Category: Ryder Cup

December 12, 2012

Truth & Rumors: PGA has big plans for Bethpage Black

Posted at 12:24 PM by

Tiger_bethpageTiger Woods at the 2002 U.S. Open at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, N.Y. (Getty Images)

With no plans to bring the U.S. Open back to Bethpage Black in the near future, it appeared the famed New York muni might fade from the major championship picture in professional golf. That is until Tuesday, when PGA of America president Ted Bishop revealed his desire to bring major-caliber golf back to the Black Course to Newsday's Mark Herrmann.

Ted Bishop, the new president of the PGA of America, said Tuesday that one of his goals in office is to bring the PGA Championship and/or the Ryder Cup to Bethpage Black.

"We've just got some things to sort out with some dates in the future, but there is no decline in my interest," said Bishop, who took office last month. He and new chief executive officer Peter Bevacqua are in New York to name the 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup captain Thursday.

"Honestly, I would have to tell you that if you asked me my goal for the next couple of years, it would be to make some kind of an announcement that something is going to happen at Bethpage," Bishop said.

The Black Course at Bethpage State Park hosted the 2002 and 2009 U.S. Opens, won by Tiger Woods and Lucas Glover, respectively. The USGA has announced host venues through 2019, when Pebble Beach will take the reins, and the Black is not on the list. The last PGA Tour event to be played there was this year's Barclays, the first of the four 2012 FedEx Cup playoff events.

December 11, 2012

Report: Watson will be U.S. Ryder Cup captain in 2014

Posted at 11:28 PM by

Watson-captain-blog-Mark-NolanGolf World's Tim Rosaforte reported on Twitter that Tom Watson, who last attended a Ryder Cup when he was captain of the winning U.S. side in 1993, will again lead the Americans in 2014.

Watson was asked this weekend if he'd take the job if it was offered. He said he would, and since then he has become a much-discussed candidate for the job. The PGA of America has not confirmed the selection, and Rosaforte cited only his "reporting" in the tweets. The announcement was scheduled for Thursday morning on the TODAY Show.

Watson, 63, won five British Opens between 1975 and 1983, as well as two Masters and a U.S. Open. His British wins have made him a favorite of U.K. golf fans, which makes him an interesting pick for this Ryder Cup, which will be played at Gleneagles in Scotland. In 2009 at Turnberry, a 59-year-old Watson nearly made British Open history again, losing in a playoff to Stewart Cink.

Watson played in four Ryder Cups and had a career record of 10-4-1.

Photos: Tom Watson's career in pictures
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Photo: Mark Nolan/Getty Images

November 12, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Monty expresses concern over 2014 Ryder Cup captain selection

Posted at 2:30 PM by Samantha Glover

According to the UK's Daily Record, Colin Montgomerie wants members of the Tournament Player's Committee to ignore their personal opinions and affiliations with the two candidates and select the next European Ryder Cup captain fairly.

Paul McGinley and Darren Clarke, both candidates for the role, are part of the 15 member committee that will select Jose Maria Olazabal's replacement.

Monty's concerns stem from the fact that two other members of the committee -- David Howell and Richard Finch -- are represented by the same management company -- ISM -- as Clarke, according to the report.

“Both Paul and Darren would be suitable. Let’s hope that when the vote is taken there are those in the room voting for a player and not a fellow management client."

“It should all be about who is the best man for the job.”

The committee is slated to make a decision in January.

October 25, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Missing the Ryder Cup still 'kick in the teeth' for Mahan

Posted at 11:40 AM by Mark Dee

Hunter Mahan, who was left off Davis Love III's Ryder Cup team in September, can't escape questions of his snub, especially after the American collapse at Medinah in which two of Love's picks (Steve Stricker and Jim Furyk) underperformed.

Mahan says missing the Cup still stings, according to a Reuters report:

"At the end of the day, I wasn't playing as well as the other guys, I've got no one to blame but myself really," he said in a teleconference on Thursday ahead of his participation in next week's Thailand Golf Championship.

