Ryder Cup blowout has golf media talking

From Staff Reports

In the days leading up to the 2006 Ryder Cup at the K Club in Straffan, Kildare, Ireland, it was obvious that most in the media considered the Europe squad to be the favorites over the U.S. team.

And while Europe had won four of five Ryder Cups and the U.S. team had four Ryder Cup rookies, few could have predicted the ease in which the European team cruised to victory, 18.5 to 9.5, in a contest that was never in doubt. Afterwards, the golf media had plenty to say.

What they're saying

"Ryder Cup free of tension but not emotion"

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Christopher Clarey of the International Herald Tribune wrote that while the European effort was inspiring, a lot of the magic was missing from this Ryder Cup.

"This was once the most routinely gripping event in sports, full of implausibly tight finishes and knee- buckling, career-altering putts. But the Europeans, with their knack for reading greens, and each other, have succeeded in draining the suspense, if hardly the emotion, out of golf's premier team competition. They have now won three Ryder Cups in a row for the first time," wrote Clarey.

"Sorry guys, but you might at least have made a fight of it"

In his WorldGolf.com blog, Anthony Urquhart, the PGA Punter, put his money on the U.S. team, and while he's no sore loser, he wasn't impressed with the effort and passion the U.S. team produced against the favored Europeans.

"I've got no excuses. Some you win, some you lose. But I am annoyed, because in backing America I believed they would at least come out fighting. Maybe I've watched too many John Wayne movies. To be brutally honest, they might as well not have turned up. It fell to one of the BBC's commentators to describe it as great golf, but not a great contest," wrote Urquhart.

"Clarke true hero of Ryder Cup for Europe"

The Boston Globe's Jim McCabe wrote that Darren Clarke more than proved he was worthy of being a captain's pick for the European team.

"Ushered to the first tee for his singles match against Zach Johnson with thunderous roars that could be heard up to his hometown of Dungannon up in Northern Ireland, Clarke completed a roller-coaster week of emotions with a 3-and-2 triumph that ran his record to 3-0. No, he didn't score the winning point -- that honor went to Henrik Stenson, who beat Vaughn Taylor, 4 and 3 -- but Clarke won the crowd over, for sure," wrote McCabe.

"Bring in Jack Nicklaus as Ryder Cup captain"

In his blog for TravelGolf.com, Tim McDonald wrote that the U.S. team needs a shake up that only the great Golden Bear can bring.

"It's time to bring in Jack Nicklaus as the Ryder Cup captain. As much as I dislike the man personally, he alone can make a difference in the defensive, namby-pamby way the Americans play and maybe stop this national embarrassment," wrote McDonald.

September 26, 2006

This material has been provided by Golf Publisher Syndications. The opinions expressed above are those of the writer and do not necessarily represent the views of management.

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