Ryder Cup: Dustin Johnson is first American since 1979 to go 4-0 in team play

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. — Dustin Johnson helped the United States take a commanding lead in the Ryder Cup by doing something no American golfer has accomplished in over four decades — sweeping all four of his team matches.

Johnson went undefeated over two days at Whistling Straits to help the U.S. lead Europe 11-5 heading into Sunday’s singles matches. He’s the first American since Larry Nelson in 1979 to go 4-0 in team play.

“Everything’s been working for Dustin,” said Collin Morikawa, who teamed with Johnson on three of those victories.

The 37-year-old Johnson is the oldest player on a young U.S. roster and has provided occasional guidance to a team featuring six Ryder Cup rookies. Johnson entered this week with a 7-9 record in four previous Ryder Cup appearances.

“We are all close, so we all talk and share our experiences, especially guys who have played in them,” Johnson said. “Yeah, I’ve definitely talked to (teammates), especially all the guys who haven’t played before.”

But the best way he’s led is by example. He teamed up with Ryder Cup rookies in each of his victories.

Johnson and Morikawa won 3 and 2 over Paul Casey and Viktor Hovland in Friday’s foursomes competition. They won in foursomes again Saturday 2 and 1 over Paul Casey and Tyrrell Hatton. And they followed that up Saturday afternoon by beating Ian Poulter and Rory McIlroy 4 and 3 in a best-ball matchup.

Johnson also joined forces with Xander Schauffele to win a Friday afternoon best-ball competition 2 and 1 over Bernd Wiesberger and Paul Casey.

This represents a dramatic turnaround from his last Ryder Cup appearance. Johnson went 1-4 three years ago when the U.S. lost 17 1/2-10 1/2 outside of Paris.

“The golf course suits me a little bit better here than Paris, for sure,” Johnson said. “But yeah, I mean, that’s just how it goes.”

A singles victory over Casey on Sunday would enable Johnson to match the accomplishment of Nelson, who beat Seve Ballesteros in singles to finish 5-0 while leading the U.S. to a victory in 1979. Francesco Molinari produced Europe’s first 5-0 Ryder Cup performance three years ago.

Johnson’s teams never trailed in any of his last three matches. Johnson and Morikawa won the first three holes in their Saturday morning match and were up four through 10 holes. When the lead dropped to one, they won the 15th hole to regain control.

In their afternoon match, they broke a tie and pulled ahead for good by winning three straight holes from No. 6-8.

Johnson’s contributions have gone beyond those four victories. Morikawa says Johnson also has provided leadership to the guys without as much Ryder Cup experience.

“He’s a veteran,” Morikawa said. “He’s the oldest guy on our team, and it’s a very quiet leadership, but he makes his presence known. When he needs to say something, he says something.”

Johnson may feel the need to say something before Sunday’s singles matches. He was on the 2012 U.S. team that blew a 10-6 lead in the final day of competition as Europe rallied to win 14 ½-13 ½ at Medinah.

He wants to make sure the U.S. doesn’t squander a even bigger advantage this time.

“You know, it’s not over,” Johnson said. “We’ve still got to go out, and everybody needs to play well.”

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Tiger Woods told police after crash that he didn’t remember driving

By Amir Vera, Jordan Guzzardo and Cheri Mossburg | CNN

When Tiger Woods crashed his car in Southern California last week, he told sheriff’s deputies that he had no recollection of driving or how the accident happened, according to a Los Angeles County affidavit for a search warrant of the vehicle’s black box.

Woods was driving February 23 in Rancho Palos Verdes, near Los Angeles, shortly after 7 a.m. PT when his Genesis SUV hit a “Welcome to Rolling Hills Estates” sign, crossed a center divider and traveled more than 150 feet across the shoulder of the road through shrubbery and uprooted tree before coming to a stop on the driver’s side, according to the affidavit.

Woods sustained injuries and cuts to his face and multiple fractures and compound fractures to his right leg, the affidavit said.

The documents, obtained by CNN, said Woods regained consciousness before sheriff’s deputies arrived at the scene of the crash. While he remained sitting in the driver’s seat of the vehicle with blood on his face and chin, Woods told the deputies he had no recollection of driving or how the collision occurred.

“The deputies asked him how the collision occurred. Driver said he did not know and did not even remember driving,” the affidavit read. “Driver was treated for his injuries at the hospital and was asked there again how the collision occurred. He repeated that he did not know and did not remember driving.”

