Unpacking Patrick Reed’s Detonation Of Team USA Relations With…Team USA

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If you haven’t already Karen Crouse’s exclusive comments from Patrick Reed by now, here is the link to her story where “Captain America” takes flight and probably crashes his prospects for ever again getting paired with anyone who can tolerate him.

A few thoughts on the ramifications of this spectacular torpedoing of all Task Force and Captain America glory.

—Goodbye Spieth Pairings. By stating that Jordan Spieth “obviously” didn’t want to play with him, Reed killed any chances of a future pairing with Spieth who “obviously” just preferred a coupling with longtime buddy Justin Thomas. Reed should not be surprised since several pundits projected this happening in part because of Spieth’s so-so 2018 and not needing to be subjected to the bizarro dynamic that has made the Reed-Spieth duo work in past Cups. But more enjoyable in this part of the Reed detonation is his conclusion that he’s not fun to play with for Spieth. Yet in no way did he suggest, at least as quoted by Crouse, that this might prompt reflection on how he approaches, say, life?

—Insulting Tiger. Reed bluntly stated that Tiger Woods was his second choice as a partner. Take that, one of the two greatest players of all time!  Sure, Patrick drove into the 7th hole chalets somewhere in the South of France and donated other balls to Le Golf National’s hazards. And sure, Tiger Woods took him on when he could have his pick of partners. And sure, Jim Furyk put them out in four-balls twice before finally breaking up the duo Saturday afternoon following two losses, but don’t openly tell the world Tiger Woods is your second choice.

—Task Force Exposure. Suggesting Jim Furyk didn’t consult you while the team professed the open book nature of the process, could suggest the old boys vibe of the Task Force did play favorites. This is also a reminder that whoever was in the cool kids club didn’t make very shrewd decisions. So while Patrick feels left out of the process, this could also just highlight that he wears headphones way too much and isn’t the easiest lad to approach. Particularly with wife Justine in the wings and pounding out conspiracy-theory driven line drives on Twitter. 

—Irony needs to become part of Patrick Reed’s life. At the end of Crouse’s piece, Reed notes the “Leave your egos at the door” posting on team room walls, then compliments the Europeans for doing so better than the United States. But he seems oblivious to his massive ego entitling him to pairings and opportunities that did not happen this time around when he left his golf swing behind the team room doors.

Even Tiger Couldn't Give Ryder Cup A Big Ratings Bump

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Even with a resurgent Tiger Woods, the combination of time of year, early morning airings and maybe too much of an old-school approach to the Ryder Cup led to fairly normal (and so-so) ratings for the 2018 Ryder Cup, reports Paulsen at Sports Media Watch.

Coming off an all-time low from Gleneagles 2014, the numbers at least bounced back to traditional Ryder Cup ratings, with a 1.8 and 2.67 million viewers for a 13% increase over the last European-hosted Cup. Still…

Though up from 2014, ratings and viewership were the second-lowest for the final day of the Ryder Cup since at least 1997.

Viewership peaked at 4.03 million from 10:15-10:30 PM ET. Europe clinched victory at 11 AM, 90 minutes before the end of NBC’s telecast window.

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NBC Sports’ Final Day Streaming Up 697% vs. 2014, Up 58% vs. 2016


PARIS, (Oct 1, 2018) – NBC Sports’ coverage of the Ryder Cup from Le Golf National outside Paris was up all three days vs. 2014 in Scotland, the last year the Ryder Cup was staged in Europe. NBC’s final day coverage on Sunday posted a Total Audience Delivery (TAD) of 2.71 million average viewers across a 5.5-hour telecast (7 a.m.-12:30 pm ET), up 23% vs. 2014 (2.21m, Gleneagles, Scotland). Streaming of the Ryder Cup Final Day garnered 11.1 million minutes streamed, up 697% from 2014 (1.4m) and 58% vs. 2016 (8.1m, Hazeltine National Golf Club, Minneapolis). Europe won the Ryder Cup for the seventh time in ten events and continued their streak of winning in Europe dating back to 1993.

