So it starts this Friday come on Europe show those Americans how to play Golf!!!
Fun Facts about the Ryder Cup!
When 1973 Open champion Tom Weiskopf was selected for the United States Ryder Cup team to play at Royal Lytham and St Anne’s in 1977, he thought so little of the contest that he turned down his place in favour of a bear-hunting expedition to Alaska. (I don’t think this would happen today)
The USA beat Great Britain & Northern Ireland 12½-7½ that year – the last contest between the two, before Europe became the opposition from 1979 onwards.
This week’s 39th Ryder Cup is not only one of the most anticipated few days in an unforgettable sporting year but could also turn out to be one of the most thrilling editions.
What the US Team think:
“You have to make the players realise this is a very special event,” said Europe captain Jose-Maria Olazabal, when asked to identify the single most important aspect of his role. “You are going to live moments that you will cherish for the rest of your life.”
As a player, his counterpart Davis Love III admitted after the USA’s win at The Belfry in 1993 that he had been so nervous at the 18th during his singles match against Constantino Rocca that he only just managed to stop himself from vomiting on the fairway.
McDowell putt seals Europe win in 2010
Today, as an apparently calmer captain, he still understands the unique demands this week will bring.
“It’s a lot like the last nine holes when you have a chance to win a major championship, except that it starts on Friday morning,” he said. “It doesn’t wait until the last nine holes.
“It’s a pride in playing for your country and being part of the team that adds pressure, but it’s a different kind of pressure. It’s very intense; it’s almost unfair on the players.”
Well we will be watching ‘Come on Europe’