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Meghan MacLaren raced toward fellow Englishwoman Bronte Law and bear-hugged her teammate, who was doing media interviews just off the 18th green at Dun Laoghaire Golf Club on Sunday afternoon. The gleeful joy between the two Great Britain and Ireland Curtis Cup competitors was palpable. The shouts from the partisan gallery were loud enough to carry up to nearby Sugar Loaf Mountain.

And the excitement was certainly justified.

MacLaren, 22, delivered the winning point on the 17th hole shortly before Law, 21, converted a 2-foot par putt to tie a record for most points in a single Match. Those singles wins ended what had been a valiant American comeback and gave GB&I an 11½-8½ triumph.

“Nothing even comes close to this,” said MacLaren, who graduated from Florida International University in May. “This is incredible. I can’t even put it into words.”

It was only the third GB&I victory in the biennial competition over the last 20 years, two of which have come in the Republic of Ireland. GB&I took the 1996 Match at Killarney Golf & Fishing Club, then endured a seven-Match losing streak to the Americans before winning again in 2012 at The Nairn Golf Club in Scotland. That Match saw GB&I rally on the final day for a one-point decision.

On Sunday, the home team came into the last eight singles matches with a four-point cushion, thanks to a sweep of the three four-ball matches on Saturday when GB&I shot a combined 20 under par.

With the Americans putting plenty of victories on the board – the score had narrowed to 9½-7½ and the USA was leading in the final match – MacLaren and Law knew they each had to earn no worse than a half-point. As the Cup defenders, the USA only needed 10 points to retain, while GB&I required 10½ points to reclaim it.

MacLaren saw a 3-up lead against Bethany Wu, 18, of Diamond Bar, Calif., vanish to 1 up after consecutive mistakes on Nos. 15 and 16. But a Wu bogey on the par-5 17th ended the match.

Up at 18, word of the victory was radioed back to the GB&I players watching Law, who took a 1-up lead over Mika Liu, 17, of Beverly Hills, Calif., at No. 17 with a conceded birdie. A few players had to hold back their excitement as Law executed a perfect pitch from greenside rough to 2 feet. Liu nearly holed her long birdie putt but then missed the come-backer for par. This set the stage for Law, who rolled in her par putt for the 2-up win, setting off a raucous celebration.

Players mobbed Law, a rising UCLA senior who joined American Stacy Lewis (2008) as the only players to post a 5-0 mark in a single Curtis Cup.

“The team was just incredible,” said Law, No. 4 in the Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking™ (WAGR) and recipient of the 2016 Annika Award for being the nation’s top female collegiate golfer. “For me, coming into this, a lot of people had written us off. We kept hearing things that we have a 32-year-old (Maria Dunne) on the team and she’s just been unbelievable, as have all the rookies. For me to end it this way – it’s probably going to be my last Curtis Cup – is just a dream. I am so proud to just represent my country.”

Law was a member of the 2012 team before suffering through a six-point rout two years ago at St. Louis (Mo.) Country Club, a USA side that included two of her UCLA teammates (Alison Lee and Erynne Lee).

Leona Maguire, 21, of the Republic of Ireland, the other three-time Curtis Cup player for GB&I, also was on the 2012 team after losing in her first Match in 2010 at Essex County Club in Massachusetts as a 15-year-old rookie. Maguire, a Duke University junior who is No. 2 in the WAGR, completed a 4-1 weekend with a 3-and-2 win over Sierra Brooks, 17, of Sorrento, Fla.

The other half-point came from world No. 8 Olivia Mehaffey, 17, of Northern Ireland, who lipped out a 4-foot par putt on 18 to halve her match with world No. 1 and 2015 U.S. Women’s Amateur champion Hannah O’Sullivan, 18, of Chandler, Ariz.

“I thought they were going to pull it off and fought to the very end,” said USA captain Robin Burke. “I am proud of all of them. They have a lot of spirit and a lot of heart.

“[GB&I] just played really well yesterday. They made a ton of birdies on us … [and] we almost recovered. We just didn’t quite get there.”

