2006 Ryder Cup looks like a rout for the Euros
Let’s call a mashie a mashie: It’s going to be a rout for the Euros at the 2006 Ryder Cup.
Two of our top three guns, Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk, were knocked out in the first round of the HSBC World Match Play Championship. Furyk was whipped by Robert Karlsson, member of the Euro team. Woods lost to Shaun Micheel, who finished second behind Euro Cupper Paul Casey. And no, Micheel is not on our team.
Furthermore, two of our team members, Chad Campbell and Scott Verplank, missed the cut at the 84 Lumber Classic. Verplank is fighting injuries, no less. Campbell’s not hurt, just dull.
I know that the Cup is a very different beast, but given these poor showings in match play and stroke play by 1/3 of our team, prospects look bleak, to say the least.
Heck, enough with the hedging. I’ll be happy if I’m wrong (will be cheering, even), but my prediction is that the Euros will retain the Cup by at least seven points, officially a rout.
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Now, on to who's gonna win! Of course I'd like it to be the Europeans (euros by the way is a widely used currency over here)
But to be honest I don't really care who wins - I just hope it's world class golf that we all get th plesure of watching.
Having said that - if I was a betting man - I'd put money on the USA team winning this time around, Monty is putting like a 25 handicapper, and the choice of Westwood as wild card wasn't the best. And poor old Darren Clarke? He's hurting so much over the loss of his wife I can't see how he's going to give the game 100% focus
Whatever happens, its just a game - enjoy it - I certainly will :)