Faldo Plots Perfect Ryder

Hello everyone.

Well, it’s that time of year when some look back and others forward. I’m the forward looking type, so I am focused on two things – the Ryder Cup and my golf vacation in the fall. I just got back from 5 days in Palm Springs and played some great courses (which I’ll share in a post this weekend). My golf blogging buddy, Mr. Business Golf, gave me some great advice on where to play and he did not steer me wrong. Thanks Scot!

Back to Ryder…

Now some of you may be more interested in the Fedex Cup, but that doesn’t really interest me too much. Perhaps it is because it was plagued with some challenges this past year, and there was a lot of bitching and moaning going on with the players. I’m not sure, but for me, there was too much hype and it just didn’t deliver the goods. I actually enjoyed the post season play when guys careers were on the line.

Anyway…a lover of match play and team play, I can’t wait to watch Nick and Paul battle it out with teams made up of “most” of the best players in the world (let’s not forget the international guys – the likes of Ernie, Mike Weir and many others who will be missed).

I enjoyed this article below and the candid way it protrays Nick Faldo.
It holds no punches, but at the same time, is respectful. I personally like Nick Faldo and enjoy watching the old tournaments on TV where he was playing. He is accused of separating himself from the other golfers and not being “friendly” with them (for the sake of winning) and some see that as a bad thing. I think it must have been lonely for him, actually. And certainly Tiger is no social butterfly in the locker room. Maybe staunch competitors believe that “nice guys finish last”. Well, I don’t believe that, but I’m just a hacker. I guess the best do what they feel they have to do to win. Focus over friendship.

Anyway, I am really excited about this year’s Ryder Cup. It will be hard to choose sides as I like players and captains from both teams. That’s the thing about being a Canuck – you can cheer for great golf and enjoy the matches no matter who wins.


Daily Express
28 Dec 2007

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