Ryder Cup

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  1. Feña14

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    I think the change to a European team was the best thing that could of happened to Ryder Cup. It's basically the PGA Tour against the European Tour, which makes sense.

    The competition is more competitive than it's ever been, even losing you are guarenteed to see an all out battle. Not to mention the influence of Seve, Olazabal, Garcia etc.. over the years. GB and Ireland could more than compete on their own in this day and age, but having the rest of Europe there makes it more special.
     
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  2. jamesblakefan#1

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    I know this is WAYYY late, but your views are a bit simplistic.

    Watson - Masters champion, plus thrives in front of the home crowd. Wouldn't have been a surprise had he won that one.

    Simpson - US Open champion, #5 player in the world

    Bradley - major champion, but tough draw against Rory so that one was one the Euros should have taken.

    Mickelson - 50/50, could have come out and played brilliantly or choked.

    Kuchar - has a good match play record, and Westwood isn't known for being a mental giant in big events either.

    Tiger - still no golfer in the world better in big time clutch situations.

    It's not as if the US should have been blown out the way they were, even on paper. None of the Euros save for Rory are truly 'great' golfers, they're about even with the Americans all things considered. US just massively choked.
     
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  3. Feña14

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    He's 8th, Rose is 5th.
     
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    This is true, my bad. But, I think I recall someone saying earlier that on paper the Euros should have won the singles? I beg to differ, US has more players top 10, more top 20, and was playing at home. True the Euros were stronger at the top w/ Rory/Westwood/Donald, but the US's depth should have been the deciding factor, and was for the first two days. Europe just didn't roll over and seemed to want it more in the end.

    How big is the Ryder Cup over there? I know it seems to be a big feather in the cap for the Euros and their team, but by and large the American public don't seem to care that much about it, seeing as how it's in the meat of the NFL season.

    Tiger seems to have changed though, offering apologies for his poor play at least.
    http://espn.go.com/golf/story/_/id/8477969/tiger-woods-apologized-us-ryder-cup-rookies-play
     
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  5. Feña14

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    Yeah, we seem to have more strength at the top of the rankings (4 out of the top 5 in the world), but America probably have more strength in depth.

    As for how big it is, it's huge! The moment it finishes, everybody is talking about and looking forward to the next one. It's something that people who aren't fans of the game, or even sport in general watch. It captivates people, even when we were 10-4 down at one point, it's something you can't take your eyes off.
     
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