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The Ryder Cup is, hands down, my favorite event in golf. Cheap Eagles Jerseys .The Solheim Cup was my favorite event to play during my 17-year career on the LPGA Tour, but as a spectator -- I cashed in all of my frequent flyer and hotel miles to go slog through the mud at Oak Hill in 1995, covered four Ryder Cups as a commentator for ESPN and NBC, and witnessed another as a PGA of America board member -- there is no bigger event for me.So after watching nearly every hour of last weeks matches from the comfort of my home, Ill share a few of my observed highs and lows.The Highs1. Team USAs play in the final moments of the last two sessionsIn the Saturday afternoon four-balls and Sunday singles sessions, seven matches went to the 18th hole. The USA was 5-1-1, fighting through the finish instead of wobbling to the finish as they had in the past. Crucial putts were holed where they had not been previously. That fighters mentality was the difference, not a task force or a committee.2. Point productionEvery American contributed to the teams point total, with even Rickie Fowler, still looking for his first full point win coming into his third Ryder Cup, getting two victories at Hazeltine. The Euros had four players go through the week without contributing even a half-point.3. Overall quality of playGranted, the weather was ideal, but I cannot remember a Ryder Cup with a higher standard of play and fewer holes won with pars or worse. The most extreme example: Sundays single matchup between Phil Mickelson and Sergio Garcia, in which they made 19 birdies combined. Mickelson would have shot a 63 in medal play, and yet they battled to a halve.4. Putting surfacesThey were more smooth than fast, creating opportunities for the players to be aggressive and hole putts as well as shots from off the greens. As a result, the excitement, noise and drama came right through the TV.It was exactly the opposite of the drudgery of the 2004 matches at Oakland Hills, where the greens were so fast and so severe that there was little excitement and where it was not uncommon for holes to be won with pars. Ho-hum, and no thanks.5. Ryder Cup Task ForceThis was not a total win, simply because this could have been done with much less fanfare and perhaps would not have even been necessary if past captains, vice-captains and select players had been debriefed in previous years. Some of the best things to come out of it: more efficient use of time as it pertained to the players day-to-day scheduling, less transit time to/from hotels and fewer social functions.This created more opportunities for necessary bonding, communication, rest and practice. That was a necessary win.6. Playing ThroughSpeaking of TV, the playing through technology, where the split screen is used to enable ads to still run with full audio but alongside uninterrupted live action, was an enormous addition to the telecasts. I found myself actually listening to the audio of commercials because I wasnt annoyed at having to lose the live action and then play catch-up with so many taped shots. It has been used well in auto racing, so lets hope it sees more action in golf as well as other sports that dont have natural breaks in live action.7. The build-outs and infrastructure at Hazeltine NationalAfter seeing the wall-to-wall blue at Gleneagles create a distinctive home-field feel two years ago, the PGA of America made a concerted effort to bathe Hazeltine in red, making that advantage more visible and palpable. And wow, did they do it and do it right. From the first tee to the final green, it was indeed Americas home turf. If it wasnt green grass, it was red structures surrounding it.8. Thomas PietersThe American-educated rookie pick looked like he needed CPR on the first tee Friday morning, but by Sunday he had amassed a 4-1 record, showing passion, composure and reliability that will bode well for the Euros for decades to come. Hello, future.9. Junior Ryder CupPlayed at nearby Interlachen Country Club earlier in the week, the Ryder Cup continues to invest in its future by supporting this competition, which officially began in 1997. The USA won again this year and holds a 6-4 lead overall, but the dividends are already paying off with players on both sides of the Atlantic, such as?Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth, seeing action in the matches proper.10. Closing ceremonyNeat, tidy, speedy and right to the point, with only the host, players, captains, vice-captains and those speaking in an official capacity on stage. What do we do to bring this simplicity back to the opening ceremonies that have become so much pomp and pageantry with so little circumstance?The Lows1. Vanishing senses of humorDanny Willetts brothers blog about American fans sent venom and an embarrassing amount of highly personal and hateful taunting through the crowd at Hazeltine, albeit a very vocal super-minority.If you do nothing else in your life, please take a bit of time to understand pithy humor. Youll be better for it. Danny Willett was right to say on Monday that most of his brothers humor about Americans had actually played out to be true. I made the remark a couple of decades ago after a Solheim Cup match that without the LPGA, the Euros, their tour struggling mightily at the time, would be bagging groceries.A firestorm erupted for about 48 hours (yes, it was before social media or I am sure it would have lived longer). But to this day, Helen Alfredsson, a longtime member of the European team and past Solheim Cup captain, and I still laugh about it.Speaking of social media, I tweeted about the American spectator who was heckling Justin Rose about not being able to make a putt in the practice round and offering up a $100 challenge. Well, the spectator delivered by making the putt, the Euro players and caddies celebrated with him and signed that $100 bill. I thought it was terrific. What better time for that sort of fun than in a practice round?Some guy tweeted back to me that the spectator never should have been heckling him to begin with. Seriously, come on, people. Its a practice round! I spent part of Saturday morning walking in a Susan G. Komen fundraiser in Albany, New York, supporting a friend who has been cancer-free for five years. Now that is something to take seriously.2. Phil Mickelsons trashing of Hal SuttonEarlier in the week, Mickelson criticized the 2004 U.S. Ryder Cup captain. What good did that do? Yes, Mickelson