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ITALY TO HOST 2022 RYDER CUP
Italy secured the 2022 Ryder Cup bid on Monday, edging out neighboring bids from Spain, Germany, and Austria. Italy’s win marks just the third time continental Europe will host the Ryder Cup. The Marco Simone Golf & Country Club, a premier Italian course residing just over 10 miles from Rome’s city center, will play host to the tournament.
The winning Italian bid comes amid speculation that a financial commitment made to the European Tour CEO Keith Pelley swayed the decision. Pelley has focused some of his efforts on scheduling a more lucrative calendar, keeping European players from adventuring to the PGA Tour’s richer pastures. The Italian Open, an annual at Marco Simone, is projected to see its purse swell from €1.5 million euros to over €7 million over the next 11 years.
STAYING ON THAT SIDE OF THE POND
On Tuesday, Rory McIlroy was named European Tour Golfer of the Year for the third time in just four years. McIlroy managed to clinch the honor despite the fact that he only played European tour events due to an ankle injury earlier this year. In those 12 events, McIlroy won three times and registered eight top tens, ranking first in greens in regulation at 80.1 percent and scoring average at 69.28.
In the words of Larry David:
WOODS COMPARES SPEITH TO FURYK
During the Hero Challenge, Tiger Woods sat down with the Global Golf Post for an ultimately uneventful interview. However, the conversation took an surprising turn when Woods, a longtime advocate of Jim Furyk’s consistency and competitiveness, compared (now world number one) Jordan Spieth to Furyk, saying Spieth was “a more athletic Jim Furyk.”
I guess Spieth and Furyk have more in common now than their receding hairlines.
SPEAKING OF SPIETH
On his way to the Grapefruit Pro Am, the world’s top golfer stopped by Augusta for the first time as an official member, one of his perks from winning the Masters. When he arrived, he was surprised that he was now sharing a locker with the King, Arnold Palmer.
Spieth’s headlines this week didn’t stop there: while at the Pro Am, he did his best Happy Gilmore impression.
(Editor’s note: Spieth was only two years old when Happy Gilmore hit the theaters. Feel old yet?)
In a classic Mongolian Reversal, Donald Trump’s name is back up on the golf course/housing development in Dubai.
Jack Nicklaus’ annual Memorial Tournament renewed its sponsorship with Nationwide through 2021. The renewal brings with it a $2.3 million purse increase, making the tournament one of the most lucrative in the entire PGA circuit.
The Westfield UTC mall — just minutes from San Diego’s Torrey Pines — has installed a 2,500-square-foot putting green. “Going to the mall” just got a whole lot better.
As it turns out, illegally diving for golf balls remains a dangerous hobby.