Europe Retains the Ryder Cup

The golf action might still be going on as of the time of this writing, but the European Team has all but earned the required 14 points to retain the Ryder Cup. Jamie Donaldson of the Euro team halved hole no. 14 with opponent Keegan Bradley to guarantee a half-point in his match, which was all his team needed to keep the cup. Donaldson later made things official on the very next...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Patrick Reed ‘Shushes’ Fans After Being Heckled

Patrick Reed has had a controversial year in 2014. After stating that he feels he was one of the top five players in the world earlier this year, the U.S. Ryder Cup team rookie may have more enemies than friends when it comes to golf fans. That was never more clear Sunday with what Reed experienced on the first tee of his singles match against Henrik Stenson. The folks at Golf...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

O Captain! Ryder Cup Captains Can Make A Difference

Much is made of the role of the Ryder Cup captains, but how important a part do they really play?   Many will argue that when you have 12 of the best golfers in the world under your command then surely all you have to do is put their names in a hat, pull them out in pairs and tell them to go out and wipe the floor with the opposition.   If only it were that easy.   While a...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Lost In Translation: How To Decipher What The Scottish Are Saying

GLENEAGLES, Scotland — This being Scotland, the sound of bagpipes never seems to be far away. Was there ever a more miserable, wretched musical instrument? I am from Scotland, and even I hate the sound of the thing. What you can’t deny, though, is that it is intrinsically Scottish. And the same can be said for the vast majority of the gallery here at Gleneagles. You will no...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Spectators Paying The Price For Attending Ryder Cup

GLENEAGLES, Scotland — You think I’ve got an easy life covering this Ryder Cup, but it’s hard work you know. I have been doing some research on your behalf. First of all, I think I know where the vast majority of the 45,000 spectators have gone. I decided to go for lunch in what is laughingly known as “The Spectator Village.” On this side of the pond, we think of villages...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Show Me The Money: Ryder Cup Has Become Golf’s Biggest Event

Not so long ago, you couldn’t give away a Ryder Cup ticket. Sponsorships and hospitality packages? Not a chance. But that’s a far cry from today’s competition, which attracts millions of spectators, huge television audiences and mind-boggling sums of money. The Ryder Cup is now the biggest golf tournament on the planet. During the 1970s, the USA routinely handed out thrashings...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Tournament Hole Of The Week: Ryder Cup

2014 PGA Championship Hole of the Day:Valhalla’s 3rd | Valhalla’s 7th | Valhalla’s 13th | Valhalla’s 18th 2014 Open Championship Hole of the Day:Royal Liverpool’s 1st | Royal Liverpool’s 5th | Royal Liverpool’s 14th | Royal Liverpool’s 18th 2014 U.S. Open Hole of the Day:Pinehurst No. 2′s 5th | Pinehurst No. 2′s 8th | Pinehurst No. 2′s 9th|...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Ryder Cup By The Numbers: More Than 15 Miles of Rope and More

GLENEAGLES, Scotland — Getting into Gleneagles is a feat. We are talking about a magnificent venue serviced by a road network that is designed to carry a handful of cars every week, not the vast numbers who want to see the greatest golf show on earth. Most spectators are arriving by special coaches – and woe betide those who miss the return journey to their hotel when play is...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Ryder Cup Ticket Prices Soaring On Secondary Market

Want to go to the 2014 Ryder Cup this week? Chances are you’ll need to max out a couple credit cards to do so. According to a report by the London Telegraph, Ryder Cup tickets were being sold for as much as $1,640 on various secondary ticketing websites. This was all being done despite a recent decision by tournament officials to bar any non-direct ticket buyers from entering the...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Ryder Cup Rookies: Dubuisson, Donaldson And Gallacher Debut For Europe

As Ryder Cup week begins, each team has a few players who will be experiencing the sensation of representing their nation for the very first time. The European’s boast a potent roster that includes world No. 1 Rory McIlroy, world No. 3 Sergio Garcia and last year’s FedExCup champions Henrik Stenson among other. It also includes Victor Dubisson, Jamie Donaldson and Stephen Gallacher...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

16 European Ryder Cup Songs That Will Make You Cry

The Ryder Cup is just a week away, and fans are getting pumped on both sides of the Atlantic. Most show support for their teams in more traditional fashions — you know, with clothes and such — but one group of European fans have taken it to a different level, And I sort of wished they hadn’t. The Ryder Cup Guardians, as they’re called, created 16 “songs” for the European...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Sergio Garcia Disappointed Luke Donald Not on Ryder Cup Team

Whenever Sergio Garcia played well at the Ryder Cup, it was usually alongside partner Luke Donald. Following Tuesday’s captain picks, however, Garcia will need to find that connection with someone else this year. According to a report, Garcia is less-than-pleased that Donald was not chosen as one of European Team Captain Paul McGinley’s captain picks. That honor went instead...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Poulter, Westwood, Gallacher picked as European Ryder Cup wild cards

VIRGINIA WATER, England -- European captain Paul McGinley chose Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Stephen Gallacher as his wild-card selections Tuesday for the Ryder Cup, with Luke Donald the high-profile name to miss out. Donald, a former No. 1, has been on the winning side on each of his four appearances for Europe but has struggled for form this year after making changes to his swing...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Donald Trump Rips ‘Horrible Look’ of Pinehurst No. 2

