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I don’t know why we don’t ever try going back to it.” He wa... Gleneagles, Scotland • Phil Mickelson delivered his most memorable shot after the Ryder Cup was over. Not with a club, but with his words. Mickelson knew this Ryder Cup was a lost cause before it was over. Even though he won his singles match over Stephen Gallacher, another European victory looked imminent. That’s what led Mickelson to say in a television interview, “We had a great formula in ‘08 and I don’t know why we strayed from it. I don’t know why we don’t ever try going back to it.” He wa... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58468994@www.sltrib.com Mon, 29 Sep 2014 13:00:49 MDT Ryder Cup golf: McGinley ends career on a winning note http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58467891-77/mcginley-ryder-captain-cup.html.csp Gleneagles, Scotland • Paul McGinley is ready to call it a career in the Ryder Cup, and it ended on a perfect note. McGinley made his debut in 2002 at The Belfry by holing the winning putt for Europe. His final act was captain of another formidable team, and he called all the right shots at Gleneagles as Europe sailed to its eighth win in the last 10 Ryder Cup matches. In between, he played in two other Ryder Cups (both record wins for Europe) and was an assistant twice. “That’s six Ryder Cups n... Gleneagles, Scotland • Paul McGinley is ready to call it a career in the Ryder Cup, and it ended on a perfect note. McGinley made his debut in 2002 at The Belfry by holing the winning putt for Europe. His final act was captain of another formidable team, and he called all the right shots at Gleneagles as Europe sailed to its eighth win in the last 10 Ryder Cup matches. In between, he played in two other Ryder Cups (both record wins for Europe) and was an assistant twice. “That’s six Ryder Cups n... 58467891@www.sltrib.com Mon, 29 Sep 2014 08:14:02 MDT Golf: Phil Mickelson calls out Tom Watson’s style as captain http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58466101-77/mickelson-watson-captain-2008.html.csp Gleneagles, Scotland • U.S. captain Tom Watson suffered a pair of defeats Sunday in the Ryder Cup — first from the Europeans, and then from Phil Mickelson. In a subtle dig at Watson’s leadership style, Mickelson said the Americans have strayed from the formula that Paul Azinger brought to the 2008 team at Valhalla, the only time since 1999 the Americans have won the Ryder Cup. “We all do the best that we can and we’re all trying our hardest,” Mickelson said. “And I’m just looking back at what ga... Gleneagles, Scotland • U.S. captain Tom Watson suffered a pair of defeats Sunday in the Ryder Cup — first from the Europeans, and then from Phil Mickelson. In a subtle dig at Watson’s leadership style, Mickelson said the Americans have strayed from the formula that Paul Azinger brought to the 2008 team at Valhalla, the only time since 1999 the Americans have won the Ryder Cup. “We all do the best that we can and we’re all trying our hardest,” Mickelson said. “And I’m just looking back at what ga... 58466101@www.sltrib.com Sun, 28 Sep 2014 23:12:02 MDT Golf: Europe wins the Ryder Cup again http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58465063-77/europe-cup-states-united.html.csp Gleneagles, Scotland • The tone was set by Rory McIlroy, the best player in the world. The winning shot came from Jamie Donaldson, a Ryder Cup rookie. Europe added another layer to its Ryder Cup dominance on Sunday by leaving no doubt who had the best team, if not the best players. Behind two early comebacks that showed its resolve, Europe clinched the cup with four matches still on the course. With a 16½-11½ victory, Europe kept that gold trophy for the eighth time in the past 10 tries. McIlroy... Gleneagles, Scotland • The tone was set by Rory McIlroy, the best player in the world. The winning shot came from Jamie Donaldson, a Ryder Cup rookie. Europe added another layer to its Ryder Cup dominance on Sunday by leaving no doubt who had the best team, if not the best players. Behind two early comebacks that showed its resolve, Europe clinched the cup with four matches still on the course. With a 16½-11½ victory, Europe kept that gold trophy for the eighth time in the past 10 tries. McIlroy... 