In today’s PGW Daily, we talk European Ryder Cup, Joost Luiten has a lie that is about as bad as they get, Camilo Villegas takes a swing he would like back, and John Daly is road-tripping with Jesper Parnevik.
Memorial of the Day
Smylie Kaufman stamped his wedge with something unusual, per Golfweek.
.@SmylieKaufman10 pays tribute to #Harambe with wedge stamp: https://t.co/yc3CwCrkDU pic.twitter.com/t7QQU8UvP1
— Golfweek (@golfweek) August 30, 2016
Harambe, of course, was the gorilla tragically shot and killed at the Cincinnati Zoo after a toddler jumped into the enclosure.
After his death, some animal activists went overboard with their demands and petitions, which in turn produced all kinds of memes.
One of the more popular memes is that Harambe’s killing was “an inside job.” It was even yelled after Ryan Moore hit his approach shot on the first hole at The Barclays this past Saturday. A golf fan shouted, “Harambe was an inside job!” (H/T Bro Bible)
Euro Ryder Cup Focus
With Darren Clarke’s selections of Thomas Pieters, Lee Westwood, and Martin Kaymer, the European side is now complete. This trio joins the players who automatically qualified: Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy, Rafael Cabrera Bello, Henrik Stenson, Sergio Garcia, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Andy Sullivan, Danny Willett and Chris Wood. This leaves Russell Knox, ranked #20 in the world, as the odd man out.
Clarke cited Westwood and Kaymer for their “experience” and Pieters for his “momentum.”
Kaymer seems happy about it.
One of the best phone calls I got recently ????? fourth time! Go Europe! ??#RyderCup #europeantour @RyderCupEurope pic.twitter.com/4bMXmTd444
— Martin Kaymer (@MKaymer59) August 30, 2016
Russell Knox is not quite as happy:
Best wishes to the @RyderCupEurope. Disappointed not to be joining you, but will be rooting you on.
— Russell Knox (@rooknox) August 30, 2016
Steven Bowditch has some good advice for Knox.
Unlucky @rooknox now just go win about 13mil from the fed ex cup and watch from a yacht while sailing the Mediterranean! #provehimwrong
— bowdo (@bowdo83) August 30, 2016
Tweet of the Day
In a related note, Stephanie Wei is not a fan of the “experience” angle for choosing Ryder Cup players. Wei’s comment is obviously in reference to the Russell Knox snub.
Oh god, I mean, it was predictable, but I can't stand the "experience" argument for Ryder Cup captains picks. Translation: "he's my BFF."
— Stephanie Wei (@StephanieWei) August 30, 2016
It appears to be windy at the pro-am in Korea.
Road Trip Video of the Day
John Daly and Jesper Parnevik off to Canada for this week’s Champions Tour event.
GPS says turn right now?! ???Epic road trip–good times! Arrived alive! @ChampionsTour https://t.co/h7mT1LwaIH
— John Daly (@PGA_JohnDaly) August 30, 2016
After 9hrs driving we might have taken a wrong turn…? @PGA_JohnDaly @ShawClassic #roadtrip #canada #beautiful pic.twitter.com/eWOP3w1lbM
— Jesper Parnevik (@JesperParnevik) August 29, 2016
Stat of the Day
Bernhard Langer’s year has been ridiculous. Keep in mind, this isn’t a guy who just turned 50 and is dominating guys who haven’t played a PGA event in 20 years. He is 59 years old.
Bernhard Langer's finishes this year:
— PGA TOUR Champions (@ChampionsTour) August 30, 2016
A Beef Cake
Here’s the latest from Beef, a regular in this space.
Hahaha that's amazing I wanna eat myself ?? https://t.co/WA1LGDBPyk
— Andrew 'Beef' Johnston (@BeefGolf) August 30, 2016
When your 4 yr old is more excited about his birthday cake than presents!! @BeefGolf #beefcake pic.twitter.com/OqeeZgTiMP
— Anne Price (@apricewahoo) August 30, 2016
Video of the Day
Danny Willett will not win the FedEx Cup this year, but he is still content with his season.
.@Danny_Willett in slow motion on the range, with his trophy watching on. ? pic.twitter.com/BiI3HDJPKn
— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) August 30, 2016
Behind the Scenes
It takes a lot of work to hold an Open Championship.
How do you source enough local produce to feed 173,000 hungry golf fans? #TheOpen https://t.co/a3XRsDnh0r pic.twitter.com/ZbPs1Ge63Y
— The Open (@TheOpen) August 30, 2016
Scenery of the Day
Miguel Tabuena playing is in Switzerland for the Omega EU Masters.
Pic of the Day
Joost Luiten shows his difficult lie in Denmark.
Rough here at @GolfTheDutch is thick an juicy! You need to be straight!! Can you find the ball in the picture? pic.twitter.com/KHQ6wfEDyN
— Joost Luiten (@joostluiten) August 30, 2016
Instagram Video of the Day
Camilo Villegas way off the mark on that last shot.
Villegas seemed a little embarrassed, but laughed it off.
?????? @gpinvitational @ Glenarbor Golf Club https://t.co/7aeLAiEv4y
— Camilo Villegas (@CamiloVillegasR) August 30, 2016
Video of the Day Part II
The PGA Tour put together a video of Tiger’s swing every year of his professional career.
A look at Tiger Woods’ swing in every year of his professional career.#HelloWorld20https://t.co/iB2o111ex0 pic.twitter.com/USYmMEMVOA
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) August 30, 2016
Steven Bowditch Shot of the Day
The humorous Aussie rarely passes on an opportunity to poke fun at himself.
— bowdo (@bowdo83) August 30, 2016
According to https://t.co/vOj6RWgJUf, what is the only statistical category that you rank inside the top 5?
— Birdies 4 Bowditch (@bowditchbirdies) August 30, 2016
Best Self-Promotion of the Day
Paula Creamer got a large crowd to chant her name.
Trick Shot of the Day
Trick-shot maestro takes Manhattan. ⛳️ https://t.co/lyhVNl7I3p
— Web.com Tour (@WebDotComTour) August 30, 2016
Tony Finau with a classy look at a tournament gala.
Fresh from the Barclays… @tonyfinaugolf with @BLAIRONEAL and myself at the #Berenberg @gpinvitational Gala Dinner pic.twitter.com/ndt6neFAGV
— Lauren Thompson (@LThompsonGC) August 29, 2016
Cleveland Golf wants to get you closer to the hole.
#GetCloser with the all-new, totally re-designed RTX-3 from Cleveland Golf. Where Scoring Matters. #Own125 pic.twitter.com/gy9VwCItLz
— Cleveland Golf (@ClevelandGolf) August 29, 2016