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WATCH: Brooks Koepka’s hits wondrous shank in Ryder Cup

The Ryder Cup at Hazeltine has been a fun one. But, Brooks Koepka proved to us that even pros can hit some awful shots like we do (unless you’re all puffy chested).

Koepka, who’s one of game’s best drivers, hit an amazing shank, and made its way into the gallery. The young rising star made up for it with some stellar play during the Sunday singles matches.

But, I think we can feel relieved that pro golfers aren’t superhuman after all.

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WATCH: You won’t believe what this heckler did to earn $100

A American fan decided to poke fun at Rory McIlroy and Henrik Stenson during a putting contest for missing several medium length putts. The fan shouted that even he could make the putt.

Well, Henrik Stenson, one of golf’s funniest personalities, grabbed the fan and put him to the test. Justin Rose then placed a $100 bill next to the ball, and the man, David Johnson, was given a putter.

Lining up his putt, looking at the crowd to show him some love, Johnson hit the putt. The ball came off the putter face like a torpedo, and it slammed into the cup.

Johnson and the crowd went wild. He got the $100, as well as hugs from from the European players.

Certainly, anybody from his home state of North Dakota who saw this clip was very pleased indeed. Maybe you and I need to head over there and see how we can putt like that.

You got to love the Ryder Cup.

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Source: For The Win of USA Today 

Phil Mickelson criticizes former captains, then apologizes

 

 

Phil Mickelson had already made some pot stirring comments during the last Ryder Cup at Glenneagles which turned out to be a mess for the U.S. team anyway. Now, Mickelson criticized former captain, Hal Sutton, talking about how he set the pairing of Mickelson and Tiger Woods to “fail” and also criticized 2014 captain Tom Watson…again.

 

Here’s the comment about Watson:

“I think that when you look back on what the difference is, when players are put in a position to succeed, oftentimes, more often than not, they tend to succeed and when they are put in positions to fail, most of the time they tend to fail,” Mickelson said according to Golf Digest

“This is a year where we feel as though Captain Love has been putting us in a position to succeed. He’s taken input from all parties. He’s making decisions that have allowed us to prepare our best and play our best, and I believe that we will play our best.”

Now here’s the comments on Hal Sutton about the pairing between Mickelson and Woods:

“We were told two days before that we were playing together,” . Mickelson said “And that gave us no time to work together and prepare.”

Mickelson mostly criticized what the alternate shot pairing because they had to share a ball that he wasn’t comfortable with. It caused him to take a lot of practice time out in order to learn the new ball. Ultimately, the team of Woods and Mickelson failed.

“And in the history of my career, I have never ball-tested two days prior to a major. I’ve never done it. It doesn’t allow me to play my best.” Mickelson said. “That’s an example of starting with the captain, that put us in a position to fail, and we failed monumentally, absolutely,”.

But he apologized for his remarks on Wednesday night:

 

“I was totally in the wrong,” Mickelson said according to Golf Digest. “I never should have brought that up. I used an extreme example the way decisions can affect play, and I never should have done that because it affected Hal.”

 

Sutton responded to the controversial comment:

 

“I mean, my God, somebody’s got to be the fall guy,” Sutton said.

Despite Mickelson’s apology to Sutton, there wasn’t one given to Watson, who he also criticized for the second time. However, as mentioned, that whole situation in 2014 was a disaster anyway.

The Sutton comments were fairly surprising. However, hopefully for the U.S., this is the last bit of controversy we’ll see.

We don’t want a repeat of 2014. I suppose, if team USA comes out victorious, then it probably won’t even matter.

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Justin Thomas prefers Ryder Cup over major championships

 

 

During an interview at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Maui, Rookie of the Year runner-up (Although many say he was robbed) Justin Thomas would rather win a Ryder Cup than a major championship.

The second year pro won his first tournament last year at the CIMB Classic, defeating possible future hall of famer, Adam Scott. In four major opportunities last year, Thomas only made the cut once.

In an interview that I had did a couple of years ago, Kenny Perry said that he too preferred the Ryder Cup over the major championships. Proof, that the Ryder Cup might be a little more important than you think.

We’ll see how the fun unfolds at Hazeltine later this year but obviously, you and I both are very excited about the majors this year.

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Source: GolfDigest.com

 

 

Tiger Woods to serve as Ryder Cup assistant captain

 

Tiger Woods will be an assistant captain to Davis Love III along with Jim Furyk and Steve Stricker for the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine according to Golf Digest.

 

Woods is recovering from two back surgeries and was speculated that he may miss a lot of golf in 2016.

 

But Love says that Tiger has bigger visions heading into the new season.