58465063@www.sltrib.com Sun, 28 Sep 2014 17:47:09 MDT Golf: Europe retains the Ryder Cup http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58464905-77/cup-europe-ryder-americans.html.csp Gleneagles, Scotland • Europe added another layer of Ryder Cup dominance on Sunday behind Rory McIlroy big start, two big rallies and a rookie who hit the shot of his life to give this performance a finish it deserved. Jamie Donaldson, unaware he already had done enough to retain the Ryder Cup, hit a 9-iron that settled 2 feet from the cup on the 15th hole. Keegan Bradley walked onto the green, saw Donaldson’s ball next to the hole, removed his cap and conceded the birdie. And the celebration wa... Gleneagles, Scotland • Europe added another layer of Ryder Cup dominance on Sunday behind Rory McIlroy big start, two big rallies and a rookie who hit the shot of his life to give this performance a finish it deserved. Jamie Donaldson, unaware he already had done enough to retain the Ryder Cup, hit a 9-iron that settled 2 feet from the cup on the 15th hole. Keegan Bradley walked onto the green, saw Donaldson’s ball next to the hole, removed his cap and conceded the birdie. And the celebration wa... 58464905@www.sltrib.com Sun, 28 Sep 2014 15:07:01 MDT Golf: Europe leads 10-6, closes in on Ryder Cup victory http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58463179-77/europe-watson-cup-ryder.html.csp Gleneagles, Scotland • Justin Rose swept that magical putter into the air before his ball even reached the hole, and he punched his right fist when it dropped for a birdie. Just like at Medinah, the final match in the Ryder Cup on Saturday gave Europe another big boost of momentum going into the last round. Only this time, Europe didn’t really need it. Rose capped off a remarkable Saturday for himself and his team. That 6-foot putt on the 18th hole at Gleneagles was enough to give Rose and Mart... Gleneagles, Scotland • Justin Rose swept that magical putter into the air before his ball even reached the hole, and he punched his right fist when it dropped for a birdie. Just like at Medinah, the final match in the Ryder Cup on Saturday gave Europe another big boost of momentum going into the last round. Only this time, Europe didn’t really need it. Rose capped off a remarkable Saturday for himself and his team. That 6-foot putt on the 18th hole at Gleneagles was enough to give Rose and Mart... 58463179@www.sltrib.com Sun, 28 Sep 2014 14:40:46 MDT Ryder Cup: Europe rallies to take 5-3 lead over U.S. http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58460197-77/europe-matches-reed-watson.html.csp Gleneagles, Scotland • The start of this Ryder Cup was a lot like how the last one ended. European blue filled the scoreboard Friday afternoon at Gleneagles with strong finishes that Europe is renowned for in these matches. Rory McIlroy knocked in a 40-foot birdie putt across the 17th green, and Sergio Garcia followed with a 5-wood out of the rough and onto the 18th green to set up another birdie as they rallied to earn a halve that felt like it was worth much more. As for the Americans? They sq... Gleneagles, Scotland • The start of this Ryder Cup was a lot like how the last one ended. European blue filled the scoreboard Friday afternoon at Gleneagles with strong finishes that Europe is renowned for in these matches. Rory McIlroy knocked in a 40-foot birdie putt across the 17th green, and Sergio Garcia followed with a 5-wood out of the rough and onto the 18th green to set up another birdie as they rallied to earn a halve that felt like it was worth much more. As for the Americans? They sq... 58460197@www.sltrib.com Fri, 26 Sep 2014 23:54:50 MDT Europe rallies, leads 5-3 after Day 1 of Ryder Cup http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58458247-77/europe-cup-ryder-won.html.csp Gleneagles, Scotland • Europe dominated the afternoon foursomes to grab a 5-3 lead after the first day of the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles. With the United States ahead 2½-1½ after Friday morning’s fourballs, Europe won three of the alternate-shot matches in the second session and halved the fourth. Lee Westwood and rookie Jamie Donaldson pulled Europe level by beating Jim Furyk and Matt Kuchar 2 up. Then, Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson won their second match of the day, beating Hunter Mahan and Zach... Gleneagles, Scotland • Europe dominated the afternoon foursomes to grab a 5-3 lead after the first day of the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles. With the United States ahead 2½-1½ after Friday morning’s fourballs, Europe won three of the alternate-shot matches in the second session and halved the fourth. Lee Westwood and rookie Jamie Donaldson pulled Europe level by beating Jim Furyk and Matt Kuchar 2 up. Then, Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson won their second match of the day, beating Hunter Mahan and Zach... 58458247@www.sltrib.com Fri, 26 Sep 2014 13:02:23 MDT Column: All-white is all wrong at golf’s Ryder Cup http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58454621-77/golf-kids-ryder-black.html.csp Gleneagles, Scotland • There is a white persons’ get-together in a beautiful valley in Scotland this week, also known as the Ryder Cup. Between them, the United States and Europe are home to tens of