by Steve Elling

The pomp and pageantry on the first tee at the Solheim Cup, not to mention its male equivalent, are unsurpassed. Goosebumps are volcano-sized, players are serenaded by flag-waving fans, nerves jangle like wind chimes and the world of golf is infused with a needed, caffeinated jolt of heightened interest and adrenaline.

Everyone in Iowa seems to be enjoying the goofy hats, ribbons and painted fingernails, thank goodness, because the 15th iteration of the Solheim conceivably could mark the last time around for the U.S. and Europe in its current design.


by Alex Miceli

By definition, a rookie on any cup team usually is a player who requires a lot of attention from the captain.

Although hardly incapable or powerless, a rookie often is uncomfortable and rarely emerges as the star of the matches.

During the opening day of the Solheim Cup on Friday at Des Moines Country Club, Americans Danielle Kang and Angel Yin showed no rookie jitters. Captain Juli Inkster can take the training wheels off as her rookies combined to win three points with breakout performances as the Americans opened a 5½-2½ lead (scores:


by Adam Schupak

One of the first acts for Jay Monahan when he took over as PGA Tour commissioner in January was to institute a mission statement for his staff this year: “Make Mr. Palmer proud.” 

It's safe to say that the late Arnold Palmer would have approved of Monahan’s playing in the Wyndham Championship pro-am at Sedgefield Country Club on Wednesday, and that one of The King’s favorite events on Tour is in good hands.



Number of bogeys that Ken Looper has made in two trips around Fox Den Country Club in Knoxville, Tenn., to open a five-stroke lead midway through the Tour’s News Sentinel Open. Looper shot 5-under 66 on Friday after an opening-round 62. Looper, 28, has made 11 cuts in 19 starts this season, with a season-best tie for 30th. Ben Taylor (67), Talor Gooch (67) and Stephan Jaeger (67) were tied for second at 9-under 133 as darkness suspended play (scores:


Committed: To play in next week’s FedEx Cup playoff opener, Rory McIlroy, who had said after his T-22 finish in last week’s PGA Championship that he might be done for the year, according to The Telegraph of London. The Northern Trust, the first of four playoff events, will be played Aug. 24-27 at Glen Oaks Club in Old Westbury, N.Y. McIlroy, 28, of Northern Ireland, is the defending FedEx Cup champion and a four-time major winner who is No. 4 in the Official World Golf Ranking. He is contending with a nagging rib injury. He also has undergone personal and professional changes this season, having married American Erica Stoll in April and then ditching longtime caddie J.P. Fitzgerald in July.



GustBuster has been chosen as the best golf umbrella of 2017, according to The umbrella features wind-release vents and flow-through design.


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August 14-20
Men’s amateur: U.S. Amateur
Riviera CC, Pacific Palisades, Calif.
August 17-20
European Tour: Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play
Golf Resort Bad Griesbach (Germany) Tour: News Sentinel Open
Fox Den CC, Knoxville, Tenn.
PGA Tour: Wyndham Championship
Sedgefield CC, Greensboro, N.C.
European Tour: Fiji International
Natadola (Fiji) Bay GC
August 18-20
Champions Tour: Dick’s Sporting Goods Open
En-Joie GC, Endicott, N.Y.
LPGA: Solheim Cup
Des Moines CC, West Des Moines, Iowa
August 24-27
PGA Tour: The Northern Trust
Glen Oaks Club, Old Westbury, N.Y. Tour: WinCo Foods Portland Open
Pumpkin Ridge GC (Witch Hollow), North Plains, Ore.
European Tour: Made in Denmark
Himmerland Golf and Spa Resort, Farso, Denmark
LPGA: Canadian Pacific Women’s Open
Ottawa Hunt and GC, Ottawa, Ontario
August 25-27
Champions Tour: Boeing Classic
The Club at Snoqualmie Ridge, Snoqualmie, Wash.
August 26-31
Men’s amateur: U.S. Senior Amateur
The Minikahda Club, Minneapolis

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