In early September the beautifully comported U.S. Walker Cup team went to Ireland and defeated a team of fellow amateurs from Great Britain and Ireland, 12 1/2 to 11 1/2. A week later the American women went to Sweden to play a European squad for the Solheim Cup and came back victorious, 16-12. Then in late September the American men, led by Tiger Woods and loosely managed by Captain Jack (Nicklaus), went to Canada for the Presidents Cup and won handily over Gary Player's International team, 19 1/2 to 14 1/2. The last time U.S. golfers had such a trifecta? Never.
England's Lisa Hall set her sights on becoming the first three-time winner on this season's Ladies' European Tour after taking the halfway lead at the Dubai Ladies' Masters -- however, veteran compatriot Laura Davies is hard on her heels at the Emirates Golf Club.
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. -- Ever play Cut Leaderboard? That's the game where you take the top ten scorers after two rounds of a major championship and compare them to the top ten "losers" -- i.e., those players who finish just below the cut line. As often as not, the two lists look as if they were generated at random. The real leaderboard will have seven journeyman pros, a career amateur from Kotzabue, Alaska, an Asian Tour refugee playing on a sponsor's exemption ... and Phil Mickelson. The cut leader board will have seven journeyman pros, a high school senior from Peculiar, Mo., a former PGA Tour commissioner ... and Vijay Singh.