Extra rest for 2014 Ryder Cup

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For the first time in five years, PGA Tour players will face four straight weeks of golf in the FedEx Cup playoffs in 2014.

The tour has been scheduling a week off between its four playoff events since 2010, mainly to keep players in the Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup from too much competition. The last two times in Ryder Cup years, the matches were held a week after the Tour Championship.

The PGA of America, on behalf of Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson, asked PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem to consider giving players a week off before the matches.

“Our captain felt like that it was imperative that our players had a week off prior to the Ryder Cup,” PGA president Ted Bishop said Wednesday.

Bishop has been concerned about the energy level of the American team since last year at Medinah, where Europe staged a record-tying comeback.

The tour acquiesced, and during the course of more conversations, the PGA of America decided to drop “Glory’s Last Shot” as its slogan for the PGA Championship. While the PGA Championship is the final major, the rest of the calendar year featured the FedEx Cup playoffs and even the Ryder Cup itself.

Bishop said Finchem was “provocative” in stating the PGA Championship had the strongest field among major championships and could stand on its own merit without a slogan.

The last time the PGA Tour had four straight playoff events was in 2009, when Tiger Woods won the $10 million bonus.

What’s for dinner?

A tradition like one other took place Tuesday night when defending champion Rory McIlroy hosted a dinner for past winners of the PGA Championship. McIlroy was in charge of the menu, similar to the Champions Dinner at the Masters, the difference being he didn’t have to pay for it.

So what was for dinner?

A goat’s cheese and beet root salad for a starter. Irish tenderloin as the main course. Sticky toffee pudding for dessert.

“It was good,” McIlroy said, speaking at least for himself. “Everybody definitely enjoyed the last two courses. I don’t know how the appetizer went down.”

Keeping with the tradition, McIlroy asked two former champions to make speeches. He selected two-time winner Dave Stockton, who coaches McIlroy on his putting; and Keegan Bradley, who won the PGA Championship prior to McIlroy winning last year at Kiawah Island.

“It was cool,” McIlroy said. “You have the most recent PGA champions like myself, Keegan Bradley, Martin Kaymer. And then you have someone like Doug Ford. It was his 91st birthday yesterday.”

Green Speed

The PGA Championship took a page out of Augusta National when asked about the speed of the greens at Oak Hill.

Kerry Haigh, chief championships officer for the PGA of America, offered a different twist.

“Championship speed,” he said.

Asked for a number, Haigh said he didn’t believe it was appropriate to give a number on the Stimpmeter.

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