Good morning. Its’ Masters week. Starting out with some coffee from one of my several Masters mugs!
Augusta National 16th Hole – © Photo by Tony Korologos
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Rivalry is defined as “competition for the same objective or for superiority in the same field.” It would seem Golf Channel (and other media) are guilty of trying to manufacture a rivalry which does not exist.
Slow news day I guess… Still this beats hot tour wives and girlfriends. At least it is about golf.
Let’s look at the wins for McIlory vs Fowler and see how much of a rivalry there really is at this point.
Rory McIlory has nine PGA Tour victories and seven international victories. Included in those are four major championships (one U.S. Open, two PGA Championships, one Open Championship). Current world raking: 1st.
Rickie Fowler has one PGA Tour win (2012 Wells Fargo) and one international win. No majors. Current world ranking: 11th.
The numbers speak for themselves. There is no rivalry. Not even a “budding” one. Until Fowler actually wins, this discussion is wasted brain cells.
Rory McIlory has a few options at this point, following throwing his club into the lake as per Rules of Golf 32.0A-3-A-Niner-6969, subsection B-989-E-Bravo-Niner.
- He can play a new club from the same position he threw the last one under penalty of one throw.
- He could drop a club within two club lengths of where the club entered the water hazard and throw a new club under penalty of one throw.
- Finally, he could take the point in which the club entered the hazard and drop a new club as far back as he wants, in line with the pin, under penalty of one throw.
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.
Hunter Mahan: 1 win, 2 losses, 1 halve
Webb Simpson: 0 wins, 1 loss, 1 halve
Keegan Bradley: 1 win, 2 losses
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.