Vive la revolution
Ryan Ballengee appears to be addressing Americans who are still hurting from another defeat at the hands of the European team and writes, "You're angry. You're upset. You're looking for a scapegoat for the Americans' eighth loss in the last 10 Ryder Cups. Here's one: Jack Nicklaus."
As to why Jack's to blame, "Some 37 years after Nicklaus posited his revolutionary idea…In 1977, [Jack] recommended to the President of the PGA of America and our President of the British PGA to consider widening the British and Ireland team to all of Europe."
A band of brothers
"The Europeans band together every two years to wallop the Americans. They come together as a team, lifted by a singular cause.
The U.S. says they do band together, too, defeat after defeat, but the results simply don't show it. In fact, a generation – yes, a generation – of resounding losses have poisoned the American talent pool. Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk – they've all been rolled by Europe so many times it's hard to imagine finding the inspiration to fight back. Mickelson may well have Stockholm Syndrome based on how he applauded Justin Rose after each successive bomb in their decisive singles match at Medinah two years ago. Woods phoned in the final hole against Francesco Molinari back then, knowing a win wasn't possible. Indifferent about the tie, he lost the hole to give the Europeans another win. Why bother."
"Zinger" to add some sting
"PGA of America president Ted Bishop, or his successor Derek Sprague, should call 2008 captain Paul Azinger [Aka Zinger] on Monday and offer him the job for 2016 at Hazeltine near Minneapolis. Apologies are in order for not celebrating what he masterminded at Valhalla. He should have the job until he loses. His "pod system" – he had players play, practice and hang out together based on personality tests – worked in the same way that nationality helps European duos gel."
Pods the possible reason for winning?
Zinger's team won the 2008 Ryder Cup at Valhalla and his use of pods has been cited as the major factor in creating a winning team.
Paul put his 12 players into three groups of four during practice rounds and got the right mix of personalities when it came to pairing players for foursomes.
History suggests that win the foursomes and your not far away from winning the Ryder Cup and perhaps the pod system is the way to go to create the kind of bonding the Europeans do so well.
However there's also the matter of captaincy and it's possible Zinger just got lucky.
His opposing captain was Nick Faldo who did an awful job.
Tom Watson has said that using the pod system protocol is not the way forward and it seems to me many Americans are putting a lot of faith in Zinger and pods for future matches.
Next Team USA captain?
Billy Horschel the FedEx Cup winner who didn't get picked because of the American way of picking players tweeted, "Fred Couples or Paul Azinger."
Not so sure about Freddie. He's so laid back I have great difficulty in imaging him firing up his players to do a fantastic job.
Here's the link to Ryan
Quote of the Day
"Larry Nelson led men in Nam. He is past his time but he deserves a shot and he knows how to lead. It's time for this wrong to be right!" - Ken Doerfler commenting at Golf Channel