In today’s Daily, we have the selfie to end all selfies, a fun game on the European Tour, Web.com updates, Luke Donald’s amazing, envy-inducing prize, and pictures from Rio.
We also tell you why Kevin Na is feeling a sense of urgency at the Wyndham, despite having a spot in the playoffs locked up, as well as an amateur name to remember. And finally we wonder about the cross-sport abilities of LeBron James and Neymar.
Selfie of the Day… Make that Year!
So far, Justin Rose has not been shy about letting people see his gold medal, and why should he? He is the only one on the planet with a gold one for golf. It has been a life-changing development for the world’s ninth ranked golfer.
Look who stopped by European Tour HQ today. pic.twitter.com/ScXpEGLvIc
— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) August 18, 2016
A Thought From Jordan Spieth
We haven’t heard much from Spieth the past 2-3 weeks, but he got on twitter last night to ponder LeBron’s Olympic game. It is an interesting idea, although if LeBron won’t even enter the All-Star Dunk Competition, he probably wouldn’t be up for the decathlon.
Would love to see @KingJames give the decathlon a go with training. Think he'd be really solid until snapping the pole in pole vault ?
— Jordan Spieth (@JordanSpieth) August 19, 2016
Golfing in Style: LPGA Version
Here is a look at what the U.S. golf female representatives will be wearing today for round 3:
— LPGA (@LPGA) August 19, 2016
— adidas Golf (@adidasGolf) August 19, 2016
Westwood and Donaldson Getting Out Some Aggression
Lee Westwood and Jamie Donaldson took to a range for an annual game put on by the European Tour, taking turns hitting a cardboard cutout of each other. Here’s a clip of Westwood nailing the cutout of Donaldson.
Quote of the Day: Kevin Na’s Conundrum
“I want to guarantee myself, lock myself for the Tour Championship. Obviously we have four playoff events but, unfortunately, I’m only going to be playing three because the second playoff week my wife and I are having our first child. We’re going to be missing that week. We’re having a girl. So we’re very excited. I added this week so I could get some more points to lock myself up.”
–Kevin Na, on his urgency this week, despite ranking #10 in the FedEx Cup standings
Taking the week off for the delivery of his first child is an easy decision for Na, but puts more pressure on him to stay out in front at the Wyndham. He would love to have a spot at East Lake secured before the Tour Championship.
Name to Learn: Dylan Meyer
That is some impressive company for the amateur star.
Dylan Meyer, quarterfinalist in US Am, won Western Am earlier this month. Only 11 players have won both in same yr. pic.twitter.com/LUQljpvgE7
— Ari Marcus (@AriMarcus59) August 19, 2016
Czech golfer Klara Spilkova showed some serious ups when trying to get a view of the green.
Web.com Update: Seamus Powers’ Week in Rio
Seamus Power reflects on Rio. https://t.co/DxqoZmp9BA
— Brian Keogh (@IrishGolfDesk) August 19, 2016
Powers on the Year: 17 Events, 1 Win, 3 Top 10s
Earnings: $192,881 Standing: 9
Driving Distance: 40th (300.8), Driving Accuracy: 92nd (62.45), GIR: 22nd (72.53%)
His position in “The 25” makes him a lock for PGA Tour events next year.
Speaking of The 25…
— Web.com Tour (@WebDotComTour) August 19, 2016
Neymar Tries Golf
Brazilian soccer star Neymar, has never played golf. Until now.
Neymar swaps the football for a golf ball: video https://t.co/fxPAhANLGR
— AussieGolfer ⛳ (@AussieGolfer) August 19, 2016
USA Golf at Night
The ladies at Olympic Village at night:
No word on if they were robbed at gunpoint.
The new shirts from PING will utilize “Coolmax technology” which will help keep golfers cool when the weather is hot, and warm when the weather is cool.
— Golfweek (@golfweek) August 19, 2016
Lincicome Happy with Penalty Decision in Rio
Add American Brittany Lincicome to the list of women whose turn-offs include slow play. This was her reaction after Brazilian golfer Victoria Lovelady was docked a stoke in Rio:
— Brittany Lincicome (@Brittany1golf) August 19, 2016
Luke Donald’s Unbelievable Hole-in-One Prize
Several professional golfers have won free cars for holes in one, but Luke Donald received an even more unique prize for his ace on #16 during the first round of the Wyndham Championship. With the ace, Donald won a two-week vacation each year for the rest of his life from Wyndham Vacation Ownership.
— Luke Donald (@LukeDonald) August 18, 2016
One of his colleagues is already trying to get in on it.
— Ricky Barnes (@RealRickyBarnes) August 18, 2016
Hype Video of the Day
New Zealand has Olympic Fever, and is excited to watch Lydia Ko today!
— New Zealand Golf (@nzgolf) August 18, 2016