Rickie Fowler, Cindy Crawford Celebrate By Drinking From Ryder Cup

Apparently, the Ryder Cup is not exclusively for golfers.

The Ryder Cup spent plenty of years in the Europeans’ hands, and now that it’s owned by the Americans, it has had plenty of travels. Most recently, it crashed Rickie Fowler’s 28th birthday party.

Fowler Snapchatted himself drinking from the trophy Tuesday night, but the best photo to come from the event was with American model Cindy Crawford chugging from the Cup. “Oh, do you want your #RyderCup back Rickie Fowler?” Crawford wrote in the caption. “Just wait ’til I finish my Casamigos!”

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U.S. Might Change Process of Selecting Ryder Cup Captain’s Picks

CHASKA, MN – OCTOBER 02: Ryan Moore of the United States hits off the third tee during singles matches of the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on October 2, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Scott Halleran/PGA of America via Getty Images)   Ryan Moore was the final captain’s pick for the Americans at Hazeltine.

The U.S. Ryder Cup committee was scheduled to meet Tuesday by telephone, the first step toward picking a new captain. Attention has focused on Jim Furyk, mainly because he answered a hypothetical question at Sea Island that he would take the job if offered. He said he was not lobbying to be captain.

At some point after a captain is selected, the next decision will be how to pick a team.

Davis Love III, the winning captain and part of the committee, hinted that the entire U.S. team will be set before the Tour Championship. This year, Ryan Moore was the 12th and final player selected for the team after his playoff loss at East Lake.

The 2018 Ryder Cup is Sept. 28-30 in France.

“One thing we’ve got to really work on is picking this team, make sure we have a week to get everyone ready,” Love said. “Rushing off to Paris at the last minute when a guy has just made the team, throw him on a plane and we’re going to Paris, we’re wondering if that’s the smartest thing to do. That’s one of the discussion points.”

Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods also are on the committee. The PGA of America is represented on the committee by Pete Bevacqua (CEO), Paul Levy (president) and Suzy Whaley (vice president).

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Love: ‘Tiger Was Just Amazing’ as Ryder Cup Vice Captain

CHASKA, MN - SEPTEMBER 30:  Vice-captain Tiger Woods and captain Davis Love III of the United States talk during morning foursome matches of the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on September 30, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

CHASKA, MN – SEPTEMBER 30: Vice-captain Tiger Woods and captain Davis Love III of the United States talk during morning foursome matches of the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on September 30, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Davis Love III delivered high praise of Tiger Woods ahead of the RSM Classic Wednesday, showering the 14-time major winner with compliments for his role as a vice captain at the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine.

“Tiger was just amazing,” Love said during Wednesday’s press conference. “He had a great system. It really helped us on Sunday. We had already talked about Sunday pairings so many times that when the crunch time came, we knew what we were doing.”

Woods was announced as one of Love’s vice captains at the 2015 RSM Classic, and was brought on as the team’s ‘tactician.’ But Woods’ communication with the team seems to have been what made the differenc; Love credits Woods with inspiring Patrick Reed to victory over Rory McIlroy in one of the event’s most epic matches, as well as checking in with team members months ahead of the competition for long chats.

“We were a team,” Woods said following the Americans’ first Ryder Cup win in eight years. “Whether I was playing or not I was a part of a team. Our team won… My role was to help the team however possible, and I hope I’ve done that.”

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Nick Faldo: Team USA Could Be 2016 Ryder Cup Favorites

SOUTHPORT, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 14:  Nick Faldo of England pictured at a press conference prior to the 137th Open Championship on July 14, 2008 at Royal Birkdale Golf Course, England.  (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

SOUTHPORT, UNITED KINGDOM – JULY 14: Nick Faldo of England pictured at a press conference prior to the 137th Open Championship on July 14, 2008 at Royal Birkdale Golf Course, England. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

Nick Faldo thinks that Team USA might have a leg up when the Ryder Cup comes to Hazeltine in Minnesota next year.

Sir Nick told Reuters that the possibility of a fresh-faced European Team could put the defending champions at a bit of a disadvantage against the Americans.

“There is going to be a changing of the guard, a few of our guys are getting a little older,” Faldo said. “I think America could be the favorites this time because the backbone of their team will be similar to the last one. Europe’s backbone could be very different. We could easily have six rookies , easily.”The six-time major winner pointed to up-and-comers like Danny Willett and Andy Sullivan, both of whom have climbed within the top 40 in the world ranking this year and are strong contenders to make the European squad.

The Europeans have bested Team USA in seven of the last nine Ryder Cup matches. If the Americans want to reverse the tide, Faldo thinks they need to work on their pairings.

