2025 Ryder Cup: Destination Long Island

rmurph3

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Love Bethpage, great memories of attending the 2002 Open there with my late father. Strongly considering making this trip.
 

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The crowd and atmosphere will be insane, no doubt, but I think Bethpage is a terrible golf course for a professional tournament, probably even worse for match play than stroke play.

The captaincy will almost certainly be Tiger's, though he did hedge a bit at one of the majors this year saying he wasn't sure. I shudder to think of the alternatives. I guess Stricker again?

Also, I know the US is home now so the pendulum is in our favor, but I wish there was a 3rd party there to set up the golf course. The alternating blowouts thing is getting old.
 

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Keegan as captain never really crossed my mind, but now I fucking love it. Guy loves the Ryder Cup if you saw Full Swing last year. As a Vermonter, it's awesome to see a fellow native get this kind of honor. Maybe he gets Tom Brady to be around the team ala Michael Jordan? Also, as a St John's grad they play Bethpage regularly and host an event there every year so he has extensive knowledge of the course that other choices may not have. It's an outside the box hire, but I could not be more fired up for this.
 
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Keegan as captain never really crossed my mind, but now I fucking love it. Guy loves the Ryder Cup if you saw Full Swing last year. As a Vermonter, it's awesome to see a fellow native get this kind of honor. Maybe he gets Tom Brady to be around the team ala Michael Jordan? Also, as a St John's grad they play Bethpage regularly and host an event there every year so he has extensive knowledge of the course that other choices may not have. It's an outside the box hire, but I could not be more fired up for this.
This is an awesome pick. And you just know that if Spieth and Thomas continue to play like shit, Keegan will have the stones to not select them.
 

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This is an awesome pick. And you just know that if Spieth and Thomas continue to play like shit, Keegan will have the stones to not select them.
Not that the OWGR are the end all be all but currently:

Thomas: #26
Spieth: #34

And that's with a handful of LIV guys not accruing many points anymore. Americans ahead of the duo: Scheffler, Schauffele, Clark, Morikawa, Cantlay, Dechambeau, Harman, Theegala, Homa, Finau, Henley, Captain Bradley (LOL), Young, Bhatia. Burns and McCarthy are ahead of Spieth. Have to think a couple other guys work their way into the Top 25 by next fall too.

Neither Thomas and Spieth's games look like they're trending in the better direction though I think Thomas has a much better chance of finding something again. Spieth looks like he's moving into the make money and hope to win a couple times the rest of the way phase of his career. But the event is just for drunken funsies and both are extremely popular so we'll see.
 

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Holy shit! Bradley? Good for him. I felt he got royally screwed last year and it is time to break up any cliques.
 

cshea

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Holy shit! Bradley? Good for him. I felt he got royally screwed last year and it is time to break up any cliques.
Netflix dramatized it but I didn't think it was that big of a snub. Bradley wasn't even the highest ranked player on the points list who got skipped over, Cam Young was 9th and got left off. Keegan was 11th. And a big reason they lost was the guys who qualified, not the picks. Scottie, Xander and Morikawa combined to go 2-8-2.

As for his captaincy...I think I like it? I always figured it'd be Tiger but he is too busy with the Tour negotiations. If it wasn't going to be Tiger, I didn't want them to rotate through a task force guy like they've been doing for the past decade. I wanted some fresh blood and they certainly delivered. Bradley is an admitted outsider to the group. So he's not going to take a player for the sake of making this team a buddies golf trip (although I do think player relationships need to be factored in to some degree).

Biggest question is how he can balance the captaincy with his playing career. He's only 38 and still 19th in the world (35th by DataGolf) so he's not totally past the prime of his playing career. I'd imagine he'd like to try and play for the team too? Or is he content to step aside, give up what could be his last chance at playing in it, and just be the captain? The captaincy comes with a lot of off course responsibilities. Also, as a self-proclaimed outsider, can he connect with the team?
 
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cshea

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Keegan says he's still going to try to make the team on points but won't pick himself if he falls short.

(we need to eliminate the points system)
 

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Even with the dysfunction gripping professional golf these days - and, yes, I’m aware that the Ryder Cup is run by the PGA of America and not the Tour - I’m still calling shenanigans on that.

No way he was named without a single conversation.
 

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Even with the dysfunction gripping professional golf these days - and, yes, I’m aware that the Ryder Cup is run by the PGA of America and not the Tour - I’m still calling shenanigans on that.

No way he was named without a single conversation.
There's probably some nuance. I certainly don't think they called Keegan out of the blue yesterday to offer the job to him.

After Tiger turned them down they probably re-grouped and landed on Keegan as their guy with a few others as a contingency. Then they reached out to Keegan and while maybe there wasn't a formal interview process they probably had multiple discussions before it was finalized.