Tag Archives: Graeme McDowell

Oct
1
2014
By Stephanie Wei under Ryder Cup

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Don’t get me wrong, the 12 players on a team hit the shots and make the putts that ultimately determine a win or loss, but the job of the Ryder Cup captain involves more than just picking out uniforms, posing for photo ops, and making decisions from your “gut” — a term American Captain Tom Watson used starting at the glitzy press conference, where he made his somewhat controversial captain’s picks, particularly when it came down to Webb Simpson, who apparently texted his way onto the team.

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Sep
29
2014

The European and American teams got together to celebrate the end of the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles Hotel on Sunday night. There was no shortage of alcohol and things got a little weird. Rory McIlroy posted the above photo of himself with Stephen Gallacher on his Instagram, wearing a wig and tartan kilt — oh, and he was shirtless. 

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Sep
28
2014
By Bernie D'Amato under Ryder Cup

 

Jamie Donaldson rode Thomas Bjorn like a bull as the winning European Team entered the post-tournament press conference. Spirits were high, laughs were plentiful, and champagne even more so. To the victor go the spoils, indeed.

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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
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
24
2014

Oh, it’s Phil just being Phil again, but at least he created some stir on an otherwise rather slow news day in the longest ever lead-up to the Ryder Cup, which officially kicks off Friday at Gleneagles in Scotland.

In his pre-match press conference on Wednesday, Mickelson took a shot at the European team, specifically Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell, when he was asked the oh-so-predictable question about whether the American players don’t get along or play together as well as the Europeans.

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Sep
23
2014

It’s no secret that the relationship between Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy has drastically changed over the past few years. While it doesn’t seem that long ago when McDowell was watching proudly by the 18th green on Sunday at Congressional as McIlroy walked up the fairway on the way to his first major victory at the 2011 U.S. Open, the little-brother/big-brother dynamic between them no longer exists.

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