It was as thrilling a Ryder Cup as anyone could hoped for. I don’t even care that Europe won.
It was compelling television, and I’m glad that NBC didn’t overburden us with commercials.
The excitement shows once again why match play should make its way into the regular Tour schedule more often. If television wants a guarantee of big names on the weekend, they could do a round-robin elimination, or give certain players bracket byes based on their rankings.
Was it an American collapse or brilliant European play? The golf pundits are going to argue this one for years.
If there’s any criticism that could be leveled at Davis Love, it is in not placing a bet on a winning horse (Phil and Keegan), and instead putting money on a losing one (Tiger and Steve). If Phil and Keegan play in place of Tiger and Steve Saturday afternoon, there would very likely have been a one point swing and the US wins. Love sat Phil and Keegan to have them rested for Sunday. The dynamic duo both lost anyway.
The player formerly known as Tiger Woods had absolutely no impact on the competition. No points. None. He and his partner Steve Stricker were 0-7 in points.
Jim Furyk got a point with Webb Simpson, but had a terrible Sunday. I felt sorry for him. He’s had a heartbreaking year.
This likely was Furyk and Stricker’s last Ryder Cup, except perhaps as Captains. Neither is going to get another Captain’s pick, and with all the new talent, it’ll be difficult for them to play their way on the team.
It also should be Tiger’s last Ryder Cup. It won’t be, but it should. I find it hard to fathom that a team with the the player thought to be the best of all time can’t ride him to consistent victories. But Tiger’s career record now is 13-17-3, and looks worse when you take out the singles matches, where he’s 4-2-1. That makes his team play record 9-15-2. Tiger had a telling comment earlier when someone asked him about his Ryder Cup record, and he countered by asking if any of the reporters present could name Nicklaus’ record (17-8-3). His intent was obviously to suggest that when a career is over, all anyone cares about is Majors.
Keegan Bradley is one of the most exciting players in the game. I love his unbridled enthusiasm.
I predicted a close European victory on another website and turned out to be right on the numbers Europe 14 1/2 US 13 1/2. Unfortunately, the numbers got transposed and it came out as “I bleed red, white and blue, but think the Euros win in a squeaker. A slight edge in talent, and a huge edge in enthusiasm carries the day. Euros 13 1/2 to US 14 1/2.” I should do a better job of proofreading these things.
Without trying to be disrespectful, I was more than a little tired of the whole “Seve” thing by the end of the event. I get that he was a great European player. But to keep crediting his ghost for European victories was ridiculous. Just another example of how lazy reporting works. One guy does a bit and everyone else jumps on the bandwagon because they’re too lazy or devoid of ideas to find something for themselves.
The PGA of America’s Ryder Cup website was nice. I followed some of the event with live streaming on my iPod Touch using mobile wifi.
I also followed the game on Sirius XM’s PGA Tour radio. Golf on the radio is really pretty good.