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
The 2016-17 FedEx Cup Playoffs are finally here, bringing with it mixed emotions as the season comes to a close. On one hand, the playoffs provide excitement as all the game's top names battle it out for season glory and a $10 million bonus. The Northern Trust, formerly known as The Barclays, hosts the first playoff event.
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