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Phil Mickelson began his week at the PGA Championship in control of the eighth, and final, automatic spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup team and walked off Kiawah Island in the same position to cement his place on the U.S. team.

Mickelson is joined by Jason Dufner, Bubba Watson, Tiger Woods, Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson, Matt Kuchar and Zach Johnson. Represented on the team are each of the two American's to win majors in 2012, and that is a product of the point system which awards double points for the season's four premier events. The four addtional members will be selected by Davis Love III, U.S. Ryder Cup captian, in the coming weeks.
Sun, Aug 12, 2012 07:29:00 PM

Ryder Cup rookie Thomas Pieters and Rory McIlroy never trailed in their match, taking down Americans Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar 3&2 in Friday four-balls at the 41st Ryder Cup.

After getting shutout in Friday morning foursomes 4-0, Team Europe rebounded in the afternoon to claim 3-of-4 points. The standings after Day 1 show: USA 5, Europe 3, the same lead the Americans had after the first day's sessions at Medinah four years ago. This was McIlroy's second match of the day paired with a rookie, but unlike his earlier match where he and Andy Sullivan gave up a 2UP lead with four to play and lost 1UP, he and Pieters closed out the American-side in rather convincing fashion. Pieters birdied holes 1, 4, 7 and 13, each for wins, while McIlroy won the fifth and sixth with birdies, halved the 10th with birdie, and ended the match with eagle-3 at the 16th. Johnson and Kuchar, 5&4 winner's in the morning, couldn't muster much of a fight. Johnson circled five birdies while Kuchar didn't record a circle until the final hole.
Sep 30 - 7:16 PM

The all Spanish duo of Sergio Garcia and Ryder Cup rookie Rafael Cabrera Bello closed out Team USA Captain's Picks J.B. Holmes and Ryder Cup rookie Ryan Moore 3&2 in Friday four-balls at the 2016 Ryder Cup.

The Spaniards win was the second on Day 1 thru seven matches, diminishing the U.S. lead to 5 points versus 2. Garcia was on the losing end in the morning foursomes sessions 4&2 (with Martin Kaymer), while Cabrera Bello got his first Ryder Cup action underway with birdie-3 at the first, stoking the Euros to a lead they would never relinquish. Garcia bumped the margin to 2UP with his first of five birdies at the fifth, with Cabrera Bello winning the sixth with birdie-4 and halving the seventh with a 15-foot par-saver. Garcia put the momentum squaring in the Euros favor with a pitch-in birdie at the ninth to go 4UP, maintaining that spread thru 13 holes, before Moore finally won holes for the U.S. with birdies on 14 and 15. Holmes contributed just one birdie-4 at the 11th for a halve.
Sep 30 - 6:54 PM

After sitting out the Friday morning foursomes at Hazeltine 2016, Americans Brandt Snedeker and Ryder Cup rookie Brooks Koepka never trailed in defeating Martin Kaymer and Ryder Cup rookie Danny Willett 5&4 in afternoon four-balls, with the current score reading USA 5, Europe 1.

Koepka is the first rookie to record a point in this year's matches, birdieing his first career Ryder Cup hole, the par-4 first, to halve, adding birdies at Nos. 3 and 8 to win those holes. Snedeker's score counted on 10 of the 14 holes played, circling the 2nd, 6th, 10th and 11th, the latter pushing the Americans to a 5UP lead. Rookie Willett didn't get much help from Kaymer, with the former's scores counting for the first nine holes, including a long-range birdie at the par-4 ninth, the only hole the Euros would claim all day. Captain's Pick Kaymer mustered halves at 12 and 14 (with pars) and didn't record a par breaker in the afternoon sessions. He also lost in Friday morning foursomes (4&2), so his fourth Ryder Cup is off to a rocky start.
Sep 30 - 6:25 PM

Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose lost their Friday morning foursome match at Hazeltine National to Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed 3&2, but they flipped the script in afternoon four-balls, shellacking the same American duo 5&4 to register the first point for Team Europe, with the score now reading USA 4; Europe 1.

