“Oh, I’ll play in 2020, that’s a certainty. I’ll be on the team for Paris and for Whistling Straits. That WILL happen.” –Phil Mickelson, October of 2016 discussing his Ryder Cup future. “Realistically, this could be my last Ryder Cup.” –Mickelson, Sunday after Europe’s victory in the 2018 matches. It was almost fitting that Europe
Tony Romo won’t be quitting his day job anytime soon. The NFL on CBS analyst finished T-72 at the first state of Web.com Tour on Saturday to end his dream of playing on the PGA Tour’s developmental tour. At least, for now. After a rough opening 79 at Firewheel at Garland Bridges, the former Dallas
Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood became the first European pairing to go 4-0 over a Ryder Cup’s first two days, so they must be doing something right. Mainly, it’s what they almost always do—hit it straight and flush. The European pair never trailed because they were rarely in trouble on Le Golf National’s deep grass
SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France — The PGA Tour season ended last week. The next one begins next week. In between is golf’s greatest pressure cooker and most mentally and physically exhausting event, the Ryder Cup. If it seems like a recipe for disaster for the U.S. it certainly seems to be playing out that way for captain
SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France – If the United States Ryder Cup team can somehow manage to pull off a Medinah reversal Sunday at Le Golf National, it can thank Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas. With their squad staring at annihilation at the hands of an inspired European team, Spieth and Thomas delivered two clutch points on Saturday
As a golfer in the U.S., you might play stroke play most of the time. But if watching the Ryder Cup has you wanting to try different formats, follow that feeling: Playing different formats can help your game. Even just switching things up and playing match play with your buddies can teach you to think
The 300-yard drive, a distance that nearly would have won the first World Long Drive Championship a generation ago, is now commonplace in professional golf. In fact, there are 70 players on the PGA Tour averaging at least 300 yards off the tee this year, five times as many as there were five years ago.
Following a Friday afternoon thumping at the Ryder Cup, the United States needed a strong response Saturday morning. The response was strong, but not in the intended connotation. The first three matches went Team Europe’s way, highlighted by the dynamic duo of Tommy Fleetwood and Francesco Molinari winning their third consecutive match of the weekend.
SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France — Some questions might never be answered: Was Brett Kavanaugh really at the 1982 Kemper Open as his calendars contend? Is Vladimir Putin jealous of Donald Trump’s budding friendship with Kim Jong Un? Will the U.S. Ryder Cup team ever figure out foursomes? After jumping out to a 3-1 lead in the opening
SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France – A seemingly bad idea turned out to be, well, pretty bad. After leaving Phil Mickelson out of Friday’s morning four-ball session, conventional wisdom dictated that the veteran left-hander wasn’t likely to play at all on the opening day. A season of struggle off the tee – he ranked 192nd on the PGA
One of the common themes in post-match interviews at the Ryder Cup is pressure. Players are used to being responsible for themselves in big moments. Adding in a teammate and flag turns even straightforward shots into nerve-wrackers. Short game swings are particularly vulnerable to tension, both because they’re smaller and shorter and because the stakes
SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France—Finally, FINALLY the opening session of the 42nd Ryder Cup has arrived. And the super-charged atmosphere surrounding the first-tee grandstand provided a pretty amazing setting as the opening four-ball matches began. For those watching in America, in case you decided not to set that alarm for the early AM wake up call (Shame on
Kevin O’Connell is yet another recovering professional golfer who found an alternate route to golf’s biggest stages by winning the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship on Thursday. In an all-North Carolinian final at Charlotte (N.C.) Country Club, O’Connell defeated Brett Boner, 4 & 3, in the 36-hole final to earn an invitation to play in the Masters
When it comes to displays of passionate golf fans, it will be tough to ever top what we saw from those at East Lake for Tiger Woods’ Tour Championship triumph last week. But at Thursday’s Ryder Cup opening ceremony, we got another reminder of how popular the 14-time major champ still is. RELATED: This list
Tiger Woods thrilled a group of junior golfers at the Ryder Cup on Wednesday by introducing himself. But none were more excited to meet the 14-time major champ than the one who shares his famous nickname. Robin “Tiger” Williams is a budding English golf phenom having played in last year’s British Masters on the European
The 2018 Ryder Cup is slowly approaching—bringing one of the more highly anticipated Ryder Cups in recent memory. The U.S. side has one of the most talented teams in history: with 12 of the top 25 in the world on the American side. And a European team that hasn’t lost on their home turf since
Team USA is full to the gunwales with talent, but there’s something a little strange about how that talent is currently performing. It turns out, through a fluke of bad luck, that three of the biggest American stars from the last two Ryder Cups happen to be showing the worst form of anybody on the
Phil Mickelson said on Tuesday he’d “welcome” being partnered with Tiger Woods at this week’s Ryder Cup. But he’s clearly also got his mind on playing against his longtime rival in November’s The Match. And suddenly, he’s not feeling so good about his chances. RELATED: Phil Mickelson is trash-talking Tiger while his golf ball is
Tiger Woods won for the first time in five years. One of the more anticipated Ryder Cups in the biennial event’s history is about to tee off. Both are second-page news, however, compared to a video that emerged on Tuesday afternoon. For that video contained images of one Anthony Kim, the American star turned Sasquatch.
