Good friends off the course.
Tremendous rivals from first tee to 18th green.
I’m talking about KP, Tater and I with the first statement and the American and European teams for the bi-yearly Ryder Cup matches with the second.
I assume that the off-course relationship for the 24 golfers from the professional squads should be described as friendly, but I cannot go as far as flatly call them all friends. I’d assume that there are feuds and jealousies and other bitter things that spring up when you’re playing for money on the pro tours over the years. Not to mention when you’re jousting for patriotic pride and this trophy every other year.
As for we three amateur golfers, sure we want to have the lowest score on each and every hole we play, just like the great players representing their flags over there in Scotland these past three days in the Ryder Cup. But does the friendship extend to the green grass? I say yes.
And I think my season-long golf posts have proved that.
Look at these pictures from this past week, too. I tried to capture non-playing moments this time around at Radisson Greens Golf Course in Baldwinsville, N.Y., outside of Syracuse.
As far as the Ryder Cup goes, 12 singles matches today decide who takes home the hardware named after Samuel Ryder. This is the 40th edition of the event. Europe has won 10 of the last 14 cups, and is heavily favored to take it all after day three concludes today in Scotland.
They began play just a while ago this morning with a big points lead after 16 twosome matches the first two days of the matches: Europe 10, U.S. 6, in fact, NBC side-ropes guy just interviewed U.S. captain Tom Watson, and the famous golfer said, “make the scoreboard read red,” refering to his team’s colorful pants as well as our flag. And then he mentioned that he just talked to Jack Nicklaus, his big when they were dominating out there on the course, who offered smart advice to pass along to the U.S. golfers. I’ll go so far as to call it friendly advice in a tense environment.
Did you watch any of the Ryder Cup Friday or Saturday, or will you try to watch any of the action of the final holes today? Are you a fan of international sports competition, and if so, what are your favorite events to watch and why? Please share your best sports tale of glory played with a best friend.