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  • Romo enters Safeway Open despite possible NFL conflict
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, September 19, 2019

    Tony Romo, who enjoys moonlighting as a golfer, would miss work at his day job if he makes the cut at the Safeway Open next week.

    • The former Dallas Cowboys quarterback, now an NFL television analyst for CBS Sports, accepted a sponsor's exemption into the event at Silverado Country Club in Napa, Calif.

      Should he make the cut, he would be forced to miss his CBS assignment calling the Vikings-Bears game in Chicago on Sept. 29. If he misses the cut, he would fly to Chicago on Sept. 28 to do his normal pregame preparation, according to the New York Post's Andrew Marchand.

      CBS executives signed off on Romo's golf excursion after refusing to do so in similar circumstances last year, Marchand reported. The network told Marchand it has a backup analyst ready to fill in for Romo if necessary, but it wouldn't reveal who that person is.

      Romo's PGA Tour record likely gives CBS confidence that the sub won't be necessary.

      Romo, 39, has played in three events on the top-level tour and has yet to come close to making a cut, winding up 38 shots over par through six rounds. However, he has won each of the past two American Century Championship celebrity tournaments in Stateline, Nev., and he owns an impressive amateur golfing resume.

      According to Marchand, Romo is making around $3 million this year in the final season of his CBS contract, and he figures to attract other suitors when he becomes a television free agent in the offseason.

      --Field Level Media

  • Woods signs on for Japanese skins event
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, September 19, 2019

    Tiger Woods will headline a skins competition next month ahead of the PGA Tour's first-ever official event in Japan.

    • Woods, reigning FedEx Cup champion Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland, Australia's Jason Day and Japan's Hideki Matsuyama will compete in The Challenge: Japan Skins.

      The one-day event will air on the Golf Channel in the United States on Oct. 20 at 11 p.m. EDT -- prime time in the West Coast.

      The Challenge: Japan Skins will be played at Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club in Chiba Prefecture, near Tokyo, the same venue that will host the inaugural Zozo Championship from Oct. 24-27. The Zozo Championship will feature 78 players competing for $9.75 million in prize money.

      In skins play, each hole is worth a set amount of money that goes to the player with the low score. If two or more players share the low score on a hole, the money carries over to the next hole.

      Woods, 43, committed to play in the Zozo Championship back in April, but now he will be competing in Japan a few days earlier than originally planned.

      "I haven't been back to Japan since 2006 and the golf fans there are some of the best in the world," Woods said in a statement. "It's a unique format and a top field with Rory, Jason and Hideki. I can't wait to play against them on a global stage.

      "I haven't played a skins format in quite some time, so it will be fun to try something a little different and add a few strategic elements as we compete. There has already been some friendly banter between us and that will continue until we get to the first tee."

      Woods is coming off capturing his 15th major title this year at the Masters.

      McIlroy won the Tour Championship in Atlanta last month to join Woods as the only two-time winners of the FedEx Cup. Last week, McIlroy edged Brooks Koepka in voting for the PGA Tour Player of the Year.

      McIlroy said in a statement of the Japanese skins event, "There are so many fun elements to The Challenge that will have me wanting to take home that title -- playing with Hideki on his home turf; Tiger coming back to Japan with a Green Jacket.

      "The motivation is certainly there for me, and I'm a huge fan of the skins format. I love the way it rewards attacking play and think it suits my game quite well. Any time I can go directly at pins to try and make birdies and eagles, I think it puts me at an advantage."

      Day said in a statement, "It's going to get really competitive between the four of us and that's one of the great things about skins."

      Matsuyama added in a statement, "It's a real honor for me to play with these guys in front of a home crowd. I'll be grateful for all the support from the fans in Japan, but with the popularity of Tiger, Rory and Jason, I know they'll also be strongly supported wherever they play.

      "It's amazing to have these great champions playing in Japan and doing so much to promote and grow the game in my home country, but you can be sure I'll be trying to beat them on the course."

      --Field Level Media

  • McIlroy to keep European Tour membership
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, September 18, 2019

    Rory McIlroy will maintain his European Tour membership after reaching an agreement with the circuit's chief executive officer.

    • McIlroy, a native of Northern Ireland, had been unsure as to whether he would play on the tour in 2020 because of other commitments. But he said on Wednesday while preparing for the tour's BMW PGA Championship in Surrey, England, that CEO Keith Pelley made it easy for him to keep his membership.

      "The rule was that you have to play an extra two events if you don't play your home open," said McIlroy, who didn't play in this year's Irish Open, per the Golf Channel. "Pelley and I sat down and I said, 'Keith, I can't possibly do that.'"

      Instead, the golfer said, Pelley told him he could meet the requirements if he played in three Rolex Series events.

      McIlroy, 30, played in the Scottish Open and this week's BMW PGA Championship, which are both Rolex Series events, and intends to compete in Dubai in November.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Olesen stays suspended by European Tour amid court case
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, September 18, 2019

    Danish golfer Thorbjorn Olesen will remain suspended from the European Tour after a brief appearance in court Wednesday on charges of sexual assault, assault by beating and being drunk on an aircraft.

