Category Archives: Ryder Cup

May
27
2014
Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson showing off

Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson showing Steve Stricker and Billy Horschel how it’s done

The top 25 players in the U.S. Ryder Cup standings are eligible for uniform fittings at this week’s Memorial Tournament. (Now, this year, that list reads a little strange compared to previous ones.) You could feel the buzz for the biennial matches against Europe starting to heat up — just through the conversations I eavesdropped on the driving range Tuesday afternoon. 

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Feb
12
2014
Captain Old Dudes?
U.S. Ryder Cup team captain Tom Watson doesn’t mess around, nor does he necessarily make decisions based on the opinions of others. Heading into Tuesday’s press conference at Riviera, the site of this week’s Northern Trust Open, some surmised Watson would name Fred Couples, who has captained the past three winning Presidents Cup teams, as one of his vice captains.

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Dec
2
2013
(L-R) Charlie Tingey, Senior Director, EurAsia Golf, PGM Chairman Tun Ahmad Sarji Abdul Hamid, Datuk Mohamed Razeek Md Hussain, Chief Operating Officer, Services and Properties, DRB-HICOM and Asian Tour Chairman, Kyi Hla Han (EuropeanTour)

(L-R) Charlie Tingey, Senior Director, EurAsia Golf, PGM Chairman Tun Ahmad Sarji Abdul Hamid, Datuk Mohamed Razeek Md Hussain, Chief Operating Officer, Services and Properties, DRB-HICOM and Asian Tour Chairman, Kyi Hla Han (EuropeanTour)

Asia will provide Europe with a warm-up match play event before the Europeans face the Americans later in the year for the historical biennial matches at the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles next October. This new exhibition, the EurAsia Cup, will be held at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club in Malaysia from March 28-30, 2014, according to the EuropeanTour.com.

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Oct
11
2013
By Stephanie Wei under Announcements
Ryder Cup

Ryder Cup + PGA + NBC Sports

The PGA of America and NBC Sports revealed a massive deal on Thursday, with the most newsworthy component being the extension of Golf Channel/NBC receiving the TV rights of the Ryder Cup through 2030.

Naturally, PGA of America President Ted Bishop pointed out that they wanted to respect the PGA Tour and its big event, the Presidents Cup, so they waited until the following week to make their announcement (unlike the USGA during the PGA Championship in August when they unveiled the Fox deal). 

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Jul
3
2013
Your U.S. Ryder Cup captains

Your U.S. Ryder Cup captains

At this week’s Greenbrier Classic, U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson announced he had named longtime friend and two-time U.S. Open champion Andy North as his first assistant for the 2014 biennial matches at Gleneagles.

Watson revealed he asked North a few months ago over dinner at his home in Kansas City, according to GolfChannel.com’s Jason Sobel:

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Dec
13
2012

The New Boss Man

The U.S. Ryder Cup team will have a strong, passionate leader at the head of the table at Gleneagles in Scotland during the 2014 matches. On Thursday morning the PGA of America president Ted Bishop officially named Tom Watson as the next boss of the American squad.

Watson was the captain at the ’93 matches at Belfry, which was the last time the U.S. team won on foreign ground. The Americans have only clinched the Cup twice since then, losing seven of the past nine biennial matches against the Europeans. Yikes.

Who better to break the America’s dismal losing streak in 2014 than the five-time Open Champion Golfer of the Year? I can’t think of one. Not when the venue is in Scotland. It’s important to note that Gleneagles is not a links course, but it doesn’t matter — it’s still Scotland, a magical place filled with remarkable memories for the 63-year-old Watson.

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