Weekly Tournament Preview: Ryder Cup Edition

Ryder Cup Preview 2016

Brofessional Golfer’s Weekly Preview: 2016 Ryder Cup

September 29th – October 2nd

Hazeltine National Golf Club

Chaska, Minnesota

 

How and When to Watch:

Live TV Coverage:

Thursday, Sept. 29

Opening ceremonies – 5-6 p.m. on Golf Channel

Friday, Sept. 30

8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Golf Channel

Saturday, Oct. 1

9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on NBC

Sunday, Oct. 2

12-6 p.m. on NBC

 

Past 5 Winners:

2014 – Europe 16 ½ – USA 11 ½

2012 – Europe 14 ½ – USA 13 ½

2010 – Europe 14 ½ – USA 13 ½

2008 – USA 16 ½ – Europe 11 ½

2006 – Europe 18 ½ – USA 9 ½

 

Analysis

BROS – You already read our power rankings for the Ryder Cup. You probably already heard about this clown Petey Willett chirping at Americans. Now you get Rico Dangles’ country on country analysis on arguably the most entertaining golf weekend of the year. Holy cow, I love pitting the best of the best against each other, especially in golf. Olympic golf was so exciting I almost flew to Brazil to watch it. Aggressive… yes. But not as aggressive as I will be during a good old fashion USA vs. Europe bout in Minnesota this weekend. Four guarantees during this tourney – I will be crushing Budweisers, I will be screaming at my TV,  I will be doning red, white and blue

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and team USA will win.

You might be asking, how did it become the United States vs. Europe? Country vs. continent? It began as USA vs. Great Britain then eventually Ireland hopped onto GB’s team. But after World War II,  America trounced Great Britain and Ireland so bad that they had to change the rules for the 1979 Ryder Cup so that matches would be fair aka the pussification of Great Britain. ‘Aka America is the best. Since then, it’s evened out with 7 wins 1 tie for the USA, and 10 wins 1 tie for Europe, with the US taking a beating the last 10 contests.

Overall Standings are as follows:

USA: 1927-2014  – – – – > 40 Matches – 25-13-2

GB &GB/IRE: 1927-1977 – – – – > 22 Matches – 3-18-1

Europe: 1979-2014 – – – – > 18 Matches – 10-7-1

 

Course:

Hazeltine National Golf

Originally built on a farm, Hazeltine underwent major renovations multiple times over the span of 54 years since it opened in 1962. It was the subject of a lot of criticism in the early days because it “was too hard and had too many dog legs”. Boo Hoo. I for one as a lefty love a good dog leg left because it plays to the natural slice. On another note – I’m a bit anxious for all the golfers in this one. The one reason – the Chaska, MN winds. You don’t just waltz into Chaska, MN and expect it to be a warm, calm day out there. The host of numerous U.S Opens, I am very excited to see how this course plays come Friday.

 

Events and Scoring:

I personally love the Ryder Cup format and scoring system. I love captains selecting golfers for the events. I love head to head matchups. I love the passion of the golfers and fans. Here is the breakdown of the events and scoring:

Friday, Sept. 30

  • 8:35 am to 1 pm –> Foursome or four-ball matches
  • 1-7 pm –> Foursome or four-ball matches

Saturday, Oct. 1

  • 8:35 am to 1 pm –>Foursome or four-ball matches 
  • 1-7 pm –> Foursome or four-ball matches 

Sunday, Oct. 2

  • 12-6 pm –> All 12 singles matches

There are 5 total sessions. There are a total of 28 points to gain for the 5 sessions. 14 ½ points wins the cup. If it happens to be a tie, 14-14, Europe will retain the Cup.

Foursome: Two US vs Two Europe golfers – each playing their own ball. Best score wins the hole.

Four Ball Match: Your classic alternate shot. One player tees off on even holes, one on odd. Keep alternating until the ball goes in the cup.

Singles Match: Mano y mano. This is where boys are made into men. 

Jordan Spieth Patrick Reed Ryder Cup

 

Rosters:

United States

Captain: Davis Love III

Vice Captains: Jim Furyk, Tom Lehman, Steve Stricker, and Tiger Woods.

  • Jordan Spieth
  • Dustin Johnson
  • Brooks Koepka
  • Rickie Fowler (captain’s pick)
  • Phil Mickelson
  • Jimmy Walker
  • J.B. Holmes (captain’s pick)
  • Zach Johnson
  • Patrick Reed
  • Matt Kuchar (captain’s pick)
  • Brandt Snedeker
  • Ryan Moore (captain’s pick)

Europe

Captain: Darren Clarke

Vice Captains: Thomas Bjorn, Padraig Harrington, Paul Lawrie, Ian Poulter, and Sam Torrance.

  • Rory McIlroy
  • Justin Rose
  • Henrik Stenson
  • Sergio Garcia
  • Lee Westwood (captain’s pick)
  • Martin Kaymer (captain’s pick)
  • Matthew Fitzpatrick
  • Chris Wood
  • Andy Sullivan
  • Rafael Cabrera-Bello
  • Danny Willett
  • Thomas Pieters (captain’s pick)

With a star-studded cast all around, the boys will be coming to play. A lot of attention will be focused in three places.

  1. Phil Mickelson

Phil Mickelson Ryder Cup

Phil is pissed, and I’ll be damned if I’m not a bit pissed myself after the USA has finished 2-8 in their last 10 Ryder Cups.

 “Unfortunately we have strayed from a winning formula in 2008 for the last three Ryder Cups, and we need to consider maybe getting back to that formula that helped us play our best.”

This quote says it all. Phil was not happy with how Tom Watson captained the team and this year on the PGA tour he’s been playing great golf. He knows the spotlight is on him, and I think the other Americans rally around “bad guy Phil” and take back the cup this weekend. A win in 2016 can go a long way to future Cups, and it would be great to win one on the home soil.

  1. Team Europe’s Consistency: I bleed red, white and blue, but I have to give credit where credit is due. Europe’s golfers have been some of the steadiest on tour this year. While they have 6 newcomers to the Ryder Cup scene, they boast momentum from recent success and a strong core of captains and players alike.
  2. Home field Advantage: Although the US will face more pressure this year with such a stacked team, the home field advantage will inevitably prove to be key. Plenty of great events have been played here, including numerous US Opens. The croud will be rowdy up there in the North Star State.

Hoping for another epic showdown this year at the 2016 Ryder Cup – LETS GO

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-Rico Dangles

One Response to “Weekly Tournament Preview: Ryder Cup Edition

  • They will do nothing; the type of student that will stare vacantly and not be able to spell the word ‘level’ – the type of golfer that you would not expect to be playing in the Ryder Cup.

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