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Rafa Cabrera-Bello will continue his nation's strong affiliation with the Ryder Cup when he makes his debut in the 41st edition of the match at Hazeltine National Golf Club this week.

The Spaniard earned his first appearance in the tournament with a run of stunning consistency which, unlike some of his team-mates, he maintained throughout the summer. In all, he is 19-for-20 in stroke play this season, including 14 top 15 finishes (six of them top five). You can add to that a third placed finish in the WGC World Match Play, which included defeats of Rory McIlroy, Ryan Moore and Hideki Matsuyama amongst others, and a solid (T17) debut at Augusta National. The match play success was not his first – he went 4-2 when third in the 2012 Volvo World Match Play (defeating Martin Kaymer, losing to Jason Day in extra holes). Cabrera-Bello hits a lot of greens in regulation, but it's just as well because he is widely considered vulnerable around the greens. One concern is he has just two wins on the European Tour, despite having been top 3 with 18 holes to play 11 times since his last victory in 2012.
Sep 27 - 4:13 AM

Jordan Spieth sets his eyes on Hazeltine National Golf Club as he preps for the 41st Ryder Cup, his second appearance at the biennial event.

The Texas Longhorn debuted at the 2014 Ryder Cup with a 2-1-1 record while playing overseas at Gleneagles. His lone loss was in singles against Graeme McDowell. Spieth will be on home turf this time around, as he looks to carry the USA squad to their first Ryder Cup victory since 2008. The 23-year-old has proven to be a dynamite teammate in all formats, as he's 7-2-1 in fourball and foursomes across the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup. Spieth should be considered one of the favorites to lead the American side in scoring this week in Chaska, Minnesota.
Sep 26 - 5:02 PM

Zach Johnson readies for his fifth Ryder Cup appearance as he puts on his red, white, and blue gear, preparing for battle at Hazeltine National Golf Club this week in Chaska, Minnesota.

The 40-year-old has played in four Ryder Cup matches (2006, 2010, 2012, and 2014) but has yet to feel what it's like to win one. You wouldn't know his teams were winless based on his personal record of 6-6-2, including 2-1-1 in singles. This time around, he'll also have the Midwest factor in his favor, playing just four hours from where he grew up (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) and within four hours from where he attended college (Drake University). Johnson's main asset is his short game as he ended the 2015-16 season ranked 17th in strokes gained around-the-green and 25th in strokes gained putting. He was also 36th in fairway proximity but just 155th in proximity from the rough, so picking the right playing partner in foursomes will be crucial this week.
Sep 26 - 4:41 PM

J.B. Holmes turns his attention toward Hazeltine National Golf Club in preparation of the 41st Ryder Cup.

The Kentucky native will be playing in his second Ryder Cup, but won't have home state advantage on his side this time, playing at Hazeltine instead of Valhalla Golf Club this time around. During that 2008 Ryder Cup appearance, the bomber went 2-0-1 including a victory in Sunday singles against Soren Hansen. Holmes was one of four captain's picks from Davis Love III this year, and what he brings to the table is a winning pedigree. Playing in the Palmer Cup, Walker Cup, Presidents Cup, and Ryder Cup, his teams are a combined 4-0.
Sep 26 - 4:13 PM

Recent runner-up Ryan Moore will make his Ryder Cup debut next week at Hazeltine National Golf Club, receiving the last of four captain's picks to complete the 12-man roster for the American side.

Moore just shared runner-up honors with Kevin Chappell at today's TOUR Championship, losing to Rory McIlroy in a playoff at day's end. Still, he's been playing inspired golf at just the right time to earn a seat on the American Ryder Cup squad. He closed the 2015-16 campaign with top 10s in four of his last six starts, including a victory at the John Deere Classic. Moore brings a long track record of Match Play success as an amateur but he's just 7-8-1 in singles on the PGA TOUR and 0-2-0 on the now-defunct European Tour's Volvo World Match Play event. Moore doesn't bring distance to the table, but he's 18th on TOUR in driving accuracy, 16th in proximity to hole, and 32nd in strokes gained putting. His play from approach to hole's completion will pair nicely with any of the bombers currently on the American squad and his laid-back personality certainly won't stir any feathers in terms of team chemistry.
Sep 25 - 10:18 PM

15-seed and overnight co-leader Kevin Chappell carded 4-under-par 33-33=66 in the final round of the TOUR Championship to match Ryan Moore and Rory McIlroy on 12-under 268, and then was eliminated on the first hole of sudden death, the par-5 18th, with par to McIlroy and Moore's birdies. UPDATE: Chappell was the ONLY player with four sub-par rounds.

