Sep
27
2014

The American Ryder Cup team find themselves in a familiar position heading into Sunday’s singles matches: Losing. After a 3.5-0.5 thrashing in Saturday afternoon foursomes, the Europeans have taken a(nother) commanding lead 10-6 headed into the final day of the biennial matches.

Miracles do happen as we saw only two years ago at Medinah, but the chances of it happening for the Americans on foreign soil are slim to none. To put it bluntly, I’m not seeing “Glory at Gleneagles” — it’s been more like “Goof at Gleneagles,” with several major questionable decisions made by American Captain Tom Watson. (Just a few to start with: Why did he sit the rookies in Friday Foursomes? Why did he play Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley twice on Friday? Why didn’t he play them at all on Saturday? Why didn’t he rest Jimmy Walker?)

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Sep
27
2014

Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed walked away from a hard-fought match against Justin Rose, Europe’s superstar this year, and Martin Kaymer to secure Team USA’s only half point in Saturday afternoon foursomes.

Only problem is the American rookie duo probably should have won the match, but bad breaks and sloppy putting led to a halve and killed any momentum the U.S. could’ve taken with them into the team room after a(nother) 3-1 drubbing in the alternate shot format. Now, the Americans find themselves trailing 10-6 and closing in on its eighth Ryder Cup loss in the last 10 attempts.

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Sep
27
2014
By Stephanie Wei under Ryder Cup

When I looked up at the scoreboard sprawled across the front of the media center Saturday morning, I wasn’t immediately sure which group to follow. The fourball matches were all on the front nine still and my plan was to catch one as they made the turn.

About 15 minutes later, it became brilliantly obvious when I saw the flurry of red numbers posted in the opening match between Europe’s power duo, Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson, and America’s odd couple, Bubba Watson and Matt Kuchar — they were all square as they headed to the back nine, not to mention they were obviously playing very well.

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Sep
26
2014

After a solid Friday morning fourball session for Team USA, the Europeans dominated the afternoon foursomes, winning 3.5 of the total possible 4 points from the second session.

Unfortunately, I was correct in my prediction that the Americans would get throttled (I guessed 3-1), but it was obviously even worse than I anticipated. (Not that anyone cares, but the good news is I correctly predicted the score 2.5-1.5 after the first session, and I have a bet slip to prove it!)

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Sep
26
2014
By Bernie D'Amato under Ryder Cup

 

Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed dominated their morning fourball match against Ian Poulter and Stephen Gallacher. The Ryder Cup rookies made six birdies, won 5&4, and hoped to be paired again in the afternoon foursome matches. However, they were told to warm the bench instead.

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Sep
26
2014
By Stephanie Wei under Ryder Cup

Sergio Garcia didn’t have his A-game at Gleneagles on Friday. In fact, he might not even have had his B-game as he played alongside Rory McIlroy in the afternoon foursomes, but he hit the shot of the day with his second on the par-5 18th.

McIlroy’s drive left Garcia in the right rough. While Sergio acknowledged he had a decent lie, he launched a spectacular five-wood to about 15-feet for eagle. Though McIlroy missed the putt, the tap-in birdie was conceded and the Europeans walked away with a half point from the American pair of Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker.

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Sep
26
2014
By Bernie D'Amato under Ryder Cup

 

The first tee in your first Ryder Cup can be one of the most pressure packed experiences in a golfer’s career. However, 24-year-old Victor Dubuisson was paired with his brother from another mother, Graeme McDowell, and they took down American stars Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickelson 3&2 in afternoon foursomes.

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Sep
26
2014
By Stephanie Wei under Ryder Cup
No love lost between Faldo and Garcia at the 2008 Ryder Cup

No love lost between Faldo and Garcia at the 2008 Ryder Cup

Well, it wouldn’t be the Ryder Cup without some drama — although it’s usually with spectacular golf shots on the course. Sir Nick Faldo caused a stir on Friday with his on-air comments about Sergio Garcia at the 2008 Ryder Cup, where Europe received a thrashing from the United States, 16.5-11.5.

Faldo, who was the captain that year (and the only losing one for Europe in this century), made the remarks about Garcia following his and Rory McIlroy’s fourball loss to Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley. While he complimented Garcia’s overall Ryder Cup record, he criticized the Spaniard for his “useless” contribution and “bad attitude” at Valhalla. 

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Sep
26
2014
By Bernie D'Amato under Ryder Cup

 

Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose were an unbeatable duo on day one of The Ryder Cup. In the morning fourball, they crushed Watson and Simpson 5&4. In the afternoon foursomes, they were AS through 14, and continued their dominance with a 2&1 victory over Mahan and Johnson.

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