U.S. Wins the 2016 Ryder Cup

The Ryder Cup is a bi-annual, three-day, team competition involving only match-play between the best professional golfers of the U.S. and the best of Europe. This competition reaches back to the 1930s, when it was between the U.S. and Great Britain. The U.S. had almost a lock on winning it for several decades. Then Jack Nicklaus suggested the opposing side be strengthened by including all of the rest of Europe. Since then, in 1978, the U.S. has been drastically on the losing side. Until today, … [Read more...]

Americans No Long Dominate Golf

Even though golf started in the old country--Scotland--the U.S. has been the most golfing nation in the world after the twentieth century got under way. And this was always proved by Americans dominating the sport in competition, especially in professional tournaments. But no more.Case in point: in the Summer Olympic Games in Rio last week, golf was re-introduced for the first time in 108 years. The format was individual competition in a standard tournament format of four rounds, thus 72 … [Read more...]

Samuel Ryder: Founder of the Ryder Cup Matches (Part 2)

In 1921, a few days prior to the British Open a golf competition was waged at Gleneagles, Scotland, between British professionals and American professionals. But its purpose was simply to help attract more American pros to come across the pond and play in the British Open. For 1926, Samuel Ryder suggested a serious golf match between the best British professionals and the top American professionals who would sail the Atlantic Ocean to participate in the British Open. It was arranged and … [Read more...]

Samuel Ryder: Founder of the Ryder Cup Matches (Part 1)

Part 1 Samuel Ryder was born in 1858 in Walton-le-Dale near Preston, England. He was the fourth of eight children. His father had a nursery business. Sam was educated at Manchester University to become a school teacher, but ill-health prevented him from graduating. So, he began work for his father. But Sam grew discontented because he couldn’t convince his father of his ideas on how to grow the family business. Sam therefore moved to London, worked for a rival seed merchant, got married, and h … [Read more...]