Each Thursday, the Boston Globe hands out its weekly golf award, goes inside the numbers, and looks at the week ahead on the tours:
Player of the week: Melissa Reid
Players of the week: Melissa Reid. Playing for the first time since her mother’s recent death in a traffic accident, Reid won on the Ladies European Tour for the fourth time, taking the Raiffeisensbank Prague Golf Masters. Joy Reid died May 23, one day after being involved in a head-on collision in Germany. Melissa Reid, a 24-year-old from England who competed in last year’s Solheim Cup, holed a 6-foot putt on the last hole to edge Diana Luna by one stroke. “To be honest, I wasn’t that nervous. I think with something like what’s happened to my family and me the last four weeks nothing really seems that difficult anymore,” Reid said after winning. “It will make me fight and nothing will seem as bad as what I’ve been through, so yeah, I actually felt very calm and I knew I was going to hole the putt on 18.”
Nature walk: Nature sometimes calls on the golf course, but when Peter Hedblom and Damien McGrane saw the caddie for Jose Manuel Lara head into some nearby bushes — carrying the golf bag – during the first round of last week’s BMW International Open, something didn’t add up. Actually, when pressed by Hedblom and McGrane about what he was doing, the caddie confessed that it did add up, unfortunately: He had neglected to take a club out of the bag before the round, leaving Luna with 15, one more than allowed by rule. So he ditched the extra club in the bushes, where European Tour officials found it. Because of the incident, Lara was disqualified, and his caddie fired.
Love notes: Fred Couples let it slip last month – when he was announced as next year’s United States Presidents Cup captain – that he would serve as an assistant to Davis Love during this year’s Ryder Cup at Medinah. Love made it official on Wednesday, confirming that Couples and Mike Hulbert will be two of his four assistant captains. Speculation on the remaining two has included the names of Justin Leonard, Scott Verplank, and Paul Goydos. Eight of Love’s players will automatically be decided by points earned through the PGA Championship. His four captain’s picks will be announced Sept. 4, the day after the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston. The Ryder Cup, currently held by Europe after its 14 ½- 13 ½ win two years ago, is Sept. 28-30.
Tweet of the week: “No more Mo :(((” – Geoff Ogilvy (courtesy of his wife’s Twitter account, @JULIOGILVY), including a picture showing him after he shaved his mustache off. Ogilvy grew the mustache in November, right before the Presidents Cup, in an effort to participate in Movember, which is a movement to create awareness of men’s health issues. Last we checked, Johnson Wagner was still rockin’ his ‘stache.