Furyk would gain ‘cover’ by picking Schauffele
If U.S. captain Jim Furyk picks Xander Schauffele as his 12th man, he can say that he selected the top 12 Ryder Cup qualifiers. That gives him cover for the Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson selections (“Mickelson, Woods win another Ryder shot,” Sept. 5).
Tony Finau may be hot now, but he has only one PGA Tour victory, and a relatively minor one at that. He has had the same avenue as did Schauffele to make the top 12, but he and everyone else didn’t.
Observers say that Finau would be a great four-ball partner because he makes a lot of birdies. But four-balls make up only eight of the 28 points in the format and, other than Puerto Rico two years ago, those birdies haven't translated into victories.
A salute to Mickelson as ‘a great selection’
The Phil Mickelson witch hunt continues (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Sept. 6). The writers questioned – and in one instance, viciously attacked – Mickelson for being named to the U.S. Ryder Cup team (“Mickelson, Woods win another Ryder shot,” Sept. 5).
Apparently forgotten in the hyperbole is the undisputed fact that Mickelson won a big tournament this year, has played very well in others and continues to be one of the best short-game players in the history of golf. Beyond that, Mickelson consistently has contributed many intangibles to successful efforts in past Ryder Cups. That all adds up to a great selection.
Good ol’ boys being not so good
Obviously, the addition of Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson to the U.S. Ryder Cup team is a good-ol’-boy selection, and I believe it is a sad commentary for moving the game forward (“Mickelson, Woods win another Ryder shot,” Sept. 5).
Mickelson has a losing record in the Ryder Cup, yet he aired his dirty laundry about captain Tom Watson in the 2014 matches because Mickelson sat out both Saturday sessions in an eventual five-point loss at Gleneagles, Scotland. I lost all respect for Mickelson at that point because Watson was doing what he thought to be best for the team.
Woods has played well, but with the exception of second-place finishes in the Valspar and PGA, has placed well back in most of his other tournaments. There is a lot of talent on both teams, and I hope it will be fun to watch. I just hope it doesn't come down to Mickelson’s having to win for the U.S. to succeed.
It’s a business decision
The PGA of America gets the revenue generated by the Ryder Cup. Players get expenses but no payout. The best draw in golf is Tiger Woods, and Phil Mickelson ranks up there highly. TV ads pay large amounts of cash, depending on viewership.
Those two guys put eyeballs on the screen. Although Ryder Cup ratings always are huge, they bring even more fans.
No matter how the younger Americans play, the stars always will get the nod as the PGA of America and other business interests continue to go for the revenue.
My bet is that the captains get some prodding in one direction or another.
AJGA makes its mark in golf industry, too
I enjoyed Adam Schupak’s piece on the AJGA, which produces not just great players but great golf-management people, as well (“AJGA gives juniors taste of big-time golf,” Sept. 4).
Look around the golf landscape and you'll see that Peter Ripa is tournament director at the Farmers Insurance Open, Michael Tothe is tournament director at the Fort Worth Invitational, Steve Ethun is director of communications at Augusta National Golf Club, Rob Jansen is executive director at the Wisconsin State Golf Association, plus Rob Coleman at Global Golf Post, Amanda Herrington and Stephanie Dittmer Rogers at the PGA Tour, Abby Liebenthal at Titleist, and on and on.
My small business known as InfoScore provided the AJGA's tournament-management software from 2002 through 2017, but I relied on those young people for critical input to make my software do what they needed. The golf industry relies on them now and into a bright future.
(Desjardins founded InfoScore Golf Systems.)
What’s the point?
During the first round of the BMW Championship, what possible relevance can there be of where someone ranks in the FedEx Cup standings? There are three more rounds to play (“An objection to Tour’s playoff projections,” Sept. 3).
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