August 27, 2012 - 10:18am
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T.J. Auclair
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European Ryder Cup team
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European Ryder Cup Captain José María Olazábal poses with the Ryder Cup shortly after making his wildcard picks.

 

Monday morning made for big news on the other side of the pond, as European Ryder Cup Captain José María Olazábal announced from Gleneagles, Scotland, that Nicolas Colsaerts and Ian Poulter would fill out his 12-man roster as wildcard picks for the 39th Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club, Sept. 28-30.
 
Here's a look at the 12 members of the European Team:
 
- Rory McIlroy
- Justin Rose
- Graeme McDowell
- Paul Lawrie
- Francesco Molinari
- Luke Donald
- Lee Westwood
- Sergio Garcia
- Peter Hanson
- Martin Kaymer
- Ian Poulter
- Nicolas Colsaerts
 
U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love III will round out his team with four captain's picks on Sept. 4.
 
To read more about Olazábal's picks, click here.
 
To see profiles of all the Team Europe members, click here.
August 26, 2012 - 11:09pm
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John Kim
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One shot down, standing in middle of fairway - most of us are hoping to make birdie and take our chances in a playoff. And sure you COULD do that.

But if you're Eugene Wong - there's a better way.

Nice find by our friend Ryan Ballengee over at Golf News Net.

August 26, 2012 - 8:44pm
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Best tweet regarding Lydia Ko's win goes to our friend Beth Ann Baldry over at Golfweek.  

 

@Golfweek_Baldry "Ladies of the LPGA, you've just been KO'd."

 

Perfect. Succinct, accurate, powerful. And a new nickname to boot. You can follow Beth Ann Baldry on Twitter here. 

 

August 25, 2012 - 10:52pm
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John Holmes
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Sergio Garcia at The Barclays
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Can Sergio Garcia close out his second victory in a mere six days? That's but one great question we'll see answered on a very special Sunday of golf.

I rarely need an excuse to park myself in front of the TV to watch golf on Sundays – especially when it’s gonna be 100 degrees outside, and I mowed the lawn on Saturday. But no excuses needed this Sunday, which looms as potentially one of the most memorable in a long time.

--In the morning, the European Tour wraps up its Johnnie Walker Championship, which is the final event for players to earn Ryder Cup points. Nicolas Colsaerts, who is six off the lead and tied for 13th, needs a big rally because he has to win or finish second to grab the final automatic qualifying spot. Otherwise, he’ll be left hoping for one of Captain Jose Maria Olazabal’s two wild-card picks. Olazabal, by the way, will reveal his picks at 7:00 a.m. ET on Monday, and you can see his announcement live on RyderCup.com.

Also worth watching is whether third-round leader Paul Lawrie can pull off another win. Lawrie, 43, seemed all but washed up when he went winless from 2002 to 2010, but he captured the 2011 Andalucia Open and followed it up with another win at the CommercialBank Qatar Masters earlier this year. He’s already locked up a spot on the European team after not playing in the Ryder Cup since 1999, when he made his first and only appearance.

--In the afternoon, we’ll see if Sergio Garcia, the 54-hole leader at The Barclays, can earn his second PGA Tour victory in the span of six days – and that’s after going more than four years since his previous PGA Tour triumph. He starts the final round two shots ahead of Nick Watney.

Garcia is hitting the ball as well as ever – he’s tied for second in fairways hit (78.6 percent) and tied for fourth in greens in regulation (75.9 percent), and his putting – long his Achilles’ heel – has greatly improved since a grip change. If he wins, he’ll also take over the FedExCup points lead.

--Also in the afternoon, we’ll find out whether 15-year-old amateur Lydia Ko can become the youngest winner in LPGA Tour history. Ko, who was born in South Korea but lives in New Zealand, leads the CN Canadian Women's Open by a shot over Stacy Lewis, Jiyai Shin, Chella Choi and Inbee Park.

Ko won the U.S. Women's Amateur a couple weeks ago, and in January she won the New South Wales Open in Australia at 14 to become the youngest player to win a professional tour event. In that victory, she broke Japanese star Ryo Ishikawa's mark of 15 years and 8 months.

If she wins in Vancouver, she’ll break the mark for youngest LPGA Tour winner set by Lexi Thompson last September, when she won the Navistar LPGA Classic at age 16. Previously, Paula Creamer held the record, winning in 2005 at age 18. Ko also would become the first amateur to win on the LPGA Tour since JoAnne Carner in the 1969 Burdine's Invitational.

--Then Sunday evening, we’ll see whether Tom Jenkins, at age 64, can become the oldest winner in Champions Tour history. He leads the Boeing Classic by two over Willie Wood, who got his first Champions Tour victory last week 

Mike Fetchick was 63 when he won the 1985 Hilton Head Seniors Invitational. Jenkins won the last of his seven senior titles in 2006.

August 25, 2012 - 12:20am
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John Holmes
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Old Course at St. Andrews
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Could change be on the way at St. Andrews and other men-only golf clubs?

With Augusta National having admitted its first female members earlier this week, all eyes have turned to The R&A. On Friday, former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown ramped up the pressure.

"If the golf club in Augusta can admit women, then shouldn't St. Andrews? If they can do it in South Carolina, can we not do it in Scotland?" Brown asked during the Scottish Parliament Festival of Politics in Edinburgh, according to a report in The Guardian newspaper.

"I think we have to think hard and long about issues of discrimination in our own country," the paper quoted Brown as saying, as he discussed the role Scottish political and trade union leaders play in championing social justice across Great Britain.

Brown, who served as prime minister from 2007 to 2010, also said The R&A’s men-only policy was indefensible in the wake of Augusta National’s move.

In 2009, Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond criticized The R&A for what the Guardian said was ignoring its tradition of inviting the principals of St. Andrew's University to become members when Louise Richardson took the post. And soon after the news from Augusta National came out, Scottish Sports Minister Shona Robison urged The R&A and the all-male Muirfield Golf Club, which will host the 2013 British Open, to follow suit.

The R&A has not responded to all these remarks, but said in a statement that its rules specify a male membership and its members would determine any change in policy.

August 24, 2012 - 1:16pm
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John Kim
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Patriot Golf Day
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Patriot Golf Day is a way for the nation's golfers to celebrate our nation's military heroes.

You'll often hear/read me say (whine?) that I wished I played more golf. I have a ton of excuses, very few legitimate reasons. I can and should play more. But that's a different post altogether.

This post revolves around the one weekend each year that I always commit to golf. I hope you will too.

You probably already know of Patriot Golf Day.  But for those that don't (or those that want more information including what courses in your area support it): Click Here.  

The bottom line is: Almost everyone says they love our nation's heroes, those willing to go and fight to defend our nation and national interest. Far fewer do something to support them. So when an opportunity comes up to help those who've either been injured or help the families of those that have been killed, we should all step up to the plate. And if you can do it by playing golf - cmon, that's a no-brainer. 

Patriot Golf Day has now grown into four days. (Labor Day Weekend - Friday thru Monday).  We'll post more stories about Patriot Golf Day in the week ahead.  I just wanted to post a promise and a plea that I'll be playing next week - I hope you will too.