Golf can be about camaraderie during Ryder Cup week

KP and Tater await our turn at the tee at Radisson Greens in Baldwinsville, N.Y.

KP and Tater await our turn at the tee at Radisson Greens in Baldwinsville, N.Y.

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.

Tater appreciates the pretty setting at tee box No. 5.

Tater appreciates the pretty setting at tee box No. 5.

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.

KP and I ponder his choice of a Titleist Pro VI ball. Worked well enough for a 94. Good pick, sir.

KP and I ponder his choice of a Titleist Pro VI ball. Worked well enough for a 94. Good pick, sir.

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.

31 thoughts on “Golf can be about camaraderie during Ryder Cup week

  1. It’s great that you guys have a strong off-course friendship Mark. That’s not always true. I’m not a bg fan of Pro sports, although I do like live games – the energy and the feeling of being a part of it all. Watching on TV nas never attracted me. Hope you have a great weekend Mark

    Like

    • Have you been able to catch your new CFL team, Paul? Have they started yet? Perhaps the season is different timing than the NFL. I hope you go see them live. Have a good Sunday. I hope your weather is as beautiful as our is here in Syracuse.

      Like

      • yep, the weather here has been gorgeous the last week or so. I haven’t seen the Redblacks play yet – the season is about the same. I haven’t heard much advertizng about the games. either Thanks Mark.

        Like

  2. your friendship shines through loud and clear, mark. in this post, and in the others. it’s not about the golf at all, even though it is an experience that you all love and enjoying sharing. wonderful post –

    Like

    • Thank you, Beth. One of the most interesting aspects of the Ryder Cup to me, in fact I’d say the foremost reason I rose to watch the first show all three days, before the sun on Friday and Saturday, is that during these matches, American golfers and European golfers who compete to beat each others’ ears off every other week of the year become teammates, hearts and souls tied together on the tees and greens and in between. It’s pretty cool to me. And familiar. Thanks for seeing that. ))

      Like

      • one of my fav things about sports and competitions is to see the obvious bonds between the competitors. when a player from a rival team slides into a base safely, and the guy on the opposing team who was supposed to tag him out, laughs and chats with him while waiting for the next pitch.

        Like

  3. No, I did not watch the Ryder Cup Mark. I have, over the course of the year, watched evidence of the friendship between you and your golfing buddies and it warms my heart. Your golf shoes are adorable – they remind me of them old men’s wing-tipped dancing shoes! πŸ˜€
    Diana xo

    Like

  4. Favourite International Sport – Rugby.
    Best sports tale played with a best friend – sometimes Steve and i play tennis. This only works because he hits the ball to me. That way we get a rally!

    Like

  5. Thought Michelson said it best referring to the way Captain Azinger did it back in 2008….each team member had input in the matchups which gave them more of an ownership. When asked it Tom Watson offered team input, he replied “no”. Also…Watson’s at large pics were dreadful…how could you ignore the hottest golfer on the planet…Billy Horschel and pick Mahan or Simpson. Anyway, off the soap box now. Glad to see you, KP and Tater enjoying the spoils of this wonderful golf weather. Maybe I can free up some time to catch you guys some day before the precipitation flies!

    Like

    • Yes, Phil has no shortage of opinions on how to do things the right way, as we know. Captain Tom has always been an autocrat, and shall always be so. I don’t think we would have beaten the Euros with Horschel instead of Mahan or Simpson. They are inside of our skulls. Witness Phil’s candor in the post-gamer, which was better said to Tom and the PGA in private afterward instead of sounding like so much sour grapes and allowing the Euros to know that, wowee, they own us even more now. Half of golf is 90 percent mental, as Yogi Berra knows.

      Yes, we need to get you out on the links with us before snow season. That’s what I was getting at when I asked you of your whereabouts last week and you told me about Columbus.

      Like

  6. So, if i followed correctly…. Watson benches Michelson because he saw that he was tired. Phil reaches out more than once and says he wants to play, but Watson refuses. And they lost!? But Phil won his match. I might be ticked off, but i do defer to your opinion on if this was a smart call. Im just a spectator, but I like golf.

    Like

    • Mickelson has star-quality pride. He’d never, ever admit to being too tired to play. But yes, he was one of the guys who won on Sunday, so it’s super easy for him to second guess Captain Tom’s decision to turn a deaf ear and sit him out for the entire Saturday. Me? I would have put the saddle on old Phil and rode him to death all five matches even though he and Keegan Bradley lost the second match Friday. Experience means so much in the Ryder Cup. Big sleep on Friday night could have restored them for Saturday. Who was better than them on Saturday? Nobody, as it turned out. Thanks, Apple Pie, for being a golf follower! I love the damn game, as you can tell.

      Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.