Category: Presidents Cup


October 06, 2013

Video: Phil Mickelson skips shot over water hazard

Posted at 10:28 PM by Mike Walker

Phil Mickelson is the master of the recovery shot, but his second shot on 14 looked tricky even by his standard. Mickelson was in the right rough, on a steep slope, with a tree blocking his shot to the green and a water hazard fronting the green. Mickelson tried a miracle shot that hit the tree but got a miracle bounce, somehow skipping across the water. See the video above.

Mickelson, however, lost the hole and eventually the match 1-up to Angel Cabrera. But as usual with Mickelson, it was never boring.

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Video: Graham DeLaet holes out on 18 in two matches Sunday

Posted at 9:54 PM by Mike Walker

Canadian Graham DeLaet may have been on the losing side of the Presidents Cup on Sunday, but he proved his match-play prowess by holing out on the 18th hole in not one, but two matches. Playing with Jason Day in foursomes, DeLaet chipped in for birdie to halve the match with U.S. team juggernaut Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley. Then later in the day in singles, he holed a bunker shot on 18 to take down U.S. whiz kid Jordan Spieth 1-up. See the video above.

``It was unbelievable,'' DeLaet said about the shot against Mickelson and Bradley. ``Just one of the coolest feelings in my life, really.''

After the Spieth match, DeLaet sounded almost as amazed as the fans at Muirfield Village.

``Pretty crazy finish the last two times here,'' he said. ``I executed them both well, but there's some luck involved as well. I mean, it's super exciting to finish like that. To win the match here and then to halve the match this morning, it makes it even better.''

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Woman streaker races past Fred Couples at Presidents Cup

Posted at 5:43 PM by Pete Madden

 

Streaker at Muirfield Village
Credit: Getty Images

 

Just when we were starting to lose interest in the rain-delayed, tape-delayed, drama-free 2013 Presidents Cup on Sunday, a patriotic streaker ran right past a curious Fred Couples [above] on the 18th hole at Muirfield Village.

Streaker at Muirfield Village
Credit: Getty Images

 

Golf streakers are a rare breed -- and generally seem to play their trade across the pond -- but with a U.S. victory all-but-assured before the start of singles play Sunday, we'll take whatever excitement we can get.

Stephanie Wei reported that the stunt may have actually been a tribute to 46-year-old Steve Stricker.

“She was after Steve,” said [Ernie Els], after beating Stricker 1 up, smiling. “We both looked the other way.” ... Stricker, with his wife Nicki standing next to him said, “She was yelling, ‘Streaking for Stricker.’” Understandably, Mrs. Stricker shook her head, though she seemed slightly amused, as well.

Streaker at Muirfield Village
Credit: Getty Images

 

No word yet on her identity as early reports (below, from Golf News Net) suggest that she may have actually escaped capture.

The streaker, a woman, was not immediately identified. Fans on the grounds said the woman ran all the way up the 18th fairway a little after 2 p.m. ET, evading police trying to catch her. She may well have completely escaped legal troubles.

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NBC Sports won't show Presidents Cup finale live

Posted at 10:19 AM by Mike Walker

Tiger_300_blogNBC Sports has decided to show the Sunday singles at the Presidents Cup on tape delay instead of showing the matches live, according to a statement from the network.

Because of the rain delays that have plagued this year's event at Murifield Village in Dublin, Ohio, the Sunday singles started at 9 a.m. Eastern time on Sunday morning, instead of noon as originally planned. Here's the statement from NBC:

Resumption of today’s Presidents Cup will begin tomorrow morning on Golf Channel at 7 a.m. ET through the conclusion of the Foursomes matches. Coverage of the Singles matches will begin on GOLF CHANNEL ON NBC at Noon ET. Since the tee times have been moved forward to the morning, contractual obligations and NBC's Sunday morning news and public affairs programming will force coverage to be tape-delayed, barring further weather delays.

While Presidents Cup matches are being played live Sunday morning, NBC sister network The Golf Channel is broadcasting coverage of the Seve Cup from Europe. The NBC Sports Network is broadcasting English Premier League soccer.

Photo: Tiger Woods at the Presidents Cup on Saturday (Getty Images).

October 03, 2013

Keegan Bradley wearing Michael Jordan 'Jumpman' golf shoes

Posted at 1:00 PM by Pete Madden

Keegan Bradley is rocking a pair of Presidents Cup-themed Jumpman golf shoes at Muirfield Village this week courtesy of friend and "mental coach" Michael Jordan.

"I'm excited to wear his shoes and be part of [Michael Jordan's] brand," Bradley told reporters following Wednesday's practice round. "Just wearing these shoes makes me a little bit cockier, a little more ready to win."

The NY Daily News reported in March that Bradley had enlisted the help of the hoops legend to help him rediscover the attitude that, Jordan believes, fuels Bradley's success.

"He just wanted me to be more cocky out there, more aggressive and I’m learning through him the mental side of what he was thinking and it’s a big help to me," said Bradley. "It’s a really good thing to have, somebody like that to be able to text and reach out to. He’s very approachable, very willing to give me information and help me out, which is really cool."