Burke’s charges took the other four matches, including Bailey Tardy’s impressive 4-and-3 win over Charlotte Thomas, 23, of England, who helped the University of Washington win its first NCAA championship on May 25. Tardy, 19, of Peachtree Corners, Ga., was still fuming from a slow-play penalty in Saturday’s four-ball match, but played 3-under golf (with concessions) to finish her first Curtis Cup with a 3-2 mark.

“Honestly, I didn’t wake up with the alarm today,” said Tardy, a rising sophomore at the University of Georgia who qualified for next month’s U.S. Women’s Open. “We were leaving at 8 and I woke up at 6. I was just so ready to get out here and fight.”

Monica Vaughn, 21, of Reedsport, Ore., also finished 3-2 after a 4-and-3 win over Rochelle Morris, of England, who was held out of the first four sessions by Captain Elaine Farquharson-Black. The final two points came from 17-year-olds Andrea Lee, of Hermosa Beach, Calif., and Mariel Galdiano, of Pearl City, Hawaii, both of whom posted respective 2-and-1 wins over Alice Hewson, of England, and Dunne, of the Republic of Ireland, the first mid-amateur to represent GB&I in a Curtis Cup in 24 years.

RESULTS

DUBLIN, IRELAND – Results from the singles matches at the 2016 Curtis Cup Match, played Sunday, June 12, 2016, at the par-72, 6,603-yard Dun Laoghaire Golf Club:

Hannah O’Sullivan, Chandler, Ariz., halved with Olivia Mehaffey, Northern Ireland

Bailey Tardy, Peachtree Corners, Ga., def. Charlotte Thomas, England, 4 and 3

Leona Maguire, Republic of Ireland, def. Sierra Brooks, Sorrento, Fla., 3 and 2

Monica Vaughn, Reedsport, Ore., def. Rochelle Morris, England, 4 and 3

Andrea Lee, Hermosa Beach, Calif., def. Alice Hewson, England, 2 and 1

Bronte Law, England, def. Mika Liu, Beverly Hills, Calif., 2 up

Meghan MacLaren, England, def. Bethany Wu, Diamond Bar, Calif., 2 and 1

Mariel Galdiano, Pearl City, Hawaii, def. Maria Dunne, Republic of Ireland, 2 and 1

 

The United States Golf Association (USGA) today announced groupings and starting times for the first two rounds of the 2016 U.S. Open Championship, Thursday (June 16) and Friday (June 17), at 7,219-yard, par-70 Oakmont Country Club.

The U.S. Open is a 72-hole, stroke-play competition. A field of 156 players will play 18 holes of stroke play on June 16 and 17, after which the field will be reduced to the low 60 scores and ties. Those players making the cut will play 18 holes on June 18 and 19. If there is a tie upon the completion of 72 holes, a scheduled 18-hole playoff will be played on June 20 at noon. If this playoff results in a tie, the tied players will immediately continue to play off hole-by-hole until the winner is determined.

All Times EDT

Thursday (June 16), hole #1 / Friday (June 17), hole #10

6:45 a.m. / 12:30 p.m. – Denny McCarthy, Jupiter, Fla.; Aron Price, Australia; Mikael Lundberg, Sweden

6:56 a.m. / 12:41 p.m. – (a) Nick Hardy, Northbrook, Ill.; TBD; Tom Hoge, Fargo, N.D.

7:07 a.m. / 12:52 p.m. – Patrick Rodgers, Singer Island, Fla.; (a) Sam Horsfield, England; Andrew Johnston, England

7:18 a.m. / 1:03 p.m. – Justin Hicks, Wellington, Fla.; Soren Hansen, Denmark; Jason Allred, Scottsdale, Ariz.

7:29 a.m. / 1:14 p.m. – Romain Wattel, France; Sung Kang, Republic of Korea; Yusaku Miyazato, Japan

7:40 a.m. / 1:25 p.m. – Bernd Wiesberger, Austria; Matteo Manassero, Italy; Daniel Berger, Jupiter, Fla.

