What Size Is A Winner? Masters Champions Come in Many Sizes.

Professional golfers come in an impressive array of shapes and sizes. 

One need only look at the men who’ve won The Masters to see the disparity:20th Century extremes were 6’6″ George Archer, the
1965 champion, and 5’4″ Ian Woosnam, who donned his green jacket in 1991.

The size disparity hasn’t been quite so massive in recent years, but there’s been a fair amount of variation. 

Modern Masters champions range from the diminutive to the statuesque… with a bit of portly thrown in for good measure. 

And speaking of measureHave you ever wondered how a perfectly sized green jacket always manages to be available to the winner… almost the minute he sinks his winning putt?  Well wonder no more, Brent Kelley at About Sports has the answer to that and other pressing green jacket questions. 

So how do you measure up when it comes to golfers and their green jackets? Can you accurately size up the 21st Century Masters champions? Why not test your skill with my little match game above. 

The answers can be found on this brilliant interactive Masters infographic created by our partners at Ticket City. Enjoy the challenge.

Top 5 US Masters long shots

As the 2015 season gets under way, the golfing world’s focus is already looking forward to the first major of the year at the Masters in April.

While the likes of Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods and defending champion Bubba Watson will be the focus of much of the betting public’s interest in the build-up to the event at Augusta, there will be a lot of players being overlooked that have more than enough talent to win the tournament.

These long shots might not always come off, but the Masters has shown in recent years that players can come from nowhere to win the famous green jacket.

Mike Weir’s victory in 2003 surprised a lot of fans, but not as much as Trevor Immelman’s 2008 success.

It has been a few years since a shock winner took the Masters title, but there are some real contenders in 2015 that could start the tournament with some very long odds.

Martin Kaymer

With odds of around 50/1 with some bookmakers, including betfair online, Martin Kaymer could well be one of the most overpriced players at Augusta in April. While the Masters is by far the German’s least successful of the four majors, it wouldn’t be a massive shock if Kaymer was in contention come the final round this year. The two-time major winner has a best finish of 31st at Augusta but victory in last year’s US Open showed he has the ability to succeed in a tournament he has previously struggled in.

Luke Donald

Donald’s current betting odds are a reflection of a dismal 2014 but the Englishman will know he has the tools to prove a lot of people wrong this year. The former world number one might not have been at his best over the past couple of seasons but the 37-year-old still has plenty of time to turn things around. After missing the cut at the Masters and US Open in 2014, Donald failed to impress in the remaining two majors of the season. Recent form aside, Donald is still a name that many feel will one day win a major, and the Masters looks as likely as any. Continue reading “Top 5 US Masters long shots”

Breakfast With Joe LaCava: Tiger Woods’ Caddy Supports Richter Park

Legendary Looper Joe LaCava has had an extraordinary life. Fortunately… as I found out over breakfast this morning… he’s also an exceptional storyteller. The Newtown, CT native was guest speaker at the annual Friends of Richter Park fundraiser today, and kept the audience entertained for almost an hour with compelling tales of life on tour. 

A PGA caddy for nearly three decades,  LaCava first spent several years caddying for his cousin, the mercurial champion Ken Green, then came more than two decades on the bag of easygoing golf icon, Fred Couples. After a brief stint with Dustin Johnson,  LaCava signed on with Tiger Woods in October 2011. To say that he’s caddied for contrasting personalities would be an understatement.  

Obviously, this is a man with high emotional intelligence… and the ability to read people as well as he reads putts… and that’s what’s allowed him to become a valued asset to such a diverse group of players.

This morning LaCava wove a narrative, with a dozen or more interconnected stories. They touched upon the joys and challenges of a job that’s quite enigmatic to most of the population. It was plain to see that Joe LaCava enjoyed sharing his stories… he’s naturally garrulous and open… and the audience clearly enjoyed the glimpse he gave them into his unique lifestyle. 

Meanwhile the Third Annual Friends of Richter Park fundraiser breakfast was very well attended, and we’re looking forward to getting back onto our wonderful town course for the season.  In addition to the golf course Richter Park is home to a performing arts center, tennis courts, a network of hiking trails and an excellent restaurant… it’s a multi-faceted recreational/arts destination.

