Category Archives: Ryder Cup

Sep
14
2014

American Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson announced his wildcard picks in a glitzy press conference in New York City the day after the conclusion of the Deutsche Bank Championship. Just a day earlier, Billy Horschel had the chance to tie clubhouse leader Chris Kirk with a birdie on the par-5 18th, but he chunked his second shot into the hazard guarding the green (and it was so bad that it almost came up short). That probably didn’t give Watson the best impression of Horschel.

However, less than a week later, Horschel redeemed himself with a two-shot victory over Bubba Watson at the BMW Championship. That likely caught Watson’s attention, but unfortunately, it was a few days too late. Or maybe it wouldn’t have. After all, he didn’t pick Chris Kirk, who played alongside the world no. 1 Rory McIlroy over the weekend at TPC Boston and came out victorious at the DBC. So perhaps it still wouldn’t have been enough to sway Watson (though it should’ve)

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Sep
10
2014
Spieth teeing off no. 1

Spieth teeing off no. 1

I was headed to the practice area late Wednesday morning  at East Lake to chat with players and look for a good story on the eve of the Tour Championship. Well, sometimes the most fun ones are the kind you just happen to stumble upon. In other words, you’re at the right place at the right time.

That’s what happened today. I stopped to talk with Ryan Palmer’s caddie James Edmondson, who was waiting for his player on the first tee. As Palmer was teeing off, Rickie Fowler strolled up, then Jimmy Walker and Jordan Spieth. 

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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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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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Aug
29
2014

It’s not just the Americans who are holding their breaths in hopes of getting a captain’s pick for next month’s Ryder Cup. The deadline to make the European team on points is this Sunday, August 31st, which technically means the PGA Tour’s Deutsche Bank Championship ending on Monday doesn’t count towards the standings.

Ryder Cup juggernaut Ian Poulter is on the outside looking in and needs Captain Paul McGinley to give him the official nod (which, lets be real, it’s a lock). Poulter helped his case on Friday, firing a four-under 67 to put him in a tie for sixth after the first round.

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Aug
29
2014

The Deutsche Bank Championship isn’t just the second leg of the FedExCup Playoffs. It’s also — perhaps more importantly for a handful of players — the last chance for guys in the running to impress U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson before he announces his three wildcard picks next Tuesday, September 2nd. In other words, it’s a big week for those hoping to get a phone call on Monday evening.

Among those names are Keegan Bradley and Webb Simpson, both of whom are off to sizzling starts at TPC Boston.

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