MONDAY | OCTOBER 2, 2017
by Alex Miceli

If you were off in the mountains or decided that televised golf was not your thing during the past weekend, you missed nothing and something.

The nothing was a blowout of a talented, but out-of-form International team that left Liberty National Golf Club seeking to find a formula that might make a difference.

 



by Adam Schupak

There's only one thing for the International team to do after losing yet again – and in a blowout – at the Presidents Cup: form a task force. 

Hey, it worked for the U.S. in the Ryder Cup.

But all of this talk about killing the Presidents Cup is ludicrous. For starters, let's state the obvious: the Presidents Cup isn't going anywhere. It is one of the PGA Tour's signature events, and though the players might be tired after the FedEx Cup playoffs and be ready for a break, they live for team golf.

 


by Alex Miceli

The best thing that could happen to the Presidents Cup was a blowout loss by the Internationals.

The 19-11 defeat here Sunday to the Americans crystalized a view that many on the International side, golf observers and the media long have held: the product, if not broken, has some serious cracks that need to be filled (scores: http://bit.ly/2xzUKfk).

 


by Steve Elling

Everybody who has been marginally associated with the PGA Tour over the past two decades knew that Jim Mackay kept a treasure trove of anecdotes, war stories and deep-background intel locked away regarding guys who plied their trade on the PGA Tour over that span.

Yet when Golf Channel hired him as a roving analyst over the summer, there were murmurs as to whether he’d take off the media muzzle that he had worn for so long while serving as Phil Mickelson’s caddie, confidant and sergeant-at-arms.

 


Presidents Cup (yawn) comes up short 

Oh, my. The Presidents Cup is even a worse snoozer than the Solheim Cup.

I could do without this event. It is a great exhibition but not worth watching. If you follow the PGA Tour, you'll see those talented players week in and week out.

 



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Number of holes played Sunday in the scheduled final round of the Web.com Tour Championship, as heavy rain made the Atlantic Beach (Fla.) Country Club course unplayable. The final round is scheduled to resume at 7:45 a.m. EDT today, with Jonathan Byrd leading by two strokes (scores: http://bit.ly/2keMXOw).

 



FROM THE INDUSTRY

Ecco has launched its S-Drive model of golf shoe, the company announced. The S-Drive, a lightweight hybrid shoe inspired by the running market, has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $160.

 

CALENDAR
October 2
Symetra Tour: IOA Golf Classic, Alaqua CC
Longwood, Fla. (completion of final round)
Web.com Tour: Web.com Tour Championship
Atlantic Beach (Fla.) CC (completion of final round)
October 5-8
European Tour: Alfred Dunhill Links Championship
Old Course, St. Andrews, Scotland
PGA Tour: Safeway Open
Silverado Resort and Spa (North), Napa, Calif.
Symetra Tour: Symetra Tour Championship
LPGA International (Jones), Daytona Beach, Fla.
October 7-12
Men’s amateur: U.S. Men’s Mid-Amateur
Capital City Club (Crabapple), Woodstock, Ga.

      
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