Nothing could be Finer than Golfing in Medinah
The 39th Ryder Cup, 28-30 September is the most hotly anticipated event in the golfing calendar. In its elite form, golf is a sport for lone wolves, where victory is stalked in solitude and financial rewards for those who achieve it are enormous, but every two years the world’s best golfers from Europe and the USA meet to battle it out in team competition. They come together for a common goal to play for their team-mates, their Captains, the fans and of course the prestige of winning one of golf’s most coveted trophies.
The competition between the two teams is passionate and the pressure for the Captains intense, especially for USA Captain Davis Love III who has a poor US record to contend with – Europe have won 6 out of the last 8 trophies. The expectation ahead of play at Medinah Country Club is that Davis could, and should turn the home advantage into victory for the USA.
It could however be argued that European Captain Jose Maria Olázábal doesn’t have an easy job of it either, he’s carrying with him the legacy of his fellow Spaniard, the late Seve Ballesteros, who first played with Olázábal during the influential and memorable Ryder Cup tournament of 1987, at Muirfield Village, Ohio.
Olázábal said recently of his Ryder Cup experience:
“I didn’t know what The Ryder Cup was in 1987, but then I played with Seve. I saw the way he played, what it meant to him. He passed that attitude onto me. And he passed it on to others.”
Sadly, Seve passed on 7 May 2011, however Jose Maria commented:
“The best tribute we can pay to Seve is to go on playing for him.”
All eyes will be watching Rory McIlroy to see if he can carry Europe’s hopes, and the pre-event chatter suggests his time is now. We’ve been following the pre-tournament Ryder Cup chat online at the Telegraph and it seems to be right at the heart of all the gossip. Today, Ian Poulter opines that “The Americans want to kick my arse,” well after the stushie at Celtic Manor, who can blame them?
Whatever the result at Medinah, and of course we are unashamedly biased in hoping for European victory, we can’t help but feel a quickening of the pulse at the thought of the Ryder Cup 2014, at Gleneagles. Scotland is the uncontested home of golf, our golfing heritage is unparalleled and our veins are riddled with passion for the game.
We are delighted to be hosting the 40th Anniversary Ryder Cup and Scottish fans will give the players the warmest of welcomes. With next year’s 2013 British Open Championship at Muirfield, it promises to be a memorable time for golf’s homeland.