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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Sunday singles at Gleneagles..Europe wins it 16 1/2 - 11 1/2

10-6 Europe going into today's play.. Europe needs just 4 points from 12 matches... USA needs 8 1/2.. Sounds easy right !!!

Now set your mind back to Medinah on this day in 2012... 10-6 USA was the score only difference was Europe needed 8 points... and you know what happened..

So depending on your point of view either the USA is all set up for redemption, for a big upset, or this will be a walk in the Glen for Europe..

Weather: overcast cool, no rain forecast, slight breeze...

Here are the matches with live scoring starting at 6.36am est

Sunday singles....Live scoring click http://www.rydercup.com/europe/scoring?autorefresh=1

1. Graeme McDowell wins 2&1  vs   Jordan Speith
2. Henrik Stenson   vs  Patrick Reed wins 1up
3..Rory McIlroy wins 5&4  vs  Rickie Fowler
4. Justin Rose   vs Hunter Mahan match halved
5. Stephen Gallagher  vs  Phil Mickelson wins 3&1
6. Martin Kaymer wins 4&2  vs  Bubba Watson
7. Thomas Bjorn  vs  Matt Kuchar wins 4&3
8. Sergio Garcia wins 1up  vs  Jim Furyk
9. Ian Poulter  vs Webb Simpson match halved
10 Jamie Donaldson wins 4&3   vs Keegan Bradley
11.Lee Westwood   vs  Jimmy Walker wins 3&2
12. Victor Dubuisson  vs Zach Johnson match halved

In the end the foursomes were the difference 7 points to Europe 1 to USA. That I did not see coming when I picked them to win. Europe is a better team once right again, fully deserving of the win..from the captain Paul McGinley and his 5 assistants right through Rory at 31 down to French sensation Victor Dubuisson... What a great 3 days, the best in golf, perhaps in all of sport...

Bryan Angus

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Europe leads 10-6 after Saturday at Ryder Cup.. Final scores

This morning has dawned cool and clear in the rolling hills of Perthshire at Gleneagles. The USA are in dark blue sweaters with the Stars and Stripes on their chests, most are wearing touques, Matt Kuchar looks as Monty said "like he's on a skiing holiday" with big winter mittens to round the outfit off.. Europe are in white sweaters and hats and blue pants..
The crowd arrived in the dark, apparently capped at 45,000, they could put 10 times as many in here if they'd let them..
Live scoring click here  http://www.rydercup.com/europe/scoring?autorefresh=1

With the lack of wind there have been birdies galore in this morning's fourballs, here are the pairings

Rose and Stenson win 3&2  vs  Watson and Kuchar
Justin is in full flight right now and Stenson woke up with a stiff back so may not play this afternoon. Bubba is revived playing with Kuchar who rarely makes a mistake. This match was amazing with the Rose and Stenson making 10 straight birdies to win 3&2

Donaldson / Westwood  vs  Furyk / Mahan win 4&3
Jim Furyk is playing well for a change in the Ryder Cup as is Hunter, they have made 6 birdies and are 3up thru 10, and the European pair weren't playing badly but the US pair were in charge from the start and won handily 4&3

Bjorn / Kaymer  vs Reed / Speith win 5&3
The American rookies were not chosen to play yesterday afternoon after winning 5&4 in the morning, a definite mistake in hindsight by captain Watson as they are solid again this morning, in charge all the way to win 5&3. I am not sure why Thomas Bjorn is playing ahead of Sergio Garcia, or GMac for that matter...

McIlroy / Poulter  vs Walker / Fowler A/S
Europe, and they were paired at Medinah. They were currently 2up at the turn, but US has fought back to be 1up at 16. Poulter chipped in from off the green to save a halve and bring the house down then sank the birdie to win the 16th to go A/S. The teams halved 17 and the 18th with each side getting a hard earned 1/2 point.

After a morning with more than it's fair share of drama and birdies the US won 2 1/2 to 1 1/2    Total score going into the afternoon Europe 6 1/2  USA  5 1/2

Saturday afternoon Foursome pairings
Mickelson and Bradley, Watson and Simpson will not play for the US, Poulter, Gallagher Stenson with his tight back and Bjorn sit for Europe

Donaldson / Westwood win 2&1  vs  Johnson / Kuchar
This was a good fair match that went back and forth until USA ran out of holes after a halve in 3 at the 17th..

