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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

President Barack Obama met earlier this week with United States Ryder Cup captain Davis Love, Bubba Watson and Phil Mickelson. In addition to inviting the commander in chief to attend the Ryder Cup next year at Medinah, Love gave the President a uniquely stamped Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport 2 putter.

Mickelson gave President Obama, who is a fellow left-hander, three Callaway X Forged wedges and a 9.5° Callaway Diablo Octane driver. Each of the wedges (a 56°, 60° and 64°) was made by Roger Cleveland personally and was stamped PREZ "44" on the back. Cleveland jokingly said, "I weighted them so they wouldn't go any further left."

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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Corey Pavin has selected Tiger Woods, Stewart Cink, Zach Johnson and Rickie Fowler as captain’s picks to round out his Ryder Cup squad. The selections were first reported earlier this morning .

The eight automatic qualifiers announced after the PGA Championship are Phil Mickelson, Hunter Mahan, Bubba Watson, Jim Furyk, Steve Stricker, Dustin Johnson, Jeff Overton and Matt Kuchar.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Ryder Cup explained , Souce:
Golf's big team contest, the Ryder Cup, sees Europe take on the United States for one of sport's most coveted trophies.

The 2006 event takes place from Friday 22 to Sunday 24 September at the K Club in Ireland. Here's a guide to the intricacies of the tournament - from matchplay to dormie, fourballs to foursomes.


This is the scoring format used in all Ryder Cup matches.

It means each hole is decided in isolation, rather than strokeplay, which is the cumulative scoring method used in most golf tournaments, including all four Majors.

In other words, the scores from every hole are not added together to make up a player's total score in matchplay.

The holes are played individually and whoever takes the fewest shots, wins that particular hole.

If the players on opposing teams have the same low score, the hole is halved.

Once the match is completed, a point is awarded to the winning team. Where matches finish all-square with no-one leading, a half point is awarded to each side.


Fourballs are the opening matches played on the Friday and Saturday of the Ryder Cup, with four matches on each day.

Ryder Cup captains Ian Woosnam and Tom Lehman
Fourballs (Fri & Sat):
0800, 0815, 0830 & 0845
Foursomes (Fri & Sat):
1330, 1345, 1400 & 1415
Singles (Sun):
1115, 1127, 1139, 1151, 1203, 1215, 1227, 1239, 1251, 1303, 1315 & 1327

The teams send pairs of players out against each other. The pairings are carefully chosen by the non-playing captain and he can use whichever combination of players he believes will get the right result for his team.

There is no obligation on the captain to choose every player at some stage in either the fourballs or the foursomes contests.

As the word fourballs suggests, there are four balls in play at any time - one for each player.

The player with the lowest score among the four competitors wins the hole for his team.


Foursomes are the following matches played on the Friday and Saturday afternoon of the Ryder Cup and there are four matches on each day.

Only one ball is used by each pairing in foursomes. For example, if Tiger Woods is paired with Jim Furyk, Woods would tee off on a par four, Furyk would hit the approach to the green and then Woods putts first, before alternating putts with Furyk, until the hole is completed.

On the next hole, Furyk would tee off, irrespective of who had the last putt on the previous hole as one player tees off on the odd holes, the other the evens.

The team with the lowest score wins the hole.


On the final day of the Ryder Cup, 12 singles matches are played, with everyone going head-to-head in solo contests in one match against a player from the opposing side.

Paul McGinley and the Europe team with the Ryder Cup in 2002
Paul McGinley sealed victory for Europe in 2002
In recent years, the singles matches have been compelling encounters.

At the 2002 Ryder Cup, the scores were level at 8-8 going into the final day, but Europe skipper Sam Torrance gambled by stacking his singles order with the strongest players first, and his side claimed a 15½-12½ victory.

If a player is injured and cannot compete in the singles, the captain of the opposing team nominates a corresponding player from his own line-up to stand down and not take part.

The 'match' is considered halved and the point is shared, irrespective of which team has the injured party.


A 'gimme' - short for "give it to me" - is a putt conceded by an opponent at his discretion when he does not think there is any chance you will miss.