 

“He wants to play and be a vice captain. He wants to be the leader of his group, this pod system,” Love said according to Golf Digest. “Tiger wants to be a leader of the group, but he wants to be on the golf course. He doesn’t want to be a general sitting in a room. He wants to be in the battle.”

 

Woods served a role with the U.S. Ryder Cup team’s Task Force and offered some advice to Fred Couples and Love during the President’s Cup at Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in Korea.

 

Woods’ record in the Ryder Cup is 13-17-3 and he hopes to get back out there and play.

 

But for now, he’ll happily accept his role as an assistant captain of the team.

 

“This is something I want to do,” Woods said. “I will continue to do whatever I can to help win the Cup back.”

 

The 2016 Ryder Cup will take place at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota on Sept. 27 to Oct. 3.

 

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Source: GolfDigest.com 

 

 

 

Tiger Woods really wants to be Ryder Cup Assistant Captain

 

You know Tiger Woods the golfer, how about Tiger Woods the captain? That’s right, Tiger very well could be an assistant captain for the U.S. Ryder Cup team.

 

He gave Fred Couples a call during the second round four-ball matches during the President’s Cup where the U.S. team came out victorious. Freddy was serving as an assistant to Jay Haas, who was the captain.

 

Tiger wanted to then speak to Davis Love III who was also Jay’s assistant. That’s when Tiger started throwing different ideas out there to the 2012 and 2016 Ryder Cup Captain.

 

“He was watching at home and just had to call Love said according to Golf Digest. He was talking about all the things he thought we needed to do and he had a lot of ideas.”

 

The U.S. team hasn’t won the Ryder Cup since 2008 when Anthony Kim and Boo Weekly dominated to tournament. They hope things turn for the better at Hazeltine in 2016.

 

I think a Tiger Woods captaincy would be very interesting. A 14-time major championship, Tiger has played in many Ryder Cups and brings a unique experience.

 

However, Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee, who is famously known as the “Tiger Hater” to fans, has said that having Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson as a Ryder Cup captain wouldn’t work.

 

“I don’t really think it’s appropriate to give players leadership roles in an event they didn’t show passion for when they were competitors.” Chamblee said

 

Shots fired? Perhaps, but there are many players in golf who couldn’t care less about the Ryder Cup and prefer to focus on just the majors.

 

Not saying Tiger and Phil weren’t passionate, but saying that there are many players with that mind set. For the record, I love the Ryder Cup, it’s a legendary event that blends beautifully into the new generation of golf.

 

It’s my favorite event in golf, or at least tied with The Masters for favorite. It’s all about prestige rather than money which is awesome.

 

But it would be very interesting to see where this goes. The Tiger selection would be pretty historic.

 

One question that gets brought up a lot is “Do Ryder Cup captains make a difference?”. It’s hard to say, but I’m sure if you have some great motivational captains, then it may boost the team mentally and golf as we know is the world’s most mental sport.

 

So what do you think? Would you like to see Tiger as a captain? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

 

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John Daly wants to be the U.S. Ryder Cup captain

Yup! JD says he wants to be Ryder Cup captain one day according to CBSSports.com.

The U.S. squad had already named their captain for the 2016 Cup at Hazeltine. Davis Love III, who led the 2012 team at Medinah who famously collapsed after looking like they had it in the bag, was once again named the captain.

And that was a strong team at Medinah that featured Bubba Watson who was fresh off his first Masters victory, Webb Simpson who had won the 2012 U.S. Open, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and Keegan Bradley who was fresh removed from a PGA Championship in 2011 among others.

But John Daly feels that the guys on the U.S. team need a little fun and comfort during Ryder Cup week.

“Hopefully I would one day be a captain, it would be fun,” said JD according to CBSSports.com. “I don’t know if I fit the mold. I don’t know if I fit what the PGA of America would want. All I know is my team, if I was a captain, we’d have a blast. I’d make sure they had a blast. You don’t want to wear a tie, don’t wear a tie. Have fun. It’s supposed to be fun.”

Keep in mind too, surprisingly, even after winning two major titles (The 1991 PGA Championship at Crooked Stick and the famous 1995 Open Championship at St. Andrews), he has never been on a Ryder Cup team. That might ultimately hurt his chances if he was really that interested in leading the U.S. squad.

Most Ryder Cup captains have had Ryder Cup experience before as a player. JD hasn’t although he probably should have been in at least one.

When you win two major titles, it’s tough to miss a Ryder Cup team.

But I think JD would be a very interesting captain. I think he would definitely keep guys loose and relaxed before the rounds as long as they aren’t wasted before each one.

But one thing I always liked about JD is how cool he is with people. Yes, he’s had some off the course issues but every time he does interviews and such, he’s always quite friendly.

