In Just a few weeks the 41st Ryder Cup will be contested at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota. Over 250,000 gold enthusiast will flock to the venue over 6 days, 3 practice rounds and 3 competitive rounds from September 27th through the Sunday finish on October 2nd. In the last 40 matches since 1927 the U.S. has won 25, lost 13 and had 2 ties over 87 years from 1927 to 2014. The first Ryder Cup was held at Worcester Country Club in 1927, the team was captained by Walter Hagen who was captain of the U.S. team for 6 consecutive matches, wining 4 of 6. The U.S. won 22 of the first 25 events from 1927-1983. Over the last 30 years the European Team has dominated the U.S. team by winning 11 of 15 matches.
The first Ryder Cup matches were played in front of a very small crowd of private club members with no public invited. Matches in the U.S. and Europe over the last two decades have grown to hundreds of thousands. The format over 3 days is match play, a foursome match, a fourball match and the final day which is singles matches. Each team carries 12 players lead by a team captain and co-captains. U.S. Captain Davis Love has chosen Tom Lehman, Jim Furyk, Steve Stricker and Tiger Woods who will serve as team strategist.
The Ryder Cup is golf’s most compelling rivalry and playing for one’s country in this event is the most sought after goal of every player in the game. While the Olympics has recently introduced golf to its summer games, it will never hold the status of this 87-year old epic event. I for one feel the U.S. team may have finally taken the steps necessary to prepare and manage a strong team that can dominate once again against the very diverse European squad.
The European team is now assembled from countries in Great Britain, Europe and possibly Australia moving forward. It is an international challenge every two years that will demand the very best by a U.S. team to bring the cup home to the U.S.