The 30-year-old began R4 co-leading with playing competitor and FedExCup leader Dustin Johnson. He bettered Johnson by seven shots but unfortunately, McIlroy and Moore tied for the week's best rounds with 64s. The Californian was 5-under thru 16 holes, outpacing bogey-4 at the second with birdies on Nos. 1, 3, 8, 10, 13 and 16, but opened the door with bogey on the par-4 17th (failed scramble) and then failed to birdie the par-5 finishing hole. Chappell records his fourth runner-up this season in 27 starts and adds to an already career-best season with his eighth top 10. Chasing his first win in his 167th career event, he settles for a sixth career runner-up and personal bests of 8th in the final FedExCup standings as well as the money title.
Sep 25 - 8:53 PM

Hall-of-Famer and legend Arnold Palmer has died at the age of 87.

The 62-time PGA TOUR winner was revolutionary for the game of golf, but he'll be remembered just as much for his contributions as a human being, off the links. The King won his first TOUR event in 1955 at the Canadian Open and capped off his TOUR winning with a victory at the 1973 Bob Hope Desert Classic. That included 44 wins during his 30s. It is a sad day and Palmer will be truly missed by everyone in the golfing community.
Sep 25 - 8:47 PM

14-seed Ryan Moore painted a bogey-free, week-and-season-low 6-under-par 31-33=64 in the final round of the TOUR Championship to match overnight co-leader Kevin Chappell and Rory McIlroy on 12-under 268, and then lost to McIlroy on the fourth hole of sudden death.

The 33-year-old began R4 in a two-way T3 on 6-under, two adrift of 54-hole co-leaders Chappell and Dustin Johnson. Playing out of the penultimate twosome with McIlroy, he split nine (of 14) fairways and circled six birdies on 15 greens in regulation, posting 1.600 putts per GIR. The UNLV alum had an 8'3" birdie try on the 72nd hole to win in regular time, but missed. In the playoff, he courageously battled McIlroy to a stalemate thru three holes, two tours of the par-5 18th and the par-3 15th, and then canned a lengthy par-saver on the par-4 16th, only to watch McIlroy curl-in a mid-range birdie for the win. Moore's P2 is his third top 10 in these Playoffs and a career-high ninth of the season (23 starts). He climbed seven spots to a career-best seventh in the FedExCup standings.
Sep 25 - 8:14 PM

Overnight co-leader and 1-seed Dustin Johnson coughed up a 3-over-par 36-37=73 in today's final round of the TOUR Championship to drop five places on the leaderboard into a two-way T6 on 5-under 275, relinquishing the tournament and FedExCup title to champion Rory McIlroy, who won in sudden death over Ryan Moore and Kevin Chappell. UPDATE: Johnson easily won the money title with $9,365,185, $1.3M better than Jason Day and $3.8M better than his previous best last year.

The FEC leader began the final frame co-leading with playing competitor Chappell on 8-under, two clear of McIlroy and Moore who comprised the next-to-last twosome. His task was simple, win the Playoffs finale and he wins the FEC crown. The 32-year-old, whose win at the U.S. Open pushed aside several final-round disappointments in his career, will have a new set of demons after posting the worst lap of the day. For a second straight round, he mustered just six (of 14) fairways en route to only two birdies versus three bogeys and a double. Johnson swallowed a -3.430 in SG: Putting and played his final 11 holes in birdie-less 3-over. Despite his final-round woes, he still had a chance to claim the $10M FEC bonus, provided that McIlroy didn't win the tourney, but the Northern Irishman did in dramatic fashion. Both now lead their respective teams into this week's Ryder Cup.
Sep 25 - 7:50 PM

With a dramatic birdie on the fourth hole of sudden death, 6-seed Rory McIlroy eliminated 14-seed Ryan Moore and won the TOUR Championship as well as the FedExCup, snaring his 13th TOUR title in his 117th career start and pocketing the $10M dollar FedExCup bonus.

