Ryder Cup Blues 65


I am watching anxiously the start of the second day’s play in the Ryder Cup with some relief that Europe are only two points down after what felt like a complete pasting yesterday. I really love the Ryder Cup; annoyingly to watch it (and test cricket) on television requires me to pay a subscription to Murdoch, which is horrible. The greed of sports administrators results in a monopoly on broadcast rights for major sporting events; if governments actually cared about consumers, that would be stopped.

I watched every ball broadcast yesterday, which ridiculously was not every stroke of the competition. Adverts don’t help, nor the times when the US host broadcaster obviously goes into news or a feature There was a long hiatus at the start of the fourballs yesterday. But it was a pretty agonsising eleven hours watch, with Euope on the receiving end from about 3pm onwards..

The extraordinary course set up Love has organised at Medinah, with no real rough, did indeed favour long hitters, but even more did it turn it into a putting competition and on these super-fast greens the Americans were simply brilliant. Colsaerts putting was also unexpectedly incredible, but that was pretty well it for the Europeans in the afternoon. Westwood looked like he couldn’t hole anything, and a key factor was Justin Rose’ putting touch of the morning deserting him also – if Rose had holed all his putts within six feet, the team scores would have been even.

A mistake by Olazabal not to put Poulter out in the afternoon, and a mistake also I think not to play Paul Lawrie this morning – who was playing well under par yesterday despite being initially blown away be Watson and Simpson.

But I think Europe’s well problem yesterday was that I wasn’t drinking. Good Ryder Cup days always involve plenty of beer. So I have bought myself eight pints of Wadworth’s and I expect a good day.


65 thoughts on “Ryder Cup Blues

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  • Jives

    McEwans Export??

    Now that once ubiquitous and fine beer is very hard to find.Used to be on draft in every bar in Glasgow but all but disappeared these days.

    I wish i had some.

  • Jives

    Forget the Ryder Cup..i wanna see Craig and Billy Hague in a drinking contest.

    My money’s on Craig.

  • Sunflower

    I agrree, Olazabal is a better player than a captain. Colserts will likely get tired in the afternoon, Jose should have used more of his players.

  • craig Post author

    I am on the last of the eight 6X now. Donald and Poulter both missed six foot putts in the last minute. Yesterday the Americans were great – today they are average but Europe are playing absolute rubbish.

  • Mark Golding - Children of Iraq Association

    As a brief interlude(forgive me) I present Patrick Clawson from the Washington Institute for Far East Studies introducing the widely favored ‘False Flag’ to start a war. (Clawson’s traitorous comments start around 1 hour 15min).

    Just like 911 in New York causing the deaths of American civilians and soldiers, a million dead Iraqis and for what?

  • craig Post author

    Wow that ended up proper, really exciting Ryder Cup golf. Poulter’s give birdies in the last five holes to snatch a point was amazing. The last three fourballs all going down the 18th. What stays with me most is how unluck Clsaerts was, not only the many putts that lipped out, but the final pitch on the 18th which seemed to have stopped six inches from the hole but then spun nine feet away.

    Well, 10-6 going into tomorrow’s singles. Very very difficult but not impossible. I don’t feel like the players are outclassed – for the first time in two days.

  • angrysoba

    Craig Murray: I am not in the least convinced that alcohol is bad for you. There is a great deal of propaganda about it, but I could name many people, in my own family, who have drunk a great deal more than we are told we should, and lived long past the average.

    Well, that would be a relief if medical knowledge was genuinely furthered by anecdotes of Uncle Danny who could drink a litre of vodka each evening and still had plenty of lead in his pencil until the ripe old age of 97. But, alcohol is very plausibly linked to plenty of serious illnesses and is also a neuro-toxin resulting in bad spelling and grammar, and barely comprehensible golf commentary:

    Wow that ended up proper, really exciting Ryder Cup golf. Poulter’s give birdies in the last five holes to snatch a point was amazing. The last three fourballs all going down the 18th. What stays with me most is how unluck Clsaerts was, not only the many putts that lipped out, but the final pitch on the 18th which seemed to have stopped six inches from the hole but then spun nine feet away.

  • Jives

    Hush Angrysoba…some of us here are still sober enough to remember yer last Yuletide Rebel song renditions…:.p

  • angrysoba

    Hush Angrysoba…some of us here are still sober enough to remember yer last Yuletide Rebel song renditions…:.p

    .
    I should hope so too, although I was far too pissed to remember.

  • Tony0pmoc

    WTF is The Ryder Cup???

    I Don’t Know about You Craig Murray Born and Bred in Norfolk???

    There are major cultural differences between the USA and England, which most Americans may not understand – Like Public and Private Schools and Ordinary schools which my Wife and I went to, as did our Children
    The main difference is that our Ordinary schools have both Boys and Girls…

    So my wife and I were doing what we often do on a beautiful day….

