Weekend Wrap

HPBNC_2011_068PGA Tour
The McGladrey Classic
Seaside Course
Sea Island, GA

A duck-hook on the first hole of the tournament meant that Robert Streb was more worried about making the cut than winning the tournament. But Streb kept his cool and finished the first round with a 1-under par 69. Streb followed the 69 with three more rounds in the 60’s, capped off with a final round 63. But he was not the only player playing well and finishing atop the leader board at 14-under par.

Three players entered a playoff at the Seaside Course, Brendon de Jonge, Will MacKenzie, and Robert Streb. Streb and de Jone made par to continue the playoff. MacKenzie’s bogey on the first playoff hole eliminated him.

On the par-3 17th Robert Streb carded a birdie two to claim the victory by hitting a fabulous 8-iron to four feet. The spoils of his first PGA Tour victory include the winner’s share of $1,0008,000 and 500 FedEx Cup points. Even more valuable for Streb is the now pending invitation to the Masters Tournament, as well at the Tournament of Champions.

LPGA Tour
Blue Bay LPGA
Jian Lake Blue Bay Golf Course
Hainan Island, China

The three-round Blue Bay LPGA is one of the last few events on the 2014 LPGA Tour’s season.

South African golfer Lee-Anne Pace came into the Blue Bay LPGA on a high note. The previous week she had won her ninth career Ladies European Tour (LET) event. With three rounds of 67 or better, she claimed victory at the Blue Bay LPGA by three shots over 2nd place finisher Caroline Masson and two 3rd place finishers Michelle Wie and Jessica Korda.

Though not necessary, Pace rolled in a 6-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th hole to finish in style.

2015 PGA Tour Schedule – Schedule Page Updated

Below you will find the full 2015 PGA Tour season schedule, complete with locations and TV networks as available on 10/23/14.  This useful information is also always available on the Frogger Blogger PGA Tour Schedule page.  The PGA Tour schedule page can be found by clicking the link in the previous line, or by clicking on on the “Tours” menun in the blog, and the PGA Tour Schedule sub-menu item.