    • No pleas were entered in court in London, according to the Associated Press, which received a statement from the European Tour about Olesen's continued suspension.

      His status could change after a scheduled plea hearing on Dec. 13. He has indicated he will plead not guilty.

      A provisional trial date has been set for May 11, the AP reported.

      Olesen was arrested July 29 at Heathrow Airport in London following his alleged actions on a British Airways flight from Memphis, where he played in the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational.

      Olesen, 29, is ranked No. 69 in the world. He has five European Tour victories and was a member of Europe's victorious 2018 Ryder Cup team.

      --Field Level Media

  • Karlsson to repeat role as Europe's Ryder Cup first vice captain
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, September 18, 2019

    European captain Padraig Harrington has chosen Robert Karlsson as his first vice captain for the 2020 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin next September.

    • Karlsson held the same role under Thomas Bjorn last year, when Europe regained the trophy with a 17.5-10.5 victory at Le Golf National in Paris.

      "Anybody who was involved in 2018 would have seen this as a no-brainer pick," Harrington said Wednesday at the Wentworth Club outside of London in advance of this week's BMW PGA Championship. "Robert is really good at this job. He's very logical, very straight. He doesn't let the emotions get involved. A brilliant vice-captain. ...

      "There's other guys who potentially could make the team that could be vice captains, but I need a vice captain now. And Robert is an icon for the northern Europeans, the Continental northern Europeans and I need access to those guys."

      Karlsson, 50, played in two Ryder Cup competitions, helping Europe to a rout in 2006 before the United States won in 2008.

      "I'm looking forward to it," the Swede said of his role for 2020. "I think definitely the personal aspect, trying to build relationships with the players, that's important and something I'm going to do now that I'm more official in this position."

      --Field Level Media

  • Rose (knee) in doubt for BMW PGA Championship
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, September 17, 2019

    Justin Rose, No. 4 in the world golf rankings, withdrew from Wednesday's pro-am at the BMW PGA Championship, citing a knee injury.

    • "Last Thursday I slipped and jarred my knee," Rose said in a statement. "I am doing everything I can to be fit to play on Thursday."

      The BMW PGA Championship, held at the Wentworth Club southwest of London, is considered the European Tour's flagship event. Rose is scheduled to tee off Thursday with Jon Rahm and Patrick Reed.

      Rose last played in the Tour Championship from Aug. 27-30.

      The 39-year-old Englishman is set to compete for Europe in the Ryder Cup, to be held Sept. 25-27 at Whistling Straits Golf Course in Wisconsin.

      --Field Level Media

  • Golf Glance: Champ defends at Sanderson Farms
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, September 17, 2019

    Field Level Media's Golf Glance provides weekly news and storylines from each of the major North American golf tours.

    • PGA TOUR

      LAST TOURNAMENT: A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier (Joaquin Niemann)

      THIS WEEK: Sanderson Farms Championship, Sept. 19-22

      The Country Club of Jackson, Jackson, Miss. (Par 72, 7,421 yards)

      Purse: $6.6 million (Winner: $792,000)

      Defending champion: Cameron Champ

      FedEx Cup leader: Niemann

      TV: Thursday-Friday, 2-6 p.m. ET (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 3-6 p.m. ET (Golf Channel)

      NOTES: Champ birdied four of his final five holes to win by four shots and claim his first PGA Tour victory last year while also setting the tournament scoring record at 21-under 267. All three of his top-10 finishes last season came during the Fall swing. He has missed the cut in half of his 20 starts in 2019, but did qualify for the first two legs of the playoffs. ... Niemann is in the field after claiming his first Tour victory last week. ... Other notables include former major champions Jason Dufner, Zach Johnson and Jimmy Walker. ... Six of the past seven champions have been first-time Tour winners. ... The Monday qualifiers were Stephan Jaeger (64), Chip McDaniel (66), Adam Svensson (66) and Garrett Osborn (66). ... Seventeen-year-old Akshay Bhatia will make his pro debut.

      BEST BETS: South Korea's Sungjae Im (15/1 by PointsBet) is the top-ranked player from last year's FedEx Cup standings in the field. He could be primed for his maiden victory against a field full of rookies and veterans scrambling for Tour status. ... Brandt Snedeker (18/1) has one of the best resumes in the field. The 12-time winner has five top-10s in 2019. ... Canada's Corey Conners (28/1) finished second here last year and qualified for the Tour Championship. ... Kyle Stanley (60/1) offers longshot odds as the Tour veteran makes his season debut. Stanley is a two-time Tour winner but has only one top-10 in 21 starts in 2019.

      NEXT WEEK: Safeway Open, Napa, Calif.

      LPGA TOUR

      LAST WEEK: The Solheim Cup (Team Europe)

      THIS WEEK: Off.

      NEXT TOURNAMENT: Indy Women in Tech Championship, Indianapolis, Sept. 26-29.

