The big golf news around the world is the continual defeat of the U.S. Ryder Cup team and its recently announced task force.
If we could read the media in Europe instead of North America, we’d find cause for great concern. Without the revenues from the Ryder Cup, there would be no European Tour.
All of the wonderful attraction for non-golfers to enjoy watching golf or become a golfer themselves would cease. Juniors who putt in the dark so they might one day surpass Nick Faldo’s all-time points record would wither.
Let’s face it, the European players know they love to beat the Americans and the Americans are getting hungrier and hungrier to defeat Europe.
The United States is one of the greatest countries in the world.
It is the largest trade partner to so many countries. It is first to offer a helping hand to countries in need. It has the strongest military resources in the world. The U,S. is truly a friend to so many nations, but every player from every country wants to beat the Americans.
The Europeans also know that the Americans will only accept losing for so long before its players begin to lose interest. It is for that reason the Europeans are watching carefully the results of the new task force.
What if the PGA of America goes through an expensive, exhaustive, detailed study, makes recommendations, hires people and develops the most all-encompassing program known to mankind and doesn’t win the Ryder Cup?
In fairness, it has been said the PGA recognizes it could take time to ‘turn this ship around’. What would be reasonable, given the two year increment between competitions?
A loss at Hazeltine in 2016 could be shrugged off by saying, “we’re coming along,but we aren’t there yet,” but a loss in France would set off a whole new debate. The big question in 2020 would be how many people care enough to go to Kohler, Wisc.?
There is line-up forming in Europe of potential captains headed by Miquel Angel Jimenez. Even though Paul McGinley sits on the selection committee, his name will be bantered about and Darren Clark could be ready.
It is reasonable to expect interest in an event that has catapulted the names of the past few captains into international fame for drubbing Americans.
While the European side continues to groom future captains and the talent pool is deep, potential candidates in the U.S. are invisible right now, almost as if they’re in hiding.