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    Tommy's Honor: The Story of Old Tom Morris and Young Tom Morris, Golf's Founding Father and Son
    by Kevin Cook
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    His Ownself: A Semi-Memoir (Anchor Sports)
    by Dan Jenkins
  • The Captain Myth: The Ryder Cup and Sport's Great Leadership Delusion
    The Captain Myth: The Ryder Cup and Sport's Great Leadership Delusion
    by Richard Gillis
  • The Ryder Cup: Golf's Grandest Event – A Complete History
    The Ryder Cup: Golf's Grandest Event – A Complete History
    by Martin Davis
  • A Life Well Played: My Stories
    A Life Well Played: My Stories
    by Arnold Palmer

Searching for a lost ball is not a pleasant vocation, but since golf was first played a lost ball has always been a part of the game. So reconcile yourself to tradition.




Greg Norman Redirects! World Grapples With New Shark Logo

Sam Weinman talks to Greg Norman about the big change from Great White Shark Enterprises to the Greg Norman Company, which will fascinate, shock and interest almost no one.

But why, oh why Shark is there a logo change when we were so attached to the multi-color shark...

"If I didn't redirect, it was going to die on the vine," Norman said by phone on Tuesday.

Hence the announcement earlier this month that Norman would be re-branding and transforming his business in 2017. Say goodbye to Great White Shark Enterprises, say hello to the Greg Norman Company.

Norman's repositioning of his company from a mostly consumer-facing brand to one that will expand to business-to-business services was an idea that began some 18 months ago, and has involved everything from the influx of new personnel, to a new partnership with Verizon that will revolve around educational technology.

And you think this blog doesn't bring you life-changing news.

FYI, Shark's gramming his way to a new beginning with this inspiration...

#mondaymotivation Amen!!!

A photo posted by Greg Norman (@shark_gregnorman) on

And btw, a hurricane to most people is not an opportunity to brand your fitness devotion and love of chainsawing shrubbery. Unless you are the Greg Norman Company.

I have picked up 851 of these palm fronds with more to go 2days after #hurricanematthew brushed by my property. #workout

A photo posted by Greg Norman (@shark_gregnorman) on


Safeway Pro-Am: Harold Takes Down (Airball?!) Steph Curry 2&1 

I get very emotional with the start of a new PGA Tour season, even after the last one just ended ten days ago. So it took me a while to watch this video of Harold Varner, gloriously stepping in for Tiger in the pro-am (ugh, another blow to the Big Cat ego). Nice airball Steph, but we love having you as a golfer anyway!

The Skratch video:




Will USGA Move U.S. Women's Open From Trump Bedminster?

Before I share highlights from two different calls on the USGA to move the 2017 U.S. Women's Open at Trump Bedminster, for the record I asked the USGA for comment on Sunday given the latest revelations of "locker room talk" and still have not received a reply back from the organization.

The predicament is obvious given the lack of time between now and the July Women's Open, along with the possibility of Donald Trump becoming the 45th president of the United States. Still, it's rather unusual to ignore media outlets asking for comment. Furthermore, USGA Executive Director Mike Davis, who was scheduled to appear on Morning Drive next week as part of its junior golf-themed programming, has cancelled due to a "scheduling conflict."

Since the USGA has already condemned the man for previous statements, it would seem that paying their way onto another course might be an understandable use of their massive $400 million-plus war chest. But with Trump Bedminster just down the street from Far Hills headquarters and some USGA employees holding memberships there, apparently making a change is more difficult for the organization than most can fathom.

When contacted, former USGA Executive Director David Fay said that while he's no longer there dealing with the dynamics involved and can't speak to the dynamics of the current Executive Committee, he says, "I'd like to think that I would be actively seeking out a replacement course."

And I think we can be pretty sure how our late friend Frank Hannigan would feel.

In a front page USA Today column, Christine Brennan says the USGA is facing "a terrible problem" in facing the "dreadful reality of holding the world's most important women's golf championship" at Trump Bedminster.