      CHAMPIONS TOUR

      LAST TOURNAMENT: The Ally Challenge (Jerry Kelly)

      THIS WEEK: Sanford International, Sept. 20-22

      Minnehaha Country Club, Sioux Falls, S.D. (Par 70, 6,729 yards)

      Purse: $1.8 million (Winner: $270,000)

      Defending champion: Steve Stricker

      Charles Schwab Cup leader: Scott McCarron

      TV: Friday-Sunday, 6-8 p.m. ET (Golf Channel)

      NOTES: Stricker won by four shots over Tim Petrovic and Jerry Smith last year. ... McCarron leads the Charles Schwab Cup by only $482,083 following Kelly's victory last week. Kelly now has 17 top-3 finishes in 61 career Champions starts. ... David Toms is fourth in the standings following his T3 last week. ... Woody Austin has eight consecutive T20s, including a runner-up finish to Kelly last week. ... Steve Flesch has a streak of 12 consecutive rounds under par and has consecutive third-place finishes.

      NEXT WEEK: PURE Insurance Championship, Monterey Peninsula, Calif.

      --Field Level Media

  • Champions Tour to launch Morocco tournament
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, September 17, 2019

    The Champions Tour signed a five-year deal to play a tournament in Morocco beginning in 2020.

    • The Morocco Champions will be played the week of Jan. 27 at Samanah Golf Club in Marrakesh. The 66 players in the field will vie for a total prize purse of $2 million.

      The event will be the first PGA Tour-sanctioned stroke-play event to be contested on the African continent.

      "As we enter 2020, the globalization of golf is at an all-time high and it's important for us to look at opportunities to bring these legends of the game to fans around the world. The Morocco Champions will allow us to do just that and we're eager to build a tremendous debut tournament," said Miller Brady, president of the Champions Tour.

      --Field Level Media

  • Bhatia, 17, to make pro debut at Sanderson Farms
    By Field Level Media / Monday, September 16, 2019

    Seventeen-year-old Akshay Bhatia will make his pro debut at this week's Sanderson Farms Championship in Jackson, Miss.

    • A native of Northridge, Calif., who resides in Wake Forest, N.C., Bhatia is currently No. 5 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings.

      Bhatia, who decided to skip college, made the announcement Monday on Instagram.

      "That feeling when the time has officially come," he posted. "A special thanks to everyone on my team that has helped me get here this week, especially my family for supporting me all the way. Let's do this!"

      Bhatia, who turns 18 on Jan. 31, helped the U.S. team defeat Great Britain and Ireland at the Walker Cup earlier this month.

      He made his first PGA Tour appearance as an amateur at the Valspar Championship in March but missed the cut. Bhatia also tied for 42nd at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail Championship on the Korn Ferry Tour in April.

      --Field Level Media

  • Tiger makes no secret of his Presidents Cup ambitions
    By Field Level Media / Friday, September 13, 2019

    As captain of the team that will represent the United States in the Presidents Cup in December, Tiger Woods will select four players to round out the 12-man squad. And in a blog posted Thursday on the tournament website, he didn't hide the fact that he wants to be one of his picks.

    • "While I was disappointed to not earn one of the top 8 spots, I'm hopeful to perform well at my next start in Japan," Woods wrote. "In the meantime, I'm going to rely on playing with some of the guys in Florida to stay sharp. I'll practice hard, work on my game, and we'll have some matches. It's a lot of work, but it's also always fun."

      Another tell that he is leaning toward choosing himself for the Presidents Cup team? He signed his blog post with his name followed by: "U.S. Team Captain [crossed out] Playing Captain".

      Woods, 43, won The Masters in April but injuries limited him to just six tournaments after that. He missed the cut at The Open Championship and the PGA Championship, withdrew from The Northern Trust and finished T9, T21 and T37 in the other three.

      He had arthroscopic surgery in his left knee last month to repair minor cartilage damage.

      "I think right now the most important thing is fitness, for sure," Woods told reporters after finishing play at the BMW Championship in August. "Keep going the way I'm going right now because I need to get a little bit stronger in certain body parts, activate different areas. I need to get those parts stronger and then starting building up my game for Japan."

      Woods is scheduled to play next month in the Zozo Championship in Japan, the PGA Tour's first event in that country.

      The golfers who already have sewn up spots on the Presidents Cup team are Xander Schauffele, Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Cantlay, Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Matt Kuchar, Justin Thomas and Webb Simpson.

      "As a captain, I couldn't have asked for a more engaged and excited group of guys," Woods wrote.

      He outlined how he will choose the remaining four golfers.

      "My plan is to keep an open line of communication to ensure we find the four guys who best fit this team. We will be watching the fall events closely," he wrote. "There are so many guys who are world-class players who aren't yet on the team like Rickie Fowler, Tony Finau, Phil Mickelson, Patrick Reed, Gary Woodland, Jordan Spieth and many more."

      The 2019 Presidents Cup will be held in mid-December at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Australia. It features a United States team against golfers from around the world, minus Europe. The U.S. and Europe meet every two years in the Ryder Cup.

