Let’s face it, most of you will have followed the Ryder Cup it so there is not much I can usefully add. We saw some breathtaking golf and one or two mesmerising contests but the Europeans held the upper hand after the first afternoon. So I thought I might share my strategy with you which allowed me to watch almost uninterrupted 3 days of golf.
Firstly I had to get the family on side. I treated our daughter Emily to some ankle Charlotte Olympia “Lockdown Betsy” ankle boots, the price of which would have covered a set of Calloways and a Gleneagles golf package. I paid off my missus’ Maisie credit card bill over hearing this was of some embarrassment as she maxed it to the limit, thereby positioning myself for any criticism of lack of family participation and freeing her up to shop. Next, you must ensure maximum comfort. I opted for the sofa in front of the new 55 inch Samsung high definition telly. With a low table I had an ever present beer at hand and snacks. So for a meal I went for Indian takeaways. The first two days offered short intervals between sessions not long enough for a sit down lunch so I tucked into a lamb korma and pasanda liberally washed down by lager. The 3 minute advert break requires frenetic activity for a comfort break, refuelling the lager but not any family chit-chat that could easily extend into play. Comment was made after the victory celebrations that I was still watching but you will recall my Victor Dubuisson bet as top European debutante which would have been successful had Zach Johnson not birdied the 18th.
“This calls for a celebratory meal …” I said grandly, so off we went to the local trattoria to toast my player of the the last 3 days (Justin Rose), the rookies Jamie Donaldson nad Victor Dubuisson, who got 5 and a half points between them, and captain McGinley who organised the team so well. My daughter did comment that I was not that interested in her lastest romance to which I had to reply that these come along on weekly basis but the Ryder Cup only takes place every other year.