Rory McIlroy torched Bay Hill to the ground for his first win in 18 months. There was so much to process. Spieth has a record in match play as a pro, going in his singles matches at the Presidents Cup and Ryder Cup. He is in the Match Play.
The Ryder Cup has existed for 97 years, but it only ascended to near major-status when the players from continental Europe, led by Seve Ballesteros, joined up with the Great Britain and Ireland team.
Before that, the US team had won the previous 10 matches.
Even within that development, it feels like the Ryder Cup only really began to grow into the commercial machine it is today thanks to the backing of Sky Sports in the early s. More than any other week in golf, the Ryder Cup is hyperbole overload, sometimes suffocating for even the most hardcore golf fan, and nowhere is this seen more than the treatment of the Ryder Cup captains.
The captaincy is generally a ceremonial role for the most successful former players, regardless of their suitability for the role. Even Paul McGinley, with three Ryder Cup appearances and holing the winning putt inwas considered not to have been successful enough in his career for the position by some before the cup.
Over the week, every move of the captains is analysed with Jose Mourinho-like vigour, which is ridiculous considering the nature of golf, where the main battle is as much against the golf course as the opposition.
It almost feels unfair to associate Paul McGinley with the average Ryder Cup captain, he brought a lot of legitimacy to the role, putting in significant work in statistics and pairings.
It would also be wrong to say that the Ryder Cup captain does nothing, there is a fair bit of work to be done in the job, but that is increasingly because of commercial reasons — media and promotional gigs — rather than the actual contest itself.
Even McGinley, considered to be one of the greatest ever captains, had mixed success in one of his main jobs that week, wildcard picks, choosing Stephen Gallagher, who lost both of his matches. The US press hung Davis Love III out to dry for his team crumbling in Medinah inbut he set his team up in fourballs and foursomes for a lead, he could not control the randomness of the singles matches.Sep 04, · Ryder Cup coming soon!
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