Rory McIlroy ready to step up at The Masters

Rory McIlroy has insisted he is ready to take the role of Tiger Woods at this year’s Masters and be the man to watch at Augusta in the first major of the year. Woods was forced to withdraw from the Masters following surgery on his back, opening the door for McIlroy to step into the limelight left by the absent world number one.

After his victories at the 2011 US Open and then the 2012 US PGA Championship, McIlroy won his first two majors at a younger age than Woods, but the Northern Irishman has so far failed to add to his collection. While Augusta holds some dark memories for McIlroy following his famous final round meltdown in 2011, the 24-year old will still head into the first major of the year as the Betfair favourite for the title.

With the first major of the year fast approaching, McIlroy has admitted he is looking to use the tournament as a chance to establish himself as a dominant force in the sport, knowing victory at Augusta would be the best way for him to prove to Betfair fans that he is the man to beat this year.

“You are getting so many different winners and there are not as many guys dominating the sport like in the past with Tiger, Vijay and Phil,” said McIlroy.

“I’d like to establish myself as that sort of player and someone’s got to step up, so I’m trying to be that person and it would be a great place to start next week.”

Following on from a dismal 2013 season, McIlroy has found himself down in seventh in the world rankings and some way away from where he wants to be. But a morale-boosting victory in December ensured McIlroy didn’t end the year without a title to his name and now the 24-year old will be hoping to re-establish himself as top dog in Tiger’s absence.

Anticipation Builds for Adam Scott’s Australian-Inspired Masters Dinner

Australian food is huge on Pinterest
Here in New England, the ground is still frozen and covered with snow. In fact, some of us haven't seen a blade of grass since early January.  However, the Masters… that hopeful harbinger of spring… is just a few weeks away.

The final field is taking shape and Tiger Woods is the early pick to win.  Though the recent Augusta ice storm… and the unfortunate demise of the iconic Eisenhower Tree… has forever altered the landscape of the 17th hole, the storied course was spared further damage and will undoubtedly shine as it does each year.  
In Adam Scott, the 2014 Masters has an exceptionally popular defending champion. The talented Aussie is undeniably affable and extremely attractive, however some former Masters winners… who'll be dining with him at the Masters Champion's Dinner the Tuesday before the tournament… may be a tad anxious about possible menu items.

Though the final spread has yet to be revealed, Scott has let slip a couple of hints, and kangaroo, bugs and that bitter, dung-colored yeast paste known as Vegemite are a few of the more… exotic… Australian-inspired options he's alluded to.  It all brings to mind that awkward moment a couple of years ago when Champion's Dinner guests picked up the South African-inspired menu of 2011 winner, Charl Schwartzel and spotted three rather disconcerting words: monkey gland sauce.  It turns out that sauce was simply a fruit chutney infused with ginger and blended with worcestershire sauce, however the prospect of a meal that included primate excretions may have left some guests with… a bad taste in their mouths.

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Golf betting is growing in popularity

Golf has been synonymous with betting for most of its history.  There are not shortage of variations for golfers wanting to bet on the outcome of their game from the venerable Nassau to countless of more esoteric wagering formats.  While betting among golfers is old news there’s another form of golf betting that has skyrocketed in popularity in recent years—betting on professional golf tournaments at Las Vegas sports books.

At first consideration golf would appear to be a poor fit for sports betting enthusiasts.  The pace of the game is ‘leisurely’ at best with many considering it downright boring.  A tournament takes several days to determine the outcome.  It’s the antithesis of fast moving and popular betting sports like basketball or football.  Despite all of this, golf betting is one of the fastest growing betting sports in Nevada sports books.   It’s popularity now rivals—if not exceeds—long established betting sports like baseball and hockey.

So what makes golf such an attractive sport for sports betting?  Statistics—and plenty of them.  There’s a wide assortment of metrics that allow handicappers to evaluate golfers, courses and most importantly how individual golfers perform at specific courses or types of courses.  In addition to the availability of analytical data golf is a very ‘formful’ sport yet one in which players can go on ‘hot’ or ‘cold’ streaks.  There are plenty of tournaments featuring hundreds of golfers every week which creates a myriad of betting opportunities.

