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Ryder Cup: Golf's Youth Movement

September 21, 2018 - 3:21 pm

Now that Tiger and Phil are seen as the veterans on this year’s Ryder Cup team, we will now be able to focus on their newfound bond with each other as well as a great camaraderie that has been developed with some of the Ryder Cup rookies. It has been 14 years since Hal Sutton's mistake of pairing the two rivals together in a match to watch them get punished by the European's. The golfing world, (especially Tiger's camp), sure has seen a good deal of drama in the past decade, but it appears we have new “bromance” between Tiger and Phil. This new relationship is what is going to be the catalyst for a successful trip across the pond in order to retain the cup on European soil. The last time United States won a a cup on foreign soil was in 1993. With endless story lines, the deciding factor is going to be the common bond across Team USA, as we have seen it in the works for the majority of the golfing year. From top to bottom this US team is stacked, including some fearless rookies that have been a sponge when it comes to getting information from Eldrick and Phil. It should be an exciting Ryder cup and I would give the nod to Team USA.

What to look for from Ryder Cup Team USA:

  • Tiger and rookie Bryson DeChambeau will more than likely be paired together in the Alternate Shot format
  • Tiger and Phil may try their luck again as partners in the 4-ball competition
  • Look for Justin Thomas and Jordan Speith partnered up in 4-ball competition
  • Lets hope Webb Simpson's match doesn't come down to #18 because he is noted to hit 1 shank per round!
  • Patrick Reed will have his hands full this year with Rory McIlroy in the singles format
  • Long ball hitters Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka will team up again this year 
  • Captains Picks: Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Bryson DeChambeau, Tony Finau- I like USA's chances!
  • Vegas Odds: -135 to win outright

What to look for out of Ryder Cup Team Europe:

  • Their only defense will be to slow down the greens at Le Golf National 
  • Justin Rose and Jon Rahm will make a great 4-ball team
  • Rory will be their strongest player for the European squad as he brings his game up for this event
  • Rory will get the best of Patrick Reed this year after loosing by a narrow margin 2 years back
  • With his 2018 equipment change Sergio will continue to struggle as one of Team Europe's Captain's picks
  • Captain's Picks: Ian Poulter, Paul Casey, Sergio Garcia, Henrik Stenson- Gonna need lighting in a bottle!
  • Vegas Odds: +135 to win outright

Interesting history about the Ryder Cup:

  • In 2004, Captain Hal Sutton's nickname was “Hailimony” after his 4th Divorce
  • Rickie Fowler won his first full Ryder Cup point in 2016 after being on three previous cup teams
  • In 2002, USA Team had one player under the age of 30
  • The last US victory on foreign soil was in 1993
  • In 2010, Team USA had rain suit malfunction and had to purchase 12 rain suits off the rack at a sporting goods store
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