In celebration of the 40th Ryder Cup, four PGA of America officers will ring the opening bell Wednesday morning at the NASDAQ stock exchange in New York.
PGA of America Chief Executive Officer Pete Bevacqua, President Ted Bishop, Vice President Derek Sprague and Secretary Paul Levy are scheduled to participate.
PGA of America's officers are in New York, along with U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson, to announce the captain's picks for this year's event, to be held at Gleneagles in Scotland from Sept. 26-28. The announcement will be carried live on www.PGA.com and www. RyderCup.com, beginning at 7 p.m. ET.
According to the NASDAQ press release, "The Ryder Cup is one of the world's most popular sporting events and the pre-eminent international team event in golf. This year, the event will take place at Gleneagles in Scotland from Sept. 26-28, as America's best professional golfers take on Europe's premier players and attempt to reclaim the famed Ryder Cup from the strong European team."
Opening and closing bell ceremonies at the NASDAQ are carefully scripted down to the exact minute and "choreographed by a professional event planner," according to the NASDAQ site. It's not only broadcast live by most of the major cable financial networks, but also available as a streaming feed from the NASDAQ website.
Caddies aren't generally household names. Sure, golf fans know who Steve Williams is, but quick, who caddies for Jordan Spieth? (It's Michael Greller, by the way)
If the PGA Tour is a family, then the caddies are the little brother. Yes, they are important but it seems to be they always get picked on the most. The most recent example comes from Rory McIlroy, who is clearly getting ready to scare trick-or-treaters on Halloween.
We all know that McIlroy could have done a lot worse to his caddie, J.P. Fitzgerald. Still, you would think helping guide McIlroy to two major titles and a T5 at the Deutsche Bank Championship would entitle Fitzgerald to a little shut eye.
At least Fitzgerald got to sit wherever he wanted. That's a right Lee Westwood didn't afford the caddies on his flight back from the PGA Championship, telling them to head to the back in "cattle class."
Even if Westwood was being serious (which we highly doubt), I'd still rather sit in the back of a private jet than be in first class on any commercial flight.
Also, if you stick with it long enough and get to be an icon, like Mike "Fluff" Cowan. The PGA Tour's selfie king may even want to take a selfie with you.
For all the joking around, there's a lot of camaraderie between golfers and their caddies, proving the concept that it's one big family. For example, many golfers wore black hats and an orange ribbon in memory of Angela Bennett, the wife of Matt Kuchar's caddie, who died unexpectedly last week.
Talk about a rematch 30 years in the making.
On Sunday, Phil Mickelson was paired with Ernie Els during the third round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston. This is a familiar pairing for those who have followed either Mickelson or Els for a while now.
In 1984, Els edged Mickelson for the World Junior Golf Championship title at Torrey Pines. Want proof? Here's a photo of the two:
— KPMG Mickelson (@MickelsonHat) August 31, 2014
It's clear in that photo who the winner is, and not just because of the different sizes of the trophies. Mickelson is making a perfect Eli Manning face, and nobody does a Manning face after a victory.
With slightly different stakes on Sunday, it was Mickelson who got the better of Els by one stroke. Mickelson finished his round at 1-over, and sits at 2-over for the tournament, with Els one stroke back in each category.
I can't help but be a little bit disappointed, though. Sunday would have been the perfect time to recreate that photo. Here's to hoping they get paired up again soon.
For a man who is just a couple weeks removed from surgery to implant a pacemaker, Arnold Palmer sure has continued to make headlines this week. Normally, that could be taken as a sign of trouble for an 84-year-old who just had heart surgery. But not in Palmer's case.
First, let's touch on the best news. Palmer has stated that he is feeling well and is reportedly counting the days until he can get back out there and play golf. Palmer had the surgery on Aug. 18, at the UMPC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh.
Then, there's his grandson Sam Saunders, who fired his second 6-under in a row to take the lead at the Web.com Finals opener. Saunders, 27, finished 45th on Web.com's regular-season money list, and will get a chance to earn his PGA Tour card next year.
Finally, there's the story that once again shows how much Palmer cares about and respects the game. Last weekend, So Yeon Ryu finished the Canadian Women's Open at 23-under par to set the tournament scoring record. For her exploits, Palmer sent her the following letter.
— Soyeon Ryu (@1soyeonryu) August 29, 2014
It's great to see Palmer is almost back to his pre-surgery form. The game needs one of its best ambassadors -- how many other legends would send this note to a recent high school graduate?
We can't wait to see Palmer back on the course, but he's probably looking forward to it even more.
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