“HE REALLY SHOWED ME HE WANTS TO BE A PART OF THE TEAM. HE MADE EVERY EFFORT TO MAKE IT.” —OLAZÁBAL (LEFT) ON COLSAERTS
is another American hoping to play in
his first Ryder Cup. Van Pelt has eight
top- 10 finishes this year, including a
second at the AT&T National at Con-
gressional. “It would obviously mean a
lot,” said Van Pelt. “I watched my first
Ryder Cup in 1987 when I was there
[at Muirfield Village] with my dad, so
anytime you get a chance to represent
your country it’s a [big] deal.”
Love’s advice to the contenders:
Focus on the tournament at hand.
“He’s been intentionally staying out of
our way I think,” said Snedeker. “His
message has been very clear: Forget
about the Ryder Cup and play as good
as you possibly can and it will take
care of itself.” —Brendan Mohler
expanded the list of players fighting
for a spot. Four Ryder Cup veterans
contending for a pick struggled at the
Barclays, including Hunter Mahan
and Jim Furyk, who missed the cut,
and Rickie Fowler (T- 24) and Steve
Stricker (T-54), who fared better but
didn’t assure their roster position.
Among those who improved their
chances of getting a nod were Barclays winner Nick Watney, Brandt
Snedeker, who finished solo second,
and Dustin Johnson, who was T- 3.
Watney wasn’t in the conversation
before Bethpage Black—he was 30th
in the final standings after a mediocre regular season—but the win puts
him in contention.
“Any of them would be a great
representative and a good player for
us,” said Zach Johnson, who will play
in his third Ryder Cup. “Sneds, what
he’s done after having his two surger-
ies is extremely impressive, and he’s
played tremendous golf this year.”
In addition to Snedeker, Bo Van Pelt
Sauers senior debut is
far from an ordinary one
❯❯ Gene Sauers played in the PGA
Tour’s True South Classic in July,
one of two events he completed this
summer before making his Champions Tour debut at last week’s Boeing
Classic. He was T- 39 in the Mississippi
event in his first appearance on tour
since 2005 but for the 2002 PGA Tour
Comeback Player of the Year, this was
far from an ordinary comeback.
Now 50 and making his first senior
start at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge, the
three-time PGA Tour winner revealed
the horror behind his seven-year
absence. He had been hospitalized
with Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, a
rare and potentially life-threatening
condition that affects the mucous
membranes and causes lesions on the
skin. “I had a real scare with my life,
and a bogey doesn’t really mean too
much any more,” said Sauers, after he
finished T-2 1 in Snoqualmie, Wash.
She wants to go to Stanford, but the hardest test won’t be the SATs. It’ll be turning
down sponsor bucks to remain an amateur. 02 Nick Watney wins the Barclays to move atop the FedEx standings.
Jason Dufner took heat for taking the week
off, but Watney pretty much took the year
off and now leads the points race. 03 Sergio Garcia skips the Deutsche Bank to rest for the Ryder Cup.
Garcia needs some shut-eye? We thought
he perfected that at Medinah in the ’99 PGA. 04 Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson shoot 76 Sunday at the Barclays.
One’s 36, the other’s 42, and, more and more,
they seem to be playing old. 05 The men’s and women’s golf teams at Alabama are No. 1 in
Golf World’s NCAA coaches polls.
You know what they say about the Crimson
Tide? It’s a golf school with a decent little
football program. 06 Paul Lawrie (above) justifies his Ryder Cup spot by winning
the Johnnie Walker Championship.
It still doesn’t justify his ’99 British Open win.
There’s no justifying how that happened. 07Martin Kaymer holds onto Europe’s last automatic Ryder
Cup spot despite skipping the J WC.
So if he’s benched at Medinah, he shouldn’t
mind. 08Euro captain José Maria Olazábal adds Ian Poulter and Nicolas
Colsaerts as wild-card selections.
And if Ollie plays them together, it would
make for golf’s ultimate punk-rock pairing.
09 Tiger Woods has four three- putts in the third round at
The last time he had four 3-putts was on
“The Mike Douglas Show.”
John Fox, Wyoming, Ohio