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My Memories of Ryder Cup 2010- A Wet and Wild Event

When we watch a Ryder Cup, it brings me back to a few years ago to the Ryder Cup 2010 at Celtic Manor, Wales.  Other than the attractiveness with the Welsh countryside plus the wonderful, pleasant people, what I remember is the heavy rain, then the mud.  It rained rather steadily until the last day, Monday. That was an extra day which had to get added since the matches were pushed back.  But even though the weather had been far from wonderful, it had been an event well worth it.

 

What always intrigues me with regards to the Ryder Cup relates to the intensity of the competition.  Every sporting contest will have its tension and drama, but in almost every other sport there is a physical release with the competitors.  But not so much in golf.  More often than not when a golfer lets his nerves overtake him, his score is going to invariably suffer.  Include the indisputable fact that golf is as a rule not a team sport, it is a somewhat new environment for the players, and you are able to really feel how tense it is live on the course.

Celtic Manor Was the Perfect Venue for the Ryder Cup

Celtic Manor had been designed explicitly for the Ryder Cup.  Because of the generally undulating terrain in Wales, it is possible to often stand on elevated ground and see several matches in action; not close up, obviously; however the views are significantly better than on most courses.  The US side arrived as the defending Cup holder, but there may be a definite home-court advantage at the Ryder Cup.  The crowds had been very much in favor of the European squad, but the sportsmanship was wonderful; I do not remember any awkward incidents.

 

Due to the weather conditions, the format had to become revised from five sessions to four.  Session One, played on Friday and completed on Saturday, was the four-ball, or better ball matches, and in those the United States jumped to a 2.5 to 1.5 lead.  Session Two had been played on Saturday and was made up of six foursomes playing alternate shot matches.  The U.S. team again won by one point for a 6-4 lead.

Session Three, in progress on Saturday and finished on Sunday, was the point the European players turned the match around.  Playing two foursome and four four-ball matches, they won five matches and halved one for an overall 9.5-6.5 lead.  That closed out the rainy Sunday, and just left the final twelve singles contests for Monday.

Monday’s Single Matches Marked the Big Comeback

Despite the fact that the U.S. normally excels in the singles matches, to overcome that sort of a deficit would have required a near miracle.  It is a miracle they nearly accomplished.  With a glorious day of sunshine (at long last), they started to turn it around the middle of the day.  With the U.S. still behind by those three points, in the eighth competition Tiger Woods pulled away and claimed the win.  Then Rickie Fowler refused to be closed out early, holing one pressure putt after another, finally tying his contest.  Phil Mickelson and Zach Johnson then won impressively, and it became all square with the final match still on the golf course.

Graeme McDowell got an early advantage, and even though he could never really shake Hunter Mahan, beat him 3-1 in the concluding match, securing the victory for the European squad 14.5-13.5.  A final feature which I enjoy about Ryder Cup play will be the ever-shifting momentum changes that forever take place.  Should you ever get the chance to attend a Ryder Cup, do it by all means.

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