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Phil Mickelson shares theory for Europe’s Ryder Cup success

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For the first time in over 25 years, Phil Mickelson will not be competing for the United States Ryder Cup team. He will, however, be in the team room as an assistant captain to Steve Stricker.

No one is more experienced in the Ryder Cup than the six-time major champion, who holds the record for most appearances with 12. With that being said, the United States only holds a 3-9 record in those last 12 matches.

On the debut episode of 5 Clubs with Gary Williams, Mickelson shared his theory for why the European team has been so dominant. When asked if he had a theory why Team Europe was so much more successful, Mickelson responded with a laugh, “Yes I do.”

The reigning PGA Championship winner elaborated, “I see the way they support each other, and I see the way that they have this foundation of support amongst each other to lift each other up. I see them walking side-by-side in the fairways and with a vision of solidarity, if you will. I see them helping each other get the best out of each other.”

That description falls in stark contrast to the countless instances of drama and chemistry issues surrounding the U.S. side. With that being said, Mickelson does believe the U.S. side is improving in that respect.

Referring to the European’s strategy and team effort, the 45-time PGA Tour winner stated, “I see the U.S. starting to do that. We’ve been doing that, and I think we’re going to start to play some of our best golf in the coming years, I really do.”

The 43rd edition of the Ryder Cup kicks off on Friday, September 24th at Whistling Straits in Haven, Wisconsin.

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LPGA stars given creepy ‘Squid Game’ cookies on arrival in Korea

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The LPGA Tour players were greeted with a rather unusual gift when they arrived at the BMW Ladies Championship at LPGA International Busan in Busan, Korea this week.

As seen on Danielle Kang’s Instagram story this week, each player received a metal tin can with a traditional Korean dalgona cookie inside. At first glance, this would seem to be a fairly normal occurrence. However, if you have seen the new Netflix show, “Squid Game” that has quickly become an internet sensation you would know otherwise.

 

The cookie the players were presented with was a reference to the second episode of the Netflix show, and the implications were horrific.

In the show, the contestants of the “Squid Game” had ten minutes to choose and carve a shape or picture into the cookie. If they failed to complete the task, the consequences were deadly. As one would imagine, being given this creepy gift upon arrival to the event was relatively unsettling to those preparing to tee it up.

Despite the spine-chilling inference of the gift, many of the LPGA players decided to try the “challenge” from the show and carve some shapes out of the cookie.

 

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Hopefully, their results at The BMW Ladies PGA Championship will be better than hey were for the contestants on “Squid Game.”

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2021 ZOZO Championship: Best DFS plays from each price range

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Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club is a par 70 measuring 7,041 yards and features bentgrass greens. The course has a unique design with five par 3’s and three par 5’s.

The ZOZO Championship is a no-cut event and will feature 78 golfers. The field is fairly strong this week, with a handful of PGA Tour stars making the long trip to Japan. Those golfers include Xander Schauffele, Collin Morikawa, Hideki Matsuyama, Tommy Fleetwood, Paul Casey, Rickie Fowler, Joaquin Niemann, Will Zalatoris, and Kevin Na.

Let’s take a look at each DraftKings price range and identify the best plays for each in GPP’s.

10,000+

Collin Morikawa $11,200:

Collin Morikawa has the perfect skill set for Narashino Country Club. The course requires accuracy off the tee due to the narrow fairways and penal tree lines. Approach play will also be a major factor as the greens at the course are heavily contoured and undulating. Morikawa’s prowess in these two specific areas make him a must play to start your DFS lineups.

9,000+

Rickie Fowler $9,800:

Fowler ranked first among the field in Strokes Gained: Tee to Green last week in Las Vegas and gained a whopping 8.9 strokes on the field. He also gained 8.3 strokes in “Fairways Gained” which should translate quite nicely to what he will need to do this week in Japan. Narashino Country Club is a tight tree-lined golf course that makes accuracy off of the tee essential. Fowler was in total control of the golf ball last week, and I expect that to carry over to the ZOZO Championship. 

8,000+

Carlos Ortiz $8,600:

Carlos Ortiz got off to a sluggish start in Las Vegas but bounced back nicely and ended up finishing in a share for 25th place. The turnaround was due to a superb week statistically from tee to green. The 30-year old gained 6.1 strokes on the field in Strokes Gained: Tee to Green for the week. Additionally, he gained 4.6 strokes on approach, which was good for fourth in the field. The only part of his game that was subpar on the week was his putting, where he struggled and lost 3.4 strokes to the field with the flat stick.

7,000+

Pat Perez $7,300:

To put it simply: Pat Perez is a birdie maker. At a no cut event, birdies and eagles are even more important than usual. Perez ranks 12th in the field in Birdie or Better rate in his past 36 rounds and should be able to pile up the points. Additionally, we have seen Perez play well in Asia as he finished 7th at the 2018 CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in South Korea.

6,000+

Sam Ryder $6,700:

Speaking of birdie makers, Sam Ryder is a golfer who fits that mold exquisitely. In his past 24 rounds, Ryder ranks 1st in the field in Birdie or Better. Narashino Country Club also seems to be an ideal fit for the 31-year-old. Ryder ranks 6th in the field for Strokes Gained: Approach and 16th for Strokes Gained: Putting on bentgrass greens.

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LPGA Tour graduate hit with 4-shot penalty for having her kid’s club in bag

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When trying to secure your card to become a professional golfer, every single stroke matters.

As reported first by GolfWeek’s Beth Ann Nichols, during the final round of the Copper Rock Championship on the Symetra Tour, Rachel Rohanna reached in her bag to discover her daughter’s 23 inch club. Being the 15th club in her bag, Rachel was forced to call over a rules official and receive the bad news: she had incurred a 4 stroke penalty for the mistake.

Rohanna’s three year old daughter, Gemelia has had to travel with her mom on the Symetra Tour all season. It has been a challenging year for Rachel who is trying to earn back her LPGA Tour card and raise a toddler at the same time.

Thankfully, this story has a happy ending. The loss of $900 due to the penalty didn’t impact Rohanna’s graduation to the LPGA Tour, who finished 10th in the money list for the Symetra Tour ($4,429 clear of 11th), to earn her LPGA card despite the costly penalty.

With the promotion, the 30 year old becomes the first mother to earn her professional card by going through the developmental tour.

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