As a captain of two Ryder Cup teams and a player on six others, I’ve learned from hard and happy experience some of the finer points of match-play strategy. Team play is fascinating on two distinct levels. The captain is charged with formulating two-man teams in the foursomes (alternate-shot) and four-balls (best-ball) competitions, and sending
Davis Love III has all sorts of mementos from the 2016 Ryder Cup scattered around his house. There are two, though, that he probably enjoys looking at more than any of the others. One is the ball that Ryan Moore played on the 18th hole of his singles match with Lee Westwood. When Westwood conceded
Six months ago, which feels like an eternity given this eventful 2018 golf season, we posed a question in anticipation of Tiger Woods’ return at the 2018 Masters: if Woods went on to capture his fifth green jacket, where would it rank among other impressive wins in his two-decade career? In a survey of our
Tiger Woods’ Tour Championship win produced a huge bump in TV ratings for NBC. In the words of the network’s Dan Hicks, “Expect anything different?!” Of course, we didn’t, but the numbers that came in on Monday were still mighty impressive. NBC announced the PGA Tour’s season finale drew a 5.21 overnight rating, the highest
ATLANTA—They sprinted ahead from one fairway to the next, climbed trees, crawled through hedges and swarmed the 18th fairway at East Lake like bees to honey. All gasping for even a glimpse. They lined the balcony behind the green, too—25-year-old Bryson DeChambeau, already dressed for the Ryder Cup in a ‘Beat Europe’ t-shirt; Paul Casey’s
ATLANTA—”Justin Rose beats Tiger Woods” is not a headline you’re going to see splattered across the Internet. Woods, by almost every sense known to man, was the victor at East Lake on Sunday. That includes the leader board, where Woods’ 71 bested Rose’s 73, the latter finishing five shots back of the former. But there
ATLANTA—Rory McIlroy already said what happens this week, or at the Ryder Cup, won’t change the complexion of his year. There’s truth to that. He’s one of the vaunted, and cursed, players whose seasons are viewed through a four-tournament prism. Cruel in itself, especially so when you fall short on that spectrum. Yet, whatever magnitude,
Tiger Woods still needs one more good round to win for the first time in more than five years. His work through three days at the Tour Championship, though, was enough to earn a different type of title. Masters favorite. That’s right, Tiger Woods is now officially the favorite to win the 2019 Masters, according
With a piece of a 36-hole lead for the first time in more than three years, golf fans began Saturday wondering if this would finally be the week that Tiger Woods wins again. But by the time Tiger made the turn, the question on many peoples’ minds changed to How much Woods will win by?
ATLANTA—Justin Rose is No. 1 in the world. On Friday at East Lake, he was treated like, well, number two. Rose had one of the worst tee times in golf: the one in front of Tiger Woods. For those that haven’t experienced Tigermania in person, fans sprint ahead of the 14-time major winner, hoping to
ATLANTA—It wasn’t pretty. Not compared to the show he staged on Thursday. But this ain’t ice-skating; no points for aesthetics in this game, especially on a Friday afternoon. And whatever he lacked in style is outweighed by where he sits on the leader board, which, for Tiger Woods, is in a tie for first heading