There are two primary types of golf wagering.  The first is a ‘to win’ wager on the individual tournament.  This is definitely the most simple form of golf betting in which the bookmaker quotes odds to win on all golfers entered in a tournament.  The bettor selects which golfer(s) he wants to back and if ‘his’ player wins he cashes a bet.

The other common golf bet is the head to head matchup.  In a matchup bet, a sportsbook will pair up two golfers and quote moneyline odds on each. The golfer that finishes with the best score wins the matchup.  Matchups are posted on the entire tournament as well as each individual round. Many people like to bet on golf due to the simplicity in lines presented to users. For a full list of golf sportsbook reviews, you can take a look at the list on Sports Betting Pal.

There are other proposition wagers offered to golf bettors at some sports books.  Players can bet on the nationality of a winning player, whether or not he’ll make the cut, whether he’ll finish above or below par and many other elements of the sport.

At North American sportsbooks it’s almost inevitable that Tiger Woods will be heavily bet for any tournament in which he’s entered.  ‘Sharp’ golf bettors look for other players that offer better returns on investment or who might not be as familiar to the casual fan or recreational bettor.

Ryo Ishikawa Has A Birthday… and Earns His 2014 PGA Tour Card

Several years ago he was known as the Bashful Prince, a talented teenage golfer who stormed to the summit of fame in his native Japan and delighted fans everywhere with his sweet, shy smile.

Ryo Ishikawa played his first PGA Tour events in 2009.  Trailed by a constant crowd of Japanese journalists, his abilities impressed many as he lit up the fairways with a whimsical candy-colored wardrobe.

Expectations for the precocious phenom were stratospheric. By the Spring of 2010 more than a few golf scribes were looking for one of golf's alliterative young guns… Rory, Rickie or Ryo… to quickly become that mythical entity known as "the next Tiger".  In retrospect those predictions seem somewhat silly; here we are in waning months of 2013 and Tiger's just captured both the PGA of America's Player of the Year Award and the Vardon Trophy… for the 11th and 9th time, respectively. Even the most committed Tiger detractors seem to accept that we probably won't see "the next Tiger" any time in the forseeable future. Ever.

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Historic Merion Will Certainly Be This Week’s US Open Golf Star

Merion’s Iconic Red Wicker Baskets               photo credit: Penn State Turfgrass via photopin cc

While the weather in Haverford, PA looks a bit questionable, there can be no doubt at all that Merion East… with her “white face” bunkers and red wicker baskets… will be much discussed as US Open week gets underway.   

Fans, players and media will surely be awed by the course’s history, but will also be weighing in on the venue’s ability to accommodate a 21st century major.  We can also be assured of a copious dose of opinionating on the changes that have been made to the venerable course to ensure that the “grand old lady” can stand up to the way modern technology has affected the game. 

Bill Pennington’s New York Times article on the “US Open’s Audacious Experiment” presents an overview of what’s at stake this week on the fairways and greens of Merion East, and how it may affect future debate on the future evolution of golf.

I won’t be in Haverford this week… much to my chagrin… but I’ll certainly be soaking up the golf history vicariously through those who are, and closely following their conversations on Merion’s 21st century challenge.  In the meantime I’ll be reposting some of the many bits I’ve written on Merion over the years.  

Tiger Woods hopes to be out of the wood

Playing at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Florida this weekend, former world number one, Tiger Woods, has stated that he will not be satisfied come Monday; even if he wins the event and finds himself back in the number one spot.

With 23-year old Rory McIlroy not playing at the event, Woods is in good stead to win the invitational and reclaim the number one spot; a place that Woods’ name has not featured since October 2010.

Speaking at a press conference earlier in the week, Tiger Woods said:

“I don’t want to be as good as I once was, I want to become better.”

The 14-time major winner has previously spent a record 623 weeks as world number one and has already this year won two of the four major events in which he has played.

Having already won at Doral and at Torrey Pines in January, bookmakers have placed Woods as the favourite to claim victory this weekend.

Speaking about the invitational, Woods said:

“Just got to win this week, not too complicated.

“Things are still becoming more efficient. You know, these two wins I’ve had this year have been built [on] some nice leads, which means I’ve played really well and things are starting to come around and become more efficient day in and day out.”

With the 37-year old eyeing up yet another title, both golf commentators and ex-professionals are predicting victory for the former world number one.

