THURSDAY  | AUGUST 16, 2018
by Jeff Babineau

By Sunday evening at the 100th PGA Championship, the U.S. Ryder Cup team had eight of its 12 spots filled. U.S. captain Jim Furyk will add four more players in the weeks ahead. Monday morning at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, he said the door is wide open. 

When he looks up, hopefully he will see 6-foot-4-inch Tony Finau standing in his doorway. Finau no doubt is in the mix as Furyk studies potential team additions in the next few weeks. Sure, Finau hasn’t won nearly enough in his four seasons on the PGA Tour. (He won the 2016 Puerto Rico Open, an opposite-field event.) But put that aside for one moment and consider this: Finau is made for the Ryder Cup.

 



by Mike Purkey

Jim Furyk, the captain of the U.S. Ryder Cup team, has a quandary, although he likely doesn’t see it that way. After Tiger Woods’ stirring performance at the PGA Championship, finishing runner-up to Brooks Koepka in a spirited Sunday finish, it’s a dead lock that Furyk will use one of his four captain’s picks on Woods.

However, in choosing Woods, Furyk will have to look at the last two major championships, and he will face one seminal fact about Woods: He didn’t win.

 


Greatest comeback ever? Not quite
I was surprised to hear the announcers at the recent PGA Championship state that Tiger Woods’ return to form was the greatest comeback ever.

That, of course, would belong to Ben Hogan, who returned from death's door after a bus crash in 1949 to win the U.S. Open in 1950.

 


Withdrew: Rickie Fowler, from next week’s FedEx Cup playoff opener, the Northern Trust, citing a stomach injury. Fowler, 29, was hampered by an injury to his right oblique muscle during last week’s PGA Championship as he faded to a tie for 12th. Fowler said in an Instagram post that a magnetic resonance imaging test revealed a partial tear to the muscle. He intends to return in time for the rest of the four-tournament FedEx Cup playoffs and next month’s Ryder Cup, for which he has qualified.

 


2.5

Distance, in miles, of the circumference of the track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, in which holes 7-10 at Brickyard Crossing Golf Club are routed. Those holes will be rerouted as Nos. 15-18 for the finishing stretch at this week’s Indy Women in Tech Championship on the LPGA (tee times).

 



RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

The Grill Room powered by Vertical Groove Golf
Brooks Koepka emerges as the king of major championships, adding the PGA title to his recent U.S. Open victory. Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph Jr. analyze how Koepka held off such a quality field, including hard-charging runner-up Tiger Woods. The Vertical Groove Hotline features Morning Read’s Alex Miceli. In the Feature Interview, Bubka catches up with Suzy Whaley, soon to be the first female president of the PGA of America.

Hawk & Rude: PGA Championship wrap
In Hawk & Rude, a podcast featuring veteran golf journalists John Hawkins and Jeff Rude, the hosts dive into the year’s final major. Brooks Koepka won his third major title in his past six starts in golf's biggest events, fending off a Sunday charge from Tiger Woods.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Biff and Edward O’Reilly won the 29th annual World Invitational Father and Son Tournament on Aug. 12 at Waterville (Ireland) Golf Links. The O’Reillys, playing out of Winged Foot Golf Club and Westchester Country Club in New York, totaled 125 points in the Stableford event hosted by tour operator Carr Golf.

 


CALENDAR
August 13-19
Men’s amateur: U.S. Amateur

Pebble Beach (Calif.) GL

Junior boys: British Boys Amateur

Royal Portrush (Northern Ireland) GC

August 16-19
Web.com Tour: WinCo Foods Portland Open

Pumpkin Ridge GC (Witch Hollow), North Plains, Ore.

European Tour: Nordea Masters

Hills GC, Gothenburg, Sweden

PGA Tour: Wyndham Championship

Sedgefield CC, Greensboro, N.C.

LPGA: Indy Women in Tech Championship

Brickyard Crossing GC, Indianapolis

August 17-19
Champions: Dick’s Sporting Goods Open

En-Joie GC, Endicott, N.Y.

Symetra Tour: FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship

Battle Creek (Mich.) CC


      
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