The Ryder Cup is here…..finally! I love watching the Ryder Cup. There is no prize money drawing the players to France; just good ole bragging rights. You know that the Ryder Cup is a big thing in the golfing world because the four captain’s picks generate almost as much hype as a Major! The first match is on Friday and I can hardly wait to see the pairings and which player will step up to lead their team to victory!
Before I delve into my main theme of the day, I thought it would be a good idea to go over the scoring at the Ryder Cup. It is different from any other professional event, which I think is brilliant. Here is how the players score points for their team:
Looking at the team composition, it appears that Team USA has the advantage. They have the higher ranked players and with Tiger Woods’ resurgence, they have an emotional leader with more experience to lead them to victory. On paper they look tough to beat. However, I am not so sure about the two of the Captain’s picks: Phil Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau.
Two weeks ago, they were a lock. Both were playing extremely well and looked poised to contribute at the Ryder Cup. Then, something strange happened, they appear to have lost their game. I realize that could all change in France this week, but given how poorly they played at the Tour Championship, I wonder if Captain Furyk is second guessing is picks.
As you can see that the masses are torn as to whether Captain Furyk is in a pickle or not. Unfortunately, each Ryder Cup Captain experiences the highs and lows of performance by all the players. Every year there is one or two players who just do not have their game and will have to be sidelined. If we think back to the 2014 Ryder Cup, Mickelson was not happy to be sidelined by Tom Watson and he let him know at he end. It was a tough choice by Watson and I think Furyk will be faced with the same thing this year.
As the drama unfolds, it will be interesting which team will rise to the occasion and gel. Ultimately, team chemistry during the first two days will set the stage for the final push on singles Sunday. Regardless on where you stand or who is your favourite team, the Ryder Cup always produces some great golf and matches. I am looking forward to watching and enjoying the action.
Who about you? Will you be watching the Ryder Cup?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!