millions of blacks and people of African descent. Yet their lineups for golf’s premier team event don’t even hint at that. Uniformly white — including not just the 24 players, but all 10 of the captains and vice-captains, too. The lack of diversity in golf, its failure to accurately reflect the socie... Gleneagles, Scotland • There is a white persons’ get-together in a beautiful valley in Scotland this week, also known as the Ryder Cup. Between them, the United States and Europe are home to tens of millions of blacks and people of African descent. Yet their lineups for golf’s premier team event don’t even hint at that. Uniformly white — including not just the 24 players, but all 10 of the captains and vice-captains, too. The lack of diversity in golf, its failure to accurately reflect the socie... 58454621@www.sltrib.com Thu, 25 Sep 2014 16:06:05 MDT Ian Poulter takes game to new level at Ryder Cup http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58454688-77/poulter-cup-ryder-team.html.csp Gleneagles, Scotland • Nothing about Ian Poulter suggests he belongs in the same conversation as Seve Ballesteros and Colin Montgomerie. Ballesteros was a five-time major champion, a genius with a club in his hand, so full of passion that he inspired an entire continent. Montgomerie was Europe’s best player for a decade, an eight-time winner of the Order of Merit. Poulter is not in the league. Then again, the reference Thursday was not just about golf. It was about the Ryder Cup. Poulter talks a... Gleneagles, Scotland • Nothing about Ian Poulter suggests he belongs in the same conversation as Seve Ballesteros and Colin Montgomerie. Ballesteros was a five-time major champion, a genius with a club in his hand, so full of passion that he inspired an entire continent. Montgomerie was Europe’s best player for a decade, an eight-time winner of the Order of Merit. Poulter is not in the league. Then again, the reference Thursday was not just about golf. It was about the Ryder Cup. Poulter talks a... 58454688@www.sltrib.com Thu, 25 Sep 2014 16:06:05 MDT Ryder Cup fourballs pairings http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58454790-77/europe-states-united-cup.html.csp Gleneagles, Scotland • Pairings for the opening session of fourballs matches Friday at the Ryder Cup (all times EDT): 2:35 a.m. — Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson, United States, vs. Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson, Europe. 2:50 a.m. — Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker, United States, vs. Thomas Bjorn and Martin Kaymer, Europe. 3:05 a.m. — Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed, United States, vs. Stephen Gallacher and Ian Poulter, Europe. 3:20 a.m. — Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickelson, United States, vs. Sergi... Gleneagles, Scotland • Pairings for the opening session of fourballs matches Friday at the Ryder Cup (all times EDT): 2:35 a.m. — Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson, United States, vs. Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson, Europe. 2:50 a.m. — Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker, United States, vs. Thomas Bjorn and Martin Kaymer, Europe. 3:05 a.m. — Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed, United States, vs. Stephen Gallacher and Ian Poulter, Europe. 3:20 a.m. — Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickelson, United States, vs. Sergi... 58454790@www.sltrib.com Thu, 25 Sep 2014 16:06:05 MDT Kragthorpe: Utah golfers populating PGA Tour http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58449471-77/tour-utah-pga-blair.html.csp The Utah Junior Golf Association can claim to have produced a foursome of current PGA Tour players, and that’s not even counting a Ryder Cup contestant. “Don’t forget Rory McIlroy,” said Jeff Thurman, the UJGA’s executive director. Well, it already is a slight stretch for the alumni list to include Scott Pinckney, whose family housed McIlroy in Orem one summer when the boys were 11 and later moved to Arizona. Yet for the first time, Utah will have three high school graduates, all born and raise... The Utah Junior Golf Association can claim to have produced a foursome of current PGA Tour players, and that’s not even counting a Ryder Cup contestant. “Don’t forget Rory McIlroy,” said Jeff Thurman, the UJGA’s executive director. Well, it already is a slight stretch for the alumni list to include Scott Pinckney, whose family housed McIlroy in Orem one summer when the boys were 11 and later moved to Arizona. Yet for the first time, Utah will have three high school graduates, all born and raise... 