Sep
2
2014
By Stephanie Wei under Ryder Cup

At a glitzy (slow-played) press conference at 30 Rockefeller in NYC, American captain Tom Watson revealed his three wildcard picks on Tuesday evening, deciding to go with a mixture of experience and form as he named Keegan Bradley, Hunter Mahan and Webb Simpson to round out the underdog U.S. team.

The trio join the nine players who automatically qualified for the squad based on points —  Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler, Jim Furyk, Jimmy Walker, Phil Mickelson, Matt Kuchar, Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed and Zach Johnson.

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Sep
2
2014

European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley announced his three wildcard picks on Tuesday afternoon at Wentworth, home of the European Tour’s headquarters. McGinley had been rather open about his choices, saying on Sunday he had narrowed it down to five names: Luke Donald, Stephen Gallacher, Ian Poulter, Francesco Molinari and Lee Westwood.

Turns out McGinley went with form and experience in selecting Gallacher, the local hero who missed out qualifying automatically by a stroke, Ian Poulter, the Ryder Cup wizard, and Lee Westwood, the experienced veteran with a strong record.

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Sep
1
2014
By Bernie D'Amato under Ryder Cup

 

Tomorrow’s press conference will be of utmost importance for the players who failed to automatically qualify for Team USA. At 7pm ET, Captain Tom Watson will select the final three Americans, and his decision is easier than everyone thinks.

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Sep
1
2014
By Bernie D'Amato under FedExCup

 

Rory McIlroy did not get the job done at TPC Boston, but he held on to the second spot in the FedExCup standings with a T5 finish. McIlroy said mental fatigue played a part in his final round 70, and he is looking to take tomorrow off in preparation for the third leg of the FedExCup playoffs.

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Sep
1
2014

 

Geoff Ogilvy narrowly slipped into the field at the Deutsche Bank Championship, but he took advantage of the opportunity with a T2 finish alongside Russell Henley and Bill Horschel, the latter of which also kept his playoff hopes alive by moving inside the cutoff for the BMW Championship.

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Sep
1
2014

Chris Kirk was making his way through the crowd as he greeted his family and walking toward the scoring area. At that point, he was still unaware he had won the tournament. But then, Kirk saw his caddie Bill Harke celebrating in the hallway, and Jack Graham, CEO of Deutsche Bank, was shaking his hand congratulating him.

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Aug
31
2014
By Stephanie Wei under FedExCup

With the logjam near the top of the leaderboard, Russell Henley probably wasn’t the guy you were expecting to go out and post a six-under 65 to take the lead at 12-under. Despite not birdieing the reachable-in-two par-5 18th, Henley still took a one-shot advantage over Billy Horschel, who birdied his last three holes to post a four-under 67 and get to 11-under.

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Aug
31
2014

Paired with each other in the third round of the Deutsche Bank Championship, Rory McIlroy and Chris Kirk both caught fire and shot scorching bogey-free, seven-under 64s. Both players shot up the leaderboard at 10-under for the championship on Sunday’s “Moving Day” over the long weekend at TPC Boston. They’re currently tied for third, trailing Russell Henley by two strokes. 

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Aug
31
2014

Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher came up just short of making the European Ryder Cup on merit. In the final qualifying event for the European side, the Italian Open, the 39-year-old needed a top-two finish to knock out Graeme McDowell for the last automatic berth on the team.

Gallacher started out hot in Turin on Sunday, rolling off six birdies in the first eight holes, but then cooled off, with only one more in the remaining 10. Though he fired a seven-under 65, he ended up merely one shot out of second place, having to settle with third — and more important, now he’ll need to rely on one of Captain Paul McGinley’s three wildcard picks to secure a coveted spot on the team.

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