    We saw the sign, but were going there anyway…

    At the gate we were welcomed by these two immaculately dressed young RAF Officers…

    Me with my long blonde hair and my Hindu T-Shirt and my wife looking completely beautiful in the sunshine with her plastic box and hippy coat to collect Blackberries in the Countryside…

    And we both went Wow,,,,and we were invited in….

    Later today..we went to see a Reggae band in our local pub, that we knew,,but were also invited to a 50th Birthday Party – who we didn’t know…

    Now jumble all this stuff up the times and everything – and the people and all…

    There was nowt to choose between them…

    Sure the music varied a bit….

    And Yes we have seen AC/DC do “She’s Got The Jack”

    But we had never seen this Band do AC/DC ” I’ve Got The Jack”

    And come though the entire Audience with this Enormous Bottle of Jack Daniels…

    I mean that was Sheer Class..

    Tony

  • Tony0pmoc

    I don’t think I have come across a GLOBALIST Before, and told him on his Wedding Night whilst he was Blogging….

    For FFS Mate Go and Shag Your NEW WIFE…

    You have just got married,and you are talking to ME????

    Go To Bed

    But I didn’t realise Craig Murray was a Globalist at the time…

    He was just a guy (One of our English Ambassadors – who said NO)

    You Can’t Do Cook In Pot

    I Can’t Stand The Smell

    So Of Course I Thought He Was One Of Us

    Then 4 Years Later He is Trying To Pretend He is All Scottish and Globalist…

    I Mean FFS…

    What Could I say????

    Do you want me to tell you about your Smacking???

    Inflicting Pain on another person is not normal

    How could you gain any pleasure from that????

    Sorry – Maybe you had a rough Childhood

    But how could you not Completely Love Your Country

    ENGLAND

    We ain’t so bad – honest

    Tony

  • Tony0pmoc

    It is not just a case of John Lennon writing Imagine…#

    You’ve Got To Sing It Too

    And Mean It….

    So now, you have written the ground rules – and nearly everyone who had anything worth saying is assassinated…

    And They Stood Up and Did That

    They Stood Up Against The Evil

    And Craig Murray Survived Them All

    He Is Still Up There – Now Going On TV – To Tell Everyone

    “I Am a Globalist!”

    Who am I to critizise?

    I skipped The Presentation Techniques Course Too

    and still speak raw Oldham

    Tony

  • Mary

    Afghanistan Blues
    US military death toll in Afghanistan reaches 2,000 – BBC website

    Neocon American And Zionist Imperialist Lies In Obama UN General Assembly Speech

    29 September, 2012
    The present American President Barack Obama, currently the world’s number one active terrorist, war criminal, warmonger, opiate drug warlord, Zionist lackey and mass murderer, made a speech to the United General Assembly that is breathtaking for its dishonest obfuscation of reality and for its lies of omission and commission (Big Lies). An appropriate anagram of Nobel Peace Prize winner Obama is Abamo , “I shall love you” in Latin, and in Obama’s case “I shall love you to death” as he mellifluously declares his love for humanity, free speech, and freedom, while simultaneously being variously involved as an arms, bombing and/or military personnel provider in wars in Somalia, Libya, Palestine, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Colombia, Uganda and Iran (50,000 drug-related Iranian deaths in the last decade, mostly from US-protected Afghan opiates, with 3000 Iranian police and military personnel killed in Iran’s world-leading drug interdiction campaign). Some of the more appalling travesties of Obama’s speech are analyzed below in order of their utterance.

    http://www.countercurrents.org/polya290912.htm Dr Gideon Polya, Australian academic

    Global illicit cultivation of opium poppy and production of opium, 2008
    SOUTH-WEST ASIA
    Afghanistan 157,000 metric tonnes
    Pakistan 1,909 metric tonnes

    {http://www.unodc.org/documents/wdr/WDR_2009/WDR2009_Opium_Heroin_Market.pdf}

  • Mary

    Thought that this headline just now referred to Italy, Spain and Ireland and another EU country’s debts.

    Europe attempt to overhaul a four point deficit…..

    ~~~~

    Earlier smoothy Lord Patten, chair of the BBC Trust, was on Point of View extolling the magnitude and glory of the BBC sport coverage, citing Wimbledon and the Limp Ics and denying that much of the coverage of other sports had disappeared. A joke.

    I would love to know what they had spent on the Limp Ics and whether we will ever be told the figures including what they raked in for supplying other countries with the live coverage. I do not expect we will ever be told.

  • Jives

    Mary,

    The Lympics were nothing but a test run for total militirisation of our society.They wanted to guage the public response.The cost was irrelevant to them.

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