If you mention the name "Ponte Vedra," the normal response is usually "TPC Sawgrass" or "home of the PGA Tour." But what if the 1939 Ryder Cup hadn't been canceled? How might things have turned out differently for the area - and for the golf industry -- if the matches had taken place at Ponte Vedra Country Club, just south of Jacksonville? The area is known now as a golfing destination, but 100 years ago, it was the location of the National Lead Company's strip mining operation. PGA professional Jim Howard is the director of golf at the place now known as Ponte Vedra Inn and Club, and he's researched the history of the Ocean Course, which was going to be the site of the 1939 Ryder Cup on Nov. 18-19.
By Martyn Herman ST ALBANS England (Reuters) - An imposing oil portrait of one Samuel Ryder adorns a wall in Verulam Golf Club's oak-panelled bar, just in front of a panoramic window overlooking the 18th hole named after him. The 109-year-old James Braid-designed course, just north of London in Hertfordshire, is dotted with members and societies enjoying a leisurely round in balmy September sunshine. ...
Whilst Lee Westwood will - metaphorically speaking - be one of the biggest characters in Europe's team room at next week's Ryder Cup, the Englishman will be sporting a new slimline physique when he steps onto the first tee for the ninth time in the biennial contest, writes RyderCup.com's Paul Symes. As the most experienced member of Paul McGinley's side - Spaniard Sergio Garcia has the next most caps with six - Westwood will again be expected to lead from the front at The Gleneagles Hotel;
Zac Blair matched the course record with a 7-under 63 on Thursday to take the lead in the Web.com Tour Championship, the final event in the four-tournament Web.com Tour Finals. Blair, the 24-year-old former BYU player who needs to earn about $40,000 this week to earn a PGA Tour card, had a bogey-free round on TPC Sawgrass' Dye's Valley Course. Blair missed the cuts in the first three events in the series limited to the top 75 players from the Web.com Tour money list and Nos. ''It's been crazy'', said Blair, playing for the 12th consecutive week.
Steve Stricker never felt more alone in front of so many people. All he could do was watch on the 18th green at Medinah two years ago when Martin Kaymer made the best 6-foot putt of his life that won the Ryder Cup for Europe. Stricker walked quietly over to his wife, captain Davis Love III and the rest of the Americans. The Americans have made ''redemption'' their singular focus going into the 40th Ryder Cup matches at Gleneagles Resort in Scotland, even though only five players are back from the last team.
GLENEAGLES, Scotland (AP) -- Rosters for the 40th Ryder Cup matches, to be played Sept. 26-28 at Gleneagles Resort: