Golf is a sport governed by the gods.
There seems to come a moment at each Major when the heavens open up and a hand of the golfing gods descends and points the finger of fate to the chosen one.
At the Masters back in April, that chosen moment had came early, during the third round on Saturday when literal clouds gathered ominously over Augusta and a rainstorm stopped play. At that point, Japan’s Hideki … Read the rest
As the USPGA Championship returns this week to Kiawah Island, this year also marks the 30th anniversary of the infamous ‘War on the Shore’ Ryder Cup that took place there in 1991.
It was an antagonistic encounter played in a hostile atmosphere that was a precursor to bad-tempered Ryder Cups to come, with allegations and counter-allegations of strategic ball-switching, deliberate off-putting coughing and faking injury.
Among its many memorable moments was a dramatic collapse by … Read the rest
There was no Miracle in Minnesota for the Europeans. It was more Humdrum at Hazeltine as the Americans won the Ryder Cup for the first time since 2008. It was a long awaited and well deserved victory, even if their fans let the side down at times with their boorish behaviour. We will have to put it down to their desperation to win back the famous old trophy. The victory was also redemption for American captain Davis Love III, who was the losing captain at … Read the rest
They say football is a game of two halves, but today, that adage belonged to the Ryder Cup. The half that was, and the half that was never to be. If Europe go on to win this Ryder Cup, they can thank the half they somehow eked out against the odds this morning in a match they were dead and buried in. If, as now seems more likely, USA win the trophy, it may well have been a missed tiddler by Lee Westwood on the … Read the rest
Confession time. The Ryder Cup has always been a tad problematic for yours truly here at Random Towers. On account of the fact that my favourite golfer plays for the other team. And he’s not just any player either. He’s a major player, a big name, a Ryder Cup regular. The sort of player you need to want to lose if you want your team to win. I spend the whole year rooting for him at every golf tournament he plays and then for 3 … Read the rest