U.S. ahead by 1 at delayed Presidents Cup

DUBLIN, Ohio – One other rain delay minimize brief some exceptional golf Friday in the Presidents Cup.

Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley shot 30 on the front 9 at Muirfield Village, an astounding efficiency in foursomes. Only some sloppy play allowed the match to go 15 holes in a four-and-3 win over Jason Day and Graham DeLaet.

“We have been down but, boy, on 5 we just turned it on and played a few of our greatest golf,” Mickelson stated.

Proper behind them, Brendon de Jonge started to emerge as a star of the International workforce. He teamed with Ernie Els and they never trailed in a 4-and-3 win over Hunter Mahan and Invoice Haas, going 8 beneath when the match ended on the fifteenth.

“This man, he performed lovely and we each played effectively right this moment,” Els said.

The Americans had a four½-3½ lead, although 4 matches had been still in progress when darkness descended on Muirfield Village.

For the second straight day, storms interrupted play and left a bleak outlook for finishing Sunday. Heavy rain – and the time it took to get small swimming pools of water out of the bunkers and fairways – led to a delay of almost three hours.

The opposite 4 matches – the Americans were up in two, the Worldwide led the other two – were to renew Saturday morning.

Tiger Woods and Matt Kuchar were 6 below via eight holes and still only had a 1-up lead over Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel. Oosthuizen missed a short par putt on the ninth to lose one other hole, and the previous Open Championship winner made an excellent higher blunder on the par-3 twelfth. After Woods went long of the green, Oosthuizen’s 7-iron leaked to the appropriate and hopped into the water. The Individuals gained with a bogey and have been 3 up with six holes to play once they stopped.

Steve Stricker and 20-12 months-outdated Jordan Spieth finally seized control of their match when Spieth made a 15-foot birdie putt on the par-three eighth, and the Texan made one other key birdie on the twelfth. They had been three up with 4 holes remaining.

What appeared to be the decisive match of the foursomes session was Angel Cabrera and Marc Leishman, who overcame an early deficit and have been 1 up with 5 holes remaining towards Webb Simpson and Brandt Snedeker. The International workforce had control of the opposite match. Hideki Matsuyama and Adam Scott lost just one gap and had been 4 up with seven holes remaining towards Zach Johnson and Jason Dufner.

[+] EnlargePhil Mickelson and Keegan BradleyBrian Spurlock/USA AT PRESENT Sports activitiesPhil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley were plenty glad after securing some extent for the U.S. workforce on Friday.

Saturday is the busiest day for the Presidents Cup, with five fourballs matches early and five foursomes matches late. It concludes with 12 singles matches Sunday, though the forecast isn’t any higher, especially for Sunday.

One thing was becoming clear by way of the relentless look of clouds – the course Jack Nicklaus built has been groomed for birdies.

Nicklaus stood at the back of the press heart peering at the scoreboard, and he couldn’t consider the scores he saw from each side. “They are saying this golf course is tough,” Nicklaus mentioned, though he knows better. The greens are among the most pure on the PGA Tour, and they’re comfortable because of the rain. In match play, with 24 of the very best players from every continent except Europe, Muirfield Village does not stand much of a chance.

“They aren’t defending the course like they might do on a Sunday of the Memorial,” Els stated. “So they’re establishing the course where you can make some birdies in case you play correctly.”

It was an enormous change from two years in the past at fast, fiery and frightening Royal Melbourne. In eighty holes on Friday, there have been 51 birdies and two eagles. That is good for the fourballs format – not often for alternate shot.

“People need to see birdies,” Mickelson said. “We do not need to be taking part in protection. We want to be playing offense. And if you try this, you are winning holes due to nice photographs, not because of other’s mistakes. And I believe that’s exactly the way it needs to be in these staff events.”

Mickelson and Bradley, coming off their first loss in 4 matches as a staff, fell behind early and wanted a pair of huge putts from Bradley to keep from falling additional behind. It took a 15-foot eagle putt by Mickelson just to square the match on the par-5 fifth. However there was no stopping them from there. They adopted with three straight birdies and gained three straight holes on the again nine with pars.

Mickelson tried to hole out a pitch simply wanting the thirteenth inexperienced – an up-and-down was all he needed – and it hit the opening and spun 4 feet away. Bradley missed the par putt, bungled the 14th for an additional bogey and they halved the fifteenth with birdies.

Even so, they made six birdies and an eagle in 15 holes of alternate shot.

“I just suppose that when Phil and I get rolling in this alternate shot, we complement one another so nicely,” Bradley mentioned. “I think that we each really enjoy type of exhibiting off in entrance of one another.”

De Jonge and Els opened with two fast birdies via three holes and never gave Mahan and Haas a lot of an opportunity. They did not lose a single gap.

“Brendon performed awesome,” Els said. “He played nice yesterday. Actually, he even performed higher at this time.”

The Zimbabwean, in his first Presidents Cup, stated Els contributed in his own means.

“Do not let Ernie give me all of the credit,” de Jonge said. “He is by far probably the most calming affect I’ve ever been on the golf course with. It’s nice to play with a Hall of Famer who hits it in the course of the golf green and middle of the inexperienced. He makes it very straightforward.”

