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September 26, 1991 | MARYANN HUDSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
One night in 1959, the British Ryder Cup team boarded a Convair turboprop in Los Angeles for the short hop to Palm Springs, where the biennial matches against the United States were scheduled to be played at Eldorado Country Club. Turbulence was expected near Mt. San Jacinto, so the pilot advised the passengers to keep their seat belts fastened.
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September 19, 2008 | Thomas Bonk, Times Staff Writer
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- He has been swinging under the radar so far this week, but the wraps come off Phil Mickelson early today when the Ryder Cup finally gets going. There surely must be some Mickelson moments if the U.S. is going to reverse its steeply downhill momentum against Europe.
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September 22, 1989 | RANDY HARVEY, Times Staff Writer
On the final hole of the 1969 Ryder Cup at the Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport, England, Jack Nicklaus conceded a two-foot par putt to Tony Jacklin. As a result, the Ryder Cup ended in a tie for the only time since it began as a biennial series matching the best golfers from the United States and Great Britain in 1927. Today, 20 years since Nicklaus' gracious gesture, the 28th Ryder Cup begins at the Belfry, a few miles north of Birmingham, with the 12 U.S.
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November 7, 2006 | Thomas Bonk, Times Staff Writer
The U.S. hasn't had much luck lately in the Ryder Cup, so it changed the rules about making the team and added a new captain in Paul Azinger, who came up with the revamped qualifying process in the first place. Azinger, 47, was selected captain by the PGA of America for the 2008 Ryder Cup matches to be played at Valhalla Golf Club near Louisville, Ky., where the U.S. will be trying to reverse a trend that has added up to European dominance.
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September 22, 1991 | JIM MURRAY, Times columnist Jim Murray has had "an adversarial relationship" with golf for more than 30 years, during which time he has neither lowered his handicap below a 20 nor stopped trying .
THE RYDER CUP. FIRST OF ALL, WHAT IS IT? Care to guess? * That yacht race they hold every few years in Australia or San Diego that Dennis Conner wins? No, that's the America's Cup. * How about that series of horse races they hold every fall at Churchill Downs or Belmont? Guess again. That's the Breeders' Cup. * Well, maybe it's that hockey thing where they all skate around at the end and congratulate each other and pretend they're happy to lose. Forget it. Stanley Cup.
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September 26, 1991 | MARYANN HUDSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Former UCLA golfer Steve Pate suffered bruises to his ribs Wednesday night when a caravan of limousines taking him and some other members of the U.S. Ryder Cup team to a dinner in Charleston collided in a three-car accident. No other players were injured. Pate and Shannon Pavin, wife of former UCLA and Ryder Cup player Corey Pavin, were taken to Bon Secours St. Francis Xavier Hospital in Charleston. Shannon Pavin was treated for an elbow injury and released immediately.
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September 28, 1999 | JANET STOBART and RICHARD BOUDREAUX, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Americans may remember it as one of the great moments in golf, but the U.S. victory over Europe on Sunday in the Ryder Cup was portrayed Monday on this side of the Atlantic as an orgy of jingoism and poor sportsmanship. "Joy of Ugly Victory Brings Out the Ugly American," said the Guardian, one of Britain's most sober newspapers. The tabloid Daily Mirror declared the "United Slobs of America" the winners of the three-day competition in Brookline, Mass.
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September 19, 2006 | Thomas Bonk, Times Staff Writer
U.S. team captain Tom Lehman, looking for an edge that could make even a tiny difference in a heated-up, too-close-to-call Ryder Cup, thinks he might have found it. In the kitchen. Victory this week at the K Club may not be on the menu for the U.S. but, if that's the case, it won't be the fault of Dennis Trixler, chosen by Lehman to cook up some kitchen magic as the players' chef.
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September 19, 2008 | Thomas Bonk, Times Staff Writer
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- He has been swinging under the radar so far this week, but the wraps come off Phil Mickelson early today when the Ryder Cup finally gets going. There surely must be some Mickelson moments if the U.S. is going to reverse its steeply downhill momentum against Europe.
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September 24, 1999 | J.A. ADANDE
You don't want to be Ben Crenshaw right now. He has spent the last two years gearing up for this three-day tournament of the Ryder Cup. As the U.S. team captain, he has had input on everything from the length of the rough along the Country Club fairways to the style of the team's uniforms. Now the matches are here and once the ball is on the tee there's not much more he can do except watch. And that's the hardest part.
