Ryder Cup Week
Well, here we are again with Ryder Cup starting, and it looks like the weather might be a big story. As I write this, the four four-ball matches are all suspended, with Europe ahead in 3 of them, the U.S. ahead in one. Too early to make any predictions, for sure, but what do you readers think is going to happen over the next three days?
Which team will pull out the victory?I’ve always liked this competition, as it represents one of the great traditions of the game, and has a storied history of great moments, both in golf and sportsmanship. For so long, it stood as a monument to the gallantry and gentle nature of our game, but that all began to change, it seems, when we tagged the 1991 matches “The War By The Shore”. Since then, it just seems to be getting a little nastier, doesn’t it?
My favorite Ryder Cup moment was when Captain Ben Crenshaw, his team down heavily and facing apparently insurmountable odds after the first two days, told the press before the Sunday singles matches, “I have a feeling about this”. And he was right. The U.S. pulled off a stunning comeback and brought the cup home. It was a great testament and illustration to the emotional nature of this game, and how attitude and desire can allow athletes to achieve great things.
But did the advent of the President’s Cup take some of the spotlight off the Ryder Cup matches? Before, they stood alone as a team competition for professionals. But now, the U.S. players have a team event every fall – Ryder Cup in even-numbered years, President’s Cup in odd-numbered. Do you even remember that it was the other way around before the 2001 matches were cancelled after 9/11?
And will putting golf in the Olympics take something else away from these two international competitions? What do you all think?
I’d like to just toss out all these questions to you readers; share your favorite Ryder Cup memories, express your predictions about this year’s matches, and get “out there” with where you think we are headed with these matches, golf in general and anything else you think would be fun conversation for the next few days.
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I think the Ryder Cup should have been used as the model for golf in the Olympics. I think golf needs more events like this, not less. It shows there is flexibility in the games you can play on the course.
With all the technology available today, I think they could (and should) expand the President's Cup to be a multi-team, or even co-ed/multi-team, event instead of just the US vs. the World (except Europe). Imagine an alternate shot match of Michelle Wie/Anthony Kim vs. Jiyai Shin/Ryo Isikawa.
As far as the matches, who shines, etc. I think the US is going to squeak out a victory by a point. Bubba Watson, D. Johnson and Hunter Mahan will star for the US. The Molinari Bros. will shine for the Euros. Tiger will continue to play average in the Ryder Cup format.
I think golf could be the ultimate avenue for developing countries to draw visitors and increase quality of life for their citizens. It creates jobs for those who work the courses and interesting and quality courses will bring in visitors from around the world(and their money) to play them. I think anything done to promote golf, Olympics, Ryder/Presidents cup is a great thing.
What will be the main “under-story” of the weekend?
That Lisa Pavin should have stayed out of designing Team USA's uniforms....and you should use Gore Tex for all of your rain gear.....
I think Lisa Pavin did a fine job designing the Team USA's uniform. As for Sun Mountain, too bad they didn't use Gore-Tex. I loved how Gore-Tex came out quickly and said it wasn't their material used in Sun Mountain suits...
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