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The 2021 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits


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2 hours ago, TBS said:

I think Brooks's comments about how its different/difficult event compared to other tour events got blown way out of proportion and twisted to "I'm not into this event". He's a competitor, he's played college golf and other team sports, when he gets in the team environment with half of the team being young guys, he's going to want to be a leader. 

Not to mention, I feel like everybody just laughed off Bryson's comments about his hands being wrecked prepping for long drive. All of these top guys have outside responsibilities but they have trained to focus on the current event they are playing and not worrying to far ahead. I think the reality is that the top Americans are celebrities and this event is a small part of their responsibilities and roles. But, similar to Olympics, when they all get together and put on the red, white, and blue, perspective changes. 

I think the picks this year are spot on. Reed was quoted saying he thought he was going to die a few weeks ago. Love Kis but personality does not win matches on this course. The US made a clear commitment to brining in young guys which will pay off over the next few years. 

I think course setup should be tough tucked pins the first day and make them easier the following days. The US should have center pin locations on Sunday looking for a birdie fest.

I'm with you on the Captain's picks.  Ryder Cup captaincy is a tough gig...if his choices perform Stricker's brilliant, if not, he'll be criticized for guys like Na or Kis not being chosen.  

The thing is, I can see Na and Kis making sense if this was an away game where the Euro's would set it up to narrow the fairways and put a premium on hitting the short grass.  Whistling Straits will be set up to take advantage of American length, and long Kis and Na are not.

I really expect Spieth to have a strong week under this formula as much as anyone...

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US Practice Pairings were out yesterday and looks like to me Stricker knows what he's doing.

  • Finau, Brooks, Berger, English
  • DJ, Morikawa, Xander, Cantlay
  • Spieth, JT, Bryson, Scheffler

I can see obvious pairings like JT/Spieth, Xander/Cantlay, Bryson/Scheffler. That first practice group you could pretty much swap and switch as needed. My concern for the US was who to pair with Bryson but looks like that has been decided. Now I'm curious who will play with DJ and if Morikawa is really a good fit for DJ? Again I feel like we have the best players but are somehow not going to get the job done... 

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2 hours ago, DannyDips said:

US Practice Pairings were out yesterday and looks like to me Stricker knows what he's doing.

  • Finau, Brooks, Berger, English
  • DJ, Morikawa, Xander, Cantlay
  • Spieth, JT, Bryson, Scheffler

I can see obvious pairings like JT/Spieth, Xander/Cantlay, Bryson/Scheffler. That first practice group you could pretty much swap and switch as needed. My concern for the US was who to pair with Bryson but looks like that has been decided. Now I'm curious who will play with DJ and if Morikawa is really a good fit for DJ? Again I feel like we have the best players but are somehow not going to get the job done... 

If Stricker is going with the pod system, these are the perfect pods. Brooks being with Berger and English will help him get into the team spirit. Bryson with the "cool kids" will help his ego and keep him positive. The DJ group is interesting but all 4 put together create the most well rounded team when it comes to strength on course. I'm pumped.

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Fun day at the Ryder Cup today.  The Euro's played all 18 holes but the US stopped after 9.  Apparently they are saving their energy and trying to ramp up as we approach Friday.

Highlight of the day has to be this super awkward photo I took of Rory eating a banana.  Seems pretty ripe for some photoshop magic.

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Man, the anticipation is killing me!  I haven't been this excited in a long time.  

Friday I have to take the kids to school and DVR the first tee shots, but I'll get home and catch up quickly.  Saturday, I'm going to be on a 4-5 hour DVR delay; playing in the STRATCOM Saturday Golf championship in the morning.  Sunday, I'll watch the first couple hours, then my kids have flag football, a birthday party, and baseball practice, meaning I'm going to shut off my phone, block out the world, and watch the bulk of singles on DVR until probably 2am.  I've warned the wife for a year that this was the weekend I was going to go to extreme lengths to not miss a shot, hopefully she stays patient with me!

I honestly have a hunch the Americans are going to win running away, hope I'm right...

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On 9/15/2021 at 11:11 AM, Golfspy_CG2 said:

I'll have to dig up a prize or maybe go with the mystery box again!