2015 PGA TOUR SCHEDULE
DATE TOURNAMENT LOCATION COURSE PURSE NETWORK
Oct 9-12 Frys.com Open Napa, California Silverado Resort and Spa – North Course $6,000,000 The Golf Channel
Oct 16-19 Shriners Las Vegas, Nevada TPC Summerlin $6,200,000 The Golf Channel
Oct 23-26 McGladrey Classic Sea Island, Georgia Sea Island Golf Club – Seaside Course $5,600,000
Oct 30-Nov 2 CIMB Classic Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Kuala Lumpur G & CC $7,000,000
Nov 6-9 WGC-HSBC Champ Shanghai, China Sheshan International $8,500,000
Nov 6-9 Sanderson Farms Jackson, Mississippi Country Club of Jackson $4,000,000 The Golf Channel
Nov 13-16 OHL Classic Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo El Camaleon Golf Club $6,100,000 The Golf Channel
Jan 9-12 Hyundai Tourn Kapalua, Hawaii Kapalua Resort – The Plantation Course $5,700,000 The Golf Channel
Jan 15-18 Sony Open Honolulu, Hawaii Waialae Golf Course $5,600,000 The Golf Channel
Jan 22-25 Humana Challenge La Quinta, California Arnold Palmer Private Course at PGA West, Jack Nicklaus Private Course at PGA West, La Quinta CC $5,700,000 The Golf Channel
Jan 29-Feb 1 Phoenix Open Scottsdale, Arizona TPC Scottsdale – Stadium Course $6,300,000 The Golf Channel
Feb 5-8 Farmers Insurance La Jolla, California Torrey Pines – South Course, Torrey Pines – North Course $6,300,000 The Golf Channel/CBS – HD National
Feb 12-15 Pebble Beach Pebble Beach, California Pebble Beach, MPCC – Shore Course, Spyglass Hill $6,800,000 The Golf Channel/CBS – HD National
Feb 19-22 Northern Trust Pacific Palisades, California Riviera Country Club $6,700,000 The Golf Channel/CBS – HD National
Feb 26-Mar 1 Honda Classic Palm Beach Gardens, Florida PGA National Resort & Spa – The Champion Course $6,100,000 The Golf Channel/NBC
Mar 5-8 Puerto Rico Open Rio Grande, Puerto Rico Trump International – Puerto Rico $3,000,000 The Golf Channel
Mar 5-8 WGC-Cadillac Doral, Florida TPC Blue Monster at Doral $9,250,000 The Golf Channel/NBC
Mar 12-15 Valspar Champ Palm Harbor, Florida Innisbrook – Copperhead Course $5,900,000 The Golf Channel/NBC
Mar 19-22 Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard , Bay Hill Course $6,200,000 The Golf Channel/NBC
Mar 26-29 Texas Open San Antonio, Texas AT&T Oaks Course $6,200,000 The Golf Channel/NBC
Apr 2-5 Houston Open Humble, Texas Golf Club of Houston – Tournament Course $6,600,000 The Golf Channel/NBC
Apr 9-12 The Masters Augusta, Georgia Augusta National $9,000,000 ESPN/CBS
Apr 16-19 RBC Heritage Hilton Head Island, South Carolina Harbour Town Golf Links $5,900,000 The Golf Channel/CBS – HD National
Apr 23-26 Zurich Classic Avondale, Louisiana TPC Louisiana $6,900,000 The Golf Channel/CBS – HD National
Apr 29-May 3 WGC Match Play San Francisco, California TPC Harding Park $9,250,000 The Golf Channel/CBS – HD National
May 7-10 PLAYERS Champ Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida THE PLAYERS Stadium Course $10,000,000 The Golf Channel/NBC
May 14-17 Wells Fargo Charlotte, North Carolina Quail Hollow Club $7,100,000 The Golf Channel/CBS – HD National
May 21-24 Crowne Plaza Fort Worth, Texas Colonial Country Club Course $6,500,000 The Golf Channel/CBS – HD National
May 28-31 Byron Nelson Irving, Texas TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas $7,100,000 The Golf Channel/CBS – HD National
Jun 4-7 Memorial Tourn Dublin, Ohio Muirfield Village Golf Course $6,200,000 The Golf Channel/CBS – HD National
Jun 11-14 St. Jude Classic Memphis, Tennessee TPC Southwind $6,000,000 The Golf Channel/CBS – HD National
Jun 18-21 US Open University Place, Washington Chambers Bay $9,000,000 ESPN/NBC
Jun 25-28 Travelers Champ Cromwell, Connecticut TPC River Highlands $6,400,000 The Golf Channel/CBS – HD National
Jul 2-5 Greenbrier White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia The Old White TPC $6,700,000 The Golf Channel/CBS – HD National
Jul 9-12 J Deere Classic Silvis, Illinois TPC Deere Run $4,700,000 The Golf Channel/CBS – HD National
Jul 16-19 Barbasol Champ Opelika, Alabama Robert Trent Jones at Grand National – Lake Course $3,500,000
Jul 16-19 British Open Gullane, St. Andrews – The Old Course $9,200,000 ESPN
Jul 23-26 RBC Canadian Open Oakville, Ontario Glen Abbey $5,800,000 The Golf Channel/CBS – HD National
Jul 30-Aug 2 QuickLoans Nat Gainesville, Virginia Robert Trent Jones Golf Club $6,700,000 The Golf Channel/CBS – HD National
Aug 6-9 Barracuda Champ Reno, Nevada Montreux Golf and Country Club $3,100,000 The Golf Channel
Aug 6-9 World Golf Championships – Bridgestone Invitational Akron, OH Firestone Country Club $9,250,000 CBS – HD National/The Golf Channel
Aug 13-16 PGA Champ Kohler, Wisconsin Whistling Straits-Straits Course $10,000,000 TNT/CBS – HD National
Aug 20-23 Wyndham Champ Greensboro, North Carolina Sedgefield Country Club $5,400,000 The Golf Channel/CBS – HD National
Aug 27-30 The Barclays Edison, New Jersey Plainfield Country Club $8,250,000 The Golf Channel/CBS – HD National
Sep 4-7 Deutsche Bank Norton, Massachusetts TPC Boston $8,250,000 The Golf Channel/NBC
Sep 17-20 BMW Champ Lake Forest, Illinois Conway Farms Golf Club $8,250,000 The Golf Channel/NBC
Sep 24-27 THE TOUR Champ Atlanta, Georgia East Lake Golf Course $8,250,000 The Golf Channel/NBC
Oct 9-11 Presidents Cup Incheon City, South Korea Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea TBA The Golf Channel/NBC

Weekend Wrap

HPBNC_2011_068PGA Tour
Shriners Hospital for Children Open
TPC Summerlin
Las Vegas, Nevada

During this part of the new PGA Tour season, aspiring pros and unknowns have big opportunities to secure victories, FedEx Cup points, and exemptions, as many of the bigger names are taking the time off for fall and winter.

