Oct 05, 2016 | 08:30 am

Lot to Love

What does Davis Love III due for an encore after winning back the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National and extracting revenge on the Euros for his 2012 loss at Medinah? He's opening a new course this week at Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head, where he's won five Tartan Jackets at the RBC Heritage. Love, along with his brother Mark and lead architect Scot Sherman, just completed a total reconstruction and recreation of the Ocean course, a 1962 George Cobb design that was the first course on the island. Called Atlantic Dunes, the course now features a pronounced seaside ambience and Lowcountry feel accented by coquina shells and seaside grasses, while also benefiting both visually and strategically from restoration of natural sand dunes as well as the creation of new dunes. Love Design also added tens of thousands of indigenous plants in the dunes to complete the seaside feel. “From a design and aesthetic standpoint, it is a perfect complement to Pete Dye and Jack Nicklaus’ work at Harbour Town and Pete Dye’s Heron Point," says Cary Corbitt, Vice President of Sports and Operations. "With three championship golf courses, two new clubhouses and the new Beach Club, Sea Pines has cemented its status as a world-class golf destination.” You can experience all three courses yourself with the resort's “Ultimate 54” package, which starts at $499 per person through Nov. 6 (Sun–Wed).

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Oct 04, 2016 | 08:43 am

Who's on Deck?

Looking at this year’s assistants—Messrs. Furyk, Lehman, Stricker, Watson, and Woods—Lehman’s already had his shot and the other four are all still active (or semi-active) players, although that didn’t stop the PGA Tour from tapping Stricker as next year’s Presidents Cup Captain  (effectively taking him out of the Ryder Cup sweepstakes). Logic would say that if any of the assistants is to be anointed  it would be Furyk. But he nearly played his way onto this year’s team, is 46 (just a month older than Mickelson), and surely intends to play hard in 2017 and '18 as do slam-dunk future captains Mickelson and Woods. So who’s left? The PGA of America loves former PGA Champions with Hall of Fame stature, but could they at this stage reach back for long-slighted Larry Nelson? Unlikely. Guys like David Toms, Mark Brooks, and Jeff Sluman would bring competence but lack excitement; guys like Rich Beem and John Daly would bring excitement but lack competence. Paul Azinger is a dark horse, but in this post Task Force era, both he and the PGA might have more to lose than win from a remarriage. If the PGA follows custom, they’ll wait at least three months before making an announcement. Here’s a thought for them: See how Tiger’s comeback works out—if he injures himself and is sidelined again by the first of the year, the choice is clear.

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Oct 03, 2016 | 06:20 am

Ryder Cup Recap

The slogan in evidence all around Hazeltine National Golf Club was “Where Legends Are Forged,” and there is no doubt that the Ryder Cup that ended yesterday with a 17-11 USA victory will go a long way to launching and cementing the legends of a number of players from both squads. To us—and you can post your opinions below—these were the players who made the most significant statements over the past few days.

Patrick Reed. Two years ago at Gleneagles, as a Ryder Cup rookie, he went 3-0-1. This year he was 3-1-1, including a key 1-up victory in the lead singles match over Rory McIlroy. No one got more excited or, more importantly, rose to the occasion like Reed. It’s as if donning the red, white, and blue turns him into some kind of superhero—Captain America, perhaps?—and we’re likely to see him at the forefront of these team matches for a long time to come.

Thomas Pieters. This year’s rookie sensation for Europe went 4-1-0, and as a captain’s pick, no less. The cool, quiet Belgian, only 24 years old, should have gained enormous confidence from his play and is someone to watch on the world stage from now on.

Rory McIlroy. A few months—make that weeks—ago, we were wondering what ever happened to Rory. Then he won the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup and despite losing in the opening Foursomes and the final Singles, was the heart and soul of the European team, stoking the crowd, playing stellar golf, and acting like the leader we expect him to be well into the future.

Phil Mickelson. How does he continue to get psyched up for this, and at 46 years old? His 2-1-1 record was built on outstanding, and unusually accurate, play that included one clutch putt after another. Many questioned his involvement in forming and running the team, but Phil didn’t just talk the talk: He walked the walk and in his 11th Ryder Cup appearance proved that no one is better at turning controversy into conquest. Love him or hate him, you simply have to marvel. Expect to see him as the Ryder Cup captain very soon.

So who would you give a gold star to? Tell us who and why in the “Feedback” section below. And let the hype for 2018 begin.

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Sep 30, 2016 | 08:43 am

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As the Ryder Cup begins this morning at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota, LINKS Magazine is on the ground. We encourage you to follow our social media accounts, listed below, for a different look at the action. It won't be the place to find pictures of players' wives and girlfriends, but instead you'll find interesting facts and photos that appeal to core golfers. Let us know what you like to see and we'll do our best to take you to Hazeltine through our accounts.

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