The PGA Tour is in Malaysia this week. The LPGA is in Taiwan; the European Tour, China. That got us thinking: Who would comprise the best male/female national team? GolfChannel.com writers picked one of each gender from the same country for the ultimate tandem in today's game.
By JASON SOBEL
Tough question. Not sure we can answer this without a task force ...
I kid, of course. But much like the PGA of America's task force has to figure out the Ryder Cup, the rest of us were reminded of something at Gleneagles, too: The best tandems in team golf aren't always comprised of the best individuals.
Talent helps, obviously, but give me a team with some intangibles and we'll win some matches.
That's why I like the U.S. pairing of Stacy Lewis and Patrick Reed. They're each fiery competitors who play with a chip on their shoulder. Put 'em in a match-play situation and you'd have plenty of cold stares, fist-pumping and – you guessed it – shushing.
Tell the task force to book a few tee times. We just figured this one out in a few paragraphs.
By RYAN LAVNER
The flashiest duo, they are not, but if you want the total package – the world-class player, the longevity, the consummate professional – then look no further than Australia’s Adam Scott and Karrie Webb.
Between them, Scott (27) and Webb (57) have combined for 74 international titles in 36 years. Both are still ranked inside the top 10 on their respective tours – Scott ascended to the No. 1 ranking earlier this year and currently occupies the No. 2 spot, while Webb has enjoyed a resurgent year, climbing all the way back to No. 8.
In 17 starts this season, Scott, 34, won once, finished in the top 10 in nine other events and cleared $4 million in earnings. In the same number of starts, Webb, 39, has two wins scattered among five top-10s with a runner-up at the Evian, where she lost a 72nd-hole lead in her attempt to become first player to win six different majors.
The best part about Scott and Webb: It’s clear that two of Australia’s most prolific winners aren’t done yet.
By WILL GRAY
Sergio Garcia and Azahara Munoz.
Give me the emotion – not to mention match-play brilliance – of the Spaniards.
Garcia is No. 4 in the world, though he could move up to No. 3 by the end of this week, and while that maiden major title remains elusive, he has played some of the best golf of his career in 2014. His match-play acumen was on full display at Gleneagles, and should this theoretical contest include some foursomes play, I like my chances with El Nino.
Likewise, Munoz thrives in match play, having been on winning Solheim Cup teams in 2011 and 2013 and a part of the inaugural International Crown champions this year. She is currently No. 16 in the Rolex Rankings and coming off a quietly successful 2014 campaign, one in which she cracked the top 25 in each of the five LPGA majors and finished T-4 at the LPGA Championship.