FRIDAY  | SEPTEMBER 28, 2018
by Alex Miceli

Ryder Cup captains Jim Furyk and Thomas Bjorn had some surprises when they announced their pairings for this morning’s opening session at Le Golf National.

The first surprise from Thursday’s opening ceremony: Phil Mickelson, one of Furyk’s four captain’s picks for the U.S. squad, will not be part of the morning four-balls (pairings). It will be the first opening session that Mickelson has missed since 1995, when he was a Ryder Cup rookie.

 



by Adam Schupak

At the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine, Phil Mickelson presented a gift to his 11 American teammates and various members of their supporting crew. It was a dog tag, and inscribed on one side it read simply, “The Beginning.”

The gesture spoke volumes of an approach that was two years in the making. It had begun in 2014 at the U.S. team’s news conference after being buried by the Europeans, 16½-11½, at Gleneagles in Scotland. Mickelson pointed the blame for the U.S. defeat squarely at the feet of captain Tom Watson for straying from 2008 captain Paul Azinger’s winning formula at Valhalla. Airing the U.S. team’s dirty laundry was a calculated decision by Mickelson.

 


by Jeff Babineau

Holing the winning putt at a Ryder Cup might not lift a golfer to the level of winning a major championship, but it certainly is an accomplishment that will earn a man a few free pints in worldwide pubs across his lifetime.

Few golf observers likely recall that Henrik Stenson, then a 30-year-old Ryder Cup rookie, holed the winning putt for Europe at Ireland’s K Club in 2006. Europe was winning in a breezy walk, and the stars seemed to be aligning perfectly that day to cast Northern Ireland’s own Darren Clarke – who was competing shortly after losing his wife, Heather, to cancer – to be the man to clinch the cup.

 


Croissant entices as food for thought
Alex Miceli, you are now my official muse by virtue of your article on the pursuit of the perfect pain au chocolat (“Touring Paris for a pastry par excellence,” Sept. 26).

Now, if you could find me the perfect martini and let me know your favorite scotch, I can die happy. But not before another trip to Paris to walk and partake in your pain au chocolat trail.

 


1 up

Final score as Shannon Johnson defeated defending champion Kelsey Chugg with a tap-in birdie on the par-5 18th hole Thursday to win the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur at Norwood Hills Country Club in St. Louis.

 



RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

Grill Room powered by Vertical Groove Golf
As the Ryder Cup gets underway, co-hosts Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph Jr. discuss Tiger Woods and Justin Rose, winners of the recent Tour Championship and FedEx Cup, respectively. Talksport’s Rupert Bell joins Talksport2’s Mike Bovill and Russell Hargreaves to preview the Ryder Cup, followed by the Vertical Groove Hotline and Morning Read founder Alex Miceli.


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.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Northern Ireland’s Darren Clarke, the 2011 British Open winner, will represent The Abaco Club on Winding Bay during his appearances in Champions Tour events, the Bahamian club announced. Clarke holds deep ties to the Abaco Club, having married his wife, Alison, on the club’s beach in 2012 and then celebrating his 50th birthday at his cottage on Winding Bay this summer.

 


CALENDAR
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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