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Wed 26 Sep 12 #1 
Seve
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Straight from the quaint outskirts of Chicago, the city of big shoulders, the old world Euros are taking on the young buck Yanks on the gorgeous links of Medinah Country Club this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The Ryder Cup outcome will be determined by a smorgasbord of Eurpoean talent including 1 Belgian, 4 English, 1 Spaniard, 1 Swede, 1 German, 1 Scot, 2 Northern Irish and 1 Italian trying to better 12 of America's aces.

The multi-cultural Euros have won 4 of the last 5 biennial events, but the bi-partisan Yanks are expecting home-track advantage to prevail once again like 4 years ago. Friday and Saturday's format includes foursome and fourball matches, followed by Sunday's single matches.

Let the trash talk begin!

P.S. The rest of the world (less Europe) gets to play the Yanks for the President's Cup at Muirfield Village Course in Dublin, Ohio in 2013.


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Wed 26 Sep 12 #2 
mapmaker
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Great course, USA should win, overall their team is at least 3 points better than Europe.


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Thu 27 Sep 12 #3 
Seve
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The wait is unbearable!!! Especially after mod squad Brit Ian Poulter gushes about the RC edginess, particularly if the American crowd outside Chicago get a bit rowdy. Ian baby is quoted: "“We are all good friends, both sides of the pond. But there’s something about the Ryder Cup that kind of intrigues me – how you can be great mates with somebody, but boy, do you want to kill them in Ryder Cup.”

Talking tough will only pump up our Yank rookies especialloy red-hot Brandt Snedeker, who recently pocketed $11.4M for wining the Tour Championship and FedEx Cup titles. First foursome tee time is just 33 hours away!


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Thu 27 Sep 12 #4 
kevg
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Yanks by 1 point I reckon.


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Thu 27 Sep 12 #5 
southshoregirl

Huh?


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Thu 27 Sep 12 #6 
Seve
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Gotta know the format SSG! There's a total of 28 points available for matches that occur on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Many matches have been decided by a point or two, although the Euros have pasted the Yanks several times in the last decade. Past results are at: http://www.rydercup.com/usa/history/past-results-of-the-ryder-cup.

The US had a lock from 1927-1983, beating the Brits silly, then the worm turned (about the time that Seve took charge of the Euro squad). The pesky Euros now think that they own the cup. We need to populate Factacular with more of these essential facts. Only 14 hours left before fourball matches start and about 86 hours before the Yanks get bragging rights!


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Thu 27 Sep 12 #7 
Seve
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and Kev is using his best southern slang, since we've got a bunch of players with NASCAR pedigrees.


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Thu 27 Sep 12 #8 
kevg
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Do not mention that NASCAR rubbish to me !!!


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Sat 29 Sep 12 #9 
shortbreadforme27
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Day 1 and the Yanks and their noisy 'redneck' fans manage to put one over Europe. Pity about Woods though (tee hee) when is he going to learn that sheer distance is not the answer to winning the Ryder Cup. Onward and upward to Day 2 - a bit of Euro steel up em will sort the men from the boys. U Will need more that a chip and a putt this time u red white and blues.


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Sun 30 Sep 12 #10 
Seve
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Day 2 ends with the Yanks holding a 10-6 lead over the Euros leading into tomorrow's 12 singles matches.

Phil Mickelson partnered with rookie Keegan Bradley have been on fire for the first two days, winning handily 4&3 in Friday morning's foursome match against the Brit/Spanaird team of Luke Donald and Sergio Garcia and then winning 2&1 in the afternoon in four ball over the Northern Irish darlings of Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy.

Mickelson and Bradley didn't cool off today either, taking the morning foursome competition 7&6 punishing Brits Lee Westwood and Luke Donald. The foursome lopsided score tied a record for the biggest margin of victory in an alternate-shot match. Phil must be happier than Christopher Columbus in speedboats. He has never even dreamed about being 3-0 in any Ryder Cup.

The other U.S.A. "whipping" of the Euros came on Friday morning when Bubba Watson and his flaming pink driver teaming with rookie Webb Simpson to thump Scott Paul Lawrie and Swede Peter Hanson 5&4 in four-ball competition.

