Tag Archives: Graeme McDowell

Nov
9
2014
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour
Wowza!

Wowza!

Bubba Watson has pulled off seemingly impossible shots throughout his career (e.g., 2011 Masters) — it’s his MO. Watson wowed and impressed once again, but this time in Shanghai at Sheshan International Golf Club in the final round of the WGC-HSBC Champions.

After Watson snagged the solo lead on the back nine, he ran into trouble on nos. 16 and 17 with a bogey and double-bogey, respectively. And just like that, he had dropped three shots. Heading into the 18th with a two-shot deficit to Tim Clark, who was safely in the clubhouse, Watson needed an eagle on the par-5 final hole to force a playoff.

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Nov
7
2014
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Patrick Reed’s “outspokenness” — or rather his choice of words — got him into trouble during the first round of the HSBC Champions in Shanghai. After missing a six-footer on the first hole (his 10th of the day), he muttered to himself, “Don’t f***ing three-putt you f***ing f*ggot.”

Following the second round at Sheshan International Golf Club, the 24-year-old American spoke with reporters and apologized for his outburst, which was picked up by the TV camera and microphone for the world to hear.

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Oct
1
2014
By Stephanie Wei under Ryder Cup

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Don’t get me wrong, the 12 players on a team hit the shots and make the putts that ultimately determine a win or loss, but the job of the Ryder Cup captain involves more than just picking out uniforms, posing for photo ops, and making decisions from your “gut” — a term American Captain Tom Watson used starting at the glitzy press conference, where he made his somewhat controversial captain’s picks, particularly when it came down to Webb Simpson, who apparently texted his way onto the team.

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Sep
29
2014

The European and American teams got together to celebrate the end of the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles Hotel on Sunday night. There was no shortage of alcohol and things got a little weird. Rory McIlroy posted the above photo of himself with Stephen Gallacher on his Instagram, wearing a wig and tartan kilt — oh, and he was shirtless. 

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Sep
28
2014
By Bernie D'Amato under Ryder Cup

 

Jamie Donaldson rode Thomas Bjorn like a bull as the winning European Team entered the post-tournament press conference. Spirits were high, laughs were plentiful, and champagne even more so. To the victor go the spoils, indeed.

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Sep
27
2014

The American Ryder Cup team find themselves in a familiar position heading into Sunday’s singles matches: Losing. After a 3.5-0.5 thrashing in Saturday afternoon foursomes, the Europeans have taken a(nother) commanding lead 10-6 headed into the final day of the biennial matches.

Miracles do happen as we saw only two years ago at Medinah, but the chances of it happening for the Americans on foreign soil are slim to none. To put it bluntly, I’m not seeing “Glory at Gleneagles” — it’s been more like “Goof at Gleneagles,” with several major questionable decisions made by American Captain Tom Watson. (Just a few to start with: Why did he sit the rookies in Friday Foursomes? Why did he play Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley twice on Friday? Why didn’t he play them at all on Saturday? Why didn’t he rest Jimmy Walker?)

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Sep
27
2014

Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed walked away from a hard-fought match against Justin Rose, Europe’s superstar this year, and Martin Kaymer to secure Team USA’s only half point in Saturday afternoon foursomes.

Only problem is the American rookie duo probably should have won the match, but bad breaks and sloppy putting led to a halve and killed any momentum the U.S. could’ve taken with them into the team room after a(nother) 3-1 drubbing in the alternate shot format. Now, the Americans find themselves trailing 10-6 and closing in on its eighth Ryder Cup loss in the last 10 attempts.

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Sep
26
2014
By Bernie D'Amato under Ryder Cup

 

The first tee in your first Ryder Cup can be one of the most pressure packed experiences in a golfer’s career. However, 24-year-old Victor Dubuisson was paired with his brother from another mother, Graeme McDowell, and they took down American stars Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickelson 3&2 in afternoon foursomes.

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Sep
26
2014
By Stephanie Wei under Ryder Cup
No love lost between Faldo and Garcia at the 2008 Ryder Cup

No love lost between Faldo and Garcia at the 2008 Ryder Cup

Well, it wouldn’t be the Ryder Cup without some drama — although it’s usually with spectacular golf shots on the course. Sir Nick Faldo caused a stir on Friday with his on-air comments about Sergio Garcia at the 2008 Ryder Cup, where Europe received a thrashing from the United States, 16.5-11.5.

Faldo, who was the captain that year (and the only losing one for Europe in this century), made the remarks about Garcia following his and Rory McIlroy’s fourball loss to Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley. While he complimented Garcia’s overall Ryder Cup record, he criticized the Spaniard for his “useless” contribution and “bad attitude” at Valhalla. 

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