2020 Ryder Cup Team Comparison

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The 2020 Ryder Cup will finally get played starting Sept 24, 2021, and so it’s time to compare the teams based on our Power Rankings to see which is most on-form coming into the competition.

Just about every time they play, Team USA is the stronger team on paper but somehow Team Europe ends up coming away with the victory.  This year both teams are full of great players, but based on the current Power Rankings, Team USA should take the cup with ease*.

EUROPEUSA
Jon Rahm 15.38 (6)Patrick Cantlay 18.13 (1)
Rory McIlroy 14.58 (12)Bryson DeChambeau 15.13 (8)
Tommy Fleetwood 11.92 (34)Tony Finau 13.42 (20)
Paul Casey 9.41 (65)Justin Thomas 13.42 (20)
Sergio Garcia 8.38 (75)Dustin Johnson 12.75 (25)
Bernd Wiesberger 7.83 (84)Xander Schauffele 12.21 (32)
Shane Lowry 7.71 (86)Daniel Berger 10.75 (44)
Viktor Hovland 7.63 (88)Jordan Spieth 7.63 (88)
Ian Poulter 4.42 (171)Harris English 7.38 (90)
Matthew Fitzpatrick 0.71 (337)Scottie Scheffler 7.17 (94)
Lee Westwood 0.00 (375)Brooks Koepka 4.38 (174)
Tyrrell Hatton -1.08 (536)Collin Morikawa 2.75 (236)

*I don’t think I have ever picked correctly.

Joaquin Niemann Plays Final Round in 1h 53m at Tour Championship

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Joaquin Niemann literally raced around the course for the final round at the Tour Championship.  Playing as a single, Niemann and his caddie, as well as the standard bearers, ran from shot to shot, green to tee, and everywhere in between to play the final round in under two hours.  In case you are wondering, he shot a 72.

Why is 4.5 hours considered a quick round?

Get the full story at GolfDigest.com

 

2021 Solheim Cup Team Comparison

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The 2021 Solheim Cup competition kicks off September 3rd at Inverness Golf Club in Toledo Ohio.  As usual for these team competitions we list the participants and their current rankings from our Power Rankings.

Here is the comparison.

EUROPEUSA
Georgia Hall 15.29 (8)Yealimi Noh 18.29 (2)
Leona Maguire 12.88 (20)Nelly Korda 17.71 (3)
Anna Nordqvist 12.46 (24)Mina Harigae 11.75 (27)
Nanna Koerstz Madsen 10.17 (49)Jennifer Kupcho 7.04 (85)
Matilda Castren 10.08 (51)Danielle Kang 7.00 (86)
Madelene Sagstrom 9.71 (54)Lizette Salas 6.50 (98)
Charley Hull 6.71 (94)Lexi Thompson 5.67 (122)
Emily Kristine Pedersen 4.96 (149)Jessica Korda 4.71 (159)
Celine Boutier 3.83 (187)Brittany Altomare 4.67 (162)
Carlota Ciganda 0.92 (329)Ally Ewing 3.13 (216)
Mel Reid 0.46 (355)Austin Ernst 1.92 (274)
Sophia Popov -3.13 (988)Megan Khang 0.58 (349)

Based on current form, it should be a pretty close match but I would expect the Americans to be the victors in the end.

Cantlay Bests DeChambeau in Epic Playoff at BMW

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This was of the more exciting finishes that I have seen recently as Patrick Cantlay and Bryson DeChambeau battled all day, and then into a 6-hole playoff at the BMW Championship.  As they say, drive for show and putt for dough, and that was proven again as Cantlay won despite being regularly outdriven by 40 yards by Bryson.

Here are the highlights from the PGA Tour’s Youtube Channel.

149th Open Championship Final Round Highlights

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Collin Morikawa won the 149th Open Championship at Royal St George’s, but if you’re like me you missed a significant part of the final round coverage because early Sunday afternoon is a time when certain things around the house have to get done.  If that’s you, then I have just what you need, The Open’s Youtube channel’s video of the final round highlights.

Kramer Hickok Finishes Second at the Travelers

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Kramer Hickok finished runnerup at the Travellers Championship, losing to Harris English after a eight-hole playoff. English finally made a birdie, the first in the playoff, to win for the 4th time.

The playoff went on so long that they had to sub in the standard bearer for the group after the 5th playoff hold, because the poor guy was exhausted from going back and forth between the 18th and 17th holes.

Kramer made me think of his namesake, Seinfeld’s Kramer, so I found this video of clips from a classic episode of Seinfend on Youtube.

 

Brush with Greatness: Nick Price

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Back when I first started this site there was a section called “Brush with Greatness” where people could submit a story of an encounter with a famous golfer.  Here is one of the entries.

Name: pieceofwork e-mail:  
 
Handicap: 15 Player:  Nick Price
 
Description:

A few years back at the Phoenix Open, I was walking from the parking lot to the Birds Nest and a rental car stops to give me a ride, it was a friend I had met the prior year who runs the tournment on behalf of the (then)  primary sponsor. Who was driving, Nick Price. Very nice guy!

 

Some Reactions to Phil Mickelson’s PGA Championship Victory

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Phil Mickelson defied the odds on Sunday and went out and won the PGA Championship at the age of 50!! I went on Twitter and found some reactions to a win for the ages.

https://twitter.com/TinaMickelson/status/1396665232022335488

https://twitter.com/IanJamesPoulter/status/1396648802162028546

https://twitter.com/phils_thumb/status/1396833905035067398