System Revised for Selecting 2008 US Ryder Cup Team
Drastically different from the old system, which awarded points for wins and top-10 finishes at official events over a two-year span, the new Ryder Cup point system is all about the money -- and who is playing best in 2008.
Gone is the two-year plan, in which a player could build up points in a non-Ryder Cup year and still make the team despite struggling during the year of the competition.
The only points to be awarded in 2007 will be at the four major championships -- the Masters, U.S. Open, British Open and PGA Championship. Players who make the cut will receive one point for every $1,000 earned.
In 2008, the year of the next Ryder Cup, points will be awarded on a sliding scale.
Rendering a good finish at the majors even more important, players who make the cut will be awarded two points for every $1,000 earned at those four events.
In all other official 2008 events -- excluding the majors and events played opposite the majors and opposite the World Golf Championships -- one point will be awarded for every $1,000 won.
At tournaments played opposite the 2008 majors and WGC events -- when, historically, fields are watered down -- players will only receive 1/2 point for $1,000 of prize money.
Also, with players under the assumption that tournaments contested at the end of the 2006 season would count toward the 2008 Ryder Cup, changes were also made to the point value to include those events.
United States players who finished in the top 10 in official events from August 27 through November 5 of this year will be awarded 1/4 point for every $1,000 earned.
Azinger, given more responsibility than any captain before him, had a significant role in determining the new system.
'My eyes glaze over when I see $1,000 equals one point,' Azinger said at a Monday press conference. 'We're using a point system, but we're going off the money list, essentially.
'I just felt like it was time for money to be the barometer,' he added later.
The PGA of America said the new system, had it been in place for selecting the 2006 team, would have produced little change for a squad that was beaten badly by the Europeans for a second straight time.
'I don't think we saw significant changes when we looked at the top eight (players),' said PGA of America president Roger Warren. 'In the end, whatever team is out there has got to play better to win.'
To that end, Azinger, 46, asked to be given more control over who will be wearing U.S. colors at Valhalla in September 2008. A four-time Ryder Cupper himself, Azinger said he will consider more than just experience when selecting his four captain's picks.
'I want to spend my time on picking who is hot,' said Azinger. 'I have an opportunity no other Ryder Cup captain has ever had, and I appreciate that.'
Azinger will lead the U.S. team against his former broadcast partner, Nick Faldo, and the Europeans in the 37th Ryder Cup, to be played at Valhalla from September 19-21, 2008.
'Hungover' Pepperell improbably in mix after 67
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Eddie Pepperell’s 11:40 a.m. tee time on Sunday at The Open was a tad early, and not just because the Englishman was heading out more than three hours before the leaders.
Following a third-round 71 that dropped him eight strokes off the lead, Pepperell did what many golfers do after a less-than-stellar round – he drank.
“Honestly, I was a little hungover. I won't lie. I had too much to drink last night,” said Pepperell, who said he went to bed on Friday at around 11:30 p.m. “I was so frustrated yesterday, that today was really, I wouldn't say a write-off, but I didn't feel I was in the golf tournament. Whether I shot 69 or 73 today, it wouldn't have been heartbreaking.”
Pepperell was much closer to the former on Sunday, posting a round-of-the-day 67 to move to within one stroke of the lead held by multiple players as the leaders made the turn.
Pepperell had just a single bogey on a blustery day at Carnoustie and closed his round with birdies at Nos. 14 and 17. It was one of just four rounds in the 60s on a course that had become increasingly difficult with each gust.
With six players tied for the lead at 6 under par, including defending champion Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy, Pepperell planned to wait and see how the afternoon progressed.
“The only hope I have is that it's Carnoustie, and the last three, four holes, even though they're downwind, still anything can happen with obviously pressure and all that sort of stuff out here,” he said. “So I'll have to hang around.”
Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship
Tiger Woods is stalking his 15th career major championship trophy. Follow the action with our tracker to see if he can get it done at Carnoustie.
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Pros melting down on Twitter as they watch Tiger
Tiger Woods mounted a final-round charge and took the outright lead at Carnoustie on Sunday.
His fellow pros have been watching and tweeting like your average fans.
We're compiling their missives below:
Starting to wonder how many Tiggy is going to win by here........... #isheback— Graeme McDowell (@Graeme_McDowell) July 22, 2018
Tiger is leading the open pic.twitter.com/MbGnJIt1Jj— Tyrrell Hatton (@TyrrellHatton) July 22, 2018
That FW bunker shot by Tiger tho... pic.twitter.com/Fi3GY6AegO— Scott Langley (@Scott_Langley) July 22, 2018
Tiger back doing Tiger stuff.......— Graeme McDowell (@Graeme_McDowell) July 22, 2018
I love you https://t.co/JovVz2clm2— Braden Thornberry (@tberrygolf) July 22, 2018
Omg lesgo @TigerWoods— Willy Wilcox (@willwilcoxgolf) July 22, 2018
Right now, Tiger is like everyone’s ex who we’ve given way too many 2nd chances to, and he has the opportunity to rip your heart right out of your chest but we’re all ok with it because we tend to only remember the good times— max homa (@maxhoma23) July 22, 2018
Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage
NBC Sports and Golf Channel are showcasing nearly 50 hours of live coverage of the 147th Open. Missed anything? Well, you can catch up right here. Click on the links below for replays from Carnoustie, broken down into daily segments:
Saturday, Day 3 (Times ET)
7AM-3PM (Watch): Jordan Spieth fired 65 to move into a three-way share of the 54-hole lead, while Tiger Woods (66) played his way into contention. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Rickie Fowler and Thorbjorn Olesen.
4:30-7AM (Watch): Sunny skies and birdies were on the menu early in Round 3, as Justin Rose made his way around Carnoustie in 64 strokes. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Henrik Stenson and Bryson DeChambeau.
Friday, Day 2 (Times ET)
8:20AM-3PM (Watch): As the skies cleared on Friday afternoon, defending champion Jordan Spieth made a run to try and regain the claret jug. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.
1:30-8:20AM (Watch): On a rainy Friday morning at Carnoustie, Rory McIlroy shot 69 to reach 4 under, while Zach Johnson fired a 67 for the early lead. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Brooks Koepka, Ian Poulter and Cameron Smith.
Thursday, Day 1 (Times ET)
Noon-4PM (Watch): Tiger Woods was up and down in the afternoon, as winds picked up a little and no one could catch Kevin Kisner. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Woods, Russell Knox and Hideki Matsuyama.
1:30-8:25AM (Watch): Defending champion Jordan Spieth got off to a good start, while Kevin Kisner (66) set the early pace. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and Chris Wood.