Thursday, 27 September 2012

Team USA Thinks Victory as Start of Ryder Cup Draws Near

By Darren

Perhaps the greatest event in the great game of golf is the Ryder Cup, pitting the best golfers from Europe against the best of the USA, the Ryder Cup typically does not disappoint.  The Ryder Cup is named for Samuel Ryder who was a golf enthusiast and promoter and donated the Ryder Cup trophy; it takes place every other year with the venue alternating between America and Europe.  This year the Ryder Cup will be held at Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Illinois which is a suburb of Chicago.  The Ryder Cup consists of three days of play, the first two days will be played in with a twosome from each team going head to head in four fourball matches as well as four alternate shot matches.  Then in the third day 12 golfers from each team compete in single head to head competitions against a member from the other team.  Each head to head victory results in a point with the total pints in the Ryder Cup equaling 28.  Any match still tied after 18 holes will split the point, a half a point for each team. So it takes 14 ½ points to declare victory in the Ryder Cup. 

                Team USA will be led by Captain Davis Love III; he is joined by the best the USA has to offer in Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, Brandt Snedeker, Zach Johnson, Dustin Johnson, and Webb Simpson.  All twelve of Team USA’s golfers are currently ranked in the top 23 in the world golf rankings.  No doubt this is an all star crew which is looking to regain the Ryder Cup trophy which was lost in 2010 at Celtic Manor Resort in Wales.  Team Europe and Captain Jose Maria Olazabal look to retain the Ryder Cup after their narrow victory in 2012, 14 ½ to 13 ½.  His squad includes big names like the worlds’ number one ranked golfer Rory McIlroy, as well as Ian Poulter, Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose, Lee Westwood, and Luke Donald.  The Captain for each team will decide which golfer plays which matches as it’s their responsibility to work the matchups into a favorable one for their team.  Team USA is considered to be a slight favorite at this time. 

                The PGA Tour is no stranger to The Medinah Country Club as the 1999 and 2006 US PGA Championships were held on this very golf course; however the course has been redesigned to pose a bigger challenge to the tour professionals.  With Medinah Country Club being a short distance from Chicago, or the “Windy City” the weather and especially wind could come into play as well.  Although we are just a couple days until the first tee time the weather outlook seems to be nice and calm with winds not exceeding 10 mph.  The Ryder Cup is the best team golf competition in the world and possibly the best golf event ever.  With the best golfers going head to head representing their homelands the tempers tend to run high and it can become extremely competitive at times.  Regardless of the outcome this event promises to deliver the best action of the year, which actually says a lot given the recent FedEx Cup Playoffs.