The Ryder Cup 2012 is a full two years off. But already, the 2012 event may be labeled an improvement over this year’s competition, as long as it doesn’t rain. Another delay all but ensured that there will be more golf on Monday, for the first time ever. In addition, there’s still a real chance that all 28 matches will not be finished by Monday, which will leave a lot of blame to go around. But if that happens, the 2010 Ryder Cup in Illinois won’t have a high bar to climb over.
Holding this year’s contest in Wales may have backfired, given the ugly conditions. Of course, when they selected Wales years ago, they had no way of knowing it would turn out like this. Yet given the occasional ugly conditions there, some additional planning ahead could have helped.
This will make some relieved that the Ryder Cup will return to America in 2012, and not in a traditionally rainy area. In two years, the Americans and Europeans will head for Medinah Country Club, in Medinah, Illinois. The club is used to hosting major events with little trouble, as it has held three US Opens, and two PGA Championships.
If this year’s tournament ends with abbreviated action, it will hang over the event for two whole years. This will leave the 2012 Ryder Cup in the unenviable position of erasing those memories, although it cannot control the weather. However, even if they get all of this year’s matches in, it will be a shadow over Medinah in some way.
Since Wales stands to host the first ever Ryder Cup action on a Monday, it will be a win for Medinah if it finishes on a Sunday. In the 83-year history of the event, closing on a Sunday was considered a given, and not a major achievement, but things could change shortly.
Of course, for the losing team this weekend, the Ryder Cup 2012 will provide a deeper need for redemption. The Americans and Europeans have gone back and forth the whole way, with the two teams even at 6-all as of noon est, as the last four foursome/fourball matches near an end.
It appears that whoever loses this year will lose bitterly, whether it’s because of one match, or because they ran out of time. This will make the next USA-Europe meeting even more of a grudge match – but will the Americans look to defend their title at home, or try to get it back? The answers don’t seem likely to come until tomorrow.
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