Fay questions new mid-am requirements for Walker Cup

By Will GrayFebruary 15, 2013, 1:51 pm

While the U.S. Golf Association implemented a rule last month requiring at least two of the 10 members of the U.S. Walker Cup squad to be mid-amateurs (25 years or older), a man that formerly held the top spot in the organization raised questions about the decision this week.

'I applaud having mid-amateurs on the team, I think they can make it on the team on their merit,' explained David Fay, former executive director of the USGA in an interview with 'Morning Drive' Friday. 'But I don't think you needed to formalize it.'

The former head of the USGA from 1989-2010, Fay was quick to point out the significant role mid-amateurs have played on Walker Cup teams over the years without any sort of mandate requiring their presence.

'First Walker Cup I was involved with was 1981. From that time going forward, mid-amateurs have always played an important role on the Walker Cup team, whether it be Jay Sigel or Jim Holtgrieve, Allen Doyle,  you could go on and on,' Fay explained. 'The intent of the competition is to take your 10 best and to play the match against a team from Great Britain & Ireland.'

The Royal & Ancient reportedly has no plan to implement a similar requirement for the team from Great Britain & Ireland, where Fay described mid-amateur golf as 'almost non-existent at a competitive level.'

'Just think about it,' he continued. 'If they beat the United States, some people might say, 'Well, they had those two mid-amateurs,' not knowing that mid-amateurs have been an essential part of the Walker Cup match going back to, at least for me, since 1981.'

A biennial competition between top amateurs from the U.S. and Great Britain & Ireland styled after the Ryder Cup, the Walker Cup will next be held this September at National Golf Links in Southampton, N.Y. The U.S. holds a 34-8-1 all-time advantage and has not lost on home soil since 2001.

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Koepka primed for CJ Cup win and world No. 1

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 19, 2018, 6:00 am

Brooks Koepka wants a 2-for-1 at the CJ Cup. If he can collect his second non-major PGA Tour victory he can become world No. 1 for the first time in his career.

He’s in great position to accomplish his goal.

Koepka eagled the par-5 18th en route to a 7-under 65 in the second round at Nine Bridges in Juju Island, South Korea. At 8 under par, he is one back of 36-hole leader Scott Piercy (65).

Koepka, currently ranked third in the world, began the day three shots off the lead, but rapidly ascended the leaderboard. He birdied four of his first eight holes before finding trouble at the ninth. Koepka hooked his tee shot out of bounds, but the ninth is a par 5 and he was able to salvage bogey.

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That was his only dropped shot of the day.

The reigning Tour Player of the Year birdied the 12th and 14th holes in his bid to keep pace with Piercy. Koepka was two back as he played his final hole, where he knocked his second shot to 10 feet. He deftly converted the eagle effort to tie Piercy and earn a spot in Saturday’s final twosome. Piercy later pulled a shot ahead with a birdie at the ninth, his final hole of the day.

Koepka has officially won four PGA Tour events, but three of those are majors (2017, ’18 U.S. Open; 2018 PGA). His lone non-major win was the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open.

He can still reach world No. 1 with a solo second place, assuming Justin Thomas, currently world No. 4, doesn’t win this week.

That will take a mighty weekend effort by the defending champ.

Thomas also eagled the 18th hole to go from 1 over to 1 under. He shot 2-under 70 in the second round and is seven shots off the lead.

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'Go in'? Yes, JT wants an ace at the par-4 14th

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 19, 2018, 5:11 am

Justin Thomas didn’t hesitate after hitting his tee shot on the 353-yard, par-4 14th in Round 2 of the CJ Cup.

“Go in,” he immediately said.

“Please go in,” he added.

Thomas’ tee shot was on a great line, but it landed just short of the green. Surprisingly, it took three more shots for his ball to "go in." After birdies on Nos. 12 and 13, Thomas parred the 14th.

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Watch: Dufner makes six (!) fist pumps after birdie

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 19, 2018, 4:53 am

Jason Dufner makes Ben Stein seem like Jonathan Winters. Dufner often looks mighty miserable for someone who plays golf for a living.

But not on Friday at the CJ Cup!

Dufner made a 20-footer for birdie at the 16th hole and “celebrated” with one-two-three-(pause)-four-five-six fist pumps. There could have been more, but the camera cut away.

That was Dufner’s third birdie on the back nine, which offset a triple bogey at the par-3 seventh, en route to an even-par 72. Good times.

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Watch: Paul C-ace-y makes hole-in-one at CJ Cup

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 19, 2018, 2:35 am

Par-par-par-par-par-par. It was a boring second round over the first six holes for Paul Casey at the CJ Cup.

And then he aced the par-3 seventh.

Casey's tee shot from 176 tracked straight towards the hole and rolled in near the final revolution. That got him to 2 under par for the tournament. He was five off the lead, held by Chez Reavie, but bogeyed the ninth and 10th holes to give back those two strokes.

Hey, it's a no-cut event and a guaranteed paycheck. Drinks on Casey!