7:51 a.m. / 1:36 p.m. – Matt Kuchar, Sea Island, Ga.; Bubba Watson, Bagdad, Fla.; Patrick Reed, Houston, Texas

8:02 a.m. / 1:47 p.m. – Rafa Cabrera Bello, Spain; J.B. Holmes, Campbellsville, Ky.; Kevin Chappell, Fresno, Calif.

8:13 a.m. / 1:58 p.m. – Matthew Fitzpatrick, England; Danny Lee, New Zealand; Byeong Hun An, Republic of Korea

8:24 a.m. / 2:09 p.m. – Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland; Danny Willett, England; Rickie Fowler, Murrieta, Calif.

8:35 a.m. / 2:20 p.m. – Chris Kirk, Athens, Ga.; Emiliano Grillo, Argentina; Shane Lowry, Republic of Ireland

8:46 a.m. / 2:31 p.m. – Mike Miller, Brewster, N.Y.; Matthew Borchert, Windermere, Fla.; (a) Charlie Danielson, Osceola, Wis.

8:57 a.m. / 2:42 p.m. – Chase Parker, Augusta, Ga.; (a) Ryan Stachler, Alpharetta, Ga.; Patrick Wilkes-Krier, Ypsilanti, Mich.

Thursday (June 16), hole #10 / Friday (June 17), hole #1

6:45 a.m. / 12:30 p.m. – Andres Gonzales, Lakewood, Wash.; (a) Scottie Scheffler, Dallas, Texas; Derek Fathauer, Jupiter, Fla.

6:56 a.m. / 12:41 p.m. – Andrew Landry, Austin, Texas; Matthew Baldwin, England; D.J. Trahan, Plano, Texas

7:07 a.m. / 12:52 p.m. – Rob Oppenheim, Andover, Mass.; Dicky Pride, Tuscaloosa, Ala.; Wes Short Jr., Austin, Texas

7:18 a.m. / 1:03 p.m. – Patton Kizzire, Sea Island, Ga.; Yuta Ikeda, Japan; David Lingmerth, Sweden

7:29 a.m. / 1:14 p.m. – Hideto Tanihara, Japan; Gregory Bourdy, France; Kevin Streelman, Scottsdale, Ariz.

7:40 a.m. / 1:25 p.m. – (a) Jon Rahm, Spain; James Hahn, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Robert Streb, Shawnee, Kan.

7:51 a.m. / 1:36 p.m. – Thomas Aiken, South Africa; Jeff Maggert, Sea Pines, S.C.; David Toms, Shreveport, La.

8:02 a.m. / 1:47 p.m. – Marc Leishman, Australia; Jimmy Walker, Boerne, Texas; Paul Casey, England

8:13 a.m. / 1:58 p.m. – Lee Westwood, England; Luke Donald, England; Martin Kaymer, Germany

8:24 a.m. / 2:09 p.m. – Russell Knox, Scotland; Harris English, Sea Island, Ga.; Jason Dufner, Auburn, Ala.

8:35 a.m. / 2:20 p.m. – Zach Johnson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Bryson DeChambeau, Clovis, Calif.; Jordan Spieth, Dallas, Texas

8:46 a.m. / 2:31 p.m. – TBD; Gregor Main, Danville, Calif.; Mark Anguiano, Whittier, Calif.

8:57 a.m. / 2:42 p.m. – (a) Kyle Mueller, Athens, Ga.; Derek Chang, Dallas, Texas; Richie Schembechler, Massillon, Ohio

Thursday (June 16), hole #1 / Friday (June 17), hole #10

12:30 p.m. / 6:45 a.m. – Peter Hanson, Sweden; Tim Wilkinson, New Zealand; Thitiphun Chuayprakong, Thailand

12:41 p.m. / 6:56 a.m. – Billy Hurley III, Annapolis, Md.; Jeev Milkha Singh, India; J.J. Henry, Ft. Worth, Texas

12:52 p.m. / 7:07 a.m. – Brendan Steele, Idyllwild, Calif.; Soren Kjeldsen, Denmark; Jaco Van Zyl, South Africa

1:03 p.m. / 7:18 a.m. – Anirban Lahiri, India; Scott Piercy, Las Vegas, Nev.; Jamie Donaldson, Wales

1:14 p.m. / 7:29 a.m. – Spencer Levin, Sacramento, Calif.; Toru Taniguchi, Japan; Carlos Ortiz, Mexico

1:25 p.m. / 7:40 a.m. – Ryan Moore, Las Vegas, Nev.; Andrew Sullivan, England; Charley Hoffman, San Diego, Calif.

