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The W - Sports that aren't Baseball, Football, Basketball, or Hockey - Europe wins the Ryder Cup again
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So, the States blew it again. They simply have to shake up their whole mentality of putting all of their eggs in the Tiger-Phil basket, and letting those two plus their designated partners (since it seems they have to handpick just one guy each who can 'handle' playing with the Big Two). Compare this to the Euro squad, which mixed their A-guys like Sergio, Monty, etc. and got everyone into at least one match after Day One. Team USA, meanwhile, minimized their rookie players and essentially made them feel like liabilities, rather than assets who were just lacking a bit of experience.

Anyway, I'm looking to the President's Cup next year, which will be up here in Canada at Royal Montreal. Frankly, I'd like to see the International side take on the Euros, if they really wanted to prove something.

Also, talk about a heartwarming scene there with Darren Clarke (seven weeks removed from having lost his wife to cancer) breaking down after winning his match, and getting a massive ovation from his home country fans.




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Other part of Mark DeRosa's brain: Hold on, other part of the brain. We're making $500,000 this year. Last year we made $725,000. All for playing a damn kids' game. This is, as they say in Brainland, a no-"us"-er. We're not going to complain.
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I thought the US played well all weekend; it's just that the Europeans played that much better.

Some incredible highlight-reel golf today in the singles sessions. Definitely worth getting up at 5:30am to watch!
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How does scoring in the Ryder Cup work? For whatever reason I've never been able to follow it.



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    Originally posted by MisterHenderson
    How does scoring in the Ryder Cup work? For whatever reason I've never been able to follow it.


Friday and Saturday are a series of team foursome matches, 8 each day, worth 1 point each. Win the match outright, and you get the point. Split it, and each side gets 1/2 point. Sunday has 12 singles matches, also worth a point each, with the same 1/2 point for splitting the match.

28 points altogether, so for the defending cup champion to retain, they only need 14 points, as the cup stays with the champion if the matches end 14-14. 14.5 wins the cup outright.



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You know the top of the U.S. team played OK. By that I mean Tiger and Furyk...

Where they were let down was by the second tier of guys.

Mickelson, Dimarco, Toms all sucked. Not quite sure why Lehman left Mickelson and Dimarco together for so long.
Mixing it up a bit might have helped. Try Tiger and Dimarco, try Tiger with one of the rookies, whatever it takes to get them working better together...

What makes the Europeans so strong is that middle group of players... Casey, Clarke, Donald, Westwood. While you expect guys like Garcia and Monty to do well it was all the other guys that completely outplayed the US.

Oh well, may be next time U.S....




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I thought JJ Henry played some solid golf, even though his three putt on 18 Saturday cost half a point, he played hard to get them to the point that they were one up entering the last.

Maybe the US needs to strongly emphasize the previous 6 months before the cup to get the hottest players there.



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Thanks kwik. It'll make it a bit easier to follow the next year.



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    Originally posted by Rudoublesedoublel
    I thought JJ Henry played some solid golf, even though his three putt on 18 Saturday cost half a point, he played hard to get them to the point that they were one up entering the last.

    Maybe the US needs to strongly emphasize the previous 6 months before the cup to get the hottest players there.


This was something of the problem with the U.S. team. Due to the new 'more points for more recent events' system, guys like Wetterich and Taylor were able to get on the team thanks to a few hot weeks in a row. For example, John Rollins got more Ryder points for winning the very lightly-attended B.C. Open than Chris DiMarco did for finishing second at the British Open that same week. I'm not saying that the Americans exactly had a lot of deserving guys pushed out -- Davis Love? Come on --- but the system still needs a bit of tweaking. The changes were made due to the previous problem, which is that guys could win a couple of big tournaments early in the points-gathering period, but then suck balls in the six months leading up the Cup and still make the team.



Scene: Mark DeRosa's brain. The year is 2005.
Part of Mark DeRosa's brain: Come on, another position change? One day it's second base, the next day right field, now it's third? Why, I oughta go into Buck's office and throw his talking fish on the floor!
Other part of Mark DeRosa's brain: Hold on, other part of the brain. We're making $500,000 this year. Last year we made $725,000. All for playing a damn kids' game. This is, as they say in Brainland, a no-"us"-er. We're not going to complain.
Part of Mark DeRosa's brain: You're right, dude. Let's go back to looking at this crazy porn Teixeira gave us!

--- firejoemorgan.blogspot.com
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    Originally posted by Big Bad
    This was something of the problem with the U.S. team. Due to the new 'more points for more recent events' system, guys like Wetterich and Taylor were able to get on the team thanks to a few hot weeks in a row. For example, John Rollins got more Ryder points for winning the very lightly-attended B.C. Open than Chris DiMarco did for finishing second at the British Open that same week. I'm not saying that the Americans exactly had a lot of deserving guys pushed out -- Davis Love? Come on --- but the system still needs a bit of tweaking. The changes were made due to the previous problem, which is that guys could win a couple of big tournaments early in the points-gathering period, but then suck balls in the six months leading up the Cup and still make the team.


They REALLY ought to just let the captains or someone pick the twelve best guys. Would I have rather seen DL3 or Couples or another more money-player out there than some of those rooks? Yes, both for entertainment value and for the potential of victory. Maybe with some man-love from Freddy Lefty could've rekindled his Augusta-magic.

OTOH, that approach hasn't been working for our international basketball teams, I suppose.



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Damn, I agree with JJD. I think the captain ought to just pick the team. Then there's no excuses when they lose because they chose the players.

I got the pie-lettes all excited watching early Sunday morning and they were cheering and yelling for every putt... until I told them the US needed to win 10 out of 12 matches and they asked what the odds of that happening were. The US was put out of their misery before the sermon was complete at church, my young lads.





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