1. Changes to the U.S. Ryder Cup Team Must Start with the Captain

    With regards to Ryder Cup captains, the PGA of America needs to decide whether their ultimate goal is to give everyone a chance, or to win...

    Michael Fitzpatrick Written by Michael Fitzpatrick about 15 days ago 1,356 reads 3 comments

  2. Ryder Cup: Can the United States vs. Europe Still Be Considered a Rivalry?

    Sports rivalries can be forged for any number of reasons. Rivalries can be created abruptly out of a particular event, such as a bench-clearing brawl or some other form of bad blood between players and coaches from opposing sides...

    Michael Fitzpatrick Written by Michael Fitzpatrick about 21 days ago 1,143 reads 6 comments

  3. PGA of America Must Change the Ryder Cup Qualification and Selection Process

    Prior to the 2008 Ryder Cup , the player selection process for the U.S. Team was as follows: Ten players qualified through the two-year rolling-point system, which closed after the PGA Championship...

    Michael Fitzpatrick Written by Michael Fitzpatrick about 28 days ago 3,711 reads 3 comments

  4. 2014 Ryder Cup: Don't Count Team USA out Just Yet

    The United States has managed to win just one of the last six Ryder Cup tournaments. Going back to 1985, the U.S. team has beaten the Europeans in just four of 14 Ryder Cup clashes, which is an abysmal 28...

    Michael Fitzpatrick Written by Michael Fitzpatrick about 1 month ago 4,531 reads 5 comments

  5. The PGA Tour's FedEx Cup Playoffs Are Here to Stay

    The PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup Playoffs got off to a rocky start back in 2007; there is little question about that...

    Michael Fitzpatrick Written by Michael Fitzpatrick about 1 month ago 886 reads 3 comments

  6. Phil Mickelson's BMW Championship Withdrawal Is What Gives Golfers a Bad Name

    Phil Mickelson was not a fan of the FedEx Cup schedule right from the start. Apparently, being forced to play golf for four weeks in a row with a total of $67 million up for grabs was a bit too much for Lefty...

    Michael Fitzpatrick Written by Michael Fitzpatrick about 1 month ago 5,378 reads 45 comments

  7. Breaking Down Tiger Woods' Decline Using New PGA Tour Statistics

    Tiger Woods ' golf game is on the decline. That much is clear. During the first 13 years of Woods' career, he won 71 PGA Tour events, which was an average of 5.46 wins per year...

    Michael Fitzpatrick Written by Michael Fitzpatrick about 1 month ago 7,607 reads 25 comments

  8. Just Another Week in the Tumultuous World of Tiger Woods

    The first 13 years of Tiger Woods ' career ran like clockwork. Woods would show up for practice rounds at the crack of down...

    Michael Fitzpatrick Written by Michael Fitzpatrick about 1 month ago 12,016 reads 10 comments

  9. The Sorry State of the U.S. Ryder Cup Team

    The 2006 United States Ryder Cup team is widely regarded as the worst team assembled since Great Britain and Ireland merged with continental Europe back in 1979...

    Michael Fitzpatrick Written by Michael Fitzpatrick about 2 months ago 10,319 reads 13 comments

  10. Has Rory McIlroy Saved the Game of Golf?

    Has Rory McIlroy saved the game of golf? Well, if television ratings are anything to go by, the answer to that question could be a resounding yes...

    Michael Fitzpatrick Written by Michael Fitzpatrick about 2 months ago 2,019 reads 23 comments

  11. A Fantastic PGA Championship Marred by an Odd Finish

    The 2014 PGA Championship was the major for which we had all been waiting. The future—Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler—finally ...

    Michael Fitzpatrick Written by Michael Fitzpatrick about 2 months ago 692 reads 6 comments

  12. The PGA Tour's Disgraceful Handling of the Dustin Johnson Situation

    It has now been three days since Dustin Johnson released a statement saying he would be taking an indefinite leave from the game of golf to deal with “personal challenges,” ...

    Michael Fitzpatrick Written by Michael Fitzpatrick about 3 months ago 5,056 reads 3 comments

  13. Dustin Johnson Highlights the PGA Tour's Need to Change Its Culture of Secrecy

    For years now, the PGA Tour has pursued just about every strategy imaginable to manufacture drama on the golf course...