58449471@www.sltrib.com Wed, 24 Sep 2014 22:55:13 MDT PHOTO GALLERY: Great moments in Ryder Cup history http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58450955-77/cup-europe-moments-ryder.html.csp Gleneagles, Scotland • The Ryder Cup is one of sport’s greatest contests. That wasn’t always so. The event, which started in 1927 at Worcester Country Club, Massachusetts, and takes place every two years, invariably saw the United States swat aside the teams from Great Britain and Ireland. By 1977, when the U.S. won by another wide margin, Jack Nicklaus urged rethinking the event to make it more competitive. That included bringing in golfers from continental Europe, where the game was flourishin... Gleneagles, Scotland • The Ryder Cup is one of sport’s greatest contests. That wasn’t always so. The event, which started in 1927 at Worcester Country Club, Massachusetts, and takes place every two years, invariably saw the United States swat aside the teams from Great Britain and Ireland. By 1977, when the U.S. won by another wide margin, Jack Nicklaus urged rethinking the event to make it more competitive. That included bringing in golfers from continental Europe, where the game was flourishin... 58450955@www.sltrib.com Wed, 24 Sep 2014 12:31:01 MDT Golf: Gallacher achieves lifelong ambition at Ryder Cup http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58450357-77/gallacher-ryder-cup-gleneagles.html.csp Gleneagles, Scotland • As he watched the “Miracle of Medinah” unfold on his television set two years ago, Stephen Gallacher made it his career goal to play at the Ryder Cup in his native Scotland this week. Gallacher was ranked No. 121 at the time and knew he had to make drastic changes in his life — from his mental approach to golf to his dietary habits, equipment, swing, and daily routines. The hard work paid off. After the best season of his 19-year professional career, Gallacher narrowly mis... Gleneagles, Scotland • As he watched the “Miracle of Medinah” unfold on his television set two years ago, Stephen Gallacher made it his career goal to play at the Ryder Cup in his native Scotland this week. Gallacher was ranked No. 121 at the time and knew he had to make drastic changes in his life — from his mental approach to golf to his dietary habits, equipment, swing, and daily routines. The hard work paid off. After the best season of his 19-year professional career, Gallacher narrowly mis... 58450357@www.sltrib.com Wed, 24 Sep 2014 09:52:02 MDT Ryder Cup golf: Mickelson pokes fun at McIlroy lawsuit http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58450082-77/mcilroy-mickelson-lawsuit-mcdowell.html.csp Gleneagles, Scotland • Phil Mickelson couldn’t resist a playful shot at the lawsuit involving Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell. Mickelson is playing in his 10th Ryder Cup, so he’s not afraid of a little banter. He was asked on Wednesday if it was unfair to suggest the Americans were not as closely knit as Europeans based on success they have in team matches. Lefty replied: “Not only are we able to play together, also don’t litigate against each other, and that’s a real plus, I feel, heading into... Gleneagles, Scotland • Phil Mickelson couldn’t resist a playful shot at the lawsuit involving Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell. Mickelson is playing in his 10th Ryder Cup, so he’s not afraid of a little banter. He was asked on Wednesday if it was unfair to suggest the Americans were not as closely knit as Europeans based on success they have in team matches. Lefty replied: “Not only are we able to play together, also don’t litigate against each other, and that’s a real plus, I feel, heading into... 58450082@www.sltrib.com Wed, 24 Sep 2014 08:53:01 MDT Ryder Cup golf: an unbalanced ledger in Europe’s favor http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58446978-77/cup-mcginley-ryder-captain.html.csp Gleneagles, Scotland • Paul McGinley is not trying to reinvent the wheel at the Ryder Cup. He just wants to keep Europe rolling. The European captain spoke in mysterious terms Tuesday about a “template” his team has followed toward dominance in these matches. He didn’t offer many details, though the recent record should be all the evidence he needs. Even though the teams are evenly matched, the powerful Americans have won only twice in the last 21 years. “I don’t see myself as a maverick,” McGin... Gleneagles, Scotland • Paul McGinley is not trying to reinvent the wheel at the Ryder Cup. He just wants to keep Europe rolling. The European captain spoke in mysterious terms Tuesday about a “template” his team has followed toward dominance in these matches. He didn’t offer many details, though the recent record should be all the evidence he needs. Even though the teams are evenly matched, the powerful Americans have won only twice in the last 21 years. “I don’t see myself as a maverick,” McGin... 