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Americans stay in control at Presidents Cup

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Posted on ESPN Golf - October 6, 2013


"The Presidents Cup has a familiar feel in so many ways.


Players leave every night in darkness and resume matches the next morning when it's almost as dark. The rain never leaves, with another half-inch accumulating on top of a previous inch of rain that led to yet another delay Saturday. The ball doesn't bounce when it lands on the green. It splats.


And the International team is still trying to figure out what it has to do to beat the Americans.

When another long day ended at Muirfield Village, the Americans were assured of the lead going into the final round of singles matches. Zach Johnson took care of that with a wedge from 115 yards that disappeared into the cup for eagle on the 15th hole as he and Jason Dufner completed the only foursomes match with a 4-and-3 victory.


Tiger Woods and Matt Kuchar were doing their part, having won every match they played. Woods delivered another signature moment in the Presidents Cup, hitting a fairway metal that plopped down 4 feet below the pin for an eagle that was conceded and a 2-up lead that allowed them to rally for a fourballs win earlier Saturday.


Woods and Kuchar were 2 down at the turn in their foursomes match against Ernie Els and Brendon de Jonge.


"This guy is a horse -- holy cow!" Kuchar said. "He played some incredible golf today."


Still to be determined was how big the lead was going to be."

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Seve Trophy : Continental Europe end 13 year wait for victory

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Posted on European Tour - Getty Images - October 6, 2013


"Continental Europe clung on to regain the Seve Trophy by Golf+ for the first time since 2000 as the singles went down to the final match at Saint-Nom-La-Bretèche.

José María Olazábal’s side had lost the last six contests to Great Britain & Ireland, and having led after both of the first two days they entered the final day locked together at 9-9 after a spirited fightback by Sam Torrance’s team in the foursomes.

Just like last year’s Ryder Cup at Medinah, it was Francesco Molinari in the anchor role who completed victory, beating Chris Wood 3 and 2 to secure a 15-13 win.

“Very emotional - it's been a tough day,” said Olazábal, after leading Continental Europe to only their second triumph in the event. “Everything went to the last match. The boys really played well today and I'm very, very happy to have won the Seve Trophy this time."

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Presidents Cup : USA extend Presidents lead

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Posted on Orange Sport UK - October 6, 2013

"The United States opened up a four-point lead over the Internationals after Saturday's fourballs at the Presidents Cup in Ohio.

After Friday's delayed foursomes were completed on Saturday morning - the two sides sharing them 3-3 - the US pressed the accelerator in the afternoon fourballs to go 10.5-6.5 in front.


The American charge at Muirfield Village had been delayed due to yet more bad weather midway through the fourballs, but upon the resumption they soon wrapped up wins in four of the five matches to seize control of the contest ahead of Saturday's foursomes.


With the hosts 6.5-5.5 in front going into the fourballs, Bill Haas and Webb Simpson completed a 4&3 win over Angel Cabrera and Branden Grace.


Birdies from Haas at the sixth and ninth and Simpson at the seventh and 10th did most of the damage to put the hosts two points ahead.


Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickelson earned a 2&1 win over Ernie Els and Brendon de Jonge, who had been two up at one stage.


The American pair went from two shots down to three in front from the eighth to the 15th after a superb birdie barrage.


Jason Day and Graham DeLaet reduced the deficit thanks to a two-up success over Steve Stricker and Jordan Spieth, a birdie apiece over the last three holes earning the win, but it was a rare cause for cheer for the international team.


Brandt Snedeker and Hunter Mahan swifty restored the hosts' three-point lead with a two-up triumph over Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel."


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Presidents Cup : Les Américains creusent l'écart

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Posted by David Charpenet - October 6, 2013


"La pluie continue de perturber la Presidents Cup puisque la troisième journée marathon n'a pas pu aller à son terme. Un seul des cinq Foursomes de l'après-midi est allé à son terme donnant un point de plus aux États-Unis qui creusent l'écart (11,5-6,5).


