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Saturday
Sep272014

2014 Ryder Cup Sunday Singles Set

Europe leads 10-6 on home soil but so did Team USA last time around, so there's always hope.

(Sponsor break.)

We're back! Tonight, the season premiere of SNL! As I was saying, history does tell us there is always the possibility of a comeback and while the Europeans are thought to have played much better, if two matches go differently, Team USA is tied headed into Sunday. With that, we'll be right back.

(Sponsor break.)

Anyway, America's poor play in foursomes has become more than a broken record, so if you have any thoughts, please feel free to send them to PGA of America headquarters. Now, before we get to the Sunday singles lineup...

(Last break I swear.)

Without further interruption, Sunday's Singles Matches and times...thoughts?

Saturday
Sep272014

Video Memories: When USA Cut The Lead Before Foursomes

The official Ryder Cup site had this solid six-minute highlight package of the morning fourball competition at Gleneagles, when Team USA prevailed 2 1/2 to 1 1/2. And before things did not go so well in the afternoon where Europe prevailed 3 1/2 to 1/2 in foursomes. Europe leads 10-6 heading into singles play.

Friday
Sep262014

Faldo Fights Back: Sergio "Wasn't In It" And Cites Examples

An unbylined AP story features Nick Faldo's side of the story after his Golf Channel comments were fed to Team Europe and spit back with venom. Though Faldo admits his assessement was "harsh" he does not back down in one of those only-the-Ryder-Cup-can-produce-soap-operas.

And I have to say, Faldo's suggestion that Garcia was moping and erratic that week in 2008 doesn't sound like fiction. I believe the record does back up Faldo's assertion that Garcia was depressed after breaking up with Morgan Leigh Norman and he wasn't the Sergio "we know now."

“He was always labeled as the man who brings emotion and passion. We didn’t have it that week,” Faldo told the AP. “That’s, in my opinion, how it looked and felt.”

Faldo said Garcia was “down in the dumps” after Morgan Leigh Norman, the daughter of Greg Norman, had broken up with him.

“Friday morning, I’m going up the 10th hole with him,” he said. “I just put my arm around him and said, ‘Are you good to go this afternoon?’ And he said, ‘Yes’ to me. Then I get him on the 18th green and he says, ‘I’m (expletive). I don’t want to play anymore. I’ve been on antibiotics.’ I told him he was on the tee in 30 minutes.”

The pairings are submitted for the afternoon before the morning matches are over.

“That was the tone of Sergio for the whole week,” Faldo said. “He wasn’t in it.”

Now does that sound like the Sergio we know? Oh, right, it does.

Since Sergio isn't playing the morning fourballs, I think he ought to come up in the booth and hash this out with Faldo.

Friday
Sep262014

Video: The Uh, Lumberjack Pre-Shot Routine!?

Or maybe it's the lumbar-jack and he's finally found the move to work around back spasms? Either way, and I never would want to question a golfer's search for the Holy Grail, but this one probably warrants further explanation and analysis.

Alex Nuschke watched this fine golfer at the range hitting an entire bucket with the same pre-shot routine, then posted a clip on YouTube.

I must say in the pre-shot routine world this will, if nothing else, reassure you that yours isn't so bad.

Friday
Sep262014

Faldo's "Useless" Jab Stirs Euros To Sergio's Defense!

Team Europe rallied around Sergio Garcia late Friday after former captain Nick Faldo threw in a jab at his  2008 Ryder Cup team member, calling the Spaniard "useless" with a "bad attitude" (you can hear the clip and judge the context in ByTheMinuteGolf's Vine below).

Jason Sobel with Sergio's reaction ("unfortunate" and "I'm not going to put myself down to his level") and the zinger of a reply from Graeme McDowell.

“You've got one of the best Ryder Cup pairings of all time being sat down on a Saturday morning of a Ryder Cup that we go on to lose,” McDowell said pointedly. “I'd say Sergio was fairly useless that afternoon, yeah, because he wasn't able to play. So, yeah, I agree.”

Carl Markham in the Daily Mail wrote:

Some of the senior players alongside Garcia in the press conference looked less than impressed the upbeat mood of how Europe finished the day - with a 5-3 lead - had been brought down a notch by the issue.

The video clip is WELL worth watching if you missed it. GMac and Sir Nick will not be litigating anytime soon! I mean, exchanging Christmas cards.

Ryan Herrington noted that it was Rory who had to lighten a suddenly tense press room mood.

