‘Silly’ four­somes should go, Aussie great says

Al­ter­nate-shot for­mat bad for Pres­i­dents Cup, Thom­son main­tains

Ottawa Citizen - - SPORTS -

Four­somes, golf’s al­ter­nate-shot match-play for­mat, is a “very silly game” and should be dumped from the Pres­i­dents Cup, five-time Bri­tish Open cham­pion Peter Thom­son says.

“It is an anachro­nism,” Thom­son, an Aus­tralian and the only In­ter­na­tional cap­tain to wrest the Pres­i­dent Cup tro­phy from the United States, said Satur­day at Royal Mel­bourne Golf Club.

“It has largely died out, if it ever was prom­i­nent. It’s a silly idea and it’s not good for peo­ple watch­ing. I don’t think it serves much pur­pose in the con­test.”

Thom­son, who led his team to a one-sided vic­tory at Royal Mel­bourne in 1998, spoke af­ter the In­ter­na­tion­als lost four of the five Satur­day morn­ing four­somes matches, fall­ing be­hind eight points to three to the U.S.

The In­ter­na­tion­als did win three of the five af­ter­noon four-ball matches, mak­ing the score 13-9 go­ing into Sun­day sin­gles.

While no fan of four­somes, Thom­son said the in­ter­na­tion­als should still be “bet­ter at it than we are. I don’t know the mys­tery of why they lose.”

Four­somes matches are not com­mon in the United States, yet the U.S. pros who spend most of their time on the PGA Tour seem to have mas­tered the for­mat, per­haps be­cause they play it ev­ery other year in the Ry­der Cup matches against Europe.

Aus­tralia’s Robert Al­lenby has lost seven times in four­somes, sec­ond only to South Africa’s Retief Goosen (8) for the most losses in the for­mat of any Pres­i­dents Cup player.

Al­lenby’s 16 over­all losses, go­ing into the clos­ing sin­gles, were al­ready the most by any player in Pres­i­dents Cup com­pe­ti­tion.


South Korean Hee Young Park fired her sec­ond 3-un­der-par 69 in a row on Satur­day to match Ger­many’s San­dra Gal for the lead af­ter three rounds of the LPGA Ti­tle­hold­ers tour­na­ment at Or­lando, Florida.

Park birdied three of the last four holes for a to­tal of 209 through 54 holes at Grand Cy­press Re­sort, with Gal match­ing her af­ter a 71 on Satur­day.

Park is seek­ing her first LPGA tri­umph in the sea­son-end­ing, $1.5-mil­lion show­down.

World No. 2 Suzann Pet­tersen of Nor­way was third at 210 af­ter a bo­gey-free 68, while Amer­i­can Paula Creamer was an­other shot adrift af­ter fir­ing a 71.

World No. 1 Yani Tseng of Tai­wan matched the low round of the week with a 66 to pull within three of the lead and grab a share of fifth with South Korean Na Yeon Choi (75) at 212.

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