Arnie’s final goodbye
Tuesday morning saw the week-long mourning of golf’s king, Arnold Palmer, turn into a celebration of his epic career and life during his memorial service. Golf’s biggest names congregated in Latrobe, Pennsylvania to pay tribute to the King and give him a proper send-off. For extensive coverage on the emotional ceremony, check out golfchannel.com.
Last chance to make the big show
The Web.com Tour rolls into Florida and a precarious weather situation for its playoff finale at Atlantic Beach C.C. For those who have yet to punch their ticket to the PGA Tour via a top 25 finish on the Web Tour’s regular season money list or a strong performance in the playoff series thus far, this event represents their last shot at it for the 2016-2017 season.
Who’s in it?
So far, the top 25 from the regular season are in and now jockeying for their final priority slots heading into 2016-2017. From the Web.com Tour Finals, only the top 16 in the standings have mathematically clinched their spots on the PGA Tour for next season. So with one strong finish, anyone outside of the top 25 can still easily move themselves into the top 25 and earn their card.
An unforeseen storyline
After receiving a rare battlefield promotion to the PGA Tour after notching his 3rd win of the year on the Web Tour, most thought Wesley Bryan had the money list title and the Players Championship exemption that comes with it in the bag, but a challenger has emerged. Grayson Murray has been red-hot during the playoffs, winning in Columbus and finishing 3rd in Boise to pull within $42,000 of Bryan’s lead going into the final event.
The weather forecast is sure to play a significant role at this week’s event in Jacksonville, Florida with the impending Hurricane Matt bearing down. As of now, it looks highly unlikely that golf will be played on Thursday or Friday due to heavy rains and wind, meaning a potentially shortened event or a Monday or Tuesday finish.
Chicken Soup for your Ryder Cup soul
After a thrilling weekend of action, the golf world is still buzzing over the epic individual performances during the Ryder Cup. It’s a shame we have to wait 2 years until the next one in Paris, but in the meantime, here are some good reads and listens that will bring you back to the epic weekend of action.
No Laying Up’s Ryder Cup redux
Man of the mic Soly hopped on a podcast late on Sunday joined by Kyle Porter, Keith Van Valkenburg and Brendan Porath to share their Ryder Cup reactions and give listeners a peek inside the ropes. Listen here.
Dapper or Damper
The US or Europe, who’s got all the swagger? Read on as contributor Kevin Byrne reviews the uniforms of the Ryder Cup.
No rest for the weary
The show goes on for much of the European Ryder Cup team. Up next on the European Tour’s circuit is the popular Alfred Dunhill Cup. Joining Ryder Cup members Danny Willett, Rafa Cabrera Bello, Thomas Pieters, Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer are Louis Oosthuizen, Brendan Grace and Beef. The format of the event mirrors that of the PGA Tour’s AT&T Pro-Am, where the pro is paired with a celebrity amateur partner and plays an iconic trio of courses (St. Andrews’ Old Course, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns Golf Links) before Sunday’s final round at St. Andrews.
The Philadelphia School of Golf Course Architecture
In the early 1900’s, a group of Philadelphia’s finest amateur golfers grew tired of losing their annual competition to New York City. They pointed their blame to a lack of quality courses compared to NYC, which boasted Garden City and National Golf Links of America at the time. The group worked together, exchanging ideas and learning the art of architecture. In the end, these men were responsible for the designs of Pine Valley, Merion, Shinnecock Hills, Riviera C.C., and Winged Foot to name a few. Read the full story here.
The Lefty Collection
The latest and greatest from No Laying Up is an ode to a man who has been spraying #TourSauce since his college days, commemorating a few of his signature moves - the celebratory leap (as seen at last week’s Ryder Cup and after his Masters win) and the thumbs up. You can get your favorite Phil design in t-shirts, hoodies, tanks, coffee mugs and even phone cases in the Lefty Collection of the NLU store.