Adam Schupak writes, "Lee Trevino attributes the U.S. Ryder Cup struggles to the poor play of the Americans' 'four guns,' or their top four players."
Top guns firing duds
"You look statistically: Tiger (Woods, who did not play this year) has a minus record, Mickelson has a minus record. Furyk has got a (10-20-4) record. (10-20-4)! You see what I'm telling you? A (10-20-4) record. I know he's a hell of a player, but he's got a (10-20-4) record. He's a minus-10. (Trevino, on the other hand, sported a 17-7-6 mark.) You can't name me a guy with a plus record that's playing the Ryder Cup right now. (Jordan) Spieth has one now, and then (Patrick) Reed, yeah, he's got a 3-1, right? They're rookies. But you give me a veteran that's played in three or four Ryder Cups, and not one has a plus. You can't win that way. You cannot win."
The pluses and minuses
Tex Mex has done his homework on Team America's recent Ryder Cup performances and advises us, "Do you want me to tell you what their win-and-loss record was in the Ryder Cup this year? Minus-six (3-9-3). Do you want me to tell you, Justin Rose, Graeme (McDowell), Sergio (Garcia), and (Rory) McIlroy, you want me to tell you what their plus-and-minus was? Plus-seven.
"Now, you go from a minus-six with your four guns to they get a plus-seven, how the hell are you going to win a Ryder Cup? I mean, they might as well not go. I mean, if your four guns can't give you a plus-five – at least a plus-five – you've got no chance of winning the Ryder Cup."
The Apprentice - The ultimate job interview
Lee Westwood lists Paul Azinger, Fred Couples and Steve Stricker as possible candidates for the 2016 captaincy and is of the opinion that, "Europe has almost an advantage of we do sort of bring our captains in, sort of blood them gently with vice captaincy and stuff like that, and then when it comes around to being captain, it's not so much of a shock,”
For the record but not looking good for his CV tough-talking Tex Mex was the losing captain for the U.S. in 1985 and, "the four "guns" for the American side this time consisted of Matt Kuchar, Bubba Watson, Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler, and they didn't deliver.
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Quote of the Day
"I know that Mickelson criticized Watson about doing this and doing that, but you know, I can understand his frustration, but I want frustration from a guy that's got a plus (record) in the Ryder Cup," - Lee Trevino