2014 U.S. Ryder Cup Team uniforms
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Ralph Lauren designed the three uniforms the U.S. Ryder Cup Team will wear at Gleneagles.

 

 

What will the 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup Team be wearing during each day of the three-day competition at Gleneagles later this month? Here's a handy guide to help you.

All of the uniforms were designed by Ralph Lauren, the official partner and outfitter for the PGA of America.

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Morning foursome and afternoon four-ball matches will kick off the event on Friday, Sept. 26, and Team USA will be wearing white polos with blue pinstriped pants.

Friday's uniform

Saturday, Sept. 27, promises another full day of morning foursome and afternoon four-ball matches, and the U.S. squad will be outfitted in blue polos with green and blue plaid patterned pants.

Saturday's uniform

The final day of the competition, Sunday, Sept. 28, features 12 singles matches. And the U.S. Team will be wearing its most patriotic uniform -- red, white and blue striped polo with bright red trousers.

Sunday's uniform

A day-by-day look at Team USA uniforms for the Ryder Cup
September 3, 2014 - 9:54am
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Geoff Ogilvy
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Geoff Ogilvy is playing his best golf of the season at just the right time.

The PGA Tour is at Cherry Hills Country Club just outside Denver this week for the BMW Championship -- the third leg of the PGA Tour Playoffs for the FedExCup.

Cherry Hills is a special place, having hosted five major championships, including the epic 1960 U.S. Open, where Arnold Palmer erased a seven-stroke deficit in the final round to win his only U.S. Open title.

There should be a litte less pressure for a lot of U.S. and European players now that both Ryder Cup teams have been finalized. Now the focus is on finishing in the top 30 of the FedExCup standings at week's end to lock up a spot in the Tour Championship.

RELATED: BMW Championship tee times | Watson announces Captain's Picks | Meet Team USA

Here are five players you'll want to keep an eye on.

5. Geoff Ogilvy
Best finish in 2013-14 season:
Won the Barracuda Championship
Reason to watch: Up until the beginning of August, it had been a rough couple of years on the golf course for the 2006 U.S. Open winner. His luck changed at the Barracuda Championship, where Ogilvy bagged his first PGA Tour win since the 2010 SBS Championship. The win helped Ogilvy get into the PGA Tour Playoffs for the FedExCup. He missed the cut at the Barclays and then entered the Deutsche Bank Championship at No. 100 in the standings -- the final spot. Ogilvy made the most of his opportunity, finishing in a tie for second at TPC Boston to catapult 76 spots up the FedExCup standings to No. 24. So, after barely making it into the Deutsche Bank Championship, Ogilvy is in a position this week to earn a spot in the Tour Championship. That's quite a turnaround.

4. Rickie Fowler
Best finish in 2013-14 season:
T2 at the U.S. Open and Open Championship
Reason to watch: Fowler has done everything but win this season. Did you know that his T23 at last week's Deutsche Bank Championship was actually Fowler's worst finish on the PGA Tour in his last seven starts dating back to the beginning of June? That's some spectacular golf. It's only a matter of time before he finally pulls through. Why not this week?

3. Sergio Garcia
Best finish in 2013-14 season:
Second at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
Reason to watch: In 14 starts this season, Garcia has finished in the top 10 eight times. Five of those resulted in top-3 finishes. He's been knocking on the door a lot this season -- it's time to kick it in. He should be refreshed after taking last week off. He had a stretch of three consecutive tournaments -- the Travelers, Open Championship and WGC-Bridgestone Invitational -- where he finished no worse than a tie for second. Garcia is typically at his best when it comes time for the Ryder Cup and the Ryder Cup is right around the corner.

2. Rory McIlroy
Best finish in 2013-14 season:
Won the Open Championship, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and PGA Championship
Reason to watch: You know it's been a pretty good season when two consecutive "down" weeks result in a T22 at the Barclays and a T5 at the Deutsche Bank Championship. That's just how good McIlroy has been. Last week at TPC Boston, he noted that fatigue had set in a bit. That might not bode well for him this week, seeing as he's had one less day to prepare with the Monday-finish at TPC Boston. Then again, he is Rory McIlroy. From what we've seen lately, the sky is the limit.

1. Jason Day
Best finish in 2013-14 season:
Won the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship
Reason to watch: Despite fighting injuries, it's been a remarkable season for Day. His last three starts look like this: T15 at the PGA Championship, T2 at the Barclays and T7 at the Deutsche Bank Championship. I'm riding the hot hand in Colorado. 

2014 BMW Championship | Five players to watch
Team USA Captain's Picks
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Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson and Hunter Mahan pose for a selfie after Tuesday night's captain's picks announcement.

The immediacy of social media, particularly when it comes to some of golf's biggest stars, was never more evident than on Tuesday, when both Ryder Cup squads put the finishing touches on the teams that will face off at Gleneagles later this month.

While U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson was announcing his three captain's picks, Keegan Bradley was busy getting himself, Hunter Mahan and Webb Simpson together for a quick selfie:

It didn't take long for many of their teammates -- and some of the players who missed making the team -- to chime in on Twitter:

 

 

 

 

 

A similar situation was unfolding earlier in the day after Team Europe's 12-player squad was finalized, from both those who made the team and those who didn't:

 

 

 

 

Imagine 80 years ago, when the British Ryder Cup team arrived for the first match by steamship! Technology has certainly changed the way we travel and communicate.

Ryder Cup Picks: What they were saying on social media
September 2, 2014 - 11:08am
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Rickie Fowler and "Fluff"
Rickie Fowler decided to take a selfie with the legendary caddie, "Fluff."

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.

When caddies get pranked by PGA Tour pros
Mickelson-Els
Ernie Els edged Phil Mickelson for the 1984 World Junior Golf Championship title.

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: 

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. 

 

A Lefty-Ernie rematch 30 years in the making
Arnold Palmer
Arnold Palmer is reportedly counting the days until he can swing a club again.

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. 

Related: Palmer has surgery to implant pacemaker

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.  

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. 

Arnold Palmer not slowed by pacemaker surgery