Ryder Cup 2010

Today is the first day of the Ryder Cup. Eagerly anticipated, much predicted, fervently debated: this year is a big year for golf. With seven wins each (and one draw: there Europe retained the cup after winning the previous competition) and some new players emerging, this Ryder cup sees Europe and America meet with a fierocity and passion which should make for an exciting and memorable tournament.

America hold the cup, winning the 2008 competition in Kentucky, and breaking Europe’s run of three successive triumphs. It was the USA’s largest margin of victory since their win in 1981, leading to speculation this year that Europe’s hopes could be extinguished if America continue on form.

Held in Newport, Wales this season (the competition alternates between being held in America and Europe), the Ryder Cup kicked off in typical British fashion; rain and fog becoming the main denominators of the first day. At the time of writing, play is suspended, with the competition expected to go into a fourth day as a result.

Some of the most exciting and anticipated players this season are on the European team, with legend Tiger Woods expected to continue his bad form of late. Rory McIlroy, Francesco Molinari and Ross Fisher are all Ryder Cup virgins to watch out for, McIlroy particularly predicted to have an outstanding year after his first European Tour win last year. Other top-scorers return to the Ryder Cup: Lee Westwood, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Padraig Harrington are three of the big players eagerly anticipated this season.

Of the American team, first time Ryder Cup players to look out for include Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar. All three have enjoyed PGA victories in the past, and are hoping to add another competition win to their CVs. Apart from the obvious and infamous Tiger Woods, it would be worth watching some of the action from stars Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk and Steve Stricker.

Hopefully Wales will become sunny and dry in the morning to accomodate one of the most important golf competitions in the calendar. Hopefully we will see legend Tiger Woods reclaiming some lost ground and form. And hopefully, the Ryder Cup trophy will sit in the European cabinet this time next week.

For more information on the Ryder Cup, click on any of the links below.

Guardian sport: Ryder Cup

Sporting Life: Ryder Cup

Eurosport: Ryder Cup


3 Responses

  1. Hi Ruby92,

    A very interesting and timely blog post… and thanks for the links to other websites. I was interested to see that the Europeans are ahead after the aborted first day? I wonder is this because they are used to playing in the rain?? Does this give them an advantage??
    Anyone else have a view??


  2. I am planning to do a blog every day about the Ryder Cup (practising my sports journalism) so I will talk about these things tomorrow- there was debate over the sense of having a golf tournament in Wales in October!

  3. we won!!! yay! I don’t think playing in rainy conditions should affect professional athletes – they should prepare properly for respective tournaments. This opens up a potentially interesting debate as to if teams do prepare as well as they should *cough* England World Cup 2010 *cough*

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