The 2016 Ryder Cup – Is It All About The Rookies?

Let the games begin! The 2016 Ryder Cup is about to start and social media is on fire with all the predictions. Depending on which side of the ocean you are standing, your choice of victor is different. All I know is that some great golf will be played, emotions will run high, and at the end one team will be celebrating and the other….well….that is a discussion for another day.

The Ryder Cup will be played at Hazeltine National Golf Club, Chaska, Minn., USA. This is a fun track and since 1966 it has hosted 9 prestigious tournaments that include the US Open, US Women’s Open, PGA Championship, and 2 amateur events. Designed by Robert Trent Jones, this 7628 yard track will test the mental and physical limits of all 24 players. With this in mind, who do you see running around like kids at recess at the end?

The fun and excitement are growing and there are no shortage of pundits saying who will win, who will choke, and who will be the new superstar! I am excited to see 8 rookies playing this year. I think these newbies will bring an air of exuberance that may just propel their teams forward to greatness!

Of the 8 first-timers, 6 of them earned their way on the team. They accumulated enough points to knock off some familiar faces and announce a changing of the guard.

The Europeans have 6 rookies and it will be interesting if these young lions will be able to withstand the on-slot of the US veterans. The players to watch from this new crew are Danny Willett and Matthew Fitzpatrick. Both earned their stripes through solid golf all year and the Ryder cup might be the stage to cement their positions in the élite clique on the European Tour!

The USA has two rookies: Brooks Koepka and Ryan Moore. Both players have slowly being rising up the ranks of the PGA Tour. They are strong players and bring more than rookie exuberance to the USA team. Personally, Davis Love III’s choice of Ryan Moore over Bubba Watson is the absolute right way ahead. Moore has outplayed Watson for some time and he is currently riding a hot streak. Waiting until the end of the Tour Championship to make the final choice might just be the stroke of genius the USA Team needs to reclaim The Ryder Cup!

The rookies at this year’s Ryder Cup are, at least to this point, a topic of great discussion. Darren Clarke, European Team Captain, believes his players will stack up just fine against the experienced US Team. It is always tough to determine if these untested Ryder Cup newbies will be able to deliver what is needed for their team to win yet again. What do you think?

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!

 

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