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Golf Roundup: Couples, Hulbert selected as Ryder Cup vice captains

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Davis Love III has selected Fred Couples and Mike Hulbert as vice captains for the United States team in the 39th Ryder Cup Matches on Sept. 28-30 at Medinah.

Love will name two more vice captains at a later date.

"Success for any team in a Ryder Cup begins with a strong support staff, giving encouragement to players at the right time in the greatest event in golf," Love said.

"Fred and Mike are my trusted friends, guys that I have played a lot of golf with and two guys that other players like to be around and work with. We will face great challenges this September, and I'm very pleased that they have agreed to join me."

Love and Couples were teammates at the 1993, '95 and '97 Ryder Cups and also teamed up to win four consecutive World Cup titles from 1992-95.

The 52-year-old Couples has guided the U.S. to two consecutive victories over the International team in the Presidents Cup, in 2009 and 2011, and recently was selected to lead the team again in the 2013 matches at Muirfield Village.

Hulbert, 54, served as vice captain for captain Curtis Strange in the 2002 Ryder Cup but never played on a Ryder Cup team.

Love also announced the order of play for each of the two days of team matches: foursomes will be the format for each morning session, followed by four-balls in the afternoon.

Singles are played on the final day.

--Effective immediately, Web.com of Jacksonville, Fla., has taken over from Nationwide as title sponsor of the PGA Tour's Triple-A circuit.

Web.com's contract began with the United Leasing Championship in Evansville, Ind., last week and extends through 2021. The company also will become an official marketing partner for the PGA Tour and the Champions Tour.

"We are super-excited about this," said David Brown, chief executive officer of Web.com, a provider of online marketing services targeted for small businesses that was founded in 2005.

"We've been a quiet company, but it's time, after all these years, to build our brand and project it throughout the U.S. and internationally. We looked at all the options (of sports marketing), and very few run almost year long in every major market and have the positive reputation the PGA Tour has."

According to the PGA Tour's news release announcing the move, Web.com has helped with the creation of more than 15 million websites and is earning close to $500 million annually.

Web.com Tour president Bill Calfee said the quick transition, which had the blessing of Nationwide, was to help boost a branding campaign Web.com had planned for July.

"Web.com came into the process fairly late," Calfee said. "We talked to several companies before them, and our first contact was about four months ago. This is a tremendous opportunity to be aligned with such a successful company."

Beginning next year, the Web.com Tour will provide the main avenue for membership to the PGA Tour.

Nationwide has been title sponsor of the tour since 2003.

--Brent Henley, the caddie for Robert Garrigus, was coming out of the caddie trailer at Congressional on Thursday when he ducked under an overhang and came up too soon, cutting his head on a metal edge of the trailer.

Henley needed more than 40 stitches from Dr. Dean Jabs, who happens to be a big golf fan, according to Henley, and came in on his day off to nearby Suburban Hospital.

"I was thinking about him all day," said Garrigus, who got veteran caddie Paul Fusco to fill in during the opening round.

Despite the injury, Henley was back on the bag Friday, when Garrigus posted a 4-under 67 to take a share of the lead into the weekend.

Henley said he was more concerned about the heat index of 104 degrees.

"It hurt like crazy Thursday night," said Henley, who couldn't get to sleep until 3 a.m. "It swelled up this morning and that scared me.

"Caddies already are carrying around 50 pounds. It's dangerous. I thought he might take (Paul) again. I don't think Robert wanted me to caddie, but I told him I was fine. The doctor did a heck of a job."

Henley went the last 54 holes in the heat as Garrigus finished in a tie for fourth.

--The PGA Tour's Policy Board announced last week that tournaments in the Fall Series will have a full allocation of FedEx Cup points, beginning with the newly reconfigured 2013-14 schedule.

As announced in March, the 2014 PGA Tour season will begin in October 2013 with the current Fall Series and conclude in late September 2014 with the Tour Championship.

"With the fall tournaments moving to the front end of the PGA Tour schedule, the Policy Board believes the next logical step is for these tournaments to kick off the FedEx Cup and begin awarding full points," commissioner Tim Finchem said. "All of these tournaments have been very successful and certainly deserve to be part of the FedEx Cup competition."

The Policy Board also reviewed three options pertaining to the system to determine the 50 PGA Tour membership cards that will be available on the Web.com Tour beginning next year but reached no decision.

Further input and feedback will be sought from the PGA Tour and Web.com Tour Player Advisory Councils before a final decision is made.

As previously announced, the Web.com Tour season will end with three tournaments that will include the top 75 players on the Web.com Tour's money list, the players ranked 126-200 on the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup points list, and non-members who would have earned enough points on the PGA Tour to place them 126-200 on the official FedEx Cup points list.

The top 50 at the end of those tournaments will receive PGA Tour membership for the following season.

In other action, the Policy Board approved naming the annual Order of Merit for PGA Tour Latinoamerica, which will debut with 11 events this fall, after Roberto de Vicenzo of Argentina, a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame.

--David Duval and Steve Stricker have been selected to the PGA Tour ballot for the World Golf Hall of Fame, and Padraig Harrington of Ireland has been added to the International Ballot for 2013.

The voting bloc includes Hall of Fame members, golf journalists, historians and dignitaries from around the world. The voting window closes on July 27.

Duval, who became eligible when he turned 40 last year, won 12 times on the PGA Tour, highlighted by his victory in the 2001 Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St. Annes and his title in the 1999 Players Championship. He also played for the United States on two Ryder Cup teams and three Presidents Cup teams.

The 45-year-old Stricker, who has won 12 times on the PGA Tour but still is seeking his first major victory, became eligible for the ballot when he claimed his 10th victory on the circuit last year at the Memorial Tournament. He has played for the U.S. in two Ryder Cups and four Presidents Cup competitions.

Harrington, who captured three major championships in a span of 13 months capped by the 2008 PGA Championship at Oakland Hills, has five PGA Tour victories among the 22 he has claimed around the world. The Europeans have won four of the six Ryder Cups in which he has played.

Others on the PGA Tour ballot include Fred Couples, Jim Furyk, Miller Barber, Tony Lema, Davis Love III, Ken Venturi, Mark O'Meara, Dave Stockton and Don January.

Also on the International ballot are Retief Goosen of South Africa, Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain, Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland, Graham Marsh of Australia, Colin Montgomerie of Scotland and Ian Woosnam of Wales.
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