Graham Dunbar, Ap Sports Writer Published 3:45 pm CDT, Wednesday, September 12, 2018 EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France (AP) — The head of France's only golf major says hosting the Ryder Cup won't help his country produce a star player. Asked at an eve-of-tournament news conference Wednesday about a stellar month for French golf, Evian Championship chairman Franck Riboud dismissed what the Ryder Cup could achieve when it's played Sept. 28-30 near Paris. The 12-man Europe team has no French players. The former chief executive of Danone says the food giant did not sponsor the Ryder Cup because the event "is not building or helping to reach the objective" of developing talent. Sports Channel Now Playing: Now Playing Mets Ace Jacob deGrom Breaks 108-Year-Old MLB Record Media: Sports Illustrated WR Martavis Bryant, Raiders Agree To One-Year Deal Media: Sports Illustrated Planet Futbol: Guram Kashia Takes A Stand For LGBT Media: Sports Illustrated Planet … [Read more...] about Head of French golf major skeptical about Ryder Cup effect
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SAINT-QUENTIN-en-YVELINES, France — There was no word on Monday whether Tiger Woods flew the US Ryder Cup team charter from Atlanta to Paris overnight, but he was so high off of his euphoric Tour Championship victory Sunday, he probably could have flown the plane over the Atlantic without its engines fired. The immediate question moving forward from Woods’ momentous first win in 1,876 days dating back to 2013 is this: What will the Tiger effect be this week? Will the buzz from Woods’ win at East Lake in Atlanta remain in the US team room and further energize his American teammates as they try to win a Ryder Cup on foreign soil for the first time in 25 years? Will it be a disadvantage for the Europeans? Or might it provide a silver bullet for Europe in that, if its players can take down Woods in any match, it could provide an added shot of adrenaline and confidence to their side? We won’t know the answers to any of these questions for a few days since the matches … [Read more...] about Tiger Effect is back: Will it make or break US at Ryder Cup?
SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France — Jordan Spieth went the entire PGA Tour season without a victory, and he was the only American on the Ryder Cup team who failed to reach the Tour Championship.One week can still make this year feel like a success — by winning the Ryder Cup."I think if I came out and played really solid golf this week, I would feel like I accomplished a lot this year," Spieth said. "I would feel like I went to places where I needed to build back up and learn a lot from my own game, and the Ryder Cup is a situation where you're playing almost every hole with the same feel as you get on a major championship Sunday in contention."Spieth lost a share of the 54-hole lead at the British Open. He was on the verge of a record comeback at the Masters until he made bogey on the 18th hole for a 64 and settled for third place. Those were the lone highlights.He struggled with his putting for the first half of the year and never really caught up. He thought his game was … [Read more...] about Ryder Cup gives Speith a chance to salvage season
Sports Few, if any, sporting events can match the Ryder Cup for drama and for the sheer brilliance of sports on offer. Always a tournament dripping with narratives, the 2018 edition of the tourmament carries new layers of intrigue with itself. From Tiger Woods rolling back the years, to Team Europe’s desire to recapture the trophy they lost in the cauldron of Hazeltine two years ago and Team USA’s determination to win on European soil for the first time in 25 years, there are plenty of talking points ahead of this weekend. Here, we look at four players on each team who could determine whether by Sunday the Ryder Cup will return to Europe or will remain in American hands for a further two years. US team captain Jim Furyk (L) and Tiger Woods pose with the Ryder Cup after a team photograph ahead of the 42nd Ryder Cup at Le Golf National Course at Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, south-west of Paris on September 26. Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images Recommended Slideshows … [Read more...] about Ryder Cup Team 2018: From Tiger Woods to Justin Rose, the Key Players on Team Usa and Team Europe
SAINT-QUENTIN-en-YVELINES, France — No, you cannot blame Tiger Woods for what happened to the US Ryder Cup team Friday. Woods is one of 12 players on this American team that’s trying to bring the treasured gold chalice home from foreign soil for the first time in 25 years. And his was only one match in the eight that were played Friday at Le Golf National, where the Europeans took a 5-3 opening-day lead that felt more like 15-3 by day’s end because of the way Europe got to that end result — winning the final five matches after falling behind 3-0. But it was Woods’ match — a 2 & 1 loss with partner Patrick Reed to Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood from the anchor position in the morning fourballs — that began the landslide that threatens to bury the US side before Sunday’s singles matches begin. Momentum is a fickle creature in sports. And, unwittingly, Woods and Reed provided it for a staggered European team. Woods is the biggest … [Read more...] about Tiger Woods’ struggles cost US more than a Ryder Cup point