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Ryder Cup is Great

Discussion in 'Golf Tournament Talk' started by warbirdlover, Sep 28, 2012.

  1. warbirdlover

    warbirdlover Ender of all threads Supporting Member

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    US up 5-3 after 4-ball. Don't know why Tiger is on this team. And maybe Stricker also. Lost both their matches. Colsaerts can putt! Westwood was carried by him all afternoon. And how about the Simpson/Watson team crushing their competition?

    All the USA rookies played extremely well. Should be a good tourney!
     
  2. SilverUberXeno

    SilverUberXeno El Tigre Blanco

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    No one would have beaten Colsaerts. Unreal.
     
  3. BigJim13

    BigJim13 Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

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    Tiger is on the team because it would be a pr nightmare to leave him off.
     
  4. azgreg

    azgreg "Don't count that." Supporting Member

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    Here is my take on Tiger in the Ryder Cup. He plays very well. I don't have the stats, but it seems to me (after the eyeball test) that he gets the most out of his opponent. he is not playing against Colt Knost of Tommy Gainey in each match. Tiger is playing against players who have the ability to elevate their games when it is required.
     
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    thekid65 Well-Known Member

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    Tiger actually made the 3rd match yesterday afternoon competitive, and fun to watch. It would have been a blowout w/o him. They just ran into a buzzsaw named Colsaerts.
     
  6. xamilo

    xamilo Right Curving Driver.... Supporting Member

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    for the first time in the las years i think tiger was a good choice for the us team. this type of tournament is played quite different frok any other and strategy plays as much part as skill
     
  7. nututhugame

    nututhugame Winter Sucks! Supporting Member

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    Tiggy held up his end of the deal. My home state boy on the other hand... I think Phil has found a life partner at least for Ryder Cups. Ian Poulter is someone who should scare anyone who faces him in a Ryder Cup. Even wonder boy had to sit back and watch while Poulter saved his a$$. Dufner is a rock. He is Ryder Cup material for sure. Zach I thought played some pretty nifty golf as well.
     
  8. BigJim13

    BigJim13 Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

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    Dufner has really come into his own the last year or so.
     
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    limpalong Mental Ward Escapee Supporting Member

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    Congrats to all you guys who reside "over there". Not only did the Euros play great, the U.S. team sucked big time. Probably the worst display of short iron play and of putting you'll see from these guys who deem themselves "professionals".

    Now... was it fair for Rory to get a Highway Patrol escort, red lights and all, in order to not miss his tee time? Wasn't that "outside influence"?? After one of the biggest comebacks in history, I wonder if there will be an asterisk.

    Good job, European Team!!1
     
  10. anonymous golfaholic

    anonymous golfaholic Refusing Recovery Supporting Member

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    Tiger was on the team because he made it, he wasn't a captains pick.
     
  11. IrishGolfer

    IrishGolfer Fac ut gaudeam Supporting Member

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    Too emotional to speak!
     
  12. BigJim13

    BigJim13 Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

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    I know, i was just saying that even if he didn't make it he would have been picked, if only to avoid the pr nightmare.

    What a choke job by the US and a good job of the Euros taking advantage.

    Can't blame this in Tiger though.
     
  13. xamilo

    xamilo Right Curving Driver.... Supporting Member

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    Weren't the expectations on this site something like 14-0 against Europe? :D
     
  14. TheTrueReview

    TheTrueReview "Playing it straight" Supporting Member

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    How vital was Poulter’s clutch putt on 18 yesterday to get the 6th win?? He was the “pitt bull” of the Euro team.
     
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    nututhugame Winter Sucks! Supporting Member

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    Wow. Just wow.
     
  16. IrishGolfer

    IrishGolfer Fac ut gaudeam Supporting Member

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    I’ve seen a lot of things in golf but this surely is one of the most exciting things I have ever witnessed. OK, obviously I’m biased as a proud European, but this was breath-taking stuff. "The Miracle of Medinah" they are calling it.

    It’s my anniversary today so the wife and I went to the movies last night. Normally I would have been glued to this, but some things are more important (so the wife said anyway). But I knew the highlights were on TV late so I managed to avoid all news and social media, turned my mobile off and managed to get home about 11pm without knowing the result.

    I settled down with a beer to watch and see the final result, to see if Europe could avoid the inevitable whitewash that seemed to loom. I knew the only chance Europe had was to front load the singles matches with all their form players. So it was a great gamble that seemed to pay off. The first five matches all fell to Europe. Game on!

    But then, the matches in the middle and end seemed to be going for the Americans. Furyk had a putt to close out the game on 16 which looked in. Lefty’s chip on 17 looked in, again to close out the match. Striker missed an easy up and down on 17 and then bombed his approach on 18. Kaymer tried to hole his birdie putt on 18 and left himself 5 ft. Agghhhhhh, it was all too much!!