58446978@www.sltrib.com Tue, 23 Sep 2014 14:19:02 MDT Ryder Cup golf: Shy Dubuisson is Europe’s mystery man http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58446209-77/dubuisson-cup-ryder-golf.html.csp Gleneagles, Scotland • Plucking two scarcely believable shots from the cactus for par saves in the Match Play Championship final in February thrust Victor Dubuisson into golf’s global consciousness. Gary Player said he hadn’t seen anything like it in 60 years in the sport. Nick Faldo compared him to Seve Ballesteros. Dubuisson, despite losing the final to Jason Day, briefly was the talk of golf. For the reserved, private and softly spoken Frenchman, he’d rather that hadn’t been the case. Dubuiss... Gleneagles, Scotland • Plucking two scarcely believable shots from the cactus for par saves in the Match Play Championship final in February thrust Victor Dubuisson into golf’s global consciousness. Gary Player said he hadn’t seen anything like it in 60 years in the sport. Nick Faldo compared him to Seve Ballesteros. Dubuisson, despite losing the final to Jason Day, briefly was the talk of golf. For the reserved, private and softly spoken Frenchman, he’d rather that hadn’t been the case. Dubuiss... 58446209@www.sltrib.com Tue, 23 Sep 2014 10:51:02 MDT Ryder Cup golf: When losing hurts worse than winning feels good http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58446193-77/losing-cup-furyk-ryder.html.csp Gleneagles, Scotland • Jim Furyk is the only player in the last 25 years to experience both ends of emotion in that moment the Ryder Cup is over. He knows how empty it feels to lose the decisive game. And he has been soaked in a celebration of champagne. Oddly enough, both happened in the same match. It was in 2002 when Paul McGinley made an 8-foot par putt for a half-point against Furyk that won the Ryder Cup. Pandemonium broke out on the 18th green at The Belfry. European captain Sam Torrance ... Gleneagles, Scotland • Jim Furyk is the only player in the last 25 years to experience both ends of emotion in that moment the Ryder Cup is over. He knows how empty it feels to lose the decisive game. And he has been soaked in a celebration of champagne. Oddly enough, both happened in the same match. It was in 2002 when Paul McGinley made an 8-foot par putt for a half-point against Furyk that won the Ryder Cup. Pandemonium broke out on the 18th green at The Belfry. European captain Sam Torrance ... 58446193@www.sltrib.com Tue, 23 Sep 2014 10:42:02 MDT Golf: McDowell seeking redemption at Ryder Cup http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58446018-77/mcdowell-cup-ryder-bit.html.csp Gleneagles, Scotland • Two years after the “Miracle of Medinah,” it’s not just the Americans seeking redemption at the Ryder Cup. Graeme McDowell holed the winning putt for Europe at Celtic Manor in 2010 but was a peripheral figure in Medinah, earning one point from four matches as his partnership with Rory McIlroy struggled. Europe’s come-from-behind victory, from 10-5 down at one stage on Saturday evening, has gone down in lore but it was tinged with disappointment for the Northern Irishman. “... Gleneagles, Scotland • Two years after the “Miracle of Medinah,” it’s not just the Americans seeking redemption at the Ryder Cup. Graeme McDowell holed the winning putt for Europe at Celtic Manor in 2010 but was a peripheral figure in Medinah, earning one point from four matches as his partnership with Rory McIlroy struggled. Europe’s come-from-behind victory, from 10-5 down at one stage on Saturday evening, has gone down in lore but it was tinged with disappointment for the Northern Irishman. “... 58446018@www.sltrib.com Tue, 23 Sep 2014 10:01:02 MDT Ryder Cup golf: Concern over McIlroy, McDowell more about results http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58441695-77/mcilroy-ryder-team-cup.html.csp Gleneagles, Scotland • European captain Paul McGinley is having second thoughts about a Rory McIlroy-Graeme McDowell partnership in the Ryder Cup. Attribute that to an ordinary record, not an acrimonious lawsuit. The Northern Irish duo has made it clear in recent weeks that McIlroy’s lawsuit against Dublin-based Horizon Sports Management — which involves allegations against McDowell — has not affected their friendship and would not be a problem at Gleneagles this week. “Both of them have assured... Gleneagles, Scotland • European captain Paul McGinley is having second thoughts about a Rory McIlroy-Graeme McDowell partnership in the Ryder Cup. Attribute that to an ordinary record, not an acrimonious lawsuit. The Northern Irish duo has made it clear in recent weeks that McIlroy’s lawsuit against Dublin-based Horizon Sports Management — which involves allegations against McDowell — has not affected their friendship and would not be a problem at Gleneagles this week. “Both of them have assured... 58441695@www.sltrib.com Mon, 22 Sep 2014 17:21:34 MDT