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U.S. Ryder Cup Task Force members elected



There’s been a lot of hype and even more questions regarding the “task force” that the PGA of America was planning to create in preparation for the 2016 U.S. Ryder Cup team. What’s a task force? Who will be on it?

Speculations for the latter can now subside. The 11-member committee was announced early Tuesday morning, and it has been tasked to examine all aspects of the Ryder Cup, including the selection of players, captains and the week of competition.

Real ground breaking stuff, right?

Here’s who’s involved.

PGA of America Officials

  • Pete Bevacqua (Co-Chair)
  • Derek Sprague (Co-Chair)
  • Paul Levy (secretary of the PGA of America)

Former Captains (all of losing teams)

  • Raymond Floyd (1989)
  • Tom Lehman (2006)
  • Davis Love III (2012)

Former Players 

  • Tiger Woods
  • Phil Mickelson
  • Steve Stricker
  • Jim Furyk
  • Rickie Fowler

Surprisingly, the list of members leaves off Paul Azinger, captain of the 2008 U.S. Ryder Cup team. He’s the man responsible for the team’s only win since 1999, and his pod-system received public acclaim from Phil Mickelson in a press conference after the U.S. Team’s most recent losing effort.

Azinger was offered a spot on the Task Force, according to his interview on the Golf Channel’s Morning Drive, and while he declined he left open the possibility that he could be a part of the Task Force in the future.

“I didn’t say no,” Azinger said. “I said not yet. I think everything is going too fast. It’s just too soon to make that kind of decision when emotions are involved.”

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He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.



  1. Large chris

    Oct 16, 2014 at 8:25 am

    LMAO well that’s European victories sorted out for the next ten years at least. A ‘task force’ hahahah. And even more hahahaha at trying to get Tiger or a few of the others to a ‘task force meeting’

    If there is one occasional truism about the American mentality, it is that Americans have a tendency to try the same thing over and over again, with the same end result. The last thing USA needs is another committee.

    Solutions? Hardly difficult honestly – pick the players the week before (justin Leonard said last week how difficult is it to run up a pair of pants?). And part of the selection process is that to be considered you make the effort to turn up for a practice two days at the next venue say 5 months beforehand.

  2. Derehk

    Oct 15, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    All time Ryder cup records
    (I think PGA was looking at the wrong lists when picking the task force members.)
    Most matches lost
    Jim Furyk, 20
    Phil Mickelson, 19
    Tiger Woods, 18
    Raymond Floyd, 16
    Davis Love III, 12

    Most single matches lost
    Phil Mickelson, 5
    Raymond Floyd, 4
    Jim Furyk, 4

    Most foursome matches lost
    Raymond Floyd, 8
    Jim Furyk, 8
    Tiger Woods, 8
    Phil Mickelson, 6

    Most fourball matches lost
    Jim Furyk, 8
    Phil Mickelson, 8
    Tiger Woods, 8
    Davis Love III, 6

    Golfers Who Played 5 or More Career Matches Without Winning
    Rickie Fowler, 0-3-5

    Steve Stricker fits right in with a 3-7-1 record but he didn’t make any lists. Why Tom Lehman is picked besides losing as a captain is hard to understand as he actually got more experience winning than losing individually.

    To sum it up. This task force has lots of experience on how not to do it. Lets see if that helps.

    • bullrambler

      Oct 16, 2014 at 7:18 am

      The Rider Cup story has gotten old and it’s the players themselves that have to step up on the stage and want the victory as bad as the europeans do.

    • Knobbywood

      Oct 16, 2014 at 9:00 am

      Winning doesn’t teach you as much as losing

      • Robeli

        Oct 16, 2014 at 1:29 pm

        So you Americans are well educated, aren’t you? LMAO

  3. Jafar

    Oct 15, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    They should just let the fans vote. Then the fans can blame the fans.

