Correct me if I am wrong but Team USA under Captain Tom Watson, had vice captain Ray Floyd, Andy North and Steve Stricker as back up.
That is a strong, tough and determined group and I am amazed that news coming out from certain players is that there had no input and didn’t feel they were prepared!
Well they only had two years to form a strategy! Must have had some plan?
Don’t get me wrong Tom Watson is a legend and a gentleman, I remember watching him win all his five Opens in magnificent style.
I guess the captain and the vice captains believed that the players hit the shots, and all they have to do is hit it closer and hole more putts than the opposition! Sounds very logical!
Perhaps that is old school philosophy now, as maybe players want more of everything nowadays, they want more support, they want more love, they want more belief, they want more inspiration to perform at an even higher level, I don’t see the incredible performance of Rose & Stenson every week, ten consecutive birdies, that was inspired, and I expect the U.S. players wanted team USA to provide that for them?
The thing is you have to provide that inspiration from inside yourself, team Europe had a great captain in McGinley, he has been involved in six winning teams now, and he laid the foundations for that inspiration through his planning and attention to detail, to enable the European team to perform at their best and those players certainly rose to the occasion brilliantly again!
Reputations don’t mean much, as history shows us, its all about what form you are in RIGHT NOW at Gleneagles and how much you want it and how much belief you have!
Team Europe has now won eight of the last ten Ryder Cups.
What are your thoughts?