by John Hawkins

On his way to piling up 80 PGA Tour victories, 14 of them major titles, Tiger Woods has managed something that neither Jack Nicklaus nor Arnold Palmer came close to doing: compile a losing Ryder Cup record. Woods’ 0-4 performance in France dropped his career total to 13-21-3, which makes him the only player ever to win at least six majors and amass a sub-.500 mark in the biennial matches.

We’re obviously talking about an elite group here. Three of the 13 men with six or more majors never played in a Ryder Cup. Among the 10 who have, however, only Woods has failed to transfer his greatness in individual stroke-play events to the game’s most coveted match-play series.


American arrogance meets its match
So, the “explanations” of the U.S. performance at the Ryder Cup come out thick and fast again (“ ‘Postman’ delivers in Europe’s Ryder rout,” Oct. 1).

A Morning Read subscriber wrote, “from 1995 to today … the U.S. is 3-9 in the Ryder Cup. With teams that are consistently more talented than Europe’s, that is inexcusable.” (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Oct. 1).



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.


Kissing Tree Golf Club in San Marcos, Texas, opened for daily-fee play on Monday, according to Troon Golf, which manages the facility. Kissing Tree, a Gary Stephenson design, is the first new public 18-hole course to be built in Texas in the past six years, according to Troon.


The Annika Foundation, the charitable organization founded by Annika Sorenstam, will host invitation-only “Share My Passion” LPGA-USGA Girls Golf clinics this fall in Las Vegas and Naples, Fla. Girls (ages 6-12 for Las Vegas and 8-13 for Naples) are invited to write to Sorenstam and explain why they like golf and why other girls should learn to play the game.


Aquatrols has launched its Aquatrols Approach app and 2018-19 Early Order Rewards Program, the company announced. Aquatrols is the world’s largest manufacturer of soil surfactants and related technologies. Approach allows golf course superintendents and their staff members to easily register for the EOP.


Casa de Campo Resort and Villas announced three fall golf events at the Caribbean resort. The Casa de Campo Pete Dye Celebration Pro-Am will be played Nov. 14-18; the 13th Annual Twosome Championship is set for Dec. 2-8; and the Casa de Campo Women’s Getaway with Suzy Whaley will be held Dec. 7-10. Casa de Campo, in La Romana, Dominican Republic, is home to three Pete Dye-designed courses: Teeth of the Dog, Dye Fore and The Links.


Rocket Tour, which manufactures golf headcovers and accessories, announced the launch of its collegiate collection of headcovers. Rocket Tour, with its signature stripes and argyle patterns, offers more than 60 color combinations of popular universities.


Troon announced that its Troon Card frequent-player program is available for the 2019 golf season. The cards, which will be valid Nov. 1, 2018, through Dec. 31, 2019, offer discounts of up to 50 percent, preferred tee times and other benefits at Troon-managed facilities.


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.

12700 Sunrise Valley Dr, Suite 300, Reston, Virginia 20191
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