  4. michael

    Oct 15, 2014 at 10:16 am

    The pga is a joke and has become a political ponzie scheme at best!
    Ask yourself what percentage of pga pros receive any benefit for their
    yearly magazine subscription while the pga political big shots reap $$$.
    You don’t see the Europeans with such issues. Lets take care of the club pros
    who work two jobs to support their families give them something to look
    forward too. Once again money has spoiled a once great game and most of its
    players! The pga wants to grow the game so they can line their pockets.
    Check their salaries vs the club pro. Oh by the way what is the dollar amount
    spent on each player and spouse they send to the ryder cup?

    • Knobbywood

      Oct 15, 2014 at 12:30 pm

      The golf course that employs the PGA pro pays his salary idiot not the PGA of America

    • gplfing

      Oct 15, 2014 at 2:39 pm

      Golf is a businesses that has a sport here and a sport that has some business there.

    • DolphLundgrenade

      Oct 20, 2014 at 4:43 pm

      Where are you getting your PGA “big shots” salary information from? They are vastly underpaid at headquarters and understaffed. The money they paid for Pete has already reaped tremendous benefits for the association. Notably, money passed down to the section offices , to be distributed to tournament funding and staffing to benefit PGA professionals doubled last year alone.

      The PGA is adapting and growing and big things are happening right now. PGA professionals and endemic businesses should be very excited about the future.

      Your false opinions and rumours are more suited to a sewing circle you gossip girl and hate mongorer. Make your lies and agenda an inside voice and focus on whatever it is you do know.

      Regarding the task force, however, I agree this is very reactionary and should have been considered for a few months before making this a public forum. The Europeans played better than us. That is all. I hope they find some sense and can recover from this knee jerk reaction. It was a PR blunder on their part.

      Perhaps a new system for selecting our team is the best solution. How Ryan Moore, a match play stud, didn’t make this team is entirely beyond my ability to comprehend. I love Tom Watson, but perhaps captains should be of an age that relates to the average age of the team should be considered. Tom couldn’t relate and therefore chose poorly and couldn’t get buy in the way Zinger did.

  5. Sir Nick

    Oct 15, 2014 at 3:39 am

    Ridiculous! Why in the world do they need to do this? America does so many great things, and yet they go and do silly stuff like this. There really is no need for all this hoopla, what American golfers need are stricter rules on the PGA Tour for players to have to show up and play at least 25 tournaments a year to get enough Ryder Cup points, so that they are forced to show up and play even the smaller events. The points system should be revised for selection into the team, according to those appearance numbers. You can’t have a player show up for only a dozen or so tournaments and collect enough points to be able to stay in the top 10 of the points and then show up and expect to play well with others when he didn’t show up half the year!

    • bradford

      Oct 15, 2014 at 7:27 am

      And on the flip side, if a player is living 90% in the US and playing almost solely US PGA events–should he (they in this case) REALLY be playing on the EU team?

  6. Lee Westwood

    Oct 14, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    hahahaha … ha ha! lol

  7. Swang'nThemClubs

    Oct 14, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    If only there were a time machine to bring back some of sports’ greatest coaches (ie, Vince Lombardi, Eddie Robinson, John Wooden, etc) to offer a swift kick and a brash dose of reality to those who think a “Task Force” is the answer to figuring out why we keep getting our @zzes handed to us… SMDH 😐

    • Team

      Oct 15, 2014 at 3:43 am

      That’s not going to do any good either, as these modern players just don’t care about a team effort when they don’t get paid to play, when the winnings on the regular tour pays so much money that they can afford to retire after 1 year of playing.

      • Knobbywood

        Oct 15, 2014 at 12:36 pm

        Right cause the euros are all broke and don’t care about money right? The euros PLAYED BETTER! And even if the euros did care more (false) since when did caring about the result actually lead to a good shot? Oh right it works the other way around…

  8. Rwj

    Oct 14, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    The PGA of America is part of the problem, so having them chair is going to negate this whole task force meaningless. If they don’t like the solutions, they will not implement them. Having current players on the list doesn’t mean much considering they don’t get along and play well in the first place. Rickie on the list is a joke, he has only one experience and he doesn’t sound off about things anyway; he’s a go with the flow mid level player who just shows up and gets paid. I don’t have the answers…but neither does the task force…Europe is better, they care about the game, winning, and some fashion. The US guys care about sponsor dollars, matching outfits, and their image

    • Knobbywood

      Oct 14, 2014 at 8:50 pm

      Lol ur entire comment is a joke i hope.Europe cares about winning, the game, and SOME fashion? Haha ur like 12 right? Rickie folder is a mid level player? Man if top 10 in the world is mid level what are you playing to right now? +7?