The BBC’s Golf correspondent, Iain Carter wrote:

“The 23-year-old’s closing 65 at Doral and top-eight finish were evidence that he is ready to play competitive golf rather than a game of rediscovering his swing.

“It is a big step in the right direction. Indeed, McIlroy and Woods are on the same road in that regard – all be it with the American in a more advanced position.”

To support Carter’s prediction, 83-year old and seven majors champion, Arnold Palmer, believes that Woods is already back to his best.

Speaking to the Golf Channel he said:

“He looks probably as strong and as good from a golf perspective as I’ve ever seen him.

“I think his swing and his posture and his attitude is far better than it’s been in some time, and it takes me back to when I first played with him at Augusta when he was a rookie.”

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Who will win the US Masters 2013?

The US Masters 2012 was won by Bubba Watson after an exciting play-off with South African Louis Oosthuizen following both golfers having an exceptional round on the final day and finsihing on -10.  The 33-year-old left-hander won at the second extra hole to claim his first major title. Peter Hanson, Matt Kuchar and Phil Mickelson finished in a three-way tie for third finishing on -8.  England’s Ian Poulter (69) finished seventh on -5, while Australian Adam Scott, last year’s runner-up, carded a 66 that included a hole in one on the 16th to finish -4.

England’s Justin Rose and Ireland’s Padraig Harrington finished in eighth with Adam Scott.

Pre-tournament favourites Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy ended a disappointing tournament tied on five over last year.  But that has no bearing on this year’s golf betting ahead of the US Masters 2013 where Tiger Woods is closing in on Rory McIlroy at the top of the official golf world ranking list; and after winning this year’s WGC Championship title for the seventh time, is now only one average point behind Rory McIlroy.  A victory at the US Masters would see Tiger Woods regaining the #1 world ranking he held for so long before injury and personal problems caused a meltdown in 2009.

The US Masters 2013
starts the week commencing Monday 8th April with the actual golf tournament beginning on Thursday 11th – Sunday 14th April at the famous Augusta Golf Course.

Is anyone prepared to bet against Tiger Woods (1997, 2001, 2002, 2005) winning his fifth US Masters Tournament next month?

I am expecting Tiger Woods to win but hope to enjoy a battle between Woods and Rory McIlroy all the way to the final pin. If both players have a good tournament and play to their potential, the US Masters could offer one of the most exciting final rounds in recent history.  But don’t forget three-time winner Phil Mickelson (2004, 2006, 2010) has his own private love affair with the tournament and US golf fans.

At the time of writing this article, bwin golf betting has Tiger Woods favourite at 5/1 from Rory McIlroy at 9/1 and Phil Mickelson at 11/1.  The big three are followed by Brandt SnedekerCharl Schwartzel & the highest place Englishmen Luke Donald at 21/1.

Tiger Woods Plays Golf with President Obama

Playing with one of the best and most prestigious golfers in the world is a delight for any man, but playing with one of the most powerful men in the world is another thing entirely.

These were the treats that were bestowed on both Tiger Woods and President Obama this month as the two men teamed up to beat U.S Trade Representative Ron Kirk and Houston Astros owner, Jim Crane.

Whilst most were unable to decipher as to which of the two was the most humble during the game, cries of complaint were heard from much of the press, who were uninformed of the pairing until a lone tweet went out from Golf Digest Report, Tim Rosaforte:

“The President is arriving at The Floridian range. Awaiting is Tiger Woods and club owner Jim Crane. Historic day in golf. Their first round.”

As reporters scrambled around for information about the pairing, according to sources, representatives of Obama did not confirm the game for another three hours.

White House Press Corps Association president, Ed Henry, went as far as lodging an official complaint, stating:

“I can say a broad cross section of our members from print, radio, online and TV have today expressed extreme frustration to me about having absolutely no access to the President of the United States this entire weekend. There is a very simple but important principle we will continue to fight for today and in the days ahead: transparency.”

Despite this, the White House remained firm with their response to Mr Henry by releasing their own statement about the debacle:

“The press access granted by the White House today is entirely consistent with the press access offered for previous presidential golf outings. It’s also consistent with the press access promised to the White House Press Corps prior to arrival in Florida on Friday evening.”

