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A Great Ryder Cup

October 4, 2010 - Al Stephenson
I have to admit that I really don't care who wins the Ryder Cup. A dozen talented European golfers take on an equally talented dozen Americans every two years. Fans at the site and millions more at home watching on TV seem to get caught up in the frenzy. I don't, though I will admit that I was pulling for our guys.

Even though I enjoy watching the action, I realize that in the grand scheme of world events, which team gets to take home the Cup really doesn't matter much. For me it's good wholesome athletic competition. Let's enjoy the drama. Let's not make too out of the outcome.

It was fun watching Tiger return to form. Seven birdies and an eagle in 15 holes today is pretty good shooting. It was fun to watch Rickie Fowler finish with four biridies in a row and earn an improbable half point. It was fun to see Jim Furyk make a birdie run early on the back nine at Luke Donald only to see Donald throw birdies right back at him. Some great golf shots and a few that resembled my game made the day interesting. There were no winners or losers on my TV screen!

Despite my feelings, you can't help but notice that the players feel much differently. They get very excited when they do something well. For the pro golfer, this is one of the few times he is involved in team competition. Normally they are playing only for themselves and it can be a lonely feeling. When part of a team though, the butterflies come out and the nerves jangle. Playing for your teammates as well as your country makes this type of golf exciting as well as trying.

The fans at Celtic Manor in Wales were awesome. They rooted for their team, yet politely applauded the opponents when the occasion warranted such. For me it was great TV fare, though watching some of it in the wee hours of the morning was tough.

The view from my seat suggests that we do not rehash this year's Ryder Cup. There is no need to point fingers or place blame. This time the Europeans were slightly better and they now have the Cup again. Let's congratulate them and be glad that we were able to enjoy the competition.


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