The Golf Blog: Patrick Reed leads US to Ryder Cup victory (video)

mulligan, 02 October 2016, No comments
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The Golf Blog says: Patrick Reed matched every shot and every birdie putt that Rory McIlroy could throw at him, in the first singles match on Sunday at the Ryder Cup in Minnesota. Reed won 1-up, after sinking a clutch, downhill birdie putt. Reed finished 3-1-1 for the Ryder Cup and was the clear MVP for the US team.

Meanwhile, the best match of the day came 5 groups later. It was hard to beat Reed-Rory, but that’s what Phil Mickelson and Sergio Garcia did. Phil Mickelson had 10 birdies, and Sergio Garcia had 9 birdies. The match ended fittingly with a half for both sides. Wow.

The Sunday singles were closer than the final score of 17 to 11.

Patrick Reed 1 up over Rory McIlroy
Jordan Spieth 3&2 down to Henrik Stenson
JB Holmes 3&2 down to Thomas Pieters
Rickie Fowler, 1 up over Justin Rose
Jimmy Walker 3&2 down to Rafa Cabrera Bello
Phil Mickelson and Sergio Garcia, halved

Ryan Moore, 1 up over Lee Westwood
Brandt Snedeker, 3&1 over Andy Sullivan
Dustin Johnson, 1 up over Chris Wood
Brooks Koepka, 5&4 over Danny Willett
Matt Kuchar, 1 down to Martin Kaymer
Zach Johnson, 4&3 over Matt Fitzpatrick

The Golf Blog: Video Phil Mickelson rips Hal Sutton for Ryder Cup pairing with Tiger Woods with no time to prepare

mulligan, 29 September 2016, No comments
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The Golf Blog says: After criticizing Tom Watson for his dour captaincy at the last Ryder Cup, Phil Mickelson let loose on Hal Sutton for giving him only 2 days notice about his pairing with Tiger Woods in the ill-fated Ryder Cup gamble in 2004 that Sutton captained. At a press conference this week, Phil explained that the golf balls they used were completely different (high spin v. low spin), and Phil had to spend all of his practice time trying to adjust to Tiger’s ball in just 2 days.

Hal Sutton, who was at Minnesota this week in preparation for the Ryder Cup ceremony, was upset and threatened to leave. “I mean, my God, somebody’s got to be the fall guy. If it needs to be me, I can do that. If he wants to put the blame on me, then let him do it. If I still need to shoulder the blame for Phil, I’ll do that.”

Mickelson later texted Sutton and apologized.”I’ve communicated with him. I feel awful. It was never meant to be like that, I was trying to use an example of how a captain can have a strong affect. Unfortunately it came across the way it did. I feel awful and I want him to be out here and be a part of this, so I’ve communicated with him that I’m sorry and I hope that he stays.”

Arnold Palmer dies at 87 years of age — long live the King

mulligan, 25 September 2016, Comments Off on Arnold Palmer dies at 87 years of age — long live the King
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The Golf Blog says: It’s a sad day today as Arnold Palmer died at the age of 87 years old, apparently due to heart complications. He wasn’t in good health this year, but attended the Masters and hosted his tourney at Bay Hill. Palmer, who won 7 majors and 62 PGA Tour events during his storied career, was nicknamed “the King,” for his popularity among fans, who were known as his “army.” Palmer helped to increase the interest in golf among “regular people.”

Jack Nicklaus issued a statement on Arnold’s passing, which stated in part:

“Arnold transcended the game of golf. He was more than a golfer or even great golfer. He was an icon. He was a legend. Arnold was someone who was a pioneer in his sport. He took the game from one level to a higher level, virtually by himself. Along the way, he had millions of adoring fans–Barbara and I among them. We were great competitors, who loved competing against each other, but we were always great friends along the way. Arnold always had my back, and I had his. We were always there for each other. That never changed.

He was the king of our sport and always will be.”

The Golf Blog: Dustin Johnson wins BMW Championship

mulligan, 13 September 2016, Comments Off on The Golf Blog: Dustin Johnson wins BMW Championship
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