Showdown At The Ryder Cup
What a weekend at the Ryder Cup.
If you’re a golf fan, you certainly couldn’t complain about the action in Newport, Wales this weekend.
This year’s Ryder Cup brought all the drama, heartbreak, and yes, even sportsmanship that one comes to expect from the gentleman’s game, in one of the most celebrated golfing events around the globe.
If anything, the weather in Wales was the bogey for this year’s tournament, but what did they expect from Wales weather in October?
After rain delayed and compressed, and even altered, the tournament schedule, for the first time ever the Ryder Cup bled over into a Monday morning, altering business productivity across Europe and the U.S., and probably parts beyond.
What I didn’t expect was that the Cup would come down to a 13 1/2-13 1/2 point tie between Europe and the U.S.A., with this year’s U.S. Open victor, Ireland’s Graham McDowell, and Dallas’ own Hunter McMahan, playing the final two holes for the match.
After the Saturday foursome and fourball matches, it looked as though the Europeans had taken the U.S. out to the woodshed, but never underestimate the Americans in singles play. Tiger, Phil, Zach, and several other U.S. players stepped up after some weak team play yesterday, but on the 17th hole, it was too little too late, as Hunter Mahan flubbed his chip up to the green and, after missing the long putt for par, conceded the hole to the Europeans.
Congratulations to Europe — they took back the Ryder Cup.
Despite the outcome, I was glued to the TV all weekend and will remember a menagerie of key moments from the 2010 Ryder Cup: Jeff Overton’s enthusiasm and crazy chip in yesterday from a dizzying backspin….Stewart Cink’s laser-like putting….Tiger and Phil’s singles come back after mediocre team play….Luke Donald’s gorgeous iron shots…Miguel Angel Jimenez’s finally winning his first single’s match in a Ryder Cup….Euro vice captain Sergio Garcia’s enthusiasm providing moral support, not playing, to his teammates….”Captain” Colin Montgomerie’s smile walking amidst the crowd off the course in victory.
Through the rain and all, it was a thrill ride, and I can’t wait for the 2012 Ryder Cup and a chance for the U.S. to bring the cup back home.
In the meanwhile, congrats to all my friends across Europe, and their fans around the globe, for a very close but much deserved Ryder Cup 2010 win.