Golf in the United States has been handed an amazing gift, the 43rdplaying of the Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits.
Unless you had the most egregious deadline this weekend, or managed to solve humanitarian crisis across the board and thus missing the last three days of this amazing event, the 43rd playing of The Ryder Cup presented a vibrant tapestry of sport, passion, competition and community, across the most ruggedly beautiful backdrop in all of world sport, the Pete Dye course at Whistling Straits, one I have been fortunate enough to play often.
Whilst the weekend ended triumphantly for the young American team, it began in less than stoic terms, with rumors and innuendo of splits, riffs and divides ringing aloud in the weeks leading up to the 3 days of battle.
Little did we, the public, know that the inner circle, echoed in the emotional words yesterday of triumphant Ryder Cup Captains victorious words shortly after Collin Morikawa clinched the cup, it was the first time in American Ryder Cup history that the entire team, Captain, Vice Captains and players alike had made every single practice round and team meeting in the weeks leading up to the historical victory. There were no individuals, nor big cats, nor Tiger’s unavailable to attend due to prior engagements, or more important pre-tournament routines, no time lost on individual arrogance or singular narrative. No, the 2021 very young American Ryder Cup team was present, united and passionate – and for the first time it would seem, understanding and believing the strength of the combined, far stronger than the strength of the individual parts!!!!!
Hence, I feel a new beginning in the narrative that is The Ryder Cup, one heavily favoured to the far stronger, longer and boistrus, USA, USA, usa, usa, usa………..
In looking back on the commencement of play, I must be honest and own my comments when asked by SSWING members my thoughts for the coming weekend, I profoundly and unequivocally backed the European team to once again demolish a far stronger US outfit and continue their domination of the Ryder Cup, that is to say, continuing their winning ways, specifically the past 7 of the last 9 events. Watching Shane Lowry’s pre-tournament interview, emphatically and with the most brutal of candor, stating that even winningThe Open in his home country of Northern Ireland, was no match to be invited to play on a European Ryder Cup team. He was player 163 – the Champion Golfer for 2019, moreover, unveiling the numbers on bags representing all that have gone before, to me, being the piercing nail in a seemingly forgone conclusion for a forth coming European victory.