The Ryder cup this year is closing in on as it will be played in the month of September. This is one of the biggest tours for the golfers of US and Europe. Recently golfer’s team who will be representing US was released and Tom Watson was designated as the captain of that team. Currently top 6 players were named and 3 spots are still up for grab for the Ryder cup. The captain of the team announced that the last 3 names will be declared on 2nd September. This will be just after the current ongoing PGA tour.
This is a big opportunity for some of the US players taking part in the US team for Ryder’s team. Phil Mickelson is one of the best known players for the place in the team. Currently in the championship he is a player to look out as he is looking good tied at the 7th spot at the 36th hole in the game. He has a great chance in the game and a week’s good performance will surely make him the favourites for winning the title. The good news for Mickelson is that during the PGA week the Ryder cup points are doubled and hence it will give him a better chance of making it to the top 9 players from US. Looking at the current form he is looking that he has saved the best of his form for the last part of the year which will bring him much awaited glory. On performing better in the upcoming week he will not only make his work simple but even he will be helping his captain in taking the liberty of making his decision of selecting the last 3 players for the Ryder cup. Tiger Woods is also one of the favourites for the Ryder’s cup.
The last major championship of the golf gets underway. For some it is last major titles while for some of the US players the tour can be a direct entry to the Ryder cup team. As the Ryder cup team for US has been announced there is a spot for some players yet to be achieved and this tour will help the captain Watson to decide on the player those who will make it to the team representing US in the famous Ryder cup. Phil Mickelson is among the names those who are looking for the top 9 spots to qualify for the Ryder cup team. The US team captain Watson in a press conference announced that on September 2nd the he will be announcing 3 wild card names for his Ryder’s team. Players taking part in the PGA will have a greater say and thus only the trophy s not up for grabs for Mickelson.
He currently is well placed in the championship and a good next week will see him gain some good spots in the table and it can mean a direct entry to the Ryder cup. The biggest thing to note is that the Ryder cup point gets doubled during the PGA week. This brings in even a better opportunity for Mickelson as for every $1000 earned he will be gaining 2 points for the Ryder cup and it will increase his chances of making it to the team. After 36 holes he is on a tie for the 7th spot in the tour. A good next week will not only give Mickelson a chance to represent his team but it will give Watson a chance to use well his options of selecting the last 3 players for the Ryder cup tournament easily and freely.
It seems to be a great time for Adam Scott- In spite of being idle throughout last week of June, the Aussie golf hero has still been able to retain his numero uno status in the latest Golf World ranking.
The 33-year-old champion golfer is more than one point ahead Swedish player Henrik stenson who sits in the 2nd position now. The 2nd status is quite a feat for the Swedish golfer which he earned through his second place in European Tour Germany hosted BMW International Open.
Scott is the reigning the world golf with 9.16 points & Stenson has got 8.12 points.
The 3rd place in the golf World Ranking has gone to Bubba Watson. The 2-time Masters’ Champ has received 7.16 points. It is the American golfer Matt Kuchar who is in the 4th position, though he could not win the Quicken Loans National championship- the very event which contributes to his foundation. Kuchar has got 6.92 points.
Much to the dismay of Tiger Woods’ fans the former #1 has been pushed to the 5th position. Woods’ had been absent from professional golf for some months given his critical back surgery and is about to make a comeback with British open 2014 championship. Woods has got 6.71 points.
The 6th place in the World ranking is occupied by another Aussie golfer Jason Day who is followed by Irish star Rory Mcllroy in 7th & English player Justin Rose in the 8th. While Day has received 6.60 points, Rory is quite close with 6.60 and so is Justin with 6.54 points. Rose transcended to the 8th position from his earlier 10th post his remarkable win at Quicken Loans National championship.
The 9th & 10th positions are covered by Sergio Garcia & Jordan Spieth.
Rickie Fowler showcased an astounding comeback from the pressure zone at the Farmers Insurance Open last Friday. Last Thursday at the South Course had gone quite tough for him as he had to struggle in the opening-round 77 on the South Course at Torrey Pines.
His performance must have been almost a blink-and-miss because alongside, Tiger Woods finished among the top players of the leader-board. Rickie put in continuous seven birdies and went close to the 65 consolidated by Woods on the North Course at the same event. After putting up such a great performance Rickie Fowler seemed to be having high hopes that he was back in his own rhythm after the pressure-filled Thursday. When asked, this is what he said, “I felt a lot better out there today.”
From his Friday’s performance, anyone could observe the improvement in his playing particularly the puts and in other portions of the games as well. Although Rickie Fowler hit five greens in regulation (14), the number of putts went less by four in Friday if compared with Thursday. His second round required 26 putts to reach a completion.
Alongside Fowler’s group, Nick Watney too gave an impressive performance by shooting a 4-under 68. Hence Friday, the whole of North Course witnessed a wonderful group effort to achieve the 18 under par. Fowler said that he was very happy with his group’s performance and also added that this was necessary. He added. “We had a good time out there.”
Tiger Woods is back in action and Rickie Fowler thinks that this is going to act as a boost for him after the dashing shots and putts at the Torrey Pines showcased by tiger Woods although he is still behind nine shots.
After a long year, and more importantly just a month away from the beginning of another season, golfer Steve Stricker has posed a question which appeared out of place for a player who has more than US$ 25 million in PGA Tour earnings in the last 6 years. Recently he asked ‘what if’ he goes to Kapalua to defend his title and does not play again for the rest of the season.
Next month, Steve Stricker will turn forty six and it seems that he intends to move into semi retirement. When Steve leaves Kapalua course, he will not come back again till the Match Play Championship at the end of February. Continue reading →
Steve Stricker, a twelve PGA Tour winner, is quite used to beginning the season at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions that happens at Kapalua Plantation Course. Stricker is the defending champion. He along with his family is ready to go to Maui in few days.
With a change in opening date for 2013 tour schedule date – 6 tournaments will happen before Kapalua’s turn on the calendar; January’s tournament in Maui will be the very last time as the opener. Steve told that it would be a bit different.
On Tuesday, Steve told that he really have no idea what to expect. All are entering into a period when they would start the 2014 season in 2013. Kapalua event would come after 6 tournaments during fall that counts towards the season.
Steve and his family will be on Maui with big smiles. He told that they were very excited to come and start the season. He added that it is really great when people come to Hawaii and start the season. His wife and kids have been speaking about this tour and amounting the days when they would reach here. He added that the impression of being the last opener will not be the same.
The American pro stated that the event will be interesting. It seems that this year they would have a great field. He is now kind of waiting and seeing how everything would play out and how everything would affect everyone’s schedule.