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Ryder Cup 2009?

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

Just a short post for all those who are searching for Ryder Cup 2009 (we are getting a large number of visitors here who have searched for “ryder cup 2009″) – there is NO Ryder Cup 2009!
The Ryder Cup is held every two years (for a brief overview have a look at Ryder Cup History). The Ryder Cup used to be held on odd years until 2001 when it was postponed due to the September 11 tragedy. Since then it appears alternately in Europe and America every two years, on even numbered years. Ryder Cup 2010 is the next event scheduled to be held at Celtic Manor in Wales.

Ryder Cup Corporate Hospitality

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

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Team Europe Shenanigans

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

Sometimes I wonder if the Ryder Cup participants and the media have some kind of pact to generate news when there really isn’t any. The latest spats from the European camp are as follows:

Sandy Lyle has been complaining that he has been snubbed since Monty was confirmed as captain. In a recent interview Lyle said-

“I haven’t spoken to Colin or had any response at all from him since got he got the captaincy,” said the 51-year-old after his practice round yesterday. “Monty now doesn’t live too far from me in Scotland, and I’ve left messages on his phone and he just hasn’t returned any of my calls. That’s very disappointing.

“You know, it was pretty much a ‘below-the-belt’ type punch when I didn’t get the captaincy. It just seemed a little unusual Colin should be appointed captain as it seemed to me a forgone conclusion that I would win it. I just couldn’t think of any nasty reasons why that wouldn’t happen.”

Jose Maria Olazabal also threw the cat among the pigeons when he announced that he has NOT agreed to be a Ryder Cup 2010 Vice-Captain. This is a little embarrassing for Monty who had already publicized the “fact” that Olazabal would be vice-captain.

Ian Woosnam then decided to pitch in and criticize Monty for making the announcement…

All a bit of a storm in a tea cup really, but not very encouraging in terms of team spirit for Ryder Cup 2010.

Captain Montgomerie

Thursday, January 29th, 2009
Colin Montgomerie

Colin Montgomerie

Colin Montgomerie will lead the European Ryder Cup challenge for 2010 Ryder Cup

Montgomerie was unanimously chosen by the 15-man committee after an hour and 10 minutes meeting.

He immediately launched his captaincy by declaring that he expects to be granted an extra captains pick. Monty was clearly delighted with the honour – “This is obviously one of my proudest moments,
It is a huge responsibility having lost the last Ryder Cup. It is important we do everything we can to claim back the Ryder Cup in 2010. It just seems the time is right for me to take the helm here and be captain.”

Cory Pavin

Thursday, December 11th, 2008
Cory Pavin

Cory Pavin

Corey Allen Pavin (born November 16, 1959 in Oxnard, California) has played on three US Ryder Cup teams: 1991, 1993, and 1995.

Pavin turned professional in 1982 and has 27 professional wins under his belt and 15 PGA Tour wins. He ranks 49th in Career Earnings on the PGA TOUR.

Pavin will Captain the U.S. Team in Ryder Cup 2010

1959: Born in Oxnard, California on November 16
1982: Turns professional.
1984: Picks up first PGA Tour victory at Houston Coca-Cola Open.
1991: Tops PGA’S money list. Plays in first Ryder Cup at Kiawah Island, South California. Picked up a point in the singles as USA went on to win the ‘War on the Shore’.
1993: Part of American team which retained the Ryder Cup at The Belfry, picking up three points.
1995: Wins US Open by two strokes over Greg Norman for the only major victory of his career.
Tastes only career defeat in Ryder Cup, despite winning four out of five matches at Oak Hill. Ends his Ryder Cup career with eight wins and five defeats.
2004: Runner-up to Nick Price in USPGA Championship at Southern Hills.
2006: Wins 15th PGA Tour title at US Bank Championship in Milwaukee. Also breaks the record for the fewest number of strokes needed to complete nine holes at a PGA Tour event (26).
2008: Named as America’s Ryder Cup captain for their defence of the trophy at Celtic Manor in Wales in 2010.

Management Lessons from the Ryder Cup victory

Sunday, October 5th, 2008

We often fall into the trap of generating retrospective explanations for sporting events that, in reality, hinge on some apparently minor incidents. And so, now we are told that the US victory was the result of an elaborate strategy on the part of Paul Azinger. But this time, I actually think there’s something in it!

As described in this Wall Street Journal article, Zinger’s plan of segregating his team into three sub-groups or pods, based on their personalities and playing styles certainly did help the US team find a sense of unity that had been less obvious in previous tournaments.

The most radical element of the plan was dividing the 12-man squad into three, four-man subgroups, or pods. Mr. Azinger apparently got this idea several years ago from a documentary about the military’s Special Forces and their Ryder Cup-size platoons. The Navy Seals, for instance, typically operate in 13-man units led by two officers and a chief, and frequently break down into subgroups, depending on the mission.

“Each pod was a force unto itself,” Mr. Browne said of last week’s team. Pod members played all their practice rounds together and were paired only with other pod members in the competition. Even in the Sunday singles matches, the pods went off sequentially, four by four. Each pod was assigned an assistant captain to tend to players’ needs and to keep them relaxed and “on message” — a key concept in the strategy.

