• A new daddy, McDowell heads back to course

    September 2, 2014

    CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE, Colo. (AP) - Graeme McDowell is basking in his latest title: Daddy.A father for all of eight days, McDowell returned to the golf course this week to refocus on his day job, which includes a shot at a $10 million grand prize.To win that, he'll have to buck his consistent trend of faltering when the FedEx Cup playoffs roll around. He'll have to keep himself from thinking ahead to the Ryder Cup. Most of all, he'll have to stay awake. He took last week off to spend time with his wife, Kristin, and their daughter, Vale Esme, who was born last Monday.

  • Tom Watson fills out his Ryder Cup team

    September 2, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. captain Tom Watson went with experience and a gut feeling Tuesday night when he filled out his Ryder Cup team with Keegan Bradley, Hunter Mahan and Webb Simpson.Not so valuable was recent success. He left out Chris Kirk, who finished higher in the final Ryder Cup standings than Simpson, and who won the Deutsche Bank Championship a day earlier by going head-to-head with Rory McIlroy the final 36 holes.

  • Picking the best of the worst for Ryder Cup

    September 2, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) - Graeme McDowell saw this coming nine months ago when his thoughts turned to the Ryder Cup.And he turned out to be right. Just not for the right reasons.Making the Ryder Cup team for either side is tougher than ever. So as McDowell sat down over a pint during the offseason and started listing the players who were likely to be at Gleneagles, it wasn't long before he had exceeded the nine automatic qualifiers. Some were going to be at the mercy of European captain Paul McGinley.