Thoughts From a Great Ryder Cup

by Jeff Skinner

OK, so the United States Team uniforms weren’t the greatest but the Euros weren’t much better.  I can live with the lavender, in small doses, but the red and lavender didn’t cut it.

Does any player on either side show more emotion and his love for the match play format more than England’s Ian Poulter?  The Ryder Cup is his major and he revels in the spotlight.

Hunter Mahan will rebound from this episode.  He is in the prime of his golfing career and will win again.  He’ll play on more Ryder Cups but unfortunately and wrongly, he’ll be remembered for his poor chip on seventeen.  For a man’s career to be defined by one poor swing is regrettable.  Mahan and Bernhard Langer now share the most painful moments in Ryder Cup history.

Could a week in Wales surrounded by clean living guys like Corey Pavin and Tom Lehman be the tonic that has cured Tiger Woods?  His singles round on Monday was vintage Woods, seven birds and an eagle.  There is light at the end of his tunnel.

Does any player hit better iron shots than Luke Donald?   All week he was deadly with his irons, both long and short.  If he can control his driver a little better he may be taking his buddy Lee Westwood down from the number one spot soon.

Rory and Rickie made their respective mark in their first Ryder Cups.  The two of them look to be a part of Ryder Cups for a long time.

Before, during and after the matches the Euros recognized Seve as their Ryder Cup hero and icon.  It was a class move all the way.

How about Miguel Angel Jimenez finally winning his first singles match in what might be his last Ryder Cup as a player?  No one enjoyed this cup more than Miguel.

She flew under the radar all week but it was wonderful to see Amy Mickelson back in action supporting Phil and the team.  She looked great and we can only hope that all is well with her and all Phil’s family.


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