What Watson said about his picks
Idle thought while waiting (and waiting) for Tom Watson's Ryder picks: Imagine the Twitter meltdown if he punked everyone and picked Tiger.— Mike O'Malley (@GD_MikeO) September 2, 2014
Some early tips for those of you who are interested in making cool Hyperlapse videos:
1. If you have the option of recording while standing in one place versus moving around, stand in one place. The Hyperlapse will be far less dizzying.
2. Record more footage than you think. Crunching a real-time video into a time-lapse video requires a surprising amount of footage, and you can always edit it down after you record.
3. Think of Hyperlapse as a way of showing off something that typically takes minutes or hours. We think it'd be a cool way to show off an iconic hole (footage of someone playing the fourth hole at Bethpage Black? Yes, please!), the sun setting on a hole or even a cool drill that takes too long to show off in real time. Michelle Wie didn't use Hyperlapse to shoot this video, but you certainly could:
Here are five of our favorite period polos along with a few tips on how pull off the look.
RLX Orange Fine Stripe with Contrast Extended Placket
The classic preppy polo with an extended contrast placket is already redefined in RLX's slim fit and performance fabrics. Balance the color pop with some slim gray trousers and this rig works from Labor Day through Thanksgiving.
Nike Dry Fit Green Micro Print Color Block
Keep the acid wash jeans in the closet when you're wearing this 1980s-inspired color-blocked retro print. On or off the course, black pants and white sneaks are all you need to modernize this move.
Fred Perry Gray Tipped Polo
Embrace the mod move, button the top button and tuck this classic polo into a dark trouser. Throw on some spikeless sneaks and you're set for the season.
Adidas Burgundy Shoulder Block Polo
Balance the 1970s vintage colors by wearing bright white bottoms. The white trousers will also pick up the contrast stitch around the sleeves and waist making the retro rig look young and athletic.
J. Lindeberg Navy Banded Stripe Polo
Channel some vintage Seve and pair this polo with navy trousers in the same shade. The look may be retro, but the fit and function of J. Lindeberg's performance gear is enough to take this look way past 2014.
You'd obviously expect a golfer to post about golf, but lately her Instagram has been dominated by photos of her art work and a few putting drills. That's why today's picture is especially good to see: It's the first time she has hit balls since withdrawing from the Meijer LPGA Classic in the second week of August.
We’ve been fine-tuning the "What They Said, What They Meant" algorithm for the busy Ryder Cup season, when parsing comments is most urgently needed.
European Captain Paul McGinley’s phone call to the last man not picked to the 2014 Ryder Cup team, Luke Donald, was apparently quite the somber affair.
Q. What did Luke Donald actually say to you when you told him the news?
PAUL McGINLEY: He was very, very disappointed, and rightly so. He's a former world No. 1. His record in the Ryder Cup stands with anybody in the game.
As I say, my personal relationship goes right back to the first ever shot he hit in the Ryder Cup; I was his partner. He said: "You know, Paul, I publicly backed you to be the captain. Even though you have not picked me, I still believe you'll be a great captain." His last few words were, "Go Europe." I think that says a lot about Luke.”
And here’s what our completely trademarked and fully-licensed machine spit out to clarify McGinley and Donald's responses:
Q. What did Luke Donald actually say to you when you told him the news?
PAUL McGINLEY: He was very, very disappointed, and rightly so since he actually played last week while Lee Westwood had his feet up in the air sipping an adult beverage watching the Italian Open. He's a former world No. 1. Emphasis on the former. His record in the Ryder Cup stands with anybody in the game, well, except maybe Ian Poulter’s.
As I say, my personal relationship goes right back to the first ever shot he hit in the Ryder Cup; I was his partner and he had to carry my hiney that day. He said: "You know, Paul, I publicly backed you to be the captain, have you already forgotten what that did to my reputation with Monty? With Darren Clarke’s fan? Even though you have not picked me, I still believe you'll be a great captain, I guess." His last few words were, "I’m going to Europe for a much-needed holiday. I hear Turin is lovely this time of year. Maybe I’ll call Lee to find out. Oh wait, he took last week off." I think that says a lot about Luke.
Chris Kirk: OK, Chris, we're impressed. The 29-year-old University of Georgia product picked up the biggest win of his career by far and he did it by outplaying Rory McIlroy head-to-head over the weekend. Not intimidated by the World No. 1, Kirk shot 64-66 and didn't have a bogey the last two days -- something that Captain Watson had to notice. According to Golf Channel's Justin Ray, Kirk became the only winner on the PGA Tour in the last five seasons to be 10-plus strokes behind after the first round. He also gave an immediate plug for Callaway, of which fellow pitchman Phil Mickelson would have been proud.
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Geoff Ogilvy: The guy who needed a late-season win just to get into the FedEx Cup Playoffs and who needed a 15-foot par putt by someone else just to stay in them after Week 1 nearly took control of them after Week 2. Ogilvy shot a pair of 65s over the weekend at TPC Boston before settling for a T-2. Still, it's nice to see the 2006 U.S. Open champ back in good form. Now the Aussie looks poised to make his first trip to Atlanta for the Tour Championship in three years. This must explain why Ogilvy recently sold his home in Del Mar, Calif., for $6 million. He must be planning on upgrading with his FedEx Cup windfall.
