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Ariya Jutanugarn leads Reignwood LPGA Classic in China (The Associated Press)

Ariya Jutanugarn, of Thailand, hits her tee shot on the third hole in the final round at the Manulife LPGA Classic golf tournament in Cambridge, Ontario, Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016. (Dave Chidley/The Canadian Press via AP)

Ariya Jutanugarn birdied the final four holes for an 8-under 65 and a one-stroke lead over Brooke Henderson on Thursday in the Reignwood LPGA Classic. In position to take player of the year lead from idle Lydia Ko with a ninth-place finish or better, Jutanugarn had 10 birdies and two bogeys at Reignwood Pine Valley in the first of six events in the Asian Swing. ''All the players really want to win the award like player of the year,'' Jutanugarn said.





5 huge momentum swings from Ryder Cup history (The Associated Press)

FILE - In this Oct. 22, 1967 file photo, British Ryder Cup team captain Dai Rees, left, congratulates Ben Hogan, captain of the U.S. team after Hogan's golfers beat the British in the three day competition at Champions course in Houston. Momentum means everything at the Ryder Cup. Shot to shot, match to match, even era to era, its swung back and forth between the United States and Europe. Golfers dont come any tougher or more taciturn than Ben Hogan. The United States had largely dominated Ryder Cup play in the preceding four decades. (AP Photo/File)

Momentum means everything at the Ryder Cup. Shot to shot, match to match, even era to era, it's swung back and forth between the United States and Europe, sometimes at a glacial pace and occasionally with head-turning speed. Europe has won the last three, six of the last seven and eight of the last 10.





Rookies could hold Ryder Cup key, says Jacklin (Reuters)

Tony Jacklin of England tees off on the first hole during the first round of the Mission Hills World Celebrity Pro-Am golf tournament in Haikou, China's Hainan province October 20, 2012. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu (CHINA - Tags: SPORT GOLF ENTERTAINMENT) - RTR39CO4

By Tony Jimenez CHASKA, Minnesota (Reuters) - The destiny of the Ryder Cup may rest on how Europe's six rookies perform this week, according to Tony Jacklin, described by ESPN this week as the man who saved the biennial team event in the 1980s. Jacklin, Europe's most decorated captain after winning twice and tying once in four Ryder Cups, says no one knows how Danny Willett, Chris Wood, Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Andy Sullivan, Matt Fitzpatrick and Thomas Pieters will fare under the microscope.





Mickelson starts war of words with former Cup captain Sutton (Reuters)

Sep 28, 2016; Chaska, MN, USA;  Team USA golfer Phil Mickelson addresses the media before their practice round for the 41st Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

By Mark Lamport-Stokes CHASKA, Minnesota (Reuters) - Phil Mickelson sparked a verbal spat with former United States captain Hal Sutton at Hazeltine on Wednesday for events that occurred during the 2004 Ryder Cup at Oakland Hills. Mickelson criticized Sutton for his late decision that week to pair the American left-hander with Tiger Woods, the world's two top-ranked players at the tine who went on to lose both matches they played against Europe. "We were told two days before that we were playing together, and that gave us no time to work together and prepare," Mickelson told reporters during the build-up to this week's Ryder Cup.





Willett apologises for brother's anti-American rant (Reuters)

Sep 28, 2016; Chaska, MN, USA;  Europe team captain Darren Clarke addresses the media following their practice round for the 41st Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club.   John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

By Larry Fine CHASKA, Minnesota (Reuters) - European Ryder Cup player Danny Willett and captain Darren Clarke apologized on Wednesday over a crude rant from the Masters champion's brother about the nature of U.S. crowds he expects this week at Hazeltine. In an article published on nationalclubgolfer.com, a magazine website, Pete Willett wrote in part: "They need to silence the pudgy, basement-dwelling, irritants, stuffed on cookie dough and pissy beer ... "They need to smash the obnoxious dads, with their shiny teeth, Lego man hair, medicated ex-wives, and resentful children." Willett and Clarke emphatically distanced themselves and the team from the diatribe, which was laced with political jabs and swipes using caricatures of Americans.






Willett apologises for brother's 'US fans are imbeciles' jibe

Europe's Danny Willett says sorry for an article written by his brother which calls American Ryder Cup fans "imbeciles".




Ryder Cup 2016: Darren Clarke says Team Europe not represented by PJ Willett article

Europe's Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke says an article written by Danny Willett's brother is not what "Team Europe stands for".




Bluff & hearsay: Picking out the Pitt & Jolie of the Ryder Cup

As the protracted Ryder Cup build-up nears its conclusion, Tom Fordyce hunts for clues as to who will be paired with whom on Friday morning.




Seve, Poulter or Palmer? Pick your Europe and US Ryder Cup teams

Is Seve a cert for Team Europe? Would a pumped-up Poulter or Monty sneak in? And would your US side feature Palmer, Woods, Nicklaus and Mickelson?




US copying Europe's Ryder Cup model, says Mickelson

The United States are adopting Europe's approach to the Ryder Cup to end a run of three defeats, says Phil Mickelson.





2016 Ryder Cup ultimate guide

A US Ryder Cup team more relaxed and better prepared than past losing versions takes a confident attitude into this week’s showdown against holders Europe.




Mickelson sledge opens decade-old wound

PHIL Mickelson famously threw Tom Watson under the bus after the USA’s 2014 Ryder Cup failure and he’s now done the same with another former US captain.




Americans are ‘fat, stupid bastards’

THIS is the piece every sports fan who is sick of obnoxious Stars and Stripes bedecked morons chanting ‘USA, USA, USA’ wishes they had written.




Tiger Woods’ embarrassing photo blunder

TIGER Woods tries — and fails — to get on the team USA Ryder Cup photograph as a war of words heats up between the two teams.




Despo Bubba makes Ryder Cup team, sort of

BUBBA Watson will be at the Ryder Cup, even if it’s not exactly the way he imagined it.




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