The Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines had an excellent spot on the West Coast Swing because the weekend between the NFL convention championship video games and the Super Bowl. That modified when the NFL added a recreation to its common season.

That led the tour to adapt by beginning the event a day earlier, on Wednesday, and giving CBS a prime-time end for many of the nation on Saturday, a day forward of the NFC and AFC title video games.

STRICKER’S REIGN

One of the extra necessary conversations Steve Stricker had with Paul Azinger was about creating atmosphere. Azinger, who reshaped Ryder Cup qualifying for the Americans and gained as captain in 2008, advised him it was necessary to seek out the temper that works finest.

Stricker is extra about preparation than inspiration. In reality, an excessive amount of inspiration can result in an excessive amount of strain.

Whatever he’s doing, it’s working. Stricker was on the helm of the Presidents Cup workforce in 2017 that performed so nicely it virtually clinched the cup earlier than the ultimate session. And then he bought the perfect gamers to ship prime performances in a document win over Europe on the Ryder Cup.

If the Americans cared about profitable, they might take into account bringing him again for Italy in 2023.

“It was a very similar position as far as the dominance goes,” Jordan Spieth mentioned in evaluating Stricker’s two instances as U.S. captain.

The Ryder Cup is the one workforce occasion that doesn’t have repeat captains.

Jack Nicklaus and Fred Couples, Gary Player and Nick Price, all of them have been captain for successive years within the Presidents Cup. Juli Inkster did it thrice in a row on the Solheim Cup (going 2-1) and Catriona Matthew simply gained her second straight.

At the newbie degree, the Walker Cup and Curtis Cup have a historical past of captains serving consecutive instances.

The Ryder Cup hasn’t had that occur since Bernhard Gallacher in 1995. Davis Love III did it twice in three Ryder Cups.

“I don’t think it’s going to happen. It’s mapped out and there’s guys in positions to be the next captains,” Stricker mentioned. “It was an unbelievable experience, don’t get me wrong. I’m glad it’s over.”

FILLING THE FIELD

Olympic gold medalist Xander Schauffele and Collin Morikawa, who narrowly missed out on the bronze, are headed again to Japan subsequent month.

Schauffele, Morikawa and Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama of Japan are amongst 5 gamers who’ve dedicated to play the Zozo Championship on Oct. 21-24 at Accordia Golf Narashino outdoors Tokyo.

Rickie Fowler and Tommy Fleetwood are also enjoying on sponsor exemptions.

The PGA Tour needed to get out phrase as additional affirmation the event is happening.

COVID-19 pressured two occasions on the Asia Swing to relocate final 12 months — the Zozo Championship went to Sherwood Country Club in California and the CJ Cup of South Korea went to Shadow Creek north of Las Vegas.

The Zozo Championship returns to Japan — defending champion Patrick Cantlay has not indicated if he will probably be going — whereas the CJ Cup returns to a unique golf membership in Las Vegas.

The issue of Japan is that the PGA Tour has consecutive tournaments in Las Vegas earlier than going to Japan, and the next week it’s in Bermuda.

Matsuyama was at all times going to play in his native nation. He was within the ultimate group on the Olympics and missed out on the 7-for-1 playoff for the bronze medal.

Schauffele returning was not a shock, both.

“Everybody knows of the close affinity that my family and I have with Japan due to our heritage and the fact that my grandparents live over there,” he mentioned. “Winning the gold medal in Tokyo in July has only reinforced my love for Japan and I look forward to coming back.”

The Zozo Championship has a 78-man discipline and a $9.95 million purse.

NICKLAUS-JACKLIN AWARD

Dustin Johnson and Sergio Garcia got here away with particular person honors within the final workforce occasion on the Ryder Cup. They have been chosen to obtain the inaugural Nicklaus-Jacklin Award.

The award is for gamers who finest embody the spirit of when Jack Nicklaus conceded a brief putt to Tony Jacklin to conclude the 1969 Ryder Cup in a tie (the Americans retained the cup as defending champions).

Johnson teamed with Collin Morikawa thrice and Xander Schauffele as soon as after which gained his singles match to go 5-0, the primary American to win all 5 matches since Larry Nelson in 1979.

Garcia gained three matches with Jon Rahm and misplaced in singles to Bryson DeChambeau. He was chosen as a lot for his teamwork and sportsmanship, two attributes recognized by sponsor Aon, for encouraging Rory McIlroy after the four-time main champion was 0-3 in workforce play.

“I love the Ryder Cup,” Garcia mentioned. “We all know about the beautiful moment that happened more than 50 years ago between Nicklaus and Jacklin. I’m proud to be the first to win this award and thankful to Aon. I enjoyed this week and I thought we played with good energy, which is important to show the young players that you can play with respect and have fun, even in defeat. I love my team. I’m so proud of all of them.”

The seven-member choice committee included Nicklaus and Jacklin, together with former profitable captains Paul McGinley and Paul Azinger.

DIVOTS

Rocket Mortgage is extending its PGA Tour title sponsorship in Detroit by 2027. Cam Davis of Australia gained this 12 months’s Rocket Mortgage Classic at Detroit Golf Club. … Steve Stricker and Padraig Harrington subsequent duel as gamers when Harrington makes his PGA Tour Champions debut subsequent week at Timuquana Country Club in Jacksonville, Florida. … The Americans did not lose a session within the Ryder Cup for the primary time since 1967. … Ian Poulter joined Colin Montgomerie as the one gamers to by no means lose in singles on the Ryder Cup in no less than seven appearances.

STAT OF THE WEEK

The Ryder Cup featured the highest seven gamers on the planet rating. They mixed for a 21-3-4 document at Whistling Straits.

FINAL WORD

“If you want to have these glorious moments, you’ve got to put your head out there, and sometimes it doesn’t go right. You get your head knocked off. That’s just the reality of sport.” — European captain Padraig Harrington after a 19-9 loss within the Ryder Cup.