      --Field Level Media

  • Thomas encouraging others after melanoma scare
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, September 12, 2019

    Justin Thomas shared in an Instagram post Thursday that he recently had a melanoma scare with a small mole on his left leg.

    • Thomas' post include a picture of his leg with an incision and stitches on it. The golf star said early stages of melanoma were found in the mole, and he's using his experience as a way to encourage others to get tested.

      "Luckily, we found it at a time where there should be no problems going forward," Thomas wrote. "That being said, EVERYBODY GO GET CHECKED!! No harm can come from it and it's the best way to catch anything before it becomes a serious issue. Especially for all the junior golfers (and other athletes) spending so much time in the sun."

      Thomas finished tied for third at the Tour Championship last month after winning at the BMW Championship a week prior. The two good showings ended a run in which the 26-year-old placed outside the top 10 and missed the cut twice over a stretch of 11 tourneys, missing time during the skid with a wrist injury.

      "It is so important to make sure you're monitoring your body - no matter how old you are or how much sunscreen you use," wrote Thomas. "It really got my attention, and hoping it does the same to y'all!"

      --Field Level Media

  • Pettersen's retort to Kang: We'll 'step on their necks'
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, September 12, 2019

    Team Europe is a heavy underdog entering the 2019 Solheim Cup, so veteran Suzann Pettersen jumped on bulletin board material provided by Team USA's Danielle Kang.

    • A day after Kang said she wants to "just crush" the other team and make her rivals "cry" because that's the fun of the Solheim Cup, Pettersen had a chuckle at the young American's expense.

      "And we're just going to step on their necks," Pettersen said with a laugh during her Thursday news conference.

      Teammate Jodi Ewart Shadoff was a little more blunt in her assessment, admitting that Kang's bravado could come back to haunt Team USA.

      "I think it's just extra motivation, really, for us," she said. "I don't think there will be any tears on our team, just happiness."

      The U.S. has won the past two Solheim Cups but has lost both previous competitions held in Scotland. Kang was 3-1 as a rookie on the winning U.S. team in 2017, but she will sit out Friday's opening session along with Lizette Salas, Angel Yin and Ally McDonald.

      Pettersen, whose selection as a captain's pick stirred some controversy, also will sit out the opening fourballs along with teammates Anna Nordqvist, Anne van Dam and Caroline Hedwall.

      --Field Level Media

  • USA throws rookies into fire at Solheim Cup
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, September 12, 2019

    The U.S. rookies won't be Solheim Cup rookies for long.

    • Captain Juli Inkster will send out five of her six first-timers on Friday morning for the opening-session foursomes in Gleneagles, Scotland. She plans to use all six before Sunday's singles matches.

      "I really wanted to get my rookies out there in the morning and get them playing," Inkster said Thursday.

      The Americans' six rookies are the most since the inaugural Solheim competition in 1990. Their European counterparts feature three rookies on this weekend's roster.

      "I feel like we've got some pretty good rookie alternate-shot players, so we'll see how they do," Inkster said.

      Morgan Pressel, in her sixth Solheim, and rookie Marina Alex lead things off for the U.S. on Friday against Carlota Ciganda and Bronte Law.

      Lexi Thompson, in her fourth Solheim, pairs with rookie Brittany Altomare in match No. 2 against Europe's Celine Boutier and Georgia Hall.

      The third match pits American sisters Nelly (a rookie) Korda and Jessica Korda against Caroline Masson and Jodi Ewart Shadoff.

      The final foursome features Team USA rookies Megan Khang and Annie Park against veterans Charley Hull and Azahara Munoz.

      "I really don't see any weak links on our side," European captain Catriona Matthew said.

      The teams will play four fourball (better-ball) matches in the afternoon Friday.

      --Field Level Media

  • Wie to contribute to Solheim Cup media coverage
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, September 11, 2019

    Five-time Solheim Cup participant Michelle Wie will work as a studio analyst during the Golf Channel's coverage of the event, which begins Friday.

    • Wie, who was part of the U.S. Solheim Cup teams from 2009-17, has been sidelined for much of the LPGA season by injuries.

      "I'm excited to join the Golf Channel crew to give my views and inputs on a great event that means so much to me," Wie, 29, said. She also is set to contribute to the network's social media platforms.

      Wie has five LPGA titles, including the 2014 U.S. Women's Open.

      The Solheim Cup is being held at the PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles in Scotland. The U.S. holds the Solheim Cup, having defended it in Des Moines, Iowa, two years ago.

      --Field Level Media

  • McIlroy beats out Koepka for PGA Tour Player of the Year
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, September 11, 2019

    Rory McIlroy beat out Brooks Koepka to win PGA Tour Player of the Year honors for the third time.

    • McIlroy joins Tiger Woods as the only players to win the FedEx Cup twice (2016), and the Northern Irishman also won the Players Championship and the RBC Canadian Open while leading the Tour in adjusted scoring average (69.057), top-10s (14) and total strokes gained (2.551).

      Voting for the award was open to players who competed in at least 15 official FedEx Cup events during the 2018-19 season.