Now is the time to cash in and take advantage.

That’s just what Ben Martin did this past weekend. The young Clemson graduate and 2010 built up a four shot lead by the 10th hole on Sunday. But nerves caused an errant shot U.S. Amateur runner-up on the 11th tee, resulting in a stuck position behind a tree. Combined with Martin’s bogey at #11, Kevin Streelman rattled off five birdies to overtake Martin and capture the lead.

In an “awesome way to finish,” according to Martin, he finished the final four holes in four-under-par to secure a two-shot margin of victory.

Win the win Martin punched his ticket to the Masters for the first time as a professional. He had played in the Masters as an amateur in 2010. Marin also takes the very early FedEx Cup points race lead, but the playoffs will not start for nearly a year from now so much can happen between now and then.

Three players tied for fourth place, four shots back: Brooks Koepka, Jimmy Walker, Webb Simpson.

European Tour
World Match Play Championship
Ash, England

In 2012 Mikko Ilonen was ranked 334th in the world. On Sunday, he defeated the #1 seed and top five player Henrik Stenson in the World Match Play Championship.

Ilonen was one down after four holes, but eventually won the match 3&1 (three up with one to play).

I didn’t make any mistakes this afternoon against Henrik,” said Ilonen. “(I) felt like I had a good chance to beat him and I did.”

Can You Swing Opposite of Your Regular Orientation?

Every so often we are faced with the tough situation where we could get to the ball with a club, but only if we turned around backwards.  For us right-handed players, there is the occasion that only a left-handed shot is the option.  Golf is hard enough with our regular orientation, but having to turn a club upside down and swing backwards?  Even tougher.  Many players hit the shot poorly, or miss the ball entirely.

As a demonstration of the immense talent of PGA Tour players, check out Rory McIlory’s left handed shot from this week’s PGA Grand Slam of Golf:

McIlory’s backswing looked great, but the follow-through was a little off. He did manage to get the ball extracated from the hazard, but not without splashing mud on his white pants. No worries about the pants though. Nike will certainly take care of a new pair.

Martin Kaymer would eventually be crowned champion of the 2014 PGA Grand Slam of Golf.

Weekend Preview – Full Slate on All Tours

HPBNC_2011_068ORLANDO, Fla. (Oct. 15, 2014) – Reigning FedEx Cup champion Billy Horschel returns for the first time since earning the $10 million season-long prize for this week’s Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas. Along with Horschel, Webb Simpson headlines the field as the defending champion after finishing six shots clear of the field last year. On the European Tour, seven of the 16 players competing in the Volvo World Match Play Championship this week participated in last month’s Ryder Cup at Gleneagles. The field is divided into four “pods” of four, with each person competing in a match play format against the other three players in their “pod” over the course of the first three days. The top two performers from each pod will advance to the quarterfinal matches on Saturday, and the semifinal and championship matches will be contested on Sunday. The Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn is the second-to-last event on the Champions Tour schedule prior to the season-culminating Schwab Cup Championship. This week serves as the penultimate opportunity for players try to position themselves within the top-30 of the Schwab Cup point standings. Michelle Wie and Inbee Park headline the field at the LPGA KEB HanaBank Championship in South Korea, while Miguel Angel Jimenez will attempt to win the Hong Kong Open for a third consecutive year.

PGA TOUR

Shriners Hospitals for Children Open
Dates: Oct. 16-19
Venue: TPC Summerlin Course, Las Vegas, Nev.

