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Robert Trent Jones, Jr. Offers Some Insights Into Celtic Manor

Robert Trent Jones, Jr. has been quite the jet-setter recently, working on projects from Morocco to Egypt, from to Eastern Europe to Asia, but this week all eyes are his work at Celtic Manor in Wales, the venue for the 2010 Ryder Cup. Opened in July 2007, the course combines the routing of nine holes from the original Robert Trent Jones-designed Wentwood Hills golf...

Breaking Down the U.S. Ryder Cup Team

Let’s break down the U.S. Ryder Cup team using the “Pod System” implemented so successfully by Paul Azinger in 2008. The asterisks are the Captain’s Pick’s. Jay’s Group A Tiger Woods* Dustin Johnson Bubba Watson Hunter Mahan Let’s keep all the buddies and long hitters together. They’ll all work well together as...

Future Ryder Cup Venues

Here are the future Ryder Cup venues. America seems intent on grossing out the opposing team as a strategy.
2010 The Twenty-ten course, Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, WALES
2012 Medinah No. 3, Medinah, Ill. (God, not again.)
2014 PGA Centenary Course, Gleneagles Resort, Perthshire, SCOTLAND
2016 Hazeltine National, Chaska, MN
2018 TBA
2020 Whistling Straits, Kohler, WI

Corey Pavin to Captain Ryder Cup Team at Celtic Manor

…another forty-something who fell into a major selected for a Captain, Corey Pavin will provide fire and experience to the team, but little else.  The proof of the pudding is in the tasting, and he’ll be walking into a buzz saw in Wales.  Believe me, the European team and Captain won’t repeat Faldo’s gaffes, and they’ll be madder than...

2008 Ryder Cup Redux – Valhalla, Faldo, and the Azinger Strategy

Steve Czaban has a man crush on Hunter Mahan and Anthony Kim. Here’s Paul Azinger’s system of dividing the team into three NON-INTERCHANGEABLE parts. Here’s a good ESPN article on Boo Weekley. Here’s Sal Johnson, our great golf writing James Joyce, with his poignant observations. Finally, here’s what the British press says is going to...

2008 Ryder Cup Day One from Valhalla

Here’s Sal Johnson’s Golf Observer recap of the morning matches. Here is a picture of the Euros with Iron maiden’s drummer, Nicko McBrain.  (Which will NOT become a future nickname for Faldo…). We are playing well and fired up – to matches come back from 3-down to scrape a point-and-a-half.  Impressive, most impressive.  Maybe my Ryder...

Ryder Cup Preview Piece

Valhalla: Heavenly Host to “The Greatest Sporting Event in the World” In Old Norse, the word “Valhalla” means “Hall of the Victorious Dead.” It was there – in Odin’s palace – where he, the other Norse gods, great kings, and those slain in battle would gather. In this sacred hall, the heroes planned their fight against the forces of darkness in the...