“The Americans have struggled with that recently,” Faldo said. “Their strongest pair has been Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley. Even that one gets broken up at the wrong time. They have got to find a couple of good pairings but the bottom line is they must find a way to win.”

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Rory McIlroy Surprised That Tiger Woods Was Named Ryder Cup Vice Captain

Tiger Woods was announced as a Ryder Cup vice captain on Wednesday in a surprising move by Team USA captain Davis Love III.

The first and most obvious question: Does that mean we’ve seen Tiger’s last appearance as a player in the event? Is he accepting – even embracing – his transition to elder statesman of the Tour? Golf fans weren’t the only ones to raise an eyebrow at the news. When Rory McIlroy found out about the announcement after his first round at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, he was “visibly surprised,” according to a Belfast Telegraph report.

“I don’t know what to think about that, I really don’t,” McIlroy said. “It’s great that he wants to help the U.S. team in any way that he can, and if that’s not in a playing capacity, then as a vice captain. Just sort of makes me think what really his health is like and how he feels like he’s going to come back from that.”

This was lost in the flag-waving at Wednesday’s press conference with Love III saying how badly Woods wanted to be a player and a captain in 2016. But Woods turns 40 in December, has had multiple back surgeries and does not know when he will back to swinging a golf club – he had a follow-up back procedure a few weeks ago – much less when he’ll be able to compete in tournaments again. Even if Woods wants to qualify and make the team on merit, how realistic is that goal? Is Tiger worth more in the team room than on the course?

Photo: Getty Images Rory McIlroy of Europe (L) and Tiger Woods of the USA greet each other on the 18th green after Europe defeated the USA 14.5 to 13.5 to retain the Ryder Cup during the Singles Matches for The 39th Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club on September 30, 2012 in

Rory McIlroy of Europe (L) and Tiger Woods of the USA greet each other on the 18th green after Europe defeated the USA 14.5 to 13.5 to retain the Ryder Cup during the Singles Matches for The 39th Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club on September 30, 2012 in

“I think Jordan (Spieth) and Tiger have become quite close and if you look at the likes of Justin Thomas or Daniel Berger, some of the guys that are similar age to me or a little bit younger that grew up idolizing Tiger, to have someone like him to be a part of the team will be great for them,” McIlroy said.

Fellow European Ryder Cup stalwart Ian Poulter agrees. Woods’ main asset is his years of competing in the drama-packed event. But Woods’ experience is not going to magically tip the scales toward the United States.

“He’s bringing a lot of experience, and guys would respect what he’s done in the game of golf,” Poulter told the Telegraph. “Tiger’s Tiger. He creates a buzz whether he’s playing or not playing, so just his presence there would be a good thing for the team.”

And we know the United States squad needs all the help it can get. After losing eight of the last 10 events, they formed a widely-mocked Ryder Cup Task Force in order to grab momentum back from the Europeans. Even if Woods doesn’t compete, having a 14-time major champ in your team room isn’t a bad thing.

“I’d rather see him on the course at Hazeltine but if not, at least he’ll be there and it will be a good addition for them,” McIlroy said.

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Report: Tom Watson Declines Offer to Join PGA of America Hall of Fame

tom watsonTom Watson has turned down an offer to join the PGA of America’s Hall of Fame, according to a Golf World report.

The 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup captain, chosen by former PGA of America President Ted Bishop, wrote the following in a text to Golf World: “While I was very flattered by PGA President (Derek) Sprague’s honoring me to be inducted into PGA Hall of Fame, I couldn’t accept in good conscience because of how the PGA mishandled the firing of my friend and immediate past president of the PGA, Ted Bishop.”

Bishop had the following to say Monday afternoon to GOLF.com about Watson’s decision when reached by telephone:

“I didn’t know anything about it myself until 7:30 a.m. this morning. It wasn’t anything that Tom discussed with me. I probably was as surprised as a lot of other people were.

“[Watson] had my total support as the Ryder Cup captain, and in turn I think I had his total support as president of the PGA of America. There was a lot of mutual respect for what the other guy did. We’ve had a great relationship and I’ve enjoyed it both leading up to and after the Ryder Cup.

“In my time as president of the PGA of America one of the things I feel really proud of is the relationship I have with Tom Watson. He stands for all the things that are great about this game.”

After sending multiple tweets in response to an Ian Poulter critique of Nick Faldo–calling Poulter a “lil girl”–Bishop was removed from his position as president of the organization in October 2014 only three weeks before his contract was set to expire.

Watson is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame. The 66-year-old captained the U.S. Ryder Cup team for the second time in 2014 and lost to the Europeans 16.5 to 11.5. In the wake of the loss, Watson was widely criticized for his decision making during the matches.

courtesy of Brendan Mohler (golf.com)