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Unless the Americans pull off a shocking comeback Sunday, the Ryder Cup postmortem might focus as much on Tom Watson’s decisions as captain as on the players.

In the hilly heart of golf’s homeland with the threat of bagpipes hanging in the chilly early autumn air, golf’s most compelling event – the Ryder Cup – arrives Friday.

If Billy Horschel or Rory McIlroy wins the Tour Championship on Sunday – Jim Furyk is lurking two behind while Rickie Fowler, Jason Day and Justin Rose are three back – he will pocket a cool $11.4 million.

It’s possible Rory McIlroy won’t win the PGA Championship on Sunday at Valhalla. Sooner or later an Austrian not named Franz Klammer is going to win a major championship and maybe it’s Bernd Wiesberger’s time.

As the PGA Championship begins Thursday, it feels as if professional golf is moving from one era and into another. Tiger Woods isn’t finished but his best years are likely behind him, while Rory McIlroy is golf’s ascendant star.

With two eagles Saturday, Rory McIlroy takes a six-stroke lead into final round of British Open. He’s18 holes away from becoming the third-youngest player in history to win the first three legs of the career Grand Slam along with Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods.

On a classic links course that isn’t the most anything among those in the British Open rotation, a championship will be decided. Come Sunday, which of the lads will carry home the trophy?

Pinehurst No. 2 is a showcase for LPGA Tour. Following the men’s U.S. Open this week has been a masterstroke for the women.

For most of the golfing public, Johnny Miller is part of the U.S. Open. If the Masters has a tradition unlike any other, the U.S. Open has a voice unlike any other. "Obviously I love the U.S. Open, totally love it," Miller said

A half century ago, Coore grew up in Davidson County and paid $5 to play all day at the No. 2 golf course. Now, the work he and Ben Crenshaw have done reinventing Pinehurst No. 2 is a masterwork

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Ron Green Jr.
Ron Green Jr., a former Observer staff writer, will write golf columns occasionally for the newspaper.
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