ST.-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France — It was perhaps the last shot of Phil Mickelson’s long and often humbling Ryder Cup career. And after it splashed down in the water next to the 16th hole at Le Golf National, the Ryder Cup was officially back where it has so often belonged. European union may be increasingly elusive, but Europe’s golfers continue to have no problem setting aside cultural differences and equaling more than the sum of their parts. They were collectively brilliant again in France, and their 17½-10½ victory allowed Europe to reclaim the trophy the Americans won in 2016. It was Europe’s seventh victory in the last nine Ryder Cups, and it has won six straight at home, dating to 1997. This time, every European player accounted for at least one point as their team lost only one of the five sessions. Mickelson and Tiger Woods failed to win a single point for the United States, with Mickelson going 0-2 and Woods 0-4. To call it an upset … [Read more...] about Ryder Cup 2018: Europe Again Defends Its Soil Against the U.S.
ST-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France — While roars erupted around him, Phil Mickelson wordlessly pounded ball after ball with his driver, like a player possessed. It was midway through Saturday’s morning session at the 42nd Ryder Cup at Le Golf National, and Mickelson was the only United States player on the practice range. He was hard at work on a problem that none of the Americans have been able to solve this week: how to straighten their drives so they can find the course’s corsetlike fairways. The United States team’s most accurate player off the tee is the guy driving the cart, the captain Jim Furyk, who was 10th in the PGA Tour’s statistical rankings this season. Mickelson was No. 192, and his wildness off the tee greatly contributed to the 5-and-4 defeat he endured with Bryson DeChambeau in his first match, against Sergio García and Alex Noren in alternate-ball. After sitting out Saturday morning’s session, Mickelson wanted to play in the … [Read more...] about For Phil Mickelson at Ryder Cup, One Last Chance to Deliver
ST.-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France — The last time the United States won a Ryder Cup on the road, Davis Love III was a fresh-faced American rookie instead of a savvy two-time captain, and Ian Poulter, the future leader of the European team, was a teenage fan spending his nights in a tent. It was 1993, when holding a Ryder Cup in Europe still meant holding it in Britain. But the event has broken free of its traditional moorings in earnest now, as this week’s landing in the Paris suburbs makes clear. The Ryder Cup and France seem an odd marriage at first — and second — glance: The French would much rather watch soccer or play tennis than obsess over a three-day team golf competition. (And aren’t the British leaving the European Union soon, anyway?) The Cup is here on the Continent in search of new audiences and sustained momentum, and it will be back in 2022, pitching its merchandise tents at the Marco Simone Golf and Country Club in Rome. By then, the … [Read more...] about Many Changes in the Ryder Cup Over 25 Years, and the Americans Seek One More
ST-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France — Chasing its first Ryder Cup victory on the road in 25 years, the United States took an early 3-1 lead on Friday morning, only to lose it in historic fashion in the afternoon. Europe unmistakably struck back on the first day of the first Ryder Cup to be staged in France, sweeping all four of the alternate-shot matches by considerable margins to go ahead by 5-3 heading into Saturday. “Emotions run high in this,” said Thomas Bjorn, Europe’s grizzled captain. “It was a tough, tough morning for me as a captain, and I’m sure it was a tough afternoon for Jim.” Jim Furyk, the U.S. captain and a longtime Ryder Cup player, has had to deal with plenty of European brilliance and celebration through the years. But this was the first time since the Ryder Cup began in 1927 that a European team had swept an alternate shot, or foursomes, session. “We didn’t come here to win the foursomes, we came here to win … [Read more...] about Afternoon Rout Gives Europe a 5-3 Lead at the Ryder Cup
(CNN)In September, the Ryder Cup headed to Paris for the biggest staging of the tournament in its 91-year history. A global TV audience watched Europe's best golfers overpower their American counterparts, while each of the three days of competition saw 50,000 spectators in attendance at Le Golf National. It's a quite an act for the European Tour's new Deputy Chief Executive and Ryder Cup Director, Guy Kinnings, to follow when the Cup is next held in Europe in 2022. "We always talk about the Ryder Cup being the one time that golf steps outside and appeals to a broader market; it transcends the sport," Kinnings recently to CNN Living Golf's Shane O'Donoghue. JUST WATCHED The business side of golf Replay More Videos ... MUST WATCH The business side of golf 22:30 READ: How a tattoo pledge and Whatsapp "love-in" inspired Europe's triumph Read More "I think for everyone who was there, everyone who was watching, what they saw was not only in my mind one of … [Read more...] about How do you follow a blockbuster Ryder Cup?