by Alex Miceli

All good things must come to an end, which is why Phil Mickelson should not be part of the U.S. Presidents Cup team.

It’s not easy to say that Mickelson, a World Golf Hall of Fame member with five major championships among his 42 PGA Tour victories and 22 international team appearances, should not be given a captain’s pick today by Steve Stricker. But it’s the right thing to do if you believe that other players deserve a chance.


LPGA’s numbers game 

Writer Steve Hoffman is spot on regarding Stacy Lewis' puny $195,000 winner’s payout compared with a PGA Tour winner’s earnings (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Sept. 5,; “Lewis makes special delivery for Houston,” Sept. 4,

Any PGA Tour pro who makes cuts but never wins a tournament earns way more money and taps into a huge retirement fund. The men’s senior tour features fat cats getting even fatter.


Keeping score


Overall record for the United States against the International team in the Presidents Cup. Or, if you prefer, the phone number for the Internationals to call before the 12th installment of the biennial series, which will be played Sept. 28-Oct. 1 at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J. The Americans have won six consecutive Presidents Cups, by an average of 3½ points. U.S. captain Steve Stricker and International counterpart Nick Price will disclose two wild-card picks apiece this afternoon to complete their respective 12-man teams.


Fifteen PGA Tour players who use clubs with Nippon Shaft steel shafts have qualified for the third leg of the FedEx Cup playoffs. Those qualifiers who use Nippon shafts include three top-10 finishers at the recent Dell Technologies Championship.


Apparel maker The Antigua Group congratulated Stacy Lewis on her recent victory at the LPGA’s Cambia Portland Classic. In winning her 12th tour title, Lewis donated the $195,000 winner’s check to the Hurricane Harvey relief effort in the Houston area, where she has made her home since age 11.


TecTecTec, which manufactures golf rangefinders, said that its most popular model, the VPRO500, has received more than 2,000 reviews on That total solidifies the model as the top-selling golf laser rangefinder on the online retailer, according to TecTecTec.



Whistling Rock Country Club has been named the top course in South Korea by Golf Magazine Korea, the club announced. The private club, which opened in 2011, is located one hour northeast of Seoul, in the foothills of the Gangwon provincial mountains.


September 4-6
Women’s pro: LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals National Championship
Mid Pines Inn and Golf Club, Southern Pines, N.C.
September 5-6
Men’s pro exhibition: Volvik World Long Drive Championship
WinStar World Casino and Resort, Thackerville, Okla.
September 7-10
European Tour: Omega European Masters
Cans-sur-Sierre GC, Crans Montana, Switzerland
Symetra Tour: Garden City Charity Classic
Buffalo Dunes GC, Garden City, Kan.
September 8-10
Champions Tour: Japan Airlines Championship
Narita (Japan) GC
LPGA: Indy Women In Tech Championship
Brickyard Crossing GC, Indianapolis
September 9-10
Men’s amateur: Walker Cup
Los Angeles CC (North)
September 9-14
Women’s amateur: U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur
Waverley CC, Portland, Ore.
September 14-17
PGA Tour: BMW Championship
Conway Farms GC, Lake Forest, Ill. Tour: Albertsons Boise Open
Hillcrest CC, Boise, Idaho
European Tour: KLM Open
The Dutch, Spijk, Netherlands
LPGA: Evian Championship
Evian Resort GC, Evian-les-Bains, France
September 15-17
Champions Tour: Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship
Bear Mountain Resort, Victoria, British Columbia
Symetra Tour: Murphy USA El Dorado Shootout
Mystic Creek GC, El Dorado, Ark.
September 15-19
Club pros: PGA of America PGA Cup
Foxhills Club and Resort, Bernard Hunt GC, Ottershaw, England

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