      "Yeah, I'm at a loss for words," McIlroy said. "So thinking that I've won my third Jack Nicklaus trophy, to be presented with the Jack Nicklaus trophy by the man himself today was very surprising.

      "Yeah, look, I couldn't be more proud of what I've achieved this year. You know, I wanted to try and bring my best every single week that I played and I feel like I did that to the best of my ability, and I feel like the Top-10s, the consistency, the work that I've put in, I think that the greatest compliment you receive is that your peers feel like you've done something pretty special and for this award to be voted on by my fellow players, I'm very humbled and very honored. And I think it says a lot about what I've put into this year and it validates some of the decisions that I've made starting off the year, and you know, I couldn't be more proud to win this award for the -- for the third time."

      While the Tour does not release vote totals and announced McIlroy the winner over Koepka, Matt Kuchar and Xander Schauffele in alphabetical order, it was long considered a two-man race between McIlroy and Koepka. For all of his accomplishments last season, McIlroy did not claim a major title while Koepka won the PGA Championship and remains the top-ranked player in the world.

      "Look, Brooks has had an incredible year, an incredible two, three years, whatever it is," McIlroy said. "He's the No. 1 player in the world in the world golf rankings, and I don't know, I think this speaks volumes of what PGA Tour players feel is important, and you know, because I think that -- and I've harped on about this a little bit over the course of the year."

      McIlroy, 30, also won the Jack Nicklaus Award as Player of the Year in 2012 and 2014. He is only the third player to win the Players, a major, the FedEx Cup and a Wold Golf Championship event in a career, joining Woods and Sweden's Henrik Stenson.

      "On behalf of the PGA Tour, my congratulations to Rory McIlroy on being voted the 2019 PGA Tour Player of the Year by the TOUR's membership," Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said in a statement. "While there are a number of honors one can receive in this game, PGA Tour Player of the Year has to be among the most satisfying as it comes directly from his peers. Rory's season was a model of consistency punctuated by milestone victories and ultimately the FedEx Cup in Atlanta."

      South Korea's Sungjae Im, the only rookie to qualify for the Tour Championship, will receive the Arnold Palmer Award - renamed this year as a tribute to Palmer.

      The 21-year-old tied for 19th in the FedEx Cup standings, and joins Stewart Cink (1996-97) as the only players to be named the Korn Ferry Tour Player of the Year and PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year in consecutive seasons. Im made 26 of 35 cuts during his rookie season, recording seven top-10s, with his best finish a tie for third at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

      Im beat out Cameron Champ, Adam Long, Collin Morikawa and Matthew Wolff.

      "Congratulations to Sungjae on being voted 2019 PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year," Monahan said. "His 'Ironman' season was remarkably consistent from start-to-finish, and his fellow players raved about his all-around game throughout the year. Like so many Korn Ferry Tour graduates, he arrived on the PGA TOUR prepared to compete with the world's best, and his season was a reflection of a maturity beyond his 21 years."

      --Field Level Media

  • Inkster seeks historic Solheim 3-peat
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, September 10, 2019

    Team USA captain Juli Inkster is chasing history as she attempts to become the first captain to lead three teams to victory.

    • Inkster previously captained the Americans to victories in 2015 and 2017 to join Judy Rankin (1996, '98) as the only captains to lead two winning teams.

      "I think the golf course is in great shape," Inkster said Tuesday of the Gleneagles PGA Centenary Course in Perthshire, Scotland. "I know you guys have had a ton of rain. It's drained well. The greens are awesome."

      While Inkster will have six rookies on the 12-player team with Ally McDonald replacing an injured Stacy Lewis, she will have consistency with vice captains Nancy Lopez, Wendy Ward and Pat Hurst.

      "Basically every team is different -- and that's what I love about having the same camaraderie, the same assistant captains, because I think they're all very flexible," Inkster said Tuesday. "They can work with a lot of different players. And we all know each other, what makes us tick.

      "And so it's been different this year because we do have a lot of rookies. But I think so far it's gone great. We're missing Angel (Yin's) clubs. That's an issue. But other than that, I think everybody's been great."

      Team USA is going for a three-peat, but Team Europe has won both of the previous Solheim Cups held in Scotland.

      "(The players) don't know that we've never won in Scotland, unless you guys tell them," Inkster said. "And I think that's what's great. I think if you're a rookie, I think it's a lot easier to play away your first Solheim, because you're really not expected to win and you can go out there and play a little looser. You don't have the USA crowd pumping you up, and you just rely a lot on your teammates and your team.

      "I think it's easier to bond over here; you don't have a lot of outside distractions. So I think our rookies have been -- they're not rookies. They're veteran golfers. I mean, they're good. They're really good.

      "So, I think we're all excited to see how they do out there, you know? Because it is, it's a crapshoot. They could play great or they could not play great. But it's a team event, and we're really excited to have them on our team and watch them play."

