by Alex Miceli

Outclassed and outmanned against a game GB&I team at Royal Lytham, America’s top amateurs struggled mightily in the most recent Walker Cup.

The resounding 16½-9½ defeat in 2015 was the worst setback by a U.S. team in the 93-year history of the Walker Cup. The post-mortem to understand why the U.S. lost proved simple: foursomes.

The format, in which American teams often struggle, also is known as alternate shot: one player tees off, the other golfer hits the next shot, etc., until the ball is holed.


Rooting for Mickelson 

Steve Stricker is a class act, as is Phil Mickelson (“Mickelson wins spot on Presidents Cup team,” Sept. 7, This is a great way to say goodbye to Mickelson in the team competitions, and I feel he knows this is the start of goodbyes and will surprise everyone (“Mickelson doesn’t deserve Presidents Cup pick,” Sept. 6,

Many of us will enjoy watching Mickelson win and go out in style, like the classy guy he has been.



Number of strokes by which Scott Hend leads the European Tour’s Omega European Masters after two rounds. Hend, of Australia, shot 7-under 63 at Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club in Crans Montana, Switzerland, for a 13-under 127 total. South Africa’s Darren Fichardt (63) is second at 12-under 128. American Julian Suri, winner of the recent Made In Denmark event (“Suri takes road less traveled for big-time golf,” Aug. 28,, is among a group of three tied for sixth at 8-under 132 (scores: Hend finished runner-up in last year’s European Masters when he lost a playoff to Sweden’s Alex Noren.


September 7-9
LPGA: Indy Women In Tech Championship
Brickyard Crossing GC, Indianapolis
September 7-10
European Tour: Omega European Masters
Cans-sur-Sierre GC, Crans Montana, Switzerland
September 8-10
Champions Tour: Japan Airlines Championship
Narita (Japan) GC
Symetra Tour: Garden City Charity Classic
Buffalo Dunes GC, Garden City, Kan.
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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