Despite the apparent fumbling of the White House and the press, both Obama and Woods seemed to experience the day in a remarkably different light with Woods noting:

“He calls up and says, ‘Hey Tiger you wanna play?’ Obviously there is a process that’s involved, and I was invited to play, and it was an invitation that certainly you don’t turn down, especially [since] he’s an avid golfer, and so am I. So we went out there and we had just a great round of golf with Ron and Jim, and it was a good day.”

Although Woods said that Obama could improve in the future if he continued playing, he did not that The President did have an impressive chip and put.

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Embedded ball rule featuring Tiger Woods

Here is a rule worth remembering for when you make it on the professional tour.


Jamie Donaldson played some wonderful golf to win the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship over the weekend. Aside from a three-putt on the final hole, his putting on the final day was particularly strong and managed to hold off challenges from Justin Rose and Thorbjorn Olesen.
The other big story from the tournament was the early exit of the world number one and two ranked players, Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods.
Tiger Woods wasn't playing very well in his opening tournament. Putting well but spraying shots all over the place (including a topped shot on Thursday) Woods was battling to make the cut and looked to have done so before he was handed a two-penalty for incorrectly ruling his ball was embedded.
We've covered the embedded ball rule before at Aussie Golfer but like many things, it's not quite the same if you're a professional golfer.

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Embedded ball rule featuring Tiger Woods

Here is a rule worth remembering for when you make it on the professional tour.


Jamie Donaldson played some wonderful golf to win the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship over the weekend. Aside from a three-putt on the final hole, his putting on the final day was particularly strong and managed to hold off challenges from Justin Rose and Thorbjorn Olesen.
The other big story from the tournament was the early exit of the world number one and two ranked players, Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods.
Tiger Woods wasn't playing very well in his opening tournament. Putting well but spraying shots all over the place (including a topped shot on Thursday) Woods was battling to make the cut and looked to have done so before he was handed a two-penalty for incorrectly ruling his ball was embedded.
We've covered the embedded ball rule before at Aussie Golfer but like many things, it's not quite the same if you're a professional golfer.

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Tiger Woods tops a drive in Abu Dhabi: video

Woods is looking a little rusty in his opening tournament of 2013.

The bromance between Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods continued today with the Nike duo playing alongside each other during the opening round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.
Both players looked a little rusty in their first tournament of the year. McIlroy was perhaps coming to terms with his new Nike clubs and finished with a 3-over par round of 75.
Woods fired four birdies and four bogies to complete his round square with the card, and included this topped tee shot on the first hole (his 10th) barely making the fairway. You’d think he’d be pretty familiar with Nike golf clubs by now.

Nike golf ad featuring Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy appear in new ad for Nike.

Nike have just officially announced that Rory McIlroy is now part of the team in a deal supposedly worth $200 million. As part of the announcement, they’ve released this new advertisement featuring McIlroy and long time Nike staff member, Tiger Woods.

I cringed a little at this, but the comment Tiger makes about Rory’s hair is funny.

Tiger Woods at 14-years-old: video

Tiger Woods as a 14-year-old talks about winning and racism. 

Woods talks about making the clutch putts and the ever present stench of racism. You get a great look at his home life with Jack Nicklaus posters adorning the bedroom wall. Like much of Tiger’s life, his Dad features prominently in this video too.

Tiger and Rory chat about their bromance: video

The most talked about blossoming relationship in the golf world right now is the bromance between Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, and here they chatted to CNN about their friendship and the need to pace their careers to avoid burnout. (Video is slow to load).

 

Wanna see Rory v Tiger streamed straight to your computer?

Here is something straight from the departments of 'modern technology' and 'cash grab golf'.

Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods are going head-to-head in a made for TV internet event in China. Dubbed the "Duel at Jinsha Lake". The event kicks off at 3:30pm (AEST) this afternoon from Jinsha Lake International course, near Zhengzhou in China and we can all watch the duel by paying $4.95 and having it streamed directly to our computers.

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Europe Win the Ryder Cup 2012

Starting the third & final day 10-6 down, the odds were stacked against Europe to even make a reasonable score, let alone retain the Ryder Cup by winning a majority of the 12 singles matches.  But with Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy, Ian Poulter, Justin Rose & Paul Lawrie winning the first five matches, the final day was an amazing show of awesome, nail-biting golf.

