FRIDAY | SEPTEMBER 29, 2017
by Alex Miceli

This time, the International team told everyone who would listen, it was going to be different. The one-sided history of the Presidents Cup, which the Americans lead, 9-1-1, had nothing to do with how this International team would perform this week at Liberty National Golf Club, the visitors insisted.

Instead, Thursday’s opening foursomes turned out to be just like most other days in this biennial match, with the U.S. winning the first session, 3½-1½, with the anticipated dominance. 

 



by Adam Schupak

When Phil Mickelson arrived at the first tee Thursday at Liberty National Golf Club, he couldn't resist. Seated above him in the VIP box were the three most recent U.S. commanders-in-chief: Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. So, Mickelson did what any American would do: he took a selfie.

Phil being Phil, he cut off half his head from the picture, but then again it reportedly was his first selfie. (At 47, he’s a bit older than the selfie generation.) As his brother and caddie Tim tweeted, "When you can take a selfie with three US Presidents, you do it!!"

 


by Steve Elling

Presidents Cup organizers and analysts envisioned a boisterous atmosphere in which fans would cram into Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J., like a crowded subway car, and scream as if they were attending a Springsteen concert. However, the vibe Thursday was mostly subdued at the $250 million course that was built on a landfill across the Hudson River from Manhattan.

 



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Number of golfers at the Presidents Cup who knelt in protest during the U.S. national anthem at Thursday’s opening session at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J.

 



FROM THE INDUSTRY

Mission Inn Resort and Club’s El Campeon Golf Course, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary, has been named the No. 1 course in Florida by Golf Advisor, according to its player surveys. El Campeon, or “The Champion,” a George O’Neil design, is located in Howey-in-the-Hills and is an original member of the Florida Historic Golf Trail.

 

Westchester Hills Golf Club has completed a nearly yearlong renovation and modernization project, officials at the club in White Plains, N.Y., announced. The work included a lengthening of more than 100 yards, plus new and renovated tees and bunkers at the 1913 Peter Clark-designed course.

 

CALENDAR
September 28 - October 1
LPGA: McKayson New Zealand Women’s Open
Windross Farm GC, Ardmore, New Zealand
PGA Tour: Presidents Cup
Liberty National GC, Jersey City, N.J.
Web.com Tour: Web.com Tour Championship
Atlantic Beach (Fla.) CC
European Tour: British Masters
Close House GC, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England
September 29 - October 1
Symetra Tour: IOA Golf Classic
Alaqua CC, Longwood, Fla.

      
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