MONDAY  | SEPTEMBER 10, 2018
by Jeff Babineau

It’s never a good thing when you walk into a PGA Tour media center and the first two interview transcripts seen sitting on a table are from Slugger White, the PGA Tour’s vice president of rules and competition, and the circuit’s onsite weatherman, Joe Halvorson.

No offense, fellas. But players were nowhere to be found midday Sunday at the BMW Championship. They were all at the movies by then. That's the type of week it has been on the outskirts of Philadelphia. Brotherly Love might be fine and dandy here, but Mother Nature has been on a rant, sending rain in small buckets. Even Rocky Balboa wouldn’t train in this stuff.

 



by John Hawkins

When U.S. Ryder Cup skipper Lanny Wadkins used one of his two captain’s picks on veteran Curtis Strange in 1995, flags were raised immediately, and not in a wave of patriotism. Strange was well past his prime at the time, winless in more than six years and ranked 61st in the world.

John Daly had just won the British Open and could have been an invaluable weapon in the four-ball matches. Scott Hoch was a birdie machine having an excellent year, but Wadkins chose the experienced warhorse with the deeper list of credentials. Even if those achievements had come in the previous decade.

 


Mickelson should decline Ryder Cup spot
U.S. Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk has put himself in the biggest pickle of his career. As much as I don’t agree with the Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson picks, at least Woods sells tickets; Mickelson, not so much (“Mickelson, Woods win another Ryder shot,” Sept. 5).

By picking Mickelson, Furyk screwed up royally. Mickelson won once this season, but other than that, his stats are not as good as those of Xander Schauffele or Tony Finau. Schauffele and Finau are holding the hottest clubs in golf, and by picking Mickelson, Furyk will have to settle with just one of them.

 


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Lead, in strokes, that Justin Rose takes into today’s final round of the rain-delayed BMW Championship, the PGA Tour’s third of four events in the season-ending FedEx Cup playoffs. Wet weather prevented the scheduled final round from starting Sunday at Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pa. Rose, 38, of England, is seeking his 10th victory on the PGA Tour (scores; tee times).

 




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Puma Golf introduced a Ryder Cup collection of gear designed for fans of the U.S. and European teams. The clothing includes T-shirts, footwear and headwear in red, white and blue for the U.S. and navy and gold for Europe to celebrate the 42nd Ryder Cup on Sept. 28-30 at Le Golf National near Paris.


CALENDAR
September 10
PGA Tour: BMW Championship

Aronimink GC, Newtown Square, Pa.

September 11-14
Junior girls: World Junior Girls Championship

Camelot G&CC, Cumberland, Ontario

September 13-16
LPGA: Evian Championship

Evian Resort, Evian-les-Baines, France

European Tour: KLM Open

The Dutch, Spijk, Netherlands

Web.com Tour: Albertsons Boise Open

Hillcrest CC, Boise, Idaho

September 14-16
Symetra Tour: Murphy USA El Dorado Shootout

Mystic Creek GC, El Dorado, Ark.

Champions: The Ally Challenge

Warwick Hills GC, Grand Blanc, Mich.


      
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