On Friday, Jordan Spieth pulled off some serious sorcery with an incredible chip shot at Whistling Straits. On Saturday, Whistling Straits pulled off some serious sorcery on Spieth with one of the most brutal lip-outs you’ll ever see in golf.
A 90-second sequence Saturday morning produced bruised egos, indignant stares and affronts to manhood, and while it generated some savoury social-media clips, it was no surprise. Like poor fashion choices and awkward celebrations, this sort of matter is ingrained in the Ryder Cup.
Knowing we have to make it through these last arduous hours, let’s revisit the highlights, such as they are, from the week when we over-analyse every small nugget of information in order to satisfy our craving for real golf.
The outcome will be decided by the players on the course, but it will be influenced – significantly, if you believe the words of the last two victorious captains – by the data wars being waged behind the scenes.
One of the big questions/problems facing US Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker this week is what to do with Bryson DeChambeau. That pertains to every single facet, but specifically, for our purposes, we’re referring to partnerships.