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  • The 1997 Masters: My Story
    The 1997 Masters: My Story
    by Tiger Woods
  • The First Major: The Inside Story of the 2016 Ryder Cup
    The First Major: The Inside Story of the 2016 Ryder Cup
    by John Feinstein
  • Tommy's Honor: The Story of Old Tom Morris and Young Tom Morris, Golf's Founding Father and Son
    Tommy's Honor: The Story of Old Tom Morris and Young Tom Morris, Golf's Founding Father and Son
    by Kevin Cook
  • Playing Through: Modern Golf's Most Iconic Players and Moments
    Playing Through: Modern Golf's Most Iconic Players and Moments
    by Jim Moriarty
  • His Ownself: A Semi-Memoir (Anchor Sports)
    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
  • Harvey Penick: The Life and Wisdom of the Man Who Wrote the Book on Golf
    Harvey Penick: The Life and Wisdom of the Man Who Wrote the Book on Golf
    by Kevin Robbins
  • Grounds for Golf: The History and Fundamentals of Golf Course Design
    Grounds for Golf: The History and Fundamentals of Golf Course Design
    by Geoff Shackelford
  • The Art of Golf Design
    The Art of Golf Design
    by Michael Miller, Geoff Shackelford
  • The Future of Golf: How Golf Lost Its Way and How to Get It Back
    The Future of Golf: How Golf Lost Its Way and How to Get It Back
    by Geoff Shackelford
  • Lines of Charm: Brilliant and Irreverent Quotes, Notes, and Anecdotes from Golf's Golden Age Architects
    Lines of Charm: Brilliant and Irreverent Quotes, Notes, and Anecdotes from Golf's Golden Age Architects
    Sports Media Group
  • Alister MacKenzie's Cypress Point Club
    Alister MacKenzie's Cypress Point Club
    by Geoff Shackelford
  • The Golden Age of Golf Design
    The Golden Age of Golf Design
    by Geoff Shackelford
  • Masters of the Links: Essays on the Art of Golf and Course Design
    Masters of the Links: Essays on the Art of Golf and Course Design
    Sleeping Bear Press
  • The Good Doctor Returns: A Novel
    The Good Doctor Returns: A Novel
    by Geoff Shackelford
  • The Captain: George C. Thomas Jr. and His Golf Architecture
    The Captain: George C. Thomas Jr. and His Golf Architecture
    by Geoff Shackelford

The fate of golf would seem to lie in the hands of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club and the United States Golf Association. Can we expect that they will protect and reverence the spirit of golf?
MAX BEHR


  

Sunday
Sep162012

Jiyai Wins By Nine And Adjusts Her Tempo For Links!

It's a toss-up what's most impressive about Jiyai Shin's second Ricoh Women's British Open win. Nine shot margin? Or coming less than a week after winning a wacky 9-hole playoff a continent away? In a summer she took a two month break for hand surgery?

Actually I am most impressed by her pro-links attitude. While many of today's better-ever Hogan and Snead's in their white belts complain about what links golf does to their precious swings, Jiyai merely made a tempo adjustment according to this unbylined AP story.

''When I won at Sunningdale, it was a totally different kind of course, but I finally think I've got the right tempo with my swing for links golf,'' Shin said.

James Corrigan has a lengthy game story and also notes this about Shin's impressive victory:

What made it all the remarkable was Shin’s two-month break this summer following surgery to remove a broken bone in the palm of her left hand. As if to prove South Korea’s dominance, Shin’s compatriot Inbee Park was runner-up. Creamer finished third after playing the last four holes in four-under, courtesy of an eagle and two birdies.

Alistair Tait wonders if the win means we might see even more domination in 2013 from Asia's finest:

Asian golfers currently dominate the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings. They hold eight of the top 10 positions. Lewis is second behind Yani Tseng, with Norway’s Suzann Pettersen is No. 6. Shin is No. 10 but will move up after this win.

Given this year’s majors and the world rankings, the pertinent question seems to be: Who will be the next non-Asian major winner? Indeed, with the Evian Masters becoming the fifth major next year, Asia’s dominance of the big events could deepen. No one would be surprised if all five next year fell into Asian hands.