The conclusion of the second session might be pivotal for captain Nick Worth and his International crew, which has misplaced the last seven foursomes sessions on this occasion.



Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open: Making the $10M Guarantee, Sustainability, and More

Ten million dollars.

The Seminole Hard Rock took a big risk when they announced that this tournament, the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Championship Event, will have a $10 million guarantee. Only three tournaments in 2013 generated prize pools of $10 million or more, including the GuangDong Ltd Asia Millions, World Series of Poker $100,000 One Drop, and WSOP Main Event. Two of those events were six-figure buy-ins, inflating the prize pool considerably, and the other one was the most important $10,000 buy-in event on the calendar.

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The winner of the SHRPO Championship Event will walk home with a minimum of $1.5 million, which is good for at least 29th on the 2013 money list. If the field is larger than 2,000 players (the board currently says just over 600), which it appears it will be, then that first-place prize will be even bigger.

Unlike UKIPT Galway and WPT Cyprus, which both missed $1 million guarantees this month, the SHRPO Championship Event has three very important things working for them: location, timing, and sizzle.

“Florida’s poker scene has been building for a few years now,” Brian Hastings, a new resident to the Sunshine State told PokerNews. “And it’s a nice place to be generally — although this is the rainy season.”

Scattered showers or not, Florida is still one of the biggest tourist destinations in the world with over 89 million people visiting in 2012 alone. Additionally, after you’re done having fun in the sun and grinding poker, you can catch a direct flight from Miami to Spain for the next major poker tournament series, European Poker Tour Barcelona. Neither California, Las Vegas, or Atlantic City are as accessible and enjoyable as South Florida.

The timing is crucial for two reasons. First, as stated above, EPT Barcelona is right after this event. Sneaking the SHRPO in right before the EPT season begins not only prevents unnecessary overlapping, which would negatively affect both festivals, but it also separates it from the WSOP for a longer period of time. After grinding 50 or more tournaments in Las Vegas, the last thing players want to do is travel to another festival right after. Everybody needs a vacation, even grinders.

“Everything seems to be good for this one,” Mike Leah said. “There’s nothing else going on.”

Timing is also important because the Seminole Hard Rock is the first property to offer a guarantee of this size. Instead of entering an oversaturated market of six-to-seven-figure guarantees, they decided to swing for the fences and create their own market. It worked.

“A million [dollars] just isn’t enough anymore,” says WSOP bracelet winner Jon Aguiar, who came out of “retirement” to play in this event. “Throw out a ten million dollar guarantee, you have to go, everyone has to go. These are cannibalizing million dollar guarantees.”

The success of this event could be dangerous, however. If other tours or properties try to mimic the Seminole Hard Rock’s success and start plastering eight-figure guarantees all over the place, then another oversaturated marker will be created.

“If you tried to do something like this every month, there’s no chance,” Hastings says. “Once or twice a year, depending on where it is, how well the event is run, how many satellite winners there are, and how much value is there. It’s possible.”

The man in charge of making sure the tournament runs smoothly is Hard Rock’s director of poker, Bill Mason.

“With the Hard Rock, you’re looking at a venue that’s complete,” Mason told PokerNews. “We’ve got activities, we’re in South Florida so the lifestyle is unlike anywhere else — it’s fast paced, and people want to come to Florida.”

When asked if this is just a one-off event or if there could be more big guarantees in the future, Mason smiled.

“I definitely believe that there’s going to be more opportunities like this to come. We’ve made a commitment, and once this is over we’re going to take a look and see what we can do even bigger and better,” he said.

For now, the march to 2,000 entrants is on here in the Sunshine State.


British Open odds updated after second round

Tiger Woods — Getty Images We are halfway through with the 2013 British Open and the Claret Jug is still very much up for grabs. Miguel Angel Jimenez leads at 3-under, with Tiger Woods, Dustin Johnson, Henrik Stenson and Lee Westwood sitting a shot back at Muirfield.

The winning odds have been updated, courtesy of Bovada, and we have some surprises (Jimenez at 14-to-1) and some numbers one would expect (Tiger at 5/2).

Check the odds after the jump and let us know which name you like the most to snag this Open Championship.

The Open Championship 2013 Outright Winner
Tiger Woods 5/2
Lee Westwood 6/1
Henrik Stenson 15/2
Dustin Johnson 11/1
Angel Cabrera 14/1
Miguel Angel Jimenez 14/1
Phil Mickelson 14/1
Adam Scott 16/1
Zach Johnson 16/1
Martin Laird 20/1
Charl Schwartzel 25/1
Ian Poulter 33/1
Jason Day 33/1
Bubba Watson 40/1
Ryan Moore 40/1
Rafael Cabrera –Bello 40/1
Webb Simpson 40/1
Jordan Spieth 50/1
Francesco Molinari 66/1
Darren Clarke 75/1
Hunter Mahan 80/1
Branden Grace 150/1
Graeme McDowell 150/1
Jamie Donaldson 150/1
Brandt Snedeker 200/1
Ken Duke 200/1
Bernd Wiesberger 250/1