Tag Archives: Luke Donald

Sep
2
2014

European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley announced his three wildcard picks on Tuesday afternoon at Wentworth, home of the European Tour’s headquarters. McGinley had been rather open about his choices, saying on Sunday he had narrowed it down to five names: Luke Donald, Stephen Gallacher, Ian Poulter, Francesco Molinari and Lee Westwood.

Turns out McGinley went with form and experience in selecting Gallacher, the local hero who missed out qualifying automatically by a stroke, Ian Poulter, the Ryder Cup wizard, and Lee Westwood, the experienced veteran with a strong record.

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Aug
29
2014

It’s not just the Americans who are holding their breaths in hopes of getting a captain’s pick for next month’s Ryder Cup. The deadline to make the European team on points is this Sunday, August 31st, which technically means the PGA Tour’s Deutsche Bank Championship ending on Monday doesn’t count towards the standings.

Ryder Cup juggernaut Ian Poulter is on the outside looking in and needs Captain Paul McGinley to give him the official nod (which, lets be real, it’s a lock). Poulter helped his case on Friday, firing a four-under 67 to put him in a tie for sixth after the first round.

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Apr
24
2014
By WUP Staff under By the Numbers
Shockign: Tiger wins a lot when he's in contention

Shocking: Tiger wins a lot when he’s in contention

If you’ve been watching the PGA Tour for the past month, then you’ve seen a great deal of Matt Kuchar. If you are like me (and you should be thankful you’re not), you were sitting there pondering to yourself, “Man, this guy sure seems to get into contention a lot, but doesn’t seem to win that much.” Again, if you are me, you then set out to see how often players on the PGA Tour really convert good finishes into wins (this is probably when you should start pointing and laughing and being glad you’re not like me). 

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Apr
21
2014
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour
On Sunday at the RBC Heritage, Matt Kuchar was in contention for the fourth week in a row. At the Valero Texas Open, he held the lead going into the final nine holes, but couldn’t close the deal. At the Shell Houston Open, he knocked it in the water on the 18th in regulation, and then Matt Jones chipped in during the first playoff hole. At the Masters, he was tied for the lead early on Sunday until he four-putted the fourth hole and fizzled away. 
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Mar
6
2014
Uh oh...
The first round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship was halted at 2:22pm due to inclement weather in the area. After thunderstorms and showers hit Trump National Doral, the range re-opened just before 4pm and then golfers were back in position to restart play at 4:45pm.

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Feb
27
2014
Shaky start for Tiger
Tiger Woods kicked off his second PGA Tour start of the year on Thursday – his first since the Farmers Insurance Open a month ago when he missed the secondary cut. His game in the first round of the Honda Classic didn’t exactly conjure up much more confidence that his form was taking a turn for the better.

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Jan
30
2014
Lasers approved!
The R&A, one of golf’s governing bodies, announced on Monday the approval of distance measuring devices — or most commonly known as rangefinders or lasers, etc. — for their amateur championships in 2014, including the British Amateur. Your move, USGA! 

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Oct
12
2013
caroline wozniacki and rory mcilroy

Rory playing the supportive boyfriend

77-year-old South African native Gary Player is undoubtedly a bit old school. A few months ago, he made “controversial” comments on Rory McIlroy’s slumping season, saying he needed to find “the right wife” — unlike tennis player Caroline Wozniacki, Rory’s current girlfriend of two-plus years.

Well, Player, a nine-time major champ, spoke out again in an interview with ESPN’s Sportscenter and didn’t back off from his earlier remarks:

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Sep
16
2013
Zach rallies for the win

Zach rallies for the win

And then there were 30 — that is, players who will advance to the FedExCup Playoff finale at East Lake GC in Atlanta. Several guys came through in the clutch and played their way into the Tour Championship, and several others didn’t have the best of weeks and were bumped out of the top 30 in the FEC points rankings.

Zach Johnson fired a six-under 65 to shoot 16-under total and win the weather-delayed BMW Championship on Monday by two shots over Nick Watney. 

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Sep
12
2013
Whoa, dude!

Whoa, dude!

In the week-off between the Deutsche Bank Championship and the BMW Championship, Brandt Snedeker didn’t touch a golf club until Wednesday’s pro-am at Conway Farms. In fact, he wasn’t even feeling that great with the putter, until he rolled in a 14-footer from the fringe on no. 13 (teed off no. 10) for birdie that propelled him to make six more in a row.

Snedeker fired a bogey-free, eight-under 63, to take a one-shot lead over Zach Johnson (64) in the first round. 

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