Forget FedEx: Fabulous Walker Cup Whets the Appetite for Solheim Cup
There are likely more than just a few folks in the world who have more than a passing interest in the outcome of the FedEx Cup. Personally, I don’t know a single one of them. Between my golfing buddies and me, our only interest is how this new playoff system and subsequent Fall Series will affect our golf fantasy league. Beyond that, the consensus is that this $10 million playoff is just a contrivance, about on a par with the WGC events.
What really stirs the soul are team competitions, where the only thing at stake is pride. It seldom gets more personal than that. It never ceases to amaze me how often the urgency of the moment brings rise to unbelievable clutch shots such as chip-ins, long putts and the most recent example: Jonathan Moore’s 252 yard 4 iron to near-gimme eagle distance on the 18th hole of the deciding match of the 2007 Walker Cup. Not only was it just a spectacular shot, but when taken in context of the moment of what had already been an incredible contest, it will be forever etched into golfing lore of amateur play at the very highest level.
So now I’m psyched to watch the favored American defending champions face a determined European team on Swedish soil in the 10th Solheim Cup this weekend. The US team is loaded with young winners such as Paula Creamer, Morgan Pressel and Brittany Lincicome, but will be facing the most hostile crowd they ever have faced. Their reaction to the crowd cheering the result of their failures will be most interesting. To add to the already partisan nature of the gallery, Euro Captain Helen Alfredsson has the benefit of 4 Swedes in the team, not the least of which will be an in-form Annika Sorenstam.
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(That's me taking a nap on the sofa.)
"Predisposed"? No. I do believe it is much less entertaining than men's golf, and I believe we have covered that ground sufficiently before.
Where I take issue with your statements is that you create a comparison of the relative drama of the FedEx/Fall Series and the Solheim. Whether you truly think it is a "contrivance" or not, it is still a much more engaging product than the Solh...zzzzzzzzzzz.
With such an outrageous statment, it makes me wonder what the motivation is to pander to the LPGA. Is there some sort of kickback that TravelGolf receives or something?
I'm sorry if you cannot appreciate the inherent drama of team competition events. My very personal preference is for team competitions such as Ryder Cup, Presidents Cup, Solheim Cup & Walker Cup over any other type of tournament. But that's just me.
I like team competition too, but most especially I like the concept of the US vs. anyone. You have a built-in reason to back the team.
Last Solheim Cup we had some questionable captain's picks. What do you think about this year's team?
No. I don't "hate" it. It just isn't nearly as exciting as the PGA. And to compare the Solheim to the FedEx is only baiting a retort.
Not only that, I enjoy team competition, particularly the Ryder Cup. But let's not go as far as to compare the Solheim to the Ryder Cup, the President's Cup, or even the Walker Cup, for that matter.
And Jen, I find you and your golf "commentary" a bore, too.
If the Super Bowl is the Seahawks vs Bengals, it wouldn't garner much of my attention. If the BCS included my alma mater, naturally I would be interested.
But I will throw you a bone. The LPGA is much more exciting than the WNBA.
And kudos to the Wie Warriors for blowing yet another prediction about Michelle. After Paula Creamer led her team to victory in 2005 with a blowout of Laura Davies, Coulthard sour-graped that the U.S. COULD NOT WIN ON THE ROAD without Michelle Wie.
turns out another crazed Wie Warrior prediction went down in flames.
The American team is getting deeper in talent, is clearly better than its European opponents.
Great going USA, the women of this country did a superb job of defense on the road.
The young cubs on the LPGA, such as Morgan, Paula, Natalie & Brittany look to have a bright future, and they're already kicking behind and taking no prisoners.
But the strongest performance of the week goes to the huge Swedish galleries. Not only were they a model of partial but good sportsmanship, they endured the worst weather imaginable to do so. Even more amazing, about 1/4 of them rode their bicycles to the course in that poor weather. Bravo!
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