Saturday, July 28, 2012

Don't Miss the 2012 Ryder Cup - It's the Best Theater You'll Watch in Golf

For golf fans who have never watched a Ryder Cup competition I strongly recommend that you watch this year's competition. The Ryder Cup began in 1927 and was created with the intention of being a friendly golf match played between Europe and America with the qualities of sportsmanship, honesty and integrity being upheld throughout the competition.

From 1927 to 1985 the American side dominated the competition. From 1985 to 1995 Europe and America were about equal. While from 1995 forward, Europe has dominated. Europe won the last Ryder Cup in 2010, held at Celtic Manor in Wales. This year the Ryder Cup is being played at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, IL, USA. The Americans will have home field advantage with loyal fans encouraging them on.

I am not partisan to either team but thoroughly enjoy the partisanship demonstrated by members of both sides. The players take a great deal of pride in representing their team and they place a great deal of pressure on themselves to win for their side. Such pride and desire is the foundation that will generate great theater during the competition. Any of the players who have played the Ryder Cup walk away from the competition with life time memories. In later years, many of them captain a Ryder Cup team with the same pride, determination, sportsmanship and dedication that they played with during their playing days. In so doing, the spirit of the Ryder Cup passes from one generation of golfers to another.

This year's European team is captained by Jose Maria Olazabal. His vice captains are: Miguel Angel Jimenez, Thomas Bjorn, Darren Clarke, and Paul McGinley. No doubt the memories of Seve Ballesteros will influence the passion and be a source of motivation for the European team. Seve loved this competition and was a formidable advocate of its form. With Darren Clarke as a vice captain, can you imagine what the victory party will be like if they win? I bet they will see the sun come up, if they win!

The American team is captained by Davis Love III. His assistants are: Fred Couples, Jeff Sluman, Scott Verplank and Mike Hulbert. The American team, no doubt, are in good hands as well.

The Ryder Cup will be played at the Medinah Country Club, Medinah, IL, USA. I particularly enjoy watching golf played on golf courses from north eastern locations of the USA. The broad leaf trees adds a nice character to TV broadcast. The Medinah Country Club golf holes are well lined with broad leaf trees. So I am positive the event will be visually pleasing to watch.

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