"When you've made the last five teams, you know how much fun it is, you know how much you enjoy the process, hanging with the guys and playing the practise and so on.

"And when you're not there, you know what you're missing and it sucks. It feels like you let yourself down in a way. It definitely kicks you in the teeth a little bit."

His words seem pretty diplomatic given the catastrophic collapse of Love's team, especially since Furyk's putt at the last may have been America's worst Ryder Cup moment since…Mahan's chip in 2010.

October 22, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Keegan Bradley beat trash-talking Michael Jordan in match

Posted at 11:44 AM by Mark Dee

You knew Michael Jordan wasn't content just watching the Ryder Cup.

Maybe that's why he challenged one of the team's stars -- Keegan Bradley -- to a match. According to Bradley, though, the audition didn't go well.

Bradley, who miraculously transforms into a crazed mongoose once he enters match play, described the experience on The Golf Channel's Morning Drive. Will Gray has the recap:

"He was yapping pretty much the whole day," he claimed of Jordan, who displayed a penchant for trash-talking throughout his NBA playing career.

After birdies by Bradley on each of the final two holes, the match hinged on Jordan's final stroke.

"He had about 6 feet," Bradley explained. "It wouldn't have gone in if it was the size of a basketball hoop."

So you say Jordan missed badly at the last, with the match on the line? Well, maybe he does have the right stuff to make the U.S. side ...

RELATED PHOTOS: Michael Jordan on the golf course

October 19, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Ian Poulter still 'drained' from Ryder Cup heroics

Posted at 1:12 PM by Mark Dee

Like any superhero, Ian Poulter sounds sick of what he calls his "day job."

Maybe because, by "night," he exhausts himself by thoroughly savaging American Ryder Cuppers. And, even three weeks on, he says he's still recovering from the experience.

Poulter is still working off his Ryder Cup hangover, according to James Corrigan of the Telegraph. In the wake of the excitement, Poulter is recovering from a cold, a hoarse throat, and a general malaise over the fact that he'll have to wait two years to play in another Ryder Cup.

Poulter is preparing to start his individual schedule next week in Shanghai, and it doesn't sound like he's ready to play just for himself:

“Almost three weeks on and, honestly, I still haven’t completely recovered, either physically or emotionally,” he croaked. “I’ve been drained and am run down, as my voice probably proves. I’ve had the last 10 days off and I’m just trying to take on as much sleep as possible in the next few days before I have to take that 15-four flight to China.”

Even if Poulter can recover physically, in talking to Corrigan, he doesn't seem particularly amped to get back out there:

“This is my day job, and it is a job because that’s what I chose as a path to earn my money to support my family,” he said. “Now, I don’t know what I see the Ryder Cup as, but certainly not as my job. It comes straight from the heart, it’s pride, it’s passion. It has nothing to do with money and, when it hasn’t anything to do with money, for some reason it means a lot more.

“That’s interesting because most of my critics, when they have a go, it’s because they say it’s all about the money with me. Yet the one week when it means nothing in terms of monetary value is the week when I play my best golf. So it kind of turns that theory on its head, doesn’t it?”

Until you see the Ferraris, maybe. Regardless, other golfers should be grateful that Poulter finds typical professional golf mundane. He doesn't lose when he's interested.

October 18, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Sergio Garcia 'wished' for Kaymer to sink clinching Cup putt

Posted at 11:44 AM by Mark Dee

When you wish upon a par...

We can hear it now. The Disney theme song to Europe's fairytale Ryder Cup ending. And all because Sergio Garcia wished on Sunday morning that Martin Kaymer would make the clinching putt, according to Reuters.

Here's what Garcia said:

"The night before the singles Olazabal and myself had a very good conversation with Martin," said world number 19 Garcia in a European Tour news release.

"Then on Sunday I was having breakfast with Martin and I said to him if I had a wish it would be for him to hole the putt which meant Europe kept the Ryder Cup."

