The anonymous blogger at The Scotsman is of the opinion that the mediocre performance of Team USA at the recent Ryder Cup was due to what motivational experts suggest is, "The comfort trap." And if he or is it she is correct what's the point in appointing a Ryder Cup Task Force to remedy their losing streak?
Watson way behind the times
Captain Tom Watson came in for most of the blame for Team USA's loss however it's the simplistic answer for the cause of the defeat.
The anonymous blogger writes, "Still, this latest US defeat cannot be solely attributed to the captain’s inability to understand how the role has evolved over the more than two decades since he led his nation to victory at the Belfry in 1993. It certainly isn’t necessary to go over any Ryder Cup with a jeweller’s loop when the better team wins. Europe clearly owned the very best players on the premises, a fact that surely supercedes any nonsense perpetrated by the opposing captain."
Follow the money
"Somehow or other, the American players have to be more engaged, not just for the three days of matches but in the weeks and months beforehand. Right now every time a European golfer utters the words, “Ryder Cup”, his US counterpart is invariably saying “Fed-Ex Cup”. One is played for with pride and passion, the other is but a grotesque and unsightly money-grab."
Change the culture
"American captain Tom Watson, front left, was by all accounts a non-speaking skipper, but the visitors were also hampered by a golfing culture where players have no financial need to win tournaments."
Caption quoted below the image of Team USA departing the stage.
Appointing a Task Force isn't going to change the existing culture of passionless players. What's needed is someone, not some team of task force experts. Someone like Sir Alex Ferguson past manager of Manchester United who spent some "Fergie time" with Team Europe at Gleneagles and someone who changed the existing culture of the club and took it to the top.
Perish the thought of a Scotsman taking on the task of resurrecting Team USA? Maybe so however there is a need for a change in the culture not just before the next Ryder Cup but now. And as the anonymous blogger concludes, "Come on America – buck up."
Here's The Scotsman link
Quote of the Day
"Unforthcoming as a person but uncompromising with his club, Sir Alex Ferguson created a footballing culture like no other." - David James in The Guardian