This is an exciting moment for the PGA Tour and PGA of America, which, if you don’t know, are two separate organizations that confusingly have similar names, both run tournaments, and were actually the same entity until the late 1960s when the pros on TV every weekend spun off from the pros at clubs who give lessons, sell shirts, and organize the member-guest.
But be that as it may, both associations are smack in their element right now.
For the PGA Tour, this weekend is their season-ending event, the TOUR Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, where someone is going to win $1 million-plus for taking the tournament while someone else, or perhaps the same guy, takes home $10 million for claiming the FedExCup. There are only 30 players teeing it up this week, but a bunch of favorites, led by Dustin Johnson, who is having his career year. Others who the experts pick to do well include Jason Day, Paul Casey, and Rory McIlroy.
For real excitement, the nod goes to the PGA of America, which runs the Ryder Cup when it’s played in the U.S. every four years. And unless you’ve been living under a rock you know it’s this year. The European Team for the matches—Sept. 30-Oct. 2 at Hazeltine National Golf Club outside Minneapolis—has already been announced, as have 11 of the 12 players on Team USA. Captain Davis Love III gets this last weekend of play to determine who will be the 12th man on his U.S. squad: He will announce his pick during halftime of this week’s Sunday night NFL game, and what could be more “USA, USA,USA” than that?
The favorite would appear to be Bubba Watson (above), who is number 7 in the World Golf Rankings but was 9th in Ryder Cup points, meaning he was one spot away from automatically qualifying for the team. However, he hasn’t done much in the last six months after going 1st and 2nd in consecutive weeks at LA and Doral. Since then, his best finish was T8 at the Olympics.
Also being mentioned are Daniel Berger, Justin Thomas, and Jim Furyk, all of whom were invited to play practice rounds at Hazeltine last weekend, as was Watson.
So who would you pick? We want to hear your selections, and we’ll give you three chances:
1) Who will win the TOUR Championship?
2) Who will win the FedExCup?
3) Who will be added to the U.S. Ryder Cup team?
Predict one, two, or all three in the “comments” section below.