That's all it took. A little of Sergio's Tinkerbelle magic. And America's spastic fear of the Medinah's 17th hole.

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October 08, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Tiger Woods apologized to Ryder rookies for poor play

Posted at 11:37 AM by Mark Dee

Critics who charged that Tiger Woods doesn't care about the Ryder Cup are running out of fodder.

First, we hear that Tiger couldn't sleep after his team's historic collapse at the Medinah. And now we have this story about a contrite Woods apologizing to teammates for his play at the event, reported by Tim Roseforte on the Golf Channel's Morning Drive:

“Brandt [Snedeker] shared with me (at his fundraiser in Memphis) that Tiger got all the rookies in a room, closed the door and personally apologized to everyone for not doing more, for not getting the points he needed to get to get a U.S. victory," Roseforte said Monday morning. "For people who don’t think Woods really cares, whenever that turn or that pivot occurred in his career, it has fully turned.”

That's right: Tiger Woods personally apologized. Time will tell if contrition can lead to results, though: Woods's 0-3-1 record at Medinah ran his career mark to 13-17-3 in Ryder Cups.

October 05, 2012

Report: Tiger Woods couldn't sleep after Ryder Cup loss

Posted at 11:39 AM by Mike Walker

Tiger Woods's Sunday singles match against Francesco Molinari at the Ryder Cup in Medinah ended up not mattering very much because the Europeans clinched the Cup when Martin Kaymer beat Steve Stricker, but Woods took losing the Cup hard, according to The Express UK.

While Europe were partying with the Ryder Cup, Woods confessed the following day to USA captain Davis Love that he had lain awake all night wondering just how a 10-6 lead could have been squandered.

Woods earned just half a point from his four matches at Medinah –- a career low in a contest in which he has tasted victory just once in seven appearances.

“Tiger did not sleep a wink,” said Love. “It has been tough for all of us. I’m going to Las Vegas to play this week and I’m trying to find a bag without USA written on it!”

This week, Love is playing in the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas, where he talked about the reaction of the American players to their stunning loss in the Ryder Cup after holding a large lead going into the final day.

Love on Phil Mickelson:

Phil and Amy sat with [indiscernible] and I at the elevator. They were the last ones to leave the ninth floor, and we sat there for a half an hour and I finally realized they just didn't want to leave. They had a big airplane and were going home to see their kids, but didn't want to leave and it to be over. I think that's how most of us felt. It was hard not to get up Monday morning and put your team clothes on and go play again.

Love on Dustin Johnson:

In the end, I think Dustin Johnson said it best.  Everybody is feeling sorry for themselves and he says, Man, it's just golf.  They knocked in a bunch of putts and our lipped out.  There's nothing we can do about it.  You know, that really did sum it up.

Love on his captain's picks:

I'm happy with the decision. Now, I love Rickie Fowler and Bill Haas and Hunter Mahan, Nick Watney. They are the future of the Ryder Cup. Sure, maybe they would have done better, but I love the team I had. They gave it their all. Most importantly, they represented their country on and off the golf course.

Truth & Rumors: Darren Clarke has 'inside track' on 2014 captaincy

Posted at 9:35 AM by Mark Dee

We understand why someone would want to be the European Ryder Cup Captain. Pride, honor, yeah, all that. But, honestly, the job doesn't seem all that tough: You do interviews, wait until the inevitable American supernova makes you look like a genius, and then you drink until a Molinari brother goes drag.

So, it's easy to understand why the politicking has already begun across the pond. And, according to Padraig Harrington, a front-runner is already emerging.

"I understand the inside track is that it's going to be Darren Clarke," Harrington told the Irish Independent at the Dunhill Links on Friday.

The Independent also reports that Peter Hanson has thrown his (feather)weight behind Paul McGinley. Which might mean more, if Rory McIlroy didn't already go on the record throwing his support behind Clarke, according to

We at Rumors are going third party. Colin Montgomerie, 2014. If Monty is captaining, then perhaps we'll get less commentary in the first person plural during the next broadcast...

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