      2019 USA SOLHEIM CUP ROSTER

      Lexi Thompson

      Nelly Korda

      Danielle Kang

      Lizette Salas

      Jessica Korda

      Megan Khang

      Marina Alex

      Brittany Altomare

      Angel Yin

      Annie Park

      Morgan Pressel

      Ally McDonald

      2019 EUROPEAN SOLHEIM CUP ROSTER

      Carlota Ciganda, Spain

      Anne van Dam, Netherlands

      Caroline Hedwall, Sweden

      Charley Hull, England

      Georgia Hall, England

      Azahara Munoz, Spain

      Caroline Masson, Germany

      Anna Nordqvist, Sweden

      Celine Boutier, France

      Jodi Ewart Shadoff, England

      Bronte Law, England

      Suzann Pettersen, Norway

      ALL-TIME SOLHEIM CUP RESULTS

      2017: USA 16.5, Europe 11.5

      2015: USA 14.5, Europe 13.5

      2013: Europe 18, USA 10

      2011: Europe 15, USA 13

      2009: USA 16, Europe 12

      2007: USA 16, Europe 12

      2005: USA 15.5, Europe 12.5

      2003: Europe 17.5, USA 10.5

      2002: USA 15.5, Europe 12.5

      2000: Europe 14.5, USA 11.5

      1998: USA 16, Europe 12

      1996: USA 17, Europe 11

      1994: USA 13, Europe 7

      1992: Europe 11.5, USA 6.5

      1990: USA 11.5, Europe 4.5

      --Field Level Media

  • Golf Glance: PGA kicks off new season; Solheim Cup in Scotland
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, September 10, 2019

    Field Level Media's Golf Glance provides weekly news and storylines from each of the major North American golf tours.

    • PGA TOUR

      LAST TOURNAMENT: Tour Championship (Rory McIlroy)

      THIS WEEK: A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier, Sept. 12-15

      The Old White TPC, White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. (Par 70, 7,286 yards)

      Purse: $7.5 million (Winner: $1.35 million)

      Defending champion: Kevin Na

      TV: Thursday-Friday, 2-6 p.m. ET (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 3-6 p.m. ET (Golf Channel)

      NOTES: The event moves from its traditional July spot to September and kicks off the fall schedule for the 2019-20 season. ... The new cut rule will be in place, with the top 65 and ties advancing to the weekend with no MDFs. ... Sam Burns, Kevin Chappell and Jamie Lovemark are making their returns from injury. ... Jason Dufner is in the field after finishing last season No. 136 in the FedEx Cup standings, missing the playoffs for the first time since 2008. ... Zach Johnson is making his event debut after also missing the playoffs for the first time in the FedEx Cup era. ... Scottie Scheffler was the lone golfer to earn fully exempt status on the PGA Tour solely through his play on the Korn Ferry Tour in 2019. ... KFT Championship winner Tom Lewis will make his PGA Tour debut.

      BEST BETS: Bryson DeChambeau (12/1 by PointsBet) is the only top 10 player in the field and tied for 14th in 2017. The downside is the course is 2,000 feet above sea level and DeChambeau struggled in Mexico last year (T56). ... Viktor Hovland (13/1) might have the best all-around game out of the slew of young guns swarming the Tour. After failing to qualify for the playoffs, he kept his game sharp with a T2 and T11 on the Korn Ferry Tour. He also has four consecutive T20s on the PGA Tour. ... Marc Leishman (25/1) enters at No. 24 in the world and posted T20s in each of the final two playoff events. ... Sungjae Im (22/1) has yet to claim a breakthrough win on Tour, but was the lone rookie to qualify for the Tour Championship (T15). ... Bubba Watson (25/1) is coming off a disappointing 2018-19 season but is a property owner at The Greenbrier. He has three T20s while making the cut in all five previous appearances.

      NEXT WEEK: Sanderson Farms Championship, Jackson, Miss.

      LPGA TOUR

      LAST TOURNAMENT: Cambia Portland Classic (Hannah Green)

      THIS WEEK: The Solheim Cup, Sept. 13-15

      The Gleneagles Hotel, PGA Centenary Course, Perthshire, Scotland (Par 72, 6,434 yards)

      Purse: N/A

      Defending champion: United States

      TV: Friday-Saturday, 3 a.m.-1:30 p.m. ET (Golf Channel); Sunday, 6:30 a.m.-1 p.m. ET (Golf Channel)

      NOTES: Team USA captain Juli Inkster is trying to become the first captain in Solheim Cup history to lead three teams to victory (2015, '17). ... First alternate Ally McDonald will replace Stacy Lewis, a four-time Solheim Cup team member who withdrew due to a back injury suffered in Portland. McDonald finished ninth in the USA team point standings, one spot from automatically qualifying. ... McDonald is one of nine Solheim Cup rookies - six for Team USA and three for Team Europe. ... The host country has won 11 of the past 15 Solheim Cups, with the average margin of victory on home soil being 4.5 points, according to the LPGA. ... Team USA has won three previous times on European soil: 1996 (Wales), 2007 (Sweden) and 2015 (Germany). ... This will be the third Solheim Cup contested in Scotland, and the first time since 2000 (Loch Lomond Golf Club). ... Europe's Suzann Pettersen will make her ninth Solheim Cup appearance.

