September 30, 2012 |
MEDINAH, Ill. -- Luke Donald put the hammer down on Bubba Watson. Rory McIlroy rubbed the sleep out of his eyes and stifled Keegan Bradley. Paul Lawrie - 13 years after his only other Ryder Cup appearance - took down the FedEx Cup champion. In time, Ian Poulter and Justin Rose ripped points from U.S. hands. The European train was gathering steam. And the Americans didn't have enough to stop the momentum. It ended with Martin Kaymer jumping into the arms of his teammates, the singsong "Ole, ole, ole, ole" echoing across Medinah Country Club, and the Ryder Cup headed back across the Atlantic.
February 22, 2012
FACT BOX What: World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship. Where: Marana, Ariz. When: Today through Sunday. TV: Today, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. PST, Golf Channel; Thursday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Golf Channel; Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Golf Channel; Saturday, 9-11 a.m., Golf Channel; 11 a.m.-3 p.m., NBC; Sunday, 6-11 a.m., Golf Channel; 11 a.m.-3 p.m., NBC. Who to watch: The world's four top-ranked golfers — Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer — lead the field of 64. Steve Stricker (No. 5)
November 6, 2011 |
Geoffrey Mutai shattered the course record in the New York City Marathon, no surprise after he ran the fastest marathon ever earlier this year. Firehiwot Dado wasn't a favorite coming into the women's race and victory seemed impossible with even a few miles left. But the Ethiopian made a stunning comeback for her first major marathon title Mutai finished in 2 hours 5 minutes 6 seconds, crushing the previous mark of 2:07:43 set by Tesfaye Jifar of Ethiopia a decade earlier.
June 14, 2011 |
Reporting from Bethesda, Md. — Luke Donald's life has not changed since he landed atop golf's world rankings. And that's fine with him. "I don't really like the word 'change,' " he said, befitting a man whose swing instructor, Pat Goss , coached him at Northwestern from 1997 to 2001. Other than receiving a call from Ralph Lauren — the man who designs his golf apparel — and a text message from Greg Norman , Donald's last two weeks have been status quo. That makes sense, as Donald already is the third man to be ranked No. 1 this year after Martin Kaymer and Lee Westwood . "Being No. 1 is a great achievement," Donald said, "but if you ask me, if I would swap that for Phil [ Mickelson's ]
February 28, 2011 |
Luke Donald spoiled Martin Kaymer's rise to No. 1 in the world by winning the Match Play Championship at Marana, Ariz., on Sunday with a performance so dominant he didn't play the 18th hole all week. Not even the snow and sleet could stop Donald. On a bizarre final day in the high desert, which began with snow covering the fairways, Donald pulled ahead for good with a birdie on the par-five 11th and a par on the next hole, eventually closing out Kaymer on No. 16 for a 3-and-2 victory.
February 26, 2011 |
Martin Kaymer is the new No. 1 in golf. Kaymer calmly rolled in an eight-foot par putt on the 18th hole Saturday for a 1-up victory over Bubba Watson to advance to the final of the Match Play Championship at Marana, Ariz. That was all he needed to move to No. 1 in the next world ranking. The 26-year-old German becomes the second-youngest player to be No. 1 since the ranking began in 1986. Tiger Woods was 21 when he reached No. 1 in June 1997. It ends the 17-week reign of Lee Westwood , who had only three wins on his world ranking ledger when he became No. 1. With his 1-up victory, Kaymer advanced to the championship match Sunday against Luke Donald of England, who needed to play only 27 holes in his quarterfinal win over Ryan Moore and his semifinal demolition of Matt Kuchar . Earlier Saturday in his quarterfinal match, Watson played J.B. Holmes and was five down with eight to play when he staged an amazing comeback.