USA Ryder Cup team honors Arnold Palmer with a much awaited win!
For those of you who enjoy golf competitions, such as the Ryder Cup, the 2016 Ryder Cup was an exciting one to watch. This Ryder Cup had so much more significance for the players, as well as the fans. Not only did we wait since the last time the USA won (2008) but we lost one of golf’s greatest players in the sport’s history, Arnold Palmer, during this same time.
Arnold Palmer died on September 25, 2016, and the Ryder Cup was September 27th through October 2nd. I can just imagine the emotions behind the game that day and the determination of the USA team players to win for Arnold.
Which players were on the US team?
The USA team consisted of the following team captains.
- Davis Love III
- Jim Furyk
- Tom Lehman
- Steve Stricker
- Bubba Watson
- Tiger Woods
The most recognized name is Tiger Woods, who is returning to golf on Oct 13, after being off for more than a year, according to a New York Times article.
The team players for the USA were:
- Rickie Fowler
- J.B. Holmes
- Dustin Johnson
- Zach Johnson
- Brooks Koepka
- Matt Kuchar
- Phil Michelson
- Ryan Moore
- Patrick Reed
- Brandt Snedeker
- Jordan Spieth
- Jimmy Walker
Watching these players play with such passion and excitement made you wish you were right there cheering them on. The crowds were loud and you could definitely hear the USA shouts throughout the rounds.
What is the Ryder Cup all about?
The Ryder Cup is a golf competition that takes place every two years between teams from the United States and Europe. The competition was named after an English businessman Samuel Ryder who was the one who donated the well known Ryder Cup trophy. Samuel Ryder took up golf late in life, more so to improve his health, and had one of the golfing greats of his era, Abe Mitchell, as his tutor. However, there is some uncertainty to whether Mitchell taught Ryder to golf or not but regardless it is an interesting story.
The Ryder Cup was born in 1927 after Samuel Ryder watched a match between Abe Mitchell and George Duncan against Jim Barnes and Walter Hagen. Watching Mitchell defeat the Open Champion made Samuel Ryder want to see it again. He then donated the gold cup with the small golf figure atop the cup that to this day is the symbol of good sporting competition. The figure was of Samuel’s friend Abe Mitchell.
Every two years 24 of the best golfers compete representing the USA and Europe, with much excitement, lots of tension, drama, amazing golf shots, funny moments, and incredible sportsmanship watched by millions all over the world. Country Club bars are filled with golf enthusiasts cheering on their team while wishing they were out on the golf course playing those amazing shots! Oh, how we wish!
Europe had won the last 3 competitions (2010, 2012, and 2014) but this year, 2016 belonged to the USA team. The team played well and deserved to stand proud lifting the Ryder Cup on behalf of their country, the USA!
How is the Ryder Cup different from other golf competitions throughout the year?
Being chosen for the Ryder Cup involves a qualifying process of earning points over a period of two years by playing in different PGA tour competitions. The point system is a bit complex to explain but you can find more information on how the teams are selected by visiting the Ryder Cup website.
There are many resources available to read about one of the most awaited golf competitions, not to mention others, such as the Masters and the ladies Solheim Cup which will take place in Des Moines Golf and Country Club on August 14-20, 2017. You can bet I will be cheering our USA ladies team and posting my thoughts on that event. Go USA!
My favorite moments of the 2016 Ryder Cup
Watching Patrick Reed and Rory McIlroy play golf made it all worth it. (see the YouTube video below) These young men displayed emotions from rage to joy and all the emotions in-between. Their level of concentration amidst all the noise around them and the commitment to excellence was admirable. The fans from both sides jeered and roared and tried to shake up the players but the amazing shots each executed in the midst of such pressure were amazing. It made me want to go out and play some good golf! Actually, I played a decent round that Sunday. Talk about motivation!
A final tribute to Arnold Palmer.
It was heartwarming to hear that on Tuesday, after the Ryder Cup was over, Rickie Fowler and other golfers went to a memorial service for Arnold Palmer and they placed the trophy inside the church where Arnold Palmer was being memorialized. I am sure it had to be very emotional. It was reported that one of Arnold Palmer’s golf bags was placed on the first tee as each golfer opened with their first drive.
See the emotional video of that moment on golf.com’s website. Talk about giving our USA team the drive and emotional incentive to win for Arnold.
Success in golf depends less on strength of body than upon strength of mind and character. -Arnold Palmer
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