The paradox of the Ryder Cup is its main attraction, namely that golf -the ultimate one-to-one contest- becomes an absorbing match between two sides. It does not have the traditions of the Ashes as the old formula of USA v UK became too one-sided, though ironically not now, but in recent years it has produced sport at the highest intensity of drama.
The smart money is on Europe but you can make a strong case for the USA and my fiver will be on them at 7-4. Their group of players are actually higher rated in the standings, captain Tom Watson has the edge in authority and reputation over the loquacious McGinley and their young bloods Patrick Reed, Ricky Fowler and Jordan Spieth will be steely competitors. I fancy Sergio Garcia to be top scorer . He is in top form and will play in most of the foursomes and fourballs.
The build up is almost like a heavyweight boxing contest with marine crew cut of Fowler with USA shaved on his scalp and Sir Alex Ferguson giving a motivational speech though I never heard he knew anything about golf. It seems that Rory will not be paired with McDowell but their Ryder record is not that impressive and G Mac might be mentoring Victor Dubuisson, a good bet as top debutante. Like many I will be glued to the new 55 inch telly acquired for its resolution: the fridge is stocked with beer and the microwaveable tv dinners on hand, not to miss a minute of the action. Let’s get it on!