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The Ryder Cup might be the best event in golf. For three days every two years, players and fans representing the United States and Europe show emotion that you rarely see in golf, and while most don’t get as crazy as Ian Poulter, there’s a vibe and atmosphere around the event that is pretty special. The event isn’t as heated as it used to be, see Seve/Azinger for just one example, but you can tell that these guys really want to win for each other and their country. Even in the events that seem to be one-sided, the Ryder Cup always just seems to deliver something memorable. Hell, I’m Canadian with no rooting interest in the event and I’m pumped for this thing every two years.
With all of that said, it’s not perfect and I think if there were some simple changes made, we could see the Ryder Cup become an even better event. Here are three suggestions that I think would greatly improve the overall experience.
Billy Horschel was able to continue his red hot run this week at East Lake, claiming the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup for a ridiculous $11.4 million takeaway. The best photos, GIFs and videos from the week in Atlanta as well as on the LPGA and European Tours are below.
As we get ready for the final tournament of the 2013-14 PGA Tour season, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson have managed to become part of the “story” even though neither will be playing this week at the Tour Championship at East Lake. World number one Rory McIlroy did his pre-tournament press conference on Wednesday, and towards the end of his availability, he was asked about the potential changing of the guard in golf without Tiger and Phil in the field this week. His response is below, courtesy of ASAP Sports.
None of the six captain’s picks for the Ryder Cup are wrong, at least not yet. The six players selected by European and American captains Paul McGinley and Tom Watson, were for the most part, not surprises and none of them are bad players. What they are though, at least when it comes to Watson’s American side, are predictable picks of familiarity, and really, the American captain had little other option.
“Oh no, not again.”
That was Phil Mickelson’s reaction on Saturday as he sent his tee ball on the drivable par-4 5th at the Barclays way left. After a helpful bounce from the cart path, Mickelson ended up in the hospitality area for the second consecutive day and after examining the options, he decided to play from the same general area once again.
The result was much better on Saturday, allowing him to get out with his par.
If you’ve been reading this blog or following me on Twitter for any length of time, you’re well aware of the guys at No Laying Up, who consistently produce some of the best golf related material online in a variety of forms. I was asked to jump on the sixth episode of their podcast, where we talked about a wide range of topics, including the Ryder Cup, Rory, Rickie, Bubba, the PGA Championship and yes, Tiger.
You can listen to the podcast by going to the NLU site here, and make sure to give them a follow on Twitter as well if you haven’t done so already.