La journée du samedi est traditionnellement la plus éprouvante de la semaine dans ce genre de compétition avec deux sessions organisées. Avec les retards cumulés à cause de la pluie et des orages, le marathon s'est transformé en véritable cauchemar, surtout pour l'équipe internationale en bien mauvaise posture avec cinq points de retard alors qu'il reste quatre Foursomes à terminer sur cinq avant les douze simples de dimanche. De nouvelles interruptions sont venus gâcher la fête samedi, mais les hommes de Fred Couples ont eu le temps de remporter 4-1 les Four-Balls matinaux pour creuser un écart conséquent. Avec cinq points d'avance et quatre parties encore en piste, les tenants du titre sont assurés de démarrer les simples en tête. Jamais une équipe menée au départ des simples n'a réussi à s'imposer (les États-Unis étaient menés en 2003 avant d'arracher le match nul en Afrique du Sud). Mais le capitaine de l'équipe internationale restait optimiste avant la dernière journée. «Nous sommes encore dans le coup, relevait Nick Price. Il y a beaucoup de matches serrés qui ont tourné à l'avantage des Américains. Il reste encore 16 points à distribuer. Si nous pouvons faire tourner à notre avantage quelques Foursomes, notre tâche sera facilitée pour les simples.» Les Internationaux ont souvent mené leurs matches au début, avant de s'incliner sur le parcours retours.

Un eagle pour Zach Johnson
La partie de Jason Dufner et Zach Johnson en est l'exemple type. La paire internationale composée de Richard Sterne et Marc Leishman menait 2 up après sept trous, mais le réveil des Américains fut terrible avec six trous remportés sur les huit suivants, dont un eagle de Johnson au 15 pour sceller la victoire et distribuer le seul point de l'après-midi, à l'avantage de l'équipe hôte."

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LPGA : Korda leads in Beijing

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Posted on Orange Sport UK - October 4, 2013

"American Jessica Korda has the outright lead after the second round of the Reignwood LPGA Classic in Beijing.

Korda had been joint leader alongside South Korea's Choi Na-yeon after Thursday's first round, with both carding nine-under-par 64s.


The Florida native started day two slowly, posting two bogeys in her first five holes, but there were then three birdies - which came consecutively - before the turn, and three more on a bogey-free back nine.


Korda's two-day total of 14-under puts her two shots ahead of her compatriot Stacy Lewis and China's Feng Shanshan, while Choi is alone in fourth, a further shot behind, and fellow South Korean Park Inbee fifth, another two shots behind.


Korda, quoted on lpga.com, said: "I started a little slow today, but all in all I think it was a great day.


"I putted really well, just kind of did the same things I was doing the first day.

"A little different score, but I'm not really disappointed with that."

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Presidents Cup : Internationals rally, but US lead

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Posted on Golf 365 - October 4, 2013


"The United States overcame poor weather and a fightback from the Internationals to take a slender lead after the opening-day fourballs at the Presidents Cup.


The Americans made the early running at the rain-softened Muirfield Village Golf course, but they needed a par on the final hole to retain their one-point advantage after they ended the day with 3.5 points compared to the Internationals' 2.5.


Matt Kuchar and Tiger Woods were way too strong for Angel Cabrera and Marc Leishman as they walked away with a 5 and 4 win while Zach Johnson and Jason Dufner bagged a 5 and 3 victory over South African pair Richard Sterne and Branden Grace.


"We ham-and-egged it pretty good," said Woods. "Kuch made a bunch of putts on the front nine, I got it rolling there for a little bit and on the back nine. It was him or me on each hole."


Steve Stricker and Jordan Spieth manufactured a one-up victory over South African Ernie Els and Zimbabwe's Brendon de Jonge.


But the International team fought back as Jason Day and Graeme DeLaet claimed one-up win against Hunter Mahan and Brandt Snedeker while Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel came from two down after seven holes to beat Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley 2 and 1.


"We knew it was going to be difficult, Keegan and Phil are a great team," said 2010 British Open winner Oosthuizen.


"I think the break did us all really well," he added. "We came back out and felt refreshed.


"We just played well. Whenever Charl was in trouble; I played really well. And whenever I was in trouble, Charl played well."

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Presidents Cup : Les États-Unis devant malgré le réveil des Internationaux

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Posted by avid Charpenet - October 4, 2013


"Bien partis pour écraser la première journée disputée en Four-Ball, les Américains ont été stoppés par les risques d'orages et une interruption de jeu d'une heure et demi, permettant aux hommes de Nick Price de limiter les dégâts (3,5 à 2,5).
Donnés largement favori à domicile de la dixième Presidents Cup, les États-Unis ont failli tuer le suspense dès la première journée. Les hommes de Fred Couples menaient dans cinq des six parties jouées en Four-Ball au moment choisi par les orages pour voler la vedette aux partenaires de Tiger Woods, interrompant le jeu pendant une heure et demi. L'élan changeait de camp à la reprise et l'équipe internationale aurait même pu égaliser si Brendon de Jonge, par ailleurs excellent toute la journée, n'avait pas manqué un difficile putt pour birdie. Les Américains ont finalement passé la première nuit en tête (3,5 à 2,5) et c'est somme toute logique.