Ian Poulter didn’t lead in his match against Webb Simpson until the 17th hole and Justin Rose needed 18 holes to beat Phil Mickelson finishing with two sublime birdies.

While Rory McIlroy beat the young charismatic Keegan Bradley after only arriving at the Medinah Country Club ten minutes before his tee time in a police car with the excuse he had confused Eastern with Central Time!

Luke Donald & Bubba Watson was the first match of the day & the first to finish with Donald winning 2&1. But apart from Paul Lawrie thrashing US rookie Brandt Snedeker 5&3 every match was a tight one, with many switching from red to blue and back again.

It went right down to the wire, the last two matches between Steve Stricker & Martin Kaymer and Tiger Woods vs Francesco Molinari.  With three holes to play both matches were all square with Europe needing just one point to retain the Ryder Cup. And it went down to the 18th when Steve Stricker made his putt and left Martin Kaymer a shot to win or lose the Ryder Cup for Europe. With just one match remaining, Kaymer won the Ryder Cup for Europe in the most amazing comeback of all-time.

In a post-match interview José María Olazábal attempted to dedicate the win to his great friend Seve Ballesteros before breaking down with emotion.

Sunday’s Singles:
Bubba Watson lost to Luke Donald 2&1
Webb Simpson lost to Ian Poulter 2 up
Keegan Bradley lost to Rory McIlroy 2&1
Phil Mickelson lost to Justin Rose 1 up
Brandt Snedeker lost to Paul Lawrie 5&3
Dustin Johnson beat Nicolas Colsaerts 3&2
Zach Johnson beat Graeme McDowell 2&1
Jim Furyk lost to Sergio Garcia 1 up
Jason Dufner beat Peter Hanson 2 up
Matt Kuchar lost to Lee Westwood 3&2
Steve Stricker lost to Martin Kaymer 1 up
Tiger Woods v Francesco Molinari A/S

Europe Win the Ryder Cup 2012

Starting the third & final day 10-6 down, the odds were stacked against Europe to even make a reasonable score, let alone retain the Ryder Cup by winning a majority of the 12 singles matches.  But with Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy, Ian Poulter, Justin Rose & Paul Lawrie winning the first five matches, the final day was an amazing show of awesome, nail-biting golf.

Ian Poulter didn’t lead in his match against Webb Simpson until the 17th hole and Justin Rose needed 18 holes to beat Phil Mickelson finishing with two sublime birdies.

While Rory McIlroy beat the young charismatic Keegan Bradley after only arriving at the Medinah Country Club ten minutes before his tee time in a police car with the excuse he had confused Eastern with Central Time!

Luke Donald & Bubba Watson was the first match of the day & the first to finish with Donald winning 2&1. But apart from Paul Lawrie thrashing US rookie Brandt Snedeker 5&3 every match was a tight one, with many switching from red to blue and back again.

It went right down to the wire, the last two matches between Steve Stricker & Martin Kaymer and Tiger Woods vs Francesco Molinari.  With three holes to play both matches were all square with Europe needing just one point to retain the Ryder Cup. And it went down to the 18th when Steve Stricker made his putt and left Martin Kaymer a shot to win or lose the Ryder Cup for Europe. With just one match remaining, Kaymer won the Ryder Cup for Europe in the most amazing comeback of all-time.

In a post-match interview José María Olazábal attempted to dedicate the win to his great friend Seve Ballesteros before breaking down with emotion.

Sunday’s Singles:
Bubba Watson lost to Luke Donald 2&1
Webb Simpson lost to Ian Poulter 2 up
Keegan Bradley lost to Rory McIlroy 2&1
Phil Mickelson lost to Justin Rose 1 up
Brandt Snedeker lost to Paul Lawrie 5&3
Dustin Johnson beat Nicolas Colsaerts 3&2
Zach Johnson beat Graeme McDowell 2&1
Jim Furyk lost to Sergio Garcia 1 up
Jason Dufner beat Peter Hanson 2 up
Matt Kuchar lost to Lee Westwood 3&2
Steve Stricker lost to Martin Kaymer 1 up
Tiger Woods v Francesco Molinari A/S