WEST DES MOINES, Iowa - Back in 2008, Paul Azinger led the weakest U.S. Ryder Cup team in recent history into battle. His back against the wall, and with the U.S. team without a victory since 1999, he drew inspiration from he Navy SEALS. That idea led to what Azinger later called the "Pod System," and the concept is pretty simple: Professional golfers aren't used to having partners, or being on a team, but as Azinger saw it, the European Team boasted an inherent advantage in making that transition because the team featured players from a variety of different countries. That may not sound like an advantage, but in a roundabout way, it kind of is. To make things simple, let's say pretend a European
LOS ANGELES – Doc Redman and Doug Ghim squared off Sunday at Riviera, but they’ll return to LA in a few weeks as teammates. Both U.S. Amateur finalists were named as part of the 10-man U.S. Walker Cup team that will take on Great Britain and Ireland Sept. 9-10 at Los Angeles Country Club. In the championship match, Redman defeated Ghim in 37 holes. Also named to the Walker Cup team: NCAA champion Braden Thornberry, Hogan Award winner Maverick McNealy, Western Amateur champion Norman Xiong and Cal star Collin Morikawa. Cameron Champ, the long-hitting senior at Texas A&M, and Scottie Scheffler and Will Zalatoris, a pair of USGA champions, also will represent Team USA. Stewart Hagestad, 26, is the
LOS ANGELES – No town does drama like LA, but even by Hollywood standards this was a finish that no one saw coming. OK, except John Redman. Conspicuous in a Clemson orange fishing shirt, he had spent the past eight hours pacing Riviera Country Club and puffing on an e-cigarette. But with his son Doc’s U.S. Amateur title hopes fading, the elder Redman felt compelled to emerge from the trees. On the 17th hole, he sidled up to Clemson assistant coach Jordan Byrd and dismissed any notion of impending doom. “This is not over,” Redman said. “This is not over yet.” And sure enough, the next 45 minutes produced some of the most thrilling and gut-wrenching action in the 117-year history of this championship.