Saturday, October 23, 2021

Americans try to win the Ryder Cup back in Wisconsin

By The Associated Press (AP) — PGA of America

Ryder Cup

Site: Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

Course: Whistling Straits (Straits). Yardages: 7,387. Cross: 71.

Defending Champion: Europe.

Television: Fridays, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturdays, 8-9 a.m. (Golf Channel), 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. (NBC); Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. (NBC).

All-time series: The United States leads 26-14-2.

Captains: Padraig Harrington (Europe), Steve Stricker (United States).

European Roster: Paul Casey, Matt Fitzpatrick, Tommy Fleetwood, Sergio Garcia, Tyrell Hatton, Victor Hovland, Shane Lowry, Rory McIlroy, Ian Poulter, Jon Rahm, Lee Westwood, Bernd Weisberger.

US Roster: Daniel Berger, Patrick Kentley, Bryson DeChambeau, Harris English, Tony Finau, Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Colin Morikawa, Xander Schöffel, Scotty Scheffler, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas.

Notes: While the Americans lead the 1927 series, Europe held an 11–8–1 advantage from 1979 when the UK and Ireland team was expanded to include continental Europe. … matches were postponed for a year due to the pandemic. It will now return to odd-numbered years as it once was. … The Americans have six Ryder Cup rookies, the most since 2008 when they won at Valhalla. … Sergio García contributed 25 1/2 points, the most by any player in the Ryder Cup. … it is the first Ryder Cup without Phil Mickelson since 1993. He is one of the assistant captains. … Whistling Straits have held the PGA Championship three times, most recently in 2015. The American was runner-up in all three PGAs. … Steve Stryker is the first Ryder Cup captain to have previously served as Presidents Cup captain. … U.S. The average age of the team is 29, making it its youngest team in the Ryder Cup.

Next time: Marco Simone in Italy in 2023.

Online: https://www.rydercup.com/

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LPGA Tour

Walmart NW Arkansas Championship

Site: Rogers, Arkansas.

Course: Pinnacle CC. Yardages: 6,438. Cross: 71.

Prize Money: $2.3 million. Winner’s share: $345,000.

Television: Fridays, 9-11 p.m. (Golf Channel-tape delay); Saturdays, 1-4 p.m. (Golf Channel); Sunday, from 3 p.m. (Golf Channel).

Defending Champion: Austin Ernst.

Race to CME Globe Leader: Nelly Korda.

Last week: Jin Young Ko won the Cumbia Portland Classic.

Notes: The tournament is one of the few 54-hole events on the LPGA Tour. … Jin Young Ko scored her second win of the season last week, her first LPGA appearance in six weeks since the Olympics. … Nellie Korda, the No. 1 player in women’s golf, hasn’t been playing for the second week in a row. … This field includes seven of the top 10 in the world ranking of women. … Ko joined Korda this season as the only multiple winners on the LPGA Tour. … Korda leads the LPGA Tour with three wins, and she is the only one to have won one. … The LPGA Tour leaves for New Jersey two weeks before a brief Asian swing as its season nears its finale. … Daniel Kang is in the fray. She joined Korda as the only American in the world’s top 10. This is their first match after the Solheim Cup. … the tournament is of 2008. Among the past champions is Stacy Lewis, who graduated from the University of Arkansas. He is in the field this week.

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Next week: ShopRite LPGA Classic.

Online: https://www.lpga.com/

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PGA Tour Champions

Pure Insurance Championship

Site: Pebble Beach, Calif.

Courses: Pebble Beach GL (yardage: 6,816, par: 72) and Spyglass Hill GC (yardage: 7,035, par: 72).

Prize Money: $2.2 million. Winner’s share: $330,000.

Television: Fridays, 11 p.m. to 1 p.m. (Golf Channel-tape delay); Saturdays, 4-7 p.m. (Golf Channel); Sunday, 3-6 p.m. (Golf Channel).

Defending Champion: Jim Furyk.

Charles Schwab Cup Leader: Jim Furyk.

Last week: Darren Clarke won the Sanford International.

Notes: Jim Furyk will not return to defend his title as he is one of the assistant captains in the Ryder Cup. … This year Spyglass Hill is being used instead of Poppy Hills. Spyglass is also part of the rotation for the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and is considered the toughest course when the wind is not particularly strong. … Furyk’s lead in the Schwab Cup is less than $10,000 over Jerry Kelly. … Steve Stricker’s brother-in-law, Mario Tiziani, finished 11th last week at a sponsor’s exemption and narrowly avoided taking the field at Pebble Beach. He’s at the Ryder Cup this week instead and says he wouldn’t have played anyway. … The First Tea participants, selected from across the country, are paired with the players in this unique event being played for the 18th time. … Kelly lost to Furyk last year in a playoff at Pebble Beach after closing with 65. … Ernie Els was 18th to miss the playoffs in his debut at the PGA Tour Champions event last year. Els was runner-up by 15 shots to Tiger Woods at Pebble at the 2000 US Open. … Pebble Beach Pro-Am winners in the previous field are Vijay Singh and five-time winner Mark O’Meara.

Next tournament: Constellation Furyk & Friends Invitational on October 8-10.

Online: https://www.pgatour.com/champions.html

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PGA Tour

Last week: Max Homa wins the Fortinet Championship.

Next week: Sanderson Farms Championship.

FedEx Cup Leader: Max Homa.

Online: https://www.pgatour.com/

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european tour

Next week: Alfred Dunhill Lynx Championships.

Last week: Christopher Broberg won the Dutch Open.

The race for the leader of Dubai: Colin Morikawa.

Online: https://www.europeantour.com/european-tour/

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Other Tours

Symmetra Tour: Murphy USA El Dorado Shootout, Mystic Creek GC, El Dorado, Arkansas. Defending Champion: Sidney Clanton. Online: https://www.symetratour.com/

Japan Golf Tour: Panasonic Open, Joyo CC, Kyoto, Japan. Defending Champion: Toshinori Muto. Online: https://www.jgto.org/

Challenge Tour: Portugal Open, Royal bidos Spa and Golf Resort, Vau bidos, Portugal. Defending Champion: Garrick Higo. Online: https://www.europeantour.com/challenge-tour/

Japan LPGA: Miyagi TV Cup Dunlop Ladies Open, Rifu GC, Miyagi, Japan. Defending Champion: Asuka Kashiwabara. Online: https://www.lpga.or.jp/en/

Korean LPGA: ELCRUTV Chosun Pro Celebrity, Island CC, Ansan, South Korea. Defending Champion: New event. Online: https://www.klpga.co.kr/

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