Woods leads a short list of Ryder Cup picks

By Doug FergusonSeptember 7, 2010, 6:19 pm

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NEW YORK – U.S. captain Corey Pavin has four picks and one tough decision to fill out his Ryder Cup team.

Pavin already has eight players who earned their way onto the team after the PGA Championship, then had the next three weeks to see who distinguished themselves as an obvious pick.

Tiger Woods?

That should be an easy one.

“I think he has my number,” Woods said when asked if he would be on pins and needles waiting on a call. “No, I’ll talk to him this afternoon, give him a call.”

Most indications are that Zach Johnson, who won at Colonial this year and has been playing well since the PGA Championship, will get another pick. Stewart Cink, the 2009 British Open champion who has played on the last four teams, also is expected to get chosen.

The fourth one has everyone guessing, and Pavin hasn’t revealed much.

Pavin was meeting with his assistant captains in a New York hotel on Monday to go over the picks and start making calls.

“I think it’s the war room, whatever that is,” assistant captain Paul Goydos said.

When he was at the Deutsche Bank Championship last week, he carried a white sheet of paper with 14 names on it – the players who were invited to a barbecue during the PGA Championship because they were among the top 21 in the standings, and Pavin added David Toms after his runner-up finish in Greensboro a week later.

Charley Hoffman wasn’t on the list. Hoffman wasn’t on anyone’s mind.

And then he made 11 birdies in the final round at the TPC Boston to shoot 62 and win the Deutsche Bank Championship.

“No question I think I can contribute to that team,” Hoffman said. “If I can shoot 62 here in the playoffs, I’m pretty sure I can handle the Ryder Cup.”

Pavin had said earlier in the week that he would not rule out anyone who won this week, but that anyone who had a strong showing should not assume it was enough to make the team.

“There are no promises out there to anyone,” he said.

Among those under consideration, Anthony Kim and Ben Crane missed the cut. Lucas Glover closed with a 72-75 weekend, while Nick Watney tied for 33rd.

The wild card in this is Rickie Fowler, the 21-year-old player with loads of promise but lacking in performance. He has a pair of runner-up finishes in his rookie season and is favored to get to the Tour Championship. But he has never won on tour, and the American team already has one player – Jeff Overton – who became the first player on a U.S. team to have never won.

Then again, Cink is among those who believe that the Deutsche Bank Championship was not an audition, and anyone suggesting the tournament would help Pavin make up his mind is “way off base.”

“I think what he’s looking at is chunks of the year, who’s trending in the right direction,” Cink said.

Experience might not be a bad idea. Of the eight Americans already on the team, only four have played in the Ryder Cup – Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, Hunter Mahan and Steve Stricker. Of those four, only Mickelson and Furyk have played a Ryder Cup on the road.

The matches are Oct. 1-3 in Wales.

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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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