“The crowds in Paris were not the only passionate fans of the Ryder Cup with viewership in the U.S. posting gains everyday compared to four years ago in Scotland,” said Mike McCarley, president, Golf, NBC Sports. “Despite the overnight and morning hours, both TV and streaming coverage saw significant gains versus 2014, which was the first year Golf Channel covered the Ryder Cup as part of NBC Sports.” 

Additional Final Day highlights include:

·        Television viewership garnered 2.67 million average viewers, up 21% vs. 2014 (2.20m), and posted a 1.83 U.S. household rating.

·        Television viewership peaked at 4.03 million average viewers from 10:15-10:30 a.m. ET. Team Europe clinched the Ryder Cup at approximately 11 a.m. ET.


NBC Sports’ Day Two coverage of the Ryder Cup on Saturday (7 a.m. – 12:24 p.m. ET) posted a TAD of 2.31 million average viewers across a nearly 5.5-hour telecast, up 21% vs. 2014 (1.91m). NBC’s average viewership posted 2.27 million average viewers, up 19% vs. 2014 (1.91m). Streaming garnered 15.7 million minutes, up 552% vs. 2014 (2.4m)

Additional Day Two highlights include:

·        Television viewership garnered 2.27 million average viewers, up 19% vs. 2014 (1.91m), and posted a 1.57 U.S. household rating.

·        Television viewership peaked at 2.99 million average viewers from 11:30-11:45 a.m. ET.



Golf Channel’s Day One coverage of the Ryder Cup on Friday (2:00 a.m. – 12:19 p.m. ET) posted a TAD of 765k average viewers across a 10+ hour telecast, up 12% vs. 2014 (685k). Golf Channel’s average viewership posted 732k persons 2+, up 9% vs. 2014 (673k). Streaming garnered 20.6 million minutes, up 160% vs. 2014 (7.9m). 

Additional Day One highlights include:

·        Viewership peaked with 1.06 million average viewers from 9:15-9:30 a.m. ET.

·        From 2-6 a.m. ET, Golf Channel posted its best average viewership ever in this time period (489k avg. viewers).


One More Fun Stat Confirming Europe's 2018 Ryder Cup Dominance

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Golfweek’s Rich Skyzinski dug up some beauties related to last week’s 4-0 foursomes session and their 8-match streak, and here is one more from the 2018 Ryder Cup won by Europe, 17.5 to 10.5.

Skyzinski (and I) consider a match a runaway when it’s 15 holes or less. Since the start of the 28-point system in 1979, Europe registered the most ever.

6 — Europe, 2018
5 — U.S., 1979
5 — U.S., 1981
5 — Europe, 2002

Patrick Reed Opens Up On USA's "Buddy System" And Says He Wanted To Light Up The Press Conference Like Phil In '14

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The New York Times’ Karen Crouse interviewed Patrick Reed about an hour after the final 2018 Ryder Cup press conference and heard the Masters champ complain about his pairing breakup with Jordan Spieth along with other strong views on the USA team management side.

Furyk said the decision to split Spieth and Reed had been his call. As Reed silently seethed, the news conference ended. In a telephone interview less than an hour later, Reed expressed his frustrations with how the pairings were handled.

Now we have something this Ryder Cup lacked. A good old fashioned cat fight!

Reed described the decision-making process as “a buddy system” that ignores the input of all but a few select players.

“The issue’s obviously with Jordan not wanting to play with me,” Reed said, adding, “I don’t have any issue with Jordan. When it comes right down to it, I don’t care if I like the person I’m paired with or if the person likes me as long as it works and it sets up the team for success. He and I know how to make each other better. We know how to get the job done.”

While that was apparent at the last few matches, the Thomas-Spieth replacement far outperformed (3-1) and lifted the American team when the Reed-Woods duo went 0-2.

“For somebody as successful in the Ryder Cup as I am, I don’t think it’s smart to sit me twice,” Reed said.

That trademark humility strikes again!