Woods ouvre le compteur
En bon leader charismatique, c'est Tiger Woods, associé à Matt Kuchar, qui a marqué le premier point des hommes de la bannière étoilée en écrasant le décevant Angel Cabrera et le pauvre Marc Leishman (5 & 4). Jason Day répondait immédiatement en signant un sublime birdie au 18 pour terrasser Hunter Mahan et Brandt Snedeker dans la première partie, alors que l'Australien et Graham DeLaet étaient 3 down après six trous. Le Japonais Hideki Matsuyama, entouré par de nombreux journalistes nippons, enchaînait un birdie au 16 et au 18 pour arracher un partage des points inespéré face à Bill Haas et Webb Simpson, aux côtés d'Adam Scott. La paire sud africaine composée de Louis Oosthuizen et Charl Schwartzel est également revenue de deux trous de retard au 7 pour battre finalement Phil Mickelson et Keegan Bradley (2 & 1). Zach Johnson, souffrant en début de semaine, a visiblement été guéri par le docteur Jason Dufner. Les deux hommes n'ont fait qu'une bouchée de Branden Grace et Richard Sterne (5 & 3). L'équipe internationale aurait tout de même pu arracher le partage des points in extremis, si Brendon de Jonge avait rentré son putt pour birdie au 18 et si Steve Stricker n'avait pas été aussi combatif.

De Jonge face à Stricker
Ernie Els n'aura pas été d'une grande aide pour Brendon de Jonge tout au long de la partie. Le Sud-Africain s'est uniquement illustré avec un birdie au 17, qu'il fêtait avec son cadet alors que celui de Steve Stricker évitait d'une manière assez impolie la main du quadruple vainqueur en Grand Chelem. "

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KLM Open : Flying Dutchman Luiten soars to victory

KLM Open : Flying Dutchman Luiten soars to victory | Globe Greens | Scoop.it

Posted on European Tour - Getty Images - September 16, 2013


"Joost Luiten made it a day of double Dutch delight with victory in the KLM Open after compatriot Daan Huizing won the Kharkov Superior Cup on The Challenge Tour.

Minutes after Huizing secured a two shot win in the Ukraine, Luiten beat Miguel Angel Jiménez on the first hole of a sudden-death play-off at Kennemer Golf Club to become the first home winner for a decade.

A par on the 18th was enough to give Luiten his third European Tour title and second of the season after Jiménez three-putted from long range.

Jiménez, already the oldest winner in European Tour history, began the day a shot behind playing partner Luiten but quickly moved into the lead courtesy of a hat-trick of birdies from the second."

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European Masters : Jimenez critical of teenage players

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Posted on Golf 365 - September 16, 2013


"Miguel Angel Jimenez is unimpressed with the European Tour after it invited 13-year-old Ye Wo-cheng to play in the European Masters.


Jimenez, who became the oldest player to win on the European Tour when he won the Hong Kong Open as a 48-year-old last year, was introduced to Ye at the Crans-sur-Sierre practice range on Wednesday.


Ye, in turn, became the youngest ever player on the European Tour when he played in the China Open in May this year as a 12-year-old.


Jimenez, who also won the European Masters in 2010, was perplexed by the sponsor's decision to give the 13-year-old an exemption to compete this weekend.


''It is nice to see that golf is interesting no matter what the age but for me, a 13-year-old competing against professionals is a little a bit too young,'' he said.


''People want to start things too early and a 13-year-old should be playing alongside other 13-year-olds and not players averaging 33 years of age.


''No doubt the sponsor wants publicity for the tournament. But then it seems you have to go looking for under-age players to promote yourself. I'm sorry, this should not be allowed.


''They should not be pushing kids his age too hard as it could have a disastrous effect on their careers."

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BMW Championship : Tiger complains over penalty

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Posted on Orange Sport UK - September 16, 2013

"Tiger Woods insisted tournament officials were wrong to hit him with a two-shot penalty after his second round of the BMW Championship.