Garcia / McIlroy win 3&2  vs  Furyk / Mahan
on the 4th tee Europe was 1up and it stayed that way all the way until the 14th when they got it to 2up and were conceded the match on 16..Sergio played better today, Rory is getting better as the week goes on..

Rose / Kaymer A/S   vs  Speith / Reed
Reed may never forget the 2 footer he missed on 16 as the teams halved that par 5 in 6's ! The rookies haven't lost yet in 3 outings and it was fitting that Justin Rose holed an 8 footer on the 18th to halve the match and cap a magnificent 2 days of golf on his behalf..

Dubuisson / GMac win 5&4  vs  Walker / Fowler
For US fans who have never seen Victor Dubuisson's sublime talent they have now. GMac calmed him down and the French star did the rest. They were 5up at the turn after Rickie and Jimmy Walker finally ran out of gas. Never close..

Europe has won 6 of the 8 foursome matches and halved the other 2 which has resulted in a 10-6 tally in favour of the Europeans..

The weather http://www.metcheck.com/SEASONAL/ryder_cup_weather_forecast.asp for Sunday, overcast, no rain, very little wind.

Europe now need 4 points on Sunday to retain the Cup and play begins at 5am est or 10am at Gleneagles..

Bryan Angus

Friday, September 26, 2014

Europe storm back in foursomes, lead 5-3 after day 1..

Live scoring click here http://www.rydercup.com/europe/scoring

Hi everybody at 225am est..It is a cool breezy morning in at Gleneagles in the beautiful rolling hills of Perthshire. The crowds are huge, some 50,000 jammed into the grounds around the PGA Centenary Course. It rained overnight and is 10*c..

The matches are live on the link above and I will be blogging live through out this mornings fourballs.

235am Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson win 5&4 vs Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson
* All veterans, a new pairing for Europe, an established pair for USA..
* Europe with Sweaters that look like the Soltaire with white hats and dark blue pants,,
* USA white shirts, black pants, black aweaters with the Ryder Cup logo on the front
* Webb Simpson popped up his drive, barely made the fairway, Bubba played up the crowd then drove into the deep rough left
* Rose stripes one right down the middle, as does Stenson
* Rose, 9 iron below the hole 15 feet, Stenson greenside bunker
* Watson on green far left, Simpson front of green.. Watson lags up 4 conceded
* Stenson splashes out..Rose leaves it short in the jaws
* Match A/S after one
* 2nd par 5 Rose par conceded, Stenson makes birdie from 10', Bubba misses from 8'
* Europe 1 up after 2
* Europe now 1 up after 3
* Europe now 3up thru 4 after a Rose birdie putt..
* Europe 2up thru 6
* Rose has a 6 footer to win 7th... misses..Europe 2up thru 7
* 8th Hole halved in par
*9th hole long par 5 Rose has lost his ball.. Webb Simpson has a putt for birdie as does Stenson,, Bubba has 15 feet for birdie as well..  Bubba misses putt for birdie, Simpson misses as well.. Stenson makes his Europe goes 3 up at the turn
*10th hole  Rose makes birdie putt at 10 to go 4 up
* 11th hole halved in par
*12th par 4 uphill.. Simpson pulls drive into crowd..Stenson from bunker is just off the edge of the green...Bubba long and right of the pin with his approach from fairway..Rose is just past pin high to the right..  Hole was halved in par
* 13th hole halved in par

* 14th hole  Both Rose and Stensen both had birdie putts Rose made his with Bubba in for 5 so the match is OVER   Europe win 5&4

252am Thomas Bjorn and Martin Kaymer Match A/S vs Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker
* Fowler drives into rough left, Walker down the middle
* Bjorn and Kaymer in the fairway...
* Bjorn misses green, Fowler short in rough

* Kaymer nearly holed his approach, Walker hole high to 15'
* Kaymer conceded, Walker misses

* Europe 1up
* USA misses 2 short putts.. Bjorn makes
Europe 2up

* Bjorn makes 10 footer to halve at 3..
*Europe 3 up thru 4 after a 15' Kaymer birdie
* Fowler makes 3 at 5th  Europe 2up thru 6
* Fowler and Walker make an eagle at 9th as Walker chipped in from the bunker are now just 1 down 
* 10th hole  all on green with long birdie putts. Fowler misses but shows Walker the line.. Walker misses.. Kaymer misses a 4 footer for par.. Goodness me !! Bjorn now from 3 feet makes it to halve hole  Europe 1 up thru 10
* 11th hole halved in par..

