Tuesday, August 30

PGA TOUR'S Doug Milne: 'Just Start, Then Make'

The PGA TOUR'S Doug Milne with World No. 1 Jason Day at The Barclays. (Image courtesy of Doug Milne)


PGA TOUR Media Official Doug Milne shared the following reflection on Facebook and granted permission to publish it here.

By Doug Milne

[SATURDAY] MARKED MY 25-YEAR ANNIVERSARY with the PGA TOUR.

When I started on August 26, 1991, I was like a kid with a piggy bank thrown onto the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Understandably, most in our Baymeadows office all but rioted at the thought of me lasting 25 days. I was openly in league with the naysayers.

Things, however, turned out a bit differently. It was the greatest bet I ever lost.

The prospect of a career in the golf business didn't discourage me as much as the fear of stepping into an arena I knew nothing about.

I've come to find real value in two ideas. The first is this: just start. The rest will take care of itself. I did. And, it is. The second thing I came to realize is that life is never there for the taking, but always available for the making. "Ya got whatcha got," I came to find, isn't always the disheartening echo off a brick wall.

We're often asked, "Where were you when….?" As I have been with the TOUR more than half of my life, odds are I was with the PGA TOUR "when."

[The above] picture with Jason Day, the world's No. 1 player, was taken Saturday at Bethpage State Park in New York. When I started working at the TOUR, he was three. I've had the pleasure of watching players like him take a step similar to mine into this arena, nervous and uncertain, then rise above.

And also like me, Jason just started. While his talent on the course may have resulted in slightly fewer bets against his future in golf as there were against mine, the premise levels all playing fields. Just start. Then, make.

Monday, August 29

Emphatic Reed Joins U.S. Ryder Cup Roster

PATRICK REED IS ALL IN. After his win at The Barclays on Sunday, Reed is an automatic qualifier for the U.S. Ryder Cup team and is off and running in the FedEx Cup Playoffs. Patrick moved from a nervous eighth to a comfortable fourth in the final Ryder Cup Points Standings.

In case you haven't noticed or heard him, Reed relishes playing for the US of A. He was 3-0-1 in his first Ryder Cup two years ago at Gleneagles, one of the few bright spots in a losing effort.

Here are the eight American players who have earned their spots.

U.S. Ryder Cup Team
Dustin Johnson
Jordan Spieth
Phil Mickelson
Patrick Reed
Jimmy Walker
Brooks Koepka
Brandt Snedeker
Zach Johnson
Pick 1
Pick 2
Pick 3
Pick 4

Following are the nine automatic qualifiers for Team Europe.

European Ryder Cup Team
Rory McIlroy
Danny Willett
Henrik Stenson
Chris Wood
Sergio Gacia
Rafa Cabrera-Bello
Justin Rose
Andy Sullivan
Matthew Fitzpatrick
Pick 1
Pick 2
Pick 3

The all-important picks.

U.S. Captain Davis Love and European Captain Darren Clarke will round out their squads with picks. Clarke's three picks will be named tomorrow (Tuesday, August 30). Love will name three picks on September 16 and one more on September 25.

The 2016 Ryder Cup will be played September 30 to October 2 at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota.

Friday, August 26

Oops! ARMCHAIR GOLF Misquotes Richard Nixon

Golf isn't meant to be easy. It's hard to take being on the top -- or on the bottom. I guess I'm something of a fatalist. You have to have a sense of history, I think, to survive some of these things... Golf is one crisis after another.
– (not said by) Richard Nixon

Biographical note: Richard Nixon was the 37th President of the United States.

This misquote brought to you by The Armchair Golfer.
Getting it wrong for the love of the game.

Ryder Cup Trophy Tour Begins August 29

The 2016 Olympics are over. The Olympic torch is put away and the Olympic flame is extinguished. But there is another important event approaching in the world of golf -- the Ryder Cup -- and the PGA of America is borrowing an idea from the Olympics and other sports to attract attention and rally fan support.

By PGA of America

In anticipation of the 2016 Ryder Cup, the PGA of America announced plans for the first U.S. Ryder Cup Trophy Tour, to build support and excitement for the United States Ryder Cup Team and the spirit of the Ryder Cup. 

The month-long tour, a part of the "We Are 13" fan-engagement initiative to connect, energize and educate fans on the Ryder Cup, tees off on Aug. 29 and concludes Sept. 23, four days before the biennial tradition of golf’s preeminent event begins at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota. "We Are 13" refers to American golf fans across the country who will support the team like the 13th contestant on the 12-player squad.

Golf fans across the United States will have an extraordinary opportunity to show their support for the American team, and get up-close and personal with the Ryder Cup, as the Trophy makes an unprecedented tour later this summer -- traveling 5,000 miles and making 12 stops in 10 cities.