Sunday
Sep162012

Javier Wins One For Seve

Seve Ballesteros's son Javier won the amateur Madrid Open Sunday, dedicated the win to his late father according to this unbylined BBC story.

"My father always told me that you have to play with what you've got, and that's what I did," Javier said.

"I thought about him a lot during the 18 holes and I dedicate this victory to him and my mother."

The victory in Madrid is the biggest to date for Javier, who has delayed a decision on turning professional until after he completes his law studies at the city's Complutense University.

Sunday
Sep162012

Ollie Resting This Week To "Chill" And Write Speeches

An unbylined Scottish Herald item reminds me that we are only ten days from one of the most awkward, painful and wildly funny days on the golfing calendar: a Ryder Cup opening ceremony on U.S. soil.

Let the tackiness begin!

But Euro Captain Jose Maria Olazabal is planning to rest this week so that he doesn't forget anyone in his speech next week. Or maybe so he doesn't pull a Faldo and screw up a Ryder Cup current team player's name or a Pavin by altogether omitting a player's name.

But while the Spaniard, who is heading to his 10th Ryder Cup, is delighted with the form of his 12 players, he fears the formality of the occasion.

"That's why I am taking this week off as I am going to stay at home, relax, chill out, make a few calls and check everything's in place," he said.

"The speeches are the part I feel more uncomfortable with.We are not used to doing that and talking in front of millions of people.

"It's tough as you don't want to forget anyone, you have to thank the right people.

"I know Sam [Torrance] got some coaching, so it's not easy."

I'm sure Sam hopes you continue to note that fact in interviews, too.

Saturday
Sep152012

Jiyai: 18 GIR En Route To Five Shot Lead

There are a lot of great accomplishments in golf, but hitting all 18 greens in regulation has always been one of the more underappreciated feats to me. Especially doing it in a major and on a tough links, as Jiyai Shin did while firing 64 and, according to this unbylined AP story, opening up a 5-shot lead heading into Sunday's Ricoh Women's British Open final round.

The nine-time LPGA Tour winner hit all 18 greens in regulation and needed only 28 putts. The 64 is the lowest round in competition at Royal Liverpool, breaking the mark of 65 set by four players in the 2006 Open Championship.

"A bogey-free day and then bunker-free, too, so that was probably the best round I have ever played in a major," Shin said. "So that is a good thing, today's golf. I missed just one fairway. And on the back nine, it's blowing very strong wind, but I just stay focused on my tempo and my timing with my driver and shots."

South Korea's Inbee Park was second after a 68. She played alongside Shin.

The LPGA's second round notes. Inbee Park lurks at -4 and amateur sensation Lydia Ko is eight shots back.

Remember, ESPN2 added two hours of coverage so their telecast comes on at 9 am ET in the States. And Andy North is announcing, so you can't say you weren't warned.

Saturday
Sep152012

The Queen Works The Women's British Open!

Andy Farrell explains that it was actually "Best of British" day Saturday at the Ricoh Women's British Open and folks dressed up various ways, including as Queen Elizabeth. Kind of shocking to see the Queen there since she didn't Tweet anything.

Uh, I mean this in the nicest possible way, but is that a man in drag or a woman playing the Queen as marshal in David Cannon's photograph?

Saturday
Sep152012

OSU Scarlet Course To Host The Other Reset Cup

Bob Baptist reports that July's Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational will now be played as part of the new Web.com/PGA Tour 125-And-Beyonders Playoff series replacing Q-School. The Ohio State course is an Alister MacKenzie/Perry Maxwell creation.

Golf World magazine reported last month that the final tournament will be played Sept. 2 6-29 and could be held at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., where the tour has its headquarters.

If that is the case, the other two qualifying events would be Sept. 12-15 and Sept. 19-22. That means two significant professional golf events will be staged in central Ohio within a month, with the Presidents Cup matches at Muirfield Village Golf Club scheduled for Oct. 3-6.

I just realized, one year from now we'll be embroiled in algorithm madness to determine who makes the PGA Tour! Goosebumps...

Since Ohio State plays at Cal on September 14th, 2013, one has to assume the Nationwide Children's Hospital will take the September 12-15 spot since no one in their right mind would book a tournament when the Scarlet play a home game. Right?