The world No 1 clawed his way back into contention with a superb five-under 66 at Conway Farms in Chicago, leaving him four shots behind leader Jim Furyk.


Woods was still fuming with the decision to penalise him over an incident on the first hole of his second round, when his ball moved as he attempted to remove some twigs.


The penalty turned a double-bogey six into an eight, but he felt his ball had just oscillated and returned to its original lie.


"After seeing the video, I thought the ball just oscillated, and I thought that was it," said Woods, who carded six birdies in a sparkling seven-hole stretch around the turn on Saturday.


"I thought that was the end of story. But they (rules officials) saw otherwise. They replayed it again and again and again, and I felt the same way. We had a very good discussion. I'll end it at that.


"I was pretty hot because I felt like, as I said, nothing happened. I felt like the ball oscillated and that was it.


"I played the rest of the round grinding my tail off to get myself back in the tournament and then go from five to seven behind, that was tough."


Woods' mood was lifted by his performance in round three, although he lost ground on the leaders when he tugged his tee shot on the 15th into water before hitting back with a birdie at the last."

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American Studs disappoint at Solheim Cup

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Posted by Jeff Skinner - August 19, 2013


"All week Captain Liselotte Nuemann had told her players, “Let’s make history.”  They were prophetic words as the Euros went out and white-washed the Americans for the first time on home soil.  It was the first ever win for the European team away from home and the first time ever they have defended the cup.


It was a week many Americans will soon want to forget but with a devastating loss like this there comes responsibility.  Captain Meg Mallon will shoulder much of the blame and that comes with the territory of being a captain.  But Mallon was right when she gave “all credit to the Europeans” as they played wonderful golf for the most part.  But when someone is playing great there is usually someone that is not.  This week it was the Americans and there is plenty of blame to be shared by the entire American team.


In a team event like this you need your big name players to come through.  Your studs have to perform like studs.  Unfortunately the Americans had more duds than studs.


The face, painted face that is, of the American Solheim Cup is stalwart Paula Creamer who came into this match with a career 11-3-5 record.  She went 1-3-0 and got shellacked by a 17 year old kid in singles.  Young Charley Hull even asked for Creamer’s autograph after her 5 & 4 win rubbing a little salt in Creamer’s wound.


The best American player got off to a horrible start.  Stacy Lewis lost both her team matches on Friday and struggled on the greens on her way to a 1-2-1 record for the week.  Lewis got her only win on Saturday morning and her half point on Sunday came after Creamer had lost earlier and the hopes of the American team were done then."

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Ryder Cup : Changement pour 2016

Posted on Le Figaro Golf - August 19, 2013


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"Le comité de la Ryder Cup Europe a officialisé le nouveau mode de sélection du futur capitaine de l'équipe européenne de Ryder Cup qui ira défier les États-Unis dans le Minnesota en 2016. C'était jusqu'à présent le comité de l'European Tour qui désignait le capitaine depuis 1999. Un groupe de cinq hommes va devoir choisir le nom du successeur de Paul McGinley en début d'année 2015, dont les trois anciens capitaines Paul McGinley, José Maria Olazàbal et Colin Montgomerie."

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Youth is served, as Europe romps past U.S. at Solheim Cup

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Posted by Beth Ann Baldry - August 19, 2013


"Two years ago many questioned the relevance of the Solheim Cup. The U.S. had won four of the last five Cups and Europe seemed a distant second.


"Bring on the Asians, some said."


And now, as Dottie Pepper sat beside the 18th green waiting for the final match to come in, the Europeans an hour deep into their celebration, one of the fiercest competitors the game has ever seen stated an obvious, yet painful fact about American golf:


“The world has caught up and passed (us),” Pepper said.


For the first time in Solheim Cup history, the Europeans won on American soil. But they didn’t just win, they dominated, taking the Cup with a final tally of 18-10.

Caroline Hedwall, a ferocious Swede playing in only her second Solheim Cup, doesn’t know what it’s like to lose. The only player in the competition to play all five matches, Hedwall became the first player to win five points.


I’m just shaking,” said Hedwall after making a 4-foot birdie putt on the last hole to defeat Michelle Wie and assure the Europeans of taking the Cup. Hedwall called it the best moment of her life.


