Did Monty make the right picks

By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 30, 2010, 6:20 pm

Did Colin Montgomerie make the right picks for the Ryder Cup? Senior writer Rex Hoggard and editorial director Jay Coffin offer their takes.


In the history of captain’s picks no skipper has ever had so many round pegs to fill so few holes, but that only partially explains how Colin Montgomerie got it wrong on Sunday.

Many a “Monday morning quarterback” will lament the selection of Edoardo Molinari, far too easily dismissing his birdie-birdie-birdie finish at Gleneagles, his second victory in Scotland in just over a month, and a natural pairing with brother Francesco.

The bigger concern is with Monty’s selection of Padraig Harrington and Luke Donald.

Harrington is a European staple with plenty of Ryder Cup experience, although his 0-7-2 record likely doesn’t strike fear in any American. But if we learned anything from Paul Azinger’s Valhalla masterpiece it is take the hot hand, not the resume.

This is the Ryder Cup, not an all-star game, and since April Harrington has just two top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour and he hasn’t won a sanctioned event since 2008. Ditto for Donald, who has just a single top 10 in his last seven Tour starts.

Paul Casey, ninth in the World Ranking and a match play machine, and Justin Rose, a two-time Tour winner this year who paired superbly with Ian Poulter in ’08, are in better form, and would have been better picks.


Simply, yes. Not because I believe he selected the three best players, but because there were five players, all equally deserving and the arithmetic says two were going to be disappointed. In this case it was Englishmen Justin Rose and Paul Casey left on the outside looking in.

Edoardo Molinari sealed the deal with three consecutive birdies to win the Johnnie Walker and the pairing with brother Francesco is a natural fit. You want hot players on a Ryder Cup team and this qualifies. Padraig Harrington is, well, Padraig Harrington and is the ultimate teammate. For those saying Harrington isn’t in top form, he’s not in his typical form, but he has recorded seven top-10 finishes since March, a record that is much more impressive than Casey’s.

Rose is the one who has the biggest argument for not being on the squad. But although he has two victories on the PGA Tour he also only played in two major championships this year and missed the cut in both. Donald has eight top-10s this year, a victory at the Madrid Masters and a third-place finish at the Wales Open, which was played at Celtic Manor, host of the Ryder Cup.

It’s not often I agree with Montgomerie but in this case I do. Any combination of the five players would have been justified. For those unhappy, blame the system, not the captain.

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Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.

The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.

There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. 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.

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.

Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year

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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Rory faces criticism

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President at the Presidents Cup

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Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

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Cart on the green

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Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open

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Photo gallery: President Trump at the U.S. Women's Open

Trump golf properties


Article: Environmental group vandalizes Trump golf course

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Article: Two Trump courses in Scotland losing millions

Article: Eric Trump denies Russia helped fund golf courses

Article: Trump company ordered to pay $5.77M in dues dispute

Reportedly fake TIME covers

Article: Trump clubs display fake Time magazine cover

Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

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Pros comment on the president

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 12:30 pm

Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo

By Grill Room TeamDecember 15, 2017, 1:05 am

Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.

With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.

Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.

The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.

Image via tom.lovelady on Instagram.

In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.