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Thomas Bjorn Appointed Europe’s Ryder Cup Captain For 2018

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 December 2016 06:06 Wednesday, 07 December 2016 05:52

Peter Hanson and Thomas BjornCanadian Press

(Steve Douglas/AP) — Thomas Bjorn was appointed as captain of Europe’s 2018 Ryder Cup team, a reward for his long and successful association with the event as a player and vice-captain as well as his commitment to the European Tour.

The 45-year-old Dane became the first Scandinavian to lead the European team, which will look to regain the cup at Le Golf National in Paris in 2018 after its 17-11 loss to the United States at Hazeltine in October.

“I have lived and breathed the European Tour for so long,” Bjorn said, “and now I will do the same with the Ryder Cup for the next two years.”

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Mickelson Closing In On Some Ryder Cup Records

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 October 2016 21:17 Tuesday, 04 October 2016 21:01

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CHASKA, Minnesota (Doug Ferguson/AP) — Phil Mickelson was such a strong figure in the Ryder Cup with his voice that it can be easy to overlook his contributions on the course.

He was the catalyst for change when the Americans lost in Scotland two years ago. He was part of the Ryder Cup Task Force, and he remains on the committee. To listen to the players, Mickelson was the most motivational speaker in the team room.

As for his play?

“I’ve had a lot of fun,” Mickelson said. “More fun than you can ever imagine.”

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Ryder Cup Win Begs Question: Does U.S. Still Need Task Force?

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 October 2016 18:58 Tuesday, 04 October 2016 18:48

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CHASKA, Minnesota (Tim Dahlberg/AP) — Memo to the 11-member U.S. task force organized to break Europe’s near-chokehold on the Ryder Cup:

You did well. Now take the next couple years off.

The most lopsided win for the American team since 1981 in the bag, there doesn’t seem much need to change the formula that carried the U.S. to a 17-11 win Sunday at Hazeltine National Golf Club. Probably not much need to change the captain, either, after Davis Love III came up a winner in his second time at the helm.

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Ryder Cup Becoming A Spectacle For All The Wrong Reasons

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 October 2016 18:48 Tuesday, 04 October 2016 18:41

Ryan MooreCanadian Press

CHASKA, Minnesota (Doug Ferguson/AP) — When players broke away from the PGA of America in 1968 to form what is now the PGA Tour, two properties had to be divided. The tour took the lucrative World Series of Golf at Firestone. The PGA of America was saddled with the Ryder Cup, which attracted hardly any attention in the U.S.

Just look at it now.

Try to count the more than 150,000 fans over three days who roamed Hazeltine, standing a dozen deep, shoulder to shoulder, and filled every grandstand even when a match was an hour from getting to that hole.

It was the latest example that the Ryder Cup has become the biggest spectacle in golf (but only because the Masters would never want “spectacle” to be associated with its tournament). The Phoenix Open boasts of record attendance, but those figures tend to be inflated and half the crowd isn’t even interested in golf.

The buzz at Hazeltine was incredible.

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Task Completed As Americans Win Back Ryder Cup

Last Updated on Sunday, 02 October 2016 21:26 Sunday, 02 October 2016 21:15

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CHASKA, Minnesota (Doug Ferguson/AP) — Patrick Reed shook his fists with fury for every big putt he made. Phil Mickelson leaped higher than when he won his first Masters. Ryan Moore delivered the final point in this American masterpiece Sunday at the Ryder Cup.

The 17-11 victory over Europe was their biggest rout in 35 years at the Ryder Cup.

Only this was more than just three days of exquisite golf at Hazeltine. This victory began two years ago in Scotland, when Phil Mickelson publicly criticized U.S. captain Tom Watson and a process that he felt put the Americans in position to fail far too often.

“When put in the right environment, the U.S. team brought out some amazing golf,” Mickelson said. “And we’re bringing back the Ryder Cup because of it.”

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