The 27-year-old bags his second TOUR win this postseason and second on 18 starts in 2015-16. It's his sixth career come-from-behind victory, second in his last three events, having also heisted the Deutsche Bank with a closing 65, erasing a six-shot deficit to win by two. The Ulsterman began the finale in a two-way T3 on 6-under, two shy of 54-hole co-leaders Dustin Johnson and Kevin Chappell. Playing out of the penultimate twosome with Moore, he fired a week and season-tying-low 64, erasing one bogey with five birdies and a hole-out eagle on the par-4 16th from 137 yards away, matching Moore and Chappell on 12-under 268. In sudden death, McIlroy went toe-to-toe with Moore for three holes, missing two earlier chances to win, but finally dispatched the American with a right-to-left birdie in fading daylight.
Sep 25 - 7:26 PM

5-seed Paul Casey painted a week-tying-low 6-under-par 32-32=64 in today's final round of the TOUR Championship to round off his third appearance on 9-under 271, up three places to solo fourth, three shots out of a three-man playoff involving Rory McIlroy, Ryan Moore and Kevin Chappell.

The 39-year-old matches his best at East Lake (T4/2010) and records his third straight top-5 finish, joining runners-up at the Deutsche Bank and BMW Championships. He entered the week 5th in the FedExCup standings and stayed there, clipping his previous-best of 6th-place back in 2010. The Englishman began the finale in a two-way T7 on 3-under, five back of 54-hole co-leaders Dustin Johnson and Kevin Chappell. He squared a lone bogey-4 at the 16th, but camouflaged it with seven birdies on 13 greens in regulation, posting a tidy 1.462 putts per GIR. For the week, Casey tallied one eagle and 15 birdies against six bogeys and one double. His 64 is a season low in 74 rounds, brushing aside 66 five times.
Sep 25 - 6:54 PM

12-seed Justin Thomas carded a 3-under-par 34-33=67 in the final round of the TOUR Championship to finish off his tournament debut on 5-under 275, up three spots into a two-way T6, and finishing a career-best 12th in the final FedExCup standings.

The 23-year-old began the final round in solo ninth on 2-under after opening in 68-71-69. He squared a lone bogey on the par-3 second (failed scramble) but outpaced it with birdies on holes 3, 6, 14 and 18, three from inside of 10 feet with a long of 16'11" at the par-4 14th. For the week, he carded 15 birdies against eight bogeys and a double, ending the season with seven top 10s in 28 events, matching the same amount of top 10s he had in last year's rookie campaign on 30 starts.
Sep 25 - 6:36 PM

17-seed Hideki Matsuyama pieced together a 1-under-par 34-35=69 in today's final round of the TOUR Championship to conclude his third visit on 6-under 274, good for solo fifth, brushing aside a previous best of T12 last year.

The 24-year-old began the finale in solo fifth and that's where he finished, but does bump four spots to a career-best 13th in the final FedExCup standings, eclipsing a 16th-place finish last season. Matsuyama was 3-under thru 17 holes, camouflaging a lone bogey-5 at the 14th with birdies on Nos. 9, 11, 12 and 17, but walked off with a double bogey-7 after taking five to get to the surface on the par-5 18th. For the week, he totaled 18 birdies versus seven doubles and one triple en route to his eighth top 10 of the season in 23 starts.
Sep 25 - 6:19 PM

27-seed Jason Dufner back-pedaled to an even-par 34-36=70 in today's final round of the TOUR Championship to conclude his fifth appearance on 4-under 276, down two spots into a two-way T8, but climbing eight spots to 19th in the final FedExCup standings.

The 39-year-old began the final round in solo sixth on 6-under, four adrift of 54-hole co-leaders Dustin Johnson and Kevin Chappell. He book-ended bogeys on Nos. 1 and 9, sandwiching three straight birdies on 5-7, to turn 1-under. The Auburn alum came to the house in 1-over, outpacing birdie at the par-4 12th with a double bogey-6 at the 10th. For the week, he carded one eagle and 13 birdies against nine bogeys and a double, and ends the season with six top 10s in 28 starts. Dufner's T8 is a personal best at East Lake, supplanting T9 on last visit in 2013.
Sep 25 - 6:07 PM

Grayson Murray spun a 3-under-par 36-32=68 in the final round of the Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship to claim the title at 12-under 272.

This is Murray's first Web.com Tour win, although he had already secured a 2016-17 PGA TOUR card with a strong 2016 season. This victory, combined with a third-place finish last week in Boise, has him second on the combined money list, meaning he will have excellent status on TOUR next year regardless of what happens next week. Cameron Smith was the runner-up at 11-under.
Sep 25 - 6:04 PM


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