* Europe now 2up after a Bjorn chip in at 13..

*15th hole par 4    Fowler on in 3 after trouble in the rough, Walker has a birdie putt. Bjorn from the greenside bunker to 2 feet..Fowler misses  Walker misses birdie, hole halved

*16th  Both Bjorn and Kaymer made poor putts then Walker chipped in from the grass fringe to win the hole..Europe 1up two to play.

*17th par 3  Fowler on line just short of the green, Walker in greenside bunker.. Bjorn a way short and right.. What a shot by Kaymer in there about 10 feet ..
* Fowler misses for birdie, Kaymer misses both make par, hole halved

*18th  Europe 1up par 5  Fowler left of fairway, Walker in short rough, Bjorn short but in fairway, Kaymer long in first cut of rough.
The wind is against, Fowler away right in the rough, Kaymer is in a collection area hole high and left..Walker short of the front bunker.
Bjorn plays in a nice wedge 12', Kaymer has a tough chip because this green is elevated, plays a bump and run to 12..

Walker plays up to 5 feet away
Bjorn misses his birdie, conceded par... Kaymer misses.. Walker makes his putt to win the hole and get the halve  Match A/S

300am  Gallagher and Poulter  vs  Speith and Reed win 5&4

* Gallagher and Poulter arrive arm in arm onto huge ovation on first
* Patrick Reed fairway right side, Speith fairway wood in fairway
* Gallagher with white touque drives into bunker, Poulter in first cut left good lie

* Gallagher bad lie hits out into deep rough, Poulter 9i greenside bunker... Reed misses green in bunker    Fowler on in reg but long lag putt coming

*Poulter out to 3' Reed out to 10' .. Poulter misses 3 footer for par
*USA Iup
*USA 1up thru 2....
* Gallagher way short with birdie putt on 3.. nervy start for Scot.. Poulter makes 20 footer for halve  USA 1up thru 3
* Speith and Poulter on close at par 3 4th...Poulter misses left  Speith misses left
4th halved in par  USA still 1up thru 4
* Poulter 6 footer for halve at 5 and makes it  USA 1up thru 5
* On par 3 6th Poulter on, Gallagher in bunker, both Reed and Speith on but long..
* Reed makes long birdie putt to win hole  USA 2up thru 6
* 7th Hole par 4  Poulter on in 2,  Reed and Speith both on. Reed misses birdie..Poulter just misses. Gallagher chipping for par misses.. Speith has putt to win and makes it to go 3up thru 7
*8th hole Reed from 8 feet for par misses... Gallagher misses birdie putt to win hole conceded for a halve..  USA 3up thru 8..
* 9th par 5 Poulter in water, Gallagher in close but Reed is closer and Speith is on the green as well. Gallagher misses right now USA has door wide open..Speith misses.. Reed makes birdie from 4 feet now USA 4up at the turn
* par 3 10th  all 4 on with birdie putts..Gallagher misses birdie, conceded par..Reed misses par conceded... Poulter misses  .. Speith to win makes it to go 5 up
* USA wins 11th to go dormie 6
* Europe win the 12th now down by 5
* 13th hole  Poulter runs up a great long lag, Gallagher has a 15 footer to win the hole and he misses yet again, what a dismal day for this pair. Reed holes his par putt to halve the hole  USA dormie 5
*14th  Speith misses 20 foot birdie putt to end match ..misses now Reed with a 12 footer to win...he misses.. Gallagher for the win from 12 feet.. guess what he misses again.. Poulter leaves it short and mercifully this match is OVER 5&4

* So a great win for Tom Watson's 2 rookies who played steadily, and from a European point of view Gallagher's debut was very poor right from the first hole when he found a bad lie in the fairway bunker then all but lost his second in the rough. Poulter simply played the way he has all year.. poorly..

320am McIlroy and Garcia  vs  Bradley and Mickelson

* Bradley way right into deep rough, Mickelson in jacket and gloves, short but in fairway..

* Garcia in 1st cut good lie, Rory with new driver miles down the middle.
* Garcia middle of green, Mickelson right over flag, Bradley from rough into bunker, Rory 15' below hole..

* Mickelson makes birdie, Rory tough 15' makes it with fist pump !!
* A/S thru 1
A/S thru 2 pars on par 5
*Par conceded to Bradley at 3rd  A/S thru 3
* All four miss the green at 4th.. yet another TV commercial !!

