FRIDAY  | OCTOBER 5, 2018
by Ted Bishop

Two years ago, after winning the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National in Minnesota, Americans had plenty of reason for optimism about their future in the biennial team event. When the Ryder Cup task force was disbanded in early 2015 and yielded to a permanent Ryder Cup committee, the path forward had been cleared.

The PGA of America’s leaders – president Paul Levy, vice president Suzy Whaley and then-CEO Pete Bevacqua – joined with former captain Davis Love III and veteran players Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson in shaping the approach for the 42nd Ryder Cup in France. The American mood was high.

 



Nice guys finish last … again
I recognize the Ryder Cup for what it is: a contrived competition in which the Americans have bent over backwards over the years to make the event more equitable. The effort was magnanimous at the time, but the Americans are now suffering the unintended consequences of losing often.

The U.S. has allowed more and more countries to be included for Europe. The Americans dominated for decades against Great Britain and Ireland. In 1979, the format was changed to allow a European team. (The Presidents Cup is going through similar format changes after repeated American dominance.) Since 1979, Europe has held an advantage.

 


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Number of bogeys that Phil Mickelson made in a first-round 65 on Thursday in the PGA Tour’s Safeway Open. Mickelson, at 7 under, trails rookie Sepp Straka of Austria by two strokes in the PGA Tour’s 2018-19 season-opener at Silverado Resort and Spa’s North Course in Napa, Calif. American Chase Wright was second at 64. Mickelson, whose management company runs the Safeway Open, competed just days after he went 0-2 as the Americans lost to Europe in the Ryder Cup in France. He ran off six consecutive birdies at Silverado, on Nos. 9-14, to surge into contention (scores).

 



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FROM THE INDUSTRY

The Belfair community in Bluffton, S.C., recently reopened its East Course after a four-month renovation. The work to the East Course, one of two Tom Fazio-designed layouts at Belfair, included resurfaced tees, fairways and greens and bunker improvements. Belfair will play host to the 2019 PGA Professional Championship in the spring.

 

Rory McIlroy played on the Jungfraujoch, a specially prepared glacier golf course in Switzerland, as a promotion for Omega, the company announced. McIlroy, an Omega spokesman, competed against three Swiss players from the national 16-and-under team on what is known as the “Top of Europe.”

 


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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