I love the Ryder Cup, it’s as simple as that. It’s unlike any other golf tournament in the world. Watching the best players from Europe and USA who usually only play for themselves fight for their team. It really does have something special. In fact it’s different from any other sport because it is never over until the last putt in sunk as last night proved. Anyone who thinks golf is boring should watch the Ryder Cup, I’ll admit some tournaments do have their moments and can be tedious if you don’t understand or love the game but the Ryder Cup is never ever ever boring.
One of my highlights was actually not on the course, it was listening to Jack Nicholas on commentary. The greatest player ever, certainly on record as I know people will point to Seve for style and flair, cracking jokes and generally just being a legend. The term gets used too much in my opinion, especially in sport, but Jack Nicholas is absolutely undisputed. Speaking of Seve, and legends for that matter, the tribute that Europe did wearing Seves traditional Sunday blue really was inspiring. The European players seem to channel the great spaniards passion and fight to come back from a seemingly impossible position to not only retain the Cup but win it out right 13, 1/2 to 14, 1/2.
Since I was supporting Europe, of course, I had my rosé tinted glasses on whilst watching, but I have to pay tribute to the USA team. The way they played through out the weekend has been excellent, how could it not be with the wealth of talent and experience that Davis Love III had at his disposal? They lead for most of the weekend. Going into the singles they were 10-6 up but somehow Europe clawed their way back to retain the closest Ryder Cup I’ve ever seen. If you don’t think that’s anything it’s the closest my dads ever seen as well and he’s seen a great many more than me.
There were a number of stars for both sides. Keenan Bradley’s putting alone makes him an excellent shout to be a future major winner, likewise Nicholas Colsaerts. Neither of whom I’ve seen much of but both of whom have caught the eye. Rory Mcilroy also showed why he is the world number one despite only arriving 10 minutes before his tee time and Martin Kaymer deserves a massive shout out for holing the putt that retained the trophy. A normally routine putt had me on the edge of my seat but the steely German is the man you want to sink a putt when the pressure is on. My star of the tournament though without a doubt was Ian Poulter. He didn’t lose a match all weekend and it was his comeback with Justin Rose on the day 2 foursomes that stopped the USA having a key whitewash and gave Europe the momentum to fight all the way to the last match of the singles.
As the commentators said towards the end of the tournament as Europe were fighting their way back “no one would write a script like this because no one would ever buy it”. It’s true what they say the best drama comes from real life. Jose Maria Olazabal teared up after the match mostly because he’d just won the Ryder Cup, but also because he dedicated it to Seve Ballesteros. Seve was his great friend, a fantastic golfer and a great man. This was the first Ryder Cup since his death, a tournament he loved and it loved him. Well the European team did him and the whole of Europe proud away from home. RIP Seve, that one was for you.
By Jack Troup