Denmark seals maiden World Cup triumph in Melbourne

aaknbswSoren Kjeldsen and Thorbjorn Olesen kept their nerve and shot a six-under-par 66 in the final round fourballs to give Denmark a first World Cup of Golf triumph by four strokes at Kingston Heath on Sunday.

The Danes started the day with a four-shot cushion and seven birdies, including one at the last when Olesen curled in a 20-foot putt, combined with a single bogey were enough to hand them victory on 20-under in the 58th edition of the tournament.

“It’s difficult to describe my feelings,” said Kjeldsen, before lifting the Hopkins Trophy.

“We both came in this week in good form and we just gelled so well. A friendship has been built as well, and I think that’s the whole point of the World Cup of Golf.”

French duo Victor Dubuisson and Romain Langasque led the chasing pack with a sparkling nine-birdie 63 to share second place on 16-under with China’s Wu Anshun and Li Haotong (65) as well as American pairing Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker (66).

On another day of low scores, the Swedish pairing of Alex Noren and David Lingmerth tore up the sandbelt course with a flawless 62 but that was only good enough for fifth place on 15-under, a shot ahead of Italy (64) and Japan (65).

Hosts Australia, who were defending the title won by Adam Scott and Jason Day at Royal Melbourne in 2013, finished in a share of ninth on 11-under after Scott and Marc Leishman combined for a final round 65.

It was a brilliant second round 60 featuring two eagles and eight birdies that gave the Danes a three-shot lead and they never looked like relinquishing over the final two rounds.

They parred the first five holes on Sunday before Kjeldsen’s tee shot to within three feet of the sixth hole gave them a first birdie and they reached the turn even for the day after a bogey on the par-five eighth.

If there were any nerves, they did not show them and after 26-year-old Olesen hit his approach shot to within inches of the hole at the 10th, his partner drained a much longer birdie putt in any case.

Four more birdies followed in the next five holes to kill off any hopes their playing partners, world number 12 Fowler and U.S. PGA Championship title holder Walker, had of overhauling them.

Second place was a best ever finish for China in the event and Wu thought they had been in with a chance of giving their nation a maiden victory when they hit the turn at three-under with Denmark still on their run of pars.

“I think we played very well this week and played well again today,” Wu said.

“After two early birdies the lead was only two shots so we almost touched the trophy.”

(Reporting by Nick Mulvenney in Sydney; Editing by Greg Stutchbury/John O’Brien)

7 Things to Know About the ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf

Jason Day of Australia poses with the trophy after winning the individual event of the Golf World Cup tournament played at the Royal Melbourne course in Melbourne, on November 24, 2013.  AFP PHOTO/William WEST    IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE        (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)

Jason Day of Australia poses with the trophy after winning the individual event of the Golf World Cup tournament played at the Royal Melbourne course in Melbourne, on November 24, 2013. AFP PHOTO/William WEST IMAGE

The PGA Tour is finished for 2016, but there’s still one truly worldwide golf event left before the calendar year is out. The World Cup of Golf kicks off Thursday Down Under, featuring some of the best players from every corner of the globe. Here’s what you need to know about the four-day tourney.

1. The Basics

What: The World Cup of Golf
Where: Kingston Heath Golf Club, Melbourne, Australia
When: Thursday-Sunday
Watch on Golf Channel:
Wednesday – 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. EST
Thursday – 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. EST, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. EST
Friday – 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. EST, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. EST
Saturday – 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. EST, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. EST
Sunday – 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. EST

2. History

In 1953, American industrialist John Jay Hopkins founded the Canada Cup to promote international goodwill through golf. There were just seven countries represented in the Montreal-based event. Hopkins is widely considered the founding father of international golf, the tournament growing year after year to include more players from more countries and conducted at prestigious courses around the world. The tournament became the World Cup of Golf in 1967 and has been biennially contested 57 times. The 2016 edition will be the 58th. Previous champions include Sam Snead, Ben Hogan, Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo, Seve Ballesteros, Bernhard Langer, Peter Thomson, Ernie Els, Jason Day and the late Arnold Palmer.

3. Format

The World Cup of Golf boasts a 56-player field representing 28 countries.

In 1953, the format was the aggregate score of a two-man team over 36 holes of stroke play. From 1954-99, it changed slightly to the aggregate score of a two-man team over 72 holes of stroke play.

In 1953, the format was the aggregate score of a two-man team over 36 holes of stroke play. From 1954-99, it changed slightly to the aggregate score of a two-man team over 72 holes of stroke play.

From 2000-11, the format changed again to two-man teams alternating stroke play rounds of four-ball and foursomes.

The 2013 format reverted slightly to the aggregate score of a two-man team over 72 holes of stroke play, plus individuals competing for the $7 million prize, and the top three teams splitting the remaining $1 million.

This year, the format returns to 72 holes of two-man team stroke play. On Thursday and Saturday, teams will compete in foursomes. On Friday and Sunday, teams will compete in four-balls. The winning team will split the $2.56 million prize of the total $8 million purse.

