To the victors go the wigs. The European Ryder Cup team is enjoying its victory over the U.S. last weekend with a multitude of celebrations, with some members posting images on social media of themselves in bizarre costumes and battling hangovers. The good times are due to the team's rousing 16½-11½ win Sunday, the third straight title for Europe and its eighth win in the last 10 meetings. "Got into the Scottish swing of things last night," star Rory McIlroy wrote in the caption of a picture of him without a shirt, but wearing a red kilt and long red-haired wig. He was standing next to teammate Stephen Gallacher, who declined to don a costume. The getups were not just for the Europeans as American Ryder Cup veterans Rickie Fowler and Bubba Watson also wore kilts and wigs, as captured by their teammate Hunter Mahan on Twitter. The Europeans celebrated wildly on the golf course after clinching victory by drinking champagne. When … [Read more...] about SEE IT: European Ryder Cup team wildly celebrates its victory
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SAINT-QUENTIN-en-YVELINES, France — The U.S. Ryder Cup team knows it can be done. So, too, do the Europeans. Because they’ve both done it to the other. Once each in the 41 previous Ryder Cups. That means two things as the Europeans take a commanding 10-6 lead into Sunday’s 12 singles matches at Le Golf National:The odds are long that the U.S. can dig itself out of this ditch created the last two days, losing both Friday and Saturday’s sessions, 5-3. But it can be done, because it’s been done before — in 1999 when the U.S. overcame a 10-6 deficit to win in Brookline, Mass., and in 2012 when Europe came back from the same deficit to win at Medinah. The Americans, who came to France determined to win on foreign soil for the first time since 1993, need 14 points to retain the Cup they won two years ago at Medinah. Europe needs 4 ½ points to get to 14 ½ to win the Cup back. Listening to members of both teams speak after Saturday’s … [Read more...] about US has reason to hope despite digging massive Ryder Cup hole
SAINT-QUENTIN-en-YVELINES, France — There was no word on Monday whether Tiger Woods flew the US Ryder Cup team charter from Atlanta to Paris overnight, but he was so high off of his euphoric Tour Championship victory Sunday, he probably could have flown the plane over the Atlantic without its engines fired. The immediate question moving forward from Woods’ momentous first win in 1,876 days dating back to 2013 is this: What will the Tiger effect be this week? Will the buzz from Woods’ win at East Lake in Atlanta remain in the US team room and further energize his American teammates as they try to win a Ryder Cup on foreign soil for the first time in 25 years? Will it be a disadvantage for the Europeans? Or might it provide a silver bullet for Europe in that, if its players can take down Woods in any match, it could provide an added shot of adrenaline and confidence to their side? We won’t know the answers to any of these questions for a few days since the matches … [Read more...] about Tiger Effect is back: Will it make or break US at Ryder Cup?
Sports Few, if any, sporting events can match the Ryder Cup for drama and for the sheer brilliance of sports on offer. Always a tournament dripping with narratives, the 2018 edition of the tourmament carries new layers of intrigue with itself. From Tiger Woods rolling back the years, to Team Europe’s desire to recapture the trophy they lost in the cauldron of Hazeltine two years ago and Team USA’s determination to win on European soil for the first time in 25 years, there are plenty of talking points ahead of this weekend. Here, we look at four players on each team who could determine whether by Sunday the Ryder Cup will return to Europe or will remain in American hands for a further two years. US team captain Jim Furyk (L) and Tiger Woods pose with the Ryder Cup after a team photograph ahead of the 42nd Ryder Cup at Le Golf National Course at Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, south-west of Paris on September 26. Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images Recommended Slideshows … [Read more...] about Ryder Cup Team 2018: From Tiger Woods to Justin Rose, the Key Players on Team Usa and Team Europe
SAINT-QUENTIN-en-YVELINES, France — No, you cannot blame Tiger Woods for what happened to the US Ryder Cup team Friday. Woods is one of 12 players on this American team that’s trying to bring the treasured gold chalice home from foreign soil for the first time in 25 years. And his was only one match in the eight that were played Friday at Le Golf National, where the Europeans took a 5-3 opening-day lead that felt more like 15-3 by day’s end because of the way Europe got to that end result — winning the final five matches after falling behind 3-0. But it was Woods’ match — a 2 & 1 loss with partner Patrick Reed to Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood from the anchor position in the morning fourballs — that began the landslide that threatens to bury the US side before Sunday’s singles matches begin. Momentum is a fickle creature in sports. And, unwittingly, Woods and Reed provided it for a staggered European team. Woods is the biggest … [Read more...] about Tiger Woods’ struggles cost US more than a Ryder Cup point