The European rookies – six in all – combined to win 13 points. Credit European captain Liselotte Neumann for having the guts to pick these youngsters and then giving them a chance to run hard for her Saturday afternoon, when they swept the four-balls session 4-0 to set up a commanding 5-point lead going into singles. Europe’s three most experienced players were on the bench that session."

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Seve Trophy : Olazábal proud after hard-fought success

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Posted on European Tour - Getty Images - October 6, 2013


"José María Olazábal praised the determination of his Continental Europe side after seeing them win the Seve Trophy by Golf+ for the first time in seven attempts at Saint-Nom-La-Bretèche.

Francesco Molinari won the final singles game on a dramatic last day in France to secure a 15-13 victory over Great Britain & Ireland.

“They were determined to win,” said Olazábal, who also captained Europe to Ryder Cup success with Molinari in the anchor role.

“Sometimes the determination helps and I think it did this time. I'm very proud; a few guys really played extraordinarily well all along the week. 

“You get drama, you get the attention and great matches were played. We saw an exciting match in the Seve Trophy in the last match of the last day and it doesn't get any better than that.”"

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Reignwood LPGA Classic : Home victory for Feng

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Posted on Golf 365 - October 6, 2013


"Shanshan Feng triumphed on home soil on Sunday, claiming a narrow one-shot victory in the Reignwood LPGA Classic in Beijing.


Leading by one shot overnight, Feng found herself trailing by one heading to the par-five 18th.


Stacy Lewis had posted a 68 for a 25 under par total and seemed assured of at least a play-off against her Chinese opponent.


But Feng delivered a superb second shot into the 18th green, the ball nearly going in for an incredible albatross.


Feng carded an eagle for a 68 and a 26 under par total, claiming the one-shot victory over the unlucky Lewis.


World No 1 Inbee Park finished third on 21 under after a 68, though she was never really in the running for the title.


Fourth place went to Karrie Webb, while Na Yeon Choi secured fifth."

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Seve Trophy : Les îles britanniques égalisent avant les simples

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Posted by David Charpenet - October 6, 2013


"La Grande-Bretagne et Irlande a réussi à égaliser en remportant la session des foursomes de l'après-midi 3-1 face à l'Europe continentale (9-9). Quatre sur quatre pour Bourdy et Luiten ! Les dix simples de dimanche s'annoncent torrides !


C'est sur le 18e trou de la dernière partie que les îles britanniques ont arraché l'égalisation avec l'Europe continentale (9-9). Le putt de David Lynn pour birdie, mis sur orbite par un magistral coup de fer 4 de Paul Casey et bien aidé par une topette de Matteo Manassero depuis le bord du green, arrachait finalement la victoire 1 up à son équipe et offrait un partage des points mérité entre les deux camps si l'on oublie la première journée dominée par les Continentaux. Après avoir remporté de justesse la session des foursomes du matin, les hommes de José Maria Olazabal étaient pourtant bien partis pour enfoncer le clou l'après-midi, alors que trois parties étaient en avance à mi-parcours. Mais dans le sillage du premier match emmené par les revanchards Paul Lawrie et Stephen Gallacher, ce sont finalement les hommes de Sam Torrance qui ont enlevé la dernière session de doubles 3-1. La paire Lawrie/Gallacher a enfin réussi à faire plier Nicolas Colsaerts et Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano après avoir été laminée la veille en Four-Balls et laissé entrevoir un premier sursaut d'orgueil en arrachant le partage du point le matin. L'après-midi, les têtus Écossais ont rapidement mené 3 up au 5 pour s'imposer 2&1, après avoir mené 4 up au 11. Grégory Bourdy et Joost Luiten se sont offerts le privilège de viser un 5/5 inédit dans la compétition demain.

Carton plein pour Bourdy
Avec quatre points au compteur sur quatre possibles, la paire composée de Joost Luiten et Grégory Bourdy a fait le carton plein en double. Les deux hommes vont pouvoir aborder sereinement leurs simples dimanche et viser un cinquième point inédit depuis le début de cette compétition. Le Bordelais a failli réussir un trou en un au 16, avant que Chris Wood ne lui réponde en rentrant sa sortie de bunker pour eagle au 17."

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Seve Trophy : Great Britain & Ireland reduce Europe's lead

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Posted on European Tour - October 4, 2013


"A dramatic comeback from David Lynn and Scott Jamieson saw Great Britain & Ireland reduce Continental Europe’s Seve Trophy by Golf+ lead to a single point.