It must be moved. A Trump golf course, no matter how beautiful and centrally located it might be, cannot play host to an event that is the crown jewel of a women’s sport, with competitors from around the world — not after all the awful things Trump has said about minorities, immigrants and women, culminating in the lewd and disgusting video that was made public last Friday.

Steve Politi at wonders "what will it take" and "has to finally happen for the United States Golf Association to wake up and move one of its signature events — the U.S. Women's Open — from Trump National Golf Course in Bedminster?"

Politi did not receive a returned call from the USGA.

I called a USGA spokesman on Tuesday morning to see what, exactly, the Far Hills-based organization is thinking. The call, not surprisingly, still hasn't been returned 48 hours later.

Thinking? If USGA officials had been thinking at all, they would have moved this event the moment Trump declared his candidacy and made his offensive comments about Mexicans. They joined golf's other governing bodies then in a tepid anti-Trump statement.

Politi also predicted the USGA would fall back on logistics as its reasoning for not moving:

Still: It must find a way. New Jersey is home to several championship-level courses with a history hosting big events. Hamilton Farm is eight miles away from Trump National and has hosted LPGA events before. Canoe Brook, Ridgewood, Plainfield — all great courses, all tournament tested.

Hosting a less-than-perfect tournament is better than hosting one on Trump's course. When the USGA announced in 2015 that it was adding a U.S Women's Senior Open to its list of events, officials bragged about its role in growing the sport for women.

Sen. John McCain, one of the country's most prominent Republicans, dropped his support of Trump when that recording became public. So have countless of others. When will the USGA? What will it take? 


Harbour Town Not Looking Good After Matthew

Rex Hoggard at checks in with RBC Heritage tournament director Steve Wilmot, who hasn't been able to get to Harbour Town Golf Links post-Matthew but things don't sound good for Pete Dye's breakthrough design.

Hoggard reports:

“It’s unbelievable. There are trees everywhere,” said Steve Wilmot, the RBC Heritage tournament director. “I haven’t had a chance to see the course [Harbour Town Golf Links], so we won’t know the extent of the damage for a few days.”

Hilton Head Island had been closed because of the storm until Monday afternoon and there have been reports of fallen trees at Harbour Town, the site of the annual Tour stop.

This first look at the 18th hole is pretty disturbing:




Lee Westwood Has Seen 10 Forms Of Captaincy In 10 Ryder Cups, Eyes 2020 Cart Driving Gig

Charlotte Bates of Sky reports on Lee Westwood throwing himself into the ring for the 2020 Ryder Cup captaincy, believing he is more than qualified after witnessing "10 different forms of captaincy".

"I've played a lot in it and I'd like to maybe play again, but if I can't play again I'd like to do the assistant captain's role, see what goes on behind the scenes, although I paid a lot of attention to what Darren and the assistant captains were doing this year."

Thomas Bjorn continues to be the frontrunner for the 2018 gig of righting the wrongs of 2016.


Random! Justin Thomas Drug Tested After Showing Off His New (Photoshopped) Biceps

Justin Thomas Tweeted a fun (Photoshopped) image showing new, beefy arms on the notoriously thin emerging PGA Tour star.

He was randomly drug tested by the PGA Tour not long after, reports G.C. Digital working off of Thomas's Tweet.

Thomas, who took to Twitter to let everyone know the image was Photoshopped, said after the photo hit the Internet, "it's only right I got drug tested today."

The Tweet:


Phil: I'll Be At The Next Ryder Cup In France At 48's Bob Harig reports that Phil Mickelson has no plans to be fit for a Ryder Cup earpiece anytime soon.

Speaking before the Safeway Open in Napa, Mickelson was not exactly diplomatic about his goals.

"It's been 22 years since there have been 10 Americans that have been able to beat me [out to make the team], so I don't know why it would stop now,'' Mickelson said Wednesday at Silverado Resort, where he will play in the Safeway Open. "I plan on being on the team in France and absolutely one of my goals is to play in France because I've never been on a winning Ryder Cup team over in Europe. I want to win a Ryder Cup over there, and I want to be part of that as a player.''


