Ryder Cup 2014 – the Heat is On!
The month of August is nearing to its end and that makes barely a month left of the 2014 Ryder Cup to start. The heat is certainly on for this year’s Ryder Cup and plenty of stories are coming out in open. The anticipation for this year’s Ryder Cup is more than any Ryder Cups in the recent times. All these stories coming out will only increase the anticipation and ultimately that will bring more crowds at the Gleneagles Centenary Course. The course is already busy in giving it self the final touches and to the club house as well.
The current US Ryder Cup team captain Tom Watson who is 64 years old was the captain in the 1993 Ryder Cup as well when the last time US won the trophy in Europe. The important message for the US Ryder Cup team is that Europe has won 4 out of the last 7 Ryder Cups. The US Ryder Cup team captain Tom Watson is set to announce the team on coming Tuesday i.e. on the 4th September and Hunter Mahan seem to have got his place as he has won the Barclays tournament just recently. Keegan Bradley too seems to be a certain name in the team as he has already decided to go to Gleneagles no matter what the decision is, even if as a part of a scouting trip. Brandt Snedeker, Brendon Todd and Webb Simpson will fight for the remaining spot.
In the European team Graeme McDowell, Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Francesco Milinari and Luke Donald are eagerly waiting for their names in the team list.
For the US team Jim Furyk seems to be the major name to consider. As for the last 18 years he has been invariably the part of the US Ryder Cup team. He has been good for last few years now and this year is even better for him. But the question is that whether he will continue this for next four weeks or not? The main concern for the US team is winning the singles game. In the last Ryder Cup in 2012, US lost five ‘singles game and gave the cup to Europe by 14 ½ to 13 ½ ! So All eyes on Phil Mickelson, Matt Kuchar, Jorden Speith and Keegan Bradly (if selected) to give that knock out punch for the team.
For the Europeans Sergio Garcia will be the key again. He has not won any major till now, but whenever it comes to Ryder Cup, Sergio always becomes a throne in every US golf loving person. Along with Garcia, Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose, Luke Donal, Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter will be the names Europe will rely heavily upon.
All in all as of today, the US team is having a slight edge over the European team, but will it remain when both the teams get to gather next month?