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Patrick Reed lines up his putt on the second green during the third round of the Tour Championship golf tournament Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021, at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson) **FILE**

Ryder Cup scrutiny usually starts when it’s over

- Associated Press

Steve Stricker and Padraig Harrington have been Ryder Cup captains for nearly three years, long enough to know not every decision they make is going to be popular. Deciding whether they were the right moves won’t start until the Ryder Cup is over.

Tony Finau tees off on the 13th hole during the ProAm at the BMW Championship golf tournament, Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021, at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Md. The BMW Championship tournament begins Thursday. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Finau a popular winner and now seeking FedEx Cup prize

- Associated Press

The next order of business for Finau is the BMW Championship, which starts Thursday on a Caves Valley course that none of the 69-man field knows. The Baltimore area has gone six decades since it last had a PGA Tour event.

Los Angeles Lakers' JR Smith warms up prior to an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., in this Thursday, July 30, 2020, file photo. The 16-year NBA veteran who won two world championships is now a freshman walk-on for the North Carolina A&T men's golf team. He has college eligibility after going straight from high school to the NBA in 2004 instead of playing college basketball at North Carolina. (Mike Ehrmann/Pool Photo via AP, File) **FILE**

J.R. Smith moves from NBA to college classes, golf at N.C. A&T

- Associated Press

The 16-year NBA veteran who skipped college basketball, won two world championships and made millions is now a freshman walk-on for the North Carolina A&T men’s golf team. Now, instead of first-class cross-country travel for nightly games against the world’s best basketball players, Smith - who turns 36 next month - is focused on completing class assignments and working on his golf game.

Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Northern Trust Michael G. O'Grady presents the Wanamaker Trophy to Tony Finau after he won at The Northern Trust golf tournament at Liberty National Golf Course Monday, Aug. 23, 2021, in Jersey City, N.J. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Tony Finau ends five-year drought and wins Northern Trust

- Associated Press

Tony Finau ended more than five years and 142 tournaments without winning with a dynamic charge on the back nine and big miss from Cameron Smith to capture the rain-delayed Northern Trust in a playoff Monday.

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