José María Olazábal's Continental Europe team looked set to extend their overnight lead for much of Friday's play but a sterling fightback started by Jamieson left the score at 5 1/2 to 4 1/2 heading into the weekend.

Paul Casey and Simon Khan had given Great Britain & Ireland a good start with a 3 and 2 victory over Mikko Ilonen and Thorbjørn Olesen partly thanks to a brilliant rescue shot from Casey which left them three up after seven.

But the remaining four matches threatened to swing blue and Continental Europe restored their two point advantage when Nicolas Colsaerts and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño equalled the biggest winning margin in the tournament's history.

They built on a 5 and 3 win on the opening day by recording a 6 and 5 success against Paul Lawrie and Stephen Gallacher which boosted Europe's hopes of ending six straight Seve Trophy victories by GB & Ireland."

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Seve Trophy : Strong start for Europe

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Posted on Orange Sport UK - October 4, 2013

"Europe made a strong start to the Friday fourballs as they looked to build on their two-point lead on the second day of the Seve Trophy.

Francesco Molinari's glorious tee-shot on the third helped him and Italian team-mate Matteo Manassero establish a one-hole lead over GB & Ireland pair David Lynn and Scott Jamieson after four.


And there was more blue on the early scoreboard with Joost Lutten and Gregory Bourdy two-up on Tommy Fleetwood and Chris Wood after three, and Nicolas Colsaerts and Gonzalo Fdez-Castano also edging ahead of Paul Lawrie and Stephen Gallacher.


But Sam Torrance's team were slowly coming back into it with Paul Casey and Simon Khan moving two up against Mikko Ilonen and Thorbjorn Olesen after five, and Jamie Donaldson and Marc Warren one up on Thomas Bjorn and Miguel Angel Jimenez."

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Grégory Bourdy : « La Ryder Cup, j’y pense depuis des années... »

Grégory Bourdy : « La Ryder Cup, j’y pense depuis des années... » | Globe Greens | Scoop.it

Posted by Lionel Vella - October 4, 2013


"INTERVIEW – Sélectionné par José Maria Olazabal dans l’équipe continentale du Seve Trophy qui se dispute cette semaine à St-Nom-la-Bretèche (Yvelines), le Français rêve d’être à Gleneagles en septembre 2014. Un objectif qui n’est peut-être pas si utopique que cela...

Nous avons rencontré Grégory Bourdy ce mercredi en début d’après-midi dans le très feutré club-house de St-Nom-la-Bretèche. Entre la séance photo officielle et la conférence de presse où il était convié, le Bordelais, vainqueur au pays de Galles il y a un mois, a une fois encore joué le jeu en nous offrant de très longues minutes d’entretien. Avec le sourire. Comme d’habitude !

Dans quel état d’esprit êtes-vous avant de débuter ce Seve Trophy 2013 ?
Je vis ce qui m’arrive actuellement comme une récompense. Je dispute cette semaine un tournoi par équipes, chose que nous n’avons pas l’habitude de rencontrer dans notre carrière. Si ce n’est par l’intermédiaire de la Ryder Cup. A ce titre, j’espère que ce sera un bon tour de chauffe avant Gleneagles en 2014. Et puis ce tournoi porte le nom de Ballesteros, de Seve... C’est donc pour moi quelque chose de particulier. A mes yeux, ce n’est pas un rendez-vous comme les autres.

Quels souvenirs gardez-vous de cet immense champion qu’était Severiano Ballesteros ?
Des rencontres incroyables. Grâce à Benoit Telleria, qui est un très bon ami et qui était également un ami de Severiano, j’ai eu la chance d’avoir été invité à l’un de ses cocktails qu’il organisait chez lui durant l’Open d’Espagne. A Valderrama pour être précis. J’avais donc été invité chez lui, dans sa maison, entouré de ses amis, de ses proches... Ce fut un grand moment. C’est la première fois que je pouvais échanger avec lui. J’ai d’ailleurs toujours une photo qui immortalise cette rencontre..."

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Lindt Open : Manassero and Molinari target Turin triumph

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Posted on European Tour - Getty Images - September 16, 2013


"Matteo Manassero and Francesco Molinari head the home challenge at this week’s 70th Open D’Italia Lindt, which will be played at Molinari’s ‘home’ course, Golf Club Torino.

