Ryder Cup 2016 - Team U.S.A Looking for a Hero PDF Print E-mail


By Jason Bruno


Chaska, Minnesota - It's won't be long before the 41st Ryder Cup matches begin at Hazeltine Golf Club.

There is no better drama in golf and perhaps in sports than these matches between the United States

and Europe. If you're an American pulling for the stars and stripes you've been disappointed in the

result of 8 of the last 10 editions of Samuel Ryder's creation that started out as a friendly exhibition

between America and Great Britain. In 1953, Ireland and it's players were included in an effort to

make the matches more evenly contested, but the addition of the republic had virtually no impact

on the result. America continued it's winning ways.


During those years, the results were already known before the first tee shot was struck. When the

rest of continental Europe and it's players came into the fold in 1979, it all changed. In the 18

matches since European golfers have taken part, Europe has won 10, U.S 7 and one match was tied.


So how does America shift the momentum and reverse the recent trend in this the 2016 edition? The

new "task force" is the start to an era of continuity, something the Euro's have had since Tony Jacklin

and Bernard Gallacher pulled the strings for the Blue & Gold. Winning Captains like Seve, Langer,

Montgomerie and McGinley were all groomed from the European Tour as vice captains in past cup

matches. It won't be easy for Team USA to overcome the successful formula that Europe has created,

but if they are to get it done in Minnesota this week - look to the younger generation of Spieth, Reed,

Koepka and Fowler to take charge. Gone are the scarred run out of gas geritol set of Furyk and

Stricker (now Vice Captains). If the young guns do their thing, 12th man Ryan Moore continues his

solid play, and DJ can dominate as usual - then vets Mickelson, Kuchar, Snedeker, and Zach Johnson

may only need to be the supporting cast. All big ifs for sure. Can having Tiger, Furyk, Stricker,

Lehman and Bubba as Vice Captains make a difference? Perhaps, but I see the Euro's as much more

formidable than most do. Don't sleep on the Europeans, they have the Masters Champ (Willet), Open

Champ (Stenson), Olympic Champion (Rose) and Fedex Cup Champion (McIlroy).



Captain Davis Love and the task force would take anyone that steps forward and leads the charge,

but I suspect once again it will likely come down to a clutch putt down the stretch. Who will be that

hero for the stars and stripes when it's all on the line?


Prediction: Europe 14  USA 14 (Europe retains the Cup).



Here's to another Ryder Cup, every other year it's the best week in sports.













Rory Wins Tour Championship/Fedx Cup in Dramatic Style PDF Print E-mail




Rory celebrates at East Lake with both the Fedex Cup and Tour Championship trophy




Atlanta, Georgia - In the most exciting and dramatic Tour Championship of the Fedex Cup era

Rory McIlroy outlasted Ryan Moore to win both the Tour Championship and the season long

Fedex Cup.


Both McIlroy and Moore fired 64's on Sunday to reach 12 under par along with Kevin Chappel

who all squared off in a sudden death playoff. After Chappel was eliminated on the first

playoff hole McIlroy and Moore would play three more. On the sixteenth - the fourth playoff

hole (where Rory had earlier holed his approach from the fairway for eagle) it came down to

a 17 ft par putt for Moore. McIlroy was 14 ft away for birdie, so Moore was on the ropes just

trying to survive for another hole and perhaps a Ryder Cup birth. Moore stepped up and drained

the improbable par putt forcing the Ulsterman to make his birdie to win it all. Not even a slight

flinch from McIlroy after the American threw the haymaker, Rory got over the putt and wasted

no time. McIlroy poured his birdie right in the heart. $11.53 million earned! GAME OVER. Season


Afterward McIlroy was elated: "There's a lot of things that had to go well for me today, along

with me playing well," McIlroy said. "Everything just sort of aligned for me - I took advantage

of that opportunity."

Dustin Johnson who was in the best position to win the Fedex Cup leading the points standings

(and was atop the leaderboard for most of the week) struggled at East Lake on Sunday shooting

73. If Ryan Moore or Kevin Chappel had won the Tour Championship, Johnson would have won

the Fedex Cup.


Shortly after the championship ended, Ryan Moore was named as the 12th man of the 2016

Ryder Cup Team.













