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We’ll Call It…80s Day at the Ryder Cup

This was not the shabby Ryder Cup I thought it might be. By all accounts, it was a success, at least from the American perspective.  Louisville was an awesome host city (so I hear), the course looked beautiful and played tough, and Team USA prevailed (finally!). And Europe, well, I guess all good things must come to an end at some point….

As for my uniform critique, I think they decided to call Thursday 80s day, because of the giant graphic design trend on both teams.  A giant argyle pattern for the Americans and a funky cut off horizontal stripe graphic for the Europeans.  And by the way, that blue color (or pretty darn close) might be my favorite of all time.  It just looked totally 80s, which is not a bad thing. Compare:

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On the Kentucky boys: Let’s be honest, they showed up and played their part. With the home team backing Kenny Perry and JB Holmes, I feel as if they could do no wrong.  Well played.

On hospitality: I think the President (?) of Celtic Manor, in Wales, where the next Ryder Cup will be held, said it best about our Southern hospitality.  Something about, he doesn’t know if the Welsh will be able to outdo the Kentucky hospitality because we have a penchant for never saying no. As in, saying no, but in a way that makes it sound like a “yes” and always with a smile on our faces.  I think that about sums up Southern hospitality, for better or worse.

On my (and America’s) new favorites: clearly, the big hit of the tournament was Boo Weekley.  Boooo was heard all weekend long, to the point that I had to explain to my non-golf friends that they weren’t booing him, that was his name.  There was that little snafu with Lee Westwood (who should’ve gone to Boo in the first place instead of to the press, but whatever), but in the end, he reigned it in and won over the crowd big time.  My personal new favorite is Anthony Kim.  Just look at that belt buckle. I think both Kim and Weekley signal a new generation of golfers who are kind of what Tiger was in the 90s when he first started winning on the PGA: exciting. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still exciting golf that Tiger plays.  But he just doesn’t have the old fist pump-excited-quick Tiger walk like he used to. Ain’t nothin’ wrong with getting old.

On winning: well, at some point it had to happen. I’m glad it was in Kentucky, on home soil. I wonder if this makes Tiger have doubts about his ability to bolster a team? Cause let’s be honest, Ryder Cup Team + Zinger – Tiger = WIN BABY!

I’m going to be honest with you…

…I like Nick Faldo. It’s true. Maybe it’s because he is from England, and I’m pretty anglo myself. Or maybe it’s because of his “velvet voice,” as the Ryder Cup home page describes it.  Whatever it is, I can’t get myself to hate the guy, or the team this year.  I’m not one to hate on Europeans, but usually world competitions (Olympics, Ryder Cup, Tour de France) get my blood a little hot. Not this time.

I realized though, that I didn’t give a rundown of the European Team, and so I’ll do that now…

How can you hate a group of men who wear pastel pink sport coats with mock neck shirts underneath? You can’t, really.

I’m going to be honest with you again, I could’ve sworn Paul Casey was an American. For real. He’s not, as he’s from England, and upon further reflection, this makes sense only because I don’t want to completely embarass myself. Anyway, he’s a captain’s pick and a solid one at that. He has a good record which began in 2004 and became stronger in 2006. Oh, and he beat Jim Furyk in singles, so what out for that.

Europe is less young as a team, with only four debuts this year, including Oliver Wilson, Justin Rose, Graeme McDowell and Soren Hansen. This might give Europe an advantage, if only because even in their youth, they have Justin Rose, who is used to competing on a larger stage. The other three are not so shabby themselves, sporting solid records and a smattering of international experience as well.

The big names for Europe are going to be Padraig Harrington, who is having a great year, Sergio Garcia, Ian Poulter and Miguel Angel Jimenez.  Jimenez is the only one I would count as unstable, if only because although he has a long Ryder Cup record, it includes 5 losses and only 2 wins out of the 9 matches he has played.

Lee Westwood will also be very important for Europe, as he has 14 wins by himself in Ryder Cup matches, and has played 25 matches total.  He comes in as one of Europe’s very experienced players, although he is still young (for a golfer, anyway).

I don’t have much to say about Robert Karlsson and Henrick Stenson, so I probably shouldn’t say anything at all. I just couldn’t leave them out.

So who will win?? The steak-eating manly men of the United States? Or the foie gras-girly men of Europe? Actually, neither team lives up to either stereotype because, let’s be honest, this is golf. And the US team has a lot more in common with the European team than they probably do with you or me.

In any case, let’s play ball!