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2023 Ryder Cup Team Comparison

It is Ryder Cup week, this time from Rome Italy. Europe will be looking to bounce back after getting dominated by the U.S. in 2021, the U.S. winning 19-9.

According to our Power Rankings, both teams have their top-10 players all currently ranked in the top-100. This means pretty much all players are coming in to the matches in good form. It looks like for Europe to win it will be 14.5 – 13.5, but I will predict the U.S. will hold the cup after a 14-14 tie. Every point will be critical for both teams.

Viktor Hovland 22.29 (1)Max Homa 20.88 (2)
Rory McIlroy 20.79 (4)Scottie Scheffler 16.96 (7)
Tommy Fleetwood 18.54 (5)Patrick Cantlay 15.04 (15)
Ludvig Aberg 17.96 (6)Xander Schauffele 14.71 (15)
Matt Fitzpatrick 15.06 (13)Brian Harman 12.88 (25)
Jon Rahm 12.13 (29)Collin Morikawa 11.58 (32)
Nicolai Hojgaard 11.54 (33)Brooks Koepka 10.83 (37)
Tyrrell Hatton 9.08 (60)Wyndham Clark 10.54 (40)
Sepp Straka 8.71 (64)Sam Burns 10.08 (47)
Shane Lowry 7.33 (80)Justin Thomas 8.42 (68)
Justin Rose 1.71 (240)Rickie Fowler 5.13 (120)
Robert MacIntyre 1.38 (260)Jordan Spieth 3.83 (160)

2022 Presidents Cup Team Comparisons by Power Rankings

The 2022 Presidents Cup is here, taking place the Quail Hollow in Charlotte North Carolina.

We have done an analysis of the two teams, and based on our Power Rankings we are predicting a pretty easy win for the United States team.  You can see the comparison for yourself in the table below.

Sungjae Kim 20.67 (2)Patrick Cantlay 19.75 (3)
Joohyung (Tom) Kim 11.63.58 (26)Xander Schauffele 19.08 (5)
Taylor Pendrith 10.29 (39)Tony Finau 17.33 (7)
Adam Scott 8.13 (74)Max Homa 14.25 (12)
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 6.92 (92)Scottie Scheffler 13.46 (17)
Kyoung-Hoon Lee 5.67 (111)Cameron Young 9.88 (45)
Cam Davis 5.13 (127)Jordan Spieth 9.83 (46)
Si Woo Kim 3.50 (166)Justin Thomas 9.08 (59)
Corey Conners 3.33 (170)Billy Horschel 6.29 (104)
Hideki Matsuyama 3.04 (183)Collin Morikawa 5.46 (117)
Sebastian Munoz -1.17 (468)Sam Burns 3.46 (167)
Mito Pereira -2.71 (645)Kevin Kisner 1.08 (278)

As you can see, the American team has 5 players currently ranked inside the top-20, whereas the Internationals have only one in the top-20. This might be the most lopsided event in the very lopsided history of this competition.

The Old Tillsonburg Golf and Country Club

1st Green – From approximately halfway down the hole. You can see the driveway cutting across the fairway.

I was looking through some old files in my computer and found a few pictures from the old Tillsonburg Golf & Country Club (now known as The Bridges at Tillsonburg). Back when these pictures were taken the course was still just a nice little 9-hole course, however it was about to start work on a second nine (actually 10 new holes, as the original first hole was not part of the 18 hole layout).

I think Tillsonburg G&CC opened up in 1925.  For many years the course record was held by the legendary Moe Norman, and if memory serves the record was 59, which is a pretty solid 9-under par (the course was 9 holes, but so you did two loops, first from the white tees and the second time around from the red tees). Moe would have shot his score in a tournament sometime in the early or mid 1950s. My dad says he worked as a caddy that day. I believe Andrew Corner shot the first 58, back around 1995, in fact he might have shot 56.

3rd Hole – Par 3

Unfortunately 2021 was the last year for this course to be 18 holes. The members used to own the course, but the town and investors paid for the expansion. They all sold to a single investor, who then sold to the current owners (You might get a sense of the moral quality of the current owner from his actions during the province’s Covid lockdown). The course will become a 12-hole course, with at least 3 of the holes from the original design becoming a housing development.

So sad.

I miss the old 9-hole course.  All of the members all knew each other, and on a good day you could play 18-holes in just over 3 hours.

For those who remember Tillsonburg G&CC, I hope you like the couple of pictures I found and they bring back some nice memories.

2020 Ryder Cup Team Comparison

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

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

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

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

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!