1:36 p.m. / 7:51 a.m. – Hideki Matsuyama, Japan; Sergio Garcia, Spain; Dustin Johnson, Myrtle Beach, S.C.

1:47 p.m. / 8:02 a.m. – Webb Simpson, Charlotte, N.C.; Graeme McDowell, Northern Ireland; Geoff Ogilvy, Australia

1:58 p.m. / 8:13 a.m. – Ernie Els, South Africa; Jim Furyk, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.; Angel Cabrera, Argentina

2:09 p.m. / 8:24 a.m. – Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Thailand; K.T. Kim, Republic of Korea; Kevin Na, Las Vegas, Nev.

2:20 p.m. / 8:35 a.m. – Jason Day, Australia; Louis Oosthuizen, South Africa; Adam Scott, Australia

2:31 p.m. / 8:46 a.m. – Aaron Wise, Lake Elsinore, Calif.; Ethan Tracy, Galloway, Ohio; Brandon Harkins, Scottsdale, Ariz.

2:42 p.m. / 8:57 a.m. – (a) Justin Suh, San Jose, Calif.; T.J. Howe, Osceola, Pa.; Frank Adams III, Salisbury, N.C.

Thursday (June 16), hole #10 / Friday (June 17), hole #1

12:30 p.m. / 6:45 a.m. – Lee Slattery, England; Miguel Tabuena, Philippines; TBD

12:41 p.m. / 6:56 a.m. – Sebastian Soderberg, Sweden; TBD; Kent Bulle, Glasgow, Ky.

12:52 p.m. / 7:07 a.m. – TBD; Alex Noren, Sweden; Jason Kokrak, Charlotte, N.C.

1:03 p.m. / 7:18 a.m. – Max Kieffer, Germany; Gary Stal, France; Kevin Tway, Edmond, Okla.

1:14 p.m. / 7:29 a.m. – Cameron Smith, Australia; Steven Bowditch, Australia; (a) Derek Bard, New Hartford, N.Y.

1:25 p.m. / 7:40 a.m. – Jim Herman, Palm City, Fla.; Smylie Kaufman, Birmingha.m., Ala.; TBD

1:36 p.m. / 7:51 a.m. – Brandt Snedeker, St. Simons Island, Ga.; Bill Haas, Greenville, S.C.; Billy Horschel, St. Augustine, Fla.

1:47 p.m. / 8:02 a.m. – Brooks Koepka, West Palm Beach, Fla.; Chris Wood, England; Justin Thomas, Goshen, Ky.

1:58 p.m. / 8:13 a.m. – Kevin Kisner, Aiken, S.C.; Charl Schwartzel, South Africa; Branden Grace, South Africa

2:09 p.m. / 8:24 a.m. – Phil Mickelson, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.; Justin Rose, England; Henrik Stenson, Sweden

2:20 p.m. / 8:35 a.m. – Retief Goosen, South Africa; Keegan Bradley, Woodstock, Vt.; Lucas Glover, Tequesta, Fla.

2:31 p.m. / 8:46 a.m. – Andy Pope, Orlando, Fla.; (a) Sam Burns, Shreveport, La.; Matt Marshall, Carlton, Ore.

2:42 p.m. / 8:57 a.m. – Tyler Raber, Davis, Calif.; (a) Christopher Crawford, Bensalem, Pa.; Austin Jordan, Rainbow, Texas

(a): amateur

TBD - Player to be determined

2016 U.S. Open Championship – Par & Yardage

Oakmont Country Club will set up at 7,219 yards and will play to a par of 35-35—70. The yardage for each round of the championship will vary due to course setup and conditions.

