The Ryder Cup takes a couple dozen professional golfers who spend most of their time obsessed with swing thoughts, practice, money, sponsorships, money, majors and money, and changes the way their brains and hearts work for a week.
U.S. captain Davis Love III had little choice but to reward Moore for his excellent play over the past two months, especially when he pushed Euro star Rory McIlroy to four playoff holes to finish as the runner-up at the Tour Championship.
U.S. Ryder Cup golfers walked over a stone bridge named in Payne Stewart's memory and onto Hazeltine's seventh fairway, some not old enough to have known the man who is linked to the course and this week's competition..
Jack Nicklaus had watched Ballesteros, a 19-year-old Spaniard, go into the final round of a 1976 British Open two strokes behind Johnny Miller. He saw this kid's aura of greatness and decided that Seve could bring some life to the dull Ryder Cup.
Phelps on the golf course looks like a regular guy (albeit a tall guy with a clear swimmer's build). He crushed his drive down the middle on the first hole — prompting one fan to remark, "He does everything right" — but Phelps' approach was beyond the green and his putt missed the mark.
Ryan Moore had just placed second in the Tour Championship, capping a strong weekend in Atlanta with a narrow playoff loss to Rory McIlroy , when he began to load up his gear in the parking lot about 45 minutes later, a flight home to Las Vegas with his family fast approaching.
Given Europe's dominance, there's a lot of pressure on the U.S. at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska. The Journal Sentinel's Gary D'Amato, covering his fifth Ryder Cup, previews the event with Noah Coslov.
Davis Love III said he was only trying to illustrate why his U.S. team should play with more swagger in the Ryder Cup. His comments wound up providing plenty of fodder for the Europeans, and perhaps a little extra motivation they didn't even need.
Chamblee possesses expertise, but so do a thousand other golfers. What sets him apart from the average golf analyst, and from so many who fail to do the job properly while covering other sports, is fearlessness.
A moment of silence for the man they called "The King" will be held at Thursday afternoon's opening ceremonies. Players from the U.S. and European team will wear pins — fans will get buttons — presenting a logo created by the PGA Tour and the Palmer family that will mention "Arnie's Army," his legion of fans.