Monday, October 01, 2018

win on a ryder

First thing to say after the Ryder Cup is that I'm delighted that my gloomy (and, to be fair, slightly tongue-in-cheek) prediction after the last one turned out to be wrong:
One major reason for pessimism: the Americans are finally taking the Ryder Cup seriously and we'll never win one again. Oh well, we've had a good innings.
Indeed I was so wrong that in the end Europe's victory (appropriately delivered, in the end, by their star player Francesco Molinari) was by an even more thumping margin than the USA's 2016 victory at Hazeltine.

Year Foursomes Fourballs Doubles Singles Overall
Eur USA Eur USA Eur USA Eur USA Eur USA
1979 3 5 11 17
1981 2 6 10½ 4 8 18½
1983 4 4 4 4 8 8 13½ 14½
1985 4 4 5 3 9 7 16½ 11½
1987 6 2 10½ 15 13
1989 3 5 6 2 9 7 5 7 14 14
1991 2 6 6 2 8 8 13½ 14½
1993 5 3 13 15
1995 5 3 2 6 7 9 14½ 13½
1997 5 3 10½ 4 8 14½ 13½
1999 10 6 13½ 14½
2002 8 8 15½ 12½
2004 6 2 5 3 11 5 18½
2006 5 3 5 3 10 6 18½
2008 7 9 11½ 16½
2010 5 3 5 7 14½ 13½
2012 3 5 3 5 6 10 14½ 13½
2014 7 1 3 5 10 6 16½ 11½
2016 4 4 11 17
2018 6 2 4 4 10 6 17½ 10½
Totals 84½ 75½ 87 73 171½ 148½ 115 125 286½ 273½

No time for a lengthy wallow in the stats, but to pick up on a couple of vital points from last time: Europe won all three days, just as they did in 2004, 2006 and 2014. All the Europeans contributed points, while three Americans contributed zero: DeChambeau, Mickelson and Woods. There was much pre-contest hoopla about how Woods' miraculous rejuvenation (culminating in his remarkable win at the Tour Championship last week) would extend to him being a new man as a player in the Ryder Cup (having been one of Davis Love III's non-playing lieutenants in 2016), but he failed to win a point and lost a singles match for the first time since 1997. Maybe he was just knackered.

I was in charge of entertaining three kids for most of the weekend so my viewing opportunuties were slightly limited, but I did take advantage of NowTV's offer of a month's Sky Sports coverage for the knockdown price of £12.99, which enabled me to keep up with the live coverage on my laptop. This compares extremely favourably with the cost of having a full Sky Sports package on the TV, something we've recently ditched as it's just cripplingly expensive. I daresay there are fiendish and probably borderline illegal ways of viewing this stuff for free, but this seems to work pretty well.

I suppose what the result shows more than anything is how much home advantage counts for: only six of the twenty modern Ryder Cups have resulted in away wins (four for Europe, two for the USA) and only two of the last ten (both Europe, in 2004 and 2012). By the time of the next European Ryder Cup in 2022 it'll be 29 years since the last American win on European soil and I would guess most of the US team wouldn't even have been born for the last one in 1993.

6 comments:

The Black Rabbit said...

Yeah I know wotchoomeen about the silly price SKY command for their service.

We have the full bundle and BT Sports for the rugby (and baseball as it happens) but it is silly money... and I tend to watch A LOT of golf and still don't think it's any value.

And for what it's worth... my brief take on this year's Ryder Cup can be found here:

https://theblackrabbitgolfblog.wordpress.com/2018/09/30/the-ryder-cup-2018-my-very-brief-thoughts/


electrichalibut said...

We ditched our Virgin Media package altogether and just got a Freesat box. I'm doing the NowTV thing separately for the sports. The money saved is exclusively going towards what I once described on this blog as "hilariously expensive tiny shoes".

The Black Rabbit said...

Where do you get your internet from then, pray tell me, stout yeoman.

Actually. Can you GET the internet in Wales?

electrichalibut said...

We've totally de-Virginated now and all of our finest internets are delivered with the rest of our utilities via the good folks at Utility Warehouse. My wife will be only too happy to talk you through the details as she is ONE OF THEM.

The Black Rabbit said...

I'm sure Hazel would "talk us through the details".
No point though as I'd miss all the BT Sports rugby and Sky golf and BT Sports baseball and porn sorry Sky arts I currently watch on Virgin.

electrichalibut said...

ah yes, "Sky Arts". I getcha.