Together with elder brother Edoardo, who is missing through injury, the Ryder Cup star honed his game at Golf Club Torino, which was founded in 1920 and hosted the Open d’Italia Lindt in 1999.

Molinari will be bidding this week to win his national Open for the second time, having prevailed at Castello di Tolcinasco G&CC in 2006 when, aged 23 years and 180 days, he became the youngest winner of the event since it joined The European Tour in 1972.   

That was the first of Molinari’s three European Tour victories – a figure surpassed by Manassero earlier this year when he became the youngest winner of the Tour’s flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship. 

It was the latest record broken by one of the globe’s brightest golfing prospects, and the 20 year old from Verona will now aim to reach yet another milestone in his burgeoning career by succeeding Molinari as the tournament’s youngest champion.   

Manassero made his professional debut in the Open D’Italia Lindt aged just 17 years and 18 days in 2010, in the process making history by becoming the youngest pro to make the cut in a European Tour event."

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BMW Championship : Quick turnaround for McIlroy

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Posted on Golf 365 - September 16, 2013


"Rory McIlroy refused to dwell on his two nightmare rounds at the BMW Championship and it paid off during the third round.


The defending champion was in the first pair to tee off on Saturday morning as he was lying last in the elite field of 70 following his opening rounds of 78 and 77.


However, the world number four produced his best display at a sunny Conway Farms Golf Club as he carded a three-under-par 68 that included a double-bogey at the 13th and an eagle at the 18th.


"It's funny," McIlroy said after spending only two hours 35 minutes on the course with playing partner Charley Hoffman. "You're going out there with no real goal.


"You're just trying to get in quick, you're just trying to play fast and you end up shooting a decent score.


"So maybe it's a case of I'm maybe just trying a bit too hard out there and not just letting it all sort of go."


He added: "But I have to throw in a double bogey. A round isn't complete without a double bogey these days."


After the highs of 2012, this season has certainly had plenty of lows as the 24-year-old has not won a tournament since his success at the European Tour's DP World Tour Championship in Dubai last November."

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Evian Championship : Pettersen clinches Evian title

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Posted on Orange Sport UK - September 16, 2013

"Norway's Suzann Pettersen capped a brilliant season with her second major title in the Evian Championship on Sunday, holding off Lydia Ko.

Pettersen carded a final round of 68 to win the inaugural fifth major on the LPGA Tour, her fourth individual victory of the year to go with playing a leading part in Europe's historic Solheim Cup victory in Colorado.


The 32-year-old from Oslo finished 10 under par in an event reduced to 54 holes after rain washed out Thursday's play, two shots ahead of 16-year-old New Zealander Ko.


Pettersen began the day a shot behind Japan's Mika Miyazato but made the ideal start with birdies at the second and third before a bogey on the seventh briefly halted her progress.


She bounced straight back with a birdie on the eighth and then carded six straight pars before a birdie on the 15th meant she went into the closing stretch with a two-shot lead.


Ko, who has already won five professional events as an amateur, missed a great chance to close the gap when her birdie putt from five feet on the 16th did not even touch the hole, and Pettersen then crucially saved par on the 17th after a wayward drive.


"I don't know if it has sunk in yet but it was definitely worthwhile waiting for this one," said Pettersen, whose first major title came back in 2007.


"I was a bit nervous coming down the stretch and wasn't sure if I was going to lay up on the 18th, but I knew Lydia would go for it and I just tried to scramble a par.


"I have been putting a lot better over the last five or six weeks and finally I could win my second major. Lydia played fantastic and she is a start for the future; she is good enough to win majors which is quite impressive at the age of 16.""

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Evian Championship : Victoire de Suzann Pettersen

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Posted by Lionel Vella - September 16, 2013


"La Norvégienne, âgée de 32 ans, remporte son deuxième tournoi Majeur. Le premier à Evian en version Grand Chelem. Elle devance l'étonnante Lydia Ko, 16 ans, et Lexi Thompson, 18 ans. Gwladys Nocera, la seule française à avoir franchi le cut, termine à la 67e place.

