Can Rookies help lead America to rare recent Ryder Cup success?


It’s been a long drought for the United States in Ryder Cup play.

Captain Tom Watson’s last term as US captain, in fact, was the last time they left the continent of Europe with the ultimate team trophy in all of golf and brought it back to the States. That was in 1993, at The Belfry. This time, Watson will try to go into PGA Centenary at Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire, Scotland and try to repeat his feat.

It certainly won’t be easy for Watson, as he most golf observers believe that he’s fielding an inferior roster. See THIS LINK for more information on that front. With their comeback from 10-6 down on Sunday at Medinah, the Europeans rallied to win the Cup for the fifth time in the last six encounters this century. Watson, however, does have three brash Ryder Cup rookies who don’t know how to lose to Europe yet, and he might have to lean on them to give the US a shot in the arm. There are several things Jordan Spieth, Jimmy Walker and Patrick Reed have in common. They were all reared in Texas and play with no fear. Reed was born in San Antonio and helped Augusta State University to an NCAA Division I golf title during his collegiate days. Walker was born in Oklahoma City but played in college at Baylor in Waco, Texas. Spieth is just 21 and three full years younger than anyone else participating in this event, but was the first teenager in 82 years to win on tour when he won the John Deere Classic in a sudden-death playoff last July. These guys, when they’re on, have the game to make the Europeans sweat a little bit.

Ryder Cup play starts Friday morning at 4 a.m. EDT, with The Golf Channel picking up television coverage in the US. Europe is a -180 favorite on the 3-way line currently at AmericasBookie.com.

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