Tribunal Offers Glimpse Into Behind-The-Scenes European Tour Executive Drama

Thanks to reader David for Joseph Curtis' Daily Mail story on an "employment tribunal" involving the European Tour versus Scott Kelly, 61, a former lieutenant under George O'Grady fired by new chief Keith Pelley.

Kelly is alleging age discrimination.

Scott Kelly, 61, travelled the world attending high profile tournaments for two decades, forged close relationships with important figures including Prince Moulay Rachid of Morocco and even brokered a £126million sponsorship deal with Rolex.

But he claims to have been dismissed by the tour's new chief executive Keith Pelley after he was told to stop attending major events including the Solheim Cup, the female equivalent of the Ryder Cup, and adopt new 'data-based' approaches to gather sponsorship.

The tribunal in Reading heard that the Mr Pelley wanted Group Marketing Director Mr Kelly to use computer programmes to attract new partnerships.

He said he was even asked to take an 80 per cent salary cut and retirement options, which he refused.

The story goes on and on about the case, documenting the shift in sales approach and other interesting tidbits about the Pelley approach.


Report: "Donald Trump's Scottish golf courses lost more than £9 million last year"

The Daily Mail's Jenny Awford reports on losses for Trump Turberry and Trump Aberdeen that resulted in no UK corporate taxes. While the £9 million loss is eye-opening, the 2015 losses at Turnberry are easily explained by a closure for substantial renovations. Which, as I noted, turned out very well.

More eye-opening for Trump are the continued losses at Trump International Golf Links, a regular occurrence since the Martin Hawtree design opened in 2012.

But company accounts reveal the resort has lost money for the fourth year in a row since Trump struck the first ball at the championship 18-hole golf course.

It made a loss of £1million last year compared to losses of £1.1million in 2014, £1.8million in 2013 and £1.7million in 2012.


Video: Tiger Giving Clinic With Very Low Swing Speed

This video probably explains for most why Tiger couldn't tee it up at the Safeway. Not resembling any of the Tiger swings we all love an know, especially the length of the backswing. And through the ball.


As for reactions to his Friday commitment to the Safeway followed by this Monday WD, Mark Cannizzaro filed perhaps the most critical take yet:

But the more things like Monday happen with Woods, the more he becomes an unfortunate sideshow, detracting from what’s most important, which is his golf and his comeback to the game.
Eventually, people are going to stop caring, not only about how he plays whenever he comes back but whether he comes back at all.

Quite frankly, the more nonsense like Monday’s occurs, it really makes you wonder how badly Woods wants to come back at all.


He's Back! Peter Willett Explains His Column, Laments Timing

It's a bit all over the place but Peter Willett scores some decent make-up points in confessing his timing was poor and that he was pretty harshly targeted. I still don't quite grasp his approach to satire, however.

Willett, in a guest column for the Telegraph:

IT WAS A JOKE. Like the ‘Cheeseburger’-screaming simpletons, I also couldn’t control myself during Ryder Cup week. I was highlighting my own immaturity because I used petty insults and unflattering generalisations in my puerile outburst.

He also offers this, clearly after talking with his brother following Hazeltine:

But at Ryder Cups, certainly in America, we risk ruining the competition if we don’t endure it, or destroying the tournament’s reputation if it continues unchallenged. This is a dilemma far more worthy of discussion than my attempt at a joke - what to do with the classless b------s?


Bryson! Cobra Bringing Single Length Irons To Market

Mike Stachura reports for on Cobra bringing not one, but two same-length irons sets inspired by former U.S. Amateur champion Bryson DeChambeau's philosophy.

Will they actually work for players other than someone as skilled as Bryson?

