Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

Get Ready For The Largest Ryder Cup First Tee Ever

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Jon Rahm was willing to show some deference as one of five European rookies at the Ryder Cup.

The Ryder Cup will be held in Paris from Friday, Sept. 28 to Sunday, Sept. 30.

European captain Thomas Bjorn said he had no hesitation in giving four of his five rookies an early taste of the action, with only Swede Alex Noren having to wait his turn.

"Bernhard Langer, one of my favorite guys, he's even keel so you pair him with a guy that's feisty, a Seve (Ballesteros), and you kind of get the ham-and-egg effect".

Woods asked Williams, who is 17 years old and from Peterborough, England, if he would be conflicted when the Ryder Cup begins Friday. The victory at the Tour Championship represented a physical comeback from the back surgeries that left him struggling to get out of bed. "And that's the way we try to be".

Thousands of fans are filling up the massive grandstand behind the first tee at the Ryder Cup in the dark, anticipating the start of matches between two of the strongest teams ever assembled for the matches.

With a 7,000-seat grandstand looming over a first-tee crucible plus narrow fairways and unsafe water hazards, Le Golf National offers an impressive stage for the drama to unfold. Adding to the plot is that the Americans are defending champions for only the third time since 2002.

The 2018 Ryder Cup has officially arrived, and while for many hardcore golf fans that's music to their ears, many more casual observers may need a little bit of an explained as to why there are nearly 7,500 maniacs on the first tee chanting, jeering and whooping during the best kind of mayhem in golf this season.

From an historical point of view, it is 25 years since the US last registered a win on foreign soil.

Rory McIlroy insists Europe would be "silly" to focus on beating a rejuvenated Tiger Woods as they look to maintain their brilliant home record and regain the Ryder Cup in Paris.

But it's not about names.

"I won't ever say it wouldn't happen, but it's probably not too likely".

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- Rory McIlroy is making his fifth consecutive Ryder Cup appearance, the longest current run among European players.

Mickelson notably revealed the lack of input by players into captain Tom Watson's decisions in a 2014 loss at Gleneagles, then became closer to Woods when they combined in a U.S. attempt to improve Ryder Cup results in the wake of the flop in Scotland. It's the European way, and the US can only hope it will end 25 years of losing the Ryder Cup away from home.

It promises to be a thrilling Ryder Cup it can be watched live on the Ryder Cup website, Sky Sports and the Golf Channel.

While it won't be the end of the world if we don't win in France, it would be really nice to stop them building any more momentum.

Thomas looks like being paired with friend Rickie Fowler and it is something he would welcome.

All eyes will be on the United States team, not only because they are the holders but because they have recalled Tiger Woods and the veteran has just won his first tournament in five years.

"I'm not really from Texas, so we don't wear a lot of 10-gallon hats in Pennsylvania".

"I don't know what it was acoustically, but they were so close together that it was reverberating". That's important. I'm not sure it will be enough, but it will help ground a European team that threatens to become unmoored if the top USA players start feeling it a little bit.

"That was the worst tee shot I've hit in both my Ryder Cups, " he said.

The Americans walked tall and had reason to feel as though nothing could go wrong, especially Tony Finau. Then again, it was like that in 1997 at Valderrama when the Americans had five major champions and eight players among the top 15.

Bjorn said he would accept a split of the morning matches considering he has four rookies playing, though he hopes for more.

Spieth expects some par celebrations this week instead of birdie binges that were enjoyed in the United States 2014 win at Hazeltine. "I should have taken more breaks in the playoffs this year, and I went something like 26 or 28 days from before NY through that Saturday afternoon of BMW, at least six-hour days on the course and gym".

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