Tournament Airtimes On Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 5-8 p.m. (Live) / 8:30-11:30 p.m. (Replay)
Friday 5-8 p.m. (Live) / 8:30-11:30 p.m. (Replay)
Saturday 5-8 p.m. (Live) / 8:30-11:30 p.m. (Replay)
Sunday 5-8 p.m. (Live) / 8:30-11:30 p.m. (Replay)

Simpson defends: Webb Simpson finished six shots clear of the field in 2013, earning his fourth PGA TOUR victory in the process.
Headlining the field: Billy Horschel, Jimmy Walker, Brandt Snedeker, Webb Simpson, Hideki Matsuyama, Sang-Moon Bae, Erik Compton, Vijay Singh, Nick Watney and Jarrod Lyle.

EUROPEAN TOUR

Volvo World Match Play Championship
Dates: Oct. 15-19
Venue: London Golf Club, Kent, England

Tournament Airtimes On Golf Channel (Eastern):
Wednesday 9 a.m.-Noon (Live)
Thursday 6:30-11:30 a.m. (Live)
Friday 6:30-11:30 a.m. (Live)
Saturday 6:30-11:30 a.m. (Live)
Sunday 3-7 a.m. / 7:30-11:30 a.m. (Live)

McDowell defends: Graeme McDowell defeated Thongchai Jaidee 2&1 in the championship match at last year’s event in Bulgaria for his eighth career European Tour win.
Tournament field:Thomas Bjorn, Jonas Blixt, Paul Casey, Jamie Donaldson, Victor Dubuisson, Stephen Gallacher, Mikko Ilonen, Thongchai Jaidee, Pablo Larrzazabal, Alexander Levy, Shane Lowry, Joost Luiten, Graeme McDowell, Francesco Molinari, Patrick Reed and Henrik Stenson.

CHAMPIONS TOUR

Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn
Dates: Oct. 17-19
Venue: Rock Barn Golf & Spa, Conover, N.C.

Tournament Airtimes On Golf Channel (Eastern):
Friday 2:30-5 p.m. (Live) / 3-5:30 a.m. (Saturday replay)
Saturday 2:30-5 p.m. (Live)
Sunday 2:30-5 p.m. (Live) / 2:30-5 a.m. (Monday replay)

Allen defends: Last year, Michael Allen outlasted Olin Browne on the first playoff hole to earn his fifth career Champions Tour win.
Headlining the field: Colin Montgomerie, Kenny Perry, Kirk Triplett, Corey Pavin, John Cook, Rocco Mediate, Mark Calcavecchia, David Frost, Jay Haas, Fred Funk and Lee Janzen.

LPGA TOUR

LPGA KEB HanaBank Championship
Dates: Oct. 15-18
Venue: Sky 72 Golf Club (Ocean Course), Incheon, South Korea

Tournament Airtimes On Golf Channel (Eastern):
Wednesday 11 p.m.-3 a.m. (Live)
Thursday 11:30 p.m.-3 a.m. (Live)
Friday 11:30 p.m.-3 a.m. (Live)
Saturday 11:30 p.m.-3 a.m. (Live)

Yang defends: Amy Yang defeated Hee Kyung Seo with a birdie on the first playoff hole for her first LPGA Tour victory in last year’s event.
Headlining the field: Michelle Wie, Inbee Park, Suzann Pettersen, Shanshan Feng, Lydia Ko, Na Yeon Choi, Lexi Thompson, So Yeon Ryu, Paula Creamer, Anna Nordqvist and Amy Yang.

EUROPEAN TOUR / ASIAN TOUR

Hong Kong Open
Dates: Oct. 16-19
Venue: Hong Kong Golf Club, New Territories Fanling, Hong Kong

Tournament Airtimes On Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (Tape Delay)
Friday 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. (Tape Delay)
Saturday 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. (Tape Delay)
Sunday 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. (Tape Delay)

Headlining the field: Ernie Els, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Nicolas Colsaerts, Rich Beem, Y.E. Yang, Peter Uihlein, Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Thomas Levet, David Lipsky and Tom Lewis.

Information courtesy of Golf Channel.

Weekend Wrap – New PGA Tour Season Begins

HPBNC_2011_068PGA Tour
Frys.com Open
Napa, California

The first event of the new PGA Tour season is in the books. No, you didn’t click on the wrong link. The PGA Tour season has begun already. This is the new wrap-around season folks, and we are now in the “2014-2015” schedule.

The first event of the new season was contested in lovely Napa, California. The field had some strong members this past week, with Lee Westwood, Matt Kuchar, Retief Goosen, and hunter Mahan in the mix.

