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The Daily: A Charter To The Barclays, Euro Ryder Cup Team, More Free Beer

In today’s PGW Daily, Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler let fans determine their playoff facial hair, the rich get richer in a long-drive competition, Si Woo Kim’s amazing ability to hole out, a star-studded charter plane to the Barclays, and a look at the European Ryder Cup team.

Selfie of the Day

Lexi Thompson stuck around Rio for the closing ceremonies.

Picture of the Day

A fun look at a chartered plane from the Wyndham to the Barclays with PGA Tour players Kevin Na, Scott Piercy, Billy Horschel, and newly crowned Wyndham champ Si Woo Kim.

Stat of the Day

20

Wyndham champion Si Woo Kim has struggled on approach shots this year, ranking 132nd in strokes gained: approach the green and 117th in greens in regulation. Yet, he leads the PGA Tour with 20 hole-outs. For context, Adam Scott has 8, Rickie Fowler has 7, Justin Rose has 4, and Bubba Watson has 3.

 
Not all of those 20 were holed from long-distance, but he has done that more than anyone this year. He has actually been pretty good around the greens, ranking 14th in shots gained: around-the-green.

Ryder Cup European Qualifiers

There is still some positioning to go on the American side, but this weekend’s provided a last chance to finish in the top nine and qualify for Team Europe.

 
These are the nine who qualified (in order):
1. Rory McIlroy
2. Danny Willett
3. Henrik Stenson
4. Chris Wood
5. Sergio Garcia
6. Rafa Cabrera-Bello
7. Justin Rose
8. Andy Sullivan
9. Matthew Fitzpatrick

McIlroy, Willett, Stenson and Wood qualified via the European Points list, while the rest qualified from the World Points List. This will be the first Ryder Cup for Willett, Wood, Cabrera-Bello, Sullivan, and Fitzpatrick.

 
There are still three spots up for grabs, which will be decided by European Captain Darren Clarke. Here are a few of the notables he has to choose from, with their current ranks in the European Points list and the World Points List.

Soren Kjeldsen (8, 12)
Tyrrell Hatton (9,15)
Russell Knox (30, 10)
Martin Kaymer (12, 14)
Lee Westwood (13, 11)
Thomas Pieters (15, 13)
Victor Dubuisson (10, 27)
Shane Lowry (14, 17)

Picking just three from that group will be an arduous task.

Prize of the Day

Last week, Andy Sullivan won a free year’s supply of beer for winning a closest to the pin contest. Yesterday, Matthew Fitzpatrick won his own year’s supply of beer for hitting a 330 yard drive.

Backdrop of the Day

Dubai commonly has the more picturesque backdrops in golf, but this one is still stunning.

Celebration of the Day

Si Woo Kim celebrates after his first career PGA victory.

Fan Vote

Fan favorites Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler are going to twitter to settle a decision on whether they should grow playoff mustaches.

A Stat That Should Suprise No One

Henrik Stenson has been the straightest hitter on the European Tour this season.

Video of the Day

Scott Brown aced the same hole in the same round of the same tournament that he aced last year.

Equipment Update

Titleist, one of the most reputable names in golf, believes their “Velocity” ball will make you longer off the tees, while sacrificing nothing in the short game.

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