He’s apparently forgotten the tee shot hit into the 7th hole chalets already.

And this about the press conference…

When Reed and Spieth were asked about their split-up in the interview room, “I was looking at him like I was about to light the room up like Phil in ’14,” Reed said.

Woulda made the flight home fun!

Justine! Patrick's Wife Takes To Twitter To Defend Her Man

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After mostly automated social posts, Justine Reed—she can’t confirm or deny—took to social media to defend her man after husband Patrick struggled in foursomes and four-ball play at the 2018 Ryder Cup.

G.C. Digital with the details of Reed’s defense of her husband’s play and suggestion that Jordan Spieth be asked why the vaunted Spieth-Reed partnership has ended.

Golf.com’s Dylan Dethier got a strange non-denial denial from Mrs. Reed regarding the legitimacy of the account and Tweets.

2018 Ryder Cup Europe Defeats United States 17 1/2 To 10 1/2: Let The Excessive Celebrations And Second Guessing Begin

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Here we go! By week’s end Thomas Bjorn will be named to head the fix Brexit movement and Jim Furyk will have been detained by U.S. customs for having not made putts on an American team that succumbed to an energized European squad.

Beth Ann Nichols’ game story for Golfweek.

Either way, the 42nd Ryder Cup featured everything we could hope for—well maybe a little more controversy—but plenty of great golf, at a 4K friendly venue in the glorious country of France and happy Europeans for the next two years. Until you mention Brexit.

We have full coverage over at Golfweek. I filed this assessment of the venue, which I’m conflicted about given that the architecture is wretched in spots and the setup artificially infused. Still, it did what the Europeans promised it would do as far as raising the bar for Ryder Cup venues.

I also offered this take on the state of the USA Task Force, which isn’t looking so hot these days given this week’s performance by leaders of the Task Force.

Eamon Lynch also opines on the state of the USA buddy effort and like me, wonders if Jim Furyk was hampered by the buddy system that put him in the job.

Speaking of all this, we may have just seen Phil Mickelson’s Ryder Cup career wrap up in less than pretty fashion, writes Gerry Ahern.

Tiger had an 0-4 week and was barely awake in the post round presser. Dan Kilbridge wraps up his week. Let’s hope the man gets a nice vacation!

His post-round press conference answers:

It was not a good week for the USA Captain’s week according to Justin Ray.

Ian Poulter delivered…make room for another Ferrari!

The Singles Are Underway! Will This Be An Epic Comeback Or An Epic Rout?

Or somewhere right in between? That seemed to be the prevailing view for our Golfweek Sunday singles predictions.

As I wrote for Golfweek, these 10-6 days are pretty ho-hum at this point. This is our fifth since 1999 and the setup would seem to set up nicely for America early, with some questions late.

Tiger, for his part, sounds very tired after the playoff run and quick turnaround to this event. His post-match interview with Todd Lewis:

The Europeans are feeling pretty frisky! They’ve got Molliwood graphics already.

This impromptu celebration broke out at a fan center Saturday night:

Poll: United States Trails 10-6, What Chance Do You Give Them To Come Back?

We’ve seen four 10-6 scores since 1999, to have seen a team overcome the deficit (USA in 1999, Europe in 2012).

The 2018 USA Ryder Cup team trails Europe 10-6 heading into Sunday’s singles at Le Golf National. What do you think?

What chance do you give the 2018 U.S. Ryder Cup team to stage a comeback from 10-6?
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Historic: The Numbers Say Europe Registered The Most Lopsided Session Win In The 18-Hole Era

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Session one of the 2018 Ryder Cup proved sensational even after all the hype, and Europe’s 5-3 lead came on the heels of an afternoon 4-0 foursomes session that will go down in history for its efficiency.

As Golfweek’s Rich Skyzinski figured out, it was the most lopsided session in the 18 hole era. Check out the numbers. It wasn’t even close!

