by Adam Schupak

We're still a day away from the first shot being struck at the Ryder Cup, and we've already got our first controversy. Thankfully, Pete Willett, Danny's brother, and Phil Mickelson have avoided a case of foot-in-mouth disease this time around.

No, this controversy has nothing to do with American crowds or Hal Sutton's captaincy, but rather who deserves credit as the architect of record at Le Golf National.


by Alex Miceli

“I don't think you'll go anywhere else where you'll see as many fist-pump pars as you'll see this week.”

American Jordan Spieth may be on to something.


Delicious anticipation of Ryder Cup
Alex Miceli, you had me at “croissant.” What an excellent article to remind us that there can be more than golf in Paris this week (“Touring Paris for a pastry par excellence,” Sept. 26).

The event is shaping up as a fascinating test of skill and teamwork. I look forward to early rising to see this live and hope that the reputation (often false) of French aloofness does indeed filter down to the crowd such that we avoid much of the boorish behavior that has become too common at these tests. Let's cheer hard but cheer fair while we enjoy the skills that we surely will witness.



Percentage decline in rounds played in the U.S. in July from the same month a year ago, according to Golf Datatech’s National Rounds Played Report. For the first seven months of the year, rounds played are down 2.9 percent compared with the same time period in 2017. The Mid-Atlantic region of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania led the decline in July, with rounds played off 8.5 percent. Nationally, play at public-access courses in July was down 1.4 percent from the same month in 2017, and play at private courses was off 2.3 percent in the month. Not all regions of the country experienced declines in play. In the Mountain region of the western U.S., play increased 4 percent, spurred by a decline in rainfall and slightly cooler temperatures.


Hired: Jon Podany, as chief executive officer of Arnold Palmer Enterprises. Podany spent the past 8½ years at the LPGA, most recently as chief commercial officer.



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.

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

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