How about a long rectangular box that weighs about 12 lbs.? 😆

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Setting up for an incredible first session tomorrow:

Spieth/Thomas vs Rahm/Garcia

DJ/Morikawa vs Casey/Hovland

Koepka/Berger vs Westwood/Fitzpatrick 

Cantlay/Schaufelle vs McIlroy/Poulter

Risk for both sides here, but I really like the US chances in all of these and I can see a 3-1 US lead after the morning.

 

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6 minutes ago, Getoffmylawn said:

Setting up for an incredible first session tomorrow:

Spieth/Thomas vs Rahm/Garcia

DJ/Morikawa vs Casey/Hovland

Koepka/Berger vs Westwood/Fitzpatrick 

Cantlay/Schaufelle vs McIlroy/Poulter

Risk for both sides here, but I really like the US chances in all of these and I can see a 3-1 US lead after the morning.

 

Hope you’re right!

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This pairing could be dangerous. I was their standard bearer during the BMW and they were cutting it up and having a great time. They had some major flow. Fleetwood and Molinari kinda flow.

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Loving the Justin/Jordan pairing.  Up against the to Spaniard's.... this should be a good one.

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I love this early golf…Dropped off my daughter at school…5 hours of Ryder Cup 🙂

Couple thoughts…

Whistling Straits on the AM sunrise looks phenomenal

I love how Jordan tuned up the idiot fans on the 2nd tee who were chirping Sergio & Rahm

Nick Faldo can’t help talking about himself

Who knows were I can find Brooks’ Nike shoes???

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Match #1 will set the tone for the event and the final outcome.

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Did I see Rahm with a spider??

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16 minutes ago, rbsiedsc said:

Did I see Rahm with a spider??

Don’t think so, pretty sure it is the odyssey mid-mallet he has been playing.

 

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Yup.  No hard figures but looks like a 20:1 vertical to horizontal distance ratio.

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Wow, didn’t see these afternoon pairings coming from the US, and maybe that’s a good thing.  As long as it’s part of a plan and not knee-jerk I’m good with it.

Now, let’s see Bryson drive 1!  I really think he can ignite some serious momentum if he can fire up the crowd and take down Rahm doing it…he putts the hell out of the ball too, might be the man to do it.  
Prediction:  US 2.5 to Euro’s at 1.5

1 minute ago, fixyurdivot said:

Yup.  No hard figures but looks like a 20:1 vertical to horizontal distance ratio.

That was insane!  Too bad JT couldn’t pay it off, but I look for them to come back motivated…

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18 minutes ago, Getoffmylawn said:

Wow, didn’t see these afternoon pairings coming from the US, and maybe that’s a good thing.  As long as it’s part of a plan and not knee-jerk I’m good with it.

Now, let’s see Bryson drive 1!  I really think he can ignite some serious momentum if he can fire up the crowd and take down Rahm doing it…he putts the hell out of the ball too, might be the man to do it.  
Prediction:  US 2.5 to Euro’s at 1.5

That was insane!  Too bad JT couldn’t pay it off, but I look for them to come back motivated…

Yesterday Stricker was asked, is there anything that could happen in the morning matches that would make you change your plans for the afternoon parings.   He said, barring an injury, nothing.   So I guess you have to think he had this planned.  But it seem awfully risky to break up the Xander/Cantlay pairing.  I guess he's trying to get 2 points out of that, but he could end up weakening two matches.    Tough call, glad I'm not the captain, always get the blame, and rarely the credit.

 

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Team USA making some clutch, low percentage putts.  Those bunkers look wicked and all four par 3's along the water and exposed... love to have a go at it but wow.

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54 minutes ago, Golfspy_CG2 said:

Yesterday Stricker was asked, is there anything that could happen in the morning matches that would make you change your plans for the afternoon parings.   He said, barring an injury, nothing.   So I guess you have to think he had this planned.  But it seem awfully risky to break up the Xander/Cantlay pairing.  I guess he's trying to get 2 points out of that, but he could end up weakening two matches.    Tough call, glad I'm not the captain, always get the blame, and rarely the credit.

 

Yeah, the pairings smell like an ode to analytics.  We just heard the on-air guys, I think it was Justin Leonard, say that every American that's out in this session ranked in the top 25 in birdies....that has to have fed into this.

I agree breaking up Xander & Cantlay is a bit risky, but let's not overstate their win this morning...Rory in particular barely put up a fight.

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