Since there are already 22.7 billion golf websites and blogs regurgitating the Ryder Cup play-by-play and scores, I’ll refrain from doing the same and focus on my strengths: making snarky comments and taking potshots from the safe and comfortable surroundings of my couch thousands of miles away.
Isleworth vs Lake Nona
Champagne is flowing, the europeans are celebrating. Yes, once again the european Ryder Cup team is victorious. This is no surprise and long before the Ryder Cup I predicted a convincing victory for the european team.
I derive quite a bit of entertainment from watching the euros win and the USA team lose, though I’m “from” the USA. Listening to the pundits, golf scribes, and fans second-guess Tom Watson’s captain’s picks and pairings is almost as entertaining as watching the USA team players who seem to be completely lost as to what the winning “formula” for the Cup is.
Historically the Cup was dominated by the americans until it was opened up on the european side to include “europe” and not just the United Kingdom. Since then it has been a different story. But I contend the Ryder Cup and the Tavistock Cup should be combined into the same event. Lets be real. 75% of the “european” team LIVES IN AMERICA. McIlory, Westwood, Poulter, Rose, McDowell… In fact, many current and past RC european team members are in the same clubs in Florida! Henrik Stenson, Sergio Garcia, Graeme McDowell, Nick Faldo, Justin Rose, and Ian Poulter are or have been members of Lake Nona, a high end private golf club in Orlando.
The european team can enjoy the win and we can sob here in the USA after another drubbing. Perhaps in the interest of “fairness” in the future, the Ryder Cup team members can only be selected from players who actually LIVE in their respective team’s country or region?
Every Ryder Cup captain has to expect a heavy amount of criticism for his captain’s picks and the way he captains the team. Tom Watson is taking quite a bit of heat. Personally I do not blame Watson for the loss. He didn’t hit the bad shots or miss the putts. For those counting at home, here are the records of his captain’s picks.
The total record for the captain’s picks: 2 wins, 5 losses, 2 halves.
Speaking of Orlando, why the hell do you host a competition in Scotland but play it on a course that has ZERO scottish style golf architecture and looks like it could be any of 100 courses in Orlando, Florida? Seriously!?!?! Gleneagles PGA Centenary Course might have well been Falcon’s Fire Golf Club. If they held the event at Falcon’s Fire, 95% of the competitors on BOTH sides could have driven to the competition from their homes.
Next time you play a Ryder Cup in Scotland or anywhere remotely close to the home of golf and especially LINKS golf, play it on a real links course.
DVR Alert – Yes I know this info can be found elsewhere, but I like having the 2014 Ryder Cup TV times where I can EASILY find them…
Ryder Cup Television Schedule
Fri, Sep 26 Golf Channel 2:30 AM –1:00 PM ET Sat, Sep 27 NBC 3:00 AM –1:00 PM ET Sun, Sep 28 NBC 7:00 AM –1:00 PM ET
Ryder Cup App
Also, right now I’m using the Android version of the Ryder Cup app to watch the matches live on my smartphone. It is great, except when I started the app in my cubicle at the office and a completely obnoxious and loud advertisement played on the speakerphone.
The Ryder Cup app is available for Android and iOS.
I bring to you something you may never see again in your lifetime, the #1 golfer in the world four-putting the SAME hole twice in one weekend on the PGA Tour. This is the 12th hole at this past weekend’s BMW Championship:
No need to feel sorry for the young chap though. He still made it into the field of 30 at the Tour Championship, where he will have a shot at winning $10,000,000. The final 30 field is below, minus some big notables like returning champion Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson.
2014 Tour Championship Field
This week’s BMW Championship marks the third of four events in the PGA Tour’s season ending FedEx Cup. The FedEx Cup is the PGA Tour “playoffs” which awards its winner a nice payout of $10,000,000 and $5,000,000 for second. The origination of this playoff series came as a result of the PGA Tour trying to entice the big named players to compete in late season events. This is an effort to keep fan interest (and of course revenue) up longer in the season. It has worked for the most part, but not as well as they’d hoped as many players still take an event off.
I find my interest in the FedEx Cup is not terribly high, perhaps slightly higher than an upper end Tour event like THE PLAYERS (always spell that in ALL CAPS, it is what they do). I may watch some of the final round of the Tour Championship out of curiosity to see who wins the big money and who chokes it away, but my interest is not near that of a major championship like the Masters, U.S. Open, or Open Championship.
Deutsche Bank Championship
TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola
I’m curious to know what your level of interest is. Does a player who has won the Cup mean anything more to you than one who has captured a regular Tour event? Can you name the player who won it last year, or perhaps the year before without searching in Google?