realized he had gone too far and reached out to Sutton -- thank goodness -- but how did he go through all of the details of the pairing with Tiger Woods, the difficulty of making a golf ball change with super short notice, but also fail to mention he himself had made major club changes right before the matches began?Mickelson is going to be a captain someday, and rightly so. Maybe then hell realize just how many decisions have to be made and the short periods of time in which you have to make them.Laundry of that sort needs to be cleaned in house and with an order for express pickup, not 12 years later.3. Roses commentsThe Englishmans comments in the Sunday evening European Team news conference caught me completely by surprise. Rose is one of the most pleasant and thoughtful people youll ever want to be around, so for him to whine about the incredibly weak course setup at Hazeltine was a real shocker. Given 24 hours to cool off, he might not have said the same.While not personally a fan of the architecture of the course, I thought the setup was brilliant. It encouraged and rewarded aggressive play without the players being handcuffed by lightning fast green speeds. It made for exciting theatre, drama, noise and thrilling sport.4. Team USAs white pants on Saturday.See-through specials. Wow, what a fashion felony that would have taken only a top-quality lining to rectify. Enough said.5. No Russell KnoxTwo PGA Tour wins in the past year, and he wasnt a captains pick for Europe. You can debate all day on whom he could/should have replaced, but between veterans Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer, they produced only one point.Yes, Europe had six rookies, but at what point do you abandon form for experience? Only European captain Darren Clarke has that answer.6. Stay on messageCan we keep the administrator/leadership spots on news programming or in dedicated ad space instead of taking up valuable live air time? This doesnt go for just the Ryder Cup, but all sports. Now that we have options such as Playing Through, lets blend those messages that way. It would amp up the viewing experience for everyone while still relaying that important social and corporate message.High, low or anywhere in between, the Ryder Cup is still the pinnacle of sports events for me, and like in life, if were not moving forward, we are in retreat. Just my two cents on how to take a few leaps in the forward direction. Wholesale Eagles Jerseys . Ferrer, trying to win his fourth title on Mexican soil, will next play South Africas Kevin Anderson, who eliminated American Sam Querrey,7-6 (2), 6-4. 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Gray, who was sidelined with a right forearm strain from Aug. 7-Sept. 27, was limited to only one inning and threw 18 pitches, 13 of them for strikes. He gave up one hit and faced four batters in his first start since Aug. 6.As manager Bob Melvin said his return made a noticeable difference in the clubhouse culture.Thats our guy, Melvin said. It was sort of an off season for him, but he went out there and was healthy and looked like the old Sonny. Psychologically, hes good for the whole ball club.Khris Davis, who played at nearby Cal State Fullerton, hit his 41st home run and his sixth against the Angels this season in the sixth inning, making the score 8-3. Marcus Semien brought the As to within two runs with a three-run homer, also his sixth against Los Angeles, in the eighth.But J.C. Ramirez pitched a perfect ninth to convert his second save.Thats a big blow for us right there, Melvin said. You feel like, now were back in the ballgame and hold them down. We thought going into the ninth wed have a chance.Mike Trout was hit by a John Axford fastball in the back of his left shoulder in the eighth inning and was removed from the game. Hell have imaging done Thursday to determine whether or not he can play through the weekend against the Houston Astros.Trout said the pitch his his shoulder blade and left him with a sizable, sore welt.I want to (play), Ill tell you that, Trout said. Weve got three games left, so Im going to try to grind it out. After going down 2-0 early, the Angels rallied for eight runs in the fourth inning. Ross Detwiler (3-3), who replaced Gray in the second, got the first out but then put then put the next four batters on and gave up two runs before getting the second out.Meyer (2-3) limited the As to two runs on five hits over ffour innings and struck out five. Cheap Carson Wentz Jersey. I think theres no doubt that Alex is moving forward in many ways, Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. I think first and foremost, I think his delivery is getting more consistent. Hes able to repeat it, his arm angle is where hes working towards getting it, and hopefully hell continue to improve with his consistency.With runners on the corners, Shane Robinson cleared the bases with a double to left and took third on the throw. Calhoun homered for the 17th time this season to give Los Angeles a 6-2 lead and Mike Trout singled to keep the inning alive.Detwiler was finally replaced after giving up a double to C.J. Cron, the 10th batter of the inning. Reliever Chris Smith couldnt end the threat as he walked the next two batters to walk in a run and Stephen Vogts failure to throw to first on a grounder by Jett Bandy allowed Cron to score for the eighth run of the inning.Gregorio Petit, the 14th batter, finally ended the inning by grounding out to Smith.Early on, it looked like he had good stuff, Melvin said. The ball was down, the ball was moving, it looked like he had good nicks right away. But then he left some balls up and got into some funky counts.TRAINERS ROOMAngels: RHP Garrett Richards threw off the mound to hitters for the first time since tearing his ulnar collateral ligament May 1. Richards, who has been throwing for a month after stem cell treatments showed significant healing in the ligament, will throw another bullpen this weekend before continuing his season in the instructional league.UP NEXTAthletics: RHP Kendall Graveman will start the As final series of the season, Thursday in Seattle. Graveman is 0-3 with a 5.28 ERA in his last five starts and has posted similar numbers against the Mariners, going 1/3 with a 5.40 ERA in seven career appearances.Angels: Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia declined to name a starter for Fridays series-opener against the Houston Astros. 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