DeChambeau deeply believes the single-length approach is the game’s new frontier, and Tom Olsavsky, Cobra’s chief of research and development, has made that belief a more palatable reality for the masses. Unlike DeChambeau’s approach, which requires oversized grips and an unorthodox, steep one-plane swing, the King F7 One and King Forged One Length are designed to simplify the game for average golfers by making every club the traditional length of a 7-iron.

“We see more consistency in both full swings and the short game,” Olsavsky says. “It’s one setup and one swing through the bag. And in our testing we see impacts closer to the center of the face much more often. One other benefit we see is more confidence.”


RIP Sheep Ranch, Hello Fifth Bandon Course

Matt Ginella called Mike Keiser for some Sand Valley news and instead go word that the mysterious Sheep Ranch course near Keiser's visionairy golf development will now be re-imagined into a fifth course.

This also sounds like an end to Keiser's well-intentioned plan to build the Bandon Muny links.

"Gil is the front runner for the Sheep Ranch," Keiser said. "But it's not a done deal."

Hanse and his firm's partner Jim Wagner have both toured the property. Keiser has been trying to hire Hanse for over a decade on what was going to be called Bandon Muny, at least 27 holes 25 minutes south of the resort. After years of stalled and complicated negotiations with the Bureau of Land Management and the Oregon State Park's Department, Keiser walked away last year and started looking at other options for expansion.

"That was disappointing," said Josh Lesnik, President of Kemper Sports, which has managed Bandon Dunes since before it opened. "But when it didn't work out with the Muny concept, I never imagined something as good as this would come out of it. The Sheep Ranch is a better site. It's closer. In hindsight, it's really a gift that Muny didn't happen."

Alan Bastable filed this piece on the Sheep Ranch story two years ago.


Tuesday Reminder: European Tour's 8-Man, 1-Hour, Under The Lights Match Play

European Tour Chief Keith Pelley's efforts to inject lighter, faster, edgier formats have been met with skepticism (Ewan Murray here on another Pelley concept coming early next year).

I defended Pelley today on Morning Drive, because while some of these initiatives may fail, we should welcome attempts to liven up a sport addicted to 72-hole stroke play.

One of his first big efforts debuts Tuesday at the British Masters (2:30 pm ET live on Golf Channel), as a one-hour, 8-man, under-the-lights match play event is unveiled at The Grove. The field includes Alex Noren, a two-time winner on the European Tour in 2016, US Open runner-up Shane Lowry, tournament host Luke Donald, Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnston, Andy Sullivan, Bernd Wiesberger, Alex Levy and Jeev Milkha Singh.

Here is the setup:

The participants will showcase their skills on The Grove’s 18th hole, which will be turned into a specially constructed par three hole under the lights.

For the professionals, the winners from the four opening round matches will progress through to two semi-finals with the subsequent two winners contesting a final head-to-head match to decide the Hero Challenge champion. If the two opponents halve the hole, the outcome of that contest will be decided by the tee shot which was nearest to the pin.

Keith Pelley, Chief Executive of the European Tour, said: “It is vital that golf introduces shorter formats to appeal to new audiences and this one-hole straight knockout contest will provide fast-paced entertainment, whilst showcasing the considerable skill of our players."


Roundup: Tiger Takes Safe Way Out At Expense Of Credibility

I've read your comments and taken in the Tiger Woods/Safeway Open WD stories from as many golf writers as possible.

It appears we all pretty much agree...

A) Tiger Woods may be afflicted with injury-induced golf yips that have not gone away and are not close to going away. What part of his game they afflict is not clear and not really important.

B) Tiger has had some strange and irresponsible moments, yet committing with last Friday while planning a weekend "cram" session to find a final something appears irresponsible even for someone who wisely made clear all along that this was a maybe start.

C) Tiger continues to allow surrogates to peddle stories about his comeback and he's making them look bad with such erratic behavior, statements and a fear of teeing it up on a big stage.

D) Passing on Arnold Palmer's funeral should have been a sign...

E) Jesper Parnevik was either full of malarkey, saw some nice range work, or was getting some sort of revenge. Or all of the above.