The putt would be too close and too simple to make you go through the motions of finishing the hole.

Only in matchplay golf is this possible, because in strokeplay all shots must be played and a hole has not been completed until the ball is safely in the cup.

Jack Nicklaus famously conceded a tricky putt of Tony Jacklin's on the 18th green at the 1969 Ryder Cup, forcing a tie in the overall contest.

His gesture was seen as generous in the extreme because Jacklin was by no means certain to make the putt, especially at such an important stage of the match and some of Nicklaus' American team-mates were less than pleased with his decision.


The phrase 'two up' or 'three up' etc indicates the number of holes a player is leading his opponent by. Conversely, 'two down' would be the number of holes a player is trailing by.

In Ryder Cup - and all other matchplay golf - the game is over when a player is more holes ahead than there are left to complete e.g. Three up with two to play, which would be denoted as a 3&2 win.

Results that are decided on the 18th are not shown 1&0 - as in none to play. Where a player is one hole ahead by the time they have left the 18th green, he is said to have won one up.

Similarly, if he is one up before also going on to win the 18th hole, he is said to have won the match two up.

When players are level during the match, it is said to be 'all-square'. If they are level at the end of 18 holes, the match is 'halved'.


From the French verb dormir (to sleep), this word indicates when a match has effectively been settled to the extent that one player cannot win, but can only possibly force a draw e.g. three down with three to play.

A half-point in the Ryder Cup is still a cherished acquisition, so players will keep battling until the match has been completely lost.

Finding yourself trailing in a dormie situation may be a crucial psychological blow, but salvaging a half in those circumstances can often seem more like a victory.

Just ask Colin Montgomerie, who was dormie four down with four to play against Mark Calcavecchia in the 1991 Ryder Cup at Kiawah Island.

Monty won all of the closing holes following a dramatic collapse by Calcavecchia and a half was secured.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Golf News, Source, This thing about Tom Lehman making the Ryder Cup as a player is getting more interesting by the day. As you know, he's captain of the U.S. team. And Tom Lehman is beginning to play very good golf. Which leads us to this potential problem – can Lehman make it to Ireland as both a competitor AND a captain?

The last time the U.S. had a playing captain was 44 years ago when Arnold Palmer led the Yanks in 1963. The Ryder Cup was nothing like what it is now, not with all the commercialization and all the functions that a captain now has to perform. It was easy to do both at that time. Now, it would be virtually impossible. Which leads us to the interesting discussion of what would Lehman do if such a thing occurred.

2006 U. S. Ryder Cup Points
Through the Chrysler Classic of Tucson & Accenture Match Play (WGC)

1. Tiger WOODS 2,315.000
2. Phil MICKELSON 984.375
3. Chad CAMPBELL 769.602
4. David TOMS 748.917
5. Davis LOVE III 631.875
6. Jim FURYK 521.000
7. Arron OBERHOLSER 477.500
8. Scott VERPLANK 471.667
9. Chris DIMARCO 470.000
10. Tom LEHMAN 432.917
11. Kirk TRIPLETT 426.875
12. Fred COUPLES 387.727
13. J. B. HOLMES 381.667
14. Ryan PALMER 365.834
15. Vaughn TAYLOR 360.833
16. Lucas GLOVER 351.376
17. Zach JOHNSON 326.477
18. Jerry KELLY 323.750
19. John ROLLINS 290.000
20. Justin LEONARD 287.500
21. Bubba WATSON 280.000
22. Craig BARLOW 277.500
23. Jonathan BYRD 277.500
24. J.J. HENRY 273.750
25. Bart BRYANT 271.477

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Friday, September 30, 2005

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                  " Ryder Cup - Lehman to combine Woods-Furyk  "

Ryder Cup News - Lehman to combine Woods-Furyk United States Ryder Cup captain Tom Lehman says he will pair Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk for next year's Ryder Cup contest with Europe in Ireland. Lehman was impressed by the display of Woods and Furyk in last week's Presidents Cup as the pair won two of their three matches. "They have similar personalities in a lot of ways, but more so they compete in the same manner," said Lehman. "You never see them give up. They're never out of a hole, never satisfied."

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