However, this should make it a nice Saturday opportunity at the Scarlet Course for friends and family to get an up-close look at their respective players!

Saturday
Sep152012

Azinger On Medinah's Ryder Setup: Birdie-fest, High Energy

The Chicago Sun-Times' Herb Gould talks to Paul Azinger about the Ryder Cup, Davis Love and the European team and the 2008 Ryder Cup Captain says this about the expected course setup:

‘‘Davis is doing his own thing,’’ Azinger said. ‘‘He’s extremely thorough, very bright and has surrounded himself with good people. My advice to him was to figure out the best way possible to get the players invested in each other.’’

As the host captain, Love has ordered up a Medinah that takes advantage of his long-hitting team, with manageable rough to go with some enticing risk-reward opportunities.

‘‘Davis has it set up so that it’s going to be a birdie-fest,’’ Azinger said. ‘‘It’s going to be high energy. I anticipate an epic Ryder Cup.’’

Friday
Sep142012

More Thistle Dhu At Pinehurst

There are some splendid historic photos of previous putting/miniature/Himalayas style courses in the Pinehurst area in this short new video showing Pinehurst's recently unveiled putting course. As exciting as the 2014 unveiling of the course will be for the U.S. Opens, wouldn't it be great if the return of a fun putting course influenced more clubs and courses to install "fun" places like pitch and putts or Himalaya style putting greens?



Also, there is a longer video detailing the moving of Putter Boy, the resort's iconic logo that was designed in 1912 and which Donald Ross felt so strongly about he gave special orders on its placement. Putter Boy is now part of the Thistle Dhu course and the resort posted this item explaining the move.  There's also a nice GCA thread with some early reviews and an image of another fun putting course that used to be in Pinehurst.

Friday
Sep142012

ESPN2 Adds Coverage For Women's Open 36-Hole Finish

For Immediate Release...

Due to the cancellation of today’s second round of the Ricoh Women’s British Open because of high winds, and the revised schedule that calls for 36 holes of golf on Sunday, two hours have been added to the telecast of the final day on Sunday on ESPN2, ESPN3 and WatchESPN.
 
Originally scheduled to air from 9 a.m. – noon ET, ESPN2 and ESPN3’s coverage will now air until 2 p.m. from the Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, Liverpool, England. Coverage of Saturday’s play airs from 9 a.m. – noon, and one hour of final-round highlights will air on ABC at 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Friday
Sep142012

Will Ferrell Talks Winona Ryder Cup; Eastwood As Motivational Speaker And What He'd Do As Captain

Fun video from golf.com. Captain Davis Love even found it funny.

Friday
Sep142012

Null And Void? Women's Open Early Scores Vaporized When Wacky Weather Causes Second Round Reset

From an unbylined Guardian posting:

Norway's Suzann Pettersen, who played with Kerr and Hara, tweeted: "The sport we played this morning had nothing to do with golf. Right decision is made now."

The only sensible course of action was to bring the players in and delete the scores as if they never happened.

"The competitors began their round in extremely adverse weather and conditions worsened despite our belief that they would remain stable," Susan Simpson, the tournament director, said. "It would have been unfair to those competitors not to declare play null and void and cancel all scores for the round in question."

There were, inevitably, complaints that play should have been called off sooner but as things stand So Yeon Ryu, last year's US Women's Open champion, will resume as the joint leader with her fellow South Korean Haeji Kang. The English amateur Charley Hull is in a share of third place on one-under par.

Officials are hoping the final 36 holes can be played on Sunday, although much depends on how many players make the cut. If not, the tournament will spill into Monday.

And the official statement:

STATEMENT FROM THE CHAMPIONSHIP COMMITTEE

Issued 14th September @ 1700hrs
 
Having lost a whole day’s play on Friday, the Championship Committee met to review the format for the remainder of the Ricoh Women’s British Open Championship with the primary objective of retaining the 72 hole format of the event.  With weather conditions for Monday predicted to be similar to Friday (today) the Championship Committee has decided the following;
 
· Round Two will be played on Saturday to completion and a cut will be made in accordance with the amended condition published below. The cut will be reduced from 65 plus ties to 50 plus ties, including amateurs.

