As we get ready for balls in the air for the 2021 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits, we have lists in the air from the national media. Here's a listing of some of the lists:
- Golf Digest ranks all 24 players teeing it up this week for the U.S. and Europe. The top two are on Team Europe (but so are the bottom two).
- "The 15 most consequential moments in Ryder Cup history" also are according to Golf Digest. No. 2 came in 1977 and involved Jack Nicklaus. No. 1 came in 1983 and involved Tony Jacklin and Seve Ballesteros.
- Three staffers at Golf Magazine came up with their subjective list of the "5 scariest shots at Whistling Straits," as attempted by themselves. No. 1 on the list, with a fear factor of 9 out of 10, is the approach shot on the par-5 18th hole, which could make for a fun finish if a few key matches come down to it.
- Joe Passov, who writes about golf course architecture, ranks all 36 Ryder Cup courses for Sports Illustrated and Morning Read. The verdict on Whistling Straits awaits its showing this week.
- Paul Azinger, who captained the U.S. to victory in the 2008 Ryder Cup at Valhalla, talks to Golf Magazine about the "8 essential duties of a Ryder Cup captain."
- For equipment geeks (aren't all golfers?), here's a listing of what's in the bag for each of the Americans in the Ryder Cup, courtesy of Golf Digest.
Beyond the lists ...
Michael Bamberger in Golf Magazine has a look at the European golfer the Americans love to hate – Ian Poulter – in a story titled, "Team Europe’s greatest villain is back at the Ryder Cup … because of course he is."
Golf Digest dives into the question, "How much does chemistry matter?" Should we care that Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka don't like each other? The conclusion? In the end, the author writes, "Even Paul Azinger, the very man who championed team synergy, distilled his view on chemistry to this: 'Look at who made the most putts at the most critical moments and I think you’ll identify the winner.' "
Golfweek's Steve DiMeglio writes, "He’ll be in their heads; he’ll be in their ears; he’ll be in their hearts." He's writing about Tiger Woods, who may not be at Whistling Straits this week but will, as U.S. captain Steve Stricker put it, "He’ll be there in some way, shape or form."
In the latest Fried Egg Podcast, hosts Andy Johnson and Garrett Morrison chat about Whistling Straits and Pete Dye's "routing, par-3 concepts and outrageous shaping." The Fried Egg also has a video on its YouTube channel with some cool done shots.
We all know Johnny Miller has his opinions. But in an interview with Golf Magazine with the headline, "U.S. Ryder Cup team must do this more than anything to win," he also has history on his side. The answer: Win on Friday.
So who will win? Here's how the oddsmakers view the Ryder Cup.