‘Silly’ foursomes should go, Aussie great says
Alternate-shot format bad for Presidents Cup, Thomson maintains
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.
PARK, GAL TIED
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.