1. Comeback Victory for U.S. in Presidents Cup – Bloomberg
2. Ernie Els Beaten by Tiger Once Again – Golf Channel
3. Tway and Sabbatini Win QBE Shootout – Golfweek
4. Chip Shots: Reed’s Caddie Punished; Nicklaus Watch Brings $1 Million; DeChambeau Pumps Iron; Kevin Na’s Generosity; Danish Tour Pro Arrested
1. Presidents Cup Decided by U.S. Dominance in Singles: Tiger Woods capped a big year that began with his 15th major at the Masters by playing and leading his U.S. team to another victory in the Presidents Cup on Sunday at Royal Melbourne. The first playing captain in 25 years, he opened the 12 singles matches by beating Abraham Ancer to set the Presidents Cup record with his 27th match victory, and set the tone for the rest of his team. The scoreboard was filled with American red scores all day as they rallied from a two-point deficit to win the Presidents Cup for the eighth straight time against an International team that faltered at the worst time. Read More . . .
2. Yet Again, Ernie Els Topped by Tiger: When Tiger Woods famously won the 2000 U.S. Open, it was Ernie Els who became the face of a hapless generation. In the heat of the moment, the runner-up was asked his thoughts on Woods’ 15-stroke victory, which shattered the previous record held by Tom Morris for margin of victory in a major. An incredulous Els seethed: “If you put Old Tom Morris with Tiger Woods, he'd probably beat him by 80 shots right now. Hey, the guy is unbelievable, man. I'm running out of words. Give me a break.” For Els, there have been precious few, if any, breaks when it comes to Woods. Read More . . .
3. Greg Norman-Hosted QBE Shootout Goes to Tway and Sabbatini: A fuller circle happened in the winner’s circle at the QBE Shootout on Sunday. Earlier in the week, tournament founder and host Greg Norman said it was a full-circle moment, with Bob Tway, who had beaten Norman by holing out a bunker shot in the 1986 PGA Championship, serving as caddie for his son, Kevin, at Tiburón Golf Club at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort. Then Tway and a red-hot Rory Sabbatini all but ran away in the better-ball format, shooting a 12-under 60 to win by two strokes over Jason Kokrak and J.T. Poston at 31-under 185. They split $870,000. Read More . . .
4. Chip Shots: The controversies surrounding Presidents Cup player Patrick Reed got worse when his caddie and brother-in-law was relieved of his duties after a tense altercation with a fan . . . An anonymous bidder paid $1 million for the gold Rolex watch worn for 50 years by Jack Nicklaus, whose foundation dedicated to children’s healthcare will get the proceeds . . . The dramatically bulked-up physique of Bryson DeChambeau, on display at the Presidents Cup, is a work in progress, says the free-thinking tour star, who is “going to get massive” . . . PGA Tour standout Kevin Na backed up his kind words for a young fan suffering from a rare bone disorder by donating $50,000 to the Shriners Hospital Brittle Bone Program . . . Danish pro golfer Thorbjørn Olesen, who pleaded not guilty to sexual assault and being drunk on an aircraft last summer, remains suspended from the European PGA Tour.
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