McIlroy, sitting next to Garcia on the podium, attempted to lighten the suddenly icy mood.

"Don't worry," he said turning to Garcia. "You're not useless."

As if Team USA didn't have enough on its plate, now they have to deal with a team uniting behind Sergio and loving to hate Nick Faldo. The excerpt of the press room exchange was posted by Stephanie Wei here. The full transcript is here.

The sound (unmute option in upper left corner): 

 

Friday
Sep262014

Video: Marshal Digs Deep To Help Spot Team Europe Tee Ball!

It's lame enough that the second Ryder Cup in Scotland is played at a modern American-looking design, but the pathetic chip-out rough setup is compounding the disdain many will have for Gleneagles.

But hey, the marshals are there to help dig through the tall stuff! At least for Team Europe.

As this video posted by Golf Central Daily notes, no matter what side you're rooting for, this is way too much touchy-feely stuff with Sergio's 15th hole tee ball from the 2014 Ryder Cup afternoon foursomes.

The clip:

Friday
Sep262014

Roundup: Watson Criticized For Benching Spieth & Reed

Alex Myers on the 5&4 win by Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed over Ian Poulter and Stephen Gallacher that fueled a strong USA start. Most interesting was Spieth's bold statement suggesting a certain Team USA view of Poulter.

"I think everybody on the team wants Poulter and we were able to have him first," Jordan Spieth said.

Larry Fine of Reuters recounts the silencing of Europe's "cup wizard" and notes this from Patrick Reed about not getting to play the afternoon.

"It was very, very quiet out there compared to what I think Patrick and I expected in the first round of a Ryder Cup over here, and that's the goal," Spieth said.

"Whenever you feel like you're playing really well...I felt like in alternate-shot, him and I would have been great to go back out and take the momentum of what we just had done," said Reed.

"But at the end of the day, Captain Watson, he picks pairings for a reason."

As it became apparently the winning duo was not playing again in the afternoon, the outrage was strong in part because Spieth revealed Watson said strong morning play would get them a look for an afternoon tee time.  However, because of timing issues, to play the young Americans would have meant benching Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley who beat Europe's top team of Garcia and McIlroy.

Jason Sobel reports that Spieth and Reed expressed their displeasure with Captain Tom Watson for benching them.

“They were very upset with me for not playing them this afternoon,” Watson admitted. “I said, ‘I know you're going to be mad at me, but you'll be playing tomorrow, for sure.’”

John Strege with the roundup of second-guessing on social media by the likes of Dave Stockton and Peter Kostis.

It did not take long for criticism to surface, only moments after U.S. Captain Tom Watson chose not to send out victorious rookies Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed in the afternoon foursomes on the opening day of the Ryder Cup.

Hank Gola noted Johnny Miller's criticism.

The move brought wholesale criticism, including from NBC’s Johnny Miller.

“The way that Reed and Spieth played, they should be playing this afternoon,” Miller chirped. “Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickelson, they need a guide dog. They’ve been all over the golf course, whereas Reed and Spieth shot 6-under this morning, I think, the best of anybody.

Monty piled on at Sky, questioning how Mickelson and Bradley could be sent back out even after pulling out a win over McIlroy-Garcia.

They wanted to play and I was amazed that they didn’t play in the afternoon and Mickelson and Keegan Bradley did.

“Phil and Keegan got out of jail first up [to beat Sergio Garcia and Rory McIlroy 1 up] but they are not a foursome pairing as they don’t hit enough fairways.”

“I now fear for this American team without Mickelson playing his best – and I wonder who is going to be the team leader out on the course.

“With Phil struggling and no Tiger Woods, nobody is really pulling out ahead here and going: ‘Come on lads, we can do this’, and that’s why I think Europe are firmly in the driving seat.
“If America don’t win Saturday’s first session, I think Europe will win this Ryder Cup.”

Watson addressed the topic right off the bat in his press conference and follow-up stories will be added as they are posted.

Friday
Sep262014

Monty Second Guesses Ian Poulter Pairing

And frankly, the 2010 European Captain was not off base, specially related to Poulter’s form all year. Monty at least stuck to the European party line that Poulter “had” to be picked because of his past form.

John Strege with Colin Montgomerie’s remarks during his brief American television appearance.

“Ian Poulter wasn’t playing well,” Montgomerie said during his stint in the Golf Channel booth. “He was 70th on the U.S. money list, is 50th on the European money list. I’m not saying a surprise pick, but at the same time you had to pick him because of his past performances. But to give Stephen Gallacher someone that’s struggling with his own game…Stephen Gallacher, who’s a rookie playing in Scotland, on a home track, I didn’t like that European pairing at all.

