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Golf: The Ryder Cup's Phoney War

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Stan Sutherland
Stan Sutherland

“When it comes to over-analysis, hype and hysteria, no event in golf generates quite as much boisterous ballyhoo as the Ryder Cup,” writes Nick Rodger, whilst Alan Shipnuck must be running out of copy and repeats the theme of his October 12, 2016 post, “The Future of the Ryder Cup: Advantage, U.S.”

So long, Ryder Cup
Fast forward to November 16, 2017 and sage Shipnuck writes, “So long, Ryder Cup: As Euro stars fade away, the balance of power is shifting—fast.”

For those of us living in New Zealand it is sometimes hard to take the overly assertive Aussie attitudes towards the relevance of New Zealand and particularly in the sporting arena; except of course regarding rugby. But the following surpasses anything the Aussies are capable of throwing at us.

Sage Shipnuck writes, “One of the greatest events in sport is on the verge of irrelevancy. The young, talented, hungry golfers from the United States, benefiting from the cohesive leadership of the Task Force era, are going to roll to victory in 2018 in Paris. This will be the first American win on European soil in a quarter century and, coming on the heels of an overpowering U.S. win in '16, will set the stage for a decade-plus of blowouts, sapping the intrigue out of the Ryder Cup. It's going to get so lopsided that you can expect future Ryder Cups to have all the dramatic tension of…gasp!…the Presidents Cup.”

A case of salivating Shipnuck perhaps?
Nick Rodger writes, “Salivating observers on the other side of the Atlantic have already been predicting a US triumph as the Americans prepare to hurl a star spangled spanner into the European works with an equally star-studded team. But then, predictions tend to be a fool’s errand.

The US have not won on away soil since 1993 and, let’s face it, a lot can happen between January and late September in terms of form, fitness and fortune in this fickle game. There’s a lot of golfing water to pass under the Ponts des Arts before Paris 2018 tees-off."

Link to Nick Rodger and Alan Shipnuck

Quote of the Day
“It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”  - Yogi Berra


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