A lesson in golf

Hat off to the Americans I think. It was a convincing victory that without a doubt showed that over this weekend, on a golf course like Merion, the US are the stronger team. And unlike last time it was not with the narrowest of margins. The GB&I Team just never stood a chance.

In a way this is not all that surprising. It doesn’t matter which ranking you look at, the Americans were always the stronger team. In match play and team golf though it is often said that anything can happen. It did in the Palmer Cup this year when a European Team, on paper substantially weaker than their opponents, beat a US Team with a number of the Walker Cup players in it. This time the team failed to add up to more than the sum of its individuals and that was never going to be enough.

Merion is a great golf course. In a not too distant future the US Open is stopping by and it will be so interesting to see how the USGA in their usual manner can defend the course. The greens will do their bit. On Sunday afternoon they were rolling at 13.7 on the stimp meter. In simple terms that means b-y fast! Greens like that not only require a gentle touch of the putter when you are on them. They also crave for course management worthy of a chess master and the shotmaking skills needed to be able to put the ball in the right place, with the right spin and trajectory, are second to none. The Americans this time simply prevailed in all those areas!

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