      NEXT TOURNAMENT: Indy Women in Tech Championship, Indianapolis, Sept. 26-29.

      CHAMPIONS TOUR

      LAST TOURNAMENT: Shaw Charity Classic (Wes Short Jr.)

      THIS WEEK: The Ally Challenge, Sept. 13-15

      Warwick Hills G&CC, Grand Blanc, Mich. (Par 72, 7,101 yards)

      Purse: $2 million (Winner: $300,000)

      Defending champion: Paul Broadhurst

      Charles Schwab Cup leader: Scott McCarron

      TV: Friday-Sunday, 6-8 p.m. ET (Golf Channel)

      NOTES: Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera makes his Champions debut a day after celebrating his 50th birthday. ... Four-time Champions winner Esteban Toledo was one of four Monday qualifiers, joining Mark Walker, Dennis Hendershott and Todd Fischer. Fischer, who made 150 career starts on the PGA Tour, will make his Champions debut after turning 50 on Aug. 23. ... Broadhurst seeks his third consecutive victory in Michigan after also winning the Senior PGA championship. ... Vijay Singh was a three-time winner of the former PGA Tour stop at Warwick Hills.

      NEXT WEEK: Sanford International, Sioux Falls, S.D., Sept. 20-22

      --Field Level Media

  • McDonald replaces ailing Lewis on U.S. Solheim Cup team
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, September 10, 2019

    Stacy Lewis has withdrawn from the U.S. Solheim Cup team because of a back injury and will be replaced by first alternate Ally McDonald.

    • McDonald, 26, already was on site at PGA Centenary Course in Perthshire, Scotland, where the competition will begin on Friday.

      Lewis was named to Team USA as one of captain Juli Inkster's two picks. She is a four-time Solheim Cup participant.

      "I'm extremely disappointed not to be able to play. I'm a competitor and I want to play, but I had a back injury flare up last week," Lewis said. "I've done everything I could possibly do over the last week to be ready to play. For my health and what I feel is in the best interest of the team, I decided to take myself out. I will take a different role with the team and will do whatever I can to help Team USA bring the Cup home."

      This will be the first Solheim Cup appearance for McDonald, who in her fourth year on the LPGA Tour. Over the two-year qualifying period, McDonald has 15 top-20 finishes, including at three majors in 2019.

      --Field Level Media

  • Two Solheim Cup players anxiously awaiting clubs
    By Field Level Media / Monday, September 9, 2019

    The clubs of the United States' Angel Yin and Europe's Jodi Ewart Shadoff have not yet arrived in Scotland for the upcoming Solheim Cup.

    • Each golfer's set of clubs is in Dublin. Yin arrived in Scotland via Los Angeles and Dublin, with Ewart Shadoff traveling from Orlando with a layover in Dublin.

      "Apparently there are over 200 bags in Dublin that are meant for Edinburgh," Ewart Shadoff texted GolfWeek. "They have sent a plane with just bags on that just landed, so hopefully they are on that."

      In addition, Yin's personal bags are in London.

      "I have a lot of different brands so it's really hard to replace," Yin texted GolfWeek. "There's a strike in London right now and they said 'Oh, well probably get it to you on the 11th.'"

      The Solheim Cup begins on Sept. 13 and takes place at The Gleneagles Hotel, PGA Centenary Course in Perthshire, Scotland.

      --Field Level Media

  • Koepka, Mickelson commit to Shriners event
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, September 5, 2019

    Brooks Koepka and Phil Mickelson committed to play in next month's Shriners Hospital for Children Open at TPC Summerlin in Nevada.

    • Koepka, the world's No. 1-ranked player, participated in the Las Vegas-area event four straight years from 2014-17. He was the runner-up in 2016.

      Mickelson has competed in the tournament 12 times, but not since 2005. He placed second in 2000.

      "Just awesome, and we are very excited to announce the addition of two championship golfers to the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open field, Brooks Koepka and Phil Mickelson," tournament executive director Patrick Lindsey said Thursday. "Their commitments speak volumes to our hard work in attracting top-caliber players to Las Vegas' only PGA Tour event."

      The tournament runs from Oct. 3-6.

      -- Field Level Media

  • World No. 3 Johnson recovering from knee surgery
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, September 5, 2019

    Dustin Johnson had arthroscopic surgery Thursday to repair cartilage damage in his left knee.

    • Johnson's agent said the world's No. 3-ranked player was resting comfortably and expected to make a full recovery before returning to the PGA Tour this fall.

      The surgery was performed in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., by Dr. George Caldwell. Johnson had a similar procedure on his right knee in December 2011 and returned to action in mid-January 2012.

      Johnson, 35, won his 20th PGA Tour title in 2019 at the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship. The 2016 U.S. Open champion was runner-up at this year's Masters and PGA Championship.

      He struggled down the stretch this season with zero top-10 finishes in his past eight starts. Johnson tied for last in the 30-man field at the Tour Championship in his most recent start.

