Ryder Cup got real for players at Memorial this week


DUBLIN, Ohio – There are 121 days before the opening tee shot at this year’s Ryder Cup in Scotland, but the reality became very real for a host of potential U.S. players on Tuesday at Muirfield Village.

The top 25 players on the current U.S. list were invited this week to be fitted for their team uniforms, a milestone that suddenly puts the matches in a very real context.

“It becomes a little more real now. It becomes a little more real once you go in and do the fitting and start seeing some of the clothes and seeing some of the guys that will be around for the tournament,” said Matt Kuchar, who is currently third on the Ryder Cup points list. “It’s pretty exciting.”

Having U.S. captain Tom Watson, along with assistant captain Andy North, roaming the practice range at Muirfield Village also caught the attention of many in the field.

Watson spent a good amount of time talking with Steve Stricker, who is currently outside the top 25, and Jordan Spieth, who at No. 4 seems like a lock for this year’s team.