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  1. No idea where Rickie's career goes, but I dount there's anyone here who would have thought Lee Westwood would be on a Ryder Cup team just 3-4 years ago.
  2. I'm a no on Phil ever captaining. I think what Stricker showed is that it's not rocket science. Let the players lead, help set their own schedules, and go play golf. You don't need inspirational videos or have to tie the players up with a rigid schedule every day aside from dinners and such. A guy like Phil thinks he's the smartest guy in the room - I guarantee you he's thinking "If I was captain, we'd have had 21 points, not 19" and will do something quirky that will blow up in thei face.
  3. Bones' bad knees were like Urban Meyer's bad ticker.
  4. They used to play The Royal Trophy between 8 guys from europe and 8 from Asia, but I think that ended in 2013.
  5. Completely agree - in his own way, dude is taking a no hold barred attitude - "Don't saddle me with the losers of the past, I'm here to kick a** because I know I'm a better player and can putt my dick off."
  6. He started yesterday with his Gin Rummy analogy, essentially telling he Euros that they have been lucky to put the streak together that they have. Today he followed up by calling out the Euros for always controlling the narrative and playing their "Woe is me, we're always the underdogs". which Paul McGinley confirmed - yes they always play that narrative. These aren't huge salvos, but they're the kinds of subtle mind games that we haven't seen from the Americans in the past and if the Euros miss a few putts, it's the kind of thing that can anchor in the mind and create disbelief. I know most of these guys are friends on the other side, but I wish they would ratchet up the rhetoris a little bit more.
  7. This is exactly the US's problem - for the most part, they act like robots. I honestly think some of that is the influence of Tiger, who most of these guys looked up to. They formed their golf games as "all business" on the course and I'm not sure playing loose and relaxed is in their nature. Contrast that with the Euros, any who most will say were influeced by Seve. Seve was dead serious on the course, but had a flair and it wasn't beneath him to jingle some change in the pocket during matches. Recently, the US has played best when they've had guys who could keep them loose - the best example probably at Valhalla with Boo Weekly and Anthony Kim providing some much needed fun/flair. It's why I think you need a guy like Reed or Horschel on the team - guys who will show passion on the course. I'm hoping some of the new guys will provide that, but we won't know until they start to hole some putts.
  8. The cat and mouse game of the pairings is irrelevant. It's a fun little game for the media to guess, but it doesn't effect what the Captains will do one bit.
  9. Tiger gets a pass because his partner record is abysmal (9-19-1), but he's 4-2-2 in singles, so there's a sense his partner issues are not on him. Poulter's entire career is defined by the Ryder Cup - absolute legend and even as an American I love watching him in this event.
  10. So is Cantlay going hatless this week? Seems to be the case from the practice rounds. I love that Rory does it - not sure about Cantlay with his receeding hairline.
  11. I don't think course has as much effect as course setup. The Euro's crushed the US in PAris because they grew out the rough 290+ off the tee, making the bombers less effective. Take the Medinah year as an example - something as simple as the hole placement on #17 killed the Americans. They were predominantly a team that drew the ball and Davis Love put the pin on the far right side of the green. At the most critical juncture of the event - #17 on Sunday - Love gave the Americans a pin position that put them at a disadvanteage. Unforgiveable, in my book. At Hazeltine, we put the pins in the middle of the green - the Euros criticized it as "boring" but it worked to the US advantage.
  12. The rain suit disaster aside, I liked the 2010 uniforms. The lilac sweater was controversial, but I think this was our best fit ever.
  13. There's only so much they can do with Ralph Lauren outfitting the team - I swear every year looks the same. I haven't seen what the Euros are wearing yet, but I feel like they always have better outfits.
  14. Yeah, Brooks and DJ are boys and as posted above he plays with other guys in Jupiter. It's kind of like when Chris Chelios came to the Red Wings. Red Wings fans HATED Chelios in Chicago with a passion - like one step below Claude Lemiux hate. But when he came to the Wings and did well, he was our guy and we loved him. I don't think you get that with Bryson alone because he'd be partnered with a teammate who would be "stuck" with him, but if you pair him with Reed and go full heel, it could bring a ton of energy.
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