4. Did You Know…

The World Cup of Golf used to be a part of the World Golf Championship series from 2000 to 2006. Though it’s no longer a WGC event, it’s still sanctioned by the International Federation of PGA Tours.

Scott Host the 2016 Contest

Jason Day won the individual prize of $7 million for finishing with the lowest aggregate score to par, 10 under. Adam Scott’s seven-under-par performance pushed the Australian team to victory at 17-under, 10 shots clear of second-place finishers Matt Kuchar and Kevin Streelman of the United States. Scott looks to defend his title at home with partner Marc Leishman, as Day is sitting this event out.

6. The Field

There are three top-10 players in the field (Hideki Matsuyama, Adam Scott and Alex Noren) and 14 others in the top 50. Combined, they have won 29 events in 2016.

Australia: Adam Scott (7), Marc Leishman (53)

Austria: Bernd Wiesberger (46), Martin Wiegele (1315)

Belgium: Thomas Pieters (44), Nicolas Colsaerts (136)

Canada: David Hearn (142), Adam Hadwin (181)

China: Haotong Li (131), Wu Ashun (171)

Chinese Taipei: Chan Shih-chang (189), C.T. Pan (215)

Denmark: Soren Kjeldsen (50), Thorbjorn Olesen (70)

England: Chris Wood (37), Andy Sullivan (40)

France: Victor Dubuisson (93), Romain Langasque (188)

Germany: Alex Cejka (139), Stephan Jaeger (466)

India: SSP Chawrasia (220), Chikkarangappa S (321)

Ireland: Shane Lowry (42), Graeme McDowell (81)

Italy: Francesco Molinari (36), Matteo Manassero (344)

Japan: Hideki Matsuyama (6), Ryo Ishikawa (99)

Korea: Byeong Hun An (43), K.T. Kim (56)

Malaysia: Danny Chia (286), Nicholas Fung (320)

Netherlands: Joost Luiten (60), Darius van Driel (380)

New Zealand: Danny Lee (62), Ryan Fox (158)

Philippines: Miguel Tabuena (153), Angelo Que (453)

Portugal: Ricardo Gouveia (121), José-Filipe Lima (282)

Scotland: Russell Knox (18), Duncan Stewart (315)

South Africa: Jaco Van Zyl (94), George Coetzee (139)

Spain: Rafa Cabrera Bello (30), Jon Rahm (125)

Sweden: Alex Noren (9), David Lingmerth (65)

United States: Rickie Fowler (12), Jimmy Walker (19)

Thailand: Thongchai Jaidee (49), Kiradech Aphibarnrat (75)

Venezuela: Jhonattan Vegas (74), Julio Vegas (1872)

Wales: Bradley Dredge (89), Stuart Manley (873)

7. Who to Watch

Adam Scott has cited Kingston Heath as one of his favorite courses to play. Playing at home with Marc Leishman makes them the team to beat, as long as their games live up to expectations.

Swede Alex Noren has won four times on the European tour this year. His partner, David Lingmerth, has struggled at times this year. His best finish this year on the European tour was a T9 at the Australian PGA Championship.

Jimmy Walker and Rickie Fowler (the only team with both players ranked in the top 20) will look to add to the Americans’ success (recent wins in the Solheim Cup, Presidents Cup and Ryder Cup)

by Marika Washchyshyn

Pro Golfers React to Donald Trump Winning Presidential Race

In a stunning upset, Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton on Election Day and will take office as the 45th president on Jan. 20, 2017.

The real-estate-mogul-turned-Republican-president-elect owns some of the top golf courses in the world. His Trump National Bedminster will the host the 2017 U.S. Women’s Open and the 2022 PGA Championship.

Many Tour pros are fans of Trump — others, not so much — and several of them took to social media to voice their opinion on their new president. Check out the mixed reaction below.

John Daly ? @PGA_JohnDaly

Congrats my grt friend & President of the US! @realDonaldTrump bc I know u will! Thk u 4 putting Americans 1st ??

Jack Nicklaus ? @jacknicklaus

Congratulations to the 45th President of the United States, @realdonaldtrump! All of us in the Nicklaus family are… https://twitpl.us/fNwK

David Feherty ? @Fehertwit

Congratulations to the Donald!

Dani Holmqvist @DHolmqvist

So much hate and derogatory comments this am. Instead, no matter what your views may be. Appreciate that you have the luxury of democracy.

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Love: ‘Tiger Was Just Amazing’ as Ryder Cup Vice Captain

CHASKA, MN - SEPTEMBER 30:  Vice-captain Tiger Woods and captain Davis Love III of the United States talk during morning foursome matches of the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on September 30, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

CHASKA, MN – SEPTEMBER 30: Vice-captain Tiger Woods and captain Davis Love III of the United States talk during morning foursome matches of the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on September 30, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Davis Love III delivered high praise of Tiger Woods ahead of the RSM Classic Wednesday, showering the 14-time major winner with compliments for his role as a vice captain at the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine.

“Tiger was just amazing,” Love said during Wednesday’s press conference. “He had a great system. It really helped us on Sunday. We had already talked about Sunday pairings so many times that when the crunch time came, we knew what we were doing.”