* Hello Garcia holes out from bunker during tv time out, now back to another commercial

* Europe 1 up thru 4
* Mickelson in for par at 5th..Garcia matches him  Europe 1 up thru 5
*  Par 3 6th McIlroy 20 feet from hole 7iron..Bradley on line 20 feet short. Mickelson same line closer..Bradley to putt first rolls it 6 feet past on the left..Rory misses on left, now Phil to win the hole  just missed  Europe 1 up thru 6
* Par 4 7th Mickelson drives Fore right.. Sergio right in the middle of fairway... Rory in bunker.. Bradley in first cut..Bradley hits a great shot in to about 10'...Mickelson draws a good lie in rough plays onto green.. Sergio approach comes up short, lags putt up to 3 feet.. Phil misses..Rory putting for par just misses... Bradley birdie putt to win and misses badly.. Sergio misses...Bradley makes to even match
* 8th hole  Rory is 15 short with his chip after a massive drive, Sergio's approach goes long on the wind into back bunker.. Bradley is long as well with sprinkler head in his way..Mickelson lags up close.. Bradley has to chip over sprinkler and misses.. Rory for a birdie to win...misses...Mickelson makes  hole halved
* 9th hole, long par 5   Sergio on in 3 at back of green.. Rory plays a great 3rd and it rolls on with both Bradley and Mickelson in front bunkers in 2..Mickelson plays out stone dead for birdie 4.. Rory misses narrowly to halve so USA goes up by 1 at the turn
* 10th hole  USA goes up by 2 as I was in the shower..

* 11th hole  believe it or not Rory and Sergio win with a par now USA 1up
*12th hole  Rory misses a par putt but Mickelson misses his 8 footer and Rory asks him to make the little one coming back which he does for par... Sergio now for the halve..he makes it    USA 1up
*13th  Bradley played his second off the cartpath but over the green and in the end Europe won the hole with par after Bradley missed a winner  Match A/S
*14th  Mickelson and McIlroy having a little chipping competition, however it's Bradley who holes his birdie putt with a fistpump.. Now Sergio from 18 feet.. rolls his right in on top to halve the hole !!
*15th Rory in the fairway, Bradley is so bad they are all looking for his ball. Mickelson ended up missing a 5 footer for par giving Europe another win with a par Europe 1up
16th  par 5  Bradley with best drive of 4.. Garcia in the rough goes for it and just clears the water and lands in front of the green.  Bradley hits a beauty about 10 feet away for an eagle try Now Rory from the rough hits a beauty way up in the air and lands in the middle of the green..

Mickelson chips up onto the green, the entire crowd is gathered around this 16th, it is a huge gathering.. Sergio bump and run to 8 feet.  Rory lags up close. Now Keegan for the win..and he makes the eagleMatch A/S
17th Par 3  Mickelson is bunker right, Bradley on but away over to the right. Rory on line but a club short of the green and Sergio is away left and long in the deep rough..
Great chip stone dead from Rory for his 3..Mickelson runs 5 feet past from the bunker...Sergio will try to pitch one in and goes long so here's Keegan again to win..
He rolls it 3 feet past and makes it coming back for the half..Match A/S

18th Par 5...Bradley left into crowd. Mickelson in middle of the fairway... Rory goes left, and Sergio hammers one into the middle of the fairway..
Sergio and Phil both come up short and right, Sergio in the rough and Phil in the fron bunker. Both Keegan and Rory have short 3rd shots as well. Rory mishits his into front bunker..what a mess ! Bradley now to within 4 feet..Sergio has a terrible lie..chips it and it rolls back into the bunker
Rory out to 6 feet lying 4... Sergio out as well now lying 4..Mickelson out 3 feet lying 3. Now Bradley for the win..he misses...  Rory misses.. Sergio makes 5 now Phil from 3 feet..He sinks it and USA wins 1up

So what a morning, a lot of sloppy play, a lot of brilliant moments, the wind has been blowing, this course is tough, greens are tricky and the score after the fourballs is

USA 2 1/2   Europe 1 1/2

However Europe came storming back in the afternoon and never lost a match

Donaldson/Westwood won 2up vs Furyk / Kuchar  followed by an incredible Justin Rose /Stenson who won 2&1 vs Hunter Mahan/ Zach Johnson.  Rory / Sergio won their last 3 holes to halve their match with Walker / Fowler and finally Victor Dubuisson/ Graeme McDowell beat up Mickelson/Bradley 3&2.

