It should be a fun few mornings later this week, turning on the television upon rising to watch the most entertaining golf tournament in the world -- the Ryder Cup.
The U.S. team has earned its title of the underdog with its recent Ryder Cup performances, including blowing a four-point lead entering the Sunday singles matches that had been a six-point lead with just two Saturday afternoon best ball matches to be completed.
The U.S. has lost seven of the past nine Ryder Cups, and hasn't won on foreign soil since 1993. I give a rather decided edge to the Euros.
Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee believes the U.S. team is the favorite.
“Why are they the underdog?" he questioned on the air Monday. "Their average world rank is quite a bit better than the Europeans. The average world rank on the U.S. side is 16th, [the] Europeans is 20th. They drive it straighter, they hit more greens, they putt almost twice as good as the European team, they scramble almost twice as good as the European team. And then there’s that intangible – they’ve got Tom Watson. And who is better in Scotland than Tom Watson through the years?”
Let the spectacle begin.