Yesterday Ryder Cup Captain, Cory Pavin, announced the selections for his assistant captains for the 2010 Ryder Cup. The Ryder Cup will be played October 1-3 in Wales. For the first time in a while, the U.S. team is the defending champion after beating Europe in 2008 at Valhalla.
In spite of reports the missing Tiger Woods will return to PGA Tour competition at the Accenture Match Play Championship in two weeks, don’t count on it. The original news story appeared in an Australian newspaper yesterday and was subsequently picked up by other news outlets.
At last week’s PGA Merchandise Show two topics dominated many conversations with the first being the Tiger Woods debacle. His fall from grace and his return to the PGA Tour was discussed endlessly with a significant minority raising the question of “if he will return” rather than “when.” However, since speculation is at best only grist for tabloids, the second and less sensational topic was the controversy over the groove change imposed on short irons.
It seems our good friend Phil, or as some are calling him this week, "The Tour Savior" is ruffling some feathers already after only being back for a total of 18 holes. Phil has decided to put in to play a Ping wedge that falls through the loophole of the new groove rule that was put in to effect this year. A couple weeks ago at the Sony Open we saw John Daly and Dean Wilson already take advantage of this loophole putting 20 year old wedges in play.
Williams Formula One is a big name in that sport and now the company, Williams Sports has jumped into golf in what might be called a big way with a $50,000 set of clubs. Yes, that’s not a misprint and presumably they are not anticipating selling a bunch of sets at the local muni.
Yesterday Ken Green announced on his blog that his youngest son, Hunter, had passed away in his dorm room at SMU. Apparently Hunter had actually died the week prior but Green’s ex-wife had kept the news from him until just yesterday. As a parent, I can’t imagine the anger and hurt he must be feeling as he tries to process and understand why this has happened.
Richard Gagnon, a Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) Class A superintendent at Segregansett Country Club in Taunton, Mass., has been selected to receive the 2010 GCSAA Excellence in Government Relations Award in the compliance category.
I recently read a blog post basically stating that following around a has-been like John Daly, who isn’t the most perfect role model for the sport, is not what golf needs right now. I have to completely disagree with that blogger. I on the other hand think it’s exactly what golf needs.