Fred Couples: It had been a quiet past few months for Couples on the Champions Tour, but that changed on Sunday in Calgary. Freddie fired a final-round 61, including a chip-in eagle on No. 18, and then had a tap-in birdie on the first hole of the playoff to beat Billy Andrade. Poor Billy. The guy had a closing eagle of his own to shoot 62, but it wasn't enough to win his first Champions Tour title. That's got to sting a bit. (Side note: Was this a regulation golf course?)
Brandt Snedeker: Sneds won the FedEx Cup title in 2012 and had an even better -- at least, in terms of results -- 2013. But 2014 has been a disaster. With a recent T-5 at the Wyndham Championship (just his third top 10 in 25 events this year), Snedeker looked like he might salvage his season by making the Ryder Cup team, but he missed the cut at the first two events of the FedEx Cup Playoffs, including a 76 to end his season at TPC Boston. We wouldn't plan on packing for Scotland if we were him.
Billy Horschel: First things first, Horschel had a great week in Boston. His T-2 was his first top five of the season and first top 10 in nearly three months, but oh, what could have been. After a perfect drive on the final hole, Horschel had to be thinking about an eagle, a second PGA Tour title and a possible spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup team. Instead, he hit one of the worst shots you'll ever see a tour pro hit, leading to a bogey and leaving his Ralph Lauren wallet considerably lighter.
Europe's captain's picks: We're not criticizing any of Paul McGinley's selections (Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Stephen Gallacher), but the crop as a whole is a little suspect. Regardless of their previous Ryder Cup experience/success, picking Poulter and Westwood -- two guys with a combined three top 10s on the PGA Tour this year -- and Gallacher, who is 39 and has three career European Tour titles, shouldn't scare anyone on Tom Watson's squad. Then again, maybe we're just reaching for anything to produce some drama in an event that everyone has already handed to Europe.
The PGA Tour heads to Denver for the BMW Championship, aka that tournament being played at Cherry Hills for the first time. Only the top 30 on the FedEx Cup points list following this third leg of the playoffs will advance to next week's Tour Championship.
Random tournament fact: Phil Mickelson won the 1990 U.S. Amateur at Cherry Hills. This was Phil's biggest win of the pre-"Bones" era.
RANDOM PROP BETS OF THE WEEK
-- John Daly will be named a Ryder Cup captain's pick: 1 million-to-1 odds
-- Rory McIlroy will hit a 400-yard drive in Denver's altitude: 2-to-1 odds
-- TV viewers will hear a LOT of references to the 1960 U.S. Open: LOCK
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
We sadly say goodbye to the summer with this Amanda Dufner selfie:
That is one impressive. . . pool. I mean, look at the size of that thing!
RANDOM PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Amanda D is back! And this time, she's got a monkey on her head!
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
"I may be a little bit more calm than some other guys in that situation, but I'm still pretty much freaking out inside." -- Chris Kirk.
VIRAL VIDEO OF THE WEEK
Kudos to John Strege for finding this amazing/inspiring clip of a 3-year-old Tommy Morrissey, who was born without a right hand.
ARCHIVE VIRAL VIDEO OF THE WEEK
In honor of Hennie Otto's win at the Italian Open on the European Tour, a look back at one of the best/worst meltdowns you'll ever see on a green:
THIS WEEK IN LINDSEY VONN MAKING US LOOK BAD WITH HER TRAINING
What, it's not enough to just lift weights anymore, Lindsey?!
THIS AND THAT
Austin Ernst picked up her first LPGA win at the Portland Classic, defeating I.K. Kim in a playoff. Kim, who famously missed a putt of about a foot that cost her the 2012 Kraft Nabisco, hasn't won a tournament in nearly four years. . . . Bud Cauley won the Web.com Finals opener to regain his PGA Tour card. That guarantees he'll be on everyone's "sleepers" list for next season. Again. . . . Vice President Joe Biden gave a speech about jobs while wearing a Sebonack Golf Club shirt. As Geoff Shackelford pointed out, this could have been a scene straight out of HBO's "Veep." . . . Speaking of politicians, that's my future father-in-law greeting President Barack Obama -- another Ryder Cup captain's pick hopeful -- as he arrived in New York last week. That's almost as cool as that time I got a photo with Paula Creamer last year. Almost.
RANDOM QUESTIONS TO PONDER
Does Joe Biden watch "Veep"?
Who would win a Ryder Cup football game?
Has Amanda Dufner done the Ice Bucket Challenge yet?
At 93, John Anselmo still teaches at Meadowlark G.C. in Huntington Beach, Calif., where he worked with an adolescent Woods between ages of 10 and 16. Jaime Diaz talked to Anselmo for a feature in the Sept. 2 issue of Golf World that explores where Woods might turn next regarding his swing. Among Diaz' conclusions, after talking to Anselmo, was that coming full circle and returning to the advice of Tiger's youth might be the best approach for the 38-year-old given he doesn't necessarily have time for another extensive overhaul of his swing.
