SATURDAY  | SEPTEMBER 29, 2018
by Adam Schupak

The biggest fear for U.S. captain Jim Furyk heading into the first day of the 42nd Ryder Cup at Le Golf National was that one of his players would be overwhelmed by the moment.

“Believe me,” he said. “I’ve seen some ‘Oh, [expletive]’ faces in the Ryder Cup, I'll say that. I’m sure I’ve had a couple myself.”

 



by Jeff Babineau

Ponder this for a moment: Last week, the world’s top pros gathered at the Tour Championship in Atlanta to play for a $9 million purse and to carve up a big piece of the $30 million FedEx Cup bonus pool. Instead of courtesy cars, players in Atlanta ought to drive around in Brink’s trucks.

This week at the Ryder Cup, many of those same players have traveled to France to compete in an event with no purse at all. They play solely for country and pride.

 


by Alex Miceli

The first day of the 42nd Ryder Cup ended just before noon on the U.S. East Coast. At least, that’s when the last putt dropped in the afternoon foursomes.

In actuality, the foursomes ended at the turn when the U.S. was down a total of 15 holes in the four matches to the Europeans, a deficit from which the Americans never recovered (scores).

 


by Alex Miceli

Upon enduring a 4-0 shellacking in afternoon foursomes just hours after posting a 3-1 victory in morning four-balls, the Americans face an emotional challenge entering the second day of the Ryder Cup.

The Europeans hold momentum at Le Golf National (scores). The Americans need to reclaim the mojo from Friday’s opening session because they once again will start the day with the better-ball format.

 


Extended: By four years, through 2022, the contract between Sky Sports and the European Tour. The deal ensures that the U.K.-based broadcast network will remain the home of the tour.

 


4

Number of points that Europe won, in as many matches, to sweep the Friday afternoon foursomes session and build a 5-3 lead in the Ryder Cup at Le Golf National near Paris. The Europeans were led by England’s Tommy Fleetwood and Italy’s Francesco Molinari, who teamed to win their four-balls and foursomes matches. Europe flipped a 3-1 deficit after the morning four-balls into a two-point lead entering today’s play (scores).

 



RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

Hawk & Rude: Tale of 2 sessions
In Hawk & Rude, a podcast featuring veteran golf journalists John Hawkins and Jeff Rude, the hosts review Day One at the 42nd Ryder Cup, during which the U.S. grabbed a 3-1 lead in four-balls and then disintegrated in foursomes against an opportunistic European squad.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Troon North Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., intends to reopen its Pinnacle Course for daily-fee play on Friday after a four-month renovation. The course is one of two Tom Weiskopf designs at Troon North. Among the improvements, greens complexes were rebuilt, and the putting surfaces and collars were re-grassed: creeping A4 bentgrass on the greens and TifGrand semi-dwarf Bermudagrass on the collars. Bunkers were relined and filled with Pioneer sand.

 


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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