The Ryder Cup by Private Jet
3 September 2018
The Ryder cup has arguably become one of the biggest team sport events in the global sporting calendar, pitting the best golfers from the united states against the very best from Europe.
It hasn’t always been like this, and when Samuel Ryder donated the first trophy for the competition that bears his name, it was only the United States and Great Britain competing. This all changed in 1977 when it was decided that it would be Europe versus the United States. The continued American dominance with Britain not able to achieve competitive scores was becoming too challenging for the British. With the emergence of one Severiano Ballesteros and several other fantastic talents in mainland Europe,including them would boost the chances of getting the cup away from the tight grip the Americans had had on it for so long, and set in motion the wheels of change to establish the enthralling competition that’s so nearly upon us.
Now as Team Europe, interest as you’d expect was getting greater with each passing tournament. It still took four more cups for Team Europe to finally get their hands on the famous gold trophy. But since then, they’ve gone on to win a further 9 times to America’s 5.
Golf - it’s the game of gentleman so why is there some much passion and rivalry from both the fans and players alike, that gets us so captivated and creates such interest and atmosphere akin to football match (soccer/gridiron). Well it started in 1989 when American Captain Phil Azinger refused to accept European Captain Seve Ballesteros claim that his ball was scuffed and needed to be replaced. This created bad blood between the two for the rest of the competition. Not easily forgotten, the grudge the two had for each other spilled over into the following tournament becoming what is now known as the “the war by the shore”. Things got off to a difficult start with Azinger introducing his 12 players as the best 12 players in the world”. The American media coining the name “the war by the shore” really whipped up the crowds to a highly partisan state which was never really seen at golf before. This irked many of the Europeans and the relationship between Ballesteros and Azinger intensified. This Ryder cup ended in the strangest of circumstances when needing to win the final hole Bernhard Langer conceded Hale Irwin’s putt and then proceeded to miss his own giving the cup back to the Americans.
So, the war by the shore at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort really kicked off the highly charged gold spectacle we see today but its not just gamesmanship and media hype, the golf has played its part too. It is the comebacks that dreams are made of which has enthralled so many of us. The most notable for the Americans being the battle of Brookline at the Brookline country club in 1999. The Americans trailed 10-6 going into the final day. With some magical singles play all round they clinched victory with a 14 ½ 13 ½ win. The Europeans haven’t been without there own miraculous comeback. Theirs took place in 2012 at the Medinah country club and fondly remembered as the miracle at Medinah. Coming from an even greater deficit of 10-4 down they beat the Americans with the very same score line as at Brookline 14 ½ 13 ½
That’s the history let’s talk about this year’s competition being held at the Le Golf National just 20 miles outside the centre of Paris. After wining the last Ryder Cup Team America are very much the resurgent force, and with most of their team taking up the top 10 spots in the world rankings, they are firm favourites with the bookies and experts alike. That said, with home advantage and the pressures and upsets of match play golf Team Europe will still think they are in with a strong chance. Francisco Molinari is fresh off his maiden major championship win, Justin Rose and Tommy Fleetwood both having fine seasons there is reason to be optimistic for the Europeans.
Team America is looking strong with Jordan Spieth, Ricky Fowler and Dustin Johnson already qualified for the team. The big talking points will be on the captain’s picks. Two of the world’s biggest golfing stars over the last two years sit just outside the automatic places. These being Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. Its hard to think of a competition like this with out them and with Tiger’s resurgence this year he could still very well be in with a shot.
With all the emotion history and subtext to this year’s Ryder Cup panning out on the albatross course from the 25th to the 30th of September I, like most, will be glued to their TV tablet or mobile making sure to catch all the action. If, though you are wanting to see it up close and personal getting there couldn’t be much easier. With Toussus le Noble Aerodrome a 10-minute golf buggy journey away, you have the luxury of flying direct in a private jet, or even a super mid-size option such as a falcon 7x. If you have or would like tickets and like and want to be flown to the first tee. Get in touch and we’ll happily make this a reality.