Tactically, Thomas Bjorn was seen as having pulled all the right levers (Tait/Golfweek) while I defend Jim Furyk in this Golfweek column for getting everyone in the first day action. But going forward, he needs to tighten up the lineup, even if it means upsetting some big names. Phil Mickelson, that’s you, writes Beth Ann Nichols.

The Americans have played better in foursomes over the last five Ryder Cups, only trailing Europe by a point until Friday’s sweep. As Justin Ray noted, the alternate shot dominance on home soil has been stout.

We Have Session One Matches For The Ryder Cup And...Some Surprises

The speculation is over! No more guessing who likes who most. We have Day One’s Four-ball matches set at the 2018 Ryder Cup!

The crew at Golfweek made their picks and I’m the only one who likes Europe’s chances, though in my Golfweek grades I was a tad harsh on Thomas Bjorn’s McIlroy/Olesen decision, not overly thrilled about the Koepka/Finau leadoff choice, but otherwise impressed at the curveballs the captains and their shuttle drivers threw our way.

Jeff Sherman’s evaluation, Las Vegas style:

My Golfweek assessment on video:

Americans: Figuring Out How To Follow The 2018 Ryder Cup On TV And Radio


With the six-hour time difference for the East and nine-hours out west, too much of this spectacular Ryder Cup will be played in the wee hours.

Golf Channel handles Friday’s opening ceremony at 11 am ET, 8 am PT.

Television for the matches? That’s easy. Bill Speros at Golfweek with all of the Golf Channel (Friday) and NBC (Saturday/Sunday) air times, including match times.

For those unable to watch, PGA Tour Radio on Sirius/XM will have live coverage of the Ryder Cup radio broadcast. You can also listen to that broadcast here online.

For those of us onsite, radios are being sold to hear that broadcast. Miracles do still happen (take note other major events!).

(Almost) All Smiles At The Ryder Cup Gala Dinner!

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Looks like a mostly happy and dapper group of Americans at the Ryder Cup gala dinner last night.

The Palace of Versailles hosted the proceedings. Paulina is present too!

As Jason Crook notes, Dustin Johnson was relegated to Paulina photographer duties.

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"How a TV argument led to David Duval’s new leadership role with Team USA"

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Good read here from Golf World’s Dave Shedloski on how David Duval is trading in his pancake for a cart this week at the Ryder Cup. Good news, his IFB will come in handy for the Vice Captain channel this week in France.

Duval’s late addition to the vast coaching squad stems from his on-air debate with Brandel Chamblee during the 2016 Ryder Cup. Chamblee questioned the effectiveness and play of Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, and Captain Davis Love’s players took heart back at the team hotel.

“He comes in, tie untied, hanging around his neck, carrying his briefcase from the set,” Love said. “He launched into this very passionate speech, how playing in the Ryder Cup was one of the biggest accomplishments of his career. But it was more [about the fact that] the David Duval that they just saw defending them on TV had walked into the room and was still fired up. We asked him to come back and hang out with us every night.”

Also worth a chuckle is Shedloski’s review of Duval’s place in Ryder Cup history as one of the players wanting to see some form of compensation for players. He calls it an initiative now.

“I don’t know the exact numbers, but it’s probably over $20 million now going to designated charities. It’s made a difference,” Duval said by telephone from his home in Denver. “I’m happy to have been a part of that initiative. I don’t know if this is me coming full circle, if you will, but I can see how you might think that. There’s no doubt that there’s a different environment now, that players have a much greater role in the direction of the U.S. team.”

ShackHouse 78: Tiger Mania And The 2018 Ryder Cup Preview

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Bonjour from France as ShackHouse reviews Tiger’s 80th win, the world reaction to his comeback and then dives deep…deep into the 2018 Ryder Cup with some reflections on the venue, where the teams stand and a look at some fo the fun prop bets offered up.

As always, you can listen wherever podcasts are streamed or via your ShackHouse free subscription.

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Le Golf National Has No Shortage Of Water And Rough!

The course setup for Le Golf National is distinctly retro.

