It’s Tuesday, and being a Ryder Cup week, that is what most of the talk has been about. Players have been talking to the media and showing great excitement to compete. Arnold Palmer’s passing is still fresh in the minds of pro golfers, and many have been sharing their thoughts and Arnie stories.
A lot of golfers are also talking about last night’s presidential debate, but we are not going to editorialize on that. We do share some of the more entertaining neutral thoughts.
Player of the Year
Here are the nominees for 2016 Player of the Year:
Dustin Johnson: 3 wins (1 major), 15 top 10s in just 22 events, 2nd in Final FedEx Cup standings
Jason Day: 3 wins (WGC Match Play and The Players among them), 10 top 10s, runner-up at PGA Championship
Rory McIlroy: Two wins, 8 top 10s, FedEx Cup Champion
Adam Scott: Two wins, 9 top 10s, 4th in final FedEx Cup Standings
Jordan Spieth: Two wins, 8 top 10s, runner up at The Masters
Henrik Stenson: Open Championship Winner, 4 top 10s, Olympic Silver Medalist
Dustin Johnson is expected to win in a landslide, despite his awful final round at the Tour Championship. He was dominant on his season and landed a breakthrough major victory.
Bubba’s New Ride
Bubba Watson, a surprising omission from the Ryder Cup team who accepted a vice-captain position with the team. It was a good compromise for a great personality that hasn’t quite played Ryder Cup caliber golf in the past half year. One of the big benefits of being a vice-captain is that he gets a cool ride:
— bubba watson (@bubbawatson) September 26, 2016
It’s another fun vehicle in Bubba’s impressive collection, along with a hover-cart and the General Lee.
Instagram of the Day
Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnston was given artwork from one of his young fans. Beef, who likes to connect with fans as much as any professional athlete, posted it to his Instagram.
Beef’s exponentially growing fanbase is likely to get bigger, as the Englishman recently secured his PGA Tour card for next season, via the Web.com finals.
The Real Issues
Last night’s debate between presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump drew millions of viewers. PGA golfers had plenty to say about what they heard, but Ben Crane wanted to really get to what’s important:
— Ben Crane (@bencranegolf) September 27, 2016
Hunter Mahan believes it is:
— Hunter Mahan (@HunterMahan) September 27, 2016
Speaking of the debate, Justin Thomas found it exhausting:
Never thought I would be sweating watching this debate #sports
— Justin Thomas (@JustinThomas34) September 27, 2016
Athlete Product Pitch of the Day
Lydia Ko, the world’s #1 ranked female golfer, received a care package from women’s tennis star Maria Sharapova.
The company describes them as “premium chocolate bars in four delicious flavors”. They also sell gummies and gumballs.
Ko leads the LPGA money list by roughly $200,000 over Ariya Jutanugarn.
A Toast to Arnie
Over the past two days, the golf world has mourned the loss of PGA legend Arnold Palmer. It has been one impassioned story after another about how much Arnie positively influenced the lives of those around him. Brad Faxon and Ian Baker-Finch had an especially touching toast and tribute:
— Brad Faxon (@BradFaxon) September 26, 2016
The LPGA’s Natalie Gulbis also shared one of her favorite Arnie moments:
An Appropriate Cover
European Ryder Cup vice-captain Ian Poulter shared a picture of Rory McIlroy’s appropriate cover.
What a putter cover… pic.twitter.com/n2zqSkymy0
— Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) September 27, 2016
McIlroy won $11.53 million on Sunday for winning both the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup, after coming into the tournament ranked sixth in the standings. He won $5,679,575 in PGA winnings this year (4th on Tour), plus E 2,487,204 on the European Tour money list. Not bad for what has been widely considered a down year for him.
Video of the Day
The people who operate Phil Mickelson’s twitter account posted a video of Phil explaining how the Ryder Cup works. It’s a very clear explanation, which is not surprising since Phil has always been an eloquent speaker. This week marks Mickelson’s 11th Ryder Cup appearance. He has a record of 16 wins 19 losses and 7 halves.
— KPMG Mickelson (@MickelsonHat) September 27, 2016
Stat of the Day- Ryder Cup Edition
These are the Ryder Cup records of golf’s al-time greatest, listed by number of victories
Arnold Palmer: 22-8-2
Billy Casper: 20-10-7
Lenny Wadkins: 20-11-3
Lee Trevino: 17-7-6
Jack Nicklaus: 17-8-3
Phil Mickelson: 16-19-6
Tom Kite: 15-9-4
Hale Irwin: 13-5-2
Tiger Woods: 13-17-3
Raymond Floyd: 12-16-3
Sam Snead: 10-2-1
Tom Watson: 10-4-1
Jim Furyk: 10-20-4
Davis Love III: 9-12-5
Walter Hagen: 7-1-1
Fred Couples: 7-9-4
Jimmy Damaret: 6-0-0