It’s all a mindset: Europe has it, and U.S. doesn’t
Let's give credit where credit is due. Congratulations to the European team for a well-deserved victory in the Ryder Cup. This is truly getting to be embarrassing for the U.S. The attitude and approach that the Americans have for this competition are flawed.
I zeroed in on three players for the European team as to why the U.S. just can't get it done: Tommy Fleetwood, Francesco Molinari and Henrik Stenson. When you have players of that caliber who come to the tournament to play golf and not do fashion shows, news conferences and photo ops, it reveals how much unimportant nonsense the Americans incorporate into this series which has little to do with playing golf.
You don't need all of the vice captains, cheerleaders and inspirational schmoozers for a team, which does not endorse team play. American professional golfers are not into team golf. They are more into themselves, future endorsements and money.
Also, good-ol’ boy captain's picks are only meaningful if you don't care about winning.
Bad sign for Mickelson-Woods match
So much for the pod system. Nice captain’s picks.
Cancel the Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson TV match. Mickelson would need five a side. Plus, he needs to get a haircut. He's no kid.
Congrats to the team with heart and personality.
Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
American team is not aging well
Please let this be the last hurrah in the Ryder Cup for Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, who are 48 and 42, respectively.
Let’s try Kevin Kisner, Xander Schauffele, Daniel Berger, Patrick Cantlay or Kyle Stanley, just to name a few.
The main reason why we lost is because we played terrible, except for about three or four.
Blame it on the Presidents Cup
There is one distinct problem with the consistent failure of the American Ryder Cup team: the presence of the Presidents Cup.
Consider this: Beginning in 1979, when the Ryder Cup became the U.S. vs. all of Europe, through 1993, the U.S. went 5-3. Tougher competition, but still a winning record.
The Presidents Cup began in 1994, and from 1995 to today, that other biennial event has split the USA’s focus and energy. During that time, the U.S. is 3-9 in the Ryder Cup. With teams that are consistently more talented than Europe’s, that is inexcusable.
The U.S. team (or at least, most of the same players) are asked to compete every year in mentally demanding team match play, sometimes having to be on the other side of the world for the Presidents Cup. Captains need to be chosen every year. Allegiances and sponsorships are split. The focus of the U.S. is split and constantly under pressure.
The Europeans, on the other hand, think about nothing but the Ryder Cup every two years. Every ounce of their focus is on the Ryder Cup, and then they get a year off in between. Their captains have only one thing to worry about.
My proposal to improve the Americans’ Ryder Cup performance: get rid of the Presidents Cup. Or a happy compromise could be to play it every 4-8 years instead of every two.
Let’s face it: Outside of the people who make a ton of money off of it, nobody really cares about the Presidents Cup. Even diehard golf fans often pay very little attention to it. Everybody cares about the Ryder Cup, though.
The U.S. needs to make the Ryder Cup its primary focus and get rid of an event that may be inadvertently ruining the Ryder Cup.
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