    Michael Fitzpatrick Written by Michael Fitzpatrick about 3 months ago 2,442 reads 1 comments

  14. Tom Watson's Evolving Position on Tiger Woods and the Ryder Cup

    It is clear that U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson’s position on using one of his three captain’s picks to select Tiger Woods has evolved over the past four months. In early April, Watson told GolfChannel ...

    Michael Fitzpatrick Written by Michael Fitzpatrick about 3 months ago 3,344 reads 10 comments

  15. It Is Time to Open Up the Baseball Hall of Fame to Mike Piazza

    During his 16 years in the major leagues, Mike Piazza compiled a career batting average of .308 with 427 homes runs. Piazza, who was the 1,390th overall draft pick for the Los Angeles Dodgers back in 1988, batted ...

    Michael Fitzpatrick Written by Michael Fitzpatrick about 3 months ago 741 reads 1 comments

  16. The Rory McIlroy Era Has Arrived Right on Schedule

    Throughout the past century of professional golf, the game has followed a very similar pattern as it relates to the presence of a dominate force...

    Michael Fitzpatrick Written by Michael Fitzpatrick about 3 months ago 946 reads 4 comments

  17. LeBron James' Decision Had to Do with Much More Than Being a Kid from Ohio

    “Before anyone ever cared where I would play basketball, I was a kid from Northeast Ohio.” This was the very first sentence of LeBron James ’ essay, as told to Lee Jenkins of SI...

    Michael Fitzpatrick Written by Michael Fitzpatrick about 3 months ago 1,416 reads 1 comments

  18. Pat Riley Needs to Address the Dwyane Wade Issue in Miami

    Dwyane Wade is the elephant in Miami that Heat President Pat Riley must quickly address in order avoid losing Chris Bosh and possibly even LeBron James to free agency this offseason...

    Michael Fitzpatrick Written by Michael Fitzpatrick about 3 months ago 22,019 reads 45 comments

  19. There Is Only One Option for Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami

    LeBron James took control of the Miami Heat ’s offseason the moment he opted out of the final two years of his contract, and he is continuing to control the situation as the NBA ’s free-agency period has officially begun...

    Michael Fitzpatrick Written by Michael Fitzpatrick about 4 months ago 10,844 reads 0 comments

  20. Why Couldn't Amar'e Stoudemire Follow the Lead of the Miami Heat's Big 3?

    Following four consecutive seasons where Amar ’e Stoudemire averaged more than 20 points and eight rebounds per game in Phoenix, the Suns offered Stoudemire a long-term max deal worth $96...

    Michael Fitzpatrick Written by Michael Fitzpatrick about 4 months ago 81,092 reads 381 comments

  21. Five Reasons Why Carmelo Anthony Should Leave the New York Knicks

    Despite numerous pleas by New York Knicks president Phil Jackson, Carmelo Anthony officially opted out of the final year of his contract and became an unrestricted free agent earlier this week...

    Michael Fitzpatrick Written by Michael Fitzpatrick about 4 months ago 1,449 reads 0 comments

  22. Breaking Down Tiger Woods' Opening Round at the Quicken Loans National

    The fact that Tiger Woods struggled through his first 13 holes during Round 1 of the Quicken Loans National was not overly surprising when you consider that it had been three-and-a-half months since Woods last teed it up at a professional event...

    Michael Fitzpatrick Written by Michael Fitzpatrick about 4 months ago 1,734 reads 2 comments

  23. LeBron James' Decision Has Sent a Message to Wade, Bosh and Heat Organization

    On Tuesday morning, LeBron James ’ agent Rich Paul informed the Miami Heat that James had decided to opt out of the final two years of his contract, as reported by Chris Broussard of ESPN...

    Michael Fitzpatrick Written by Michael Fitzpatrick about 4 months ago 22,499 reads 56 comments

  24. For LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, Opting out Was a Financial No-Brainer

    On Monday, Carmelo Anthony officially informed the New York Knicks of his decision to opt out of the final year of his contract...

    Michael Fitzpatrick Written by Michael Fitzpatrick about 4 months ago 791 reads 0 comments

  25. Signing Carmelo Anthony to a Max Deal Will Be a Large Risk for Any Organization

    Carmelo Anthony will inform the New York Knicks of his decision to opt out of the final year of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent Monday, according to Marc Stein of ESPN New York ...

    Michael Fitzpatrick Written by Michael Fitzpatrick about 4 months ago 1,123 reads 3 comments