Is that a first? Changing the number of players who can make the cut mid-tournament?

· Rounds 3 & 4 will be played on Sunday, with no redraw after Round 3. A two tee start will be utilised.
 
· Prize money will be paid as normal to those players who make the cut. In addition, official prize money will be paid to those who would have normally made the cut under the original conditions of play.
 
REFERENCES
 
REGULATION (F) OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP CONDITIONS
The Championship Committee reserves the right to amend the Championship Conditions and the decision of the Championship Committee shall, in all matters, be final.
 
AMENDMENT TO CONDITIONS OF PLAY
Original Condition 8(c)
One round of 18 holes shall be played on each of the first two days for which one draw shall be made. The players returning the 65 lowest scores and anyone tying for 65th place over the first 36 holes shall qualify for the final 36 holes over the last two days. For the final 36 holes, the pairings and starting times shall be determined in accordance with the qualifying scores, players with the lowest scores starting last.
 
Amended Condition 8(c)
One round of 18 holes shall be played on each of the first two days for which one draw shall be made. The playe
rs returning the 50 lowest scores and anyone tying for 50th place over the first 36 holes shall qualify for the final 36 holes over the last day. For the third round the pairings and starting times shall be determined in accordance with the qualifying scores with players with the lowest scores starting last. For the final round the pairings and starting times will be based upon the order of the third round draw (ie there will be no redraw in score order). A two tee start will be utilised for both the third and final rounds.

Friday
Sep142012

At This Rate, Davis Love May Need A Bigger Bulletin Board For The Ryder Cup Team Room

Last bit of fun from the Golf Channel/NBC conference call to hype the Ryder Cup, were these comments related to captains and their decisions.

First, before the fun related to the U.S. team, David Feherty about the importance of the Ryder Cup to Euros and reminding us who Captain Faldo did not pick in 2008 and perhaps, why Captain Faldo did not make the pick.

DAVID FEHERTY:  They tend to put a lot more weight on a player's Ryder Cup for the record.  For instance, Colin Montgomerie is the greatest Ryder Cup player of all time.  Something really put the tilt in his kilt; you know, every time he put his Ryder Cup spikes on, he turned into just virtually an unbeatable player.  If Nick Faldo had picked him, you know, for his team, he probably would have gone past Nick Faldo's record of the most points ever won in Ryder Cup.

And Brandel Chamblee, talking about American captains and their lack of consistency which does make sense.

BRANDEL CHAMBLEE:  I think that in general, the captains for the U.S. side make mistakes.  They consistently switch up the pairings and the players.

For example, Tiger Woods played with three different partners in 2002.  I believe Jim Furyk played with three different partners in 2002, as well, and consistently the U.S. Team does that.  Whereas The Ryder Cup captains tend to find teams, and whether they have success early or they have failures early, they pretty much stick with those teams throughout The Ryder Cup, and it's worked for them.

And us switching, hasn't worked for us.  Paul Azinger I think gave the captaincy its proper due by studying the techniques of The Ryder Cup captains from Europe and employing those.  He played Mickelson with only two partners, Kim, until Mahan on Saturday.  He played Furyk with Perry.  He played Mahan with Leonard.  And I think that ‑‑ well, it obviously worked for him.
   
I think that that's the larger part of the problem, and it's not just a four‑ball that we are getting trapped in.  We also get trapped in the foursomes.  But we get trapped worse in the four‑ball.  I thought it was interesting that Paul Azinger made the decision to not open up with four‑balls for the first time since, I believe, going back to the 80s on U.S. soil.
   
So Davis Love has followed suit.  He's opening up with foursomes.  I think the U.S. side is getting let down by Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, certainly Jim Furyk.  Tiger Woods, I think it's for a different reason.  I think he just intimidates everybody that he plays with.
   
And I think he'll be different this time and I think Phil Mickelson will be different this time.  But I still wouldn't pair Phil Mickelson in the foursomes; I certainly would not pair him in the foursomes the first day because it hurts the morale.  And I would be very careful about pairing Jim Furyk and who I paired him with.

I think an assistant captain better plan on heading to Staples to pick up some pins and cork boards. We're still two weeks away and already we've got a nice stockpile of potential motivation material for the apparently hapless American squad.