Wondering how the Ryder Cup at Le Golf National can ever be bettered? After all, the Parisian course proved to be one of the finest venues of all time, with the gladiatorial setting over the final holes making for the perfect arena to watch our European heroes put pay to Team USA’s hopes of ending their 25-year drought on away soil. Luckily we only have to wait two years until we can enjoy the thrill of the Ryder Cup all over again, this time on the other side of the pond at Whistling Straits Golf Club, in Lake Michigan.
Still on the fence about whether to take a trip to America? We count down the top five reasons why all golf fans should experience an away Ryder Cup.
What could be sweeter than watching the European players celebrating in front of the home fans at Le Golf National? How about watching our boys conquer the mighty Americans on away soil? The scenes at Madinah in the aftermath of the European comeback were enough to inspire a whole new generation of golf fans, and while we can’t promise that Poults will work his magic at Whistling Straits, we certainly wouldn’t bet against it.
Let’s be honest, Ryder Cup venues don’t always have a reputation for being world-class layouts. Luckily following the magnificent set-up at Le Golf National, which was an undoubted exception to this rule, the organisers have again picked an excellent venue in the form of Whistling Straits. A three-time host to the US PGA Championship, this links layout is a big favourite among golf fans, with over 1000-bunkers, a stunning collection of holes on Lake Michigan and two brilliant finishing holes sure to provide plenty of drama come 2020.
So the Open might be historic and the Masters is as iconic as it gets, but can anything beat the sheer electricity of the Ryder Cup. The Americans are going to be seeking revenge for their humiliation at Le Golf National, and with the likes of Jordan Speith, Justin Thomas and Brooks Koepka all likely to make the team in two years-time there’s every chance that the Europeans will be going into the event as underdogs. Backing a team battling against the odds and a wall of resistance from the American supporters will be absolutely exhilarating.
The American fans may well be the most frenzied golf fans in the world, especially when it comes to the Ryder Cup and while we don’t doubt our European stars will be doing their bit to subdue the crowds, a little (or a lot) of European chanting can make all the difference when it comes to getting our boys over the finish line. American fans cheering missed putts, wild cries of get in the hole, and plenty of heckling from the home contingent, an away Ryder Cup really is a golf experience like no other.
Need we say anymore? Watching this dynamic duo work their magic over the Pete and Alice Dye designed Whistling Straits may well be reason enough to make the trip to North America and while golf is an unpredictable game, we certainly wouldn’t bet against these two world-beaters making the squad in 2020…or going 4 out of 4 in their fourball and foursome matches.
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