Nearly 50,000 people went home happy as a result with Europe leading 5-3. The weather forecast for Saturday is clear and cool, but more importantly no rain a little wind in the morning at least..

Bryan Angus


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Friday fourball pairings.. Opening Ceremony..

Well the weather co-operated and the Opening ceremony is over at Gleneagles, a rather polite, warm ceremony and the opening matches were announced by the captains.
(my pick in bold)

Match 1  Justin Rose / Henrik Stenson  vs  Bubba Watson / Webb Simpson
Match 2  Thomas Bjorn / Martin Kaymer  vs Rickie Fowler / Jimmy Walker
Match 3  Stephen Gallagher / Ian Poulter  vs  Jordan Speith / Patrick Reed
Match 4  Rory McIlroy / Sergio Garcia  vs  Keegan Bradley / Phil Mickelson

Surprises ; Euro's  McGinley splits up Rose and Poulter, sends out Bjorn / Kaymer against Fowler and Walker

USA Watson sends out two rookies in Speith and Reed.
Remember in the Ryder Cup the pairings are submitted blind by the captain's

I'm just about to join Rick Ralph on TSN1290 in Winnipeg..

As for the Opening ceremony Di Dougherty from Sky Sports was chosen to be the MC on a cool breezy afternoon and the magnificently dressed Atholl Pipe Band led in the teams.

Amy McDonald from Bishopbriggs brought a lump to my throat with her song about Scotland called " I'll do anything you ask of me" followed by the pipe band leading the crowd in "Flower of Scotland"

The captains introduced their teams, Tom Watson getting a standing ovation spoke with passion and respect, and sang the Stars and Stripes with great gusto..

Paul McGinley from Dublin, who's career as a Gaelic footballer was shattered along with his kneecap when he was 18, took up golf while working at the European Union HQ in Brussels as a 4 handicapper on his long journey to the podium at Gleneagles introduced his 12 with Gallagher getting a huge ovation from the Scots who all had blue suits on with a very fine light green tartan on the jackets..

In all an uneventful, respectful ceremony but I must say.. the European team doesn't have a national anthem, rather something called "Ode to Europe" as they raise their collective flags..  It's a competition in the making I guess.

So an early night for me and I'll be up early here on FairwaysPlus at 2.30am join me then !!

Bryan Angus

Bryan Angus

Rarin' to go...All you need to know for this Ryder Cup..

The panels at the Golf Channel who by the way sent their entire crews over to Gleneagles and have been live since Monday morning, ( love to see the final bill there) have long since run out of things to analyze..  It's time to play so I have compiled a bucket list of everything you need to know..

Schedule of play  http://www.rydercup.com/europe/event/2014-ryder-cup-schedule-events

For those of us on EST in Canada the 7.35am local time start is 2.35am Friday morning. Remember this year they are playing fourballs first with foursomes in the afternoon a switch from the traditional format..

Weather forecast http://www.itv.com/news/2014-09-23/ryder-cup-weather-will-be-dodgy-at-the-start/  

It's going to be cool, windy and rainy when play begins Friday morning. Having played many times at Gleneagles I can't remember seeing the rough as deep and thick as it is now and much of that is because the summer in Perthshire has had a lot of this type of weather. It really doesn't favour either team, and the Scottish spectators are well used to it and their support will make a difference

Europe Bio's and Ryder Cup records  http://www.rydercup.com/europe/team/2014-ryder-cup-team-europe-player-profiles

USA Bio's and Ryder Cup records   http://www.rydercup.com/usa/team/2014-ryder-cup-team-usa-player-profiles

Past Champions  http://www.rydercup.com/usa/history/2014-ryder-cup-past-results 

The first 22 Ryder Cup matches with Great Britain and Ireland against the United States, the US won 18, GB and Ireland three and one match, the famous 1969 contest, tied.

That all changed in 1979, with the little or no interest in the USA, Jack Nicklaus for one, suggested that Europe become included and Seve Ballesteros and Antonio Garrido became the first continental golfers to play in The Ryder Cup.

In the subsequent 16 matches, Europe have won eight, the United States seven, with one match tied and importantly of the last 9 matches Europe has won 7.