      --Field Level Media

  • Golf Glance: PGA gears for new season, LPGA for Solheim Cup
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, September 3, 2019

    Field Level Media's Golf Glance provides weekly news and storylines from each of the major North American golf tours.

    • PGA TOUR

      LAST TOURNAMENT: Tour Championship (Rory McIlroy)

      THIS WEEK: Off.

      NEXT TOURNAMENT: A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier, Sept. 12-15

      LPGA TOUR

      LAST TOURNAMENT: Cambia Portland Classic (Hannah Green)

      THIS WEEK: Off.

      NEXT TOURNAMENT: The Solheim Cup, The Gleneagles Hotel, Perthshire, Scotland, Sept. 12-15

      CHAMPIONS TOUR

      LAST TOURNAMENT: Shaw Charity Classic (Wes Short, Jr.)

      THIS WEEK: Off.

      NEXT TOURNAMENT: The Ally Challenge, Grand Blanc, Mich., Sept. 13-15

      --Field Level Media

  • McIlroy loses in playoff at European Masters
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, September 1, 2019

    Sweden's Sebastian Soderberg birdied the first playoff hole to defeat Rory McIlroy and three others Sunday at the European Masters in Crans Montana, Switzerland.

    • It was deja vu for McIlroy, as the Northern Irishman also lost in a playoff at the event as a 19-year-old in 2008.

      McIlroy shot a 3-under 67 in the final round to finish in a five-way tie at 14 under with Soderberg (66), Italy's Lorenzo Gagli (67), Finland's Kalle Samooja (67) and third-round leader Andres Romero (70) of Argentina.

      On the first extra hole, Soderberg was the only one of the group to hit the fairway at the par-4 18th. The 28-year-old rolled in an 8-foot birdie putt to capture his first European Tour title.

      McIlroy blamed his shortfall on fatigue from his successful run to the FedEx Cup and victory in the season-ending Tour Championship last month.

      "This is my seventh event in eight weeks, so I've played a lot of golf," McIlroy told Golfweek. "I think just playing that much, little mental errors creep in. The sloppy finish yesterday probably cost me. I fought back today and did my best, and it wasn't meant to be."

      --Field Level Media

  • McIlroy surges to 1 shot of lead at European Masters
    By Field Level Media / Friday, August 30, 2019

    Rory McIlroy played his final five holes in 5 under en route to a 7-under-par 63 Friday to surge within one shot of the lead after the second round of the European Masters.

    • McIlroy, fresh off his victory at the Tour Championship, is one back of American Gavin Green, who is 11 under for the tournament in Crans Montana, Switzerland. McIlroy is tied for second with four others -- Argentina's Andres Romero (a Friday-best 61), Australia's Wade Ormsby (64), England's Tommy Fleetwood (65) and Austria's Matthias Schwab (67).

      McIlroy opened with a 67 and was 3 under on Friday when he arrived at the 14th for the start of back-to-back par-5s. The Northern Irishman two-putted for birdie on the 14th and eagled the next after sticking his second shot within 16 feet of the hole.

      He followed with two more birdies before a par on the 18th.

      "Going out this afternoon eight shots off the lead, you know there are scores out there but you don't want to push too hard," McIlroy said. "Getting myself much closer to the lead going into the weekend was nice. I'm excited to give myself another chance to win. I really wanted to come here and play well."

      --Field Level Media

  • Koepka, McIlroy among nominees for Player of the Year
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, August 28, 2019

    World No. 1 Brooks Koepka headlines the four players nominated for PGA Tour Player of the Year, announced Wednesday.

    • The PGA also released the nominees for PGA Tour Rookie of the Year. Both groups were selected by the tour's player directors and members of the Player Advisory Council.

      Nominees for the Jack Nicklaus Award are Koepka, Matt Kuchar, Rory McIlroy and Xander Schauffele. The rookies nominated for the Arnold Palmer Award are Cameron Champ, Sungjae Im, Adam Long, Collin Morikawa and Matthew Wolff.

      Koepka, 29, won three tournaments on the year, including the PGA Championship. He had nine top 10 finishes and tied for third place in the FedEx Cup.

      Kuchar, 41, won two events and had eight top 10 finishes. He tied for 16th place in the FedEx Cup.

      The winner of the FedEx Cup, the 30-year-old McIlroy, ended the season with three victories and 14 top 10 finishes. He also led the tour in scoring average at 69.057.

      Schauffele, 25, won two tournaments and finished second in the FedEx Cup. He has six top 10 finishes.

      Four of the five rookies nominated won a tournament in their first year: Champ, Long, Moriakawa and Wolff.

      Im, a 21-year-old South Korean, led the group with 26 made cuts, and he finished in the top 25 on 16 occasions. His best tour finish was a tie for third place at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

      Players who competed in at least 15 FedEx Cup events during the recently concluded season are eligible to vote before the deadline, which is Sept. 6 at 5 p.m. ET. The PGA Tour has not announced when the winners will be revealed.

      --Field Level Media