DJ - The Ultimate Driving Machine at BMW Championship PDF Print E-mail


Dustin Johnson celebrates his third win of the season at the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick

Carmel, Indiana - Dustin Johnson has won every year on Tour in his nine seasons, but only two

of those were years with multiple wins (2010 and 2016). After dominating at Pete Dye's Crooked

Stick for his third victory of the year at the BMW Championship, Johnson is clearly in the prime

of his golfing life at 32 years old. Rounds of 67-63-68-67 were enough to hold off Paul Casey by

3 shots, who once again finished as a runner up to a supreme driver of the golf ball (McIlroy

edged out Casey last week at TPC Boston). Casey started the final round three shots back and

briefly tied the lead on the third hole, but Johnson quickly re-gained control, making birdie on

four of his next five holes. When Casey eagled the par 5 - 15th, DJ poured his eagle putt right

on top to match the Englishmen. It was another virtuoso performance for the world No.2,

finishing the week at -23, eclipsing McIlroy's 2012 mark at Crooked Stick by four shots.


After struggling with the flatstick to start the ball on his intended line the last few weeks, DJ

switched putters at the BMW, going with a TaylorMade Spider mallet after many years with a

Scotty Cameron Newport blade. DJ made 24 birdies and 3 eagles at Crooked Stick blitzing the

field in both categories (and set the course record with a 63 in the second round). Johnson, who

worked tirelessly on his wedge game in the off season, has turned a weakness into a strength

and now ranks fifth in proximity from 50-125 yards on the PGA Tour.


After his third "W" in his last eight starts, DJ is as confident as ever: "I enjoy being in the hunt and

having to hit really good shots when you need to. I felt like the last few times I've been there I've

hit some great shots to finish it off."


DJ vaults to the top of the Fedex Cup standings heading into the Tour Championship at East Lake,

and Paul Casey who started the Fedex Cup Playoffs in 68th, grabbed a spot in the much coveted

top 5 (control your own destiny) position after his back to back runner up finishes.


Top 5:

1. Dustin Johnson

2. Patrick Reed

3. Adam Scott

4. Jason Day

5. Paul Casey

Rickie Fowler was the odd man out of the Tour Championship - finishing in the 31st spot in the

points standings, after Charl Schwartzel shot an 8 under par - 64 on Sunday to snag the last

remaining spot in Atlanta. Along with Schwartzel, Roberto Castro, J.B Holmes, and Daniel

Berger all moved into the top 30 Sunday to move on to East Lake. Sergio Garcia, Brooks

Koepka, and Henrik Stenson were all bumped outside the top 30 and will miss the Tour



World N0.1 Jason Day withdrew on Sunday with a back injury, but is expected to play at the

Tour Championship at East Lake.
















Rory Wins Deutsche Bank - Rises to Fourth in Fedex Cup Standings PDF Print E-mail


Rory McIlroy celebrates after winning the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston

Norton, Mass - Rory McIlroy came into Labor Day six shots behind 54 hole leader Paul

Casey at TPC Boston on a wind blown Monday finish. Casey who hadn't won since 2009

started the final round leading by three. Tee times were moved up 4 hours due to Tropical

Storm Warnings (from recently downgraded Hurricane Hermine).


While Casey stumbled out of the gate with bogeys on holes 2 and 5, McIlroy raced out to

a front nine 31 with birdies on holes 2, 4, 7, 8, and 9 to reach 14 under par and make the

turn knotted with Casey atop the leaderboard. Casey could only manage two birdies all

day (on the 7th & 13th holes) for a two over par 73 - clearly not enough to break his 7

year winless drought against the games' most dynamic ball striker, especially on a

weekend when the ulsterman was in prime form. Rory finished at -15, winning by two

over Casey.


For McIlroy, he started out the championship 4 over par on his first three holes of the

tournament, then went 19 under par on his final 69 holes. 66-65 on the weekend came

at the perfect time (with the Fedex Cup playoffs, Ryder Cup and the Race to Dubai all

coming up). Quite simply, it's a win that turns his year around.


The victory moves McIlroy into the coveted top 5 (currently fourth) in the Fedex Cup

standings. "Six shots behind the lead, I didn't know what I had to do today," McIlroy

said. "I just knew that I had to go out and play a good round and hopefully that was

going to be enough."


Jimmy Walker finished third at -12 (shot a final round 70 and is projected to be 9th in

the Fedex Cup standings. Adam Scott shot a final round 65 to finish fourth at -11 (and

hold down the fifth spot in the Fedex race).












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