Majors: The Ryder Cup / Current News
Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 October 2016 21:17 Tuesday, 04 October 2016 21:01
CHASKA, Minnesota (Doug Ferguson/AP) — Phil Mickelson was such a strong figure in the Ryder Cup with his voice that it can be easy to overlook his contributions on the course.
He was the catalyst for change when the Americans lost in Scotland two years ago. He was part of the Ryder Cup Task Force, and he remains on the committee. To listen to the players, Mickelson was the most motivational speaker in the team room.
As for his play?
“I’ve had a lot of fun,” Mickelson said. “More fun than you can ever imagine.”
Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 October 2016 18:58 Tuesday, 04 October 2016 18:48
CHASKA, Minnesota (Tim Dahlberg/AP) — Memo to the 11-member U.S. task force organized to break Europe’s near-chokehold on the Ryder Cup:
You did well. Now take the next couple years off.
The most lopsided win for the American team since 1981 in the bag, there doesn’t seem much need to change the formula that carried the U.S. to a 17-11 win Sunday at Hazeltine National Golf Club. Probably not much need to change the captain, either, after Davis Love III came up a winner in his second time at the helm.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 October 2016 18:48 Tuesday, 04 October 2016 18:41
CHASKA, Minnesota (Doug Ferguson/AP) — When players broke away from the PGA of America in 1968 to form what is now the PGA Tour, two properties had to be divided. The tour took the lucrative World Series of Golf at Firestone. The PGA of America was saddled with the Ryder Cup, which attracted hardly any attention in the U.S.
Just look at it now.
Try to count the more than 150,000 fans over three days who roamed Hazeltine, standing a dozen deep, shoulder to shoulder, and filled every grandstand even when a match was an hour from getting to that hole.
It was the latest example that the Ryder Cup has become the biggest spectacle in golf (but only because the Masters would never want “spectacle” to be associated with its tournament). The Phoenix Open boasts of record attendance, but those figures tend to be inflated and half the crowd isn’t even interested in golf.
The buzz at Hazeltine was incredible.
Last Updated on Sunday, 02 October 2016 21:26 Sunday, 02 October 2016 21:15
CHASKA, Minnesota (Doug Ferguson/AP) — Patrick Reed shook his fists with fury for every big putt he made. Phil Mickelson leaped higher than when he won his first Masters. Ryan Moore delivered the final point in this American masterpiece Sunday at the Ryder Cup.
The 17-11 victory over Europe was their biggest rout in 35 years at the Ryder Cup.
Only this was more than just three days of exquisite golf at Hazeltine. This victory began two years ago in Scotland, when Phil Mickelson publicly criticized U.S. captain Tom Watson and a process that he felt put the Americans in position to fail far too often.
“When put in the right environment, the U.S. team brought out some amazing golf,” Mickelson said. “And we’re bringing back the Ryder Cup because of it.”
Last Updated on Sunday, 02 October 2016 21:13 Sunday, 02 October 2016 21:04
CHASKA, Minnesota (Jon Krawczynski/AP) — For three straight days and five exhausting matches, Rory McIlroy didn’t just fight against the 12 Americans who were determined to end years of Ryder Cup futility. He also went toe-to-toe with the screaming, rowdy crowd that gave previously serene Hazeltine the feel of a blood-thirsty football stadium.
Pumping his fist after every long putt and defiantly staring down heckler after heckler, McIlroy did everything he could to try to lead Europe to a record fourth straight victory in the biennial showdown. It all caught up to him on the back nine on Sunday. And when he faded in a fiery tussle with Patrick Reed, any chance Europe had of another improbable rally all but ended as well.
“I just ran out of steam on the back nine,” McIlroy said after Europe lost 17-11 to the United States. “Not physically, but mentally just a little. I was trying to summon up energy. I was trying to do everything I could. ... It just wasn’t meant to be.”
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