SATURDAY | SEPTEMBER 30, 2017
by Alex Miceli

Nine minutes that changed the Presidents Cup.  

It’s not the title song to a Broadway play but rather the epitaph for captain Nick Price in the 12th Presidents Cup. His International team challenged early but as has been so customary in this biennial series against the Americans succumbed to a stronger team.

 



by Adam Schupak

Somewhere, maybe in his native Denmark, European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn has flipped off his television set from watching the Presidents Cup and seen his next nightmare: the pairing of Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler next September at Le Golf National near Paris.

On Thursday, batting leadoff, the American duo destroyed Hideki Matsuyama and Charl Schwartzel, 6 and 4. On Friday, Fowler-Thomas took down the most successful pair in the history of the competition, the previously unbeaten team of South Africans Branden Grace and Louis Oosthuizen, 3 and 2 (scores and pairings: http://bit.ly/2xzUKfk).

 


by Steve Elling

It took approximately 27 holes, roughly seven hours of broadcast time and enduring dozens of jaw-dropping, sloppy shots by many of the best players on the planet.

But mercifully, with a couple of hours left in Golf Channel’s broadcast on Friday, the Presidents Cup finally could be classified as entertaining.

 


0.8

Percentage increase in U.S. rounds played in August from the same month a year earlier, according to Golf Datatech’s “National Rounds Played Report.” The increase was driven by a 4.4-percent spike in rounds at private courses. Play at public courses slipped 0.2 percent compared with August 2016. For the year, rounds played are off 2.6 percent from the same year-to-date period last year.

 



In the news

Named: As chief executive officer of The First Tee, Keith Dawkins, the World Golf Foundation announced. Dawkins, who is an executive vice president with Viacom’s Nickelodeon, will replace the retiring Joe Louis Barrow Jr. effective Jan. 1.


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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