Tag Archives: 2016 Ryder Cup

Oct
3
2016
Toast a cold one to captain's pick, Ryan Moore, who earned his keep this week.

Toast a cold one to captain’s pick, Ryan Moore, who earned his keep this week.

There’s obviously a ton to digest after Sunday’s win by the American team at the 41st Ryder Cup, but it’s never too early (or late) to hand out some grades.

Here’s how we felt everyone graded out following the three days of competition:

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Oct
3
2016

Phil Mickelson got off to a rough start this week at the Ryder Cup, bringing up and criticizing U.S. Captain Hal Sutton in 2004 for his management of the team and pairing him with Tiger Woods with only two days’ notice. It was strange that Phil would bring up 2004 out of all the Ryder Cups he’s played (10 excluding 2016) because he made a big decision that was met with controversy when he switched equipment manufacturers a week before the matches that year.

The next day, Mickelson apologized to Sutton. But the whole thing was just weird and bizarre, especially since the last thing Phil needed was to bring more eyes toward himself after all that’s happened regarding the Ryder Cup ever since the U.S. post-loss presser at Gleneagles.

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Oct
2
2016
By Stephanie Wei under Ryder Cup

Despite the disappointing Ryder Cup loss (I’d only experienced it the other way around), the Team Europe press conference was amusing, funny and enjoyable, per usual. Even when addressing unpleasant topics, like the heckling and behavior of Saturday afternoon’s overserved fans, the players were witty and rather positive about the entire situation — they answered the questions even if it wasn’t the greatest discussion in the world.

There was only one point, where a player had a more serious critique of how things played out at the away game at Hazeltine near Minneapolis, MN. Justin Rose, who went 2-3-0, shifted the atmosphere slightly when he brought up the PGA of America’s setup of Hazeltine National Golf Club.

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Oct
2
2016
Phil Mickelson had reason to jump for joy -- his half-point Sunday was critical to the U.S. effort.

Phil Mickelson had reason to jump for joy — his half-point Sunday was critical to the U.S. effort.

The eight-year wait is over – the Ryder Cup is once again back in the hands of the United States, after a 17-11 win on Sunday at Hazeltine. The excitement died down toward the end of the day as the Americans began quickly flipping matches to their side, leaving the Europeans few outs to try and retain the Cup.

While the celebration will be a raucous one, the real litmus test for the United States in this event will come in two years when the 42nd Ryder Cup matches take place at Le Golf National in France in 2018. The United States hasn’t won a Ryder Cup on foreign soil since The Belfry in 1993 – that’s a full quarter-century. Still, it’s time to enjoy this win and look back at the Cup-clinching day:

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Oct
2
2016
By Jon McCarthy under Ryder Cup

 

 

Witnessing one of the greatest matches in Ryder Cup history was a good bet heading into Sunday singles play. Witnessing two of them was more than we bargained for.

For the first few hours on Sunday all eyes were focused on McIlroy and Reed as they burned down Hazeltine Golf Club before finally running out of gas at the turn. Reed took a lead on the 12th hole and held on for a 1-up victory. Somehow, 46-year-old Phil Mickelson and 36-year-old Sergio Garcia had plenty left in the tank. Garcia and Mickelson combined for 19 birdies and just one bogey before halving their match and reminding fans that golf can be just as entertaining as war. For people keeping score, Reed finished four-under for the day to McIlroy’s three-under. Mickelson and Garcia both shot an unbelievable nine-under par.

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Oct
2
2016
By Jon McCarthy under Ryder Cup

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Rory McIlroy and Patrick Reed kicked off Sunday singles at the 41st Ryder Cup in historic fashion. The emotional leaders of Team Europe and Team USA matched each other with incredible shots and blood vessel-bursting celebrations. After each dropped birdie bombs to halve the eighth hole and go five-under on their respective rounds, a strange thing happened. Perhaps out of respect or a realization that the fevered pitch they had reached was unsustainable, McIlroy and Reed shared a fist-bump and left the green with their arms around one another.

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Oct
2
2016
By Jon McCarthy under Ryder Cup

 

Patrick Reed was 1-down in the opening match on Sunday at the Ryder Cup heading to the 303-yard par-4 fifth hole. Then this happened:

 

Did he make the putt for eagle on top off McIlroy’s birdie to square the match?

What do you think?

Oct
1
2016

After the first two days of foursome and four-ball matches, the U.S. leads Europe 9.5 to 6.5 — I would say, things are looking good for Team America, but there are 12 points up for grabs on Sunday (and I was at Medinah four years ago). Fingers crossed, though. We really, really need this one! Let’s breakdown the matches…

Stephanie Wei and Jon McCarthy

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Oct
1
2016

It may have only been a half-point, but Sergio Garcia helped keep Europe in the fight.

It may have only been a half-point, but Sergio Garcia helped keep Europe in the fight.


Well, well, well – here we are again. Four years ago at Medinah, the United States team (captained by Davis Love III) led after Saturday’s matches with a margin of 9 ½ to 6 ½. All looked to be trending toward the U.S. as Saturday moved into Sunday. But unless you’ve lived under a rock, you know what happened on Sunday. A bloodbath of epic proportions ensued, as the Euros came roaring back, completing the greatest comeback in the history of the Ryder Cup.

Will history repeat itself four years later in the Midwest? Or will DL3’s latest band of brothers exorcise the demons from 2012 and snap the Europeans hold on the Ryder Cup? Only 12 singles matches stand in the way. But before they tee off, here’s our recap of Day 2:

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