Anselmo said it's been several years since he saw Woods and the idea of speaking again with him would be gratifying. "Lots of things I'd like to tell him," Anselmo told Golf World. "First, quit trying to kill the ball. And I would ask him what he feels during the swing, because he was a feel player. I don't know if it's possible for him to be the player he was. But I know he hasn't forgotten how to create a swing. There's still some greatness in there."
In watching from afar, Anselmo believes the biggest issue for Tiger is a loss of confidence with his driver, a problem that has its roots back to when the two of them worked together.
"It started because ever since he was little, he's been obsessed with hitting it far," Anselmo said. "That was why he put on a lot of muscle weight training in college, which changed his swing. But swinging too hard can destroy a good player. Snead used to go at it about 80 percent, and it looked like less than that. As he got older and still wanted to be the longest hitter, Tiger lost that controlled smoothness with the driver."
As Woods was winning his record three straight U.S. Junior titles in the early 1990s, his partnership with Anselmo was winding down. In 1993, the instructor had to stop teaching for eight months to battle colon cancer, and it was then that Woods began working with Harmon. Anselmo told Diaz he understood why Woods made the change, but laid out an intriguing "what if?" scenario.
"If I hadn't gotten sick, I think he would have stayed with me," Anselmo said, believing that the two might have maintained the same type of long-term relationship that Jack Nicklaus had with Jack Grout and Ben Crenshaw and Tom Kite had with Harvey Penick.
One can only assume that when Old Tom Morris and Willie Park, Sr. engaged in some friendly trash talk back in the day, it was about how one got more distance with his brassie. Or how many tweed vests they owned.
Fast forward to 2014, and you have Twitter exchanges like the one Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy had before leaving for Denver on their respective private planes.
Eventually Rickie Fowler chimed in as well.
All in good fun, of course. If golfers wanted to strike a nerve with one another, they'd reference something really personal -- like, say, the size of their endorsement contracts.
BEST-TIMED BEST-EVER TOURNAMENT
Chris Kirk entered the week a two-time winner on the PGA Tour, but there probably aren't too many golf fans who vividly remember those victories. Not to take anything away from Kirk, but as he acknowledged after, the Deutsche Bank Championship was by far the biggest win of his career, easily trumping triumphs at the Viking and McGladrey Classics. With title No. 3, Kirk moved to No. 1 on the FedEx Cup points list and to the top of the conversation of possible Ryder Cup captain's picks. The 29-year-old University of Georgia product has also guaranteed his first trip to his native Atlanta to play in the Tour Championship.
The last man in the field, Geoff Ogilvy, shot a pair of 65s over the weekend that gave him a T-2 and moved him up from No. 100 to No. 24 on the FedEx Cup points list -- meaning he has a great chance of playing in his first Tour Championship since 2011. Ogilvy would not have even teed it up in Boston if not for Brendon Todd making a 15-foot par putt on the final hole of the Barclays the week before.
CRAZIEST "THAT'S SOOO FEDEX CUP" MOMENT
Jason Day's birdie putt on the final hole gave him a T-7 finish. What's the big deal? It bumped Robert Streb down to a T-9, dropping him to No. 71 on the FedEx Cup points list and ending his season. Streb gets the unofficial "all for naught" award also. He thought he would be moving on in the playoffs after a clutch eagle on the final hole, but he couldn't survive one final crunching of the numbers.
Geoff Ogilvy is taking advantage of his good fortune in the playoffs.
MOST EXPENSIVE SHOT
This was an obvious one. Billy Horschel needed a birdie on the final hole to get into a playoff -- or an eagle to win -- and he put himself in great shape after a perfect drive. But he chunked his approach shot from 212 yards with a 6-iron so badly that his ball barely reached the hazard on TPC Boston's 18th hole. The resulting bogey kept him from his second PGA Tour title and dropped him into a three-way tie for second, which dropped him out of the top 10 on the FedEx Cup points list to No. 20. Oh, it also probably cost him a good chance of being a Ryder Cup captain's pick. Ouch.
BIGGEST NAMES NOT MOVING ON
Luke Donald and Brandt Snedeker arrived in Boston hoping to salvage disappointing seasons by at least impressing their potential Ryder Cup captains. It didn't work out that way. Donald finished T-57 and found out Tuesday morning he won't make the trip to Scotland to represent Team Europe. Snedeker missed his second consecutive cut in the playoffs and will probably be staying home for the foreseeable future as well.
MOST UNLIKELY CLUTCH SHOT
Needing an eagle on the final hole to have any chance of getting into the top 70, Jerry Kelly put everything he had into a 3-wood from 248 yards. The ball bounded onto the green and within four feet. Kelly made the putt and sweated out the next couple hours before winding up No. 70 on the list to move on.
The FedEx Cup continues in Denver with the BMW Championship. Cherry Hills will host the event for the first time. The top 30 on the points list at the conclusion of the event will move on to the Tour Championship the following week.