Tag Archives: Davis Love III

Oct
2
2017

The 2017 U.S. Presidents Cup team has been hailed as perhaps the strongest and most perfect squad of players. Led by Captain Steve Stricker, the Americans dominated from the start to finish — which wasn’t exactly a huge surprise given the lopsided (and relatively short) history of these biennial matches, with the U.S. winning 10 of the 12 times its been staged.

There were fleeting moments that were thrilling because, well, two words: Match play. But it was pretty much over after Friday with the Americans . In fact, the Americans nearly clinched the Cup on Saturday, but Anirban Lahiri and Si Woo Kim managed to fend off Charley Hoffmann and Kevin Chappell to win 1-up — it was the only full point clinched by the International Team during both sessions on Saturday.

Still. Sunday didn’t matter. Don’t take it from me — several American players voiced that in the boozy, extremely entertaining winning presser.

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Oct
3
2016
Toast a cold one to captain's pick, Ryan Moore, who earned his keep this week.

Toast a cold one to captain’s pick, Ryan Moore, who earned his keep this week.

There’s obviously a ton to digest after Sunday’s win by the American team at the 41st Ryder Cup, but it’s never too early (or late) to hand out some grades.

Here’s how we felt everyone graded out following the three days of competition:

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Oct
3
2016

Phil Mickelson got off to a rough start this week at the Ryder Cup, bringing up and criticizing U.S. Captain Hal Sutton in 2004 for his management of the team and pairing him with Tiger Woods with only two days’ notice. It was strange that Phil would bring up 2004 out of all the Ryder Cups he’s played (10 excluding 2016) because he made a big decision that was met with controversy when he switched equipment manufacturers a week before the matches that year.

The next day, Mickelson apologized to Sutton. But the whole thing was just weird and bizarre, especially since the last thing Phil needed was to bring more eyes toward himself after all that’s happened regarding the Ryder Cup ever since the U.S. post-loss presser at Gleneagles.

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Oct
2
2016
By Stephanie Wei under Ryder Cup

Despite the disappointing Ryder Cup loss (I’d only experienced it the other way around), the Team Europe press conference was amusing, funny and enjoyable, per usual. Even when addressing unpleasant topics, like the heckling and behavior of Saturday afternoon’s overserved fans, the players were witty and rather positive about the entire situation — they answered the questions even if it wasn’t the greatest discussion in the world.

There was only one point, where a player had a more serious critique of how things played out at the away game at Hazeltine near Minneapolis, MN. Justin Rose, who went 2-3-0, shifted the atmosphere slightly when he brought up the PGA of America’s setup of Hazeltine National Golf Club.

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Sep
30
2016
By Stephanie Wei under Hazeltine

A few months ago, a colleague and I mused over how Tiger Woods was spending his time. At that point, we weren’t sure if he was practicing or playing or how much he was able to do either because of his nagging back injury. We joked he was playing video games and being Mr. Mom. Oh, and he was definitely watching every minute of PGA Tour coverage on Golf Channel. Heck, he might have been tuning in for the Champions Tour, Web.com Tour and LPGA, as well!–seriously, I wouldn’t be surprised.

Well, turns out as of late Woods had fully embraced his role as one of five vice-captains under U.S. Ryder Cup head honcho Davis Love III. Don’t mistake Tiger for a glorified golf cart driver (actually, he isn’t even driving one this week — he has his own personal chauffeur in Notah Begay. He’s taken on a major leadership role as essentially the team’s strategist and tactician.

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Sep
23
2016

Nerves, passion and strong emotions are already running high amongst the 30 players in the field at East Lake — and no, unfortunately, these feelings aren’t necessarily inspired by the absolutely thrilling Tour Championship after the first round, and the kinda tacky $10-million FedExCup prize to the winner of the year-long contest. It’s all about next week’s Ryder Cup at Hazeltine in Minnesota, just outside Minneapolis. And it’s already getting all Mean Girls!

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Sep
21
2016

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Almost immediately following the conclusion of the Tour Championship, the fourth and final leg of the FedExCup, U.S. Captain Davis Love III will announce the fourth of his captain’s pick to round out the U.S. Ryder Cup team. The other week, Love, who was also the skipper in 2012 during the biennial matches, which has been dubbed “the Miracle at Medinah” selected three of his wildcard picks, who didn’t make the team on points –Rickie Fowler, J.B. Holmes and Matt Kuchar.

With all sorts of crazy arguments made recently about DL3’s fourth pick, like that he should use it on vice-captain Tiger Woods (which isn’t one that I feel like I’d find compelling at all, but try me), the practice sessions at Hazeltine this past Sunday and Monday may shed light on DL3 narrowing it to three possibilities: Bubba Watson, Justin Thomas and Daniel Berger.

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Nov
18
2015
By Stephanie Wei under Ryder Cup

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2016 U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III named Tiger Woods, Steve Stricker and Jim Furyk as three of his five vice-captains for the biennial matches against Europe at Hazeltine in Minnesota next September.

When Love was first named captain in February 2015, he immediately announced that Tom Lehman would serve as one of his vice captains. Love’s fifth and final choice will be announced at a later date. 

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Oct
12
2015

I definitely didn’t think I’d regret not staying up past my curfew last night to watch the Presidents Cup. I certainly didn’t think I’d miss anything but the standard U.S. routing or maybe the Internationals attempting a tepid comeback. I really didn’t think I’d  be saying what I’m about to say, especially since any little interest I had in the Presidents Cup completely disappeared after the only thing I considered that could be slightly intriguing did not happen — which was obviously Jordan Spieth and Jason Day, the worlds nos. 1 and 2, respectively, facing off in what would naturally be an intense battle filled with lots of thumbs-up and fist-pumps for Sunday singles.

Well, to be honest, I doubt I would been awake to watch, anyway, since I was playing in a tourney at NGLA this weekend (yes, very important with at least a few hundred in pro shop credit on the line) and had an early-ish tee time. #sorrynotsorry

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