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November 2, 2006 | Thomas Bonk
There must not be any hangovers from getting pounded regularly in the Ryder Cup, because someone is always willing to stand up there at the helm and steer the U.S. ship as it capsizes every two years. It's like clockwork. A cuckoo clock. Wind it up and it falls apart.
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September 24, 2006 | Thomas Bonk, Times Staff Writer
It's just about time to fire up those engines on the charter jet, pack up the Ralph Lauren duds, stick that Ryder Cup optimism in cold storage for two more years, shake hands and say goodbye, because this thing is pretty much out of reach for the U.S. once again.
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September 22, 2006 | Thomas Bonk, Times Staff Writer
Once Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk have hit their first tee shots in the opening Ryder Cup match against Padraig Harrington and Colin Montgomerie of Europe, it's supposed to be the start of a new attitude for the U.S. team. The big question is whether it will turn out to be a winning attitude. It has been an all-too-common scene lately. The U.S. shows up for the Ryder Cup, the U.S. loses the Ryder Cup, the U.S. spends the next two years trying to figure out what went wrong.
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September 21, 2006 | Thomas Bonk, Times Staff Writer
The Ryder Cup weather forecast isn't good, with heavy rain and high winds expected to continue through this afternoon, when the opening ceremonies are supposed to take place. When play opens Friday, the forecast calls for wind and showers and temperatures in the mid 60s, with more wind and possible thunderstorms Saturday and clouds with, yes, possible showers Sunday. Of course, the Emerald Isle is so green because rain is commonplace.
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September 20, 2006 | Thomas Bonk, Times Staff Writer
Here in the serene, rolling greenness of a former dairy farm, could something be amiss? Starting Friday, the Ryder Cup will be played nearby, at the Kildare Club, or K Club -- a course designed by Arnold Palmer, one of the legendary figures in American golf and a former U.S. Ryder Cup captain. Talk about a home-field advantage ... for the visiting team.
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September 19, 2006 | Thomas Bonk, Times Staff Writer
U.S. team captain Tom Lehman, looking for an edge that could make even a tiny difference in a heated-up, too-close-to-call Ryder Cup, thinks he might have found it. In the kitchen. Victory this week at the K Club may not be on the menu for the U.S. but, if that's the case, it won't be the fault of Dennis Trixler, chosen by Lehman to cook up some kitchen magic as the players' chef.
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September 24, 1999 | THOMAS BONK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They are the new star power brokers in golf, and guess what? You have to wait all the way until this morning to see Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia tee it up against each other in the Ryder Cup. This is what everybody has been salivating over since, oh, about the last month, when Woods and Garcia got together at the PGA Championship in a wonderful matchup of 23-year-old established superstar (Woods) and 19-year-old superstar on training wheels (Garcia).
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September 21, 1999 | THOMAS BONK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Remember Valderrama? For the U.S. Ryder Cup team, it's hard to forget the place. Right there on the Costa del Sol, on the doorstep of the Mediterranean, a stone's throw from the Rock of Gibraltar, on a course in the middle of a bunch of cork trees, the U.S. got popped, rocked, overrun and generally routed. Sure, the final margin was only one point, 14 1/2-13 1/2, but Europe's victory was a lot bigger than that and its impact has been just as large.
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September 17, 2006 | Thomas Bonk, Times Staff Writer
Scott Verplank is 42, he hasn't won a tournament in five years, he has had bad feet, shoulders and elbows, and if the U.S. upsets Europe in the Ryder Cup, he'll probably be one of the reasons. Verplank is playing on the Ryder Cup team for the second time as a captain's pick, this time because Tom Lehman chose him, even though he was 20th in the points list. Lehman said he had his reasons, and they are clear-cut, even if they are intangible.
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August 31, 2006 | Thomas Bonk, Times Staff Writer
No matter what else happens in Ben Crenshaw's career, he's always going to be the Ryder Cup captain of a winning team, even if the anniversary of the U.S. victory at the Country Club in Brookline, Mass., is hitting seven years. It was Crenshaw who famously dug his finger into a table in an emotional interview on that Saturday night, with the U.S. trailing, 10-6, and said he had a good feeling about what would happen in the Sunday singles matches. He was right. The biggest last-day comeback in U.
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