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.
Infographics are big these days. Here’s an interesting one for this week’s Ryder Cup. Many interesting nuggets and statistics, like the USA has only won three of the last 10. Shocking.
Official carries the wiener off the 7th green…
I don’t do a lot of Tiger Woods posts. There are billions of other sites regurgitating every bit of news they can find about Tiger, even covering his empty parking spots or his entry into the porta potty. My favorite is when he blows a big snot out of his nose and they show it in super slo-mo on the Konica Minolta Tiger Booger Vision Camera. With the Ryder Cup coming up I feel Tiger is worthy of some commentary here.
Tiger Woods has withdrawn from consideration as a captain’s pick for the Ryder Cup. Here’s his post regarding his withdrawal:
I’ve been told by my doctors and trainer that my back muscles need to be rehabilitated and healed. They’ve advised me not to play or practice now. I was fortunate that my recent back injury was not related to my surgery and was muscular only.
I have already spoken to Tom [Watson] about the Ryder Cup, and while I greatly appreciate his thinking about me for a possible captain’s pick, I took myself out of consideration. The U.S. team and the Ryder Cup mean too much to me not to be able to give it my best. I’ll be cheering for the U.S. team. I think we have an outstanding squad going into the matches.
I plan to return to competition at my World Challenge tournament at Isleworth in Orlando, Florida, Dec. 1-7. It’s an event that’s important to me and my foundation, and it will be exciting to be playing again.
Thankfully this announcement puts an end to the nauseating over-posting of the “should Tom Watson pick Tiger for the Ryder Cup team?” questions. Glad that’s over. Seems like every article and every social network feed had about as many of those posts as the “dump ice on your head” ones. By sheer numbers alone, one might conclude that the Ryder Cup team is better of without Tiger Woods, even when he’s healthy. His record in the event is quite poor. Based on recent play I don’t understand how anyone would remotely consider him for the team. They’re just Tiger homers.
I can’t help wondering if Woods should not have played in the Bridgestone and the PGA this past month or so. He was obviously not at his best yet told the media he was 100% and there to win. Is that denial, stubbornness, rust, or was he really 100% only to become injured again during the course of the Bridgestone? I’d have to question his doctors about that, or Woods himself for perhaps ignoring their advice and playing anyway? We will never know.
Now that Woods has bowed out of any competition until at least the first week of December are we going to be subjected to more posts about how Tiger not being around is killing the golf economy? Probably but I sure hope not. Personally I don’t buy gear or book tee times based on whether Tiger Woods is playing and I don’t know anyone else that does either. The Tiger effect hurts the media, but they took too many trips through the Tiger buffett anyway. Sooner or later the Tiger media bubble was going to burst.
You heard it here first. There’s been a lot of discussion as to whether or not Tom Watson should pick Tiger Woods as one of his captain’s picks. There are good arguments for both sides of the discussion for sure. My opinion is that the proper question is not whether Tom Watson should pick Tiger Woods, rather who is the BEST pick.
My official letter of invitation to be on the 2014 Ryder Cup team?
I just got this letter in the mail from Tom Watson. I have yet to open it. But I theorize that Tom has been looking at my last 10 rounds or so and seen that I’m playing pretty damn well. This letter must be my official notification that I’ve been chosen as one of Tom Watson’s Ryder Cup captain’s picks.
I won’t bother opening this. I’ll just book my flight for Gleneagles and talk to Tom when I get there. See you in September.