Captain Strange Talks Ryder Cup

By Mercer BaggsAugust 15, 2001, 4:00 pm
Curtis Strange walked into the media center at the Atlanta Athletic Club and talked briefly about this years PGA Championship venue.
 
He then flashed a wry smile and said: Enough about that. I know what you want to talk about.
 
Thats when the questions began to fly, and a routine press conference turned into an hour-long inquisition.
 
Come Monday morning, Strange will announce to the world his two captains selections for Septembers Ryder Cup at The Belfry in Wishaw, England.
 
Ten players will earn an automatic berth on the team based on their standings on the Ryder Cup points list following the conclusion of the PGA Championship.
 
The other two members will be up to Captain Strange.
 
Everyone is still on the list, Strange said in a Wednesday press conference. I honestly can say that because someone you dont think is on the list could win (the PGA Championship.)
 
I certainly have my gut feelings, yes, dont get me wrong, but it can really change.
 
Over 30 players are mathematically alive to qualify for the team. Four players ' Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, David Duval and Davis Love III have secured spots on the team, while Mark Calcavecchia, Hal Sutton and Scott Hoch are relatively safe.
 
Jim Furyk, Stewart Cink and Tom Lehman currently own spots 8-10, respectively.
 
Ryder Cup points are doubled (from 150 to 300 for the winner) during majors. Whomever finishes 10th this week gets 20 points. There are only 54 points separating 8th and 11th place.
 
As a five-time Ryder Cupper, Strange has experienced just about every emotion.
 

 
Hes qualified for the team. Hes been selected for the team. Hes been denied for the team.
 
Strange last played as a captains pick in 1995. Lanny Wadkins chose the then 40-year-old to solidify his team at Oak Hill, site of Stranges 1989 U.S. Open triumph.
 
It proved to be a bust, as Strange finished 0-3 and the U.S. lost the Cup.
 
But as a first-time captain, Strange is feeling a new kind of pressure.
 
As a captains pick, I felt pressure to perform, to uphold my end of the bargain, Strange said. But on the golf course, you feel like youre in control because thats what I do for a living.
 
As a captain, I dont feel theres pressure to perform. Theres pressure to ' theres more responsibility, you know, to lead this team and to have everything perfect for the 12 players that week, and organize and prepare for the entire week.
 
Come Monday, that 12-man team will be finalized ' at the discretion of Strange.
 
Of course, that's just the beginning to Strange's executive decisions.
 
Will Woods and Duval be paired together?
 
'The issue has been brought up and discussed,' Strange said. 'And they have been reminded that I am the Captain and that I make the final selections on who is playing with who. That's the truth. Write it.'
 
Will the team get together prior to Ryder Cup week?
 
'I don't know,' he said. 'Depends on scheduling. I'll be in contact with all of them.'
 
And most importantly, will the U.S. wear those dog-ugly shirts they wore two years ago.
 
'Y'all will be happy with what we wear...we will represent everyone back home very nicely.'
 
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Angela hits Sergio in stride on field at Superdome

By Grill Room TeamDecember 18, 2017, 3:22 pm

Sergio and Angela Garcia's super 2017 keeps getting more ... Super ... Dome. (+1 awful blog lede.)

The couple started the year with Sergio's win at the Masters, then embarked on a whirlwind green jacket media tour, then kicked off El Clasico, then attended Wimbledon, then got married, then announced they were expecting their first child ...


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And now, they're throwing each other passes on the New Orleans Saints' home turf at the Superdome.

Man, it must be so cool do that at the Silverdome. ... ... ... I'm sorry, it is the Superdome, brothers.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 1, Justin Thomas

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 18, 2017, 1:00 pm

He won a major, captured the FedExCup and was named the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year. It should come as no surprise that Justin Thomas holds the top spot on our Newsmakers list for 2017.

Thomas entered the year ranked outside the top 20, and few might have pegged him for a transcendent campaign. But he kicked off January with a win in Hawaii, added another before leaving the Aloha State and never looked back.

Thomas’ seminal moment came in August when he captured the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow for his breakthrough major title. One month after greeting Jordan Spieth behind the final green at Royal Birkdale, this time it was Thomas’ turn to have friends stick around to snap pictures with the trophy that signaled his arrival among golf’s upper echelon.


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In addition to racking up the hardware – five in total, including the inaugural CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in his first start of the new wraparound season – Thomas dazzled with style. His runaway win at the Sony Open included an opening-round 59, and his third-round 63 at Erin Hills marked the first time anyone had ever shot 9 under on a U.S. Open venue.

Thomas’ consistency was rewarded at East Lake, when a runner-up finish at the Tour Championship netted him the season-long title and $10 million prize. It was in the subsequent press conference where he shared the goals list he had written into his cell phone in February, having ticked off nearly every one. It showed a dedicated attention to detail as well the tactical approach with which Thomas had steered his rapid ascent.

Heading into a new year, he’s now very clearly entrenched as one of the world’s best. And as his career progresses, it’s likely we’ll look back at 2017 as the point where Thomas first transformed great potential into eye-popping results.

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Cabreras win PNC Father/Son Challenge

By Associated PressDecember 17, 2017, 11:36 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. closed with a 12-under 60 for a three-shot victory in their debut at the PNC Father/Son Challenge.

The Cabreras opened with a 59 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and were challenged briefly by the defending champions, David Duval and Nick Karavites, in the scramble format Sunday. The Argentines went out in 30, and they had a two-shot lead with Cabrera's son came within an inch of chipping in for eagle on the final hole.

They finished at 25-under 199 for a three-shot victory over Duval and Karavites, and Bernhard Langer and Jason Langer. The Langer team won in 2014.

Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara tied for fourth at 21 under with Jerry Pate and Wesley Pate.

Cabrera wasn't even in the field until two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange and his son, Tom Strange, had to withdraw.

Duval and his stepson went out in 28, but the Cabreras regained control by starting the back nine with back-to-back birdies, and then making birdies on the 13th, 14th and 16th. The final birdie allowed them to tie the tournament scoring record.

''This is certain my best week of the year,'' said Cabrera, the 2009 Masters champion and 2007 U.S. Open champion at Oakmont. ''To play alongside all the legends ... as well as playing alongside my son, has been the greatest week of the year.''

The popular event is for players who have won a major championship or The Players Championship. It is a scramble format both days.

In some cases, the major champions lean on the power of their sons for the distance. O'Meara said Saturday that his ''little man'' hit it 58 yards by him on the 18th. And on Sunday, Stewart Cink said son Reagan told him after outdriving him on the opening four holes, ''In this tournament I may be your son, but right now I'm your Daddy!''

Jack Nicklaus played with his grandson, G.T. They closed with a 64 and tied for 15th in the field of 20 teams.