On Sunday, the European squad once again proved why they are the world’s most powerful golf continent. They beat the US squad 16 1/2 to 11 1/2 in what at first looked like it was going to be a back and forward battle but in the end, the Euros pulled away. The singles matches’ battle between Rory Mcilroy and Rickie looked to be one for the ages but it turned out that Rory was too much for Rickie.
Rickie had a great round and still lost by a few holes thanks to Rory’s 64 on the Sunday round. There were other Sunday that looked to be interesting as well. Those being Furyk/Garcia, Spieth/McDowell (Which didn’t disappoint), Reed/Stenson (Also was good), and Kaymer/Watson seemed like it might of had potential but I thought Bubba just wasn’t playing well all weekend.
If it was the Bubba that won two Masters titles then it would have been just as good of a battle as Fowler/Mcilroy and would have been an instant classic. Arguably, the highlight of the day was Kaymer’s hole out to beat Watson and help seal the Cup once again for their eighth title in 10 events.
Matt Kuchar, Patrick Reed, Jordan Spieth and Jimmy Walker all shined for the Americans however but it just wasn’t enough. The Euro stars showed up and Gleneagles proved to be a great course layout for the golfers.
Scotland also did a wonderful job of once again proving why it is the “Home of Golf” and was just the perfect fit for the game’s most intense tournament. The crowds were loud and proud as expected.
The Ryder Cup crowds never disappoint and they came out yelling like they were at a soccer match or college football game and the seats were filled with blue/yellow and red/white/blue. To be honest, I didn’t really catch the TV coverage but I did hear it on the radio and I thought their coverage was outstanding.
They had a full golf broadcasting team of all-stars and they did such a great job of reeling me in to the action that was on the course. I know some like to underestimate golf on the radio but it’s one of best coverages you’ll get in sports. Listening to The Masters and the Ryder Cup on the radio is quite a treat.
The roars of the crowds are louder, the broadcasters are much more intense and you can hear the smack of the clubs so well. They did an excellent job of painting the picture of what the players are seeing and feeling. Although the Americans lost, there’s still a lot of things to feel excited about moving forward into the next Ryder Cup.
Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth clearly proved that they’re the young rising stars in American golf, Jimmy Walker just looks to get better and better and a guy like Matt Kuchar is in his prime. The future is bright with all of these talented players coming out of college and the Web.com Tour.
Not only that but the old school players are still kickin’ it like Jim Furyk who had an incredible year from a statistical standpoint. If you just went by his numbers, he was by far the best player on that US squad and not a bad player to have at all. He can still dial it in from afar and can hit soft, yet beautiful tee shots that land in the fairway.
Rickie Fowler is the young face of American golf right now. He is to the US what Rory is to Europe and with his unbelievable display at the majors despite not winning, that’s something to feel good about.
Bubba Watson who for a short time looked like he might have been the new face of American golf with his amazing Masters displays the last few years but recently he’s been quiet, at least on the course. He still gets major attention but hasn’t played very well lately unfortunately because Bubba is one of the funnest players to watch on Tour which solidifies his major popularity.
Still a good sign for the Americans regardless because if Bubba can play like he does at The Masters then he’s one of the most dangerous players in the world. I can’t say enough about the kids, Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed.
Both very mature for their ages and just go out their and give it their all. As much as Patrick can get under people’s skin a little bit, he’s not even close to a bad dude. Do you hear anything bad about him off the course? Nope. He’s always cool to the media, gives intelligent answers and just goes out their and plays golf.
He also has a bit of fire to him as well which is awesome. Jordan, we already know he’s a good dude. Although kinda quiet, he goes out their and rips you to shreds. He kinda has the attitude of a young Jason Dufner. Cool, calm and collected, for the most part.
Fowler, Reed and Spieth are America’s big three young guns and I feel Fowler is the perfect leader of the three because he is one of the classiest guys in all of golf and handles himself so well. He’s also just a fun guy to talk to as well.
I see Rickie as like an older brother to Reed and Spieth (Although Reed is only a year younger) because of the experience Rickie has already gained. He just finished his second Ryder Cup already and it wouldn’t shock anybody if he was selected again in 2016. Who knows, by that time, he’ll probably have a couple of majors under his belt.
Matt Kuchar just keeps getting better and has an incredible attitude on the course. He doesn’t let things faze him, he puts a smile on and keeps going and then he kicks your butt. If there’s anybody who’s an inspiration when it comes to his attitude, it’s a guy like Kuch and a guy like Zach Johnson who some consider “THE nicest guy in all of golf” and both play very well. Once Zach is in the zone, his clubs turn into lazers as accurate as he can be.
Jimmy Walker who has had a couple of very solid years is definitely in his prime plus he has the experience to go along with it. J-Walk can be one of those rare all-around players when he’s zoned in out on the course. Can’t expect anything less from Jimmy in the coming years, look to see him win some more.
Keegan is Keegan. He’s been somewhat quiet but as young as he is, don’t be surprised to see him join the young studs like Spieth, Reed, and Fowler. Heck, Keegan is the only one of the four to have won a major so far (Won the PGA Championship as a ROOKIE)! So, there’s no doubt Keegan will be fine.
Can’t forget about guys like the always entertaining Billy Horschel who a lot and I mean A LOT of people thought should have been selected to the Ryder Cup team but he’s a guy who I feel can be a monster for the Americans in future Ryder Cups.
Chris Kirk, who arguably has one of the most beautiful looking golf swings in the world is also a guy to look out for. He literally took down the world’s best in Rory Mcilroy in the FedEx Cup playoffs and that alone speaks volumes. His swing is so pure that it seems like he could nail every fairway and green. I think the world may start getting used to Chris Kirk’s name pretty soon.
Gary Woodland is another guys who’s played pretty well lately and is a machine on those critical close putts. If he can hit his greens and gets them close, he’ll beat you nine times out of 10.
Overall, the Americans have a lot of positives to look at going into the future. The Ryder Cup team in a couple of years could be one of the best we may see in long, long time. If you’re an American golf fan, you should be very excited about what’s coming because we’re in a time where the young stars are rising while some of the veterans are still in their prime and this is a time we should definitely cherish.
Raise your golf flags America!
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