by Mike Purkey

Rock bottom came on a chilly Sunday evening in late September, which had turned as dark as the moods of the U.S. Ryder Cup captain and his players. The Americans had just endured yet another thumping, losing the 2014 matches, 16½-11½, at Gleneagles in Scotland.

It wasn’t just another loss; it was one more stinging, utterly demoralizing defeat. The U.S. had lost three straight Ryder Cups, six of the past seven and eight of the past 10. Among the Americans, everyone involved was mad.


What a difference a generation or two makes
Thank you, John Hawkins, for writing what no one else has the courage to do (“Winning ought to mean more than it does,” Sept. 14). Your article was the best I’ve read in many years.

When there is so much money to be had so deep down the roster, winning kind of becomes irrelevant.



Number of major championships won by American Angela Stanford, who rallied to win the LPGA’s Evian Championship. Stanford, 40, posted her sixth career victory in her 436th start in her 18th season on tour. She closed with a 3-under 68 – including an eagle, double bogey and birdie on Nos. 15-17 – for a 12-under 272 total and one-stroke victory at Evian Resort in Evian-les-Bains, France. American Amy Olson, the third-round leader, made double bogey on the 18th hole for a final-round 74 and share of second place with fellow Americans Austin Ernst (68) and Mo Martin (70) and South Korean Sei Young Kim (72) at 11-under 273 (scores).



From the industry

State Apparel has introduced the Green Collar golf shirt, which is designed as an eco-friendly garment made from recycled performance fabric. The San Francisco-based golf apparel brand intends to donate 15 percent of profits from shirt sales to Audubon International’s Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf.


Villa del Palmar Beach Resort and Spa has been honored with the World Travel Awards. The resort, located on the southeastern shore of Baja California Sur in Mexico, was recognized in the Best Resort and Best Beach Resort categories.


September 20-23 Tour: Tour Championship

Atlantic Beach (Fla.) CC

PGA Tour: Tour Championship

East Lake GC, Atlanta

European Tour: Portugal Masters

Dom Pedro Victoria GC, Vilamoura, Portugal

September 21-23
Champions: Sanford International

Minnehaha CC, Sioux Falls, S.D.

Symetra Tour: Guardian Championship

Capitol Hill GC, Prattville, Ala.

September 22-27
Women’s amateur: U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur

Norwood Hills CC, St. Louis

Men’s amateur: U.S. Mid-Amateur

Charlotte (N.C.) CC

September 24-25
Junior boys: Junior Ryder Cup

Disneyland Paris, Magny-le-Hongre, France

12700 Sunrise Valley Dr, Suite 300, Reston, Virginia 20191
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