The date is not yet settled for the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland, however, it will end in September, according to European Tour chief executive George O’Grady.
“It won't be later in the last week of September, anyway; in September, or earlier,” O’Grady said Sunday at the Euro Tour’s season-ending Dubai World Championship.
European Ryder Cup director Richard Hills said that the date was still being negotiated with the PGA of America, but that the rain-soaked 2010 Ryder Cup in Wales, which took place in early October, was a factor in getting an earlier date.
“That's still a work in progress with the PGA of America and the PGA Tour to try and secure an earlier date for the match,” Hills said. “I think they all saw what happened, and the request is being listened to, but it is still a work-in-progress as TV schedules are agreed on that side of the pond.”
The 2012 Ryder Cup will take place at Medinah Golf Club outside Chicago from Sept. 28-30.
Even God can’t hit John Daly’s 1-iron
John Daly had a good reason for his no-show during a practice round at the Australian Open on Monday: he didn’t have the right clubs. Peter Stone of The Sydney Morning Herald has the details:
...the reason Daly decided to stay in his hotel room was the delayed arrival of his favored one and two irons from the United States. Those two clubs are almost as extinct as the dodo for most tour pros, replaced by rescue/hybrid clubs that do pretty much the same job when it comes to distance without the skill required to play the one and two irons.
Australian Open organizer Tony Roosenburg was asked to explain why the slimmed-down American made an urgent call to TaylorMade in the US to provide him with the two required clubs. On Wednesday, Daly played just nine holes - the back nine, which a redesign of the course by Mike Clayton has left most exposed to the elements.
''The wind was brutal here on Wednesday and by the 12th hole [their third] he'd already decided that hybrid wasn't suited for this golf course and, after the game, he immediately organized for the one and two irons to be sent from the US," Roosenburg explained.
Tiger’s proposed Dubai course is bigger bomb than Ishtar
Tiger Woods announced his first course design in Dubai with great fanfare in 2008, but with the economic boomtown gone bust, Woods’s project is literally nowhere, according to The Guardian’s Lawrence Donegan, who took a drive out to the site last week:
Read the three-year-old press releases and gasp at the numbers. Fifty-five million square feet. Two hundred "residences" – £7m villas, £10m mansions and "palaces". A boutique hotel, a spa and a Michelin-starred restaurant. And then the centerpiece: the Al Ruwaya Golf Club. Eleven thousand imported trees; 22m cubic meters of earth to be moved; and 3m square feet of water. An 18-hole masterpiece hewn from the sand. All hail the winner of "best golf development" at the 2008 Arabian Properties Awards. Estimated total cost on completion: $1.1bn.
Now gasp at the tumbleweed reality on the morning of 27 November 2010, the first anniversary of the car crash that led to the world's richest and most famous athlete falling to earth. The Tiger Woods Dubai: a dust-bowl, an empty car park, an "Arabian palace" as real as a Hollywood film set.
Look on his works, ye mighty, and despair.
Michelle Wie has turkey, back rehab for Thanksgiving
Michelle Wie spent her Thanksgiving holiday with her family in Palm Springs, Calif., and she hopes her injured back is well enough to play in the Omega Dubai World Masters, which begins Dec. 6, according to Larry Bohannan of The Desert Sun newspaper.
“This week is good, just being here, being away from all of the distractions,” said Wie in an exclusive interview with The Desert Sun at Bighorn Golf Club, her desert home. “I finished a nine-page paper. I'm finishing up a 20-page paper now. I have finals during Dubai. So I will be going home and then going to school, then to Dubai.”
Wie enjoyed a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with her family (“I ate so much. I'm stuffed.”) during her week at Bighorn. But she also started some work trying to get back on the golf course after having to withdraw from her last event because of a bulging disc in her back.
The disc, along with some cysts along her spine, have pushed the 21-year-old Wie off the course and out of next week's LPGA Tour Championship. But she believes her rehab work has her on track to play Dubai the following week.
“The one thing I want to do is just slam a driver right now, but there is no way,” Wie said. “I pulled my driver out of my bag and my parents were like, ‘Nooo.'”
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Jack Nicklaus played Augusta National a couple months ago and holed out for eagle on 17. (Via The Palm Beach Post)
Lee Westwood's brother-in-law and fellow pro golfer Andrew Coltart is looking forward to some nice wine at the Westwood home this Christmas. “After the year Lee has had I'm expecting the red wine will be a cut above the £5 bottles he got from Sainsbury's last Christmas!” Coltart joked. (Via The Scottish Daily Record)
Tiger Woods can rest easy about making the Presidents Cup team this year. Captain Fred Couples says he’s a shoe-in. (Via The Hartford Courant)