Monty expressed no such qualms about Poulter’s game earlier in the week as quoted by James Riach.

Thursday
Sep252014

Ryder Cup: Tale Of Two Captains Turns To Tale Of Two Teams

As we noted on Thursday's live chat, Paul McGinley will forever be remembered as the man who ruined the Ryder Cup opening ceremony.

No embarrassing player intros, no excessive attention paid to the WAG's, no lame celebrity cameos or bizarro dance numbers? Really? In general, it was a tight, classy ceremony that will doom the blogosphere unless the PGA of America can return the 2016 opening event back to the ridiculousness we've come to love and know.

And in the press room, McGinley has been professional, steady, self-deprecating and refreshingly humble. Captain Tom Watson has been, well, sounding a little...tired?

Brian Keogh
had a great breakdown of the captains thru Thursday where Watson admitted jet lag had gotten the best of him Wednesday when he sounded a tad irritable with the press.

Tom Watson wearily - perhaps even tetchily — completed his third press conference in as many days and remained behind in the near empty interview to eat a sandwich.

He sat alone in the same seat from where he’d just batted away questions he didn’t want to answer, barely recovered from the jet lag that left him looking every second of his 65 years the previous day.

“I was bushed yesterday, but I’m fine now,” he said. But he didn’t appear to be enjoying what the Ryder Cup has become since he captained the last US side to win on European soil in 1993.

“The only thing different here is the media responsibilities I've had, the extra time that I've had to spend with the media,” Watson said.

As for the picks, the bookmakers just love what Captain McGinley has come up with. But we all know it's the Ryder Cup. World ranking points and other nonsense mean not a thing when the first group goes out. And that's why it's the best event of the year. Play away gentleman!

Oh and one other note:

65% to 35% of you see Europe winning but in a strange twist, the American underdog status has 58% of you wanting to see Team USA win versus just 42% rooting for Team Europe. Thanks for voting!

Thursday
Sep252014

Webb Convinced Captain Watson Via Text, 4 a.m. Chat

As Bubba Watson and his exclusive babysitter Webb Simpson lead off for Team USA at the Ryder Cup's opening fourballs, James Riach reveals in The Guardian that it was an early morning (4 am) text message back-and-forth that convinced Captain Tom Watson to select Simpson.

Riach writes:

Simpson, who will partner Bubba Watson on Friday in the opening fourballs, had not heard from Watson until the night before his final selection, but lying in a hotel bed unable to sleep he texted the American captain and outlined his desperation to make the team.

“I couldn’t really sleep. I can’t ever sleep after the final round of tournaments in general and I was laying there and I thought, I had not heard from him,” Simpson said. “I probably would have heard from him by now and I’ve got nothing to lose. So I texted him, something like: ‘I know it’s a really tough decision for you, I know Chris just won and I know Bill is playing good and you even have other options than that. But I really, really, really want to be on the team and I really want to represent the United States.’

“He texted real quick – I saw the three little dots on the iPhone and I was surprised he was awake – and said: ‘This is a tough decision, Webb.’ That’s all he said. I was like, I didn’t make the team. He’s going to call me and I didn’t make the team but then he called me 30 minutes later and he asked me why I thought he should put me on the team. And at 4.30 in the morning it’s a tough question to be asked.”

Asked what he replied, Simpson said: “I made my final plea, I told him I want revenge for what happened in 2012 and I really want to be on that team. He decided, whatever I said, maybe it was nothing I said, but he picked me.

“Maybe it was my passion to play and desire to be on the team and my push for him to pick me but I don’t know what he was thinking. Keegan [Bradley] told me he thought it was a good thing I texted him to show him because I didn’t have a lot of interaction with the captain in terms of texting and phone calls throughout the year.”

Thursday
Sep252014

Instant Poll(s): Who Do You Think/Want To Win Ryder Cup?

I couldn't decide between the questions so I'm asking both: Who do you think will win, and who do you want to win.

Fire away!

First question...

Who do you think will win the 2014 Ryder Cup?
 
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Who do you WANT to win the 2014 Ryder Cup?
 
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Thursday
Sep252014

2014 Ryder Cup Opening Ceremony Live Chat

We're going to get through this one together...dancing bagpipers and all...