Future matches http://www.rydercup.com/usa/event/2014-ryder-cup-future-sites

Tour of the Course  http://www.rydercup.com/europe/course/2014/tour/1

History of Gleneagles  http://www.rydercup.com/europe/news/course-history-endless-charm-Gleneagles

This is a bit wordy by my old pal Mitchell Platts of the European Tour office but does give you the history in particular Jack Nicklaus's designing of this PGA Centenary course.

I only stayed in the hotel one night on a splurge,, always staying at home in Perth and driving down because it is very very expensive Here is a link to give you an idea http://www.booking.com/searchresults.en-gb.html?aid=311088;label=the-gleneagles-zawzWMLyi8CuG95%2A2zTaGAS22130694963%3Apl%3Ata%3Ap1%3Ap2300%2C000%3Aac%3Aap1t2%3Aneg;sid=zchoCSmTw_wcB;hh=576113

It is $1200 Canadian for 2 nights after the Ryder Cup so you know it is significantly more during..It costs $50 for afternoon tea, and if you eat in the dining room expect to pay $150 for a steak dinner.

Price of Tickets  Golf fans had to complete a two-stage process that included registering a photograph, before applying for tickets when the application process officially opened June 10. Daily Tickets range in price from a £10 ($20) concession ticket for Under 16s on the Practice Days, to £145 ($300) for a Sunday ticket, while a range of combined ticket options is also available.

All Match Day applications were included in a ballot, with those who were successful getting the good news in mid August.

Early pairing predictions

Tom Watson has had the same pairings out together most of this week and has said he will likely play all 12 guys on Friday so here is my educated guess on his pairings.

Possible US Friday 4 ball pairings  Mickelson/ Bradley , Simpson /Watson, Walker /Fowler, Speith/ Kuchar

Possible US Friday 4some pairings  Mickelson/Bradley, Furyk /Reed, Johnson/Mahan, Walker/Fowler

Paul McGinley on the other hand has mixed up his groups although it is a lock Poulter/Rose will continue their dominating partnership..

Bryan Angus

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Why the USA will win this Ryder Cup..

I am a proud Canadian, but also a Scotsman and the Ryder Cup is only 8 miles from my birthplace in Perth, so this hurts me ..

I said it first on my TSN 1050 radio hit Sunday morning on the ISR, my gut has been telling me for a while now that this is the perfect storm for the Americans..they are rated as under dogs, but I believe they are going to win this year..

Here's why..

Lets look at the first at the world rankings...apparently the team with the best average World Ranking has won the last five Ryder Cups? The Euros average position is 19.8 compared the Americans at 16.4.

1. Euros  Rory 1, Sergio 3, Henrik 5, Rosey 6, Kaymer 12, GMac 18, Dubuisson 23, Donaldson 25, Bjorn 30, Gallagher 34, Poulter 38, Westwood 44

Yanks  Furyk 4, Bubba 7, Kuchar 9, Fowler 10, Phil 11, Speith 13, ZJohnson 16, Walker 19, Mahan 21, Bradley 26 Reed 27, WSimpson 33

Euros..Apart from the Rory, Sergio, Stenson, Rosey at the top of McGinley's line up, look how solid the Yanks are 4 thru 26..

Rory has gone off the boil of a brilliant summer, Kaymer has been invisible since his week of weeks at the US Open, please tell me, apart from Donaldson's T4 last week in Wales,  who is hot on the Euro squad ??

Yanks   Despite their brilliant individual career records, Furyk and Mickelson along with Tiger have the worst Ryder Cup records for USA , however Bubba is in the top four for length important here on this soft, heavily roughed, long Century course and paired with steady Webb Simpson is formidable, while  Kuch, Fowler, Phil and Bradley together are the meat of the order and backed by under rated Jimmy Walker who led the Fed Ex for much of this year, Zach Johnson, and nerveless Jordan Speith, they could well handle the likes of off form Kaymer, GMac, Bjorn and Gallagher....
Advantage Yanks..