      • Knobbywood

        Oct 15, 2014 at 12:25 pm

        Fowler* though rickie folder is a pretty good tag for his Ryder cup performance

    • Knobbywood

      Oct 15, 2014 at 12:41 pm

      Also fowler has participated in two Ryder cups o dispenser of knowledge and wisdom

  9. Joseph

    Oct 14, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    I hardly think it’s a bad idea to create a team to discuss ways in which they can improve upon their performance. It’s really easy to say, just play better. I do think the US needs some consistency in their approach. It may take a few Cups to get the system in place and working effectively. It’s worth the investment.

  10. Robeli

    Oct 14, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    What a bunch of losers! No, seriously. Tom Lehman is the ONLY player with a winning record. How the @#$% are they going to come up with a winning formula? Lost case, even before they started,

    • Knobbywood

      Oct 15, 2014 at 12:38 pm

      There is no “winning formula” other than hit good shots and make putts… In other words PLAY BETTER

      • Robeli

        Oct 15, 2014 at 2:39 pm

        And that was Tom Watson’s approach – and look what happened. In 4balls and 4somes it require more than just hit good shots and make putts, it is also who you play together and when that plays a role – and Watson had NO clue about that. To ensure the players hit good shots and make putts, the captain has to manage his players for 4somes and 4balls in such a way it becomes a winning formula!

        • Knobbywood

          Oct 16, 2014 at 9:07 am

          That might be the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard… I watched the whole cup and Europe didn’t win because of what Paul M did, they won because they hit better shots and made more putts. Sorry to break it to you but the euros just played better… Bottom line Watson behaved like the egomaniac he is and he is cast as the scapegoat… If they had won he would have been cast as a hero

  11. Rich

    Oct 14, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    This task force thing is hilarious. Smells just a little of desperation. I wonder what will happen if Europe wins again in 2016? The problem for the USA team is that it’s all too political and not just about playing the better golf. Too many ego’s involved. Good luck with your task force.

  12. Joe

    Oct 14, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    Why is Rickie on the team

    • Steve

      Oct 14, 2014 at 7:33 pm

      Young guy’s opinion. Smart move…look who did well!

      Have to keep Azinger off the task force if you’re going to choose him as the captain.

      • Robeli

        Oct 14, 2014 at 7:39 pm

        LOL. He should have the chair person!!! Well, at least they opened the door for an excuse. If they fail in 2016, it can be blamed that Azinger wasn’t part of this joke of a “team”.

        • Knobbywood

          Oct 14, 2014 at 8:54 pm

          U mean he should HAVE BEEN or BE? Anyways steve said what I thought as I read the list… Can’t have azinger on the task force and then pick him as captain… Wouldn’t look good

          • Robeli

            Oct 15, 2014 at 2:45 pm

            Aye, aye Captain Spelling Bee! First take the balk out of your own eye before taking the splinter out of somebody else’s. If you can’t spell or type perfectly yourself, better to keep quiet.

          • Knobbywood

            Oct 16, 2014 at 9:19 am

            Spellcheck looks clean to me captain robelli… Here let me grab that splinter from your eye

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Interesting photos from the RBC Heritage – Part 3



The first round of the RBC Heritage gets underway today and with that, we have an unprecedented part 3 of our most interesting pictures from the event. As a refresher, the field of 134 is battleing on the tight treeline Pete Dye designed course, for the $7.1 million purse with $1.28 million going to the winner.

In part one of this week’s “most interesting photos”, we covered putters, for part two we covered some of the action around the course, and for part 3 we have a little bit of both.

Don’t forget you can check out all our image galleries in the GolfWRX Tour Equipment forum.

