Clarke: Woods 'massive' addition to U.S. Ryder team

By Will GrayNovember 25, 2015, 3:12 pm

European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke believes that Tiger Woods is a strong addition to a U.S. team that will attempt to win back the trophy from his squad next fall.

Woods was named as a vice captain last week by captain Davis Love III. While he still intends to try to play his way onto the team at Hazeltine, Woods will at least play some role for the U.S. squad that has won the biennial event only once since 1999.

"I think with Tiger, and knowing him as well as I do, he will be massive for the team and he will be involved, as he's shown us by accepting Davis' invitation," Clarke said Wednesday at the Australian Open. "So certainly, Tiger's a great addition to Davis' side, whether that be playing or behind the scenes as a vice captain."

Woods is one of four vice captains already named by Love, along with Tom Lehman, Jim Furyk and Steve Stricker. Love has said that a fifth assistant will be named at a later time, with the caveat that he may name a replacement should one of his vice captains make the team.

While Woods has said he would prefer the role of a playing vice captain, it's a feasible contingency for a player like Furyk, who won this year at the RBC Heritage and is ranked No. 9 in the world.

The issue of naming replacement assistants is one that Clarke plans to avoid by delaying his own vice captain selections until after the Masters next spring.

"Choosing vice captains is a tricky thing, as the European team formula has always been that our vice captains are prospective captains and guys still playing because those guys are still very, very good players," Clarke said. "So I am not going to be choosing vice captains until I know really they are not going to qualify automatically for the team, so I don't want to insult anybody."

The Ryder Cup will be held Sept. 30-Oct. 2 in Chaska, Minn.

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Watch: Highlights from Tiger's first round at East Lake

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 20, 2018, 8:30 pm

Tiger Woods is back at the season-ending Tour Championship for the first time since 2013, and he provided the fans in Atlanta with some highlights on the first day of competition.

Still looking for his first win of the year after coming close on numerous occasions, Woods started the day off by splitting the fairway on the first hole with the driver, not even bothering to watch his ball land.

Despite the picture-perfect opening tee shot, Woods would go on to bogey the first hole, but he rebounded with back-to-back birdies on 5 and 6, making putts from 26 and 15 feet.

Tiger's best shot on the front nine came on the par-4 seventh hole after he found the pine straw behind a tree with his drive. The 14-time major champ punched one under the tree limbs and onto the green, then calmly two-putted for par from about 40 feet en route to a front-side 1-under 34.

Woods added two more birdies on the par-4 12th and 14th holes, rolling in putts of 3 feet and 7 feet after a couple of great looking approach shots.

Woods finished his round with a vintage eagle on the par-5 18th hole, finding the green with a 5-wood from 256 yards out and then sinking the 28-foot putt.

The eagle at the last gave Woods a share of the early first-round lead with Rickie Fowler at 5-under 65.

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Tiger Tracker: Tour Championship

By Tiger TrackerSeptember 20, 2018, 8:20 pm

Tiger Woods is looking to close his season with a win at the Tour Championship. We're tracking him this week at East Lake Golf Club.


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Garcia (66) peaking for Ryder Cup?

By Ryan LavnerSeptember 20, 2018, 6:17 pm

Sergio Garcia might be finding his form just in time to terrorize the U.S. Ryder Cup team.

Garcia made seven birdies during an opening round of 5-under 66 to sit just two shots off the early lead at the European Tour’s Portugal Masters.

It was Garcia’s fifth consecutive round of par or better, a stretch that includes rounds of 66-65-67-70-66. That solid play at the Wyndham Championship wasn’t enough to extend his PGA Tour season – he didn’t qualify for the FedExCup playoffs – but the Spaniard is starting to round into form with the Ryder Cup on deck.


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A few weeks ago he was a controversial selection by European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn. After missing the cut in all four majors, Garcia could have been left at home in favor of such players as Rafa Cabrera Bello, Matt Wallace (a three-time winner this season who, once again, is at the top of the leaderboard in Portugal), Matt Fitzpatrick or Thomas Pieters. But Bjorn tabbed Garcia, noting his Ryder Cup experience, his sterling foursomes record and his influence in the team room. If Phil Mickelson is the U.S. player under the most pressure to perform in Paris, all eyes will be on Garcia next week – especially since it could be one of his final opportunities to wear a European uniform, as he’ll be 40 for the 2020 matches.

Garcia’s 66 matched his lowest opening round of the year and puts him in position to secure just his second top-10 since March.

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Watch: 100mph storm destroys tent at St. Andrews

By Grill Room TeamSeptember 20, 2018, 4:25 pm

The Old Course at St. Andrews has endured all sorts of wacky weather over the years, but things ratcheted up a notch this week with the arrival of Storm Ali.

The first named storm of the season struck Wednesday, bringing 100 mph gusts, killing two people and leaving hundreds of thousands of people without power in parts of Ireland, Scotland and England.

According to the Courier no one was injured in the St. Andrews area, but a video posted from the home of golf shows just how powerful the storm was as wind absolutely destroyed one of the hospitality tents set up in advance of the Dunhill Links Championship:

While plenty of clean-up is sure to be needed, officials say the Dunhill Links, which also be conducted at Carnoustie and Kingsbarns, will go on as scheduled October 4-7.