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What We Learned: Couples' not-so-hot move

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Each week, GolfChannel.com offers thoughts on 'what we learned' from the world of golf. In this edition, our writers weigh in on the not-so-cool move made by Fred Couples and how the Walker Cup came through in the PGA Tour bye week, putting the good in good-bye.


What is right isn't always easy and what is easy isn't always right. That's what someone should have reminded Fred Couples of before he opted to text message (instead of call) Jim Furyk to tell him that he wasn't going to be a captain's pick for the Presidents Cup. Freddie is ordinarily the king of cool, but not calling Furyk to break the news wasn't such a hot idea. – Bailey Mosier


With college football in full swing and the NFL kicking off, this was the perfect weekend for the PGA Tour to have a bye. I couldn’t help but be reminded of that old joke, though, the one Jimmy Demaret imparted on a struggling golfer seeking advice: “Take two weeks off, then quit.” It happens every year. The Barclays and the Deutsche Bank Championship invariably garner more attention and headlines than their playoff counterparts which follow. I’ll never forget commissioner Tim Finchem introducing the FedEx Cup in 2006 by explaining that the PGA Tour needed to move out of football season because it couldn’t compete. Instead, the resulting format goes directly against America’s new pastime. (Sorry, baseball.) Now, I never like pointing out a problem without offering a solution, so here it is: Move the Wyndham Championship to … somewhere. Cut the playoffs from four events to three. Finish it on Labor Day. Then let the world’s best golfers kick back and enjoy football season. After all, everyone else is. It goes against the initial rationale to continue trying to compete. – Jason Sobel


There is no such thing as a bye week in golf. Although Sunday’s singles matches at the Walker Cup turned into a landslide for the U.S. team, the event showcased the best of amateur golf and the National Golf Links of America. While the Chiquita Classic proved to be more compelling than, well ... the second stage of Q-School. – Rex Hoggard