The Ryder Cup is played every other year between 24 players representing the United States of America and Europe. This weekend the twenty eight 2014 matches are to be played at Gleneagles, Scotland. In 2012 the final score was Europe 14.5 USA 13.5. Europe has won 7 of the last 9 Ryder Cups, who will win this time? The Europeans have a very strong team which includes McIlroy, Garcia and Poulter. The USA team includes the veterans Mickelson and Furyk, along with the rookies Spieth and Reed. Fierce competitiveness and strategy is the key to winning in Ryder Cup Match Play. Rickie Fowler just got a new haircut with U S A shaved into the side of his head so maybe this will spur the USA team on? As I am English and an American citizen too I am torn who to root for, but my “roots” are swaying my allegiance, I say Europe wins again! Sorry……
Here is a Ryder Cup quiz you may like to try just for fun. Enjoy!
1. Where did the Ryder Cup get its name?
a.) An English seed merchant
b.) An American rental truck company
c.) Bernard Darwin
2. When was the Ryder Cup first held
3. Who is the youngest player in Ryder Cup history?
a.) Young Tom Morris
b.) Sergio Garcia
c.) Jordan Spieth
4. Which player broke his putter in anger and had to use a sand wedge the rest of his match?
a.) Ben Crenshaw
b.) Tiger Woods
c.) Tommy Bolt
5. What is considered the greatest gesture of sportsmanship in the Ryder Cup?
a.) Jack Nicklaus conceding Tony Jacklin a short par putt in 1969 so the Ryder Cup would end in a tie.
b.) Hal Sutton sending out Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson as partners — twice.
c.) Tiger Woods removing himself from consideration for the 2014 team.
6. Where was the first Ryder Cup played?
a.) Valhalla Golf Cub
b.) Worcester Country Club
c.) Wentworth Golf Club
7. What was the most prolific partnership in Ryder Cup history?
a.) Seve Ballesteros and Jose Maria Olazabal
b.) Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson
c.) Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson
8. Who is the oldest player to be named captain of the Ryder Cup?
a.) Arnold Palmer
b.) Tom Watson
c.) Old Tom Morris