JERSEY CITY, N.J. – Late Monday U.S. Presidents Cup captain Steve Stricker huddled with his assistant captains to discuss a crucial issue. Pin positions? No. Possible pairings? Nope. Instead, the U.S. team wanted to talk about what to do this week when the national anthem is played at Liberty National. The controversy that was sparked by President Donald Trump’s comments last week and the ensuing reaction from the world of sports prompted Stricker to bring his players and coaches into the conversation and after a team meeting early Tuesday he said they all agreed to stand for the national anthem. “There were no issues on our part,” Stricker said. “We had a good talk and we all realized that there
Phil Mickelson will remain a Callaway Golf endorser for the remainder of his playing career, it was announced Tuesday. Mickelson, who joined Callaway in 2004, will continue to play a full set of the company’s equipment. He has won half of his 42 PGA Tour titles, and four of his five majors, since switching to Callaway. “Our long association has been hugely important to my career and this extended agreement is a great honor,” Mickelson said in a release. “We’ve enjoyed close personal and working relationships for 13 years, and I’m very grateful that it will continue through my playing days and beyond.” The 47-year-old is competing this week at the Presidents Cup, his 23rd consecutive team competition.
Matthew Southgate was lining up a putt at the DAP Championship - a Web.com Tour event - and just as he tapped his ball, a little leaf blew over and hit it. If a player's ball in motion after a stroke on the putting green is deflected or stopped by, or comes to rest in or on, any moving or animate outside agency, except a worm, insect or the like, the stroke is canceled. Southgate didn't replace or replay the shot and finished his round, so he was given a four-stroke penalty - two for violating Rule 19-1b and a pair for signing a wrong scorecard. Southgate entered the DAP Championship at ninth in the Web.com Finals - the four-tournament series where the top 25 money winners, not already exempt, earn PGA Tour cards for the following season.