This is all rather sad except for Woods committing when he was apparently not even slightly sold his game was ready to go. He had bought himself leeway when he announced his return and still managed to bungle this.

How much of a role the expected Mickelson and Steph Curry pairings played is not known. But someone so rusty could not have been looking forward to the added pressures in his comeback attempt.

Tim Rosaforte reporting the news on Golf Channel.

Tiger's statement with the "vulnerable" word.

Steve DiMeglio of USA Today called the announcement, which also included a WD from the Turkish Airlines Open a month from now, "stunning".

He also had this from agent Mark Steinberg. Given where locker room talk has gone the last week, this might not have been the imagery I'd have peddled if I were his ten-percenter...

“He was really looking forward to competing, to playing, to being in the locker room again,” Steinberg said. “He really missed being in the locker room. At the Ryder Cup he was in the locker room and he felt great being in there. He was ready to go. But when he ramped it up the past few days, hole by hole he realized his game was just not responding in the way he wanted it to.”

**Steve Flesch noted that the locker room stuff is nonsense (shocker I know) given that Tiger really has never socialized with this peers.'s Bob Harig called Tiger's blunt admission of his current deficiencies "jarring," also offering additional explanation from Steinberg about future starts. The explanation isn't adding up.

Steinberg said Woods felt he didn't believe it was "appropriate'' to make his return at the Turkish Airlines Open, a European Tour event. It was out of "respect for the PGA Tour'' that he is skipping that tournament abroad next month, not some doom and gloom scenario that keeps him from being ready then.

Of course, there are other PGA Tour events after that and before the Hero World Challenge in December in the Bahamas, where Woods hosts the annual tournament for his foundation.

Johnny Miller was among those quoted by John Strege, reporting from Silverado Resort, where players were most shocked and saddened. Johnny had a feeling this was coming.

“I just had a feeling. Everybody in the world was texting me, offering me congratulations [on Tiger playing Silverado]. I wrote back, ‘I’ll believe he’s coming when he tees off first thing Thursday morning on the first tee.’ My gut is that he wanted to come, but the hoopla, even on the Golf Channel the last couple days, he must be looking at that thinking, ‘Oh, my gosh. What am I getting into? I’d like to be home, taking my kids to school, running my restaurant, nothing like having to posting a score.’

“He’s got to suck up the pressure of it all, the tension, and go back in there and mix it up. It’s hard to do, because once you get away from the tour, life can be so sweet when you’re not so judgmental. The hardest thing about golf is the score. The greatest thing about golf is the score. If you post the scores you win. It’s the greatness of golf. Frank Sinatra at 70 probably couldn’t sing a lick, but he didn’t have to post a score.”

All of Johnny's interview on Golf Channel's Golf Central coverage is worth listening too.

Stanford buddy Notah Begay was left on Golf Channel to defend the indefensible.

The two spoke on the phone Monday, and Begay believes that Woods' decision - which came just three days after he formally committed to the event - is the product of one last self-assessment of his game.

"The hurricane didn't help, and he had some concerns about the sharpness of his game," Begay said.

"Everyone knows there's going to be rust. Everybody knows there's going to be shots that he's going to call on that might not come off the way he wanted. But after talking to him this morning, he just didn't feel like his game was where he wanted it to be to be competitive."

Randall Mell says as far as WD's go, this one was a stunner and bad form.

His using the word “vulnerable” is yet another sign that his struggle with uncertainty is growing. Why commit to the tournament Friday if there was any doubt?

Woods WD is really bad form, hurting a tournament and all the fans invested in the excitement he created committing, but it’s also a revelation as to how deep his doubts really go. To WD this late knowing the backlash it creates against him says a lot about how his psyche is more tender than his back now. 

Golfweek's Jeff Babineau offered the kindest, most sympathetic assessment.

So to be safe, he turns to a stage hand and asks that the curtain not go up. Some in the audience will understand; others will not. Regardless of emotions, all will have to wait for another day.

