I have just spent in ex­cess of 25 hours watch­ing the Ry­der Cup and wow, what an at­mos­phere and what a great re­sult for the Euro­peans, but it could and maybe should have been to­tally dif­fer­ent. Jim Furyk got one of his picks to­tally wrong and could not have paid any at­ten­tion to the Le Golf Na­tional course.

Look at who the best player was, Francesco Moli­nari (above right). This came as no sur­prise given the course set-up. Now who from the USA who was not al­ready in the team could match up to Moli­nari’s style of play? Matt Kuchar, Zach John­son, Xan­der Schauf­fele, Kevin Kis­ner – all would have been a much bet­ter bet than Phil Mick­el­son, who clearly wasn’t suited to Golf Na­tional.

The re­sult was fan­tas­tic from a Eu­ro­pean point of view, but if Jim Furyk had just left Lefty at home, it could all have been so very dif­fer­ent.

Nick Tom­lin­son, Email

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