September 19, 2014 - 11:34am
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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


 

Texas flavor to 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup Team
September 19, 2014 - 8:52am
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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:

 

Ryder Cup Flashback: 2002
Tom Brady's resume
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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.  
 
 
Tom Brady gave up a golf career to become a star quarterback
September 18, 2014 - 2:00pm
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Tiger Woods wrote a wide-ranging blog that was published on www.TigerWoods.com on Thursday, where he opened up about his coaching situation (there isn't one) and Tom Watson's three U.S. Ryder Cup Captain's Picks -- Keegan Bradley, Hunter Mahan and Webb Simpson.

Tiger Woods wrote a wide-ranging blog that was published on www.TigerWoods.com on Thursday, where he opened up about his coaching situation (there isn't one) and Tom Watson's three U.S. Ryder Cup Captain's Picks -- Keegan Bradley, Hunter Mahan and Webb Simpson.

"As for my coaching situation, there is no hard-and-set rule on this," Woods wrote. "I may just do it on my own. I'm keeping my options very, very open. I need to get healthy first before I start back and see how I feel. That's the No. 1 concern. And from there, then I can start deciding where I want to go with it."

Woods said he has consulted with close friend and former Stanford teammate Notah Begay III.

"He's like an older brother," said Woods of Begay. "We've discussed my options and what direction he thinks I should go. He's just trying to help out any way he can."

Woods wrote that he hasn't watched much golf, but he'll be tuning in to next week's Ryder Cup.

"I think Tom Watson made three great captain's picks," he said. "Hunter Mahan hits the ball on a string and is one of the best ball-strikers out here. And when he putts well, he wins, hands down. Webb Simpson is a great grinder. He's a great person to have in these team events because he can get up and down and make putts. And Keegan Bradley is just a ball of energy. He's the guy you want on the team because he's fired up, anxious to play and wants to do anything he can to help out his teammates. He's just fun to be around."

The only other time in his professional career in which Woods has missed out on the Ryder Cup was 2008 (he was recovering from knee surgery)... the last time the U.S. won. 

Tiger Woods talks coaching situation, Ryder Cup picks
September 18, 2014 - 9:43am
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This is a fascinating picture of Tiger Woods at the 2010 Ryder Cup, but the man with the mustache and the cigar stole the show.

In just eight days, the 40th Ryder Cup gets underway from Gleneagles in Scotland. We cannot wait.

With today being Thursday (#throwbackthursday), we figured we'd throw it back to the 2010 matches at Celtic Manor in Wales and one of the most fantastic and comical photos ever taken.

Mark Pain from the Dail Mail produced the snap you see above that was a viral sensation.

First of all, the photo is spectacular, as it looks like the golf ball struck by Tiger Woods is about to smash into the camera's lens. That alone makes it awesome.

However, talk about stealing the thunder! Check out the guy to the right with the mustache, wig and cigar. How funny is that?

The Daily Mail tracked down the man behind the costume shortly after those matches.

You can click here to read the story.

As it turns out, the man -- Rupesh Shingadia -- was merely trying to show his support for the European Team and this was his spin on dressing like Miguel Angel Jimenez.

We're not sure he pulled that off... but the photo is unforgettable nonetheless. 

2010 Ryder Cup: Remember 'Cigar Guy'?
September 18, 2014 - 8:16am
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Justin Leonard celebrates after making a crucial putt on the 17th green at the Country Club in the Sunday singles matches at the 1999 Ryder Cup.

Things looked grim in the last Ryder Cup of the 20th century for a U.S. team that trailed 10-6 heading into Sunday's singles matches at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass., in 1999.

It was at this very golf course where amateur and local boy Francis Ouimet, at age 20, was the surprise winner of the 1913 U.S. Open, outlasting legends Harry Vardon and Ted Ray in a playoff. So, if ever there were a course where the unlikely could happen, The Country Club was it.

On the eve of that final day, U.S. Captain Ben Crenshaw -- ever the optimist -- said this before exiting the media center: "I'm going to leave y'all with one thought, and then I'm going to leave. I'm a big believer in fate. I have a good feeling about this. That's all I'm going to tell you."

Crenshaw clearly knew something the rest of the world didn't. On that Sunday, his U.S. team overcame the largest final-day deficit to win back the Ryder Cup (Europe matched the comeback in 2012), 14 1/2-13 1/2.

It marked the first U.S. Ryder Cup win since 1993 and is one of only two U.S. victories in the last nine played.

Relive that magical Ryder Cup with this day-by-day breakdown:

Ryder Cup Flashback: 1999