The Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup are two great team formats that are both great for golf.
Professional Golf is an individual sport, so it’s very rare the pro’s get to play in a team format, cue the Ryder Cup and the Presidents Cup.
Both of these events bring emotion, hype, and comradery out of both players and fans, and creates a unique viewing experience for those watching.
One of these events is far superior to the other in my opinion. That being the Ryder Cup – the battle between the Europeans and the USA. Here’s why:
The Ryder Cup started in 1927 whereas the Presidents Cup kicked off in 1994. Doing the math, the Ryder Cup has had a lot more time to grow than the Presidents Cup.
Because of this, we’ve seen a fierce rivalry between the men from Europe and the men from the USA develop. This rivalry causes a lot of raw emotion from the players both on and off the golf course. We see roars and fist-pumps for birdies, and players are almost brought to their knees after losses.
They’re now not only playing for the Ryder Cup, they’re playing for bragging rights between the players, and their countries, creating a lot of drama both on and off the course between the players, and the fans.
This has been highlighted most recently with the addition of Patrick Reed, or more commonly known as ‘Captain America’ come Ryder Cup time.
In 2016, we saw a heroic performance from Reed with his teammate Jordan Speith, and most notably in the singles where he managed pip Rory McIlroy in a fiery birdie and fist-pump fuelled match.
This year in Paris we saw Reed come out swinging after only playing three matches, and being separated from his usual partner in crime Speith. Reed only managed a single point from his matches, and didn’t live up to his American Ryder Cup hero status that he set for himself in the 2014 and 2016 events.
This drama created a lot of backlash and media attention post event, something that doesn’t happen as much after normal PGA Tour events, and to a much bigger extent than a Presidents Cup.
The Ryder Cup also has better players across the board representing their teams. This year was no exception. Both Europe and USA had formidable line-ups, which is something the Internationals have never had all the way through their teams.
Although (in my opinion) the Ryder Cup is a better spectacle, the Presidents Cup has a lot of potential to become just as good to watch, but in its own way.
Since its inception, team USA have dominated this event. The Internationals have only managed to snatch the trophy off the yanks once in 1998, and they shared the trophy in 2003.
In recent Presidents Cup’s, we’ve almost been able to call the result before they’ve even teed it up. An American victory has been very predictable.
However, I believe in years to come, this result is going to become a lot less predictable with the rise of golf in Asia and in Australia. You only need to look at the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship and the golfing potential playing in that prestigious event.
I think it’ll be very interesting to see how the rivalry develops in the coming years between the Internationals and the USA.
It will probably always play second fiddle to the Ryder Cup, but I believe it can be just as interesting to watch as it looks as though the players soak in the atmosphere a little bit more than the Ryder Cup where it’s fiercely competitive.
For me, the finish of the Presidents Cup means that the Ryder Cup is only a year away, and the countdown has begun again.
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