Snedeker with that “new driver” look

The 2012 FedEx Cup champ is quietly one of the biggest driver testers on tour, and he was looking thirsty at a couple of TaylorMade SIM2 drivers on the range. Also noted his Miura CB-301 irons.

Build your own training aid

Path board – check, digital level – check, alignment rod – check, extra club – check. Why spend all kinds of money when you can just build your own simple training aid?

Its armlock – but backward

Matt Kuchar brought the arm-lock style to the PGA Tour and it looks like he might be changing course again since he was spotted testing a “reverse” arm-lock Bettinardi on the practice green of Harbour Town links. This is a reverse style because the grip rests against the trailing arm versus the lead one.

Maybe graphite is the new steel

We’re not sure whose caddie this is, but the interesting thing in this photo is the graphite shaft in the putter. Although Bryson wasn’t the first, he certainly has opened the door for more players testing and putting ultra-stiff graphite shafts into their putters for stability.

Si Woo, and Charles Howell talking putters

Everyone knows Charles Howell loves to talk gear, and here he is chatting with Si Woo Kim about a couple of putters—just imagine the nerd level conversation being had.

Na continues to test the new Callaway Epic

Kevin Na is one of the last holdouts on tour with an original Epic driver in the bag, and again this week we spotted him testing one of the new Epic Speed drivers. Considering his chances this week based on the course length, it will be interesting to see if he officially made the switch.

 Maverick’s unique Toulon

Maverick McNealy’s slant-neck San Diego has a very different shape from the retail version and looks to be both longer heel to toe and also shallower—it reminds this writer of the classic Ping Anser 4.

Davis Love III has a full bag of familiar sticks

Davis Love has won the RBC Heritage 5 times (yes, 5) and this past champion has a full bag of Titleist gear including 718 AP2s and SM8 Vokey wedges. You can get all his full WITB here: Davis Love III WITB RBC Heritage

Who has 2 thumbs and loves to test putter? Matt Wallace

Matt Wallace was working with a number of Toulon putters Tuesday, and although they all had something a little different to offer, the one thing that stayed the same is his preferred 2-Thumb grip.

The grind doesn’t stop for Furyk

Did you know Jim Furyk is 3rd all-time on the PGA Tour career money list with over 71 million buckeroos banked. Crazy right? So imagine the drive it takes to continue to work your butt off week in and week out on both the PGA Tour and Champions Tour to find every edge.

Speaking of edge, Jim was seen on the range working with Callaway tour reps on a Callaway Epic Speed triple diamond to hopefully gain a few mph of ball speed. Gotta respect the grind.

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Interesting photos from Tuesday at the RBC Heritage – Part 1: The putting green



This week, the PGA Tour is decompressing in Hilton Head for the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town, and GolfWRX was on-site Tuesday to spy a glimpse into the bags of some of the world’s top golfers. The field of 134 is getting ready to battle starting Thursday on the tight treeline Pete Dye designed course, for the $7.1 million purse with $1.28 million going to the winner.

Don’t forget you can check out all our image galleries in the GolfWRX Tour Equipment forum.

Armlock is building momentum on tour

We spotted both Henrik Norlander and, in a stunning twist, Kevin Kisner working with an armlock putter on the practice green at the RBC Heritage. Kisner is generally not one to switch, but it looks like based on the sideways grip, flat part aligned with the face, he’s taking a big cue from Bryson.

Fleetwood working with a new wand

Coming off a disappointing week at the Masters, it looks like Tommy is ready to try something new on the greens and by the looks of it, it’s shafted with an LA Golf graphite putter shaft.

So clean

Equipment free-agent Chris Kirk’s raw finished Odyssey prototype looks spectacular as its oilcan finish takes on a deeper patina.

It’s all about those drills

Practice is an important part of building consistency, and this drill sure does a lot for keeping everything locked in place.

On the level

There is no better way to work on hitting straight putts than making sure you are actually working on a level surface. This digital level proves that some of the best training devices can be found at your local hardware store.

That alignment is a ten out of ten

We spotted Callaway staffer Chase Seiffert working with an Odyssey Stroke Lab Ten with a very unique set of sightline dots—the more the merrier.

