THURSDAY  | SEPTEMBER 6, 2018
by Alex Miceli

Europe’s Ryder Cup team was set Wednesday, and unlike the Americans’ anticlimactic selection of Bryson DeChambeau, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods a day earlier, European captain Thomas Bjorn had to stress over his four at-large picks.

The selection of Paul Casey, Sergio Garcia, Ian Poulter and Henrik Stenson was a direct result of the eight who already had made the team for the Sept. 28-30 matches at Le Golf National near Paris. Bjorn faced a decision Sunday night when five of the eight qualifiers were rookies.

 



by Gary Van Sickle

What kind of a player do you want on your Ryder Cup team?

I want somebody who played well in the big tournaments and maybe finished, oh, 10th at the Masters and finished strong, such as with a 66. I’ve always liked horses (or greyhounds) with closing speed.

 


by Jeff Babineau

On Wednesday at Aronimink Golf Club, Jordan Spieth was asked about his need to “scramble” at this week’s BMW Championship in order to advance to East Lake and the Tour Championship in two weeks.

Spieth, a very astute and polished young man, met the question with an answer that leaned toward witty humor … but somewhere inside him, the insinuation that Spieth would have to scramble in anything in his lifetime partly seemed to stiffen his spine, too.

 


All that spit, and Mickelson still gets a pick
So, let me get this straight: Phil Mickelson spits in the face of golf’s integrity. He spits in the face of golf’s rules. He spits in the face of the respect for the game. He spits in the face of golf’s soul. And he does this on center stage in the biggest U.S. national golf tournament, in front of millions of people (“Mickelson, USGA disgrace U.S. Open,” June 17). Plus, he has a losing Ryder Cup record. And he still gets chosen to represent the U.S. (“Mickelson, Woods win another Ryder Shot,” Sept. 5). Unbelievable.

What happened to bringing some of the good young respectful American golfers into the fold? On the road is the perfect time to do that. I’m sure that Xander Schauffele, who plays big in big tournaments and is the defending FedEx Cup champion, and Kevin Kisner, who was undefeated in the 2017 Presidents Cup, and Tony Finau, who’s having a career year, would love to be on the Ryder Cup team. But, no.

 


Withdrew: Michelle Wie, from next week’s Evian Championship, citing a lingering injury to her right hand, according to a post on her Instagram account. Five weeks ago, Wie pulled out of the Ricoh Women’s British Open after 12 holes, citing her ailing right hand, and has not competed since then.

 



RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

Hawk & Rude: Picking on the picks?
In Hawk & Rude, a podcast featuring veteran golf journalists John Hawkins and Jeff Rude, the hosts ponder the at-large selections of U.S. Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk and his counterpart, European skipper Thomas Bjorn.


Grill Room powered by Vertical Groove Golf
Bryson DeChambeau, known for his scientific approach to golf and for using single-length clubs, is the hottest golfer on the PGA Tour. Now, he has made the U.S. Ryder Cup team. Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph Jr. discuss the U.S. and European captains’ wild-card picks. Morning Read’s Alex Miceli offers his opinions, and Grill Room previews the BMW Championship.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Anthony Williams, the superintendent and director of golf and landscape operations at TPC Four Seasons Dallas at Las Colinas in Irving, Texas, and Nick Janovich, the superintendent at Oglebay Resort and Conference Center in Wheeling, W.Va., have been honored by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. Williams and Janovich have been named winners of the Grassroots Ambassador Leadership Award. They will receive a trip to Washington for the 2019 National Golf Day.

 

Streamsong (Fla.) Resort will play host to the inaugural Streamsong Fall Classic Four-Ball Championship on Oct. 21-23. The two-man better-ball event will be played on the Red, Blue and Black courses. Prices start at $735 per person double occupancy.

 

Inntopia recently launched a Facebook integration that allows the company’s Marketing Cloud users to push custom guests lists to the social network’s advertising platform. The move is an extension of Inntopia Marketing Cloud’s List Builder tool.

 

Youth on Course has organized challengers from six states and the District of Columbia to participate in its Hundred Hole Hike fundraiser on Sept. 10. Youth on Course is a nonprofit that has provided 40,000 youngsters in 26 states with subsidized golf, college scholarships, caddie programs and paid internships.

 


CALENDAR
September 4-7
Men’s amateur: Canadian Men’s Senior

Gowan Brae G&CC, Bathurst, New Brunswick

September 5-8
Men’s amateur: World Amateur Team

Carton House GC, Maynooth, Ireland

September 6-9
PGA Tour: BMW Championship

Aronimink GC, Newtown Square, Pa.

European Tour: Omega European Masters

Crans-sur-Sierre GC, Crans Montana, Switzerland

September 7-9
Symetra Tour: Garden City Charity Classic

Buffalo Dunes GC, Garden City, Kan.


      
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