System Revised for Selecting 2008 US Ryder Cup Team

By Sports NetworkNovember 6, 2006, 5:00 pm
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A new Ryder Cup selection system, announced by the PGA of America on Monday, places a premium on finishes at golf's four majors and gives captain Paul Azinger an addition two picks for his team in 2008.
 
Drastically different from the old system, which awarded points for wins and top-10 finishes at official events over a two-year span, the new Ryder Cup point system is all about the money -- and who is playing best in 2008.
 
Gone is the two-year plan, in which a player could build up points in a non-Ryder Cup year and still make the team despite struggling during the year of the competition.
 
The only points to be awarded in 2007 will be at the four major championships -- the Masters, U.S. Open, British Open and PGA Championship. Players who make the cut will receive one point for every $1,000 earned.
 
In 2008, the year of the next Ryder Cup, points will be awarded on a sliding scale.
 
Rendering a good finish at the majors even more important, players who make the cut will be awarded two points for every $1,000 earned at those four events.
 
In all other official 2008 events -- excluding the majors and events played opposite the majors and opposite the World Golf Championships -- one point will be awarded for every $1,000 won.
 
At tournaments played opposite the 2008 majors and WGC events -- when, historically, fields are watered down -- players will only receive 1/2 point for $1,000 of prize money.
 
Also, with players under the assumption that tournaments contested at the end of the 2006 season would count toward the 2008 Ryder Cup, changes were also made to the point value to include those events.
 
United States players who finished in the top 10 in official events from August 27 through November 5 of this year will be awarded 1/4 point for every $1,000 earned.
 
Azinger, given more responsibility than any captain before him, had a significant role in determining the new system.
 
'My eyes glaze over when I see $1,000 equals one point,' Azinger said at a Monday press conference. 'We're using a point system, but we're going off the money list, essentially.
 
'I just felt like it was time for money to be the barometer,' he added later.
 
The PGA of America said the new system, had it been in place for selecting the 2006 team, would have produced little change for a squad that was beaten badly by the Europeans for a second straight time.
 
'I don't think we saw significant changes when we looked at the top eight (players),' said PGA of America president Roger Warren. 'In the end, whatever team is out there has got to play better to win.'
 
To that end, Azinger, 46, asked to be given more control over who will be wearing U.S. colors at Valhalla in September 2008. A four-time Ryder Cupper himself, Azinger said he will consider more than just experience when selecting his four captain's picks.
 
'I want to spend my time on picking who is hot,' said Azinger. 'I have an opportunity no other Ryder Cup captain has ever had, and I appreciate that.'
 
Azinger will lead the U.S. team against his former broadcast partner, Nick Faldo, and the Europeans in the 37th Ryder Cup, to be played at Valhalla from September 19-21, 2008.
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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.


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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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Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

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Finances


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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.