Lots of Options for Faldo

By Tom AbbottAugust 27, 2008, 4:00 pm
Nick Faldo has a long week of thinking ahead: Who will he decide to take to Valhalla as his two captains wildcard picks? Might he have already made the decisions? Its doubtful as so many factors could potentially come into play. May there be one pick already firmed into the mind? Thats likely as Darren Clarkes victory at the KLM Open has surely placed him at the front of the queue, but there are many others waiting in line:
Perhaps Paul Casey, with two Ryder Cups under his belt and the experience of playing in the United States should make it. The 31-year-old Englishman has decided to play the Deutsche Bank Championship instead of going to Scotland where he was a champion two years ago for the Johnnie Walker Championship. The PGA TOUR event this week finishes on a Monday; Faldo will announce the picks on Sunday at Gleneagles.
Now, as GolfChannel.com Insider Brian Hewitt first reported, European Tour executive director George OGrady has granted Faldo stay of execution should he desire one. But Faldo said this past weekend that he wouldnt need it.
Who else might get the nod from the Deutsche Bank? Maybe Carl Pettersen, the winner two weeks ago in Greensboro. Hes got bundles of experience in the States, winning three times, but has never played in a Ryder Cup. With large ties to the U.S., Pettersen has opted to play the American side of the Atlantic since 2003. Is he loyal enough to Europe to get a pick? Probably not, but Faldo earns his pennies from U.S. companies nowadays.
Then theres Ian Poulter, whos shunned the Johnnie Walker in order to play the PGA TOUR this week. His excuse: this would be his 15th PGA TOUR start of 2008, the minimum required to retain membership. His schedule for the remainder of the year apparently is not able to squeeze in an extra stop in the States. Poulter could mathematically make the European side on merit; hes approximately 71,000 shy of the line, but wont be able to make that up because of his Scottish absence. Hes 21 world ranking points shy of the mark, converting to about a top-3 finish in Boston.
So what about those in Europe this week? Justin Rose is currently inside the mark and with a solid week will stay there; chances are he wont need a pick. Those next to him, Oliver Wilson and Soren Hansen, are probably expendable. Martin Kaymer, Ross Fisher and Nick Dougherty can all potentially qualify with clutch performances at Gleneagles, which by the way is the host to the 2014 competition.
I personally dont see Kaymer or Fisher getting a wildcard selection. But Dougherty is another matter. Nicknamed little Nick, Dougherty has been a Faldo protg ever since he captured the six-time major champions own Faldo Series back in 1997. Could Faldo reward his young talent with a place on golfs biggest stage? Most definitely.
What about the outsiders, the players who would truly be a wildcard? Colin Montgomerie surely tops the list. Monty would need to play well at Gleneagles. Things are in his favour, though; hes on home turf and the new family home isnt far away. Theres Daniel Chopra, a PGA TOUR winner and fellow Orlando resident to Faldo. Paul McGinley would surprise a few people, but McGinley has the highest caliber Ryder Cup experience, holing the winning put in 2002. He may also be a good team partner for Padraig Harrington or Clarke.
Certainly a lot to ponder for captain Faldo. Well just have to wait until he utters the words on Sunday at the press conference, which youll see on GOLF CHANNEL, of course.
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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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Record Round No. 1: 59 at the Sony Open

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Record Round No. 2: 63 at the U.S. Open

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Win No. 5: Dell Technologies Championship

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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.