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Tensions Flare in Ryder Cup as the U.S. Team Takes a Commanding Lead

Tensions Flare in Ryder Cup as the U.S. Team Takes a Commanding Lead

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HAVEN, Wis. — Golf is a game of decorum.Except in the Ryder Cup, where some combination of pressure, patriotism and pride routinely leads players to engage in frisky gamesmanship, clash over rulings and stoke or shush fans if it gives them an emotional advantage.This year’s Ryder Cup, however, was shaping up to be an exception to the usual peevishness. As the midpoint of the three-day event neared on Saturday, the American team was calmly overpowering the European side, whose golfers appeared lifeless and beaten. But that changed in the stretch of roughly one hour when there were four testy episodes involving players from both teams.Brooks Koepka defiantly and profanely disputed the decision of two rules officials who declined to give him a free drop. His American teammate, Jordan Spieth, ...
U.S. Ryder Cup Team Seizes Big Lead on a Wild Opening Day

U.S. Ryder Cup Team Seizes Big Lead on a Wild Opening Day

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HAVEN, Wis. — A snapshot panorama from the first day of the Ryder Cup would start with a crowd of 40,000 — 90 percent of it American fans because of pandemic-related travel restrictions — noisily arriving before sunrise on Friday to roar unabated for 12 hours and through eight matches that concluded in the gloaming. Patriotic costumes were in vogue, though not among the most prominent spectators in the mix: Michael Jordan and Stephen Curry.Whistling Straits, the topsy-turvy golf fun house designed by Pete Dye along Lake Michigan, almost claimed two competitors as a stumbling Jordan Spieth ended up a hop step from a Great Lakes face plant and Ireland’s Shane Lowry flopped to his backside on an embankment like a toddler on a water slide. Tiger Woods, still recovering from a devastating car c...

For the U.S. Ryder Cup Team, Motivation Burns Naturally

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HAVEN, Wis. — Steve Stricker, the United States Ryder Cup captain, has not delivered a single rousing speech to his charges this week. He has also refrained from showing them motivational videos, which many of his predecessors liked to do.When Stricker was a Ryder Cup competitor, as opposed to a nonplaying captain, he always thought those tactics just made him nervous.At the 43rd Ryder Cup, which begins Friday morning, Stricker will rely on more elemental inspiration for his team: He has the youngest U.S. squad in decades, and he knows those players have spent most of their lives hearing about Europe’s sustained dominance in the event.The Americans, eight of whom are younger than 30, have grown increasingly weary of that story line, and they do not need a speech or the blaring theme music ...

Seth Waugh, Head of the P.G.A., Says the World Needs the Ryder Cup

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Seth Waugh, the chief executive of the P.G.A. of America since 2018, is ready to hold the biennial Ryder Cup, a year after it was postponed because of the pandemic.The Ryder Cup, with 12 golfers from the United States pitted against 12 from Europe over three days starting on Friday at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin, has become more than a golf tournament; it has become a raucous event that Waugh described as a combination of the Super Bowl and a Rolling Stones concert. No other golf tournament regularly has players and fans taunting each other.This year, after Covid-19 seemed to ebb in the spring, the Delta variant has surged back, presenting a challenge to an event that typically hosts about 40,000-plus, all following only a few players.Add to that the tension over critical comments made ...
Steady, Stoic Cantlay Outlasts a Mighty DeChambeau in Maryland

Steady, Stoic Cantlay Outlasts a Mighty DeChambeau in Maryland

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OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Patrick Cantlay, a creative if stoic player, was asked on Saturday night to look forward to Sunday’s final round of the BMW Championship when he would be paired with Bryson DeChambeau, the tinkering and volatile former college physics major.The golfers would begin the day tied for the lead.“Artist versus scientist?” a reporter inquired.Cantlay smiled and answered: “You should be able to decide.”The pair dueled across more than six entertaining hours and 24 holes on Sunday, with Cantlay typically imaginative and quietly effective while DeChambeau’s swashbuckling style and mighty swipes at the ball overpowered the Caves Valley Golf Club outside Baltimore.But what transpired was more than a riveting contrast of styles. It became a test of will between promising 20-somethin...
Bryson DeChambeau Soars. Patrick Cantlay Drags Him Back to Earth.

