These (American) Guys Are Good

IT MAY SEEM LIKE FLAG WAVING, but I’m noting the long streak of victories by U.S. players on the PGA Tour. To be honest, I hadn’t even thought about it until I heard it mentioned the other night on Golf Channel.

“From the 77-time tour titlist Tiger Woods to the first-time winner Michael Thompson, the 2013 PGA Tour season has been a red-white-and-blue bonanza,” wrote the New York Times’ Karen Crouse. “With his weather-interrupted victory Sunday at the Houston Open, D.A. Points extended the streak of U.S.-born champions this season to 14, bettering a run of 13 consecutive American winners in 1989.”

The year 1989 was nearly a quarter century ago, the beginning of the post-Cold War era. It reminds me how much things have changed, including in pro golf.

The Americans powering the current win streak are: Dustin Johnson, Russell Henley, Brian Gay, Tiger Woods (3), Phil Mickelson, Brandt Snedeker, John Merrick, Matt Kuchar, Michael Thompson, Scott Brown, Kevin Streelman and D.A. Points.

Points won in Houston on Sunday using his mom’s Ping putter. One more thing borrowed from a mother that will never be returned.

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Neil Sagebiel

2 thoughts on “These (American) Guys Are Good”

  1. I don't know about that,armchair….once the Ryder cup starts many of 'em shrink away.

    And I am befuddled about how in hell they do that……
    I watched the the last Ryder cup a 2 weeks ago on tape…and it's seems like the US team seemed old,tired & feeble.

  2. I agree about the Ryder Cup. Very disappointing for the Americans. Medal-play tournaments are quite different than match play and representing team, captain and country in the Ryder Cup.


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