Scotty Cameron appreciation

Sometimes you just have to stop and enjoy the classics, and this “bullet soled” blade is a thing of beauty. The closest thing to this in the retail market is the Coronado released in 2010—maybe we’ll see an updated version in the future?

Chicago’s finest

Kentucky native John Augenstein must be a big fan of Chicago, not the band, but golf companies that originate in the land of the Cubbies and da Bears. Not only is he sponsored by Wilson Staff, but he also has this lovely Bettinardi DASS (double aged stainless steel) custom in the bag with a LAGP graphite shaft (Bryson sure is rubbing off on people).

From Chicago to Texas

Speaking of custom putters, we also spotted this Edel blade being used along with one of the most simple training devices you will probably ever see—who said putting had to be hard?

Don’t forget you can check out all our image galleries in the GolfWRX Tour Equipment forum.

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The Masters Tour Truck Report: Bryson’s new driver, Adam Scott’s new irons, RIP Freddie’s Squareway



Welcome to this Masters edition of the Tour Truck Report. Normally, there aren’t many major equipment changes the week of a major golf tournament. However, Bryson James Aldrich DeChambeau—and we mean this in the best possible way—is anything but normal.

Thus, it’s not totally surprising to see DeChambeau testing a new Cobra RadSpeed Prototype driver at Augusta National.

Here’s what Cobra VP of R&D Tom Olsavsky had to say about the new weapon.

“The big thing here is speed, and Bryson has a lot of it. To help build a driver specifically tuned for his dynamics, we removed the adjustable weights to save mass from the housings and have focused on internal changes to help him reduce miss-hit variance.”

”The other thing we did was increase the face thickness of his drivers to prolong durability. Bryson hits a lot of golf balls, and with the amount that he hits both in standard practice and his speed training sessions, we wanted to help eliminate any durability concerns. We also suggest that he rotates the heads during sessions—and the adjustability in the hosel makes that easier to do.”

”Now speaking of the face, we specifically removed the Infinity Face on this new head, because it allows us to change the face radii easier and reduce the toe radius to help with his toe misses.”

More on the smattering of other pre-Masters equipment switches below.


Adam Scott has been testing 620 MB irons for the past few weeks, according to our source. There’s a good chance they go in play Thursday. The Australian is also debating between a Vokey SM8 60-06K and 60-A.


Phil Mickelson is reportedly considering putting with a glove on this week, for what that’s worth.

Jon Rahm continues to play Epic Speed Sub Zero Prototype 3 and 5-woods, as well as a prototype Stroke Lab steel putter shaft.

Photo via Callaway’s Johnny Wunder.


After a week in the SIM2 Max, Dustin Johnson has returned to his 10.5-degree SIM Max. Fujikura Speeder 661 X, of course.

Matthew Wolf has a new Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX 60 TX shaft in his 9-degree SIM2.


Sources confirmed Bryson DeChambeau will put the Cobra RadSpeed Prototype in play.


Lee Westwood has swapped his hybrid for a Ping G425 7-wood.

Cameron Champ has switched from a Ventus Blue back to the Project X HZRDUS Smoke Green 70 6.5 TX he played last year.

Matthew Fitzpatrick tested a G410 9-wood. Unclear whether he’s putting it in play.

In a case of tailoring equipment to the course, Joaquin Niemann added loft to his G425 3-wood to hit a high draw at the downhill 495-yard 10th at Augusta.

Others, free agents

In other news, we’re hearing Fred Couples may bench his beloved 2008 vintage Callaway FT-i Squareway 3-wood for a TaylorMade SIM2 Max. We’ll have to see what Boom Boom booms his 3-wood shots with on Thursday. He may also have his old Bridgestone irons in play.

Matt Kuchar demoed a LAGP putter shaft with a SuperStroke grip in a new Bettinardi BB8 Tri-Plane putter. He has also reportedly decreased the loft from seven degrees to four on the wand as he is using a new armlock putting method.

Collin Morikawa is testing Vokey SM8 60-04L with reduced ribbon for Augusta’s firm, tight lies.

The legend Jose Maria Olazabal has a new Vokey SM8 58-08M in the bag.

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