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What a Ryder Cup!

Amazing weekend of golf at Celtic Manor

Posted Oct 06, 2010 by Jeff Dawson

Wow! What a weekend of golf! What a Ryder Cup! What a result! Well done to all 24 golfers who made it such a memorable event and a special congratulations has to go to the European side and in particular Graeme McDowell who held their and his nerve to win 14.5 to 13.5 against the United States.
That was a bit of a mouthful, but it had to be said! Although I had to miss most of the tournament as the girlfriend had booked a romantic weekend away, I still managed to sneak a few hours of viewing in as she was ‘getting ready’ etc! And boy was I glad I did.
From the washout of Friday to the brilliance of Monday, I actually thought this year’s Ryder Cup had it all. Many will disagree, but the standard of golf on display was, at times, sensational, and the drama and passion from both sides made it a cracking spectacle. I’m just gutted it was all over so fast.
I didn’t expect it to be such a close match and watching the final hours play was a tense affair for me, so I hate to think what it would have been like for the players.
So much is expected from them over the four days, it must be a terrifyingly thrilling experience.
So to the action…
Friday started with rain, rain and lots more rain. In fact, I think there was something like a week’s worth of rain in one day. Good old Wales!
But once the sun started to shine and the players started to find their rhythm, it was a contest to savour.
Tiger Woods proved he is coming back into form with some scintillating iron play, none more so than when he holed his second shot at the 12th to go three up against Francesco Molinari in their singles match. His putting was still a little hit and miss though.
Ian Poulter was his usual colourful self and it was his monster putt in the fading light on Friday that proved to be the catalyst for the European victory.
And then there was some stunning shot play from Graeme McDowell and it was fitting that he hit the winning putt, as he had been the most consistent member of the European team over the course of the weekend.
And I must give special mention to Padraig Harrington. He had been hounded by everyone, including myself, over his inclusion in the European team but he proved a very capable member despite only winning one of his three matches – his 3&2 win with Ross Fisher over Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson.
All in all, the 2010 Ryder Cup was an amazing weekend of golf and one that will not be forgotten for a long time.

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