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September 21, 2014 - 9:07am
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Ryder Cup 2006
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Team Europe won its third consecutive Ryder Cup in 2006, the first time it had ever done that.

The names are different, but the setup sounds pretty similar to this year's Ryder Cup.

Team USA arrived at the K Club at Straffon, Ireland, with four rookies on its roster and up against a veteran-heavy European squad. Faced with the task of trying to take down the heavy favorites, the Americans struggled to keep pace. Team Europe held a 5 to 3 advantage after the first day, and pulled away on Sunday with 8 1/2 points to get the 18 1/2 to 9 1/2 victory. 

One of the best Ryder Cup moments happened on Sunday as Darren Clarke, just months after the death of his wife, beat American Zach Johnson and members of both teams came up to him to show their support. 

Here's a breakdown of the 2006 match: 

 

 

September 20, 2014 - 9:00am
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Colin Montgomerie
Colin Montgomerie locked up Team Europe's victory during Sunday Singles.

Team USA came into the 2004 Ryder Cup at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Township, Mich., with the idea of teaming up the top two ranked players in the world: Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. Unfortunately for the Americans, the combination never clicked. 

Team Europe got early momentum when Colin Montgomerie and Padraig Harrington beat Woods and Mickelson in Friday morning fourballs, and the Europeans never slowed up. By the end of Friday's matches, Team Europe held a 6 1/2 to 1 1/2 lead and the tandem of Woods and Mickelson had lost a second time. 

When all was said and done on Sunday, the Europeans walked away with a 18 1/2 to 9 1/2 win, their largest victory in the history of the event. 

Here's a breakdown of the 2004 match: 

 

Phil Mickelson
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Phil Mickelson's new golf course in Calgary will be his first design project in Canada.
Phil Mickelson has been hired to create the Mickelson National Golf Club of Canada near Calgary. The club, which will contain Mickelson's first signature course in Canada, is being built with the expectation that it will someday host the PGA Tour's RBC Canadian Open.
 
Construction on the course will begin this fall in tandem with the start of construction on Harmony, the planned community in Springbank, Alberta, where it will serve as the development's centerpiece. The course – which could be open for play as early as 2017 – could stretch as long as 8,000 yards from the back tees, in part to make up for Calgary's elevation.
 
"Phil thinks he can build something that's never been done in Calgary, and he will be working very closely with his team, making several trips to Calgary along the way," a source close to the deal told The Calgary Sun. "Phil will have final say on the yardage once he's on the ground during construction."
 
 
The project originally was set to be called the Copithorne Club and the 240-acre course was to be designed by NBC Sports golf analyst Johnny Miller and PGA Tour player Stephen Ames of Calgary, according to the Sun. However, the newspaper said, the course recently was handed over to Mickelson because of his star power, likeability and interest in the project.
 
Mickelson's first design was Whisper Rock in Scottsdale, Arizona, and his Phil Mickelson Designs firm recently completed projects in Kunming and Shanghai, China. Mickelson also is working on an ambitious makeover of the North Course at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif.
 
Harmony is envisioned as a 1,700-acre community that eventually will include 3,500 homes, one of the largest recreational lakes in the Calgary area, and a 138-acre employment campus. The development will be centered around a village core with retail stores and community gathering spaces.
 
The Windmill Golf Group already is selling memberships to the Mickelson course at a reported price tag of about $40,000. Members will receive access to other Windmill facilities in the Calgary area while the course is under construction.
 
September 19, 2014 - 10:34am
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Jimmy Walker
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Jimmy Walker is a product of the Texas junior golf ranks.

Like beef brisket, chili, Dr Pepper and Lone Star Beer, this year's United States Ryder Cup Team has a definite Texas flavor.

According to Texas-based golf writer Art Stricklin, no fewer than four players on the roster -- Jordan Spieth, Hunter Mahan, Jimmy Walker and Patrick Reed -- all came from Texas junior golf programs.

RYDER CUP FLASHBACK: Team USA wins at Brookline in 1999

Seems like Texas has been at the forefront of Ryder Cup play for some time. Think about Justin Leonard's performance in 1999, with Ben Crenshaw captaining the team. Northern Texas PGA Executive Director Mark Harrison certainly remembers.

“When we last won the Ryder Cup in 2008, we had three former junior golfers from our Section on the team in Hunter, Chad Campbell and Justin Leonard, they played great and were instrumental," Harrison said. "When we won in 1999, Justin made the key putt on 17 at Brookline and Texan Ben Crenshaw was the captain.

"Texas has a storied history with the Ryder Cup and I’m confident that Jordan, Hunter, Jimmy and Patrick will continue that tradition this year.”

BUILDING A WORLD CLASS TEAM: Team USA 1999

Oh, and don't forget Lee Trevino and Jack Burke. And a couple of guys who won a few tournaments -- and Ryder Cups -- in their day: Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson.

Of course, other states -- California and Georgia, for example -- can claim a pretty strong Ryder Cup connection in 2014. But since Texans are known for proudly promoting their state as the biggest and best, where would the fun be in pointing that out?

As they say in the South, "it ain't bragging if you can back it up."

RYDER CUP HISTORY: All-time player records


 

September 19, 2014 - 7:52am
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Sam Torrance
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Led by Captain Sam Torrance, the 2002 European Ryder Cup team defeated the U.S. 15 1/2-12 1/2 at the Belfry.

Heading into the final day at the 2002 Ryder Cup, it couldn't have been any closer. The Curtis Strange led U.S. team was tied with Sam Torrance's European squad, 8-8, with just the Sunday singles play remaining at The Belfry.

The European's took 4 1/2 points in the first five matches to set the tone. Eventually, they would go on to win 15 1/2-12 1/2, with then rookie Paul McGinley (the 2014 European Captain), claiming the decisive half-point in a match with Jim Furyk.

Since 2002, the Europeans have won five of the last six Ryder Cups.

Here's a breakdown of the 2002 matches:

 

Tom Brady's resume
Tom Brady via Facebook
Tom Brady got his career in the golf industry off to a solid start before football got in the way.
You can't blame young Thomas E. Brady Jr. for working up his resume. After all, he wasn't exactly a superstar quarterback at the University of Michigan. Then he was only drafted in the fifth round.
 
But, as we all know, he went on to become one of the most successful signal-callers in National Football League history, married a supermodel and is financially set for this life and several others.
 
Before the whole three Super Bowl victory thing happened, though, Brady wasn't sure what his future held. So he prepared his resume – and, for "Throwback Thursday," he posted it on Facebook today. 
 
"Found my old resume!," Brady wrote. "Really thought I was going to need this after the 5th round."
 
And what do you know – Tom Terrific has a couple of golf jobs under his belt.
 
 
Back in the summer of 1998 (before his junior year), Brady worked as a sales rep, course ranger and starter at Polo Fields Golf and Country Club in Jackson, Michigan. Among his accomplishments, he wrote, he "developed interpersonal skills and exemplified flexibility in order to better serve club members." He also "gained valuable experience working under club professionals regarding day to day facility operation and course management."
 
Brady obviously enjoyed his summer at Polo Fields, because he soon returned to the golf industry, working the summer of 1999 at the University of Michigan Golf Course there in Ann Arbor. There, he served as a sales rep and assistant clubhouse manager.
 
At that course, Brady wrote, he "worked with course superintendent while overseeing daily operations" and "monitored clubhouse activity and the sale of golf shop merchandise."
 
That, alas, was the end of his career in golf industry, but he still loves the game – and plays to about an 8 handicap.