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Sweet Redemption

by G. Rennie What happened at Medinah Golf Club today defies rational description as Team Europe came back from a four point deficit to bury Team USA in the singles competition and win the Ryder Cup outright 14.5 to 13.5. Team Europe’s resurrection was numerically equal to the USA triumph a Brookline in ’99 but it surpasses that Ben Crenshaw inspired miracle since it has occurred on foreign soil. So how to explain it? I can’t, it’s a mystery, a phenomenon… Continue Reading

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American Players Meltdown at Medinah

by Jeff Skinner For weeks prior to this Ryder Cup there was an overwhelming sentiment that the American team was much stronger than its European counterparts.  Even with the number one player in the world the Europeans weren’t as deep as the Americans and the home field advantage would serve the Americans well as they won back the cup. But true to form the Europeans found a way, as they always do at the Ryder Cup, to do the undoable. … Continue Reading

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Martin Kaymer’s Unlikely Finish: Ryder Cup Hero

by Jeff Skinner Martin Kaymer wasn’t supposed to be in Chicago this week.  His play over the past year had left much to be desired.  The former world number one had seen his game tailspin as he tried to develop a draw as opposed to his natural fade.  In this year’s majors he couldn’t contend as he did when he won the 2010 PGA Championship.  His finishes looked like a journeyman not a world class player: T44 at The Masters,… Continue Reading

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Ian Poulter’s Ryder Cup

It was a great day for the American Team at the Ryder Cup as they extended their lead to four full points to 10-6 over the European Team.  The day could have been much worse for the Europeans Team except brilliant saves from the last two European teams to win and hold off the onslaught from the Americans. Sergio Garcia and Luke Donald hung on to top a charging Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker and in the last match of… Continue Reading

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Ryder Cup Morning Pairings

by Jeff Skinner Here are the pairings for the morning foursomes for day two at the Ryder Cup.  Davis Love has made the right decision in resting Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker as the curse of alternate shot still haunts them.  With so many teams playing well Love has the luxury of sitting some players in his effort to keep any player from playing in all five matches.  In my opinion Tiger should never play alternate shot again.  He is… Continue Reading

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Rookies Rule Day One at the Ryder Cup

by Jeff Skinner It was an amazing day of golf at the 2012 Ryder Cup as the American Team rode the backs of its “rookies” to a 5-3 lead at the end of day one.  It is a disservice to call the four first timers rookies as their resume would intimidate any opponent. Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson, Jason Dufner and Brandt Snedeker combined for three full points for the day. Former PGA champion Bradley paired with his good buddy and… Continue Reading

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Time for Redemption

by G. Rennie Let’s play some golf, please! It’s been a long week full of hot air and bluster from all the interested parties that surround the two Ryder Cup teams. At last, this orgy of talk will turn into a bonanza of match play golf at its most tense. Bring it on. Absent from the war of wagging tongues, the two Ryder Cup captains have been extremely low key, engaged in a calm conversation with the media and ever… Continue Reading

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Finally, Let The Games Begin!

by Jeff Skinner Finally, the rhetoric is over and it’s time to tee it up at The Ryder Cup.  And right out of the box we are treated to a very exciting match. American Captain Davis Love III sent out one of his stalwarts in Jim Furyk and paired him with the hottest putter on the planet, Brandt Snedeker.   European Captain Jose Maria Olazabal went right to the bug guns with his Irish Eyes paring of 2010 hero Graeme McDowell… Continue Reading

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