2. The Course
At 7,243 yards, Gleneagles PGA Centenary course is soft and playing long so that will play into the hands of the longer hitters.  Bubba Watson, Rory McIlroy, Victor Dubuisson and Keegan Bradley, are the longest in this year’s matches, all average more than 300 yards off the tee. This summer an in form Rory drove the ball astonishingly long and with a slight controlled draw, the question is can he do it again..
More important this is a soft, heavily roughed parkland course, the likes found all over the US...No disadvantage here for them..
The average driving distance of the European team (293.48 yards) and the US team (293.25 yards) is the same.  As for fairways hit again there is little difference with the US averaging 62.1 per cent and Europe 61.4 per cent All square on this one

3. The Prelude....I watched the captain's presser today, both said the right things but Tom Watson is a legend, Paul McGinley nothing more than a grinder with a great Ryder Cup record..
The Yanks are all about redemption after blowing up on Sunday at Medinah last time round. They all flew in together, bonding with Ray Floyd, Steve Stricker etal as travel companions and coaches. Rickie has USA shaved in his head, Tiger is at home sending inspiration while the Euros are arriving indivdually from all over. I remember when the Europeans won in 1995 and flew over together to Rochester at Oak Hill in the Concord, and it's a small thing but they felt like they were first class, they belonged and they bonded.Advantage USA..
4.Scrambling .
Six of the seven best “scramblers" headed to Gleneagles are in Tom Watson's team with Sergio Garcia the only European that gets up-and-down more than 65 per cent of the time. On the greens, Jordan Spieth averages the fewest putts per round (27.86). 11 of the 12 US players average fewer than 29 putts while there are only seven EuropeansAdvantage USA

5. Ryder Cuppers..

There are three rookies on each team, but of the rest, Europe more experience. They have a total of 31 individual Ryder Cup appearances with 78 total points won, while the US team has 29 appearances with 52 points won.
I read a stat that said Lee Westwood has raised the Ryder Cup trophy on more occasions (6) than all the players on the US team combined.  Advantage Europe..

6. The secret..

If you are not of British, or even European heritage this is hard to explain but I'll try because for me it is at the heart of the European motivation.

For the rest of the world the USA is the land of milk and honey, it's why so many of us immigrated. Yanks are considered whether it's fair or not as richer, more spoiled, more affluent, better weather, houses, cars, toys etc than the rest.

Now take that backdrop to the Ryder Cup. From 1927 -1985 GB only had 3 wins and a tie in 1966.  Every year it was David vs Goliath...Unheard of players in the States like Neil Coles, Ronnie Shade, Brian Barnes and many more were pitted against Palmer, Nicklaus, Trevino, Hogan, Snead...

It meant everything just to get a half never mind a win. European players earned their pro status serving club members as assistant pros, some of the Spaniards like Seve as caddies, while Americans were on all paid 4 year scholarships in Florida and California etc, virtually playing and practicing golf 12 months a year, preparing to be a pro.

That is why European players bond together so easily, they are from common everyday stock, compared to the spoiled, big name self absorbed Americans..

However !.. All that is changing as more and more Euros are not only taking a residence in the States, joining the PGA Tour ( see Rory, Lee and Ian Poulter) and now being awarded golf scholarships to those very same colleges, and pro golf is now truly a world wide game..

With Tiger gone and Phil in a lesser role I sense under Tom Watson's legendary influence, the USA is bonding strongly with new leadership from Rickie Fowler, Keegan Bradley, Jordan Speith, Matt Kuchar and willing foot soldiers like Patrick Reed, JimmyWalker and Zach Johnson..

It's them against the world this week, a perfect storm, if they lose they were expected to by all the pundits, but not by me for one..

I think they are way under rated, I think they have taken some of the secret that has been the Euro edge for 7 wins in the last 9 Cups..

And I think they are going to win and it shouldn't be a surprise..

Bryan Angus

Monday, September 22, 2014

Hadwin tops weekend winners.. Final scoreboards

To the casual sports fan this weekend wasn't a major, or the Fed Ex Cup finale or the upcoming Ryder Cup, but for many pros, both male and female this was a huge weekend where PGA Tour, LPGA cards were finally earned, hearts both overjoyed and broken, new careers launched, some shattered..

Web.com Tour
Final scoreboard click http://www.pgatour.com/webcom/tournaments/web-com-tour-championship/leaderboard.html

Abbotsford, B.C.’s Adam Hadwin topped the combined Web.com Tour money list to earn a full exemption and a spot in The Players after he had a 72 at the Tour Championship on Sunday to tie for seventh at 6 under. He earned $30,125 for a total of $529,792.

I think everyone out here knows the importance of being No. 1 and knows how good it is not to have to reshuffle for the next year,” Hadwin said. “It allows you to just go out and have some fun and enjoy it. You don’t have to put pressure on yourself to perform before the first reshuffle or the second reshuffle.”

