November 3, 2000 |
On a course set up like a major championship, leave it to the Big Easy to make it look just that--easy--in the first round of the Tour Championship. Ernie Els, a two-time U.S. Open champion wanting to atone for his dismal performance in the Presidents Cup, cruised around East Lake Golf Club on Thursday for a six-under-par 64 to take a one-stroke lead over David Duval. "Hopefully, this is a steppingstone for better things to come," he said.
October 23, 2000 |
The Americans didn't simply reclaim the Presidents Cup at Gainesville, Va., Sunday, they gave the International team a beating even worse than the one they suffered two years ago in Australia. And they gave captain Ken Venturi the victorious send-off he wanted. "All of our guys gave me 100%, and I'll always be indebted for what they did for me," said Venturi, who won the 1964 U.S. Open at nearby Congressional and watched his team grow up during his 32 years as a television analyst.
October 21, 2000 |
On a day of two spirited comebacks, Tiger Woods, Kirk Triplett and the rest of the Americans saved their best golf for the toughest format Friday afternoon, and the Presidents Cup was right back where it started. Hours after getting blindsided by the International team in the best-ball format, the Americans restored their five-point lead with a birdie blitz to win four of the five alternate-shot matches at Gainesville, Va., and move closer to reclaiming the cup.
October 20, 2000 |
No one can say this American team doesn't care about playing in the Presidents Cup. Led by the brilliant play of its rookies and a clutch putt by Tiger Woods, the U.S. got off to a perfect start Thursday, winning every alternate-shot match for a 5-0 lead over the International team at Gainesville, Va. "We're very happy to be here, and motivated to win," Tom Lehman said after he and Phil Mickelson had won the first match of the Presidents Cup, a 5 and 4 rout of Greg Norman and Steve Elkington.
October 19, 2000 |
This time, the Americans have no excuses. Two years after the "Massacre at Melbourne," the Presidents Cup returns to the golf course where the Americans have won twice, at a time of the year when their games--but not the weather--should be scorching hot. No one is buying holiday gifts online. Only Tom Lehman, who played in the Dunhill Cup at St. Andrews, Scotland, last week, had to fly more than four hours to get to the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club, about 30 miles south of Washington.
October 14, 2000 |
Tom Byrum is stuck on a pretty nice number. Byrum, who began the week in danger of losing his PGA Tour card, shot his third consecutive 65 under ideal conditions Friday to take a two-shot lead in the Invensys Classic at Las Vegas. Byrum finished with five consecutive birdies to lead Billy Andrade with two rounds to play in the 90-hole tournament. "I don't have an explanation for it, but I'll take it," Byrum said.
December 13, 1998 |
Nobody wanted another War on the Shore. Nobody expected a Massacre in Melbourne. A hungry and relentless International team made short work of the United States on a rainy Sunday at Royal Melbourne Golf Club, winning the first two singles matches to clinch its first Presidents Cup and the first one played on International soil.
December 11, 1998 |
Now the Americans know why the International team wanted the Presidents Cup out of the United States. Confused by a scorching hot wind out of the north that radically altered the strategy of Royal Melbourne Golf Club, the U.S. team won only one alternate-shot match Friday morning and were headed toward a sizable deficit at the end of the first day.
October 15, 1998 |
Mark Calcavecchia played Wednesday like a man determined to achieve his season goal--a spot in the Presidents Cup later this year in Australia. Calcavecchia didn't come close to a bogey all day, shooting a seven-under-par 65 under nearly flawless conditions to tie Robert Damron for the first-round lead in the 90-hole Las Vegas Invitational. Paul Azinger topped a group of seven golfers a shot back at 66. U.S. Open champion Lee Janzen and 13 others were at 67.