Woods was announced as one of Love’s vice captains at the 2015 RSM Classic, and was brought on as the team’s ‘tactician.’ But Woods’ communication with the team seems to have been what made the differenc; Love credits Woods with inspiring Patrick Reed to victory over Rory McIlroy in one of the event’s most epic matches, as well as checking in with team members months ahead of the competition for long chats.

“We were a team,” Woods said following the Americans’ first Ryder Cup win in eight years. “Whether I was playing or not I was a part of a team. Our team won… My role was to help the team however possible, and I hope I’ve done that.”

courtesy of Golf Wire

 

Play, Stay, Do: The Best Golf Courses Near Cancun, Mexico

Hole No. 12 at Riviera Cancun Golf Club in Quintana Roo, Mexico.

Hole No. 12 at Riviera Cancun Golf Club in Quintana Roo, Mexico.

For golf, surf and Mayan jungle ruins, three trophy tracks await on the Yucatan Peninsula.

Puerto Cancun

Play
One of Mexico’s most variety-filled layouts ($100-$190) ribbons through mangroves on the front and opens up on the breezy back. Paspalum fairways, beefy par 3s and the island-green 18th are highlights. puertocancun.com

Stay
Located on a peninsula that juts into the Caribbean, the all-inclusive Hyatt Ziva serves up such memorable features as swim-up suites, a microbrewery and a 17-mile stretch of beach. cancun.ziva.hyatt.com

Do
Herpetological-minded golfers will flock to the famed sea turtle farm on Isla Mujeres, a tranquil island eight miles off the mainland. The ports for the ferry ride are just a 10-minute drive from Puerto Cancun.

Puerto Cancun's back nine offers plenty of water hazards for players who love risk-reward holes.

Puerto Cancun’s back nine offers plenty of water hazards for players who love risk-reward holes.

Riviera Cancun

Play
The 2008 Jack Nicklaus Signature Design ($170-$220) is a pure golf experience—no homes, no distractions. Sea views, lush landscaping and topsy-turvy greens stand out. Equally impressive is the mammoth, luxurious clubhouse.

Stay
With a central location 15 minutes from the course, the JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa is idyllic. There’s superb service, an infinity pool overlooking the Caribbean, and a spa that’s simply superior. marriott.com

Do
Everybody in the water! The dazzling turquoise sea invites jet skiing and world-class snorkeling and scuba diving. And you can explore underwater caverns as well as cenotes, sinkholes created by eroding limestone bedrock.

Players looking for a long test will try the El Tinto course from the black tees.

Players looking for a long test will try the El Tinto course from the black tees.

Cancun Country Club

Play
The El Tinto course ($70-$180) stretches a Tour-worthy 7,435 yards from the Black tees and features enormous bunkers and Florida-style water hazards. A lack of rough makes the tough track more playable. cancuncountryclub.com

Stay
The Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun is a beachfront resort seven miles from Cancun Country Club. Its restaurants and bars serve up delicious cocktails and fresh seafood. fiestaamericanaresorts.com

Do
Take a jungle hike through Mayan ruins dating back more than a thousand years. Chichen Itza, the most famous site and once one of the largest Mayan cities, is a little more than two hours inland from Cancún.

courtesy of golf.com

 

 

The Secret to Soft Bunker Shots: Hit Them One-Handed

low-handTo hit a pillowy-soft greenside bunker shot, you don’t need to swing harder to generate more spin. In fact, it’s just the opposite: You want to swing a bit slower to make the ball come out “dead,” as though you had tossed a horseshoe onto the green.

Set up as you normally would (i.e., weight slightly left, ball forward in stance, clubface a bit open) and make your usual bunker swing.

But as the clubhead makes contact with the sand, let go of the club with your right hand. This one-handed technique will kill the ball’s speed, allowing it to come out softly and stop quickly.

But even though you’re only using one hand, make sure to finish your swing. You want the clubhead to slow down as it reaches impact, not to stop or decelerate quickly—that’s how you leave the ball in the bunker.

The next time you find yourself short-sided and in a greenside trap, try the one-handed approach to blast it close.

courtesy of Golf Wire

Trump National Golf Club Fairway Vandalized

Trump National Golf Club, Washington, D.C. Potomac Falls, VA CREDIT: Brian Morgan Rights owned my Trump Organization

Trump National Golf Club, Washington, D.C.
Potomac Falls, VA
CREDIT: Brian Morgan
Rights owned my Trump Organization

A fairway at Trump National Golf Club in Washington D.C. was vandalized not long before Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton on Election Day.

According to the Loudoun County Sheriff Office, the course suffered undisclosed damage sometime between 5 p.m. Monday and 8 a.m. Tuesday. No other details regarding the incident were available.

Trump National is located in Sterling, Va., and is one of several world-famous courses owned by Trump.

The vandalism at the golf course was not an isolated incident. More than two dozen cities held protests after Trump prevailed to become the 45th president of the U.S. Several of them ended in arrests.

by GOLF WIRE