Bradley will once again team up with Phil Mickelson to take on Internationals Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel in Thursday's four-ball matches.

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Live Coverage of Day 1 of the 2013 Presidents Cup

Posted at 9:51 AM by Golf.com

Golf.com will live-blog the opening day of the 2013 Presidents Cup, beginning at 11:30 a.m. ET.

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October 02, 2013

Video: Spieth makes hole-in-one in Prez Cup practice round

Posted at 3:14 PM by Pete Madden

It's already been a good week for Jordan Spieth, but it just got better.

The 20-year-old rookie aced the 12th hole at Muirfield Village in a practice round with Tiger Woods, Steve Stricker and Matt Kuchar one day before Presidents Cup play is scheduled to begin.

U.S. captain Fred Couples announced Wednesday afternoon that Spieth will be paired with veteran Steve Stricker in Thursday's four-ball match. The duo will take on Ernie Els of South Africa and Brendon de Jonge of Zimbabwe.

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Couples, Price reveal Presidents Cup pairings, matchups for Thursday four-ball

Posted at 1:43 PM by Pete Madden
Fred Couples, Nick Price
Credit: Getty Images

 

Matt Kuchar is the 10th player to have Tiger Woods as a partner in the Presidents Cup.

Woods and Kuchar are in the fifth of six matches, taking on Angel Cabrera and Marc Leishman in fourballs. This is the seventh Presidents Cup for Woods, and the second for Kuchar.

International captain Nick Price has put Jason Day and Graham DeLaet in the opening match against Hunter Mahan and Brandt Snedeker.

Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson also have new partners.

Mickelson, the only player to have competed in every Presidents Cup, has Keegan Bradley. That's his 13th partner in this event. Els got his 10th partner in Brendon de Jonge, one of seven rookies on the International team.

It's the first time since 1996 the opening session is fourballs.

The full pairings and matchups are listed below.

1. Hunter Mahan & Brandt Snedeker vs. Jason Day & Graham DeLaet

2. Bill Haas & Webb Simpson vs. Adam Scott & Hideki Matsuyama

3. Phil Mickelson & Keegan Bradley vs. Louis Oosthuizen & Charl Schwartzel

4. Steve Stricker & Jordan Spieth vs. Ernie Els & Brendon de Jonge

5. Tiger Woods & Matt Kuchar vs. Angel Cabrera & Marc Leishman

6. Jason Dufner & Zach Johsnon vs. Branden Grace & Richard Sterne

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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October 01, 2013

Norman: I was 'cut off' from the Presidents Cup

Posted at 12:39 PM by Pete Madden
Greg Norman
Credit: Chris Condon / Getty Images

 

There's an angry Great White Shark after PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem.

Greg Norman lost twice in two appearances as captain of the Presidents Cup International team -- most recently at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in his home state of Australia two years ago -- but the two-time major winner and former World No. 1 player still felt slighted when the PGA Tour picked Zimbabwe's Nick Price for this year's job.

"It came as a big surprise to me," Norman told FOX Sports' Robert Lusetich. "Let's just say it's disappointing. Extremely disappointing ... We were just completely cut off."

Norman, whose "measured" relationship with Finchem is well-documented, joined the chorus of voices concerned for the future of the competition. The United States has gone 7-1-1 since the tournament's inception in 1994, and with six of the top 10 players in the world playing for the red, white and blue at Muirfield Village, the 2013 competition figures to be more of the same.

"It's crucially important for them to do everything they can to make this President Cup a true competition," said Norman. "Right now, it's lopsided and a lot of the interest isn't there that could be there."

If Finchem and the PGA Tour is to turn the Presidents Cup around, they'll have to do it without Norman.

"My role is done," he said.

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September 29, 2013

Scott: Internationals 'have to win' Prez Cup this year

Posted at 12:39 PM by Pete Madden
Adam Scott
Credit: Fred Vuich / SI

 

It's do or die for the International (non-European) Presidents Cup team at Muirfield Village this year, at least according to its biggest star.

2013 Masters champion Adam Scott said he's "tired of getting killed out there," and without a win, the Internationals risk losing competitive credibility.

"The Internationals need to step up and win the thing and make it a real competition," Scott told Agence France-Presse. "This is a big year for us. It's our time ... I think it's crucial. We have to win this year. The Cup loses any credibility whatsoever if (the Internationals) don't start winning soon."

Though they have struggled at the Ryder Cup in recent years, the U.S. is 7-1-1 in Presidents Cup competition since the tournament's inception; the Internationals' lone win came in 1998 at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Scott's home state of Australia.

"There are a few occasions we did really well, but the US team is a lot stronger," said International captain Nick Price of Zimbabwe, who lobbied PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem for changes that would neutralize the U.S. team's depth. "The commissioner didn't want to do anything about the changes for this year. We're going to do the best we can with the given points structure ... It's going to be a tough job for us to win the Cup."

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