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Ponte Vedra holds unique place in Ryder Cup history (PGA)

<p>Ponte Vedra Country Club in 1939 and 2014.(Ponte Vedra Inn and Club)</p>

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.

From a small seed, a sporting feast has grown - the Ryder Cup (Reuters)

File photograph shows Golfer Tom Watson (L) and PGA of America president Ted Bishop speaking to the press after being introduced as Ryder Cup captain in New York, December 13, 2012. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/Files

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. ...

Texas flavor to 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup Team (PGA)
Like beef brisket, chili, Dr Pepper and Lone Star Beer, this year's United States Ryder Cup Team has a definite Texas flavor. According to Texas-based golf writer Art Stricklin, no fewer than four players on the roster --Jordan Spieth, Hunter Mahan, Jimmy Walker and Patrick Reed -- all came from Texas junior golf programs. RYDER CUP FLASHBACK: Team USA wins at Brookline in 1999 Seems like Texas has been at the forefront of Ryder Cup play for some time.

Gallacher misses cut before 1st Ryder Cup (The Associated Press)
NEWPORT, Wales (AP) -- Stephen Gallacher will miss the cut in his last tournament before his first Ryder Cup, putting his poor performance at the Wales Open down to ''thinking too much'' about playing at Gleneagles next week.

Slimline Westwood just the tonic for Europe (PGA)

<p>Lee Westwood will be making a ninth appearance for Europe at Gleneagles.(Getty Images)</p>

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'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 leads Tour Championship (The Associated Press)

Zac Blair reacts to his putt on the 18th hole in the Tour Championship, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Florida Times-Union, Bruce Lipsky)

Zac Blair matched the course record with a 7-under 63 on Thursday to take the lead in the Tour Championship, the final event in the four-tournament 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 Tour money list and Nos. ''It's been crazy'', said Blair, playing for the 12th consecutive week.

Another chance for USA to turn tide in Ryder Cup (The Associated Press)

United States Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson speaks at a news conference at Valhalla Golf Club Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/John Locher)

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.

Ryder Cup Rosters (The Associated Press)

FILE - This is a Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012. file photo of Tom Watson as he attends a Ryder Cup news conference in New York. Watson will captain the U.S. team against the European team at Gleneagles in Scotland for the 2014 Ryder Cup, starting Friday Sept 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

GLENEAGLES, Scotland (AP) -- Rosters for the 40th Ryder Cup matches, to be played Sept. 26-28 at Gleneagles Resort: