Nicklaus Player Again to Captain
PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem announced that Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player will be brought back to captain their respective teams for the 2005 Presidents Cup.
Nicklaus will again serve as the captain of the United States squad while Player will reprise his role as captain of the International team.
The matches will be held Sept. 19-25, 2005 at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club on Lake Manassas in Prince William County, Va.
In what turned out to be somewhat of a controversial finish to the 2003 matches, in which darkness, a tie score and a desire that no one go home a loser, both teams conspired to create a situation that was not universally accepted.
With both squads knotted a 17 points a piece and a sudden-death playoff between Tiger Woods and Ernie Els deadlocked after three extra holes, captains Nicklaus and Player - after a brief, if not confusing powwow on the green - ultimately decided to declare the matches a tie with both sides sharing the Cup.
It was a show of sportsmanship, which is suppose to be at the core of the matches, that both captains still stand beside.
'I am absolutely flattered and excited that Gary and I have been asked to again be captains at The Presidents Cup in 2005,' said Nicklaus. 'What happened in South Africa was perhaps the most exciting golf event in which I have ever been involved. The Presidents Cup, at its foundation, is a goodwill event aimed at showcasing and growing the game of golf. Without question, after watching the level of performances and sportsmanship displayed by both teams, the game of golf was the winner in the 2003 Presidents Cup.
'Last year's matches make for a hard act to follow, but Gary and I are looking forward to the challenge. The 2005 matches should not only be fun, but again a rewarding experience.'
The Presidents Cup, which was first held in 1994, is a biennial event between players from the United States against players from around the world, excluding Europe.
The United States currently holds a 3-1-1 advantage over tie over the International side.
It is a gap that captain Player is looking forward forward to shrinking come 2005, but in no way over the goodwill of the game.
'Frankly, the experience last year in South Africa was one of the highlights of my 50-year career as a professional golfer and captaining my team an absolute privilege,' Player said. 'Now, to be invited to do this again by Commissioner Finchem is both an honor and a delight.
'The fact that Jack Nicklaus will act as opposing captain is like 'icing on the cake', as he and I saw eye-to-eye on everything last year. Jack and I have been friends and competitors for a long time and although we believe the tie was the best way to settle the 2003 Presidents Cup, I'm sure we both now will relish the chance of an outright victory at the next meeting in Washington D.C.'
Day (68) just one back at Australian Open
Jason Day posted a second-round 68 to move himself just one off the lead held by Lucas Herbert through two rounds at the Emirates Australian Open. Here’s where things stand after 36 holes in Sydney.
Leaderboard: Herbert (-9), Day (-8), Cameron Davis (-7), Anthony Quayle (-6), Matt Jones (-4), Cameron Smith (-4), Nick Cullen (-4), Richard Green (-4)
What it means: Day is in search of his first worldwide victory of 2017. The former world No. 1 last visited the winner’s circle in May 2016, when he won The Players at TPC Sawgrass. A win this week would close out a difficult year for the Aussie who struggled with his game while also helping his mother in her battle with cancer. Day’s last victory on his native soil came in 2013, when he partnered with Adam Scott to win the World Cup of Golf for Australia at Royal Melbourne.
Round of the day: Herbert followed an opening 67 with a round of 66 to vault himself into the lead at The Australian Golf Club. He made six birdies, including four on his second nine, against a lone bogey to take the outright lead. The 22-year-old, who held the lead at this event last year and captured low-amateur honors in 2014, is coming off a runner-up finish at the NSW Open Championship, which boosted him from 714th to 429th in the Official World Golf Ranking. His 5-under score was matched by Dale Brandt-Richards and Josh Cabban.
Best of the rest: Matt Jones, who won this event over Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott two years ago, turned in 4-under 67. Jones is best known to American audiences for his playoff victory at the 2014 Shell Houston Open and for holding the 36-hole lead at the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, which was eventually won by Day. Jones will start the weekend five shots off the lead, at 4 under par.
Biggest disappointment: Spieth has a lot of work to do this weekend if he expects to be in the title picture for the fourth year in a row. Rounds of 70-71 have him eight shots behind the lead held by Herbert. Spieth made a birdie and a bogey on each side Friday to turn in level par. The reigning champion golfer of the year has finished first, second and first at this event over the last three years.
Storyline to watch this weekend: The Australian Open is the first event of the 2018 Open Qualifying Series. The leading three players who finish in the top 10 and who are not otherwise exempt will receive invites into next summer’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.
Ogilvy urges distance rollback of ball
Add Geoff Ogilvy to the chorus of voices calling for a distance rollback of the golf ball.
In an interview before the start of the Emirates Australian Open, Ogilvy said a "time-out" is needed for governing bodies to deal with the issue.
"It's complete nonsense," he said, according to an Australian website. "In my career, it’s gone from 300 yards was a massive hit to you’re a shorter hitter on tour now, legitimately short. It’s changed the way we play great golf courses and that is the crime. It isn’t that the ball goes 400, that’s neither here nor there. It’s the fact the ball going 400 doesn’t makes Augusta work properly, it functions completely wrong.’’
Ogilvy used an example from American baseball to help get his point across to an Australian audience.
“Major League Baseball in America, they use wooden bats, and everywhere else in baseball they use aluminium bats,’’ he said. “And when the major leaguers use aluminium bats they don’t even have to touch it and it completely destroys their stadiums. It’s just comedy.
“That’s kind of what’s happened to us at least with the drivers of these big hitters; We’ve completely outgrown the stadiums. So do you rebuild every stadium in the world? That’s expensive. Or make the ball go shorter? It seems relatively simple from that perspective.’’
Ogilvy, an Australian who won the 2006 U.S. Open, said he believes there will be a rollback, but admitted it would be a "challenge" for manufacturers to produce a ball that flies shorter for pros but does not lose distance when struck by recreational players.
The golf world celebrates Thanksgiving
Here's a look, through social media, at how the golf world celebrates Thanksgiving.
The major championships I'm certainly proud of, but Barbara, the kids and my grandkids are the best things to ever happen to me. From our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving! pic.twitter.com/wkma1Q9LlK— Jack Nicklaus (@jacknicklaus) November 23, 2017
GC Tiger Tracker:
Mixing Thanksgiving and waiting for a week from today. pic.twitter.com/u9m9WxQNYx— GC Tiger Tracker (@GCTigerTracker) November 23, 2017
Happy thanksgiving to everyone! Hope you have a wonderful day with family and friends. #Thankful— Steve Stricker (@stevestricker) November 23, 2017
Was reading about Thanksgiving. Originally they ate waterfowl, venison, ham, lobster, clams, berries, fruit, pumpkin, and squash. Seems a bit tastier than Turkey!— Frank Nobilo (@FrankNobiloGC) November 23, 2017
Literally food for thought.
Tyrone Van Aswegen:
Happy Thanksgiving: Biggest turkeys of 2017
Thanksgiving brings us golf's biggest turkeys of the year. Donald Trump, Grayson Murray and a certain (now-former) tournament director headline the list. Click here or on the image below to check out all the turkeys.