Danielle Kang made it to the Solheim Cup in Spain. Their golf clubs didn’t

Danielle Kang made it safely from Las Vegas to Spain for her fourth Solheim Cup appearance. Their golf clubs didn’t.

Kang sent one desperate request on X, formerly known as Twitter, for someone who takes his thugs on a plane from Amsterdam to Malaga. The games take place at Finca Cortesin, about an hour along the coast from Malaga towards Gibraltar.

“First they told me they were in Amsterdam. Then they said Vegas. Now it’s Amsterdam again. It was an adventure,” Kang told reporters during her press conference at Finca Cortesin on Tuesday. “If it wasn’t a dramatic entrance, it wouldn’t be my life.”

She said U.S. captain Stacy Lewis and the rest of the American team helped. Meanwhile, she said she played with a set of Ping rackets to tour the course on Tuesday. She said Titleist had built a set to her specifications and they were on the way. She has two more days of practice and hopes to get her 13 clubs.

The 14th club is her putter, and Kang says he doesn’t leave it even when he travels. She said she keeps it in a rifle case because putters can bend while driving.

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This isn’t the first time Kang has struggled with missing clubs. They were also missing during their flight from the Evian Championship in France to the Women’s British Open in England.

Meanwhile, she said Lewis is providing tremendous support.

“She puts out fires, and I’m pretty sure I’m the only one causing fires right now,” Kang said.

The new PGA Tour season is just under four months away and all signs point to it starting in west Maui with the Sentry Tournament of Champions.

A post in the Maui News last week noted that volunteer registration for the Kapalua plantation course was open. The tournament will take place from January 4th to 7th.

Maui was devastated Wildfires that destroyed much of Lahaina – about 10 miles from Kapalua – killing at least 97 people. Gov. Josh Green recently signed a proclamation that most of West Maui will reopen to travelers on October 8th. The area has 11,000 hotel rooms, half of Maui’s total.

An internal PGA Tour memo said it was working with state, county and community leaders to move forward with planning, and Green formally told the Tour to “move on,” acknowledging the economic and charitable impact of play .

Wisconsin-based Sentry has made initial donations to Maui United Way, Maui Food Bank and UH-Maui County, and Xander Schauffele and Collin Morikawa are among those contributing to relief efforts.

The tournament is open to the top 50 FedEx Cup finishers and winners of 2024 PGA Tour events.

Steve Stricker already set the PGA Tour Champions record for most wins in a season when he won the Sanford International for his sixth win of the year.

Now he has a chance at something truly remarkable — winning the Charles Schwab Cup without even playing in the postseason.

Stricker is at $3,956,127, more than twice as much as anyone else. Bernhard Langer is No. 2 in the Schwab Cup standings, $2,065,705 behind.

“It extends my Schwab Cup lead a little bit and I’m looking forward to capping it at the end of the year,” Stricker said.

Stricker withdrew from the Pure Insurance Championship at Pebble Beach on Monday. His next start is likely the Constellation Furyk & Friends in Jacksonville, Florida, a week after returning from the Ryder Cup as alternate captain. Stricker is the defending champion.

A year ago this was Stricker’s last event of the year. He tends to hunt in the fall.

During the Charles Schwab Cup playoffs there are twice as many points (dollars). According to PGA Tour Champions projections, he would need to have a lead of $2,426,001 to clinch the Schwab Cup. That’s unlikely because even a win in Florida is only worth $300,000.

But even with a lead of around $2.2 million, the No. 2 seed in the Schwab Cup may need to win all three playoff events to catch him.

Stricker has not announced his schedule for the rest of the year. Since joining the PGA Tour Champions in 2017, he has never played beyond the first week of October.

Sergio Garcia appears to have buyer’s remorse when it comes to LIV Golf and the Ryder Cup.

Garcia resigned his membership in May when he refused to pay his £100,000 fine for joining LIV Golf. The Daily Telegraph reports that Garcia offered to pay the fine as well as any outstanding fines, and that he offered to play in any necessary European Tour events as long as they were not held in the same week as LIV Golf. The hope was to qualify for the Ryder Cup.

The Telegraph quoted a source as saying the European tour had told Garcia he would not be able to rejoin the tour until 2024.

Garcia will not compete in the Ryder Cup for the first time in his career. Since his debut in 1999, he has won the most points in Ryder Cup history. The only time he didn’t play was in 2010, and then he was named vice-captain.

Former US Open champion Gary Woodland is recovering from surgery to remove a brain tumor discovered earlier this year.

A message posted on his on Monday Social media account from “Team GW” said: “After a long operation today, most of the tumor has been removed and it is currently resting.”

Woods revealed on August 20 that he had tried to treat the symptoms with medication and that several specialists said surgery was the best course of action.

Woodland won the 2019 US Open at Pebble Beach, one of his four PGA Tour titles.

Suzy Whaley, the first woman to serve as president of the PGA of America, and CBS Sports broadcaster Jim Nantz are among those who will be inducted into the PGA of America Hall of Fame later this year at its new headquarters in Frisco, Texas .

The other inductees are the late LPGA Hall of Famer Kathy Whitworth and longtime PGA pros Robert Dolan, Don Wegrzyn and Herb Wimberly.

The launch will take place on November 8th as part of the 107th Annual Meeting.

Adam Hayes will travel to Europe for the third time Caddy in a cup.

Hayes has been Jon Rahm’s caddy since the Spaniard turned pro, and he was with Rahm at the Ryder Cup in France in 2018. Before that, he caddyed for Vaughn Taylor at The K Club in Ireland in 2006.

The other occasion was Sweden. He worked for Wendy Ward when the Americans lost to Europe in the 2003 Solheim Cup at Barseback Golf Club.

“Now all I have to do is caddy for a European player in a Solheim Cup,” Hayes said.

While the United States and Europe meet at the Solheim Cup in Spain, two of the top ten players in the world will compete at the Hana Financial Group Championship on the Korean LPGA. Two-time major winner Minjee Lee, fresh from her LPGA victory in Cincinnati, and Lydia Ko are the highlights of the field that begins Thursday. Former major champion Patty Tavatanakit will also be there. …California natives have won the Fortinet Championship in Napa, California, four times in the last five years. Sahith Theegala joins two-time winner Max Homa and Cameron Champ. … Of the six Fortinet Championship players who finished in the top 50 in the FedEx Cup, five finished in the top 10 – Theegala, Cam Davis, Eric Cole, Brendon Todd and Homa.

Steve Stricker has won or finished second in 48% of his starts on the PGA Tour Champions.

“It’s a combination of the Olympics and the Super Bowl and a (Rolling) Stones concert.” – PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh on the Ryder Cup.

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