DUBLIN, Ohio (Reuters) – As much as players and officials like to talk up the competitive nature of the Presidents Cup there was also an end-of-season party atmosphere at Muirfield Village on Thursday with even Tiger Woods joining in the fun.
Woods and Matt Kuchar enjoyed a comfortable 5&4 win over Argentine Angel Cabrera and Australian Marc Leishman and the world number one had an unusually relaxed day.
DUBLIN, Ohio, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Rookie Jordan Spieth had some nervy moments in his Presidents Cup debut but his fine form combined with veteran U.S. team-mate Steve Stricker’s calming influence helped guide the pair to a 1-up victory over Ernie Els and Brendon De Jonge on Thursday.
The U.S lead 3-1/2 points to 2-1/2 after the fourball session at Muirfield Village Golf Club and the 20-year-old Spieth got an early taste of the tension of the team game with his match going down to the wire.
DUBLIN, Ohio (Reuters) – Phil Mickelson has achieved plenty of success in his career but on Wednesday the five-time major winner said his status as the only golfer to play in every Presidents Cup is among those that he takes the most pride in.
Mickelson, who will link up with fellow American Keegan Bradley in Thursday’s opening fourballs at the Presidents Cup said he was a captain’s pick in 1994 but earned his spot on the team ever since based on his place in the Cup standings.
DUBLIN, Ohio (Reuters) – PGA Tour rookie Jordan Spieth is relishing teaming up with veteran Steve Stricker for the United States in Thursday’s opening fourball matches against the Internationals at the 10th Presidents Cup.
Spieth, whose stunning form in his debut season made him an obvious wildcard pick for U.S. captain Fred Couples, was once again the centre of attention on Wednesday after making a hole-in-one at the par-three 12th during team practice.
DUBLIN, Ohio (Reuters) – For one of the most successful individual sportsmen of his generation, Tiger Woods certainly enjoys the novelty of being part of a team.
The world number one, who last week was named the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year, says he is thoroughly enjoying the banter in the United States’ locker room ahead of this week’s Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio.
By Simon Evans
(Reuters) – Unstoppable Peyton Manning continued his electric start to the NFL season by throwing four touchdown passes as the Denver Broncos moved to 4-0 with a 52-20 crushing of the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.
Manning completed 28 of 34 passes for 327 yards and no interceptions and his work was so effective that he was able to sit out the fourth quarter as the Broncos enjoyed another blowout win.
By Simon Evans
(Reuters) – The Seattle Seahawks extended their winning start to the season to a franchise record four games after a 23-20 comeback victory in overtime at the Houston Texans on Sunday while the New York Giants suffered a fourth straight loss with a miserable 31-7 defeat at Kansas City.
The defending Super Bowl champions, the Baltimore Ravens also had a tough day with quarterback Joe Flacco throwing five interceptions in a 23-20 loss at Buffalo.
MIAMI (Reuters) – “End the half, end the game” has been Miami coach Joe Philbin’s mantra and on Sunday his team did just that, beating the Atlanta Falcons 27-23 in a statement comeback that took them to 3-0 for the first time in 11 years.
Road wins against Cleveland and Indianapolis had raised the question as to whether the Dolphins were emerging as legitimate contenders for a playoff place and in beating an Atlanta team that had made the postseason the past three years, Miami gave a firm affirmative answer.
MIAMI (Reuters) – With a talented quarterback in Ryan Tannehill and additions across the field that have already had an impact, the undefeated Miami Dolphins enter Sunday’s clash with the Atlanta Falcons in a rare mood of optimism.
For the Dolphins, the National Football League season has begun with road wins at Cleveland and Indianapolis, the latter leaving head coach Joe Philbin declaring “we’ve got the makings of a helluva team.”
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Reuters) – The United States celebrated qualification for the World Cup finals with a 2-0 victory over Mexico on Tuesday but the true test of Juergen Klinsmann’s team will not come until Brazil itself.
As champagne flowed and official tee-shirts declaring ‘Qualified’ were snapped up by fans partying around Crew Stadium, there was a quiet word of caution from one of the team’s hardened realists.