    It was riveting stuff right to the end, all coming down to the last few matches. My predictions for a draw almost came true. Not sure why Woods conceded to Molinari on 18. Glad I didn’t have any money on that one!!

    I was so happy for Jose Maria Olazabal. He had the team decked out in the colours of the late Seve Ballesteros. Seve must have been looking down on Europe on Sunday as they pulled off one of his trademark great escapes. I saw Jose Maria cry several times yesterday, anytime Seve’s name was mentioned he broke down. Talk about an inspirational captain, I would love to have experienced his team talk on the Saturday night. Apparently he had them all in tears!

    So here’s my run down of the European players.

    Luke Donald (-6) – played flawless golf. Should have closed out Bubba much earlier, but Bubba kept the interest alive with outstanding birdies on 15 and 16. Donald breathes easier when Bubba airmailed the green on 17.

    Ian Poulter (-4) – like him or loath him, you have to take your hat off to his tenacity. The way he closed out on Saturday with 5 birdies to keep Europe in with a modicum of hope and the way he scrapped to close out Webb Simpson. Have to call that shank of Simpsons!

    Rory (-5) – this was the match everyone wanted to see. Some fantastic golf, but Keegan hit a few too many wild shots and Rory was just too consistent. Not sure the police car thing was more than just a publicity stunt. He would have had calls from all his team mates, manager, etc. Just as well he turned up. Imagine if Europe had lost and it came down to that!!

    Justin Rose (-6) – only magnificent against Lefty. What a match! They were -11 better ball, trading birdies at will. This was probably the key turning point for the Euros. Holing three key putts on the last three greens, surely Rose must win a major one of these days.

    Paul Lawrie (-6) – just goes to show what hard work can do. Here was a washed out European resigned to the annals of a one hope wonder in winning the Open at Carnoustie. His career was in it’s twilight years until he decided to breathe some fire into his game. What a turnaround. Winning twice this season he played outstanding golf on Sunday to close out Snedecker.

    Nicolas Colssaerts (+2) – was only magnificent on the opening few days. The putter went cold on him on Sunday and he didn’t hole a thing but what a baptism of fire for him.

    Graeme McDowell (+1) – by his standards this was a disaster of a Ryder Cup for him, but he managed to get Europe’s first points on the board on Friday with Rory, so played a role.

    Sergio (-2) – Great gutsy performance by the Spaniard. He got a lot of heat from a raucous partisan crowd but seemed to lap it up. I can’t believe that Furyk let that match slip through his hands. He should have closed that one out but obviously the pressure got to him. I like Jim, but he choked on that one. I’m sure mentally he thought he had the game won on 16, that obviously threw him.

    Peter (-2) Hanson – played well but was up against a machine in Duffner. He hit three of the best fairway woods I have ever seen under pressure. He closed Hanson out despite a few nevery missed short putts. Hanson had his chances but was always sucking the hind tit.

    Lee Westwood (-3) – the worst putter on tour, but one of the best ball strikers. Glad to see him roll a few in when it mattered. Not sure why he was made to hole a 1 foot putt to win by Kuchar through. Thought that was a classless act by him, but each to his own.

    Martin Kaymer (level) – had a disastrous few years, so happy that he was the man that holed the final winning putt. Mind you it was a silly decision to try and hole his birdie putt on 18, could have backfired!

    Francesco (level) Molinari – left to take on the mighty Woods. Seemed a scrappy match, and I thought that the Italian had blown it on 17 with a nervy chip. However I was blown away to see Eldrick miss on 18 and then concede the hole even though Molinari had 4-5 feet. It didn’t really matter as a draw was enough, I don’t think Woods realised the significance of his actions.

    So all in the European had a mighty team total of -31 aggregate for all their players. Not sure what happened to the Americans. Outside Michelson and Duffner no-one else seemed to really shine. Momentum is a funny thing in team sport. The first five matches going blue obviously sent vibes throughout the course. The same happened at Brookline when the Americans came from behind to win.

    To sum up, I think golf won yesterday. Davis Love III is a class act as was Jose Maria. It was great to see such a sporting occasion live up to the hype.
     
  17. anonymous golfaholic

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    Why not? He was total dead weight and always has been during the Ryder Cup. Stricker, same boat. Very disappointing. Watching those chumps put me in a bad mood yesterday.
     
  18. azgreg

    azgreg "Don't count that." Supporting Member

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    the US team choked.
     
  19. warbirdlover

    warbirdlover Ender of all threads Supporting Member

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    They should have left Furyk, Woods and Stricker off the team. Amazing how the Euros came back on Sunday. Oh well.....
     
  20. BigJim13

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    Tiger qualified to play, see above post from AG. Oh well sums it up pretty well.
     

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