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The Cup of Cheer



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The Cup of Cheer

It’s often versed that ‘everything comes to he who waits’;

Nowhere more-so perhaps than in the field of sport.

As Whistling Straits, Wisconsin prepares to host the 43rd Ryder Cup (24-26 September), another chapter in this truly remarkable sporting year is written.

From Tom Brady’s jaw-dropping Super Bowl heroics; through the Tokyo Olympic/Paralympic experience, to the long overdue parity-leap permeating Women’s Sport, the common denominator is patience.

This most elusive of virtues, will surely determine the outcome of golfing’s showpiece event.

The bi-annual contest pitting the designated-dozen from the respective US & European Tours, makes its welcome return from a period of enforced isolation.

First contested in 1927 (Boston, Massachusetts), the hosts served-up a bloodless 9.5 – 2.5 victory (a scenario many insiders suspect will be repeated this weekend).

Statistically, the United States collective hold all-the-aces.

Current rankings reveal that no-fewer-than eight of their picks, occupy positions within the World’s top ten. Indeed their lowest-ranking individual (Scottie Scheffler), is listed as No. 21.

But fear not; Europe arrive as defending champions Рcourtesy of their resounding  17.5 Р10.5  triumph at Le Golf National, Paris (2018), РAdded to which, their figurehead Jon Rahm, currently rates as World No. 1.

The Spaniard is well-positioned to further enrich his nations rich Ryder Cup legacy (formulated in the mid-late 1970’s, courtesy of the subliminal talent and perseverance of Severiano Ballesteros who actively revolutionised the event).

A descendant of sorts – Sergio Garcia (who holds the Record for most Points gathered, 25.5), is set to make his tenth appearance – two-shy of Phil Mickelson’s all-time mark.

As in every team-event, opinions differ with regard to the selection process. That said, this years respective captains (Steve Stricker US, & Padraig Harrington Europe), have deliberated. It’s now all about trusting to luck, instinct, and above all-else – patience.


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Born in 1963, Peter attended St Mary's Leith High School. Peter worked within the plumbing industry before studying a degree in journalism within the University of Stirling. Peter has been a lifelong sports fan and has volunteered within the Edinburgh Soccer School's programme on numerous occasions.


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