By Luke Kerr-Dineen
It's not been a good week golf-wise for the United States of America. For the first time in the 117-year history of the U.S. Amateur, the final match will not feature an American. The two remaining competitors, England's Matt Fitzpatrick and Australia's Oliver Goss, knocked out a pair of them in the quarterfinals. Meanwhile, in the Solheim Cup, barring an extremely poor Sunday singles performance, Europe is primed to make 2013 the first time in the history of that competition that it captures the trophy on American soil.
Tight at the top
Patrick Reed and his wife-caddie are inching closer to their first PGA Tour win at the Wyndham Championship, but at they're still in for a fight. After leading most of Saturday, Reed dropped a shot on his 54th hole and dropped back to a two-way tie for the lead with John Huh at ten under. And they're not the only ones in with a chance. Former Masters Champ Zach Johnson is one back and hunting for his first win of the year, tied with, among others, Jordan Spieth -- the man who beat him in a playoff at the John Deere.
Another rules saga?
Charles Howell III probably wasn't going to win the Wyndham Championship, but thanks to his driver, he won't even get the chance. After shooting 66 in the first round, Howell was on the driving range warming-up on Friday when the weight port cover came off his TaylorMade driver. He consulted company officials, who reportedly told him the missing cover wouldn't affect the performance of the club, and so he used it en route to a second round 68. But once tournament officials heard the story, they deemed the driver "non-conforming" and DQ'd him from the tournament. But in fairness, we were probably due for another rules fiasco.