Bryson DeChambeau Soars. Patrick Cantlay Drags Him Back to Earth.

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OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Bryson DeChambeau stood next to his golf bag on the first tee, contemplating which club to hit on the opening hole of Saturday’s third round at the BMW Championship. When he retrieved an iron rather than his powerful driver, a groan erupted from fans crammed into a grandstand overlooking the tee.DeChambeau turned, shrugged and said, “Sorry, next hole.”“We want the driver every hole,” a voice yelped.“I know,” DeChambeau muttered. “I know.”It has been tough for DeChambeau to make anyone happy the past two months, which is another turn of fortune in the capricious world he has inhabited since early 2020. Fittingly, at the up-and-down, topographically diverse layout of the Caves Valley Golf Club outside Baltimore, that has changed for DeChambeau in the last two days.On Satu...
Golf Carts Are Parked, Walking Is In and, Yes, It’s Exercise

Golf Carts Are Parked, Walking Is In and, Yes, It’s Exercise

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There is a new movement afoot in recreational golf: walking.In swelling numbers nationwide, golfers are spurning the motorized golf cart — a standard-bearer of American golf rounds for more than 50 years — and instead choosing to stride or stroll from shot to shot.It has contributed to a substantial rise in rounds played and spawned another novel phenomenon: The verifiable notion that golf, when a round is walked, is exercise that can supplement a fitness regimen since golfers routinely burn 700 calories or more in an outing that can traverse up to six miles.Moreover, the walking boom, propelled by the advent of lightweight, trendy carry bags and technologically sophisticated pushcarts for golf bags, is being advanced by a legion of young and older players — with an increasing percentage o...
Collin Morikawa Wins the British Open in His First Appearance

Collin Morikawa Wins the British Open in His First Appearance

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SANDWICH, England — The young American Collin Morikawa arrived at the Royal St. George’s Golf Club for his first British Open and played like a master of links golf, finishing at 15 under par to win by two strokes and hold off the past major champions Jordan Spieth, Jon Rahm and Louis Oosthuizen.It was a familiar sight for those who watched Morikawa at his first P.G.A. Championship, last year in San Francisco, as he calmly stared down a closely packed leaderboard in the closing holes and emerged as a major champion.“It’s the same thing I said after Collin won the P.G.A.: It seems like he’s been there 100 times, and he just hasn’t,” said J.J. Jakovac, Morikawa’s caddie. “It just goes to his mental strength and his maturity, and you add the freakish ball striking to an absolute stone-cold de...
British Open Heads for Furious Finish With Stars Tight at the Top

British Open Heads for Furious Finish With Stars Tight at the Top

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SANDWICH, England — Collin Morikawa and Jordan Spieth had much in common as the third round of the British Open ended on Saturday in the sort of gentle breezes and golden, early evening light more associated with Augusta National than the English seaside.Morikawa and Spieth are precocious and thoughtful American golf stars in their 20s who have proved that they can win a major championship. Both are still in hot pursuit of Louis Oosthuizen, the mild-mannered South African who remains in the lead but hardly in charge of this major with just one round to play at Royal St. George’s.Oosthuizen is 12 under par. Morikawa, who was paired with him on Saturday, is one shot back at 11 under. Spieth is in third at nine under.But though Morikawa and Spieth are in similar positions, they finished their...
At British Open, Collin Morikawa Soars While Louis Oosthuizen Grabs a Record

At British Open, Collin Morikawa Soars While Louis Oosthuizen Grabs a Record

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“Anytime you can set or equal a record in the Open Championship, it’s special,” Oosthuizen said.But what Oosthuizen truly craves at age 38 is a second major championship to go with the British Open he won at St. Andrews in 2010. Since then, he has been runner-up on six occasions, most recently at this year’s P.G.A. Championship and U.S. Open.“I’m sure after the last two majors he’s even more motivated,” said Spieth, the 27-year-old American who is chasing his fourth major title, and his first since winning the British Open in 2017.Established threats abound at Royal St. George’s. Dustin Johnson, the world No. 1, and Brooks Koepka, a former No. 1, both made moves on Friday. Johnson was at seven under par, four shots off the lead, after shooting a 65. Koepka was at five under after a 66. Phi...