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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 213
“Some of those guys play better in the Ryder Cup than they’ve ever played individually. They were beating us when we were a better team, and now they are arguably a better team." "For us to compete we have to bring out our best golf. We have to play together as a team. We have to be put in positions to succeed. We can’t have challenges to overcome and expect us to beat such a good team.” As an 11-time participant, Mickelson speaks from a place of veteran knowledge, an aspect of this Ryder Cup likely to prove telling for not just three days in Minnesota but also years to come. The experience factor is double-edged. On one hand, nurturing only two rookies appears to be an advantage for the latest American side, however, if the aim is to expunge the Ryder Cup demons of the past decade or longer, are returning faces more or less likely to be beneficial? A swarm of rookies, free of the memory of biennial defeats, might have provided the paradigm shift the Americans crave. Meanwhile, the reverse holds true for the visitors. The dominant European side is half-filled with new players who can’t draw upon the victorious vibes of recent Cups. “The European team have six rookies heading to Hazeltine, but I don't think that will be an issue or a concern,” Paul McGinley, the successful 2014 European captain, said last week. “They are all experienced players, they've all won big tournaments and they have all performed on the big stage ... They are young, vibrant and they will not be intimidated by the atmosphere of a Ryder Cup in the United States.” McGinley might be onto something. The lingering question after the 2014 Ryder Cup in Scotland was: how much damage is the losing streak doing to America, and how much is it inflating the chests of Europe? The first part was answered swiftly with the 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. 2 x Nights Accommodation in a 2 or 3 Bedroom Apartment 1 x Round of 18 Holes starting from: Relax, Stay & Play in the Bay! firstname.lastname@example.org 02 4916 4777 Subject to availability. Rates are for self-con- tained accommodation and based on four share only. Excludes all school holidays, public holidays & long weekends. Golf cart hire additional. per person Four Share $155 per person SIX Share $145
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