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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 213
I S THIS the year the Americans’ malaise ends? Is it in Minnesota, a place the Vikings once toured and Scandinavians gravitated to in vast numbers, where the Europeans finally fall? The United States team’s losing streak extends back to 2008 and includes only one victory this millennium. It rankles American golfers and golf fans to their core. In a contest they routinely dominated for decades, they now can’t bust an egg. Such a prolonged downturn – especially at a time during which there was an embarrassment of riches in American golf – had players, captains past and present and PGA of America officials scratching their collective heads. Their solution? Invoking a “Task Force”, a gathering of wise heads investigating what’s gone wrong and how to fix it. When news of the task force broke, European cackles could be heard across the Atlantic. The efforts of the much-vaunted cadre go on show this week at Hazeltine National Golf Club in suburban Minneapolis, while the 41st Ryder Cup Matches mark the Europeans’ chance to do something neither side has achieved since the Great Britain & Ireland-only days: win the Ryder Cup for a fourth consecutive time. Attempting to block these particular European noughts will be 12 American crosses, the two sides led respectively by 2011 Open champion Darren Clarke and 2012 Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III. Love was one member of the 11-man task force, which comprised players, former captains and PGA of America officials. Their initiatives included tweaking the qualifying points structure, revamping the timing of the captain’s selections (including allowing an 11th-hour pick after the Tour Championship) and reappointing Love as captain. The very concept generated much sniggering everywhere outside the 50 States, yet the people involved gave the process its due support and attention. “Look, Europe is a very talented team and they are very well structured and they have great leadership,” said task force member Phil Mickelson. PROUD NEW HOME OF RACV Show Your Card & Save. Click on the logo for store locations
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