Davis Love III, who already has named his four vice captains for the Ryder Cup, said that basketball great Michael Jordan will be an adviser for the United States team at Medinah, outside of Chicago.
Jordan, a member at Medinah, was an assistant captain for Fred Couples and the United States team in the 2009 President's Cup matches at Harding Park in San Francisco, in addition to being with other U.S. teams in an unofficial status.
"I've talked to him," said Love, who got Jordan hooked on golf when they attended the University of North Carolina. "Michael's going to be hanging around with Fred probably a lot and be an influence.
"I told Michael this a couple weeks ago. One of the neatest things I ever saw in the Ryder Cup was Michael riding in the golf cart with Tom Kite. He came out to watch Freddie and I play, and I thought that was one of the coolest things."
Jordan also is friends with Couples, one of Love's vice captions, in addition to being pals with Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, and other members of the U.S. team.
He has attended most of the recent Ryder and Presidents cups.
"I want my team, like Fred and I did, to get to see Michael," Love said. "Rather than him sneaking around in the gallery, I want him to be seen and I want him to be in our team room, be hanging around and be a great influence."
Jordan, of course, led the Chicago Bulls to six NBA titles.
--Jeff Klauk, who has played on the PGA Tour and what is now the Web.com Tour since 2000, will tee it up this week in the Albertsons Boise Open on the Web.com Tour, his first start since brain surgery in April.
The operation was needed to pinpoint the source of his complex partial seizures. He elected not to have a second, more invasive, surgery to remove the part of his brain that is causing the epileptic seizures, instead treating his condition with medication.
"I'm still trying to figure out the side effects of the medicine," the 34-year-old Klauk said. "That's the stuff I'm struggling with. I'm just going to see if I can play on it all.
"That's why they have these rehab starts. We're still experimenting with different doses to figure out how to feel my best."
The side effects include dizziness and blurry vision, he said. The Boise Open will be one of five allowed rehab starts under his medical extension.
Jeff's brother John, a former All-American at Texas, will be his caddie in Boise.
Klauk, who has won twice on the Web.com Tour but never on the PGA Tour, has been practicing and playing at home in St. Augustine, Fla., to prepare for his return.
"The game is good," Klauk said. "I'm the type of guy who needs to get in a tournament and play to really see how I'm playing. That's why I wanted to get out and do this."
Klauk played eight times on the PGA Tour and four times on the Web.com Tour last season before being sidelined in June.
--As soon as news of Davis Love III's four Captain's Picks hit the wire, there came surprise from some of the Europeans about who did not make the United States team.
Captain Jose Maria Olazabal wondered about Hunter Mahan being left off the team after winning twice this year, including the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, in which he beat Rory McIlroy in the final.
It wasn't exactly criticism, however.
"They are very solid picks," Olazabal said before playing in the KLM Open at Hilversum Netherlands. "All the American players from nine to 14 on the list were all very solid and Davis could have picked any four.
"The only question mark as I see it was (Brandt) Snedeker picked ahead of Mahan, but then Davis has gone for form. Snedeker has pretty much been playing well from the start of the summer and all the way to the FedEx Series. However, Mahan has not been playing all that well, so (Love) went for form and in that regard he has my respect."
Love selected Snedeker, Dustin Johnson and veterans Steve Stricker and Jim Furyk.
Martin Kaymer of Germany wondered about the absence of Rickie Fowler.
"I expected Dustin and Stricker, but also thought Rickie had a good chance because he made a really good impression in Wales two years ago," Kaymer said. "So I thought Rickie would be a strong chance of getting a pick, but then [Jim] Furyk is a good pick because of his experience and he's a guy who has been there many, many times.
"It was a tough decision between Snedeker, Hunter Mahan and Rickie Fowler. You could have put those three names in a hat and pick any one of them. It's tough to say who deserved it more as Snedeker will be a rookie, but then Rickie and Hunter have the experience of having played in 2010."
The Ryder Cup will be played in two weeks at Medinah.
--The PGA Tour waited 21 years to return to Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Ind., but after it was host to the BMW Championship last week, it probably won't be that long the next time.
During the third round of the tournament on Saturday, tournament organizers were already talking about putting suburban Indianapolis into the rotation to hold the tournament again.
"We'd love to come back to Crooked Stick; it's really up to Crooked Stick and if they want to have us back as well," said Vince Pellegrino, the Western Golf Association's vice president of tournaments.
"The Indiana golf community has shown it will support a major sporting event, and we'd certainly be interested in coming back in the future."
The WGA, which operates the tournament that started out as the Western Open in 1970, won't make that decision by itself. PGA Tour officials and BMW also would have to sign off on any new deal.
That shouldn't be too difficult, considering players, fans and sponsors all were impressed despite heavy rain during the week that softened the fairways and greens in addition to making some areas outside the ropes a soggy mess.
"I've heard a lot of players talking about the crowds that have come out, and they say it's a neat town," said Bo Van Pelt, an Indiana native. "It is.
"Hopefully we'll get it back on the schedule."
Next year's BMW Championship is scheduled to be played at Conway Farms in Lake Forest, Ill., near the tournament's traditional Chicago home. In 2014, the event will be played at Cherry Hills, near Denver.
BMW's sponsorship deal expires in 2014 season, but until a new deal is struck or a new sponsor found, future sites probably will not be selected.
--Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa was more than a bit surprised when he stepped onto the ninth tee during the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship two weeks ago and heard a fan screaming at him from the front of the tee box.
Oosthuizen, who is nicknamed "Shrek," because he has a gap between his upper front teeth, did a double take.
"Louis! Louis!" the man yelled. "I'm your brother, your long lost brother."
The fan also had a slight gap in his front teeth, was wearing a cap and was so loud that Oosthuizen couldn't ignore him. Oosty looked at the man and broke into his gap-tooth smile, and soon was laughing so hard he covered his face with his yardage book.
So, was he a real lookalike?
"My caddie said he looked just like me, so I don't know," Oosthuizen said.
Rory McIlroy, who was Oosthuizen's playing partner, agreed with the caddie.
"He did have the gap in the teeth, which I thought was so funny," McIlroy said. "He was following us the whole way around. I thought there were a few similarities there."