Oakmont Country Club Hole By Hole

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hole

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

Total

Par

4

4

4

5

4

3

4

3

4

35

Yardage

482

340

426

609

382

194

479

288/

477

3,677

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

252

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hole

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

Total

Par

4

4

5

3

4

4

3

4

4

35

Yardage

462/

379

632/

183

358

500

231

313

484

3,542

 

440

 

667

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Denmark’s Lasse Jensen will join the world’s leading golfers at The 145TH Open at Royal Troon after qualifying at the Nordea Masters in Sweden. The Nordea Masters, played at Bro Hof Slott Golf Club near Stockholm, is the fifth event in The Open Qualifying Series and a place in golf’s oldest Championship was available to the leading player, not already exempt, in the top five and ties. Jensen produced a memorable final round surge to secure his Major Championship debut on the Ayrshire coast next month. 

“It’s a huge thing because it will be my first major so for me to be in The Open is pretty awesome,” said Jensen. “I have always wanted to play in The Open because it has so much history and tradition that has built up around it. I’m over the moon about the thought of it. When I came down the 18th I could see that I had a chance of it and I grabbed it and it feels great. As a little kid you watch The Open and it’s the best players in the world – that’s why I play golf, that’s why we’re here, to compete with the best players.”

Two-time European Tour winner Nicolas Colsaerts spent much of the day in second place as he chased Fitzpatrick, and an eagle at the par five 9th gave him momentum, but the Belgian’s challenge faded on the par three 17th, where his tee shot found the water and he took a double bogey. A birdie at the last left him on 12-under-par. Swedes Henrik Stenson, who is already in the field for Royal Troon, and Bjorn Hellgren, finished in a tie for fourth on 10-under-par.

 

Denmark’s Lasse Jensen will join the world’s leading golfers at The 145TH Open at Royal Troon after qualifying at the Nordea Masters in Sweden. The Nordea Masters, played at Bro Hof Slott Golf Club near Stockholm, is the fifth event in The Open Qualifying Series and a place in golf’s oldest Championship was available to the leading player, not already exempt, in the top five and ties. Jensen produced a memorable final round surge to secure his Major Championship debut on the Ayrshire coast next month. 

“It’s a huge thing because it will be my first major so for me to be in The Open is pretty awesome,” said Jensen. “I have always wanted to play in The Open because it has so much history and tradition that has built up around it. I’m over the moon about the thought of it. When I came down the 18th I could see that I had a chance of it and I grabbed it and it feels great. As a little kid you watch The Open and it’s the best players in the world – that’s why I play golf, that’s why we’re here, to compete with the best players.”

Two-time European Tour winner Nicolas Colsaerts spent much of the day in second place as he chased Fitzpatrick, and an eagle at the par five 9th gave him momentum, but the Belgian’s challenge faded on the par three 17th, where his tee shot found the water and he took a double bogey. A birdie at the last left him on 12-under-par. Swedes Henrik Stenson, who is already in the field for Royal Troon, and Bjorn Hellgren, finished in a tie for fourth on 10-under-par.

 

Its highly likely very few have been paying close attention to the situation brewing inside adidas with regards to its golf division. In 2015 TMaG initiated a 15% reduction in its global workforce as part of an extensive restructuring program, which also involved the closure of one of its facilities in the U.S. On a currency-neutral basis, revenues at TaylorMade declined 13% last year, thanks to sales declines in most categories and in particular metalwoods and irons, the company reported. In 2014, TMaG sales plummeted by 28%. “Half way through last year we started analyzing future options for our golf business. We expect the strategic review to be concluded by the end of the first quarter of 2016,” Hainer expressed to the investment community in March.

