Team Thomas wins for USA in near-the-pin competition after performance ends 2-2 against Europe
By Ali Stafford
Last updated: 23/09/20 1:46 AM
Tiger Woods and Justin Thomas Payne claimed pride rights over Rory McClroy and Justin Rose after an impressive finish in the Valley Cup.
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The quartet competed in a 19-hole contest, starring three forms, marking the opening of the Penn Valley Golf Course at Big Cedar Lodge in Ridgedale, Missouri – the first public golf course designed by Woods’ TGR design.
Team Europe won the first point after six holes in the alternate shot and Team USA snatched a point in the foursomes, followed by Rose Woods and Thomas beating McLeroy in singles.
The 19th hole, dubbed “Pain Valley at Big Rock,” doubled as the nearest pin decider to end the contest, when he finished in a 2-2 draw, securing a close T-shot near Thomas for a narrow victory. For Team USA.
“I had a blast,” Woods said after the victory. “I am very proud of everyone who came together to make this possible. Johnny [Morris] There was vision and I was lucky enough to get advice on this and everyone here is pretty awesome to me. “
Both European players parsed for the first time, which was enough to win the hole due to the loss of the ball from the Woods team, only the Americans bogeyed on the monster par-three after McIlroy and Rose to win.
Driving down from McLroy Green became the third birdie, where Rose went out of bounds, the Europeans doubled their advantage, while Rose would post a two-fold birdie at the front.
Thomas Par-Three claimed the right to brag in the fifth near-the-pin challenge, but couldn’t find Birdie, which would allow Rose Bay to come down and was the first point to have a hole to secure Europe.
Woods competed in a long drive to McLeroy in sixth place and Team USA ended the half-holes by giving the first point of the day to Forsoms, after Thomas wedged in the tape-in range behind the 12th green. Par-for-Lily ran.
McIlroy won the opening hole of his singles match after failing to come down to save Themos Par, just for the four-time main champion, to cut his next two holes and go an inch away from the ruffle. -I am 16th.
Woods advanced with a birdie at 13th but dropped an attempt soon after eight feet into the next, which allowed Rose to save exactly and then the 16th was able to pull back the level by reassuring his tea shot.
Thomas rode in a long-range birdie at 17 and matched McLeroy’s gain on the 18th, putting the American ahead, while Rose went down a greenside bunker and into the 19th hole with a narrow advantage from below.
Gary Players, Jack Nickels and Aaron Stewart – the late Penn Stewart’s son – all joined the last three quarters, where both Nickels and Player saw the greenery and came closer with their birdie efforts.
Woods, unable to find the closing birdie, gave Rose and Europe another point, while Thomas Birdie rolled in to try to complete his 2nd win against McLeroy and score 2-2.
All four tee shots were then used as a tie-breaker to determine the winner, with Thomas knocking his tee shot nine feet below the pin to give his team the win.
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