Every two years golfers become these die hard, football like hooligans for the event that is arguably the best golfing event ever…. The Ryder Cup! 12 Europeans, 12 Americans, 2 Captains, hundreds of thousands of fans and whole lot of patriotism. The excitement that surrounds this biennial event grows time upon time! Bigger crowds, louder crowds, and an astonishing atmosphere.
Being selected to play in The Ryder Cup brings players great pride. A quote from European Team rookie Tommy Fleetwood:
“This morning when I got up and put my uniform on is the proudest moment of my career”
Tommy highlights just how much it means to these world class players to represent their respective continent in The Ryder Cup.
This year the 2018 Ryder Cup was held at Le Golf National in Paris. The first tee is always an exciting place to be for tee off, but never more so than this year in the 7,000 person grandstand behind the tee!!! One can only imagine the nerves and adrenaline pumping through the players as they walk out onto that first tee. It was none other than USA rookie Tony Finau who got play underway on the Friday morning four-balls, a nerve wracking task for anyone – nevermind a rookie!
Team USA got off to a hot start taking the morning four-balls 3-1. However what happened that afternoon not only flipped the scoreboard but will be remembered in the history books… Europe won all 4 foursome matches to take a 4-3 lead after day one. Over the duration of the weekend the European team showed their class and continued that Friday afternoon form. Zero Ryder Cup points between them before the 2018 event, Tommy Fleetwood and Francesco Molinari went 4/4 in their unstoppable pairing – the first ever European pairing to do so! ‘Moliwood’ will undoubtedly be a force to be reckoned with in many Ryder Cups to come!!
With the strong showing from ‘Moliwood’ coupled with the fact that every player on the European team gained at least 1 full point –Team Europe went on to win The 2018 Ryder Cup 17 ½ – 10 ½. Team Europe were the underdogs going into this year with 5/12 players being ‘rookies’ and Team USA full of ‘on-form’ players. Although in today’s golfing world these guys are classed as ‘rookies’ for the Ryder Cup, we need to remember that they are actually extremely successful golfers, some of the best in the world, which deal with the nerves and pressure placed upon them every tournament.
A Ryder Cup to remember. Excited to see what the 2020 Ryder Cup brings!
To be successful in a texas scramble you need to have 2 key players in your team. A long driver and an extremely strong putter. Getting a long ball in play off the tee greatly increases the chance of a birdie, stick the approach in close and knock in the putt. Easy.
To win a scramble you need to make every putt that you ‘should’ make, as well as holing a few longer unexpected putts. Putting is vital within a texas scramble. Golf always comes down to ‘drive for show, putt for dough’, the famous phrase throughout the golfing world. As a team you get 4 attempts at the same putt, so if you want to shoot low, one of you has to hole the putt!
Having someone who can hit the ball miles is great, but it also benefits the team to have someone who can hit more consistently down the middle of the fairway. Let the accurate driver hit before everyone else, so that the rest of the team can give it that little bit extra – knowing that there is already one ball safe and in play takes the pressure off.
Sometimes having a female in the team gives an upper hand over teams without one. If they can knock a drive well down there off the forward ladies tee, it hugely benefits everyone in the team.
Our Texas Scramble Team
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Gavin can smack drives a long long way down the hole which will make our approach play shorter. Neil is an outstanding putter with the ability to knock in putts from all over the green. Jamie will attack the par 5s with the accuracy of his long approach play. Jen will utilise the advantage of playing from the ladies tees by knocking drives further up the middle.
Given we are all category one golfers, we should be hitting every green in regulation (or better) as we will have 4 attempts at hitting each green. Chipping is a weak side for our team, however our strengths should outweigh this and ideally we will have no chip shots.
Look out for our blog next week about our (hopefully) winning formula.
What do you think of our team?
Winner – Jason Day
He knows how to win majors and in recent press conferences has said that he realishs the challenge of Oakmont. He has played in 22 majors in his career and finished in the top 10 eleven times. With 1 major already under his belt has only made him hungry for more.
Wildcard – Paul Casey
Casey is coming back into form has shot up the rankings. He showed form at The Masters finishing T-4 and has played well at Oakmont before. He is 22nd in greens in regulation and can hold putts when is counts.
Winner – Brooks Koepka
He is long, straight and is currently ranked 37th in stokes gained: Putting. With his distance, accuracy and if the putters hot, it should be a very good week for Kopeka. He is the best golfer I have played with as a pro and I think he will be the next big thing in golf.
Wildcard – Russell Knox
He is currently 4th in the FedEx Cup Rankings, is very straight and great from tee to green. He sits 4th in greens in regulation on the PGA tour and has already proved he can be a winner after his win at the WGC-HSBC Champions
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