The Licking That Wont Stop Ticking

By Brian HewittOctober 13, 2004, 4:00 pm
Try as many Americans might, it becomes increasingly difficult to put the Ryder Cup behind them.
Two weeks after the Euros pummeled the Americans, 18 to 9, at Oakland Hills, Ian Poulter had a large batch of tees made up. The Euro Ryder Cup rookie then distributed them to his teammates, requesting them to sprinkle them around the tee boxes at Mt. Juliet, site of the WGC-American Express Championship.
Each peg had the inscription: Europe 18 on one side and USA 9 on the other.
Just a bit of fun, Poulter reportedly told 'The Sun,' a UK newspaper.
Fair enough, I suppose. But Poulter shouldnt be surprised next week when he finds his reception on the range a little frosty at the Funai Classic at the Walt Disney World Resort. The colorful Poulter has received a sponsors exemption for that event. But he may not be exempt from a chill from the Americans in the event.
Meanwhile, support quietly gathers for Larry Nelson as next American Ryder Cup captain. The PGA is expected to name Hal Suttons successor for the 2006 matches in Ireland sometime soon. Nelson will be 59 by then. His style would be in direct contrast to Suttons. But dont forget, Nelson has won three major championships (three more than the entire European team this year) and he went 5-0 in Ryder Cup play in 1979, including four wins in four tries against Euro Ryder legend Seve Ballesteros.
Finally, the e-mails are ceaseless on the subject of why the Americans struggle so mightily in the Ryder Cup.
The best one I have received so far comes from David Jeffrey. A few excerpts:
. . . . To me, taking an American-born golfer and putting him in the Ryder Cup is like forcing a round peg into a square hole. It is not their personality. Its forced and on top of that its a must-win pressure cooker with the eyes of the world watching. . . .
. . . . The Euros, on the other hand, are suited to the Ryder Cup format like a well-worn pair of jeans. Its an all for one, one for all mentality that is unegotistical. . . .
. . . . I couldnt help thinking, as the matches wound down, that if the PGA took its middle tier of players, even upper middle tier; guys with experience, guys with a little less ego, guys who are relying on each other a little more to get by, we might be more competitive. Guys like Scott McCarron, Tim Herron, Steve Pate etc.
. . . . Back in the days when Floyd, Watson, Kite, Irwin, Lee, Arnold and Jack were at the top, the money was still at a point where they werent corporations unto themselves. They still relied on each other a little more. They still had some struggles - not like the average American - but struggles nonetheless. Some probably play the Champions Tour to maintain their current lifestyle. Do you think Tiger, Phil and David will have to? No.
. . . . The Euros are Robin Hoods band of merry men, all willing to fit into the mix and fight for the cause.
. . . . For the Euros, the sum of the parts is much greater than the whole. For the U.S., too many good cooks are spoiling the broth.
Actually, I think Jeffrey meant the whole is greater than the sum of the parts in this instance. But you get the idea.
Point is, never underestimate the power of the underdog. If Im the next captain of the U.S. Ryder Cup team, the movie I show my players the Thursday night before the matches begin is the one about the U.S. hockey team at the 1980 Winter Olympics.
Then I hand them each a bag of tees, as a reminder, that simply say, Miracle on Ice.
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Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

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