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Golf: Ryder Cup – Rose Was Right

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Stan Sutherland
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"I thought the set-up was incredibly weak… It was very much a pro-am feel in terms of the pin placements. They were all middle of the green,” said Justin Rose as quoted on BBC Sports.

Why such good putting?

Staggered by the number of putts sank, especially on the final day I was pleased to read the following day of Rose’s observation; easy pin placements which tended to make it more a putting match than a Ryder Cup contest. And on further reflection I believe the US team’s task force got it right by setting up the course to suit the American’s superior putting.

Westwood ranked at No. 50

Prior to the contest the PGA web site advised us, “The team that makes the most putts always wins the Ryder Cup. Four of the Americans rank in the top 25 in strokes gained: putting. The European Tour doesn’t have the same stat but it does measure putts per round, as does the TOUR. The highest-ranked European is Lee Westwood at No. 50 with an average of 29.1 -- one of three players on the team under 30. The Americans have six ranked in the top 20 led by Jordan Spieth at No. 1 with an average of 27.83.”

No changes Clarke
"Hindsight is a wonderful thing but even with that we wouldn't have made any changes," said Captain Darren Clarke whilst over at Golf Digest Joel Beall writes, “13 reasons why the United States won the Ryder Cup.”
Joel writes, “Russell Knox, the rising Euro star who captured two PGA Tour wins last season, watched from home...As did Paul Casey, who went 2nd-2nd-4th in the final three FedEx Cup events...While Darren Clarke's two veteran picks -- Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer -- recorded just one point in seven matches.”
Methinks unlike Davis Love. Darren won’t be given a second chance to captain a side.

Links to BBC Sports The PGA and Joel Beall

Quote of the Day
“The pin on 17 is an absolute a joke. It's a nine iron into the middle of the green. With a match on the line, you want a player to step up a little bit more than they have to.” – Justin Rose reflecting on the easy pin positions.

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