Makes sense, right? If you were challenged to identify a European team strategy to match this, you’ll probably come up a little short. Perhaps the presence of DJ Spoony was supposed to be the key?

Reaction to the US Ryder Cup victory

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

As players and traveling spectators leave the Louisville area, many commentators all over the world are weighing in with their views and perspectives on what has just unfolded at the 37th Ryder Cup Matches. Here’s a brief sample of what the press has to offer:

The Europeans had held the upper hand over their opponents with regard to team unity and a relaxed but committed approach, plus the ability to hole birdie putts when they matter most.

The above observation is valid but is also the perfect description of the US team over this weekend. As always, it really does come down to who holes the most key puts.

  • The LA Times also develops this ‘resuscitation’ theme and highlights the key reason for Europe’s defeat:

The most important reason why Europe lost was because its best players were borderline miserable — exactly what has happened to the U.S. in recent years.
Padraig Harrington, Sergio Garcia and Lee Westwood are Europe’s Big Three, but they won no matches in three days, lost seven of them and halved five others.

  • Sporting Life reports on a key Azinger insight and one of the suggested reasons why the Americans worked so well together:

“You know, we just decided to come together in small groups, that was it. Beyond that, I don’t know what else to tell you.

“We put four guys together in practice rounds and they played together every day, and they were the four guys who stayed together the whole week and they were never going to come out of their little group. That’s the way I did it.

“It was about how to take small groups and just to break them up.”

While Azinger takes a lot of credit for the famous victory, Nick Faldo has been getting a lot of stick from the European press.  Some of the more painful criticisms are selected here:

    If Faldo was an ice cream, he’d lick himself.

    • The Times was quite clinical in its destruction of Faldo’s captaincy

    Faldo’s thin skin, the need to have his sports shrink by his side even out on the course and his grating sense of humour had confirmed what we knew all along, which is that he is no natural leader. But what we had not expected was that a man who had dedicated himself so much to this job would make such a colossal strategic mistake –echoing Curtis Strange’s blunder in 2002 in sending Tiger Woods out last and leaving the world’s best player stranded.

    Witches were given a fairer hearing in medieval Europe than that coming Faldo’s way in the Valhalla postmortem. He is about to pay the price of a lifetime of self serving, of devotion to the cult of the individual.

    • Former Ryder Cup player, Christy O’Connor Jnr was very critical of Faldo on Irish radio, suggesting that Faldo had erred by not having more vice-captains around the course providing support to his players. He described the presence of Faldo’s son as ‘ridiculous’ and compared the lack of togetherness of the European team to the unity of the US team

    It certainly is interesting how we rush to create stories and explanations for the final score in a complicated golf competition, especially when a few putts holed or missed either way could have resulted in a different outcome!

    The US wins the Ryder Cup!

    Sunday, September 21st, 2008

    A nine-year wait for US golf has come to an end. In an unforgettable final session, the US team has won the Ryder Cup for the first time in the 21st century!

    The scene for this much-enjoyed victory was set impressively by young Anthony Kim who faced down the challenge of Sergio Garcia in the opening match. His success enlivened the crowd and sent a positive wave of energy down through the field, inspiring locals Kenny Perry & JB Holmes to win their games. Victories for the man-of-the-week Boo Weekley and finally, Jim Furyk, clinched the trophy.

    Congratulations to the US team!!

    Sunday Singles matches

    Sunday, September 21st, 2008

    The US team needs at least 5.5 points to win the Ryder Cup for the first time since 1999. They have twelve opportunities to win points today in the singles matches. The captains have selected their line-ups as follows (Valhalla tee-off time):

    1203 Anthony Kim v Sergio Garcia

    1214 Hunter Mahan v Paul Casey

    1225 Justin Leonard v Robert Karlsson

    1236 Phil Mickelson v Justin Rose

    1247 Kenny Perry v Henrik Stenson

    1258 Boo Weekley v Oliver Wilson

    1309 JB Holmes v Soren Hansen

    1320 Jim Furyk v Miguel Angel Jimenez

    1331 Stewart Cink v Graeme McDowell

    1342 Steve Stricker v Ian Poulter

    1353 Ben Curtis v Lee Westwood

    1404 Chad Campbell v Padraig Harrington

    A two point US lead at the end of Day 2

    Sunday, September 21st, 2008

    The US team holds a 9-7 lead going into the Sunday Singles at the 2008 Ryder Cup. The Saturday fourball matches were a close affair with three of the four matches decided on the 18th green. Some difficult putts were made, others were missed and when the dust settled, the spoils were evenly shared – two points a piece.

    Saturday Fourball Results:

    Weekley/Holmes beat Westwood/Hansen by 2&1

    Curtis/Stricker vs Garcia/Casey – match halved

    Perry/Furyk lost to McDowell/Poulter by 1 hole

    Mickelson/Mahan vs Stenson/Karlsson – match halved