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Davis Love III vs. Darren Clarke, in the matchup of Ryder Cup captains at Hazeltine in 2016. Who do you like? Minneapolis Star-Tribune columnist Patrick Reusse likes Clarke. "To me, Love always has come across as being put upon by having other human beings on the planet - not the affable-grump type, but as the woe-is-me type…Darren Clarke, the most affable of Irishmen…"
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It is a transformed Darren Clarke that will captain the European Ryder Cup team, Kevin Garside of the Independent argues: "The transformed physique is part of a radical shift in attitude designed to arrest the slump that claimed him post his Open triumph. The booze intake has reduced dramatically and, the occasional cigar notwithstanding, the lifestyle change remains in top gear, fully supported by his new spouse, Alison, whom he married a year ago. They are Northern Ireland's power couple, she a former model who now runs her own agency, he one of the most recognised sporting figures in Ulster, whose story continues to engage the populace."
"It was well beyond just a good day at Riviera on Thursday…Gary Player was in the house," Los Angeles Times columnist Bill Dwyre writes. "There is nobody quite like him. Lunch with him is a four-course offering of golf, philosophy, passion and common sense. When they create the next one like him, they will need DNA from Tiger Woods, Billy Graham and Socrates."
Cheyenne Woods and Sadena Parks, LPGA rookies, are friends. But they are more than that, too. "They are just the fifth and sixth African-American women to be members of the tour, which was founded in 1950," Mechelle Voepel of ESPNW writes. "Parks and Woods, both 24, want to be game-changers in inspiring more African-American girls to take up the sport."
"They are located within a wedge of each other in St Andrews and are responsible for and involved in matching matters in men's and women's golf. It, therefore, makes sense that the R&A and the Ladies' Golf Union have entered exploratory discussions' about how they might start singing from the same hymn sheet," Martin Dempster of the Scotsman writes. "Whatever comes out of these discussions has to be welcomed because it is another step in the right direction for golf as far as the gender issue is concerned."