by Alex Miceli

The hottest European golfer in this week’s Ryder Cup also is the mildest member of captain Thomas Bjorn’s 12-man squad.

Francesco Molinari, known as Frankie on the European Tour, will be competing in his third Ryder Cup when play begins Friday at Le Golf National in suburban Paris. What’s different from the past two matches for Molinari is that the Italian is ranked fifth in the world, eclipsed only by No. 2 Justin Rose on the European team.


by Alex Miceli

The croissant, despite its origins in Austria, is purely a French innovation. While the Italians have pasta, the Brits have fish and chips or bangers and mash and the Spanish have their paella, the French have perfected a truly memorable pastry.

As part of the year-out celebration for the 42nd Ryder Cup, which begins Friday at Le Golf National in the suburbs west of Paris, I spent two wonderful days traveling back and forth over the Seine looking for the best chocolate croissant – pain au chocolat – in the City of Light.


by Barry Cronin

Organizers are anticipating the biggest crowds ever for this week’s Ryder Cup, with 60,000 fans a day expected to show up in full voice at Le Golf National near Paris. Everyone else will be watching on TV – or on a phone or tablet.

The couch-viewing experience might lack the thrill of listening to European fans serenading their golfing heroes with witty songs and of hearing American fans bellow “U-S-A! U-S-A!” On the other hand, the couch is close to the fridge, and you don’t even have to pretend to be trying to speak French or convert dollars into euros.


by Alex Miceli

John McEnroe was one of the best tennis players in the world in the 1980s.

McEnroe, 59, a seven-time Grand Slam champion and former world No. 1 known for his fiery on-court demeanor, has spent much of his later years covering tennis on TV but has found another sport to pique his interest. In his spare time, McEnroe tries to conquer golf.


Don’t compare Woods with Nicklaus
The various contributions to Tuesday’s Morning Read were as predictable as they were off the chart in hero worship (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Sept. 25).

The very worst example was the one elevating Tiger Woods to equal or higher status than Jack Nicklaus (“Get ready for Woods’ next history lesson,” Sept. 25). By any measure, that is a questionable assertion.


Awarded: The 2020 Junior Ryder Cup matches, to Blue Mound Golf and Country Club in Milwaukee, according to the PGA of America. Blue Mound, a 1903 Seth Raynor design, played host to the 1933 PGA Championship, won by Gene Sarazen.



Length, in feet, of the birdie putt that Rachel Heck sank on the 18th hole Tuesday at Golf Disneyland Paris to earn a half-point in her match and clinch the Junior Ryder Cup as the U.S. defeated Europe, 12½-11½.



Hawk & Rude: Ryder Cup preview
In Hawk & Rude, a podcast featuring veteran golf journalists John Hawkins and Jeff Rude, the hosts recap Tiger Woods’ first victory in five years and look ahead to this week’s gathering near Paris, where the U.S. will try to end its 25-year overseas losing streak.


Port Royal Golf Course in Southampton, Bermuda, will play host to one round of the inaugural Bermuda 3s, a par-3 tournament matching four international pro-am teams Oct. 21-26. PGA professionals from the U.S., Canada, Great Britain and Ireland and continental Europe will compete in a best-ball team event with a $100,000 purse. Port Royal will host the Bermuda 3s on Oct. 23, with the finals moving to Turtle Hill Golf Club’s par-3 course on Oct. 24-25. The $12,500 entry fee per team includes four rounds of competition on three courses, five nights of accommodations and other amenities.


The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America has launched the GCSAA Podcast, which is available for download on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Stitcher. The podcast will feature GCSAA and industry content and be hosted by Scott Hollister, editor-in-chief of the association’s Golf Course Management magazine.


Chase 54, a golf and lifestyle apparel brand, has pledged to make an annual minimum donation of $54,000 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. The hospital treats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.


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 28-30
Champions: Pure Insurance Championship

Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links

Symetra Tour: IOA Classic

Alaqua CC, Longwood, Fla.

PGA/European tours: Ryder Cup

Le Golf National, Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France

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