With Hadwin and Merrit, B.C.’s Roger Sloan having already secured their PGA Tour playing privileges, the stage was set for one of the most clutch final rounds in Canadian golf history. Nick Taylor also from Abbotsford joined the pair as PGA Tour rookies for next season after firing a blazing 7-under 63 on TPC Sawgrass Dye’s Valley Course. Taylor, 26, would go on finish 37th on the Web.com Tour eligibility category.

European Tour
Final scoreboard http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2014/tournamentid=2014074/leaderboard/index.html

Joost Luiten who was overlooked as a captain’s pick for next week’s Ryder Cup in favor of Lee Westwood, overcame a shaky start to shoot a level-par 71 and hang on for a one-shot victory at the Wales Open.

Luiten opened with two straight bogeys but bounced back with three birdies on the back nine and then recovered from a poor tee shot on the 18th to make par for the victory. The Dutchman, who had led by two shots after the third round, finished with a 14-under total of 270. It was Luiten’s third European Tour victory.

Final scoreboard http://www.lpgascoring.com/public/Leaderboard.aspx

Mi Jung Hur matched top-ranked Stacy Lewis stroke for stroke Sunday in the final round of the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic in Alabama

Another in the seemingly endless stream of South Korean players, she never gave up the last-day lead on her way to a tournament-record 21-under 267 total. Hur birdied four of the final eight holes to beat Lewis by four strokes for her second LPGA Tour victory. The each shot 6-under 66

Alena Sharp climbed 20 spots up the leaderboard after a final round 6-under par 66 and tied for 30th at 5-under 283. Sue Kim of Langley, B.C. tied for 63rd at 3-over 291

Symetra Tour
Final scoring click http://www.symetrascoring.com/public/Leaderboard.aspx

Norway’s Marita Engzelius eagled the first hole of a playoff Sunday to win the season-ending Symetra Tour Championship, and the top 10 on the money list earned LPGA Tour cards. Engzelius earned $22,500 to finish 15th on the money list with $36,050. She earned an exemption into the final stage of the LPGA Tour’s qualifying school

Marissa Steen from Ohio, a three-time winner this season, topped the LPGA Tour qualifiers with $75,348. Min Seo Kwak was second at $69,143, followed by Stoelting ($60,452), Sadena Parks ($57,597), Min Lee ($57,011), Wei-Ling Hsu ($53,004), Yueer Cindy Feng ($51,992), Kendall Dye ($47,684), Runas ($45,095) and Mallory Blackwelder ($41,381

Heartbreak for Canadians narrowly missing out on LPGA Tour cards for next season were Sara-Muade Juneau, Nicole Vandermade and Maude-Aimee Leblanc. Juneau, of Fossambault, Que., finished 13th on the tour’s money list. Brantford, Ont.’s Vandermade finished 17th.
Leblanc, needed a win this week to retain her full status on the LPGA Tour for next season. She held the lead heading into the final round but missed a 6 footer on the last green to miss out on the play-off as she carded a final round 74 to tie for 4th and finish 19th on the money list.

Champions Tour
Final scoreboard http://www.pgatour.com/champions/tournaments/pacific-links-hawai-i-championship/leaderboard.html

Watching Paul Goydos win the Hawaii Championship for his first Champions Tour title, breaking out of a tight pack with four straight birdies, just made me determined to return to Oahu some time before it becomes too late. There is something magical about the Hawaiian islands, the sun the breeze the stunning colour the ocean, the mountains, volcanos, beaches of all kinds, black, dazzling white, and so much more..

Anyhow Goydos was making his fifth start on the senior circuit since turning 50 in June, Goydos closed with a 4-under 68 at Kapolei Golf Club for a tournament-record 19-under 197 total. He opened with rounds of 66 and 63 for a share of the second-round lead with Fred Funk.

Funk finished with a 69 to tie for second with Scott Dunlap. Funk had a hole-in-one on No. 16, using a 4-hybrid on the 200-yard hole. Dunlap who is playing the best golf of his career, shot a 65.

Rod Spittle tied for 40th at 7-under 209 and Davis Love III who turned 50 in April struggled in his Champions Tour debut, closing with a 72 to tie for 64th in the 81-man field at 3 under with Canada’s Jim Rutledge.

Bryan Angus
( files from AP, CP, europeantour.com, BBC, Reuters )