Reed birdied the par-4 first for the U.S. to take a 1UP lead, but it was the only hole the Americans would win. After their win earlier in the day, Reed/Spieth moved to 3-0-1 as a team in Ryder Cup play, but Stenson and Rose sent them to their first defeat in resounding fashion. Rose closed out the match with birdie-3 at 14, his fourth birdie of the match, but Stenson was the big dog, halving the second with birdie, and birdie wins on holes 4, 7 and 8, flipping a 1-hole deficit into a 2UP lead at the turn. The Swede's fifth birdie also won the par-3 13th. Speith and Reed each recorded three birdies in the match, but just the one at the first won a hole.
Sep 30 - 5:56 PM

Phil Mickelson & Rickie Fowler completed a sensational Friday morning foursome whitewash for Team USA in closing out a rollercoaster 1-hole victory over Rory McIlroy & Andy Sullivan in the 2016 Ryder Cup.

Astonishingly this was Fowler's very first full point in the Ryder Cup, in his 9th match, and Mickelson fought with his driver every time he pulled it from the bag, but they were spirited and displayed high skill to overcome a pumped-up European pair. McIlroy and Sullivan assumed an early advantage going 2-up through 6 holes, but ceded it when losing three holes on the bounce before the turn. Sullivan twice holed out from 8' for hole savers at 11 and 12, then McIlroy holed for wins from 9' at 13 and 14. But the Americans were not done and claimed 15 with par, 16 and 17 with birdies, then closed out the match with par at 18. Mickelson admitted on Sky Sports he was tight, as evidenced by going OB from the 6th tee, but he was also controlled as the game wore on and grabbed just his 5th foursomes win in 15 matches. The American pair claimed six birdies, including a hat-trick at 7, 8 and 9 (Fowler chip-in). They made two bogeys at 4 and 11, plus a double bogey at 6.
Sep 30 - 1:03 PM

Patrick Reed was clutch in pairing with Jordan Spieth to overhaul Henrik Stenson & Justin Rose and win the first point of the 2016 Ryder Cup 3&2 in their foursomes match.

The European pair had been superb in 2014, claiming 3 from 3, but they never gelled on the first morning. Rose, in particular, struggled on the greens, missing four putts from the 15 to 20 feet range, but Stenson was also struggling to drop the putts for hole wins and the pressure appeared to get to him on the 16th tee when he made a poor swing and pulled wide of the fairway. The pair couldn't recover and only made a par-5 before watching Reed drop the birdie putt for the win. The Americans were far from flawless, but Reed in particular showed solid skills around the greens: a 50-yard pitch on the 3rd set up a birdie, a chip and run on the 5th to secure par, a rapped par putt from 10' on the 10th. And Spieth, though ragged from the tee, holed notable putts: 15' for birdie on the 2nd and 11th. The Americans made birdies at 2, 3, 7, 11 and 16, with bogeys at 9 and 12.
Sep 30 - 12:29 PM

World No. 9 Rickie Fowler finished 11th in automatic qualifying and had to rely on a Captain's Pick to make his third Ryder Cup appearance (2010, 2014), still searching for his first full-point match win.

The 27-year-old backed up his career best and two-win TOUR season in 2015 -- where he finished 4th in FedExCup points -- with no wins in 2016 and 31st in the FEC standings, failing to advance to the TOUR Championship. In his last 11 starts, he mustered just two top 10s, missed three cuts, posted five finishes of 30th-place or worse, and was T37 (of 59 players) at the Rio Olympics, with one sub-par round. Fowler was also eliminated in the Group Stage at the WGC-Dell Match Play with an 0-1-2 record. He's 0-3-5 as a Ryder Cupper, including 0-2-3 in 2014 at Gleneagles, and went 1-3-0 as a Presidents Cup rookie in 2015 where he lost his final three matches, lowlighted by a 6 & 5 drubbing to Adam Scott in singles.
Sep 29 - 7:46 AM

Lee Westwood has competed in very nearly one quarter of all Ryder Cups: this year at Hazeltine National Golf Club is his tenth start in the 41st match-up.

