A Tie That Binds
Those people can leave the room now. They arent going to like this sermon. They can go cheer their basketball teams until kingdom come. There never is a tie in basketball, you know.
And there wasnt supposed to be a tie in the Presidents Cup. If the score did happen to be deadlocked, well then, the side which had won the previous Cup got to retain it. Marquis of Queensbury rules and all, you know.
Thats the way they do it in the Ryder Cup. And after all, the Ryder Cup is the most successful week in golf history.
But maybe theyve got it wrong in the Ryder Cup. For one week, both sides step to their corners and proceed to growl at each other. For one week, the nations of Europe and America are dead-set against each other. And regardless of how hard the players try to change it, the rabid fans of both sides wont hear of it.
Maybe, though, we saw something last week that is worth noting. Leave the basketball, baseball, football, hockey and soccer to the hotheads. Maybe now, golf has taken on a new meaning.
Davis Love III noticed it immediately. I think it showed that it is different from the Ryder Cup, he said.
The Ryder Cup has gotten a little over the top. We've seen that in the last few years. And this tournament, we've stressed, from presidents to captains on the stage and dignitaries on the stage, they all got up and said, We want these matches to be played fairly.
That's the way it ended and that shows the world that we are going to play these matches for fun, for the love of the game and we are not going to beat each other's brains out over it.
That somehow is an idea that has gotten away from us the last 25 years or so. Tony Jacklin felt that the only way to make Europe competitive was to isolate the team a little from the Americans. And it worked. The Kiawah Island debacle was a continuation, the following matches in England was just plain nasty, the heckling of Colin Montgomerie in Boston was nothing but a national disgrace. Last year it was a bit more civil on both sides, but there is no shortage of bad blood here.
And then ' this. This was truly a breath of fresh air. What ' both sides shake hands and share the Cup? Are you crazy ' what has happened to the modern conception of sport?
Its the right thing to do, agreed the 24 players. After I had made the putt, I was on the front left part of the green on (the second hole) and Jack came up to me - as well as Gary - and mentioned to me, if Ernie makes a putt, why don't we just call it a tie and move on? said Tiger Woods.
Then Commissioner Finchem was on the phone with Jack, and he mentioned that if there's a tie, then the Americans would retain the Cup - and that's not something that obviously the International Team would want to have happen.
So, Jack decided to propose the idea of having a shared cup to Gary at the time, and both of the captains agreed. Gary went back to his team, his team agreed, and it was the right thing to do for the game of golf.
Actually, both captains agreed earlier in the week that the no-tie rule was a pretty good idea. But it became increasingly clear as Woods and Ernie Els continued their playoff that it really wasnt a good idea. Neither Jack Nicklaus nor Gary Player had the stomach for it. Neither did Woods or Els. Neither did anyone on either team.
As soon as the match ended in a tie, we both started talking that we did not want to have this, said Nicklaus.
You know, said Els, it's only a game, isn't it, at the end. It's a game you don't want to lose, but it's a game.
You know, I think in the spirit of the Presidents Cup, the way we've been playing these matches over the years, I think this is a fitting finish to this one. We really beat each other up, and at the end of the day, I think we were so evenly matched, it would have been unfair to myself and Tiger to win or lose the Cup.
Email your thoughts to George White
CareerBuilder purse payouts: Rahm wins $1.062 million
Jon Rahm defeated Andrew Landry on the fourth hole of sudden death to win the CareerBuilder Challenger. Here's a look at how the purse was paid out in La Quinta, Calif.:
|T20||Charles Howell III||-14||$57,754|
|T36||Tyrone Van Aswegen||-12||$27,189|
|T69||Billy Hurley III||-6||$11,623|
After Further Review: Tiger's return comes at perfect time
Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.
On the current state of golf as Tiger Woods returns to competition ...
Less than four days before Tiger Woods returns to official competitive golf for the first time in a year, Jon Rahm, the new second-ranked player in the world, won on the PGA Tour and Rory McIlroy made an impressive 2018 debut on the European Tour (T-3).
Not since Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus crossed paths at the 1960 U.S. Open has there been so many superstars all poised for big seasons, with world No. 1 Dustin Johnson having already won this year and Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas both coming off stellar seasons.
It’s a good time for golf. - Rex Hoggard
On Tommy Fleetwood's continued success ...
There have been scores of talented European players whose skills didn’t translate to the PGA Tour … and maybe, in a few years, Tommy Fleetwood will prove to be no different.
He sure looks like the real deal, though.
His title defense in Abu Dhabi – on the strength of a back-nine 30 in windy conditions – was his third title in the past 12 months and 11th top-10 overall. A few of those have come in majors and World Golf Championship events, too, which led the reigning Race to Dubai champion to accept PGA Tour membership for this season.
Beginning at Riviera, he plans to play exclusively in the States through May, then reassess for the rest of the year. Hope he sticks, because he’s a fun personality with tons of game. - Ryan Lavner
Rahm passes Spieth to become world No. 2
With his win Sunday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, Jon Rahm picked up his second PGA Tour victory and moved to No. 2 in the FedExCup points standings.
He picked up one more No. 2, too.
The 23-year-old Spaniard passed Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, behind only Dustin Johnson.
In 19 months, since June 2016, Rahm has rocketed from No. 776 in the world to No. 2, thanks in part to his low divisor, his number of events played.
Asked after his playoff victory over Andrew Landry to discuss his rapid ascent up the world rankings, Rahm was almost at a loss.
“It's hard to believe to be honest, passing Jordan Spieth,” he said. “That's a three-time major champion. I only have two wins. He's got 10-plus, right? It's again – I've said it many times – I never thought I was going to be at this point in my life right now.”
Rahm may only have two PGA Tour titles, but this is his fourth worldwide win in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. He also took the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and the DP World Tour Championship on his way to claiming the European Tour’s 2017 Rookie of the Year Award.
Dating back to the start of last season on the PGA Tour, Rahm has racked up 12 top-10s, three runner-ups, and two wins.
He will head to Torrey Pines next week ready to defend for the first time.
Brady compares self to Woods after winning AFC title
Tom Brady and Tiger Woods are two of the all-time greats in their respective sports ... a fact that is not lost on the five-time Super Bowl winning quarterback.
Fresh off leading the New England Patriots to a AFC Championship victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Brady was asked about winning the game despite a cut on his throwing hand - which made national news heading into the matchup.
His response invoked the name of a certain 14-time major winner, something that would be tough to pull off, if not for the fact that he is, you know, Tom Brady.
“I think it's kind of arrogant to say it bothered me when we had a pretty good game, so I wouldn't say that," the 40-year-old told reporters after the game. "It's like when Tiger Woods said, ‘That was my C game’ and he won the tournament."
Tom Brady, postgame, on wearing the wrap on his hand: “I think it's kind of arrogant to say it bothered me when we had a pretty good game, so I wouldn't say that. It's like when Tiger Woods said, ‘That was my C game’ and he won the tournament.”— Ryan Lavner (@RyanLavnerGC) January 22, 2018
Tiger Woods winning with his "C game" may be a distant memory for golf fans, but no matter what game he brings, his next chance to win comes next week at Torrey Pines during his official comeback to the PGA Tour.
Brady has a shot at his sixth Super Bowl title in two weeks. The Patriots would probably benefit from him bringing a little better than his "C game" as well.