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2018 Ryder Cup US Team and Results Talk

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    This is the first Ryder Cup for me to know basically everyone on the US team, and a lot on the Europe team too. I'm not as familiar with DeChambeau or Finau, but I imagine Jim Furyk (captain) knows what he's doing there. Here are all the guys that auto qualified and were picked by the team captain:

    Qualified automatically:

    Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler and Webb Simpson.

    Captain's picks:

    Bryson DeChambeau, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods and Tony Finau.

    The US are the defending champs of 2016, but that was when the event was in the US. Now its in Paris and after Day 1, the US is down 5-3.

    Tiger and Phil are struggling so far. Probably the best pairing of Day 1 was Dustin Johnson with Rickie Fowler.


    If you're not too familiar with the Ryder Cup, definitely recommend checking out the wiki on it. Put briefly, it's a biannual golf tournament between the US and Europe, that alternates between US and European courses. Plays out over 3 days like this:

    The Ryder Cup is a match play event, with each match worth one point. The competition format will be as follows:

    • Day 1 (Friday) – 4 foursome (alternate shot) matches and 4 fourball (better ball) matches
    • Day 2 (Saturday) – 4 foursome matches and 4 fourball matches
    • Day 3 (Sunday) – 12 singles matches


    It's a pretty intense event for the golf world. Fans REALLY get into it and it's much more informal than any other PGA tournament. Also, there is no prize pool. So yeah, it's just played for straight up national pride and street cred basically.

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    Gotta be the most entertaining format in golf, with best ball and alternating shots. Makes all the other tournaments kind of boring in comparison. Though I get that golf is traditionally all about the individual, always look forward to the trash talking about pairing up with the Ryder.

    Good US crew this year. I think they can come back and win it. Only down 2 points.

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    It'd be really cool to see the US win this year. If I remember correctly, the US started it to begin with. Now we haven't brought the trophy back home in 25 years.. That's a little depressing.
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    PowerPlay Wrote: It'd be really cool to see the US win this year. If I remember correctly, the US started it to begin with. Now we haven't brought the trophy back home in 25 years.. That's a little depressing.

    Got me curious of the overall record between the two. So since 1979, when the team name of Great Britain and Great Britain was officially changed to Europe, Europe is up 10-8-1 over the US.

    Even worse though, the US has only won 3 out of the last 11 games. But we are the reigning champs. At least until tomorrow. :/

    But yeah, I guess the 25 year stat you bring up is the last time the US won on European territory, which was in 1993.

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    Wishful thinking that they could come back.. all Europe needs is 4.5 points out of 12 to win. (Europe's up 10-6 after 2) . Unless all the sudden we go lights out with singles matches, looks to be another loss across the pond.

    Who knows, maybe Tiger just needs to play by himself. And for those that have yet to play.. maybe they could turn things around. USA Today seems optimistic at least.

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    There's a good chance Tiger and Phil won't be on the team in 4 years. Wonder how much of a difference that'll make. US lost pretty bad this time.