Rich Beem discusses why it’s more important to focus on Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka’s Ryder Cup prospects on the course than on their off-course connection, as well as Team USA’s chances of regaining the trophy on home territory.
The American team is under tremendous pressure to win the Ryder Cup. They have a home audience on their side, a low average world ranking, and everything points to Team USA winning this tournament.
The support of your home supporters is terrific, but the added pressure that comes with it can be quite intense at times, so I’m not sure how significant that support will be for Steve Stricker’s team.
Having said that, it’s always fun to see the red, white, and blue on the fairways and hear people yelling “USA!” It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for all of the local players, even those like Dustin Johnson and others who have competed in this event multiple times.
Is it easy to point the finger at Team USA?
It’s possible that the United States will lose the Ryder Cup, but Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau will never lose a match. Would it still be their responsibility if they lost since those two appeared to be at odds? There are so many angles to look at it from.
Unless you’re in the team room and hear what those guys are saying, you’re just making stuff up. We’re only speculating on what it’s actually like and what has been stated if those two players go out there and perform at their best, win or lose.
Will we still be writing about the team dynamic not being there because they didn’t get along if they were partnered together and were butchered? If they play well and win their matches in an American defeat, will we still be writing about the team dynamic not being there because they didn’t get along? It’s all fascinating to me.
A successful European defence?
I’m not sure if Whistling Straits will favour European golfers, although there are a few quirks to the course. There are a few blind shots, a few of the par-fours are driveable, and the course has been somewhat trimmed to allow players to go out and make birdies.
The key this week will be going out and letting it all hangout, which is difficult to do when you’re playing in the Ryder Cup and the nerves are high, not to mention the added pressure. It would be lovely to see the Americans enter as the underdog at some point, but that is unlikely to happen anytime soon.
I believe it will come down to Sunday singles, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Europe took the lead, or was tied for the lead, heading into the last day. Following that, I believe the Americans will have too much in the singles, and I predict a 15-13 victory for Team USA.
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