When given the nod by his best friend and captain Darren Clarke, having failed to qualify by right, it confirmed a tenth straight appearance for the Englishman who stands on the brink of becoming Europe's greatest accumulator of points (he has 23 points, Nick Faldo leads on 25). Given such long term strength it's interesting that he has only twice been Europe's top scorer, and he jointly held that spot on both occasions. One reason is a weakness in the singles (3-6-0) which might be explained by the extent to which he is used on the first two days. Strong in fourballs (8-5-2) he is gun in foursomes (9-4-4). In singles match play, across all events, he is 34-31-1 whereas in partnership with others he maintains the Ryder Cup record, going a remarkable 31-13-7 (.68%). The highlight of his year was T2 in the Masters and yet it was a bit typical too: he had the same chance Danny Willett was offered on the 16th tee (of victory) and Westwood, serial non-major winner, didn't take it.
Sep 29 - 7:29 AM

Justin Rose is one of Europe's finest-ever Ryder Cup performers and he heads to Hazeltine National Golf Club on a gold-leaved high.

The Englishman's .71% record is second only to his good friend Ian Poulter in European history (minimum three starts) and with the latter riding a buggy this week Rose could move ahead of him. He will need to maintain very high standards however, because to attain that figure he has lost just thrice in 14 matches (with two halves). He captured three points in partnership with Henrik Stenson two years ago and Darren Clarke faces a question: is that duo kept together or will the need to support the rookies lead to those strengths being spread across the board? Rose's memories of the last Ryder Cup on US soil will be nothing but good: he holed two career putts on 17 and 18 to topple Phil Mickelson and his current form boasts the Olympic gold. He missed the cut at the RTJ-designed Hazeltine National in 2009, but is a winner at RTJ's Valderrama. Undefeated in Ryder Cup singles.
Sep 29 - 6:01 AM

The 2016 Ryder Cup marks Phil Mickelson's 11th straight appearance in the biennial competition and he's been on the winning side only twice, in 1999 (The Country Club, Brookline, MA) and 2008 (Valhalla Golf Club, Louisville, KY).

The 41st Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club welcomes the Hall-of-Famer who enters with an overall record of 16-19-6, including a 2-1-0 mark at Gleneagles in 2014. His 41 career matches are the most in U.S. history with teammate Zach Johnson the next-most tenured of this year's squad with 14. The 46-year-old was No. 3 in automatic qualifying and finished a semi-resurgent PGA TOUR season with three runner-up finishes in 22 starts, highlighted by solo second at The Open. He ranked 12th in earnings and 16th in FedExCup points, while 7th in birdie average (4.06) and 1st in par-3 scoring average (2.93).
Sep 28 - 8:04 PM

Rory McIlroy makes his way to Hazeltine National Golf Club as a golfer at the height of his game and ready to impose himself on the 2016 Ryder Cup.

This will be the Northern Irishman's fourth appearance and he has come a long way from the early controversy, pre-2010 debut, of suggesting it was a mere exhibition. He is 3-2-1 in foursomes, 2-0-1 in singles, and surprisingly just 1-2-2 in fourballs, for an overall record of .57% 6-4-4 which is solid rather than spectacular. But if ever a man enters the match on the crest of a wave it must be McIlroy this week: he not only triumphed in last week's Tour Championship, his second victory in the FedEx Cup play-offs after claiming the Deutsche Bank Championship, but also picked up the end-of-season pot of loot and will have seen the reaction of his team-mates at the airport, cheering wildly as his winning putt dropped in the hole. He'll also be buoyed by his improved putting stats, which seem to have been boosted by work with Phil Kenyon in recent weeks and the move away from Nike equipment. Was T3 in the Hazeltine-hosted 2009 PGA Championship, ranking second for Ball-striking.
Sep 27 - 12:08 PM




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