Most dangerous par of the year | European Ryder cup picks bad for Euro Tour? | Michelle Wie shuts it down
Good Thursday morning, golf fans.
1. Bjorn chooses experience (and controversy)
Mark Cannizarro of the NY Post writes…”One day after US Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk announced three of his four captain’s picks – all of which were chalk selections that surprised no one – European captain Thomas Bjorn was faced with much more complicated decisions.”
2. Rory and Rose respect the Garcia pick
Ahead of the BMW Championship, here’s what the pair had to say…
3. …but will it do permanent damage?
Geoff Shackelford wonders if the experience/establishment pick could do more harm than good for the European Tour.
4. The most dangerous par of the year
An ESPN the Magazine oral history by Anna Katherine Clemons focuses on Talor Gooche’s alligator experience at the Zurich Classic earlier this year.
5. Michelle Wie withdraws from season’s final major
Michelle Wie has withdrawn from a second major this season.
“After going through an evaluation with my doctors and my Physio team,” wrote Wie on Instagram, “we have all concurred that my right hand is not quite ready for competition yet. So unfortunately, I have decided to withdraw from the Evian Championship next week. I’m extremely disappointed, but right now rehabbing my right hand back to pain free is my absolute first priority!! Thank you all for staying patient with me and for all the words of encouragement!!!”
6. Spieth on qualifying for East Lake
Oh boy. Nothing like these pros scratching and clawing to make it through the “Playoffs.”
7. Mickelson the Tour’s top putter?
Golf Digest’s Alex Myers points out...”With two tournaments remaining in his PGA Tour season (At No. 9 in the FedEx Cup points list entering this week’s BMW Championship, Mickelson is assured of also playing in the Tour Championship in two weeks), Mickelson is on the verge of leading the tour in strokes gained putting for the first time in his career.”
8. Food and drink delivery on a golf course via drone
Golfweek’s Bill Speros…”Golfers in North Dakota will soon be able to get refreshments delivered during play from a drone…King’s Walk Golf Course in Grand Forks, N.D., will be delivering food and drink via a drone for a $3 service charge in about 10 minutes. The orders will be attached to the drone via a rope.”
9. WLD winners
Golf Channel Digital….”Maurice Allen won his first Volvik World Long Drive Championship Wednesday night with a 393-yard blast to defeat Justin Moose.”
“Allen had never made it past the quarterfinals, but he was clearly the best competitor all night long, with drives of 392 yards in the quarterfinals, 393 in the semis and 393 in the final.”
“On the women’s side, Phillis Meti defeated Chloe Garner to capture her third championship belt. Meti also won in 2006 and 2016.”