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Ryder Cup day one: USA 6 Team Europe 2

The boys in the clubhouse gave me quite a bit of gyp for my betting support of the American team.

I do want Europe to retain the Ryder Cup but I do not believe they will as the USA have the superior team.

The morning press drew hope from the continuing spat between Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau. The evidence for this was a press conference with Koepka which I watched.

Koepka is the moody side of taciturn and although he looked distinctly uncomfortable when asked about DeChambeau and admitted he has yet to visit the team game room I could not detect any ongoing animosity.

Even if there was, it’s between 2 players and absorbable. More importantly the rookies in the USA team look far more likely to contribute points and indeed Xavier Schauffele, Patrick Cantlay, Daniel Berger, Collin Morikawa, Scottie Scheffler and Harris English have already done so.

By contrast the only European rookie to have earned any points is Victor Novland with half a point.

It’s hard to see Team Europe making up the ground today. Only Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia look a winning combo.

I was not surprised that after 2 heavy defeats Rory McIlroy was rested, less so that Bernd Wiesberger was picked.

The Europeans would not want to go into tomorrow’s singles behind where the American supremacy will be most apparent but if anything the lead of 4 points is likely to be increased today.

 

About John Pargiter

John Pargiter’s biggest claim to fame is his first-ever work experience job, as ‘legs’ (or runner) for Henry Longhurst. For many years he worked in insurance at Lloyds. After retiring he has returned to his favourite sport of golf and is a keen recreational sailor and grandparent. More Posts