Coming into this past week, Sang-moon Bae’s last (and first) victory on the PGA Tour was at the 2013 Byron Nelson Championship. He had since failed to crack the top 10 in any event. Bae separated himself from the field on Saturday by finishing the last three holes par, eagle, birdie. That -3 stretch opened up a four shot lead going into the final round.

It was Bae’s tournament to lose, and he nearly did. Bae suffered a string of three consecutive three-putt bogeys after building up a six shot lead. Bae held on, eventually holding on for a two shot margin of victory.

PGA Tour rookie Zach Blair made it to the final group on Sunday and a win would have been a great story for Blair’s first event. But the pressure got to him and he carded a final round 74 to finish in a tie for 12th place, five strokes behind Bae.

Don’t Look Now, But the PGA Tour Season Has Begun

TPC Four Seasons 18th Green

Yes, you read the title correctly. The new PGA Tour season has begun. If it seems like the season ended a couple of weeks ago, it did. The new “wrap around” season schedule is in full swing, so to speak. The seasons now cross from year to year. Welcome to the 2014-2015 PGA Tour.

For many years this time on the calendar was the “cash grab” offseason for touring pros, and a time for many to take a break, rest, and spend some needed time at home after being on the road for many weeks or months. Many of the bigger name players still stick to that schedule and will not be seen playing until sometime in 2015. But there is a lot at stake for those up-and-comers on tour, and those new holders of their new Tour cards. Now is the time to rack up dollars on the money list in efforts to retain that thing they worked so hard to attain, playing status on the PGA Tour.

This week’s tournament is the Frys.com Open at Silverado Coutry Club-North. The course is a par-72 with a total yardage of 7,203. The purse for the week is $6,000,000. A win for an up-and-comer this week would be huge. That win would secure playing privileges, punch a ticket to the Masters Tournament, open the door to the Tournament of Champions, and open up all sorts of financial opportunities from sponsors.

If you love watching professional golf and are happy knowing that the bigs like Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are not in the field, this is a good week to watch. The Frys.com Open is on Golf Channel Thursday through Sunday 5-8 p.m. eastern time zone.

Weekend Wrap – Dunhill Links Championship

European Tour
Alfred Dunhill Links Championship
Carnoustie Golf Links
Old Course
Kingsbarns
Fife, Scotland

The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship is a great event which fell this year between the Ryder Cup and the first week of the 2014-2015 PGA Tour season. Yes, believe it or not, the PGA Tour season starts this week.

The Dunhill is a unique competition centered in the kingdom of Fife, Scotland. Fife is the home of St. Andrews and its famous seven courses. Three of those amazing courses are used in the Dunhill Links Championship: the Old Course, Kingsbarns, and Carnoustie Golf Links. Play is rotated between the courses.

Photo courtesy of Tony Korologos at HookedOnGolfBlog.com

Photo courtesy of Tony Korologos at HookedOnGolfBlog.com

Temperatures were a bit brisk with players needing to wear sweaters and beanies. But that’s what golf in scotland is about. Weather rolled in producing cold temperatures, rain and wind.

Oliver Wilson had played in 227 European Tour events without a victory, prior to the Dunhill Links Championship. 228 was the magic number for Wilson, who hit an incredible shot on the 16th hole at the Old Course in the final round. The ensuing birdie on the 16th would make the difference for Wilson, who finished one stroke ahead of world #1 Rory McIlory, Richie Ramsay, and Tommy Fleetwood.

Said Wilson about the shot on 16, “The shot I hit into 16 was probably the best shot of my life.”

Even more amazing for Wilson was the fact that he was in the field on a sponsor’s invitation. The last sponsor’s invite to win on the European Tour was Henrik Stenson at the 2012 Open Championship. Perhaps this marks a similar springboard. Stenson would win the FedEx Cup and the Race to Dubai Cup in the same year.

Dunhill Links Preview

Dunhill Links Championship
Fife, Scotland

The PGA Tour season is over. The Ryder Cup is over. Fall is here. It may look bleak, but fear not golf fans. This week on TV is the Dunhill Links Championship coming from the Home of Golf, St. Andrews in Fife, Scotland.

The Dunhill Links Championship is a fantastic tournament for getting the flavor of links golf on three of the absolute best courses in scotland. Let’s take a look at each of the three.