The match-play between Watson and Donald should be a real tester tomorrow and the match between McIlroy and Bradley has all the trappings of a major battle. The major suspense will circulate around whether Mickelson and Woods will do more course exporation.

All-in-all .... stick the fork in ... the Euros are cooked! The Cup is staying in the New World tomorrow!


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Sun 30 Sep 12 #11 
shortbreadforme27
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Not over till the FAT LADY sings - lots to play for before the silverware is won. Support is fantastic but when it goes overboard like it has on many instances here then it is nothing more than rabble rousing by rabble rousers at an event for refined people. Refined is in the English Dictionary I doubt however, in the American version. Bye for now.

PS I will concede that Mickelson, Bradley and Watson have played their socks off but when you consider how many games Mickelson has had - then he was due a win or two.


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Sun 30 Sep 12 #12 
kevg
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Not complaining about the crowd, overexcited at the thought of a rare win no doubt !!!


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Sun 30 Sep 12 #13 
shortbreadforme27
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Oh by the way the picture on Tiger's face when our hero Mr Ian Poulter (he needs no introduction) was one of these moments in sport that you live for. Be blessed that he has decided to play someone capable of giving him a match in the singles leaving him to the Italian Connection to deal with. Bye for now.


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Sun 30 Sep 12 #14 
shortbreadforme27
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All-in-all .... stick the fork in ... the Euros are cooked! The Cup is staying in the New World tomorrow!

The words above are from a fellow FACTOPIAN who if he is honest enough will admit to counting his chickens before (well you know the rest).

However let us not dwell on them versus us - let us dwell on the fact that all who witnessed this golf competition will have to go a long long way to witness finer golf under the intense pressure that these players played under.

Drama we Brits and Europeans invented it and have proved to ALL we are still capable of playing and beating FAVOURITES in their own back yard.

Well done Jose Maria Olazabel and his team of Lions, Seve is dancing tonight.


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Mon 1 Oct 12 #15 
kevg
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I must admit I was dreading a drubbing but what a fightback !! Tremendous performance and at least they gave Rory the right flag !!


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Mon 1 Oct 12 #16 
Seve
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Ouch! Still compiling my list of how to say "I love eating crow" in various languages and dialects. Thi"s one will hurt for a very long time. Tremendous play by the Euro team.

My (only) favorite part of this tourney was the emotional rememberence to Seve Ballesteros. My favorite news release from the Ryder Cup site is:

"With Seve heavy on all their minds, the Europeans did the unthinkable at Medinah on Sunday – they channeled their inner Seve to produce a miracle come-from-behind victory over the United States to win the 39th Ryder Cup, 14 ½- 13 ½."

Don't mind me if I hide for a bit licking my wounds!


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Mon 1 Oct 12 #17 
shortbreadforme27
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Get ready for Scotland in two years when we will put the BITE on you Yanks again. This time the MIDGE (No C Um's) will soften your team up and The Euro team will finish you off.

Just remember my dear Seve it often down to the putting................ a few of your lads found that out yesterday.

It's 8.45am GMT I am off to the golf course to relive HISTORY.


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Mon 1 Oct 12 #18 
Seve
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Been on the links for the last three days. I'm focusing on hammering in 7-footers! Miracle in Medina or Massacre in Medina????


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Mon 1 Oct 12 #19 
mapmaker
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ive never been so pleased to lose £100, to see the look on that twat keegan bradleys face was priceless
Davis, Mickleson, Stricker......pure class!


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Tue 2 Oct 12 #20 
shortbreadforme27
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To quote an old ditty commonly aired at soccer matches in the UK - you only sing when your winning........

I must suppport Phil Mickelson he was a gentleman when beaten by Justin Rose, other American players may wish to examine their reaction to defeat and compare them to his manners and maybe move on from there.


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Tue 2 Oct 12 #21 
mapmaker
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To be honest I thought that, ex the excitable Mr Bradley,the USA team were tremendous when they were winning and when they lost.
Does anyone think that the USA are under much more pressure playing for their country and flag than the European Team who do not really consider themselves as European per se. At the end of the competition they were all draped in National flags (English, Scottish, Northern Irish, Spanish, Belgian, German,Italian, Swedish)


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