He’s also not cocky or a “Me, I, Me” guy. Very rarely do you hear him brag about his major championships and according to his former caddie in an article, he’s not a guy who’s going to say things like “I’m owning this place” or things like that.

I think he would be a fun captain and would have the guys out there having fun instead of being all business. I think that’s one thing that makes the European squad so successful. They seem to have a lot of fun out there.

Because at the end of the day it’s a game and I think JD gets it.

Another guy I think would be a great captain is Fred Couples. He’s arguably one of the most popular guys in golf history in terms of his personality, character, golf swing, etc.

Like JD, I think Freddie would make sure the guys go out there and have fun because that’s the type of guy Freddie is. A pure combination of laid back and fun and I think he would make the guys feel very comfortable.

This, I think is a reason why he’s done so well as a President’s Cup captain.

I think with JD or Freddie, you couldn’t really go wrong with either of these guys. With that being said, I think Davis Love III is a heck of a captain and will do another great job again at Hazeltine next Fall.

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7-year old predicts 2016 US Ryder Cup Roster

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So, it’s been 16 days since the Ryder Cup in which the Europeans won again for the eighth time out of 10 events and all of the drama surrounding the U.S. team seems to never go away, or at least other media outlets believe it won’t go away. But on a more fun note, a young man who is 7-years old decided to create his roster for the 2016 Ryder Cup and the list is not too shabby. Michael Hurley, who you can follow on Twitter @mbhurley72, is the father of the kid.

Here’s his son’s roster:

Kevin Na
Jimmy Walker
Bubba Watson
Jordan Spieth
Keegan Bradley
Jim Furyk
Gary Woodland
Billy Horschel
Ryan Moore
Brandt Snedeker
Chris Kirk
Matt Kuchar

I like this roster for the most part and the little dude made some nice choices. However, where’s Rickie Fowler? I’d put him back in the mix. Kevin Na would have been a great choice a few years ago when he was one of the best putters in the world. I love the Gary Woodland pick. Gary is one of most consistent putters on short putts which is very key when you’re in a major tournament like the Ryder Cup. If he gets all of his shots close, then most likely his putts will fall.

I bet a ton of people will agree with the picks of Kirk and Horschel and I do too! Chris Kirk, I feel is the one guy who can give Rory Mcilroy a run for his money and one of the few guys that could make him nervous. Chris arguably has one the best swings on Tour.

Billy Horschel would bring and energy and game that Keegan couldn’t bring. Billy put up some nasty numbers in the FedEx Cup playoffs and could have easily squeaked in on the Ryder Cup team.

I’d definitely bring back Matt Kuchar and I’d most certainly get Brand Snedeker back on the team because although he’s a nice guy, he’s a very tough player. He played through an injury at the Masters and almost won the darn thing for God’s sake! He was also a part of the Medinah team that almost won it so I’d take Brandt in a heartbeat.

Finally, I’d probably get Brendan Todd on the team with is amazing putting.

Overall, the team looks great! Maybe Michael’s son needs to be a next captain? Hmmmm.

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Credit: Golfweek

Video: Patrick Reed shushes Euro crowd at Ryder Cup

Ooooh, a little boldness from young buck, none other than “Mr. Top 5” himself, Patrick Reed! After sinking a key putt against the always dangerosu Henrik Stenson, Pat decided to shut the European crowd up by giving them the “shushing” gesture. He was one of the players who was extremely fired up and pumped and it ended up paying off as he defeated the Swede in the Singles matches on Sunday afternoon.

Here’s the video of Reed shutting the crowd up courtesy of GolfChannel.com

Despite Pat Reed’s Horschel/Bradley like energy, the rest of the U.S. squad just couldn’t get it together. Reed, Jordan Spieth, Matt Kucher, and Jimmy Walker proved to be the bright spots for the Americans all weekend.

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Video: Walking through the Ryder Cup tunnel looks like this

Ever wondered what it feels like to walk through the tunnel that leads to first tee at a Ryder Cup? Well, Nicolas Colsaerts, one of golf’s most powerful hitters off, gave us a glance of what that feeling is like through his camera. To tell you the truth, I felt nervous and I wasn’t even there! Nicolas is there as a fan as we know he isn’t participating. Here’s his Instagram video of what it’s like to walk through the tunnel.

That’s just flippin’ awesome! If you’re a fan, would going through the Ryder Cup tunnel be a dream of yours? Maybe, going through it and teeing up on the first hole? I know I’d love it! It wouldn’t be a surprise to see Colsaerts on a Ryder Cup team sometime down the road, especially with the power that he has!

Leave your thoughts on Nicolas’ first person experience of making “The Walk” through the tunnel. Would butterflies’ wings start flappin’? Or would it be no big deal? Especially on the opposing team’s soil where you’ll probably hear more jeers than cheers.

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