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Ryder Cup task force will announce US captain in spring, 80 bagmen suing PGA Tour after bib fallout.

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Wed, 4 Feb 2015

The US Ryder Cup task force will name their captain for Hazeltine in spring.

“We did have a meeting that went incredibly well and built off of the momentum of our first meeting,” PGA of America chief executive Pete Bevacqua told Golf Channel’s Tim Rosaforte.

“The process is not yet complete but I feel I can speak for everyone on the task force when I say that we are all excited about the direction of our discussions.”

In contrast, 2014 European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley announced in January their team are approaching a decision, thought to be between Darren Clark and Miguel Angel Jimenez.

US to name Ryder Cup captain in spring

The US Ryder Cup task force will name their captain for the next tournament in Hazeltine 2016 in the spring.

“We did have a meeting that went incredibly well and built off of the momentum of our first meeting,” PGA of America chief executive Pete Bevacqua told Golf Channel’s Tim Rosaforte.

“The process is not yet complete but I feel I can speak for everyone on the task force when I say that we are all excited about the direction of our discussions.”

In contrast, 2014 European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley announced in January their team are approaching a decision, thought to be between Darren Clark and Miguel Angel Jimenez.

Caddies suing PGA Tour

A group of caddies are suing the PGA Tour for making them wear sponsored bibs without compensation.

Some 80 bagmen filed a federal lawsuit as they contend the sponsored bibs earn the Tour $50m per year, which the caddies see none of.

"This lawsuit is intended to protect the rights of caddies who are required to endorse tour sponsors with zero compensation from the PGA Tour," Gene Egdorf, the caddies' Houston-based lawyer, told Yahoo.

 "Any working professional deserves to be paid based on the income they generate, but that's not happening on the PGA Tour."

The lawsuit comes after a year-long dispute and also contends the Tour has denied caddies access to health care and pension plans. 

The group say they are treated "as second-class participants of the game" who during tournaments have to "use portable lavatories that lack running water".

Woods facing lawsuit

Tiger Woods is facing a lawsuit from a former police officer who claims he was injured in a fall while working as a security guard at the former world number one’s mansion in Florida.

John Davis says he slipped on wet marble flooring in 2010 and injured his knee, which required two surgeries.

His lawyer is citing negligence from the 14-time major champion. 

Johnson returns

Dustin Johnson, an eight-time winner on the PGA Tour, is excited to be back on the course as he prepares to play the Farmers Insurance Open this week after a six month break from professional golf.

Rumours circulated the lay-off was enforced by the Tour following a failed drugs test, but the American maintains he did not have a cocaine problem, though he admitted drinking too much.

“It’s been a little while,” he told the Golf Channel, “but I’m excited to be out here again.

“I imagine there might be a little bit of rust – it’s always hard to simulate tournament play when you’re at home practising.

“But I feel like I’m ready. I’m very pleased with how things are going.”

Spieth pranks rookie Thomas

Jordan Spieth had close friend Justin Thomas's car towed at the Phoenix Open after the rookie parked in the world number nine's spot as a joke.

''I'm not going to be outdone by a rookie,'' Spieth told Golf.com. ''When I arrived, I decided to tip the valet guys and tell them, 'My buddy is trying to mess with me. Can we tow his car out of here? Can you put my car in there and not mention it and tow his somewhere else?'

There's always an extra set of keys (for courtesy cars), so they got the keys and took his car three lots over.' He was in a panic attack for a few hours, so that was worth it."

The pair have been friends since they were 14 after being picked to play for the US in the Evian Junior Masters in France.

''He had me going. ... I just wanted to leave,'' Thomas said. 

Mickelson abandons claw grip

Phil Mickelson has stopped using the claw putting grip but explained he may return to it.

The left-hander started 2015 with the new technique when putting inside 10 feet, an idea suggested by short-game coach Dave Pelz, but after two poor tournaments the 44-year-old decided to return to the conventional grip that brought him five major wins.

“I’ll switch back and forth probably throughout the year,” Mickelson told Golf Digest as he prepares to play the Farmers Insurance Open this week.

 

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