Will Couples overshadow Love at Ryder Cup?

By June 28, 2012, 4:22 pm

U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III on Wednesday named Fred Couples as one of his assistant captains. Couples is a two-time winning Presidents Cup skipper and one of the most popular players in the sport. Will his presence overshadow Love at Medinah? Ryan Ballengee and Rex Hoggard weigh in.


BETHESDA, Md. -- Davis Love III practically admitted his Ryder Cup captaincy will be overshadowed by his appointment of Fred Couples as an assistant captain.

In fact, Love is already looking forward to a potential Couples captaincy in 2014.

'Now I can start lobbying (Couples) to be an assistant for his team if I don't make it next time, because I've been looked over twice already,' Love said Wednesday. 

Couples is a rock star compared to Love, despite the current captain holding five more PGA Tour wins and sharing the same number of majors and Players Championship titles. Couples' attachment to the Presidents Cup has elevated its status, even more than when Jack Nicklaus was leading America against the International side. 

The Ryder Cup already has plenty of intrigue. Perhaps Love's decision to bring on Couples will take some out of the '14 matches.


BETHESDA, Md. – There’s no chance Fred Couples commandeers the spotlight during this year’s Ryder Cup because there’s no chance he wants either the attention or the stage.

It’s why U.S. captain Davis Love III was so quick to name Couples an assistant captain for this fall’s matches. This isn’t about ego; this is about winning and that’s all that matters to Love and Couples.

In Couples, Love sees a Presidents Cup captain with a perfect record (2-0) who has  been recalled for a third term next year, not competition for the spotlight or otherwise.

On Wednesday, when Love named Couples and Mike Hulbert the first of four assistants, he referenced Boom Boom’s ability to make light of any situation as a driving force in his decision. For Love, Couples promises to be a laidback yin to his own Type A yang.

Although Love said all decisions are ultimately his, one gets the feeling that this will be a “captain by committee” cup. Captain America has already spoken with almost every previous captain and when asked who he would model his captaincy after he seemed split between a litany of competing styles, from the intimidating presence of Curtis Strange to the relaxed atmosphere of Jack Nicklaus.

Couples will not steal the spotlight because at this Ryder Cup there really won’t be an “I” in T-E-A-M.

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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.

Playing with the pros

Tiger, DJ and Faxon

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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

Article: Senator tweets Trump shot 73 in windy, wet conditions

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Cart on the green

Article: Trump appears to drive cart on Bedminster green

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

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Article: UltraViolet takes protest inside Trump National

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

Trump golf properties


Article: Environmental group vandalizes Trump golf course

Article: Man accused of vandalizing four Trump courses


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

Report: Trump's voter fraud claim tied to Langer

Langer: Trump 'apologized' for story mix-up

Pros comment on the president

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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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.