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  • Morning foursomes matches announced for Ryder Cup

    Ryan Ballengee at Devil Ball Golf21 hrs ago

    The first four matches were announced for the Ryder Cuo during Thursday’s opening ceremony. The four matches will be played in the foursomes format, also known as alternate shot.

    Let’s take a look at each match.

    Match 1: Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed (USA) vs. Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose (EUR) at 7:35 a.m. local

    Stenson and Rose led off two years ago, earning the first point to set a tone for a whooping of the U.S. However, Spieth and Reed are the top American duo. They should be pumped up and win.

    Match 2: Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler (USA) vs. Rory McIlroy and Andy Sullivan (EUR) at 7:50 a.m.

    Mickelson and Fowler have losing Ryder Cup records overall, with Fowler never winning a match. McIlroy is a solid ballstriker and suspect putter. Sullivan, a rookie, is a great putter and OK ballstriker. Expect McIlroy to carry Sullivan to a win.

    Match 3: Zach Johnson and Jimmy Walker (USA) vs. Martin Kaymer and Sergio Garcia at 8:05 a.m.

    This seems like a European pair that should work well together. Johnson hasn’t played well of late, and Walker was an afterthought at the Tour Championship. Europe should win.

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  • Danny Willett apologizes for brother's column dissing U.S. fans

    Ryan Ballengee at Devil Ball Golf1 day ago

    CHASKA, Minn. — Danny Willett had to clean up his brother’s mess late Wednesday, apologizing for his brother P.J.’s characterizations of American golf fans.

    Writing a Ryder Cup column for the U.K.’s National Club Golfer, Willett said the European team needed to take the air out of the American fans early in an effort to win at Hazeltine National.

    Pete Willett wrote that the European team needs to “silence the pudgy, basement-dwelling irritants, stuffed on cookie dough and pissy beer, pausing between mouthfuls of hotdog so they can scream ‘Baba booey’ until their jelly faces turn red.” He also said the Europeans should “smash the obnoxious dads, with their shiny teeth, Lego man hair, medicated ex-wives, and resentful children.”

    His brutal description of American fans — even if biting satire — caused a wave of problems for the Masters champion and captain Darren Clarke.

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  • Mickelson apologizes to Sutton for 2004 Ryder Cup criticism

    Ryan Ballengee at Devil Ball Golf1 day ago

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    CHASKA, Minn. — Phil Mickelson apologized to 2004 U.S. Ryder Cup captain Hal Sutton on Thursday for comments he made the day prior that laid blame for the failure of Mickelson’s ill-fated partnership with Tiger Woods when Sutton led the team.

    Mickelson explained Wednesday why he thought the duo of the then world Nos. 1 and 2 lost in both matches that Friday near Detroit. Mickelson laid the blame at Sutton’s feet for the losses, saying he wasn’t given enough notice — just 2 days — to prepare to use Woods’ ball in their foursomes match. He then said the distraction with the ball took him off his game.

    Sutton, who was on site as an invited guest of current captain Davis Love III, fired back at Mickelson on Wednesday afternoon after hearing the comments.

    “The thing the Ryder Cup doesn’t need is drama. It creates enough drama on its own. Phil created a lot of drama that week, if we remember, because he switched his clubs and his ball prior to that week,” Sutton said, according to multiple reports.

    “It was very self-serving for him to do that prior to the Ryder Cup in 2004. So, if he needs me to shoulder the blame for his poor play, I can do that.”

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