Not the guy to ask
Alan Shipnuck got it so wrong last time round and I quote, “The Ryder Cup is dead — you just don’t know it yet.
One of the greatest events in sport is on the verge of irrelevancy. The young, talented, hungry golfers from the United States, benefiting from the cohesive leadership of the Task Force era, are going to roll to victory in 2018 in Paris.”
European players looking good
Colin commences his question with, “How come the Europeans have been so prominent on the PGA tour so far this season? They’re either winning or in contention every week now.”
To which Alan responds, “A lot of it has to do with where we are in the schedule: Florida has turned into Murderer’s Row, with Honda, Bay Hill and Valspar offering three of the toughest setups we see all season long. As we witnessed with the oppressive setup in Paris, the Europeans are simply better at navigating the skinny fairways where there is a high penalty for wildness. (The Players was a benign setup which suited Rory just fine.) Conversely, why do Americans dominate the Kapalua-Hope-Phoenix trifecta? Because these courses favor a bombs-away style. Expect the 2020 Ryder Cup setup at Whistling Straits to have wide fairways and minimal rough, helping the Americans to reestablish supremacy.”
Don’t tell Steve
Given that newly appointed Team USA captain, Steve Stricker has commenced his task of winning at Whistling Straits it’s hoped he does not recall Alan’s words of November 16, 2017.
Alan writes, “I (Alan Shipnuck) suppose that when all of the above comes true I’ll be celebrated as some sort of Nostradamus in knickers, but believe me, I take no pleasure in writing this column. The Ryder Cup, as we know it, was great fun. I’m going to miss it.”
It’s hard to believe that the 2020 match could class as a non-event.
Link to Alan Shipnuck
Quote of the Day
“Let me state for record this Euro team was amazing and they richly deserve the Cup. Cheers.”
- Alan Shipnuck