Whistling Straits took center stage for some of the national media that gathered in Wisconsin Monday for this week's Ryder Cup.
Golf Magazine led with a story, "What’s Whistling Straits like? 11 initial on-course Ryder Cup impressions," and the writer wasted no time latching onto Wisconsin culture with this opening paragraph:
"Welcome to Wisconsin, folks. And before we tuck into some brats, pick up a custard from Culver’s and turn on the Packers Monday Night game, let’s review some notes from Day 1 scouting the course."
We also liked his No. 2 impression: Any chance Bryson drives the first green? (It's about 350 yards to the front edge, if you were wondering).
Golf Digest relied on visuals for its Whistling Straits video story: "Whistling Straits like you've never seen it: Amazing drone footage of every hole."
At Sports Illustrated/Morning Read, it was "Three Holes That Could Decide the Ryder Cup." The holes are a trio of par-4s: 1, 13 and 14. Not 18? As the article notes, in match play the 18th hole often is anticlimactic; in 2018, in fact, only four of the 28 matches made it to the 18th.
The golfers who'll be teeing it up also got some attention.
Golf Digest broke down every U.S. players' strength and weakness. Golfweek wrote about how the Ryder Cup's one-year postponement is just what Jordan Spieth needed. And Golf Magazine noted how dangerous Brooks Koepka might be precisely because of his expressed lack of comfort with the Ryder Cup format.
Golf Digest also fancied "8 all-time pairings we wish we could have seen," including Tiger Woods/Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer/Phil Mickelson (isn't fantasy fun?).
Finally, with all the talk about the big hitters on Team USA, Golf Magazine looked at the drivers the Americans would have in their bags this week. For the record, the tally: Four TaylorMades, three Pings, three Titleists, one Callaway and one Cobra (that would be Bryson DeChambeau).