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Monday, October 1, 2012

The Limerick Summary: 2012 Ryder Cup

Winner: Europe

Around the wider world of golf: As hard as it is to believe, golf was actually played somewhere besides Medinah this weekend! Tsai Chi-huang won the Asian Tour's Mercuries Taiwan Masters; Daniela Iacobelli won the Symetra Tour's Daytona Beach Invitational; Russell Henley won the Chiquita Classic on the Tour; and Shanshan Feng won the Japan Women's Open on the JLPGA (the Constructivist has details).

Europe wins the Cup

It's already got a name -- the Miracle at Medinah. And having called yesterday's post Do YOU Have a Feeling?, perhaps I should have called this one More Than a Feeling...

Today's post is rather short simply because I'm going to spend a post or two this week looking at the Ryder Cup matches more closely -- with an eye to how they might help you play better in your next match, whether it's a full-fledged tournament or your weekly foursome. For the time being I'll just say that the Euros put on quite a show Sunday, all the while encouraging international understanding by showing the US Team just how that beatdown at Brookline really felt.

Some cultural exchanges are more pleasant than others, obviously!

So now we have the Miracle at Brookline AND the Miracle at Medinah. Given that it's happened twice now -- once to each side, for both home and away teams -- perhaps coming back from a 10-6 lead after the team matches will no longer be considered a miracle. Rather, it will be seen as merely a challenge that good play can overcome. It's certainly worked out that way so far!

So this week's Limerick Summary salutes the victorious European Ryder Cup Team. The next US attempt at redemption is two years away -- when, as some of the Americans sang at Medinah, the Ryder Cup will be "away, away, away, away... away, it's away...":
The US Team looked good at dawn;
By sundown, they simply looked drawn.
Can you say "depression"?
It just begs the question…
Are we all REALLY sure Seve's gone???
The photo came from's home page.


  1. Congratulations to the European Team. What a performance! Stunning golf. I was amazed because like everyone else I had written off Europe's chances on Saturday night. The only thing I thought might swing it for Europe was that the US Team were feeding off each other during the pairs events but Europe had a much better group of individuals (it's normally the other way around) and once it went man-to-man I wondered if some of the US Team would be strong enough to stand on their own.

    A few thoughts:
    1) What a wonderful atmosphere. I listened on the radio and got the impression that this was not a poisonous atmosphere like previous Ryder Cups. It sounded respectful and good-natured. Perhaps it was the first 5 matches going Europe's way that subdued the crowd but congratulations to the fans at Medinah anyway. (I'll have to consult with one of my lucky work colleagues who was there for his impressions of crowd behaviour).

    2) Respect to Phil Mickelson for being a gentleman. His attitude and generosity of spirit to Justin on the final day was what this event is about. I always remember one piece of golf etiquette which is "always acknowledge the good play of your playing partners". Phil did it. Good man. If everyone behaved like this it could only improve the enjoyment of the Ryder Cup for everybody involved and really turn it into an exhibition of golf.

    3) I would not want to face Paul Lawrie in singles. Ever.

    4) Having a girlfriend destroys your game. I couldn't figure out what had happened to GMac but now I know.

    5) Shotgun starts do work. Speak to Rory. I shall continue to apply his 10 minute preparation technique and see if it helps my game.

    Can't wait for Gleneagles.

  2. As I said, I'll be examining this Ryder Cup in more detail in future posts (probably starting Wednesday since I'll do my new RGWR post tomorrow) but I have a few observations.

    I'm not so sure that the European players were better individual players than the US team. Rather, I think the US played not to lose while the Euros felt they had nothing to lose. If the regular season taught us anything, it's how hard it is to protect a lead. You have to ignore it and play like you're behind; the US team didn't do that. I agree the Euros certainly played their best golf on Sunday, though.

    1) I don't think the atmosphere has been "poisonous" since the 1990s. The terrorist attacks of 2001 affected everybody, and putting the matches in perspective was one of those effects.

    2) This morning I heard Phil criticized for being too much of a nice guy in his match, but I agree with you. You don't have to act like a jerk to win your match, and people who think you do just don't get it.

    3) Agreed, 110%. Lawrie is seriously underrated as a player. I think too many people say, "oh, he won his major against Vandeveldt" as if that diminished his win somehow.

    4) Doesn't seem to have hurt Rory's game any. ;-)

    5) In the after-round news conferences, Sergio said that "no-practice" bit was something he used and Rory got it from him. Whether he was joking or not, I don't know.

    I can't wait for the next Ryder Cup either. Scotland, here we come!