If the President’s Cup isn’t the anticlimactic team competition of them all, please tell us which one gets your vote! With little to bind the rest of the world team together, this one was over on day one. As if that weren’t enough of a kick in the teeth, the LPGA and the Web.Com tours had their Sunday rounds postponed into Monday. We are patient fans, and are happy to bring you this delayed but still-tasty, Tour Mash.

Presidents Cup to USA for 10th time

It might be troublesome to see that the big news out of the big team event of 2017 revolves around ancillary golf gear. The team from USA came out hot on Thursday and Friday, amassing a 7.5 to 0.5 lead with two days of competition remaining. Call it foursomes, call it fourball, the format mattered little. And nothing changed on day three, as the Red-White-and-Blue won 6 of 8 pair matches to tuck in on Saturday night with an unthinkable, 13.5 to 2.5 advantage.

Were the Americans that good? Were the Rest of the World that off their game, or perhaps disinterested? Not for us to surmise. Although the visiting squad mounted a comeback effort on day four, winning six singles matches outright and halving three others, the final outcome was resolved. At this juncture, the questions on aficinionado minds revolve around importance and improvement of the event. Perhaps when the golf world arrives at Royal Melbourne (Australia) in 2019, some answers will be known.

Byrd claims Web.Com Tour Championship

The week began with an electrifying 59 from Sam Saunders, just a few days past the 1-year anniversary of the passing of his grandfather, Arnold Daniel Palmer. Saunders was in the mix all weekend long, ultimately tying for second with Shawn Stefani at 20-under par. The winner, Jonathan Byrd, established himself with consistently-stellar golf from the start.

Over the four days of competition, Byrd made three bogeys in 72 holes. Top that! His 27 birdies elevated him to 24-under through 72 holes, four shots clear of the runners-up. In addition to the champion, Stefani and 48 others officially received their 2017-18 PGA Tour membership cards. Matt Jones, Cameron Tringale and Tom Hoge joined Byrd and Stefani in solidifying tour status during this week’s competition.

Dunne hoists first European Tour trophy

Paul Dunne captured the attention of the golf world at St. Andrews in 2015. The then-amateur from Ireland led the entire tournament after 54 holes. Two years later, Dunne is a tour winner, zooming past Rory McIlroy at the British Masters for a 3-stroke win.

Dunne’s final-round 61 was brilliant; seven birdies and an eagle elevated him from second to first on day four. McIlroy might have imagined that his 63 was pretty nifty, until he saw Dunne’s magic. Robert Karlsson of Sweden shot no higher than 67 all week, but was unable to maintain a grasp on the lead he held after 54 holes, ultimately finishing in third spot, one back of McIlroy and four strokes out of the lead.

New Zealand Open marks Henderson’s fifth LPGA title

One of the missteps that journalists and fans make with prodigies is projection. We project all-time greatness onto them, and anything less than perfection or triumph is viewed as unacceptable. It’s our job to not make that mistake with Brooke Henderson. The young Canadian champion made a visit to Auckland last week and, despite a fourth-round delay, finished off her fifth tour win by five strokes.

Henderson trailed Belen Mozo of Spain at the beginning of round four, but the young Iberian went the wrong way on Sunday/Monday. Six bogeys and a double sent her spiraling to 78, dropping to a fifth-place tie with countrywoman Beatriz Recari and Su Oh of Korea. At the high end of the leaderboard, Henderson seized momentum with birdies on 3 of her first 5 holes. She closed with 69 in round four, with Jing Yan of China in second spot.

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Ronald Montesano writes for GolfWRX.com from western New York. He dabbles in coaching golf and teaching Spanish, in addition to scribbling columns on all aspects of golf, from apparel to architecture, from equipment to travel. Follow Ronald on Twitter at @buffalogolfer.

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  1. My opinion; the World and European teams should play each other. And then take a year off between each tournament so matches are on every other year. It’s too diluted now with the USA playing every year.

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