The below image is from the PGA of America. For Ryder Cup news and to sign up for Ryder Cup email updates, go to RyderCup.com.

Wednesday, August 24

Arnold Palmer's New Book and Free Golf Balls Offer

I JUST LEARNED ABOUT A SPECIAL OFFER associated with Arnold Palmer's new book, A Life Well Played: My Stories, set to publish from St. Martin's Press on October 25.

When you pre-order The King's book, you'll receive a sleeve of custom Callaway golf balls. (While supplies last and/or up until October 24.)

Pre-order book and enter information for free Callaway golf balls from Arnold Palmer.

Publisher's Book Description

No one has won more fans around the world and no player has had a bigger impact on the sport of golf than Arnold Palmer. In fact, Palmer is considered by many to be the most important golfer in history.

As a follow-up to his 1999 autobiography, Palmer takes stock of the many experiences of his life in A Life Well Played, bringing new details and insights to some familiar stories and sharing new ones. Palmer has had tremendous success but is most notable for going about it the right way and always giving back to the fans who made it all possible. Gracious, fair, and a true gentleman, Arnold Palmer is the gold standard of how to conduct yourself. He offers advice and guidance, sharing stories of his career on the course, success in business and the great relationships that give meaning to his life. This book is Palmer’s gift to the world―a treasure trove of entertaining anecdotes and timeless wisdom that readers will celebrate and cherish.

Tuesday, August 23

VIDEO: PGA Tour Players Talking to Their Golf Balls



DO YOU TALK TO YOUR GOLF BALL?

If so, you have a lot of company, including on the PGA Tour. Two incessant golf-ball talkers are Sergio Garcia and Jordan Spieth.

From the PGA Tour's YouTube channel, watch "the best of what we've seen from players on the PGA Tour."

Monday, August 22

A Gold for Park and Record Viewership for Women's Golf

THE RESULTS OF THE WOMEN'S Olympic Golf competition in Rio de Janeiro was yet another reminder of the dominant players (and nations) on the LPGA Tour.

Gold: Inbee Park, Korea, -16
Silver: Lydia Ko, New Zealand, -11
Bronze: Shanshan Feng, China, -10

"It definitely feels unreal," Inbee Park told Golf Channel's Steve Sands. "This is something I've really been dreaming of doing this week. To represent your country in the Olympic Games and to be able to win a gold medal is such a special feeling. There were so many Korean people out here supporting me and I almost felt like we were in Korea. That's how much support I've had this week… I've gone through some tough times, but this is definitely a big relief."

Silver medalist Ko said: "Today not many putts were falling. But for a crucial putt like that on the 18th [hole] to fall, I think I celebrated like the gold medalist… This means so much more to me. Since 2009 I've just dreamt and imagined myself to be here in Rio alongside the world's best athletes. Having this silver medal is just a dream come true. The Olympics isn't about [whether] somebody lost to another player. It celebrates each and every athlete and we've all won."

American Stacy Lewis, finishing T-4 (-9), fell short in her bid for a bronze medal after rallying with a 63 in the third round.

"To bounce back the way I did [Friday]," Lewis said, "and to have a chance to hopefully get a medal today was all I could have asked for… You're not so much looking at who's in first and second [place]. You're kind of looking at that third place [bronze] number a little bit more. I'm always trying to move up the leaderboard on Sunday no matter what position I'm in."

In addition, Golf Channel reported, "Golf's return to the Olympics posts record viewership for women's golf."

As I mentioned last week, especially with such low expectations, golf's return to the Olympics was successful. The sport will get another chance at the Tokyo Games in 2020.

Geoff Shackelford (GeoffShackelford.com) offered "six ways to make Olympic golf better." A team format and suspending tour play during the Olympics are two of my favorites, although convincing the all-powerful PGA Tour to allow a gap in its schedule might be wishful thinking.

Friday, August 19

RTJ Golf to Benefit Louisiana Flood Victims

News from the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail.

Birmingham, Ala - While area golfers will soon enjoy a long Labor Day weekend on Alabama's Robert Trent Jones Golf (RTJ) Trail, they will be helping flood victims in Louisiana.

From Saturday, September 3 through Monday, September 5, the RTJ Golf Trail will donate $10 to the American Red Cross South Louisiana Flood Relief from every round of golf with a green and cart fees paid.

"Louisiana golfers have played the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail since it opened nearly 25 years ago and now Louisiana needs our help," said John Cannon, president of the RTJ Golf Trail. "We hope this Labor Day Weekend charitable promotion will provide financial relief to Louisiana residents in need."

All 11 RTJ sites across Alabama will participate in the Labor Day Weekend donations. Tee times should be made with the local sites and a complete list can be found at www.rtjgolf.com.  

The money collected will go to American Red Cross: South Louisiana Flood Relief, to benefit flood victims in Baton Rouge and the surrounding areas.