MONDAY  | OCTOBER 1, 2018
by Adam Schupak

The Postman doesn't deliver on Sunday unless, of course, it is Ian Poulter in Ryder Cup singles.

Before his Sunday singles match against Matt Kuchar at the 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor in Wales, Poulter was interviewed and proclaimed, "I'm going to deliver my point," and he did, routing his American opponent, 5 and 4, in a one-point European victory.

 



by Jeff Babineau

Once the cup was back in their hands, that beautiful little 17-inch gold chalice that spends an inordinate amount of time in Europe, that’s when the real fun could begin. There they sat across the dais, 12 proud players flanking their respected captain. They cracked jokes and blew playful kisses to one another, shared funny phone messages, and giggled like teenaged girls at a slumber party.

The European Ryder Cup team truly is a modern marvel. Every two years, with few exceptions, the Europeans take all sorts of seemingly mismatched parts, many of them recycled and seemingly worn down, gather in the garage and hammer away. When assembly is finished and the garage opens, out comes a sleek and shiny Bentley that roars smoothly down the Ryder Cup highway.

 


by Alex Miceli

Did it seem like the Americans were uninterested, distant or just plain flat during the Ryder Cup?

The mannerisms and body language of the U.S. 12 seemed more like pallbearers at times than a group trying to defend the Ryder Cup.

 


by Alex Miceli

U.S. President Donald Trump has an issue with regulations, and during his two years in the White House has tried to eliminate many of what his administration has determined to be useless directives. France, however, does not subscribe to the American vigor for eliminating red tape.

Labor endures as a powerful lobby in France, and the 35-hour workweek stands as a national legislative pillar. This week at Le Golf National, the 35-hour workweek affected many of the workers at the event.

 


It’s all a mindset: Europe has it, and U.S. doesn’t
Let's give credit where credit is due. Congratulations to the European team for a well-deserved victory in the Ryder Cup. This is truly getting to be embarrassing for the U.S. The attitude and approach that the Americans have for this competition are flawed.

I zeroed in on three players for the European team as to why the U.S. just can't get it done: Tommy Fleetwood, Francesco Molinari and Henrik Stenson. When you have players of that caliber who come to the tournament to play golf and not do fashion shows, news conferences and photo ops, it reveals how much unimportant nonsense the Americans incorporate into this series which has little to do with playing golf.

 


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Score on the 18th hole, an eagle, as American Ken Tanigawa posted a one-stroke victory Sunday in the Champions Tour’s PURE Insurance Championship at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links.

 



RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

Hawk & Rude: Another blowout
In Hawk & Rude, a podcast featuring veteran golf journalists John Hawkins and Jeff Rude, the hosts sift through the rubble of yet another U.S. Ryder Cup loss – 17½-10½ – and wonder what it will take for the Americans to even reach level ground with the Europeans.



CALENDAR
October 4-7
Men’s amateur: Asia-Pacific Amateur

Sentosa GC, Singapore

LPGA: UL International Crown

Jack Nicklaus GC Korea, Incheon, South Korea

Symetra Tour: Symetra Tour Championship

LPGA International (Jones), Daytona Beach, Fla.

European Tour: Alfred Dunhill Links Championship

St. Andrews (Old), Carnoustie and Kingsbarns in Scotland

PGA Tour: Safeway Open

Silverado Resort and Spa North, Napa, Calif.

October 6-11
Women’s amateur: U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur

Orchid Island Golf and Beach Club, Vero Beach, Fla.


      
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