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Sep 14, 2016 | 08:52 am

Country Fox

Perhaps the best thing about the Fox TV deal with the USGA is that the network is televising all the USGA championships that you never got to see before, like the U.S. Mid-Amateur this week at Stonewall Golf Club in Elverson, Pa., a private, 36-hole facility about 50 miles west of Philly. Tom Doak designed both courses, the Old in 1993 and the North in 2003. Interestingly, the 36-hole final tomorrow will take place on both courses, which are minimalist marvels set on rolling countryside.

"I built the Old Course with Gil Hanse—he and I shaped all the bunkers and greens," Doak tells The Buzz. "It's very cool that they are using both for the 36-hole final, though I guess only the Old course will be on TV. Both are traditional parkland courses with small greens and plenty of tilt, to fit in with all the good old courses around Philly. The Old course has several sidehill approaches where you have to decide whether you're risking the high side of the green to wind up closer to the hole, or playing at the hole to wind up 10-20 feet below. The North course greens are more complicated: there's some contour in the middle of the greens, so the best places to get up and down from change from day to day. Lots of local knowledge to pick up for the competitors!"

This a recored 87th USGA championship contested in Pennsylvannia and the third time FOX Sports and USGA return to the state this year after the U.S. Open at Oakmont and the Women's Am at Rolling Green. Coverage of the semifinals and finals air today and tomorrow on FS1 from 3-5 PM ET.

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Bubba Watson

Sep 13, 2016 | 08:45 am

Who Will be Number 12?

Now that three quarters of the suspense is over, with Davis Love’s selection of Rickie Fowler, J.B. Holmes, and Matt Kuchar to fill spots 9-11 on the Ryder Cup team, the speculation begins on who will be his final pick. Bubba Watson would seem to lead the list, having finished 9th in the points standings, but Love has said he wants someone who will fit in with his team, so Bubba’s prickly personality makes him a questionable risk as does his recent form (no Top 10s on the Tour since March). Mr. 58 Jim Furyk heads the list of alternatives. Although his Ryder Cup record of 4-5-2 is less than impressive, he’s the ultimate grinder and this year finished 15th on the points list despite a wrist injury that delayed his start until May.  A dark horse is Mr. Unflappable, Jason Dufner. He’s won this year—something neither Fowler or Kuchar has done—and in his last Ryder Cup (2012) went 3-1. After that, Love’s best option might be to go with a surprise pick from a trio of rookies—Daniel Berger, Kevin Kisner, and Justin Thomas.  All three have won on Tour this year and are in the Tour Championship field at East Lake next week. If one of them should pull off a victory there, it could well bring him the final Ryder Cup berth.  

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Sep 12, 2016 | 06:30 am

Golf and Gridiron in Great Britain

In case you didn’t notice, the NFL season started this past weekend, and once again this season a handful of games will be played in England. That presents three opportunities to mix big-league football with great British golf. Carr Golf, a leading tour operator to the UK, has put together “Golf & Gridiron” packages this October for games between the Indianapolis Colts and Jacksonville Jaguars at London’s Wembley Stadium on October 2; the New York Giants vs the Los Angeles Rams at London’s Twickenham Stadium on October 23; and the Washington Redskins vs Cincinnati Bengals at Wembley on October 30th. Carr is combining those games with golf in Southeast England at Princes, Royal St. George’s (above), and Royal Cinque Ports—all current or past Open Championship venues—as well as accommodations both in London and on the Kent Coast. Pricing, without airfare, starts at 1,600 pounds (about $2,200). Carr also can take football fans to other courses over there, including Royal County Down, St. Andrews, Old Head, and others. For more details, check out Carr Golf’s website.

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Sep 09, 2016 | 09:04 am

Crooked Stick, John Daly, and the BMW Championship

The BMW Championship this week marks another event in the FedExCup Playoffs, but the tournament taking place at Crooked Stick in Carmel, Ind., brings back other memories, too. The course was the site where John Daly won the 1991 PGA Championship. Many will remember that Daly was also an alternate that week, but the story is even more interesting than that. Daly slipped into the field last minute due to a slew of withdrawals, and he had also missed 11 cuts in his 23 starts as a professional golfer. To say he was an afterthought would be putting it lightly. He went on to storm through the field at Crooked Stick and win over the hearts of golf fans.

So when watching the BMW Championship this week, think back to 1991 and the miracle win from John Daly that sparked a tumultuous and memorable career.

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