I am a highly competitive person by nature and love competitions involving the US against anyone else. Now that the Olympics are long over, the Ryder Cup will satisfy that thirst. While the USA – European rivalry doesn’t quite have the intensity of a Yankees – Red Sox, Ohio State – Michigan or Republican – Democrat matchup, it was exciting the last time out.
I have many acquaintances on the other side of the pond, but I have to say to them – this time the Americans will win. Why? For starters the Europeans are on our soil where we tend to fare well and we are not feeling bogged down with all the butter and heavy cream. Second, we are united by a common flag, while the Europeans only a common currency. Lastly, we invented the game. Well that’s not true and one of the few sports we didn’t. But there might be a possibility they didn’t either as a game called Chuíwán was played in China centuries before the Dutch or Scots did.
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So here is a quick little Ryder Cup quiz to take to get you geared up.
Ryder Cup Quiz
1. Who is the captain of the 2012 United States Ryder Cup Team?
- Fred Couple
- Cory Pavin
- Davis Love III
- Paul Azinger
2. Where will the 2012 Ryder Cup be held?
- Chicago Golf Club
- Oak Brook Golf Club
- Cog Hill Golf and Country Club #4 Dubsdread Course
- Medinah Country Club
3. The Ryder Cup was first set up to match the United States team against a team from Great Britain and Ireland. What year did the latter expand to form a European team?
4. Who is credited for creating the concept of the Ryder Cup?
- Samuel Ryder
- Winona Ryder
- Sylvanus P. Jermain
- James Harnett
5. Before the Ryder Cup was officially named, there was the first informal match held in 1921 at Gleneagles Golf Club. Which country was is played in?
- United States
6. Who was the team captain for the United States team in the first Ryder Cup?
- Gene Sarazen
- Ben Hogan
- Ted Ray
- Walter Hagen
7. Which player has appeared in both the most matches and most Ryder Cup events?
- Seve Ballesteros
- Arnold Palmer
- Colin Montgomery
- Nick Faldo
8. Of the following four, name the one format that is not part of the Ryder Cup
- Foursomes (Alternate shot)
- Four-Ball (Better-ball)
- Three-Ball (Better-ball)
9. Who was the youngest player to compete in a Ryder Cup?
- Horton Smith
- Tiger Woods
- Rory McIlroy
- Sergio Garcia
10. Currently the Europeans team holds the cup after winning at Celtic Manor (Wales) in 2010. What is the minimum number of points the US team needs to regain the cup in 2012?
Below are the answers, but don’t cheat:
1. (C) Davis Love III, although congrats to Fred Couples for being inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame next year.
2. (C) Medinah Country Club
3. (B) 1979
4. (C) Sylvanus P. Jermain who was the president of Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio is credited. Most people would think it was Samuel Ryder. Ryder is the one who commissioned the design of the gold chalice that bears his name. But there is some controversy amongst golfing historians. If you answered (D) James Harnett, you would also be correct as he was one that originally proposed the idea. If you answered Winona Ryder, well, you just might want to Google her to see why you got the wrong answer.
5. (B) Scotland which was won by the British team 9-3.
6. (D) Walter Hagen was named the captain (or co-captain) of the first nine US teams, although the 1939 and 1941 matches were not held because of World War II.
7. (D) Nick Faldo had 11 Ryder Cup appearances, 46 matches played and he also won a total of 26 points which is a record too.
8. (D) Three’s a crowd – matches are either played head-to-head or pairs of two players from one team verses two player’s from the opposite team. 1963 marked the first time four-ball was added.
9. (D) Sergio Garcia was 19 years, 8 months, 15 days. Horton Smith was the youngest American player at 21 years and 4 days old.
10. (B) To retain the Ryder Cup trophy, all the Europeans need to do is tie (or halve) the 28 possible points. But in order for the American team to take the trophy, they will need a minimum of 14.5 points.
0-3 correct You will probably be more interested in watching Here Comes Honey Boo Boo on TLC instead of the 2012 Ryder Cup
4-6 correct Don’t think about quitting your day job so you can loop it (caddie) for the players on tour or even the Dalai Lama
7-9 correct Great job! You know more than most on the subject except for only a select few
10 correct If you answered these all correctly, you are the resident expert