U.S. team captain Tiger Woods selected some of the best golfers in America for this year's edition of the 2019 Presidents Cup at the Royal Melbounre Golf Club in Australia, but what would have happened if he could have chosen the best American golfers of all time? We posed that question to golf columnist Tommy Raymond and had him select a 12-man dream team full of legends and luminaries.
The 2019 Presidents Cup commences December 12 at Royal Melbourne in Australia. It will mark the third time that Royal Melbourne has hosted the event. It also hosted in 2011 (a U.S. victory) and to 1998 (still the only International win). There has been one tie (2003, in South Africa) in Presidents Cup history and the rest have been U.S. wins, including a 19-11 thrashing by the Americans at Liberty National in New Jersey two years ago.
The last official PGA Tour event in the calendar year, the RSM Classic, starts Thursday at the Sea Island Golf Club on St. Simons Island, Georgia.
The Mayakoba Golf Classic will guarantee for the winner a trip down Magnolia Lane at Augusta for the Masters, as well as entry into the PGA Championship, the Players Championship and the Sentry Tournament of Champions at Kapalua in Hawaii.
The World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions in Shanghai, China, will bring an end to the Asian swing on the PGA Tour. Rory McIlroy is favored to win the event, but keep an eye on Patrick Reed, who showed signs of life in the latter stages of the 2018-19 season with a 10th in the Open Championship to go along with a win in the Northern Trust and a tie for ninth in the Tour Championship.
In every sport there are underrated athletes, and golf is no exception. The PGA Tour has numerous players who get the results, qualify for most events and yet receive less than deserved notoriety for doing so. They must play their way into coverage on television but largely wouldn’t be recognized at your average McDonald’s.
The inaugural Zozo Championship begins the PGA Tour's first foray into Japan, as 78 players will take part at the Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club in Chiba, just east of Tokyo. The tournament also marks the return of Tiger Woods.
The third edition of the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges, played on Jeju Island in South Korea, will begin a three-tournament Asian swing on the PGA Tour.
Keegan Bradley is +4000 to win the tournament, has three top-10 finishes on the Golf Club of Houston course and only one missed cut in seven appearances.
The PGA Tour moves from Napa to Sin City this weekend for the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open at TPC Summerlin. This year it takes place four weeks earlier than a year ago, and since the Presidents Cup is in the not-too-distant future, it probably has a better field than one might expect at this time of year. Among those making his 2019-20 season bow is world No. 1 Brooks Koepka, who appears here for the first time since finishing second in 2016.