As in, the loathsome injury-thick rough of the 70s, 80s and 90s that no one misses. Yes, the landing areas are generous enough at their widest spots—35 yards—but many of the holes feature water down one side, hack-out rough on the other side. The Forecaddie with details and photos.

Philosophically, I’m not sure how intentional the effect is to offset the Americans’ distance advantage off the tee, but like most, have my doubts. The strategy could backfire for Europe with players like Jon Rahm and Rory McIlroy, who thrive off hitting driver.

As a spectacle, the rough off the fairways is trimmed enough that we should see some strategic dilemmas, but any more than 10 yards off the fairway will force automatic layups and take away some of risk-reward intrigue posed by Le Golf National’s plethora of water hazards.

Analytics! What Is Team USA Doing To End The 25 Year Drought?

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Golfweek asked me to look into what Team USA has planned to overcome a 25-year Ryder Cup winless drought in Europe.

Sending the strongest team top-to-bottom in a few decades is a good start. Yet as noted, home course advantage and local knowledge deficiencies have hurt the Americans, with another European Tour venue hosting this year.

So get ready stat geeks, the USA has even more analytics than last time! From Captain Furyk:

“We had an issue with winning there for a little while,” Furyk said. “We have got 2016 under our belt, but what we haven’t been able to do in ‘99, and then again in ‘08, was turn around and go in on European soil. I know Jason from Scouts has got a couple of ideas about that we’ve talked about. He’s sent me a couple e-mails regarding that and what he’s seen.”

That would be Jason Aquino, president of Scouts Consulting Group, who helped Davis Love prepare for the 2016 matches at Hazeltine and who Furyk said has helped the 2018 preparations go to “the next level.”

I can’t wait!

Bjorn: "I think sometimes it is forgotten how great Europe is"

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The 2018 Ryder Cup is hardly a matchup of drama-prone captains, a compliment to Thomas Bjorn and Jim Furyk’s general steadiness.

Though if one lead cart driver is capable of saying something incendiary, it will be Bjorn. If you want to know more about Europe’s leader this week and his career, check out Andrew Cotter’s European Tour podcast with Bjorn.

More recently, The Guardian’s Ewan Murray sat down with Bjorn to discuss all things Ryder Cup and Bjorn did his best to try and rally his continent.

“I think sometimes what is forgotten, in the political discussion, is how great this continent is,” Bjørn says. “From all the way down in Greece, to Iceland, there are so many great countries and so much natural common ground. It is such a small continent compared to the others but together we have so much history and so many great things going for us. I think that is forgotten a little bit in the political picture.

“It means a lot more to us as golfers because we grow up with the European Tour. The backbone of that tour is still our European events. It is part of the life we live. It has a meaning.”

He also goes on to discuss several things of note, including his falling out with former Captain Ian Woosnam.

But his decision to lean toward veterans with his picks will get the most scrutiny and he’s already pushing back:

“I think you’d have found if it was old pals there would be one or two others playing,” Bjørn says. “Some of the guys left out are very close to me and I was never scared of making tough decisions. Now, if people think I made these decisions on the back of them being pals then they don’t know me very well and that’s OK. That mostly comes from people who have no idea who I am, what I think and what I believe in.”

Bryson DeChambeau Buys A New Rubber In Advance Of Paris Ryder Cup

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Hey, I just copy and paste, remember that.

Alex Myers on Bryson DeChambeau revealing his big pre-Ryder Cup purchase for…team room table tennis.

"What I'm looking forward to most is the team atmosphere. I remember that at the Walker Cup, and that was like nothing else, and I know it'll live up to the same standard. Maybe even better, too. So a lot of ping-pong going on over there, I know that for me. I just actually bought a ping-pong paddle last night, another new one. I needed a new rubber, so..."

The only question: has he tested his new rubber on his launch monitors? With mist simulation?

For those not on The Twitter, DeChambeau was seen hitting shots with two launch monitors and some misting.

PGA Tour’s Sean Martin caught up with DeChambeau and Jonathan Wall talks to his team to understand what the FedExCup leader was doing.