As the company reported its first quarter operating results, it let it be known in no un-certain terms the golf business has to go. “TaylorMade is a very viable business. However, we decided that now is the time to focus even more on our core strength in the athletic footwear and apparel market,” said Herbert Hainer. “With its leadership position in the industry and the turnaround plan gaining traction, which is clearly reflected in the top- and bottom-line improvements recorded in Q1 as well as recent market share gains, I am convinced that TaylorMade offers attractive growth opportunities in the future. At the same time, the planned divestiture will allow us to reduce complexity and focus our efforts on those areas of our business that offer the highest return and where we can have the biggest impact in reaching our consumers and winning their loyalty for the Adidas and Reebok brands.” The company is actively seeking a buyer for the remainder of its golf business, which mainly consists of the TaylorMade brand, as well as the Adams and Ashworth brands. The Executive Board has decided to enter into concrete negotiations with interested parties aimed at a divestiture of parts of the company’s golf division.  A final decision including the detailed terms of a potential agreement is subject to approval by the Supervisory Board.

The rumor mill is now open for business. Many will speculate on the fate of TaylorMade with little to no information to substantiate it. Its somewhat fitting in today’s world after all. Nevertheless, a few points are worth highlighting. First and foremost, price is the critical element in the deal. John Guy, an analyst at MainFirst, has estimated that the TaylorMade, Adams and Ashworth brands could be worth roughly €470 million.

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TaylorMade adidas Golf reported first quarter sales of 275 million euros, down 5 million euros from the first quarter of 2015. On a currency neutral basis, sales slipped by 1.7% for the reporting period, adidas said. This happened despite the success of M1, according to TaylorMade and the introduction of M2 drivers, fairway and Rescue clubs. In March, adidas CEO, Herbert Hainer, reported glowingly on M1. “We have seen extremely good response to our latest product launches. In its inaugural week on both the PGA Tour and the European Tour, TaylorMade’s M1 driver became the number one played model bringing TaylorMade back to the top spot in golf’s most important category, metalwoods,” he reported. The trouble is the professional circuits don’t buy the product; they only validate it to those who are expected to then purchase it. “Due to the strong early demand and quick sales through at retail our launch quantities were sold out quickly and much faster than we had anticipated,” Hainer said in March of 2016. Wonder if that decision is being second-guessed? According to adidas, growth at TaylorMade (6%) and adidas Golf (3%) was more than offset by double-digit sales declines at Ashworth and Adams. The company did not provide any breakdown on TMaG’s contribution to its bottom line for the quarter.

While foreign exchange rates played a role in the final numbers, it’s worth pointing out that TMaG’s sales decline was consistent with its rival Callaway Golf. Last week Callaway reported a first quarter sales decline of $10 million or 3.5% from 2015. 

 

It’s believed that Tiger Woods has inspired multi-generational players with his on course performance. While several years his junior, Jordan Spieth appears to have already made an impact with at least one individual who could be on his way to the PGA TOUR before too long. Brad Dalke is the 2015 Junior PGA Championship, which also earned him a place in this week’s Valero Texas Open field.

Dalke wears Under Armour head to toe and admits Spieth has inspired him. “He's a great guy, great role model to look up to. I am inspired by his composure on the course, the way he plays his golf and his game. You know, he's a great guy to look up. I'm definitely try to emulate myself after him,” he said. “ He's obviously done a great job these first few years on the Tour. I've played with him once, lost to him by 2. I'm very inspired by him.”

Dalke also made a name for himself off the course last year too. He challenged Rory McIlroy to an arm wrestling contest and the 17-year old came beat the world #1. “I was surprised by how big that got,” he said. “I tweeted the video and I think it ended up getting like 700 re-tweets and something like that. It was cool. Went viral. I definitely wasn't expecting that. It was really cool. There's not many guys out there that will be No. 1 in the world at the time and arm wrestle a 17 year old at the junior events. He's a great guy and I was really surprised that he accepted the challenge.” Dalke added he won’t look to push his luck this week in arm wrestling. “I don't think I'll challenge anybody this week. I'll go one and done on that one.” Dalke will look to let his clubs do his talking this week and no matter what happens, he’ll get a first hand look at what it takes to get to the next level.

 
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