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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*.

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.

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.

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.

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

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!


2021 Drive, Chip & Putt

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After a year off because of the pandemic, 2021 marks the return of the Drive, Chip & Putt finals held at Augusta National Golf Club.

Here is a list of the winners.

Division WinnerPoints (D-C-P)
Boys 7-9Lucas Bernstein23 (8-9-6)
Girls 7-9Alexis Card23 (10-3-10)
Boys 10-11Brady Barnum28 (10-8-10)
Girls 10-11Elyse Meerdink21.5 (8-10-3.5)
Boys 12-13Sam Udovich22 (10-10-2)
Girls 12-13Yana Wilson23 (9-10-4)
Boys 14-15Jaivir Pande28 (9-9-10)
Girls 14-15Ali Mulhall28 (10-10-8)

Here is Canadian Alexis Card of Cambridge Ontario hitting a bomb.

To win her division, she made the famous putt on the 18th hole (you know the one that Mickelson made to win his first green jacket in 2004).

And here is Anna Wu, from B.C. chipping in. She finished second to Alexis.

Jaivir Pande holed the last putt to win the boys 14-15 age group.

And the final ceremony.

Congratulations to all of the competitors. These memories will last a lifetime.






Little Rascals Divot Diggers

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By MGM – source, PD-US,

I was looking up something on Youtube, seemingly unrelated, when this popped up in the list of “related” videos.

The Little Rascals, or Our Gang, were a bunch of kids having great adventures, putting on shows, fighting fires, foiling criminals, etc.

I vaguely remember watching “Divot Diggers” episode when I was a kid back when there were Saturday morning cartoons. Overall I would say this is pretty terrible. Enjoy!

The Ultimate Guide to Perfecting Your Golf Swing

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Dan Smith, of, sent me an e-mail asking if I would be interested in posting about and linking to his “The Ultimate Guide to Perfecting Your Golf Swing”.  I figured, why not, so here is the link.

I looked around Dan’s site, and it’s pretty good. There are lots of posts about what are good golf balls, the best sets for different skill levels, and reviews of drivers, irons, wedges, putters, and accessories.

Check it out, you might find something good.

If you’re wondering what instigated Dan’s contacting me, he said he liked the “Swing The Handle, Not The Head” post.

Canadian Great George Knudson Name Checked in Farmers Insurance Open Broadcast

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I wish I could find the video of it, but during today’s broadcast of the Farmers Insurance Open, Frank Nobilo compared the look of Harry Higgs to the former Canadian great George Knudson.

Here is a picture of Knudson

And here is one of Higgs (not from today but very similar outfit) – Golf Terms Glossary

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Every new golfer starts off struggling with the language of the game of golf.  Golf has a number of terms that are far from obvious as to their meaning.  Mark, from, sent me an e-mail suggesting that it might be useful if I had a link to an article on golf terms from his site.  It checked it out and it seemed reasonable.

The article contains 5 chapters and a summary.  The chapters are:

  1. Golf Terms You Need To Know
  2. Scoring Terms
  3. Equipment Terms
  4. Funny Golf Terms
  5. Golf Insults

I even learned a couple myself.

There is one term we used growing up in Tillsonburg that is probably only known to the locals. It’s a “Mary Overland”. Mary was an avid golfer who wrote a weekly byline in the Tillsonburg News recapping the Tillsonburg Golf and Country Club‘s Ladies’ Day events.  The title of her byline was “Bunker to Bunker”, hence when a golfer hits from one sand trap and ends up in a second sand trap it is known to a select few as a “Mary Overland”.