When the USGA selected Pinehurst No. 2 as the host for not only the 2014 U.S. Open, but the U.S. Women’s Open the following week as well, it knew exactly how the course would look. Pinehurst No. 2 played like no other U.S. Open course in recent memory. The course got great reviews from players, with most of them loving the different look for the championship.One man was not a fan...
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June 16, 2014  |  Discuss

The Fringe: Luke Donald Celebrates Like Johnny Manziel

Welcome to The Fringe, Back9Network’s daily feature to keep you up-to-date on the best stories happening in golf, social media and pop culture. Luke Donald Sticks One At 17; Celebrates Like Johnny ManzielAll week long it seemed like the talk was about Johnny Football and the NFL Draft. Rightfully so, I suppose, and even the stars of the PGA Tour got into it. Golf nut Johnny Manziel...
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May 12, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Fantasy Golf Daily Fix: RBC Heritage at Harbour Town

Luke Donald/Photo Credit: Keith Allison This week we head to Hilton Head, South Carolina for the RBC Heritage at the beautiful Harbour Town Golf Links. Below you will find my DraftStreet daily fantasy picks for the tournament this week. Tour Stop Harbour Town Golf Links is a 7,101 yards, par 71 layout – the first course from the mind of Jack Nicklaus. The course is short, but still...
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April 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Luke Donald takes 2-stroke penalty after fan reports violation

Luke Donald took a two-stroke penalty during his first round at the Masters on Thursday after a fan reported a violation to a rules official. The violation occurred on the ninth hole when Donald grounded his club while in a bunker. According to the rules, you are not allowed to touch the sand in a […]
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April 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Audibles: Kliff Kingsbury dancing, Luke Donalds penalty was reported by a patron, 5.5-inch iPhone 6 cases, and yoga pants

Paulina Gretzky In Tight White Pants At The Masters Jon Stewart Made The NCAA Look Even Dumber Than Normal On The Daily Show Kliff Kingsbury Dominates Texas Tech Dance-Off Like A Boss NBA suspends Mavericks public-address announcer Luke Donald’s penalty was reported by a patron on the grounds at Augusta National Reminder: almost every pitcher uses some sort of goo to enhance grip...
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April 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Fan Swipes Luke Donald’s Golf Ball

The newly-redesigned course at Doral is playing tough.  Really tough.  The scoring average for the second round Friday was 76, a full four strokes above par.  Only three rounds were under-par Friday and an absurd number of golf balls found the water…113 in all.  For former world No. 1 Luke Donald, he had to deal with more than just the course en route to his 10-over 82 Friday...
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March 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Luke Donald’s ball was picked up by a volunteer at the WGC Cadillac Championship

This is not a joke! A volunteer at the WGC Cadillac Championship picked up a shot hit by Luke Donald. I don’t want to sound like I’m putting anyone down, but when you are at a professional golf tournament and walking near the fairway, WHY WOULD YOU TOUCH A GOLF BALL THAT IS ON THE GROUND AND WASN’T HIT BY YOU? I mean come on people, this doesn’t take a genius to figure out...
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March 08, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Volunteer picks up Donald's ball and walks away

The first rule of going to a golf tournament and walking the course is to NEVER pick up a golf ball. There is a 100% chance that if you see a golf ball on a golf course at a pro tournament that it is currently being played. This volunteer at the WGC-Cadillac Championship didn’t get that memo though and picked up Luke Donald’s golf ball and started to walk away with it. Fortunately...
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March 07, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Chick Walks Away With Luke Donald’s Ball, Gets Caught

Well, I guess this girl didn't get the memo that it’s golf and not baseball where a fan keeps a home run. If a player hits a shot and if it goes near the fans then the fans must make room for the player to hit their next shot. Instead, this fan decides to take the ball and walk away but then returns once an official spots her in the act. At least she was a good sport about...
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March 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: Young lady steals Luke Donald's golf ball at Cadillac Championship

Luke Donald's ball was swiped by an unsuspecting young lady on the 10th hole at the Cadillac Championship on Friday.Well, that was until a vigilant photographer ran after her (and her accompanying group of friends) to inform her of the miscue.The immediate reaction by the poor young lady is priceless as she quickly tries to amend her wrongdoing. Unfortunately, she didn't...
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March 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Weather Delay at Doral Means Players Take to Social Media

A rather ominous thunderstorm halted play Thursday afternoon at the WGC-Cadillac Championship taking place at Trump National Doral outside of Miami. At the time, Jason Dufner was atop the leaderboard at 5-under through 10 holes, and Tiger Woods was +1 through six.Thankfully for those of us sitting at home/work, the delay gave players and media members plenty of time to display their...
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March 06, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Luke Donald and Other Golfers Race on an F1 Race Track, Who Wins?

Courtesy of Back9Network About a week and half ago, golf superstars, Luke Donald, Matteo Manaserro, Paul Casey and Sergio Garcia (Boooo! *In Homer Simpson voice) hit the race track in Abu Dhabi where normally the world’s greatest F1 racers compete for the crown on one of F1′s most recognizable venues. However, they didn’t shred the track with those world-famous F1 cars and...
Via The GP Golf Report
January 28, 2014  |  Discuss
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