Know this: Plenty of folks will take this latest setback and take the opportunity to write off Woods, to tell you he’s done. This will only fuel him. He takes more notes than anyone. The naysayers have little idea just how stubborn this man is.

AP's Nancy Armour was more blunt, suggesting Tiger "might not play another competitive round of golf again."

I hope that isn’t true. His star power and success are great for the game, attracting people who wouldn’t otherwise watch a golf tournament. Even if he never matches Jack Nicklaus’ major total, he’s one of those rare athletes you can’t help but watch.

But it’s time to acknowledge reality.

More ominous than Woods’ announcement Monday that he won’t be playing this week’s Safeway Open after all was his withdrawal from the Turkish Airlines Open. That’s a tournament that doesn’t begin until next month — Nov. 3, to be exact.

Karen Crouse in the New York Times:

Woods, 40, appears to be experiencing performance anxiety, and really, who in his position would not feel a little like the emperor with no game? In the statement on his website, Woods described his game as “vulnerable and not where it needs to be.”

His candid assessment called to mind a line from “I Said Yes to Everything,” the memoir of the Academy Award-winning actress Lee Grant. In it, she wrote, “The problem when you are a star, when the money rests on you as an actor, is that your freedom to fail is gone.”

Ewan Murray in The Guardian wrote that "Tiger Woods’s career outlook has taken its latest bleak turn."

James Corrigan in the Telegraph says the "news was the equivalent of a large nail being driven through an ever-expanding balloon."

Derek Lawrenson went another way, asking if we have "ever seen a more shocking example of sporting stage fright?"

According to Golfweek's stat guru, this week would have been his 75th start since 2010, in that time he has 7 WD’s.


Report: Tiger Plans To WD From The Safeway

Ok so much for the poll.

Tim Rosaforte reporting that Tiger Woods will WD from the Safeway, three days after committing officially.

The drama continues.


Instant Poll: What does Tiger do in his return?

The man is not dull!

In an era when there is little mystery surrounding a athlete's approach, plans and competitive status, Tiger Woods returns with only Jesper Parnevik having seen him practicing. Little is known about what to expect from Woods, from his swing to his health and even what's in his bag. The lack of clarity could even suggests he is confident and plans to surprise us. Or he just relishes playing the role of mystery man.

In classic Woods fashion, he's not easing into this one, instead opening the week with Wednesday's pro-am pairing with Steph Curry. A pairing with Phil Mickelson awaits. No nightclub gigs for this rock star.

There are so many ways the week can go, as Ryan Lavner notes at

You can bet Tiger's return in Vegas, reports Alex Myers. The prop bets are fun, which is good since the 40-1 win price is not exactly tempting:

-- Will Woods hit the fairway on his opening tee shot on Thursday? YES is -150 (Wager $150 to win $100); NO is +130 (Wager $100 to win $130).
-- Will Woods make the cut? YES is -130; NO is +110.
-- Will Woods finish in the Top 5? YES is +900; NO is -1600.
-- Will Woods finish in the Top 10? YES is +450; NO is -600.
-- Will Woods finish in the Top 20? YES is +225; NO is -265.

As for his performance, I voted for makes cut, showing flashes of his old self. The poll:

What does Tiger Woods do in his return? free polls


Danny Willett Teams With His Caddie To Win Dunhill Pro-Am!

No offense to Tyrrell Hatton, who picked up his first European Tour title in the Alfred Dunhill Championship at St. Andrews. But the even better story involved Masters winner Danny Willett teaming with his caddie Jonathan Smart to win the pro-am title. Taking his looper (and presumably paying his way) probably won't win him too many American fans following last Monday mornings' Tweeting barrage, but it's a start.