A witness also approached the vehicle after hearing the crash and noticed Woods was “unconscious and not responding to his questions,” Deputy Johann Schloegl, the traffic collision investigator on the crash, wrote in the affidavit.

There was no evidence Woods was impaired by drugs or alcohol, according to first responder interviews cited by the affidavit.

The SUV was provided to Woods by the sponsor of the golf tournament he hosted over the previous weekend. The LA County Sheriff’s Office told CNN in a statement earlier this week it executed a search warrant for the black box in the courtesy vehicle.

The data stored in the box, along with “several data recording modules” in the vehicle, “may provide information regarding the use of brakes and the accelerator by the driver” as well as other factors that could determine the cause of the crash, the affidavit said.

Speaking to USA Today, Schloegl said Tuesday the search warrant was just due diligence and he didn’t consider the probe a criminal investigation.

“If somebody is involved in a traffic collision, we’ve got to reconstruct the traffic collision, if there was any reckless driving, if somebody was on their cell phone or something like that,” Schloegl told the network. “We determine if there was a crime. If there was no crime, we close out the case, and it was a regular traffic collision.”

Authorities have previously said they believe the incident was “purely an accident” but they would have to pull the black box event recorder from the vehicle to make that determination.

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Tiger Woods is transferred to a new LA hospital as fellow golfers express their hopes for full recovery

By Travis Caldwell | CNN

Following a car accident Tuesday morning in California that resulted in significant leg injuries and required an extraction from his vehicle by first responders, Tiger Woods now begins the arduous recovery process.

A new chapter began Thursday with his transfer to a second Los Angeles-area hospital for “continuing orthopedic care and recovery,” according to a statement.

Dr. Anish Mahajan, the chief medical officer and interim CEO at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, confirmed that Woods was moved to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, which is approximately 20 miles away.

“On behalf of our staff, it was an honor to provide orthopedic trauma care to one of our generation’s greatest athletes,” Mahajan said in the statement.

Woods’ injuries include “comminuted open fractures affecting both the upper and lower portions of the tibia and fibula bones,” Mahajan said Tuesday, meaning the bones broke into more than two pieces and pierced the skin. A rod was inserted into the tibia to stabilize the leg. Additional injuries to the bones of the foot and ankle were stabilized with a combination of screws and pins.

Woods told investigators at the hospital after the accident that “he had no recollection of the crash” that left him seriously injured, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva told CNN’s Erin Burnett on Wednesday.

Cedars-Sinai network is known for sports rehabilitations

The reasons for Woods’ transfer have not been released, yet facilities affiliated with Cedars-Sinai are known for their sports medicine and related surgeries. Should Woods and his family choose to continue care within its network, options are available in terms of recovery.

The Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute provides orthopedic surgeries, and practitioners at their clinics work with Los Angeles-area sports teams. Other professional athletes from around the country have had procedures performed at their centers.

The California Rehabilitation Institute, a partnership between Cedars-Sinai, UCLA Health and Select Medical, provides programs as well for those on the mend.

The institute is “the largest inpatient facility of its kind on the West Coast,” according to its website, and “is designed to help each patient recover the strength, skills and independence they need to return home and resume their lives.”

Golf pros continue to show support

Webb Simpson, who is tied atop the Thursday leaderboard at the PGA WGC-Workday Championship in Florida, shared his thoughts on Woods, saying his focus was on the golfer’s well-being.

“Of course you think about the golf career, you think about what he’s done for the game, but the thing I kept thinking about was his kids and how thankful I am that he made it out of that,” Simpson said.

He added, “The biggest thing I was concerned with, following the news and texting buddies, trying to figure out what was going on was, ‘Is he OK? Is he going to make it?’”

Phil Mickelson expressed similar sentiments Thursday after his round at a PGA Tour Champions event in Arizona.

“All the guys here understand and appreciate what he has meant to the game of golf, and for us and the PGA Tour. We are all very appreciative and supportive of what he has done for us. But right now, that is so far from our minds,” Mickelson said.

“I thought Rory McIlroy really said it well when he said that we’re just lucky and appreciative that his kids didn’t lose their father. We all are hoping and praying for a full and speedy recovery. We are all so thankful because that looked awful. We are thankful that he is still with us,” Mickelson said.

McIlroy said on Wednesday when asked about a potential career comeback for Woods, “He’s not Superman… He’s a human being at the end of the day. And he’s already been through so much. At this stage I think everyone should just be grateful that he’s here, that he’s alive, that his kids haven’t lost their dad.

“That’s the most important thing. Golf is so far from the equation right now, it’s not even on the map at this point,” McElroy said.

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