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QUICK TAKE: Sights And Sounds From Day 1 At Le Golf National View More
Tommy Fleetwood (Photo credit: Paul Childs, Reuters)

QUICK TAKE: Sights And Sounds From Day 1 At Le Golf National

SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, FRANCE | One whipsaw day into the Ryder Cup, a few observations worth considering: Did Tommy Fleetwood single-handedly change the direction of this Ryder Cup? It felt that way. The European team was in danger of losing every four-ball match Friday morning until Fleetwood made long birdie putts at…

QUICK TAKE: Finau’s Answered Prayer On 16 Leads To Morning Triumph View More
Tony Finau and Brooks Koepka (Photo credit: Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

QUICK TAKE: Finau’s Answered Prayer On 16 Leads To Morning Triumph

SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, FRANCE | Tony Finau stood on the par-3 16th tee at Le Golf National late Friday morning begging his 8-iron shot to stay in the air. The wind blowing in a cold front was bouncing off the water and coming straight at the elevated tee where Finau and partner…

NEWS: O’Connell Captures U.S. Mid-Amateur View More
Kevin O'Connell celebrates his U.S. Mid-Amateur victory (Photo: USGA)

NEWS: O’Connell Captures U.S. Mid-Amateur

In a match between two North Carolina residents looking for a national title within their home state, Kevin O’Connell of Cary, N.C., defeated Bret Boner of Charlotte, N.C., 4 and 3, in the 38th U.S. Mid-Amateur at Charlotte Country Club. O’Connell, a 30-year-old golf equipment representative who starred at the…

Johnson Wins U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Title View More
Shannon Johnson won the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur (Photo Credit: USGA)

Johnson Wins U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Title

Shannon Johnson won the 32nd U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship on Thursday at Norwood Hills Country Club in St. Louis. Johnson, a 35-year-old Norton, Mass., resident, defeated defending champion Kelsey Chugg of Salt Lake City, Utah, 1 up, in the scheduled 18-hole final.   On the front nine at Norwood Hills,…

QUICK TAKE: Furyk Doubles Down With Friday Four-Ball Pairings View More
Jon Rahm and Justin Rose will lead off for Europe in Friday morning's four-ball session. (Photo credit: REUTERS/Paul Childs)

QUICK TAKE: Furyk Doubles Down With Friday Four-Ball Pairings

SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, FRANCE | In making his pairings for Friday morning’s opening session of the Ryder Cup, U.S. captain Jim Furyk considered the advantage of keeping the successful Jordan Spieth-Patrick Reed pairing together versus the potential payoff of putting them with different partners. Furyk opted to double down and split his…

QUICK TAKE: Golf’s Version Of Christmas Eve Is Finally Here View More
Justin Thomas, Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth enjoy some laughs during their Ryder Cup practice round. (Photo Credit: REUTERS/Regis Duvignau)

QUICK TAKE: Golf’s Version Of Christmas Eve Is Finally Here

SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, FRANCE | Let’s take a moment here, before the first official Olé, Olé, Olé is sung, before the first Ryder Cup point is won and while the croissants are still fresh to appreciate where we are. It’s Paris (which the dinner receipts in my expense account will heartily verify)….

QUICK TAKE: Course Figures To Influence This Ryder Cup More Than Most View More
Phil Mickelson tees off during a Ryder Cup practice round. (Photo Credit: REUTERS/Paul Childs)

QUICK TAKE: Course Figures To Influence This Ryder Cup More Than Most

SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, FRANCE | Perhaps more than in any other major event in golf, the course itself at the Ryder Cup tends to take on a secondary role. At the Masters, it’s about Augusta National as much as it’s about the players, at least until Sunday. It’s always about the course…

QUICK TAKE: After Cold-Shoulder Ruse, Woods Takes Center Stage In Paris View More
After playing a practice round together, Patrick Reed and Tiger Woods are viewed as potential partners at the Ryder Cup. (Photo Credit: REUTERS/Charles Platiau)

QUICK TAKE: After Cold-Shoulder Ruse, Woods Takes Center Stage In Paris

SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, FRANCE – When Tiger Woods finally had a moment to exhale Sunday evening after his sport-stopping victory in the Tour Championship, he walked into a meeting room at an Atlanta hotel to meet his Ryder Cup teammates before they hopped on the charter to Paris. Whatever kind of reception…