The full press release since I couldn't find a story on Willett giving his man the week off to play the pro-am. And followed by a Tweet and European Tour Instagram photo:

ST ANDREWS, October 9, 2016 - Jonathan Smart admitted his hands were shaking as he stood over the four foot putt that was to earn him and Masters champion Danny Willett the US$50,000 first prize in the Alfred Dunhill Links Team Championship at St Andrews.
Willett, who usually has Smart as his caddie in every other week of the golfing year, raised his arms in triumph when the putt dropped and then hugged him, saying later: “Jon rose to the occasion and carried me all week. I invited him to have a taste of what it’s like on my side of things and he’s won his first event. He played some great golf.”

Smart, a six-handicapper from Sheffield’s Hallamshire Golf Club, holed the decisive putt on the Old Course’s 9th green for a birdie three and said: “That’s the best golf I’ve ever played today and Danny is over the moon for me. But I won’t be getting any percentage of the winnings – he’s already done more than enough for me this week by giving me this treat of playing in such a great event as his amateur partner. It’s been an unbelievable experience.”
Willett and Smart started the final day on 26-under-par and shot a 12-under-par round of 60 to clinch the title by one stroke from Polish professional Adrian Meronk and his Swedish amateur partner John Eliasch.

Meronk and Eliasch had started out with a three-shot lead over Willett and Smart but were gradually hauled in by the English pair, who sported matching beige trousers with maroon tops. Playing together in a four-ball, the two teams were tied on 37-under-par when they teed off at their final hole, the 9th. Smart’s birdie blow then decided a titanic struggle.

“It was a real matchplay situation for 18 holes,” added Smart. “Those guys kept coming at us. It has been an amazing week for me and I cannot believe that we’ve won. But I’ve definitely experienced a little of the nerves that Danny has to cope with in every tournament. Now I’ll appreciate what he’s got to go through a little bit more. It’s been a real insight and so enjoyable.
“On that last hole my hands were shaking when I was trying to line the ball up.  When you're telling someone what to do, it's a lot simpler than having to do it yourself. It has all been just very surreal.  I could not believe how nervous I was coming down those last few holes.  And to win an event with Dan, here, has just been unreal.”

Willett, who missed the cut in the individual tournament, added: “It's been great fun.  I've obviously not played great golf myself.  I showed a few bits every now and again but luckily that's what this format is for us as a team, dovetailing well, which we did.”
Cricket legend Sir Ian Botham, playing with English professional David Horsey, and Fifty Shades of Grey actor Jamie Dornan, who played with individual winner Tyrrell Hatton, were among the three teams who shared fourth place in the team competition.


SMW's Final 2015-16 Network Golf Ratings Recap

Paulsen at Sports Media Watch analyzes network ratings for the 2015-16 PGA Tour--the first completely Tiger-less season since 1997--and concludes that of 64 telecasts, 40 posted a decline.

Paulsen threw out rainouts and two events where no comparable numbers were available.

The summer stretch, highlighted by lower numbers at the U.S. Open and FedExCup, were the biggest drag on ratings declines that mirror other sports dips, including the NFL:

That includes declines for six of eight major telecasts and seven of eight FedEx Cup windows.
Most of the declines took place during the summer. From the U.S. Open in mid-June through the BMW Championship in mid-September, 22 of 24 telecasts declined in one or both measures.

The season ended on a better note, as the final round of The Tour Championship held steady in ratings and eked out a 5% increase in viewership. Ryder Cup ratings also increased, though largely because the most recent edition took place in Europe and aired primarily in the early morning hours.


As Luck Wouldn't Have It: Curtis Takes AAC, No Masters Berth 

A place in the Open Qualifying is a nice perk but it's the Masters berth bringing Asia and Australia's best amateurs to the Asia-Pacific Amateur.

And with U.S. Amateur champion Curtis Luck having already secured a spot in August, his comeback win in the eighth (!) edition over compatriot Brett Coletta means there will be no spot awarded this year.

Luck's victory comes on top of a World Amateur Team Championship victory and the amateur, making for one of the finest seasons in time and quite possibly the greatest ever by an amateur golfer sporting a manbun.

The full game story and images from Incheon, Korea.