Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Team USA Ryder Cup Board....

The 2014 Winter Olympic Games were in one word: Triumphant to us Canadians.  We dominated in our national pastime hockey, curling, skiing, figure skating and more.  This doesn’t happen over night these athletes are handpicked and groomed into champions.  The PGA of America is doing their own “grooming” when it comes to the Ryder Cup failures that were seen this fall.  Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are among the 11 member Ryder Cup Task force that was announced Tuesday to spear head these meetings.  The co-chairs are PGA chief executive Pete Bevacqua and Derek Sprague, next in line to be president of the PGA of America.  

The goal of the task force is to examine all aspects of the Ryder Cup, including selections of captains and players as well as how the week of the competition would play out.  "This is a great step by the PGA to accomplish what we all want -- to win the Ryder Cup," Woods said in a statement issued by the PGA.  The past captains on the committee are Davis Love III (2012), Tom Lehman (2006) and Raymond Floyd (1989). Mickelson and Woods are joined by Steve Stricker, Jim Furyk and Rickie Fowler.  The U.S. has lost six of the past seven Ryder Cups, including a 16½-11½ defeat to Europe two weeks ago in Scotland.  Nine-time Ryder Cup selection Lee Westwood, who went 2-2 in his four matches at Gleneagles, took pride Tuesday in noting on Twitter that the Europeans' victory forced the U.S. into this decision.

You know it and I know it the USA does not like to lose.  They didn’t take to kindle to getting beat by us in Olympic Hockey back to back Olympics they don’t take kindle to losing Ryder Cup after Ryder Cup.  So I say good for them for making changes and inventing a board of members to make changes so they can see some success again.  But the difference between the US and Europe will always be Europe players are friends.  They travel, live and practice together all year round because it makes more sense for them.  The US players are thrust into the limelight and expected to play with guys they hardly know who they have been battling head to head all season. 

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