Ryder Cup victory
Well, what an outstanding three days of Ryder Cup golf, even if you don’t play the game I can’t imagine how you could not be failed to be moved by the determination, team work, sportsmanship and sheer brilliance of the best golfers in our sport.
It was apparent from day 1 on the first tee that the matches were to be played in the true spirit of the game, the players from both teams removing their hats to wish each other “good luck”. Having attended a Ryder Cup and more recently the 2011 Solheim Cup in Killeen Castle the fist tee is the place to be and certainly worth setting that early morning call for, It is the perfect spot where the word “singing” takes on a new meaning!
The final singles at Gleneagles on Sunday were extremely close and at one point the matches and result was far too close to call, however for me as a TV spectator the turning point came from Graeme McDowell who was at one stage four down but with gritty determination and immense mental strength, confidence and self belief managed to overhaul Jordan Spieth.
The other match was the ever consistent Justin Rose who earned an amazing half with Hunter Mahan who again was down most of the game. The spectacular shot from behind the bush provided that additional boost from which Kaymer made birdie too.
Two contrasting shots that stood out for me at a critical stage was firstly the superbly judged chip and run from Kaymer from the back of the green which he holed! and the “flop” shot Hunter Mahan selected to play from the right side of the 18th hole against Justin Rose both contrasting and positive results for the European team.
Hunter Mahan was playing from an extremely “tight” lie so very little cushioning under the ball in which to slide the club. This shot possess a high degree of difficulty and requires amazing feel and freedom. I can’t imagine how tense a player could be in that situation, the shot had to be timed to perfection. I see many golfers play this shot as their standard shot from around the green with their sand wedge which has a great degree of bounce.
Try playing the Kaymer chip shot which keeps low to the ground and is an easier shot to execute under pressure using a less lofted club, just select a landing area and read the green. I am sure you will be fist pumping a higher percentage of the time.
The golf was of the highest calibre with Rory showing why he is world no 1 he is an incredible role model to our youngsters and I am sure the team will inspire many youngsters to have a go at the game.
If this has inspired you why not consider joining me for the Solheim Cup in St. Leon- Rot Can Europe make it a double!