HAVEN, WISCONSIN | The Ryder Cup matches at Whistling Straits are still a year away – technically 51 weeks and counting down – which was reason enough Tuesday for captains Steve Stricker and Pádraig Harrington to sit with the little gold cup between them in a stylish rock-walled barn just a few hundred yards from Lake Michigan.
A close-up view of the 2020 Ryder Cup golf bag signed by U.S. captain Steve Stricker and European captain Pádraig Harrington. Photo: Andrew Redington, Getty Images
The Ryder Cup ultimately comes down to 28 matches played over three days but like nothing else in golf, it percolates for two years.
That in itself is a tribute to what the Ryder Cup now means on this side of the Atlantic, the underlying angst and anticipation among the American side having finally risen near the perpetual fever that runs through the European side. With just three wins in the last 10 Ryder Cups played, the U.S. team still seems to be swimming upstream five years after the semi-transformational task force that was born follow...
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