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.
We asked more than 60 people who’ve spent time with the 15-time major champion to share their favourite memory. The best of those stories compiled here exemplify what makes tiger so great and fascinatingly complex.
The man who claimed the claret jug by six shots at Royal Portrush last year hit the links for the first time in six weeks recently and shared a video of him attempting a pitch shot. Let’s just say, it did not go well.
To be fair, while Azinger’s tone and cadence were measured, his comments felt unnecessarily acidic. Trying to belittle the European Tour to make his case isn’t right. That doesn’t mean Azinger was wrong.
With four points from a possible four so far in this 42nd Ryder Cup, no pair has ever contributed more to a European cause at any of the previous biennial battles than close pals Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood.
Thomas Bjorn faced a big decision: should he stick with the original plan and show faith in his charismatic talisman, Rory McIlroy? Or should he consign the clearly struggling Irishman to the sidelines for the afternoon foursomes?