Ryder Cup 2014: Team Florida Defeats Team USA

While watching the latest Ryder Cup blowout, it occurred to me that a great many of the players on the “European Team,” don’t actually live in Europe. They’re Floridians with funny accents. So I did a little research.

Player Residence
McDowell Orlando
Stenson Orlando
McIlroy Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
Rose Orlando
Gallacher Linlithgow, Scotland
Kaymer Scottsdale, Arizona
Thomas Bjorn Gothenburg, Sweden
Garcia Castellón, Spain
Poulter Orlando
Donaldson MacclesfieldEngland
Dubuisson Antibes, France

As it turns out, just under half the team has Florida as their place of residence. That’s actually higher than the American team percentage.

Player Residence
Spieth Dallas
Reed Spring, Texas
Fowler Jupiter, Florida
Mahan Colleyville, Texas
Mickelson San Diego
Watson Windermere, Florida
Kuchar Sea Island, Georgia
Furyk Ponte Verde Beach, Florida
Simpson Charlotte, North Carolina
Walker San Antonio, Texas
Johnson St. Simons Island, Georgia

Further, ten of the twelve members of Team Europe Florida were members of the PGA TOUR this past season. So another way to look at it is that the PGA TOUR team beat the PGA Tour team.

American fans: Don’t feel bad about the US loss in the Ryder Cup. Team USA lost to the best team Florida and the PGA TOUR could field.

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