WEDNESDAY'S COVERAGE OF CAPTAIN'S PICKS
The four Captain's Picks for this year's Presidents Cup will be announced at 2 p.m. ET Wednesday, Sept. 4, on the Golf Channel. At 2:20 p.m. ET, PGATOUR.COM will carry a live audio stream of the two captains and the picks discussing the choices.
U.S. captain Fred Couples and International captain Nick Price will each select two players to complete their 12-man rosters for their respective Presidents Cup teams. The selections will be announced at 2 p.m. ET on Wednesday.Ten players earned spots on each team through points rankings, which closed Monday.
Who do you think the captains should select? Below is a chart listing the statistics of some of the captains' top choices. Will Couples choose two veterans, or will he take 20-year-old Jordan Spieth? Or will Couples give a spot to Webb Simpson, who was bumped from the team at the 11th hour? Five of Price's 10 team members are rookies? Will he choose players in good form, or try to fill his roster with veterans? Leave your opinion in the comments below.
|11. Webb Simpson||20||25||23||0||1||0||4||T-53|
|12. Dustin Johnson||23||23||20||1||1||0||5||T-27|
|13. Jim Furyk||15||15||20||0||1||1||6||T-27|
|22. Jordan Spieth||10||28||21||1||2||0||8||T-4|
|11. Thongchai Jaidee||N/A||58||18*||0||1||1||5||DNP|
|12. Marc Leishman||58||59||22||0||0||0||4||T-16|
|13. Tim Clark||80||60||20||0||1||0||3||MC|
|14. Brendon de Jonge||26||70||28||0||0||0||4||T-9|
|18. Geoff Ogilvy||104||94||19||0||1||0||1||DNP|
|22. K.J. Choi||73||106||24||0||0||0||2||T-41|
Note: players listed by ranking in team points; DBC finish is finish at Deutsche Bank Championship; *-European Tour events.
MARANA, Ariz. -- Sergio Garcia appeared poised to put Thongchai Jaidee away when he returned to the 16th green on Thursday to attempt an 11-footer for birdie and the win.
Garcia missed the putt, though, as well as the 7-footer on the return and suddenly his 2-up lead was just 1. Jaidee then squared the proceedings on the 18th hole with a 4-footer for birdie to send the first match of the week into overtime.
The two halved the first extra hole with pars. Garcia ended up putting the match away when he two-putted for birdie from 31 feet at the par-5 second, making his 3-footer after Jaidee missed from 14.
"It's hard, obviously," Garcia said. "So many hours waiting here to see if we start. They haven't cut the greens for two days, so you know it's a quick putt, you know it's downhill, but there's a little bit of uncertainty in it. And then obviously a little bit nervous, and I overhit it, and it was obviously very quick, went to nine feet, and then I hit a terrible putt.
"And then he made a great birdie on 18 and had a great chance on the first hole to close out the match, hit a great putt and unfortunately it lipped out, and then I was fortunate enough to play the second hole fairly well and made birdie.
Garcia plays Matt Kuchar in Friday's second round.
MARANA, Ariz. – Tim Clark has withdrawn from the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship due to an injury.
The South African, who won THE PLAYERS Championship last year, has been replaced by J.B. Holmes.
Holmes will now play Camilo Villegas in Match 4 at 9:55 a.m. ET on Wednesday. The match is in the Sam Snead bracket.
Holmes has only played in one Accenture Match Play Championship, nearly pulling off an upset of Tiger Woods in 2008 before losing 1 down.
Clark has not played since he tied for second at the Sony Open in Hawaii. He developed severe blisters on his foot there, then was sidelined by an elbow injury and withdrew from the Bob Hope Classic, AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and Northern Trust Open.
The next alternate is Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher, followed by Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand and Lucas Glover of the United States. – Helen Ross
Thongchai Jaidee, who recorded the tournament's first hole-in-one this week when he aced the par-3 fifth hole with an 8-iron from 180 yards, said it was the 10th hole-in-one in his career and the eighth in competition.
"You need some luck," Jaidee said after finishing his 3-over 74 Saturday. "Today, we got lucky on that hole.
In the second round, Jaidee eagled the par-4 third. At 10 over for the tournament, he's not in a position to win, but he's got a couple of nice consolation prizes with the eagle and the ace.
"Very good memory for me," he said.
It's the 41st ace in U.S. Open history, although the USGA acknowledges that holes-in-one records are not available for all years.
The last ace at a U.S. Open came in 2006 when Peter Hedblom aced the third hole in the third round at Winged Foot.
ACES IN U.S. OPEN SINCE 2000
|Todd Fischer||2000||2||7th||Pebble Beach|
|Phil Mickelson||2001||2||6th||Southern Hills|
|Olin Browne||2001||4||11th||Southern Hills|
|Shigeki Maruyama||2002||2||14th||Bethpage Black|
|Andy Miller||2002||4||3rd||Bethpage Black|
|Scott Hoch||2002||4||3rd||Bethpage Black|
|a-Spencer Levin||2004||1||17th||Shinnecock Hills|
|Peter Hedblom||2006||3||3rd||Winged Foot|
|Thongchai Jaidee||2010||3||5th||Pebble Beach|
We'll have to wait until after the round to find out what club he used, but Thongchai Jaidee recorded the first ace in the 110th U.S. Open on Saturday.
Jaidee's hole-in-one came at No. 5, which was playing to 181 yards in the third round. The ace by the 40-year-old golfer from Thailand was the 41st in U.S. Open history and first since Peter Hedblom made one in the third round at Winged Foot in 2006.
Jaidee birdied the sixth hole after his ace but the spark was short-lived. He’s also had four bogeys and a double bogey through 14 holes and is 10 over for the tournament.
Six other players have made aces in U.S. Opens held at Pebble Beach and three of those have come at the fifth hole (Jerry McGee, 1972; Bobby Mitchell, 1972; and Bob Brodell, 1982). Johnny Miller aced the 12th hole in 1982 while Tom Weiskopf and Todd Fisher made holes-in-one at No. 7 in 1982 and 2000, respectively.