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Quick Lets Play the Ryder Cup

Is Valhalla in playing shape? Quick, we need a report.
Gas up the team jet get the American gang together, get em on board and get em to Louisville, Kentucky. If the European team doesnt show, then consider the Ryder Cup won by the Americans.
And given what happened last week in Canada, maybe Nick Faldos European Ryder Cup team would think twice about showing up.
Ten and a half points in foursomes out of a possible 11 points? What gives? Ask the Captain which more than a few media members did.
To win 10.5 points out of 11 points in foursomes, which were not necessarily that good at, was pretty astounding, said Captain Jack Nicklaus. In the Ryder Cup we dont do very well with that format. I dont know why we did well here.
Who does know? And really, who cares. The fact is that the Americans played to their team potential. The played like teammates instead of just a team of put together mates.
Just as impressive as the American trio of rookies in Woody Austin, Lucas Glover and Masters champion Zach Johnson were, what was most impressive was the cohesiveness that has seemed to be outwardly lacking in Ryder Cups of the past.
Sure, just as the players say, its tough to look like youre having fun when youre getting your tails re-arranged. But if it looks like youre having fun then maybe the pressure never begins and the putts fall from the outset.
Who knows for sure, but the poll of American players suggests that Jack should stay on as Captain. Even Tiger Woods made that clear with a quote about how great it was just to see the greatest player of all time.
Nicklaus told the assembled press after the American rout of 19.5-14.5, the support theyve given me is just something you dont [experience] very many times in a lifetime.
So how about this. same team same captain. same result at the Ryder Cup next year at Valhalla Golf Club.
Wont happen ' we know that. But I left my seat during the Presidents Cup with one thought that stood out over all. The Ryder Cup needs to loosen up.
A captain named basically two years in advance of the competition might be the most overhyped part of the entire puzzle which has led to such puzzling results.
And in the past, the captains seem to over-captain and be over-scrutinized and over-press conferenced and over-blown as the reason a team wins or loses.
Who cares what clothes theyll wear. Who cares what hotel theyll stay at. Jack and Gary show up with resumes and reputations that every player (including Tiger) dreams of achieving. yet they basically match up the players with camaraderie in mind as much as competition.
Will Jack be criticized for the next two years if the Americans lose the Presidents Cup? Hal Sutton basically removed himself from the game after his experience leading the red-white and blue at the Ryder Cup.
Please, lets laugh a little, and loosen up a little and learn a bit from the Presidents Cup. I dont know about you but I like watching the likes of Austin and Stricker play like its the biggest stage theyll ever set foot on and smile along the way.
Quick, get this team to Valhalla or at least take its character.
If not its captain.
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