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7 Things - Ryder Cup Special

Posted Sep 24, 2008 by In Golf We Trust

Ryder Cup

On September 27 in 1987, Europe won the Ryder Cup with a 15-13 victory at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. The win was particularly historic as it marked the first time that the USA had been beaten on American soil in the Ryder Cup, a record spanning 60 years and 13 matches.

Unfortunately, on September 29 in 1991, the ‘War on the Shore’ Ryder Cup at Kiawah Island came to an agonising close for Europe and Bernhard Langer, who slid a six-foot putt past the hole and allowed Hale Irwin to scrape out a halve, giving the US side a 14½-to-13½ victory.

In the real world, on September 23 1980, Bob Marley played his last ever concert before kicking the bucket and securing the posthumous honours and record sales that an early death will bring any singer.

And it's Ois Guade zu Deim Geburdstog! as they say in Bavaria to Masters legend Larry Mize, Aussie Rod Pampling and Bruce Springsteen (who turn 50, 49 and 59 respectively on September 23rd), Catherine Zeta-Jones (39 on September 25) and the duo of Se Ri Pak and Hilary Duff (31 and 21 respectively on September 28).

7 Things – Ryder Cup Special

In a controversial twist to the normal billing, we've got a special Ryder Cup edition of 7 Things for you this week. After all, nothing remotely interesting has happened in the game of golf (that's the Butch Harmon effect) over the past seven days other than the goings on at Valhalla...

1. Nick Faldo is an idiot...
We kinda liked the bloke before things started at Valhalla, but from the sandwich list palaver to those shocking last day tactics to his jovial nature in defeat, he's at the top of our hate list. Doubt he'll get the call for 2010...

2. And Paul Azinger is a genius
Okay, okay, he had a great team to work with, but we didn't win WWII without Churchill, did we?

3. Padraig Harrington is always too tired
We're sick and tired of hearing Porridge use the old 'I'm tired so clearly I won't be able to play well this week' excuse. If you can't get yourself fired up enough to play in a Ryder Cup, you don't deserve to be there, two majors or not...

4. Tony Jacklin should steer clear of the commentary booth
We didn't think things could get much worse than Butch Harmon putting the word 'golf' at the start of every sentence, but Jacklin's demure tone and useless comments took things to a new low.

5. Boo Weekley is the man
We just don't understand how people can have anything against Boo. Who else can play golf really well and have the bottle to ride their driver down the first like a horse? All together now, 'Boo-S-A, Boo-S-A...'

6. Wildcards are the way forward
Forget automatic qualifying berths, we reckon both teams should comprise 12 wildcard picks from now on. All you have to is look at Ian Poulter and Hunter Mahan, who grabbed 3.5 and 4 points respectively. Who needs Monty and Tiger, eh? Good work fellas...

7. Lefty needs a big hug
This may sound a bit weird, but don't you just want to give Phil Mickelson a big hug, what with all that puppy fat to hold onto? Just us? We'll get our coats...

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