The Old Course

At roughly 1400 years old, the Old Course is the Home of Golf. The Old Course is located in the heart of St. Andrews and is the most famous and popular golf course on the entire planet.

Photo courtesy of Tony Korologos at HookedOnGolfBlog.com

1st Tee at the Old Course with the R&A Club behind.  Photo courtesy of Tony Korologos at HookedOnGolfBlog.com

Par for the Old Course is 72, and the course is fairly short by modern day standards. The course’s defense is primarily the weather and its bunkers. With no wind, today’s pros can go low on the Old Course but if the typical scottish winds kick up, high scores will ensue.

The most famous hole on the Old is the very difficult par-4 17th, known as the “Road Hole.” The Road Hole presents a tough driving challenge over the corner by the Old Course Hotel, and the approach is difficult to a table-top green guarded by the “Road Hole Bunker.”

Carnoustie

About an hour northeast of St. Andrews is Carnoustie Golf links. Carnoustie is known by many as “Carnasty,” and regarded as one of, if not THE toughest golf course in the world.

Carnoustie’s design features thousands of rolling hills and bumps, very hard ground, and some of the most fantastic bunkering found anywhere.

The most famous hole at Carnoustie is called “Hogan’s Alley.” Hogan’s Alley is the par-5 5th hole which is guarded by three daunting bunkers on the right side of the fairway and an out-of-bounds fence on the left. The green features huge undulations which make putting very difficult.

Kingsbarns

Kingsbarns is the newest of the three courses at the Dunhill. Kingsbarns is a “modern links” course with large elevation changes, severely sloping fairways and landing areas, and very difficult bunkering.

Many holes at Kingsbarns parallel the North Sea providing stunning views and backdrops.

One of the most scenic and popular holes at Kingsbarns is the par-3 15th. This medium length par-3 requires an all-carry shot over water to a sliver of green which juts out into the North Sea.

Weekend Wrap – 2014 Ryder Cup

Screen Shot 2014-09-24 at 10.33.54 AM2014 Ryder Cup
Gleaneagles PGA Centenary Course
Perthshire, Scotland

What a fantastic weekend of golf at the 2014 Ryder Cup. The Ryder Cup is for many the best golf event, even better than any of the four major championships. The atmosphere, the team competition, the format (various forms of match play), and second-guessing the captain’s picks all make for great discussion and entertainment.

For many years now the USA Ryder Cup team has been the underdog. Since the days the european team could pull players from all of europe instead of only the United Kingdom, the europeans have had the advantage. The last victory the USA team had on european soil dates back decades. This Ryder Cup was no different, the USA team coming as heavy underdogs.

Friday

Friday’s rounds consisted of morning fourballs and afternoon foursomes. Fourballs being best ball format and foursomes being alternate shot format. See last week’s Ryder Cup formats post for details.

Early Friday the USA team looked good, and was in a good position having won two of the four matches, tied the 3rd and lost the 4th. By morning’s end the USA team was up 2 ½ to 1 ½ and in good shape. The pairing of Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed was solid with a 5&4 drubbing of Stephen Gallacher and Ian Poulter.

The afternoon foursomes however would be a different story. The USA team would only manage ½ point while the european team scored 3 ½ points to take a 5-3 lead.

17th

Saturday

Just the same as Friday, the USA team would once again score 2 ½ points in the morning fourballs to edge back into the competition.

Just the same as Friday, the european team would score 3 ½ points to the USA’s ½ point in the afternoon foursomes.

At day’s end Saturday, the european team had a commanding 10-6 lead. 10-6 leads are not insurmountable, as was proven twice in the past by the USA and the european team in 2010, but the odds of a comeback Sunday for the USA team were slim.

Sunday

Sunday’s format is 12 singles matches. Every player on each team plays an individual match. Europe only needed to record four points to retain the cup, out of 10 matches. Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlory, and Martin Kaymer all scored early points, along with Justin Rose a half point. This setup a great scenario which allowed 38-year-old Ryder Cup rookie Jamie Donaldson the chance to clinch the cup by closing out Keegan Bradley 4&3.

Conclusion

The outcome of the 2014 Ryder Cup was not a big surprise. Most pundits figured the european team would win. Many question USA captain Tom Watson’s captain’s picks and his pairings, but in the end the european team would have likely triumphed regardless of what the USA brought to the table.