BAND OF BROTHERS
Having been to Le Golf National for the Saturday and Sunday of the Ryder Cup, if ever there was a demonstration of the differences between a group and a team, this was it! Just pitching 12 guys together does not make a team – theirs was a bunch of individuals, with the possible exception of Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth.
The European team was a ‘band of brothers’, united in a common cause. Hindsight, a wonderful gift, showed us that Tiger was absolutely washed out and his toxic effect on his team was severely underestimated by their captain. Tiger carried a face like a smacked backside all weekend!
The damage was clearly selfinflicted. There was no reason for the Americans not to play the French Open in the lead up to this Ryder Cup – their arrogance in only having a few there cost them a huge advantage in course knowledge and the consequent lack of familiarity.
It was well documented that driving accuracy would be key, so why, as highly intelligent players, did they not ‘throttle back’ and get better second shot positions? As for Mickelson’s rant about the rough, it didn’t hinder our players as much and there certainly wasn’t any rough on the 16th that made him put his ball in the water!
This brilliantly organised event – stands, hospitality, viewing positions, transport in and out and the electric atmosphere – made it an unbelievable experience never to be forgotten, particularly with the end result.
Chris Whelan, Cosby