Après le LPGA Championship 2007, Suzann Pettersen s’offre un deuxième Majeur. Le premier 5e Majeur de l’histoire du golf moderne féminin pour être plus précis. A 32 ans, elle se place comme l’une des meilleures golfeuses de la décennie, elle qui vient de remporter le Safeway Classic sur le LPGA Tour le 1er septembre, son troisième tournoi de la saison après le LOTTE LPGA Championship le 20 avril et l’Evian Championship. Son quatrième même, si l’on compte aussi le World Ladies Championship sur le Ladies European Tour (LET) le 10 mars dernier.
« Pour être honnête, je me suis toujours bien sentie durant la semaine, confesse-t-elle. Je suis si heureuse de pouvoir aujourd’hui dire que j’ai remporté un deuxième Majeur. Cela faisait pas mal de temps que j’attendais cela. J’espère maintenant que c’est un nouveau départ. Cependant, je n’arrive toujours pas à réaliser que j’ai mon nom inscrit sur le trophée. Le rêve est devenu réalité. C’est tellement fort. C’est la douzième ou la treizième fois que je viens à Evian. C’était le bon moment pour gagner ! »

L'hommage de Nocera à Franck Riboud
D’autant que la Néo-Zélandaise Lydia Ko, 16 ans seulement et encore amateur, lui a mené la vie dure tout au long de ce dimanche d’abord pluvieux, puis nuageux et venteux. Le petit phénomène d’origine coréenne termine finalement à deux coups de Pettersen.
« Au début de la semaine, je ne m’étais fixé aucun objectif, souligne-t-elle. Mais c’est vrai que c’est bien de savoir que l’on peut jouer les premiers rôles et se retrouver tout près de la tête. Deuxième, c’est mon meilleur résultat dans un Majeur. J’espère maintenant que l’on jouera 72 trous l’an prochain ! »
Seule française à avoir franchi le cut, au contraire de Joanna Klatten et Karine Icher, Gwladys Nocera achève ce 5e Majeur de la saison sans l’impression d’avoir mal joué. Malgré une 67e place finale et un score total de 221 (+8). « Je n’ai pas eu de grosses lacunes dans mon jeu, souffle-t-elle. Si, peut-être au putting. Je n’ai jamais eu la sensation d’avoir lâché."

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Ryder Cup : Gleneagles set for spotlight

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Posted on European Tour - Getty Images - August 19, 2013


"It might be another 13 months until The Ryder Cup heads to Scotland, but the spotlight will be shining on next year’s host venue this week when one of Europe’s Medinah Maestros - and a home-grown hero - defends the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles.


Scot Paul Lawrie claimed his eighth European Tour title at last year’s tournament, carding four rounds in the 60s to finish four shots clear of Australian Brett Rumford.


Lawrie went on the play a central role in Europe’s memorable Ryder Cup victory in Chicago just five weeks later, and he will be hoping for another inspiring performance at the host venue for the 2014 contest.


This week marks the 15th edition of the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles and the Scottish galleries will be hoping for another home winner, with Lawrie and Marc Warren (2007) the only Scots to have triumphed so far.


Warren will be looking to contend once again after recording his best finish in a Major Championship two weeks ago, a share of 12th place in the US PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club.


Scott Jamieson and Stephen Gallacher, winners already on The 2013 Race to Dubai in South Africa and Dubai respectively, are also part of the strong home challenge, Gallacher having finished tied sixth last year along with compatriot Richie Ramsay, who is also part of the field.


With preparations for The Ryder Cup set to be in full swing this time next year, The Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles will not feature on The 2014 European Tour International Schedule, returning to The Race to Dubai for 2015."

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Brilliant Solheim Cup victory for Europe

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Posted on European Tour - August 19, 2013


"The Ryder Cup and the Solheim Cup both remain in Europe’s hands after Liselotte Neumann’s team made history by beating the United States on their own turf for the first time.

Caroline Hedwall sank the crucial putt at Colorado Golf Club, holing out from four feet to defeat Michelle Wie and retain the Solheim Cup. The Swede, who was imperious on the greens on all three days, also became the first player to win five matches in a contest.

The final result was 18-10, the largest margin of victory in the contest’s history.

Golf is the only sport where Europe competes as a team, and now both trophies remain on this side of the Atlantic after José María Olazábal led his men to glory at Medinah Country Club last October.

I am still shaking but it is an unbelievable feeling,” said Hedwall, who was also a star in the win at Killeen Castle in Ireland two years ago. “But I was so pumped and I ready to go.”

After a stunning 4-0 whitewash in Saturday afternoon’s fourballs, Neumann’s team needed just three and a half points from the 12 singles matches to retain the Cup, and English teenager Charley Hull led the way with a 5&4 win over Paula Creamer."

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