Race to Dubai in the same season. In other words, Stenson is filthy rich and essentially a walking ATM machine. (continue reading…)
In a hard-fought battle between three world-class players, Dustin Johnson clinched the most significant victory of his career (so far) at the HSBC Champions at Sheshan International Golf Club. On the back nine the 29-year-old American played a key stretch of five holes at five-under, including a chip-in on the short par-4 16th. (continue reading…)
Despite rolling in 10 birdies and playing one of the best rounds of his life on Saturday in the third round of the HSBC Champions, Dustin Johnson walked off Sheshan International rather disappointed. He fired a six-under 66, but he wasn’t jumping for joy afterwards because of his poor finish and missed opportunity to open a five-shot lead heading into the final round after making a double-bogey on the reachable-in-two par-5 18th. (continue reading…)
Decoding the FedExCup points system (this is what players need to do to qualify for the Tour Championship)
It’s almost that time again — you know, at the Tour Championship, when you see GC’s Steve Sands furiously scribbling on a whiteboard trying to explain the FedExCup points system and which players have a “mathematical” shot at winning the whole thing and the wheelbarrow of cash.
Heading into the third leg of the FEC Playoffs, the BMW Championship, there are some marquee players outside the top 30 — like Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson, Ernie Els, Luke Donald and more — that need to play well to qualify for next week’s Tour Championship, which isn’t just a chance to win $10-plus million, but it also means an invitation to the Masters and automatic berths in the Opens and most of the World Golf Championships. (continue reading…)
Hideki Matsuyama became the second player this year to receive a one-shot penalty for slow play at a major. During the third round of the Open Championship, Matsuyama, who was paired with Johnson Wagner, was put on the clock on the 15th because they were 15 minutes over the scheduled time and out of position with the group ahead.
Matsuyama took one minute, 12 seconds on his first putt on the same hole and the twosome was still four minutes out of position. (continue reading…)
The greens at Muirfield were watered on Thursday night, so they were softer on Friday morning for the second round of the Open, but grew progressively firmer and faster throughout the day, making it difficult to adjust at times for the pros. The wind also switched directions, making the course play quite differently.
Woods, who shot two-under 69 in the first round after a shaky start, battled his way to an even-par 71. Once again, he put quite a bit of pressure on his putting, which, for the most part, was solid. (continue reading…)
Tiger Woods will play with 2010 U.S. Open winner Graeme McDowell, who won the French Open a few weeks ago, and 2010 British Open champ Louis Oosthuizen, who has been recovering from an injury, in the first two rounds of the Open. The threesome won’t hit their opening tee shots at Muirfield until 2:45pm BST (9:45 EST).
Fresh off his thrilling Scottish Open victory, Phil Mickelson is paired with the world no. 2 Rory McIlroy, who has been struggling as of late, and Japanese rising star Hideki Matsuyama. They’re set to start at 9:44am BST (4:44am ET). Better set those alarms! And some of you troopers on the West Coast might still be up or will try to stay awake. (continue reading…)
Phil Mickelson took advantage of the ideal conditions at Castle Stuart on Thursday morning — 70-plus degrees, no wind, and not a cloud in sight — and fired an opening six-under 66 at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.
Mickelson’s game appears to be shaping up quite nicely for next week’s Open Championship, and while others, including U.S. Open champion Justin Rose, are playing practice rounds at Muirfield to prepare, Phil prefers to play competitively the week before a major. (continue reading…)
62? No way. Let’s be real: That was never going to happen. Those who suggested 62 was a possibility clearly have never played Merion, or don’t realize the USGA always figures out a way to protect par. This was never going to turn into Congressional, Part Deux. Merion is in a different class.
Turned out to 67 would be the low score at the halfway mark at the U.S. Open — one posted by Phil Mickelson on Thursday and the other by Billy Horschel on Friday, who both happen to share the 36-hole lead at one-under. And while 62 didn’t happen, perhaps an even more impressive feat was achieved: hitting 18 greens in regulation. (continue reading…)