Love appointed captain again, this time for Presidents Cup
The PGA Tour has selected Love to be U.S. captain for the Presidents Cup in 2022 at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina. He was captain when Europe rallied from a 10-6 deficit to beat the Americans in the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah, and he was Ryder Cup captain for a rare U.S. victory four years later at Hazeltine. He also was an assistant captain in the Ryder Cup under Corey Pavin in 2010 and Jim Furyk in 2018 and is on the staff of Steve Stricker this year. The Presidents Cup was supposed to be played this year until the COVID-19 pandemic led to the Ryder Cup being postponed one year to this September. ... Tony Finau has 35 finishes in the top 10 since the start of the 2016-17 season on the PGA Tour without winning.
Johnson's tears for a green jacket and major validation
Johnson grew up about an hour away in South Carolina, and the Masters is the one major every Southern kid dreams about winning. Johnson already had become owner of a label not talked about enough: The best player to have only one major. He went from a 12-foot eagle putt for the win to a three-putt par to finish one shot behind. And then he delivered the key shot, an 8-iron down the slope to a pin tucked on the corner shelf. It will be the shortest time any Masters champion gets to keep the green jacket with him.
No spectators means no roars, the magic of the Masters
AUGUSTA, Ga. – The roars were endless Sunday at the Masters, coming from everywhere for just about everyone. Woods, who started that final round seven shots out of the lead, now was tied for the lead. Those were Nicklaus roars,” Woods said. And when the roars are for Nicklaus or Palmer, Woods or Mickelson, it's a different decibel. It was my first Masters, I remember being on the back nine, the roars and cheers, they were six deep on either side.”And then his thoughts turned to November, an autumn Masters.
Zach Johnson, normal guy from Iowa, wins Payne Stewart Award
He won as a rookie and reached the Tour Championship in Atlanta, where one of the perks was attending a ceremony to watch Jay Haas accept the Payne Stewart Award. It brought Johnson to tears 16 years later when he was selected Wednesday to receive the Payne Stewart Award. As it enters its second decade, the award now is regarded as the most prestigious on the PGA Tour. PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan referred to Johnson as a fearless underdog and a statewide hero in Iowa for his charitable work in his home state. Zach would say hes just a normal guy from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, but in truth, he has one of the most compelling stories on the PGA Tour in the last 25 years, Monahan said.
Tiger Woods might have a new putter for the PGA Championship
Tiger Woods toss a ball down on the 17th hold during a practice round for the PGA Championship golf tournament at TPC Harding Park Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)SAN FRANCISCO Tiger Woods appears to have something new in store for this PGA Championship: his putter. THE FIELDThis PGA Championship might have set a record for most players who decided not to play. He is the 11th player to withdraw from the PGA Championship since the field was first released six days ago. PACKING FOR A SUMMER MAJOR IN AMERICAThe PGA Championship in August for years meant heat and plenty of sweating.
Paul Casey tuned in for more than golf in PGA Tour's return
Casey watched plenty on TV, and he was watching more than the golf. PAIRINGS WITH A PURPOSEThe PGA Tour has four groups of featured pairings for its PGA Tour Live," and then the rest of the field is supposed to be relatively random depending on a player's category. Oak Hill last hosted the PGA Championship in 2013 won by Jason Dufner, while Tiger Woods won his fourth PGA Championship at Southern Hills in 2007. DIVOTSHilton Head has some of the smallest greens on the PGA Tour, and Abraham Ancer hit 65 out of 72 of them in his runner-up finish. FINAL REBUTTALFascinating stuff. CBS analyst Nick Faldo, watching Koepka tee off on the 18th hole and telling viewers he would listen to what Koepka had to say.
Tiger Woods played golf course in St. Simons Island with son Charlie
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Tiger Woods didnt play in the PGA Tours RBC Heritage last week but did spend time at the Frederica Golf Club on St. Simons Island, Ga., according to multiple reports. According to the Golf Channel, Woods and his son, Charlie, played the course last Saturday. According to the Golf Channel report, Woods traded text messages with St. Simons Island resident Davis Love III, and Love said that Woods enjoyed the island. He didnt compete in the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head, SC, which is a quick drive from St. Simons. Woods wasnt in the field at The Players Championship in March after saying his back wasnt going to allow him to play.
Love returns from pandemic and a house that burned to ground
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. Davis Love III faced a different kind of adjustment when he returned to the PGA Tour this week at Hilton Head. Two weeks after golf was shut down because of the new coronavirus, his home at Sea Island burned to the ground. Love said it was emotional when he and his wife, Robin, packed for the RBC Heritage. I was like, I just dont have enough equipment to go play a PGA Tour event. So Im kind of going to go through that again, he said.
Chill vibe of Hilton Head hides urgency for PGA Tour players
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. The ambiance of Hilton Head doesn't change, a most peaceful setting among shade of oaks along the Calibogue Sound. Adding to the serenity this week is the absence of spectators for the second straight week on the PGA Tour. I need to have a few good weeks here to kick off this restart, but I haven't played a lot of golf, Johnson said. It was an eerie feeling for five-time champion Davis Love III, playing Hilton Head for the 31st time. But when the U.S. Open moved to September and the Canadian Open couldn't be played, there was room for Hilton Head.