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…)
Tag: Martin Kaymer
After opening with scores of 70-74, Martin Kaymer would have been thrilled with a solid weekend and perhaps sneaking in a top 10 finish. While he’s still trailing leader Dustin Johnson by eight shots, Kaymer went out and fired a record-breaking 10-under 62 to surge up the leaderboard. (continue reading…)
It seems like just a few years ago the European Tour was gaining momentum in its claim for star power that rivaled the U.S. PGA Tour. Wait, it was!
With the economic downturn in Europe and loss of sponsors, many of its finest players have decided to jump ship and base themselves in America (while still maintaining their European Tour membership but keeping the number of starts at the bare minimum). With the PGA Tour boasting 28 of the top 30 players in world rankings in the upcoming 2013 season, the U.S. defection movement is now complete, wouldn’t you say? (continue reading…)
Still air, sky-high temperatures and soft conditions appear to have a knack for producing low, low scoring. Who knew?
The first round of the WGC-HSBC Champions in China, held this year on Mission Hills’ Olazabal layout (the positively sprawling venue now boasts of 12 “championship” designs and a further 180 holes), yielded two rounds of 65, four of 66 and a further 20 that dipped below the (nominal) par of 72.
Not bad for a shortened field, even if it is one populated almost exclusively by the best and brightest of world golf (no Tiger or Rory, though: they’re the subjects of *sigh* another appearance fee controversy!). (continue reading…)
Wow, it doesn’t get much — actually, any better than the singles matches at the Ryder Cup and Team Europe’s unbelievable comeback. Well done. Kudos to the Europeans.
I’m sure you’re all itching to chime in on the epic loss and win. First, I’ll share the way Sunday unfolded from my viewpoint, and then I’ve posted the full transcripts of both teams press conferences. You may have heard about the legendary drunkenness of the European team. (Can anyone say best presser ever?!) (continue reading…)
There was a time not so long ago — late 2010, early 2011 — when Martin Kaymer was, by a considerable margin, the most potent force in tournament golf. (continue reading…)
In my mind, Sergio Garcia’s name is synonymous with the Ryder Cup. He lives and loves the biennial team matches. Name another player who shows more passion and intensity, not to mention has better cheerleading skills? Yeah, exactly.
Garcia was previously inside the European/World points list (Team Europe has a different qualifying system than the U.S.) before Ian Poulter went nuts in the final round of the PGA Championship to place T3, and surpass the Spaniard.
The automatic spots aren’t finalized until after this week’s Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles in Scotland, but Sergio is likely to lock up a berth with his clutch performance at the Wyndham Championship–which will be completed on Monday due to the great flood unexpectedly sweeping through Greensboro on Sunday. (continue reading…)
Let’s see, the pairings for the first and second round of next week’s PGA Championship at The Ocean Course At Kiawah Island — which some describe as “Whistling Straits but flat” — have been released and the “marquee” threesome includes defending PGA Champion Keegan Bradley, four-time PGA Champion Tiger Woods and 2010 PGA Champion Martin Kaymer. <<yawn>>
Then there’s the traditional PGA Championship grouping of the winners from the season’s first three major championships: Masters champ Bubba Watson, U.S. Open champ Webb Simpson and Open champion golf of the year Ernie Els. Alright, they should be pretty fun to follow. (continue reading…)
World No6 Martin Kaymer competes this week in the hope of ending a streak of dismal showings at the year’s first major, but his wait to feel the adulation of tournament galleries is already at an end.
Of the 16-odd contests at Dove Mountain on Thursday (the extent to which Dustin Johnson’s 7&5 demolition of Francesco Molinari can be considered competitive is open to some debate), it was, predictably, that of Tiger Woods and Nick Watney that carried the bulk of press interest. (continue reading…)