Golf is supposed to be a sport of gentlemen. That is, of course, unless you are involved in the modern day Ryder Cup matches.
Tiger Wood’s win last week in the Tour Championship brings another dimension of intrigue to a Ryder Cup that, up until now, looked kind of boring. Couple that with the fact that the matches are played in France, where they pretty much hate Americans, and you end up with Can’t Miss TV.
Woods is in the final group Friday morning, paired with Patrick Reed. Their opponent, Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood, better have their golf shoes strapped on tight, because the atmosphere will be electric playing with Woods. European golf fans will be there in force to heckle Woods and the American team relentlessly, but nothing can match the enthusiasm created for these matches when Woods won last week.
How big of a win was it?
Walking up the 18th green in Atlanta, the crowd started chanting “USA! USA!” before Woods and Rory McElroy ever made it to the putting surface.
TV ratings for this Ryder Cup should be through the roof. The Europeans are dead set on taking back the cup, so expect plenty of fireworks. On Friday, Fleetwood won’t be intimidated by Wood’s presence — he is one of the most explosive, electrifying players in all of professional golf. His partner, Molinari, won’t be intimidated either. He stared down Tiger at The Open Championship and walked away a decisive winner.
So get up early in the morning and watch the action live from France. It is going to be wild, and it is “Can’t Miss” television.