Live Blog Live Ryder Cup Opening Ceremonies Chat
 

Wednesday
Sep242014

For Three Days Every Two Years A United Europe

The AP's John Leicester files the perfect column for you to send insufferable Team Europe fans who are anti-European Union for all but one week every two years.

Leicester writes:

Except, that is, for three days every two years, when European golf fans put nationality aside to rally behind the common cause of beating the Yanks at golf. Thanks, they might say, for helping us defeat Nazi Germany, for everything you did to help build modern Europe, the Marshall plan, staring down the Soviets and whatnot, but now watch our guys sink this birdie.

Which all makes golf's premier team event politically interesting and, at the same time, also feel somewhat bizarre.

Nowhere else will you see Ordinary Joes draping the European Union flag over their shoulders or cheering "Europe! Europe!" as they will from the very first tee Friday when captain Paul McGinley's merry band of 12 men from nine nations begin their defense of the cup.

Ask around in the crowds and you quickly find people who say they feel little or no love for the European Union but who are decked out in the EU colors of yellow and blue. It's all a bit perplexing.

Wednesday
Sep242014

Video: Justin Leonard Returns To Scene Of '99 Ryder Cup

Golf Channel’s Live From hit another home run with this feature about the 1999 Ryder Cup at Brookline and Justin Leonard’s revisiting of the scene. Because as we know, the hideous behavior of the Americans will always remain the definitive winning statement to any argument with a European!

This was Leonard’s first visit to The Country Club since ’99, dispelling any rumors that he and Ben Crenshaw make an annual trip to the 17th green to dance on the European’s grave.

Wednesday
Sep242014

First Minister Alex Salmond Surfaces With Team USA!!

Having resigned (effective November) after the Scottish Independence vote failed, First Minister Alex Salmond resurfaced publicly Wednesday night in Zelig-like fashion, joining the Team USA group photo, nestled not-so-discreetly between Amy Mickelson and Tom Watson.

Does this mean he's shifted his allegiance to the U.S.A?

Meanwhile, the rest of the GolfChannel.com gala dinner gallery is spectacular, highlighted by Sergio getting way too comfortable with his date and Victor Dubuissan either going for something very artistic or more likely the 6-year-oldish "I hate having my picture taken."

It's a stupendous gallery for conoisseurs of Ryder Cup drama. Here was a preview of what was planned for the night and no doubt someone will give us an accounting of the event.

Wednesday
Sep242014

Ryder Cup Opening Ceremony Live Blog Reminder & Viewing Guide

Over at The Loop, I've tried to condense the American viewing and listening options for those of you I've heard from who are still in disbelief that, indeed, this Ryder Cup will be shown live on Golf Channel Friday followed by NBC on the weekend. Just as intriguing is the "Alternate Shot" live feed on Golf Channel over the weekend anchored by David Feherty and Gary Williams.

SiriusXM will also be at it all the way and all streaming options for those at work are mentioned and linked to as well.

At 11 am ET Thursday I will be hosting a Cover It Live blog to guide us through the Opening Ceremony.

This is always one of the great displays of excess, pageantry and occasionally, ignorance at its grandest. Please join in and comment away if you are at work and watching on the RyderCup.com stream. Or, if you've hit rock bottom and are sitting at home watching and in lieu of adult beverages, needing a medium still faster than Twitter to get through this biennial boondoggle show.

 

Wednesday
Sep242014

Phil: “Well, not only are we able to play together, we also don't litigate against each other"

As we await the Fleet Street feasting, some American takes on Phil Mickelson livening up the Ryder Cup proceedings Wednesday with a jab at the Rory McIlroy lawsuit that has dragged old buddy Graeme McDowell into the mix.

Bob Harig with the quote and context:

"Well, not only are we able to play together, we also don't litigate against each other, and that's a real plus, I feel, heading into this week," Mickelson quipped.

Mickelson said it with a smile and was clearly joking, but the comment hits home.

Ryan Herrington of GolfDigest.com with this:

Mickelson's quip drew laughter and a few wry smiles from the press in attendance. Moderator Michael Gibbons even offered a playful "ouch" in response.

"I might get roasted but I couldn't resist," Mickelson told GolfDigest.com. "I can handle it. We all need to laugh at ourselves. I think it's funny."

Jason Sobel at GolfChannel.com:

What’s the agenda here? Maybe he wanted to pump some life into festivities that were clearly lacking. Maybe he wanted to take the heat off his teammates who have been continuously – and tiresomely – answering questions about being overmatched this week.

