The Daily: The Longest Driver, Furyk vs Big Ben, Nike’s Big Day, More

In today’s PGW Daily, we talk Ryder Cup Captain picks, the Evian Championship, and Nike lands a big fish.

Down, But Not Out

Nike might be out of the golf equipment business, but that did not stop them from landing a big fish with their apparel: World #1 Jason Day, according to ESPN:

Hype Video of the Day

Evian put out a video featuring defending champion Lydia Ko to get people excited about the Evian Championship, the fifth and final LPGA major of the year.

Impression of the Day

Brandon Stone pokes a little fun at Ernie Els, mimicking his famous form.

Question/Answer of the Day

Graham DeLaet was asked about playing in the wind. He had a good answer for the fan.

Driver of the Day

The record for longest driver has been set. We would like to see what Jamie Sadlowski could do with it.

Furyk versus Big Ben

Jim Furyk took part in a throw-off with Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger.

Good effort from Furyk, but there was no way he was winning that.

Ryder Cup Odds

American Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love III made three of his four Captain’s picks yesterday, selecting Rickie Fowler, J.B. Holmes, and Matt Kuchar. Among the options he has for his final pick, these are the most likely:

5. Justin Thomas

Thomas is no doubt a great young talent, and he seems like he would be a good locker room presence. He is also close with at least Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, so chemistry is a positive for him as well. He has had a great year with a win and four third-place finishes, but he lacks experience has not contended at a big time event (although he finished T13 at last year’s BMW, and top 20s in the past two Barclay’s), so it would be a bit of a gamble.

4. Daniel Berger

Another talented youngster, Berger has lately been getting hype as a potential pick for DL3. He has a win and six top 10 finishes on the season. Similar to Thomas, his inexperience is a potential knock, and while he has had a tremendous season, his more recent results have been less impressive since an awful final round at The Travelers Championship where he dropped from 54-hole leader to T5.

3. Jim Furyk

If Love wants experience, Furyk has plenty of it, although his Ryder Cup record has been questionable. Missing time with a wrist injury is hurting him, as he was unable to qualify for the Tour Championship, and will have to hope his resume up to this point is good enough. He was T2 at The U.S. Open and shot a 58 at The Travelers.

2. Ryan Moore

Ryan Moore is finally transmuting his amazing talent into tangible results, with a win and two other top-10s in his last five events. He hasn’t missed a cut since mid-May. Lack of big time tournament results could hurt, as he was a non-factor in the major season.

1. Bubba Watson

The surprise snub of DL3’s first set of Captain’s picks was Bubba Watson. The #8 golfer in the world Watson is the highest ranked American who is not currently on the team. The two-time Masters winner would bring distance, experience, and personality to the Ryder Cup team, but his recent form is in question, as he has not had a top 10 since early March.

Beef in Beef Country

Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnston is a favorite of young fans at a tour event.

Compliment of the Day

Olympic bronze medalist Shanshan Feng met the leader of China.

Tight Fairways

Chris Wood was able to conquer this extremely intimidating tee shot.

Shot of the Day

Italy’s Eduardo Molinari had an interesting lie for this shot.

Post of the Day

Lee Westwood hopes this big sign isn’t a sign about his upcoming week.

Perk of the Day

When you play on the European Tour, you eat well. Rikard Karlberg was taken back by how impressive this buffet at the Italian Open was:

Swing of the Day

Perfect form from Lexi Thompson, the longest hitter on the LPGA Tour, at the Evian Championship.


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