Or maybe this was a public dig at McIlroy, who hasn’t held back from opining about Mickelson lately.

Wednesday
Sep242014

Video: When Paul McGinley Was A San Diegoan

If America should prevail in the 2014 matches, no doubt European Ryder Cup Captain Paul McGinley will be unfairly blamed even though he didn't hit a single shot. In the match autopsies look for his ties to the hotbed of subversiveness known as San Diego to be pointed to as signs that the Irishman should never have been chosen in the first place. We Americans will push back by noting that McGinley is a great guy and well-rounded class act because of his time in San Diego.

Golf Channel's Live From has been running a nice feature on McGinley's time in America, narrated by Rich Lerner. And be reminded of what Ashworth clothes and late 80s cool looked like. So, so puffy in hindsight! And that's just the hair.

If you missed it...

Tuesday
Sep232014

GMac And Rory's Golf Dynamic Has Changed...And What Better Time To Sort This Out Than Ryder Cup Week!

In my early roundup of UK papers for The Loop, note the lack of Team USA related stories. And in Brian Keogh's roundup of press conference quotes, the longest answer belongs to Graeme McDowell trying to convince us that he and Rory McIlroy are chummy teammates who now apparently aren't a good fit for fourballs.

This is all very minor on the scale of Ryder Cup controversies, but considering how organized Paul McGinley appeared heading in and how bonded Team Europe is purported to be, the oddity of sorting out the understandably deteriorated GMac-McIlroy dynamic under the Ryder Cup's glare is at least inconvenient for Team Europe.

Tuesday's spin from Gleneagles?

GMac and Rory have never been closer. And now that we've learned the former Ryder Cup partners will be playing with others after months of being assured nothing was amiss between the two despite lawsuit issues, now it's merely their "golf dynamic" that has changed.

Ewan Murray in The Guardian with the breakdown of McDowell's comments.

“Rory and I’s golf dynamic has changed significantly from the first time we ever played together back when perhaps the older brother/kind of younger brother leadership role that maybe I had with him, that’s changed.

“He’s the world’s No1 player. He’s a four-times major champion. The dynamic between him and I is changed forever. He would now be the leader of the two of us and perhaps the dynamic doesn’t work as well as it did in the past. Perhaps I’m the kind of guy that needs that leadership role a little bit, who needs to feel like he is on at least on a level with the guy he’s playing with. I’ll be the first to admit it.

GMac gets big points for a golf-specific explanation for why they aren't good fourball partners at this point, but again, why wasn't this wheeled out weeks ago?

“At Medinah a couple of years ago, and Rory and I spoke about this, I found the better ball format very difficult with him because he likes to go first, I let him at it, and I kind of come second. You know, he’s standing there beating it 350 down the middle, and I put my tee in the ground thinking there’s not really a lot of point in me hitting this tee shot and find myself throwing myself at it, and literally it kind of didn’t help my game much at Medinah playing better-ball with him. Foursomes I think is different. I think we could still play foursomes really well together.”

Tuesday
Sep232014

Letter From Beyond Saugerties, Ryder Cup Edition

The late great Frank Hannigan took issue with some of the focus on captain's following the 2012 Ryder Cup and as the 2014 captain's were being named. And because most of us miss hearing from him I thought I'd share this from Frank, dated January 13, 2013.

1.   I don't happen to believe that the captaincy of the Ryder Cups has anything to do with the outcomes.     Especiallly given the randomness of the pairings. I do believe the outcome matters more to the Europeans overall.    
 
2.  On the captaincy business,  nobody writes about the commercial value. It's worth a hell of a lot. Varies with the name, of course, but I would guess not getting it was a loss of a million dollars to Larry Nelson. Watson?  I imagine the inevitable attention matters considerably to his sponsors. I think Tony Jacklin was the first captain who understood how it could be parlayed into serious money.

When Curtis was captain ( & he got an extra year because of 9/11) I think it helped keep his Monday appearance fees up a great deal long after he was a truly competitive golfer. I don't say there is anything wrong with this. It's just consistent with what golf became.

But it pisses me off that it is treated by what remains of golf media as if what is going on is the equivalent of the USGA picking Francis Ouimet to captain another Walker Cup team 80 years ago. Does anyone think that Lee Westwood or Luke Donald will try less hard if Paul McGinley is picked as distinct from someone who won a "major" ?  It's hard for me to imagine that a Westwood could think of Montgomerie as anything other than someone who had enormous and undeserved skills.

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